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Mike McGowan to step down as supervisor, accept governor’s appointment

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 13, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Michael McGowan, one of West Sacramento’s preeminent ‘pols’ since becoming the city’s first mayor in 1987, will leave elected office next month.

He has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as deputy director of strategic planning and policy at the state department of motor vehicles.

MICHAEL McGOWAN: Currently a Yolo County Supervisor, he has served as West Sacramento's first mayor and is now immediate past president of the California State Association of Counties (courtesy photo)

MICHAEL McGOWAN: Currently a Yolo County Supervisor, he has served as West Sacramento’s first mayor and is now immediate past president of the California State Association of Counties (courtesy photo)

“My last board of supervisors meeting is December third and my first day at the new job is the fourth,” McGowan told the News-Ledger.

After serving on West Sacramento’s first city council starting in 1987, McGowan was elected to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in 1993. He has served the 1st District (Clarksburg and most of West Sacramento) since.

He believes the county to be in “sound” shape with a great staff.

What will he do at the new job?

“My role is probably more akin to being a special assistant to the director,” he told the News-Ledger. “One of the things I know I’ll be doing right away involves the ‘undocumented drivers’ legislation that the governor approved into law. That will undoubtedly require some programming challenges. How is it going to work in different parts of the state, or with local sheriff’s departments?”

The new post pays about $125,000 annually. The remainder of McGowan’s board term (which ends in January, 2017) will be filled by an appointment by the governor.

McGowan told the News-Ledger he does not yet know if Governor Brown will seek his input on filling the new vacancy on the board of supervisors.

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Pair arrested at I-5 rest stop in Yolo with 30 pounds of pot

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 6, 2013 —

Yolo County sheriff’s deputies arrested two out-of-town men found with a large amount of marijuana.

Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Persons reports a deputy contacted the pair at about 8:20 a.m. on Oct. 30, while they were parked in the southbound lot at an I-5 rest stop in the north-Yolo town of Dunnigan.

“During contact, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior and rear bed of the vehicle,” reported Persons. “A search of the vehicle revealed several large duffle bags containing 30 one-pound bags of individually packaged marijuana, and 21 non-prescribed Vicodin tablets.”

Arrested were 22-year old Eric Martin Scott of San Jose and 26-year old Adam Gabriel Barrett of Lancaster. They were charged with possession of marijuana and offering to sell or furnish the drug. Scott was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

They were jailed before being released on $50,000 bail, and will be arraigned Nov. 27.

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Roadwork questions? Open house tonight

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 12, 2013 —

PG&E customers in West Sacramento are invited to an open house to learn more about the ongoing pipeline replacement project in their neighborhood. PG&E is hosting an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to discuss this work with customers and provide information about available energy audits, energy efficiency and rates.

  Drop in Hampton Inn & Suites, 800 Stillwater Rd., 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Further questions and comments can be directed to PG&E’s Nav Dosange, 1-(530) 634-6493 or NKD4@pge.com.

The News-Ledger published a pair of earlier articles about the street project. You can find the first article here, with a followup and more details here.

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‘Fairytale Theater’ comes to West Sac stage

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Fairytale Theater comes to the Black Box Theater in the West Sacramento Community Center (1075 West Capitol Avenue) through the holidays.

Watch “Holka Polka” and journey through a land where witches, wizards and royalty come together to find out who cast the sleeping spell on the prince. Saturdays at noon, Nov. 16, Dec. 7 & 21, and Jan. 11.

View “Peggy the Pint-Size Pirate” and see if the pirates can keep Peggy from becoming one of them because she’s too small, and see how she fairs against the evil sea monster. Saturdays at noon on Dec. 14, Jan. 4 & 18.

Tickets are $5 from www.westsacfun.org, or from the community center in advance. Tickets will be available at the door if they’re still available.

 

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What do you do with an old courthouse?

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 6, 2013 —

News-Ledger Staff

What would you do with this landmark courthouse building erected in 1917? Would you convert it to office space? A museum? A school? Some sort of public market?

Now that Yolo County is constructing a replacement court, the old structure in Woodland will lose its original purpose. So county officials are looking to “consider alternative and innovative approaches to the reuse of the facility,” reports spokesperson Beth Gabor.

Yolo County Courthouse, finished in 1917 and seen here in 2011 (public domain photo/Wikipedia Commons)

Yolo County Courthouse, finished in 1917 and seen here in 2011 (public domain photo/Wikipedia Commons)

So, just what will you have to work with?

You get a building on the National Registry of Historic Places that was designed with Greek and Roman influences, encompasses 50,000 square feet and sits on 2.75 acres along Court Street, a block away from Woodland’s main drag.

