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Sewage district sues over upgrades

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 11, 2012 —

The sewage district that serves much of the region – including West Sacramento – has filed a lawsuit in Sacramento’s superior court asking for relief from new regulations that it says would force ratepayers to foot the bill for $2 billion in sewage plant improvements.

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has required the district to better filter and disinfect its discharges and remove more ammonia from waste in order to protect water quality in the Delta and Bay.

The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD) appealed the order, but without success.
The district argues that the new measures aren’t necessary or are “not scientifically justified” by the benefits they would produce to the Delta ecosystem.

It has also said that ratepayers will see huge increases in their sewage bills if the order isn’t overturned. Connection fees for new development will also go up if the district has to upgrade its facilities, said SRCSD.

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Food bank to distribute free food

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER

The Food Bank of Yolo County will give away food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The schedule will be: 9-10 a.m. at the county building, 500 Jefferson Blvd. in West Sacramento; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd., West Sacramento; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr., West Sacramento; and noon-1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse in Clarksburg.

Please bring a bag and attend only one site.

For information, call (530) 668-0690.

Fredericksen is now a fire chief

GARY FREDERICKSEN, new chief for Wintun fire station in western Yolo

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 12, 2012 —

Gary Fredericksen has been named the chief of the Yocha Dehe Fire Department in western Yolo County. The department is operated by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, which runs the Cache Creek Casino Resort next door to the fire department. It has about 35 employees.

Fredericksen, 49,  was until this month a division chief for the West Sacramento Fire Department. He’s a lifelong West Sacramento resident.

“Gary Fredericksen is professionally well-rounded, (with) more than 25 years of line, administrative and leadership experience in fire and emergency services,” said a press statement from the Wintun Nation. “Plus, he understands the unique challenges of fire and emergency services in our region.”

Fredericksen takes over from former chief Michael Chandler, who is retiring.

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Bustamante arrested on molestation charges

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JAN 13, 2012 —

Arturo Bustamante, a teacher and football coach on the River City High School campus, turned himself in to the West Sacramento Police Department today for arrest, in the company of his attorney. He was booked into jail.

Bustamante, 42, was arrested for “three counts of ‘felony lewd or lascivious conduct on a child 14 or 15 years old,’ and six counts of misdemeanor ‘annoying and/or molesting a child under 18 years of age,'” according to a press statement from the West Sacramento Police Department.

He had been on paid leave from his duties after a female student alleged he had “inappropriately touched” her earlier this year.

For more information, see the recent article online article here.

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Johannessen: ‘office hours’ at the Eagle

MARK JOHANNESSEN, West Sacramento City Council Member (News-Ledger photo)

City council member Mark Johannessen will greet constituents over coffee from 9-11 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 14, at the Eagle Café in Southport (3150 Jefferson Blvd.). You’re invited to stop by.

‘West Sac-crab-mento Day’

NEWS-LEDGER, JAN 11, 2012: Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (right) declared this Saturday as ‘West Sac-Crab-Mento Day’ in honor of a fundraising crab feed planned by the Mighty Rotary Club of West Sacramento. Pictured with the mayor (left to right) are Mark Engstrom, event co-chair and President-elect of the West Sacramento Rotary Club; Cindy Love, Executive Director, Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation; and “Crabby, the World’s Crabbiest Crab.” The event (6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner) takes place at the Our Lady of Grace hall, 1990 Linden Road, on Jan. 14. Funds will benefit the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation and West Sacramento Rotary Foundation. Advance tickets online at www.eventbrite.com or call (916) 927-1592. The event includes dinner, a raffle, an outdoor cigar bar and music and dancing with “Neckbone.” $60. (Photo by Dan Harris, City of West Sacramento)

New comedy on local stage

SEATED IN FRONT: Melissa Dahlberg, Ashley Lucas. STANDING BEHIND: Gweneth Knaff, Keith Letl, Jen Smuda-Cotter, Alan Smuda, Kathleen Poe (courtesy photo)

 

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 11, 2012 —

“Blithe Spirit” hits the stage at the community center on Friday, courtesy of the West Sacramento Community Theater Company.

The play by Noel Coward explores what happens when a séance really does connect with a deceased spirit – resulting in a “darkly funny” comedy featuring a competition between a live woman and a dead one.

The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Jan. 29 at 1075 West Capitol Avenue. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

For information, call 799-9230 or visit www.westsactheater.com.

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