May 27, 2016
There are many parts of my job I like, but nothing more than watching new parks grow.  You have all heard a lot about the renovations to Kimberly Park; here's your first look at the progress!  The sod went in this week, and the rest of the landscaping is underway.  I know it looks awfully inviting, but we have to keep it closed through August to let the new grass settle in.  See you at the grand opening.

Check out this amazing cake from our Public Works Week celebration last week!

Memorial Day 

Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 30th at 11 AM 
Veterans Memorial Park, 2801 Broadway
Join us for the annual Memorial Day ceremony as we pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. As part of the ceremony, we will be holding a Moment of Remembrance and Bell Ringing. If you would like to honor someone, please provide their name to a staff member at the event prior to 11 AM.  

American Canyon Tree of Life
The American Canyon Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 11099 developed the Tree of Life to honor the lives of American Canyon's deceased veterans. The name, service branch, and dates of service are imprinted on brass leaves and affixed to the "Tree of Life" on the wall outside of the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Click here for the application.

Military Honor Wall
The City of American Canyon honors our active military personnel with an Active Military Wall of Honor.  The Wall of Honor is located adjacent to the City Council Chambers at City Hall and displays pictures and information about American Canyon residents, their family or loved ones currently service in the Armed Forces.  Click here for the application.

If you have questions or would like more information about the Tree of LIfe or the Honor Wall, contact Jen Kansanback at (707) 647-5355.
MCE Update

In the last several months the City Councils of all five cities in Napa County and the County Board of Supervisors voted to join MCE Clean Energy to give our residents and businesses the option to use cleaner, more-renewable, non-polluting electricity generation.   PG&E will continue to  maintain the lines, handle the billing and provide gas service. The only change will be that MCE is generating the electricity. The  switch to MCE service for electricity will take place in September unless you choose to opt out. Opting out is very easy, simply call 888-632-3674. You will have many opportunities during the next three months to learn all the facts and then make the choice that is right for your household. MCE representatives will be available at many city events and will hold office hours at City Hall from time to time for drop in questions.  The schedule will be posted once it is firm. 
During the last few days we have been asked several questions, so we asked MCE to provide answers for us to pass along.
Why am I automatically enrolled in MCE if I don't opt out? 
As public power agencies, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs are required by State law to be the primary power provider for the areas that they serve rather than existing investor-owned utilities. As the primary power provider, customers receive CCA service by default but may opt out to receive service from their investor-owned utility. 
Why would I use MCE, it appears the rates will be higher? 
For an average household, the cost for MCE's 50% renewable option will be exactly the same as PG&E's 30% renewable option when the MCE's proposed rates go into effect in September.  MCE's new rates will largely absorb the exit fee that PG&E charges.  Bottom line, the amount you pay will be very close to the same whether you choose MCE or PG&E.
We encourage you to check out the FAQ section of MCE's website for more questions and answers. 
Napa Countywide Pedestrian Plan

The Napa Countywide Pedestrian Plan is available for your review. Prepared by the Napa Valley Transportation Authority (formerly known as NCTPA), the Plan is a guide to make walking in Napa County a safer, more convenient and enjoyable experience for everyone.

The pedestrian plan is a companion to the Countywide Bicycle Plan which the City adopted in 2012. Approval of the Pedestrian Plan will help our city compete for grants to improve biking and walking paths, sidewalks and trails.  
Yard Sale Weekend is Almost Here!
Next weekend, June 3,4 and 5 be prepared to shop to your heart's delight!  Currently 108 yard sales have registered with still a few hours left to sign up! Whether you are a shopper or a seller, here are a few things you may want to know. 
  • We will prepare separate maps for each of the three days showing each sale location.  On Wednesday, June 29th you can find the maps HERE or you can get a paper copy at City Hall and the Parks & Recreation Office. 
  • A Pit Stop area will be set up in front of the Boys & Girls Club (60 Benton Way) beginning at 8 AM on Saturday morning.  This will be an area shoppers can pick up maps, use the restroom, or get water and a snack.  Our Water Conservation Coordinator will also be available to talk with you about Cash for Grass and other ways to continue saving water.  We plan to operate the Pit Stop until 2 PM. 
  • Do you have items you'd like to clear out but don't want to have your own yard sale?  3 of the sales registered are raising money for their non-profit group and will take good quality donations.  Please contact them directly:
      • American Canyon Community Church - (707) 644-0576 or email
      • ACHS Wolves Football Boosters - Alice Lim (707) 704-4274
      • Relay for Life American Canyon - Carol Strausborger (707) 704-3691


