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‘Then & now’ photos, top 25 list & more in celebration of West Sacramento’s 25th year


The City of West Sacramento is celebrating its first 25 years with a new website exhibition called “West Sacramento: 25 Years with a Passion for Progress.”

The web display includes “then and now” photos, 25 reasons to love the city, a list of fun things to do locally and more.

Visit www.cityofwestsacramento.org/25.

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Cabaldon: no threat from MLB team

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 11, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

With talks between the City of Sacramento and the Kings owners at a standstill, Sacramento Mayor  Kevin Johnson has let it be known that he wants Sacramento to get a new major league baseball team. Sacramento is a “major league city,” he said, and a stadium in the right spot could help jumpstart the city’s downtown railyards project.

  A major league team across would presumably “trump” the minor league River Cats baseball team and their relatively new stadium in West Sacramento.

  But West Sacramento’s mayor isn’t worried.


  “It doesn’t mean anything,” Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the News-Ledger. “The Oakland A’s aren’t interested, Major League Baseball and minor league baseball aren’t interested. . . There’s no impact (on West Sacramento and the River Cats) because it’s not going to happen.”

   The A’s want to go to San Jose — which is within the territory designated as under control by the San Francisco Giants, but which offers a larger market and more potential corporate sponsors than  Sacramento. The Giants are fighting the proposed A’s move. Meanwhile, Sacramento is in the A’s territory and the River Cats are affiliated with the A’s. The River Cats have some legal obligations to stick around until the bonds that helped build Raley Field are paid off — roughly another 20 years.

  The teams’ wishes are balanced by their obligations to their leagues and by the power of their leagues, making “an extremely complicated set of procedures for how these things happen,” said Cabaldon.

  And right now, neither Major League Baseball nor any of its teams is pushing to take a chance on the Sacramento market.

  So, Cabaldon said, West Sacramento’s government is not spending a lot of time studying Johnson’s baseball dream.

  The River Cats declined an interview request, but issued the following statement, with a reference to Mayor Johnson’s “Think  Big Sacramento” task force:

“We have not discussed the proposal with ‘Think Big’ or City of Sacramento officials. We are obviously proud of the community support of Raley Field and the success of the River Cats. We are focused on providing the best experience to our fans in and around the ballpark and have been excited to see (West Sacramento’s) Bridge District prepared for future development.”

  Raley Field opened in 2000 in a former warehouse district in West Sacramento amid regional cooperation, after a bout of competition for the stadium site between West Sacramento and Sacramento. A regional coalition helped put together a bond package that helped finance it.

  River Cats spokesperson Zak Basch said the River Cats have drawn an average of 7,659 fans this year, and Cabaldon said the team was among the most successful in the minor leagues.

  When the stadium was designed, its 11,000-seat capacity was intended to be expandable to host a possible future major league team. The league’s requirements for a stadium have since changed — stadiums and teams rely more heavily than ever on items like luxury boxes —  and Basch said the expansion issue has not been studied lately.

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Heirloom tomatoes & more at Woodland fest

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 11, 2012 —

From the Woodland Tomato Festival

It’s that time of year once again when we can start enjoying fresh locally grown vine ripened tomatoes.   Biting into a freshly picked Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato or enjoying a tomato cucumber basil salad are just cause for celebrating the return of the summer tomato.

  In Yolo County tomatoes are an important part of our local heritage.  Over 40,000  acres of commercial processing tomatoes are planted each year in the County with a value of over $100 million.  Other local growers sell their large variety of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes at local farmer’s markets and roadside farm stands, and tomatoes continue to be the most popular vegetable found in our backyard gardens.

  Recognizing the local importance of tomatoes, The Woodland Farmers Market and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invite you to come and celebrate all that’s tomato at the 5th annual Woodland Tomato Festival on Saturday, August 11th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mark your calendars now because you do not want to miss this family fun event.

  Held at Freeman Park on Main St. in downtown Woodland, this free festival features family fun for all ages. From the live performances and free tomato tasting to the “Best Salsa in Town” restaurant competition and a Top Tomato Chef Competition, it is a whirlwind of tomato fun. There is something for everyone. The Woodland Farmers Market will be there along with local crafters, artisans and non-profit community groups

  The Yolo County Master Gardeners will once again have their tomato tasting booth where you can taste and compare about 30 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, as well as a gardening information booth where you can learn everything about growing and preserving tomatoes.

  Festival activities for kids on Saturday, August 11th include a bounce house, face painting, and meeting Tommy and Tonia Tomato.

  For more information on attending the event or for reserving a vendor booth, go to the Woodland Tomato Festival website at: www.woodlandtomatofestival.com or call 530-666-2626.

Two West Sac reunions planned:


The James Marshall High Class of 1977 will celebrate its 35-year reunion on Sept. 22 from 4-8 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in West Sacramento. $45 before Aug. 31. Visit www.jmhsclassof77.net or call (916) 912-3688.

