Universal Preschool for West Sacramento Executive Board Now Accepting Applications

The Universal Preschool for West Sacramento (known as UP4WS or UP for West Sac)Executive Board acts in a governing capacity to the UP4WS Program whose fiscal agent is the City of West Sacramento. The program is a collaboration between First 5 CA, First 5 Yolo, the City of West Sacramento, Yolo County Office of Education, Washington Unified School District and other public centers. Direct and indirect dollars from these partners fund the program. Serving on the UP4WS Executive Board includes the review of program operations and services, budget policies, and programs and priorities for UP4WS.  The Board is comprised of a representative from each partner agency; A City of West Sacramento Council Member, the Superintendent of Yolo County Office of Education, A Washington Unified School District Board Member, a First Five Yolo Commissioner, and a member of the public. The current opening is for a member of the public, and will be appointed by the Mayor.

The Board meets quarterly, the third Wednesday of every third month at either 12pm or 5:15pm at West Sacramento City Hall, Room 311. Call the Director of Early Learning Services at 916-617-4549 to confirm meeting dates and time.

The City of West Sacramento is currently accepting applications for this commission. You may submit an application here or visit the City Clerk’s Office at 1100 West Capitol Avenue, 3rd Floor, West Sacramento, California. If you have questions, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (916) 617-4500.

Visit our website for more information.
UP4WS Brochure

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Daylight Savings Time Ends Early Sunday Morning – Change Your Clocks, Sprinkler Timer, & Smoke Alarm Batteries

Daylight Savings TimeDial back your sprinkler timers when you dial back the clock - daylight saving’s ends on Sunday, Nov. 2nd.

Shorter days, cooler temperatures and moisture from fog and rain mean your landscape requires little or no supplemental irrigation to be healthy.

When the rains begin, let Mother Nature do the watering and turn your system off completely.

Oh and do not forget to change your smoke alarm batteries as well!

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West Sacramento Police Dept. Community Meeting, Oct. 28

Police DepartmentRepresentatives from the West Sacramento Police Dept. will attend the “Old West Sacramento Neighborhood” community meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd. Focus of the discussion will be on issues related to those who live in Beat 2, in and around the State Streets neighborhoods. Members of various units within the WSPD will be on hand to answer questions from residents regarding crime issues. Community beat meetings are designed to strengthen the partnership between the police department and the community it serves. For more information, please contact Lt. Tod Sockman, (916) 617-4951.

Special note: Come early for a $5 Taco Tuesday dinner at 6:30 p.m., hosted by the Old West Sacramento Neighborhood Group. Please RSVP for the dinner at (916) 203-3345.

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Demolition Underway of Cement Silos in West Sacramento’s Pioneer Bluff

Demolition is underway of the vacant cement silos in West Sacramento’s Pioneer Bluff. The 8 to 10 week demolition project sets the stage for the City of West Sacramento’s next transformation of riverfront in the region’s urban core, with a mixed-use, sustainable neighborhood planned for new housing, retail and office buildings. The 180-foot tall silos were originally constructed over 50 years ago, to store cement when the riverfront was characterized by industrial use. The property’s owner, CEMEX Cement, relocated to the Port of West Sacramento in 2009, leaving the silos empty since then.

“This demolition will be a very visible skyline-changer that advances the City’s commitment to reclaiming the riverfront with great mixed-use public spaces that are walkable, bikeable, and served by a future streetcar line,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon as the demolition commenced. “The demolition of the silos is the last phase of a 2006 public-private plan financed by Bridge District property owners and redevelopment to remove the old Union Pacific rail track that walled-off the City’s waterfront.”

