April 17, 2015
City Manager's Friday Update


Ask and ye shall receive!  I asked you all to respond to a survey earlier this week about your interest in a Farmer's Market in American Canyon.  And so you did!  Nearly 900 people responded to that survey in just a few days, and all but 8 said they supported such a market in American Canyon.  By far, the most popular times were weekend mornings and the most commonly suggested location was Community Park 2.  We are requesting funding from the USDA to get our market started on the right foot and so we know the market will be successful.  We won't be able to start this summer, but are hoping for next spring.  I'll keep you posted.


Since you are all in the mood for telling me your opinions about stuff, let's hear more.  The two surveys we have been telling you about are actually in the mail and should arrive on doorsteps starting today and into next week.  We selected 5,000 addresses completely randomly in American Canyon and sent out two surveys:  around 3,000 surveys asked questions about our parks and recreation programs, and another 2,000 surveys asked questions about overall satisfaction with city services.  We really do want to hear from you.  Please, if you receive one (or both) of these surveys, take a few minutes to respond.  We will use the results to make help make important decisions about projects and programs and how we provide service.  We need your input.  Thanks! 

On the Agenda  

The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting is this Tuesday, April 21st at City Hall.  The meeting will start an hour earlier than usual, beginning at 5:30 PM for a Special Workshop of the City Council and the Blue Ribbon Committee on Water Resources (BRC).  The BRC is an 18 member standing committee formed several years ago to discuss, investigate and advise on any water-related issues.  The meeting will discuss the Governor's April 1, 2015 Executive Order mandating reductions in water usage.  Please see the article below for much more information about the water situation.  A comprehensive staff report has been prepared and is available here.  Based upon input received at this meeting, follow up changes to existing City Ordinances will be presented to the City Council in May. To see the full agenda click here.   

What's Going on with the Drought?


No doubt you've seen the news about the Declaration made by the Governor for statewide mandatory water use reduction. At this point in time there are still many unknowns and decisions to be made by the City Council on how we will move forward. What we do know is that the overall amount of water used citywide is going to need to reduce 20% from 2013. So, what does that mean? The chart below shows our approximate consumption numbers and the target we need to be shooting for. As you can see, we made great progress but we'll need to hold steady and still do a little more.


Citywide consumption in 2013

3,612 acre feet

Citywide consumption in 2014

3,136 acre feet 

(down by 13%)

Target Citywide consumption for 2015

2,890 acre feet

(to meet the 20% required)


What can you do to help reach this goal? Participate in our Cash for Grass and indoor efficiency programs to help save money and reduce your water consumption. Explore how you can save water here. We offer many free water saving devices at City Hall for use in your home or business, stop by the front counter anytime.


We are working on doing our part to meet this goal too. All irrigation in our street median landscaping strips has been turned off and soon you'll begin seeing changes to the streetscape over to native and drought tolerant plantings. Below the ground there will also be changes in the piping to convert landscaping over to recycled water in the remainder of the public areas that use potable water for irrigation. Our Public Works crews have identified and are working on expediting the schedule of service leak repairs around the city and later this month we will begin construction on a recycled water tank.


In addition to the already imposed regulations on water usage, we also know that irrigation is going to be limited to 2 days a week for all properties statewide. A joint meeting of the City Council and the Blue Ribbon Committee on Water Resources will be held on Tuesday, April 21st at 5:30 PM at the City Council Chambers. Many of the decisions that need to be made will be discussed at this meeting and we'd like to invite you to join us! If you aren't able to attend the meeting, you can check our website and watch these updates for more information about additional restrictions.


If you see a water use concern:  CLICK HERE to report online, download a report form HERE, or call our Save our Water Hotline at (707) 647-5382 

Public Works is Busy All Around Town


The active spring/summer season is here for our Public Works Department.  Four big projects have already started or will be underway soon.  The third and final phase of the Theresa Avenue Sidewalk project is under construction; concrete will be poured in the next week and completion is scheduled for May. This project will complete sidewalks along Theresa Avenue from Napa Junction Road to Los Altos, making it safer for children walking to school. The Park & Ride Lot next to the Library was scheduled to start today and construction should last approximately 45 days.  This project will provide some much needed parking for the library and post office, along with lighting and bike parking facilities for commuters.  Construction of a new Recycled Water Tank at the Wastewater Treatment Plant is scheduled to begin next week.  This new tank will allow us to store recycled water for when it is needed most - especially important now as we continue to transition our parks and landscaping to recycled water irrigation.  And lastly, a very leaky 14 inch water line is being replaced just south of City Hall.    Please be mindful of the Cone Zone as you drive through town.

Public Works Summer Projects            


Watch for these Public Works  projects over the summer.  Updates will be posted throughout construction.

