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 »

Students and parents protest for raising teachers’ wages and settling on a contract

Students and parents protest for raising teachers’ wages and settling on a contract

By Monica Stark editor@news-ledger.com There has been a tumultuous start to the beginning of this school year in West Sacramento. With gossip of teachers striking and high school students texting messages to More »

 

News from the West Sac Farmers Market and the Urban Farm Stand:

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

You could go to the Farmers Market on Thursday, July 5 — but you might be the only one there.

  The market will close that day following Independence Day.

[adrotate group=”7″]   It will reopen on July 12, at 4:30 p.m. at 1271 West Capitol Avenue.

  Meanwhile, the “Urban Farm Stand” is scheduled to return to the city’s north next week. Partners including Alchemist, the Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network, Sactown Heroes and Youth Resource Coalition will bring the produce stand to the River Bend Senior Manor, 664 Cummins Way, on Saturdays beginning July 14 from 9 a.m. to noonn. The farm stand accepts EBT/food stamps.

  For more information or to volunteer, visit www.bryteandbroderick.org.

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West Sac Phillies take the title

The West Sac Phillies (above) came from behind to take the District 6 Little League ‘Tournament of Champions’ title (photo by DE’ONNA JACK, Memories for Generations)

 [adrotate group=”7″] FROM DE’ONNA JACK

 ‘Winning a title, the hard way…’

  On June 16, District 6 Little League Baseball began its 2012 Major Division Baseball Tournament of Champions;,which consists of players from around the district.

  Players from North Natomas Little League, Sierra Little League, Antelope Little League, Rio Linda Little League and West Sacramento Little League participated.

  These players range in age from 10-12 and the teams in the tournament were the teams who won the most games in their respective leagues, giving them the chance to compete for the flag and championship.

  Any team loses two games goes home.

  The West Sac Phillies lost their first game on the 16th to Rio Linda Pirates by a final score of 1-0. The loss meant that West Sac would have to battle back the rest of the week to gain the chance to play in the Championship held on June 23.

  The North Natomas Auburn Tigers, on the other hand, won their first two games which gave them an undefeated status. Whomever ended up playing them would have to beat them twice. This would prove to be a task.

Mike Lamoreaux of the Phillies connects with a grand-slam swing (photo by DE’ONNA JACK, Memories for Generations)

  West Sac battled their way from the losers bracket winning each game they played the past week in order to gain a chance to play for the championship.

  On June 23, with Jacob Rapp on the mound, the West Sac Phillies shut North Natomas Tigers down, winning that game by a final of 15-3, thus forcing what they call an “If” game in the TOC’s.

  West Sacramento came back on Sunday with Alex Silva on the mound for most of the game and once again shut down North Natomas, 8-0, thus winning the TOC’s and the District 6 Flag for 2012.

  Mike Lamoreaux of the West Sac Phillies hit his first home run of the 2012 season during the Championship — a hitting a grand slam in that game.

  You can stay on top of many West Sacramento sports at the Facebook page of De’Onna Jack/Memories for Generations. Just click here.

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Getting ready for the river: two levee improvement projects done

  In the middle of the presentation Tuesday, Keith Swanson (flood management division chief at the state Department of Water Resources) reminded the attendees why these improvements were a big deal.  He recalled a high-river day when "boils" were spotted inside a nearby levee.Colonel William Leady of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who said these levee projects are were the result of “state and local and federal government working together.” He also said that the 130-feet deep slurry wall built inside one West Sacramento levee might be the deepest such wall in California. (News-Ledger photo)”]

  “On a beautiful summer day like this, it is difficult to remember that back in 1997, the city of West Sacramento was almost the victim of a major disaster,” said Swanson. “(Workers) noticed the land side of the leveee, toward the ditch, had begun to slough off. It got worse.”

  They made interim fixes, but the danger was real, said Swanson.

  And even if and when the city reaches its 200-year risk goal, that’s not the same as “no risk,” Mayor Cabaldon commented.

  “We can’t get the risk down to zero,” he said.

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Missing Southport woman found

[adrotate group=”10″] NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 2, 2012 —

Georgina Crespo, the Spanish-speaking 82-year old woman who was considered “at risk” and missing since June 12, has been located.

Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department said that out-of-state law enforcement personnel have located the missing Southport woman, but he did not immediately provide further detail.

Police earlier reported that Crespo might be trying to return to a former home in Texas.

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Girls invited to volleyball camp

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER

An “all skills” volleyball camp is planned for Sat.-Sun. July 14-15 at River City High School, led by former U.S. National Team Member Addie Hauschild-Willis (now a pro player and an assistant coach at UCD). Girls who are incoming 9th graders to 12th graders at any high school are welcome.

