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Go to River Cats game & support local foster children

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 10, 2013

Attend the River Cats game on July 13 and support local Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs, which help represent children in foster care situations. For tickets, go to www.rivercats.com/fundraisers, selected CASA YOLO, and use the offer code: “Child.” Tickets are $10-22, and may be printed on your computer.

For more information on Yolo CASA, visit www.yolocasa.org.

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Group rates for solar in Yolo County

MATT REXROAD Yolo County Supervisor, whose Third District includes southern Woodland and the northern edge of West Sacramento (County of Yolo photo)

MATT REXROAD
Yolo County Supervisor, whose Third District includes southern Woodland and the northern edge of West Sacramento (County of Yolo photo)

JULY 3, 2013 — FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

By Matt Rexroad
Yolo County Supervisor

Energy independence means different things to different people and no energy source will better help residents hedge against rising electricity costs and move from dirty sources of energy more than solar. It is a domestic, reliable, renewable and abundant solution.

On this Independence Day, consider this: enough solar energy hits the U.S. each hour to power our nation for a year.

In 2008 local governments and other organizations including school districts and universities joined the Yolo County Climate Change Compact. These jurisdictions, including Yolo County and the cities of Davis, Winters, Woodland and West Sacramento pledged to take steps to offer programs that engaged citizens in reducing climate change through energy conservation and renewable energy solutions like solar.

If you’ve been thinking about putting solar on your roof, or fixing those leaky windows and ducts, but were put off by the cost, throughout the month of July the Yolo Climate Compact is providing homeowners with an opportunity to learn if these solutions are right for their home through a limited time program called Energy Benefits Yolo.

Energy Benefits Yolo is a new group discount program for energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations led by the Yolo Climate Compact and the non-profit ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA. By pooling buying power of the community, the program offers residents the ability to add solar energy to their homes at prices that are 20% lower than the average cost of solar in Yolo County.

The program also helps homeowners by taking the guesswork out of selecting a reputable vendor, as it uses certified contractors that went through a vetting and approval process. According to Tom Stallard, a member of the Woodland city council “I used the program to install solar on my house and have been impressed with the results and want others to know about this opportunity.”

The Yolo Climate Compact’s motivation for the program is to encourage residents to at least consider energy efficiency upgrades and solar energy for their home. “Solar energy is a great way to stabilize your energy costs for the next 25 years,” reports Yolo Energy Watch Program Manager John-Mott Smith.

Summer necessities in Yolo County like air conditioning and pool pumps can add significant cost to electric bills. Installing new insulation and harnessing solar power is a great way for families throughout our community to become energy independent and live comfortably year round without spending a fortune. The onsite solar assessment is free (electricity and solar hot water), and the onsite energy efficiency assessment is discounted to $99 for most homes (normally $500).

As the Chair of the Yolo Climate Compact, I am proud to champion this program along with the Mayors of Davis, Winters, Woodland and West Sacramento. To date over 220 residents have participated in Energy Benefits Yolo. Join your neighbors and get signed up to receive a no-obligation assessment by July 31.

Visit: http://www.mygroupenergy.com/yolo/.

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Low adoption fees for ‘Kitty Palooza’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The animal services section of the Yolo County Sheriff’s office is holding “Kitty Palooza” through July.

Special low adoption fees include $15 for a cat six months or younger or two for $25; or $5 for an older at. Dogs will be adoptable at $50, with pit bulls and their mixes at $25. These reduced fees include spaying & neutering surgery, vaccinations, microchipping and morel. The shelter is located at 140 Tony Diaz Drive, Woodland. Visitors are invited to help the shelter by bringing a bag of non-clumping kitty litter when visiting. For more information, go to www.yolocountysheriff.com, animal services division.

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Yolo: ‘compliance check’ for sex offenders

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 3, 2013 —

Law enforcement agents throughout the county conducted a compliance sweep of over 110 registered sex offenders — arresting ten of them for  violations such as possession of pornography, possessing children’s clothing,  or failing to register at a current address.   Investigators seized 22 computers and other “smart” devices used by the registered offenders, taking them for further study of their contents.

Overall, 86 percent of the offenders were found in compliance with their requirements.

Fifteen agencies participated — including the Yolo County District Attorney’s office, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, and the Sacramento Valley High Tech Task Force, along with the FBI.

“The fact that nearly nine out of ten of our sex offenders were in compliance shows that collectively we have been successful on a daily basis of supervising sex offenders in the county,” said D.A. Jeff Reisig in a press release. “But each year during ‘Operation Vigilance,’ we catch a number of these offenders through face to face contacts and because of the efforts of  our highly trained computer forensic experts.”

