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Councilmember Hansen's District 4 Newsletter

May 2016

2016 District 4 Community Excellence Award

Two Rivers Elementary Principal Colleen Perry 

While in her first year as Principal of Two Rivers Elementary, Colleen Perry is not new to the school or to Natomas. She taught at Two Rivers for 13 years prior to being selected as its principal.

Colleen has a passion for educating young minds, particularly elementary age students. Under her leadership, Two Rivers has won honors as a 2016 California Gold Ribbon School. This award recognizes schools which have made gains in implementing the California academic content and performance standards for the subjects of English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

Ms. Perry is a proud Two Rivers Otter. The Schools rally cry, "Go Otters! Splash!" took on new meaning when Colleen worked with Two Rivers teachers to form an acronym for SPLASH which exemplifies the standards of excellence for which Two Rivers has become known. Solve problems, Practice safety, Learn for life, Always make good decisions, Show respect, Help others - SPLASH. 
Over the course of her career at Two Rivers, Colleen has taken great pride in creating bonds with each student, getting to know them as an individual and vice versa. She believes that being an educator is an opportunity and a privilege. It is this passion for giving students the momentum to achieve their dreams that has made Colleen an exceptional educator, and it is the success she has already achieved as Two Rivers Principal that makes her this year's recipient of the District 4 Community Excellence Award! 

May is Bike Month!

May is Bike Month returns to the Sacramento region with a full month of events centered around the love of cycling. More importantly, we are challenged to leave fossil fuels and sedentary lifestyles behind for the betterment of ourselves and our environment. Sacramento enjoys the perfect weather for biking, particularly in spring when the breezes are cool, and the days are long. I challenge you to take to the streets, the bike paths, and the Great Northern Bikeway with me this month as we enjoy our region and all that it has to offer.

You can sign up for a challenge, log your miles, earn badges for achievements, and compete with your friends! Find information at

2016 Amgen Tour of California

For the past two years, Sacramento has played host to the opening ceremonies and first stage of the Amgen Tour of California. With the State Capitol as a backdrop, the first stage has made for an exhilarating weekend of fun and competitive cycling. This year the honor is even greater as the 2016 Amgen Tour of California will ride into Sacramento to celebrate the final stage and overall finish. 

The Start/Finish line will again be on L Street and the Lifestyle Festival will be on 10th Street. Find full event details at

May 22 Schedule

10:00 am - Lifestyle Festival Begins
11:15 am - Men's Stage 8 Start
11:40 am - Women's Stage 4 Start
 1:25 pm - Women's Stage 4 Finish
 2:40 pm - Men's Stage 8 Finish
 4:00 pm - Lifestyle Festival Ends

Seasonal Farmers Markets Begin!

We are lucky in District 4 to have two year-round farmers markets, but in spring, summer, and fall we get to enjoy seven farmers markets each week! All or farmers markets are active starting this May at the following locations! For more information about Certified Farmers' Market, click here

Sunday, 8:00 am - Noon: W/X Under the Freeway
Tuesday, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm: Roosevelt Park 
Tuesday, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm: Fremont Park 
Wednesday, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm: Chavez Park
Thursday, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm: Capitol Mall
Saturday, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm: Midtown (20th Street between J and K streets)

Concerts in the Park - 25 Year Anniversary Season

For 25 years, Concerts in the Park has brought free Friday night concerts to Cesar Chavez Plaza. With 6,000 music lovers gathering in the heart of our city to see local and nationally touring artists, Concerts in the Park is the ultimate destination for Friday night happy hour! The FREE festival returns for its 25th season starting this Friday and runs through July 29. Find more information at

Project Meeting on C Street Closure: May 9

The City of Sacramento Department of Public Works would like to inform you that a project to close C Street between 19th and 20th streets is in development. A public meeting has been scheduled to provide details about the street closure. Participants will have the opportunity to provide comment and ask project team members any questions.

The meeting will be held on May 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in Room 1119 of New City Hall, 915 I Street. If you are unable to attend, you can reach the project manager at 916.808.7035.

Chocolate Week in Old Sac: May 2 - 8

Calling all chocolate lovers! Get ready to enjoy chocolate in oh-so-many ways: drizzled on warm mini donuts, made into spicy cayenne cocoa bites, or even dripping in dark chocolate balsamic vinegar. Chocolate lovers of all ages are invited to visit Old Sacramento to experience a variety of delicious chocolate-related activities. Find more details and a complete list of activities and events at  

Fire Station 2 Open House:
May 7

Bring your families and come out to see your local fire station. Meet the firefighters and medics who protect your neighborhood, tour the station, pick up safety brochures, and take an up-close look at the trucks, engines, ambulances, and equipment. The open house is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on May 7 at Sacramento Fire Station 2, 1229 I Street. For more information, call 916.808.1011.

Mother's Day Tea and Talk:
May 8

Join the California Automobile Museum for a special Mother’s Day tea with fashion historian Bonnie Hansen as she shares how the automobile contributed to one of the greatest generation gaps of the century – Victorian era mothers and their free-thinking flapper daughters.

Mothers and daughters together will celebrate with an elegant selection of teas and desserts. After the illustrated presentation, guests will also have the opportunity to tour the Museum and take their picture inside of a vintage 1920's era Model A. The event beings at 2:00 pm at the museum, 2200 Front Street.

Mulch Mayhem: May 21

Mulching is a great way to conserve water! You can save up to 30 gallons for every 1,000 square feet each time you water because mulch slows evaporation and allows water to sink into the soil. On May 21, you can pick up FREE Mulch at the Sacramento Marina, 2 Broadway, from 9:00 am to noon. Find more information at

R Street Block Party: May 21

The R Street Block Party last fall was such a success that they are doing it again! This time it is in the spring and will be two blocks. Join the fun on R Street between 10th and 12th streets for music, art, and much more. The event will take place from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 

Parks and Recreation Overall Satisfaction Survey

During the fiscal year 2016 budget hearing, the City Council asked our Parks Department how overall satisfaction with parks facilities is gauged. The Council requested a report with metrics to determine the return on our continued investment in park services. The Parks Department is surveying residents to get their feedback. Two minutes is all you need to give your two cents via the Park Facilities Satisfaction Survey!

Capitol Park Tree Tour:
May 7

Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation for a guided walk with a local expert through Sacramento's most diversely planted park, and learn all about the trees and their history. One of the most visited in the region, Capitol Park boasts many State Champion tree specimens noted for their size, age, and beauty, and includes native trees and many trees from all around the world as well.

Tree Tours are free but space is limited! Please sign up through our calendar of events

Tree Tours take place rain or shine. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the outdoors. We also recommend you bring water and a camera (for all the beautiful trees). Tour begins promptly at 10:00am on the North steps of the Capitol building.

Can’t make it? Take a self-guided tour with the new Capitol Park map.

Capitol Bike Fest: May 12

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and its outreach partners, the regional Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) and the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) will host the annual Capitol BikeFest. This annual event promotes bicycling and other clean air transportation and celebrates May is Bike Month. The festival will take place from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on the West Lawn of the State Capitol. More information at

Bike to Work Day: May 20

Did you know from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the US grew by more than 62 percent? More than half of the population lives within five miles of their workplace, making bicycling a feasible, healthy, and fun alternative way to get to work. Join the rest of the nation on May 20 for national Bike to Work Day. 

District 4 Contact Information


Councilmember Steve Hansen
Office phone: (916) 808-7004

District Director
Consuelo Hernandez

District Representative
Peter Fenolio

Executive Assistant
Jisifredo Cosaino
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