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On-Demand Rideshare Transit Coming to W. Sacramento

The City of West Sacramento has announced the selection of New York-based rideshare company, Via, to launch the nation’s first ever city/private partnership for on-demand public transportation service. The 1-year Pilot program will allow users to book a shared ride anywhere in the City for a flat-fare similar to the cost of riding the bus, making it easier and more affordable to get where they need to go— without having to rely on a personal vehicle.

“The partnership with Via is a reaffirmation of the City’s commitment to provide residents of all ages with access to an array of transportation options close to where they live, work and play,” said City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “This yearlong Pilot will not only save residents money on gas and parking, but will also provide cleaner air, reduce congestion and promote overall livability.”

Via was the top-ranking firm among several leading competitors, including Lyft, Uber, and Chariot, following a request for proposals in May, 2017 to provide an innovative transportation alternative.

Under Via’s shared ride proposal, the Pilot would connect multiple passengers, allowing riders to seamlessly share a premium vehicle with others who are headed in the same direction. Via’s proposal includes up to 10 Mercedes-Benz Metris Vans dedicated to the Pilot, and leverages a strategic partnership with UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) led by Dr. Susan Shaheen, an internationally recognized leader in innovative mobility research, to evaluate the performance of the service.

Using the Pilot service, riders would be able to book a seat simply by using a smartphone app or by making a phone call. Working closely with Via and longstanding partner Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD) , the City will also explore free or reduced fares to and from transit stops, as well as bikeshare stations, and major events to better connect residents to a range of mobility options.

The Pilot is envisioned to support car-free living in the burgeoning Riverfront Districts, while also making it easier for mobility-challenged households, including seniors and residents who don’t own a car, to access important amenities, such as recreation centers, grocery stores, or medical facilities.

The Pilot will play an integral role in the City’s Mobility Action Plan (MAP), which is intended to help the City develop a 21st Century smart mobility network that integrates shared, electric, connected and autonomous mobility choices.

“In the city of the future, everyone will be getting around in dynamically-routed shared vehicles. We are excited to partner with West Sacrament to pursue a shared vision, and help them provide the first-ever fully on-demand public transportation service,” said Daniel Ramot, Co-Founder and CEO of Via.

The City Council will be considering an award of contract to Via in December, which would be supported in part by a grant from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). The Pilot service is anticipated to launch in Spring 2018, pending Council approval.


Two West Sac men convicted in hate crime at the University of California at Davis

The defendants directed racial slurs at the African American victim while two threw candies at her. Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on October 18, 2017, the third and final defendant pled no contest in the hate crime that occurred on the UC Davis Campus. The victim, a 21 year old African American female, reported that on February 15, 2016, at about 3:20 a.m., she was dropped off near her apartment in the West Village of the UC Davis Campus. The victim was a UC Davis student and was living on the UC Davis campus. As she was walking to her apartment, she was accosted by a group of four men. The victim was struck in her face and neck with objects that were being thrown by two of the men and three of the men were using racial slurs, calling her the N-word.
The victim reported the incident to the UC Davis Police Department and officers arrested the three men who had targeted the victim.
On May 3, 2016, the District Attorney’s Office filed a complaint charging three misdemeanor violations against Lonny Lee Jr. of West Sacramento (26 years old), Jake Lee of West Sacramento (23 years old), and Justin Sheppard of Sacramento (24 years old): Use of force to commit a hate crime, battery, and disturbing the peace. None of the defendants are UC Davis students.
The Yolo County District Attorney’s office worked extensively on the plea agreement with the victim and the UC Davis administration. On September 25, 2017, Justin Sheppard pled no contest to battery and Jake Lee pled no contest to disturbing the peace. Both Jake Lee and Sheppard pled no contest to the use of force to commit a hate crime. On October 18, 2017, Lonny Lee Jr. pled no contest to battery and use of force to commit a hate crime. The defendants were sentenced by the Honorable Daniel P. Maguire. For each defendant, the judgment on the hate crime conviction was deferred. The defendants were each placed on three years of probation. They will be required to stay away from the UC Davis campus, perform community service for under served communities, complete course work on black history in America, and draft an apology letter the victim, as well as other terms. If the defendants violate the terms of their probation they could face up to one and a half years in jail and the hate crime conviction will be entered.
At sentencing the victim gave a statement to the court. She described the negative effects this incident has had on her every day life and that the effects would continue to follow her. She added, “Over time they may get better, but they will never go away. Kayton Carter and Dr. Milton Lang from UC Davis were present. Mr. Carter gave a statement to the court on behalf of the University saying “[She] is one of ours. What happened to her happened to all of us – ethnicity aside – because she belongs to our community.”
District Attorney Jeff Reisig stated, “We worked closely with the victim and the university to obtain a resolution that accounts for the seriousness of the offense but also provides an opportunity for offender rehabilitation, education and community restoration.”

