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 Fire District News


Click here for the latest monthly newsletter from the American Canyon Fire District.



Street Sweeping Schedule

All public residential streets in American Canyon are swept every other week on the weekday following your trash pick-up. Sweeping starts at 6 AM so make sure cars are off the street the night before.  



Cats & Kittens 
For Adoption 

Looking for a cat who loves kids? Check, that's me, Alexia. Looking for a cat who loves other cats? Check, that's me too! Looking for a cat who loves dogs....not so sure about checking that one but who knows, I may just love them too! I promise I'll be a great new family member, stop by Napa County Animal Shelter and ask to meet me, Alexia! 



Napa Junction III

Special Meeting 

August 26, 6:30 PM
City Council Chambers


A proposal for a new apartment project at Napa Junction Road near Hwy 29 was considered by the City Council in July.


The Council asked the applicant to consider revisions to address several items of concern including traffic, water, affordable housing, parking and loss of potential commercial uses.  At this Special Council Meeting the applicant will present changes for consideration by the City Council. 



Got Tickets?


Many of you have probably heard of The Pathway Home in Yountville.  The Pathway Home provides comprehensive treatment for our nation's military personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. They assist those impacted by Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other post-combat mental health challenges to successfully reintegrate into their families and the community at large. This highly successful program needs you!  The soldiers in the program enjoy, and benefit from, attending movies, ball games, auto races, etc.  Going to the Cinemark off Imola this weekend?  How about picking up a couple gift cards for movie tickets?  Click here for more information and an address to send or drop off the tix.  


August 15, 2014



Many of you have been reading this email update for a year or more now, but this week we added a bunch of new readers to our email list. So, welcome to the City Manager's Update

At this moment, our mailing list includes 4,840 families and friends in and around American Canyon, and it grows a little every week (free lunch to number 5,000!). In this twice-monthly newsletter we keep you updated about projects and events going on around town and the important decisions facing the City Council.  There are other ways to stay updated as well:  we post updates often (mostly about parks and recreation programs) on the City's Facebook page and you can connect with your neighbors on NextDoor.  A good neighbor is an informed neighbor, so stay in touch.  We welcome your feedback. 




On the Agenda


Our City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 PM. Since we know how busy everyone is we use this column in the Friday Update to highlight some of the more interesting items on the agenda to help you become informed and decide if you want to learn more or attend the meeting.


The August 19th City Council meeting will begin at 6:30 PM at City Hall.  The complete agenda can be found HERE.  The discussion this week will include a Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment.  This community loves its parks, open spaces and recreation programs and has indicated they want more.  A Needs Assessment will help determine what new programs and services the City should provide and gain initial insight into how we can pay for them.  For the complete staff report, click HERE.


Also included at this Council Meeting will be consideration of a Resolution to cancel the November election for our local City Council races. Two positions will become vacant in November and since only the two incumbents filed to run, the City is not required to hold an election. Skipping the November election will save the City approximately $28,000.  To see the staff report, click HERE.



Grocerus gatheramus AKA The Plastic Grocery Bag - Should it go Extinct?


Jeri Gill, Executive Director of Sustainable Napa County will give a presentation to the City Council about a possible Single-Use Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance on August 19th at 6:30 PM at City Hall.

Twelve billion single use plastic bags are consumed by Californians every year. Despite active efforts to expand recycling programs, the recycling rate of single use plastic bags remains around five percent. With the sheer number of plastic bags used in California, focusing on recycling alone is not a viable solution. 


A solution is to transition to reusable bags. Under a proposed ordinance single-use plastic bags provided by retail stores in the City of American Canyon would be replaced with paper bags provided for 10 cents per bag to encourage customers to use reusable bags.  As with most laws, a possible ordinance could include logical exceptions for take-out food and for bagging produce in a grocery store.   


