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Cash: two candidates lead the pack

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 27, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

In the field of five candidates running for West Sacramento’s school board right now, only two have thus far reported raising a substantial amount of money in campaign donations. And each of those two candidates is benefiting from support by groups that some people might consider “special interests.”

SARAH  KIRBY-GONZALEZ: Campaign shows support from various teachers’ unions (News-Ledger photo)

SARAH
KIRBY-GONZALEZ:
Campaign shows support from various teachers’ unions
(News-Ledger photo)

 

FRANCISCO CASTILLO Contributors include StudentsFirst executives and charter schools proponents (News-Ledger photo)

FRANCISCO CASTILLO
Contributors include StudentsFirst executives and charter schools proponents
(News-Ledger photo)

According to financial disclosure forms due last Friday at the Yolo County Elections Department, Francisco Castillo leads the pack in raising money to campaign for a school board seat on March 5.

Through Feb. 16, he reported having raised $36,730. This total includes $15,000 from “Parents and Teachers for Putting StudentsFirst,” a school reform organization that looks favorably at charter schools, and $10,000 from the “California Charter Schools Assoc Advocates.”

Castillo – himself an executive with StudentsFirst – said the contributions won’t push him to give special treatment to charter schools or to applications to form charter schools.

“I think I’ve been pretty clear before,” he said. “I support better options for parents, whether it’s charter schools or public schools.”

He added that while he supports charter schools, he also believes that if a charter school doesn’t perform, it should be shut down. The campaign donations won’t budge him, said Castillo.

“When making a decision on the board, one of the things I will consider is how to look at all sides of an issue – whether it’s from the teachers, students, charter school advocates or non-charter school advocates.”

Meanwhile, opponent Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez reports having raised $10,465 (not counting donations received after the most recent reporting deadline). She’s a teacher in the Folsom-Cordova school district.

Among her receipts are about $2,000 from the teachers’ union here in Washington Unified School District, $5,500 from the Sacramento City Teachers Association PAC (political action committee), $2,000 from the Twin Rivers United Educators PAC and $1,000 from the Los Rios Federation of Teachers PAC. This list may include some donations received after her campaign fund snapshot that showed $10,465 in funds.

Kirby-Gonzalez was asked whether support from teachers’ unions would influence her decisions as a school board member – for example, when the school board was negotiating with its teachers on a labor contract.

“No,” she answered. “While I have money from the teachers and I’m happy to have their support, certainly this is not about the teachers, it’s about the students. . . Absolutely, I’ll keep money out of it, of course. There may be times I would have to bow out (of a decision) if the attorney says to.”

Also on the list of financial supporters for Kirby-Gonzalez are contributors such as Rebecca J. Lovally, a CSUS professor, $2,000; Sunderland for School Board 2012 committee, $1,000; and the campaign committee for 2012 school board candidate Coby Pizotti, which gave her $350.

Other people on the list of contributors to Castillo’s campaign include Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, who gave $500; Cabaldon’s campaign committee, which gave $2,500; David Crane, lecturer on public policy at Stanford, $2,500; several executives at StudentsFirst including Founder and CEO Michelle Rhee, who gave $500; the American Sikh PAC, $1,000; and Donna Lucias of Lucas Public Affairs, $1,000.

[adrotate group=”9″]  Besides Castillo and Kirby-Gonzalez, the others in the race are Katherine Gales, Linh Nguyen and Nicholas Turney. Each of those three reported accepting little or no campaign money from others as of February 16.

Fundraising totals for some candidates will be revised as they file reports later in the campaign season.

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Bridgeway takes school hoops crown

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 27, 2013 —

BY DON SCHATZEL —

Bridgeway wins the Washington Unified School District girls basketball crown!

DON SCHATZEL: former West Sacramento Parks Director and occasional News-Ledger columnist

DON SCHATZEL: former West Sacramento Parks Director and occasional News-Ledger columnist

As reported by the  coaches:

Bridgeway Island Elementary School finished their very dominant season undefeated by beating Westmore Oaks Elementary, 37-27.

Nia and Tiana Lowery demonstrated great teamwork throughout the season and Alissa Klein and Zyrian Sambrano were leading scorers.

Westmore made it to the Championship game by defeating Southport Elementary, 21-18. Westmore raced off to a 9-0 first quarter start and never looked back.

Taylor Jackson scored 8 for Westmore and  Citalli Injunza tallied three 3-pointers. Lilly Stall  was an excellent point guard and Cammy Scott a dominant rebounder. Breanna Smith, Kailee Tinsley, Maggie Ladd and Jackie Ayon were all  excellent team play standouts for Westmore Oaks.

Breanna Smith, Kailee Tinsley, Maggie Ladd, Jackie Ayon all pointed out by their coach as great contributors to the successful Westmore season.

Boys basketball is now underway, with volleyball to follow!

