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Religious slur? Author is unknown —

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NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 15, 2014 —

A number of these simple signs showed up sometime prior to October 3 around Golden Gate Drive and Bridgeway Island Park. The News-Ledger spotted around ten of them in the neighborhood.

The signs are an apparent reference to the local mayor’s race, in which Narinderpal Singh Hundal is challenging incumbent Christopher Cabaldon.

But Hundal is not, of course, a Muslim. He’s active in the local Sikh temple.  (And his name is not spelled the same as in these posted signs).

Whether the unsigned posters are meant to influence the mayor’s race one way or another, or just to engage in a religious provocation, is unclear. Police spokesman Lieutenant Tod Sockman told the News-Ledger the posters are not a matter for police investigation.

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Joshua Alves wants to bring new perspective to West Sac school board

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 8, 2014 —

EDITOR’S NOTE: this interview is part of a series in which the News-Ledger talks to those running for mayor, city council and school board in West Sacramento on the November ballot

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Joshua Alves hopes to win a seat on West Sacramento’s school board on the November ballot – not so much to make major changes, but to bring a different perspective to the board.

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JOSHUA ALVES
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“I’m a creative individual who looks at alternative ideas, not only in my professional life, but in my personal life,” he told the News-Ledger this week. “I listen to creative people while looking at different ways to generate business, either with myself professionally or (hopefully) on the school board.”

So does he hope to bring a “business” approach to the board?

“I wouldn’t say ‘business,’ I’d say a ‘creative’ approach,” he answered. “I would say maybe that approach, with a business/technology spin.”

Alves, 37, is a married father of two young children who are approaching school age. His family lives in The Rivers, a north-city neighborhood. He said the stage of his children’s lives has pushed him toward running for a seat on the Washington Unified School District governing board. He and his wife hope to send their kids into local public schools.

“That is our goal,” said Alves. “That is why I’m running for a seat like this – to continue the momentum I’ve got and keep the kids here rather than send them to other schools.”

This is his first run for local office.

“I grew up in Oakdale, California, in the Central Valley. It’s a small town right outside Modesto as you’re heading up to Yosemite,” he recalled. “I went to college. I started at UC Santa Barbara and finished off at Sac State with a degree in biology.”

He’s now been a salesman of medical devices for about ten years.

Since being in West Sacramento, Alves has served on the board of the homeowners association at The Rivers, and he’s been active in his daughter’s Southport preschool, he reports. And he has signed up to be trained as part of the local police department’s civilian bicycle patrol.

“I also volunteer for a couple of military groups,” said Alves. “One of those is called ‘Mission Essential,’ which is a not-for-profit program for teaching educating leadership for professional athletes or corporate individuals. I also work for ‘The Next Ridgeline,’ which is the Green Beret Foundation, and which is assisting exiting soldiers back into the workforce.”

Alves – not a veteran himself – got into those programs because of a friend in the military.

Does he think the current school board is doing a good job?

“I’ve been to a few meetings and I’ve watched a little bit on video as well,” he commented. “I think just like anything in the world, there’s room for improvement. I’m not sure they’re doing a bad job and I’m not saying our schools are failing miserably, but I’d like to have an alternative perspective (represented on the board) outside of the academic industry. With more of a business acumen.”

He added that it would be nice to bring a male voice back to the board, which will become all-female when board member Adam Menke’s term expires this year.

Alves was asked what he thinks of the district’s fiscal situation. He said he supports Measure V, the school bond measure on November’s ballot.

“I don’t think there’s any real crystal-ball answer on how to solve the issue of old schools that need to be updated or fixed,” he said. “I think this bond is a good alternative to address those issues in the financial sector for improving schools. I think it’s important to remove the mold or any hazardous substances that can cause sickness (at school facilities).”

What are a school board member’s job duties?

“I think it’s kind of like being a parent – it never ends,” said Alves. “You are very influential not only in your own kid’s life, but also on every child that goes through the Washington Unified School District. We lay a foundation in primary education, and that really leads into the future work ethic, and whether or not these kids are willing and want to work and succeed”

“As a school board, you’re working on curriculum, you’re working on finances, you’re working on ways to make West Sacramento as a whole a shining light. . . and making sure these kids move on to college or higher education.”

