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News from the West Sac Farmers Market and the Urban Farm Stand:

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

You could go to the Farmers Market on Thursday, July 5 — but you might be the only one there.

  The market will close that day following Independence Day.

   It will reopen on July 12, at 4:30 p.m. at 1271 West Capitol Avenue.

  Meanwhile, the “Urban Farm Stand” is scheduled to return to the city’s north next week. Partners including Alchemist, the Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network, Sactown Heroes and Youth Resource Coalition will bring the produce stand to the River Bend Senior Manor, 664 Cummins Way, on Saturdays beginning July 14 from 9 a.m. to noonn. The farm stand accepts EBT/food stamps.

  For more information or to volunteer, visit www.bryteandbroderick.org.

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Getting ready for the river: two levee improvement projects done

  In the middle of the presentation Tuesday, Keith Swanson (flood management division chief at the state Department of Water Resources) reminded the attendees why these improvements were a big deal.  He recalled a high-river day when "boils" were spotted inside a nearby levee.Colonel William Leady of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who said these levee projects are were the result of “state and local and federal government working together.” He also said that the 130-feet deep slurry wall built inside one West Sacramento levee might be the deepest such wall in California. (News-Ledger photo)”]

  “On a beautiful summer day like this, it is difficult to remember that back in 1997, the city of West Sacramento was almost the victim of a major disaster,” said Swanson. “(Workers) noticed the land side of the leveee, toward the ditch, had begun to slough off. It got worse.”

  They made interim fixes, but the danger was real, said Swanson.

  And even if and when the city reaches its 200-year risk goal, that’s not the same as “no risk,” Mayor Cabaldon commented.

  “We can’t get the risk down to zero,” he said.

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Missing Southport woman found

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 2, 2012 —

Georgina Crespo, the Spanish-speaking 82-year old woman who was considered “at risk” and missing since June 12, has been located.

Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department said that out-of-state law enforcement personnel have located the missing Southport woman, but he did not immediately provide further detail.

Police earlier reported that Crespo might be trying to return to a former home in Texas.

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Girls invited to volleyball camp

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER

An “all skills” volleyball camp is planned for Sat.-Sun. July 14-15 at River City High School, led by former U.S. National Team Member Addie Hauschild-Willis (now a pro player and an assistant coach at UCD). Girls who are incoming 9th graders to 12th graders at any high school are welcome.

Cost is $100 ($50 for RCHS students, who will also get free access to a camp on the evenings of Aug. 6-8.

Visit www.ahw-volleyball.net.

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‘Soul Shaker’ on West Sac stage

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

  West Sacramento’s free summer concert series has returned, and runs through August 30. Concerts will take place on the first Tuesday of each month at River Walk Park (north of the Tower Bridge near the ziggurat building and CalSTRS (food sold at 5 p.m., music starts at 6), as well as on the third Thursday of each month at the Farmers Market, 1271 West Capitol Avenue (event starts at 4:30 p.m., music at 5 p.m.). Visit www.westsacfun.org or call 617-4620 for more information.

  Upcoming bands include “Soul Shaker” on Tuesday, July 3 at River Walk Park, “Amanda Gray and Whiskey Savage” at the Farmers Market on July 19, “Road 88” at River Walk on Aug. 7, and “8-Tracks” at River Walk on Sept. 4.

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Why not ‘Teach for America’?

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

Program aims to ‘close achievement gap,’ but local union objects to use of non-credentialed teachers

By Steve Marschke,  News-Ledger Editor

  A proposal to bring the “Teach for America” program into West Sacramento’s school district fizzled in March, in the face of opposition from the local teachers’ union.

At a meeting with only three of five school board members in attendance, board members Sandra Vargas and Adam Menke voted in favor of a proposed contract with the nonprofit group, while board president Teresa Blackmer voted against it.

The would have brought from two to four “Teach for America” teachers into local schools during each of the next four years. It fell short of three required “yes” votes, and hasn’t been put back on the agenda for fellow trustees Dave Westin and Mary Leland to weigh in.

“Teach forAmerica” says it recruits graduates “from a broad range of academic majors and career fields” who meet the criteria as “highly qualified” as described in the federal No Child Left Behind Act and state regulations. The group then provides training for the teachers for their first two years in the classroom, as well as ongoing support such as professional development and access to lesson plans and instructional materials.

   As part of the deal, the participating local school district agrees to hire these teachers and place them in schools with higher levels of poverty in order to help “close the achievement gap,” according to Teach for America. The teachers get full district pay and benefits, and the district also pays Teach for America $5,000 per year for each teach in exchange for the support. They commit to teaching for two years, before (usually) moving on to their other chosen profession.

In this case, the $5,000 per teacher fee owed by Washington Unified School District would have been covered by a fund raised by regional philanthropists and education activists.

