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A place to plug it in: West Sacramento city hall gets a vehicle charging station

  West Sacramento mayor Christopher Cabaldon connects an electric car in front of the media on Thursday. He was using the brand-new charging station behind city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. The mayor -- and most of the local officials who shared the podium with him at the event -- owns an electric car.  (News-Ledger photo)

West Sacramento mayor Christopher Cabaldon connects an electric car in front of the media on Thursday. He was using the brand-new charging station behind city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. The mayor — and most of the local officials who shared the podium with him at the event — owns an electric car.
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 20, 2013 —

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon joined Chief Technical Officer Richard Lowenthal of ChargePoint and other local officials on Thursday, Nov. 14, to cut the ribbon at a new charging station for electric vehicles (EVs). The new station is in the parking lot at West Sacramento city hall.

It’s the 250th such station owned by ChargePoint in the Sacramento area, and joins more than  14,000 other locations in the company’s international network.

The charging station is located next to a couple of specially-marked spaces in the city hall parking lot. For now, anyone with an electric vehicle and a free account can use it.  (Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento and ChargePoint)

The charging station is located next to a couple of specially-marked spaces in the city hall parking lot. For now, anyone with an electric vehicle and a free account can use it.
(Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento and ChargePoint)

“The Sacramento region is making great strides in electric vehicle adoption, and as an EV owner, Mayor Cabaldon is leading by example,” said Lowenthal. “Today’s installation at City Hall will not only benefit city residents and city workers, but it will help the surrounding businesses attract EV drivers as well.”

ChargePoint reports that the region is home to almost 2,000 owners of EVs — more than triple the number from last year.

“While this is our first city owned EV charging station, it is certainly not our last,” said Mayor Cabaldon. “Electric vehicles make sense – they are green, fun to drive, save money, reduce commute times with access to HOV lanes, and are good for business. Along with ChargePoint, West Sacramento is prepared to lead the way and promote widespread adoption of EVs throughout the region.”

“This is a win-win-win for West Sacramento,” said Denice Seals, President/CEO of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. “By installing the ChargePoint station at City Hall we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide EV charging for city workers and visitors, and we create an added incentive to shop at our local businesses.”

The station was installed at ChargePoint’s expense, a city spokesman told the News-Ledger.

“The location is perfect – during the day, city workers and residents can use the station, while at night students, staff and faculty (from Sacramento City College across the street) can be charging their vehicles,” said Beverly Sandeen, Vice Chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District.   (visit www.chargepoint.com).

The City of West Sacramento and ChargePoint contributed to this report.

 

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Need a little help? ‘Community Giveaway Day’ returns this Saturday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 20, 2013 —

The Yolo County Children’s Alliance will host its annual “West Sacramento Community Giveaway Day” on Saturday, November 23, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Westfield Village Elementary School, 508 Poplar Avenue.

The Children’s Alliance and community partners will provide about 400 low-income families with free food (a Thanksgiving dinner), clothing, blankets, jackets, baby items, and toys for the kids.

To help avoid long lines, the Children’s Alliance has preregistered more than 300 families for the community give-away.  As supplies last, unregistered families will be served beginning at 10 a.m.  Once the food and other items are gone, families will be referred to other agencies that can provide help.

KATIE VILLEGAS, executive director of the Yolo County Children's Alliance, which is putting together Saturday's event (News-Ledger file photo)

KATIE VILLEGAS, executive director of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance, which is putting together Saturday’s event (News-Ledger file photo)

“Approximately 2400 Yolo County children live at or below the poverty level, said Katie Villegas, executive director of the alliance, in a press release. “Many children begin each school year without essential items such as healthy food, warm clothing or suitable shoes. The West Sacramento Community Give-Away Day is one of the many ways we help support and strengthen Yolo’s working families.”

To donate online go to: http://www.yolokids.org/donate-now or send a check to the Yolo County Children’s Alliance 600 A Street, Suite Y, Davis, CA 95616.    The event is co-hosted by the Yolo Food Bank, Kaiser Permanente, First 5 Yolo, West Sacramento Foundation, St. Joseph’s Mobile Mall and Grocery Outlet.

