Nov 212013
Fire Chief takes Sonoma County job

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — News-Ledger Staff West Sacramento Fire Chief Al Terrell has accepted a job  as chief of the Sonoma County Fire Services Department. Terrell, who has been the head of West Sacramento’s fire department since 2008, will serve his last day here on Nov. 29. West Sacramento’s city council has appointed Rick Martinez, […]

Nov 142013
Mike McGowan to step down as supervisor, accept governor's appointment

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 13, 2013 — By Steve Marschke News-Ledger Editor Michael McGowan, one of West Sacramento’s preeminent ‘pols’ since becoming the city’s first mayor in 1987, will leave elected office next month. He has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as deputy director of strategic planning and policy at the state department […]

Sep 242013
Fire takes barn & vehicles

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 18, 2013 — West Sacramento and Sacramento firefighters both responded to a challenging fire in rural Southport on September 6. They found a “fully involved” detached garage and barn — with no fire hydrants nearby at the Hilary Avenue location. Firefighters shuttled fire from a water tender vehicle, and kept […]

Aug 252013

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — Heading to the river? Taking kids? State law requires every child younger than 13 on a boat, and everybody on a personal watercraft or a towed craft, be wearing a life jacket. Authorities also strongly recommend a life jacket for kids and others playing in or near local rivers. You can […]

Jul 222013
West Sacramento gets new top cop

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 17, 2013 — West Sacramento’s new police chief was sworn into office on Tuesday. Chief Thomas McDonald replaces outgoing department head Dan Drummond, who retired after nine years. McDonald was raised as the son of a U.S. Air Force officer, living in different places including Europe. He joined the Los […]

Jul 112013
West Sac residence used for regional firefighters' practice

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 3, 2013 — By Steve Marschke News-Ledger Editor Although the fake smoke machine wasn’t on hand Friday morning, the goal was still to make it “as real as possible” for firefighters training at a borrowed multi-residential unit on B Street, said Rebecca Ramirez, a Battalion Chief for the West Sacramento […]