October 2, 2015
Have a question you want to ask but don't know how?  On Monday of this week I hosted an on-line Q&A session with residents on NextDoor.  I answered questions on all sorts of topics, ranging from leash-less dogs to taking care of the city's older infrastructure. The entire conversation is  HERE in case you are curious. Although I enjoyed it, it was a little too much like the short-answer exams I had to take in college! If you missed this forum, don't worry - on Sunday, October 11th from 1:30-2:30 PM, I will do it all over again.  To participate you need to be a member of NextDoorclick here to sign up. Log in at 1:30 on Sunday the 11th and look for my post inviting questions, then ask away.  Spread the word and get your questions ready! 
City Manager

PS:  Check out this article on ABC news!  For the first six months of this year, American Canyon was ranked 31st in the nation for a "hot" residential real estate market.  (Learn more HERE).
On the Agenda....
On October 6th, the City Council will consider several business items.  First, the Council will consider final adoption of an Ordinance prohibiting camping on public property.  This ordinance, which was first discussed on September 15th, is intended to assist the Police Department remove vagrants and others who are posing a health and safety problem.  (On a related matter, the Council is scheduled to hear a presentation on October 20th regarding homelessness in Napa County and what assistance is available to homeless residents.)  Second, the Council will consider an ordinance adopting a local business preference policy that will make it easier for the City to select local businesses when making municipal purchases.  Additionally, the Council will hear an update on the proposed Arts Master Plan, and more.  To view the entire agenda, click HERE.
Last Meeting Follow Up

At their regular meeting on September 29th, the City Council, sitting as the Fire Protection District Board of Directors, adopted the final operating budget for the Fire District for the fiscal year 2015/2016.  The Council also heard results from the Citywide customer service survey conducted earlier this year and discussed their Strategic Plan.  The survey asked a variety of questions to help us gauge your satisfaction with various aspects of overall community livability, including recreation, safety, mobility, economy, and more.  What we heard from you is consistent with the same messages we heard during the visioning process in 2013.  More than 85% of the respondents rate American Canyon as an excellent or good place to live and raise children. Residents feel very safe here, and love the natural environment surrounding out City.  Continuing our focus on safety and growing the local economy are your highest priorities, followed by mobility and our natural environment.  Thank you to everyone who returned your survey; the feedback is very important and helps keep us all focused on community interests.  Fortunately, the City Council's strategic plan already addresses many of these interests, and projects are underway.  If you want to learn more about the survey results, click HERE. To watch a video of the meeting, see HERE.
Free C.E.R.T. Training - October 9-11

If we had a major earthquake right now would you know what to do? Would you know how to provide first aid to a loved one, rescue someone, or get drinking water? Are you ready to have your life disrupted and not have any help for 24 to 72 hours? If the answer to any of those questions is "no", please join us for Community Emergency Response Team training. The training is FREE, informative and

American Canyon Fire Department is offering this class. It will be held at American Canyon High School, with a small commitment of 2 1/2 days: Friday October 9th 6-9 PM, Saturday October 10th 8 AM - 6 PM, and Sunday October 11th 9 AM -5 PM. To sign up please contact Sandra Hage at 253-4799. Click HERE for the flyer. 
Did You Know...

By using SeeClickFix you can report non-emergency issues to the City providing location, descriptive, and photographic information as you see the issue in real time. Once an issue is submitted we will receive an alert and route it to the right person to get it fixed. You can even download the SeeClickFix app on your mobile device and report directly from anywhere! 
Construction Updates
Kimberly Park
Off hauling of material continued this week and will continue into next week. Public Works has been assisting by pumping water from the storm drain pipe which currently runs through the park in preparation for construction of the new storm drain structure. This work will continue into next week too.
4th Lane on Newell 

Newell is looking great.  The curbs and gutters are done.  The driveway approaches and storm drain inlets are being worked on and should be completed soon.  The paving will start the second week in October.

Recycled Water Tank

The tank is complete.  Final Engineering walk-through for plumbing and electrical was on Tuesday.  The digging for the connection to the Water Reclamation Facility began on Wednesday.  This tank will allow an increased production of recycled water which in turn will decrease the use of potable water.
Need Help With a Down Payment?
No Monthly Payments and 1% Interest Rates!
The City will be holding a special workshop on Tuesday, October 13th to help first time homebuyers learn about the home buying and mortgage loan process.  Loans are available for first time homebuyers with qualifying incomes who need down payment assistance.  Funds are available to purchase single family homes and mobile homes within the City of American Canyon. Contact Andrea Clark at (707) 257-9254.
Tuesday, October 13th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
City Council Chambers
4381 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Some of the Finance Department staff members and their award for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association.
Mayor Garcia receiving the Oath of Office kicking off this coming year as President of the North Bay Division of the League of California Cities.
The City Council representing American Canyon at the annual League of California Cities conference. (PS: Councilmember Ramos was there, too; she just missed this photo)
Water Updates

