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Yolo County Tobacco Prevention Coaltion

The Yolo County Tobacco Prevention Coalition is seeking new members!

An article in The Sacramento Bee entitled “Wealthy Counties Top the List of California’s Healthiest,” published on April 4,  stated that Yolo County citizens have a far lower smoking rate than the majority of counties in California. This is a huge achievement for Yolo County and we must keep it up. Community members that are willing to do their part to help stand against the effects of the tobacco industries are the key to upholding this consistently low smoking rate, and play a key role in increasing awareness and supporting efforts for a healthier community.

  Tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable death globally, taking over 5 million lives a year. Today’s cigarettes deliver nicotine more efficiently to the brain, addicting kids more quickly and making it harder for smokers to quit. Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke cause immediate harm to the human body, and can lead to cancer, heart attacks, and lung disease.

The purpose of the Yolo County Tobacco Prevention Coalition is to prevent and reduce tobacco use through education, social norm change, and individual empowerment in our culturally diverse county. The coalition tries to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, counter “Big Tobacco” influences, reduce the availability of tobacco to minors, and promote and provide help with quitting tobacco. A few of the coalition’s recent accomplishments include assisting Yolo County cities and supervisors in reducing cigarette sales to children (via licensing retailers), and supporting Woodland and Winters City Councils in adopting resolutions to offer more smoke-free apartments.

  There are so many benefits to joining the coalition! Coalition members are a group of advocates representing the general public and various agencies including those from the Yolo County school districts, law enforcement, and healthcare professionals. Make a difference in your community, be part of the decision making process, and make your community a healthier place. The coalition meets every other month to network, plan activities, and address current tobacco issues affecting Yolo County.

If you have an interest in preventing another generation from becoming addicted to tobacco products, being part of this coalition is a great opportunity to make a difference.

Please contact Steven Jensen with the Yolo County Tobacco Education Program at (530) 666-8616 or email steven.jensen@yolocounty.org.

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NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 23, 2012 —

  Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or proven by an investigation or a courtroom.  The News-Ledger appears in the print edition of the News-Ledger nearly EVERY week — see the special offer at bottom to try that out.

May 16, 10:03 a.m.
A trade school on Riverside Parkway said a dismissed employee had stolen over $12,000 worth of tools. The theft was on security video.

May 16, 11:34 a.m.
A caller from Elkhorn Elementary asked for police advice: a student had been found with some plastic baggies, and staff wanted to know if that was considered to be drug paraphernalia.

May 16, 7:03 p.m.
A caller reported an ongoing problem of juveniles harassing the ducks in a pond near Linden Road and Summerfield Drive. The caller had just driven by the pond, and saw three youngsters trying to catch a duck.

May 17, 7:03 a.m.
A citizen reported a reckless driver going northbound on Park Boulevard. The citizen gave the driver’s first name, address, and a description of the car, saying this was an ongoing problem.

May 17, 8:26 a.m.
A car on Touchstone Place was found “tagged” with graffiti, and with its windows broken. Nothing was missing.

May 17, 8:56 a.m.
A work vehicle parked at city hall was found burglarized.

May 17, 9:40 a.m.
A two-vehicle collision was reported on Riverside Parkway. An airbag had deployed, and one car was “totaled.” Injuries were unknown.

May 17, 12:12 p.m.
A resident of Sherman Island Road reported “loud, vulgar” music coming from a neighbor’s place. This was a “constant problem.”

May 17, 12:54 p.m.
A female caller said her brother (16 years old and 200 pounds) had just damaged her car with a scooter, and the two were now in a dispute.

May 17, 1:21 p.m.
A man on 11th Street called police to report that his sister was plotting to harm him.

May 17, 2:08 p.m.
A woman on 7th Street said she had a video of an adult neighbor taking pictures of the woman’s daughter sunbathing.

May 17
Copper wire and cables were stolen from a cell phone tower on Linden Road.

