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Tuttle ‘excited’ to take West Sac’s helm

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

  EDITOR’S NOTE: On June 7, the News-Ledger published in online article announcing the appointment of Martin Tuttle to be the next city manager for West Sacramento. Following is an updated version of that story from our June 13 edition, printed after we had a chance to talk with Tuttle and Mayor Cabaldon about Tuttle’s selection.

MARTIN TUTTLE: will take over from Toby Ross as West Sacramento city manager in July (photo courtesy of Caltrans)

The West Sacramento City Council on Wednesday chose Martin Tuttle as the next city manager. Tuttle is currently deputy director for planning and modal systems at Caltrans, and he will take his new post here on July 10. Tuttle replaces Toby Ross, who is retiring after 10 years at West Sacramento’s helm.

“We on the council want to keep challenging ourselves to get better and take the community to the next level,” Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the News-Ledger. “In terms of being able to turn all the knobs and make the bureaucracy work, Marty is a great choice.”

  Tuttle’s resume includes six years as executive director of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) – an alliance that includes West Sacramento. SACOG has been involved in regional planning, and  helped the city find financing for some of the its big infrastructure projects during Tuttle’s tenure at SACOG from 1999 to 2005.

But he has been crossing paths with the city and its leaders for even longer.

“I worked for 13 years for (former Assemblyman) Tom Hannigan,” said Tuttle, referring to a time when Hannigan represented the city. “Then I ran the Solano Transportation Authority for three years. After I left SACOG, I helped run a development company called New Faze for three years.”

Tuttle also worked as land use planning manager for URS before joining Caltrans.

He told the News-Ledger he expects to change his residence from Davis to West Sacramento soon.
What does he see as his strengths?

“I think they were looking for a competent manager who can get results and work well with a cohesive council and staff,” said Tuttle. “I think the city has great vision and a great location.”

“My skill set is unique,” he added. “My work throughout the region, country and state will help bring money and expertise to local projects. I’m excited.”

He praised the work of his predecessors at the city manager’s desk – Toby Ross and Joe Goeden, who between them held the job for nearly all the city’s first 25 years.

  “Marty Tuttle aims high and gets the job done, which makes him the perfect fit for West Sacramento and our city’s ambitious vision,” said Mayor Cabaldon in a press statement. “Recruiting a manager of this caliber means that West Sacramento won’t miss a beat on the waterfront, neighborhoods, the port, flood protection, economic development, prudent budgeting and our other priorities.”

Tuttle is a UC Davis graduate and a fourth-generation Californian, reported city spokesman Art Schroeder.

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Free food tomorrow in West Sac

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute food to eligible residents of West Sacramento and Clarksburg on Tuesday, June 19.

Hours of distribution will be: 9-10 a.m. at the West Sacramento County Building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Drive; and noon-1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse. Please bring a bag, and attend only one of the sites.

For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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Housing planned near Raley Field

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

A developer has asked the city for design review for a project involving 354 multifamily dwellings in a “medium density” project near the Tower Bridge.

  Developer Wolff Enterprises LLC, of Scottsdale, Arizona, is pursuing the project on land now owned by the Teel Family Trust. The development is called the “Raley’s Landing West Capitol Commons Project.”

The agenda item for the planning commission’s design review (scheduled for June 26) says the homes will go on about 8.5 acres just north of the Tower Bridge Gateway, bordered also by Third, Fifth and G streets. Plans call for three- and four-story buildings including some live/work units, and for 5,000 square feet of retail at Tower Bridge Gateway and 5th Street.

The city is being asked to abandon Fourth Street inside the development. The street would then become a private road inside the project.

Planners will look at the design as part of their meeting at 6 p.m. on June 26 at 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

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Police looking for ‘at-risk’ elderly woman

GEORGINA CRESPO may be trying to make her way to a former home in Texas
NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE -- JUNE 15, 2012 --

West Sacramento police are looking for the public’s help in finding an 82-year old Southport woman who is missing from her home, and who may mistakenly be trying to return to her former home in Texas. The missing woman, Georgina Crespo, speaks only Spanish.

Police Chief Dan Drummond, in a press release today, said Crespo went missing about three days ago, but the issue was only today reported to police.

In an earlier incident, she walked away from her house about three weeks ago. But she  was then located safely about 24 hours later in another part of West Sacramento.

Crespo is considered “at risk.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (916) 375-6474.

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McGowan reelected; other faces will change

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

The state primary election on June 5 was a quiet ballot for local West Sacramento elections. There were no local measures on the ballot, and voters won’t choose new city council or school board members until November.

MICHAEL McGOWAN: West Sacramento's first mayor, who was first elected to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in 1992 (courtesy photo)

Mike McGowan ran unopposed for another term as Yolo County Supervisor for District 1, which includes West Sacramento and Clarksburg. Turnout in District 1 was 25.3% (5,315 of 21,010 registered voters) and 4,205 of those voters checked the box for McGowan, granting him another term.

Elsewhere in Yolo County, Jim Provenza ran unopposed in the 4th District (with 38.5% turnout) and incumbent Duane Chamberlain defeated Art Pimental for the 5th District supervisor’s seat, 53.3% to 46.7% (with 30.3% turnout).

Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire fended off a challenge from Deputy District Attorney Clint Parish, 77.2% to 22.8%, to retain his seat on the bench. Maguire won all precincts in that hotly-contested race.

Redistricting will help shuffle West Sacramento’s representation in Congress, the State Assembly and State Senate next year.

Democrat Roger Dickinson won the “top two” primary in the newly redrawn 7th District of the State Assembly, which will include West Sacramento in 2013. In Yolo, he came in ahead of Republican Jonathan Zachariou 64.5% to 36.5%, and he now faces a November general election for the new seat. Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (also facing re-election) is the city’s current assembly member, but her 8th district will no longer serve West Sacramento beginning in January.

  Congresswoman Doris Matsui (a Democrat) came out on top with 63.5% of Yolo County’s votes in the “top two” primary for the 6th District, House of Representatives. She was ahead of Republicans Joseph McCray, Sr., and Erik Smitt.  The 6th District will include West Sacramento starting next year; the city is currently served by 1st District Congressman Mike Thompson. Matsui will face McCray in the November general election for the 6th District.

West Sacramento will join the 6th District of the State Senate next year, with Democrat Darrell Steinberg continuing his current term as state senator. The city is currently served by the 5th District’s Lois Wolk. She’s not up for re-election this year.

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Open house Saturday at fire station

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

Take a picture with Sparky the Dalmation, have some free hot dogs, check out the fire engines: West Sacramento’s Fire Station 44 will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at 905 Fremont Blvd.

There will also be a raffle of kids’ bikes, a jump house and slide, coloring contest, face painting, fire equipment demonstrations and more.

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Two alarm fire on Citrus St

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER -- Firefighters found “heavy fire coming from the entire first floor, including the garage,” of this Citrus Street home when they responded on May 25. They requested a second alarm. Firefighters had to help rescue people trapped in a next-door unit, but most of the damage was confined to the original home. One resident received treatment for a minor burn, and the local chapter of the Red Cross helped make housing arrangements for the family displaced from this house, reports the West Sacramento Fire Department. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation. (Photo courtesy of W.S.F.D.)"

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