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Bagdazian joins WS school board


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento’s school board on Wednesday interviewed a number of candidates to fill the board seat vacated by Sandra Vargas.

After a round of questions, the board voted 4-0 to ask Elizabeth Bagdazian to serve the final two-years-plus of that school board term.

“I’ve been involved (in the community) on a number of levels for many years,” Bagdazian later told the News-Ledger. “I’ve been participating in numerous programs. My daughter is 22 now and graduated in 2008 from here. I am in a place now where I felt I could table some of my other projects and make more of a direct impact.”

[adrotate group=”7″]  Herself a graduate of River City High School in 1979, Bagdazian has been a volunteer in the county library’s adult literacy program and a member of the local chapter of the Soroptimist International women’s service organization.

She is a government relations policy analyst for a private company that works in government relations and lobbying.

On what does Bagdazian hope to focus on as a member of the Washington Unified School District Board of Trustees?

“I’m pretty big on literacy and language arts,” she answered. “I think right now what’s on everyone’s mind are the ballot measures (seeking to raise tax revenues to help fund California’s schools). If they fail, we’re looking at some pretty hard choices in the district.”

How has the board been doing lately?

“I think, for the most part, they’re effective,” said Bagdazian. “The district has made some pretty good strides with API (student test scores), that’s undeniable.”

Bagdazian currently has a couple of relatives going to school in WUSD; one nephew at River City High School and another at Bridgeway Island Elementary. She lives in central West Sacramento.

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Interns support the D.A.’s office

INTERNS & VOLUNTEERS (standing at left) accept the thanks of the Yolo Co. Board of Supervisors (courtesy photo)


From the County of Yolo

Last month, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors honored 20 interns and volunteers currently serving in the Yolo County District Attorney’s office.

College students, law students, retirees or those looking for experience can volunteer in the District Attorney’s office anywhere from ten hours a week to full time; some volunteer for three months and some for years, reports a County spokesperson.  The office asks for a minimum commitment of three months with legal interns agreeing to serve through the summer and fall.  As with many departments in Yolo County, the District Attorney’s workforce has decreased by approximately 25 percent over the last four years due to budgetary constraints.  The use of interns and volunteers has allowed the office to complete its work and has partially filled the gap resulting from a reduced staff.

[adrotate group=”10″]    Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig started the formal legal internship component of the program shortly after taking office in 2007.  The program is very competitive, with 80 applications submitted from McGeorge and UC Davis law schools for five positions this year.

The legal interns are involved in a wide variety of cases, including misdemeanor and felony, reports Yolo County.  A typical day for a legal intern involves drafting motions and memoranda of points and authorities and conducting research on complicated legal issues.

Beyond the legal interns, some of the other volunteers assist professional staff with clerical duties while others work with investigators, victim advocates and the information technology manager.  Most volunteers are in college with hopes to become advocates or prosecutors.  Some have just finished high school while others are retired.

One volunteer, Dorothy Pearson, is a retired police officer from the Davis and Sacramento Police departments.  She works with the High-Tech Forensics Unit.

“The volunteer program has been a huge success,” said Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig in a press release.  “The measure of success for us is when our volunteers feel an abiding conviction that they want a career in prosecution and a position in this office.  I only wish we had jobs for all of them.”

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Readers’ views on roadwork:

  Two views on the roadwork in the Westmore Oaks neighborhood of West Sacramento (the News-Ledger’s article on the project can be seen here.)

‘Thanks for roadwork’ (from the ‘Letters to the Editor’ in the News-Ledger, Sept. 5)

We live in the Westmore Oaks area of West Sacramento. Many of our sidewalks and gutters are being replaced for the city to be brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (see News-Ledger Aug. 29). We so appreciate this large undertaking as many of the areas sidewalks and gutter crossings have become hazards for those relying upon wheelchairs or support walkers to negotiate while they are out-and-about.

[adrotate group=”9″]  The raised portions of sidewalks caused by encroaching tree roots also have become a dangerous obstacle for those of us walking, jogging or taking our pets out for their much-needed exercise. Plus many of the gutters have low-lying portions where water accumulates leaving stagnant water, a natural breeding ground for mosquitoes.

We would like to personally thank and applaud Bill Panos, the head of the PWD of our city, as well as his entire staff, for this project’s scheduling and guidance. We also extend our appreciation to the contractors and workmen for this important undertaking. We found them to be professional, accommodating, and most courteous during the entire process.

West Sacramento

‘Bad timing’ (from the ‘Letters to the Editor’ in the News-Ledger, Sept. 12, 2012)

While our neighborhood roadways, sidewalks and curbs could definitely use a face lift, the city should have started the project on the streets closest to Westmore Oaks long before school started.

