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City of West Sacramento approves plan for bikeways, walkways

West Sacramento's plan for bike & pedestrian paths. This draft plan shows both existing and planned trails.

West Sacramento’s plan for bike & pedestrian paths. This draft plan shows both existing and planned trails.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 15, 2013 —

The West Sacramento City Council on May 8 approved the 2013 West Sacramento Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan.

“The low-stress bike network would be designed to encourage more West Sacramento residents and workers to use their bikes for local trips for both recreation and their commute,” reported city spokesman Art Schroeder.  “It would include an expansion of bike lanes on streets with up to four total lanes and a speed limit of up to 30 miles per hour (35 miles per hour if a raised median is present) and on shared streets with up to three total lanes and a speed limit of up to 25 miles per hour).”

The plan also would increase West Sacramento’s 44 miles of existing bikeways and trails to nearly 101.8 miles over the next several years, using federal, state, regional and local funding programs to cover the estimated $43.5 million cost, according to Schroeder.

With adoption of the new plan, West Sacramento’s goal now is that by 2030 five percent of commute trips by West Sacramento residents are by bike and 10 percent of commute trips are by walking.  Currently only 1.1 percent of West Sacramento residents commute to and from work by bike, while 1.9 percent of residents currently commute by walking, said Schroeder.

With a combined 15 percent of commute trips by biking and walking, there would be more than 1,000 West Sacramento bicycle commuters and more than 2,000 walk commuters in 2030. Other planned policies to encourage more biking and walking in West Sacramento include:

•    Increasing bike parking facilities
•    Encouraging developers to provide shower/changing facilities for office buildings
•    Participation in a bike sharing program being developed by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
•    Developing improved pedestrian facilities on Jefferson Blvd., West Capital Ave., Enterprise Ave. and around River City High School

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Sobriety checkpoint Saturday night

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 24, 2013 —
The West Sacramento Police Department announced it will hold a checkpoint to look for drivers who are under the influence or are unlicensed, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday night. They have not disclosed the exact West Sacramento location.
Advance announcement of the checkpoints is intended to help discourage drunk driving.

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Short plays on stage, courtesy of River City High drama club

The drama club at River City High School (courtesy to the News-Ledger)

The drama club at River City High School (courtesy to the News-Ledger)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 22, 2013 —

Actors from the River City High School Drama Club are hosting a festival of one-act plays this weekend in the Black Box theater at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. Curtain goes up at 7 p.m. May 24 & 25. Tickets are $4.

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A reunion to remember

Joseph, Kathy and Kaylee Pinola -- moments after the three were united for the first time. (Photos courtesy of Mickey Fausett)

Joseph, Kathy and Kaylee Pinola — moments after the three were united for the first time.
(Photos courtesy of Mickey Fausett)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 15, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Sailor Joseph Pinola had been at sea for eight months on the USS John C. Stennis, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. So he had not yet met his five-month old daughter when he returned to town on April 29.

Still, the 22-year old West Sacramentan said he had just been joking when he told his wife Kathy he wanted a big to-do when he flew in at the Sacramento airport. The couple spoke over the phone as they talked about his return.

“I was playing around,” said Joseph. “I said I wanted a news crew and a whole bunch of people at the airport.”

She and some other family members obliged – without telling him. When her husband came down the escalator from the airport terminal, there was a mob of about 15 festive family members waiting for him.

Plus a KCRA TV news crew, with a camera pointed at Joseph’s face.

Video of the event shows Joseph Pinola in his Navy uniform, looking pretty dumbfounded by the welcome. But also pretty happy.

“I was shocked,” he told the News-Ledger. “I was like a deer in the headlights. I didn’t know what to do.”

Joseph and Kathy met at Golden State Middle School (currently the Riverbank Elementary campus) as students. They graduated from River City High School in 2009. She’s 21, formerly Kathy Onsy. They started dating as young teens in 2005.

When Joseph left port on the Stennis, the couple didn’t even know they were going to have a baby.  The ship has spent time in the Persian Gulf, supporting air missions to Afghanistan. Joseph Pinola’s job has been to help the aircraft taxi and move around on the carrier.

“On April Fool’s Day, she called me and said, ‘I took a pregnancy test, and I’m pregnant,’” recalls Joseph.

“I took like eight pregnancy tests, but I still didn’t believe it,” Kathy added.

Kathy Pinola (right, front) waits anxiously for her husband, accompanied by a retinue of family members and a Sacramento television crew. She’s carrying Kaylee, the baby girl her U.S. Navy husband has not yet met.

Kathy Pinola (right, front) waits anxiously for her husband, accompanied by a retinue of family members and a Sacramento television crew. She’s carrying Kaylee, the baby girl her U.S. Navy husband has not yet met.

Little Kaylee – born at 6 pounds, 4.2 ounces and 21 inches long – is doing great.

“She always has a smile on her face, every single morning,” reports Kathy Pinola.

Joseph’s uncle, Mickey Fausett of West Sacramento, finds it amusing that Pinola is a Navy man.

“I used to take him sailing,” remembers Fausett. “One time, I remember he looked around and said, ‘Boy, there’s a lot of water out here – can we go back in now?’”

The Pinola family is getting ready to go to Washington state – the Stennis is homeported at Bremerton.  There, Joseph Pinola will wait for his next Navy orders. He expects to stay on land and is hoping for a post in California.

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