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Steve Hansen - Sacramento City Council

Councilmember Hansen’s District 4 Newsletter

February 2014

Lock Take Hide

Lock, Take, Hide Hits Our City Streets

In partnership with the Sacramento Police Department, we have sponsored a citywide program to prevent smash and grab vehicular burglaries. Lock, Take, Hide reminds people of the importance of locking your car, taking your keys and valuables, and hiding any other belongings that would be attractive to a thief.

The Lock, Take, Hide program is designed to work in conjunction with the Police Department’s “bait cars” to deter and catch thieves. You will soon see Lock, Take, Hide signs appearing around the City on parking ticket kiosks, in parking lots, and around various businesses. For more information, or if you want to request a sign near your business, please call my office at (916) 808-7004.

California State Parks

Old Sacramento State Historic Park – General Plan and Excursion Train

As many of you may already know, California State Parks has proposed an expansion of the Old Sacramento Excursion Train that would have potential impacts in Land Park and South Land Park. The expanded operations are part of the Preliminary General Plan and Environmental Impact Report for Old Sacramento State Historic Park (OSSHP), released to the public on December 23, 2013. In the proposal, the Excursion Train would continue about a 1/4 mile past its current terminus, allowing the train to carry passengers to the Sacramento Zoo. A second potential project would start a train at Pocket/Meadowview Road and run to Hood.

This proposal came as a shock to many of our constituents because it has been some time since State Parks released and circulated the Draft EIR in early summer, 2012. Residents felt they did not have proper notice or opportunity to comment when they learned that our State Parks Commission would vote to adopt the OSSHP General Plan at their January 24 meeting. I shared the community’s concern that the Draft EIR had been circulated without specific reference to a train running through parts of residential neighborhoods. Representatives from my office and many District 4 constituents attended the meeting to recommend the Commission delay their vote until further study and more extensive community outreach has been done. The Commission agreed to postpone the vote until a later date.

Including the proposal in the General Plan would be the first step in State Parks’  long term planning process and does not constitute final approval of the project or guarantee it will happen. The expansion of service plan for the Old Sacramento Excursion Train is still tentative and is subject to additional environmental review including public comment. My office will continue to engage with the State Parks Commission to represent your concerns as this discussion continues. You can find complete project documents here, and put your comments on record with State Parks by calling (916) 445-7994 or emailing

City of Sacramento

A Courtesy Reminder from the City of Sacramento on the Use of Leaf Blowers

The City would like to remind our communities of the rules and regulations that apply to leaf blowers, and ask that we strive to be courteous of our surroundings. Various regulations apply to the time of day leaf blowers can be used. It is unlawful for any person to operate a portable gasoline-powered blower within 200 feet of a residential property, except between the following hours:

  • Monday through Saturday – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Sunday – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

There are also noise volume restrictions. It is unlawful to use leaf blowers within 200 feet of a residential property if the blower exceeds a specified level of noise measured at a distance of fifty feet from the blower, as follows:

  • Blowers acquired prior to November 15, 1995 shall not exceed 70 decibels
  • Blowers acquired after November 15, 1995 shall not exceed 65 decibels

If you observe someone with a leaf blower not acting within the limits of the law please call 311 for enforcement.

City of Sacramento

Caring Neighborhoods

Strengthening neighborhood connections and providing community support to a growing elderly population

Sacramento is a city of neighborhoods. Some of our senior neighbors face challenges when living independently and could use a hand. At the same time, neighbors may be concerned about their elder neighbors but are hesitant to get involved out of respect for their elder neighbor’s privacy.

Caring Neighborhoods, a program of the Older Adult Services division of the City, is reaching out to neighborhood groups and individuals to build awareness about the issues of aging in the community. We are encouraging Sacramentans to work together to promote independence, reduce isolation, and ensure the safety and well-being of our elder neighbors. The program is seeking individuals who are willing to partner with at least two other neighbors to form an informal Caring Neighborhood group. Learn more about this important program here.

Household Junk Pickup

On-call Claw Season:
February through October

Leaf season ended January 31 for the 2013-14 leaf season, but you can still schedule large item pickups, including yard waste. The City is expanding service to provide all residential customers with an additional appointment during Household Junk Pickup season – February through October 2014 – for acceptable bulky items and yard waste. You can now schedule two free pickups per year.

To request an appointment:

1. Call 311 or;

2. Make and online request at Sac311 or;

3. Use the Sac 311 App for Iphone or Android.

When placing debris piles in the street, please remember to leave a space between the curb and pile for storm drainage. Your pile should not exceed 4′ x 4′ x 9′ – approximately the size of the bed of a pickup truck. You can find detailed guidelines for what can and cannot be picked up here.

Railroad Museum

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the California State Parks System: February 1 – 28

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of California State Parks, this exhibit is a tribute to the historic milestones and important role state parks have played in California’s history and identity. The 150th anniversary exhibit will be located in the front lobby of the Railroad Museum at 125 I Street – North America’s most popular railroad museum. Find more information about the exhibit here.


