West Sacramento Celebrates National Public Works Week

Public Works staff and supporters enjoyed a delicious BBQ lunch Thursday at the corporation yard on South River Road as part of Public Works Week.

Public Works Director Denix Anbiah and City Manager Martin Tuttle thanked staff for their hard work in completing important City infrastructure projects and for their exceptional service to the public by keeping the roads, sewer and water systems humming.

This year’s national theme is “Public Works Connect Us”.

 

How does Public Works connect West Sacramento?

Public Works links our community by maintaining streets, ensuring water quality, managing public transportation, maintaining sewer and water infrastructure, providing first responders services, maintaining public facilities, implementing environmental programs and building structures that promote economic and community development.

 

Thank you West Sacramento Public Works!

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West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix Designated as Official International Bike Race

River Walk Race Also Attracts Major Sponsors

 The West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix (WSCXGP) will hold its fourth annual race on West Sacramento’s River Walk Park on September 30 and October 1, 2017. The homegrown race has risen to one of the top cyclocross races and has been honored with two official designations: the newest U.S. international bike race with a Union Cycliste Internationale designation and as a USA Cycling Pro Cyclocross race.

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WSCXGP is one of 22 UCI sanctioned cyclocross bike races in the U.S. and provides an equal prize package for women and men and the largest women’s cash prize in the state. WSCXGP is a City of West Sacramento event that is co-hosted by the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) and the West Sacramento-based grassroots group Northern California Cyclocross Association (NORCALCX).

“We’re thrilled to host this growing international event that brings a festival atmosphere with bands, a local brewery, and food trucks together with exciting cyclocross races,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This event brings a spotlight to City while also providing two days of fun for the community and allowing racers to tear it up—literally—in one of the region’s most beautiful parks.”

Cyclocross is a bike race is held on mixed terrain with racers riding laps on a two-mile compact course. CX is a very accessible form of bike racing; amateurs ride the same course as professionals, and all races pass by the crowd of observers several times. USA Cycling states that Cyclocross is one of the largest growing sectors of bike racing, especially among women. WSCXGP is open to riders of all skill levels and age divisions, and registration will open soon at http://www.norcalcx.org/.

Emily Kachorek, co-owner of Squid Bikes and one of the WSCXGP organizers, is a professional racer who finished 13th at CX Nationals last year and is a former Team USA road racer. She stated, “We started this race four years ago to provide more opportunities for professional cyclocross racers in Northern California to compete at the highest level. Its success shows the growing popularity of the sport and its accessibility to non-professionals. The equal pay out for women is unusual for the sport and attracts some of the top women competitors from around world to West Sacramento.”

WSCXGP also attracted its first presenting sponsor, Toyota Mirai. Toyota will use the two-day event to highlight its Mirai fuel cell vehicle and its commitment to zero-emission transportation and sports. “We’re excited to have Toyota Mirai featured at the race,” said Chris White, communications director at the West Sacramento-based California Fuel Cell Partnership. “It gives us an opportunity to show how hydrogen and fuel cells are an important element in our community.”

Other sponsors include Capital West Realty, Bike Dog Brewing Company, Wicked West Pizza, Edible Pedal Bike Shop, and Bryan Miller Design. Atom Composites, Clif Bar, iHeart Radio, Jon Clay GR, Voler, and Squid Bikes are providing significant support.

Local resident and WSCXGP organizer Matthew Hargrove said, “This event highlights how awesome West Sacramento is. At every turn, we’re involving local companies and organizations, and their embrace of this crazy event just proves that West Sacramento is a great place to live and play!”

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What: West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix presented by Toyota

When: September 30 and October 1, 2017

Where: River Walk Park, West Sacramento

More information: http://www.norcalcx.org/.

 

 

 

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West Sacramento Tree Program Offers Free Shade Trees

West Sac Tree ProgramCould your yard use some more shade this summer? If you live North of the Barge Canal attend a workshop on May 20th to learn how to plant and care for trees. Afterwards, staff will be delivering large 15 gallon trees to participants. The best time to plant a tree is NOW!

Date:

Saturday, May 20th

Time:

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Location:

508 Poplar Ave, West Sacramento, CA

*under the shade structure in Westfield Park next to Westfield Elementary

Urban Forest Manager, Dena Kirtley will be on site to answer questions! For more information, call (530) 758-7337

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Bike Share Comes to West Sacramento

The Tower Bridge Bike Share program is under way in West Sacramento and Sacramento providing a convenient and economical way for commuting, running errands, visiting friends or just for fun! 50 bikes are currently available in West Sacramento.  A full regional system of 900 bikes is expected in the Fall of 2017.

