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County contracts with private company to promote better broadband connectivity

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 27, 2013 —

Yolo County has hired Magellan Advisors to analyze the local broadband internet infrastructure and “assess future needs and identify strategies to meet those needs,” the company reports.

The study is being commissioned by Yolo County’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) in conjunction with the cities of West Sacramento, Davis, Winters and Woodland.

The resulting plan will “provide Yolo County with a roadmap to strengthen broadband inits community through evaluation of wise public investments in infrastructure, broadband-oriented public policy, strategic public-private partnerships, and collaboration with stakeholders, community anchor institutions and service providers,” said a statement from Magellan Advisors.

  UPDATE, DEC 9, 2013: Documents from the County of Yolo show that Magellan Advisors was selected from among eight responses to the county’s call for proposals.

  The contract is valued at $46,200, and Magellan is tasked with promoting broadband to the community, strategizing to improve broadband services, and other tasks.

Magellan will be working with representatives from the county and its cities, including Diane Richards of the City of West Sacramento.

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‘Santa Run’ starts tonight: Santa rides a fire truck through West Sac

Santa atop a fire truck, touring West Sacramento in 2010 (News-Ledger/ERIC HARDING)

Santa atop a fire truck, touring West Sacramento in 2010 (News-Ledger/ERIC HARDING)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 4, 2013 —

The West Sacramento Fire Department and West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association are preparing for the annual “Santa Run” through West Sacramento.

With the help of many off-duty firefighter “elves,” Santa will be riding through various neighborhoods on an elaborately decorated fire truck “sleigh” and handing out candy canes purchased and donated by the West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association.  A pickup truck will follow this “sleigh,” with helpers collecting canned food donations for the needy.

The West Sacramento Firefighter’s Association has expressed its thanks to all those who make canned food donations, as well as to the Fire Chief and City Manager for authorizing the usage and decoration of the ladder truck for this annual city tradition.

This year the Santa Run is scheduled for six nights beginning at 6:00 p.m. each night.  Santa will be in the following areas on these dates:

Monday, December 9th: Broderick and Bryte area on some of the following streets: Fremont, Douglas, Andrew, Sixth, Cummins, Anna, Kegle, Carrie, Lisbon, North Hobson, and Fourness.

Tuesday, December 10th: North Business 80 on some of the following streets: Pine, Palomar, Marigold, Doran, Garnet, Green meadow, Evergreen, Sycamore, Buckeye, Poplar, Proctor, Willow, Rockrose, Chaparral, Lilac, Manzanita, Washington, Oxford, Michigan, Maple, Walnut, Holly, Pecan.

Wednesday, December 11th: Old West Sacramento  following streets: Deerwood, Lakewood, Fernwood, Sonora,Haverhill, Meadow, Webster, Virginia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland.

Thursday, December 12th: Southport North East  following streets: Kinsington Aster, Manchester, Gateway, Sausalito, Sansome, Hearst, Randolf, Mojave, Merced, Rubicon, Ironwood, Spruce, Redwood, Alder, Lime wood, Almond, Peppertree, Peachtree.

Friday, December 13th: Southport South West Following streets:  Independence, Lagoon, Meadowlark, Starling, Sandpiper, Pheasant Hollow, Duet, Constitution, Summerfield, Jacquelyn, Janet, Betty, Shirley, Leslie, Diane, Brenda, Kathy, Nancy, Violet, Mareca, Teal, Canvasback, Pitzer, Allen.

Monday, December 16th: Southport West  (Bridgeway Island) including: Cayman, St. John, Martinique, St.croix, Haiti, Swan, Suisun, Ryer, Catalina, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, Cooper, Fiji, Bowen, Solomon Stuart,Graham, San Salvador, Abaco, Bridgeway Lakes,  Henshaw,  Eagle,  Lewiston,  Tahoe,  Coyote.

The truck will not be able to visit every part of every street in these neighborhoods. The route will not include trailer parks, courts or dead-end streets.

For more information, call 617-4621 (do not call 911 for information on this event).

 

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Dating: ‘Do I kiss her goodnight?,’ and other perilous questions

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 27, 2013 —

This column by Daryl Fisher appeared in West Sacramento’s News-Ledger newspaper recently. Enjoy!

  Note: As you may recall, a few weeks ago I wrote a column about a friend of mine who went out on a blind date that didn’t go so well, and in writing that column, I was reminded that the horrors of dating never really change. And below is a column I wrote many years ago confirming that fact!

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

Recently, my daughter and her longtime boyfriend broke up and she has started dating again. The other night, after returning from dinner with a nice young man she had met in one of her college classes, she strolled over to the chesterfield (why did they ever start calling them couches?) where I was reading an interesting book on the subject of why most of our best American writers have been drunks. She plopped down beside me and asked, “Dad, was dating this stressful back in the old days?”

