Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Movin' & Groovin' for Lungs dinner dance this Saturday

From Team Wallace and friends:

Movin' & Groovin' for Lungs dinner dance and fundraising event is this Saturday, October 3 at 6 pm. If you haven't purchased your tickets, and plan to attend, please call Sally at (530) 908-9610 to confirm your attendance – they are trying to get a head count for food and drinks.

For more information go to Lungsofhope4dw.com.

First Friday event: Barbara De Wein at Studio Artists Gallery

From Studio Artists Gallery:

The Studio Artists Gallery will showcase a new collection of large format monotypes by Sacramento artist Barbara De Wein. The exhibit entitled “Into the Woods” is on view at the gallery for the month of October. Please join the gallery during Downtown Woodland's First Friday event and art walk – meet the artist during her reception on Friday, October 2, from 6 to 9 pm.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Monday, September 28, 2009

First Friday event: Concept Birth Gallery presents Susanna and Karla

From ConceptBirth.com:

For the First Friday event in Historic Downtown Woodland on October 2, Concept Birth Gallery presents Susanna Torres and Karla Zuniga. The gallery is located at 524 Main Street above Woodland Travel.

The First Friday opening reception is 6 to 9 pm.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Weird press release

Check this out from Yolo County - District Attorney's office:

Law Enforcement Requests Witness Assistance in Hit and Run Investigation

Anyone else find this press release a little odd?

Nugget Market

I was browsing web pages today and checked out the Nugget Market web page. Wow, that is a nice web page. You can find all sorts of stuff like recipes, video training, online job application, wine tasting and you can even download their current ads.

Here is some company history from their web page:

1920s – 1940s
• In 1926, the father-son team of William and Mack Stille opens the first Nugget Market in Woodland, CA.
• Nugget Market expands into Knights Landing and Davis.
• With a passion for produce, Mack travels the western states seeking the freshest, highest-quality produce available. Nugget eventually partners with United Produce to expand its selection.

1950s – 1970s
• Gene Stille becomes CEO / President of Nugget Markets.
• Nugget establishes its everyday low prices (EDLP) format with great success.
• Nugget introduces expanded takeout food in its Deli Department, placing emphasis on quality and convenience.

1980s – 1990s
• Nugget begins its long-standing partnership with Nor Cal Produce. Nor Cal allows Nugget to expand and diversify its selection, as well as elevate the level of quality.
• A second Nugget Market opens on Mace Blvd. in Davis.
• Wine stewards are brought on staff to assist shoppers with their selection.
• Nugget Markets purchases two Alpha Beta stores in Sacramento.
• Eric Stille becomes CEO / President, and Gene Stille continues to serve as Chairman of Nugget’s Board of Directors.
• Nugget expands its Deli Departments into full Kitchens staffed by professional chefs, including a Chinese Kitchen.
• The Stilles open two Food 4 Less stores in Vallejo and Woodland, becoming the first independent grocer to operate both price-impact and conventional formats.

Since 2000
• Nugget Markets opens the first of its European-marketplace stores in Vacaville and another soon after in Davis (Covell Blvd.). The Vacaville store brings together a multi-faceted Kitchen and comprehensive wine selection featuring a wine tasting room. Nugget also opens Shallots Cooking School in its Vacaville store, which features well-known chefs from the Northern California region.
• Nugget’s Kitchens launch their European-style bread-and-pastry program.
• The Nugget Markets on Riverside Blvd. in Sacramento moves to its larger location in Lake Crest Village on Florin Road. Nugget closes its Hillsdale location.
• The Stilles purchase the vacant Sam’s Town Center in Cameron Park and open a Food 4 Less store, offering the largest meat counter on the Sierras’ Western Slope.
• Nugget Markets opens a signature store in West Sacramento.
• In 2006, Nugget Market, Inc. acquires three Ralph’s locations in the greater Sacramento area.
• Nugget opens a full-scale bakery facility, allowing all stores to offer an expanded baked good selection.
• Nugget Markets in Roseville opened in 2007 and Nugget Markets in El Dorado Hills and Elk Grove opened in 2008.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Courthouse garage project stalls, may be dead

There will be no parking structure.

That is the rumor emanating from city hall – although no official word will be announced until perhaps October 6.

