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West Sac, Clarksburg women part of history program

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 18, 2015 —

By Al Zagofsky
Correspondent

“We are weaving the stories of women’s lives into the fabric of the history of Yolo County and also get young women interested in history by involving them in the program,” said Shipley Walters, Yolo County Historian  and Secretary for the Yolo County Women’s History Month Committee.

Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives is being presented by the Yolo County Women’s History Month Committee as part of their 28th annual Women’s History Month luncheon.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East Street, Woodland. Reservations and payment must be received by Friday, February 27.  Reservations will not be sold at the door.

The committee will honor four women who are immigrants or descendants of immigrants who came to Yolo County from different countries and represent four areas of Yolo County.

They are Alice Carbahal, of Spanish descent from Winters; Bessie Anderson, of Irish descent from Zamora and Knights Landing; Frances Sakai, of Japanese descent from Clarksburg, and Tanya Volkers, of Russian descent from West Sacramento.

The lives of these individual women are important because they reveal exceptionally strong role models who share a more expansive vision of what a woman can do. Their stories and the choices they made, encourage girls and young women to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience. Knowing women’s achievements challenges stereotypes and upends social assumptions about who women are and what women can accomplish.

The late Tanya Volkers of West Sacramento was imprisoned when the Japanese took Shanghai. She later became active in a local Russian cultural society and historical society.  (courtesy photo)

The late Tanya Volkers of West Sacramento was imprisoned when the Japanese took Shanghai. She later became active in a local Russian cultural society and historical society.
(courtesy photo)

West Sacramento’s Tanya Volkers survived a prisoner of war internment camp when the Japanese invaded here home in Shanghai. In 1928, she immigrated to the United States and learned the embroidery business, and In 1945, Tanya built a highly successful embroidery business in San Francisco.  She settled in West Sacramento, and co-founded the West Sacramento Russian Cultural Society, was a member of the West Sacramento Historical Society, and an ardent supporter of the incorporation of West Sacramento. She greeted Russian ships when they came to West Sacramento.

While visiting Windsor, England, she took a tour of Windsor Castle, fell and injured herself and ended up in the Queen Mother’s wheelchair. Tanya Volkers passed away in 2008, in her home in West Sacramento at 99 years of age.

Each woman’s story will be presented by a female student from the Davis Senior High School Theater Arts Department. Gwyneth Bruch, drama teacher from the high school, is coordinating the program with Miriam Nansen as Alice Carahal, Sofie Brown as Frances Sakai, Geneva Duren as Tanya Volkers and Naomi Gerner as Bessie Anderson.

ABOVE: Former West Sacramentan Louisa Vessell is one of the organizers of next month’s celebration of women’s history  (photo by AL ZAGOFSKY for the News-Ledger)

ABOVE: Former West Sacramentan Louisa Vessell is one of the organizers of next month’s celebration of women’s history
(photo by AL ZAGOFSKY for the News-Ledger)

The committee encourages young people to attend the luncheon so they can hear about some remarkable women who may inspire them or have an impact on their lives.

The cost for the luncheon is $25. For reservations, make checks payable to WHM, and mail to WHM, P.O. Box 711, Woodland, CA 95776. The luncheon will be catered by Anderson Family Catering & BBQ of Winters.  Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit public libraries in Yolo County for the purchase of women’s history materials. The deadline for reservations for the Yolo County Women’s History Month Luncheon is March 5, 2015

To learn more about the luncheon, or to make reservations, contact Kate Mawdsley at 530-758-5093 / wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or Louisa Vessell at 916-451-2113 / 916-799-9932 / lvessell@sbcglobal.net or visit www.ycwhm.org.

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Volunteers needed for Grand Jury

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 18, 2015 —

News-Ledger Staff

Would you like to serve on the next Yolo County Grand Jury?

Each July 1, the local court empowers a panel of 19 people to serve on this independent arm of the local judicial system.

“The primary civil function of the grand jury is to review the operations of city and county government as well as other tax-supported agencies and special districts,” reports the office of Court Executive Officer Shawn Landry. “Based on these reviews, the grand jury publishes its findings and may recommend constructive action to improve the quality and effectiveness of local government.”

The grand jury also listens to evidence and considers criminal indictments, and follows up on complaints from citizens, government employees and others.

Jurors serve for one year, meeting twice a month and spending about 25-40 hours per month on the job. They receive a small stipend and travel allowance.

Among the qualifications: you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, you must have been a Yolo County resident for at least one year before selection, and you may not have been convicted of a felony.

Visit www.yolo.courts.ca.gov or contact the Yolo Superior Court, Jury Services, 725 Court Street, Room 303, Woodland, CA 95695, (530) 406-6828.

