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News nuggets: West Sac tower wins award, two local teachers are in trouble

 FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 18, 2014

News briefs from West Sacramento and the region:

Following an unsuccessful primary election in the State Assembly race, West Sacramento city councilman Mark Johannessen has thrown his support to formal rival Steve Cohn, a fellow Democrat and a member of the city council in Sacramento.

Cohn and Kevin McCarty (also a Democrat and a Sacramento city council member) will face off for the District 7 runoff in November.

Cohn was scheduled to be at the West Sacramento Farmers Market last Thursday, greeting local voters alongside Johannessen, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, city councilmen Bill Kristoff and Chris Ledesma, Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas (from West Sacramento) and former supervisor Mike McGowan of West Sacramento, according to Cohn’s office.

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CalSTRS building under construction in 2008 (News-Ledger photo)

CalSTRS building under construction in 2008
(News-Ledger photo)

The West Sacramento waterfront tower of the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) has won a “TOBY Award” from The Building Owners and Managers Association in the Pacific Southwest region. The region includes California, Nevada, Hawaii and greater Phoenix.

The 2009 building is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as “LEED Platinum,” reaching the highest level of sustainable construction. The 13-story tower houses the member services center and administration for the retirement system, reports CalSTRS.

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A pair of teachers are in legal trouble in separate incidents.

Media reports say Wesley Cuong Trang was arrested after a Saturday night driving incident in Sacramento in which his car allegedly hit several bicyclists. The incident on L Street happened after Trang apparently had a confrontation with cyclists while he was changing a flat tire, which Trang believed had been slashed.

Trang is a teacher at the Yolo Education Center (a public alternative high school) in West Sacramento.

The event occurred during midtown Sacramento’s “Second Saturday” event, which draws many cyclists.
Meanwhile, other media reports say a special education teacher at the Delta Elementary Charter School in Clarksburg faces charges for allegedly stealing students’ prescription medications from a locked cabinet on campus, say various media reports.

The teacher is Sheri Laverne Haselhuhn of West Sacramento.

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GUEST OPINION: State needs to honor its debt to California’s counties

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 4, 2013 —

By Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada
(D-Davis)
and Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad (Woodland)

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife owes 36 California counties collectively over $17 million in delinquent payment-in-lieu-of-taxes.  For Yolo County, the share is nearly $1.4 million.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARIKO YAMADA (courtesy photo)

ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARIKO YAMADA
(courtesy photo)

The payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILT) program was established in 1949 to offset the loss in county property tax revenues resulting from state acquisition of private property for wildlife management areas.  These payments were intended to help counties continue to provide vital services such as public safety, health care and roads construction and maintenance.  In Yolo County, the state has not made a payment to offset its acquisition of property acquired primarily for the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area since 2000, thus leaving Yolo County programs and services to suffer.

The state has also not made payments to the No Man’s Fire Protection District that sits east of Davis.  These payments would help support fire services.  Instead, the cost has been borne solely by private landowners in the district.  This is not the partnership that the County of Yolo expected.  The failure of the state to adhere to state law and meet its end of the bargain discourages the primary intent of land conservation.

YOLO SUPERVISOR MATT REXROAD (photo courtesy of Yolo County)

YOLO SUPERVISOR MATT REXROAD (photo courtesy of Yolo County)

Now, the State of California wants to own or control even more property in Yolo County to address the environmental issues associated with the Delta.  With over $17 million in delinquent monies currently owed to 36 counties, we are skeptical of the state’s future efforts in Yolo County.

Counties throughout California are doing everything they can to reduce expenses, tighten budgets and find funding for critical programs and services for their residents.  We believe the State of California should recognize its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes obligation, pay past due monies and resume ongoing annual payments as the first step in building a better state-local government relationship.

We all have to pay our bills – the state shouldn’t get an exception on the backs of the counties.

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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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Johannessen announces Assembly run

MARK JOHANNESSEN Announcing early for the 2014 Assembly race  (News-Ledger file photo)

MARK JOHANNESSEN
Announcing early for the 2014 Assembly race
(News-Ledger file photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 19, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen made it official Thursday: he will run next year for the California Assembly seat now held by fellow 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.

“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.

The two-term councilman is the son of former state senator K. Maurice Johannessen, a Republican. He’s a family law attorney.

Other West Sacramento politicians have not succeeded recently in bids for state office. Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan (a former local city council member) ran unsuccessfully against the elder Johannessen in a state senate race in 1994, and current mayor Chistopher Cabaldon twice failed win an Assembly seat more recently.

With Mark Johannessen in the upcoming race for the District 7 Assembly seat is Democrat Kevin McCarty, a Sacramento city councilmember who will make his second bid for the seat.

 

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