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Planners choose cell tower design

Computer rendering: proposed cell phone ‘water tower’ is at left, near Tower Mart and Wicked West BBQ & Pizza (from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 11, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A water tower it is.

West Sacramento’s planning commission on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of making a new Southport cell phone tower look like a water tower – an allusion to the region’s agricultural heritage.

Nixed were proposed designs in the form of a tree or a windmill.

The 80-foot tower is planned for 3200 Jefferson Blvd., near Tower Mart and Linden Road, with both homes and businesses as its neighbors. The Vista Towers facility expects to serve Verizon, AT&T, MetroPCS and Clearview wireless internet.

“I would expect the tower could be up this summer, probably in the July-August time frame,” West Sacramento senior planner David Tilley told the News-Ledger. “The carriers could be operating maybe 30 to 45 days after the water tower is built.”

Some design details remain:

“The only other aspect we have to work out is what kind of mural or treatment will be put on the tower itself,” said Tilley. “Something artistic. The community was very favorable to something of an agrarian nature, hopefully something made to look old rather than new.”

The antennas will be hidden inside the structure.

Tilley said it took five hearings and a community meeting to get to Thursday’s approval.

Meanwhile, a planned AT&T cell phone tower to serve the Bridgeway Lakes and Bridgeway Island area near Marshall Road and Southport Parkway is showing “no movement,” said Tilley.

But he expects that this second tower – planned in the shape of a eucalyptus tree – will still be needed by AT&T, since the Jefferson Boulevard tower won’t be close enough for full coverage.

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Upgrade to electric mower — cheap

  FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER–

The regional air quality district is bringing back its lawnmower exchange program.

Turn in your old gas-powered mower and get a $100 discount on a new rechargeable electric lawn mower. Limited availability – you’re encouraged to register as soon as possible after 7 a.m. today at www.ysaqmd.org. According to the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, exchanging a gas mower for one of these new models helps keep the air clean.

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Veterans’ supporter is ‘woman of year’

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARIKO YAMADA (left) with one of her favorite volunteers, DEBBIE REYNOLDS of Eskaton Wilson Manor in West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 11, 2012 —

A woman who has involved herself in West Sacramento’s community has earned “Woman of the Year” distinction in Mariko Yamada’s 8th Assembly District.

Debbie Reynolds, 35, joined other state-wide honorees in receiving the award in a ceremony at the capitol on March 26.

“I was a little bit nervous,” she told the News-Ledger. “I’m more of a behind-the-scenes person.”

  Reynolds is the administrator of Eskaton Wilson Manor, an affordable housing facility for seniors in West Sacramento. She’s been the administrator for two years and has worked there for eight.

Last year, she took on the task of creating the city’s first Veterans Day parade – a festivity that successfully wound its way through the Park Boulevard neighborhood in November, for the first. She also was at the forefront of a successful effort to raise money to help local veteran Minoru Ohye visit his long-separated brother in Japan. Ohye got his wish, and saw his brother for the first time in 60 years.

Reynolds, a mom from North Highlands with two kids, is also active in West Sacramento’s Mighty Rotary Club chapter.

In person, she brims with energy.

In a press release, Yamada called her “an exceptional leader in Yolo County.”

“The veterans in West Sacramento were also given a reason to celebrate in the first-ever (veterans) parade in the city, thanks to Debbie’s hard work.”

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Tennis wins two over spring break

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 11, 2012

FROM RCHS

“Spring Break is a break from school, not from tennis,” River City High School tennis coach Dave Brooks often says.  So last week, while many were away on vacation, the Raiders narrowly defeated Lincoln 5 to 4, blew out Marysville 9 to 0, and came in first place at the Quincy Invitational Tournament.

Against Lincoln, Sarah Yang won 10-2 at #2 girls singles and Michael Lee squeaked past his opponent 10-9 (5) at #2 boys singles.  RC dropped the two boys doubles matches, but swept the three girls and mixed doubles contests.  Cindy Oseguera and Lily He won 10-4 at #1 girls doubles, Mariana Contreras and Avneet Singh clinched the overall match with their 10-1 win at #2 girls doubles, and Lina Vang and Muradan Chhay held on for a 10-6 victory in mixed.

In the Marysville match, the Raiders rolled to easy wins throughout the lineup.  Terry Vang shut out his opponent at #1 boys singles 10-0, Jai London lost just one game at #1 girls singles, Oseguera won 10-3 at #2 girls singles, and Lee triumphed 10-5 at #2 boys.  Yang and Le had a 10-1 result in the top girls doubles match, the pairs of Edward Xu and Phillip Dinh (#1 boys) and Christine Maltez and Chhay (mixed) only lost 2 games each, Vang and Singh lost just three at #2 girls, and Matthew Tagupa and Alan Tern won 10-6 at #2 boys.  RC is now 9 and 1 overall in 2012.

  The Raiders wrapped up the week by winning the annual Quincy tournament.  RC was followed in the team standings by the host Trojans in second place, Etna came in third, Plumas Christian took fourth, and Chester finished in fifth.

Individual event results were as follows:

Girls Doubles:  Mary Neverov/Avneet Singh, 1st place;  Mariana Contreras/Katie Bowman, 2nd place
Boys Doubles:  Amran Khan/Alan Tern, 1st place;  Edward Xu/Zoi Saetern, 2nd place
Mixed Doubles:  Neverov/Saetern, 2nd place; Bowman/Tern, 3rd place
Girls Singles:  Singh, 3rd place; Contreras, 4th place
Boys Singles:  Xu, 3rd place; Khan, quarterfinalist

Next home match is on Friday against Liberty Ranch, with tennis action starting at 3 p.m. The Raiders will also host Vista Del Lago at RCHS on Tuesday at 4.

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Museums are free today in Woodland

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Explore one of Woodland’s 11 museums for free on April 14.

Some museums will have donation boxes, Hedrick Ag Center will be half price.  Most will have free admission on that day.  Brochures and maps will be available at each museum.

  The list includes:

Christian Church Museum, 509 College
Gibson House-Yolo County Historical Museum,  512 Gibson Road
Hays Antique Truck Museum   and the Heidrick Ag History Center, both at 1962 Hays Lane
Reiff’s Gas Station, Jefferson Street
Historic Woodland Railroad Depot corner of Lincoln and Sixth Street
Spring Lake School House,     Yolo County Fair Grounds
Spring Lake/Woodland Fire Museum, Yolo County Fair Grounds
Woodland Fire Museum, 532 Court Street
Woodland Museum of Biblical Archeology, 240 West Street
Woodland Opera House, 320 Second Street
Docents will be at each location.

Museum Day is sponsored by the Yolo County Historical Society.

For information, call B.J. Ford, 530-662-0952 or 530-304-7521.

Missing man found on riverbank

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 11, 2012 —

A missing Elk Grove man was found on West Sacramento’s riverfront March 26, and carried up the riverbank to get medical help. The unidentified man was about 75 years old and had been missing for two days. Further details about the man were unavailable.
The man was found on a levee near South River Road, and a unit from the Elk Grove police also responded. West Sacramento firefighters performed a “low angle rescue,” carrying the man up the riverbank using a rope system and a litter.

“He had an altered level of consciousness and possible hypothermia,” Fire Department Division Chief Jon Heilman told the News-Ledger.

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Plants, garden tools sold for charity

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Pick up a new plant, a slightly used gardening tool, pot or irrigation component, or something else for your garden this spring.

  A plant and garden sale is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this weekend, April 14-15, at 1700 Deerwood Street. Proceeds benefit the West Sacramento Historical Society. For information, call 372-7438.