June 12, 2015
City Manager's Friday Update


On Tuesday evening next week, the City Council will talk about traffic.  Actually, they talk about traffic quite a bit, so I'll be more specific:  Traffic impacts of the proposed Watson Ranch/Napa Valley Ruins & Gardens project.  The project, which includes as many as 1,253 homes, a hotel, retail space and an amphitheater near the basalt ruins, will impact traffic in American Canyon.  But how?  And what can we do to mitigate the impacts?  Should Newell Drive connect north to highway 29?  If you want to learn more and join the conversation, please join the City Council when they meet next Tuesday, June 16th, at 6:30 PM in the City Council chambers. 



 PS:  Your very own American Canyon Little League is hosting the Major and Minor League District Championship games starting tonight through next week.  This is your chance to see some great youth baseball as teams from American Canyon, Napa, Benicia, and Vallejo step up to the plate.  Snack bar is still serving those renown garlic fries and I hear they have added lumpia to the lineup as well.  Check out the schedule HERE.

On the Agenda...


The City Council will again meet next Tuesday, June 16, at 6:30 in the City Council chambers.  There are several important items on the agenda. 


First, the City Council will hold a public hearing and adopt a budget for the 2015/2016 fiscal year.  Slowly increasing revenues are allowing the City to restore positions lost during the economic downturn and improve services in some areas.  However, the impacts of the drought are causing considerable fiscal challenges in the Water Fund, and the Council will briefly discuss next steps. 


Secondly, the Council will consider the new Lighting and Landscape district assessments for Vintage Ranch, La Vigne and Napa Junction for the coming year.  Some of these assessments will remain the same, and others will increase slightly. 


Finally, and most notably, the Council will receive information about the recently released traffic analysis of the proposed Watson Ranch/Napa Valley Ruins & Gardens project (formerly known as Town Center).  The Council will discuss the long-term traffic impacts and possible solutions.  This is an important discussion...please join us! 


To view the entire agenda and supporting materials, click HERE


 Since Our Last City Council Update...

Since our last update, the City Council has met twice.  At their June 2 meeting, the City Council heard preliminary results of the recent Parks and Recreation Needs Survey and authorized staff to proceed with the next steps in the analysis.  Not surprisingly, the survey revealed that additional covered picnic areas, aquatics programs, and trails are among the community's highest priorities.  The City Council also met on June 9 to hold a workshop regarding the proposed city budget for 2015/2016. 


If you would like to watch the June 2nd City Council meeting, see a video here


And don't forget that every City Council meeting has a time set aside to hear from the community on any topic of interest.  This public comment time is scheduled very early in the meeting, so plan on arriving at City Hall at 6:30 PM for City Council meetings.  Finally, your Mayor and City Council can be contacted by email or by calling City Hall at 647-4360.  Contact information for all city managers can also be found on the website.

Launch of New Broadway District Website

Broadway is the heart of American Canyon. Owned and operated by Caltrans as State Route 29, Broadway has served as the main thoroughfare through American Canyon since the Carquinez Bridge was completed in 1927. Today, Broadway serves as an important artery for American Canyon business, resident services, commuters, tourists, and Napa Valley wine transportation.

Follow us on-line as the City prepares a Specific Plan for the Broadway District.  Please explore the website to learn more about the project and take advantage of the opportunities to provide input.
Check Out Napa Local Food.com


The County Agricultural Commissioner's Office has just launched a new website with information about local food.  The purpose of the site is to help nurture a sustainable local food system in Napa County.


Read the Press Release issued on June 8th for more information or go to NapaLocalFood.Com.

Is the Park & Ride on James Road Complete? 

It kind of looks like the new Park & Ride lot next to the library is complete, but looks can be deceiving.  A bike rack, bike lockers, an electric car charging station and a new bus shelter will all installed within the next several weeks.  We will schedule a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting  for the second week of August.
The lot will provide much needed parking for the library and the post office.   While we wait for the finishing touches to arrive, feel free to use the lot as it is. 
June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

To celebrate our wonderful feline friends, all adult cats can be adopted for $45 until the end of June. Our featured cat, Panther, has been waiting patiently at the shelter since August 2014. Come meet him and our other animals Monday through Saturday. 


"Hello, I'm Panther.  I am sleek, petite, and content.  I have a feline knack for bringing a contagious calm to each day.  I'm an only cat and must be kept indoors.  I love lap time and would do with kids over ten. Dogs frighten me but you will make me happy.  To learn more about me,

click here." 

Quick Links
In This Issue
Donaldson Way Paving Project Set to Start

Bright and early Monday morning, June 15th our street crew will begin work on Donaldson Way between Benton Way and Amarillo Drive. This stretch of road will be entirely ground out and repaved.


The work is expected to be finished by the end of the day on Wednesday, June 17th.  The road will be closed to all but local residents.


If you live in this area, your trash will be picked up on its normal day but it must be out by 6 AM.  Recology is picking up cans up before the paving starts that day.

The City's Water Outreach Team
Saturday, June 13
Safeway 9 - Noon
Walmart 1 - 4 PM

A couple members of the City's Water Outreach Team will be available to answer questions and provide information about cutting your water consumption and saving money. 


You can also stop by to take your picture with our drought mascot - Wesley the Water Saver!


Relay For Life 
Spaghetti Feed

Tuesday, June 16th

Noon - 1 PM

Public Safety Building

911 Donaldson Way E

$5 Donation


See Flyer 

Home Composting
FREE Workshop

June 20th - 9 AM

American Canyon

Senior Center

2185 Elliott Drive


See Flyer for more information and to register.

Moooonlight & Fireworks Hike


4th of July 7 PM

Bay Area Ridge Trail Lynch Canyon


Click here for more information and to register.

Parks and Recreation News

Program and Event Highlights



Bring your family and join your friends at Movies in the Park, Friday nights this summer.  Tonight, June 12th we are showing The Incredibles (PG).  Thank you to our generous sponsors, American Canyon Orthodontics for providing free snow cones and Foothill Christian Church for having free popcorn and a bounce house.

4th of July is just around the corner! Join us for the City of American Canyon's 4th of July Celebration which will include the Boy Scouts Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Flag Raising, Festival, family open swim with water slide, and our amazing Fireworks Show.  Please visit our website for more information. Hope to see you there!


Have fun in the sun at the Lance Corporal Phillip West Water Carnival on Saturday, July 18th from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm.  Join the fun with games, prizes, free hot dogs, and a huge water slide!

View our flyer for more information.


Mark your calendars - Wednesday, June 17th is the Summer II Swim Lesson Registration Opening for residents.  We will be opening up all of our remaining swim lessons that start in July and August.  Registration opens online and in the office at 8:30 am, so don't miss this great opportunity for your child to learn to swim!


Upcoming activities:   




Activity Date/Time




Movies in the Park


All Ages


Friday nights 

 June 12th -

 The Incredibles (PG)

Showtime at Dusk
See Flyer for Schedule





Main Street Park

Open Swim

All Ages

Sat & Sun: 2-5 PM

Mon-Fri: 2-4 PM

Residents: 12 & under $2;
13 & over $3
Resident Passes:
Youth 10 punch $18
Adult 10 punch $25
Family of 4 summer pass $80


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!
All 9 weeks of Summer: 6/8/15-8/7/15
Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM-5 PM
(Early Bird & Late Owl Care Available)

Canyon Kids: Residents: $80/Week(Full Camp Rate: $600)
Camp Take Charge:
Residents: $60/Week
(Full Camp Rate: $480)
*Non-Res Rates Vary

Community Center Gym

100 Benton Way


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