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Voters lukewarm on school bond

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento’s school board appeared interested in pursuing a new local school bond or parcel tax on November’s ballot, despite a poll showing tepid public support for the idea right now.

TERESA BLACKMER: President of West Sac's school board

At the board’s meeting on Feb. 23, district officials heard a report from their polling consultant, Jonathan Kaufman of Solem & Associates.

“We interviewed a sampling of 400 randomly selected voters in the school district,” Kaufman told the board.

One of the questions posed was whether such voters would support a $55 million bond that would cost a “typical” homeowner $88 per year in extra taxes. Such a bond on a general election ballot would need 55 percent of the vote to pass. The poll showed 39 percent support, so “we’re quite a ways away,” said Kaufman.

One probably reason is the economy, he added.

“We’re in a ‘down’ economy, people are (having trouble) paying mortgages, there’s high unemployment, and the 2007 (school bond) measure failed,” he said.  On the other hand, voters responded positively to some of the specific plans that were floated during the interviews, including the offer of creating a citizen’s committee to oversee how the tax money is spent. They also liked some of the ideas their money would be used for.

[adrotate group=”9″]   “They liked the idea of a citizens’ oversight committee, and they liked the idea of fixing leaky roofs,” said Kaufman.

Voters were more receptive to the concept of a smaller bond, such as a $27 million measure that might cost the typical homeowner $44 per year. If there was a large turnout of voters, said Kaufman, such a measure “might squeak through.”

As far as a parcel tax, voters were “way short” of supporting an $80/year measure and slightly shy of adequate support for a $40/year tax.

“Only a $27 million bond issue costing homeowners $30/year of assessed value, or (for the typical homeowner), $44/year, receives the required 55 percent (approval),” said Kaufman of his polling results.

The board had talked about a new bond or tax in order to finish work at the new high school campus, build a career & technical education center elsewhere, and perhaps do work such as fixing roofs and updating fire sprinkler systems. A big part of the campaign, said Kaufman, is convincing people the school district would be trustworthy and responsible with their money. And a lot of that trust comes from the district’s image in the public eye.

“The more you can communicate to the community that you are good at these tasks, the better you will do,” he said. “For public information and education, I think it’s important to do that now. The more you can educate people about all the good things you’ve been doing in the district, the better off you’ll be.”

How might the economy over the next few months affect the vote:

“If people feel things are moving in the right direction. . . they will be more open to spending money out of their pocket for public things,” Kaufman added.

Washington Unified School District has had two years of 20-plus point improvements in its student test scores. Several board members felt the polls showed that West Sacramento voters weren’t adequately aware of these gains and other accomplishments.

[adrotate group=”10″]   “We just went through budget cuts and we didn’t have to lay off teachers,” said board member David Westin. “The numbers coming out of this research are just showing what a mediocre job we’re doing (communicating district success). . . The school district has an unbelievable story to tell. We’re achieving a lot without laying off teachers.”

Board president Teresa Blackmer said that new taxes will be problematic to some:

“There are a lot of people on fixed incomes who would be affected drastically by these kinds of decisions,” she commented.

Board member Adam Menke requested a special meeting just to focus on where any new bond or parcel tax money would go.

“We can talk all day about going for a bond, but the question would be, how much and for what?” said Menke.

The board agreed to tackle those details in a future meeting.

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$1,000 reward for theft of video cameras

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 21, 2012 —

Just received from the West Sacramento Police Department:

“On March 8, 2012 at approximately 5:55 a.m., two unknown male subjects stole six video surveillance cameras mounted on the exterior of the Afghan Community Center located at 700 Glide Ave, West Sacramento. The two suspects’ images were caught on surveillance cameras.

REWARD for this theft suspect (surveillance video image)

“There appeared to be two male subjects responsible for the thefts.  One subject was captured on video as he stole one of the cameras.  He appears to be a Hispanic male subject wearing a light colored zip up jacket with a round shaped face and wearing a dark colored hat.  The second subject that was with him (possibly Hispanic) was taller with a goatee and was wearing light colored shorts, a light colored zip-up “hoody, sunglasses,” and carrying a dark colored backpack.

“Anyone with information is urged to contact the West Sacramento Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau at 916-617-4915.

From footage of suspects in theft of video cameras from Afghan Community Center in West Sacramento

“The Afghan Community Center is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible.”

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Police looking for felony suspect

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 21, 2012 —

West Sacramento police today are looking for a felony suspect.. The man led them on a chase — which was called off for public safety when the suspect’s pickup went the wrong way on I-80. Then he left the freeway and struck another vehicle. Then the driver “bailed” near Harbor and Glide.

Here’s the police department press release from earlier today:

“On 3-21-12 at approximately 0746 hours the West Sacramento Police attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on White Ford F150 for a vehicle code violation.  The vehicle failed to stop for the police and a short pursuit ensued.  The pursuit which lasted approximately one minute was called off for public safety when the suspect vehicle began traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of Interstate 80.

