Monday, June 30, 2008

Grand Jury Final Report

The 2007/2008 Grand Jury Final Report is in.

Click here to view the report.

A full story will follow shortly. It is a large report and we need some time to read it.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Fourth of July, Australia style

By Woodlander in the Land DownUnder
Global Correspondent

At the end of this week is the Fourth of July. I love celebrating this great day in our country’s history. I have a BA in history focusing on early US history. When I went through my graduation ceremony at Sac State, I put "1776" in white tape across the top of my mortarboard. For me, it reflected my freedom from being a student and the freedom that was gained all those years ago from the British Empire.

Now I live in a country that is still connected to the Empire; the Queen of England is our head of state with a governor general as her representative - then, the major two party parliament actually governs on a daily basis. To celebrate the Fourth of July amongst all of this is quite odd, yet the Yanks (that’s the Aussie word for it, not a term that I would normally use) who live here know how to have a good time.

I have been a member of the American Women’s Club of Perth and every year they have a Fourth of July event. They source real American hot dogs, have Coke drinks, a bake sale (with some people baking pumpkin pies), USA candy bars for sale (you can’t find Reese’s Peanut Butter cups here very easily), Krispy Kreme doughnuts were flown in from Sydney to sell, petting farm, bouncy castle, face painting, games and a car show. All of this sounds great doesn’t it? And, I have to say that when it comes down to it, my children and I did have fun. Yes, here it comes: BUT... no matter how hard they try, it’s just not the same as celebrating in the good ol’ USA.

In the USA, The Fourth is in the summertime. There are fantastic picnics in the park - or your backyard - with lots of friends. At the end of the day you have fireworks.

Here, The Fourth is in the winter. We have to cross our fingers for no rain. The event is usually at a venue with a building where the party can have indoor and outdoor activities. If it does rain, you better hope that there is room for you inside. The bake sale has many things to offer, but the goods are still made with Australian ingredients. It just doesn’t taste the same. There is no watermelon, no ice cream, no softball, no baseball, and no apple pie. It’s just not the same, though we do have fun. The kids get an idea of what’s it’s like to celebrate The Fourth, but they really don’t see the point. There are no fireworks (too expensive for this little group to provide) so my girls have no sense (yet) that The Fourth is just as important to our family as Australia Day is. To them, Australia Day is great! It’s in the summertime and, like The Fourth, ends with fireworks.

I wish you all a great Fourth of July. May you and your family enjoy the celebration of the great freedom that our country holds dear. Take a moment to say thanks to those that fought/fight for the freedom we have. Fly your USA flag with pride. And when the day winds down - and the fireworks show starts - remember that I am thinking of you all and saying “oooooo… aaaaahhhhhhh…. oooooohhhhh” right along with you.

Happy Fourth of July from Woodlander in the Land DownUnder!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

WHS Class of '78 to celebrate 30 year reunion

The Woodland High School Class of 1978 is announcing their 30 year reunion. It will be held on August 2, 2008, at Ludy’s Main Street Barbecue (667 Main Street, Woodland). The festivities will start at 7 pm on the patio, with hors d'oeuvres and live music by the Retrospecs. There will be "no-host" beer and wine available at the casual dress affair.

The reunion, which includes dinner, is $30 per person or $50 per couple. Please RSVP to Phyllis Roberts Deats at 8324 Triad Circle, Sacramento CA 95828, and indicate the following:

[ ] I’ll be there by myself ($30)
[ ] I’ll be there with someone ($50)
[ ] I won’t be there
My email address is:
My home address is:

Make checks payable to: WHS Class of 1978 c/o Phyllis Deats. You may also pay at the door. Call Phyllis at (916) 496-2963 for more information. PLEASE PASS THE WORD!

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The Woodland High School mascot, Woody the Wolf, is actually 42 years old - although he did appear "as good as new" in 1978. Many Woodlanders (and WHS alumni for that matter) do not know how Woody was born. Here's a blast from the past:


In 1956, Fred Miracle, director of student activities, asked the Walt Disney Studio for permission to use their "Big Bad Wolf" as Woody. Disney denied the request, but offered to do a special wolf caricature for WHS at no charge. The first rendering showed Woody with his tongue hanging out, but this was redesigned at the student's request. The original drawing is signed by head cartoonist, Ward Kimbal, and Walt Disney himself allowed the non-commercial use of the new Woody.

From 100 Years of Excellence, Woodland High School, 1895-1995

Friday, June 27, 2008

Public Defender alleges judicial collusion, seeks to prevent county judges from hearing case

This morning Hudson Sangree of the Sacramento Bee posted a story about a "surprise" motion in a scheduled arraignment for Marco Topete. You can click the title of this story to access the article.

Here are some excerpts from the report:

The continued arraignment of the suspected killer of a Yolo County Sheriff's deputy was derailed Friday morning by a surprise motion by the defense to prevent all Yolo County judges from hearing the case.

Assistant Public Defender Dean Johansson filed the motion, alleging "judicial collusion."

Johansson said the Public Defender's Office had subpoenaed surveillance video from all Yolo County Superior courtrooms during the June 18 arraignment...

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According to the article, Presiding Judge David Rosenberg was there to hear the case for the first time. Rosenberg reportedly said he would rule on the motion July 3. Commissioner Janene Beronio presided over the June 18 arraignment in which the public, the media and Topete's family were locked out of the courtroom.

If you build it: They will come - or - will they come?

In March, 2007, about two thousand guests - about 3.5% of Woodland's population - celebrated the opening of the new $26 million Woodland Community & Senior Center. That's a pretty good turn out for a Woodland event - about the amount of Clark Field spectators for each of the Woodland All Stars vs. Men of Steele slow pitch games in 1987 and 1988.

This spring - a year later - the $374,250 dog park was completed adjacent to the community center building. I don't know what the dog population of Woodland is, but the facility seems to get a lot of use. Because of its popularity, I like to call the entire complex the Woodland Community, Senior & Dog Center.

In back of the center and dog park, the all-weather, artificial-surfaced, soccer field appears to be near completion. Four softball fields are also under construction. These will complement the existing multipurpose field already used by Woodland citizens. Perhaps Woodland may once again see 150 softball teams participating in summer league. This happened twice at the now-defunct Dubach Fields (with Harris Park) - once in the 80s under the direction of Jeff Roddy (City of Woodland), and once in the 90s under the direction of the Woodland Adult Sports Association.

Anyway, thanks to Measure E and assorted other funding sources, the latest cost tally of the community center is probably near $500 per citizen. I will update this figure when I get some current and anticipated costs.

I bring up this topic (a month later) because a Woodland Journal reader expressed some concerns about the center. Here's a list of some observations made on a Sunday in May:

• There are no bicycle lanes - or a separate bike path - along East Street to the center
• There are no bicycle parking stalls at the center
• Drivers were speeding, about 50 to 60 mph
• The center has restricted use - limited days and hours of access - the building was not open on Sunday
• There are no postings of activities or events outside the building

The bottom line for this WJ reader was that a family had very limited access to a facility that was funded by most citizens in one way or another. And the complaint wasn't just about access on a Sunday. For example, one young family member (10 years old) wanted to participate in one of the classes listed for the seniors (there was no such class available for the youngster). The child was told that participating with the seniors was not possible. The point here is that there should be flexible, creative customer service... maybe senior citizens would like to have a young person in their class.

A suggestion made by the WJ reader was to make a list of volunteers who can be responsible with keys. This would make the center more available to the public - as in "open gym" times.

Regarding the lack of a bulletin board, the WJ reader had several questions: Are there any local groups forming basketball leagues for various ages? How about for volleyball? Badminton? Table tennis? Chess? Mahjongg? Basically, it comes down to this: How can the community find out about using the facility and how can volunteers help to increase its use?

Click the title of this story to access the latest information available about using the center. You will connect with the 2007 Special Edition brochure published for the Grand Opening. Here are some tidbits:

• Annual Membership to the Senior Center is $5 (Century Club membership is $100 - I'm not sure if that means it costs more to be 100 years old)
• "The lobby has designer furniture, water walls, and travertine floor featuring the “heritage oak tree” that symbolizes the City of Woodland" - I must admit, furniture works best when it has been designed
• Site/Event Capabilities include: Indoor/Outdoor Weddings, Baptism Celebrations, Wedding Receptions, Birthday Parties, Anniversaries, Workshops, Seminars, Soccer Tournaments, Softball Tournaments, Basketball Tournaments
• Banquet Room, Kitchen & Patio rental packages range from $2,310 to $3,720 per eight-hour event
• Meeting Rooms 1, 2, 3 and 4 rental packages range from $770 to $1,240 per eight-hour event
• Haarberg Gym rental packages range from $2,200 - $2,795 per ten-hour event (Gym & Kitchen rental ranges from $2,530 to $3,367)
• Youth Center rental package ranges from $660 to $878 per eight-hour event
• Deposits and insurance are required for all rentals (cleaning and damage deposits range from $200 to $1000, $1 million insurance must be obtained)
• Events with alcohol require security and associated fees

So... what do you think? Are you convinced that they will come to the Woodland Community & Senior Center once it's complete? Or... do you have doubts that the center will be used to its capacity? (If so, what are some solutions you can suggest?)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Does the county needle exchange program work?

