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City officials, school board members prepare to take on challengers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — Aug. 6, 2014 —

The regular filing period for those interested in running for mayor, city council or school board in West Sacramento’s November ballot ends on Friday, Aug. 8.

(The deadline will be extended for challengers by five days in any race in which an incumbent fails to file to run again.)

So far, here’s how the field is shaping up.

There are two available seats on the board of trustees of the Washington Unified School District.

Incumbent Sarah-Kirby Gonzalez (an incumbent/teacher/parent from Southport) has filed to run for another four-year term. Fellow incumbent Adam Menke has told the News-Ledger he plans to do the same.

Challengers thus far include Jeff Reyes (school counselor/educator from Prosser Street), Bernadette R. Austin (parent/community developer from Hearst Street) and Norma Alcala (occupation unlisted, but known to the News-Ledger as a business owner and Democratic activist, residing on Woodhaven Lane).

They are vying for two available seats, each with a four-year term.

Meanwhile, no one has yet filed to run for mayor or city council.

Incumbent mayor Christopher Cabaldon has “pulled papers”  (taken out his candidacy paperwork) from city hall in advance of seeking another two-year term.  Newcomer Narinderpal Singh Hundal has done the same.

For the city council race, both incumbents — Mark Johannessen and Chris Ledesma — have taken out their candidacy papers.

So have potential challengers Jeff Lyon, Nancy Tran and Robb White.

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At RCHS: practice for the real world

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 21, 2014 —

By Rebecca Schwartz
Journalism Class
River City High School

With little-to-no work experience and still-awkward social skills that make it difficult to portray the qualities that are desirable in a job, high school students find it hard to compete with more experienced adults.

On May 14th, Ronica Carlisle, River City High School Government and Economics teacher, invited West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Human Resources Manager of Capitol Area Development, Jill Azuvedo, and the general manager at Wicked West Pizza, Michelle Van De Heetkamp to come and give volunteer students mock interviews, as if they were applying for a job.

Azuvedo explained, “I think it is important high school students learn [how to be interviewed] because it isn’t taught in schools.”

“This is very generous of them to do this,” Carlisle commented to her class, prior to the interviews.

Students who volunteered before the event were called up and were interviewed for an unspecified job in front of the class by the panel of guests. Some qualities that the panel was looking for in each interview were work ethic, charisma, honesty and skill.

“Keep in mind,” said Heetkamp, “We are going to be hiring someone we’ll be spending every day with. Think of yourself, do we really want to spend every day with you?”

After each interview, the panel would give specific feedback according to each student’s particular scenario. Some of their critiques included being engaging with the panel, being concise and specific in their answers, being confident and prepared, conservative in dress, respectful, and most of all to accentuate their best qualities and give solutions to weaknesses.

Carlisle felt it was important to put on this event, because of the difficulties teens have in establishing themselves in the workplace.

Carlisle explained “Youth unemployment is very high. This concerns me because one of the ways young people mature is to work.  Also, job experience as a teen helps to secure an even better job as a young adult.”

 

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Mayor bullish at ‘State of the City’ 2014

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON at the 'State of the City' address in West Sacramento on May 21. (Copyright News-Ledger)

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON at the ‘State of the City’ address in West Sacramento on May 21.
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FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 28, 2014 —

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON was the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s annual ‘State of the City’ dinner held at city hall. Cabaldon didn’t announce any major new initiatives at the event, which was sponsored by the local chamber of commerce and featured a catered dinner for paying guests.

The mayor did express his continued bullishness on the city, including its plans to create a new urban waterfront and continue its work to become a food industry hub.

More in next week’s News-Ledger.

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West Sac residents take a look at city’s long-term ‘general plan’

At a public workshop Monday evening, Mayor Cabaldon asked West Sacramento residents to ask what they wanted their city to look like in the future.  The city is updating its long-term ‘general plan,’ which has a 20-year horizon. (News-Ledger photo)

At a public workshop Monday evening, Mayor Cabaldon asked West Sacramento residents to ask what they wanted their city to look like in the future. The city is updating its long-term ‘general plan,’ which has a 20-year horizon.
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FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 30, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

About 75 citizens attended a meeting Monday evening to provide input on the West Sacramento’s long-range “general plan,” and to make comments four specific planning projects. Hosted by the city’s planning department, the workshop took place in the community center on West Capitol Avenue.

Several residents asked questions and showed concern about new growth bringing about more traffic problems, and about the city’s level of protection from floods.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon attended briefly.

“The general plan, as you’ll hear, is one of the most important plans we have in the city,” Cabaldon told the crowd. “It is a long-term plan. It goes to 2035 – but that doesn’t mean nothing is going to happen until July of 2034.”

He asked participants at the workshop to envision the city they want.

“What do you want this place to be like, in value-based terms?,” Cabaldon asked. “What do you want your neighborhoods to be like?”

The mayor himself said the future city ought not to be “all residential suburbs” or “just rural, with horses,” but ought to be combined of different elements, including housing opportunities for the different stages of life.

West Sacramento’s city manager for the past two years is Martin Tuttle, a former executive with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). Tuttle talked to the crowd about the “Blueprint,” a six-county regional guide to future development.

The Blueprint aims to promote transit-oriented development, encouraging compact growth near transportation options and attempting to avoid sprawl into farmlands.

“This community has incredible assets,” said Tuttle of West Sacramento, including “the port area, the riverfront and the emerging downtown area. . . You really are seeing more compact development, more development near transit. When we started ‘Blueprint,’ Sacramento was on its way to 35 miles per day of driving per person. Now it’s around 21 miles.”

David Tilley, the city’s senior planner, explained that the general plan contains a number of distinct elements – most mandated by the state. The plan includes a “preferred land use alternative,” a climate change plan and other elements.

“Our general plan will keep the child care element (in) and also have a ‘healthy communities’ element,” reported Tilley. Cities are required to create a general plan and update it periodically.

He introduced the four specific project areas being shown off at the workshop, inviting residents to look at drawings, chat with staff and leave comments, which staff would try to tabulate afterward.

The “Stone Lock District,” he said, surrounds the barge canal near Jefferson Boulevard, and includes the bluffs known as “Honda Hills” often used by motorcyclists.

“This is roughly 210 acres,” said Tilley. “It could be ripe for a master plan of some sort.”

An earlier plan to jointly develop Stone Lock with the Cordish Company expired during the economic downturn.

“Seaway” includes about 300 acres west of Lowe’s, on Port of West Sacramento property along Southport Parkway. It has been zoned for industrial and business park uses.

“It’s on the table,” Tilley said. “We want to hear what you think is best for the community.”

The “Liberty Specific Plan” is the only one of the four projects with a working developer on board. The acreage is east of the Clarksburg Trail in Southport, between Linden Road to the north and Davis Road to the south. It could hold up to 1,900 residential units.

“This is the last major piece in Southport that’s unentitled,” said Tilley.

Lastly mentioned was “Pioneer Bluffs.”

“This is the area along South River Road south of 15th Street, going down to where it presently dead-ends.”

This stretch is home to “legacy uses,” said Tilley, including the city’s old wastewater treatment plant and industrial uses including petroleum “tank farms.”

“It’s been long-planned to transition to mixed-use, but the question is how do we do that,” said Tilley. “It’s likely to be served by not one, but two new bridges: the South River Road Bridge, and another, perhaps in the area of 15th Street, crossing from Sacramento.”

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