City Express

Household junk pickup program returns in February

The City’s Household Junk Pickup program is now accepting appointments for 2015. Residential customers can make two  appointments per year, from February through October, for the free pickup of acceptable bulky items, including yard waste. The same equipment and personnel used for Leaf Season in November, December and January operate the Household Junk Pickup program from February through October.

New this year is the expansion of the Appliance and e-waste pickup program. Now residents may schedule two appointments per year for appliance and e-waste collection, in addition to the two appointments for household junk pickup. Appliance and e-waste collection service is available year-round.

To request a Household Junk or Appliance & E-waste appointment:

  • Call 311
  • Make an online request at
  • Use the Sac 311 App for iPhone or Android

Household Junk Pickup Program – Two Appointments from February through October
The City will collect up to five (5) cubic yards of material (4’x4’x9’) per appointment, which is approximately the amount that will fit into the bed of a pickup truck. Extra charges may apply if the junk pile exceeds five cubic yards. Piles placed in the street for collection more than 24 hours before a scheduled appointment, or placed in the street without an appointment, will be considered illegal dumping and may be subject to fines.

Accepted household junk items include yard waste, furniture, mattresses, carpet, toys, and up to four unmounted tires. A full list of acceptable items and guidelines for the Household Junk Pickup Program can be found at

Appliance & E-waste Collection – Two Appointments Year-Round
Starting in 2015, residents may now also schedule two (2) appointments per year for the collection of appliances and electronic waste. Accepted items include washers, dryers and refrigerators, and up to four (4) e-waste items like TV’s, computers, monitors and printers. There is a minimum weight of at least 10 lbs. per pickup. A list of acceptable items for Appliance & E-waste Collection

Leaf Season Ends
The last day that residents may place yard waste and Christmas trees in the street for collection is January 31, 2015. Customers can find out when the next on-street collection is estimated for their address by checking the Leaf Season schedule at or calling 311.

City asks for volunteers to assist with count of the homeless

The City, together with Sacramento County are asking for volunteers to step up and help Sacramento Steps Forward better understand and serve our homeless population. On the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 28, hundreds of volunteers will be helping to count and survey homeless persons throughout Sacramento.

“The Homeless Count ensures Sacramento can continue to receive federal funding for local housing and services to assist homeless people and families,” explained Emily Halcon, the City’s Homeless Services Coordinator.

Volunteers will be placed into teams of four with other community volunteers and the assistance of local law enforcement. Each team will be assigned to a designated map area to count and survey homeless individuals in that specific area. More than 400 volunteers (16 years and older) are needed; all volunteers must complete a training prior to the count.

Trainings are being offered:

  • Saturday, Jan. 24 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 25 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 26 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

More information on the Homeless Point in Time Count can be found here.  Please sign up to help in this very important community effort here.

Participate in Sacramento’s Annual Spay Day program!

The Front Street Animal Shelter is once again contributing and participating in Sacramento’s annual Spay Day program. Starting on Saturday, January 17, pet owners can apply to have their pets spayed and neutered for just $15 per cat and $20 per dog on Spay Day Sacramento, March 1.

Each pet will receive spay or neuter surgery, permanent microchip identification, and core vaccinations. The program is open to Sacramento and Yolo County residents who receive public assistance and/or have an annual household income of $35,000 or less. An advance appointment and proof of income is required. Limit two pets pet household (dogs and cats only).  Spay and neuter surgeries will be provided at participating veterinary clinics and animal shelters on or around March 1, 2015. TO APPLY: Fill out an online request form at Spay Day is for owned pets only — no rescues, please. 

Please help spread the word by forwarding this email or sharing our fliers on your social media channels or in your neighborhood or workplace:

English flier:

Spanish flier:

One way to achieving a No Kill community for Sacramento is to reduce the number of animals entering the sheltering system.  Unwanted litters can be prevented and this program directly supports that effort.

Top Five Reasons why State of the City is important to Sacramento


This annual, free event is available to all of Sacramento, but you may be wondering why you should attend. Wonder no more, as we’ve compiled the Top Five Reasons why a State of the City event is important to this special place we call Sacramento.

