Washington Fire House Renovation

A building permit was issued today for renovation of the historic Washington Firehouse on 3rd Street. D & S Development plans to refurbish the building into a first-floor bar and restaurant with an option for work/live space above it. The Firehouse, built in 1938, has been vacant since 1997. D&S will invest $1.5 million in renovations.

fire house old  fire house new

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West Sacramento Police Step Up DUI Enforcement Starting On Halloween

The West Sacramento Police Department is increasing patrols to target suspected drivers who may be under the influence.

check point ahead

Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on California roadways, with 1,197 alcohol involved deaths and more than 23,000 injuries reported statewide in 2013.

Using a $140,000.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for DUI enforcement in Yolo County, West Sacramento Police are participating in the “Avoid the 8” DUI Task Force.

The “Avoid the 8” is named to send the message that if you don’t drink or use drugs and drive, you will avoid getting arrested by any of the 8 participating law enforcement agencies in the county.

The grant activities will specifically target those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving. Officers from law enforcement agencies across the county will jointly staff DUI/Driver License Checkpoints and roving DUI saturation patrols. Additionally, funding will target the ‘worst of the worst’ repeat DUI offenders with Warrant/Probation Sweeps and Court Sting Enforcement Operations focusing on DUI offenders with suspend licenses who drive from court hearings after being ordered not to by a judge.

“Overall, California’s roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal – zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the Avoid DUI Task Force want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Yolo County and the state.”

Motorists can expect to see special DUI campaigns during the winter and summer holiday periods as well as on Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and during local special events with identified DUI Problems.

Agencies participating in the ‘Avoid the 8’ taskforce include:

  • West Sacramento Police Department
  • Woodland Police Department
  • Winters Police Department
  • Davis Police Department
  • UC Davis Police Department
  • Yolo Sheriff’s Department
  • Yolo Probation Department
  • California Highway Patrol – Yolo County.


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West Sacramento Community Orchestra’s Fall Concert Set For Oct. 18

The West Sacramento Community Orchestra will be performing a free concert featuring music composed in various countries on Sunday, Oct. 18. There will be French music about love and death in Spain; German music about a famous Scottish cave; and American music about the world’s great cities. The concert starts at 3 p.m. in the City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Ave. Free admission! The music director is Gordon Waters. For more information, call (916) 991-5262 or visit the orchestra’s website.

West Sacramento Community Orchestra Fall Concert 2014

Fall Concert 2014

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How Much Water Does Your Yard Really Need?

Smart Irrigation Scheduler

Save more water by adjusting your controller for cooler weather. Use this irrigation scheduler to calculate optimum run-times based on current conditions: Sacramento Region Smart Irrigation Scheduler.

Additional information can be found at Beyond the Drought, which provides a series of short videos and tools to help your yard survive during the drought.


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City Launches Two Urban Ag Apps

The City of West Sacramento, in partnership with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) today launched two software applications designed to promote the development of urban agriculture in the Sacramento region. The apps were designed and built as part of a year-long fellowship between Code for America, an organization that promotes the development of technology-based solutions in government, SACOG and the City of West Sacramento. Both apps were unveiled at the annual Code for America Summit in Oakland.

Named Acres and Farm Stand, the two apps will help facilitate the growth of urban farming by increasing access to land that can be used for farming and aggregating demand for products grown at urban farms.

Deputy City Manager Jon Robinson and Code for America Fellow Grant Smith

Deputy City Manager Jon Robinson and Code for America Fellow Grant Smith


Acres allows landowners to upload information about available urban farm sites into an online database which can then be accessed  by aspiring farmers. They can select sites for follow-up based on criteria such as soil quality, size, and availability of water, or by land-owners who want to list their property on the database. By facilitating connections between landowners and farmers, Acres will help West Sacramento accelerate the benefits from the establishment of urban farms.

Farm Stand is a demand aggregator for products grown at urban farms to help residents and institutional buyers have greater access to fruits and vegetables. Farm Stand allows farmers to upload information including hours, available produce, and prices. That information is then disseminated to interested persons or institutional buyers online, via text, voice mail, or e-mail. Residents and larger buyers such as school districts would sign up for these notices after receiving flyers or reading signs posted in the vicinity of the farms. Farm Stand helps close the loop between the establishment of a farm and the consumption of healthy, local food by area residents, especially those who reside in food deserts where fresh produce is more difficult to acquire.

The apps will continue to be tested  in West Sacramento as part of the development process with the intention of having them made regionally available to interested governments through SACOG by the end of 2015.

West Sacramento is a leader in the urban farm movement, with five urban farms in operation through a partnership with the Center for Land-based Learning.

