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False alarms are going to cost you

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 30, 2013 —

City officials announced this month that, beginning March 1, those responsible for more than two false police alarms within a year will accrue a false alarm fine.

The local police department responded to over 3,000 false alarms (over 99 percent of all alarm calls) last year, it reports.

Penalties for the third and fourth false alarms within a year are $200 each. With the fifth false alarm comes a $200 fine plus suspension of the alarm permit.

Reinstating a permit will cost $250.

[adrotate group=”9″] If you or your alarm company cancel an alarm before a police officer arrives, the alarm won’t count.

The City of West Sacramento has contacted with “Public Safety Corporation/Cry Wolf” to administer the permits and false alarm notifications.

For more information, go to the city website at www.cityofwestsacramento.org (go to “How do I” and then “Apply for” and “Alarm permit”) or call 1-855-694-8281 to obtain an alarm permit or learn more.

Alarms without a permit may draw a $100 fine.

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West Sac youth leagues are mature

DON SCHATZEL: former West Sacramento Parks Director and occasional News-Ledger columnist

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 30, 2013 —

By Don Schatzel

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and Happy New Year!  All the best to you for the upcoming year.

Congratulations to U-12 (under age 12) Arsenal girls soccer for making it to the finals of the Presidents Cup for the second year in a row! Unfortunately, after winning three games in a weekend, they lost the final 3-2 to British American Club.  Laura Garcia and Julyana Lara did the scoring for Arsenal, completing another great season.

The Under-16 Hooligans12 completed their Presidents Cup, and after completing a season with 40 practices and 14 games, are poised to move into River City High School’s soccer season with high hopes and confidence! Taylor Jacky and Andrea Saucedo were captains of Hooligans12 and Taylor lead the team in scoring.

Now, local soccer teams are on the way to the indoor season at “El Azteca” and “Off the Wall” facilities to prepare for next season.

In the last article, I mentioned a lot of softball players and  you know how it works when you start mentioning people: you forget some. I forgot a few, including Hayley Luna and Cameron McGinnes, who are terrific local players.

I was reviewing my list and 90 percent, if not all, the girls  on the all high school all star list  had their beginning  softball training in the West Sacramento Girls Softball Little League – now registering for the upcoming spring and summer season. I know my family had a great time in that program.

Girls softball starts here in West Sac, and league president Frances Lara will do a great job as usual!

“Soccer is basketball played on grass with feet and with twice as many players.”

Johan Cruyff, a great Dutch soccer player from the past, said that.

It is fun to watch the Washington Unified girls after-school basketball program again this year. It’s a league where the coaches coach to teach basketball, not just win games. The quality of play has improved so much. Picks, press, zones in-bounds plays, 4-5 passes then the good shot, are the norm now.

The players have reached the point where sometimes seem better than the referees. The refs can no longer chat with the parents on the way down the court.

The girls know the rules and know when they got away with something. Just watch the little smiles on their faces that show up on occasion. The coaches can coach, the girls can play and  they no longer just give the ball to the best player to go coast to coast then throw up a 20 footer.

Not any more! Yours truly and a Recreation Supervisor for the City of West Sac started the basketball league years ago. Supervisor Troy Turner is no longer with us, but the City Parks and Rec program has 350 boys and 139 girls playing in their program. I think Troy would have been very proud, as I am. (Editor’s note: sadly, Mr. Turner is deceased.)

[adrotate group=”7″]   In the “Wow” category I happened to be visiting relatives in Gilroy and they have a new high school, “Christopher High School,” named after Don Christopher of Christopher Garlic. The Garlic Festival  brings in 100,000 people in a weekend to Gilroy for their festival and Don was big motivator behind its creation.

The school district needed two million dollars to complete their sports complex at the high school,  and according to the Gilroy newspaper, Christopher called and gave them 1 million dollars then called back, and asked “How much do you need?”

When told another million was needed, Christopher answered, “OK, put me down for two million!”

Life is good in garlic but, many of us know the Klein family here particularly Alyssa Klein (everyone calls her “Lulu”” is moving to Gilroy and she will attend Christopher School. Gilroy already has great softball players, so I really wish they take ours away. We will miss the Klein family and wish them the best!

Blast from the past!