Applications are due by Feb. 27.

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MoneyGram can be used to pay support

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 28, 2015 —

From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

Starting this month, parents will be able to pay their child support in cash at thousands of MoneyGram locations throughout California.

Previously, parents paying child support in cash could only do so by visiting a county or regional local child support agency that accepts in-office payments.  In Yolo County, the Child Support Services office is located at 100 West Court Street in Woodland.  Those who stand to benefit the most by paying through MoneyGram are the self-employed, those working seasonal jobs and those who don’t engage in traditional banking.

“We are pleased that we have been able to make the process easier for parents to pay their child support,” said Yolo County Department of Child Support Services Director Natalie Dillon in a press release. “This partnership with MoneyGram will benefit the parents who owe child support, and will translate into more payments for their children.”

There are approximately 30 MoneyGram locations in Yolo County, over 6,200 throughout California and 39,000 nationwide that provide bill payment services.  Payments can be made at 18 retail chains including CVS, Wal-Mart, Albertsons, Lucky, Raley’s/Bel Air, Food Maxx, 7-Eleven and others.

To make a payment through MoneyGram, parents will need their personal Participant Identification Number (PAR ID) and the group “Receive Code 14630.”  MoneyGram charges child support customers a $1.99 convenience fee.  For many, that is less than the cost of the gas needed to drive to a child support office.  Payments can take up to three days to post, so parents are advised to plan accordingly.

Child support payments may also be made online, by phone and by mail.  In-person payments are still available at the local child support office in Woodland.  Fees are not charged for using these payment options.

For information about payment options or to make a payment online, visit: www.childsup.ca.gov/PaymentOptions or call 866-901-3212.

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Have you always wanted to learn about animal tracks?

Chris Stephens (at right) with young trackers at Conaway Ranch in Yolo County. (courtesy photo)

Chris Stephens (at right) with young trackers at Conaway Ranch in Yolo County. (courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 28, 2015 —

From Tuleyome

Take a closer look at the nature surrounding you and discover countless stories of the wildlife nearby. Learn where otters slide into the water, where beavers have taken down trees and what critter’s paw prints you may be walking in at Home Place Adventures’ animal tracking workshop. Meet us on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 from 4:00pm-5:30pm at Conaway Ranch, 45332 County Road 25, Woodland, CA.

Join survival expert Chris Stephens as he shares his tracking skills and hilarious stories while walking along the riparian preserve. This is an excellent place to find tracks and scat of a variety of different animals due to the farm’s wildlife friendly farming and proximity to water.

This event is for all ages, families welcome. RSVP required; email JPower@tuleyome.org for more information.

The lack of clawmarks tells us this is a feline  pawprint. (courtesy photo)

The lack of clawmarks tells us this is a feline
pawprint. (courtesy photo)

Tuleyome’s Home Place Adventure program believes everyone deserves access to the outdoors. Tuleyome is a conservation non-profit based in Woodland, CA committed to protecting the wild and agricultural heritage of our region. While this event is free and open to the public, there is a $5 suggested donation. For more information, event details, and directions please visit our website at www.tuleyome.org and check out other upcoming outdoor events.

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A message & invitation from Yolo Supervisor Oscar Villegas

West Sacramento’s OSCAR VILLEGAS (right) took the oath of office again last week. Administering the oath were his children, Vincent and Elena (courtesy photo)

West Sacramento’s OSCAR VILLEGAS (right) took the oath of office again last week. Administering the oath were his children, Vincent and Elena
(courtesy photo)

From Oscar Villegas
Yolo County Supervisor, District 1

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Yolo County Supervisor, District 1, representing West Sacramento and Clarksburg.  In February 2014, I was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown, to serve on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in the seat vacated by the legendary Mike McGowan of which he held for nearly 20 years.  In June 2014, I was elected by the voters to retain this seat.  On January 5, 2015, it was a personal special moment to take the oath of office administered by our children, Elena and Vincent.

After thoroughly enjoying the honor and privilege of serving on the West Sacramento City Council for nearly 14 years, I have found it equally exciting and rewarding to have the opportunity to represent District 1 on the Yolo Board for the past 10 months.

I look forward to a new productive new year in 2015 by working with my colleagues on the Board to ensure that we continue to provide thoughtful stewardship over the many challenges ahead during our term of governance.    It is my intent to facilitate efforts to address the following:  restore our county reserves; seek avenues to  prudently restore  some of our basic services that were cut during the economic downturn; work collaboratively and productively with our local,  state and federal stakeholders on flood protection; finalize the integration of health and human services to provide a better system of safety net services for our residents; preserve the viability of Yolo agriculture while promoting the emerging Farm-to-Fork movement and expand our agricultural processing opportunities; continue to take bold and innovative steps to reduce the likelihood of homelessness, and to ensure that our community remain safe as we implement various aspects of the state’s realignment of offenders.

