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State audit says West Sacramento’s handling of redevelopment property was clean & legal

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 14, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento has become the first California city to be certified by the state controller with a clean bill of health for the manner in which the city “wound down” its redevelopment agency assets.

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON (News-Ledger photo)

When the state abolished redevelopment agencies in a revenue-raising maneuver, cities like this one were left with property assets – some of them major – that were owned by the redevelopment agency, but suddenly in danger of being divvied up and parceled out. West Sacramento handled its redevelopment assets in various ways, putting acreage near Stone Lock under purchase option to the locally-controlled Port of Sacramento, and moving small potential “right of way” properties along roadways to the city itself.

The office of State Controller John Chiang has just announced that transfers like these were in compliance with the law. The properties transferred to the city served an obvious governmental purpose, he said.

At the same time, his office found the City of Hercules inappropriately handled $51.1 million of its assets, which must now be turned over to the local “successor agency” to the redevelopment agency in Hercules.

“We’re the first city in the state to have a completely clear audit,” Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the News-Ledger. “The controller’s office was auditing whether the transactions that occurred as the redevelopment agency was winding down were appropriate. Some cities had problems.”

How much property did West Sacramento move out of the agency?

[adrotate group=”7″] “In the range of $70 million, with some as large as parts of the Stone Lock District and some more like 50 square feet,” he said. “Most are not really high-value properties, like those rights-of-way. Our concern was that if we gave them up and they went to auction, somebody could pick them up for next to nothing because they had no development value. Then they could essentially hold us hostage and try to extort the taxpayers for huge sums of money because we need them (for road expansions and such).”

The audit process isn’t over, said the mayor. The state still needs to sign off that West Sacramento transferred some of its pre-existing tax obligations in a legal manner. The redevelopment agency had committed some of the local property tax increment to projects like the Bridge District and Stone Lock District, and the state needs to give approval for those commitments to continue.

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Sign up for Christmas food baskets

NEWS-LEDGER STAFF — NOV 21, 2012 —

Sing up for the West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project’s holiday food baskets will be held:  Monday, Nov. 26, through Thursday, Dec. 13, at Community Lutheran Church, 920 Drever St. (just off Jefferson behind Chevron), from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m on weekdays and Saturdays 10-noon. Also Sundays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2 & 9 at Holy Cross Church, 1321 Anna Street, from 1-3 p.m.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Open to West Sacramento residents only; bring proof of residency (rent receipt, utility bill), California driver’s license or ID, proof of income (paycheck stub, MediCal card, etc.), and Social Security card, and proof of any children in the home.

One basket per family/residence. For info, call 372-3360.

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Vehicle in repair shop starts fire

NEWS-LEDGER STAFF — NOV 21, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s fire department reports that firefighters were able to contain a fire in a Houston Street auto repair shop last Wednesday.

They responded to the shop at 620 Houston Street at about 9:25 a.m., finding “smoke coming out of one of the roll-up doors at the business.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Crews forced entry and used a hose to extinguish the fire. Flames never spread to adjoining businesses.

Firefighters believe the fire was accidental, and started in a vehicle inside the shop somehow.

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A thousand West Sac residents helped

One-year old Neaveh looks snug alongside her mother, Amber Moses, after the pair received some donated items.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 21, 2012 —

About 250 families totaling about 1,000 West Sacramento residents turned up Saturday for the annual “Community  Giveaway Day” held on Saturday at the Westfield Village Elementary School campus.

The event started at 8 a.m. — but people started lining up on the drizzly day as early as 2:30 a.m., reports spokesperson Lori Aldrete.

About 150 volunteers came from organizations such as River City and Christian Brothers high schools, Our Lady of Grace, Kaiser Permanente, St. Joseph’s and the Yolo County Children’s Alliance.

The local Grocery Outlet provided food for 500 family meal bags, each with a ham. Sutter Health donated $6,000, and was joined by a number of other sponsors.

Guests look through bins of donated clothes (info and photos from Lori Aldrete, Aldrete Communications)

Organizers gave away $3,000 worth of toys, 300 new coats, and 150 used coats.

“Each year, thanks to our generous sponsors, dedicated and cheerful volunteers, and the wonderful and grateful families coming to the event, we end the day exhausted but grateful to be a part of such a heartwarming event to support our community,” said Katie Villegas of the Children’s Alliance in a press statement.

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Free Thanksgiving lunch at church

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

Anyone needing a free Thanksgiving meal is invited to First Southern Baptist Church, 2124 Michigan Ave., from noon-1:30 on Thursday (Thanksgiving day).

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Tree lighting & visit from Santa soon

Santa arrives in front of city hall for the 2010 lighting of the Christmas tree. The popular event draws hundreds, and offers music and refreshments (News-Ledger photo)

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The annual West Sacramento Tree Lighting is on the schedule for 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 in front of city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

Kids can get a picture with Santa at this popular event between 6:30-8 p.m. Entertainment will include the River City High School Choir, West Sacramento Community Singers and Russian Baptist Church Dawn Choir. The event is free, hosted by the City and the Chamber of Commerce. There will be refreshments. “Mooie’s After Party” will follow, across the street at the community center. For more information, visit www.westsacramentochamber.com or call 371-7042.

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West Sac vet rides in parade

[adrotate group=”9″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 14, 2012 —

Former sergeant Eli Plaugher of West Sacramento (waving) served in the Korean War in 1951 -1952. Sunday, he rode in the downtown Sacramento Veteran’s Day parade. With him (at left) is family friend Sgt. Tommy Wang who served  two tours in Iraq.

West Sacramento did not hold a Veterans Day parade this year.

(photo courtesy of Gail Stone)