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West Sac man: 30 years to life

WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 25, 2012 —

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig’s office announced that on August 24, Superior Court Judge Stephen Mock sentenced West Sacramento’s Dmitry Dudkin to 30 years to life in state prison for child molestation.  Dudkin had previously been convicted of two counts of child molestation in this case after pleading no contest to the charges.

Dudkin, age 27, molested an 8-year old girl from 2009 to 2011, said a spokesperson from Reisig’s office.  The crimes were discovered when the victim went to school with a hickey on her neck.  The victim told the police that Dudkin showed her pornography and asked her to perform various sexual acts on him.  Dudkin took pictures of her with his cell phone.  The Yolo County High-Tech Crimes Taskforce analyzed Dudkin’s computers and cell phones and found provocative photos of the victim.

[adrotate group=”9″]    Deputy District Attorney Sara Abrate prosecuted the case. “The defendant victimized this 8 year old girl repeatedly by taking advantage of his position of trust,” said Abrate in a press release. “This sentence ensures that he will never be able to harm this young girl, or any other children, again.”

District Attorney Jeff Reisig praised the work of the West Sacramento Police Department and the District Attorney’s High Tech Forensic Unit.

“The hard work and dedication of West Sacramento officers and our High Tech investigators was critical,” said Reisig in a press statement.  “Their efforts resulted in a plea, avoided a trial, and saved the young child from having to testify.”

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Girl Scouts bring concerns to WUSD boss

Dayton Gilleland, superintendent of the Washington Unified School District, with some scouts from Troop 2203: (left-right) Kendelle Wilkinson, Kennedy Cooks, Anthena Kelly and Alexa Vasilopoulos (courtesy of Troop 2203)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 22, 2012 —

A letter-writing project turned into something unexpected for members of Girl Scout Troop 2203 in West Sacramento – a meeting with the superintendent of schools in Washington Unified School District.

“Troop 2203 in West Sacramento spent some time writing about improvements they’d like to see in their community,” Troop Leader Yvonne Cantrell explained in a news release to the News-Ledger. “Two of the seven troop members chose to write to the Washington Unified School District – one to ask for more yard duty attendants to curb playground bullying, and the other to ask that all classrooms be equipped with ample and functioning desks and tools for learning.”

The letters went to Dayton Gilleland, the WUSD superintendent.

“They were humbly hoping to receive at least a standard ‘thank you for your concern’ letter in return,” said Cantrell. “To their delight and surprise, the superintendent not only acknowledged receipt of the letters, he also asked that the girls and their families meet with him.”

[adrotate group=”7″]  The meeting happened on May 29.

“Dr. Gilleland graciously allowed each girl to share her story of concern, and he patiently listened and valued what each had to say. (He) explained that though some problems may seem to have an easy answer, there are a myriad of issues that the district must consider when operating a complex institution like a public school district, especially considering the budgetary climate of today,” said Cantrell.

The girls in Troop 2203 learned “that by taking action (simply writing a letter), their voices were heard and future improvement was possible now that a dialog had been started.”

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West Sac property values drop 3%

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 22, 2012 —

  The following article includes a link for you to use to look up your property tax information or ask for your tax value to be reassessed.

Yolo County Assessor Joel Butler has released the 2012-13 Yolo County Tax Roll, which shows a slight decline in the roll value from last year.

The numbers of properties that have been reduced below their Proposition 13-factored base year value have grown from over 18,000 to greater than 20,000.

[adrotate group=”10″]   County staff has reviewed 27,500 parcels for possible declines in value, said Butler’s office. The reduction in this year’s roll was partially offset by new construction, change of ownership in properties with older base year values, agricultural properties and properties at the Proposition 13 value receiving the 2% inflation factor. The result is a net decrease to the Yolo County tax roll of less than 1% to a value of $19,658,240,750.

The city of Davis showed a modest increase at 2.09%. The cities of West Sacramento and Woodland continued to reflect the declining real estate market at (3.09%) and (1.29%) respectively.

