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Councilmember Hansen’s District 4 Newsletter

December 2013


Sakuramento – A Sacramento Hanami Line

An invitation to submit proposals

Envision you and a friend on a spring evening, walking along a Sacramento street lined with clouds of pink cherry blossoms. You pass dozens of couples who have gathered to spread their blankets and share refreshments while fragile pink “sakura” float downward in the evening delta breeze.

Hanami festivals are enjoyed in great cities around the world and come from the Japanese tradition of enjoying the transient beauty of blooming cherry blossoms. In partnership with the City of Sacramento and Japanese sister city Matsuyama, the Sacramento Tree Foundation is challenging our community to create a unique linear park where Sacramentans will come to experience hanami each spring with a festival that celebrates the food, culture and history of the Japanese people in our region.

We invite you to submit proposals for where you think a hamami line would be most enjoyed. You can find more information on the Sacramento Tree Foundation’s vision and submit a proposal by January 31, 2014 here.


The City of Sacramento Launches RideOn! – Bicycle Registry & Theft Prevention Program

With the holiday season fast approaching, I’m happy to announce the launch of RideOn! – the City’s new bicycle registry. The registry allows anyone to visit and easily register his or her bicycle for free!Riding your bicycle should not feel like a gamble. By registering your bicycle, learning proper locking techniques, and reporting theft, you make your bicycle less attractive to thieves and you increase the likelihood of getting it back if it is stolen.

In partnership with Sacramento’s Police Department, the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates and other organizations, we’re building a comprehensive bike theft prevention program to push Sacramento in the direction of being the most bike-friendly city in America.

Take a few minutes to go online and register your bike today!

City of Sacramento

Free Downtown Parking for the Holidays!

The City continues its holiday parking program this year to support downtown shopping and dining. Metered on-street parking is free all day on Saturdays and Sundays and after 4:30 pm on weekdays between November 29 and December 24.

The free parking zone extends from “I” to “L” streets and from Front to 29th Streets, and only applies to metered, on-street parking spaces. Please see the outlined area on the map below.

Holiday Free Parking Map
City of Sacramento

Compensation Commission Opening

The City is seeking applicants for the Compensation Commission, which meets annually to establish compensation for the Mayor, Council Members, and public members of City Boards and Commissions. Open positions include a retired judicial official to serve as Chair. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 20. Find details here.

Preservation Commission Openings

The City Clerk has opened applications for three positions on the Sacramento Preservation Commission. The positions are Historical Architect, Structural Engineer, and Landscape Architect. Applications are due by December 19 at 5:00 pm. You can learn more about the commission here.

Old Sacramento

Theatre of Lights
Theatre of Lights:
November 27 – December 31

Clement Clarke Moore’s classic Christmas poem, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” will come to spectacular life from Thanksgiving to New Year’s on the balconies and facades of Old Sacramento.

This year promises to be bigger and better than ever! Visitors can view the production from the center of Front and K Streets as the story is performed around them. Shows happen Thursday through Sunday at 6:15 & 7:45 pm   with special performance times on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. You can find more details about this exciting holiday event and a full schedule of performances here.

Holiday Ice Rink

Thursday Theme Nights at the Holiday Ice Rink

Come down to the Holiday Ice Rink in St. Rose of Lima Park, 7th & K Streets, for these fun theme nights! Come dressed in theme to the 6:00 pm session and receive a free skate rental. Find more info on activities at the Holiday Ice Rink here.

December 5th: Disney Super Hero

December 12th: Tie Dye

December 19th: Ugly Sweater Day

December 26th: 80’s Prom Night

Sacramento Ballet

Ron Cunningham’s The Nutcracker: December 7 – 23

The Sacramento Ballet presents The Nutcracker this December at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street. Five of the shows will be offered at a premium ticket price as part of a pilot program to to bring live orchestral music back to the ballet. Find more information and a full schedule of shows here.

Governor's Mansion SHP

Christmas Memories:  December 7 & 14

Get ready to experience lavishly recreated period décor, an impressive array of live holiday music and captivating storytellers. Visitors to the Mansion at 1526 H Street will be transported back in time to the very place where thirteen of California’s early governors and their families lived, spent Christmas seasons and shared holiday traditions. Guided tours depart hourly. For more information, call (916) 323-3047 or click here.

Natomas Holiday Tree Lighting: December 11

Come out and see the 10th annual Natomas Holiday Tree Lightning! Sponsored by Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby, Councilmember Steve Cohn, myself, Neighborhood Services and other local sponsors, this event will take place from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Natomas Community Center, 2921 Truxel Road. There will be refreshments and entertainment. Find more information here.

Sacramento Zoo

Member Shopping Days: December 13 – 15

Zoo members get an exclusive 25% discount in the Zoofari Market gift store. Get an early start on holiday shopping!

Holiday Magic: December 14

Why should only humans receive holiday gifts?  Come down to the zoo between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on December 14 to watch the animals unwrap their holiday goodies! Bring a nonperishable food item or a new, unwrapped toy and receive $1 off your Sacramento Zoo admission. Find a full schedule of when the animals unwrap their gifts here.

Free Admission & Christmas Eve Pajama Party: December 24

Celebrate Christmas Eve at the Zoo. Admission is free and staff will be in their best PJs. Be aware, the Zoo will close early at 1:30 pm.

Santa Parade

Santa Parade: December 14

Join in the fun at Sacramento’s 29th Annual Santa Parade on December 14. The parade starts at 10:00 am at 13th and N Streets. You can find more info here.

