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Pickets pop up at Raleys

[adrotate group=”9″] FROM THE NEWS–LEDGER — NOV 7, 2012 —

Supermarket workers at Raleys called a strike on Sunday, and picket lines formed among the 128 stores in the chain — including West Sacramento’s on West Capitol Avenue.

It is the first strike in the company’s 77-year history. The company is based in West Sacramento, with a headquarters on West Capitol near the Tower Bridge. The chain includes Bel Air and Nob Hill stores.

Issues include a pay freeze and benefits. The company says it needs to cut costs in the face of competition from non-union grocers including Walmart, but union leaders say the chain is showing bad faith by refusing to allow its finances to be audited.

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RCHS soccer ends with a win

RCHS team captain and senior Graviel Muniz (right) dribbles past a Liberty Ranch defender on his way to scoring a goal in his last game as a River City Raider.


By Jorden Wusstig
RCHS Journalism Class & Soccer Team Member

After a well fought season and a solid fourth-place league finish, the final game came and went for River City boys soccer.

October 25th was the last game for RCHS seniors Manuel Moreno, Graviel Muniz, Alejandro Castro, Carlos Santilian, and Javier Gomez.

Before the game, a ceremony for the seniors was held. During this ceremony they were escorted by their family members and each had a picture taken. Then the players joined the rest of the team to warm up.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Once the whistle blew to start the game, RCHS players pressured Liberty Ranch with determination to put on a show for the fans and let the seniors go out with a win. It was nonstop shooting on the Liberty Ranch keeper.

In the 32nd minute, Graviel Muniz had a fantastic volley that put the ball in the back of the net to put RCHS up 1-0. The half ended 1-0 and the players were pumped to slam in a couple more goals.

The second half began and Mario Zambrano had a clean strike on goal that rattled the post and fortunately landed in front of senior captain Manuel Moreno, who kept his composure to make it 2-0.

RCHS continuously possessed the ball and wore the Liberty Ranch team wore out as they tried to chase down the Raiders. In the 59th minute, Mario Zambrano with another clean strike. He had the odds on his side and slipped it right by the post to make the score 3-0.

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Unofficial West Sac ballot results:


UPDATED Nov. 13.

With about 3,000 “provisional ballots” (representing about 25% of the vote in this race) still being sorted at the Yolo County Elections Office as of Nov. 13, the results are still early & unofficial. But here is how the local races in West Sacramento are shaping up. One change from the first reporting here: school board incumbent Dave Westin has dropped out of the top three, and challenger Alicia Cruz has stepped into one of the three winner’s spots in that race.

As of now, 100% of the precincts have reported,, but the results are still unofficial. Election officials have 28 days from the election day to finish counting, and are trying to finish sooner — perhaps by Thanksgiving.



Christopher Cabaldon (unopposed)          10,287 votes, or 100%


CITY COUNCIL (top two)

WILLIAM ‘BILL’ KRISTOFF (Inc.)            8,262 votes, or 45.7%

OSCAR E. VILLEGAS (Inc.)                          8,035 votes, or 44.5%

OLEG MASKAEV                                                         1,768 votes, or 14.0%



KATIE VILLEGAS                                                  6,619 votes, or 48.7%

ALICIA CRUZ                                                          4,915 votes, or 19.6%

MARY M. LELAND  (Inc.)                                  4,598 votes, or 18.3%

DAVE WESTIN  (Inc.)                                                 4,510 votes, or 18.0%

COBY PIZOTTI                                                              1,930 votes, or 7.7%

WALT R. BOWMAN                                                     1,496 votes, or 6.0%

ROY SIANEZ                                                                  1,469 votes, or 5.9%


MEASURE G, Revenue Uses Advisory Vote

YES: 10,269 votes, or 87.4%

NO:  1,483 votes, or 12.6%


West Sacramento voter turnout: 6,264 of 23,168 Registered Voters (27.0%)


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Levee work finished for season, West Sac road will stay closed

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 31, 2012 —


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has concluded this year’s construction of a setback levee along South River Road in West Sacramento with plans to resume next spring.

