FREE meals will be served to children from June 6 through August 3 at two library locations:

Clarksburg Branch Library, 52915 Netherlands Avenue in Clarksburg

5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Ages 0-18. No registration required.

Arthur F. Turner Community Library, Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento

12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Ages 0-18. No registration required.

Providing meals at the library promotes literacy and helps prevent the summer slide in learning. According to the California Library Association, “By serving meals and offering complementary literacy programs during the summer, our program is feeding children during the summer and engaging low-income families with their local public library: the one free community space that sustains democracy, levels the playing field, values the individual, nourishes creativity, opens young minds, builds community, supports families, builds technology skills, and offers sanctuary—all free of charge to the user.”

This is the third year that the Yolo County Library has been involved in a summer meal program. Last year, 974 meals were served through the Lunch at the Library program to children at the Clarksburg Branch Library and the Arthur F. Turner Community Library. Children who participated last year said they liked the program because:

“It’s the only time I can eat.”

“I learned that the food pyramid is important.”

“I meet good friends and…all the staff are nice.”

“It is fun.”

“I like the free lunch and the learning experience.”

One parent even commented that this program is a “real sanity saver.”

This program is sponsored by the California Summer Meal Coalition, USDA Summer Food Service Program, and YMCA of Superior California (sponsor for Clarksburg).

For more information about the Yolo County Library, visit: or connect with the library on Facebook at:

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Weekends at the Landfill

Source: County of Yolo  |  2017-06-07

Come Early to Beat the Heat and Crowds

Spring is here, which for many means a time to do a yard work and clean up around the house. Spring also means a much busier time at the Yolo County Central Landfill, located at County Road 28H in Woodland. The landfill is open 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, with peak traffic after 10:00 a.m. Avoid the lines and beat the heat by getting to the landfill early.

The weekends also host free household hazardous waste collection on Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Yolo County residents can bring old cleaning products, paint, chemicals, batteries, electronic waste, used oil, etc. on those days to the household hazardous waste facility for proper disposal, free of charge.

The landfill has also begun to sell products from their construction and demolition recycling facility. Currently, wood mulch is offered for landscaping. Natural mulch is $25 per yard and colored mulch (red, black and brown) is $45 per yard. The landfill’s mulch is a 100 percent recycled product which is made by sorting and grinding up wood customers dispose of at the landfill.

For those going camping this summer, the landfill offers firewood packs, as well as bulk firewood for sale. Firewood packs are bundled dimensional lumber (2x4s, 4x4s, 2x6s, etc.) which are shrink wrapped or come with their own milk crate style carrier. Firewood packs are $5 each and contain over 1 cubic foot of firewood great for camping. Bulk firewood is also offered, mainly consisting of logs that may require some splitting. Pickup trucks may be filled for only $14 or a garbage can for $3.

A coming attraction at the landfill is reusable dimensional lumber, perfect for building a planter box, a chicken coop or any other backyard project. The type, dimension and quantity of reusable lumber is expected to be constantly changing.

Finally, the next reuse event at the landfill thrift store is scheduled for July 14-16 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day for those interested in finding items ranging from bikes to blenders to lawn chairs. At the reuse event, the landfill offers items for sale that have been salvaged or donated to the landfill.

Visit for more information on services provided at the Yolo County Central Landfill.

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PaintCare: An Historic Milestone for a Unique Organization

Special Release from PRWeb  |  2017-06-07

PaintCare works with corporations to recycle the paint they produce rather than relying on public taxes to pay for clean-up. 
-- Photo courtesy PaintCare

When Congressman Jared Huffman began sponsoring a product stewardship law for architectural paint in California in May 2009, even he couldn’t envision the level of success that was to come in a few short years after the state’s paint stewardship program began in 2012.

“Congratulations to PaintCare on its five year anniversary and for recycling more than 10 million gallons of paint in California,” said Rep. Huffman the Second District Representative. “To go from no California product stewardship presence to 10,000,000 gallons in California alone in so short a period of time is an incredible achievement. When I authored this legislation in the California Assembly, my main goal was to make leftover paint recycling more convenient for Californians, reduce the burden of disposal on local governments, and to protect the environment. I’m glad to see that PaintCare has reached these goals with flying colors within just five years. It’s a testament to a lot of hard work on the part of many different people.”