The issue is so hot, yesterday's hard copy of the Daily Democrat included the story twice. Reporter Luke Gianni (not the person responsible for doubling-down) reported, "Surprise and frustration were voiced by Woodland City Council members last week [June 17] after learning that a county health contractor had been distributing intravenous needles in Freeman Park, without consulting the city."

Quick to pick up on the dispute, Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad posted this on soon after the June 17 council meeting: "I really dislike that needle exchange program. It is wrong for so many reasons."

Even the Sacramento television stations have taken the bait - when have they not seized the opportunity to expose the dark side of Woodland? KCRA, Channel 3, reported: "Our position is if the county needs to do this program they should confine it to their own county facilities, and they should make sure they have the capacity to clean up after it," said Mark Deven with the City of Woodland.

Channel 3 continued: Concerned parent Kevin Cole, who goes to Freeman Park with his son to practice football, said he also doesn't think the program belongs in city parks. "My kids could pick one of those needles up, they could have AIDS on them, and my kids could get stuck. So, that is a bad thing to be doing at the park," Cole said.

KOVR, CBS 13, also reported: "People are bringing back more than taking out, so it is cleaning up the streets and public places," said Helen Thompson, a Yolo County Supervisor. Thompson disagrees with the idea that the exchange program is responsible for the needles found in the park's sandbox. "Needles were there before the program started," she said. "If this program stops, the needles will continue to be there," she added.

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved the program on May 1, 2007. The board approval authorizes the Yolo County Health Department to apply for syringe exchange program funding, and develop and implement a local syringe exchange program in Yolo County, in accordance with AB 547.

Rexroad was the only supervisor to vote against it. He said, "The initial proposal was to just give away the needles without requiring the drug user to turn any in. It was changed to require 1:1 exchange for up to 10 needles. The county pays a contractor to do it. They distribute the needles all over the county."

The project is implemented as funds are available. The estimated cost for a syringe exchange program last year was $175,000 per year. The county has $100,000 budgeted for this year.

From the Democrat article (click the title of this story to access): Cheryl Boney, deputy director of public health programs for Yolo County, said the county uses a mix of individual volunteers and satellite agencies to distribute the needles in the county. Boney noted that when the city notified her of the problem, she immediately pulled the plug on the park exchange. The new program is a work-in-progress... and Freeman Park was a learning example for the county.

Also from the Democrat, Boney said, "...the program will pay for itself even if it only prevents one new case of HIV in the county. It's a very cost-effective program. Preventing one case of HIV saves the county $260,000. We don't want any syringes out there either. From this perspective, it's a double goal."

From last year's May 1, 2007, staff report: In Yolo County, 38% of HIV infected individuals report intravenous drug use as a risk factor. Fifty percent of people who test for HIV through our HIV testing and counseling service, also test positive for Hepatitis C. An additional 25% of people who test for HIV, self report being Hepatitis C positive. Preventing one case of HIV saves $12,000 a year in medication alone. The estimated life time medical cost of one HIV case is $253,196. Preventing one case of Hepatitis C saves $9,000 per year in medications.

Last April, before the supervisor's vote on the program, Rexroad blogged, "IDU (Injection Drug Users) are people [who] are most likely to use the county/government as their health care provider. Most of the people [who] are advocating this program are more concerned with the health of the IDU than I am... My only real concern here are the kids in playgrounds and motorists on the side of the road, innocent people [who] might have to encounter discarded needles. When I did the adopt a highway progam in the early 1990s, I saw lots of needles on the side of the road. I'm not sure what they were used for, but I know that I didn't want to get stuck - and didn't because I wore boots. If I was a motorist wearing flip-flops and got a flat tire I might not have been so lucky."

About the photos: The paraphernalia shown in both photos was found in Freeman Park at various times during the past year. The Woodland Journal was provided the images by an anonymous photographer.

Discussion questions:

Does a needle exchange program draw more discarded needles to an exchange point?

Considering there are probably "responsible" IDUs and careless IDUs, does an exchange program really reduce the spread of HIV or Hepatitus C?

If preventing one case of HIV saves the county $260,000, what are the cost savings of one child playing in Freeman Park contracting the disease from a discarded needle?

Does the county needle exchange program work?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rosenberg issues court's opinion on last week's errors: Blames Sheriff, wants media to create a committee

Some observers might consider this an attempt to shirk responsibility for apparent flaws in allowing public access to an arraignment last week, but none-the-less, here is a news release from the Yolo County Superior Court (click the title of this story to access):

Yolo County Superior Court Presiding Judge David Rosenberg issued the following statement today after his receipt of a report regarding last week's arraignment in Department:

"This Courthouse is a public building. Because I believe that the people have a right to know why a courtroom was locked last week during a criminal arraignment, I have asked that this report - which I commissioned - be made available to the public.

"In criminal proceedings, our courtrooms must, should and will operate open to the public, with appropriate security to ensure the safety of courtroom personnel and the public. The Court necessarily relies on the Yolo County Sheriff to ensure public access and to provide oversight of security to the Courthouse and courtrooms. The conclusion of this report is that the Yolo County Sheriff's Office committed two errors: (1) failure, after lunch, to ensure that the public entrance door to Department 9 was unlocked thereby denying entry to a criminal arraignment to waiting members of the public, press and family members of the defendent; (2) allowing, via sided doors, members of law enforcement, as spectators, preferential entry to Department 9. These failures by the Sheriff's Office are not acceptable to the Court. I trust the Sheriff will take appropriate action within his Department and iwll also implement measures to ensure that these kinds of errors will not recur.

"Further, I readily accept a suggestion by members of the media to create a Bench-Bar-Media Committee which can provide a forum to discuss issues of mutual concern. The Court will participate in such a Committee."

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The Executive Office of the Superior Court conducted the investigation surrounding the incident that took place in Department 9 regarding the People v. Topete arraignment scheduled on June 18 at 1:30. The names and titles of the Executive Office investigative team are not listed on the document. Click the title of this story to access. Here are some excerpts from the Factual Chronology of the report:

10. Seats were reserved by the Sheriff's Department for the victim's family, investigators and deputies that [sic] were on the scene the day of the alleged crime.

11. At approximately 1:15 p.m. the victim's family was escorted into the courtroom via a side entry door.

12. At approximately the same time the Sheriff's Department Deputies entered the courtroom through various doors, bypassing the public entry area.

13. At approximately 1:20 - 1:30 p.m. there were no more public seats available.

14. From approximately 1:20 - 1:30 p.m. the defendant's sister came out of the Public Defender's Office and asked an All-Phase perimeter security officer whether she could get into the courtroom. The All-Phase Security officer advised the Sheriff's Department Security Deputies who instructed All-Phase that there were no more seats available in the courtroom. All-Phase security informed the sister.

16h. At the end of the hearing Mr. Johnson requested that the Court allow three of the defendant's family members into the courtroom (wife, mother, and sister).

16i. The Commissioner queried counsel and asked that the Sheriff's Security Officer approach the bench... the Commissioner asked the Sheriff's Security Officer whether it was possible to let the family in. The Sheriff's Security Officer responded that "we will make arrangements to have room for them at the next court appearance."

16j. Defense Counsel thanked the Commissioner and a ten minute recess was taken.

Excerpts from the Findings of the report:

"...the Commissioner was shocked when told that the public entrance had been locked for the entirety of the arraignment. The Commissioner confirmed and the bailiff collaborated [sic] that both he and the Commissioner remained in the chambers or in the immediate courtroom area (bailiff only) until the case was called and neither knew the public entrance remained unlocked. Further, pursuant to the transcript the Commissioner appeared not to know that the defendant's family was not in the courtroom until defense council [sic], at the end of the hearing, asked that the defendant's family be allowed in the courtroom. It is also clear form the transcript that by the time defense counsel raise [sic] this issue the hearing was nearly over.

It is further evident that because deputies entered the courtroom without standing in the same line as the public and abiding by the first-come first serve instructions of the Commissioner, access to the courtroom was clearly truncated.

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4.1 SECURITY - Security in all courtrooms of the Yolo Superior Court shall be maintained by the Sheriff of the County of Yolo. (Effective January 1, 2007)

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From the Yolo County Superior Court Web site:

The Presiding Judge, with the assistance of the Court Executive Officer, is responsible for leading the court, establishing policies, allocating resources in a manner that promotes access to justice for all members of the public, increasing efficiency in court operations and enhancing service to the public.

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Discussion questions:

Security or public access issue?

Is one person or agency to blame?

Click here for a related Daily Democrat article written by Luke Gianni.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dustin continues lead in AL All-Star ballots

Woodlander Dustin Pedroia still leads the 2008 MLB All-Star Balloting for American League second basemen. The latest results were released yesterday at - click the title of this story. Here's the results as of 6/23/08:

2008 MLB All-Star Balloting: American League, Second Base

1. Pedroia, D., Red Sox, 1,286,962
2. Kinsler, I., Rangers, 1,120,439
3. Cano, R., Yankees, 830,116
4. Polanco, P., Tigers, 551,180
5. Roberts, B., Orioles, 360,545

Dustin is currently batting .282 (.419 in the last ten games), is sixth in the league in hits (89) and tied for fourth in doubles (22).