“Employees in the Assessor’s office have done a tremendous job in reviewing home values, as well as other property types, to help avoid the need for filing appeals,” said Yolo County Assessor Joel Butler in a press release.

Values are now available on the Yolo County Assessor’s website: http://www.yolocounty.org/index.aspx?page=1603. A parcel number or street address is necessary to view one’s value online. Those without computer access or with questions can call the Yolo County Assessor’s office at (530) 666-8135.

Those wishing to file an appeal of their assessment can do so online: http://www.yolocounty.org/index.aspx?page=1520 or via an application available in the Clerk of the Board’s office, located at 625 Court Street, Room 204 in Woodland. For more information, visit the website or call (530) 666-8195.

Note: Due to budgetary constraints, the Yolo County Assessor’s office is closed some Fridays through the remainder of 2012. Visit: http://www.yolocounty.org/Index.aspx?page=1740 for information of office closures.

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Final candidates for West Sac’s ballot:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 15, 2012 —

EDITOR’S NOTE: The extended deadline for new people to enter the school board race passed without any new candidates signing up. So the list of candidates for West Sacramento’s city and school board elections we published below on Aug. 15 is now final and complete — with the exception that Nathan Eckler, who filed to run for school board, has withdrawn his candidacy.

The deadline has closed for candidates to file for election to the West Sacramento city council or to the mayor’s seat on the November 6 ballot. And while there will be only one new challenger in those races, he does pack some punch.

Oleg Maskaev, a resident of the Southport area, will challenge city council incumbents Bill Kristoff and Oscar Villegas for one of the two available four-year terms. Maskaev is a former WBC heavyweight boxing champ.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will not see a challenger this year as he seeks election to another two-year term.

Things are more crowded and less final in the race for one of three available seats on the school board.

Incumbents David Westin and Mary Leland have filed for re-election, but current board president Teresa Blackmer did not.

As of yesterday morning (Aug. 14), there were eight challengers on board for the race. Here are their names and their self-described ballot designations:

Coby Pizzotti, a “parent/legislative advocate”; Alicia Cruz, a “parent/community volunteer”; Katie Villegas, “Children’s Alliance Director”; Walt R. Bowman, “retired truck driver”; Nate Eckler (no designation yet given) [application later withdrawn]; Tamera Russel, “educator/parent”; Rene L. Guerrero, “community organizer”; and Roy Sianez, “parent/legislative director.”

Because one of the incumbents did not file for reelection, the deadline for challengers to file was automatically extended to today (Aug. 15). So this list of school board candidates is not necessarily final.

A fourth seat on the board of trustees for Washington Unified School district is also in play. Because board member Sandra Vargas has submitted her resignation effective Aug. 31, the board is accepting applications from people interested in being appointed by the board to fill her seat for the remaining two years of her four-year term.

The resignation came too late to allow the vacancy to be added to the November ballot as a matter of routine.

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Food giveaway today in West Sac

From the West Sacramento NEWS-LEDGER —

The Yolo County Food Bank will distribute food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

[adrotate group=”9″]   Locations include the County building at 500 Jefferson Blvd. from 9-10 a.m.; Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1500 Park Blvd., from 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Yolo Housing Authority at 685 Lighthouse Drive from 11-noon; and the Clarksburg Firehouse from noon to 1 p.m.

Please bring a bag, and attend only one site. For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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Letters to the Editor, News-Ledger:

From the WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 15, 2012 —

‘Well done, Char

It is my understanding that Char Ghio has retired as the Athletic Director at River City High School.

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Sierra Valley Conference and me personally to say “thank you” to Char for all she has done for River City and the SVC.

CHAR GHIO, former Athletic Director at River City High School (News-Ledger file photo)

The job of athletic director is a thankless, time consuming (nights, weekends, summer) undertaking.  When athletic events take place, no one thinks of all of the hours of work that have gone into making that happen, unless something goes wrong.  If something does go wrong the AD is immediately on the hook for whatever issues occur.