“A short time after the pursuit was called off the suspect vehicle exited the freeway and lost control striking another vehicle at the intersection of Harbor Blvd and West Capitol Avenue.  There were no injuries reported as a result of the collision.

[adrotate group=”10”]  “The passenger in the vehicle Christina Rangel 30 years old was taken into custody for several felony charges.  The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and was last seen in the 700 block of Glide Avenue.  An extensive search was conducted and the driver was not located.

“The driver has been positively identified as 34 year old Lino Garcia Jr.  He is currently wanted by the West Sacramento Police Department for several felony charges including Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Evading Police.  Mr. Garcia also has a Felony Warrant for his arrest out of Napa County.

“Mr. Garcia was described as a Hispanic male, 5-5, 200 lbs with a shaved head and was wearing all black clothing.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact West Sacramento Police Department Dispatch at 916-375-6474.”

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City opens new child care facility

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 —

From the City of West Sacramento

The City of West Sacramento is opening a new preschool and childcare center this month. It’s called “Learning Ladder,” and it’s inside the West Sacramento Community Center. Learning Ladder will focus on childcare and preschool education, with competitive prices and scholarships offered.

Learning Ladder has room for 48 children, ages 2-5 and will accommodate local families and those with members are employed in West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”10″]  The City’s effort to promote child care dates to 1987, when childcare impact fees were originally established. Mayor Christopher Cabaldon later appointed then-City Council member Carolyn Pierson in 2003 to chair a Universal Preschool Task Force, which led to the formation of the City’s Power of Preschool program, “UP 4 WS.”

Over 2,000 children have been served by UP 4 WS, during the past seven years. UP 4 WS has also been supported by its partners, First 5 of Yolo and First 5 California, with contributions by the Washington Unified School District and the Yolo County Office of Education. The City’s Mayor Pro Tem, Oscar Villegas, currently serves as the chair of the executive board which presides over UP 4 WS.

Research over the years has shown that investing in high quality early learning opportunities, such as preschool, positively prepares children for kindergarten and their entire school careers. Children gain the cognitive and social skills essential to adult lives.

Learning Ladder is part of West Sacramento’s Community Center, located at 1075 West Capitol Ave., a facility which opened in March of last year.

The Civic Center is also the home of the West Sacramento Center of Sacramento City College, at 1115 West Capitol Ave.

For more information about Learning Ladder, contact Justine Jimenez, director of Early Learning Services for the City of West Sacramento, (916) 617-4500.

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Yolo Street fire knocked down

Aftermath of fire in West Sacramento garage

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 —

The fire call came at 4:27 a.m., and the first unit to respond to the  Yolo Street garage on March 6 found a “heavy fire,” reports the West Sacramento Fire Department.

Altogether, the response drew five fire engines and one truck, along with a battalion chief.

[adrotate group=”7″]   The “fully involved,” detached garage was brought under control with no injuries and property damage estimated to be under $10,000.

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Debbie Reynolds is ‘Woman of Year’

[adrotate group=”9″] NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 19, 2012 —

Assemblwoman Mariko Yamada just announced she has named Debbie Reynolds as “Woman of the Year” in the 8th Assembly District.

Reynolds is administrator of Eskaton Wilson Manor for seniors in West Sacramento. She organized the local Veterans Day Parade in November and helped local senior citizen veteran Mino Ohye reunite with his brother in Japan.

More in an upcoming News-Ledger.

POLICE LOGBOOK:

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 —

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Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or proven by an investigation or a courtroom.  

March 9, 1:58 p.m.
A Michigan Boulevard man reported selling his iPad tablet computer – and then finding out that the $400 payment he received was counterfeit.

March 9, 4:17 p.m.
A caller reported a “road rage” incident earlier at Stonegate Boulevard, where in the victim “was chased by a man in an. . . exterminator van.”

[adrotate group=”10″] March 9, 5:21 p.m.
A man on Westacre Road found that someone had taken the distributor cap and wires from his parked car.

March 9, 5:22 p.m.
A woman was detained for trying to cash a stolen check at a market on the 900-block of Sacramento Avenue.

March 9, 6:34 p.m.
A man called from a motel on the 900-block of West Capitol Avenue. He said he had been called to the establishment to give a massage, then found out the call was a hoax, and “now the front office is holding his essential oils, worth about $3,000.”

March 9, 9:12 p.m.
A woman said she had been accosted by another woman on the 4700-block of West Capitol. The suspect was in a small, blue truck with a camper shell, and had displayed a small black handgun while making threats and instructing the victim to “stop seeing her husband,” an Elk Grove man.