  • Donaldson Way pavement repair between Benton and Amarillo
  • East American Canyon Road Sidewalk
  • Water main replacement near the airport
  • Newell Drive lane addition
  • Vine Trail gap closure from Silver Oak Park to Silver Oak Trail
  • Kimberly Park flood control project
Quick Links
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Fire District News

Click here to read the latest news from the Fire District.



Fire District Training

The Fire District is busy utilizing a unique training opportunity at a City owned home on the corner of Napa Junction and Theresa Ave.  
If you see them out there, don't panic!  The firefighters are simply practicing various skills to be prepared  when an emergency arises.


Earthquake Preparedness Open House


Sunday, April 26th

11 AM - 2 PM

Public Safety Building

911 E. Donaldson Way 

Click here for flyer

Let's Keep Our Youth Safe


Dinner and a special presentation on the REAL issues affecting our youth. 


American Canyon 

High School

Thursday, April 23rd, 6 PM

More information here

Auntie Mame 


From lavish sets to period costumes, Auntie Mame and her cultured and quirky group of friends will surely win you over with this classic comedic offering from the American Canyon Drama Cooperative.


American Canyon 

High School Theater
  • Friday, Apr 24, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, Apr 25, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, Apr 26, 2:30 pm

More information & tickets

Native Wildflower Walk


Hosted by the CA Native Plant Society at

Newell Open Space on
Saturday, April 18th

See here for more info 

Welcome! Planning Commissioner Tyrone Navarro

Smoke Shop and Tobacco Business Moratorium 


Currently, City codes lack any regulations on businesses whose main purpose is to sell tobacco and products that include tobacco and/or nicotine.  The negative health impacts related to tobacco use have been known for some time, and studies show a steady increase in the use of e-cigarettes by youth which can contain nicotine in varying degrees of potency. Also, the long-term health effects of using e-cigarettes are still unknown. At its next meeting, the City Council will consider extending a short term moratorium on smoke shops, hookah lounges, and e-cigarette vapor lounges in American Canyon.  If the moratorium is extended, staff will conduct research, public outreach, and develop alternatives on how to appropriately regulate businesses that cater to tobacco and nicotine product sales in American Canyon.  Businesses that sell cigarettes as a minor part of their overall sales, such as grocery stores, convenience stores, and pharmacies will remain exempt from the moratorium.

Photos from Around Town

Top: Donaldson Way Elementary Bike Safety Day, Left-Top:  ACPD Officer Ryan Woolworth at the ACHS Career Day, Left-Bottom: Spring Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, Middle: Human Resources Manager Laci Kolc at ACHS Career Day, Right Top: Spring Egg Hunt,  Right Bottom:  ACHS staff at Career Day

Parks and Recreation News

 Program and Event Highlights


Join us, you will?  We are excited to host "May the 4th be with you - Star Wars Night", a brand new event, on Monday, May 4th from 6:30pm-10pm. Sponsored by Eagle Vines Realty and Dr. Jeffrey Nichelini of American Canyon Orthodontics, this night is all about Star Wars! Bring the whole family for a night of FREE family fun. We will show the movie "Star Wars - The Clone Wars", play games, and have food and drinks. Your best Star Wars costumes are highly encouraged!


The fun doesn't stop there, plan on attending our 1st Annual Nerf War the following Saturday, May 9th. The Community Center Gym will be transformed into a battlefield, with tunnels, bunkers, and other obstacles to negotiate. Entry is FREE and all you need to do is bring your own Nerf gun, and we'll provide the darts. View our flyer for time breakdown per age group.


Mark your calendars; Wednesday, May 13th begins resident registration for swim lessons that start in June.  Also, Pre-Season Open Swim starts in May from 2pm-5pm on Sundays only, and will soon be offered everyday starting in June.  Let us help prepare your child for a fun and safe summer! 



Upcoming activities: 


ClassAges/GradesActivity Date/TimeCostLocation


Junior Warriors 

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


Ages: 5-14


Now Open!

Deadline: 4/22/15
Practices begin: 5/11/15
Games begin: 6/13/15


Res: $65

Non-Res: $85


Community Center Gym

100 Benton Way


Swim Lessons


6 mos-4 


School Age:


Resident Registration begins: 5/13/15
Non-Resident Registration begins: 5/20/15
Summer I:
Swim Lessons that begin in June 2015

(view guide for session dates and class times)


Res: $40/session

Non-Res: $50/session


Phillip West Aquatic Center

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: 6/8/15-6/9/15

Mon-Fri 8:30 AM 5 PM
(Early Bird & 

Late Owl Care Available)


Canyon Kids Res: $80/Week

(Discount Rate: $600)

Camp Take Charge
Res: $60/Week
(Discount Rate: $480)
*Non-Res Rates Vary


Community Center Gym

100 Benton Way

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