"The final decision on whether or not the city/redevelopment agency moves forward with a parking structure will be announced at one of the meetings in October, most likely on October 6," said City Manager Mark Deven. "We are working on the timing for the [Redevelopment] Agency board’s review... as well as getting the [parking] study out for public review in advance of the agency board’s review."

Apparently, a twist in the planning for the courthouse location – and siting of the city's pet garage project - occurred when the State Public Works Board (PWB) approved a preferred site as the block bounded by Main, Fifth and Sixth Streets and Lincoln Avenue. This location is between Freeman Park on Main - also in the sights of those fixated on a downtown garage - and the Woodland Police Department building on Lincoln.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Alternative Transportation Corridor to become just a bike path

Excerpts from the Yolo Sun report called Davis-Woodland Bikeway Feasibility Update: Route Chosen, Practical & Policy Hurdles Remain:

Updated in large part as a result of the death of a Woodland bicyclist — riding upon the existing — on-street, Class II type of bikeway route previously adopted — the “Final” version of a 2001-originated Davis-Woodland Bikeway Feasibility Study (DWBFS) has now recommended a preferred (6.5 mile) intercity route and accomplished related feasibility analyses for potential implementation of a dedicated, Class I type of bikeway.

Class I bikeways are physically separated from motorized vehicular traffic, by either open space or a barrier.

“Connection Travel Times” analyzed for three alternative routes, demonstrate (not surprisingly) that the optimum route orientation involves a diagonal, SE / NW path — “as a bird flies” — between J Street & Covell Boulevard on the Davis end and County Road 24A & Sixth Street at the Woodland terminus.

Coincidentally, this basic route is already the track of the California Northern Railroad, and the recommended bikeway route parallels this track for much of its own course (please see related details, below).

The alternative route paralleling Highway 113 would impact 33 parcels of land, but the preferred route would impact only 18 parcels.

Quite significantly — both staff and elected officials of Woodland and Yolo County favor eliminating the NEV component from the project, based on several considerations.

“Let’s get rid of the NEVs — now!” exclaimed Woodland City Manager Mark Deven, during the recent meeting of its Infrastructure Subcommittee — while, another staff member indicated that: “the county is strongly with removing [NEVs]” from this proposed bikeway plan.

One reason for not accommodating an NEV lane is its expense. A regular pedestrian – bikeway is estimated to cost about $9.5 million — with NEV capability adding $3.8 million to that price-tag.

Only about 145 electric-types of vehicles are presently registered in Yolo County, with most of these presumed to be NEVs. This contrasts with the City of Lincoln (a nearby hotbed of NEV culture) — with 600 registered NEVs and another 800 street-legal golf carts.

Read the complete report at YoloSun.wordpress.com.

Alternative Transportation Corridor Web page at YoloCounty.org.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

City manager explains 10% pay raise for police chief

From City of Woodland, City Council:

The following are excerpts from a memo sent to members of the Woodland City Council on September 22, 2009, from Mark G. Deven, City Manager.

Subject: City Manager authorization of temporary pay Increase for the Chief of Police

Click here to download the complete memo from City Manager Mark Deven – 859.8 kb PDF

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide the City Council with an explanation regarding the City Manager's decision to grant a temporary pay increase to the Chief of Police in association with his assignment as Interim Director of Parks & Recreation. This explanation was requested by the City Council as part of the Council comments during the September 15 Council meeting.

As the Council is aware, the FY 2009-10 General Fund budget required the reduction of nearly $7 million in order to offset corresponding reduction in sales and property tax and other similar revenue sources. Council direction provided to the City Manager during the March 31 Council Study Session expressed that these reductions needed to be accomplished with as little impact to the public and employees as possible. Therefore, the City Manager, Senior Staff, Human Resources and Finance staff focused on expenditure reductions that utilized vacant positions and implementation of a retirement incentive program known as the "Golden Handshake" to generate most of the savings.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Saturday night stabbing, robbery

Gang steals beer at Arco station, cuts Davis resident in face to get it

Monday, September 21, 2009

Woodland adopts moratorium on cannabis shops - Harris produces text of implementation ordinance

Report and opinion from the Yolo Sun:

A unanimous Woodland City Council vote on September 1, 2009, adopted an: Urgency Ordinance Establishing Moratorium on the Establishment and Operation of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Other Illegal Uses.

