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Adopt a dog or cat and save


The Yolo County Animal Shelter is offering half-priced adoption fees for dogs and cats, between Feb. 21-25.

Adopt a dog for $75 or a cat for $55 between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or 2-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, or on Saturday 10-12:30 or 2-3:30. The shelter is at 2640 E. Gibson Rd. in Woodland. To adopt, show proof you own your own home, or provide a copy of your lease stating you may keep a pet. Browse the prospective pets: visit

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POLICE LOG for West Sacramento

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 8, 2012 —

  Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents It’s just a sampling of the reports, calls for service and arrests made by the West Sacramento Police Department during the past week. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or verified by an investigation or a courtroom.

This police log comes from our Feb. 8 print edition. To see the log every week, make sure to subscribe! See the special offer beneath this article.

Feb. 1, 8:17 a.m.
A 17-year old boy was caught shoplifting at a Southport supermarket. He was “cooperative.” The boy’s parent asked that he be cited for the offense.

Feb. 1, 1:23 p.m.
A business on Commerce Drive reported the theft of about $20,000 worth of construction equipment.

Feb. 2, 7:35 a.m.
A caller from at or near Westmore Oaks Elementary School reported an ongoing problem with school parents double-parking on the street, or parking across driveways. The caller asked for extra patrols of the area.

Feb. 2, 1:23 a.m.
Vandalism was reported at a home on Kaui Road. Somebody “put weed killer on the lawn and spray-painted the house.”

Feb. 2, 11:36 a.m.
Wheelchair hit & run: A citizen reported that a woman pushing a wheelchair hit him or her in the leg with it, in an incident near West Capitol Avenue and Poplar. The victim believed the woman may have mental issues, and may have struck him on purpose. Police were asked to look for her.

Feb. 2, 12:31 p.m.
A real estate company reported that somebody took a heating & air conditioning unit from a vacant house on Chinook Road. The unit was worth about $3,000.

Feb. 2, 2:24 p.m.
A parent reported getting off the bus with a four-year old son at the 2100-block of West Capitol, when a woman at the bus stop spit on the boy. The woman was still there, drinking alcohol.

Feb. 2, 4:35 p.m.
A Maple Street resident said someone took some rings worth about $16,000 from the residence during the past two months. There was a suspect.

Feb. 2, 6:28 p.m.
A woman called dispatchers after a near-miss: She had just driven across the railroad tracks at Stone Blvd. and Jefferson, with a green light and the crossing guard arms up. But as she crossed, a train almost hit her car. “She is in tears and upset, but not injured,” noted a dispatcher. Railroad officials were notified that the crossing arms had malfunctioned.

Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Security personnel at a Riverpoint Court store saw a 23-year old male transient pick up some receipts in the parking lot, and then go inside, pick up some merchandise, and attempt to use a receipt to return the item for store credit. The man was detained and arrested.

Feb. 3, 9:43 a.m.
A man told dispatcher he had been putting gas in his car at a station on the 2800-block of West Capitol, when a man in a city uniform started yelling at him because gas was leaking from the pump. There was about a half-gallon of gas spilled in the parking lot.

Feb. 3, 10:50 a.m.
A teacher at Yolo High asked for an officer. The teacher wanted to file a complaint against a student.

Feb. 3, 4:29 p.m.
A 27-year old Brannan Way woman was in custody for attempting to shoplift about $59 in “cosmetics and lighters” from a Southport supermarket. The woman was “cooperative.”

Feb. 3, 5:21 p.m.
A disabled man riding a Paratransit bus called police from on the bus. It had stopped at the man’s Peachtree Road home, but the man refused to get off until the driver unloaded his groceries. The driver had refused. The pair were in an argument.

Feb. 3, 7:07 p.m.
A bomb threat was reported at an Industrial Boulevard workplace. A laid-off employee sent a text message saying there were two pipe bombs hidden on the site. The 43-year old Folsom man later admitted it was a hoax.

Feb. 3, 7:35 p.m.
A caller told a dispatcher that he or she was waiting near the River City High School gym, with a student and a bicycle. The student said the bicycle had been stolen on Tuesday (but not reported to police). Another person had just shown up at the campus with it. The suspect was possibly in the school gym.

