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Rites of passage: homecoming at RCHS

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 8, 2014 —

By Danny Thirakul

River City High School Homecoming Queen and King: Varsity Cheerleader Kalina Ramos Sangco and Raiders varsity football player Mateo Pineda, both 17.  (Photo by Danny Thirakul)

River City High School Homecoming Queen and King: Varsity Cheerleader Kalina Ramos Sangco and Raiders varsity football player Mateo Pineda, both 17.
(Photo by Danny Thirakul)

River City High School Senior

The excitement at River City High School could be heard for miles around on Friday, Sept. 26, as the Raiders kicked off their Homecoming weekend with a spirit rally. Even the varsity football team’s defeat to Pioneer (42-20) couldn’t dampen student enthusiasm for their school.

The afternoon rally opened with the school cheer, recognition of Fall sports, and was followed by an array of games in which students from all grade levels at the high school could compete.

Friday night the Homecoming floats and royalty enthralled the crowd. Homecoming Queen, cheerleader Kalina Ramos Sangco, 17, said, “I am so happy I won, and I’m glad I won with my best friend (Homecoming King, Raiders football player Mateo Pineda).”

River City’s Cheerleaders, the Command Dance Crew, the marching band “The River City Regiment” all wowed spectators.

RCHS Music Director Tony Marvelli said he’s always proud of the band and added, “The quality has only gone up from year to year.”

River City High School’s cheerleaders wow the crowd during the 2014 Homecoming football game Friday, Sept. 26 at River City High School. (Photo by Danny Thirakul)

River City High School’s cheerleaders wow the crowd during the 2014 Homecoming football game Friday, Sept. 26 at River City High School. (Photo by Danny Thirakul)

Cheerleaders Head Coach Sean Henderson had no doubt the squad would do a great job, saying, “I feel confident about this group more than any team I’ve ever coached.”

A homecoming weekend favorite, the Homecoming dance (theme: “When in Rome”), kept excitement high Saturday as students scouted sites for photo opportunities in their Homecoming clothes and arranged for pre-dance dinners.

The dance got great reviews. River City Leadership students, “put it together very well,” said senior Dianna Mercado, 17. She liked the creativity that went into the decorations “especially the lights,” she said, adding, “(The dance) was very flashy.”

Senior Kelly Saetern, 17, gave the music high marks. “They played a lot more slow songs (than last year),” Kelly said.

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Local candidates’ forum Monday: see those seeking West Sac offices

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The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a forum for those running for city and school board office on the November ballot. Hear the candidates from 5-8:30 p.m. (with brief breaks) on Monday, Oct. 6, at 1275 Starboard Drive.

All candidates for mayor, city council and school board are expected to attend.

School board candidates will be featured from 5-6 p.m.

City council candidates from 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Mayoral candidates from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

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Today: a ‘Blessing of the Pets’

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Community Lutheran Church will host its annual pet blessing at 4 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 4, 920 Drever Street. Bring your beloved pet. Dogs must be on a leash, smaller animals should be in a carrier. Or you may bring a photo of your pet.

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POLICE LOG: the News-Ledger’s weekly roundup of crime calls and arrests

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 1, 2014 —

  News items below are collected from police dispatchers’ notes and arrest reports. The information in them has often not been verified beyond the initial reports. (Editor’s note: to see this weekly report every week, you need to subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. See the special offer at bottom.)

Sept. 22
A business on Riverpoint Parkway reported that, sometime in the past two days, somebody broke a lock on the front gate, entered and took a 55-gallon barrel filled with an unknown amount of “diesel exhaust fluid.” Also gone was a 37-foot RV.

Sept. 22, 11 a.m.
Police report from a delivery service on Parkway:
“Unknown subject dropped off 38 pounds of marijuana for shipment.”
The incident was referred by police to YONET, the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Sept. 23, 4:40 p.m.
A 23-year old woman from F Street said that a laptop computer stolen from her apartment had been seen listed on the Craigslist classified ad website.

Sept. 23, 10:12 p.m.
An Oxnard woman said three subjects forced their way into her Halyard Drive motel room, and hit her on the head with a gun during a robbery. They took her wallet with $220 in cash, her ID, car keys, credit card, and a maroon hat that said “Obey” on its front.

Sept. 24, 9:32 a.m.
The employee of a Jefferson Boulevard payday loan store reported being robbed at gunpoint. About $547 was stolen.

Sept. 24, 9:10 p.m.
Domestic dispute reported in Southport:
“Male and female are married and have two kids. Argued about marital problems. Verbal only. Male left for the night.”

Sept. 25, 1:40 a.m.
At a mini-market on Harbor Boulevard:
Unknown suspect “attempted to take a display case.” The case was damaged but not removed. Suspect was “GOA”: gone on arrival of police.

Sept. 25, 3:40 a.m.
A man reported his Douglas Street residence had been burglarized while he slept. About $1,000 worth of property was gone.

Sept. 25, 7 a.m.
A resident of Haverhill Street reported that someone had spraypainted “$F” on his car door.

