Largest long-term care union nationwide opened headquarters in West Sac

Largest long-term care union nationwide opened headquarters in West Sac

Dozens of elected officials joined hundreds of caregivers for the elderly and disabled who are members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2015 as they celebrated the opening of their More »

Make way for another West Sac brewery:

Make way for another West Sac brewery:

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Washington Unified Loses Assistant Superintendent

Washington Unified Loses Assistant Superintendent

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Injured man faces felony charges

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 18, 2012 —

  An investigation into a police shooting on July 9 is still underway, reports Sergeant Nathan Steele, spokesman for the West Sacramento Police Department.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Steele told the News-Ledger last week that officers responded to a domestic call on Platinum Lane (in the Ironworks subdivision near Raley Field) when a man at the scene made a grab for an officer’s gun and was shot.

  The man is recovering from his injury — but he has been charged with “numerous felony violations,” reports Steele.

  The department hasn’t released the name of the injured man or the officer. The officer was placed on routine administrative leave following the incident.

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Host a foreign student for a while

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

  Consider hosting a visiting student from another country this year, as West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon did last year. AFS (formerly American Field Service) is looking for families to host high school students for five months or an academic year. For information, call 1-800-876-2377 or visit www.afsusa.org.

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Partners rehab Little League park

Volunteers celebrate their efforts to improve Memorial Park in the ‘state street’ neighborhood near Park Blvd. (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 18, 2012

   The non-profit organization “TLC for Kids Sports” and engineering contractor O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. partnered with PG&E to host a special volunteer day to rehabilitate Memorial Park in West Sacramento. The park is home to local Little League games and other activities.  Along with O.C. Jones staff and volunteers, PG&E’s West Sacramento office provided volunteers to make improvements to the park.

[adrotate group=”7″]   In addition to work performed by O.C. Jones leading up to the event, over 100 volunteers came down to lend a helping hand for the day.  In addition to the multiple dugout, backstop and scorebooth reconstruction, the crews completed painting, electrical and landscaping renovations.  Repairs were also made at the playground, basketball half-court, snack bar, fences, and horseshoe pits, as well as planting and sod placement at the park, new tanbark at the playground, resurfacing walkways, and tree trimming.

  West Sacramento Centennial Rotary Club pitched in by building two shade structures over the T-Ball field dugouts.

“Most people don’t know this, but major construction has already occurred prior to Volunteer Day,” said Darren Hiatt, Construction Lead, in a press release from TLC forKids. “Then, dozens of community volunteers come out to lend a helping hand on Volunteer Day and that’s like the icing on the cake.  So, from start to finish these projects involve a ton of work and commitment from our team of skilled professionals, corporate sponsors, and helpful volunteers.  The result is a beautifully renovated park or field to be enjoyed by local neighborhoods.”

  Angie Logsdon, staffer at the West Sacramento Police Department, conveyed her feelings about the positive impact of the project.  “Thank you for all the work that was done,” told TLC for Kids.  “It looks good and we cannot express how wonderful it was to have some much needed work on the fields that are used by the children of our community.  We have definitely been putting the fields to use.”

  Other sponsors for the rehab were Kelly-Moore Paints, Kodiak Roofing, Pisor Fence, Forest Lumber, Teichart Aggregates, Valley Crest Landscape, Home Depot, Striping Graphics, and Sports Field Specialties, Inc.

  “Sponsoring the TLC for Kids Sports program has been a way for all of us at O.C. Jones to give back to our communities and our youth,” said Kelly Kolander, President and CEO of O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. “We especially want to thank our many great sponsors and volunteers that helped make this project a reality.”

[adrotate group=”10″]   This project is one of several that have been completed in the last few years throughout Northern California.  O.C. Jones, KNBR 680 AM, and TLC for Kids Sports created a contest where local youth ball parks could win the opportunity to be selected for a full makeover.  To date, many baseball and softball facilities have been renovated.  The Tahoe Tallac, Eastridge and Antioch Little Leagues have all recently benefited from the efforts the TLC for Kids Program.

