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West Sac Foundation receives honor

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jorgen Bateman and  Barbara Moore, board members of the West Sacramento Foundation;  Maria Simas, president of the board of the West Sacramento Foundation; Meg Stallard, president of the Yolo County Foundation;  Kelly A. Rochester, secretary of the West Sacramento Foundation; and Charlie Moore, executive director of the West Sacramento Foundation.  (Courtesy of YCF)

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jorgen Bateman and Barbara Moore, board members of the West Sacramento Foundation; Maria Simas, president of the board of the West Sacramento Foundation; Meg Stallard, president of the Yolo Community Foundation; Kelly A. Rochester, secretary of the West Sacramento Foundation; and Charlie Moore, executive director of the West Sacramento Foundation. (Courtesy of YCF)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 11, 2013 —

The Yolo Community Foundation has named the West Sacramento Foundation as its “Philanthropist of the Year: in the county.

According to Meg Stallard, president of the board of Yolo Community Foundation:

“The West Sacramento  Foundation, an all-volunteer organization, for the past 25 years has help enhance the quality of lives of children, teens, adults and senior citizens of West Sacramento. Since 1988 the Foundation has supported residents’ activities in the areas of health, sports, arts education and community organization. It really shows how effective giving can be when it is local and you are aware of the needs and programs of the local community.”

The Foundation raises money from a golf tournament and the “All Charities Raffle” to help other West Sacramento nonprofit groups.

The recognition event was held November 14 at the Erwin Meier Administration building in Woodland.  All county nonprofits were invited to nominate people to be honored. Along with the West Sacramento Foundation, eleven Yolo County nonprofits recognized donors and volunteers.

The Mexican American Concilio of Yolo County recognized Dick Luna of deLuna’s Jewelers of Davis, who has donated the raffle’s grand prize for the past 13 years at the Annual Concilio Scholarship Fundraiser.

Yolo Food Bank honored Misbah Husain with a special award to recognize his extraordinary commitment to hunger relief in Yolo County.

The Sheriff’s Team of Active Retired Seniors (STARS), a nonprofit for volunteers ages 50 and above providing services that otherwise would not be available to Yolo County residents, honored Volunteer Commander Jim Haney. Haney  has successfully reestablished and expanded the STARS program.

Yolo Reads, a program with Yolo County Library, recognized Darlene Coppersmith, who has volunteered for over two years and helped her client pass the citizenship test.

CommuniCare Health Center honored the contributions of the Hansen family in honor of their parents, Dr. Bob Hansen and Suzanne Hansen, who worked to promote a healthy community for all in Yolo County through their volunteerism, advocacy and philanthropy. Their children have continued their parent’s legacy.

Soroptimist International of Woodland (SIW) thanked Tom Vinci, owner and drummer of “Superlicious,” the areas Ultimate 80’s band, for helping the club raise $20,000 over the past few years for Soroptimist sponsored programs.

The Woodland Schools Foundation honored Christy Hayes, owner of Kitchen428 and Mojo’s Lounge, for supporting local nonprofits fundraising efforts.

Woodland Gymnastics honored Mr. LaQuard, who founded the program in 1972, with the mission of providing quality gymnastic training and activities for all youth in Yolo County and surrounding areas.

Ark Preschool recognized the substantial financial contribution by Yocha Dehe Community Fund over the past several years. Their contribution this year has provided books for the children and helped support the staff.

The Davis Art Center (DAC) honored Madeline Brattesani, who as a board member, treasurer and now as chair of the Finance Committee has worked on DAC’s major fundraiser, the annual Holiday Sale.

Capay Valley Vision recognized Sue Heitman, a founding member of CVV.

 

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Give a little blood this Wednesday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The City of West Sacramento is sponsoring a blood drive on Wed., Dec. 18, from 9-1:30 p.m. at the BloodSource mobile coach in the city hall parking lot, 1110 West Capitol Ave. Appointments encouraged (call Kryss Rankin, 617-4500), but walk-ins will be accepted as space is available.

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GUEST OPINION: State needs to honor its debt to California’s counties

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 4, 2013 —

By Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada
(D-Davis)
and Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad (Woodland)

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife owes 36 California counties collectively over $17 million in delinquent payment-in-lieu-of-taxes.  For Yolo County, the share is nearly $1.4 million.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARIKO YAMADA (courtesy photo)

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARIKO YAMADA
(courtesy photo)

The payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILT) program was established in 1949 to offset the loss in county property tax revenues resulting from state acquisition of private property for wildlife management areas.  These payments were intended to help counties continue to provide vital services such as public safety, health care and roads construction and maintenance.  In Yolo County, the state has not made a payment to offset its acquisition of property acquired primarily for the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area since 2000, thus leaving Yolo County programs and services to suffer.

The state has also not made payments to the No Man’s Fire Protection District that sits east of Davis.  These payments would help support fire services.  Instead, the cost has been borne solely by private landowners in the district.  This is not the partnership that the County of Yolo expected.  The failure of the state to adhere to state law and meet its end of the bargain discourages the primary intent of land conservation.