Drought SurchargeOn September 1st the City Council approved a surcharge of $2 per unit on water consumed by all American Canyon water customers. Your current bill includes this surcharge. This charge will be in effect until an updated rate study is completed. At that time the water rates will be adjusted to reflect the complete cost of delivering the water to our customers. The last rate study was completed in 2007, since then the drought and increasing costs have taken their toll on the City's water fund.  We will be soliciting for consultants to complete this work in the next two weeks, and expect the study to take several months. Click here to learn more. 
Special Saturday Access to Recycled Water Station - On Saturday, October 3rd from 9 AM - 1 PM, the recycled water station located at the City's Corporation Yard,  205 Wetlands Edge Road, will be open to residents. The station is always open on a drop in basis from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday - Friday. Click here to learn about the requirements and other important information. 

Meeting the GoalOn April 1, 2015, the Governor issued an Executive Order mandating all municipal water providers to reduce demands and implement restrictions on wasteful uses of water.  The City of American Canyon needs to reduce water consumption by 20% from our 2013 levels. If we cannot meet this goal, we will face penalties from the State. In order to meet this goal, we asked for your help, and you have stepped forward! For the month of September we are pleased to report that our citywide water consumption was down 25%, exceeding the State requirement.  

See a water waster? Report it on SeeClickFix, via the Water Use Concern Form or call (707) 647-5382
Drug Drop Off Bin at Police Department

If you missed Drug Take Back Day, you don't have to wait until next year to safely dispose of your medications. We now have a collection bin in the lobby of the public safety building, 911 Donaldson Way East. Bring your unused or expired prescription medications that are lying around to the police department and drop them in the new bin. No questions asked and it's FREE. 

Place your medications
 in a plastic bag and the drop them into our bin. Throw your plastic bottles into your home recycling container. It's easy! NO NEEDLES and NO LIQUIDS. 

The lobby is open Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 5 PM.


FREE Recycled Water Fill Station OPEN
Saturday, October 3rd
9 AM - 1 PM
205 Wetlands Edge Road

Friends of the American Canyon Library
 Book Sale
 300 Crawford Way
Saturday, October 3rd, 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday, October 4th, 10 AM - 4 PM

La Vigne Neighborhood Meeting to
Review & Discuss Parkway Strip Landscaping
Saturday, October 3rd
9-10 AM
Via Bellagio Park

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

Celebrate Diversity!
October 10th
4-7 PM
American Canyon Community Gym

California Native Plant Society Sale
October 10th & 11th
 10 AM - 4 PM
Skyline Park, Napa 

Pumpkins at the Pool!
October 17th
 2-5 PM
Philip West Aquatic Center

Parks & Recreation News


Sunset/Moonrise Hike Recap - 
We had a great turnout for the American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation Sunset / Moonrise Hike on Sunday, September 27th!  Hike leaders, Eric Mckee and Sande Sutter, led approximately 200 residents in a walk to Glass Beach, to watch the sunset.  After the hike, participants trekked back to watch the amazing super moon/blood moonrise, while enjoying hot cocoa and desserts, prepared by the Parks Foundation.  Check out the great photos below.

"First Annual Pumpkin Patch at the Pool" - Mark your calendars for the next Foundation event, Pumpkin Patch at the Pool, on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 2-5 PM.  Stop by the Phillip West Aquatic Center for your chance to hunt for your pumpkins in the pool!  Click here to view their flyer for all the details. 

Starry Night Party - Saturday, October 17, 2015 - View the wonders of the Fall night sky through a high powered telescope provided by professional astronomer, Michael McKeown.  Registration includes shared use of the telescope to observe objects in the sky over the Napa River bay Trail, as well as outer space themed refreshments and activities.  Pre-registration is required with two time slots to choose from, 6:30 - 8:00 PM or 8:15 - 9:15 PM, cost is just $10 per person.  Please contact staff at (707) 648-7275 for more information.

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

Upcoming Activities:

Saturday & Sunday, October 17 & 18
$36/Session ($16 book fee to instructor)
Recreation Center - 2185 Elliott Drive

Monday 3-5 PM and Wed 1-3 PM
FREE, please pre-register at Parks & Rec office
Senior Multi-Use Center - 2185 Elliott Drive
Tue: 3-5 PM, Wed: 1-3 PM, Thurs: 3-5 PM
October 16 - October 29
Community Center Gym - 100 Benton Way

For more information contact us at: (707) 648-7275
September 27th Sunset/Moonrise Hike