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Cyclocross — a bike sport involving mud and obstacles — comes to West Sac riverfronton Sept 6

  West Sacramento’s Jack Hargrove, 13, trains for next month’s cyclocross event near the ziggurat.  Cyclocross bikes are related to road racing bikes but with bigger tires and other adaptations. Competitors must often carry their bikes over obstacles and impassable terrain on a cyclocross course.  (Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba.)

West Sacramento’s Jack Hargrove, 13, trains for next month’s cyclocross event near the ziggurat. Cyclocross bikes are related to road racing bikes but with bigger tires and other adaptations. Competitors must often carry their bikes over obstacles and impassable terrain on a cyclocross course. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Namba.)

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 27, 2014 —

FOOD TRUCKS, BEER FOR SALE AND LIVE MUSIC ALSO AT THE SITE NEAR THE ‘ZIGGURAT’ BUILDING —

The sport of “cyclocross” is coming to the West Sacramento riverfront on Sept 6.

West Sacramento’s Matthew Hargrove joined with the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce in announcing that bicycle racers of all levels are invited to sign up for the action, which begins at 10:15 a.m. at 651 Second Street, along the Riverwalk Park.

Cyclocross “is a form of bicycle racing where competitors race laps around a course featuring grass, dirt, mud, gravel, sand and obstacles.” Winners are determined by elapsed time.

The inaugural West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix will take place on a closed course between the I Street and Tower bridges. Over 250 competitors are expected, and will give out cash and prizes for winners. There will be beginner’s races and “professional/expert” races.

Admission is free to spectators. There will be a pair of local bands, “Pets” and “Sneeze Attack!,” performing throughout the day, as well as food and drinks for sale from Bike Dog Brewery, DogTown and California Love Truck.

Sponsors include Cedaron.

To register, visit https://timeyourrace.com/GCX/RegMain.asp.

For more information, contact Hargrove at (916) 248-9533 or matthewhargrove@msn.com, or Meaghan Pierelli at 371-7042 or Meaghan@mail.westsacramentochamber.com.

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Extra household goods? Donate them to charity on September 6-7

Mike McFeely with the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store truck (photo courtesy of Paul Starkey)

Mike McFeely with the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store truck (photo courtesy of Paul Starkey)

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 20, 2014 —

The St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store truck will be accepting donations at the Our Lady of Grace Church parking lot on Saturday, September 6 from 2 p.m. till 6 p.m. and on Sunday, September 7 from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m.

This event is at 911 Park Blvd., West Sacramento.

Organizers will accept bric-a-brac, household goods, clothing, books, bedding and linens, small appliances and furniture (no entertainment units, no used car seats and no large appliances, please).

For more information, call Mike at 372-9641.

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Man posed as cop, helped girlfriend rob her ‘johns’

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 27, 2014 —

A West Sacramento man and his girlfriend are facing prison for a pair of robberies in which the woman solicited prostitution from the victims, and the man showed up to rob them.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, the robberies took place in the summer of 2012. Alicia Ortega offered her services as a prostitute to the victims, and her boyfriend Roberto Montalvo “would then arrive and flash a badge and represent himself as a police officer.”

The pair would then take the victims’ money.

Ortega pled to one count of robbery in exchange for a ten-year sentence.

Montalvo, 53, was convicted on Aug. 15 by a jury, which found him guilty on robbery and drug charges as well as “impersonating a police officer.” He had prior convictions for aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery from the state of Illinois.

Montalvo will be sentenced by Judge David Reed on Sept. 17. He faces up to a life sentence in state prison

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The News-Ledger found one ‘Police Log’ item in its archives that is most likely related to this case. This item from 2012 reads:

“June 17 (2012) 2:09 a.m.

A male and female impersonated police officers to get into a room at a motel on the 1900-block of West Capitol, then stole $150 in cash from the North Highlands man in the room.”

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West Sac’s supervisor says this region played big role in shaping state water bond

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 20, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas says this region played a big role in deciding what to keep and what to throw away as the upcoming $7.2 billion state water bond was drafted for the November ballot.  Villegas, who represents Clarksburg and most of West Sacramento, joined fellow Yolo supervisor Jim Provenza in a subcommittee that worked with other regional and state officials on the bond.

