Councilmember Hansen June Newsletter

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Monthly E-Newsletter

June 2013 | Issue 3

Big Check

A Tech-Savvy Sacramento


Our hard working office has partnered with Code For Sacramento to make Sacramento's city government more accessible to residents. Code For Sacramento is part of a national network of civic-minded volunteers - Code For America. Their mission is to break down the dense, confusing navigation of local government websites.

Social networking and smart phones have changed the way we communicate with each other. Code For America generates innovative and simple applications for modern technology that make
citizen-involved democracy possible. With this goal in mind the City of Sacramento has accepted the Citizenville Challenge – a commitment to transform government through twenty-first century technology. Our partnership with Code For Sacramento is the first big step in this process.

I look forward to sharing more exciting news with you soon! 


Office Hours with Councilmember Hansen - June 29, 10:00 am - Noon

Have ideas for improving the City?  Want to meet your Councilmember?  Steve will be holding district office hours on June 29th from 10 am to Noon at Espresso Metro, corner of 11th Ave. and Freeport Blvd. Hope to see you there.

City Council Recognizes C.K. McClatchy High School Debate National Title Winners

McClatchy Debate

On May 21, Councilmember Hansen and the City Council recognized the C.K. McClatchy Debate Team for their outstanding achievement. McClatchy seniors John Spurlock and Keenan Harris became the first California public school team ever to win the national Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky. Spurlock and Harris went up against the top 70 debate teams in the country. Mr. Spurlock also won the honor of Top Speaker at the tournament. Congratulations to the Debate Team members, faculty advisors, and parents!


Concerts in the Park

The summer concert series continues in Cesar Chavez Park every Friday night from 5:00-9:00 pm at Cesar Chavez Park. View the full schedule here.

June 7: MUMBO GUMBO | The Quinn Hedges Band | Tel Cairo

June 14: INFAMOUS SWANKS | Lesdystics | Avenue Saints | The Bar Fly Effect | DJ Shaun Slaughter

June 21: MOTHER HIPS | Jackpot | The Old Screen Door | Roderick Mar Carpio

June 28: THE BRODIE STEWART BAND | Nevada BackwardsThe Carly DuHain Band | Big Trouble | DJ Rigatony


Doggie Dash Benefit Walk and Festival at Land Park - June 8

Join the Sacramento SPCA for the 20th Annual Doggy Dash. An estimated 5,000 animal enthusiasts will gather both with and without their canine companions to raise funds for animals sheltered at the Sacramento SPCA. For a schedule of events, prizes, and to register visit

Rex Ride

10th Annual REX Ride - June 9

Each summer,  local custom bicycle builder Steve Rex and his wife Peggy sponsor a fundraiser for the American River Parkway Foundation. The 60-mile ride starts and ends at William Pond Recreation Area.

The registration fee is $75 per person, which includes the ride, BBQ, beverages, live music and a cool t-shirt! Register at

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Reading Is So Delicious! Kickoff Party - June 9

Come to the Reading Is So Delicious! Summer Reading Kickoff Party at the Central Library, 828 I Street, on June 9 from 1:00-3:00 pm! Sign-up for summer reading and enjoy family-friendly activities including face painting, balloons, henna tattoos, juggling demonstration, fun crafts, games with Radio Disney, PRIZES and more. 

Come down to find out how you can enter to win a $100 gift card to target or an Ipod mini.

Bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Sacramento Food Bank. For more information visit

Sacramento Business First
FREE Workshop - June 14

June 14th, the city will hold a free workshop for small business owners. The program includes marketing and social media advice from Constant Contact and instructions on operating a well-run business from Sacramento SCORE. Jack Robinson, editor of the Sacramento Business Journal, will give a keynote on small business in the new economy. Register here.

Sacramento Pride

June Is Pride Month

Celebrate Sacramento Pride on June 15. The day's festivities include parade and festival. The parade is free and starts at 11:00 am. The festival costs $10 per person (children five and under are free) and is located on Capitol Mall near the Tower Bridge, between 4th and 7th streets. More information can be found here.

Sutter Fort

Hands on History at Sutter's Fort: War in California -
June 15

As part of an ongoing focus to provide high-energy, interactive education, Sutter's Fort State Historic Park is proud to present a special "Hands on History: War in California!" event. Stepping back in time to 1846, the Fort will re-visit a time when Mexican California was in a continuous state of political unrest and threats from foreign powers were a constant menace.

