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Councilmember Hansen’s District 4 Newsletter

January 2014

Fremont School

Council Approves Lease Agreement for Studio for the Performing Arts

On December 17, 2013, the City Council unanimously voted to move forward a plan for the former Fremont School for Adults. The site will soon be the home and practice venue for several performing arts non-profit organizations and will be named the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts. The currently abandoned Fremont School is a U-shaped, 46,700 square foot building that occupies a city block in Midtown with on-site parking.

The Studios project is almost ten years in the making. In 2006, the plan was to build a $24 million building at 14th and H streets. The idea was abandoned in 2007 due to the economic downturn. The current project is an innovative solution which will breathe new life into the 1920′s era red brick schoolhouse. This project is at the heart of a cohesive effort to create a vibrant arts community in Midtown.

The Sacramento Ballet, the Sacramento Opera Co., the Sacramento Philharmonic, as well as other smaller non-profits, will share state-of-the-art studio, office, performance, and classroom space. City Council approved funding to renovate the building. City funding is dependent on the arts groups being able to contribute another $1.5 million toward the construction costs.

The final project will be Sacramento’s public home for the arts for at least the next 40 years, and will result in the restoration of this beautiful and historic midtown building. More importantly, it will provide arts education for our children at a time when public schools have a limited ability to do so.

Open Data Portal

City Launches Open Data Portal

The City has launched a new tool aimed at promoting government transparency and openness. The public now has convenient and free access to a growing number of data sets, including building permit activity, crime reports, land-use data, and budget information. The portal gives local application developers the information necessary to create apps and web-enabled tools that address issues and promote civic engagement.

Cities across the nation are providing web access to important public data, but Sacramento is the first city in the region to provide in-depth access to city data in a one-stop-shop format. This is innovation in government and Sacramento is leading the way! You can learn more and access the portal here.

Spare the Water

The City of Sacramento Asks Residents to Conserve Water

City staff is asking residents and businesses to cutback their water use. The water shortage situation in our region continues to worsen. Folsom Reservoir is at historically low levels and the weather forecast indicates no significant snow or rain in the foreseeable future.

The City is developing a public education campaign and is considering activating the Water Shortage Conservation Plan. In the meantime, the City will begin increasing existing water waste patrols and enforcement of wintertime watering restrictions, which limit outdoor watering to once per week on either Saturday or Sunday. We ask that you voluntarily cut back on water use and report water waste through 311.

The City of Sacramento is committed to helping residents use water efficiently and offers free services and rebates to help residents use less water. These include Water Wise House Calls by a trained water efficiency expert, and rebates for replacing water-wasting toilets, clothes washers and irrigation equipment with high-efficiency brands. You can schedule a house call and learn more by calling 311. You can also find tips for reducing your water use here.

311 Logo

“Top 5″ Calls in District 4

The top five reasons District 4 residents called 311 from October 1, 2013 though December 31, 2013 were:

1) Garbage Service – 1,538 Calls
2) On-street Parking – 1,515 Calls
3) Transportation – 842 Calls
4) Solid Waste Information – 794 Calls
5) Recycling – 627 Calls

Don’t forget to download the Sac311 App for your smart phone to easily submit service requests.

City of Sacramento

What Do You Think About Living and Working in Sacramento?

The City of Sacramento invites residents and those who work in Sacramento to provide feedback on living and working in Sacramento. The survey results will be used as part of the City’s 2030 General Plan annual report and will help capture the community’s perspective on livability and quality of life in Sacramento.

You can take the survey here through January 30.

Holiday Ice Rink

Downtown Holiday Ice Rink

Enjoy the Holiday Ice Rink before it’s too late! The Holiday Ice Rink in St. Rose of Lima Park, 7th & K Streets, is open through January 20th. Find more info on activities at the Holiday Ice Rink here.
Sacramento Theatre Company

Closer Than Ever:
January 8 – February 16

Inspired by real-life experiences and stories, Closer Than Ever won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and netted Drama Desk Award nominations for both Maltby and Shire. Its message to value the little things in life remains meaningful today as ever. Find details here.

Little Women, The Musical: January 16 – 19

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s family experiences (and novel), Little Women follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. Find details here.

