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Need a little help? ‘Community Giveaway Day’ returns this Saturday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 20, 2013 —

The Yolo County Children’s Alliance will host its annual “West Sacramento Community Giveaway Day” on Saturday, November 23, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Westfield Village Elementary School, 508 Poplar Avenue.

The Children’s Alliance and community partners will provide about 400 low-income families with free food (a Thanksgiving dinner), clothing, blankets, jackets, baby items, and toys for the kids.

To help avoid long lines, the Children’s Alliance has preregistered more than 300 families for the community give-away.  As supplies last, unregistered families will be served beginning at 10 a.m.  Once the food and other items are gone, families will be referred to other agencies that can provide help.

KATIE VILLEGAS, executive director of the Yolo County Children's Alliance, which is putting together Saturday's event (News-Ledger file photo)

KATIE VILLEGAS, executive director of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance, which is putting together Saturday’s event (News-Ledger file photo)

“Approximately 2400 Yolo County children live at or below the poverty level, said Katie Villegas, executive director of the alliance, in a press release. “Many children begin each school year without essential items such as healthy food, warm clothing or suitable shoes. The West Sacramento Community Give-Away Day is one of the many ways we help support and strengthen Yolo’s working families.”

To donate online go to: http://www.yolokids.org/donate-now or send a check to the Yolo County Children’s Alliance 600 A Street, Suite Y, Davis, CA 95616.    The event is co-hosted by the Yolo Food Bank, Kaiser Permanente, First 5 Yolo, West Sacramento Foundation, St. Joseph’s Mobile Mall and Grocery Outlet.

 

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Local tribe and Yolo Food Bank partner to offer Thanksgiving meals

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The Yolo Food Bank (with support from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation) will distribute 1,500 meals this Thanksgiving. Yolo households needing help may receive a package including a turkey, fresh produce and non-perishable goods.

The Food Bank will partner with the Yolo County Children’s Alliance to distribute the food boxes in West Sacramento – call (530) 668-0690 for information.

Distribution in Woodland will take place 8 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 23, at 233 Harter Avenue, and will continue until supplies are gone.

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Fire Chief takes Sonoma County job

Alfred 'Al' Terrell: Fire Chief in West Sacramento for five years (courtesy of WSFD)

Alfred ‘Al’ Terrell: Fire Chief in West Sacramento for five years (courtesy of WSFD)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — News-Ledger Staff

West Sacramento Fire Chief Al Terrell has accepted a job  as chief of the Sonoma County Fire Services Department. Terrell, who has been the head of West Sacramento’s fire department since 2008, will serve his last day here on Nov. 29.

West Sacramento’s city council has appointed Rick Martinez, former fire chief for SacMetro, as an interim fire chief beginning on Dec. 2.

The city has begun the process of recruiting applicants for the chief’s job.

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A West Sac Veterans Day parade

West Sacramento has two ‘Veterans of Foreign Wars Post’; here, veterans and their ‘ladies auxiliary’ members cruise past the Bryte neighborhood Post 9498 on Lisbon Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey, BBCAN)

West Sacramento has two ‘Veterans of Foreign Wars Post’; here, veterans and their ‘ladies auxiliary’ members cruise past the Bryte neighborhood Post 9498 on Lisbon Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey, BBCAN)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 13, 2013 —

A community group stepped up to make sure West Sacramento had a Veterans Day Parade this year.

Organized  by the Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN) and event chairperson Alicia Cruz, the event wound its way along local streets on the morning of Monday, November 11. City Councilman Mark Johannessen served as announcer.

River City High’s marching band (photo courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey, BBCAN)

River City High’s marching band (photo courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey, BBCAN)

Samuel Butler, grand marshal of this year's parade (photo courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey, BBCAN)

Samuel Butler, grand marshal of this year’s parade (photo courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey, BBCAN)

The Cub Scout salute (photo courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey, BBCAN)

The Cub Scout salute (photo courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey, BBCAN)

At the reviewing stand: event chairperson Alicia Cruz and announcer Mark Johannessen (photo courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey, BBCAN)

At the reviewing stand: event chairperson Alicia Cruz and announcer Mark Johannessen (photo courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey, BBCAN)

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Where one woman sets the bar for a man who comes courting

