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A sustainable, solar, Sacramento


Sacramento continues its commitment to sustainability. A 1.5 megawatt solar installation was recently completed at Sutter’s Landing Park. Built by Conergy, the solar installation will produce approximately 2,300 megawatts hours of solar energy annually for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), which will be used for residential and commercial business consumption.

“Sutter’s Landing solar installation will provide power directly into the Sacramento grid,” said Anthony Fotopoulos, CEO of Conergy Americas. “It creates a virtual net metering situation for residents and businesses so they can receive power generated by solar energy even if they aren’t able to install their own solar power system.”

158010851_8oz7UgzEThe solar installation is built atop the City’s former landfill and offers a covered carport over the main parking area and shaded seating areas for dog park users. In addition, planned signage will provide education about the benefits of clean solar energy production and the current effects of global warming.

While the solar installation brings energy and sun protection to Sacramento residents, it presented design and construction challenges.

The landfill, closed nearly 15 years, required a flexible system that could move with the ever shifting and settling ground. An innovative “earth screw” ballast system – tightly sealed to avoid seepage – was used to support the solar modules, eliminating the need for heavy concrete footings, which could have damaged the landfill cap. In addition, the land is home to the endangered valley elderberry longhorn beetle, and the system had to be designed and built around the bushes that protect the beetle.

“By providing shade for park users and clean energy for the rest of us, this solar project is a perfect match for Sutter’s Landing Park,” said Cohn. “Conergy also understood the necessity of preserving the elderberry beetle’s habitat onsite and graciously worked with stakeholders to accommodate and protect this sensitive habitat throughout all phases of the project.”

At peak operation, the solar installation is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 3.5 million pounds annually and greenhouse gas emissions equal to removing 350 passenger vehicles from the road for a year. Revenue produced from the power generated for and consumed by residents and businesses will be re-invested to fund park preservation and maintenance.

To find more, visit City of Sacramento, Recycling & Solid Waste.


PHOTOS: ESC Groundbreaking

ESC Groundbreaking

A big day for Sacramento as the Entertainment & Sports Center project officially broke ground, Wednesday, Oct. 29. Check out slide show below for photos from the exciting event. Don’t forget to share!

Visit the City of Sacramento, or the Sacramento Kings to find out more about the project and construction timelines.

Improving the streets of Sacramento – The R Street Market Plaza Project


The R Street Market Plaza Project, between 16th and 18th Street will transform the corridor into a safe, pedestrian-friendly and multi-use public right-of-way. The project will begin construction on Oct. 25, 2014 and the proposed improvement will include pavement, one travel lane in each direction, sidewalks, curb ramps, planting trees, street lighting and updates to the storm drainage system. The project is expected to finish construction in June 2015.

The proposed project will provide critical pedestrian safety and accessibility improvements to the R Street Corridor located in the City of Sacramento’s Central City Community while maintaining the street’s historic sense of shared space between pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.

The total project cost including the Environmental Document is $4,832,000. Funding is provided by federal and local matching funds. Find more information at the City of Sacramento.

Police Department receives grant for special school traffic safety, education & enforcement officer

The Sacramento Police Department has been awarded a grant totaling $170,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through education, training, and special enforcement efforts around the schools located within the City of Sacramento.

The grant will aid in the city’s ongoing effort to improve traffic safety and the quality of life in and around our children’s schools.  The Sacramento Police Department will use the funding as part of an on-going commitment to keep the roadways around our schools safe through education, training and enforcement.

Activities that the grant will fund include:

  • Conduct bicycle helmet usage surveys of our schools and implement incentive programs to increase helmet use, including proper fitting and distribution of bicycle helmets
  • Conduct bicycle safety training through presentations and bicycle rodeos at the schools
  • Conduct pedestrian safety training through presentations and distribution of educational materials at the schools
  • Seat belt and child safety seat education and training
  • Help establish and maintain comprehensive public education programs to reduce pedestrian and bicycle involved collisions including a partnership with Sacramento Safe Routes to School
  • Conduct traffic enforcement around the schools when needed; enforcing  speed, distracted driving and other hazardous moving violations associated with pedestrian and bicycle collisions
  • Increase teen driver education programs including Start Smart, Every 15 Minutes and Impact Teen Drivers.
  • Conduct traffic enforcement patrols looking for underage drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The City of Sacramento to host Water Treatment Plant open house

Water treatment plant

The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities invites the public to attend a rare open house event at the water treatment plant. Visitors will see how the plant serves the community, provides a reliable water supply and learn about upgrade projects that are under construction.

The behind-the-scenes tour is on Saturday, October 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The treatment plant is located at 300 Water Street in Sacramento. This event is free to the public. Attendees must provide valid photo identification to enter the treatment plant property.

The open house will include a tour, talks with engineers and designers and an overview of the upgrades that will ensure a safe and reliable water supply. A fun activity will be available for kids to learn more about water purification.

Water treatment plant

Relics Out. Reliability In.  The Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant opened in 1924. Much has changed in Sacramento since then, but the treatment plant still provides high-quality drinking water for the city. To better serve the city, the plant is currently undertaking its first upgrades in nearly 100 years. The City is inviting the public to see a part of Sacramento’s history and learn how Sacramento manages water by combining old infrastructure with new technologies to protect the environment and safety of residents.

For more information, go to or call (916) 808-1400.

