West Sacramento Fire Department Is A Class Act

West Sacramento Fire Department Is A Class Act

By Julia McMichael Effective Dec. 1, 2016, the Fire Department of West Sacramento will be upgraded by the Insurance Service Office (ISO) to a Class 1 rating. An ISO Class 1 fire More »

The Yolo Land Trust honors Clarksburg Farmer Greg Merwin at “A Day in the Country”

The Yolo Land Trust honors Clarksburg Farmer Greg Merwin at “A Day in the Country”

The Yolo Land Trust’s signature event “A Day in the Country” will be held this year on Sept. 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Barger Keasey Family Farm near Davis. More »

Students and parents protest for raising teachers’ wages and settling on a contract

Students and parents protest for raising teachers’ wages and settling on a contract

By Monica Stark editor@news-ledger.com There has been a tumultuous start to the beginning of this school year in West Sacramento. With gossip of teachers striking and high school students texting messages to More »

 

Chamber honors several businesspeople

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 19, 2012 —

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 www.westsacramentochamber.com.

Copyright News-Ledger 2012

Facebook comments investigation —

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 19, 2012 —

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.”

Copyright News-Ledger 2012

Go climb a nearby mountain

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

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 12, 2012 —

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 www.berryessasnowmountain.org

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.

  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2012

Woodland: deputies shoot ‘charging’ dogs

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 19, 2012 —

Yolo County Sheriff’s Deputies shot two dogs that “charged the deputies” during a probation search at an Antelope Street house in Woodland on Monday at about 9:20 a.m .

According to Sgt. Lance Faille of the sheriff’s department, deputies conducted a probation search of the home of Shane Edgington, who was not home at the time.

“Inside the residence, (deputies) located two subjects, 46-year old Carol Vitalie and 43-year old Vincent Van Asperson, and three pit bull dogs,” said Faille in a press release. “The three pit bulls were in a bedroom that needed to be searched. Yolo County Animal Control officers responded to remove the dogs from the bedroom.”

“While one dog was being removed by an animal control officer, a second came charging out of the bedroom and a deputy Tased that pit bull,” he continued. “A third pit bull came out of the bedroom, tearing the electrical wires from the Taser’s barbs. Both loose pit bulls charged two different deputies in separate locations of the residence and were shot by those deputies.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   The dogs were taken to the UC Davis Animal Hospital and were found to be dead. The third pit bull was removed from inside the house, as were five other dogs in the backyard — all unlicensed, said Faille.

The man and woman at the house were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Copyright News-Ledger 2012

Free food in West Sac, Clarksburg

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 12, 2012 —

[adrotate group=”9″]   The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute free food on Dec. 18. Locations include the West Sacramento County Building, 500 Jefferson Blvd., from 9-10 a.m.; Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd., from 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr., 11-noon; and the Clarksburg Firehouse, noon to 1 pm. Please bring a bag, and attend only one site. For information, call (530) 668-0690.

Copyright News-Ledger 2012

‘A Life’s Ride’: new bench is memorial

This bike isn’t made for riding: Artist Terrence Martin joins Cathy Yokoyama and her daughter Stacy at the installation of a new memorial bench honoring the life of Cathy’s late husband, a West Sacramento farmer. (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 12, 2012

New memorial combines a West Sac man’s work, and his passion —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

In retrospect, it seems obvious:

Andrew Yokoyama was a lifelong West Sacramentan, a farmer, an enthusiastic bicyclist. Why not commemorate his life with a bicycle-themed memorial right along the road so many cyclists take across the Tower Bridge? And why not build that memorial, as much as possible, out of implements and tools from his Southport farm?

On Friday morning, that vision came to be. Next to the Tower Bridge and the state “ziggurat” building, artist Terrence Martin supervised as his one-ton “A Life’s Ride” sculpture was bolted into the concrete. Passersby began sending curious glances almost immediately.

Cathy Yokoyama, Andy’s surviving wife, estimated that Martin had made the piece using “about two-thirds” of the material from the Yokoyama family farm in Southport – discs, spacers, tractor wheel parts and so forth.

“We asked him to use parts from the farm, if he was good with that idea,” said Cathy Yokoyama. “He was.”

ANDREW YOKOYAMA: Lifelong West Sacramento resident and farmer

Family friend Carol Davis was instrumental in choosing artist Terrence Martin – whose “Jagged Edge” art studio is located near the west end of West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento. Davis also coordinated plans for the bench with the City of West Sacramento, because its new home was to be on city park property.

