Monday, March 9, 2015

Where the Sinapis arvensis grows

The fields and open spaces in West Sacramento are filled with a profusion of wild mustard each spring. To cuddle up in these bright yellow flower blankets as a kids always made me so happy!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Evening sunset by Loren Ishii

Thank you Loren Ishii for sharing this photo of the setting sun that he shot while on his evening commute over the Freeport Bridge back to West Sacramento.  The photo is unedited except for slight cropping, but has the look of a water colored landscape painting.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Homeless in West Sacramento

With 2 carts filled with belongings, her faithful friend watches over while she sends a text on her cell phone..Don't you wonder where she will spend the night tonight?  I'm sure Raley's gets lots of complaints about the sidewalk sitters but my heart breaks when I see folks ending up in this situation.

The City of West Sacramento is a member of the Yolo County Homeless Coalition.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Washington Little League Volunteers Circa 1960

Thank you Linda Balakin Boerlin for sharing this great photo of some of the parents and volunteers working on the Washingon Little League ball field. Per Linda "This pic was in the News Ledger circa 1960’s.   I believe it was a work party at the baseball diamond. I don’t know all the men but recognize Ernie Otten, Sam Tripp,  Dave Meza, and possibly Don Kimbrell and Bob Horrel. The original Washington Little League Diamonds were located next door to the Broderick Post Office on Sacramento Avenue.

On Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at 9:00 AM  there will be a Field Work Day at Washington Little League diamonds (Alyce Norman-Bryte Little League Fields at Todhunter and Carrie Street. Bring your shovels and garden tools with you if you are interested in giving them a hand. See more on their Facebook page. This year, the West Sacramento Little League will be inter-leaguing with Washington Little League and also using the Washington Fields for many games since they have too many teams to play only at Memorial Park.

Washington Little League Volunteers Circa 1960

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lenise's Cafe' - coffees, juice drinks, paninis and more

Lenise Mowry announced the grand opening of her new Lenise's Cafe' at 3150 Jefferson Boulevard this week.  We stopped by to sample some of the deliciousness and enjoyed chatting with Lenise at the counter. The European ambiance, music and outdoor seating is quite lovely and soon they will be offering a selection of wines and beers...the best part for me is it is in walking distance!! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Orange Lady

I stopped to buy oranges from this beautiful senorita this week and she let me take her photo.  These oranges are the sweetest and best navals I have ever tasted.  I hope I see her again setup in the neighborhood so I can buy another couple of bags.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Rock & Roll Remembered - The Legends of West Sacramento

On February 7, 2015, The Rock and Roll Legends of West Sacramento (Lew Fratis, Richard Leathers, Mike McGowan, Wayne Smith, Cindy Tuttle, Tommy King, Mick Martin, Danny Sandoval, Jeremy Springer and Donn Tuttle) gathered together for a fund raiser to benefit West Sacramento Parks & Recreation. See HD video on Youtube. Check out the Sacramento Rock & Radio Museum for great posters of concerts and events over the years.
Video recorded and posted by Barbara Smith.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Barge Canal Access

We stopped to enjoy the peaceful and scenic beauty of the barge canal access on Jefferson Boulevard this sign of any fishermen there today.  The Fish Sniffer says "(Sacramento) Angling pressure has been light in the Sacramento area since the New Year began, with the Port of Sacramento and Sacramento Deepwater Channel offering the top striped bass fishing and the Lower Delta offering the best sturgeon action."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Bryte on the river circa 1930!

Thank you Linda Balakin Boerlin for sharing this great photo of her dad and his buddies...The Bryte Boys were Al Beebe, George Kristoff, Bill Balakin, George Roberti, Mike Karakos and Walt Roberti. Linda is not sure of the date but her dad Bill was born in 1921.  She estimates they were teens in this photo so mid to late 1930's.   

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cemex Rubble Pile

The demolition is complete...all that remains of the old Cemex Cement Plant is a pile of cement rubble.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Saint Barbara Club of Sacramento

We went to the Saint Barbara Club of Sacramento's Annual meeting today.  From left to right Barbara, Barbara, Barbara, Barbara, Barbara, Barbara, etc. etc...If your name is Barbara, you are invited to attend next year on the first Sunday of December.  Many thanks to Barbara Davis (center) for hosting us!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

15 Can Challenge

Today we dropped off our 15 cans and $630 collected from JMHS class of 64 to support the West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project. Helena Helmold (center) is the coordinator of the West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project. Every year she and her band of angels collect and distribute food and toys to many families in our community. The Project doesn't have a confirmed site for this year's sorting and distribution and are hoping to hear soon so they can spread the word. Last year Frank Ramos & Company allowed the Project to setup in one of their vacant warehouse spaces in the Port area...If you know of someone who can help with donating a space this Christmas please spread the word.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Finishing touches on the Mike McGowan Bridge

The Mike McGowan Bridge will be 615 feet long and approximately 80 feet wide and is expected to be completed by end of 2014.  Linking South River Road across the Barge Canal, our new bridge will help alleviate traffic on Jefferson Boulevard, adding a third connection between the north and south sides of town.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Silo Demolition in Progress

The progress is slow but steady in the demolition of the old Cemex Cement storage silos on South River in West Sacramento.