City awarded $25,000 national grant for top educational initiative

On June 25 at its annual meeting in Miami Beach FL the United States Conference of Mayors awarded the City of West Sacramento a $25,000 grant through the Pathways with a Purpose national competition.

Left to right: Mayor Goodman of Las Vegas NV, Mayor Kautz of Burnsville MI, Mayor Benjamin of Columbia SC, Mayor Cabaldon, Stephanie Nellons-Paige Vice President of National Engagement for Strada Education Network, and Tom Cochran CEO and Executive Director of the United States Conference of Mayors

West Sacramento was one of three cities that received top honors for the Kids Home Run initiative, which combines universal preschool, college savings accounts, paid internships for high school students, college and career pathways, digital badges for community service and achievements, free community college, and scholarships.

“Jaws dropped as mayors assembled from across America heard about small-but-mighty West Sacramento leading the nation with the most comprehensive, smartest initiative in the USA. We’re making West Sacramento the best place to raise a family, the best place to grow up, and the best place to find talented workers and entrepreneurs,” Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said. 

Kids’ Home Run is designed to ensure that all of West Sacramento’s young people are prepared with the necessary tools they need to succeed in college, career and life.

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River Cats Host 916 Night at Raley Field

Come show your community pride at the 2017 River Cats 916 Night! The event is on Friday, June 30th and it’s designed to bring together the community and celebrate.

The event falls on Orange Friday, where the stadium’s gates open two hours early so people can head to the Beer Garden for drink specials and live entertainment from a local band, as well as catch some batting practice. Orange Fridays include post-game fireworks, giveaways, and the team also sports their orange Sactown jerseys.

Click 916 to purchase your 916 Night ticket for 2017.

Questions? Please call 916.371.HITS (4487) or email tickets@rivercats.com.

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Smoke-Free Zones Created Throughout City

Starting June 26th, you may see bright blue “smoke free zone” signs in parks and bus stops around town as a result of a February 15  City Council action amending Chapter 8.16 of the Municipal Code designating various city facilities as smoke-free environments.

Why did the West Sacramento City Council pass this ordinance?

By regulating smoking in certain public places, the ordinance protects public health and welfare. It strikes a balance between the needs of smokers and nonsmokers and recognizes that where these interests conflict, the need to breath smoke-free air has priority.

What counts as a city facility?

City facilities include City Hall, city offices, parks, recreation areas, playgrounds, skate parks, picnic areas, sports areas, walking paths, gardens, hiking trails, bike paths, swimming pools, community centers, senior centers, meeting or conference facilities, child care facilities, public parking lots and their adjacent sidewalks. Additionally, smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of public transportation shelters, such as bus stops.

What counts as smoking?

Smoking includes the use or possession of any product which emits smoke in the form of gases, particles, vapors or other byproducts released by electronic cigarettes, tobacco cigarettes, herbal cigarettes, marijuana cigarettes and any other type of cigarette, pipe or other implement for the purpose of inhalation of smoke as a result of combustion or ignition.

For more information, please view the full Agenda Report.

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Learn Essential Computer Skills at Tech Camp

You’re invited to attend FREE workshops to learn computer, Facebook, email and FaceTime skills. Participants will be guided through each step of a computer based task by Summer STEPS Interns and Teen Heroes.

Location

Arthur F. Turner Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue, West Sacramento

Class Descriptions

Basics: Learn how to turn on a computer and set up accounts

Intermediate: Learn how to use email and set up a Facebook page

Advanced: Learn about search engines, upload a video to Facebook, practice using FaceTime

Time and Dates

Basics class: July 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Intermediate class: July 19, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Advanced class: July 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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Bridge District Parking Program Update

The new Bridge District parking program will launch on July 1st. Parking permit sales have now opened to accommodate residents.

Online

Monthly parking permits can be purchased online for the 5th and Bridge parking lot (all residents), and Monthly Parking Zone (45 Habitat residents only). Register and purchase a monthly permit here.

To complete the registration process, you will need to provide proof of residency in the Bridge District in the following ways:  residential lease, sublease, utility bill, driver’s license, or vehicle registration.

In-Person

Residents can also purchase permits at the City Hall public counter and a computer terminal has been installed for this purpose.

On-Street Parking

On-street parking is also making progress to the July 1st start date.  The Parking Meters have been delivered and will go live on July 1st.   Look for the Parkmobile (2+ Zone) signage to go up the week of June 26th, and note that the 90 minute parking signs will be removed on June 30th.  Beginning July 1st, on-street parking will be converted to “pay by plate” technology, and customers will need to either use one of nine parking kiosks or download the Parkmobile smart phone application.


For more information, please contact the Utility Billing counter at (916) 617-4589.

 

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New Residential Services: Household Hazardous and Bulky Waste Pickup

Beginning July 1, 2017 the City will be offering new residential services which will include:

  • free curbside pickup for hazardous items
  • free bulky waste collection service

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

-Waste Management’s “At your door” special collection provides appointment-based collection of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW).

-HHW: Any product labeled toxic, irritant, poisonous, corrosive flammable or combustible

  • Examples: paint, batteries, oil and pesticides 

Residents are eligible for two appointments per year. Visit www.wmatyourdoor.com  or call (800) 449-7587 to schedule an appointment.