Bikes are located at hub locations identified in the map above.

There are 8 bike share stations in West Sacramento: 5th Street and C Street, Burgers and Brew, CalSTRS, Tower Bridge Gateway and 3rd Street, West Gateway Place, Civic Center, Garden Park, and The Barn. Social Bicycles (SoBi) has leased and will be operating the system out of the 5th Street Garage.  Available 24/7, Tower Bridge Bike Share enhances transportation options and reduces traffic congestion.

“It’s a great new alternative way to get around for work, for errands, for lunch, for other short trips, taking advantage of our great weather and flat landscapes to just grab a bike and go.” – West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon

 

The bicycles will be accessible through a smart phone app. For those without smart phone access there will be outdoor kiosks at selected parking stations and indoor kiosks at future partner locations. For users without credit cards there will be an option for cash payments. Visit www.bikethetower.com to learn how this system works and view app download options.


Related: 

Bike share starts in Sacramento. See where you can get one

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Grand Opening of West Gateway Place

The City of West Sacramento celebrated the grand opening of West Gateway Place on Friday, May 19th. Located in the Bridge District northwest of Raley Field along Tower Bridge Gateway, West Gateway Place is one of the first workforce housing developments in California to receive the state’s cap-and-trade funding.

L to R: Senior Housing Program Manager Louise Collis, Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas, Senior Housing Program Manager Raul Huerta-Castro, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Economic Development & Housing Director Aaron Laurel, Council Member Quirina Orozco, Community Investment Manager Katy Jacobson, City Manager Martin Tuttle

 

Co- developed by Jamboree Housing and West Sacramento Housing & Development, this newest affordable housing project features 77 sustainable apartment homes, 4,000 square feet of retail space and 12,000 square feet of common areas in two four-story buildings, and close transportation with bicycle and pedestrian paths.

Each home is equipped with energy saving appliances, water saving fixtures, and high-efficiency landscape. West Gateway Place is designed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status.

“West Gateway Place is sustainable in so many ways,” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon at the grand opening event. “It’s strategically located near shopping, job centers and community resources so that residents can walk, ride a bike, or use public transportation to get where they want to go, leaving their auto at home. It’s transit-oriented location plays an important  role in reducing greenhouse gas and creating a healthier, stronger community for all of our residents.”

Mayor Cabaldon continued ,“As a city, we believe it’s important to provide housing and services for people who may not have higher paying jobs…who want to live in our community,” the Mayor stated. “West Gateway Place represents the type of high-quality, mixed-use housing that these residents will be able to afford and live a comfortable life.”

The Mayor thanked members of the City’s Economic Development and Housing Department and Community Development for seeing the project through.

In addition to the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program funds, the $29.8 million West Gateway Place development includes financing from the City of West Sacramento and Union Bank.

West Gateway place is currently at full occupancy.

 

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River Walk Hosts Safe Boating Week Event This Saturday

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The City of West Sacramento is partnering with the Coast Guard for an educational  safe boating event on the West Sacramento River Walk Park, Saturday, May 20th, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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The gathering will feature Coast Guard and City rescue vessels, educational and informational booths as well as life jacket and other safety related giveaways. This is an excellent opportunity to provide positive information related to police and fire departments as well as vital safety information that could save a life.

Bring the Family, and your lunch to the West Sacrament River Walk and watch a United States Coast Guard Helicopter perform a ‘Rescue Swimmer’ demonstration and The Drowning Accident Rescue Team [D.A.R.T] perform ‘Swift Water Rescue’ demonstrations while enjoying the many Water Safety displays.


Life Jacket World Record Day!

Bring a Life Jacket with you and participate in helping thousands of people from around the world attempt to set the world record for the most life jackets worn and inflatable life jackets inflated on one day.

Families are encouraged to bring their children to participate in the group photo with West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, members of the City Council, Chief of Police, Fire Chief, Director of City Parks and Recreation, and the Coast Guard.  If you have a Life Jacket… bring it along!

This event will be photographed and documented to record how many people attended and wore their life jacket.  The record to beat this year is 10,917!


Click here for more information on National Safe Boating Week.

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Summer 2017 At The Recreation Center

Check out all the opportunity for fun and fitness at the West Sacramento Recreation Center this summer!

