Tag Archives: online

Youngsters raise funds for burn victims


Three West Sacramento youngsters — Jason (5), Sonja (8)and James Weldon (10), above — raise some money from family and friends every year around the holidays, reports the West Sacramento Fire Department.

This year, the youngsters chose to make their donation to the Firefighters Burn Institute. Firefighter Thomas Elliott (pictured with them) assisted them in making the donation. The kids got a tour of Station 41 on 15th Street. (courtesy photo)

Copyright News-Ledger 2013

Others’ views on school board issue


  On the News-Ledger’s “Facebook” internet page this week, we invited comments to last week’s newspaper editorial.

  The editorial (we’ve provided a link below) contrasted the way Washington Unified School District and Sacramento City Unified School District each handled the appointment of a new school board member to fill a vacancy, and suggested WUSD commit itself to more transparency.

  We received the following feedback on Facebook:

  Jenni Zimmerman Yarwood: The constant badgering and belittling of the WUSD board by both the News-Ledger and the mayor is very disheartening and troublesome.

How about being mature, responsible adults and not lowering yourself to elementary schoolyard bullying? How about coming together in a positive way with a workable solution without the constant mudslinging and backstabbing?

Sadly, this kind of behavior is very typical of the media and our government these days and it’s got to stop. We will never come together as a community, a state or a country if this kind of behavior continues. It is this kind of behavior that is literally tearing our country and our communities apart.


  Ardeene Brueske Westvik: Thank you for pointing out that the Sacramento School District managed to appoint a new temporary member without the cost of an additional election. I agree that transparency is always important in any public institution.

  However, I would suggest it is also important when the public is asked to elect a school board. It is shocking to hear about some of the money that is very likely going to be spent to elect members some political figures wish to be placed on the Board. One really wonders what their motives are. Do they actually have some magic answer to make major improvements in the district or is their motive something less apparent?

Having been a district teacher, administrator and school board member, I know there is not a financial reason, nor can school boards make many of the decisions that are now made by Federal and State categorical fund requirements. So if some group is willing to spent as much as $10,000 for a school board position, we need to know where that money comes from.

As our most-read local newspaper, I sincerely request that you make the public very aware of the source of all funding for all candidates running for a seat on the school board. Lets have transparency in all aspects of our public offices.


  Irene Perrigo Eklund: Even more important, why don’t you let the public know where the mayor and our supervisor got the money they spent on their independent expenditure committee and who is putting their name on them.

I read the article in the Bee about the Sacramento appointment and it was pretty much the same process as WUSD used. The mayor has already made the statement that if his candidate would have been appointed, this costly election would not be taking place.

So let’s just be honest about why this special election is taking place. It’s all about politics, power and greed. They surely do not care that the $130,000 price tag [for the special election] will come right from our kids’ classrooms. It is very obvious those involved do not care. Very sad indeed.


  You can find the original News-Ledger editorial here.

  You may comment on this or other local issues by sending a ‘letter to the editor’ to us by email (call 916-371-8030 for email address).

  Or, by mail to:
  News-Ledger, P.O. Box 463, West Sacramento, CA 95691.
  Either way, please include your real name (for publication) and your address and phone number (not for publication).

Copyright News-Ledger 2013

Birthday party for Rec Center


The West Sacramento Recreation Center will celebrate its fourth birthday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.

  Light refreshments and prize giveaways (gift cards, Kings tickets, Rec Center passes, etc.).

For information on the party, call 617-4770. The Rec Center is located next to River City High School, 2801 Jefferson Blvd. in Southport.

Copyright News-Ledger 2013

Photo contest: images & winners

“Club Pheasant - Since 1935,” by Frank Pereira. Third place among black & white photos.

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 9, 2013–

From the City
of West Sacramento

Following a three year absence, the City of West Sacramento brought back its photo contest as part of the City’s 25th anniversary celebration. The prize -winning photos taken by contestants in October were announced Dec. 5 by the West Sacramento City Council. One contestant, resident Andrey Klimushkin, was the only one to win prizes in two separate categories.

The categories open to amateur photographers this fall were Residents (with three separate age divisions); Nonresidents; and a special photo category, “Best Black and White”, open to all contestants. The cash prizes offered this year also reflected the City’s 25th anniversary, with prize amounts based on variations of the theme of “25.” First place winners received $250 cash; second place winners $125; and third place winners $25.

2012 Photo Contest Winners:

The winners in the “Residents Under Age 25” category: Yelena Akhanova, first place; Donovan Carlson, second place; and Jennifer Trinkle, third place. The contest also set aside a category for residents who turned 25 during 2012, the 25th anniversary year of the City’s founding. Douglas Hughes, a City  employee during the contest period, won $250. In addition to Mr. Hughes, two other City employees were also prize-winners: Dena Kirtley, third place residents, age 26 and older; and Frank Pereira, third place, special Black and White. City employees participating in the contest as planners, producers, organizers, or judges, along with family members, were ineligible to enter the contest.

