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Two house fires in Southport

Firefighters silhouetted against the flames from an open garage on San Vicente Road (courtesy of WSFD)


The two-story home above caught fire on the evening of Jan. 19, on the 3300-block of San Vicente Road. The family escaped safely, and neighboring homes were protected, but the home sustained damage to both floors. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

Three days earlier, local fire crews were called to the scene of an attic fore on the 3300-block of Jefferson Blvd. in Southport. That fire was contained to the attic, but caused around $20,000 in damage, reports the fire department.  (courtesy of West Sacramento Fire Department)

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West Sac ‘Letters to the Editor’


Thanks for helping
Yolo County CASA is grateful for the community’s generous contributions during the season of giving.  Big thanks goes out to the Davis Athletic Club and their patrons for the many toys and books donated in the month of December; the Woodland Opera House and its patrons for the very successful luggage drive; and to staff and patients of Tan Orthodontics for hosting the giving tree for the foster youth served by our volunteer court appointed special advocates.  These efforts certainly brightened the holidays of our CASA kids.

Special thanks also goes out to each and every individual who responded to Yolo CASA’s annual appeal letter.  Response was especially strong this year, due to a benefactor’s special pledge to double all donations received.  This generous community support will allow us to recruit, train and support more volunteers who will advocate for youth in the foster care system.

Our CASAs make sure these children receive the services they need to be safe and to thrive.  They speak for the child’s best interests and build relationships that last a lifetime.

When our CASA children ask “does anyone care about me?”  We will tell them the truth.  You do.

For more information, or to reserve tickets for our annual dinner in March, please visit our website at www.yolocasa.org.

On behalf of the Yolo County CASA Board of Directors

  Editor’s note: ‘CASA’ stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocates.” The Yolo CASA website describes the organization as made up of “trained and court-appointed volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused children and at-risk youth.”
  The volunteers are matched with kids who need a voice as they move through the foster care system.


Enjoy ‘Page from the Past’
I really enjoy your News-Ledger, particularly the “Page from the Past.” I am entering my eighties and I was raised in the old Washington Township area. I knew many of the people from that time who are in the Page from the Past. That was a good time to be a kid in that little town. Everybody knew everybody else and we couldn’t get into too much trouble.


  Editor’s note: The “Page from the Past” appears occasionally in the News-Ledger. We use reproductions of pages from the old Yolo Independent newspaper, which served the part of “East Yolo” that has become West Sacramento.

Guards for the schools
Americans use armed guards to protect our money, our politicians and even our president’s children. How could our school children be protected by armed guards?

Child-shooter Buford Furrow Jr. walked away from American Jewish University, Skirball Cultural Center and Simon Wiesenthal Center because of heavy security.

  The Pearl High School shooter surrendered to Vice Principal Joel Myrick. Veteran Myrick had run about half a mile to retrieve a pistol legally locked up outside the school zone, but the shooter still had ammunition and was bound for Pearl Junior High School. The Appalachia School of Law shooter surrendered when Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross ran back with pistols kept in their vehicles.

Roughly half of public shooters suicide when confronted with armed defenders. This was the case in Stockton (1989), Columbine (1999), and Sandy Hook.

There is evidence our children would be safer even when the shooter engaged in a gunfight with the defender. I do not recall the Diane Sawyer paintball re-enactments resulting in any students being hit. All the shooter’s bullets were aimed at the armed defender as was experienced by Ken Hammond at the Trolley Square Mall and by hero Mark Wilson at the Tyler, Texas courthouse.

The two Columbine shooters were able to drive off the first defender with rifle fire. The defender escaped to all in reinforcements and describe the shooters. The bullets fired at the defender did not kill children, nor did the defender’s.



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Gun scare: Raley’s closes briefly


The Raley’s supermarket at 1601 West Capitol Avenue closed for about a half hour  on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, for a gun scare.

According to various media reports, at about noon that day a truck driver reported that a woman stole his gun and ran away after they had contact near Jefferson and West Capitol.

  An officer saw the suspect go inside the store. Believing she could be armed, police evacuated the market.

They found the 31-year old woman — who was ID’d by the truck driver from a photo lineup. They did not find the gun.

The woman was arrested for the alleged gun theft.

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City council: special strategic meeting


The West Sacramento City Council will meet today and tomorrow in special session to discuss strategic planning issues.

The council will meet with a facilitator to talk about “a broad range of city matters, procedures, policies and functions.”

The meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29, begins at 9 a.m. (beginning with a closed session, followed by open session). The meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30, begins in open session at 8:30 a.m.  Both meetings are at the civic center, 1110 West Capitol Avenue, rooms 157/160 in the Galleria.

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Free cup of coffee Wednesday


Pick up a free cup of coffee Wednesday morning at the West Sacramento Transit Center (West Capitol Avenue at Merkley Avenue, next to the Sac City College branch.)

The coffee giveaway is part of a promotion from Yolobus.

The java starts pouring at 6:10 a.m. You can get a cup anytime before 9 a.m. — or when the coffee runs out, whichever comes first.

For Yolobus information, call (530) 666-2877 or visit www.yolobus.com.

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Things I won’t miss about the Kings

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor


As I write this, the less-than-beloved Maloof family have apparently sold the Sacramento Kings to a group of wealthy Seattle, Washington investors headed by some hedge fund guy named Chris Hansen. The selling price appears to be about $525 million, which should go a long way in helping the Maloofs pay off about $200 million in debts they have racked up over the years while owning the Kings, not to mention the $6 or $7 million they say they are going to lose on this year’s operation of the team. Other possible buyers are also trying to match or top that offer, but one way or another, it looks like the Kings will finally be leaving Sacramento in the not too distant future.

