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MADD honors prosecutor, local cop

Jonathan Raven, a Yolo County Prosecutor honored by 'Mothers Against Drunk Driving.' (courtesy of Yolo County District Attorney's office)

Jonathan Raven, a Yolo County Prosecutor honored by ‘Mothers Against Drunk Driving.’ (courtesy of Yolo County District Attorney’s office)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 5, 2013 —

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has given its “Prosecutor of the Year” award in California to Jonathan Raven, Chief Deputy District Attorney in Yolo County. The award “is presented to one prosecutor who has made a significant impact in one or multiple cases and worked closely with MADD,” reports the office of District Attorney Jeff Reisig.

Judy Utter, a senior victim services specialist for MADD, said she saw Raven make a difference in a local case in which a family lost their daughter in a DUI accident.

“The judge was ready to let the defendant out of custody when Jonathan stood up and cited a new constitutional amendment giving victims the right to speak out at bail hearings,” said Utter, quoted by the D.A.’s office. “Jonathan spoke with me and the mom outside and the mom made a passionate statement to the judge in open court. The judge did not let the defendant out of custody.”

At the same recent award ceremony, several regional police officers were honored by MADD for fighting impaired driving. They included West Sacramento officer Matt Boudinot.

 

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Free local orchestra concert Sunday

West Sacramento Community Orchestra (News-Ledger file photo)

West Sacramento Community Orchestra (News-Ledger file photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The West Sacramento Community Orchestra invites you to a free concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the civic center galleria (1110 West Capitol). On the program are Buck’s “Festival Overture,” Fillmore’s “Lassus Trombone,” Custer’s “Star Trek Through The Years” and a tribute to Elvis by Ricketts, among other selections.

The orchestra will also play at 7:30 p.m. on June 11 at Centennial Methodist Church at 5401 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento. For information, call 991-5262.

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West Sacramento school board plans special, strategic meeting

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 7, 2013 —

West Sacramento’s public school district announced yesterday they will hold a special strategic session on Saturday. The meeting will cover “governance team building” as well as “goals, objectives, policies and priorities” for the school board and district.

The special session begins at 9 a.m. on June 8 in Room 75 at the Washington Unified School District office, 930 Westacre Road. It is a public meeting.

A facilitator from the California School Boards Association will assist the discussion.

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Farmers market kicks of at 4:30 p.m.

Sorting through fresh cherries, West Sacramento Farmers Market on West Capitol Ave.(News-Ledger file photo, 2011)

Sorting through fresh cherries, West Sacramento Farmers Market on West Capitol Ave.(News-Ledger file photo, 2011)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 5, 2013 00

Today (Thursday, June 6) is opening day for the 2013 edition of the West Sacramento Farmers Market.

[adrotate group=”7″] The market will be held Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to dusk, on part of the street in front of city hall — 1100 West Capitol Avenue.

Opening night includes a sit-down dinner cooked up by Chef Jess Milbourn of The Eatery and City Councilman Chris Ledesma.  A portion of the proceeds goes to charity (this week, it goes to the Elderly Nutrition Program of Yolo County). The special dinner event continues the first Thursday of each month at the market.

Seating for the dinner is 100. As of Monday, reports a chamber spokesperson, some tickets were still available.

Look for tickets to the “Dig In!” dinner at www.westsacramentochamber.com/events or call 371-7042. Tickets are $40.

Special to the first night of this year’s market is the installation of a piece of large community artwork at the site. Artists Paula Wenzl Bellacera of West Sacramento and Taylor Gutermute of Sacramento have organized the project — the first part of a two-year Yolo County “Mandala” effort. Residents from age two to 90 have chipped in to create 254 individual pieces of art from local agricultural materials. The two professionals have been preparing the weavings, mosaics and paintings to come together into a ground-level work that honors the Yolo County’s agricultural heritage. The piece will be dedicated at 4:30 p.m., and will remain up near city hall “semi-permanently.”

 

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