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Route Fifty at SXSW: Our Interview With West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon

Route Fifty's Mitch Herckis interviews West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon in Austin.

Route Fifty's Mitch Herckis interviews West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon in Austin. Route Fifty Staff

 

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We talk about his “heretical” take on civic engagement and “audacious” education and jobs programs.

This is the second in a series of video interviews with mayors who are in Austin, Texas, for SXSW. Previously: San José Mayor Sam Liccardo .

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and his team have used innovative approaches and a fierce ideology of trying things rather than studying them. This approach has helped West Sacramento to be named the " most livable city in the United States among small cities. Despite a population of only 50,000 residents, West Sacramento has implemented many programs city leaders dream of: universal pre-kindergarten, free community college and more.

What does he credit the success with? An iterative approach and a community that’s “hungry” to do amazing things.

Mitch Herckis is Senior Program Director at Government Executive's Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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