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Robbery during marijuana deal: West Sac man convicted for 2011 crime

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 24, 2013 —

  Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on April 18, a Yolo County jury found 22-year-old Wendell Joseph Coleman of West Sacramento guilty of three counts of robbery and three counts of assault with a firearm.  The jury also convicted Coleman of six enhancements for personal use of a firearm during the commission of those crimes.  

  According to the D.A.’s office:

  On June 14, 2011, Coleman met with the victims Nick Gartiez, Darien Williams, and Max Williams to conduct a marijuana deal. The victims reported, and phone records confirmed, that the marijuana deal was set up through phone calls between the victim Nick Gartiez and Coleman. After multiple conversations and changed locations, Coleman and his unidentified crime partner met with all three victims in the parking lot of an apartment complex located at 425 Maple Street in West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Coleman and his partner approached victim Gartiez about the marijuana transaction, left briefly, and then returned with guns drawn. Coleman and his partner robbed all three victims at gunpoint, taking their cell phones. When Gartiez refused to give up his property, Coleman’s partner pistol-whipped Gartiez in the face with the gun and then shot him in the knee. Both Coleman and his partner fled the scene.  Police contacted Gartiez a few minutes later and transported him to the UC Davis Medical Center for surgery to remove six bullet fragments from his leg.

 

  Deputy District Attorney Amanda Zambor prosecuted the case, added the D.A.’s office.  She praised the dedicated efforts of the West Sacramento Police Department, the District Attorney’s Investigative Unit, the District Attorney’s Victim Services Division, Yolo County and Sacramento County Probation Departments, and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.  “This was definitely a team effort by everyone involved in the case,” said Zambor in a press release.  “The countless hours of investigation and research, as well as the Victim Services Division working with the victims through numerous continuances, paid off in the end with a just result for all three victims.”

  Coleman will be sentenced on May 15 by Judge David Reed, who presided over the trial.  He faces up to 25 years and 8 months in state prison.

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WS manufacturing firm to lay off 320

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

A Reed Avenue-area tech plant will lay off 320 people this year.

Xyratex International, Inc., is a data management company with a manufacturing and assembly plant on Embarcadero Drive, West Sacramento. The company is downsizing and moving some operations to Mexico, to save costs and in response to the loss of a major client, say local media reports.

According to one such report, the company has been downsizing for five years since peaking at 600 employees at the site.

County employment officials are contacting workers who wll be laid off this year. Some Xyratex staff will remain in West Sacramento after the manufacturing jobs move to Guadalajara.

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Turned down by West Sac school board, language charter school will appeal

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

A proposed charter West Sacramento charter school will appeal to the Yolo County Board of Education after being denied a charter by the school board of the Washington Unified School District.

The staff of Washington Unified School District opined that the school was unlikely to succeed partly due to a lack of understanding of school finance.  The school has appealed.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The Northern California Language Academies project will be on the agenda for 3:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the county office of education, 1280 Santa Anita Court #120 in Woodland.

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Housing project breaks ground in West Sac

Bridge Dist Groundbreak SHOVEL SHOT  (2)FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

There’s been a city master plan in place for the “Bridge District” for over 20 years. But with the exception of Raley Field and the Ironworks subdivision, most of the work in the planned 188-acre riverfront district has thus far been at soil level – or below.

That’s changing. The district’s major developer, Fulcrum Properties,  is gearing up, and last week’s saw an official groundbreaking of an affordable housing project in the district. This may be the decade in which the Bridge District really grows up.

Officials from the nonprofit BRIDGE Housing organization joined West Sacramento officials and others to celebrate the groundbreaking of “The Rivermark” on Friday. The complex will offer 70 units of housing at 959 Bridge Street, near 5th Street. That’s a spot near the river, between Raley Field and the U.S. 50 Pioneer Bridge.

Cynthia Parker, president and C.E.O. of BRIDGE Housing, promised that the new residents it brings will be “active members of the community. . . engaged with the rest of the city.”

The project is designed to offer rents that are affordable to people up to the 35 percent level of median income in the area.

parker cynthia bridge housing 2013 news ledger  “If you’re a single mom making $29,000, and you have two kids, living here would make a difference,” said Parker. She added that by saving money on rent, the same mom could help stimulate the local economy:

“A mother who has a disposable income can shop at the store, and can make a difference in her kids’ lives. Without that, it’s just struggling.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the assembled crowd at the groundbreaking that The Rivermark offers a valuable part of the planned “diversity” of the future Bridge District. The master plan also allows for market-rate housing, offices, restaurants and parks.

The project will offer a place for people such as a coffee-shop barrista or a preschool teacher to call home, said the mayor. Or a ballplayer:

“It’s no accident we’ve located this in the Bridge District,” said Cabaldon. “Many of the minor league players who play on the River Cats will live here during the season. They’re not making four or five million dollars.”
Rents for The Rivermark will range from $370 to $925 depending on income, household size and apartment size (according to Bridge Housing, which can be visited at www.bridgehousing.com).

The mayor and Eugene Lee of the California Housing and Community Development both gave credit to the state’s taxpayers for helping to prep the old industrial area for its coming reuse. Those Bridge District challenges have included getting rid of rid of old rail spurs and replacing old infrastructure. City officials used to call the district the “Triangle,” because it was bordered by the river to the east, the U.S. 50 freeway to the south, and the Tower Bridge approach to the northwest.

The Rivermark is about 20 months away from a grand opening, said Parker.

Behind her, earth moving machines were already underway. Despite an official ceremony on Friday involving local officials with shiny gold shovels, the ground had most definitely already been broken.

Artist’s rendering of the planned project, designed by David Baker & Partners

Artist’s rendering of the planned project, designed by David Baker & Partners

 

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