Traffic Delays Expected on HWY 50/Pioneer Bridge

Sections of the Pioneer Bridge will be closed through the summer for nighttime and weekend work. The Pioneer Bridge is the main connector for Sacramento and Yolo counties on U.S. Highway 50 over the Sacramento River.

Overnight Lane Closures
Nightly work begins at 7 p.m. in both directions, reopening at 5 a.m. westbound and 6 a.m. eastbound for the morning commute.

Weekend Closures
55-hour closures will also take place over several weekends throughout the summer. The first closure will be Friday July 21 from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday July 24.

Caltrans urges the public to plan ahead before traveling on the bridge and to seek alternative routes when necessary. Delays are expected during construction. Construction is expected to last through September.

For real-time traffic check QuickMap. You can also visit http://www.pioneerbridgeproject.com/ for the latest project information.

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Volunteers Needed to Help Distribute Surveys

The City of West Sacramento needs your help in collecting data that will be used for future City planning with the goal of removing barriers to internet access, improving transportation, and to obtain additional resources to improve the quality of life in West Sacramento.

To advance this process we are conducting a survey of the residents in the north part of the City. We are interested in knowing how you are connected to people, places, and services in the community. The survey questions are related to internet and transportation use.

Volunteer Tasks

Volunteers are needed to go door-to-door in teams of two on the morning of Saturday, July 29th to perform a short survey with residents in the Bryte, Broderick, and Old West Sacramento areas. Volunteers are encouraged to dress weather-appropriate and be mindful that you are representing the City as you go door-to-door.

The last day to register to volunteer is Saturday, July 22.

Volunteer Schedule

8:30 a.m. → 1/2 hour registration and training at Riverwalk Park, 651 2nd Street

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. → survey distribution

12 p.m. → lunch served back at Riverwalk Park

Sign up here to be a volunteer!

Flyers are also available in Spanish (español) and Russian (русский)

 

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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.

We had a good turnout at our first class. Here are some highlights from our first class:

Location

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

Class Descriptions

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

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

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

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Driverless Shuttle Makes Rounds at Raley Field

A bright red driverless mini-bus was showcased at Raley Field for invited media and guests to introduce the concept of a proposed Riverfront Shuttle. The electric vehicle can transport up to 12 passengers at a top speed of 20 mph. It uses lasers and cameras to follow a set route without the need for a driver.

City Councilmember Chris Ledesma describes the Riverfront Shuttle concept

City Councilmember Chris Ledesma describes the Riverfront Shuttle concept – 7/11/17

The shuttle would serve residents and visitors throughout the growing Bridge District and Washington Neighborhood, including The Barn, River Cats stadium and also offices, restaurants and businesses along Third street to the I street Bridge.

The shuttle is one of many options West Sacramento is considering as the next link in the City’s transit network. The concept is an important piece of the City’s Mobility Action plan:

  • Bike Share: Social Bicycles– there are currently 50 shareable bikes at spots throughout the City with a full fleet of 900 bikes coming soon
  • YoloBus Downtown shuttle – the new route allows for direct access to downtown Sacramento and events at the Golden One Center
  • Downtown Street Car project-with stops on either side of the river, could begin construction as early as 2018
  • Mobility Hubs are being created around the City featuring various transit options including ride share services.

The driverless shuttle was presented by the Yolo Country Transit District in partnership with Transdev which operates public transport services in several countries.

 

RELATED:

West Sacramento Considering Driverless Shuttle Buses-CBS-13
West Sacramento’s futuristic shuttle doesn’t need a driver KCRA-3
West Sac Demonstrates Self-Driving Public Transit Vehicles 7-11-2017-KFBK newsradio

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Beat the Heat at West Sac Cooling Centers

Temperatures are expected to rise above 100 degrees over the weekend.  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 to view hours of operation.

 

Cooling Centers

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. 

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
Cal OES Heat Preparedness
CDPH – Extreme Heat
CALFIRE – Fire Danger and Prevention

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Good Day Sacramento visits West Sac Rec Center

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Community Center: New Classes and Events

With summer in full effect, The West Sacramento Community Center is offering residents a variety of classes, events and activities for the season. There are a number of summer classes ranging from jazz dance to archery, as well as Active Aging programs. Additionally, the Center will host Kids Night Out in July, month-long exhibits at Gallery 1075 and a family glow Zumba party in September. The Community Center also offers rental rooms for various events. 

