Election Day Coverage: Late Endorsement and Campaign Rally

Cabaldon-ChristopherMayor Cabaldon Endorses Sam Neustadt

West Sacramento Mayor Chris Cabaldon issued the following statement today:

“I was neutral in the Yolo County Superintendent of Schools race until my friends in one camp made it all about demonizing charter schools.  I am not interested in bringing polarizing state politics into our local schools and attacking some solid schools in our town.  Count me as a Sam Neustadt supporter now.”


Joe Krovoza and Robb Davis Host Coffee At Mishka’s

At least 40 campaign supporters flowed into the last moment coffee co-hosted by Assembly Candidate Joe Krovoza and Davis City Council Candidate Robb Davis.

Here are a few photos of the event.


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—David M. Greenwald reporting

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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    1. SC

      Based on his statement, I would say that the Mayor expressed his support for the existing public schools that are serving students in Yolo – including the public charter schools that already exist and are doing good work in the county.

      Second to that, it seems the Mayor opposes demonizing the existing public charter schools in Yolo for political gain or as a means of attacking Neustadt (or any candidate!). Polarizing state politics should not be brought down to the local level and used as an attack mechanism at the expense of the students and teachers in Yolo.

      Neustadt supports ALL public school teachers and students — including the ones at existing Yolo County public charter schools. Neustadt supports quality options for kids and teachers – which is what the county Superintendent’s office SHOULD provide as a service to all of Yolo. That is likely why almost 70% of his campaign donations came from educators and community members – most of them small dollar amounts from individuals.

      As an aside, it is worth noting that ALL charter schools are public schools and use public money, which is why an experienced education leader like Sam is the best choice for providing strong fiscal oversight as Superintendent. The Superintendent is responsible for ensuring that the existing charter schools – and all the school districts in Yolo – are fiscally solvent.

        1. SC


          Not sure if you mean EdFund. If so, no.

          EdFund is a Federal student financial aid program that works with/as an extension of the California Student Aid Commission. Think student loans for college, and other higher education financial related resources.

          Hope that helps!

  1. Rich RifkinWDE 73

    Unless you are making money off of them, it strikes me as dumb to be “in favor of charter schools” in general. Many of them are bad, just like many regular public schools are.

    However, I think valuable lessons can be learned from some of the best charter schools, especially those which have had a lot of sustained success teaching poor students, including inner-city poor black and Latino kids. I was reading recently about a charter company in inner-city L.A. called Celeriry Schools: http://www.celerityschools.org/index.php/history/. What is absolutely impressive is the very high test scores their children are producing year after year. I know they take all comers. Charter schools cannot discriminate in California. However, I am not sure if they have later kicked out those who are disruptive, something regular public schools rarely do and charters often do. So it may not exactly be apples and apples comparing Celerity’s success with other schools which serve poor minority kids. But it is pretty close to apples and apples and Celerity does a lot right.

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