“West Sacramento Spells Opportunity,” Notes Mayor Cabaldon

Mayor’s Annual State of the City Address, May 16, 2013

Bridge LogoDuring his annual State of the City Address, May 16, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon enthusiastically reported on the continued positive outlook for the City noting new developments taking place in West Sacramento. The Mayor said, “2013 was not supposed to be like this.” Yet the City is looking forward to continued progress in many areas, noting that key partnerships remain integral to the City’s success. The Mayor also gave thanks to City voters who approved Measure G last fall, adding to the City’s ability to continue investing in its future.

Mayor Cabaldon describes the City’s direction as remaining lean, to serve as “a partner, not a driver” in initiating development projects. He sees positive examples throughout the city, from development of the Bridge District, in which there’s interest in a waterfront hotel and parking structure, a new bridge replacing the century-old I Street Bridge, and the West Capitol Avenue street car as being “on track” to serve City Hall, Raley Field, riverfront access, and provide service across the river into midtown Sacramento. Progress on the street car appears to match the time frame for development of a new arena in downtown Sacramento, said the Mayor.

A year ago, guests attending the State of the City heard about the Mayor’s vision of West Sacramento becoming the “Silicon Valley of food.” This year, Mayor Cabaldon feels a food explosion is already happening, with such examples as Japan’s Nippon Shokken facility preparing to open in West Sacramento, the Broderick Roadhouse, and a new season of the Farmers Market starting June 6 at a new location, in front of City Hall on West Capitol Avenue. “We love our food, we love our farms,” said the Mayor.

It’s as though people are finding ways to “rearrange the letters in ‘West Sacramento’ to spell ‘opportunity,” observed the Mayor.

The State of the City also included the Mayor’s Civic Leadership Awards for 2013. Mayor Cabaldon was assisted by the members of the City Council in honoring the following organizations and individuals:

  • Prosperity: Food Action Team—Dan Gannon, Mike Costello, Denice Seals, Ernesto Lucero, and Beverly Sandeen (presented by Mayor Pro Tem Chris Ledesma);
  • Community: Friends of the Main Drain Parkway (presented by Councilmember Mark Johannessen);
  • Pride: Broderick Roadhouse (presented by Councilmember Oscar Villegas); and
  • Service: Beverly “Babs” Sandeen, (presented by Councilmember Bill Kristoff).

The Mayor’s State of the City event was produced by the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.

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