September 25, 2015

Earlier this year we sent surveys to 2,000 residents asking a range of questions about your satisfaction with City services, and I am grateful to the families who took the time to complete those surveys. The results of the survey are now in, and the Council will consider the survey results on Tuesday evening. As we are already aware, the respondents valued our outdoor spaces and parks, while expressing concern about traffic and economic vibrancy.  As you know, the Council adopted a strategic plan more than a year ago to address these concerns.  Also on Tuesday evening, the Council will receive an update on the strategic plan and consider changes that might be needed.  It will be a good conversation about how we can best be responsive to community interests.  Come join us!  You can read the report HERE.

City Manager
On the Agenda....
The City Council, wearing their hats as the Fire District Board, will consider several actions related to the Fire District, including adoption of the District's annual budget.  Following the Fire District matters, the Council will change hats and become the City Council to talk about the results of the city-wide survey conducted earlier this year and the Council's strategic plan.  The meeting starts a bit earlier, at 6 PM, next Tuesday September 29, in the Council Chambers.

Last Meeting Follow Up

At their last meeting on September 15, the City Council discussed several significant matters.  Although vagrancy in American Canyon has not become a huge issue, the Council indicated its intention to prohibit camping on public property as a way to prohibit unsafe homeless encampments.  The Council will consider final adoption of that ordinance on October 6.  Secondly, the Council heard about the Napa Logistics Park Phase II project north of Green Island Road.  This project would add about 2.2 million square feet of new industrial space to our industrial district.  The City Council took steps to move the project toward approval.  (Also, the Planning Commission considered the project last night and also moved it forward.  Final approval is tentatively scheduled for December.  If you want to learn more about this project, go HERE).  Finally, the Council talked at some length about key principles for the Broadway District Specific Plan, now in process.  (See HERE).  Most notably, the Council expressed some interest in highway designs that would lower the posted speed limit, as long as traffic flow during peak periods is not made worse.  We will be completing some traffic modeling to see if this is an option.

Pollution Prevention Week

American Canyon is part of the San Pablo Bay Watershed.  Storm drains, creeks, ditches, and wastewater plant effluent from the City make their way to the Bay.  It's everyone's job to protect our Bay. In honor of Pollution Prevention Week our Environmental Compliance group posted helpful pollution prevention tips on our website 
daily Click here to learn more.
NextDoor Q&A with City Manager

On Monday, September 28th from 7-8 PM, the City Manager will host a virtual forum on NextDoor to answer any city-related policies and practices. To participate you need to be a member of NextDoor, click here to sign up. Look for the post inviting questions at 7 PM on Monday evening and simply post your questions as responses to the post. Spread the word and get your questions ready; this is a trial and if we get lots of questions, we will keep doing it. We will share an update in the next update of the Q&A session.
Construction Updates

10,000 yards of dirt have been off hauled from Kimberly Park.  The site grading continues and storm drain work starts next week. 

The Newell 4th lane project is on schedule to finish pouring curbs & gutters by the end of next week.  The following week will start with storm drain inlets and driveway approaches and end with paving. 

This week we have a wonderful picture that really shows how big the tank is.  This tank will hold 1.5 million gallons of recycled water.  They are finishing the roof this week.  Next week will be clean up and inspection.  The next step will be plumbing, pumps and electrical controls. 
Chamber of Commerce Survey

The minimum wage debate is quickly becoming a major topic for discussion with both employers and employees. The Napa County Board of Supervisors is considering an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage for workers within the unincorporated area above the state's minimum wage (which increases to $10 on January 1, 2016). The American Canyon Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey to learn more about your viewpoints on the matter. Click here to take the survey.
Valley Fire - Local Assistance Center

The Calistoga temporary shelter for Valley Fire evacuees has closed and a Local Assistance Center has been opened in Middletown. Click here for information on locating resources and offering help.


Lego League Coaches 

The Donaldson Way PTA is looking for some volunteers to coach six teams of 1st-3rd grade students participating in the FIRST Jr. Lego League. The time commitment is 10 weeks, about 90 minutes after school once a week (time set by volunteer coaches). This is a great opportunity for high school students needing their volunteer hours, or for anyone who enjoys working with children! For more information or to sign up, contact Jim Potter.

Coastal Clean-up Follow-up

International Coastal Clean-up day 2015 was a wonderful experience! 170 volunteers worked hard to beautify our city and collected 140 pounds of trash and 40 pounds of recyclables. Volunteers also filled 23 sandwich bags of cigarette butts!  The volunteers put the trash where it belongs; in the dumps rather than in our beautiful city!

Thank you to all the volunteers that braved the heat and made a difference for our community. We very much appreciate the Boys & Girls Club for the use of their facility, American Canyon Community Church for preparing the volunteers meals, and all the groups that helped organize volunteers.  

This event would not have been as successful without the generous support of the businesses that provided donations for raffle prizes: Mezzetta, Wallaby Yogurt, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Mid-City Nursery, Chevron and Safeway!  And last, but not least, thank you to Recology for disposing of all the trash and recyclables.


FREE Drug Take Back Event
Saturday, September 26th
10 AM - 2 PM
911 Donaldson Way East

FREE Recycled Water Fill Station OPEN
Saturday, September 26th
9 AM - 1 PM
205 Wetlands Edge Road

Saturday, September 26th
12-5 PM

Sunset/Moonrise Hike
Sunday, September 27th
6-9 PM

La Vigne Neighborhood Meeting
Saturday, October 3rd
9-10 AM

Public Safety Open House
Sunday, October 4th
11 AM - 2 PM
911 Donaldson Way East

ACHS Cheer Bingo Night
Tuesday, October 6th
6:30-8:30 PM
ACHS Cafeteria

Wolves Golden Showdown
Saturday, October 10th
6:30-9:30 PM
California Native Plant Society Sale
October 10th & 11th
 10 AM - 4 PM
Skyline Park, Napa 

Parks & Recreation News


Sunset/Moonrise Hike - Sunday, Sept. 27th, 6-9 PM

Please join the American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation for a Sunset / Moonrise Hike on Sunday, September 27th, 6-9 PM.  Hike leaders, Eric Mckee of the Napa Resource Conservation District and Sande Sutter, will lead a short 1-mile walk to Glass Beach, where participants can watch the beautiful sun set, then turn around to see the gorgeous moon rise above the hills to the east.  Learn about local wildlife and the unique biology of the Wetlands along the walk.  After the hike, we'll enjoy dessert treats while viewing the moon close-up through a telescope. Click here to view their flyer.

Click here to view our Fall/Winter Activities Guide with all the classes and events happening in September 2015 through March 2016.

Upcoming Activities:

Activity Date/Time
Session 1: 
10/17/15 & 10/18/15
Sat & Sun 
2-5 PM

($16 book fee paid to instructor)

Recreation Center - 2185 
Elliott Drive
Mon 3-5 PM
Wed 1-3 PM
Please pre-register at Parks and Rec office
Senior Multi-Use Center - 2185 Elliott Drive
Session II: 10/6/15-10/29/15
Tue: 3-5 PM
Wed: 1-3 PM
Thur: 3-5 PM
Community Center Gym
100 Benton Way

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


Citizen's Academy Fall 2015 Session Top Left - Fire District Session, Top Right - Tour at Kimberly Park, Bottom Left - Tour at Oat Hill, Bottom Left - Intro Night