May 15, 2015
City Manager's Friday Update


I have always felt very strongly about the value of public service as a career choice and try and share that passion whenever I get the chance.  On Monday of this week, I, along with my management team, had the opportunity to talk with all the high school juniors about the City.  Yes, high school juniors.  While it was clear that city services are not the first things on their minds right now, it is fun to talk about the services we provide and why it is important to have good, smart employees working for the City.  In the fall, when these kids are seniors, they will be invited to join us at City Hall for a day of "shadowing" the management team.  As smart as the kids at ACHS are proving to be, I am quite certain I can convince at least a few of them to choose public service for their career! 

On the Agenda...


The City Council will meet next Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 PM in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.  There are several important topics on the agenda...come on down and join the conversation.  The Council will consider adopting an urgency ordinance imposing restrictions on water consumption. These new policies will restrict water usage for yard irrigation to two days a week and prohibit other wasteful uses of water.  If you want to know more about the policies, check out our Water Conservation page HERE.  These are the same policies that you read about in your water bill a couple weeks ago.


Also, the Council will also discuss the need to limit consumer use of single-use plastic bags, similar to policies already in place in Napa and other nearby jurisdictions.  The Council has discussed this in the past, but no action has been taken to date.  If you are interested in this subject, now is a good time to speak up! 


Don't forget that every City Council meeting has a time set aside for the community to comment on any topic they want to talk about.  This public comment time is available early on the agenda, so plan to arrive at 6:30 PM if you want to speak to the Council.  

PG&E Meter Inspections Scheduled

In the next several weeks PG&E crews will be in American Canyon checking residential meters for atmospheric corrosion.  The inspectors will be on foot and will be wearing safety gear.  They have photo identification, which they will be happy to present upon request.  You can also verify their authenticity by calling customer service at 800-PGE-5000 or PG&E Supervisor Bob Toto at 415-726-6784.  An overview of the program is attached here.

Community Wide Yard Sale  May 29, 30 and 31st

Last Chance to Register!


The Annual Community Wide Yard Sale is only two weeks away! This is a great opportunity to pull your stuff out of the garage or side yard and make some money for you or your favorite organization.  


This year will be a shoppers dream - more than 70 locations have already signed up.  Lots of advertising will be done in the weeks to come and maps will be available on our website and at City offices listing all sales. 


You can participate 1, 2 or all 3 days, just let us know.  Did we mention it is FREE?  Complete the Registration Form before May 22nd and you're done.  Please email or call 707-647-5327 with questions.  

Wilma Flintstone is Looking for a Home


Yabba dabba doo! I'm Wilma Flintstone and it's so nice to meet you! Don't be fooled by my name, I'm not stuck in the stone age! I'm right here waiting for my forever home and let me tell you...I am super duper playful and I have lots of energy (so be ready for the excitement with me!) and tug-o-war is totally my favorite game! I'm pretty strong and I usually win. But even though I've got the strength of a dinosaur, I can actually be very good on my leash for walks. Do you have an active lifestyle and need a buddy? If the answer is yes, find out more about me by clicking here!

A Note from Code Enforcement

Dogs About Town

Sometimes our furry friends may accompany us out and about town.  Please be a good neighbor by always keeping your dog on a leash on streets and in parks except at the dog park.  Remember to travel with baggies to clean up after your dog, so our streets and parks will stay clean.  The weather is getting warmer and so is the inside of your car! Never leave your pets in the car when you run an errand, even if it's a quick one.  If you are having problems with barking or loose dogs in your neighborhood call the Police Department at 253-4451.  For other questions or problems, call Code Enforcement at 647-4599.


Lawns, Trees & Shrubs

Even though we are discouraging lawn watering at this time, please continue to maintain your yard in other ways, like mowing, weeding and trimming shrubs and bushes as needed.  It doesn't have to be fancy, just maintained.  Unkempt yards are good signals to bad guys that you are not home.  Trees and shrubs must not grow into the sidewalk and fire hydrants must have a 3 ft. clearance. And don't forget the Cash for Grass program which will help transform your water thirsty lawn into a beautiful, water efficient landscape.

Quick Links
In This Issue

City Offices Closed


City offices will be closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.


Fire District News 

Click here for the latest news from the Fire District.

Upcoming Events

Bocce Court Work Day

Volunteer Opportunity!

Veteran's Park

Saturday, May 16th

9:00 AM


Kids to Parks Day

Newell Open Space Trail Head

Saturday, May 16th 

8:30 AM


Friends of the Library

Book Sale

300 Crawford Way

Saturday & Sunday 

10 AM - 5 PM


Memorial Day Ceremony 

Veterans Memorial Park - 2801 Broadway

Monday, May 25th 

11 AM

Sales Tax Update

Quarterly, we recieve a detailed recap of retail sales in American Canyon.  These reports include  sales tax comparisons by type of business, the top 25 sales tax producers, sales tax per capita and several other interesting items. Click here to view the 2014 year-end report.

Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center 

Public Works Project Updates

Our Public Works projects are moving right along. The first phase of the Theresa Avenue Sidewalk Project is almost complete; the contractor is finishing some final improvements. Once the contractor completes the work on Phase I, they will start improving handicap ramp upgrades at the corner of Rio Del Mar and Los Altos and at Eucalyptus and Los Altos. The contractor will also be completing the sidewalk section between Eucalyptus and Los Altos. The Park & Ride project next to the library is on schedule to be finished at the beginning of June. The concrete has been poured and paving will take place next week. The 14" waterline replacement in front of City Hall is now completed.
Theresa Ave. Sidewalk
Park & Ride

Photos from Around Town

Top: About 30 fifth graders from Donaldson Way Elementary School celebrate the environment by planting new native plants near Spikerush Circle; Middle Right: Human Resources Manager, Laci Kolc shares information about careers in public service with ACHS juniors; Bottom-Left: Mayor Leon Garcia participates in Ride Your Bike To Work Day;  Bottom-Right: The City Management Team speaks to students at Junior Government Day at ACHS.

Parks and Recreation News

Program and Event Highlights


Kids to Park Day


Bring the whole family and join the American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation for a hike in honor of Kids to Park Day on Saturday, May 16th!  Activities begin at 8:30 AM at the Newell Open Space Trail Head, and include a family hike and nature crafts for kids!  Visit the ACCPF website, for more information.


Memorial Day Ceremony



Please join us for the American Canyon Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25th at 11 AM.  The event will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 2801 Broadway. The program includes Raising of Colors, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem, Invocation, City Council Proclamation, VFW Post 11099 Memorial Day Presentation, Guest Speakers, A Moment of Remembrance, and Taps.  Hope to see you there! 


Upcoming activities:  




Activity Date/Time




Movies in the Park

All Ages

Friday nights beginning 

June 5th

Showtime at Dusk

See Flyer for complete Summer Schedule



Main Street Park

Swim Lessons


School Age:

Resident Registration begins: 5/13/15
Non-Resident Registration begins: 5/20/15
Swim Lessons that begin in June 2015
(view guide for session dates & times)


Residents: $40/session

Non-Residents: $50/session

Phillip West Aquatic Center/

100 Benton Way

Baking for Teens (Theme: bread)


June 2, 16, July 7, 21

3:30 PM- 5 PM



Senior Multi-Use Center

2185 Elliott Drive


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:

Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm
(Early Bird & Late Owl Care Available)

Canyon Kids: Residents: $80/Week

(Full Camp Residents Discount Rate: $600)
Camp Take Charge:
Residents: $60/Week
(Full Camp Resident Discount Rate: $480)
*Non-Res Rates Vary

Community Center Gym

100 Benton Way


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