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New light may become West Sac landmark

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 1, 2013 —

EDITOR’S NOTE: The News-Ledger reported in May that a blue ribbon of light was scheduled to go up — about 200 feet up — around a grain storage facility at the Port of West Sacramento. Tonight’s the night it turns on.

Here’s the full statement from Art Schroeder, spokesman for the City of West Sacramento:

Beginning tonight about 9:30, a bright blue LED light band becomes part of the region’s skyline, to be seen on the horizon for miles. The blue light, nearly 200 feet above ground, circles the Port of West Sacramento’s bulk grain facility at 2895 Industrial Blvd. It signifies an important change: for the first time in its 50-year history, the Port’s terminal operation was now in the hands of a private company, SSA Pacific (SSA).

  The 200-foot tower at the Port of West Sacramento lit up with an LED band of blue light, above, in an artist’s simulation (Courtesy of the City of West Sacramento)

The 200-foot tower at the Port of West Sacramento lit up with an LED band of blue light, above, in an artist’s simulation (Courtesy of the City of West Sacramento)

The new lighting band was installed to celebrate the new lease agreement with the Port, marking the transition of the Port’s maritime facilities to SSA. The agreement goes into effect July 1. “The new lease arrangements will allow SSA to further expand our role, attract new investment, and increase business through the Port, which will be good for the City of West Sacramento and increase jobs in the area,” said Mark Knudsen, President of SSA Conventional, parent company of SSA Pacific.

The new agreement provides guaranteed rent payments to the Port of West Sacramento and shifts all maritime-related operational expenses to SSA, enabling the Port to reduce administrative costs and focus on development of its real estate assets. “We’re redefining and redesigning the Port and this is a critical first step,” said Mike McGowan, chairman of the Port Commission.

The lease is in effect for the next five years and can be extended by 5-year increments for a maximum of 20 years. Minimum annual rent payments to the Port begin at $650,000. The lease also provides for additional revenues to the Port, in the event of shipping tonnage increases. As part of the agreement, the Port is absolved of $850,000 in existing debt to SSA. The lease serves as a cornerstone of the Port’s recently-adopted business plan, which positions the Port as a landlord entity focused on new real estate revenue.

The LED-lighting design now widely in sight atop the Port facility was created by Fluoresco, a West Sacramento-based lighting company.

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West Sac: summer reading promos underway for kids, teens & adults

NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JUNE 19, 2013 —

From the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library’s ever-popular Summer Reading Program, currently under way, has something for everyone.  This year’s program – “Our Reading is So Delicious” – runs now through mid-August and includes free reading clubs, exciting events and prizes.

“A summer reading program is a critically important tool to keep children learning and reading over the summer months,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong in a press release.  Research indicates students who read recreationally out-perform those who do not.  Studies have also shown school-aged children lose up to one month of learning over the summer break.  “Our programs provide quality summer learning opportunities,” continued Wong. “Sign up and join the fun at your local Yolo County Library branch today.”

This year’s reading incentive program is for participants of all ages.  Sign up at your local library’s service desk and pick up a game board that includes healthy and fun activities designed especially for your age group.  Each child who completes the program receives a free book and a Round Table Pizza or Steve’s Pizza coupon, while supplies last.  Teens who register can enter a system-wide drawing for an Android, and teens and adults who register can enter a system-wide drawing for a chance to win a Kindle.  All who visit a Yolo County Library branch this summer can pick up a schedule of events, and sign up for the program of their choice.  The lineup for all ages includes:

•         Children: Fancy Nancy Meets the Mad Hatter tea party, Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show and a visit from the Mad Scientist.

•         Teens: Try a Smoovie (movie & smoothies, get it?) and an architectural competition involving dry spaghetti and marshmallows.

•         Adults: Try Nutritional Jeopardy and a visit from the Davis Food Co-op intriguingly named Fast French Cooking with Julie and Julie and Julie and Julia.

Events vary from branch to branch.  Stop by your local branch or visit www.yolocountylibrary.org for more information. West Sacramento’s branch is at 1212 Merkley Ave.