If the City Council decides to pursue an ordinance, staff will coordinate with effected local retailers and organizations including the American Canyon Chamber of Commerce to ease the community-wide transition to reusable bags. Want to know more or express your thoughts? Attend the August 19th meeting.



Yard Sale Season


Who doesn't love a good yard sale?  I know I do.  But who likes to see unattractive yard sale signs stuck all over the City?  Not only does it detract from the beauty of our community, in many cases it is unsafe and illegal too.  We have a great brochure on our website outlining the rules for sign placement as well as helpful tips to make your sale more successful.  Click here to check it out. 


 Save the Date!

2015 Community-Wide Yard Sale 


May 29, 30 & 31 


Did you know that the City sponsors a Citywide Yard Sale once a year?  This is a super easy way to have a sale - we do all the advertising!  This year we hosted more than 60 yard sales throughout the community on the weekend following Memorial Day.  Think about joining in the fun next year! Start saving your treasures now.


New Turn Lane


Last week the Public Works Department completed a re-striping project on the west-bound lanes of Donaldson Way at Highway 29. A new right turn lane was added in the space where the white plastic delineators used to be (by the Arco gas station). 


Three days into the new school year and so far the feedback on the new turn lane has been very positive! We will continue to work on reducing the traffic impacts around the City. 


School is Back in Session 


Be extra cautious and look for children near schools. SLOW down!  



Highway 29 Specific Plan Stakeholder and Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC)


We are looking for interested members of the community who are interested in volunteering their time to provide their perspective in a new vision for the Highway 29 Corridor. The Highway 29 Specific Plan will provide innovative solutions and establish commercial and residential densities along with design guidelines to integrate residential and commercial development with transit, parks, open space, and pedestrian connections, including potential pedestrian and bicycle over-crossings of Highway 29 in American Canyon. We anticipate that the committee will meet approximately 4 times over 2 years. The Committee representative makeup is planned to include these interests:

  • one Chamber of Commerce representative
  • two business representatives
  • two neighborhood residents
  • community representatives
  • an environmental advocacy member
  • non-profit or other community or faith-based organization representative
  • transit agency representative
If you would like to be involved in having a role in the future of Highway 29 through American Canyon click HERE for more information and HERE to access an application. If you have any questions about the project or committee, please contact Brent Cooper, Community Development Director at (707) 647-4335 or by Email.


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

Program and Event Highlights:


Fall Classes Registration


This has been a fantastic summer in American Canyon! As you start planning and preparing for the school year, keep in mind that the Parks and Recreation Department offers fun and exciting programs all year! Our Fall 2014 Activities Guide is now available online and has been mailed out to residents.  General registration opens on August 20th, but some programs are already open. Check it out! 


Junior Warriors Youth Basketball

Don't miss out on our Junior Warriors Youth Winter Basketball League sponsored by the Golden State Warriors!  This recreational league provides participants of any skill level with basketball instruction and games.  Brand new this season we are offering a new age group, ages 5-7 years old.  Participants in this age group will take part in 25 minutes of instructional drills prior to playing a 20 minute scrimmage. Scores will not be kept.


Registration Information:  


Residents $65

Registration Open: 

Aug 18th - Nov 7th



Non-Residents $85

Registration Open:  

Sept 29th - Nov 7th


Upcoming activities:


Ages/ Grades
Activity Date/Time

Evening Swim Lessons

3-12 years

9/2 - 9/25
5 PM, 5:30 PM, 6 PM
(27 min lesson)
$40 Res
$50 Non

6-8 grade


Begins 8/26
Tues 3-5 PM
Wed 1-3 PM
Thurs 3-5 PM


Cheer: 6 & up
Mascot: 4-5 yrs


Begins 9/3
Wed 6:30-7:15 PM

$35 Res
$40 Non

NEW! Family Zumba

3-5 yrs 
with parent


Begins 9/3
Wed 9-9:45 AM

$30 Res
$35 Non

6-11 yrs


Begins 9/3 
Wed 2:45-1:30 PM


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