September 30, 2016

I'm not sure how I could open this edition of the Friday Update without talking about traffic safety, since it is on all our minds right now.  In the past eight days there have been two traffic incidents involving vehicles and pedestrians.  Fortunately, neither resulted in life-threatening injuries.  These kinds of accidents do not happen often in American Canyon, but when they do, it certainly gets all of our attention.  
Keeping our streets safe is a task for both our Public Works and Police Departments.  The Public Works Department designs, constructs and maintains the streets in a safe condition and the Police Department enforces traffic laws.  The Police Chief, Fire Chief, traffic enforcement officers, City Engineer and other staff meet frequently to review citizen requests, discuss solutions to problems, and implement improvements.  The absolute best way to voice your concerns, make suggestions or ask questions about traffic is to contact the Traffic Safety Committee (all the people noted above).  Email your request or question to and  Or call 647-4558.  This will get you directly to the people who can respond most effectively.  Since we posted this information on NextDoor and Facebook on Tuesday, we already have received several requests and questions, and each of them will be reviewed for consideration. 
Most importantly, drive safely!  Be alert to your surroundings and obey traffic laws. 

On the Agenda

Your City Council will once again meet on October 4th at 6:30 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  The Council will honor October as Filipino American History Month and October 15th as White Cane Day.  The Council will also consider requesting grant funds to bolster our outdoor recreation programming at the Newell Open Space and Wetlands Edge.  If the grant is awarded, it will provide funds for staffing, equipment and supplies for new events and programs.
Finally, and most importantly, the Council will hear a report from the Public Works Director about traffic safety issues in town.  They will discuss improvements already completed and underway, as well as planned for the future.  We have heard from many of you with specific concerns and questions - this would be a great time for you to express your ideas, ask your questions, and learn more about traffic safety challenges and solutions.  Join us for this important town hall-style meeting. You can view the entire agenda here.

Since our Last Update
The Council met last on September 20th.  At their meeting, the Council approved a $5,000 grant to Arts Council Napa Valley, discussed updates to their operating protocols, and extended a temporary moratorium on new wireless facilities in town until we can develop aesthetic and safety guidelines for their construction.  The Council also discussed speed limits on Newell Drive and other streets in town, as well as the enforcement of traffic laws on private streets, specifically Corvina Way. You can watch a video of the meeting here.

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

Open Space Advisory CommitteeWednesday, October 5th
Parks & Community Services CommissionThursday, October 13th 
Planning CommissionThursday, October 20th
Traffic Safety Update

Keeping our streets safe is a high priority of the City Council. As a result, staff meets regularly to evaluate concerns about traffic safety and implement changes. 

As an example, last month, staff finished improvements to the intersection of James Road and Wilson Way to slow down drivers before they turn. This was done in response to a nearby resident's concerns about the speed of vehicles turning in front of their home. In August, we made significant safety improvements to the drop off/pick up area in front of Canyon Oaks Elementary School in response to a request from the school's Principal. The City also recently added centerline striping on West Carolyn Drive in response to concerns raised about drivers on the wrong side of the road in this area.

In the next 30-90 days Public Works will install new signs for multiple locations around town. Summerwood Drive and Tapestry Lane will receive crosswalk signage and new painted red-curb to improve the pedestrian visibility of the intersection. D
onaldson Way East at the Arco gas station driveway will receive enhanced "No Left Turn" signage. A speed feedback sign will be installed on southbound Broadway at Cartagena Way. Improvements in the "School Zone" signage and striping near American Canyon High School will also be completed.

Concerns may be reported through the City's website,  directly in person at the front counter at City Hall (4381 Broadway, Suite 201), the City's new app American Canyon Connect (see below for more information), or by emailing or calling Public Works (see above for more information).
Your Vote Counts - Register Today

Of all levels of government, the local city has the most direct interaction with residents on a daily basis. A wide array of recreational opportunities, police and fire protection, water and wastewater, and many other amenities are provided by your city. Your local elected leaders set policies to determine what services are offered, in what way and at what cost. Your Vote Counts in selecting the right leaders.

