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Bomb scare at West Sac post office

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 22, 2013 —

West Sacramento police and fire units responded on May 15 to the report of a suspicious package at the U.S. Postal Service mail hub, 3775 Industrial Boulevard.

A call came in at 7:15 a.m. on May 15.

“Upon arrival, responders found a cardboard package emitting an electronic alarm from within,” said a West Sacramento Fire Department press statement. “The package was moved to a secure area outside the south parking area (and) the Yolo County Bomb Squad was dispatched to the scene. The suspicious package was deemed safe around 10:30 a.m., thanks to the great work by the bomb techs.”

What was it?

“A battery operated ‘door stop alarm’ was found to have been accidentally turned on.”

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City of West Sacramento approves plan for bikeways, walkways

West Sacramento's plan for bike & pedestrian paths. This draft plan shows both existing and planned trails.

West Sacramento’s plan for bike & pedestrian paths. This draft plan shows both existing and planned trails.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 15, 2013 —

The West Sacramento City Council on May 8 approved the 2013 West Sacramento Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan.

“The low-stress bike network would be designed to encourage more West Sacramento residents and workers to use their bikes for local trips for both recreation and their commute,” reported city spokesman Art Schroeder.  “It would include an expansion of bike lanes on streets with up to four total lanes and a speed limit of up to 30 miles per hour (35 miles per hour if a raised median is present) and on shared streets with up to three total lanes and a speed limit of up to 25 miles per hour).”

The plan also would increase West Sacramento’s 44 miles of existing bikeways and trails to nearly 101.8 miles over the next several years, using federal, state, regional and local funding programs to cover the estimated $43.5 million cost, according to Schroeder.

With adoption of the new plan, West Sacramento’s goal now is that by 2030 five percent of commute trips by West Sacramento residents are by bike and 10 percent of commute trips are by walking.  Currently only 1.1 percent of West Sacramento residents commute to and from work by bike, while 1.9 percent of residents currently commute by walking, said Schroeder.

With a combined 15 percent of commute trips by biking and walking, there would be more than 1,000 West Sacramento bicycle commuters and more than 2,000 walk commuters in 2030. Other planned policies to encourage more biking and walking in West Sacramento include:

•    Increasing bike parking facilities
•    Encouraging developers to provide shower/changing facilities for office buildings
•    Participation in a bike sharing program being developed by the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
•    Developing improved pedestrian facilities on Jefferson Blvd., West Capital Ave., Enterprise Ave. and around River City High School

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Learn to row at the port next Saturday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Learn to row (do what you see those folks in skinny boats doing at the Port of West Sacramento). The local River City Rowing Club is hosting a free “learn to row day” and health fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat, June 1, at the boathouse on the port. Experience rowing on the water, and learn to use a rowing machine the correct way. No experience necessary.

Bring a water bottle, socks, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Wear clothing that isn’t too loose fitting, so it doesn’t get caught in the moving seat in the boat. Open to those age 13+; kids under 18 will need a parent present to sign a waiver. For information, visit www.rivercityrowing.org.

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Short plays on stage, courtesy of River City High drama club

The drama club at River City High School (courtesy to the News-Ledger)

The drama club at River City High School (courtesy to the News-Ledger)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 22, 2013 —

Actors from the River City High School Drama Club are hosting a festival of one-act plays this weekend in the Black Box theater at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. Curtain goes up at 7 p.m. May 24 & 25. Tickets are $4.

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A reunion to remember

Joseph, Kathy and Kaylee Pinola -- moments after the three were united for the first time. (Photos courtesy of Mickey Fausett)

Joseph, Kathy and Kaylee Pinola — moments after the three were united for the first time.
(Photos courtesy of Mickey Fausett)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 15, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Sailor Joseph Pinola had been at sea for eight months on the USS John C. Stennis, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. So he had not yet met his five-month old daughter when he returned to town on April 29.

Still, the 22-year old West Sacramentan said he had just been joking when he told his wife Kathy he wanted a big to-do when he flew in at the Sacramento airport. The couple spoke over the phone as they talked about his return.

“I was playing around,” said Joseph. “I said I wanted a news crew and a whole bunch of people at the airport.”

She and some other family members obliged – without telling him. When her husband came down the escalator from the airport terminal, there was a mob of about 15 festive family members waiting for him.

Plus a KCRA TV news crew, with a camera pointed at Joseph’s face.

Video of the event shows Joseph Pinola in his Navy uniform, looking pretty dumbfounded by the welcome. But also pretty happy.

“I was shocked,” he told the News-Ledger. “I was like a deer in the headlights. I didn’t know what to do.”

Joseph and Kathy met at Golden State Middle School (currently the Riverbank Elementary campus) as students. They graduated from River City High School in 2009. She’s 21, formerly Kathy Onsy. They started dating as young teens in 2005.

When Joseph left port on the Stennis, the couple didn’t even know they were going to have a baby.  The ship has spent time in the Persian Gulf, supporting air missions to Afghanistan. Joseph Pinola’s job has been to help the aircraft taxi and move around on the carrier.

“On April Fool’s Day, she called me and said, ‘I took a pregnancy test, and I’m pregnant,’” recalls Joseph.

“I took like eight pregnancy tests, but I still didn’t believe it,” Kathy added.

Kathy Pinola (right, front) waits anxiously for her husband, accompanied by a retinue of family members and a Sacramento television crew. She’s carrying Kaylee, the baby girl her U.S. Navy husband has not yet met.

