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‘Earth Day’ party in West Sacramento

Facepainting at last year's Earth Day event, provided by Interact Club members at River City High School (courtesy photo)

Facepainting at last year’s Earth Day event, provided by Interact Club members at River City High School (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The City of West Sacramento will host an ‘Earth Day’ party this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

The free event will include live music, food for sale, egg hunts for kids up to age 12 (from 11 to noon), a raffle, booths and vendors. Volunteers from the Interact Club at RCHS will do some face-painting.

 

(Courtesy of Rotary Club & Linda Vang, Interact Club)
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Sandeen takes a seat ———-

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 9, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Beverly Sandeen: newest member of the city council (News-Ledger photo)

Beverly Sandeen: newest member of the city council
(News-Ledger photo)

The West Sacramento City Council on Wednesday selected Beverly “Babs” Sandeen to fill the seat vacated when councilman Oscar Villegas left to serve on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. The vote was 4-0, and came after the council interviewed six finalists from among a field of 25 applicants.

Sandeen was sworn in immediately after the vote. She fills the remainder of a four-year term ending in November, 2016.

Why did Sandeen apply for the council seat?

“I feel like I can serve – and want to serve – the community,” she told the News-Ledger during a weekend interview. “I have had some training. The time is right for me professionally, as well.”

She is currently a vice chancellor (resource and economic development) for the Los Rios Community College District and president of the Los Rios Foundation.

“I am responsible for fundraising for the district,” Sandeen explained. “We have about 80,000 students.”

The post also keeps her involved in grant applications and workforce development programs.

Workforce development “is all the things we do for employers in the region,” Sandeen said. “A solar installer might come and say, ‘We need workers to install solar panels, and do you have a training program for that?’”

A resident of Southport, Sandeen is a current member of the city planning commission – arguably the most influential of the city’s commissions, and good training ground for a future city council member.

Sandeen was placed on the commission as an “at large” appointee in 2005, resigning last week to take a seat with the council. She said she enjoyed working on city master plans for the West Capitol streetscape (implementation work has already started near city hall) and the Bridge District (the city’s riverfront redevelopment project).

The Bridge District master plan “is a little different from some of the other plans,” she said.

“There’s flexibility for the property owners within that development. We don’t say ‘you have to build this here and that there.’ We weren’t that directive. It’s an overall concept.”

Sandeen said she is supportive of the city’s general direction, and of Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and the current city council. She hopes to start out on the council by helping to support work on the council’s current list of strategic priorities – stuff like flood protection, various development projects, and creating a food industry hub.

“I’ve come in and this agenda is set,” said Sandeen. “I am working to move all these policies forward. If we flood, we don’t have a West Sacramento. So that’s still really high priority.”

Sandeen said she had the sense that the other five people invited to interview for the vacant post were also excited about the city’s direction.

“Success brings success,” she commented. “People are excited and want to be part of the leadership.”

How can her management style contribute to the council?

“I think I am pretty analytical, and I’ve worked with staff enough on the planning commission,” Sandeen answered. “It’s about trying to understand all the pieces going into the staff report, and asking all the pertinent questions. I read the reports and try to ask the questions. I try to understand the purpose of things, and ask ‘is this the most important thing we can be doing now?’”

Sandeen and her husband moved to West Sacramento in 2002. She grew up in Southern California, graduating from UC Irvine and also getting her doctorate in Social Ecology from UCI.

“Social ecology”?

“That’s the study of human environment, and it’s very action-oriented,” she explained. “My work was on what happens when older people lose their mobility and lose their driver’s license in a suburban environment. No one had really studied that, and this whole cohort of older adults could have been only driving their whole lives.”

She’s a member of the Centennial Rotary Club in West Sacramento, and a board member of the Yolo Community Foundation, which raises money to support Yolo causes.

Last year, she received the “Civic Leadership Award for Service” from Mayor Christopher Cabaldon as part of the “State of the City” festivities.