Bobby Harris, local medicinal cannabis advocate, helped the city council to crucially improve its “outdated and unworkable” definition of the intended target of this moratorium — “dispensaries” — while also observing that this urgency moratorium “is antagonistic to the purposes of Proposition 215,” with “several other very serious problems” — and requesting the council to not adopt it.

Read more at YoloSun.wordpress.com.

See the proposed ordinance text that follows the article.

Friday night shooting, robbery

'Rosie,' male using gangster-speak robs Johnston St. resident

Shots fired from near Jody's toward Jack in the Box, bullet finds leg of Elverta resident

Sunday, September 20, 2009

10% pay increase for police chief hits the fan at council meeting

From the Woodland Record:

Apparently, the authority of City Manager Mark Deven to give temporary pay raises without city council approval does not sit well with one councilman. In a surprise discussion during last Tuesday's council meeting, Jeff Monroe asked why a ten per cent pay raise for Police Chief Carey Sullivan wasn't brought before council. Since the issue was not on the agenda, council will have to discuss it at a future council meeting – October 6 at the earliest – but that formality wasn't enough to prevent some exchanges that aggravated the chief.

Background: In June, during extreme budget cuts within the City of Woodland, Parks and Recreation Department Director Dan Gentry accepted one of three golden handshakes offered in his department. With Gentry's retirement package came a subsequent vacancy which Sullivan filled in an interim capacity. For taking the temporary position, Sullivan was given a ten per cent pay raise by Deven in August while the council was in recess.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Just over the river, bad property purchase turns to lawsuit

From the Natomas Unified School District:

The Natomas Unified School District filed suit in Sacramento County Superior Court today alleging that the team of experts hired to handle the purchase of a 41-acre school site were negligent in their duties, causing the district to spend more than $10 million too much for the land.

The lawsuit seeks to have the $13.4 million transaction with AKT Investments, Inc. and West Lakeside, LLC rescinded and revised as well as to have the school district’s overpayment refunded. Developer Angelo K. Tsakopoulos heads the development partnership.

Read "NUSD sues consultants for school site it purchased" at Woodland Record - Regional News.

Not the "mystery smell"

DD is at it again... despite what you might assume, this story is not about the "mystery smell" that initiated a City of Woodland hot line.

From "It's that time of year when Woodland stinks:"

Woodland residents who've experienced olfactory overload during the past few months can exhale, now that the source of some foul odors have been addressed and will soon be gone.

City officials have pinpointed wastewater treatment ponds and tomato processing as the culprit of the obtrusive smells, noticeable primarily in east Woodland.

Read more while you can.

Here are past Woodland Journal stories published in the January, 2008:

Woodland stink lingers through winter

Woodland Biomass named 2007 Business of the Year by Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Rachel's TV gig ends abruptly, reality blogs cover the story

"America's Next Top Model' cuts Rachel Echelberger, Courtney Davies," by Christopher Rocchio at Reality TV World:

Rachel Echelberger and Courtney Davies were both eliminated from America's Next Top Model's thirteenth season during last night's broadcast of The CW reality competition series.

Rachel, an 18-year-old 5'5" customer service rep from Woodland, CA, was unexpectedly eliminated at the beginning of the episode after she under-whelmed Wilhelmina Models president Sean Patterson during an interview.

Read more at RealityTVWorld.com.

"Top Model Interview: Rachel Echelberger," by Erin Balser at Top Model Gossip:

This afternoon, I chatted with last night’s first eliminated contestant, 18-year-old Rachel Echelberger from Woodland, California. We talked about her surprising elimination, her unique look, her future plans and more!

Read more at TopModelGossip.com.

The photo above is from Rachel's CWTV.com Model Portfolio.

See other pics of Rachel in the CWTV Episodes Gallery.

Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians honor ancestral roots with name change

From Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation:

Native voice, native vision

The Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians have legally changed their name to Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. Yocha Dehe—pronounced “YO-cha DEE-hee”— is the Tribe’s ancestral name meaning “home by the spring water” in their native Patwin language, a reflection of the actual place their ancestors lived.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rite Aid PR spin brings out mayor, band for relocation of store

From the Dooly Dribblecrat article called "Rite Aid to open its first 'Customer World' store in Woodland Thursday:"

Woodland Mayor Skip Davies and the wind ensemble from Woodland High School will join Rite Aid Regional Vice President Rob Lambrecht at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Rite Aid store featuring the company's "Customer World" design at 9 a.m., Thursday.

