Woodland, CA) (MPG) - The Yolo County Board of Supervisors is seeking applications for an opening on its Community Services Action Board.

The mission of the Community Services Action Board is to combat poverty by promoting the health, safety, stability and self-sufficiency of low-income persons residing in Yolo County.  The board serves as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors, and its primary functions include:

·         Convening bi-monthly meetings to evaluate local progress towards combating poverty in Yolo County;

·         Conducting a biannual community needs assessment to identify critical gaps in Yolo County’s social service system;

·         Overseeing the provision of services using Community Services Block Grant funds by reviewing project proposals and making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on how to expend the money;

·         Monitoring the performance of Community Services Block Grant funded programs by examining outcome reports and conducting annual site visits; and

·         Serving as advocates for Yolo County residents living in poverty

The Community Services Action Board currently has one vacancy for a representative of a local civic organization.

The Community Services Action Board meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. with meeting locations rotating between Davis, West Sacramentoand Woodland.

Those interested in serving on the Community Services Action Board are encouraged to complete the online application form: http://bosmembership.yolocounty.org/ (indicate on your application that you would like to serve on the Community Services Action Board).  Alternatively, the standard application can be found at: http://www.yolocounty.org/home/showdocument?id=10 for printing and returning to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, 625 Court Street, Room 204, Woodland, CA 95695.

For more information on the Community Services Action Board, e-mail Tracey Dickinson at Tracey.Dickinson@yolocounty.org.

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Dear Mayor Cabaldon and West Sacramento City Council Members: 

Our family has called West Sacramento home for nearly fifteen years and we have loved how the city has grown while protecting the sense of community. 

As parents of an Our Lady of Grace School student, we were deeply disappointed to learn about the Nest Project that is proposed to be built right next to the school playground. While the Nest Project has merits, the amenities provided by the project may also invite trouble.  Once the retail stores in the Southport Town Center shoo away transients, those individuals will naturally gravitate to the Nest. The project is so close to the playground that someone could easily have a conversation with a student.  As you may already know, there is a transitional kindergarten program so there are four year old students at the campus. It is an extreme public safety risk to have our children so close to a spot that may invite loitering and all of the negative accompanying impacts such as graffiti, fights, profane conversations and lewd acts. 

We have heard that the project proponents have suggested a barrier, but that’s simply unacceptable especially since Our Lady of Grace would be tasked with maintaining the visual barrier. We did not ask for this project near our school and our small school already has limited resources. Therefore, it is not fair that our school community would be forced to bear the financial and physical burdens of maintaining the barrier. 

Many residents feel that this project has not received the public input it deserves.  A growing group of parents will make their voices louder in opposition to the Nest’s proposed location.  

Additionally, we have blind copied the sponsors of Assemble Sacramento on this note. They have contributed financially to this project and we think they would be disappointed to lose customers because of their support of this project. Our family will not patronize these businesses until the location of the Nest moves. If our voices aren’t heard, we will be sure to use the power of our spending to help make our point. 

We have also included the local newspapers because more members of our community should be informed about what’s happening in our city. 

Again, we support the idea of Nest, but we are adamantly opposed to the current proposed location of the Nest.  We simply ask that you consider the health and safety of the children, teachers, and families who call Our Lady of Grace School and West Sacramento home and move this project to somewhere else along the bike trail.

Thank you for your consideration, Jeff and Sabrina Lockhart

cc:

Oscar Villegas, Yolo County District 1 Supervisor

Cindy Tuttle, Director West Sacramento Parks and Recreation

Laura Macdonald, Principal, Our Lady of Grace School

Sarah Kirby Gonzalez, Board Member, Washington Unified School Board District

Marianne Estes, Yolo County District 1 Deputy Supervisor

Carol Strunk, Yolo County District 1 Assistant Deputy Supervisor

Clark Pacific

Emily Begay, Teichert Foundation Grants Manager

Fred Teichert, Teichert Foundation  

Chuck Cunningham, CEO, Cunningham Engineering

Wood Rogers

Tim Harris, CEO, Insight Public Relations

Bridgeway Play

Village Nurseries

Old Sugar Mill

Bike Dog Brewing Company

Tumber Law Firm

Ridge Capital Real Estate Investment, Inc.

