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Need help escaping the heat? West Sac opens several ‘cooling centers’

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 9, 2014 —

West Sacramento’s “Cooling Centers” are now open to members of the public who need a cool place to stay healthy and escape hot temperatures.

Water is available at all sites, but bringing a re-useable water bottle is advised. Dress in layers so you can shed layers when in the shade and add to cover skin when in direct sunlight.

The cooling centers are air-conditioned, so some people might find a sweater to be a good idea.

Comfortable seating is available.

Locations:

West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue (Mon.-Thurs. 8 am – 7:00 pm; Fri. 8 am – 5 pm; Closed Saturday and Sundays)

Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue  (10 am – 5:30 pm on Saturday, and 1 – 5 pm on Sunday. 916-375-6465)

West Sacramento Recreation Center, 2801 Jefferson Blvd. (next to River City High School in Southport; M-F 5:15 am to 10:00 pm and Sat/Sun 8 am to 8 pm).

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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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West Sac drive-by killer denied parole

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER – JUNE 4, 2014 —

The Yolo County District Attorney’s office has announced that Daniel Robinson, a 38-year old from West Sacramento, has been denied parole in his first hearing after 18 years in prison.

Robinson was convicted of second-degree murder in 1996 for killing 16-year old Robert Castro in a gang-related drive-by shooting, said the office of D.A. Jeff Reisig. Robinson and his friends, members of the 29th Street Crips gang, shot Castro because they felt disrespected by the Broderick Boys gang. Castro was on bike at the time.

Castro’s parents and other relatives were at the parole hearing in Salinas Valley Prison, as was Chief Deputy D.A. Jonathan Raven and victim services advocate Silvia Aceves.

Commissioner Perry Turner, ruling against parole, said Robinson continued to have problems with alcohol and violence while in prison, said the D.A.’s office.

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Fake employment offers: scam artists send you a bad check, ask you to wire them their fee

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 28, 2014 —

From the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office —

District Attorney Jeff Reisig is warning citizens to be alert for offers of employment that turn out to be scams.  In one recent case, a Winters’ man was victimized and lost $3,500 after using Craigslist to find a driving job.  The victim never actually met with the employer and only communicated using text messaging.  The victim’s new “employer” sent him two paychecks as an advance and told the victim to deposit the checks, keep a portion for himself, and wire the remainder across the county.  By the time the victim learned that the checks were fraudulent, the wire transfer had already gone through, leaving the victim responsible for the loss.

A second report involved a citizen receiving a United States Postal Service Priority Mail package containing an offer to be a “Mystery Shopper.”  Included in the package were job duties and instructions to deposit the enclosed cashiers check, take out wages and then wire the remaining funds to the person posing as the employer.  This victim also was left responsible for the loss after he realized the checks were fake.

Scam artists use clever schemes to defraud vulnerable victims.  In these examples, many of the victims are desperately seeking employment. The scammers use telephones, mail, the internet and wire services to cross geographic boundaries and trick unsuspecting victims.  You can protect yourself by learning to recognize “red flags” of fraudulent activity like being paid up front for work that you have not completed or being asked to wire money to someone you have never met.

The District Attorney’s Office reminds those seeking employment that they should be very cautious when asked to cash checks or wire money for any reason.   We suggest you thoroughly check out any company offering you employment and get everything in writing. For more information on how to keep safe and avoid being scammed, please contact Enforcement Officer Derek Sorriano at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, (530) 406-4503.

 

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Villegas keeps seat; Johannessen falls short in bid for Assembly

City Council Member Mark Johannessen will not be in the November runoff election for State Assembly (News-Ledger photo)

City Council Member Mark Johannessen will not be in the November runoff election for State Assembly
(News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 4, 2014 —

Election results are still unofficial, but there have been no major changes in local results since the first votes were counted last night. Oscar Villegas successfully fended off a challenge from fellow Democrat Norma Alcala and will keep his seat on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.

West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen did not make the runoff in the race for the District 7 seat in the California Assembly.

The election did not feature any West Sacramento city council or school board races.

Some key local results:

NORMA ALCALA believed the Yolo Board of Supervisors needed the perspective of a woman and Latina, but fell short on yesterday's ballot  (News-Ledger photo)

NORMA ALCALA believed the Yolo Board of Supervisors needed the perspective of a woman and Latina, but fell short on yesterday’s ballot
(News-Ledger photo)

YOLO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, DISTRICT 1 (Clarksburg and most of West Sacramento):

Villegas defeated Alcala 61.5 percent to 38.5 percent. Villegas earned 2,670 votes and Alcala had 1,668. Turnout in the district is listed as 23.1 percent.

