Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Supervisors receive 2008 Yolo County crop report today: Tomatoes still on top

From Yolo County, Public Information:

Today the Yolo County Board of Supervisors received the 2008 Yolo County Agricultural Report – an annual report which summarizes the acreage, production and gross valuation of all agricultural commodities produced in Yolo County in 2008. Processing tomatoes remained the county’s leading commodity at a value of $105,124,614, an increase of 5%. The total gross valuation for all agricultural commodities in 2008 was $527,330,803, up 16% from 2007.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Dustin in a close race as All Star starter

Pedroia, Kinsler shining at second base
By Doug Miller / MLB.com

Second base has become a premier run-producing position in the American League, and two of the biggest reasons why are named Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler.

Read more at MLB.com.

Red Sox duo locked in close All-Star votes
By Doug Miller / MLB.com

On his march to the Major Leagues, the little guy who plays second base for the Boston Red Sox has heard over and over again that he can't, but then he laces up his spikes, throws on his glove and proves everyone wrong.

Now Dustin Pedroia is trying to do it again.

Read more at MLB.com.

WPFA July 4 Pancake Breakfast to help Sammie

From the City of Woodland:

The WPFA is preparing for its annual July 4 Pancake Breakfast at Station 3. This year all proceeds will be donated to Sammie Hartsfield. Sammie is fighting Cancer for the third time in her short eleven year life. Please join us for breakfast to help one from our own community.

We will be serving from 8 am until noon. Cost is $5 for adults, children under 5 are free. Station 3 is located at 1550 Springlake Court. Please also visit wpfa4029.org for more information.

Click here to view the flyer.

County campground along Putah Creek opens on July 3

From Yolo County, Public Information:

Yolo County will be opening a primitive campground facility along Putah Creek beginning July 3. Located on 150 acres along a 3.25 mile stretch of Putah Creek and State Highway 128, seven miles west of the town of Winters, the Putah Creek Campground features camping facilities at two distinct sites.

Read more at the Woodland Record - What's Happening.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Jill earns a trip to Berlin!

From the Woodland Record:

Woodland native and Olympian Jill Camarena placed second at the USA Outdoor Track and Field championships on Friday (June 26) in Eugene, Oregon. Jill qualified for the IAAF World Championships to be held August 15 to 23 in Berlin. Texan Michelle Carter won the competition and Kristin Heaston of Walnut Creek finished third. Carter, Heaston and Camarena made up the 2008 U.S. Olympic shot put team – Camarena was the only one of the three to reach the final round. She finished twelfth.

Click here to see the USATF press release.

Click here to see the official Women Shot Put Finals at USATF.com:

1. Michelle Carter, Nike: 18.03m 59-02.00
16.83m, 17.82m, 17.84m, 18.03m, 17.94m, 17.84m

2. Jillian Camarena, NYAC: 17.94m 58-10.25
FOUL, 17.94m, FOUL, 16.95m, 17.52m, 17.37m

3. Kristin Heaston, Nike: 7.88m 58-08.00
17.38m, 17.88m, FOUL, 17.41m, 17.26m, 17.38m

Downtown parking study: 500 days and counting, still plenty of spaces

From the Woodland Record – New Woodland Courthouse:

On February 4, 2008, I posted the first of quite a few stories about Woodland's downtown parking (at WoodlandJournal.com and WoodlandRecord.com). Unbeknownst to me at the time, the post – entitled "Another downtown fee considered by council: $5,000 in-lieu of parking is 'fair share' amount" – eventually led to investigations about a proposed downtown garage and the New Woodland Courthouse.

The story was essentially the city's staff report with a brief commentary in which I questioned the in-lieu fee. I still believe the fee to be illegal since the mitigation fee is intended to be for an unknown, unplanned, phantom facility. Regardless, since that day I decided to keep track of my downtown parking habits and needs. It has now been about 510 days. So far I've NEVER had to park more than a half block from any downtown destination – any time of day, any day of the week. Once, last month, I parked three-quarters of a block away because I didn't want to bother moving my car out of a two-hour zone later. It actually saved me time since the extra seconds to walk a quarter block would have turned into a few minutes to "re-park" my car later. (And no, I'm not one of those habitual two-hour parking "rotators" or "hoppers" who work for the county.)

Again... I've never had to park more than a half block away from my downtown destination. I go downtown quite a bit – for work, for shopping, to eat, for recreation – at different times and on different days of the week. I am convinced downtown parking in Woodland is much better than most downtown parking in cities its size.

