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Nonprofit applies for new FM radio station license in West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 18, 2013 —

FM 92.9 would be part of effort to create a grassroots media organization for West Sac

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The News-Ledger and its editor, Steve Marschke, are a part of the effort described below. Volunteers are attempting to create a grassroots, nonprofit news center to serve West Sacramento into the future.)

A West Sacramento nonprofit group has filed an application with the FCC to create a local, low-power FM radio station in West Sacramento. The group has asked for authorization to use bandwidth at 92.9 on the dial.

WES BEERS: president of nonprofit that just applied for a low-power FM radio license in West Sac (News-Ledger file photo)

WES BEERS: president of nonprofit that just applied for a low-power FM radio license in West Sac
(News-Ledger file photo)

What kinds of shows might be aired at the new station?

“We’re hopeful in three areas,” said Wes Beers, a project proponent. “One is to bring a lot more community-based news to West Sacramento. The second is to partner with the city (government) in part to be available for emergency broadcasting, but also to broadcast items of interest to the city. Last, and maybe the most fun and exciting part, would be to work with the schools to broadcast school news and partner with them academically to enrich their broadcasting and journalism programs.”

The partnerships could involve River City High School and the local branch of the Sacramento City College, said Beers.

“They could broadcast school basketball games, football games, swim meets – and I think there’s an ability to ‘stream’ these broadcasts to the internet,” he added.

The City of West Sacramento paid the $2,000 consulting fee to a Davis-based nonprofit that assembled this radio station application. The application included an engineering study intended to show the new station would not interfere with existing stations that are nearby on the map and also nearby on the dial.

What does the city government want for its investment?

“Their interest, I think, is twofold,” said Beers. “They believe that having another form of communication to the community for an emergency situation would be a vital resource. And secondly, I think they’re excited about having the opportunity to enrich the community and the schools.”

The radio station application process can be competitive, and the Federal Communications Commission hasn’t yet responded to the application. But the names of all the other applicants have been released, and it doesn’t appear that anyone else in the region has submitted a conflicting claim for the same bandwidth.

The new radio proposal came out of a project to create a nonprofit news and information organization.

Beers, a former West Sacramento mayor and city councilman, began meeting in 2012 with the News-Ledger and various local citizens interested in starting a local, nonprofit media group.

“So much of our news is fed to us by bigger and bigger corporations, and this will keep and maintain an opportunity for a local perspective,” said Beers.

The group learned in July that the FCC would shortly accept applications for new low-power FM radio licenses – a relatively rare offering from the feds. Local volunteers, including Jim Brewer (who is also active in the local historical society and a Bryte/Broderick area community group) quickly scrambled to hit the FCC’s application deadline.

Meanwhile, this same group of eight volunteers became the new board of the West Sacramento Neighbors Fair, Inc. — an existing nonprofit in West Sac.

The Neighbors Fair organization was winding down its mission of bringing an annual community fair to West Sacramento, and its former leaders invited the new blood to take the helm and pursue a new type of “educational” nonprofit mission.

The new board is now starting to “repurpose” that nonprofit, said Beers.

It’s the West Sacramento Neighbors Fair nonprofit that filed for the radio license last month. Its new board members include Beers, his wife Jolaine Beers, Brewer, retired city manager Joe Goeden, Charlotte Dorsey, Carrie Fisher, John Siden and Gina Spadafori.

In Davis, the community radio station (“KDRT”) shares a building with a public access cable TV production facility.

The West Sacramento nonprofit is exploring a vision that could include print and online news, cable TV features, online streaming of video and audio, and the proposed radio station.

But all that is still in its planning stages.

West Sacramento is already home to KJAY radio at AM 1430. According to its website, KJAY brings the Sacramento region programming that includes Hmong-language features, religious programs and “international” content. KJAY is located in rural Southport.

 

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Piece of Southport levee is finished

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 18, 2013 —

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced this week it has finished work on a setback levee near South River Road in West Sacramento.

Construction included a new “cutoff wall,” designed to strengthen the levee and keep water from seeping thorugh underneath. The old levee was left in place while the new one was built.

“Setback levees are bulit farther back from the river channel than typical levees, and are intended not only to reduce flood risk but also to preserve wildlife habitat between the water and levee,” reports the Corps.

Next year, work crews are scheduled to remove the old levee and repave South River Road atop the new 2,200-foot setback levee.

