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Raley Field: new citizens take oath

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

You can watch hundreds of people from over 50 countries take the oath of American citizenship at a ceremony at 9 a.m. on June 12 at Raley Field.

The Raley Field baseball stadium is located at 300 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento.

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Help name a new city park

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Do you know someone or something worth honoring through the naming of a local park?

The City of West Sacramento is accepting nominations for a name to attach to a new park to be built at the confluence of West Capitol, Evergreen and Sycamore avenues. Name suggestions will be forwarded to the city parks commission and then the city council. Pick up a nomination form at the Parks & Recreation desk at the community center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue, or online at westsacfun.org.

Turn it in at the community center desk by 5 p.m. on June 21.

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Online hub allows consumers, restaurants & schools to buy from local farms

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 8, 2013 —

Submitted by the County of Yolo

A new website aims to let local farmers publicize what they have for sale — and allow consumers, school districts and restaurants to connect and buy fresh and direct. It’s called “Harvest Hub Yolo,” and you can find it at www.harvesthubyolo.org.

On May 13, the Yolo County Department of Agriculture will provide two training sessions to teach growers and consumers how to post and purchase products from the Harvest Hub Yolo website.

Yolo County Agricultural Commissioner John Young, describes the food hub as a “virtual marketplace” where growers can post products available for immediate sale, and where restaurants, food service directors and consumers can purchase directly from growers.

The Harvest Hub Yolo website trainings are open to anyone interested in using the site and will be held on Monday, May 13, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services, 25 North Cottonwood, Woodland.

  As part of the training, Nicole Sturzenberger, outreach specialist, will walk attendees through the process of registering as a user and how to post and purchase from the website.

Harvest Hub Yolo aims to connect local products with local people and is part of a three year California Department of Food & Agriculture Specialty Crop Block grant received by Yolo County to increase local produce sales, particularly in the five school districts’ lunch programs.

To RSVP for the training, or for more information, email Sturzenberger at nicole.sturzenberger@yolocounty.org

 

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West Sac picks new chief of police

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 9, 2013 —

    The City of West Sacramento announced this morning that the city council has chosen a police chief to replacing retiring chief Dan Drummond.

    Tom McDonald, a currently a Los Angeles Police Department captain, has been appointed to the post.

Los Angeles Police Captain Tom McDonald -- the next police chief of West Sacramento (L.A.P.D. website photo)

Los Angeles Police Captain Tom McDonald — the next police chief of West Sacramento (L.A.P.D. website photo)

McDonald currently serves as the commanding officer for LAPD’s Bomb Squad, Bomb K-9, and Hazmat. He has also served as the patrol commanding officer in Rampart and in south central Los Angeles.  McDonald will replace Drummond, who recently announced his retirement after serving for nine years.

 “We are very pleased to add someone with Mr. McDonald’s leadership and background to our city’s police department and management team,” said West Sacramento City Manager Martin Tuttle in a press release.  “His personality and expertise are a perfect match for the department and the community.”

 Among his assignments during his 30-year career, McDonald served as a gang officer, SWAT element member, and training officer. McDonald specialized  in crowd management during the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.  Following the September 11, 2001,  terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York City, McDonald developed an award winning counter-terrorism program known as Operation  Archangel designed to assess and protect thekey facilities in Los Angeles.  

 “I am looking forward to building on Chief Drummond’s efforts and contributing to, and being part of, West Sacramento’s emergence as a great city,” said McDonald in a press statement.

 

McDonald, who joined LAPD as a police officer in 1983, received his Bachelor’s degree in Organization Management from Biola University.   He will begin work in early July.

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City of West Sac’s hotel project moves forward: new location near Raley Field

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 24, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento’s latest approach to bringing a hotel and conference center to its riverfront moved along last month after support from city council members.

A prior vision for the hotel placed it north of the Tower Bridge, operated by Marriott and owned by the city. Marriott is still in the picture as a potential hotel operator, but the new project is planned as a public-private partnership. It’s now on what the city calls a “premier” 2.7 acre site just south of the Tower Bridge, next to Raley Field and the Sacramento River. The proposed developer is Encore Garfield Public Private LLC.

