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Starting Saturday, August 1st, Stage 3 water conservation rules will be adjusted to allow the use of potable water to fill or refill swimming pools, and water customers will be allowed to hand water trees and use drip irrigation one additional day during the week based on their street address.

New Water Use Guidelines

Posted: 7/31/2015

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The City of West Sacramento is modifying water restrictions due to continued progress in cutting water use throughout the community. Water savings for June reached 40% compared to the same time period in 2013, and the city is on-track to hit the 40% mark for July hand watering.

Starting Saturday, August 1st, Stage 3 water conservation rules will be adjusted to allow the use of potable water to fill or refill swimming pools, and water customers will be allowed to hand water trees and use drip irrigation one additional day during the week based on their street address.

The new regulations, authorized by the City Council and city manager, are outlined below:

  • Customers must adhere to an odd/even watering schedule. Customers with street addresses that end in an odd number may use all forms of irrigation only on Saturdays and may use drip irrigation and hand watering of trees, shrubs, and containerized plants on Tuesdays. Customers with street addresses that end in an even number may use all forms of irrigation only on Sundays and use drip or hand watering of trees, shrubs, and containerized plants on Wednesdays. No spray irrigation is permitted Monday through Friday, except in food-producing gardens and farms.
  • Using potable water to fill or refill swimming pools or artificial ponds and lakes is permissible, but customers are encouraged to use alternative sources to potable water supplied by the City of West Sacramento and to implement water-conserving practices such as using a pool cover.
  • Using potable water in ornamental fountains or ponds is prohibited unless equipped with a recirculating system.

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Hotels Planned for Reed Avenue

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 7/31/2015

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The West Sacramento Planning Commission held a public hearing a few weeks ago. They considered two conditional use permits: one of them was a floor ratio exception, while the other was a height exception. The permits are needed for two hotels that will be built at 3425 Reed Avenue in the Riverside Center.

The building site is currently designated as a business park and community commercial zone. Business park zones can include professional and administrative offices, medical and dental offices, laboratories, financial institutions, industrial parks, warehouses, distribution centers, light manufacturing, locally oriented retail and service uses, public and quasi-public uses, and similar and compatible uses. The community commercial zone provides for locally and regionally oriented retail and service uses, offices, restaurants, service stations, multifamily residential units, public and quasi-public uses, and similar and compatible uses.

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On-the-Job Training Increases, Employment Pool Shrinks

Posted: 7/31/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Employee retention, qualified applicants, and specialized skills are motivating more in-house training and opportunity in the Sacramento area. Internships and probationary and apprenticeship programs are growing as the pool of skilled workers shrinks. For several quarters, an increasing number of Sacramento’s top regional companies have noted growing problems with finding enough qualified applicants (those with specific, often technical skills) and keeping the employees currently on the job. Falling unemployment, recovery from recession years, and an aging workforce are thinning the formerly large numbers applying. Pacific Staffing discovered a “back to the future” approach when polling local companies, finding a vast majority (76%) report having existing or now using more on-the-job training in meeting specific workforce needs in hiring.

Sacramento regional employers were asked, “Is it time for employers to open work to entry levels and train on the job for specific proprietary needs?” Just 23% didn’t have or support on-the-job training, while 1% didn’t answer. The apprentice or “old school” approach to filling employment needs has never gone completely out of style with Sacramento regional companies. As some HR contacts noted when surveyed directly between May 19th and June 19th, 2015, a policy to recruit from local sources and train within the company for specific skills also reaps greater loyalty and individual company and geographic identity.

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Close Up of Mosquito Drinking Blood
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. The risk of serious illness to most people is low. However, some individuals—less than one percent—can develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

First Human West Nile Virus Death of 2015

Posted: 7/24/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced the first confirmed death in California due to West Nile virus. The deceased person was a senior citizen in Nevada County.

“This death is a tragic reminder of how severe West Nile virus disease can be,” said Dr. Smith. “West Nile virus activity is more widespread in 2015 than in years past. Californians need to be vigilant in protecting themselves.”

West Nile virus is influenced by many factors such as climate, the number and types of birds and mosquitoes in an area, and the level of immunity in birds to West Nile virus. It is possible that the drought has contributed to West Nile virus amplification by reducing sources of water for birds and mosquitoes. As birds and mosquitoes seek water, they are coming into closer contact and amplifying the transmission of the virus.

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Governor Brown Appoints Sonia Cortés to Yolo County Superior Court

Posted: 7/24/2015

Sonia Cortés
Sonia Cortés
Photo courtesy of Governor’s Press Office

YOLO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Sonia Cortés to a judgeship in the Yolo County Superior Court.

Cortés, 43, of Woodland has been a senior deputy county counsel at the Yolo County Counsel’s Office since 2007, where she has served as a deputy county counsel since 2002. She was managing attorney at the International Institute of the East Bay in 2002 and coordinating immigration attorney at La Raza Centro Legal from 2001 to 2002, where she was also an immigration attorney from 2000 to 2001. Cortés was an attorney at Legal Aid of the North Bay from 1997 to 1999. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on January 15th, 2015. Cortés is the first Latino judge ever appointed to the Yolo County Superior Court. Cortés is a Democrat. The compensation for this position is $184,610.

Source: Governor’s Press Office


Show Cattle Await Their Turn
Judging is very competitive and requires exhibitors and their animals to be at their best in order to win a blue ribbon.
Beef Supreme Champion Judging will take place on July 18th at 4 p.m.

State Fair Showcases Livestock

Posted: 7/17/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The 2015 California State Fair is pleased to showcase the best livestock of the state. After the first round of shows, Open Beef, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Boer Goats, and Pygmy Goats will make their way to Cal Expo through July 18th.

The competitions include the Junior and Open Pygmy Goat Show; the Standard of Excellence Brangus Show; the Super Regional Shorthorn Show; Angus, Red Angus, and Charolais Shows; the California Classic Pygmy Goat Show; Boer Goat Show; Nigerian Dwarf Goat Show; the A.H.A. Regional Hereford Show; and the Medal of Excellence Limousin Show.

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Sacramento-Yolo Port Commission Reviews Budget

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 7/17/2015


Traffic Alert

Old Sacramento Project to Slow Flow Across Tower Bridge

Posted: 7/17/2015


Wounded Warrior Softball Team Plays in West Sacramento

Posted: 7/10/2015


West Sacramento is Age-Friendly Community

By Jan Dalske
Posted: 7/3/2015


Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth

Posted: 7/3/2015


Local Filmmaker Premieres Crime Thriller

By Christie Spurlock
Posted: 6/26/2015


Comic Con Captivates Crowds

By Christie Spurlock and Allison Buchholtz
Posted: 6/26/2015


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