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Restaurant specials on Wednesday:


From Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento

West Sacramento’s City Council has proclaimed Wednesday, Oct. 24, as West Sacramento Food Day, in support of the local food economy and healthy eating. The day encourages the public to take advantage of the diverse eateries in West Sacramento.

In a proclamation approved by the City Council Oct. 17, the City of West Sacramento endorses Food Day in the interest of health and the community’s well-being. Safe, healthy diets are a key factor in improving the overall health of citizens. The Food Day also supports the local economy, bringing attention to sustainable family farms and the local agriculture.

The City Council also has a goal of promoting West Sacramento as a food industry hub, with research, distribution, and consumption as essential ingredients of a vital, local economy.

The participating West Sacramento restaurants on Food Day include:

The Eatery, Pooja Indian Grill, Sal’s Tacos, Tsuki Sushi, Vientiane Restaurant, and Wicked West Pizza & BBQ. The list is available at the City of West Sacramento’s website business page: www.cityofwestsacramento.org/business .

On Oct. 24, eat locally for special dishes and discounts. No coupon is needed. Simply mention “West Sacramento Food Day.”

The National Food Day, also scheduled for Oct. 24, was created last year by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, along with over 50 food-related, non-profit and national organizations. The day promotes a nationwide movement in support of healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. For more about National Food Day, visit www.foodday.org .

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Food trucks bring their flavors to WS

A crowd gathers as Sacramento-area food trucks set up camp on the riverfront at River Walk Park, West Sacramento. It was this city's first-ever organized food truck event. (Photo by SAM URREA for the News-Ledger))


By Sam Urrea
News-Ledger Correspondent

The city of West Sacramento enjoyed its first ever “food truck rodeo” festivity at the River Walk Park on September 29, resulting in an apparent success.

Organized by Sacramento Mobile Food, nicknamed “Sactomofo,” the event held more than 20 mobile food vendors from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. There was live music as well.
Dave Feldpausch, a vendor of craft-made popsicles and an associate of “Sactomofo,” expressed his satisfaction at the success of the event.

“I sold out most of my popsicles,” he said. “It was a very productive day. This place is lovely. We’re right next to the river and the atmosphere is just fun,” he said.

The owner of the “Dave’s Dawgs” food car, Dave Clover, shared that view.

  “This is our first time here in West Sacramento, and probably won’t be our last,” said Clover. “Being next to the river is a huge attraction and I am not surprised at the amount of people that turned out today.”

Sactomofo schedules weekly events all around Sacramento and obtains its sponsors and music from online marketing such as Facebook and Twitter.  They also sponsor sporting events, conventions and food-centric events for residents giving them a chance to please their tastes from a variety of associated mobile food vendors.

Founder Josh Lurie-Terrel was delighted to host the event in West Sacramento and seemed pleasantly surprised at the popularity of it.

“A lot of people are here today. This is the best spot we’ve ever had the chance to be by, so we will definitely be back,” he said.

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Meet Coby Pizotti, school board candidate

  EDITOR’S NOTE: Every election cycle in West Sacramento, the News-Ledger invites each candidate for a sit-down interview. The below interview was published in the News-Ledger edition of Sept. 26, 2012. In it, we talk to Coby Pizotti, a candidate for one of three available seats on the school board for Washington Unified School District. If you’re not already a News-Ledger subscriber, look for the special offer following the interview.

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Coby Pizotti is a relative newcomer to West Sacramento. He and his wife put roots down in the city’s Bridgeway Island area in 2009.

“My daughter was born in March,” Pizotti told the News-Ledger. “That’s actually the reason I decided to run for school board. I wanted to ensure that by the time she goes to public school – and she will go to public school – she will have a school system able to deliver a top-notch education.”

COBY PIZOTTI: challenger for a seat on the WUSD board of trustees in West Sacramento (News-Ledger photo)

Pizotti, 41, is a lobbyist for the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians. A native of Castro Valley and Hayward, he attended Chico State before getting a degree in government from Sacramento State. He has worked for Democrats in the legislature (including Speakers Fabian Nunez and Herb Wesson) and for organized labor, including the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association.

“I believe that the school board should have an advocate who has relationships with members of the legislature,” he said. “That could benefit the board, to have direct access to some of the state’s politicians.”

Has Pizotti been involved in West Sacramento and the Washington Unified School Disrtict before becoming a candidate?

“I have friends at the West Sacramento Recreation Center,” he answered. “I’ve been brainstorming with the basketball coach at River City High to come up with some ideas on how to fundraise for the boys basketball team. I haven’t really had the opportunity to get as involved as I’d like. But I believe my experience will help the school district.”

Has he been observing board meetings?

  “I’ve seen two of them in person and watched one or two on (cable) TV,” said Pizotti. “I think the (current) board is relatively functional in terms of the direction it’s going. They’ve laid down some strict guidelines on what they want to see, and that has resulted in the dramatic increases in the API scores (student test scores) in the past two years. That’s huge.”

What sort of financial shape is Washington Unified School District in?

“The district is in good shape because they’ve taken steps to ensure they have a surplus that’s essentially a rainy day fund,” he answered.

But if the governor’s Proposition 30 doesn’t pass in November, WUSD will – like other districts – have more financial problems. Pizotti urges a “yes” on 30 in November, and a “no” on Molly Munger’s Prop. 32.

