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Rabies threat: if you find a bat on the ground, step away and call Animal Services

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 3, 2014 —

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department warns members of the public not to touch any bats found on the ground. The department tells of one incident that took place early the afternoon of August 13 in Davis:

“A bat was found inside a tire swing at Davis Community Park, in the children’s playground behind the Davis Art Center. The bat then fell out of the tire swing onto the ground. Children were present and alerted an adult that there was a bat crawling on the ground. The bat was impounded by an Animal Services Officer and sent in for testing to the Solano, Napa & Yolo Public Health Laboratory to test for the rabies virus. Results determined the bat was positive for the virus.”

In 2013, adds Vicky Fletcher of the sheriff’s office, “there were numerous bats under the pedestrian overcrossing (at the park) that tested positive for rabies.”
“If you find a bat on the ground or in your residence,” said Fletcher in a press release, “do not attempt to handle the animal. Please contact Yolo County Sheriff’s Animal Services or your local law enforcement agency to have the animal removed.”

“Also, remember to vaccinate your pets for rabies,” she said.

If a person becomes sick with rabies, it’s generally fatal. But if a person exposed to rabies receives treatment before symptoms appear, the disease can usually be prevented.

For emergency calls only, contact the Yolo County Animal Services division at 911 or (530) 666-6612.

For non-emergency deputy response, call them at (530) 666-8282.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: water meters are a bad idea, West Capitol flop houses & more

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 3, 2014 —

No water metering
  (RE: News-Ledger editorial “The meters should be running,” Aug. 27)

 

Water meters, on the surface, sound like a great idea. Bill the people for the water they use. However, there are some huge problems with water meters, the main one being the finances for the city.
A few years ago San Jose asked people to reduce their water usage due to a previous drought.  The people did and reduced their water usage by over 20 percent. However since the bills were paid by the amount of water used, the water district had revenues that were also 20 percent lower than before.  The math was simple less water used means less revenue.  So the water district raised the rates by over 20 percent to cover “their” shortfall.  This of course incensed the people who saved water and now were being charged just as much for using a lot less water.  And of course when they went back to their normal water usage the water district received much more revenue, which they didn’t need.
I like our system, we reduced water usage by nearly 20 percent yet the revenues to the city did not change.  When the drought is over, we can go back to normal watering and it will not cost us extra.  I believe the people can do what is right without getting gouged by meters.  I believe enough people in West Sacramento are mature enough to know that using less water now is important and we have stepped up.  So no to water meters!
KARL MACHSCHEFES
West Sacramento

Flop houses
I want to know what the city plans to do about the ongoing problem of these “Flop House” motels on West Capitol Avenue? Especially the West Wood. The folks “living” in these flop houses are not travelers looking for a night’s rest. They are not even there at night most of the time. And if they are, they are dealing drugs out the bathroom windows.  Or yelling and screaming at each other in the streets. These people all ride bikes (after all we are now a bike friendly city) towing a handmade bike trailer of some kind. Or walk around pulling a commercial tub or pushing a stroller full of yappy little matted-hair flea-bitten dogs. They roam the streets at night looking for anything and everything they can sell at the recycle place. I see them out on the corners stripping copper from wiring and leaving the “junk” laying there.
At least once a week someone will get “put out” of the flop house and  camp out on the street corner on Poplar & Merkley. Last week there were five suit cases dumped on the corner of Poplar & Merkley on Monday. By Saturday there was one lonely beaten down empty suit case laying on the corner. While out watering my lawn I saw 3 different people and one couple stop, flip it over and check it out to see if it was worth picking up. No one did.
And lets talk about Sunday nights in that area of the city. Monday is garbage collection day in that part of town. Well here they all come from parts far and wide with their bike towed carts or pushing/pulling grocery carts or commercial bins just waiting until dark to rifle through all the recycle/trash bins. It’s like a big party on Sunday nights. And heaven help anyone that gets in their way. The all congregate about sundown on the corner of Poplar and Merkley to make their plans on who covers what streets. They come and go to empty their carts of their finds into their rooms and the parking lots in front of their rooms, all night long.
I have lived in that area for almost 21 years and it has gotten progessively worse in the last two years. If I thought I could get a decent price for my house, I’d sell it and get out of West Sac. But who will buy with that going on? I used to be proud to live in “old downtown” West Sacramento. But all the city money seems to be being spent south of the barge canal.  Or around Raley Field. Something needs to be done. The police drive through at least once a week. But those people somehow know when the police are coming and disappear! It has got to stop!
ANITA HARRINGTON
West Sacramento

