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Yolo County Will Not Acquire an MRAP Vehicle, For Now

At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, February 21st, I voted against acquiring a third Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle in Yolo County based on an unclear need for it, absence of fiscal analysis, and my concern that such equipment can be viewed as polarizing. The Board didn’t have the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) or specific regulations on use of the vehicle before us so it was not clear the conditions that may be imposed by the Department of Defense by accepting this vehicle. We also were not presented with a budget of expected costs associated with operating and maintaining the vehicle. In addition, I’m concerned there is a nationwide move toward the militarizat

Everyone Deserves Access to Quality Health Care

Robin Affrime, CEO of CommuniCare Health Centers provided a presentation to the Board of Supervisors on February 21st about the effects potential changes to the Affordable Care Act would have on Yolo County residents. CommuniCare currently serves 1 in 9 of Yolo County residents with comprehensive healthcare services. More low income Yolo County residents became eligible for Medi-Cal through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and as a result 15,000 residents who previously were uninsured now have coverage. The number of healthcare patients assigned to CommuniCare doubled from 6,000 to 12,000 and their percentage of uninsured patients dropped from 45% to 25%. The Affordable Care Act has brought s

2016-17 Mid-Year Budget Review

One of the primary responsibilities of the Board of Supervisors is oversight of the County’s budget. We received a mid-year update on the 2016-17 budget at the February 21st meeting, and looked ahead to the challenges the County will face in the 2017-18 budget cycle. Overall the current budget is as expected, however the Behavioral Health division is projecting a year end deficit of $4.5 million due to an unanticipated increase in acute mental health services and other factors. The department is actively working on mitigation measures to address the short term budget deficit and work toward long term financial sustainability while still meeting the mental health needs of the community. The

Cannabis Policies in Yolo County

Throughout 2017 the Yolo County Board of Supervisors will discuss a variety of cannabis issues at the 2nd Board meeting each month. The policy topics include manufacturing, distribution, dispensaries, product safety, testing laboratories, setback requirements, cultivation zones, youth prevention education, community impacts, and more. These discussions may lead to a comprehensive cannabis ordinance prior to full implementation of State policies. Click here to see the Cannabis Policy Discussion Calendar. Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions related to Yolo County’s interim cannabis cultivation policies. The Board will also consider placing a tax measure on the November 2017

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