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Gov. reverses parole for West Sac man


Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced Sept. 21 that Governor Jerry Brown, Jr. has reversed a parole board decision to grant parole to West Sacramento convicted murderer Roger Moore.

In March, 1981, Roger Moore and Charles Williams robbed and beat to death Paul Ward, a 68-year-old amputee confined to a wheelchair. Ward’s half naked body was later found in a West Sacramento parking lot.

After a jury trial, a Yolo County Superior Court judge sentenced Moore to life in prison for murder and robbery.  This April, the Board of Parole Hearings found Moore suitable for parole, and scheduled a tentative release date from state prison.

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office challenged the Board’s decision to release him, arguing that Moore had shown lack of insight into why he committed the crime, he had a mental illness, and he had no good plans for a post-parole life.

The governor issued his decision on September 14.   In reversing the Parole Board, Governor Brown stated, “When considered as a whole, I find the evidence I have discussed shows why he currently poses a danger to society if released from prison.”

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig praised Governor Brown’s decision.

“We are pleased that Governor Brown agrees that Moore’s release at this time would be irresponsible,” said Reisig in a press release.  “We just can’t release vicious killers like this into our society under these circumstances.”

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Girl missing from West Sacramento:

Alyssa Burraston: teen was last seen in West Sacramento on Thursday


This report came from the West Sacramento Police Department last night. Circumstances of the girl’s disappearance were not specified:

The West Sacramento Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in locating a missing 15-year old girl last seen in West Sacramento at about 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 4.

The missing person is Alyssa Burraston,  who is white, 5′ 5″ tall,  approximately 105 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and jean shorts.

Anyone who has information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact the West Sacramento Police Dispatch at (916) 372-3375.

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Food, wine & music to support kids


Help celebrate ten years of the Yolo County Childrens Alliance, at a night of food, wine and music at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Visit to purchase tickets. Or donate to the “10 for 10” campaign, with a possible $10 donation to honor each of the years YCCA has been at work.

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Army Pvt. Geno M. Parker has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Parker is the son of Jason Parker of Norfolk Avenue, West Sacramento.

He is a 2011 graduate of River City High School.


  Air Force Reserve Airman Alexander M. Brookins graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

He is a 2010 graduate of River City High School, West Sacramento, Calif.


Air Force Airman Perrin A. Stegall graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Stegall is the son of Jeffery Stegall of Bacon Island Street, West Sacramento.

He is a 2011 graduate of River City High School, West Sacramento.


Army Pvt. Chin C. Saefong has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Saefong is the nephew of Liew Saefong of Hobson Avenue, West Sacramento, and brother of Chang Saefong of Boundary Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska.

He is a 2008 graduate of Yolo High School, West Sacramento.

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Last day to register to vote


The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election is October 22. Call Yolo Elections at (916) 375-6490, visit, or pick up a registration card at the library (1212 Merkley Ave.), post office (various) or the city clerk’s office (third floor of city hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave).

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District defends withholding of names


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Several days before the local school board was set to appoint a new board member to fill a vacancy, the News-Ledger asked the district for a copy of the list of the eight people who applied for the position. The goal was to publish the list and give West Sacramento residents a better chance to give their input on the decision.

A district staffer eventually declined to provide the names, emailing that “The Board doesn’t have the list yet, so therefore, it isn’t public information.”

The newspaper didn’t get the applicants’ names before the meeting.

DAYTON GILLELAND, superintendent of the Washington Unified School District (photo from WUSD website)

But the exchange raised a question of policy: does the Washington Unified School District really believe that its information might not be “public information” just because the school board hasn’t seen it yet? California has a fairly powerful Public Records Act that essentially says government documents are “public” unless they fit in certain specified categories of exemption – confidential personnel material or documents involving ongoing negotiations, for example.

The News-Ledger contacted WUSD Superintendent Dayton Gilleland to find out if this “board hasn’t seen it, therefore it isn’t public information” argument accurately reflects public policy. Several telephone calls and email exchanges followed.

The editor asked him:

“I was unable to get an advance copy of the list of candidates for the board appointment. My understanding is that it was withheld because WUSD did not consider this information ‘public’ based on the fact that the board had not seen the information yet. Do you regard that as appropriate and legal?”

After consultation with attorneys, Gilleland responded by email, in part:

“I do feel it was fully appropriate and legal that we would not provide a list, as you requested, when that list did not exist nor had the names of the candidates become ‘public’ prior to receipt by the Board of Education on the day of the interviews. This determination was further affirmed by our legal counsel’s opinion.”

  The News-Ledger pointed out that WUSD had in its first email seemed to acknowledge the existence of a list – possibly misleading us – and, had we known there was no list, we could have instantly re-phrased our request and asked for copies of the applicants’ actual applications. And we mentioned that the California Public Records Act includes a requirement that government agencies actively help members of the public to better target their informational requests. We received no response on these points.

Was there any legal justification “within the context of the California Public Records Act” to withhold a school district document based on whether the board had received the same information?

Gilleland didn’t address the Public Records Act. He did cite a portion of the state’s  Brown Act, which talks about the need to post agendas of public meetings in advance. This state law says when a person asks for items in an agenda packet, the government agency shall “cause the requested materials to be mailed at the time the agenda is posted, or upon distribution to all, or a majority of all, of the members of the body, whichever occurs first.”

And that’s about where the dialog left off.

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Winners in city video contest — Wicked West Pizza wins an iPad 2



The top videos entered in the City of West Sacramento’s first-ever video contest have been announced. Each winner receives a $300 gift card, with one of the finalists also receiving the grand prize iPad2.

The video contest, presented in celebration of the City’s 25th anniversary, challenged amateur videographers to produce short videos on such subjects as Living in West Sacramento, Playing in West Sacramento, or Working in West Sacramento. The winners are:

“Living in West Sacramento” category:

  • Ruth Pagano, “A Wonderland”;
  • Peggy Bell, “Cheers to 25 Years of Greatness.”

“Playing in West Sacramento”:

  • Kathleen Poe, “The Poe Family at Play in West Sacramento”;
  • Nate Eckler with the Sea Scouts of West Sacramento, “How We Play in West Sac.”

“Working in West Sacramento”:

  • Wicked West Pizza & BBQ, “Take My Order, Maybe.”

Wicked West Pizza & BBQ is also the grand prize winner of the iPad2, drawn from the contest’s category winners.

“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we invited local residents and businesses to tell their story about why they have enjoyed living, working, and playing in West Sacramento,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

Winners will receive their prizes at the West Sacramento City Council meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.

You can see the winning videos at the City of West Sacramento’s Youtube channel, here.

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