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What’s going in near Lowe’s?

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

A couple of readers have noticed the earth-moving work now underway next to Taco Bell and the Lowe’s center in Southport. The new earth moving work is on the north side of the complex, near the bridge.

A new restaurant or two, perhaps?

Not so, a city planning department rep told the News-Ledger yesterday.

“This is going to be for a self-storage facility,” she said. “West Sacramento Self Storage.”

 

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Local police join Yolo County bomb squad and SWAT team for training at RCHS

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 23, 2013 —

West Sacramento police will join the Yolo County Bomb Squad and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team for a “tactical training” session this evening from about 4 to 9 p.m. at River City High School.

WSPD’s Lieutenant Tod Sockman said there is no anticipated disruption to the public from the Southport exercises.

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Promising start for West Sac brewpub

Sage Smith (far right) pours for a customer shortly after Bike Dog Brewery opened for its second day on Saturday.  That’s the back of Mayor Cabaldon’s head at front right  (News-Ledger photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

Sage Smith (far right) pours for a customer shortly after Bike Dog Brewery opened for its second day on Saturday.
That’s the back of Mayor Cabaldon’s head at front right
(News-Ledger photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento’s new mini-brewpub opened on Friday (Oct. 11)  just hours after flying past the final bureaucratic hurdles. Visitors seemed to enjoy the place’s vibe, which might be described as “having a beer in the garage of some friends who love to brew.”

On Saturday, the crowd quickly swelled to several dozen people shortly after opening at 2 p.m. Guests included Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, who pedaled in after participating in a bicycle ride fundraiser, and mayor pro tem Chris Ledesma, who was not wearing lycra.

The little brewery resides in an industrial suite with a roll-up door, at 2534 Industrial Boulevard, Suite 110.

Co-owner A.J. Tendick said Friday’s opening was frantic but pretty smooth.

“Given that we were able to get our certificate of occupancy from the City at about 4 p.m. (they were incredibly helpful in making that happen), we were thrilled by the response we got both Friday and Saturday,” he said by email. The crowd highlighted the urgency to install the additional seating that we have planned.”

Saturday, Tendick and fellow co-owner Sage Smith were pouring from two taps: an India Pale Ale style and a wheat beer. How much beer did they sell?

“In terms of 12-ounce beers (our pints are European imperial pints that measure 20 ounces), we sold about 700 beers over Friday and Saturday.”

The brewpub was started by a bunch of work friends who hold day jobs. Hours “for the foreseeable future” will be Fridays 5-9:30 and Saturdays 2-9:30, said Tendick.

Interested in more? The News-Ledger wrote about the creation of this brewery and a second planned local minipub here.

 

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West Sacramento police get funding for more drivers’ sobriety checkpoints

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 9, 2013 —

West Sacramento police announced this week they have received a new traffic safety grant to fight drunk driving.

The $19,750 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety, will support the department’s occasional sobriety checkpoints, reported Lieutenant David Delaini.

“The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educating the public on the dangers of impaired driving through the use of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints,” he said in a press statement. “When possible, specially-trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.”

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Safety workshop for parents, teen drivers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

River City High School will kick off its annual National Teen Safe Driving Week observance with a teen driver safety fair and parent/teen workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the campus. The parent/teen workshop will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at the career center; parents and teens are invited.

Groups participating in the fair include Impact Teen Drivers, the Safety Center and CHP, with advice about keeping a teen safe on the road, and information about the “graduated driver’s license.”

 

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Better than a bank: where to stash cash

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 9, 2013 —

  Editor’s note: Daryl is off this week. Below is one of his favorite columns from the past.

On days when I have nothing constructive to do at work, I sometimes go on the Internet just to browse around with the hope that I might stumble across a good idea for a future column. For instance, the other day I ran across a story entitled “Scientific study finds that drinking three cups of coffee a day can shrink a woman’s breasts,” which of course sounded like a pretty darn good column idea to me.

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

“Keep looking,” said the owner/editor of the News-Ledger, Steve Marschke, when I told him about the new column idea I had just run across on the Internet.

“Why?”

“Well, other than all the obvious reasons, it also breaks the first rule of column writing.”

“Which is?”

“That you should always try to write about a subject that most of our readers can identify with, something common to most everyone’s experience, and since not every woman in West Sacramento is interested in having smaller breasts, it’s my opinion that you’ve got yourself a pretty lousy column idea there.”

