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Special DUI-prosecuting unit to continue

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 6, 20130 —

The state’s Office of Traffic Safety will continue to fund a special DUI enforcement unit in Yolo County, reports the Yolo District Attorney’s office.

The state has awarded Yolo $233,295 for the prosecution of “driving under the influence” cases, said a press statement from Chief Deputy D.A. Jonathan Raven.

A drunk driver faces 30 years after rolling his car off an embankment near Rumsey. His wife and 14-year old son both died in the accident. Photo courtesy of Yolo County D.A.’s office

A drunk driver faces 30 years after rolling his car off an embankment near Rumsey. His wife and 14-year old son both died in the accident.
Photo courtesy of Yolo County D.A.’s office

“As a result of the (Office of Traffic Safety) funding, a highly trained staff can focus attention and resources on repeat offenders and drivers who cause collisions where there is an injury or fatality,” said Raven. “The grant will continue to fund the District Attorney’s Vertical Prosecution Unit, allowing one prosecutor to handle a case through all stages of the criminal process, from the time of arrest through sentencing. The funding also allows the team to assist law enforcement in the investigation of fatal and major injury collisions.”

The office prosecutes “thousands” of DUI cases annually, said Raven. Most of those are alcohol-related, but prosecutors are seeing more cases of drivers under the influence of marijuana, prescription drugs, methamphetamine or a combination of alcohol and drugs.

The Yolo prosecution team includes Deputy D.A. Matt De Moura, investigator John Shugart (a retired CHP sergeant) and legal secretary Lori Castaneda. Last month, the team joined Deputy D.A. Martha Holzaphel in gaining the conviction of Reyes Barajas of Redwood City on two counts of second degree murder. Barajas killed his wife and teenage son in an accident while he was driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.19 percent. A level of 0.08 percent is “presumed guilty” for DUI.

Barajas had three prior DUI convictions. He faces 30 years to life in state prison.

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Conservation group invites you to visit threatened West Sacramento trees

A row of about a 'baker's dozen' old trees is threatened by a housing project near the Tower Bridge.  The same project was allowed to remove some similar trees to the north, but the deal required the developer to fund the planting of new trees in West Sacramento (News-Ledger photo)

A row of about a ‘baker’s dozen’ old trees is threatened by a housing project near the Tower Bridge. The same project was allowed to remove some similar trees to the north, but the deal required the developer to fund the planting of new trees in West Sacramento (News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 13, 2013 —

The next phase of a housing project near the Tower Bridge threatens the existence of about a dozen large trees along West Capitol Avenue between 3rd and 5th streets.

The Capital Courtyards project by Wolff Enterprises of Arizona envisions over 300 units of apartments — and a partially-underground garage that would necessitate removal of the trees.

West Sacramento’s Lana Paulhamus and the West Sacramento Conservancy would like the city council to say ‘no.’  They’ve asked for the development plan to be re-drawn.

The trees are identified by the city as London plane trees, and by the Conservancy as a rare sycamore.

Interested people are invited to meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday at 5th and G to walk to the site.

For the News-Ledger’s report on the first phase of the project — and the removal of a different row of trees — visit www.westsac.com/blog/2012/12/10/big-old-trees-stand-in-the-way-of-new-development-in-west-sac/

 

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Mike McGowan to step down as supervisor, accept governor’s appointment

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 13, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Michael McGowan, one of West Sacramento’s preeminent ‘pols’ since becoming the city’s first mayor in 1987, will leave elected office next month.

He has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as deputy director of strategic planning and policy at the state department of motor vehicles.

MICHAEL McGOWAN: Currently a Yolo County Supervisor, he has served as West Sacramento's first mayor and is now immediate past president of the California State Association of Counties (courtesy photo)

MICHAEL McGOWAN: Currently a Yolo County Supervisor, he has served as West Sacramento’s first mayor and is now immediate past president of the California State Association of Counties (courtesy photo)

“My last board of supervisors meeting is December third and my first day at the new job is the fourth,” McGowan told the News-Ledger.

After serving on West Sacramento’s first city council starting in 1987, McGowan was elected to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in 1993. He has served the 1st District (Clarksburg and most of West Sacramento) since.

He believes the county to be in “sound” shape with a great staff.

What will he do at the new job?