  1. It builds community – What could be better than grabbing a bite to eat, then heading out to fill Memorial Auditorium with your peers and community members alike? Meet new people, or just see the show, it’s your choice! When a community gets together, it really shows off how we’re “Sacramento Strong.”
  2. Find out what’s coming in 2015 – Want to know what new projects or programs are hitting the town? Curious about the latest trends for our city? Or maybe you just want to see what what’s in store for 2015? The annual State of the City is a great place to get the facts in an exciting format.
  3. It’s fun! – State of the City has lights, music, and action! Event goers are in for a treat, and this year will surely excite. From Hip Service America’s high-energy routines, to Sacramento’s own, David Garibaldi, this year’s event is going to pack a punch. Even Kings Announcer Scott Moak will be there! Get your ticket, bring a friend, and enjoy!
  4. It doesn’t cost a thing – Well, we do ask that you bring a canned good to be donated to the Sacramento and River City Food Banks. Other than that, we believe that free, community events stay true to the fibers of what make our city great.
  5. It celebrates our great city – Our city is our pride. Successes, what’s ahead in the coming year, and showing off all come together in one thrilling event. What more do you need?


Want more reasons? Find further info and register for your tickets at State of the City. Oh, and don’t forget to share with your friends. We can’t wait to see you there!

Learn how to use a rain barrel in your garden, MLK weekend


Several area organizations are partnering together to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend with a day of service.  On Saturday, Jan. 17, Hands on Superior California, the City of Sacramento and Java City are lending manpower and resources to a special project to support community gardens and water conservation.

Rain barrels are a great way to capture the run-off of water during the rainy season for use later in gardening and other tasks when it’s hot and dry outside.

Join us for a free Rain Barrel Demonstration and Installation on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fremont Community Garden, 14th and Q streets, Sacramento. Java City employees have already spent hours painting the rain barrels so they will provide an artistic element to the Fremont Community Garden.  At this event you will learn about rain barrels, how to install them, help affix gutters, prepare the site for the barrels and assist with other gardening tasks. This event is free, though reservations are required due to limited space.  To sign up please go here.

See a full list of service projects for Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, Jan. 17-19, 2015.

“We’ve been leading events for many years and each year there is something fun and new.  We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with Hands on Superior California again and to join in partnership with Java City for this day of service.  This project brings together so many exciting elements: art, volunteer service, healthy food and water conservation,” states Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator for the City.

HandsOn Superior California is the Regional Center for Volunteerism.  HandsOn is the expert in connecting volunteers to volunteer opportunities. Create your free volunteer account today and start learning about upcoming volunteer opportunities and events, and research local nonprofit organizations. Sign up to serve online.  Please call 916-447-7063 x326 or email with any questions.

Java City has pioneered initiatives designed to enhance the global village by supporting local communities with donated coffee to various local organizations. The company also addresses the needs at origin by funding programs that improve the lives of coffee farmers and their communities.

The City of Sacramento offers a wide variety of short-term and on-going opportunities to volunteer with programs for all ages. For information or visit us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, or contact Mary Lynn Perry, Volunteer Coordinator at 916- 808-8317.

Tunnel walk to Old Sacramento gets a new glow


The pedestrian tunnel runs between the Downtown Plaza and Old Sacramento.

The switch has been flipped on! The K Street Tunnel Lighting Improvement project is finished!  This project converted existing fluorescent and metal halide (old style) luminaires to Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and incorporated color LEDs to improve the functional lighting of the tunnel and the aesthetic of the tunnel ceiling. The effect is quite moody in person, with a colorful glow filling the tunnel.

With these improvements, the City will reduce the energy consumption by 26,280 kilowatts per hour, which in simple terms means a cost savings of more than $5,200 annually, for this stretch of tunnel alone.  These lights will last more than 10 years, thereby reducing the replacement costs by more than $20,000 over the product life.


In addition to improving the lighting in the tunnel, the City also improved the appearance of the tunnel by cleaning the floor, ceiling, walls, and light fixtures.  The glow is visible as pedestrians walk up to the tunnel on either end, and definitely adds a brilliant pop of color. The landscape area adjacent to the City parking garage was also spruced up and revitalized. Kudos to the Public Works Department for getting the job done. If you’re in the area, be sure to swing by the tunnel and check it out for yourself.


Business First Spotlight: New Helvetia Brewing Company

ImageLocated at 1730 Broadway Blvd., New Helvetia Brewing Company opened for business in 2012, and is modeled after the historic Buffalo Brewing Company in Sacramento.

Their unique location at the corner of 18th & Broadway is within easy walking and biking distance from Land Park, Curtis Park and Midtown neighborhoods, and only 1 block away from the Broadway Light Rail Station.