Bulky Waste

-Bulky waste eligible items include:

  • furniture, mattresses/box springs, electronics, tires (limit four), small and large appliances, rugs. Limits apply

-Residents are eligible for two bulky waste appointments per year (July-June). Call (866) 844-1508 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

For more information about residential services visit: WM.com or WestSacRecycles.org

Beginning July 1st, Waste Management will be taking all customer service calls directly at their toll free number (866) 844-1508. The City will still be handling all billing related questions at (916) 617-4589.

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2017 Summer Night Lights Dates Announced

The Police Department will host its second annual Summer Night Lights program, a block party designed as a safe gathering place for the community. The event provides a free evening of food, entertainment and activities that will run from 6-9 p.m. each Saturday in July.

Themes will include Yolo Farm to Fork and fireworks, Kings Mini Camp, River Cats, Sac Republic and an offsite trip to a River Cats game to conclude the summer.

Scheduled Events 

July 1-Riverbank Elementary School

July 8-River City High School

July 15 and 22-Riverbank Elementary School

July 29-Raley Field River Cats game (transportation will be provided to Raley Field from Riverbank Elementary School)

This weekly program will again bring the community and police together to play games, eat and socialize in a positive environment.


Highlights from 2016

Related: West Sac Police Summer Block Party Helping Build Community Trust

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City Welcomes 2017 Summer STEPS Interns

The City of West Sacramento hosted a welcome brunch and orientation for the third Summer STEPS Internship. The students spent their first day shadowing mentors in their department. The eight-week internship gives students positive examples of public service, hands-on experience, and insights into how city governments are run. The program will provide interns with practical work experience related to their academic major.

In addition to experience within their departments, the interns will also be given guided tours of each city department, attend City Council meetings and volunteer with the Age Friendly initiative.

Interns will also work to complete tasks outlined by their department mentors to earn digital badges through the LRNG platform. Each intern must accomplish a specific list of goals to earn a digital badge by the end of the summer, which can be referenced in future interviews to demonstrate the practical skills they learned with the City.  The program runs from June 19th to August 11th and ends with a completion ceremony where badges are presented.

 

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Farmers Market Booth Will Feature Police Department

Come meet Officer Mark Flatley and K-9 Bolo at the Farmers Market on Thursday July 13th! Use this opportunity to engage with people who serve the West Sacramento community everyday. Other guests will include bike officers, motorcycle officers, and SWAT.

This fun-filled community event runs from 5-9pm and features local farmers, music, food, beer, and a kids zone! Stop by to grab fresh produce, see your neighbors, enjoy dinner, relax on the river, and celebrate the warmth of a summer evening in West Sacramento.

Location:

The BARN, 985 Riverfront St. West Sacramento

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Prepare for the Weather and Beat the Heat

Temperatures are expected to rise over 100 degrees during the next several days.  The City of West Sacramento’s Emergency Services Division is warning everyone to take precautions. If you need shelter, please visit one of West Sacramento’s cooling centers listed below.  Please use the link for hours of operation.

 

Community Center
1075 West Capitol Ave

Recreation Center
2801 Jefferson Blvd

Arthur F. Turner Community Library
1212 Merkley Ave

Tips to Prevent Heat Related Illness
    ·        Never leave infants, children, the frail elderly, or pets unattended in a parked car.
    ·        Drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
    ·        Dress in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Use a hat and sunscreen as needed.
    ·        Use cool compresses, misting, showers and baths.
·       
During the hottest parts of the day, keep physical activities to a minimum and stay indoors in air-conditioning and out of the sun.

Heat Stroke
Heat stroke, which occurs when the body can’t control its temperature, may result in disability or death if emergency treatment is not given. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses a large amount of water and salt contained in sweat. Warning signs of heat stroke vary, but may include: 
    ·        An extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit, orally)
    ·        Unconsciousness
    ·        Rapid, strong pulse
    ·        Throbbing headache
    ·        Dizziness, nausea and confusion
    ·        Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)

Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to an excessive loss of water and salt contained in sweat. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, people with high blood preset and people working or exercising in a hot environment. The warning signs of heat exhaustion include:
    ·        Heavy sweating
    ·        Muscle cramps
    ·        Confusion
    ·        Nausea or vomiting
    ·        Tiredness
    ·        Dark-colored urine
    ·        Fainting
    ·        Headache
    ·        Rapid heartbeat

What to Do
If you see any of these signs for heat stroke or heat exhaustion, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency and should do the following:
    ·        Have someone call 9-1-1 while you begin cooling the victim.
    ·        Get the victim to a shady area.
    ·        Cool the victim rapidly with a cool bath or shower, or by sponging with cool water, until body temperature drops to 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit, orally.

If a victim’s muscles twitch uncontrollably as a result of heat stroke, keep the victim from injuring him/herself, but do not place any object in the mouth and do not give fluids. If there is vomiting, make sure the airway remains open by turning the victim on his/her side.

Don’t Forget Your Pets!
Animals, particularly those that spend time outdoors, are vulnerable to the heat as well. Check out the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)website for important tips on keeping your pets protected from heat and other emergencies.

Helpful Heat Resources
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CDPH – Extreme Heat
CALFIRE – Fire Danger and Prevention

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