The James Marshall High School Class of1972 will celebrate its 40-year reunion on Sept. 7 at the VFW Hall, 905 Drever Street. Other classes are welcome. $20 in advance or $25 at the door. No-host bar begins at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. Contact Don Mitchell, (619) 244-8481 or damrce@yahoo.com, or look for the reunion group on Facebook.

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Learn volleyball skills at West Sac camp


An “all skills” volleyball camp is planned for Sat.-Sun. July 14-15 at River City High School, led by former U.S. National Team Member Addie Hauschild-Willis (now a pro player and an assistant coach at UCD). Girls who are incoming 9th graders to 12th graders at any high school are welcome. $100 ($50 for RCHS students, who will also get free access to a camp on the evenings of Aug. 6-8. Visit www.ahw-volleyball.net.

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Help equip local kids for school

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 11, 2012 —

  IKEA West Sacramento is asking the community to help low-income kids start the school year loaded with new backpacks and classroom supplies.  The “Getting Yolo County Kids Ready for School” collection drive is underway through July 29.

KATIE VILLEGAS, executive director of the Yolo County Childrens Alliance (News-Ledger/2011)

  The school supply drive will gather essential school items for children grades kindergarten through high school, reports the Yolo County Children’s Alliance.  All donations made at the IKEA store will be delivered to the Yolo County Children’s Alliance for distribution.

  A donation bin will be located at the store’s entrance at 700 IKEA Court, West Sacramento. Donors are invited to bring some school materials to drop off or buy some in the store for donation.

  “IKEA is committed to working within the communities where both our customers and co-workers live and work, and we’re excited to host our first ever school supply drive for the Yolo County Children’s Alliance,” said Heine Roikjer, West Sacramento IKEA store manager, an a press release from the alliance.  “Together, we hope to improve the lives of children within Yolo County and help them start the new school year on the right foot with much needed school supplies.”

   “We really need general school supplies and backpacks,” said Katie Villegas, executive director of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance. “Last year hundreds of Yolo County children received new backpacks and school necessities through the generosity of businesses and individuals in our communities.  We hope to be able to provide even more children with the materials they need for a successful school year this year through the donation center at IKEA.”

  Solid colored backpacks are preferred, but not in red since many schools prohibit red backpacks (for gang-related reasons).

  Other needed items include single subject spiral notebooks; packs of pencils, pens, crayons, and washable markers; large pink erasers, 9 x 12 sturdy two-pocket folders; college-ruled loose-leaf paper; 3-inch binders; pencil cases/pouches; children’s safety scissors;  colored pencils; glue sticks; hi-liter pens; binder diver sheets; graph paper; and index cards.

  For more information about the IKEA West Sacramento Getting Yolo County Kids Ready for School campaign, contact the Yolo County Children’s Alliance at 530-757-5558 or 916-572-0560.

  Yes, you can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

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‘POLICE LOG’: West Sac crime, etc.

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

  ‘Police Log’ appears nearly every week in the West Sacramento News-Ledger newspaper. To see it weekly, make sure to subscribe (there’s a special offer at bottom). The incidents below come from initial police calls and arrest reports — facts have not been verified through investigation or trial.

June 28, 2:29 a.m.

  A witness reported that a yellow pickup truck on Limewood Road “parked on the lawn and revved the engine, putting holes in the lawn” before escaping on Redwood toward Lake Washington Boulevard.

June 28, 5:12 a.m.

  A taxi driver reported that a man “bailed out” of the car without paying near Teal Drive and Higgins Road, after being taken there from his girlfriend’s place on Glide Avenue.

June 28, 5:58 p.m.

  At the Palamidessi Bridge near the levee and dirt road: “a man spraypainting a haystack on the dirt road.”

June 28, 6:40 p.m.

A vehicle was burglarized in the parking lot of the Southport Town Center plaza. Its stereo was taken. A witness said a man and woman seen committing the crime left in a blue Mitsubishi Montero.

June 28, 7:19 p.m.

  A witness reported four “dirty” male subjects loitering near Maple Street, and “it looks like they are stealing the fence.”

June 29, 6:54 a.m.

  A Meadow Road resident reported that a surveillance camera caught images of someone vandalizing a flag holder and a van.

June 29, 11:10 a.m.

  A house fire was reported on the 2400-block of West Capitol Avenue, where manufactured homes are sold. Arson was suspected.

June 29, 12:24 p.m.

  Two cars collided in the parking lot of a burger restaurant on Ikea Court. “Both parties refused to exchange information since they didn’t feel they were at fault.”

June 29, 1:22 p.m.

   Two vehicles were burglarized during the night on Spalding Court.

June 29, 2:01 p.m.

  A domestic violence incident was reported in Southport.

June 29, 3 p.m.

  Two vehicles were found “ransacked” on Evergreen Avenue.

June 29, 3:16 p.m.

  A “subject just stole a security camera from the facility” on Walnut Street.

June 12:07 p.m.

  An officer saw a car with expired registration tags near 6th and Andrew Streets. The officer did a U-turn to catch up with the vehicle, and watched as the driver parked and “exited the vehicle quickly.” The officer asked him if he was on probation or parole, and the man said “no.”

