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Fire inspector named West Sac’s employee of the year

LEFT TO RIGHT: City Manager Martin Tuttle, Council Member Bill Kristoff, Fire Inspector Bryan Jonson, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Council Member Beverly Sandeen, and Mayor Pro Tem Mark Johannessen. (Courtesy of City of West Sacramento/Art Schroeder)

LEFT TO RIGHT: City Manager Martin Tuttle, Council Member Bill Kristoff, Fire Inspector Bryan Jonson, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Council Member Beverly Sandeen, and Mayor Pro Tem Mark Johannessen. (Courtesy of City of West Sacramento/Art Schroeder)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 23, 2014 —

At the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony, April 16, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon announced the selection of Senior Fire Inspector Bryan Jonson as the 2014 “Employee of the Year.”

Jonson’s honor reflects his work with the Community Emergency Response Team, inspections, hazardous materials response, fireworks event permits, and weed abatement. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fire administration.

During the same program, the City Council also recognized the Port Business Plan Team as the year’s “Team of the Year” and the Redevelopment Dissolution Team as the year’s “Exceptional Team.”

 

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Caltrans agrees to reimburse West Sac up to $750,000 for ‘Fix 50’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 23, 2014 —

Caltrans has tentatively agreed to reimburse West Sacramento for up to about $750,000 in costs related to the “Fix 50” freeway construction project that started yesterday in Sacramento. The city had requested $947,000.

The West Sacramento City Council approved the arrangement last week.

As the lane-closing freeway project kicked off yesterday, West Sacramento was expecting impacts on local streets as drivers tried to get around a congested stretch of eastbound U.S. 50 in Sacramento. City staff anticipated spending about $243,000 in additional police staffing and expenses, $167,000 in fire department staffing and costs and $271,000 in public works.

Plans call for police personnel to take over manual control of ten local intersections during commute hours and for extra staffing to help guide police and fire response. The city also plans to post “changeable message signs” with traffic alerts and to install additional traffic video cameras throughout the city (see www.cityofwestsacramento.org for a look at the live local traffic feed).

Some of the mitigation measures will be reassessed as the Fix 50 project develops, and commuters respond with new driving patterns.

A city staff report said that the revised “Fix 50” plan will close fewer lanes at a time, but the early eastbound phase “is still seen to have a major impact upon traffic congestion in West Sacramento.”

“Traffic on local arterials including Jefferson Boulevard, West Capitol Avenue, Sacramento Avenue, Lake Washington Boulevard, Industrial Boulevard, Harbor Boulevard and Enterprise Boulevard will still increase due to cut-through traffic during construction,” said the report signed by public works director Denix Anbiah. “The ability to move public safety apparatus through the city. . . has improved but will likely still be reduced.”

Unforeseen emergencies – such as a hazardous spill or downed power line – could “magnify by many times” any traffic congestion problems, said the report.

City Manager Martin Tuttle has the power to declare a “state of emergency” in such an event, while the city council organizes any needed emergency meeting.

 

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Books wanted for high school library

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The library at River City High School could use your help stocking the shelves with books – particularly biographies.

If you have an extra copy of a book about such persons as Barack or Michele Obama, current sports or popular culture icons, people from the tech world such as Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, or historical figures such as Malcom X, Caesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, etc., you can help. Call 375-7800, ext. 2321.

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Hundreds on West Capitol for Earth Day

A young visitor shows off a grin almost as toothy as that of ‘Mooie,’ the city parks department mascot.  Click to enlarge. (News-Ledger photo)

A young visitor shows off a grin almost as toothy as that of ‘Mooie,’ the city parks department mascot.
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 23, 2014 —

By Lina Vang
& Danny Thirakul
River City High School Volunteers

The sun was shining, the band was playing, and lots of little kids were smiling as teenage volunteers from River City High School’s Interact Club painted faces and more April 19 at city hall (1110 West Capitol Ave., West Sacramento).

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children and their families enjoyed the city’s annual Earth Day event. This year, the event included the Interact Club’s annual Spring Carnival. Interact Club board member Joelle Panugaling, one of 10 who painted faces, said, “I had lots of fun at the Spring Carnival this year in comparison to last year’s Earth Day. Fellow face painter and board member Beatrice Bui agreed, saying her favorite part was the live music and performances.”

River City High School-Rotary Interact Club board member Beatrice Bui, 16, paints a child’s face Saturday as part of Spring Carnival/Earth Day festivities in West Sacramento. Thirty Interactors volunteered to help out with the event, painting faces and helping with the egg hunt.  Click to enlarge. (Photo courtesy of Rotary/RCHS Interact Club)

River City High School-Rotary Interact Club board member Beatrice Bui, 16, paints a child’s face Saturday as part of Spring Carnival/Earth Day festivities in West Sacramento. Thirty Interactors volunteered to help out with the event, painting faces and helping with the egg hunt. Click to enlarge.
(Photo courtesy of Rotary/RCHS Interact Club)

The Interactor face painters had ‘training’ in face painting prior to the event and the 10 who volunteered to paint faces demonstrated their artistic skills on assorted faces. Interactor and 2013-14 board member Lily He graduates this year from River City and will study architecture this fall at UC Berkeley. Lily said she this year’s Spring Carnival was much bigger than years past and added, “It was a lot of fun for the volunteers and the kids.”

The event also included Earth Day-themed information, bounce houses, and a live outdoor band.

The Interact Club at River City High is co-sponsored by Rotary Club of West Sacramento and West Sacramento’s Centennial Rotary Club. The Interact Club advisers are River City High School English teacher Brandon Duff and Rotary Club of West Sacramento member Charyl Silva.

The crew from River City Dance Academy in front of city hall. Click to enlarge.  (News-Ledger photo)

The crew from River City Dance Academy in front of city hall. Click to enlarge.
(News-Ledger photo)

Hunting for eggs on the city hall lawn . (News-Ledger photo)

Hunting for eggs on the city hall lawn .
(News-Ledger photo)

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