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‘HEART OF THE CITY’: update on West Sacramento youth soccer& softball

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 28, 2012 —

BY DON SCHATZEL

West Sacramento: great athletes, great families, great community!

BY DON SCHATZEL (special to the News-Ledger)

Washington Unified School District youth soccer champions have been crowned and both boys and girls champs are from the same school. Elkhorn Village has swept.

The boys defeated Riverbank 3-2 and the girls upended previously undefeated Southport 2-1. Ashely Davis scored for Southport. Jessica Urbina, Mia Hendricks, and Yajaira Machuca were all standout players for Elkhorn, which finished the season with a 7-1 record.

Congratulations to the West Sac Soccer league teams competing in the upcoming District 6 Commissioners Cup. The defending champion U-19 (under age 19) team is coached by Sam Montoya. The U-16 (under 16) Hooligans, one of the two Hooligans teams participating at the Metro level this year, and U-12 Arsenal, last years finalist, will be there.

Teams from Carmichael, Elk Grove, Placerville, Nevada City, Rocklin, Roseville all compete.   The best of the best!!

Good luck to all!!

[adrotate group=”7″]  Where have all the West Sac girls softball All Stars gone??

They’ve gone to “All World” tournaments in Elk Grove, Antelope, Carmichael, North Highlands, and to out-of-state tournaments. They are all playing on other teams — the Falcons, Adrenaline, Rapid, Sac Hitterz, West Sac Attack, All American.

Great players: Alexis Bennie, Morghan Smith, Alaina Guerra, Hannah McCann, Emily Schatzel, Jaz Hendrickson, Amarissa Medina, Anjelica Blackmer, Kylee Hall, Ally Snyder, Jordan Criswell.  Whenever I go out to a field there they are, and the fun part is when they play against each other so it looks like an older version of West Sac Girls Softball Little League at Alyce Norman Bryte playfields.

I guess this is good I can remember when they were 8 or 9 years old!!  There are a lot of teams in the Sacramento region  that would not be as good as they are without West Sac girls!

Congratulations, we are very proud of you!

A special thanks to Centennial Rotary for “kicking in” (pun intended) sponsoring the two Hooligans soccer teams this year by buying 16 soccer balls for games and practice. Without business support our community sports leagues would really struggle. I for one and many people I know will shop at businesses in town just because they sponsor youth sports. So thanks for your support.

Happy Holidays to all. Have a great and safe holiday season!

   (Editor’s note: we’ve also learned that the Michelin Soccer Progam and Radial Tire Center West Sacramento (operated by Kirby Pedroia) have donated $1,552 in funds and equipment to the West Sacramento Soccer Club. The tire shop is at 3111 West Capitol.)

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‘Santa Run’: soon on a street near you

Santa atop a red "sleigh" in West Sacramento last year (News-Ledger photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 21, 2012 —

The West Sacramento Fire Department and West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association are preparing for the annual “Santa Run” through West Sacramento.

With the help of many off-duty firefighter “elves,” Santa will be riding through various neighborhoods on an elaborately decorated fire truck “sleigh” and handing out candy canes purchased and donated by the West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association.  Additionally, Santa will have a pickup truck following his “sleigh” with helpers collecting any canned food donations for the needy.

The West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to all those who come out to make canned food donations, as well as to Fire Chief Al Terrell and City Manager Martin Tuttle, for permitting the usage and decoration of the ladder truck for this annual tradition.

This year the Santa Run is scheduled for six nights beginning at 6:00 p.m. each night.  Santa will be in the following areas on these dates:

Monday, December 3rd: Broderick and Bryte area on some of the  following streets: Fremont, Douglas, Andrew, Sixth, Cummins, Anna, Kegle, Carrie, Lisbon,North Hobson, and Fourness.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Tuesday, December 4th: North Business 80 on some of the  following streets: Pine, Palomar, Marigold, Doran, Garnet, Green meadow, Evergreen, Sycamore, Buckeye, Poplar, Proctor, Willow, Rockrose, Chaparral, Lilac, Manzanita, Washington, Oxford, Michigan, Maple, Walnut, Holly, Pecan.

Wednesday, December 5th: Old West Sacramento  following streets: Deerwood, Lakewood, Fernwood, Sonora, Haverhill, Meadow, Webster, Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland.

Thursday, December 6th: Southport North East  following streets: Kinsington Aster, Manchester, Gateway, Sausalito, Sansome, Hearst, Randolf, Mojave, Merced, Rubicon, Ironwood, Spruce, Redwood, Alder, Lime wood, Almond, Peppertree, Peachtree.

Friday, December 7th: Southport South West Following streets:  Independence, Lagoon, Meadowlark, Starling, Sandpiper, Pheasant Hollow, Duet, Constitution, Summerfield, Jacquelyn, Janet, Betty, Shirley, Leslie, Diane, Brenda, Kathy, Nancy, Violet, Mareca, Teal, Canvasback, Pitzer, Allen.

Monday, December 10th: Southport West  (Bridgeway Island) including: Cayman, St. John, Martinique, St.croix, Haiti, Swan, Suisun, Ryer, Catalina, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Cooper, Fiji, Bowen, Solomon Stuart,Graham, San Salvador, Abaco, Bridgeway Lakes,  Henshaw,  Eagle,  Lewiston,  Tahoe,  Coyote.