NEWS-LEDGER -- AUG 20, 2014 -- By Steve Marschke News-Ledger Editor   Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas says this region played a big role in deciding what to keep and what to throw away as the upcoming $7.2 billion state water bond was drafted for the November ballot.  Villegas, who represents Clarksburg and most of West Sacramento, joined fellow Yolo supervisor Jim Provenza in a subcommittee that worked with other regional and state officials on the bond. OSCAR VILLEGAS, Yolo County Supervisor from West Sacramento (News-Ledger file photo)     OSCAR VILLEGAS,     Yolo County Supervisor from West Sacramento (News-Ledger file photo)   “Yolo County was intimately involved in the negotiations of what the bond ought to look like,” he told the News-Ledger on Monday. “We were representing Yolo County on a coalition of Delta counties. There are five counties actively involved in protecting the Delta.”   This coalition worked with state senators Darrell Steinberg and Lois Wolk and others officials involved in the process.   “There was a frenzy of activity in the last week as the deadline approached and there was a need to get something before the governor,” said Villegas.”   So what’s in the bond? What will voters be funding if they pass it?   “There’s a series of different things,” said Villegas. “The biggest is water storage, which I think everybody agrees is a huge need. It will (also) go for water recycling, groundwater cleanup, restoration in the Delta and for flood protection.”   Also important is what isn’t in it, said Villegas. He feels that the water bond, as drafted, will avoid funding the controversial “tunnels” project meant to ship water from the Delta area to Southern California.   “We did not want this bond to be used for that,” Villegas said. So the tunnel plan remains alive, but separate.   “The other thing we pushed for was funding for the Delta Conservancy,” he added. “This involves restoration work needed in the Delta, for the health of the Delta habitat as well as for the levees. Another thing I think is critical is that there is language included for agricultural sustainability. There is so much ag land in Yolo that is going to be affected by the redistribution of water. Bond funds could be used for ag sustainability.”   Villegas said he agrees with Senator Wolk’s view that the bill “is not perfect, but it’s a lot better than what we had.” And he recommends a “yes” vote on it in November, saying it will help the area’s farming, flood protection and water supply.   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-Ledger 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 2014

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 20, 2014 —
By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor
Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas says this region played a big role in deciding what to keep and what to throw away as the upcoming $7.2 billion state water bond was drafted for the November ballot. Villegas, who represents Clarksburg and most of West Sacramento, joined fellow Yolo supervisor Jim Provenza in a subcommittee that worked with other regional and state officials on the bond.
OSCAR VILLEGAS, Yolo County Supervisor from West Sacramento (News-Ledger file photo)
OSCAR VILLEGAS,
Yolo County Supervisor from West Sacramento (News-Ledger file photo)
“Yolo County was intimately involved in the negotiations of what the bond ought to look like,” he told the News-Ledger on Monday. “We were representing Yolo County on a coalition of Delta counties. There are five counties actively involved in protecting the Delta.”
This coalition worked with state senators Darrell Steinberg and Lois Wolk and others officials involved in the process.
“There was a frenzy of activity in the last week as the deadline approached and there was a need to get something before the governor,” said Villegas.”
So what’s in the bond? What will voters be funding if they pass it?
“There’s a series of different things,” said Villegas. “The biggest is water storage, which I think everybody agrees is a huge need. It will (also) go for water recycling, groundwater cleanup, restoration in the Delta and for flood protection.”
Also important is what isn’t in it, said Villegas. He feels that the water bond, as drafted, will avoid funding the controversial “tunnels” project meant to ship water from the Delta area to Southern California.
“We did not want this bond to be used for that,” Villegas said. So the tunnel plan remains alive, but separate.
“The other thing we pushed for was funding for the Delta Conservancy,” he added. “This involves restoration work needed in the Delta, for the health of the Delta habitat as well as for the levees. Another thing I think is critical is that there is language included for agricultural sustainability. There is so much ag land in Yolo that is going to be affected by the redistribution of water. Bond funds could be used for ag sustainability.”
Villegas said he agrees with Senator Wolk’s view that the bill “is not perfect, but it’s a lot better than what we had.” And he recommends a “yes” vote on it in November, saying it will help the area’s farming, flood protection and water supply.
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“Yolo County was intimately involved in the negotiations of what the bond ought to look like,” he told the News-Ledger on Monday. “We were representing Yolo County on a coalition of Delta counties. There are five counties actively involved in protecting the Delta.”