The project is part of the “Sacramento River Bank Protection Project,” involving the Corps and the California Central Valley Flood Protection Board.

 

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A new way to finance home energy upgrade

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An alternative financing program is available for property owners who wish to upgrade their heating and air conditioning systems, solar systems, roofs, windows and other systems. The “PACE” program offered by Ygrene Energy Fund is now available in Yolo County.

The program offers 100 percent financing to projects on properties that have at least 15 percent equity, and is available for both homeowners and commercial projects. The financing is bound to the property rather than the individual or business on it, and transfers with the property to a new owner like a property tax.

Visit www.CleanEnergyYolo.com. Using the promo code “UPGRADEYOLO” will earn a savings on the $50 application fee.

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West Sac Foundation receives honor

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jorgen Bateman and  Barbara Moore, board members of the West Sacramento Foundation;  Maria Simas, president of the board of the West Sacramento Foundation; Meg Stallard, president of the Yolo County Foundation;  Kelly A. Rochester, secretary of the West Sacramento Foundation; and Charlie Moore, executive director of the West Sacramento Foundation.  (Courtesy of YCF)

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jorgen Bateman and Barbara Moore, board members of the West Sacramento Foundation; Maria Simas, president of the board of the West Sacramento Foundation; Meg Stallard, president of the Yolo Community Foundation; Kelly A. Rochester, secretary of the West Sacramento Foundation; and Charlie Moore, executive director of the West Sacramento Foundation. (Courtesy of YCF)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 11, 2013 —

The Yolo Community Foundation has named the West Sacramento Foundation as its “Philanthropist of the Year: in the county.

According to Meg Stallard, president of the board of Yolo Community Foundation:

“The West Sacramento  Foundation, an all-volunteer organization, for the past 25 years has help enhance the quality of lives of children, teens, adults and senior citizens of West Sacramento. Since 1988 the Foundation has supported residents’ activities in the areas of health, sports, arts education and community organization. It really shows how effective giving can be when it is local and you are aware of the needs and programs of the local community.”

The Foundation raises money from a golf tournament and the “All Charities Raffle” to help other West Sacramento nonprofit groups.

The recognition event was held November 14 at the Erwin Meier Administration building in Woodland.  All county nonprofits were invited to nominate people to be honored. Along with the West Sacramento Foundation, eleven Yolo County nonprofits recognized donors and volunteers.

The Mexican American Concilio of Yolo County recognized Dick Luna of deLuna’s Jewelers of Davis, who has donated the raffle’s grand prize for the past 13 years at the Annual Concilio Scholarship Fundraiser.

Yolo Food Bank honored Misbah Husain with a special award to recognize his extraordinary commitment to hunger relief in Yolo County.

The Sheriff’s Team of Active Retired Seniors (STARS), a nonprofit for volunteers ages 50 and above providing services that otherwise would not be available to Yolo County residents, honored Volunteer Commander Jim Haney. Haney  has successfully reestablished and expanded the STARS program.

Yolo Reads, a program with Yolo County Library, recognized Darlene Coppersmith, who has volunteered for over two years and helped her client pass the citizenship test.

CommuniCare Health Center honored the contributions of the Hansen family in honor of their parents, Dr. Bob Hansen and Suzanne Hansen, who worked to promote a healthy community for all in Yolo County through their volunteerism, advocacy and philanthropy. Their children have continued their parent’s legacy.

Soroptimist International of Woodland (SIW) thanked Tom Vinci, owner and drummer of “Superlicious,” the areas Ultimate 80’s band, for helping the club raise $20,000 over the past few years for Soroptimist sponsored programs.

The Woodland Schools Foundation honored Christy Hayes, owner of Kitchen428 and Mojo’s Lounge, for supporting local nonprofits fundraising efforts.

Woodland Gymnastics honored Mr. LaQuard, who founded the program in 1972, with the mission of providing quality gymnastic training and activities for all youth in Yolo County and surrounding areas.

Ark Preschool recognized the substantial financial contribution by Yocha Dehe Community Fund over the past several years. Their contribution this year has provided books for the children and helped support the staff.

The Davis Art Center (DAC) honored Madeline Brattesani, who as a board member, treasurer and now as chair of the Finance Committee has worked on DAC’s major fundraiser, the annual Holiday Sale.

Capay Valley Vision recognized Sue Heitman, a founding member of CVV.

 

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