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Birthday party for Rec Center

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Recreation Center will celebrate its fourth birthday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Light refreshments and prize giveaways (gift cards, Kings tickets, Rec Center passes, etc.).

For information on the party, call 617-4770. The Rec Center is located next to River City High School, 2801 Jefferson Blvd. in Southport.

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Photo contest: images & winners

“Club Pheasant - Since 1935,” by Frank Pereira. Third place among black & white photos.

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 9, 2013–

From the City
of West Sacramento

Following a three year absence, the City of West Sacramento brought back its photo contest as part of the City’s 25th anniversary celebration. The prize -winning photos taken by contestants in October were announced Dec. 5 by the West Sacramento City Council. One contestant, resident Andrey Klimushkin, was the only one to win prizes in two separate categories.

The categories open to amateur photographers this fall were Residents (with three separate age divisions); Nonresidents; and a special photo category, “Best Black and White”, open to all contestants. The cash prizes offered this year also reflected the City’s 25th anniversary, with prize amounts based on variations of the theme of “25.” First place winners received $250 cash; second place winners $125; and third place winners $25.

[adrotate group=”7″] 2012 Photo Contest Winners:

The winners in the “Residents Under Age 25” category: Yelena Akhanova, first place; Donovan Carlson, second place; and Jennifer Trinkle, third place. The contest also set aside a category for residents who turned 25 during 2012, the 25th anniversary year of the City’s founding. Douglas Hughes, a City  employee during the contest period, won $250. In addition to Mr. Hughes, two other City employees were also prize-winners: Dena Kirtley, third place residents, age 26 and older; and Frank Pereira, third place, special Black and White. City employees participating in the contest as planners, producers, organizers, or judges, along with family members, were ineligible to enter the contest.

Winners of the category open to residents, Age 26 and older: Adonis  Villanueva, first place; Andrey Klimushkin, second place; and Dena Kirtley, third place.

‘Wall-e’s Wishes,’ by Douglas Hughes. First place among entries from residents age 25 and up.

In the “Nonresidents” category, the winners were: John Hennigan, first place; Pat Soberanis, second place; and Richard Abrusci, third place. Winners in the “Black and White” special photo category: Andrey Klimushkin, first place; Janice Wang-Polagruto, second place; and Frank Pereira, third place. Mr. Klimushkin was therefore the only winner to win in two categories this year. Mr. Pereira was also a third place winner in 2009, the last previous year of the contest.

The contest was sponsored by the City of West Sacramento.

You can scroll through all the winning photos at: http://www.cityofwestsacramento.org/residents/photocontest.asp

The photo contest winners met the city council on Dec. 5: pictured, left to right, are: Adonis Villanueva, first place, Residents Age 26 & Older; Janice Wang-Polagruto, second place, Black & White; Frank Pereira, third place, Black & White; John Hennigan, first place, Nonresidents; Mayor Pro Tem Chris Ledesma; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; Council Member Oscar Villegas; Andrey Klimushkin, first place, Black & White and second place, Residents Age 26 & Older; Richard Abrusci, third place, Nonresidents; Dena Kirtley, third place, Residents Age 26 & Older; Council Member Bill Kristoff; Pat Soberanis (front row), second place, Nonresidents; Douglas Hughes, first place, Residents Age 25; Jennifer Trinkle, third place, Residents Under Age 25; Council Member Mark Johannessen; Yelena Akhanova, first place, Residents Under Age 25; and Donovan Carlson, second place, Residents Under Age 25. (Courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento)

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Baby born in car in Southport

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 16, 2013 —

INFANT GETS CPR ON AMBULANCE RIDE TO HOSPITAL —

West Sacramento firefighters had one of those famous “cliché” calls on Dec. 29, as a Southport woman gave birth in a car during the rush to get her to a hospital.

It was about 5:17 a.m. on a cold Saturday morning when the call came in that a woman had given birth in her vehicle on Lemontree Road. She had tried to make a break for the hospital when she went into labor, but didn’t get very far from home before the child came.

Firefighters from Station 45 on Lake Washington Boulevard responded. They were informed en route that the newborn wasn’t breathing.

“The baby was out, on the mom’s lap,” said Battalion Chief Tim Eisenbeisz of the West Sacramento Fire Department. “They had been trying to get to the hospital. The baby was not breathing at the time, and still attached to the umbilical cord. It was very cold out.”

A second ambulance was summoned to take care of the mother.

[adrotate group=”7″] “The baby wasn’t coming around,” Eisenbeisz told the News-Ledger. “Firefighter Kristopher Tower immediately started grabbed the baby and wrapped him up in blankets and got the baby into the ambulance and started CPR.”

Eisenbeisz said he wasn’t actually sure of the baby’s gender.

Standard CPR on an infant involves quick, half-inch deep chest compressions.

“Prior to leaving the scene, he was able to get a pulse,” said Eisenbeisz. “The baby looked very good at the hospital. As best we can speculate, the baby was breathing on its own.”

