City Council Selects Ledesma as Mayor Pro Tem

The West Sacramento City Council has selected Chris Ledesma as Mayor Pro Tem. The Mayor Pro Tem serves in the absence of the Mayor when the Mayor is not available for City Council meetings or City events. The Mayor Pro Tem serves a term of one year.

Although West Sacramento citizens vote to elect the city’s Mayor and City Council members, the City Council selects each Mayor Pro Tem. The next regular meeting of the West Sacramento City Council is Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave.

Posted in General Information

DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint Planned

Police BadgeThe West Sacramento Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints on the following dates.

12/16-21/14   DUI SATURATIONS WITHIN WEST SCRAMENTO- These DUI Saturations are funded by an OTS Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Grant.  Officers will be directed to look for DUI Drivers within the City of West Sacramento.  There will be a saturation every night during this time frame.  More saturations are scheduled for after the Christmas holiday. 

12/27/14  OTS STEP DUI CHECKPOINT @ 1900-0300 hours – DUI Checkpoint to be conducted within West Sacramento City Limits.  This Checkpoint is OTS STEP Grant funded.

For questions please contact Marc Marquez, at 916-617-4900.  Or police dispatch at the following numbers 916-372-3375 or 530-666-8920.

Posted in General Information, Police Department, Public Safety, Transportation

Update: City of West Sacramento Santa Run

West Sacramento Santa Fire TruckUnfortunately, tonight’s make-up visit (Tuesday Dec. 16th) from Santa will again be postponed due to inclement weather.  Of course, he and the reindeer are used to all kinds of weather, but he doesn’t want his friends along the route to get soaked.

Instead, Wednesday, December 17th, Santa will visit the Bridgeway Island streets he missed last night (Dec. 15th):  Suisun, Ryer, Catalina, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Cooper, Fiji, Bowen, Solomon, Stuart, Graham, San Salvador, Abaco, Bridgeway Lakes, Henshaw, Eagle, Lewiston, Tahoe, and Coyote.

Thursday, December 18th, Santa will visit the Southport North East area that was originally scheduled this evening (Dec. 16th):  Kinsington, Aster, Manchester, Gateway, Sausalito, Sansome, Hearst, Randolph, Mojave, Merced, Rubicon, Ironwood, Spruce, Redwood, Alder, Limewood, Almond, Peppertree, and Peachtree.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. The weather has been unpredictable this year and we appreciate your understanding and patience. A big thank you to the all-volunteer team that works hard to bring you this special event.  You may also consult the West Sacramento Fire Department Facebook page for up-to-the-minute updates.

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Update: City of West Sacramento Santa Run

West Sacramento Santa Fire TruckDespite the rainy conditions, the Santa Run is still scheduled for tonight.  Santa can be seen on his decorated fire truck “sleigh” and his helpers will be handing out candy canes purchased and donated by the West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association. Remember, Santa will also have a pickup truck following his “sleigh” with helpers collecting your canned food donations for the needy.

Tonight (December 15th) Santa will be in the Southport West (Bridgeway Island) area:  Cayman, St. John, Martinique, St. Croix, Haiti, Swan, Suisun, Ryer, Catalina, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Cooper, Fiji, Bowen, Solomon, Stuart, Graham, San Salvador, Abaco, Bridgeway Lakes, Henshaw, Eagle, Lewiston, Tahoe, Coyote.

Tomorrow night (December 16th), Santa will be visiting the Southport North East area that was originally scheduled during last Thursday’s storm, which includes:  Kinsington, Aster, Manchester, Gateway, Sausalito, Sansome, Hearst, Randolph, Mojave, Merced, Rubicon, Ironwood, Spruce, Redwood, Alder, Limewood, Almond, Peppertree, Peachtree.

Weather conditions will continue to be monitored each day. We are hopeful that no other postponements will be necessary.

Thank you in advance for your patience.  For more information please call (916) 617-4600.

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Holiday Season Closure and Holiday Refuse Schedule

The West Sacramento City Hall and the Community Center, including Learning Ladder Preschool, and Fire Administration will be closed for the holiday season, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014 thru Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.

City services of the Police and Fire Departments will continue without interruption.

Both the City Hall and Community Center will reopen on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. If you have any questions during the closure, please call (916) 617-4500.

Holiday Refuse Schedule
The following holidays will result in a one-day change to your regularly scheduled service day:

Christmas Day
Thursday, Dec. 25 (each service day will be moved to the next day –  Thursday moves to Friday, Friday moves to Saturday)

New Year’s Day
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 (each service day moves to the next day, as described above during the days following Christmas)

For more information, contact City Hall, (916) 617-4500. Happy Holidays!

