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West Sac and the Yolo County region see property values rebound

NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 9, 2014 —

(Editor’s note: several additional pieces of information have been added to this article taken from the News-Ledger’s print edition)

Yolo County’s property assessment roll has topped $21 billion for the first time, reports county assessor Joel Butler.

“The improving real estate market and thriving agricultural economy, coupled with new construction and (reassessment due to) changes in ownership” are responsible for lifting the value 6.56 percent this year, to $21.8 billion, he said.

City by city:

Woodland’s assessed values increased by 9.47 percent, West Sacramento’s by 7.14 percent, Winters by 6.15 percent and Davis by 4.49 percent. The unincorporated parts of Yolo County grew in value by 6.11 percent.

Davis has a total (secured and unsecured) property value of about $6.92 billion, followed by West Sacramento with $5.65 billion, Woodland at $4.74 billion,  and Winters at $455 million. Unincorporated areas of the county add another $4.05 billion worth of value to the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Individual property values are now available at the Yolo County website at www.yolocounty.org/assessor. Make sure to have your street address or Assessor Parcel Number handy to look up your value. If you don’t have computer access, you may call (530) 666-8135 to get your property value information.

Do you think your property is valued — and therefore taxed — too high? You’ll find information on “assessment appeals” at the same website, www.yolocounty.org/assessor.

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Yolo supervisors, sheriff agree to a joint investigation of criticisms of sheriff’s management

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 25, 2014 —

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors and Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto have agreed to form an “independent working group” to address internal issues in the sheriff’s office.

The board of supervisors referred concerns about nepotism and other alleged inappropriate personnel practices to the county grand jury.

  The board of supervisors referred concerns about nepotism and other alleged inappropriate personnel practices to the county grand jury.

The board of supervisors referred concerns about nepotism and other alleged inappropriate personnel practices to the county grand jury.

The resulting grand jury report this year was entitled: “Yolo County Sheriff: Leadership Practices from the Wild, Wild West.”

The new working group is charged with “completing an evaluation of the issues identified in the grand jury report, and to make recommendations where appropriate to improve the operational environment within the Sheriff’s department,” said a statement from the county.

Prieto is quoted as responding:

“It is important to me not only that the issues raised by the grand jury be fully analyzed, but also that all of the Sheriff’s department be provided an opportunity to be heard. I fully support this effort and believe it will enhance my personal commitment and the department’s commitment to excellence and the performance of our duties with increased professionalism and integrity.”

The working group will be chaired by Skip Davies, the mayor of Woodland whose term ends July 2.

In Yolo County, the office of sheriff is an elected one. Sheriffs are not hired and fired by the board of supervisors. The Sheriff/Coroner’s department runs the jail, coroner’s office, animal services department, and conducts law enforcement in Yolo County where it’s not covered by local police departments.

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Yolo County appoints new planning boss, merges several departments

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 18, 2014 —

From Beth Gabor, County of Yolo

Yolo County Administrator Patrick Blacklock has announced the appointment of Lautaro “Taro” Echiburu as director of the newly configured Department of Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services.

Lautaro ‘Taro’ Echiburu (courtesy of County of Yolo)

Lautaro ‘Taro’ Echiburu
(courtesy of County of Yolo)

As of July 1, the division of Environmental Health will merge with the divisions of Planning and Building, Public Works and Integrated Waste Management to form the Department of Planning, Public Works and Environmental Services.  For the next six months, Environmental Health will remain in its current location at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.  In 2015, it will join Planning and Building, located at 292 W. Beamer Street in Woodland, to provide its customers a more efficient process for permit applications.

Since 2003, Echiburu has served as planning director, interim planning director and special projects/long range/environmental planning manager for the City of Elk Grove.  Prior to that, he was an associate planner with the County of Monterey.

“In addition to his planning expertise, Taro’s background, skills and passion for Yolo County will help us continue to grow and strengthen our long term goal to protect open space and the environment,” said Yolo County Administrator Patrick Blacklock in a Yolo press release.

Echiburu holds a bachelor’s degree in marine science from Universidad Católica del Norte in Chile and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey California.

“I am honored to have been selected director of Planning, Public Works & Environmental Services,” said Taro Echiburu in a press statement.  “As a Yolo County resident, I am eager to begin working with the county, and am excited to lead the department following the recent consolidation of functions.”

Echiburu will assume his new responsibilities on June 30.  The annual salary range for this position is $133,704 – $162,516.

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Food Bank now collecting at West Sacramento library branch

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Yolo County Library system is helping to collect food for the Yolo Food Bank throughout the summer. This year’s goal is to collect 2,000 pounds. You may drop off non-perishable foods at the Arthur F. Turner Branch Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento, as well as other branches in the county and the library administration center, 226 Buckeye Street in Woodland.

Visit www.yolocountylibrary.org.

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