May 17, 6:32 p.m.
A Southport man listed a cell phone for sale on the Craigslist website. A subject made a deal to buy it, and the two met at the 2400-block of West Capitol. Then the subject stole the phone and drove away.

May 17, 11 p.m.
A woman on Jefferson Boulevard in Southport reported hearing from a sister-in-law, who reported that there was an unknown subject outside yelling, “I killed Harold!” The caller asked police to check the area.

May 17, 11:10 p.m.
A Water Street resident said an intoxicated neighbor had spit through the fence at him or her.

May 18, 4:10 a.m.
From a Pine Street apartment complex: “2-3 males are outside of the apartment having a party and appear to be very intoxicated. One of the males is holding a shotgun and shot off three rounds. . . not aimed at anybody.”

May 18, 5:17 a.m.
A resident of a Touchstone Place condo complained about a neighbor: “A resident here has his TV on very loud and it’s shaking the bed.”

May 18, 9 a.m.
A trailer on Channel Drive was burglarized. A generator was stolen.

May 18, 12:50 p.m.
A witness said that the owner of a store near West Capitol and Poplar was “chasing another subject and swinging at him with a baseball bat.”

May 18, 1:06 p.m.
A frequent trespasser at a West Capitol supermarket was reported to be “inside the store and attempting to put alcohol down his pants, and also ate produce he hasn’t paid for.”

May 18, 1:13 p.m.
A .40 caliber Smith and Wesson and a 9 m.m. Glock handgun were reported stolen, probably from a moving van that had been parked on Cummins Way with its door open.

May 18, 6:41 p.m.
A citizen called from a motel on the 1800-block of West Capitol. The caller said a man keeps breaking into a room rented by a woman. The woman then spoke to the dispatcher, reporting that the man was currently laying in her bed, and she wanted police to remove him.

May 18, 10:22 p.m.
A witness saw two men carrying a “no parking” sign on a pole eastbound across the Tower Bridge. The sign may have been taken from the Raley Field area.

May 19, 1:25 a.m.
Regarding an incident on the 800-block of Riverpoint Court: “About midnight, (the caller) was at the gas station when a van approached and the driver said he was selling home theater systems. . . (The caller) purchased one for $100, but when he got home and tried to hook it up, he noticed there was no way to hook it up to anything, it was just a box.” The man did a web search for home theater systems under that brand name, and learned there was a common scam going on with them.

May 19, 2:55 a.m.
A man and his girlfriend argued in a north-area residence. The woman threatened to use Mace, but did not deploy it.

May 19, 7:36 a.m.
A vehicle was burglarized during the night on Randolph Road.

May 19, 11:54 a.m.
Dispatchers received a suicide threat from Southport.

May 19, 12:44 p.m.
A “cultural conflict”: A female reported that her parents “are yelling at her and following her around because they don’t want her to move out. . . until she marries.”

May 19, 3:29 p.m.
The levee was reported to be smoldering near Burrows Avenue and South River Road. There were possible “hot spots” from a fire the day before.

May 19, 6:27 p.m.
Two men were fighting near Hardy Drive and Cummins Way – and one had a knife in his hand.

May 19, 8:02 p.m.
A caller complained that the arms were down at a railroad crossing near F Street, and this had been “going on all day.” Dispatchers notified the railroad.

May 19, 4:52 p.m.
A 30-year old Sacramento woman was detained after trying to shoplift $200 worth of goods from a Riverpoint Court store. She also had a no-bail arrest warrant, and was arrested.

May 20, 1:06 a.m.
A loud party was reported near Rogue River Drive and Mojave Drive. There were several drunk juveniles in the street.

May 20, 2:09 a.m.
A resident of Martis Street reported that someone had just kicked the front door, and was now walking behind the residence.

May 20, 2:43 a.m.
A caller from a motel on the 1800-block of West Capitol said an unknown female had just knocked at the door, and was now trying to get into the caller’s vehicle outside.

May 20, 2:47 a.m.
A man wearing a baseball cap was walking northbound on Poplar, “screaming profanity and playing his guitar.”

