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Days are numbered for I Street Bridge

The historic I Street Bridge serves train traffic on the lower level and autos and pedestrians above. It's at the end of its lifespan, and is slated to be replaced by a new bridge slightly to the north, connecting West Sacramento's "Washington" area to the Sacramento Railyards region. (News-Ledger photo)

The historic I Street Bridge serves train traffic on the lower level and autos and pedestrians above. It’s at the end of its lifespan, and is slated to be replaced by a new bridge slightly to the north, connecting West Sacramento’s “Washington” area to the Sacramento Railyards region. (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 12, 2014 —

Plans to replace the 103-year old I Street Bridge continue to march forward.

West Sacramento’s city council voted March 5  to approve an agreement with Sacramento to move forward with preliminary engineering on a new bridge to be sited just a little to the north of the skinny old “swing” bridge.

The existing bridge lands at I Street in Sacramento and on C Street in West Sacramento With a single lane in each direction, the steel bridge often feels to motorists like it’s dangerously narrow. More than once, cars and trucks have scraped as they passed in opposite directions over the Sacramento River.

The planned new bridge site is planned to better synchronize with Sacramento’s “Railyards” project and West Sacramento’s plans for its “Washington” area. It would be a movable span with more lanes for traffic, bikes and pedestrians, and possibly a streetcar.

Sacramento and West Sacramento have agreed to contribute $350,000 each towards a preliminary engineering and environmental review. The cities have selected Mark Thomas and Company as consultant.

The cities expect federal sources to pick up most of the eventual costs of the new bridge. Earlier estimates pegged that cost at around $86 million.

“The current schedule, depending upon funding availability through Caltrans, forecasts the construction of the bridge to occur in 2019-2020,” said a recent West Sacramento city staff report.

 

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Raider girls win their home tourney

River City High School's girls varsity soccer team after their home tournament victory (courtesy photo)

River City High School’s girls varsity soccer team after their home tournament victory (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 12, 2014 —

River City High School’s girls soccer team won its “Raider Cup Classic” tournament held Feb. 28 and March 1.

The rainy-weekend victory came over 11 visiting varsity teams from Summerville to Nevada Union.

The Raiders faced Armijo High in the finals on Saturday. It was a game of “continuous action,” reports RCHS coach Kamal Singh, with River City prevailing 2-0.

The Raider varsity was anchored on the offense by Jaylem Crim and Keionna Claypoole; in the midfield by Andrea Salcedo, Taylor Martin and Crystal Carroll; and on defense by Annie Wampler, Valeria Salcedo, Marinna Vigil, Melissa Whitesell, Dianerick Ramirez and goalkeeper Erin Delany.

The Raiders defense yielded zero goals during the whole tournament, helping to win its preliminary tournament matches 5-0, 7-0 and 1-0.
The team lost sophomore starting center Hildelice Medina to a season-ending knee injury in the second game.

“You learn to make adjustments,” said Coach Kamal Singh later. “Soccer is a team sport, and I told the girls they had to step up to fill the void of not having Hildelice. (Winning) this tournament was no accident. These girls have been training hard and wanted to win this tournament and make River City Girls Soccer history.”

The team is off to a 7-0 start to its season.

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Bridge and water plant get new names: local civic leaders are honored

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 12, 2014 —

A couple of key pieces of West Sacramento infrastructure were officially named after local leaders last week. The names were approved by the West Sacramento City Council on Wednesday for:

—  “The George Kristoff Water Plant,” formerly known as the Bryte Bend Water Treatment plant. This facility sits on the city’s northern riverbank and has served as the city’s drinking water plant in 1988.

It has been named after the late George Kristoff, who helped govern the region before cityhood by serving on the East Yolo Community Services District Board. Kristoff was also a member of “People for Better Water,” which succeeded in “wresting the water system from a private purveyor that was more interested in making a profit than providing high quality water to the residents,” according to a city staff report.

Kristoff and his group helped pass a bond measure to build the plant, and helped secure rights to the use of river water to supply the town. He is the father of current city councilman Bill Kristoff.

