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Japanese factory breaks ground in Southport

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB. 7, 2012 —

A Japanese food plant breaks ground in Southport on Thursday.

Nippon Shokken is the “top producer of Japanese blend seasonings in the world,” according to a City of West Sacramento press release. Construction is expected to finish next January.
The company makes seasonings, sauces and tempura mix.

The plant would be its first manufacturing facility in the U.S. The company has bought 10 acres at 2970 Ramco Street for the 70,000-square foot plant, which it plans to open next year.

The factory is expected to produce 2,400 tons of product annually to begin with, and up to 5,000 tons per year maximum. It has been projected to employ over 100 people in the $16 million plant, according to reports from announcements made a year ago, when the site was selected.

The Japanese firm also expects to move its U.S.A. headquarters from Torrance to West Sacramento.

Nippon Shokken Chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa is expected to attend a ground-breaking at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9,  joined by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan.

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Southport McDonalds to open

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NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JAN 23, 2012 —

McDonald’s will open its new  in Southport soon, and plans a grand opening celebration for Sat., Feb. 4.  The restaurant is located in the Lowe’s center at 2244 Lake Washington Boulevard

“We are thrilled to be opening a brand new McDonald’s restaurant in the West Sacramento area and hope everyone will come to enjoy the new look and feel of this restaurant,” said Charles Specht, the local owner of the McDonald’s restaurant, in a press release.  “This new restaurant reflects McDonald’s commitment to the community and to the environment, and I am thrilled to be able to showcase this beautiful restaurant to our customers.”

The restaurant promises LED lighting to save on electricity usage, and three energy-saving HVAC units. The restaurant recycles all of their cardboard products and oil, said a press statement.

The grand opening on February 4 will start at 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.  As part of the festivities, West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce CEO  Denise Seals will join city council members and Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan  in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 am.  Ronald McDonald will also be there to interact with kids.

There will be giveaway prizes including flat screen TVs, iPods and Kindles.  A face painter will be on hand for children, and radio station 107.9 “The End FM” will also participate  from 11 am to 1 pm. Entertainment will also be provided by the River City High School Band, and members of the RCHS Football team and cheerleading squad.

The McDonalds follows close on the heels of a Taco Bell restaurant in the same shopping complex. Both have drive-through lanes.

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Teens caught in Southport after chase

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 18, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Seven juveniles believed to have jumped out of a stolen car in Southport were taken into custody Sunday night after an intense search that included a helicopter and K-9 dog teams.

Things started at 11:43 p.m. when a call came in from the Ramada Inn on Halyard Drive in West Sacramento, reported Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department.

“They had a concert at Ramada Inn with over 500 attending,” said Steele. “A fight broke out. Our officers responded to assist security (personnel). One of our officers arrived, and saw a vehicle leave at a high speed. He got behind it, and ran the plates, and it came back stolen.”

[adrotate group=”7″]   Police chased the Ford Explorer to Southport, where it crashed and lost a wheel near Southport Parkway, Otis Avenue and Turlock Street.

“The occupants fled. Numerous outside agencies assisted, including Sacramento P.D., the CHP, and our agency.”

Police dog teams from both Sacramento and West Sacramento came to the scene, as did a Sacramento police helicopter, said Steele.

Three suspects – a 17-year old girl and two 15-year old boys – turned themselves in fairly quickly. Others “were in fields and backyards,” said Steele.

After being warned, police turned loose police dogs to find the other fleeing teens, and took custody of four more – all aged between 15-17, with addresses in Sacramento and Elk Grove. At least two of the hiding suspects were apparently bit by police dogs sent in to get them, said Steele.

“It is believed they are all in custody,” said Steele. “They were taken into custody for possession of stolen property (the car) and resisting arrest.”

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Port gets $5 million crane for containers

The superstructure of the ‘Ocean Titan’ cargo ship is visible as the ship glides behind a Bridgeway Lakes neighborhood on the shipping canal on Jan. 2, on its way to the Port of West Sacramento. The crane is visible right of center (it’s mostly orange in color). News-Ledger photo.

[adrotate group=”7″] From the NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 4, 2012 —

The Port of West Sacramento received a new, $5 million crane on Jan. 3. The crane is meant to help the port in its new foray into container-handling — its traditional mission has involved bulk cargoes such as grain, rice, fertilizer and wood chips. The port is part of a new “Northern California Marine Highway container barging operation, along with the ports of Oakland and Stockton. The new service is set to launch in late 2012.

The orange-and-green base of the Port’s new crane sits on deck before unloading yesterday. When assembled, the crane will be over 100 feet tall and will lift up to 273,000 pounds. It was built in Austria and shipped from Germany, through the Panama Canal. (News-Ledger photo)

 

The Ocean Titan's crane drops the new piece of equipment onto the wharf at the Port of West Sacramento (courtesy of Amy Cameron, Port of W.S.)

 

The new crane's massive base, delivered (courtesy of Amy Cameron, Port of West Sacramento)

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Riders bearing gifts: West Sac horse club makes a toy run

West Sacramento Trail Riders Association riders line up in front of Station 45’s ladder truck in Southport (photo courtesy of W.S. Fire Department)

 

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About 25 riders on horseback from the West Sacramento Trail Riders Association trekked to Fire Station 45 on Lake Washington Boulevard on Dec. 11 bearing gifts.

Altogether, about 30 people affiliated with the horsemen’s club visited the station for hot chocolate and coffee. They brought along dozens of toys for a firefighters’ toy drive, earmarked for local kids whose Christmas needs a little bit of brightening.

“Station 45 served hot coffee and chocolate to the riders, and our horses were decorated for the holidays,” reported Charyl Silva, a local chiropractor and equestrienne.
How many toys did the group contribute?

“Target gave us 10 percent off our purchases and our club spent $300,” said Silva. “Individual riders also spent their own money. Altogether, it was dozens of toys.”

The toy ride is an annual holiday tradition for the group, which is based out of Southport.

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Singing concert at Nugget tonight

[adrotate group=”10″]  The West Sacramento Community Singers will raise their voices in a free public concert at Nugget Market in Southport at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23. The program will include both holiday songs and “non-traditional” numbers.

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Rollover on levee road

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Four people were inside this car that left the road and rolled over next to the Sacramento River (photo courtesy of W.S. Fire Dept)

Three West Sacramento fire department units responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident on Dec. 13 near the Four Seasons Marina on Southport’s riverbank.

They found a single car, which had left the road and rolled over near the water. Four people were in the vehicle when it crashed, but “surprisingly” — said a fire department spokesperson — no one was injured.

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