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The Rio Vista Sharks Swim has officially started their 2011 swim season. The Board met on Dec 6 and started planning their season. This year the team will be swimming against Woodland, Rio Linda, Sac Town, Carmichael and North Highland along with other invitationals in Elk Grove and Los Medonas College. Glad to be at this point. After struggling in 2009 with no city pool to start practicing in due to repairs needed, our team had doubts. Trilogy

offered the team the use of their pool and Individuals offered their private pools to use, the teams practiced. The Sharks finally got an agreement with the city to manage the pool after the repairs were made, started practicing in the city pool, things were half way back to normal. A Special THANKS to all the Service Clubs, Businesses and Individuals that donated to the Sharks help support their season due to no fundraiser meets. Need-

less to say the Rio Vista Sharks placed 2nd place at Championships. A hard working, dedicated bunch of swimmers we had. 2010 was a different story; the pool had been removed to start construction of the new pool so all we had was a hole in the ground. The board decided to cancel the 2010 season. Thanks to the Rio Vista Foundation, the organization took on this project and after a wet winter and several delays

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now has a beautiful new pool now known as the Simonsen Delta Swim Center. The project is near completion but has run above cost due to code additions; the fence has cost more than projected and with the addition of the fire sprinkler system has depleted the Foundation account. The sprinkler system will cost around $7000 to $10,000 dollars so more funding is needed so any donations to them will be appreciated, large or small. Another special THANKS goes out to Warren Gomes for removing the old pool and rerouting the city waterline, Don Freeman Construction for the Construction of the pool, main deck, and accessories for the pool, Walt Schulz Construction for the Building and additional concrete, Benton Fence for the fence, Delta Tree Service for removal of the tree, McPherson Crane and Rigging for helping Continued on Pg.2

RIO VISTA CARE TEAM WINS SHEA HOMES DECORATING COMPETITION

Rio Vista CARE Decorating Committee

On Tuesday, November 29, Shea Homes awarded first prize in their Trilogy model home Holiday Decorating Competition

to the team formed to benefit Rio Vista CARE. The team, led by captains Linda Solomon and Pauline Crews, transformed the “Pebble Beach� model

Lucky Crews enjoying “reindeer games� with Rudolph and his friends.

home into Santa Claus’ North Pole residence. Decorations will stay in place until the first week of January and can be viewed by entering through the Trilogy Home Tour Center. In the winning home, you’ll find Santa’s elves hard at work decorating Santa’s Christmas tree and “the man himself� busy poring over his famous list in his office with his flight plan on the wall, and shelves filled with toys and gifts (including a supply of coal, because “even naughty kids deserve something.�) Rudolph even has his own room and can be found

lolling on the bed, loading up on “Reindeer Snacks� and playing reindeer games with his friends. The prize for the winning team was a $1000 donation from Shea Homes to the charity of their choice. Rio Vista CARE received $1200 in total because two of the other teams participating in the contest had also designated their donations the organization and Shea awarded $100 to the designated charities of each of the participating decoration teams. Executive Director, Araminta Blackwelder, and Rio Vista CARE Board President, Lynn Auslen,

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LETTER TO SANTA; BARE NECESSITIES

Dear Santa: My name is Kathy Moore-Schmidt. I am 63 and have been a very good girl all year. I only have one wish for Christmas this year and that is that the good people of this country would know how strongly our troops in harms way depend on our support. Only until recently I myself came to realize that most folks are not aware our guys and gals in these faraway lands are not only missing family and home but also the BARE NECESSITIES. In response to a plea made recently of my own delta community, my workmates and I are not only boxing up goodies but also toilet paper, hand soap, shampoo, body & foot powder, lip balm, etc. The everyday items you & I take for granted everyday they rely on us to provide. Please, Santa, help us get the word out. Our

men & women are putting their lives on the line every day & night for our freedom to celebrate Christmas as we wish. The least we can do is send the essentials for them to just take a spit bath. Our government does not supply these commodities. Our military does not supply these commodities. We must make sure that even in these difficult times we don’t forget about them. The holidays are here. I want our sons & daughters, husbands & wives, fathers & mothers in uniform to know they are remembered now & always. For more information please contact Kathy at 707 374 5511, 707 374 2009 or 800 474 2252 Donations accepted Monday – Friday, 8 – 5 at 190 Main St Rio Vista

were on-hand for the celebration at the awards luncheon. Rio Vista CARE is a non-profit community-based counseling and family resource center. Rio Vista CARE is proud to have been able to join hands with Rio Vista Community Service to sponsor the Christmas 94571 program this year. CARE Counsels hundreds of local children and family members every year, working with children and adults to address critical life issues such as child abuse, suicidal

attempts, domestic violence, drug and alcohol dependence. Due to diminished government funding and increased need for services from families affected by the continued economic downturn, Rio Vista CARE has a continuing need for additional support from the community. Donations are always needed and may be directed to: Rio Vista CARE, 125 Sacramento Street,P.O. Box 576, Rio Vista, CA 94571.

