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west sacramento faces mandatory 28 percent cut in water use


The city of West Sacramento is tightening its belt and cutting back on water usage. It now faces a mandatory 28 percent cutback.

That, after the city managed to cut back by nearly 20 percent in years past.

"It's going to be a delicate balance. Everyone is going to feel it a little more. There's no doubt," Mayor Pro Tem Chris Ledesma said. "We're looking to lead by example. We want to be leaders in water conservation."

Starting May 15, homeowners will not be able to water their lawns at all during the week. They'll only be able to water one day a week, on a Saturday or Sunday, depending on their address.

West Sacramento declares Stage 3 Water Emergency


The cf West Sacramento declared a stage 3 Water Shortage Contingency Plan Thursday in order to meet the State Water Resources Control Board's mandatory 28 percent cut in water use.

City spokesperson Paul Hosely said the plan means increased water restrictions for residents, businesses and city operations. The restrictions go into effect on May 15.

The new restrictions include:

- Outdoor watering of lawns and plants is limited to one day a week

- Residents with odd number street addresses can irrigate on Saturday; those with even number addresses can water on Sunday. There is no watering Monday through Friday.

- Portable water to fill or refill pools and artificial ponds or lakes is prohibited. However, maintaining water levels in existing pools and ponds is allowed.

- Using potable water in ornamental fountains or ponds is prohibited.

West Sacramento engineer assesses quake damage in Nepal


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The CEO of a West Sacramento engineering company is one of the world's top seismic engineers and was called to Nepal this week to help in the rebuilding process.

Structural engineer Dr. Kit Miyamoto, of Miyamoto International in West Sacramento, arrived in Nepal Tuesday evening Pacific Time.

West Sacramento structural engineer in Nepal to help rebuild after quake


Structural engineer Dr. Kit Miyamoto, of Miyamoto International in West Sacramento, has arrived in Nepal.

After flying 30 hours to get from California to the earthquake-damaged city of Kathmandu, Miyamoto described the location as "dark and quiet". He's sharing a room in a small hotel with another structural engineer.

Nepal is 12 hours and 45 minutes ahead of California, so Miyamoto's plan at daybreak is to meet with local and government officials and then inspect a school that was damaged. Old, poorly built buildings crumbled like cookies during Saturday's 7.8 magnitude quake.

A nation that had little to begin with now has much less.

Miyamoto will be analyzing the integrity of the buildings still standing, and determining how to rebuild them to better withstand the next earthquake.

West Sacramento company helps protect priceless Michelangelo statue


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A global company based in West Sacramento is at the forefront of making sure the last statue Michelangelo ever worked on doesn't get damaged by an earthquake.

Michelangelo's last masterpiece the "Pieta Rondanini" sits unfinished in the Museum of Ancient Art of Sforza Castle in Milan, Italy. The Renaissance artist worked on the "Pieta Rondanini" for twelve years before he died at the age of 89. The statue depicts the Virgin Mary mourning over the body of Jesus.

Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed

Sacramento Fire Department uses new live streaming app to keep public informed


The Sacramento Fire Department has been serving the community since 1872, making it the oldest paid fire department west of the Mississippi, according to the department's spokesman Roberto Padilla. Now, the department is among the first few fire departments in California to utilize a new app to further inform the public in the case of an emergency.

'Periscope' is a new social media app that allows users to broadcast live pictures from their cell phone camera to a potentially global audience. The app runs through Twitter, and users can connect with an audience in real time through their cellphones. It operates similarly to a live chat room with a video stream.

According to Periscope's website, the creators wanted to "build the closest thing to teleportation."

Raley Field goes orange: River Cats welcome new Giants affiliation


SACRAMENTO – It's out with the green and gold, and on with the orange and black -- it appears the crowd welcomed the Sacramento River Cats' new affiliation with the San Francisco Giants.

Thursday night was opening day at Raley Field and fans lined up waiting to get in the gates.

"You can't even imagine for people that love the Giants that aren't able to go down to San Francisco as much as we'd like, we have them here now," fan Donna Mez said. "We get to watch these young guys come up and hopefully become something."

Most River Cats' fans are ecstatic about getting to call the World Series Champions Sacramento's home team.

"Oh, it's fantastic. We just got done winning our third World Series in five years," Terry Burke said.

The switch from the Oakland A's affiliation to the Giants could be having an impact on the number of people coming to games.