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McGowan reelected; other faces will change

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

The state primary election on June 5 was a quiet ballot for local West Sacramento elections. There were no local measures on the ballot, and voters won’t choose new city council or school board members until November.

MICHAEL McGOWAN: West Sacramento's first mayor, who was first elected to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in 1992 (courtesy photo)

Mike McGowan ran unopposed for another term as Yolo County Supervisor for District 1, which includes West Sacramento and Clarksburg. Turnout in District 1 was 25.3% (5,315 of 21,010 registered voters) and 4,205 of those voters checked the box for McGowan, granting him another term.

Elsewhere in Yolo County, Jim Provenza ran unopposed in the 4th District (with 38.5% turnout) and incumbent Duane Chamberlain defeated Art Pimental for the 5th District supervisor’s seat, 53.3% to 46.7% (with 30.3% turnout).

Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire fended off a challenge from Deputy District Attorney Clint Parish, 77.2% to 22.8%, to retain his seat on the bench. Maguire won all precincts in that hotly-contested race.

Redistricting will help shuffle West Sacramento’s representation in Congress, the State Assembly and State Senate next year.

Democrat Roger Dickinson won the “top two” primary in the newly redrawn 7th District of the State Assembly, which will include West Sacramento in 2013. In Yolo, he came in ahead of Republican Jonathan Zachariou 64.5% to 36.5%, and he now faces a November general election for the new seat. Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (also facing re-election) is the city’s current assembly member, but her 8th district will no longer serve West Sacramento beginning in January.

[adrotate group=”7″]  Congresswoman Doris Matsui (a Democrat) came out on top with 63.5% of Yolo County’s votes in the “top two” primary for the 6th District, House of Representatives. She was ahead of Republicans Joseph McCray, Sr., and Erik Smitt.  The 6th District will include West Sacramento starting next year; the city is currently served by 1st District Congressman Mike Thompson. Matsui will face McCray in the November general election for the 6th District.

West Sacramento will join the 6th District of the State Senate next year, with Democrat Darrell Steinberg continuing his current term as state senator. The city is currently served by the 5th District’s Lois Wolk. She’s not up for re-election this year.

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Open house Saturday at fire station

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

Take a picture with Sparky the Dalmation, have some free hot dogs, check out the fire engines: West Sacramento’s Fire Station 44 will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at 905 Fremont Blvd.

There will also be a raffle of kids’ bikes, a jump house and slide, coloring contest, face painting, fire equipment demonstrations and more.

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Two alarm fire on Citrus St

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER -- Firefighters found “heavy fire coming from the entire first floor, including the garage,” of this Citrus Street home when they responded on May 25. They requested a second alarm. Firefighters had to help rescue people trapped in a next-door unit, but most of the damage was confined to the original home. One resident received treatment for a minor burn, and the local chapter of the Red Cross helped make housing arrangements for the family displaced from this house, reports the West Sacramento Fire Department. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation. (Photo courtesy of W.S.F.D.)"

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Letters to the Editor:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

Go Navy!
I enjoyed the well-written article by Sam Urrea, a RCHS journalism student (News-Ledger, April 25), concerning Kai Hinton being selected to go to the United States Naval Academy. My best wishes to Kai for this incredible journey he is about to undertake.
[adrotate group=”9″]   In reading the article, memories came back to me about my grandson, Michael “Mike” Fonbuena. Mike is a graduate of RCHS and also a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He is currently a naval officer stationed in San Diego and has received numerous commendations and promotions. For your readers who went to school with Mike, they might like to know that he participated in the sea rescue of a boatload of people fleeing Somalia to have a better life. The engines on their boat had stopped operating and they were adrift.
While Mike was at the Academy, I visited him at the “Yard,” which is what the Academy location is called, and I was so impressed with the surroundings and especially with Mike’s devotion to honor.
Kai’s family will enjoy the same experiences. Oh, by the way, Go Navy!
DALE J. HARRINGTON
Benicia, CA