Community Mail Box Survey

We know there are many of you who are still driving to Vallejo to get your mail because the postal service has not yet fixed your community mail box. While we know generally which mail boxes have been damaged (if a police report was filed), we have no way of knowing which are now functioning and which are not, and how many residents are still driving to Vallejo for their mail. We would like to gather this information to present to the postal service through Congressman Thompson's office. If you live in one of these neighborhoods, whether your mail box is functioning or not, please take this survey for us! Feel free to take the survey for neighbors, too, since not everyone receives this update (which is a whole different problem!).

The City of American Canyon has no authority over the USPS and I make no promises we can speed things up. But I am hoping that if we have up to date information we can at least get their attention.
Construction Updates

Eucalyptus & Main Intersection Improvements
Construction of safety improvements at the intersection of Eucalyptus and Main Streets will begin on June 6th .  The project includes revising the current two way stop to a four way stop and extending the dual left turn pocket from Eucalyptus to Highway 29.  Construction will take place between 6 AM to 5 PM is expected to last approximately two weeks.
Click here to view the map.

Napa Junction Road Improvements
As you may have already noticed, construction work has begun on Napa Junction Road as part of the Napa Junction III development.  Ultimately, this work will widen the roadway at Highway 29 to 5 lanes; one inbound lane, 2 left turn lanes, a through lane, and a dedicated right turn lane. Additionally, as the road continues east from Highway 29, improvements will transform this area by including curb, gutter, and a multi-use path along the north side of the road, and new curb and gutter with drainage improvements on the south side, and finally the public right-of-way will now end with a cul-da-sac. The biggest difference drivers will notice will be a new raised concrete median that will prevent them from turning left out of the Chevron gas station or Main Street. The median is needed to provide safe and efficient flow of traffic to the increased traffic flow.
Click here to view the map.

Vine Trail Gap Project

The Vine Trail Gap Project is underway. The project will fill in a 1/4 mile gap in the Vine Trail system between Silver Oak Park and Silver Oak Trail and is expected to be completed at the end of the summer. This week the contractor set up fencing to prevent silt and debris from getting into the creek area. They also began removing vegetation in preparation for grading of the land planned for next week.

Market Matters

"Cooking at the Market"
Chef Mario
The first "Cookin at the Market" is scheduled for this Sunday, 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. 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!

Don't forget to stop by the community tables while you're at the Market and say Hi to the Donaldson Way PTA and the Master Gardeners.

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

Hard to believe June is upon us.  In addition to the Memorial Day Ceremony,  here are a couple of fun events scheduled for next weekend.  American Canyon High School will host an Art Salon on Friday, June 3rd at 6 - 8 PM.  This exhibit will feature artwork from all art classes; photo, ceramics, drawing and painting.  Come support the high school art program and talented students at this FREE event. 
Interested in adding your event to the community calendar?  Click HERE for more information.                          
Parks & Recreation News

Upcoming Events:

National Trails Day Hike
Newell Open Space
Saturday, June 4, 2016 
10:30 AM-12:30 PM

The end of school and the beginning of summer is fast approaching. The City of American Canyon has joined with the American Hiking Society's National Trails Day, and will kick off the season of good times outside on National Trails Day. Feed your craving for the great outdoors in your own backyard and join us for this fun event at Newell Open space. Hike, run, or bike the trail and come together for the first adventure of the summer. There will be activities for kids and adults, and a chance to make a small commitment that will help keep our trail beautiful all year long.

Monday, May 30th, 2 - 5 PM

Have fun and hang out with your family and friends at our special holiday Open Swim this Monday at the Phillip West Aquatic Center (100 Benton Way.) 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

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