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Council votes to allow indoor cultivation of marijuana, within limits

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 22, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The West Sacramento City Council voted 4-0 last week to allow cultivation of marijuana within city limits – but only in certain places, by certain people and in limited spaces.

Marijuana cultivation remains illegal under federal law.

The new city rules are meant to reconcile the state “Compassionate Use Act,” which allows people to use marijuana for medical purposes, with the rights of their neighbors. City staff say that outdoor marijuana cultivation attracts crime, for example, and generates an unwelcome odor from the plants.

In late 2012, the city placed a moratorium on outdoor cultivation of the plant.

Last week, the council approved new rules that continue to prohibit outdoor growth. The rules also require a city permit to grow marijuana. They restrict cultivation to people who live on their own residential property, allow it to be grown on up to 120 square feet of indoor space. Growing is prohibited within 600 feet of schools or child care centers.

The city planning commission recommended that distance be increased to 1,000 feet, but the city council did not adopt that recommendation. Staff said a 1,000-foot buffer “could essentially result in a de facto ban.”

Those wanting to grow marijuana will have to present medical documentation to get a permit.

One member of the public spoke out against the rules, saying, “In my opinion, (marijuana) is a forerunner to something much worse. I’m against seeing it even get started in our community.”

CITY COUNCILMAN OSCAR VILLEGAS said West Sacramento has carefully studied the issue before acting. (News-Ledger file photo)

CITY COUNCILMAN OSCAR VILLEGAS said West Sacramento has carefully studied the issue before acting. (News-Ledger file photo)

Councilman Oscar Villegas commented on the proposed rules:

“It’s not as if we’re acting like cowboys here. We’ve been very methodical and thoughtful.”

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon joined council members Oscar Villegas, Mark Johannessen and Bill Kristoff in supporting the new rules. A final reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the Feb. 5 city council meeting.

Marijuana dispensaries are still outlawed in the city.

 

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19-year old cited for driving into power pole in Southport car crash

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – JAN 24, 2014

A car went into a Southport power pole yesterday afternoon, dropping a live wire to the road and temporarily shutting off traffic.

According to Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department, a 19-year old man hit the pole at the intersection of Marshall Road and Otis Avenue at about 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23.

“The pole was broken in two, causing a live power line to lay across the roadway,” said Sockman in a press release. “The driver, a 19-year old male from West Sacramento, was not injured. . . Alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The driver was cited for excessive speed, leaving the roadway, no insurance, no registration and no driver’s license in possession.”

A portion of Otis Avenue between Marshall Road and Bridgeway Lakes Drive was expected to be closed for “several hours.”

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‘Sail Inn’ is gone, but new owner promises a future for former West Sac ‘dive bar’

  New owner Archie Morse (left) is presiding over a remodel at a locally-famous West Sac bar. The boat is gone from the establishment’s roof, but the maritime-themed pilings out front remain (News-Ledger photo)

New owner Archie Morse (left) is presiding over a remodel at a locally-famous West Sac bar. The boat is gone from the establishment’s roof, but the maritime-themed pilings out front remain (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 15, 2014 —

By Thomas Farley
News-Ledger Correspondent

Last August, after operating Sail Inn Food & Spirits for 27 years, Joan Washburn lost her lease. The old-time bar at 1522 Jefferson Boulevard closed up shop.

Washburn had founded the West Sacramento landmark with little planning and little idea of what was to come.

In 1986, Washburn’s postmaster, Bill Kristoff, presented Joan with an opportunity to lease a Kristoff family property on Jefferson, she told the News-Ledger. (Kristoff is now the longest-serving member of the West Sacramento City Council.) The property on Jefferson had been a bar before.   Joan’s fiance encouraged her to take the plunge, reasoning that she had to diversify from just dealing in real estate.

As Joan puts it: “Shabam! I’m owner of a bar!”

Almost as surprising to her was the reception she first met.

“It was so busy initially when I first got there,” she recalls. “It was standing room only. We would cash $20,000 in paychecks on a slow Friday night. After I cashed those I would go to the bank, swap the checks out, and cash another $20,000.”

Less hectic was the steady weekday crowd, often coming in after work.

Many employees from nearby businesses wound up at The Sail Inn after their shifts ended. A steady stream came from workplaces like Tony’s Meat and Cheese, Tecon Pacific (now Clark Pacific), Weyerhaeuser, the Port, the Post Office, and the Rice Growers Association.

Joan said the customer base changed later as Southport developed.