Matt Morrow, CEO, Morrow Surveying

West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce

Gil Torres, Owner, Exclusive Realty

Saara Torres, Owner, Exclusive Realty

Jim Brown, Executive Director, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates

Andrew Sturmfels, Founder, Sacramento Assemble

Clarksburg Wine Co.

Bogle Winery

West Sac News Ledger

West Sac Web

West Sac Sun

 

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Hello City leaders, business owners and West Sacramento community members,

My name is Leticia "Tish" Palamidessi and I have lived in West Sacramento for 25-years. My husband Chris and I always knew when it was time to raise our family and start a business, there was no other place we’d want to be than our home town of West Sacramento. Over the years we’ve been so proud of how the city has grown - while still protecting its feel of a small, tight knit community. I currently have three children at Our Lady of Grace School, and am a part of the parents in opposition to the bike Nest's location along the Clarksburg Trail.

I was recently given a letter from Mr. Sturmfels to all of you in response to our opposition; calling our group "small" and a "minority" of the Our Lady of Grace community. I write today to repeat the previous opposing views to your project's location - and would like to add, as a Yolo County resident and tax payer, along with pulling my dollars from your businesses - I'd like to remind you I am a registered voter and will not forget the disregard for our concerns come the next election.

The continued dismissal of concerns we have for the safety of OUR CHILDREN as "small" by Assemble Sacramento is not sitting well with me. It shouldn’t sit well with ANY of you either. We do not see the construction of this project within 100-feet of our campus the same as the other parks near schools in West Sacramento. The Diocese of Sacramento has also assured the OLG community that they HAVE NOT in any way showed support of this project's location in relation to our campus. 

The opposition to the location of your project is larger than you think. I encourage all of you to reach out to us and hear us out.

"While the Nest Project has merits, the amenities provided by the project may also invite trouble. Once the retail stores in the Southport Town Center shoo away transients and loiters, those individuals will naturally gravitate to the Nest. The project is so close to the playground that someone could easily have a conversation with a student. As you may already know, OLG has a transitional kindergarten program -so there are four year old students at the campus. It is an extreme public safety risk to have our children so close to a spot that may invite loitering and all of the negative accompanying impacts such as graffiti, fights, profane conversations and lewd acts.

We have heard that the project proponents have suggested planting a tree barrier, but that’s simply unacceptable - especially since Our Lady of Grace would be tasked with maintaining the tree barrier. We did not ask for this project near our school and our small school already has limited resources. Therefore, it is not fair that our school community would be forced to bear the financial and physical burdens of maintaining the barrier.

Many residents feel that this project has not received the public input it deserves. How did the city choose to give this project money? Was there a public notice the city was looking for ideas on what to do with this space? Were other non-profit proposals considered? Or only those of members of the City’s Planning Commission? A growing group of parents are ready to make their voices and questions louder in opposition to the Nest’s proposed location.

We have copied the sponsors of Assemble Sacramento on this note. They have contributed financially to this project and we think they would be disappointed to lose customers because of their support of this project. Our family will not patronize these businesses until the location of the Nest moves. If our voices aren’t heard, we will be sure to use the power of our spending to help make our point.

We have also included the local newspapers because more members of our community should be informed about what’s happening in our city.

Again, we support the idea of Nest, but we are adamantly opposed to the current proposed location of the Nest. Our request to move the Nest one-tenth of a mile North or South from its current location is not unreasonable. We simply ask that you consider the health and safety of the children, teachers, and families who have called Our Lady of Grace School and West Sacramento home for nearly 60-years and move this project to somewhere else along the bike trail."

Thank you for your consideration,

Leticia “Tish” Palamidessi

 

cc:

Hon. Oscar Villegas, Yolo County Supervisor

Cindy Tuttle, Director West Sacramento Parks and Recreation

Laura Macdonald, Principal, Our Lady of Grace School

Sarah Kirby Gonzalez, Board Member, Washington Unified School Board District

Oscar Villegas, Yolo County District 1 Supervisor

Marianne Estes, Yolo County District 1 Deputy Supervisor

Carol Strunk, Yolo County District 1 Assistant Deputy Supervisor

Clark Pacific

Emily Begay, Teichert Foundation Grants Manager

Fred Teichert, Teichert Foundation

Chuck Cunningham, CEO, Cunningham Engineering

Wood Rogers

Tim Harris, CEO, Insight Public Relations

Bridgeway Play

Village Nurseries

Old Sugar Mill

Bike Dog Brewing Company

Tumber Law Firm

Ridge Capital Real Estate Investment, Inc.

