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Streetcar project gets a bump up

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 7, 2014 —

West Sac officials are now in Washington, D.C., to gather support for local flood projects and other local priorities —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon reported yesterday that the Sacramento/West Sacramento streetcar project has hit a milestone in the process of earning federal funding.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
(News-Ledger file photo)

“I just got word we’re approved to move into ‘project development’ for the streetcar,” said Cabaldon. “We’re now a ‘federal project.’ It’s not approved yet as a final project.”

Among other things, the new status means that money spent by the two cities can be counted later towards a required “local match” of dollars for the streetcar system.

The first phase of the streetcar line is envisioned to send one spur across the bridge down the middle of West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento, terminating at city hall and the transit center at the 1100-block of the street. City officials would like to later extend the spur further west on West Capitol. They’d also like to add a north-south branch that might stretch (tentatively) from the CalSTRS and ziggurat buildings in the north down into Southport, said Cabaldon.

The first phase of the line would wind through downtown Sacramento, with stops near the planned new arena, the railyards, downtown and midtown.

Planners hope to open the line in 2017.

“We have a lot of work to do yet,” Cabaldon told the News-Ledger. “We identified the 2017 timeline about a year ago, and all the ducks are lined up.”

Cabaldon reported the news from amid the annual “Capital to Capital” trip, in which leaders from all around the Sacramento area drop in on federal officials in Washington, D.C., to talk about local priorities.

The West Sacramento delegation this year includes city council members Beverly Sandeen andChris Ledesma, city manager Martin Tuttle and department head Mike Luken. Local county supervisor Oscar Villegas and officials from the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce are also making the trip.

Their lobbying priorities include continuing the work on getting partners for local flood control projects and for planned construction of new bridges across the river at I Street and Broadway, said the mayor.

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A place to plug it in: West Sacramento city hall gets a vehicle charging station

  West Sacramento mayor Christopher Cabaldon connects an electric car in front of the media on Thursday. He was using the brand-new charging station behind city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. The mayor -- and most of the local officials who shared the podium with him at the event -- owns an electric car.  (News-Ledger photo)

West Sacramento mayor Christopher Cabaldon connects an electric car in front of the media on Thursday. He was using the brand-new charging station behind city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue. The mayor — and most of the local officials who shared the podium with him at the event — owns an electric car.
(News-Ledger photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 20, 2013 —

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon joined Chief Technical Officer Richard Lowenthal of ChargePoint and other local officials on Thursday, Nov. 14, to cut the ribbon at a new charging station for electric vehicles (EVs). The new station is in the parking lot at West Sacramento city hall.

It’s the 250th such station owned by ChargePoint in the Sacramento area, and joins more than  14,000 other locations in the company’s international network.

The charging station is located next to a couple of specially-marked spaces in the city hall parking lot. For now, anyone with an electric vehicle and a free account can use it.  (Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento and ChargePoint)

The charging station is located next to a couple of specially-marked spaces in the city hall parking lot. For now, anyone with an electric vehicle and a free account can use it.
(Photo courtesy of City of West Sacramento and ChargePoint)

“The Sacramento region is making great strides in electric vehicle adoption, and as an EV owner, Mayor Cabaldon is leading by example,” said Lowenthal. “Today’s installation at City Hall will not only benefit city residents and city workers, but it will help the surrounding businesses attract EV drivers as well.”

ChargePoint reports that the region is home to almost 2,000 owners of EVs — more than triple the number from last year.

“While this is our first city owned EV charging station, it is certainly not our last,” said Mayor Cabaldon. “Electric vehicles make sense – they are green, fun to drive, save money, reduce commute times with access to HOV lanes, and are good for business. Along with ChargePoint, West Sacramento is prepared to lead the way and promote widespread adoption of EVs throughout the region.”

“This is a win-win-win for West Sacramento,” said Denice Seals, President/CEO of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. “By installing the ChargePoint station at City Hall we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide EV charging for city workers and visitors, and we create an added incentive to shop at our local businesses.”

The station was installed at ChargePoint’s expense, a city spokesman told the News-Ledger.

“The location is perfect – during the day, city workers and residents can use the station, while at night students, staff and faculty (from Sacramento City College across the street) can be charging their vehicles,” said Beverly Sandeen, Vice Chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District.   (visit www.chargepoint.com).

The City of West Sacramento and ChargePoint contributed to this report.