The city DOES NOT need one big garage at one location.

Those who say people in Woodland won't walk more than a block from their parked car are simply shooting a hole in the false-perception that Woodland needs a garage. If one big garage is built at one location, it won't be fully utilized if people don't want to walk more than a block. One big garage will only serve a one block circumference using that logic.

If a theater developer wants to build in the downtown, they should build a facility for their customers - not the City of Woodland. If the state intends to build a new courthouse downtown, they should build a facility (or facilities) for their needs - not the City of Woodland. I'm not saying the city can't facilitate or help build parking facilities. And I'm not saying I'm opposed to parking garages. I'm saying that the city should not be in the business of building and maintaining one big parking garage.

The city is currently waiting for yet another parking study to be done by a consultant. Hopefully, it will include common sense observations like my 500-day study and it will be more relevant than the city's 2001 Parking Management Plan, concocted by former city manager Richard Kirkwood and his drones. (Note: Clicking the link will download the 2.5 mb PDF)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Night heats up with two large fights

From the City of Woodland, Police Department:

Zitio bar fight involves 8 to 10: Ponce arrested as batterer flees
WPD case number: 09-3714

Street fight at West and Oak results in three arrests: Cuevas (obstruction), Valadez (machete) and Nava (shotgun)
WPD case numbers:09-3709, 09-3711

Click the headlines to read the entire press releases at the Woodland Record.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Lungs of Hope 4 DW holds first fundraiser: Neighborhood block party garage sale – see the video clips from Good Day Sacramento!

All proceeds will go to Lungs of Hope 4 DW

Neighborhood Block Party Garage Sale
June 27
7 am-2 pm
Norden Way (off of Gibson Road)
Woodland, CA 95695

There will be music, food, drinks, and an assortment of goods for sale
Adult & childrens clothing, games, bikes, appliances, household items, furniture, tools, decorative items, books and more.

We appreciate your donated items and support.
Please join Team Wallace for some fun and good buys.

For more information visit www.lungsofhope4dw.com or contact Sally Wallace and Karla Lindstrom at info@lungsofhope4dw.com or call 530-908-9610 or 530-867-6812

See the Good Day Sacramento coverage from this morning. Part I.

See the Good Day Sacramento coverage from this morning. Part II.

Phantom vibration syndrom?

Does anyone else feel a buzz in their thigh area, reach down to answer their phone only to figure out it is not the phone? Apparently it is much more common than I thought. For a while I just thought I was crazy when my leg kept ringing. Another common term is called ringxiety.

Check out this story:

This story says it may be hazardous to your health.

So let me know if you have the phantom vibration syndrom. I have to go, I'm getting a call...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

It comes by three

Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and now Michael Jackson. Wow.

7 arrested for providing alcohol to minors


Find out who got busted at www.woodlandrecord.com under the police blotter section.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

PG&E works through evacuation to fix gas leak


From the Woodland Record:

Portions of Cross, West Cross and West Streets continue to be closed in the late afternoon today. The street closures, and an evacuation of a nearby apartment complex, is due to an underground gas leak discovered by city workers at about 10:30 am.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Woodland Cemetery haunted by city budget


From the Woodland Record:

HONORING our ancestors and their final resting place is a tradition that dates back to the earliest mention of mankind. Despite centuries of rituals, tradition and planning, today’s economy affects even our basic care of our cemeteries.

Cemeteries, after all, can only produce a certain amount of income. Once you run out of plot space, you run out of revenue. In some cases, this is when your tax dollars go to work – such as the Woodland Cemetery.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Leonidas Taylor monument


At Rexroad.com there have been two recent posts about a monument along the Sacramento River on the Yolo County side. I have seen the monument and have pulled over to read it, but have never taken the information beyond that. I love Yolo County history so I'm glad Matt Rexroad published the stories. I hope he doesn't mind I posted his photo here (under the Fair Use clauses of the Copyright Act). Whomever put the monument up could have easily erected it on the Sacramento County side, so I'm glad they chose the right bank.

From the Historical Marker Database:

Inscription. Erected to the memory of Leonidas Taylor. Born in the city of Philadelphia on the 3rd of July 1832. He grew to manhood in the city of St. Louis and was killed by the explosion of the Steamer Belle opposite this spot on the 5th of February 1856; his body was never found. Far distant from those who loved him, the waters of the Sacramento will roll over him until till that day when the sea shall give up its dead.

