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Household Junk Pickups can be used for yard waste – Last Appts in October

Household Junk Pick Up

The City’s Household Junk Pickup Program runs February through October. If you think you’ll need the service soon, make an appointment now before the program goes on hiatus for Leaf Season, which starts Nov. 1.

You can use your two appointments for excessive yard waste as well as junk and debris. If you think you’ll be doing a lot of pruning before November, when on-street yard waste pickup is allowed, go to or call 311 to make a pickup appointment for October. Find more details on the Household Junk Program page.

Front St. Animal Shelter helps out at the King Fire

King Fire 2014

The Front Street Animal Shelter Enforcement Team did their part during the King Fire near Pollock Pines and offered mutual aid to the residents and animals of the King Fire.

As they headed up to the hill, their primary mission was to scour the abandoned properties for animals that had been left behind, providing food and water, as well as evacuation. Assigned to the Ice House area, officers described the utter devastation, with acres of forest destroyed and homes completely burned to the ground.

Officer Alexis Shaw located one home entirely gone, yet only yards away, a barn remained standing, spared entirely from the blaze.  In the barn were animals left behind, but unharmed, waiting for help. We are proud of our officers and their willingness to extend their service beyond the borders of the city. When it comes to people and animals, we are all in this together.

Visit Front Street Animal Shelter to learn more.

Rare & unusual boats at the Vessels and Vines event

photo of the marina

What: Vessels and vines ­– FREE event to raise funds for a maritime youth organization, grab the full flyer!

When: Saturday, October 4, 4- 8 p.m. (Free overnight guest berthing on the Oct. 4, departing Oct. 5)

Where: Sacramento Marina, 2710 Ramp Way


  • Boats on display: Electric boat, a 1965 Riva Super Florida and Keaton jet boats along with classic boats on trailers and in the water such as vintage jet boats, amphi-car and more.
  • Live music by Not for Profit
  • Food trucks Cichy Co and Hefty Gyros
  • Wine by Carvalho Family Winery, Clarksburg, $5 glass with proceeds to non-profit Liberty Maritime
  • Information booths and vendors to include, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadrons, California Delta Chambers, Bay Yachts, Fairytale Town (for kids), Front Street Animal Shelter (with dogs for adoption), Canvas Experts, Hallerman Marine, Sterling Marine, Lake Washington Sailing Club and River City Rowing.
  • Silent auction items such as apparel from Swabbie’s and Sacramento Marina, gift cards, art, nautical original paintings, vintage nautical china produced by Homer Laughlin for the Gold Eagle Department of the Navy, services such as free oil change, California Auto Museum, Hornblower River Cruise, and Sacramento Zoo passes, a free night’s stay at the Westin Hotel Sacramento, nautical items such as a West Marine sports bag and VHF Marine Radio, and much more. Bidding starts at 4 p.m. and ends by 7 p.m. CASH only – an ATM Machine will be available.
  • Parking is free.  Event is bike friendly too – just off bike trail!

Wine sales and silent auction proceeds go to the Sacramento Marina’s non-profit recipient, the crew of Tiki Too, a youth education program of Liberty Maritime.

The Sacramento Marina is a 475 slip public marina at the southern end of Front Street, nestled behind beautiful Miller Park on the east side of the Sacramento River. As the largest, most convenient and only off-river dockage marina in the Sacramento area, our location is an ideal one for docking boats and enjoying the waterways.

Rain is near, water conservation is still key

Rain in SacramentoRain is in the forecast however, City Utilities customers are reminded to water with the weather in mind. With winter approaching, customers should begin moving watering to one day per week, and be sure to turn off irrigation with rain, plus shorten run times.

When you reset your clocks on November 2, don’t forget to reset your sprinkler timers to comply with the City’s Winter Watering Rules. Effective November 2, Sacramento water users can water one day per week, on Saturday or Sunday only.

“Even a very wet winter may not make up all the water we need to bring us out of a drought. Luckily, cooler weather brings with it a great opportunity to save water,” said William Granger, Water Conservation Administrator for the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities. “Even in September, customers should begin to shorten their watering times as the temperatures drop and the sun sets earlier. Every minute that your sprinklers are off is water saved!”

Other tips to help customers save water this fall include:

  • Turn off sprinklers when the rain returns to the area or if there is rain in the forecast.
  • Use a broom or rake to move leaves off of sidewalks, driveways, and streets.
  • Consider installing a rain sensor to irrigation systems to help ensure that sprinklers stay off when the rain returns.

More information about ways to save water can be found at SpareSacWater.

City embarks on two-year train station renovation


Groundbreaking kicks off $31 million makeover of Sacramento Valley Station

In what was once a fine dining restaurant at the Sacramento Valley Station that has been closed to the public for decades, 100 gathered to celebrate the start of a journey to a new and improved historic depot. The project should be completed in the fall of 2016, the 90th anniversary of the train station and the opening of the downtown Entertainment and Sports Center.

A complete renovation is getting started on the second phase of the region’s highest priority transportation project – a world-class transit hub – and anchor to the downtown Railyards. When finished, the 68,000-square-foot building will include new Amtrak offices, leasable office and retail space and food vendors. The building and adjacent property was purchased by the City from Union Pacific Railroad in 2006. It’s the seventh busiest train station in the U.S.

The program included Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo, Sacramento Rep. Doris Matsui, Vice Mayor Jay Schenirer, Councilmember Steve Cohn, City Manager John Shirey and Director of Public Works Jerry Way along with invited project sponsors, partners and team members.

