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Sewage district sues over upgrades


The sewage district that serves much of the region – including West Sacramento – has filed a lawsuit in Sacramento’s superior court asking for relief from new regulations that it says would force ratepayers to foot the bill for $2 billion in sewage plant improvements.

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has required the district to better filter and disinfect its discharges and remove more ammonia from waste in order to protect water quality in the Delta and Bay.

The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD) appealed the order, but without success.
The district argues that the new measures aren’t necessary or are “not scientifically justified” by the benefits they would produce to the Delta ecosystem.

It has also said that ratepayers will see huge increases in their sewage bills if the order isn’t overturned. Connection fees for new development will also go up if the district has to upgrade its facilities, said SRCSD.

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EDITORIAL: ‘bits & pieces’


It’s been a good run for the West Sacramento Redevelopment Agency. This town heavily used the state-authorized agency to, sometimes quite literally, lay the groundwork for a lot of new projects.

After the city incorporated in 1987, local leaders strongly pursued growth – partly because that’s what local developers wanted, and partly to bring new shopping opportunities, clean up a troubled downtown and increase the city’s prestige.

Local use of the redevelopment agency wasn’t perfect. It’ll always be difficult to understand why some Southport farmland was declared “blighted” and included in the redevelopment agency, while one older Southport neighborhood that badly needed new infrastructure was left out of the redevelopment area’s boundaries.

But on the whole, the agency did a lot of good. It was crucial for tackling big projects that would have been too slow and too hard to finance if left just to the private sector. The agency helped clean up downtown, attract some prestige projects (the ziggurat, Raley Field) to the waterfront, and helped promote decent affordable housing. It also helped build a second access to Southport, making new homes and shopping possible there.

The West Sacramento agency hasn’t been guilty of the worst abuses of some California redevelopment agencies – such as taking land from underneath poor people to build shopping centers and arenas, as a sloppy editorial in the Wall Street Journal recently claimed these agencies “typically” do.

The state’s budget crisis has led to the proposed abolishment of local redevelopment agencies. This will leave West Sacramento without a favorite tool.

  Then again, West Sacramento needs a redevelopment agency less now than it did 20 years ago.


  The new school board president is Teresa Blackmer. She takes over from Dave Westin, who steps down proud of presiding over two years of strong growth in local student test scores.
Westin endorsed Blackmer’s election to the board and the two have voted similarly on major issues (as has most of the board recently, most of the time). So the switch shouldn’t mark a big change in course for WUSD.


  A string of local robberies in West Sacramento convenience markets and liquor stores has certainly caused eyebrows to raise – and it seems local police are taking the matter seriously.

  The robberies aren’t the only string of crimes, though. A stroll through  police department documents in recent weeks shows some other possible patterns. These observations aren’t very scientific, but here you go with a few:

  Over the past couple of months, there seem to have been a handful of “strong arm” robberies in which a guy on a bicycle has ridden up to a female pedestrian and stripped away her purse or bags. In at least one case, the attacker was successfully resisted.

  The most recent victim the News-Ledger is aware of was an elderly woman, robbed near a church on Sacramento Avenue on Friday.  In at least one case, the attacker was successfully resisted. The robberies seem to have occurred in the downtown area, near Sacramento Avenue, Jefferson, West Capitol and Merkley. It’s unclear whether different suspects have been involved in some of these incidents.

  The News-Ledger hasn’t yet seen a report of anyone seriously hurt during these robberies. Let’s hope it stays that way.

  Vacant, bank-owned homes have sometimes been hit by thieves looking for appliances. But a new trend seems to be the theft of heating and air conditioning units from the backyards of these homes. Several such thefts have been reported recently in Southport – on San Salvador Street and Sumatra Street, for example. The units are valued around $5-10,000 each.

  There seems to be a lot of BB-gun damage in the city’s north area. Somebody, or some people, are putting holes in car windows and apartment windows. There are also reports of teens with pellet guns and BB guns getting into trouble in other parts of town.

  Car burglaries are always a problem – newer subdivisions in Southport always seem to get more than their share of these. The News-Ledger heard two reports this week of petty theft from cars and garages in the area near the “state streets” around Park Boulevard and Meadow Road as well.

  Simple precautions – parking in a well-lit, easy-to-see spot, clearing your car of valuables, and keeping both the car and garage locked – wouldn’t hurt.


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Food bank to distribute free food


The Food Bank of Yolo County will give away food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The schedule will be: 9-10 a.m. at the county building, 500 Jefferson Blvd. in West Sacramento; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd., West Sacramento; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr., West Sacramento; and noon-1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse in Clarksburg.

Please bring a bag and attend only one site.

For information, call (530) 668-0690.

Fredericksen is now a fire chief

GARY FREDERICKSEN, new chief for Wintun fire station in western Yolo


Gary Fredericksen has been named the chief of the Yocha Dehe Fire Department in western Yolo County. The department is operated by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, which runs the Cache Creek Casino Resort next door to the fire department. It has about 35 employees.

Fredericksen, 49,  was until this month a division chief for the West Sacramento Fire Department. He’s a lifelong West Sacramento resident.

“Gary Fredericksen is professionally well-rounded, (with) more than 25 years of line, administrative and leadership experience in fire and emergency services,” said a press statement from the Wintun Nation. “Plus, he understands the unique challenges of fire and emergency services in our region.”

Fredericksen takes over from former chief Michael Chandler, who is retiring.

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Wins keep Raiders on top of SVC

RCHS Senior Jordan Ligons with the layup against Cosumnes Oaks. Jordan was the leading varsity scorer with 16 points, followed by Katie King who had 13 points. (Photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 11, 2012 —

On Jan. 6, the Raider girls basketball squad played host to Galt Warriors.

The freshman team again had the night off. The JV and varsity teams both dominated Galt and won by convincing margins.

The River City junior varsity squad won, 71-17. Leading scorers for the Raider JVs were Makaila Robinson with 13 and Jershaun Hollie with 12

The prior week, the Raider varsity prevailed 70-25. Leading scorers for RCHS varsity were Katie King with 14 and Isabella Gomez with 11.

On Wednesday, January 4, the RCHS  faced theCosumnes Oaks Wolfpack.

River City’s freshman team did not play; however, JV and varsity teams played and were both victorious.

RCHS Sophomore Jasmine Madronio of the J.V. team, taking the shot against Cosumnes Oaks (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)

Final Scores: JV Game 48-19 (W) Varsity Game 65-39 (W) With the varsity team win on Jan. 6, they  improved their overall record to 15-1, and were the leader in both the SVC division and section.


Senior Isabella Gomez in action for the RCHS varsity against Galt (photo by DE’ONNA JACK)



Bustamante arrested on molestation charges


Arturo Bustamante, a teacher and football coach on the River City High School campus, turned himself in to the West Sacramento Police Department today for arrest, in the company of his attorney. He was booked into jail.

Bustamante, 42, was arrested for “three counts of ‘felony lewd or lascivious conduct on a child 14 or 15 years old,’ and six counts of misdemeanor ‘annoying and/or molesting a child under 18 years of age,'” according to a press statement from the West Sacramento Police Department.

He had been on paid leave from his duties after a female student alleged he had “inappropriately touched” her earlier this year.

For more information, see the recent article online article here.

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Johannessen: ‘office hours’ at the Eagle

MARK JOHANNESSEN, West Sacramento City Council Member (News-Ledger photo)

City council member Mark Johannessen will greet constituents over coffee from 9-11 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 14, at the Eagle Café in Southport (3150 Jefferson Blvd.). You’re invited to stop by.