Tag Archives: county

Free flu shots Saturday in West Sac

NEWS-LEDGER of WEST SACRAMENTO —

From the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Health Services Department, in partnership with the city of West Sacramento, is holding a free seasonal influenza vaccination clinic on Saturday, November 22, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at West Sacramento City Hall, located at 1110 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.  Besides providing opportunity for residents to receive the seasonal flu vaccine, this clinic also serves as a test of the county’s mass vaccination response.

The Yolo County Health Services Department also provides seasonal flu vaccine for a $10.00 administrative fee (those unable to pay for a flu vaccine will not be turned away) as part of the regularly scheduled immunization clinic held every 1st Monday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 500 Jefferson Blvd in West Sacramento, and every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

The final seasonal flu vaccination clinic provided by Yolo County will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Woodland Senior & Community Center, located at 2001 East Street in Woodland.

In addition to getting a flu shot annually, everyone should also follow these simple steps to avoid the flu:

·         Wash hands often with soap and water
·         Regularly clean commonly-touched surfaces, i.e. countertops, doorknobs, telephones etc.
·         Don’t share cups, straws or anything that goes in the mouth
·         Cover nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, and promptly discard used facial tissues
·         If you are sick, stay home
Other important factors that help prevent getting sick:
·         Getting enough rest and staying physically fit to help the body fight off disease
·         Not smoking and reducing your exposure to secondhand smoke
  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2014

West Sac & Yolo County try pilot project: housing homeless in motel

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 29, 2014 —

The City of West Sacramento and County of Yolo are about to kick off a $100,000 project to house at least 71 homeless people in a “housing first” pilot project.

The “Bridge to Housing Pilot Project” includes a community cleanup of the city’s north levee area (a longtime dwelling spot for local homeless) on Saturday, Nov. 8. The subjects of the project will move into their new housing on Nov. 12, reports Beth Gabor, spokesperson for the County of Yolo.

The motel chosen to be the new housing site has not been determined, she told the News-Ledger.

Gabor said in a press statement that “the riverbank in West Sacramento has long attracted people experiencing homelessness, especially along what is referred to as the North Levee (publicly and privately owned parcels north of the Broderick Boat Ramp).”

“The North Levee area currently has an established community of approximately 71 people experiencing homelessness, 47 dogs and 22 cats,” she added. “Members of this homeless community have lived there, without trash service or running water, for an average of 4.5 years, with some members homeless there for ten years or more.”

Police and city workers periodically try to clear the area, she said, but the homeless have always returned.

After a community collaboration, city and county officials have decided to try a new approach: putting a roof over the heads of the homeless and then trying to provide them with needed services. This approach is often called a “housing first” model, in contrast to other models that only allow a homeless person into a housing project after the person first meets other conditions such as treating a drug habit.

This “limited population” project includes the following elements, reports Gabor:
Initial Outreach

— North Levee Clean Up Day (November 8) – Requested by the homeless residents as a way to give back to the community for its assistance with donations and the assistance of United Christian Centers, Waste Management, Ethan Conrad and Home Depot, to name a few

— Moving Day (Target: November 12) – Participating members (71 residents already identified) will move to a temporary housing location. There will be opportunities for a pet clinic, public health assessment, laundry, transportation and a move into a temporary housing site

— Pets will be allowed to go with their owners to temporary housing but some may have to pare down; pet owners are aware of this

— Yolo County Animal Services will be providing a cleaning station, immunizations and medication, as well as solutions for pets that may need to be surrendered

— Triage, Assessment and Application – During the 60 to 120 day stay in housing, 71 already identified members will participate in applying for benefits for which they may be eligible, including job training and assistance, chemical dependency, disabled benefits, counseling and other services.  In addition, they will apply for available permanent housing programs for which they may be eligible

— Ongoing Services – Includes mental health, substance abuse, medical services and case management

— Placement in Permanent Housing – Includes ongoing and, in some cases, intensive case management to help them succeed in their new housing.

Partners in the project include the following, added Gabor:

County of Yolo, including County Administrator’s Office, Employment & Social Services, Environmental Health, Health Services, Probation and Animal Services;
City of West Sacramento, including the Police Department and City Manager’s Office; Legal Services of Northern California

  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2014

West Sacramento: free flu shot clinic on November 22

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

The Yolo County Health Services Department will be holding the following seasonal influenza vaccination clinics this fall:
—  Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the     Riverbend Community Room, 664 Cummins Way in West Sacramento
—   Tuesday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street in Davis
—   Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento (free)
—   Wednesday, December 10, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Woodland Senior & Community Center, 2001 East Street in Woodland.

