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UC Davis historian Alan Taylor wins Pulitzer Prize for second time

UC Davis historian Alan Taylor wins Pulitzer Prize for second time

UC Davis distinguished history professor Alan Taylor has won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his book about slaves assisting the British during the War of 1812. “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia: 1771 – 1832” was called “a meticulous and insightful account of why runaway slaves in the colonial era were drawn to the British side as potential liberators” by the Pulitzer committee... Read More

Ed Short Appointed Chief Building Official

Ed Short Appointed Chief Building Official

The Yolo County Department of Planning & Public Works recently welcomed Ed Short as the county’s new chief building official.  Most recently, Mr. Short worked as a consultant to the City of Stockton’s Community Development Department.

Prior to his work for the City of Stockton, Mr. Short was a principle/supervising engineer and interim chief building official for the City of Sacramento, a code compliance manager/building official for  Bureau Veritas/Berryman and Hennigar and a building official/public works director for Pacific Municipal Consultants.  Mr. Short has also held engineering positions with the County of Sacramento.

Mr. Short received his bachelors of science in civil/structural engineering from the University of California, Davis.  He is a licensed professional engineer, a credentialed building official and a certified flood manager.

Karen Larsen Appointed Mental Health Director

Karen Larsen Appointed Mental Health Director

This month, the Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health welcomed Karen Larsen as the department’s new Mental Health Director and Alcohol & Drug Administrator.  Prior to her position with Yolo County, she was the Director of Behavioral Health Services for CommuniCare Health Centers, responsible for the implementation and oversight of several specialized programs for individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders.

Ms. Larsen is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a master’s of science in counseling from California State University Sacramento.  She has been providing services for mental health and substance use disorders for over 20 years.  She has managed several substance abuse programs throughout the region and has worked in every modality of substance abuse treatment, including detoxification, residential and outpatient.  

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. 

Public Defender’s Office Raises Money for Local Homeless Shelter

Public Defender’s Office Raises Money for Local Homeless Shelter

The used clothing drive, sponsored by the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office, has officially come to a close.  Everything collected was sold by the pound to California Clothing Recyclers and 100% of the proceeds went directly to Fourth & Hope, Woodland’s only cold weather homeless shelter whose mission is to change lives by providing a continuum of care for hungry and homeless individuals and families.    

Sloan fellowship for 'designer enzymes'

Sloan fellowship for 'designer enzymes'

Justin Siegel, a biochemist at the University of California, Davis, who uses computers to develop new "designer enzymes" with properties not found in nature, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship to support his work... Read More