YOU NEED TO VOTE! Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers is creeping up on Dustin.Click here to cast your 25 (or more) votes for Dustin. Look for "VOTE: Cast your All-Star ballot now" in the blue box and click there.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Protruding Target logo reminiscent of Old West architecture

In accordance with the Gateway Shopping Center design criteria, the new Target store is sporting their recognizable logo in a protruding cage (left). It took some digging, but the Woodland Journal has discovered the connection to the 1880's architectural style required by city planners. Notice the old black and white photo (below) that features the "sign-of-the-times" in the Old West... a Wells Fargo bank building with two giant wagon wheels protruding toward the sky.

A little history: In 1852 Henry Wells and William Fargo founded Wells, Fargo & Co. to serve the West. The new company offered banking (buying gold, and selling paper bank drafts as good as gold) - and express (rapid delivery of the gold and anything else valuable). Wells Fargo opened for business in the gold rush port of San Francisco, and soon Wells Fargo’s agents opened offices in the other new cities and mining camps of the West. In the boom and bust economy of the 1850s, Wells Fargo earned a reputation of trust by dealing rapidly and responsibly with people’s money. In the 1860s, it earned everlasting fame - and its corporate symbol - with the grand adventure of the overland stagecoach line.

Circa 1880s: Being the visionary, Henry Wells came up with a design idea that would draw attention to his otherwise mundane buildings. He proposed that the corporate symbol of a stage coach with a team of six horses be hoisted atop each building. William Fargo, being the practical partner, realized that feeding the horses was problematic - let alone lifting the coach and animals to extraordinary heights. Fargo suggested abstracting the corporate symbol to wagon wheels - easier to build and install, no need to feed. Thus, an Old West advertising scheme was begun.

Nowadays... big commercial retailers, like Target and Best Buy, enjoy applying corporate identities to their buildings. Soon at the Gateway Shopping Center, we will see a Best Buy building in the shape of a wedge. That shape has historical significance since many door stops and cheeses have traditionally been made in that shape. The Best Buy building will also be blue. Although there is no photographic evidence of blue before 1861 (and little in the decades to follow), there are many paintings still in existence that suggest blue was a popular color during the 1880s.

End note: Thanks to the Wells Fargo company - the next stage in banking - for providing historical information, and to the Adobe company for providing Photoshop - creative license, experience it.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

SacBee article reveals public access flaws of Yolo County courts

In today's SacBee, Hudson Sangree wrote an article called "Yolo County has closed trials before to the public." Click the title of this story to access the report. Here are some excerpts:

Locking a Yolo County court building's doors last week to keep the general public and media from witnessing the first court appearance of a defendant in a high-profile police murder case has created a legal uproar.

An internal Superior Court review is under way, and the California state court system is considering making changes in court rules and training of judicial officers regarding public access.

But it is not the first time that Woodland court officials have discouraged public access to hearings, which by law must remain open to public review.

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Sangree listed the other hearings in which public access was limited:

• The murder trial of Andy Stevens - law enforcement officers were continually allowed to bypass members of the public and press who had waited for limited seats.

• Two arraignments of Dr. Mark Anderson - once, reporters were surprised when defense attorney Michael Rothschild emerged from a scheduled hearing and said the proceeding was over... and a later hearing did not appear on the public calendar and there was no other public notice.

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More excerpts from the SacBee article:

The dentist's hearings, like Wednesday's murder arraignment, were held before Commissioner Janene Beronio.

[Court Executive Officer Jim] Perry also maintained that Wednesday's arraignment was public – as required by law – despite deputies' decision to prevent the defendant's family, the general public and media from attending by locking the courthouse doors.

"There was a great mistake, but the hearing stands as it was," Perry said. "Both sides, the public defender and the DA were in the courtroom. It was on the record."

Friday, June 20, 2008

The Best Show on Tracks: Have you been out there yet?

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
June 20, 21, 22

Dan Best Ranch
Yolo County Rd 14 x 101
Woodland, CA 95776

FFA and 4-H members in uniform FREE on Friday
3 Day Pass: $25
1 Day Pass: $10
Ages 5 to 12: $5
Under 5: Free

What will you see?

• 27 mules pulling a 1905 Holt Harvester
• Harvesting and threshing grain demonstrations
• Over 100 Best and Holt Crawlers
• 200 large items already coming, most restored to running order
• Many unique machines
• Best 110 Steamer pulling the only operational Best Harvester in the world
• Activities for the whole family
• Largest gathering of Best, Holt and Caterpillar equipment
• And more!

Click here to view the program.

For those of you who need help with mobility, or just prefer to travel around the 100+ acre site in style, organizers have arranged for Golf Carts to be available for hire. Contacted or phone 530-662-1788 for more information.

Per Day: $65, available 7 am to 5 pm
Per Hour: $20

Opera House offers sneak-peek at auction fundraiser

It's not too late to get your tickets for the second annual downtown Opera House Event! Just call the Opera House today for reservations or buy your tickets ($30 per person) over the phone at 666-9617.

For those of you who are already ticket holders, here is a sneak preview of the evening's activities and auction items:

Woodland Opera House Annual Fundraiser: A Downtown Event

An American Tradition: Celebrating the Old and New

Event Program for Saturday, June 21, 2008, 6 to 9:30 pm

6 to 7:45 pm - Heritage Plaza:
Wine tasting and incredible food donated by local businesses
Silent Auction
Music courtesy of Dr. Cleve Baker and Paul Coker & The Melody Makers

8 pm - Opera House Stage:
Entertainment and a Live Auction
Mr. Joe Gates, California’s only two-time state champion auctioneer

Live Auction items are available for viewing inside the Opera House. You are welcome to take your wine and bottled water inside.

1) The pet of your choice (dog, cat or rabbit) from the Yolo Co. Sheriff’s Animal Services, a dog gift basket and a wooden cat picture
2) Fused glass necklace
3) Basin and pitcher with a crocheted runner
4) $30 gift certificate from Nottingham Boutique with one doll
5) Foot massage and a His and Hers six (6) sock collection
6) Limoges cup/saucer and small tray
7) Norman Rockwell collectible plates (two from the Heritage Collection)
8) K & M Floral gift certificate, a vase and porcelain rose
9) $50 Bagel City gift certificate and one $10 Dutch Bros. gift certificate
10) $50 Deep Ink gift certificate and two Butch’s T-shirts
11) Messenger Bag and $25 gift certificate from My Sister’s Closet
12) A ‘ride along’ for one person with Yolo County Sheriff’s Patrol (minimum age for this is 16)
13) Gift basket from Silvina’s Basket
14) Party Package: two (2) Bear Factory coupons, four tickets to zoo; one lg. ice cream cake
15) 14” blue free form glass plate
16) “Sweet Violets” porcelain sugar/creamer from the 1940’s with a $10 Dutch Bros. gift certificate
17) Set of three 10” x 12” framed/matted art prints by Bessie Pease Gutman
18) One pair USA Heritage GB44 8” decorative dressmaker scissors
19) Antique reproduction full body porcelain doll (10” French Millette)
20) Designer salad plates - La Tour Eiffel Tower (a set of four plates)
21) Bombay Company English Solitaire Board Game
22) Norman Rockwell collectible plates
23) Two gift baskets of herb products
24) 16” tall angel statue on a wood base
25) Breakfast gift basket with silver sugar and creamer set
26) Collectors assortment of fun, small antique items
27) Gift basket from Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
28) Car care package and weekend car rental
29) Local photography by Rachel Stapp
30) Education class from W.O.H. and a wooden ballet picture
31) 60 minute Okazaki Restorative Massage
32) Designer salad plates - Paris A La Mode (set of six)
33) Energy balancing, rock garden and candle
34) Norman Rockwell collectible plates
35) New Born baby doll by Linda Webb
36) 60 minute full body massage/ with therapeutic oils
37) 9” x 11” framed Seriolithograph of Notre Dame by Daniele Cambier
38) Coffee set with $10 Dutch Bros. gift certificate
39) Car care package and weekend car rental
40) Wicker rocking horse with handmade doll
41) Hand painted wood fireplace screen
42) Gift basket from The Guild with two tickets each to Tom Sawyer & a Golden Dragon gift certificate
43) Wildwood lamp
44) Covered garden urn
45) Local photography by Rachel Stapp

Three drawings throughout the night for:
• A Star-Spangled Banner wind chime from The Gifted Penguin
• Amana Essentials 60 minute massage
• Dutch Bros. coffee

LIVE AUCTION LIST (outside items):
1) Want to Add Something Really Fun to Your Special Celebration This Year? Karaoke Machine Rental
Donated by: RDM Audio Visual Rentals, Owner – Rob Wallace
2) Relax in Style on the Porch. Shaker style wood rocking chair handmade in Georgia and “Esquire” Urn with live fern
Donated by: Rocker by Sandy Marble and Urn by The House Dresser
3) Personal Cruise Along the River
Donated by: Bill Kingman and Don McCormick