Further information wasn’t available. Eisenbeisz said the firefighters would welcome news on the condition of the baby and mother.   The family is invited to contact the News-Ledger at 371-8030 or steve@news-ledger.com if it wishes to share that information.

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Get your act together —

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The local library at 1212 Merkley Avenue is hosting an “open mic night” at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 24, Do you write stories or poetry? Sing, rap, or play an instrument?

Drop in. Material should be appropriate for all ages.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

‘Letters to the Editor’ from the News-Ledger edition of January 9, 2013 —

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Why not Mark?

In the December 12, 2012 edition of the News-Ledger the front-page article regarding the appointment of Chris Ledesma as the next vice mayor was troubling.  I don’t have anything against  Chris, but I was troubled by the politics behind his selection. Mark Johannessen has been on the council much longer, but he has always been passed over in this position. Why does this happen?

T. LEWIS
West Sacramento

  EDITOR’S NOTE: At the city council meeting of December 5, Councilman Bill Kristoff nominated Mark Johannessen to be the next “mayor pro tem,” or vice mayor.

  No one seconded that motion. Councilman Oscar Villegas then nominated Chris Ledesma, who was unanimously elected.

  Johannessen is in his second term on the council and has not yet served as mayor pro tem. He declined detailed comments to the News-Ledger, saying the vote was “no big deal.”

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Help her!

Almost everyday I see the same woman at the Safeway Shopping Center. She has the same filthy clothes on with the same filthy jacket and matted hair. She has several small bags she carries in a basket all the time. To see her still homeless is a shame on us and our community. I have given her money and said hello, but its hard to tell how much of her is really still there. She has been outside in all temperatures for over a year.

I know this because I have seen her for so long. She sometimes looks at me with these eyes that still speak and seem to be saying “Help.”

I know she has been to the Yolo County Human Services office on Jefferson because I’ve seen her there. I even over-heard a conversation she was having on the phone at the One Spot Career Center inside their lobby, (they let you use the phones free there),. Its supposed to be to find a job thou. I heard her saying, “I’m trying to get back into a board and care. I am staying at a motel and I don’t feel safe”. That was over a year ago.

[adrotate group=”7″] A Board and Care is a facility for those who require assistance with living and taking care of their ADLS, “Activities of Daily Living.” If she was once at that level of care, she should not be out on the street. It is obvious that she suffers with mental illness. I have never seen her ask for money or with any liquor. I was so desperate for this woman to get help, I recently sent the Mayor Christopher Cabaldon a letter on Facebook. Here’s what it said:

“This woman needs help. She is always at the Safeway shopping center. She is homeless, mentally ill, elderly, filthy and with matted hair. She was trying to get into a board and over a year ago. This I know because of a conversation I over-heard at the Health and Human Services office. She was using the phone at the One-Stop Career Center. She has been seen by social services and law enforcement alike and she still remains in desperate need. If you go over there in the morning between Big Lots and Rite-Aid or in front of Safeway you will see her. Please, Mayor Cabaldon, use the powers within your office to help this woman and the other mentally ill and homeless souls in our community.”

I don’t know if anything will be done, but its a sad day when sick people can’t get the help they are asking for and so desperately needs. West Sacramento is a Mecca for the homeless, addict, mentally ill and just down and out. Maybe its our cheap motels and easy access to the river. One might say just move, but I’ve bought a home here and I like West Sac, but for your everyday person, who cares about these people, its become a depressing place to live.

We have to do something for the homeless. Provide a day shelter, and get the mentally ill help. We need a detox center for the addict. Its just getting increasingly like a set from a zombie movie here, with us just living, shopping and acting as if the “living dead” among us, already are.

ANGEL JENKINS
West Sacramento
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The homeless challenge

Thank you for reporting on the issue of homelessness in West Sacramento and Councilman Mark Johannessen’s ongoing efforts to address the issue and its impact on our community (News-Ledger, Jan. 2).

St. Vincent de Paul, Our Lady of Grace Conference is among the many faith-based groups in West Sacramento who are concerned about how our city and county address the needs of the poor in our community, especially the homeless.  I appreciate Councilman Johannessen’s efforts to push for the development of city policy concerning the poor and unsheltered.

In developing policy in this area, it is important to view the challenges of overcoming poverty and homelessness from the perspective of building a community in West Sacramento that is inclusive of all of its residents.  This perspective begins, I think, with the understanding that the “homeless” are not a problem, but real people, including families with children,  facing tough challenges in tough times.  For example, over the last year, we saw our requests for need increase by 175%.

Every situation is unique and personal to the people affected by poverty.   In developing a policy, the city should include poor and homeless individuals in the planning process.  I have met such persons through the charitable work of St. Vincent de Paul.  They have much to offer for workable solutions because they are living the experience of poverty in our community.

