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‘Earth Day’ party in West Sacramento

Facepainting at last year's Earth Day event, provided by Interact Club members at River City High School (courtesy photo)

Facepainting at last year’s Earth Day event, provided by Interact Club members at River City High School (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The City of West Sacramento will host an ‘Earth Day’ party this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

The free event will include live music, food for sale, egg hunts for kids up to age 12 (from 11 to noon), a raffle, booths and vendors. Volunteers from the Interact Club at RCHS will do some face-painting.

 

(Courtesy of Rotary Club & Linda Vang, Interact Club)
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Sandeen takes a seat ———-

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 9, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Beverly Sandeen: newest member of the city council (News-Ledger photo)

Beverly Sandeen: newest member of the city council
(News-Ledger photo)

The West Sacramento City Council on Wednesday selected Beverly “Babs” Sandeen to fill the seat vacated when councilman Oscar Villegas left to serve on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. The vote was 4-0, and came after the council interviewed six finalists from among a field of 25 applicants.

Sandeen was sworn in immediately after the vote. She fills the remainder of a four-year term ending in November, 2016.

Why did Sandeen apply for the council seat?

“I feel like I can serve – and want to serve – the community,” she told the News-Ledger during a weekend interview. “I have had some training. The time is right for me professionally, as well.”

She is currently a vice chancellor (resource and economic development) for the Los Rios Community College District and president of the Los Rios Foundation.

“I am responsible for fundraising for the district,” Sandeen explained. “We have about 80,000 students.”

The post also keeps her involved in grant applications and workforce development programs.

Workforce development “is all the things we do for employers in the region,” Sandeen said. “A solar installer might come and say, ‘We need workers to install solar panels, and do you have a training program for that?’”

A resident of Southport, Sandeen is a current member of the city planning commission – arguably the most influential of the city’s commissions, and good training ground for a future city council member.

Sandeen was placed on the commission as an “at large” appointee in 2005, resigning last week to take a seat with the council. She said she enjoyed working on city master plans for the West Capitol streetscape (implementation work has already started near city hall) and the Bridge District (the city’s riverfront redevelopment project).

The Bridge District master plan “is a little different from some of the other plans,” she said.

“There’s flexibility for the property owners within that development. We don’t say ‘you have to build this here and that there.’ We weren’t that directive. It’s an overall concept.”

Sandeen said she is supportive of the city’s general direction, and of Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and the current city council. She hopes to start out on the council by helping to support work on the council’s current list of strategic priorities – stuff like flood protection, various development projects, and creating a food industry hub.

“I’ve come in and this agenda is set,” said Sandeen. “I am working to move all these policies forward. If we flood, we don’t have a West Sacramento. So that’s still really high priority.”

Sandeen said she had the sense that the other five people invited to interview for the vacant post were also excited about the city’s direction.

“Success brings success,” she commented. “People are excited and want to be part of the leadership.”

How can her management style contribute to the council?

“I think I am pretty analytical, and I’ve worked with staff enough on the planning commission,” Sandeen answered. “It’s about trying to understand all the pieces going into the staff report, and asking all the pertinent questions. I read the reports and try to ask the questions. I try to understand the purpose of things, and ask ‘is this the most important thing we can be doing now?’”

Sandeen and her husband moved to West Sacramento in 2002. She grew up in Southern California, graduating from UC Irvine and also getting her doctorate in Social Ecology from UCI.

“Social ecology”?

“That’s the study of human environment, and it’s very action-oriented,” she explained. “My work was on what happens when older people lose their mobility and lose their driver’s license in a suburban environment. No one had really studied that, and this whole cohort of older adults could have been only driving their whole lives.”

She’s a member of the Centennial Rotary Club in West Sacramento, and a board member of the Yolo Community Foundation, which raises money to support Yolo causes.

Last year, she received the “Civic Leadership Award for Service” from Mayor Christopher Cabaldon as part of the “State of the City” festivities.

Sandeen said she hasn’t decided whether to run for another council term when her seat expires late in 2016, and hasn’t thought about pursuing higher office.

“Right now, I am just applying for this two-and-a-half-year seat, and I have put a lot of pressure on myself to do the best job I can. I just love West Sac. I have ‘WS Babs’ on my license plate!”

 

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New: if you can’t find a book at library, have them ‘zip it’ to you from Amazon

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — April 9, 2014 —

“Zip Books” arrives tomorrow (April 10).

Starting April 10, a cardholder unable to find a particular print book in the Yolo County library system can make a “Zip Book” request, and the library will attempt to buy a copy at Amazon and have it shipped straight to the cardholder’s address. When finished with the book, the customer can just return it to the service desk at the library for special processing. The new book may then become part of the library’s collection.

The service is made possible by a grant from the California State Library, and is available to cardholders with less than $10 in overdue fines. Start your book search at www.yolocounty.org.

