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Johannessen is the new vice mayor

West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen will serve a one-year term as 'mayor pro tem,' backing up Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)

West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen will serve a one-year term as ‘mayor pro tem,’ backing up Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)


 The West Sacramento City Council last night picked Council Member Mark Johannessen to serve as “Mayor Pro Tem” – essentially a vice mayor – for the next year.

  Johannessen replaces Mayor pro tem Chris Ledesma, who remains on the council as a regular member. 

  Johannessen was elected to the city council in 2006. He has not previously served as “mayor pro tem.” 

  Johannessen has announced he is running for California State Assembly next year as a Democrat. He hopes to succeed Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, who plans to run for the seat now held by termed-out State Senator Darrell Steinberg. Term limits prevent Stenberg from running again.

  Last year, Johannessen was nominated to serve as West Sacramento’s “mayor pro tem” by fellow councilman Bill Kristoff, but the motion died for lack of support, and the council then chose Ledesma.

Last night, reports city spokesman Art Schroeder, Councilman Oscar Villegas nominated then-current Mayor Pro Tem Chris Ledesma for another term.

Ledesma nominated Johannessen.

Villegas voted for Ledesma, while Ledesma, Johannessen and Mayor Christopher Cabaldon voted for Johannessen, giving him the post. Councilman Bill Kristoff was absent.

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Local cops collect toys & clothes today


The West Sacramento Police Department will be holding a toy and clothing drive today (Thursday, Dec. 12), in front of the West Sacramento Walmart from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. The donated presents will be delivered to children in the community who would otherwise go without gifts this year.

The store is located at 755 Riverpoint court, West Sacramento.

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City honors long-term employees, retirees


The City of West Sacramento recently held its annual Service Awards Ceremony in the Galleria at the Civic Center.  Members of the City Council presented Service Awards to long-employed employees and those retiring.

There were 17 employees honored with 5 years of service, 18 employees honored with 10 years of service and nine employees honored with 15 years of service.

Those honored with 20 years of service were Loren Alander and Rebecca Ramirez.  Honored with 25 years of service were Cameron Beebe, Lisa Cox, Daniel DeMars, Kryss Rankin, and Ed Redmon.  Joseph Vela was honored with 40 years of service to the citizens of West Sacramento.

Those employees honored for their retirement were Margery Cordova, Daniel Drummond, Eric Edgar, Timothy Eisenbeisz, Kevin Kinsella, Evelyn Ledesma, Sue McCune, Alfred Terrell, and Mark Tingley.

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Learn about ‘Obamacare’ on Wednesday


Learn about “Covered California” (California’s health care exchange related to the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare”).

Visit “Enrollment Day” from 5-7 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 11, at the West Sacramento City Hall galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. Experts and vendors will be on hand.

The event is sponsored by West Sacramento city council member Mark Johannessen and Assemblyman Roger Dickinson.

You may also find information at, or call 1-800-300-1506 weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturdays 8-6.


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