<strong>The Outdoors Next Door:</strong> Exploring The Yolo Bypass

The Outdoors Next Door: Exploring The Yolo Bypass

By Thomas Farley If you want to get outdoors but don’t have much time, the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is a perfect place to go. It is essentially the entire area visible More »

West Sacramento’s port is on a path of profitability

West Sacramento’s port is on a path of profitability

By Thomas Farley Has the Port of West Sacramento’s ship come in? Or is it still at sea? The landmark facility alongside Industrial Boulevard has struggled for years to keep afloat financially, More »

New West Sac water restrictions allow for watering just once a week

New West Sac water restrictions allow for watering just once a week

The West Sacramento City Council has given City Manager Martin Tuttle authority to declare a stage 3 Water Shortage Contingency Plan in order to reach the mandatory 28% water use reduction required More »


Kids: ‘read off’ your book fines


Yolo library card holders age 5-18 who have overdue book fines are invited to “read off your fines” between April 6-14. The library will give $1 credit against these fines for each 15 minutes spent reading a book of their choice at the library. Available hours vary; visit www.yolocountylibrary.org.

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Body from river is identified


The harbormaster of a small marina near Clarksburg found a body in the Sacramento River on March 26.

  Robert LaBrash, Chief Deputy Coroner of Yolo County, told the News-Ledger Tuesday that the body has been identified as that of Kaeo Alexander, age 36, of Sacramento. He said that the body appears to have been in the water for two or three weeks, and has no obvious signs of trauma. The cause of death is still being investigated.

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Oakland A’s win in West Sac


More than 10,000 fans showed up at Raley Field in questionable weather on March 31, to watch the Sacramento River Cats host the Oakland A’s major league baseball team.

The minor leaguers fell by a score of 9-0, as the A’s Tommy Milone pitched six perfect innings.

The Oakland Athletics loaded the bases in the first inning, scoring three when River Cats fielder misplayed a fly ball. They scored three more on a home run by Coco Crisp later.

The exhibition game was stopped due to rain after seven innings. The River Cats are the AAA minor league affiliate of the Oakland team.

On Monday, the River Cats hosted the Stockton Ports, winning 8-6 in a game featuring a grand slam by Grant Green.

They open their regular season tomorrow in Las Vegas, and will play their first home game in West Sacramento against Reno on April 13.

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Southport: cell phone ‘water tower’?

Planned Southport cell phone tower was approved by a narrow margin by the West Sacramento Planning Commission, with a condition that the developer offer some design choices. Above, a computer rendering shows the proposed “water tower” version of the communications facility (all graphics here are from a City of West Sacramento staff report)


An 80-foot cell phone tower near Tower Mart in Southport may be approved by the planning commission Thursday night. The tower could be in the shape of a faux water tower instead of a faux tree.

  The Vista Towers facility proposes to serve Verizon, AT&T, MetroPCS and Clearwire (wireless Internet) at 3200 Jefferson Blvd., on the west side of the street south of Linden Road. The tower would go 156 feet from a nearby residential property line and some homes.

The city planning commission approved the project in December by a 4-3 vote, requiring the proponents to return to the commission with some design alternatives to the original “monopole pine” design for the tower.

City staff believes the 80-foot “pine” would look better than the older-generation tree-style cell tower already on Linden Road, but that it would not blend well with surrounding shorter trees and structures.

They recommend the water tower design because it would conceal the antennas and “has the best chance (of the proposed designs) of becoming an icon in the community.”

A “windmill” design was also offered.

The commission will discuss the tower as part of its meeting April 5 at 6 p.m. at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.


Another simulated view of the proposed 'water tower' option near Southport homes


Simulated view of the cell phone tower as a 'tree' (it's the tall one, center-left). This option is not preferred by city staff.

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Employers: interested in job fair?


Will your business be hiring between May and August?

If so, you may be interested in participating in a city job fair tentatively planned for mid-May in West Sacramento. It’s free to both businesses and prospective employees. Interested businesses may contact Steve Roberts at steve.roberts@yolocounty.org or Ernesto Lucero at ernestol@cityofwestsacramento.org.

Job seekers should watch the News-Ledger for more information about the event as it approaches.

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Connect with West Sac police, get neighborhood alerts & other info


Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department announced recently that the department is making new ventures into “social media” and communications.

Using the “Nixie” system, citizens can sign up to receive information from police as a text message on their cell phone or by email. Citizens can also find notifications from W.S.P.D. at www.nixie.com.

“Messages may include traffic alerts, at-risk missing persons, road hazards, as well as other relevant safety and community event information,” said Steele in a press release.

  The messages can target people within a quarter-mile radius of a targeted area, “giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood,” he added. “Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information.

Get information and register at www.nixie.com.

The department has also launched a new “app” for Android or iPhone smartphones.

The MYPD app, produced by Wired Blue, allows you to access all of the local police department’s social media platforms, submit crime tips including photos or GPS location, access the W.S.P.D. phone directory, provide feedback to the department, participate in surveys, and go to the W.S.P.D. web page for information such as crime statistics.

You can get download the MYPD App by Wired Blue free from the Android Marketplace or iPhone App Store.

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Rotary honors three club members

Buzz Jones of PIP Printing, Alan Wegat of Nor Cal Performance and Walt James, who owns a plastering company. The three were honored with an award named after the founder of Rotary International (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 28, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s “Centennial Rotary Club” (one of two local Rotary chapters) has presented three of its most active members with Paul Harris Foundation Awards, in honor of their support for the club’s work.

Rotary engages in a lot of community projects in West Sacramento.

According to club president-elect Don Schatzel, their contributions have been large and consistent.

  Treasurer Alan Wegat of Nor Cal Performance has made “huge” contributions keeping the accounts in order, Walt James has been running things as club president, and Buzz Jones of PIP Printing “runs the club” as secretary, commented Schatzel.

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