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West Sacramentan to be featured artist at Blue Wing Art Gallery

West Sacramentan to be featured artist at Blue Wing Art Gallery

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City Partners With West Capitol Ave. Businesses To Curb Alcohol Abuse

City Partners With West Capitol Ave. Businesses To Curb Alcohol Abuse

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Democrats honor John Ohlson

ABOVE: John Ohlson (front & center) with Democratic club members Joyce Miller, Billi Hanlon, Helen Smith, Charlotte Dorsey, Jim Brewer, Lana Paulhamus, Glennda Campos and Louie Campos (News-Ledger photo)


The local River City Democratic Club presented West Sacramento’s John Ohlson with a plaque and a cake last month, in honor of his decades of service to the party’s work.

“Others deserve it more,” Ohlson commented at the presentation.

He and his late wife, Grace Ohlson, have long been active in Democratic issues as well as West Sacramento civic issues. The ceremony was held at the home of the 90-plus year old resident.

In his honor, the Democrats made a contribution to the American Civil Liberties Union “to fight vote suppression.”

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Sign up today for free holiday meal


The Food Bank of Yolo County plans to distribute 1,500 free Thanksgiving Meals this year. Distribution in West Sacramento will be on Nov. 17.

Sign up by today — Friday, Nov. 9 — by calling (530) 668-0648.

  Those who sign up too late for the Thanksgiving meals will automatically be registered to receive holiday food at Christmas in December. Meals include a turkey, fresh produce and non-perishable goods. The program started with a donation from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Community Fund in 2011.

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Pickets pop up at Raleys


Supermarket workers at Raleys called a strike on Sunday, and picket lines formed among the 128 stores in the chain — including West Sacramento’s on West Capitol Avenue.

It is the first strike in the company’s 77-year history. The company is based in West Sacramento, with a headquarters on West Capitol near the Tower Bridge. The chain includes Bel Air and Nob Hill stores.

Issues include a pay freeze and benefits. The company says it needs to cut costs in the face of competition from non-union grocers including Walmart, but union leaders say the chain is showing bad faith by refusing to allow its finances to be audited.

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Mother of all raffles: West Sac groups raise $47,000 selling tix

ABOVE: Representatives from local groups show off the symbolic “checks” they earned by participating in this year’s “All Charities Raffle.” The celebration and dinner took place Saturday at ‘OLG.’ (Photo courtesy of Verna Sulpizio)


A whole bunch of West Sacramento charities participated in this year’s “All Charities Raffle,” organized by the West Sacramento Foundation.

  Raffle prizes included use of vacation condos, shopping sprees and other prizes. Each participating group got to keep $9 of every $10 in ticket sales. The fundraiser culminated in a spaghetti dinner and prize drawing Saturday evening at Our Lady of Grace school in Southport.

Altogether, the groups raised $47,000, reports Barbara Moore of the West Sacramento Foundation.

You can find more information on the West Sacramento Foundation by clicking on

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RCHS soccer ends with a win

RCHS team captain and senior Graviel Muniz (right) dribbles past a Liberty Ranch defender on his way to scoring a goal in his last game as a River City Raider.


By Jorden Wusstig
RCHS Journalism Class & Soccer Team Member

After a well fought season and a solid fourth-place league finish, the final game came and went for River City boys soccer.

October 25th was the last game for RCHS seniors Manuel Moreno, Graviel Muniz, Alejandro Castro, Carlos Santilian, and Javier Gomez.

Before the game, a ceremony for the seniors was held. During this ceremony they were escorted by their family members and each had a picture taken. Then the players joined the rest of the team to warm up.

  Once the whistle blew to start the game, RCHS players pressured Liberty Ranch with determination to put on a show for the fans and let the seniors go out with a win. It was nonstop shooting on the Liberty Ranch keeper.

In the 32nd minute, Graviel Muniz had a fantastic volley that put the ball in the back of the net to put RCHS up 1-0. The half ended 1-0 and the players were pumped to slam in a couple more goals.

