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Don’t buy that new toy – borrow it

Six-year-old Sasha Stanchits checks out the foosball toy with the West Sacramento Toy Library program coordinator, library assistant Carly Brotherton. (Photos by Al Zagofsky)

Six-year-old Sasha Stanchits checks out the foosball toy with the West Sacramento Toy Library program coordinator, library assistant Carly Brotherton.
(Photos by Al Zagofsky)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 21, 2014 —

By Al Zagofsky
Correspondent

Have you ever had your child pull your sleeve, cry and beg that they need the latest and greatest toy that they saw on television or at their friends’ home?

And then, the next day you spend big bucks for the toy, they love it—they love you, and the following day it’s pushed aside, perhaps never to be played with again, and relegated to the junk pile. There is a solution—the West Sacramento Toy Library at the Turner Community Library.

“We have toys for kids of all ages,” explained program coordinator, library assistant Carly Brotherton. “The program focuses mostly on ages from newborn to 6 years old. We have puzzles, blocks, baby dolls, musical instruments, balls, gloves and even a T-ball set.”

The West Sacramento Toy Library is a membership organization, and is open on Tuesdays from noon to 2 pm, and on Wednesdays from 4 pm to 6 pm. Membership is $15 per year and entitles members to take out up to five toys at a time for three weeks. Toys can be returned to the library circulation desk any time the library is open.

“Members can swap out toys, so they are constantly able to get fresh toys to take home,” Carlie said. “When they get tired of them, they bring them back, and go home with new toys.”

“The most popular toys are ones that make noise,” She explained. “This includes the big ambulance, various musical instruments, and the keyboard. The parents enjoy the advantage of having the toys returned after three weeks—often sooner.”

After they are returned, toys are cleaned by a volunteer before they are made available for the next person to check out. If a toy is returned broken, sometimes a volunteer can repair it, otherwise the borrower is asked to replace the damaged toy with one of a similar value.

Although the Toy Library is housed at the Turner Community Library, the five-year-old program is operated by Child  Care Services of Davis. For many years, the Toy Library was housed in the West Sacramento City Hall. The Toy Library currently has 50 members. They are always seeking new members and clean toys in good condition.

“The Toy Library helps cut costs for parents, and saves them the time and trouble of having to go out and buy a lot of toys,” Carly noted. “We get donations from our community, and that helps keep the supply fresh. Patrons are not seeing the same toys over and over again.”

The Toy Library is located at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento., telephone number: (916) 375-6465.

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$10,000 for River City High booster club

December Brinsfield-Briscoe of the River City High School Athletic Boosters accepted a $10,000 check from Daniel Rocha of Hanlees Auto Group in Davis two weeks ago (courtesy photo)

December Brinsfield-Briscoe of the River City High School Athletic Boosters accepted a $10,000 check from Daniel Rocha of Hanlees Auto Group in Davis two weeks ago (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 15, 2014 —

A representative from Hanlees Auto Group in Davis visited River City High School two weeks ago to hand the school’s athletic booster club a check for $10,000. The money came from Hanlees and the Toyota corporation.

Accepting the check was December Brinsfield-Briscoe, president of the boosters.

The News-Ledger later asked her if the club had ever received a donation that large before.

“Not that I’m aware of,” she responded. “It was quite interesting the way that it came about. (Current) athletic director Jamie King contacted us to let us know Hanlees was interesting in doing a sponsorship for our club. The Toyota corporation contributed half the donation, and Hanlees contributed the other half.”

The money will be used by the booster club to support student-athletes at the school.

“The athletic boosters provide funding and scholarships to eligible athletes,” she said. “And basically, when the athletic department needs anything — training, equipment, courses, football helmets, catcher’s gear, we help.”

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‘Neighborhood court’ coming to West Sac: model follows SF and Davis

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 29, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The concept of “neighborhood court” is soon to West Sacramento.

Those accused of certain low-level crimes will have a chance to exchange a court appearance and possible conviction for a chance to negotiate a resolution with a group of local volunteers and a facilitator in “neighborhood court.”

JEFF REISIG Yolo County District Attorney (News-Ledger file photo)

JEFF REISIG
Yolo County District Attorney
(News-Ledger file photo)

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig told the News-Ledger that the program focuses on “restorative justice” – a concept that cuts across cultures and across the centuries. A modern version of these citizens’ courts is now in operation across the causeway in Davis. It will launch in West Sacramento during the next few months.

The Yolo County version of the neighborhood court follows San Francisco’s model. Reisig said that he has personally watched the Bay Area model in session.

“We have tweaked it a bit to make it more ‘restorative,’” Reisig said.