Click through to learn about Community Center classes:

SPECIAL EVENTS

Gallery 1075 Upcoming Shows

Gallery 1075 showcases month-long exhibits that show off regional talent.

Upcoming shows:

  • July 2017: “Six More City Six” Presented by City Six
  • August 2017: “The Line Gutter” Presented by Richard Jacobo

For more information about shows, or hosting your own show in the gallery:

call 916-617-5320.

 

Kids Night Out 

Kids Alice in Wonderland Theme. Let’s have a Tea Party!

Kids from kindergarten through fifth grade are invited for an Alice and Wonderland night. They will make crafts, playing games, and enjoy a kid-friendly dinner. They will end the night with a movie so don’t forget blankets and pillows!

Date: Friday, July 21

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Ages: Kinder through 5th grade

Fee: $8.00 pre-registration, $10.00 at the door

 

Family Glow Zumba Party

The West Sacramento Community Center is hosting its annual Family Zumba Glow Party! Instructors will teach Zumba and Zumba Kids routines. Enjoy a great time dancing under the glow and disco lights. This event is not only about dancing, but also includes fun fitness activities and games that engage all ages. 

Date: Saturday, September 23rd

Time: 5-7 p.m.

All Ages Welcome

Adults: $8.00 pre-registration, $10.00 at the door

Kids: $6.00 pre-registration, $8.00 at the door

Register inside the Recreation Center, Community Center, or online at westsacfun.org

 

ACTIVE AGING PROGRAMS

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Join the Community Center staff for a Mad Hatter-style tea party. Mad Hatter attire is encouraged, so don’t be afraid to wear bright mismatched clothes and crazy hats! Go big and go wild as we will be having a hat contest to find the craziest, cutest and biggest hats. Winners will receive a special prize. Seniors are encouraged to bring a young or young-at-heart friend (with paid admission). Please register early.

Date: Friday, July 21st

Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Ages: 18+

Fee: $7.00

Register online at westsacfun.org or at the Recreation and Community Centers.

 

AARP Smart Driver Course

Cars have changed and so have traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads we drive on. Come to this course to retain confidence while driving. Participants must preregister. Fee covers two day class-participants must attend both days for certification. Space is limited.

Date: Thursday and Friday, August 17th and 18th

Time: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Fee: $15.00 for AARP members; $20.00 for non-members. Pay by check only.

For questions or registration forms, call Instructor Jim Colgan at (916) 600-4500.

 

Coffee with a Cop

West Sacramento Police Officers will be in the Margaret McDowell Lounge to enjoy a cup of coffee with our seniors. This is a time to talk with our police officers, ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers who patrol our community. Free coffee will be provided, but please bring your own donuts.

Date: Wednesday, August 30th

Time: 8-10 a.m.

Fee: Free

 

 Zumba Gold Mega Class ‘80’s Party

Join us for an 80’s Theme Zumba Gold Mega Class! Zumba Gold Mega Classes are fun themed fitness parties with a social, prizes and treats after dancing.

Date: Wednesday, September 20th

Time: 1:15-3:15 p.m.

Ages: 18+

Fee: $7.00

Register online at westsacfun.org or inside the Recreation or Community Centers.

 

Rental Spaces

Community RoomThis Space serves a variety of functions including classes, parties, banquets and meetings, with seating for up to 120 people. The contemporary, attractive atmosphere is ideal for all occasions.

Amenities Include:

  • An 18′ Wide by 11′ High Projection Screen
  • A/V System & Internet Access
  • 2 Microphones
  • Podium
  • Catering Kitchen
  • 72″ Round Tables, 6′ Rectangular Tables
  • Black Plastic Chairs

The River and Bridge RoomsThese rooms will facilitate a wide range of activities and can be used for meetings or classes with seating for up to 40 people in each room. These rooms can be separated with the partition or can be joined to create one larger room.