California Music Theater Presents Flashdance:
February 4 – 9

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the musical Flashdance, which tells the inspiring story of Alex Owens, a steel mill worker/bar dancer with dreams of becoming a professional performer. Throughout the musical, Alex learns about love and how it can energize the pursuit of her dream. The musical will be held at the Community Center Theater at 1301 L Street. Showings will be from February 4 through the 9th. For more information click here.

Sable & Quill

Sacramento Poetry Center Presents Sable & Quill:
February 8

Enjoy an eclectic evening of poetry and visual art created by writers, a reading from the Sable & Quill Anthology Volume 1, and musical guests including master guitarist George Sheldon and Proxy Moon. The event is on February 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th Street. Find more information about this event here.

I Heart Sacramento Zoo Day: February 9

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, bring your sweetheart to the “I Heart Sacramento Zoo” day. The event includes valentine-themed animal enrichments, informative talks, and activity tables, all included with general admission. The event will be held on February 9 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Sacramento Zoo is located at 3930 West Land Park Drive. You can find details and a full schedule here.

California Automobile Museum

Giant Shed Sale: February 9, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

The California Automobile Museum is preparing early for its impending tear down and rebuild! To get ready, the museum is having a fire sale from its warehouse. Join the fun on February 9 at the museum, 2200 Front Street, if you have an interest in anything car-related or vintage (old diagnostics, car parts, phonographs, mannequins, etc.). Click here for more information.

It’s Electrifying! Alternative Fuel Vehicles in California:
February 15 – March 15

This special rotating exhibit is a look at the history of alternative fuel vehicles. California’s government has been a significant factor in the development of electric cars, and it is also a primary consumer.

2nd Annual Brew Tasting: February 27, 5:00 – 9:00 PM

Join the museum for their Second Annual Beer Tasting on Thursday, February 27, 2014! As the opening event for Sacramento Beer Week, it will feature over 25 breweries, food vendors, live music and lots of cars. Find more information here.
City of Sacramento

State of the City 2014:
February 12

The State of the City, “Uniquely Sacramento”, is scheduled for February 12 at Memorial Auditorium from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Doors open for general admission at 5:00pm. The event will showcase the many unique sights, sounds, and faces of Sacramento. For tickets and more information click here.

Sutter's Fort

Hands on History – By Land & By Sea: February 15

Emigrants came to California one of two ways: by land or by sea. In February’s Hands on History at Sutter’s Fort, explore the challenges of these early California emigrants.

Participants will pack a wagon, choose how to go west, learn to use a nautical compass, or hoist a laden barrel. Join the Navy and receive your pay in Stonington Bank $2 bills. Participants can also weave rope, learn ship worthy knots, and create maps and other fun projects to prepare for the trip of a lifetime.

Cannon demonstrations are scheduled for 11:00 am, 1:00 am, and 3:00 pm. Sutter’s Fort is located at 2701 L Street.  Find more information here.

Two in Tune

Two in Tune Gala: February 20

Want to have a great night out and support a worthy cause at the same time? Then plan to join the Sacramento Philharmonic and Sacramento Opera for their inaugural Two in Tune Gala this February 20 at 6:00 pm.

Elegantly dressed supporters of the Sacramento Opera and Philharmonic will make their way into the Sacramento Grand Ballroom for an unforgettable evening of five-star food and wine catered by Event Architects. Live music will be provided by members of the professional orchestra and stars of the February performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Trovatore. A live auction hosted by regionally renowned auctioneer, David Sobon, will immediately follow.

The gala will take place at the Sacramento Grand Ballroom at 629 J Street. For more information and tickets call (916) 808-2000.

Ceramics Exhibit

Washington Neighborhood Center Presents A Ceramics Exhibit: February 22

The Washington Neighborhood Center will present a Ceramics Exhibit on February 22 at the Center, 400 16th Street, between 5:00 and 9:00 pm. The exhibit will feature the work of local artists and proceeds benefit local youth art programs. Find out more by visiting the center’s Facebook page here.

The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals:
February 27 – March 2

The Wall That Heals exhibition is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The four day exhibition will be set up on the State Capitol’s West Steps with a host of events to honor and remember the sacrifice of our veterans. The opening ceremony begins February 29 at 10:30 AM. The closing ceremonies are at 5:00 pm on March 2 and will feature a Missing Man Candlelight Ceremony. Look for more information here.

District 4 Contact Information

Office phone: 916-808-7004

Councilmember Steve Hansen

District Director
Consuelo Hernandez

District Representative
Jameson Parker

District Representative
Peter Fenolio

Executive Assistant
Amy Mansfield Weinberg

City of Sacramento

CIty Hall Revenue Counter Extends Its Hours

Good News! After nearly 2.5 years of reduced hours due to the recession, the Revenue Counter has returned to normal hours of operation, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Save yourself a trip to City Hall by paying online for parking citations, utility bills, and invoices. Phone Service has also been extended by an hour from its precious weekday schedule and now is staffed from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

B-Street Theatre

The Conductor – Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad: February 1 – 23

Follow the incredible story of one courageous woman’s journey from slavery to freedom. This play is recommended for children ages 8+. Performances will be at the B Street Theatre Mainstage, 2711 B Street, on Saturday & Sunday at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm through February 23. Find more information here.

