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Most years, the Amgen Tour of California has bypassed West Sacramento. But back in 2007, riders sped through town as part of their Sacramento-area stage. Here, they round the corner from Sacramento Avenue to Jefferson Boulevard on their way to the Tower Bridge (News-Ledger photo)

Most years, the Amgen Tour of California has bypassed West Sacramento. But back in 2007, riders sped through town as part of their Sacramento-area stage. Here, they round the corner from Sacramento Avenue to Jefferson Boulevard on their way to the Tower Bridge (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 19, 2015 —

Cyclists in this year’s edition of the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race will pass through West Sacramento twice on Sunday, May 10, after the race kicks off its first stage at the state capitol. There should be plenty of local spectator opportunities both in the morning as the racers get their start and in the afternoon as they approach the finish.

Stage 1 of the 724.1-mile race will both start and end at the capitol building. It starts at 11 a.m.

“After an initial crossing of the Sacramento River via the iconic Tower Bridge, the race will pass quickly through West Sacramento to River Road,” organizers reported today. “From here, the race will follow the winding Sacramento River through the small towns of Clarksburg, Courtland and Walnut Grove. The stage’s fourth bridge crossing will take the race back over the river into Isleton.”

Later, the athletes will re-cross the river into Rio Vista and travel through Solano County, Davis, Woodland, and back to West Sacramento and across the Tower Bridge. The stage is measured at 127 miles.

Stage two carries the riders from Nevada City to Lodi, and following stages will take place all over the state.

The race finishes with Stage 8, ending at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on May 17.

The News-Ledger will bring more details of the exact local race route as the race approaches.

For more information, visit www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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Farm to fork, from the back of a trike

Collin Samaan takes a break along Park Boulevard. A reporter who tried pedaling the rig found that it wasn’t really all that tough -- at least not on the flat streets of West Sacramento. (News-Ledger photo)

Collin Samaan takes a break along Park Boulevard. A reporter who tried pedaling the rig found that it wasn’t really all that tough — at least not on the flat streets of West Sacramento.
(News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Collin Samaan is a 25-year old with a mild, friendly manner and a pair of dependable legs. His passions for bicycling and for fresh produce are married through “Veggie Trike,” a new venture designed to bring the “Farm to Fork” movement right up to the curb at local neighborhoods.

What’s on the back of the trike today?

“We have three different types of lettuce to form a buttery salad,” he said, lifting the lid on a cooler during a break on Park Boulevard. “We have garlic-infused sea salt – you get garlic and all your minerals in a great quality of salt. We have apples from Bodhaine Ranch. And rainbow chard, kale and eggplant from 5th and C Farms.”

That last selection refers to the pop-up urban farm now operating on a vacant lot at 5th and C streets in West Sacramento’s Broderick neighborhood.

“We also sell raw unfiltered honey from To Bee Young Apiaries.”

A family in an SUV pulled up alongside the Veggie Trike and asked if Samaan was selling eggs today. He replied that he wasn’t – to stock them on the trike would require refrigeration – but he later explained that he is happy to make special deliveries of things like fresh eggs and frozen Apple Hill pies, upon request.

“I work with Abbott Organics,” he added. “They are our ‘home farm.’ My wife, Aimee (Benner), is an employee there. I help there in the mornings.”

Then he loads up for his route, which brings him to West Sacramento several days a week since he and Aimee started the venture in August.

The “cargo trike” has a West Sacramento pedigree, with a connection to local resident and businessman John Lucas.

“I work on bikes,” said Samaan. “I met him and he invited me to learn how to weld with him. This trike was in his backyard. It had been built in China. We made quality out of this trike.”

“I said, ‘Let’s make use of it – I need to help Anne on her farm, and get the amazing things like the organic salt out to people.’”

Samaan hopes to set up the trike as a traveling produce stand during designated “lunch hours” in West Sacramento and at other locations like “La Bonne Soup” in Sacramento. He’s looking for possible locations, possibly near this city’s community center and city hall.

And he’s happy to take special orders for delivery.

“The coolest thing is that I would love to deliver anytime,” he commented. “Give me a phone call or text or message.”

To find him, or to place a special order, you can do an internet search for “Veggie Trike” or find it on Facebook.

Samaan said running the trike is a pretty economical, low-overhead operation:

“An apple an hour is all I need.”

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Arrest made in yesterday’s shooting

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 19, 2014 —

West Sacramento police announced last night that they have made an arrest in the Tuesday morning shooting near Proctor Avenue and Sycamore Street.

In custody is Michael Reyes, Jr., a 24-year old from West Sacramento. He will be booked on attempted murder, reported Lieutenant Tod Sockman.

Further details have not been released.

An unidentified man on bike was shot from a passing car in the Tuesday morning incident. He was hit several times and his condition was not reported to the media.

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West Sac police looking for citizen volunteers to patrol on bikes

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

West Sacramento’s police department is creating police bike patrols as well as well as new, supportive bike patrols made up of volunteers, reports city spokesman Art Schroeder.

The trained volunteers will operate under the “Volunteers in Policing,” or VIP, program banner.

“The programs are designed to increase visibility and accessibility to the community,” said Schroeder in a press statement. “The bicycle teams will patrol city streets, bike trails, parks, and the Broderick Boat Ramp, in addition to providing assistance with special functions and community outreach.”

There are some differences in how the “sworn” and “unsworn” bike officers operate:

“The VIP teams serve the community by reporting suspicious activity and assisting in crime fighting measures,” said Schroeder. “The sworn police bike team has many advantages over traditional methods of patrol, including increased mobility to patrol areas not accessible to cars, and increased availability to the community.”

The teams will also be more valuable as the city increases its urban trail system, said Schroeder.

The police department hopes to recruit about 20 volunteers to train for the VIP bike unit. Those interested should contact Martha Griffin at (916) 617-4988, or pick up an application at the department’s headquarters, 550 Jefferson Boulevard. Or visit the department’s Facebook page.

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