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Eat well, for YoloArts

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — MAY 1, 2013 —

Submitted by YoloArts

The 9th annual  “Artistic Sensations” will be held at the T.S. Glide Ranch in Davis on Friday, May 10 from  6 pm – 8:30 pm.  Event proceeds will be used to support YoloArts’ art education programs, including Artists in Schools, throughout Yolo County.

The evening’s featured artist will be Alejandro Rubio, a native of Uruguay and resident of Northern California, where he is gaining recognition for his oil paintings.

Dinner at Artistic Sensations will be catered by Dos Coyotes, accompanied by wines from Yolo County,  entertainment by trick roper James Barrera and music by the trio El Rado Scufflers.  Special performing guests will be the junior high student musical group from Davis known as Mariachi Puente, under the direction of Hiram Jackson.  The fundraising silent auction will feature paintings by Rubio, a week in Puerto Vallarta, student art work from schools around the county, and original artwork from county artists.

“We are so grateful to our sponsors and supporters for keeping arts education going in our partner schools around the county,” said Elysa Hillis,  co-chairperson of this year’s event, and a member of the YoloArts board of directors.

Last year, YoloArts art education programs offered ceramics, dance, drawing and painting, and the Blues in the Schools program to 2,304 students around the county. Art programs at Einstein Education Center, Dan Jacobs School (at the county’s juvenile hall, Midtown and Greengate; Gibson, Beamer and Whitehead Elementary Schools in Woodland; Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School in Davis; Clarksburg Middle and Delta High Schools in Clarksburg and Esparto K-8 and High Schools all receive support from this fundraiser.

Tickets for Artistic Sensations are $50 and can be purchased online at yoloarts.org/box-office, or by calling YoloArts at 530-406-4844. YoloArts supports the arts by working with artists, education, business and government.

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Memorial for fallen Yolo officers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

A new peace officers memorial at the old courthouse building, 725 Court Street in Woodland, will honor all those officers who fell in the line of duty while working for law enforcement agencies in Yolo County, including the sheriff’s department and West Sacramento Police Department.

West Sacramento has lost one officer, James McKnight, for whom the local police station is named. McKnight was shot while working with the Yolo Narcotics Enforcement Team, serving a search warrant in Esparto in 1990.

The memorial will be dedicated in a public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.

Funds were raised by the Yolo County Retired Peace Officers.

 

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RC tennis team: conference champs

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 1, 2013 —

From River City High School

For the 17th time in the past 18 seasons, the River City High School Tennis Team has won a league championship.  Last week’s 5 to 4 win at Cosumnes Oaks clinched the 2013 Sierra Valley Conference (SVC) title for the Raiders, bringing the total number of league championships in RC’s tennis history to 19.

The visiting Raiders started off slowly, dropping both boys singles matches at Cosumnes Oaks, but Cindy Oseguera (6-4,6-3 at #1) and Lily He (6-4,6-1 at #2) came through in girls singles.  It was a similar story in doubles as RC lost both boys doubles contests while getting wins from the girls pairs of Sarah Yang and Sonia Bola, 4-6,6-2,(10-2) at #1, and Nicole Melido and Julia Quenga, 6-0,6-0 at #2.  With the league title on the line, the mixed doubles duo of Lina Vang and Phillip Dinh brought home the pennant with their 6-3,6-2 triumph.

Also last week, at the SVC Singles and Doubles Tournament, Michael Lee and Lina Vang won the mixed doubles championship to qualify for this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section Tournament.  Lee and Vang defeated teams from Cosumnes Oaks (10-2 in the quarterfinals), El Dorado (6-3,6-3 in the semis), and Vista del Lago (6-3,6-3 in the final.)  Teammates Oseguera and Yang will be joining them at the Section tourney as they came in second place in the SVC girls doubles event.  The defending SVC and Section girls doubles champs came up short in the final to a pair from Vista del Lago, 6-2,3-6,(7-10), but are eager to try to repeat their 2012 result in Stockton at the Section tournament.

Other results from the SVC Tournament:  Edward Xu and Ben Gerelkhuu took fourth place in boys doubles while Matthew Tagupa and Muradan Chhay reached the quarterfinals.  In mixed doubles, Amran Khan and Sonia Bola came in third place.  Lily He reached the quarterfinals in girls singles and Nicole Melido won the girls singles consolation championship by defeating the top players from both Galt and El Dorado.  In the boys singles consolation event, Phillip Dinh downed teammate Akshay Prabhakar in the final.

Next up for the Raiders, in addition to the Section singles and doubles tournament, are the Section Division III team championships.  RC will play either Marysville or Highlands in the Round of 16 and a win will allow the Raiders to host a quarterfinal match on Monday, May 6th at 4pm against the winner of the Argonaut vs. Colfax match.

