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West Sac police looking for citizen volunteers to patrol on bikes

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

West Sacramento’s police department is creating police bike patrols as well as well as new, supportive bike patrols made up of volunteers, reports city spokesman Art Schroeder.

The trained volunteers will operate under the “Volunteers in Policing,” or VIP, program banner.

“The programs are designed to increase visibility and accessibility to the community,” said Schroeder in a press statement. “The bicycle teams will patrol city streets, bike trails, parks, and the Broderick Boat Ramp, in addition to providing assistance with special functions and community outreach.”

There are some differences in how the “sworn” and “unsworn” bike officers operate:

“The VIP teams serve the community by reporting suspicious activity and assisting in crime fighting measures,” said Schroeder. “The sworn police bike team has many advantages over traditional methods of patrol, including increased mobility to patrol areas not accessible to cars, and increased availability to the community.”

The teams will also be more valuable as the city increases its urban trail system, said Schroeder.

The police department hopes to recruit about 20 volunteers to train for the VIP bike unit. Those interested should contact Martha Griffin at (916) 617-4988, or pick up an application at the department’s headquarters, 550 Jefferson Boulevard. Or visit the department’s Facebook page.

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West Sacramento: free flu shot clinic on November 22

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

The Yolo County Health Services Department will be holding the following seasonal influenza vaccination clinics this fall:
—  Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the     Riverbend Community Room, 664 Cummins Way in West Sacramento
—   Tuesday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street in Davis
—   Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento (free)
—   Wednesday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Woodland Senior & Community Center, 2001 East Street in Woodland.

With the exception of the November 22 clinic, which is free, a $10 administrative fee will be requested.  Those unable to pay will not be turned away.

In addition to getting a flu shot, everyone should also follow these simple steps to avoid the flu:
•    Wash hands often with soap and water
•    Regularly clean commonly-touched surfaces, i.e. countertops, doorknobs, telephones etc.
•    Don’t share cups, straws or anything that goes in the mouth
•    Cover nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, and promptly discard used facial tissues
•    If you are sick, stay home
Other important factors that help prevent getting sick:
•    Getting enough rest and staying physically fit to help the body fight off disease
•    Not smoking and reducing your exposure to secondhand smoke
The Yolo County Health Services Department also provides seasonal flu vaccine for a $10.00 administrative fee (those unable to pay for a flu vaccine will not be turned away) as part of the regularly scheduled immunization clinic held every 1st Monday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 500 Jefferson Blvd in West Sacramento, and every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

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Bulky waste dropoff week underway in City of West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — Sept 24, 2014

Looking to get rid of some old furniture, mattresses, box springs, cardboard or tires (up to nine)?

The City of West Sacramento’s next semi-annual “Bulky Waste Drop-Off” event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, through Saturday, Sept. 27, at 540 Harbor Boulevard. Hours are 4-7 p.m. on the weekdays and 9-3 on Saturday.

Free of charge. Bring proof of West Sacramento residency such as a city utility bill or driver’s license. Seniors (65+) and disabled residents may qualify to have their items picked up: call 617-4589.

Wood and green waste are not accepted at this event. They may be recycled at the Yolo landfill. Watch for a voucher for a free load in your August utility bill.

More information: www.WestSacRecycles.org or (916) 617-4589.

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RCHS gears up for ‘homecoming’

Anamaria Rizo, 16, and Lilly Stall, 14, paint a 'We Are Raiders' poster in preparation for Homecoming Spirit Week at River City High School.  (Photo by Danny Thirakul, River City High School student)

Anamaria Rizo, 16, and Lilly Stall, 14, paint a ‘We Are Raiders’ poster in preparation for Homecoming Spirit Week at River City High School.
(Photo by Danny Thirakul, River City High School student)

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

By Danny Thirakul
River City
High School student

Student stress levels are off the charts! River City High School’s leadership class has been running rampant trying to pull together a successful Homecoming — a full month ahead of schedule! This year’s Homecoming had to be moved up because its original date conflicted with previously-scheduled events.

Homecoming consists of a Spirit Week, rally, football game and a dance. Spirit week is from Sept. 22 to Sept. 26. The dance is scheduled for Sept. 27. The football game is scheduled the night before the dance: Sept. 26.

