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Kirby-Gonzalez wins board seat

SARAH  KIRBY-GONZALEZ: She's a teacher in another district, Southport resident, parent and the newest member of West Sacramento's school board (News-Ledger photo)

SARAH
KIRBY-GONZALEZ:
She’s a teacher in another district, Southport resident, a parent and the newest member of West Sacramento’s school board (News-Ledger photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 5, 2013

West Sacramento voters today used an all-mail election to fill the last year and a half of a vacant four-year seat on the local school board.

The Yolo County Elections Office has released the preliminary results of that vote, and the apparent winner is Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez, a teacher in the Folsom-Cordova school district. The early count credits her with 2,573 votes, or 50.7 percent of the vote.

She is followed by Francisco Castillo, an official with the StudentsFirst reform organization, who has 1,315 votes (25.9%). The pair campaigned heavily and with tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations. Kirby-Gonzalez drew support form teachers’ unions, and Castillo from StudentsFirst and charter school advocates.

Finishing up the field:

Linh Nguyen, 738 votes (14.5%)

Katherine Gales, 252 votes (5.0%)

and Nicholas Turney, 200 votes (3.9%)

Kirby-Gonzales will fill the last year and a half of the four-year school board term vacated by Sandra Vargas on the Washington Unified School District board of trustees.

More in the next edition of the News-Ledger.

  UPDATE, MARCH 6, 2013: The Yolo County Elections Department has updated the results and made them “final and official.” Sarah Kirby Gonzalez was credited with a victory over second-place Francisco Castillo by 51.2% to 26.1%.

  Voter turnout in West Sacramento was 5,520 out of 23,141 registered voters, or 23.9%.

  For the full vote tally, visit the Yolo County Elections Department page here.

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Girl Scouts bring concerns to WUSD boss

Dayton Gilleland, superintendent of the Washington Unified School District, with some scouts from Troop 2203: (left-right) Kendelle Wilkinson, Kennedy Cooks, Anthena Kelly and Alexa Vasilopoulos (courtesy of Troop 2203)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 22, 2012 —

A letter-writing project turned into something unexpected for members of Girl Scout Troop 2203 in West Sacramento – a meeting with the superintendent of schools in Washington Unified School District.

“Troop 2203 in West Sacramento spent some time writing about improvements they’d like to see in their community,” Troop Leader Yvonne Cantrell explained in a news release to the News-Ledger. “Two of the seven troop members chose to write to the Washington Unified School District – one to ask for more yard duty attendants to curb playground bullying, and the other to ask that all classrooms be equipped with ample and functioning desks and tools for learning.”

The letters went to Dayton Gilleland, the WUSD superintendent.

“They were humbly hoping to receive at least a standard ‘thank you for your concern’ letter in return,” said Cantrell. “To their delight and surprise, the superintendent not only acknowledged receipt of the letters, he also asked that the girls and their families meet with him.”

[adrotate group=”7″]  The meeting happened on May 29.

“Dr. Gilleland graciously allowed each girl to share her story of concern, and he patiently listened and valued what each had to say. (He) explained that though some problems may seem to have an easy answer, there are a myriad of issues that the district must consider when operating a complex institution like a public school district, especially considering the budgetary climate of today,” said Cantrell.

The girls in Troop 2203 learned “that by taking action (simply writing a letter), their voices were heard and future improvement was possible now that a dialog had been started.”

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West Sac property values drop 3%

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 22, 2012 —

  The following article includes a link for you to use to look up your property tax information or ask for your tax value to be reassessed.

Yolo County Assessor Joel Butler has released the 2012-13 Yolo County Tax Roll, which shows a slight decline in the roll value from last year.

The numbers of properties that have been reduced below their Proposition 13-factored base year value have grown from over 18,000 to greater than 20,000.

[adrotate group=”10″]   County staff has reviewed 27,500 parcels for possible declines in value, said Butler’s office. The reduction in this year’s roll was partially offset by new construction, change of ownership in properties with older base year values, agricultural properties and properties at the Proposition 13 value receiving the 2% inflation factor. The result is a net decrease to the Yolo County tax roll of less than 1% to a value of $19,658,240,750.

The city of Davis showed a modest increase at 2.09%. The cities of West Sacramento and Woodland continued to reflect the declining real estate market at (3.09%) and (1.29%) respectively.

“Employees in the Assessor’s office have done a tremendous job in reviewing home values, as well as other property types, to help avoid the need for filing appeals,” said Yolo County Assessor Joel Butler in a press release.

Values are now available on the Yolo County Assessor’s website: http://www.yolocounty.org/index.aspx?page=1603. A parcel number or street address is necessary to view one’s value online. Those without computer access or with questions can call the Yolo County Assessor’s office at (530) 666-8135.

Those wishing to file an appeal of their assessment can do so online: http://www.yolocounty.org/index.aspx?page=1520 or via an application available in the Clerk of the Board’s office, located at 625 Court Street, Room 204 in Woodland. For more information, visit the website or call (530) 666-8195.

Note: Due to budgetary constraints, the Yolo County Assessor’s office is closed some Fridays through the remainder of 2012. Visit: http://www.yolocounty.org/Index.aspx?page=1740 for information of office closures.

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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.

[adrotate group=”7″]   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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