“I wouldn’t say I’m a micromanager,” he added. “I let people do their task at hand, but I do expect those tasks. . . to be completed in a timely manner.”

Alves said he believes the district as a whole is on the right path and he comes with no agenda to change direction.

“I don’t think there are huge changes or shifts I would like to try. I think it’s important to look at ways to increase funding, (whether) it’s reaching out to local businesses, charity events, or things like that to help the district as a whole.”

He thinks the new “Common Core” curriculum standards are being implemented fairly well and that test scores are one method of measuring success for students and schools.

“I believe school scores have increased in the last few years,” said Alves, “which is one way to gauge success. . . I think it’s one way to judge. . . how a school or student is doing. But I think there are alternative methods out there that might be a better way.

Where would he like to see more funding go in today’s school district?

“I don’t think you can really choose one grade or entity in the entire district,” answered Alves. “Obviously, you can’t please everybody, but I think if we come together as a community, we can figure out where the best use of funds is, if and when those funds become available for the appropriate uses. Such as curriculum, schools, and busing. I think it’s important to look at the big picture on this.”

Alves joins fellow challenger Norma Alcala and incumbent Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez in the hunt for either of two available seats on next month’s local ballot. School board terms are for four years.

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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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West Sac’s supervisor says this region played big role in shaping state water bond

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 20, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas says this region played a big role in deciding what to keep and what to throw away as the upcoming $7.2 billion state water bond was drafted for the November ballot.  Villegas, who represents Clarksburg and most of West Sacramento, joined fellow Yolo supervisor Jim Provenza in a subcommittee that worked with other regional and state officials on the bond.

NEWS-LEDGER -- AUG 20, 2014 -- By Steve Marschke News-Ledger Editor   Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas says this region played a big role in deciding what to keep and what to throw away as the upcoming $7.2 billion state water bond was drafted for the November ballot.  Villegas, who represents Clarksburg and most of West Sacramento, joined fellow Yolo supervisor Jim Provenza in a subcommittee that worked with other regional and state officials on the bond. OSCAR VILLEGAS, Yolo County Supervisor from West Sacramento (News-Ledger file photo)     OSCAR VILLEGAS,     Yolo County Supervisor from West Sacramento (News-Ledger file photo)   “Yolo County was intimately involved in the negotiations of what the bond ought to look like,” he told the News-Ledger on Monday. “We were representing Yolo County on a coalition of Delta counties. There are five counties actively involved in protecting the Delta.”   This coalition worked with state senators Darrell Steinberg and Lois Wolk and others officials involved in the process.   “There was a frenzy of activity in the last week as the deadline approached and there was a need to get something before the governor,” said Villegas.”   So what’s in the bond? What will voters be funding if they pass it?   “There’s a series of different things,” said Villegas. “The biggest is water storage, which I think everybody agrees is a huge need. It will (also) go for water recycling, groundwater cleanup, restoration in the Delta and for flood protection.”   Also important is what isn’t in it, said Villegas. He feels that the water bond, as drafted, will avoid funding the controversial “tunnels” project meant to ship water from the Delta area to Southern California.   “We did not want this bond to be used for that,” Villegas said. So the tunnel plan remains alive, but separate.   “The other thing we pushed for was funding for the Delta Conservancy,” he added. “This involves restoration work needed in the Delta, for the health of the Delta habitat as well as for the levees. Another thing I think is critical is that there is language included for agricultural sustainability. There is so much ag land in Yolo that is going to be affected by the redistribution of water. Bond funds could be used for ag sustainability.”   Villegas said he agrees with Senator Wolk’s view that the bill “is not perfect, but it’s a lot better than what we had.” And he recommends a “yes” vote on it in November, saying it will help the area’s farming, flood protection and water supply.   Do you like what you see here?   You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.   You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605). Copyright News-Ledger 2014

