News nuggets: West Sac tower wins award, two local teachers are in trouble


News briefs from West Sacramento and the region:

Following an unsuccessful primary election in the State Assembly race, West Sacramento city councilman Mark Johannessen has thrown his support to formal rival Steve Cohn, a fellow Democrat and a member of the city council in Sacramento.

Cohn and Kevin McCarty (also a Democrat and a Sacramento city council member) will face off for the District 7 runoff in November.

Cohn was scheduled to be at the West Sacramento Farmers Market last Thursday, greeting local voters alongside Johannessen, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, city councilmen Bill Kristoff and Chris Ledesma, Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas (from West Sacramento) and former supervisor Mike McGowan of West Sacramento, according to Cohn’s office.


CalSTRS building under construction in 2008 (News-Ledger photo)

CalSTRS building under construction in 2008
(News-Ledger photo)

The West Sacramento waterfront tower of the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) has won a “TOBY Award” from The Building Owners and Managers Association in the Pacific Southwest region. The region includes California, Nevada, Hawaii and greater Phoenix.

The 2009 building is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as “LEED Platinum,” reaching the highest level of sustainable construction. The 13-story tower houses the member services center and administration for the retirement system, reports CalSTRS.


A pair of teachers are in legal trouble in separate incidents.

Media reports say Wesley Cuong Trang was arrested after a Saturday night driving incident in Sacramento in which his car allegedly hit several bicyclists. The incident on L Street happened after Trang apparently had a confrontation with cyclists while he was changing a flat tire, which Trang believed had been slashed.

Trang is a teacher at the Yolo Education Center (a public alternative high school) in West Sacramento.

The event occurred during midtown Sacramento’s “Second Saturday” event, which draws many cyclists.
Meanwhile, other media reports say a special education teacher at the Delta Elementary Charter School in Clarksburg faces charges for allegedly stealing students’ prescription medications from a locked cabinet on campus, say various media reports.

The teacher is Sheri Laverne Haselhuhn of West Sacramento.

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