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Turned down by West Sac school board, language charter school will appeal

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

A proposed charter West Sacramento charter school will appeal to the Yolo County Board of Education after being denied a charter by the school board of the Washington Unified School District.

The staff of Washington Unified School District opined that the school was unlikely to succeed partly due to a lack of understanding of school finance.  The school has appealed.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The Northern California Language Academies project will be on the agenda for 3:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the county office of education, 1280 Santa Anita Court #120 in Woodland.

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Fight child abuse: upcoming fashion show & fun run both offer you a chance

By Don Saylor, Chair of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance
and Member of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, District 2

Child abuse is a national tragedy.  An estimated 3 million children are the victims of substantiated abuse or neglect each year in the United States.  In California during 2012, nearly 500,000 children were referred to Child Welfare Services for investigation of abuse and/or neglect.

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor and chair of the Yolo County Children's Alliance (courtesy photo)

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor and chair of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance (courtesy photo)

In our own county, during fiscal year 2011-12, the Department of Employment and Social Services, Child Welfare Services, received 1,398 reports of suspected child abuse and/or neglect.   Resulting investigations led to 251 children in child-welfare supervised placements.

During the same time period, approximately 95 children each month continued living with their families while the families received ongoing support services and supervision through the Yolo County Child Welfare Services Family Maintenance Program. In addition, 96 children each month received Family Reunification services aimed at returning them to their homes of origin.

On the good news front, in Yolo County we have numerous public agencies and community organizations, parents, relatives, community volunteers, public policymakers and professionals who are collaborating to eliminate child abuse through the Yolo Family Strengthening Network.

[adrotate group=”9″] The Yolo Family Strengthening Network offers parents the education, support, and skills they need to provide healthy, safe and nurturing homes for their children.  Resource materials can be downloaded from www.yolokids.org/community.  Our local program is based on the national Strengthening Families Program; an evidence-based family skills training program.  Mistreatment of children decreases as parents learn more effective parenting skills, and the program has been proven to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children.  It also improves social competencies and school performance.

Another program aimed at strengthening families, The Yolo Family Meals Campaign, invites the community at large to post photos on the Yolo County Children’s Alliance web site of their family dinners, kid-friendly recipes and conversation topics that get your children talking at the table.

We hope hundreds of Yolo County residents will get involved in child abuse prevention.

Two ways that are fun include the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council’s 4th Annual Yolo County Celebrity Fashion Show on Friday, April 26th in West Sacramento and the annual Child Abuse Prevention Fun Run on April 28th in Davis. For tickets go to www.yolokids.org or call 530-757-5558.

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Housing project breaks ground in West Sac

Bridge Dist Groundbreak SHOVEL SHOT  (2)FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

There’s been a city master plan in place for the “Bridge District” for over 20 years. But with the exception of Raley Field and the Ironworks subdivision, most of the work in the planned 188-acre riverfront district has thus far been at soil level – or below.

That’s changing. The district’s major developer, Fulcrum Properties,  is gearing up, and last week’s saw an official groundbreaking of an affordable housing project in the district. This may be the decade in which the Bridge District really grows up.

Officials from the nonprofit BRIDGE Housing organization joined West Sacramento officials and others to celebrate the groundbreaking of “The Rivermark” on Friday. The complex will offer 70 units of housing at 959 Bridge Street, near 5th Street. That’s a spot near the river, between Raley Field and the U.S. 50 Pioneer Bridge.

Cynthia Parker, president and C.E.O. of BRIDGE Housing, promised that the new residents it brings will be “active members of the community. . . engaged with the rest of the city.”

The project is designed to offer rents that are affordable to people up to the 35 percent level of median income in the area.

parker cynthia bridge housing 2013 news ledger  “If you’re a single mom making $29,000, and you have two kids, living here would make a difference,” said Parker. She added that by saving money on rent, the same mom could help stimulate the local economy:

“A mother who has a disposable income can shop at the store, and can make a difference in her kids’ lives. Without that, it’s just struggling.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the assembled crowd at the groundbreaking that The Rivermark offers a valuable part of the planned “diversity” of the future Bridge District. The master plan also allows for market-rate housing, offices, restaurants and parks.

The project will offer a place for people such as a coffee-shop barrista or a preschool teacher to call home, said the mayor. Or a ballplayer:

“It’s no accident we’ve located this in the Bridge District,” said Cabaldon. “Many of the minor league players who play on the River Cats will live here during the season. They’re not making four or five million dollars.”
Rents for The Rivermark will range from $370 to $925 depending on income, household size and apartment size (according to Bridge Housing, which can be visited at www.bridgehousing.com).

