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Southport brush fire burns bee hives

West Sacramento firefighters douse a brush fire among several dozen commercial beehives near South River Road

 

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 29, 2012 —

West Sacramento firefighters last Wednesday responded to a brush fire on the 30000 block of South River Road in Southport.

They found  a half acre of vegetation burning — along with about 50 beekeepers’ bee hives.

Most of the hives were empty, but some had active colonies of honeybees, reports the department.

Using a water tender and 700 feet of hose, firefighters quenched the flames.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation,” reports the fire department.

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West Sac man believed responsible for murder-suicide in Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 29, 2012 —

Two men are dead after a shooting just before a scheduled model airplane club meeting at Sacramento Municipal Utility District headquarters on Feb. 21. The shooter in the apparent murder-suicide is believed to have been 73-year old Robert Gully of West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”9″]   According to various media reports, the victim was Gully’s former friend, 62-year old Jerome Votaw of Sacramento, who had been in a relationship with Gully’s estranged, 49-year old wife.

Gully and Votaw, both active in the club, argued in the parking lot on that Tuesday evening, before Gully pulled a gun and killed Votaw. The woman saw the shooting and fled toward the building, and Gully fired at her, missing but hitting SMUD’s glass doors.

Gully then went into the lobby, but the president of the Sacramento Area Modelers club calmed him down and talked him into walking back out. Gully shot himself as police were arriving.

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Court restores tobacco tax money

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

First 5 Yolo – a local agency funded with tobacco tax money – believes it is on track to distribute $2.5 million in additional money to Yolo organizations that support kids up to age five and their families over the next three years.

The money was held up after the passage of state legislation that attempted to shift the revenue to the state in order to help balance California’s budget. But a court decision blocked the assembly bill.

The state has until March 19 to decide whether to appeal, said a First 5 Yolo spokesperson.

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News nuggets from the News-Ledger

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s city council this morning (Feb. 22) plans a special ‘thank you’ breakfast for Congressman Mike Thompson.
City officials credit Thompson with helping support local levee improvement efforts and improvements at the Port of West Sacramento.
He has represented the region since 1998, but the city will become part of fellow Democrat Doris Matsui’s 5th District next January.

The West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency announced it will recommend “Design Alternative 2” as the final plan to improve Southport’s river levees. The plan will go to WSAFCA’s board of directors on March 8.

The newest major edition to the Ikea shopping center will be a La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery. The 12,800-square foot will hold a grand opening on March 1 at 10 a.m..

[adrotate group=”9″]  West Sacramento’s city council was scheduled to hold special meetings yesterday morning and this morning (Feb. 21-22) at city hall, largely to discuss “a broad range of city matters, procedures, policies and functions” with help from a facilitator.

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Free food every Friday on Anna St.

Volunteers pass out fresh produce on a sunny December day Photo courtesy of Lori Aldrete/First 5 Yolo & Yolo County Children’s Alliance

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

The Yolo County Children’s Alliance and First 5 Yolo remind you that fresh fruits and vegetables are given away at 10 a.m. every Friday at the Alyce Norman Elementary School site of the Alliance’s offices.

The program receives $15,000 per year from First 5 Yolo (chartered with using tobacco tax money to serve children up to age five) as well as donations from Kaiser Permanente and others.

“The produce distribution has been a great success,” said Katie Villegas, executive director of the Alliance, in a press statement. “Families are coming on a regular basis and are benefiting from healthy food.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   Volunteers help pass out the goodies in this two-year old program.

To donate or to help as a volunteer, call the Yolo County Children’s Alliance at 1-866-607-4030, or visit the Alliance’s offices at 1200 Anna Street, Room 21, West Sacramento, or at 600 A Street, Suite Y, in Davis.

To become eligible to pick up food, residents must demonstrate eligibility, have kids 18 or younger at home, and prove they live in West Sacramento.

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School board items include discussion of whether to re-approve charter school

This sign may soon mark the ‘home of the Raiders’ if plans proceed to construct it in front of River City High School in Southport (schematic is from Thursday’s staff report to the Washington Unified School District board of trustees)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

The local school board will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at city hall to discuss a variety of issues, including the “roller coaster ride” in the district’s budget resulting from a troubled state budget. The Washington Unified School District is planning another round of reductions.

Also on the agenda will be:

— Consideration of whether to extend the charter of the West Sacramento Early College Prep  charter school. A state association of charter schools has suggested that the local academy be shut down for underperformance.

Board President Teresa Blackmer told the News-Ledger earlier this month she had not made her own mind up on whether to vote to renew the school’s charter.

— Results of the district’s public opinion poll. WUSD had hired a consultant to talk to West Sacramento voters and find out how receptive the public might be to a November school bond or parcel tax measure, aimed at helping to “complete” River City High School and possibly advance some other district-wide projects.

— Review of a proposed “marquee” sign for River City High School, marking the campus at the entrance from Jefferson boulevard to Raider Lane. The district is also working on design of a second sign within the parking lot shared by RCHS administration and the neighboring city recreation center, steering visitors to each facility.

EDITOR’S NOTE: an earlier version of this article misstated the last name of board president Teresa Blackmer, transposing it with that of fellow board member David Westin. The News-Ledger regrets the error.

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Japanese plant breaks ground in Southport

Nippon Shokken Chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa (left) accepts a gift from Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. (News-Ledger photo)

 

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 15, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A groundbreaking in Southport on Thursday, Feb. 9, took on a notably Japanese flair.

Company officials from Nippon Shokken – a firm that produces Japanese seasonings and food products – joined local officials in a ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of a new, 70,000-square foot factory at 2970 Ramco Street in the Southport Business Park.

Local dignitaries gathered in a tent at the spot. The festivities included an exchange of gifts between Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and company chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa, amid bows and smiles. Ozawa presented the mayor with several gifts, including a set of porcelain figures, and Cabaldon responded with presentation of a painting of the iconic Tower Bridge.

Nippon Shokken reps joined local officials including Mayor Cabaldon and Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan (center and center-right, respectively) in shoveling sand to launch the construction project. (News-Ledger photo)

The mayor’s remarks – translated into Japanese for guests – included a compliment to the company and its products.

“I had the opportunity to be in Japan in December, and had the chance not only to try many of the Nippon Shokken products,” said Cabaldon, “but also to speak with local leaders and those in the country. I was not surprised to learn in Japan the deep honor and respect the leaders of Nippon Shokken hold with the people in Japan.”

One of three gifts presented to the Mayor of West Sacramento by Nippon Shokken Chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa. The gifts may later go on display at city hall, said a City of West Sacramento official. (News-Ledger photo)

Cabaldon also put in an endorsement for the flavor of the company’s products.

Through a translator, Chairman Ozawa said that one of the reasons his company chose the Southport site was a “bounty of quality water, which is essential for production of seasonings, and to have the utmost land of well-built infrastructure.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   The new factory will help the company expand its U.S. presence. It expects to open in March, 2013, with a hundred employees and a production capacity of 2,400 tons per year – expanding to 300 workers by 2015.

“One of my favorite actions of Nippon Shokken was to identify two of our West Sacramento high school students who speak Japanese fluently,” said Cabaldon. The company then hired these two –  and plan to train them in Japan to return and serve in management positions at the new West Sacramento plant.

Artist’s rendering of future Nippon Shokken plant in West Sacramento

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