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What do you want from your library?

GUEST COMMENTARY from the March 7, 2012 News-Ledger:

By Patty Wong
Yolo County Librarian

When I came to Yolo County Library as the County Librarian, I got to know people from grass-roots community groups that have supported the Library for over one hundred years.   Each branch of the Yolo County Library has local residents who contribute their time and energy to support their local library.  All of us at the Yolo County Library want to ensure this on-going community involvement in public libraries.  To reach this goal, we’ve begun our first-ever strategic planning process.

I’d like to invite all residents to participate in a survey that will help shape the future of Yolo County Public Libraries.  The survey is part of a strategic planning process that includes research, public comment, interviews and discussion sessions with community leaders and library staff.  Some of the questions I’d like folks to think about are:  What makes Yolo County a unique community?  Why is Yolo County a great place to live, work and raise a family?  Through your comments, we’ll learn about our community’s needs and vision for the future.  We’ll use this information to build a stronger public library.

In many ways the public library is an integral part of the quality of life in Yolo County.  It serves the information needs of all residents, including recreational reading, research, online computer access, ready for kindergarten and adult literacy programs, volunteer opportunities and much more.  Small business owners use the public library to work and read up on new management publications.  Parents bring their children to the library for free events, homework help and a constant source of new books to read.  Programs for older adults help answer their questions about financial issues and health care.

[adrotate group=”10″]   In recent years, we’ve implemented new conveniences such as downloadable e-books and held classes for community members to learn how to use this new technology.  A new mobile website allows residents to check their library account on their smart device to see if their requested book, movie or CD is waiting for them.

Our communities have changed too, and library services are needed more than ever in our rural areas such as Knights Landing and Yolo.  These small libraries help close the digital divide in rural areas where information is harder to access because of distance, scarcity of community gathering places and the lack of high speed cable.  These libraries also provide access to resources for rural residents to live happy and productive lives in a complex and ever-changing world.

I invite you to participate in the Yolo County Library planning process by completing the survey or by contacting Elizabeth Gray, Assistant County Librarian (530) 666-8084 or elizabeth.gray@yolocounty.org, with your input.

The survey will be available soon online at www.yolocountylibrary.org and will be available in hard copy format in all Yolo County branch libraries.  Those who complete the survey may choose to be entered in a raffle to win a book or tote bag.

The Yolo County Library needs your help in shaping the future direction of our public libraries. Please join us in the endeavor.

Yolo Street fire knocked down

Aftermath of fire in West Sacramento garage

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 —

The fire call came at 4:27 a.m., and the first unit to respond to the  Yolo Street garage on March 6 found a “heavy fire,” reports the West Sacramento Fire Department.

Altogether, the response drew five fire engines and one truck, along with a battalion chief.

[adrotate group=”7″]   The “fully involved,” detached garage was brought under control with no injuries and property damage estimated to be under $10,000.

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LETTERS: Fashion show, RCHS kids

[adrotate group=”7″] LETTERS TO THE EDITOR —

March 7, 2012 — NEWS-LEDGER

Fashion show

Everyone is invited to join the fun when Yolo County celebrities “strut their stuff” Thursday night, March 29th at the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria.  Tickets for the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council annual celebrity fund raiser are $45 each and the proceeds will go to support the work of YCCA, including our child abuse prevention programs.

The 3rd Annual Yolo County “Celebrity Fashion Show” will feature many Yolo County elected officials, business community leaders while showcasing local boutiques and clothiers.  In past years, more than 200 government, community and business leaders have attended the popular event.  Of special note this year, Scott Moak, “Voice of the Sacramento Kings” will be the emcee, and special appearances are planned by the River Cats’ “Dinger,”; the Kings’ “Slamson,” and West Sacramento’s own “Mooie!”

Critical YCCA and child abuse prevention programs supported through this annual fund raiser include counseling support to pregnant women and families with newborns, Baby Steps, home visits through the Step-by-Step / Paso a Paso program; free food distribution of fresh produce, the Community Health Initiative, and Foster Parent Recruitment.  We also distribute free clothing, diapers, shoes and jackets to keep children adequately dressed and warm.

We live in stressful times, and stress, combined with substance abuse, often leads to a dangerous home environment for children.  We remind everyone who has the opportunity to influence the life of a child, that “It Only Takes a Minute” to have a positive effect on a child by showing him/her that you care and that they are important to you.

Celebrity Fashion Show tickets are available online at www.yolokids.org or by calling the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council at 530-757-5558.

Executive Director
Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Child Abuse Prevention Council

RCHS Interact members Dennison Ocampo, Terry Vang and Christine Maltez presenting carnations to RCHS counselor Catherine Grisaffi. (from Charyl Silva, Rotary)

Student volunteers

The River City High School Interact Club is a community service club sponsored by the two Rotary clubs of West Sacramento. This club has been successful since its inception three years ago. Each year the students must complete two community service projects and one International project.

This year the students will have been involved in at least nine community service projects.

The club must earn money for their international project. This year, Forever Yours Flowers on Merkley Avenue kindly donated carnations to the RCHS Interact Club to sell for Valentine’s Day. Christine Maltez, chairperson for this event, said this fundraiser was, “fantastic.” The students had fun delivering the carnations to students and staff at RCHS.

