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City council incumbents state their intentions; challengers may file by Aug. 10

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 25, 2012

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

  A number of seats for West Sacramento city office and local school board will be on the ballot on November 6.

MAYOR CHRISTOPHER CABALDON says he'll run for another two-year term this fall

Voters will be asked whether to return Christopher Cabaldon for another two-year term as mayor, and whether to give city council members Bill Kristoff and Oscar Villegas new four-year terms.

  Also up for their regularly-scheduled elections will be three of the five seats on the Washington Unified School District Board of Trustees. They’re the seats now held by board president Teresa Blackmer and by Mary Leland and David Westin.

  The three incumbents in the city race — Mayor Cabaldon and councilmen Villegas and Kristoff — each told the News-Ledger this week they will run again.

  “The city is in solid shape,” reported Cabaldon. “We have the economic challenges from the economy and from the state’s challenges, but we’re pushing through this without massive service cuts, swimming pool closures, fire station cuts, layoffs or certainly bankruptcy. We’re seeing economic development activity start to pick up.”

  Developer activity and building permits are creeping up, he said. Foreclosures are sliding down.   “The trends which have been negative for the past three years are now in the other direction,” said Cabaldon.

  He said West Sacramento needs to continue to focus on flood protection — “keeping the laser-focus of the city on what is a gigantic project for a city of our size.” He also wants to push waterfront development, including a new hotel, partly for economic benefit and partly for the “quality of life” issues that he expects new restaurants and other amenities to bring to all West Sacramentans.

  And Cabaldon believes the city government needs to keep pushing economic development, even though the state has taken away the tools that used to be available from the local redevelopment agency.

  Cabaldon, 46, has three “day jobs” with educational policy connections. He’s a program officer for the nonprofit California Education Policy Fund, executive director of the Linked Learning Alliance, and a director of the California Legislative Staff Education Institute.

COUNCILMAN OSCAR VILLEGAS will 'absolutely' seek another four-year term for West Sacramento

  “I’m absolutely running again,” Councilman Oscar Villegas also told the News-Ledger.

  Villegas, 45, works for a state agency that oversees state and local corrections department issues.

  What’s he done on the council?

  “I have been able to contribute to a balanced approach,” said Villegas. “My approach comes from a lot of on-the-job training, but I was born and raised here.”

  He said he wants to keep focusing on “the whole idea of making our fiscal practices sustainable.”

  “And the flood issue, crime rate and public safety issues have become near and dear to me.”

  Bill Kristoff is a retired postal employee, age 65.

  “I took out my (reelection) papers and I’m in the process of gathering the signatures,” said Kristoff.

  “The city’s in pretty good shape,” he commented. “We’ve been in better shape in the past, but we’re doing the right things. There are a lot of projects being talked about — although I only really get excited once I see sticks in the ground.”

  “Flood control is out top priority,” Kristoff agreed. “Making sure our budget is secure and making sure we have adequate funds to supply services is another.”

  Closing date to file as a candidate for this election is August 10, although candidates start their paperwork well in advance. If any of the incumbents does not file by Aug. 10, the filing period for challengers will be extended to Aug. 15. Anyone interested in running for mayor or city council should contact the city clerk’s office at 617-4500 or 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

COUNCILMAN BILL KRISTOFF: On the council since the beginning in 1987, Kristoff agrees flood control is still the major priority

The deadlines to become a candidate for school board are the same. For more information or to become a WUSD school board candidate, contact the Yolo County Elections Department, 625 Court Street Room B05 in Woodland, (530) 666-8133.

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Host a foreign student for a while

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

  Consider hosting a visiting student from another country this year, as West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon did last year. AFS (formerly American Field Service) is looking for families to host high school students for five months or an academic year. For information, call 1-800-876-2377 or visit www.afsusa.org.

