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West Sac looks to public art to help unify Sac/West Sac streetcar line

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 14, 2014 —

The West Sacramento City Council voted last month to work with regional partners to apply for a public arts grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) . The “Our Town” grant of up to $200,000 would focus on bringing art pieces to the city’s Washington neighborhood and the future streetcar route connecting Sacramento and West Sacramento.

Also involved in the art planning project are the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the City of Sacramento and Crocker Arts Museum.

“The ‘Our Town’ proposal envisions art installations as a place-making feature of the planned streetcar route and way-finding for bicyclists and pedestrians moving between West Sacramento’s waterfront neighborhoods and civic center and Sacramento’s railyards, capitol and museums,” said a staff report. “The cities would also use the funds to select one artist that will create two pieces which will engage, interact or connect with each other to be installed in each side of the river respectively. Another installation will be analyzed within the Washington District depending on the final grant award amount and budget.”

The plan being proposed to the NEA calls first for a consultant to work with the public and create a “curatorial vision” for the Washington district and streetcar area. No actual art pieces have yet been picked.

The city has already received a $400,000 grant for art from the state parks department, for art at the corner of Riverwalk and Tower Bridge Gateway, with a $200,000 local match.  These funds will be used as the “local match” needed for the proposed NEA grant.

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Holy Cross School hosts chili cook-off

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 19, 2014 —

Holy Cross Academy, a Catholic private school in West Sacramento, will bring back its annual chili cook-off fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Nov. 22. Among the competitors will be Broderick roadhouse, Capitol Dime, De Vere’s Irish Pub and Pour House. There will be a beer garden.

Open to those 21 and up; $10 in advance or $15 at the door (or $20/$30 for admission plus a beer garden pour card. Purchase tickets at the school, 801 Todhunter Ave., or at http://holycross-westsac.org/support/chilicookoff.

Comedian Jack Gallagher will emcee the event. There will be a silent auction and Christmas bazaar. For information on entering the chili competition, email holycrosschili@gmail.com.

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Levee cleanup as homeless move out

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 5, 2014 —

A number of homeless people from the northern West Sacramento levee will relocate to a local motel site as part of the ‘Bridge to Housing’ project. They will move in on Nov. 12. There will be a levee clean-project before the move, on Nov. 8, and you’re invited to join other volunteers and some of the homeless community in the effort. Contact United Christian Centers at 372-0200 ext. 1310 or email rivercleanup@uccenters.org.

For a related News-Ledger article about the pilot project involving the motel and the homeless people, click here.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Police & crime in Broderick & Bridgeway

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

9/10/2014 —

Trouble in Broderick
  (Open letter to Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and the West Sacramento City Council)
I have been a resident of Broderick since before 1968 moving here with my parents and brother after my Father retired from the USAF.  I am a graduate of Washington High School.
I subsequently bought a home in the Broderick area in 1983 where being a single parent I wanted my daughter to have a house to grow up in rather than an apartment.
I love my little house but the Broderick area has rapidly gone downhill.  I would consider moving to another area but I am a Senior and on a fixed income and it would be difficult for me to leave my home.
I realize that some income levels may be lower in the Broderick area.  But there are people such as myself that have worked for many years to support their families and loved ones.  I worked at a large telecommunications company for forty years.
There are people like myself and others who take pride in their homes.  Why should we be penalized for those that don’t.
Why don’t you and the council members take a ride over to Beardsley and see the house that has trash all the way from the back to the front.  You could take a ride down almost any street here and see at least one house in this type of condition.
Why should I have to call Code Enforcement?  Don’t they see this?  What about the Fire Department?  The house on Beardsley is definitely a fire hazard.
There are issues going on here that would never be tolerated in South-port or South of the Barge. When we incorporated I hoped we would become one city.  But that isn’t the case.  We’re still considered Broderick.  Were are our improvements?
Perhaps we should take a hint from the Oak Park Triangle and work on areas other than South-port and South of the Barge.
I have written before this but received no response.  I would hope I would receive one now.
JANET WALKER
West Sacramento

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9/17/14

The police & Southport
I have been a Bridgeway Island resident since 2001.
I have noticed over the years that West Sac Police Department officers patrol Southport Parkway frequently to catch speeders. This occurs, from my experience, during daylight/commute hours such that those who may be caught speeding  are working adults or students commuting to and from daily responsibilities. The safety of the residents doesn’t appear to be at risk during these hours.
There are those that believe the officers patrol during periods where residents who can afford to pay the fines for the distributed tickets are traveling on this stretch of roadway. Still others state that the police department has to make money in some fashion so this is the easiest and fastest method in which to accomplish this.
My issue is this: officers would be better served, as would the residents of both Bridgeway Island and Bridgeway Lakes, if they were patrolling these areas after-hours. This is when the street racing, the “peeling-out,” tagging with graffiti and accidents where vehicles have crossed the center divide on Southport Parkway ripping out the established trees has occurred over the years.
Many nights, as I lay in bed, I can hear cars screeching around the neighborhood. I would like to be able to report them to the Police Department, however, such activities are hard to pin point as the sounds travel making it difficult to identify from where they may be coming.
Just recently, there was graffiti on the retaining walls of a Bridgeway Island community. One wonders if this would have occurred had the officers been patrolling during the late night hours. I realize there are other areas in West Sacramento in the late night hours which require almost constant patrol. There is no question that there should be focus in these areas.
I don’t agree with the mindset that the police department is only patrolling these areas to make money, but I do take issue with the timing of some of the patrols. As a longtime resident of the Bridgeway Island community, I would hope the West Sacramento Police Department would, in the best interest of the residents, review such practices and determine how best to improve the safety of these residents.
S. SHEETS
West Sacramento

