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Foster care, & a bowl of soup

Cherie Schroeder, Humberto Izquierdo & his daughter Julieta, Sammie Corbacho with Soup’s On Host Supervisor Don Saylor, Adriana Perez, Dave Storms and his family, Mary Beth Gustafson holding daughter Olivia. Photo courtesy of Laurie Friedman

 NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

GUEST COMMENTARY
From the Woodland Community College Foster & Kinship Care Education Program

It was a recipe for success.  Begin with a great cause, mix in dozens of volunteers, over 60 delicious homemade soups and a silent auction. Next, open the doors to the public for about four hours and voila! Serve up a fabulous event to assist Yolo County’s most vulnerable children.

What started eight years ago, in Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor’s home with three pots of soup, burst the Davis Community Church’s capacity on January 26th as the 8th Annual Soup’s On benefit was held in support of local foster care.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Over 350 guests enjoyed homemade soup, live music by Neon Lite and guitarist David Hafter, and a bountiful silent auction, organized by Woodland Community College President Dr. Angela Fairchilds.  A wonderful time was had and best of all – when the adding machines quieted, the tally for the evening was well over $22,000.  These funds will be used to give local foster children the opportunity to shop for new clothes and essential items when first brought into care, plus the chance to earn high school or college credits at the Woodland Community College with curriculum to “Open Doors to Success”.

“The message of this evening is that foster parents look like you and me”, said Cherie Schroeder, Woodland Community College Foster and Kinship Care Education program director and the county’s coordinator for foster care recruitment and retention.

Foster-to-adopted youth Jessica Shockey expressed her gratitude and joy saying “I love foster-care,” and proud mother, Lynne Shockey, standing by Jessica’s side, concurred and spoke about the joy of fostering and watching the miracle of positive change.

Supervisor Saylor thanked the community for their incredible support saying “These are our kids.  Together, we can transform their lives for the better.”

The organizers of the Soup’s On benefit want to thank all the individuals who volunteered their time, businesses for generous contributions, and those who gave so whole-heartedly in these tough fiscal times.   A special thank you goes out to Supervisor Saylor for his inspiration and to his amazing support team lead by Deputy Diane Parro and Assistant Deputy Emily Henderson.

For information about becoming a foster or foster-to-adopt parent in Yolo County, please go to www.yolofostercare.com or give Cherie Schroeder a call at (530) 574-1964.

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Court restores tobacco tax money

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

First 5 Yolo – a local agency funded with tobacco tax money – believes it is on track to distribute $2.5 million in additional money to Yolo organizations that support kids up to age five and their families over the next three years.

The money was held up after the passage of state legislation that attempted to shift the revenue to the state in order to help balance California’s budget. But a court decision blocked the assembly bill.

The state has until March 19 to decide whether to appeal, said a First 5 Yolo spokesperson.

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Raley Field will host high school & college games

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 27, 2012 —

This press release has just been released from Raley Field:

Raley Field — home to the Pacific Coast League’s Triple-A Sacramento River Cats — will play host to 48 high school baseball games and one college game this spring, as part of a partnership between the River Cats, Sports Authority and Northern California high schools.

With more than 40 high schools participating in this unique partnership, this year’s high school baseball schedule at Raley Field is the busiest in the program’s history. The program serves as a fundraising tool for the schools, while at the same time offering local student-athletes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play in the region’s largest and most recognizable ballpark. High schools are given the opportunity to sell River Cats tickets to their friends and family, with proceeds of the sales going directly to the schools’ baseball programs.

For this first time in 2012, Raley Field will play host to a Division II college baseball game as well, with Chico State and Sonoma State set to square off on Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m.

[adrotate group=”9″]  Participating high schools cover a geographic area stretching from El Dorado to Mount Shasta to Santa Rosa, and all points in between. Local Sacramento powerhouses will participate as well, highlighted by 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section Division I runner-up Jesuit, which will face Davis at Raley Field on Friday, March 16.

The 2012 Raley Field High School Baseball Series presented by Sports Authority will culminate with the inaugural High School Showcase Games on Sunday, June 3, beginning at 1 p.m. This doubleheader will feature players from all 43 participating high schools, and will give the area’s top players a chance to shine in front of college coaches and professional scouts alike.

The complete schedule for this season’s high school baseball schedule at Raley Field can be found online at rivercats.com.

YOUR VOICES: U-Haul sign too tall?

U-Haul, West Capitol Avenue (2010 News-Ledger file photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

On Feb. 8, the News-Ledger published a story detailing how U-Haul was taking the City of West Sacramento to court in a challenge to the city’s sign ordinance. The ordinance — phased in 20 years — declares the West Capitol Avenue rental company’s pole sign is just too tall and must go.

Last week on our Facebook page, we asked for your views. Here are most of your responses:

Robert Stroy: I think if the signs are well kept they should stay no matter the size. signs are often a great business boomer and the City should respect and encourage these types things and leave well enough alone.

Debbie Norton Johnson: West Capitol looks so much better now that it isn’t littered with signs of all shapes, sizes and quality. Every other business has taken the 20 years (very reasonable time frame) to change their signage – except UHAUL.

