Donate Food and Clear Your Library Fines

The annual “Food for Fines” program is underway! The program allows library cardholders who donate one food item to clear $1 from their Yolo County Library overdue fines and also feed the hungry this holiday season.

Yolo County Library cardholders can donate food from November 20 through December 31 at the circulation desk of any Yolo County Library location. There is no limit to the number of donations and no limit to the reduction in fines cardholders can receive. Library cardholders are welcome to donate even if they do not have any overdue fines!

Donated items will be given to the Yolo Food Bank. Suggested donations include the following:

● Canned tuna or meats
● Canned fruits and vegetables
● Canned or dry beans or low-sodium soups
● Canned or boxed meals
● Cereal, rice or pasta (whole grains)
● 100% fruit juice or shelf-stable milk
● Peanut butter

Rusty or unlabeled cans, non-commercial items, alcoholic beverages or mixes, food packaged in glass; or perishable, expired, open, used or homemade items are not accepted.

Last year, the Yolo Food Bank received 4,381 pounds of food from the Food for Fines program. This year the goal is to collect 6,000 pounds of donated food.


Read more information about the Food for Fines program, or connect with the Yolo County Library on Facebook.

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Kid’s Home Run Wins National Ideas Challenge

The City of West Sacramento’ Kid’s Home Run has been selected as one of the winners of the NewDEAL 2017 New Ideas Challenge – a competition among rising and innovative state and local policymakers to propose the best ideas for expanding opportunity and improving government in the new economy.

The Kids’ Home Run program won in the “Future of Communities” category, which includes ideas that strengthen communities and recognize that everyone benefits when more people have the best chance to contribute positively.

Kid’s Home Run begins with universal preschool, and then provides:

  • seed funding for college savings accounts when kids enter kindergarten
  • paid internships in relevant industry sectors or jobs types for West Sacramento high school students
  • college and career pathways
  • digital badges for community service and achievements
  • free community college
  • the chance to earn scholarships up to $1,000

“The City of West Sacramento Home Run initiative isn’t just making West Sacramento the best place to raise a family and grow up as a child, but it also makes our city the best place to find high quality talent ready for skilled entry and mid-level jobs,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.


Other winners:

The Future of Workforce: Community College Gap AssistanceSenator Kate Bolz, Lincoln, NE

The Future of Business: BankLocalGeneral Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Rhode Island

The Future of Govt: Denver: An Entrepreneurial CityMayor Michael Hancock, Denver, CO

The Future of Families: Portable Benefits: Supporting Workers in the Gig Economy  –Assemblyman Troy Singleton, Mount Laurel, NJ

The Future of Rural America: Statewide Imagination Library PartnershipRepresentative Clarke Tucker, Little Rock, AR

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West Sacramento Gets Funding For Bike/Pedestrian Freeway Overcrossing

Sycamore Trail Overcrossing

Conceptual drawing-looking to the west

The City of West Sacramento has been awarded funding to construct the Sycamore Trail Pedestrian Overcrossing which will connect the City’s north and south neighborhoods. The California Natural Resource Agency awarded the City approximately $5.1 million dollars to construct a bicycle and pedestrian route over Highway 50 connecting Joey Lopes Park to Westmore Oaks Elementary School. The Sycamore Trail Overcrossing is currently in the design phase, which is expected to be completed by fall 2018. Construction is anticipated to be completed by spring of 2020. Total Project cost is approximately $ 6.3 Million.

“For a century, our city has been divided north and south by state and federal transportation infrastructure, so this is a particularly welcome step by the California Natural Resources Agency,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This critical trail overpass reconnects neighborhoods and links people with schools, parks, amenities, and each other as part of West Sacramento’s expanding pedestrian and bike network.”

The City has recently completed several projects to increase bike travel in West Sacramento including the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail and the Linden Loop Road Diet. The Sycamore Trail Overcrossing project further implements the vision of the City’s Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Master Plan which aims to provide safe and convenient mobility options for residents.

Earlier this year, West Sacramento installed bike share stations in eight locations as part of the Tower Bridge Bike Share program. 50 bikes are currently available for use. Electric rental bikes are being added at these locations in the spring of 2018.

Related: Natural Resources Agency Urban Greening Grant Program

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Grand Gateway Project Begins in Washington District

The City of West Sacramento has begun construction of the Grand Gateway and Washington District Infrastructure Project. The project will create a Grand Gateway entrance to the City core where the Bridge District, Washington District and Downtown converge; add and replace more than 10,000 lineal feet of storm drain, water and sewer mains to facilitate development; improve transportation to better accommodate transit, bicycles, pedestrians and automobiles.

Grand Gateway

  • New 7th Street Segment (West Capitol Avenue to Tower Bridge Gateway)
  • New traffic signal Tower Bridge Gateway – 7th Street intersection
  • New Transit / Streetcar Stop on westbound Tower Bridge Gateway
  • Signal removal and modification at West Capitol Avenue & 5th Street intersection
  • Two-way separated bicycle path along West Capitol Avenue (Grand Street to 5th Street)
  • Convert West Capitol Avenue auto segment to one-way (eastbound) for traffic

Washington District

  • Wider sidewalks, street lights, landscaping, way-finding and public art on E Street (5th Street to 3rd Street)
  • Bike lanes, wider sidewalks, street lights and landscaping on F Street (5th Street to 3rd Street)
  • Road resurfacing along 5th Street
  • Add 3,200 LF of water mains
  • Replace 3,200 LF of storm drain
  • Replace 5,500 LF of sewer mains

Residents and businesses should expect minor travel delays and plan accordingly.  Please take caution when driving and walking around the construction area.

Construction is estimated to be complete in March 2019.


Learn more in the project details.