Matt Morrow,CEO, Morrow Surveying

West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce

Jim Brown, Executive Director, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates

Andrew Sturmfels, Founder, Sacramento Assemble

Clarksburg Wine Co.

Bogle Winery

West Sac News Ledger

West Sac Web

West Sac Sun

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Dear West Sacramento leaders, business owners and community members,

I write to you today urging you to rethink your support of the current location of the proposed Jefferson Station Bike Nest project. I have lived in West Sacramento for the past 9 years with my husband (who is a lifelong West Sacramento resident) and our four children. We are very committed and invested in the community of West Sacramento: our three oldest children attend Our Lady of Grace School, my husband is a West Sacramento little league coach, and in addition to being a West Sacramento business owner, I have been a Girl Scout leader to a local troop for the past six years. In addition to the many local activities we participate in, we love using the Clarksburg Trail as a place to exercise and spend time as a family. Because of this, we love the idea of the bike nest, but not in its current proposed location. 

The close proximity to the campus of Our Lady of Grace School presents many safety issues which, as a parent of four young children, make me very uncomfortable. Also creating a unique concern is its close proximity to the Southport Town Center Plaza (which seems to be a redundant location for the bike nest considering Target and Nugget both provide water, telephone service and bathroom facilities.) Town Center Plaza already struggles with loitering. The current bike nest location would be a natural spot for those kicked out of Target and Nugget to congregate- all within ear shot and vision of students as young as four years old. Another concern is how easy it would be for someone to sit and watch our children as they play on the playground. Currently, it would be easy to see if inappropriate behavior was taking place on the trail. Unfortunately, the nest would create an opportunity for someone (i.e. a sex offender) to sit and watch our children without raising any alarm. 

Assemble Sacramento has suggested a barrier be built between the nest and the school. Barricade ideas that have been suggested include trees and/or wooden slats inserted into the existing chainlink fence. These are not viable solutions. Trees will not provide an immediate solution, as it would take years for them to grow large enough to create a visual barrier- a barrier that would likely cease during the autumn and winter months. And placing slats into the existing fence doesn't obstruct the view, as the Clarksburg Trail sits above the campus.

As leaders of our community and contributors to this project, I urge you to rethink your support of the nest in its current location. Moving the project up or down the Clarksburg Trail would still activate the area and provide the community with a place to rest while enjoying the trail. I'm sure if the businesses that donated their time and services to this project knew the surrounding community had serious issues with its current location, they would be more than willing to assist in securing a more suitable spot. I respect Assemble Sacramento's mission to bring communities together and provide areas of enjoyment in under utilized spaces. But the lack of communication to the surrounding community prior to securing this location is proving to be very divisive. I know that if we come together as a community, we can find a better location in which all of West Sacramento can be happy about. Thank you for your time and I look forward to working with you all as community members who want the best for our amazing city.

Respectfully,

Samantha DeAnda

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Hello City leaders, business owners, West Sacramento community members, and news media organizations,

My husband, Robert Watts IV, and I, both third generation West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents, chose to raise our family of six in West Sacramento because of our love for this city and what it has offered us as parents, patrons and family business owners.  Over the years we’ve been so proud of how the city has grown - while still protecting its feel of a small, tight knit community. I currently have three children at Our Lady of Grace (OLG) School, and am a part of the community members in opposition to the bike Nest's location along the Clarksburg Trail.

A number of community members were provided a copy of a letter from Mr. Sturmfels to all of you in response to the growing opposition; Mr Sturmfels characterization of the group as "small" and a "minority" is divisive and insulting. I write today to repeat the previous opposing views to your project's location - and would like to add, as a Yolo County resident and tax payer, along with pulling my dollars from your businesses - I'd like to remind you we are registered voters and will not forget the disregard for our concerns come the next election. The group in opposition is growing, and as more and more people actually start to learn about this project, I assure you that our voices will grow louder and reach further. We are not asking that the project be stopped, just moved to a more appropriate location that does not make 300 children and countless community members vulnerable to a myriad of problems.