This coalition worked with state senators Darrell Steinberg and Lois Wolk and others officials involved in the process.

“There was a frenzy of activity in the last week as the deadline approached and there was a need to get something before the governor,” said Villegas.”

So what’s in the bond? What will voters be funding if they pass it?

“There’s a series of different things,” said Villegas. “The biggest is water storage, which I think everybody agrees is a huge need. It will (also) go for water recycling, groundwater cleanup, restoration in the Delta and for flood protection.”

Also important is what isn’t in it, said Villegas. He feels that the water bond, as drafted, will avoid funding the controversial “tunnels” project meant to ship water from the Delta area to Southern California.

“We did not want this bond to be used for that,” Villegas said. So the tunnel plan remains alive, but separate.

“The other thing we pushed for was funding for the Delta Conservancy,” he added. “This involves restoration work needed in the Delta, for the health of the Delta habitat as well as for the levees. Another thing I think is critical is that there is language included for agricultural sustainability. There is so much ag land in Yolo that is going to be affected by the redistribution of water. Bond funds could be used for ag sustainability.”

Villegas said he agrees with Senator Wolk’s view that the bill “is not perfect, but it’s a lot better than what we had.” And he recommends a “yes” vote on it in November, saying it will help the area’s farming, flood protection and water supply.

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Raley’s chain settles hazardous material handling lawsuit

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 25, 2014 —

The West Sacramento-based Raley’s supermarket chain has agreed to pay about $1.6 million in civil penalties, costs and to support environmental projects as part of the settlement of a civil lawsuit alleging it improperly transported and disposed of pharmaceutical waste and retail hazardous waste.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, the lawsuit also alleged that the company didn’t properly protect the confidentiality of its drug customers. Said Reisig in a press release:

“Raley’s has been a valued merchant in Yolo County for many years. Raley’s has cooperated with the prosecution team throughout the investigation into their unlawful practices.”

The Yolo district attorney’s office was one of 26 such offices to join in the lawsuit, filed in San Joaquin County. The lawsuit alleged that more than 130 Raley’s stores improperly sent pharmaceutical waste and other hazardous waste to trash bins and landfills. The settlement agreement includes new controls on how the company disposes of such things in the future.

As part of the settlement, Raley’s has agreed to purchase five mobile freshwater purification systems to be used to provide safe drinking water to California communities in an emergency or in times of need. The systems will be housed in Placer, El Dorado, Sonoma, Sacramento and Contra Costa Counties, but will be available for use in other counties.

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Human remains found near West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 20, 2014 —

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department is looking into the discovery of some possible human remains Friday morning (Aug. 15) along the muddy riverfront of the Sacramento River near County Road 127.

A citizen noticed the teeth and a few other small bones in the area north of West Sacramento at about 11 a.m.

A sheriff’s department boat and coroner’s office investigators responded.

Further information was not immediately available.

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‘All Charities Raffle’ is back: West Sac groups selling $10 tickets

A previous year's raffle ticket art by West Sacramento's Jahn Kloss

A previous year’s raffle ticket art by West Sacramento’s Jahn Kloss

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — 

The annual “All Charities Raffle” has formed again under the “mother ship” of the West Sacramento Foundation this year. Many local sports leagues and nonprofits are participating. They’re selling $10 raffle tickets (each group gets to keep $9 from each ticket) and ticket buyers will have a chance to win any of a big list of prizes, at a raffle later this fall.

Prizes include a week-long stay in a condo in Puerto Rico, a week at a Puerto Rico condo, use of a large house on Lake Eaglebright, a $500 shopping spree at Ikea, use of a 20-person luxury suite at a River Cats game, a free Whitey’s Jolly Kone hamburger combo every day for a year, a big screen TV, a personal brewing session at Yolo Brewery and more.

One of the participating charities, the West Sacramento Historical Society, is using its ticket proceeds to fund the preservation of News-Ledger archives on microfilm or digital media. They’re at 374-1849.

For more raffle information, contact your favorite local charity or visit www.westsacfoundation.org.

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