May 13, 2016
Summer school.  Just the words strike dread in many a kid.  School during the summer?  Are you kidding?  But I want to go play!  Okay, admittedly our minds wander elsewhere in the summer. But I am confident there are a few nerds out there who will take on the challenge of Citizen's Academy Special Summer School Edition.  One evening a week for eight weeks.  Get an inside look at how we treat and distribute your water, where the waste goes when you flush, how parks are built and managed, and how we finance it all.  Engage in a little police action and climb the fire truck ladder.  Through it all we talk about policy issues, community successes and challenges ahead. We are inviting high school seniors to join us this time as well!  Tuition is FREE and we provide dinner.  An excellent opportunity to get to know your City.  Learn more HERE.


On the Agenda...
The City Council will meet again next week, twice.  On Tuesday May 17th at 6:30 PM the City Council will hear a presentation from Marin Clean Energy about the upcoming enrollment opportunity, consider renewing our contract with the Napa County Sheriff for law enforcement services, and will discuss updated infrastructure master plans.  The current master plans for potable water distribution, recycled water distribution and wastewater collection system are 10-20 years old and due for an update.  These new master plans identify those areas in our infrastructure systems that need replacing or expanding, and which of these needs are current deficiencies or which will be needed for further development and growth.  These documents are very important tools to guide us in the coming year as we upgrade our infrastructure - particularly with Measure T sales tax funds for street maintenance coming in 2018.  We need to improve our underground utilities before we can pave streets.  Click here for the complete agenda.

Since our Last Update...
The City Council last met on May 3rd to review several important steps in our long-term water planning process.  First, the Council heard about the updated Urban Water Management Plan, to be completed by June 30th. This plan includes population and water demand projections for the next 20 years then compares that information to available water supplies.  I will provide a summary of this report in the next Friday Update.  The Council also got a sneak peak at the forthcoming water and wastewater master plans (see above for more info) and talked about the forthcoming water rate study.  As we have mentioned previously, a major challenge we face with our water utility fund is that the large majority of our costs are fixed, that is, they don't vary by the amount of water we provide.  Whether we provide a little water or a lot of water, we still have to maintain the water plant, distribution pipelines, etc.  However, the revenues we receive from users (you!) are highly variable, and drop off considerably during drought (because you conserved - thank you).  It's quite a quandary we need to resolve.  You can see the reports or watch the meeting video here.

Upcoming City Council meetings you may want to attend... 
Two upcoming meetings you don't want to miss:  Thursday May 19th at 6:30 PM, the City Council will hold a workshop to discuss the 2016/2017 proposed city budget.  The Council will hear about revenue projections for the next several years, as well as City Manager recommendations for the coming fiscal year.  Secondly, the City Council will have an additional workshop on May 24th, at 6:30 PM, to receive final feedback on the the Broadway District Specific Plan before the plan is compiled and released.  This plan defines the future of our highway corridor - be there!  More about this workshop later in the update.
Fire District News

The Fire District publishes an informative newsletter each month, click here for the latest. 

HeartSafe Community      
Fire District staff is working hard to qualify American Canyon for the designation of a HeartSafe Community.  The goal is to train 2,000 people in  "hands only" CPR.  To date they have trained staff from all the schools,  freshmen at the high school for the last two years, and several businesses around town.  They plan to be available at the Farmers' Market each Sunday (unless they get a fire call of course!) - be sure to stop by and learn about the Red Cross endorsed newer, easier version of CPR using only your hands.

Police, EMS and Public Works Week

The week of May 15th is a great opportunity to say thank you for the services many of us take for granted. We turn our faucets on and water always flows, we flush our waste away to never be seen again (we hope!), we call for help in times of need, we are taken care of in some of the scariest experiences of our lives by people we don't know, and so much more. Take a few moments this next week to say "thank you" to Public Works workers, Police Officers, and Emergency Medical Service Providers to let them know we appreciate their sacrifice and service.

Crime Mapping Tool

Are you interested in where and what type of crime is happening in American Canyon? Check out our new crime mapping tool! 

