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The Crocker Art Museum Presents ‘David Ligare: California Classicist’

Posted: 5/22/2015

David Ligare's Painting 'Penelope'
David Ligare, Penelope, 1980. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48 in. Crocker Art Museum, promised gift of David Ligare and Gary Smith.
Photo courtesy of Crocker Art Museum

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - This summer, the Crocker Art Museum presents a major retrospective exhibition featuring nearly 80 works by Monterey-based contemporary artist David Ligare.

The exhibition, called “David Ligare: California Classicist,” will be on view June 7th through September 20th. A self-proclaimed Classicist, Ligare (born 1945) creates perfectly ordered still life, landscape, architectural, and figurative paintings that occupy their own poetic world. Although often grouped with California’s Photorealists, the very unreality of Ligare’s paintings and his underlying interest in antiquity belie such a label, and the perfection of his unblemished subjects and hyper-purity of his paint application seem more unearthly than real. In achieving these qualities, Ligare looks to the ancients for guidance and references the formal relationships found in Classical sculpture and architecture. And yet his paintings are firmly based in the specifics of California—and the Monterey region in particular—allowing Ligare to create art that is richly layered, broadly universal, and yet specifically of our time and place.

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Old Town Inn Demolition Underway

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 5/22/2015

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The demolition of the Old Town Inn began May 12th and will run through June 3rd. The lowest qualified bidder from among four sealed bids that were received by the City of West Sacramento was G.W. Demolition. The .9 acre land parcel where the Old Town Inn is located is at 826 West Capitol Avenue in the City of West Sacramento between Capitol Bowl and an eight acre vacant lot owned by the City and the Redevelopment Successor Agency.

The Old Town Inn was once a 31 unit motel that opened in the 1950s. Over the last 50+ years, the property has experienced many changes. Its tenants have been the source of a large number of both police and fire service calls. Code violations at the property also kept the City of West Sacramento staff busy. Recently, the Old Town Inn was used by the Bridge to Housing program to provide a residence for homeless individuals.

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Drone-Related Bill Receives Unanimous Support

Privacy Package Continues to Move Forward

Posted: 5/15/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) announced that one of his California Privacy and Consumer Protection Act bills related to schools and drone use—Senate Bill 271—passed the Senate Floor with unanimous, bi-partisan support.

“As drone technology gains in popularity amongst the public, the potential for misuse and abuse will grow along with it,” said Senator Gaines. “This bill has the sole intent of protecting our schools and children from potential harm and I look forward to its continued support in the Assembly.”

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West Sacramento Rolls Out Water Savings Plan

Posted: 5/15/2015

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The West Sacramento City Council has given City Manager Martin Tuttle authority to declare a stage 3 Water Shortage Contingency Plan in order to reach the mandatory 28% water use reduction required by the State Water Board. As the drought continues, this means increased water restrictions for the City’s residents, businesses, and City of West Sacramento government operations.

New regulations under the Stage 3 plan go into effect May 15th, 2015.

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Festival Performers "Thick Soup" on Stage
All performers featured at First Festival will be carefully selected local musicians and acts. One local band performing at First Festival will be Thick Soup (pictured here on stage at a recent show).
Photo courtesy of Thick Soup

First Festival Will Rock River Walk Park

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 5/8/2015

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - A new festival featuring local Sacramento-area bands is coming to River Walk Park on Memorial Day weekend. First Festival will be held on Saturday, May 23rd from noon to 10 p.m. at 651 2nd Street in West Sacramento.

The organizers of First Festival are Danielle Vincent and Ashley Rastad. Vincent is the owner of local boutique Firefly, and Rastad is the founder of the community outreach organization Shoes & Sandwiches. These two local business owners have a passion for the community and have now joined forces on a new entrepreneurial adventure: Festival Deer Productions.

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New Guidelines for Landscape Planter Strips in Public Right of Way

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 5/8/52015

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The City of West Sacramento has received numerous calls from local residents in the Southport area requesting information about landscape planter strips in front of their homes. The inquiries include questions about what modifications or alterations are permitted. The landscape planter strips are typically planted with street trees and turf. Maintenance and irrigation is provided by the property owner and the street tree is maintained by the City.

The City of West Sacramento staff members have also received numerous calls requesting information about what changes, if any, are permitted in the landscape planter strips located in front of their homes. Some residents have already altered the strips without permission from the City. Residents are required to obtain a permit for any changes to the landscape planter strips.

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Waste Hauling Services Contract Reviewed by New Commission

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 5/8/2015

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - A few months ago, the West Sacramento City Council amended the Municipal Code concerning Boards and Commissions. A new commission was created. It is the result of the reorganization of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Commission into a commission with a greater capacity. The new commission will serve as an advisory body to the City Council. They will be responsible for issues that encompass water, wastewater, storm water, refuse, solid waste, recycling, and telecommunications services.

The new Environment and Utilities Commission recently heard a report regarding the City’s current waste hauling services contract. The City of West Sacramento’s current contract with Waste Management, Inc. for exclusive residential and commercial waste hauling services expires on December 31st, 2016. Waste Management—or one of its previous partners—has been the City’s contractor for these services since the City was incorporated in 1987. The original contract was amended in 1991, 1994, and 2000.

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

One Thousand Men Sought for 2015 Record-Breaking March

By Linda Harper
Posted: 5/1/2015


Bridge District Water Facility and Park Project Wins International Award

Posted: 5/1/2015


The Local Effects of AB 109 and Proposition 47

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 5/1/2015


Urban Farms Bring Affordable, Healthy Food to West Sacramento

Story and Photos by Christie Spurlock
Posted: 4/24/2015


Design Selected for Disney Playground in Bryte Park

Posted: 4/24/2015


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