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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

Congrats to Sacramento Republic FC on winning the 2014 USL Pro Championship

A rousing crowd filled the front steps of the Capitol today, as Sacramento Republic FC celebrates it’s inaugural season with one of the best ways possible, a championship in its league. Congratulations are in order, as not only is the championship incredibly exciting, it is in the midst of a fight to bring Major League Soccer to Sacramento. Check out the photos of the energetic event below!


Grants available to nonprofits serving the needy

Ann Land and Bertha Henschel grant applications

Grants available to nonprofits; applications due Wednesday, Oct. 22

Grant guidelines and application forms for the City’s Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Memorial Fund are now available. Completed applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, in the Parks and Recreation Office, City Hall, 915 I Street, 3rd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Eligibility criteria, application forms and frequently asked questions about grants from the Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Memorial Fund are available online at the City’s website on the Parks and Recreation Publications webpage.

For the 2015 funding year, up to $125,000 will be available through a competitive grant process. To provide assistance to applicants, last year’s average award was $7,350. The Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Commission reviews applications and makes its allocations at its annual funding meeting on Wednesday, Nov.19, at 9 a.m. in the City of Sacramento’s Council Chambers, City Hall, 915 I Street. Any non-profit agency submitting a grant application is required to attend the Commission’s annual funding meeting. Failure to attend will result in disqualification.

Applicants must submit one original application. Postmarks are not acceptable as a substitute for delivery by the deadline and no faxes or e-mails will be accepted.

The Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Memorial Fund was established in 1914 with a bequest of $200,000 to the City by former Mayor William Land as a memorial to his mother, Ann Land. In 1952, Bertha Henschel bequeathed $275,000 to the City to establish a fund in her name. Additional contributions to these funds have been made by Emma Hotfilter, Annie Zacariah and Warren Reed.

Each year, interest from these bequests/contributions may be distributed to non-profit organizations. The City Council appoints community members to the Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Memorial Fund Commission to review and allocate grant monies to qualified non-profit agencies who provide “direct aid and assistance of the destitute men, women, and children of the City of Sacramento”.

For more information please contact Barbara Smith, Support Staff to the Ann Land and Bertha Henschel Commission,, (916) 808-5762.


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