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River Cats: winning season comes to end without playoff berth

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 3, 2014 —

From the River Cats

The Sacramento River Cats’ (79-65) season came to an end on Monday afternoon as they fell to the Reno Aces (81-63) by a score of 2-1 in ten innings at Raley Field, failing to make the playoffs for the second-consecutive season. Reno advances to their second playoff berth in the last three years and will play the Las Vegas 51s in a five-game series in the Pacific Conference Championship starting Wednesday in Las Vegas.

The River Cats had an opportunity in tenth inning to do some damage with runners on first and second with one out, but an inning-ending double play by Daric Barton ended the threat and the game.

Sacramento right-handed starter Arnold Leon (10-7, 4.97 ERA) pitched admirably in the regular-season finale, giving up just one run on five hits and one walk while striking out three in a no-decision. Seth Frankoff and Phil Humber each pitched a shutout inning with a strikeout.McBryde took the loss.

Peterson ended the game 2-for-4 with a run and Barton finished 1-for-3 with two walks for the River Cats.

The River Cats finished 2014 with their twelfth-consecutive winning season and 14th winning season in franchise history. Sacramento also led the Pacific Coast league in average attendance (8,578) and total attendance (617,627) for the second-straight season.

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New use for old docks? West Sac looks at updating Raley’s dock, rice mill pier

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 23, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento city staff have begun plans to upgrade and rehabilitate a couple of the town’s connections with the Sacramento River. At a September 9 public meeting, about a dozen members of the public showed up to listen to staff’s ideas, and share the

  The ‘old’ dock at Raley’s Landing. Accessed from a ramp behind the ziggurat building, it faced Old Sacramento across the Sacramento River. Formerly home to a paddlewheeler and used as a ‘water taxi’ stop, the location may again start to draw boaters. This shot shows the former downstream end of the dock; a row of disused pilings now stands ready to be reused to the upstream (left) side of the photo.    (photo from City of West Sacramento)

The ‘old’ dock at Raley’s Landing. Accessed from a ramp behind the ziggurat building, it faced Old Sacramento across the Sacramento River. Formerly home to a paddlewheeler and used as a ‘water taxi’ stop, the location may again start to draw boaters. This shot shows the former downstream end of the dock; a row of disused pilings now stands ready to be reused to the upstream (left) side of the photo. (photo from City of West Sacramento)

ir own, about the Raley’s dock and the Rice Mill Pier.

The “Raley’s Landing” dock was dismantled by the city almost two years ago after deteriorating into a navigational hazard. Accessed by a ramp behind the ziggurat building, north of the Tower Bridge, the dock was formerly a home for the paddleboat “Elizabeth Louise” and later as a stop for the “River Otter Taxi Service.” It was originally built as a private dock for the Raley’s corporation, founded by the late Tom Raley.

The City of West Sacramento now has a lease from the State Lands Commission for use of the dock and gangway.

Tentative plans call for the dock to be rebuilt to modern, disability-compliant standards, and provide a lighted spot for public boats to dock temporarily. Construction would use existing pilings and new concrete floats. With a 430-foot overall length, the new dock would include a berthing dock (downstream) that is 60 feet long and 25 feet wide, and an upriver stretch that’s 370 feet long and eight feet wide.

Further downriver is the site of the existing – but closed and fenced-off – “Rice Mill Pier,” which juts onto the Sacramento River in West Sacramento’s Bridge District. According to a city staff report, a rice storage and milling facility was built at this waterfront (not far north of the U.S. 50 freeway bridge) in 1918. A later owner, the Rice Growers Association, obtained permission for “wharfage” in 1982.  The site is now owned by Smart Growth Investors II, LLC, led by Mark Friedman. That company is spearheading development of the mixed-use “Bridge District,” located between the Tower Bridge and freeway on West Sacramento’s waterfront.

  The Rice Mill Pier is now gated off. It’s just north of the U.S. 50 freeway bridge (background) and may be redesigned to attract pedestrians out for a riverfront walk, as the surrounding Bridge District redevelops. Planned work would also remove flotsam backing up along the pier’s pilings -- and try to keep this floating debris from accumulating in the future (Photo from the City of West Sacramento)

The Rice Mill Pier is now gated off. It’s just north of the U.S. 50 freeway bridge (background) and may be redesigned to attract pedestrians out for a riverfront walk, as the surrounding Bridge District redevelops. Planned work would also remove flotsam backing up along the pier’s pilings — and try to keep this floating debris from accumulating in the future (Photo from the City of West Sacramento)

The 30-year “wharfage” lease expired in 2012, and the City of West Sacramento is now applying for a  new pier lease.

City officials are drawing up plans to “rehabilitate the existing pier for public access” and repair the pier’s substructure. The new pier would offer pedestrians hand rails and lighting as they view the water from above.

Planners hope to obtain grant money from the state’s Department of Boating and Waterways to pursue the pier and dock projects over the next several years.

Last month’s public presentation at city hall was co-hosted by John Sneed of the Public Works Department.

 

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Project near Tower Bridge starts up

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 7, 2013 —

West Sacramento officials on Thursday will celebrate the groundbreaking of a 272-unit “infill” housing project near West Capitol Avenue, Raley Field and the ziggurat building.

  Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will join the Wolff Company development team and architect David Mogavero for an 11:30 a.m. ceremony at 777 5th Street.