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 20, 2014 —
By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor
Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas says this region played a big role in deciding what to keep and what to throw away as the upcoming $7.2 billion state water bond was drafted for the November ballot. Villegas, who represents Clarksburg and most of West Sacramento, joined fellow Yolo supervisor Jim Provenza in a subcommittee that worked with other regional and state officials on the bond.
OSCAR VILLEGAS, Yolo County Supervisor from West Sacramento (News-Ledger file photo)
OSCAR VILLEGAS,
Yolo County Supervisor from West Sacramento (News-Ledger file photo)
“Yolo County was intimately involved in the negotiations of what the bond ought to look like,” he told the News-Ledger on Monday. “We were representing Yolo County on a coalition of Delta counties. There are five counties actively involved in protecting the Delta.”
This coalition worked with state senators Darrell Steinberg and Lois Wolk and others officials involved in the process.
“There was a frenzy of activity in the last week as the deadline approached and there was a need to get something before the governor,” said Villegas.”
So what’s in the bond? What will voters be funding if they pass it?
“There’s a series of different things,” said Villegas. “The biggest is water storage, which I think everybody agrees is a huge need. It will (also) go for water recycling, groundwater cleanup, restoration in the Delta and for flood protection.”
Also important is what isn’t in it, said Villegas. He feels that the water bond, as drafted, will avoid funding the controversial “tunnels” project meant to ship water from the Delta area to Southern California.
“We did not want this bond to be used for that,” Villegas said. So the tunnel plan remains alive, but separate.
“The other thing we pushed for was funding for the Delta Conservancy,” he added. “This involves restoration work needed in the Delta, for the health of the Delta habitat as well as for the levees. Another thing I think is critical is that there is language included for agricultural sustainability. There is so much ag land in Yolo that is going to be affected by the redistribution of water. Bond funds could be used for ag sustainability.”
Villegas said he agrees with Senator Wolk’s view that the bill “is not perfect, but it’s a lot better than what we had.” And he recommends a “yes” vote on it in November, saying it will help the area’s farming, flood protection and water supply.
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“Yolo County was intimately involved in the negotiations of what the bond ought to look like,” he told the News-Ledger on Monday. “We were representing Yolo County on a coalition of Delta counties. There are five counties actively involved in protecting the Delta.”

This coalition worked with state senators Darrell Steinberg and Lois Wolk and others officials involved in the process.

“There was a frenzy of activity in the last week as the deadline approached and there was a need to get something before the governor,” said Villegas.”

So what’s in the bond? What will voters be funding if they pass it?

“There’s a series of different things,” said Villegas. “The biggest is water storage, which I think everybody agrees is a huge need. It will (also) go for water recycling, groundwater cleanup, restoration in the Delta and for flood protection.”

Also important is what isn’t in it, said Villegas. He feels that the water bond, as drafted, will avoid funding the controversial “tunnels” project meant to ship water from the Delta area to Southern California.

“We did not want this bond to be used for that,” Villegas said. So the tunnel plan remains alive, but separate.

“The other thing we pushed for was funding for the Delta Conservancy,” he added. “This involves restoration work needed in the Delta, for the health of the Delta habitat as well as for the levees. Another thing I think is critical is that there is language included for agricultural sustainability. There is so much ag land in Yolo that is going to be affected by the redistribution of water. Bond funds could be used for ag sustainability.”

Villegas said he agrees with Senator Wolk’s view that the bill “is not perfect, but it’s a lot better than what we had.” And he recommends a “yes” vote on it in November, saying it will help the area’s farming, flood protection and water supply.

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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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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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Think you can do better? Here’s a chance to run for mayor & more:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 23, 2014 —

Two West Sacramento school board seats, two city council seats, and the mayor’s position will all be on the ballot on November 4.

The filing period for challengers interested in these office is underway. It ends on August 8.

City offices up for election are those held by Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and city council members Chris Ledesma and Mark Johannessen. The mayor’s term is for two years, and a council member serves four.

For information and candidacy paperwork, visit the city clerk’s office at 1110 West Capitol Avenue to pick up the necessary documents. Appointments are encouraged but not required. Call 617-4500.

The school board seats up for election in Washington Unified School District are currently held by Adam Menke and Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez. The terms are four years. Interested challengers should contact the Yolo County Elections Office (Freddie Oakley, County Clerk/Recorder) at (530) 666-8133 or (800) 649-9943. The elections office is located at 625 Court Street Suite B05 in Woodland.

If any incumbent fails to file papers to defend his or her seat, then the deadline for a challenger to file for that race will be extended to August 15.

Also on the local ballot in November will be a school bond measure called “Measure V,” intended to raise money for local school district upgrades and repairs.

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