Youth Hackathon- Sept. 11-13 in West Sacramento

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Code For Hood is coming to West Sacramento! This 2.5 day hackathon is open to 12-17 year- olds. Workshops will cover coding, video game design, 3D design, engineering, art, website design, entrepreneurship, startups, civic innovation, and more. Hours are 4 p.m. Friday – 4 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday is competition day of the hackathon. Each team will be mentored and guided during their project build, using the skills they learned in the workshops. Teams will present their projects to a panel of judges with the top two teams awarded prizes. Washington Unified School District students are encouraged to sign up!

Where: West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Ave. in West Sacramento.

When: September 11-13

For: Ages 12-17

Cost: $20

Register Here!

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City of West Sacramento General Plan Update Scoping Meeting

West Sacramento proposed General Plan land use map 2035

West Sacramento proposed General Plan land use map 2035

The City of West Sacramento is currently undertaking a general plan update that will serve as the master planning document to articulate the City’s overall vision and guide development through 2035.

Part of this process includes a scoping meeting scheduled for September 14, 2015, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

Federal and state agencies, and the general public at large are encouraged to attend to offer verbal and written comments.

For additional information please see this Notice of Preparation (NOP) document.

David Tilley
Principal Planner
Phone: 916-617-4645

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DUI Checkpoint Set for West Sacramento This Saturday Night, Aug. 29


As summer winds down, the Avoid the 8 – Yolo County DUI Task Force is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. The 18-day, high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety to curb impaired driving and save lives.  August 21-September 7 (Labor Day), law enforcement partners in Yolo County, across the state and nationwide will show zero tolerance for drunk driving.  Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving.

check point aheadThe County’s DUI Task Force will operate a checkpoint  in the City of West Sacramento this Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 between 7 p.m. – 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location.

The California Highway Patrol will deploy all available officers onto freeways and county roads as part of their Maximum Enforcement Period over the 3 day holiday weekend.

In 2013, there were 10,076 people killed in drunk–driving crashes, almost a third of all traffic fatalities according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  In California 867 died in drunk driving collisions according to NHTSA.  Thirty-eight percent of crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend that year involved drunk drivers with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. And we’re not just talking about a little bit of alcohol, either. More than a quarter (27 percent) of the crash fatalities that occurred on Labor Day weekend involved drivers with BACs of .15 or higher – almost twice the illegal limit.

NHTSA data shows that repeat offenders are an especially dangerous facet of the drunk-driving problem. In the month of August from 2009-2013, of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes, almost 1 out of 10 (8 percent) of them had already been convicted of at least one drunk-driving offense.

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

 Avoid the 8 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone; Report Drunk Drivers! – Call 9-1-1.





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City Expects to Complete Joey Lopes Park by December

A new park under construction in the Sycamore neighborhood named after  West Joey LopesSacramento sports legend Joseph (Joey) Lopes should be complete by the end of the year. The four acre site is parallel to Sycamore Avenue, from West Capitol Avenue south to Evergreen Avenue. Park improvements include play equipment, lighting, benches, picnic tables, drinking fountains, a shade shelter, half-court basketball, and a parking area. The park’s funding was provided by a state grant award of $4.1 million.

The late Mr. Lopes qualified for the 1948 U.S. Olympics boxing team as an alternate before going on to contend for the World Lightweight title three times. In 1955, he was named Athlete of the Year by the Sacramento Union. In retirement, Mr. Lopes managed the careers of several boxers. He also served as President and Vice President of the West Sacramento Sanitary District and was a member of the West Sacramento Optimist Club. He was also an organizer of the West Sacramento Babe Ruth Baseball League.

The Joey Lopes Park is scheduled for completion by Dec. 28, 2015.

In addition to the park’s construction, the organization YoloArts is seeking artists or art groups to provide proposals for a public art project to be installed at Joey Lopes Park. For more information, visit YoloArts at

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Reminder: Farmers Market is Thursday, August 20

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Stop by the West Sacramento Farmers Market Thursday from 4:30 p.m.-dusk. Shop for fresh produce from local farmers! Look for corn, tomatoes, melons, carrots, garlic, zucchini, cherries and flowers.

