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City council: special strategic meeting


The West Sacramento City Council will meet today and tomorrow in special session to discuss strategic planning issues.

The council will meet with a facilitator to talk about “a broad range of city matters, procedures, policies and functions.”

The meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29, begins at 9 a.m. (beginning with a closed session, followed by open session). The meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30, begins in open session at 8:30 a.m.  Both meetings are at the civic center, 1110 West Capitol Avenue, rooms 157/160 in the Galleria.

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Free cup of coffee Wednesday


Pick up a free cup of coffee Wednesday morning at the West Sacramento Transit Center (West Capitol Avenue at Merkley Avenue, next to the Sac City College branch.)

The coffee giveaway is part of a promotion from Yolobus.

The java starts pouring at 6:10 a.m. You can get a cup anytime before 9 a.m. — or when the coffee runs out, whichever comes first.

For Yolobus information, call (530) 666-2877 or visit

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Free admission to Sacto museums


Thirty Sacramento-area museums will offer free or half-priced admission all day on Saturday, February 2, during the 15th Annual Sacramento Museum Day.

Twenty-eight of the 30 museums will offer free admission and two destinations located in residential areas – the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town – will offer half-priced admission to offset their parking control and security costs.  With assistance provided by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, this popular community event is presented by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and supported by Umpqua Bank and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Sacramento Museum Day event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with the last guests admitted at 4 p.m.).   Coordinators suggest that guests plan to visit no more than two or three different museums on this day in order to allow adequate time to enjoy the experience and to travel between individual sites.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 15 years of this incredibly popular community event,” said Sacramento Association of Museums Chair Roxanne Yonn in a press release. “With each passing year, more and more community members are introduced to the amazing array of arts, culture and museum offerings available in the Sacramento region.  We are especially pleased that Chipotle Mexican Grill has joined Umpqua Bank as a title sponsor this year as the support of generous corporate sponsors help to make Sacramento Museum Day such an overwhelming success.”

Admission to the two half-priced museums are as follows:  Sacramento Zoo is $5.75 for adults, $3.75 for children ages 2-11 and free for children under two;  Fairytale Town is $2.50 for everyone and free for children ages one and under.

Due to the popularity of Sacramento Museum Day, some locations must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons. More detailed information about participating museums,  limitations, suggested parking and public transit options is available at (click on “Events”), or by calling the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau at (916) 808-7777.

Participating museums are listed below. Aside from the zoo and Fairytale Town, they will be open for free on Feb. 2:

Aerospace Museum of California
California Automobile Museum
California Foundry History Museum
California State Military Museum
California State Capitol Museum
The California Museum
California State Railroad Museum
Center for Contemporary Art
Crocker Art Museum
Discovery Museum Science & Space Center
Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum
Fairytale Town
Folsom History Museum
Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park
Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland)
Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Museum of Medical History
Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
Sacramento Children’s Museum
Sacramento Zoo
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
Sacramento History Museum
Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum
State Indian Museum
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall)
Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)

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Water tank paired with park

The tank as it looked on Monday, plastic-wrapped to trap dust and chemicals during final painting and coating. Behind the tank is part of the 'Ironworks' subdivision. (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 16, 2013 —

New water tank will be painted in colors echoing the nearby ‘Ironworks’ subdivision close to Raley Field. 

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

That “shrink-wrapped” globule off to the north of the Pioneer Bridge at US 50 is West Sacramento’s latest water storage tank. It’s soon to be finished and filled. Then it will be surrounded by a small neighborhood park.

Underneath the plastic wrap is a new, 3.2 million gallon water tank.  The wrapping and scaffolding around the tank are there to protect air quality while the tank is prepped for use.

“They go through a procedure where they sandblast the material to prep it, then spray the next layer of paint, and then repeat, so the paint will adhere to the prior layer of paint,” reports project manager Drew Gidlof, constructions operation manager for the City of West Sacramento. “They put up a bunch of scaffolding and then sheets of plastic. Then they heated it so all the seams would adhere to each other and it would be pretty much airtight.”

West Sacramento pulls water from the Sacramento River and treats it at the Bryte Bend Water Treatment Plant, on the northern edge of the city.

  Gidlof explained that storage tanks like this serve as a neighborhood’s “pitcher of water.”

“As water is taken in at the river, and treated and prepared for consumers, they disseminate it to various strategic points in the city,” he said. “As the residents turn on their faucets, the water comes from their designated (storage) facility.”

Having water ready to go helps meet the daily peaks of demand.

The new tank is designed to help with drinking water and fire protection around the “Bridge District” neighborhood (under development north of the freeway) and Washington area (near the ziggurat).

Artist’s rendering of the finished park on Ballpark Drive. Right now, the plastic-shrouded water tank can be seen by commuters returning from Sacramento on the US 50 bridge over the Sacramento River. (courtesy of Carollo Engineering/City of West Sacramento)

  Other storage tanks are located around town.