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That ‘little urban farm’ is now selling fresh

 

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 13, 2014 —

Remember that little urban farm you read about that just sprang up at the corner of 5th and C streets in West Sacramento? You can now buy their Broderick-born produce direct at the Thursday afternoon farmers market in West Sacramento (item below). And you can also buy produce right at the farm site, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. EBT purchases can’t be accepted yet, but will be soon. The farm is sponsored by the Center for Land-Based Learning.

You can read more in our original article about the innovative farm here.

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‘Night Out’ returns to West Sac neighborhoods on August 5

Police Chief Tom McDonald has a hot dog with other visitors to the Meadow Road “National Night Out” block party -- a rally to network against crime. (News-Ledger photo by PETER FOLKS)

Police Chief Tom McDonald has a hot dog with other visitors to the Meadow Road “National Night Out” block party — a rally to network against crime.
(News-Ledger photo by PETER FOLKS)

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 9, 2014 —

FROM THE CITY OF WEST SACRAMENTO —

The “National Night Out” event  returns on Tuesday, Aug. 5. In West Sacramento, as in cities across the nation, “National Night Out” will be celebrated throughout the city with block parties and barbecues.

The West Sacramento Police Department joins residents and neighborhood groups in support of the program’s 31st year. The following hosts and neighborhoods will have National Night Out activities, between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 5:

— 1400 Anna Street (Baptist Church)
— 685 Lighthouse Drive (Las Casitas Apartments and Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network)
— 500 7th Street (Washington Courtyard)
— 1611 Madrone Street (Sunset Village Apartments)
— 2455 West Capitol Ave. (West Capitol Apartments)
— 3429 Evergreen Ave (Courtyard Village Apartments)
— 1016 Meadow Road (this will be the featured location this year)
— 1613 19th Street
— 19th and Pennsylvania (Corner)
— Barona Court
— Aster and Manchester Avenue (Corner)
— 2692 Mandeville Way
— Sumatra and Mandura Street (Corner)
— 1527 Redding Road
— 3733 Elsinore Court
— 3590 Antigua Place
— 3170 Venice Street (hosted by the Main Drain Association group)
— 2999 Apache Street

Neighbors are invited to leave their porch lights on, come out and meet with their neighbors to network against crime.

Questions? Call Community Service Officer Nora McDowell of the West Sacramento Police Department at (916) 617-4937.

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‘Tour de West Sac’ citizens poke around some city hot spots on two wheels

CHRIS LEDESMA (towards right, with dark shirt) makes a point about the Michael McGowan Bridge now under construction on South River Road. The bridge will first connect South River Road, and later connect with Village Parkway in Southport. (News-Ledger photo)

CHRIS LEDESMA (towards right, with dark shirt) makes a point about the Michael McGowan Bridge now under construction on South River Road. The bridge will first connect South River Road, and later connect with Village Parkway in Southport. Click to enlarge.  (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 4, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Close to 50 people joined West Sacramento city councilman Chris Ledesma on Saturday, May 31, for the “Tour de West Sac,” an informal bike tour of some of the town’s new and soon-to-be-new highlights.

The group departed from Nugget market in Southport. Using the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail and local roads, they visited the bridge now under construction on South River Road, the Bridge District, Broderick restaurant, Sycamore Trail and Bike Dog Brewery.

The News-Ledger met up with the group at the construction site of the Michael McGowan Bridge, a span that will soon cross the barge canal on South River Road.

Ledesma explained to the crowd that the land was formerly owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the $12 million bridge will first connect both halves of South River Road across the waterway, and later will connect with Village Parkway.

“It will be another arterial from north to south,” said Ledesma. “It will have bike lanes on it, and we are doing plumbing and wiring to accommodate a streetcar.”

Ledesma also made reference to a long-awaited new bridge the other direction: one running east to west, connecting West Sacramento to I-5 and Sacramento. He said that such a bridge – long opposed by Sacramento leaders – is now in the works, and this planned “Broadway Bridge” will probably land north of the bridge site, near where a Clark Pacific cement plant tower near stands.

The plant’s site, the acreage near the McGowan Bridge and much of the rest of the city’s industrial riverfront will eventually transition to more urban-style uses, said Ledesma.

And as a note of trivia, Ledesma added that West Sacramento-based Clark Pacific is the same company now fabricating pieces of the striking new “spaceshippy” headquarters for Apple in Cupertino. Clark Pacific also has a plant in Woodland.

After the brief chat at the bridge, Ledesma and his informal tour group – men, women, children and babies in trailers – pedaled north on South River Road, heading under the freeway for the rest of their tour.

 

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