Earth Day celebrated in West Sacramento with fifth annual festival

Earth Day celebrated in West Sacramento with fifth annual festival

Photo courtesy Neighbors and friends gathered at city hall on Sunday, April 23 for the Fifth Annual West Sacramento Earth Day Festival. Treated to vendors offering information on resource and money saving More »

Wildlife Conservation Receives Public Funding at Elliott Ranch

Wildlife Conservation Receives Public Funding at Elliott Ranch

By Jan Dalske In June of 2016, a California state agency, the Delta Conservancy, awarded the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) a grant of $380,000. The money will be used to implement a More »

You Are Not Forgotten

You Are Not Forgotten

By Michele Townsend “YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN” are the words that are carved into Lt Gregory Hodson’s paving stone, that is located in the All Veterans Memorial section of Capitol Park.This section More »

 

City considers restraints on pot growing

NEWS-LEDGER– DEC 4, 2013 —

Local law already bans pot dispensaries and backyard medical marijuana groves —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The City of West Sacramento is poised to again tighten the restrictions on anyone growing marijuana at home.

The city has already outlawed marijuana dispensaries, the cultivation of marijuana for dispensaries, and any kind of outdoor marijuana cultivation. Although a state initiative legalized marijuana for medical use in the state, it still remains illegal under federal law.

A staff report for this Thursday’s planning commission meeting suggests that the commission put further city restrictions on those growing the plant for their own use, including:

— Continuing to outlaw outdoor growth of the plants

— Limiting indoor growth to 120 square feet per property, with a required minimum amount of ventilation and maximum wattage of growing lights.

— Allowing cultivation only when the grower lives on the property

— No cultivation in nonresidential zones or within 600 feet of schools or child care centers.

The staff report said that, after tracking court cases involving the rights of users of medical marijuana, city planning staff believed such restrictions would pass legal muster.

A number of residents have complained about neighbors growing the drug, said the report. Some have complained about the odor of the plants, and others have worried that the plants are a magnet for thieves and crime.

Citing data collected since 2008, the report said:

“The total number of narcotics complaints shows a peak in 2010, decreasing slightly thereafter, and then a slight rise this year. However, the number of complaints that specifically identify marijuana has doubled every year to 2012, with 2013 slightly below. . . The calls for service and crimes (plant theft, residential burglaries) related to the cultivation of marijuana have doubled since 2010.”

The city planning commission will be asked to consider the new restrictions during its meeting 6 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 5)  at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

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Buy a little something for a needy senior

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Buy a gift for a home-bound or lonely senior: The West Sacramento Rotary Club will be on hand at Raley’s supermarket from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekend of Dec. 14-15, and invites you to donate a gift to fill a senior’s request. Most of the requests are for items like socks, magazines and food. Rotary members will team up with River City High School’s Interact Club to cheerfully delivery your gift to the senior citizen who asked for it.

The supermarket is located at 1601 West Capitol Avenue (a block west of Jefferson Boulevard).

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Hundreds visit Santa, city tree lighting

The West Sacramento Community Singers give a cheer to the crowd after a performance from the stairway. (News-Ledger photo)

The West Sacramento Community Singers give a cheer to the crowd after a performance from the stairway. (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 11, 2013 —

Last year’s event was canceled by stormy weather, but celebrants this year just moved indoors to dodge a drizzle

The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce threw its annual holiday party at city hall on Friday evening.

With a bit of moisture in the air, the party moved from the city hall front lawn to the indoor “galleria.”

Attendees included many eager youngsters waiting for a confidential word with Santa, who was scheduled to arrive by fire truck part-way into the party.

There were refreshments, and Christmas carols.

A choir group from River City High School entertains the crowd.  (News-Ledger photo)

A choir group from River City High School entertains the crowd.
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It took three pulls at the switch. But Santa and Mayor Christoper Cabaldon successfully threw the switch that lit the city’s ‘holiday tree’ in front of 1110 West Capitol Avenue. (News-Ledger photo)

It took three pulls at the switch. But Santa and Mayor Christoper Cabaldon successfully threw the switch that lit the city’s ‘holiday tree’ in front of 1110 West Capitol Avenue. CLICK TO ENLARGE.
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Santa arrives! (News-Ledger photo)

Santa arrives!
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Johannessen is the new vice mayor

West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen will serve a one-year term as 'mayor pro tem,' backing up Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)

West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen will serve a one-year term as ‘mayor pro tem,’ backing up Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – DEC 12, 2013 –

 The West Sacramento City Council last night picked Council Member Mark Johannessen to serve as “Mayor Pro Tem” – essentially a vice mayor – for the next year.

  Johannessen replaces Mayor pro tem Chris Ledesma, who remains on the council as a regular member. 

  Johannessen was elected to the city council in 2006. He has not previously served as “mayor pro tem.” 

  Johannessen has announced he is running for California State Assembly next year as a Democrat. He hopes to succeed Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, who plans to run for the seat now held by termed-out State Senator Darrell Steinberg. Term limits prevent Stenberg from running again.

  Last year, Johannessen was nominated to serve as West Sacramento’s “mayor pro tem” by fellow councilman Bill Kristoff, but the motion died for lack of support, and the council then chose Ledesma.

Last night, reports city spokesman Art Schroeder, Councilman Oscar Villegas nominated then-current Mayor Pro Tem Chris Ledesma for another term.

Ledesma nominated Johannessen.

Villegas voted for Ledesma, while Ledesma, Johannessen and Mayor Christopher Cabaldon voted for Johannessen, giving him the post. Councilman Bill Kristoff was absent.

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