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Community Business Bank and ICBA Celebrate Community Banking Month

Community Business Bank and ICBA Celebrate Community Banking Month

West Sacramento, CA/ April 15, 2015 - The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and Community Business Bank are recognizing Community Banking Month in April—a month dedicated to celebrating the longstanding tradition of local hometown community banking.

Throughout the month, Community Business Bank, with branches in West Sacramento and Lodi, will encourage consumers, entrepreneurs, not-for-profits and farmers to learn more about community banks, their role in building stronger communities and the quality products and services that they provide—all with the relationship banking experience that customers can expect from a local financial institution. 

“Community banks like ours are one-of-a-kind just like our customers,” said John DiMichele, CEO, Community Business Bank. “Community Banking Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate the unique and critical role we play in our hometowns.”

Wicked West Pizza & BBQ Grand Opening Events

Wicked West Pizza & BBQ Grand Opening Events

Wicked West Pizza & BBQ #2 at 771 Ikea Court is having a Grand Opening Week starting April 11- April 17. Radio Station Star 106.5 will be there on Saturday with live music and giveaways including a year of free pizza, Kings and River Cats tickets, autographed sports memorabilia and more.

 

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Abandoned Barge Demolition Under Way at Port of West Sacramento

Abandoned Barge Demolition Under Way at Port of West Sacramento

Several barges are being hauled out of Lake Washington this week as part of a clean-up effort at the Port of West Sacramento. The barges, in various states of disrepair, have been illegally anchored in Lake Washington for several years... Read More

April 29 Literacy Symposium to Address Achievement Gap

April 29 Literacy Symposium to Address Achievement Gap

According to a 2013 Annie E. Casey Foundation report on why reading by the end of third grade matters, “children who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers.”  How does this affect us in Yolo County?  This question will be addressed in a community “Call to Action” on April 29, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Yolo County Office of Education Conference Center, located at 1280 Anita Court, Suite 120 in Woodland. 

Yolo County Superintendent of Schools Jesse Ortiz and Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong are working together to bring attention to the issue of low literacy.  This symposium will be the first step in creating a county wide action plan.  Community and civic leaders from all backgrounds are invited to attend the symposium and learn what we can do in Yolo County to give our children the tools they need to succeed in school and in life.

April Public Forums for Input on Services for Low-Income Residents

April Public Forums for Input on Services for Low-Income Residents

The Yolo County Community Services Action Board, in coordination with the Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services, is in the process of planning programs for the 2015 and 2016 Community Services Block Grant funding cycle.  As part of that process, they will be holding the following public forums to seek input on services for low-income residents which will be used to set service priorities for the program:

Tuesday, April 14, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Department of Employment & Social Services, Community Room
25 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland

Thursday, April 16, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Department of Employment and Social Services, Community Room
500-A Jefferson Street in West Sacramento

Tuesday, April 21, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Room 6 & 7
640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis

Public Safety Realignment & Prop. 47 Planning: Second Session Added in Davis

Public Safety Realignment & Prop. 47 Planning: Second Session Added in Davis

Assembly Bill 109, Public Safety Realignment, was enacted in 2011 in an effort to reduce state prison overcrowding by placing supervision and incarceration responsibilities for non-serious, non-sexual and non-violent offenders with local county criminal justice systems.  Adding to those responsibilities, Californians passed Proposition 47 in November which reduced penalties for certain offenders convicted of certain property and drug crimes and which allows certain offenders who have been previously convicted of such crimes to apply for reduced sentences.  In addition, the measure requires any state savings that result be spent to support truancy (unexcused absences) prevention, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and victim services.

Local Women Who Inspire & Give Back: Sarah Thomas

Local Women Who Inspire & Give Back: Sarah Thomas

By Kellie Edson

When our editors let us know that for March we were doing pieces about inspiring women in our community for women’s history month, I knew I had to do mine on my dear friend Sarah Thomas. When you first meet Sarah, she may seem reserved or shy, but when you get her talking about what she’s passionate about, she radiates light and excitement.  I am ever inspired by her willingness to give her whole self to her passions and her desire to inspire and empower other women, and especially young girls... Read More