This particular tank is built a little taller and skinnier than most, in order to minimize its footprint in its little two-acre park site next to the Ironworks subdivision.  Next to the new tank is a control building with several water pumps in it.

The facility will be painted in colors that echo Ironworks – including burgundy, gold and white – and the tank will be strategically backlit at night.

“The tank has also been strategically designed so that if and when the opportunity presents, we can quickly install a solar panel on top,” said Gidlof.

The surrounding park totals about two acres.  “There’s going to be a series of play structures for children, picnic areas, and walkways,” said Gidlof. Thematic elements in the park will reflect the concept of “water” in their design.

The little park will be joined by other parks in the Bridge District as well.

How much does all this cost?

Katie Jacobson, a senior program manager for the city, said the water tank is budgeted around $5.25 million. About $2.8 million comes from state grant funds, $1.8 million from West Sacramento’s former redevelopment agency (property tax increment) and $700,000 from property owners served by the tank.

The project is located at 809 Ballpark Drive, and it was begun in September, 2011. The contractor is RSH, and the tank subcontractor is Paso Robles Tank. West Coast Industrial Coating is in charge of coating the inside of the water tank.

The park will cost about $545,000, paid for by development impact fees received by the City of West Sacramento.

The water tank is scheduled to be finished this month, and the park is planned to be complete by July.

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West Sac police chief to retire


The City of West Sacramento this morning announced the pending retirement of Police Chief Dan Drummond. Here’s the press release:

Dan Drummond, West Sacramento's police chief for over eight years, will retire in July (courtesy photo)

“West Sacramento Police Chief Dan Drummond, after 36 years in law enforcement, has announced his retirement effective July of this year.  Chief Drummond, the City’s fourth Police Chief, has served the City since August 2004.

“Prior to coming to West Sacramento, Chief Drummond commanded major public safety operations in patrol and corrections for Sacramento County. He was instrumental in the development of contract services with the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova.  He was designated as the first contract Chief of Police for Citrus Heights.

“‘In responding to the news of Chief Drummond’s retirement, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon stated, ‘West Sacramento is an even safer place thanks, in no small part, to Chief Drummond and the outstanding police force he has led. Since his appointment as Chief, property crime in the city has dropped 30 per cent and violent crime has plummeted by two-thirds.’

“Chief Drummond is a leader in the area of Community Oriented Policing.  During his tenure he was responsible for many programs and activities that supported the Community Oriented Policing philosophy, which focuses on community engagement and partnerships.  Problem Oriented Policing (P.O.P.), Community Response Teams, and Compliance Monitoring Teams were implemented under Chief Drummond.  Other notable accomplishments include:

·         Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.);

·         Expansion of the Neighborhood Watch program;

·         Citizen’s Community Academy;

·         Volunteers in Policing;

·         Education and enforcement activity on sales to minors of tobacco and alcohol products;

·         Outcome-based performance measures;

·         Student attendance outreach program.

“Chief Drummond was also active in several professional organizations including the Yolo County Community Corrections Partnership Executive Committee, Chair of the Collings West Sacramento Teen Center Advisory Board, Chair of the City Employee Giving Campaign and United Way Regional Board of Directors and a member of the California Police Chiefs Legislative Committee.

“Chief Drummond stated, ‘All that has been done in the Police Department is a credit to the strong and capable management team and all of the men and women in the department, sworn and non-sworn, who serve the city with dedication and professionalism.  It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve with them.’

“City Manager Martin Tuttle said, ‘Chief Drummond has served the public with honor and distinction. He has numerous accomplishments.  West Sacramento has benefited greatly from his leadership and service.'”

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Got a little ‘Dinger’ in you?


The Sacramento River Cats announced yesterday they are searching for enthusiastic seasonal “Cat Crew” members who “have a desire to entertain and create memories for River Cats fans,” with auditions set for Saturday, Jan. 26, at Raley Field.

  In addition to implementing promotions during home games, the “Cat Crew” will assist in off-site community events, perform as mascots during River Cats games, and assist in all between-inning entertainment throughout the summer at Raley Field.

Applicants should possess strong teamwork skills, have a “high energy” personality and meet other requirements, said the River Cats. Experience in dance or cheerleading is “preferred but not required.

To audition, go to Raley Field on Saturday, Jan. 26 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.. All applicants must bring a resume, and will have 90 seconds to entertain the judges in an “American Idol-style” audition.

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Youngsters raise funds for burn victims


Three West Sacramento youngsters — Jason (5), Sonja (8)and James Weldon (10), above — raise some money from family and friends every year around the holidays, reports the West Sacramento Fire Department.

This year, the youngsters chose to make their donation to the Firefighters Burn Institute. Firefighter Thomas Elliott (pictured with them) assisted them in making the donation. The kids got a tour of Station 41 on 15th Street. (courtesy photo)

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