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West Sac Singers put on Christmas show inside the state capitol building

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 24, 2014 —

FROM AL ZAGOFSKY — NEWS-LEDGER CORRESPONDENT —

The state capitol building in Sacramento has welcomed festive music for the holidays since opening in December of 1869.

Midday on Sunday, Dec. 21, it was the turn of the West Sacramento Community Singers to perform on the capitol rotunda. They sang under the direction of Dr. Charles Vail. The group has been practicing for its holiday concerts since September at the First Christian Church in Sacramento.

You can view part of the performance on video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO_BXNvV2Qc&feature=youtu.be

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City to offer free shade trees:

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Attend a free city workshop about shade trees, and qualify for up to two free trees per year for the life of the program (depending on availability). The City of West Sacramento is giving from a stock of trees including Gingko biloba, bur oak, golden rain tree, Zelkova serrata, emerald sunshine elm and willow oak. Last workshop of the season is 6-7:30 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 14, at the community center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue.

To reserve a seat, call (916) 617-4620 soon.

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Police set up DUI checkpoint tonight

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 24, 2014 —

Local police have announced that they will set up a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the city, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. beginning tonight — Sat., Dec. 27. The checkpoints – funded through the state Office of Traffic Safety – are mentioned to catch drunk driver and deter drinking and driving.

The actual location within West Sacramento will not be announced in advance.

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West Sac on the hydrogen highway

Ramos Oil Company president Kent Ramos and West Sacramento Mayor pro tem Mark Johannesen dispense hydrogen fuel into a hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mercedes XL. They were among a group celebrating the opening of a hydrogen fuel station at a South River Road location   (News-Ledger photo by AL ZAGOFSKY)

Ramos Oil Company president Kent Ramos and West Sacramento Mayor pro tem Mark Johannesen dispense hydrogen fuel into a hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mercedes XL. They were among a group celebrating the opening of a hydrogen fuel station at a South River Road location
(News-Ledger photo by AL ZAGOFSKY)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 17, 2014 —

By Al Zagofsky
Correspondent

While the U.S. is talking about zero emission vehicles, West Sacramento has become a leader of the pack.

On Thursday, Dec. 10, West Sac’s previously off-the-beaten path Industrial Drive welcomed the first hydrogen  fueling station in northern California.

The station, operated by Ramos Oil at 1515 South River Road, is also the tenth hydrogen fueling station in California, and only the second commercial hydrogen station in the world (the first is at California State Los Angeles).

As West Sacramento has the home of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, it was only logical for hydrogen fuel provider Linde North America Inc. to seek out West Sac to locate its first Northern California retailer, and they found a willing partner, the Ramos Oil Company.

“Our family has been in business here for over 60 years, delivering conventional fuels to the greater Sacramento area,” company president Kent Ramos said in his remarks to a celebratory crowd of hydrogen and fuel cell partners. “In recent years, we have added several different types of renewable and alternative fuels. At our unattended fueling site, we have biodiesel, ethanol, methanol, and as of today, we now have hydrogen.”

This new hydrogen station brings California closer to its goal of having 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. Many of the world’s largest automakers are introducing fuel cell vehicles to the market, including Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes, Nissan and Toyota, all of which provided demonstration vehicles to the ceremony.

The fill cap on a hydrogen fuel cell car (photo by Al Zagofsky)

The fill cap on a hydrogen fuel cell car (photo by Al Zagofsky)

These vehicles are scheduled to be available in 2015, with Toyota models available for sale, and  Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes and Nissan models initially available to lease—with monthly leases in the $400-$600 range which includes fuel and maintenance; and for the Mercedes and the Honda, it also includes your car insurance.

The station is co-funded by the California Energy Commission under its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

The state of California plans to open a total of 100 stations opened across the state. The cars use hydrogen to operate fuel cells, a high tech/high efficiency device that converts the hydrogen fuel with oxygen in the air to produce electricity. The only product exiting the tailpipe is water vapor.

The hydrogen fuel celled cars have a range of 300-350 miles. The hydrogen is sold by weight as a compressed gas at pressures up to 10,000 pounds per square inch. A complete fill uses about 4 kilograms.