Journey On: January 23 – 25

Enjoy songs from popular musicals likeSchoolhouse RockOnce on This IslandSeussical, Ragtime. All shows are at Wells Fargo Pavilion at 1419 H Street. Find details here.


MLK Celebration Dinner: January 11

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the MLK Committee brings you the 15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner. On January 11 at 5:00 pm, come to the Sacramento Convention Center at 1400 J Street for an amazing evening planned to commemorate these historic events. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Sacramento Ballet

2nd Saturdays at the Ballet – Open Rehearsals: January 11

On 2nd Saturdays, the Sacramento Ballet offers free open rehearsals. This month, on January 11, there will be two sittings at 4:00pm and 4:30pm at the Ballet Studios located at 17th & K Streets. Dancers will rehearse select scenes from Wild Sweet Love. Look for more information here.

Sacramento Public Library

Genealogy – Writing Your Family’s History: January 12

Thinking about publishing your family’s story? In this presentation, Rick Hanson gives the amateur genealogist useful writing advice. Come down to Sacramento Central Library at 828 I Street at 1:00 pm, January 12. You can find more information here.

City of Sacramento

Disaster Preparedness Meeting: January 13

Do you have questions about how the City will respond in a disaster? The City is hosting a meeting in each Council District to inform the community about our disaster response plan. The District 4 meeting will take place on January 13 between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at California Middle School, 1600 Vallejo Way.

The meeting will include staff from Neighborhood Services, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA), City/County Office of Emergency Services, Sacramento Fire and Police Departments, the Department of Utilities, and Animal Care Servces. Find more information here.

Hart Senior Center

Ethel Hart Senior Center Re-opening Celebration: January 16

After several months of renovations, including a new HVAC system, new roof, new lighting in the lobby, and minor improvements in the restrooms and crafting room, the Ethel Hart Senior Center, at 915 27th Street, resumed regular hours on January 6. An official reopening celebration will take place on January 16 between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. The day’s activities will include the following:

10:00 am – 12:00 noon: Open House
11:30 – 1:00 pm: Drop-in Luncheon
1:00 – 1:30 pm: Raffle
1:30 – 4:30 pm: Celebration Dance

B-Street Theatre

The Conductor – Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad: January 18 – February 23

Follow the incredible story of one courageous woman’s journey from slavery to freedom. This play is recommended for children ages 8+. Shows play at the B Street Theatre Mainstage, 2711 B Street, on Saturday & Sunday at 1pm and 4pm between January 18 and February 23. Find more information here.

Sutter's Fort

Hands on History - Trappers, Trades, and Treaties: January 18

Trappers were jacks of many trades. They explored new territory, negotiating and trading with Native Americans, and they guided wagon trains of emigrants across the vast West. Learn first hand how trappers lived and worked in the 1840s, paving the way for emigrants just a few years later. You will see how game traps work, see and hear musket demonstrations, and learn about the many facets of a trapper’s way of life. Cannon firing demonstrations will be held at 11:00 am, 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Find more information here.

Fairytale Town

Martin Luther King Jr. Day At Fairytale Town: January 20

Fairytale Town is opening its doors on a Monday this January 20 to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday. Fairytale Town will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information call 916-808-7462.

José Montoya Memorial


Montoya Family Memorial in Honor of José Montoya: January 23

¡LA LOCURA CURA! – On January 23 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, the children of José Montoya, Sacramento artist, poet laureate, and activist, will host a public memorial at Sacramento’s Crest Theater, 1013 K St, in commemoration of his life.

Tributes will be made by the legendary Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Luis Valdez, founder of El Teatro Campesino and writer and director of Zoot Suit and La Bamba; and Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning actor Edward James Olmos.

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City of Sacramento

Accepting Applications for the Citizen’s Planning Academy

The Citizen’s Planning Academy is a 13-class course on the City’s planning process. It is free and open to Sacramento residents and business owners. Applications are due by January 10, 2014. Find more information here.

Front Street Shelter

Front Street Shelter Announces New Programs

Pit Bull Training Classes
Adopt a Pit Bull Mix from the Front Street Shelter and you will get a free six week dog training class.

Chip Your Pet
You can now get your pet microchipped for just $5. Microchips greatly increase the chance your pet will be returned if it gets lost or runs away. Bring the coupon below with you to the Front Street Shelter.