“Carol really was the one who organized the whole thing,” added Yokoyama.

“We told (Martin) we wanted a bench,” she recalled. “Carol had seen his benches at the Sacramento Zoo and at Fountains, in Roseville. We were thinking of the form of a bicycle because we were thinking of putting it along the bike path, and also because Andy really enjoyed biking.”

Andy Yokoyama was the grandson of an immigrant from Japan who farmed in Sacramento’s Pocket area, according to Dena Kirtley of the West Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department (Kirtley  took the sculpture through the city permit process).

Andy’s father was placed in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II, then set up as a farmer in West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Andy himself was born in 1951. He graduated from UC Davis and joined his dad on the farm, growing green onions and spinach on a small family farm near Linden and South River road, and also farming other land leased in Southport. In 2000, he took a job with the state, but continued farming on weekends. Yokoyama planted a final crop of wheat and safflower in 2011 as he became increasingly ill. He died in January, 2012.

“Some of the local farmers helped organize and get that harvest in,” said Cathy Yokoyama. “We knew about his illness for several years, but he was probably (seriously) sick for about a year.”

The new sculpture has the form of a bike – complete with handlebars and a seat. It comes with a pre-rusted finish, explained Martin, and all the sharp edges have been painstakingly ground down for safety. The “bike” cradles a bench with a seat made of steel cylinders.

Yokoyama says a number of people chipped in to pay for it, although she hasn’t yet seen the final cost submitted by Martin.

“I used donations from (Andy’s) work, from my dinner group and my work,” she said. “I work for the California State teachers’ retirement system, in the big tower building nearby.”

She said she’s quite happy with how the memorial turned out. Within a couple of days of its installation, the sculpture had experienced – and recovered from – its first misadventure.

“It got tagged (with graffiti) over the weekend,” Yokoyama reported Monday. “Someone had written their name in blue. I reported it to the parks department. They are just going to clean it up every time, until whoever does it gets tired of it.”

You can see “A Life’s Ride,” and sit for a spell, at River Walk Park next to the “ziggurat.”

  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2012

West Sac has new vice mayor

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 12, 2012–

In its annual organizational meeting, the West Sacramento City Council last Wednesday selected Councilman Christopher Ledesma to serve as its new mayor pro tem – a post similar to that of a vice mayor.

Ledesma will fill in for Mayor Christopher Cabaldon over the next year when Cabaldon is not able to attend a city council meeting or city event. He takes over from fellow council member Oscar Villegas.

Ledesma was elected to the city council in 2010 after serving about nine years on the city planning commission. He works for a bank, and as a city council member has often stressed the need to focus on business recruitment in the city.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon last month won another two-year term, running unopposed. The four city council members (currently Ledesma, Villegas, Mark Johannessen and Bill Kristoff) are elected two four-year terms, in staggered elections.

[adrotate group=”7″]   In other action last week, the council voted unanimously in favor of an “urgency ordinance” that temporarily bans the cultivation of marijuana outdoors. The move comes in response to increased crime and to neighbors’ complaints about the “skunky” smell of the plants, a city official told the News-Ledger.

  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2012

CHRIS LEDESMA: selected as the 'mayor pro tem' of West Sacramento for the next year (News-Ledger photo)

 

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 12, 2012–

In its annual organizational meeting, the West Sacramento City Council last Wednesday selected Councilman Christopher Ledesma to serve as its new mayor pro tem – a post similar to that of a vice mayor.

Ledesma will fill in for Mayor Christopher Cabaldon over the next year when Cabaldon is not able to attend a city council meeting or city event. He takes over from fellow council member Oscar Villegas.

Ledesma was elected to the city council in 2010 after serving about nine years on the city planning commission. He works for a bank, and as a city council member has often stressed the need to focus on business recruitment in the city.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon last month won another two-year term, running unopposed. The four city council members (currently Ledesma, Villegas, Mark Johannessen and Bill Kristoff) are elected two four-year terms, in staggered elections.

[adrotate group=”7″]   In other action last week, the council voted unanimously in favor of an “urgency ordinance” that temporarily bans the cultivation of marijuana outdoors. The move comes in response to increased crime and to neighbors’ complaints about the “skunky” smell of the plants, a city official told the News-Ledger.

  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2012