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS (inside items):
1) It’s a Jelly Belly Full of Fun. One Deluxe Jelly Belly Theme Basket
Donated by: Connie & John Pola
2) “Swallows” by Artist Benjamin Chee Chee (1944 – 1977). Offset Lithograph, ca 1960s
Donated by: Laurie Rollins Lenzi
3) A Taste to Remember. VIP winery tour and tasting for ten (10) guests.
Donated by: R.H. Phillips Winery, Liz Steiner
4) Bye-Lo Reproduction Collectible Baby Doll in Christening Clothes, America 1922-1952
Donated by: Emmy Ziegler
5) Waterford Lead Crystal Vase. Footed Green Cased Crystal Flower Bowl, Signed ‘Marquis’ by Waterford
Donated by: Polly Rollins
6) Have Tickets – Will Fly. Two (2) Southwest Tickets to anywhere they fly
Donated by: Southwest Airlines Share the Spirit program
7) Original Oil Painting – Napa Valley View. Artist: Gary Michael Lenzi
Donated by: Laurie Rollins Lenzi
8) Drink Like Royalty. Set of six (6) beautiful silver wine goblets made in Spain by the F.B. Rogers Company
and one bottle of signed 2000 Foppiano, Petite Sirah, Sonoma County
Donated by: Goblets by Nancy Schmauderer, Wine by Kim Miranda
9) See What the Competition is Doing! Five tickets to Music Circus, for the show ‘Sweeney Todd’ on July 23 (includes back stage passes with champagne and a cabaret performance afterwards).
Donated by: Doug and Kristy Barton
10) Hand Quilted Antique Quilt. This quilt is approximately 110 years old.
Donated by: Emmy Ziegler
11) “Winter Dancers” by Cecil Young Fox, Canadian Indian (1942 – 1999). Offset Lithograph, ca. 1970s
Donated by: Laurie Rollins Lenzi
12) Boat Patrol for Two. One Ride-Along (for two people) with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol
Donated by: Yolo County Sheriff’s Department
13) It’s the Happiest Place on Earth! Two tickets to Disneyland
14) Your Name in Lights and Look Good While You’re At It! Cameo role: Sheriff, St. Petersburg, Missouri in the WOH Production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and four gift certificates to Continental Barbers
Donated by: WOH-Tom Sawyer Production Staff – Amy Vyvlecka & Lou Anderson; Haircuts from Continental Barbers
15) Antique Persian Rug. Classic Kerman Style
Donated by: Bob & Lea Hencier
16) Relax Your Mind and Strengthen Your Body
Donated by: Woodland Pilates Studio
17) Did This Organ Belong to the Phantom of the Opera? J. Estey and Co. Organ
Donated by: The Woodland Opera House
18) An American Dreams Porcelain Doll – “Sumi” from Japan, HM-117, plays “Sakura, Sakura”
Donated by: Nancy Schmauderer
19) A Hand Crocheted Green and Gold Afghan Blanket and Wine Picnic Basket
Donated by: Blanket donated by a friend of the Opera House; Wine Picnic Gift Basket by Yvonne LeMaitre
20) A Grand Night Out on the Town. $50 restaurant credit and show tickets
Donated by: Ultra Limousine Service and the Woodland Opera House
21) One Child’s Custom-Made Costume
Donated by: Stitches by Kathleen
22) Original Oil Painting – Tomales Bay. Artist: Gary Michael Lenzi
Donated by: Laurie Rollins Lenzi
23) Where Have I Seen That Before? Antique desk recently used in the play, “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
Donated by: The House Dresser
24) Capitola Retreat and a Lighthouse Picture. Two weekend nights
Donated by: A Friend of the Opera House
25) Are You a Basketball Fan? One signed jersey from Tichia Penicheiro (Monarchs) and one signed by Brad Miller (Kings).
Donated by: Maloof Sports
26) Four-drawer Dresser with Marble Top
Donated by: Ed & Carol Conley
27) Some of the Finest Events Right in Woodland. Two tickets to the open home tours on Stroll Through History Day combined with a special VIP tour for two of the Opera House, two tickets to Dickens in the Valley, a Holiday Plate by AVON and two tickets to the play “A Tuna Christmas” here at the WOH.
Donated by: Woodland Historical Society/Stroll Through History, The Woodland Opera House, and Friends of Meals on Wheels and Elderly Nutrition Program, Plate by Nancy Schmauderer
28) Get Cozy by the Fire. A handmade quilt
Donated by: Beehive Quilts
29) Two Wild Adventures! One day raft trip for two (2) people and two tickets to Rocknasium
Donated by: Cache Canyon River Trips & Rocknasium of Davis
30) See All the Plays this Season and Invite a Friend. Two 2008-2009 Season tickets to the Woodland Opera House and a Gift Certificate to dinner at Maritime Restaurant.
Donated by: A Friend of the Opera House
31) Wine and Dinner at Morrison’s
Donated by: Wine glasses & wine - Kim Miranda; dinner at Morrison’s - Chamberlain Farms, Duane Chamberlain
32) Do You Love to Travel? Vacation package for two to one of three luxury locations - airfare and accommodations for a two night at Las Vegas, or 5 day deluxe accommodations in Cancun, Mexico, or five (5) day Carnival Cruise of a Lifetime
Donated by: Elm Ford
33) The Opera House Board Cooks! Eight guests are invited to a dinner cooked by the new 2008-09 Woodland Opera House (W.O.H.) Board President, Carol Conley, and Vice-President, Lou Anderson.
Donated by: The Woodland Opera House Board

The following entertainment will be presented throughout the live auction:
• Gordon Jackson, our Master of Ceremonies, will sing ‘Luck Be a Lady’ from Guys and Dolls by Frank Loesser
• Casey Wilson and Ryan Gordon will sing ’16 Going on 17’ from The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
• Casey Wilson will sing ‘Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets)’ from Damn Yankees by Richard Adler, Jerry Ross
• Rodger McDonald will sing ‘Impossible Dream’ from Man of La Mancha by Joe Darion, Mitch Leigh
• Rodger McDonald will also sing ‘Those Were the Good Old Days’ from Damn Yankees by Richard Adler, Jerry Ross
• Casey Camacho and Kara Sheldon will sing ‘I’d Do Anything’ from Oliver by Lionel Bart
• Casey Camacho and Kara Sheldon will sing 'To Hear You Say My Name’ from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Don Schlitz
• Ryan Gordon will sing ‘Close Every Door’ from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice
All vocalists are accompanied this evening by pianist Lee Chase.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tractor gearheads will show their best and brightest at The Best Show on Tracks

Move Over American Chopper!

June 20-22 at Dan Best Ranch in Woodland, California

WOODLAND, Calif. – Sure, those guys on American Chopper are passionate about the motorcycles they make. But they have nothing on some of the folks who get their kicks restoring antique tractors. Take Norman L. Barker, for example. He lives for the work he does tinkering around with rusted-out old farm machinery – literally. The retired engineering professor from Grants Pass, Oregon, has survived both quadruple bypass surgery and a stroke in the past seven years, and working on his vintage 1931 Caterpillar 30 tractor was the key to his recovery.

“When I got sick, I was depressed.” Barker said. “I had this project out there and I thought I would die and it would never be finished. Thinking about rebuilding the Cat 30, my enthusiasm came back for living. Pretty soon, I was just chomping at the bit to get back to work, get back to doing that heavy lifting.”

After nine years of meticulous work – including manufacturing more than 100 replacement parts himself – Barker has finally transformed his tractor from a rusted heap of almost 1000 parts to a shiny-as-new dream machine that he calls, “the most extensive and complete rebuilt, restored Caterpillar that you will ever cast your eyes upon.”

His pride and joy will be making its public debut at The Best Show on Tracks, a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of tractor enthusiasts and their vintage machines presented by the Heidrick Ag History Center June 20-22 at the Dan Best Ranch near Woodland, California. More than 400 antique tractors, harvesters, threshers and other machines from the Golden Age of the American family farm will be on display – with many strutting their stuff in the fields just as they did back on farmsteads more than 70 years ago. It’s going to be the biggest display of machinery from that bygone era and a dream come true for die-hard “tractorphiles” – who seriously rival motorcycle gearheads in their dedication, skill and knowledge of their “rides.”

The festival will also serve as the annual convention for the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club (ACMOC) and thousands of members are expected to attend from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Some of the other tractor passionistas who will be on hand include:

Festival co-creator Tom Madden, a Paso Robles, Calif., lawyer/gentleman farmer who is a walking encyclopedia of Caterpillar tractor knowledge and one of the top collectors around. He’ll have several tractors on display, including a Caterpillar 15 that was owned and used by actor Clark Gable and the very first Best 60 crawler-type tractor – a machine that is known as “The Gold Standard in Collectible Caterpillars.”

British-born engineer Allan Harris, a globe-trotting tractorphile whose collection of machines is housed at storage sites on three continents. He’ll be shipping two tractors all the way from Australia.

Event host Dan Best Jr., whose grandfather, C.L. Best, was co-founder of Caterpillar and a pioneer in crawler-style tractors.

For additional information on the June 20-22 event, please visit: or

About the Show

When: June 20, 21, 22
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Where: Dan Best Ranch
Yolo County Rd 14 x 101
Woodland, CA 95776

Why?: Because We Can! (click the title of this story to access the Web site)

What Will You See? All this and more...

