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City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon Receives National Award

City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon Receives National Award

When the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) gathered in Dallas for the 82nd year in June, the City of West Sacramento’s Universal Preschool program, UP4WS (Up for West Sacramento) emerged as the mayors’ choice for the 2014 City Livability Award for cities with a population of under 100,000.  The prestigious honor brought Sacramento Mayor, and USCM President, Kevin Johnson to the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria, Sept. 29, to present the award to Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. The award, sponsored by Waste Management, Inc. and the USCM, recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing innovative programs that improve the quality of life in American cities. UP4WS was selected for this award by a group of former mayors from a field of over 200 applicants... Read More

Reduced lanes and ramp closures through Monday morning on Highway 50

Reduced lanes and ramp closures through Monday morning on Highway 50

Crews will be performing work on Highway 50 this weekend between 15th Street in Sacramento and Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento. Expect delays while crews are working and take alternate routes when possible.

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West Nile virus poses special September threat

West Nile virus poses special September threat

SACRAMENTO - The West Nile virus continues to be a problem throughout California with more than twice the number of human cases compared to same time last year.

All month, public health officials have focused on preventive spraying across the region to combat the West Nile virus. One recent target was Oki Park, near Rosemont. That was good news for those gathered at the park Saturday afternoon, especially for Lyn Piegaro who was diagnosed with West Nile virus several years ago.

"It's debilitating. It's very hard, and I'm guessing for the kids and older people it's even worse, which is why I'm very happy that they spray," Piegaro said.

The website FIGHTtheBITE.net shows recently sprayed areas like the section of the American River just north of Oki Park.

Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday

Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday

For more than three hours, construction on westbound Highway 50 in Sacramento caused a major traffic back up Saturday afternoon.

Caltrans tweeted
Pioneer Bridge was open around 5:30 p.m. It also said road work would resume at 10 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday.

At it's peak, traffic was backed up on Hwy. 50 from 39th Street to Westacre Road. Drivers were also seeing a backup on northbound Interstate 5 and Highway 99.

The traffic was due to the "Sac Decked Out" construction project, which started in the spring and is expected to last 17 months.

Cyclist hit, dragged by car in West Sacramento

WEST SACRAMENTO – A bicyclist was rushed to the hospital Wednesday morning after they were hit and dragged by a vehicle in West Sacramento.

West Sacramento Police Officer Mark Marquez said the 19-year-old driver was heading eastbound in the area of W. Capitol Ave. and Jefferson Blvd. when they struck the 79-year-old cyclist.

Marquez did not confirm a cause for the crash, but he said the driver was heading in the direction of the rising sun.

Lab identifies bones found along Sacramento River

Bones revealed by the relatively low water level of the Sacramento River near West Sacramento last week are those of a prehistoric Native American, the Yolo County chief deputy coroner says.

Low river level reveals possible human bones

The general identification of the small bones and a few teeth was made by the Human Identification Laboratory at Chico State University, Chief Deputy Coroner Gina Moya said.

A person walking along the river bank north of County Road 127 and east of Old River Road spotted the bones on a small, exposed beach along the river on Friday and contacted the Yolo County Sheriff's Office.

Fans head to Levi's Stadium on the train

Fans head to Levi's Stadium on the train

With the San Francisco 49ers' first game at their new Levi's Stadium set for Sunday, some in the Central Valley are seeing the Capitol Corridor Amtrak train as the best way to get there, while saving both time and money.

"I cannot wait. I cannot wait. I mean, the first train - I will probably be on it because I want to go to the 49er game. I do not like the drive," said Carrie Croteau, as she stood in line at the Sacramento Amtrak station ticket window.

Several Sunday trains can get you Levi's Stadium in time for 49ers games for $55.50 round trip, that includes a 25 percent discount Amtrak is providing through April 2015. The trip should take about 2 hours and 40 minutes, according to Amtrak.

The trains drop passengers within a short five minute walk of the stadium, eliminating the need to pay for parking.