Winners of the category open to residents, Age 26 and older: Adonis  Villanueva, first place; Andrey Klimushkin, second place; and Dena Kirtley, third place.

‘Wall-e’s Wishes,’ by Douglas Hughes. First place among entries from residents age 25 and up.

In the “Nonresidents” category, the winners were: John Hennigan, first place; Pat Soberanis, second place; and Richard Abrusci, third place. Winners in the “Black and White” special photo category: Andrey Klimushkin, first place; Janice Wang-Polagruto, second place; and Frank Pereira, third place. Mr. Klimushkin was therefore the only winner to win in two categories this year. Mr. Pereira was also a third place winner in 2009, the last previous year of the contest.

The contest was sponsored by the City of West Sacramento.

You can scroll through all the winning photos at: http://www.cityofwestsacramento.org/residents/photocontest.asp

The photo contest winners met the city council on Dec. 5: pictured, left to right, are: Adonis Villanueva, first place, Residents Age 26 & Older; Janice Wang-Polagruto, second place, Black & White; Frank Pereira, third place, Black & White; John Hennigan, first place, Nonresidents; Mayor Pro Tem Chris Ledesma; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; Council Member Oscar Villegas; Andrey Klimushkin, first place, Black & White and second place, Residents Age 26 & Older; Richard Abrusci, third place, Nonresidents; Dena Kirtley, third place, Residents Age 26 & Older; Council Member Bill Kristoff; Pat Soberanis (front row), second place, Nonresidents; Douglas Hughes, first place, Residents Age 25; Jennifer Trinkle, third place, Residents Under Age 25; Council Member Mark Johannessen; Yelena Akhanova, first place, Residents Under Age 25; and Donovan Carlson, second place, Residents Under Age 25. (Courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento)

  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2013

Baby born in car in Southport



West Sacramento firefighters had one of those famous “cliché” calls on Dec. 29, as a Southport woman gave birth in a car during the rush to get her to a hospital.

It was about 5:17 a.m. on a cold Saturday morning when the call came in that a woman had given birth in her vehicle on Lemontree Road. She had tried to make a break for the hospital when she went into labor, but didn’t get very far from home before the child came.

Firefighters from Station 45 on Lake Washington Boulevard responded. They were informed en route that the newborn wasn’t breathing.

“The baby was out, on the mom’s lap,” said Battalion Chief Tim Eisenbeisz of the West Sacramento Fire Department. “They had been trying to get to the hospital. The baby was not breathing at the time, and still attached to the umbilical cord. It was very cold out.”

A second ambulance was summoned to take care of the mother.

“The baby wasn’t coming around,” Eisenbeisz told the News-Ledger. “Firefighter Kristopher Tower immediately started grabbed the baby and wrapped him up in blankets and got the baby into the ambulance and started CPR.”

Eisenbeisz said he wasn’t actually sure of the baby’s gender.

Standard CPR on an infant involves quick, half-inch deep chest compressions.

“Prior to leaving the scene, he was able to get a pulse,” said Eisenbeisz. “The baby looked very good at the hospital. As best we can speculate, the baby was breathing on its own.”

Further information wasn’t available. Eisenbeisz said the firefighters would welcome news on the condition of the baby and mother.   The family is invited to contact the News-Ledger at 371-8030 or steve@news-ledger.com if it wishes to share that information.

  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2013

Get your act together —


The local library at 1212 Merkley Avenue is hosting an “open mic night” at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 24, Do you write stories or poetry? Sing, rap, or play an instrument?

Drop in. Material should be appropriate for all ages.

Copyright News-Ledger 2013


‘Letters to the Editor’ from the News-Ledger edition of January 9, 2013 —


Why not Mark?

In the December 12, 2012 edition of the News-Ledger the front-page article regarding the appointment of Chris Ledesma as the next vice mayor was troubling.  I don’t have anything against  Chris, but I was troubled by the politics behind his selection. Mark Johannessen has been on the council much longer, but he has always been passed over in this position. Why does this happen?

West Sacramento

  EDITOR’S NOTE: At the city council meeting of December 5, Councilman Bill Kristoff nominated Mark Johannessen to be the next “mayor pro tem,” or vice mayor.

  No one seconded that motion. Councilman Oscar Villegas then nominated Chris Ledesma, who was unanimously elected.

  Johannessen is in his second term on the council and has not yet served as mayor pro tem. He declined detailed comments to the News-Ledger, saying the vote was “no big deal.”