MICHAEL McGOWAN: West Sac's new bridge at South River Road will bear the name of this longtime public official (courtesy photo)

MICHAEL McGOWAN: West Sac’s new bridge at South River Road will bear the name of this longtime public official (courtesy photo)

—  “The Michael McGowan Bridge” will be the name for the new crossing now under construction at South River Road and the barge canal. The bridge is expected to be finished in November, and will help better connect Southport, the “Pioneer Bluffs” area and the freeway.

It is named after current (and longtime) West Sacramentan Mike McGowan, who recently left a post on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in order to accept a governor’s appointment with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

McGowan has also been a member of the West Sacramento City Council (where he served as the city’s first mayor) and on the commission that governs the local port.

“Naming a crossing after Mike commemorates Mike’s unique ability to provide solid connections and cross over obstacles,” said a city report advocating for the bridge naming.

Computer rendering of the planned new bridge at South River Road -- which will bear the name of former West Sacramento city councilman and Yolo County Supervisor Michael McGowan. The bridge is expected to complete in November of 2014. (courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

Computer rendering of the planned new bridge at South River Road — which will bear the name of former West Sacramento city councilman and Yolo County Supervisor Michael McGowan. The bridge is expected to complete in November of 2014. (courtesy of City of West Sacramento)

The two naming proposals were approved by a 4-0 vote by the council.

 

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Meth-related arrests in central & northern West Sacramento

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento police joined an FBI “Safe Streets Task Force” and other agencies to serve arrest warrants last week on four “known Norteno street gang members” for sale of methamphetamine and other criminal activity, according to Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the W.S.P.D.

The warrants were served at about 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4.

Other agencies involved included the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Highway Patrol, Sacramento Police Department and Davis Police Department.

Arrested were three West Sacramento man and one man from North Highlands. They were:

— Richard Mancha, 29, of West Sacramento. An arrest report viewed by the News-Ledger shows Mancha was picked up by police at a home at 728 Yolo Street. Officers say they found methamphetamine in quantities large enough to be “for sale,” scales, packaging and gang paraphernalia.

— Richard Posado, a 28-year old from West Sacramento. An arrest report said that Posada was picked up at 1729 Merkley Avenue.

— Ricardo Garza, 37, who was arrested during a warrant service at 731 Beardsley Drive. Police say they found there “methamphetamine for sale, cocaine for sale, marijuana for sale, honey oil concentrated cannabis and a honey oil manufacturing operation,” along with drug packaging equipment.

— Robert Sanchez, 37, of North Highlands.

The arrest warrants followed “a long-term FBI Safe Streets Task Force and West Sacramento Police Department investigation into the sales of methamphetamine in West Sacramento,” said Sockman in a press release.

 

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Grand opening of new Bridge District park & city water pump station

The water pump station at the new park on Ballpark Drive is usually off-limits to visitors -- although you can peek inside from one of several “portholes” in the building’s wall. Above, visitors stroll the workings during Friday’s grand opening at the park. The adjacent water tank is lit up at night with colorful strips of LED lights, which are relatively energy efficient. You can see the decorations from the nearby freeway. (News-Ledger photo)

The water pump station at the new park on Ballpark Drive is usually off-limits to visitors — although you can peek inside from one of several “portholes” in the building’s wall. Above, visitors stroll the workings during Friday’s grand opening at the park.
The adjacent water tank is lit up at night with colorful strips of LED lights, which are relatively energy efficient. You can see the decorations from the nearby freeway.
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 5, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento officials cut the ribbon Friday morning on a new neighborhood park and water storage facility.

The Jerome D. Barry Park is located on Ballpark Drive next to the Ironworks subdivision and near Raley Field. It’s named after a man who straddled the 19th and 20th centuries in West Sacramento, playing professional baseball in his youth and then serving as a local justice of the peace from 1913-1925 in the “Washington Township” of northeastern West Sacramento.