Sandeen said she hasn’t decided whether to run for another council term when her seat expires late in 2016, and hasn’t thought about pursuing higher office.

“Right now, I am just applying for this two-and-a-half-year seat, and I have put a lot of pressure on myself to do the best job I can. I just love West Sac. I have ‘WS Babs’ on my license plate!”

 

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New: if you can’t find a book at library, have them ‘zip it’ to you from Amazon

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — April 9, 2014 —

“Zip Books” arrives tomorrow (April 10).

Starting April 10, a cardholder unable to find a particular print book in the Yolo County library system can make a “Zip Book” request, and the library will attempt to buy a copy at Amazon and have it shipped straight to the cardholder’s address. When finished with the book, the customer can just return it to the service desk at the library for special processing. The new book may then become part of the library’s collection.

The service is made possible by a grant from the California State Library, and is available to cardholders with less than $10 in overdue fines. Start your book search at www.yolocounty.org.

 

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RCHS Raiders take to the big ballpark

RUBEN SALAS pitched four innings for the River City High squad, contributing to the shut-out victory.  (Photo by Selena Cazares/River City High School Journalism Program)

RUBEN SALAS pitched four innings for the River City High squad, contributing to the shut-out victory. (Photo by Selena Cazares/River City High School Journalism Program)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 9, 2014 —

By Austin Miller
River City High School Journalism Class

“It felt amazing. The atmosphere was unbelievable.” said team captain, senior shortstop Alex Dodd. He and his River City High School baseball team had just finished playing a game under the lights of Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats.

Last Thursday, River City played a night game against West Campus High School at Raley Field. Fundraising by both teams gave them the opportunity to play a night game on the professional field, and the experience the field brought to the players was unlike any other.

“So many people cheering you on,” continued Alex, “It gave me chills knowing that all of those people were there to watch River City.”

Kevin Burkes, senior outfielder, also added that “seeing our fans and community all there to show their Raider pride was my favorite part of the game, and also being able to experience the feeling of playing on a big league field.”

The feeling of playing on a professional field, with a crowd of people cheering you on, is unreal. It makes the game that much more exciting and that much more intense. Thursday’s game gave our team a glimpse of the pro-ball atmosphere, and in that one-of-a-kind atmosphere, River City came to play.

For the entirety of the game, the River City pitching staff was in control, allowing their defense to make the routine plays as well as creating some strike-outs of their own. All three pitchers put together a shutout for the team.

Ruben “Chito” Salas started 4 innings for River City.  Jake Pridmore made a relief appearance pitching a 3 and two-thirds innings. Lorenzo Pineda closed the game, getting a final out.

With RBI’s from Austin Miller, Eric Beall, and Isac Tacdol, River City came out on top, 3-0. Isac himself also had 3 stolen bases that game, but noted that his favorite part of the game was “winning to get our seniors a ‘hoorah’ in a big game like this one for their last year.” Smart offensive play along with timely hitting allowed River City to earn that win for its seniors.

A special moment for the seniors, however, occurred during the 7th inning. After getting the second out of the inning, Jake Pridmore was met on the mound by the rest of the senior players on the team. As Lorenzo came in from the bullpen to close the game, the seniors walked off the field together to a standing ovation from the crowd.

“It was pretty emotional knowing that all of us seniors will be gone after this year. This is it! It hit me when we went to go take Pridmore off the mound, who pitched a great game by the way,” said Alex.

The game itself was special to the coaching staff as well. Head Coach Alec Smith explained that “It felt amazing [bringing the players to Raley Field]. I am so happy our young men got the chance to experience playing on one of the best fields in all of the state of California, under the lights, with music and a great atmosphere.”

Coach Alec also noted that he hopes the team takes away “the fun part of it [the game].” I want my young men to learn to compete and have fun while executing at a high level.” What this game proves is that River City Baseball can do just that. If the team can continue to play the kind of ball it did tonight, then there are high hopes for the rest of the season.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: Raley Field — home of the River Cats minor league baseball team — opens its field up to play for regional high school teams as part of an annual program.

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