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PHOTOS: PD’s Basic Police Recruit Graduation

In a year, The City’s Police Department see roughly 7000 applicants for the position of police recruit, and those that graduated on December 18 are among the few who have what it takes to take on the vital role of policing our great community. Over 900 hours of training through 24 weeks and 43 different learning domains have prepared the graduates for the police force.

We hope to see all of the new graduates continue to grow within our Police Department and take on additional responsibilities. It makes for a great week when we are able to hold a ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of 38 young men and women such as these!

Congratulations on their commitment to the City and our community.

Love your city? Vote for it as a “Top 10 Travel-Worthy Capital!”

We’re in the running for yet another Top 10 list, this time the chance to be among the Top 10 Best Travel-Worthy State Capitals. Get your clicky finger ready and go vote! Don’t forget, you can cast one vote each day, which we totally wouldn’t mind if you did. We’re currently #4 and we can’t let Carson City, Nevada beat us, right?!

Vote for Sacramento as the Top 10 Best Travel Worth State Capitals!

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Cooking this holiday season? Don’t forget about the “FOG!”

Avoid a Visit from Santa Clog this Holiday Season! – Properly Dispose of Fats, Oils, and Grease – Can it! Scrape it! Trash it!

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A vactor (vacuum-tractor) truck keeps your underground pipes Santa Clog-free

This holiday cooking season, the City of Sacramento’s Department of Utilities and the Sacramento Area Sewer District (SASD) want to help residents avoid a visit from Santa Clog. As family and friends gather together and all the cooks assemble in the kitchen to prepare the holiday feast, it’s important to remember to properly dispose of clog-inducing fats, oils, and grease (FOG).

Whether you’re cooking a multi-course banquet or just baking a few holiday treats with your kids, keep FOG-containing foods from going down the drain. Meat scraps, baked goods, gravy, egg shells, mashed potatoes, and salad dressing are all harmful to your pipes and can lead to costly and messy sewer backups. FOG cools and solidifies in your pipes, which restricts flow and can eventually cause a clog. Instead of unwrapping presents and enjoying a delicious meal with your family and guests this holiday, you may be scrambling to Stop the Clog!

So while cleaning up after cooking, baking, or a family meal, always remember to follow these simple steps to minimize the amount of FOG in your sewer pipes:

  • Can it. After they have cooled, pour fats, oils, and grease into a sturdy container, like a coffee can or jar.
  • Scrape it. Before washing dishes, scrape all fats, oils, and grease residuals from pots, pans, and dishes.
  • Trash it. Put all fats, oils, and grease in the garbage.

“The holidays are a time for families to come together over a home-cooked meal,” says Bill Busath, Interim Director of the City of Sacramento’s Department of Utilities. “By properly disposing of fats, oils, and grease, you can avoid the headache and expense of dealing with a sewer backup, and instead enjoy spending time with your family.”

For more tips about proper FOG disposal, visit www.sacramentofatfreedrains.com or www.stoptheclog.com. And remember, for sewer problems, call SASD 24 hours a day, seven days a week – even on holidays – at (916) 875-6730 or 311. We’ll help you figure out the next step.

The Sacramento Area Sewer District (SASD) is a sewer utility providing service to more than one million residents and businesses in the Sacramento region, including the unincorporated areas of Sacramento County; the cities of Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove; as well as portions of the cities of Folsom and Sacramento. SASD owns and operates thousands of miles of lower lateral and main line pipes and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance of these sewer pipes. Visit SacSewer for more information.

You’re invited to open houses for the North 12th Street Project

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Join us to learn about the North 12th Complete Street Project between H Street and the Two Rivers Bike Trail. A complete street is a street that is designed to accommodate all modes of transportation including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders.

The City is considering eliminating one vehicle lane on North 12th Street and converting it into a cycle track (a separated two-way bike lane) to improve safety and make 12th Street more accessible for all users. The project will also include on-street parking, new traffic signals,  and an enhanced connection to the bike trail.

Please drop by at your convenience to learn about the project and provide your feedback:

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Twin Rivers Community Room
321 Eliza Street, Sacramento

 

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Room 1119
915 I Street, Sacramento

If you are unable to attend one of the meetings, please visit the project website to provide your thoughts online at N12Street.com.
For more information, please contact: Rachel Hazlewood, RHazlewood@cityofsacramento.org.

