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‘Fix 50’ work to end early: lanes reopen by tomorrow morning


  The Fix50 freeway rehabilitation project is ahead of schedule, reports CalTrans.  Closed lanes will reopen during the night tonight.

The following comes from Dennis Keaton of Caltrans:

  Westbound Phase 2, which began June 6 to resurface the outside lanes of Highway 50 between 24th and 18th Streets in Sacramento, will finish six days early.   

  “After almost two months of major-traffic interfering work, motorists will be able to enjoy the open highway and newly repaved deck, which can now serve us for many years to come” said Caltrans District 3 Director, Jody Jones, in a press statement. “We are grateful for the support and cooperation by our community partners and the public for their help to reduce traffic congestion and make this Fix50 project such a big success.”

  Wednesday evening, June 18, crews will begin the process of moving traffic back to its normal configurations, reopening all lanes and ramps. The change-over will begin at approximately 9 PM Wednesday, and will take all night. The finishing steps include sealing and restriping the newly completed inside lanes and moving K-rail barriers. There will also be short traffic breaks after midnight to take down the existing overhead sign structure. The full transition will finish by 8 AM Thursday morning and will signal the completion of all major traffic-interfering work on the project.

   Non-traffic interfering night and weekend work will continue throughout the year. This work includes occasional lane closures for permanent striping, continued seismic retrofitting of the columns underneath the viaduct, and lighting and fencing installation in the parking lots beneath the project area. Final completion is expected in December 2014.

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Job fair today in Woodland: 30 employers, 10 apprentice programs


From Beth Gabor, County of Yolo

The Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services is teaming up with Congressman John Garamendi and the Workforce Development Collaborative to connect job seekers with employers through a job fair which will be held Monday, June 16, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Yolo County One Stop Career Center located at 25 North Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

There will be more than 30 local businesses and ten apprenticeship programs represented at the job fair. Computers will be available for employment seekers to fill out applications and turn in resumes to prospective employers on the spot.  Employment specialists will also be available to help craft resumes and conduct free resume reviews, providing constructive feedback to increase the applicant’s likelihood of success.  More than 500 job seekers are expected to attend the event.

Local businesses and apprenticeship program representatives from the following organizations will be represented at the job fair:

 Local businesses represented:

 City of Woodland


Masco Construction

Tiger Lines

Goodwill Industries

Home Depot


Yolo County Office of Education


and many more…

 Apprenticeship programs represented:

 Ironworkers 118

Sacramento Job Corps

Northern CA Construction Training

Laborer’s International Union of North America

Carpenters Local 46

Drywall Lathers 9109

Operating Engineer Local No. 3

Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship Committee

Northern CA Valley Sheet Metal Industry

Carpenters Training Committee for Northern CA

 A component of this event is aimed specifically at youth.  The Youth College Link Success Camp partners high school-aged youth with UC Davis students and will include workshops addressing scholarship opportunities and financial aid preparation.  The Youth College Link Success Camp will begin at 8:30 a.m. and participants are encouraged to attend the job fair following to have their resumes reviewed and to speak with local business and apprenticeship program representatives.

 For more information on the job fair and local employment resources, visit: http://www.yolocounty.org/health-human-services/employment-social-services.

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Post-election results, & comments from the local candidates

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 11, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The ballots are in, and there are no significant changes in local results since the News-Ledger posted early vote counts on its website on election night, June 3.

Oscar Villegas successfully fended off a challenge from fellow Democrat Norma Alcala and will keep his seat on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.

West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen did not make the runoff in the race for the District 7 seat in the California Assembly.

The election did not feature any West Sacramento city council or school board races.

Some key local results:

Villegas defeated Alcala 61.5 percent to 38.5 percent in the local supervisor’s race. Villegas earned 2,670 votes and Alcala had 1,668. Turnout in the district is listed as 23.1 percent.

OSCAR VILLEGAS: Just earned a full term as Yolo County supervisor following a recent interim appointment by Governor Jerry Brown (News-Ledger photo)

Just earned a full term as Yolo County supervisor following a recent interim appointment by Governor Jerry Brown
(News-Ledger photo)

Villegas told the News-Ledger he took the win as an affirmation by the voters.

“I think they want to see the work I’ve been doing carried on at the county level,” he commented. “They know I understand the needs of the community. They understand that I recognize the need for social services, health services, mental health systems, and the criminal justice system.”

Villegas works part-time for the state board of state and community corrections. He was challenged in the race by Norma Alcala, a local business owner.

Alcala provided an emailed statement after the election in which she thanked supporters for their help.

NORMA ALCALA: Argued that Clarksburg and West Sac deserved a ‘full time’ supervisor, and county board needed a woman’s voice (News-Ledger photo)

Argued that Clarksburg and West Sac deserved a ‘full time’ supervisor, and county board needed a woman’s voice
(News-Ledger photo)

“Running for supervisor provided me with a tremendous opportunity to meet so many wonderful people in the district,” she also said, in part. “I wish Mr. Villegas the best, and I ask him to know that many fine people have placed their trust in him.”