The mayor and Eugene Lee of the California Housing and Community Development both gave credit to the state’s taxpayers for helping to prep the old industrial area for its coming reuse. Those Bridge District challenges have included getting rid of rid of old rail spurs and replacing old infrastructure. City officials used to call the district the “Triangle,” because it was bordered by the river to the east, the U.S. 50 freeway to the south, and the Tower Bridge approach to the northwest.

The Rivermark is about 20 months away from a grand opening, said Parker.

Behind her, earth moving machines were already underway. Despite an official ceremony on Friday involving local officials with shiny gold shovels, the ground had most definitely already been broken.

Artist’s rendering of the planned project, designed by David Baker & Partners

Artist’s rendering of the planned project, designed by David Baker & Partners

 

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Saturday: everybody’s an artist in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Help make some art:

You’re invited to participate in West Sacramento’s “Grow Yolo Mandala,” a community art project expected to debut at the local farmers market on June 6. The art project will be a ground-level display that shows off the wide variety of agriculture and crops in the area, arranging various display pieces in a mesh of geometry.

The artistic team of Paula Wenzl Bellacera of West Sacramento and Taylor Gutermute of Sacramento were selected by YoloArts to spearhead the project. Funding comes from the James Irvine Foundation.

Taylor Gutermute (left) and West Sacramento’s Paula Wenzl Bellacera do some prep work on the ‘Grow Yolo Mandala.’ The community art project they are spearheading wants some volunteers this Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Taylor Gutermute (left) and West Sacramento’s Paula Wenzl Bellacera do some prep work on the ‘Grow Yolo Mandala.’ The community art project they are spearheading wants some volunteers this Saturday.
(Courtesy photo)

The master design for the art project includes “imagery referencing local  agriculture such as seasonal crops, lunar cycles, compass directions, fields, furrows, waterways, and much more,” say the artists.

The artists have been to a number of area farms to collect materials for the art project, and they have talked to Yolo County’s ag commissioner, John Young, about what gets planted locally, and when.

“We’ve been to the Yolo Wool Mill (in Woodland), and we’ve got a lot of their byproducts to use,” Bellacera told the News-Ledger. “We’ve got grapevines from Bogle Winery, we’ve got things we’re going to weave. Some of the smaller items, like barley and seeds, will be glued in place.”

Individual community members will get a chance to decorate “seed packets” that will be incorporated into the larger display.

“Everybody will have the opportunity to take one of these seed packets and draw one of the local crops,” she said. “Once we get all these parts made by the community, it will be our aesthetic and artistic challenge to create the whole mandala.”

According to the organizers, a “mandala” is a “visual symbol of the universe that represents unity and harmony.” Creating one has a community art project helps to stress the interconnectedness of the citizens and their connection to land. It also stresses the cycle of agricultural life – and the impermanence of all life, said Bellacera.

The finished “mandala” will go up for display at this year’s first West Sacramento Farmers Market on June 6. (The local chamber of commerce is working on a slightly different location for the market this year, but it will again be on West Capitol Avenue near city hall.)

[adrotate group=”7″]  The mandala will remain standing in public for about a month before it finishes its own cycle of life.

Are the artists worried about vandalism during the few weeks it stands on West Capitol?

“We spoke to YoloArts about that,” said Bellacera. “They said, ‘you know, it’s public art. Whatever happens will be okay.’”

Interested people can show up to help the project at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

 

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‘Police Log’ for West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

  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.

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April 3, 12:06 a.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported in central West Sacramento.

April 3, 5:59 a.m.
A Riverpoint Court store said someone parked an older Jeep in the complex’s fire lane all night. When asked to move the vehicle, a woman in it “walked away from the vehicle and hasn’t returned.” A records check showed that the Jeep’s license plate belonged to a Honda somewhere.

April 3, 7:33 a.m.
Possible wire theft at 5th and West Capitol: a person was seen “up on the power pole.”

April 3, 10:30 a.m.
A Lexus went into a fire hydrant at Harbor and Industrial. Water was now gushing from the hydrant. A man and some kids were seen walking away from the accident.

April 3, 12:27 p.m.
A witness said an apparently-intoxicated woman of about 50 years old was walking through traffic on Merkley Avenue. The caller “almost hit her, but stopped in time and the woman ‘flipped off’ the (caller).”

April 3, 1:37 p.m.
A caller from Riverside Blvd. in Sacramento reported being able to see a couple of male subjects across the river in West Sacramento, shooting rifles (possibly .22s) near 4200 South River Road.

April 3, 1:54 p.m.
A Bryte Avenue resident returned home to find the place burglarized. Gone were two bikes, some jewelry, a tablet computer, and a game system, valued at around $3,000.

April 3, 4 p.m.
On the 3000-block of West Capitol: “copper lines cut to AC units on the roofs of several businesses.”