With the exception of the November 22 clinic, which is free, a $10 administrative fee will be requested.  Those unable to pay will not be turned away.

In addition to getting a flu shot, everyone should also follow these simple steps to avoid the flu:
•    Wash hands often with soap and water
•    Regularly clean commonly-touched surfaces, i.e. countertops, doorknobs, telephones etc.
•    Don’t share cups, straws or anything that goes in the mouth
•    Cover nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, and promptly discard used facial tissues
•    If you are sick, stay home
Other important factors that help prevent getting sick:
•    Getting enough rest and staying physically fit to help the body fight off disease
•    Not smoking and reducing your exposure to secondhand smoke
The Yolo County Health Services Department also provides seasonal flu vaccine for a $10.00 administrative fee (those unable to pay for a flu vaccine will not be turned away) as part of the regularly scheduled immunization clinic held every 1st Monday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 500 Jefferson Blvd in West Sacramento, and every 2nd, 3rd and 4th Monday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2014

 

Empower Yolo celebrates the ’50s with a fundraiser at Woodland venue

The unusual ‘Reiff’s Antique Gas Station Museum in Woodland boasts -- if you look closely, both an airplane and a car crashing into the walls, as well as a barber pole. Inside, there are antique soda vending machines and plenty of other Fifties flashbacks. (courtesy photo)

The unusual ‘Reiff’s Antique Gas Station Museum in Woodland boasts — if you look closely, both an airplane and a car crashing into the walls, as well as a barber pole. Inside, there are antique soda vending machines and plenty of other Fifties flashbacks. (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —  SEPT 3, 2014 —

Empower Yolo, which provides violence-prevention and crisis intervention services to women and children in Yolo County, will host a party and fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The “Rebels With a Cause: Driving Out Violence” event will be held at Reiff’s Antique Gas Station Museum, a Woodland landmark decorated with vintage 1950s memorabilia, antiques, and relics of classic car culture.

The end-of-the-summer soiree will feature “doo-wop” music, Motown and Fifties hits, a car show, a 1950s costume contest, silent auction and more.

The event starts at 4 p.m. on Sept. 20 at 52 Jefferson Street, Woodland. Buy tickets ($25) online at www.empoweryolo.org/rebels or at Empower Yolo, 175 Walnut Street in Woodland.  Ticket price includes the music, car show, drink ticket, hors d’oeuvres and a tour of the museum. Sponsorship opportunities available.

Empower Yolo is a nonprofit formerly known as the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center.

  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2014

West Sac’s supervisor says this region played big role in shaping state water bond

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 20, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas says this region played a big role in deciding what to keep and what to throw away as the upcoming $7.2 billion state water bond was drafted for the November ballot.  Villegas, who represents Clarksburg and most of West Sacramento, joined fellow Yolo supervisor Jim Provenza in a subcommittee that worked with other regional and state officials on the bond.

NEWS-LEDGER -- AUG 20, 2014 -- By Steve Marschke News-Ledger Editor   Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas says this region played a big role in deciding what to keep and what to throw away as the upcoming $7.2 billion state water bond was drafted for the November ballot.  Villegas, who represents Clarksburg and most of West Sacramento, joined fellow Yolo supervisor Jim Provenza in a subcommittee that worked with other regional and state officials on the bond. OSCAR VILLEGAS, Yolo County Supervisor from West Sacramento (News-Ledger file photo)     OSCAR VILLEGAS,     Yolo County Supervisor from West Sacramento (News-Ledger file photo)   “Yolo County was intimately involved in the negotiations of what the bond ought to look like,” he told the News-Ledger on Monday. “We were representing Yolo County on a coalition of Delta counties. There are five counties actively involved in protecting the Delta.”   This coalition worked with state senators Darrell Steinberg and Lois Wolk and others officials involved in the process.   “There was a frenzy of activity in the last week as the deadline approached and there was a need to get something before the governor,” said Villegas.”   So what’s in the bond? What will voters be funding if they pass it?   “There’s a series of different things,” said Villegas. “The biggest is water storage, which I think everybody agrees is a huge need. It will (also) go for water recycling, groundwater cleanup, restoration in the Delta and for flood protection.”   Also important is what isn’t in it, said Villegas. He feels that the water bond, as drafted, will avoid funding the controversial “tunnels” project meant to ship water from the Delta area to Southern California.   “We did not want this bond to be used for that,” Villegas said. So the tunnel plan remains alive, but separate.   “The other thing we pushed for was funding for the Delta Conservancy,” he added. “This involves restoration work needed in the Delta, for the health of the Delta habitat as well as for the levees. Another thing I think is critical is that there is language included for agricultural sustainability. There is so much ag land in Yolo that is going to be affected by the redistribution of water. Bond funds could be used for ag sustainability.”   Villegas said he agrees with Senator Wolk’s view that the bill “is not perfect, but it’s a lot better than what we had.” And he recommends a “yes” vote on it in November, saying it will help the area’s farming, flood protection and water supply.   Do you like what you see here?   You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.   You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605). Copyright News-Ledger 2014