Sept. 25, 8:30 a.m.
A Lake Road woman found that someone had “spray painted a racial slur on her vehicle door sometime last night.”

Sept. 25, 3 p.m.
A man returned to his Bacon Island Road home after work to find that the home had been burglarized. Taken were cash, watches, gold rings, car keys and a driver’s license. The loss was around $1,100.

Sept. 25, 3:54 p.m.
A police officer stopped a Chevrolet Venture near Lighthouse and Kegle drives because it had expired registration tabs. In the car was a 31-year old woman, who was behind the wheel, and a 38-year old man, both West Sacramento residents. Also in the car were the woman’s daughters, age 14 and seven.
The man reported that he had a small amount of marijuana and was on parole.
The officer cited the driver for the registration, and advised her that the “immediate area” around the parolee passenger would be searched, as another officer arrived to assist.
“While searching the front seat area,” reported the officer, “I observed a black and gray purse, which was partially unzipped and appeared to have the butt of a gun sticking out from the purse. The purse was located in between the driver and passenger seat within arm’s reach of both (suspects). I retrieved the handgun, which was loaded and had an additional 12 rounds in the magazine. The firearm was a black Taurus 9mm handgun not registered to either suspect.”
The two adults were placed in separate patrol cars.
The woman said she understood her Miranda rights, but volunteered that “she had never seen the handgun before and stated that she did not know how it got into her purse.”
The man, after hearing his Miranda rights, said he had no statement to make.
The two went to jail.
Police took the two girls to the home of the woman’s mother.

Sept. 26
An officer stopped a man riding his bike on the sidewalk on C Street. The subject admitted he was on parole and had “crystal” on his person and a bag of “weed” near his bike after he set the bike down. He was handcuffed.
The officer reported finding 0.1 grams of methamphetamine on the man and a bag with 345 grams of marijuana (about ¾ pound) near the bike. The man was arrested.

Sept. 26, 2:38 a.m.
At Harbor Pointe, told to police by a 30-year old Elk Grove man:
“The unknown suspect opened the victim’s car while the victim was parked. Suspect pointed a gun at the victim and said ‘don’t move.’ The victim shut the door and drove away. The victim thinks the suspect intended to rob him.”

Sept. 26, 9 a.m.
A real estate professional reported that someone had stolen some tools from a vacant Hickory Way apartment now under renovation. The burglar(s) had forced open a window to enter and steal a $700 sliding compound miter saw and a bag of about $500 in other assorted tools.

Sept. 26, 9:10 a.m.
A Southport woman reported that her estranged husband had signed her name to an IRS refund check, without her permission. She wished to prosecute.

Sept. 26, 7:06 p.m.
A man came to the police department turn in some keys he had found near Barona and La Jolla streets.

Sept. 26, 11:14 p.m.
Police were dispatched to a Vermont Avenue home for a “trespassing” call.
They found a man and woman sleeping in a shed in the back of the property. The pair “admitted to living in the backyard for several days without permission.”
A search of the shed turned up a bag with about 2.5 grams of methamphetamine in it near their mattress, as well as a digital scale of the type used in drug sales. The pair was booked.

Sept. 27, 1:30 a.m.
A 7th Street resident reported that a burglary had taken place within the past hours. Missing were about $913 of items including a 40” TV and a gaming system.

Sept. 27, 9 a.m.
A Meadowlark Circle woman reported the theft of car tires worth about $1,000.

Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m.
A burglary on Manchester Street was discovered. Thieves took a tattoo gun and ink kit, stereo, skateboard, computer and other items, for a loss of around $5,750.

Sept. 27, 6:13 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at a Riverpoint Court store apprehended a 50-year old homeless woman for shoplifting. She “punched the loss prevention officer in attempts to evade capture.” She was placed under citizen’s arrest and held for police.

Sept. 27, 6:26 p.m.
A man on Waterfront Place reported that “his Toyota Tundra’s catalytic converter was cut and nearly stolen off his vehicle while parked at his place of employment.”

Sept. 27, 8:30 p.m.
A 39-year old homeless man reported someone stole $775 from him. Then, he followed the three suspects along the 2800-block of West Capitol Avenue before they “displayed a gun” and drove away.

Sept. 28, 9:30 a.m.
A 55-year old Courtland man reported that a thief took his aluminum fishing boat during an incident on the 3500-block of South River Road. But he got the boat back. The suspect was gone.

Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m.
An officer contacted a 45-year old Sacramento man seen riding a bike on the sidewalk near West Capitol and Poplar avenues. The man turned out to be on probation. During a search, the officer found a bag with about 0.4 grams of methamphetamine in the coin pocket of the suspect’s pants. The cyclist was arrested.

Sept. 28, 3:15 p.m.
A Metro Lane resident noticed several items missing sometime since Sept. 9. He said he believed a phone company worker had taken the items, since “no one else would have had access.”  Gone were a white gold watch with diamonds, worth $4,500, along with an $1,100 gold wedding ring set and a $6,600 gold and diamond ring.