  In addition, TLC for Kids Sports recently finished spearheading the construction of the Las Lomas Memorial Outdoor Classroom in Walnut Creek.  It was the culmination of a year-long fundraising campaign and school activities in honor of Gavin Powell and Matt Miller, two students who died while rafting in a storm-swollen local creek.  150 student volunteers were mobilized to assist in landscaping the new Outdoor Classroom, which was designed based on sketches that Miller did for a school assignment.

  O.C. Jones, KNBR, and TLC will review park proposals and select new winners in the months ahead, reports TLC for Kids.

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Automatic gunfire reported near freeway

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 18, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

After the report of automatic weapons fire nearby, local police asked for, but didn’t get, temporary closure of the Yolo Bypass over the weekend, said a CHP spokesperson.

At about 3:23 p.m. Saturday, dispatchers received a report of a “possibly active shooter situation in which a witness saw two males firing (an) automatic gun outdoors of a warehouse toward the levee,” said police department records. The incident was reported from the 1400-block of Enterprise Boulevard, which is near I-80 and the east end of the Yolo Bypass.

A witness said the suspects may have left in a black Jaguar.

Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department said officers responded, but “nothing was located.”

“They may have been shooting at a target or something on the levee,” said Steele. “We never had a victim. We had one witness. We did not close the (nearby) causeway.”

Officer Brian Konvalin, a public information officer for the California Highway Patrol in Woodland, said CHP records show a call coming in from West Sacramento police while they were looking for the alleged shooter or shooters.

“They requested the CHP shut down the freeway, but there were no mitigating circumstances,” said Konvalin. “The freeway was not closed.”

In April, the freeway on the Yolo Bypass was closed for several hours as authorities pursued a suspect responsible for a rash of crimes that began in West Sacramento. The suspect was later shot and killed in a clash with law enforcement personnel in Sacramento.

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West Sac chemical spill & bio threat

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 18, 2012 —

  The West Sacramento Fire Department reports that a leaking tote at a business on the 2200-block of Stone Boulevard spilled about 150 gallons of 30 percent sodium hydroxide solution, which an employee then improperly washed down a storm drain.

  The incident occurred on June 26.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The business’s safety officer worked with responding firefighters and public works personnel, who “assisted with the storm drain direction and flow.” The Department of Fish and Game was alerted.

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  A business on the 800-block of Embarcadero drive reported receiving an envelope with a threatening statement along with an unknown white powdery substance on July 2.

  After employees received and opened the package, they “isolated” it in plastic bags and a pail.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Local firefighters joined representatives from the West Sacramento Police Department, FBI, Yolo County Environmental Health and a representative from the Sacramento Fire Department Haz Mat Team in responding.

  Fourteen employees were potentially exposed to the powder, but no injuries were reported. The substance was tested in a Sacramento crime lab and determined to be “non-biological,” reports the West Sacramento Fire Department.

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Kids’ play date at Raley Field

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The Sacramento River Cats will host a “Mommy & Me Day” at Raley Field on Wednesday, July 18, from from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free event is open to kids ages six and under, with their parents. Activities include running the bases, playing catch, and playing in a bounce house and on an obstacle course. There will be free snacks for hte first 1,500 children, and also free parking.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., but parents are encouraged to pre-register by visiting http://www.raleyfield.com.

It’s the final “Mommy & Me Day” of 2012 at the ballpark.

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‘Then & now’ photos, top 25 list & more in celebration of West Sacramento’s 25th year

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The City of West Sacramento is celebrating its first 25 years with a new website exhibition called “West Sacramento: 25 Years with a Passion for Progress.”

The web display includes “then and now” photos, 25 reasons to love the city, a list of fun things to do locally and more.

Visit www.cityofwestsacramento.org/25.

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