NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 26, 2014 —
By Steve Marschke
Were you expecting very many people to apply to fill that vacancy on the West Sacramento City Council?
If you were, you were right. City officials received applications from 25 citizens hoping to serve out the remaining term of the empty seat, through November of 2016. The vacancy was created when former councilman Oscar Villegas accepted an appointment by Governor Jerry Brown to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.
The vacant supervisor’s seat, in turn, was made empty when Brown appointed Supervisor Mike McGowan to a special post in the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
The city council has opted to fill its vacancy by appointment, at its public meeting on April 2. First, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and Mayor Pro Tem Mark Johannessen will pre-screen the 25 applications to choose finalists.
Here are the applicants, their neighborhoods and their self-described occupations:
— Raquel Andrade, a resident of Turlock Street and a public relations professional and homemaker;
— Bernadette Austin of Hearst Street, a project manager for an infill development company (she’s now on the city’s parks and community services commission);
— Antoine J. Bastien van der Meer of Westlake Drive, an attorney;
— Margaret “Peggy” Ann Bell of Maryland Avenue, a personnel specialist with the C.H.P.;
— Wayne Boissicat of Anchor Lane, a mechanical engineer;
— James Caughman of Delaware Avenue, an information technology developer and database engineer;
— Corey Cummings of Rolling Green Drive, a retired state correctional administrator;
— Nate Eckler of Pender Island Road, director of technology at a high-tech firm;
— Kyle Glankler of Quail Road, who is in construction management;
— Martha Guerrero of Barberry Place, a social worker (her resume indicates she is now a legislative representative for Los Angeles County, and she’s a past city planning commissioner)
— Dean Haakenson of Julian Drive, an analyst/paralegal for the state;
— Nancy Heth-Tran of Graphite Lane, an associate energy specialist with the state energy commission;
— Preston Jackson of Tahoe Street, an educator;
— Shanon Kern of Hume Street, who has managed projects at Air Force bases and is training to be a commercial pilot;
— Jeff Lyon of 4th Street, a state government employee;
— Karl Machschefes of Meadowlark Circle, a teacher (and former school board member);
— Danny L. Moore of Headslane Road, a self-employed attorney;
— Ryan Mosley of Deerwood Street, a software project manager and “scrum master”;
— Jonathan Peacock of Solomon Island Road, a high school teacher;
— Cody Potter of Laurel Lane, a labor representative and union organizer;
— Beverly Sandeen of Lewiston Road, a higher education administrator (and current member of the city planning commission)
— Maude Schmitt of West Capitol Avenue, president of a nonprofit and in eBay sales;
— Alberto Torrico of Turlock Street, an attorney;
— Mark Wilder of Alturas Court, retired from the Army and national chair of the Veterans Party of America;
— Robbie White of Coyote Road, a Microsoft certified systems engineer.
Mayor Cabaldon will join Johannessen and fellow council members Chris Ledesma and Bill Kristoff in interviewing the finalists at the April 2 meeting. If no candidate can get a majority vote from the four council members, the council may have to call for a special election to fill the vacant seat.
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