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THE NOONER for November 6, 2014
Oh, the misery of bad wifi. I just wrote an entire Nooner which I lost, and my clock says it's not even 4am. I'm in DC and it's raining outside, something that we need in PST, but I am EST, so ugh.
I want to write today about an amazing man who too often flies under the radar.
In 1993, I first encountered Christopher Cabaldon when he was the chief consultant of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, under Marguerite Archie-Hudson. Approaching the Cal Bears' alum as a community college student was pretty awful. Dude was as arrogant and dismissive as you could find.
Then, I got to see the other side. A kid of Filipino and German heritage ended up at Cal and decided to move to the 916. He became a champion of economic development to benefit those who otherwise would fall off the socioeconomic ladder. If you don't know West Sacramento, it's a collection of working class suburbs incorporated in 1987. Under his leadership as both a councilmember and mayor, the city has been transformed.
In 1996, Cabaldon was elected to the West Sacramento City Council. Then, after West Sac establlshed a directly elected mayor in 2004, he has won each two-year cycle. In 2006, he came out as a gay man during the State of the City address and on the Logo network. Six years ago, California voters banned gay marriage, while voters in West Sac elected Cabaldon as mayor for the third time. On Tuesday, he won re-election as mayor with 83.8% of the vote.
In my mind, Christopher is one of the best leaders in California politics. And, somedays, we just need to give a shoutout to the good women and men serving California.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Alan Dechert, Noah Finneburgh, and Jason Kinney!
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