Feb. 3, 8:41 p.m.
A citizen reported a “strong smell of marijuana” coming from the Bridgeway Elementary School. Nobody was visible at the scene.

Feb. 3, 1:50 p.m.
A cell phone company on Shore Street reported the theft of about $2,000 in copper wire from several cell towers.

Feb. 3, 2:15 p.m.
A 50-year old woman from Upland was detained by security at a Riverpoint Court store. She had apparently tried to steal $236 worth of Eveready batteries in different sizes. The woman was arrested and released with a notice to appear in court.

Feb. 4, 1:18 p.m.
A witness said a Chevy Tahoe was going fast, eastbound on Rice Avenue, and a single gunshot had been heard. A minute after this report, a resident of Michigan Blvd. reported hearing one, possibly “smaller” caliber, gunshot.

Feb. 4, 3:04 a.m.
A man said he was trying to get his belongings out of a motel room on the 900-block of West Capitol. But a female acquaintance at the room had refused him entry while holding a pocket knife with a 2-3″ blade. The man felt he had been threatened.

Feb. 4, 8 a.m.
A citizen reported that a gray Ford Tempo had been parked at a corner at 15th Street and Maryland for three days. Police checked it out and found the vehicle had been reported stolen.

Feb. 4, 2:52 p.m.
A caller at a Lisbon Avenue market said some tenants had reported that four or five homeless men had set up camp across the street. The tenants were uncomfortable with these neighbors, and asked that police move the men along.

Feb. 4, 4:09 p.m.
A citizen called police, saying that a brother was schizophrenic and off his medication. The brother was “going up and down Meadow Road throwing toilet paper.”

Feb. 4, 8:32 p.m.
In the northern city, a woman reported that her 22-year old daughter was “out of control and punching holes in the walls.”

Feb. 4, 10:48 p.m.
From a guest at a motel on the 800-block of West Capitol: “the occupant inside the next room had his bed pushed up against the (caller’s) adjacent wall. The occupant is playing ‘Stack Attack’ (evidently a video or smartphone game) and tends to get excited, and jumps up and down, causing the headboard to bang against the (caller’s) wall, waking him up.”

Feb. 4, 11 a.m.
An officer responded to the report that there was a man in a dark area at a closed business on Northport Drive. The officer found a man there, and also found a two-foot tall marijuana plant in a black pot in the bushes nearby. The subject denied owning or knowing about the plant. The officer booked the plant for destruction.

Feb. 5, 12:19 a.m.
Near Norfolk Avenue, a resident reported hearing shots or fireworks.

Feb. 5, 8:05 a.m.
A woman on Todhunter Avenue reported, through a Russian translator, that her car tires had been slashed in the apartment parking lot. It wasn’t the only car, and it wasn’t the first time.

Feb. 5, 9 a.m.
A caller said someone had parked a Dodge Caravan in a church parking lot on Linden Road. The van had been there at least three days, and there were “several cats locked inside.” No one had been seen coming or going from it.

Feb. 5, 9:03 a.m.
A 2011 Freightliner truck was reported stolen from a Ramco Street business, sometime since 11 p.m. on Friday.

Feb. 5, 9:49 a.m.
A man was reported to be “aggressively panhandling” at an ATM in front of a West Capitol bank.

Feb. 5, 12:12 p.m.
A citizen on Crown Street said a teenage male had just stolen a bike from the front yard. The youth was last seen heading toward Manchester, riding it.

Feb. 5, 12:53 p.m.
In central West Sacramento, a husband reported that a “childhood friend of (his) wife is leaving notes and presents” at their home, and he is concerned the friend “might be dangerous.”

Feb. 5, 2:57 p.m.
A neighbor complained of loud music at a home on Snapdragon Circle.

Feb. 5, 8:50 p.m.
A woman returned to her 6th Street apartment to find that somebody had evidently broken in by getting through the pet door. A TV was missing.

Feb. 5, 9:31 p.m.
Police were notified that a team of four bail bondsmen in a Cadillac were on Savannah Lane in an attempt to pick up a wanted man.

