If you’re an incoming 11th and 12th grade high school student and interested in learning more about the City of Sacramento, you should consider the Summer at City Hall program. This six week program will help you gain work experience because you’ll work alongside decision makers in variety of City of Sacramento departments. Selected interns attend fun and informative classes at City Hall, meet peers with similar interests and learn from and network with City Hall officials. Learn more about this exciting opportunity here.
The parking revolution continues as smart meters make their way across Sacramento. Smart meters have already been installed around City Hall and Old Sacramento, and even more are to come! This week installations begin around the county buildings, near East Sacramento, and in the Handle District downtown. Installments will continue through Midtown in the near future. Check it out!
This technology makes it easier for customers to pay for parking. Smart meters accept credit cards, dimes, quarters, nickels, dollar coins and even a combination of both. A future phase of these machines will even include an app that alerts customers when their meter is about to expire and allows payment by phone. Parking, however, is not transferable so once a payment is made at one meter, the time cannot be transferred to another.
Keep up with the progress by following @SacParking on Twitter.
Sacramento City Manager John Shirey has been selected to receive the 2014 National Public Service Award for his outstanding and lasting contributions to public service. The American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration will present John Shirey with this honor at their annual conference in Washington DC on March 17.
This prestigious, national award is given to a select few recipients each year. Honorees exhibit the highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment. Past recipients include Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Donna Shalala, the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration.
Shirey has dedicated most of his 40 years in public service to local government. As City Manager for Sacramento since 2011, Shirey has focused on making Sacramento the best managed city in California. His efforts include stabilizing the city’s finances, expanding its economic opportunities, and improving public safety. He has emphasized increased use of technology and encouraged innovation among City employees.
Prior to his appointment as Sacramento’s City Manager, Shirey was executive director of the California Redevelopment Association for nine years. He also served as City Manager for the City of Cincinnati, Assistant City Manager for the City of Long Beach, and Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for Los Angeles County.
Shirey is a well-known advocate for developing other leaders and advancing intergovernmental policies and practices. His work has had a profoundly constructive influence on the communities he has served.
Cesar Chavez Park, between 9th and 10th streets and I and J streets, has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for parks.
Beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 7 through Monday, March 31, customers at Macy’s in the Downtown Plaza can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Cesar Chavez Park. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.
“We are thrilled to partner with Macy’s and NRPA for ‘Heart Your Park’ this spring,” said Parks Operations Manager, Elizabeth Anderson. “Through this wonderful program and donations by Macy’s customers, we are excited about the increased awareness and additional funding for Cesar Chavez. This park is a great asset to the community, and we greatly appreciate Macy’s support.” Donations will be put into a special fund earmarked for Cesar Chavez to supplement routine maintenance.
Cesar Chavez is one of more than 550 parks nationwide that will benefit from Macy’s “Heart Your Park” this spring. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, the national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of community parks, recreation and conservation, Macy’s stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space in their community to support through the program.
Watering with the weather is key to helping with water conservation.
Many people know that daylight savings time means a change to watering schedules in Sacramento. But this year — in the face of a drought – those watering schedules are changing. On March 9, City of Sacramento water customers will only be allowed two days a week, as opposed to the three days a week previously allowed.
But do you really need to water right now? Maybe not. Cooler weather and intermittent rains may mean you can leave your sprinklers off for a week or more.
To tell if your lawn or landscape needs watering, you need to do more than just look at the surface. Here are some simple ways to determine if your lawn needs more water:
Get a Moisture Meter: These handy tools are available at most hardware stores for around $7. Simply insert the meter into the ground and see if the lawn needs to be watered.
Do the Screwdriver Test: Take an eight-inch screwdriver and push it into the ground. If the screwdriver goes into the ground easily, then the soil should have enough water in it. If it takes significant force to push it into the ground or it won’t go in the ground at all, then the landscape should be watered.
If you do need to water your lawn, be sure to do it on your watering day and before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Remember: There is no watering permitted in Sacramento on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays. Sprinklers should be off when it is raining and carwashing must be done on your designated watering day with a hose equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
For more information on how you can save water, please visit www.SpareSacWater.org.
You’ve probably heard of and even visited Old Sacramento, Midtown, and other local treasures, but the Sacramento Marina remains largely under the radar. The Sacramento Marina was founded in 1958, so long ago that many residents have forgotten about it. The Marina, owned and operated by the City of Sacramento, is the largest and only public marina off the main channel of the Sacramento River. And it is open 24/7 365 days a year!
