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Shores of Hope partnered with Raley’s Food for Families to provide food to West Sac families

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Eating on $4.46/day: Assemblywoman takes ‘Hunger Challenge’ for food stamp awareness

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

GUEST COMMENTARY

From the office of Mariko Yamada, 8th District, California State Assembly

MARIKO YAMADA (D-Davis), 9th District Assembly Member

June is National Hunger Awareness Month, and with the Legislature facing a looming state budget deadline, Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) is taking the “Hunger Challenge” for the 4th consecutive year as a state legislator.  Hunger Challenge participants pledge to live for one week on the nation’s average weekly food stamp benefit of $4.46 per day, or just $1.49 per meal. Yamada will also blog about her experiences while taking the Challenge.

“The challenge is a reminder to me that for millions of Americans, hunger is a daily reality,” said Assemblymember Yamada.  “While I struggle for only a week, far too many who cannot make ends meet face going hungry every day.  Those living in ‘food deserts’ – often students, the disabled, and seniors – are particularly affected.”

The rules are simple: Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner spending only $1.49 a meal for five days or $22.30 total.  The challenge is whether healthy and tasty meals can be prepared on the grocery budget of millions of Americans receiving food assistance.

  Assemblymember Yamada began her challenge today which will continue through Friday.  She spent $20.05 (and has $2.25 in reserve) on the following food items:

1 dozen eggs $.99, 1/2 gal. coconut milk $2.04, 6 yogurts $2.60, 1 loaf wheat bread $.99, 1 whole chicken $4.94, 1 lb. seedless red grapes $.95, 1 roma tomato $.42, 6 ripe bananas (reduced price)  $1.06, 1 organic firm tofu  $1.50, 1 cucumber  $.89, 1 box raisin bran  $1.99, 1 box corn muffin mix  $.79, 1 can tuna  $.89.

One way to spend $22.05 on enough food for a week (Courtesy of Assemblymember Yamada’s office)

According to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), over 19 percent of Californians are unable to afford enough food to stay healthy.  As more Californians have difficulty making ends meet, the number of people receiving CalFresh/Supplemental Nutritional Assistantces Program or SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits has greatly increased. Still, according to federal statistics, California has the lowest participation rate of all the states. In Solano and Yolo counties combined, the under enrollment in CalFresh means we are missing out on an estimated $70.5 million in federal funds each year.

Despite this widespread hardship, the Governor’s 2012-13 budget calls on legislators to cut over $2 billion from healthcare and human services, while in Washington the U.S. Senate is debating a Farm Bill reauthorization that could cut $4.5 billion from SNAP/CalFresh over ten years.

  “In the face of yet another California budget crisis that disproportionately affects those with the lowest incomes and greatest need, we should encourage all who are eligible to enroll in this federally funded program,” continued Yamada.

Follow Assemblymember Yamada as she blogs about her experiences living on $4.46 per day on the Yolo County Food Bank website:  http://yolofoodbank.blogspot.com/ and on the Solano & Contra Costa County Food Bank website:

http://www.foodbankccs.org/index.php.

For information on how to enroll in the SNAP/CalFresh program in the 8th Assembly District, go to http://www.myfoodstamps.org/yolo.html or http://www.myfoodstamps.org/solano.html.

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Eight locals on new grand jury

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

The Yolo County Superior Court has chosen 33 citizens to serve on the grand jury for a year, beginning July 1. The grand jury has the power to indict suspected criminals, and also can respond to citizen complaints about public agencies by conducting an investigation. Below are the new jurors:

From West Sacramento: Jessica Appling, Jeanne Binns, Scotty Desper, Bert Fulwider, Gloria Harrington, Reuben Jimenez, Jorge Morales, and Iris Newton.

  From Woodland: Charlotte Beal, Helen Bouslaugh, Laura Caruso-Kofoid, Rebecca Challender, George Gartung, Christopher Griffith, Ted Holtry, Joshua Jones, Jane Naekel, Roberta Paul, Paul Penrose, Erik Shank, Jeanine Weeks.

From Davis: George Hague, Ahna Heller, Paul Jacobs, Margaret Ong, Erik Shank, Etecia Spencer, Alia Tsang, Dennis Turnipseed, Audrey Vaughn, Dave Zavatson.
From Winters: Alea German and John Sexton.

From Esparto: William Cox.

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Fitness machine: exercise in futility?

BY DARYL FISHER

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

COLUMN BY DARYL FISHER

I was talking to a longtime friend the other day who had just made the terrible mistake of purchasing something she had to assemble out of a cardboard box, and our little conversation went something like this:

“I am such a fool!”

“What did you do this time?” I asked her with interest.

“Well, let’s just say that I currently have a half-assembled recumbent exercise bicycle scattered all over my living room floor.”