AVOID LINES & PLAN AHEAD FOR SUMMER! SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS ON THESE SUMMER TIPS:

1. Buy your quarterly pass in MAY! We’ll start it on a future date of your choice.

2. Make sure all waivers on your account are up to date (especially for minors!).

3. Get your Rec Card handy or download the Key Ring Rewards app and we’ll scan
you in with your smart phone.



Personal Trainers

Do you want to get healthier? Do you want to increase balance, strength and flexibility?Whatever your fitness goals are, our personal trainers are here to help you reach them! Maybe you just need help with getting started at the Recreation Center? Sign up for an Intro to Fitness for $5  OR do a New Client Intro with a trainer for $10.

Call (916) 617-4770 for more questions on how to get started!

Location: West Sacramento Recreation Center


Nutrition and Strength Training

Part 1: Monday, June 12th

Part 2: Monday, June 19th

Both classes: 6:00-7:00pm

$20 pass holders / $30 non pass holders

Join Health Coach and Personal Trainer Brittany and Personal Trainer Jake for “Leaner, Healthier, and Stronger: A Strength Seminar.” In this two part learning experience you’ll discover how to change your body composition using nutrition and strength training. In our first meeting we’ll discuss nutrition’s role in strength performance and body composition as well as the importance of strength workouts throughout the life cycle. In our second class we’ll teach you how you can implement strength training in your workouts with confidence. You’ll leave with a template to help you create strength workouts and progress with a better understanding of how to design workouts.

*This class is absolutely relevant for anyone interested in learning more about the benefits of strength training no matter your ability level.


Swim Lesson Openings

 There are still a few swim lessons open, but particularly in the morning times. Sign up today!

Session 1 – 6/5-6/15

Session 2 – 6/19-6/29

Private Lessons – June Fridays

FREE SWIM LESSON – Saturday, May 20th

Starfish, Minnows, Dolphins & Swordfish

Location: West Sacramento Recreation Center


Lifeguard Training

Are you too young to be a lifeguard or swim instructor but would like to see what it takes?  Sign up for the Camp Guard Summer Training class!  Learn to rescue or teach swim lessons and work side by side with the West Sacramento Lifeguards. All students must volunteer 30 hours after completion of the class.

FEE: $160 per participant

June 5th-15th 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

*This is a NOT a lifeguard certification program.


Summer Tennis Programs

Tennis players join Coach Brooks to learn and develop your tennis skills! All ability levels welcome. Equipment available for students if needed.

Session 1: Wed/Thurs/Fri June 7-16
Session 2: Tues/Wed/Fri June 20-June 30

Session 3: Wed/Thurs/Fri July 5-14

Session 4: Mon/Tue/Wed & Wed/Thurs/Fri July 17-28

Session 5: Tues/Wed/Fri August 1-11

Time: 8:30-9:30 (Beginners)

9:30-10:30 (Advanced beginning/Intermediate)

Age: 5-17 years

FEE: $40 per session

Location: Recreation Center Tennis Courts


Beginning Skateboarding

Learn the fundamentals of skateboarding along with opportunities for advanced techniques such as flip tricks, riding the ramps, grinding on rails and much more!

 

Session 1: July 10-14

Session 2: July 17-21

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

 Fee: $65/ session   $10 for transportation/ session

(Transportation available ONLY for registered participants of Teen Camp,

KIDS Camp, Camp Lakeside and Sports Camp. Registration Limited.)


Healthy Cooking Night Out

Tomato Fest July 11th 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Whether you shop the farmer’s markets, grocery stores, or your own garden, tomatoes are everywhere this time of year! Come explore the many ways to use everyone’s favorite fruit!

Creamy Tomato Soup with Herb Oil Garnish
Poached Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce
Chicken Caprese Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

UPCOMING CLASSES

Cooking for Optimal Health – July 13th @ 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  OR July 19th @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Come join us for this very special, hands-on cooking class, that will incorporate nutrient dense foods, thus allowing your body to create an optimal terrain for fighting cancer and many other modern diseases.  Our class will begin with a special presentation by Jan Adrian, Founder of Healing Journeys. Our menu will include:

Zucchini Fritters Cooked in Ghee
Poached Salmon with Lemon-Turmeric Aioli
Summer Vegetable Gazpacho
Strawberry Fool

This is a hands-on cooking class, so please bring a cutting board, chef’s knife, and apron with you to class.  And of course, your appetite, as we will be sampling everything we make!
Note: Please bring $10 materials fee payable to instructor.