Election Day is November 8th, it will be here before you know it. October 24th is the last day to register to vote to have your voice heard. It's easy and only takes a minute of your time. You can apply to register to vote right now by filling in the online application located on the Secretary of State website here
You may also pick up a Voter Registration Application at City Hall, the county elections office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles offices, or the U.S. post office. It is important that your voter registration application be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election. If you submit an application after this time, your application will still be processed for future elections.

Don't remember if you're registered to vote? Had an address change? Need to check what name you're registered under or what political party you're registered with? Check your registration status here.  For more information on registering to vote Napa County residents can also contact the Napa County Registrar of Voters at (707) 253-4321 or by email.
Covered Picnic Areas Coming Soon

Have you seen these new signs up around town? Construction will soon begin to install covered shelters at the picnic areas at Silver Oak Park and Community Park I. These picnic areas will also have new tables, barbecue grills, and debris/recycling cans. New picnic areas will be constructed in two places at Veteran's Park - one will be located at the north end of the park between the Bocce Courts and the park's memorial area, the other at the south end adjacent to the playground. These new areas will become new rentable party space in the City's park system for all to enjoy. In addition to these new picnic areas, we will also be installing a shade structure at the entrance of the dog park and in between the two sets of bocce courts, both also located at Veteran's Park. We hope these new outdoor spaces become a great addition for community celebrations and for everyone to further enjoy the outdoors of our community. 

The American Canyon Fire District is introducing the use of the PulsePoint app in American Canyon to help connect people to the location of lifesaving AEDs in town. Click here to learn more. 

Public Safety Open House - Save the Date

Join American Canyon Police and Fire staff for the Annual Public Safety Open House Sunday, October 16th, 11 AM - 2 PM at 911 Donaldson Way East. Meet your local police officers and firefighters, tour the Public Safety Building, check out fire trucks and police cars, learn safety through demonstrations, and more!  
Market Matters

5 more Sundays... October is the last month of the Farmers' Market, don't miss out on the fresh fruits and vegetables! 

The City of American Canyon and the American Canyon Arts Foundation Invite you to attend a Community Celebration for Latino Heritage Month Celebration. The celebration will kick off at the Farmers' Market, Sunday, October 2nd, 10 AM until 12 Noon, then move next door to Community Park II until 2 PM. Please come out for family fun and a day of celebration including food from Mi Zacatecas and entertainment. Click here for the flyer.

The Lions Club will be at the Community Booth this week collecting used eye glasses that will be refurbished and sent around the world. They will also be collecting used toner and cell phones for recycling. The Napa Valley Master Gardeners will be on site to help answer any questions you might have about your garden.

Community Calendar

The next couple weeks are full of great community activites to get on your calendar. Come enjoy ACHS's 3rd Annual Night Out with music, performances, games, food trucks and more on Wednesday, October 5th from 5-8 PM. The Chamber of Commerce will hold their 8th Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 8th from 12-5 PM. They will also host the Candidate's Forum on Tuesday, October 11th at Eagle Vines beginning at 5:30 PM.  All ages are welcome at the American Canyon High School Cheer Team's fun night of Bingo on Tuesday, October 11th from 6:30-8:30 PM. The Friends of the American Canyon Library Book Sale is coming up on October 14, 15 & 16 from 10 AM - 5 PM at the library, 300 Crawford Way. The Fall California Native Plant Society Sale is a great way to get everything you need for fall planting in your garden. Over 1,000 hard-to-find native plants will be available for sale at Napa's Skyline Park on Saturday and Sunday, October 15th & 16th from 10 AM to 4 PM. And finally, don't miss the American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation's 2nd Annual Pumpkin Patch at the Pool on Saturday, October 15th, 2-5 PM. 
You can find these events, and others on the Community Calendar.  Interested in adding your event to the community calendar?  Click here for more information.                        
NextDoor Q&A Forum - City Manager with Special Guest Jason Holley, Public Works Director

Do you have questions about traffic safety or local street improvements? Dana Shigley, City Manager, along with special guest Jason Holley, Public Works Director, will host a live online Q&A session on Nextdoor to answer your questions specifically related to traffic safety and local street improvements on Wednesday, October 12th from 6 - 7 PM. Log in to NextDoor at 6 PM on Wednesday, October 12th and look for Dana'a post inviting questions, then ask away. Spread the word and get your questions ready!

