January 11, 2019

I heard a saying the other day that resonated with me: “Encouragement is oxygen for the soul.” One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to be a source of encouragement and positivity. While much of the federal government is currently closed, be assured your local government is open and working hard to make American Canyon the best place it can be.

It's been a busy week here at City Hall, and we’ve noticed an uptick in activity on social media. As a friendly reminder, NextDoor acts like a digital version of the old-time barbershop shop where customers "shoot the breeze" with one another on current events of the day. However, the City only uses NextDoor to share information about upcoming events, etc. (like a bulletin board with flyers and push-pins), and we don’t truly engage with you in this venue. Rather, the City engages residents in many other ways, including neighborhood workshops ( such as the one being held next week regarding the future “West-Side Connector”). Of course, all residents are welcome at these workshops, even if you live in a neighborhood on the other side of town! Likewise, all residents are invited and encouraged to attend our City Council meeting next Tuesday (see agenda below). In addition, I am always available to answer questions – please stop by and don’t be a stranger.

One strategy for improving American Canyon is to make it safer for pedestrians – particularly school-aged children. The City is currently building a new sidewalk along Donaldson Way. Once complete, hundreds of students will use it each day (instead of having to walk in the roadway as before). The design of the project includes traffic-calming features (ie. “bulb-outs”) intended to protect pedestrians. Admittedly, these contemporary features may seem out of place, but pedestrians are given priority because of the prominence of children along this route to school. The bulb-outs will persuade vehicles to reduce their speed as they transition into the residential neighborhood starting at the James Road intersection. This is particularly important because this intersection coincides with the location where pedestrians cross Donaldson Way. Nonetheless, this week staff began revising the design to reduce the size of bulb-outs, so they are a better fit for the neighborhood (while still retaining their functionality). These changes will take place in conjunction with the ongoing work, and the project should be complete by the end of February (weather depending). 

By now you’ve probably noticed the former Caffino’s coffee kiosk has a new look. While there is a new business approved to sell coffee and other drinks at this location, “adult-entertainment activities” (as described by American Canyon Municipal Code Section 5.06) are not permitted at this location. The City is communicating with the new business owner to ensure their proposed business is operated in a manner that complies with the City’s rules.  

Lastly, we expect more rain Friday night and Sunday. If you must be out and about, please drive carefully and safely.
City Manager
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Tues., January 15, 2019, 6:30 PM,
Council Chambers
Wed., January 16, 2019, 7 PM,
City Hall Council Chambers
Training Topic: Home Security
Monday, January 21, 2019,
10 AM – 1 PM
Tues., January 22, 2019,
6 PM
WildCare - Nature Education Lecture
Wed., January 23, 2019, 6:30 -7:30 PM
Tues., January 24, 2019,
6:30 PM, Council Chambers
Tues., January 29, 2019, 6:30 PM,
Council Chambers

The State of the City
Please join us for a closer look at local government, businesses, and schools. The State of the City will be held in the American Canyon High School Theater on Wednesday, February 20th. The doors open at 6:30 PM and presentations begin at 7:00 PM.
Interested in learning about future plans for transportation mobility near Wetlands Edge Rd. and Eucalyptus Drive?
If so, please attend this neighborhood workshop where City staff will present information about the “West-Side Connector” (i.e., the extension of Commerce Blvd.) This is an important opportunity for residents to become informed about transportation issues in our community – particularly as they relate to a proposed new warehouse development in the former Eucalyptus grove, the new Napa Junction Elementary School, and the City’s Clarke Ranch Project. The workshop will be held at the Boys and Girls Club (60 Benton Way) on Thursday, January 17th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. More information about the Commerce Boulevard and Eucalyptus Drive Connection.
Water Rates & Assistance Program
Last month’s utility bill included a notice regarding new water rates effective in January 2019. Customers will see the new rates in the bill received in early February (we read meters each month for the previous month's usage, and then issue the bill). In case you missed the notice containing helpful frequently asked questions, you can access the notice on our  website. Assistance may be available to qualified low-income residents through the Water Assistance Program.
Construction Update
Get the latest update on construction activity in American Canyon on our website.

Kiwanis Crab Feed Early Bird tickets are available until January 31st. Get your tickets before they are sold out!
Post Office Expansion Coming Soon
Construction will begin later this month (weather dependent) to expand the American Canyon Post Office. The project is expected to take around three months to complete. The Post Office will remain open throughout the construction.
Parks & Recreation Offerings
Kidz Love Soccer (Ages 2-10)
Swim Lessons (Ages 6 months+)
Girls Basketball (Grades 6-8)
Lego Brickspace (Ages 4+)  
Lifeguard Training (Ages 15+)
DeYoung Museum Trip (ages 50+)
Line Dancing (Ages 18+)
Electric vehicles (EVs) can be affordable. The City and your local electricity provider, MCE, are proud to announce you may be eligible to save $3,500 on the purchase or lease of an EV. MCE’s generous rebate for low-income qualifying customers gives you a great deal on a cutting-edge, new or used EV, especially when you combine it for up to $12,000 in total incentives. EVs are zero-emission vehicles that offer significant savings on fuel and maintenance costs and also reduce air pollution in your community. 
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