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School district redesigns website

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 7, 2012 —

Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento invites you to visit its redesigned website at www.wusd.k12.ca.us.

The site boasts “several customer service-oriented features, including mobile-enabled viewing, a search feature, greatly improved navigation, news/announcements” and more, said a district press release.

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Helicopter, K9 search for suspect

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 14, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Police tried but failed to find a fleeing suspect Friday night after a pair of men in a car allegedly tossed a loaded handgun out the door during a traffic stop. The search led police to “set up a perimeter” near downtown West Sacramento and use a loudspeaker to warn citizens to remain indoors.

The incident started at about 11 p.m. when an officer tried to pull over the suspects’ car near West Capitol Avenue and Sycamore Avenue.

“It slowed down, and the gun was tossed out the window,” reported Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department. “It went forward a couple more blocks before stopping.”

[adrotate group=”7″] But as the car stopped, a male passenger in the front seat “bailed” from the car and took off on foot. The driver, 20-year old Santiago Herrera Valois of West Sacramento, was taken into custody without incident.

Backtracking, police found a loaded 9 mm Luger handgun in a storm drain. The gun was confirmed as stolen. Valois, a felon, faces several charges including possession of a firearm.

A Sacramento County helicopter and a K-9 unit joined in the search for the missing passenger, with one witness reporting that the search area included the neighborhood near Merkley Avenue and Evergreen Avenue.

They did not find or ID him, reports Sockman.

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Free household items on Saturday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — 

The West Sacramento Community Giveaway Day returns on Sat., Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. until supplies last, at Westfield Village Elementary School, 508 Poplar Avenue.

[adrotate group=”7″]   If your household needs some help with free donated food, clothing, baby items, shoes, toys and other household goods, you’re invited. Must be a West Sacramento resident. Proof of address and children required (driver’s license, Medi-Cal card, or utility bill, for example). Sponsored by the school, St. Joseph’s Mobile Mall, West Sacramento Grocery Outlet and Yolo County Children’s Alliance.

Volunteers and donations (cash, food, gift certificates and donated items) are welcome. Call (530) 757-5558 to donate goods.

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Restaurant + food trucks at benefit

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — Nov 15, 2012 —

The new Broderick restaurant at 319 6th Street in West Sacramento plans a grand opening on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., in a benefit for East Coast hurricane relief.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The restaurant is at the site of the former Jazzy Blues Cafe and, before that, Westside Pub.

The grand opening also will host visiting food trucks. There will be live music at the restaurant.

The establishment’s website is at www.broderick1893.com.

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Another school board election coming

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 14, 2012 —

West Sacramento’s school board has chosen Tuesday, March 5, as the day to hold a special election for an existing school board vacancy.

Sandra Vargas, former member of the board, resigned in August to create the vacancy. The resignation came too late for the position to be added to last week’s regular election ballot.

The remainder of the board then solicited applicants and chose resident Elizabeth Bagdazian to fill the remaining two-years-plus of Vargas’s term.

[adrotate group=”10″]   But a coalition of local residents, supported by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, circulated a petition calling for the appointment to be overturned and the vacant seat to go before a vote. State law allows for such a petition.

The trustees of the Washington Unified School District chose to make the special election an “all mail” ballot — a cheaper option than the usual election with polling places. Yolo County is part of a pilot program that allows for some mail-only voting in California.

Those interested in running for the vacant seat have until Dec. 7 to file. They may pick up forms at the Yolo County Elections Office, 625 Court Street, Room B05 in Woodland. For information, call the elections office at (530) 666-8133.

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EDITORIAL: Neighborhood decisions

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 7, 2012 —

NEWS-LEDGER EDITORIAL:

“Participatory Budgeting”:

It’s an experiment that’s been tried out, so far, in Brazil, New York City and  Chicago. It just started in Vallejo. And it would be good for West Sacramento, too.

“PB” could work for both the local city government and the school district. Through participatory budgeting, community members would be invited to suggest how to spend a small part of the city or school budget – perhaps using it for small, hyper-local projects that benefit their local neighborhoods. These smaller budget amounts might not go far if spread across the city, but they could have definite local impact if they’re used to fix something or to build something small on a neighborhood-specific basis.

“PB” starts with neighborhood brainstorming sessions. In each local session, citizens choose their favorite ideas, and volunteers then turn them into proposals.

[adrotate group=”7″]   The city council and school board then choose which proposals to fund. In West Sacramento, the city and WUSD might, for example, earmark specific lumps of money for use in each of a half-dozen neighborhood areas.

For practial reasons, we’re just talking about a small part of the whole budget for the city and the schools. The city council and school board would, of course, continue to make the big decisions about the vast majority of their respective budgets. Direct community input would just be invited for a limited “discretionary” part of the expenditures.

How might a grassroots effort choose to spend the money in West Sacramento?

When the PB community meetings began in New York City, one group was persuaded to support the humble goal of renovating the bathrooms in a local public school – bathrooms in which there was currently no room to put doors on the toilet stalls. Also on the table were discussions about security cameras in public places, new stop signs, parks projects and youth programs.

It was a great opportunity to fix some “little” problems. Websites and neighborhood assemblies fueled the idea-fest – not everyone had to go to a community meeting to submit an idea.

Aside from focusing money on small-but-important projects, the process has another attractive benefit: it’s a great way to get people involved with their local government.

Let people help make decisions on something small and hyper-local, and you may encourage them to stay in touch with their city and school district leaders.

After all, an involved community is a healthy community.

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Ice rink opens in downtown Sacto

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The annual downtown holiday ice rink has opened at 7th and K streets in Sacramento.

It’s been a tradition for 21 years and last year saw a 20% increase in attendance, report its sponsors. This year, ice rink visitors can look forward to Monday Date Nights, Tuesday Family Skate Nights, and special discounts courtesy of the Sacramento Downtown Plaza on Wednesdays.

The ice rink will be open daily to the public from November 2nd to January 21, 2013. Admission is $8. Skate rentals are $2.

For more information, call 442-8575.

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