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Feds & state again fund West Sacramento DUI checkpoint program

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 7, 2015

West Sacramento’s police department announced last month that it will receive renewed funding for DUI checkpoints and other traffic enforcement.

The department has been awarded a $ 91,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries, it reported.   West Sacramento Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

“After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions saw slight increases in 2011 and 2012,” said the W.S.P.D. statement. “Particularly worrisome are recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving and speeding.”

“California’s roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft in a press statement.  “But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users.  The West Sacramento Police Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Activities that the grant will fund include:
•    DUI checkpoints
•    DUI saturation patrols
•    Motorcycle safety enforcement
•    Distracted driving enforcement
•    Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement
•    Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement
•    Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders
•    Compilation of DUI “Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders
•    Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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News-Ledger ‘letters to the editor’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 7, 2015

Liking the new bridge
As a Southport resident I have already enjoyed driving on the new Mike McGowan Bridge near my home. Not only does it shave a few minutes off driving, the bridge is a good start for diverting heavy traffic from Jefferson Boulevard.

Mike McGowan is deserving of the bridge’s name (see Mike McGowan: the man whose name is on that new bridge”, News-Ledger, December 3, 2014) for playing an important role in making West Sacramento a good place to live.

Thanks to Jay Davidson, senior civil engineer at the City of West Sacramento for addressing my initial concerns, such as cars using the bridge as a “pass through” and to the city council for promptly going forward with the project.

Keep up the good work, City of West Sacramento!

DAVID PAUL
West Sacramento

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Buses & carts
(Editor’s note: Author Bill Lowell speaks below about the need for a new shopping cart design that can fit aboard public buses — something like an airline carry-on  bag with wheels and a handle).

For bus-riding shoppers and retailers, a major tool is often missing: we need a tall, medium-size suitcase-shaped shopping cart which would fit between forward-facing bus seats. The right shape is particularly important for YoloBus riders, since recent insurance rules prohibit use of the front flip seats and over 90% of shopping carts, when filled, do not fit between forward-facing seats. This lack of right size/right shape personal shopping cart availability not only discourages shopping in Yolo County, but appears to be a major reason so many retailers’ commercial shopping carts are “borrowed” without being returned.

While the homeless take many such carts, retailers would greatly reduce such costs and attract more preferred customers by offering the public such a suitcase-shaped shopping cart.

WILLIAM A. LOWELL
West Sacramento

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Adopt a dog, cat
   (Editor’s note: although we weren’t able to publish this letter before the holidays, we thought it is still a timely topic)
The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Section would like to thank our community for their on-going support for shelter animals throughout the year. Nearly 3,600 at risk animals (lost, homeless or unwanted) entered our doors in Yolo County last calendar year.  Your generosity created life-saving outcomes for more that 90 percent of them! During this season of giving and sharing we hope you will continue to help us provide for homeless shelter animals now and in the future.

Part of this effort is ‘Homes for the Holidays!’ Old policies in the industry state pets should not be adopted as gifts. This belief, however, is counter to research by the ASPCA which indicates dogs and cats obtained as gifts are actually more likely to stay within those homes, whether the pet is a surprise or not!  Help us support that theory!
If you or someone you know are considering providing a home for a shelter pet there are 11 medium to small dogs and 11 adult cats and 6 kittens which would love to be in a new home for the holidays!  Recommendations for success when adopting pets as gifts are to consider the recipient’s interest in adopting, their lifestyle, make sure parents of young children are ready to be a caregivers and their schedule will help assure an easy transition into the new home.    If you or your friends are not ready for the commitment of adopting you are encouraged to volunteer; help with fostering, shelter care, laundry, and socialization and office tasks.  Last year 429 cats and dogs were helped by our foster program; some underage and many that needed a temporary home prior to finding their forever fit.  Check out our Facebook page and if you love it, like it!

Animal Services, located at 140-C Tony Diaz Drive, Woodland is accepting donations of liquid laundry detergent; used to wash animal bedding, dry or canned pet food, especially cat food for Mouse’s Pantry, new or gently used towels or wash cloths and lap size acrylic blankets.  Toys are also welcome; for cats they must be washable and toys for dogs should be hard nylabone or Kong type; nothing with fabric stuffing as they are not safe for shelter dogs.  Tax-deductable monetary donations are always welcome; it can be a general donation or designated for such things as helping with spay and neuter or surgical needs for injured homeless strays.

Contact the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Services Section at (530) 668-5287.

VICKY FLETCHER
MICHAEL NEVIS
Animal Services Section
Yolo Co. Sheriff’s Dept.

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Shooter in killing on West Capitol Avenue is denied parole

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 7, 2015

A man convicted in a shooting death in West Sacramento back in 2000 was denied parole last month.

The Yolo County District Attorney’s office reported that a panel of the state board of parole hearings denied parole for David Cree, 34.

Cree (then 20) and companion Jessie Lampkin were driving on West Capitol Avenue on Oct. 8, 2000, after a night of drinking, said the D.A.’s office. They drove past Jimmy Lee Richardson and Gregory Rowan, and Cree believed Richardson might have previously assaulted him.

Cree pulled the car over and asked “Where are the girls?”

Then he fired a sawed-off shotgun at the pair. Richardson died, and Rowan was seriously injured.

Cree was convicted of second-degree murder and other charges, and was sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison. Lampkin was also convicted of murder. His conviction was overturned although he later served time for manslaughter.

The parole board believed Cree’s release posed an “unreasonable risk” to the public. He’s eligible for another hearing in 2017, although he may request earlier hearing date.

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Local ‘Knights’ chapter earns honor

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER –JAN 7, 2014 —

A West Sacramento fraternal group reports it won an honor for the 2013-2014 service year.

The Knights of Columbus Council #9469 were named  a “Star Council” chapter.

“The award recognizes overall excellence in areas of membership recruitment and retention, promotion of the fraternal insurance program, and sponsorship of service-oriented activities,” said the organization.

Knights of Columbus is a Catholic lay organization with 1.8 million members spread over 15,000 councils internationally.

Grand Night Glen Mochel, head of the local council, called the award “quite an honor for us.”

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