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Wine & treats to benefit local charities


A number of local charities will benefit from your attendance at the “Hope Stocking Event,” planned by the West Sacramento Foundation for 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Club Pheasant.

Santa and honorary “elves” will join you for hors d’oeuvres and wine. $30. Give a tax-deductible gift and receive a commemorative “Hope Stocking” ornament. For information, tickets, or sponsorship opportunities, call Maria Simas, (916) 616-6512.

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Celeste Hall gets her wings

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 21, 2012 —

By News-Ledger Staff —

Celeste Hall, a 2009 graduate of River City High School now serving in the Navy, received her wings as an Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (left).

She is presently on the USS John C Stennis, a seventh Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier. She’s the daughter of Heidi Haskins, granddaughter of Nanette Miller and great granddaughter of Albino and Nylene Freitas, all of West Sacramento. (courtesy photo)

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West Sac native is the new warden

Ron Rackley: member of RCHS Class of 1984 is now the warden at a California correctional facility (courtesy photo)


By News-Ledger Staff —

Governor Jerry Brown’s office announced last month that Ronald Rackley, 46, of Elk Grove, has been appointed warden of the Deuel Vocational Institution at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where he has served as chief deputy administrator since 2009. Rackley has served in multiple positions at the Deuel Vocational Institution since 1987.

This position does not require Senate confirmation.

 Rackley began his career with CDCR in 1987 as a Correctional Officer at Deuel. He is the only person in the 59 year history of DVI to promote from correctional officer to warden without transferring to another prison.  DVI, located in Tracy, CA, opened in 1953 as a medium security prison, with a large vocational training program. DVI’s current mission is as a reception center for 22 Northern California counties; and a medium security prison for male felons.

Rackley was born is Sacramento, and raised in West Sacramento by his parents Robert and the late Patricia Rackley.  He attended River City Senior High School, graduating in 1984.

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State audit says West Sacramento’s handling of redevelopment property was clean & legal


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento has become the first California city to be certified by the state controller with a clean bill of health for the manner in which the city “wound down” its redevelopment agency assets.


When the state abolished redevelopment agencies in a revenue-raising maneuver, cities like this one were left with property assets – some of them major – that were owned by the redevelopment agency, but suddenly in danger of being divvied up and parceled out. West Sacramento handled its redevelopment assets in various ways, putting acreage near Stone Lock under purchase option to the locally-controlled Port of Sacramento, and moving small potential “right of way” properties along roadways to the city itself.

The office of State Controller John Chiang has just announced that transfers like these were in compliance with the law. The properties transferred to the city served an obvious governmental purpose, he said.

At the same time, his office found the City of Hercules inappropriately handled $51.1 million of its assets, which must now be turned over to the local “successor agency” to the redevelopment agency in Hercules.

“We’re the first city in the state to have a completely clear audit,” Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the News-Ledger. “The controller’s office was auditing whether the transactions that occurred as the redevelopment agency was winding down were appropriate. Some cities had problems.”

How much property did West Sacramento move out of the agency?

“In the range of $70 million, with some as large as parts of the Stone Lock District and some more like 50 square feet,” he said. “Most are not really high-value properties, like those rights-of-way. Our concern was that if we gave them up and they went to auction, somebody could pick them up for next to nothing because they had no development value. Then they could essentially hold us hostage and try to extort the taxpayers for huge sums of money because we need them (for road expansions and such).”

The audit process isn’t over, said the mayor. The state still needs to sign off that West Sacramento transferred some of its pre-existing tax obligations in a legal manner. The redevelopment agency had committed some of the local property tax increment to projects like the Bridge District and Stone Lock District, and the state needs to give approval for those commitments to continue.

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Life in America before ‘Black Friday’

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 21, 2012 —

DARYL FISHER, author of the weekly 'My Back Pages' column in the News-Ledger


This year I decided I wasn’t going to wait until the very last minute to do all my Christmas shopping so off I went this past Saturday to a shopping mall in downtown Sacramento. I quickly found what I was looking for and was standing in a not-too-lengthy line when I suddenly found myself listening (eavesdropping is such a nasty word) to the two women in front of me as they chatted away about their plans for the day after Thanksgiving.

“I can hardly wait for Black Friday,” said the taller of the two with a big grin. “Are you going to be doing what I’m going to be doing?”

