April 3, 2015
City Manager's Friday Update


When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents who lived a few doors down from a community park.  There was a slide and swings, but mostly I loved the flying-saucer shaped thing that spun in circles.  I would climb on, let grandma spin it hard, and hold on tight while the centrifugal force inevitably threw me to the ground.  It was terrific fun, and I'm sure my grandma got very tired of spinning that thing around.  So many great memories around that little park and playground.  


In American Canyon, we are blessed with good parks.  But we want great parks.  And great open spaces.  And great trails.  Enter stage right... the American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation.  This newly formed, grass-roots, non-profit organization is dedicated to enhancing parks, programs and play in American Canyon.  In partnership with the City, they will be raising funds, writing grants, and generally working hard to make our parks and open spaces even better.  


Want to get involved or learn more?  www.acparks.org.  Have internet-dislike syndrome?  

Visit with foundation board members tomorrow morning at the egg hunt at Community Park 2.  (details below)


Statewide Water Reductions Required


Earlier this week, Governor Brown directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce water usage by 25%. This is the first time the State has ever issued this kind of mandate, but this is also the first time we've experienced a four year drought. 


What does this mean for American Canyon?


We are still reviewing the Governor's new Executive Order.  The Order contains a broad to-do list for various state agencies and over the next months, these agencies will adopt emergency regulations, programs, etc. to implement the intent of the Order.  Once the details of these regulations and programs are known, we will have a better understanding of the implications for American Canyon. At that time the City Council will need to adopt new and/or modify existing local ordinances where applicable.  


We highly encourage all water customers to be judicious with water.  Last year the residents of American Canyon did a very commendable job when asked to save water; consumption was down by 18% compared to 2013.  It is important to note that the governor's mandate to save 25% will also be measured from 2013; it will not be in addition to what you already conserved last year.  In the next few months, residential customers will likely be required to limit outdoor sprinkler irrigation and other changes.  To stay informed as this information becomes available, please subscribe here or check the drought page on our website.


Fire Service Fee Board of Review  


The Fire District is currently recruiting for one community member to serve on the Fire Service Fee Board of Review.  The Board meets annually (or as needed) to hear, review and make recommendations about the Fire Service Fee Ordinance.  This is a two year appointment, applications are due by 4 PM on May 1st at the Public Safety Building.  Please call 551-0653 with questions.

On the Agenda

The next City Council meeting is Tuesday, April 7th at 6:30 PM.  The full agenda is available here.  In addition to regular business, the City Council will hear a presentation from the Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency (NCTPA).  NCTPA is proposing several changes to the American Canyon Transit (ACT) service.  If approved, the system would change from its present fixed-route design to door-to-door service for most of the day. Also, three additional runs per day of  VINE Route 11 will be added to help accommodate the large number of youth riders to and from school. 


The redesigned service would begin after 7 AM and conclude by 5:30  PM on weekdays.  The ACT system would operate on its current fixed-route schedule in the early morning and for approximately 45 minutes in the afternoon.  Other than during the peak demand hours described above, the majority of the service day would be operated "on demand".  Riders would call to receive a ride from their location to anywhere within the City of American Canyon.  Fares will remain unchanged.  If approved, changes will be implemented this summer.  Please contact Tom Roberts, NCTPA Transit Manager with questions or attend the Council meeting.

Wrestling Championship   

18th Annual National Wrestling Championship

American Canyon High School, Saturday, April 18th


American Canyon has hit the big time - when it comes to youth wrestling!  This year American Canyon High School and the Napa Sheriff's Activities League are co-hosting the National Championship for boys and girls wrestling. Boys and girls between the ages 5 and 18 travel from all over the United States to participate.   For more information visit www.usgwa.com and select nationals.

1st Time Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance

1st Time Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Workshop

Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30 PM

American Canyon City Hall


Loans are available to first time homebuyers with qualifying incomes for down payment assistance.  Click here for more information or contact Andrea Clark and the Napa Housing Authority at 707-257-9254 for more information. 

Quick Links
In This Issue
Countywide Plan Vision 2040


Community Meeting in American Canyon

Thurs, April 16th 

6 - 8 PM at City Hall


The Countywide Plan Vision 2040 will tell the story of what the county will be like in the year 2040. The plan focuses on transportation resources throughout the County and how it can be improved to match the vision goal in the year 2040.  NCTPA is holding several public meetings to gather input from the communities.  They want to hear from you!  Plan to attend the American Canyon meeting on April 16th from 6 - 8 PM.  More information is available here.  

Veterans Resources


On the second Thursday of each month from 9:00 AM - noon Napa County Vet Connect provides local resources and services for veterans all in one place.  No appointment is necessary.


Napa County Health & Human Services

2741 Napa Valley Corporate Drive

First Floor 

Conference Room

More info

Native Plant Sale 

Now more than ever gardens and yards need to be carefully planned.  The California  Native Plant Society is having its Spring Sale this weekend, flyer attached.  This is a perfect opportunity to start looking at drought tolerant plants while thinking about removing some of your turf to take advantage of our Cash for Grass program.

Energy Savings! 

Parks and Recreation News

Program and Event Highlights


Join us for our Spring Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 4th.  Activities are free and include a Chalk Art Contest at 9 AM, a Special Dance Performance at 10:45 AM, and our Egg Hunts starting at 11 AM.  Experience a community event to remember with free prizes, bounce houses and of course, a visit from a Furry Friend. Sponsors include American Canyon Family Resource Center, the American Canyon Arts Foundation, American Canyon AYSO, Brian Farmer of Farmers Insurance, American Canyon Troop Support, and Magical Castle Jumpers.  Click here to view our flyer.


It's not too late to purchase your tickets for the 16th Annual Community Recognition Ball, sponsored by The Napa Valley Vintners.  This is one of American Canyon's signature events, celebrating American Canyon Volunteers.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 5:30 PM-10 PM, at the Community Center Gym.  Tickets are $35 per person, and can be purchased at the Parks and Recreation office through Friday, April 10, 2015.


Spring/Summer Activity Registration is now open! View our Spring/Summer guide to see all activities and events running April through August.  Highlights include Canyon Kids Summer Camp offered all 9 weeks of summer, All Camp discount for residents, and Kindergarten-Middle School kids can enjoy camp all day long! Extended Care and Camp Swim Lessons are also available!


Upcoming activities:




Activity Date/Time




Spring Egg Hunt

All Ages

Saturday, April 4th

Fun begins at 9 AM


Community Park II

(Corner of Benton and Donaldson Way)

16th Annual Community Recognition Ball

All Ages

Saturday, April 18th
5:30 -10 PM
Ticket Sales Deadline: 

Friday, April 10th


Community Center Gym

100 Benton Way

Junior Warriors Youth Summer Basketball League
(Please register in person at the Parks & Rec Office)

Ages: 5-14

Resident Registration Now Open!
Deadline: 4/22/15
Practices begin: 5/11/15
Games begin: 6/13/15

Residents: $65

Non-Residents: $85

Community Center Gym

100 Benton Way

Summer Day Camp

(Please register in person at the Parks & Rec Office)

Canyon Kids (Grades: Entering


Camp Take Charge for Teens
(Grades: Entering

Registration Now Open!

Offered all 9 weeks of Summer


 (Discount rate if you sign up for all weeks)


8:30 AM-5 PM
(Early Bird & Late Owl Care Available)

Canyon Kids: Residents:


(All 9 weeks discount : $600)

Camp Take Charge:
Residents: $60/Week
(All 9 weeks discount: $480)

*Non-Res Rates Vary

Community Center Gym

100 Benton Way

For more information contact us at: (707) 648-7275