“Today we are breathing new life into this historic depot, preparing for regional growth and an urban renaissance,” said Rep. Doris Matsui. “The $15 million federal grant, coupled with substantial funding from the City of Sacramento, will transform the Depot back to a true center of transportation, one that greets residents and visitors alike with activity, opportunity and a uniquely Sacramento sense of place.”

“Sacramento Valley Station is anchored by the Capitol Corridor, the fastest growing intercity rail service in the nation.  Together with San Joaquin and long distance Amtrak trains, over 1.2 million passengers use our downtown station each year.  And the numbers will grow as we offer express trains to San Francisco, light rail to the Airport and Elk Grove, and a streetcar,” said Councilman Steve Cohn.

“This phase of the station will restore the interior and exterior recapturing its former glory, while adding modern amenities including restaurants or food vendors with indoor and outdoor patio seating, bike storage/rental, and enlarged ticketing, baggage and lobby space on the ground floor.”

For more information, please go to

What’s your favorite part of Fall in Sacramento?

Fall in Sacramento

With Fall (or Autumn!) upon us, the warm weather slipping away, and leaves of green becoming rich golds, yellows and oranges, there’s so much to love in Sacramento. Famous for our trees, the City becomes a mecca for season changing color lovers, as well as those in favor of cooler weather. We want to know, what’s your favorite part of Fall in Sacramento? Sweaters, cool weather, hot drinks, the list is nearly endless.

Sacramento’s grid: How would you improve it?

Improve the Grid, Grid 2.0

Why is the Downtown Grid so important to Sacramento?  And how would you improve it?  The City wants to hear from you!

The Grid is the network of streets within the Central City. The Grid does a wonderful job of serving diverse users including bicycles, pedestrians, transit riders and automobiles but improvements can be made. Planned development in the Central City warrants a second look at how the grid operates and we would like to engage the community in helping to determine the appropriate improvements for the future of the gird.  Click here to tell us what you think.

Your opinion wanted for transportation priorities


The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is looking for your input for transportation priorities. They will be holding eight public workshops around the county, in the coming weeks. These workshops will feature an open house format where participants can drop in for a few minutes and give input about the travel choices they would like to see in their counties.

October 11
10 a.m.–1 p.m.
4–8 p.m.
MARRS Building Midtown
Farmers Market & 2nd Saturday
20th & J Streets, Sacramento

For questions call (916) 321-9000 or email Don’t forget to download the flyer to view all meeting dates and locations.

Sacramento saves One Billion gallons of water In August


The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities reports that city water customers saved over 1 billion gallons of water in the month of August. The City’s water demands were approximately 112 million gallons of water per day last month, as compared to 147 million gallons of water per day in August 2013. This is approximately a 24 percent reduction. The water savings is equivalent to the annual water usage of approximately 7200 homes.

City of Sacramento departments achieved a 34-percent water use reduction, compared to August

The City was able to achieve this savings by implementing the following drought mitigation actions:

    • Reduction in parks and recreational facility outdoor irrigation, excluding high use sports fields;
    • Reducing watering of landscaped medians on City streets and roadways;
    • Reduction in car washing of the City fleet;
    • Placing signage in restrooms and other areas of City buildings to remind of the urgent need to save water;
    • Closely monitoring water consumption in mechanical cooling systems and coil cleaning; and
    • Inventorying plumbing fixtures in City facilities to find opportunities to convert to low water use fixtures.

“Continuing to exceed the 20 percent goal is not possible without the outstanding efforts that the City’s customers have made over the year,” said Bill Busath, Interim Director of the Department of Utilities. “We thank them for their water conservation endeavors. With this accomplishment, it is important to remember that the end of the drought is not near. We must continue to work together to hit our conservation target to avoid further water use reductions.  It is essential for customers to follow the before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. reduced watering schedule. The water conservation efforts today are laying the groundwork even after the drought is finished.”

Increased drought awareness has brought attention to the City’s water conservation codes and has driven up calls for investigation of water misuse. Since January 1, the City received more than 15,400 calls for water conservation investigations. This is compared to 965 calls for investigation last year over the same time period.

To help City water customers save water, the Department of Utilities continues to do the following:

  • Provide restaurants with table tents that explain water is served upon request;
  • Insert utility bill stuffers highlighting conservation tips and tools;
  • Encouraging water conservation on billboard and bus advertising;
  • Post water conservation tips on websites such as Facebook, Google;
  • Offer the River-Friendly Landscaping Rebate Program (cash for grass) to assist customers create beautiful landscapes that use water efficiently;
  • Offer High Efficiency Toilet Rebates and  Washing Machine Rebates; and
  • Re-establish the Water Conservation Ambassador program and training volunteers to assist with the water conservation efforts throughout the city. The next training session will be held on September 13, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the City’s Water Conservation Office, 2260 Glen Ellen Cir. Reservations are necessary and should be made by September 11 by calling 916-808-5605.

For more information on the City’s water conservation efforts, please visit SpareSacWater or follow on Facebook.

Avoid traffic! Stay up to date on roads conditions in the City


Traffic getting you down? Avoid it! We constantly update our Traffic Alerts page with road and lane closures due to constructions projects. Most alerts even include maps and project details. You can even sign up to receive automatic email alerts.  Visit the City’s Traffic Alerts page to find out what’s going on in your area.


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