Santa to arrive on fire truck: Here’s St. Nick’s schedule

Santa to arrive on fire truck: Here’s St. Nick’s schedule

The West Sacramento Fire Department, in conjunction with the West Sacramento Firefighters’ Association, is preparing for the annual “Santa Run” through West Sacramento. With the help of many off-duty firefighter “elves,” Santa More »

Toys For Tots collection efforts now underway

Toys For Tots collection efforts now underway

Since 1948, The Marine Corps League, Toys for Tots Foundation has been around for the distribution of toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign More »

Council Member Bill Kristoff Retires After Thirty Years of Service

Council Member Bill Kristoff Retires After Thirty Years of Service

By Jan Dalske for the News Ledger Bill Kristoff will officially retire on November 16th when he attends his last city council meeting. His friends, family and colleagues came together recently at More »


Church offers free Christmas meal


Anyone is welcome to the free Christmas luncheon provided by First Southern Baptist Church in West Sacramento, at 2124 Michigan Blvd. (corner of Maple), from noon to 1 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

[adrotate group=”9″]  Message phone: 371-2111.

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Local singers perform at Nugget today

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER–

Hear the West Sacramento Singers in a free concert at 2 p.m. on Dec. 23 at the Nugget Market, Town Center Plaza in Southport.

For more information, email

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Cyclist from Sacramento dies in West Sac


A Sacramento man died in a car-versus-bicycle accident this morning on West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.

According to Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department, both the cyclist from Sacramento and the car that struck him were going eastbound along the 2000-block of West Capitol when the collision occurred just after 7 a.m.

[adrotate group=”10″] “The initial investigation indicates both the vehicle and a bicyclist were traveling eastbound on West Capitol Avenue when the bicyclist swerved to miss a large puddle of water,” said Sockman in a press release.  “The bicyclist pulled into the number two lane of traffic in front of the vehicle just before the collision. Weather conditions were severe and may have been a contributing factor in the collision. The bicyclist, a 51 year old male from Sacramento, suffered major head trauma and was pronounced dead on scene. His identity is being withheld until his next of kin can be notified. The driver, a resident of West Sacramento, was not injured in the accident. Speed and or alcohol does not appear to be a contributing factor in this accident.”

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Photo: sign of the season


The baseball player statues in front of city hall are ready for the holidays. The real question is, are you?

These slightly-bigger-than-life statues are playing ball in front of city hall, at 1100 West Capitol Avenue.  (News-Ledger photo)



The News-Ledger reported more about these statues — including how they ended up in West Sacramento — shortly after they were installed. Here’s that article from 2011:

May 18, 2011

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

There are a couple of new guys playing baseball in the middle of the 1100-block of West Capitol Avenue – oversized, bronze fellows. The sculpture was installed with little fanfare several weeks ago after West Sacramento city staff saw an opportunity to pick up some “public art” from storage at Sacramento’s Crocker museum. The city has a policy promoting public art.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “The baseball players were originally commissioned by Frank and Lee Luckenbill as part of their effort to bring a regional stadium,” said Mark Zollo, a senior administrative analyst for the redevelopment agency. “At some point, the Luckenbills donated them to the Crocker. They were on display at Crocker Park. The pitcher was up on one foot, supported by a dowel, and some kids pulled the pitcher over. So the Crocker put the sculpture in storage.”

“Les Bowman (a former manager in Zollo’s department) contacted the Crocker. We initiated the loan with them, and in exchange for the loan, we agreed to do a restoration. We paid about $20,000 for restoration and installation. They gave us a loan through 2014, but we hope to extend that.”

Zollo said that the sculpture is mounted more securely than it was in Sacramento, and the location is pretty well-trafficked and well-lighted, so he hopes it won’t be vandalized.

Ultimately, the city would like to put the two baseball players on display on some city land near the entrance to Raley Field – the region’s minor league baseball stadium. That site isn’t ready yet, though, because it’s under construction and sparsely developed nearby.

“This location (at West Capitol) was selected more as a temporary location – we wanted a place where there is a lot of activity.”

The piece is called, simply, “Baseball Players,” and it was designed by artist Lisa Reinertson of Davis. The two figures, who are somewhat crouched over, stand about eight to nine feet tall.

(News-Ledger photo)

“These are pretty substantial figures,” said Zollo. “They weigh quite a bit – around 800 pounds apiece.”

The Luckenbills are aware that the statues have been moved, and approve of the loan, he said. The artist may not yet be aware that her baseball players are having a game in the middle of West Sacramento’s main street.

An attempt to reach artist Reinertson wasn’t immediately successful.

