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RC V-ball fights to second place

ABOVE: RCHS volleyball team after a strong second-place finish at a Carmichael tournament on Saturday

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 3, 2012 —

The River City High School girls volleyball team took second place in the Carmichael Invitational Volleyball Tournament (“Green” division) on Saturday.

[adrotate group=”9″]  The West Sacramento girls played tough all day, with amazing teamwork and consistency, reports its coach.

The Lady Raiders won five straight matches to make it to the final championship round. After dropping the first set in the championship match, the RCHS team rallied back to win the second set.

They lost the final set by a close 12-15 score.

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LOCALS IN UNIFORM:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 3, 2012 —

Army Pvt. Geno M. Parker has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Parker is the son of Jason Parker of Norfolk Avenue, West Sacramento.

He is a 2011 graduate of River City High School.

 

[adrotate group=”10″]  Air Force Reserve Airman Alexander M. Brookins graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

He is a 2010 graduate of River City High School, West Sacramento, Calif.

 

Air Force Airman Perrin A. Stegall graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Stegall is the son of Jeffery Stegall of Bacon Island Street, West Sacramento.

He is a 2011 graduate of River City High School, West Sacramento.

 

Army Pvt. Chin C. Saefong has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Saefong is the nephew of Liew Saefong of Hobson Avenue, West Sacramento, and brother of Chang Saefong of Boundary Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska.

He is a 2008 graduate of Yolo High School, West Sacramento.

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‘Pumpkin Run’ returns on Oct. 27

After the starting gun in the Pumpkin Run, 2010 (News-Ledger photo by Eric Harding/www.ebharding.com)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 3, 2012 —

The annual Pumpkin Run returns Oct. 27, with a chance to run or walk 5k or 10k on a course that goes through “Dave’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch” and along the river trail. There is also a kids’ 1-mile fun run.

The event is a fundraiser for aquatics programs at the West Sacramento Recreation center.

Pre-register ($30 before Oct. 20) by Oct. 22 at www.eventbrite.com or by mail to 417 Mace Blvd., Suite J, P.M. B. 173, Davis CA 95618 or at the pumpkin patch. After Oct. 20 registration is $35; kids run $20. Late registration or race-day registration is $35 ($25 for kids). Includes refreshments, pumpkin & award eligibility. Race shirts optional, $20. The 5k and 10k runs start at 8 a.m., and the kids’ run begins at 10 a.m. at the pumpkin patch, 3010 Burrows Ave.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Volunteers are needed; high school students may earn community service hours. Contact Ross at AFWS@uipm@att.net.

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EDITORIAL: WUSD should know better

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 26, 2012 —

We were disappointed to find that the superintendent of Washington Unified School District, and apparently the district’s lawyers, when offered a chance to walk away from an untenable position, chose instead to dig in and play defense.

The issue – as you may have seen in our separate news article – was a simple request by the News-Ledger for some documents. We wanted to publish the names of the people who were applying to be appointed as the newest school board member.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The district said “no,” initially saying that the list of names wasn’t “public information” because the board hadn’t seen it yet. Later, they said added the reason that there wasn’t, technically, a printed list.

Let’s take the second reason first: yes, WUSD is correct that they don’t have to provide documents to the public if the documents don’t exist. The problem – carefully explained to Dr. Gilleland – is that WUSD send us an email that seemed to acknowledge that there was a list. The email from the district was misleading. Had WUSD told us that the names of the applicants hadn’t been put onto one document, we could have and would have instantly rephrased our request, and asked the district to fax us copies of the applications themselves.

And, you know what? The California Public Records act actually requires government agencies to help members of the public identify the records they need – not to hinder them.

Now, our request for this information was informal and on a short time frame. What happened, happened. What interests us more is the district’s policy: does it truly believe that it can withhold a document from the public for the simple reason that “the board hasn’t seen it?”

In a word, yes. And that’s wrong.

Most documents in the hands of your local government agencies are public, period. There are only narrow exceptions. Anyone running a school district or providing its legal advice simply ought to know this.

Imagine WUSD is right, and imagine they have on file some kind of document they don’t want to go public. Let’s say it’s a contractor’s report saying the roof is about to fall in on one of the campuses, or that somebody embezzled a bunch of money. Under the district’s theory, all they have to do to legally justify keeping such information secret is not give a copy to the school board. They could still brief the board, but as long as they don’t provide the board with a copy, “it’s not public information.”

