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Davis to drink West Sac water?

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 22, 2012 —

The City of Davis is looking for a new source of drinking water to replace its problematic use of ground water. Options include forming a partnership with Woodland to build a new plant to process water from the Sacramento River or becoming a water customer of West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”7″]   A Davis city advisory committee last week recommended continuing along the road to a Woodland-Davis water project while negotiating with West Sacramento to try to lower the proposed $142 million tab of that option.

Davis is looking for a better price from West Sacramento on 12 million gallons of water a day for 30 years, with an option to renew.

Davis has estimated the cost of a partnership with Woodland at $163 million – a projection that calls for bigger residential and commercial water bills.

West Sacramento city officials have told the News-Ledger that the local treatment plant at Bryte Bend now has the capacity to fill the order from Davis, and the resulting cash flow could be used to finance future expansion of the plant.

Davis officials expect to make a final decision by October, after a further round of talks with West Sacramento.

(Editor’s note: After receiving their committee’s recommendation, the Davis City Council this week opted to continue exploring both the Woodland and West Sacramento options, while looking to reduce costs).

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Parade & Neighbors Fair return Saturday

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

The “West Sacramento Neighborhood Fair & Parade” return Sat., Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

[adrotate group=”9″]   There will be food, games and vendors at this “multicultural event.” The fair will be located at Bryte Park, and the parade will begin from the park at 10 a.m. Community groups and vendors who wish to participate must register by Aug. 24. Visit www.BryteAndBroderick.org/fairandparade.cfm or  call (916) 640-3677 for information.

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2 hurt, 1 arrested in Southport: man allegedly drove Suburban into party

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 26, 2012 —

West Sacramento police say a man has been arrested after allegedly driving his Chevy Suburban into a yard party on Devon Avenue in Southport. The vehicle went through a fence, causing “major” leg injuries to two people.

Police were called to the corner of Devon Avenue and Kinsington Avenue at about 4 p.m. yesterday.  According to a press release from Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department, 51-year old Edwin Morais “got into an argument with the resident on Devon Avenue over Stolen property.”

“One witness stated Morais had a handgun in his waistband and displayed it during the argument,” added Sockman. “After the argument, Morais got into his black Suburban and allegedly drove it through the fence at the residence and into an area where seven people were attending a party. No one was struck by the vehicle as he drove into the yard but the fence attached to the Suburban and that fencing struck two people on the legs causing what was described as major injuries.

[adrotate group=”10”]  “A short time later, officers found the Suburban backed into the driveway of Morais’ home at the 1400 block of Lemontree Road. Officers surrounded the residence and called into the house for Morais to come out. Morais came out on the porch and acknowledged the officers but returned into his house. SWAT teams were called to the scene but were not utilized. Morais surrendered after approximately two hours without incident. Morais’ wife was at home but was not harmed. Morais was arrested and will be booked at the Yolo County Jail on charges of felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon.”

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Convicted of following store owner home and robbing her in her driveway

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 22, 2012 —

A Yolo County Jury has convicted 32-year-old Vincent Sloan of West Sacramento of robbing the owner of a Woodland check cashing business while the owner was on her way home from work on April 10.  The jury also convicted Sloan of hit-and-run.

After work, the victim was depositing checks at the Wells Fargo ATM in Woodland before going home, reports the D.A.’s office.  The victim, who was with her 8-year-old son, parked in the driveway of her Woodland home and was walking to her door when Sloan, wearing dark clothing and a mask, demanded her bank bag.

Sloan slapped her and struggled with her to get the bag while she screamed for help.  The victim’s husband heard his wife at the front door and ran to help her.  Sloan ran to a waiting car where an accomplice drove him away.   Sloan and his accomplice fled south on I-5 and crashed off the embankment and struck another car near the Main Street onramp in Woodland.

[adrotate group=”10″] Sloan’s DNA was found on the inside of the car that fled from the robbery.  The car was also registered to Sloan.

Sloan faces up to 6 years in state prison.  The Honorable Stephen Mock presided over the jury trial and will sentence Sloan on September 4.

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West Sac man: 30 years to life

WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 25, 2012 —

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig’s office announced that on August 24, Superior Court Judge Stephen Mock sentenced West Sacramento’s Dmitry Dudkin to 30 years to life in state prison for child molestation.  Dudkin had previously been convicted of two counts of child molestation in this case after pleading no contest to the charges.