• 27 mules pulling a 1905 Holt Harvester
• Harvesting and threshing grain demonstrations
• Over 100 Best and Holt Crawlers
• 200 large items already coming, most restored to running order
• Many unique machines
• Best 110 Steamer pulling the only operational Best Harvester in the world
• Activities for the whole family
• Largest gathering of Best, Holt and Caterpillar equipment

Click here to access the online registration form and ticket information.

Pre-Purchase Day Passes - $10 each daily, $25 for the whole event

RV Parking - $75 for up to a week (No Dump Stations or Utility Hookups, Not Transferable)

Prime Rib Dinner at the Heidrick Ag History Center, raffle and auctions - $50 per person
• Saturday June 21
• 7 PM Reception/Silent Auction
• 8 PM Dinner
• 9 PM Raffle /Live Auction
• Seating limited


Click the title of this story to access the SacBee article written by Paul Gutierrez. Here's a glimpse of the story called "Escobedo reins in attack, wins unanimous decision. The Woodland lightweight fears going all out would leave him vulnerable:"

"...the lightweight prospect and 2004 U.S. Olympian from Woodland scrapped his way to a unanimous-decision victory. Judges Steven English and Marty Sammon gave every round to Escobedo, 80-72, and judge Marshall Walker scored it 78-74. The Bee had Escobedo winning 78-74.

"It was kind of what I expected," said Escobedo, who improved his record to 18-1. "He was tough, short, solid. No amount of punches was going to stop him."

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

City Center project for sale: "Best suited for senior care facility" - $8 million

Marcus & Millichap is an expanding investment real estate company with more than 1,300 brokers in markets throughout the United States. The corporate headquarters are located in Encino, California. They have an office in Roseville. From that office an email was sent to a subscribed list of members within the Sacramento real estate industry. That email was shared by a Woodland Journal participant earlier today.

Here is what was posted:

Dear Client,

Please find the attached marketing package in regard to an infill property in Downtown Woodland, California. The site totals 2.62 acres and will be entitled for 52,235 square feet of ground-floor retail, with 225,000 square feet of residential above. A letter of interest has been obtained from a Northern California Senior Care Facility operator who has expressed interest in being a long-term tenant, manager, or possibly an equity partner if the residential portion of the developed as a Senior Care Facility. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.

Chris Dickinson
National Land Group
Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services

Property City Center
Property Address 333 Main Street
Woodland, CA 95695
Price $8,242,179
Down Payment 100% $8,242,179
Lot Size (SF) 114,560
Price/SF $71.95
Lot Size (Acres) 2.6299
Price/Acre $3,134,028
Buildable SF 300,000
Price/Buildable SF $27.47
Lot Dimensions Irregular
Type of Ownership Fee Simple

Currently the site is being entitled for a building consisting of 225,000 square feet of residential, 26,285 square feet of live/work space, and 52,235 square feet of commercial. Entitlements are estimated to be obtained by the end of May 2008. As long as future development stays within the EIR envelope of the entitled project, changing use should not take more than sixty days with the city. The site is currently being leased on a month-to-month lease to a car dealership that is paying $10,500 per month.

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According to a source in the commercial real estate industry, the City Center company is basically offering the project as an investment opportunity priced between $6 and $8 million. They purchased it for a little over $2 million.

Click here for the Executive Summary of the property at

From the Executive Summary: The subject property is a 2.62-acre assemblage on Main Street in the heart of downtown Woodland. Site one is 1.84 acres and is best suited for a four-story building consisting of a senior care facility or active senior care facility on the top three floors, ground floor retail, and underground parking on site one.

Click here for the Property Presentation.

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JUNE 19, 2008

10. CITY CENTER LOFTS CONDOMINIUM CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT, TENTATIVE SUBDIVISION MAP, and DESIGN REVIEW. Applicant wishes to construct a mixed-use development consisting of Commercial, Live-Work, and Residential Loft areas. The proposal includes 170 total Residential units, 32,069 square feet of Commercial space, and 307 parking spaces, within a 2.1 acre site.

Applicant/Owner: Larry Andrews and Dave Morrison/City Center Lofts LLC
Environmental Document: EIR
Staff Contact: Cindy Gnos, Contract Planner and Robert MacNicholl, Planning Manager
Recommend Action: Certification of the Environmental Impact Report and Conditional Approval of the City Center Lofts Project

Attachments: Exhibits A, B and C
Attachments 1-6, 7 and 8

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Click the title of this story to access the City Center project Web site.

56 hour parking zone discovered

Last month, one of our crack correspondents discovered a secret downtown parking space. Evidently, anyone lucky enough to get the spot can park there for at least 56 hours at a time.

These photographs taken between Tuesday, May 27, at 8:50 am and Thursday, May 29, at 4:46 pm are date and time stamped as proof.

The Woodland Journal correspondent was alerted to the location on Main Street near Fourth. After some observation, the permitted two-hour space was obviously ignored by traffic enforcement, so the images to the left were captured as evidence.

The first photo, at top, was taken on Tuesday, May 27 at 8:50 am (05/27/2008 08:50 is date-stamped on the photo).

The second photo was taken the same day at 8:15 pm (05/27/2008 20:15).

The third photo was taken on Wednesday, May 28th, at 10:43 am (05/28/2008 10:43). It's not obvious in this low-resolution image, but the street sweeper marks are apparent in the original photo.

The last photo, on the bottom, was taken on Thursday, May 29, at 4:46 pm (05/29/2008 16:46) - more than two days after the initial photo. The correspondent saw no parking tickets issued during that time. If you have doubts that the car was not moved, note the front wheel position in relation to the street markings.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

VICENTE to fight at ARCO, scheduled for ESPN2

The following is a press release from the Golden Boy Promotions Web site:


LOS ANGELES, June 16 – It’s almost been a second home for 2004 United States Olympian Vicente Escobedo, and on Wednesday, June 18th, the spectacular lightweight prospect returns to ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California for the seventh time in his professional career when he faces Mexico’s Cristian Favela in the co-featured attraction on ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights.

In the televised main event, once beaten super featherweight standout and Chino, California native Roger ‘Speedy’ Gonzalez (27-1, 18 KOs) takes on Motor City warrior Cornelius Lock (17-3-1, 10 KOs) of Detroit in a ten round contest.

Escobedo vs. Favela is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Don Chargin Productions, Inc. as part of an exciting evening of boxing presented by Don Chargin Productions, Inc and will air live on ESPN2 beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the first bell rings at 7pm.

Tickets priced at $101.75, $77.25, $55.25 $37.25 and $24.25 can be purchased at the ARCO Arena Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at 916-649-TIXS (8497). Tickets are also available online at

Vicente Escobedo (17-1, 11 KOs) has been paying his dues without complaint in the four years since he entered the pro ranks after the 2004 Olympics. A lightning-fast puncher with the poise of a seasoned veteran, the 26-year-old from Woodland, California, is ready to take the next step in his career under the tutelage of legendary trainer Ignacio (Nacho) Beristain and with an impressive 5-1 record at the ARCO Arena, he has come to the right place to do it on June 18th.

Los Mochis, Mexico’s Cristian Favela (15-15-4, 9 KOs) is a relentless battler whose record doesn’t reflect his talent or determination to win every time out. A fighter who has only been stopped once in his decade long career and who has gone the distance with world champions David Diaz, Steven Luevano, Javier Jauregui and Willie Jorrin, the 28-year-old has won two of his last three bouts and will be thinking upset when he steps between the ropes to face Escobedo.

Also featured on the card will be Ashanti Jordan (3-0, 3 KOs), an exciting heavyweight from San Francisco, CA who turned pro in March of 2007 after compiling an amateur record of 36-6 and attaining a ranking of number two among heavyweight amateurs nationwide. Already off to a brilliant start as a professional with three knockout wins in three fights, Ashanti has a promising future as a heavyweight as he is known for boxing abilities and punching power. Jordan will face his most dangerous opponent to date on June 18 against Arkansas’ Eric Pippin (3-1 3 KOs).

For more information, please visit

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For a related Daily Democrat article written by Bruce Burton, click here.

Caterpillar Tractor Co., U.S. Patent No. 2,943,422, and more local connections

The big event in Woodland this weekend is the The Best Show on Tracks. According to the Web site, it will host the largest collection of Best, Holt and Caterpillar tractors assembled in one place and will feature more than 80 Holt and Best tractors and over 250 total Best, Holt and Caterpillar. The show is presented by The Heidrick Ag History Center and hosted by Dan Best, grandson of C.L.Best, co-founder of Caterpillar.

This is from the show's Web site:

“The Best Family is honored to host this event at their family farm,” said Event Manager Lonny Wunder. There is a historical connection to the Best family: the assets of the C. L. Best Tractor Co. were combined with the assets of the Holt Manufacturing Company in 1925 to form the Caterpillar Tractor Co. that continues today. C.L. Best was Chairman of the Board of the Caterpillar Tractor Co. from 1925 until 1951. He was the grandfather of the event’s host, Dan Best, Jr.