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 6, 2013 —

I was talking to a friend the other day and somehow our conversation turned to the subject of how most men usually make a very poor impression on first dates, and our chat went a little something like this:

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

“Ever since I got divorced, my match-making big sister has been trying to get me to go out on dates,” explained my friend. “For years now, I’ve been able to get out of it, but she just never stops trying. I know she means well and wants to be helpful, but I have told her over and over again that my dogs and I are perfectly happy to have our home all to ourselves now and that I have no urge to have a man underfoot 24/7 again. Anyway, a few weeks ago, I couldn’t stand her pleading any longer and I very reluctantly agreed to let her set up a date for me with one of the guys she thinks will make me happy as a clam. So she gives him my phone number and he calls up and asks if I would like to go to dinner with him. Now no way do I want to go on a dinner date, since that would be at night and who knows what is expected of women nowadays after the sun goes down. So I tell him I can only meet him for lunch since I don’t have anyone who can watch my dogs at night. I know that was a pretty lame excuse, but he seemed to buy it and I told him I would leave all the lunch date details up to him. So guess what he goes and does?”
“What?”
“He picks out the fanciest place in town to have lunch, which means I have to dig through my entire closet to come up with something appropriate to wear, which turned out to include my new boots, and that turned into a whole other can of worms that I will explain later. So, feeling like I wanted to throw up, I show up at the fancy restaurant determined to have a nice lunch and there he is, smiling from ear-to-ear and actually not looking as bad as I thought he would. I mean, my sister’s taste in men is what you might generously call eclectic, and for some reason, most of them are bald. But this guy at least had some hair and it was even properly combed.”
“So, it sounds like your lunch date was off to a good start,” I said.
“It was, but things started to go downhill in a real big hurry!”
“How come?”
“Well, to begin with, he was short, about 5’7” tops, and there I was in high-heeled boots, making me as tall as him. As shallow as it sounds, I just don’t like short men. Never have, never will. Plus that Napoleon complex thing really is true by the way! So my goal was to get seated as quickly as possible so I could stop thinking about how short he was. And I did like that he pulled out my chair for me. But it was only a matter of seconds before the real problem started.”
“What was the real problem?” I asked with interest.
“He started talking!”
“Did he have a weird voice or something?”
“No, his voice was pretty normal, although nothing to write home about. But all he wanted to talk about was himself! And once he got started, boy, he simply couldn’t stop!”
“Maybe he was just nervous?”
“No, he didn’t seem nervous at all. He was just full of himself, and I’m talking right up to the brim, too! He’s a lawyer, and he’s apparently under the illusion that it’s the greatest profession in the world. And there I was, having always ranked lawyers right up there with car salesmen and carnival barkers. And the more he talked, the more I wanted to scream, `Okay, please, enough already’! Plus since he wouldn’t let me get a word in edgewise, I had way too much time to start noticing all the other things I didn’t like about him.”
“Like what?”
“Well, to begin with, he was wearing a pinky ring.”
“A pinky ring?”
“I have always tried to avoid guys who wear pinky rings, and this one was huge. I mean, I love amethyst stones, but not when they’re big enough to play catch with and on a guy’s pinky finger. Plus he had obviously just had a manicure.”
“Really?”
“I’m sorry, but a man whose fingernails look better than mine has always been a huge red flag for me, not to mention that god-awful pinky ring!”
“Wow,” I said, “I didn’t realize women are so observant on first dates.”
“Are you kidding? We notice everything! And to tell you the truth, it’s really not all that hard to impress us. There are just a few basic things that we don’t want to see.”
“Like what?”
“Well, for instance, a belly that needs the word `beer’ in front of it, or eyebrows that look like mustaches, or any visible signs of fungi. We also don’t want to see hair in strange places! I mean, we women have all learned that we have to accept how hairy most men are, and some of us even come to like it, but we want guys to be hairy in all the places that we have more or less learned to live with – no surprises. In other words, we don’t want to see hair coming out of a guy’s nose, or his ears, or especially a mole on his face.”
“So did your lunch date have hair in any of the wrong places?”
“No, but he did do something I have a very big problem with – he made noise when he chewed his food. I mean, he tried to chew with his mouth shut, which is always a good thing, but he still made lots of gross shushing sounds. Plus since he couldn’t stop talking about himself, the food he was chewing kept coming into view. Now who wants to watch – and hear – your date chewing his food?”
“So, how did the date end?” I asked with interest.
“Oh, in the worst possible way!”
“What do you mean?”
“It ended up with him going on and on about how he had a really fantastic time, which I’m sure he did since he got to talk non-stop about himself for over an hour. But now he wants to take me out again and I’m running out of excuses. I really want to strangle my sister and she knows it. Plus now he wants us to have a night-time date, and you know what that means, don’t you?”
“No, what?”
“It means that he wants to get those perfectly manicured and creepy little hands of his on me, and believe me, the only paws I want on me nowadays belong to my dogs!”

