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Save energy, get up to $500 back


While funding lasts, the City of West Sacramento is offering a matching residential rebate program for energy efficiency improvements and appliances for local residents. Save money on a new energy-efficient water heater, HVAC, insulation, energy-efficient windows, weather-stripping, as well as on efficient washers and dryers and dishwashers. Maximum of $500 per household.

  Submit your rebate application and a copy by Aug. 23 with proof of purchase and proof of installation (if applicable) to the building permit counter at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue (copying service not available on site). For an application, call 617-4590 or visit www.WestSacRecycles.org (look under “Highlights”).

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Buy your tomato plants & more


  West Sacramentans have a couple of unusual choices this weekend to shop for their spring garden plants and supplies, including heirloom tomatoes. These two choices come to you from the “Local Scene” section of the News-Ledger:

  Stop by a plant and garden sale on April 6-7 and support the West Sacramento Historical Society. On sale will be plants, used gardening tools, pots, sprinkler parts and more. The sale will take place 9-1 each day at 1700 Deerwood Street. For information, call 372-7438.

The Yolo County UCCE Master Gardeners will be selling plants – including over 30 varieties of heirloom tomatoes proven to do well in this area – from 9-noon on Sat., April 6, at Woodland Community College. The sale will continue on Saturdays through April, although the tomato plants may not remain available. For information, visit ceyolo.ucdavis.edu or call (530) 866-8143.


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Using a brain to make a point:


from Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Victor DeNoble, a former tobacco research scientist who became a whistleblower against his company – and the entire industry – spoke to hundreds of students in a series of school assemblies in West Sacramento earlier this month, explaining the dangers of smoking.

Among the attention-grabbing props he displayed were the frozen brains of a monkey, and also of a human, that he held in his glove-covered hand as he worked the multipurpose rooms showing what he learned long ago about the effect that the drug nicotine has on the brain.

Dr. Victor DeNoble uses a frozen human brain to make a point about nicotine addiction and smoking, in a presentation to 4th and 5th grade students at Bridgeway Island Elementary School (photo courtesy of Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente)

Dr. Victor DeNoble uses a frozen human brain to make a point about nicotine addiction and smoking, in a presentation to 4th and 5th grade students at Bridgeway Island Elementary School (photo courtesy of Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente)

DeNoble’s presentations were part of an anti-smoking effort called “Don’t Buy The Lie,” which is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente in partnership with the West Sacramento-based Health Education Council.

He spoke at Bridgeway Island, Riverbank and Stonegate elementary schools.

In addition to presenting dozens of school assemblies each March in the Sacramento region,

“Don’t Buy The Lie” includes a poster contest for students in the 7th-through-12th grades who submit drawings and messages with an anti-smoking theme. The winners receive prizes and their artwork is displayed on billboards.

DeNoble tells a riveting story about how he was secretly hired by Philip Morris to create a safer cigarette that wouldn’t lead to heart disease. But much of his time was spent researching something the company didn’t authorize and later fired him for: he used laboratory rats to investigate the addictive nature of nicotine.

More than 10 years after he was fired, the federal government asked DeNoble to testify in Congress against the tobacco industry. His testimony and other evidence prompted major fines against the industry and significant reforms, including the banning of cigarette advertisements from billboards.

After the Bridgeway Island Elementary School assembly, Principal Grace Chin said the presentation will have a lasting effect on students because Dr. DeNoble is a scientist and his work lends credibility to his message.


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Man gets 21 years in assault case


Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on March 7, Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson sentenced Michael Robert Hernandez III, 33, of West Sacramento, to 21 years in state prison for attacking his girlfriend.

Hernandez pled no contest on January 24 to two strike-felonies, and multiple enhancements, including assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, infliction of great bodily injury during domestic violence, and dissuading a witness.

According to the District Attorney’s office:

  On October 11, 2012, West Sacramento Police Officers were dispatched to a residence on Circle Drive, for a report of a fight between Hernandez and the victim.  She and Hernandez were in a verbal argument that became physical when Hernandez pushed the victim to the floor and strangled her, causing her to nearly lose consciousness before he released his grip  Hernandez then punched and kicked the victim multiple times.  While the victim was lying on the floor Hernandez straddled the victim and strangled her again, this time to the point of unconsciousness.

When the victim regained consciousness, Hernandez was going through her cell phone and threatened to hit her with a bicycle lock to prevent her from using her phone.  The victim was ultimately able to use another phone to call a nearby family member for help.  When West Sacramento Police Officers arrived, Hernandez had already left the home.

The next day, says the D.A.’s office, Hernandez contacted the victim over the phone and asked if she was going to testify against him.  When she answered that she would, he said that he was driving around looking for her with a firearm in his lap, and threatened to shoot her in the head.

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