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Using a brain to make a point:
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAR 27, 2013 —
from Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Victor DeNoble, a former tobacco research scientist who became a whistleblower against his company – and the entire industry – spoke to hundreds of students in a series of school assemblies in West Sacramento earlier this month, explaining the dangers of smoking.
Among the attention-grabbing props he displayed were the frozen brains of a monkey, and also of a human, that he held in his glove-covered hand as he worked the multipurpose rooms showing what he learned long ago about the effect that the drug nicotine has on the brain.
DeNoble’s presentations were part of an anti-smoking effort called “Don’t Buy The Lie,” which is sponsored by Kaiser Permanente in partnership with the West Sacramento-based Health Education Council.
He spoke at Bridgeway Island, Riverbank and Stonegate elementary schools.
In addition to presenting dozens of school assemblies each March in the Sacramento region,
“Don’t Buy The Lie” includes a poster contest for students in the 7th-through-12th grades who submit drawings and messages with an anti-smoking theme. The winners receive prizes and their artwork is displayed on billboards.
[adrotate group=”7″] DeNoble tells a riveting story about how he was secretly hired by Philip Morris to create a safer cigarette that wouldn’t lead to heart disease. But much of his time was spent researching something the company didn’t authorize and later fired him for: he used laboratory rats to investigate the addictive nature of nicotine.
More than 10 years after he was fired, the federal government asked DeNoble to testify in Congress against the tobacco industry. His testimony and other evidence prompted major fines against the industry and significant reforms, including the banning of cigarette advertisements from billboards.
After the Bridgeway Island Elementary School assembly, Principal Grace Chin said the presentation will have a lasting effect on students because Dr. DeNoble is a scientist and his work lends credibility to his message.
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School board election recap: comments from Castillo, Kirby-Gonzalez & mayor
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 13, 2013 —
Teachers unions and school reform groups choose sides with their checkbooks in record-setting race —
By Steve Marschke
West Sacramento voters last week elected a teacher to the school board — after a record-setting campaign battle between the two top candidates.
Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez, a Southport resident who teaches in the Folsom-Cordova school district, was picked to fill the remaining 18 months or so of a school board term in the local Washington Unified School District. She received 2,794 votes, or 51.2 percent of the ballots cast in the all-mail election on March 5.
Following her was Francisco Castillo, a public affairs executive with the school reform group StudentsFirst.He pulled in 1,425 votes, or 26.1 percent of the vote.
Rounding out the field were Linh Nguyen, with 782 votes (14.3%), Katherine Gales with 258 votes (4.7%) and Nicholas Scott Turney, with 202 votes (3.7%).
[adrotate group=”9″] 5,520 ballots were cast, or 23.9 percent of local registered voters.
The race – even though it was for only a partial school board term – appeared to set some spending records. Castillo approached $60,000 in campaign contributions as the election neared, with notable contributions from charter school advocates and entities connected to StudentsFirst, a school reform group.
At the same time, Kirby-Gonzalez was approaching half that amount – with strong support from area teachers’ unions.
The campaign contribution numbers may go up further as campaigns finish reporting them after the election.
“I think it’s time for us to rally around the candidate who won,” Castillo told the News-Ledger after the ballots were counted. “It’s time to congratulate Sarah, who ran a great campaign.”
“I’m going to continue to stay involved,” he added. “I want to start some kind of parent advocate network in West Sacramento. I want to talk to the business community and see if they will get more involved in education in West Sacramento. We don’t need to be a school board member to implement some of these ideas.”
Kirby-Gonzalez, the winner, will be sworn at Thursday’s board meeting by her father, Auburn city councilman Dr. Bill Kirby, who will visit for the occasion.
What will she try to accomplish from Day One?
“Right away, it’s just about working well with everybody, establishing relationships in town and on the board,” said Kirby-Gonzalez. “My first goal is to make connections.”
As far as policy:
“My biggest focus is always on curriculum, first and foremost,” she said.
The News-Ledger asked Castillo whether the public made its choice based on a perception of him as a “school reform” candidate and her as a “teachers’ union” candidate.
“I think voters made a choice, but this wasn’t about reform voices versus teachers’ unions,” Castillo answered.
“I think he’s right,” Kirby-Gonzalez said after being told of Castillo’s comment. “I talked to hundreds and hundreds of voters. None of them brought up StudentsFirst. We didn’t talk about the opponents, we just talked about us. They wanted to know why I was running.”
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon supported Castillo – as did various city council members, school board members and Yolo County Supervisor Michael McGowan. He agreed that the “teachers versus reformers” characterization didn’t fly among local voters, although similar school board election battles were occurring all over the country.
“I think that (perception) was largely in the minds of mostly-outside pundits,” Cabaldon commented. “Within this community, it was a local election, with the candidates describing their qualifications and not attacking each other. We had a crop of good candidates step forward to run.”
Was Cabaldon shocked by the amount of money in this WUSD campaign?
“Yes and no,” he answered. “As mayor of our city, yes. To say it’s impressive is a vast understatement for a school board race in our community.”
But he said similar battles are now being raged around the country.
Though Castillo lost, Cabaldon said he had confidence in Kirby-Gonzalez.
“Sarah is a very good candidate and she will be a good board member,” he said.
This special election resulted from a citizen’s petition which the mayor had supported, while others decried the election’s cost. Citizens unhappy about how the school board had initially filled the vacant seat called for the election.
Cabaldon said he is pleased at the outcome, despite the fact that the candidate he supported didn’t win.
“The key was that the voters got to make the decision, and the community and district are all better off for having this discussion about the issues in our district,” said Cabaldon.