Click here and when asked for address, type in "American Canyon" then click on "Go To Address". You can select a date range, types of crimes you are interested in, and eventually (still evolving) you will be able to see people who have warrants out for their
 arrest and sex offenders. The data is updated every 6 hours. The data does not include all calls for service, only calls where the officer assigned a case number for the call and wrote a report. 

All the information lists the Napa Sheriff's Office as the agency, not the American Canyon Police Department. That is because American Canyon contracts with the Napa Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services, and they are the keeper of all our records.
Construction Updates

Kimberly Park Improvement Project

The contractor is making preparations for sod installation at Kimberly Park. Hopefully you'll see green grass there in a few weeks! The project is on track for completion in mid-June and opening in Fall just in time for the soccer season.

Vine Trail Gap Closure Project
The City awarded a contract to G.D. Nielson Construction Inc. on April 5th for the Vine Trail Gap Closure Project. The Project is intended to fill in a 1/4 mile gap in the Vine Trail system between Silver Oak Park and Silver Oak Trail. Work began this week and is expected to be completed by the end of the summer. 
Broadway District Specific Plan Community Workshop

Please join us to participate in planning the future of American Canyon's Broadway District (Hwy 29).  Who is invited? YOU! Learn about this important project and provide your insight and ideas on alternatives for the future of the Broadway District.
We will be holding a Community Workshop on Tuesday, May 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the City Council Chambers, 4381 Broadway Street, American Canyon.  Refreshments and childcare will be provided. Click here to get involved and stay informed.
Cash for Grass

The City's Cash for Grass Program is as popular as ever! Homeowners have completed 307 projects since May 2013, providing a water savings of more than 7 million gallons each year! 150+ projects are active at this time and applications are coming in daily. Office hours for our program coordinator are limited due to the high demand for this program. Please allow 72 hours for email/phone call responses. Pre & post project inspections are typically available within three weeks. There is a bright side to having a wait time for your appointment -  our rebate may be supplemented by the State of California Turf Replacement Rebate. The State program requires pre-approval and requirements are slightly different than the City's rebate program. While you wait for your appointment with our program coordinator you have time to get pre-approval from the State and enhance your rebate.
Yard Sale Weekend 
June 3, 4 & 5
Our annual Yard Sale Weekend is just a month away!  Definitely time to start getting organized.  First complete this form to register (it's FREE!) and then figure out what to do with all the money you or your organization will earn!  You decide which days and hours you want to participate and we do all the advertising and maps.  Last year 99 sales were held - hoping to top 100 this year.  Questions? Please email or call Deanna at 647-5305.  

We are working on connecting groups who are fundraising with people who have things to get rid of but don't want to hold their own yard sale. This seems like a perfect win-win situation. If you are a community group holding a fundraising yard sale and want to accept donated items to include in your sale, or converserly, you want to donate your items to a good cause instead of having your own sale, email us.
Market Matters

The Farmers' Market is off to an amazing start!  Thank you to all of you that came out for Opening Day.  It was a resounding success with an estimated 1,700 people in attendance; happy farmers and vendors; a celebratory ribbon cutting with lots of dignitaries and even the weather was great.  Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA) did a great job and have plans to bring in a few more prepared food choices and a few more non-produce selections, such as cheese (yum!) and honey.  Plan to make a stop at the Farmers' Market part of your Sunday routine every week!

Coming Up
This Sunday, May 15th, the Napa Junction PTA and Daisy Girl Scout Troop 32267 are scheduled for the community booths. Be sure to drop by and see what they are up to - I understand the girls will be talking to visitors about water conservation and other ways treat the environment better. On the 22nd, American Canyon High School Legacy Program will be on hand along with staff from the American Canyon Welcome Center and also the Boys & Girls Club. Would your community non-profit group like to have a booth at the market one of these Sundays? Please email Deanna Parness to learn more.
Mark Your Calendar 
Chef Mario
This is a few weeks out but be sure to mark your calendar!  The first "Cookin at the Market" is scheduled for May 29th.  This promises to be a really fun and hopefully frequent event at the market.  Chef Mario
Hernandez will be on-site cooking "fresh & simple" dishes using seasonal ingredients from local farms. He'll be offering samples as well as great tips on how to cook seasonally using what is available and fresh at the farmers' market. Learn how our food grows, where to get it, and what to do with it! The demonstrations take place at 11 AM and 1 PM. Come with questions, an empty stomach, and a reusable shopping bag!