Summer Reading Program 2013 sponsors include: California Library Association, First 5 Yolo, numerous local businesses, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Round Table Pizza, Steve’s Pizza and Friends of the Library groups for each Yolo County Library branch.

Summer Reading Program 2013 sponsors include: California Library Association, First 5 Yolo, numerous local businesses, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Round Table Pizza, Steve’s Pizza and Friends of the Library groups.

 

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Local chorus performs today at capitol

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — 

The West Sacramento Community Singers have a free concert on schedule. You’re invited to listen to them at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, at the Capital Museum rotunda in Sacramento, where they will present hits by ABBA and the Manhattan Transfer. Park near 11th and L streets and enter from 11th.

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Property value again over $20 billion: click on link to find a house value

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JUNE 26, 2013 —

Yolo County’s property tax roll was valued at over $20 billion for the first time since 2008, reports Assessor Joel Butler.

“The improving real estate market and thriving agricultural economy, coupled with new construction and changes of ownership (which trigger reappraisal) increased this year’s roll to $20,475,478,048 of taxable value – a 4.16 percent increase over the prior year,” said a statement from Butler’s office.

“All areas of the county experienced increases in assessed value,” added the tax assessor’s statement. “Davis had the largest increase for a city at 5.75 percent; Woodland had the least, at 1.88 percent; with Winters at 3.85 percent and West Sacramento at 3.83 percent. The unincorporated areas of Yolo County grew by 4.58 percent, reflecting the strength of rural and agricultural properties.”

Recently assessed property values will be available for public view by July 12 at http://www.yolocounty.org/index.aspx?page=1603. To find your property value, have your Assessor Parcel Number or street address available. If you don’t have computer access, you can phone for your valuation at (530) 666-8135 (the assessor’s office is closed Friday’s for budget reasons).

There is a process available for those who believe their property is over-valued for tax reasons.

 

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Need a place to cool down?

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 28, 2013 —

With temperatures expected to top 100 degrees for about six days in a row, the City of West Sacramento offers this information about local ‘cooling centers’ available free to those in need:

During the current heat wave, two West Sacramento centers will provide relief:

·The Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave., will be open both Saturday, June 29 (10 am to 5:30 pm) and Sunday, June 30 (1-5 pm) as a place to escape the hot temperatures this weekend. Contact the Turner Library at (916) 375-6465.

·The West Sacramento Recreation Center, 2801 Jefferson Blvd., is also a cooling center and will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm. The Rec Center is also open until 9:30 pm on weekdays (except July 4th when it closes at 5:30 pm). Not only is the Rec Center air conditioned inside, the Rec Center pools can also help keep you cool – Rec Swim is from 1 – 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday. A day pass is $6 for adults, and $4.50 for seniors and students. Contact the Rec Center at (916) 617-4770.

The cooling centers are air-conditioned. Comfortable seating is available. Stay hydrated! Water is available at both cooling center sites, but bringing a re-useable water bottle is recommended. Dress in layers so you can shed layers when in the shade and add to cover skin when in direct sunlight.

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Weekend: a taste of West Sacramento’s Portuguese heritage

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 26, 2013–

FROM THE SAN
PEDRO ASSOCIATION

If you grew up in the “Bryte” or “Broderick” neighborhoods of West Sacramento, or old “West Sacramento,” then you probably remember the “Portuguese Picnic” that was celebrated the last weekend of June, with its parade through the streets of town filled with queens wearing big tiaras and floats representing saints, along Portuguese folk music and the calls from the bingo stand.  You could smell the barbeque beef on a spit that people cooked themselves and the linguica sandwiches and beans. You could get all these along with cold beer at the bar.

San Pedro Festival queens Nieve Kelly and Kaitlyn Clopton (courtesy photo)

San Pedro Festival queens Nieve Kelly and Kaitlyn Clopton (courtesy photo)

This year, the San Pedro Festa will be open to the public on Saturday, June 29 from 3 to 8pm and on Sunday, June 30th from 11am to 8pm.  There will be the same great marinated beef on a spit (carne espita), linguica sandwiches, tremose (brined beans) and sweet bread will be available as in years gone by.