We have been quietly shoo'd away by Assembly Sacramento for several months now, and the continued dismissal of concerns we have for the safety of OUR CHILDREN as "small" by Assemble Sacramento is not sitting well with anyone. It shouldn’t sit well with ANY of you either. We do not see the construction of this project within 100-feet of the OLG campus the same as the other parks near schools in West Sacramento. The Diocese of Sacramento has also assured the OLG community that they HAVE NOT in any way showed support of this project's location in relation to OLG's campus. 

The opposition to the location of your project is larger than you think or have been led to believe. I encourage all of you to reach out to us and hear us out. Several group members have reached out to some of you personally, and urged you to hear us out. Thank you to those of you that have taken the time to dialogue. It saddens me to say, that during some of those conversations, there have been a handful of contradictions and untruths conveyed to us from Assembly Sacramento reps and the City of West Sacramento representatives. This causes distrust among the community at large, Assembly Sacramento and the City of West Sacramento. As business owners and community leaders (you are highlighted on Assembly Sacramento's Nest web-page as supporters) I encourage you to become more familiar with the project you are funding/supporting.

The note below is a copy of a letter you have all received previously from another parent. I agree with and support all points. Specifically - our family will no longer be patrons to your business. In fact, I have Bcc'd everyone in my address book on this email to provide the list of Nest supports so they too can consider joining our group in putting their money where it better serves our community. Social media is a powerful thing.

"While the Nest Project has merits, the amenities provided by the project may also invite trouble. Once the retail stores in the Southport Town Center shoo away transients and loiters, those individuals will naturally gravitate to the Nest. The project is so close to the playground that someone could easily have a conversation with a student. As you may already know, OLG has a transitional kindergarten program -so there are four year old students at the campus. It is an extreme public safety risk to have our children so close to a spot that may invite loitering and all of the negative accompanying impacts such as graffiti, fights, profane conversations and lewd acts.

We have heard that the project proponents have suggested planting a tree barrier, but that’s simply unacceptable - especially since Our Lady of Grace would be tasked with maintaining the tree barrier. We did not ask for this project near our school and our small school already has limited resources. Therefore, it is not fair that our school community would be forced to bear the financial and physical burdens of maintaining the barrier.

Many residents feel that this project has not received the public input it deserves. How did the city choose to give this project money? Was there a public notice the city was looking for ideas on what to do with this space? Were other non-profit proposals considered? Or only those of members of the City’s Planning Commission? A growing group of parents are ready to make their voices and questions louder in opposition to the Nest’s proposed location.

We have copied the sponsors of Assemble Sacramento on this note. They have contributed financially to this project and we think they would be disappointed to lose customers because of their support of this project. Our family will not patronize these businesses until the location of the Nest moves. If our voices aren’t heard, we will be sure to use the power of our spending to help make our point.

We have also included the local newspapers because more members of our community should be informed about what’s happening in our city.

Again, we support the idea of Nest, but we are adamantly opposed to the current proposed location of the Nest. Our request to move the Nest one-tenth of a mile North or South from its current location is not unreasonable. We simply ask that you consider the health and safety of the children, teachers, and families who have called Our Lady of Grace School and West Sacramento home for nearly 60-years and move this project to somewhere else along the bike trail."

 

Thank you for your consideration,

Cristal Duncan-Watts

 

cc:

Hon. Oscar Villegas, Yolo County Supervisor

Cindy Tuttle, Director West Sacramento Parks and Recreation

Laura Macdonald, Principal, Our Lady of Grace School

Sarah Kirby Gonzalez, Board Member, Washington Unified School Board District

Oscar Villegas, Yolo County District 1 Supervisor

Marianne Estes, Yolo County District 1 Deputy Supervisor

Carol Strunk, Yolo County District 1 Assistant Deputy Supervisor

Clark Pacific

Emily Begay, Teichert Foundation Grants Manager

Fred Teichert, Teichert Foundation

Chuck Cunningham, CEO, Cunningham Engineering

Wood Rogers

Tim Harris, CEO, Insight Public Relations

Bridgeway Play

Village Nurseries

Old Sugar Mill

Bike Dog Brewing Company

Tumber Law Firm

Ridge Capital Real Estate Investment, Inc.

Matt Morrow,CEO, Morrow Surveying

West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce

Jim Brown, Executive Director, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates

Andrew Sturmfels, Founder, Sacramento Assemble

Clarksburg Wine Co.

