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Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Public Safety Realignment Public Planning Sessions

Public Safety Realignment Public Planning Sessions

Assembly Bill 109, Public Safety Realignment was enacted in 2011 in an effort to reduce state prison overcrowding by placing supervision and incarceration responsibilities for non-serious, non-sexual and non-violent offenders with local county criminal justice systems.  To aid Yolo County in strengthening its related planning efforts, the Crime and Justice Institute was engaged to develop an assessment and assist the county’s criminal justice partners in a strategic planning process. 

Trauma-Informed System of Care

Trauma-Informed System of Care

In February, Yolo County’s Positive Youth Justice: Yolo Youth In Focus Collaboration hosted four free training sessions on Trauma-Informed Care for Youth for nearly 200 community members who work with youth.  Seeking Safety/Treatment Innovations conducted the trainings for participants from a variety law and justice, child welfare, treatment and youth serving departments and agencies, as well as court and school officials.  This training was provided under the Positive Youth Justice Initiative planning grant, which was directly funded by Sierra Health Foundation.

Public Defender’s March 14 Event Offers Legal Services and Information

Public Defender’s March 14 Event Offers Legal Services and Information

The Yolo County Public Defender’s Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic will host a half-day event to help rehabilitated offenders clean up their criminal records and to provide information about available community and government resources.  The event will occur on Friday, March 14, 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Yolo County Administration Building, located at 625 Court Street in Woodland. 

Individuals with criminal convictions face significant roadblocks to full reintegration into society, such as restricted opportunities for employment and denial of access to social services like public housing and benefits.  However, under California law, rehabilitated offenders can petition the court for various forms of relief including dismissals of former convictions (also known as “expungements”) and reduction of certain felony convictions to misdemeanors. 

Yolo County Sheriff’s Office Launches NIXLE Community Information Service

Sheriff Ed Prieto is pleased to announce the implementation of a new communications service (NIXLE) that allows the Sheriff’s Office to send important, valuable community information directly to residents who subscribe to the FREE service.

Using NIXLE, the Sheriff’s Office can create and publish messages which can be delivered to registered residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at www.nixle.com. Messages may include important advisories, missing person alerts, real time emergency information, suspect descriptions, as well as other relevant safety and community event information.

Yolo County Day Reporting Center Hosts Inaugural Graduation Nov. 19

Many former offenders struggle to find success because the transition to life after incarceration is difficult.  There are a variety of challenges, such as a lack of job training, lack of a high school diploma or equivalent, and the absence of valuable life skills.  The Yolo County Day Reporting Center, which opened in February 2013, provides vocational training and life skills programs designed to provide former inmates and offenders the skills needed to find and keep a job.  On November 19, noon to 2:00 p.m., the inaugural class of the Yolo County Day Reporting Center will be honored for successfully meeting many of these challenges and completing the core components of the transition program.  Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto will be the keynote speaker during the graduation which will take place at the Yolo County Office of Education Conference Center located at 1280 Santa Anita Court in Woodland.

Seeking Members for Yolo County Juvenile Community Review Board

The Yolo County Probation Department is seeking board members for a new Juvenile Community Review Board scheduled to be implemented in early November.  The goal of a Juvenile Community Review Board will be to divert low level youth offenders from the juvenile justice system by making available a wide array of community-based alternatives to these youth offenders and their families, with the ultimate objective of preventing repeat offenses. 

“While the Juvenile Community Review Board is an accountability-based program, it will also focus on the strengths and individualized needs of our youth, utilizing community and family involvement,” said Yolo County Chief Probation Officer Brent Cardall.