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NEWS-LEDGER EDITORIAL, April 18

EDITORIAL: from the News-Ledger, April 18, 2012 —

The mayor’s recap of West Sacramento’s 25-year history as a city during last week’s “State of the City” address brought back some fond memories.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon noted that one of the things that delayed the creation of this city was a level of distrust between its neighborhoods. This distrust was a factor in the failure of a couple of prior attempts to create a city here.

Missing from the mayor’s address, though, was any mention of another element that complicated both the 1986 incorporation effort and the early years of West Sacramento: the influence of developers. Property developers hoping to earn a nice living off all that undeveloped real estate here in “East Yolo” joined citizens concerned about crime and the lack of shopping opportunities in campaigning for cityhood in 1986. They won.

And the city eventually made a lot of progress in improving public safety and creating retail shopping.

But the developers and land speculators also got a lot of what they wanted, and had an undue influence over the early West Sacramento city council. Any retrospective on these early years needs to note the city’s tension over development issues.
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The News-Ledger doesn’t know for sure that this is a growing problem. But a look over our “Police Log” in recent weeks seems to show something alarming:

There has been an apparent small rash of home burglaries committed while a resident was home and asleep inside.  This kind of brazen break-in has occurred on Buckeye Drive, Fremont Boulevard and Meadow Road. In a couple of cases, the thief has taken car keys along with other things from inside, and then stolen a parked car from outside.

Burglaries of vacant homes are more common. But it’s easy to see the potential for something to go horribly wrong when thieves are breaking into a home while somebody is inside.
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  When West Sacramento planned its West Capitol Avenue streetfront improvements, it needed to buy some small strips of property along edges of some privately-held land. Some property owners negotiated as hard as they could to get the best possible price.

At least one – the “City of Dharma Realm” Buddhist monastery at West Capitol Avenue, simply gave the needed square feet to West Sacramento’s taxpayers. That’s something you don’t see very often.

So it’s especially painful to see that the institution has been plagued by a lengthy serious of petty crimes and break-ins. Let’s all keep an eye out for them.

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Upgrades for 5th St., stadium area

Area elected officials join River Cats CEO Jeff Savage and mascot Dinger outside Raley Field on March 30 to celebrate the completion of infrastructure improvements surrounding Raley Field, March 30. Among the improvements was the opening of 5th Street nearby. Pictured, left to right, Sacramento County Supervisor Roger Dickenson, City Councilmember Mark Johannessen, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, River Cats CEO Jeff Savage, and City Councilmember Chris Ledesma. The River Cats hosted the Oakland Athletics at Raley Field, March 31 (the A’s won), and officially open their regular season April 13, against the Reno Aces. (From the City of West Sacramento)

Honorees to include McGowan, Ross

  NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — APRIL 10, 2012 —

The “2012 Community Awards” for to be presented at tonight’s West Sacramento “State of the City” address and dinner have been announced.

Slated to receive them are:

Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan of West Sacramento, who will receive the “Civic Leadership for Pride” award;

The “Farm Fresh to You” program, winning “Civic Leadership for Prosperity”;

City Manager Toby Ross will get the “Civic Leadership for Service” award; he has announced his retirement this year;

And the West Sacramento Farmers Market wins the “Civic Leadership for Community” award. The farmers market is the brainchild of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.

Tonight’s event will be held at city hall and features the annual state of the city address given by the mayor.  Mayor Christopher Cabaldon has told the News-Ledger this year’s “State of the City” will honor the 25th year of city-hood, with members of the incorporation committee present. He will also talk about what’s going on now in West Sacramento’s growth and development.

The event is sponsored by the local chamber of commerce.

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RCHS students get a taste of the real world: mock job interviews

A River City student (left) faces an intimidating interview panel in a classroom full of spectators. Across from her are Michelle Vandeheetkamp, owner of Wicked West Pizza & BBQ; Bill Panos the city’s public works director; Michael Costello of “Brew It Up” restaurant fame; and Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (photo courtesy of Krysty Gaponov, River City High School student)

NEWS-LEDGER FEB 29, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Students at River City High School had a chance to practice their job interview skills last Wednesday, with help from Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and other guest interviewers.