Note: After showing the draft of this column to a few more friends, it dawned on me that West Sacramento is full of people who have been on some very funny dates, and that it would make a great subject for a follow-up column. So if you are one of them, I can be reached at daryl@news-ledger.com and I promise to keep your name – although not your funny date story – a secret!

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Special DUI-prosecuting unit to continue

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 6, 20130 —

The state’s Office of Traffic Safety will continue to fund a special DUI enforcement unit in Yolo County, reports the Yolo District Attorney’s office.

The state has awarded Yolo $233,295 for the prosecution of “driving under the influence” cases, said a press statement from Chief Deputy D.A. Jonathan Raven.

A drunk driver faces 30 years after rolling his car off an embankment near Rumsey. His wife and 14-year old son both died in the accident. Photo courtesy of Yolo County D.A.’s office

A drunk driver faces 30 years after rolling his car off an embankment near Rumsey. His wife and 14-year old son both died in the accident.
Photo courtesy of Yolo County D.A.’s office

“As a result of the (Office of Traffic Safety) funding, a highly trained staff can focus attention and resources on repeat offenders and drivers who cause collisions where there is an injury or fatality,” said Raven. “The grant will continue to fund the District Attorney’s Vertical Prosecution Unit, allowing one prosecutor to handle a case through all stages of the criminal process, from the time of arrest through sentencing. The funding also allows the team to assist law enforcement in the investigation of fatal and major injury collisions.”

The office prosecutes “thousands” of DUI cases annually, said Raven. Most of those are alcohol-related, but prosecutors are seeing more cases of drivers under the influence of marijuana, prescription drugs, methamphetamine or a combination of alcohol and drugs.

The Yolo prosecution team includes Deputy D.A. Matt De Moura, investigator John Shugart (a retired CHP sergeant) and legal secretary Lori Castaneda. Last month, the team joined Deputy D.A. Martha Holzaphel in gaining the conviction of Reyes Barajas of Redwood City on two counts of second degree murder. Barajas killed his wife and teenage son in an accident while he was driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.19 percent. A level of 0.08 percent is “presumed guilty” for DUI.

Barajas had three prior DUI convictions. He faces 30 years to life in state prison.

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Conservation group invites you to visit threatened West Sacramento trees

A row of about a 'baker's dozen' old trees is threatened by a housing project near the Tower Bridge.  The same project was allowed to remove some similar trees to the north, but the deal required the developer to fund the planting of new trees in West Sacramento (News-Ledger photo)

A row of about a ‘baker’s dozen’ old trees is threatened by a housing project near the Tower Bridge. The same project was allowed to remove some similar trees to the north, but the deal required the developer to fund the planting of new trees in West Sacramento (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 13, 2013 —

The next phase of a housing project near the Tower Bridge threatens the existence of about a dozen large trees along West Capitol Avenue between 3rd and 5th streets.

The Capital Courtyards project by Wolff Enterprises of Arizona envisions over 300 units of apartments — and a partially-underground garage that would necessitate removal of the trees.

West Sacramento’s Lana Paulhamus and the West Sacramento Conservancy would like the city council to say ‘no.’  They’ve asked for the development plan to be re-drawn.

The trees are identified by the city as London plane trees, and by the Conservancy as a rare sycamore.

Interested people are invited to meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday at 5th and G to walk to the site.

For the News-Ledger’s report on the first phase of the project — and the removal of a different row of trees — visit www.westsac.com/blog/2012/12/10/big-old-trees-stand-in-the-way-of-new-development-in-west-sac/

 

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