If you were recently in downtown Sacramento at Cesar Chavez Park, you may have witnessed a peculiar sight: trees adorned with jackets, hats, scarves, and mittens. This was not some silly prank, but rather a heartfelt donation.
All For You Home Care, an in-home caregiving service, arranged a unique way to help the homeless stay warm through these cold winter months. They wrapped the jackets and scarves around the tree trunks and lined the pockets with gloves, mittens, and hats — leaving them for anyone in need. And with a clever card pinned in place, reading in bold letters, “I am not lost...If you are stuck out in the cold, please take me to keep warm,” making sure these donations would land in the right hands.
“Every day I drive down Howe Avenue, past Arden, and I see so many homeless. It breaks my heart,” Danielle Gourley, director of All For You Home Care, said. “I saw the idea online and instantly knew this was something we had to do.”
And so the staff at All For You Home Care embarked on a mission to gather as many donations as they could. With generous charities from Bristol Hospice, McIlwain Mobility, Neil Orchard Senior Activities Center, and the caregivers of All For You Home Care, the staff was able to collect nearly one hundred and fifty articles of clothing. Even the seniors at Neil Orchard donated by hand-knitting scarves.
The sheer number of people affected by this small gesture was overwhelming. Before the volunteers could take a breath, people in need flocked to them, giving thanks and asking for assistance in finding the right size jacket or hat. Smiles were infectious as men wrapped their necks in scarves and women exuded joy as they found that perfect coat.
And so even if Christmas has passed, we can still be reminded how good it feels to give a gift straight from the heart. A special thanks goes out to Jane Anderson, Dana Zimbitska, and Selma McIlwain for volunteering their time to help set up this event.
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recently announced the following appointments:
Lori Ajax, 50, of Fair Oaks, has been appointed chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation at the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Ajax has been chief deputy director at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control since 2014, where she has served in several positions since 1995, including deputy division chief, supervising agent in charge and supervising agent. She is a member of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association and the St. Sava Mission Foundation. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $150,636. Ajax is a Republican.
Veronica Harms, 34, of Woodland, has been appointed deputy director of communications at the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Harms has been a consultant and media specialist for the California State Senate Democratic Caucus since 2012. She held multiple positions at Ogilvy Public Relations from 2007 to 2012, including senior account executive and account supervisor. She held multiple positions at KCRA-TV from 2004 to 2007, including national sales assistant, local sales assistant and account executive, and was a local sales assistant at KOVR-TV in 2003. Harms earned a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, Sacramento. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $98,520. Harms is a Democrat.
Peggy Reynolds, 69, of Oakland, has been reappointed to the Carcinogen Identification Committee, where she has served since 2012. Reynolds has been a consulting professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Health Research and Policy since 2007 and senior research scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California since 2006. Reynolds was chief of the Environmental Epidemiology Section at the California Department of Public Health from 1993 to 2006. Reynolds earned a Master of Public Health degree in behavioral science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Reynolds is registered without party preference.
Luoping Zhang, 59, of Berkeley, has been reappointed to the Carcinogen Identification Committee, where she has served since 2012. Zhang has served in multiple positions at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health since 1992, including adjunct professor, associate adjunct professor, specialist, associate specialist and assistant specialist. She is a member of the Society of Toxicology, Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society, Genetic and Environmental Toxicology Association and the American Association for Cancer Research. Zhang earned a Master of Science degree in biochemistry from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in biochemical toxicology from Simon Fraser University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Zhang is a Democrat.
Ulrike Luderer, 54, of Irvine, has been reappointed to the California Scientific Guidance Panel, where she has served since 2007. Luderer has been a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine Department of Medicine's Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1999. She was a senior post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health from 1998 to 1999. Luderer is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Society of Toxicology, Endocrine Society and the Society for the Study of Reproduction. She earned a Doctor of Medicine degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in neurobiology and physiology from Northwestern University and a Master of Public Health degree in occupational and environmental medicine from the University of Washington. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Luderer is a Democrat.
