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Public Input Sought on Clerk-Recorder/Assessor/Registrar of Voters

With the retirement of Yolo County Clerk-Recorder//Assessor/Registrar of Voters Freddie Oakley, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors has embarked on a process to appoint a successor to complete the remainder of the term ending January 8, 2019.  While statute does not allow the board to call for a mid-term election, they have an interest in obtaining public input on the skills and qualities necessary to carry out the duties of the office.

Yolo County residents can provide feedback by either: 1) attending the January 12, 2016 Board of Supervisors meeting, held at 9:00 a.m. in Board Chambers, Room 206 of the Erwin Meier Administration Building at 625 Court Street in Woodland; or 2) by completing the survey found on www.yolocounty.org by January 22, 2016.

Yolo County Library Collects 5,867 Pounds of Food

Thanks to the Yolo County Library’s Food for Fines program, the Yolo Food Bank received a donation of 5,867 pounds of food over the holiday season!  The Food for Fines program ran from November 15 through December 15 allowing library card holders to receive $1 off an overdue fine for every food item donated. 

“This weight total was the third largest food drive we recorded in 2015,” said Yolo Food Bank Volunteer Manager and Procurement Specialist Josh Ellis.  “The Yolo County Library has always been a tremendous supporter of the Yolo Food Bank and this food drive is yet another example.”

Beginner’s Composting Class January 16

Is learning how to “go green” on your list of resolutions for 2016?  Then come to the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden in Woodland on Saturday, January 16, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., for a free composting class sponsored by the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency Community Health Branch.

 

Composting is a great way to utilize green materials from your yard or garden and can enhance the success of your plants or crops.  This class will teach the basic skills and techniques used in “hot” composting, provide an introduction to the benefits of composting for plant nutrition, and detail how to use compost to improve your soil.  This is a hands-on class so be willing to roll up your sleeves and get some experience in the process.  Gloves and shoes that can get dirty are recommended.

 

Rural Libraries Receiving Increased Broadband Service

Rural Libraries Receiving Increased Broadband Service

This past November, Yolo County’s library branches in Esparto, Knights Landing and Yolo increased broadband service to one gigabyte, thus increasing the Internet speed at these locations.

 

The Yolo County Library obtained funds for these improvements through the State Library’s partnership with the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC).  CENIC, along with Governor Brown and the legislature’s “Lighting Up Libraries” initiative, has allowed for the deployment of improved, lower cost broadband services to public libraries across the state, now including rural libraries within Yolo County.

 

By supporting the critical and long-term connectivity needs of Yolo County’s residents, users will be able to more easily access the Internet to job search, find local government or healthcare resources and engage in online education. 

 

Yolo County Receives USDA Grant to Increase Local Foods in School Cafeterias

Yolo County Receives USDA Grant to Increase Local Foods in School Cafeterias

The Yolo County Agriculture Department’s farm to school program is one of 74 projects, spanning 39 states, receiving support this year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers.  Yolo County’s project received a $93,500 grant which will impact 35,000 students in five Yolo County School districts, including Woodland, Esparto, Davis, West Sacramento and River Delta.