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Preschool program earns West Sac an award from U.S. Conference

Sacramento Mayor KEVIN JOHNSON in a rare appearance at West Sacramento city hall to present a ‘Livability’ award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (News-Ledger Photo)

Sacramento Mayor KEVIN JOHNSON in a rare appearance at West Sacramento city hall to present a ‘Livability’ award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors
(News-Ledger Photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 1, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

The mood was festive at lunchtime in the city hall galleria on Monday, as guests helped the City of West Sacramento accept a “City Livability Award from the U.S. Council of Mayors and award sponsor Waste Management Inc.

  The 2014 award – announced previously – was given to the city in recognition for its effort to make “universal” preschool available to every family that wants it. The local program is known as “UP4WS,” pronounced “Up for West Sacramento.”

    Preschool providers in the program include State Preschool, Head Start, the city’s “Learning Ladder Preschool and Childcare Center” and various private centers.

  Partners in the program include the city, local school district, First 5 Yolo, and the county office of education.

  “West Sacramento, you have a lot to be proud of,” declared Jocelyn Bogen, an awards director with the U.S. Council of Mayors.

  The award was presented by Sacramento’s mayor, Kevin Johnson, who happens to be the president of the council of mayors this year. He joked that he was a bit jealous of all the national attention  West Sacramento is generating in the region and nation.

West Sacramento officials, celebrating: City Manager Martin Tuttle, Council members Chris Ledesma and Beverly Sandeen, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Assistant City Manager Carol Richardson, Director and Early Learning Services Justine Jimenez and Council Member Mark Johannessen  (Photo: Anthony Arieas, City of West Sacramento)

West Sacramento officials, celebrating: City Manager Martin Tuttle, Council members Chris Ledesma and Beverly Sandeen, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Assistant City Manager Carol Richardson, Director and Early Learning Services Justine Jimenez and Council Member Mark Johannessen (Photo: Anthony Arieas, City of West Sacramento)

  Cabaldon spoke not only from the podium but from a brief video on the UP4WS project, where he explained how the city decided to tackle this project:

  “We only have about six hundred four-year olds,” said Cabaldon. “It’s not a massive project. We’re not talking about solving malaria or polio.”

  In the video, he urged other cities to follow suit.

  Many experts believe that an early start in education can pay dividends for children, as well as the adults they become.

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RCHS cooks up culinary arts class

HANNAH WALL, a River City High School senior and culinary arts student, helped prep over 40 pounds of  chicken in preparation for a local event held at Yolo High School. (Photo courtesy of Cheryle Sutton)

HANNAH WALL, a River City High School senior and culinary arts student, helped prep over 40 pounds of chicken in preparation for a local event held at Yolo High School. (Photo courtesy of Cheryle Sutton)

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

By Rebecca Schwartz
River City High School Journalism Class

This year at River City High School they are introducing a new class, taught by Cheryle Sutton, which teaches students the “culinary arts.”

On Thursday, September 18, the small class of 18 students provided meals for more than 120 people at the Living on the Healthy Edge Program, ran by River City’s previous principal, Katie Neemer, at Yolo High School.

At the event they served student-made chicken and dumplings, zucchini chips breaded with Italian bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, and watermelon wedges with water. By the end of the event they ended up with leftovers, with which they boxed up and sent home with seminar attendees.

The night went pretty well, according to the students. Despite their lack of experience, they more than made up for it through enthusiasm and enough knowledge to put what they have learned into practice.

“Me and ‘Liz were cutting chicken on like a one foot cutting board… We were cutting like, 40 pounds of chicken,” laughed Junior Hannah Wall and Senior Elizabeth Montanez, participants in the program.

Overall the event was a rousing success. Look for their next event in Mid-October, again at the Living on the Healthy Edge Program at Yolo High School, where they will be serving Chili and deserts made from scratch.

Ms. Sutton hopes that she can portray her love for the hospitality industry that she spent 15 years of her life working in. She wants to teach her students, not only the practical skills, but the personal skills she learned.

Sutton says, “I want them to learn about themselves. What do they like? What are they good at? I want them to get to know themselves better and I want them to realize team work- how it works, how we work as a team to get something done. And I would also like them to enjoy the process in the meantime.”

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Dozens ‘walk for the poor’ in West Sac

About four dozen walkers marched along Todhunter and Sacramento Avenues, Kegle Drive and Anna Street near Holy Cross Church.  (Photo courtesy of Michael Rivera)

About four dozen walkers marched along Todhunter and Sacramento Avenues, Kegle Drive and Anna Street near Holy Cross Church.
(Photo courtesy of Michael Rivera)

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

A coalition including West Sacramento’s Holly Cross and Our Lady of Grace parishes and Sacramento’s Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament joined to organize a poverty-fighting fundraiser here on Saturday.

About 75 people showed up for the “Walk for the Poor,” with about 50 of them walking the one-mile distance, reports Paul Starkey.

About $3,000 in pledges have come in so far, including some from the walkers and others who gave at www.fopwalk.org.

“All money collected is spent locally to help the poor with food, clothing, emergency shelter, utilities, and homeless ministry programs in West Sacramento and Sacramento,” said Starkey.

West Sacramento police set up a child safety table; firefighters brought equipment.

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