 

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RCHS Raiders take to the big ballpark

RUBEN SALAS pitched four innings for the River City High squad, contributing to the shut-out victory.  (Photo by Selena Cazares/River City High School Journalism Program)

RUBEN SALAS pitched four innings for the River City High squad, contributing to the shut-out victory. (Photo by Selena Cazares/River City High School Journalism Program)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 9, 2014 —

By Austin Miller
River City High School Journalism Class

“It felt amazing. The atmosphere was unbelievable.” said team captain, senior shortstop Alex Dodd. He and his River City High School baseball team had just finished playing a game under the lights of Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats.

Last Thursday, River City played a night game against West Campus High School at Raley Field. Fundraising by both teams gave them the opportunity to play a night game on the professional field, and the experience the field brought to the players was unlike any other.

“So many people cheering you on,” continued Alex, “It gave me chills knowing that all of those people were there to watch River City.”

Kevin Burkes, senior outfielder, also added that “seeing our fans and community all there to show their Raider pride was my favorite part of the game, and also being able to experience the feeling of playing on a big league field.”

The feeling of playing on a professional field, with a crowd of people cheering you on, is unreal. It makes the game that much more exciting and that much more intense. Thursday’s game gave our team a glimpse of the pro-ball atmosphere, and in that one-of-a-kind atmosphere, River City came to play.

For the entirety of the game, the River City pitching staff was in control, allowing their defense to make the routine plays as well as creating some strike-outs of their own. All three pitchers put together a shutout for the team.

Ruben “Chito” Salas started 4 innings for River City.  Jake Pridmore made a relief appearance pitching a 3 and two-thirds innings. Lorenzo Pineda closed the game, getting a final out.

With RBI’s from Austin Miller, Eric Beall, and Isac Tacdol, River City came out on top, 3-0. Isac himself also had 3 stolen bases that game, but noted that his favorite part of the game was “winning to get our seniors a ‘hoorah’ in a big game like this one for their last year.” Smart offensive play along with timely hitting allowed River City to earn that win for its seniors.

A special moment for the seniors, however, occurred during the 7th inning. After getting the second out of the inning, Jake Pridmore was met on the mound by the rest of the senior players on the team. As Lorenzo came in from the bullpen to close the game, the seniors walked off the field together to a standing ovation from the crowd.

“It was pretty emotional knowing that all of us seniors will be gone after this year. This is it! It hit me when we went to go take Pridmore off the mound, who pitched a great game by the way,” said Alex.

The game itself was special to the coaching staff as well. Head Coach Alec Smith explained that “It felt amazing [bringing the players to Raley Field]. I am so happy our young men got the chance to experience playing on one of the best fields in all of the state of California, under the lights, with music and a great atmosphere.”

Coach Alec also noted that he hopes the team takes away “the fun part of it [the game].” I want my young men to learn to compete and have fun while executing at a high level.” What this game proves is that River City Baseball can do just that. If the team can continue to play the kind of ball it did tonight, then there are high hopes for the rest of the season.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: Raley Field — home of the River Cats minor league baseball team — opens its field up to play for regional high school teams as part of an annual program.

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Drop off unwanted prescription drugs — responsibly & anonymously — on April 26

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Get rid of those expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs – safely and responsibly.

The West Sacramento Police Department and federal Drug Enforcement Administration will sponsor a prescription drug drop-off day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the police station, 550 Jefferson Blvd.

Drop off your old prescription drugs anonymously, no questions asked. Free.

Local police advise that flushing drugs down the toilet or tossing them in the trash both pose a potential health and safety hazard.

[adrotate group=”9″]   For other guidance on how to properly get rid of old prescription drugs, visit www.DontRushToFlush.org.

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West Sac Rotarians head south of the border for building project

Volunteer Rotarians from West Sacramento and Winters framing the house during a Rotary International house building project March 14-21 in the hills near Tijuana. A family of four is now living in the house.  (Click to enlarge. Photo courtesy of Bill Bevier/Rotary)

Volunteer Rotarians from West Sacramento and Winters framing the house during a Rotary International house building project March 14-21 in the hills near Tijuana. A family of four is now living in the house. (Click to enlarge. Photo courtesy of Bill Bevier/Rotary)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 2, 2014 —

By Rotary Club of West Sacramento members Carol Bogart, Ken Wilson and Peter Anderson, with Rotary District 5180 Assistant Governor Judy Foote.

Four members of the Rotary Club of West Sacramento – President Mike Campbell, President-Elect Ken Wilson 2014-2015, Bill Bevier and Paul Kolarik – were joined in Tijuana, Mexico March 14 through March 21 by Winters Rotary Club member Cecil Padilla. The group’s mission: Build a house for Ricardo and Sara Vargas and their two children.

