Corps Unveils Draft Plans for West Sacramento Flood Risk Reduction

A plan to implement enhanced flood risk reduction features around West Sacramento’s perimeter was revealed on July 14th, 2014.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District released its draft general re-evaluation report and draft environmental impact statement/environmental impact report for the West Sacramento project for public review.

The proposed project would implement a variety of flood risk management improvements throughout West Sacramento, which is almost completely surrounded by water ways.  The plan includes installing cutoff walls, raising levees, providing increased bank protection, as well as the construction of a setback levee, berms and relief wells to help update the region’s flood control system.

“Identifying a plan to reduce the risk of flooding in West Sacramento is necessary for the safety of those who live and work in the city, but it’s also a vital piece of a larger plan to modernize the regional flood risk management system to help prevent future flooding,” said Col. Mike Farrell, commander for the Corps’ Sacramento District.

The City of West Sacramento and the West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency have made great strides in reducing the city’s flood risk by moving forward with levee projects to upgrade sections along the Sacramento north levee and are currently finalizing plans to improve more than six miles of levee along the Sacramento River south levee, but additional work is necessary.

“West Sacramento is a growing community with vital resources that serve the region, and it’s important that we remain vigilant of the flood risk that surrounds us,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “Our community’s effort to address our flood risk has been tremendous, and we’re excited to partner with the Corps and State of California to help us achieve our goals.”

Now, the Corps, California’s Department of Water Resources and WSAFCA are ready to move forward together to develop a plan to meet the needs of the city and move towards the state’s goal of 200-year protection, which means there’d be a one-in-200 chance in any given year of flooding.

“This is one of many State of California investments that will reduce flood risks in the Central Valley,” said Mike Mierzwa, civil engineer and flood policy advisory for the Department of Water Resources.

The West Sacramento study and the American River Common Features study, which is slated for public release later this summer, build upon a series of ongoing projects to reduce the flood risk for one of the nation’s most at-risk regions.

The draft documents are published on the Sacramento District’s website at, and will be made available for review at two local libraries including A.F. Turner Community Library in West Sacramento and the Sacramento Public Library. Printed or CD copies of the reports are available upon request.

The official 45-day public comment period will begin July 18, and close on Sept. 1.

Written comments can be submitted by mail or email to the addresses listed on Page 3 of the draft environmental report. Corps representatives will be available to discuss the status of the project, the draft documents and accept public comments during public meetings Aug. 19.

Public Meeting Information:
August 19, 2014
2-4 p.m. & 6–8 p.m.
City of West Sacramento City Hall Galleria
1110 West Capitol Avenue
West Sacramento, CA 95691

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Showing at the Community Center Black Box Theater

Now Showing from Runaway Stage Productions
Playing July 11 to August 17
Friday and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm

We are happy to announce that Runaway Stage Production has come back to the Black Box Theater with their production of Nunsense. With all of the characters being portrayed by male musical comedy performers, think of it as “Mrs. Doubtfire enters the Convent”, this is sure to be a crowd pleasing comedy. Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, audience participation, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. With more than 5000 productions worldwide, it has been translated into 21 languages.

Tickets are available at Suitable for theater goers 12 and older

Coming Soon from Runaway Stage Productions
Storybook Theater performance of THE BIG BAD WOLF
Playing July 19, 26, August 2, 9 and 16, 2014
Saturdays at 12:00pm and 2:00pm

What happens when three slick swine join one cape-wearing girl with a vengeance in an attempt to frame the Big Bad Wolf? Nothing short of mysterious mix-ups and musical mayhem! Join Fairytale Forest’s top reporter as she attempts to get the ‘cross-my-heart, true story’ of the Big Bad Wolf. Find the fun in an old classic, and hold on for an adventure that will give Little Red and the gang a taste of the twenty-first century. To purchase tickets please visit Tickets for children $12 and under are only $6!

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When and How to Report Water Waste

We’ve all witnessed water abuse: broken sprinklers flooding a sidewalk, sprinklers spraying on rainy days, hoses left running.  With the state of California in its third year of drought the City needs your help in eliminating water waste.  Water waste is defined as the following:

  • Causing or permitting excessive water to discharge, flow, or run to waste into any gutter, sanitary sewer, water course, or storm drain, or to any adjacent property, from any tap, hose faucet, pipe, sprinkler, or nozzle. In the case of irrigation, “discharge,” “flow,” or “run to waste” means that the earth intended to be irrigated has been saturated with water to the point that excess water flows over the earth to waste.
  • Allowing water fixtures or heating or cooling devices to leak or discharge excessively.
  • Backwashing so as to discharge to waste from swimming pools, decorative basins or ponds in excess of the frequency necessary to ensure the healthful condition of the water or in excess of that required by standards for professionally administered maintenance or to address structural considerations.
  • Operation of an irrigation system that applies water to an impervious surface or that is in disrepair.
  • Irrigation of landscaping during rainfall.

To report water waste, please call the Public Works Department at (916) 617-4850.

Before you call, and to make efficient use of limited staff, having the following information ready would be very helpful:

  • Address of water waste. If you do not have an exact address, provide as much location information as possible.
  • Date and time that you observed the over-watering.
  • What you actually observed. For example:
    • Was the water running into the gutter?
    • Approximately how long had it been running?
    • Was the over-watering from irrigation, an open hose, a broken sprinkler?
    • If you have observed over-watering at this location in the past, please provide that information also.

Within a few days, City staff will contact the responsible party by phone, mail or in person to issue a water waste warning, if appropriate.

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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 farmers market on July 17th!

$35 includes barrel and all hardware needed to turn your rain gutter
downspout into a huge money saver!

