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EDITORIAL: ‘guerilla gardening’ can be taken to the next level

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 22, 2013 —

NEWS-LEDGER EDITORIAL

Last week, the mayor and city council honored a local community group for its civic improvement efforts. That honor came with a plaque, along with a wink and a nod.

The plaque came for the efforts of the “Friends of the Main Drain Parkway” to reclaim a strip of city land near Venice Street and put it to good use. Several years ago, these Southport residents created a community garden on that spot, The garden is a success, governed by a sense of neighborhood etiquette.

Paying heed to the adage, “Better to beg forgiveness than ask permission,” they didn’t get a city permit at first. It was a fine example of “guerrilla gardening,” and these folks created a community asset by skipping the usual red tape.

The city council more recently made the group a more formal, legitimate user of the land.

There are those, elsewhere, who take “guerrilla gardening” to the next level, the New York Times has reported on several occasions. Sneak-gardeners do hit-and run plantings of butterfly bush on neglected traffic circles in London, they plant community vegetable gardens in vacant lots in Los Angeles and they surreptitiously graft branches of fruit trees onto compatible ornamentals in San Francisco parks.

Their motives?

Performance art, civic beautification, serving the “local food” movement or just bringing fresh produce to poor neighborhoods.

Growing food, in fact, is a frequent theme of these gardeners.

Now, sometimes this kind of thing isn’t practical. For example, there are places where a fruit tree might make an undesirable mess.

But the upsides are clear: lots are beautified and people get some good food. And, like their compatriots in Southport, the fact that these urban garden warriors are willing to take the time and trouble to plant, graft and tend their public crops shows, at the very least, that somebody cares.

It’s important to remember that caring itself is something that can grow and thrive like a carefully tended bean plant basking in the sun.

 

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West Sacramentans participate in mail carriers’ food drive, help out local food bank

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 22, 2013 —

The annual food drive collected by the area’s mail carriers was called a success by the Yolo County Food Bank, which benefited from the drive.

Residents were asked to leave their bagged food donations outside for mail carriers to pick up on Saturday, May 11. The “Stamp Out Hunger” operation was the 21st annual such drive.

“The grand total of donations received by (the food bank) on behalf of the food drive is 16,525, with 6,720 from West Sacramento residents and 9,805 from Woodland residents,” reported Amanda McCarthy of the Food Bank of Yolo County. “This sets a new record for donations through ‘Stamp Out Hunger’!”

The drive takes place across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

Donations from West Sacramento and Woodland were earmarked for the Food Bank and its nonprofit partners. Donations made in Davis went to the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee (S.T.E.A.C.). Donations in Winters went to the food closet at the Winters Baptist Church.

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Placer High ousts River City tennis

From River City
High School

After playoff wins over Marysville, Colfax, and Escalon, the 2013 tennis season ended for the River City High School Tennis Team with a 7 to 2 defeat against Placer in the final of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III team championships on May 17.  The Raiders received wins from Lily He, 6-1,3-6,7-5 at #2 girls singles, and the #2 girls doubles team of Lilly Tong and Nicole Melido, 7-5,6-0.

“We came out a little flat, with not enough energy for such an important match,” said RCHS Coach Dave Brooks.  “I don’t think we were overwhelmed by the occasion, playing in the Section final, but I think we were just a little too low on fuel after the big wins over Colfax in the quarterfinals and Escalon in the semis.  We battled back in some matches, but Placer was too strong today.  It was a great season for RC Tennis, and this was the furthest we’ve gone in the playoffs since 2004.”

The Raiders finished the year 11 and 1 in the Sierra Valley Conference to secure the team’s 17th league championship in the past 18 seasons, and 23-2 overall.

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Band of blue light atop port tower

  The 200-foot tower at the Port of West Sacramento lit up with an LED band of blue light, above, in an artist’s simulation (Courtesy of the City of West Sacramento)

The 200-foot tower at the Port of West Sacramento lit up with an LED band of blue light, above, in an artist’s simulation (Courtesy of the City of West Sacramento)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 29, 2013 —

A tall structure at the Port of West Sacramento will soon sport a blue band of light near the top – part of a general effort to spruce up the facility and increase public awareness about it.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon recently quipped that a lot of West Sacramento residents don’t know there is a port, even though some of them live in a neighborhood called “Southport.” The facility is actually near the geographical center of the city, near Harbor and Industrial boulevards.

For just about $20,000, the port is contracting with Fluoresco Lighting and Signs to put up the LED lights with blue acrylic facing. The ten-inch wide lights will be mounted near the top of the 200-foot grain elevator.

Electricity costs will be part of the operation cost for the port, which is now leased to a private operator.

The blue band is expected to be lit at night beginning by July 1, a city official told the News-Ledger.

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Your old books, magazines can help

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Drop off your unneeded and gently-used books, DVDs and magazines for re-sale in the library’s sales alcove or in the next book sale weekend. Your donations support library programs and materials. There’s a donation bin outside the north end of the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue, West Sacramento.

Questions? Call 375-6465, ext. 3, or email wsfol99@yahoo.com.

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West Sac teen honored for service

Bradly Palmer, volunteer for West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

Bradly Palmer, volunteer for West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 22, 2013 —

Bradly Palmer was selected as a recipient of the Yolo Youth Service Award scholarship for his volunteer service with the Bryte and Broderick Community Action Network in West Sacramento.  Bradly’s commitment to volunteerism indicates great potential for service and leadership in the future.

Yolo Community Foundation (YCF) was established in 2001 to advance charitable giving in Yolo County and to strengthen the capacity of local nonprofit organizations. The Yolo Youth Service Awards are designed to support youth involvement in community life and nurture the future of local philanthropy. More information about YCF and its activities can be found at www.yolocf.org.

Bradly was scheduled to receive a $1,000 scholarship award during an awards ceremony yesterday. The Yolo Community Foundation also planned to give a $500 award to the Bryte and Broderick Community Action Network in honor of the agency’s commitment to youth volunteer service.

 

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Bomb scare at West Sac post office

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 22, 2013 —

West Sacramento police and fire units responded on May 15 to the report of a suspicious package at the U.S. Postal Service mail hub, 3775 Industrial Boulevard.

A call came in at 7:15 a.m. on May 15.

“Upon arrival, responders found a cardboard package emitting an electronic alarm from within,” said a West Sacramento Fire Department press statement. “The package was moved to a secure area outside the south parking area (and) the Yolo County Bomb Squad was dispatched to the scene. The suspicious package was deemed safe around 10:30 a.m., thanks to the great work by the bomb techs.”

What was it?

“A battery operated ‘door stop alarm’ was found to have been accidentally turned on.”

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