Artwork for Joey Lopes Park

Artwork for Joey Lopes Park

By Thomas Farley The art installation for Joey Lopes Park will be a knock-out. The City Council voted on Wednesday, Jan. 13 to accept a design from nationally known artist Michael More »

The Sail Inn is Back in Port

The Sail Inn is Back in Port

By Thomas Farley The Sail Inn on Jefferson Boulevard is being reopened and rechristened as the Sail Inn Grotto & Bar. Launch date is late February. All aboard. The old Sail More »

Shores of Hope partnered with Raley’s Food for Families to provide food to West Sac families

Shores of Hope partnered with Raley’s Food for Families to provide food to West Sac families

On Saturday, Jan. 16, Shores of Hope served families in need and distributed more than 300 bags of groceries thanks to a partnership with the Raley’s Food for Families program. The line More »


Wins keep Raiders on top of SVC

RCHS Senior Jordan Ligons with the layup against Cosumnes Oaks. Jordan was the leading varsity scorer with 16 points, followed by Katie King who had 13 points. (Photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 11, 2012 —

On Jan. 6, the Raider girls basketball squad played host to Galt Warriors.

The freshman team again had the night off. The JV and varsity teams both dominated Galt and won by convincing margins.

The River City junior varsity squad won, 71-17. Leading scorers for the Raider JVs were Makaila Robinson with 13 and Jershaun Hollie with 12

The prior week, the Raider varsity prevailed 70-25. Leading scorers for RCHS varsity were Katie King with 14 and Isabella Gomez with 11.

On Wednesday, January 4, the RCHS  faced theCosumnes Oaks Wolfpack.

River City’s freshman team did not play; however, JV and varsity teams played and were both victorious.

RCHS Sophomore Jasmine Madronio of the J.V. team, taking the shot against Cosumnes Oaks (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

Final Scores: JV Game 48-19 (W) Varsity Game 65-39 (W) With the varsity team win on Jan. 6, they  improved their overall record to 15-1, and were the leader in both the SVC division and section.


Senior Isabella Gomez in action for the RCHS varsity against Galt (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)



Bustamante arrested on molestation charges


Arturo Bustamante, a teacher and football coach on the River City High School campus, turned himself in to the West Sacramento Police Department today for arrest, in the company of his attorney. He was booked into jail.

Bustamante, 42, was arrested for “three counts of ‘felony lewd or lascivious conduct on a child 14 or 15 years old,’ and six counts of misdemeanor ‘annoying and/or molesting a child under 18 years of age,'” according to a press statement from the West Sacramento Police Department.

He had been on paid leave from his duties after a female student alleged he had “inappropriately touched” her earlier this year.

For more information, see the recent article online article here.

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Johannessen: ‘office hours’ at the Eagle

MARK JOHANNESSEN, West Sacramento City Council Member (News-Ledger photo)

City council member Mark Johannessen will greet constituents over coffee from 9-11 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 14, at the Eagle Café in Southport (3150 Jefferson Blvd.). You’re invited to stop by.

‘West Sac-crab-mento Day’

NEWS-LEDGER, JAN 11, 2012: Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (right) declared this Saturday as ‘West Sac-Crab-Mento Day’ in honor of a fundraising crab feed planned by the Mighty Rotary Club of West Sacramento. Pictured with the mayor (left to right) are Mark Engstrom, event co-chair and President-elect of the West Sacramento Rotary Club; Cindy Love, Executive Director, Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation; and “Crabby, the World’s Crabbiest Crab.” The event (6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner) takes place at the Our Lady of Grace hall, 1990 Linden Road, on Jan. 14. Funds will benefit the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation and West Sacramento Rotary Foundation. Advance tickets online at or call (916) 927-1592. The event includes dinner, a raffle, an outdoor cigar bar and music and dancing with “Neckbone.” $60. (Photo by Dan Harris, City of West Sacramento)

New comedy on local stage

SEATED IN FRONT: Melissa Dahlberg, Ashley Lucas. STANDING BEHIND: Gweneth Knaff, Keith Letl, Jen Smuda-Cotter, Alan Smuda, Kathleen Poe (courtesy photo)


NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 11, 2012 —

“Blithe Spirit” hits the stage at the community center on Friday, courtesy of the West Sacramento Community Theater Company.

The play by Noel Coward explores what happens when a séance really does connect with a deceased spirit – resulting in a “darkly funny” comedy featuring a competition between a live woman and a dead one.

The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Jan. 29 at 1075 West Capitol Avenue. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

For information, call 799-9230 or visit

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Coach Bustamante is charged


FIRST UPDATE: 11:20 a.m. Jan. 12

The Yolo D.A. recently filed criminal charges against former RCHS teacher and varsity football coach Arturo Bustamante, who was on paid leave for several months after a report he “inappropriately touched” a female student at the school.

RCHS Teacher/Coach Arturo Bustamante

According to the Yolo County District Attorney’s office, Bustamante is accused of several felony and misdemeanor counts of “lewd and lascivious acts” and “child molestation” involving four students, age about 15-16, in 2010-2011.

The D.A.’s office has requested a warrant, and if successful, arrangements could be made for Bustamante to turn himself in voluntarily for arrest.

“His range of sentence if convicted is probation with up to one year in County jail to 4 years 4 months in prison,” said Jonathan Raven, Chief Deputy District Attorney, in an emailed statement.

The Washington Unified School District reports that Bustamante is now on “compulsory leave of absence pending the outcome of the matter.”

The News-Ledger will follow up with more details as they become available.

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Board to reconsider charter school

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 11, 2012 —

When the school board of the Washington Unified School District meets on Thursday, Jan. 12, it will consider whether to renew the charter for the West Sacramento Early College Prep School.

The California Charter Schools Association has singled it out as one of four charter schools in the Sacramento area that ought to be closed due to poor student performance.

The board will also discuss a proposal to design and build a “marquee” sign marking the entrance to River City High School on Raider Lane near Jefferson Boulevard and Higgins Road. The campus currently sports a digital billboard at a nearby street corner, but doesn’t have a sign at the school entrance.

  In other WUSD news, the office of the superintendent has asked members of the public to cooperate with a new survey designed to find out “if the voters would support an increase in property taxes” for “school improvements and programs.”

A survey company will randomly sample voters and ask “whether they would support a bond issue or parcel tax,” said a statement from Superintendent Dayton Gilleland.

“If you receive a call from the survey company, please take a few minutes and answer their questions,” he said in the press release. “As the district makes its plans, we want to know what voters would be willing to support.”

The board meets at 6 p.m. on Thursday at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

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