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'Sactoberfest' promoter apologizes to contractors for event's failure


WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The promoter behind this month's Sactoberfest has sent a letter of apology to nearly 100 contractors and creditors who were not paid at the end of the three-day event.

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Richard Clakeley said he is "mortified and deeply embarrassed" by the financial failure of the second annual beer festival which drew less than half the 8,500 paid attendees Clakeley had budgeted for.

"And the people who showed up spent less than they did the year before," Clakeley said.

New program to help people who are homeless, their pets


WEST SACRAMENTO - Many people who are homeless say they can't get the help, shelter or services they need because they have four-legged companions.

Now, there's a pilot program designed to help a specific encampment in West Sacramento.

More than 70 people who are homeless and their pets who live in the North Levee area of West Sacramento, by the Broderick Boat Ramp, have agreed to take part in a project in Yolo County called "Bridge to Housing." They will move into a motel that was leased for the temporary program in West Sacramento.

"Bridge to Housing" is based on a program called "Housing First."

"It's all about solving first the problem of housing, getting a roof over people's heads and then addressing all the issues that contribute to their circumstances," Yolo County spokesperson Beth Gabor said.

Drexel University Sacramento’s Michael Marion Appointed to California Student Aid Commission

Drexel University Sacramento’s Michael Marion Appointed to California Student Aid Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Michael Marion, Executive Director and Associate Vice Provost of Drexel University Sacramento, was recently appointed to the California Student Aid Commission, where he will support the mission to make higher education more accessible for California students.

Appointments to the Commission are made by California Governor Jerry Brown and the position requires State Senate confirmation. As a commissioner, Marion will represent private and secondary education schools. He’ll attend his first Commission meeting in November.

“It’s a huge honor to be considered by Governor Brown for this role and be able to join some of the outstanding individuals who are already serving as commissioners,” Marion said. “This is a great opportunity to give back to students to make sure they can access financial aid and have the opportunity to be successful in college.”

Dozing driver crashes into West Sacramento home


WEST SACRAMENTO – A driver who fell asleep behind the wheel of a van crashed into a West Sacramento home Monday morning, according to police.

A West Sacramento police spokesperson at the scene said the driver was headed southbound on Sycamore Ave. when they fell asleep, veered off the road and hit the home.

Neither the driver nor anyone in the home was injured.

The home sustained minimal damage in the collision. The van on the other hand incurred substantial damage to the right front side.

The driver was not charged.

Dozen hay bales catch fire in West Sacramento


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Firefighters contained a hay bale fire in West Sacramento Tuesday.

West Sacramento police said 12 hay bales caught fire just before 6 p.m. on Lake Washington Boulevard, near a West Sacramento Fire Department station.

Because of windy conditions, firefighters asked the city for a front loader in order to extinguish the flames. In certain cases, crews would let hay bale fires burn out on their own.

The wind also spread smoke and ash from the fire into surrounding areas.

By Tuesday night, crews contained the blaze and were mopping up the scene.

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices

Caltrans equips fleet with high-tech devices


SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's transportation agency is spending $2.5 million to update its fleet of vehicles with high-tech gear.

The Sacramento Bee reported Saturday that Caltrans is installing GPS tracking devices on its 7,500 sedans, snow plows, trucks and other vehicles. The devices will report where vehicles are traveling, how long they idle and their speed among other things.

The devices will also track which employee is driving.

In July, the California Highway Patrol found a stolen Caltrans vehicle and arrested a thief within an hour of it going missing because of a GPS tracking device.

The devices cost $2.5 million and Caltrans will spend another $1.5 million on a reporting system annually.


TBD Fest brings celebration, noise complaints


WEST SACRAMENTO- Thousands of people have turned out for TBD fest in West Sacramento. The 3-day event is being held beside Raley Field along the River Walk Park. It features art, culture, and lots of music — about 75 bands on 3 stages. It includes emerging and iconic artists like Moby and Blondie. Other fan favorites include Justice and Empire of the Sun.

As much as music lovers enjoyed TBD Fest, some say it might be too much of a good thing. Miles away, people say the noise is keeping them up late into the night. Samantha Walker lives two miles away from Raley Field.

"It's like through my walls. Boom. Boom. Boom," said Walker.

Walker says she loves concerts. She loves live music and the arts. But she feels that the noise is out of control.