“But most every woman in West Sacramento drinks coffee,” I quickly reminded Steve, looking for an angle to salvage my new column idea.

“Keep looking!”

So, having struck out in the health news area, I turned my attention to what the Internet had to say about personal finance, figuring that everyone would be especially interested in that subject with all the thievery that has been going on back on Wall Street lately, and I quickly came across something which I was absolutely sure would make for a great column.

“Hey, Steve,” I yelled out through the open door which separates our two offices, “how about this for a good column idea – the crazy places where people like to hide their money?”

“Hey, now that’s not bad,” answered Steve. “With people everywhere currently worried about their own banks going out of business, I bet more people than ever are just keeping their hard-earned money at home and hiding it under a mattress or something.”

“That’s exactly what this article says, and you wouldn’t believe some of the places people use for hiding their money.”

“Like what?”

“Well, this one lady hides her extra money in a tampon box, figuring that would be the last place her husband would ever look for his beer money. And here’s another really good one – some guy puts dozens of hundred-dollar bills in a plastic bag and then hides it under the gravel of his big fish aquarium, which is home to a half-dozen or so piranha fish, figuring that a thief wouldn’t want anything to do with all those sharp piranha teeth.”

“That’s pretty funny.”

“Wanna hear some more?”

“Sure.”

“Okay, here goes. Inside a curtain rod; inside a roll of toilet paper hidden in the back of a bathroom cabinet; at the bottom of a dirty clothes hamper; in envelopes taped to the back of furniture; in artificial plants; in an old vacuum cleaner that is never used; at the bottom of a basket labeled `dog poo plastic bags’; under a nailed down carpet in the bedroom; in a hollowed-out Bible; inside an old pair of smelly sneakers; in the pockets of old coats hanging in a closet; inside a child’s teddy bear that can be easily opened and sewed back together again; in a mason jar buried in the backyard; under the cat-litter box; and here’s a cute one – inside a piggy bank that this lady puts in her freezer because she thinks that’s the perfect place to keep her cold, hard cash.”

“Very funny!”

“And this one guy says he just puts all of his money under the mattress because his lazy wife is always in bed and he’s pretty sure a thief wouldn’t want anything to do with her. But do you wanna hear my favorite?”

“Sure.”

“This one lady hides her money in one of the hundreds of purses she has in her big walk-in closet figuring that most criminals like to get in and out of a place they’re robbing pretty fast and that it would probably take a thief most of a day to go through all of her purses.”

Anyway, after I had finished telling Steve a dozen or so more interesting places where people like to hide their spare money, I asked him where he likes to hide his.

“Well,” said Steve, “I have on occasion left some extra money lying around in my underwear drawer. How about you?”

“I don’t have any extra money, Steve. I work for the News-Ledger!”

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A third pumpkin-paddling trophy —

Southport’s Scott Henkin (left) with Steve Shewmaker of Wilton, who lent Scott a 666-pound pumpkin to use in this year’s Pumpkin Regatta. The lake race was part of the annual Giant Pumpkin Festival Oct. 5-6 in Elk Grove  (courtesy photo)

Southport’s Scott Henkin (left) with Steve Shewmaker of Wilton, who lent Scott a 666-pound pumpkin to use in this year’s Pumpkin Regatta. The lake race was part of the annual Giant Pumpkin Festival Oct. 5-6 in Elk Grove
(courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

Scott Henkin has grown his own giant pumpkins before, on his Southport property.

And he has won the fun-yet-serious pumpkin paddling race in Elk Grove before, twice.

Scott Henkin lines up in the second pumpkin from the foreground, at the start of this year’s Great Pumpkin Race. In the first pumpkin is a person in a monkey suit, who later sunk. There must be a lesson in that somewhere. . . (courtesy photo)

Scott Henkin lines up in the second pumpkin from the foreground, at the start of this year’s Great Pumpkin Race. In the first pumpkin is a person in a monkey suit, who later sunk. There must be a lesson in that somewhere. . . (courtesy photo)

This year, Henkin borrowed another man’s gourd for the annual festivities on the water in Elk Grove. And he went up against a couple of other fellows who were also looking to become the first person to ever win the paddling event three times.

When the spray settled, it was Henkin’s time for a three-peat. Henkin crossed the finish line first, for his third victory at the event.

Competitors hollow out a pumpkin, don a life preserver and wield a paddle for the three-minute race.

Following his 2010 victory, the News-Ledger asked Henkin if he trained for the athletic event.

“No, that would take all the fun out of it,” he said.

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