West Sacramento community celebrates The Barn with ribbon cutting event and first live band

West Sacramento community celebrates The Barn with ribbon cutting event and first live band

By Monica Stark editor@news-ledger.com The Barn, a one-of-a-kind culinary and music venue in the Bridge District opened last Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and big announcements: That San Leandro-based Drake’s Brewing More »

West Sacramentan lines her neighborhood with American flags for the nation’s birthday

West Sacramentan lines her neighborhood with American flags for the nation’s birthday

By Monica Stark editor@news-ledger.com West Sacramento’s Heather Moore decided to line Grande Vista Avenue and Claredon Street with nearly 300 American flags, bringing joy and patriotism to her neighborhood. Neighbor Marie called More »

Joseph “Joey” Lopes Park made official at ribbon-cutting ceremony

Joseph “Joey” Lopes Park made official at ribbon-cutting ceremony

Daniel Wilson dwilson@dwilsononline.com West Sacramento has a brand new park, and on Friday, June 24, it was made official at a ribbon-cutting ceremony where the family of the park’s namesake Joseph “Joey” More »

 

Shakespeare in the park: free thru June 17

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” comedy is playing through June 17 at Linden Park (corner of Linden Road and Summerfield Drive).

[adrotate group=”7″]   Free entry; donations are welcome. Bring your lawn chair and blanket and come boo a villain and cheer a hero.

Showtimes are 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 17. Brought to you by the West Sacramento Theater Company. Advance tickets for the troop’s next production, “Four Pennies,” are available through www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

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Honorary diploma for those who left to serve

Catherina Nou, representing Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, with diploma recipient Connie Colbert of West Sacramento; Irene Martinez (receiving on behalf of her husband); Jesus Ramirez, (receiving on behalf of his father); and Dr. Jorge Ayala, Superintendent, Yolo County Office of Education. (Courtesy of YCOE)

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

From the Yolo County Office of Education

The Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE) celebrated “Operation Recognition” on Thursday, May 24, at the Yolo County Office of Education Conference Center. The program gave honorary high school diplomas to veterans unable to earn their diplomas because they left school to serve in the armed forces.

[adrotate group=”9″] During the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, thousands of young men and women left high school and the comforts of home to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Many veterans were not able to finish high school and receive a high school diploma.

California Education Code authorizes a local educational agency to provide for retroactive granting of a high school diploma to a former student who is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.

The Yolo County Office of Education was gave honorary high school diplomas to war veterans Connie Colbert of West Sacramento, Guillermo “Bill” Martinez of Woodland and and Jose Ramirez of Guinda.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Family, friends and community members were present on Thursday as Dr. Jorge Ayala, county superintendent,  presented the honorary high school diplomas to Connie Colbert, Navy Seaman from WWII; the late Guillermo Martinez, a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran; and to the late Jose Ramirez, U.S. Army Vietnam War Veteran.  Accepting on behalf of the late Mr. Martinez  his wife Irene and accepting on behalf of Mr. Ramirez was his son, Jesus.

The ceremony opened with the pledge of allegiance by Woodland’s Boy Scout Troop 133.  The three veterans also received proclamations from Senator Lois Wolk, Fifth District, and Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, Eight District, commending them for their service and aspiration to receive high school diplomas.

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Low-flying choppers this week

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

Pacific Gas & Electric Company says its helicopters will be conducting low-flying inspection patrols through June 15, taking stock of power lines in Yolo and Solano counties.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “A helicopter will fly at approximately 250 to 300 feet, depending on the area and if livestock are present,” said PG&E spokesperson Brandi Ehlers in a press release. “Helicopter patrols are usually done in rural areas where power lines are not close enough to roads to patrol by vehicle or foot.”

These rural areas include Clarksburg, south of West Sacramento, she added.

The patrols will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, with inspectors looking for sagging lines, hazardous trees, and potential fire hazards. Problems will be noted for repair work “ahead of storm season,” said Ehlers.

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Tuttle will be new city manager

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — June 7, 2012 —

  The City of West Sacramento has just announced that the city council has appointed Martin Tuttle, a former executive director of SACOG, as the next city manager.  Here’s the text of the city press release:

MARTIN TUTTLE, new West Sacramento City Manager (photo is from California Department of Transportation website, 2009)

“The Mayor of the City of West Sacramento, Christopher Cabaldon, announced this evening that the City Council unanimously appointed Martin Tuttle to replace City Manager Toby Ross, who will be retiring after nearly a decade of service to West Sacramento.