Kathy Pinola (right, front) waits anxiously for her husband, accompanied by a retinue of family members and a Sacramento television crew. She’s carrying Kaylee, the baby girl her U.S. Navy husband has not yet met.

Little Kaylee – born at 6 pounds, 4.2 ounces and 21 inches long – is doing great.

“She always has a smile on her face, every single morning,” reports Kathy Pinola.

Joseph’s uncle, Mickey Fausett of West Sacramento, finds it amusing that Pinola is a Navy man.

“I used to take him sailing,” remembers Fausett. “One time, I remember he looked around and said, ‘Boy, there’s a lot of water out here – can we go back in now?’”

The Pinola family is getting ready to go to Washington state – the Stennis is homeported at Bremerton.  There, Joseph Pinola will wait for his next Navy orders. He expects to stay on land and is hoping for a post in California.

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Shouldn’t have saved my college papers

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 15, 2013 —

COLUMN BY DARYL FISHER —

The other night my youngest son was helping me clean out an extra bedroom where I store lots of old stuff when he came across a box with the word “College” scribbled on the outside of it.

“What’s this?” he asked me as he opened the box and began thumbing through the discolored papers inside it.

“I think it’s just a bunch of old homework assignments I did way back when I was in college,” I answered.

“Boy, Dad, I only see one `A’ in here. The rest are mostly ‘C’s.”

“I was never much of a student,” I admitted. “Which paper did I get the `A’ on?”

“It looks like it was a report or something on one of Thoreau’s books. Were you into Thoreau when you were young?”

“Everyone was into Thoreau back in the late ‘60s when I was going to college. We all wanted to move to Walden Pond and build ourselves a cabin and live the simple life.”

“Why?”

“Who knows? It was a long time ago. If I remember right, we were going to change the world.”

“Well, since it looks like it was your only `A’ paper, do you want me to read some of it to you? It’s not very long.”

“Sure.”

“Henry David Thoreau’s Walden contains  one important insight after another,” began my son,  “and what immediately draws the reader’s attention is the fact that the man responsible for those insights was considered an undistinguished loafer by those who thought they knew him best, a man who died a failure by contemporary standards of success.  So maybe Walden’s first important insight is that important insights are often hiding out in places where one would least expect to find them.

“Thoreau, a sometimes teacher, pencil maker, surveyor and handyman, explains with clarity and simplicity that there is much more to life than the mind-dulling repetition of factory life.  So the second important insight I find in Walden is that any life directed towards money and endless toil is a life directed towards death.

“The third important insight I can think of comes from Thoreau’s belief that one can resist the debilitating effects of the industrial revolution by reducing his or her needs to the barest essentials of life, and by establishing an intimate, spiritual relationship with nature.  One needs only to consider turning back the clock to a more simple, agrarian way of living.  Thoreau tells us that our only real needs are clothing, food, shelter, and fuel.

“Number four comes from the way Thoreau looked at work.  He considered all work honorable and worked hard at those tasks he gave himself, but he also believed that we all need to reduce the time necessary to support ourselves.  I think he would have agreed with the way Camus once put it: `It is normal to give part of your life so as not to lose it entirely.  Six or eight hours a day so as not to die of hunger. And then everything is profit to those who know how to profit from it.’

“Fifth, in Chapter One, Thoreau reminds us that a major hindrance to personal growth and happiness is `The blind acceptance of traditional, conventional ways of living as handed down by previous generations.  Too many individuals unquestioningly accept what their parents and grandparents believed to be the meaning of life.’  What a great insight that is — that each new generation needs to reinvent the world all over again.

“Sixth, that we can know God through nature, and that `each man, through the potential power of his intellect, has the ability to become god-like.’
“Seventh, that we often allow life to be `frittered away by detail.’ In Chapter Two, the narrator cries out, `Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!  I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand.’

“Eighth, that `Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.’  In other words, good books can set us free.  He also warns that we shouldn’t waste our time reading worthless, repetitive gossip and that shabby literature can create only shabby minds.  Like the old Pete Seeger song says, we should try to avoid filling our heads with `garbage, garbage, garbage.’

“Ninth, in Chapter Four, I liked the way the narrator thinks of railroads and trains as the enemy and says, `I will not have my eyes put out and my ears spoiled by its smoke and steam and hissing.’  The American Indian, who looked upon life and the earth much as Thoreau did, also understood early on that locomotives were bringing death to their world.

“Tenth, in Chapter Five, Thoreau hints that `in the gentle, benevolent, revitalizing company of nature, loneliness is an irrelevant concern.’  Since we’re all born and die alone, locked inside our own heads, that is an interesting and hopeful insight indeed.

“Eleventh, that `wherever a man goes, men will pursue him and paw him with their dirty institutions.’

“Twelfth, that we are all capable of surviving our own `spiritual winters.’

“And finally, that `If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.’

“Jeez, Dad,” said my son with a smile after he had finished reading and returned my ancient book report back into the box where he found it, “even way back in your college days you were pretty much full of s___, weren’t you?”

“Yeah, pretty much.”

 

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Library: you can check out a toy

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Check out a toy from the library!

The toy library is available with safe, educational and fun toys, at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue, West Sacramento. Hours are Tuesdays noon-2 p.m., Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays noon-2 at 1212 Merkley Avenue. You can be a member for $15/year.

Sponsored by Child Care Services.

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