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Pepper spray: no criminal charges

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — SEPT 19, 2012 —

The office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig has just released a statement saying that it will not press charges against the UC Davis police officers involved in a notorious use of pepper spray against peaceful protesters last November.

The statement doesn’t condone the officers’ actions (and makes no judgment on whether they would win if sued in civil court) but it concludes that criminal guilt probably wouldn’t be easy to prove. The D.A. report relies on information from the “Kroll Report,” commissioned earlier by the University of California.

Here’s the D.A.’s statement in its entirety:

No criminal charges will be filed against University of California, Davis officers involved in the November 18, 2011, pepper spraying of students on the University Quad. A 13 page District Attorney report outlines the reasons for the determination. The report concludes “viewing the incident through the totality of the circumstances, there is insufficient evidence to establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of force involved in the November 18, 2011, pepper spraying was unlawful and therefore warrants the filing of criminal charges.”

The report defines the legal role of a prosecutor in investigating officer involved misconduct, “The review by Yolo County District Attorney’s Office does not involve an evaluation of administrative, civil or Internal Affairs liability for the participants and it does not involve a review of whether policies and procedures were appropriately followed. In addition, our review does not encompass recommendations concerning how policies and procedures might be altered to minimize potential future risks. The scope of the District Attorney’s review is solely an evaluation of whether the filing of criminal charges is warranted by the events of November 18, 2011.”

The report relies heavily on the factual determinations of the Kroll Report and cites numerous facts and evidence contained within the Kroll Report. Although the Kroll Report concluded that the conduct of Lieutenant Pike was not objectively reasonable, the report acknowledges that the officers in general, “and Lieutenant Pike specifically, believed that they and their prisoners were surrounded by a hostile ‘mob,’ and that the pepper spraying was necessary to clear the pathway so that the officers and their prisoners could leave the Quad safely” and that “a detailed review of the events provides some support for their [the officers] position.” The District Attorney’s report concludes that in light of these conclusions from the Kroll Report and the additional evidence obtained during the District Attorney’s review of the evidence that there is insufficient evidence to warrant the filing of criminal charges.

— END OF YOLO COUNTY D.A. STATEMENT —

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Get rid of bulky garbage stuff

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

Got some trashed mattresses, furniture, box springs, cardboard or tires (up to 9)?

The City of West Sacramento is offering a “Bulky Waste Drop-Off” event from Sept. 19-22 (weekdays 4-7 p.m. and Saturday 9-3) at 540 Harbor Blvd.

Bring proof of West Sacramento residency (city utility bill or driver’s license address). Those age 65+ or disabled may qualify to have someone pick up your bulky waste for you; call 617-4590. Scrap metal and appliances are not accepted at this event but may be taken to J&M Metal Recycling, 2205 Rice Ave, weekdays 8-5. Wood and green waste are also not accepted, but may be taken to the Yolo County Landfill – watch for a voucher for one free load in your August utility bill.

  For more info, visit www.WestSacRecycles.org or call 617-4590.

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Food givaway today in West Sac

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

The Yolo County Food Bank will distribute free food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, September 18.

Hours and locations are: 9-10 a.m. at the County Building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon-1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse. Please bring a bag and attend only one location.

For information, call the (530) 668-0690.

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Oldtimer Lou Arges dead at 90

LOU ARGES, West Sacramento's "Pipe King"

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — SEPT 17, 2012 —

Lou Arges, a well-known West Sacramento property owner and businessman, died in his home on Sept. 11 at the age of 90.

Arges was a sheepherder, farmer and businessman. His business interests included “The Pipe King” pipe sales spot on Jefferson Blvd. in Southport, which for a number of years provide pipe for construction purposes. The business earned Arges himself the nickname “Pipe King.”

He stayed active in his retirement, building a large house on his Southport property and working the land.

Arges was an avid hunter and fisherman, frequenting the Sierra Nevadas and the wilderness of Idaho and Montana.

He is survived by children Demetre and Tambi, brother Phillip, sister Katherine, grandsons Julian and Benjamin, and by other relatives and friends.

A “celebration of life” service is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. at River Cities Funeral Chapel, 910 Soule Street. Friends are invited.

