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Girls invited to volleyball camp

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER

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.

Cost is $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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‘Soul Shaker’ on West Sac stage

[adrotate group=”7″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

  West Sacramento’s free summer concert series has returned, and runs through August 30. Concerts will take place on the first Tuesday of each month at River Walk Park (north of the Tower Bridge near the ziggurat building and CalSTRS (food sold at 5 p.m., music starts at 6), as well as on the third Thursday of each month at the Farmers Market, 1271 West Capitol Avenue (event starts at 4:30 p.m., music at 5 p.m.). Visit www.westsacfun.org or call 617-4620 for more information.

  Upcoming bands include “Soul Shaker” on Tuesday, July 3 at River Walk Park, “Amanda Gray and Whiskey Savage” at the Farmers Market on July 19, “Road 88” at River Walk on Aug. 7, and “8-Tracks” at River Walk on Sept. 4.

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Why not ‘Teach for America’?

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

Program aims to ‘close achievement gap,’ but local union objects to use of non-credentialed teachers

By Steve Marschke,  News-Ledger Editor

  A proposal to bring the “Teach for America” program into West Sacramento’s school district fizzled in March, in the face of opposition from the local teachers’ union.

At a meeting with only three of five school board members in attendance, board members Sandra Vargas and Adam Menke voted in favor of a proposed contract with the nonprofit group, while board president Teresa Blackmer voted against it.

The would have brought from two to four “Teach for America” teachers into local schools during each of the next four years. It fell short of three required “yes” votes, and hasn’t been put back on the agenda for fellow trustees Dave Westin and Mary Leland to weigh in.

“Teach forAmerica” says it recruits graduates “from a broad range of academic majors and career fields” who meet the criteria as “highly qualified” as described in the federal No Child Left Behind Act and state regulations. The group then provides training for the teachers for their first two years in the classroom, as well as ongoing support such as professional development and access to lesson plans and instructional materials.

[adrotate group=”9″]   As part of the deal, the participating local school district agrees to hire these teachers and place them in schools with higher levels of poverty in order to help “close the achievement gap,” according to Teach for America. The teachers get full district pay and benefits, and the district also pays Teach for America $5,000 per year for each teach in exchange for the support. They commit to teaching for two years, before (usually) moving on to their other chosen profession.

In this case, the $5,000 per teacher fee owed by Washington Unified School District would have been covered by a fund raised by regional philanthropists and education activists.

At the same time West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon was encouraging WUSD to engage with  Teach forAmerica, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was pushing for similar partnerships inSacramento.

   Cabaldon told the News-Ledger in April that the availability of the regional partnerships and funding meant that the time was ripe to bring Teach for Americ ainto West Sacramento. He said the organization contacted him and council member Mark Johannessen about the opportunity.

“The research is very clear across the last two decades, that student achievement is highly correlated with teacher qualifications and the quality of the university they graduated from,” said Mayor Cabaldon. “Teach for America is able to recruit from the very best programs in the country.”

Once hired and placed, these teachers are “just like every other teacher” and they join the local teachers’ union, he said. But “what’s different is the basic process of recruitment.”

“No teacher would be displaced in order to bring (a Teach forAmerica) teacher on board,” he added.

But the proposal drew vocal opposition from the local union. Washington Teachers Association president Regina Jarrott-Briggs, a science teacher at River City High School, told the News-Ledger why. One of the reasons, she said, was that these specially recruited professionals did not have teaching credentials.

“To ask non-credentialed teachers to be hired and receive preferential treatment was unacceptable,” said Jarrott-Briggs. “There are many very experienced credentialed teachers out there in the employment pool.”

The “Teach for America” teachers would be at a lesser standard, she said.

[adrotate group=”10″]    “They might have a degree in English or business or something like that,” she added. “(The Teach for America program) gives them something like 25 hours of training, and that’s it. Then they go to work.”

Board president Teresa Blackmer said this is the argument that kept her from providing the needed third vote of support for the partnership.

“The concern I had was that their teachers weren’t credentialed,” Blackmer told the News-Ledger. “I didn’t want to cross that line.”

Mayor Cabaldon added that, since the program would have involved just two to four teachers per year, the effective “no” vote by WUSD was not a major loss.

“It’s just a missed opportunity,” he said. “It’s not a crisis.”