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 20, 2014 —
By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor
Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas says this region played a big role in deciding what to keep and what to throw away as the upcoming $7.2 billion state water bond was drafted for the November ballot. Villegas, who represents Clarksburg and most of West Sacramento, joined fellow Yolo supervisor Jim Provenza in a subcommittee that worked with other regional and state officials on the bond.
OSCAR VILLEGAS, Yolo County Supervisor from West Sacramento (News-Ledger file photo)
OSCAR VILLEGAS,
Yolo County Supervisor from West Sacramento (News-Ledger file photo)
“Yolo County was intimately involved in the negotiations of what the bond ought to look like,” he told the News-Ledger on Monday. “We were representing Yolo County on a coalition of Delta counties. There are five counties actively involved in protecting the Delta.”
This coalition worked with state senators Darrell Steinberg and Lois Wolk and others officials involved in the process.
“There was a frenzy of activity in the last week as the deadline approached and there was a need to get something before the governor,” said Villegas.”
So what’s in the bond? What will voters be funding if they pass it?
“There’s a series of different things,” said Villegas. “The biggest is water storage, which I think everybody agrees is a huge need. It will (also) go for water recycling, groundwater cleanup, restoration in the Delta and for flood protection.”
Also important is what isn’t in it, said Villegas. He feels that the water bond, as drafted, will avoid funding the controversial “tunnels” project meant to ship water from the Delta area to Southern California.
“We did not want this bond to be used for that,” Villegas said. So the tunnel plan remains alive, but separate.
“The other thing we pushed for was funding for the Delta Conservancy,” he added. “This involves restoration work needed in the Delta, for the health of the Delta habitat as well as for the levees. Another thing I think is critical is that there is language included for agricultural sustainability. There is so much ag land in Yolo that is going to be affected by the redistribution of water. Bond funds could be used for ag sustainability.”
Villegas said he agrees with Senator Wolk’s view that the bill “is not perfect, but it’s a lot better than what we had.” And he recommends a “yes” vote on it in November, saying it will help the area’s farming, flood protection and water supply.
Do you like what you see here?
You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.
You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).
Copyright News-Ledger 2014

“Yolo County was intimately involved in the negotiations of what the bond ought to look like,” he told the News-Ledger on Monday. “We were representing Yolo County on a coalition of Delta counties. There are five counties actively involved in protecting the Delta.”

This coalition worked with state senators Darrell Steinberg and Lois Wolk and others officials involved in the process.

“There was a frenzy of activity in the last week as the deadline approached and there was a need to get something before the governor,” said Villegas.”

So what’s in the bond? What will voters be funding if they pass it?

“There’s a series of different things,” said Villegas. “The biggest is water storage, which I think everybody agrees is a huge need. It will (also) go for water recycling, groundwater cleanup, restoration in the Delta and for flood protection.”

Also important is what isn’t in it, said Villegas. He feels that the water bond, as drafted, will avoid funding the controversial “tunnels” project meant to ship water from the Delta area to Southern California.

“We did not want this bond to be used for that,” Villegas said. So the tunnel plan remains alive, but separate.

“The other thing we pushed for was funding for the Delta Conservancy,” he added. “This involves restoration work needed in the Delta, for the health of the Delta habitat as well as for the levees. Another thing I think is critical is that there is language included for agricultural sustainability. There is so much ag land in Yolo that is going to be affected by the redistribution of water. Bond funds could be used for ag sustainability.”