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Oldtimer Lou Arges dead at 90

LOU ARGES, West Sacramento's "Pipe King"

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — SEPT 17, 2012 —

Lou Arges, a well-known West Sacramento property owner and businessman, died in his home on Sept. 11 at the age of 90.

Arges was a sheepherder, farmer and businessman. His business interests included “The Pipe King” pipe sales spot on Jefferson Blvd. in Southport, which for a number of years provide pipe for construction purposes. The business earned Arges himself the nickname “Pipe King.”

He stayed active in his retirement, building a large house on his Southport property and working the land.

Arges was an avid hunter and fisherman, frequenting the Sierra Nevadas and the wilderness of Idaho and Montana.

He is survived by children Demetre and Tambi, brother Phillip, sister Katherine, grandsons Julian and Benjamin, and by other relatives and friends.

A “celebration of life” service is planned for Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. at River Cities Funeral Chapel, 910 Soule Street. Friends are invited.

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Bagdazian joins WS school board

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 12, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento’s school board on Wednesday interviewed a number of candidates to fill the board seat vacated by Sandra Vargas.

After a round of questions, the board voted 4-0 to ask Elizabeth Bagdazian to serve the final two-years-plus of that school board term.

“I’ve been involved (in the community) on a number of levels for many years,” Bagdazian later told the News-Ledger. “I’ve been participating in numerous programs. My daughter is 22 now and graduated in 2008 from here. I am in a place now where I felt I could table some of my other projects and make more of a direct impact.”

  Herself a graduate of River City High School in 1979, Bagdazian has been a volunteer in the county library’s adult literacy program and a member of the local chapter of the Soroptimist International women’s service organization.

She is a government relations policy analyst for a private company that works in government relations and lobbying.

On what does Bagdazian hope to focus on as a member of the Washington Unified School District Board of Trustees?

“I’m pretty big on literacy and language arts,” she answered. “I think right now what’s on everyone’s mind are the ballot measures (seeking to raise tax revenues to help fund California’s schools). If they fail, we’re looking at some pretty hard choices in the district.”

How has the board been doing lately?

“I think, for the most part, they’re effective,” said Bagdazian. “The district has made some pretty good strides with API (student test scores), that’s undeniable.”

Bagdazian currently has a couple of relatives going to school in WUSD; one nephew at River City High School and another at Bridgeway Island Elementary. She lives in central West Sacramento.

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Interns support the D.A.’s office

INTERNS & VOLUNTEERS (standing at left) accept the thanks of the Yolo Co. Board of Supervisors (courtesy photo)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT. 5, 2012 —

From the County of Yolo

Last month, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors honored 20 interns and volunteers currently serving in the Yolo County District Attorney’s office.

College students, law students, retirees or those looking for experience can volunteer in the District Attorney’s office anywhere from ten hours a week to full time; some volunteer for three months and some for years, reports a County spokesperson.  The office asks for a minimum commitment of three months with legal interns agreeing to serve through the summer and fall.  As with many departments in Yolo County, the District Attorney’s workforce has decreased by approximately 25 percent over the last four years due to budgetary constraints.  The use of interns and volunteers has allowed the office to complete its work and has partially filled the gap resulting from a reduced staff.

   Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig started the formal legal internship component of the program shortly after taking office in 2007.  The program is very competitive, with 80 applications submitted from McGeorge and UC Davis law schools for five positions this year.

The legal interns are involved in a wide variety of cases, including misdemeanor and felony, reports Yolo County.  A typical day for a legal intern involves drafting motions and memoranda of points and authorities and conducting research on complicated legal issues.

Beyond the legal interns, some of the other volunteers assist professional staff with clerical duties while others work with investigators, victim advocates and the information technology manager.  Most volunteers are in college with hopes to become advocates or prosecutors.  Some have just finished high school while others are retired.

One volunteer, Dorothy Pearson, is a retired police officer from the Davis and Sacramento Police departments.  She works with the High-Tech Forensics Unit.

“The volunteer program has been a huge success,” said Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig in a press release.  “The measure of success for us is when our volunteers feel an abiding conviction that they want a career in prosecution and a position in this office.  I only wish we had jobs for all of them.”

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