Read more at DoofieDollycrat.com.

Monday, September 14, 2009

PSG sponsors Walk/Rock and Diaper Run on Sept. 26

From the Pregnancy Support Group:

On September 26, the Pregnancy Support Group will be hosting its 10th Annual Walk/Rock A Thon and 1st Annual Motorcycle Diaper Run.

The Walk/Rock will kick off at 9 am at Pregnancy Support Group's Office with a tour of their most recent renovations and Registration. The walk will be well marked and easy to travel in Historic Woodland. It is approximately three miles ending at Dutch Bros. on East Main Street. Walkers will collect raffle tickets at various check points.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Stroll: Wine and beer tasting at the Gibson House

A Facebook invitation to "Wine and Beer Tasting at the Stroll Through History:"

"Help us start our fund-raising campaign"

Event: Wine and Beer Tasting at the Stroll Through History
What: Festival
Start Time: Saturday, September 12 at 2:00 pm
End Time: Saturday, September 12 at 4:00 pm
Where: Gibson House Museum

Mike says, "Please join us if you can. For our friends at a distance, you can show your love by becoming a museum member. Just send an email and we'll take care of the rest.".

21st Stroll Through History offers tours, entertainment and more

From the Stroll Through History:

The 21st Anniversary Stroll through History brings a fascinating and unique mix of new programs and stage shows, as well as the popular fan favorites. Aside from the ever alluring Open Home Tour, there will be live entertainment, a fashion show, an art exhibit, a health fair, a bus tour and so much more. The Stroll takes over Main Street on Saturday, September 12th in downtown Woodland.

Just a few of the 2009 programs include:

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Annual Stroll showcases rare tractors and trucks

From the Stroll Through History:

The Heidrick Ag History Museum will once again play a huge part of the 21st Anniversary Stroll through History with a very unique exhibition. Museum volunteers will bring a selection of tractors, trucks and other vehicles for display along Main Street. Vintage truck / tractor aficionados can see these unique vehicles on Saturday, September 12th in downtown Woodland’s Main Street.

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

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

DA completes its investigation, FBI is now probing Gutierrez case

From Yolo County - District Attorney:

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that his office has completed its legally mandated investigation into the death of Luis Gutierrez Navarro. Gutierrez Navarro was killed on April 30, 2009, in Woodland CA during an encounter with peace officers employed by the Yolo County Sheriff's Department.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Pedroia leads Sox's homer barrage in win

From Boston.RedSox.MLB.com:

Sparked by Dustin Pedroia's first career multihomer game, Boston smacked a season-high six dingers - four of which came off Baltimore's rookie right-hander -- and never looked back in a 10-0 romp over the Orioles.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Introducing... Jack Slaven Park

At its September 1 meeting, Woodland City Council approved the name of the Spring Lake “N2” park as Jack Slaven Park.

From a City of Woodland staff report:

The Parks and Recreation Commission recognized Jack Slaven as the first Recreation Director for the City of Woodland. Mr. Slaven was appointed to that position in 1952 when Recreation and Parks were separate departments. Mr. Slaven served in that capacity for twenty years growing the recreation program from its infancy to one recognized across the state. Mr. Slaven emphasized youth and sporting activities, forming leagues and hosting tournaments at City facilities.

Under Mr. Slaven’s direction, recreation programs were expanded to most of the parks located throughout the City. His enthusiasm and energy for recreation programs generated a strong demand for such services in the community. To broaden access to sporting activities throughout the City, Mr. Slaven developed sports clinics that instructed youth in the fundamentals of baseball, basketball, track and field, softball, gymnastics, and volleyball. Mr. Slaven worked to enhance the aquatics program beginning at the municipal pool (later named Hiddleson). The demand for this program increased dramatically under Mr. Slaven which led to the construction of the Brooks Swim Center. Mr. Slaven enlisted community volunteers to help deliver recreation programs and initiated agreement with the Woodland schools for the joint use of facilities. Mr. Slaven pushed to merge the recreation and parks departments which occurred in 1972.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Trivia Night tonight at Morrison's Downstairs

A Facebook invitation from Morrison's:

Event: Trivia Tuesday Night at Morrison's "Trivia, Morrison's"
What: Bar Night
Host: Morrison's Bar
Start Time: September 8 at 6:30pm
End Time: September 8 at 8:00pm
Where: Morrison's Bar

A Facebook reminder from Josh Hilliard:

Subject: Trivia Night!