A resident pig seems to supervise the construction project. Click to enlarge. (Photo by Bill Bevier/Rotary)

A resident pig seems to supervise the construction project. Click to enlarge. (Photo by Bill Bevier/Rotary)

The Rotarians and a handful of other volunteers, some as young as 18, slept in tents during the project. Wilson said, “The tent was great, but it was very cold in the mornings.” Nighttime and early morning temperatures were in the 40s.

Although Mexico can be hot when the sun is high, only once did the daytime temperature approach 100 degrees. The construction crew benefited from daytime temperatures that largely were in the 70s.

Local professionals hired by the Rotarians poured a level concrete slab for the two-room house. Perched on the side of a steep incline, the finished house will have views of the city below and the distant mountains.

Sometimes balanced on a sawhorse wedged between the back wall of the house and the hill, the Rotarians framed walls with openings for windows. Then, they added a slanted roof. Tarpaper and chicken wired tightened up the framing. The chicken wire supported two coats of stucco.

The Vargas family owns the land – a condition for ownership of the house. The Vargas family could finish the interior of the house and paint the stucco once it dried. Built into the side of a hill, the house will last 10 to 15 years.

While in Mexico volunteering for Rotary International, the Yolo County Rotarians visited a cancer hospital founded by two young men, cancer patients who eventually lost their lives to cancer. The group also visited an orphanage.

RIGHT: Mike Campbell, Rotary Club of West Sacramento President, receives a grateful hug from Sara Vargas. Click to enlarge.  (Photo by Bill Bevier)

RIGHT: Mike Campbell, Rotary Club of West Sacramento President, receives a grateful hug from Sara Vargas. Click to enlarge.
(Photo by Bill Bevier)

Over spring break, student volunteers from various colleges will be arriving at the site to build more houses for thankful families.

Before the Vargas family got its new house, the four were subsisting in a tiny hovel made of salvaged materials from a dump. Padilla gave the mother the first of four blankets, Wilson says, and when he did, “she was so thankful she cried and cried.”

As the volunteers told the gathered Rotarians about their trip, it was clear these men found the family’s gratitude very moving.

For more information about Rotary International’s worldwide projects and missions, visit www.rotary5180.org. For information about Rotary Club of West Sacramento (one of two local chapters), go to www.rotaryclubofwestsacramento.org or look for the club on Facebook.

With Tijuana in the background, the happy Vargas family poses for a photo with the Rotary volunteers who built their new house. LEFT TO RIGHT: Rotary Club of West Sacramento members Bill Bevier and Paul Kolarik; West Sacramento Rotary President-elect Ken Wilson holding one of four blankets the group gave the family; the Vargas daughters, Winters Rotary Club member Cecil “Pancho” Padilla, Sara Vargas and Rotary Club of West Sacramento President Mike Campbell. Two donated blankets were made by members of the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at West Sacramento’s River City High School in West Sacramento.  Click to enlarge.  (Photo by Ricardo Vargas)

With Tijuana in the background, the happy Vargas family poses for a photo with the Rotary volunteers who built their new house. LEFT TO RIGHT: Rotary Club of West Sacramento members Bill Bevier and Paul Kolarik; West Sacramento Rotary President-elect Ken Wilson holding one of four blankets the group gave the family; the Vargas daughters, Winters Rotary Club member Cecil “Pancho” Padilla, Sara Vargas and Rotary Club of West Sacramento President Mike Campbell. Two donated blankets were made by members of the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at West Sacramento’s River City High School in West Sacramento. Click to enlarge.
(Photo by Ricardo Vargas)

 

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Upcoming freeway project may cause trouble on West Sac city streets

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 2, 2014 —

West Sacramento officials expect planned freeway repairs in Sacramento to create a traffic impact on key West Sacramento roadways.

“Caltrans plans to replace the top deck on a segment of Highway 50 between 18th and 24th streets in Sacramento, a segment often identified as the ‘W-X freeway,’” reports city spokesman Art Schroeder.

It’s a key east-west connection in Sacramento.

Work will run from April 22 to about June 25.

[adrotate group=”9″]   It starts with construction on the eastbound lanes from April 22 to May 21, with three eastbound lanes (and all westbound lanes, onramps and offramps) remaining open.

From May 22 through the Memorial Day weekend May 24-26), all eastbound ramps and lanes reopen.

From May 27 to the completion date, work will proceed on the westbound side, with three westbound lanes (and all eastbound ones) open.

Local officials believe the work will cause traffic spillover onto other freeways as well as certain boulevards in West Sacramento. Those include Jefferson Boulevard, Harbor Boulevard, 5th Street, Tower Bridge Gateway and West Capitol Avenue.  Schroeder asked local motorists to drive patiently and consider mass transit, carpools, adjusted work schedules or working from home when possible during the course of the project.

West Sacramento asked Caltrans officials to delay the project until after kids are out of school in June, but Caltrans responded that it couldn’t.

West Sacramento has also asked Caltrans to reimburse the area’s businesses for losses incurred as traffic avoids U.S. 50.

For project information, visit www.fix50.com.

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