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West Sac city manager to retire

TOBY ROSS, City Manager of the City of West Sacramento (photo is from the city's website)


FOLLOWING IS A City of West Sacramento press release issued today, in its entirety. This article has been updated to reflect a correction from the original press release; the city manager’s retirement will be effective by July 1 of this year, and not 2013.

City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon announced today that City Manager Toby Ross has announced his intention to  retire sometime before July 1.  In his letter to the City Council, Mr. Ross stated, “…This decision does not come lightly.  I am not only leaving a position where I have had unrivaled support from the Council and staff, I am ending a career in a profession that I care about deeply.  I cherish my time in public service and believe that I have made a difference in the communities I have served. It has been a privilege and my good fortune in West Sacramento to work with a mayor and council members who demonstrate their commitment to the community through confident and creative leadership. It has been my pleasure to approach the opportunities and challenges of West Sacramento with my valued colleagues and friends. I appreciate the support, and latitude afforded me by the members of this exceptional community…”

Mr. Ross has served as West Sacramento’s City Manager since November 2002. Mr. Ross has managed many projects and programs that have improved the quality of life for residents and workers in West Sacramento and  have positioned  the City for an enhanced and respected role in the region.  Some accomplishments include major retail development in the north and south ends of the City, with anchor tenants such as IKEA, Wal Mart, Nugget and Target; the development of the City’s downtown into a vibrant government center encompassing City Hall, the Arthur F. Turner Yolo County Library, a satellite facility for Sacramento City College and a City Community Center. The City’s aggressive flood protection program was developed and advanced under Mr. Ross as well as major infrastructure projects in support of the Bridge District, an intense urban riverfront development south of Tower Bridge. Mr. Ross also serves as the Executive Director for the Port of West Sacramento.

Immediately prior to this appointment, Mr. Ross served as the City Manager for Park City, Utah.  Park City is a world-class, resort community that played host to approximately 40 percent of the events of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Mr. Ross presided over this full-service resort city for more than 13 years and was named “Manager of the Year” by the Utah League of Cities and Towns for his work on statewide growth and planning issues.

Mr. Ross has an extensive educational background. He earned MA and PhD and degrees from UC Berkeley; and a BA degree from UC Santa Barbara. Mr. Ross has also held a number of university faculty positions.

Mayor Cabaldon stated, “Toby Ross is one the West’s most highly regarded city managers, and for good reason. He has been pivotal to our city’s transformation as he delivered project after project while running a tight fiscal ship and fostering a City Hall where talented, passionate people can get things done. We will miss Mr. Ross dearly, but today I’m just grateful that West Sacramento has had the exceptional good fortune of his leadership for a decade. Now our city says, ‘thank you’ and ‘best wishes for a much-deserved retirement’.”

Celebrating a pioneering children’s story


The Yolo County Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book “The Snowy Day,” which “was one of the first books to feature an African-American child in a main role that appeals to all children.”

Storytime programs at the West Sacramento branch, 1212 Merkley Avenue, will feature the book as follows: for kids age 1-3, visit “Mother Goose on the Loose at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21; Russian storytime for kids age 3-6, 6:15 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 22; age 0-1, “Hug-a-Bye Baby,” at 11:15 a.m. on Feb. 23; preschool storytime for ages 3-6 at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24; and bilingual English/Spanish storytime for kids age 2-6 at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 25.

For information, visit the library or

Dog bite: officials looking for dog


Yolo officials are looking for a dog and its owner after a delivery driver was bit on Friday near 807 Elder Drive in West Sacramento. The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m.

According to the Animal Services Section of the sheriff’s department, the driver dropped off a package at an Elder Drive home, when two loose dogs came from a driveway in an area with a 3-4 foot high fence, and attacked him. The victim was unable to identify the dogs’ owner.

The dog that bit the driver was described as a brown brindle pit bull with cropped ears. It was with a black and white pit bull.

The biting dog needs to be examined for rabies.