For more information on these programs, call the Front Street Shelter at 808-7387.

Crocker Art Museum

Art Mix – Neon Nite: January 9

Art Mix lights up the night with electric eclectic fun on January 9 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Enjoy live music by ZuhG, neon-clad aerialists, lightscapes by abstract light artist John Sonderegger, neon face painting by Whimsy Body Art, and more. The event is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Find details here.

Glass on the Grid:
January 9 – February 23

This community-centered exhibition features artists living, working, and creating in the Downtown & Midtown Sacramento area. Focused on glass and sculptural works, this exhibition is perfect for the “informal” art enthusiast. More information can be found here.

Sam Francis’ Five Decades of Abstract Expressionism: January 26 – April 20

Celebrate internationally acclaimed California native Sam Francis, one of the state’s most historically significant artists. Featuring a colorful range of the artist’s paintings and unique works on paper, this exhibit highlights different periods of his art from extraordinary public and private California collections. It starts with Francis’ early works made in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1940s and leads up to his influential and expansive body of work created between the 1950s and the 1990s. Find more information here.

Two in Tune

Traditionally Modern: January 11

The symphony orchestra meets one of today’s newest voices in a concert of classical grandeur. Sensational new media violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain has audiences young and old leaping to their feet across the country and over the web with the astonishing originality of his music. Come down to the Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street, on January 11 at 8:00 pm to enjoy this beautiful performance. Find more informationhere.Speaking of Music
At 7:00 pm, a pre-concert talk will take audiences deeper into the music with insights on the composer, the music, and the musicians. It will be in the Concert Hall and is free to all ticket holders.

Center for Sacramento History

Devoted to the Union – Sacramento and the Civil War: January 16

As part of their semi-annual speaker series, The Center for Sacramento History will debut a photographic exhibition exploring how Sacramentans reacted and responded to the Civil War. Historian Glenna Matthews will deliver a lecture entitled “The Civil War at 150:  Remembering the Sacramento and California Stories.” The event will happen in the Center for Sacramento History’s Reading Room at 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd., at 7:00 pm on January 16. Find more information here.

California Automobile Museum

Engineering for Teens:
January 18, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

This class is taught by the CSU Sacramento Hornet Racing Team. High school students will learn what it is like to engineer and build a race car from scratch. Students will see race cars built by Sac State’s team and get into small groups to build motorized toy cars.

Clay Modeling for Mini Designers: January 25,
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

For small hands only! The kids will be able to see and experience the different shapes and designs of automobiles over the years, and then build their own car out of clay – similar to how car designers still do it today! The final product can be taken home as a keepsake from the class.

Automotive Design & Clay Modeling: January 25, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Whether you are a design fan or novice, this class is sure to impress. Adults will learn from resident experts on automotive design about the tools designers use, as well as important styling trends throughout the history of the car. You can then design your own car in clay.

Events are located at 2200 Front Street and cost between $15 and $30. Find details about these events here.

The California Museum

Art of Gamon:
January 19 – May 11

This traveling exhibit showcases more than 120 artifacts made by Japanese Americans while interned at camps during WWII. Visit the California Museum,1020 O Street, to explore the creativity and ingenuity of internees as well as the Japanese concept of Gamon – the art of enduring the unbearable with patience and dignity. Find more information about this and other exhibits at the California Museum here.

Legacy of a Lost Neighborhood: January 25

On January 25 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Honor the legacy of local Japanese Americans in this special workshop on citizenship, constitutionality and the concept of redress during WWII. There will be a presentation on Sacramento’s Historic Japantown: Legacy of a Lost Neighborhood by author Kevin Wildie and much more. Find details here.

Sacramento Speaker Series

Dr. Andrew Weil: January 21

The Sacramento Speakers Series provides an open forum for the exchange of ideas, and perspectives. Events take place in the Community Center Theater at 1301 l Street. Ticket packages for the series are pro-rated for the remainder of the season.

This month, see Andrew Weil discuss, a pioneer in the fields of health, wellness, and integrative medicine. Dr. Weil’s books, PBS specials, and frequent appearances on Today and The Dr. Oz Show have inspired people to lead healthier, happier lives. Find full detailshere.


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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