What has legislators so excited about PaintCare and Product Stewardship though, is not just the success PaintCare has had in collecting a combined 20,000,000 gallons of paint for recycling in those states and jurisdictions with paint stewardship laws (with California accounting for a little more than half and the seven other states and the District of Columbia accounting for the remainder) Ken Pereira, Waste Management Specialist for Sacramento County, highlights the cost savings to municipalities:

“Sacramento County’s Department of Waste Management and Recycling (DWMR) is committed to excellent environmental stewardship. Historically, DWMR has spent approximately $150,000 annually in order to divert leftover or unwanted paint products from the landfill, and ensure that they are reused or recycled. Thanks to our successful relationship with the PaintCare organization, DWMR has reduced those annual costs to less than $8,000 per year. These cost savings directly impact our rate payers and also allow DWMR to expand and improve the county’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program.”

PaintCare is the flagship organization under the growing header of Product Stewardship, an environmental strategy in which product manufacturers have the primary responsibility to establish, fund, and manage programs that minimize the environmental impact of products across the entire product life cycle, including end-of-life management. Government agencies help set performance goals for the programs and ensure accountability and transparency. This means that PaintCare is a unique non-profit operator, at once a partnership between private business and public agencies, and yet its own independent body. California Product Stewardship Council Executive Director Heidi Sanborn on PaintCare’s role in the evolution of the general public’s understanding of product stewardship.

“PaintCare has demonstrated that a producer designed and operated system can provide a much more convenient collection system than the government can because they have more locations where people normally go to shop. It’s called “take-back” because the retailers are taking back what they once sold making it convenient for their customers. We know if recycling is convenient and free at end of life and the public is informed how to use it and it has a sustainable funding source, the programs work very well. A great benefit of the paint stewardship program in California is that is has freed up millions of dollars of public money to be used on other hazardous waste collection.”

PaintCare Executive Director, Marjaneh Zarrehparvar, has earned a reputation over the past five years as being an effective mitigator in the sometimes-tricky relationship between private business and public sector waste and environmental agencies. Kelly Moore CEO, Steve DeVoe, on PaintCare’s leader:

“I have had the pleasure of working with Marjaneh now for a number of years both as a paint manufacturer and retailer, and I'll tell you, I think the secret to PaintCare’s success is a lot simpler than it might seem. All too often with product stewardship, it seems that businesses, governments and nonprofits can start out as adversaries. But Marjaneh and her PaintCare team have collaborated effectively with everyone and created a program that has processed 20,000,000 gallons of unwanted, leftover paint. I think we are on the right track to process millions of gallons more. PaintCare is a great model of product stewardship and shows what can be done.”

For more information on PaintCare, visit

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The leading cause of death for Americans 15-20 years old is motor vehicle collisions. In an effort inform and to reduce motor vehicle collisions in California, California Highway Patrol (CHP) North Sacramento area will offer a free Start Smart class. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.

Recent collisions involving teenagers in our area demonstrate the importance of these types of classes. The classes are used to promote traffic safety to both parents and teens. We encourage both parent/caregivers and teens to attend the class.

The CHP's Start Smart program is a driver safety education class which targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between the age of 15 -19 and their parents/guardians.

The Start Smart class will cover collision avoidance techniques, driver responsibility, collision trends, distracted driving laws, alcohol related driving laws and the provisional license process. The program also offers an opportunity for new drivers and parents/guardians to ask CHP Officers clarifying questions. The class incorporates videos and classroom discussion.

North Sacramento CHP will be offering this free class on Tuesday, June 13th, and Tuesday, June 27th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The class will be held at the Sacramento Water and Sewer Treatment Plant at 5026 Don Julio Blvd, in the conference room. This building is located on the northeast corner of Elkhorn Blvd. and Don Julio Blvd.

Persons interested in signing up for the class will need to register for the class by emailing Officer Chad Hertzell at or by sending a private message to our Facebook account at It is highly encouraged that at least one parent/guardian attend the class with their teen driver. Funding for CHP’s Start Smart programs is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through NHTSA.

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Complete with free museum admission and free rides in classic cars for dads and grandpas, the California Automobile Museum is getting revved up to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18! In addition to a number of eye-catching exhibits – including the limited time To the Rescue: The Fire Trucks and People that Saved Our Cities – a number of classic cars will be on special display for this one-day-only. As a highlight, friendly volunteer drivers are offering FREE rides to the marina and back for interested fathers and grandfathers as well as their families. Donations are welcome to support the Museum’s education program. Take a ride and plan a stop with dad on Father’s Day at the California Automobile Museum!

Since opening in 1987, the California Automobile Museum tells the story of over 130 years of automotive culture and history. Exhibiting makes and models of all kinds, the Museum strives to preserve, exhibit, teach and tell the stories of the automobile and its influence on our lives.