YOLO SUPERVISOR MATT REXROAD (photo courtesy of Yolo County)

YOLO SUPERVISOR MATT REXROAD (photo courtesy of Yolo County)

Now, the State of California wants to own or control even more property in Yolo County to address the environmental issues associated with the Delta.  With over $17 million in delinquent monies currently owed to 36 counties, we are skeptical of the state’s future efforts in Yolo County.

Counties throughout California are doing everything they can to reduce expenses, tighten budgets and find funding for critical programs and services for their residents.  We believe the State of California should recognize its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes obligation, pay past due monies and resume ongoing annual payments as the first step in building a better state-local government relationship.

We all have to pay our bills – the state shouldn’t get an exception on the backs of the counties.

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Horsemen bearing gifts:

West Sacramento Trail Riders Association riders line up in front of Station 45’s ladder truck in Southport during their 2011 toy drive (photo courtesy of W.S. Fire Department)

West Sacramento Trail Riders Association riders line up in front of Station 45’s ladder truck in Southport during their 2011 toy drive (photo courtesy of W.S. Fire Department)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 11, 2013 —

The West Sacramento Trail Riders Association – a local horse riding group – plans their annual “Trail Ride for Kids” beginning 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 15.

Above, club members are seen in a previous year’s “Toy Ride” (photo courtesy of West Sacramento Fire Department).

This Sunday, the horsemen and women will deliver toys to the “Toys for Tots” collection site at Fire Station 45. They’ll ride from the Tower Mart on Linden Road South to the fire station on Lake Washington Blvd. near Jefferson, and you’re welcome to come out along the Jefferson Boulevard route to wave hello. The route will take the riders past the Nugget Center to the fire station.

 

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City considers restraints on pot growing

NEWS-LEDGER– DEC 4, 2013 —

Local law already bans pot dispensaries and backyard medical marijuana groves —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The City of West Sacramento is poised to again tighten the restrictions on anyone growing marijuana at home.

The city has already outlawed marijuana dispensaries, the cultivation of marijuana for dispensaries, and any kind of outdoor marijuana cultivation. Although a state initiative legalized marijuana for medical use in the state, it still remains illegal under federal law.

A staff report for this Thursday’s planning commission meeting suggests that the commission put further city restrictions on those growing the plant for their own use, including:

— Continuing to outlaw outdoor growth of the plants

— Limiting indoor growth to 120 square feet per property, with a required minimum amount of ventilation and maximum wattage of growing lights.

— Allowing cultivation only when the grower lives on the property

— No cultivation in nonresidential zones or within 600 feet of schools or child care centers.

The staff report said that, after tracking court cases involving the rights of users of medical marijuana, city planning staff believed such restrictions would pass legal muster.

A number of residents have complained about neighbors growing the drug, said the report. Some have complained about the odor of the plants, and others have worried that the plants are a magnet for thieves and crime.

Citing data collected since 2008, the report said:

“The total number of narcotics complaints shows a peak in 2010, decreasing slightly thereafter, and then a slight rise this year. However, the number of complaints that specifically identify marijuana has doubled every year to 2012, with 2013 slightly below. . . The calls for service and crimes (plant theft, residential burglaries) related to the cultivation of marijuana have doubled since 2010.”

The city planning commission will be asked to consider the new restrictions during its meeting 6 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 5)  at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

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Buy a little something for a needy senior

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Buy a gift for a home-bound or lonely senior: The West Sacramento Rotary Club will be on hand at Raley’s supermarket from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekend of Dec. 14-15, and invites you to donate a gift to fill a senior’s request. Most of the requests are for items like socks, magazines and food. Rotary members will team up with River City High School’s Interact Club to cheerfully delivery your gift to the senior citizen who asked for it.

The supermarket is located at 1601 West Capitol Avenue (a block west of Jefferson Boulevard).

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Hundreds visit Santa, city tree lighting

The West Sacramento Community Singers give a cheer to the crowd after a performance from the stairway. (News-Ledger photo)

The West Sacramento Community Singers give a cheer to the crowd after a performance from the stairway. (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 11, 2013 —

Last year’s event was canceled by stormy weather, but celebrants this year just moved indoors to dodge a drizzle

The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce threw its annual holiday party at city hall on Friday evening.

With a bit of moisture in the air, the party moved from the city hall front lawn to the indoor “galleria.”

Attendees included many eager youngsters waiting for a confidential word with Santa, who was scheduled to arrive by fire truck part-way into the party.

There were refreshments, and Christmas carols.

A choir group from River City High School entertains the crowd.  (News-Ledger photo)

A choir group from River City High School entertains the crowd.
(News-Ledger photo)

 

It took three pulls at the switch. But Santa and Mayor Christoper Cabaldon successfully threw the switch that lit the city’s ‘holiday tree’ in front of 1110 West Capitol Avenue. (News-Ledger photo)

It took three pulls at the switch. But Santa and Mayor Christoper Cabaldon successfully threw the switch that lit the city’s ‘holiday tree’ in front of 1110 West Capitol Avenue. CLICK TO ENLARGE.
(News-Ledger photo)

 

Santa arrives! (News-Ledger photo)

Santa arrives!
(News-Ledger photo)

 

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