New Water Restrictions for Homes and Restaurants

Additional mandatory water restrictions have been adopted by the State Water Board as California suffers through a fourth year of drought.  While West Sacramento and other cities have made substantial cutbacks in water use, the new guidelines impact outdoor watering, restaurants and motels.Be Water Smart

West Sacramento residents and businesses are encouraged to continue their conservation habits and remember that the following new, and existing restrictions are in place until further notice.


  • Restaurants may now only serve drinking water upon request.
  • No outdoor landscape irrigation within 48 hours of measurable rainfall.
  • Motels and hotels shall provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily. The hotel or motel shall prominently display notice of this option.

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John Heilmann Named New West Sacramento Fire Chief

New West Sacramento Fire Chief John Heilmann.

New West Sacramento Fire Chief John Heilmann.

John Heilmann, Deputy Fire Chief of the Operations Division at UC Davis and the City of Davis Fire Departments has been appointed as the City of West Sacramento’s next fire chief.

Heilmann formerly served in the West Sacramento Fire Department as Fire Division Chief of the Training Division, and also as Captain, Engineer and Firefighter.

“John is a West Sacramento success story,” said West Sacramento City Manager Martin Tuttle. “He spent 15 years with the city fire department, became a leader at UC Davis, and we’re delighted to welcome him as our new fire chief.” Continue reading 

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Fix a Leak Week: Every Drop Counts in this Drought


water awareness

More than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks. That’s why the City of West Sacramento is participating in Fix a Leak Week, March 16—March 22. And you can help.

Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is an opportunity to improve the water efficiency of your home by finding and fixing leaks.

In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year. That’s the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry!

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Posted in General Information, Public Works

South River Road East of Mike McGowan Bridge Reopens


After a closure of four years, South River Road has reopened to traffic. To reach the new segment of South River Road, go east on Locks Drive off Jefferson Boulevard.  Continue east past the entrance to the Mike McGowan Bridge, where Locks Drive becomes South River Road.

The contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the final roadway repairs for the Sacramento River Bank Erosion Repair Project.

In addition, Public Works staff added road striping and sign installations along South River Road.

Posted in City Projects, General Information, Transportation

Education and Career Tips Offered at Youth Symposium

Youth Symposium Attendees, 2014
Youth Symposium Attendees, 2014

The Eta Alpha Sigma Chapter  of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. presents the 18th annual youth symposium, “Building Partnerships to Support Our Youth,” Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Elkhorn Village Elementary School, 750 Cummins Way, West Sacramento.

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Wicked ‘Wich Café Opens for Business at Community Center

Proprietor Matt Cannedy greets customers with a smile and invites you to stop by.

You might call it the Wicked ‘Wich of West Sacramento.  The new café, located inside the West Sacramento Community Center at 1075 West Capitol Avenue, features panini creations, pastries, coffee/espresso and salads.

Wicked ‘Wich also serves up a nice helping of attitude, stemming from their ownership by Broderick Roadhouse and the ‘Wich’s former life as a popular food truck.

Hours are 7am-5pm Monday through Friday.

Wicked Menu


Posted in General Information, Things To Do

West Sacramento Makes Flood Protection a Priority, Even During the Drought

West Sac Flood ProtectFifty-two miles of levees surround West Sacramento, protecting residents and businesses from major flood events along the Sacramento River and the Yolo and Sacramento Bypasses. It’s critical that West Sacramento remain prepared for a flood, even during a drought. So what can you do to prepare for a flood? It’s simple: Plan. Pack. Protect.

Make a plan for you and your family to be prepared in the event of a flood, or any other emergency. Pack an emergency kit in case you’re evacuated or stranded. And don’t forget to protect your home and property with valuable flood insurance. Remember, high water events aren’t the only cause of flooding. Storms can overwhelm City drainage systems causing localized flooding. No matter the source, flood water damage to your home can be devastating.
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Posted in Flood Protection, Public Safety

Construction Begins on Pool Deck at Recreation Center Aquatic Facility

Recreation CenterThe City of West Sacramento and the Washington Unified School District have begun construction to restore the leisure pool deck at the Recreation Center Aquatic Facility, 2801 Jefferson Blvd. The project, scheduled for completion April 17, removes and replaces 3,500 square feet of concrete slabs. The competition lap pool remains open.

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Posted in City Projects, General Information, Parks & Recreation, Recreation Center

Coming Up: Free Programs in March at the Turner Library!

turner libraryThe Arthur F. Turner Community Library has scheduled special events for March—and they’re free:

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Firefighter Survival Training

Survival Training 1West Sacramento Fire Dept. crews have been participating in annual firefighter survival training during February. The training challenges firefighters to practice emergency calls for help, deploy rescue teams, and perform self-rescue techniques. For some exercises, firefighters are blindfolded and wear approximately 85 pounds of protective equipment while trying to navigate small tunnels with electrical wires blocking their paths. Such a drill simulates being trapped in a roof collapse while trying to maneuver through media cable, and electrical and communication lines. The training prepares firefighters to respond effectively when battling dangerous conditions.

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