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Last day to register to vote


The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election is October 22. Call Yolo Elections at (916) 375-6490, visit www.yoloelections.org, or pick up a registration card at the library (1212 Merkley Ave.), post office (various) or the city clerk’s office (third floor of city hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave).

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Yolo’s top five ag crops are. . .


By Beth Gabor, Public Information Officer
County of Yolo

On September 11, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors received the 2011 Yolo County Agricultural Report – an annual report which summarizes the acreage, production and gross valuation of all agricultural commodities produced in Yolo County in 2011.  The total gross valuation for all agricultural commodities in 2011 was $549,249,669 which represents an increase of 23.8% from the 2010 crop values.

“These production figures reflect an overall higher price per unit for commodities and increases in acreage,” said Yolo County Agriculture Commissioner John Young in a press release.  “Field labor, processing, transporting, marketing and other farm-related services significantly multiply the value agriculture has to our county.  When the multiplier effect of related industries is considered, agriculture contributes well over $1.5 billion to the economy of Yolo County.”

  Tomatoes are again the number one cash crop in Yolo. Rice, wine grapes, hay, and walnuts round out the top five, with the only change from 2010 the switch of walnuts to number five in gross value and organic production to number six.  These changes reflect an increase in bearing acreage for walnut orchards, as well as a 28.7% price increase per unit from the previous year.  Almonds, field corn, wheat and sunflower seed round out the top ten commodities for 2011.

For more information on the acreage, production and gross valuation of agricultural commodities produced in Yolo County in 2011, visit: www.yolocounty.org > Departments > Agriculture and Weights & Measures or contact the Yolo County Agriculture Department at (530) 666-8140.

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Pepper spray: no criminal charges


The office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig has just released a statement saying that it will not press charges against the UC Davis police officers involved in a notorious use of pepper spray against peaceful protesters last November.

The statement doesn’t condone the officers’ actions (and makes no judgment on whether they would win if sued in civil court) but it concludes that criminal guilt probably wouldn’t be easy to prove. The D.A. report relies on information from the “Kroll Report,” commissioned earlier by the University of California.

Here’s the D.A.’s statement in its entirety:

No criminal charges will be filed against University of California, Davis officers involved in the November 18, 2011, pepper spraying of students on the University Quad. A 13 page District Attorney report outlines the reasons for the determination. The report concludes “viewing the incident through the totality of the circumstances, there is insufficient evidence to establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of force involved in the November 18, 2011, pepper spraying was unlawful and therefore warrants the filing of criminal charges.”

The report defines the legal role of a prosecutor in investigating officer involved misconduct, “The review by Yolo County District Attorney’s Office does not involve an evaluation of administrative, civil or Internal Affairs liability for the participants and it does not involve a review of whether policies and procedures were appropriately followed. In addition, our review does not encompass recommendations concerning how policies and procedures might be altered to minimize potential future risks. The scope of the District Attorney’s review is solely an evaluation of whether the filing of criminal charges is warranted by the events of November 18, 2011.”

The report relies heavily on the factual determinations of the Kroll Report and cites numerous facts and evidence contained within the Kroll Report. Although the Kroll Report concluded that the conduct of Lieutenant Pike was not objectively reasonable, the report acknowledges that the officers in general, “and Lieutenant Pike specifically, believed that they and their prisoners were surrounded by a hostile ‘mob,’ and that the pepper spraying was necessary to clear the pathway so that the officers and their prisoners could leave the Quad safely” and that “a detailed review of the events provides some support for their [the officers] position.” The District Attorney’s report concludes that in light of these conclusions from the Kroll Report and the additional evidence obtained during the District Attorney’s review of the evidence that there is insufficient evidence to warrant the filing of criminal charges.


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Food givaway today in West Sac


The Yolo County Food Bank will distribute free food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, September 18.

Hours and locations are: 9-10 a.m. at the County Building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon-1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse. Please bring a bag and attend only one location.

For information, call the (530) 668-0690.

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Interns support the D.A.’s office

INTERNS & VOLUNTEERS (standing at left) accept the thanks of the Yolo Co. Board of Supervisors (courtesy photo)


From the County of Yolo

Last month, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors honored 20 interns and volunteers currently serving in the Yolo County District Attorney’s office.