In order to make the most use of the hour, it would be helpful to have your questions ahead of time. Please email them here. This isn't required, but we will be able to answer more questions this way. 
Introducing American Canyon Connect

We'd like to announce the launch of the City of American Canyon's very own app - American Canyon Connect - designed to help you connect with your city no matter where you are. If you've heard of or used SeeClick Fix, this app is an upgrade of the functions available to us through SeeClickFix. In fact, the app is powered by SeeClickFix and users may still report issues to us through the SeeClickFix app, or you can visit your mobile device's store and download American Canyon Connect. Your user information will automatically carry over so all you have to do is log in. 
American Canyon Connect contains a series of buttons that will allow you to become even more engaged in our community, including:

- Report a problem 
- Pay your water bill
- Sign up for Parks & Recreation activities
- Receive information on current projects and community events
- Look up transit schedules and street sweeping schedules
- And so much more... 
You will find American Canyon Connect in the Apple or Android/Google Play stores on your mobile device. Let us know what you'd like to see in this new app. We look forward to connecting with you! 
Public Works Updates 

Headworks Channel Project

The Headworks Channel project at the Water Reclamation Facility will expand the existing structure for the new drum screen installation.  Earlier this week the contractor set frames and rebar in preparation for the concrete they poured on Thursday and next week they will begin work on the walls. 

Napa Junction III
The contractor continues to work on the Tractor Supply building and has started installing landscaping. Dunkin Donuts is on track to be open late next month. 
Parks & Recreation Updates
Upcoming Events:

Last Open Swim of the Season
Anyone that enjoys swimming and is looking to beat the heat, should join us for our last Open Swim of the season this weekend, October 1st and 2nd from 2pm-5pm. The Aquatics Center features a 25-yard swimming pool, wading pool, snack bar, open turf areas, chaise lounges and usually lots of sun! We have Red Cross certified staff to make your swimming experience as safe as possible. Non-swimmers under 4 feet tall must be accompanied by a responsible person age 16 or older. All participants must wear appropriate attire. 

Fee: Resident: 12 and under $2.00 & 13 and over $3.00
Non Resident: 12 and under $3.00 & 13 and over $4.00
Spectators: $1.00

Saturday, October 22nd - 7:30pm - Community Park 2 (20 Benton 
Gaze in wonder under a blanket of stars at our FREE "Night Under the Stars" event, led by Steve Green. Meet at Community Park 2 for a fun night of star gazing and amateur astronomy. Telescopes and free hot cocoa will be available.

Fall 2016 General Registration is Now Open  
We have some exciting new programs available for kids, teens, adults and seniors.  Check out our Fall 2016 Activity Guide for details on all programs running from September through November.

Upcoming activities:

Activity Date/Time


Friday, October 14th
9 AM - 4PM

(transportation only)

Senior Center

Junior Warriors Winter Basketball League


Practices start in December & Games start in January
Registration for residents & non-residents is now open!
Registration Deadline: 10/28/16
No online registration available. Please visit the Parks and Recreation Office for in-person registration.

Residents: $65
Non-resident: $85

Community Center Gym


Session II:
Beginners - 10/4-10/25
Tuesdays 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Intermediate - 10/6-10/27
Thursdays 4:30 - 5:30 PM

(Beginner class pays $10 additional materials fee for H.I.T.S. program, due the first day of class)

Melvin Tennis Courts

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