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West Sac man arrested for church lot shooting

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 1, 2012 —

A spokesman for the West Sacramento Police Department reports that an arrest has been made after the shooting early this morning in a Christmas tree lot at 1000-block of Sacramento Avenue.

Police arrested Brian Brinsfield a 20 year old West Sacramento resident, at about 2 p.m. He will be booked into the county jail, reports Sgt. Nathan Steele of the WSPD.

[adrotate group=”7″]Shortly after midnight this morning, police believe Brinsfield tried to steal a Christmas tree from a lot at a Russian Baptist church. When confronted by a guard, he allegedly fired shots before fleeing. No injuries are reported.

A witness was involved in identifying Brinsfield as a suspect, said Sgt. Steele.

“He was positively identified as a suspect and arrested at 1228 Sacramento Avenue,” Steele told the News-Ledger.

The arrest was made without incident at the location, which was linked to Brinsfield by police. No weapon has yet been recovered — but police have just begun searching the home, said Steele.

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Robber shoots at guard and flees after trying to steal Christmas tree from church lot

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 1, 2012 —

A man allegedly trying to steal a Christmas tree from a lot at the Russian Church of Evangelic Christian Baptists shot at a security guard before fleeing.

Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department said officer responded to the church at Jefferson Blvd. and Sacramento Avenue just after midnight this morning. They talked to a security guard.

“The security guard reported that he confronted a white male adult suspect described as having long hair, attempting to steal a Christmas tree from the lot,” said Steele in a press release. “When confronted by the security officer the male suspect made threats and fired several shots at the security officer.  The suspect then fled from the scene on foot.  Officers established a perimeter and conducted an extensive search for the suspect but were unable to locate him.”

[adrotate group=”9″]Steele said that local detectives are currently following leads. He asked anyone with possible information to call Detective Ken Fellows at 916-617-4955.

“Please do not attempt to contact any potential suspect as he is considered armed and dangerous,” added Steele.

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Christmas tree lighting canceled

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 30, 2012

The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce has just announced that it will cancel the annual tree-lighting ceremony scheduled for tonight in front of city hall.

[adrotate group=”4″] The decision was made “in the interest of public safety,” said a message from the chamber as this week’s rain and wind storm continues. There was no immediate word on whether there would be an attempt to reschedule.

The ceremony annually includes a throw of the light switch for the tall tree now standing decorated and ready at 1110 West Capitol Avenue, a visit from Santa, and music and hot chocolate.

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PG&E driver killed in Southport crash

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 30, 2012 —

A PG&E employee was killed in a traffic accident early this morning in West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”9″] Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department said police responded to the collision at about 1:52 a.m. at Lake Washington Boulevard and Southport Parkway in West Sacramento.

“Officers arrived on scene and located a solo vehicle into a traffic control pole,” said Steele in a press statement.  “The sole male occupant of the vehicle was an on duty PG&E worker who was sadly pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Steele asked residents to avoid the area while police finish up their on-site investigation.

The victim’s identity has not yet been released.

(UPDATE, 11:33 a.m. on Nov. 30: The intersection is now open to traffic again. Said Sgt. Steele:

“There is a temporary light control for traffic traveling eastbound/southbound on Lake Washington Boulevard.  Please pay close attention as you drive through this intersection.”

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West Sac may ban growing of medical marijuana in backyards

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 28, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento officials are considering a 45-day “urgency ordinance” banning the cultivation of marijuana in outdoor yards. The move comes while various courts are sorting out some of the issues about marijuana growing and the drug’s use in California.

State voters approved a proposition allowing the use of medical marijuana. Federal law still prohibits it.

Currently, city police “are not going after (growers) as long as they comply with the state,” said Charline Hamilton, West Sacramento Community Development Director.

That means that those with evidence of medical need may grow enough of the plant for personal consumption (enough for one or two people), and they can grow it outdoors. Marijuana dispensaries – including places growing enough marijuana for three or more people – are still prohibited in the city.

[adrotate group=”7″]   But outdoor growing has led to new crime (such as people burglarizing the yards and homes of growers) as well as to complaints by neighbors about the “skunky” smell of the plant.

“The complaints we’ve received are mostly nuisance-related,” said Hamilton. “When it’s cultivated outdoors during certain times of the year, the smell can be strong.”

The proposed 45-day moratorium would ban outdoor growing, but still permit indoor cultivation.

A staff report for the city council gave some statistics on complaints since California softened its stance on marijuana growing and medical use.

The report said that “calls for service and crimes (plant theft, residential burglaries) related to cultivation of marijuana have doubled since last year.”

In 2012, there were 25 “cultivation related calls for service” and five “cultivation crime-related” calls – and possibly other calls made to the Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team.

Local growers have not yet mobilized to speak up for the right to grow outdoors, said Hamilton.

The matter returns to the city council on Dec. 5.

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New use for old fast food site? West Sac ponders ‘incubator’ for restaurants

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 21, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento leaders are working on a project that would turn an old fast food restaurant somewhere in town into an “incubator” for restaurant startups.

Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento (News-Ledger file photo)

“Our idea was to convert an old fast-food joint into a demonstration of how healthy, locally grown food could be produced and sold,” Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the News-Ledger. “We can provide opportunities for aspiring restaurateurs who want to produce healthy food, but do it without quitting their jobs and taking out a huge loan. Here’s the hardest part – if you want to start a restaurant – and we certainly need more restaurants in West Sacramento – unless you’re a chain, it’s very difficult.”

You can’t even start out cooking commercially from your home kitchen, he added. You’d need a commercial, government-approved facility. And it’s expensive to take on that kind of overhead for a risky new restaurant.

“Most consumers expect you to be there most nights a week, so you’re really talking about quitting your job and taking an enormous leap.”

So West Sacramento envisions a “Farm to Fast Food” facility that would support several new ventures at a time. The yet-unchosen site would also be a place for local farmers to sell their produce to the public.

“The (restaurants) would have different themes and different operators throughout the week,” said Cabaldon.

The city’s goal is to encourage “reasonably healthy” fast food alternatives in West Sacramento.

“Fast food exists and it thrives because it meets the needs of a lot of households, who don’t necessarily have time to cook a family meal.”

The goal would be for these new restaurants to try to be successful at the shared “incubator” facility before taking the next step, graduating and moving on to become self-supporting somewhere else.

As a mini-farmers market, he said, the new facility would also support small-scale, urban farming such as that being done by Dan Gannon and his Humble Roots farm in West Sacramento.

[adrotate group=”7″] “The Eatery (restaurant) builds its menu partly on what’s available from Humble Roots, and Humble Roots knows it has that market.”

The city government just entered their “Farm to Fast Food” proposal into a contest sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies of New York (that city’s mayor is Michael Bloomberg). The competition offered a $5 million prize and four $1 million prizes to cities with innovative ideas for tackling national issues.

West Sacramento recently learned it wasn’t among the winners in that contest.

“No cities our size were among the winners,” said Cabaldon. But he still believes in the project.

“There are abandoned or failing fast-food drive-throughs on commercial strips all over the country. This idea was generated by a creative visioning session from a lot of local stakeholders, including farmers and restaurateurs.”

These stakeholders are scheduled to meet again within the next couple of months, and keep working on trying to make “Farm to Fast Food” a reality in West Sacramento, said the mayor.

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River Cats get a new manager

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — NOV 28, 2012 —

From the Sacramento River Cats minor league baseball team:

Seven-year Major League veteran Steve Scarsone will be the fifth manager in River Cats history, the Oakland Athletics announced today. Rick Rodriguez—who was the A’s bullpen coach for the last two seasons after spending 10 seasons in Sacramento—will return as pitching coach in 2013, while Greg Sparks will return for his second season as the club’s hitting coach.

The River Cats are a Triple-A minor league baseball team playing at Raley Field in West Sacramento.

Steve Scarsone takes over as skipper of the River Cats in West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

Scarsone has managed teams in  Single-A Kane County in 2009, Single-A Advanced Stockton in 2010, and Double-A Midland for the past two seasons. He previously managed Single-A South Bend (2001) and Single-A Advanced Lancaster (2002) in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

“The Oakland Athletics are pleased to promote Steve to Sacramento after exhibiting outstanding leadership and development skills at the minor league level,” said Keith Lieppman, director of player development for the A’s, in a press release.  “He not only has shown good leadership qualities as a manager but also is a proven teacher and instructor. We believe he will carry on in the fine tradition of the outstanding young managers that have led the River Cats throughout their history.”

In college, Scarsone played at Santa Ana Junior College before being drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 1986 January amateur draft by Philadelphia. He made his Major League debut May 15, 1992, and went on to enjoy a seven-year big league career with the Phillies, Orioles, Giants, Cardinals and Royals. During those seven seasons, he combined to hit .239 with 20 home runs, 86 RBIs, and 103 runs scored in 350 career games.

Scarsone also played parts of 11 seasons in the minors, including three seasons in the Pacific Coast League. He enjoyed one of his best seasons in 1998 for the Vancouver Canadians—the franchise that moved to Sacramento following the 1999 season—when he led the team in hits (110), home runs (20) and RBIs (55).

[adrotate group=”7″]  Rodriguez—the longest tenured pitching coach in River Cats history—returns to Sacramento for the first time since 2010. Rodriguez played four seasons in the major leagues, including two with Oakland and one with San Francisco. He finished his career with eight saves in 31 career appearances. In 11 minor league seasons, he tallied a 52-41 record with a 3.89 ERA spanning 946.2 innings pitched.

The Athletics also announced that Brad LaRosa will return for his sixth season as the River Cats head athletic trainer, and Jared Elliott will join the staff as the strength and conditioning coach after spending the 2012 season with the Midland RockHounds, Oakland’s Double-A affiliate.

Scott Emerson—the River Cats pitching coach since 2011—has been named the A’s minor league roving pitching instructor

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