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Get rid of household chemicals, etc.


The Yolo County landfill will take in your household hazardous wastes on Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The program is open to Yolo County residents (include West Sacramento residents), who may bring such waste items as batteries; fluorescent bulbs or tubes; used motor oil and filters; cleaning supplies; lighter fluid; antifreeze; aerosols; garden pesticides and herbicides; latex or oil based paints; solvents; poisons; electrical switches/relays; pilot light sensors; mercury thermostats, old medicines but not controlled substances and containerized syringes.

[adrotate group=”7″] These items, when suitable, are then available to other members of the public, free, for re-use.

For more information, call (530) 666-8856 or visit www.yolocounty.org.

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Free oil filter exchange in West Sac

[adrotate group=”10″] NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

Yolo County residents can exchange their old used motor oil filter for a comparable new one, free, on Saturday, June 23.

Bring your old filter to any AutoZone or O’Reilly Auto Parts store in West Sacramento or Woodland on June 23 (there’s an AutoZone in West Sac at 1400 West Capitol Avenue/corner of Jefferson Blvd.). Limit, two per customer.

For more info, call the Yolo County Environmental Services Division, (916) 617-4590.

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McGowan reelected; other faces will change


The state primary election on June 5 was a quiet ballot for local West Sacramento elections. There were no local measures on the ballot, and voters won’t choose new city council or school board members until November.

MICHAEL McGOWAN: West Sacramento's first mayor, who was first elected to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in 1992 (courtesy photo)

Mike McGowan ran unopposed for another term as Yolo County Supervisor for District 1, which includes West Sacramento and Clarksburg. Turnout in District 1 was 25.3% (5,315 of 21,010 registered voters) and 4,205 of those voters checked the box for McGowan, granting him another term.

Elsewhere in Yolo County, Jim Provenza ran unopposed in the 4th District (with 38.5% turnout) and incumbent Duane Chamberlain defeated Art Pimental for the 5th District supervisor’s seat, 53.3% to 46.7% (with 30.3% turnout).

Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire fended off a challenge from Deputy District Attorney Clint Parish, 77.2% to 22.8%, to retain his seat on the bench. Maguire won all precincts in that hotly-contested race.

Redistricting will help shuffle West Sacramento’s representation in Congress, the State Assembly and State Senate next year.

Democrat Roger Dickinson won the “top two” primary in the newly redrawn 7th District of the State Assembly, which will include West Sacramento in 2013. In Yolo, he came in ahead of Republican Jonathan Zachariou 64.5% to 36.5%, and he now faces a November general election for the new seat. Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (also facing re-election) is the city’s current assembly member, but her 8th district will no longer serve West Sacramento beginning in January.

[adrotate group=”7″]  Congresswoman Doris Matsui (a Democrat) came out on top with 63.5% of Yolo County’s votes in the “top two” primary for the 6th District, House of Representatives. She was ahead of Republicans Joseph McCray, Sr., and Erik Smitt.  The 6th District will include West Sacramento starting next year; the city is currently served by 1st District Congressman Mike Thompson. Matsui will face McCray in the November general election for the 6th District.

West Sacramento will join the 6th District of the State Senate next year, with Democrat Darrell Steinberg continuing his current term as state senator. The city is currently served by the 5th District’s Lois Wolk. She’s not up for re-election this year.

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West Sac library: prizes for kids, teens


Pizza coupon for youngsters, tablet computer raffle for teen book reviewers during library’s summer reading program

From the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library is rolling out its ever-popular summer reading program starting June 1.  The program runs through mid-August and will include free reading clubs for all ages, exciting events and great prizes.  All programs are free.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “A summer reading program is a critically important tool to keep children learning and reading during the summer,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  Research indicates students who read recreationally out-perform those who don’t.  Studies have also shown school-aged children lose up to one month of learning over the summer break.  “Our programs provide quality summer learning opportunities,” said Wong.  “Sign up at your local Yolo County Library branch.”

Beginning June 1, everyone who visits any Yolo County Library branch may sign up for summer reading and pick up a schedule of summer events for children, families, teens or adults.  The lineup includes Olympic Dreams, The Bat Lady, sing around the campfire with Mr. Daddy Longlegs, magician Jon Lopez, Dream Interpretation and much, much more.  Events vary from branch to branch, so stop by your branch or visit www.yolocountylibrary.org for more information.

[adrotate group=”9″]   “Dream Big…Read!” is for children ages 0-12.  Sign up, visit the library during the summer and check in at the Information Desk to chat about what you have been reading to get a prize.  Each child who completes the program receives a free book and Round Table Pizza coupon, while supplies last.

“Own the Night” is the teen program (ages 13-18).  Sign up and fill out a short survey to be entered into the system-wide raffle for a chance to win an Android Touch Screen Tablet, MP3 player or a Target gift certificate.  In addition, there are library activities at each branch to earn additional raffle tickets.  The more books you read and review and earn raffle tickets for, the more chances to win.