Alcala carried precincts four and five in West Sacramento – much of the area just north of  the barge canal – but Villegas carried the rest of the city’s votes. The supervisor’s district does not include a slice of northwestern West Sacramento, and does include Clarksburg.

In District 2, including Winters and part of Davis, Don Saylor ran unopposed. Matt Rexroad ran unopposed in District 3 (Woodland).

Janene Beronio defeated three competitors, earning 12,380 votes (or 53.5%). Beronio is currently a commissioner for the court. Second place in the race was John P. Brennan, with 17.1 percent of the vote, followed by Larenda Delaini of West Sacramento with 15.1 percent and Fredrick Cohen with 14.3 percent.

Jesse Ortiz edged out Sam Neustadt 51.6 percent to 48.4 percent (11,548 votes to 10,833). Ortiz carried the votes in every West Sacramento precinct.

Incumbent clerk/recorder Freddie Oakley, who oversees the elections department as part of her duties, defeated challenger David Schwenger 67.1 percent to 32.9 percent (15,381 to 7,540).

District Attorney Jeff Reisig, Public Guardian/Administrator Cass Sylvia and Sheriff Ed Prieto all ran unopposed.

MARK JOHANNESSEN (News-Ledger file photo)

MARK JOHANNESSEN (News-Ledger file photo)

West Sacramento’s Mark Johannessen (currently on the local city council) came in fourth among a field of five. Democrats Kevin McCarty and Steve Cohn finished on top and will proceed to a November 4 runoff. They’re both members of the Sacramento  City Council.

McCarty placed first with 34.7 percent of the vote (13,187 votes), followed by Cohn at 28.7 percent, Republican Ralph Merletti at 15.2 percent, Democrat Johannessen at 12.4 percent (4,733 votes) and Republican Oliver Ponce with 8.9 percent.

Johannessen told the News-Ledger that campaigning for Assembly was an “interesting” experience.

“I was able to reach out to a lot of areas in the (Assembly) district that were very similar to West Sacramento,” he commented.

But he said it was tough to make headway in a campaign with low voter turnout and “no burning issues,” and he waged an uphill battle for name recognition against the winners — fellow Democratic city councilmen over in Sacramento.

“In West Sacramento, we’re viewed very well as a community,” he said. “But the council doesn’t really have personalities (perceived) very separate from the council. We kind of act as a unit. In Sacramento, you have council districts.  People tend to know the name.”

“People tended to vote the names they knew, even if they didn’t know about the person.”

Johannessen’s seat on the local council comes up for election again this November — and he intends to run for another term, he told the News-Ledger.

Democrat Doris Matsui, the incumbent, came in ahead of Republican challenger Joseph McCray, Sr., with 73.2% of the votes (43,312 votes) in this primary. McCray earned 15,876 votes for 26.8 percent. Both will move on to the general election in November.

Democratic Governor  Edmond G. “Jerry” Brown earned 54.3 percent of the vote in the open primary, and will face second-place finisher Republican Neel Kashkari (19.4 percent) in the November primary. If Brown is reelected, he will be the first California governor to earn four terms.

For detailed results in state contests, go to http://vote.sos.ca.gov.  For a breakdown on Yolo County races, visit www.yoloelections.org.


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West Sacramento police log: crimes and police calls from the past week


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  News items below are collected from police dispatchers’ notes and arrest reports. The information in them has often not been verified beyond the initial reports.

June 1
Someone pushed in the roll-up door on a Stillwater Road food business, then stole a $1,000 laptop and $2,700 in cash.

June 4
A Rubicon Way woman reported that she had discovered a fraudulent charge on her credit card. The card had been used for a purchase in Miami.

June 4, 1 p.m.
A janitor at River City High School turned into the office a bike that had been parked on campus since September. Police booked it for safekeeping.

June 4, 5:47 p.m.
A woman gave police some checks, IDs and credit cards she said were stolen and had been in the possession of her 34-year old West Sacramento niece.

June 4, 7:34 p.m.
A 22-year old man from Drake’s Bay Road “called 911 multiple times from his cell while walking around the neighborhood. (Suspect) was found to have no emergency and was very intoxicated.”
He was contacted on Tacoma Narrows Street by police, and jailed.

June 5, 10:30 a.m.
A security officer at a West Capitol supermarket flagged down a police officer, asking him to contact a woman who appeared drunk and had just given a false name while trying to pick up medication at the store pharmacy.
The officer tried to talk to the woman, but she walked away from him and jaywalked across a nearby street. The officer detained her and put her in a patrol car. She was ID’d as a 34-year old West Capitol Avenue woman. She smelled of alcohol, “her speech was slurred and she had a hard time answering simple questions,” reported the officer.
The woman went to jail.