I’ve never understood why they couldn’t lower the big letters about half way in size. It is a monstrosity. The argument that people won’t be able to find it, doesn’t ring true for me because every truck on the property says UHAUL. I like seeing the trees and the nice sidewalks and landscaping down parts of West Cap and would love to see the whole Ave beautified.

[adrotate group=”7″] Eve Westvik: I think the city totally turned the Avenue into a dull, uninteresting strip with no character. I don’t even recognize the place anymore, it’s so soulless now. A boulevard as wide as that needs something to give it personality or everything just fades into the background. It’s no wonder there are few businesses of note there anymore. . . Thank goodness a large corporation actually wants to do business in West Sacramento. It looks better than the crummy little restaurants and liquor stores that now dot the Avenue here and there.

Shannon Gentry: Have they already removed it??The city needs to find something better to cry about…. The people do – like their depleating paychecks and increased everything else…. And you want to focus such an amount of energy on a “too high” sign that’s been a staple for SO MANY years…

Cynthia ‘Cindi’ Islas: Who cares about the sign, get rid of the crappy, run down motels that consistently have garbage, matresses, tires, and overgrown weeds all around them. Fight a battle that will actually IMPROVE West Capital and Merkely cause right now, it’s a big fat FAIL!

EDITOR’S NOTE:  To comment on this article, visit the same article at WestSac.com by clicking  here.

You can view the original article about the U-Haul sign here. 

And you can visit the News-Ledger on Facebook here if you’re a Facebook member.  Don’t forget to ‘like’ us at the Facebook page!

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El Dorado nips RCHS boys varsity

RCHS junior Vincent Chelini in action for the varsity team. Vincent is seen here with the near dunk (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

Last Wednesdsay, Feb. 15, marked the last home game of the season for the River City High School boys basketball teams, and also marked Senior Night for the 3 outgoing seniors — Mark Gidenko, Chanh Saeturn and Nico Rocha.
The River City freshman team dominated their game against El Dorado, winning by 30 points. The JV game was a thriller, with River City winning in double overtime.
Although the varsity game was close, River City fell to El Dorado by 3 points.

The high scorers for the night were as follows:  JV: Richard Dasilva jad a game high of 20 points. Varsity: Jose Chacon had 24 points and Malik Dumetz scored 12. Final Scores: Freshman – 79-49 (W), JV – 81-77 (W), Varsity 66-63 (L).

(Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

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River City sophomore Richard Dasilva in action for the junior varsity boys. Dasilva had a game high of 20 points in River City’s double overtime win. (Photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

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News nuggets from the News-Ledger

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s city council this morning (Feb. 22) plans a special ‘thank you’ breakfast for Congressman Mike Thompson.
City officials credit Thompson with helping support local levee improvement efforts and improvements at the Port of West Sacramento.
He has represented the region since 1998, but the city will become part of fellow Democrat Doris Matsui’s 5th District next January.

The West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency announced it will recommend “Design Alternative 2” as the final plan to improve Southport’s river levees. The plan will go to WSAFCA’s board of directors on March 8.

The newest major edition to the Ikea shopping center will be a La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery. The 12,800-square foot will hold a grand opening on March 1 at 10 a.m..

[adrotate group=”9″]  West Sacramento’s city council was scheduled to hold special meetings yesterday morning and this morning (Feb. 21-22) at city hall, largely to discuss “a broad range of city matters, procedures, policies and functions” with help from a facilitator.

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Upstart Raiders upset El Camino

With just two seconds left and the game tied on El Camino's home court, River City High School's Katie King stepped to the line for three free throws. She focused, and sank two of them to seal a win in playoff game two. (Photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 24, 2012 —

After winning their first game of the playoffs Tuesday against Rocklin, River City traveled to El Camino last night.

El Camino boasted a 10-0 league record during regular season, 24-5 overall.

In Thursday’s match, El Camino scored a few quick baskets, as did River City. El Camino would eventually take the lead and by the end of the first quarter, El Camino was ahead 16-13.  At halftime, they were still up, 27-21 .

River City came out halftime pressing and getting a few steals, surging a comeback. By the end of the third quarter,  the game was tied 33-33.

The game would see more lead changes. With just 47.3 seconds left in the game, it was all tied again 48-48. River City kept El Camino from scoring on their next possession and after a time out, River City ran some time off the clock holding the ball. With just two  seconds left in the game, the Raiders’ Katie King was fouled while taking a three-point shot.

Katie went to the line and missed the first shot. Then she made the next two, putting River City ahead 50-48.

[adrotate group=”9″] With less than a second, El Camino threw the ball  inbounds and took a quick shot — and missed.

River City was still ahead at the buzzer, winning in dramatic fashion. Final score: 50-48.

Katie King finished the game with 26 points.

River City now travels to McNair in Stockton on Tuesday, February 28. McNair finished their regular season at 8-2 in their division and 26-3 overall. The game will be played at University of the Pacific, at a time to be announced later.

Jordan Ligons: 16 points to lead the Raiders in scoring against Rocklin on Tuesday (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

Here’s a quick recap of the first playoff game, against Rocklin at home on Tuesday:

River City pretty much dominated the game and won 57-38. The high scorers for RCHS against Rocklin were Jordan Ligons with 16, Marrissa Tyler with 15 and Katie King with 14.

Junior Katie King (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

 

RCHS Junior Marrissa Tyler, in play against Rocklin (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

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