Help her!

Almost everyday I see the same woman at the Safeway Shopping Center. She has the same filthy clothes on with the same filthy jacket and matted hair. She has several small bags she carries in a basket all the time. To see her still homeless is a shame on us and our community. I have given her money and said hello, but its hard to tell how much of her is really still there. She has been outside in all temperatures for over a year.

I know this because I have seen her for so long. She sometimes looks at me with these eyes that still speak and seem to be saying “Help.”

I know she has been to the Yolo County Human Services office on Jefferson because I’ve seen her there. I even over-heard a conversation she was having on the phone at the One Spot Career Center inside their lobby, (they let you use the phones free there),. Its supposed to be to find a job thou. I heard her saying, “I’m trying to get back into a board and care. I am staying at a motel and I don’t feel safe”. That was over a year ago.

A Board and Care is a facility for those who require assistance with living and taking care of their ADLS, “Activities of Daily Living.” If she was once at that level of care, she should not be out on the street. It is obvious that she suffers with mental illness. I have never seen her ask for money or with any liquor. I was so desperate for this woman to get help, I recently sent the Mayor Christopher Cabaldon a letter on Facebook. Here’s what it said:

“This woman needs help. She is always at the Safeway shopping center. She is homeless, mentally ill, elderly, filthy and with matted hair. She was trying to get into a board and over a year ago. This I know because of a conversation I over-heard at the Health and Human Services office. She was using the phone at the One-Stop Career Center. She has been seen by social services and law enforcement alike and she still remains in desperate need. If you go over there in the morning between Big Lots and Rite-Aid or in front of Safeway you will see her. Please, Mayor Cabaldon, use the powers within your office to help this woman and the other mentally ill and homeless souls in our community.”

I don’t know if anything will be done, but its a sad day when sick people can’t get the help they are asking for and so desperately needs. West Sacramento is a Mecca for the homeless, addict, mentally ill and just down and out. Maybe its our cheap motels and easy access to the river. One might say just move, but I’ve bought a home here and I like West Sac, but for your everyday person, who cares about these people, its become a depressing place to live.

We have to do something for the homeless. Provide a day shelter, and get the mentally ill help. We need a detox center for the addict. Its just getting increasingly like a set from a zombie movie here, with us just living, shopping and acting as if the “living dead” among us, already are.

West Sacramento

The homeless challenge

Thank you for reporting on the issue of homelessness in West Sacramento and Councilman Mark Johannessen’s ongoing efforts to address the issue and its impact on our community (News-Ledger, Jan. 2).

St. Vincent de Paul, Our Lady of Grace Conference is among the many faith-based groups in West Sacramento who are concerned about how our city and county address the needs of the poor in our community, especially the homeless.  I appreciate Councilman Johannessen’s efforts to push for the development of city policy concerning the poor and unsheltered.

In developing policy in this area, it is important to view the challenges of overcoming poverty and homelessness from the perspective of building a community in West Sacramento that is inclusive of all of its residents.  This perspective begins, I think, with the understanding that the “homeless” are not a problem, but real people, including families with children,  facing tough challenges in tough times.  For example, over the last year, we saw our requests for need increase by 175%.

Every situation is unique and personal to the people affected by poverty.   In developing a policy, the city should include poor and homeless individuals in the planning process.  I have met such persons through the charitable work of St. Vincent de Paul.  They have much to offer for workable solutions because they are living the experience of poverty in our community.

The development of policy should be open and transparent.   There needs to be ample notice of public meetings, and meetings need to be set at reasonable times and places so there can be full participation by all stakeholders.  Mr. Johannessen has taken this approach and the city council should  follow his lead to have all voices heard.  It is also critical that policy be developed with better facts concerning the depth of poverty in our community.  The reported count of only 138 homeless people within city limits does not square with the reality of what we find in our work with the poor.

It is important, too, that policy not look to just one solution but acknowledge the scope of the challenges of being homeless and build upon multiple solutions to address the varying need.  The policy should address systemic change where needed, such as, access to resources through coordinated communication.  We have seen such positive changes in the formation of West Sac Partners, the establishment of 211 telephone assistance, and the work of the Broderick Bryte Community Action Network.

Our Lady of Grace Conference remains hopeful that city leaders will be open to addressing the issue of homelessness as a real and pressing challenge for our community and will work with stakeholders for a policy that is humane, decent, and worthy of the City of West Sacramento.

Conference President
Our Lady of Grace Conference
Society of St. Vincent de Paul



News-Ledger, PO Box 463, West Sacramento CA 95691 (call 916 371-8030 for email address)

Letters must include the author’s real name (for publication) as well as phone number and address (not for publication). Questions? Call (916) 371-8030.

  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledge newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2013