The latest vision of a West Sacramento riverfront hotel, in an artist’s rendition. After studying a city-owned hotel project north of the Tower Bridge, the city is now looking at a public-private deal to create a hotel with a restaurant and conference. They’re now aiming for a ‘premier’ site next to Raley Field, Tower Bridge and the Sacramento River. (From Hornberger+Worstell, Architects)

The latest vision of a West Sacramento riverfront hotel, in an artist’s rendition. After studying a city-owned hotel project north of the Tower Bridge, the city is now looking at a public-private deal to create a hotel with a restaurant and conference. They’re now aiming for a ‘premier’ site next to Raley Field, Tower Bridge and the Sacramento River. (From Hornberger+Worstell, Architects)

On the drawing board are 343 rooms with a 20,000-square foot ballroom facility. Project cost of $130.8 million includes an expected $30 million in bonds backed by indirect income from the project. City consultants have said that a hotel with a conference center can’t be done here without public assistance.

Why is it a worth goal to risk public money for?

Such a hotel “would catalyze development on the riverfront, generate direct and indirect jobs, generate new tax revenues, and increase business and leisure visitation to the City,” according to a West Sacramento city staff report.

“I’ve. . . watched over the years as this city tried over the years to come up with an iconic project to really get this Bridge District going,” said Tony Giannoni, a member of the developer team. “That idea always seems to be a conference center/hotel.”

  Giannoni made those comments in a March 20 West Sacramento City Council meeting (those comments were taken from city video of the meeting).

The development plan calls for the city to finance its $30 million in bonds for the project from a combination of hotel room taxes (about 12 percent of the room rates), another 2 percent room surcharge, property tax revenues from the future hotel, and lease payments from the hotel operator for use of the city-owned conference center.

City staff told the council March 6 that the bonds would not affect the city’s credit rating and revenues appear adequate to safely repay the bonds. If the income were not adequate, the city’s general fund would have to backfill a shortage.

As for the hotel’s conceptual design, architect Mark Hornberg of Hornberger + Worstell said the 20-story design will stay true to the city’s vision for the Bridge District.

“(We’re) trying to have our design address key tenets of that design, including activating the riverfront, reemphasizing connections with the river, activating the pedestrian realm, creating streetfronts that hide parking and emphasizing retail, restaurant, food and beverage (and) meeting revenues.”

The ballroom and “junior” ballroom will have outstanding views, he added.

“Both of those spaces have magnificent windows onto the river, the river environment, the Crocker Gallery across the river,” said Hornberger. “It will be a sought-out destination in this community.”

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon called the project a “critical” piece in promoting activity on the local river, and said the city would only be using revenues “that would not exist if we did not move forward.”

“There’s no diversion of funds we could have otherwise spent on police, fire, parks or any of our other (city) services,” he said at the March 20 meeting.

Mayor pro tem Chris Ledesma called the plan a “solid” one.

“I am excited about it, it’s generating excitement in my neighborhood, in the city and in the region,” said Ledesma.

With the council’s support, the project continues. A city staff member confirmed yesterday that the various negotiations involved are still underway.

 

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Save energy, get up to $500 back

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While funding lasts, the City of West Sacramento is offering a matching residential rebate program for energy efficiency improvements and appliances for local residents. Save money on a new energy-efficient water heater, HVAC, insulation, energy-efficient windows, weather-stripping, as well as on efficient washers and dryers and dishwashers. Maximum of $500 per household.

  Submit your rebate application and a copy by Aug. 23 with proof of purchase and proof of installation (if applicable) to the building permit counter at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue (copying service not available on site). For an application, call 617-4590 or visit www.WestSacRecycles.org (look under “Highlights”).

