Get Growing This Fall!

Here’s a message from the City’s water conservation division:

The hot days of summer are over, but the soil is still warm. Shorter, cooler days means plants require less water, and soon winter’s rains will do the watering for you. Planting now will give your landscape time to develop and establish roots so that they’re ready to take advantage of spring’s growth spurt. Visit for more tips from nursery experts who offer a variety of beautiful, low-water plants and irrigation tools at their locations. Check them out and then—Get Growing!

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Free Access to Chromebooks and Wi-Fi

Did you know The Arthur F. Turner Library offers free access to chromebooks and Wi-Fi? A great tool for students and anyone looking to connect to the internet, the chromebooks can help you accomplish a wide range of activities. Stop by the library to check out a chromebook and gain full access to the internet and apps that can help promote educational advancement.

Arthur F. Turner Community Library

1212 Merkley Avenue
West Sacramento, CA 95691

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Gallery 1075 Hosts Monthly Art Exhibits

Gallery 1075 in the West Sacramento Community Center showcases month-long exhibits that show off the artistic talent our region has to offer. Each display is accompanied with a reception to meet and talk with the local artists behind the works.

Current Show:

Upcoming Show:

For more information on these shows, or on holding your own show in the gallery, please call 916-617-5320.

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Volunteers Needed For Delta Waterway Cleanup Saturday, Sept. 16th

delta cleanup-2016 volunteers along river in West Sacramento

During California’s Coastal Cleanup Day, hundreds of people from across the state take to local beaches, rivers and creeks to clean up the refuse that would otherwise end up in lakes and oceans, polluting the water and endangering wildlife. Here in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the event is known as the Delta Waterway Cleanup, and there are spots that need love in all five Delta Counties. Please join us in West Sacramento to participate in the Yolo County portion of the Cleanup.

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2016.

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: 2475 S. River Road near the Stone Locks. Land-based cleanup. (MAP)

Cost: Free

Registration will be open until all available positions are filled. Please complete the Registration Form to sign up for the volunteer opportunity.

Contact: Carol Strunk, Assistant Deputy to Supervisor Oscar Villegas,



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Mayor Christopher Cabaldon Statement on Homicides

“All of West Sacramento stands together in profound heartbreak, shocked by the vile domestic murder of three children in our community. In a small town, each of us, whether parents, neighbors, mentors, and just plain citizens, know that protecting our children is our most sacred duty, and the betrayal of that duty in the home is unfathomable and unconscionable.  Our thoughts go out to the families, friends and classmates of the young victims. Together, we grieve this loss.

West Sacramento is not used to this type of tragedy. Our police and fire personnel responded quickly at the scene and attempted lifesaving efforts immediately.  They are devastated they could not do more, but we are proud of the way they handled a challenging set of circumstances with professionalism and sensitivity.

As chance would have it, I am in the Holy Land this week and was visiting the birthplace of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem as these events unfolded. I know and hope that West Sacramentans of all faiths and beliefs will find support, meaning, and strength as we all deal with the pain and shock of these murders.  Let us also support one another. Say thank you to a firefighter or a police officer, embrace your child more closely, and, with a hug or a smile or an understanding glance, love your neighbors around town.”

The Washington Unified School District district has brought in counselors and support personnel to assist teachers and students throughout this ordeal. Support services are available for students and teachers for the remainder of this week and in the future for grief counseling for anyone who needs it.

The community is invited to attend a vigil for the victims at 7pm tonight (9/14/17) at Southport Elementary School, 2747 Linden Road, West Sacramento.


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Bayer Crop Science Lab Space Opens to Entrepreneurs

West Sacramento Facility To Be Tech Incubator

Check out more in this article from the Sacramento Business Journal

Bayer AG’s Crop Science division will open up a collaborative laboratory space at its campus in West Sacramento to help local efforts to incubate technology startups.

The space that Bayer will offer will be a so-called wet laboratory space. Such facilities are often necessary for research in fields ranging from agriculture and genetics to pharmacy and medicine, and there is little of it available in the Sacramento region other than at University of California Davis and in companies’ private facilities, said Dushyant Pathak, associate vice chancellor for technology management at UC Davis.

