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Another biting dog sought after incident on Jefferson Blvd onramp

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JAN 27, 2014 —

The Yolo County Animal Services Division is asking the public for help in locating a dog involved in a biting incident on the I-80 onramp at Jefferson Boulevard yesterday (Sunday, Jan. 26).

A woman was bit by the ‘pit bull’ type dog as she “attempted to contain the dog from traffic,” reports the County of Yolo’s Animal Services Division. The woman suffered a bite on her left ear.

The dog was described as “large with a stocky build, brown in color, with white markings.” It was last seen at the onramp.

If authorities can locate the dog and verify rabies vaccination, the victim can avoid undergoing rabies exposure treatment.

Anyone with information is asked to call (530) 668-5287 or email animal.bite@yolocounty.org.

Authorities announced earlier this month they were looking for a brown or ‘brindle’ boxer-type dog after a Jan. 10 bite at the dog park on Stone Blvd.  That incident was reported by the News-Ledger here.

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Council votes to allow indoor cultivation of marijuana, within limits

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 22, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The West Sacramento City Council voted 4-0 last week to allow cultivation of marijuana within city limits – but only in certain places, by certain people and in limited spaces.

Marijuana cultivation remains illegal under federal law.

The new city rules are meant to reconcile the state “Compassionate Use Act,” which allows people to use marijuana for medical purposes, with the rights of their neighbors. City staff say that outdoor marijuana cultivation attracts crime, for example, and generates an unwelcome odor from the plants.

In late 2012, the city placed a moratorium on outdoor cultivation of the plant.

Last week, the council approved new rules that continue to prohibit outdoor growth. The rules also require a city permit to grow marijuana. They restrict cultivation to people who live on their own residential property, allow it to be grown on up to 120 square feet of indoor space. Growing is prohibited within 600 feet of schools or child care centers.

The city planning commission recommended that distance be increased to 1,000 feet, but the city council did not adopt that recommendation. Staff said a 1,000-foot buffer “could essentially result in a de facto ban.”

Those wanting to grow marijuana will have to present medical documentation to get a permit.

One member of the public spoke out against the rules, saying, “In my opinion, (marijuana) is a forerunner to something much worse. I’m against seeing it even get started in our community.”

CITY COUNCILMAN OSCAR VILLEGAS said West Sacramento has carefully studied the issue before acting. (News-Ledger file photo)

CITY COUNCILMAN OSCAR VILLEGAS said West Sacramento has carefully studied the issue before acting. (News-Ledger file photo)

Councilman Oscar Villegas commented on the proposed rules:

“It’s not as if we’re acting like cowboys here. We’ve been very methodical and thoughtful.”

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon joined council members Oscar Villegas, Mark Johannessen and Bill Kristoff in supporting the new rules. A final reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the Feb. 5 city council meeting.

Marijuana dispensaries are still outlawed in the city.

 

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19-year old cited for driving into power pole in Southport car crash

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – JAN 24, 2014

A car went into a Southport power pole yesterday afternoon, dropping a live wire to the road and temporarily shutting off traffic.

According to Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department, a 19-year old man hit the pole at the intersection of Marshall Road and Otis Avenue at about 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23.

“The pole was broken in two, causing a live power line to lay across the roadway,” said Sockman in a press release. “The driver, a 19-year old male from West Sacramento, was not injured. . . Alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The driver was cited for excessive speed, leaving the roadway, no insurance, no registration and no driver’s license in possession.”

A portion of Otis Avenue between Marshall Road and Bridgeway Lakes Drive was expected to be closed for “several hours.”

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‘Sail Inn’ is gone, but new owner promises a future for former West Sac ‘dive bar’

  New owner Archie Morse (left) is presiding over a remodel at a locally-famous West Sac bar. The boat is gone from the establishment’s roof, but the maritime-themed pilings out front remain (News-Ledger photo)

New owner Archie Morse (left) is presiding over a remodel at a locally-famous West Sac bar. The boat is gone from the establishment’s roof, but the maritime-themed pilings out front remain (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 15, 2014 —

By Thomas Farley
News-Ledger Correspondent

Last August, after operating Sail Inn Food & Spirits for 27 years, Joan Washburn lost her lease. The old-time bar at 1522 Jefferson Boulevard closed up shop.

