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Drop off ‘bulky waste’ through Saturday


Drop off your old “bulky waste” items this week. The event continues today and tomorrow.

It is open to West Sacramento residents May 15-18, 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, at 540 Harbor Blvd. Accepted items include furniture, mattresses, box springs, cardboard and tires (limit of nine). Bring proof of West Sacramento residency (city utility bill or driver’s license). Those age 65+ or disabled can qualify to have your items picked up for free – call 617-4589.

Wood and green waste are not part of this event, but look for a landfill voucher in your April utility bill which is good for one free residential load of wood or green waste at the landfill.

For info: 617-4589.

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City council: special ‘tour’ meeting


The West Sacramento City Council will hold a special meeting tomorrow (Friday, May 17). Much of the meeting will be spent on a tour of the port, riverfront, and the city’s northern and central areas.

The itinerary includes a visit at the Port of West Sacramento update State Senator Darrell Steinberg on the port’s new business plan, reports City Clerk Kryss Rankin.

“The main purpose of the tour is to highlight the City’s infill development opportunities, with a particular focus on how the realization of those opportunities through new private investment is dependent on the City’s ability to continue funding major infrastructure projects and economic development activities in the post-redevelopment environment,” said Rankin in an email.

The event also includes lunch with officials from the city and local chamber of commerce and Yolo County Supervisor Michael McGowan.

The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. and returns to city hall about 1:30 p.m.

As a form of city council meeting, the informational parts of the event are open to the public. Rankin says there will be transportation available to interested members of the public.

A map of the tour can be found below:

Tour Map

For information, call 617-4500.

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EDITORIAL: public risk for hotel project

The latest vision of a West Sacramento riverfront hotel, in an artist’s rendition. After studying a city-owned hotel project north of the Tower Bridge, the city is now looking at a public-private deal to create a hotel with a restaurant and conference. They’re now aiming for a ‘premier’ site next to Raley Field, Tower Bridge and the Sacramento River. (From Hornberger+Worstell, Architects)

The latest vision of a West Sacramento riverfront hotel, in an artist’s rendition. After studying a city-owned hotel project north of the Tower Bridge, the city is now looking at a public-private deal to create a hotel with a restaurant and conference. They’re now aiming for a ‘premier’ site next to Raley Field, Tower Bridge and the Sacramento River. (From Hornberger+Worstell, Architects)



The City of West Sacramento is working on a plan to boost a local riverfront hotel project, and that plan involves some degree of risk to the city general fund. That fund is the pot of money that pays for things like police and fire protection.

The theory is that with some help from the public, a new hotel planned near Raley Field can become an upgraded version of what would happen if developers are left to private financing alone. The hotel would get a conference center and other amenities that consultants say won’t happen if the project has to relay only on private financing.

The city’s contribution won’t – if all goes well – touch your police and fire money. The city will stand behind $30 million in bonds, which will be repaid by indirect income from the future project. The bonds will be paid back with money from hotel room taxes and increased property taxes from the site – money that, without the project, might otherwise not come in at all.

If those future revenues fall short, then yes, your tax dollars are at risk.

Now, it’s not the first time that the City of West Sacramento has used public financing to help make a desirable project happen. The same kind of thing happened with the first office tower on the river (the “ziggurat” building, originally built for a lending company) and again with Raley Field, for example.

Those projects worked out. The truth is, that while West Sacramento has a public policy of stepping in with public financing mechanisms or other support to help make a desirable project come true – especially when that project is the “first of its kind” to take a gamble here – the city hasn’t gone hog wild with taxpayer money or taxpayer risk. City-backed bonds for Raley Field, for example, are being paid back on schedule as per the deal, without the need for West Sacramentans to reach into their pockets for cash and cover a shortfall. The stadium was a success, and it helped change the image of West Sacramento and its diamond-in-the-rough riverfront.

Now, the particular hotel currently planned for the Bridge District may never even come to fruition. But if it does – and if city participation nudges it to a higher quality project possessed of greater amenities – then the hotel will help raise the bar for the rest of the developing waterfront. The quality of some of the housing, businesses and restaurants going in nearby will go up alongside the business-class hotel, and so might future nearby property taxes, sales taxes and payrolls.