It’s also “Good Living at the Market,” featuring a demonstration on using rain barrels to help you cope with the drought.

The Farmers Market is at 1110 West Capitol Ave., in front of City Hall.

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West Gateway Place Apartments Groundbreaking

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West Sacramento’s newest affordable housing project is under construction in the Bridge District. Official groundbreaking was Friday, August 14. West Gateway Place features 77 apartment homes, 4,000 square feet of retail space and 12,000 square feet of common areas in two four-story buildings. West Gateway Place is designed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status.The project is expected to be completed by late 2016.

Related: Carbon auctions help finance West Sac housing project – and lots more

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West Sacramento Cyclocross

9051373_origWest Sacramento’s 2nd annual Cyclocross is coming up next month on Saturday, September 12 at River Walk Park. Cyclocross is a very specific type of bike racing. The course weaves along the riverfront over grass, dirt, mud, gravel, sand, and obstacles that require you get off your bike. Races are based on a set time, not distance. Select the race that best fits your ability level. “C”=beginner; “B”=Intermediate;”A”=Expert. Beginner races are usually 30 minutes and professional races as long as 60 minutes. Register by Thursday, September 10 to avoid  $10 late fee. Spectators are welcome to enjoy food trucks and live music during the races.Check out this KCRA report from last year’s event!

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Shinmei Foods Opens First U.S. Plant In West Sacramento

Shinmei Foods of Japan has opened its first U.S. food production facility in West Sacramento. Shinmei constructed the 28,000 square foot plant to produce its gluten-free rice patties using rice grown in the Sacramento Valley. Located on a six acre site in the city’s Southport Business Park, Shinmei’s initial work force numbers 20 employees based in production, sales and administration. Shinmei’s opening continues to accent West Sacramento’s key strategic position as a leader in the region’s global food hub industry.

Shinmei USA President Mitsuzo Fujio and West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon spoke during the grand opening ceremony, Aug. 12, 2015.

“We built our first US plant in West Sacramento because the Sacramento Valley produces high-quality rice,” said Shinmei USA President Mitsuzo Fujio. “West Sacramento is a great location for domestic and international distribution.”

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon said, “Shinmei’s dedication to quality and safety is well known in Japan, and that commitment has been evident throughout our partnership. We’re delighted to see Shinmei USA set West Sacramento as the base for its effort to bring rice products to western food culture.”

West Sacramento and Shinmei officials at the plant's grand opening.

West Sacramento and Shinmei officials at the plant’s grand opening.

Shinmei’s rice patties will be sold in several global markets, including Australia, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia. The company’s entry into the United States parallels the growing appetite among Americans for gluten-free products. The rice patties are GMO-free, conveniently microwavable, and versatile. Shinmei intends to initially produce 28 million rice patties a year in West Sacramento.

What helped attract Shinmei to West Sacramento is its high-quality water, local rice, and access to the California and US consumer markets for healthy food. Other international companies have also established operations in West Sacramento, including Germany’s Bayer CropScience, Japan’s Nippon Shokken, and Norway’s TOMRA Sorting Solutions. These companies have joined longtime food hub businesses such as Nor Cal Beverage, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and Tony’s Fine Foods within the city.


Related: Japan’s Shinmei Foods opens West Sacramento production facility


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Cash for Grass and Toilet Rebates Now Offered in West Sacramento

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Turf and toilet rebates are now available for West Sacramento residents! If you’ve been waiting to tear out your lawn or replace your toilets with water-efficient models, the time is now.

California’s Dept. of Water Resources is offering the rebate programs with funding available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for a rebate application.

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West Sacramento Connect Takes Off

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The transition to the City’s new customer relations software, West Sacramento Connect is off to a good start. Since going live on August 1 of this year, 505 requests have been submitted. 275 of those cases were related to water wasting, and 69 of them included photos. 30% of cases have been submitted using the mobile app. Sign up here!

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