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Johannessen announces Assembly run

MARK JOHANNESSEN Announcing early for the 2014 Assembly race  (News-Ledger file photo)

MARK JOHANNESSEN
Announcing early for the 2014 Assembly race
(News-Ledger file photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 19, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen made it official Thursday: he will run next year for the California Assembly seat now held by fellow Democrat Roger Dickinson. Dickinson plans to run for the State Senate seat now held by Darrell Steinberg, who will step down due to term limits.

“I am proud of what has been accomplished since my election to the West Sacramento City Council in 2006. By bringing together businesses and the community, we have created a culture of governmental efficiency that is widely respected throughout the region. Together, we have promoted economic growth, improved local schools, reduced crime, and focused on senior health and transportation issues,” said Johannessen in an emailed statement.

“Even though my campaign for Assembly is just beginning,” he added, “I have already received the support of state and local leaders including (state board of education member) Betty Yee, (Yolo) County Supervisors Mike McGowan, Jim Provenza and Don Saylor, West Sacramento City Councilmember Bill Kristoff, as well as business leaders like Mark Friedman and Jeff Savage and the support of many labor organizations and neighborhood leaders.”

Johannessen’s current city council term ends in 2014.

The two-term councilman is the son of former state senator K. Maurice Johannessen, a Republican. He’s a family law attorney.

Other West Sacramento politicians have not succeeded recently in bids for state office. Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan (a former local city council member) ran unsuccessfully against the elder Johannessen in a state senate race in 1994, and current mayor Chistopher Cabaldon twice failed win an Assembly seat more recently.

With Mark Johannessen in the upcoming race for the District 7 Assembly seat is Democrat Kevin McCarty, a Sacramento city councilmember who will make his second bid for the seat.

 

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Learn more about foster parenting: workshop on Tuesday in West Sacramento

CHERIE SCHROEDER Yolo Foster Care Educator (News-Ledger file photo/2009)

CHERIE SCHROEDER
Yolo Foster Care Educator
(News-Ledger file photo/2009)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — June 19, 2013 —

West Sacramentans are invited to learn more about becoming a foster parent.

“Most people have a false impression of foster children,” reported Cherie Schroeder of the Foster & Kinship Care Education Program at Woodland Community College.

“They are kids who at no fault of their own are placed into care, usually because someone in their immediate family has not been able to keep them protected and safe,” she added in a press release.  “Often, placement is related to their parent’s addiction, lack of stable housing and/or lifestyle.  Kids in care often have been hurt and neglected, many going without proper shelter, food, clothing, or medical intervention.”

“Truly, our goal is to place local foster children in the best family possible; to have several foster homes to choose from and to make a ‘best fit’” said Schroeder. “Do you have room in your home and in your heart to help a vulnerable child? Good foster families leave a lasting legacy, one that changes the course of a child’s life, and hopefully serves to break the cycle of abuse and neglect.”

Learn more at an information session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, in the community room of the Arthur F. Turner Branch Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento. Or attend a workshop at 6:30 p.m. on July 9 at Woodland Community College, Building 700, Room 727.

For more information, visit www.yolofostercare.com or call (530) 574-1964.

 

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Drama camp for young actors next month in West Sacramento

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Something else for your little drama queen (or king) to do this summer: they can join the young actors’ workshop, and learn basic acting skills regardless of experience or talent. Open to youth age 10-18. $90,and classes go from July 8 to Aug. 2. Call 617-4620.

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But will the popcorn get wet? Swim in Rec Pool while watching a movie

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The Recreation Center in Southport (next to River City High School on Raider Lane) offers the film “Wreck It Ralph” for its “Cinema at Sundown” program at sundown on June 27.

For details, call 617-4770.

Free to Rec Center pass holders. Others: $6 for adults, $4.50 for children and students. Swim in the pool while watching the movie!

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‘West Sacramento Promise’ hopes to give free first-year college tuition for local grads

CHRISTOPHER CABALDON, Mayor of West Sacramento. (News-Ledger file photo, 2013).

CHRISTOPHER CABALDON, Mayor of West Sacramento. (News-Ledger file photo, 2013).

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 12, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

What if local high school graduates knew that if they took the proper courses, they would be guaranteed a place in the local community college – and their first-year tuition would be free?

That’s the premise of the “West Sacramento Promise,” a plan being developed by the West Sacramento Foundation and Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

If successful, the local version of the “Promise” would follow in the footsteps of programs set up in other cities, where local governments or philanthropists chip in to start a college savings account for young kids in the school district or to otherwise subsidize college costs. Most famous is the “Kalamazoo Promise,” where donors in that Michigan city guarantee to cover college costs in the state’s public education system for high school graduates who earn acceptance.

Cabaldon mentioned the “West Sacramento Promise” idea during his “State of the City” address last month. Yesterday, he talked to the News-Ledger about it in a little more detail.

“It’s part of the ‘Future Ready’ program I’m doing with the West Sacramento Foundation,” said the mayor. “It’s essentially a trust fund to support a variety of initiatives that help youth become more college- and career-ready.”

“The (West Sacramento Promise) concept comes from Long Beach,” he added. “It’s basically a partnership between the schools, local community college and the students.”

“If you graduate from River City High or the West Sacramento Early College Prep school, and you, as a student, have done all the right things, then you know you will have a place at the community college,” stated Cabaldon. “And what they’ve done in Long Beach is that they have used funds to pay (the student’s) tuition for the first year at community college.”

