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Yolo County Nut Buying Period Starts August

Yolo County Nut Buying Period Starts August

Yolo County Agricultural Commissioner John Young has announced that the nut buying period will be held August 1, 2015 through April 1, 2016, in accordance with the county’s nut theft ordinance.

On May 13, 2014, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors adopted a nut theft ordinance to assist with the issue of nuts being stolen from orchards and sold illegally.  The declaration of the nut buying period, and related Proof of Ownership requirements, assists the department in enforcing the ordinance through compliance checks at places were nuts are sold.

During this period, persons in possession of unprocessed “nuts” (almond, walnut or pistachio) shall be required to show a Proof of Ownership.  Under probable cause, the agricultural commissioner or any peace officer may inspect the commodity and request that proof of ownership be provided.  Proof of Ownership shall contain the following information:

Historic Old Sacramento Foundation Now Hiring Guides for New “Gold Rush Experience” Tours!

Historic Old Sacramento Foundation Now Hiring Guides for New “Gold Rush Experience” Tours!

The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF) is now hiring part-time tour guides for new “Gold Rush Experience” walking tours that will be launched later this summer.   Candidates interested in leading tour groups, meeting people from all over the world, sharing Sacramento’s fascinating history and working in the dynamic historic district in Old Sacramento State Historic Park are encouraged to apply by Monday, July 27, 2015.

Successful candidates must be 18 years or older, reliable, enthusiastic, energetic, articulate, friendly, responsible and have strong public speaking skills.  A background in Sacramento and California history is not required as comprehensive training will be provided.  Applicants able to speak multiple languages, including American Sign Language, are encouraged to apply.  Also, preferential consideration will be given to those with college-level coursework in history, theater, education and/or with tour guide experience.

Continued Improvement in Home Values Results in Increased 2015 Assessment Roll

Continued Improvement in Home Values Results in Increased 2015 Assessment Roll

Yolo County Clerk/Recorder/Assessor Freddie Oakley has announced this year’s annual Assessment Roll increased from the 2014 total value of $21.8 billion to a current value of just over $23 billion. Improving economic factors have continued to strengthen the real estate market, attracting new residents and contributing to an overall rise in home values throughout Yolo County, resulting in a total 2015 Assessment Roll of $23,239,449,070; a 6.51% increase over the prior year. 

“Every member of my staff has been working tirelessly to efficiently handle the increased workload that accompanies the fair valuation of land, property and many other aspects of Yolo County and I could not be prouder of the end result,” said Yolo County Clerk/Recorder/Assessor Freddie Oakley.  “Preparing this year’s roll was a wonderful experience.”

Community Business Bank Ranked Sixth in Nation

 Community Business Bank Ranked Sixth in Nation

Community Business Bank announces that it now ranks even higher on the list of Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America developed by DepositAccounts, an online publication focused on banking and savings information for consumers.

The 2015 list ranks Community Business Bank sixth in the nation - up two spots from 2014. The bank is one of only 49 out of nearly 7,000 federally insured banks to be listed in the top ten percent for the second straight year.

“We are very pleased to again be nationally recognized as one of the top 10 healthiest institutions across the U.S.,” said John DiMichele, CEO, Community Business Bank. “The fact that we have been ranked even higher on the list this year speaks to the dedication of our staff and directors, as well as to our commitment to the communities we serve.” 

Kaiser Permanente awards nearly $140,000 to nonprofit organizations serving the Elk Grove area

Kaiser Permanente awards nearly $140,000 to nonprofit organizations serving the Elk Grove area

Kaiser Permanente has awarded 56 grants totaling nearly $1.5 million to 54 local not-for-profit organizations, schools and government entities serving the greater Sacramento community. That includes $140,000 in funds to organizations serving the Elk Grove area.

The Community Benefit grants – which range in individual amounts from $5,000 to $97,304 – are part of a longstanding practice for Kaiser Permanente, the region’s leading integrated health-care provider, which works to improve the health of the communities it serves in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties. Overall, the grants seek to improve access to medical care, support mental health services, reduce violence, develop the workforce and promote healthy eating and active living.

The largest allocation of funding will help the uninsured and underinsured access health care programs and services at various community clinics and organizations.

2015-16 Recommended Budget & 2014-15 Annual Report Now Available

2015-16 Recommended Budget & 2014-15 Annual Report Now Available

Today, Yolo County released its 2015-16 Recommended Budget and 2014-15 Annual Report.  The Board of Supervisors will consider the recommended budget on June 16.  Total expenditures for the county are recommended in the amount of $346,140,712 with general purpose revenues of $64,267,400, which represents an increase of $2,056,823 from the 2014-15 estimated general purpose revenue.  Capital expenditures are recommended at $3,618,159. 

This year’s Recommended Budget takes a cautious approach due to the already extended length of the existing economic recovery.  Even as the economy proceeds through a gradual recovery, Yolo County continues to experience higher unemployment levels than surrounding areas, the state and the nation.  Job growth, while improving, continues at a slow pace.

Job Fair June 19

Job Fair June 19

The Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services is teaming up with Congressman John Garamendi, the Workforce Development Collaborative and the Yolo County Workforce Investment Board to advance individual job readiness and connect job seekers with employers through a Job Fair on Friday, June 19, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 25 North Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

There will be more than 50 local businesses and apprenticeship programs represented at the Job Fair. Computers will be available for employment seekers to complete applications and submit resumes to prospective employers on the spot.  Employment specialists will also be available to help craft and review resumes, providing constructive feedback to increase an applicant’s likelihood of success.