On Feb. 2nd, 2016 at approximately 4:34 a.m., 36-year-old Jason Campbell, of Olivehurst, was driving a 2000 Toyota Avalon eastbound on I-80, west of West El Camino Ave., in the number two lane. Bryan Delalcazar (27), of Sacramento, was standing outside of a 2005 Ford F-250, with an attached flatbed utility trailer, in the number one lane of eastbound I-80, west of West El Camino Ave. Mr. Delalcazar was working as a subcontractor for Caltrans and his vehicle was stopped in the number one lane as it was closed for construction purposes. For an unknown reason, Mr. Campbell allowed his vehicle to drift to the left, cross the cone pattern and enter the closed number one lane. The front of the Toyota struck the rear of the flatbed trailer. The trailer was pushed forward and struck the rear of the Ford and Mr. Delalcazar.
As a result of the collision, Mr. Campbell had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Sacramento City Fire Department. He was transported to UC Davis Medical Center with major injuries. Mr. Delalcazar was transported to UC Davis Medical Center with minor injuries. Mr. Campbell was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision and his vehicle’s airbags were deployed. Mr. Campbell was evaluated and was determined not to be driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the collision. All lanes of eastbound I-80, west of W. El Camino Ave., were closed for approximately 5.5 hours while the collision was investigated. Traffic was diverted off of the freeway at West El Camino Ave.
Any additional information about this news release should be directed to Officer Berry who will be available at the CHP North Sacramento Area business phone number: (916) 348-2317, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For urgent matters or to contact after hours you can reach her on her cell phone at (916) 936-2120. Follow CHP on Twitter @chpnsac or like us on Facebook.com/chpnorthsac.
The Yolo County Emergency Medical Services Agency is excited to announce that the county’s ambulance provider, American Medical Response (AMR), has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its compliance with national standards of excellence. Yolo County’s exclusive ambulance service contract with AMR includes certain stipulations and requirements to remain in compliance. Achieving national accreditation is one of the compliance standards. With this achievement, AMR becomes the only accredited service in Yolo County and the 23rd ambulance service to be accredited in the state of California.
“Accreditation represents AMR’s firm commitment to our community and patients,” said Yolo County Emergency Medical Services Agency Administrator Kristen Weivoda. “AMR continuously strives to do their best and we view their accreditation as another step toward excellence in Yolo County.”
“It gives the feeling of prestige and pride to work in an accredited ambulance service,” said Scott Gowin, AMR Yolo operations manager. “Our staff has been key to our successful completion of the process. Everyone here played a valuable role in our ability to meet the commission's high standards and receiving accreditation provides a stimulus for continued improvement.”
The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services is a non-profit organization established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America's medical transportation system. The primary focus of the Commission’s standards is high-quality patient care. This is accomplished by establishing national standards which not only address the delivery of patient care, but also the ambulance service’s total operation and its relationships with other agencies, the general public and the medical community. The commission’s standards exceed California state licensing requirements.
Bike Accident and Possession
Thursday Jan. 28th at 1 p.m.
500 West Capitol Avenue
Suspect crashed on his bicycle and medical aid was called. During the first aid the suspect was found to have Methamphetamine in his sock. The suspect also was found to have marijuana in his backpack.
Breaking and Entering and Theft
Thursday Jan. 28th at 7:40 a.m.
504 Glide Avenue
Unknown suspect(s) entered residence through bedroom window. Suspect(s) stole an Xbox One, and a bottle of tequila.
Drone in Neighborhood
Wednesday Jan. 27th at 5:26 p.m.
3450 Trinidad Road
Resident reported a drone flying through his neighborhood, using camera, and zooming in on residences. Information only.
Wednesday Jan. 27th at. 5:00 p.m.
4th Street and G Street
Officer assisted the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Impact team with a K9 Narcotic search of vehicle. K9 alerted on driver’s seat of vehicle and driver was found to have methamphetamine on his person.
Tuesday Jan. 26th at 2:44 p.m.
515 A St.
Reporting person advised that she had been a victim of theft. Officer contacted reporting person at lobby. Advised info. report would be written.
Tuesday Jan. 26th at 10:08 a.m.