Wells Fargo Home for the Holidays: December 14

Come out to Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Street, at 8:00 pm to enjoy this musical Sacramento tradition. Enjoy the music of Christmas, a candlelit procession, and join in song. The Sacramento Children’s Chorus, directed by Lynn Stevens, will give a special guest performance, and also not to be missed is guest artist, Tevye Ditter. Find more information here.

Navidades on K Street

Navidades! Christmas on K Street: December 15

La Raza Galería Posada, Calidanza Dance Company, and El Teatro Espejo offer a unique afternoon of ballet folklorico, street theater, and a Mexican Mercado on K Street this December 15. You can find more information and buy tickets to the ballet folklorico here.

1:00 pm – “La Pastorela de Sacramento” is a free street show at Convention Center Plaza, 13th and K Street.

3:00 pm – “Navidades y Tradiciones” is a two hour traditional holiday ballet folklorico performed at The Crest Theater, 1013 K Street.

New Year’s Eve Sky Spectacular: December 31

Sacramento’s favorite New Year’s Eve tradition lights up the skies above Old Sacramento with fireworks at 9:00 pm and again at midnight. Come down to Old Sacramento for the fireworks and also enjoy children’s programming, live music, hot food, and a variety of street entertainment. Find more information and a full schedule of events here.

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City Management Academy

Applications are being accepted for the 2014 City Management Academy. Its mission is to educate and encourage partnerships between the City, residents, and business owners to help maintain, and promote healthy communities! Applications are due by January 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Find more information here.

CADA Utility Box Art

Calling All Artists – Capitol Area Utility Box Art Project

Calling all artists residing within 100 miles of Sacramento! CADA and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission are sponsoring a contest where you could win $500 and have your original art displayed on large traffic utility boxes in the Capitol area. The art can be any medium: photography, graphic design, painting, etc. Applications are due by January 15, 2014. Find more information and applications here.

Explore Midtown

12 Days of Midtown:
December 1 – 12

Each year starting on December 1, Midtown kicks-off the holiday season with events and specials that are sure to fill visitors and residents with the holiday spirit. Throughout the 12 Days of Midtown attendees experience a variety of events and activities, including performances by the region’s best performing arts organizations, unique shopping and holiday sales, holiday eats and drinks, and of course Santa! Find more information on scheduled events here.

Capitol Museum

State Capitol Holiday Music Program: December 1 – 23

Get ready for some holiday cheer on your next visit to the State Capitol. Each day from December 1 through 23 amidst the backdrop of beautiful vintage decorations, various choirs and musical ensembles fill the Capitol Rotunda with holiday songs. You can find a full schedule of daily performers here.

Front Street Animal Shelter

Front Street Animal Shelter – Night at the Kings: December 6

The Front Street Shelter relies heavily on donations to keep a roof over their animals’ heads. Support the shelter and watch the Sacramento Kings take on the LA Lakers on December 6. Purchase tickets here.

Walk with a Doc – Southside Park: December 7

Walk with a Doc is a free walking program for anyone who is interested in taking steps to improve their health. Join Assemblymember Dr. Pan for a morning “walk with a doc” through Southside Park. Meet at 8:30 am on December 7 at 6th & T Streets. If you have questions, call (916) 262-0999.

Councilmember Hansen

McKinley Village Town Hall: December 11

My office will host a town hall meeting on the proposed McKinley Village project to address traffic concerns and their potential impact on Midtown. The town hall will take place on December 11th at B-Street Theater, 2711 B Street, at 7:00 pm.

Fairytale Town

Winter Wonderland:
December 12 – 15 & 19 – 22

Thursday through Sunday on two weekends in December, the storybook park will be trimmed with festive décor and lit up with dazzling lights, starting at dusk. Santa and his workshop will be there from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. This is a special ticketed event. Tickets are $5 for nonmembers. Children 1 and under and Fairytale Town members are free. Find more info here.

Free Admission Day:
December 24

Happy Holidays from Fairytale Town! Guests who visit Fairytale Town on Christmas Eve receive free admission. The park will close at 2:00 pm.

YMCA Swim With Santa

Swim With Santa: December 13

Bring your wish list and join Santa for poolside pictures at the YMCA at 2021 W Street, December 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Hop in the pool to swim with Santa and his elves. The fun continues in Mrs. Claus’ workshop with crafts and holiday snacks. Find more information on this free event here.

California Automobile Museum

Second Saturday Tour Series: December 14

The California Automobile Museum offers special tours the second Saturday of every month at 2:00 pm. December’s tour will feature “Untold Stories: The myths, the facts, the legends.” Learn the secret lives of the museum cars on this tour led by master docent, Bob Daloia. The Museum is located at 2200 Front Street. Find more information here.

Sutter's Fort

A Simple Emigrant Christmas: December 14

Fort visitors will step back in time to holidays past with festive, hands-on activities such as dipping candles, making cornhusk dolls and crafting holiday ornaments. The Fort at 2701 L Street is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Then, when darkness falls and lends a bit of mystery to the Fort, guests will see Sutter’s Fort in a new light – by candlelight! Sutter’s Fort offers evening tours by candlelight for one day only on December 14. Guides will lead visitors into the Fort’s more intimate rooms for intriguing glimpses into the private lives of those who uprooted their families for a better life in early California. The Fort will have special evening hours from 6:30 to 9:00 pm only for these tours. Find more information here.

Affordable Care Act Town Hall: December 19

Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act? Assemblymember Dr. Pan, Vice Mayor Ashby, SCUSD Board Member Jay Hansen, and I will host an informational town hall in the City Hall Council Chambers, 915 I Street, at 6:00 pm on December 19. Contact Assemblymember Dr. Pan’s office at (916)262-0999 for more information.

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

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