Excerpts from the California State Lands Commission, California Shipwrecks site:

At 8:24 on the morning of February 5, 1856, nine miles above Sacramento, the steamer Belle's boiler burst.

Dr. Reddick, who owned a ranch on the Yolo side of the Sacramento River, heard the explosion which he reported as sounding "not louder than a small piece of ordnance." He ran to the bank where he saw the Belle sinking, with passengers struggling for their lives as they clung to the floating spars and other portions of the wreck. Dr. Reddick put his boat in the water and hurried to save them. He was the first person at the wreck site.

Two men hung onto the forward portion of the drift and called out to Dr. Reddick for assistance as he approached. Before he could reach them, their strength gave out and they drowned. Dr. Reddick was able to rescue a few of the men he perceived to be in the most immediate danger. By 10:00 a.m. the wreck site was swarming with onlookers who sought information about friends and family who had left Sacramento aboard the Belle.

Here are Matt's posts about it:

Where is it?

Monument Bend

Saturday, June 20, 2009

New Yolo Superior Court CFO leaves job after pay probe

From the SacBee.com article called "Former Placer court exec under pay probe leaves new job:"

The former top administrator for Placer Superior Court – who left his job after a state audit found he received $470,000 in apparently unauthorized compensation from July 2001 through March 2009 – is out of another job.

John Mendes, the former Placer court executive officer, on Wednesday left his new job as chief financial officer for Yolo Superior Court, said Shawn Landry, Yolo's assistant CEO.

Read more at SacBee.com.

Thanks to a tip from the Davis Vanguard.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Police finish investigation, turn it over to the DA

On Thursday, June 18, 2009, the Woodland Police Department delivered the investigative reports related to the Officer Involved Shooting incident that occurred on April 30, 2009, on the East Gum Street over crossing of Highway 113, to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office for their review. At this time reports from the California Department of Justice are still pending and will be forwarded to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office upon receipt by the police department.

The Woodland Police Department continues to encourage anyone with information related to this investigation to contact the Investigations Division of the police department at 530.661.7800.

City budget adopted

Excerpts from the Yolo Sun article entitled "2009-10 Woodland Budget Adopted:"

“Conceptual tentative agreements” — involving requested employee help with bridging Woodland’s $6.8 million budget gap — have been reached between the City and its two non-public-safety unions: Woodland City Employees Association and Mid-Management Professional Association.

“Agreements” have yet to be negotiated between the city and its police and firefighter unions.

Deven identified July 20 as the Potential Discharge Date for employee layoffs that remain operative.

Budget matters led with Cynthia Shallit, Woodland’s Redevelopment & Housing Manager, emphasizing that the Redevelopment Agency would present its budget “independen[tly],” upon a separate agenda item, in order to better comply with relevant state law.

Councilmember Dote was concerned about a reference in Shallit’s report involving possible — “expansion” — of the Redevelopment Zone, both east and west along Main Street, as well as south to include the existing county fairgrounds.

During the portion of his presentation which pertained to the Community Development Department, Deven emphasized that developers would now be aligned in a “Project Queue,” a time / phase line of process that would resist alteration, “so that some projects do not [unfairly] jump-ahead” of others.

“I’ve inherited this — and it’s really a pain in the butt” — was Deven’s emphatic reaction to Councilmember Marble’s probing for new policies with real teeth, related to seeming revelations that Woodland has — long been using a “pooled cash” approach to its finances — recently leading to its stable of municipal funds that are anything but stable (except as moribund).

Although noted as well by other councilmembers (for example, Vice mayor Pimentel suggested reversing the council’s recent reduction in development fees) — Councilmember Marble spoke on several different occasions, being — “very concerned” — about this fiscal practice of: “pooled cash” — “internal borrowing,” eventually referring to it as similar to “a Ponzi scheme,” a famous label for fraud.

In remarks toward the conclusion of this council meeting, Mayor Davies announced that there is already perceived to be a $2.5 – $3 million hole in next years budget, “and we’ll start working on this immediately,”

Read the entire article at the Yolo Sun.

Rojas calls for an end to undercover police

I was reading the article, "Sullivan fires back at Rojas for comments," that was in today's Daily Democrat. It was an interesting article all the way around.

The best part was the quote on Al Rojas:

Rojas also called for a halt of all anti-gang activity, as well as the elimination of "undercover officers driving around undercover."