Please.

Public information is public information. The board is just five guys and gals who do the public’s work. It’s that simple.

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Last day to register to vote

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election is October 22. Call Yolo Elections at (916) 375-6490, visit www.yoloelections.org, or pick up a registration card at the library (1212 Merkley Ave.), post office (various) or the city clerk’s office (third floor of city hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave).

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District defends withholding of names

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — SEPT 26, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Several days before the local school board was set to appoint a new board member to fill a vacancy, the News-Ledger asked the district for a copy of the list of the eight people who applied for the position. The goal was to publish the list and give West Sacramento residents a better chance to give their input on the decision.

A district staffer eventually declined to provide the names, emailing that “The Board doesn’t have the list yet, so therefore, it isn’t public information.”

The newspaper didn’t get the applicants’ names before the meeting.

DAYTON GILLELAND, superintendent of the Washington Unified School District (photo from WUSD website)

But the exchange raised a question of policy: does the Washington Unified School District really believe that its information might not be “public information” just because the school board hasn’t seen it yet? California has a fairly powerful Public Records Act that essentially says government documents are “public” unless they fit in certain specified categories of exemption – confidential personnel material or documents involving ongoing negotiations, for example.

The News-Ledger contacted WUSD Superintendent Dayton Gilleland to find out if this “board hasn’t seen it, therefore it isn’t public information” argument accurately reflects public policy. Several telephone calls and email exchanges followed.

The editor asked him:

“I was unable to get an advance copy of the list of candidates for the board appointment. My understanding is that it was withheld because WUSD did not consider this information ‘public’ based on the fact that the board had not seen the information yet. Do you regard that as appropriate and legal?”

After consultation with attorneys, Gilleland responded by email, in part:

“I do feel it was fully appropriate and legal that we would not provide a list, as you requested, when that list did not exist nor had the names of the candidates become ‘public’ prior to receipt by the Board of Education on the day of the interviews. This determination was further affirmed by our legal counsel’s opinion.”

[adrotate group=”10″]   The News-Ledger pointed out that WUSD had in its first email seemed to acknowledge the existence of a list – possibly misleading us – and, had we known there was no list, we could have instantly re-phrased our request and asked for copies of the applicants’ actual applications. And we mentioned that the California Public Records Act includes a requirement that government agencies actively help members of the public to better target their informational requests. We received no response on these points.

Was there any legal justification “within the context of the California Public Records Act” to withhold a school district document based on whether the board had received the same information?

Gilleland didn’t address the Public Records Act. He did cite a portion of the state’s  Brown Act, which talks about the need to post agendas of public meetings in advance. This state law says when a person asks for items in an agenda packet, the government agency shall “cause the requested materials to be mailed at the time the agenda is posted, or upon distribution to all, or a majority of all, of the members of the body, whichever occurs first.”

And that’s about where the dialog left off.

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Winners in city video contest — Wicked West Pizza wins an iPad 2

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 1, 2012 —

FROM THE CITY OF WEST SACRAMENTO —

The top videos entered in the City of West Sacramento’s first-ever video contest have been announced. Each winner receives a $300 gift card, with one of the finalists also receiving the grand prize iPad2.

The video contest, presented in celebration of the City’s 25th anniversary, challenged amateur videographers to produce short videos on such subjects as Living in West Sacramento, Playing in West Sacramento, or Working in West Sacramento. The winners are:

“Living in West Sacramento” category:

  • Ruth Pagano, “A Wonderland”;
  • Peggy Bell, “Cheers to 25 Years of Greatness.”

[adrotate group=”7″] “Playing in West Sacramento”:

  • Kathleen Poe, “The Poe Family at Play in West Sacramento”;
  • Nate Eckler with the Sea Scouts of West Sacramento, “How We Play in West Sac.”

“Working in West Sacramento”:

  • Wicked West Pizza & BBQ, “Take My Order, Maybe.”

Wicked West Pizza & BBQ is also the grand prize winner of the iPad2, drawn from the contest’s category winners.

“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we invited local residents and businesses to tell their story about why they have enjoyed living, working, and playing in West Sacramento,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

Winners will receive their prizes at the West Sacramento City Council meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.

You can see the winning videos at the City of West Sacramento’s Youtube channel, here.

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