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Pets are good for you
It is well known that owning a pet has many health benefits.
A pet reduces stress, lowers your blood pressure , fights depression and improves your social life.
At the Yolo County Animal Shelter there are many animals waiting for their forever home .  Adopt one and all the benefits above and many more will accrue to you.  Among the cats waiting are:
Moe….this lovable black and white boy has been at the shelter for quite awhile but he hasn’t given up hope.  He greets anyone approaching his cage with a plaintive meow…”Are you the one?” He likes a bit of play but he most enjoys a comfortable lap and lots of stroking.
[adrotate group=”10″]   Liza ….has also been in the shelter a long time but she has kept her sweet, gentle personality.  She is a black and white beauty with a long, fluffy black tail. She never passes up an opportunity for a place on a comfy lap and a bit of a pet.
The Tortie Sisters….these girls  are just the right mix of playful and affectionate.  When they first meet you, they want a little lap time and some stroking before they jump down for a game of chase the ball or swat the toy.  Taco is the exuberant one while Runt is more laid back. They can be adopted separately or together.
Sandy…with the sapphire eyes  is a beautiful  tabby/lynx point  mix. She has a  regal air but succumbs to purrs , rollovers and kneading when gently stroked.  She is a bit shy in new situations but warms up once she feels safe and comfortable.
See pictures and more information on these and other wonderful animals at  Petfinder. com,  “like” us at www.facebook.com/YCAS Shelter, or visit the shelter at 2640 E. Gibson Rd, Woodland.
It’s what the doctor ordered!
JUDY SMITH
Volunteer
Yolo County Animal Shelter

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Sac’s Rubicon Brewery to expand production with West Sac plant

Glynn Phillips, majority owner of Rubicon Brewing Company (right), enjoys a pint at his current Sacramento facility. (Photo courtesy of Lee Marketing/Rubicon Brewery)

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

West Sacto facility will help Rubicon produce more ‘Monkey Knife Fight Pale Ale’ & other popular brews

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Sacramento’s Rubicon Brewing Company plans to expand its beer production by opening a West Sacramento plant late this year..

And the new brewery might – maybe, perhaps – open a tasting room, reports Glynn Phillips, majority owner of Rubicon. The new brewery will occupy about 16,000 square feet at 885 Stillwater Road in West Sacramento, near IKEA.

[adrotate group=”9″]   “Our focus and most important market is the Sacramento area,” Phillips told the News-Ledger. “We feel like we’re unable to supply the Sacramento area with enough beer to truly do it justice. We want to make sure Rubicon truly takes its spot as Sacramento’s oldest and most-produced local beer.”

At the company’s sole brewery and pub near 20th and Capitol, “there are people every day making beer, and we’re making it for Sacramento first.”

Rubicon’s products can be found on tap and in bottles at a number of regional restaurants and stores – including Raley’s, Bel Air, Whole Food, Taylor’s Market and Beverages & More, Phillips said.

“When you say ‘Rubicon,’ you’re talking about a brewery that has 25 years of history in the region. We’re the oldest continuously operating brewery in the Sacramento area, and probably one of the top five or ten oldest breweries on the West Coast.”

Others in that club, said Phillips, are names like Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Triple Rock and Mendocino Brewing Company.

What’s Rubicon’s flagship beer?

“Our IPA (India Pale Ale) has been our flagship ale since the late ‘80s,” said Phillips. “Most recently, our pale ale – called ‘Monkey Knife Fight’ – has taken over the area by storm.”

Rubicon products, lined up at the company’s bar at 20th and Capitol in Sacramento. (Photo courtesy of LEE MARKETING/Rubicon Brewing Co.)

The brewpub in midtown Sacramento is now maxing out at about 2,400-2,500 barrels of beer per year, said Phillips (one “barrel” is 31 gallons). But the company feels it isn’t meeting demand from local stores and restaurants, let alone markets outside the region. Rubicon has sometimes used Sudwerk in Davis to “contract brew” some of its recipes to help meet local demand (“They help ease the pain,” said Phillips.).

