Cyclocross Grand Prix Registration is Open

As a proud sponsor of the West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix, we want to let you know that race registration opened at noon (today) Wednesday, August 23. Click here to sign up. 

If you aren’t interested in racing but want to attend an exciting international sporting event in the beautiful River Walk Park, mark your calendars for September 30 and October 1. There will be bands, beer, bikes, and fun!

 

 

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Water Meter Conversion Under Way in North Area

The following is a message from the City’s Utility Billing Division

Comparative Metered Water Billing Announcement:

In compliance with State law, the City of West Sacramento has been installing water meters on residential properties. Work is currently going on in the Bryte, Broderick, and Rivers nieghborhoods. State law requires that customers with a water meter be billed for their water usage on a volumetric (metered) rate, or by how much water is actually used.  To help in the transition from the flat rate service charge to a metered rate, the City has begun comparative billing. The comparative bill will show the flat rate billing and the cost that would be charged for your water consumption at today’s metered water rate.  The metered water is comprised of a flat service fee that is based on whether your property has a ¾” or 1” water meter and the fee for the water consumption that goes through your meter. Starting November 2017, residential customers with the bill due date of the 20th of the month, will be billed by the consumption metered rate.

If a customer wishes to change to the metered rate service earlier than scheduled, they may call Utility Billing at 916-617-4589. The comparative billing data is informational only until November 2017.

 

photo of new water meters in the City of West Sacramento

 

 

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Solar Eclipse Watch Party Draws Crowd in West Sacramento

More than 500 people gathered at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library to watch as the moon came between the Sun and the Earth to create a solar eclipse. The Library provided the public with free glasses to safely view the cosmic event. City staff also witnessed the eclipse from the roof of City Hall.


Click here to see NASA’s coverage of the eclipse.

For a list of future eclipses, please click here.

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Heritage Oaks Park Improvement Meeting

You’re invited to a neighborhood meeting to learn more about a proposed ropes course and other Heritage Oaks Park improvements next Friday, August 25 from 4-6 pm.

Heritage Oaks Park Meeting flier

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Liberty Development Draft EIR Released

The draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed Liberty Development has been released for public comment. The project would create a new community in Southport which would consist of up to 1,503 residential units, a 17 acre K-8 school, 10,000 square feet of retail commercial, plus parks, greenbelts and trails.

Liberty housing development in Southport, West Sacramento

The project requires approval of a General Plan amendment, Specific Plan, Amendment of the Southport Framework Plan, rezone, Conditional Use Permit, and a vesting master tentative map. Liberty would be located in the Northwest Village of the Southport Framework Plan area and includes approximately 340 acres. It is bounded on the east by the Sacramento River levee system, on the south by Davis Road, on the west by the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail, and on the north by Linden Road.

The project is currently undergoing staff review. Hearings and workshops will be held on dates yet to be determined. 

View the draft EIR here.

Send comments to project manager Justin Hardy: hardyj@cityofwestsacramento.org

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Library Hosts Eclipse Watching Event 8/21/17

Looking for a place to catch the eclipse on Monday? Why not the Arthur F. Turner Community Library? Glasses included!eclipse watching

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Linden Road Informational Meeting, August 15

Concerned about the changes on Linden Road? Come to City Hall tomorrow night to have all your questions answered.LInden Loop road striping flier

FAQs

  1. Why are we doing the project?

The City has received numerous complaints about speeding along Linden Road west of Jefferson Blvd (Linden Loop) and several speeding related collisions have occurred.  The ultimate goal of this project is to address the speeding issue that exists along Linden Loop.

  1. How come stops signs/speed bumps are not being put in at various locations throughout Linden Loop to reduced speed?

Speed bumps and stop signs do not address the root cause of speeding and generally lead to traffic congestion and cut through traffic on roadways not meant to support higher traffic volumes. In addition, speed bumps can be unsafe on roadways with speeds higher than 25 mph.

  1. Why are the travel lanes being reduced from 4 to 2?

The volume of traffic does not support the need for 4 lanes throughout the loop. During the school year the maximum volume of traffic observed during pickup and drop off is 750 vehicles/hour. A single travel lane in the Linden Loop area has a capacity of 1600 vehicles/hour. By reducing the lanes from 4 to 2 the City hopes to address the speeding issue.

  1. Why is the parking being reconfigured?

By reconfiguring parking, the City is trying to create safer buffered bike lanes. These bike lanes are essential to building a full network of bike-friendly routes especially around schools.  Citywide, only 3% of Washington Unified School District elementary school students bike to school in a recent survey. By enhancing facilities on schools routes we hope increase the amount of students who will bicycle and/or walk to school.

