A Day in the Life of A Palestinian Immigrant

A Day in the Life of A Palestinian Immigrant

By Stacy Grow A stay-at-home mother of three children, West Sacramento resident Nasreen F.’s life is currently filled with caring for her children and home. Born and raised near Jerusalem in a More »

Our Lady of Grace Parish Honors Sister Michael Henry on her 80th Birthday

Our Lady of Grace Parish Honors Sister Michael Henry on her 80th Birthday

By Jan Dalske for the News Ledger Parishioners of Our Lady of Grace Parish in West Sacramento gathered in the church hall last month to celebrate Sister Michael Henry’s 80th Birthday. Sister More »

Residents are invited to the 2017 Recreation Center open house

Residents are invited to the 2017 Recreation Center open house

By Jan Dalske for the News Ledger Have you been to the City of West Sacramento’s Recreation Center? Now is the time to visit. Come with your family or bring a friend. More »

 

Help plan Veterans Day Parade

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 15, 2013 —

The Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network will hold an organizational meeting for this year’s West Sacramento Veterans Day Parade at 6 p.m. on May 20 in the local library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

[adrotate group=”9″] Any person, business or other organization interested in supporting or assisting the parade plan is invited. For information, contact Alicia Cruz, (916) 640-3677.

 

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Drop off ‘bulky waste’ through Saturday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — MAY 8, 2013 —

Drop off your old “bulky waste” items this week. The event continues today and tomorrow.

It is open to West Sacramento residents May 15-18, 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, at 540 Harbor Blvd. Accepted items include furniture, mattresses, box springs, cardboard and tires (limit of nine). Bring proof of West Sacramento residency (city utility bill or driver’s license). Those age 65+ or disabled can qualify to have your items picked up for free – call 617-4589.

Wood and green waste are not part of this event, but look for a landfill voucher in your April utility bill which is good for one free residential load of wood or green waste at the landfill.

For info: 617-4589.

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City council: special ‘tour’ meeting

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 16, 2013 —

The West Sacramento City Council will hold a special meeting tomorrow (Friday, May 17). Much of the meeting will be spent on a tour of the port, riverfront, and the city’s northern and central areas.

The itinerary includes a visit at the Port of West Sacramento update State Senator Darrell Steinberg on the port’s new business plan, reports City Clerk Kryss Rankin.

“The main purpose of the tour is to highlight the City’s infill development opportunities, with a particular focus on how the realization of those opportunities through new private investment is dependent on the City’s ability to continue funding major infrastructure projects and economic development activities in the post-redevelopment environment,” said Rankin in an email.

The event also includes lunch with officials from the city and local chamber of commerce and Yolo County Supervisor Michael McGowan.

The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. and returns to city hall about 1:30 p.m.

As a form of city council meeting, the informational parts of the event are open to the public. Rankin says there will be transportation available to interested members of the public.

A map of the tour can be found below:

Tour Map

For information, call 617-4500.

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EDITORIAL: public risk for hotel project

The latest vision of a West Sacramento riverfront hotel, in an artist’s rendition. After studying a city-owned hotel project north of the Tower Bridge, the city is now looking at a public-private deal to create a hotel with a restaurant and conference. They’re now aiming for a ‘premier’ site next to Raley Field, Tower Bridge and the Sacramento River. (From Hornberger+Worstell, Architects)

The latest vision of a West Sacramento riverfront hotel, in an artist’s rendition. After studying a city-owned hotel project north of the Tower Bridge, the city is now looking at a public-private deal to create a hotel with a restaurant and conference. They’re now aiming for a ‘premier’ site next to Raley Field, Tower Bridge and the Sacramento River. (From Hornberger+Worstell, Architects)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 8, 2013 —

NEWS-LEDGER EDITORIAL:

The City of West Sacramento is working on a plan to boost a local riverfront hotel project, and that plan involves some degree of risk to the city general fund. That fund is the pot of money that pays for things like police and fire protection.

The theory is that with some help from the public, a new hotel planned near Raley Field can become an upgraded version of what would happen if developers are left to private financing alone. The hotel would get a conference center and other amenities that consultants say won’t happen if the project has to relay only on private financing.

The city’s contribution won’t – if all goes well – touch your police and fire money. The city will stand behind $30 million in bonds, which will be repaid by indirect income from the future project. The bonds will be paid back with money from hotel room taxes and increased property taxes from the site – money that, without the project, might otherwise not come in at all.

If those future revenues fall short, then yes, your tax dollars are at risk.

Now, it’s not the first time that the City of West Sacramento has used public financing to help make a desirable project happen. The same kind of thing happened with the first office tower on the river (the “ziggurat” building, originally built for a lending company) and again with Raley Field, for example.

Those projects worked out. The truth is, that while West Sacramento has a public policy of stepping in with public financing mechanisms or other support to help make a desirable project come true – especially when that project is the “first of its kind” to take a gamble here – the city hasn’t gone hog wild with taxpayer money or taxpayer risk. City-backed bonds for Raley Field, for example, are being paid back on schedule as per the deal, without the need for West Sacramentans to reach into their pockets for cash and cover a shortfall. The stadium was a success, and it helped change the image of West Sacramento and its diamond-in-the-rough riverfront.

Now, the particular hotel currently planned for the Bridge District may never even come to fruition. But if it does – and if city participation nudges it to a higher quality project possessed of greater amenities – then the hotel will help raise the bar for the rest of the developing waterfront. The quality of some of the housing, businesses and restaurants going in nearby will go up alongside the business-class hotel, and so might future nearby property taxes, sales taxes and payrolls.

You can be philosophically opposed to public participation in private development, and that’s fine. But if so, you’ll have to recognize that it’s going to be hard to accomplish big projects in an urban area – or, at least, in your urban area. Competing cities may not be so ideologically pure, and they may become the places that get the edge for the ambitious projects.

Or, you can recognize that sometimes public involvement in development is a boondoggle. A city’s hopes can cause it to financially overextend itself, falling over backwards to make a dream project come true. Then it finds itself bushwhacked by its own overenthusiastic financial projects, or by the surprise of a crashing economy, or by the guile of tricky development partners.

But what if you think that it’s sometimes okay for a local government to take a modest amount of risk to make something good happen? Then this hotel project looks like a pretty good bet.

 

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