Sorry Al, I have to disagree with that. I actually think maybe we need more officers undercover. Just then maybe people would wonder if they are being watched or not. Taggers would not know if it was clear to tag, gang bangers would not know if it is okay to do a drive by, shoplifters would not know if a cop is standing next to them.

Then Rojas went on to say it is not safe for Latinos to walk down Gum Ave because of the Police.

"I'm really very concerned that my grandson is walking down Gum and three gang-bangers who are undercover and supposedly sheriff's deputies (stop him)," Rojas said. "I have one instinct to run and I don't know who they are (because) I haven't committed a crime."

I would suggest Latinos, Whites and everyone else is way more afraid of Gangs when walking down Gum, or Oak for that matter. You do not have to be white to feel that way.

I really do not see this as a race issue. In Yolo County I would guess the major majority of deaths in the last 10 years to Latino males came at the hand of gang members. Where was Al Rojas when the Halloween murders happened? Where were the marches to end gang violence?

Whatever happens, or whatever the outcome, stopping all undercover work is a lose - lose situation.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mural proposed for downtown

Click on the picture to download a larger photo.

This mural pictured above is being proposed for the downtown in the comming months. The City of Woodland gave us this information on the project:

The mural is sponsored by the Health Education Council, Network for a Healthy California - Gold Country Region. The mural will emphasize the importance of good nutrition, physical activity, and promotion of healthy lifestyle choices. The subject site is located at 816 Main Street in the downtown and has a Central Business District (CBD) Zone Designation. The mural will be applied to the east-facing wall of Silvina’s Basket Restaurant. It is estimated that the mural will take 2 months to complete. The completion of the mural will be presented as part of September’s Latino Health Awareness Month activities.

The artist, Maceo Montoya grew up in the small town of Elmira, California. He comes from a family of artists, including his father Malaquias Montoya, a renowned artist, activist, and educator. He graduated from Yale University in 2002 and received his Master of Fine Arts in painting from Columbia University in 2006. He has completed numerous public art commissions, including a mural at Yale University’s La Casa Cultural Center. He has also worked on murals with the Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland and Taller Arte Del Nuevo Amenecer (TANA) in Woodland, where he has worked as an instructor. He presently lives in Woodland where he paints and writes. Examples of his artwork can be viewed at http://www.maceomontoya.com/. Mr. Montoya recently supervised the mural at 6 West Court Street, which the Commission approved on September 4, 2008.

If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to email Paul Hanson, Senior Planner at the City of Woodland.

Bob Jones rips into Woodland Latino leaders

Bob gets up close and personal in his guest opinion today that appeared in the Daily Democrat. This one should be interesting. I have a feeling some people will be mad about this one, others will say its about time. I guess that is what opinions are all about.

You can read it here.

Monday, June 15, 2009

City staff sharpens pencil for June 16 council meeting

Excerpts from the Yolo Sun article entitled "Final Adjustments for Woodland’s 2009-10 Budget:"


Fine-tuning of Woodland’s proposed 2009-2010 budget has been accomplished by City staff, led by City Manager Mark Deven, in advance of City Council consideration and potential adoption at its regular meeting of June 16. However, the key issue of possible compensation reductions for city employees appears to remain — at least formally — unresolved.

$1.3 million in budget reductions by means of: furloughs, salary modifications or revised benefit-sharing, has been requested by city management, which has presented a contingency plan for council use in the event negotiations with city workers are not successful.

A second round of the Golden Handshake retirement-incentive program has produced — “at least ten” — employees for enrollment, according to staff projections. Only three or four such retirements were anticipated, increasing budget savings by $250,000. These funds will be spent to increase the overtime-reserve fund of the Fire Department, from $115,000 to $365,000.

Two priority allocations of “one-year expense[s]” are made within the Parks and Recreation Department — for preserving the Ballet Folklorico and Boxing programs ($17,000) — as well as — $63,000 “to facilitate the transition of the Senior Center programs and operation of the Community and Senior Center to the remaining staff as part of” – a restructuring of this Department — according to the staff report.

The Community Development Department will undergo serious budget impacts — including half-day (8 am – 11 am) public-counter hours, “prioritization of development projects and maintenance of project liability accounts[.]”

Flexibility for developers — on their impact-fee payment schedules — has suddenly evaporated, with the department now instructed to begin to ensure that developers’ impact-fee payments are — fully up to date — before the city expends its funds for delivery of related services.