“Restorative justice is really just a way of having an individual accept responsibility for the harm they’ve cause to the person or community, and finding a way to make it right. It’s all about accountability – making the victim whole.”

This approach is based on “positive, not punitive,” he added.

The neighborhood court model heading to West Sacramento will involve recruiting citizen volunteers to work with a trained “facilitator.” Together, they will meet with alleged offenders and try to hammer out a deal that fits the crime.

To get to neighborhood instead of criminal court, the defendant in a low-level crime – a misdemeanor or infraction case – has to agree to go. In Davis, such cases have included those accused of public drunkenness, vandalism or simple assault.

The victims of the alleged crimes can, if they wish, show up to tell the perpetrator exactly how the crime affected them.

According to an official report of the Davis neighborhood court, victims often appreciate that opportunity. Also, allowing the victim and the offender to communicate can be an effective way to prevent new offenses. One anonymous victim was quoted in the report as saying the victim/offender conference was very satisfying:

“I enjoyed the positive outcome and insightful process,” the battery victim was quoted. “I learned a lot and it provided me with an opportunity to improve my patience.”

“The program is totally voluntary,” explained Reisig. “If somebody is arrested by the police, they can go through the normal process and go to court. Or, if this is an option, they can go to the neighborhood court. If an agreement is reached between the neighborhood court and the offender, there’s a group called the Center for Intervention that monitors the contract.”

That organization – under contract with Yolo County – monitors the deal. The offender pays a “small fee” to be monitored, but won’t be turned away from the program for being unable to pay the fee.

If the offender fulfills his obligations – say, by volunteering a certain amount of community service hours erasing graffiti – the case is closed. There’s no criminal conviction.

If the offender drops the ball, he or she can end up back in “real” court to face the charges. At the moment, reports Reisig’s office, the Davis and UC Davis communities report having held a total of 153 neighborhood court conferences. 95 of those offenders have completed their contract, 28 more are in the process of doing so, and two offenders have dropped the ball.

What kind of offenses has the Davis neighborhood court been handling?

“Keep in mind, Davis is a very different community (from West Sacramento) because of the college students,” Reisig commented. “You have a lot of alcohol-related problems. Most common, maybe, are public drunkenness and alcohol possession.”

Other offenses eligible for neighborhood court include petty theft, vandalism, public urination, noise violations, battery and resisting arrest.

For a theft conviction, says the Yolo County report, an offender might be told to write a four-page essay on the impacts of shoplifting, along with an apology to the store he or she stole from. To answer a charge of public urination, the offender may agree to spend three hours with a local graffiti abatement team.

West Sacramento may see its neighborhood court addressing a different mix of offenses, although the mix may also include alcohol, he said. To be eligible for neighborhood court, not only does the crime have to be a small one, but the offender can’t be on probation or parole, can’t have a criminal history and can’t be facing other criminal charges.

Local service organizations and nonprofits will be invited to become involved so that offenders serve their penance by performing unpaid public service.

The search for West Sacramento neighborhood court panelists and facilitators begins Feb. 20, with a public workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. at the library (1212 Merkley Avenue). Recruitment and training will follow. The volunteers will serve on a single city-wide court.

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‘Beer for a Butterfly’ contest underway

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 8, 2014 —

The hunt is on:

UC Davis professor Art Shapiro is offering a pitcher of beer, or its cash equivalent, to the person who catches the first cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) of 2014.  The wee beasties typically make their first appearance of the season sometime around Jan. 20, give or take.

The catch is that Shapiro, who according to UC Davis usually spends 200 days per year in the field, usually wins his own contest. Last year, he found his first specimen of the season in West Sacramento, sharing the beer with his grad students.

The cabbage white butterfly. Look also for several dark spots on the top of the wings (photo from Wikipedia  Commons, license granted)

The cabbage white butterfly. Look also for several dark spots on the top of the wings
(photo from Wikipedia Commons, license granted)

To win, be the first to catch an adult outdoors (look in vacant lots, fields and gardens, especially among weedy mustards) and take the live specimen to the Department of Evolution and Ecology, 2320 Storer Hall at UC Davis. It should keep alive in the fridge for a few days if necessary.

Provide your exact date, time and location of capture, along with your name and contact information (email preferred).

The contest is open to catches made in the counties of Yolo, Sacramento and Solano.

Good luck.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The UC Davis website says that Shapiro caught a butterfly specimen at 1:18 p.m. on New Year’s Day.  But he has declared the contest still open, because he believes his specimen was from the “fall brood,” which slipped into January.  He is still looking for a specimen hatched from the new brood.

   The website says he caught the New Year’s Day butterfly in West Sacramento, on the south (sunny) side of a railroad embankment.

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