“You now have the ‘bedroom community’ crowd versus the ‘after work’ crowd,” she recalled.

But business was always good in the early years and Joan was proud of the “Sail.” She wanted the establishment to be known first as a good place to eat, not just as a bar.

For many the Sail Inn was their place to go, their West Sacramento version of the fictional Boston “Cheers” bar.

Dan Cordes remembers:

“It was so comfortable for me that I could pass out after closing and sleep on top of the bar. Hanging out with Darren the bartender was great. Just the camaraderie of it all. A place to let go and just relax with friends.”

The Sail even made an impression on those who couldn’t go in. Paul Choate recalls passing by many times as a youth.

“I worked at Club Pheasant in 1977 and remember Jefferson Boulevard as a rural road: all but empty except for fields and Warehouses,” said Choate. “I was too young to stop at the Sail Inn then, but marveled at the boat on the roof!”

After the business closed, Washburn left to go scuba diving in Monterey. Joan spent ten days in the water, diving and relaxing. She says she is now ready to move on.

What’s next for her? Washburn owns the vacant property next to the Sail Inn, so a nursery might be possible if issues with the city and neighbors were worked out. But she is most interested in becoming a writer.

“Writing books,” she says. “That’s always what I thought I’d be doing in this phase of my life — writing books. Right now, though, I am still just trying to sit in a room with people and not say ‘What can I get you?’”

Paul Choate sums it up:  “It’s sad that fun places like the Sail Inn are dying out. The Sail Inn was home to generations of local flotsam and jetsam from West Sac. All were welcome, the food was plentiful and cheap, as was the alcohol and entertainment. The closing of this homespun icon marks a change for the new West Sacramento of urban developments and big box malls. Hopefully West Sacramento will make room for more local businesses with flavor and style like the Sail Inn had.”

Choate may yet get some of what he misses.

As the News-Ledger paid a visit on the old building along Jefferson last week, Archie Morse was on the site, getting it ready for a rebirth. Decades of grit had been scoured from the floor, and the kitchen was being readied for expansion and upgrades.

The Sail Inn is being readied for a new life – as a bar and an eatery with fish and other pub fare on the menu – by new owners.

A peek inside the bar, as renovations are underway at the ‘Sail Inn.’ Old fixtures are gone, and the kitchen will be expanded. (News-Ledger photo)

A peek inside the bar, as renovations are underway at the ‘Sail Inn.’ Old fixtures are gone, and the kitchen will be expanded. (News-Ledger photo)

Morse said he is the property owner and will be the primary owner of the new iteration of the “Sail Inn.” He’ll be working with the owners of Sacramento’s “Shady Lady,” who’ll be handling the day-to-day workings of the Sail Inn.

“A dive bar was what it was,” he said of the former Sail Inn. “What it’s going to be is a clean restaurant and bar. It’s going to be more in the vein of ‘Shady Lady.’ That has a 1920s Prohibition feel to it, and this will be more of a clean ‘fish house.’”

He hopes to open “within the next couple of months.”

  News-Ledger Editor Steve Marschke contributed to this report.

 

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Nominate a ‘Woman of Character’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The Yolo County Women’s History Month committee invites nominations for Yolo County women to be honored at the group’s March 6 luncheon. Nominees must have a track record of contributing to their community along the theme of “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.”

Individuals and organizations may nominate an honoree. To receive a nomination form, email kfmawdsley@ucdavis.edu or download one at www.ycwhm.org. To receive a copy by mail, leave a message with your name and address, including ZIP, at (530) 758-5093. Nominations are due by Jan. 24.

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Food bank gives away food on Tuesday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 15, 2014 —

The Yolo Food Bank will distribute free food items to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, January 21. Visit the county building at 500 Jefferson Blvd. from 9-10 a.m.; Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1500 Park Blvd., between 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Yolo Housing Authority at 685 Lighthouse Drive, between 11 a.m. and noon; or the Clarksburg Firehouse, noon to 1 p.m.

Please bring a bag, and visit only one of the sites. For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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Zar’s last shift: News-Ledger rides along

‘Zar’ the police dog with his human partner, Officer Roger Kinney, respond to a call Friday night. It was the dog’s final shift. (Photo by Eric Harding, News-Ledger)

‘Zar’ the police dog with his human partner, Officer Roger Kinney, respond to a call Friday night. It was the dog’s final shift. (Photo by Eric Harding, News-Ledger)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 15, 2014 —

By News-Ledger Staff

One of the most popular members of West Sacramento’s police department has put in his last shift.