Even if you aren’t a boater, this public marina offers a beautiful 57-acre riverfront park with picnic facilities and restrooms. For boaters, it offers 553 berths and 7 days a week launching ramp and fuel dock.
The Sacramento Marina is now under the Public Works Department, where it will continue to be a pride of the City. The Marina is in the process of recommending lower monthly slip prices to City Council and planning other customer improvements that have been suggested by boaters. The department wants to encourage new and former customers to give the Marina a fresh look as additions and improvements are coming on board, such as a fully stocked convenience store and a Customer Referral Program.
Visit the Marina webpage or call at (916) 808-5712 with questions about getting your boat back in the water.
Here is an infographic that gives you an idea of what a term sheet is and the process for reaching final terms of the Entertainment and Sports Center project. You can stay up-to-date on the project by visiting the Entertainment and Sports Center webpage.
City is saving approximately 12 percent compared to previous two-year average.
The Department of Utilities has reported that city water customers have saved over 200,000,000 gallons of water in the month of February. The City’s water demands were approximately 58 million gallons of water per day last month, as compared to the average for the month of February over the past two years of 66 million gallons of water per day. This is approximately a 12 percent reduction.
The City Utilities Department says customers should be congratulated on their efforts to conserve.
“It is important to remember that in general, February is one of our lowest water use months,” say Dave Brent, Director of the Department of Utilities.
“A lot of people turn off their irrigation this time of year, which is one of the highest overall water uses, so it can be very hard to see big jumps in water conservation numbers in the winter months. Our customers should be encouraged by the savings they achieved and we strongly urge them to continue to keep the weather in mind before turning back on their irrigation.”
Storage building at River Cats Independence Field ransacked
The City ‘s Parks and Recreation Department is continuing to assess the damage and missing specialized equipment following a break in at the River Cats Independence Field storage facility at 2450 Meadowview Road on Sunday night, March 2.
The door of the storage building was broken into and the contents ransacked.
The value of the stolen or destroyed sports equipment could top $25,000. The items include specialized bicycles for the disabled, portable scoreboard, sled hockey equipment, beep baseball bases for the blind and related equipment, dozens of tennis racquets, portable basketball hoop, control board for the fixed scoreboard, PA system, sports and quad rugby wheelchairs, and all of the field’s baseball equipment such as baseball bats, baseball gloves, specialized designed baseballs for the disabled, baseball helmets, shin guards, catcher vests, and a large American flag that is flown at field events. Also stolen or damaged: special adaptive javelins for the disabled, scuba diving vests for children and special shirts for children and adults with disabilities for a variety of sports teams and activities like the Oakland A’s jerseys, sled hockey jerseys, and baseball jerseys.
“This is absolutely horrifying. To steal and destroy sports equipment and wheelchairs, some of which are very costly is absolutely one of the most despicable and cowardly acts. If the thieves have any conscience they will return the items stolen,” said Recreation Manager Alan Tomiyama, Department of Parks and Recreation.
In October 2005, the City of Sacramento opened River Cats Independence Field, a completely barrier free baseball field, where athletes with disabilities of all ages compete in team sports year round. The field is a fully-accessible baseball field made of a rubberized surface ideal forplayers with disabilities that use either manual or power wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, or no assistive devices. The field was paid for through donations from the Art Savage family and community contributions raised through the leadership of Councilmember Bonnie Pannell’s office and the River Cats Independence Field Committee.
If the community wishes to make a donation to help these children and adults with disabilities the community is asked to make their donations to Gifts to Share by going online at www.giftstoshareinc.org and specifically to Access Leisure Programs, or mail donations to Gifts to Share, 915 I Street, Third Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814.
The Sacramento Fire Department reminds residents to replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when moving clock forward an hour on Sunday, March 9. It is estimated that 65 percent of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors. It’s easy to take this device for granted, but smoke detectors are essential for fire safety.
“Smoke detectors are often overlooked, but they are an important tool that saves lives,” says Interim Fire Chief Dan Haverty, “Taking the time to change out old batteries as you move your clocks forward will make your home a safer place.”
The Sacramento Fire Department offers the following tips to make sure the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home stay maintained and working properly:
For more fire safety information, visit the Sacramento Fire Department website at http://www.sacfire.org.