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Cuisine of India & Sri Lanka for sale to support West Sac Buddhist temple

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Try the cuisine of Sri Lanka and South India, while helping the American Buddhist Seminary in West Sacramento build a new temple.

You’re invited to a celebration from 4-9 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 20, at 432 Glide Avenue. Many tasty items will be available for sale. Fun & games for the family.

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

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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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Pierce, Luckie graduate U.S. military basic training

Airman Elizabeth Pierce

Airman Elizabeth Pierce

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Elizabeth S. Pierce graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Pierce is the wife of Jack Snyder of West Sacramento, Calif.

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Jonathan Vaughn Luckie has graduated from U.S. Marines basic training in San Diego.
A native of West Sacramento’s “Bryte” neighborhood, he is a graduate of Inderkum High School’s Class of 2013.
He has received training as an electrician and is currently at Camp Pendleton.

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‘John Santos Sextet’ offers free concert on West Sac riverfront

JOHN SANTOS, five-time grammy nominee, will play on River Walk Park this Saturday. Free. (courtesy photo)

JOHN SANTOS, five-time Grammy nominee, will play on River Walk Park this Saturday. Free. (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

John Santos & the John Santos Sextet will perform a free concert of Afro-Latin influenced jazz music at 7 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 20, at Riverwalk Park (seating opens at 6). The concert will be held behind the ziggurat building at 707 3rd Street.

Santos is a five-time Grammy nominee.

The concert is presented by La Raza Galeria Posada and the City of West Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department.

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Bones found near West Sac were from prehistoric Native American

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

When a local citizen noticed some bones along the riverfront on August 15, a sheriff’s department boat and representatives of the Yolo County Coroner’s office responded.

The possibility of foul play had to be considered. The area near County Road 127 and West Sacramento was a possible crime scene. The partial remains had been exposed by low waters.

Several weeks later, investigators don’t have a cause of death, but they do have a very rough time frame for when the victim – probably a male – died.

The bones were left behind in prehistoric times, said Gina Moya, Chief Deputy Coroner for Yolo County.

“They were determined to be Native American,” she told the News-Ledger. “Probably 3,000-plus years old.”

That judgment came with help from the anthropology department at Chico State University.

So what happens next to the partial remains?

“We notified the Native American Heritage Commission,” said Moya.

The commission will research the history of the area and repatriate the bones to the appropriate tribe for reburial.

Moya said she wasn’t sure whether the remains were of a sole individual, or whether they were part of a Native American burying ground.

“There were ancient burial sites in West Sacramento,” she said. “Typically, the Native Americans would bury remains on top of each other, as in a burial mound.”

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Follow-up: two north-city DUI checkpoints net several citations, but no DUIs

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

West Sacramento’s police department has reported back on the results of a pair of checkpoints set up to catch drunk drivers and unlicensed drivers on the weekend of August 30-31.

The checkpoints were set up for about six hours beginning at 7 p.m. each night. They were announced in advance (and announced on the News-Ledger’s website at WestSac.com) but the locations were kept secret until they opened.

Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the W.S.P.D. reports that the Saturday checkpoint was at Harbor Boulevard and Duluth Street. A total of 506 vehicles passed through. Four drivers were pulled over for sobriety tests. No one was arrested for driving under the influence, but three were cited for driving without a license and three more for having a suspended license.

The Sunday checkpoint was set up at Sacramento Avenue and Simon Terrace.

A total of 648 vehicles passed through. Two drivers were given field sobriety tests, but neither was arrested for DUI. Three drivers were cited for driving without a license, six for using a suspended license and one person was arrested on a warrant.

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Cyclocross: a new West Sac tradition?

A pair of cyclists dismount to take on a short-but-steep hill on West Sacramento’s riverfront, during the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday, Sept. 6 (News-Ledger photo)

A pair of cyclists dismount to take on a short-but-steep hill on West Sacramento’s riverfront, during the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday, Sept. 6
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix” on Saturday exceeded its organizers’ expectations. They hope to bring the riverfront race back in future years – perhaps even turning it into a fixture on the international cycling calendar.

Organizer Matthew Hargrove downplays his own abilities – he placed 38th in the “single speed bike” category on Saturday – but is bullish on the temporary River Walk Park racecourse site. The designers “cut a diamond out of the park.” he said, fashioning a convoluted, roped-off course up and down the grass on the riverfront.

“We think we have the raw material in that park to put this event on the national or international circuit,” said Hargrove.

Spectators on the “grand staircase” near the ziggurat building had a great view of most of the action, with Old Sacramento as a backdrop.

Each race lap was 1.7 miles.

Racers take on the twisting course. There were also food trucks and live music at the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix over the weekend.  (Photo courtesy of Jillian Bhopla)

Racers take on the twisting course. There were also food trucks and live music at the inaugural “West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix over the weekend.
(Photo courtesy of Jillian Bhopla)

The winner in the men’s “elite” division, 27-year old Anthony Clark of Massachusetts, managed to complete 11 laps in just under 56 minutes.

Elite women’s winner Rachel Lloyd of Fairfax finished eight laps in 43:31, followed closely by one of the event’s founders, 35-year old Emily Kachorek of Sacramento.

Sacramento’s Emily Kachorek -- who helped develop the event -- sprints past, with the Tower Bridge as a backdrop.   (Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba)

Sacramento’s Emily Kachorek — who helped develop the event — sprints past, with the Tower Bridge as a backdrop.
(Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba)

Other people key in creating the new event were Kachorek’s husband, Pete Knudsen, and Marty Woy of The Bicycle Business, reported Hargrove. West Sacramento’s Bryan Miller put in a lot of work in designing its graphics. The Chamber of Commerce also pitched in.

Hargrove said his group had a strategy in creating a West Sacramento cyclocross race at this time of year and at this location.   The event came four days ahead of today’s “Cross Vegas” competition in Las Vegas.

“Part of the reason for doing this race is really to take advantage of our proximity to Las Vegas and to use this perfect site,” he told the News-Ledger. “’Cross Vegas’ is a grass course almost exactly like we have, and it’s also a hot dry climate. We hoped to get a some of the pros coming into Cross Vegas, with its humungous prize purse, to come here first and do a tune-up.”

That worked pretty well on Saturday, he hoped.

“It was two and a half-times bigger than expected. This year, we hit where we hoped we’d be in year three. This was an awesome event.”

Hargrove reports that seven women in the elite field in West Sacramento had the credential of “world tour points” from the cyclocross governing association, as did four of the 25 riders in the men’s elite division.

Meanwhile, anybody who wanted to was able to take a lap around the course at the beginning of the day before the racing started. At one point, said Hargrove, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon was pedaling around the course next to some ranked cyclists and a child.

“You had professional athletes out there riding the course slowly, memorizing the course and figuring out their ‘line,” he explained.

Saturday’s racing included a novice division, masters and youth racing, and a one-lap kids’ race.

Hargrove said that, besides being an amateur cyclocross enthusiast, he had another motive for helping to launch the local “Grand Prix”:

“My real motive was to make West Sacramento look awesome on the national cyclocross scene,” he said.

Check out a competitor’s-eye video of the event, taken by West Sacramento’s Greg Price, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aBbRdJrQmo

Race results are at: http://www.timeyourrace.com/GCX/2014Results.htm

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