 

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‘West Sacramento Promise’ hopes to give free first-year college tuition for local grads

CHRISTOPHER CABALDON, Mayor of West Sacramento. (News-Ledger file photo, 2013).

CHRISTOPHER CABALDON, Mayor of West Sacramento. (News-Ledger file photo, 2013).

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 12, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

What if local high school graduates knew that if they took the proper courses, they would be guaranteed a place in the local community college – and their first-year tuition would be free?

That’s the premise of the “West Sacramento Promise,” a plan being developed by the West Sacramento Foundation and Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

If successful, the local version of the “Promise” would follow in the footsteps of programs set up in other cities, where local governments or philanthropists chip in to start a college savings account for young kids in the school district or to otherwise subsidize college costs. Most famous is the “Kalamazoo Promise,” where donors in that Michigan city guarantee to cover college costs in the state’s public education system for high school graduates who earn acceptance.

Cabaldon mentioned the “West Sacramento Promise” idea during his “State of the City” address last month. Yesterday, he talked to the News-Ledger about it in a little more detail.

“It’s part of the ‘Future Ready’ program I’m doing with the West Sacramento Foundation,” said the mayor. “It’s essentially a trust fund to support a variety of initiatives that help youth become more college- and career-ready.”

“The (West Sacramento Promise) concept comes from Long Beach,” he added. “It’s basically a partnership between the schools, local community college and the students.”

“If you graduate from River City High or the West Sacramento Early College Prep school, and you, as a student, have done all the right things, then you know you will have a place at the community college,” stated Cabaldon. “And what they’ve done in Long Beach is that they have used funds to pay (the student’s) tuition for the first year at community college.”

If successful, said Cabaldon, the new program here would address several big problems that discourage local students from entering college, or finishing degree program:

One is that the program would require participating students to complete the “A-G curriculum” college-prep track at the high school. They’d also have to rack up some college-level credits while in high school. Students could do that either by completing some “advance placement” courses in high school or by jointly enrolling in some community college courses while in high school. This would make local grads better prepared for college, said Cabaldon.

“Something like 70 to 80 percent of the students we send to community college now need remedial courses,” Cabaldon said. “This makes them less likely to complete their degrees or certificates.”

The “Promise” would also ensure that the local community college will hold a place for West Sacramento grads – giving them preferred enrollment.

And it would reassure them that the first year of tuition in that college will be free. Tuition in the Sacramento City College system runs $46 per unit, and a full-time student takes a minimum of 24 units a year.  While a lot of lower-income students already qualify for a fee-reduction waiver, they often don’t know it, said Cabaldon. The “Promise” would make it simple, at least for the first year.

“We’d be saying, ‘you’re not going to pay,’” he stated. “You are either going to get a fee waiver, or we’re paying, but you’re not going to pay.”

The “West Sacramento Promise” is still in its formative stages, said the mayor, and it’s being developed in tandem with a similar initiative in Sacramento.

How much will it cost?

Cabaldon said he doesn’t have an estimate, but he believes it will cost less than $500,000 per year to fund.  The first big project to raise seed money is a “GearUp” bicycle ride planned for October 12. Basic details of the ride are at www.gearup4youth.com.

Cabaldon said he doesn’t have an estimate, but he believes it will cost less than $500,000 per year to fund.  The first big project to raise seed money is a “GearUp” bicycle ride planned for October 12. Details of the “Future Ready” program in West Sacramento can be found on FaceBook, said the mayor.

The West Sacramento Foundation is at www.westsacfoundation.org.

  On February 13, The News-Ledger published an editorial on a related subject. The News-Ledger suggested a new effort to create a $50 college savings account for every local kindergartner. You can find that editorial here.

 

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‘State of the City’ event returns

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
(News-Ledger file photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 13, 2013 —

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will deliver the keynote “State of the City” address during Thursday’s annual civic dinner at city hall.

Cabaldon is serving his fifth consecutive two-year term as West Sacramento mayor — he’s the only person elected to the post since voters opted to make it a separately-elected office, beginning in 2004.

The May 16 event will also include presentation of civic awards to four local citizens and businesspeople. Award winners will be:

— Broderick Restaurant, in the “Pride” category

— Food Action Team, in the “Prosperity” category

— Beverly Sandeen, for “Service”; and

— Friends of the Main Drain Parkway, for “Community.”

The annual dinner is sponsored by the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. For event information (individual tickets are $65), click here.

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