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U.S. Mayors Conference awards ‘liveabililty’ prize to West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 25, 2014 —

West Sacramento shared first place honors in the “2014 City Liveability Awards” program from the U.S. Conference of Mayors over the weekend in Dallas.

New Orleans won its award for the program “NOLA FOR LIFE,” a campaign to mobilize government and community partners to fight the city’s “culture of violence,” reported a spokeswoman for the mayor’s conference. The program is credited with helping to bring the city’s murder rate down to what, in the first quarter of 2014, was its lowest rate since 1970.

West Sacramento received its honor for a local partnership called “Universal Preschool for West Sacramento” (UP4WS), which strives “to provide high-quality preschool and child care for all children ages 0-5 in the City of West Sacramento at little cost to residents, through significant subsidies.” Partners include the City, the Washington Unified School District, Yolo County Office of Education, and the First 5 organization.

  Proponents believe early childhood education shows learning advantages and lifelong benefits.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
(News-Ledger file photo)

  “West Sacramento has rapidly transformed from a neglected industrial town to a thriving, livable city, and Universal Preschool for West Sacramento (UP4WS) gives our youngest residents and their parents to create a future full of educational success and economic prosperity,” said Mayor Cabaldon in a press statement. “I’m honored to accept this award on behalf of UP4WS and all of our partners who put kids first and turf aside to achieve the impossible.”

  The award was co-sponsored by Waste Management, Inc.

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West Sac fireworks season starts noon today

BYRON PAIGE (second from left) and other volunteers in a fireworks booth at the corner of Lake Washington Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard in 2012. This booth was staffed by partners from Our Lady of Grace church and school and the Knights of Columbus. (News-Ledger file photo)
BYRON PAIGE (second from left) and other volunteers in a fireworks booth at the corner of Lake Washington Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard in 2012. This booth was staffed by partners from Our Lady of Grace church and school and the Knights of Columbus. (News-Ledger file photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 25, 2014 (UPDATED) —

Love it or hate it, the Fourth of July fireworks season in West Sacramento begins this weekend.

Fireworks judged “safe and sane” can be sold at approved booths  in the City of West Sacramento from Saturday, July 28, to Friday, July 4. Permitted hours are noon to 10 p.m. on the first day (Sat., July 28) and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on other days.  The hours at individual booths may vary.

The same fireworks are legal for you to use from noon on Saturday, June 28 through noon on Sunday, July 6.

City officials allow fireworks to be sold by nonprofit and religious groups at a limited number of booths in the city, mostly in shopping centers.  Booth permits are awarded by a lottery after each group submits an application.

This year’s fireworks booth vendors, and the locations of their booths:

— Boosters for International Gymnastics: Arteaga’s parking lot, 940 Sacramento Avenue.

— Lighthouse Christian Ministries: Lowe’s parking lot, 2250 Lake Washington Boulevard.

— Our Lady of Grace School: Papa Murphy’s parking lot, 2455 Jefferson Blvd. (at Lake Washington).

— River City Christian Academy: Wal-Mart parking lot, 755 Riverpoint Court.

—  Sikh Temple Sacramento: across from the temple at 850 Walnut Ave. (at Evergreen).

— West Sacramento Education Foundation: Nugget parking lot, 2050 Town Center Plaza.

— West Sacramento Little League: Raley’s parking lot, 1601 West Capitol Ave.

— Youth for Christ Ministries: Safeway parking lot, 1298 West Capitol Ave.

Public fireworks displays require a city permit.

Raley Field will include a fireworks show the night of July 4 as part of  “Fourth on the Field,” with local food trucks lined up on the baseball field’s warning track, live music from Nunchuck Taylor, interactive games, a children’s area and then a fireworks show. $5 for kids under 12, $10 for those 12 and up, and $15 for “Solon Club” tickets for those 21 and up. Visit the box office or Ticketmaster.

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Yolo supervisors, sheriff agree to a joint investigation of criticisms of sheriff’s management

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 25, 2014 —

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors and Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto have agreed to form an “independent working group” to address internal issues in the sheriff’s office.

The board of supervisors referred concerns about nepotism and other alleged inappropriate personnel practices to the county grand jury.

  The board of supervisors referred concerns about nepotism and other alleged inappropriate personnel practices to the county grand jury.

The board of supervisors referred concerns about nepotism and other alleged inappropriate personnel practices to the county grand jury.

The resulting grand jury report this year was entitled: “Yolo County Sheriff: Leadership Practices from the Wild, Wild West.”

The new working group is charged with “completing an evaluation of the issues identified in the grand jury report, and to make recommendations where appropriate to improve the operational environment within the Sheriff’s department,” said a statement from the county.

Prieto is quoted as responding:

“It is important to me not only that the issues raised by the grand jury be fully analyzed, but also that all of the Sheriff’s department be provided an opportunity to be heard. I fully support this effort and believe it will enhance my personal commitment and the department’s commitment to excellence and the performance of our duties with increased professionalism and integrity.”

The working group will be chaired by Skip Davies, the mayor of Woodland whose term ends July 2.

In Yolo County, the office of sheriff is an elected one. Sheriffs are not hired and fired by the board of supervisors. The Sheriff/Coroner’s department runs the jail, coroner’s office, animal services department, and conducts law enforcement in Yolo County where it’s not covered by local police departments.

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West Sac school board ponders a bond

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 26, 2014 —

West Sacramento’s school district tonight will discuss putting a $49.8 million bond on the November 4 ballot, where it would need 55 percent of the vote to succeed.

The money would be used to help fund a lengthy list of repairs and upgrades to facilities in the Washington Unified School District, including fire systems, wheelchair access ramps, heating and ventilation units, windows, paving and security systems. The projects are in the district’s “Capitol Improvement Program.”

Property owners would repay the bonds, with assessments not to exceed $60 per $100,000 of assessed value annually, says the proposed bond resolution. Thus, a homeowner whose house is valued at $300,000 on the tax roll would pay up to $180 per year for bond repayment.

The district sponsored a survey in February which they believe shows a bond measure in November could be successful, provided a campaign educates the public about “the need for facility funding that exceeded both the District and the State’s capacity,” according to a district staff report.

The proposed bond will be part of the school board meeting that begins tonight (Thursday, June 26) at 6 p.m. at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

More in next week’s News-Ledger newspaper.

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