Reflecting on 2019


As I reflect back on the past year, I am proud of the important advancements we have made together for our people and our planet. Some of my highlights from 2019 are listed below. I look forward to continued collaboration, innovation, and progress in the new year.

In shared service,



Valley Clean Energy (VCE)

  • On June 18, 2019, VCE celebrated one complete year since its launch.

  • VCE repaid its start-up loans years ahead of schedule.

  • The City of Winters became a member of VCE; West Sacramento became an Associate Member.

  • VCE submitted an offer to purchase PG&E’s lines, poles, and other electricity distribution assets within Yolo County.

Office of Refugee Resettlement

  • Yolo County made the difficult decision to end our contract with the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), no longer offering secure placement to ORR youth.

  • Many ORR youth are dealing with trauma and mental health issues and would be better served in a mental health residential facilities.

  • As we shift our focus back to Yolo County youth, I am looking forward to exploring opportunities that provide effective use of our resources and better serve those involved with the juvenile justice system.

Housing for Residents Living with Mental Illness

  • Yolo County is working collaboratively with state and local partners to develop sustainable funding solutions for board and care facilities for our residents living with mental illness.

  • Yolo County is seeking an appropriate and willing location for a new Adult Residential Facility to serve individuals living with mental illness.

  • The County has committed up to $150,000 per year of MHSA funding to Pine Tree Gardens for three years while a long-term sustainability plan is finalized.

Collaborations with UC Davis

Max Vaca, Yolo County eligibility worker at UC Davis
  • UC Davis is the first UC campus to have a county eligibility worker on campus five days a week to help eligible students enroll in CalFresh. Applications on UC Davis campus have grown by over 600% in a single year.

  • Senate Bill 173 (Dodd) removes barriers to student subsidies under the Cal Fresh program in part by streamlining the application process.

  • Yolo County staff are identifying local mental health providers to serve the nearly five thousand UC Davis students utilizing MediCal for their health insurance.


Nicotine Addiction Eradication

  • In 2019, Woodland joined Yolo County in banning the sale of flavored tobacco products. Winters, Davis, and West Sacramento are exploring ways to implement similar ordinances.

Strategic Plan

  • After a year-long process, the 2020-2024 Yolo County Strategic Plan was approved by the Board of Supervisors. This guiding document, which addresses Yolo County’s priorities, focuses topics such as homelessness, behavioral health, disaster preparedness, climate action, and more.

  • The Yolo County Strategic Plan Showcase offers a reflection on the County’s performance over the last four years.

Grand Openings