For reasonable accommodation needs due to a physical disability that may hinder your participation, please contact the City’s ADA Coordinator directly at (916) 808-8795.

Sacramento weathers the storm

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As of Friday morning, Sacramento appears to be through most of the storm, though a few showers may crop up throughout the day. In total, the storm brought 2.63 inches of rain to Sacramento.

The City distributed close to 10,000 sandbags through 6 p.m., Thursday night. The sites were then closed. Raley Boulevard between Santa Ana Avenue and Vinci Avenue, which was previously closed due to flooding, re-opened at 6:50 a.m. this morning.

The good news: There is currently no backlog of calls for help. Our 311 Call Center had staffed up for the storm by doubling our number of operators. Only 2.5 percent of our calls resulted in a “hang-up”, and 85 percent of our calls were answered in less than one minute. Our 311 Center received almost 698 storm related and 325 loose-in-the-street leaf-related calls since Wednesday.

Prior to the storm, many City residents followed the advice on the City’s Storm Preparedness page and ensured that their yard waste was either placed in green waste containers, or removed from the street to reduce the number of clogged storm drains. This was critical in keeping streets clear from localized flooding.

In addition to the responses to unclogging storm drains, crews proactively spotted and unplugged some 2,130 storm drains to keep water flowing – not flooding – in the streets. Crews remain busy addressing clogged storm drains as they come across them. At one point, we had 288 employees working the storm, both in our operations center, and out on the streets.

As well, our Utilities and Fire Department DOCs (Department Operations Center), which were active since noon on Wednesday to closely monitor situations within the City, has begun their process of demobilization.

Our Fire Department had a Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) of about 20 prepared and trained volunteers, staged in downtown, ready to help with emergencies in case any arose. Although multiple downed power lines and trees did occur, luckily no large emergency response was needed.

DOU crews will continue to work in the field until 8 p.m. tonight.

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Additionally, Recycling & Solid Waste crews were out in full force. Between claw crews and container crews, the city has collected 2,400 tons of leaves and yard waste in the last two days. On average the City collects 800 tons a day.

A huge thanks to all of our crews dedicated to keeping the City clear. All told, we had Recycling & Solid Waste, Departments of Utilities, Public Works and Community Development staff who worked extra hard in response to the storm, in addition to vigilante patrols and preparedness practiced by our Police and Fire departments. From keeping leaves off the street,  monitoring creek levels to doing levee patrol, and emergency responses, we are proud of the work our staff has completed over the past several days.

Remember to visit our Storm Preparedness page to learn more.

City prepares and more tips for major storm heading to Sacramento

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Residents are asked to report localized flooding and clogged drains to www.sac311.org and clear gutters of leaves             

The City is preparing for an upcoming severe storm that will hit the region on Wednesday, Dec. 10 with local impacts occurring Wednesday night through Friday, Dec. 12.

The City’s departments of utilities, public works and general services are prepared. City crews work year-round to help prepare for winter storms.

The Department of Utilities will open an internal operations center with staff rotating on 12-hour shifts to respond to localized flooding and clogged storm drains.

The Department of General Services, Division of Recycling and Solid Waste collects leaves six days-a-week rain or shine. The Department of Public Works assists utilities crews with unclogging storm drains and also has crews on-call to respond to reports of trees and limbs down and traffic signal outages. Floodgates are checked and training exercises were performed last month. The City also prunes the City’s 100,000 public trees on a five-year cycle, which limits the number of public trees toppling and branches dropping from high winds.

What citizens need to know:

  • It does not take many leaves to clog a drain. Residents are encouraged to collect leaves in yard waste cans first, then pile on the street away from grates and away from the gutter to help water flow to the drains. Residents should keep an eye on drains during storms and use a rake to clear leaves and debris off of the grates.
  • Residents can get an estimate of when leaf collection crews will be on their street at sacrecycle.org. If the estimated collection date is not until next week, residents should consider moving piles onto their lawns until after the storm.
  • On Thursday, crews will attempt to collect garbage, yard waste and recycling. High winds may cause containers to blow over and create driving hazards as well as spread garbage across property.  Collection trucks may not be able to service some streets due to flooding.
  • If containers cannot be serviced due to the weather on Thursday, the City will return on Friday and Saturday if necessary.
  • Once garbage collection has occurred, customers are urged to move their containers off the street as strong winds tip the cans and blow them into the street.
  • If your property is known to flood, you should have sandbags ready. They can be purchased at hardware stores or the City is offering two self-service locations where sandbags can be picked up at no charge, after 2 p.m. on Wednesday the 10th. (Sandbags are pre-filled though customers must load them onto their vehicles themselves. Limit 10 per vehicle.)
    • The North Area Corporation Yard, located at 918 Del Paso Rd., at the Kenmar Road yard entrance
    • The City’s flood warehouse, located at 6150 27th, just north of 47th Avenue
  • If there is street flooding that is not eased by moving leaves off a drain grate, trees down, street signs, streetlights or traffic signals out, visit the City’s on-line request tool at sac311.org or call 311. The City has crews 24/7 to response to requests.
  • With the gusty winds, localized power outages are possible as outdoor decorations, tree limbs and patio furniture are carried into power lines.  Power outages should be reported to SMUD 1-888-456-SMUD (7683).  If you see a downed power line, DO NOT TOUCH IT, call 9-1-1.
  • The Front Street Shelter urges pet owners to protect pets from the elements, have dry bedding and make sure your fence lines are secure.

For additional information about storm preparations, visit our Storm Preparedness page.

 

Storm warning reminder for those with pets

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Storm is coming – Front Street Offering Amnesty to anyone with a dog at the shelter

The Sacramento Area will be affected by a winter storm beginning Wednesday night December 10th, through Friday evening December 12th. The Front Street shelter is urging area animal owners to take extra precautions.

The National Weather Service models indicate this storm will drop 1-3 inches of rain in the valley from Wednesday evening through Friday evening. Winds beginning Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon will reach 30-40 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. With the ground already saturated and the incoming storm with high winds, there is a potential for wind damage, trees blowing over and power outages.

Fencing may be breached with high winds and pets are easily frightened by inclement weather. Steps you can take now:

  • Make sure your animals are micro-chipped with current information and wearing a valid ID tag with a legible phone number. We offer $5 chips with free lifetime registration and free ID tags. (Wed-Sun 9-5 Reception building or Wed-Sun noon to 5 pm Main building)
  • If your pet is currently at the Front Street Shelter, we are offering amnesty through Sunday, December 14, 2014. This means we will charge no fees at time of release. Investigation cases excluded. (Wed-Sun noon to 5:00 pm 2127 Front Street)
  • If you have outdoor only animals, if possible, at least bring them into the garage. Ensure your pets have proper protection from the elements and dry bedding. Make sure your fence lines are secure.

The shelter is currently very full, partially due to the last storm. Let’s work together and keep our pets safe in Sacramento! Visit Front Street Animal Shelter for more info.

Sacramento residents urged to prepare for major storm

Storm Alert

A major storm is expected to hit Northern California on Wednesday, Dec. 10 with local impacts occurring Wednesday night and continuing into Friday, Dec. 12. High impacts are expected, and the threat level is considered severe, with storms of this magnitude only affecting our region every several years. The combination of moderate to heavy precipitation and very windy conditions will likely bring widespread power outages, downed trees, flooding, and heavy snow fall to the Sierras.

The greatest impact of the storm will occur Wednesday night to Thursday, with possible thunderstorms on Friday. Rain is expected to fall 1-3 inches in the valley, 2-5 inches in the foothills, and snow fall is expected to be 1-2 feet above 6000′ and possible wind gusts of greater than 60 mph.

The heaviest rain and strongest winds are expected during Thursday morning commute. Drivers are urged to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel, watch for fallen tree branches and limbs, and make sure not to drive over any fallen power lines.

How the City prepares

The Department of Utilities and the Department of Public Works work year-round to help prepare for winter storms. Precautions are made by the city to prevent and or limit flooding by maintaining channels and debris. Floodgates are checked and training exercises are performed. The City also works to prune the city’s 100,000 public trees on a 10 year cycle.

