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RCHS loses opener to Christian Brothers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 3, 2014 —

River City High School’s 2014 football season opened on Friday, with a non-conference game in West Sacramento against visiting Christian Brothers.

Christian Brothers put 28 points on the board in the first quarter while cruising to a 56-7 win in the varsity match-up.

River City won the J.V. matchup 36-0.

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Circus is coming to town, and so is our ticket giveaway

Alexander Lacey with the big cats at the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey circus. The News-Ledger is giving away tickets to the show. (courtesy photo)

Alexander Lacey with the big cats at the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey circus. The News-Ledger is giving away tickets to the show. (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – SEPT 4, 2014 —

EDITOR’S UPDATE: We held the below-mentioned ticket contest on Sept. 11. Congratulations to winners Brianne Harris and Armando Gallegos! Thanks for playing!

The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to Sacramento next week, and the News-Ledger will be giving away some free tickets to the show.

Here’s the deal:

There will be two winners. Each winner will receive four tickets. The tickets are for reserve seats on the lower level for the performance at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento (we understand there is stuff to see before showtime, if you can arrive early).

Each ticket is valued at $25, so each winning package of four tickets is worth $100.

So how do you win?  Well, you’ll have to be both diligent and fast.

We’ll announce the opening of the contest on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheNewsLedger sometime between September 8 and September 12.

When we announce the opening of the contest, the first two people to phone us and ask us for the tickets will each win a package of four tickets.  There’s no entry fee and nothing to send in.  You just have to be one of the first two people to call us at (916) 371-8030 after we start the contest.  Be forewarned: past experience tells us the tickets will go fast — within just a few minutes!

The winner must provide his/her real name, and must make an appointment to pick up the tickets at our West Sacramento office during business hours within a day or so (they will need to bring ID with the same name).  If you can’t swing by our office during our “open” hours within a day or so of winning, then this contest may not be for you.

The winners’ names will be published here, on Facebook, and in the News-Ledger.

Interested?

Keep an eye on our Facebook page starting Monday, and put us on speed dial!

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EDITORIAL: West Sacramento’s water meters should be running

NEWS-LEDGER EDITORIAL — AUG 27, 2014 —

In this time of drought, most West Sacramento residents have water meters that are going unused.

It’s like this:

Homes built since 1992 have come with water meters attached. Older homes didn’t. The City of West Sacramento is chipping away at this deficit by installing water meters neighborhood by neighborhood, until some point several years from now when every home has a water meter.

It’s too expensive, officials believe, to finish this retrofit job all at once.

So as it stands (and you can see recent issues of the News-Ledger for more information) about two-thirds of West Sacramento’s homes now have water meters. In theory, these 8,400 residential customers could be billed according to how much water they use. Instead of paying a flat rate, no matter how much they use their taps, they could be billed “volumetrically.”

But even though 8,400 West Sacramento’s homes have meters, meters are only being used to bill about 11 percent of those homes. The rest are still paying a flat rate.  This is because metered billing is still voluntary in this city. Even if you have a meter installed, you will keep paying a flat water rate unless you opt into metered billing. You have to call and ask the city to switch.

If you don’t make that call, you’ll pay the same flat rate for your water service regardless of whether you are a water hero or a water hog.

With metered billing, the city can set a base rate for modest users of water and charge them a little less. It could then charge heavy water users extra, encouraging them to scale back. Billing by meters, quite simply, will result in water conservation. When people have to pay for what they use, they use less.

Why don’t West Sacramento officials work harder to transition everyone with a water meter into the metered billing system?

Because they want to keep things simple. They don’t want some water customers billed on a flat rate because they don’t have meters yet, while others are forced into a metered rate. So the city plan is to wait several years until everyone has a water meter, and then switch everybody at once.

West Sacramento has made a choice between a simple plan and a plan that maximizing water savings. Water saving took second place. Since there’s no guarantee when this drought will come to an end, that’s not a very wise or very progressive local policy.

A better option would be to keep installing meters, and to give every metered home a grace period before it’s switched to metered billing. That would be in keeping with the spirit of State Water Code Section 527.

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School district employee accused of embezzling $16,000 from WUSD

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 27, 2014 —

The Yolo County District Attorney’s office has filed charges against an employee of Washington Unified School District for felony embezzlement, the News-Ledger has learned.

The charges, filed last week, do not contain detailed information. They identify the defendant as Mary Elizabeth Colby. The complaint alleges that Colby misappropriated public money and falsified records on or around July 1, 2012.

A school district attorney reported the crime to local police earlier this year. A police lieutenant told the News-Ledger that the loss was estimated at $16,000.

No arrest has been made.

Colby could not be immediately reached for comment, and further information was not available.

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