Read more at the Yolo Sun.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Yolo household hazardous waste drop -off-days

Yolo Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Days – June 12 & 13 (Woodland, CA) –

This month’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop-off days at the Yolo County Central Landfill are scheduled for June 12 and 13, from, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

HHW will be accepted from Yolo County residents only. Infectious medical waste will not be accepted. Business hazardous waste from small quantity generators is accepted for a fee, by appointment only. Call (866) 714-8470 to schedule an appointment. Materials that will be accepted include the following: batteries; fluorescent bulbs or tubes; used motor oil and filters; cleaning supplies; lighter fluid; antifreeze; aerosols; garden pesticides and herbicides; latex or oil based paints; solvents; poisons; electrical switches/relays; pilot light sensors; and mercury thermostats. Small electronic items, including TVs and monitors are also accepted for recycling at no cost. Please be advised that there is a handling fee for recycling appliances.

During regular business hours, beyond HHW events, the Yolo County Central Landfill accepts the following items for recycling or reuse: household batteries; printer cartridges; wall-mounted thermostats; electronic devices (e-waste) with a circuit board (i.e., VCRs, cell phones, telephones, printers, radios, computers, monitors, TVs); latex paint; used motor oil and filters; diesel fuel; diesel oil; non-chlorinated power steering fluid; differential clutch fluid; transmission fluid; hydraulic fluid; kerosene; auto batteries; paper; cardboard; bottles; and cans.

At the landfill’s Reuse Center reusable items such as automotive lubricants, paints, pool chemicals, gardening products and cleaners are available for free during HHW events.

HHW events are sponsored by the Yolo County Department of Planning & Public Works, Division of Integrated Waste Management. The next HHW drop-off days are scheduled for July 10 and 11. For more information on HHW events, call (530) 666 8729 or visit: www.yolocounty.org.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Yolo County budget hearings set to begin June 16

From Yolo County, Public Information:

On Friday, Yolo County released its recommended budget for fiscal year 2009-10. Budget hearings are scheduled for June 16-18. The start time for the budget hearings is 11 am on June 16. Budget hearings will commence on June 17 and 18 at 9 am, as needed.

Total expenditures are recommended at $330,675,671, with general purpose revenues of $54,470,681. The net operating budget of $281,537,860 (total budget less internal transfers, capital projects and debt service) represents a decline of $1,223,165 from the 2008-09 net operating budget, resulting in a two year decline in net operating funds of $2,783,280.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

City explores courthouse siting alternatives, county continues cover-up

Excerpts from the Woodland Record:

While the City of Woodland explores red carpet strategies for alternative parking and courthouse siting for the State of California, Yolo County continues to sweep false claims under the rug.

In April, the city began a different approach to satisfy its commitment to the state to provide parking facilities for the New Woodland Courthouse project. Councilman Jeff Monroe stated, "We have been trying to find different alternatives to a parking structure. There are some interesting alternatives that we are looking at... however, we are waiting on the parking study to determine which direction we will take."

Of course, all this red carpet treatment for the purposes of satisfying the state (including city time and money) could have been avoided if the county had kept its commitment to provide the state with its property bounded by Court, Third, North and Fourth Streets - (the Property) where the holding jail and jury parking are currently located. At some point since the autumn of 2007, the county has removed that 2.55 acres from the negotiation table forcing the city and state to seek other sites for the new courthouse – in turn, forcing both agencies to expend resources on the search.

As previously reported in the Record – Jim Perry, executive officer of the Superior Court of Yolo County, was asked what conditions the state did not meet. “I don’t know of any,” he said. And also as previously reported – Kelly Quinn, Senior Manager of Planning of the Office of Court Construction and Management (of the AOC), had not heard of such claims.

On May 29, Philip Carrizosa, a spokesperson for the AOC stated, “It remains our position that we have met the conditions outlined in the county’s resolution."

Contrary to the opinions of those state officials, Rexroad insists the state failed to meet the conditions of the county. He said, "There have been far more meetings and communications about this issue than just those letters. I would guess that meetings, phone calls, and e-mails number in the hundreds."

Apparently, those hundreds of undocumented communications have vanished without revealing the failed conditions. And out of those hundreds of communications, not one shred of evidence that the state failed to meet conditions came from the public records request made by the Record.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Developers lobby for growth encouraged by the Urban Limit Line

Excerpts from the Yolo Sun article "Planning Commission Delays Consideration of a New Commercial Development Proposal to the East of Gateway Center:"

Paul Petrovich, developer of the Gateway I commercial center at Woodland’s eastern edge (Costco, Target, etc.), suddenly has a new developer as his neighbor.