PCFMA Newsletter 
The operators of the market, Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA) have a wonderful newsletter.  Good information about what's in season, fun articles to learn more about various fruits and veggies and yummy recipes using the freshest, seasonal produce.  Subscribe HERE
Community Calendar

Spread the word!  The new Community Calendar is the perfect place to look for what's happening in town and a perfect place for non-profit community groups to post events.  Here are a few coming up soon:
Elementary School Events
Two of our local elementary schools are hosting fun events.  Donaldson Way's  Spring Fling and Open House will be held on May 18th and Canyon Oaks will be hosting their annual Spring Arts Festival Auction & Raffle on May 21st.  Follow the links for all the details.
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Need books? Cheap?  The Friends of the American Canyon Library has just the event for you.  May 20, 21 and 22 they will be holding a Book Sale with proceeds benefiting the Summer Reading Programs.  Stop by the library between 10-5 on Friday and Saturday or 10-4 on Sunday.                                 
Meet Sharpie

Bring more love into your life with an adoption at the Napa County Animal Shelter. Many dogs, cats, rabbits, and fowl are available. This month's featured pet is eager to find his forever home.

"Well hello, I'm Sharpie! I may not be available in bold colors, but I'm an affable fellow and very playful too. I love my green treats, like dark leafy lettuce the best! I'm a young guy too and will make a wonderful companion for many years to come! I'll be waiting for your visit."
Please click here to find out how you can take Sharpie home.
Parks & Recreation News

Noel Brinkerhoff_American Canyon Eagle

May the 4th Be With You Event Wrap-up 
(Sponsored by Eagle Vines Realty and American Canyon Orthodontics)
Thank you to everyone who joined us for a fun night celebrating Star Wars. It was an amazing success with more than 500 people in attendance. Families enjoyed food, prizes and games like Jeopardy, Angry Birds and Laser Tag. The night was topped off with a showing of the movie, The Force Awakens. This is definitely an event that will continue and grow.

Kids to Parks Day - Oaks in the Spring 

Saturday, May 21st
9-11 AM
Newell Open Space , 7000 Newell Drive

Celebrate the growth of native oak trees that were planted in November 2015 at Newell Open Space. Volunteers are needed to help monitor and maintain last year's plantings and give them some care so they can grow tall and mighty for future generations to enjoy! This project will take place during the American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation Kids to Parks Day event. Join ACCPF and members of the Napa County Resource Conservation District for this fun and educational conservation project. (Sponsored/led by Napa County Resource Conservation District)

Important Information about the Phillip West Aquatic Center:

- Resident Summer I Swim Registrations opens Wednesday, May 18th.  At that time all American Canyon residents can register for June swim lessons.  Register online or stop by the office so your child will be ready for water fun in the sun! 


- Pre-Season Open Swim now on Sundays only through May from 2-5 PM.  We will open up on both Saturdays and Sundays beginning June 4th. Weekday Open swim will start on Monday, June 13th, from 1:15-4 PM. Residents 12 and under $2.00, 13 and over $3.00. Non-residents 12 and under $3.00, 13 and over $4.00. Residents can also save by purchasing Open Swim Passes. 


Upcoming Activities:

Activity Date/Time

Nature Photography 

6 and up

May 28, June 25, and July 30
7-8 PM

$25 per person
 (all 3 classes)
$50 per family 
(2 adults & 2 kids)

Napa River Bay Trail

Canyon Kids Adventures Camp

Entering Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Weekly: Beginning 6/13/16
8 AM - 5 PM
(before & aftercare available)

Residents: $80/week
Non-Residents: $120/week
*Residents save $120 with all summer signup!

Community Center Gym

Camp Take Charge for Teens

Entering 6th-8th Grade

Weekly Beginning 6/13/16
(before & aftercare available)

Resident: $60/week
Non-Residents: $70/week
*Residents save $90 with all summer signup!

Community Center Gym

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