Anyone with information is asked to call (530) 668-5287 (available 24 hours/day) or email

Scholarships for high school volunteers


The Yolo Community Foundation is looking to honor local high school seniors who have volunteered with a Yolo nonprofit for at least 60 hours during their junior or senior years of high school. Winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a Yolo Youth Service Award; the nonprofit they support will receive $500.

Deadline to apply is March 19. For information, visit, email, or call (530) 312-0593.

‘Not too tall’: U-Haul fights on, takes its signage rights to court

U-Haul may have the last major out-of-compliance pole sign in West Sacramento’s business district, after a new city ordinance took effect in 2008. (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 8, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

There was a time when West Capitol Avenue was a glitzy and fairly prosperous thoroughfare, decorated with jet-set era neon lights that were designed to entice travelers to spend the night or pull over for a bite or a drink.

Then, after a freeway came in nearby in the ‘50s, the through-traffic on West Capitol slowed to a trickle. After the ‘50s, there were quicker ways to get from San Francisco to, say, Sacramento or Lake Tahoe. So a lot of the motels, restaurants and other attractions on the strip began to show their age – and so did their billboards, pole signs and “whirlybird” signs.

As part of a drive to clean up the strip, the West Sacramento city council in the late ‘90s adopted a new sign ordinance, giving businesses downtown 20 years to phase out their old, too-tall or too-big signs and replace them with something more modest. All of them have – except one, city code enforcement officer Larry Brooks told the News-Ledger last August.

“All the other businesses agreed to take down their pole signs and put up monument signs to comply,” said Brooks. “U-Haul (at 1750 West Capitol) has just always maintained it just could not come into compliance like all other businesses.”

Brook’s office cited U-Haul for failing to comply last year. The Arizona-based company appealed to a city hearing board, and lost. Now, U-Haul has filed a “writ of mandate” in Yolo County Superior Court, asking the court to tell West Sacramento to leave the sign alone.

Jeff Aran, a Sacramento sign law attorney, said he has represented the company on a number of other cases – and he is confident the company’s pole sign will still be up when the legal dust settles on the West Sacramento sign case.

“There’s a state law that specifically says, despite whatever ordinance a city has, if a business is going to suffer a material loss of visibility to comply, it doesn’t have to bring its sign into compliance,” Aran told the News-Ledger on Monday. “I’ve represented U-Haul on a number of these cases.”

How did those work out?

“The signs are still standing.”
The problem with the West Sacramento property, said Aran, is that U-Haul’s truck rental customers may have trouble finding the facility to pick up or return a vehicle, and they may be looking for it at night. The pole sign – which Aran estimated at 35 feet tall – is needed so they can spot U-Haul and safely pull onto the property.

Aran said the company has tried to work with the code enforcement department to explain its visibility issues or craft a compromise, but that the city hasn’t cooperated.

“The issue for us is that U-Haul wants to be a good corporate citizen,” said Aran. “It’s not like we haven’t tried to figure out a solution.”

The News-Ledger took a look at the sign from the east (approaching from Jefferson Boulevard) and also  from the west (from Harbor).

It looked like a shorter sign (at the 12-foot legal maximum) might be partly screened by the company’s own trucks in its parking lot. On the other hand, the existing tall sign might already be hard to spot from the westbound lanes during some seasons, because of the tree canopy on the median.

  “We got into a big truck and came down West Capitol Avenue from both directions, and spotted the sign,” said Larry Brooks of the city’s code enforcement department in August. “It is our contention that the (current) sign cannot be seen by most drivers anyway, because of the tree canopy. In this day and age of smart phones and GPS, drivers already know which way to turn.”

A clutter of signs competed for attention on West Capitol Avenue, creating what an early city council called “visual blight.” This photo shows signage on the 1700-block of West Capitol years ago, before the new sign ordinance took effect. (News-Ledger file photo, undated)

Aran argued that either the city’s sign ordinance, or its enforcement, might be too selective. For example, a McDonalds near U-Haul sports a very tall flagpole with an American flag at the top – and a McDonald’s flag just under it.

“These are the kinds of exceptions they’ve made for their preferred free speech,” said Aran.

The Yolo courts have not yet set a hearing date for the issue.

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