6-vehicle collision on eastbound I-80 left multiple individuals injured

A six vehicle major injury collision occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 2:54 p.m. off of Interstate 80 eastbound, west of Mace Boulevard, reported the California Highway Patrol.
After dispatch began receiving calls of the collision, officers assigned to the CHP Woodland Area office responded to the collision scene.
Preliminary reports indicate, a silver Buick driven by Peter Carlino (of Roseville) was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 in the left lane. Traffic came to a stop in front of his location. Carlino was unable to slow or stop the Buick prior to colliding with the rear of a gray Ford, driven by Eric Ringseth (of Vallejo), in the left lane ahead of him.
The Ford was pushed forward in a southeasterly direction where it collided with a green Nissan, driven by Travis Stidger (of Citrus Heights), also in the left lane and a white Dodge, driven by David Tyler (of Sacramento), in the middle lane.
As a result of the collision between the green Nissan and the gray Ford, the Nissan was pushed forward in an easterly direction where it collided with a silver Hyundai, driven by Leslie Banes (of Sacramento), in the left lane. In an attempt to avoid a collision, Lorraine Plass (of Healdsburg), driving another silver Buick, changed lanes from the right lane to the left lane where she collided with the silver Hyundai. Following the collision, the injured parties were transported to UC Davis Medical Center.
Alcohol and/or drugs are not a factor in this collision. Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol Woodland Area office at (530) 662-4685.

Elementary Students Plan, Pack, and Protect as Part of California Flood Preparedness Week

By Monica Stark

Stonegate third graders watch employees from the Department of Water Resources simulate a flood with a model they brought to the school in honor of California Flood Preparedness Week. / Photo by Monica Stark

Stonegate third graders watch employees from the Department of Water Resources simulate a flood with a model they brought to the school in honor of California Flood Preparedness Week. / Photo by Monica Stark

“Plan, pack, protect. Plan, pack, protect.” Repeating the chant third graders at Stonegate Elementary School demonstrated their knowledge of flood preparedness in front of city officials, members of the Department of Water Resources and the Army Corp of Engineers.
Asked by City of West Sacramento Council Member Quirina Orozco what the students should do in case of a flood, raising their hands, children answered various ideas for their families’ safety. From carrying flood insurance to keeping a plan of where to go, students also got to participate in interactive exercises including the DWR’s flood simulation model and the Flood Challenge computer came which teaches how to plan, pack and protect for a flood emergency.
Additionally, city officials provided updates on the Southport Levee Improvement Project, the 5.6-mile levee improvement project designed to meet 200-year flood protection that stretches from just south of the barge canal tot eh city’s southern boundary along the Sacramento River. This year, the project construction includes: clearing, grubbing, and demolition of structures, utility relocation and re-establishment of access for affected property owners, completed setback levee embankment of 12,700 linear feet, completed slurry wall construction and construction from behind Bees Lake to the southern setback levee limits. Next year, the improvement project will include completing the setback levee and slurry wall, connecting the setback levee to fix in place reaches, excavate off-set area to prepare for an off-set area construction and mitigation.