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West Sac fireworks season starts noon today

BYRON PAIGE (second from left) and other volunteers in a fireworks booth at the corner of Lake Washington Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard in 2012. This booth was staffed by partners from Our Lady of Grace church and school and the Knights of Columbus. (News-Ledger file photo)
BYRON PAIGE (second from left) and other volunteers in a fireworks booth at the corner of Lake Washington Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard in 2012. This booth was staffed by partners from Our Lady of Grace church and school and the Knights of Columbus. (News-Ledger file photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 25, 2014 (UPDATED) —

Love it or hate it, the Fourth of July fireworks season in West Sacramento begins this weekend.

Fireworks judged “safe and sane” can be sold at approved booths  in the City of West Sacramento from Saturday, July 28, to Friday, July 4. Permitted hours are noon to 10 p.m. on the first day (Sat., July 28) and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on other days.  The hours at individual booths may vary.

The same fireworks are legal for you to use from noon on Saturday, June 28 through noon on Sunday, July 6.

City officials allow fireworks to be sold by nonprofit and religious groups at a limited number of booths in the city, mostly in shopping centers.  Booth permits are awarded by a lottery after each group submits an application.

This year’s fireworks booth vendors, and the locations of their booths:

— Boosters for International Gymnastics: Arteaga’s parking lot, 940 Sacramento Avenue.

— Lighthouse Christian Ministries: Lowe’s parking lot, 2250 Lake Washington Boulevard.

— Our Lady of Grace School: Papa Murphy’s parking lot, 2455 Jefferson Blvd. (at Lake Washington).

— River City Christian Academy: Wal-Mart parking lot, 755 Riverpoint Court.

—  Sikh Temple Sacramento: across from the temple at 850 Walnut Ave. (at Evergreen).

— West Sacramento Education Foundation: Nugget parking lot, 2050 Town Center Plaza.

— West Sacramento Little League: Raley’s parking lot, 1601 West Capitol Ave.

— Youth for Christ Ministries: Safeway parking lot, 1298 West Capitol Ave.

Public fireworks displays require a city permit.

Raley Field will include a fireworks show the night of July 4 as part of  “Fourth on the Field,” with local food trucks lined up on the baseball field’s warning track, live music from Nunchuck Taylor, interactive games, a children’s area and then a fireworks show. $5 for kids under 12, $10 for those 12 and up, and $15 for “Solon Club” tickets for those 21 and up. Visit the box office or Ticketmaster.

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Council votes to allow indoor cultivation of marijuana, within limits

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 22, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The West Sacramento City Council voted 4-0 last week to allow cultivation of marijuana within city limits – but only in certain places, by certain people and in limited spaces.

Marijuana cultivation remains illegal under federal law.

The new city rules are meant to reconcile the state “Compassionate Use Act,” which allows people to use marijuana for medical purposes, with the rights of their neighbors. City staff say that outdoor marijuana cultivation attracts crime, for example, and generates an unwelcome odor from the plants.

In late 2012, the city placed a moratorium on outdoor cultivation of the plant.

Last week, the council approved new rules that continue to prohibit outdoor growth. The rules also require a city permit to grow marijuana. They restrict cultivation to people who live on their own residential property, allow it to be grown on up to 120 square feet of indoor space. Growing is prohibited within 600 feet of schools or child care centers.

The city planning commission recommended that distance be increased to 1,000 feet, but the city council did not adopt that recommendation. Staff said a 1,000-foot buffer “could essentially result in a de facto ban.”

Those wanting to grow marijuana will have to present medical documentation to get a permit.

One member of the public spoke out against the rules, saying, “In my opinion, (marijuana) is a forerunner to something much worse. I’m against seeing it even get started in our community.”

CITY COUNCILMAN OSCAR VILLEGAS said West Sacramento has carefully studied the issue before acting. (News-Ledger file photo)

CITY COUNCILMAN OSCAR VILLEGAS said West Sacramento has carefully studied the issue before acting. (News-Ledger file photo)

Councilman Oscar Villegas commented on the proposed rules:

“It’s not as if we’re acting like cowboys here. We’ve been very methodical and thoughtful.”

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon joined council members Oscar Villegas, Mark Johannessen and Bill Kristoff in supporting the new rules. A final reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the Feb. 5 city council meeting.

Marijuana dispensaries are still outlawed in the city.

 

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City considers restraints on pot growing

NEWS-LEDGER– DEC 4, 2013 —

Local law already bans pot dispensaries and backyard medical marijuana groves —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The City of West Sacramento is poised to again tighten the restrictions on anyone growing marijuana at home.

The city has already outlawed marijuana dispensaries, the cultivation of marijuana for dispensaries, and any kind of outdoor marijuana cultivation. Although a state initiative legalized marijuana for medical use in the state, it still remains illegal under federal law.

A staff report for this Thursday’s planning commission meeting suggests that the commission put further city restrictions on those growing the plant for their own use, including:

— Continuing to outlaw outdoor growth of the plants

— Limiting indoor growth to 120 square feet per property, with a required minimum amount of ventilation and maximum wattage of growing lights.

— Allowing cultivation only when the grower lives on the property

— No cultivation in nonresidential zones or within 600 feet of schools or child care centers.

The staff report said that, after tracking court cases involving the rights of users of medical marijuana, city planning staff believed such restrictions would pass legal muster.

A number of residents have complained about neighbors growing the drug, said the report. Some have complained about the odor of the plants, and others have worried that the plants are a magnet for thieves and crime.

Citing data collected since 2008, the report said:

“The total number of narcotics complaints shows a peak in 2010, decreasing slightly thereafter, and then a slight rise this year. However, the number of complaints that specifically identify marijuana has doubled every year to 2012, with 2013 slightly below. . . The calls for service and crimes (plant theft, residential burglaries) related to the cultivation of marijuana have doubled since 2010.”

The city planning commission will be asked to consider the new restrictions during its meeting 6 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 5)  at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

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Fireworks booths open this week for sales through July 4

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 26, 2013 —

Sales of “safe and sane” fireworks in West Sacramento may legally begin at approved booths at noon on Friday. The sales are permitted through the Fourth of July holiday. Except for the shortened hours (noon to 10 p.m.) on the first day, booths are allowed to be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily during that period. Individual booths may not be operated during all these hours.

Actual use of the “safe and sane” fireworks is legal from noon on Friday (July 28) through noon on July 6.

Various charities entered the annual raffle to win a permit to sell fireworks in the city this Independence Day season. The winners, and their planned booth locations, are:

— West Sacramento Little League will operate a booth near Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Lake Washington and Jefferson boulevards in Southport.

— Campus Life Connection/Collings West Sacramento Teen Center will be in front of Safeway.

— Joy Christian Ministries will be outside Wal-Mart.

— The West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project will be at Jefferson Plaza.

— West Sacramento Community Singers will have a booth near Walgreens and La Bou.

— The West Sacramento Historical Society will be at the Southport Town Center.

— The West Sacramento Rotary will sell fireworks near Whitey’s Jolly Kone near Jefferson and 15th Street.

— River City Rowing Club will be in front of Arteaga’s Supermarket on Sacramento Avenue at Kegle Drive.

Each group will have a license to work with a fireworks wholeseller, and will get to keep some of the proceeds from the “safe and sane” fireworks.

 

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