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News-Ledger ‘letters to the editor’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 7, 2015

Liking the new bridge
As a Southport resident I have already enjoyed driving on the new Mike McGowan Bridge near my home. Not only does it shave a few minutes off driving, the bridge is a good start for diverting heavy traffic from Jefferson Boulevard.

Mike McGowan is deserving of the bridge’s name (see Mike McGowan: the man whose name is on that new bridge”, News-Ledger, December 3, 2014) for playing an important role in making West Sacramento a good place to live.

Thanks to Jay Davidson, senior civil engineer at the City of West Sacramento for addressing my initial concerns, such as cars using the bridge as a “pass through” and to the city council for promptly going forward with the project.

Keep up the good work, City of West Sacramento!

DAVID PAUL
West Sacramento

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Buses & carts
(Editor’s note: Author Bill Lowell speaks below about the need for a new shopping cart design that can fit aboard public buses — something like an airline carry-on  bag with wheels and a handle).

For bus-riding shoppers and retailers, a major tool is often missing: we need a tall, medium-size suitcase-shaped shopping cart which would fit between forward-facing bus seats. The right shape is particularly important for YoloBus riders, since recent insurance rules prohibit use of the front flip seats and over 90% of shopping carts, when filled, do not fit between forward-facing seats. This lack of right size/right shape personal shopping cart availability not only discourages shopping in Yolo County, but appears to be a major reason so many retailers’ commercial shopping carts are “borrowed” without being returned.

While the homeless take many such carts, retailers would greatly reduce such costs and attract more preferred customers by offering the public such a suitcase-shaped shopping cart.

WILLIAM A. LOWELL
West Sacramento

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Adopt a dog, cat
   (Editor’s note: although we weren’t able to publish this letter before the holidays, we thought it is still a timely topic)
The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Section would like to thank our community for their on-going support for shelter animals throughout the year. Nearly 3,600 at risk animals (lost, homeless or unwanted) entered our doors in Yolo County last calendar year.  Your generosity created life-saving outcomes for more that 90 percent of them! During this season of giving and sharing we hope you will continue to help us provide for homeless shelter animals now and in the future.

Part of this effort is ‘Homes for the Holidays!’ Old policies in the industry state pets should not be adopted as gifts. This belief, however, is counter to research by the ASPCA which indicates dogs and cats obtained as gifts are actually more likely to stay within those homes, whether the pet is a surprise or not!  Help us support that theory!
If you or someone you know are considering providing a home for a shelter pet there are 11 medium to small dogs and 11 adult cats and 6 kittens which would love to be in a new home for the holidays!  Recommendations for success when adopting pets as gifts are to consider the recipient’s interest in adopting, their lifestyle, make sure parents of young children are ready to be a caregivers and their schedule will help assure an easy transition into the new home.    If you or your friends are not ready for the commitment of adopting you are encouraged to volunteer; help with fostering, shelter care, laundry, and socialization and office tasks.  Last year 429 cats and dogs were helped by our foster program; some underage and many that needed a temporary home prior to finding their forever fit.  Check out our Facebook page and if you love it, like it!

Animal Services, located at 140-C Tony Diaz Drive, Woodland is accepting donations of liquid laundry detergent; used to wash animal bedding, dry or canned pet food, especially cat food for Mouse’s Pantry, new or gently used towels or wash cloths and lap size acrylic blankets.  Toys are also welcome; for cats they must be washable and toys for dogs should be hard nylabone or Kong type; nothing with fabric stuffing as they are not safe for shelter dogs.  Tax-deductable monetary donations are always welcome; it can be a general donation or designated for such things as helping with spay and neuter or surgical needs for injured homeless strays.

Contact the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Section at (530) 668-5287.

VICKY FLETCHER
MICHAEL NEVIS
Animal Services Section
Yolo Co. Sheriff’s Dept.

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Wise breaks receiving record for River City High School football

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 31, 2015 —

By Laura Asatryan
River City High School Journalism Class

River City senior Aaron Wise broke the varsity football single season reception record this season with 46 receptions. The record was previously set by Malik Dumetz in 2013.

Before Malik, the record had been set by Malcom Floyd, who is now a receiver for the San Diego Chargers.

AARON WISE Now the record-holding RCHS football receiver, he hopes for a spot at the US Air Force Academy  (photo by Laura Valdez/RCHS Journalism)

AARON WISE
Now the record-holding RCHS football receiver, he hopes for a spot at the US Air Force Academy
(photo by Laura Valdez/RCHS Journalism)

“It feels amazing because I never actually thought I’d break a record,” said Wise. “I just wanted to play and have fun and work harder to try to get better.

Now that the football season is over, Aaron is setting goals for his future. He is hoping to be accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy which, through a difficult application process, requires a nomination from a member of Congress.

“It’s a really big deal…the Academy is basically like a university but sponsored by the military. It’s really hard to get into that school and that’s why they interview you,” said Wise.

U.S. representative for California’s 6th congressional district Doris Matsui has nominated Wise for the Academy and after being interviewed by a representative, he felt optimistic about his chances at being accepted.

