West Sacramento Launches Major Levee Project

Congresswoman Doris Matsui and West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, along with flood protection partners, broke ground on the Southport Levee Improvement Project Tuesday, May 9th with more than 75 people in attendance.

Southport Levee Improvement Project groundbreaking dignataries and project partners with shovels

L-R Gary Bardini, Department of Water Resources, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Johannessen, Council Member Quirina Orozco, WSAFCA Board President Bill Denton, Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Council Member Babs Sandeen, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Colonal David G. Ray, Clyde MacDonald, Central Valley Flood Protection Board

The Southport Levee Improvement Project is West Sacramento’s largest levee project to date. It will improve nearly six miles of vulnerable levee along the Sacramento River in Southport. It is one of four significant West Sacramento levee projects initiated in the past ten years.

“The Southport project represents the first levee improvement initiative to meet both federal and state requirements in the post Katrina era,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “The levee will provide a 200-year level of protection consistent with the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. This benefits not only the citizens and businesses of West Sacramento, but also provides significant habitat and recreational opportunities for the entire region.”

West Sacramento is approved for $1.2 billion in federal funding for flood protection projects as part of the 2016 Water Resources Development Act thanks to the tireless effort of Congresswoman Doris Matsui and project partners. The $170 million Southport project is the first step in addressing the remaining levee deficiencies in West Sacramento.

Project partners including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Central Valley Flood Protection Board and California Department of Water Resources spoke about the significance of the Southport Project and the benefits contained in the federal WRDA bill.

In his remarks, Mayor Cabaldon reminded everyone, including an audience watching the groundbreaking ceremony on Facebook Live to Plan, Pack, and Protect, three simple steps to prepare for a flood emergency.

Southport EIP 90% Design Strip Map



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Shell Sells Riverside Tank Facility to Port of West Sacramento

The Port of West Sacramento and Equilon Enterprises D/B/A Shell Oil Products US have reached an agreement on the disposition of Shell’s petroleum tank farm facility in Pioneer Bluff. The deal outlines a creative public-private transaction which will allow Shell to phase out operations at the facility within the next 4 years, by March, 2021.

“This transaction is the next and biggest step forward so far in the planned de-industrialization of West Sacramento’s Pioneer Bluff District,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “The Shell facility is one of four fuel terminals on both sides of the river which have been viewed as immovable obstacles to taking back this stretch of the waterfront to make a spectacular new district for life along the river. Building on the momentum of exciting placemaking in the Washington area and The Bridge District, as well as miles of trails along the riverbank, the agreement demonstrates West Sacramento’s resolve and leadership in creating great attractions and neighborhoods worthy of our region’s central natural asset.”

The demolition and clean-up of the six-acre Shell facility, which has been in operation since the 1940s, sends another strong signal to the real estate development community that the transition of the Pioneer Bluff district from legacy industrial operations to future riverfront mixed-use development continues to move forward.

“The Port of West Sacramento is pleased to collaborate again with the City of West Sacramento on another real estate transaction of mutual benefit related to shifting industrial uses off of the riverfront,” said Yolo County Supervisor and Port Commission Chair Oscar Villegas. “This agreement follows the relocation of the Cemex facility to the Port’s ship channel in 2008, and is an important first step toward relocation of all the fuel terminal facilities on the Sacramento River to more appropriate industrial locations in the region.”

Shell Oil tanks in West Sacramento

The agreement provides a framework for Shell to phase out operations and to clean up all contamination on the property under the supervision of the Regional Water Quality Control Board. It also secures a strategic parcel which is located at the crux of future traffic and bike/pedestrian infrastructure including:

  • Broadway Bridge
  • River Walk trail extension
  • Modifications to 15th Street between Jefferson Blvd. and South River Road, including relocation of the railroad tracks leading to the Port of West Sacramento

The Port is looking forward to partner with the City on future projects.


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Great Turnout for Senior Resource Fair!

More than 100 people showed up at the West Sacramento Community Center Friday, May 5th for the Senior Resource Fair. Attendees were treated to free blood pressure check ups, tours of the Community Center, and other activities including fraud prevention tips from the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.

Special thanks to Bryte and Broderick Community Action Network and West Sacramento Parks and Recreation.

