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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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West Sac: odd/even watering days and other new rules approved

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 13, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

As California’s drought continues, the state has tightened up its rules required the City of West Sacramento to follow.

On Wednesday (Aug. 6), West Sacramento declared a “water shortage emergency, stage two.” Local residents and business owners are still being asked to cut their water use by 20 percent from last year, and a number of “voluntary” conservation measures are now becoming “mandatory.”

But staff and several city council members said at last week’s council meeting that they hope they’re not creating a culture of informing on neighbors, and a climate of punishment. They’d rather see neighbors helping each other fix faulty sprinkler systems than informing on each other.

“We will only issue penalties after the third or subsequent violation,” said Paulina Benner, the city’s environmental services manager, at the meeting. “The first two notices will simply be notices informing people of a violation.”
(Some information for this article was taken from video of that meeting.)

The city will do “outreach” informing people of the new rules – using the city “iLights” newsletter,” a printed newsletter, information in residents’ utility bills, social media and press releases,” said Benner.

She said the city government itself is trying to “lead by example.”

“We’re implementing some additional conservation measures such as drastic cutbacks in landscape irrigation and closure of our ‘splash park’ (at the city recreation center pool in Southport), and we’re reducing our street sweeping frequency,” said Benner.

She said those measures are saving over five million gallons per month, or enough to serve about 670 residents.

At Wednesday’s meeting, city officials noted that they have posted signs on street medians and other public-owned property where green grass is being allowed to go brown, explaining that the City of West Sacramento is deliberately reducing its watering.

MARK JOHANNESSEN, City Council Member   (News-Ledger file photo)

MARK JOHANNESSEN, City Council Member
(News-Ledger file photo)

Councilman Mark Johannessen acknowledged this, but added, “I know staff is making sure we at least keep the trees alive.”

Johannessen also suggested using water bills to give residents more information about their water use and about how to conserve it:

“We don’t have water meters throughout the city and there’s really no way to tell who’s using what unless you’ve got a water meter in,” said Johannessen. But he suggested letting metered homes know what they’re using and what they’re being asked to save, and telling them “here’s how you do it – you put a brick in your toilet, and those things.”

The city now has a tip line for messages about water wasters. It’s at (916) 617-4545.

Councilwoman Beverly Sandeen said she hoped the community would come together to save water:

“My hope is that when this gets announced tomorrow and subsequent days, people come together,” said Sandeen. Instead of having the first thing they do be to go to their phones to report their neighbors, they’ll actually knock on the (neighbor’s) door and say ‘Do you need help? I know how to change the timer (on your sprinkler system).’”

The new rules are:
— Using potable (drinkable) water for washing sidewalks and driveways is prohibited.
— Using potable water for washing streets and parking lots is prohibited.
— Using potable water to wash down buildings or to cool building roofs is prohibited.
— Watering of lawns or landscaping between noon and 6:00 p.m. is prohibited.
— Outdoor watering limited to an odd/even schedule. Customers with street addresses that end in an odd number may only irrigate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Customers with street addresses that end in an even number may only irrigate on Wednesday, Fridays, and Sundays. No irrigation is permitted on Mondays.
— Washing a motor vehicle using a hose without a shut-off nozzle is prohibited.
— Using drinkable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature is prohibited unless the water is part of a recirculating system.
— Using drinking water to water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff to adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots or structures is prohibited.

The suggestions become “law” on September 5, reports the city clerk.

Tip line: (916) 617-4545 (leave a message with information about water being wasted)

For more information, go to cityofwestsacramento.org/water.

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Final candidates for mayor, city council and West Sac school board:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 13, 2014 —

News-Ledger Staff

The filing period for local candidates is over. Your local ballot in November will look something like this:

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, who has held his post since 2004, will run for another two-year term. But he will draw a challenger: Narinder Hundal, has also filed papers to run for mayor in West Sacramento. The News-Ledger wasn’t immediately able to reach him for comment. Hundal is listed on the ballot as a “business owner.”

City Council incumbents Chris Ledesma and Mark Johannessen are officially running again (Johannessen just completed an unsuccessful bid for State Assembly).

Competing with them for a pair of four-year seats are Jeff Lyon and Nancy Heth-Tran.

Both were among the dozens of applicants for a vacant city council seat earlier this year. Heth-Tran lists her occupation as “energy specialist”; her application for the council vacancy earlier this year listed her employer as the California Energy Commission, and provided a residential address near Raley Field.

Lyon identified himself as a “retired government chief” who lives on 4th Street. He is a former state employee.

There are two vacant seats on the local school board, each for a four-year term.

Board member Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez, an “incumbent/teacher/parent” who lives in Southport, has filed to run again.

So did challengers Norma Alcala (who identified herself as an activist and business owner during a previous interview with the News-Ledger) and Joshua R. Alves, a “parent/education volunteer.” Both candidates live in homes on Woodhaven Lane in the north-city.

Adam Menke, a fellow board member of the Washington Unified School District, did not file to run again. That means the deadline for challengers to file was extended to August 13. (EDITOR’S NOTE: no new challengers took advantage of that extended deadline.)

Also on the West Sacramento ballot will be Measure V, a $49.8 million school bond measure meant to renovate, repair and upgrade local school facilities. School officials said this measure would cost property owners about $39 per year for every $100,000 of property value. Owners of a home assessed at $300,000, for example, would pay $117 in new taxes annually.

The measure needs 55 percent voter approval to pass.

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That ‘little urban farm’ is now selling fresh

 

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 13, 2014 —

Remember that little urban farm you read about that just sprang up at the corner of 5th and C streets in West Sacramento? You can now buy their Broderick-born produce direct at the Thursday afternoon farmers market in West Sacramento (item below). And you can also buy produce right at the farm site, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. EBT purchases can’t be accepted yet, but will be soon. The farm is sponsored by the Center for Land-Based Learning.

You can read more in our original article about the innovative farm here.

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