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Last day to register to vote

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election is October 22. Call Yolo Elections at (916) 375-6490, visit www.yoloelections.org, or pick up a registration card at the library (1212 Merkley Ave.), post office (various) or the city clerk’s office (third floor of city hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave).

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West Sac local candidates’ forum

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 19, 2012 —

The local chamber of commerce will host a forum for city council and school board candidates on Thursday, October 4.

The public forum will take place from 6-9 p.m. at CSA Event Center, 1275  Starboard Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95691.

“In many ways, this is a crucial election for our community,” said Denise Seals, CEO of the West Sacramento Chamber, in a press release. “The pressing issues of flood control, economic development, school district stability, transportation, community planning and public safety are vital to our city’s future.”

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A moment in West Sac from 1960:

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 29, 2012 —

A letter to the editor of the News-Ledger:

Thank you for your wonderful article entitled “I believe I see the future.” (News-Ledger, Aug. 8, 2012)

JULIUS FEHER, founder of the News-Ledger and two prior West Sacramento newspapers (News-Ledger file photo)

You did a wonderful job in providing historical information about Julius Feher (the founder of the News-Ledger) and his influence in West Sacramento, the city he loved. I worked at the paper part-time during some years I was in college. I worked in the front office doing a variety of duties. I respected Julius and felt privileged to work for him.

I loved his sense of humor and respected his commitment to responsible reporting.

As I read your article I was taken down memory lane. One of the memories was from the presidential election in 1960.

Julius had me go to voting places after the polls closed to write down the presidential election results. As I arrived at the fire station on the corner of 15th Street and Alabama Avenue, Richard Nixon was giving his concession speech. Not wanting to miss any of that, I left my car door open with the radio turned up as I went to the sheet to record the results.

  As I did, a lady who had worked at the voting booth asked me what was on the radio. I told her that Richard Nixon was giving his concession speech acknowledging that John F. Kennedy had won the election.

She said to me, “we are no longer the land of the free.”

I asked her what she meant and she said, “the Pope will run the country.”

During the campaign there were many people who had a similar opinion.

DALE J. HARRINGTON
Benicia, CA

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Final candidates for West Sac’s ballot:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 15, 2012 —

EDITOR’S NOTE: The extended deadline for new people to enter the school board race passed without any new candidates signing up. So the list of candidates for West Sacramento’s city and school board elections we published below on Aug. 15 is now final and complete — with the exception that Nathan Eckler, who filed to run for school board, has withdrawn his candidacy.

The deadline has closed for candidates to file for election to the West Sacramento city council or to the mayor’s seat on the November 6 ballot. And while there will be only one new challenger in those races, he does pack some punch.

Oleg Maskaev, a resident of the Southport area, will challenge city council incumbents Bill Kristoff and Oscar Villegas for one of the two available four-year terms. Maskaev is a former WBC heavyweight boxing champ.

  Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will not see a challenger this year as he seeks election to another two-year term.

Things are more crowded and less final in the race for one of three available seats on the school board.

Incumbents David Westin and Mary Leland have filed for re-election, but current board president Teresa Blackmer did not.

As of yesterday morning (Aug. 14), there were eight challengers on board for the race. Here are their names and their self-described ballot designations:

Coby Pizzotti, a “parent/legislative advocate”; Alicia Cruz, a “parent/community volunteer”; Katie Villegas, “Children’s Alliance Director”; Walt R. Bowman, “retired truck driver”; Nate Eckler (no designation yet given) [application later withdrawn]; Tamera Russel, “educator/parent”; Rene L. Guerrero, “community organizer”; and Roy Sianez, “parent/legislative director.”

Because one of the incumbents did not file for reelection, the deadline for challengers to file was automatically extended to today (Aug. 15). So this list of school board candidates is not necessarily final.

A fourth seat on the board of trustees for Washington Unified School district is also in play. Because board member Sandra Vargas has submitted her resignation effective Aug. 31, the board is accepting applications from people interested in being appointed by the board to fill her seat for the remaining two years of her four-year term.

The resignation came too late to allow the vacancy to be added to the November ballot as a matter of routine.

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Boxing champ runs for council

OLEG MASKAEV (2007 by D. Warnbolt/Wikipedia for public domain)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 8, 2012 —

The first challenger has “pulled papers” to enter the West Sacramento Council race — and it’s a face that’s new to local politics, if not new to the public eye.