The second half began and Mario Zambrano had a clean strike on goal that rattled the post and fortunately landed in front of senior captain Manuel Moreno, who kept his composure to make it 2-0.

RCHS continuously possessed the ball and wore the Liberty Ranch team wore out as they tried to chase down the Raiders. In the 59th minute, Mario Zambrano with another clean strike. He had the odds on his side and slipped it right by the post to make the score 3-0.

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Unofficial West Sac ballot results:


UPDATED Nov. 13.

With about 3,000 “provisional ballots” (representing about 25% of the vote in this race) still being sorted at the Yolo County Elections Office as of Nov. 13, the results are still early & unofficial. But here is how the local races in West Sacramento are shaping up. One change from the first reporting here: school board incumbent Dave Westin has dropped out of the top three, and challenger Alicia Cruz has stepped into one of the three winner’s spots in that race.

As of now, 100% of the precincts have reported,, but the results are still unofficial. Election officials have 28 days from the election day to finish counting, and are trying to finish sooner — perhaps by Thanksgiving.



Christopher Cabaldon (unopposed)          10,287 votes, or 100%


CITY COUNCIL (top two)

WILLIAM ‘BILL’ KRISTOFF (Inc.)            8,262 votes, or 45.7%

OSCAR E. VILLEGAS (Inc.)                          8,035 votes, or 44.5%

OLEG MASKAEV                                                         1,768 votes, or 14.0%



KATIE VILLEGAS                                                  6,619 votes, or 48.7%

ALICIA CRUZ                                                          4,915 votes, or 19.6%

MARY M. LELAND  (Inc.)                                  4,598 votes, or 18.3%

DAVE WESTIN  (Inc.)                                                 4,510 votes, or 18.0%

COBY PIZOTTI                                                              1,930 votes, or 7.7%

WALT R. BOWMAN                                                     1,496 votes, or 6.0%

ROY SIANEZ                                                                  1,469 votes, or 5.9%


MEASURE G, Revenue Uses Advisory Vote

YES: 10,269 votes, or 87.4%

NO:  1,483 votes, or 12.6%


West Sacramento voter turnout: 6,264 of 23,168 Registered Voters (27.0%)


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Levee work finished for season, West Sac road will stay closed

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 31, 2012 —


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has concluded this year’s construction of a setback levee along South River Road in West Sacramento with plans to resume next spring.

  The construction site will be shut down for the winter and South River Road from Marina Green Drive to Linden Road will continue to be limited to police, fire and levee patrols until the project is complete in fall 2013. Road closure signs will be updated this week to reflect the new completion date, and no-trespassing signs and detours for residents are clearly marked. The existing levee remains intact, so there is no additional increase in flood risk due to the construction delay of the new levee.

The project is a joint effort between the Corps and the Central Valley Flood Protection Board to strengthen levees al ong the Sacramento River and its tributaries, a part of the Corps’ Sacramento River Bank Protection Project. When finished, the new levee will be set back 250 feet from the old levee and will be 15 feet high, 2,200 feet long, and have up to a 75-foot-deep seepage cutoff wall in its center. Cutoff walls strengthen levees and help prevent water from leaking through or under them.

The project design is intended to widen the river channel to hold more water during a flood or storm, while preserving the wildlife habitat between the old levee and the river. When the project is completed, South River Road will run atop the new setback levee and reconnect to the existing levee at each end.

This is the second time the project will be carried over through the rainy season. In 2011, wet weather conditions and high water levels delayed levee construction until September, which was too far into the construction season to be finishe d before winter flood and environmental preservation deadlines. This year, the Corps and the contractor are still determining the acceptability of the seepage cutoff wall inside the new levee’s center, and won’t be able to complete the evaluation and remaining work before this year’s rainy season begins. Work should resume when the 2013 construction season begins in June.

“We understand residents were not expecting construction to continue but public safety is our principal concern,” said project manager Tom Karvonen in a press release. “The old levee is still in place and will remain until the construction of the new levee is deemed complete and accepted by the Corps.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District provides planning, engineering, project management, environmental restoration and construction services to military and civilian customers in parts of eight western states, including California.

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