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Honorary diploma for those who left to serve

Catherina Nou, representing Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, with diploma recipient Connie Colbert of West Sacramento; Irene Martinez (receiving on behalf of her husband); Jesus Ramirez, (receiving on behalf of his father); and Dr. Jorge Ayala, Superintendent, Yolo County Office of Education. (Courtesy of YCOE)

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

From the Yolo County Office of Education

The Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE) celebrated “Operation Recognition” on Thursday, May 24, at the Yolo County Office of Education Conference Center. The program gave honorary high school diplomas to veterans unable to earn their diplomas because they left school to serve in the armed forces.

[adrotate group=”9″] During the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, thousands of young men and women left high school and the comforts of home to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Many veterans were not able to finish high school and receive a high school diploma.

California Education Code authorizes a local educational agency to provide for retroactive granting of a high school diploma to a former student who is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.

The Yolo County Office of Education was gave honorary high school diplomas to war veterans Connie Colbert of West Sacramento, Guillermo “Bill” Martinez of Woodland and and Jose Ramirez of Guinda.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Family, friends and community members were present on Thursday as Dr. Jorge Ayala, county superintendent,  presented the honorary high school diplomas to Connie Colbert, Navy Seaman from WWII; the late Guillermo Martinez, a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran; and to the late Jose Ramirez, U.S. Army Vietnam War Veteran.  Accepting on behalf of the late Mr. Martinez  his wife Irene and accepting on behalf of Mr. Ramirez was his son, Jesus.

The ceremony opened with the pledge of allegiance by Woodland’s Boy Scout Troop 133.  The three veterans also received proclamations from Senator Lois Wolk, Fifth District, and Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, Eight District, commending them for their service and aspiration to receive high school diplomas.

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Low-flying choppers this week


Pacific Gas & Electric Company says its helicopters will be conducting low-flying inspection patrols through June 15, taking stock of power lines in Yolo and Solano counties.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “A helicopter will fly at approximately 250 to 300 feet, depending on the area and if livestock are present,” said PG&E spokesperson Brandi Ehlers in a press release. “Helicopter patrols are usually done in rural areas where power lines are not close enough to roads to patrol by vehicle or foot.”

These rural areas include Clarksburg, south of West Sacramento, she added.

The patrols will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, with inspectors looking for sagging lines, hazardous trees, and potential fire hazards. Problems will be noted for repair work “ahead of storm season,” said Ehlers.

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From local farms to local schools

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

By John Young, Yolo Co. Agricultural Commissioner and Sealer of Weights & Measures

Farm-to-School programs combine public health and agricultural marketing objectives with the potential to change the way young people eat, think about food and improve their health through development of life-long healthy eating habits.

Farm-to-School Yolo is a three-year program that will link YoloCounty agriculture with the National School Lunch Program,which is offered in YoloCounty to 38,000 students of whom, 65% are eligible for free and reduced meals, five days a week.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Farm-to-School Yolo is working with school districts in YoloCounty to increase the amount of fresh, local produce offered in breakfast, lunch and after-school snacks in all five school districts and in the Yolo County Office of Education’s Head Start Preschool Program. Farm-to-School Yolo will not only increase the use of fresh, local produce, it will also teach students and staff where food comes from, who grew it and how it should be prepared for peak flavor and nutritional value.

Regrettably, Yolo County has an obesity rate of 26.1% in its Kindergarten-12th grade student population. Intervention is necessary starting with the meals that our most vulnerable young people are eating in our schools. Farm-to-School Yolo recognizes the role of agriculture as part of the solution to this public health issue.  Once fully implemented, Farm-to-School Yolo, working with local farmers, will provide the tools for school food service programs to serve increasingly healthy meals made from scratch, thus avoiding many of the hidden ingredients which contribute to obesity epidemic.

“Farm-to-School Yolo is a piece of the puzzle in building a local food economy, turning the tide of childhood obesity and reconnecting our residents to the land and the people who produce our food,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Jim Provenza.

Farm-to-School Yolo is not a start-up.  It isan objective specifically called out in the Yolo County 2030 General Plan, adopted in November of 2009.  It also builds on the successful three-year Yolo Agricultural Marketing Initiative, completed in 2009 by local food, food policy and marketing experts Georgeanne Brennan and Ann Evans.

Recently, Farm-to-School Yoloconcluded a two-year development phase incorporating in its implementation plan the successes of the Davis and Winters Farm-to-School programs. A 60-member, multi-stakeholder Advisory Task Force, chaired by Delaine Eastin, former California Superintendent of Public Instruction, is now in place to facilitate program implementation.

“In Yolo County, we want to take the successful Farm-to-School program in Davis and expand it on a countywide scale,” said Chair Provenza. “We seek to be the model for California, connecting our food service directors to our farmers, bringing fresh, local produce to the plates of our YoloCounty children.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   Ultimately, the program will deliver school food service professional development; grower/farmer assessment, training and development; menu and recipe templates; a feasibility study of a food hub through the Yolo County Food Bank; and private sector marketing and distribution linkages.

Farm-to-School programs  will contribute to the health of our children, farms, the environment, the economy and our communities.

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