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Puzzled by ‘Obamacare?’ Workshops scheduled for individuals, businesses

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 28, 2013 —

Learn more about the new health care laws and how they affect you as an individual or your small business. Attend a workshop about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (called “Obamacare” by many) at one of four scheduled workshops held at the local library, 1212 Merkley Avenue: 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wed., Sept 4; or 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept 17, Oct. 3 or Oct. 15. Free. Sponsored the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities.

For info on “Covered California,” see www.CoveredCA.com or call (888) 975-1142.

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Project near Tower Bridge starts up

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 7, 2013 —

West Sacramento officials on Thursday will celebrate the groundbreaking of a 272-unit “infill” housing project near West Capitol Avenue, Raley Field and the ziggurat building.

  Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will join the Wolff Company development team and architect David Mogavero for an 11:30 a.m. ceremony at 777 5th Street.

  The “Capital Yards” project sits on 8.5 acres just north of the Tower Bridge gateway, bordered by Third, Fifth and G Streets. The project has also been called “Tower Bridge Commons.”

  A second phase of the project will later bring the number of housing units to 378, architect David Mogavero told the News-Ledger.

  Said the website of Mogavero Notestine Associates, the architect:

  “There are two building types in two phases: phase 1 consists of courtyard buildings that include 270 studio, one and two bedroom and penthouse units; and phase 2, our Tower Bridge Gateway building, four stories tall with structured parking that includes live/work, studio, one and two bedroom and penthouse units. Combined, both phases will build out to 350 units.”

   The courtyard buildings will have tuck-under, garage parking.

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Eight from West Sac on grand jury

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 31, 2013 —

Eight West Sacramento residents are among the 43 empaneled for duty on the 2013-2014 Yolo County Grand Jury, which began service this month.

Included from West Sacramento are Jeanne Binns, Margie Campbell, Albert Freitas, Sara Noceto, Chalon Rogers, Belinda Shaw, Robert Stoinoff and David Valverde.

Also hailing from East Yolo is fellow juror Diane Hoschler of Clarksburg. Remaining jurors are from Davis, Woodland and Dunnigan.

A total of 43 people were named to this year’s jury after volunteering and being selected.

The grand jury is empowered to indict criminal suspects and to investigate citizen complaints about government agencies.

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West Sacramento gets new top cop

 Incoming West Sacramento Police Chief Thomas McDonald (left) has his new badge pinned on by daughter Kylie (Photo courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento)

Incoming West Sacramento Police Chief Thomas McDonald (left) has his new badge pinned on by daughter Kylie (Photo courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 17, 2013 —

West Sacramento’s new police chief was sworn into office on Tuesday.

Chief Thomas McDonald replaces outgoing department head Dan Drummond, who retired after nine years.

McDonald was raised as the son of a U.S. Air Force officer, living in different places including Europe. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1983, reports West Sacramento Police Department spokesman.

With the L.A.P.D., he served on various assignments as he rose to the rank of captain. His roles included including gang enforcement, training officer, SWAT, tactics instructor, staff researcher, and training coordinator.

In 1999, as a lieutenant, McDonald worked in crowd management during the Democratic National Convention.

After the September 11, 2001, attacks, he led ‘Operation Archangel,” working with Homeland Security to protect infrastructure and key resources.

Beginning in October of 2012, Captain McDonald served as commanding officer of L.A.P.D.’s emergency services division, which includes the bomb squad, Hazmat and Bomb K-9 units.

He is the fifth police chief for West Sacramento since the city was founded in 1987.

McDonald has two grown children, son Jordan and daughter Kylie. Daughter Kylie McDonald of Newport Beach, was on hand for last week’s ceremony and pinned the new W.S.P.D. badge onto her father’s uniform.