1890. Benjamin Holt and Daniel Best experimented with various forms of steam tractors for use in farming. They did so separately, with separate companies.
1904. Holt's first steam track-type tractor.
1906. Holt's first gas track-type tractor.
1915. Holt "Caterpillar®" track-type tractors are used by the Allies in World War I.
1925. The Holt Manufacturing Company and the C. L. Best Tractor Co. merge to form Caterpillar Tractor Co.
1942. Caterpillar track-type tractors, motor graders, generators sets and a special engine for the M4 tank are used by the United States in its war effort.
1953. In 1931, the company created a separate engine sales group to market diesel engines to other equipment manufacturers. This group was replaced in 1953 with a separate sales and marketing division to better serve the needs of a broad range of engine customers. Engine sales now account for approximately one-third of the company's total sales and revenues.

Okay... now check out this "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" phenomenon:

Click the title of this story to access U.S. Patent No. 2,943,422 for a Valve Lapping Machine filed Dec. 29, 1958. [Enter "2943422" in the query field.]

"This invention relates to a machine for producing mating lapped surfaces to form a perfect seal between such mechanical elements as a valve member and a seat against which it closes and particularly to a machine for forming a so-called spherical lap. In some types of poppet valves, such for example, as the fuel injection valves used in diesel engines, spherical seating surfaces are desirable to provide a large area of contact between the seating parts and to insure a seal in the event of a slight misalignment of the valve with respect to its seat."

The inventors are Jules H. Goulet, San Lorenzo, Stanley G. Dawes, Oakland, and Alfred J. Smith, San Leandro, Calif., assignors to Caterpillar Tractor Co., Peoria, Ill, a corporation of California.

Jules H. Goulet was my grandfather. My mom edited a compiled family history (Skude and Goulet) that includes an autobiography from Grandma, Valber (Valborg) Fern Marie Skude Goulet. Grandma said she moved to California from Minnesota, traveling through Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. Grandpa went to work at the San Leandro Caterpillar plant as a machinist (about 1928). That plant closed, and Grandma and Grandpa went back east - Pennsylvania and Ohio. They returned to California, first in Los Angeles where Grandpa had a job near Huntington Park, settling in Oakland. Grandpa got his old job back at the new Caterpillar plant in Oakland as supervisor on the swing shift. My mom was in kindergarten when they moved to Oakland, so that would have been around 1935. He worked for Caterpillar about 30 years.

Grandpa was born on December 17, 1898, and died on November 10, 1966.

From the family history:

Jules was the genius of the Goulet family. He was an all "A" student through school. While in High School, the Bay City Times offered him a job as a reporter. He was very mechanically inclined so preferred that type of work. As a teenager he could repair anything mechanical so took care of all the household repairs. He worked in various automobile plants in Detroit, Mich. He was manager of a Tuttle Scott shoe store in Waterloo, Iowa. Moved to California about 1928. In the 1930s he worked in Carnegie, Pa. and Maritta, Ohio. He returned to California about 1935 and worked for Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Oakland until he retired in 1963.

Jules Goulet served in the U.S. Army in World War 1, March 23 to July 12, 1918. as P.F.C. Co. D 28th Engrs. and in France, June 30 to July 6, 1919.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Pay tribute to the tractor: A little post-Memorial Day information

Tractor technology that gave birth to the tank will be honored at this weekend's festival

“The Best Show on Tracks” June 20-22 in Woodland, Calif.

WOODLAND, Calif. – Believe it or not, the humble tractor played a major role in the development of one of the 20th century’s most potent weapons – the tank.

In 1916, the British Army built the first tanks used in modern warfare by adding armor and guns to crawler-style “caterpillar” tractors made by the Holt Manufacturing Company of Stockton, California – the company that later became Caterpillar. When these monster machines hit the battlefield in World War I, they inspired “shock and awe” that would have been unimaginable to farmers who used the tank’s agricultural cousins to plow fields.

And now, the technology that gave birth to the tank is going to be honored by tractor fans from around the globe at a once-in-a-lifetime festival sponsored by The Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland, California. Billed as “The Best Show on Tracks,” the three-day show June 20-22 will feature more than 400 antique farm machines, with a special emphasis on the crawler tractor and its role in history.

“The Best Show on Tracks will actually depict the history of the crawler tractor from its infancy up until World War II,” said Tom Madden, an avid tractor collector and Heidrick Ag History Center Board Member who came up with the idea for the show. “Just about every Caterpillar and its predecessor will be there. This is going to be the only place and the only time you will be able to see all of these tractors together.”

Many of the vintage machines that will be shown are rare or the last surviving model of their kind, including Madden’s own 1919 Best 60 model 101A – which is known as “The Gold Standard in Collectible Caterpillars.” Organizers are also planning a surprise unveiling of an extremely rare 1932 tractor whose make and model are being kept secret. Festival organizer Allan Harris temptingly calls the mystery machine, “a missing link in the Caterpillar story.”

The festival will also serve as the annual convention of the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club (ACMOC), and members are expected to come from around the world to show off their machines.

For additional information on the June 20-22 event, please visit: or

About the Show

When: June 20, 21, 22
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Where: Dan Best Ranch
Yolo County Rd 14 x 101
Woodland, CA 95776

Why?: Because We Can! (click the title of this story to access the Web site)

What Will You See? All this and more...

• 27 mules pulling a 1905 Holt Harvester
• Harvesting and threshing grain demonstrations
• Over 100 Best and Holt Crawlers
• 200 large items already coming, most restored to running order
• Many unique machines
• Best 110 Steamer pulling the only operational Best Harvester in the world
• Activities for the whole family
• Largest gathering of Best, Holt and Caterpillar equipment

Click here to access the online registration form and ticket information.

Pre-Purchase Day Passes - $10 each daily, $25 for the whole event

RV Parking - $75 for up to a week (No Dump Stations or Utility Hookups, Not Transferable)

Prime Rib Dinner at the Heidrick Ag History Center, raffle and auctions - $50 per person
• Saturday June 21
• 7 PM Reception/Silent Auction
• 8 PM Dinner
• 9 PM Raffle /Live Auction
• Seating limited

Sunday, June 15, 2008

School board recall committee announces Monday meeting

From an email sent by the Recall Committee:

Four Trustees of the WJUSD Board were served with Notices of Intent to Recall last week. We are now waiting for their responses, if they elect to do so. We will be submitting the petitions for approval after the required waiting period of 7 days.

As we discussed in our last meeting, the next meeting will be held on Monday at 6:00 pm. The Leake Center was not available so we are moving the meeting to another location. The meeting will be held at the First Aid/Old Office Building at the Yolo County Fairgrounds. Enter the grounds from Gum Avenue and drive around the east side of Waite Hall and turn right when you pass the Wave office.

Meeting date : Monday, June 16, 2008 at 6:00 pm
Place: Yolo County Faigrounds Old Office Building

We are looking forward to seeing you, please bring a friend that wants to join in. Please forward any questions to

Guy Pedroia celebrates Father's Day with son Dustin atop AL All Star balloting

Happy Father's Day to all fathers! One father who must be especially proud is Woodlander Guy Pedroia whose son, Dustin, is tops in the 2008 MLB All-Star Balloting. The latest results were released last week at - click the title of this story. Here's the results as of 6/9/08:

2008 MLB All-Star Balloting: American League, Second Base

1. Pedroia, D., Red Sox, 809,114
2. Kinsler, I., Rangers, 512,894
3. Cano, R., Yankees, 512,045
4. Polanco, P., Tigers, 335,336
5. Roberts, B., Orioles, 233,752

Dustin went 2 for 5 in yesterday's Red Sox victory over the the Reds in inter-league play. Click here to cast your 25 (or more) votes for Dustin. Look for "VOTE: Cast your All-Star ballot now" in the blue box and click there.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

City to support move of Yolo County Fairgrounds - when it happens, that is

According to a recent article in the Daily Democrat, one might wonder who actually controls the Yolo County Fairgrounds - click the title of this story to access the article.

Here are the most pertinent excerpts from the article:

Councilman Jeff Monroe said he felt the relocation is not likely to happen in the near future. "I just want to point out: The state's broke, the county's broke, the city's broke," Monroe said. "Moving the fairgrounds, I don't think is happening in my lifetime. So, what I would like to see them do, though, if they want a recommendation, is (to) do their ADA improvements."

Vice Mayor Skip Davies agreed there is a long road ahead for relocating the fairgrounds, but noted the city should support the project.

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For those of you confused by the article, here's information about who operates the fairgrounds - the Fair Board:

About the 40th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors

The State of California is divided into 54 District Agricultural Associations. The Yolo County Fairgrounds are operated by the 40th District Agricultural Association on behalf of the State.

The 40th DAA is governed by a nine-member board. Each serves a four-year term. The Board meets on the second Monday of every month except July. The Board appoints a General Manager/CEO charged with the day-to-day operation of the facilities.

The current board of directors includes:

DJ Sambucetti, President
Vicki Pruner, Vice-President
Patty Bogle
Katie Villegas
Beth Nilsen
Jacob Parnell
Ernie Roncoroni
Douglass Young
Michael Mata

During the May 12, 2008, board meeting, Ron Voss (chair of Fair Ag Business Building) "proposed new ideas for this year’s Fair and long term goals. Incorporate tastings and farmer’s market areas. Create a special event, in the building, one evening. Board recommended that CEO and Ag Business Committee discuss ideas and possibilities."