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Southport Levee Improvement Project Begins

MAP vILLAGE PARKWAY SOUTHFor more than five years, West Sac Flood Protect has been planning and designing for the launch of the Southport Levee Improvement Project. The project improves a vulnerable stretch of levee along the Sacramento River in Southport.

The first phase of the Southport Levee Project is construction of Village Parkway South, which begins this October. Village Parkway South will replace segments of South River Road; construction is anticipated to last nine months. The City of West Sacramento’s General Plan already identifies the construction of Village Parkway but due to the levee improvements, construction is starting 10 years earlier than previously anticipated. Construction of the six-mile levee improvement will start next summer.

Also under construction this fall is a roadway project called Village Parkway North. Although not associated with the Southport Levee Project, the construction schedules overlap. When both roadway projects are complete next year, the new continuous Village Parkway will connect the Mike McGowan Bridge to Gregory Avenue.

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Longtime Assistant City Manager Carol Richardson Retires

Carol Richardson has retired as Assistant City Manager after 28 years of amazing service to the city.

Richardson was honored during a retirement party in the City Hall Galleria attended by dozens of current and former employees, City Council members, family and friends.

“Carol’s fingerprints are on every major project since the City was incorporated in 1987,” said Council member Bill Kristoff. “The City of West Sacramento is a much better place because of Carol Richardson.”

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said, “Carol makes us all better, she makes everyone stronger. Her perseverance has changed the community and opened so many doors for others.”

Richardson helped create the Universal Preschool program, which has been recognized as a model for the rest of the country. She was also instrumental in the development of the West Sacramento Community Center, City College Campus, and the Arthur F. Turner Library.

“My time is West Sacramento has been a labor of love,” said Richardson. “A lot of credit for these projects goes to the City Council’s vision. I just helped execute the plan.”

Retired Assistant City Manager Carol Richardson pictured here with the four City Managers she worked with. (L-R) Martin Tuttle, Toby Ross, Joe Goeden, and Gene Roh.

Retired Assistant City Manager Carol Richardson pictured here with the four City Managers she worked with.
(L-R) Martin Tuttle, Toby Ross, Joe Goeden, and Gene Roh.

Amanda Berlin has been selected to serve as the City’s next Assistant City Manager, effective October 12. She has served as Senior Counsel at Remy Moose Manley, LLP in Sacramento since 2006, advising a variety of public and private agencies on land use planning, transportation and business issues. A longtime resident of West Sacramento, Berlin has an environmental engineering degree from Cal Poly, SLO and is a member of the Environmental Law Section of the State Bar.


Related: West Sacramento’s Longtime Assistant City Manager Retires with Numerous Projects Under Her Belt

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Still Time To Register for Free Drought Workshops In October

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The City of West Sacramento and EcoLandscape California are presenting two workshops
to help homeowners make their yards drought friendly.

Workshop Date:

West Sacramento
– October 3

9 am to 12 pm

WaterSmart Irrigation – Getting the Best Yard with the Least WaterWest Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento,CA 95691
Registration deadline: Friday, October 2, 5 p.m.

■ Identify the right plants and best placement
■ Convert or upgrade sprinkler systems
■ Properly place emitters to protect your investment
■ WaterSmart  irrigation scheduling apps and resources
Workshop Date:

West Sacramento
– October 24

9 am to 12 pm

WaterSmart Gardens – Converting Thirsty Lawns to Beautiful BedsWest Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento, CA 95691Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 21, 5 p.m.

 ■ How to remove your lawn
■ Water-smart irrigation techniques and devices
■ Convert traditional sprinklers to low-volume drip irrigation
■ Build a living “soil sponge”
■ Identify the right plants and best placement

Register Here!

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Traffic Alert Saturday, Sept. 26 along Harbor Blvd. and Rice Ave.


This Saturday, September 26th, Harbor Boulevard (between W. Capitol Ave. and Reed Ave.) along with Rice Avenue is scheduled to be resurfaced with a slurry seal treatment as a part of the Westfield Village Street Rehabilitation Project – Phase II. Lane closures will begin at 5:00am and the work is expected to take all day. Extensive delays are expected during this phase of work. Please use alternative routes and avoid the construction zone. This project is expected to be completed in early October.

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West Sacramento General Plan Update Scoping Meeting Set For Sept. 29

West Sacramento proposed General Plan land use map 2035

West Sacramento proposed General Plan land use map 2035

The City of West Sacramento is  undertaking a general plan update that will serve as the master planning document for the City’s overall vision and guide development through 2035.

Part of this process includes a scoping meeting scheduled for September 29, 2015, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the River Room, at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue.

Federal and state agencies, and the general public at large are encouraged to attend to offer verbal and written comments.

For additional information please see this Notice of Preparation (NOP) document.

David Tilley
Principal Planner
Phone: 916-617-4645

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