Seawater for fires
We have fire districts in the area who’ve lost thousands of gallons of water to vandals and thieves, and water districts throughout the state whose infrastructure is so dilapidated, that one broken main wastes millions of gallons of “the lifeblood of California.”
Salt water intrusion into our estuaries in the Delta is an environmental concern that is a serious threat to the healthy sustainability of both fish and game, etc. Salt water on most terrestrial plants will, in a great enough quantity, kill them.
Yet I foresee an unforeseen light at the end of this dismal tunnel; pump, pipe and/or transport by railroad tank car, salt water to urban fire districts for firefighting. Yes, you may lose your lawn, but there may be enough water left over to save your home.

J. BESHARIAN
West Sacramento

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‘Sactoberfest’ returns to West Sac riverfront for a second year

A huge beer garden tent was part of last year's inaugural Oktoberfest-themed party in West Sacramento's Bridge District, (Photo courtesy of Finrich Events LLC)

A huge beer garden tent was part of last year’s inaugural Oktoberfest-themed party in West Sacramento’s Bridge District, (Photo courtesy of Finrich Events LLC)

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Beer, keg rolling and “worst tossing” are all on tap as Sactoberfest returns to West Sacramento’s Bridge District October 10-12.

The three-day festival is expected to draw at least 8,500 visitors to celebrate the German tradition. There will be brews from both the old country and local breweries such as Sudwerk, Yolo Brewing Co., Bike Dog and Jackrabbit (the last three of which are in West Sacramento), served under a 22,000 square foot tent by waitresses in ‘drindl’ costumes. Local eateries such as Broderick Roadhouse will also be on hand, as will live music. The event will center at the new “Barn” outdoor structure, 951 Riverfront Street. Tickets start at $25 (and will go up after Oct. 1).

Visit www.Sactoberfest.com.

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Summer camp for RCHS club members

The author, 17-year old Danny Thirakul, cheers for competitors in the Mind Olympics   (photo by Gunnar Hatzenbiler, also age 17)

The author, 17-year old Danny Thirakul, cheers for competitors in the Mind Olympics
(photo by Gunnar Hatzenbiler, also age 17)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 3, 2014 —

By Danny Thirakul
River City High School Interact Club

Five River City High School students start the new school year Aug. 20 having attended a different kind of summer camp – one that builds not only camaraderie, but character. The Camp RYLA campers are in the River City High School Interact Club, sponsored by West Sac’s two Rotary clubs: Centennial Rotary and Rotary Club of West Sacramento.

Camp RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – proved to be a life changing experience for the five West Sacramento Interactors:  Jessica Ngo, 17, Danny Thirakul, 17, Jayne Chong, 17, Eric Arauza, 17 and JuliaMarie Quenga, 17.

Located at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, Camp RYLA hosts “Interactors” from throughout Rotary District 5180. The high school juniors attend the week-long camp courtesy of full camp scholarships from their sponsoring local Rotary clubs. This year, Sacramento’s Pocket-Greenhaven Rotary Club also awarded a scholarship to River City Interactor Jayne Chong.

RCHS Interact Club President Jessica Ngo says the camp experience “makes you feel like you belong, pushes you to be open, to confront your fears, to be confident in yourself and your abilities, and above all be you!”

At the camp, students are sorted into different teams/groups, where they engage in different icebreakers. They also enjoy many outdoor activities such as archery, kayaking, mountain hiking, and swimming. The ropes course challenges campers both physically and mentally, Jayne says. Campers are encouraged to be open and face their fears with the help and support of their team. She said, “My favorite part was the ropes course because it was amazing how many were able to face their fears.”

Other self-esteem building activities include group games such as the Mind Olympics, Cross the Line, and Superhero. Campers also attend motivational speeches by special guest speakers, the camp directors, and camp counselors.

Throughout the week the teens learn a lot about themselves. Danny says, “They broke themselves down to the tiniest atom and rebuilt themselves bigger and better than ever.” While most of campers start out as strangers, by the end of camp, he says, they feel like family.

To learn more about the Interact Club at River City High School, go to:
http://rivercity.wusd.k12.ca.us/interact

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