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New Japanese food company coming to Southport in West Sac

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 24, 2013 —

West Sacramento officials announced today that a Japanese company plans to build a 25,000-square foot production facility and U.S. headquarters in the Southport Business Park in West Sacramento.

The identity of the company will be announced at a press conference tomorrow, with representatives from the Sacramento Area Commerce & Trade Organization (SACTO) and Ridge Capital in attendance to welcome managers from the company.

Ridge Capital manages the business park; SACTO is given credit for helping to recruit the company.

Southport Business Park is located along Ramco Boulevard just south of the barge canal.

City spokesman Art Schroeder said the new company is a good fit with Mayor Christopher Cabaldon’s effort to develop the city as a “global food hub.” Other food-related facilities in West Sacramento include planned or new developments by Japan’s Nippon Shokken, Norway’s Tomra Sorting Solutions, and Germany’s Bayer CropScience. They join Tony’s Fine Foods, Nor Cal Beverage and the Raley’s headquarters.

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What’s going in near Lowe’s?

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

A couple of readers have noticed the earth-moving work now underway next to Taco Bell and the Lowe’s center in Southport. The new earth moving work is on the north side of the complex, near the bridge.

A new restaurant or two, perhaps?

Not so, a city planning department rep told the News-Ledger yesterday.

“This is going to be for a self-storage facility,” she said. “West Sacramento Self Storage.”

 

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Promising start for West Sac brewpub

Sage Smith (far right) pours for a customer shortly after Bike Dog Brewery opened for its second day on Saturday.  That’s the back of Mayor Cabaldon’s head at front right  (News-Ledger photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

Sage Smith (far right) pours for a customer shortly after Bike Dog Brewery opened for its second day on Saturday.
That’s the back of Mayor Cabaldon’s head at front right
(News-Ledger photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento’s new mini-brewpub opened on Friday (Oct. 11)  just hours after flying past the final bureaucratic hurdles. Visitors seemed to enjoy the place’s vibe, which might be described as “having a beer in the garage of some friends who love to brew.”

On Saturday, the crowd quickly swelled to several dozen people shortly after opening at 2 p.m. Guests included Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, who pedaled in after participating in a bicycle ride fundraiser, and mayor pro tem Chris Ledesma, who was not wearing lycra.

The little brewery resides in an industrial suite with a roll-up door, at 2534 Industrial Boulevard, Suite 110.

Co-owner A.J. Tendick said Friday’s opening was frantic but pretty smooth.

“Given that we were able to get our certificate of occupancy from the City at about 4 p.m. (they were incredibly helpful in making that happen), we were thrilled by the response we got both Friday and Saturday,” he said by email. The crowd highlighted the urgency to install the additional seating that we have planned.”

Saturday, Tendick and fellow co-owner Sage Smith were pouring from two taps: an India Pale Ale style and a wheat beer. How much beer did they sell?

“In terms of 12-ounce beers (our pints are European imperial pints that measure 20 ounces), we sold about 700 beers over Friday and Saturday.”

The brewpub was started by a bunch of work friends who hold day jobs. Hours “for the foreseeable future” will be Fridays 5-9:30 and Saturdays 2-9:30, said Tendick.

Interested in more? The News-Ledger wrote about the creation of this brewery and a second planned local minipub here.

 

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West Sac mini-brewpub opens tonight

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 11, 2013 —

The doors open to customers just a few minutes from now at West Sacramento’s newest beer spot.

A.J. Tendick of ‘Bike Dog’: with co-workers from a day job, he hopes to help open a craft brewery along Industrial Blvd. (News-Ledger photo)

A.J. Tendick of ‘Bike Dog’: with co-workers from a day job, he hopes to help open a craft brewery along Industrial Blvd.
(News-Ledger photo)

Co-owner A.J. Tendick told the News-Ledger everything has finally fallen into place at Bike Dog Brewery, 2534 Industrial Boulevard, Suite 110.

“We pulled some last minute strings and are open tonight from 5-9:30 and Saturday, 2-9:30,” he emailed.

The nano-brewery is largely a labor of love for its founders.

See the News-Ledger’s earlier article here.

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Tryouts for West Sac semipro soccer

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Sacramento Republic FC will hold player tryouts on Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 19-20 at the Davis Legacy Soccer Complex on the frontage road near Davis. Players 18 and up will receive “full evaluation” from Republic FC coaching staff. Lunch and a T-shirt provided. $200 registration fee for each tryout. Pre-register online; visit www.SacRepublicFC.com.

The new United Soccer Leagues (USL) professional team will play at Raley Field beginning next year.

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New park is part of health outreach for northern West Sacramento

Kids on the playground at the August 20 opening of Westfield Park. Click to enlarge. (Courtesy of Edwin Garcia/Kaiser)

Kids on the playground at the August 20 opening of Westfield Park. Click to enlarge. (Courtesy of Edwin Garcia/Kaiser)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 28, 2013 —

  Information in this report comes chiefly from Edwin Garcia, Media Relations Specialist for Kaiser Permanente.

