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Party at Raley Field on Sunday: free hot dogs, bounce houses & kid stuff

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

Raley Field will host a party at the seasonal opening of its baseball ticket box on Sunday, March 9. There will be free food (including hot dogs and samples from Round Table Pizza), a live band, bounce house, balloon artists and more. You may earn the opportunity to take five swings on the field with your $20 donation to the River Cats Foundation. River Cats Merchandise and clubhouse facilities will be on display.

The party lasts from noon to 3.

 

 

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There’s nothing like pee-wee baseball

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 5, 2014 —

  Note: For the past few weeks I’ve been going over to a little hidden-away baseball diamond at Southport Elementary School to watch two of my grandsons practice with their teammates for their upcoming West Sacramento Little League season. Their team, called the Raptors, is being coached by my son-in-law and oldest son, which should turn out to be a hoot in itself, and watching them work really hard to get the Raptors all squared away for Opening Day suddenly reminded of the following column, which was penned almost 20 years ago:

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

The coming of spring in the Sacramento Valley means different things to different people. To the sun worshiper, it means that endless months of depressing rain and white skin are almost over; to allergy-sufferers, it means it’s time to start sneezing and blowing your nose again; to the lover of gardening, it’s time to prepare the soil for all that glorious plant growth that is just around the corner; and to the local parent of young boys, it’s time to try and find a way out of being their Little League baseball manager or coach.

This year, however, my youngest son, Kyle, has talked me into signing up to manage his pee-wee baseball team (the Reds) in the West Sacramento Little League. His argument was simple and effective. Since I had managed his older brother’s pee-wee teams, I owed him.

“If you’re the manager, Dad,” he said with deep conviction, “I’ll get to be the pitcher!”

“But it doesn’t exactly work that way, Kyle,” I tried to explain. “Plus in pee-wees, there is no pitcher. Everyone hits off of a tee.”

“Right,” said my son, obviously starting to question just what kind of manager I was going to be if I didn’t even know that you need a pitcher to play baseball.

“Kyle,” I said, “to tell you the truth, I’m a little burned out on Little League baseball coaching. Maybe you could wait another year? You’re only six, you know.”

“But Dad,” he said with his most pathetic voice, “that’s what you said last year.” Then he looked up at me with those big brown eyes of his and a facial expression that left no doubt he was thinking those awful words which all parents fear: “You love my brothers (or sisters) more than me!”

So, once again, it was time to break out the fluff balls and undersized mitts and prepare my ears for that awful aluminum “clink” of the bat. Thankfully, by the time I had called all twelve of the Reds and told them about their first practice, I was beginning to feel some of the old fun and excitement which pee-wee baseball brings out in almost everyone who participates. And with all the phone calls completed, I sat back for a few minutes and tried to remember some of the things required of a successful pee-wee manager.

First, you have to be really good at tying double-knots. Pee-wees are, for the most part, six and seven year olds, and almost all of them will show up for every practice (and the majority of their games) with at least one shoe untied.

Second, you have to be great at finding things. Pee-wees lose their hats, their bats, their gloves, their snack-bar money, and even their parents from time to time.

Third, you have to be able to anticipate potty breaks. This can usually be done by noticing how the players on my team are standing. If they are squirming, holding their legs tightly together, and making funny faces, you need to get them over to the bathroom ASAP!

Fourth, you have to be accomplished at being able to talk some sweet, unsuspecting soul into being the team mother. She is the person who has to, among many other things, organize the team float for the Opening Day parade, get other busy mothers to work in the snack bar, and collect all the money from the candy sale. This person always ends up being a saint in my eyes.

Fifth, you have to be able to quickly establish a set of often-repeated rules, the most important being that only one pee-wee at a time (the hitter) can have a bat in his or her hands. There is simply nothing quite as frightening as watching five or six eager young pee-wees with baseball bats in their hands warming up for batting practice in the same area at the same time.

Sixth, you have to be able to cheerfully accept the fact that the attention span for a perfectly normal pee-wee is approximately 30 seconds, and  on warm, sunny afternoons with interesting-looking puffy white clouds floating above them, even that number drops dramatically.

Seventh, you have to have energetic adult base coaches with loud and distinctive voices. Pee-wees love to get on base and race around the diamond, but they’re not always sure just when to take off or what direction to go. A good base coach can get them pretty skilled at running to first base instead of third when they hit the ball, but only a great one can organize things from that point on.

And finally, and maybe most important of all, you have to be able to make all the team’s parents and grandparents truly believe that pee-wee baseball isn’t the big show, and that it’s not about winning and losing, but rather riding around in a homemade float on Opening Day, free after-the-game popcorn and snow cones from the snack bar, pizza parties with teammates, good sportsmanship, and learning to love the game.

“Dad,” said my six-year old son as he wound himself up in front of me in his new Reds baseball jersey and released his best imaginary fastball, “you know what?”

“What, Kyle?”

“The Reds are going to kick butt!”

 

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Do you want to be on the city council?

Former West Sacramento city councilman has accepted a governor's appointment to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors -- creating a vacancy on West Sac's city council (News-Ledger photo)

Former West Sacramento city councilman Oscar Villegas has accepted a governor’s appointment to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors — creating a vacancy on West Sac’s city council (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 7, 2014 —

  Because former West Sacramento city councilman Oscar Villegas has been appointed to the county board of supervisors, the city council is seeking applicants from residents interested in filling the vacant seat on the council. The term for the vacant seat expires in November, 2016.

Applications from interested people are to be personally delivered to the city clerk’s office at 1110 West Capitol Avenue (no mail or faxes). Deadline is 5 p.m. on March 20.

  The requirements, according to city spokesman Art Schroeder:

  Applicants for the City Council must be at least 18 years of age, live in West Sacramento, and be registered voters in West Sacramento at the time of the application. Interested candidates for the position can find the application form on the City’s website, www.cityofwestsacramento.org (see the “News You Can Use” heading), request the form from the City Clerk’s Office, 1110 West Capitol Ave., 3rd floor, or phone (916) 617-4500.

 Finalists will be notified no later than March 27 (Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and Mayor Pro Tem Mark Johannessen will review applications and select the finalists).

  Finalists will be interviewed by the City Council at the Council’s regularly- scheduled meeting, April 2 at 7 p.m.

  “The application process will be open and transparent,” said Schroeder in a press statement. “In the interest of fairness, applicants are discouraged from contacting or meeting privately with individual members of the City Council. The Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem will decline all requests to meet about the position until the Council appoints the replacement member.”

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Home invasion robbery in Southport

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 5, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Three men with handguns are sought by police after they entered a house on Sherman Island Road on February 25, assaulting a pair of men inside and making off with about $1,420 worth of electronics.

According to a police report, the crime was reported at 10:18 p.m. from the Southport house.

Three suspects, each carrying a handgun, “physically assaulted the two victims inside, and stole several items. All suspects brandished handguns at both victims, and physically assaulted both victims with their handguns.”

Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department elaborated for the News-Ledger:

“Three (suspects) wearing jackets and gloves broke into an attached garage, and then the house, while the occupant and his roommate were home,” said Sockman. “They were looking for marijuana — they kept repeating over and over, ‘Where’s the weed? Where’s the weed?’”

Apparently, they were at the wrong house.

“There was no weed,” said Sockman.

The victims were a pair of men age 50 and 52, according to the report. One suffered a black eye and reports he may have been hit on the back of the head with a handgun.

Taken in the robbery were a $600 iPhone, a $250 car stereo and a $550 laptop computer.

There were no detailed descriptions of the suspects, and no escape car was seen.

 

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