“Well,” I said, trying to recall what going out on a date was like back when the dinosaurs still roamed the earth, “if I remember right, it was never as much fun as it was cracked up to be. Why? Didn’t you have a good time?”

“Oh, sure, it was super, but it’s so nerve-wracking talking to someone for the first time.”

“But I thought you said you and Mark talk all the time in class.”

“We do, but this was different.”

“How so?”

She looked over at me as she often does when she’s pretty sure I don’t have a clue and said, “Oh, that’s okay, Dad, I think I’ll go talk to Mom about it. You probably wouldn’t understand. It’s girl stuff.”

As my daughter took off in search of her mother, I sat back in my davenport (in case you don’t want to call your couch a chesterfield) and was suddenly flooded with ancient memories of some of the pressures and tensions that went hand-in-hand with dating.

First, there was the terror of actually asking the girl out (and why was it that back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the guy always had to ask the girl out? And why did that all suddenly change about a week or so after I got married?).

Second, back when I was a teenager, a guy had to worry about the answers to some of the following questions:

What if she says no? What if all my friends find out that she said no? Worse yet, what if she says yes? Will Dad let me use the good car? Will he give me some money so I’ll be able to put some gas in the good car? Where do I take her if she says yes? Will she want to go to a movie? If she does, will I be able to talk her into going to the drive-in (where it cost $1.50 a carload) or will she insist on going downtown to one of the fancy indoor theaters? What kind of movies does she like? Will I get stuck going to one of those romantic ones? Will she want to go somewhere less boring than a movie? Where will I get the money to take her somewhere less boring than a movie? Will she want to go to dinner? Please, Lord, not dinner! And if I do have to take her to dinner, will she notice that I sometimes make strange noises when I chew, even when my mouth is closed? Will something green or black (it was always one of those two colors) get stuck between my teeth? Will she wait until dessert to inform me that she has an extremely jealous former boyfriend who wants to be a Mafia hit man once he graduates from high school? Will her mother and sisters be looking out the windows when I walk her up to the front door? Should I kiss her goodnight? How will I know if she wants me to kiss her goodnight? If we do get close enough to kiss goodnight, will she notice that I only have one long eyebrow, instead of the two normal ones that most guys have?

Plus there was always the unexpected, like the chilly fall night in 1965 when I was motoring along towards the old Alhambra theater with a young lady I had been trying to get to go out with me for over a year. She was everything I had ever wanted in a girl — pretty, funny, and liked by everyone. We were both a little nervous and we hadn’t said a word to each other for some time when, with absolutely no warning at all, she (although she still tells people it was me), well, she cut the cheese.

With the radio not working (Dad had made me take my own car) and the windows rolled up tight, it sounded like a bomb had gone off. Did the young lady and I even look at each other? Nope. Did we in any way acknowledge what had happened? No way! Did I have the courage to crack the window and let in some fresh air? Absolutely not! Instead, we both just looked straight ahead, tried real hard not to take any deep breaths, and pretended that absolutely nothing had happened.

When it comes to dating, I think Jerry Seinfeld had it right when he said, “What is a date really, but a job interview that lasts all night? And the only difference between the two is that there aren’t many job interviews where there’s a chance you might end up naked at the end of it.”

 

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Thieves hit West Sac rowing club, local store makes donation

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 27, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The River City Rowing Club was hit by burglars two weeks ago.

On Nov. 11, reports club president Bill Naddy, members discovered somebody had taken some equipment stored outside the boathouse at the Port of West Sacramento. The loss included a pair of motors used to drive boats for coaches.

“They took our older two-stroke outboards and three batteries,” said Naddy. “Since our newer electric-start motors are locked and bolted to the launches, they couldn’t get those, and they just cut the battery wires and took the batteries.”

The loss was about $2,000, said Naddy. But the blow was softened by help from a Harbor Boulevard auto parts store.

“The local NAPA store donated new batteries to us,” said Naddy.

The club has diverted some of its fundraising proceeds to replace the stolen, older motors with newer ones. The club needs a lot of coaches’ launches – and motors – because of the numbers of people it puts on the water. River City Rowing Club currently has about 120 members on its high school team (they come from various schools in the region) and about 170 adult members.

At about the same time as the boat club theft, the nearby training facility for the West Sacramento Fire Department also experienced a theft, said Naddy. Taken were some roll-up doors used for firefighter training.

 

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West Sac joins Davis cemetery district

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 27, 2013 —

Residents of East Yolo get a slightly-preferred rate to use services at the Davis public cemetery

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Sure, you want to live the rest of your life in West Sacramento. But where do you want to go after that?

West Sacramento doesn’t have a cemetery. But options for city residents looking for a final resting place became a little bit more attractive earlier this year when West Sacramento and Clarksburg joined the Davis Cemetery District. The expansion of this special governmental district came after a study by Yolo County’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) and the approval of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.

