Ribbon cutting to celebrate new roadway: the Village Parkway North

Ribbon cutting to celebrate new roadway: the Village Parkway North

Roadway to improve traffic flow from Southport to the Tower Bridge Gateway The City of West Sacramento has completed the Village Parkway North connecting to South River Road (and the Mike McGowan More »

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 »


West Sac orchestra: free concert


The West Sacramento Community Orchestra invites you to a free concert on Sun., Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. at the city hall galleria, 1110 West Capitol. A second concert is planned for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Centennial United Methodist Church, 5401 Freeport Blvd. in Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”7″]  Music includes the “Merry Wives of Windsor Overture” by Nicolai, “A Night on Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky and other works – some with an element of “fear” in keeping with the Halloween season. Musicians are needed; call (916) 991-5262.

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Missing man safely located


Tony Savala, the “at risk” 73-year old reported missing today in West Sacramento, has been located, reports Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department.

At-risk elderly man is sought:

TONY SAVALA: "at risk" 73-year old man was last seen Wednesday morning near a Merkley Avenue senior housing complex


West Sacramento police are looking for help finding a 73-year old man suffering from dementia. According to Sgt. Nathan Steele of the police department:

“On 10-12-12 the West Sacramento Police Department received a report of an at risk 73 year old missing male.  The missing person Tony Savala was last seen 10-10-12 at approximately 1100 a.m at the Margaret McDowell Senior Center located at 1525 Merkley Ave, West Sacramento, Ca.

“Mr. Savala is not from West Sacramento and is unfamiliar with the area.  Mr. Savala suffers from dementia and other medical conditions which require medications.  Mr. Savala was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, blue jeans, brown leather shoes, a silver watch and possibly a blue hat with a union logo.  It is believed that Mr. Savala may be on foot in the area.

“Mr. Savala is a Hispanic male, 5-11, 200 lbs, brown eyes and grey hair.  Please see the attached photo.  Anyone with information on the location of Mr. Savala is requested to contact West Sacramento Police Dispatch at 916-375-6474. ”

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Elena Villegas lobbies the governor

ELENA VILLEGAS (second from right) with a group of fellow college students asking Governor Jerry Brown (left front) to keep state colleges and universities affordable


West Sacramento’s Elena Villegas (second from right) was part of a group that met with Governor Jerry Brown on Sept. 29 to promote keeping the state’s community colleges affordable to students.
Brown is pictured at the left front.
Villegas is a community college student active with groups advocating for public college and university students. She attends Sacramento City College’s campuses in Sacramento and West Sacramento.

Courtesy photo

Open house at W.S. firehouse:


You’re invited to “open house” at Fire Station 45 in Southport, on Lake Washington Blvd. just east of Jefferson, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 13. There will be a kids’ jump house, face painting, equipment demonstrations, car seat checks, blood pressure checks, a chance to take a photo with “Sparky” the Dalmatian, and other things to do.

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West Sac hosts rowing races Sunday

Action at a prior "Head of the Port" regatta in West Sacramento. Here, crews race past the Agrium plant at the Port of West Sacramento. (News-Ledger photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)


The River City Rowing Club in West Sacramento is hosting 19 rowing clubs from throughout California for a series of 5- kilometer rowing races on Sunday, October 14, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the River City Rowing Club in the Port of West Sacramento.

The competitive races are held in the Deep Water Channel in West Sacramento. Boat crews assemble, launch and return to the host club, the River City Rowing Club adjacent to the Port of West Sacramento.

The event includes college teams from UC Berkeley, UC Davis and Sacramento State; high school teams; open-competitive class and masters’ teams. There are 180 entries racing the clock in 40 different heats.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Rowers will be on site setting up at 6:00 a.m. and launching from docks at approximately 7:45 a.m. Sunday.

To view the race:  Best viewing is from the levee on the south side of the Deep Water Ship Channel.  Spectators are encouraged to park at the West Sacramento Lowe’s store and walk to the levee.  Binoculars and lawn chairs may help you enjoy the action.

As a long-distance (about three miles) “head race” over a curved course, competitors start one after another in intervals and fight both the clock and each other. The winner in each division is the racer with the fastest time, but rowers are also trying hard to pass boats that started ahead of them while avoiding being caught from behind.

Race Directions: http://www.rivercityrowing.org/directions/directions.html

Race Course Map: http://www.rivercityrowing.org/HOP/race_course_map.html

For more information, please go to our website www.rivercityrowing.org

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Judge sends West Sacramento man to jail for nonpayment of child support


Yolo County spokeswoman Beth Gabor announced that a West Sacramento man was jailed for a child support issue.

On the afternoon of September 25, Keith Michael Reese, Sr. was remanded into custody for violation of an order to seek work regarding his child support case.

[adrotate group=”7″] Reese was originally charged with 18 counts of contempt in connection with his failure to pay his back child support, alleged to be in excess of $68,000.  In June, Reese pled guilty to four counts of contempt and was sentenced to 400 hours of community service.

On June 19, Resse failed to appear for a review hearing and warrant was issued for his arrest, said Gabor

On September 25, Reese appeared before Commissioner Umonzio and was sentenced to 8 days in jail which he began serving immediately.

Gabor added that the Yolo County Department of Child Support Services is trying to increase collections for children who are in need of support.  In August, the department began a campaign to work on cases where no payment has been received within the year.  Over 1,000 defendants were contacted and urged to get in touch with the Yolo County Department of Child Support Services to avoid legal action.  Those, who did not comply will face increasingly serious consequences, she said.

The Yolo County Department of Child Support Services encourages defendants who are having difficulty meeting their child support obligations to contact the office to work out arrangements with their case worker.  They may call (866) 901-3212.

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