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Final vote tallies in West Sac:

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 12, 2014 —

In West Sacramento, Tuesday was a great night for incumbents.

As voters cast their ballots in the November 4 general election, it seemed they were trying to show they were happy with the current direction of the local school district and city government.

In the mayor’s race, current mayor Christopher Cabaldon took 83.8 percent of the vote, or 5,976 ballots. His challenger, Narinderpal Singh Hundal, was left with 1,156 votes (16.2 percent).

West Sacramento voters were asked to pick two people for the city council, and they picked the two incumbents:

Mark Johannessen led the voting in that race with a vote percent of 42.1 percent (5,030 ballots cast), followed by Christopher Ledesma, with 36.6 percent (36.6 percent).

Challengers Nancy Heth-Tran (11.8 percent, or 1,410 votes) and Jeff Lyon (9.5 percent, 1,137 votes) fared less well.

Since voters were allowed to cast two votes in the race, their “ballot percentage” could be higher. For example, Johannessen’s name was on two-thirds of the ballots (66.7 percent).

West Sacramento voters were likewise asked to fill two seats on the board of trustees for the Washington Unified School District. Only one incumbent, Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez, was defending a seat.

She was returned to the board at the head of the three-person pack, with a vote percentage of 42.9 percent (4,445 votes). Joining her on the board will be challenger Norma Alcala (37.1 percent, 3,844 votes).

Fellow challenger Joshua Alves earned 2,084 votes, or 20.1 percent.

Local voters approved a $49.8 million school bond, “Measure V,” by a strong majority. The bond is meant to raise money to fix and upgrade local campuses.

Measure V needed 55 percent of the vote to pass. It earned 4,758 votes, for 66.6 percent. A total of 2,391 voters said “no.” The win stretched across all precincts.

The Yolo County Elections Department reports a turnout of 7,509 voters in West Sacramento – 32.9 percent of the city’s 22,800 registered voters.

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RCHS girls tennis undefeated at 12-0

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 4, 2014 —

FROM RIVER CITY HIGH SCHOOL

With an 8 to 1 win at Rio Linda last week, the River City High School girls tennis team finished its first season in the Tri County Conference (TCC) at a perfect 12 and 0.  It’s the first league championship for an all-girls RC team and the twentieth overall for the school’s tennis program.

“We’ve had lots of success with our coed teams over the past two decades, and the boys won a pair of championships in ’83 and ’84, but it’s great to win this one and set a new standard for the girls teams in the future,” said RC Coach Dave Brooks.

Against the host Knights, the Raiders were led by #1 singles player Julia Quenga’s 6-0,6-0 win.  Teammates Jasmine Benafghoul (#4), Carlie Blevins (#5), and Kay Rybikov (#6) also had “double-bagel” 6-0,6-0 wins in their singles matches.  At #2, Beatrice Bui earned a hard-fought 6-3,6-3 victory, and Jessica Ngo cruised to a 6-0,6-1 win at #3.

RC also received doubles wins from the #1 team of Alona Plugovaya and Anahi Escobar, 6-2,6-4 and the #3 duo of Mallory Snarr and Kari Tran, 6-1,6-0.  For Tran, it was her first-ever varsity triumph.

Later in the week, the TCC Tournament was held at the Yuba City Racquet Club and the top two RC doubles teams both advanced to this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament in Roseville.  Seeded #1, Bui and Quenga defeated pairs from Woodland and Pioneer to advance to the final where their teammates, the second-seeded Benafghoul and Jessie Olsen, awaited them after downing teams from Rio Linda and Pioneer.  In the championship match, Bui and Quenga prevailed 3-6,6-1,6-2.

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West Sac market firebombed

Taken from surveillance photo as an unknown person jogs up to the front door of a local market and tosses in a 'Molotov cocktail.'

Taken from surveillance photo as an unknown person jogs up to the front door of a local market and tosses in a ‘Molotov cocktail.’

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 10, 2014 —

West Sacramento police are looking for a person who tossed a ‘Molotov cocktail’ through the window of Venera European Market at 2927 West Capitol Avenue early this morning.

