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Ending Homelessness

The most recent homeless census, conducted in January 2015, identified 498 people experiencing homelessness in Yolo on a single night. At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept 13, 2016, Tracey Dickinson, the Homeless Program Coordinator with Yolo County Health and Human Services, provided an update on homelessness and shared the county's plan of action for the coming year. The Homeless Program’s current short-term steps are to grow funding and improve data collection, which will lay the foundation for establishing a full continuum of housing and homeless services in Yolo County. A key component in the “housing first” model is being able to track, and respond to, the changing needs of our

Protecting Youth, Banning Flavored Tobacco Products

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. On September 13, 2016, the Board of Supervisors took another step toward reducing tobacco use by Yolo County youth. While the Federal Drug Administration banned flavored cigarettes to decrease youth cigarette use, other flavored tobacco products continue to be marketed to youth. Since 2007 the use of flavored tobacco products by youth in Yolo County has tripled. This should come as no surprise as flavored tobacco products are packaged and marketed like candy. The Board considered three actions that have proven success in other communities with reducing youth tobacco use: Ban sales of flavored tobacco products, as they

A Grand Ole Flag...Do Not Destroy, Ever!

The original Yolo County flag was presented to the Yolo County Archives at the September 13th Board of Supervisors meeting. The flag was originally designed and created by Sue Handley in the late 1930’s for use at the California State Fair while she was secretary to Yolo County Agriculture Commissioner, Charles Hardy. The Yolo County flag includes a blue stripe to signify the climate, and a golden stripe to represent the productive soil of the County. The figure is Ceres, the Roman Goddess of Agriculture. This original flag was stored and cared for by Commissioner Hardy’s successor, Herb Chandler and his family for many decades. Stored with the flag was a note stating “Do not destroy, eve

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