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$10,000 for River City High booster club

December Brinsfield-Briscoe of the River City High School Athletic Boosters accepted a $10,000 check from Daniel Rocha of Hanlees Auto Group in Davis two weeks ago (courtesy photo)

December Brinsfield-Briscoe of the River City High School Athletic Boosters accepted a $10,000 check from Daniel Rocha of Hanlees Auto Group in Davis two weeks ago (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 15, 2014 —

A representative from Hanlees Auto Group in Davis visited River City High School two weeks ago to hand the school’s athletic booster club a check for $10,000. The money came from Hanlees and the Toyota corporation.

Accepting the check was December Brinsfield-Briscoe, president of the boosters.

The News-Ledger later asked her if the club had ever received a donation that large before.

“Not that I’m aware of,” she responded. “It was quite interesting the way that it came about. (Current) athletic director Jamie King contacted us to let us know Hanlees was interesting in doing a sponsorship for our club. The Toyota corporation contributed half the donation, and Hanlees contributed the other half.”

The money will be used by the booster club to support student-athletes at the school.

“The athletic boosters provide funding and scholarships to eligible athletes,” she said. “And basically, when the athletic department needs anything — training, equipment, courses, football helmets, catcher’s gear, we help.”

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West Sacramento orchestra offers free concert at city hall on Sunday

West Sacramento Community Orchestra (News-Ledger file photo)

West Sacramento Community Orchestra
(News-Ledger file photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Community Orchestra will present selections from Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” as well as pieces from Bruch, Rimsky-Korsakov and “The Producers,” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, at city hall (1110 West Capitol Avenue). Free.

Alternatively, you can attend a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Centennial Methodist Church, 5401 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento.

For information on joining the orchestra, call 991-5262.

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Joshua Alves wants to bring new perspective to West Sac school board

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 8, 2014 —

EDITOR’S NOTE: this interview is part of a series in which the News-Ledger talks to those running for mayor, city council and school board in West Sacramento on the November ballot

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Joshua Alves hopes to win a seat on West Sacramento’s school board on the November ballot – not so much to make major changes, but to bring a different perspective to the board.

JOSHUA ALVES News-Ledger photo

JOSHUA ALVES
News-Ledger photo

“I’m a creative individual who looks at alternative ideas, not only in my professional life, but in my personal life,” he told the News-Ledger this week. “I listen to creative people while looking at different ways to generate business, either with myself professionally or (hopefully) on the school board.”

So does he hope to bring a “business” approach to the board?

“I wouldn’t say ‘business,’ I’d say a ‘creative’ approach,” he answered. “I would say maybe that approach, with a business/technology spin.”

Alves, 37, is a married father of two young children who are approaching school age. His family lives in The Rivers, a north-city neighborhood. He said the stage of his children’s lives has pushed him toward running for a seat on the Washington Unified School District governing board. He and his wife hope to send their kids into local public schools.

“That is our goal,” said Alves. “That is why I’m running for a seat like this – to continue the momentum I’ve got and keep the kids here rather than send them to other schools.”

This is his first run for local office.

“I grew up in Oakdale, California, in the Central Valley. It’s a small town right outside Modesto as you’re heading up to Yosemite,” he recalled. “I went to college. I started at UC Santa Barbara and finished off at Sac State with a degree in biology.”

He’s now been a salesman of medical devices for about ten years.

Since being in West Sacramento, Alves has served on the board of the homeowners association at The Rivers, and he’s been active in his daughter’s Southport preschool, he reports. And he has signed up to be trained as part of the local police department’s civilian bicycle patrol.

“I also volunteer for a couple of military groups,” said Alves. “One of those is called ‘Mission Essential,’ which is a not-for-profit program for teaching educating leadership for professional athletes or corporate individuals. I also work for ‘The Next Ridgeline,’ which is the Green Beret Foundation, and which is assisting exiting soldiers back into the workforce.”

Alves – not a veteran himself – got into those programs because of a friend in the military.

Does he think the current school board is doing a good job?

“I’ve been to a few meetings and I’ve watched a little bit on video as well,” he commented. “I think just like anything in the world, there’s room for improvement. I’m not sure they’re doing a bad job and I’m not saying our schools are failing miserably, but I’d like to have an alternative perspective (represented on the board) outside of the academic industry. With more of a business acumen.”

He added that it would be nice to bring a male voice back to the board, which will become all-female when board member Adam Menke’s term expires this year.

