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RCHS students to compete in speech

Jacob Andrus, RCHS Speech Team Captain, and Beverly Harris, RCHS sophomore

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

For the first time in school history, RCHS will be represented at the California State High School Speech Association Championships.  Jacob Andrus, Team Captain, and Beverly Harris, a sophomore, will be competing against the top  56 teams in California in the Duo Interpretation event.

Their performance of “Doubt: A Parable,” was one of only four interpretations to qualify from the entire greater Sacramento area.  Jacob was instrumental in starting a team at RCHS after moving to West Sacramento two years ago.

The RCHS Speech and Debate Team is in its second year and is coached by Jared Andrus at the school. The state tournament will be held from April 27-29 at San Francisco’s Lowell High School.

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McNair hands RCHS playoff loss

RCHS sophomore Carmen Garcia in action for River City. Carmen was the high scorer in the game with 11 points (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

ONLINE UPDATE: The Raiders lost their match on March 7 against Pleasant Valley in a 49-47 finish.  That has ended the RCHS season. But the team’s regular-season record plus wins in the first two games of the playoffs marked the best girls’ basketball season in the history of River City High School.

The River City High School girls not only made it into the playoffs this season, but won their first two games.

Then, on February 28, the Raider squad traveled to Stockton to face McNair in the third round of CIF basketball playoffs.

River City kept the game close through 2 quarters of play, down by just six at the half. But in the third quarter of play, McNair went on a big run. By the end of the 3rd quarter, they were ahead by nine, and McNair would eventually go on to win by a final of 58-43.

Carmen Garcia was the high scorer for River City, with 11 points.

Although the team lost the game and will miss a chance to play at the Power Balance Pavilion next week, their season continues as they compete in tournament play. They will meet Nor Cal in Chico at 7 p.m. tonight (March 7).

River City boasted a 25-2 record over the regular season and by the end of their playoff run their record shows 27-3. Out of 234 California Division 2 Teams, River City is ranked fourth, behind St. Mary’s, Monache and Casa Grande.

(Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

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New RCHS football coach: DaPrato

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 9, 2012 —

River City High High announced it has just hired Steve DaPrato of West Sacramento as new head football coach. DaPrato has coached at the high school and collegiate level, including Chabot College.

He will fill the post left vacant by former coach Arturo Bustamante, who is facing legal trouble following accusations of molestation by several female students.

DaPrato has filled the coaching position “effective immediately,” reports Principal Katie Nemer and her staff.

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3 convicted for attack in Lowe’s parking lot

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on February 27, a Yolo County jury convicted three members of the Norteno street gang of robbery, battery, assault, witness intimidation and street gang activity for an attack on three people in a Lowe’s parking lot in West Sacramento on April 19, 2010.

According to the D.A.:

The three defendants, Jose Antonio Duran (20, of Sacramento), Salvador Benjamin Vasquez, Jr. (20, of Sacramento) and Joseph Vincent Sisneros (21, of Sacramento) saw the victim eating his Taco Bell dinner in his car.  The man was in a nearly empty lot on Lake Washington Boulevard in Southport, just after 10 p.m..

The three gang members took the victim’s iPod, wallet and keys, then continued beating the victim, causing two facial fractures, while the victim pleaded for the men to stop.

  Four Lowe’s employees who walked into the lot after their shifts ended interrupted the attack.  The four —  all of whom testified at the trial — saw the three defendants taking turns punching the victim while shouting “Norte!” and laughing.

One of the suspects, Salvador Vasquez pretended to hold a gun under his shirt and repeatedly threatened to shoot the Lowe’s employee who was calling 911.  The employee escaped by running to nearby Lake Washington Boulevard, but the second employee was caught by Duran and Sisneros.  The second employee held up his hands in surrender, but the two defendants brutally attacked him, kicking him in the eye and breaking his nose.

The trial took two weeks and included testimony from a Sacramento Police Gang Detective who told a jury the Norteno street gang thrives on a reputation for violence and that the assault furthered those interests.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig thanked the Sacramento Police Department for offering their assistance, and thanked the citizens who were brave enough to intervene in the assault and to come forward to testify at the trial.

The defendants will be sentenced on April 13.

