$20,000 Grant for Eligible Homebuyers

City of West Sacramento Press Release  |  2019-05-30

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - You could receive a $20,000 grant to help you buy a home in West Sacramento! Wells Fargo is partnering with NeighborWorks® Homeownership Center Sacramento Region, a local nonprofit, to help you make homeownership a reality with the NeighborhoodLIFT down payment assistance grant. The grant is available in Sacramento County and the city limits of West Sacramento. To be eligible, your total income cannot be more than 100% of the area median income (AMI) and 100% AMI for military.

If more than one person will be on the mortgage, the sum of your incomes cannot be more than the income limits for your household size. If you qualify as military, veteran, surviving spouse; law enforcement, firefighter, emergency medical technician or teacher, you could receive an additional $2,500 for a total grant amount of $22,500. For full program details, please read the NeighborhoodLIFT flyer.

Please visit www.wellsfargo.com/lift for more information or read the Sacramento NeighborhoodLIFT Program Overview.

WOODLAND, CA (MPG) - Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that his office has implemented a pilot project that would significantly expand the local Neighborhood Court diversion program. Neighborhood Court offers individuals the ability to resolve criminal cases outside of the traditional court process without receiving a conviction. The program relies upon community volunteers, who meet with participants to discuss the harms from their conduct and reach an appropriate resolution that addresses the underlying causes of the criminal offense.

The expansion incorporates a validated risk assessment process to determine the likelihood of future arrest. The District Attorney’s Office developed a partnership with the Yolo County Day Reporting Center (DRC) whereby participants assessed as moderate or high risk will receive case management services, benefits screening, and evidence-based rehabilitative programming as a component of their diversion. Beyond seeking a reduction in recidivism, this collaboration aims to improve the quality of life for participants by addressing employment stability, education, self-sufficiency, and access to services.

The Yolo County Public Defender’s Office will also partner with Neighborhood Court to help identify appropriate cases for diversion. “Programs like Neighborhood Court lead to the best possible outcomes for our clients, victims, and the community as a whole. Our office has a strong working relationship with the District Attorney's diversion program staff, and we look forward to building upon that as these efforts expand into felony-level offenses,” Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson said.

In 2018, 200 individuals were diverted through Neighborhood Court. Nine of those were individuals accepted for low-level felony charges. Of those, eight have completed the program to date (one remains in-progress). 92.7% of all individuals diverted have successfully completed the program or graduated. An independent evaluation completed in 2019 determined that program graduates were 37% less likely to recidivate compared to a control group. The study found that only 5.9% of program participants were rearrested within one year of program completion. These strong outcomes give the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office confidence in continuing to expand Neighborhood Court to include individuals facing more serious offenses and/or who have more substantive prior criminal histories. So far in 2019, 10 individuals, who would have otherwise faced a felony conviction in criminal court, have been diverted through Neighborhood Court. The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office recently applied for funding through the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to support this expansion on a large scale. The proposal sets a goal of diverting 5% of the total felony caseload during the first full year of funding, and aims to increase this to 10% within three years.

At the time of its creation, Neighborhood Court was only the second program in the state to use restorative justice practices to resolve cases for adults facing criminal convictions. The program began as a pilot project serving first-time offenders in the City of Davis in 2013, with the support of local elected officials and the Davis Police Department. By 2015, the program had expanded to include West Sacramento, Woodland, and unincorporated areas of Yolo County. Neighborhood Court has broadened beyond the scope of its original design and expanded its eligibility criteria to include a wide variety of misdemeanor offenses. This new expansion effort will focus on providing the same promising diversion opportunities to individuals facing felony charges who are willing to engage in supportive services to address the underlying causes of misconduct.

“Neighborhood Court is a bold local reform with proven results that has become a nationally-recognized example of effective criminal justice reform. Our office is excited to undertake this unprecedented expansion, working to advance the goal of changing Yolo County’s criminal justice system in a measured way that promotes opportunities for healing and redemption,” explained District Attorney Jeff Reisig.

