Happy Thanksgiving

Friends, As we gather with our friends and families this week, I want to pause and share a note of thanks. I am thankful for the many helping hands and open hearts that serve our community. We come together to serve those in need. This is the Yolo Way. My thankful list is longer and there is always more to do, but below are some highlights that I would like to share: Davis Fire Relief Benefit: Helping our Paradise/ Butte Neighbors Fundraiser. Thanks to our unified efforts, we raised more than $60,000 for Camp Fire victims. The people of Paradise are our neighbors, and they face utter devastation where their homes once were. This is what our communities in Yolo do when we learn of this kind of suffering. Folks are welcome to make online donations to North Valley Community Foundation. For those who were not able to make it last weekend, the Winters Fire Relief Benefit: Helping our Paradise/ Butte Friends fundraiser is happening this Sunday, November 25th from 1-6 PM at Berryessa Brewing Company. Please bring a gift card from Target, Safeway, or Raleys and invite your friends to listen to Muddy Waders and drink Thirst Responders Ale. All proceeds from Thirst Reponders Ale will be donated to North Valley Community Fund’s fire relief fund. Addressing the Housing Shortage. As a community we have taken many positive steps toward approving more housing units in the City of Davis and in the County. Some of these steps include the adoption of UC Davis’ Long Range Development Plan, which calls for more housing units for students. Along with the passage of the Nishi Gateway Project this past June, which will provide more student housing. Voters also approved the West Davis Active Adult Project this November, which will provide more housing for seniors. While the work continues, I look forward to future collaborations and creative solutions to address the need for more affordable housing. Supporting our Immigrant Neighbors. Thanks to a community led effort, the Board of Supervisors successfully passed a resolution to protect children and keep families together. County staff and community leaders are working together to share and identify resources to support our immigrant neighbors and ensure that Yolo County is a safe and welcoming place for all. Ending Hunger in Yolo County. I am thankful for the many efforts by communities to fight food insecurity in Yolo County. I am grateful for the opening of the Aggie Compass at UC Davis to provide fresh food access and CalFresh services to students. I am grateful for the partnership with Yolo Food Bank, the UC Davis Food Recovery Network and Solano Apartments to fight food insecurity for student families. I'm grateful for the Yolo Food Bank’s efforts to reduce hunger and provide services to those in need. There are many things to be proud of, and the work that continues to end food insecurity in Yolo County. Finally, I would like to thank all of the firefighters and our first responders who put their lives on the line every day to protect our friends, our families, and our communities. It is a gift to serve the people of Yolo County. I look forward to our many partnerships in the year ahead. In shared service, Don