Jan 262015

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 14, 2014 — The West Sacramento City Council voted last month to work with regional partners to apply for a public arts grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) . The “Our Town” grant of up to $200,000 would focus on bringing art pieces to the city’s Washington neighborhood and […]

Jul 212014
Bid to turn old West Sac firehouse into lively restaurant & bar

JULY 16, 2014 — FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — By Steve Marschke News-Ledger Editor   (EDITOR’S NOTE: Several hours after this article was published in July 16, the West Sacramento City Council voted to approve the deal described below for an “exclusive negotiating agreement” to pursue a new life for the Washington Firehouse). Could a neglected, […]

Jun 212014
Letters to the editor: change the 'Redskins' name; fund early childhood education

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — June 18, 2014 Change the ‘Redskins’! During the NBA Finals, viewers saw a message sponsored in part by the Yocha Dehe Wintun tribe of Yolo County.  The commercial highlights a racial slur that has persisted as the name of a team mascot for over seventy years:  “Redskins.”  For many years, […]

May 092014
Corn as high as an elephant's eye? Unusual land use crops up in urban West Sac neighborhood

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 7, 2014 — By Steve Marschke News-Ledger Editor There is sudden new activity on that old, city-owned vacant lot at the corner of 5th and C streets in West Sacramento’s old “Washington” neighborhood. New soil has been dropped off, and a tractor is leveling it out. People are bustling about […]

Mar 082014
There's nothing like pee-wee baseball

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 5, 2014 —   Note: For the past few weeks I’ve been going over to a little hidden-away baseball diamond at Southport Elementary School to watch two of my grandsons practice with their teammates for their upcoming West Sacramento Little League season. Their team, called the Raptors, is being coached […]

Mar 052014
New park honors local athlete, judge: Jerome Barry played pro baseball in the early days

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 26, 2014 — By Steve Marschke News-Ledger Editor On Friday, the City of West Sacramento will host a double grand opening, celebrating both a neighborhood park and a water tank station in the Bridge District. The twin public facilities are located at 809 Ballpark Drive, alongside the Ironworks subdivision and […]