You can be philosophically opposed to public participation in private development, and that’s fine. But if so, you’ll have to recognize that it’s going to be hard to accomplish big projects in an urban area – or, at least, in your urban area. Competing cities may not be so ideologically pure, and they may become the places that get the edge for the ambitious projects.

Or, you can recognize that sometimes public involvement in development is a boondoggle. A city’s hopes can cause it to financially overextend itself, falling over backwards to make a dream project come true. Then it finds itself bushwhacked by its own overenthusiastic financial projects, or by the surprise of a crashing economy, or by the guile of tricky development partners.

But what if you think that it’s sometimes okay for a local government to take a modest amount of risk to make something good happen? Then this hotel project looks like a pretty good bet.


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West Sac clubs to sell fireworks


The City of West Sacramento has held its annual lottery to see which schools, churches and nonprofit organizations will be authorized to operate a fireworks booth during the Fourth of July season.

The winners:

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 work with a fireworks wholeseller, and will get to keep some of the proceeds from the “safe and sane” fireworks. The booths will open up about a week before July 4.

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Bustamante agrees to plea deal

ARTURO BUSTAMANTE: RCHS teacher/coach makes a plea deal after molestation charges

ARTURO BUSTAMANTE: RCHS teacher/coach makes a plea deal after molestation charges


Former River City High School teacher and football coach Arturo Bustamante yesterday pleaded “no contest” to a misdemeanor count of “annoying or molesting a child.” The plea deal occurred on the first day of trial in which he faced three felony counts of molestation and several misdemeanor counts.. The incidents allegedly involved improper contacts with three underage female students on the school campus.

The trial evidence included a claim that Bustamante  exposed himself over the internet to a 17-year old girl in Texas — although in Texas, a 17-year old is old enough to consent. Bustamante’s attorney, West Sacramento’s Fidel Martinez, tried and failed to exclude that claim from the evidence in this case.

Bustamante’s local troubles started in 2010. A 19-year old woman told police that when she was a roommate at his home, she believed Bustamante had set up a video camera in his home for inappropriate use. No arrest followed that police investigation.

Bustamante was arrested in October, 2011, though, after a girl at the high school complained he had inappropriately touched her in the buttock- or lower back-area.  Bustamante was placed on leave at the school and arrested. Several other allegations from students followed.  He was 42 at that time.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Bustamante will be sentenced on June 10 by Judge Timothy Fall in Yolo County Superior Court. He faces up to a year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000. He’s already served about 4o days in jail awaiting trial, estimates his attorney, West Sacramento’s Fidel Martinez.

“He will be punished hard,” said Martinez. “He will have to register for his lifetime as a sex offender. He is now no longer able to be in the educational field.”

Martinez said that with the evidence facing Bustamante, he felt “it would be hard for the jury to reach a verdict that would allow him to continue teaching.” That was a major impetus to make the deal and end the trial, he said.

Editor’s note: this updated version of our May 14 article includes several corrections. The article is corrected to reflect the fact that Bustamante’s criminal court plea was “no contest” and not “guilty.” And in the 2010 allegation mentioned here, the video camera in Bustamante’s home was not in a bathroom but a more public area of the house. The News-Ledger apologizes for the errors.

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‘State of the City’ event returns

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
(News-Ledger file photo)


Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will deliver the keynote “State of the City” address during Thursday’s annual civic dinner at city hall.

Cabaldon is serving his fifth consecutive two-year term as West Sacramento mayor — he’s the only person elected to the post since voters opted to make it a separately-elected office, beginning in 2004.

The May 16 event will also include presentation of civic awards to four local citizens and businesspeople. Award winners will be:

— Broderick Restaurant, in the “Pride” category

— Food Action Team, in the “Prosperity” category

— Beverly Sandeen, for “Service”; and

— Friends of the Main Drain Parkway, for “Community.”

The annual dinner is sponsored by the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. For event information (individual tickets are $65), click here.

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West Sacramento’s ‘Police Log’


  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. This log comes from the News-Ledger newspaper in West Sacramento. To see ‘Police Log’ every week, take advantage of the subscription offer at bottom.

