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West Sacramento gets new vice mayor, or ‘mayor pro tem’

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (right) is sworn in for another two-year term at the helm of the City of West Sacramento. (Photo & info from AL ZAGOFSKY/copyright News-Ledger 2014)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (right) is sworn in for another two-year term at the helm of the City of West Sacramento. (Photo & info from AL ZAGOFSKY/copyright News-Ledger 2014)

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 24, 2014 —

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon was sworn in for another two-year term last Wednesday by Kryss Rankin, City Clerk. Cabaldon easily won re-election during the November local ballot.

Also reelected last month were city council members Mark Johannessen and Chris Ledesma, who each earned another four-year term from local voters.

Johannessen finished up a stint as ‘mayor pro tem’ last week. The council selected Chris Ledesma (whose face can be seen above, just left of Cabaldon) as ‘mayor pro tem’ for the coming year. It’s essentially a vice mayor’s post.

In West Sacramento, the mayor’s position is a two-year, separately-elected position. The other four members of the council receive four-year terms. Every two years, two of those seats go up for reelection.

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RCHS grad adjusts to life as college student and college basketball player

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 24, 2014 —

By Rebecca Schwartz
River City High School
Journalism Class

Everyone knows that if you want to get anywhere in life, you can’t do it alone. However, one can’t reach their goals in life without hard work and ambition that comes from one’s self and this is true for current Junior at Point Loma Nazarene University and River City High School Graduate, Jordan Ligons of the class of 2012.

“I really want to leave a stamp, make an impact even, everywhere that I’ve been,” said Ligons.

JORDAN LIGONS   (River City High School Journalism Staff photo/2012)

JORDAN LIGONS
(River City High School Journalism Staff photo/2012)

Ligons is point guard for her San Diego school women’s basketball team, “The Sea Lions.” Just being a basketball player is a daunting task, however Jordan took her college experience to a whole other level.

In addition to playing basketball, Ligons is majoring in journalism and is the editor of the arts and entertainment page of Point Loma’s paper, “The Point,” as well as being the first student liaison on the board of directors for the San Diego Press Club.

Aland Hoermann, who has taught Journalism at River City for six years, named Ligons his editor-in-chief for “OuRCity News” during his first year on the job. She held the position from her sophomore year until she graduated.

“She comes from a very supportive family, she just had a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and she was a natural leader,” said Hoermann. “She was always very positive, she was never condescending to other students… How she was in journalism is how she was on the basketball court.”

Having made her mark on RCHS’s journalism program, Ligons has made an impression on her current journalism advisor at Point Loma. Some of her work at Point Loma can be found at lomabeat.com.

College journalism director Dean Nelson says, “We feel fortunate to have Jordan with us. Her talent, enthusiasm, passion, fierce independence, curiosity and professional drive are very contagious. We’ll all be reading her byline someday.”

The road to Jordan’s ‘office’: the gym at Point Loma is backed up by the Pacific.   (photo by Rebecca Schwartz, RCHS Journalism Class)

The road to Jordan’s ‘office’: the gym at Point Loma is backed up by the Pacific.
(photo by Rebecca Schwartz, RCHS Journalism Class)

Although her freshman year at college was a struggle because of the new environment and the larger work load, Ligon’s is adjusting.

Ligons says, “By setting those goals it allowed myself to put everything in perspective–I am at this beautiful school, gaining an education and playing the sport I love. It made me realize this is only the beginning of an amazing experience called college!”

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New group for West Sac seniors:

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You’re invited to an organizational meeting of “What’s Happening Seniors?,” a new group dedicated to being active, making friends, sharing stories and finding out what’s happening in the region.

Come to the meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 21, at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue. Free parking behind the library. Other transportation available from YoloBus, YoloBus Special Paratransit and the Senior Shuttle. Call 617-2288 for information.

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West Sac Singers put on Christmas show inside the state capitol building

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 24, 2014 —

FROM AL ZAGOFSKY — NEWS-LEDGER CORRESPONDENT —

The state capitol building in Sacramento has welcomed festive music for the holidays since opening in December of 1869.

Midday on Sunday, Dec. 21, it was the turn of the West Sacramento Community Singers to perform on the capitol rotunda. They sang under the direction of Dr. Charles Vail. The group has been practicing for its holiday concerts since September at the First Christian Church in Sacramento.

You can view part of the performance on video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO_BXNvV2Qc&feature=youtu.be

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City to offer free shade trees:

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Attend a free city workshop about shade trees, and qualify for up to two free trees per year for the life of the program (depending on availability). The City of West Sacramento is giving from a stock of trees including Gingko biloba, bur oak, golden rain tree, Zelkova serrata, emerald sunshine elm and willow oak. Last workshop of the season is 6-7:30 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 14, at the community center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue.