 

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Local tribe and Yolo Food Bank partner to offer Thanksgiving meals

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The Yolo Food Bank (with support from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation) will distribute 1,500 meals this Thanksgiving. Yolo households needing help may receive a package including a turkey, fresh produce and non-perishable goods.

The Food Bank will partner with the Yolo County Children’s Alliance to distribute the food boxes in West Sacramento – call (530) 668-0690 for information.

Distribution in Woodland will take place 8 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 23, at 233 Harter Avenue, and will continue until supplies are gone.

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New West Sac company will make rice buns

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 25, 2013 —

Today, West Sacramento officials announced the identity of the new Japanese company planning to build a factory and U.S. headquarters in the city’s Southport Business Park.

It is Shinmei Corporation, Ltd., reported city spokesman Art Schroeder:

“Shinmei will construct a 28,000 square foot facility with an opening scheduled for summer 2014. Shinmei produces high quality rice buns in a variety of flavors. With plans to implement locally-grown rice, the new Shinmei plant will enhance West Sacramento’s rising status as a global food hub.”

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BELOW, AN EXCERPT FROM TODAY’S CITY PRESS RELEASE:

From the City of West Sacramento

  Sacramento-based Potter-Taylor & Company together with the MacLaughlin Company and global management consultants, Victus Partners, will construct the 28,000 square foot building on six acres in West Sacramento’s Southport Business Park.

  The new facility, which is expected to open its doors in June 2014, will produce Shinmei’s “Rice Bun”, a value-added rice product positioned as a gluten-free alternative burger bun. The product is firmly established and sold in many global markets, including Australia, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia. The  debut of the “Rice Bun” in the United States’ retail and food service markets parallels the rapidly-growing number of American consumers moving towards gluten-free diets. Shinmei is offering a healthy choice replacement for many gluten products. The “Rice Bun” is GMO-free, conveniently microwavable, and versatile—it can be made from brown or white rice, and organic or non-organic, with multiple flavors.

  The expansion into the U.S. market creates considerable value for the Sacramento region. Shinmei is investing over $10 million in the new facility, which will employ 100+ permanent jobs in Phase 1 and increase up to 500 positions in the near future. In addition, the “Rice Bun’s” primary raw material —rice—will be sourced locally from Sacramento-region farmers.

  “We will bring Japanese rice processing technology to California,” said Mitsuzo Fujio, President of Shinmei U.S.A. “Our goal is to build relationships with the agricultural sector by collaborating with local rice farmers, integrating our ‘Rice Bun’ product into the U.S. market, and streamlining our entire process from beginning to end. We hope that through our ‘Rice Bun’ product, American people can enjoy rice, Japan’s most treasured commodity, as a key part of their everyday meals.”

  “Food production is a major component in the global economy. West Sacramento has the location and transportation modes which provide businesses a foundation to succeed,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “From West Sacramento, businesses are producing and shipping product around the world.”

  A collaborative effort helped promote Shinmei on the benefits of West Sacramento. Assisting the City of West Sacramento was the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO) and Ridge Capital, Inc., a Northern California-based real estate investment and development firm, which manages the Southport Business Park.

  “We welcome Shinmei U.S.A. to the growing community of food-related companies in the Sacramento region, America’s farm-to-fork capital,” said SACTO Chair, Gary Bradus, shareholder with Weintraub Tobin. “We are honored that Shinmei has chosen West Sacramento in which to locate its new U.S. headquarters and production facility.”

  Shinmei, U.S.A. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based Shinmei Co., Ltd. For over one hundred years, Shinmei Japan has been one of the country’s largest rice millers and distributors. The company also runs a factory in Japan that produces and distributes cooked-rice products, and has an affiliate company, Genki Sushi, a popular chain of over 200 sushi restaurants in Japan and around the world. Shinmei hopes to bring its experience and rice industry knowledge to the U.S., sharing the virtues of rice and rice products with American consumers.

END OF CITY OF WEST SACRAMENTO PRESS RELEASE TEXT

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