Yolo County has never shied away from innovation and Neighborhood Court is no different. Yolo County’s Neighborhood Court program was recently featured in the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Journal as a model for criminal justice reform. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office used Yolo County’s program as a model in developing their Neighborhood Justice Program. Program staff have also collaborated with officials in Amador, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Fresno, Sutter, and Shasta counties to begin development of their own similar programs. On a national scale, program staff have worked with officials in Milwaukee, WI, St. Paul, MN, Memphis, TN, Philadelphia, PA, and New York City. In 2017 the Board of State and Community Corrections nominated Yolo County’s Neighborhood Court program for the National Criminal Justice Association’s Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award. Neighborhood Court remains at the forefront of the restorative justice movement with this latest planned expansion.

The new eligibility criterion is significantly more inclusive, and will greatly expand the availability of Yolo County’s Neighborhood Court program. Additional capacity provided by the DRC for supportive services will enable Neighborhood Court to more effectively serve a significantly broader segment of the criminal justice-involved population. Implementing restorative justice on this scale would be unprecedented, and achieving this goal would represent transformational change in Yolo County’s criminal justice system.

For more information about the Neighborhood Court program, or to sign up as a volunteer, please visit http://www.yoloda.org/nc. You may also contact the program staff directly by e-mail at neighborhoodcourt@yolocounty.org or by phone at (530) 666-8378.

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$20,000 Grant for Eligible Homebuyers

City of West Sacramento Press Release  |  2019-05-30

NeighborWorks® Homeownership Center Sacramento Region, a local nonprofit, will help those looking to buy a house in West Sacramento. Photo courtesy City of West Sacramento.

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - You could receive a $20,000 grant to help you buy a home in West Sacramento! Wells Fargo is partnering with NeighborWorks® Homeownership Center Sacramento Region, a local nonprofit, to help you make homeownership a reality with the NeighborhoodLIFT down payment assistance grant. The grant is available in Sacramento County and the city limits of West Sacramento. To be eligible, your total income cannot be more than 100% of the area median income (AMI) and 100% AMI for military.

If more than one person will be on the mortgage, the sum of your incomes cannot be more than the income limits for your household size. If you qualify as military, veteran, surviving spouse; law enforcement, firefighter, emergency medical technician or teacher, you could receive an additional $2,500 for a total grant amount of $22,500. For full program details, please read the NeighborhoodLIFT flyer.

Please visit www.wellsfargo.com/lift for more information or read the Sacramento NeighborhoodLIFT Program Overview.

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Sacramento Police and Sheriff's 17th Annual Remembrance Ceremony

Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-05-16

Sheriff Scott Jones reads name of fallen Sacramento Sheriff’s Department officers

WOODLAKE, SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - On Friday, May 2, officers from several agencies, including Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, descended upon the quiet Woodlake neighborhood for the 17th Annual Remembrance Ceremony, and to commemorate a new memorial plaque for Officer Mark Stasyuk who lost his life in the line of duty on September 17, 2018.

The ceremony included a procession of law enforcement officers from Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Sheriff’s Department led by the Sacramento Firefighters Pipes and Drums.

Officer Paul Brown, President of the Sacramento Police Sheriff’s Memorial Foundation welcomed officers, fallen officer families, dignitaries, fellow officers from outside agencies, and the general public.

“Today, let us remember our Sacramento fallen,” said the 20 year Sacramento Police Department veteran.

Pastor Anthony Sadler of Shiloh Baptist Church gave the invocation prior to guest speakers.


“It is in times like these that we realize how fragile we are and how quickly our loved ones can be taken away from us.” Each officer, he added, to be remembered had paid the ultimate price, as did the fallen officer’s family, in order to protect the citizens.

“Today we are saddened, and also honored, to add yet one more hero to the rank.” He then called for prayers for Deputy Mark Stasyuk and his family.


“We honor Deputy Stasyuk for his extraordinary bravery in the face of imminent danger,” he stated.


Throughout the invocation, the bells of Sacramento Regional Transit’s light sounded gently. The memorial, a living monument, is situated across the street from Woodlake Park and behind the light rail station on Arden Way. Land was donated by North Sacramento Land Company, wrote Rotary Club of North Sacramento President, Stephen Lemmon. His organization, along with Woodlake Improvement Club worked with the land company.


