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Time to Clean Up!


It's time to clean up both figuratively ($$$) and literally!  The City is helping promote a City Wide Yard Sale on Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2nd.  It's a great time of year to gather the junk, I mean - stuff - that you are no longer using and get rid of it.  Sign up ahead of time and the City will list your sale online and in flyers to help with the advertising.  We will also take out an ad in the local newspaper and make an announcement on Craig's List.  We've had several homes sign up and at least two sales to raise money for good causes (American Cancer Society and ACHS Wolves Football) JOIN IN!

Engaging Our Youth!
We are actively working with American Canyon High School leaders to engage our high school youth in their local government and to show them the value of Public Service.  Click here to read about what we're doing.

Gang & Youth

Violence Prevention Commission


The Gang and Youth Violence Prevention Commission will be holding a Community Meeting on Wed, May 22nd, 5:30 PM, at American Canyon High School, Rm. A217. The Gang & Youth Violence Prevention Commission coordinates gang prevention, intervention and suppression activities throughout the county. Please Join us and hear what Napa County is doing to prevent gang and youth violence. The County and our City needs to hear your voice and suggestions.

 Movies in the Park


Bring your folding chairs, jackets, sleeping bags or blankets; grab the family and come on down to Main Street Park on 

Friday nights from

June 7 - July 26.

Movies begin at dusk.


Showing on June 7th:

"Wreck it Ralph"

Napa County Roads Construction Alert


Beginning May 18th through 25th Napa County Public Works will be resurfacing roads in several areas. Click here for the details.

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May 17, 2013


If you have lived in American Canyon for very long, you have heard of the "Town Center" project proposed for the land near the ruins, behind Napa Junction.  As the economy faltered in the last few years, this project had to wait until the market turned around.  Now that housing demand is coming back, the developer is moving forward with his revised proposal.  The new proposed project includes a cool outdoor venue and gathering place around the ruins that could be home to farmer's markets and food trucks, as well as some great gardens and a venue for music or other summer entertainment.  North of the Napa Valley Ruins and Gardens would be new neighborhoods with different types and sizes of housing to meet everyone's needs.  Called Watson Ranch, the new neighborhoods would include more than 1,000 new homes. 


This project is very exciting and could offer the City some great new amenities.  However, we know there are many issues to address carefully, including traffic, schools, parks, water and more.  You will hear more about this project in the coming months, and there will be plenty of opportunity to provide feedback to the Council about the proposed project.  There will also be a special page on our website to keep you updated on the process and provide copies of important planning documents.  Stay tuned!


What's in Our Future?


We are entering into a very exciting, citywide project!  What do you want American Canyon to "look like" in 5, 10 even 20 years? What will our unique identity be?  A Community Visioning Process was kicked off last week and you will be hearing much more about it during the next several months.  Many focus groups, workshops, community events and surveys will be offered to give EVERYONE an opportunity to participate and provide input.  Once we gather ideas from a broad base of community members and stakeholders the City Council will put together a Vision Statement.  The Vision Statement will be used in the future for setting budget and capital improvement priorities, economic development initiatives, policy considerations and to help improve the City organization.  Currently we are gathering email addresses to make sure those that want to stay informed about the process are.  We'd love to have yours - visit

On The Agenda....


The City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 21st is full of some very interesting items.  The entire agenda can be viewed HERE.


At 5:30 pm a Special Workshop is scheduled to conduct a study session regarding the 2013-14 Operating Budget.  This will be an opportunity for the City Manager to present a proposed budget and for the public and the City Council to provide input and ask questions. The budget will be adopted during a subsequent City Council meeting, most likely June 4th.  The information being presented is available HERE.


At the 6:30 Regular City Council meeting the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget will be considered.  The City adopts a five-year CIP to identify upcoming projects and priorities and to budget money for their completion.  The staff report can be read in its entirety HERE. Another exciting item before the City Council this week will be a discussion about access to the Newell Open Space.  City Staff has been working for quite some time to gain permanent public access to the Newell Open Space Preserve.  This beautiful property was generously donated to the City many years ago by the Newell Family.  Read here for additional information. The Mayor and Council will also consider adoption of the City Council Priority Projects and Programs for the 2013 - 2014 fiscal year.  These goals help set budget and work plan decisions for the coming year.  To view the goals themselves, click HERE, to read the staff report that will be presented click HERE.

Data Gathering for Traffic Signal Synchronization


Traffic counters are in place along Flosden Road, American Canyon Road, and Highway 29 to collect data for a traffic signal synchronization project geared toward improving traffic flow and reducing vehicle emissions. The objective is to develop coordinated traffic signal timing plans for the a.m. and p.m. peak commute periods. The traffic flow at the intersection of Donaldson Way East and Highway 29 is also being evaluated to determine what measures can be taken to reduce queuing and traffic back-ups that now occur during peak times. The project is funded by a TFCA (Transportation Fund for Clean Air) grant, and should be completed by this fall.

Napa Junction Detention Basin Project

The first phase of a project to improve the frontage on the east side of Highway 29 at the Napa Junction center has been advertised for construction, with bids due on Tuesday, June 4. The work will extend from Napa Junction Road south to the signal at Rio Del Mar and will include planting vines along the existing split rail fence, replacing trees, landscaping and irrigation, installation of a trash barrier, replacement of missing segments of the existing wall, and grading to create a maintenance access path. The work will be paid for with Landscaping & Lighting Assessment District funds from Zone 3, which encompasses the Napa Junction center. This first phase of the planned frontage improvements should be completed by late September. Phases 2 through 4 will occur over the next three or four years, as funds become available.

Parks & Recreation News
contact us at (707) 648-7275

Open Swim is BACK FOR SUMMER!!!


The Phillip West Aquatics Center will begin weekend open swim this weekend.  This is a great family friendly opportunity to beat the heat.  Non-swimmers under 4 feet tall must be accompanied by a responsible person age 16 or older. Here are all the details.


Summer Activity Guide is Here!


Registration starts on Monday, May 20th at 8:30 am. There are new activities in the guide including summer open swim passes, special swim lessons just for children in the Canyon Kids Camp, and an all-summer long swim lesson program called Summer Swim Academy. If you don't have your copy yet, you can flip through an online version on our website.


Beat the line, register on-line!If you are trying to register for summer camp, swim lessons or dance classes, you may register online

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