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Two house fires in Southport

Firefighters silhouetted against the flames from an open garage on San Vicente Road (courtesy of WSFD)


The two-story home above caught fire on the evening of Jan. 19, on the 3300-block of San Vicente Road. The family escaped safely, and neighboring homes were protected, but the home sustained damage to both floors. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

Three days earlier, local fire crews were called to the scene of an attic fore on the 3300-block of Jefferson Blvd. in Southport. That fire was contained to the attic, but caused around $20,000 in damage, reports the fire department.  (courtesy of West Sacramento Fire Department)

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West Sac ‘Letters to the Editor’


Thanks for helping
Yolo County CASA is grateful for the community’s generous contributions during the season of giving.  Big thanks goes out to the Davis Athletic Club and their patrons for the many toys and books donated in the month of December; the Woodland Opera House and its patrons for the very successful luggage drive; and to staff and patients of Tan Orthodontics for hosting the giving tree for the foster youth served by our volunteer court appointed special advocates.  These efforts certainly brightened the holidays of our CASA kids.

Special thanks also goes out to each and every individual who responded to Yolo CASA’s annual appeal letter.  Response was especially strong this year, due to a benefactor’s special pledge to double all donations received.  This generous community support will allow us to recruit, train and support more volunteers who will advocate for youth in the foster care system.

Our CASAs make sure these children receive the services they need to be safe and to thrive.  They speak for the child’s best interests and build relationships that last a lifetime.

When our CASA children ask “does anyone care about me?”  We will tell them the truth.  You do.

For more information, or to reserve tickets for our annual dinner in March, please visit our website at

On behalf of the Yolo County CASA Board of Directors

  Editor’s note: ‘CASA’ stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocates.” The Yolo CASA website describes the organization as made up of “trained and court-appointed volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused children and at-risk youth.”
  The volunteers are matched with kids who need a voice as they move through the foster care system.


Enjoy ‘Page from the Past’
I really enjoy your News-Ledger, particularly the “Page from the Past.” I am entering my eighties and I was raised in the old Washington Township area. I knew many of the people from that time who are in the Page from the Past. That was a good time to be a kid in that little town. Everybody knew everybody else and we couldn’t get into too much trouble.


  Editor’s note: The “Page from the Past” appears occasionally in the News-Ledger. We use reproductions of pages from the old Yolo Independent newspaper, which served the part of “East Yolo” that has become West Sacramento.

Guards for the schools
Americans use armed guards to protect our money, our politicians and even our president’s children. How could our school children be protected by armed guards?

Child-shooter Buford Furrow Jr. walked away from American Jewish University, Skirball Cultural Center and Simon Wiesenthal Center because of heavy security.

[adrotate group=”10″]   The Pearl High School shooter surrendered to Vice Principal Joel Myrick. Veteran Myrick had run about half a mile to retrieve a pistol legally locked up outside the school zone, but the shooter still had ammunition and was bound for Pearl Junior High School. The Appalachia School of Law shooter surrendered when Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross ran back with pistols kept in their vehicles.

Roughly half of public shooters suicide when confronted with armed defenders. This was the case in Stockton (1989), Columbine (1999), and Sandy Hook.

There is evidence our children would be safer even when the shooter engaged in a gunfight with the defender. I do not recall the Diane Sawyer paintball re-enactments resulting in any students being hit. All the shooter’s bullets were aimed at the armed defender as was experienced by Ken Hammond at the Trolley Square Mall and by hero Mark Wilson at the Tyler, Texas courthouse.

The two Columbine shooters were able to drive off the first defender with rifle fire. The defender escaped to all in reinforcements and describe the shooters. The bullets fired at the defender did not kill children, nor did the defender’s.



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Gun scare: Raley’s closes briefly


The Raley’s supermarket at 1601 West Capitol Avenue closed for about a half hour  on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, for a gun scare.

According to various media reports, at about noon that day a truck driver reported that a woman stole his gun and ran away after they had contact near Jefferson and West Capitol.

[adrotate group=”9″]   An officer saw the suspect go inside the store. Believing she could be armed, police evacuated the market.

They found the 31-year old woman — who was ID’d by the truck driver from a photo lineup. They did not find the gun.

The woman was arrested for the alleged gun theft.

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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.

[adrotate group=”9″]   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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