According to the April 14 minutes the board "Received draft MOU from F&E [California Department of Food and Agriculture, Division of Fairs & Expositions] regarding relocation. Director Villegas made a motion to shelve the MOU and go back to the 2x2x2 Committee, seconded by Director Parnell. Motion passed."

Friday, June 13, 2008

Relive the glory days of the American family farm

History comes alive at once-in-a-lifetime antique farm machinery show

“The Best Show on Tracks” June 20-22 in Woodland, Calif.

WOODLAND, Calif. – They say everything old is new again, and that couldn’t be more true for the antique tractors, harvesters and steam engines which will be the “stars” of an upcoming festival in Woodland, California. Billed as “The Best Show on Tracks,” the show presented by the Heidrick Ag History Center will bring together more than 400 lovingly-restored vintage agricultural machines on 150 acres of farmland to celebrate the glory days of the American farm. Visitors will get to walk down memory lane, back to a time before SUVs and cell phones, and watch history come alive through demonstrations of vintage tractors and harvesters – including the grand spectacle of a 27-mule team pulling a completely restored 1905 Holt Harvester. For many folks who come, this will be a chance to relive the past and remember their childhoods down on the farm. Tractor aficionado and Heidrick Ag History Center Board Member Allan Harris, who is one of the organizers of the show, expects to hear plenty of people waxing nostalgic as he walks around the festival.

“You've got people whose families built their farms with these machines – as in, ‘Grandpa's got an old Holt that he drove 50 miles from Stockton and pulled the first stump from the farm with.’ Others may have stories about their uncle Johnny coming home from the war and busting open 40 acres with one of these tractors. And some of them may come to the show thinking, ‘Oh, I want to find a tractor like the one I had as a boy.’ It’s going to be an amazing experience,” Harris said.

The stories make up an unwritten history of American agriculture’s transition from a nation of small family farms powered by the sweat of mules, horses and the farmers themselves to the highly-efficient, machine-driven super farms of today. And that’s a history that many would like to remember.

“There's an old boy who has come to some of the other shows and he can remember the day that the horses were driven off of his farm and the Caterpillar 60s showed up,” said Allan Harris. “They drove the tractors from the railway station to the farm and took the mules away to feed the army. Those kinds of stories are the missing link, because a lot of that stuff was never written down.”

And the lowly tractor, for all its down-in-the-dirt image, has a pretty lofty place in the history of America’s success as a food-producing nation. Crawler-style tractors like the Caterpillar helped American agriculture flourish by allowing the farming of Central California’s soft soils, where wheeled tractors would just sink.

“The history of tractors defines the history and construction of America,” said festival co-creator Tom Madden. “There are so many people in California now. Many of them may not be in agriculture, but if you go a few generations back, you’ll find a connection. They have fathers, grandfathers who built this state by farming the land and producing the food that fed the whole world. This is a look back in time to the roots of so much of pioneer California.”

For additional information on the June 20-22 event, please visit: or

About the Show

When: June 20, 21, 22
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Where: Dan Best Ranch
Yolo County Rd 14 x 101
Woodland, CA 95776

Why?: Because We Can! (click the title of this story to access the Web site)

What Will You See? All this and more...

• 27 mules pulling a 1905 Holt Harvester
• Harvesting and threshing grain demonstrations
• Over 100 Best and Holt Crawlers
• 200 large items already coming, most restored to running order
• Many unique machines
• Best 110 Steamer pulling the only operational Best Harvester in the world
• Activities for the whole family
• Largest gathering of Best, Holt and Caterpillar equipment

Click here to access the online registration form and ticket information.

Pre-Purchase Day Passes - $10 each daily, $25 for the whole event

RV Parking - $75 for up to a week (No Dump Stations or Utility Hookups, Not Transferable)

Prime Rib Dinner at the Heidrick Ag History Center, raffle and auctions - $50 per person
• Saturday June 21
• 7 PM Reception/Silent Auction
• 8 PM Dinner
• 9 PM Raffle /Live Auction
• Seating limited

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Notice to recall sent to trustees

The following was sent to WJUSD board president Carol Sousa Cole, vice president Bill Beermann, clerk Rosario Ruiz-Dark, and member Elaine Lytle:


June 10, 2008

TO THE HONORABLE Carol Sousa Cole::

Pursuant to Section 11020, California Elections Code, the undersigned registered qualified voters of WJUSD Woodland, in the State of California, hereby give notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of Trustee of WJUSD, in Woodland, California, and to demand election of a successor in that office.

The grounds for the recall are as follows:

As an elected official you:

1. Have FAILED to show regard for public input when making decisions
2. Have NOT demonstrated prudent oversight of the district business
3. Did NOT thoroughly research and question topics before motioning or casting vote
4. Have NOT demonstrated fiscal responsibility especially during state budget cuts
5. Approved a purchase agreement with eminent domain language that was NOT approved to be included
6. Approved a long term lease agreement that DOES NOT benefit the district
7. REFUSED to properly consider other properties for the District Office
8. FAILED to provide proper supervision of an employee of the district
9. By actions, have NOT demonstrated independent decision making and clearly look to Superintendent for approval and / or guidance before taking actions
10. Approved legal action in writing without reading the full report
11. Rejected gifts offered to the district, not using resources from the community
12. Have NOT shown ability for independent thoughts in your decision making

In consideration of all the above actions, you have failed to properly represent the voting public of the WJUSD as a Trustee.

The printed names, signatures, and residence addresses of the proponents are as follows: (The least possible number of proponents is 10, however, more than 10 may be required by law.)

[Names and signatures were not provided in the press release]

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On June 10, the notices were sent by certified mail to each of the four trustees. On June 11, community member Dudley Holman filed copies with the Yolo County Elections Office with the required "Proof of Service by Certified Mail."

The next step is the publication of the "Notices of Intention to Recall" (one time only) followed by a wait for written responses from each of the trustees. This must be done within 10 days. If provided by the trustees, the responses must be included on the printed petition forms on which the signatures are shown.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Woodland Opera House fundraiser to be held Saturday, June 21

An American Tradition: Celebrating the Old and New
Woodland Opera House Annual Fundraiser

A downtown event featuring wine and food tasting, entertainment and silent and live auctions

Saturday, June 21, at 6 pm
Heritage Plaza and the Woodland Opera House
340 Second Street, Woodland
$30.00 per person

Master of Ceremonies: Gordon Jackson, Auctioneer

Wine Donors
• Berryessa Gap
• Capay Valley Vineyards
• Marr Cellars
• R.H. Phillips Winery
• Rominger West Winery

Food Donors
• Bagel City
• Dutch Brothers
• Freshmex Express Mexican Grill
• Ludy’s Main St. BBQ & Catering
• Savory Café
• Silvina’s Basket
• Steve’s Pizza
• Tazzina Bistro
• Timothy’s Bakery

Please call (530) 666-9617 for tickets, or visit for more information. Click the title of this story to access the printable poster. Hang it at your place of business or organization.

Here are some of the auction items:
• USA Heritage GB44 8” Decorative Dressmaker Scissors
• Karaoke Machine Rental
• Two tickets to the open home tours on Stroll through History Day (Note: To be combined with a special VIP tour for two of the Opera House on Stroll day or date to be arranged)
• A 60 Minute massage session (30.00 gift certificate)
• Full body Massage – Therapeutic With Essential Oils 1 hour
• One Large Ice Cream Cake serves 12 to 14
• 3 one hour private pilates sessions
• One Deluxe Jelly Belly Theme Basket
• One 60 minute Massage
• His and Hers Six sock collection
• Two tickets to attend the holiday home tours (Value: $50.00)
• One Child’s Costume
• A Hand Crocheted Green and Gold Afghan Blanket
• Norman Rockwell collectible plates with Certificates of authenticity
• Ornate Silver Plate and Glass Footed Coffee Carafe and Warmer
• WM. Rogers Silver Plate Sugar and Creamer
• Set of 6 beautiful wine goblets made in Spain by F.B. Rogers Company.
• Wm Rogers & Son Victorian Rose 1904 and 1903 Silver Plate Ornate Sugar and Creamer Set
• Set of Three 10” X 12” framed and beautifully matted Art Prints by Bessie Pease Gutman
• A collectors assortment: A red glass etched shot glass, a lead crystal ashtray, a porcelain china piece made in France, a vintage decorative plate with spring fruit design, a hand painted and crafted signed plate made in Italy.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wedge gets nod, Best Buy design approved by council

Tonight the Woodland City Council voted five to zero to approve the design proposed for the Best Buy store at the Gateway shopping center. The unanimous vote supported the staff recommendation to make an exception to the city's design standards. The Planning Commission denied the initial request made by the Petrovich Development Company on May 15 in a four to three vote.

Woodlander's nephew drafted by Brewers, then wins Illinois state championship

Jake Odorizzi is the nephew of long-time Woodland resident Nikki Anthony. He is also a right-handed pitcher at Highland High School in Illinois. Jake happened to be selected as the Illinois Baseball Player of the Year for 2008. He also committed to the University of Louisville to play ball, but that was before he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers as the 32nd overall player picked by Major League teams. Oh... and all that was before Jake and his Bulldog teammates claimed the state's 3A championship.