Watching UCLA football linebacker Coach Jeff Ulbrich:

Before UCLA, he played for the 49ers. Before that University of Hawaii, and before that, Live Oak HS in Morgan Hill. Before that, he was a starting center forward on a U-12 (under age 12) team I coached. We would probably pass each other on the street now and not recognize each other, but it’s great to see young kids grow up and be successful!

More community involvement: Centennial Rotary Club of West Sac just donated $200 to the youth boxing club in town. West Sac has  a great boxing history and tradition and if the donation gets more kids involved, yahoo! Centennial also donated  $1,000 to the West Sac Relay for Life which is coming up and planning  is underway.

An interesting piece of community history was shared with me recently. Who was the first person in West Sac to get on base and score the first run at Memorial Park, the site of Little League games?

It was Jim Thompson in 1956! Jim is an outstanding member of the West Sacramento Trail Riders Association. Ron Morazzinni, the president of the horse riding group, is now working with the City of West Sacramento  on its bike and pedestrian path update to remember the equestrian community in town..

Great stuff, and that’s why we love living here.

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Flu season: worse than average

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 23, 2013 —

From Beth Gabor
Public Information Officer
County of Yolo

This year’s influenza season is worse than an average year, and especially bad for seniors.  Seasonal influenza is now widespread in California.  Most influenza being seen this year is covered by the vaccine, and when needed, is sensitive to anti-viral treatment.  The Yolo County Health Department reminds the community that in addition to getting a flu shot every year (especially important for the young and old), everyone should also follow these simple steps to avoid the flu:

•    Wash hands often with soap and water
•    Regularly clean commonly-touched surfaces, i.e. countertops, doorknobs, telephones etc.
•    Don’t share cups, straws or anything that goes in the mouth
•    Avoid touching your eyes and nose
•    Cover nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, and promptly discard used facial tissues
•    If sick, stay home

[adrotate group=”9″] Other important factors that help prevent getting sick:
•    Get enough rest and stay physically fit to help the body fight off disease
•    Don’t smoke and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke

Flu vaccine is still available and worth receiving this late in the season.  The flu vaccine can be obtained through local healthcare providers, pharmacies and the Yolo County Health Department’s regularly scheduled immunization clinic held every Tuesday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

“We appear to be halfway through an early flu season with rates of influenza-related illness increasing in California,” said Constance Caldwell, MD, Interim Yolo County Health Officer, in a press release.  “Protect yourself, your family and your community by getting a flu shot, washing hands often and staying home when you are ill.  These three steps go a long way in reducing the incidence, and in some cases, deaths related to flu.”

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Editorial: perfect place for a bite

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 23, 2013 —

NEWS-LEDGER EDITORIAL

Follow us around Northern California for a minute:

First, think of the Ferry Building in San Francisco. The former transit center has been overhauled, and it has become a hub for both locals and tourists who are in search of something good to eat. There are high-end produce stands, seafood selections, chocolates, bread, meats, sweets and specialty items, as well as  restaurants. There’s also a great weekly farmers market, with seasonal offerings from tangerines to freshly-shucked oysters.

The common theme at the Ferry Building is the world class agriculture and fishing grounds of Northern California. In other words, locally-grown food.

Now, step inside the Oxbow Public Market in Napa.

In a way, this is a spinoff of the Ferry Building. Here, near the Napa River are more gourmet treats, including fish, espresso, greens, cupcakes, fine cheeses and specialty restaurants.

Next, consider what the mayors of West Sacramento and Sacramento are up to.

West Sacramento’s Mayor Christopher Cabaldon wants to make this city a “hub” for the food business. Sacramento’s Kevin Johnson wants to make his town a “Farm to Fork Capital,” bringing locally-grown food to local tables.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Keeping all this in mind, take a look at what’s going on in West Sacramento’s Bridge District. This mixed-use, urban development between the freeway and Tower Bridge will boast a presence that celebrates the river and the Sacramento skyline. Parts of it will have an outdoor atmosphere not so different from the San Francisco Embarcadero.

It’s the perfect place for another mini-Ferry Building and the best farmers market in the Central Valley, don’t you think?

