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Partners rehab Little League park

Volunteers celebrate their efforts to improve Memorial Park in the ‘state street’ neighborhood near Park Blvd. (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 18, 2012

   The non-profit organization “TLC for Kids Sports” and engineering contractor O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. partnered with PG&E to host a special volunteer day to rehabilitate Memorial Park in West Sacramento. The park is home to local Little League games and other activities.  Along with O.C. Jones staff and volunteers, PG&E’s West Sacramento office provided volunteers to make improvements to the park.

[adrotate group=”7″]   In addition to work performed by O.C. Jones leading up to the event, over 100 volunteers came down to lend a helping hand for the day.  In addition to the multiple dugout, backstop and scorebooth reconstruction, the crews completed painting, electrical and landscaping renovations.  Repairs were also made at the playground, basketball half-court, snack bar, fences, and horseshoe pits, as well as planting and sod placement at the park, new tanbark at the playground, resurfacing walkways, and tree trimming.

  West Sacramento Centennial Rotary Club pitched in by building two shade structures over the T-Ball field dugouts.

“Most people don’t know this, but major construction has already occurred prior to Volunteer Day,” said Darren Hiatt, Construction Lead, in a press release from TLC forKids. “Then, dozens of community volunteers come out to lend a helping hand on Volunteer Day and that’s like the icing on the cake.  So, from start to finish these projects involve a ton of work and commitment from our team of skilled professionals, corporate sponsors, and helpful volunteers.  The result is a beautifully renovated park or field to be enjoyed by local neighborhoods.”

  Angie Logsdon, staffer at the West Sacramento Police Department, conveyed her feelings about the positive impact of the project.  “Thank you for all the work that was done,” told TLC for Kids.  “It looks good and we cannot express how wonderful it was to have some much needed work on the fields that are used by the children of our community.  We have definitely been putting the fields to use.”

  Other sponsors for the rehab were Kelly-Moore Paints, Kodiak Roofing, Pisor Fence, Forest Lumber, Teichart Aggregates, Valley Crest Landscape, Home Depot, Striping Graphics, and Sports Field Specialties, Inc.

  “Sponsoring the TLC for Kids Sports program has been a way for all of us at O.C. Jones to give back to our communities and our youth,” said Kelly Kolander, President and CEO of O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. “We especially want to thank our many great sponsors and volunteers that helped make this project a reality.”

[adrotate group=”10″]   This project is one of several that have been completed in the last few years throughout Northern California.  O.C. Jones, KNBR 680 AM, and TLC for Kids Sports created a contest where local youth ball parks could win the opportunity to be selected for a full makeover.  To date, many baseball and softball facilities have been renovated.  The Tahoe Tallac, Eastridge and Antioch Little Leagues have all recently benefited from the efforts the TLC for Kids Program.

  In addition, TLC for Kids Sports recently finished spearheading the construction of the Las Lomas Memorial Outdoor Classroom in Walnut Creek.  It was the culmination of a year-long fundraising campaign and school activities in honor of Gavin Powell and Matt Miller, two students who died while rafting in a storm-swollen local creek.  150 student volunteers were mobilized to assist in landscaping the new Outdoor Classroom, which was designed based on sketches that Miller did for a school assignment.

  O.C. Jones, KNBR, and TLC will review park proposals and select new winners in the months ahead, reports TLC for Kids.

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Automatic gunfire reported near freeway

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 18, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

After the report of automatic weapons fire nearby, local police asked for, but didn’t get, temporary closure of the Yolo Bypass over the weekend, said a CHP spokesperson.

At about 3:23 p.m. Saturday, dispatchers received a report of a “possibly active shooter situation in which a witness saw two males firing (an) automatic gun outdoors of a warehouse toward the levee,” said police department records. The incident was reported from the 1400-block of Enterprise Boulevard, which is near I-80 and the east end of the Yolo Bypass.

A witness said the suspects may have left in a black Jaguar.

Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department said officers responded, but “nothing was located.”

“They may have been shooting at a target or something on the levee,” said Steele. “We never had a victim. We had one witness. We did not close the (nearby) causeway.”

Officer Brian Konvalin, a public information officer for the California Highway Patrol in Woodland, said CHP records show a call coming in from West Sacramento police while they were looking for the alleged shooter or shooters.

“They requested the CHP shut down the freeway, but there were no mitigating circumstances,” said Konvalin. “The freeway was not closed.”

In April, the freeway on the Yolo Bypass was closed for several hours as authorities pursued a suspect responsible for a rash of crimes that began in West Sacramento. The suspect was later shot and killed in a clash with law enforcement personnel in Sacramento.

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West Sac chemical spill & bio threat

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 18, 2012 —

  The West Sacramento Fire Department reports that a leaking tote at a business on the 2200-block of Stone Boulevard spilled about 150 gallons of 30 percent sodium hydroxide solution, which an employee then improperly washed down a storm drain.

  The incident occurred on June 26.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The business’s safety officer worked with responding firefighters and public works personnel, who “assisted with the storm drain direction and flow.” The Department of Fish and Game was alerted.

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  A business on the 800-block of Embarcadero drive reported receiving an envelope with a threatening statement along with an unknown white powdery substance on July 2.

  After employees received and opened the package, they “isolated” it in plastic bags and a pail.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Local firefighters joined representatives from the West Sacramento Police Department, FBI, Yolo County Environmental Health and a representative from the Sacramento Fire Department Haz Mat Team in responding.