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West Sac news nuggets, Part I:

From the News-Ledger — March 7, 2012 —

The Port of West Sacramento announced yesterday it had received a $960,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration for construction of a rail loop track that will consolidate switching and looping operations and reduce conflicts between trains and surface street traffic.

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  Safeway has provided a $5,000 donation to help bring fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income West Sacramento residents, according to the Yolo County Child Abuse Council and Yolo Co. Children’s Alliance.
The produce is distributed weekly on Friday mornings at the Alyce Norman Center.
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The Home Depot Foundation has donated $20,000 to the “A Brush With Kindness” program run by Habitat for Humanity’s Yolo County chapter.
The program helps needy people with exterior repairs to their homes, including roof repair, wheelchair ramps, painting, weatherization and landscaping. It’s currently focused on several homes in the Bryte and Broderick areas of West Sacramento.
In 2011, the foundation gave Habitat Yolo $10,000 to finish homes in the Heidrick Ranch project in Woodland. The new founding will allow “A Brush With Kindness” to complete repair projects at six West Sacramento houses, reports Habitat Yolo.

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School bus service on chopping block

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

School bus rides will probably be a thing of the past for most local elementary and middle school-grade kids next year. But the school board at the Washington Unified School District is considering a planned cut to bus service in the afternoon leaving from River City High School.

Last month, the board approved a number of budget cuts aimed at closing an estimated $2.5 million gap for fiscal year 2012-2013. They did so by looking at a set of recommendations from their superintendent, who was reacting to cuts in state funding.

One approved cut was to busing service for most K-8 kids in WUSD. Another was for the bus service taking high school kids home from RCHS in the afternoon. Bus service taking to RCHS in the mornings remains in the plan.

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

“The board took action to eliminate K-8 transportation entirely,” Superintendent Dayton Gilleland told the News-Ledger. “We’re moving some school boundaries and we think we can accommodate more kids at their neighborhood school. The board also took action to eliminate afternoon transportation at the high school.”

But, he added, several board members have had second thoughts about that. The board will talk about it one more time at tomorrow’s board meeting.

“I think what’s probably going to stick is (the cut to) the K-8 services,” said Gilleland. “The K-8 transportation piece we have calculated to save $705,000.”

Cutting the high school’s afternoon bus service would save around $199,000, he said. But he wouldn’t be surprised if the board restores that planned service at Thursday’s meeting.

The state of California has clipped the amount of money it contributes to busing kids to school.

“Up until this year, we were funded at about 30 cents on the dollar,” said Gilleland. That amounts to around $300,000 of the million-dollar annual bus tab.

Is this permanent, or will money come back for school buses when the state’s budget picture turns back around in a few years?

“I think it will come back,” said Gillleland. “Transportation is something we would want to restore as soon as we could.”

Some K-8 students would still get WUSD bus service to school.

  “We still have a mandate to provide special education transportation and ‘school choice’ provision,” Gilleland explained. Any student who couldn’t be accommodated at his or her local campus, and had to be bused to another because of “overflow” would also get a ride from WUSD.

The bus cuts could reduce hours for school transportation staff or cause layoffs after this year (the employee union has “expressed concern,” said Gilleland). Most of the buses, though, have been doing duty at staggered times for both K-8 students and high school students, so the district will not be left with a significant surplus of buses.

WUSD faces layoffs next year “unless we get concessions” from employee unions, said Gilleland.
Thursday’s meeting is at 6 p.m. at city hall.

Also on the agenda is consideration of the district’s curriculum for the state-mandated teaching of HIV and AIDS prevention, currently taught in 7th and 9th grades. A representative of a local Russian Baptist church has expressed concerns about the plan.

Families currently have to sign off on HIV/AIDS education programs for their kids, but the planned change would change it to “passive” permission – students would get the education unless their parents actively “opt out.”

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Preschool, child care to open at civic center

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 7, 2012 —

The “Learning Ladder” preschool and child care center will open at the West Sacramento Community Center, celebrating with a ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday. The ribbon-cutting will precede the community center’s one-year “birthday party” beginning at 2 p.m.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and Mayor Pro Tem Oscar Villegas will be on hand for the event at 1075 West Capitol Avenue across from city hall.

“As the City’s first licensed childcare and preschool facility, Learning Ladder will use research-based curriculum, well prepared and caring teachers and staff, and state of the art facilities to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond,” said a City of West Sacramento press release.

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