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Fight cancer — and bring your dog


Join the “Bark for Life” event, with your dog, and walk to raise funds in the fight against cancer.

Affiliated with the American Cancer Society and its “Relay for Life” event, the “Bark for Life” walk will include vendors, food, raffle and dog events. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at Dave’s Pumpkin Patch, 3010 Burrows Road in Southport, West Sacramento.

For info, visit www.RelayForLife.org or email Bark@CreationNonstop.com.

Red Mustang: impersonating cop car?


On our ‘Police Log’ page, the News-Ledger reported yesterday an incident involving a woman who said she was pulled over by someone who may have been impersonating a patrol car.

The 29-year old woman said that around 12:20 a.m. on Sunday morning, a red Mustang with lights and a possible siren tried to pull her over near Marshall Road and Golden Gate Drive. The driver of the Mustang pulled out from behind her and drove away — perhaps realizing she had other people in the car with her.

Police judged her account as being one of “impersonating a police officer” and “false imprisonment.”

  Today, the West Sacramento Police Department said it was looking for a suspect in the case. Sergeant Nathan Steele said the suspect vehicle may be a red, mid-2000s Ford Mustang “with a red and blue flashing light and siren.”  He said the incident occurred in the area of Promenade and Southport Parkway.

“The police department is requesting the public’s assistance with anyone having information in regards to this vehicle,” added Steele in a press release. “We would also like to remind the public that if they are stopped by a vehicle and you are uncertain it is a police officer you may slowly proceed to a well lit and public location while calling police dispatch.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police dispatch, (916) 375-6474.

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Planners choose cell tower design

Computer rendering: proposed cell phone ‘water tower’ is at left, near Tower Mart and Wicked West BBQ & Pizza (from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 11, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A water tower it is.

West Sacramento’s planning commission on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of making a new Southport cell phone tower look like a water tower – an allusion to the region’s agricultural heritage.

Nixed were proposed designs in the form of a tree or a windmill.

The 80-foot tower is planned for 3200 Jefferson Blvd., near Tower Mart and Linden Road, with both homes and businesses as its neighbors. The Vista Towers facility expects to serve Verizon, AT&T, MetroPCS and Clearview wireless internet.

“I would expect the tower could be up this summer, probably in the July-August time frame,” West Sacramento senior planner David Tilley told the News-Ledger. “The carriers could be operating maybe 30 to 45 days after the water tower is built.”

Some design details remain:

“The only other aspect we have to work out is what kind of mural or treatment will be put on the tower itself,” said Tilley. “Something artistic. The community was very favorable to something of an agrarian nature, hopefully something made to look old rather than new.”

The antennas will be hidden inside the structure.

Tilley said it took five hearings and a community meeting to get to Thursday’s approval.

Meanwhile, a planned AT&T cell phone tower to serve the Bridgeway Lakes and Bridgeway Island area near Marshall Road and Southport Parkway is showing “no movement,” said Tilley.

But he expects that this second tower – planned in the shape of a eucalyptus tree – will still be needed by AT&T, since the Jefferson Boulevard tower won’t be close enough for full coverage.

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Southport: cell phone ‘water tower’?

Planned Southport cell phone tower was approved by a narrow margin by the West Sacramento Planning Commission, with a condition that the developer offer some design choices. Above, a computer rendering shows the proposed “water tower” version of the communications facility (all graphics here are from a City of West Sacramento staff report)


An 80-foot cell phone tower near Tower Mart in Southport may be approved by the planning commission Thursday night. The tower could be in the shape of a faux water tower instead of a faux tree.

  The Vista Towers facility proposes to serve Verizon, AT&T, MetroPCS and Clearwire (wireless Internet) at 3200 Jefferson Blvd., on the west side of the street south of Linden Road. The tower would go 156 feet from a nearby residential property line and some homes.

The city planning commission approved the project in December by a 4-3 vote, requiring the proponents to return to the commission with some design alternatives to the original “monopole pine” design for the tower.

City staff believes the 80-foot “pine” would look better than the older-generation tree-style cell tower already on Linden Road, but that it would not blend well with surrounding shorter trees and structures.

They recommend the water tower design because it would conceal the antennas and “has the best chance (of the proposed designs) of becoming an icon in the community.”

A “windmill” design was also offered.

The commission will discuss the tower as part of its meeting April 5 at 6 p.m. at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.


Another simulated view of the proposed 'water tower' option near Southport homes


Simulated view of the cell phone tower as a 'tree' (it's the tall one, center-left). This option is not preferred by city staff.

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3 convicted for attack in Lowe’s parking lot


District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on February 27, a Yolo County jury convicted three members of the Norteno street gang of robbery, battery, assault, witness intimidation and street gang activity for an attack on three people in a Lowe’s parking lot in West Sacramento on April 19, 2010.

According to the D.A.:

The three defendants, Jose Antonio Duran (20, of Sacramento), Salvador Benjamin Vasquez, Jr. (20, of Sacramento) and Joseph Vincent Sisneros (21, of Sacramento) saw the victim eating his Taco Bell dinner in his car.  The man was in a nearly empty lot on Lake Washington Boulevard in Southport, just after 10 p.m..

The three gang members took the victim’s iPod, wallet and keys, then continued beating the victim, causing two facial fractures, while the victim pleaded for the men to stop.

  Four Lowe’s employees who walked into the lot after their shifts ended interrupted the attack.  The four —  all of whom testified at the trial — saw the three defendants taking turns punching the victim while shouting “Norte!” and laughing.

One of the suspects, Salvador Vasquez pretended to hold a gun under his shirt and repeatedly threatened to shoot the Lowe’s employee who was calling 911.  The employee escaped by running to nearby Lake Washington Boulevard, but the second employee was caught by Duran and Sisneros.  The second employee held up his hands in surrender, but the two defendants brutally attacked him, kicking him in the eye and breaking his nose.

The trial took two weeks and included testimony from a Sacramento Police Gang Detective who told a jury the Norteno street gang thrives on a reputation for violence and that the assault furthered those interests.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig thanked the Sacramento Police Department for offering their assistance, and thanked the citizens who were brave enough to intervene in the assault and to come forward to testify at the trial.

The defendants will be sentenced on April 13.

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Southport brush fire burns bee hives

West Sacramento firefighters douse a brush fire among several dozen commercial beehives near South River Road


NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 29, 2012 —

West Sacramento firefighters last Wednesday responded to a brush fire on the 30000 block of South River Road in Southport.

They found  a half acre of vegetation burning — along with about 50 beekeepers’ bee hives.

Most of the hives were empty, but some had active colonies of honeybees, reports the department.

Using a water tender and 700 feet of hose, firefighters quenched the flames.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation,” reports the fire department.

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News nuggets from the News-Ledger

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s city council this morning (Feb. 22) plans a special ‘thank you’ breakfast for Congressman Mike Thompson.
City officials credit Thompson with helping support local levee improvement efforts and improvements at the Port of West Sacramento.
He has represented the region since 1998, but the city will become part of fellow Democrat Doris Matsui’s 5th District next January.

The West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency announced it will recommend “Design Alternative 2” as the final plan to improve Southport’s river levees. The plan will go to WSAFCA’s board of directors on March 8.

The newest major edition to the Ikea shopping center will be a La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery. The 12,800-square foot will hold a grand opening on March 1 at 10 a.m..

  West Sacramento’s city council was scheduled to hold special meetings yesterday morning and this morning (Feb. 21-22) at city hall, largely to discuss “a broad range of city matters, procedures, policies and functions” with help from a facilitator.

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