  1. How will Southport Elementary be effected?

Throughout the design of this project, the City coordinated with Southport Elementary to determine the needs of the school. Staff observed school pick-up and drop-off during peak periods. Before the project, vehicles entering the school parking lot would back up on Linden Road to Independence Avenue, essentially blocking the right lane. The new configuration provides a lane exclusively for vehicles entering the school which helps to prevent vehicles from parking along the sidewalk at this location.  This will also keep vehicles from weaving back into traffic.

  1. When is the work in front of Southport Elementary going to be completed?

The major striping in front of the school will completed before the start of school on August 16, 2017.

  1. Are the manholes that are raised up out of the roadway going to be repaired?

Yes, the roadway failure around the manholes are being addressed by our public works crews. Temporary patching is already in place. This will be followed by a permanent fix.

 

Linden Road is Part of Bike Lane Gap Closure Project

West Sacramento Bike Gap coverage area map

  • Construction of the Bike Lane Gap Closure project is in progress with completion scheduled for October. The map above shows various construction locations. The project will add to the existing bike lane network throughout the City and help resolve speeding issues along Linden Loop.
  • The project is consistent with the City’s Strategic Plan of providing a variety of transportation options for its residents including bicycle improvements as outlined in the City’s Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trials Master Plan
  • A $593,000 Active Transportation Program grant via Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) was the primary funding source.

For more information please contact: Jesse Khatkar, Assistant Engineer,

Phone: 916-617-4667 Email: jessek@cityofwestsacramento.org

 

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Three Dog Laws You Need to Know

Did you know that dogs are required to have a license in the City of West Sacramento?

Yep. It’s the law, falling under Yolo County Ordinance 6-1.406.

The reason is two-fold. First, licensing increases the likelihood that your pet will be reunited with you if he or she becomes lost. Second, licensing your dog also helps prevent against rabies outbreaks by requiring all dogs to be vaccinated for rabies.Dog on Leash

It’s easy to get a new license or renew an existing one. Call Yolo County Animal Control at 916-375-6492 with questions.

Also please remember to keep your dog on a leash. West Sacramento’s leash law (Municipal Code Section 6.16.020, Dogs on leashes) states, “No owner shall permit his or her dog to be in any residential, commercial or industrial area, other than on private property where the dog is maintained by or on behalf of its owner, unless the dog is restrained by a leash not exceeding eight feet in length. The only exceptions are Police K-9s, dogs assisting those engaged in hunting with a license, and dog training or exhibitions conducted with the permission of the property owner.

Further, dog owners are required by law to clean up after their pets (Municipal Code Section 6.16.220).

Please be a responsible dog owner!  Thanks for your cooperation.

 

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Mayors Challenge Ideas Wanted

The City of West Sacramento is excited to announce its participation in the 2017 Bloomberg Mayors Challenge! This national grant competition is seeking big, bold, new ideas to help cities address the most pressing problems facing our nation.  Winning cities will receive cash prizes to implement their ideas. Mayor Christopher Cabaldon explains more in this video…

Do you have an idea that will revolutionize local government?

We want to hear about it. Think it through and submit your concepts here.

Find out more about the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge here.

Here are some examples of past winners:

Bloomberg winners

 

 

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Two West Sacramento Parks Get Upgrades

Playgrounds at Elkhorn and Bryte Parks will soon benefit from significant upgrades. The City has been awarded a $40,000 Play Spaces Grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company for improvements to Elkhorn Park. This grant will help create a multicultural, multigenerational, family-oriented venue at the park, including replacing the dated swing set and play structure with new play equipment to accommodate a wide range of skills and needs.

Elkhorn Park Play Structure

Existing play structure to be replaced

Additional amenities include installation of a new shade structure and picnc tables that may also double as game tables for ping pong and board games, and improved access from the park entrance to meet ADA requirements.  The grant leverages resources already budgeted by the City to fund the replacement of the shade structure and seating at the 750 Cummins Way location that was recently damaged by storms. Work will start in the coming months with a finish date of May, 2018.

“Creating playful spaces that bring together neighbors from many cultures and across generations is a signature priority for West Sacramento, so we’re grateful for this important grant from the National Recreation and Park Association with support from the Walt Disney Company,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “You can feel, see, and experience the momentum in the Bryte and Broderick neighborhoods of our city, anchored by park improvements. The Walt Disney Company’s investment in the KaBOOM! Playground brought more than 400 volunteers from throughout the community to create a magical place for children, and it has inspired even more imaginative ideas and investment.”

A shade structure to cover the KaBOOM! Playground in Bryte Park has been approved by the City Council, as well as Bryte Park Phase 2 improvements that will start construction this week and include a 47-stall parking lot, covered picnic area, sport court for basketball and pickle ball, restroom, water fountain, landscaping, and pedestrian street crossing.

Bryte Park Phase 2 improvements

 

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