March 10, 11:01 a.m.
A person working with Girls Scouts selling cookies in front of a Riverpoint Court store said there was a GMC Yukon with tinted windows and a car full of teen males. The males kept driving past, staring at the group. One of them got out and bought some cookies, but the subjects were continuing to circle.

March 10, 2:02 p.m.
A FedEx package was reported stolen from a Valley Oak Lane residence’s front door.

March 10, 3:21 p.m.
A property owner said four subjects riding quads were using the owner’s empty lots at a 6th Street restaurant site, and were refusing to leave.

March 10, 4:04 p.m.
At a Maple Street boat storage yard: someone “broke into the locked storage yard, killed the yard owner’s dog and broke into several vessels.” It was not yet known what was stolen. The burglar was sought for both burglary and cruelty to animals.

March 10, 6:52 p.m.
A tree was reported to be on fire in the backyard of a home near Letterman Street and Union Square Road.

March 10, 7:13 p.m.
“Dine and dash”: A woman tried to use a debit card that was apparently not hers to pay a $4.30 bill at a Harbor Boulevard diner. It didn’t work. She left on foot without paying.

March 10, 7:37 p.m.
From a Riverpoint Court store: A man “stole $200 worth of merchandise and is fleeing on a bike, going toward Reed.” The man was wearing a windbreaker and a backpack.

March 10, 9:17 p.m.
A caller from an Ikea Court retail store said a group of drivers with about 30-40 Ford Mustangs was gathering in a corner of the parking lot. The caller was unaware of any authorized car shows, and asked police to move the group along.

March 10, 9:46 p.m.
On Nichols Court: A “group of about 25 peole is inside the garage at this location singing loudly.”

March 10, 10:03 p.m.
A woman at a mobilehome park on West Capitol said she overheard a neighbor “talking about testing her security system by shooting a BB gun at the residence and throwing firecrackers on the roof.”

March 10, 9:18 a.m.
A man on B Street said he had been vacuuming his residence when a female roommate told him to stop. The pair argued, and she tried to use a Taser on him. No one was hurt and the parties were now separated.

March 11, 12:49 a.m.
A neighbor complained that there was a party near Anna Street with loud music, lights and a disco ball.

March 11, 3:25 a.m.
At a fast food restaurant on Harbor: a silver pickup truck backed into someone’s car in the parking lot. The victim said the driver appeared to be under the influence of something, and refused to give his name. The suspect gave the victim a cell phone number “to take care of it in the morning,” and drove away.

March 11, 3:57 a.m.
Through a Russian translator, a man on Water Street said his Toyota 4-Runner had just been stolen.

March 11, 4:17 a.m.
Four males were seen setting of fireworks in the street on 4th Street.

[adrotate group=”9″] March 11, 10:48 a.m.
A 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix was reported stolen on Willow Avenue. The keys may have been left in it.

March 11, 11:12 a.m.
A possible domestic violence incident was reported in central West Sacramento. A witness said a man assaulted a woman. They both left on bike, and the victim was bleeding from the face.

March 11, 12:21 p.m.
Someone broke into a vacant Oakmont Way apartment and flooded it.

March 11, 1:56 p.m.
About $8,000 worth of electronics equipment was reported stolen from Raley Field during the night. There was possible surveillance video of the crime.

March 11, 2:23 p.m.
Security cameras were reported stolen from a Glide Avenue location during the night.

March 11, 2:53 p.m.
A man at a Sacramento Avenue mobilehome park told a dispatcher his social security check had been stolen on Sutter Buttes Street in Sacramento. The dispatcher referred him to Sacramento police. Then, “he changed his story” to say the theft happened in West Sacramento.

March 11, 5:46 p.m.
A witness reported a white Land Rover and white Acura were “doing donuts” behind a Riverpoint Court retail store.

March 11, 7:25 p.m.
A woman on the 1700-block of West Capitol said that about 15-20 minutes ago, she “stepped out for a minute, and now her purse and $300 in rent (are) missing.” She suspected a female roommate, who had denied being responsible for the theft.

March 11, 9:28 p.m.
A woman on Teal Drive said she was home alone with two children, and there was an unknown person in her backyard.

March 11, 10:07 p.m.
A witness said there were two men and two women near the witness’s 7th Street house, drinking vodka in a car. “They set a piece of garbage on fire (it is out) and drove away” in a Red Ford Focus with broken taillights.

March 11, 11:09 p.m.
A “wrong way” driver hit a center divider and railroad crossing arms while going northbound on Jefferson near Triangle Court. An officer contacted the 21-year old Sacramento man in his Toyota Corolla, and determined he had bee driving drunk. The man was arrested and released to be transported by ambulance for medical treatment after the accident.

March 11, 5 p.m.
A woman in the “state street” area found a “Sten/Mk II” assault rifle while cleaning out the closet of her deceased husband. She said she had no knowledge of the weapon, and asked police to destroy it.

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