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2011 RCHS grad now in the Navy

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

Navy Seaman Recruit Stephanie Voroukoumanh, daughter of Mary Voroukoumanh of West Sacramento, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” an exercised to designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment, reports the Navy.

Voroukoumanh is a 2011 graduate of River City High School.

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Robbery during marijuana deal: West Sac man convicted for 2011 crime

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 24, 2013 —

  Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on April 18, a Yolo County jury found 22-year-old Wendell Joseph Coleman of West Sacramento guilty of three counts of robbery and three counts of assault with a firearm.  The jury also convicted Coleman of six enhancements for personal use of a firearm during the commission of those crimes.  

  According to the D.A.’s office:

  On June 14, 2011, Coleman met with the victims Nick Gartiez, Darien Williams, and Max Williams to conduct a marijuana deal. The victims reported, and phone records confirmed, that the marijuana deal was set up through phone calls between the victim Nick Gartiez and Coleman. After multiple conversations and changed locations, Coleman and his unidentified crime partner met with all three victims in the parking lot of an apartment complex located at 425 Maple Street in West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Coleman and his partner approached victim Gartiez about the marijuana transaction, left briefly, and then returned with guns drawn. Coleman and his partner robbed all three victims at gunpoint, taking their cell phones. When Gartiez refused to give up his property, Coleman’s partner pistol-whipped Gartiez in the face with the gun and then shot him in the knee. Both Coleman and his partner fled the scene.  Police contacted Gartiez a few minutes later and transported him to the UC Davis Medical Center for surgery to remove six bullet fragments from his leg.

 

  Deputy District Attorney Amanda Zambor prosecuted the case, added the D.A.’s office.  She praised the dedicated efforts of the West Sacramento Police Department, the District Attorney’s Investigative Unit, the District Attorney’s Victim Services Division, Yolo County and Sacramento County Probation Departments, and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.  “This was definitely a team effort by everyone involved in the case,” said Zambor in a press release.  “The countless hours of investigation and research, as well as the Victim Services Division working with the victims through numerous continuances, paid off in the end with a just result for all three victims.”

  Coleman will be sentenced on May 15 by Judge David Reed, who presided over the trial.  He faces up to 25 years and 8 months in state prison.

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WS manufacturing firm to lay off 320

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

A Reed Avenue-area tech plant will lay off 320 people this year.

Xyratex International, Inc., is a data management company with a manufacturing and assembly plant on Embarcadero Drive, West Sacramento. The company is downsizing and moving some operations to Mexico, to save costs and in response to the loss of a major client, say local media reports.

According to one such report, the company has been downsizing for five years since peaking at 600 employees at the site.

County employment officials are contacting workers who wll be laid off this year. Some Xyratex staff will remain in West Sacramento after the manufacturing jobs move to Guadalajara.

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Turned down by West Sac school board, language charter school will appeal

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

A proposed charter West Sacramento charter school will appeal to the Yolo County Board of Education after being denied a charter by the school board of the Washington Unified School District.

The staff of Washington Unified School District opined that the school was unlikely to succeed partly due to a lack of understanding of school finance.  The school has appealed.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The Northern California Language Academies project will be on the agenda for 3:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the county office of education, 1280 Santa Anita Court #120 in Woodland.

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Fight child abuse: upcoming fashion show & fun run both offer you a chance

By Don Saylor, Chair of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance
and Member of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, District 2

Child abuse is a national tragedy.  An estimated 3 million children are the victims of substantiated abuse or neglect each year in the United States.  In California during 2012, nearly 500,000 children were referred to Child Welfare Services for investigation of abuse and/or neglect.

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor and chair of the Yolo County Children's Alliance (courtesy photo)

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor and chair of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance (courtesy photo)

In our own county, during fiscal year 2011-12, the Department of Employment and Social Services, Child Welfare Services, received 1,398 reports of suspected child abuse and/or neglect.   Resulting investigations led to 251 children in child-welfare supervised placements.

During the same time period, approximately 95 children each month continued living with their families while the families received ongoing support services and supervision through the Yolo County Child Welfare Services Family Maintenance Program. In addition, 96 children each month received Family Reunification services aimed at returning them to their homes of origin.

On the good news front, in Yolo County we have numerous public agencies and community organizations, parents, relatives, community volunteers, public policymakers and professionals who are collaborating to eliminate child abuse through the Yolo Family Strengthening Network.

[adrotate group=”9″] The Yolo Family Strengthening Network offers parents the education, support, and skills they need to provide healthy, safe and nurturing homes for their children.  Resource materials can be downloaded from www.yolokids.org/community.  Our local program is based on the national Strengthening Families Program; an evidence-based family skills training program.  Mistreatment of children decreases as parents learn more effective parenting skills, and the program has been proven to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children.  It also improves social competencies and school performance.

Another program aimed at strengthening families, The Yolo Family Meals Campaign, invites the community at large to post photos on the Yolo County Children’s Alliance web site of their family dinners, kid-friendly recipes and conversation topics that get your children talking at the table.

We hope hundreds of Yolo County residents will get involved in child abuse prevention.

Two ways that are fun include the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council’s 4th Annual Yolo County Celebrity Fashion Show on Friday, April 26th in West Sacramento and the annual Child Abuse Prevention Fun Run on April 28th in Davis. For tickets go to www.yolokids.org or call 530-757-5558.