Sacramento Ballet

2nd Saturdays at the Ballet – Open Rehearsals: February  8

This month, in the Sacramento Ballet’s Open Rehearsals series, dancers will rehearse select scenes from World Premiere featuring Ma Cong. There will be two sittings at 4:00pm and 4:30pm at the Ballet Studios located at 17th & K Streets. Look for more information here.

Wild Sweet Love with Wunderland by Edward Liangang: February 13 – 16

From the Partridge Family to Mendelssohn’s famous Wedding March, from Puppy Love to deeply felt emotion, Trey McIntyre’s Wild Sweet Love shows us that love wears many faces. Beautiful and intensely moving, Edwaard Liang’s Wunderland was the run-away hit of the 2011 Modern Masters season. Ma Cong, one of the most sought after choreographers in the nation, takes aim with Cupid’s Bow to create a fresh new look at love with his World Premiere.

See the show at our Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street. Purchase tickets and find more information here.

Sacramento Soccer Alliance

Sacramento Soccer Alliance
U9 – U11 Tryouts: February 9

The Sacramento Soccer Alliance will hold tryouts for age groups Under 9 through Under 11 on February 1 and February 9 at Sacramento City College’s Hughes Football Field. Preregistration is required and you must attend at least one tryout if you wish to play. Tryouts will be 1 hour for each age group as follows.

U9 – 10:00am – 11:30am
U10 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm
U11 – 2:00pm – 3:30pm

You can find more information here.

Midtown Farmers Market

Wear Red Day at the Midtown Farmers Market: February 15

Sacramento’s Midtown Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, all year long. Anchored in the heart of Midtown, at 20th and J Streets, the market showcases local agriculture, prepared foods, artisans and crafters, while bringing residents together each Saturday.

On February 15, wear red to show your support for the American Heart Association and come out for healthy cooking demonstrations, free health screening from the Sutter Heart and Vascular Institute, and much more. Find more information here.

Crocker Art Museum

Jules Tavernier
Artist and Adventurer:
February 16 – May 11

Born in Paris and trained in France, Tavernier adapted his native country’s Barbizon aesthetic to scenes of the American West.

This exhibition surveys Tavernier’s career from his early transcontinental illustrations for “Harper’s Weekly” and paintings of Native American subjects to scenes of the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey Peninsula, where he founded the local art colony in 1875. Also featured are the artist’s signature paintings of erupting volcanoes, which he painted in Hawaii before his untimely death at age 45.

The Crocker Art Museum is at 216 O Street. Find more information about this exhibit here.

Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery Tour – African American History: February 22

The Old City Cemetery Committee invites you to a tour that celebrates the contributions of Sacramento’s African-Americans on January 22. The tour will highlight the African-American community’s struggle to gain a foothold in a dynamic and often hostile environment. All Saturday tours are free and begin at 10:00 am at the main gate, 1000 Broadway. For more information, call (916) 448-0811.

E-wast Drop Off

Free E-Waste Drop Off Event: February 22

Sam Brannan Middle School has partnered with CEAR to recycle e-waste. CEAR will completely shred all hard drives at their securely monitored facility. The event will benefit San Brannan MS Band and will happen February 22, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the John Cabrillo Elementary School parking lot located at 1141 Seamas Avenue. More details are available here, or contact Rob Charriere at (916)838-3507 or email

Sacramento Theatre Company

Romeo and Juliet:
February 26 – March 23

The Sacramento Theatre Company is performing one of the world’s greatest love stories, Romeo and Juliet. It is a story about forbidden love between two star-crossed lovers. Their families are bitter rivals whose feud turns violent. Shakespeare’s famous romantic tragedy is coming to Sacramento, and you won’t want to miss this heart-breaking performance. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria

Stephen Dunn, with Barbara Hurd and Take Jack:
February 23

Presented by and Sacramento Public Library, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn will read from his new collection, Lines of Defense. This West Coast reading premiere will also feature Barbara Hurd, award-winning poet and essayist, and music from Take Jack, the eclectic Sonoma County folk-fusion vocal ensemble. Spend an afternoon with one of America’s finest poets. Tickets are $15 and the event will happen at 2:00 pm on February 23 in the Central Library’s Tsakopoulos Galleria at 828 I Street. You can find more information here.

Sacramento Philharmonic

Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Guiseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore:
February 28 – March 2

A curse, a duel, a passionate love duet– and that’s just the first act! A powerful spectacle of vocal fireworks, including the famous Anvil Chorus, Verdi’s bold and twisted tale of love, vengeance and gypsy fires never fails to excite the senses and ignite passion. See the performance at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

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