April 3, 4:03 p.m.
On Jefferson Blvd. north of Lake Washington Blvd., a witness reported a man in his 20s wearing a “black trench coat buttoned up all the way and walking in the middle of the road.”

April 3, 5:02 p.m.
From Tyler Way: “bat was stepped on by (caller); still alive and contained for pickup.”

April 3, 7 p.m.
Several men were arrested for possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop near West Capitol and Harbor.

[adrotate group=”10″] April 3, 7:57 p.m.
Possible illegal gambling was reported at an “internet café” on Sacramento Avenue.

April 3, 9:55 p.m.
A police officer saw three males in a car, going about 43 m.p.h. in a 35-m.p.h. zone, with no right rear brake light, near West Capitol and Westacre. A traffic stop was conducted. The driver had a suspended license and the front passenger was on searchable probation. The driver consented to a search of the car, and the officer found a baggie with a crystal substance under the middle of the rear passenger seat, “accessible by all” the occupants.
After being shown the baggie (which later tested positive for methamphetamine), all three denied owning it.
The subjects (two from Sacramento and one from Antelope, ranging in age from 23-37), were arrested “after a felony blood sample was obtained.”

April 3, 6 p.m.
An officer took a report about an incident involving two men on Fremont Blvd. that went something like this:
During an argument about a scooter, the suspect held a crowbar “in a threatening manner” and said, “This can go two ways. Pay me $500 or one shot, one kill.” He then grabbed the keys to the victim’s Jeep Cherokee and demanded, “Either get in the car or I will bash your face in.” In fear, the victim got into the vehicle as the suspect drove them about a mile. The suspect demanded $500 and a new scooter before he would “think about giving the Jeep back.”
The suspect was drafting a written “agreement” about the deal when interrupted by police. The 25-year old suspect went to jail.

April 4, 12:09 a.m.
Someone was seen “messing with the electrical box in the parking lot with a crowbar” outside a pub on the 2200-block of Lake Washington Blvd.

April 4, 12:52 a.m.
A Dodge Charger was repossessed in Southport.

April 4, 7:08 a.m.
A Pine Street man told a dispatcher he was “sitting outside his house having a cigarette and the neighbors were telling him he was in violation of a restraining order.” The neighbors had a restraining order in place, he said, but they “keep coming by and harassing him as he sits on his porch.”

April 4, 8:14 a.m.
A city truck and a Mazda collided near Riverside Parkway and Stillwater Road. No injuries.

April 4, 8:35 a.m.
A silver Toyota Rav 4 and a Ford sedan collided on Jefferson near Higgins. No injuries.

April 4, 11:38 a.m.
A Dodge pickup rear-ended a tow truck at West Capitol and Walnut: “vehicles stuck together.”

April 4, 1:54 p.m.
A car burglary was discovered in the city hall parking lot on West Capitol.

April 4, 3:20 p.m.
A man returned home to Mikon Street and found his house had been burglarized.

April 4, 3:44 p.m.
A witness said someone in a black SUV with a custom license plate “threw a water bottle at a homeless subject while driving by” in the Harbor Blvd./Rice Avenue area.

April 4, 4:04 p.m.
A woman reported having left her debit card in a Riverside Parkway store the day before. “By the time she had discovered this a short time later, there had been multiple charges on her account.”

April 4, 5:04 p.m.
Suisun Bay Road: a snake about three to four feet long was found in a house, and the resident “thinks it might be a rattlesnake.” The snake “just went into the washing machine.” A request was made to summon Yolo County’s animal services.

April 4, 5:36 p.m.
Law enforcement officers from W.S.P.D. or another agency reported they would be at a Renee Court address, in uniform in unmarked cars, for a “walk and talk for firearm compliance.”

April 4, 6:21 p.m.
A woman called police on behalf of an elderly woman who lived on Davis Road. Someone had dumped mattresses and other garbage on the victim’s property today.

April 4, 7:15 p.m.
Someone broke into a parked yellow Winnebago on Hart Avenue, taking a girl’s bike, alcoholic beverages and other items.

April 4, 7:18 p.m.
Two stray Labrador dogs were reported to be running in traffic at Enterprise and Seaport boulevards. A sergeant was contacted to request Yolo’s animal services officers.

April 4, 11:43 p.m.
A woman said her boyfriend’s car had been left at Water Street and Lisbon Avenue when he was arrested. The car was partly in the street, but the keys evidently went with him to the jail.

April 4, 3 p.m.
On the 1030-block of West Capitol: three or four people were reported to have been in a physical fight, and one had brandished a stun gun or Taser.

April 4, 11:30 a.m.
Booked into the police department from a vacant lot at 2nd and C streets: a tent, sleeping bag, blankets, books and rotten food. No owner ID.