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RCHS tennis off to winning start
NEWS-LEDGER — March 6, 2013 —
From River City
The River City High School Tennis Team defeated both Amador and Bear River 7 to 2 and then opened Sierra Valley Conference (SVC) action with a 9-0 shutout of Union Mine to start the 2013 season a perfect 3 and 0.
At Amador, Lily He and Edward Xu won their #2 singles matches and the visitors swept all five doubles contests. In the girls’ pairs, Sarah Yang and Sonia Bola took the top spot 8-2 while Nicole Melido teamed with Julia Quenga for an 8-0 win at #2. On the boys side, Matthew Tagupa and Akshay Prabhakar earned an 8-3 victory at #1 and Ben Gerelkhuu and Muradan Chhay overcame a slow start to win 8-5. Lina Vang and Amran Khan cruised to an 8-0 shutout in mixed doubles.
[adrotate group=”7″] Up in Lake of the Pines against Bear River, Cindy Oseguera led the way with a 10-2 win in the top girls singles position and Lily He won 10-4 at #2. Gerelkhuu provided a 10-4 victory at #2 boys. Tagupa teamed up with Bola to take mixed doubles 10-2 and Sarah Yang partnered with Lina Vang to dominate #1 girls doubles 10-1. In boys doubles, Xu and Prabhakar won 10-3 while Khan and Phillip Dinh cruised 10-1.
The season’s home opener was also the first SVC match of the young season and the host Raiders came out well-prepared. Michael Lee took care of the top boys singles match 6-4,6-3 and Xu won at #2 6-1,7-5. These were the two closest matches of the day as He won 6-2,6-2 at #1 girls singles and Bola rolled 6-0,6-1 at #2. In doubles, RC lost total of just seven games in ten sets. Khan and Tagupa won 6-1,6-1 at #1 boys and Dinh and Prabhkar scored a perfect 6-0,6-0 “double bagel” at #2. On the girls side, Oseguera and Sarah Yang (#1) and Melido and Lina Vang (#2) each posted 6-2,6-0 wins. Chhay and Ger Yang breezed through mixed 6-1,6-0.
Next up for RC will be nonleague matches tomorrow (March 7th) at Lincoln, Friday the 8th at home against Bret Harte, Monday the 11th at home vs. Delhi, and then back to SVC play in a home match against Galt on Tuesday the 12th. Matches begin at 4:00 p.m.
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Bridgeway takes school hoops crown
FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 27, 2013 —
BY DON SCHATZEL —
Bridgeway wins the Washington Unified School District girls basketball crown!
As reported by the coaches:
Bridgeway Island Elementary School finished their very dominant season undefeated by beating Westmore Oaks Elementary, 37-27.
Nia and Tiana Lowery demonstrated great teamwork throughout the season and Alissa Klein and Zyrian Sambrano were leading scorers.
Westmore made it to the Championship game by defeating Southport Elementary, 21-18. Westmore raced off to a 9-0 first quarter start and never looked back.
Taylor Jackson scored 8 for Westmore and Citalli Injunza tallied three 3-pointers. Lilly Stall was an excellent point guard and Cammy Scott a dominant rebounder. Breanna Smith, Kailee Tinsley, Maggie Ladd and Jackie Ayon were all excellent team play standouts for Westmore Oaks.
Breanna Smith, Kailee Tinsley, Maggie Ladd, Jackie Ayon all pointed out by their coach as great contributors to the successful Westmore season.
Boys basketball is now underway, with volleyball to follow!
Congratulations to Our Lady of Grace girls basketball, for making the move this year from the recreational division to the competitive division. Julianna Calles, Loren Bykowski, Krystal Robles, Madelyn Southard and Sydney Galvan are the starting lineup for OLG. The team is coached by Jeff Southard.
With elementary school teams prospering so much, is it any wonder why the girls basketball program at River City is now so successful?
Speaking of moving up to “competitive”: Congratulations to the West Sacramento Soccer League, and Alberto Torrico and friends, for creating a new Metro soccer division for the “Best of the Best” soccer players in West Sacramento. The group has already held two free soccer clinics at River City High. The clinics were well attended, very educational, and the players very much enjoyed the challenge presented by the coaches preparing for the Metro season. Tryouts are scheduled soon in February and March for those players ages 10-18 who want to be on the best teams and play the best opponents in the area.
It’s a great soccer move to challenge West Sacramento best players to be the best. Tryouts are scheduled for February 23 and March 9 (see item on back page of this newspaper). Each age group has a specific time for their particular tryout.
Don’t forget: West Sacramento Little League and West Sacramento Girls softball are continuing to register as is the West Sacramento swim team for yet another very, very busy summer here in West Sacramento!
[adrotate group=”7″] The seasons start soon for soccer and softball, and confidence and optimism are very high for River City’s softball and soccer teams. All of our great young players are not so young anymore and many are now at River City. Good luck to all!
The Centennials are at it again. Centennial Rotary club of West Sacramento members Walt James,
Tony Schwall, Ron Morazzini, Buzz Jones and Tom Engle replaced a 400 square foot roof on a building at the Yolo County fair grounds site in Woodland. The Yolo County Fair is an annual free event and great fun for the family held every summer. Centennial Rotary is the hardest working club in Rotary!!
Now open: La Patisseurie De la Foi. This is a pastry shop in the West Sacramento Collings Teen Center at 1541 Merkley Avenue, close to the Post Office. It’s open Monday through Friday mornings starting at 7 a.m. It’s a great place for pastries prepared by teen center members who are supervised by a Cordon Bleu trained chef. Proceeds support the teen center at the same time. Great treats, and they’re in town, on your way to work!
Thanks to everyone who has mentioned to me they read these articles. I hope it helps all of us enjoy our community just a little bit more. Spring and summer are right around the corner!
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