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Cold and blustery weather has reached us in Rio. Now is the time to give thanks to a 15 year old boy, who in the 1800s, decided he would do something to protect his ears from the cold Maine winters. The boy’s name was Chester Greenwood. Every December 21st

(Chester’s birthday) Farmington,Maine celebrates “Chester Greenwood Day� and everyone there wears ear muffs on that day. Ear Muffs were invented by Chester! They became a big hit in his day and ever since then have been produced in a variety of materials, colors

ad sizes to fit all. Therefore, on the 21st of this month don your ear muffs and as a thank you to Chester give a nod toward Farmington, Maine on Chester’s Day. Hooray for the boy inventor!

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around in the next couple of months. This town has been so great in the past. This years board members elected were Dan Schindler as President, Stephanie Cobb as Vice President, Joyce Deflores as Secretary, Belinda Hulet as Treasurer, Board Members Misty Fraser, Raeleen Marlow, Michelle Bowers, Jermony Santos, and Sue Mortimore. Other members are Warren Gomes as the teams League Rep, Steve Wright with Computers and Shereen Dart as the teams Head Coach. Sign ups are going to be held Febru-

ary 24th and March 5th, 2011 and would like to get a big turn out for this season. The Sharks next big goal is to purchase a Colorado Timing System with a Score Board to put at the pool but that system runs up to about $27000, EST. The pool was plumbed for the system. So in closing, the Rio Vista Sharks are proud to be swimming in this new pool that this community built. Wish us luck because were excited. Dan Schindler, President of the Rio Vista Sharks

Delta tree Service and the Sharks for moving equipment back to the pool, Dutra Construction for supplies and manpower among other I don’t know of. These Companies have donated some if not all of their services for this project. We thank you. This year is going to be exciting for the Sharks; we will be able to host our annual Pentathlon which is our main fundraiser which we haven’t had in two years. The team will be looking for sponsors again this year so you will be seeing us

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Last July, the City Council passed a two-year budget. As we receive more information for 2011-12, revised estimates will be made for both revenues and expenditures. We will discuss any 2010-11 changes after the first of the year, revise 201112 and discuss 2012-13 later in the Spring. At the council’s January 26th study session we will have a “Budget 101” to give the council and citizens an overview of what government budgeting is all about. It is not like business accounting, and

governments are bound by many state and federal laws and regulations. I would like to give a brief preview of how our city budget is arranged and the different categories of funds we have. The General Fund is the main operating fund for the city. Most personnel costs are paid for out of the General Fund. This includes city administration and city council, police, fire, public works/maintenance, finance, community development, attorney services, city clerk and other smaller areas. Gen-

Bridge Over Troubled Waters by: Pastor Ella Ray Toscano

Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas? What does Christmas really look like? Is it decorations in our homes or does it decorate our hearts. Every aspect of Christmas is a star to hang in our hearts. The love of God came as a child who would live die and live again. He removed the sting of death from all who would follow Him. When Christ was born it was the beginning of the look of Christmas. The angels decorated the sky with the message of good

News...the shepherds decorated the hillsides with their sheep and they saw the angels and heard what they said and they followed .Joseph heard the angel and he followed. The sky was bright with a holy light… It was the beginning of the look of Christmas…and those who saw followed. Unfortunately it is not beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go . It looks like a mish mash of things that are not Christmas. Even

eral Fund revenues consist of property taxes, sales taxes, natural gas royalties asset sales, grants, and other taxes and fees. For the past 4 years the General Fund has been balanced only through the sales of assets (land). We cannot continue to meet our deficit this way. Our property and sales taxes have decreased by over $600,000 since the 200708 fiscal year, and we do not anticipate significant increases in our revenues any time soon. City employment has decreased by 1/3, and employees have been on furlough every other week, or made other salary concessions for the past two years. This is an area of grave concern to the council. Proprietary Funds (also referred to as Enterprise Funds) are used to account for operations that are financed and operated similar to business enterprises where