[adrotate group=”10″]   The construction site will be shut down for the winter and South River Road from Marina Green Drive to Linden Road will continue to be limited to police, fire and levee patrols until the project is complete in fall 2013. Road closure signs will be updated this week to reflect the new completion date, and no-trespassing signs and detours for residents are clearly marked. The existing levee remains intact, so there is no additional increase in flood risk due to the construction delay of the new levee.

The project is a joint effort between the Corps and the Central Valley Flood Protection Board to strengthen levees al ong the Sacramento River and its tributaries, a part of the Corps’ Sacramento River Bank Protection Project. When finished, the new levee will be set back 250 feet from the old levee and will be 15 feet high, 2,200 feet long, and have up to a 75-foot-deep seepage cutoff wall in its center. Cutoff walls strengthen levees and help prevent water from leaking through or under them.

The project design is intended to widen the river channel to hold more water during a flood or storm, while preserving the wildlife habitat between the old levee and the river. When the project is completed, South River Road will run atop the new setback levee and reconnect to the existing levee at each end.

This is the second time the project will be carried over through the rainy season. In 2011, wet weather conditions and high water levels delayed levee construction until September, which was too far into the construction season to be finishe d before winter flood and environmental preservation deadlines. This year, the Corps and the contractor are still determining the acceptability of the seepage cutoff wall inside the new levee’s center, and won’t be able to complete the evaluation and remaining work before this year’s rainy season begins. Work should resume when the 2013 construction season begins in June.

“We understand residents were not expecting construction to continue but public safety is our principal concern,” said project manager Tom Karvonen in a press release. “The old levee is still in place and will remain until the construction of the new levee is deemed complete and accepted by the Corps.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District provides planning, engineering, project management, environmental restoration and construction services to military and civilian customers in parts of eight western states, including California.

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$375 for a ticket to a nose-bleed seat?



  Note: This column was written the day after game one of this year’s World Series, when actually winning the World Series still seemed like a long shot to me and many other Northern California baseball fans of the San Francisco Giants. It sure was fun to be wrong!   

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Columnist

For those of you who follow professional baseball, you know that the San Francisco Giants have somehow managed to get themselves into this year’s World Series. It was an improbable journey, beginning with winning their own division, something that all the analysts and prognosticators thought would be impossible for them to do, especially after their hated rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, made a blockbuster mid-year trade that brought them some of the best (and most expensive) players in the game.  But by using great pitching, solid defense and some timely hitting, the Giants surprisingly ran away with their division and found themselves in the first round of the playoffs, where they immediately dropped the first two games of that five-game series at home to the Cincinnati Reds, who along with the Washington Nationals, were considered the favorites to win the National League pennant.

Then, with their backs to the wall, the Giants traveled to Cincinnati and did the unthinkable by winning all three of those elimination games on the road, which qualified them to meet the high-flying St. Louis Cardinals (who had beaten the Nationals) in the seven-game National League Championship Series.

Like the Cincinnati Reds before them, the Cardinals quickly jumped on the Giants and had them facing another three elimination games, and to the amazement of Giant fans everywhere, their team won all of them, including game seven in a blowout. So, as I write this, the Giants not only find themselves in this year’s World Series, but they have pulled off another minor-miracle by winning the first game of it by the unlikely score of 8-3, a truly remarkable feat since they were facing arguably the best pitcher in all of baseball, Detroit’s Justin Verlander. And that finally brings me to my little story.

