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Workers hurt in West Sac street project

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 25, 2013 —

Two men working for a PG&E subcontractor were badly hurt early last Wednesday in a pipe replacement project.

The accident happened at about 4 a.m. near Jefferson Boulevard and 15th Street – part of a major project in which old gas pipe is being removed and replaced.

Reports say a large metal part such as a plate to support a trench slipped from a lifting device and hit the men.  One responding police officer reported:

“Two male workers had been injured by a steel piling that had come unhooked and fallen from the lift.”

One worker had what appeared to be a broken and swollen leg, reported the officer. Another had “obvious head trauma” and was unconscious. Both went to nearby hospitals. At press time, there was no word of their condition.

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West Sacramento’s council preps for ‘action plan’ on area homeless problem

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 18, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Tonight (Sept. 18), the West Sacramento City Council will discuss “next steps” for the prevention and treatment of homelessness in this town.

City Council Member Mark Johannessen: involved in production of new analysis of local homeless problem (News-Ledger file photo)

City Council Member Mark Johannessen: involved in production of new analysis of local homeless problem (News-Ledger file photo)

Using state grant funds, city officials (including City Councilman Mark Johannessen) have counted the local homeless, tried to analyze the reasons for their plight, interviewed “stakeholders” such as neighbors and businesspeople, and tried to point a way forward in dealing with the problem. This two-year effort has produced an informational report for tonight’s city council meeting. They hope to pick up some reactions and return with more details on an “action plan” next month.

In a coordinated “snapshot” census across Yolo County, the counters found 165 homeless people living in West Sacramento, compared to 186 in Woodland, 114 in Davis and nine in rural areas, reports the city’s staff report prepared for the council meeting.

West Sacramento is fairly unique compared to some places – like Sacramento – in that a lot of homeless people live near residential neighborhoods instead of downtown areas, the report added.

No “unaccompanied children” were counted among Yolo County’s homeless in the January census.

“West Sacramento traditionally has by far the highest number of ‘unsheltered’ homeless in Yolo County,” the report stated. “These are people primarily living in camps or on the street. . . While emergency shelter is available in Woodland and Davis, there is no emergency shelter available in West Sacramento.”

And West Sacramento riverfronts offer a camping spot not too far from social services provided to homeless people from across the river in Sacramento.

“(Also), persons camping along the river in West Sacramento report that it is desirable because they can fish for food and the wooded areas are sufficiently secluded that they feel private and secure. Some of the campers have lived there for years.”

126 of the 165 West Sacramento homeless reported they were “unsheltered” and living in tents, vehicles, garages or the like.

Over half of the West Sacramento homeless were also reported to be adult men, with the remainder made up of both women and children. Many “chronically” homeless people are mentally ill.

The cost of not treating these people for homeless and some of the conditions that can lead to – illness and injury – can be expensive in terms of “repeated costly ambulance calls and emergency room visits,” argues the city report.

In one famous case, Reno police tracked the case of “Million Dollar Murray,” the report adds. Murray was a homeless man who died in 2005. Whenever he was in a rehab program, “he was able to get jobs and do quite well.” When not, he didn’t.

“(Police) were able to document $100,000 in medical costs over a six month period and nearly $1 million in police, jail, fire department, emergency medical, hospital costs and substance abuse treatment over a ten-year period.”

The staff report suggests that in addressing the homeless problem, such people must still be held accountable for their legal actions and impacts on the rest of the population.

West Sacramento’s police had two officers working full time on homelessness, spending staff time taking apart homeless camps, often along the riverfront. In addition:

“Nearly hourly, regular patrol officers are dispatched to related issues, such as illegal camping, public intoxication, fights, public nuisance and other vagrancy calls for service. Confiscated property from camp clean-ups is stored in commercial containers at the police department, separate from other property “for health reasons.”

Firefighters also answer hundreds of medical aid calls for homeless people each year. And each time a shopping cart is requisitioned for someone’s personal use, that costs a store $150 to $450.

Aggressive panhandling is also a problem. Although asking for money is not itself illegal, “aggressive” panhandling isn’t protected by the First Amendment.

The report calls for West Sacramento to partner with other agencies and with private parties, and to look for grant funds to help attack its homelessness problem.

A future plan might include having programs in place to help “at risk” people – such as those who just lost a job or suffered a health problem – from becoming homeless. It might include cracking down on aggressive panhandling, and fighting trespassing, littering and dumpster-diving.

The plan might also include finding more ways to offer food, water, shelter, mental health care, substance abuse care and medical care.

Tonight’s (Sept. 18) council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

 

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Fire takes barn & vehicles

courtesy of West Sacramento Fire Department

courtesy of West Sacramento Fire Department

 

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 18, 2013 —

West Sacramento and Sacramento firefighters both responded to a challenging fire in rural Southport on September 6. They found a “fully involved” detached garage and barn — with no fire hydrants nearby at the Hilary Avenue location.