“You mean one of those bikes you can kind of lay back on in a sitting position while you pedal it?”

“Exactly.”

“But isn’t that kind of cheating?”

“How so?”

“You know, basically relaxing while you’re supposed to be exercising?”

“Well,” explained my friend, “I guess everyone has their own way of getting into shape when its swimsuit time again, and I just prefer to do it the easy way, with as little sweating and expenditure of energy as humanly possible. Anyway, the 24-page manual that came with the darn thing had way too many surprises in it.”

  “Like what?”

“To begin with, it says two people are required to assemble the bike, but when I looked inside the huge box it came in, they had neglected to include the other person. Oh, and do you happen to have a rubber mallet I could borrow?”

“Why do you need a rubber mallet?”

“I’m not exactly sure yet, but the instructions said I will definitely need one to complete the assembly. I think maybe it’s to hit myself over the head with after going through 24 pages of instructions and countless hours of Allen-wrenching when I could have just paid someone $50 to assemble the whole thing for me. I really hate that I am so cheap!”

“Why do you want an indoor bicycle to exercise on anyway?” I asked with interest. “The summer is finally here now and it’s going to be perfect for real bike riding.”

“Well, to tell you the truth, I would much rather exercise in the comfort of an air conditioned room than ride around on a hot summer day in a sweaty t-shirt and soggy sports bra, not to mention a dripping-wet pony tail stuck to my neck. Plus real bicycle riding can be pretty dangerous when you’re a klutz like me. Didn’t you once write a column about falling off your bike and almost killing yourself?”

  “Oh, you mean the time I tried to `pop’ the front wheel of my bicycle up onto a curb in front of McDonald’s in my haste to get a couple of cheeseburgers and a large fry? I haven’t thought of that in a long time. I was sure lucky to land on that poor homeless person after I had hit the curb and flown over my handlebars!”

“Well,” said my friend with a smile, “I doubt that there will be a nice soft homeless person for me to land on when I fall off a real bicycle, so I will just stick to exercising at home, thank you very much. Plus this way I will be able to exercise year-round, no matter what kind of weather we’re having. I really do hate to sweat!”

“Why do you think that is?”

“I don’t really know. I mean, steamy, sweaty love-making back when I was first married was certainly no problem. Isn’t it funny how the situation makes all the difference in this life? For instance, why do you think it is that getting caught out in the rain is so uncomfortable, while my morning shower is always so enjoyable?”

“Good question.”

“Anyway,” said my friend, “I figure I will have my indoor recumbent exercise bicycle all assembled by the end of the week and I will be able to go shopping for a brand new bathing suit before I know it! Oh, and the bike is a beautiful ocean blue, which will go really well with my bedspread and pillow coverings.”

“You’re going to put the bike in your bedroom?”

“Sure! That’s where I have my large screen TV and new speakers for all my favorite music. Like I said, exercising should be as much fun as possible!”

“So,” I asked with interest, “how much did this ocean blue recumbent exercise bike cost you?”

“I’m not going to tell you.”

“That much, hey?”

“A person’s health is priceless!”

  “You do realize, don’t you, that by no later than this time next year, you will be bored to death with that bike, no longer be able to stand having it take up space in your bedroom, taken up Yoga or belly dancing or some other fun way of staying in shape, and end up selling the darn thing at a garage sale for 25 bucks?”

“You know, Daryl, I really hate it that you know me so well!”

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‘Heart of the City’: local youth leagues

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

BY DON SCHATZEL

It’s that time of year again, when everyone goes full speed for what seems like a short time, and then looks up and says, “Wow where did summer go?”

DON SCHATZEL

School may be out, but it’s a time of lots of soccer, softball, swimming and volleyball around West Sacramento.

Congratulations to Hannah Willover, the Our Lady of Grace School student recipient of the “Father Leo McAllister Scholarship” to St.Francis High School next year. Hannah received the scholarship for her exceptional community service, academics and athletics. There is only one scholarship of its kind awarded in the region every 4 years. Her books, tuition and uniforms are all paid for four years.

And to top it off Hannah as well as Celina Vallejos of West Sacramento just played for the Rancho Cordova Fury and won the All World ASA Softball tournament!

   West Sacramento Girls Softball Little League District 6 dominance continues as the Tournament of Champions ends at Inderkum High School in  Natomas. The major division Lava Girls and the Fury finished in two of the top three spots. The Lava Girls came in third behind a great pitching performance by Gabby Ridenour, before dropping a tough one to the North Natomas Southern Miss Eagles. (North Natomas names all their teams after major universities and colleges).

The Fury won the tournament, beating the Southern Miss Eagles 8-2.

Amaryssa Medina struck out 14 in the championship game and smashed a base-clearing double to put the game away.