The “guest grillers” visited two government civics classes of teacher Ronica Carlisle, interviewing about ten kids while others observed. Then, there was a debriefing to learn how to do better when they go out into the real world.

“The students in the class voted to do it and invited us to come,” said Cabaldon. “Given that the rates of teenage unemployment and youth unemployment have never been higher, and that so many high school students graduate with no work experience and into a tough employment market, this is important.”

  The kids “did great,” he added.

“It was a wide array of students – some with work experience, a couple of real go-getters, and a couple who were really shy. Afterward, we talked about things to do and things to avoid – not necessarily to sell yourself, but to present yourself and your skills in the best possible light.”

Teacher Ronica Carlisle said one of the goals is to help kids learn to handle such open-ended questions as
”Tell me about yourself,” “What do you do outside of school?” or “Do you have any questions for us?”, all of which can leave a young person stumped during an interview.

“(Cabaldon) talked about youth unemployment,” she said. “(The interviewers all gave real practical advice such as how to shake someone’s hand, look them in the eye, repeat (the interviewer’s) name.”

A number of the 70-or-so kids involved in the project said they learned some things.

RCHS journalism student Sam Urrea quoted interviewee Ryan Colen as saying he gained confidence from his practice interview:

“I was a little nervous at first, knowing these guys were important people, but as the interview progressed, I felt more and more confident about my answers to their weird questions.”

“I feel like I should have answered some questions better,” said fellow student Angelica Estrada, “but this will only help me for future interviews.”

She, too, was quoted by Urrea.

Teacher Carlisle says she hopes to bring the mock interviews back next year.

On the same day of the mock interviewers, Congressman Mike Thompson visited the RCHS campus to talk about youth employment and to tour the school’s new solar panel array.

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Japanese plant breaks ground in Southport

Nippon Shokken Chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa (left) accepts a gift from Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. (News-Ledger photo)

 

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 15, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A groundbreaking in Southport on Thursday, Feb. 9, took on a notably Japanese flair.

Company officials from Nippon Shokken – a firm that produces Japanese seasonings and food products – joined local officials in a ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of a new, 70,000-square foot factory at 2970 Ramco Street in the Southport Business Park.

Local dignitaries gathered in a tent at the spot. The festivities included an exchange of gifts between Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and company chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa, amid bows and smiles. Ozawa presented the mayor with several gifts, including a set of porcelain figures, and Cabaldon responded with presentation of a painting of the iconic Tower Bridge.

Nippon Shokken reps joined local officials including Mayor Cabaldon and Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan (center and center-right, respectively) in shoveling sand to launch the construction project. (News-Ledger photo)

The mayor’s remarks – translated into Japanese for guests – included a compliment to the company and its products.

“I had the opportunity to be in Japan in December, and had the chance not only to try many of the Nippon Shokken products,” said Cabaldon, “but also to speak with local leaders and those in the country. I was not surprised to learn in Japan the deep honor and respect the leaders of Nippon Shokken hold with the people in Japan.”

One of three gifts presented to the Mayor of West Sacramento by Nippon Shokken Chairman Kazuhiko Ozawa. The gifts may later go on display at city hall, said a City of West Sacramento official. (News-Ledger photo)

Cabaldon also put in an endorsement for the flavor of the company’s products.

Through a translator, Chairman Ozawa said that one of the reasons his company chose the Southport site was a “bounty of quality water, which is essential for production of seasonings, and to have the utmost land of well-built infrastructure.”

  The new factory will help the company expand its U.S. presence. It expects to open in March, 2013, with a hundred employees and a production capacity of 2,400 tons per year – expanding to 300 workers by 2015.

“One of my favorite actions of Nippon Shokken was to identify two of our West Sacramento high school students who speak Japanese fluently,” said Cabaldon. The company then hired these two –  and plan to train them in Japan to return and serve in management positions at the new West Sacramento plant.

Artist’s rendering of future Nippon Shokken plant in West Sacramento

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