Firefighters shuttled fire from a water tender vehicle, and kept the fire from spreading to nearby homes. The barn was lost, along with four vehicles and various equipment, with damage estimated at $150,000.

 

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Recycle those old tires on Wednesday

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — SEPT 23, 2013 —

From the County of Yolo —

  Yolo County is hosting a free tire recycling event at the Yolo County Central Landfill, located at 44090 County Road 28H in Woodland, on September 25, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Yolo County residents and farmers are encouraged to turn in their used passenger car, truck or tractor tires during this free event, made possible through a grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle).  Participants may bring in up to nine tires to be recycled free of charge.

  Things to remember when participating in this tire recycling event:

 ▪          There is a limit of no more than nine tires without a hauling exemption (see further information below).  For more information on restrictions, contact Pam Hedrick, Yolo County Recycling Coordinator at (530) 666-8856.

 ▪          Business-generated tires will not be accepted through this program.

 ▪          Tires that will be accepted include all passenger car, truck and tractor tires with or without rims and that are air filled with no solid areas.

 ▪          Tires that can not be accepted include heavy equipment tires, tires with a diameter greater than 60 inches and tire bins full of tires.

 ▪          Residents, farmers and ranchers may contact the Yolo County Environmental Health Department at (530) 666-8646 to obtain a hauling exemption allowing for transport of up to 20 tires per vehicle.  Per grant requirements, no one can bring more than 40 total tires per event.  Utilizing the hauling this allows for two trips to be made per event.

   The next tire amnesty event will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Esparto Recycling and Solid Waste Facility, located at 27075 County Road 19A in Esparto.

Car crash victim’s name is released

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — SEPT 23, 2013 —

The name of the woman killed in a car crash early Saturday morning in West Sacramento has been released.

She was Hope Angeli Castellano, a 26-year old from West Sacramento, reports Mark Persons, spokesman for the Yolo County Sheriff/Coroner’s office.

Castellana was believed to be the rear passenger in a Toyota Prius involved in a rollover accident at about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 21. The car left the roadway and turned over once, ejecting Casetellano, who was not believed to be wearing a seatbelt at the time. She died of multiple blunt force injuries, said Persons.

Two men in the vehicle were injured in the same accident.

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Tower Bridge shuts down for banquet dinner and for a ‘cattle drive’

FROM THE  NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 18, 2013 —

The Tower Bridge will shut down and forks will go up on Sunday, September 29, for the first-ever banquet dinner served on the Tower Bridge. The event is sponsored by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau as the culmination of that city’s first “Farm to Fork” week celebrating local food sourcing.

The 600 available tickets for the event sold out within eight hours, reported a visitors bureau spokeswoman.

Diners on the bridge will enjoy a four-course meal including such treats as summer squash and chimichurri sauce, roasted whole pig strewn with blistered summer peppers, smoked white sturgeon with beans, and endive with pears. The food will be prepared by “top chefs” from Sacramento. With Mayor Kevin Johnson’s support, Sacramento is seeking to become the “capital” of the “Farm to Fork” movement.

The bridge will close to traffic from 1-10 p.m. to accommodate the “inaugural” event.

Another “Farm to Fork” event might not be a first, but it’s certainly something the Tower Bridge hasn’t seen in a few years:

On Monday, September 23, the Flying U Ranch of Yuba County will present a cattle drive that will go from West Sacramento over the iconic Tower Bridge into Sacramento and down Capitol Mall. The drive will take place between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Interested spectators are encouraged to stand on the median along Capitol Mall to watch the 40 to 50 longhorn steer and cattle go by.

For more information on these and other events involved in Sacramento’s first “Farm to Fork Week,” visit www.farmtoforkcapital.com or call 808-5978.

 

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Poodle mix sought after Southport bite

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — SEPT 21, 2013 —

The Animal Services Section of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department is looking for help in finding the dog involved in a biting incident Thursday morning in Southport.

According to spokesman Mark Persons of the sheriff’s department, a man noticed the apparent stray near Lake Washington Boulevard and Redwood Avenue.

“The victim approached the dog in an attempt to get information from the tag on its collar,” said Persons in a press release. “At that point, the dog bit the victim, causing moderate injury. Animal Services received the bite report from the victim, and a search of the area has failed to locate the dog.”

Typically, if a biting dog can’t be located and screened for rabies, the bite victim must undergo extensive treatment for possible rabies exposure.

“The biting dog is described as a small poodle mix, 10-15 pounds, with curly white hair and (is) possibly named ‘Tracy’,” reported Persons.

He asked anyone with possible knowledge of the dog to contact the Animal Services Section at (530) 668-5287 or animal.bite@yolocounty.org.

Anyone with knowledge of the biting dog who conceals such knowledge could be guilty of a misdemeanor, added Persons.

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