  The man put his hands in his pockets a couple of times, and the officer, concerned about what might be in the pockets, ordered him to keep his hands out and then handcuffed the man “for officer safety.”

  The man then admitted “OK, officer, I have a little bit of meth on me.”

  The officer found a baggie with 0.3 grams of methamphetamine in one pocket. While he was searching, the man told him “I’m on probation, too.”

  In the vehicle were found 83 .22 caliber rounds of ammunition — which a felon like this suspect was not allowed to possess. The man also had a suspended driver’s license. He was arrested.

June 29, 9:33 p.m.

  An Ikea Court restaurant reported that “a man keeps going in and out of the bathroom and asking employees where his pocket knife is.” One employee said she saw him burning the back of the knife with a flame in the restroom.

June 29, 11:58 p.m.

  An officer contacted a 53-year old West Sacramento man on bicycle. Performing a probation search, the officer found 0.1 grams of methamphetamine in one of the suspect’s pockets, and arrested him.

June 29, 8:45 p.m.

  An officer responded to a motel on the 800-block of West Capitol after receiving a report that a guy was kicking in doors looking for his dog. The officer spoke to five tenants who reported the issue, and saw visible damage on four doors. Another officer spotted someone matching the description of the suspect nearby, and brought him for a “field lineup” in front of the witnesses.

  They ID’d him. After being read his Miranda rights, the man said “I kicked in the doors looking for my pitbull.”

June 30, 11:57 a.m.

  A dog house was reported in the number-three lane of US 50 near Harbor Boulevard.

June 30, 4:45 p.m.

  A Riverbank Road man reported an ex-girlfriend was possibly stalking him.

June 30, 7:07 p.m.

  A parent told dispatchers that a son had been detained for suspected shoplifting at a Riverpoint Court store, “for stealing a shirt that he was wearing when he entered the store.”

June 30, 9 p.m.

  Dispatchers received several calls about fireworks being used (illegally) in areas near Hobson Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Michigan Blvd. and elsewhere in town through the evening.

July 1, 10:12 p.m.

  A citizen said some people were “yelling and imitating animals very loudly” at Whitey’s Park on Lake Washington Blvd.

July 1, 11:52 p.m.

  A man reported being robbed by five suspects at a gas station market on the 1400-block of West Capitol. Weapons used included a gun and a sword.

June 30, 10:49 p.m.

  A caller who was house-sitting at a Diablo Street residence said someone threw a rock through its front window. A neighbor reported seeing a man in a white minivan park nearby, walk in front of the house, and throw the rock.

  June 30, 5:40 p.m.

  Officers conducted a “welfare check” after a neighbor reported hearing the children at a Southport home screaming in their backyard. The male resident was a sex offender registrant on probation. A woman answered the door, saying the man was in the shower. But when officers entered, a son corrected her, saying the man had run and hid in a closet.

  They called for him to come out of the closet several times, but he didn’t. He was eventually located “in a hidden compartment behind the closet sheetrock, which was completely sealed off. . . except for a hole in the sheetrock at the back of the closet.”

  He resisted arrest and was handcuffed. The offender had not registered that he was living at this address.

July 1, 12:26 a.m.

  “Large aerial fireworks” were reported near Bryte and Hobson avenues.

July 1, 8:24 a.m.

  A blue Honda Civic was stolen during the night from Anna Street.

July 1, 9:01 a.m.

  Someone broke into a vehicle on Highland Drive. They took some glasses, and left behind a hat.

July 1, 9:15 a.m.

  A citizen reported that someone stole mail — including bills and magazines — from a mailbox on the 4500-block of South River Road.

July 1, 9:31 a.m.

  A vehicle was found burglarized on Swift Street.

July 1, 12:18 p.m.

  A 23-year old West Capitol Avenue man brought some receipts into a Riverpoint Court store, then picked some items off the shelves and tried to return them using the receipts. He was detained, but “keeps trying to run out,” reported loss prevention personnel.

July 1, 1:11 p.m.

  A man who had been warned against trespassing was now “dumpster diving” at a store on the 800-block of Harbor Blvd. and was refusing to leave.

July 1, 4:12 p.m.

  A caller found a bike in the backyard “that was not here yesterday.” The caller was “concerned someone might be hiding in the yard.”

July 1, 7:56 p.m.

  A citizen reported hearing fireworks coming from the grounds of a Fallbrook school campus.

July 1, 9:01 p.m.

  A Southport fire station reported that there were low-flying aircraft around Southport and Land Park, and asked dispatchers to notify the FAA. The “Sacramento Tower” also saw the aircraft, and asked witnesses to get the planes’ tail numbers and call in the morning. They speculated that the aircraft might be spraying to prevent West Nile Virus.

July 1, 9:42 p.m.

  A man and his fiancee said they were walking on the 1200-block of West Capitol when a woman asked to borrow a cell phone. She then took the phone and ran off with it.

  Yes, you can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

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