Proposition 30 is Jerry Brown’s attempt to close the state budget shortfall, and includes some tax increases.

“For Prop. 30, I’ve helped raise $300,000,” said Pizotti. He was cautiously optimistic that it would pass.

Pizotti explained what he thought his job would be if elected:

“I believe a board member is responsible for setting policy and getting the schools going in the direction they would like to see. It’s the administrators and superintendent who implement those policies. The school board members are responsible, I believe, for listening to their constituents, hearing what students need to be successful, and reaching out to parents to get them more involved.”

“I believe test scores are on the rise,” Pizotti added. “I think the superintendent has done a good job implementing the programs that have increased the scores.”

But “you don’t get tested on vocational education, you don’t get tested on the arts.” So testing isn’t everything, he said.

Pizotti believes that sports helped “helped put me where I am today,” teaching him discipline and team play. And sports, like other extracurricular activities, are vital in the schools.

“Not everyone’s destined for college. We need to prepare students as best we can to find the jobs they want to find,” he said. “And if you have a child involved extracurricular anything, whether it’s debate, band, sports, or clubs, you’re going to have a child that has something to do and is learning a concept like teamwork and the importance of competition and discipline.”

Pizotti isn’t a fan of charter schools.

“In general, I don’t like charter schools,” he explained. “I will not work to eliminate the ones we have, and I will support the kids there. But I will not vote to approve new charter schools. Charter schools take away from the majority of kids at public schools.”


“You can’t run a school like you do a Walmart. While most (charter schools) are nonprofit, there’s a kind of model most charter schools go by, where they don’t have to uphold contracts with labor (unions) to uphold certain standards. And many times, students don’t get the (socioeconomic) diversity they need.”

If the district gets more funding, Pizotti would certainly like to support extracurricular activities and sports. What else?

“Next thing is to hire more guidance counselors,” he said. “Guidance counselors are an integral part of the educational system. Teachers can’t always know what’s going on in the student’s homes. Could it be that mom and dad work three jobs to put food on the table? Or mom and dad are absent? Guidance counselors are the right people to identify these problems.”

They’re also in a prime spot to interrupt bullying, said Pizotti.

If elected, he hopes to create an advisory panel at each school.

“They’d be comprised of staff, parents and teachers,” he said. “They’d report to me and discuss what they need to produce a better educational experience, and produce a happier learning environment for the child.”

And he would like to “work with the police department to create more patrols of our campuses.”

“If Prop. 30 does not pass, I would like to work with W.S.P.D. to create volunteer policing on our campuses – teach people how to report what they see as suspicious. Use retirees and stay-at-home parents.”

Pizotti believes this year’s school board campaign will be vigorously fought. With a fundraising target of $20,00 for his own campaign, he believes he’s a contender to win. He hasn’t got an endorsement from any current board members, but just announced the endorsement of Assemblyman Roger Dickinson.

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The City of West Sac wants you:


The City of West Sacramento is recruiting citizens to serve on various commissions, overseeing topics such as agriculture and natural resources; arts, culture and historic preservation; the city appeals process; aging; disaster preparedness; economic development; housing; parks and community services; and planning issues.

For more information or an application, visit www.cityofwestsacramento.org or go to city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue, third floor. You may also call City Clerk Kryss Rankin at 617-4500.

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Spaghetti feed for Mike Carr & family

Mike Carr: familly can use some help as he undergoes cancer treatment


A spaghetti feed fundraiser to benefit Mike Carr and his family is planned for Oct. 26 at VFW Hall 8762, 905 Drever St., beginning at 6 p.m. Carr is a longtime West Sacramentan and retired firefighter now fighting cancer. Tickets are $20 (advance only) and there will be a silent auction and raffle. For tickets, call 371-8839, 371-5822 or 483-8808.

For more on Mike and his story, see Daryl Fisher’s recent column here.

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Photos from Raiders’ win:

A Liberty Ranch defender tries to bring down Raider receiver Malik Dumentz by his jersey. Click to enlarge. (photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)


The River City High School Raiders last Friday continued their creep back into the win column after a slow start under a new coach and new system.

The varsity football team beat Liberty Ranch 20-17 in a home game for RCHS, bringing their record to 3-1 in league play and 3-5 overall.

The junior varsity Raiders are still looking for a way into the win column, with an 0-6 record overall.

The football squad has tonight off, and will take on Galt in West Sacramento on Oct. 26.

RCHS quarterback Tucker McAmoil hands off to Jamal Williams (photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

RAIDER DEFENSE: Junior Chean (left) and Artis Jackson take on a Liberty Ranch ball carrier in last week's RCHS victory (photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

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Multi-charity raffle & dinner Saturday


The West Sacramento “All Charities Raffle” is back, sponsored by the West Sacramento Foundation.

A number of local organizations are participating by offering raffle tickets at $10 for such prizes as the use of a condo in Maui or Puerto Vallarta for a week, a $500 shopping spree at Ikea, a flat screen TV or burgers at Whitey’s for a year. Contact your favorite nonprofit or call Charlie Moore, (916) 417-5623, to buy a ticket.

You can also support local charity by attending the raffle dinner: $5 for a spaghetti dinner on Oct. 20 at Our Lady of Grace School, 5-7 p.m. Call Charlie for info.

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