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Johannessen to run for state assembly

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 13, 2013 —

West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen made it official today: he will run next year for the California Assembly seat now held by fell0w Democrat Roger Dickinson. Dickinson plans to run for the State Senate seat now held by Darrell Steinberg, who will step down due to term limits.

“I am proud of what has been accomplished since my election to the West Sacramento City Council in 2006. By bringing together businesses and the community, we have created a culture of governmental efficiency that is widely respected throughout the region. Together, we have promoted economic growth, improved local schools, reduced crime, and focused on senior health and transportation issues,” said Johannessen in an emailed statement.

MARK JOHANNESSEN (News-Ledger file photo)

MARK JOHANNESSEN (News-Ledger file photo)

“Even though my campaign for Assembly is just beginning,” he added, “I have already received the support of state and local leaders including (state board of education member)Betty Yee, (Yolo) County Supervisors Mike McGowan, Jim Provenza, and Don Saylor, West Sacramento City Councilmember Bill Kristoff, as well as business leaders like Mark Friedman and Jeff Savage and the support of many labor organizations and neighborhood leaders. ”

Johannessen’s current city council term ends in 2014.

He is the son of former state senator K. Maurice Johannessen.

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Raley Field: new citizens take oath

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

You can watch hundreds of people from over 50 countries take the oath of American citizenship at a ceremony at 9 a.m. on June 12 at Raley Field.

The Raley Field baseball stadium is located at 300 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento.

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MADD honors prosecutor, local cop

Jonathan Raven, a Yolo County Prosecutor honored by 'Mothers Against Drunk Driving.' (courtesy of Yolo County District Attorney's office)

Jonathan Raven, a Yolo County Prosecutor honored by ‘Mothers Against Drunk Driving.’ (courtesy of Yolo County District Attorney’s office)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 5, 2013 —

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has given its “Prosecutor of the Year” award in California to Jonathan Raven, Chief Deputy District Attorney in Yolo County. The award “is presented to one prosecutor who has made a significant impact in one or multiple cases and worked closely with MADD,” reports the office of District Attorney Jeff Reisig.

Judy Utter, a senior victim services specialist for MADD, said she saw Raven make a difference in a local case in which a family lost their daughter in a DUI accident.

“The judge was ready to let the defendant out of custody when Jonathan stood up and cited a new constitutional amendment giving victims the right to speak out at bail hearings,” said Utter, quoted by the D.A.’s office. “Jonathan spoke with me and the mom outside and the mom made a passionate statement to the judge in open court. The judge did not let the defendant out of custody.”

At the same recent award ceremony, several regional police officers were honored by MADD for fighting impaired driving. They included West Sacramento officer Matt Boudinot.

 

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Free local orchestra concert Sunday

West Sacramento Community Orchestra (News-Ledger file photo)

West Sacramento Community Orchestra (News-Ledger file photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The West Sacramento Community Orchestra invites you to a free concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the civic center galleria (1110 West Capitol). On the program are Buck’s “Festival Overture,” Fillmore’s “Lassus Trombone,” Custer’s “Star Trek Through The Years” and a tribute to Elvis by Ricketts, among other selections.

The orchestra will also play at 7:30 p.m. on June 11 at Centennial Methodist Church at 5401 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento. For information, call 991-5262.

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