Although some may think Homecoming festivities are not so hard to put together; that it’s just an event a school puts on, Associated Student Body Board Representative Victoria Visochin, 17, and Senior Class Vice President Nicholas Johnson, 17, would disagree.

Victoria is in charge of Homecoming float decorations and says there have been, “too many hours spent a week working on these floats,” but adds, smiling, “Homecoming is life. Go Big Blue!”

Nicholas stresses that Leadership “has been on an extremely tight schedule,” putting in a lot of work to get it done on time.

It’s not just stressful for the students running the event but everyone else participating. The River City High School Marching Band will be performing at the football game as will the River City High School Cheerleaders. It’s is also stressful for the students who go to these events.

Senior Cecilia Pitts, 18, will be attending the Homecoming Dance. Because Homecoming is a month earlier than usual she says, “It caught me off guard. I had to go dress shopping a lot earlier before all the good dresses got taken.”

Section Leader of the River City High School Drum Line, Michael Cano, 17, says, “The band is very much excited for the homecoming week, but some of us are a little nervous because of the short notice we were given.”

Julia Chapman, 15, is a cheerleader. She says, “We have been working really hard for the Homecoming routine. We have been practicing the routine for the past two weeks.”  She says the squad is a little nervous but when it comes down to the performance, “We’ll hit it!”

  EDITOR’S NOTE: River City High’s “homecoming” football games are on Friday, Sept. 26, at the home stadium.  The team will host Pioneer High of Woodland. The junior varsity game kicks off at 5 p.m. and varsity plays at 7.

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Press release: West Sac & region will be ‘Code for America’ centers

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — SEPT 24, 2014 —

Press release from the City of West Sacramento, in it entirety:

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From Art Schroeder

City of West Sacramento

   West Sacramento, Calif., Sept. 23 – Code for America today announced the selection of the City of West Sacramento, in partnership with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) for its flagship national civic technology fellowship program, along with six other local governments from around the United States.

West Sacramento and SACOG will join the ranks of two dozen nationally recognized leaders in civic innovation such as New York City, Louisville and San Francisco and host a cohort of programmers, designers, and developers over the course of the next year. The governments and Fellows explore answers to local challenges by engaging with the community, building applications, and testing the results. The Washington Post described Code for America as “the technology world’s equivalent of the Peace Corps or Teach for America.”

“Code for America is rapidly transforming America by catalyzing civic innovation in America’s cities to strengthen democracy and reimagine how we create value and services,” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “West Sacramento is excited to lead the nation in partnership with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments as a Code for America city, working not only to spur civic innovation in our own town, but to design that innovation for widespread adoption region wide…spreading Code for America’s transformative impact to small cities and rural towns.”

SACOG Board Chair Steve Cohn says that is the point. “In addition to improving the quality of public services and facilitating co-creation of value by citizens with their local governments, the project will help catalyze our emerging regional technology, coding, design, and development community and startups, strengthening the Code for Sacramento brigade”.

The Code for America Fellowship pairs local governments with teams of mid-career, civic-minded technologists for one year. Over the past four years, the Fellowship program has produced more than 55 web apps with 30 municipal governments and 103 Fellows. In 2014, Code for America began a pilot program to deepen and integrate health-related projects. The governments selected for the 2015 Fellowship will build on prior learnings in health, economic development, procurement, public safety, and justice.

“By working in an iterative, user-centered, data-driven approach, the Fellowship program strengthens key capabilities within local government and communities,” said Luke Norris, Director of Government Relations. “Well beyond the Fellowship, we see city staff continuing to design services for and with the community, make data

meaningful, and make better technology choices. The Fellowship shifts the way cities think about, and use technology to deliver public services.”

Discover BPS, which is still in use by the Boston Public School System was created by the Boston Code for America fellowship team in 2011, making it easier for parents to navigate the complicated process of selecting a school for their child. The web-based application does this by aggregating eligibility criteria, school data, and advanced mapping tools through a user friendly interface (http://www.codeforamerica.org/apps/discover-bps/ ).