On Tuesday of last week (August 20), local civic leaders and local families celebrated the opening of West Sacramento’s newest city park. Westfield Park — adjacent to Westfield Village Elementary School — resulted from a “grassroots effort led by parents, a unique partnership between a coalition of stakeholders – including the city of West Sacramento, and Washington Unified School District – and a $150,000 Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit grant awarded to Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA),” reports Edwin Garcia, a Kaiser Permanente spokesman.

“This is an amazing day for all of us,” said Katie Villegas, executive director of the YCCA, in a press release from Kaiser. Villegas is a West Sacramento resident and local school board member. She leads the YCCA, a Davis-based organization that worked with parents, city officials, county representatives, school board members and local organizations to create the park.

Visitors at the park’s inauguration included Robert Azevedo, M.D., the physician-in-chief of Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento; West Sacramento City Councilman Oscar Villegas and other city officials; Washington Unified School District Superintendent Dayton Gilleland; school district board President Mary Leland; Westfield Village School Principal Ryan Gonzales; and Yolo County Supervisors Mike McGowan and Don Saylor.

Several of the speakers at Tuesday’s ceremony recalled how a group of neighborhood parents several years ago lobbied the city council, parks and recreation staff, and school district representatives, for a park in a neighborhood that never had one.

The neighborhood might be called an “underserved” community, with few local recreation assets.

Eventually, city and school district officials came up with a plan, reported Kaiser spokesman Garcia: the district would transfer to the city part of a grassy field at Westfield Village School, and the city would design and build a park. Funding, however, was a major obstacle.

In the meantime, YCCA, a non-profit, was working on projects to improve the health of children and adults in West Sacramento – and some of the parents involved in its programs were the same ones who, years earlier, had lobbied the city for a park.

The effort to create the park, and the neighborhood initiatives headed by YCCA – such as the desire to reduce childhood obesity, increasing nutrition awareness, and offering Zumba classes to parents – found to be in alignment with Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating Active Living initiative.

The Kaiser Permanente grant in late 2011 added momentum to the effort to build the park.

Dr. Robert Azevedo Physician in Chief for Kaiser Permanente in the region, addresses the West Sacramento crowd (photo courtesy of Edwin Garcia/Kaiser Permanente)

Dr. Robert Azevedo
Physician in Chief for Kaiser Permanente in the region, addresses the West Sacramento crowd
(photo courtesy of Edwin Garcia/Kaiser Permanente)

“This really fits well with what Kaiser Permanente is about, in promoting good health and disease prevention,” said Dr. Azevedo. “We’re very pleased to be part of this program. It is wonderful to see these families out here being active and part of the community.”

As Dr. Azevedo spoke, several children were already climbing, jumping and running at the park’s new play structure.

“I am very happy because now we have a place to bring our children to play; we know how important it is for them to exercise,” said Lourdes Maya, a mother of a 9-year-old girl, and boys ages 7 and 5, who live within a 10 minute walk of the new park.

West Sacramento’s park master plan calls for a play structure for older kids, a covered barbecue area, a drinking fountain, a 6-foot-wide walking path, an exercise par course, and connections to a bike/pedestrian trail located at the western edge of the park.

The park is located on Poplar Avenue just across a newly built fence from Westfield Village School, between West Capitol and Sacramento avenues.

Councilman Oscar Villegas thanked the parents for their efforts. Some of them have since taken the role of promotoras – lay people who are trained to be neighborhood health advocates through YCCA and funded by the Kaiser Permanente grant. “I really want to thank the promotoras,” Councilman Villegas said. “Without their initiative and their stick-to-it-iveness this would not have happened. As you can see, many of them are enjoying the park right now, with their children.”

The Kaiser HEAL grant also has helped fund the implementation of “Playworks: Make Recess Count,” a school-based program that trains adult volunteers to lead out in physical activities during recess at Westfield Village.

 

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More business news from West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 28, 2013 —

Festivities around the opening of the Japan-based Nippon Shokken food seasonings plant in Southport weren’t the only thing in West Sacramento business news this month.

According to various media reports:

—  Petco opened one of two new Sacramento-area stores on Aug. 19 near Ikea in West Sacramento. The pet-supply store operates from 11,500 square feet in the RiverPoint Marketplace, near Reed Avenue and I-80.  And:

—  A Norway-based French fry processing firm announced plans to build a 60,000-square foot facility on Embarcadero Drive in the Riverside Commerce Center of West Sacramento, also near I-80 and Reed Avenue.

TOMRA Sorting USA hopes to open in March, with a 12-year lease from Harsch Investment Properties. West Sacramento’s Brown Construction Inc. is the builder in this build-to-suit deal. TOMRA expects to expand from about 45 to 70 employees upon this expansion.

—  Yolo County’s landfill recently announced a program designed to save local farmers money – an estimated $45,000 annually for every thousand acres farmed, reports county spokeswoman Beth Gabor.

Instead of disposing of plastic ag waste by paying fees to drop it in the landfill, farmers have a new option. The county has partnered with Encore Farming Solutions to create a recycling program. Items such as irrigation drip tape, almond film plastic, mulch film plastic, greenhouse plastic and strawberry fumigation tarp can now be recycled into plastic bags, at no cost to the farmer.  The farms do have to roll or bale the material before it goes to Encore.

For more information, ag firms may call Yolo County Recycling Coordinator Pamela Hedrick at (530) 666-8856, or email her at phedrick@yolocounty.org.

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