July 1, 2016
Hello! Dana asked that I provide a guest opener to the City Manager's Update given the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.  This is my favorite time of year, I love the Fourth of July!  I love the fireworks, the time spent with friends and family and spending time outdoors taking advantage of the warm weather.  We, in the Parks and Recreation Department feel it our duty to inspire fun and create community, hence our recently selected vision statement, We inspire fun, together we create community! This is not more evident than the summer and the Fourth of July.  This is our busiest time of the year - midway through our two hallmark summer programs, Canyon Kids Adventures Summer Camp and Learn-to-Swim Classes both are close to capacity with excited young children.  For the Fourth of July, we have a full day's worth of fun and community building activities, capped off with the North Bay's best fireworks show. Find a brief description of the day's events below and visit our website for more information. 
A reminder: Fireworks are not allowed in American Canyon but with such a great professional hosted show, who needs them? Please have fun, be safe and help us make American Canyon a great community!  I look forward to seeing you at one of the many Fourth of July activities.

Parks & Recreation Director
Fourth of July Activities:
Pancake Breakfast
Boy Scouts
Full pancake breakfast .
Boys & Girls Club 
60 Benton Way
7-11 AM
$5 children 
$10 adults
Parks & Recreation
Fun-filled local entries.
On Elliott Drive from Kimberly to Amarillo
10:30-11:30 AM
Flag Raising & Community Photo *NEW THIS YEAR!
Parks & Recreation
We will be taking a community photo directly following Flag Raising Ceremony.
Community Park 2, 20 Benton Way
Parks & Recreation
Live entertainment, children's activities, local vendors, and selection of food & beverages including beer, wine & margaritas!
Community Park 2, 20 Benton Way
11:30 AM-9:30 PM
FREE, thanks to our sponsors! 
Nominal costs for food & beverages.
Moonlight Hike & Fireworks Watch Party
American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation (ACCPF)
Hike & fireworks watch party.
Newell Open Space, 7000 Newell Drive
8:15 PM
$5 donation requested per person or $10 per family
Fireworks Show
Parks & Recreation
20 minute fireworks show. 
Community Park 2, prime
 viewing location, 
20 Benton Way
9:30 PM
On the Agenda....
The City Council is on recess for their summer break. They will meet again for a Broadway District Specific Plan workshop on Tuesday, July 26th. 

At the Last Meeting...
The City Council met on June 21st with a full agenda which included adoption of the Lighting and Landscape Assessment District annual assessments for Vintage Ranch, La Vigne and Napa Junction.  The Council also heard a presentation about the 2016-2021 Urban Water Management Plan.  This plan compares projected water demand to our known water sources to determine if we will have sufficient water to satisfy our needs in future years.  The report concludes that we do have sufficient water to meet our needs, as long as we keep being water wise.  Additionally, the City Council approved funds to support the Valley View affordable housing development for seniors and senior veterans.  This project has been planned for several years, but struggled to find funding for construction. With the combination of many different grant programs and the City's contribution it is now ready to go. Finally, the City Council adopted the five-year capital improvement plan.  This plan addresses water, wastewater, and street infrastructure, identifying projects planned for the next five years and beyond. Click here to watch the meeting. 

The City Council met on June 28th and discussed its five-year strategic plan and provided direction to staff regarding project priorities.  The Council adopted the original five-year plan in 2014 after considerable public outreach.  This week, the Council reviewed all the items completed in the last two years and provided feedback to update the plan for the coming five years. The City Council also adopted a Resolution approving a Water Supply Report for Montalcino at Napa Valley Project, a proposed resort development in the Napa County Airport Industrial Area which lies within the City's water service boundaries. Click here to watch the meeting video.

Future Meetings...
All meetings held at 6:30 PM at City Hall. Check here a few days before the meeting for the full agenda.

Joint Parks & Community Services Commission/Open Space Advisory CommitteeMonday, July 25th (tentative)
Planning CommissionThursday, July 28th
Open Space Advisory CommitteeWednesday, August 3rd
Broadway District Specific Plan WorkshopTuesday, July 26th
Regularly scheduled City Council meetingTuesday, August 2nd
Parks & Community Services CommissionThursday, August 11th 
Market Matters

We are so happy to have a Farmers' Market it town - people have been asking for a long time!  Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA) operates the market and their goal is to craft a market perfect for our community.  As with any new market, there is a certain amount of trial and error - we appreciate all the input we've received from the community - especially the constructive comments! Based on this input and the expertise of PCFMA a few changes will be made to the market in the next few weeks.

Sunday, July 10th
New hours begin! 9am - 1pm
Entertainment Every Week
Kids Activities Every Week - provided by the City's Parks and Recreation Department
The first 50 shoppers will receive a picnic blanket and shopping bag
Community Booths:  Master Gardeners, Chamber of Commerce and Citizenship Legal Services

Sunday, July 17th 
Special Summer Celebration
More information to follow!
Entertainment and Activities
Cookin' at the Market with Mario
More Vendors (fingers crossed, PCFMA is trying hard to make this happen)
Community Booths: Master Gardeners and MCE

PCFMA Newsletter 
(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

American Canyon High School Athletics will be hosting their Annual Wolf Scramble Golf and Dinner on Friday, July 29th at Chardonnay Golf Club. Click here for more information.

You can find this event, and others on the Community Calendar. Interested in adding your event to the community calendar?  Click here for more information.                        
National Night Out - August 2, 2016

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live.  With only 1 month before the big day, now is the time to start planning the gathering for your neighborhood.  Last year, 25 different locations held events - from full blown barbecues to pot luck dinners to desserts only, anything goes.  

The important part is to get together and spend time with your neighbors.  Everyone has a really good time and police, fire and city officials make stops at each party with cool vehicles, McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog and gift bags.  For more information or to register your party, email American Canyon Community Resource Officer, Cecil Brown, or call (707) 551-0600.
Cash for Grass

For many households, the biggest water-saving opportunities are outside your door, where lawns and thirsty plants require regular irrigation. The City's Cash for Grass program pays $1.00 for every square foot of turfgrass that's replaced with drip-irrigated, low water-use plants, or permeable hardscape. Residential water customers can earn rebates up to $750, and commercial customers can earn rebates up to $2,500. Lawn areas to be converted must be currently irrigated by a functioning sprinkler system. Click here to learn more and apply online.

MCE Update
As you know, MCE will be offering our residents and businesses the option of utilizing cleaner, more-renewable, non-polluting electricity generation beginning in September.  The MCE Board of Directors voted on June 16th to reduce energy rates by 9% to help offset the new "Exit Fee" assessed by PG&E to customers switching to alternative cleaner energy providers.  For more information see this article in the Napa Register.  With this change, the cost of MCE Light Green 50% renewable energy service will be slightly less for a typical residential customer than the cost of PG&E 30% renewable energy service.  Sample cost comparison using the new rates can be viewed on MCE's Website.  To learn more about MCE in American Canyon, please see our website here.
MCE staff will be in American Canyon to answer questions and provide information as follows:
July 1 - Movies in the Park
July 15 - Farmers' Market
July 20 - Senior Center, 11:30 AM
July 20 - Chamber Mixer, 5 PM
July 29 - Movies in the Park
July 31 - Farmers' Market

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