Come visit Sutter's Fort on June 15 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm for an exciting day of scavenger hunts, history and demonstrations of black powder weapons. Relive the difficult decisions about which alliances Sutter and the Fort should take in various conflicts. Learn which five flags have flown over the Fort.

Tickets: General $7; Youth (Age 6-17) $5; Children (Age 0-5) Free. More details can be found here.

Sacramento Shakespeare

Sacramento Shakespeare Festival

Don’t miss this year’s Shakespeare Festival in William Land Park. The festival will perform Shakespearean classics Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar on select nights from June 28th – July 28 in the park amphitheater. The Sacramento Shakespeare Company also brings traveling workshops to classes and community centers throughout the Sacramento area.

More information and tickets are available at

City Launches Recycle Reminder via Sac311


The City of Sacramento is switching to every-other-week recycling starting July 1st. Don't miss your recycling pick up. Download the Sac311 App to receive email or text reminders a few days before your bins need to go out.

Water Treatment Plant Tours

The Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant is offering FREE group tours on select Saturday mornings and Thursday afternoons. You can see a working treatment plant in operation and learn from key experts how the Sacramento region's wastewater is managed and what the future holds for wastewater treatment. Light morning snacks are provided. Details are available at


Twilight Thursdays at the Sacramento Zoo

Each Thursday in June and July (except July 4th), the Sacramento Zoo extends its hours until 8 pm for live music, hot cars, good food, and cold drinks. Full schedule w/ food themes here.

June 6 - Hot Rod Night
Live music by - The Count
Car show featuring: Hot Rods

June 13 - 80's Night
Live music by: Mach 5
Car show featuring: Muscle Cars

June 20 - Across the Pond
Live music by: Because, Beatles Tribute Band
Car show featuring: British Cars

June 27 - Blues Night
Live music by: Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers
Car show featuring: Antique and Vintage Trailers, 1930's to 1950's

24 Hour Tweet-Along with Sacramento Fire - June 7

Ever wondered what a day in the life of a Sacramento Firefighter is like?  This Friday, June 7th, starting at 8am, the public is invited to follow a virtual ride along as the Sacramento Fire Department live tweets the day. The event will use hashtag #SFDTAL and you can follow the firefighters at @SacFirePIO. 

A Taste of Land Park

A Taste of Land Park is Back - June 9!

Join your friends and neighbors on Sunday, June 9th, from 4:00-7:00 pm, for an afternoon of tasting favorite selections from regional wineries and breweries. This year’s location is on picturesque 14th St. (between Markham Way and Vallejo Way).

More information and tickets are available at Tickets are also available in person at Vic’s Ice Cream, Espresso Metro, Parkside Pharmacy, and Riverside Clubhouse.

Juneteenth 2013 at William Land Park - June 14-16


Since summer 2001, Sacramento's Juneteenth Festival has celebrated and educated the community about one of America's most important acts of legislation: The Emancipation Proclamation.  The Emancipation Proclamation declared that all those enslaved were now free. The Juneteenth Festival includes three days of fun and educational events. More information can be found here.

Friday: 7:00-9:30 pm
Gospel Under the Stars

Saturday's Festival: 8:00 am -6:00 pm
8:00 am - The Freedom Mile Race
11:00 am - The Emancipation Parade
Noon - Fishing Derby at Land Pond
Additional All Day Events, Performances, and Vendors

Sunday: 7:30 am First Tee
Golf Tournament (registration at 6 am)

Southside park

Centennial Celebration of Southside Park - June 14

Join Councilmember Hansen and the Southside Park Neighborhood Association for a celebration of Sacramento history on June 14 from 5:00-7:00 pm. The Centennial Celebration of Southside Park will feature walking tours guided by local historian and author William Burg, as well as children’s activities, light refreshments, and free swimming at the Southside Park pool sponsored by the YMCA.

Fun Family Events at Fairytale Town


Don't miss these exciting family events happening at Fairytale Town in June.

June 21 - Family Campout

Spend the night under the stars at Fairytale Town! This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-along! Wake up the next morning under Fairytale Town’s canopy of trees to a light continental breakfast.

June 29 - A Midsummer Night's Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy

Join Fairytale Town on June 29 from 6:00-10:00 pm for a magical midsummer’s eve centered around the popular fairy-themed play. The enchanting evening features multiple ice cream tasting stations, hands-on activities, an olde worlde marketplace and more!  Celtic rock band 1916 will perform throughout the evening, and Shakespeare Lite will perform a classic scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For more information about these events visit

District 4 Contact Information

Office phone: 916-808-7004

Steve Hansen, Councilmember

Consuelo Hernandez, District Director


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