College students, law students, retirees or those looking for experience can volunteer in the District Attorney’s office anywhere from ten hours a week to full time; some volunteer for three months and some for years, reports a County spokesperson.  The office asks for a minimum commitment of three months with legal interns agreeing to serve through the summer and fall.  As with many departments in Yolo County, the District Attorney’s workforce has decreased by approximately 25 percent over the last four years due to budgetary constraints.  The use of interns and volunteers has allowed the office to complete its work and has partially filled the gap resulting from a reduced staff.

   Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig started the formal legal internship component of the program shortly after taking office in 2007.  The program is very competitive, with 80 applications submitted from McGeorge and UC Davis law schools for five positions this year.

The legal interns are involved in a wide variety of cases, including misdemeanor and felony, reports Yolo County.  A typical day for a legal intern involves drafting motions and memoranda of points and authorities and conducting research on complicated legal issues.

Beyond the legal interns, some of the other volunteers assist professional staff with clerical duties while others work with investigators, victim advocates and the information technology manager.  Most volunteers are in college with hopes to become advocates or prosecutors.  Some have just finished high school while others are retired.

One volunteer, Dorothy Pearson, is a retired police officer from the Davis and Sacramento Police departments.  She works with the High-Tech Forensics Unit.

“The volunteer program has been a huge success,” said Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig in a press release.  “The measure of success for us is when our volunteers feel an abiding conviction that they want a career in prosecution and a position in this office.  I only wish we had jobs for all of them.”

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‘Third strike’ conviction upheld for fake bomb


The state supreme court has reinstated the conviction of a man found guilty of leaving a fake bomb at the Yolo County Communications Center in 2006.

66-year old Barry Turnage of Woodland was sentenced to life in prison under the “three strikes law,” after prior convictions for armed robbery and for shooting a rifle into a City of Berkeley fire truck.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, Turnage’s conviction for the Woodland “fake bomb” offense was overturned by an appeals court. That court ruled that the “equal protection” clause of the Constitution was violated because the fake bomb statute did not compare well with other laws in the state.

  But the California Supreme Court disagreed, unanimously voting to reinstate the conviction.

In a press release, D.A. Reisig praised the work of California Deputy Attorney General Rachelle Newcomb, saying “Yolo County is now safer thanks to her work.”

The Yolo Emergency Communications center, where Turnage left the fake bomb, is a 911 call-handling and dispatch center, and houses the county’s Office of Emergency Services.

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News from around Yolo County

From the West Sacramento News-Ledger — AUG 22, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

— This year’s “Yolo County Teacher of the Year” is Jerry Delsol, a high school teacher from the Woodland Joint Unified School district. Colleagues called him “inspiring.”
The award is given by the Yolo County Superintendent of Schools from among nominations from each district in the county. The winner is submitted to a competition to be chosen as one of California’s five “teachers of the year.”

— County offices in Woodland will get a large ceramic mural “celebrating farming and food” at their entrance.

Artist Susan Shelton of Davis won the selection process for the project at the entrance of the Erwin Meier Administration Building at 625 Court Street.

“I will create a mural that will bring beauty, color, insight and innovation in exploring the theme of agriculture and art in our county,” Shelton said in her application. “I will bear in mind that this building. . . houses government offices and meetings, and welcomes elected officials, county residents and voters, and I will create a work of art that holds to the dignity due to it, and its citizens.”

She will invite community members to paint tiles for the project, which is sponsored by YoloArts.

 — Debra Wellbrock is the new principal of the Yolo County Alternative Education Program, overseeing education at juvenile hall, the Einstein Education Center and the Midtown Program. She was formerly in charge of continuation education and other programs at Chino Valley Unified School District.

— Marlon Yarber, the former Yolo County Assistant Chief Probation Officer, was named Interim Chief Probation Officer last month.
Before joining Yolo County last year, he was deputy director of the Corrections Planning and Programs Division at the Corrections Standards Authority.
— The “pre-trial unit” at the Yolo County Probation Department was assessed and lauded by an outside expert earlier this year.

Dr. Marie VanNostrand of the National Institute of Corrections and Bureau of Justice reported “this unit is in the top three of all pre-trial service units I have ever assessed.”

The Pre-Trial Unit began in 2009 with grant funding, and supervises an average of 100 suspects who have been released from jail pending their trials, according to county spokesperson Beth Gabor.

“Of the 441 closed cases under the watchful eye of the Pre-Trial Unit in 2011, only 5.4 percent (of the subjects) were returned to custody due to committing a new offense,” said Gabor in a press release, and “93 percent of clients appeared in court for hearings through the sentencing phase.”

Grant funding is scheduled to end next month, and Yolo County officials were seeking to keep the pre-trial unit.

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