Meanwhile, in Sacramento, the Sacramento City Unified School District also remains against a Teach forAmerica partnership. But plans have been announced to bring the program to Natomas Unified, St. Hope and the Capitol Collegiate Academy.

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Where the West Sac fireworks booths are

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

FIRECRACKER SALES BRING CASH TO LOCAL CHARITIES AND CHURCHES, AS WELL AS WHOLESALERS

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

  Fireworks booths will open up today inWest Sacramento, so local charities can raise money and residents can buy “safe and sane” fireworks for use on the Fourth of July.

The booths will be allowed to open from Thursday, June 28, through Independence Day, July 4. They’re allowed to sell from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Charities were picked by city permit lottery. Here are the groups and locations, in case you want to support your favorite local cause:

  Collings Teen Center/Campus Life Connection volunteers will be at a booth in the Raley’s supermarket parking lot, 1601 West Capitol Avenue.

  The West Sacramento Youth Resource Coalition will operate a booth in the parking lot near Nick’s Diner and McDonalds, at the corner of West Capitol Avenue and Harbor Boulevard.

[adrotate group=”7″] American Legion Baseball volunteers will sell fireworks in the Safeway parking lot, at the corner of West Capitol and Jefferson Blvd.

  Southport Community Church will staff a booth in the Lowe’s parking lot, 2250 Lake Washington Blvd. (west of Jefferson in Southport).

  The Knights of Columbus will sell firecrackers in the parking lot near Papa Murphy’s pizza,2455 Jefferson   Blvd. (east side of the intersection atLake Washington Blvd.)

  The River City Apostolic Church and School will raise money by selling firecrackers at the Walmart parking lot,  755 Riverpoint Court.

  Youth for Christ Ministries will have a booth at the Arteaga’s market parking lot, corner of Jefferson   Blvd. and Sacramento Avenue.

  The West Sacramento Historical Society will do some firecracker vending in the parking lot of the Southport Town Center (near Nugget market, at Jefferson   Blvd. and Lake Washington).

[adrotate group=”9″]  It’s the second year for which “safe and sane” fireworks have been legalized in West Sac for limited sale and use. The above eight churches and nonprofit groups were chosen by lottery from among 41 local organizations who applied for a city fireworks vending permit this year.

Jim Brewer of the West Sacramento Historical Society said his booth earned about $15,000 in profits last year, “the first year (of the program) and a year in which we were rained out one day.” The group partnered with another charity, splitting the money.

The history society won a vendor permit again this year, and will work with the West Sacramento Singers and other volunteers when they open theirSouthportfirecracker stand next week. The society will again split the staffing and the proceeds with partners.

Each local nonprofit works with one of two approved fireworks wholesalers – Phantom or TNT.

Brewer said the amount actually earned depends on things like the quality of the site, the level of organization of the nonprofit, and the amount of rent charged to the temporary fireworks stand by the landlord. That cost, said Brewer, can range from “free” to “expensive.” These variables can affect whether each booth nets more or less than $15,000 for the season, said Brewer.

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We’ve been burgled —

PUBLISHER’S NOTE — JUNE 25, 2012 —

BY STEVE MARSCHKE

Well, the News-Ledger office on West Capitol Avenue had some bad luck Sunday night.

Some thieves evidently broke in and made off with a little bit of “this and that,” including some business checks and two office computers. The computers were more valuable for their data than for the hardware itself, and due to theirloss, we expect to print a little bit late this Wednesday, and we don’t expect local subscribers to get their Wednesday newspapers until Thursday.

On the plus side, just a few hours after we discovered the break-in, some of West Sacramento’s police had put at least two people into handcuffs in connection with the burglary. This happened due to some good work by the nice folks at US Bank in West Sacramento, more good work by local police, and with the help of some sheer, dumb luck.

We’ll tell you that story sometime in the future, after the police investigation winds up.

But in the meantime, we’re using a new computer and re-installing the specialized publishing and mailing software we need to get the News-Ledger out, and we regret to say the paper will be late this week.

Incidentally, Independence Day this year will be that rare day when there is no mail service on a Wednesday.  So our July 4 edition will also be delivered by mail on a Thursday.

After that? Back to normal, we hope!