Amenities Include:

  • A Large 12′ Wide by 7′ High Projection Screen
  • A/V System (Only available in the River Room)
  • 2 Microphones
  • Kitchenette
  • 72″ Round Tables, 6′ Rectangular Tables
  • Black Plastic Chairs

 

For more information, visit westsacfun.org

Call the Community Center at 916-617-5320 to schedule your event today

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City Hall Closure: Happy 4th of July!

 

West Sacramento City Hall will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in observance of Independence Day.

Police and Fire Department services will continue without interruption.

There will be no public meetings during this time.

Curbside services, such as trash, recycling, and yard waste will continue to be provided.

City Hall will re-open on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Staffers at City Hall got a special treat Monday, July 3rd from patriotic preschoolers. Watch the video below:

Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July!


For information regarding fireworks, please click here.


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Take Class to Meet Upcoming California Boater Card Requirement

Beginning January 2018 those who operate a boat with an engine will be required to carry a California Boater Card. The easiest way to qualify for a Boater Card is to attend an eight hour course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA). The City of West Sacramento Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Coast Guard to offer the course “Boating Safety” which is approved by the NASBLA.  

What: Boating Safety course for California Boater Card qualification 

When: Saturday, July 8, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

Where: West Sacramento Community Center 1075 West Capitol Ave.

How to register: $8.00 prior registration required.

Register here: select the Register Online button at the top of the Parks and Rec homepage, on the new page- select Programs or Activities under the Register drop down tab, then in Programs or Activities- select the “Special Interest Adult, Teen & Youth” tab or call The Coast Guard Auxilary (916) 550-USCG

 

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Safe and Sane: Fireworks on the 4th

The West Sacramento Fire Department has gathered a list of tips for staying safe as well as where to purchase state of California approved Safe and Sane fireworks. The WSFD wants this 4th of July celebration to be the happiest and safest ever using these helpful guidelines:

When can I use consumer fireworks?

Safe and Sane fireworks can be used in West Sacramento from 12:00 p.m. June 28 through 12:00 p.m. July 6.

How can I be sure to use Safe and Sane fireworks properly?

-Only use fireworks outdoors 
-Have a bucket of water and a hose ready before lighting fireworks 
-Only light one firework at a time
-Use common sense and keep a safe distance
-Never attempt to re-light or “fix” fireworks that fail to ignite
-Designate a person who knows each firework, how it performs and how to light it correctly 

More firework safety tips:

-Supervise children’s use of state-approved fireworks (look for the state Fire Marshal seal on the fireworks or the box containing the fireworks. If in doubt, check with your local fire or police department)
-Never point or throw fireworks at others
-Never experiment with fireworks
-Never carry fireworks in your pockets

Where can I purchase Safe and Sane fireworks in West Sacramento? 

Non-profit organizations: locations:
Joe 238 Foundation 940 Sacramento Ave
First Baptist Church of West Sacramento 1300 Jefferson Blvd.
Youth for Christ/Collings Teen Center 1298 West Capitol Ave
Moose Lodge #1762/Women of the Moose 2250 Lake Washington Blvd.
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle Church/United Apostolic 755 Riverpoint Ct.
Lighthouse Covenant Church/Mercy Coalition 1601 West Capitol Ave
West Sac Little League/West Sac Jr. Raiders Youth Football and Cheer  2455 Jefferson Blvd.
River City Music Boosters/ West Sacramento Rotary Club  2000 Town Center Pl.


Where can I dispose of fireworks?

Community members wishing to turn in fireworks for disposal may contact the West Sacramento Police Department non-emergency phone, 916.372.3375 or bring them to a West Sacramento Fire Station.

What if I use fireworks that are not Safe and Sane approved?

Having possession of “dangerous fireworks”- those not approved as Safe and Sane by the State Fire Marshal’s office – is a violation of the California Penal Code and Health and Safety Code, and is subject to felony violations. You may also be liable for any damages or injuries caused by your family’s use of fireworks.

How can I find out more about firework safety?

For more information about celebrating the fourth of July safely, click here

 

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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.

Related:

West Sacramento Mayor Attends US Conference of Mayors

 

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