Lighthouse Drive/Watercolor Lane
Reporting person reported a grey four door vehicle, on Lighthouse Drive and Water, which fired three shots into the air. A vehicle matching the description was pulled over and searched. No weapons were found. Two .380 shells were located at the scene of incident. Information report made.
Monday Jan. 25th at 9:08 p.m.
3 Outer Circle, Davis CA 95618
Suspect was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant. Suspect was observed inside when officers announced their presence. Suspect failed to comply with commands and was apprehended by police K9.
Monday Jan. 25th at 7 p.m.
301 Webster Street
Reporting person received threatening call from the suspect’s daughter who implied she would attack the reporting person; reporting person feared for their safety.
Monday Jan. 25th at 7:05 p.m.
2200 West Capitol Avenue
An unknown suspect entered the One Stop grocery and liquor store and robbed the business while simulating a firearm underneath his shirt. The suspect then fled on foot in an unknown direction.
Evading Police in Vehicle Unauthorized to Drive
Sunday Jan. 24th at 3:16 p.m.
Harbor Boulevard/West Capitol Avenue
Attempted vehicle stop for a violation. Vehicle pursuit ensued and terminated without incident. The suspect’s vehicle was later located abandoned, unoccupied, and found to be taken without consent. Information later received regarding a possible suspect who had foot bailed from the suspect’s vehicle. No arrest was made. Unknown suspect(s) still outstanding.
Sunday Jan. 24th at 3 a.m.
800 Stillwater Road
Victim had his catalytic converter stolen from his Toyota Tundra trunk between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Status on the investigation of this incident is still active.
Saturday Jan. 23rd at 3:18 a.m.
1400 Enterprise Boulevard
Suspect was involved in a collision and stated she had been drinking. Suspect refused blood draw after being transported to UC Davis. Incident resulted in a DUI.
Saturday Jan. 23rd at 1:01 a.m.
780 IKEA Court
Officer was dispatched to 780 IKEA Court for a possible drunk driver. The call stated a customer in the In-N-Out drive thru looked intoxicated and had vomited. The officer contacted the driver in the parking lot and she showed objective signs of intoxication. The driver failed all field sobriety tests and could not complete the preliminary alcohol breath test, resulting in a DUI.
Friday Jan. 22nd at 4:45 p.m.
1321 Danbury Court
Victim reported that an unknown person(s) had shot out the windshield of his RV. Documentation only.
Vandalism and Parolee Arrest
Friday Jan. 22nd at 1:34 p.m.
631 Cummins Way
Police were called after suspect slashed somebody’s tires. Suspect was contacted and found to be a parolee at large. Suspect was arrested and booked at Yolo County Jail.
- Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Plumas Lake) released the following statement in response to news that the Sacramento Superior Court has granted the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association’s motion regarding class notice for their State Responsibility Area (SRA) fee lawsuit:
“I am encouraged that the judge has granted the motion and approved the class notice, thus allowing everyone who is affected by the fire tax to be a plaintiff in the suit and eligible for a refund, unless they opt-out. I will continue to fight against this fee because it is an illegal tax. I am also co-authoring legislation to extend the amount of time property owners have to pay or dispute the tax from 30 days to 60 days.”
The fire prevention fee is $150 per habitable structure, and applies to habitable structures located within a State Responsibility Area (SRA). The fee has been in effect since 2012.
Assemblyman James Gallagher represents the 3rd Assembly District, which encompasses all of Glenn, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba counties as well as portions of Butte and Colusa counties.
On Jan. 26th, the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency’s Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden was honored as one of 23 innovation challenge finalists at the statewide Let’s Get Healthy California Innovation Challenge Conference held in Sacramento.
The Let’s Get Healthy California task force began in 2012 with the goal of making California the healthiest state in the nation. The Let’s Get Healthy Initiative includes six goal areas, each of which was highlighted at the conference. Yolo County’s garden project, entitled “Growing Healthy Habits,” showcased the innovative ways that a community garden can improve food access to low income residents, provide nutrition and gardening resources for the community and be a place for youth to learn about the food system. Yolo County’s garden project coordinator served with four others as conference panelists to discuss community initiatives focused on the goal area of living well.
