As 2021 gets underway, West Sacramento has new leadership in its mayor for the first time in over two decades. In the November 3rd general election West Sacramentans decided to go with councilwoman Martha Guerrero for mayor over incumbent Christopher Cabaldon, who held the seat for 22 years. Along with Guerrero, voters also went with her ally Norma Alcala for city council.
With two open seats for city council, Alcala took the second city council seat while Quirina Orozco was re-elected to the city council seat she’s held since 2016. Finishing third and failing to qualify for the two open council seats was Dr. Dawnte Early, who was endorsed by Mayor Cabaldon. The election of Martha Guerrero to mayor also left her council seat vacant and needing to be filled.
While Martha Guerrero is ready to lead West Sacramento in a new direction, council members Christopher Ledesma and Quirina Orozco, who are considered allies to former mayor Christopher Cabaldon, were playing politics as usual and not cooperating with the new mayor’s agenda. Mayor Guerrero’s attempts to fill commissioner appointments were met with objections from councilmember Ledesma.
When asked about councilmember Ledesma’s objections, Mayor Guerrero said, “I want to appoint fresh new faces, people with experience and expertise who can connect with the community. The council members had the opportunity to interview any of the 90 applicants that applied for these commissions and the two councilmembers (Ledesma and Orozco) recommended many applicants who would be reappointed for another term. I did select a few of Councilman Ledesma’s and Orozco's commission recommendations and it appeared Ledesma was not happy I didn’t select all of his recommendations.”.Read more