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Car accident, Southport restaurant fire

Two people went to the hospital after a three-car accident on a West Sacramento freeway

Two people went to the hospital after a three-car accident on a West Sacramento freeway

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 1, 2013 —

  West Sacramento firefighters (above) joined the CHP and ambulance units on Saturday morning, April 20, after a three-car accident on I-80.  One driver had to be extricated, and a total of two people went to local hospitals.

In other city fire department news, crews responded to a structure fire on the night of April 22 at Hawaiian BBQ in the Southport Town Center Plaza.

  “Upon arrival, light smoke and flames were seen through the front doors,” reported the WSFD. “The cause of the fire was (that) an employee left the deep fryer on and covered the opening with a piece of cardboard.” Damage was estimated at $7,500.

Courtesy of the West Sac. Fire Dept.

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City of West Sac’s hotel project moves forward: new location near Raley Field

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 24, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento’s latest approach to bringing a hotel and conference center to its riverfront moved along last month after support from city council members.

A prior vision for the hotel placed it north of the Tower Bridge, operated by Marriott and owned by the city. Marriott is still in the picture as a potential hotel operator, but the new project is planned as a public-private partnership. It’s now on what the city calls a “premier” 2.7 acre site just south of the Tower Bridge, next to Raley Field and the Sacramento River. The proposed developer is Encore Garfield Public Private LLC.

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)

On the drawing board are 343 rooms with a 20,000-square foot ballroom facility. Project cost of $130.8 million includes an expected $30 million in bonds backed by indirect income from the project. City consultants have said that a hotel with a conference center can’t be done here without public assistance.

Why is it a worth goal to risk public money for?

Such a hotel “would catalyze development on the riverfront, generate direct and indirect jobs, generate new tax revenues, and increase business and leisure visitation to the City,” according to a West Sacramento city staff report.

“I’ve. . . watched over the years as this city tried over the years to come up with an iconic project to really get this Bridge District going,” said Tony Giannoni, a member of the developer team. “That idea always seems to be a conference center/hotel.”

  Giannoni made those comments in a March 20 West Sacramento City Council meeting (those comments were taken from city video of the meeting).

The development plan calls for the city to finance its $30 million in bonds for the project from a combination of hotel room taxes (about 12 percent of the room rates), another 2 percent room surcharge, property tax revenues from the future hotel, and lease payments from the hotel operator for use of the city-owned conference center.

City staff told the council March 6 that the bonds would not affect the city’s credit rating and revenues appear adequate to safely repay the bonds. If the income were not adequate, the city’s general fund would have to backfill a shortage.

As for the hotel’s conceptual design, architect Mark Hornberg of Hornberger + Worstell said the 20-story design will stay true to the city’s vision for the Bridge District.

“(We’re) trying to have our design address key tenets of that design, including activating the riverfront, reemphasizing connections with the river, activating the pedestrian realm, creating streetfronts that hide parking and emphasizing retail, restaurant, food and beverage (and) meeting revenues.”

The ballroom and “junior” ballroom will have outstanding views, he added.

“Both of those spaces have magnificent windows onto the river, the river environment, the Crocker Gallery across the river,” said Hornberger. “It will be a sought-out destination in this community.”

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon called the project a “critical” piece in promoting activity on the local river, and said the city would only be using revenues “that would not exist if we did not move forward.”

“There’s no diversion of funds we could have otherwise spent on police, fire, parks or any of our other (city) services,” he said at the March 20 meeting.

Mayor pro tem Chris Ledesma called the plan a “solid” one.

“I am excited about it, it’s generating excitement in my neighborhood, in the city and in the region,” said Ledesma.

With the council’s support, the project continues. A city staff member confirmed yesterday that the various negotiations involved are still underway.

 

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Jobs for factory help, tour guides

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 1, 2013 —

A couple of batches of job openings have come to the News-Ledger’s attention this week.

The vinyl window company Ply Gem in West Sacramento is looking for production workers. Visit www.PlyGem.com, fax 288-4380 or email Jobs@PlyGem.com.

Meanwhile, the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is hiring several tour guides for its Old Sacramento Underground Tours. Visit www.historicoldsac.org for an application, and email your application to kmcalpin@cityofsacramento.org by May 17. No phone calls.

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Boat parade Sunday on the river

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 1, 2013 —

The Sacramento Yacht Club has announced that its annual “opening day” boat parade will be held Sunday, May 5, on the Sacramento River. Best viewing spots include the Old Sacramento waterfront and the River Walk Park in West Sacramento (near the ziggurat building and Tower Bridge).

The yacht club is headquartered on South River Road in Southport, West Sacramento.

  The parade starts at the club after a noon “blessing of the fleet.” Boats will then proceed up river under the Tower Bridge and past Old Sacramento. They will turn around at the Virgin Sturgeon restaurant and return to the club.

Boats will be specially decorated for the event and will vie for club prizes.  This year’s parade has a “Cinco de Mayo” theme.

Boaters wishing to participate may call (916) 371-5058.

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