West Sacramento’s first mayor to discuss city’s formation at public library event

West Sacramento’s first mayor to discuss city’s formation at public library event

The history of the birth of the official incorporated city of West Sacramento will be recalled and revealed by its first mayor, Mike McGowan, at a special community event on Sunday, Sept. More »

Two West Sacramento parks get upgrades

Two West Sacramento parks get upgrades

Playgrounds at Elkhorn and Bryte parks will soon benefit from significant upgrades. The City has been awarded a $40,000 Play Spaces Grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt More »

Broadway Bridge on the horizon but where will it land in West Sac?

Broadway Bridge on the horizon but where will it land in West Sac?

By Monica Stark Back in May, a big piece of local news was that Shell Oil Products was selling its West Sacramento refinery to the Port of West Sacramento. At a Broadway More »

 

Buy a little something for a needy senior

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Buy a gift for a home-bound or lonely senior: The West Sacramento Rotary Club will be on hand at Raley’s supermarket from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekend of Dec. 14-15, and invites you to donate a gift to fill a senior’s request. Most of the requests are for items like socks, magazines and food. Rotary members will team up with River City High School’s Interact Club to cheerfully delivery your gift to the senior citizen who asked for it.

The supermarket is located at 1601 West Capitol Avenue (a block west of Jefferson Boulevard).

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Hundreds visit Santa, city tree lighting

The West Sacramento Community Singers give a cheer to the crowd after a performance from the stairway. (News-Ledger photo)

The West Sacramento Community Singers give a cheer to the crowd after a performance from the stairway. (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 11, 2013 —

Last year’s event was canceled by stormy weather, but celebrants this year just moved indoors to dodge a drizzle

The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce threw its annual holiday party at city hall on Friday evening.

With a bit of moisture in the air, the party moved from the city hall front lawn to the indoor “galleria.”

Attendees included many eager youngsters waiting for a confidential word with Santa, who was scheduled to arrive by fire truck part-way into the party.

There were refreshments, and Christmas carols.

A choir group from River City High School entertains the crowd.  (News-Ledger photo)

A choir group from River City High School entertains the crowd.
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It took three pulls at the switch. But Santa and Mayor Christoper Cabaldon successfully threw the switch that lit the city’s ‘holiday tree’ in front of 1110 West Capitol Avenue. (News-Ledger photo)

It took three pulls at the switch. But Santa and Mayor Christoper Cabaldon successfully threw the switch that lit the city’s ‘holiday tree’ in front of 1110 West Capitol Avenue. CLICK TO ENLARGE.
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Santa arrives! (News-Ledger photo)

Santa arrives!
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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)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – DEC 12, 2013 –

 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

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 12, 2013 —

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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