Washburn had founded the West Sacramento landmark with little planning and little idea of what was to come.

In 1986, Washburn’s postmaster, Bill Kristoff, presented Joan with an opportunity to lease a Kristoff family property on Jefferson, she told the News-Ledger. (Kristoff is now the longest-serving member of the West Sacramento City Council.) The property on Jefferson had been a bar before.   Joan’s fiance encouraged her to take the plunge, reasoning that she had to diversify from just dealing in real estate.

As Joan puts it: “Shabam! I’m owner of a bar!”

Almost as surprising to her was the reception she first met.

“It was so busy initially when I first got there,” she recalls. “It was standing room only. We would cash $20,000 in paychecks on a slow Friday night. After I cashed those I would go to the bank, swap the checks out, and cash another $20,000.”

Less hectic was the steady weekday crowd, often coming in after work.

Many employees from nearby businesses wound up at The Sail Inn after their shifts ended. A steady stream came from workplaces like Tony’s Meat and Cheese, Tecon Pacific (now Clark Pacific), Weyerhaeuser, the Port, the Post Office, and the Rice Growers Association.

Joan said the customer base changed later as Southport developed.

“You now have the ‘bedroom community’ crowd versus the ‘after work’ crowd,” she recalled.

But business was always good in the early years and Joan was proud of the “Sail.” She wanted the establishment to be known first as a good place to eat, not just as a bar.

For many the Sail Inn was their place to go, their West Sacramento version of the fictional Boston “Cheers” bar.

Dan Cordes remembers:

“It was so comfortable for me that I could pass out after closing and sleep on top of the bar. Hanging out with Darren the bartender was great. Just the camaraderie of it all. A place to let go and just relax with friends.”

The Sail even made an impression on those who couldn’t go in. Paul Choate recalls passing by many times as a youth.

“I worked at Club Pheasant in 1977 and remember Jefferson Boulevard as a rural road: all but empty except for fields and Warehouses,” said Choate. “I was too young to stop at the Sail Inn then, but marveled at the boat on the roof!”

After the business closed, Washburn left to go scuba diving in Monterey. Joan spent ten days in the water, diving and relaxing. She says she is now ready to move on.

What’s next for her? Washburn owns the vacant property next to the Sail Inn, so a nursery might be possible if issues with the city and neighbors were worked out. But she is most interested in becoming a writer.

“Writing books,” she says. “That’s always what I thought I’d be doing in this phase of my life — writing books. Right now, though, I am still just trying to sit in a room with people and not say ‘What can I get you?’”

Paul Choate sums it up:  “It’s sad that fun places like the Sail Inn are dying out. The Sail Inn was home to generations of local flotsam and jetsam from West Sac. All were welcome, the food was plentiful and cheap, as was the alcohol and entertainment. The closing of this homespun icon marks a change for the new West Sacramento of urban developments and big box malls. Hopefully West Sacramento will make room for more local businesses with flavor and style like the Sail Inn had.”

Choate may yet get some of what he misses.

As the News-Ledger paid a visit on the old building along Jefferson last week, Archie Morse was on the site, getting it ready for a rebirth. Decades of grit had been scoured from the floor, and the kitchen was being readied for expansion and upgrades.

The Sail Inn is being readied for a new life – as a bar and an eatery with fish and other pub fare on the menu – by new owners.

A peek inside the bar, as renovations are underway at the ‘Sail Inn.’ Old fixtures are gone, and the kitchen will be expanded. (News-Ledger photo)

A peek inside the bar, as renovations are underway at the ‘Sail Inn.’ Old fixtures are gone, and the kitchen will be expanded. (News-Ledger photo)

Morse said he is the property owner and will be the primary owner of the new iteration of the “Sail Inn.” He’ll be working with the owners of Sacramento’s “Shady Lady,” who’ll be handling the day-to-day workings of the Sail Inn.

“A dive bar was what it was,” he said of the former Sail Inn. “What it’s going to be is a clean restaurant and bar. It’s going to be more in the vein of ‘Shady Lady.’ That has a 1920s Prohibition feel to it, and this will be more of a clean ‘fish house.’”

He hopes to open “within the next couple of months.”

  News-Ledger Editor Steve Marschke contributed to this report.

 

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