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Two house fires in Southport

Firefighters silhouetted against the flames from an open garage on San Vicente Road (courtesy of WSFD)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 30, 2013 —

The two-story home above caught fire on the evening of Jan. 19, on the 3300-block of San Vicente Road. The family escaped safely, and neighboring homes were protected, but the home sustained damage to both floors. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

Three days earlier, local fire crews were called to the scene of an attic fore on the 3300-block of Jefferson Blvd. in Southport. That fire was contained to the attic, but caused around $20,000 in damage, reports the fire department.  (courtesy of West Sacramento Fire Department)

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West Sac ‘Letters to the Editor’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JAN 23, 2013 —

Thanks for helping
Yolo County CASA is grateful for the community’s generous contributions during the season of giving.  Big thanks goes out to the Davis Athletic Club and their patrons for the many toys and books donated in the month of December; the Woodland Opera House and its patrons for the very successful luggage drive; and to staff and patients of Tan Orthodontics for hosting the giving tree for the foster youth served by our volunteer court appointed special advocates.  These efforts certainly brightened the holidays of our CASA kids.

Special thanks also goes out to each and every individual who responded to Yolo CASA’s annual appeal letter.  Response was especially strong this year, due to a benefactor’s special pledge to double all donations received.  This generous community support will allow us to recruit, train and support more volunteers who will advocate for youth in the foster care system.

Our CASAs make sure these children receive the services they need to be safe and to thrive.  They speak for the child’s best interests and build relationships that last a lifetime.

When our CASA children ask “does anyone care about me?”  We will tell them the truth.  You do.

For more information, or to reserve tickets for our annual dinner in March, please visit our website at www.yolocasa.org.

GINNI DAVIS & TRACY FAUVER
On behalf of the Yolo County CASA Board of Directors

  Editor’s note: ‘CASA’ stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocates.” The Yolo CASA website describes the organization as made up of “trained and court-appointed volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused children and at-risk youth.”
  The volunteers are matched with kids who need a voice as they move through the foster care system.

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Enjoy ‘Page from the Past’
I really enjoy your News-Ledger, particularly the “Page from the Past.” I am entering my eighties and I was raised in the old Washington Township area. I knew many of the people from that time who are in the Page from the Past. That was a good time to be a kid in that little town. Everybody knew everybody else and we couldn’t get into too much trouble.

JIM DERR
PEORIA, ARIZONA

  Editor’s note: The “Page from the Past” appears occasionally in the News-Ledger. We use reproductions of pages from the old Yolo Independent newspaper, which served the part of “East Yolo” that has become West Sacramento.
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Guards for the schools
Americans use armed guards to protect our money, our politicians and even our president’s children. How could our school children be protected by armed guards?

Child-shooter Buford Furrow Jr. walked away from American Jewish University, Skirball Cultural Center and Simon Wiesenthal Center because of heavy security.

[adrotate group=”10″]   The Pearl High School shooter surrendered to Vice Principal Joel Myrick. Veteran Myrick had run about half a mile to retrieve a pistol legally locked up outside the school zone, but the shooter still had ammunition and was bound for Pearl Junior High School. The Appalachia School of Law shooter surrendered when Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross ran back with pistols kept in their vehicles.

Roughly half of public shooters suicide when confronted with armed defenders. This was the case in Stockton (1989), Columbine (1999), and Sandy Hook.

There is evidence our children would be safer even when the shooter engaged in a gunfight with the defender. I do not recall the Diane Sawyer paintball re-enactments resulting in any students being hit. All the shooter’s bullets were aimed at the armed defender as was experienced by Ken Hammond at the Trolley Square Mall and by hero Mark Wilson at the Tyler, Texas courthouse.

The two Columbine shooters were able to drive off the first defender with rifle fire. The defender escaped to all in reinforcements and describe the shooters. The bullets fired at the defender did not kill children, nor did the defender’s.

RICHARD KESTER
WEST SACRAMENTO

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Gun scare: Raley’s closes briefly

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JAN 23, 2013

The Raley’s supermarket at 1601 West Capitol Avenue closed for about a half hour  on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, for a gun scare.

According to various media reports, at about noon that day a truck driver reported that a woman stole his gun and ran away after they had contact near Jefferson and West Capitol.

[adrotate group=”9″]   An officer saw the suspect go inside the store. Believing she could be armed, police evacuated the market.

They found the 31-year old woman — who was ID’d by the truck driver from a photo lineup. They did not find the gun.

The woman was arrested for the alleged gun theft.

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