After over six years of service, police dog “Zar” has gone home to become a family dog in the home of his former handler, Sergeant Roger Kinney. Kinney was recently promoted from “Officer” to “Sergeant,” and he will now move into a role supervising the W.S.P.D.’s supervisory unit.

Zar is a Dutch shepherd. He’s a former rescue dog – unusual in his line of work – and  has participated in around 200 searches and succeeded in finding drugs about 50 times, reports Kinney.  When he “has a good day” by finding drugs during a search, Zar been rewarded with a “Six Dollar Burger” from Carl’s Junior.

The News-Ledger’s Eric Harding rode along with Kinney and Zar on their last shift together on West Sacramento’s streets on Friday night.

 

The K9 unit of Officer Kinney and Zar joins officers in answering a report of a man “brandishing a machete.” The officers came to believe the report was unfounded. (Photo by Eric Harding/www.ebharding.com)

The K9 unit of Officer Kinney and Zar joins officers in answering a report of a man “brandishing a machete.” The officers came to believe the report was unfounded. (Photo by Eric Harding/www.ebharding.com)

Kinney and Zar have been through a lot together. Remember that one-man crime spree that closed the Yolo Causeway for several hours in April, 2012? The gunman put a bullet hole in their car – but the shot missed Zar and Kinney.

And Zar is also popular on the school circuit: he’s won a legion of young fans by visiting local schools and interacting with local kids.

Zar's Last shift  The News-Ledger has reported on Zar several times in recent years.  There’s a very brief video of the dog in a training exercise on WestSac.com, at http://www.westsac.com/blog/2011/12/06/video-west-sac-police-dog-zar-in-action/

 

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Many Sacto museums will offer free admission on Saturday, Feb. 1

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 1, 2014 —

Thirty Sacramento-area museums will offer either free or half-priced admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, to celebrate the 16th Annual Sacramento Museum Day.

28 of the 30 museums will offer free admission, whereas two destinations located in residential areas — the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town — will offer half-priced admission to offset parking control and security costs.  Coordinated by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, this event is also sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation. Event coordinators suggest that guests plan to visit no more than two or three different museums on this day in order to allow adequate time to enjoy the experience and to travel between individual sites.

Some of the destinations are offering special activities during Sacramento Museum Day.    For instance, the Aerospace Museum will offer an “open cockpit” day where most aircraft will be open for viewing (weather permitting), a children’s art contest and on-site exhibitors such as the Tuskegee Airmen.  And, some of today’s big monster tractors will hit the road to make a special trip to be on display at the Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland.

“We are very excited to continue this popular annual tradition and we are proud to welcome two new museums to the event this year,” said Sacramento Association of Museums Chair Kristina Swanson in a press release. “With each passing year, more and more community members are introduced to the amazing array of arts, culture and museum offerings available in the Sacramento region.  And, we are especially pleased that Chipotle Mexican Grill has continued as a title sponsor.  The support of generous corporate sponsors is invaluable and helps to make Sacramento Museum Day possible each year.”

While admission is free at 28 of the participating museums during Sacramento Museum Day, admission to two destinations located in residential areas are half-priced as follows:  Sacramento Zoo is $5.75 for adults, $3.75 for children ages 2-11 and free for children under two;  Fairytale Town is $2.50 per person and free for children ages one and under.

Some locations must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons.   The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but note the last guests will be admitted at 4 p.m.  More detailed information about participating museums, addresses, limitations, suggested parking and public transit options is available at www.sacmuseums.org (click on “Events”), or by calling the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau at (916) 808-7777.

Here’s a list of participating museums:

Aerospace Museum of California – California Automobile Museum – The California Museum – California State Capitol Museum – California State Military Museum – California State Railroad Museum – California Statewide Museum Collections Center – Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento – Center for Sacramento History – Crocker Art Museum – Discovery Museum Science and Space Center – Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum – Fairytale Town – Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park – Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland) – Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park – Maidu Museum & Historic Site (Roseville) – Museum of Medical History – Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – Old Sacramento State Historic Park – Roseville Utility Exploration Center – Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Historic City Cemetery – Sacramento History Museum – Sacramento Zoo – Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum – State Indian Museum – Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall) – Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)

In addition to the title sponsor Chipotle Mexican Grill, other sponsors include KSEG 96.9 FM, Outword Magazine and STAR 106.5 FM.

 

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