“My role is probably more akin to being a special assistant to the director,” he told the News-Ledger. “One of the things I know I’ll be doing right away involves the ‘undocumented drivers’ legislation that the governor approved into law. That will undoubtedly require some programming challenges. How is it going to work in different parts of the state, or with local sheriff’s departments?”

The new post pays about $125,000 annually. The remainder of McGowan’s board term (which ends in January, 2017) will be filled by an appointment by the governor.

McGowan told the News-Ledger he does not yet know if Governor Brown will seek his input on filling the new vacancy on the board of supervisors.

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Pair arrested at I-5 rest stop in Yolo with 30 pounds of pot

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 6, 2013 —

Yolo County sheriff’s deputies arrested two out-of-town men found with a large amount of marijuana.

Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Persons reports a deputy contacted the pair at about 8:20 a.m. on Oct. 30, while they were parked in the southbound lot at an I-5 rest stop in the north-Yolo town of Dunnigan.

“During contact, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior and rear bed of the vehicle,” reported Persons. “A search of the vehicle revealed several large duffle bags containing 30 one-pound bags of individually packaged marijuana, and 21 non-prescribed Vicodin tablets.”

Arrested were 22-year old Eric Martin Scott of San Jose and 26-year old Adam Gabriel Barrett of Lancaster. They were charged with possession of marijuana and offering to sell or furnish the drug. Scott was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

They were jailed before being released on $50,000 bail, and will be arraigned Nov. 27.

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Roadwork questions? Open house tonight

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 12, 2013 —

PG&E customers in West Sacramento are invited to an open house to learn more about the ongoing pipeline replacement project in their neighborhood. PG&E is hosting an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to discuss this work with customers and provide information about available energy audits, energy efficiency and rates.

  Drop in Hampton Inn & Suites, 800 Stillwater Rd., 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Further questions and comments can be directed to PG&E’s Nav Dosange, 1-(530) 634-6493 or NKD4@pge.com.

The News-Ledger published a pair of earlier articles about the street project. You can find the first article here, with a followup and more details here.

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‘Fairytale Theater’ comes to West Sac stage

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Fairytale Theater comes to the Black Box Theater in the West Sacramento Community Center (1075 West Capitol Avenue) through the holidays.

Watch “Holka Polka” and journey through a land where witches, wizards and royalty come together to find out who cast the sleeping spell on the prince. Saturdays at noon, Nov. 16, Dec. 7 & 21, and Jan. 11.

View “Peggy the Pint-Size Pirate” and see if the pirates can keep Peggy from becoming one of them because she’s too small, and see how she fairs against the evil sea monster. Saturdays at noon on Dec. 14, Jan. 4 & 18.

Tickets are $5 from www.westsacfun.org, or from the community center in advance. Tickets will be available at the door if they’re still available.

 

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What do you do with an old courthouse?

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 6, 2013 —

News-Ledger Staff

What would you do with this landmark courthouse building erected in 1917? Would you convert it to office space? A museum? A school? Some sort of public market?

Now that Yolo County is constructing a replacement court, the old structure in Woodland will lose its original purpose. So county officials are looking to “consider alternative and innovative approaches to the reuse of the facility,” reports spokesperson Beth Gabor.

Yolo County Courthouse, finished in 1917 and seen here in 2011 (public domain photo/Wikipedia Commons)

Yolo County Courthouse, finished in 1917 and seen here in 2011 (public domain photo/Wikipedia Commons)

So, just what will you have to work with?

You get a building on the National Registry of Historic Places that was designed with Greek and Roman influences, encompasses 50,000 square feet and sits on 2.75 acres along Court Street, a block away from Woodland’s main drag.

“Yolo County’s objective is to consider this property in its suburban context as a fully utilized and valued asset that invites innovative design,” said Gabor. “Potential use could involve a lease of the property from the county. Any future use would need to take into account historic preservation restrictions and environmental conditions.”

Gabor quotes Mindi Nunez, deputy county administrator:

“We intend to use the ideas received from citizens, developers and others for planning purposes to make strategic decisions regarding future use of this property.”

Interested parties can arrange a tour by calling (530) 666-8426.

Ideas may be submitted by email (mindi.nunes@yolocounty.org) or mail (Office of the Yolo County Administrator, Attn: Mindi Nunes, 625 Court St., Suite 202, Woodland CA 95695).

For more information on submitting ideas, visit www.yolocounty.org.

Ideas are due by November 25.

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