I Street Bridge Replacement Project – Community Open House Thursday, Oct. 9

The Cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento are holding a second open house meeting to provide an update on the I Street Bridge Replacement Project.  A new low-level, neighborhood friendly bridge upstream of the I Street Bridge is being planned to provide better access for bicycles and pedestrians, and serve motorists more efficiently.

Please attend the Environmental Scoping Meeting, Thursday, Oct. 9, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., located at Stanford Gallery, 111 I Street, Sacramento. A walking tour will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The project is entering the environmental assessment phase and this meeting is an opportunity for the public to provide comments or concerns related to potential environmental effects of the project. Input received will become part of the public record and will be considered during environmental studies.

Staffed information stations with maps and other project materials will be available from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Join the project team for a walking tour to view the bridge location at 5:30 p.m. The tour will feature project area highlights and be approximately one mile, mostly on paved surfaces. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Posted in Community Groups, Community Meetings, Events, General Information, Transportation

Code for America Selects the City of West Sacramento and SACOG for National Civic Technology Fellowship

Code for America today announced the selection of the City of West Sacramento, in partnership with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) for its flagship national civic technology fellowship program, along with six other local governments from around the United States.

West Sacramento and SACOG will join the ranks of two dozen nationally recognized leaders in civic innovation such as New York City, Louisville and San Francisco and host a cohort of programmers, designers, and developers over the course of the next year. The governments and Fellows explore answers to local challenges by engaging with the community, building applications, and testing the results. The Washington Post described Code for America as “the technology world’s equivalent of the Peace Corps or Teach for America.”

“Code for America is rapidly transforming America by catalyzing civic innovation in America’s cities to strengthen democracy and reimagine how we create value and services,” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “West Sacramento is excited to lead the nation in partnership with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments as a Code for America city, working not only to spur civic innovation in our own town, but to design that innovation for widespread adoption region wide…spreading Code for America’s transformative impact to small cities and rural towns.”

SACOG Board Chair Steve Cohn says that is the point. “In addition to improving the quality of public services and facilitating co-creation of value by citizens with their local governments, the project will help catalyze our emerging regional technology, coding, design, and development community and startups, strengthening the Code for Sacramento brigade”.

The Code for America Fellowship pairs local governments with teams of mid-career, civic minded technologists for one year. Over the past four years, the Fellowship program has produced more than 55 web apps with 30 municipal governments and 103 Fellows. In 2014, Code for America began a pilot program to deepen and integrate health-related projects. The governments selected for the 2015 Fellowship will build on prior learnings in health, economic development, procurement, public safety, and justice.

“By working in an iterative, user-centered, data-driven approach, the Fellowship program strengthens key capabilities within local government and communities,” said Luke Norris, Director of Government Relations. “Well beyond the Fellowship, we see city staff continuing to design services for and with the community, make data meaningful, and make better technology choices. The Fellowship shifts the way cities think about, and use technology to deliver public services.”

Click here for the entire Press Release.

Posted in City Pride, City Projects, General Information

Biannual Parks & Recreation’s Playbook Now Available

The City of West Sacramento Parks & Recreation Department’s biannual Playbook (Activity Guide) is now available online, www.westsacfun.org, and will be available by print next week. This publication brings you important information about upcoming programs, events and activities available for all ages and members of the family.

Look for the Playbook next week at the West Sacramento Community Center at 1075 West Capitol Ave. West Sacramento, CA 95691 and the Recreation Center at 2801 Jefferson Blvd. West Sacramento, CA 95691.

Log on to www.westsacfun.org to see all of the classes and programs offered at various locations throughout West Sacramento.

Registration for programs is easy with a click! Click here now to register for any of the AWESOME fall 2014 programs or activities.

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (916) 617-4620.

Posted in Active Aging, City Pride, Community Groups, Events, General Information, Health and Fitness, Parks & Recreation, Recreation Center, Things To Do

West Sacramento Rolls to Become Bike-Friendly City – City Promotes Active Transportation with Police and Volunteer Bike Units

The City of West Sacramento is becoming a regional leader in active transportation. In the City’s Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan, residents are provided with a connected network of safe and convenient modes of transportation, including bike lanes and trails.

A grant announced by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), Sept. 18, will allow the City to increase its network of bike routes by 10.3 miles, adding to an existing number of 30.8 miles of bike lanes within the city.

“This increase will raise the percentage of major roads with bike lanes up to 92 percent,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “SACOG’s grant recognizes West Sacramento as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the region.” Mayor Cabaldon led the annual GearUp bike event, Sept. 20, riding through West Sacramento and Clarksburg along the Sacramento River, raising funds for area youth programs.

Adding to the City’s bike identity, the League of American Bicyclists recently awarded West Sacramento a “Bronze” level of Bicycle Friendly Communities, qualifying West Sacramento as one of the 291 most bike-friendly cities in the nation. The year began with the City opening the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail, providing a 1.25 mile trail to bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrians.

To complement West Sacramento’s bike-friendly community, the City is initiating a new program placing trained bike-riding volunteers under the supervision of the City’s sworn Police Officer Bike Team. “The City’s innovative Volunteers in Policing Bike Team (VIP) program promotes an increased level of cooperation and partnership within the community,” said Police Chief Tom McDonald. “It supports the Police Department’s mission to maintain a safe and secure West Sacramento for citizens.”

VIP members receive both classroom and field training in bicycle safety, patrol procedures, and basic CPR. The VIP team will be able to assist the Police Department’s patrol of city streets, bike trails, parks, the riverfront and the Broderick Boat Ramp, in addition to community outreach at such special functions as the West Sacramento Farmers Market. The City’s bike teams have many advantages over traditional methods of patrol, including increased mobility in areas not as accessible to vehicles.  The Police Department’s goal is to recruit up to 20 volunteers for the new VIP unit. The City Council recognized the sworn Police Officers and VIP bike teams at its Council meeting on Sept. 17.