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A piece of the traffic puzzle: South River Road bridge is in the works

Rendering of the future, planned ‘Pioneer Bluff Bridge’ connecting South River Road and the Gateway area. Design features include ‘gold picket fencing’ and a pair of pedestrian overlooks. (Image from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

Rendering of the future, planned ‘Pioneer Bluff Bridge’ connecting South River Road and the Gateway area. Design features include ‘gold picket fencing’ and a pair of pedestrian overlooks.
(Image from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

It’s a long-planned piece of Southport infrastructure:

The City of West Sacramento is now soliciting bids for construction of a new bridge to connect the northern cul-de-sac of South River Road to its opposite on the south side of the barge canal.

The new bridge is expected to cost just under $10 million, and to be finished by September of 2014. The costs are entirely picked up by a state grant originally intended the Port of West Sacramento deepen its shipping channel. But that dredging project has been delayed.

The new bridge will cross the barge canal with the Sacramento River nearby on one side and the existing Jefferson Boulevard bridge on the other. It’s meant to help connect Southport to the freeway and to northern West Sacramento, and that connection is also  expected to help spur urban redevelopment of the now-industrial South River Road corridor between the freeway and the planned bridge. (One of the first projects in the door on that corridor could be a brewery and beer garden reported on by the News-Ledger on June 26).

The new bridge will also provide another piece of the “loop road” system intended by the city and its hired master planners two decades ago for Southport. The plan envisioned most of the traffic flowing through Southport to be not on Jefferson Boulevard, but on a traffic loop flowing south from the freeway on South River Road, across lower Southport, and back north on Southport Parkway.

The southern arc of that loop remains to be built, but the News-Ledger asked Mayor Christopher Cabaldon if the new South River Road connection still looks that as important as it did to city planners in the early ‘90s.

“It absolutely is,” answered Cabaldon. “We’re not done with Southport, and the loop is not complete because the (planned) villages on the east side of Jefferson are not done yet. Once the loop is complete, that will be the most important arterial in and out of Southport.”

He added that, when Southport is fully built out, the loop will carry traffic “on a reasonably similar magnitude to Jefferson Boulevard.” Jefferson now does the heavy lifting for traffic in Southport, although residents can also opt to use Lake Washington Boulevard as a way in and out of the south-city.

Design of the planned Pioneer Bluff Bridge was handled for the City by Dokken Engineering.

A simulated view of the new bridge looking westward, from near the Sacramento River.  In the background are Stone Locks and the Jefferson Boulevard crossing.   (Image from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

A simulated view of the new bridge looking westward, from near the Sacramento River. In the background are Stone Locks and the Jefferson Boulevard crossing.
(Image from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

The new bridge is planned to be one lane in each direction (expandable to two), with separate six-foot bike lanes, six-foot walkways (separated from traffic by a barrier) and a two-foot center median. It will be decorated with a “gold picket railing” and a half-circle pedestrian overlook at mid-span on each side.

The bridge will measure 615 feet long and 80 feet wide, according to a city staff report.

What it won’t do is move. Or climb very much.

The federal government has decommissioned the West Sacramento barge canal as a navigable waterway. That means the new bridge doesn’t have to be designed tall enough for ships to pass underneath, and it doesn’t have to get out of their way as a drawbridge would. So West Sacramento can build this new bridge low and relatively cheap.

The bridge project includes installation of signal lights at South River Road and 15th Street. It doesn’t include renovation or expansion of South River Road itself – a project that will wait for another day.

 

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Starting a business in West Sac?

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 3, 2013 —

The Sacramento chapter of SCORE invites you to a class on how to start a new business. The class sessions will be held at the West Sacramento library branch, 1212 Merkley Avenue, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on four Tuesdays beginning July 9. Registration required, phone the library at 375-6465.

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Veterans Day Parade: marchers wanted

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 19, 2013 —

A West Sacramento Veterans Day Parade is planned for Nov. 11, organized by the Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN). Groups, businesses and local veterans who wish to participate should contact Alicia Cruz, 640-3677.

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