Alves was asked what he thinks of the district’s fiscal situation. He said he supports Measure V, the school bond measure on November’s ballot.

“I don’t think there’s any real crystal-ball answer on how to solve the issue of old schools that need to be updated or fixed,” he said. “I think this bond is a good alternative to address those issues in the financial sector for improving schools. I think it’s important to remove the mold or any hazardous substances that can cause sickness (at school facilities).”

What are a school board member’s job duties?

“I think it’s kind of like being a parent – it never ends,” said Alves. “You are very influential not only in your own kid’s life, but also on every child that goes through the Washington Unified School District. We lay a foundation in primary education, and that really leads into the future work ethic, and whether or not these kids are willing and want to work and succeed”

“As a school board, you’re working on curriculum, you’re working on finances, you’re working on ways to make West Sacramento as a whole a shining light. . . and making sure these kids move on to college or higher education.”

“I wouldn’t say I’m a micromanager,” he added. “I let people do their task at hand, but I do expect those tasks. . . to be completed in a timely manner.”

Alves said he believes the district as a whole is on the right path and he comes with no agenda to change direction.

“I don’t think there are huge changes or shifts I would like to try. I think it’s important to look at ways to increase funding, (whether) it’s reaching out to local businesses, charity events, or things like that to help the district as a whole.”

He thinks the new “Common Core” curriculum standards are being implemented fairly well and that test scores are one method of measuring success for students and schools.

“I believe school scores have increased in the last few years,” said Alves, “which is one way to gauge success. . . I think it’s one way to judge. . . how a school or student is doing. But I think there are alternative methods out there that might be a better way.

Where would he like to see more funding go in today’s school district?

“I don’t think you can really choose one grade or entity in the entire district,” answered Alves. “Obviously, you can’t please everybody, but I think if we come together as a community, we can figure out where the best use of funds is, if and when those funds become available for the appropriate uses. Such as curriculum, schools, and busing. I think it’s important to look at the big picture on this.”

Alves joins fellow challenger Norma Alcala and incumbent Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez in the hunt for either of two available seats on next month’s local ballot. School board terms are for four years.

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Questions about your finances? Free answers at West Sac workshop

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Financial Planning Association of Northern California will bring some of its professional members to West Sacramento City Hall on Sat., Oct. 25, to answer your questions about your finances. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1110 West Capitol Avenue. For more information, call Jenny Hood at 927-6487 or email jhood@cmeyers.com.

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Spectators invited to watch the rowing Sunday at the Port

Head of the PortFROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 8, 2014 —

West Sacramento’s River City Rowing Club will host some racing on its home waters at the port this Sunday, Oct. 12. The action will last from about 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event includes college crews from UC Davis (also headquartered at WestSacramento’s port), UC Berkeley, Sacramento State and St. Mary’s College. It also includes high school and adult (“masters”) teams.

Instead of the shorter, side-by-side rowing races common in springtime, this event will feature three-mile “head races,” with boats started individually and chasing each other down the course while battling the clock. Each entry is timed individually and winners are determined by their elapsed time.

Best public viewing is from the levee on the south side of the channel. Look for RCRC’s free parking or go to the city’s barge canal access point at 2100 Jefferson Boulevard in Southport and walk to the course. Binoculars and lawn chairs are recommended.

There will be a food truck on site from North Border Taco.

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Riverfront concert: ‘a hit’, say sponsors

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 8, 2014 —

A music festival’s first time on the West Sacramento riverfront appeared to be a success.

Organizers say “TBD Fest” from Friday to Sunday in West Sacramento’s Bridge District drew about 21,000 people.  The event was formerly known as “Launch” and held annually in Sacramento.

Dozens of musical acts included headliners Moby, Empire of the Sun, and Justice. There was also food and art.

West Sacramento is trying to redevelop and show off its riverfront as a gathering place.

The event did draw noise complaints from people living nearby on both sides of the river.

Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger that his department received 16 noise complaints on Friday night and seven more on Saturday, with no figures available for Sunday.

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Open house at fire station Saturday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Fire Department invites you and your family to an open house at Station 45, 2040 Lake Washington Boulevard, from 10-2 on Saturday, Oct. 11.

There will be equipment demonstrations, a fire safety house, “Sparky” the Dalmation, a jump house and face painting for kids, children’s fingerprinting, blood pressure checks, free hot dogs and more.

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