Councilmember Hansen's July Newsletter



A "Tapigami" City by artist Danny Scheible

Business is Blooming in Sacramento!

Sacramento is a unique city with a blend of small town charm and rich art and culture amenities. Several businesses have opened their doors over the past month, adding to the draw of our special community. If you are looking for things to do this month, try supporting our businesses!

Painted Cork

The Painted Cork - 1624 J Street

At the Painted Cork you can bring a bottle of your favorite wine and snacks to enjoy while painting your masterpiece. No experience is necessary. The instructors at the Painted Cork will guide you while you recreate the day's featured painting. All materials are provided, just remember to bring the wine. 

The Rind - 1801 L Street, Suite 40

The Rind is a cheese-centric bar where you can experience artisan cheeses paired with delightful and complex wines or beers.  Cheese enthusiasts now have a place in Sacramento to explore cheeses - from buttery to blue, nutty to stinky, with a glass of wine or beer and no pretension.

The Rind
Jimmy's Barber Garage

Jimmy's Barber Garage - 1017 24th Street

Midtown has a new barber shop and it is in a garage! Come down to Jimmy's Barber Garage to find a barber shop/salon hybrid that mixes style, culture, and music into a community hang out. The non-discriminating garage charges based on the length of hair, not the person's gender. Stop by on a warm summer day to find the twin roll-up doors open to the street front. 

Exhibit “S” - Downtown Plaza

Danny Scheible opened Exhibit “S” in Sacramento's Downtown Plaza Mall to take people away from their every day lives. The first of its kind art gallery displays "Tapigami." Danny's unique form of sculpture is created from carefully folded and colorful pieces of masking tape. Exhibit “S” also features paintings and hand blown glass for sale.


City of Sacramento

City Council Approves Balanced Budget for Fiscal Year 2013/2014

Last month the Sacramento City Council approved the City's Fiscal Year 2013/2014 budget. The balanced budget protects city services and restores staffing to programs in the Fire, Police, and Parks and Recreation Departments, as well as City Libraries.

Utilizing Measure U funding the City Council was able to prevent cuts and restore priority programs. Over the next two years, Measure U will fund:

  • 140 positions in the Police Department. These positions will restore traffic and gang divisions, the Office of Investigations, and six civilian forensic positions which are currently being staffed by sworn officers.
  • 83 positions in the Fire Department. These positions restore services at fire stations affected by brownouts and add two medic units to address the increase in medical call volume. 
  • 74 positions in the Parks and Recreation Department. These positions will allow for the operation of 11 swimming pools and extend the hours of operation for community centers, while restoring senior and youth programing. Funds also will be used to improve park maintenance and restroom cleaning.

National Night Out

National Night Out - Tuesday, August 6

National Night Out is an opportunity to celebrate the unity of neighborhood watch groups. Its goal is to reduce crime and drug use in communities across the country. On Tuesday, August 6 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, neighbors are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outside with their community and local police.

On July 23 the Sacramento Police Department will host a “Plan Your NNO” session for those who are new to this experience. The meeting will take place at Sacramento Police Headquarters, Hall of Honors, 5770 Freeport Blvd, at 6:30 pm.

If you are planning an event and want city personnel to stop by for a visit, you need to complete and return the participation form by August 1.


311's "Top 5" Calls for Council District 4

The top five reasons District 4 residents called 311 during April through June 2013 were:

1) On Street Parking - 1,540 Calls

2) Garbage - 1,214 Calls

3) Solid Waste Info - 1,033 Calls

4) Lawn and Garden - 737 Calls

5) Transportation - 693 Calls

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


Bank of America Race for the Ring - July 13

The Race for the Ring is a hi-tech treasure hunt through the streets of downtown Sacramento. Contestants bike, scoot, skate or walk their way from location to location solving riddles and clues on their smart phones. The event benefits Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Sign up for the race here.

Waiter's Race

Bastille Day Street Festival - July 14

The Handle District presents Sacramento's 4th annual Bastille Day Festival and Waiters' Race on July 14 from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. The event will include food, live music, and activities for the family. Register to be in the Waiters' Race here.

Bastille Day Ride 2013

Before the festival starts, join Ikon Cycles for the first annual Bastille Day Ride. This 50 mile bike fun ride will start in the center of the handle district, ride up the American River Parkway, and return back to the street fair.  Registration costs $10 online or $15 the day of the ride.  Register here.