  Please understand that Santa cannot get to every street.  Santa’s route will not include trailer parks, courts or dead-end streets.  For further information call (916) 617- 4721.

Please do not call 9-1-1; they have no information about this event.

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West Sac man arrested for church lot shooting

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 1, 2012 —

A spokesman for the West Sacramento Police Department reports that an arrest has been made after the shooting early this morning in a Christmas tree lot at 1000-block of Sacramento Avenue.

Police arrested Brian Brinsfield a 20 year old West Sacramento resident, at about 2 p.m. He will be booked into the county jail, reports Sgt. Nathan Steele of the WSPD.

[adrotate group=”7″]Shortly after midnight this morning, police believe Brinsfield tried to steal a Christmas tree from a lot at a Russian Baptist church. When confronted by a guard, he allegedly fired shots before fleeing. No injuries are reported.

A witness was involved in identifying Brinsfield as a suspect, said Sgt. Steele.

“He was positively identified as a suspect and arrested at 1228 Sacramento Avenue,” Steele told the News-Ledger.

The arrest was made without incident at the location, which was linked to Brinsfield by police. No weapon has yet been recovered — but police have just begun searching the home, said Steele.

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Robber shoots at guard and flees after trying to steal Christmas tree from church lot

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 1, 2012 —

A man allegedly trying to steal a Christmas tree from a lot at the Russian Church of Evangelic Christian Baptists shot at a security guard before fleeing.

Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department said officer responded to the church at Jefferson Blvd. and Sacramento Avenue just after midnight this morning. They talked to a security guard.

“The security guard reported that he confronted a white male adult suspect described as having long hair, attempting to steal a Christmas tree from the lot,” said Steele in a press release. “When confronted by the security officer the male suspect made threats and fired several shots at the security officer.  The suspect then fled from the scene on foot.  Officers established a perimeter and conducted an extensive search for the suspect but were unable to locate him.”

[adrotate group=”9″]Steele said that local detectives are currently following leads. He asked anyone with possible information to call Detective Ken Fellows at 916-617-4955.

“Please do not attempt to contact any potential suspect as he is considered armed and dangerous,” added Steele.

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Christmas tree lighting canceled

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 30, 2012

The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce has just announced that it will cancel the annual tree-lighting ceremony scheduled for tonight in front of city hall.

[adrotate group=”4″] The decision was made “in the interest of public safety,” said a message from the chamber as this week’s rain and wind storm continues. There was no immediate word on whether there would be an attempt to reschedule.

The ceremony annually includes a throw of the light switch for the tall tree now standing decorated and ready at 1110 West Capitol Avenue, a visit from Santa, and music and hot chocolate.

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PG&E driver killed in Southport crash

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 30, 2012 —

A PG&E employee was killed in a traffic accident early this morning in West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”9″] Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department said police responded to the collision at about 1:52 a.m. at Lake Washington Boulevard and Southport Parkway in West Sacramento.

“Officers arrived on scene and located a solo vehicle into a traffic control pole,” said Steele in a press statement.  “The sole male occupant of the vehicle was an on duty PG&E worker who was sadly pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Steele asked residents to avoid the area while police finish up their on-site investigation.

The victim’s identity has not yet been released.

(UPDATE, 11:33 a.m. on Nov. 30: The intersection is now open to traffic again. Said Sgt. Steele:

“There is a temporary light control for traffic traveling eastbound/southbound on Lake Washington Boulevard.  Please pay close attention as you drive through this intersection.”

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West Sac may ban growing of medical marijuana in backyards

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 28, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento officials are considering a 45-day “urgency ordinance” banning the cultivation of marijuana in outdoor yards. The move comes while various courts are sorting out some of the issues about marijuana growing and the drug’s use in California.

State voters approved a proposition allowing the use of medical marijuana. Federal law still prohibits it.

Currently, city police “are not going after (growers) as long as they comply with the state,” said Charline Hamilton, West Sacramento Community Development Director.

That means that those with evidence of medical need may grow enough of the plant for personal consumption (enough for one or two people), and they can grow it outdoors. Marijuana dispensaries – including places growing enough marijuana for three or more people – are still prohibited in the city.

[adrotate group=”7″]   But outdoor growing has led to new crime (such as people burglarizing the yards and homes of growers) as well as to complaints by neighbors about the “skunky” smell of the plant.

“The complaints we’ve received are mostly nuisance-related,” said Hamilton. “When it’s cultivated outdoors during certain times of the year, the smell can be strong.”

The proposed 45-day moratorium would ban outdoor growing, but still permit indoor cultivation.

A staff report for the city council gave some statistics on complaints since California softened its stance on marijuana growing and medical use.

The report said that “calls for service and crimes (plant theft, residential burglaries) related to cultivation of marijuana have doubled since last year.”

In 2012, there were 25 “cultivation related calls for service” and five “cultivation crime-related” calls – and possibly other calls made to the Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team.

Local growers have not yet mobilized to speak up for the right to grow outdoors, said Hamilton.

The matter returns to the city council on Dec. 5.

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