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Housing project breaks ground in West Sac

Bridge Dist Groundbreak SHOVEL SHOT  (2)FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

There’s been a city master plan in place for the “Bridge District” for over 20 years. But with the exception of Raley Field and the Ironworks subdivision, most of the work in the planned 188-acre riverfront district has thus far been at soil level – or below.

That’s changing. The district’s major developer, Fulcrum Properties,  is gearing up, and last week’s saw an official groundbreaking of an affordable housing project in the district. This may be the decade in which the Bridge District really grows up.

Officials from the nonprofit BRIDGE Housing organization joined West Sacramento officials and others to celebrate the groundbreaking of “The Rivermark” on Friday. The complex will offer 70 units of housing at 959 Bridge Street, near 5th Street. That’s a spot near the river, between Raley Field and the U.S. 50 Pioneer Bridge.

Cynthia Parker, president and C.E.O. of BRIDGE Housing, promised that the new residents it brings will be “active members of the community. . . engaged with the rest of the city.”

The project is designed to offer rents that are affordable to people up to the 35 percent level of median income in the area.

parker cynthia bridge housing 2013 news ledger  “If you’re a single mom making $29,000, and you have two kids, living here would make a difference,” said Parker. She added that by saving money on rent, the same mom could help stimulate the local economy:

“A mother who has a disposable income can shop at the store, and can make a difference in her kids’ lives. Without that, it’s just struggling.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the assembled crowd at the groundbreaking that The Rivermark offers a valuable part of the planned “diversity” of the future Bridge District. The master plan also allows for market-rate housing, offices, restaurants and parks.

The project will offer a place for people such as a coffee-shop barrista or a preschool teacher to call home, said the mayor. Or a ballplayer:

“It’s no accident we’ve located this in the Bridge District,” said Cabaldon. “Many of the minor league players who play on the River Cats will live here during the season. They’re not making four or five million dollars.”
Rents for The Rivermark will range from $370 to $925 depending on income, household size and apartment size (according to Bridge Housing, which can be visited at www.bridgehousing.com).

The mayor and Eugene Lee of the California Housing and Community Development both gave credit to the state’s taxpayers for helping to prep the old industrial area for its coming reuse. Those Bridge District challenges have included getting rid of rid of old rail spurs and replacing old infrastructure. City officials used to call the district the “Triangle,” because it was bordered by the river to the east, the U.S. 50 freeway to the south, and the Tower Bridge approach to the northwest.

The Rivermark is about 20 months away from a grand opening, said Parker.

Behind her, earth moving machines were already underway. Despite an official ceremony on Friday involving local officials with shiny gold shovels, the ground had most definitely already been broken.

Artist’s rendering of the planned project, designed by David Baker & Partners

Artist’s rendering of the planned project, designed by David Baker & Partners

 

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Saturday: everybody’s an artist in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Help make some art:

You’re invited to participate in West Sacramento’s “Grow Yolo Mandala,” a community art project expected to debut at the local farmers market on June 6. The art project will be a ground-level display that shows off the wide variety of agriculture and crops in the area, arranging various display pieces in a mesh of geometry.

The artistic team of Paula Wenzl Bellacera of West Sacramento and Taylor Gutermute of Sacramento were selected by YoloArts to spearhead the project. Funding comes from the James Irvine Foundation.

Taylor Gutermute (left) and West Sacramento’s Paula Wenzl Bellacera do some prep work on the ‘Grow Yolo Mandala.’ The community art project they are spearheading wants some volunteers this Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Taylor Gutermute (left) and West Sacramento’s Paula Wenzl Bellacera do some prep work on the ‘Grow Yolo Mandala.’ The community art project they are spearheading wants some volunteers this Saturday.
(Courtesy photo)

The master design for the art project includes “imagery referencing local  agriculture such as seasonal crops, lunar cycles, compass directions, fields, furrows, waterways, and much more,” say the artists.

The artists have been to a number of area farms to collect materials for the art project, and they have talked to Yolo County’s ag commissioner, John Young, about what gets planted locally, and when.

“We’ve been to the Yolo Wool Mill (in Woodland), and we’ve got a lot of their byproducts to use,” Bellacera told the News-Ledger. “We’ve got grapevines from Bogle Winery, we’ve got things we’re going to weave. Some of the smaller items, like barley and seeds, will be glued in place.”

Individual community members will get a chance to decorate “seed packets” that will be incorporated into the larger display.

“Everybody will have the opportunity to take one of these seed packets and draw one of the local crops,” she said. “Once we get all these parts made by the community, it will be our aesthetic and artistic challenge to create the whole mandala.”

According to the organizers, a “mandala” is a “visual symbol of the universe that represents unity and harmony.” Creating one has a community art project helps to stress the interconnectedness of the citizens and their connection to land. It also stresses the cycle of agricultural life – and the impermanence of all life, said Bellacera.

The finished “mandala” will go up for display at this year’s first West Sacramento Farmers Market on June 6. (The local chamber of commerce is working on a slightly different location for the market this year, but it will again be on West Capitol Avenue near city hall.)

[adrotate group=”7″]  The mandala will remain standing in public for about a month before it finishes its own cycle of life.

Are the artists worried about vandalism during the few weeks it stands on West Capitol?

“We spoke to YoloArts about that,” said Bellacera. “They said, ‘you know, it’s public art. Whatever happens will be okay.’”

Interested people can show up to help the project at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

 

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