"Don't forget!! Trivia night is TONIGHT at Morrison's Downstairs. Game starts at 6:30. Get there early to get a table. Teams up to six people. Drink specials all night, as well as food specials! I'll be getting my first beer around 6:00, anyone want to join me?"

Monday, September 07, 2009

Meet Rachel - just call her Rachel - of America's Next Top Model Cycle 13

Skip: What's all the buzz about Rachel in ANTM's Cycle 13?

Art: Rachel is from Woodland. She is one of 14 models competing for the title of America's Next Top Model.

Skip: Cool. When is the premiere?

Art: Surely, Woodlanders will be tuned into CW31 on Wednesday night, September 9, at 8 pm. Hey, check out Rachel at CWTV.com!

Skip: Thanks, but don't call me Shirley.

# # #

Anyway, the Q&A seems to be the chosen interview format for the three local daily papers who provided reports on:

1) "Rachel (the show doesn't provide last names)" - Sacramento Bee
2) "Rachel Echelberger" - Davis Enterprise
3) "Rachel Eschelberger" - Dilly Dallycrat

What might cause even more confusion about Rachel's last name is that the Davis Enterprise article is written by a former Doozy Dooliecrat reporter - so who can really know which is correct? To find out, one might go to the Reality TV Games Web site where they posed the question:

What are the last names of the Cycle 13 girls? Contestants guessed that Rachel's last name is "Johnson" (citing the Woodland Journal as its source) and "Relican" ("a BS name that someone made up and put on Wikipedia").

Another discrepancy is Rachel's height, important because this is ANTM's "short cyle" whereby all models are 5' 7" and under. In her ANTM video - found at RealityWanted.com - Rachel states she is 5' 6" - but all other sources, including the ANTM Web site, list her as five-five.

Here are excerpts from the three daily papers –

DD - Big challenge for a small lady:

Woodland High School graduate Rachel Eschelberger, is 18, and 5 feet, 5 inches tall.

It's not your average supermodel height. But for this year's "America's Next Top Model" reality TV show competition, she's just about perfect.

DD: What was your first impression of Tyra Banks?

Rachel: My first impression of Tyra Banks was that she is a kind, beautiful, and very smart woman who has a great head for business.

Enterprise - A local cover girl? Woodland teen lands spot on reality TV show:

Rachel Echelberger, 18, is 5-foot-5. That's not your typical supermodel height.

The show's 13th season premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, on the CW Network. For the first time, only petite women — 5-foot-7 and under — were allowed to try out.

Enterprise: What is Tyra Banks like?

Rachel: Tyra was so amazing. She was just as beautiful in person as in her photos and she has an amazing head for business. I hope to one day be as successful as she is and I hope that I can be just as good of a role model to girls. I want to have a real voice and make a difference in this world.

SacBee - Woodland's next top model?

Rachel (the show doesn't provide last names) is an 18-year-old customer service rep from Woodland.

The show doesn't allow one-on-one interviews with contestants until they either win or are eliminated from the show, so Rachel responded to The Bee's questions via e-mail.

SacBee: Can you tell us about your family? Where did you attend school? Where are you living now?

Rachel: I went to Holy Rosary school (second through eighth grade) then to Woodland High School. I still live in Woodland with my family.

Friday, September 04, 2009

First Friday event: Another Antique Store hosts local artist

Don't forget to come down to Another Antique Store on Friday between 6 and 9 pm for an interesting art show.
Jimmy Hendrix and Buddy Miles are just two of the paintings done by a local artist.

First Friday event: Blue Wing Gallery hosts "Organic Landscapes"

By Clare Bailey of the Blue Wing Gallery:

The Blue Wing gallery is pleased to announce the September exhibit "Organic Landscapes." The featured artist, Christopher L. Smith is an accomplished painter who creates traditional landscapes, still life paintings and abstracts. For this exhibit we focused on his abstracts, however, we will have a nice assortment of his traditional landscapes on display. The opening First Friday reception is tonight, Friday, September 4.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Hoods crash stolen pickup near Everman Park and flee, one captured

From City of Woodland, Police:

WPD Case Number 09-5002

Woodland resident Jim Phipps reported his 1994 flatbed Chevrolet pick-up stolen on Wednesday, September 2, at 8:30 pm.