Rotary Interact Advisor
BRANDON DUFF, Teacher Advisor

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West Sac news nuggets, Part I:

From the News-Ledger — March 7, 2012 —

The Port of West Sacramento announced yesterday it had received a $960,000 grant from the Federal Railroad Administration for construction of a rail loop track that will consolidate switching and looping operations and reduce conflicts between trains and surface street traffic.


[adrotate group=”9″]   Safeway has provided a $5,000 donation to help bring fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income West Sacramento residents, according to the Yolo County Child Abuse Council and Yolo Co. Children’s Alliance.
The produce is distributed weekly on Friday mornings at the Alyce Norman Center.

The Home Depot Foundation has donated $20,000 to the “A Brush With Kindness” program run by Habitat for Humanity’s Yolo County chapter.
The program helps needy people with exterior repairs to their homes, including roof repair, wheelchair ramps, painting, weatherization and landscaping. It’s currently focused on several homes in the Bryte and Broderick areas of West Sacramento.
In 2011, the foundation gave Habitat Yolo $10,000 to finish homes in the Heidrick Ranch project in Woodland. The new founding will allow “A Brush With Kindness” to complete repair projects at six West Sacramento houses, reports Habitat Yolo.

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Fashion show at West Sac city hall


The annual Yolo County Celebrity Fashion Show will return to the West Sacramento City Hall Galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue, at 6 p.m. on March 29.

Photo from the 2010 event: Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (center) with fellow models-for-a-night (not necessarily in order) Elias Flores, Kenneth Nix Jr., Bradley Palmer, Tyler Stallings and Lila Hanson, all of the West Sacramento Youth Commission (Photo by De’Onna Jack)

The show features local celebrities modeling fashions from local stores, and serves as a benefit for the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and the Yolo County Child Abuse Prevention Council. Silent auction, and goodies from local restaurants and wineries. $45/person. Reserve your tickets by sending a check to YCCA, 600 A St., Suite Y, Davis CA 95616 (include your name, address, phone & email). Call (530) 757-5558 for information.

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Wanted: citizens to serve on grand jury


Yolo Superior Court is looking for people to serve on the grand jury for a year beginning on July 1. Each year, the court impanels 19 citizens to serve on this independent body.

Duties of the Yolo County Grand Jury include reviewing the operations of local governments and considering criminal indictments. The jury also investigates complaints from private citizens and others.

Prospective grand jurors must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Yolo for at least a year, conversant in English, not currently in public office, and never convicted of a felony.

[adrotate group=”9″]   The average time commitment is 25-40 hours per month, said a spokesperson for the court. Generally, the jury meets twice a month in the evening, and jurors are reimbursed $15 per day and fifty-five cents per mile for commuting.

Interested? Contact Yolo Superior Court Jury Services, 725 Court St., Room 303, Woodland, CA 95695, (530) 406-6828, www.yolo.courts.ca.gov.

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Foster care, & a bowl of soup

Cherie Schroeder, Humberto Izquierdo & his daughter Julieta, Sammie Corbacho with Soup’s On Host Supervisor Don Saylor, Adriana Perez, Dave Storms and his family, Mary Beth Gustafson holding daughter Olivia. Photo courtesy of Laurie Friedman

 NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 22, 2012 —

From the Woodland Community College Foster & Kinship Care Education Program

It was a recipe for success.  Begin with a great cause, mix in dozens of volunteers, over 60 delicious homemade soups and a silent auction. Next, open the doors to the public for about four hours and voila! Serve up a fabulous event to assist Yolo County’s most vulnerable children.

What started eight years ago, in Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor’s home with three pots of soup, burst the Davis Community Church’s capacity on January 26th as the 8th Annual Soup’s On benefit was held in support of local foster care.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Over 350 guests enjoyed homemade soup, live music by Neon Lite and guitarist David Hafter, and a bountiful silent auction, organized by Woodland Community College President Dr. Angela Fairchilds.  A wonderful time was had and best of all – when the adding machines quieted, the tally for the evening was well over $22,000.  These funds will be used to give local foster children the opportunity to shop for new clothes and essential items when first brought into care, plus the chance to earn high school or college credits at the Woodland Community College with curriculum to “Open Doors to Success”.

“The message of this evening is that foster parents look like you and me”, said Cherie Schroeder, Woodland Community College Foster and Kinship Care Education program director and the county’s coordinator for foster care recruitment and retention.

Foster-to-adopted youth Jessica Shockey expressed her gratitude and joy saying “I love foster-care,” and proud mother, Lynne Shockey, standing by Jessica’s side, concurred and spoke about the joy of fostering and watching the miracle of positive change.

Supervisor Saylor thanked the community for their incredible support saying “These are our kids.  Together, we can transform their lives for the better.”

The organizers of the Soup’s On benefit want to thank all the individuals who volunteered their time, businesses for generous contributions, and those who gave so whole-heartedly in these tough fiscal times.   A special thank you goes out to Supervisor Saylor for his inspiration and to his amazing support team lead by Deputy Diane Parro and Assistant Deputy Emily Henderson.

For information about becoming a foster or foster-to-adopt parent in Yolo County, please go to www.yolofostercare.com or give Cherie Schroeder a call at (530) 574-1964.

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