To responsibly address these issues, I humbly extend an invitation to residents of District 1 to assist by serving on various boards and commissions which serve as advisory to me and the Board.  It is critical that the residents have an opportunity to participate and provide input on those issues that impact our community.  As such, I would ask that you consider applying to serve on a board or commission where you believe you can make a positive contribution through your professional or life experience.  There are many topic areas ranging from aging, children services, both health and mental health services, etc.

To learn more about the boards and commission that service District 1, please visit my website at http://www.yolocounty.org/general-government/board-of-supervisors/district-1-oscar-villegas.  I also invite you to contact the district office located at 500 Jefferson Blvd., Suite C, West Sacramento, (916) 375-6440 or email:  oscar.villegas@yolocounty.org

Thanks again for bestowing me the honor of serving in this capacity.

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California counties, cities settle with Safeway over handling of hazardous wastes

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 14, 2015 —

Safeway Inc. has agreed to pay $9.87 million in “civil penalties, costs and supplemental environmental projects” after a group of California officials alleged its stores have been mishandling hazardous and pharmaceutical wastes.

The office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig was among the 42 district attorneys and two city attorneys who joined the legal action against Safeway. The Pleasanton-based company settled the case after working “cooperatively” with investigators. The court judgment was approved this month in Alameda County Superior Court.

“The investigation into Safeway’s practices began after discovery of improper shipments of hazardous and pharmaceutical waste to Safeway’s distribution centers form their stores,” said Reisig’s office in a press statement.

“The investigation revealed that Safeway was also routinely and systematically sending hazardous and pharmaceutical wastes to local area landfills not equipped to receive such waste. Upon being notified by prosecutors of the widespread issues, Safeway worked cooperatively to remedy the issue, enhance its environmental program and train its employees to properly handle such waste.”

The settlement resolved allegations involving over 500 Safeway stores and distribution centers, including its brands of Vons, Pavilions and Pak ‘n Save. Safeway operates several stores in Yolo County, including a Safeway at 1298 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The News-Ledger contacted the D.A.’s office to find out how much of the settlement is earmarked for Yolo County. We received a response after this article was published in our print edition.

A spokesman informed the News-Ledger that $375,000 of the settlement will go to Yolo County District Attorney’s office in the form of civil penalties, and the D.A.’s office will also receive about $89,000 in cost recovery.

The Yolo County Environmental Health Department will receive about $35,250 of the Safeway settlement in civil penalties and will recover costs in the amount of $5,400.

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Opinion: being a foster parent is not as hard as you may think

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 7, 2015

By Cherie Schroeder
Yolo County Foster Kinship Care Program

Local families are needed for local foster children, newborns through transitional age youth.

AUTHOR CHERIE SCHROEDER  (News-Ledger file photo/2009)

AUTHOR CHERIE SCHROEDER
(News-Ledger file photo/2009)

Winter can be harsh on children and families. During the month of November and into early December there was a definite up-swing in the number of children Yolo County DESS brought into protective custody, at no fault of their own, who needed a safe and loving place to call home.

Foster children are the children of our communities.  When a local home is not found, these vulnerable kids are often placed miles away from their family of origin, taking them away from services, supports, friends, school, and all that is known to them.

You may ask yourself, “How can I help?”

Becoming a foster home is not as hard or scary as one may think. At the core of quality foster parenting, are traits that include being present and available, flexible, kind and stable.  As one local foster mother shared,

“Children in foster care arrive to us from places where joy and safety are scarce. At every turn, I find opportunities to hold a hand, share a smile and to bring out laughter. Delight is found and given from sand between toes, reading a funny book, or giving a goofy smile.  My husband and I give lots love and kisses to the precious little person entrusted to our care.  These are simple gifts that mean so much to our foster toddler and serve to help put the pieces of her life back together.”

The research is clear; a caring committed adult can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Will you consider opening your home and heart to a child in need?  A free and informal “Introduction to Foster Care” workshop is being offered Tuesday evening, January 20th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Child Welfare Office in West Sacramento.  We will be in Community Room 1A located at 500 Jefferson Blvd., off Triangle Court, across from the Police Station. Reservations aren’t needed; you are welcome to just stop by.

To learn more about Yolo County Foster Care check out our website at www.yolofostercare.com.  Questions are welcomed by Recruitment and Retention Specialist, Cherie Schroeder by calling her at (530) 574-1964.

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