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West Sac joins Davis cemetery district

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 27, 2013 —

Residents of East Yolo get a slightly-preferred rate to use services at the Davis public cemetery

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Sure, you want to live the rest of your life in West Sacramento. But where do you want to go after that?

West Sacramento doesn’t have a cemetery. But options for city residents looking for a final resting place became a little bit more attractive earlier this year when West Sacramento and Clarksburg joined the Davis Cemetery District. The expansion of this special governmental district came after a study by Yolo County’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) and the approval of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.

A News-Ledger reporter dropped in on the Davis cemetery this week, finding a sunny day replete with wild turkeys and a guinea hen strolling among the headstones. The cemetery is located along Pole Line Road in East Davis.

Gathered on the grounds of the Davis cemetery: Superintendent Joseph Cattarin,  Office Manager Susan Finkleman and Community Outreach Director Joseph Finkleman. The cemetery includes gardens, wildlife and the only natural hill (“swale”) in that city, reports Joseph Finkleman.  (News-Ledger photo)

Gathered on the grounds of the Davis cemetery: Superintendent Joseph Cattarin, Office Manager Susan Finkleman and Community Outreach Director Joseph Finkleman. The cemetery includes gardens, wildlife and the only natural hill (“swale”) in that city, reports Joseph Finkleman.
(News-Ledger photo)

Joseph Finkleman, community outreach director for the public cemetery, explained that until recently, its district was much smaller.

“It was just Davis, El Macero and a few chunks of dirt contiguous to Davis,” said Finkleman. “LAFCo did their every-five-year review of our agency, and in the process of the review, they looked at East Yolo, which had no special (cemetery) district. There will never be a cemetery there because of the (high) water table.”

So the county decided to draw Clarksburg and West Sacramento into the map.

While Davis land pay a small amount of property tax to support the cemetery (it amounts to about $2.50 per year per resident, said Finkleman), West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents won’t see their property taxes routed the same way. Instead, residents of this new part of the district will see “Tier 2” pricing when they shop for a spot at the cemetery.

“They will pay $250 – a one-time fee – regardless of the number of plots they’re arranging for,” said Finkleman. “Our lowest-end service is a scattering (of ashes) in our cemetery. We have scattering gardens, and we actually place the cremains in as many flower gardens as we can. There’s also a memorialization included – a very small stone about brick-sized. That’s $440, plus the $250 fee (for residents from new areas of the district).”

A traditional single burial with a Titan “fully-sealed” container costs $4,886 for the same customers.

The cemetery also offers other services – including a “green burial” in which the body is encouraged to “return to the earth” in a biodegradable container or shroud ($4,057).

“Green burial is one of the only reasons people with no affinity for this cemetery district would want to be buried here,” added Susan Finkleman, the cemetery’s office manager. “We are one of the few public cemeteries that will do green burials.”

The “public” Davis cemetery will accept clients from outside the district, for a $500 additional fee instead of the $250 fee to be paid by West Sacramento and Clarksburg clients. All fees include an “endowment” charge that go into a fund meant to keep maintaining the cemetery even after it is filled and closed.

“We sit on 28 acres,” said Finkleman. “We have almost 20 acres of undeveloped land. At the rate we’re utilizing the cemetery, we have enough space for somewhere between 300 and a thousand years.”

Finkleman said he believes the prices at the Davis Cemetery are generally lower than those at private facilities (Susan Finkleman reports that 45 percent of its budget is subsidized by property taxes). As a public cemetery, the Davis facility has no funeral home of its own, no above-ground mausoleums and does not allow separate burial of pets – although Fido’s ashes can sometimes be included along with his owner’s burial if desired.

The facility boasts several flower gardens, a labyrinth, an arboretum, indoor rotating art galley and abundant wildlife.

For more information, visit www.daviscemetery.org, call (530) 756-7807 or email cemetery@dcn.org.

 

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Skydiving accident at Yolo airport kills jumper from Lodi

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 26, 2013 —

A skydiving accident near Davis on Saturday killed an experienced, 23-year old skydiver.

Mark Persons, a spokesman for the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, said deputies responded at about 6 p.m. on August 24 to the Sky Dance facility at the Yolo County Airport.

“Upon arrival, deputies located the body of the deceased skydiver approximately one mile southeast of the Sky Dance drop zone,” reported Persons in a press statement. “His canopy and harness were also located, one mile northeast of the drop zone. At this point in the investigation, it is unknown how the victim became detached from his skydiving gear.”