The building is recycled, an adaptive re-use of a historic former tortilla factory. The indoor tasting room is a family-friendly environment decorated with historic images of Sacramento and Buffalo Brewery memorabilia. The outdoor patio courtyard is a pooch-friendly area to unwind and enjoy Sacramento’s almost year-round outdoor weather.


“Sacramento has been experiencing a metamorphosis into a food-centric entertainment destination, and the craft beer industry is an integral part of the larger ‘Farm to Fork’ movement. Our customers and the people in our community have welcomed this positive change with open arms, and we are thrilled to be home in Sacramento,” says New Helvetia owner Dave Gull.

Don’t forget to check them out on Facebook, too!


Ever thought about telling the story behind your business? Let us know what’s unique and why you love doing business in Sacramento! Now is the chance to share! Contact Tim Padden, Economic Development Department at (916) 808-8506 or send an email. Please limit any submissions to 500 words or less.

“Business First Spotlight” is a unique part of the Sacramento Business First program that features small business in Sacramento. Find out more info here.



New app lets you pay for parking on the go!


Parkmobile is a new service in the City that offers the option of paying for parking using a mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet.  The technology is currently available at selected single-space smart meters in Old Sacramento and will be added to meters around City Hall and Cesar Chavez Park starting January 13. (No more quarters and no need to get out a credit card at these meters, identifiable by a sticker, shown on this page.)


You can easily create an account through the Parkmobile app, or create an account here.  All that is needed is your cell phone number, email address, license plate and credit card information. We recommend you sign up prior to your first use. Once you register, the app can help you locate the parking meter where you parked, as well as track your parking session and send you a reminder when the meter is about to expire. Time can be extended at a parking meter up to the allotted maximum time restriction on the block.

After you have registered, there are multiple ways to pay for parking with the Parkmobile app:

  • Manually enter the zone and location information from your meter sticker or scan the QR code on the meter sticker
  • Use the map to locate your parking zone (be sure to verify that the information matches what is on your meter sticker)
  • Using your registered phone number, you can call 916 722-7275 to start a parking session.
  • You can also start a parking session online at, using the same login credentials you use with the app
  • Once the transaction has been completed, you will receive a confirmation through the app, by a text message, or by email.  The meter may not reflect the payment immediately, but you can be assured that your payment has been recorded and can be verified by parking enforcement.
Parking Services staff Hortencia Martinez installs Parkmobile stickers on meters around Cesar Chavez Plaza.

Parking Services staff Hortencia Martinez installs Parkmobile stickers on meters around Cesar Chavez Plaza.

After the second phase of installation (seen above) around City Hall and Cesar Chavez Park, the City will be installing the technology throughout downtown and midtown.  Additionally, the City is making plans to incorporate Parkmobile into the payment options at the surface parking lots owned or operated by the City.

Further information regarding Parkmobile can be found at: or a Frequently Asked Questions and Answers document is available at

‘Dine Downtown’ returns with an appetite!



Experience the best of Downtown Sacramento’s dining scene during the award-winning Dine Downtown Restaurant Week. For 10 days only, local chefs will create special 3-course dinner menus priced at $31. Why the extra dollar? It goes back to the Food Literacy Center, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring change in community food education. Just $4.11 provides a week of food literacy education for one child. During Dine Downtown, a party of four can make a difference in one child’s life.

Feel good about your foodie experience at 26 participating restaurants January 15 through January 24, 2015.

For More Info: (916) 442-8575. Menus will be released soon – stay tuned…

Make sure to visit the Downtown Sacramento Partnership page for which restaurants are participating!

Take five minutes to tell us what you think about living and working in Sacramento

Annual survey helps the City plan for growth


The City of Sacramento invites residents and those who work in Sacramento to complete a web-based survey to provide feedback about living and working in Sacramento. The survey results will be used as part of the City’s 2030 General Plan annual report and will help capture the community’s perspective on livability and quality of life in Sacramento.

The survey will be open through Friday, February 6th.

“Obtaining community input is critically important to ensuring that residents and business owners’ voices are being heard and reflected in the General Plan,” says Tom Pace, Long Range Planning Manager. “The feedback we receive helps us as we carry out the plan and amend it based on trends, public suggestions, and the economy.”

Last year, more than 1,850 residents and business owners responded to the survey. The annual report, including the survey results, will be presented to City Council to help guide policy development, establish future priorities and give staff direction about how to implement specific projects and programs outlined in the General Plan.

Visit the General Plan webpage for more information about the plan, previous annual reports or related projects.


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