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City council: special ‘tour’ meeting


The West Sacramento City Council will hold a special meeting tomorrow (Friday, May 17). Much of the meeting will be spent on a tour of the port, riverfront, and the city’s northern and central areas.

The itinerary includes a visit at the Port of West Sacramento update State Senator Darrell Steinberg on the port’s new business plan, reports City Clerk Kryss Rankin.

“The main purpose of the tour is to highlight the City’s infill development opportunities, with a particular focus on how the realization of those opportunities through new private investment is dependent on the City’s ability to continue funding major infrastructure projects and economic development activities in the post-redevelopment environment,” said Rankin in an email.

The event also includes lunch with officials from the city and local chamber of commerce and Yolo County Supervisor Michael McGowan.

The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. and returns to city hall about 1:30 p.m.

As a form of city council meeting, the informational parts of the event are open to the public. Rankin says there will be transportation available to interested members of the public.

A map of the tour can be found below:

Tour Map

For information, call 617-4500.

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West Sac clubs to sell fireworks


The City of West Sacramento has held its annual lottery to see which schools, churches and nonprofit organizations will be authorized to operate a fireworks booth during the Fourth of July season.

The winners:

West Sacramento Little League will operate a booth near Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Lake Washington and Jefferson boulevards in Southport.

Campus Life Connection/Collings West Sacramento Teen Center will be in front of Safeway.

Joy Christian Ministries will be outside Wal-Mart.

The West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project will be at Jefferson Plaza.

West Sacramento Community Singers will have a booth near Walgreens and La Bou.

The West Sacramento Historical Society will be at the Southport Town Center.

The West Sacramento Rotary will sell fireworks near Whitey’s Jolly Kone near Jefferson and 15th Street.

River City Rowing Club will be in front of Arteaga’s Supermarket on Sacramento Avenue at Kegle Drive.

Each group will work with a fireworks wholeseller, and will get to keep some of the proceeds from the “safe and sane” fireworks. The booths will open up about a week before July 4.

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Bustamante agrees to plea deal

ARTURO BUSTAMANTE: RCHS teacher/coach makes a plea deal after molestation charges

ARTURO BUSTAMANTE: RCHS teacher/coach makes a plea deal after molestation charges


Former River City High School teacher and football coach Arturo Bustamante yesterday pleaded “no contest” to a misdemeanor count of “annoying or molesting a child.” The plea deal occurred on the first day of trial in which he faced three felony counts of molestation and several misdemeanor counts.. The incidents allegedly involved improper contacts with three underage female students on the school campus.

The trial evidence included a claim that Bustamante  exposed himself over the internet to a 17-year old girl in Texas — although in Texas, a 17-year old is old enough to consent. Bustamante’s attorney, West Sacramento’s Fidel Martinez, tried and failed to exclude that claim from the evidence in this case.

Bustamante’s local troubles started in 2010. A 19-year old woman told police that when she was a roommate at his home, she believed Bustamante had set up a video camera in his home for inappropriate use. No arrest followed that police investigation.

Bustamante was arrested in October, 2011, though, after a girl at the high school complained he had inappropriately touched her in the buttock- or lower back-area.  Bustamante was placed on leave at the school and arrested. Several other allegations from students followed.  He was 42 at that time.

  Bustamante will be sentenced on June 10 by Judge Timothy Fall in Yolo County Superior Court. He faces up to a year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000. He’s already served about 4o days in jail awaiting trial, estimates his attorney, West Sacramento’s Fidel Martinez.

“He will be punished hard,” said Martinez. “He will have to register for his lifetime as a sex offender. He is now no longer able to be in the educational field.”

Martinez said that with the evidence facing Bustamante, he felt “it would be hard for the jury to reach a verdict that would allow him to continue teaching.” That was a major impetus to make the deal and end the trial, he said.

Editor’s note: this updated version of our May 14 article includes several corrections. The article is corrected to reflect the fact that Bustamante’s criminal court plea was “no contest” and not “guilty.” And in the 2010 allegation mentioned here, the video camera in Bustamante’s home was not in a bathroom but a more public area of the house. The News-Ledger apologizes for the errors.

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‘State of the City’ event returns

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
(News-Ledger file photo)


Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will deliver the keynote “State of the City” address during Thursday’s annual civic dinner at city hall.

Cabaldon is serving his fifth consecutive two-year term as West Sacramento mayor — he’s the only person elected to the post since voters opted to make it a separately-elected office, beginning in 2004.

The May 16 event will also include presentation of civic awards to four local citizens and businesspeople. Award winners will be:

— Broderick Restaurant, in the “Pride” category

— Food Action Team, in the “Prosperity” category

— Beverly Sandeen, for “Service”; and

— Friends of the Main Drain Parkway, for “Community.”

The annual dinner is sponsored by the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. For event information (individual tickets are $65), click here.

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