Where: California Automobile Museum , 2200 Front Street, Sacramento

When: Sunday, June 18, 2017. Museum open: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FREE rides for fathers/grandfathers & families 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

FREE Museum admission for fathers/grandfathers 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Costs: Museum admission: $10 for adults, $9 for vintage (ages 65+), $5 students (ages 6-17), FREE for children under 5 years

For more information call 916-442-6802 or visit

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Triple Your Taxes for the Fourth of July?

Commentary by Senator Ted Gaines  |  2017-06-07

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado)

Are you ready for California to double your taxes? What about triple or quadruple them? A bill currently making its way through the state Legislature could push tax rates up beyond imagination, making us tax serfs to the state, and driving hundreds of thousands of jobs out of California.

Senate Bill 562 (SB 562), the “California Healthcare for All Act,” proposes to ban private insurance coverage and force every citizen in the state into the equivalent of the Medi-Cal system we provide for the poor and disabled, where state-provided healthcare would be the only option. The costs would be staggering.

A recent analysis by the California Senate Appropriations Committee estimated that implementing SB 562 would set back California taxpayers $400 Billion. This year’s general fund spending – including roads, schools, universities, prisons and more – is estimated around $124 billion. In a highly-taxed state that just recovered from years of massive deficits and still teeters on the edge of fiscal ruin, where is this additional taxpayer money supposed to come from? Four hundred billion is more than $10,000 a year from every man, woman and child in the state. Do most California families have that kind of money laying around?

That extraordinary cost is consistent with estimates from other states and is the major reason that single-payer schemes have been voted down or abandoned before implementation. New York state is currently proposing its own SB 562. In 2019, when New York’s plan would be active, the state expects to collect $82 billion in taxes, but would need another $91 billion to pay for its single-payer scheme. New York, as is the case with California, will more than double its overall revenue.  See a trend?

And that $91 billion number might be charitable. An analysis by healthcare expert Avik Roy concluded that New York’s plan could cost $226 billion a year, nearly quadrupling the state’s current tax collections, just  to pay for healthcare, not government’s other responsibilities. Roy estimates that the plan would jettison 175,000 jobs from the state, as “high-wage, high-value industries move to neighboring states” as a result. California, a much larger state, could shed hundreds of thousands of jobs under SB 562’s crushing fiscal mandate.

California’s plan also proposes to pay for all care for all residents, regardless of whether they are in the state illegally, or whether they are here legally but just moved here to take advantage of the state’s “free” medical care. California, already the king of the tax dollar giveaway, would become the hot new destination for immigrants and indigents seeking care, driving the costs even higher.

And, even if the costs were not fantastically, impossibly high, SB 562 presents other problems for California healthcare. Our state suffers from a shortage of healthcare providers, particularly in rural and inner-city areas, a condition that would only be intensified by the provider rate caps in the bill.

Single-payer systems are also prone to deadly wait times since they ration care to reduce costs.

The United States is a medical innovator and California is the nation’s bioscience hub. That will disappear in the price-controlled, socialized system California legislators are trying to dump on the people. Price caps, a key component of single payer plans, spell doom to medical innovation.

Remaking the entire healthcare system is a terrible idea if the reform is going to make healthcare slower, less innovative, and wildly more expensive.

SB 562 is an ill-advised plan with unpayable costs that would make California taxpayers sick.

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning people of the risks of Salmonella infection associated with contact with live poultry. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that from January 2017 through May 25, 2017, 372 ill persons in 47 states have been infected with several Salmonella strains that have been linked to live poultry contact; 36% are children younger than 5 years old. Seventy-one ill persons have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Infected persons include 21 California residents from 15 counties.

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, and usually begin 12 to 72 hours after a person has been infected. Most infected people recover within a week without treatment. However, some people may have severe illness that requires hospitalization. Young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for more severe illness.

Outbreaks linked to contact with live poultry have increased in recent years as more people keep backyard flocks.

Live poultry, especially baby chicks and ducklings, may have Salmonella in their feces and on their bodies (feathers, feet, and beaks) even when they appear healthy and clean, which can get on the hands, shoes, and clothing of people who handle or care for the birds. Salmonella can get on cages, coops, feed and water dishes, bedding, plants, and soil in the area where the birds live and roam.

If you have contact with live poultry: Always wash hands with soap and water after handling live poultry, their eggs, or anything in the area where they live and roam; Prevent live chickens, ducks, and geese from coming into the house; Do not allow children younger than 5 years to handle or touch live poultry and eggs without supervision and subsequent handwashing; Do not snuggle or kiss the birds; Do not touch your mouth, or eat or drink while near live poultry.

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