Villegas said he agrees with Senator Wolk’s view that the bill “is not perfect, but it’s a lot better than what we had.” And he recommends a “yes” vote on it in November, saying it will help the area’s farming, flood protection and water supply.

  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2014

Human remains found near West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 20, 2014 —

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department is looking into the discovery of some possible human remains Friday morning (Aug. 15) along the muddy riverfront of the Sacramento River near County Road 127.

A citizen noticed the teeth and a few other small bones in the area north of West Sacramento at about 11 a.m.

A sheriff’s department boat and coroner’s office investigators responded.

Further information was not immediately available.

Copyright News-Ledger 2014

Yolo Fair boasts some West Sac talent

ALINCIA VELA (right) and members of her Vela family band will be on stage next week at the Yolo County Fair. She won the amateur ‘Yolo Idol’ contest at the fair four years ago.  There’s still time to sign up for this year’s ‘Yolo Idol’ singing contest. (Courtesy photo/Suckseeding Photography)

ALINCIA VELA (right) and members of her Vela family band will be on stage next week at the Yolo County Fair. She won the amateur ‘Yolo Idol’ contest at the fair four years ago. There’s still time to sign up for this year’s ‘Yolo Idol’ singing contest.
(Courtesy photo/Suckseeding Photography)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 6, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

As Yolo’s free-admission county fair gets set to kick off next Wednesday, Marty DeAnda invites West Sacramentans to partake of its free entertainment – and maybe become part of the show.

DeAnda, born-and-raised in West Sacramento, is the Woodland fair’s entertainment director for the second year in a row. That means he is the guy in charge of booking the professional acts as well as running the “Yolo Idol” talent contest.

Opening night (August 13) will feature “The Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters.” McGowan is a retired West Sacramento mayor and county supervisor.

Drummer Mike McGowan (right) and vocalist Cindy Tuttle (center) are part of the ‘Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters.’ They’re also both former West Sac mayors. (courtesy photo)

Drummer Mike McGowan (right) and vocalist Cindy Tuttle (center) are part of the ‘Legendary Mike McGowan and the Mighty Delta Roadmasters.’ They’re also both former West Sac mayors. (courtesy photo)

Another West Sac-oriented band is “Alincia and the Banda Velas.”

“Alincia actually won the Yolo Idol contest four years ago,” said DeAnda. “She’s an amazing singer.” Alincia and her Vela family band will play on Friday, Aug. 15.

And there’s plenty of outside talent planning to show up.

“Our talent is at even a higher level than last year,” DeAnda reports. “Cold Blood is a great band – it was the sister band of Tower of Power. Lydia Pense is the heir apparent to Janis Joplin.”

That band will hit the stage on Saturday, August 16.  It’s free to listen to Cold Blood at the fair, DeAnda notes, although “usually Cold Blood is a $30 ticket” when you catch them elsewhere.

And on Thursday, August 14, the will feature “Walking Spanish,” led by 25-year old Alex Nelson – brother of Sacramento sensation Jackie Greene. That’s also the night for Yolo Idol – an “American Idol”-style talent contest to which you are invited to try your finely-honed karaoke skills.

There’s still room for a few more entries into Yolo Idol, DeAnda said.

“I think we’re at 14 or 15 acts, and we’re only going to take 20,” he said. “There are cash prizes, and we’re also planning on giving the winner a highlighted spot on ‘Good Day Sacramento.’ It’s a great place to showcase your talent – the event usually draws 600 to a thousand spectators.”

Interested in bringing your voice (and your stage presence and your appearance) to Yolo Idol to be scored competitively? Contact DeAnda at marty@digmusic.com.

For more information about all the entertainment and other attractions at the Yolo County Fair this year, visit www.YoloFair.net. The fair runs Aug. 13-17 at 1250 E. Gum Avenue in Woodland. Entry and most entertainment is free; rides, food and some events require a ticket purchase.

You may also call (530) 402-2222 for information.

  Do you like what you see here?

  You can support local journalism, support this website, and see all the News-Ledger’s articles every week! Subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. It’s only $20 per year within West Sacramento – once a week, delivered to your mailbox.

  You can even try it for free for two months if you live in West Sacramento. Just send your name and mailing address to FreeTrial@news-ledger.com (offer open to new subscribers in West Sacramento ZIP codes 95691 & 95605).

Copyright News-Ledger 2014