  Fourteen employees were potentially exposed to the powder, but no injuries were reported. The substance was tested in a Sacramento crime lab and determined to be “non-biological,” reports the West Sacramento Fire Department.

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Kids’ play date at Raley Field

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Sacramento River Cats will host a “Mommy & Me Day” at Raley Field on Wednesday, July 18, from from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free event is open to kids ages six and under, with their parents. Activities include running the bases, playing catch, and playing in a bounce house and on an obstacle course. There will be free snacks for hte first 1,500 children, and also free parking.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., but parents are encouraged to pre-register by visiting http://www.raleyfield.com.

It’s the final “Mommy & Me Day” of 2012 at the ballpark.

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‘Then & now’ photos, top 25 list & more in celebration of West Sacramento’s 25th year

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The City of West Sacramento is celebrating its first 25 years with a new website exhibition called “West Sacramento: 25 Years with a Passion for Progress.”

The web display includes “then and now” photos, 25 reasons to love the city, a list of fun things to do locally and more.

Visit www.cityofwestsacramento.org/25.

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Cabaldon: no threat from MLB team

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 11, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

With talks between the City of Sacramento and the Kings owners at a standstill, Sacramento Mayor  Kevin Johnson has let it be known that he wants Sacramento to get a new major league baseball team. Sacramento is a “major league city,” he said, and a stadium in the right spot could help jumpstart the city’s downtown railyards project.

  A major league team across would presumably “trump” the minor league River Cats baseball team and their relatively new stadium in West Sacramento.

  But West Sacramento’s mayor isn’t worried.

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON (News-Ledger/2012)

  “It doesn’t mean anything,” Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the News-Ledger. “The Oakland A’s aren’t interested, Major League Baseball and minor league baseball aren’t interested. . . There’s no impact (on West Sacramento and the River Cats) because it’s not going to happen.”

   The A’s want to go to San Jose — which is within the territory designated as under control by the San Francisco Giants, but which offers a larger market and more potential corporate sponsors than  Sacramento. The Giants are fighting the proposed A’s move. Meanwhile, Sacramento is in the A’s territory and the River Cats are affiliated with the A’s. The River Cats have some legal obligations to stick around until the bonds that helped build Raley Field are paid off — roughly another 20 years.

  The teams’ wishes are balanced by their obligations to their leagues and by the power of their leagues, making “an extremely complicated set of procedures for how these things happen,” said Cabaldon.

  And right now, neither Major League Baseball nor any of its teams is pushing to take a chance on the Sacramento market.

  So, Cabaldon said, West Sacramento’s government is not spending a lot of time studying Johnson’s baseball dream.

  The River Cats declined an interview request, but issued the following statement, with a reference to Mayor Johnson’s “Think  Big Sacramento” task force:

“We have not discussed the proposal with ‘Think Big’ or City of Sacramento officials. We are obviously proud of the community support of Raley Field and the success of the River Cats. We are focused on providing the best experience to our fans in and around the ballpark and have been excited to see (West Sacramento’s) Bridge District prepared for future development.”

[adrotate group=”7″]  Raley Field opened in 2000 in a former warehouse district in West Sacramento amid regional cooperation, after a bout of competition for the stadium site between West Sacramento and Sacramento. A regional coalition helped put together a bond package that helped finance it.

  River Cats spokesperson Zak Basch said the River Cats have drawn an average of 7,659 fans this year, and Cabaldon said the team was among the most successful in the minor leagues.

  When the stadium was designed, its 11,000-seat capacity was intended to be expandable to host a possible future major league team. The league’s requirements for a stadium have since changed — stadiums and teams rely more heavily than ever on items like luxury boxes —  and Basch said the expansion issue has not been studied lately.

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Heirloom tomatoes & more at Woodland fest

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 11, 2012 —

From the Woodland Tomato Festival

It’s that time of year once again when we can start enjoying fresh locally grown vine ripened tomatoes.   Biting into a freshly picked Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato or enjoying a tomato cucumber basil salad are just cause for celebrating the return of the summer tomato.

[adrotate group=”10″]  In Yolo County tomatoes are an important part of our local heritage.  Over 40,000  acres of commercial processing tomatoes are planted each year in the County with a value of over $100 million.  Other local growers sell their large variety of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes at local farmer’s markets and roadside farm stands, and tomatoes continue to be the most popular vegetable found in our backyard gardens.

  Recognizing the local importance of tomatoes, The Woodland Farmers Market and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invite you to come and celebrate all that’s tomato at the 5th annual Woodland Tomato Festival on Saturday, August 11th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mark your calendars now because you do not want to miss this family fun event.

  Held at Freeman Park on Main St. in downtown Woodland, this free festival features family fun for all ages. From the live performances and free tomato tasting to the “Best Salsa in Town” restaurant competition and a Top Tomato Chef Competition, it is a whirlwind of tomato fun. There is something for everyone. The Woodland Farmers Market will be there along with local crafters, artisans and non-profit community groups

  The Yolo County Master Gardeners will once again have their tomato tasting booth where you can taste and compare about 30 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, as well as a gardening information booth where you can learn everything about growing and preserving tomatoes.

  Festival activities for kids on Saturday, August 11th include a bounce house, face painting, and meeting Tommy and Tonia Tomato.

  For more information on attending the event or for reserving a vendor booth, go to the Woodland Tomato Festival website at: www.woodlandtomatofestival.com or call 530-666-2626.