When I was about 12 years old, I went to a Pacific Coast League All Star game at old Edmonds Field in downtown Sacramento, the goal being to get some autographs of the players who would soon be stars in the big leagues. More specifically, I went to the game to get the autography of Willie McCovey, who everyone said would be the next great San Francisco Giant, which had been my favorite baseball team since they moved from New York to the City by the Bay. And when I snuck into the clubhouse after the game and somehow got Willie to sign my scorecard for me, I was in heaven! So, from that day on, I have been a loyal and long-suffering Giants fan, and to suddenly see them have a chance to be in the World Series yet again (they won it all in 2010 for the first time in SF team history) was a dream come true.

“Dad,” said my daughter the other day with obvious concern, “I think it’s time for you to do a little clothes shopping. Every time I see you, you’re wearing the same exact outfit.”

“Oh, that’s just because the Giants have been winning all those elimination games lately,” I tried to explain.

“What?” asked my daughter, not having a clue what I was talking about.

“Baseball players – and their fans – are very superstitious,” I said, “and I’m just doing my small part not to jinx anything.”

“By wearing the same clothes every day?”

“More or less.”

“Are you wearing the same underwear, too?” asked my daughter with disgust.

“No, of course not.  Just my jeans and sweater.”

“That’s crazy, Dad. You know that, right.”


Anyway, there I was the other night after the Giants had beaten the Cardinals in the seventh and deciding game of the NLCS (and still wearing my lucky outfit) when my youngest son came up to me and proudly announced that he and one of his best friends had decided they wanted to go to game one of the World Series in San Francisco.

“But tickets to that game will cost you a small fortune,” I told him.

“Tell me about it,” said my son, who then told me they had already gone online and bought the tickets.

“So how much were they?” I asked with concern.

“Well, decent seats started at about $750 and went way up from there, but Kevin and I found a couple of tickets way up in the nose bleed section one row from the very top of the stadium on the third base side for $375 each, so we bought them.”

“You got to be kidding me!” I said, shocked that my youngest son, who is on a very tight budget, would pay that kind of money to watch a baseball game.  “Look, no one likes the Giants more than I do, but I would never pay that kind of money for a seat up in the sky to watch a baseball game.”

“But Dad, wasn’t it you who told me to always follow my bliss?”

“Well, yes, but….”

“Well, my bliss is currently leading me right to AT&T Park in San Francisco to watch the Giants play the Tigers in game one of the World Series.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   “But by the time you pay for gas, bridge tolls, $50 parking, food at the ballpark and those incredibly over-priced tickets, you’re talking at least $500 each! Plus the Giants are facing Justin Verlander in the first game and they’ll be lucky to get a hit, much less a run that might win the game. That’s probably going to be one of the most boring games in World Series history, especially if you’re a Giants fan.”

“Look, you’re not talking me out of it, Dad. And you’re the one always talking about how we only get this one little `single instant’ here on earth, and when I get to be really old like you, I want to be able to say I saw a San Francisco Giants World Series game!”

So, to make a long story short, not only did my youngest son go to game one of the 2012 World Series, he also got to see the festive Opening Ceremonies (including what was apparently an awesome `fly over’ since from his $375 seat at the very top of the stadium he could almost reach up and touch the jets as they flew by). In addition, he got to witness Barry Zito somehow beat Justin Verlander , which was almost as miraculous as Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval hitting three home runs in his first three World Series at bats, something that had never happened in the whole history of baseball.

“You know,” I said to my son after he had happily returned home from seeing one of the most memorable games in World Series history, “I’m still thinking that you throwing away all that hard-earned money on a baseball game you could have watched for free at home on TV means I didn’t raise you right.”

“Well,” said my son with a big smile, “if you ask me, I think it means you did raise me right!”

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Free shade trees to plant


The City of West Sacramento may give you two large, 15-gallon trees and stakes for planting at your home. 10 species to choose from. To qualify, you must attend one of the upcoming tree planting workshops scheduled for Nov. 7, Jan. 9 or March 6. Call 617-4620.

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Miss a candidate interview? Look here:


Still making up your mind about whom to vote for on the West Sacramento ballot on Tuesday?

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Candidates for West Sacramento City Council

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