Cost is $100 ($50 for RCHS students, who will also get free access to a camp on the evenings of Aug. 6-8.

Visit www.ahw-volleyball.net.

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‘Soul Shaker’ on West Sac stage

[adrotate group=”7″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

  West Sacramento’s free summer concert series has returned, and runs through August 30. Concerts will take place on the first Tuesday of each month at River Walk Park (north of the Tower Bridge near the ziggurat building and CalSTRS (food sold at 5 p.m., music starts at 6), as well as on the third Thursday of each month at the Farmers Market, 1271 West Capitol Avenue (event starts at 4:30 p.m., music at 5 p.m.). Visit www.westsacfun.org or call 617-4620 for more information.

  Upcoming bands include “Soul Shaker” on Tuesday, July 3 at River Walk Park, “Amanda Gray and Whiskey Savage” at the Farmers Market on July 19, “Road 88” at River Walk on Aug. 7, and “8-Tracks” at River Walk on Sept. 4.

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Why not ‘Teach for America’?

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

Program aims to ‘close achievement gap,’ but local union objects to use of non-credentialed teachers

By Steve Marschke,  News-Ledger Editor

  A proposal to bring the “Teach for America” program into West Sacramento’s school district fizzled in March, in the face of opposition from the local teachers’ union.

At a meeting with only three of five school board members in attendance, board members Sandra Vargas and Adam Menke voted in favor of a proposed contract with the nonprofit group, while board president Teresa Blackmer voted against it.

The would have brought from two to four “Teach for America” teachers into local schools during each of the next four years. It fell short of three required “yes” votes, and hasn’t been put back on the agenda for fellow trustees Dave Westin and Mary Leland to weigh in.

“Teach forAmerica” says it recruits graduates “from a broad range of academic majors and career fields” who meet the criteria as “highly qualified” as described in the federal No Child Left Behind Act and state regulations. The group then provides training for the teachers for their first two years in the classroom, as well as ongoing support such as professional development and access to lesson plans and instructional materials.

[adrotate group=”9″]   As part of the deal, the participating local school district agrees to hire these teachers and place them in schools with higher levels of poverty in order to help “close the achievement gap,” according to Teach for America. The teachers get full district pay and benefits, and the district also pays Teach for America $5,000 per year for each teach in exchange for the support. They commit to teaching for two years, before (usually) moving on to their other chosen profession.

In this case, the $5,000 per teacher fee owed by Washington Unified School District would have been covered by a fund raised by regional philanthropists and education activists.

At the same time West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon was encouraging WUSD to engage with  Teach forAmerica, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was pushing for similar partnerships inSacramento.

   Cabaldon told the News-Ledger in April that the availability of the regional partnerships and funding meant that the time was ripe to bring Teach for Americ ainto West Sacramento. He said the organization contacted him and council member Mark Johannessen about the opportunity.

“The research is very clear across the last two decades, that student achievement is highly correlated with teacher qualifications and the quality of the university they graduated from,” said Mayor Cabaldon. “Teach for America is able to recruit from the very best programs in the country.”

Once hired and placed, these teachers are “just like every other teacher” and they join the local teachers’ union, he said. But “what’s different is the basic process of recruitment.”

“No teacher would be displaced in order to bring (a Teach forAmerica) teacher on board,” he added.

But the proposal drew vocal opposition from the local union. Washington Teachers Association president Regina Jarrott-Briggs, a science teacher at River City High School, told the News-Ledger why. One of the reasons, she said, was that these specially recruited professionals did not have teaching credentials.

“To ask non-credentialed teachers to be hired and receive preferential treatment was unacceptable,” said Jarrott-Briggs. “There are many very experienced credentialed teachers out there in the employment pool.”

The “Teach for America” teachers would be at a lesser standard, she said.

[adrotate group=”10″]    “They might have a degree in English or business or something like that,” she added. “(The Teach for America program) gives them something like 25 hours of training, and that’s it. Then they go to work.”

Board president Teresa Blackmer said this is the argument that kept her from providing the needed third vote of support for the partnership.

“The concern I had was that their teachers weren’t credentialed,” Blackmer told the News-Ledger. “I didn’t want to cross that line.”

Mayor Cabaldon added that, since the program would have involved just two to four teachers per year, the effective “no” vote by WUSD was not a major loss.

“It’s just a missed opportunity,” he said. “It’s not a crisis.”

Meanwhile, in Sacramento, the Sacramento City Unified School District also remains against a Teach forAmerica partnership. But plans have been announced to bring the program to Natomas Unified, St. Hope and the Capitol Collegiate Academy.

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