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Southport: cell phone ‘water tower’?

Planned Southport cell phone tower was approved by a narrow margin by the West Sacramento Planning Commission, with a condition that the developer offer some design choices. Above, a computer rendering shows the proposed “water tower” version of the communications facility (all graphics here are from a City of West Sacramento staff report)


An 80-foot cell phone tower near Tower Mart in Southport may be approved by the planning commission Thursday night. The tower could be in the shape of a faux water tower instead of a faux tree.

[adrotate group=”7″]   The Vista Towers facility proposes to serve Verizon, AT&T, MetroPCS and Clearwire (wireless Internet) at 3200 Jefferson Blvd., on the west side of the street south of Linden Road. The tower would go 156 feet from a nearby residential property line and some homes.

The city planning commission approved the project in December by a 4-3 vote, requiring the proponents to return to the commission with some design alternatives to the original “monopole pine” design for the tower.

City staff believes the 80-foot “pine” would look better than the older-generation tree-style cell tower already on Linden Road, but that it would not blend well with surrounding shorter trees and structures.

They recommend the water tower design because it would conceal the antennas and “has the best chance (of the proposed designs) of becoming an icon in the community.”

A “windmill” design was also offered.

The commission will discuss the tower as part of its meeting April 5 at 6 p.m. at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.


Another simulated view of the proposed 'water tower' option near Southport homes


Simulated view of the cell phone tower as a 'tree' (it's the tall one, center-left). This option is not preferred by city staff.

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Employers: interested in job fair?

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Will your business be hiring between May and August?

If so, you may be interested in participating in a city job fair tentatively planned for mid-May in West Sacramento. It’s free to both businesses and prospective employees. Interested businesses may contact Steve Roberts at or Ernesto Lucero at

Job seekers should watch the News-Ledger for more information about the event as it approaches.

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Connect with West Sac police, get neighborhood alerts & other info


Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department announced recently that the department is making new ventures into “social media” and communications.

Using the “Nixie” system, citizens can sign up to receive information from police as a text message on their cell phone or by email. Citizens can also find notifications from W.S.P.D. at

“Messages may include traffic alerts, at-risk missing persons, road hazards, as well as other relevant safety and community event information,” said Steele in a press release.

[adrotate group=”7″]   The messages can target people within a quarter-mile radius of a targeted area, “giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood,” he added. “Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information.

Get information and register at

The department has also launched a new “app” for Android or iPhone smartphones.

The MYPD app, produced by Wired Blue, allows you to access all of the local police department’s social media platforms, submit crime tips including photos or GPS location, access the W.S.P.D. phone directory, provide feedback to the department, participate in surveys, and go to the W.S.P.D. web page for information such as crime statistics.

You can get download the MYPD App by Wired Blue free from the Android Marketplace or iPhone App Store.

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Rotary honors three club members

Buzz Jones of PIP Printing, Alan Wegat of Nor Cal Performance and Walt James, who owns a plastering company. The three were honored with an award named after the founder of Rotary International (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 28, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s “Centennial Rotary Club” (one of two local Rotary chapters) has presented three of its most active members with Paul Harris Foundation Awards, in honor of their support for the club’s work.

Rotary engages in a lot of community projects in West Sacramento.

According to club president-elect Don Schatzel, their contributions have been large and consistent.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Treasurer Alan Wegat of Nor Cal Performance has made “huge” contributions keeping the accounts in order, Walt James has been running things as club president, and Buzz Jones of PIP Printing “runs the club” as secretary, commented Schatzel.

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Woodie Guthrie show on stage

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A “City Theatre” production of “Woodie Guthrie’s American Song” is on stage at the Black Box Theater in the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 W Capitol Avenue.

The play celebrates one of America’s greatest songwriters and storytellers, with a cast of 24 and a live band. Guthrie was a folk singer who stood up for America’s underdogs, and whose songs include “This Land is Your Land” and other classics.

Shows are at 8 p.m. on March 30, 31, April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28, and at 2 p.m. on April 1, 8, 15, 22, 28 & 29. $15 general ($13 for 2 p.m. shows) with some discounts available. Visit or call 558-2228.

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Curious about fostering kids?

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Interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent?

Attend a free introductory workshop from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, at Woodland Community College, Room 727.  For information, call (530) 574-1964 or visit Spanish-speakers may call Marcia, 956-9299.

Committee: don’t sell school land

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

A citizen’s committee charged with studying the real estate owned by Washington Unified School District has recommended that the district not sell off any “surplus” property at this time.

But the committee recommended that WUSD “evaluate the advantage of consolidation of site usage or joint facility usage to make any future liquidation easier.”

“For example,” it told district officials, “if the District Administrative Offices (at 930 Westacre Road) were moved from their current location, the city block they vacate would become more marketable for development. . . (T)he District Offices, the Yolo Education Center, and surrounding properties hold a higher potential for development based on the proximity to transit and city services.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   Committee members were Carrie Buchmiller, Dani Langford, Ron Morazzini, Karri Pina, Diane Smith, Matthew Wilkins, Patricia Flint, Larry Langford, Don Stauffer, Henry Walker and Dave Blake.

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