I wrote this piece for the Sacramento Bee regarding the California Redistricting Commission.
Thanks to my friend Jenny for pointing out that a Woodlander was on CRP today.
See this piece about Perry Skinner and his passion for garlic. Gilroy will now be known as Woodland west.
Yolo County Backpacks for Kids invites the public to help provide for local families by donating new backpacks and school supplies to children in need throughout Yolo County.
For the last five years, through the generosity of Yolo County residents, businesses and leaders, over 4,000 children whose families had insufficient resources to buy school supplies have received the necessary materials to start the school year properly equipped and prepared to learn.
Studies clearly show that the lack of an adequate education is the single greatest factor in the perpetuation of the cycle of poverty. In this harsh economy, thousands of local families-the majority with more than one child-are overwhelmed by the extensive supply lists distributed by many schools. Due to severe budget cuts, teachers are often forced to purchase out of their own pockets the basic supplies needed to run their classrooms.
A child who is unable to bring adequate supplies to school often feels embarrassed and stigmatized, especially when confronted and compared with classmates who arrive at school with abundant supplies. Teachers confirm that students who do not have the proper supplies have lower self-esteem, often become frustrated, and have difficulty learning.
Community members can help by sending a tax deductible donation to: “YCCA/Backpacks for Kids, P.O. Box 1645, Woodland, 95776; or donations of backpacks and supplies can be dropped off at the Woodland Fire Department Administrative Office: 532 Court St., Woodland, or at the Woodland Library, 250 First Street, Woodland.
100 percent of all donations to YC Backpacks for Kids are reserved for Yolo County children! For more information, go to: www.yolobackpacks.org or call 666-8230.
Don Saylor and I have a piece this morning in the Daily Democrat about the Woodland-Davis Water Supply Project.
Read it here.
This was sent to me unsolicited from a juror in the Ajay Dev trial. It confirms what I thought. Someone that heard every single piece of evidence presented in the trial. The person gave my permission to publish this here as long as they were not identified by name. The entire message is cut and pasted below..
I just read your blog on the Ajay Dev trial. I was a juror on that trial and I wanted to let you know that your synopsis is pretty much dead on. I will tell you that the most telling part of that phone call is in the first few minutes. Granted it has been 2 years since I have heard it so I may not be spot on in the quoting here. In the first few minutes, the victim calls Dev to tell him that she had been to see a school counselor. The counselor wants to know about her sex life and her abortions. She asks Dev “What should I tell him about us Daddy?” His response is “Why did you go to counselor?” and “Good girls dont talk about this kind of thing.” If he is truly innocent as his family contends, why wasnt his first reponse What are you talking about? What about us? Something?????
While I will never come out publicly as a juror (that family scares the hell out of me), I do appreciate your efforts.
Secret Agent Adam