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‘Mountain Lions’ move to Raley Field


West Sacramento will get another “minor league” sports team:

  The Mountain Lions of the United Football League announced Friday they will begin playing their home games at Raley Field, current home of the River Cats baseball team.

The field will be reconfigured for American football when the Mountain Lions play in West Sacramento on Sept. 28, Oct. 10, Nov. 2 and Nov. 7.

The team previously played at Sacramento State.

In other news for Raley Field, the ballpark announced yesterday that it will host a soccer game from Mexico’s First Division League on Sept. 8.

Club Atletico Monarcas Morelia will face the San Luis FC in an 8 p.m. game, with tickets going on sale Thursday at Raley Field at at ticketmaster.com. It will be an exhibition match sanctioned by U.S. Soccer.

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Blood drive today at city hall


You’re invited to drop off a little of the red stuff during a City of West Sacramento blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at city hall.

A Sacramento BloodSource mobile coach will be in the parking lot at 1110 West Capitol Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for appointments (call Kryss Rankin, 617-4500). Walk-ins taken when space is available.

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Boxing champ runs for council

OLEG MASKAEV (2007 by D. Warnbolt/Wikipedia for public domain)


The first challenger has “pulled papers” to enter the West Sacramento Council race — and it’s a face that’s new to local politics, if not new to the public eye.

Oleg Maskaev, a former WBC heavyweight boxing champion who lives in Southport, West Sacramento, has taken the first step toward entering the race against that includes incumbents Oscar Villegas and Bill Kristoff.

Maskaev was born in the former Soviet Union and has lived in the U.S. since 1999, becoming a citizen in 2004, reports the online site Wikipedia.

Deadline for Maskaev or other candidates to file their paperwork for the race is this Friday, although that deadline will be extended if either of the incumbents fails to file.

His campaign manager, David Joyce, identified himself online as affiliated with the “Tea Party” faction of the Republican party.

No other challengers have picked up candidacy paperwork for either the mayor’s race (against incumbent Christopher Cabaldon) or the council race, reported the city clerk yesterday.

UPDATE AUG 13, 2012: The deadline closed Friday for candidates to file their paperwork to enter either the West Sacramento city council or mayoral campaign.

  Maskaev did complete his campaign candidate paperwork, reported the West Sacramento City Clerk. But no other challengers emerged to face city council incumbents Bill Kristoff or Oscar Villegas, or to face mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

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Three ‘cooling centers’ in West Sac


Need a place to chill out during this heat wave? Do you know somebody — perhaps an elderly person — who has trouble staying cool at his or her home when it gets hot out?

There are three West Sacramento “cooling stations” available, reports city spokesperson Art Schroeder.

Two are city-run facilities: the community center at 1075 West Capitol Avenue and the Recreation center next to River City High School in Southport. The county’s Arthur F. Turner Branch of the library at 1212 Merkley Avenue is a third location.

Details from spokesperson Schroeder:

“On the north side of town the Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Ave., will be a cooling center during business hours (M-F 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Sundays).

“The Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave., will be a cooling center during its business hours, but specifically 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

“On the south side of town the Recreation Center, 2801 Jefferson Blvd., will be a cooling center during its business hours (M-F 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sat./Sun. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

“Stay hydrated! Water is available at all sites, but bringing a re-useable water bottle’s not a bad idea. Dress in layers so you can shed layers when in the shade and add to cover skin when in direct sunlight. The cooling centers are air-conditioned, so dressing in layers would be helpful as well. Comfortable seating is available.”

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