On Monday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Department released the identity of the victim: Andrew Todd Cofer, of Lodi. (An earlier report that Cofer was from San Jose was based on an address on Cofer’s driver’s license). Witnesses said Cofer was an experienced skydiver with more than 600 jumps.

An autopsy performed Monday showed that Cofer died from “multiple blunt force trauma, with fractures,” Persons told the News-Ledger. The manner of death — how Cofer came to be completely separated from his harness and chute — is still under investigation.

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Ag firm moves 10 miles to West Sac

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 31, 2013 —

R&D firm will take place of Affymetrix — which left West Sacto for Asia

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A Davis agricultural research and development operation will move to West Sacramento next year in order to expand.

Bayer CropScience, a division of Bayer AG of Germany, has acquired a 164,000-square foot facility at 870-890 Embarcadero Drive (near Reed Avenue and I-80), reported the Cushman & Wakefield commercial real estate firm. Cushman & Wakefield assisted Bayer CropScience in buying the building from Ethan Conrad Properties.

Bayer will use the facility for its U.S.-based research on vegetable seeds and crop protection products, said Cushman & Wakefield.

The plant will employ up to 300 people, added a statement from the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO), which worked with the City of West Sacramento and the company to facilitate the move.

Various reports say Bayer was unable to find a suitable facility in Davis in which to expand its operations. It chose existing lab space in West Sacramento that was formerly home to Affymetrix. That biotech firm quit West Sacramento for Singapore four years ago.

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON: "thrilled' to have agricultural research company move to West Sac (News-Ledger file photo)

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON: “thrilled’ to have agricultural research company move to West Sac (News-Ledger file photo)

“We’re thrilled with Bayer’s decision to locate in West Sacramento,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon in the SACTO press release. “The location will bring new jobs, revenue, and opportunities for other businesses and industry sectors in the area. Our staff worked closely with SACTO to put together a deal that allows Bayer AG to grow its footprint in the region.”

SACTO also credited the governor’s office for helping to make the move and expansion possible.

A company official said the move of about 10 miles would allow Bayer CropScience to continue its relationship with researchers at UC Davis.

“The new location offers top-notch equipment and allows for a stimulating exchange across disciplines,” said Johan Peleman, Head of Vegetable Seeds R&D, in a company press release. “At the same time, we can further strengthen our bonds with the University of California at Davis, one of the world’s top plant science institutes.”

The company will also use other land nearby in West Sacramento for “greenhouse and test plot purposes,” reported Bayer.

The company’s move is scheduled for early 2014, when it will begin expanding from its current workforce of about 140 people.

 

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Eat well, for YoloArts

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — MAY 1, 2013 —

Submitted by YoloArts

The 9th annual  “Artistic Sensations” will be held at the T.S. Glide Ranch in Davis on Friday, May 10 from  6 pm – 8:30 pm.  Event proceeds will be used to support YoloArts’ art education programs, including Artists in Schools, throughout Yolo County.

The evening’s featured artist will be Alejandro Rubio, a native of Uruguay and resident of Northern California, where he is gaining recognition for his oil paintings.

Dinner at Artistic Sensations will be catered by Dos Coyotes, accompanied by wines from Yolo County,  entertainment by trick roper James Barrera and music by the trio El Rado Scufflers.  Special performing guests will be the junior high student musical group from Davis known as Mariachi Puente, under the direction of Hiram Jackson.  The fundraising silent auction will feature paintings by Rubio, a week in Puerto Vallarta, student art work from schools around the county, and original artwork from county artists.

“We are so grateful to our sponsors and supporters for keeping arts education going in our partner schools around the county,” said Elysa Hillis,  co-chairperson of this year’s event, and a member of the YoloArts board of directors.

Last year, YoloArts art education programs offered ceramics, dance, drawing and painting, and the Blues in the Schools program to 2,304 students around the county. Art programs at Einstein Education Center, Dan Jacobs School (at the county’s juvenile hall, Midtown and Greengate; Gibson, Beamer and Whitehead Elementary Schools in Woodland; Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School in Davis; Clarksburg Middle and Delta High Schools in Clarksburg and Esparto K-8 and High Schools all receive support from this fundraiser.

Tickets for Artistic Sensations are $50 and can be purchased online at yoloarts.org/box-office, or by calling YoloArts at 530-406-4844. YoloArts supports the arts by working with artists, education, business and government.

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