National Dialogue on Mental Health

Jul 20, 2013 at 9:30 am
Convention Center, 1400 J Street

At the Creating Community Solutions event Sacramento residents can learn about mental health and strategies to improve the lives of those living with mental health issues, especially youth. Join hundreds of citizens in small group conversations that move beyond stereotypes and towards solutions. Priorities developed on this day will be shared with a team of public and private partners to be implemented through a community-wide action plan. For more details, go to


Time Travel Weekends in Historic Old Sacramento

Get ready to step back in time to the rollicking 1800's when the past mingles with the present once again in Old Sacramento. For the fourth consecutive summer, visitors can enjoy fun, free, and lively street theater as part of the hugely popular Time Travel Weekends. Events take place through August 25. For a schedule of daily events and special weekend themes visit


Come out to Caesar Chavez Park and enjoy free Saturday evening concerts throughout July. The bands showcase the best of American Latino musicians.  Music genres include Latin Alternative, Rock, Pop, and Reggaeton. There will be food, drinks, and plenty of fun! More information is available at

Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park

Only three concerts are left in the Friday night Summer Concert Series at Cesar Chavez Park. View the full schedule here.

July 12: ZuhGJoy & MadnessHarley White Jr. OrchestraDJ Oasis and INKDUP on drums

July 19: FALLRISEKill the PrecedentRestrayned | Fair Struggle | Z rokk

July 26: THE BRODYS | Hero’s Last Mission | The Bell Boys | Humble Wolf | DJ Billy Lane

District 4 Contact Information

Office phone: 916-808-7004

Steve Hansen, Councilmember

Consuelo Hernandez, District Director

Zip Car

New Zipcar Location Coming to Fremont Park

The corner of 16th and P will soon call new car "Focus Witty" home. This is excellent news as our car-sharing partner, Zipcar, expands its service in the City of Sacramento. Zipcar strives to reinvent the idea of alternate transportation through their car-sharing program.

Measure U Citizen Oversight Committee Application Deadline - July 25

Interested in serving on the Measure U Citizen Oversight Committee? Applications are due to the City Clerk’s office by 4:30 pm on July 25, 2013. For more information, or to download an application, click here.

The open positions include: certified public accountant with audit experience; representative of business interests; representative from a neighborhood organization; representative of a bona-fide taxpayer organization; and community-at-large.  

Front Street Shelter

Front Street Animal Shelter

The Front Street Animal Center has many wonderful animals looking for their forever homes. Check out the great pets available for adoption at the following locations in July.

July 15th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Cat adoption at Unleashed by Petco, Florin & Greenhaven.

July 18th, 5:00 pm - Dog adoption at Sacramento Food Truck Expo at Garcia Bend Park.

July 20th, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Dog adoption at Capitol Tower Apartments, 1500 7th Street.

July 27th, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Dog adoption at Pet Extreme, 2018 Sutterville Road.

July 30th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Bow-Meow blood drive and cat/dog adoption at BloodSource Midtown Donor Center, 1608 Q Street.

For information on these events and others please visit the Front Street Animal Shelter's Facebook page.

Fairytale Town

Jack and the Meanstalk - July 20, 21, 27 & 28

The Fairytale Town Troupers close their season with a clever retelling of the classic children’s tale, Jack and the Beanstalk, on the Mother Goose Stage. There are two shows each day at 12:00 and 2:00 pm. More information can be found here.

Family Campout - July 27

Spend the night at Humpty Dumpty's house! This exciting overnight adventure includes theater performances, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, and bed-time stories. More information can be found here.


Hot Lunch Concert Series at Fremont Park

Enjoy free lunchtime concerts every Thursday at Fremont Park at 15th and P Streets. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and eat lunch while listening to a line up of professional DJ's. This FREE event is put on by Friends of Fremont Park and Hot Italian and runs through August 22. Hot food is available to purchase. You can find more information here.


A+ Certification Class The Stride Center

Do you or someone you know want to be a technology professional? The nonprofit Stride Center and Goodwill Industries offer a fast-paced, demanding 22-week A+ Certification Technology training course that prepares students for IT careers with great earning potential. They are now enrolling low income people who love technology and are ready for a life changing education and a great job. Enrollment is limited. Classes begin July 15th. Call (916) 649-2531 now or visit for information on all the programs.


Family Fridays at
The Crocker Art Museum

Are the kids getting restless on summer vacation? Bring them to Family Fridays at the Crocker Art Museum. Join other families in the Crocker's courtyard for music, art-making, and good old-fashioned fun. There is a new theme every Friday. Find information on this and other Crocker programs here.


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