West Sacramento Mayor Chris Cabaldon says he had to pinch himself. At this year's U.S. Conference of Mayors, West Sacramento won the "Most Livable City" award for small cities.
West Sacramento won for the "Universal Preschool Initiative" it started eight years ago.
From Dallas, where the mayors' conference was held, Cabaldon says the award brings prestige in the eyes of other cities, but it also could bring new resources to West Sacramento.
"There were, you know, foundations that were present at the conference, companies, and many of them came up to me and said 'We didn't know you were doing this and we would love to be helpful. What you're doing is a model for the country that we should be able to scale in many other cities across the country. And so, here's my card, and we would like to talk about potentially putting some financial support behind what you're doing around early learning for kids,'" says Cabaldon.
Cabaldon says there were 200 cities in the competition. New Orleans won the livability award for its effort to reduce violent deaths on the streets.