  EDITOR’S NOTE, 5/23/2011: After we went to press for the above article, artist Lisa Reinertson emailed us a response to an inquiry made by the News-Ledger. We had asked her whom she used as models for this artwork.  We heard from citizens who thought the “hitter” might have been modeled on Rickey Henderson or Felipe Alou.

The artist responded:

“The artwork was meant to be a more universal portrayal of a pitcher and batter and not anyone’s particular portraits.  “To answer your question- I used models who were baseball players up at Chico State where I was teaching at the time. (1991?) They were both assistant coaches, one a pitcher and one a batter. Since the stadium the sculptures were originally planned for was to have a new baseball team, they were not to be portraits of any famous players from existing teams elsewhere.  I did go and see professional games as I did my homework on the sculpture and I did look at and get inspiration from images of stances that may look familiar to those in the know.
“My concept for the sculpture was to capture the psychological battle between the pitcher and batter as they are about to throw the ball and strike it back. I wanted to portray the physical tension of each player winding up and ready- so the exact moment before the movement forward for each player was the moment I focused on capturing.”

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Chamber honors several businesspeople


The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce will install new board members and hand out its annual business awards on Jan. 17.

“Businessperson of the Year” award will go to Michelle Vandeheetkamp, Wicked West Pizza & BBQ, for “making a difference in our community.”

The “Business of the Year” will be IKEA, for “outstanding contributions to the community.”

[adrotate group=”10″]   The “West Sacramento Lifetime Achievement Award” will go to Bill Ramos of Ramos Oil, for “a lifetime of service.”

The “Volunteer of the Year” will be Dan Ramos of Ramco, “for unselfish service.”

The Chamber’s “Ambassador of the Year” is Maria Ramos of Hampton Inn and Suites.

A note regarding the fact that three of the award-winners have the same last name: Dan Ramos is a nephew of Bill Ramos. Maria Ramos is not related to the other two.

The chamber event will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the civic center galleria. For table sponsorships, tickets or other information, call 371-7042 or visit

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Facebook comments investigation —


Police have concluded their investigation into comments made online through the Facebook site that appeared to threaten West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

No arrest was made.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The Facebook post used gay slurs against Cabaldon and accused him of selling the region’s water rights, implying there would be a physical confrontation with Cabaldon at the “next town meeting.”

“We interviewed the mayor and the sender (of the comments),” Lt. Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger by email. “(There) does not appear to be a crime. The whole report was forwarded to the D.A. (District Attorney) for review.”

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Go climb a nearby mountain

The viewscape from Berryessa Peak, just this side of Lake Berryessa (courtesy of Tuleyome Trails)


Guest Commentary by Charlotte Orr
Tuleyome Association

December 11th was designated International Mountain Day. The day was created by the UN in 2003 to promote awareness about the importance of the world’s mountains and highlands. Mountains are crucial to life, provide most of the world’s fresh water, harbor a rich variety of plants and animals, and are home to one in ten people. Luckily in our back yard, you don’t have to go far to appreciate breath taking mountains.

[adrotate group=”7″]    Nearby there is Berryessa Peak, the highest point of Blue Ridge; a small mountain ridge east of Lake Berryessa. In September 2008, private landowners established a trail easement that opened up 9,100 acres of public lands and gave public access to the remarkable views and summit of Berryessa Peak.

Also worth mentioning is Snow Mountain, located in the 37,000 acre Snow Mountain Wilderness in the Mendocino National Forest. The tallest peak, known as Snow Mountain East is renowned for being the highest point in both Colusa and Lake Counties. The hike to the top of East Peak is a moderate climb, providing stunning views of the Sacramento Valley and the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east, Clear Lake to the southwest, and the Mendocino National Forest to the North. During the winter, the summits of Snow Mountain accumulate layers of snow, or a “snowpack” that can last until June. These snow packs are an important water source that feed into nearby streams and rivers as they melt.


Snow Mountain Alpines (photo courtesy of Jim Eaton)

As we celebrate International Mountain Day and the need to protect our majestic mountains, we must also bring attention to the lands that surround them. The Berryessa Snow Mountain region is a dazzling outdoor wonderland, with beautiful scenic views, a wide range of plants and wildlife, and abundant recreational opportunities. The region and its mountains deserve to be permanently protected for the enjoyment and benefit of current and future generations.

There are currently bills in both the house (H.R.5545), and the senate (S.3375) to permanently protect 320,000 acres of Federal public lands in the Berryessa Snow Mountain region in Napa, Lake, Mendocino, and Yolo counties. For more information on permanent protection for these lands, or to get involved, please visit

In the meantime, remember International Mountain Day, and take some time out to explore and appreciate the beautiful mountain areas closest to your home and heart.

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