November 26, 2014


When I was a little girl, there was an adorned panel van that drove down our street occasionally playing music. I thought it was so much fun. My mother called the driver the "music man" and let me go outside and listen when he came by. Okay, so I wasn't the brightest child, but this ruse only lasted a short time before I figured out that the nice music man dispensed ice cream in addition to tunes. These days, though, not everyone is so fond of the roaming ice cream trucks. Most notably, they can cause traffic and safety hazards when children run across the street or congregate around them. They make noise and serve unhealthy foods. What are your thoughts? 


On the flip side, there were no fancy "food trucks" in the 1960's. There were "catering trucks" that served prepackaged food to workers on construction and other sites for lunch. These weren't places that cool people went, and certainly not a place to take the family for fun. The new generation of food trucks are serving up amazing selections of ethnic and other foods not available at traditional restaurants.  When the vendors come together for an event, they are very popular and attract people looking for good food and good company. They offer variety in food selections, and have a broad customer base because they move around.  What do you think?


The City Council will be discussing both ideas at their next Council meeting, so now is your chance to speak up!  December 2nd (next Tuesday), 6:30 PM in the Council Chambers.  



In This Issue
Free Home Energy 

Efficient Workshop 


Homeowners Workshop

Energy Upgrade California

Up to $6,500 in Rebates!


Tues., Dec. 9th

6:30 - 8:00 PM

Senior Center, 

2185 Elliott Drive


See flyer for more information


Vet Connect


A new Napa County service for Veterans is now available.  On the second Thursday of each month Vet Connect will bring together the major organizations that support or assist Veterans. The events run from 9 am - 12 pm at 650 Imperial Way, Room 103 in Napa. For more info email or call the Veterans Service Office at (707) 253-6072


2015 Citizens Academy Applications Now Available


This winter we will be kicking off our first Citizens Academy. This program is designed to help the community learn more about their local government,  develop future  leaders and build a better community by creating well-informed and engaged residents. The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Thursday evenings beginning on January 15th. This a free program. A flyer is attached and applications will be accepted until December 12th.  

On the Agenda...


The next City Council meeting will be on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:30 PM.  The full agenda is available here. This City Council Meeting will be a joint session with the Planning Commission and they will discuss several interesting items. A workshop is scheduled to discuss the 2015 - 2023 Housing Element. This is an extremely important document that sets affordable housing policies for the next eight years.  We encourage you to become informed and join the discussion on Tuesday. Here are copies of the staff reportHousing Element Background Report and Draft Housing Element for your review. As mentioned in the opening paragraph, the City Council and Planning Commission will also be discussing the future of food trucks and ice cream trucks.  Many people have opinions about these two subjects, attend the meeting and share yours. 

Recology Update


Holiday Trash Collection Schedule:

Thursday customers will be moved to Friday this week. Friday customers will have pick up on Saturday.



The Recycling Facility in Vallejo will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Recology offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.


Holiday Street Sweeping Changes: 

Vintage Ranch street sweeping scheduled for Friday, November 28th will be changed to Tuesday, December 2nd. Kimberly Park area, Montevino and Entrada will be moved from Thanksgiving Day to Monday, December 1st. 


Not a Good Idea: Recology asks that customers do not put their cans on the sidewalk instead of the street.  It is very difficult for the big trucks to get close enough to pick them up and it blocks the sidewalk. Cans should be placed in the street up against the curb.

Grease is the Word


Thanksgiving seems like the appropriate time of year to talk about grease. Yuck, our pipes definitely do not like it - nothing worse than clogged pipes or even worse, raw sewage backing up into your home to ruin your Thanksgiving. Grease is the cause of approximately 47% of blocked sewage overflows in the U.S. each year. An interesting article was posted recently about grease with great tips to dispose of it properly. The website also offers good ideas for conserving water too and how to get the kids involved. Check it out.


Through partnership with the City of American Canyon, HERO is available to you as an affordable way to make energy efficient, water efficient, and renewable energy upgrades to your home. HERO offers low-fixed interest rates and flexible payment terms of up to 20 years, with repayments made through your property taxes. You can use HERO to finance energy efficient projects that can increase your property value, lower your monthly utility bills, make you more comfortable in your home and contribute to making your community more energy independent. HERO is available for a wide array of home energy products, such as the list below:

  • Windows, Skylights, & Doors
  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning
  • Solar Panels
  • Roofing & Insulation
  • Water Heating
  • Artificial Turf
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

To find a HERO registered contractor in your area or to apply, call the HERO Hotline at 855-HERO-411 (855-437-6411) or click here.

And Right Around the Corner...

This year's contest and tour is going to be better than ever. We encourage all you Clark Griswolds out there to decorate your home and enter it in the contest. You could win cash prizes from $75 to $200! Registration deadline is December 12th and it is FREE to participate. On December 16, 17 and 18 your home will be included in the viewing tour and the judges will make their decisions.  This flyer  gives all the details.  


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