McKinley Playground gets its crowning touch

Photo of the grand re-opening at McKinley Park

One year after community members came together to rebuild the McKinley Playground, the community will celebrate the crowning touch – the donor plaque for the centerpiece of the monument. “Good things come to those who wait!” said Councilman Cohn.  “I look forward to thanking formally the generous donors and community members that came together to build this beautiful one-of-a-kind playground.”

The plaque will be unveiled during District 3’s last 2014 food truck event, Trucktoberfest, featuring favorite food trucks, kids’ activities, live music by Departure and a beer and wine garden.  The event occurs tonight, Friday, Oct. 10 from 5-8 p.m. at McKinley Park, 601 Alhambra Blvd. The unveiling of donor plaque will be promptly at 5:30 p.m.

The McKinley Playground was partially burned in July 2012.  During the week of June 4-9, 2013, over 2200 community members came together with their in-kind labor donation valued at over $300,000, and over $375,000 in cash and in-kind donations.  Added to the effort was a contribution by the City of Sacramento of $364,000 in development impact fees dedicated to park projects as well as $325,000 from the insurance settlement.    In total, the value of the playground is approximately $1.5 million. For a complete list of donors visit

Councilman Cohn assembled a group of volunteers to serve on a Steering Committee that put in hundreds of hours over an eight month period working on everything from design, to fundraising the planning for the community build.

City website featured as Top 10 Best of the Web

Our new website, City of Sacramento, was recently featured as a finalist in the nationwide Best of the Web awards. Launched in 2013, the redesign for the website features easy to use navigation, big and bold photos, and quick navigation to the things you want to know more about. We’re honored to be chosen as a Top 10 in the nation!

From a Government Technology article on the winners: “A new look and feel for Sacramento’s website unifies city department pages, offering intuitive navigation to site content, which has also been overhauled based on user behavior. Accessibility and responsiveness are hallmarks of the new site, which logged more than 2 million unique page views in its first seven months…”

Front St. Animal Shelter looking for your support!

Animal careWe’re super excited to let you know that Front Street Animal Shelter is part of the Saving Pets Challenge, a fundraising campaign launched by Found Animals Foundation.

To give back, they will be donating $100,000 to organizations focused on reducing shelter euthanasia in our communities. The charity that raises the most throughout the Challenge will get a $50,000 donation.

We’re looking for our amazing supporters to go one step further than just donating and actually fundraise for our campaign. Imagine the impact we can have if each of our supporters became fundraisers and got their friends and family to donate to our cause. And, it’s super easy to do, all you have to do is Go Here  and click ‘Fundraise for This Campaign.’ In seconds, you’ll have your own fundraiser that you can share with everyone you know.

If for some reason you can’t fundraise for our campaign, please Click Here and give whatever you can. Every donation makes a difference, no matter how small and everything is appreciated.

The Front Street Animal Shelter thanks you for your support!

Environmental process kicks off for I St. Bridge replacement


Meeting planned to help determine public’s perspective on I Street Bridge Replacement Project

The cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento are inviting the public to weigh in on what environmental issues should be considered in the I Street Bridge Replacement Project. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 9, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Stanford Gallery, 111 I Street.  The public is invited to comment on what should be addressed in the Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment being prepared for the project. The public is also invited to participate in a one-mile walking tour of the project area at 5:30 pm.

The 100-year-old I Street Bridge provides a critical connection between Sacramento and West Sacramento, but traffic lanes are too narrow to serve buses, there are no bicycle lanes, and sidewalks are too narrow to meet accessibility standards.  Earlier this year, the cities began the process of planning to construct a new bridge upstream of the existing I Street Bridge.  The project is in the environmental and preliminary design phase, which will extend to 2016.

A new bridge will provide better access for bicyclists and pedestrians and will serve motorists more efficiently.  The existing I Street Bridge will remain in place for the commuter and freight trains that travel the bridge daily. All other modes of transportation will be shifted to the new bridge.

The meeting will include various maps and information about the I Street Bridge Replacement Project.  City staff and members of the project team will be available to answer questions and discuss ideas in an informal format.  The public is encouraged to drop by at their convenience between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.  A walking tour to view the bridge location will begin at 5:30 pm.  The tour will feature project area highlights and will be approximately one mile.

Questions about the scoping meeting and the project can be directed to the project manager, Jesse Gothan, with the City of Sacramento, at: (916)808-6897 or Mike Luken with the City of West Sacramento at  (916)617-4881.

Leaf season starts Nov. 1st

Leaf season, the claw

Don’ forget, City of Sacramento residential customers can legally place yard waste piles in the street for collection during the City’s designated leaf season of November, December and January.

First Day Out:  November 1, 2014

Last Day Out:  January 31, 2015

Weekly residential yard waste container collection will continue year-round on a customer’s usual collection day. Leaf pile pickup typically occurs approximately every two weeks and will usually not occur on your regular collection day.

Claw Schedule:

From October 28, 2014 to January 31, 2015, call 311 or visit this site to get an estimate of when the next pile collection will occur for your neighborhood.

Leaf Pile Guidelines

  • Piles should be no more than two cubic yards in size (3’x3’x6′ pile).
  • Place the pile six feet from any obstruction (cars, boats, basketball hoops etc.)
  • Make sure there is space between the curb and pile to allow water to flow to storm drains. Do not place piles in bike lanes.
  • Do not put pet waste in any yard waste pile or container. Pet waste goes into the garbage container.
  • Piles should not be in plastic bags.
  • Christmas Trees will be accepted in piles

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