To reserve a seat, call (916) 617-4620 soon.

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Police set up DUI checkpoint tonight

NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 24, 2014 —

Local police have announced that they will set up a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the city, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. beginning tonight — Sat., Dec. 27. The checkpoints – funded through the state Office of Traffic Safety – are mentioned to catch drunk driver and deter drinking and driving.

The actual location within West Sacramento will not be announced in advance.

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West Sac on the hydrogen highway

Ramos Oil Company president Kent Ramos and West Sacramento Mayor pro tem Mark Johannesen dispense hydrogen fuel into a hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mercedes XL. They were among a group celebrating the opening of a hydrogen fuel station at a South River Road location   (News-Ledger photo by AL ZAGOFSKY)

Ramos Oil Company president Kent Ramos and West Sacramento Mayor pro tem Mark Johannesen dispense hydrogen fuel into a hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mercedes XL. They were among a group celebrating the opening of a hydrogen fuel station at a South River Road location
(News-Ledger photo by AL ZAGOFSKY)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 17, 2014 —

By Al Zagofsky
Correspondent

While the U.S. is talking about zero emission vehicles, West Sacramento has become a leader of the pack.

On Thursday, Dec. 10, West Sac’s previously off-the-beaten path Industrial Drive welcomed the first hydrogen  fueling station in northern California.

The station, operated by Ramos Oil at 1515 South River Road, is also the tenth hydrogen fueling station in California, and only the second commercial hydrogen station in the world (the first is at California State Los Angeles).

As West Sacramento has the home of the California Fuel Cell Partnership, it was only logical for hydrogen fuel provider Linde North America Inc. to seek out West Sac to locate its first Northern California retailer, and they found a willing partner, the Ramos Oil Company.

“Our family has been in business here for over 60 years, delivering conventional fuels to the greater Sacramento area,” company president Kent Ramos said in his remarks to a celebratory crowd of hydrogen and fuel cell partners. “In recent years, we have added several different types of renewable and alternative fuels. At our unattended fueling site, we have biodiesel, ethanol, methanol, and as of today, we now have hydrogen.”

This new hydrogen station brings California closer to its goal of having 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. Many of the world’s largest automakers are introducing fuel cell vehicles to the market, including Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes, Nissan and Toyota, all of which provided demonstration vehicles to the ceremony.

The fill cap on a hydrogen fuel cell car (photo by Al Zagofsky)

The fill cap on a hydrogen fuel cell car (photo by Al Zagofsky)

These vehicles are scheduled to be available in 2015, with Toyota models available for sale, and  Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes and Nissan models initially available to lease—with monthly leases in the $400-$600 range which includes fuel and maintenance; and for the Mercedes and the Honda, it also includes your car insurance.

The station is co-funded by the California Energy Commission under its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

The state of California plans to open a total of 100 stations opened across the state. The cars use hydrogen to operate fuel cells, a high tech/high efficiency device that converts the hydrogen fuel with oxygen in the air to produce electricity. The only product exiting the tailpipe is water vapor.

The hydrogen fuel celled cars have a range of 300-350 miles. The hydrogen is sold by weight as a compressed gas at pressures up to 10,000 pounds per square inch. A complete fill uses about 4 kilograms.

New hydrogen pump station at the Ramos oil facility on South River Road (AL ZAGOFSKY/News-Ledger)

New hydrogen pump station at the Ramos oil facility on South River Road (AL ZAGOFSKY/News-Ledger)

“The vehicles are very efficient because they are not combusting fuel,” explained Chris White of the California Fuel Cell Partnership. “They take the hydrogen and turn it into electricity. These are essentially electric cars that are refilled instead of recharged.”

“The two biggest benefits are that you can fill the car in about three minutes—the same amount of time that it takes to fill your gasoline car, and you have a range very similar to gasoline, but you are getting zero emission electric power transportation,” White added.

Speakers at the dedication included: California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott; Kent Ramos, president of Ramos Oil Company, Cliff Caldwell, vice-president of Linde North America Inc., maker of the station’s hydrogen storage tanks and compressor; Fred Joseck, of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy; and Mark Johannessen, mayor pro tem of West Sacramento.

“The station is a perfect fit for West Sacramento,” Johannessen said. “It has been the home of the California fuel cell partnership for many years. It is now the epicenter for fuel-cell vehicles. We are small, but we think big. We are very entrepreneurial in West Sacramento.”

Referring to the riverfront area around the facility, he continued, “This is all going to become retail residential, a very vibrant area.”

The California Energy Commission is providing co-funding through a competitive grant process,” explained Chris White with the California Fuel Cell Partnership. “Each one of the stations has to have its own skin in the game, so they have to provide some funding as well.”

“With this station, drivers in the Sacramento area can seriously consider buying a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle,” said California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott.

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