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‘Yolo Idol’ contest still open; West Sac native setting the stage at fair

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG. 7, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The Yolo County Fair starts Aug. 14, and West Sacramento native Marty DeAnda is on a mission. The sometime music-promoter and artist manager wants to upgrade the fair’s entertainment quotient, and he wants more West Sacramento musicians upon the fair’s various stages.

Those goals may take more than one year to complete, DeAnda told the News-Ledger.

MARTY DEANDA: If you're a good singer from West Sacramento or Yolo County, he wants you on stage for 'Yolo Idol.' (News-Ledger photo/copyright 2013)

MARTY DEANDA: If you’re a good singer from West Sacramento or Yolo County, he wants you on stage for ‘Yolo Idol.’ (News-Ledger photo/copyright 2013)

“They brought me in to change things up a bit, and bring in some higher level bands,” said DeAnda, 60. “I would also like to see more people competing in ‘Yolo Idol’ (the local talent competition). Last year, there were a thousand people watching. And I want to bring more bands to the forefront.”

Yolo Idol is, of course, modeled a bit upon the “American Idol” TV show.

“It’s all singing, all karaoke, to whatever music you choose,” he said. “It’s all over the board – we see everything from Jim Croce (songs) to real rock and roll for the younger kids.”

The cash prizes this year aren’t astronomical. Winners will vie for awards of $250, $100 and $50.

“We made steps to upgrade it this year so maybe next year, we can take it to a higher level.”

That higher level could include sending local champions on to compete in regional “Idol” challenges.

DeAnda says he is aiming to bring in better known bands to play on the fair’s stages.

“This year, our big band is Mumbo Gumbo,” he reports. “They play at 9 p.m. on Thursday night, the 15th.”

That puts Mumbo Gumbo right after “Yolo Idol,” in which local amateurs sing off from 6-8 p.m. the same evening.

And the “Idol” contest isn’t filled up, by the way. Interested singers can enter by contacting DeAnda at digmusic@sbcglobal.net.

The promoter points out that the competition isn’t about money and bragging rights. It could be a good place to get “discovered.”

“You never know who’s listening,” said DeAnda.

Case in point: some years ago, DeAnda was pulling down six figures a year as an insurance executive. One night, he went to a Sacramento club.

“I was at an ‘open mike’ event,” he recalls. “I have always been involved in the music scene. I was sitting at my table and the fellow running the open mike said ‘This next fellow is terrific, you should stick around.’ I still had a half a glass of wine, so I stayed. The kid came up to the mike – he looked like Bob Dylan at Newport. He was really something. And he just exploded.”

“I called him and we became friends. I quit my job – I just knew I had to represent him.”

The “kid” was Jackie Greene, who turned into one of the biggest singers to come out of Sacramento in the recent past.

So if you enter Yolo Idol, who knows who might be listening?

The free-admission Yolo County Fair runs from August 14-18 at 1250 E. Gum Avenue in Woodland. You can get information at www.yolocountyfair.net or (530) 402-2222.

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Project near Tower Bridge starts up

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 7, 2013 —

West Sacramento officials on Thursday will celebrate the groundbreaking of a 272-unit “infill” housing project near West Capitol Avenue, Raley Field and the ziggurat building.

  Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will join the Wolff Company development team and architect David Mogavero for an 11:30 a.m. ceremony at 777 5th Street.

  The “Capital Yards” project sits on 8.5 acres just north of the Tower Bridge gateway, bordered by Third, Fifth and G Streets. The project has also been called “Tower Bridge Commons.”

  A second phase of the project will later bring the number of housing units to 378, architect David Mogavero told the News-Ledger.

  Said the website of Mogavero Notestine Associates, the architect:

  “There are two building types in two phases: phase 1 consists of courtyard buildings that include 270 studio, one and two bedroom and penthouse units; and phase 2, our Tower Bridge Gateway building, four stories tall with structured parking that includes live/work, studio, one and two bedroom and penthouse units. Combined, both phases will build out to 350 units.”

   The courtyard buildings will have tuck-under, garage parking.

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Anti-crime block parties in WS tonight

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The annual block party and anti-crime rally is planned for tonight, Aug. 6. Local residents are encouraged to leave their outdoor lights on, go outside and network with their neighbors in this local edition of the “National Night Out” event. West Sacramento police, costumed mascots, members of the military and others will visit many of the parties — especially the “featured” block party at 1016 Meadow Road.

    Fifteen West Sacramento blocks will hold events this year from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. They are:

  Washington Courtyard Apartments (500 7th St.);

  Las Casitas Apartments (685 Lighthouse Dr.);

  Sunset Village Apartments (1611 Madrone Ave.);

  West Capitol Courtyard (2455 West Capitol Ave.);

  3429 Evergreen Ave.;

  1016 Meadow Rd.;

  1613 19th St.;

  19th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.;

  Aster and Manchester Streets;

  2692 Mandeville Way;

  Barona Court;

  Sumatra and Mandura Streets;

  3590 Antigua Pl.;

  1527 Redding Rd.;

  and 3733 Elsinore Ct.

  For questions, call Community Service Officer Nora McDowell, (916) 617-4937.

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Ag firm moves 10 miles to West Sac

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 31, 2013 —

R&D firm will take place of Affymetrix — which left West Sacto for Asia

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A Davis agricultural research and development operation will move to West Sacramento next year in order to expand.

Bayer CropScience, a division of Bayer AG of Germany, has acquired a 164,000-square foot facility at 870-890 Embarcadero Drive (near Reed Avenue and I-80), reported the Cushman & Wakefield commercial real estate firm. Cushman & Wakefield assisted Bayer CropScience in buying the building from Ethan Conrad Properties.

Bayer will use the facility for its U.S.-based research on vegetable seeds and crop protection products, said Cushman & Wakefield.

The plant will employ up to 300 people, added a statement from the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO), which worked with the City of West Sacramento and the company to facilitate the move.

Various reports say Bayer was unable to find a suitable facility in Davis in which to expand its operations. It chose existing lab space in West Sacramento that was formerly home to Affymetrix. That biotech firm quit West Sacramento for Singapore four years ago.

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON: "thrilled' to have agricultural research company move to West Sac (News-Ledger file photo)

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON: “thrilled’ to have agricultural research company move to West Sac (News-Ledger file photo)

“We’re thrilled with Bayer’s decision to locate in West Sacramento,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon in the SACTO press release. “The location will bring new jobs, revenue, and opportunities for other businesses and industry sectors in the area. Our staff worked closely with SACTO to put together a deal that allows Bayer AG to grow its footprint in the region.”

SACTO also credited the governor’s office for helping to make the move and expansion possible.

A company official said the move of about 10 miles would allow Bayer CropScience to continue its relationship with researchers at UC Davis.

“The new location offers top-notch equipment and allows for a stimulating exchange across disciplines,” said Johan Peleman, Head of Vegetable Seeds R&D, in a company press release. “At the same time, we can further strengthen our bonds with the University of California at Davis, one of the world’s top plant science institutes.”

The company will also use other land nearby in West Sacramento for “greenhouse and test plot purposes,” reported Bayer.

The company’s move is scheduled for early 2014, when it will begin expanding from its current workforce of about 140 people.

 

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