Monthly Archives: March 2012

Sacramento Police Department Update on Metal and Catalytic Converter Thefts

We have been working hard recently on metal theft.  As we continue to try to address this problem I would ask that you watch out for your neighbors and your community.  If you see someone around street lights or electrical boxes please call the police immediately.  We have had a rash of thefts to street lights, with criminals removing all of the copper wiring.  It is an enormous expense to the community when the City has to come out and re-wire the lights.

Additionally, we continue to work on the theft of Catalytic Converters (a piece of the exhaust system in all cars).  We are in talks with a major oil change company.  The plan will be that you will be able to take your car to the business and they will etch your license plate onto the catalytic converter.  This will be a significant deterrent to the thief and will allow us to track the item back to the victim if we locate them at a scrap metal dealer.  We will let you know when this program is up and running.

Contact Lt. Bill Champion at Central Command at (916) 808-4500, or

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Utilities Rate Proposal will be heard at City Council on 3/27‏

The Sacramento City Council will hear the Utilities Department proposal to increase water and sewer rates over the next 3 years on March 27 at 6 p.m. at City Council Chambers, Sacramento City Hall, 915 I Street, Sacramento.

The Department of Utilities is proposing a 3-year rate increase for water and sewer rates to help the Department rehabilitate and reinvest in its aging infrastructure, including the Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant, which was oringally built in 1923 and is still in operation today. The Department also faces regulatory mandates to eliminate sanitarty sewer overflows, install water meters and meet State mandated water conservation requirements, and ensure water quality.

At its current rate of investment in its infrastructure, it would take the City approximately 450 years to replace its water and 600 years to replace its sewer infrastructure. The Department proposes to finance approximately $260 million, including approximately $150 million to rehabilitate the Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant to ensure water quality and system reliabity and begin a program to replace infrastructure on a 1-in-100 year replacement cycle. Projects will be prioritized for completion on the basis of criticality, age and need.  

More information about the Utilities rate proposal can be found at

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