 Thom Lewis President of the West Sacramento Historical Society (News-Ledger photo)

Thom Lewis
President of the West Sacramento Historical Society
(News-Ledger photo)

The park name was proposed by the West Sacramento Historical Society, represented at Friday’s celebration by its president, Thom Lewis. Lewis said of Jerome Barry:

“In his remarkable life, he was a justice of the peace in Washington Township, he was a foreman for Southern Pacific and he pitched for the Sacramento Altas,” as well as serving as a volunteer fighter and as a judge.

Drizzly weather pushed most of the park celebration indoors – into the spanking new water pump station located next to the little park.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon used his public remarks to tout the city’s redevelopment of the surrounding “Bridge District” area into a new urban place that will feature housing opportunities to suit different preferences and different stages of life. He now lives in a townhome in the adjacent Ironworks subdivision.

 Mayor Christopher Cabaldon: neighbor of the new park (News-Ledger photo)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon: neighbor of the new park
(News-Ledger photo)

“As we build more urban homes,” said Cabaldon, “we need more open spaces as well – more opportunities for recreation, for reflection, and for dogs to run.”

He thanked State of California officials for chipping in $23 million to help ready the infrastructure in the Bridge District. The state was represented at the grand opening by Anna Caballero, Secretary of Business, Consumer Services and Housing under Governor Jerry Brown.

Caballero praised the city’s work in the Bridge District. She also delivered a message about drought and water conservation, saying the governor had charged his department heads with promoting water conservation at every public opportunity.

“It could rain almost every other day between now and May,” said Caballero, and we still wouldn’t be out of the drought. The governor has asked us all to reduce our water use by 20 percent.”

“This project,” she noted of the park and water pump station, “captures rain water.”

The pump house’s wing-shaped roofs indeed are designed to catch rain water and save it for irrigation.

Other speakers at Friday’s event included City Manager MartinTuttle, Ironworks homeowners association president Ron Price and city parks commission member Bernadette Austin.

For more information about the park, see the News-Ledger’s February 26 report, now available online here.

Officials & guests at the Jerome D. Barry Park,  809 Ballpark Drive.  LEFT TO RIGHT: members of the Barry family, including Linda and Brian Barry and Candace Barry Curtis; City Project Manager Vin Cay; Parks & Community Services Commission Chair Bernadette Austin; Yolo County Supervisor and former City Council member Oscar Villegas; Anna M. Caballero, Secretary, California Business, Community Services & Housing Dept. and Eugene Lee, Chief, Infill Infrastructure Grant & Transit-Oriented Development Housing Programs; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; Ron Price, Ironworks Home Owners Association; and Martin Tuttle, West Sacramento City Manager.  (Photo courtesy of Art Schroeder/City of West Sacramento)

Officials & guests at the Jerome D. Barry Park, 809 Ballpark Drive.
LEFT TO RIGHT: members of the Barry family, including Linda and Brian Barry and Candace Barry Curtis; City Project Manager Vin Cay; Parks & Community Services Commission Chair Bernadette Austin; Yolo County Supervisor and former City Council member Oscar Villegas; Anna M. Caballero, Secretary, California Business, Community Services & Housing Dept. and Eugene Lee, Chief, Infill Infrastructure Grant & Transit-Oriented Development Housing Programs; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; Ron Price, Ironworks Home Owners Association; and Martin Tuttle, West Sacramento City Manager. (Photo courtesy of Art Schroeder/City of West Sacramento)

 

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‘Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Center’ in Yolo County changes its name

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 19, 2014 —

The “Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center” in Yolo County has changed its name to “Empower Yolo,” a spokesperson reports.

“This change is intended to more effectively encompass our philosophy of service, comprehensive programs and geographical reach of services offered by our agency – with an emphasis on the less-recognized, unincorporated areas of Yolo County,” said Diana Stantz, director of community relations. “While the name of the agency has changed, our philosophy and services have not.”

Empower Yolo is a nonprofit dedicated to the intervention, prevention, and elimination of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking and child abuse in Yolo County, she added.

For more information on Empower Yolo, visit  www.empoweryolo.org.

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S.A.T. practice test for local teens

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

College-bound students may take a practice SAT test at noon on March 22 at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue. Visit the library or call 375-6465 to sign up.

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