The Latino Emergency Council was formed in early 2006 in Stanislaus County to set up an emergency response network linked to the Latino community. Today, the Council is engaging Stanislaus County’s large Spanish-speaking population on a continuous basis to prepare for emergencies and to respond when they occur. Continue reading
“Water water everywhere, nor any drop to drink” complains the Ancient Mariner as he recounts a harrowing voyage at sea. Here in California, on dry land, we too lament our water situation. Like the Mariner, we sometimes run short of clean fresh water for thirsty cities and agricultural crops. And just as often it seems, we have too much water, in the wrong place, all at once. Dealing with a flood can be just as harrowing as going thirsty.
Instead of merely lamenting on that sad fact, the people at the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District are putting science to work to see if they can reduce storm-water runoff, improve water quality, use less irrigation water and replenish the aquifer at the same time Continue reading
Crime doesn’t pay — it costs. Anyone who has ever been a crime victim can tell you that, but so can county sheriffs and probation chiefs who are responsible for keeping track of many of the people who commit crimes in California. They will tell you that it is far more expensive to keep someone in jail than it is to supervise them in the community. The corollary to that is it is far less expensive to help someone so they don’t break the law again, than it is to have to put them back in jail if they do. And if they aren’t committing more crimes, they aren’t creating anymore victims either. With that in mind, San Bernardino County is at the forefront of a growing trend in criminal justice: meeting the needs of low-risk offenders so they don’t reoffend and get sent back to jail. Continue reading
Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is a gorgeous place. Contained within its 3,700 acres of open space, the county park offers more than 10 miles of trails for hikers and bicyclists throughout picturesque surroundings. The park also features a historic adobe ranch house that was built in 1823 by the recipients of the first Mexican land grant in San Diego County. Combining a beautiful natural setting with local history is a great way to spend an afternoon. Los Peñasquitos is just one of the gems in a San Diego County park system that encompasses approximately 100 parks on more than 45,000 acres of land. These gems are kept shining and open to the public through an extensive and successful County Parks and Recreation Department Volunteer Program. Continue reading
With the recent economic downturn, Orange County’s Social Service Agency saw a startling rise in the demand for services at a time when resources were diminishing. The Agency had to find a way to meet the challenge of “doing more with less.” It was vital to come up with a cost-effective, workable solution since the number of county residents turning to assistance was rapidly growing. Continue reading