In District 2, including Winters and part of Davis, Don Saylor ran unopposed. Matt Rexroad ran unopposed in District 3 (Woodland).

JUDGE OF THE YOLO COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, DEPT. 3:

Janene Beronio defeated three competitors, earning 12,380 votes (or 53.5%). Beronio is currently a commissioner for the court. Second place in the race was John P. Brennan, with 17.1 percent of the vote, followed by Larenda Delaini of West Sacramento with 15.1 percent and Fredrick Cohen with 14.3 percent.

YOLO COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Jesse Ortiz edged out Sam Neustadt 51.6 percent to 48.4 percent (11,548 votes to 10,833).

COUNTY CLERK/RECORDER/ASSESSOR

Incumbent clerk/recorder Freddie Oakley, who oversees the elections department as part of her duties, defeated challenger David Schwenger 67.1 percent to 32.9 percent (15,381 to 7,540).

OTHER YOLO COUNTY RACES:

District Attorney Jeff Reisig, Public Guardian/Administrator Cass Sylvia and Sheriff Ed Prieto all ran unopposed.

CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 7:

West Sacramento’s Mark Johannessen (currently on the local city council) came in fourth among a field of five. Democrats Kevin McCarty and Steve Cohn finished on top and will proceed to a November 4 runoff.

McCarty placed first with 34.6 percent of the vote (11,804 votes), followed by Cohn at 28.4 percent, Republican Ralph Merletti at 15.2 percent, Democrat Johannessen at 12.9 percent and Republican Oliver Ponce with 8.8 percent.

U.S. House of Representatives, District 6:

 

Democrat Doris Matsui, the incumbent, came in ahead of Republican challenger Joseph McCray, Sr., with 73.4% of the votes (38,349 votes) in this primary. McCray earned 13,914 votes for 26.6 percent. Both will move on to the general election in November.

GOVERNOR’S RACE

Democratic Governor  Edmond G. “Jerry” Brown earned 54.5 percent of the vote in the open primary, and will face second-place finisher Republican Neel Kashkari (19.0 percent) in the November primary. If Brown is reelected, he will be the first California governor to earn four terms.

 

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At RCHS: practice for the real world

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 21, 2014 —

By Rebecca Schwartz
Journalism Class
River City High School

With little-to-no work experience and still-awkward social skills that make it difficult to portray the qualities that are desirable in a job, high school students find it hard to compete with more experienced adults.

On May 14th, Ronica Carlisle, River City High School Government and Economics teacher, invited West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Human Resources Manager of Capitol Area Development, Jill Azuvedo, and the general manager at Wicked West Pizza, Michelle Van De Heetkamp to come and give volunteer students mock interviews, as if they were applying for a job.

Azuvedo explained, “I think it is important high school students learn [how to be interviewed] because it isn’t taught in schools.”

“This is very generous of them to do this,” Carlisle commented to her class, prior to the interviews.

Students who volunteered before the event were called up and were interviewed for an unspecified job in front of the class by the panel of guests. Some qualities that the panel was looking for in each interview were work ethic, charisma, honesty and skill.

“Keep in mind,” said Heetkamp, “We are going to be hiring someone we’ll be spending every day with. Think of yourself, do we really want to spend every day with you?”

After each interview, the panel would give specific feedback according to each student’s particular scenario. Some of their critiques included being engaging with the panel, being concise and specific in their answers, being confident and prepared, conservative in dress, respectful, and most of all to accentuate their best qualities and give solutions to weaknesses.

Carlisle felt it was important to put on this event, because of the difficulties teens have in establishing themselves in the workplace.

Carlisle explained “Youth unemployment is very high. This concerns me because one of the ways young people mature is to work.  Also, job experience as a teen helps to secure an even better job as a young adult.”

 

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Mayor bullish at ‘State of the City’ 2014

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON at the 'State of the City' address in West Sacramento on May 21. (Copyright News-Ledger)

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON at the ‘State of the City’ address in West Sacramento on May 21.
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FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 28, 2014 —

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON was the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s annual ‘State of the City’ dinner held at city hall. Cabaldon didn’t announce any major new initiatives at the event, which was sponsored by the local chamber of commerce and featured a catered dinner for paying guests.

The mayor did express his continued bullishness on the city, including its plans to create a new urban waterfront and continue its work to become a food industry hub.

More in next week’s News-Ledger.

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