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Here are some excerpts from a story written by Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat that was posted on Monday:

Bulldogs etch a place in history
Led by the best player ever to wear its uniform, Highland claims 3A title

JOLIET - He could be wearing the uniform of a Milwaukee Brewers minor-league team soon, but Jake Odorizzi's Highland Bulldogs jersey is headed for a place of honor.

Odorizzi blew fastballs by the final two Rock Falls hitters Saturday, finishing off Highland's 6-2 win in the Class 3A state championship game.

"It's the best team that's ever gone through Highland and hopefully it stays like that for a while," said Odorizzi, drafted 32nd overall by the Brewers on Thursday. "I'm just glad I was a part of it."

It was a remarkable season for the Bulldogs (36-4), who celebrated the school's first state championship on the 50th anniversary of Highland's last trip to the state baseball tourney.

Odorizzi and his teammates rewrote Highland's baseball record book. They set school records for wins, runs, stolen bases, shutouts and numerous other categories.

Odorizzi was 14-0 with a microscopic 0.08 ERA. In 89 2/3 innings, he allowed 33 hits and three runs (one earned), striking out 146 and walking only six.

He also hit .409 this spring with a school-record 15 homers and 40 RBIs.

Click the title of this story to access the complete article.

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Check out Jake's batting stats by clicking here.

Check out Jake's pitching stats by clicking here.

Amazing. Congratulations to Jake and his proud aunt Nikki.

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop offered by county agencies

Are you, or someone you know, looking to prevent possible foreclosure?

Do you have questions and concerns about your mortgage?


Participants may bring questions and loan documents! This is an opportunity to have your loan evaluated one-on-one by lenders and counselors.

Speakers include assemblymember Lois Wolk and commissioner Matt Rexroad

Thursday, June 26, 2008
5:30 to 8:30 pm
Yolo County Housing
147 West Main Street, Woodland
Information: (530) 666-8918

Sponsored by:
Yolo County Housing
Yolo County Law Library
Yolo County Public Library

Monday, June 09, 2008

A wedge by any other name...

A distinct, wedge-shaped facade not suitable for the Woodland Gateway Center, according to four planning commissioners, is not so unique at all. Just over a half mile to the south, along County Road 102, you can find another example of post-1880 architecture in the form of the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility.

On May 15 the Woodland Planning Commission was provided an opportunity to veer from mundane policies - but decided instead to ignore the rare staff recommendation to make an exception to guidelines that promote false history. In a four to three vote, the commission denied the request made by developer Paul Petrovich on behalf of his client, Best Buy Stores. Robert Millsap and Phil Harvey spoke to the commission for the Petrovich Development Company. Andrew Maltson represented Best Buy at the meeting. Click the title of this story to access the minutes.

During that meeting, there seemed to be a consensus on the commission that the standards need to be overhauled as they apply to shopping centers outside the downtown area - however - Best Buy's contemporary design was still not approved. This now means the Woodland City Council will need to consider an appeal at their Tuesday, June 10, regular meeting.

The proposed Best Buy Store (top elevation drawing) is intended to be approximately 30,000 square feet and represents about 6% of the total 525,000 square feet of the approved shopping center. According to Petrovich, Best Buy is the co-tenant needed to satisfy the conditions of other leases such as Old Navy, Sport’s Chalet, In N Out Burger, Red Robin, Bed Bath and Beyond, Michael’s, Texas Roadhouse and Johnny Carinos Italian Restaurant.

The Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility (bottom photo) is located at 2880 East Gibson Road (at County Road 102). Construction of the new facility was completed in 2005 with the capacity of 90 beds and three pods. Each pod has 30 beds, two classrooms, space for basic medical assessments, and an activity area.

Is a wedge a brand? Is it a sign? Is it an exception? A wedge by any other name is still just a form. Let Best Buy's form serve its function.

Note: The comparative photo was taken by a The Woodland Journal contributor.

For a related story in the Daily Democrat, click here.

Music supporters to show at board meeting despite agenda postponement

Sylvina Frausto has made an appeal to supporters of music in Woodland schools. Although not specific in the notice, Frausto wants the community to show up at the WJUSD board meeting on Thursday, June 12, to speak during the public comment period. Below is the text included on the postcard mailed to the parents of secondary school music students:

The future of the Music Department in our Woodland School District is in dire need of parent support. Decisions are being made that seriously affect the Music Program. We asked that the issue of the Music Program be placed on the Agenda for discussion at the June 12th School Board Meeting, yet, in a separate meeting, the Executive Advisory Committee decided to postpone our time until the August 14th meeting.

Where: WJUSD Board Room, 630 Cottonwood St.
Time: 6:30 PM
Contact: Sylvina Frausto, 662-9017

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This appeal stems from the recent resignation of Lee School music teacher Jorge Jimenez. Click the title of this story to access a related Daily Democrat article written by Lizeth Cazares. According to that article, Jimenez resigned after he was informed that the Lee Middle School music program would be reduced from four periods to three. The district informed him he would have to also work at Whitehead Elementary if he wanted the position next year.

Jimenez stated he does not want to split his time and is "burnt out" by having to deal with "unprofessionalism, harassment and politics" starting from the beginning of the school year. Soon into the 2007-08 academic year, Jimenez was laid-off by Lee School principal Garth Lewis for undisclosed reasons. Jimenez then contacted attorneys through the California Teachers Association and the district was forced to reinstate him for four periods.

Jimenez claims the harassment continued through the year.

With Jimenez' resignation, a group of concerned Lee School music parents met with the seven trustees, who encouraged the group to submit a request to be placed on the June 12 board meeting agenda. One trustee confirmed that the group met with many of the board members.

Apparently, an executive committee consisting of the board president, vice president and clerk are allowed to set the agendas on behalf of the entire board (Carol Souza Cole, Bill Beerman and Rosario Ruiz-Dark). Members of the executive committee chose to place the issue on the August 14 agenda. The next four regular board meetings are scheduled for June 12, June 26, July 10 and August 14.

According to an email sent from a music booster, the Lee parents are concerned because:

* They have lost a teacher who the kids respected and who was growing the program
* In 07-08 Lee School employed a .8 FTE (including 7th and 8th grade guitar, 7th and 8th grade band, and and intervention- funded jazz band)
* In 08-09 it is projected that Lee School will have a .6 FTE (including 7th grade guitar, 7th and 8th grade band and jazz band depending on the new hire).
* Lee School is the feeder to Woodland High School
* In 07-08 Woodland High School employed a 1.6 FTE
* In 08-09 it is projected that Woodland High School will have 1.2 FTE
* The other side of the district is seeing no reductions (Douglas Middle School - 1.0 FTE, no change; Pioneer High School - 1.8 FTE in 07-08, 2.0 FTE in 08-09)

The concerned parents claim that money is not an issue.

Celebrate innovation at the Yolo Venture Communities kick-off, June 16 in Davis

Entrepreneurs, innovators and anyone interested in starting, growing or getting to know the most interesting early-stage companies in Yolo County should not miss the kick-off for Yolo Venture Communities June 16, 4-7 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Davis.

Along with ample networking, hosted hors d’oeuvres and fine wine from Rominger West Winery, five high-growth company executives will share stories of how they started their companies, impart the lessons they learned and the resources they needed, and describe what they see as the next big wave in innovation for Yolo County. There is no cost to attend the event, and you can register by clicking the title of this story.

The panel of company executives, which will be moderated by Meg Arnold, director of business development and entrepreneurship with UC Davis InnovationAccess, includes:

• Anthony Costello, Founder, Bazu Media, Davis
• John Argo, Founder and President, Bloo Solar, West Sacramento
• Kerry Sachs, Founder & CEO, Puroast, Woodland
• Cameron Lewis, CEO, VuStik, West Sacramento
• Julie Morris, CFO, Marrone Innovation Organics, Davis

Chris Soderquist, general partner of Golden Capital Venture Funds, will MC the evening and will introduce Yolo Venture Communities, an online social network and education platform that enables entrepreneurs, investors and professional service providers in Yolo County to connect with each other and leverage the financial, intellectual and human capital resources of the entire greater-California Venture Communities network.

Complementary Seminar Starts the Day

Kicking-off this celebration of innovation is a complementary entrepreneur seminar program, Executive Development for Startups, from 1:30-4 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Hall, featuring distinguished faculty from UC Davis, University of Pacific and CSU, Sacramento.

Topics to be covered at the executive seminar include:

• How Entrepreneurship Can Save the Economy
• Assessing Hot New Technologies for the Next Big Thing
• Business Planning for Success
• Financial Planning for Startups
• Pitching Your Business to Angel and VC Investors

Yolo Venture Community is a joint project by UC Davis InnovationAccess, the cities of Woodland, Winters, Davis and West Sacramento, and Yolo County, powered by Golden Capital Network Venture Communities.

Sponsors for the event include Five Star Bank, Moss Adams, DLA Piper and Amplify Online Registration.

For more information and to RSVP, click the title of this story.