The new Bayer CoLaboratory will be about 3,000 square feet, enough space for up to 10 researchers, said Jonathan Margolis, site manager for Bayer Crop Science in West Sacramento.

He anticipates that will be large enough to host three companies at a time, the first of which will move in at the end of this year. The space will also have offices, conference rooms and video conferencing.

“It will be relatively standard, but very high quality,” Margolis said.

Bayer (OTC: BAYRY) is a German-based, multinational pharmaceutical, chemical and agricultural company. Its Crop Science division’s West Sacramento facility conducts research into biologic controls, which are seen as the future for combating agricultural pests because they pose fewer health and environmental risks than chemical pesticides.

The Bayer campus in West Sacramento includes an office, multiple testing labsand manufacturing areas in a 160,000-square-foot main building. The company also has a separate lab, greenhouses and 5 acres of test fields nearby in the same office park.

Wet lab space is rare in part because it is expensive to set up and maintain. The Bayer CoLaboratory will have infrastructure including chemical safety hoods; chemical storage cabinets; disposal equipment for chemicals and biological waste, which requires numerous environmental permits; and several extremely cold freezers, Margolis said.

This will be Bayer’s third CoLaboratory worldwide. In San Francisco’s Mission Bay district, the company has a colaboratory for startups focused on biotechnology and bio-pharmacueticals. In Berlin, Bayer has a colaboratory for pharmaceutical research.

Bayer is not the first Sacramento area agricultural technology company to launch such an initiative. In 2015, seed company HM Clause began offering access to 3,100 square feet of laboratory space as an incubator for startups, in conjunction with UC Davis.

That program has been a success, Pathak said, and the university recently signed a new five-year lease to keep the operation going. UC Davis’ Venture Catalyst program vets companies for the HM Clause incubator, which currently has eight companies using the facilities, Pathak said.

He hopes to work with Bayer on its new West Sacramento lab as well.

Bayer will vet the companies for its West Sacramento CoLaboratory, Margolis said. He anticipates interest from companies from across the country to work at the lab because of the cluster of biologic companies and other agriculture technologies locally and associated with UC Davis.

“I really see this as a sign of the region coming into its own. We can be a site not just for relocations, but we can build a pipeline of startup companies,” Pathak said.

The space will become available starting in December 2017 and applications can be obtained by emailing

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Great Ideas Discussed as Part of Mayors Challenge

City staff hosted a Change Makers event to help develop a winning idea for the City of West Sacramento’s submission to the 2017 Mayors Challenge, a nation-wide competition designed to help cities and counties address national challenges at the local level.

Participants included a diverse group of content experts spanning multiple sectors for ideation exercises designed to elicit potentially game-changing ideas for improving local government. The concepts produced at this meeting will be considered for further refinement toward the City’s final submission.



Mayors Challenge Ideas Wanted 

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Yolo County Job Fair at City Hall October 11th

Get hired! Businesses will be recruiting workers during the Yolo County Job Fair on Wednesday, October 11th in the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria. Up to 70 employers and apprenticeship programs will be on hand looking to hire full-time and part-time employees. See 2017 Yolo County Job Fair Employers document for a partial list of attendees.

Free resume review will also be available! Learn the best practices of resume writing and connect with professional employment counselors to:

  • Enhance and/or create your resume
  • Practice your personal “elevator pitch”
  • Network with community and business leaders

Please bring your resume to the Job Fair and dress for success!

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Community Library Hosts Events Throughout September

Check out the September Programs hosted at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library below. All events are FREE and take place at 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento!


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Cyclocross Expands: Two Days

Bike racers and spectators will have double the fun when the annual West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix returns to River Walk Park the weekend of September 30 and October 1. The event has expanded to two full days of racing this year.

Registrations for this international sporting event have surpassed last year with more than 800 riders so far. Top pro racers will compete, and there are also amatuer divisions for all ages. Click here to sign up. 

Not a rider? No problem. Spectators can view the action right on the course. Mayor Christopher Cabaldon describes the scene:

And how about a rider’s eye view?

Race Flier

Race Map (NOTE: A section of 3rd street will be closed to through traffic both days)

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