“Since we had a great working relationship with the Sacramento Police Department, the idea was hatched for a memorial,” Lemmon wrote, adding that Rotary Club member Dennis Tsuboi submitted the design and the club contributed $10,000.


In 1992, “a foundation was formed including both unions for Sac PD and Sac Sheriff, reps for the Chief and the Sheriff, the Rotary Club, Woodlake and the Council Member,” wrote Lemmon.


A list of major funders, board of directors, and past board members is etched in granite beside the dedication stone that reads, “For all those who served & sacrificed wearing the badge, we are eternally grateful.”


Sacramento Police Department Chief Daniel Hahn spoke first.


“Welcome to these sacred grounds,” he said. “We will never forget the sacrifice that you have made for our entire community.”


Chief Hahn spoke several minutes about current challenges for law enforcement, community, and how these men and women “know what it takes to protect our community, to protect our values and our way of life.”


“We pray that this will be the last year that we add a name to this very important memorial,” said Hahn.
Sheriff Scott R. Jones spoke next, thanking Supervisor Susan Peters, general public, and fellow officers.


“I love coming to this place. I come from time to time. It seems like things are a little quieter, things are a bit more contemplative. It seems like I’m able to be a little bit more reflective. I love the fact that the community takes care of this place. It is truly hollow ground,” he said, adding that he also hates that there needs to be a place like this and that another name needs to be added this year.


Mark Stasyuk’s name joined twenty other Sheriff’s department officers, District Attorney Investigator Grant Wilson, Galt Police Department Officer Kevin Tonn, and sixteen Sacramento Police Department officers.


“His life made a difference,” said District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.


Chief Todd Sockman, Galt Police Department, spoke about the family of law enforcement and the family that includes the community.


“As a family, we can get through this,” he said.


Following the guest speakers, the name of each of the 39 fallen officers was called, with a moment of silence, and the placement of a yellow rose on each memorial plaque by members of each respective agency. Each officer was honored with a white-gloved salute by a member of his agency.


Sheriff Jones said of 4 ½ year veteran Mark Stasyuk, that he “exemplified what it meant to be a law enforcement officer.”

   
Yellow roses were presented to members of the Stasyuk family who carried the flowers and placed them on his memorial.


Following a moment of silence, the rider-less horse was led in and through the memorial, a bugler played “Taps,” followed by a 21-gun salute, and a flyover of helicopters in the missing flyer formation.


“If one member suffers, all suffer together,” said Sacramento Police Officer William J. Conner in the benediction. “We are all part of something greater than ourselves.”


For additional information, visit: http://www.sacmemorial.org/.

 

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Captain Shawn Condit Named Firefighter Employee of the Year

Sac Metro Fire Special Release, By Deputy Chief Eric Bridge  |  2017-04-20

(L to R) Mark Creffield, executive director of the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce, Captain Shawn Condit and Deputy Chief Eric Bridge

Captain Shawn Condit began his fire service career with American River Fire Department on August 4, 1990. In 2000, American River Fire District and Sacramento County Fire Protection District merged to become the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, also known as Metro Fire. Shawn is the Truck Captain at Fire Station 109 where he oversees a truck crew of three firefighters. Station 109 is located in the Carmichael community and is unique in that this is where the Hazardous Materials unit is housed. Captain Condit coordinates the Hazardous Materials program for our department.

Throughout his career, Captain Condit has demonstrated leadership on multiple levels. Aside from being an excellent company officer, he has been a leader in the Hazardous Materials Program. His tenure in the program provides the stability needed while offering training opportunities for his crew. Captain Condit and his crew willingly take on new employees and are often called upon by the training cadre to work with academies and probationary employees. When these new individuals spend time with his crew, they are provided with a positive experience and given information that will hopefully move them down the road through the process. In addition to all his regular responsibilities at the station, Captain Condit must maintain his Hazardous Materials certification, putting added responsibility upon himself.

In addition to his hard work at Metro Fire, Captain Condit serves as a Metro Director with the Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522 union. This is an elected position by his peers. Shawn has held a position within the Union for over 10 years. He is an acknowledged leader within the union, and over the last 10 years he has moved up the ranks, starting out as a shift representative and eventually moving into the elected position he currently holds. He continues to do an outstanding job of representing the union members of our organization.

