May 2013 | Issue 2
My team (Consuelo, Jameson, and Scott) and I have been busy working on projects large and small. Many of you know of the efforts to revitalize our downtown with a new entertainment facility and opportunity to leverage new private investment around it for housing, retail and office development. However, you may not know we have been working to ensure the arts community is stable and growing through investment in the Crocker Art Museum, a much-needed renovation of the Community Center Theatre, and partnering with the B Street Theatre on their new facility. Further, we are working on a comprehensive bike theft prevention program, opening up the city’s innovation potential through Code for Sacramento, and doing the daily work of keeping the people of District 4 humming along. This is a fantastic city and a great job to have! Here’s a few things to look out for in the month of May!
City Fiscal Year 2013/2014 Budget
The City Manager recently released the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013/2014. Below are some quick facts about the budget.
- The budget total is $819 million. $372 million is General Fund operations.
- The current budget does not require drawing down the economic uncertainty reserve which is currently at $24.4 million.
- This coming budget year, the budget gap is estimated to be $8.9 million.
- In order to close the shortfall, the City Manager is recommending the elimination 40 full-time employee positions resulting in $5 million in savings. All 40 positions are vacant, so no employees will be laid off. Out of the 40 positions 29 are sworn officer positions.
- The City is in negotiations with five of its labor groups whose contracts end on June 30. If the five bargaining groups commit to paying the employee share of the required CalPERS the 40 positions would not need to be eliminated.
- The proposed budget also includes a comprehensive six-year spending plan for Measure U resources to restore services.
- The public hearing process begins at City Council on May 7, with final adoption of the budget expected on June 11. Please visit www.cityofsacramento.org for more information and updates on the current budget.
Friday Night Concerts in the Park
The downtown Sacramento Partnership kicks off their summer series of Concert in the Park this Friday, May 3. The concerts will be held in Cesar Chavez Plaza every Friday through July 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For a schedule of bands visit http://downtownsac.org.
It’s the Season for Farmers’ Markets!
Enjoy a supply of fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers’ market from throughout District 4. From the Midtown Farmers’ Market to the market underneath the freeway at 8th and W Streets there are over a half of dozen from which to choose. For a complete list of Certified Farmers’ Markets visit their website.
Celebrate National Train Day in Old Sacramento – May 11
Celebrate the sixth annual National Train Day at the California State Railroad Museum and the Sacramento History Museum in Old Sacramento State Historic Park! On Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., visitors will receive free admission to the two museums and enjoy special National Train Day activities as well.
For more information about the California State Railroad Museum’s National Train Day activities or booking first-class train rides, please visit www.californiastaterailroadmuseum.org or call 916-445-6645.
Scooter’s Clean Air Fest – May 18
Join the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District for their fourth annual Spare The Air kick-off event on Saturday, May 18 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00p.m. The free, family-friendly event will take place in Midtown at Fremont Park, located on the corner of 16th and P Streets.
The City’s Finance Department has unclaimed property belonging to vendors, former employees and utility ratepayers. The unclaimed property consists of uncashed vendor and payroll checks and unrefunded utility billing account balances. The uncashed checks were issued and mailed, but have not been cashed three years or more after their issue date. The unrefunded utility billing account balances are credit balances that were not requested to be refunded when a customer closed their account. To view the unclaimed property list and file a claim follow the instructions on the Department of Finance’s page.
District 4 Contact Information
Office phone: 916-808-7004
Steve Hansen, Councilmember – SHansen@cityofsacramento.org
Consuelo Hernandez, District Director – CAHernandez@cityofsacramento.org
Jameson Parker, Constituent Services Liaison – JDParker@cityofsacramento.org
Scott Maldonado, Executive Assistant – SAMaldonado@cityofsacramento.org
Measure U Oversight Committee Positions Available
Applications are now being accepted by the City of Sacramento for the Measure U Oversight Committee. The City is accepting applications for a representative in each of the following five categories: certified public accountant; representative with business interests; representative from a neighborhood organization; representative of a bona-fide taxpayer organization; and a community at large postion. Applications are due July 25, 2013. For more information visit the City Clerk’s page here.
Get the 311 Application on Your Smartphone
Did you know that the City’s 311 service can be used to handle requests for building permits, stray animals, utilities services or other services? You can also use it to report many common issues, including missed garbage, recycle and yard waste, code violations, broken parking meters, or a host of other problems.
New 311 apps are available for iPhone and Android devices. Use the new mobile app to report issues where and when you see them. To download the application for your phone visit the 311 homepage. Of if you prefer, you still can dial 311 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
May is Bike Month!
May is Bike Month is a campaign that takes place in the six-county Sacramento region each year. The campaign promotes bicycle use as a mode of transportation whether for running errands, commuting, riding recreationally, or working. Fewer cars on the road improves air quality and reduce traffic congestion; and as more bike trips replace car trips expect to see a greater demand for investment in bicycling infrastructure and facilities. For more information on events and activities throughout the month visit mayisbikemonth.com
Fire Station Open Houses
The Sacramento Fire Department is opening their fire stations to the public for their annual open house series. The open houses will run through Saturday, October 12. At the events, the public can talk to members of their fire department, tour the station, and get valuable life safety and fire prevention tips. Free carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detector batteries will be available on a first come, first served basis. Go to http://www.sacfire.org to view the schedule of open houses.
Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour – May 18
Join SacMod for the second annual Mid-Century Modern Home Tour. The tour includes over 30 thirty spectacular midcentury modern residential and commercial structures in Land Park and South Land Park. The tour will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The tour begins at the Sacramento Executive Airport. To purchase tickets for the event visit sacmodhometour.com
Día del Niño “KiDDay” Festival – June 1
Join the La Raza Galeria Posada on June 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 2700 Front Street in celebration of Día del Niño. Festival activities include special poetry and art workshops. Kids can create chalk art, work on a group collage project, or participate in a special workshop with the Sacramento mounted police unit and Los Escritores del Nuevo Sol Poetry Group. Tickets are $5 for ages 12 and up. For more information, call 916-466-5133 or go to www.lrgp.com.
Enhanced City Whistle Blower Hotline
In efforts to improve accountability and decrease fraud and misuse of fees, the City Auditor has launched an independent reporting service to help maintain a responsible level of government. The service is available 24/7. Anyone, including employees, citizens, business owners, or contractors, can report information to the hotline.
Report cases by calling at 888-245-8859 or filing a report online at https://www.reportlineweb.com
Follow the District 4 City Council Facebook page. It’s a great way to stay informed of district and city activities, as well as share any events or ideas you have! Go to www.facebook.com/saccityd4