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‘Capitol Bowl’ owner to be on TV program


KVIE public television is debuting a new series called “Yes, We’re Open,” intended to celebrate California entrepreneurs.

The first episode airs Monday, May 12, on Channel 6. Included are several business profiles — including one on Ross Amin and his “Capitol Bowl” alley at 900 West Capitol Avenue.

Also in the show are Dave Leatherby of the ice cream world and other California entrepreneurs.

Check TV listings for show details.


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Honorees to include McGowan, Ross


The “2012 Community Awards” for to be presented at tonight’s West Sacramento “State of the City” address and dinner have been announced.

Slated to receive them are:

Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan of West Sacramento, who will receive the “Civic Leadership for Pride” award;

The “Farm Fresh to You” program, winning “Civic Leadership for Prosperity”;

City Manager Toby Ross will get the “Civic Leadership for Service” award; he has announced his retirement this year;

And the West Sacramento Farmers Market wins the “Civic Leadership for Community” award. The farmers market is the brainchild of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.

Tonight’s event will be held at city hall and features the annual state of the city address given by the mayor.  Mayor Christopher Cabaldon has told the News-Ledger this year’s “State of the City” will honor the 25th year of city-hood, with members of the incorporation committee present. He will also talk about what’s going on now in West Sacramento’s growth and development.

The event is sponsored by the local chamber of commerce.

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West Sac city manager to retire

TOBY ROSS, City Manager of the City of West Sacramento (photo is from the city's website)


FOLLOWING IS A City of West Sacramento press release issued today, in its entirety. This article has been updated to reflect a correction from the original press release; the city manager’s retirement will be effective by July 1 of this year, and not 2013.

City of West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon announced today that City Manager Toby Ross has announced his intention to  retire sometime before July 1.  In his letter to the City Council, Mr. Ross stated, “…This decision does not come lightly.  I am not only leaving a position where I have had unrivaled support from the Council and staff, I am ending a career in a profession that I care about deeply.  I cherish my time in public service and believe that I have made a difference in the communities I have served. It has been a privilege and my good fortune in West Sacramento to work with a mayor and council members who demonstrate their commitment to the community through confident and creative leadership. It has been my pleasure to approach the opportunities and challenges of West Sacramento with my valued colleagues and friends. I appreciate the support, and latitude afforded me by the members of this exceptional community…”

Mr. Ross has served as West Sacramento’s City Manager since November 2002. Mr. Ross has managed many projects and programs that have improved the quality of life for residents and workers in West Sacramento and  have positioned  the City for an enhanced and respected role in the region.  Some accomplishments include major retail development in the north and south ends of the City, with anchor tenants such as IKEA, Wal Mart, Nugget and Target; the development of the City’s downtown into a vibrant government center encompassing City Hall, the Arthur F. Turner Yolo County Library, a satellite facility for Sacramento City College and a City Community Center. The City’s aggressive flood protection program was developed and advanced under Mr. Ross as well as major infrastructure projects in support of the Bridge District, an intense urban riverfront development south of Tower Bridge. Mr. Ross also serves as the Executive Director for the Port of West Sacramento.

Immediately prior to this appointment, Mr. Ross served as the City Manager for Park City, Utah.  Park City is a world-class, resort community that played host to approximately 40 percent of the events of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Mr. Ross presided over this full-service resort city for more than 13 years and was named “Manager of the Year” by the Utah League of Cities and Towns for his work on statewide growth and planning issues.

Mr. Ross has an extensive educational background. He earned MA and PhD and degrees from UC Berkeley; and a BA degree from UC Santa Barbara. Mr. Ross has also held a number of university faculty positions.

Mayor Cabaldon stated, “Toby Ross is one the West’s most highly regarded city managers, and for good reason. He has been pivotal to our city’s transformation as he delivered project after project while running a tight fiscal ship and fostering a City Hall where talented, passionate people can get things done. We will miss Mr. Ross dearly, but today I’m just grateful that West Sacramento has had the exceptional good fortune of his leadership for a decade. Now our city says, ‘thank you’ and ‘best wishes for a much-deserved retirement’.”

Heavy competition to be UC Davis research hub

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

At his “State of the City” speech on April 14, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon lauded West Sacramento’s potential to partner with UC Davis to create an “innovation hub” that builds a link between academic research and the private sector. The project could involve fields such as food science, he said.

“We want to the Silicon Valley of food,” Cabaldon commented.

The city was one of over 40 applicants that responded to broad request from UC Davis for ideas about creating an innovation hub, said Karl Mohr, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Resource Management at UCD. The school’s chancellor, Linda Katehi, wants to leverage the university’s expertise into new public-private relationships.

“At the highest level, the decision was made to better connect basic university research with commercial enterprise,” Mohr explained.

The request from UC Davis asked for ideas that would accomplish this, and “accelerate the transfer of campus discoveries into commercial products in alignment with local and regional economic development efforts,” said a campus spokesperson.

     The answering proposal from West Sacramento was – like the original request – just a broad outline. It stressed the city’s proximity to both UC Davis and the capitol, its location along major highways and waterways, and its place as home to “global industry leaders in the food, biotech, and clean energy sectors,” including Farmers Rice, Agrium (a fertilizer company), Nor-Cal Beverage, Tony’s Fine Foods, Tethys Biosciences and the soon-to-be-open Nippon Shokken, a maker of Asian food products. The proposal also emphasized the “can do” attitude and experience of local government and business leaders.

A thousand acres in southern Southport are available for “farming and test labs,” the city told UCD. Research and office space is available in other parts of West Sacramento for the project, said Toby Ross, West Sacramento’s city manager.

“We promoted the actual implementation capacity of West Sacramento to undertake some of the suggested ideas,” Ross told the News-Ledger. “The areas we’re talking about (for research and office space) are the Bridge District and the port areas.”

UCD’s Mohr said competing proposals came from throughout the region.

“There were responses from Dixon, Elk Grove, Oroville and a couple areas in the foothills,” said Mohr. A number of these proposals stressed their physical proximity to UCD. The City of Davis itself turned in a proposal. But:

“There were a number of proposals suggesting a ‘virtual’ approach (using the Internet), without even a physical location” for the hub,” said Mohr. “There may be multiple threads coming out of this, and this may not turn out to be a single initiative.”

UCD’s staff may decide to pursue, for example, a “virtual” hub as well as a physical one – or to create several different hubs connecting business to different fields of UC Davis science.

“Food science is an obvious one, but they could be in biotechnology or in the connection between human and animal health because of our expertise in veterinary sciences, or in other areas of expertise,” said Mohr. “A lot of the proposals talked about real estate. It’s not clear that real estate is a problem – UC Davis has plenty of that.”

Mohr  said the school is now sifting through the proposals. Sometime – probably this spring – UCD will narrow down its broad request and put out a more narrowly-channeled call for “iHub” proposals in detail.

  (Editor’s note: after publishing this article, the News-Ledger learned that the City of West Sacramento is also participating in a second, joint application with a private party to be a research and business hub with UC Davis. We expect to report more on that in the future.)

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