The first few weeks of school have been utter chaos with the mix of cars, kids walking to school, construction equipment, ditches in the roadways, cones everywhere and piles of asphalt just dumped in the road. The safety of the kids walking to school was compromised as they had to walk in the street to avoid all of the ditches and closed off sidewalks and it only put their lives in danger.

I saw several near misses with regards to cars almost hitting kids. In my opinion (and many WMO parents agree with me), it was irresponsible for the city to plan this construction with school in session. They could have easily started the project at the beginning of summer break and it would have been completed well enough in advance prior to the start of school.

It’s a shame that the City of West Sacramento put our children’s lives in danger because of their lack of proper planning.

West Sacramento

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Gold medal in transplant games

DAVID ANDERSON (center, with his bronze- and silver-medal winning competitors) is alive due to heart transplant, and took the gold medal in table tennis in USA Transplant Games


David Anderson of West Sacramento won a gold medal in men’s table tennis at the biannual “Transplant Games of America,” held this year in July in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Anderson’s life was saved by a transplanted heart that came from a 21-year old Monterey man killed in a car crash in 2007.

Two years later, Anderson and his wife met the young donor’s parents to thank them for their son’s gift of life. It was “one of the most emotionally charged experiences of their lives,” the reported in a joint written comment.

[adrotate group=”7″]   The Transplant Games are meant to bring together organ recipients and families of deceased donors, raising awareness for organ donation and celebrating the lives that are helped.

Olympic-style events include swimming, track, basketball, volleyball, golf and basketball.

Anderson will compete in next year’s World Transplant Games in Durbin, South Africa.

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River Cats settle for division title



The Sacramento River Cats forced the Reno Aces to the fifth game of the playoff series. But after leading Sacramento led 3-0 in the fifth inning they allowed Reno to score six unanswered runs and lost 7-4 at Aces Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

The loss wrapped up a winning River Cats season.

The Cats wasted no time putting runs on the board on Sunday, plating two in the top of the first with RBIs from Kila Ka’aihue and Michael Taylor. Sacramento tacked on a third run in the fifth on a Grant Green RBI-single, scoring Josh Horton.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Cats starter Sonny Gray, who retired 10 in a row after allowing two hits in the first, gave up three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at three. After a scoreless sixth, Reno put four runs on the board in the seventh, taking a 7-3 lead. Sacramento put a small rally together in the eighth when Green led off the frame with a triple, followed by a run-scoring double from Ka’aihue. Later in the inning, with Ka’aihue on third, Aces second baseman Taylor Harbin made a diving catch on a blooper from Daric Barton to end the threat.

After holding the Aces scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, the Cats came to the plate in the ninth, needing three runs to knot the game at seven. Reno reliever Sam Demel retired Sacramento in order, to close out his team’s 7-4 victory.

Gray allowed three earned on eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts in six innings for the no-decision. Merkin Valdez suffered the loss, giving up four earned in 0.1 innings pitched. Green, Ka’aihue and Horton all had two hits, while Ka’aihue was the only Cat to drive in more than one run.

The River Cats finish their 2012 campaign with a PCL-leading 86-58 (.597) regular season record. They will try to extend their record-long stretch of PCL Division titles to seven in 2013. Tickets for the River Cats’ 2013 season are on sale now by calling (916) 371-HITS.

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Recycle your old computers


Got some old computers & electronic appliances?

Old electronic devices may be recycled at an “e-waste” day at San Pedro Park (708 N. Hobson Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 15. Bring your old TVs, computers, laptops, monitors, small appliances, etc.

Drop them off inside the park’s big gate and get a cold bottle of water. The event benefits the San Pedro Association. For information, email Dennis Freitas at or call 421-5768.

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Volunteers wanted for waterway cleanup

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 12, 2012 —

Yolo County’s Creek Cleanup Day will be held this Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, at various sites throughout Yolo County as part of the California Coastal Commission’s 28th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer trash cleanup in the world. One such site will be West Sacramento’s port and barge canal area.

This statewide event will take place at more than 800 locations around California.  Volunteers will remove debris that has accumulated on California’s beaches, creeks and inland shorelines.

Cleanup sites in Yolo County include the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, City of Davis ponds, Putah Creek sites near Winters, the Barge Canal in West Sacramento and Lake Washington and at the Clarksburg Boat Ramp.  The cleanup day is being organized and supported by Yolo County Planning & Public Works Division of Integrated Waste Management, Cache Creek Conservancy, City of Davis, Putah Creek Council, Putah Creek Trout, River City Rowing Club, Lake Washington Sailing Club, Delta Protection Commission and Yolo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.

Those wanting to volunteer are encouraged to wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, gloves and sunscreen and should bring their own bucket or reusable bag for collecting trash.  Trash will ultimately be emptied into large trash receptacles.

To participate in the West Sacramento cleanup effort, email or call (916) 869-4510. To help in Clarksburg, call (916) 375-4886.

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