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Fake employment offers: scam artists send you a bad check, ask you to wire them their fee

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 28, 2014 —

From the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office —

District Attorney Jeff Reisig is warning citizens to be alert for offers of employment that turn out to be scams.  In one recent case, a Winters’ man was victimized and lost $3,500 after using Craigslist to find a driving job.  The victim never actually met with the employer and only communicated using text messaging.  The victim’s new “employer” sent him two paychecks as an advance and told the victim to deposit the checks, keep a portion for himself, and wire the remainder across the county.  By the time the victim learned that the checks were fraudulent, the wire transfer had already gone through, leaving the victim responsible for the loss.

A second report involved a citizen receiving a United States Postal Service Priority Mail package containing an offer to be a “Mystery Shopper.”  Included in the package were job duties and instructions to deposit the enclosed cashiers check, take out wages and then wire the remaining funds to the person posing as the employer.  This victim also was left responsible for the loss after he realized the checks were fake.

Scam artists use clever schemes to defraud vulnerable victims.  In these examples, many of the victims are desperately seeking employment. The scammers use telephones, mail, the internet and wire services to cross geographic boundaries and trick unsuspecting victims.  You can protect yourself by learning to recognize “red flags” of fraudulent activity like being paid up front for work that you have not completed or being asked to wire money to someone you have never met.

The District Attorney’s Office reminds those seeking employment that they should be very cautious when asked to cash checks or wire money for any reason.   We suggest you thoroughly check out any company offering you employment and get everything in writing. For more information on how to keep safe and avoid being scammed, please contact Enforcement Officer Derek Sorriano at the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, (530) 406-4503.

 

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Saturday: everybody’s an artist in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 17, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Help make some art:

You’re invited to participate in West Sacramento’s “Grow Yolo Mandala,” a community art project expected to debut at the local farmers market on June 6. The art project will be a ground-level display that shows off the wide variety of agriculture and crops in the area, arranging various display pieces in a mesh of geometry.

The artistic team of Paula Wenzl Bellacera of West Sacramento and Taylor Gutermute of Sacramento were selected by YoloArts to spearhead the project. Funding comes from the James Irvine Foundation.

Taylor Gutermute (left) and West Sacramento’s Paula Wenzl Bellacera do some prep work on the ‘Grow Yolo Mandala.’ The community art project they are spearheading wants some volunteers this Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Taylor Gutermute (left) and West Sacramento’s Paula Wenzl Bellacera do some prep work on the ‘Grow Yolo Mandala.’ The community art project they are spearheading wants some volunteers this Saturday.
(Courtesy photo)

The master design for the art project includes “imagery referencing local  agriculture such as seasonal crops, lunar cycles, compass directions, fields, furrows, waterways, and much more,” say the artists.

The artists have been to a number of area farms to collect materials for the art project, and they have talked to Yolo County’s ag commissioner, John Young, about what gets planted locally, and when.

“We’ve been to the Yolo Wool Mill (in Woodland), and we’ve got a lot of their byproducts to use,” Bellacera told the News-Ledger. “We’ve got grapevines from Bogle Winery, we’ve got things we’re going to weave. Some of the smaller items, like barley and seeds, will be glued in place.”

Individual community members will get a chance to decorate “seed packets” that will be incorporated into the larger display.

“Everybody will have the opportunity to take one of these seed packets and draw one of the local crops,” she said. “Once we get all these parts made by the community, it will be our aesthetic and artistic challenge to create the whole mandala.”

According to the organizers, a “mandala” is a “visual symbol of the universe that represents unity and harmony.” Creating one has a community art project helps to stress the interconnectedness of the citizens and their connection to land. It also stresses the cycle of agricultural life – and the impermanence of all life, said Bellacera.

The finished “mandala” will go up for display at this year’s first West Sacramento Farmers Market on June 6. (The local chamber of commerce is working on a slightly different location for the market this year, but it will again be on West Capitol Avenue near city hall.)

  The mandala will remain standing in public for about a month before it finishes its own cycle of life.

Are the artists worried about vandalism during the few weeks it stands on West Capitol?

“We spoke to YoloArts about that,” said Bellacera. “They said, ‘you know, it’s public art. Whatever happens will be okay.’”

Interested people can show up to help the project at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

 

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You’re invited to participate in a community art project in West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

YoloArts is sponsoring a community art project to which all West Sacramentans can contribute.

The “Grow Yolo Mandela Community Project” will offer workshops for community involvement, featuring media such as weavings, mosaics and pictures, through May. The finished “Mandala” will be unveiled at the West Sacramento Farmers Market in May. Visit the project on Facebook, www.facebook.com/YoloArts, or email the artists, Paula Wenzl Bellacera and Taylor Gutermute, at growyolomandala@yoloarts.org.

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