June 5, 4:48 p.m.
A police officer stopped a 22-year old Sacramento Avenue man who was bicycling on a sidewalk at West Capitol and Walnut avenues. The man was on probation for “assault with a deadly weapon.” The officer searched him and “located a small baggie with a white crystal-like substance in his right coin pocket on his jeans. A clear pipe was located in his left back pocket inside a brown bag. The pipe was new, and (suspect) stated he just purchased this pipe to smoke.”
The man was arrested on drug charges. The white substance tested positive as methamphetamine.

June 5, 8:15 p.m.
An F Street woman reported to an officer that a 39-year old male acquaintance had twisted her arm and later called and threatened to kill her.

June 6, 5:25 a.m.
A vehicle was repossessed from Bridge Street.

June 6, 5:40 a.m.
A 45-year old woman reported she had been jogging on the Tower Bridge Gateway when a man around 25 years old biked past her and “smacked her on the buttocks.”

June 6, 6:27 a.m.
Shots were reported to have been heard near Linden Road.

June 6, 9 a.m.
A café on the 1200-block of Harbor Boulevard was burglarized during the night:
“Suspect(s) only stole six bottles of beer,” for a loss of about $10.

June 6, noon
A May Street woman reported an “IRS phone scam.”

June 6, 1:18 p.m.
Police received a report of a vehicle in the river at Southport Parkway and Marshall Road.

June 6, 4:06 p.m.
A 47-year old transient was placed under citizens arrest after trying to shoplift $41 worth of groceries from a West Capitol Avenue supermarket. A police officer then issued him a notice to appear in court.
The suspect “apologized for taking food.”

June 6, 6:30 p.m.
Police responded to the 2000-block of Stone Court, where a 30-year old male resident had struck a female victim in the head.
“Suspect was contacted in the backyard, at which time he stood up and stated, ‘F___ you, what are you going to do?’”
The suspect then swung at an officer and threw a full can of beer at him, hitting the officer in the knee. He was eventually handcuffed. The officer hit by the beer can sustained “multiple lacerations and a swollen knee during the struggle.”

June 6, 8:30 p.m.
A man apparently dropped a gift card in the back of a patrol car while being given a ride to a local motel. The officer booked it for safekeeping.

June 6, 10:10 p.m.
A 48-year old Merkley Avenue woman left a cell phone store on West Capitol Avenue carrying a $60 cell phone.
Someone followed her from the stole and stole the phone out of her hand. A store clerk witnessed the theft.

June 7, 7:48 a.m.
A vehicle was reported stolen from Mandeville Way.

June 7, 9:37 a.m.
A stolen vehicle was recovered at Linden Road and Brenda Way.

June 8, 3:43 p.m.
Police received a stolen vehicle report from Ikea Way.

June 8, 5:44 p.m.
A hit-and-run, with property damage, was reported. The suspect vehicle was headed westbound on West Capitol at the Tower Bridge Gateway.

June 7, 6:07 p.m.
A suicide attempt was reported.

June 7, 6:40 p.m.
At a Halyard Drive motel:
“An unknown male came to the location, engaged in a dispute and shattered the window to the motel room.”

June 7, 10:48 p.m.
Someone broke into a car on Touchstone Place. They apparently attempted to steal the vehicle, unsuccessfully, before making off with seven “airless spray nozzles” worth $200.

June 7, 11:23 p.m.
A Carmichael man saw someone trying to break into his truck while it was parked at a Lake Washington Boulevard shopping center. The thief fled. A police dog caught him. The suspect was found in possession of suspected methamphetamine. He went to jail.

June 8, 2:20 p.m.
At Drever Street and Soule Street:
A thief tried to steal money from the pocket of a tow truck driver. The driver hit him in the face, rendering him unconscious. But the thief then fled.

June 8, 4:02 a.m.
Someone broke into a mobile phone store on the 2900-block of West Capitol Avenue, stole three iPhones and $150 in cash.

June 8, 9:30 a.m.
Someone broke the rear window of a car parked on Touchstone Place, stealing the vehicle registration, a subdivision gate remote and a welding mask.

June 8, 12 p.m.
A thief broke the side window of a vehicle parked at Linden Road and Snapdragon Court. The steering column was tampered with, in an apparent vehicle theft attempt. The thief left behind a club, a screwdriver and cigarette lighter.

June 8, 4:30 p.m.
In an incident on Poplar Avenue, an unknown male suspect hit a 42-year old transient in the face. The victim went to the hospital for treatment.

June 8, 8 p.m.
A drunk male transient crashed his bike at Hobson and Bryte. He went to the hospital. His bike was booked by police for safekeeping.


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