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Farmers Market Dates Announced For This Summer at The Barn

The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce has announced dates for the 2017 Farmers Market. The free event will be held at The Barn from 5 to 9 p.m. on the second Thursday of each summer month.
2017 Dates:
June 8th
July 13th
August 10th


985 Riverfront St.

West Sacramento, CA 95691

You’re invited to attend a fun-filled community event which will feature local farmers, music, food, beer, and a kids zone! Stop by to grab fresh produce, see your neighbors, enjoy dinner, relax on the river, and celebrate the warmth of a summer evening in West Sacramento.

Please note: There is no ATM on site. Some site areas of the Barn are gravel surfaces. Direct accommodation is available for visitors upon request at the info booth.

If you would like to participate in the market as a farmer, sponsor, or food truck, please call the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce at (916) 371-7042 x 102.


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Big Day of Giving is Thursday, May 4th

Now’s the time to support the nonprofits in the West Sacramento community! Beginning at midnight on May 4th, donors are asked to log onto www.bigdayofgiving.org and make a donation to participating non-profits. All donations made online during the Big Day of Giving will be boosted from a pool of local and national matching funds. The BIG DoG aims to raise millions in unrestricted funds for 600 nonprofits across the region, including 79 in Yolo County and 10 based in West Sacramento.



Here’s a list of nonprofits based in West Sacramento:

BRIGHT Children International

Bryte and Broderick Community Action Network Inc.

Creating Opportunities for Educational Development COED

Creative Living Options Endowment

Health Education Council

River City Rowing Club

Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society (ST JS)

Shores of Hope

West Sacramento Friends of the Library

A full list of nonprofits active in Yolo County and the Sacramento region can be found here: https://www.bigdayofgiving.org/nonprofits

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Free Workshop: Water Friendly Landscaping, May 6th

Attend this three-hour workshop hosted by West Sacramento’s Water Conservation Program. Led by irrigation experts and landscape designers, you will learn how to create a landscape that fits your family’s needs and lifestyle while also practicing your water conservation skills.

Register Here

Date: Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


West Sacramento Community Center, Community Room
1075 West Capitol Avenue
West Sacramento, CA 95691

*Free parking is available

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Golden Bear Visits Port of West Sacramento

The California Maritime Academy training ship Golden Bear stopped at the Port of West Sacramento this week on the first leg of a 60 day cruise with a crew of 300 cadets from the Vallejo-based CSU campus.

A reception was held on April 24th where Captain Harry Bolton presented plaques commemorating the vessel’s visit to Mayor Cabaldon, Port Commission Vice Chair Sandeen and Jeff Stiles with SSA Marine. Speakers included Thomas Cropper, President of CSU Maritime Academy, and Timothy White, Chancellor of California State University. The reception attendees included executive staff from all of the CSU campuses.

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New Urban Farm Taking Shape in Bridge District

Spring planting is under way at West Sacramento’s newest urban farm along the river.

Watch the video below for an update and learn about the new Veggie Box Program!

Sign up for Veggie Boxes here.

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Social Media Contest- Fun at the Barn!


Interns having fun at the Barn!

For this week’s contest, snap a fun photo at the Barn! Take a walk along the River Walk, enjoy the spring weather and while you’re at it snap a photo to win River Cats tickets!

  • Post using #thebarnwestsac
  • Tag us:

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How it Works:

  • Every Monday we’ll post contest requirements for that week on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. The following Monday we’ll randomly draw a name from all the social media entries & announce the winner of the week. After the winner is announced, we’ll give out new contest rules for the next week.
  • We will be giving away four TICKETS to the winner!

Here’s How to Enter:

  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter
  • Be on the lookout each week for our photo theme requirements
  • Use the hashtag given and tag us in your post. Your account must be public.


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Bridgeway Lakes Spray Ground Opens Next Week!

Beat the heat and bring the whole family out to the Bridgeway Lakes Park Spray Ground! The facility is free to the public.

Hours for 2017 Season:

May 1st-June 14th……………………….. 12:00-6:00 p.m.

June 15th- August 31st…………….….. 11:00-7:00 p.m.

September 1st-September 30th………12:00-6:00 p.m.


3650 Southport Pkwy, West Sacramento

*For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors please comply with the following rules:

-Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

-No pets are allowed within the Spray Ground and picnic area, except trained dogs for vision impaired users. Guide dogs must be under leash supervision at all times.

-No alcoholic beverages, amplified sound, commercial activity, glass containers, and/or dumping of liquid or solid refuse into the facility’s drains.

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