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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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Vandals beat up local man’s memorial

The destroyed monument at Circle Park has been removed  Click to enlarge. (courtesy photos)

The destroyed monument at Circle Park has been removed
Click to enlarge. (courtesy photos)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 16, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

It’s often easier to destroy than it is to create.

The city arborist and the local historical society combined last year to create a memorial for Bill Wingfield, a local citizen-naturalist. Recently, though, unknown vandals smashed that memorial at Circle Park. The park, as round as its name implies, is located along Alabama Avenue at Circle Street.

“We didn’t realize how many jerks have time on their hands to go out and cause problems,” said Wingfield’s widow, Jeri Hughes Wingfield. “You can’t get mad at stuff like that. You can get sad, though.”

The late Bill Wingfield with his wife, Jeri

The late Bill Wingfield with his wife, Jeri

Bill Wingfield died last year. He was a retired virologist for the state department of fish and wildlife, active in his own local habitat as well as in the West Sacramento Historical Society. He helped create the society’s annual plant sale as a fundraiser, and he built frog ponds at home on the Wingfields’ property.

“We have one pond in the front and two in the back garden,” reported Jeri. “The frog chorus just sings – they are so amazing. He was such a naturalist. He took walking tours, and always carried his scientific equipment with him on bicycle.”

Several years ago, a regional plan to run a major sewer line through West Sacramento seemed to spell the end of a number of old oak trees behind the Wingfields’ Westmore Oaks neighborhood. The trees provided afternoon shade, as well as beauty.

“Their idea was to have this area behind my house as a chain-linked, fenced corridor,” she said. “We need those trees for the western sun, and they were going to shave everything off and put in this chain-link fence.”

The Wingfields were at the center of neighborhood protests and the negotiations with the city and the regional sewage district.

“We saved them,” she said. “They moved the pipeline over closer to the opposite side of the right-of-way. I think we saved every shade tree.”

After Bill Wingfield died last year, the history society installed what its president, Thom Lewis, called “our artful tribute to Bill.”  It included a plaque, as well as a little gardening project done by Dena Kirtley, the City of West Sacramento’s arborist.

“She found some acorns in the area,” said Jeri Wingfield of Dena Kirtley. The arborist prepped the acorns with time in her home freezer, then took them out and planted them, hoping at least one would survive the squirrels and other perils and become an oak tree to grow in Bill’s memory.

“I was so thrilled with that,” Jeri Wingfield commented – although it appears none of the acorns have yet to take.

Meanwhile, a few weeks back, somebody gave the Bill Wingfield memorial plaque a thrashing. The broken pieces have been removed, but the story may not be over.

“Dena is working on other ideas,” said Jeri Wingfield.

 

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Fifty years of Wednesdays: reception marks opening of mini-exhibit on News-Ledger

The local history society, led by Thom Lewis, has created a mini-exhibit that will be on display at the community center until August. Some of the visitors to the opening reception, pictured above, include John Siden (far left), Will Curtis (background, facing camera), Kathy Perrigo (foreground) and Gloria Curtis (far right).  Click to enlarge. Photo is courtesy of Mickey Fausett

The local history society, led by Thom Lewis, has created a mini-exhibit that will be on display at the community center until August. Some of the visitors to the opening reception, pictured above, include John Siden (far left), Will Curtis (background, facing camera), Kathy Perrigo (foreground) and Gloria Curtis (far right). Click to enlarge. Photo is courtesy of Mickey Fausett

 FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 16, 2014 —

Dozens came to the West Sacramento Historical Society reception on April 3 at the city community center. The reception launched the opening of a mini-exhibit on the 50th anniversary of the News-Ledger.

Publisher Steve Marschke talked about the past, when the paper was led by lifelong newspaperman Julis Feher and by Michael Garten. He also spoke about his hopes that the local community will, sometime in the future, take the helm of its own local media outfit to spread news and information in print, online and on a planned new FM radio station. Partners are now at work on this.

The exhibit can be viewed inside the center at 1075 West Capitol Avenue.

 

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Public can comment on big city plans

The “Liberty” project. City officials will be taking public comment on this Southport project area, which will be home to up to 1,900 residential units, as well as three other West Sacramento project areas, at an April 28 public meeting. (from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

The “Liberty” project. City officials will be taking public comment on this Southport project area, which will be home to up to 1,900 residential units, as well as three other West Sacramento project areas, at an April 28 public meeting. Click to enlarge.
(from a City of West Sacramento staff report)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 16, 2014 —

The City of West Sacramento will hold a public meeting about the process of updating its general plan at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 28, at the community center.

The updated plan is meant to guide city policy and growth patterns for years to come.

The public will also be allowed to give input on fourth specific growth areas:

— Stone Lock, consisting of about 215 acres of publicly-owned land along the barge canal near Jefferson Boulevard, mostly stretching east-west next to the canal;

— Pioneer Bluff, a corridor of old industrial uses, including petroleum “tank farms,” along the riverfront of the Sacramento River. The corridor stretches along South River Road from Stone Lock to the U.S. 50 freeway;

— Liberty Specific Plan area, a planned 1,900-unit, 450-acre area that’s part of the planned “northeast village” of Southport. It’s located against the river levee and also bounded by Davis Road to the south, the Clarksburg Branch Line Trial to the west, and to Linden Road and its subdivisions to the north;

— Seaway, a 270-acre project area at the Port of Sacramento. Current zoning allows for such uses as industry, business park and open space, but not housing. The property is located just south of the port’s turning basin – along Southport Parkway, west of Lake Washington Boulevard.

The general plan meeting will be held at the city community center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue.

 

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Several school district ‘special needs’ educators to receive honors

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 16, 2014 —

“SELPA,” a Yolo County agency that covers special needs education locally, will hold its annual awards ceremony on May 12.

Several “special needs” educators in West Sacramento’s Washington Unified School District will receive honors.

They include paraeducator Elizabeth Felix and teachers Debra McDaniel and Claudia Parks.

The event will take place from 6-7 p.m. at the Office of Education, 1280 Santa Anita Court, Suite 120, in Woodland.

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