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School district redesigns website


Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento invites you to visit its redesigned website at

The site boasts “several customer service-oriented features, including mobile-enabled viewing, a search feature, greatly improved navigation, news/announcements” and more, said a district press release.

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Helicopter, K9 search for suspect


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Police tried but failed to find a fleeing suspect Friday night after a pair of men in a car allegedly tossed a loaded handgun out the door during a traffic stop. The search led police to “set up a perimeter” near downtown West Sacramento and use a loudspeaker to warn citizens to remain indoors.

The incident started at about 11 p.m. when an officer tried to pull over the suspects’ car near West Capitol Avenue and Sycamore Avenue.

“It slowed down, and the gun was tossed out the window,” reported Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department. “It went forward a couple more blocks before stopping.”

[adrotate group=”7″] But as the car stopped, a male passenger in the front seat “bailed” from the car and took off on foot. The driver, 20-year old Santiago Herrera Valois of West Sacramento, was taken into custody without incident.

Backtracking, police found a loaded 9 mm Luger handgun in a storm drain. The gun was confirmed as stolen. Valois, a felon, faces several charges including possession of a firearm.

A Sacramento County helicopter and a K-9 unit joined in the search for the missing passenger, with one witness reporting that the search area included the neighborhood near Merkley Avenue and Evergreen Avenue.

They did not find or ID him, reports Sockman.

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Free household items on Saturday


The West Sacramento Community Giveaway Day returns on Sat., Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. until supplies last, at Westfield Village Elementary School, 508 Poplar Avenue.

[adrotate group=”7″]   If your household needs some help with free donated food, clothing, baby items, shoes, toys and other household goods, you’re invited. Must be a West Sacramento resident. Proof of address and children required (driver’s license, Medi-Cal card, or utility bill, for example). Sponsored by the school, St. Joseph’s Mobile Mall, West Sacramento Grocery Outlet and Yolo County Children’s Alliance.

Volunteers and donations (cash, food, gift certificates and donated items) are welcome. Call (530) 757-5558 to donate goods.

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Restaurant + food trucks at benefit

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — Nov 15, 2012 —

The new Broderick restaurant at 319 6th Street in West Sacramento plans a grand opening on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., in a benefit for East Coast hurricane relief.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The restaurant is at the site of the former Jazzy Blues Cafe and, before that, Westside Pub.

The grand opening also will host visiting food trucks. There will be live music at the restaurant.

The establishment’s website is at

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Another school board election coming


West Sacramento’s school board has chosen Tuesday, March 5, as the day to hold a special election for an existing school board vacancy.

Sandra Vargas, former member of the board, resigned in August to create the vacancy. The resignation came too late for the position to be added to last week’s regular election ballot.

The remainder of the board then solicited applicants and chose resident Elizabeth Bagdazian to fill the remaining two-years-plus of Vargas’s term.

[adrotate group=”10″]   But a coalition of local residents, supported by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, circulated a petition calling for the appointment to be overturned and the vacant seat to go before a vote. State law allows for such a petition.

The trustees of the Washington Unified School District chose to make the special election an “all mail” ballot — a cheaper option than the usual election with polling places. Yolo County is part of a pilot program that allows for some mail-only voting in California.

Those interested in running for the vacant seat have until Dec. 7 to file. They may pick up forms at the Yolo County Elections Office, 625 Court Street, Room B05 in Woodland. For information, call the elections office at (530) 666-8133.

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Ice rink opens in downtown Sacto

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

The annual downtown holiday ice rink has opened at 7th and K streets in Sacramento.

It’s been a tradition for 21 years and last year saw a 20% increase in attendance, report its sponsors. This year, ice rink visitors can look forward to Monday Date Nights, Tuesday Family Skate Nights, and special discounts courtesy of the Sacramento Downtown Plaza on Wednesdays.

The ice rink will be open daily to the public from November 2nd to January 21, 2013. Admission is $8. Skate rentals are $2.

For more information, call 442-8575.

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West Sac emergency volunteers respond to simulated earthquake disaster

CERT members celebrate their training mission (courtesy of WSFD)

[adrotate group=”9″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 7, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s CERTs (Certified Emergency Response Technicians) joined other teams in the region to participate in a disaster-response exercise on Oct. 13. The 500 volunteers practiced responding to a simulated earthquake emergency at a shopping mall. CERT members are trained by the local fire department in skills such as first aid and light search and rescue. They are meant to augment firefighters and other first-responders in the event of a disaster or crisis.

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