Posted in General Information, Holiday, Recycling

Plant Acorns and Deergrass plugs on Jan 17th!

The City of West Sacramento INVITES  You to PLANT ACORNS and Deergrass plugs!

Saturday, January 17th from 9 AM to 2:30 PM

in the Center Median near 2110 Enterprise Blvd., in West Sacramento!

Hot Cocoa, Coffee, and Snacks will be provided!
(porta potty and hand wash station too!) Wear Gloves, bring a shovel or use ours!

RSVP to Dena at

Posted in General Information

Young Tree Pruning Workshop – Jan 10th

The City of West Sacramento Arborist, Dena Kirtley, will be conducting a

Saturday, January 10th from 9AM to 11:30 PM
at Roland Hensley Bike Park

located at 20175 West Capitol Ave
on the West end of West Capitol Avenue,
North of Industrial Blvd and Enterprise Blvd.
See Roland Hensley Bike Park #10 in the map below:

Posted in General Information

Update: City of West Sacramento Santa Run

West Sacramento Santa Fire TruckUpdates and cancellations due to weather conditions will be taken one day at a time.  There may be breaks in storm conditions that allow the run to continue as planned.

The City of West Sacramento will advise with any changes each day by 5:00 PM if cancellations are anticipated.  In the event of a cancellation, the route will be rescheduled for a future date.

Due to the weather conditions tonight, Dec. 11th, the Santa Run will be postponed and rescheduled for next week.  The new date will be announced as soon as practical.

Thanks in advance for your patience.  For more information please call (916) 617-4600.

More information

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City Honors Managers of the Year

Parks and Grounds Superintendent Sam Cooney was named 2014 Manager of the Year by the City of West Sacramento.

Parks and Grounds Superintendent Sam Cooney was named 2014 Manager of the Year by the City of West Sacramento, Dec. 9. From a field of seventeen candidates nominated by co-workers, Mr. Cooney distinguished himself as the “go to” person when something important needs to be done.  In presenting the award, City Manager Martin Tuttle said Mr. Cooney is “always willing to go the extra mile, with a smile on his face and a desire to improve any situation.” Sam was helpful on the recent North Levee Clean-up project and in restoring the Broderick Boat Ramp to a safe and attractive condition.

In addition to the Manager of the Year, the City recognized five managers with awards of excellence:

  • Jack Murphy, Facility Maintenance Superintendent, who displays professionalism and leadership;
  • John Perry, Human Resources Manager, who facilitated numerous employment recruitments, while serving as a mentor to his staff;
  • Rebecca Ramirez, Deputy Fire Chief, who joined the department 21 years ago, as a recruit before rising through the ranks to become a deputy chief. Among her accomplishments, Deputy Chief Ramirez organized West Sacramento’s recent flu vaccine clinic;
  • Nathan Steele, Police Lieutenant, who helped streamline the Police Dept.’s recruitment process, while starting service as Tactical Commander of the SWAT team; and
  • David Tilley, Principal Planner, who refreshed the City’s business license program, while serving as an excellent mentor to his staff.

The City also awarded eleven certificates of merit to managers for their notable service
in 2014:

  • Anthony Arieas, IT Business Services Manager, who displays respect and support in assisting City staff;
  • Paul Dirksen, Flood Protection Manager, whose work included an excellent real estate plan for the Dept. of Water Resources;
  • Dean Hebenstreit, IT Technical Services Manager, who received recognition for keeping the IT infrastructure running smoothly throughout the year;
  • Katy Jacobson, Senior Program Manager, for her leadership and teamwork on high profile projects, such as the Riverfront Hotel, the Barn, and the Washington
    Sustainable Communities Plan;
  • Justine Jimenez, Early Learning Services Director, who prepared the application for the award-winning City Livability Awards, resulting in national honors for West Sacramento;
  • Dena Kirtley, Urban Forest Manager, who continues improving the community’s
    landscaping. In addition, Dena took responsibility for maintaining the City’s
    vacant properties;
  • Aaron Laurel, Economic Development Division Manager, who leads by example and supports staff with challenging assignments;
  • Connie Leek, Recreation Manager, who received recognition for her ability to bring varied groups together to produce harmonious results;
  • Rob Miller, IT Manager, cited for his broad knowledge and expertise, while leading as an excellent role model and mentor;
  • Kryss Rankin, City Clerk, who was complimented for her open communication style and free exchange of ideas; and
  • Jon Robinson, Housing and Community Investment Manager, who impresses staff with his analytical thought and problem-solving ability.