The joy ADs do get is seeing kids getting to have the high school sports experience. It  makes most of the negatives seem worth it.

Char has been an invaluable member of the conference and I have had several conversations with her late at night, early in the morning, and on weekends concerning different issues of the league, scheduling, discipline, budgets, transportation, etc.  She truly was a committed AD who always wanted the best for her sports programs and student athletes.

River City High School has come a long way in the last couple of years.  They are very competitive in several sports now, and that is not by accident.  It has taken hours of hard work by players, coaches, administrators, and most of all, by a very committed athletic director.

River City High School and community has been very fortunate to have someone of Char’s character and organization to lead them over the years.

You will be missed Char!

DAVE JOHNSON
Sierra Valley Conference Commissioner

 

Reform animal shelter
Did you know the lost, stray and the abandoned animals picked up in West Sacramento go to the Yolo County animal shelter in Woodland? Did you know that West Sacramento is responsible for the highest number of animals being “housed” at the shelter?  Did you know that this shelter has a long record of poor performance (only a 45 percent “live release” rate) and fiscal inefficiency (higher cost per capita than the city of Sacramento)?

In response to these alarming statistics, a group of Yolo county concerned citizens are seeking a new animal shelter model and a commitment from city and county officials for a live release rate of at least 90 percent. There are models out there and it can be done!

How can we, in West Sacramento, make this happen? We have an unprecedented window of opportunity to bring real reform to Animal Services in Yolo County. Yolo County has commissioned animal welfare consultants to examine the Animal Shelter situation.   Their report is nearing completion and will be open for public comment shortly.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Please do a search for Yolo Coalition for Animal Shelter Reform in Facebook or  go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/342644755816399/.. This Facebook page is composed of concerned groups and individuals who would like to see many more animals adopted and less animals killed at the animal shelter.

The main function of the page is to inform, mobilize and create change, and will serve as a bulletin board for upcoming council meetings, reports and updates on what is occurring and what needs to be done!   We can do this; we need your voice to take this effort to the next level!

Now is a critical time because the County is finally seriously looking at this issue—the shelter was identified as one of the top three priorities for improvement. What needs to happen now? Community members across Yolo County must create pressure on our political leaders to create change that results in more animal adoptions and more live releases. Other communities have done this and so can we!

AMY McGUIRE, committee member of Yolo County Pet Animal Welfare Society (YC PAWS)
West Sacramento

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‘Corn Festival’? ‘Hemp Festival’? Your ideas for an annual West Sac celebration

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 15, 2012 —

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The News-Ledger recently got to wondering whether West Sacramento ought to take another stab at coming up with its own annual festival to celebrate. So we posted the following question on our Facebook web page, and received the suggestions below:

“All right: so Woodland has a tomato festival (coming up on Aug 11). Isleton has a crawdad festival. Sacramento has a jazz festival. What should West Sac celebrate with a festival?”

  Billy Mistler: a Whitey’s Special festival.

  Gloria Pedroza-Madrid: Nice, Billy! But I will work with you, how about Whitey’s Peach milkshake festival!!!

  Sarah Wilson: Rice. Port of Sacramento.

  Cynthia ‘Cindi’ Islas: Corn festival.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Denice Seals: How ‘bout a weekly Farmers Market! (Editor’s note: Denice heads up the local chamber of commerce, which happens to sponsor a Thursday-night farmers market!)

  Joshua Williams: Beer Cheese and Wine Festival!

  Katie Adams: beer festival!!

  Eve Westvik: A tamale festival.

Mary Brookins: Rice!

  Nathan Mccully: a drug and alcohol recovery festival and watermelon.

Dillon Stenholm: Hemp fest.

Pj Hargrove Bonfield: Something to highlight the Port.

  Debby Fricano: Corn festival!

  Julia McMichael: The Jazz Society is West Sacramento. Duh.

  David Prescott: West Sacramento Free Adult Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Festival.

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