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

Register for the workshop here:

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UPDATE: National Night Out, Aug. 5

“National Night Out” is Tuesday, Aug. 5. This public anti-crime program has been bringing neighborhoods together across the nation.  In West Sacramento, National Night Out will be celebrated throughout the city with block parties and barbecues.



The West Sacramento Police Department joins residents and neighborhood groups in support of the program’s 31st year. The following neighborhoods will have National Night Out activities, between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.:

685 Lighthouse Drive (Las Casitas Apartments)
10th and Maryland Streets (corner)
19th and Pennsylvania (corner)
1613 19th Street
1140 Longcroft Street
Aster and Manchester (corner)
2692 Mandeville Street
Muscovy and Crested (corner)
1807 Presidio Street
Sumatra/Mandura (corner)
Apache Street (dead end of street)
1527 Redding Road
3170 Venice Street (Main Drain Association)
3773 Elsinore Court
3590 Antigua Street
1680 Quail Road
500 7th Street (Washington Courtyard Apartments)
2455 West Capitol Avenue (West Capitol Courtyard)
3401 Savannah Lane (Savannah Lane Apartments)

National Night Out is designed to:

  • Heighten awareness of crime and
    drug prevention;
  • Generate support for, and participation in local anti-crime efforts; and
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

For questions, call Community Service Officer Nora McDowell, (916) 617-4937.

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Candidate Filing Period Opens

The filing period for City Council and Mayor candidates opens on Monday, July 14 and will close on Friday, August 8. The election will be held on November 4, 2014. Interested individuals may visit the City Clerk’s office any time during normal business hours to pick up the necessary documents. Appointments are encouraged, but not required.

Individuals interested in running for office must be at least 18 years of age, not on parole for conviction of a felony, and must be a registered voter in the City of West Sacramento.

For more information contact the City Clerk at 916-617-4500 or visit us at Elections Information.

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Special Programs at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library this August

Check out the Arthur F. Turner Community Library for a series of special programs in August 2014:

  • Computer Class August 4th at 9am
    Visit or call the Library to learn about the topic this month. No experience necessary. Call 916-375-6465 to register.
  • All Things String August 14th and 27th 6pm
    Whether you knit, crochet, embroider, or enjoy other fiber arts, this social crafting circle is for you! Bring your current project or start something new!
  • Where Were You When? August 20th at 11am
    This social group for older adults will start each session with a historic event to spark discussion.
  • Tales for Tails August 25th at 4pm
    School aged children are invited to come to the Library and practice reading with a therapy dog.
  • Adult Summer Reading: Mobile Device Petting Zoo August 28th at 6pm
    Learn about the various mobile devices, and how to download free e-books and audiobooks from the library.
  • English Conversation Groups
    Practice English in a fun and relaxed environment. Drop-in visitors are welcome.
    o Tuesdays at 6:30pm
    o Thursdays at 4pm
    o Fridays at 10am
  • Weekly Story Times
    Spanish/English Story Time – Saturdays at 11:30am
    Russian Story Time – Wednesdays at 6:30pm
    Family Story Time – Saturdays at 10:30am

All events are FREE and take place at The Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave., part of West Sacramento’s Civic Center. Phone: (916) 375-6464.

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West Sacramento Farmers Market Closed this Thursday, July 3rd

West Sacramento Farmers Market LogoNo market this Thursday! The farmers, vendors, and staff are taking some time off to spend with their family and friends. Wishing all of our market customers a fantastic fourth and make sure to come visit the market on July 10th!

The West Sacramento Farmers Market takes place every Thursday evening on West Capitol Avenue in front of City Hall! Find fresh, local produce from some of the best farmers and producers in Yolo County and the region.

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Neighborhood Court Meeting this Wednesday, July 16th

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is seeking Community Volunteers to act as Facilitators or Panelists for a new neighborhood court program.

Neighborhood Court is a restorative justice program initiated by the Yolo County District Attorney’s office in cooperation with the City of West Sacramento and the West Sacramento Police Department. Neighborhood Court seeks to address nonviolent and low level crimes through community-based solutions to swiftly redress the harm caused by these offenses. Neighborhood Court utilizes restorative justice concepts which identify crime as acts that cause harm to people and communities, and emphasizes the offender repairing the harms they have caused to both. This program is an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system.  It addresses criminal violations that impact the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Each Neighborhood Court conference includes the person who committed an offense, a facilitator, 2-3 panelists and a victim (when participating).

Continue reading. . .

For More Information: Attend one monthly informational session, beginning July 16th, 6-8pm, at the West Sacramento Civic Center.


Panelist Application: Neighborhood Court Volunteer Application.pdf
Facilitator Application: Neighborhood Court Volunteer Faciliator Application.pdf

For additional questions about Neighborhood Court, please call the Neighborhood Court Clerk at (530) 666 – 8378, DDA Chris Bulkeley at (530) 666 – 8202, or email

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West Sacramento Farmers Market Continues Every Thursday Evening on West Capitol Avenue!

West Sacramento Farmers Market LogoThe West Sacramento Farmers Market continues every Thursday evening on West Capitol Avenue in front of City Hall! Find fresh, local produce from some of the best farmers and producers in Yolo County and the region. For more information, and weekly event schedule, check out the West Sacramento Farmers Market Facebook page.

The monthly DigIn! Dinner at the Farmers Market kicks off again this evening, June 26th, with a 100-person dinner in the street. Tickets are still available through the West Sacramento Chamber’s website. This evening’s dinner will feature Broderick Roadhouse, Chef Jess Milbourn, and City Councilmember Chris Ledesma with a delicious local Cajun menu you will not want to miss! Future DigIn! Dinners will be on July 24th and August 28th, and tickets are available online.

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