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Yolo County Top Attorneys Walk the Talk

Yolo County Top Attorneys Walk the Talk

This month, Yolo County’s Public Defender and District Attorney took the actions of the State Bar of California and the California Supreme Court just a little bit further by endorsing the Attorney Guidelines of Civility and Professionalism as a standard of conduct for their two offices.

In July 2007, the State Bar of California adopted California Attorney Guidelines of Civility and Professionalism.  In May 2014, the California Supreme Court adopted rule 9.4 of the California Rules of Court to supplement the attorney oath for new lawyers to include a statement that the attorney will strive to conduct himself or herself with dignity, courtesy and integrity.

Setting the bar for their offices, Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig and Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson have now signed the following pledge:

Bridge to Housing Move Day a Success!

Bridge to Housing Move Day a Success!

(Woodland, CA) – Yesterday, just hours before the rain came, approximately 100 volunteers and staff moved 63 homeless individuals, along with their 40 pets, from the North Levee encampment in West Sacramento into temporary housing.

The move, along with provision of services, was a collaborative effort between Yolo County, Yolo County Housing, the City of West Sacramento and numerous private and non-profit partners.  Over the next 60 to 120 days, with $100,000 in financial support from Yolo County and the City of West Sacramento, along with private donations, these individuals will be housed and will receive assistance for benefits in which they may be eligible to prevent homelessness in the future.

Philip J. Pogledich Appointed County Counsel

Philip J. Pogledich Appointed County Counsel

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors has announced the appointment of Philip J. Pogledich as County Counsel.  After a comprehensive search and an extensive screening process, Mr. Pogledich was appointed to this position by a unanimous vote of the board.   

Mr. Pogledich began his tenure with Yolo County in 2004, most recently serving as senior deputy county counsel since 2007.  His focus has been on local government law, land use and natural resources, real property and public works, agriculture and the Williamson Act, solid waste and recycling, and policy concerning the Bay-Delta.  Prior to his tenure with Yolo County, he worked for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Mr. Pogledich received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Davis and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

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.