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

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West Sacramento Holiday Tree Lighting Friday, Dec 1

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Yolo jail inmate dies in custody

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE  — MAY 20, 2013 —

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department reported today that an inmate died on Saturday while in custody at the county jail in Woodland.

The man, 29-year old Todd Alexander Phillips, was in custody since April 12 “for various felony and misdemeanor offenses,” said a statement from Lieutenant Dale Johnson of the sheriff’s office.

A correctional officer noticed Phillips was “agitated and upset” at about 12:49 p.m. that afternoon.

“Phillips was lying on the side of his bed having labored breathing,” according to Johnson. “He was placed in restraints for safety reasons. Medical staff inside the facility was notified and responded and they immediately notified emergency medical personnel from outside the facility. Phillips was transported to the Woodland Memorial Hospital. Ultimately, efforts to revive Phillips failed, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.”

[adrotate group=”9″] The sheriff’s office will further investigate, reported Johnson.

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Port: major lease, strategy change

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 15 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The Port of West Sacramento is set to make a fundamental change in its operating model today, as its governing board considers a proposal to lease its North Terminal maritime facilities to a private company on May 16.  The proposed lease to SSA Pacific, Inc., would be a major step towards making the government-run facility into a “landlord” port.

With years of years of annual deficits and diminishing options to cover the port’s losses (averaging 33-43 percent of gross during recent years), the port commission in March voted to adopt the “landlord” strategy. The switch is meant to replace the vagaries of shipping income with a steady rent check from a private master leaser.

Annual rent in the proposed five-year deal is set at $650,000, increasing at a one percent annually. After five years, SSA would have the option to extend the deal another five years, and after that, the lease could be extended still further for up to 10 years if both parties agree.

The deal also would forgive $850,000 in port debt to SSA, which is already a marine operator at the port. The proposed lease promises additional revenue for the port if certain shipping income targets are hit.

The lease would allow the Port of West Sacramento to cut overhead such as administrative costs.

The Port of West Sacramento has had trouble both diversifying its cargo – rice remains a mainstay – and pursuing successful real estate projects.

“We’re at a point where if we don’t have an option that will work for sure, we are facing the option of closing,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, a member of the port commission, at the commission’s March 13 meeting.

That was the meeting at which the commission opted to make a number of dramatic changes and move towards becoming a landlord operation.

On Monday, the News-Ledger asked him if the new master lease achieves what the port hoped for when the port solicited interested firms for the job.

“Yes,” he said. “At the minimum, we will have a viable entity for the near term,” answered Cabaldon.

The lease will “get the port out of the red,”  he added.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: you can find an earlier article explaining the port’s decision to change its business model here.

 

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Firefighters put out trailer fire, take part in simulated West Sacramento flood

This trailer being used as a residence on Walnut Street was described as a 'total loss' after a May 5 fire. (courtesy of the West Sacramento Fire Department.)

This trailer being used as a residence on Walnut Street was described as a ‘total loss’ after a May 5 fire. (courtesy of the West Sacramento Fire Department.)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 15, 2013 —

West Sacramento’s firefighters responded to a burning travel trailer (above) on May 5. The trailer at 744 Walnut Street was being used as a residence.

They controlled the fire in about 10 minutes, but the trailer and its contents were determined to be “a total loss,” reports the department.

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In other action, the fire department joined the city department of public works, city hall personnel, the Yolo County Emergency Services director, state Department of Water Resources and other personnel from April 22-25 for “Operation Noah’s Ark.”

The operation used computers and field exercises to simulate the crisis of a “slow-rise” flood in West Sacramento produced by “the convergence of storm runoff, controlled dam releases, high tidal influence and sloughage of the levee at the Bryte Bend.”

Participants practiced their resource deployment and public information strategies.

 

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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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