the intent is that the costs (expenses including depreciation) of providing these goods and services to the public are financed through user charges. In other words, the users pay fully for the services. Proprietary funds include Transit, the Business Park, the Water System, the Airport, and separate accounts for the Beach and Northwest sewer systems. Also included are funds for water system construction and fixed assets as well as the sewer fund asset replacement and sewer system construction. Special Revenue Funds account for the proceeds of specific revenue sources that are legally restricted to expenditures for specific purposes. Some of these funds include: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Grant received from Solano County to fund prevention services/programs for our

youth and parents; Gas Tax Fund which goes to repair and maintain our streets and landscaping; and, the Personnel Services Fund, which receives revenue from a portion of CFD 2006-1 and is used for public safety (fire and police). The Debt Service Fund continues to pay off the 1977 Firehouse General Obligation Bonds. Capital Outlay Funds are used to account for the financial resources available for the acquisition of construction of major capital facilities and infrastructure. Impact Fees are paid by developers for future city capital construction needs (caused by the development) of parks, roads, and municipal improvements. Storm drain fees are collected from all residents through the water/sewer bills to pay for storm drain maintenance and improvements. A hazardous waste

fee is collected through the garbage bill which allows the city to provide hazardous waste events to residents. Capital Outlay Funds also includes the Army Base Reuse fund. Fiduciary Funds account for assets held by the city in a trustee capacity or as an agent. These include the various Community Facilities Districts and Landscape and Lighting Districts for new developments. The Redevelopment Agency budget is adopted separately from the City budget by the City Council sitting as the governing board of the Redevelopment Agency. The Agency utilizes tax increment and other financing to create plans, improvements, finance land acquisition and provide incentives to businesses and housing. There are two parts: Redevelopment and Low-Mod housing funds.

the secular Christmas decorations of trees elves and Santa Claus have faded into the past. The only change Christmas has made in many cities and communities is lights and even those seem to have dimmed. It is not beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere I go. The only thing left for those of us who believe in the birth of the Christ Child is to take Christmas with us everywhere we go. Christmas sweaters and other apparel that look like Christmas are hard to find. My sisters… we can resurrect our old Christmas stuff and wear it this year. Every day we can look a lot like Christmas. (Remember if the sweaters have been put away the smell of Christmas is not mothballs!) . The designs

on the sweaters and other wearing apparel may not be religious but they spark conversations which allow us to share the Good News! If we have chosen to follow Jesus then he will decorate our lives and his light will never go dim. He is the light of the world with everlasting power. The people who walk in great darkness will see a great light. His name is called Wonderful, Coun-

selor, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. That is the Jesus we celebrate at Christmas. There is another song that says, “Rise up shepherd and follow.” It is time for Christians to rise up and follow.” If you take good heed to the angel’s words…you’ll forget your flocks and forget your herds.” Some things are not as important as we think. All that burdens

us down we can leave behind when we rise up and follow Jesus Christ. Angels are messengers from God and if we make the decision to follow we will hear them. We can let all the music of the heavens decorate this season. The more we follow and believe the more we will look like Christ.. only then will we will look a lot like Christmas.

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DEBT RELIEF ACT PASSES Q. I was trying to do a “short sale” (the lender agreed to accept less than owed), but I was told by an attorney that the shortfall taken by the lender could be passed

to me and I would have to pay taxes on that amount. In my case that would be tax owed on $45,000! Needless to say I cancelled the listing immediately and will just let it go to foreclosure. Do you agree? J.B. Isleton A. The old rule was that any shortfall taken by

a lender could be passed to you as a “gift” and you would be liable for the tax. The taxable amount could be either your income tax rate or possibly a capital gains tax of 15%. You would need to go to a CPA to determine your liability. Now, the good news: on October 4th of2007, bill HR3648 passed (retroactive to January 1, 2007) that removes taxes from mortgage cancellation relief. In short, if you sell for less than you owe, no tax on the difference.

However, there are some qualifiers. The relief applies to the original purchase price, plus any improvements to the property, and it must be a primary residence of the seller. What is not covered is any refinance over the original purchase price with a “cash out” option. This relief also applies to first mortgages, not second mortgages or equity lines of credit. The really sensible part of this bill is that it makes the homeowner take responsibility for uncontrolled spending by tapping the equity for non home related issues like bill consolidation, purchases, or leveraging to purchase other properties. In doing those things, you are taking the gain on the property in cash and expecting the lender to forgive your bad spending habits because the market fell. If you let it go to foreclosure, your credit will suffer for 3 or more years; whereas, a sale could start the credit healing right away. So, no, I don’t agree with your decision. A home is still a great investment, and over time still offers value growth plus immediate tax breaks for ownership. With