Oleg Maskaev, a former WBC heavyweight boxing champion who lives in Southport, West Sacramento, has taken the first step toward entering the race against that includes incumbents Oscar Villegas and Bill Kristoff.

Maskaev was born in the former Soviet Union and has lived in the U.S. since 1999, becoming a citizen in 2004, reports the online site Wikipedia.

Deadline for Maskaev or other candidates to file their paperwork for the race is this Friday, although that deadline will be extended if either of the incumbents fails to file.

His campaign manager, David Joyce, identified himself online as affiliated with the “Tea Party” faction of the Republican party.

No other challengers have picked up candidacy paperwork for either the mayor’s race (against incumbent Christopher Cabaldon) or the council race, reported the city clerk yesterday.

UPDATE AUG 13, 2012: The deadline closed Friday for candidates to file their paperwork to enter either the West Sacramento city council or mayoral campaign.

  Maskaev did complete his campaign candidate paperwork, reported the West Sacramento City Clerk. But no other challengers emerged to face city council incumbents Bill Kristoff or Oscar Villegas, or to face mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

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School board seats are in play

SANDRA VARGAS: Board member submits resignation effective August 31 (News-Ledger file photo)

WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG. 8, 2012 —

Vargas, elected in 2006, tenders her resignation but gives no official reason

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento’s school board is in flux, with three of the five seats up for election in November and a fourth board member announcing her resignation.

Board member Sandra Vargas last Wednesday submitted a letter of resignation from her board seat effective Aug. 31. Her letter to Yolo Superintendent of Schools Jorge Ayala did not give a reason for leaving her seat just shy of two years into a four-year term, but did stress her pride in “all the amazing success stories and accomplishments that we have achieved in our wonderful school district” thanks to collaboration among the board, staff and community.

Vargas has not responded to recent requests for comment from the News-Ledger. Two weeks ago, the newspaper left her the first of several messages asking for comment on reports that she might need to resign her seat because she had moved.

District bylaws require board members to reside in the district’s West Sacramento boundaries.

The resignation will apparently come too late for Vargas’s seat to be placed on the upcoming November ballot with the other three scheduled seats.

The board will apparently have the option of appointing a successor to fill Vargas’s term.

The school board is scheduled to discuss such options at this Thursday’s (Aug. 9) board meeting.

Board president Teresa Blackmer has also not responded to requests for comment from the News-Ledger.

On the November ballot are the seats belonging to Blackmer, David Westin and Mary Leland.

Westin told the News-Ledger he would run for another four-year term:

“I feel the district’s in excellent shape,” said Westin. “I’ve led a management overhaul of the way the district does business, especially on the academic side. “Under my two years as board president, we are the top performing school district in the state of California.”

Westin was referring to a measurement of the district’s gains in student test scores.

“Since I’m a parent with a child in the school district, my goal is to continue to keep the district on a positive path.”

On Friday, Leland said she was still evaluating whether to run for another four years. She followed up with an emailed statement that said talked about her time on the board so far:

“I ran with the goal in mind towards, first, transforming the academic achievement of all of our students, and second, implementing a district-wide facilities plan for all schools in West Sacramento,” she said in part. “Our students, teachers, staff, administrators and the board governance team have worked hard to achieve both goals and I’m very proud to be a part of it all. I look forward to continuing to serve our students and our community.”

  Blackmer hasn’t publicly announced her own decision on another term.

Two challengers have filed candidacy papers to run for the three regularly-elected seats:

Coby Pizzotti, who identifies himself as a “consultant/legislative advocate,” and Alicia Cruz, who identifies herself as a “parent/community volunteer.”

The deadline for other challengers to complete their paperwork is Friday, although the deadline will be extended if any of the challengers fails to file for re-election.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: Since going to press with this article, we learned that West Sacramento’s Katie Villegas has filed papers to run for school board as well. She is executive director of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance, and wife of city council member Oscar Villegas.

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Villegas joins WUSD school board race

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 8, 2012 —

In today’s News-Ledger newspaper, we mentioned that Alicia Cruz (“parent/community volunteer”) and Coby Pizzotti (“consultant/legislative advocate”) have filed candidacy papers for the school board election.

Fresh news this morning is that Katie Villegas has just done the same. She is executive director of the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and wife of city councilman Oscar Villegas.

Deadline to file for city council, mayoral or school board races in West Sacramento is this Friday, although the deadline will be extended a few days for challengers if any incumbent on the ballot fails to re-file.

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