April 29, 3:58 p.m.
A Walnut Street man called 911. He didn’t have an emergency; he just called “to find out who hung up on him.” The man said he would need an ambulance later to take him to a hospital, but he refused to take the ambulance service’s phone number from the dispatcher. He “said he would call back on 911 for transportation when he wanted to go.”

April 29, 7:30 p.m.
A man reported he had just been shot in the back of the leg by a BB gun. He suspected the shot came from a third-floor apartment nearby on F Street, since he had turned in the residents there for smoking drugs. He is now “concerned it is retaliation.”

April 30, 1 p.m.
An officer responded to the scene of a burglary on Maple Street. A man with a backpack and bike was seen going into a shed and exiting with a “weed eater” and other lawn equipment. He was caught on the homeowner’s video. The officer contacted the 32-year old suspect nearby and arrested him for an outstanding warrant as well as possession of brass knuckles. After being shown the video and read his Miranda rights, the suspect admitted the theft. He went to jail.

April 30, 9 p.m.
Police trying to locate a missing person contacted a 24-year old Clear Lake man on the 1000-block of West Capitol Avenue. The man and the missing person were believed to have arrived at the scene in a Ford Excursion. From that SUV came the strong smell of marijuana. An officer found inside it a total of 78.6 grams of marijuana along with “multiple” prescription pill bottles in the Clear Lake man’s name. In a search while being arrested, the man was also found with $858 in cash. He opted not to make a statement after being read his rights, and was jailed.
April 30
An $800 stove and $250 in electrical wire were reported stolen from a residence on the 3200-block of West Capitol Avenue.

April 30
An Evergreen Avenue company reported that it had terminated a 25-year old Placerville man. But the employee didn’t stop working after being fired: he used a company catalog to continue collecting sales money for T-shirt orders.

April 30, 6:14 a.m.
A car parked on Hardy Drive was found burglarized, and a purse stolen from inside. The door lock had been “punched” and the car was found with the door “wide open.”

April 30, 2:08 p.m.
A citizen called 911 from the 1300-block of West Capitol. The citizen reported that his or her car door “accidentally hit another car due to the wind, (and) the owner of the other car is upset and (the citizen) is afraid.”

May 3, 6:45 a.m.
A firm on Embarcadero Way notified police that it would be laying off 60 employees later in the day. The notification was “in case of problems” when the workers learned their fate.

May 3, 6:49 a.m.
Someone broke into the water vending machine outside a market on the 3100-block of Jefferson Blvd. in Southport, causing damage of at least $1,000.

May 3, 7:26 a.m.
A Water Street resident reported “an ongoing problem with a neighbor moving (the resident’s) garbage cans up on the sidewalk so they can park in front of the neighbor’s house, and the garbage is not picked up.”

May 3, 8:30 a.m.
A restaurant owner or worker arrived at the Merkley Avenue property to find the “back door busted open.” The citizen hadn’t yet gone inside.

May 3, 10:55 a.m.
A self-storage unit on Evergreen Avenue was found burglarized.

May 3, 10:57 a.m.
A citizen on Walnut Street reported “someone has a rifle with as scope and they are pointing it up a tree.”

May 3, 12:08 p.m.
A city-owned Ford Focus wagon parked in the city hall parking lot was found burglarized.

May 3, 1:56 p.m.
A caller reported that two people in sleeping bags had been camped out by the book drop at the local library since at least 10 a.m., and “there is a horrible smell of urine.”

May 3, 6:57 p.m.
A caller from a liquor store in Southport reported that he “won money on a lottery ticket, and the clerk ripped up the ticket and said he is not a winner.” The caller had a receipt for the ticket, and said he will wait on site for an officer.

May 4, 3:37 a.m.
A resident near Linden Road and Redwood reported some people in an older pickup truck were “speeding and doing donuts” in the neighborhood, as well as running stop signs. The same truck had been speeding nearby earlier as well.

May 4, 7:15 a.m.
A caller from Chinook Road reported that a silver VW Golf or Jetta had hit a tree in front of the house at about 6 a.m.. The caller had located the suspect vehicle in the neighborhood.

