This Week: Rethinking recycling schedule

Published: Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014 - 9:07 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 24, 2014 - 12:42 am

The city of Sacramento began collecting recyclables from homes every other week last July.

The change didn’t go over well with some residents, who have complained to the City Council that they liked the once-a-week service the city had provided for the previous six years. Some City Council members have asked for a report from staffers on options for responding to those complaints, and those options will be heard this week.

City solid waste officials are scheduled to tell the council at its Tuesday night meeting that weekly collection of recyclables could return, but that the city would need to charge all residents an extra $1.50 a month to pay for additional staffing and trucks. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 915 I St.

Another option under consideration is allowing just those who want a second blue recycling bin to pay for one at a cost of $1.76 a month.

Despite the cutback in recycling service, city officials don’t think residents are responding by simply dumping bottles and cans into the garbage. Their evidence: total tonnage of garbage collected from residents is down 1 percent in the last year.

The report from city staff will also include updates on yard waste collection since service by “the Claw” was cut back last summer. The city says green waste collected from bins is up 10 percent since last year and that the Claw, which is still dispatched during leaf season, scooped up nearly 30 percent less yard waste this winter than it did last year.

– Ryan Lillis


Dance concert showcases diversity

Music and dance groups respresenting Sacramento’s ethnic diversity – from Scottish and Ukrainian to East Indian and Chinese – will perform at the 58th annual Camellia International Folk Dance Concert at Sacramento City College’s Performing Arts Center, 3835 Freeport Blvd., from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $12 for adults; $5 for children under 18. There is a maximum charge of $25 per family.

Behind the News: The event sponsor, the Sacramento International Folk Dance and Arts Council, promotes international folk dance and music through classes, workshops, teacher training, and outreach to the public. The council is comprised of individual clubs representing a wide range of dance and music and sponsors other events in the Sacramento area.


Women’s History Month celebrated

Old Sacramento commemorates Women’s History Month on Saturday with a “living history event” that will take place throughout the historic district from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Men and women dressed in 19th-century attire demonstate how men’s and especially women’s fashion changed, decade by decade, from the 1850s through the 1880s.

Behind the News: Women’s History Month dates back to 1981, when Congress identified a week in March as Women’s History Week. But since 1995, presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month.

Info: Call (916) 808-7059 or

Citrus Heights examines finances of new city hall

The Citrus Heights City Council will hold a study session Thursday on a financial analysis of a proposed project to help fund a new city hall. The city proposes to demolish current city offices at Fountain Square Drive and Greenback Lane, with the exception of the Police Department building, to make way for a three-story medical office building to be occupied by Dignity Health. Dignity Health would pay to construct and maintain the building, and lease payments to the city over a 15-year period would help cover costs of constructing a new city hall at another location. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 7117 Greenback Lane.


Around Town

Library history program features ‘Girls Like You!’

The North Sacramento-Hagginwood Library, 2109 Del Paso Blvd. in Sacramento, is sponsoring a Women’s History Month event titled “Girls Like You!” The free, one-hour event at 6 p.m. Wednesday introduces attendees and families to brave, intelligent and curious girls who made their mark on the world when they were young. Afterward, participants will be invited to join in art activities inspired by the young role models.

Info: Call (916) 264-2770

‘Laramie Project’ debuts at Benvenuti center

The Benvenuti Performing Arts Center, 4600 Blackrock Drive in Natomas, debuts a six-day run of “The Laramie Project” at 7 p.m. Thursday. The play chronicles townspeople’s reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo. The Benvenuti arts center production runs Thursday through Saturday this week and April 3-5 next week. All performances are at 7 p.m. Presale tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door are $17 general admission; $15 students and seniors.


Assemblyman Cooley to host meet-and-greets

Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, will host community meet-and-greets at two Starbucks locations in Citrus Heights on Saturday. Constituents of Cooley’s 8th Assembly District can meet the lawmaker to discuss issues important to them or to get help with a state agency. Cooley will be at the Starbucks at 7088 Auburn Blvd. at 9 a.m. and at the Starbucks at 8027 Greenback Lane at 11 a.m. The 8th Assembly District includes Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Carmichael and a large swath of unincorporated eastern Sacramento County.


Former Disney exec promotes book in Old Sac

Marty Sklar, once a colleague of Walt Disney and former president of Disney Imagineering, will visit the Stage Nine Entertainment Store at 102 K St. in Old Sacramento on Saturday. He will be signing his book, “Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms,” from noon to 4 p.m. Also scheduled to appear is former Disney University head trainer Doug Lipp, author of “Disney U – How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal, and Customer-Centric Employees.”

Info: or (916) 447-3623

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