In recent years the West Sac “Chicas” were the 2010 tournament champs and the West Sac Angels were runner-up. Last season, the Angels came in third behind both Rio Linda teams, and this year West Sac teams finished first and third.

  The Fury also represented District 6 Little League softball and West Sacramento in the Little League International-sponsored “Urban Initiative Tournament” in Stockton, winning 4 of 5 games before dropping the championship game 2-0 to Tahoe Tellec.

This is the second year in a row the West Sac team made it to the championship game.

Amaryssa Medina pitched a 1 hitter in the loss and bombed 2 homeruns in the tournament.
Congratulations to coaches John Blackmer, Jose Medina and Mike Lara of the  Fury, and Vic Lopez and Mark Gonzales of the Lava Girls for a great Tournament of Champions!

West Sacramento will be hosting the 9-12 and 9- 11 age group District 6 All Star Tournaments this year and the 9-11 age group Northern California Divisional Tournament.

The Junior Division “Chicas” and “Raptorz” completed great seasons, playing Morada, North Stockton, Rio Linda, Airport, Oak Park and  Parkway teams. The junior division all stars will now move on to the Regional Tournament in Chico. Best of luck to the Juniors and their coach Robb Dodd!!

Washington Unified School District after-school soccer league competition was won by Bridgeway Lakes Elementary, defeating Elkhorn  4-1.

Jaelyn Crimm hit the three-goal hat trick and Taylor Martin chimed in with a goal of her own. Bridgeway Lakes finished with an undefeated season!

Southport defeated Riverbank in the third place game 3-0.

Breanna Staffler scored and Emily Schatzel added 2 more for the Southport win.

Special note; Dale Calles coach of the West Sacramento soccer “Hooligans” has 19 players that have played in the school league and are now on the Hooligans teams.

United States Youth Volleyball League wrapped up at River City High school with a final match against Folsom, in Folsom.

The 13-15 age “Hooligans” finished the season with only two losses including one to the other West Sac team the “Blue Spiking Jays.” Hannah McCann, Taylor Lozano, Ryan  Neidlinger, Elise Quick and Emily Schatzel of the Hooligans completed their stellar season.

The Blue Spiking Jays of the same division also had a great season. Jacky Lamar, Mallory Cypress, Sydney Russo lead the Jays and both teams defeated Elk Grove, Natomas and Folsom.

Boys and girls  boxing is starting at Riverbank Elementary School and at the Recreation Center. West Sacramento has a long and proud boxing history with world champions and championship contenders. Call Parks and Rec 617-4620 for additonal information.

O.C. Jones & Sons Engineering, the City of West Sacramento, Centennial Rotary Club,  District 6 Baseball and softball, and the West Sacramento Little League are combining resources to help make improvements to Memorial Park. Volunteers and funding coming from the KNBR Radio, Centennial Rotary Club, O.C. Jones & Sons, and the TLC grant program received by D6 baseball and softball  to help improve Bay Area fields.

Thanks,  O.C. Jones & Sons and TLC Program.

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “Time to start school again so I can relax?”

Nahhh!

Summer in West Sacramento is way to much fun!

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Get rid of household chemicals, etc.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Yolo County landfill will take in your household hazardous wastes on Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The program is open to Yolo County residents (include West Sacramento residents), who may bring such waste items as batteries; fluorescent bulbs or tubes; used motor oil and filters; cleaning supplies; lighter fluid; antifreeze; aerosols; garden pesticides and herbicides; latex or oil based paints; solvents; poisons; electrical switches/relays; pilot light sensors; mercury thermostats, old medicines but not controlled substances and containerized syringes.

These items, when suitable, are then available to other members of the public, free, for re-use.

For more information, call (530) 666-8856 or visit www.yolocounty.org.

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Free oil filter exchange in West Sac

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

Yolo County residents can exchange their old used motor oil filter for a comparable new one, free, on Saturday, June 23.

Bring your old filter to any AutoZone or O’Reilly Auto Parts store in West Sacramento or Woodland on June 23 (there’s an AutoZone in West Sac at 1400 West Capitol Avenue/corner of Jefferson Blvd.). Limit, two per customer.

For more info, call the Yolo County Environmental Services Division, (916) 617-4590.

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Tonight’s band: the ‘Fortunate Few’

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE —

The Thursday night farmers market in West Sacramento returns at 4:30 p.m. today.

Scheduled entertainment will be a live performance of the ‘Fortunate Few,’ described as “honky-tonk blues-a-billy” or “country, rockabilly and a touch of punk.”

The free performance begins at 6:30 p.m., courtesy of sponsor Swabbie’s On the River restaurant.

The market is held at 1271 West Capitol Avenue.

Swabbie’s is sponsoring live music at the market and at the city’s River Walk concert series. For all of the restaurant’s events, including these, see the link here.

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