Free live entertainment will be available headlined by the Bay Area sensation and Luso-American artist Ramana Vieria and her ensemble, who will perform Saturday evening from 6-8pm.  Earlier in the evening you can catch the fun sounds of the ACC Pocket Pickers Ukulele Group at 4:30pm.

Saturday evening will also feature the crowning of this year’s queens.  Nieve Kelly, daughter of Cathy Ingram-Kelly and Eamon Kelly, will represent San Pedro as the senior queen.  Kaitlyn Clopton, daughter of Jason and Tiffany Freitas, will be the baby queen.  Both of these young ladies’ families are descendants of the San Pedro Association founding fathers.

Sunday’s entertainment will include the procession from Holy Cross Church to the park beginning after mass at 10:30 a.m.  Grand Marshals of the procession will be Al & Marie Balshor, longstanding supporters and members for the San Pedro Association.  Included in the procession will be the Sacramento Youth Band, who will also perform during the day at the Park and the Rancho Folclorico Vira Virou de Newark Maderian Folk Dancers.  A silent auction, live auction, bingo (run by the Knights of Columbus), baked goodies from the Holy Spirit Altar Society and kiddie games will also be a part of this day.

2013 marks the 91st annual San Pedro Festa. Descendants from the original families and the founders of the established San Pedro Association have been continuing the annual celebration – with the exception of a break during WWII.

San Pedro Festa has been a part of the community since 1992 when immigrants from the Madeira Island, Portugal settled in the Riverbank/Bryte area in what is now northern West Sacramento celebrated their first “Festas Padroeiras” (folk celebration) – which honored their patron saint St. Peter. They celebrated on the banks of the Sacramento River.

These early families had names like Amaral, Andrade, Augustino, Beata, Carvalho, Cardoza, Costa, Enos, Farinha, Frates, Freitas, Fonseca, Gonsalves, Jardim, Lawrence, Lopes, Neves, Neto, Paulo, Pena, Perreira, Perry, Pinto, Ramos, Rodrigues, Santos, Sardine, Sequeira and Silva. They would come together to celebrate their Saints Day. These Festas, or festivals, provided a family event with each subsequent generation bringing their children, to continue to celebrate and reaffirm their cultural heritage.

In the 1940s, the group organized an association and purchased land from the Silva family to establish San Pedro Association and build San Pedro Park.  This association’s primary focus since the 1980 is to maintain its presence in the community and preserve the historic San Pedro Park. During this time a membership was established.

This new generation of members – descendants from original families in the area – decided once more to open San Pedro Festa and it’s park to the public.  The park is located at 708 North Hobson Avenue, West Sacramento.

Photo & information submitted by Vickie Ramos, San Pedro Association.

 

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Fireworks booths open this week for sales through July 4

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 26, 2013 —

Sales of “safe and sane” fireworks in West Sacramento may legally begin at approved booths at noon on Friday. The sales are permitted through the Fourth of July holiday. Except for the shortened hours (noon to 10 p.m.) on the first day, booths are allowed to be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily during that period. Individual booths may not be operated during all these hours.

Actual use of the “safe and sane” fireworks is legal from noon on Friday (July 28) through noon on July 6.

Various charities entered the annual raffle to win a permit to sell fireworks in the city this Independence Day season. The winners, and their planned booth locations, are:

— West Sacramento Little League will operate a booth near Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Lake Washington and Jefferson boulevards in Southport.

— Campus Life Connection/Collings West Sacramento Teen Center will be in front of Safeway.

— Joy Christian Ministries will be outside Wal-Mart.

— The West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project will be at Jefferson Plaza.

— West Sacramento Community Singers will have a booth near Walgreens and La Bou.

— The West Sacramento Historical Society will be at the Southport Town Center.

— The West Sacramento Rotary will sell fireworks near Whitey’s Jolly Kone near Jefferson and 15th Street.

— River City Rowing Club will be in front of Arteaga’s Supermarket on Sacramento Avenue at Kegle Drive.

Each group will have a license to work with a fireworks wholeseller, and will get to keep some of the proceeds from the “safe and sane” fireworks.

 

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