New hydrogen pump station at the Ramos oil facility on South River Road (AL ZAGOFSKY/News-Ledger)

New hydrogen pump station at the Ramos oil facility on South River Road (AL ZAGOFSKY/News-Ledger)

“The vehicles are very efficient because they are not combusting fuel,” explained Chris White of the California Fuel Cell Partnership. “They take the hydrogen and turn it into electricity. These are essentially electric cars that are refilled instead of recharged.”

“The two biggest benefits are that you can fill the car in about three minutes—the same amount of time that it takes to fill your gasoline car, and you have a range very similar to gasoline, but you are getting zero emission electric power transportation,” White added.

Speakers at the dedication included: California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott; Kent Ramos, president of Ramos Oil Company, Cliff Caldwell, vice-president of Linde North America Inc., maker of the station’s hydrogen storage tanks and compressor; Fred Joseck, of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy; and Mark Johannessen, mayor pro tem of West Sacramento.

“The station is a perfect fit for West Sacramento,” Johannessen said. “It has been the home of the California fuel cell partnership for many years. It is now the epicenter for fuel-cell vehicles. We are small, but we think big. We are very entrepreneurial in West Sacramento.”

Referring to the riverfront area around the facility, he continued, “This is all going to become retail residential, a very vibrant area.”

The California Energy Commission is providing co-funding through a competitive grant process,” explained Chris White with the California Fuel Cell Partnership. “Each one of the stations has to have its own skin in the game, so they have to provide some funding as well.”

“With this station, drivers in the Sacramento area can seriously consider buying a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle,” said California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott.

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Teen Center hosts party, gives presents

A young visitor to the holiday party at the Collings Teen Center on Merkley Avenue December 13 concentrates hard as she decorates a Christmas cookie. (courtesy of John Yang)

A young visitor to the holiday party at the Collings Teen Center on Merkley Avenue December 13 concentrates hard as she decorates a Christmas cookie. (courtesy of John Yang)

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 24, 2014 —

Courtesy of Collings Teen Center

Seventy employees from Agrium and Clark Pacific (two West Sacramento companies) and the Collings Teen Center at 1541 Merkley Avenue hosted a Christmas meal for 130 local kids and their parents on Dec. 13 at the center.

Visitors received a turkey dinner, games, activities and a visit from Santa. There were also giveaways: four families each received a TV, one got a laptop and one lucky girl got a bike.

“The families that got TVs were ecstatic!” reported Rosa Clements, the director of the teen center. “One was a family with seven girls. The mom was yelling and cheering on the phone. Another had three girls, and the mom started to cry, saying she’s never won anything in her life.”

Teen Center Director Rosa Clements (right) with a member of the event committee, Annette Seeber, take a pause during the event  (courtesy of John Yang)

Teen Center Director Rosa Clements (right) with a member of the event committee, Annette Seeber, take a pause during the event
(courtesy of John Yang)

Donations from the community included 250 jackets to give away, 40 pairs of socks, 80 pairs of gloves and 150 hats, amont other items.

The teen center’s year-round mission is “to be a safe place where young people are always welcome after school, a place where activities are blended with tutoring, community service, educational seminars, trips outside the area, and job training,” reported a spokesperson.

GIFT STOCKINGS were ready and waiting for local kids to show up at a sponsored holiday party at the Collings Teen Center.  (courtesy of John Yang)

GIFT STOCKINGS were ready and waiting for local kids to show up at a sponsored holiday party at the Collings Teen Center.
(courtesy of John Yang)

The facility offers a free meal each afternoon to any young person coming in.

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West Sacramento church offers free Christmas lunch to locals in need

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The West Sacramento Baptist Church is offering a free Christmas luncheon to anyone who needs it. The luncheon (turkey, ham, and all the trimmings) will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 2124 Michigan Blvd. The church can be reached at its message phone, 371-2111.

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Holiday trash pickup schedule

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Both Christmas (Dec. 25) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) will result in changes to West Sacramento’s garbage and recycling pickup day. Both weeks, regular Thursday service will move to Friday and regular Friday service moves to Saturday.
City hall and the community center will close Dec. 24 through Jan. 4.

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