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Local candidates’ forum Monday: see those seeking West Sac offices

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a forum for those running for city and school board office on the November ballot. Hear the candidates from 5-8:30 p.m. (with brief breaks) on Monday, Oct. 6, at 1275 Starboard Drive.

All candidates for mayor, city council and school board are expected to attend.

School board candidates will be featured from 5-6 p.m.

City council candidates from 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Mayoral candidates from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

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Final candidates for mayor, city council and West Sac school board:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 13, 2014 —

News-Ledger Staff

The filing period for local candidates is over. Your local ballot in November will look something like this:

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, who has held his post since 2004, will run for another two-year term. But he will draw a challenger: Narinder Hundal, has also filed papers to run for mayor in West Sacramento. The News-Ledger wasn’t immediately able to reach him for comment. Hundal is listed on the ballot as a “business owner.”

City Council incumbents Chris Ledesma and Mark Johannessen are officially running again (Johannessen just completed an unsuccessful bid for State Assembly).

Competing with them for a pair of four-year seats are Jeff Lyon and Nancy Heth-Tran.

Both were among the dozens of applicants for a vacant city council seat earlier this year. Heth-Tran lists her occupation as “energy specialist”; her application for the council vacancy earlier this year listed her employer as the California Energy Commission, and provided a residential address near Raley Field.

Lyon identified himself as a “retired government chief” who lives on 4th Street. He is a former state employee.

There are two vacant seats on the local school board, each for a four-year term.

Board member Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez, an “incumbent/teacher/parent” who lives in Southport, has filed to run again.

So did challengers Norma Alcala (who identified herself as an activist and business owner during a previous interview with the News-Ledger) and Joshua R. Alves, a “parent/education volunteer.” Both candidates live in homes on Woodhaven Lane in the north-city.

Adam Menke, a fellow board member of the Washington Unified School District, did not file to run again. That means the deadline for challengers to file was extended to August 13. (EDITOR’S NOTE: no new challengers took advantage of that extended deadline.)

Also on the West Sacramento ballot will be Measure V, a $49.8 million school bond measure meant to renovate, repair and upgrade local school facilities. School officials said this measure would cost property owners about $39 per year for every $100,000 of property value. Owners of a home assessed at $300,000, for example, would pay $117 in new taxes annually.

The measure needs 55 percent voter approval to pass.

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Six finalists for vacant city council seat

NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 2, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The West Sacramento City Council is on track to fill a vacant seat on the council tonight.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and Mayor Pro Tem Mark Johannessen have winnowed a list of 25 applicants into a short list of six “finalists,” invited to interview at tonight’s public city council meeting.

Finalists are:

— Bernadette Austin of Hearst Street, a project manager for an infill development company (she’s now on the city’s parks and community services commission);

— Nate Eckler of Pender Island Road, director of technology at a high-tech firm;

— Kyle Glankler of Quail Road, who is in construction management;

— Martha Guerrero of Barberry Place, a social worker (her resume indicates she is now legislative representative for Los Angeles County, and is a city planning commissioner)

— Dean Haakenson of Julian Drive, an analyst/paralegal for the state;

— Beverly Sandeen of Lewiston Road, a higher education administrator (and current member of the city planning commission).

After a closed-session meeting at 6:30 p.m., the public meeting opens at 7. The meeting takes place at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

 

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Who wants to be on the city council? Applications come in to fill vacant seat

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 26, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Were you expecting very many people to apply to fill that vacancy on the West Sacramento City Council?

If you were, you were right. City officials received applications from 25 citizens hoping to serve out the remaining term of the empty seat, through November of 2016. The vacancy was created when former councilman Oscar Villegas accepted an appointment by Governor Jerry Brown to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.

The vacant supervisor’s seat, in turn, was made empty when Brown appointed Supervisor Mike McGowan to a special post in the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

The city council has opted to fill its vacancy by appointment, at its public meeting on April 2. First, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and Mayor Pro Tem Mark Johannessen will pre-screen the 25 applications to choose finalists.

Here are the applicants, their neighborhoods and their self-described occupations:

— Raquel Andrade, a resident of Turlock Street and a public relations professional and homemaker;

— Bernadette Austin of Hearst Street, a project manager for an infill development company (she’s now on the city’s parks and community services commission);

— Antoine J. Bastien van der Meer of Westlake Drive, an attorney;

— Margaret “Peggy” Ann Bell of Maryland Avenue, a personnel specialist with the C.H.P.;

— Wayne Boissicat of Anchor Lane, a mechanical engineer;

— James Caughman of Delaware Avenue, an information technology developer and database engineer;

— Corey Cummings of Rolling Green Drive, a retired state correctional administrator;

— Nate Eckler of Pender Island Road, director of technology at a high-tech firm;

— Kyle Glankler of Quail Road, who is in construction management;

— Martha Guerrero of Barberry Place, a social worker (her resume indicates she is now a legislative representative for Los Angeles County, and she’s a past city planning commissioner)

— Dean Haakenson of Julian Drive, an analyst/paralegal for the state;

— Nancy Heth-Tran of Graphite Lane, an associate energy specialist with the state energy commission;

— Preston Jackson of Tahoe Street, an educator;

— Shanon Kern of Hume Street, who has managed projects at Air Force bases and is training to be a commercial pilot;

— Jeff Lyon of 4th Street, a state government employee;

— Karl Machschefes of Meadowlark Circle, a teacher (and former school board member);

— Danny L. Moore of Headslane Road, a self-employed attorney;

— Ryan Mosley of Deerwood Street, a software project manager and “scrum master”;

— Jonathan Peacock of Solomon Island Road, a high school teacher;

— Cody Potter of Laurel Lane, a labor representative and union organizer;

— Beverly Sandeen of Lewiston Road, a higher education administrator (and current member of the city planning commission)

— Maude Schmitt of West Capitol Avenue, president of a nonprofit and in eBay sales;

— Alberto Torrico of Turlock Street, an attorney;

— Mark Wilder of Alturas Court, retired from the Army and national chair of the Veterans Party of America;

— Robbie White of Coyote Road, a Microsoft certified systems engineer.

Mayor Cabaldon will join Johannessen and fellow council members Chris Ledesma and Bill Kristoff in interviewing the finalists at the April 2 meeting. If no candidate can get a majority vote from the four council members, the council may have to call for a special election to fill the vacant seat.

 

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