In addition to the Manager of the Year, the City recognized five managers with awards of excellence.

The awards were presented during a luncheon event at the City Hall Galleria. The names of the Manager of the Year and the five managers receiving Awards of Excellence will be engraved on a perpetual plaque displayed in the City Council Chambers. The City congratulates all the outstanding managers serving the citizens of West Sacramento.

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New Hydrogen Car Fueling Station Opens in West Sacramento–Ramos Oil Company adds hydrogen to its line of clean fuels

West Sacramento’s Ramos Oil Company Links to Hydrogen Highway -- Officials gather at Ramos Oil Company on South River Road to mark the opening of the region’s first hydrogen fueling station. Pictured, left to right, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Johannessen, City of West Sacramento; Fred Joseck, Technology Analyst, US Dept. of Energy; Bill Elrick, California Fuel Cell Partnership; President Kent Ramos, Ramos Oil Company; Board Member Phil Serna, Air Resources Board; Commissioner Janea Scott, California Energy Commission; and Senior Vice President Cliff Caldwell, Linde North America. Linde’s state of the art hydrogen technology is essential to the fueling station.

Hydrogen fueling for cars is now possible at the Ramos Oil Company multi-fueling station, 1515 South River Road, in West Sacramento. The hydrogen station is equipped with state-of-the-art technology developed by Linde North America, a major producer of hydrogen covering the entire technology spectrum required to successfully use hydrogen as a transportation fuel.

To mark completion of its retail hydrogen fueling station, Ramos held a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 10, hosting representatives of Linde and local and state dignitaries — including Mark Johannessen, Mayor Pro Tem City of West Sacramento; Phil Serna, California Air Resources Board; Commissioner Janea Scott, California Energy Commission; and Fred Joseck, US Department of Energy.

“We are thrilled to be working with Linde on this project and very impressed with the exciting technology they brought to us,” said Kent Ramos, president of Ramos Oil Company, based in West Sacramento. “We have been serving the Sacramento Valley market with a variety of fuels for over 60 years. The prospect of hydrogen’s zero emissions technology fits perfectly into our multi-fuel platform concept and I believe will prove that hydrogen has a place in the transportation fuel mix.” Ramos Oil is one of the first petroleum retailers in California to embrace clean fuels. In addition to conventional fuels, the company offers bio-diesel, ethanol-85, methanol and now hydrogen. The company also uses solar panels to power the entire facility.

Fill ‘Er Up with Hydrogen – Ramos Oil President Kent Ramos fuels up with hydrogen at the Ramos station on South River Road, Dec. 10. Looking on, left to right, Air Resources Board Member Phil Serna; incoming State Senator Dr. Richard Pan; and Mayor Pro Tem Mark Johannessen. The Ramos Oil Company offers the first hydrogen fueling station in the region.

“This project not only serves as a hub for hydrogen fuel delivery, but highlights the importance of providing an array of fuels for the future of urban transportation,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon recently. “The station is an asset to both our residents and the region as a whole.”

The fueling industry anticipates thousands hydrogen powered cars to be on the road in California by 2020, with a significant growth curve to follow.

Posted in Chamber of Commerce, General Information, Going Green, Transportation

City Prepares for Local Storms

The City of West Sacramento is taking steps in advance of the heavy storm expected to strike the area, beginning Dec. 10. Incidents of flooding caused by fallen leaves and clogged drains are anticipated. The City will respond to emergencies as quickly as possible. The Fire, Police and Public Works departments request the public’s assistance, as follows:


  • Before the storm arrives, keep drain inlets clear by placing leaves and debris in the green waste containers.  If full, use plastic bags to bag excess leaves. Do not sweep leaves into the street.
  • The City has dedicated two street sweepers to picking up fallen leaves.
  • Public Works has crews ready to assist for overnight duty.
  • Sandbags are available at the City of West Sacramento Corporation Yard, 1951 South River Rd., weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Residents are allowed up to 10 bags per address. Sand is available at the Corporation Yard, but residents need to fill their own bags.
  • A limited number of sandbags are available after 4 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.
  • Residents are recommended to use plastic or visqueen sheeting as a water barrier with sandbags used to hold the sheeting in place.
  • Sandbags and sand will also be in supply at Fire Station 42, 3585 Jefferson Blvd.