The new plant will approximately triple Rubicon’s capacity:

“We’re aiming for 4-5,000 barrels (from West Sacramento) in 2013,” said Phillips.

Phillips, 47, got into beer as a restaurant manager for Great Basin Brewing Company in Sparks.
“That’s where I really found my love for craft beer,” he said.

He later worked as general manager at Marin Brewing Company, and has been owner of Rubicon for seven years. He reports that the craft brewing companies in the region are supportive of each other.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “We feel like we’re all in this together,” said Phillips. “Our friends at the Auburn Alehouse, Sudwerk, River City Brewing, and American River Brewhouse – we all talk together. There’s a competitive streak, but we do ask ‘what grain is working for you right now?’ or we say, ‘hey, I tried your beer over at this place, and what I noticed was this –.’”

Rubicon’s Sacramento brewpub has a bar, indoor seating and a patio area, and a full menu.

The West Sac facility will, at least initially, focus just on stuff like mashing and fermenting. But there might be a time when it opens up for public tasting and for sales of six-packs and such.

Having a tasting room “really depends on the City of West Sacramento,” said Phillips. “It would be just a tasting room. There are some really nice laws that exempt me from some regulations if it’s just a tasting room. But it’s such a mountain-climb just to open a new brewery, we’ll just climb that mountain first.”

One local city councilman has lobbied him to create a West Sac brewpub – but that’s not on the horizon right now, said Phillips.

He said that he was “always” pretty set on expanding into West Sacramento, but that his company spent several years checking on water quality before taking the plunge.

“We got water samples over the last three years,” he said.

Rubicon’s brewmaster of 22 years, Scott Cramlet, told the News-Ledger that Rubicon presently uses Sacramento’s city water, adding a few minerals for some beer styles. West Sacramento’s water – also drawn from the Sacramento River– is pretty similar, said Cramlet.

The West Sac water samples passed muster, added Phillips.

The new plant is slated to start mixing grain, hops, water and yeast beginning in November, with a staff of about 40.

“We hope to open and hire shortly thereafter,” said Phillips. “We have focused on this for a very long time.”

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Suspect in copper thefts arrested

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

Thieves have been ripping copper wiring and pipes from cell phone towers, businesses, and even power lines in the region, turning the copper in for its cash value.

[adrotate group=”7″]   But on Thursday, West Sacramento police say they believe they caught one of the thieves.

Shortly after receiving a report of copper pipe theft from a local business, officers stopped 61-year old Robert Joyce of West Sacrament for a traffic enforcement issue.

“They noted that he was in possession of copper pipe and power tools,” said a press statement from Sergeant Nathan Steele of the W.S.P.D. “A subsequent investigation determined that the suspect was in possession of stolen property from two recent commercial burglaries where copper piping and other items were stolen. The loss and damage to the businesses was estimated at over $20,000.”

Joyce was arrested.

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De Anda graduates from Army basic

Pfc Robert De Anda: a recent graduate of Army basic training, whose father is currently deployed to Afghanistan

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

PFC Robert (Bobby) De Anda completed nine weeks of U.S. Army Basic Training, graduating on March 29, at Ft. Benning, Georgia.  He also completed five weeks of Advanced Individual Training, graduating on May 10 at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

PFC De Anda will begin Airborne School at Ft. Benning  on June 4, before reporting to his yet-to-be-determined location to begin his duties as a Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember.

He is a 2010 graduate of River City High School.

[adrotate group=”10″]   His family includes parents Richard & Gina De Anda, sister Stephanie De Anda, brother Christopher De Anda, grandparents Ben & Carol Baker (proprietor of Carol’s Restaurant), and grandparents Raul & Margaret De Anda, all of West Sacramento, CA.

His father, SFC Richard De Anda, is currently deployed to Afghanistan.

  ONLINE UPDATE, JUNE 8: Pfc Robert De Anda has received his orders. After completing airborne school, he will be assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

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