September 14, 2018

I just returned home from attending the League of California Cities Annual Conference in Long Beach, CA. I spent the last three days learning about the latest best practices in local government from my friends and peers from other California cities. Mayor Leon Garcia, Vice-Mayor Ken Leary, and Councilmember MariamAboudamous joined me and we are bringing many new ideas back home to share. 

I am also excited to share that our  Police Chief, Oscar Ortiz, will be returning to American Canyon next week from the FBI National Academy . This week, Chief Ortiz, and his peers from the 273 rd session of the Academy celebrated their graduation. The 10-week program is a professional course of study for law enforcement managers from around the world. The Academy is invitation only and participants are nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. The National Academy raises law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide. Each session of officers take undergraduate and/or graduate courses at the FBI campus in Quantico, Virginia. Officers participate in a wide range of leadership and specialized training, where they share ideas, techniques, and experiences with each other, creating lifelong partnerships that transcend state and national borders. I’d like to congratulate Chief Ortiz on this major accomplishment and I’m sure you will join me in welcoming him home.
Jason B. Holley, City Manager
Construction Updates
Did you see the large crane this week on the corner of Napa Junction Road and Highway 29? Work continues on the new retail building that will include a Verizon store and Redwood Credit Union. The installations of a new sidewalk and bike lanes on Donaldson Way between Highway 29 and James Road will begin next week. The marking of the underground utilities can be seen on the streets in this area for preparation of this work. Also, expect to see pavement work begin in October on Patricia Drive, Capra Drive, Ascot Court, Bedford Lane, Brookshire Way, Chaucer Court, Kent Way, Kingsly Lane, Knightsbridge Court, and Knightsbridge Way (Danrose to Banbury). Streets are selected for surface improvements based on a combination of the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) and any underground utility work needed in the area.

You can get the latest update on these projects and other construction activity in American Canyon every Friday on our website.
On the Agenda...
The City Council/American Canyon Fire Protection District Board will meet on Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30 PM at City Hall. The meeting agenda is available. Since our last update your City Council met on September 4th, the recording of the meeting is available.

After several workshops and months of outreach, the City Council will consider adopting a Cannabis Ordinance to approve a licensing and public review process. This would allow commercial cannabis businesses in the Green Island Industrial Park and home delivery services. A minimum buffer zone would further separate cannabis businesses from schools, parks, and residential neighborhoods. Cannabis storefront retail dispensaries and outdoor backyard cannabis cultivation at a residence would remain prohibited.  View the full meeting agenda for the other items the City Council will consider this coming Tuesday.
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Free Carseat Installation and Inspection Event
2:30 - 4:30 PM
Walmart, 7011 Main St.
The latest Neighborhood Watch Update is available.
The American Canyon Fire Protection District publishes an  informative newsletter each month.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
The Napa County Board of Supervisors will mark the one-year anniversary of the 2017 wildfires by recognizing the efforts of neighbors helping neighbors in the last year. The public is invited to nominate a neighbor and share information about the kind and caring acts of Napa County Neighbors. A panel consisting of local media and community members will review the submissions and make selections for the inaugural “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” recognition program. The Board of Supervisors will recognize these community members at their October 9th meeting. Nominations are due by Friday, September 21st and can be emailed to

National Drive Electric Week
Electric vehicle drivers and enthusiasts will come together to highlight the clean-air benefits and cost-savings of electric cars. Attendees will have the opportunity to test drive vehicles.

Sunday, September 16th, 1-4 PM
Napa Valley College
2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy
First Time Homebuyer Workshop
The City of American Canyon has Down Payment Assistance Programs available to first time homebuyers. Learn more at our upcoming workshop. To register, email Andrea Clark.

Monday, September 17th at 6:30 PM
Council Chambers at City Hall
4381 Broadway Street
Community Calendar

Monday, September 24th
6:15 PM
Napa River Bay Trail
(2 Eucalyptus Drive)

You can find this event, and others on the Community Calendar.  Add your event now. 
Clean Sweep Month
Did you know you can take e-waste, fluorescent bulbs, and batteries to Recology’s collection facility at 2021 Broadway in Vallejo for FREE, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 AM – 4 PM, all year long? Recology also provides this great resource "What Bin?". Just type in the search bar the item you want to dispose of, and they'll tell you where it goes. Not only is Clean Sweep Month a great time to take advantage of the free resources available in the month of September, but it is also a great opportunity to learn how to get rid of all things, all the time! 
Recreational Opportunities
Junior Warriors (K-8th grade) - Resident registration is open
Kidz Love Soccer (Ages 2-10) - Register by September 15th
Dance (Ages 5+) - Resident & non-resident registration is open
Youth Tennis (Ages 6-15) - Register before October 1st
Martial Arts (Ages 5+) - Register before October 1st
Movies in the Park
Join us for an outdoor showing of Black Panther (PG-13) on Saturday, September 22nd! The movie will start at dusk at Community Park II (20 Benton Way). Arrive early to reserve your spot!

Don't forget to bring folding chairs, sleeping bags, or blankets to stay comfortable during the movie!
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Click on Activity Guide pictured above to view fall activities. Click here to register for activities online.