Water-Wise Gardening Class April 26

Source: Yolo County  |  2017-04-18

Using a drip irrigation method to water the garden this summer can help save money on water bills and improve the health of plants. To help Yolo County residents with this, the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden is hosting a free drip irrigation class for the backyard gardener on Wednesday, April 26, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This interactive class will be taught by David Linebarger, the garden manager, and will teach participants about the tools needed to set up a simple drip system, how drip irrigation can produce more crops and different strategies for setting up a drip system. Attendees will also receive a free Champions for Change cookbook.

Pre-registration by April 25 is required for the class. To register, contact David Linebarger at (530) 666-8429 or david.linebarger@yolocounty.org. The garden is located at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland, behind the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency Bauer Building. Please dress for cool weather and wear shoes that can get dirty. In the event of steady rain, the class will be cancelled.

This class is part of the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency’s commitment to providing education and resources that help residents eat fresh fruits and vegetables and live healthier lives. Free gardening classes are offered throughout the year at the community garden. To learn more about garden activities and classes, visit: www.yolocounty.org/garden.


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More Taxes on Cigarettes and Electronic Vaping Devices

Source: California State Board of Equalization  |  2017-04-13

California voters approved Proposition 56, which increased the excise tax rate on cigarettes and expanded the definition of “tobacco products” to include any type of tobacco, nicotine, little cigars, and electronic cigarettes sold in combination with nicotine.

On April 1, 2017, the cigarette tax rate increased from $0.87 to $2.87 per pack of 20 cigarettes. In addition, the distribution of nicotine delivery devices – including, but not limited to, electronic cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pens, and e-hookahs – sold in combination with substances containing nicotine are now subject to the current tobacco products tax rate of 27.30 percent of the wholesale cost of the product.

Nicotine delivery devices sold independently and not in combination with any liquid or substance containing nicotine are not subject to excise tax. This includes any battery, battery charger, carrying case, or any other accessory used in the operation of a nicotine delivery device.

Any product approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration as a tobacco cessation product or other therapeutic purpose when that product is marketed and sold for such approved use (for instance, nicotine patches) will also not be subject to the excise tax.

Additional information regarding the provisions of Proposition 56 is available online. You may also view the BOE’s online Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Guide on the BOE website.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board that hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. The BOE collects $60.5 billion annually in taxes and fees, supporting state and local government services. For specific help, please contact the BOE at 1-800-400-7115.


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Everything Old is New Again!

Source: Sacramento Capitolaires   |  2017-04-13

The Sacramento Capitolaires, the area’s premiere male a cappella singing group since 1946, will present “Everything Old is New Again!” on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael. The performance will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Performing with the Capitolaires chorus and quartets will be Whatever 4 (Sweet Adeline quartet), HICKS (Barbershop comedy quartet), and TNT Jazz Band (Youth Honor Band). The Sacramento Capitolaires is a non-profit organization and members of the Barbershop Harmony Society and Sacramento Metro Chamber.

Tickets are $15.00. They can be purchased at the door, online at www.capitolaires.org  or by calling (888) 877-9806.

Membership in the chapter offers men an opportunity to improve their singing ability, participate in competition with other chapters, present public shows and concerts in the Sacramento metropolitan area, and nurture valuable friendships. For information about membership, please call (888) 877-9806.


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Woodland Man Convicted of Animal Cruelty

Source: Yolo County District Attorney Office  |  2017-04-12

On April 3, 2017, Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on March 29, 2017, a Yolo County jury found 45-year-old Woodland man John William Peterson guilty of animal cruelty. On the early morning of March 23, 2016, Peterson became upset after a seven year old Chihuahua named Junior, which belonged to his son-in-law, urinated on furniture in the house.

Peterson picked up the dog and threw it violently out of the house, breaking the dog’s femur. Peterson then sent a text message to his son-in-law stating that he threw the dog “like a football.” The son-in-law left work early to check on the dog and found the dog laying injured and alone in the back yard. The Chihuahua required surgery and has made a full recovery, although his legs now have slightly different lengths. The jury began its deliberation on March 29, 2017 and reached its verdict that same day.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig said, "Our office seeks justice for all victims, human or animal. The dog in this case was a truly innocent victim and we are happy to get justice for Junior.” The Honorable David Rosenberg who presided over the trial will sentence Peterson on April 21, 2017. Peterson is facing up to a year in jail and will be prohibited from owning or possessing animals for five years.


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Free Workshop to Refine Water Saving Skills April 15th

Source: City of West Sacramento  |  2017-04-12

Despite the heavy rains this winter, it is still important to practice water conservation throughout the year. Come this weekend for tips on how you can improve your landscape and ensure water is used wisely. Register online at www.cityofwestsacramento.org/water

When: Saturday, April 15th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: West Sacramento Community Center

                        Community Room

                        1075 West Capitol Ave


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Sailing Club Offers Free Sailboat Rides

Source: Lake Washington Sailing Club  |  2017-04-12

Photo courtesy Lake Washington Sailing Club

Open House at Lake Washington Offers Fun for All

The Port of West Sacramento will host the Lake Washington Sailing Club's Open house on Saturday, April 29 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Ask questions and discover sailing. Warm, waterproof clothing, strap-on eyeglasses or sunglasses and a change of clothing are suggested.

The event is open to the public with free sailboat rides for young and old. Bring a life jacket or one can be provided. Rides will be given depending on weather conditions and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Lots of other activities and refreshements are available.

For more information visit lwsailing.org or phone Dave Candey at 916 955 4660.


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The Yolo County Historical Museum, also known as the Gibson House, is a historical property representative of rural ranch life in Yolo County from the period of 1850 to the 1930s. The property was acquired by Yolo County in 1975. The non-profit, Yolo County Historical Museum (YCHM) Corporation, was subsequently formed to operate the home in accordance with a county agreement.

Under their operation, the Gibson House provides living history education for local schools, and serves as a public park, museum, and event center. As the Gibson House and collection within are recognized as community assets, Yolo County’s intent is to ensure its long-term preservation and proper use for future generations.

Over the years, sustainability concerns have arisen regarding the Gibson House that recently led to a full review of the property and its operations by the county. This included an evaluation of the museum collection by a third party contractor. The review identified long-term sustainability concerns with the YCHM Corporation’s budget, preservation and maintenance of the collection, and facility repair needs.

In accordance with Yolo County’s objective to best preserve and utilize the Gibson House, on February 21, staff recommended to the Board of Supervisors that options for future management be explored with a non-profit provider, including an existing non-profit, creation of a new non-profit, or a combination of both. Additionally, staff recommended development of a plan for additional review and preservation of the museum collection.

It is envisioned that management options presented will provide additional functions and build upon current programming at the Gibson House.

“We are conducting this exploration as a form of due diligence to best preserve and maximize use of the Gibson House,” said Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad. “The results could be transformational by expanding the current functions of the property for the community.”

At this time, Yolo County is still exploring partnership options for future management of the Gibson House. While this has included discussions with the non-profit organization YoloArts, to date, the Board of Supervisors has made no decision regarding future management of the property. County staff will return to the board in late spring/early summer to provide management options for consideration.

For further information regarding the Gibson House and to access research conducted, residents are encouraged to review the February 21 staff report (item # 39) found under the Board Meetings link in the upper right-hand corner of www.yolocounty.org. Residents may also contact District 3 Supervisor Matt Rexroad at (916) 539-0455.


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