What citizens need to know:

  • It does not take many leaves to clog a drain. Residents are encouraged to collect leaves in yard waste cans first, then pile on the street away from grates and away from the gutter to help water flow to the drains. Residents should keep an eye on drains during storms and use a rake to clear leaves and debris off of the grates.
  • Residents can get an estimate of when leaf collection crews will be on their street at sacrecycle.org. If the estimated collection date is not until next week, residents should consider moving piles onto their lawns until after the storm.
  • On Thursday, crews will attempt to collect garbage, yard waste and recycling. High winds may cause containers to blow over and create driving hazards as well as spread garbage across property.  Collection trucks may not be able to service some streets due to flooding.
  • If containers cannot be serviced due to the weather on Thursday, the City will return on Friday and Saturday if necessary.
  • Once garbage collection has occurred, customers are urged to move their containers off the street as strong winds tip the cans and blow them into the street.
  • If your property is known to flood, you should have sandbags ready. They can be purchased at hardware stores or the City is offering two self-service locations where sandbags can be picked up at no charge, after 2 p.m. on Wednesday the 10th.
    • The North Area Corporation Yard, located at 918 Del Paso Rd., at the Kenmar Road yard entrance
    • The City’s flood warehouse, located at 6150 27th, just north of 47th Avenue
  • If there is street flooding that is not eased by moving leaves off a drain grate, trees down, street signs, streetlights or traffic signals out, visit the City’s on-line request tool at sac311.org or call 311. The City has crews 24/7 to response to requests.
  • With the gusty winds, localized power outages are possible as outdoor decorations, tree limbs and patio furniture are carried into power lines.  Power outages should be reported to SMUD 1-888-456-SMUD (7683).  If you see a downed power line, DO NOT TOUCH IT, call 9-1-1.
  • The Front Street Shelter urges pet owners to protect pets from the elements, have dry bedding and make sure your fence lines are secure.

For more on how Sacramento prepares for major storm events and how you can stay prepared as well, visit our Storm Preparedness page.

For information on weather conditions, please visit National Weather Service, Sacramento.

 

A message from former Councilmember/Newly elected Assemblymember Kevin McCarty

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Kevin McCarty, above/middle, is seen with other outgoing Council Members Darrel Fong, left, and Steve Cohn, right.

Dear Friends,

This last election day, voters in the Sacramento area put their trust in me and elected me to the State Assembly representing District 7.  I am truly honored and appreciate the support City residents have given me, not only through this election, but over the last ten years as a City Councilmember.  I have sincerely enjoyed representing Council District 6 and am proud of all we’ve accomplished together.

Over these last ten years, I’ve worked with neighborhood and business associations, non-profit organizations, schools, local businesses, and other government agencies, and together with the hard work of many City staff we have accomplished much.  Just a few of the projects that I enjoyed working on were tackling neighborhood issues, special neighborhood events, building and enhancing our parks and community centers, building community gardens, promoting clean energy and environmental programs, passing good government reforms, tackling gun violence, expanding youth programs, and leading Measure U to restore city services after years of cutbacks.

I want to sincerely thank all the residents of District 6 for their continued involvement in the betterment of the neighborhood and the City.  I could not have led so well these past ten years without your dedication to making Sacramento a great place to live.  I also want to thank the many City staff who have supported, guided, and assisted me in bringing all these great projects and many more to fruition.  Lastly, I want to thank Maria Alvarez and Aubrie Fong who staffed my office so well these past ten years.

As your new Assembly member, I will continue to seek your guidance and input on policies and issues I’ll be tackling for Sacramento and the State of California.  I’m excited and looking forward to pursuing progressive policy initiatives on behalf of our City.

A special election to fill the Council District 6 seat will be held on April 7th. Until that time, the District 6 Council office will continue to be staffed by the District Director Maria Alvarez with a new Executive Assistant, Darsey Varnedoe.  As always, please contact them with any issues or concerns at 916-808-7006 or via email at malvarez@cityofsacramento.org.

 

Thank you again!

Sincerely,

Kevin McCarty

 

Front Street Animal Shelter’s holiday wishes

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Every day, the Front Street Animal Shelter takes care of 300 animals, over 10,000 animals per year. The shelter tries very hard to keep each animal clean and comfortable during their time with us. Something that most people never see are the gobs of laundry that are washed daily, to ensure cats and dogs have clean, warm bedding.

Sadly, Front Street’s washing machine continues to break down and the laundry is piling up. That stinks.  What’s worse, is that a new industrial commercial washer tends to be extremely expensive. Front Street is hoping that you can help. A healthy shelter is a happy shelter, so donate today! No gift is too big or too small.

And don’t forget, today is Giving Tuesday!

 

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