Looking back on the history of the Kings, it seems like they were always having serious money problems and demanding that the taxpayers of the City of Sacramento foot most of the bill. I remember Jim Thomas (the guy who owned the Kings before he sold them to the Maloof brothers) at one point wanting a $60 million loan from the city and their help in passing a $145 million bond measure so he could build himself a new arena, and if the city didn’t fork over, he was going to move the team. And the Maloofs, of course, have been threatening to move the Kings out of Sacramento and to greener (as in dollars) pastures for ages.

To tell you the truth, as exciting as the Kings once were back in the days of Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, and “White Chocolate” himself, Jason Williams, I’m not really all that sad to see them go. The Maloofs (or any new owners willing to keep the Kings in town) would only continue to demand more millions from the already cash-strapped City of Sacramento to make possible that seemingly universal demand of all professional basketball teams – a shiny new arena with all the bells and whistles paid for by someone other than themselves.

There was a time when I considered myself to be a pretty loyal Sacramento Kings fan, even though decent seats cost $50 or more and that was just the tip of the iceberg. It also cost a small fortune for parking, bad food at the concession stands, and a few souvenirs for the kids. In fact, by the time my family and I had finished watching a Kings’ game and were stuck in all that traffic trying to get back to West Sacramento, I had easily spent over $250, which is not exactly a cheap family night out on the town.

Anyway, although I somehow managed to live through the days of Billy Owens and Olden Polynice and God only knows how many other not-ready-for-prime-time Kings players, the straw that actually broke my back had to do with a little argument I had with my wife at the last Kings game I ever attended, and it went a little something like this:

“Are you hungry?” asked my wife, noting that it was close to 7 pm and neither one of us had eaten very much for dinner before we left for the game.

“Not really,” I said, “but I am a little thirsty. And since we are in these fancy seats tonight (a friend had generously let us use his season tickets) instead of up in the nose bleed section like usual, I think I’ll ask that waitress to get us something to drink the next time she strolls by.”

“Good idea,” said my wife, digging through her purse and handing me $5. “Get me a bottle of water, okay?”

“Are you kidding?” I asked. “A bottle of water can’t possibly cost $5.”

“I bet it does.” And sure enough (including a little tip for the waitress), it did.

So, a little after halftime, long after my wife and I had finished our $5 bottles of water, we found ourselves thirsty again.

“I’ll go and get us Cokes or something,” I said, “although God only knows how much that will cost.”

“But I just want water,” insisted my wife.

“No way am I paying another $10 for two small bottles of water!”

“Would you stop being so cheap, Daryl. You didn’t even have to pay for the seats tonight.”

“I don’t care, it’s the principle of the thing. Here, give me your empty water bottle and I’ll go fill it up at a water fountain.”

“There are no water fountains in here, Daryl. They want you to buy beer and cokes and bottled water when you get thirsty. They wouldn’t make any money if everyone was hanging out at drinking fountains.”

  “Okay,” I said, determined not to be ripped off any more than necessary by the Maloofs, “then I’ll just take our empty bottles, find a men’s lavatory, and fill them up with water from one of the sinks.”

“What?” demanded my wife, her face suddenly full of horror.

“Now I know for sure they’ve got bathrooms with sinks to wash your hands in this place, even if they don’t have water fountains. I’ll even let the faucet run for a good long time so the water is nice and cold.”

“Daryl, there is no way in the world I’m going to drink Arco Arena men’s restroom water!”

“But why not? I’m going to be getting it out of a sink, not a toilet.”

With that, my wife was up and out of her seat and on her way to purchase her own ridiculously over-priced container of non-bathroom water.

“Okay, okay,” I shouted after her, “then how about this? You can fill up the empty bottles with water from a sink in the women’s bathroom?”

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Free admission to Sacto museums


Thirty Sacramento-area museums will offer free or half-priced admission all day on Saturday, February 2, during the 15th Annual Sacramento Museum Day.

Twenty-eight of the 30 museums will offer free admission and two destinations located in residential areas – the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town – will offer half-priced admission to offset their parking control and security costs.  With assistance provided by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, this popular community event is presented by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and supported by Umpqua Bank and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Sacramento Museum Day event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with the last guests admitted at 4 p.m.).   Coordinators suggest that guests plan to visit no more than two or three different museums on this day in order to allow adequate time to enjoy the experience and to travel between individual sites.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 15 years of this incredibly popular community event,” said Sacramento Association of Museums Chair Roxanne Yonn in a press release. “With each passing year, more and more community members are introduced to the amazing array of arts, culture and museum offerings available in the Sacramento region.  We are especially pleased that Chipotle Mexican Grill has joined Umpqua Bank as a title sponsor this year as the support of generous corporate sponsors help to make Sacramento Museum Day such an overwhelming success.”

Admission to the two half-priced museums are as follows:  Sacramento Zoo is $5.75 for adults, $3.75 for children ages 2-11 and free for children under two;  Fairytale Town is $2.50 for everyone and free for children ages one and under.

Due to the popularity of Sacramento Museum Day, some locations must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons. More detailed information about participating museums,  limitations, suggested parking and public transit options is available at www.sacmuseums.org (click on “Events”), or by calling the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau at (916) 808-7777.

Participating museums are listed below. Aside from the zoo and Fairytale Town, they will be open for free on Feb. 2:

Aerospace Museum of California
California Automobile Museum
California Foundry History Museum
California State Military Museum
California State Capitol Museum
The California Museum
California State Railroad Museum
Center for Contemporary Art
Crocker Art Museum
Discovery Museum Science & Space Center
Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum
Fairytale Town
Folsom History Museum
Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park
Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland)
Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Museum of Medical History
Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
Sacramento Children’s Museum
Sacramento Zoo
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
Sacramento History Museum
Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum
State Indian Museum
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall)
Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)

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