February 27, 2015
City Manager's Friday Update

Meet Bob.  Bob is a Muscovy Duck, we think.  At least he looks like one.  Bob has taken up residency at the Water Treatment Plant on Jameson where he swims in the ponds and fancies himself to be the king goose.  When not swimming, Bob hangs out at the plant with the water plant crew (who are known to give him duck snacks now and then).  

Muscovy's are sometimes kept as pets, and as friendly as Bob is, we wonder if he isn't someone's buddy.  Maybe his name really isn't Bob.  Maybe it's Bobbie, for all we know.  Anyway, if you know Bob, let us know.  Otherwise, he will continue to live the good life at the Water Treatment Plant.



Congratulations to our very own Commissioner of the Year, Mathew Plate! Read all about it in the Parks & Recreation section below.
Want to be a Planning Commissioner?

Applications are being accepted until Friday, March 6th for a vacancy on the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission holds public hearings on proposed development plans, conditional use permits, subdivision maps, and other land use matters, as well as proposed changes to Zoning and the General Plan.   After these hearings the commission makes recommendations to the City Council.  Typically the commission meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at City Hall.  Want to know more or get an application?

First Time Homebuyer?

First Time Homebuyer Workshop

Wednesday, March 11th

City Hall Council Chambers

6:00 - 9:00 PM


Loans are available to first time homebuyers with qualifying incomes who need down payment assistance.  Funds are available to purchase single family homes, mobile homes, and condos within the City of American Canyon.  The loans have 30 year deferred payments, no monthly payments, no up-front costs and carry a 1% interest rate.  This is a great opportunity!  Come learn more at the March 11th workshop or contact Andrea Clark at 707-257-9254.

Food and Ice Cream Truck Changes


Over the last several months, the City has received feedback - both positive and negative - from our residents and business community on the topic of food trucks and ice cream trucks. In December, the City Council conducted a workshop with the Planning Commission and provided direction on a variety of important areas.  


On March 17, the City Council will again consider an ordinance to limit food Trucks to the Industrial areas except for temporary events, and prohibit ice cream trucks from operating in the City for one hour after school lets out each day. Stay tuned for the next Friday Update where you will be able to view the upcoming Council agenda and review the food/ice cream truck staff report and ordinance.  

ACHS, once again, outpaces the nation...
Recently ACHS seniors recently completed the College and Work Readiness Assessment, along with 234 other schools in the nation.  This assessment process first evaluates thinking skills in high school freshman, then again assesses those same students as seniors four years later.  The assessment gauges student's improvement in higher-order thinking skills, requiring students to analyze, evaluate and synthesize information as they demonstrate their ability to think critically and solve problems.  ACHS Seniors demonstrated the greatest growth in thinking skills in the nation, with an overall score of 1.46 compared to 0.79 for other New Tech Network schools and 0.76 for all participating schools in the nation.  The assessment helps evaluate whether or not school programs are supporting students in the development of skills necessary to succeed in college and careers.  ACHS, once again, rises to the top.  Go Wolves!
On the Agenda
The City Council will meet next Tuesday (March 3) at 6:30 pm.  At the meeting, the Council will hear presentations from representatives of the American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation and American Canyon High School.  Also, the Council will consider supporting this year's Relay For Life event and awarding a contract for to construct a parking lot next to the library and post office.  Finally, the Council will make appointments to the Parks and Community Services Commission, Open Space Committee and County Library Commission and hear an update from staff regarding the status of the Council's adopted implementation plan.  A full night!  Click HERE for a full agenda, and plan to join us on Tuesday evening.
Quick Links
In This Issue
Theresa Ave Sidewalk Project

Beginning in mid-March the Theresa Avenue Phase 3 Project will begin. This project will consist of installation of sidewalk, curb, and gutter and will fill in the gap between Eucalyptus and Theresa Avenues to create a safe pedestrian access.
Nominate Someone Special

It's time for the Annual Community Service Award nominations!  The categories this year include: Business of the Year, Youth of the Year and the very prestigious Gateway Award.  Certificates of Appreciation are also awarded to nominated members of local organizations.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 13th.  Read more about each award and get applications on the Community Recognition Ball page of our website. 
Save the Date
Tuesday, March 24
The City Council and the Open Space Advisory Committee will hold a Workshop on our Trail System during the evening of March 24th.  More information to follow.
Shop and Do Business Locally

Did you know that you can find a list of the many local businesses we have right here in American Canyon by clicking here? This information is always available on our website in the Business License section.  Look here first before shopping out of town.

Parks and Recreation News
Program and Event Highlights


Recreation Center is OPEN! 

After several months of repairs for damage caused by the earthquake, the Recreation Center, adjacent to the Senior Center is OPEN!  Several classes and programs have been shuffled around to accommodate the construction, but things should be getting back to normal very soon.


Parks and Community Services Commission Mathew Plate named Commissioner of the Year

Commissioner Mathew Plate was recently awarded the 2015 California Association of Park & Recreation Commissioners & Board Members (CAPRCBM) Commissioner of the Year.  Commissioner Plate began his service when the Commission was first created in 2000.  His contributions to the City of American Canyon and its residents are numerous and far reaching.  He will be honored at the CAPRCBM Awards and Installation Banquet on March 12, 2015.


We need your support to make our programs successful!

Please register today! 

Upcoming Classes & Events



Activity Date/Time




Mini Stars Sports Program

Ages: 4-7


March 1-29
(no class 3/8)

12:30 - 1:30 PM


Residents: $40

Non: $45

Community Center Gym

100 Benton Way

Self Defense for Senior Citizens




9 - 10 AM

$28/month or

$7 drop in

Senior Multi-Use Center

2185 Elliott Dr.

Lifeguard Training

15 and up


March 7, 8, 

14, 15

Sat & Sun
8:30 AM - 5 PM



Phillip West Aquatic Ctr

100 Benton Way

Water Safety Instructor Training


16 and up


3/30, 3/31, 4/1, 4/2

M, T, W, TH 

8:30 AM - 5 PM



Phillip West Aquatic Ctr

100 Benton Way

American Canyon Cheerleading


Mascots Ages:4-5


6 and up




6:30 - 7 PM


5 - 5:30 PM

Residents: $35/Month



Community Center

Gym Stage

100 Benton Way