March 16, 2018

A few weeks ago I mentioned how the tragic events in Parkland, Florida resonated here in American Canyon because our communities are so similar. Last Friday, tragedy struck once again, but this time much closer to home. Dozens of our residents work at the Yountville Veterans Home (and many more know someone who does). No one thought of this type of violence would happen here - least of all in a place meant for healing. And yet it happened again. So, while Congressman Thompson continues to exhaust his efforts to effect change in federal policy, our residents must also continue to remain vigilant. Further tragedies can be prevented when law enforcement knows about threats ahead of time. If you know someone suffering from mental health issues, or if you see suspicious or threatening behavior, please call (707) 253-4451 or report it to American Canyon Police Department ASAP. Simply put, "See Something, Say Something."

Next Tuesday's City Council meeting agenda is packed full of items for the Council to consider. I myself am an Eagle Scout, and we are honored to have Boy Scout Troop 7062 start the meeting with a Flag Ceremony. From there, we will cover two big topics (cannabis and water rates) along with other important items. First, there will be a Public Hearing on staff's recommendation to extend the current ban on recreational cannabis from May to November. Leading up to this new November deadline, staff proposes to draft local regulations to allow certain kinds of cannabis uses out in the Green Island Industrial Park. Consistent with Council direction at their February 20th meeting, the new regulations would not allow retail dispensaries, but would allow commercial cultivation and/or manufacturing. These draft local regulations would have to be approved by the Council and they would be on top of existing State regulations that came about as result of Prop 64 passing in November 2016. Next, the Council will consider the Water Rate Advisory Committee's recommendations for changing our water rates. The new rate structure provides a small increase in operating expenses while implementing a $14M capital program over the next five years and sets aside funds to pay for additional water supplies if needed during the next drought. It also simplifies the number of tiers and eliminates the "drought surcharge". If they agree with the Committee's recommendation, then the Council will formally vote on the new rates on May 15th.

P.S. - I had a great time at the Kiwanis Crab Feed - if you missed out, I recommend you put it on your calendar for next year. Also don't forget, today is the last day to pick up your "early bird" tickets for the Community Recognition Ball (on April 7th).
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On the Agenda...

The City Council will meet again on Tuesday, March 20th, 6:30 PM at City Hall.  The meeting agenda is available.

Since our Last Update...

Your City Council met on March 6th, the recording of the meeting is available.

Future Meetings...

Planning Commission, March 22nd, 6:30 PM at City Hall. The meeting agenda will be available a few days before the meeting.
Fire District News
The American Canyon Fire District publishes an informative newsletter each month.
Neighborhood Watch Update
The latest message from the Police Chief is now available.

The next Citywide Neighborhood Watch Meeting/Training is Wednesday, March 21st at 6 PM at City Hall in the Council Chambers. Sign up now!
Community Calendar
Put This on Your Calendar
A Family Bingo Night will be held at the American Canyon Community Church (2 Andrew Road) on Saturday, March 17th, 5:30 - 8 PM to raise funds for the AC Swimmers for a trip to the Olympic Training Center. There will be a variety of Bingo games with an adult and child winner every time.

On March 21st from 6:30-7:15 PM, the American Canyon Library will host a FREE Spring Card Making Workshop .

You can find these events, and others on the Community Calendar. Interested in adding your event to the community calendar ?
Construction Updates

You may be wondering about other recent construction activity around town. More information about cone zones around town.
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Upcoming Recreational Opportunities
Join us in honoring our community volunteers with a social hour, catered dinner, and awards presentation. Tickets are available at Parks & Recreation,100 Benton Way, or online. Early bird ticket pricing ($35) ends TODAY, March 16th.
Seeking Bay-Friendly Gardens for 2018 Tour
Napa County Resource Conservation District is looking for gardens in Napa and American Canyon to participate in this year's Bay Friendly Garden Tour on May 20th. Apply to be a host garden today!
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