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Levee Work Requires Lengthy Process for Relocation of Cellular Tower

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 11/19/2014

Cell-Phone Tower Disguised as a Tree
An artist’s rendering of the proposed new cellular tower on South River Road, complete with barn and horse-riding path.

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (WSAFCA) and the City of West Sacramento (CWS) have made flood control their number one priority in the area. The WSAFCA recently reviewed the six-mile stretch of the Southport Sacramento River levee and considered project alternatives. They provided the Board of Directors with a list items that needed to be removed. A pump station, cellular tower, sanitary sewer trunk main, fuel line, abandoned septic tanks, and water wells were included on the list. The owner of the existing and operational cellular communications tower, located adjacent to the pump station on Linden Road, was notified that the cellular tower would have to be relocated.

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Flood Control on Levees is High Priority

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 11/19/2014

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (WSAFCA) recently completed a number of area analyses. The goal was to compare project alternatives and determine which projects can be used to correct identified problems in the six-mile stretch of the Southport Sacramento River levee.

WSAFCA and the City of West Sacramento have made flood control their highest priority. A flood in the area could affect 50,000 residents, 13,000 acres of development, and over $5.3 billion in commercial, residential, and industrial properties.

The City’s comprehensive flood control strategy has been guided by the following objectives adopted by the WSAFCA: (1) provide at least a 200-year level of flood protection to the City, and (2) complete urgent levee improvements in advance of construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with funding assistance from the California Department of Water Resources.

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Anonymous Man at Homeless Camp
There are no services addressing the needs of the unsheltered chronically homeless individuals in West Sacramento. Veterans who were identified as homeless in West Sacramento were unsheltered, and 45% percent of the homeless population in West Sacramento is unsheltered.
Photo by Jeff Lyon

Local Face of Homelessness

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 11/5/2014

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - When Yolo County developed its 10-year plan to end and prevent homelessness in 2009, they shared it with Davis, Woodland, Winters, and West Sacramento. Four year later, in September 2013, the West Sacramento City Council held a workshop and discussed the next steps for the prevention and treatment of homelessness in their city. At that time, a homeless update was created. The plan identified unique factors affecting West Sacramento and provided alternatives for the City Council to consider in the development of a homeless action plan.

Homelessness in the city of West Sacramento and Yolo County in general has been well documented. Homeless counts have been taken and studies have been created. The Homeless Census of 2013 identified 265 homeless individuals in West Sacramento. Of this number, 126 individuals are living in the area without shelter.

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Sacramento Moustache Run

Posted: 11/5/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Movember is here, and soon the 2nd annual Sacramento Moustache Run will be here to support it by donating part of the profits to the American Cancer Society.

The 5K run will take place on a moustache-shaped course at West Sacramento’s River Walk Park on Saturday, November 8th at 11 a.m. But this is not just an ordinary run; participants are highly encouraged to grow or wear moustaches. There are multiple contests associated with the awesomeness of the moustache and costume. While the moustache-loving participants are running, they will come across two DJs and some Mad Barbers who want to give them a clean shave. No moustaches will actually be harmed at the event, but it makes the run very fun and interactive.

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This Business Executive Is Missing a Limb, But Does Not Let That Limit Her
In a study performed by the California Insurance Commissioner’s office, it was determined that the overall cost to consumers to include comprehensive prosthetic coverage to Covered California’s Essential Benefits list would be 16 cents per month, or less than $2.00 per year. In perspective, paying to ensure an amputee can walk or have the use of their arms and hands would cost California insurance consumers less than purchasing 40 pieces of bubble gum within a year’s time.
Photo courtesy of the Amputee Coalition

Arms and Legs are Not a Luxury

By Linda Harper
Posted: 10/22/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - Did I get your attention? If you’re reading this article in your community newspaper, you’re probably turning the pages to view vital stories, features, and advertisements published to keep you informed of the happenings in your neighborhood. Now, imagine the frustration you would feel if you have no arms or hands to aid you in grasping the pages, the simplest of everyday tasks. You have an artificial limb to provide you physical freedom, give you self-reliance and ability, but it’s propped up on the sofa a few feet away, unable to be utilized. It doesn’t fit properly, and your medical insurance won’t pay to have it repaired or adjusted because you’ve used up your allotted yearly or lifetime benefit. For the over two million people in the United States who have suffered the loss of one or more of their limbs, this situation is not unusual and is a harsh reminder that things are just not what they seem within President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act. In California, it’s been given the catchy name Covered California.

The main goal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), signed into law in 2010, was to make health insurance not only affordable but comprehensive for everyone. Federal law contains a set of 10 “essential health benefits” providers must guarantee consumers of individual, small business insurance policies, and government sponsored programs (Medi-Cal). The White House has said repeatedly that these Obamacare guarantees “eliminate substandard policies that don’t provide minimum services.” States were allowed to craft their own set of essential health benefits, and California even came up with several additional benefits that range from organ transplants for HIV sufferers to Phenylketonuria treatment. Although a minimal allowance for prosthesis is available under the Rehabilitative and Habilitative portion of California’s declared essential benefits, there doesn’t appear to be an equitable provision for the replacement, repair, and maintenance of artificial limbs.

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Stone Lock Facility Faces Demolition

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 10/22/2014

Vandalized Buildings on Stone Lock Site
The City Council met this month to determine the options for the five vacant buildings located at the Stone Lock Facility. The City Council voted at their last meeting to demolish five of the buildings at a cost of $226,000 to $260,000.
Photos courtesy Jeff Lyon

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The City Council met this month to determine the options for the five vacant buildings located at the Stone Lock Facility. The William G. Stone Lock (Lock) facility is located on the Barge Canal just east of Jefferson Blvd. The Lock was decommissioned and placed in caretaker status in 1987. When the West Sacramento Redevelopment Agency (WSRDA) took over ownership in 2004, it assumed the responsibility for the management of the site.

The initial plan was to develop the Stone Lock so it could become a waterfront hot spot. The City of West Sacramento felt it was an important project. Redevelopment Director Val Toppenberg, who left the City in 2009, said, “It is a fabulous piece of riverfront property with four miles of continuous, direct waterfront. There is not another site like this in the Sacramento region.” The Project Manager at that time, Traci Michel, said that the city had worked over the past few years to acquire the property. Parts of the site were purchased for $2 million from the Port of Sacramento, which is currently operated by the City of West Sacramento.

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Universal Preschool Future Vision Presented

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 10/8/2014


Sacramento Region Continues Impressive Water Use Reductions in August

14 Agencies Cut Water Use by 20 Percent or More

Posted: 10/8/2014


Capitol Growth Cools Off in Q4

Posted: 10/8/2014


International Day of Peace

By Linda Harper
Posted: 9/17/2014


Port Business Plan is Updated

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 9/17/2014


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