We are writing to you as fellow county supervisors to educate you about the flaws of Proposition 37 and to encourage you to get the facts about Prop 37 and its impacts to counties.
Turnout all over California may be at an all time low but the turnout for perverts in one Sacramento precinct will be at 100%. With provisional ballots turnout here could reach 800%. Rumors that this was an attempt to defeat Jessica’s Law can’t be confirmed at this time.
I understand why people ask me to speak at events like this. I’m an elected official in Woodland that some people identify with the time I spent in Iraq with the Marine Corps.
Yet, these sorts of things are the hardest things that I do as an elected official.
My worst days as Mayor involved the deaths of SSGT Jimmy Arroyave and Highway Patrol Officer Andy Stevens. Giving condolences to family members is not something I am good at…. But all you can do is try.
I was at a Veterans event in Davis when Vince asked me to speak today. Clearly Vince has a memory problem. Two years ago when I was the Veteran’s Day speaker at the Court House I completely lost my composure as I spoke in front of the family of PFC Casillas.
PFC Casillas was a soldier from Arbuckle that was killed in Afghanistan. A hero. Watching his family mourn his loss was not the sort of thing I would wish on anyone. It got me. It got all of those around them.
These things are hard for me. Very hard. I know they are hard for many of you too.
So what makes these things hard?
Clearly we don’t like to see spouses, parents, children, and grandparents suffer a loss. No one wants to see that.
We also think about those people in our lives that have been lost. For me it is Marines and Sailors I served with, People I went to Holy Rosary with, and people I knew of. First Sgt Barnhill, Cpl Seamus Davey, Neil Roberts, SSgt Arroyave, Hector Gimenez, Sgt Major Cottle …we all have our lists.
We also think about missed opportunities. Birthdays, graduations, hugs, dinners, …everything that makes life.
But I think if we all were really honest with ourselves, really honest… we would admit that we are also thankful that it didn’t happen to us. If you are a parent you know what I mean. We all hear about a fatal car accident on the news where our spouse and or kids are going to be driving. We call them and are immediately relieved that it wasn’t my wife or my kids. You still mourn the loss of life but it isn’t our kids.
We don’t want to lose our hugs, our birthdays, our graduations…. Our vacations together.
For you service members that are here you also have to acknowledge some higher power weather it by God or luck or something. We are all here for some reason that has nothing to do with our skills as service members.
For me it was because the Iraqis could not actually put a missile into Camp Commando right before the war started. It was also that I was not on a vehicle that got hit by an IED. For you it might have been that your plane didn’t fly, or you got assigned to a temporary duty, or your number just didn’t come up… but it wasn’t because any one of us was all that good.
We all got a chance to live when others didn’t. Those that didn’t are the ones we honor today.
This cemetery is full of graves for service members killed in combat. I didn’t know any of them. However, I am sure of two things.
First, every single one of them wouldn’t want you to feel sorry for them. They would be far more concerned about the family and situations they left behind. So, since we can’t do much for them it is our responsibility to do something for the families and situations they leave behind. That is how we honor them.
Finally, every single one of the service members that have been put in these graves around us would tell us to enjoy every breath we can. Every breath that we have been so blessed to take. Every hug. Kiss. Graduation. Birthday party. Wedding. Everything. They would also tell us that all of the little silly things that consume so much of our time and energy are wasted.
So today I encourage all of us to honor the memories of the people in these graves by being truly appreciative of the opportunity that has been given us – a little bit more time on this earth to do the things that we didn’t want to lose.
We’ve been given a gift. Let’s use it.
I found this report very interesting. Notice what works and what does not work.
Domestic violence programs don’t seem to be of much value at all.
Notice and Request, February 16, 2012, Page 1 of 6
NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE INITIATIVE PETITION
(Pursuant to California Elections Code, Section 9200, et seq.)
Notice is hereby given by the person whose name appears hereon of their intention to circulate this petition within the City of Woodland for the purpose of enacting amendment of Chapter 14 (Motor Vehicles and Traffic) of the City of Woodland Municipal Code and amendment of the Woodland Downtown Specific Plan, Chapter 8.2, Specific Plan Policies — Circulation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Beth Gabor, Manager of Public Affairs
February 9, 2012
(530) 666-8042 [w] ▪ (530) 219-8464 [c]
Yolo County Board of Supervisors Opposes Yolo Bypass Expansion
(Woodland, CA) – The Yolo County Board of Supervisors is opposed to a proposal to expand the Yolo Bypass and widen the Fremont Weir as included in the public draft of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan.
“The Board is concerned that the proposal could place Yolo County communities, agriculture, and our local economy in jeopardy,” wrote Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Jim Provenza in a letter to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board and the California Department of Water Resources. “We also fear that there could be an increased risk of local flooding and a threat to continued viability of the Vic Fazio Wildlife Area.”
Neither the Yolo County Board of Supervisors nor members of the public whose properties would be affected by an expansion of the Yolo Bypass were consulted about the proposal as the first draft of the plan was developed by the California Department of Water Resources. In the letter Chair Provenza expressed the Board’s surprise and disappointment at the lack of public outreach regarding a project of such magnitude. Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad, who represents Elkhorn, a community that would likely be severely impacted by the bypass project, said, “I was shocked by the complete lack of outreach to the Board and my constituents whose homes and livelihoods are threatened by this proposal.”
According to the Department of Water Resources, the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan is a document to guide California’s participation and influence federal and local participation in managing flood risk along the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River systems. The plan proposes a system-wide investment approach for flood management in areas currently protected by state flood control facilities. The plan is scheduled to be adopted by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board by July 2012. Following the initial adoption, the proposed projects will be further studied and defined before the plan is updated again in 2017.
In light of the short timeframe for adoption of the plan, Chair Provenza emphasized the importance of collaboration between state and local government. “Yolo County is deeply concerned that the Department of Water Resources’ actions reflect an attitude that the state has the right to propose projects that profoundly affect local land use without the involvement of local elected officials and other stakeholders.”