Captain Neil Schneider is leaving us, but before he does, I want to personally thank him for his dedication and hard work. I have known Neil for many years and when I was told he was going to be the Captain for the South Area Command, I knew we were going to be in good hands. Neil has done an outstanding job working with the community, helping us launch new neighborhood watch groups, and doing the small things that make our neighborhood one of the safest places to live in the City of Sacramento. Neil is moving on to become the captain of the investigations unit. As a retired captain, I know the dedication it takes to do a good job. You attend meetings after-hours, are on-call during the evenings and weekends, while managing hundreds of officers and staff. I can say that Neil has done all of this. I know many of us are going to miss having neil at our community meetings and neighborhood watch groups. Next month, we will introduce you to our new captain Dave Paletta.
New Business in the Pocket
I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening and ribbon cutting of iYa Taekwondo. Xai Lor, the owner of iYa Taekwondo provided a warm reception for those who attended, which looked to be close to 100 people. It’s great to see new businesses open in our community and especially nice to have owners who have roots in our community. Prior to Xai opening her business she helped by volunteering at YPSA Academy. We wish Xai the best and ask that you support a new business in our community.
High Water Mark Initiative Press Conference
Earlier this month, my office along with the City of Sacramento, the City of Roseville, Central Valley Flood Protection Board, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers launched the Know Your Line initiative, by placing a high water mark sign at Garcia Bend Park. We were joined by Congresswoman Doris Matsui and former City Manager and current chair of the Central Valley Flood Protection Board Bill Edgar.
The High Water Mark sign is designed to show the height of water (either actual or based on an adjacent river level) on a past date. The Garcia Bend Park location is one of seven in the City of Sacramento. Other locations include Sacramento City Hall, several fire stations as well as at United States Geological Survey building at Sacramento State University. Four high water mark signs were recently installed in Roseville along Dry Creek at Riverside Ave. and Columbia Ave., along Cirby Creek at Tina Way, and along Linda Creek at Champion Oaks Drive.
2013 Veterans Day Parade
We had a great turnout for this year’s Veteran’s Day Parade downtown. The streets were lined with families thanking our servicemen and woman and wanting to pay tribute to those who have served our country. I want to thank Martin Ashley for bringing his restored Seagrave Fire Truck out and allowing me to ride with him. The parade is getting bigger every year, so mark you calendar for next year to come downtown and join us.
Leaf Season Update
You can legally place yard waste piles in the street for collection during the City’s designated leaf season of November, December and January. The first day yard waste piles can be placed on the street for collection is Friday, November 1, 2013. The last day piles can be placed on the street will be Friday, January 31, 2014. Weekly yard waste container collection will continue year-round on the regular collection day. Leaf pile pickup typically occurs every 7 to 10 days.
From October 28th 2013 through January 31, 2014 customers can get an estimate of when pile collection will occur in their neighborhood by visiting www.sacrecycle.org or calling 311. A new Claw Schedule feature will provide information to users about the last day that piles were collected on their street, and an estimate of when the Claw will return for the next pile pickup.
Leaf Pile Guidelines
• 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 bikelanes.
• 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
• Yard waste piles that are on the street before November 1 or after January 31 may be tagged by code enforcement as illegal dumping and property owners may be subject to fines.