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Holiday trash pickup schedule

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Both Christmas (Dec. 25) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) will result in changes to West Sacramento’s garbage and recycling pickup day. Both weeks, regular Thursday service will move to Friday and regular Friday service moves to Saturday.
City hall and the community center will close Dec. 24 through Jan. 4.

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Lyon wants to make crime-fighting the number-one priority in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 15, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Jeff Lyon wants to make changes on the West Sacramento’s city council – perhaps more so than anybody else on the ballot.

Almost two years ago, Lyon and his wife bought an 1897 Victorian in the “Washington” neighborhood, a couple of blocks from the state Department of General Services offices (which are in the ziggurat building). He’s been working in those offices for some time. After moving in, Lyon started talking to his new neighbors in West Sacramento.

JEFF LYON: Running to change the city's top priority (News-Ledger photo)

JEFF LYON: Running to change the city’s top priority
(News-Ledger photo)

“It was a shock to my wife and me to hear that many of the neighbors had just got used to the fact that there are homeless transients and panhandlers and beggars walking the streets,” he told the News-Ledger. “Almost all of my neighbors had been the victim of a crime from a homeless person.”

And a nearby church was exacerbating the problem, he felt, by “feeding the homeless seven days a week and giving them clothes and camping supplies.”

“It was a daily parade of homeless people coming from the river. Since our house is right on their travel corridor, they’d come by twice a day, back and forth,” Lyon added. “Whenever you have them coming by, you have the resultant activity, which can include everything from public urination, to drinking in public, drugs in public, shouting each other, fighting – there were many fights in the church.”

Lyon said he encouraged the church’s landlord to sell, and encouraged the new landlord – developer Mark Friedman – to terminate the  church’s lease while the property awaited a new use. The church is gone now.

But the experiences led Lyon to become a spokesperson for the loosely-formed Washington Neighborhood Association, and he has been to the city council to lobby for a crackdown on illegal activities many times since moving in.

The group’s “action plan” for the homeless situation (you can see it at Lyon’s website, www.CleanUpWestSac.com) includes three piers, said Lyon. The first is “compassion” in attacking the homeless issue.

“If a homeless person wants food, shelter, substance abuse training, job training, mental health services, we’re going to get them to that service,” he explained. “Right now, Yolo County has services for each of those needs. . . We don’t need to replicate those services in West Sacramento.”

“Enforcement” is the second tenet of the plan. Lyon wants the local city and police to “make it clear we will not tolerate illegal camping in this city.”

And the third element?

“The third part of that plan is that we are going to elect representatives to the city council who support our cause, it’s as simple as that.”

Reducing the city’s crime rate is, in fact, Lyon’s number one priority. Currently, the city’s leaders have assigned “flood protection” to that number-one spot.

“I think that flood protection is a high priority, but not higher than public safety,” argues Lyon. Let’s say (flood protection) is second to public safety. . . Everything else is secondary because it does not do us any good to have new streetcars, new hotels or new development if 100 percent of the citizens do not feel safe 100 percent of the time.”

The council’s response to Lyon’s arguments has been silence, he said, and that’s part of why he gives the current council poor marks for its job performance.

“In general, the city council of West Sacramento is doing a lousy job, and I’ll tell you why,” he commented. “The main reason is I’ve publicly asked them in one of my speeches to meet with myself and my neighbors here in the Washington neighborhood to talk about our concerns about the homeless. We got no response. They completely rebuffed us.”

Nevertheless, he believes he can work with the incumbents if he’s elected to serve with them.

“I believe in the democratic process, which is majority rule,” he commented. “It’s my goal to win over each member of the city council to the way of the people’s thinking. When I get elected, they will see that my main priority is public safety. I’m going to reach out to get them aboard.”

Lyon supports the city’s development plans:

“Any development of the City of West Sacramento, whether it’s the Bridge District, Southport, the new hotels – they’re okay as long as public safety is the top priority and crime is reduced.”

He has a couple of other primary goals.

“One is to roll out the red carpet for businesses that create jobs,” Lyon said. “I built a restaurant in Texas 20 years ago and my permit only cost me $500. . . I couldn’t have opened my restaurant if I had to pay $50,000, $70,000 or $100,000 in fees like they do here in California or West Sacramento.”

In the 20 years since that restaurant opened, he reports, it has paid over $2 million in local sales tax, $180,000 in property taxes and “the best benefit is that my restaurant has employed 40 people for over 20 years.”

So Lyon would like to reduce business fees “as low as I can get them.”

He also hopes to “right-size” the city government, after doing a study of work flow at city hall.

“When I got to be chief of my section at (Department of General Services), it was the first time in history they reduced the size or downsized the staff,” he said. That happened after he studied the work flow and made a recommendation to reduce staff, by attrition.

If similar studies show there are too many people in one department or not enough at another in city hall, he said, changes could be made. Layoffs won’t be necessary.

“We don’t have to fire anybody,” said Lyon. “Through attrition, we just don’t have to backfill anybody.”

Lyon, 58, lives in his north-city home with his wife, Grace. They have five adult children in their blended family, all living outside the home.

Lyon lived in different areas while growing up, and earned bachelor’s of science degrees in both chemistry and chemical engineering. He has worked for oil companies as an engineer, in public affairs and in real estate management.

He worked for the state’s Department of General Services office (two blocks from his current home in West Sacramento) for about 13 years before retiring this year.

Other candidates seeking the two available seats on next month’s city council ballot are incumbents Mark Johannessen and Chris Ledesma as well as fellow challenger Nancy Heth-Tran.

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Raley’s chain settles hazardous material handling lawsuit

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 25, 2014 —

The West Sacramento-based Raley’s supermarket chain has agreed to pay about $1.6 million in civil penalties, costs and to support environmental projects as part of the settlement of a civil lawsuit alleging it improperly transported and disposed of pharmaceutical waste and retail hazardous waste.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, the lawsuit also alleged that the company didn’t properly protect the confidentiality of its drug customers. Said Reisig in a press release:

“Raley’s has been a valued merchant in Yolo County for many years. Raley’s has cooperated with the prosecution team throughout the investigation into their unlawful practices.”

The Yolo district attorney’s office was one of 26 such offices to join in the lawsuit, filed in San Joaquin County. The lawsuit alleged that more than 130 Raley’s stores improperly sent pharmaceutical waste and other hazardous waste to trash bins and landfills. The settlement agreement includes new controls on how the company disposes of such things in the future.

As part of the settlement, Raley’s has agreed to purchase five mobile freshwater purification systems to be used to provide safe drinking water to California communities in an emergency or in times of need. The systems will be housed in Placer, El Dorado, Sonoma, Sacramento and Contra Costa Counties, but will be available for use in other counties.

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Bulky waste drop-off starts tomorrow

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 30, 2014 —

The City of West Sacramento’s annual ‘bulky waste drop-off’ event returns from May 7-10 at 540 Harbor Boulevard. The event will be from 4-7 p.m. on weekdays and 9-3 on Saturday.

Here’s your chance to unload old furniture, mattresses & box springs, cardboard and tires (up to nine). Open to local residents: bring proof of city residency such as a city utility bill or driver’s license with your address. Those 65 and up, or with a disability may request pickup service by calling 617-4589.

Wood and green waste is not accepted at the event, but you can look for a landfill voucher in your August city utility bill.

More info: www.WestSacRecycles.org or 617-4589.

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