At the same time West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon was encouraging WUSD to engage with  Teach forAmerica, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was pushing for similar partnerships inSacramento.

   Cabaldon told the News-Ledger in April that the availability of the regional partnerships and funding meant that the time was ripe to bring Teach for Americ ainto West Sacramento. He said the organization contacted him and council member Mark Johannessen about the opportunity.

“The research is very clear across the last two decades, that student achievement is highly correlated with teacher qualifications and the quality of the university they graduated from,” said Mayor Cabaldon. “Teach for America is able to recruit from the very best programs in the country.”

Once hired and placed, these teachers are “just like every other teacher” and they join the local teachers’ union, he said. But “what’s different is the basic process of recruitment.”

“No teacher would be displaced in order to bring (a Teach forAmerica) teacher on board,” he added.

But the proposal drew vocal opposition from the local union. Washington Teachers Association president Regina Jarrott-Briggs, a science teacher at River City High School, told the News-Ledger why. One of the reasons, she said, was that these specially recruited professionals did not have teaching credentials.

“To ask non-credentialed teachers to be hired and receive preferential treatment was unacceptable,” said Jarrott-Briggs. “There are many very experienced credentialed teachers out there in the employment pool.”

The “Teach for America” teachers would be at a lesser standard, she said.

    “They might have a degree in English or business or something like that,” she added. “(The Teach for America program) gives them something like 25 hours of training, and that’s it. Then they go to work.”

Board president Teresa Blackmer said this is the argument that kept her from providing the needed third vote of support for the partnership.

“The concern I had was that their teachers weren’t credentialed,” Blackmer told the News-Ledger. “I didn’t want to cross that line.”

Mayor Cabaldon added that, since the program would have involved just two to four teachers per year, the effective “no” vote by WUSD was not a major loss.

“It’s just a missed opportunity,” he said. “It’s not a crisis.”

Meanwhile, in Sacramento, the Sacramento City Unified School District also remains against a Teach forAmerica partnership. But plans have been announced to bring the program to Natomas Unified, St. Hope and the Capitol Collegiate Academy.

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Where the West Sac fireworks booths are

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

FIRECRACKER SALES BRING CASH TO LOCAL CHARITIES AND CHURCHES, AS WELL AS WHOLESALERS

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

  Fireworks booths will open up today inWest Sacramento, so local charities can raise money and residents can buy “safe and sane” fireworks for use on the Fourth of July.

The booths will be allowed to open from Thursday, June 28, through Independence Day, July 4. They’re allowed to sell from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Charities were picked by city permit lottery. Here are the groups and locations, in case you want to support your favorite local cause:

  Collings Teen Center/Campus Life Connection volunteers will be at a booth in the Raley’s supermarket parking lot, 1601 West Capitol Avenue.

  The West Sacramento Youth Resource Coalition will operate a booth in the parking lot near Nick’s Diner and McDonalds, at the corner of West Capitol Avenue and Harbor Boulevard.

American Legion Baseball volunteers will sell fireworks in the Safeway parking lot, at the corner of West Capitol and Jefferson Blvd.

  Southport Community Church will staff a booth in the Lowe’s parking lot, 2250 Lake Washington Blvd. (west of Jefferson in Southport).

  The Knights of Columbus will sell firecrackers in the parking lot near Papa Murphy’s pizza,2455 Jefferson   Blvd. (east side of the intersection atLake Washington Blvd.)

  The River City Apostolic Church and School will raise money by selling firecrackers at the Walmart parking lot,  755 Riverpoint Court.

  Youth for Christ Ministries will have a booth at the Arteaga’s market parking lot, corner of Jefferson   Blvd. and Sacramento Avenue.

  The West Sacramento Historical Society will do some firecracker vending in the parking lot of the Southport Town Center (near Nugget market, at Jefferson   Blvd. and Lake Washington).

  It’s the second year for which “safe and sane” fireworks have been legalized in West Sac for limited sale and use. The above eight churches and nonprofit groups were chosen by lottery from among 41 local organizations who applied for a city fireworks vending permit this year.

Jim Brewer of the West Sacramento Historical Society said his booth earned about $15,000 in profits last year, “the first year (of the program) and a year in which we were rained out one day.” The group partnered with another charity, splitting the money.

The history society won a vendor permit again this year, and will work with the West Sacramento Singers and other volunteers when they open theirSouthportfirecracker stand next week. The society will again split the staffing and the proceeds with partners.

Each local nonprofit works with one of two approved fireworks wholesalers – Phantom or TNT.

Brewer said the amount actually earned depends on things like the quality of the site, the level of organization of the nonprofit, and the amount of rent charged to the temporary fireworks stand by the landlord. That cost, said Brewer, can range from “free” to “expensive.” These variables can affect whether each booth nets more or less than $15,000 for the season, said Brewer.

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