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River Cats get a new manager

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 28, 2012 —

From the Sacramento River Cats minor league baseball team:

Seven-year Major League veteran Steve Scarsone will be the fifth manager in River Cats history, the Oakland Athletics announced today. Rick Rodriguez—who was the A’s bullpen coach for the last two seasons after spending 10 seasons in Sacramento—will return as pitching coach in 2013, while Greg Sparks will return for his second season as the club’s hitting coach.

The River Cats are a Triple-A minor league baseball team playing at Raley Field in West Sacramento.

Steve Scarsone takes over as skipper of the River Cats in West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

Scarsone has managed teams in  Single-A Kane County in 2009, Single-A Advanced Stockton in 2010, and Double-A Midland for the past two seasons. He previously managed Single-A South Bend (2001) and Single-A Advanced Lancaster (2002) in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

“The Oakland Athletics are pleased to promote Steve to Sacramento after exhibiting outstanding leadership and development skills at the minor league level,” said Keith Lieppman, director of player development for the A’s, in a press release.  “He not only has shown good leadership qualities as a manager but also is a proven teacher and instructor. We believe he will carry on in the fine tradition of the outstanding young managers that have led the River Cats throughout their history.”

In college, Scarsone played at Santa Ana Junior College before being drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 1986 January amateur draft by Philadelphia. He made his Major League debut May 15, 1992, and went on to enjoy a seven-year big league career with the Phillies, Orioles, Giants, Cardinals and Royals. During those seven seasons, he combined to hit .239 with 20 home runs, 86 RBIs, and 103 runs scored in 350 career games.

Scarsone also played parts of 11 seasons in the minors, including three seasons in the Pacific Coast League. He enjoyed one of his best seasons in 1998 for the Vancouver Canadians—the franchise that moved to Sacramento following the 1999 season—when he led the team in hits (110), home runs (20) and RBIs (55).

[adrotate group=”7″]  Rodriguez—the longest tenured pitching coach in River Cats history—returns to Sacramento for the first time since 2010. Rodriguez played four seasons in the major leagues, including two with Oakland and one with San Francisco. He finished his career with eight saves in 31 career appearances. In 11 minor league seasons, he tallied a 52-41 record with a 3.89 ERA spanning 946.2 innings pitched.

The Athletics also announced that Brad LaRosa will return for his sixth season as the River Cats head athletic trainer, and Jared Elliott will join the staff as the strength and conditioning coach after spending the 2012 season with the Midland RockHounds, Oakland’s Double-A affiliate.

Scott Emerson—the River Cats pitching coach since 2011—has been named the A’s minor league roving pitching instructor

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School district redesigns website

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 7, 2012 —

Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento invites you to visit its redesigned website at www.wusd.k12.ca.us.

The site boasts “several customer service-oriented features, including mobile-enabled viewing, a search feature, greatly improved navigation, news/announcements” and more, said a district press release.

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New courthouse: price cut, bonds ready

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 7, 2012 —

FROM THE YOLO SUPERIOR COURT

Construction of the new Yolo Superior Courthouse in Woodland received a green light late October when the State Treasurer completed sale of $133.8 million in lease-revenue construction bonds. The bonds will be repaid over a 25-year period through court user fees and penalties and without the use of any State General Fund monies.

ARTIST’S RENDERING OF THE PLANNED NEW COURTHOUSE. The design is intended to evoke the classical lines of the current Yolo County courthouse on Court Street in Woodland.

“Over the past two years, many people from the Yolo Court, State agencies, Woodland City Council and staff, and private businesses have devoted extraordinary efforts and time to help us reach the point where, barring unforeseen circumstances, construction of a new courthouse for the Yolo Superior Court will begin in the Spring of 2013.  All judges on the Yolo Superior Court are sincerely grateful to those who contributed to this collaborative process” stated Presiding Judge Steve Basha in a press release.

[adrotate group=”7″]   The project now proceeds to subcontractor bidding, which will be conducted by Hensel Phelps Construction Co., the project’s construction manager.  Hensel Phelps will issue prequalification guidelines and conduct outreach workshops with the Department of General Services for local subcontractors, to ensure that all qualified subcontractors have the opportunity to participate in the bidding.  That process is anticipated to begin in the coming months and notice will be publically announced at that time.

The project is scheduled to start construction in early 2013, with completion scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.  A ceremonial groundbreaking will be scheduled soon.
The Yolo Courthouse project survived several rounds of cost-cutting to keep the project alive.  The project team, consisting of members from the Yolo Superior Court, the State Administrative Office of the Courts, the project architects, and the construction manager, proposed changes that not only met but exceeded the cost-reduction mandates set earlier in the year by the Judicial Council.  In all, the construction budget was reduced by more than $9 million. The team worked to create a well-constructed building while using the latest in cost-savings materials and techniques.

“Even with the cost reductions we achieved, this will be a state-of-the-art building that will meet safety, security, and access requirements as well as being a building that will have the stature and distinguishing characteristics of a courthouse” said Presiding Judge Basha.  The new courthouse will be a five-story, 14-courtroom structure located in downtown Woodland between Fifth and Sixth Streets at 1000 Main Street. It will consolidate seven unsafe and overcrowded court facilities under one roof, improving access to justice for all Yolo County residents.

