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Yolo County Community Service & Support Digest

Yolo County DA Accepting Applications for Citizens Academy


The eight-week Citizens Academy is designed to involve diverse communities in learning about the criminal justice system with the goal to improve relationships between Yolo residents and the criminal justice system.

Woodland Host Lions Club Set to Host Annual Student Speaker Contest


In the contest, open to all high schoolers in and around the Woodland area, students can win up to $22,000 in cash and scholarships.

Young Teens and Adults Lead Florin Road Litter Abatement Efforts


Spending an early morning picking up parking lot trash only to return in a few days to it being just as litter-filled is a defeating feeling, according to 19-year-old clean-up participant Darius Jacobs.

Burrowing Owls Get Eagle Scout’s Attention


Parker Christensen, a local Eagle Scout candidate, has selected his Eagle service project aimed at aiding the repopulation of the threatened burrowing owl, which once flourished in Yolo County.

Nonpartisan Yolo County Election Information Resource a Click Away


VOTE411, a leading digital platform dedicated to election information, offers voters in California a streamlined and intuitive way to research candidates, understand ballot measures, and prepare to vote confidently.

Yolo County Supervisors Approve Members for Second Year of Yolo Youth Commission


The Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of 15 teenagers to serve as the members of the 2024 Yolo Youth Commission.

Woodland Police Department’s Strategic Plan Addresses Community Concerns


The Woodland Police Department’s 2024-26 strategic plan included participation from all city department staff with the goal of addressing public safety and quality of life issues.

CAPIAA Welcomes New Executive Director


Khydeeja Alam was sworn in by Speaker Robert Rivas as the new executive director of the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs.

Why California Community Colleges Struggle to Create Diverse Faculties and Staff


“Progress remains slow,” according to a recent report on faculty diversity at California’s community colleges. For Nikia Chaney, the sole full-time Black faculty member at Cabrillo College, the experience is personal.

How One California School System Raised Test Scores for Black Students


Emery Unified took a targeted approach, including paying teachers extra to stay after school and tutor students.

Winters Chamber Honors Community Members, Businesses


The official selections are in for the Toast to Winters honorees, chosen by the Winters District Chamber of Commerce.

Bailes Named Brinley Award Winner


Davis resident Shelly Bailes has made an impact on the LGBTQ+ community in Yolo County and beyond. Her work in obtaining respect and acceptance for the community earned her the honor of being the 2024 recipient of the Brinley Award.

California Presses Universities to Return Thousands of Native American Remains and Artifacts to Local Tribes


State audits of the University of California and the California State University found both systems have failed to comply with decades-old state and federal laws mandating the return of Native ancestral remains and cultural artifacts. Only UCLA and Cal State Long Beach have returned a majority of their collections.

New Law Could Help Undocumented California College Students Get Financial Aid


The financial aid application for undocumented students is cumbersome and confusing, and many students aren’t completing the forms. A new law streamlines the process.

Domestic Violence Shelters Play a Key Role in Fighting Homelessness. Now They Face Deep Funding Cuts


Federal funding for domestic violence shelters and housing programs is declining. Advocates want the state to step in, but with a record projected deficit new spending is unlikely.

Supervisor Angel Barajas Secures $65,000 for Woodland and Rural Communities


The Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved a total of $75,000 in projects using the American Rescue Plan Community Benefit Fund.

Woodland Joint Unified Trustee Receives Champion Estrella Award


Deborah Bautista Zavala, trustee of the Woodland Joint Unified School District, was honored with the Champion Estrella Award by the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Davis’ Progress Ranch Honored as Nonprofit of the Year


Davis' Progress Ranch Treatment Services for Children received this year’s Yolo County Nonprofit of the Year Award for its excellence in mental health care and commitment to serving some of California’s most vulnerable children and youth. The organization provides mental health services to boys ages 6 through 13.

Newsom Blasts Counties for Dragging Feet Over New Mental Health Law


All but two California counties are delaying their implementation of a new law that makes it easier for a court to place someone in involuntary confinement if they can’t care for their own medical needs or personal safety.

Volunteers Needed to Count Sacramento County’s Homeless Population


Organizers of Sacramento County’s next Point-In-Time Count say they need at least 500 volunteers to help survey the region’s homeless population in January. Survey results are used to determine state and federal funding for homeless services.

Tuleyome Set to Hold Youth Boot Bank Holiday Donation Drive


The program provides free loans of hiking boots to youths, allowing them to trade up as they grow. Donation bins will be at REI stores through Jan. 5.

Yolo County’s Dr. Tico Zendejas Takes Over New Duties


Yolo County has made a strategic move within its leadership team as Dr. Tico Zendejas transitions from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to take on the pivotal role of branch director for the Service Centers Branch of the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency.

Cal State Faculty Begins Walkouts Over Salary Hikes


The California Faculty Association is seeking a 12 percent pay increase, while university officials counter with 5 percent in each of the next three years.

State Invested $53 Million in Teaching Low-Performing Kids to Read. Here's How it's Paying Off


In 2020, the state agreed to a settlement in a lawsuit that claimed too many students were not learning to read. As part of that agreement, the state spent over $50 million on 75 schools with the lowest reading scores.

Border Patrol Dumped 42,000 migrants on San Diego Streets. The County Needs Help to Help Them


San Diego-area nonprofits and faith organizations struggle to provide for tens of thousands of migrants border agents have released on San Diego streets.

Local Organization Provides Free Food to the Community


Volunteers continue operations of historic Food Not Bombs chapter in Davis.

California’s First Black-led Conservancy Acquires Land in Placer County


The 40 Acre Conservation League has recently acquired hundreds of acres of land in Placer County, 70 miles northeast of Sacramento—a significant step toward making outdoor experiences more inclusive.

United Way Teams with PNC to Expand Yolo County Early Childhood Book Program


One thousand more Yolo County children will receive a free book every month from birth through age five from United Way California Capital Region, which manages the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Yolo County.

Woodland High School Students Work to Beautify Campus


After hearing their school compared negatively to other area schools, Woodland High School students Ava Pedroia and Karen Canchola decided to take the initiative to do something about it.

Meals on Wheels Opens New Senior Nutrition Center in Winters


The 5,300-square-foot facility provides the organization with cooking space, cool storage and a warehouse that will double its production capacity from 800 to 1,700 meals daily in combination with its existing Woodland-based kitchen.

Yolo Community Foundation Honors Five Residents


On Nov. 6, Yolo Community Foundation recognized five Winters residents for their efforts to benefit the overall community.

Supervisor Angel Barajas Holding Annual Christmas Toy Distribution


Yolo County Supervisor Angel Barajas, along with the Dunnigan Fire Association, has organized this toy distribution for the children of Dunnigan, Yolo and Zamora since 2021. Last year, over 100 children received a toy.

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