May 4, 6:12 p.m.
A ’66 Ford pickup parked on Norfolk Avenue was found vandalized. The “exterior is keyed, upholstery ripped up.”

[adrotate group=”10″] May 4, 9:05 a.m.
A caller from a gas station on the 1700-block of West Capitol said four subjects “just tried to rob” him or her.

May 4, 1:04 p.m.
A flower bed at city hall was reported to be on fire.

May 4, 1:30 p.m.
A caller from the 1000-block of West Capitol reported that he and his brother had just been in an argument, and the brother-in-law hit him with the dull side of a hatchet.

May 4, 8:24 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at a Southport supermarket watched as a 35-year old man took a water filter from a shelf, went to another aisle and concealed it on his person before exiting the store.
“He then made contact with the subject as he was exiting the store, and identified himself as store security. (The employee) stated that at this time, the subject pulled the concealed merchandise off his person and threw it at him and stated, ‘I’m sorry.’”
The employee began to place the man under citizen’s arrest, but the subject became “combative” and was handcuffed. The employee emptied the suspect’s pockets, finding a baggie of a white crystal substance that later tested positive as methamphetamine. Police picked up the suspect.

May 4, 9:22 p.m.
A Rivermont Street reported an apparently sick raccoon was in the back yard, “moving funny.”

May 4, 4:30 a.m.
A 48-year old homeless man was arrested for setting “several small grass fires” in a 3rd Street field.

May 4, 3:36 p.m.
A 36-year old Sacramento man got into an altercation with a Yolobus driver. He was arrested for public intoxication.

May 5, 12:58 a.m.
A woman on Sullivan Court reported an “unknown pit bull” was in her backyard. She was “unsure about leaving her own residence,” and the dog was “looking aggressive.”

May 5, 2:17 a.m.
An Inglewood Drive resident returned home about 30 minutes earlier to find the back door “wide open” and the house “ransacked.” Missing were jewelry, a safe and other items.

May 5, 4:28 a.m.
At a motel on the 900-block of West Capitol, two subjects were reported to be knocking on doors “trying to get (people) to buy stolen goods.”

May 5, 12:22 p.m.
A bullet hole was found in the window of a vehicle parked on Kegle Drive. The owner reported having heard a gunshot at about 2 a.m.

May 5, 12:30 p.m.
A resident of Jefferson Blvd. in Southport reported that two teens on bike, dressed all in black, had just hit the home’s door with eggs.

May 5, 1:28 p.m.
A car parked on Presidio Road was found damaged after someone apparently tried to steal gas from it.

May 5, 3:25 p.m.
A grass fire was reported behind a Harmon Road house.

May 5, 4:05 p.m.
A man on Short Street said a neighbor had installed security cameras, and some of them were pointing at the man’s house. The neighbor refused to turn the cameras.

May 5, 6:21 p.m.
A disabled woman at a fast food restaurant on the 1000-block of West Capitol set her purse down briefly, and someone took the wallet from it. The business’s video showed a 28-year old Douglas Drive woman taking the wallet. Police found her nearby, in possession of the wallet. She was arrested.

May 5, 4:20 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at an Ikea Drive store saw a 39-year old man put some merchandise into his backpack and exit the store. He fled from the approaching store employee but the employee caught up to him. The suspect then swung his bicycle at the employee’s head – and the worker blocked it with his arm and shoulder.
The suspect then fled on bike, and led responding police on a short pursuit before being caught and arrested. After being read his Miranda rights, he admitted to the theft and assault.

May 5, 10:28 p.m.
A police officer responded to a residence on the 1800-block of West Capitol Avenue for a “civil issue.” A man known to the officer answered the door, with a “suspicious white powdery substance on his right nostril and the area below his lip and nostril.”
Also in the room was a known 34-year old woman, sitting on the bed.
Looking in the doorway, the officer reported seeing plastic bags tied with knots – similar to bags commonly used for narcotics – and a glass pipe that was charred and a bag with a tar-like substance that later tested positive as heroin.
The man was arrested on warrants. After tests confirmed the presence of drugs, the woman was later re-located and arrested as well.


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