In our June newsletter, we highlighted the District 2 community of Winters. This newsletter features several short snapshots of life at UC Davis, as the second in our profile series of District 2 neighborhoods. Perhaps you have noticed construction at the east end of the UC Davis Arboretum just behind Aggie Commons. This is the start of an exciting metamorphosis called the GATEways Project. GATEways is a master planning framework for the Arboretum and Public Garden that creates a portal into the campus to welcome visitors and showcase the creative work and spirit of inquiry at UC Davis. I encourage all of you to get involved in this by visiting their website here. I hope you enjoy the small glimpses into the vast world of the University of California-Davis in this newsletter. Please let me know if you have suggestions for future District 2 profile features. And, as always, feel free to contact us if we can be of any service.
Thank you David Shabazian for an excellent talk Understanding The Regional Food Economy! I appreaciate your sharing of your vast and growing base of knowledge on this issue which included a very thorough and informative description of food deserts that exist in Yolo County. We are very fortunate to be a part of SACOG, Sacramento Area Council of Governments and their RUCS program, Rural Urban Connection Strategy.
To view David's presentation, click here.
I am excited to share the attached calendar of activities recognizing Farm to EVERY Fork in Yolo County throughout the month of September 2013.
The Yolo County Board of Supervisors recently adopted a resolution recognizing September 2013 as Food Literacy Month. In conjunction with this month-long recognition and the Sacramento region Farm to Fork efforts during the week of September 21-28, Yolo Food Connect and other Yolo County partners have organized a series of activities throughout the month of September.
These Farm to EVERY Fork activities highlight the legacy and diversity of agriculture in Yolo County and provide an opportunity for us all to increase our understanding of food security and hunger in our area. This is an exciting time for our region. Please join me in participating in this month long series of events and activities.
To view the interactive the calendar of events, click here!
To download a printable version of the calendar, click here.
The Department of Employment and Social Services of Yolo County comes to the Winters Library every other month to assist residents with questions on available services. Read the District 2 Newsletter article, "Yolo County DESS in Winters," and be sure to let us know your comments!
The latest District 2 Newsletter features an article highlighting the Food Bank of Yolo County's expansion of its Kid's Farmers Market program:
Kid's Farmers Market Comes to Waggoner Elementary
On Monday, April 29, the Food Bank of Yolo County began hosting the Kid’s Farmers Market at Waggoner Elementary School. The Kid’s Farmers Market is a weekly program that educates young children about the values of nutrition and health and provides them with fresh fruits and vegetables.
In January 2013, Supervisor Saylor chose the Kid's Farmers Market as the beneficiary of the 9th Annual Soup's On Fundraiser. Together we raised funds to sponsor the addition of one new school site in Winters-- Waggoner Elementary!
Read the rest of this article and the newsletter here. Be sure to let us know your comments!
District 2 is full of different neighborhoods to explore. Here is a sampling of Don's favorite things in Winters.
Click on the "Add your reaction" button below and tell us what you love to do in Winters. Who knows, there may be prizes!?!!
As we shift gears and celebrate the beginning of summer, I wanted to share a few updates on how the District 2 staff has been working for you over the past few months:
- Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors gave preliminary approval to a $316 million budget for fiscal year 2013-14. A number of uncertainties in the state budget remain, which we will monitor closely before adopting a final budget in September.
- At my request the Local Mental Health Board and the Mental Health Services Act Stakeholder groups have launched discussions of implementing “Laura’s Law,” to serve some of the most seriously mentally ill people in our county. This issue will be considered at the upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting onJune 25.
- The Yolo Food Connect is taking the next step in collaboration with the Ag & Food Alliance. We are working on a range of activities for Farm to Every Fork this fall.
- The Board has started to consider land use planning issues related to ag tourism, zoning updates and housing in agricultural areas.
I love the places and people of Yolo County. As Supervisor, I am fortunate to spend my time traveling throughout the county. On this website, I am excited to launch an "electronic tour" celebrating the neighborhoods that comprise District 2. This month we begin with the City of Winters. In the future, we’ll feature downtown Davis, UC Davis, North Davis Meadows and other communities.
I hope you enjoy our focus on District 2 neighborhoods. Does your neighborhood have a claim to fame that you’d like to share? Let me know and we will work to include it in a future issue!
Yolo County Supervisor, District 2
Welcome to our Yolo County Supervisor District 2 website. On this website you will find a variety of information about Yolo County and our work. Please let us know if you have suggestions to make this site more useful to you.
I love working for the people of Yolo County as a member of the Board of Supervisors. Whether it is a food system gap, a healthcare delivery challenge, an intersection that needs improvement, or an air quality standard that needs adapting to our local situation, I love working for you.
The priority focus areas for our District 2 team are:
Maintain and strengthen the safety net for the most vulnerable populations in our county;
Pursue economic development and job creation to address the high unemployment levels in Yolo County and leverage our amazing assets more effectively;
Build stronger partnerships among government agencies and between the public and private sectors to share resources and services; and
Provide responsible environmental stewardship.
Each day, I learn more about these challenges and renew my commitment to making a difference. On this website, I am proud to share with you some highlights of the progress we have achieved since January 2010 and links to my current work.
It has become clear to me that this is work worth doing; that I love doing it; and that it will take me longer than four years. In June 2014, I will ask the voters in District 2 for their support to continue this work for another four years.
As always, please let me know if we can be of service.
Yolo County Supervisor, District 2