At least five of those arrested in the sweep were West Sacramento residents.

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West Sac: summer reading promos underway for kids, teens & adults

NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JUNE 19, 2013 —

From the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library’s ever-popular Summer Reading Program, currently under way, has something for everyone.  This year’s program – “Our Reading is So Delicious” – runs now through mid-August and includes free reading clubs, exciting events and prizes.

“A summer reading program is a critically important tool to keep children learning and reading over the summer months,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong in a press release.  Research indicates students who read recreationally out-perform those who do not.  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,” continued Wong. “Sign up and join the fun at your local Yolo County Library branch today.”

This year’s reading incentive program is for participants of all ages.  Sign up at your local library’s service desk and pick up a game board that includes healthy and fun activities designed especially for your age group.  Each child who completes the program receives a free book and a Round Table Pizza or Steve’s Pizza coupon, while supplies last.  Teens who register can enter a system-wide drawing for an Android, and teens and adults who register can enter a system-wide drawing for a chance to win a Kindle.  All who visit a Yolo County Library branch this summer can pick up a schedule of events, and sign up for the program of their choice.  The lineup for all ages includes:

•         Children: Fancy Nancy Meets the Mad Hatter tea party, Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee Show and a visit from the Mad Scientist.

•         Teens: Try a Smoovie (movie & smoothies, get it?) and an architectural competition involving dry spaghetti and marshmallows.

•         Adults: Try Nutritional Jeopardy and a visit from the Davis Food Co-op intriguingly named Fast French Cooking with Julie and Julie and Julie and Julia.

Events vary from branch to branch.  Stop by your local branch or visit www.yolocountylibrary.org for more information. West Sacramento’s branch is at 1212 Merkley Ave.

Summer Reading Program 2013 sponsors include: California Library Association, First 5 Yolo, numerous local businesses, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Round Table Pizza, Steve’s Pizza and Friends of the Library groups for each Yolo County Library branch.

Summer Reading Program 2013 sponsors include: California Library Association, First 5 Yolo, numerous local businesses, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Round Table Pizza, Steve’s Pizza and Friends of the Library groups.

 

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Property value again over $20 billion: click on link to find a house value

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JUNE 26, 2013 —

Yolo County’s property tax roll was valued at over $20 billion for the first time since 2008, reports Assessor Joel Butler.

“The improving real estate market and thriving agricultural economy, coupled with new construction and changes of ownership (which trigger reappraisal) increased this year’s roll to $20,475,478,048 of taxable value – a 4.16 percent increase over the prior year,” said a statement from Butler’s office.

“All areas of the county experienced increases in assessed value,” added the tax assessor’s statement. “Davis had the largest increase for a city at 5.75 percent; Woodland had the least, at 1.88 percent; with Winters at 3.85 percent and West Sacramento at 3.83 percent. The unincorporated areas of Yolo County grew by 4.58 percent, reflecting the strength of rural and agricultural properties.”

Recently assessed property values will be available for public view by July 12 at http://www.yolocounty.org/index.aspx?page=1603. To find your property value, have your Assessor Parcel Number or street address available. If you don’t have computer access, you can phone for your valuation at (530) 666-8135 (the assessor’s office is closed Friday’s for budget reasons).

There is a process available for those who believe their property is over-valued for tax reasons.

 

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Learn more about foster parenting: workshop on Tuesday in West Sacramento

CHERIE SCHROEDER Yolo Foster Care Educator (News-Ledger file photo/2009)

CHERIE SCHROEDER
Yolo Foster Care Educator
(News-Ledger file photo/2009)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — June 19, 2013 —

West Sacramentans are invited to learn more about becoming a foster parent.

“Most people have a false impression of foster children,” reported Cherie Schroeder of the Foster & Kinship Care Education Program at Woodland Community College.

“They are kids who at no fault of their own are placed into care, usually because someone in their immediate family has not been able to keep them protected and safe,” she added in a press release.  “Often, placement is related to their parent’s addiction, lack of stable housing and/or lifestyle.  Kids in care often have been hurt and neglected, many going without proper shelter, food, clothing, or medical intervention.”

“Truly, our goal is to place local foster children in the best family possible; to have several foster homes to choose from and to make a ‘best fit’” said Schroeder. “Do you have room in your home and in your heart to help a vulnerable child? Good foster families leave a lasting legacy, one that changes the course of a child’s life, and hopefully serves to break the cycle of abuse and neglect.”

Learn more at an information session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, in the community room of the Arthur F. Turner Branch Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento. Or attend a workshop at 6:30 p.m. on July 9 at Woodland Community College, Building 700, Room 727.

For more information, visit www.yolofostercare.com or call (530) 574-1964.

 

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