Designed by architects Fentress Architects and Dreyfuss and Blackford of Sacramento, the new Courthouse design features a four-column portico entryway reminiscent of the elegant lines of the old historic Courthouse. The design incorporates many sustainability features and includes numerous energy-saving features that will make the new Courthouse more economical to operate over time.

More information about the new courthouse is available at www.courts.ca.gov/facilities-yolo.htm

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Bagdazian joins WS school board

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 12, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento’s school board on Wednesday interviewed a number of candidates to fill the board seat vacated by Sandra Vargas.

After a round of questions, the board voted 4-0 to ask Elizabeth Bagdazian to serve the final two-years-plus of that school board term.

“I’ve been involved (in the community) on a number of levels for many years,” Bagdazian later told the News-Ledger. “I’ve been participating in numerous programs. My daughter is 22 now and graduated in 2008 from here. I am in a place now where I felt I could table some of my other projects and make more of a direct impact.”

[adrotate group=”7″]  Herself a graduate of River City High School in 1979, Bagdazian has been a volunteer in the county library’s adult literacy program and a member of the local chapter of the Soroptimist International women’s service organization.

She is a government relations policy analyst for a private company that works in government relations and lobbying.

On what does Bagdazian hope to focus on as a member of the Washington Unified School District Board of Trustees?

“I’m pretty big on literacy and language arts,” she answered. “I think right now what’s on everyone’s mind are the ballot measures (seeking to raise tax revenues to help fund California’s schools). If they fail, we’re looking at some pretty hard choices in the district.”

How has the board been doing lately?

“I think, for the most part, they’re effective,” said Bagdazian. “The district has made some pretty good strides with API (student test scores), that’s undeniable.”

Bagdazian currently has a couple of relatives going to school in WUSD; one nephew at River City High School and another at Bridgeway Island Elementary. She lives in central West Sacramento.

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Lunch with new city manager

Martin Tuttle, new city manager of West Sacramento

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

Martin Tuttle, West Sacramento’s new city manager, will be guest speaker at the chamber of commerce “Break for Lunch” gathering from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Club Pheasant. Deadline to register is Aug. 8.

Call 371-7042 or visit the calendar section at www.WestSacramentoChamber.com.

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Free oil filter exchange in West Sac

[adrotate group=”10″] NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

Yolo County residents can exchange their old used motor oil filter for a comparable new one, free, on Saturday, June 23.

Bring your old filter to any AutoZone or O’Reilly Auto Parts store in West Sacramento or Woodland on June 23 (there’s an AutoZone in West Sac at 1400 West Capitol Avenue/corner of Jefferson Blvd.). Limit, two per customer.

For more info, call the Yolo County Environmental Services Division, (916) 617-4590.

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Tuttle ‘excited’ to take West Sac’s helm

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

  EDITOR’S NOTE: On June 7, the News-Ledger published in online article announcing the appointment of Martin Tuttle to be the next city manager for West Sacramento. Following is an updated version of that story from our June 13 edition, printed after we had a chance to talk with Tuttle and Mayor Cabaldon about Tuttle’s selection.

MARTIN TUTTLE: will take over from Toby Ross as West Sacramento city manager in July (photo courtesy of Caltrans)

The West Sacramento City Council on Wednesday chose Martin Tuttle as the next city manager. Tuttle is currently deputy director for planning and modal systems at Caltrans, and he will take his new post here on July 10. Tuttle replaces Toby Ross, who is retiring after 10 years at West Sacramento’s helm.

“We on the council want to keep challenging ourselves to get better and take the community to the next level,” Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the News-Ledger. “In terms of being able to turn all the knobs and make the bureaucracy work, Marty is a great choice.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   Tuttle’s resume includes six years as executive director of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) – an alliance that includes West Sacramento. SACOG has been involved in regional planning, and  helped the city find financing for some of the its big infrastructure projects during Tuttle’s tenure at SACOG from 1999 to 2005.

But he has been crossing paths with the city and its leaders for even longer.

“I worked for 13 years for (former Assemblyman) Tom Hannigan,” said Tuttle, referring to a time when Hannigan represented the city. “Then I ran the Solano Transportation Authority for three years. After I left SACOG, I helped run a development company called New Faze for three years.”

Tuttle also worked as land use planning manager for URS before joining Caltrans.

He told the News-Ledger he expects to change his residence from Davis to West Sacramento soon.
What does he see as his strengths?

“I think they were looking for a competent manager who can get results and work well with a cohesive council and staff,” said Tuttle. “I think the city has great vision and a great location.”

“My skill set is unique,” he added. “My work throughout the region, country and state will help bring money and expertise to local projects. I’m excited.”

He praised the work of his predecessors at the city manager’s desk – Toby Ross and Joe Goeden, who between them held the job for nearly all the city’s first 25 years.

[adrotate group=”9″]   “Marty Tuttle aims high and gets the job done, which makes him the perfect fit for West Sacramento and our city’s ambitious vision,” said Mayor Cabaldon in a press statement. “Recruiting a manager of this caliber means that West Sacramento won’t miss a beat on the waterfront, neighborhoods, the port, flood protection, economic development, prudent budgeting and our other priorities.”

Tuttle is a UC Davis graduate and a fourth-generation Californian, reported city spokesman Art Schroeder.

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