West Sacramento Voters To Elect Mayor

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sacramento’s mayoral race is getting a lot of attention…but voters on the other side of the river are also ready to elect their next city leader.
The two West Sacramento candidates for mayor say they want to maintain the city’s small town charm while encouraging business growth. 
Christoper Cabaldon has served on West Sacramento city council for 12 years…and spent the last decade as the mayor. 
If re-elected mayor…Cabaldon says he’d continue to lead efforts to re-develop downtown West Sacramento... 
“One of our next rebuilds is the revitalization of main street…which is west capital avenue…”
Cabaldan says flood prevention and levee upgrades are also a priority.  He says until those efforts are complete…no new homes should be built in areas of West Sacramento prone to flooding…. 
“We just need to secure the funding to upgrade our existing levees to better protect some of the neighborhoods that are already in our community…” 
Cabaldan twice ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the California assembly.
And, that’s a problem according to his challenger, Mark Johannessen…a local attorney and accountant…who’s been on the West Sacramento City Council for two years… 
“He’s been focusing so much on getting regional recognition…that he’s forgot that the job of a mayor is a cheerleader for the city…” 
Johannessen says as mayor, he’d encourage economic growth in by reducing the costs of doing business in West Sacramento… 
“We’re going to have to look at our impact fee structure—make sure that we’re competitive.  And, that could be impact fee deferrals and some of the other techniques some of the other jurisdictions around the Sacramento area use to attract businesses…”     
Cabaldan and Johannessen will appear Wednesday night (Wednesday 10.29) at a candidates forum at the former I-L-W-U labor hall on fourth street in West Sacramento.