“Are you kidding?” answered the shorter of the two. “I plan on being out my front door before the sun comes up!”
Not having a clue what the two women were talking about, I asked myself what Black Friday might be. I had definitely heard the phrase somewhere before, but I couldn’t seem to recall in what context. Maybe it was the day people were jumping out of windows in New York City back in 1929 when the stock market crashed and destroyed so many fortunes, I thought to myself. Or maybe it was a particular Friday back in the Middle Ages when more people died from the Black Plague than on any other day? Anyway, I ended up thinking about it all the way home and the first person I saw when I walked in the front door was my daughter, so I asked her if she had ever heard of that phrase before.

“You don’t know what Black Friday is, Dad?” my daughter asked in amazement.

“I’m afraid not.”

“What world do you live in?”

“I’m often not sure,” I admitted.

“Well,” explained my daughter after looking at me like I had been hanging out on the moon, “it’s the day after Thanksgiving when all the stores have huge sales to attract holiday shoppers, and other than the day before Christmas when everyone does their last-minute shopping, it’s the biggest shopping day of the whole year.”

  More specifically, I learned that Black Friday is actually the day that most retail businesses hope to finally go into the black (or profitability) for that business year and there really are sales galore scheduled for that specific day to attract potential shoppers across the nation. And apparently the reason stores open their doors so early in the morning is that studies have found that most shoppers spend most of their money at the very first store they visit.

“But I don’t remember you or your mother going shopping for big sales on the day after Thanksgiving,” I told my daughter.

“That’s because neither one of us want to take our lives into our own hands! People go absolutely crazy on Black Friday the minute the store doors open, pushing other people to the side and ripping away merchandize already in the hands of other people. I mean, people will risk life and limb just to get themselves a Black Friday bargain and who wants to have `Trampled to death in Wal-Mart’ on their tombstone?”

I was mentioning all this to my mother the other night when she explained to me that there was actually a time in this country (and not all that long ago, too) when shopping in general, and shopping for bargains in particular, wasn’t the only reason to exist.

“When I was young,” said my mother, “most everyone lived out in the country and shopping was something we hardly ever did. If we did go into town, it was just on Saturday, and outside of picking up some sugar and flour, we didn’t spend too much time in stores. My mother made almost everything we needed at home. She would take hand-me-down cloth from some of the neighbors and sew clothes for us kids, and when it came to food, we had most everything we needed right on the place. There were chickens and rabbits for meat, and Mom canned just about everything she could get her hands on, including vegetables from the garden and fruits from the trees in our backyard. So shopping in stores was just something that wasn’t a big part of most people’s lives back then.”

“What if you needed a tool or a radio or something like that?” I asked.

“Well,” explained my mother, “every house where I lived received both the Sears and Roebuck catalog and the Montgomery Wards catalog, and anything we needed that we couldn’t make ourselves or find in the few stores that were in town we would just order out of one of those big catalogs.”

When my mother suddenly started to smile I said, “What’s so funny?”

“Well,” she said, “I was just thinking that back then those pages in those catalogs weren’t really used all that much to buy things with because no one had much spending money. What we really used them for was toilet paper.”

“You know,” I said, returning her smile, “now that’s actually a pretty good commentary on what has happened to this country over the years in terms of everything being so commercialized and people feeling like they have to go out and buy everything in sight to feel alive.”

“Well,” said my mother, “I don’t know about all that, but I do know that all these colorful and fancy catalogs they keep sending me in the mail would have been pretty worthless back when I was young.”

“And why is that?” I asked with interest.

“Because the pages in them are way too slick nowadays.”

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Sign up for Christmas food baskets


Sing up for the West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project’s holiday food baskets will be held:  Monday, Nov. 26, through Thursday, Dec. 13, at Community Lutheran Church, 920 Drever St. (just off Jefferson behind Chevron), from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m on weekdays and Saturdays 10-noon. Also Sundays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2 & 9 at Holy Cross Church, 1321 Anna Street, from 1-3 p.m.

  Open to West Sacramento residents only; bring proof of residency (rent receipt, utility bill), California driver’s license or ID, proof of income (paycheck stub, MediCal card, etc.), and Social Security card, and proof of any children in the home.

One basket per family/residence. For info, call 372-3360.

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Vehicle in repair shop starts fire


West Sacramento’s fire department reports that firefighters were able to contain a fire in a Houston Street auto repair shop last Wednesday.

They responded to the shop at 620 Houston Street at about 9:25 a.m., finding “smoke coming out of one of the roll-up doors at the business.”

  Crews forced entry and used a hose to extinguish the fire. Flames never spread to adjoining businesses.

Firefighters believe the fire was accidental, and started in a vehicle inside the shop somehow.

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