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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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Final candidates for West Sac’s ballot:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 15, 2012 —

EDITOR’S NOTE: The extended deadline for new people to enter the school board race passed without any new candidates signing up. So the list of candidates for West Sacramento’s city and school board elections we published below on Aug. 15 is now final and complete — with the exception that Nathan Eckler, who filed to run for school board, has withdrawn his candidacy.

The deadline has closed for candidates to file for election to the West Sacramento city council or to the mayor’s seat on the November 6 ballot. And while there will be only one new challenger in those races, he does pack some punch.

Oleg Maskaev, a resident of the Southport area, will challenge city council incumbents Bill Kristoff and Oscar Villegas for one of the two available four-year terms. Maskaev is a former WBC heavyweight boxing champ.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will not see a challenger this year as he seeks election to another two-year term.

Things are more crowded and less final in the race for one of three available seats on the school board.

Incumbents David Westin and Mary Leland have filed for re-election, but current board president Teresa Blackmer did not.

As of yesterday morning (Aug. 14), there were eight challengers on board for the race. Here are their names and their self-described ballot designations:

Coby Pizzotti, a “parent/legislative advocate”; Alicia Cruz, a “parent/community volunteer”; Katie Villegas, “Children’s Alliance Director”; Walt R. Bowman, “retired truck driver”; Nate Eckler (no designation yet given) [application later withdrawn]; Tamera Russel, “educator/parent”; Rene L. Guerrero, “community organizer”; and Roy Sianez, “parent/legislative director.”

Because one of the incumbents did not file for reelection, the deadline for challengers to file was automatically extended to today (Aug. 15). So this list of school board candidates is not necessarily final.

A fourth seat on the board of trustees for Washington Unified School district is also in play. Because board member Sandra Vargas has submitted her resignation effective Aug. 31, the board is accepting applications from people interested in being appointed by the board to fill her seat for the remaining two years of her four-year term.

The resignation came too late to allow the vacancy to be added to the November ballot as a matter of routine.

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Food giveaway today in West Sac

From the West Sacramento NEWS-LEDGER —

The Yolo County Food Bank will distribute food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Locations include the County building at 500 Jefferson Blvd. from 9-10 a.m.; Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1500 Park Blvd., from 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Yolo Housing Authority at 685 Lighthouse Drive from 11-noon; and the Clarksburg Firehouse from noon to 1 p.m.

Please bring a bag, and attend only one site. For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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‘Corn Festival’? ‘Hemp Festival’? Your ideas for an annual West Sac celebration

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 15, 2012 —

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The News-Ledger recently got to wondering whether West Sacramento ought to take another stab at coming up with its own annual festival to celebrate. So we posted the following question on our Facebook web page, and received the suggestions below:

“All right: so Woodland has a tomato festival (coming up on Aug 11). Isleton has a crawdad festival. Sacramento has a jazz festival. What should West Sac celebrate with a festival?”

  Billy Mistler: a Whitey’s Special festival.

  Gloria Pedroza-Madrid: Nice, Billy! But I will work with you, how about Whitey’s Peach milkshake festival!!!

  Sarah Wilson: Rice. Port of Sacramento.

  Cynthia ‘Cindi’ Islas: Corn festival.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Denice Seals: How ‘bout a weekly Farmers Market! (Editor’s note: Denice heads up the local chamber of commerce, which happens to sponsor a Thursday-night farmers market!)

  Joshua Williams: Beer Cheese and Wine Festival!

  Katie Adams: beer festival!!

  Eve Westvik: A tamale festival.

Mary Brookins: Rice!

  Nathan Mccully: a drug and alcohol recovery festival and watermelon.

Dillon Stenholm: Hemp fest.

Pj Hargrove Bonfield: Something to highlight the Port.

  Debby Fricano: Corn festival!

  Julia McMichael: The Jazz Society is West Sacramento. Duh.

  David Prescott: West Sacramento Free Adult Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Festival.

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Train takes out power line

From the West Sacramento News-Ledger — AUG 15, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Power went out for around an hour to over 2,000 PG&E customers in West Sacramento on Thursday.

The cause? Train versus power line.

[adrotate group=”7″]   According to West Sacramento police records, a citizen reported the outage at about 3 p.m. after a train hit a “low hanging” power line on the 2700-block of Rice Avenue, causing sparks and leaving the line “frayed.”

Brandi Ehlers, a spokesperson for PG&E, said she did know how the train came to hit the power line.

“I haven’t heard yet whether the lines were low-hung or whether a piece of equipment fell down and was hit, or whether the train was higher than usual,” Ehlers told the News-Ledger.

“We initially lost power to 2,739 customers. It looks like they were all restored by 4:21 p.m. We did have to replace the cable.”

The utility company received reports of power outages from the “state street” area near Park Boulevard (Pennsylvania Avenue, Virginia Avenue, etc.) as well as from Rice Avenue and Evergreen Avenue.

ONLINE UPDATE, AUG 15 2012: After this News-Ledger went to press, PG&E spokeswoman called back with further information on why the train hit the power line. She said:

“The main guy wire anchor had rusted through. This caused the pole to lean more, causing the wire to sag down. It was also hot out, and there was a heavy electrical use on the line, due to the hot weather [i.e., customers were using their air conditioners heavily]. This made it even hotter. Our power lines tend to sag lower when they’re hot. We have built-in clearance for that, but with the pole leaning, it wasn’t enough.”

The cable and other faulty equipment has been replaced, added Ehlers.

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Yolo’s free-admission fair opens tonight

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 15, 2012 —

The Yolo County Fair in Woodland opened its free-admission gates for some events as early as Sunday. But the fair opens officially today, with indoor exhibits open to visitors at 6 p.m.

You can get unlimited rides from 6 p.m. to midnight tonight on the “Midway of Fun” for a special price of $25, and there will be goat races, judging of baking entries, music and other events on tap as well. “Lifeshine” will play rock and roll on the east stage at 6 p.m., and Eddie Loebs & Blue Steel play on the West Stage at 8:30 p.m.

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will emcee the “Yolo County Fair Idol” talent contest scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the west stage.

[adrotate group=”7″] The popular auto destruction derby starts crashing inside the arena at 7 p.m. on Friday.

There will also be livestock exhibits, crafts and other things to either do or see.

Doors close for the 2012 edition of the Yolo County Fair at midnight on Sunday.

For the full schedule of events, visit http://www.yolocountyfair.com.

The fairgrounds are located at 1250 E. Gum Avenue in Woodland. Parking is $5/day. Admission is free, but some events such as carnival rides require paid tickets.

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Blood drive today at city hall

[adrotate group=”7″] FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

You’re invited to drop off a little of the red stuff during a City of West Sacramento blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at city hall.

A Sacramento BloodSource mobile coach will be in the parking lot at 1110 West Capitol Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for appointments (call Kryss Rankin, 617-4500). Walk-ins taken when space is available.

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