 

Eating on $4.46/day: Assemblywoman takes ‘Hunger Challenge’ for food stamp awareness

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

GUEST COMMENTARY

From the office of Mariko Yamada, 8th District, California State Assembly

MARIKO YAMADA (D-Davis), 9th District Assembly Member

June is National Hunger Awareness Month, and with the Legislature facing a looming state budget deadline, Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) is taking the “Hunger Challenge” for the 4th consecutive year as a state legislator.  Hunger Challenge participants pledge to live for one week on the nation’s average weekly food stamp benefit of $4.46 per day, or just $1.49 per meal. Yamada will also blog about her experiences while taking the Challenge.

“The challenge is a reminder to me that for millions of Americans, hunger is a daily reality,” said Assemblymember Yamada.  “While I struggle for only a week, far too many who cannot make ends meet face going hungry every day.  Those living in ‘food deserts’ – often students, the disabled, and seniors – are particularly affected.”

The rules are simple: Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner spending only $1.49 a meal for five days or $22.30 total.  The challenge is whether healthy and tasty meals can be prepared on the grocery budget of millions of Americans receiving food assistance.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Assemblymember Yamada began her challenge today which will continue through Friday.  She spent $20.05 (and has $2.25 in reserve) on the following food items:

1 dozen eggs $.99, 1/2 gal. coconut milk $2.04, 6 yogurts $2.60, 1 loaf wheat bread $.99, 1 whole chicken $4.94, 1 lb. seedless red grapes $.95, 1 roma tomato $.42, 6 ripe bananas (reduced price)  $1.06, 1 organic firm tofu  $1.50, 1 cucumber  $.89, 1 box raisin bran  $1.99, 1 box corn muffin mix  $.79, 1 can tuna  $.89.

One way to spend $22.05 on enough food for a week (Courtesy of Assemblymember Yamada’s office)

According to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), over 19 percent of Californians are unable to afford enough food to stay healthy.  As more Californians have difficulty making ends meet, the number of people receiving CalFresh/Supplemental Nutritional Assistantces Program or SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits has greatly increased. Still, according to federal statistics, California has the lowest participation rate of all the states. In Solano and Yolo counties combined, the under enrollment in CalFresh means we are missing out on an estimated $70.5 million in federal funds each year.

Despite this widespread hardship, the Governor’s 2012-13 budget calls on legislators to cut over $2 billion from healthcare and human services, while in Washington the U.S. Senate is debating a Farm Bill reauthorization that could cut $4.5 billion from SNAP/CalFresh over ten years.

[adrotate group=”10″]   “In the face of yet another California budget crisis that disproportionately affects those with the lowest incomes and greatest need, we should encourage all who are eligible to enroll in this federally funded program,” continued Yamada.

Follow Assemblymember Yamada as she blogs about her experiences living on $4.46 per day on the Yolo County Food Bank website:  http://yolofoodbank.blogspot.com/ and on the Solano & Contra Costa County Food Bank website:

http://www.foodbankccs.org/index.php.

For information on how to enroll in the SNAP/CalFresh program in the 8th Assembly District, go to http://www.myfoodstamps.org/yolo.html or http://www.myfoodstamps.org/solano.html.

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Eight locals on new grand jury

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

The Yolo County Superior Court has chosen 33 citizens to serve on the grand jury for a year, beginning July 1. The grand jury has the power to indict suspected criminals, and also can respond to citizen complaints about public agencies by conducting an investigation. Below are the new jurors:

From West Sacramento: Jessica Appling, Jeanne Binns, Scotty Desper, Bert Fulwider, Gloria Harrington, Reuben Jimenez, Jorge Morales, and Iris Newton.

[adrotate group=”7″]   From Woodland: Charlotte Beal, Helen Bouslaugh, Laura Caruso-Kofoid, Rebecca Challender, George Gartung, Christopher Griffith, Ted Holtry, Joshua Jones, Jane Naekel, Roberta Paul, Paul Penrose, Erik Shank, Jeanine Weeks.

From Davis: George Hague, Ahna Heller, Paul Jacobs, Margaret Ong, Erik Shank, Etecia Spencer, Alia Tsang, Dennis Turnipseed, Audrey Vaughn, Dave Zavatson.
From Winters: Alea German and John Sexton.

From Esparto: William Cox.

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