“We are proud to receive statewide recognition for the unique and innovative way our Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden programs help the community to achieve good health,” said Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency Director Joan Planell.
Yolo County’s garden project is featured on Let’s Get Healthy California’s website: http://letsgethealthy.ca.gov/together/innovation-challenge-showcase/.
For more information about the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden and the programs offered, visit www.yolocounty.org/garden.
With winter storms slowly boosting water supply, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased its water delivery estimate for most recipients from 10 percent of requests for the calendar year, as announced in December, to 15 percent.
“Our modest increase underscores the fact that we still have a critical water shortage after four-plus years of drought that we don’t know when will end,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “One look at our low reservoirs tells us that we need a lot more wet weather before summer.”
Although there is no exact formula for ending the drought and conditions vary region by region, a rough guidepost is that approximately 150 percent of average winter precipitation — rain and snow — would significantly ease statewide conditions, with the major exception of groundwater depletion.
The State Water Project (SWP) delivery estimate (allocation) may be increased further if storms continue to build rainfall and snowpack totals. The 29 public agencies that receive SWP water (State Water Project Contractors) requested 4,172,786 acre-feet of water for 2016. With today’s allocation increase, they will receive 631,115 acre-feet.
Collectively, the SWP Contractors serve approximately 25 million Californians and just under a million acres of irrigated farmland.
It is important to note that nearly all areas served by the SWP also have other sources of water, among them streams, groundwater, and local reservoirs.
Key reservoirs are beginning to rise from early winter storms, but remain low.
Lake Oroville in Butte County, the State Water Project’s principal reservoir, was recorded recently as holding 1,366,061 acre-feet, 39 percent of its 3.5 million acre-foot capacity and — 60 percent of its historical average for the date. Shasta Lake north of Redding, California’s and the federal Central Valley Project’s (CVP) largest reservoir, was holding 2,138,566 acre-feet, 47 percent of its 4.5 million acre-foot capacity and 71 percent of its historical average. San Luis Reservoir, a critical south-of-Delta pool for both the SWP and CVP, reflects the same trend of lower reservoir storage this year. San Luis was holding 641,729 acre-feet, 31 percent of its 2 million acre-foot capacity and 41 percent of normal for the date. Folsom Lake, a CVP reservoir near Sacramento, is holding 398,523 acre-feet of its 977,000 acre-foot capacity, 79 percent of average for the date.
Though still critically low, many reservoir levels have dramatically risen from recent storm runoff. Groundwater aquifers recharge more slowly, with many in the Central Valley sinking toward record levels.
Last year’s (2015) 20 percent allocation was the second lowest since 1991, when agricultural customers of the SWP got a zero allocation and municipal customers received 30 percent of requests. In 2014, SWP deliveries were five percent of requested amounts for all customers.
The last 100 percent allocation — difficult to achieve even in wet years largely because of Delta pumping restrictions to protect threatened and endangered fish species — was in 2006. SWP allocations in recent years:
2015 – 20 percent
2014 – 5 percent
2013 – 35 percent
2012 – 65 percent
2011 – 80 percent
2010 – 50 percent
2009 – 40 percent
2008 – 35 percent
2007 – 60 percent
2006 – 100 percent
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a drought state of emergency on Jan. 17th, 2014 and followed up with statewide water conservation mandates. Since then, the state has been swept by drought-fueled forest fires, vast tracts of farmland have been fallowed and some communities have scrambled for drinking water.
Long-range weather forecasts are uncertain, and there is no way to know if this winter will deeply dent the state’s historic drought.
DWR’s California Data Exchange Center (CDEC) Web sites show current water conditions at the state’s reservoirs and weather stations.
While the early winter rain and snowpack are promising, this may yet prove to be a fifth consecutive year of drought in California. To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visit Drought.CA.gov. Every Californian should take steps to conserve water; find out how at SaveOurWater.com.
From Senator Jim Nielsen: “The State’s first priority must be saving money for the Rainy Day fund to ease the pain of budget cuts in an economic downturn. Programs that provide care to the most vulnerable Californians like Developmental Disability Services have not been adequately funded.
