West Sacramento’s first mayor to discuss city’s formation at public library event

West Sacramento’s first mayor to discuss city’s formation at public library event

The history of the birth of the official incorporated city of West Sacramento will be recalled and revealed by its first mayor, Mike McGowan, at a special community event on Sunday, Sept. More »

Two West Sacramento parks get upgrades

Two West Sacramento parks get upgrades

Playgrounds at Elkhorn and Bryte parks will soon benefit from significant upgrades. The City has been awarded a $40,000 Play Spaces Grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt More »

Broadway Bridge on the horizon but where will it land in West Sac?

Broadway Bridge on the horizon but where will it land in West Sac?

By Monica Stark Back in May, a big piece of local news was that Shell Oil Products was selling its West Sacramento refinery to the Port of West Sacramento. At a Broadway More »


Toys For Tots collection efforts now underway

Since 1948, The Marine Corps League, Toys for Tots Foundation has been around for the distribution of toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive and patriotic citizens.
The Yolo County Marine Corps League Detachment 627 is an integral part of this campaign. Now until Dec. 16, 2016 the detachment puts out boxes/barrels in Yolo County/West Sacramento for the collection of new toys. On December 17, the toys are distributed to Yolo County children. The City of West Sacramento has many businesses and citizens who have given generously to make a child at Christmas happy.
Yolo County Marine Corps Detachment 627 wants to thank all the citizens and the following businesses in West Sacramento for their contribution to Toys for Tots. Department of General Services, Capitol Yards Apartments, Associated General Contractors, Cheers Bar, Rose Salon and Nails, TEC Equipment, Inc, VFW Post 8762, Cascade Drilling LP, Mid Valley Funding and Investments, Cube Smart Self Storage, Lodi Truck & Equipment, Community Business Bank, The Hot Tub Store, Young’s Market Company, Yolo County Social Services, River City High School, South River Dental Group, Club Pheasant, Moose Club, Eppies Restaurant, West Sacramento Fire Dept, Yolo Federal Credit Union, Plygem Windows, Collicutt Energy, Farm Fresh to You, Wave Broadband, Mecca Club and Green House Mega Store, SacVal Sales and Service, Extra Self Storage and Old Dominion Freight Line, C&S Wholesale Grocers.
Anyone wishing to contact the detachment, please phone Alfonso B. Linares (USMC 64-68) at 916-719-7328.

Council Member Bill Kristoff Retires After Thirty Years of Service

By Jan Dalske for the News Ledger

Bill Kristoff will officially retire on November 16th when he attends his last city council meeting. His friends, family and colleagues came together recently at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria for a retirement party. Bill has served on the city council for thirty years. Bill proudly states that “for every decision that West Sacramento made since the city was incorporated in 1987, he was a part of it”. He is the only original member of the West Sacramento City Council who is still serving.

The voters in West Sacramento first elected Bill Kristoff on Jan. 1, 1987, when they elected the first West Sacramento City Council: Mike McGowan, Fidel Martinez, Bill Kristoff, Ray E. Jones and Thelma Rogers. During Bill’s tenure he served as City Mayor in 1990, 1996, and 2001. He was elected by the WSCC in 2010 to serve a one year term as Mayor Pro Tem. Bill Kristoff was most recently re-elected to a four-year term on the West Sacramento City Council in November 2012.

He represents WS on the West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency Joint Powers Authority, the River City Regional Stadium Financing Authority, the Local Agency Formation Commission, and the Regional Water Authority. He also serves as an alternate representative on the Sacramento County Regional Sanitation District Board and the Water Resources Association.

Bill feels that the city of West Sacramento is a small city that has encouraged big growth opportunities. The city is made up of residential, industrial and business components. He is most proud of helping pass Measure B, which encouraged industrial and business growth. He always tried to respect the city’s residents, listened to their concerns, and then followed up with actions.

When you ask Mr. Kristoff’s what his top priority was while he served on the city council, he will tell you that it was supporting the efforts to maintain the security of the levees that surround the City of West Sacramento. “Flood protection is better than we’ve ever had,” states Mr. Kristoff. “But levee standards change.” He acknowledges that levee protection requires continued attention. He also focused on the quality of the City’s infrastructure, which lead to improving roads and sidewalks.

While Bill served on the city council, West Sacramento added improvements to the Bryte Bend Water Treatment Plant, and the Harbor Boulevard interchange was widened. Other projects that the city council worked on include the Daniel C. Palamidessi Bridge, River Walk Park, Club West Teen Center, Raley Field and the River Cats team.

When the city charter concept of government was discussed, Bill agreed that West Sacramento did not need a charter. West Sacramento could see no benefits to leaving its general law designation. “West Sacramento has been blessed with great people with knowledge and outside the box thinking” is the way Bill sees it.

With the expansion of the 64,000-square-foot city hall, and the nearby community center, all of which are located on West Capitol Avenue, new retail and restaurant businesses were encouraged to open. Retail businesses were encouraged to locate in West Sacramento. The Nugget, Target and IKEA all encourage the residents of Southport to shop locally. West Capitol Avenue has been established as a pedestrian-friendly segment of West Sacramento’s growing downtown area.