*Tastings of everything prepared will be included.  Space is limited, so sign-up early!


Drop-In Pickleball

Pickleball is an indoor double paddle/volley game similar to tennis that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Monday 3:30-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 3:30-6:00 p.m.

*Day pass or monthly pass required.


Clubhouse Rec

Clubhouse Rec kids participate in staff led games, activities, songs, arts and crafts, all at the Recreation Center.  Participants may bring a small snack and water.  Parents are not required to stay on site.

Ages 3-6 – Tuesday & Thursday 12:30-3:00pm

June 13-29  SOLD OUT

July 11-27th – $60

August 1-10 – $40

Questions? Please e-mail: recreation@cityofwestsacramento.org


Summer Pool Parties

Celebrate at the coolest place in town! Private Pool and Rec Swim parties available at the West Sacramento Recreation Center!  Don’t forget about Rock Wall parties or Light Saber Fitness Parties!

Dates are booking fast for June & July! Get your application in today!


West Sacramento Recreation Center
2801 Jefferson Blvd.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 617-4770

Register Here!

 

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Learn How to Protect Yourself this Mosquito Season

Spring is here and so are the mosquitoes! The most effective protection against mosquito bites is to dress in long sleeves and pants or to wear an effective mosquito repellent while spending time outdoors. Insect repellents should contain DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District has officially started its mosquito and West Nile virus surveillance program by testing dead birds and mosquito samples that could be infected with the virus putting the public at risk.

“We are seeing a definite increase in the number of mosquitoes collected in the traps set out by our laboratory staff,” indicated Gary Goodman, District Manager. “Some of the traps which were placed in parks and open areas throughout the District contained hundreds of mosquitoes. This is very significant, especially when you consider that it’s only the beginning of May. The mosquito season is just getting started and it looks like it will be a very busy one,” added Goodman. 

Stagnant water coupled with hot temperatures create the ideal conditions for mosquitoes to grow. In addition, heat accelerates the mosquito life cycle and they can go from an egg to a flying adult in as little as a week. The District encourages residents to check their yard at least once a week and dump water that accumulates in plant saucers, pet dishes, toys, and other containers.

“Now more than ever we ask that homeowners be diligent about not having stagnant water around their property. One bucket of water can easily breed hundreds of mosquitoes and that’s what we’re trying to avoid” said Goodman.

Throughout the state, West Nile virus is also on the rise. Last week, the California Department of Public Health confirmed the first human case of the disease was found in Kings County. At this time, West Nile virus has also been detected in three dead birds from San Mateo, Orange and San Diego counties.


Increased areas of stagnant water, which leads to many mosquito breeding sources, left behind from the winter rain storms and hotter than normal temperatures for this time of the year has increased mosquito populations. To report neglected swimming pools, areas with stagnant water or mosquito breeding problems, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

Practice the District D’s of Mosquito Prevention: 
DRAIN standing water that may produce mosquitoes.
DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors.
DRESS appropriately be wearing long sleeves and pants when outside.
DEFEND yourself by using an effective insect repellent.  Make sure to follow label directions!
DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.
DISTRICT personnel are also available to address any mosquito problems. Call them at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net

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Want To Be Notified About Utility Alerts? Sign-Up Here

 

City of West Sacramento Public Works Department has teamed up with DialMyCalls to help notify residents about water shutoffs, street closures, and major utility issues that would affect your neighborhood.

Please fill out the survey here if you wish to be put on the contact list for this information. Only one survey per address is needed.

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Amgen Tour Races Through West Sacramento this Sunday!

Looking for something to do on Mother’s Day? Head over to the Amgen Tour of California this Sunday to catch the riders passing through. The race will start at approximately 11:25 a.m. at the State Capitol and finish at the State Capitol.

This first stage will cross the Tower Bridge into West Sacramento and continue south on South River Road. At the south end of the City racers will cross westbound on Burrows Road and continue southbound on Jefferson Boulevard into the Delta. The route will loop around Ryer Island and return into West Sacramento on South River Road. Bikers will continue northbound on South River Road and cross over the Tower Bridge into Sacramento for the finish.

The best viewing location for spectators would be the Tower Bridge Gateway between the Tower Bridge and 5Th St. Additional time should be allowed for travel in the impacted areas.

Keep in mind that several roads will be closed while racers pass through and reopened upon their exit. Below are the maps that outline closures in our area.

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Men’s 1st Stage

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Women’s 3rd and 4th Stages

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