How West Sacramentans celebrated the Fourth of July

How West Sacramentans celebrated the Fourth of July

By Michele Townsend To 8-year-old (“About to turn 9!”), Ella Godina, the Fourth of July is about “Staying up all night, with lots of fun and fireworks!” To 15-year-old Laura Garcia, “Independence More »

Girls softball team eligible to play at the California State Games, looking for donations

Girls softball team eligible to play at the California State Games, looking for donations

Congratulations to the West Sacramento Girls Softball (WSGS) 10U-All Star Team in attaining a berth to play at the California State Games on July 13 -16, 2017, in San Diego. The WSGS More »

Get ready for the Fourth! Here’s where to get your fireworks

Get ready for the Fourth! Here’s where to get your fireworks

The West Sacramento City Council adopted Ordinance 11-2 which regulates the possession, sale, and use of fireworks within city limits. The State of California approved Safe and Sane Fireworks are permitted to More »

 

WS manufacturing firm to lay off 320

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

A Reed Avenue-area tech plant will lay off 320 people this year.

Xyratex International, Inc., is a data management company with a manufacturing and assembly plant on Embarcadero Drive, West Sacramento. The company is downsizing and moving some operations to Mexico, to save costs and in response to the loss of a major client, say local media reports.

According to one such report, the company has been downsizing for five years since peaking at 600 employees at the site.

County employment officials are contacting workers who wll be laid off this year. Some Xyratex staff will remain in West Sacramento after the manufacturing jobs move to Guadalajara.

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Turned down by West Sac school board, language charter school will appeal

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

A proposed charter West Sacramento charter school will appeal to the Yolo County Board of Education after being denied a charter by the school board of the Washington Unified School District.

The staff of Washington Unified School District opined that the school was unlikely to succeed partly due to a lack of understanding of school finance.  The school has appealed.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The Northern California Language Academies project will be on the agenda for 3:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the county office of education, 1280 Santa Anita Court #120 in Woodland.

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Fight child abuse: upcoming fashion show & fun run both offer you a chance

By Don Saylor, Chair of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance
and Member of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, District 2

Child abuse is a national tragedy.  An estimated 3 million children are the victims of substantiated abuse or neglect each year in the United States.  In California during 2012, nearly 500,000 children were referred to Child Welfare Services for investigation of abuse and/or neglect.

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor and chair of the Yolo County Children's Alliance (courtesy photo)

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor and chair of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance (courtesy photo)

In our own county, during fiscal year 2011-12, the Department of Employment and Social Services, Child Welfare Services, received 1,398 reports of suspected child abuse and/or neglect.   Resulting investigations led to 251 children in child-welfare supervised placements.

During the same time period, approximately 95 children each month continued living with their families while the families received ongoing support services and supervision through the Yolo County Child Welfare Services Family Maintenance Program. In addition, 96 children each month received Family Reunification services aimed at returning them to their homes of origin.

On the good news front, in Yolo County we have numerous public agencies and community organizations, parents, relatives, community volunteers, public policymakers and professionals who are collaborating to eliminate child abuse through the Yolo Family Strengthening Network.

[adrotate group=”9″] The Yolo Family Strengthening Network offers parents the education, support, and skills they need to provide healthy, safe and nurturing homes for their children.  Resource materials can be downloaded from www.yolokids.org/community.  Our local program is based on the national Strengthening Families Program; an evidence-based family skills training program.  Mistreatment of children decreases as parents learn more effective parenting skills, and the program has been proven to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children.  It also improves social competencies and school performance.

Another program aimed at strengthening families, The Yolo Family Meals Campaign, invites the community at large to post photos on the Yolo County Children’s Alliance web site of their family dinners, kid-friendly recipes and conversation topics that get your children talking at the table.

We hope hundreds of Yolo County residents will get involved in child abuse prevention.

Two ways that are fun include the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council’s 4th Annual Yolo County Celebrity Fashion Show on Friday, April 26th in West Sacramento and the annual Child Abuse Prevention Fun Run on April 28th in Davis. For tickets go to www.yolokids.org or call 530-757-5558.

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Housing project breaks ground in West Sac

Bridge Dist Groundbreak SHOVEL SHOT  (2)FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

There’s been a city master plan in place for the “Bridge District” for over 20 years. But with the exception of Raley Field and the Ironworks subdivision, most of the work in the planned 188-acre riverfront district has thus far been at soil level – or below.

That’s changing. The district’s major developer, Fulcrum Properties,  is gearing up, and last week’s saw an official groundbreaking of an affordable housing project in the district. This may be the decade in which the Bridge District really grows up.

Officials from the nonprofit BRIDGE Housing organization joined West Sacramento officials and others to celebrate the groundbreaking of “The Rivermark” on Friday. The complex will offer 70 units of housing at 959 Bridge Street, near 5th Street. That’s a spot near the river, between Raley Field and the U.S. 50 Pioneer Bridge.

Cynthia Parker, president and C.E.O. of BRIDGE Housing, promised that the new residents it brings will be “active members of the community. . . engaged with the rest of the city.”

The project is designed to offer rents that are affordable to people up to the 35 percent level of median income in the area.

parker cynthia bridge housing 2013 news ledger  “If you’re a single mom making $29,000, and you have two kids, living here would make a difference,” said Parker. She added that by saving money on rent, the same mom could help stimulate the local economy:

“A mother who has a disposable income can shop at the store, and can make a difference in her kids’ lives. Without that, it’s just struggling.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the assembled crowd at the groundbreaking that The Rivermark offers a valuable part of the planned “diversity” of the future Bridge District. The master plan also allows for market-rate housing, offices, restaurants and parks.

The project will offer a place for people such as a coffee-shop barrista or a preschool teacher to call home, said the mayor. Or a ballplayer:

“It’s no accident we’ve located this in the Bridge District,” said Cabaldon. “Many of the minor league players who play on the River Cats will live here during the season. They’re not making four or five million dollars.”
Rents for The Rivermark will range from $370 to $925 depending on income, household size and apartment size (according to Bridge Housing, which can be visited at www.bridgehousing.com).

The mayor and Eugene Lee of the California Housing and Community Development both gave credit to the state’s taxpayers for helping to prep the old industrial area for its coming reuse. Those Bridge District challenges have included getting rid of rid of old rail spurs and replacing old infrastructure. City officials used to call the district the “Triangle,” because it was bordered by the river to the east, the U.S. 50 freeway to the south, and the Tower Bridge approach to the northwest.

The Rivermark is about 20 months away from a grand opening, said Parker.

Behind her, earth moving machines were already underway. Despite an official ceremony on Friday involving local officials with shiny gold shovels, the ground had most definitely already been broken.

Artist’s rendering of the planned project, designed by David Baker & Partners

Artist’s rendering of the planned project, designed by David Baker & Partners

 

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