The development of policy should be open and transparent.   There needs to be ample notice of public meetings, and meetings need to be set at reasonable times and places so there can be full participation by all stakeholders.  Mr. Johannessen has taken this approach and the city council should  follow his lead to have all voices heard.  It is also critical that policy be developed with better facts concerning the depth of poverty in our community.  The reported count of only 138 homeless people within city limits does not square with the reality of what we find in our work with the poor.

It is important, too, that policy not look to just one solution but acknowledge the scope of the challenges of being homeless and build upon multiple solutions to address the varying need.  The policy should address systemic change where needed, such as, access to resources through coordinated communication.  We have seen such positive changes in the formation of West Sac Partners, the establishment of 211 telephone assistance, and the work of the Broderick Bryte Community Action Network.

Our Lady of Grace Conference remains hopeful that city leaders will be open to addressing the issue of homelessness as a real and pressing challenge for our community and will work with stakeholders for a policy that is humane, decent, and worthy of the City of West Sacramento.

PAUL STARKEY
Conference President
Our Lady of Grace Conference
Society of St. Vincent de Paul

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Five compete for open seat

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 9, 2013 —

Former board member David Westin and temporary member Elizabeth Bagdazian are not among the candidates —

LINH NGUYEN: business owner from Southport seeks a seat on the Washington Unified School District board of trustees (courtesy photo)

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Five candidates have signed up for West Sacramento’s special school board election on March 5.  The all-mail ballot will ask voters to pick one person to fill the remaining term – almost two years – of former board member Sandra Vargas.

[adrotate group=”9″]  Vargas resigned in the fall. Her remaining colleagues appointed Elizabeth Bagdazian to fill the slot, but a group of citizens successfully petitioned to overturn that appointment and force the special vote.

Neither Bagdazian nor David Westin, a former school board member narrowly voted out of office in November, are running for the vacancy.

The News-Ledger this week caught up with several of the candidates.

NICHOLAS TURNEY: former college instructor, now a parent & homemaker, is running for a school board seat in West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

The five candidates are:

Nicholas Scott Turney, a self-described parent/homemaker who lives on Watercourse Lane in northern West Sacramento.

Katherine R. Gales, reported as an “education executive assistant” and who lives on Touchstone Place in Southport.

Linh T. Nguyen, who lists himself as a business owner who lives on Huntington Road in Southport.

Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez, self-described as a parent-teacher and who hasn’t listed a street address. Her Facebook page indicates she works as a teacher in Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

Francisco Castillo, who lists himself as a parent/education advocate and who lives on Ryer Island Street in Southport.

Nicholas Turney, 33, told the News-Ledger he believes that Washington Unified School District “could use a voice more representative of the north area.”

“I’m a former college instructor and I took a leave from teaching to raise our children, so I understand the benefits of having a solid education as a basis for success in the future,” he said. “I’m not affiliated with any board members or civic leaders – I’m a totally independent candidate.”

Turney said he has a kindergarten-age daughter and a son who’s still a toddler.

KATHERINE GALES: works for state education departments, wants to give public service back (courtesy photo)

Katherine Gales, 49, said she has a grandson, two nieces and a nephew of school age.

“I’m running because I have experience and understand education and I’ve been around the block,” she said. “I think everybody should be involved (in public service) at some point in their life doing what they can do. I bring my experience, knowledge and expertise in education to the West Sacramento public schools.”

Gales said she has worked for the state education department for 14 years, and has lived in the city for three. Although she responded to a call for candidates made on Mayor Christopher Cabaldon’s Facebook page, Gales said she has not received the mayor’s endorsement or other political endorsements at this point.

Francisco Castillo, 32, said he was motivated to get involved partly by the experience of having to spend the night in front of Bridgeway Island Elementary School in order to get his child a slot in the kindergarten there.

“I work in a national educational advocacy group called StudentsFirst,” he told the News-Ledger. “I’ve been in West Sacramento about five years.”

His focus includes ensuring preschool access for all children, promoting college and career preparation, and ensuring fiscal responsibility in the district.

FRANCISCO CASTILLO: Professional education advocate, endorsed by mayor & county supervisor (courtesy photo)

“I’m happy to have the endorsements of (new board member) Katie Villegas, Mayor Cabaldon, (Yolo County Supervisor Michael) McGowan, and city councilmen Oscar Villegas and Christ Ledesma,” said Castillo.

Nguyen and Kirby-Gonzalez couldn’t immediately be reached for comment – but the News-Ledger plans to invite all candidates for an in-depth interview before the election.

The website of the local teachers’ union, the Washington Teachers Association, reports that the union has endorsed Kirby-Gonzalez, the teacher.

A sixth candidate filed to run in this race, but withdrew. That was Coby Pizotti, who ran unsuccessfully for one of the seats available in the regular election in November.

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Free food from Yolo food bank

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute free food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Distribution will occur from 9-10 a.m. at the County Building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon to 1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse.

Please bring a bag and attend only one site. For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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