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City Hall Closed for Veterans Day Friday, Nov 10

City offices and the Arthur F. Turner Community Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on Friday, November 10th.

City services of the Police and Fire Departments will continue without interruption. No public meetings are scheduled during the closure period. Curbside services, such as trash, recycling and yard waste will continue to be provided on regular collection days. City Hall will reopen on Monday, November 13th.

To help mark the occasion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8762 will be displaying American flags along West Capitol Avenue.

The City of West Sacramento thanks all veterans for their service to the nation!

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On-Demand Rideshare Transit Coming to W. Sacramento

  

The City of West Sacramento has announced the selection of New York-based rideshare company, Via, to launch the nation’s first ever city/private partnership for on-demand public transportation service. The 1-year Pilot program will allow users to book a shared ride anywhere in the City for a flat-fare similar to the cost of riding the bus, making it easier and more affordable to get where they need to go— without having to rely on a personal vehicle.

“The partnership with Via is a reaffirmation of the City’s commitment to provide residents of all ages with access to an array of transportation options close to where they live, work and play,” said City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This yearlong Pilot will not only save residents money on gas and parking, but will also provide cleaner air, reduce congestion and promote overall livability.”

Via was the top-ranking firm among several leading competitors, including Lyft, Uber, and Chariot, following a request for proposals in May, 2017 to provide an innovative transportation alternative.

Mercedes rideshare van

Under Via’s shared ride proposal, the Pilot would connect multiple passengers, allowing riders to seamlessly share a premium vehicle with others who are headed in the same direction. Via’s proposal includes up to 10 Mercedes-Benz Metris Vans dedicated to the Pilot, and leverages a strategic partnership with UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) led by Dr. Susan Shaheen, an internationally recognized leader in innovative mobility research, to evaluate the performance of the service.

Using the Pilot service, riders would be able to book a seat simply by using a smartphone app or by making a phone call. Working closely with Via and longstanding partner Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD) , the City will also explore free or reduced fares to and from transit stops, as well as bikeshare stations, and major events to better connect residents to a range of mobility options.

The Pilot is envisioned to support car-free living in the burgeoning Riverfront Districts, while also making it easier for mobility-challenged households, including seniors and residents who don’t own a car, to access important amenities, such as recreation centers, grocery stores, or medical facilities.

The Pilot will play an integral role in the City’s Mobility Action Plan (MAP), which is intended to help the City develop a 21st Century smart mobility network that integrates shared, electric, connected and autonomous mobility choices.

“In the city of the future, everyone will be getting around in dynamically-routed shared vehicles. We are excited to partner with West Sacrament to pursue a shared vision, and help them provide the first-ever fully on-demand public transportation service,” said Daniel Ramot, Co-Founder and CEO of Via.

The City Council will be considering an award of contract to Via in December, which would be supported in part by a grant from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). The Pilot service is anticipated to launch in Spring 2018, pending Council approval.

 

 

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Art Piece Rising in Bridge District

A significant piece of public art is being installed along the River Walk between Raley Field and the Barn. It’s called Subtile, and it is being constructed under the watchful eye of international Czech artist Federico Diaz.

His sculpture and will include thousands of small, reflective, stainless steal tiles that form an abstract moving mirror of the coulds, river, tress and habitat.

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Community Library Hosts Events Throughout November

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

Ongoing Programs

Buddy Reading: Mondays at 4:30 p.m.
Practice reading with an older “buddy.” Each child will be paired up with a high school student from the River City High School Interact Club for a 30-minute reading session.  This helps builds confidence in reading out loud and comprehension in reading. After 10 visits, a participant can pick 1 free book.  Registration Required.
Mother Goose on the Loose: Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
An award winning program for children (ages 12 to 36 months) and their parents or caregivers that combines music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children develop emotionally and socially while encouraging a positive attitude towards learning.
Homework Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Participation is free and pre-registration is required at the Information Desk. For additional information contact the Homework Center Assistant at (916) 375-6469.
Bilingual Russian Story Time: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Children up to 5 years old and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, movement, rhymes and finger-plays in Russian and English. Arts and crafts will also be provided as part of this story time.
Preschool Story Time: Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. Children ages 3 to 5 years and their parents or caregivers are invited to join us for stories, rhymes, song and finger-plays to help develop early literacy skills and encourage group participation.
English Conversation Group: Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
Hug-a-Bye Baby: Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Children up to 12 months of age and their parents or caregivers are invited to this lap-sit program that features language development through songs, picture books, finger-plays and lullabies. 
Hora de Cuentos/Bilingual Spanish Story Time: Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.


For more information about events at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, contact library staff at (916) 375-6465 or visit www.yolocountylibrary.org (see calendar for specific AFT Community Library events).

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Zocalo Coming to West Sacramento at King’s Restaurant Spot

The King’s restaurant building at 1500 West Capitol Ave. has been purchased by the owners of Zocalo restaurants. According to the Sacramento Business Journal, there are plans to use the facility as a restaurant and an industrial kitchen to make sauces, salsas and other products for other Zocalo locations in the Sacramento region.

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King’s closed this past Sunday with the retirement of long-time owner Chew Lam.

“This private investment is a sign of things to come as more local restauranteurs and businesses realize the potential of West Sacramento,” according to a statement from the West Sacramento Economic Development and Housing Department.

New streetscape improvements are planned along the segment of West Capitol Ave., from Jefferson to Westacre, similar to tree-lined, wide sidewalks in front of City Hall, Sacramento City College and the City’s Community Center.

Long-term plans for the area include a new Police Headquarters along West Capitol Ave.

King's Restaurant owner Chew Lamb and family get City of West Sacramento Proclamation from Councilmember Quirina Orozco

King’s Restaurant owner Chew Lam and family receive city proclamation from Councilmember Quirina Orozco for 57 years of service.

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