“Yolo County’s objective is to consider this property in its suburban context as a fully utilized and valued asset that invites innovative design,” said Gabor. “Potential use could involve a lease of the property from the county. Any future use would need to take into account historic preservation restrictions and environmental conditions.”

Gabor quotes Mindi Nunez, deputy county administrator:

“We intend to use the ideas received from citizens, developers and others for planning purposes to make strategic decisions regarding future use of this property.”

Interested parties can arrange a tour by calling (530) 666-8426.

Ideas may be submitted by email (mindi.nunes@yolocounty.org) or mail (Office of the Yolo County Administrator, Attn: Mindi Nunes, 625 Court St., Suite 202, Woodland CA 95695).

For more information on submitting ideas, visit www.yolocounty.org.

Ideas are due by November 25.

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Second hit-and-run suspect turns herself in

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 8, 2013 —

“Person of interest” Pamela McKee turned herself in to police late last night, reports the West Sacramento Police Department.

PAMELA McKEE: turned herself into police late last night after a police search

PAMELA McKEE: turned herself into police late last night after a police search

McKee was believed to be in the RV that struck and killed 55-year old Michael Ray Anderson at a Sacramento Avenue shopping center on Tuesday evening.

She was booked into Yolo County Jail on one count of murder.

The other suspect in the case, Joshua Neil Anthon (a 31-year old from Rio Linda) turned himself in to police earlier yesterday evening, and also faces one count of murder.

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Do you know these men? Hawaii woman seeks photos of six West Sac Vietnam casualties

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 30, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A Hawaii woman is on a mission to help us remember “the boys.”

Her mission is to help those trying “to put a face with every name” etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.. They’re trying to collect a photo of every American who lost his life in the Vietnam War.

Her effort has put Janna Hoehn in touch first with media in Maui County, then with her hometown in California, and now with other California newspapers.  Hoehn has a list of soldiers for whom she’d like to find photographs, and six of those fallen vets were from West Sacramento.

Janna Hoehn, with some of the photos she’s collected so far (Photo by Matthew Thayer)

Janna Hoehn, with some of the photos she’s collected so far (Photo by Matthew Thayer)

How did Hoehn get started?

“Five years ago, my husband and I made our first trip to Washington, D.C.,” she explained in an email. “Because Vietnam was the war that was going on while I was in high school, the first memorial on my list was the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Even though I never knew anyone in Vietnam, I wanted an etching.”

Using a piece of paper held over the engraved stone wall of the memorial, Hoehn traced the name of a fallen soldier at random. It was Gregory John Crossman, MIA (missing in action). She tried to locate his family to send them the etching, but couldn’t find them. Later, though, she found a photo of Crossman and then heard about a “call for photos” by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. After she sent it into the memorial fund, she was asked to track down photos of the other 42 Maui County soldiers who died in Vietnam.

“I started by combing the phone books, calling every ‘like’ name of each soldier,” said Hoehn. “I found about ten of them this way, then (went) off to the archived yearbooks for every high school in Maui. I found a few more.”

She also looked through newspaper obituaries at the library, and got publicity in the Maui News and its website. Photos started coming in, and she got all 42.

Hoehn then moved on to finding photos for the six soldiers from her hometown area (San Jacinto and Hemet, California) who were killed in Vietnam. Now she’s expanded her search to the whole state, making it her mission to find a photo of every California native who died in that war.

“All of these photos will be submitted to the ‘Wall of Faces’ online memorial with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, as well as the future Education Center adjacent to the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.,” said Hoehn. “Putting a face with a name changes the whole dynamic of the wall. It keeps these soldiers alive and will honor them. Our heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

On her list right now are four fallen soldiers listed from West Sacramento:

Richard Arias (who lived from 1944 to his Vietnam War death in 1969); Thomas E. Bumgarner (1933-1969); Dickie D. Koell, Jr. (1950-1969); and Franklin R. White (1938-1963).

She’s also seeking photos from two men listed as living in Broderick (now part of West Sacramento): Charles A. Coats (1950-1968) and John W. Tiderencel (1947-1969).

“If anyone (reading this) is related – a friend or a classmate to any of these Yolo County boys, I would very much appreciate hearing from you,” said Hoehn. “Even if you don’t have a photo, but know which school any of these young men attended, it would be so helpful. We need to obtain a photo of every single soldier whose name is etched on the wall – all 58,286 of them. To date, we have 32,000 photos.”

Hoehn is also looking for anyone who can help with local “legwork” on the project.

You may reach her at mauifloralelegance@gmail.com.

Anyone who finds a picture of one of these fallen West Sacramentans is also invited to send a copy of the photo, and any pertinent details, to the News-Ledger at steve@news-ledger.com.

For more information on the memorial wall, visit www.vvmf.org/thewall.

 

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