As Metro Director, Captain Condit represents the membership in many different ways. During our last contract negotiation, Captain Condit demonstrated calm, consistent leadership during the negotiation and confirmation process, acting as the facilitator for these meetings. He allowed for spirited but respectful debate. During these meetings, he is often involved in matters that are sensitive in nature and does not violate confidence. It is this trustworthiness that makes him an excellent Union officer and, by extension, Company Officer.

As a Union leader he takes a positive role in a needed position. Often times, employees are referred to him by management. His ability to listen fully to their problems and then calmly and positively advise them on a course of action tends to benefit both the department and the member. He acts in the best traditions of Union leadership and through this process, the matter is often resolved at the lowest level.

To be a leader, particularly as a firefighter, your work ethic must be self-evident. Since an outstanding work ethic is common at Metro Fire it is difficult to point out where one employee’s efforts are better than another, however in the case of Captain Condit he stands out each and every day. Many excellent company officers come to work and do their assignments and perform admirably, but taking a leadership position in the Union and Haz Mat program shows that Captain Shawn Condit is willing to give of himself to this department and its members. He is well respected within the Department, the Union and his crew.

Fire Chief Todd Harms was honored to name Captain Shawn Condit as Metro Fire’s 2016 Suppression Employee of the Year.

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Fire Camp Lets Kids Be Firefighters for a Week

Sac Metro Fire Special Release  |  2017-04-06

To attend Fire Camp, applicants must be 11, 12 or 13 years of age, with preference given to those living within Metro Fire’s boundaries.

Metro Fire recently opened the application period for Fire Camp, a day camp that takes place from July 11-14, 2017.  Fire Camp provides local children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience today’s fire service, first hand.  The program is designed to instill self-confidence, teamwork, teach life safety skills and provide a basic understanding of the firefighting profession, in a fun and exciting atmosphere.

Campers are grouped in “strike teams” of eight campers, and each strike team is mentored by two Metro Firefighters. Campers learn valuable life safety skills, while discovering what it means to be a firefighter.

To attend Fire Camp, applicants must be 11, 12 or 13 years of age, with preference given to those living within Metro Fire’s boundaries.  Applications are processed in the order in which they are received, so apply early for a better chance of securing a spot. Deadline to apply is June 5, 2017.

For applications and more information, visit our website: www.metrofire.ca.gov.

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Senator Gaines Introduces Fire Tax Repeal

From the Office of Ted Gaines  |  2017-03-09

Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado)

In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) announced on March 2nd  Senate Bill 9, a measure to repeal the tax.

‘This fire tax is illegal and unfair – plain and simple,” said Senator Gaines. “Many rural property owners already pay local fire agencies for protection so it is clearly double-taxation and it is being dumped on the backs of rural Californians when parts of my district still have a more than 10-percent unemployment rate and families are struggling to make ends meet.”

Senate Bill 9 would reverse the annual $152.33 “fee” for fire prevention services charged to rural property owners located in “State Responsibility Areas” (SRA) designated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), even though their property taxes already contribute to the service contracts that counties have with CAL FIRE.

The fire tax is imposed on more than 800,000 properties in the state that are within the boundaries of SRA. According to census and CAL FIRE data, Senator Gaines’ largely rural district includes roughly 20-percent or approximately 160,000 of the properties whose owners are subject to the fee.

Senator Gaines contends that the fire tax attempts to sidestep Proposition 26, the initiative passed in 2010 that prevents the Legislature from disguising taxes as “fees” and circumventing constitutional requirements for passing higher taxes. He has been a leading critic of the tax and has introduced numerous pieces of legislation in previous years that attempted to provide relief for rural Californians. Senator Gaines also strongly supports the lawsuit filed against the state by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association challenging the fee on constitutional grounds.

“I have fought this illegal tax at every turn and I encourage everyone who is stuck paying this phony fee to get in the arena and fight it too,” said Senator Gaines. “The answer to fire protection in California is not illegal taxes, but budgets that invest in core government services that protect every citizen in the state – rural, urban and suburban.”

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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