Prepared.ly, was created by the Austin Code for America fellowship team in 2012 with assistance from the City of Austin and Texas Forest Service. The application provides a simple user interface for emergency preparedness in order for residents to protect themselves against wildfires. The application does this by providing near real-time information on home and business property risk, offers disaster preparedness checklists, tracks progress and offers reminders while giving users the ability to connect directly with disaster relief professionals (http://www.codeforamerica.org/apps/prepared-ly/ ).

The San Francisco Code for America fellowship team created the app Promptly )in 2013 for the San Francisco Human Service Agency (HSA) in order notify CalFresh (food stamp) recipients when their benefits were going to expire. Although it was originally created for the HSA the app can be reproduced and scaled to provide text reminders for an array of government services and recipient lists (http://www.postcode.io/static/content/promptly.pdf.)

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Check out open-house & take a walking tour of replacement bridge site

The historic I Street Bridge serves train traffic on the lower level and autos and pedestrians above. It's at the end of its lifespan, and is slated to be replaced by a new bridge slightly to the north, connecting West Sacramento's "Washington" area to the Sacramento Railyards region. (News-Ledger photo)

The historic I Street Bridge serves train traffic on the lower level and autos and pedestrians above. It’s at the end of its lifespan, and is slated to be replaced by a new bridge slightly to the north, connecting West Sacramento’s “Washington” area to the Sacramento Railyards region. (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 17, 2014 —

The cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento have plans to replace the 103-year old I Street Bridge with a “new low-level, neighborhood-friendly bridge upstream” that will “provide better access for bicycles and pedestrians, and serve motorists more efficiently,” they report.

The project is entering “environmental assessment” phase.

You’re invited to an open house from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Stanford Gallery, 111 I Street in Sacramento.

The public workshop includes a 5:30 p.m. walking tour of about a mile on mostly-paved roads.

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POLICE LOG: this week’s roundup of crime & police calls from the News-Ledger

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 17, 2014 —

  News items below are collected from police dispatchers’ notes and arrest reports. The information in them has often not been verified beyond the initial reports.   ‘Police Log’ is published weekly in the News-Ledger newspaper. Want to subscribe? See the special offer at bottom.

Sept. 9, 6:30 a.m.
A department store on the 2200-block of Lake Washington Boulevard reported that someone cut the chain on an outside storage area and stole some property. The missing items appeared to be reported as large barrels for chemicals.

Sept. 10, 1:10 a.m.
From an apartment complex on the 2100-block of Evergreen Avenue: someone “threw a lit flammable object into an apartment, causing the building to catch fire.”

Sept. 10, 1:43 a.m.
A police officer contacted a man on bike at Sycamore and Evergreen avenues. The man was found in possession of a debit card belonging to someone with the first name of “Alicia.”
According to the officer:
The subject “said he found the card in the parking lot of the boat ramp. He said he had no intention of committing illegal actions with the card.”
The officer booked the card as “found property.”

Sept. 10, 5:15 a.m.
From a convenience market on Lake Road:
“Suspect is a chronic problem and stole a donation jar from the counter.”
The jar held around $60-$70 in change and currency.

Sept. 10, 5:45 a.m.
An F Street woman found her car burglarized. It had been parked in the street.
Stolen property was estimated at $1,670 in value.

Sept. 10, 8:24 a.m.
A Rogue River Court man reported to police that “he misplaced an unloaded handgun.”

Sept. 10, 10:35 a.m.
A man reported that while he was pumping gas at a 15th Street station, he went into the store for a drink. He returned to find his work laptop computer gone from the vehicle.

Sept. 10, 11:36 a.m.
A woman asked for a police report on an incident that took place on Solano Street. She had been bit by a dog while trying to break up a dog fight.

Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
At a convenience market on Jefferson Boulevard in Southport: a 41-year old man from San Carlos Street reported that a 34-year old male from Starling Lane “punched him and displayed a baseball bat.”

Sept. 10, 8 p.m.
A woman reported a burglary at her Valley Oak Lane home. Gone were about $5,100 worth of jewelry and computer equipment.

Sept. 10, 10:04 p.m.
A woman working at a pizza place on the 1600-block of West Capitol reported that a male suspect about 25 years old stole her iPhone 4s, valued at $400.

Sept. 11
A Bryte Avenue man reported that his library card was stolen sometime around June. Since then, the thief “used the card to charge $905.77 to the victim’s library account.”

