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Ed Short Appointed Chief Building Official

Ed Short Appointed Chief Building Official

The Yolo County Department of Planning & Public Works recently welcomed Ed Short as the county’s new chief building official.  Most recently, Mr. Short worked as a consultant to the City of Stockton’s Community Development Department.

Prior to his work for the City of Stockton, Mr. Short was a principle/supervising engineer and interim chief building official for the City of Sacramento, a code compliance manager/building official for  Bureau Veritas/Berryman and Hennigar and a building official/public works director for Pacific Municipal Consultants.  Mr. Short has also held engineering positions with the County of Sacramento.

Mr. Short received his bachelors of science in civil/structural engineering from the University of California, Davis.  He is a licensed professional engineer, a credentialed building official and a certified flood manager.

Karen Larsen Appointed Mental Health Director

Karen Larsen Appointed Mental Health Director

This month, the Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health welcomed Karen Larsen as the department’s new Mental Health Director and Alcohol & Drug Administrator.  Prior to her position with Yolo County, she was the Director of Behavioral Health Services for CommuniCare Health Centers, responsible for the implementation and oversight of several specialized programs for individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders.

Ms. Larsen is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a master’s of science in counseling from California State University Sacramento.  She has been providing services for mental health and substance use disorders for over 20 years.  She has managed several substance abuse programs throughout the region and has worked in every modality of substance abuse treatment, including detoxification, residential and outpatient.  

Public Defender’s March 14 Event Offers Legal Services and Information

Public Defender’s March 14 Event Offers Legal Services and Information

The Yolo County Public Defender’s Record Mitigation and Community Reintegration Clinic will host a half-day event to help rehabilitated offenders clean up their criminal records and to provide information about available community and government resources.  The event will occur on Friday, March 14, 1:00-5:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Yolo County Administration Building, located at 625 Court Street in Woodland. 

Individuals with criminal convictions face significant roadblocks to full reintegration into society, such as restricted opportunities for employment and denial of access to social services like public housing and benefits.  However, under California law, rehabilitated offenders can petition the court for various forms of relief including dismissals of former convictions (also known as “expungements”) and reduction of certain felony convictions to misdemeanors. 

Public Defender’s Office Raises Money for Local Homeless Shelter

Public Defender’s Office Raises Money for Local Homeless Shelter

The used clothing drive, sponsored by the Yolo County Public Defender’s Office, has officially come to a close.  Everything collected was sold by the pound to California Clothing Recyclers and 100% of the proceeds went directly to Fourth & Hope, Woodland’s only cold weather homeless shelter whose mission is to change lives by providing a continuum of care for hungry and homeless individuals and families.    

Governor Appoints Oscar Villegas to Yolo County Board of Supervisors

Governor Appoints Oscar Villegas to Yolo County Board of Supervisors

Following County Supervisor’s Mike McGowan resignation to accept a position with the California Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Governor Edmund G. Brown has selected City Councilmember Oscar E. Villegas to replace Mr. McGowan as District One Supervisor of Yolo County. Mr. Villegas has been a member of the West Sacramento City Council since 2000. He’s also been a field representative at the California Board of State and Community Corrections since 2008.

The City Council will soon be considering options for filling Mr. Villegas’ seat on the City Council.

As a Councilmember, Mr. Villegas served on the City/County 2×2, the City/School 2×2, the Sacramento-Yolo Port District Commission, the Sacramento County Regional Sanitation District Board, the Yolo County Transportation District, and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Board... Read More

Celebrating adoption

Celebrating adoption

Although November is National Adoption Month, many of us need no reminders because we live it day to day, we are adoptive families.  The 2000 census estimates that there are 2.1 million adopted children nationwide.  Over the last 10 years in Yolo County alone there have been more than 600 children adopted from foster care after family reunification efforts failed.Although November is National Adoption Month, many of us need no reminders because we live it day to day, we are adoptive families.  The 2000 census estimates that there are 2.1 million adopted children nationwide.  Over the last 10 years in Yolo County alone there have been more than 600 children adopted from foster care after family reunification efforts failed.