“To better serve people with developmental disabilities, I introduced Senate Bill 818, a bill similar to the one I introduced in Special Session last year. My commitment to make this funding permanent in the State's General Fund is unwavering.
“And I am so glad to hear that the Governor reaffirmed his commitment to build water storage. We must increase the state's above-ground water storage.
“Conservation alone won't get us out of this historic drought nor will it help get us through the next drought.
“Sites Reservoir is shoveled-ready to store up to 1.8 million acre feet of water.
“Planning for access to clean water is essential to the prosperity of future generations.”
Source: Office of Senator Jim Nielsen
From Senator Gaines: “In a state with the highest poverty rate in the nation, hundreds of billions in unfunded liabilities, and some of the highest gas taxes and worst roads, I hoped to hear more about the Governor's vision for solving those massive problems without crushing taxpayers.
“I’m happy that the state revenues are surging, but that should be viewed as an opportunity to pay down debt and fund one-time, high-priority projects. This month's stock market meltdown shows that our budget picture could change dramatically in just one year proving again that California needs to be a model of prudent, careful spending.
“I want the Governor to put some money back into working families' pockets. No tax increase extensions, and no new taxes on gas and health plans. Let’s—for once—grow the quality of life instead of growing bureaucracy.”
Source: Office of Senator Gaines
From Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner: “I share the governor’s optimism when it comes to California's future. Our state has a diverse economy, a strong commitment to education and more than enough revenue to fully fund roads, schools, and water storage without raising taxes.
“As the governor himself warns, we must continue to exercise fiscal prudence. The true test of his leadership will be whether he can hold the line on spending against the tax-and-spend liberal legislators of his own party.
“Instead of raising taxes, our focus should be on providing greater value for Californians by improving quality of life and by seeking solutions that make this state a more affordable place to live and work.”
Source: Office of George Runner
From Assemblymember Rocky Chávez: “Today, the Governor continued his theme of fiscal caution and hopeful planning for the future in his comments. While I applaud his recognition of this important principle, Governor Brown needs to focus on practical government solutions that cut back on waste and gets our State back to common sense governance,” said Chávez.
“We have a major hole in our Healthcare system, we have a backlog of billions of dollars in infrastructure repairs and we continue to face one of the worst droughts in California with no adequate water storage. The rubber band can only stretch so far until it snaps. We need to put practical solutions into place to take care of these issues while continuing to budget for our rainy day fund.”
“In his closing, the Governor discussed being courageous yet cautious. With the changing world markets, the uncertainty of how foreign affairs will affect our state and our volatile income tax dependency, Brown made one thing certain today, 2016 will not be 2015,” said Chávez.
Source: Office of Rocky Chávez
The following special programs will be held during the month of February at Yolo County’s Winters Community Library, located at 708 Railroad Avenue in Winters:
Feb. 4th: Africa to the Americas: Fenix Drum and Dance Company, 6:30 p.m. Celebrate and learn about the influence of African music and dance showcased in this energetic and interactive performance featuring live drumming and storytelling.
Feb. 10th: Drop-In Valentine’s Day Crafts, 2:00 p.m. Create a fun craft for Valentine’s Day! All supplies provided by the library.
The following ongoing programs continue in February:
Family Story Time: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
Tales for Tails: Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.
Needle Arts: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.
SUCCESS: Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
Role Play Group: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.
Girls Group: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.
Family Movie: Last Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m.
The following ongoing programs held at the library are sponsored by First 5 Yolo:
Theater Group-Teens: Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
Bi-lingual Story Time: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
In collaboration with the Winters Friends of the Library, the Winters PTA and the Winters High School, the following program will be held at the Winters Community Center, located at 201 Railroad Avenue in Winters:
Feb. 11th: 6th Annual Poetry Jam, 6:00 p.m. Listen to elementary and high school poets recite and interpret their own poems or favorite works in an exciting competition!
NOTICE: Yolo County Library branches will be closed on Feb. 15th in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday.
All programs are sponsored by the Winters Friends of the Library, are free to attend and no registration is required. For more information, contact library staff at (530) 795-4955, visit the Yolo County Library at: www.yolocountylibrary.org (see calendar for Winters Community Library-specific events) or connect with the Yolo County Library on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.