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Preschool program earns West Sac an award from U.S. Conference

Sacramento Mayor KEVIN JOHNSON in a rare appearance at West Sacramento city hall to present a ‘Livability’ award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors (News-Ledger Photo)

Sacramento Mayor KEVIN JOHNSON in a rare appearance at West Sacramento city hall to present a ‘Livability’ award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors
(News-Ledger Photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 1, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

The mood was festive at lunchtime in the city hall galleria on Monday, as guests helped the City of West Sacramento accept a “City Livability Award from the U.S. Council of Mayors and award sponsor Waste Management Inc.

  The 2014 award – announced previously – was given to the city in recognition for its effort to make “universal” preschool available to every family that wants it. The local program is known as “UP4WS,” pronounced “Up for West Sacramento.”

    Preschool providers in the program include State Preschool, Head Start, the city’s “Learning Ladder Preschool and Childcare Center” and various private centers.

  Partners in the program include the city, local school district, First 5 Yolo, and the county office of education.

  “West Sacramento, you have a lot to be proud of,” declared Jocelyn Bogen, an awards director with the U.S. Council of Mayors.

  The award was presented by Sacramento’s mayor, Kevin Johnson, who happens to be the president of the council of mayors this year. He joked that he was a bit jealous of all the national attention  West Sacramento is generating in the region and nation.

West Sacramento officials, celebrating: City Manager Martin Tuttle, Council members Chris Ledesma and Beverly Sandeen, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Assistant City Manager Carol Richardson, Director and Early Learning Services Justine Jimenez and Council Member Mark Johannessen  (Photo: Anthony Arieas, City of West Sacramento)

West Sacramento officials, celebrating: City Manager Martin Tuttle, Council members Chris Ledesma and Beverly Sandeen, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Assistant City Manager Carol Richardson, Director and Early Learning Services Justine Jimenez and Council Member Mark Johannessen (Photo: Anthony Arieas, City of West Sacramento)

  Cabaldon spoke not only from the podium but from a brief video on the UP4WS project, where he explained how the city decided to tackle this project:

  “We only have about six hundred four-year olds,” said Cabaldon. “It’s not a massive project. We’re not talking about solving malaria or polio.”

  In the video, he urged other cities to follow suit.

  Many experts believe that an early start in education can pay dividends for children, as well as the adults they become.

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U.S. Mayors Conference awards ‘liveabililty’ prize to West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 25, 2014 —

West Sacramento shared first place honors in the “2014 City Liveability Awards” program from the U.S. Conference of Mayors over the weekend in Dallas.

New Orleans won its award for the program “NOLA FOR LIFE,” a campaign to mobilize government and community partners to fight the city’s “culture of violence,” reported a spokeswoman for the mayor’s conference. The program is credited with helping to bring the city’s murder rate down to what, in the first quarter of 2014, was its lowest rate since 1970.

West Sacramento received its honor for a local partnership called “Universal Preschool for West Sacramento” (UP4WS), which strives “to provide high-quality preschool and child care for all children ages 0-5 in the City of West Sacramento at little cost to residents, through significant subsidies.” Partners include the City, the Washington Unified School District, Yolo County Office of Education, and the First 5 organization.

  Proponents believe early childhood education shows learning advantages and lifelong benefits.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
(News-Ledger file photo)

  “West Sacramento has rapidly transformed from a neglected industrial town to a thriving, livable city, and Universal Preschool for West Sacramento (UP4WS) gives our youngest residents and their parents to create a future full of educational success and economic prosperity,” said Mayor Cabaldon in a press statement. “I’m honored to accept this award on behalf of UP4WS and all of our partners who put kids first and turf aside to achieve the impossible.”

  The award was co-sponsored by Waste Management, Inc.

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RCHS soccer player Jaylen Crim leads ‘all league’ honors for school’s spring athletes

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 4, 2014 —

Sierra Valley Conference – the athletic conference in which River City High School is a member – has released its roster of “all league” honorees for the spring season.

RCHS players named “all league” for girls soccer were Jaylen Crim, Keionna Claypoole, Annie Wampler and Erin Delany. Crim was named “Co-Most Valuable Player” in the conference.

The Raiders’ Jeret Tiller earned “all league” honors in swimming.

In softball, River City’s all-leaguers this year were Brittany Baroni, Jade Chapan and Amaryssa Medina.

And from the RCHS baseball diamond, the honorees were Alex Dodd and Jesus Garcia.

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RCHS basketball stand-outs honored; King gets ‘coach of the year’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 26, 2014 —

Several basketball players from River City High School have been honored as “all league” selections of the Sierra Valley Conference for their winter-season sports performance.

In boys basketball, the all-league honorees are Mike Briscoe, Richard DeSilva, Jalen Davis and Xaxier Francois.

In girls basketball, selections were led by “most valuable player” Tori Torres, and included fellow all-leaguers Carmen Garcia, Aliyah Brantley and Makaila Robinson.

The girls’ coach, Jamie King, was named “Coach of the Year” for his sport by the conference. His Raider team went 24-5 for the regular season and was 12-0 in league play.

 

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