River Cats Annual Preseason Party, Sunday, March 8

River-Cats-wideAn affiliate of the Oakland As since its Triple A beginning in 2000, the River Cats begin a new association with the San Francisco Giants at West Sacramento’s Raley Field this season.

On Sunday, March 8, noon-3 p.m. at Raley Field, celebrate the annual River Cats Preseason Party. . .with free hot dogs and soda, free ballpark and clubhouse tours, and free bounce houses, face-painters and balloon artists. The Party also celebrates the opening of the Raley Field Ticket Office. Single game tickets for the 2015 season go on sale! Five special giveaways of limited items are scheduled during the season: a Madison Bumgarner Postseason MVP bobblehead, a Giants World Championship replica ring, a Hunter Pence “Fence Catch” bobblehead, a Giants t-shirt, and a Giants World Champs banner.

The River Cats also present 21 fireworks shows during the season each Friday and Saturday night. For more information, go online at RiverCats.com

 

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Community Emergency Response Team Training Offered in March

CERT_logoThe West Sacramento Fire Dept. (WSFD) has scheduled Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program for March, during the period March 17-March 28. The program educates and prepares citizens for basic emergency disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue and disaster medical operations. Completing the CERT training will enable you to help protect your family, neighbors and co-workers if a disaster occurs. Keep in mind, in most disasters, citizens will likely be on their own during the first hours. Here’s a good way to know what to do. And the CERT training is free of charge!

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PG&E Work on West Capitol Avenue

PG&EPG&E is testing an older transmission line in West Sacramento. The test location is at the head end point on West Capitol Avenue, west of the Highway 80 overpass next to the Northport Pump Station. The testing location requires an 8-foot by 20-foot excavated hole, forcing a temporary removal of the sidewalk and the area north of the sidewalk, and the placement of two Baker Tanks for ground water in the bike lane and part of the number 2 westbound lane of West Capitol Avenue. Damage to City easements and property, including the sidewalk and roadways, will be repaired per the conditions of the Encroachment Permit as outlined by the City of West Sacramento’s Specifications.

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Urban Farms in West Sacramento

urban farmWest Sacramento is featured in a recent “Little Green Wheelbarrow” article on urban farms (see link: http://littlegreenwheelbarrow.com/urban-farms/).

In addition, City staff is working with the Center for Land-Based Learning on a water connection for a proposed new farm on private property adjacent to Station 45 on Lake Washington Blvd.

 

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Fire Station 42 Facility Refurbishing Project is Finished 3 Days Ahead of Schedule

West Sacramento FireThe Facility Refurbishing Project for West Sacramento Fire Station 42 has been completed 3 days early! Effective immediately: Engine 42 is back in service at from its original location at 3583 Jefferson Blvd, resuming normal operational responses.

Remember, as always, dial 9-1-1 for reporting an emergency (fire, medical, police), and the closest emergency responder (fire, ambulance, police) will be dispatched to the location of your emergency.

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Code for America Fellowship Launches in West Sacramento to Tackle Food Issues

Code for America Fellowship Begins in West Sacramento. The City welcomed the three members of the Code for America Fellows to City Hall, Feb. 6. Pictured,  left to right, Fellow Imanol Aranzadi, Fellow Natasha Fountain, and Fellow Grant Smith.

Code for America Fellowship Begins in West Sacramento. The City welcomed the three members of the Code for America Fellows to City Hall, Feb. 6. Pictured, left to right, Fellow Imanol Aranzadi, Fellow Natasha Fountain, and Fellow Grant Smith.

The Code for America Fellowship officially launched in West Sacramento in February. The Fellowship pairs local governments with teams of mid-career, civic-minded technologists for one year. The governments and Fellows explore answers to local challenges by engaging with the community, building applications, and testing the results. Over the past four years, the Fellowship program has produced more than 55 web apps with 30 municipal governments and 103 Fellows.

The applications are tangible results of a process that builds much more than a piece of technology. By working in an iterative, user-centered, data-driven way, the program strengthens key capabilities within local government and communities that ultimately shift how cities think about, and use, technology to deliver public services. West Sacramento’s Fellowship is being managed in partnership with the City of West Sacramento and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). Under this unique joint application, the Fellowship will explore issues related to the local food system, including food supply chain issues, dietary health, and food accessibility both in West Sacramento and the region.

“West Sacramento is excited to lead the nation in partnership with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments as a Code for America city, working not only to spur civic innovation in our own town, but to design that innovation for widespread adoption region wide. . .spreading Code for America’s transformative impact to small cities and rural towns,” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.
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West Sacramento Neighborhood Court Wants Community Volunteers

NeighborCourtHow a community steps forward to resolve a crime says a lot about the community’s quality of life. In West Sacramento, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office sponsors a program called Neighborhood Court. It works with the community and the Police Department in settling nonviolent, low-level crimes. Community volunteers use restorative justice concepts in evaluating cases. Neighborhood Court emphasizes that an offender repair the harm—to make things right, as needed. Harm to the victim is therefore addressed directly and promptly. Neighborhood Court can also bring forth an understanding of the root cause of the crime, helping the victim, the offender and the community move forward in a positive direction. Right now, Neighborhood Court needs volunteer panelists to represent the community’s needs, interests and perspectives—volunteers of all ages, experience and background. To learn more about the Neighborhood Court Program, come to one of the following informational sessions, Thursday, Feb. 26 or Tuesday, March 3—both sessions are 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Community Room at the West Sacramento Police Dept., 550  Jefferson Blvd.

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Rock and Radio Remembered: Gallery 1075 Exhibit

Gallery1075The region’s rock history is honored with a Community Center Gallery 1075 exhibit, titled “Rock and Radio Remembered,” now thru the end of February. The exhibit, sponsored by West Side Presents and the Community Center, features memorabilia from the Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum.

Gallery 1075 is located in the Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Ave. The curator of the exhibit is local radio historian Dennis Newhall.

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PG&E Work on West Capitol Avenue

PG&EPG&E will begin non-destructive testing on one of its older transmission lines in West Sacramento, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 17 and continuing for 2-3 weeks. The line being tested was not part of the transmission line replacement scope completed last year. The test location is at the head end point on West Capitol Avenue, west of the Highway 80 overpass next to the Northport Pump Station. The non-destructive testing will require an 8-foot by 20-foot excavated hole, which will remove the sidewalk and the area north of the sidewalk, and the placement of two Baker Tanks for ground water in the bike lane and part of the number 2 westbound lane of West Capitol Avenue. Damage to City easements and property, including the sidewalk and roadways, will be repaired per the conditions of the Encroachment Permit as outlined by the City of West Sacramento’s Specifications.

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West Sacramento Neighborhood Court Wants Community Volunteers

NeighborCourtHow a community steps forward to resolve a crime says a lot about the community’s quality of life. In West Sacramento, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office sponsors a program called Neighborhood Court. It works with the community and the Police Department in settling nonviolent, low-level crimes. Community volunteers use restorative justice concepts in evaluating cases. Neighborhood Court emphasizes that an offender repair the harm—to make things right, as needed. Harm to the victim is therefore addressed directly and promptly. Neighborhood Court can also bring forth an understanding of the root cause of the crime, helping the victim, the offender and the community move forward in a positive direction. Right now, Neighborhood Court needs volunteer panelists to represent the community’s needs, interests and perspectives—volunteers of all ages, experience and background. For a special presentation of the Neighborhood Court program in West Sacramento, please come to the City Hall Galleria, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

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