Congratulations to Our Lady of Grace girls basketball, for making the move this year from the recreational division to the competitive division. Julianna Calles, Loren Bykowski, Krystal Robles, Madelyn Southard and Sydney Galvan are the starting lineup for OLG. The team is coached by Jeff Southard.

With elementary school teams prospering so much, is it any wonder why the  girls basketball program at River City is now so successful?

Speaking of moving up to “competitive”: Congratulations to the West Sacramento Soccer League, and Alberto Torrico and friends, for creating a new Metro soccer division for the “Best of the Best” soccer players in West Sacramento. The group has already held two free soccer clinics at River City High. The clinics were well attended, very educational, and the players very much enjoyed the challenge presented by the coaches preparing for the Metro season. Tryouts are scheduled soon in February and March for those players ages 10-18 who want to be on the best teams and play the best opponents in the area.

It’s a great soccer move to challenge West Sacramento best players to be the best.  Tryouts are scheduled for  February 23 and March 9 (see item on back page of this newspaper). Each age group has a specific time for their particular tryout.

Don’t forget: West Sacramento Little League and West Sacramento Girls softball are continuing to register as is the West Sacramento swim team  for yet another very, very busy summer here in West Sacramento!

[adrotate group=”7″]  The seasons start soon for soccer and softball,  and confidence and optimism are very high for River City’s softball and soccer teams. All of our great young players are not so young anymore and many are now at River City. Good luck to all!

The Centennials are at it again.  Centennial Rotary club of West Sacramento members Walt James,

Tony Schwall, Ron Morazzini, Buzz Jones and Tom Engle replaced a 400 square foot roof on a building at the Yolo County fair grounds site in Woodland. The Yolo County Fair is an annual free event and great fun for the family held every summer. Centennial Rotary is the hardest working club in Rotary!!

Now open: La Patisseurie De la Foi. This is a pastry shop in the West Sacramento Collings Teen Center at 1541 Merkley Avenue, close to the Post Office. It’s open  Monday through Friday mornings starting at 7 a.m. It’s a great place for pastries prepared by teen center members who are supervised by a Cordon Bleu trained chef. Proceeds support the teen center at the same time. Great treats, and they’re in town, on your way to work!

Thanks to everyone who has mentioned to me they read these articles. I hope it helps all of us enjoy our community just a little bit more. Spring and summer are right around the corner!

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EDITORIAL: choices for school board

FRANCISCO CASTILLO: works for StudentsFirst (News-Ledger Photo)

FRANCISCO CASTILLO: works for StudentsFirst (News-Ledger Photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 27, 2013 —

NEWS-LEDGER EDITORIAL:

West Sacramento voters this week will take a look at a slate of five contenders, and choose one to fill a vacancy on the local school board.

There are some people in the community who wish to vilify one candidate or another. The current love/hate litmus test is the question of which candidate has the backing of the city’s activist mayor, Christopher Cabaldon. But you know what? These five are all good people, and any one of them would do at least a decent job on the school board.

It has been hard, however,  to find a way to judge their individual potential as school district trustees using their respective records in public service. Instead, we have to look mostly at their professional resumes and at their public remarks to try to determine how well each understands a board member’s role and how effective he or she would be on the “board of directors” of the local school district. The school board member’s job is, above all, as a manager: chief duties include hiring and managing a superintendent, making budget choices and creating an effective corporate structure, as well as setting strategic policy.

LINH NGUYEN: Background in Silicon Valley & Business (News-Ledger photo)

LINH NGUYEN: Background in Silicon Valley & Business (News-Ledger photo)

From the current group of five candidates emerge the three most interesting choices:

Francisco Castillo, an executive with a school reform organization who advocates education choices for parents;

Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez, who teaches in an outside district and speaks the language of school curriculum; and

Linh Nguyen, who brings a unique analytic approach to problem-solving, possibly learned during his experiences in business and science.

Any of these three would be a good bet on the board.

The teacher Kirby-Gonzalez, however, is the candidate who has shown the best grasp of public school issues and the closest understanding of what, exactly, a school board member really does.

SARAH KIRBY--GONZALEZ: Teaches in Folsom-Cordova District (News-Ledger photo)

SARAH KIRBY–GONZALEZ: Teaches in Folsom-Cordova District (News-Ledger photo)

It would be interesting to see what Nguyen or Castillo would do on the board (and we may well see one of them elected next week). But Kirby-Gonzalez has thus far shown the best set of qualifications for the job. From the evidence at hand, she’s the top choice.

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You can see the News-Ledger’s interviews of each candidate at the links below. These interviews are made possible by the News-Ledger’s subscribers and its advertisers:

Francisco Castillo

Katherine Gales

Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez

Linh Nguyen

          Nicholas Turney

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Starting or expanding a business?

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Got questions about starting a business in West Sacramento? Finding financing, or other issues? Classes begin March 14 at the community center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. Sign up by calling 617-4535 (English) or 492-2008 #213 (Spanish) or 492-2591 #220 (Russian).

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