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Breweries fermenting in West Sac: two mini-breweries to join Rubicon here

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 20, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

After going many decades without a local brewery in West Sacramento, 2013 looks like a good year for beer:

Sacramento’s Rubicon Brewery continues to assemble its new production facility near Ikea. It will start producing styles perhaps including its “Monkey Knife Fight Pale Ale” sometime this summer, reports majority owner Glynn Phillips.

And at least two more craft brewers plan to start on a smaller scale, artfully combining water, malted grain, hops and yeast in smaller breweries in the city’s Industrial Boulevard area.

On tap for one of those locations is Jackrabbit Brewing Co., courtesy of Ed Esten and partners. Edsten has some experience with microbrews.

“I had a small brewery back in 2000-2001 in Woodland,” he said. “The other (partners) are all avid homebrewers and beer aficionados. We’re hoping and planning to open in mid-summer. We’re all bringing our skills.”

Edsten’s Woodland operation was called Edsten Brewing Company.

The new brewery will be a bit bigger, with “five barrel” capacity (about 155 gallons at a time).

“We intend to focus on Belgian, British and German styles. We plan to be a brewery only, without any beer served on premises.”

Partly for that reason, he asked to keep the exact location confidential for the moment.

Elsewhere in the same neighborhood, though, is the new “Bike Dog” brewery, already with an avid following on Facebook and with plans to have a tasting room as well as on-site brewery.

  Co-owner A.J. Tendick met with the News-Ledger recently at Bike Dog’s space at 2534 Industrial Boulevard, near Stone Blvd. The warehouse-like unit was still largely empty and unfinished. Blue tape marked the planned locations of the cooler (to hold kegs), brewing equipment and other gear.

“By state and local statute, a brewery is allowed to sell their own brew directly, so we plan to have a tasting room up front, with a small production facility in back.” said Tendick, standing next to a “temporary” plywood bar. He’s a homebrewer who has dabbled in helping out some acquaintances in the industry.

“One of the other partners and I have been brewing together for about five years, and he was brewing for years beyond that,” he said.

“We’re sort of in this newer wave of breweries. . . that have started calling themselves ‘nanobrewers.’ We’re going to be at the small end of that, with six kegs, or three barrels or about 90 gallons (of capacity),” said Tendick.

He expects Bike Dog to emphasize kegs rather than bottles.

“On a scale this small, we won’t have any trouble selling a few kegs. The craft beer scene is getting pretty good in Sacramento. If the brewer is any good, the best beer is local beer, because it doesn’t always travel well. One of the other things we can do here is sell beer to go in a half-gallon ‘growler.’”

There are four partners, who know each other through their workplace, a regional government agency. Pete Atwood will probably be the primary brewer, although others will help, said Tendick.

“At this kind of scale, we all are assuming we’re going to keep our day jobs for many a year,” he added.

Some of the funding is coming from “crowd sourcing”:

“We’re funded well to get open and to do the bare minimum of a tasting room, but we really would like to make it a much nicer space, and we’d like to do that without waiting for beer sales to pay for it.”

So they’ve created a “Founders Union” to bring in small investments.

“You get some free beer on Fridays, and some schwag, and at higher levels you get your name on one of the seats that will eventually be here.”

What kind of beer will they brew?

“Pete and I are kind of unrepentant ‘hop heads,’” answered Tendick, referring to some purposely aggressive brews now in fashion. “We’re a fan of West Coast IPAs (India Pale Ales) and variations of that. It’s definitely the fastest-growing style and that bodes well for us. Pete’s a big fan of the Belgians, English beer, Irish stouts, that kind of thing.   We’re going to plan to open with two, to keep it simple and get our feet underneath us.”

Tendick said Bike Dog chose West Sacramento partly because some properties are zoned by the city specifically to be friendly to breweries.

Where did the name “Bike Dog” come from?

“One of our partners is kind of an outlier, but the rest of us own dogs and ride bikes – before I had a baby, I rode fanatically. If you look around, a lot of beer names have something to do with bikes or something to do with dogs. We just looked at each other and said ‘let’s put them together! Bike Dog!’”

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