May 20, 7:45 a.m.
A one-car accident was reported on the I Street Bridge. Someone was injured.

May 20, 8:29 a.m.
A resident complained of an ongoing problem regarding loud music from  Princeton Road home, and the caller wanted to make a formal complaint.

May 20, 11:47 a.m.
A Mojave Drive resident found a pile of partly-burned newspapers next to his garage.

May 20, 11:12 p.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported on Kegle Drive.

May 20, 4:39 p.m.
A citizen reported that his wallet was stolen at a Tyler Way garage sale. Gone were about $50 in cash, along with credit cards and a driver’s license.

May 20, 4:58 p.m.
A Southport man said his ex-girlfriend was outside, refusing to leave, and he asked police to move her along. The man said he was “a bit buzzed,” and didn’t want to go out.

May 20, 6:17 p.m.
A Southport woman said her boyfriend’s ex-wife had bought a cell phone for a child belonging to the boyfriend and ex-wife. When the caller took the phone away, the ex-wife threatened to report it as theft.

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RC student honored for volunteering

FROM LEFT: Lewis Bair, Executive Director of Computers4Kids, with honoree Carlos Robles and with Meg Stallard, President of Yolo Community Foundation. (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 23, 2012 —

From the Yolo Community Foundation

Carlos Robles, a senior at River City High School, was awarded one of four Yolo Youth Service Awards (YoYoSA) by the Yolo Community Foundation for his work with Computers 4 Kids.

  “Robles’ application stood out because of his combination of technical know-how, hard work and ability to work with people,” said Babs Sandeen of West Sacramento, a member of the YoYoSa selection committee, in a press release. “It is amazing what high school students do for nonprofit organizations.”

The award consists of a $1000 scholarship to the student and $500 to the nonprofit with which the student worked.  Computers 4 Kids refurbishes donated computers and teaches students in the 4th to 8th grades how to use them.  It has provided hundreds of elementary students with free computers since it started 6 years ago.

  Robles wrote in his application, “It’s great to see a student’s smile when they walk out with their first personal computer ever.  We also get a lot of positive feedback from parents.”

The other awardees were Agustin Villagomez of Winters (RISE,Inc.), Brenna Mockler of Davis (Migrant Education) and Alina Lusebrink of Davis (Acme Theatre Company).

Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor, presented each awardee with a certificate of honor from the Supervisors.  Representatives of Mike Thompson, Lois Wolk and Mariko Yamada also presented certificates.

Robles is planning to attend UC Davis and study computer science.

Yolo Community Foundation’s mission is to promote charitable giving in Yolo County.  More information is available at www.yolocf.org.

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Two trucks burn up

Aftermath of what appears to be an accidental fire in an industrial part of West Sacramento (courtesy of W.S. Fire Dept.)


On May 16, West Sacramento firefighters responded to the vicinity of Galveston and Canal streets after two big-rigs caught fire. The fire appeared to be accidental but of undetermined causes, reports W.S.F.D.

Damage was estimated at about $200,000.

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Cops ticketing in seat belt crackdown

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 25, 2012 —

The West Sacramento Police Department announced last week it will participate in the statewide “Click it or Ticket” campaign this summer to target seat belt scofflaws.

The department promises to “help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws around the clock,” in the campaign that runs May 21 through June 3.

A ticket for a first-time seat belt violation costs $142.

Fifty-one percent of the people killed in auto crashes nationwide in 2010 were not wearing seat belts at the time they were killed, said the department.

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WUSD explores November school bond

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 23, 2012  —

The Washington Unified School District’s board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave.

Among the many agenda items will be a presentation on the steps needed to place a general obligation school bond on the November ballot.

The presentation will be given by Jonathan Edwards of Government Financial Strategies, the district’s financial advisor.

Details of any bond measure are still yet to be worked out.

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Bring that fiddle or banjo


Bluegrass and country musicians looking to jam are invited to jam sessions held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. $2 at the door.

Call 617-4620 or visit www.westsacfun.org for information.

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