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Award Supports Public Defender’s Record Mitigation Clinic

Award Supports Public Defender’s Record Mitigation Clinic

Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson announced the Yolo Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee has awarded $19,495 from the Gaming Special Distribution Fund to support the Public Defender’s Record Mitigation Clinic. 

California law allows rehabilitated offenders to petition the court to expunge their past convictions, reduce their felony convictions to misdemeanors, earn early termination of probation, or seal their juvenile or arrest records.  The goal of the Record Mitigation Clinic is to assist rehabilitated offenders with applications to the court for post-conviction legal remedies that serve to clear up their criminal records.  The Gaming Special Distribution Funds will allow the clinic to conduct outreach and perform legal services specifically for ex-offenders who were arrested related to tribal casino operations.

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Davis plastic bag ban takes effect Tuesday


SACRAMENTO - Davis is a city that has taken waste reduction very seriously, so it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that it is now the first community in the Sacramento region to pass a plastic bag ban. Shoppers will be left with the choice of using a reusable bag or paying extra for paper.

The Davis ban makes it illegal to provide 'single-use' carryout bags and requires stores to charge at least 10 cents per paper bag. All paper carryout bags must be made from at least 40-percent post-consumer recycled material. There are already a lot of shoppers in Davis who bring their own bags or don't use bags at all. But for the rest, they will need to make those adjustments.

A Guide to Parboiling: Praise and Practice

A Guide to Parboiling: Praise and Practice

Alice K. Thompson

Back in the day, I used to look at a recipe that called for boiling something destined for the grill and think “What? Why cook it twice? Will there be any flavor left?” The answer for many foods turned out to be a resounding “Yes.” Parboiling can actually add flavor, plus speed your grilling time, reduce flare-ups and increase moisture and tenderness. Best of all, it can take a lot of guesswork out of that eternal question “Is it done yet?”... Read More

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks


SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento area has seen an average of one serious fire a day in recent weeks. And when fireworks go on sale at noon on Saturday, fire agencies start their busiest week of the fire season.

"We're seeing fires daily," Sacramento Metro Fire spokesperson Michelle Eidam said. "We all know that, so what we want people to hear clearly is, enjoy the fireworks but be really, really smart about them."

Eidam points out that safe and sane fireworks are illegal for anyone under 18 to use.

"Because of the fire danger. There's a million reasons, but that's a hard and fast rule," Eidam said. "Parents will be cited, parents can be cited."

Eidam said safe and sane fireworks should never be modified and or used more than one at a time. Fireworks that are not safe and sane are easily recognized, she said.

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City council will meet July 1 to swear in new members and install new honorary officers

City council will meet July 1 to swear in new members and install new honorary officers

The City of Woodland will be holding its next regular city council meeting on Tuesday, July 1 at 6 pm at the Community and Senior Center, located at 2001 East Street, Woodland. ... Read More

Daivs priest pleads guilty to sex with underage parishioner


A Davis priest accused of having sex with a teenage girl from his parish has pled guilty to one count of sexual intercourse with a 16 year old.

Hector Coria Gonzales, 46, reached a plea agreement with the Yolo County District Attorney's Office to be sentenced to 90 days in county jail, three years formal probation; sexual offender counseling; and no contact with the victim until she is 18 years of age in exchange for the plea.

He is scheduled to be formally sentenced Aug. 8.

The D.A. 's office had originally filed four underage sex counts against the priest.

Gonzalez admitted to having sex with the girl in the St. James church rectory.