U.S. Mayors Conference awards ‘liveabililty’ prize to West Sacramento


West Sacramento shared first place honors in the “2014 City Liveability Awards” program from the U.S. Conference of Mayors over the weekend in Dallas.

New Orleans won its award for the program “NOLA FOR LIFE,” a campaign to mobilize government and community partners to fight the city’s “culture of violence,” reported a spokeswoman for the mayor’s conference. The program is credited with helping to bring the city’s murder rate down to what, in the first quarter of 2014, was its lowest rate since 1970.

West Sacramento received its honor for a local partnership called “Universal Preschool for West Sacramento” (UP4WS), which strives “to provide high-quality preschool and child care for all children ages 0-5 in the City of West Sacramento at little cost to residents, through significant subsidies.” Partners include the City, the Washington Unified School District, Yolo County Office of Education, and the First 5 organization.

  Proponents believe early childhood education shows learning advantages and lifelong benefits.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
(News-Ledger file photo)

  “West Sacramento has rapidly transformed from a neglected industrial town to a thriving, livable city, and Universal Preschool for West Sacramento (UP4WS) gives our youngest residents and their parents to create a future full of educational success and economic prosperity,” said Mayor Cabaldon in a press statement. “I’m honored to accept this award on behalf of UP4WS and all of our partners who put kids first and turf aside to achieve the impossible.”

  The award was co-sponsored by Waste Management, Inc.

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