  The “Capital Yards” project sits on 8.5 acres just north of the Tower Bridge gateway, bordered by Third, Fifth and G Streets. The project has also been called “Tower Bridge Commons.”

  A second phase of the project will later bring the number of housing units to 378, architect David Mogavero told the News-Ledger.

  Said the website of Mogavero Notestine Associates, the architect:

  “There are two building types in two phases: phase 1 consists of courtyard buildings that include 270 studio, one and two bedroom and penthouse units; and phase 2, our Tower Bridge Gateway building, four stories tall with structured parking that includes live/work, studio, one and two bedroom and penthouse units. Combined, both phases will build out to 350 units.”

   The courtyard buildings will have tuck-under, garage parking.

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Big old trees stand in the way of new development in West Sac

On Nov. 5, members of the West Sacramento Conservancy gathered for a photo next to some heritage oak trees on the site of an apartment project near the Tower Bridge. (That's the parking lot for the 'ziggurat' building in the background.) The next morning, these oaks were sawed down, and the group is not pleased that city permission was granted. Left to right are Joan Liffring, Lana Paulhamus, Joyce Miller and Jerry Wingfield of the Conservancy. Over a dozen large sycamores along the West Capitol portion of the same project will probably also have to give way for the project -- but an official request to remove them has not yet been received by the City. (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 28, 2012 —

Opinions in West Sac differ about when to preserve them and when to replace them —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

An apartment project near Raley Field has paid the City of West Sacramento about $200,000 for replacement trees after it quite legally removed five “heritage oaks” that stood in the way of development. But not everyone is happy that permission to remove the trees was given.

“We are concerned that these trees are being sacrificed for yet another big development,” Lana Paulhamus of the West Sacramento Conservancy told the News-Ledger shortly before the trees went down. “We were given very little notice that this is happening. It appears that the planning commission and city council all voted in favor of this new development even though it will be cutting these heritage trees.”

The “Tower Bridge Commons” project envisions over 300 apartments in three-story buildings, and some commercial space on property bordered by 3rd, 5th and G streets and the Tower Bridge Gateway. The land has been bought by developer Wolff Enterprises, LLC, out of Arizona.

It’s part of the city’s plans for redeveloping the riverfront district already home to Raley Field, the Ironworks subdivision, the state office ziggurat and the CalSTRS tower – and the emerging “Bridge District” development just south.

“Landmark” and “heritage” trees get some protection in West Sacramento by local ordinance. An oak gets “heritage” status if it measures 50 inches in circumference at a point four and a half feet above the ground, and other trees qualify if they are 75” in circumference. To legally remove such a tree, landowners need a permit.

Dena Kirtley is West Sacramento’s “urban forest manager,” and the request to remove these five oaks landed on her desk a couple weeks before the trees came down on Nov. 6. She did not dispute Paulhamus’s assertion that the permit process moved quickly.

“I was torn, because the arborist’s report didn’t indicate any health issues with the trees, or any rot, although sometimes you can’t see that from outside,” Kirtley told the News-Ledger. “But it was an opportunity to refresh the site with new trees at their expense.”
“The arborist report (paid for by the developer) indicates the trees were previously ‘lion-tailed,’ which means somebody had topped them and trimmed the trees incorrectly. Other than that the health of the trees was good with the exception of (one of them). But on that site at the corner near CalSTRS, we recently had a catastrophic failure of two oak trees into the street. You probably remember that – it was right in front of CalSTRS. One lost a major limb and had to be removed. Out of that tree and the CalSTRS trees, we got no mitigation.”
No one had to pay to replace those trees, Kirtley meant. When such trees are removed through the permit process, there is mitigation money.

So how long might these five remaining oaks at Tower Bridge Common have lived?

“They had reached maturity a long time ago, and because the ones along the street had been trimmed incorrectly, maybe another 10 or 15 years,” she answered. “With oaks, it’s hard to know.”

If the trees were allowed to live, not only would they have caused trouble for the development plan, but if they fell over or had to be removed due to a hazard, no one would have had to pay to replace them.

Kirtley recommended the developer receive the city permit.

Based on the number of total “diameter inches” of oak trees being removed, the developer ended up paying $202,150 towards new trees in West Sacramento.

Meanwhile, a row of about 14 large sycamores appears to be in the way of a parking garage in the same development. These trees are along the southern end of the project, along a piece of West Capitol Avenue no longer used as a city street.

“All I know about the sycamores is that they are slated for removal if the project moves forward,” said Kirtley.

That, presumably, will require more city approval and more mitigation money.

Dan Nethercott, a project manager for Tower Bridge Commons, said the sycamores are not part of the project’s first phase.

They’re on a grade. If and when Phase II is built, there will be a parking garage at that slope that “appears to be subterranean” when viewed from inside the project, with a “brownstone” building on top of it, visually at eye level.

Nethercott said his company is “trying to do the right thing,” and he said there is an inherent tension between new plans and old trees.

“The city has a Bridge District plan,” he told the News-Ledger. “It’s a very positive thing for West Sacramento. As property is urbanized, the decision has to be made by the city where you have older trees that are near the end of their life. Do you replant for the future and maximize the use of the land, or do you allow the (old) trees to dictate their setting?”

“Some of these large trees are located in places incompatible with the best use of the property,” Nethercott added. “That’s why we have planning commissions and city councils to make the decisions.”

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