The First Congregational Church of Rio Vista invites the community of Rio Vista to celebrate the birth of Jesus with Christmas music every Sunday morning at 11 A.M. God has a gift for you. All of the Community is invited to share a simple Christmas Eve with us. We will sing Carols, Share Communion and light Candles to remember that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World Come As you Are December 24 at 7:PM

the current market prices, this is a great time to buy. Q. I have a second home that I use as a rental. I want to sell this home, but avoid recapturing depreciation and paying capital gains. I’ve been told that the way around this is to sell my primary residence and move in to the rental for 2 years, and then I can sell that home without the tax penalty. Good plan? D.P. Rio Vista A. This may have been a good plan at one time, but with the passage of the aforementioned bill HR3648, to offset the loss in taxable revenues they modified the rules concerning the conversion of a second home to a primary residence. All the primary residence exemptions apply to the second home, but only for the time you live in the house. When you

Page 5 sell, you still have to address the taxable liability of the period the home was a rental. The same tax liabilities apply even if you did not rent out the home; it is still treated as a rental. If you decide to sell the rental, expect a 15% capital gains tax, 3 1/3% holdback to be redeemed the next time you file income taxes, plus your normal costs of selling, a total overall of about 25% to get it sold. Another option is a tax exchange to another property (IRS 1031 tax deferral) where all equity from the rental is transferred to a new purchase, supposedly to be used as a rental. Maybe it won’t rent and you can move in. Interest rates are low, and so are prices. Call 707374-6491 or visit: www. richardsrealestate.com

Citizens Committee to Monitor the Water/ Wastewater Enterprise Funds The Rio Vista sanitary sewer collection system in some places is 100 years old. The system has required frequent, expensive, non-permanent repairs, including two sinkholes. Engineers have determined that the system has more than 4,300 feet in need of immediate repair. The City’s domestic water supply is provided from eight wells, three of which are inoperative due either to low flow or arsenic levels above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Maximum Concentration Level (MCL) of 10 parts per billion. In its continuing effort to maintain the City’s water and sewer rates as low as necessary, the City has applied for three financial aid packages. They are: (1) Four million five hundred thousand dollars for sanitary sewer collection system improvements has been requested from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The application includes funds to purchase a hydrovac truck to clean the sewer pipes so they can be evaluated by closed circuit television (a government mandate), a standby

generator for Marina lift station, and replace all the defective pipes found during the close circuit television examination. After the closed circuit television inspection of more than 120,000 linear feet of pipe is completed, it is estimated that more than 3,600 linear feet of that will need additional repairs. This application required the City to state that a fee roll back petition might be forced on the City that could affect its ability to pay back any low cost loan. (2) A preapplication for $3,000,000 was submitted to the CA Department of Public Health for arsenic abatement of well 10 and the combined effluent of wells 11,13 and 14. An abatement method is necessary to meet the mandate of a Maximum Concentration Level of 10 ppb. The Department of Public Health has informed us a decision will be forthcoming this Spring. (3) A similar pre-application was also submitted to the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The two agencies occasionally jointly fund financial packages.

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Your one stop for all your Holiday needs!

Come see SANTA at the Moose Lodge 11th North Front ST In Rio Vista there will be snacks, presents and Santa Open to the public 1pm -3pm ages 0-12 Saturday the 18th of December.

• Bonus Coupons • Special Offers • Photos • Guestbook • & Much More!

NEED A “ROLL UP THE SLEEVES” “HANDS ON” “RENAISSANCE STYLE” CONTRACTOR?

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An Ounce of Prevention

You wouldn’t drive your car 50,000 miles without an oil change and a tuneup, so why have you waited five years to have your mouth examined and your teeth cleaned? At Dentistry of the Delta, our aim is to restore your mouth to a healthy state so you will look and feel your best! A healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy you, and an attractive smile is one of your keys to success! Regular visits to your dentist will help you avoid unwanted pain and costly repairs.

So, to look better, feel better, and save money, call our office today!

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LET ME WORK ON YOUR HOUSE SO I DON’T HAVE TO WORK ON MINE!

Delta Pharmacy & Gifts Filling all of your pharmaceutical needs and so much more. No need to travel out of town for that unique gift for a special someone. Stop by today and see our wide selection of gift items that are perfect for any holiday. We feature a staff that places customer service at the top of the list. We’ll even wrap a gift you purchase at our store FREE! So, shop Delta Pharmacy & Gifts!!!

Free Gift Wrap

with minimum purchase Sale items excluded 407 Main Street, Rio Vista CA 707-374-5135 Hours: Mon-Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Closed


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Dec 15, 2010 Rio Vista Beacon Newspaper, CA