Just after midnight, a Woodland Police K-9 Officer saw the vehicle in the area of East Street and Gum Avenue occupied by three Hispanic males. The officer activated the emergency lighting on his car and pursued the vehicle a short distance before the driver and two passengers jumped out of the still rolling truck near the northwest entrance to Everman Park (Fourth Street and Marshall Avenue). The pick-up continued a short distance before crashing into some large shrubs in front of 1011 Fourth Street. Vehicle speeds during the short pursuit never exceeded approximately 50 mph.

Read more at the Woodland Record - Police Blog.

Download the Woodland Gang Map (1.2 mb PDF) to see Everman Park.

First Friday event: Woodlake Artist Group at Studio Artists Gallery

From the Studio Artists Gallery:

Studio Artists Gallery will feature Sacramento area’s Woodlake Group during the month of September 2009. The eight members of this group are diverse in media and background but the one thing they share in common besides all being neighbors in the Woodlake district of Sacramento is their passion for art. The opening reception will be held on Friday the 4th of September from 6 to 9 pm. Refreshments will be served. Please join us for the First Friday Art Walk at the Studio Artists Gallery and welcome this outstanding group to our neighborhood! Their show will run September 3 until September 30.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Yolo and Sacramento County DAs coax penalties for alleged package violations

From Yolo County - District Attorney:

Editor's note: The brand, or product, and type of packaging was not specified by the Yolo County DA's information officer.

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, along with Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully, announced today [September 2] that their offices reached a settlement in a consumer protection case filed against Signature Brands, LLC for alleged product packaging violations in the sale of candy by one of its subsidiaries.

Read more at the Woodland Record - Business News.

First Friday event: Concept Birth Gallery features two young artists

From the Concept Birth Gallery:

Yes... it's that time of the month again, so beware of Concept Birth's mighty wrath! The Concept Birth Gallery and Studio is hosting another art show for the First Friday downtown event upstairs in the historic Woodland Travel Building at 524 Main Street. For the second show Concept Birth is taking it to the streets by featuring two local young male artists by the name of Patrick French – who specializes in stencils – and Lynn Tobin – who is known for his unmistakable and outrageous character drawings.

The show is from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, September 4. The gallery invites you to see what these local young artists have to offer you – wine, food and, of course, art. For further information on past or future shows please visit at ConceptBirth.com.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Sacrilegious political stunt

From the Ducky Demolay article "Assemblywoman fasts for a day in observance of Ramadan:"

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada will fast-for-a-day today, Tuesday, joining area Muslims in their observance of the holy month of Ramadan, which began Aug. 22.

Read the rest at DealyDemigod.com.

Reisig denies charges in lawsuit

From an August 28 article at The Davis Vanguard:

Last week the Vanguard broke the news that a Yolo County District Attorney Investigator Randy Skaggs has filed a lawsuit against Yolo County, the Yolo County District Attorney's Office, DA Jeff Reisig and Chief District Attorney Investigator Pete Martin for among other things a violation of right to privacy and whistle-blower retaliation.

The key charge was a breach of privacy related to a personnel investigation and the allegation that the DA's office had initiated this investigation in retaliation for Mr. Skaggs' involvement in whistle-blowing in a case where he believed the DA's office had failed to turn over exculpatory evidence.

Read more at DavisVanguard.org.

DA investigator resigns, apologizes and retracts allegations

From Yolo County, District Attorney:

Today, September 1, District Attorney investigator Rick Gore has voluntarily resigned his position with the District Attorney’s Office and has provided a signed letter apologizing for, and retracting certain accusations concerning Mr. Reisig and the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office that were contained in a letter written and made public by Mr. Gore on March 5, 2008.

In March 2008, The People’s Vanguard of Davis blog published Mr. Gore’s March 5, 2008 letter in which Mr. Gore made allegations of unethical legal practices and the creation of a hostile work environment for employees. Mr. Gore also claimed he had been improperly denied a pay raise. The story quickly spread to other media outlets.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

View the letter here!

Click here to read the March 7, 2008, Vanguard article called "BREAKING NEWS: Senior Investigator For Yolo County District Attorney's Office Accuses Reisig of Ethical Malfeasance And Much More."