Sept. 11, 9:45
A loss prevention officer saw a suspect (gender unclear in the report) steal a blade for a circular saw, worth $69.99. During the struggle to get away from the employee at the Riverpoint Court store, the suspect dropped his or her cell phone.

Sept. 11, 4:59 p.m.
An officer contacted a 52-year old man matching the description of a suspect causing a disturbance on Riverpoint Court. The man smelled of alcohol and “could not stand up straight,” and there was a half-full can of beer in a bag next to him. He was arrested for public drunkenness.
“While en route to (jail,),” reported the officer, “subject began spitting and a spit mask was placed on him.”

Sept. 12, 10:49 a.m.
A Clicker Court man phoned his mother.
While this is usually commendable, in this case it was a violation of a restraining order. The probation department obtained an arrest warrant for the son.

Sept. 12, 1:26 p.m.
A residential burglary was reported on the 1800-block of Merkley Avenue.

Sept. 12, 7:37 p.m.
A vehicle was reported stolen from Alvin Street.

Sept. 12, 3:35 p.m.
Police assisted parole agents in serving a warrant on a woman wanted for a parole violation. The 36-year old was found hiding in the bathroom of her 4th Street apartment. Police had to kick the bathroom door down to arrest her.

Sept. 13, 3:22 a.m.
A police officer saw a car on the side of the road at Southport Parkway and Promenade.
“One of the car’s occupants was lying on the sidewalk. The driver stated that (this person) was very drunk.” The subject admitted being drunk and was booked “for his safety.”

Sept. 13, 7:16 a.m.
A vehicle was reported stolen from McKinley Way.

Sept. 13, 11:43 a.m.
A “door to door” solicitor drew a complaint from near Cypress Road and Portola.

Sept. 13, 1 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at a Riverpoint Court store watched a 30-year old Sacramento woman enter the store with a shopping cart and an empty computer box, then put $130 worth of merchandise (a flashlight, air mattress, bed sheet, window blinds and backpack) into the box, pretend to pay at a self checkout register, and then leave the store.
The woman was detained, placed under citizen’s arrest, and held for police.

Sept. 14
At Jefferson Blvd. and Gateway Drive:
“Unknown person spraypainted a campaign sign” along the roadway.
The city’s mayor was named in the resulting report as an “involved party” other than a suspect or victim.

Sept. 14, 9:35 a.m.
A “theft in progress” was reported from a coffee house on Lake Road.

Sept. 14, 11:21 a.m.
A residential burglary was reported from F Street.

Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m.
A woman on Cummins Way reported someone stole a couple of chainsaws and a weedeater (total value: $420) from her unlocked garage.

Sept. 14, 2:30 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at a Riverpoint Court store reported placing a 25-year old woman from Park Circle under citizen’s arrest after the woman put $163.42 worth of merchandise into her purse and try to leave without paying. The merchandise was comprised of women’s clothing and underwear.

Sept. 14, 8 p.m.
Police were dispatched for the report of a man possibly carrying a concealed handgun on the 1200-block of West Capitol Avenue.
One responding officer reports contacting a man in front of a hotel, wearing a black coat with no obvious gun on his person. The officer said he asked the subject if he was carrying a gun. The 58-year old transient said he was. The officer detained him and found an unloaded Glock with a 15-round magazine tucked under the man’s waistband.
The man was handcuffed and arrested. One of the gun’s serial numbers had been filed off, but another was visible.

Sept. 14, 10 p.m.
Two officers in a patrol car saw a car enter a driveway on the 1200-block of West Capitol, They checked the license plates on the gray Nissan, and found it to be stolen.
They saw a man and woman get out of the car, with the woman carrying the keys. The pair headed up some stairs and the officers ordered them to stop.
The man ran up the stairs and one of the officers followed, finding him stepping back from a dead end with an open window. He was detained. Searching the area below the open window, police found a bag with a gram of methamphetamine.
The car’s registered owner told police that the female subject had taken her keys and her car without permission.
The female suspect said the male suspect was her boyfriend, and that he had taken “her” car.
Both the 25-year old male transient and the 33-year old Carmichael woman went to jail.

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