Dudkin, age 27, molested an 8-year old girl from 2009 to 2011, said a spokesperson from Reisig’s office.  The crimes were discovered when the victim went to school with a hickey on her neck.  The victim told the police that Dudkin showed her pornography and asked her to perform various sexual acts on him.  Dudkin took pictures of her with his cell phone.  The Yolo County High-Tech Crimes Taskforce analyzed Dudkin’s computers and cell phones and found provocative photos of the victim.

[adrotate group=”9″]    Deputy District Attorney Sara Abrate prosecuted the case. “The defendant victimized this 8 year old girl repeatedly by taking advantage of his position of trust,” said Abrate in a press release. “This sentence ensures that he will never be able to harm this young girl, or any other children, again.”

District Attorney Jeff Reisig praised the work of the West Sacramento Police Department and the District Attorney’s High Tech Forensic Unit.

“The hard work and dedication of West Sacramento officers and our High Tech investigators was critical,” said Reisig in a press statement.  “Their efforts resulted in a plea, avoided a trial, and saved the young child from having to testify.”

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Girl Scouts bring concerns to WUSD boss

Dayton Gilleland, superintendent of the Washington Unified School District, with some scouts from Troop 2203: (left-right) Kendelle Wilkinson, Kennedy Cooks, Anthena Kelly and Alexa Vasilopoulos (courtesy of Troop 2203)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 22, 2012 —

A letter-writing project turned into something unexpected for members of Girl Scout Troop 2203 in West Sacramento – a meeting with the superintendent of schools in Washington Unified School District.

“Troop 2203 in West Sacramento spent some time writing about improvements they’d like to see in their community,” Troop Leader Yvonne Cantrell explained in a news release to the News-Ledger. “Two of the seven troop members chose to write to the Washington Unified School District – one to ask for more yard duty attendants to curb playground bullying, and the other to ask that all classrooms be equipped with ample and functioning desks and tools for learning.”

The letters went to Dayton Gilleland, the WUSD superintendent.

“They were humbly hoping to receive at least a standard ‘thank you for your concern’ letter in return,” said Cantrell. “To their delight and surprise, the superintendent not only acknowledged receipt of the letters, he also asked that the girls and their families meet with him.”

[adrotate group=”7″]  The meeting happened on May 29.

“Dr. Gilleland graciously allowed each girl to share her story of concern, and he patiently listened and valued what each had to say. (He) explained that though some problems may seem to have an easy answer, there are a myriad of issues that the district must consider when operating a complex institution like a public school district, especially considering the budgetary climate of today,” said Cantrell.

The girls in Troop 2203 learned “that by taking action (simply writing a letter), their voices were heard and future improvement was possible now that a dialog had been started.”

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West Sac property values drop 3%

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 22, 2012 —

  The following article includes a link for you to use to look up your property tax information or ask for your tax value to be reassessed.

Yolo County Assessor Joel Butler has released the 2012-13 Yolo County Tax Roll, which shows a slight decline in the roll value from last year.

The numbers of properties that have been reduced below their Proposition 13-factored base year value have grown from over 18,000 to greater than 20,000.

[adrotate group=”10″]   County staff has reviewed 27,500 parcels for possible declines in value, said Butler’s office. The reduction in this year’s roll was partially offset by new construction, change of ownership in properties with older base year values, agricultural properties and properties at the Proposition 13 value receiving the 2% inflation factor. The result is a net decrease to the Yolo County tax roll of less than 1% to a value of $19,658,240,750.

The city of Davis showed a modest increase at 2.09%. The cities of West Sacramento and Woodland continued to reflect the declining real estate market at (3.09%) and (1.29%) respectively.

“Employees in the Assessor’s office have done a tremendous job in reviewing home values, as well as other property types, to help avoid the need for filing appeals,” said Yolo County Assessor Joel Butler in a press release.

Values are now available on the Yolo County Assessor’s website: http://www.yolocounty.org/index.aspx?page=1603. A parcel number or street address is necessary to view one’s value online. Those without computer access or with questions can call the Yolo County Assessor’s office at (530) 666-8135.

Those wishing to file an appeal of their assessment can do so online: http://www.yolocounty.org/index.aspx?page=1520 or via an application available in the Clerk of the Board’s office, located at 625 Court Street, Room 204 in Woodland. For more information, visit the website or call (530) 666-8195.

Note: Due to budgetary constraints, the Yolo County Assessor’s office is closed some Fridays through the remainder of 2012. Visit: http://www.yolocounty.org/Index.aspx?page=1740 for information of office closures.

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