“The interview was great and straight to the point. During the interview it was like a college asking me standard questions. I felt comfortable knowing all I had to do was answer the questions honestly,” says Aaron.

Aaron is now waiting for a response via email about being accepted into the academy. If his hard work on the football field was able to pay off by breaking a record, Aaron is hopeful of achieving his next goal.

River City Varsity Wide Receiver Coach Mark Uy said, “I’ve never seen anyone work harder than Aaron. He worked himself to be a great football player. Great in the classroom and great on the field.”

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New group for West Sac seniors:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

You’re invited to an organizational meeting of “What’s Happening Seniors?,” a new group dedicated to being active, making friends, sharing stories and finding out what’s happening in the region.

Come to the meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 21, at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue. Free parking behind the library. Other transportation available from YoloBus, YoloBus Special Paratransit and the Senior Shuttle. Call 617-2288 for information.

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West Sac on the hydrogen highway

Ramos Oil Company president Kent Ramos and West Sacramento Mayor pro tem Mark Johannesen dispense hydrogen fuel into a hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mercedes XL. They were among a group celebrating the opening of a hydrogen fuel station at a South River Road location   (News-Ledger photo by AL ZAGOFSKY)

Ramos Oil Company president Kent Ramos and West Sacramento Mayor pro tem Mark Johannesen dispense hydrogen fuel into a hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mercedes XL. They were among a group celebrating the opening of a hydrogen fuel station at a South River Road location
(News-Ledger photo by AL ZAGOFSKY)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 17, 2014 —

By Al Zagofsky
Correspondent

While the U.S. is talking about zero emission vehicles, West Sacramento has become a leader of the pack.

On Thursday, Dec. 10, West Sac’s previously off-the-beaten path Industrial Drive welcomed the first hydrogen  fueling station in northern California.

The station, operated by Ramos Oil at 1515 South River Road, is also the tenth hydrogen fueling station in California, and only the second commercial hydrogen station in the world (the first is at California State Los Angeles).

As West Sacramento has the home of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, it was only logical for hydrogen fuel provider Linde North America Inc. to seek out West Sac to locate its first Northern California retailer, and they found a willing partner, the Ramos Oil Company.

“Our family has been in business here for over 60 years, delivering conventional fuels to the greater Sacramento area,” company president Kent Ramos said in his remarks to a celebratory crowd of hydrogen and fuel cell partners. “In recent years, we have added several different types of renewable and alternative fuels. At our unattended fueling site, we have biodiesel, ethanol, methanol, and as of today, we now have hydrogen.”

This new hydrogen station brings California closer to its goal of having 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. Many of the world’s largest automakers are introducing fuel cell vehicles to the market, including Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes, Nissan and Toyota, all of which provided demonstration vehicles to the ceremony.

The fill cap on a hydrogen fuel cell car (photo by Al Zagofsky)

The fill cap on a hydrogen fuel cell car (photo by Al Zagofsky)

These vehicles are scheduled to be available in 2015, with Toyota models available for sale, and  Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes and Nissan models initially available to lease—with monthly leases in the $400-$600 range which includes fuel and maintenance; and for the Mercedes and the Honda, it also includes your car insurance.

The station is co-funded by the California Energy Commission under its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

The state of California plans to open a total of 100 stations opened across the state. The cars use hydrogen to operate fuel cells, a high tech/high efficiency device that converts the hydrogen fuel with oxygen in the air to produce electricity. The only product exiting the tailpipe is water vapor.

The hydrogen fuel celled cars have a range of 300-350 miles. The hydrogen is sold by weight as a compressed gas at pressures up to 10,000 pounds per square inch. A complete fill uses about 4 kilograms.

New hydrogen pump station at the Ramos oil facility on South River Road (AL ZAGOFSKY/News-Ledger)

New hydrogen pump station at the Ramos oil facility on South River Road (AL ZAGOFSKY/News-Ledger)

“The vehicles are very efficient because they are not combusting fuel,” explained Chris White of the California Fuel Cell Partnership. “They take the hydrogen and turn it into electricity. These are essentially electric cars that are refilled instead of recharged.”

“The two biggest benefits are that you can fill the car in about three minutes—the same amount of time that it takes to fill your gasoline car, and you have a range very similar to gasoline, but you are getting zero emission electric power transportation,” White added.

Speakers at the dedication included: California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott; Kent Ramos, president of Ramos Oil Company, Cliff Caldwell, vice-president of Linde North America Inc., maker of the station’s hydrogen storage tanks and compressor; Fred Joseck, of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy; and Mark Johannessen, mayor pro tem of West Sacramento.

“The station is a perfect fit for West Sacramento,” Johannessen said. “It has been the home of the California fuel cell partnership for many years. It is now the epicenter for fuel-cell vehicles. We are small, but we think big. We are very entrepreneurial in West Sacramento.”

Referring to the riverfront area around the facility, he continued, “This is all going to become retail residential, a very vibrant area.”

The California Energy Commission is providing co-funding through a competitive grant process,” explained Chris White with the California Fuel Cell Partnership. “Each one of the stations has to have its own skin in the game, so they have to provide some funding as well.”

“With this station, drivers in the Sacramento area can seriously consider buying a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle,” said California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott.

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