Bogle Winery

The Sail Inn

West Sac News Ledger

West Sac Web

West Sac Sun
KCRA
FOX 40
 
Bcc:
Several community members
Several parent organizations throughout West Sacramento
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Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The California State Fair created memories for the entire community this year. It reached record numbers as the one northern California event where everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the best of what California has to offer.

"The California State Fair is proud to be recognized as the largest showcase of the rich bounty and diversity of our Golden State," said Rick Pickering, CEO and General Manager of the California State Fair. We celebrated agriculture, livestock, horse racing, unique foods, events, rides, and exhibits...some of which people have never seen before.

Food sales grossed an estimated $8.5 million, and there was an estimated $4.2 million in carnival ride sales grossing over $12.7 million in sales revenue; not including hotel stays and other revenue sources for the Sacramento region.

With it being the Fair's 50th year at Cal Expo, there was a lot to celebrate. New this year was the dedication of "Best of CA: Celebrating Farm Workers' Rich Contributions to Food and Agriculture." There was the return of soccer, with the Sacramento Republic FC playing two games. Sponsored by the Tractor Supply Company, the Junior Livestock Sale of Champions raised $270,344 for youth, which was the highest amount in the past 10 years.

Despite being one of the hottest July's in 10 years, with 8 days of triple-digit weather during the weekends, 636,628 attendees enjoyed the Fair.

Out of the 17 concerts,7 completely sold out for the Gold Circle Reserved Seats. The top three attended concerts were Melissa Etheridge, Brian McKnight, and Trace Adkins.

More than 32,500 racing fans came to the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand for horse racing and special events including the Best of CA Brewfest, Wienerschnitzel Wiener Dog Races, Steampunk at the Races featuring Ave Rose, and the California Cornhole Championships.

Other notable numbers were; 1,488 beers entered into the Commercial Beer Competition; 2,663 wines entered into the Commercial Wine Competition; 19,662 wine slushies were served in the Save Mart Wine Garden

Overall 19,931 competitive entries were at the State Fair and 6,412 total exhibits. 5,992 free rides from Butler Amusement in support of the CA State Fair’s Read to Ride program for local children who turned in 2,996 book reports;

There were 37 corn dogs were eaten by the winner of the Milo’s Corn Dog Eating Contest - Molly Schuyler from Plumas Lake, CA. She defeated competitors that came from as far as Philadelphia to compete.75,000 total corn dogs were consumed at the fair.

9,556 livestock animals were on display; 18,100 Turkey legs were sold; 35,100 Funnel cakes were sold; 11,325 pieces of the fruit were given out through the Save Mart Supermarkets Passport Program at the Kaiser Permanente CA State Fair Farm; 1,963 #50thFairHunt SMUD bags were given out; and 2,060 Dish fireworks were shot into the night sky

Central Valley Towing helped Fair guests with 7 jump starts, 10 unlock cars, 2 tire changes and assisted in shuttling 5,832 people to and from the parking lots to entrances.

Source CA State Fair Media

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Fab 40’s 5K Walk Celebrates Their 10th Year

By Paul Scholl  |  2017-08-07

And they are off! Photo by Paul Scholl

Benefitting Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California 

Sacramento, CA (MPG) - On Saturday, July 29, East Lawn hosted its 10th Annual Fab 40’s 5k Run/Walk benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California. A total of $250,000 in proceeds has been raised over 10 Years.

The Fab 40’s 5K Run/Walk will officially started at 8:30 a.m. inside the 112-year-old historic East Lawn Cemetery. This is the official annual City of Sacramento 5k Championship certified course, The course runs through the Fabulous Forties neighborhood with neighbors lining the streets cheering on the runners and walkers before they reach the finish line back at East Lawn.

Over 1,400 excited participants signed up to enter the race. All ages and athletic abilities entered to help end Alzheimer’s disease, which is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the 5th in California. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of this event, all participants received a commemorative finisher’s medal.

The day included family oriented activities like kids bounce house, balloon animals, face painting, photo booth, music, food, awards ceremony, raffle drawings and much more.

The event was hosted by Alan Fisher, President of East Lawn and Michelle Johnson, Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association

A special “Thank You” goes out to Sal Arrigo, who started the event and was the catalyst in building the program that has raised all the funds for research. Sal served as the official race starter.

East Lawn Memorial Park is located at 4300 Folsom Boulevard in Sacramento. For more information about the Fab 40’s 5k Run/Walk visit: http://fab40s5k.org/.

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