April 4, 2:35 p.m.
An officer was headed westbound on West Capitol Avenue near Westacre when he saw a 44-year old homeless woman “expose her right breast while in public.” Upon contact, the woman exhibited slurred speech and signs of intoxication. She was arrested.

April 5, 3 p.m.
A store at Town Center Plaza in Southport reported someone had stolen some vacuum cleaners.

April 6, 4:20 a.m.
A 25-year old Sacramento woman was arrested for shoplifting at a Riverpoint Court store.

April 6, 4 p.m.
A 27-year old homeless man was reported to have stolen some items from a vacant house on Elliot Street. There was a restraining order in place, said the victim.

April 6, 7:20 a.m.
A car was found burglarized on Anna Street.

April 6, 4:30 p.m.
A woman on Michigan Blvd. reported that a shed on the property had been burglarized. Gone were a trophy and some tools.

April 6, 4:34 p.m.
A caller reported a “fully nude” woman outside an apartment complex on Douglas Street. A police officer contacted the 25-year old Lighthouse Drive resident. The naked woman showed signs of being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant, the officer reported, and she admitted having used methamphetamine.
She went to jail.

 

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Kids can ‘read off’ library book fines

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 14-20, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.  As part of the celebration, each branch will conduct the annual “Read Off Your Fines” campaign, and a survey seeking community feedback on library programs and services will be posted on www.yolocountylibrary.org.

The Read Off Your Fines campaign targets children and young adult library card holders, age five to 18, who are able to read by themselves and who owe overdue fines.  Youth will earn a $1.00 credit for each 15 minutes spent reading a book of their choice in the library.  The goal of the campaign is to encourage youth who have been blocked from checking out library materials to once again be able to return and take advantage of the many resources available at the library.

“The Read Off Your Fines program is an opportunity for the library to encourage young people to return to the library and read for fun to eliminate their fines,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong in a press release.  “This is your library; don’t miss out on any of our many services.”

In 2012, over 75,000 registered patrons visited the eight Yolo County Library branches, borrowed over 1,100,000 books, music, films and other materials, and accessed online resources via the library computers over 90,000 times.

During National Library Week, the Yolo County Library will be conducting a survey about the services provided, which can be found on www.yolocountylibrary.org, along with other general information.

To receive regular updates on Yolo County Library programs and services, “like” the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

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Latest in West Sacramento youth sports

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

To those of you that see me out and about, thanks for letting me know you read these articles! I appreciate it.

The latest youth sports news:

Stonegate Elementary is champion of the boys division in Washington Unified School District basketball.

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist

BY DON SCHATZEL: Don is a former city parks director & occasional News-Ledger columnist

Riverbank was the host site, with cheerleaders, banners, and dragon mascots from Westmore Oaks.

Southport squared off against  Riverbank in the third place game and Southport was victorious, 44-33.

Southport raced off to a  21-12 lead and never looked back.

Nate Cornell and Kamron Johnston provided highlights for Southport and Shawn Shields had a great game for the hard-working River Otters.

The championship game featured the very tall Stonegate team, with an impenetrable 2-3 zone defense, against  Westmore Oaks. In the end, the Stonegate height was too much and they won the championship 38-28.

Isiah Peraa, Eric Creer, Sahil Gil, Miguel Martinez Brisyn Saludares, Lorenzo Burks were all pointed out as having outstanding games and season for Stonegate.

Elijah Fields lead the Westmore Oaks charge!

Evidently, there are lots of terrific players on their way to River City High School next year.

Youth softball, Baseball, volleyball and swimming are now underway in town, It’s the busiest sports season of the year.

Plans are being made now for next season’s metro soccer program, for those interested. Alberto Terrico is the organizer to call 510-673-7871 to play metro – the ‘best of the best’ soccer!

Softball and soccer at River City are having historically successful seasons, as the wave of young players continues moving into high school. It’s great fun to watch them play and represent West Sac.

The Attack, the Hitterz, Hooligans, Pumas, Saints, Dolphins, Tigers, and Arsenal youth sports teams in West Sacramento all continue their march to high school success.

One of the great opportunities provided to youth sports teams here is access to UC Davis and Sac State sports. The university games have very family-oriented pricing and  great quality of play in any sport. I happened to see what seemed like the entire West Sacramento softball family at the recent Sac State game vs Cal in women’s softball.  Cal is number 5 in the country, and won the game 1-0 on  a home run. Great seats, great facility, actually the highest attendance in Sac State softball history. Both Sac State and UC Davis have great programs and are perfect for teaching young athletes through example.

For the horse fans: West Sacramento Trail Riders Association is hosting their annual  dinner, raffle fundraiser on May 11. You can call me for tickets at 371-1513.

Hey, the sun is out finally, and this is the time of year to go outdoors.

Until next time.

 

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