Westmore Oaks 6th graders built solar suitcases for Kenyan students

Westmore Oaks 6th graders built solar suitcases for Kenyan students

By Monica Stark Sixty students in Ms. Garcia’s science club elective at Westmore Oaks built six solar suitcases and sent two of them off to a school in Kenya—a learning experience that More »

“Subtile” unveiling: Public art piece unveiled in the Bridge District

“Subtile” unveiling: Public art piece unveiled in the Bridge District

By Michele Townsend On Thursday, Nov. 30, Mayor Cabaldon enthusiastically represented the City of West Sacramento in the official unveiling of a new public art piece titled SUBTILE (pronounced: subtle). This art More »

West Sacramento Holiday Tree Lighting Friday, Dec 1

West Sacramento Holiday Tree Lighting Friday, Dec 1

The annual holiday tree lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 in front of city hall as the streets will transform into an event all generations in West Sacramento will enjoy More »


‘West Sac Press’ to close its doors


The West Sacramento Press newspaper will cease publication this month.

The doors will close after about 25 years of weekly operations.

Reached by phone, a Press staffer confirmed the closure but declined further comment. She said the final edition of the Press this Friday would include a statement about the closure.

The Press began as a weekly alternative to the News-Ledger that was initially funded by a group of local businesspeople, and published by Daryl and Betty McCann.

Later, the broadsheet-style paper was purchased by Gibson Publications, a media group from the East Bay.  Gibson last year moved the publication date to Fridays.


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Blood drive comes to Nugget parking lot in West Sac on Friday


You’re asked to give a little blood when the BloodSource van comes to the Nugget Market area (Southport Town Center Plaza) from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, July 26.

Blood donations helps treat burn victims, transplant patients, surgery patients, those injured in accidents, leukemia patients and others. Donating takes about an hour. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old (16 with a parental consent form) and in good health; they must bring photo ID and should drink plenty of fluids before donating. For eligibility questions, call BloodSource at 1-800-995-4420.

For more information, visit www.bloodsource.org.

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Brothers take different paths to UCD

salazar brothersFROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013 —

West Sacramento’s Chris Salazar graduated this spring from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering — with honors. The 22-year old earned a full academic ride in the school’s master’s program in structural engineering.

His path to UCD took him from River City High School, through Sacramento City College.

Brother Guillermo, 18, has taken a different path to the same school. The three time Little League all-star and graduate of Rio Americano wasn’t initially accepted to UC Davis as a college freshman. But his pitching and hitting caught the attention of the university’s baseball coaches — and that, along with his academic record, earned him a spot among the Division I Aggies.

Guillermo Salazar will be an undergrad at UC Davis this year as his brother, Chris, enters the same school’s master’s degree program. This year’s UCD baseball team press guide will feature Guillermo Salazar and a listing of his hometown — West Sacramento.

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West Sacramento gets new top cop

 Incoming West Sacramento Police Chief Thomas McDonald (left) has his new badge pinned on by daughter Kylie (Photo courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento)

Incoming West Sacramento Police Chief Thomas McDonald (left) has his new badge pinned on by daughter Kylie (Photo courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento)


West Sacramento’s new police chief was sworn into office on Tuesday.

Chief Thomas McDonald replaces outgoing department head Dan Drummond, who retired after nine years.

McDonald was raised as the son of a U.S. Air Force officer, living in different places including Europe. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1983, reports West Sacramento Police Department spokesman.

With the L.A.P.D., he served on various assignments as he rose to the rank of captain. His roles included including gang enforcement, training officer, SWAT, tactics instructor, staff researcher, and training coordinator.

In 1999, as a lieutenant, McDonald worked in crowd management during the Democratic National Convention.

After the September 11, 2001, attacks, he led ‘Operation Archangel,” working with Homeland Security to protect infrastructure and key resources.

Beginning in October of 2012, Captain McDonald served as commanding officer of L.A.P.D.’s emergency services division, which includes the bomb squad, Hazmat and Bomb K-9 units.

He is the fifth police chief for West Sacramento since the city was founded in 1987.

McDonald has two grown children, son Jordan and daughter Kylie. Daughter Kylie McDonald of Newport Beach, was on hand for last week’s ceremony and pinned the new W.S.P.D. badge onto her father’s uniform.

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