During the years that Bill Kristoff served as a city council member many redevelopment projects were accomplished. The West Sacramento Redevelopment Agency improved the quality of life for West Sacramento residents by eliminating blight, renovating the housing stock available, creating new high quality housing opportunities, upgrading West Sacramento’s infrastructure and promoting the city as a prestigious office and business address.

Some of the more notable achievements that were completed during Bill’s time on the council include the Margaret McDowell Senior Housing complex, the Riverwalk Park, Agape Mobile Home Park infrastructure improvements, West Capitol Avenue streetscape, The West Sacramento Community Center, which is located next to the Sacramento Transit Center, Los Rios Community College campus, and the Yolo County Library. Metro Place at Washington Place, which features a variety of housing choices, and was completed in 2003.

Mr. Kristoff earned a Bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State University. This accomplishment followed two years of service in the U.S. Army. He is a lifelong resident of West Sacramento. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for thirty eight years before he retired as a Postal Manager in 2002. He is married to Brenda, and they have two grown daughters, Nicole and Jaclyn.

Councilmember Beverly Sandeen summed it up this way: “Bill is a true statesman. He leaves a great legacy, particularly with his focus on getting our flood protection and other key city infrastructure projects on place. He helped launch the West Sacramento Foundation to help the nonprofit organizations and school programs have an impact on youth. He has been a wonderful colleague on council.”

While Bill Kristoff will be remembered for being fiscally responsible, and helping the city complete several milestones, which include IKEA, and flood protection initiatives, among his other contributions. Bill still has his dreams for his city. He would like to see a hospital located along the river. Residents could receive emergency care faster, and the hospital would offer good paying jobs to locals. Another dream includes the establishment of a botanical garden at the port.

The residents of the City of West Sacramento are grateful for the 30 years of dedicated service that Bill Kristoff has given them and wishes him a happy retirement. But something tells me that Bill will still be involved, even if he is just watching from the sidelines. Maybe the newly elected city council members will help Bill accomplish his dreams.

Ribbon cutting to celebrate new roadway: the Village Parkway North

Roadway to improve traffic flow from Southport to the Tower Bridge Gateway

The City of West Sacramento has completed the Village Parkway North connecting to South River Road (and the Mike McGowan Bridge) south to Village Parkway at Stonegate Drive. In celebration, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, city manager Martin Tuttle and other supporters held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 14. The 0.4 mile roadway is the next step in completing the connection envisioned by the City’s General Plan to provide a convenient north-south traffic alternative to congested Jefferson Boulevard. This new roadway includes extra wide separated bike lanes, street lights, sidewalks, two roundabouts, bus stop turnouts, plus landscaping and shade trees.
The Village Parkway North Extension provides a key connection between Southport neighborhoods and the growing Bridge District, which includes Raley Field and The Barn. The extension will also provide a link to Tower Bridge Gateway, with its east-west access across the city to the Tower Bridge. Village Parkway North also connects to the new six-mile Village Parkway South, which was opened in June as part of the City’s Southport Levee Improvement Project.

Courtesy of the City of West Sacramento

West Sacramento Fire Department Is A Class Act

By Julia McMichael

Effective Dec. 1, 2016, the Fire Department of West Sacramento will be upgraded by the Insurance Service Office (ISO) to a Class 1 rating. An ISO Class 1 fire department is one that provides excellent fire protection based upon an evaluation by the Insurance Services Office, a New Jersey-based for-profit company that provides these ratings. ISO sells the information it collects to insurance companies, which may use these ratings to determine property insurance rates. There are only twenty fire departments in California which have achieved this distinction. Nationally, the ISO evaluates over 47,000 fire districts. There may be as many as 178 cities with a “1” rating. Fire Chief John Heilmann states “the rating shows dedication to public safety from our Mayor and City Council to the City Manager down to Fire Administration. It reflects the hard work of fire personnel. We are very proud of that effort.”
The ISO provides the rating to insurance companies to assess how they rate homeowners and businesses for insurance purposes. The ratings are on a one to 10 scale, one being the highest rating. The rating is assessed as follows:
-10 percent of the rating is for emergency communications such as 911, telephone lines, operator supervision and staffing and dispatch
-50 percent of the rating is to assess equipment, staffing, training and geographical distribution of resources.
-40 percent of the rating is dependent upon water supply
The ISO auditor spent three days reviewing these factors before upgrading the department to Class 1. The Operation Chief and Fire Marshall coordinated with the ISO. Every five years, a reclassification audit takes place. The Fire Chief cited improved regional coordination and contracts including regional trainings at the West Valley Regional Training Consortium. The Department also has a new training tower. “Efficiencies and common operations make for a cohesive and coordinated operation,” says the Chief. This means that regional fire departments such as Sacramento and Davis provide services cooperatively and reciprocally with West Sacramento.
Responding to the Class 1 upgrade Mayor Christopher Cabaldon stated, “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our personnel, and for that I want to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude.”
“This milestone shows support from not only Fire Department leadership and staff, but from the City Council, Public Works for maintaining water infrastructure and the Yolo Emergency Communications Agency,” said Fire Chief John Heilmann. “The designation has the potential for fire insurance savings for West Sacramento property owners.”