“We started with the River Walk area, anchored by the Ziggurat and CalSTRS, before moving on to the Bridge District,” observed Mayor Cabaldon. “The emerging Pioneer Bluff area will be the next major waterfront district on the west bank. As Pioneer Bluff transitions and heavy industrial uses, like the silos, are relocated, it will have new pedestrian, bike and automobile connections to neighborhoods across the river via a new Sacramento River bridge at this location. In December, we will be celebrating the opening of the Mike McGowan Bridge at the southern end of Pioneer Bluff. These two new bridges will dramatically open up access to the Pioneer Bluff area and accelerate its transformation.” Mayor Cabaldon adds, “The momentum for the transition of Pioneer Bluff to an urban riverfront mixed-use district is being fueled by our federal, state and private alliances and partnerships for sustainable growth that conserves water, habitat, and farm land, and improves air quality. The demolition of the CEMEX silos is an important step in the ongoing revitalization of the City’s riverfront, and marks the beginning of the de-industrialization efforts in Pioneer Bluff—an isolated industrial enclave since the 1940s.”

North Star Demolition and Remediation is managing the demolition of the former cement silos at 1501 South River Rd.

CEMEX Facts Sheet

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Annual Safe Trick or Treat Event, Oct. 25th

Come out to the West Sacramento Halloween event located at the West Sacramento Recreation Center on October 25th from 4-6pm. There will be tons of activities and games for all children 14 and under.  Bring a can of food per child to donate when you enter the Safe Trick or Treat event.

Door prizes, jump houses, candy booths activities and more!

Event Flyer


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Councilmember Chris Ledesma Kicks Off Flood Preparedness Week in West Sacramento


Council Member Ledesma speaks with students regarding flood emergency education.

On Oct. 21, Councilmember Chris Ledesma, with Major Jeffrey Palazzini and Darren Suen (pictured L-R), talks to Westmore Oaks students about the importance of flood preparedness.

Councilmember Chris Ledesma spoke at a news conference on Tuesday morning, Oct. 21, at Westmore Oaks Elementary School, highlighting West Sacramento’s efforts to reduce the risk of flooding and talk about the importance of flood preparedness.

Councilmember Ledesma was joined by Major Jeffrey Palazzini from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Darren Suen from the California Department of Water Resources. The three agencies again collaborated for California Flood Preparedness Week, a week of flood emergency education and outreach throughout the state.

“Washington Unified School District has been a great partner in getting this message across,” said Councilmember Ledesma to a full room of students, parents, teachers and flood-related agencies. “I’m counting on you to talk to your parents about flood control and flood preparedness.”

Washington Unified students listen to California Flood Preparedness presentation.

In the foreground, the model of flood control (diorama) shows the benefits of levees and the major threat of floods.

The city’s flood protection agency, West Sac Flood Protect, is working diligently to improve levees throughout the city with three projects already completed, and their biggest project to date in the final stages of design.

West Sacramento is home to over 50,000 residents, and $5.3 billion in commercial, residential and industrial properties. Surrounded by water during a typical winter, flood preparedness is necessary to protect existing investment and provide stability for businesses now and in the future.

This is the second year West Sacramento participated in California Flood Preparedness Week. Last year the city hosted a Supermarket Sweep event featuring community leaders. The City also distributed both a newsletter and bill insert citywide. The innovative and effective program won the 2014 Association of State Floodplain Managers National Media Outreach Award.

Major Jeffrey Palazzini reminded students and parents that, “It is tough to talk and think about flood preparedness on such a beautiful day as this in the middle of a drought… but most droughts end in flooding.”

“You may be wondering why we are talking about floods in a drought, but California is a state of extremes,” said Darren Suen. “Flooding can come even in dry times.”

West Sac Flood Protect encourages residents to prepare for a flood now when there is no major threat of storms. It is as simple as making a plan for you and your family, packing an emergency flood preparedness kit and protecting your home and property with flood insurance – PLAN, PACK, PROTECT.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and the state of California’s Department of Water Resources have developed a video featuring local floodplain managers and city officials, including the Mayor of West Sacramento, Christopher Cabaldon, that explains how flooding can affect residents even during a drought. Go to http://bit.ly/10f1Wtp to learn more about flood preparedness for Northern and Central California.

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Fall Water Conservation Tips

Summer is over and fall has arrived!

Water Year 2014 ended on September 30th as one of California’s driest ever with no promise this water year will be any wetter.