“Mr. Tuttle’s management leadership for the region’s 23 cities and six counties as Executive Director of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments received national recognition and wide acclaim.  He spearheaded the groundbreaking Sacramento Region Blueprint, which became the statewide and national model for sustainable land-use and transportation.  Mr. Tuttle then worked in the private sector at the URS Corporation and New Faze Development, before becoming Deputy Director for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).  At CalTrans, he oversees the allocation of $1.6 billion in federal stimulus funds to over 600 local transportation agencies.

[adrotate group=”10″] “Prior to joining SACOG, Mr. Tuttle had served as district director for the legislative district which includes West Sacramento, and as the chief administrative officer for a county transportation agency.

“‘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. ‘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.'”

“Mr. Tuttle will begin work in July.”

 

Rotary chips in for literacy

Centennial Rotary Club President Don Schatzel with Westfield Village Elementary School Principal Ryan Gonzalez and school librarian Jennifer Gray (photo courtesy of Karie Walsh/Debra Beckman)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

The Centennial Rotary Club of West Sacramento donated $200 to Westfield Village’s Scholastic Book Fair and to Southport Elementary’s literacy program.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “This thoughtful and generous donation means so much to me,” said Westfield librarian Jennifer Gray. “I definitely will be able to put new books into our library for all the students at Westfield to enjoy.  I couldn’t thank the Rotary Club of West Sacramento enough.”

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Retiring city manager is guest speaker

TOBY ROSS: will soon step down after a long tenure as West Sacramento City Manager (photo from the City website)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER  —

West Sacramento’s longtime city manager Toby Ross will be the guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the civic center galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. Ross will soon retire.

Visit www.westsacramentochamber.com or call 371-7042 for luncheon information.

Register by June 5.

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From local farms to local schools

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

By John Young, Yolo Co. Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights & Measures

Farm-to-School programs combine public health and agricultural marketing objectives with the potential to change the way young people eat, think about food and improve their health through development of life-long healthy eating habits.

Farm-to-School Yolo is a three-year program that will link YoloCounty agriculture with the National School Lunch Program,which is offered in YoloCounty to 38,000 students of whom, 65% are eligible for free and reduced meals, five days a week.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Farm-to-School Yolo is working with school districts in YoloCounty to increase the amount of fresh, local produce offered in breakfast, lunch and after-school snacks in all five school districts and in the Yolo County Office of Education’s Head Start Preschool Program. Farm-to-School Yolo will not only increase the use of fresh, local produce, it will also teach students and staff where food comes from, who grew it and how it should be prepared for peak flavor and nutritional value.

Regrettably, Yolo County has an obesity rate of 26.1% in its Kindergarten-12th grade student population. Intervention is necessary starting with the meals that our most vulnerable young people are eating in our schools. Farm-to-School Yolo recognizes the role of agriculture as part of the solution to this public health issue.  Once fully implemented, Farm-to-School Yolo, working with local farmers, will provide the tools for school food service programs to serve increasingly healthy meals made from scratch, thus avoiding many of the hidden ingredients which contribute to obesity epidemic.

“Farm-to-School Yolo is a piece of the puzzle in building a local food economy, turning the tide of childhood obesity and reconnecting our residents to the land and the people who produce our food,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Jim Provenza.

Farm-to-School Yolo is not a start-up.  It isan objective specifically called out in the Yolo County 2030 General Plan, adopted in November of 2009.  It also builds on the successful three-year Yolo Agricultural Marketing Initiative, completed in 2009 by local food, food policy and marketing experts Georgeanne Brennan and Ann Evans.

Recently, Farm-to-School Yoloconcluded a two-year development phase incorporating in its implementation plan the successes of the Davis and Winters Farm-to-School programs. A 60-member, multi-stakeholder Advisory Task Force, chaired by Delaine Eastin, former California Superintendent of Public Instruction, is now in place to facilitate program implementation.

“In Yolo County, we want to take the successful Farm-to-School program in Davis and expand it on a countywide scale,” said Chair Provenza. “We seek to be the model for California, connecting our food service directors to our farmers, bringing fresh, local produce to the plates of our YoloCounty children.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Ultimately, the program will deliver school food service professional development; grower/farmer assessment, training and development; menu and recipe templates; a feasibility study of a food hub through the Yolo County Food Bank; and private sector marketing and distribution linkages.

Farm-to-School programs  will contribute to the health of our children, farms, the environment, the economy and our communities.

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