For information about the Volunteers in Policing program, contact Martha Griffin, the West Sacramento Police Dept., (916) 617-4988.

Volunteers in Policing Application

Posted in Active Aging, General Information, Police Department, Public Safety

Annual WSFD Open House: Station 45

West Sacramento Fire DepartmentThe West Sacramento Fire Department (WSFD) invites the public to the 8th annual “open house” at Station 45 on Saturday, October 11th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Station 45 is located at 2040 Lake Washington Blvd., in the Southport area. Bring the family: it’s a fun, and informative, day with your local firefighters.

Activities include equipment demonstrations, the “Fire Safety House,” “Safe Place” information, a jump house, slide, an appearance by “Sparky the Dalmatian,” a coloring contest, face painting, blood pressure checks, kids fingerprinting, and free hot dogs.

Admission is free!

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Caltrans Construction Work on Highway 50 in West Sacramento – Friday, Sept. 19-Monday, Sept. 22

Caltrans is performing work in the eastbound direction on West Sacramento’s Pioneer Bridge/US 50 and associated ramps and I-5 connectors, beginning at 10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19 through 5 a.m., Monday, Sept. 22. Motorists can expect up to 30-minute delays travelling through the work zone. Therefore, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.

In addition, work crews are performing night time only work in the westbound direction of the Pioneer Bridge/US 50 Friday, Sept. 19, Saturday, Sept. 20, and Sunday, Sept. 21, only between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Look for detour signs to guide motorists through the work zone.

“All Decked Out”
Caltrans is working to improve bridge decks on US 50 and I-5 along the Sacramento River in West Sacramento and Sacramento. The project is called “Sac Decked Out.” For more information on alternative routes for the Sac Decked Out project, go to http://sacdeckedout.com .

Posted in General Information, Transportation

TBD Fest Special Offer for West Sacramento







TBD Fest, one of the most exciting music festivals in Northern California, is coming to West Sacramento on October 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Enjoy three days of music from iconic and emerging artists on four-stages with
performances by Justice, Blondie, Moby, Empire of the Sun, Dillon Francis, Gramatik, Explosions in the Sky, Kurt Vile & The Violators, The War on Drugs, YACHT, RAC and more!

However, the event is much more than music, “TBD Fest is not only a platform for discovering your next favorite band, but also for discovering some of the cultural assets that make our region so great”, begins event co-organizer Clay Nutting. “We are the Farm to Fork Capital of the World, our event will include an artisanal market that will showcase food from the regions top restaurants and a competition featuring the areas most renowned chefs cooking on wood fire.”

The event will also include FREE morning yoga, fashion, boutique shopping and carnival rides!

The organizers, who will also be operating “The Barn” in The Bridge District, want to extend a very special offer to the residents of West Sacramento.

With the promo code below, you will have access to a limited $109 three-day pass ($50 off) or a $44 single day pass ($25 off). The code is only good for the first 500 people, so get them before they are gone!

1. Go to www.tbdfest.com

2. Click “Get Tickets” in the upper right corner

2. Use code: WestSacramento

Let’s welcome our new neighbors to the community and enjoy the exciting event happening in West Sacramento!

WEB: www.tbdfest.com
FB: www.facebook.com/tbdfest

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9-11 Remembrance

West Sacramento is the location for a special observance of 9-11. A special placement of numerous American flags can be seen off Jefferson Boulevard and South River Road. This display is coordinated annually by John Vinson. The 13th anniversary of 9-11 is Thursday, Sept. 11.

Posted in General Information

Relay For Life Community Meeting: September 29th

Join us on Monday, September 29th at 6 pm at the Bridgeway Lakes Boathouse to share your input! This year, we have the exciting opportunity to decide the model of Relay that we would like to hold here in West Sacramento. The American Cancer Society is revamping Relay for Life and wants communities like ours to take the lead! Light refreshments served.

We need to hear from you! This year, we have the exciting opportunity to decide the model of Relay that we would like to hold here in West Sacramento.


The American Cancer Society is revamping Relay for Life and wants communities like ours to take the lead!

This meeting will serve as an opportunity for anyone interested to help our Event Leadership Team (formerly known as ‘Relay Planning Committee’) decide the type of Relay event we would like to hold.

One option up for consideration is the duration of the Relay event. So we highly suggest you come and provide input on the future of the event. We need you!

RSVP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/786271781429864

If you are interested in joining the Event Leadership Team, this is a good time to come out and learn more. For more information please email Event Chair, Brandi Dionne, brandi.dionne@gmail.com.

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Train for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The City of West Sacramento’s CERT program educates and trains the public in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. With proper CERT training, you can help protect your family, neighbors and co-workers if a disaster occurs.

CERTThe CERT program is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will initially be on their own, taking actions that make a difference. If you have an interest in learning how to prepare yourself for a disaster and helping your community, please participate in a CERT training academy—free of charge!

Please contact the West Sacramento Fire Dept. administration office at (916) 617-4600
or visit the website at http://www.cityofwestsacramento.org/city/depts/fire/prevention/cert_program.asp

or the West Sacramento CERT website, www.wscert.org, where you can apply online.

Thank you for your interest in CERT. Sign up now for the September academy—classes are 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, September 27th:

  • Tuesday, September 16, Disaster Preparedness / Fire Safety / Hazardous Materials;
  • Thursday, September 18, Basic Medical Skills;
  • Tuesday, September 23, Light Search & Rescue / CERT Organization / Psychological First Aid;
  • Thursday, September 25, Homeland Security & CERT; and
  • Saturday, September 27, Review / Final Exercise
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