Tag Archives: West Sacramento

Cops ticketing in seat belt crackdown

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 25, 2012 —

The West Sacramento Police Department announced last week it will participate in the statewide “Click it or Ticket” campaign this summer to target seat belt scofflaws.

The department promises to “help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws around the clock,” in the campaign that runs May 21 through June 3.

A ticket for a first-time seat belt violation costs $142.

Fifty-one percent of the people killed in auto crashes nationwide in 2010 were not wearing seat belts at the time they were killed, said the department.

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WUSD explores November school bond

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 23, 2012  —

The Washington Unified School District’s board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave.

Among the many agenda items will be a presentation on the steps needed to place a general obligation school bond on the November ballot.

The presentation will be given by Jonathan Edwards of Government Financial Strategies, the district’s financial advisor.

Details of any bond measure are still yet to be worked out.

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Bring that fiddle or banjo


Bluegrass and country musicians looking to jam are invited to jam sessions held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. $2 at the door.

Call 617-4620 or visit www.westsacfun.org for information.

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Dogs invited to ‘Bark for Life’

A pit bull takes a break. This “rescue dog” came with Dr. JT Vida and Keri Johnson, who sponsored the event’s contests. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Higgins Photography)


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

It was a sunny, yet blustery, day on May 5 as about 70 dogs and their owners converged on Dave Vierra’s pumpkin patch in Southport for West Sacramento’s inaugural “Bark for Life” event.

This is the second year that West Sacramento is participating in a “Relay for Life” fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, but the first time for the dog-centric “Bark for Life” event.

“We had about 68 people who registered ahead of time, and another five or so in person, and we had over 70 dogs,” said organizer Julie Huber. “My husband, Rory Huber, designed a commemorative T-shirt and we gave that out and an event program. The mayor (Christopher Cabaldon) came out and did a welcome speech.”

  Then came the dog walk, on a track around the farm property.

“Next year, if we do it again at Dave’s, we’re going to have both a short route and a longer route. The bigger dogs want something more than a short route!” said Huber.

The registration fee was $10, and a lot of participants also collected pledges for the “Relay for Life” cancer-fighting fund drive. The event is more poignant this year, said Huber, because the founder of Relay for Life, Dr. Gordy Klatt, has himself just been diagnosed with stomach cancer.

“We raised over $6,000,” reported Huber.

The event featured vendors, a police dog demonstration by Officer Roger Kinney and “Zar,” a visit from firefighters, and contests such as “”smallest dog” and “best costume.”

On June 23-24, the local “Relay for Life” chapter follows up with a 24-hour walk-a-thon for teams of humans. The event was held its first year locally in 2011, at River City High, but it will move to the track at Our Lady of Grace School this year.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (center) accompanies dog walkers around Dave’s Pumpkin Patch on May 5, in a fundraiser against cancer (Photo courtesy of Kathy Higgins Photography)

“For the Relay, you commit to raising $100,” said Huber, who is a captain for one team. “If you have a team of 15 people, they expect your team to raise $1,500.”

Teams keep someone walking the track at all times for 24 hours straight.

“The theory behind ‘Relay’ is that cancer never sleeps, so we don’t sleep for 24 hours.”

Last year’s local “Relay for Life” event raised around $60,000. Other local events are held elsewhere around the country.

Sponsors of this month’s “Bark for Life” event included host Dave Vierra as well as Wag Hotels.

Youngsters & their friends take a break next to a visiting fire truck at 'Bark for Life' in Southport (courtesy of Kathy Higgins Photography)

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Play date for kids at Raley Field


The Sacramento River Cats will host a “Mommy & Me Day” at Raley Field from tomorrow (Wednesday, May 23), 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 www.raleyfield.com.

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Need help or a referral? Call 2-1-1 in Yolo


Dialing 211 in Yolo County will get you “211 Yolo,” with 24-hour, free, confidential, multilingual advice on how to connect with any of over 900 community services available to county residents.

If you need help and don’t know where to turn, call 211.

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Award for Bridgeway Island school

Principal Grace Chin (News-Ledger file photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

Bridgeway Island Elementary School was named a “Title I Academic Achievement Award” again this year by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. It’s the second consecutive year for the award.

The honor goes to schools that meet performance standards “meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line,” according to the Washington Unified School District. Over 6,000 of the 9,000 schools in California qualify, said the district in a press release.

To receive a Title I award, schools must demonstrate progress on student testing and the campuses’ disadvantaged students must achieve at double the improvement goals set for them for two consecutive years.

  Bridgeway has an API score of 873, and its subgroups of students have met their goals, said WUSD.

“Congratulations to our staff, students and their families for their commitment to excellence in student achievement,” Principal Grace Chin was quoted in the press release.

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