For additional questions about sandbags, local flooding and clogged storm drains, call Public Works, (916) 617-4850.

The City thanks the public for its cooperation.  As the City checks storm emergencies, residents are urged to stay safe and drive safely. Be prepared for street signs advising caution. The City will continue responding to storm issues as quickly as possible.

Posted in Active Aging, Fire Department, Flood Protection, General Information, Police Department, Public Safety, Public Works, Recycling, Transportation

Last Chance! Free Shade Tree Workshop

Last Chance!!! Our Tree Yard is bursting with unique and beautiful shade trees like Ginkgo biloba, Bur Oak, Golden Rain Tree, Zelkova serrata, Emerald Sunshine Elm, and Willow Oak.

By attending a FREE SHADE TREE WORKSHOP, you will qualify for up to 2 trees annually for the life of the program (based upon tree availability).

Our last workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 14th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at our Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue.

Call TODAY to reserve your seat. 916-617-4620.

This workshop will fill up fast, call now!

Posted in General Information, Public Works

City Opens Mike McGowan Bridge, Dec. 5, 2014

The City of West Sacramento provides an important link to development of riverfront properties in Pioneer Bluff and the Bridge District, with the opening of the Mike McGowan Bridge, Dec. 5. The 615-foot long bridge will also help improve traffic flow on Jefferson Boulevard, as a north-south traffic alternative. The new bridge connects South River Road over the old barge canal to the new Locks Drive (replacing the southwestern leg of South River Road off Jefferson Boulevard.)  A morning ceremony to cut the ribbon featured remarks by Mike McGowan (a member, 1987-1993, of West Sacramento’s original City Council, as well as the City’s mayor. Mayor Christopher Cabaldon described how the bridge supports the City’s current riverfront development plan. Other speakers at the event were Brian Kelly, Secretary of California’s Transportation, and Oscar Villegas, former City Council member who replaced Mr. McGowan on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors earlier this year. Mike was a board supervisor for over 20 years.

Mike McGowan Bridge Opening

The Mike McGowan Bridge Ribbon-Cutting, Dec, 5 – Left to right, City Manager Martin Tuttle; Secretary Brian Kelly, California Transportation Agency; Mayor Pro Tem Mark Johannessen; Sue McGowan; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; Mike McGowan; Council Member Beverly Sandeen; and Yolo Supervisor Oscar Villegas.

Following the ribbon-cutting, a procession of electric and fuel cell vehicles, in addition to a classic ’55 Chevy, carried Mr. McGowan and his family, as well as the City Council across the new bridge.

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Holiday Blood Drive – December 16

City of West Sacramento invites you to the Holiday Blood Drive.

Tuesday, December 16, from 9 a.m. – 

The BloodSource mobile unit will be parked in the City Hall Parking lot, 1110 West Capitol Ave, West Sacramento, 95691.

For appointments, contact City Clerk Kryss Rankin (916) 617-4500.

Participate today and earn Reward points. Donate at any BloodSource center or mobile drive between December 1-24, 2014 and earn enough points to go online to MyBloodSource and redeem for a FREE ticket to the Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo or save up your Reward points and redeem for other great items!

On Blood Drive Day, remember to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating.

For eligibility questions, call BloodSource, 1-(866) 822-5663. Any reason is a good reason to give blood!

BloodSource Holiday Blood Drive

Posted in Events, General Information, Health and Fitness

Rain Barrels – The Ultimate Water Savers!

Did you know? With every 1 inch of rain on 1,000 square feet of roof, you can collect around 600 gallons! That’s a lot of water. And it’s a really good way to provide clean, fresh water for your landscape. And here’s a little secret.

Plants LOVE rainwater. It’s soft and gently acidic, and helps plants grow stronger and faster. After all, doesn’t Mother Nature water her plants with rainwater?

See this video for the general idea.

Purchase your kit now and pick it up at the workshop on December 20th!

$30 includes barrel and all hardware needed to turn your downspout into a water saver!

Sponsored by Nor-Cal Beverage and The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.

All workshop participants will receive a rain barrel at the workshop, where they will learn the installation process and use of the rain barrel. There is a one-per-household limit.

The next workshop is scheduled for Saturday, December 20th at the Arthur F. Turner Library, 2:00pm-4:00pm.  Space is limited to 20 people.

Register for the workshop here.

Posted in Events, Going Green, Public Works, Recycling, Things To Do