New Woodland Partnership (NWP), an investor group which owns the 22 acre parcel directly east of Gateway I, on March 6, 2009, requested “a General Plan Amendment in order to pursue annexation of [this] property and, ultimately, entitlement and development of a highway commercial center,” according to an associated letter from Mintier-Harnish, planning consultants for NWP. On a contextual diagram appended to this letter, NWP’s conceptual proposal includes a large, retail (‘big-box’) building — similar in size and adjacent to Costco — plus a smaller retail building on the southern portion of this 22 acre parcel.

Petrovich owns — all — of the relevant land surrounding the 22 acres involved with NWP’s commercial development proposal, essentially locking-up access to this parcel alongside the I-5 freeway. Petrovich has his own pending request for a General Plan Amendment, annexation and rezoning of 150 acres (adjacent to the south of his Gateway I development), being referred to as the Gateway II project (for auto/commercial uses).

Read more at YoloSun.wordpress.com.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Another art theft on Dead Cat Alley, reward offered


From the Woodland Record:

One of Woodland's famous feline figurines was stolen from a rooftop in Dead Cat Alley during this past week. Missing is the Green Cat that was displayed above the Monley Cronin Construction business at 419 Main Street, a creation of Sacramento artist Gary Dinnen for the Woodland Art Center.

Apparently, the sculpture was last seen on Friday, May 29, by Clare Bailey, who also noticed it missing on Thursday, June 4. Bailey is a local artist and an associate of the Blue Wing Gallery located at 405 Main – an establishment that is also home to one of the ceramic cats that are installed in Dead Cat Alley.

If you have information about this crime, please call Dale Phillips, Woodland Community Services Officer, at (530) 406-5750 ext. 1634 or email dale.phillips@cityofwoodland.org.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Image: This life-size sculpture created by Sacramento artist Gary Dinnen was stolen from atop the Monley Cronin Construction business sometime this past week. A reward of $200 is offered by the Woodland Art Center for the arrest and conviction of the catnappers. Photo by Gary Dinnen.

Burglar evades Sac County chopper, WesSac K-9 and local police

From City of Woodland, Police:

WPD Case #09-003254

At approximately 10:35 pm, Woodland police officers were dispatched to a possible residential burglary, in progress, in the 300 block of Cross Street. The reporting party told dispatch that they could hear noises at a residence, including the sound of breaking glass. Officers responded and located the residence in question. While officers searched the property, a suspect fled from police over backyard fences. A perimeter was set up in the area as quickly as possible and a search for the suspect began.

A K-9 officer from the West Sacramento Police Department assisted in the search as both of the Woodland PD K-9’s were in training and unavailable. A helicopter from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Dept also assisted in the search using a high powered flood light as well as a forward looking infrared, thermal imaging system, (FLIR). A yard-to-yard search was conducted of approximately 12 to 15 residences but the suspect was not located.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

See a related story at DaillyDmeocrat.cam with a 20-second exposure photograph taken at night, with the full moon, by Matthew Henderson, professional photographer.

Friday, June 05, 2009

First Friday event: Blue Wing kicks off 60 day show tonight


Blue Wing Art Gallery Presents: “Summer In The Valley,” the First Friday opening is tonight, June 5th, from 6 to 9 pm. The 60-day show will run through July 30th in the historic Woodland downtown. Summer in the Valley will feature artist Steve Memering.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

First Friday event: Antiques, jazz and a new saloon


What's going on during the June First Friday Event in the Downtown of Historic Woodland? Go to the Woodland Record.

Electrical storm provides dramatic show in Yolo last night


Here are actual photos of last night's storm taken by Woodland resident Al Eby (not file photos as seen at dailgdomocrah.com).

Click here to view a couple more photos at the Woodland Record.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Jensen to retire as Yolo County Administrator

From Yolo County, Public Information:

Yolo County Administrator Sharon Jensen has announced her intent to retire at the end of the summer. Jensen has been with Yolo County for nine years, serving most recently as County Administrator since October 2005.

“Sharon has exhibited exemplary leadership,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Mike McGowan. “Our organization has been improved greatly from her involvement in development of policies and procedures, and the quality of our greatest asset, our workforce, has also improved markedly. We are sorry to see her go but wish her well. Sharon has left us in a good place administratively to carry on.”

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Monday, June 01, 2009

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