If successful, said Cabaldon, the new program here would address several big problems that discourage local students from entering college, or finishing degree program:

One is that the program would require participating students to complete the “A-G curriculum” college-prep track at the high school. They’d also have to rack up some college-level credits while in high school. Students could do that either by completing some “advance placement” courses in high school or by jointly enrolling in some community college courses while in high school. This would make local grads better prepared for college, said Cabaldon.

“Something like 70 to 80 percent of the students we send to community college now need remedial courses,” Cabaldon said. “This makes them less likely to complete their degrees or certificates.”

The “Promise” would also ensure that the local community college will hold a place for West Sacramento grads – giving them preferred enrollment.

And it would reassure them that the first year of tuition in that college will be free. Tuition in the Sacramento City College system runs $46 per unit, and a full-time student takes a minimum of 24 units a year.  While a lot of lower-income students already qualify for a fee-reduction waiver, they often don’t know it, said Cabaldon. The “Promise” would make it simple, at least for the first year.

“We’d be saying, ‘you’re not going to pay,’” he stated. “You are either going to get a fee waiver, or we’re paying, but you’re not going to pay.”

The “West Sacramento Promise” is still in its formative stages, said the mayor, and it’s being developed in tandem with a similar initiative in Sacramento.

How much will it cost?

Cabaldon said he doesn’t have an estimate, but he believes it will cost less than $500,000 per year to fund.  The first big project to raise seed money is a “GearUp” bicycle ride planned for October 12. Basic details of the ride are at www.gearup4youth.com.

Cabaldon said he doesn’t have an estimate, but he believes it will cost less than $500,000 per year to fund.  The first big project to raise seed money is a “GearUp” bicycle ride planned for October 12. Details of the “Future Ready” program in West Sacramento can be found on FaceBook, said the mayor.

The West Sacramento Foundation is at www.westsacfoundation.org.

  On February 13, The News-Ledger published an editorial on a related subject. The News-Ledger suggested a new effort to create a $50 college savings account for every local kindergartner. You can find that editorial here.

 

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Food giveaway in West Sac today

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — June 12, 2013

The Yolo County Food Bank will distribute free food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, June 18. Hours and locations include the West Sacramento County Building at 500 Jefferson Blvd., from 9-10 a.m; Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1500 Park Blvd.; from 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Yolo Housing Authority at 685 Lighthouse Dr., from 11-noon; and the Clarksburg Firehouse, noon-1 p.m.

Please bring a bag and attend only one site. For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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Wolfington guilty in 2011 motel stabbing

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 17, 2013 —

  Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig’s office announced that on Friday, a Yolo County Jury convicted gang member Billy Thomas Wolfington, Jr., 29, of second degree murder,, criminal street gang activity and personal use of a deadly weapon.  The jury found that on September 2, 2011, Wolfington stabbed and killed Bobby Jamar Brittenum, 29, of Sacramento.   The jury acquitted Shannon Lashaun Silva, 32, of Sacramento of related charges.

  Prosecutors had originally sought first-degree murder charges against both, with “gang enhancements.”

  The murder occurred at a party at the Town House Motel, 940 West Capitol Avenue. There, Wolfington and Silva confronted Brittenum, said the D.A.’s office.  Wolfington and Silva entered the hotel room and told other partygoers to leave the room.  Others protested and an argument ensued.  Witnesses testified that Silva then began punching the victim and Wolfington stabbed the victim at least sixteen times with a six-inch “butterfly” knife.  Wolfington stopped stabbing the victim when one partygoer began screaming for help out the hotel window.  Wolfington and Silva fled then the scene.   The victim suffered stab wounds to his face, chest and arms.  Wolfington and Silva were found a short time later hiding in heavy brush near some railroad tracks.

  Also, according to the D.A.’s office, the prosecution introduced evidence of Wolfington’s and Silva’s gang history and membership.  Wolfington is a member of the “Broderick Boys” criminal street gang and also shares membership with Silva in a newer gang called the “Northern Ryders.” During the murder, witnesses testified that Wolfington told the victim that he was a Broderick Boy.  Gang expert testimony argued that when a gang member either asks or describes where he is from, that this is effectively a challenge, in gang parlance.  An expert for the prosecution also testified that violent crimes such as murders elevate the level of fear of a gang, creating a benefit by discouraging witnesses from coming forward to report crimes.  As the prosecution explained, the victim’s refusal to leave the room was an act of disrespect that would diminish the reputation of the gang if the disrespect was not answered with violence.

  District Attorney Reisig praised local police in a press statement.

  “The West Sacramento Police Department and the prosecution team worked hard in convicting a dangerous criminal who took a man’s life,” said Reisig. 

  A court trial regarding Wolfington’s past convictions is scheduled for July 1 before Judge Stephen L. Mock, who presided over the trial. Wolfington will be sentenced after the conclusion of the court trial.  He faces life in prison.

  Wolfington was at the center of a local court case decided in 2007.

  The Yolo County District Attorney’s office crafted an anti-gang injunction in West Sacramento, targeting the Broderick Boys. The D.A.’s office asserted that the gang was an “unincorporated association” with about 350 members. When serving the gang with judicial notice, the notice was delivered only to Wolfington – with the assumption that this would be adequate legal “service” to the entire gang.

  The ACLU and others challenged the process, and a judge agreed that service was inadequate. The original injunction was tossed out. The D.A.’s office and local police have since crafted and instituted a new version of the gang injunction, which provides a curfew and other restrictions on “validated” gang members in much of the city’s north.

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