Police responded to a commercial burglary alarm “to find the front glass door broken and smoke coming from inside the business,” reported Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the W.S.P.D. “Evidence of an incendiary device (Molotov cocktail) was found near a counter inside the business but the fire had extinguished itself prior to police arrival.”

Firefighters confirmed the fire was out.

“Damage to the business was moderate to to the smoke,” said Sockman in a press statement. He added to the News-Ledger that “the burn mark was pretty small.” The “Molotov cocktail” may have been a beer bottle or something similar, he said.

Video surveillance at the market shows an unknown, hooded male suspect running up to the door and throwing a brick through it, then coming back a second time to toss in a flaming object.

Market owner Dmitry Pavlushkin is is reported to have told other news media that he suspected an “ongoing dispute” with another person is behind the attack.

Anyone with information is asked to call police dispatch at (916) 372-3375, or the crime tip hotline at 617-4747.

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Silo demolition now underway

A wrecking ball begins the job of taking down the silos north of the freeway along West Sac’s riverfront. Demolition is expected to take 8-10 weeks. (Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

A wrecking ball begins the job of taking down the silos north of the freeway along West Sac’s riverfront. Demolition is expected to take 8-10 weeks. (Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 5, 2014 —

Demolition is underway on the former CEMEX cement silos in West Sacramento’s Pioneer Bluff area.

That region is a corridor of riverfront along South River Road north of the freeway. The former heavy-industrial area is now zoned for mixed-use urban development. The new uses are expected to come in whenever the market starts to drive them.

Pioneer Bluff is expected to benefit from a couple of new bridges — one just about completed, connecting South River Road across the barge canal, and the other slated for a future date across the Sacramento River to land near Broadway.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon gives a few comments before demolition begins. (Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon gives a few comments before demolition begins.
(Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

North Star Demolition and Remediation is managing the demolition of the 50-year old silos off South River Road.

Demolition kicked off with a press conference Tuesday morning, Oct. 28.

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‘Light It Up!’ is theme of RCHS concert

The RCHS 'Big Band,' one of several musical groups at the school, with director Anthony Marvelli (photo by Laura Valdez, River City High School Journalism Class)

The RCHS ‘Big Band,’ one of several musical groups at the school, with director Anthony Marvelli (photo by Laura Valdez, River City High School Journalism Class)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 5, 2014 —

River City High School band director Anthony Marvelli led the school’s “Big Band” during a performance on Oct. 22. This music group joined the RCHS choir class, advanced vocal ensemble, Syncopating Sea Monkeys jazz band, and River City Regiment marching band in the school’s fall concert.

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Levee cleanup as homeless move out

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 5, 2014 —

A number of homeless people from the northern West Sacramento levee will relocate to a local motel site as part of the ‘Bridge to Housing’ project. They will move in on Nov. 12. There will be a levee clean-project before the move, on Nov. 8, and you’re invited to join other volunteers and some of the homeless community in the effort. Contact United Christian Centers at 372-0200 ext. 1310 or email rivercleanup@uccenters.org.

For a related News-Ledger article about the pilot project involving the motel and the homeless people, click here.

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West Sac man dies in late-night accident

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 5, 2014 —

A West Sacramento man died in a multi-car crash following a Halloween party.

According to the CHP and local media reports, 24-year old Shane Holland was a passenger in a car involved in a crash about 1:25 a.m. on Saturday morning, at westbound I-80 near Roseville.

He was a passenger in a car that was part of a ride-share service called “Lyft.”

Driver Shanti Adhikari was driving Holland and another passenger in rainy conditions. Adhikari swerved his Camry to avoid a stalled Kia – which had been hit my another car earlier – but lost control  of the Camry, spun out and hit a tree. Holland died immediately; the other two in the car are reported to be recovering from their injuries.

The Kia had apparently been rear-ended by an unknown vehicle, causing it to spin out and stall in the middle lanes. The other car in that incident was not immediately located.

After the Camry crashed, the Kia’s driver tried to push his car off the road, but it was hit again by a pickup truck or SUV, and the driver was knocked to the ground. The pickup’s driver and a truck driver helped get those cars to the side of the road, and the Kia’s driver drove himself to the hospital for treatment for head injuries.

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