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West Sac chemical spill & bio threat


  The West Sacramento Fire Department reports that a leaking tote at a business on the 2200-block of Stone Boulevard spilled about 150 gallons of 30 percent sodium hydroxide solution, which an employee then improperly washed down a storm drain.

  The incident occurred on June 26.

   The business’s safety officer worked with responding firefighters and public works personnel, who “assisted with the storm drain direction and flow.” The Department of Fish and Game was alerted.


  A business on the 800-block of Embarcadero drive reported receiving an envelope with a threatening statement along with an unknown white powdery substance on July 2.

  After employees received and opened the package, they “isolated” it in plastic bags and a pail.

   Local firefighters joined representatives from the West Sacramento Police Department, FBI, Yolo County Environmental Health and a representative from the Sacramento Fire Department Haz Mat Team in responding.

  Fourteen employees were potentially exposed to the powder, but no injuries were reported. The substance was tested in a Sacramento crime lab and determined to be “non-biological,” reports the West Sacramento Fire Department.

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Kids’ play date at Raley Field


The Sacramento River Cats will host a “Mommy & Me Day” at Raley Field on Wednesday, July 18, from from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The free event is open to kids ages six and under, with their parents. Activities include running the bases, playing catch, and playing in a bounce house and on an obstacle course. There will be free snacks for hte first 1,500 children, and also free parking.

Registration starts at 9 a.m., but parents are encouraged to pre-register by visiting http://www.raleyfield.com.

It’s the final “Mommy & Me Day” of 2012 at the ballpark.

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‘Then & now’ photos, top 25 list & more in celebration of West Sacramento’s 25th year


The City of West Sacramento is celebrating its first 25 years with a new website exhibition called “West Sacramento: 25 Years with a Passion for Progress.”

The web display includes “then and now” photos, 25 reasons to love the city, a list of fun things to do locally and more.

Visit www.cityofwestsacramento.org/25.

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Cabaldon: no threat from MLB team

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 11, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

With talks between the City of Sacramento and the Kings owners at a standstill, Sacramento Mayor  Kevin Johnson has let it be known that he wants Sacramento to get a new major league baseball team. Sacramento is a “major league city,” he said, and a stadium in the right spot could help jumpstart the city’s downtown railyards project.

  A major league team across would presumably “trump” the minor league River Cats baseball team and their relatively new stadium in West Sacramento.

  But West Sacramento’s mayor isn’t worried.


  “It doesn’t mean anything,” Mayor Christopher Cabaldon told the News-Ledger. “The Oakland A’s aren’t interested, Major League Baseball and minor league baseball aren’t interested. . . There’s no impact (on West Sacramento and the River Cats) because it’s not going to happen.”

   The A’s want to go to San Jose — which is within the territory designated as under control by the San Francisco Giants, but which offers a larger market and more potential corporate sponsors than  Sacramento. The Giants are fighting the proposed A’s move. Meanwhile, Sacramento is in the A’s territory and the River Cats are affiliated with the A’s. The River Cats have some legal obligations to stick around until the bonds that helped build Raley Field are paid off — roughly another 20 years.

  The teams’ wishes are balanced by their obligations to their leagues and by the power of their leagues, making “an extremely complicated set of procedures for how these things happen,” said Cabaldon.

  And right now, neither Major League Baseball nor any of its teams is pushing to take a chance on the Sacramento market.

  So, Cabaldon said, West Sacramento’s government is not spending a lot of time studying Johnson’s baseball dream.

  The River Cats declined an interview request, but issued the following statement, with a reference to Mayor Johnson’s “Think  Big Sacramento” task force:

“We have not discussed the proposal with ‘Think Big’ or City of Sacramento officials. We are obviously proud of the community support of Raley Field and the success of the River Cats. We are focused on providing the best experience to our fans in and around the ballpark and have been excited to see (West Sacramento’s) Bridge District prepared for future development.”

  Raley Field opened in 2000 in a former warehouse district in West Sacramento amid regional cooperation, after a bout of competition for the stadium site between West Sacramento and Sacramento. A regional coalition helped put together a bond package that helped finance it.

  River Cats spokesperson Zak Basch said the River Cats have drawn an average of 7,659 fans this year, and Cabaldon said the team was among the most successful in the minor leagues.

  When the stadium was designed, its 11,000-seat capacity was intended to be expandable to host a possible future major league team. The league’s requirements for a stadium have since changed — stadiums and teams rely more heavily than ever on items like luxury boxes —  and Basch said the expansion issue has not been studied lately.

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Heirloom tomatoes & more at Woodland fest

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 11, 2012 —

From the Woodland Tomato Festival

It’s that time of year once again when we can start enjoying fresh locally grown vine ripened tomatoes.   Biting into a freshly picked Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato or enjoying a tomato cucumber basil salad are just cause for celebrating the return of the summer tomato.

  In Yolo County tomatoes are an important part of our local heritage.  Over 40,000  acres of commercial processing tomatoes are planted each year in the County with a value of over $100 million.  Other local growers sell their large variety of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes at local farmer’s markets and roadside farm stands, and tomatoes continue to be the most popular vegetable found in our backyard gardens.

  Recognizing the local importance of tomatoes, The Woodland Farmers Market and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invite you to come and celebrate all that’s tomato at the 5th annual Woodland Tomato Festival on Saturday, August 11th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mark your calendars now because you do not want to miss this family fun event.

  Held at Freeman Park on Main St. in downtown Woodland, this free festival features family fun for all ages. From the live performances and free tomato tasting to the “Best Salsa in Town” restaurant competition and a Top Tomato Chef Competition, it is a whirlwind of tomato fun. There is something for everyone. The Woodland Farmers Market will be there along with local crafters, artisans and non-profit community groups

  The Yolo County Master Gardeners will once again have their tomato tasting booth where you can taste and compare about 30 varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, as well as a gardening information booth where you can learn everything about growing and preserving tomatoes.

  Festival activities for kids on Saturday, August 11th include a bounce house, face painting, and meeting Tommy and Tonia Tomato.

  For more information on attending the event or for reserving a vendor booth, go to the Woodland Tomato Festival website at: www.woodlandtomatofestival.com or call 530-666-2626.

Two West Sac reunions planned:


The James Marshall High Class of 1977 will celebrate its 35-year reunion on Sept. 22 from 4-8 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in West Sacramento. $45 before Aug. 31. Visit www.jmhsclassof77.net or call (916) 912-3688.

The James Marshall High School Class of1972 will celebrate its 40-year reunion on Sept. 7 at the VFW Hall, 905 Drever Street. Other classes are welcome. $20 in advance or $25 at the door. No-host bar begins at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. Contact Don Mitchell, (619) 244-8481 or damrce@yahoo.com, or look for the reunion group on Facebook.

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Learn volleyball skills at West Sac camp


An “all skills” volleyball camp is planned for Sat.-Sun. July 14-15 at River City High School, led by former U.S. National Team Member Addie Hauschild-Willis (now a pro player and an assistant coach at UCD). Girls who are incoming 9th graders to 12th graders at any high school are welcome. $100 ($50 for RCHS students, who will also get free access to a camp on the evenings of Aug. 6-8. Visit www.ahw-volleyball.net.

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