It is more important than ever to remember that just because we are out of the dry season doesn’t mean the drought is anywhere near over. When (and if) rain comes conserving water may be the last thing that comes to mind. However, water conservation should be a daily, year-round habit for all of us.

To help guide us into the cooler, fall months in California, here are some tips and ideas on how to conserve water all season long:

• Change your sprinkler schedule. As the weather cools down, lawns and plants don’t need as much water… and when it’s raining, they don’t need to be watered at all. Change your sprinkler timer now and then remember to turn if off when it is raining. Another option is to invest in a weather-based sprinkler and never worry about your sprinkler schedule.

• Get a jump on spring plantings. Gardeners will tell you that plants set in the fall season require less water and will look better come springtime!

• Help your trees survive the drought. Continue to water wisely and maintain your trees and landscape carefully throughout the fall season. Our trees provide a wide range of benefits at a low cost and with little effort.

• Invest in a rain barrel. Consider using a rain barrel to collect and store rain water runoff throughout the wet months. Water collected can be used to water indoor or outdoor plants, when needed, instead of turning on your sprinklers.

• Redirect downspouts to capture water. Simply redirect downspouts outside your home to capture any rainwater and direct it to garden or plant areas.

• Check for leaks. Find and fix leaks now! One way to find out if you have a leak present is to read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you most likely have a leak.

• Install low-flow showerheads. Most water is wasted outdoors, but did you know showers are the largest indoor water waster? Reduce your indoor water use by as much as one-third by simply switching your old showerheads for low-flow showerheads.

• Hold a household meeting to remind others to stick to these easy water saving tips:
– Keep showers to 5 minutes (a shower timer is handy)
— Run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads only
— Fill the sink when hand washing dishes—don’t let the water run
— Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket
— Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water that can be used on container plants

For more water saving tips and ideas year-round, visit www.SaveOurWater.com.

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New Water Conservation instructional videos!

New Water Conservation instructional videos!

Have questions about fixing water leaks in your home?

Need help setting your sprinkler timer?

Ever wonder how much water your garden really needs to thrive?

If so, check out the new videos available at the Regional Water Authority’s website.

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The Job Fair! Coming Oct. 29. West Sacramento City Hall

If you’re looking for a job, this is where you need to be–The Job Fair, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-2p.m. in the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento 95691. Brought to you by the Yolo County Dept. of  Employment & Social Services, the City of West Sacramento, the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, and the Yolo County Workforce Investment Board.

Plus, more than 35 employers and apprenticeship programs will be on hand. They’re looking to hire full-time and part-time employees–and network with you. Also available: free resume review! Learn the best practices of resume writing and connect with professional employment counselors to:

(1) Enhance and/or create your resume;
(2) Practice your personal “elevator pitch”, and
(3) Network with community and business leaders.

Please bring your resume to the Job Fair and dress for success!

Job Fair contact: Steve.roberts @ yolocounty.org

Posted in Employment, General Information, Things To Do

WSPD Community Meeting in Old West Sacramento Neighborhood, Oct. 28

Police DepartmentRepresentatives from the West Sacramento Police Department will attend “The Old West Sacramento Neighborhood” community Meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.

Focus of the discussion will be on the issues related to those who live in Beat 2, in and around the State Streets neighborhoods. Personnel from various units within the West Sacramento Police Department will be on hand to answer questions that residents may have regarding crime issues.  Community beat meetings are designed to strengthen the partnership between the police department and the community it serves.  For more information, please contact Lt. Tod Sockman at (916) 617-4951.

WHAT: Community  Meeting (Beat 2, in and around the State Streets neighborhoods.)
WHO: All  interested residents
WHERE: Trinity  Presbyterian Church, 1500  Park Blvd, West  Sacramento, CA
WHEN: Tuesday,  October 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Come  early for a $5.00 Taco Tuesday dinner at 6:30 p.m. hosted by The Old West  Sacramento Neighborhood Group.  Please RSVP for the dinner to  (916)203-3345.
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