A News-Ledger reporter dropped in on the Davis cemetery this week, finding a sunny day replete with wild turkeys and a guinea hen strolling among the headstones. The cemetery is located along Pole Line Road in East Davis.

Gathered on the grounds of the Davis cemetery: Superintendent Joseph Cattarin,  Office Manager Susan Finkleman and Community Outreach Director Joseph Finkleman. The cemetery includes gardens, wildlife and the only natural hill (“swale”) in that city, reports Joseph Finkleman.  (News-Ledger photo)

Gathered on the grounds of the Davis cemetery: Superintendent Joseph Cattarin, Office Manager Susan Finkleman and Community Outreach Director Joseph Finkleman. The cemetery includes gardens, wildlife and the only natural hill (“swale”) in that city, reports Joseph Finkleman.
(News-Ledger photo)

Joseph Finkleman, community outreach director for the public cemetery, explained that until recently, its district was much smaller.

“It was just Davis, El Macero and a few chunks of dirt contiguous to Davis,” said Finkleman. “LAFCo did their every-five-year review of our agency, and in the process of the review, they looked at East Yolo, which had no special (cemetery) district. There will never be a cemetery there because of the (high) water table.”

So the county decided to draw Clarksburg and West Sacramento into the map.

While Davis land pay a small amount of property tax to support the cemetery (it amounts to about $2.50 per year per resident, said Finkleman), West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents won’t see their property taxes routed the same way. Instead, residents of this new part of the district will see “Tier 2” pricing when they shop for a spot at the cemetery.

“They will pay $250 – a one-time fee – regardless of the number of plots they’re arranging for,” said Finkleman. “Our lowest-end service is a scattering (of ashes) in our cemetery. We have scattering gardens, and we actually place the cremains in as many flower gardens as we can. There’s also a memorialization included – a very small stone about brick-sized. That’s $440, plus the $250 fee (for residents from new areas of the district).”

A traditional single burial with a Titan “fully-sealed” container costs $4,886 for the same customers.

The cemetery also offers other services – including a “green burial” in which the body is encouraged to “return to the earth” in a biodegradable container or shroud ($4,057).

“Green burial is one of the only reasons people with no affinity for this cemetery district would want to be buried here,” added Susan Finkleman, the cemetery’s office manager. “We are one of the few public cemeteries that will do green burials.”

The “public” Davis cemetery will accept clients from outside the district, for a $500 additional fee instead of the $250 fee to be paid by West Sacramento and Clarksburg clients. All fees include an “endowment” charge that go into a fund meant to keep maintaining the cemetery even after it is filled and closed.

“We sit on 28 acres,” said Finkleman. “We have almost 20 acres of undeveloped land. At the rate we’re utilizing the cemetery, we have enough space for somewhere between 300 and a thousand years.”

Finkleman said he believes the prices at the Davis Cemetery are generally lower than those at private facilities (Susan Finkleman reports that 45 percent of its budget is subsidized by property taxes). As a public cemetery, the Davis facility has no funeral home of its own, no above-ground mausoleums and does not allow separate burial of pets – although Fido’s ashes can sometimes be included along with his owner’s burial if desired.

The facility boasts several flower gardens, a labyrinth, an arboretum, indoor rotating art galley and abundant wildlife.

For more information, visit www.daviscemetery.org, call (530) 756-7807 or email cemetery@dcn.org.

 

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Work underway on West Sac trail

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 27, 2013 —

The City of West Sacramento has started work on a new, dedicated bicycle and pedestrian trail.

The Clarksburg Branch Pedestrian and Bike Trail will be improved between South River Road and an access point at Cherokee Road, south of River City High School in Southport. The project will include installation of pavement over an existing trail, with access trails, sidewalk, curb ramps, signage, striping and related improvements.

The project will be done in 30 to 45 days, depending on weather, reports city spokesman Art Schroeder.

You can see the city’s existing and planned bike and pedestrian trail network at this earlier News-Ledger web posting here.

 

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Students hope to ‘can’ their principal

Maya Calatayud , Angelina Warren, Marshall Torres, Alana Yuzon, Samuel Mendoza: third graders at Holy Cross school in West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

Maya Calatayud , Angelina Warren, Marshall Torres, Alana Yuzon, Samuel Mendoza: third graders at Holy Cross school in West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 27, 2013 —

Students at Holy Cross Academy school are trying to “can” their principal this holiday season.

They hope to stack Principal Laura MacDonald’s office with enough collected canned foods that she can’t get to her desk.

Students at the school invite community members to drop off canned food between Dec. 2-13 at the campus, 800 Todhunter Avenue. The collection will then go to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Locker at Holy Cross Parish.

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