English learners now eligible for child care assistance

Source Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 273 by Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Solano, a priority bill for the California Legislative Women’s Caucus this year. The governor signed it during a public ceremony held at Women’s Empowerment in Downtown...

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Ceremony starts Anderson Springs project

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Aguiar-Curry Wins Assembly Seat

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | Source Winters Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry will represent the 4th Assembly District in the state Legislature for the next two years, having defeated Republican Charlie Schaupp in Tuesday’s general election. Aguiar-Curry had received 63.6...

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Aguiar-Curry Thankful For the Support

Source I am gratified and overwhelmed by the supporters across District 4 that came out to vote for me for Assembly on June 7th. I want to thank them and the many volunteers and individual donors who helped make our campaign possible. And I want to congratulate all my...

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St. Helena Star Endorses Cecilia Aguiar-Curry for Assembly

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Four Yolo County leaders were honored at the 27th anniversary Women’s History Month luncheon on Thursday in Woodland.

Four women were recognized for reflecting the 2014 National Women’s History Month theme, “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry is the first female mayor of Winters. Following years working in auditing, automatic data processing and for software giant Oracle Corporation, she was recruited to work for the Freeport Regional Water Authority as the director of public outreach. In 2007, she formed her own consulting firm, Community Mitigation and Counseling, providing public outreach strategies for organizations throughout the state.

Besides the Winters City Council, Aguiar-Curry also serves on the board for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, is chairwoman of the Yolo Housing Commission and vice chairwoman of the Yolo County Water Association.

Paula Lorenzo Tackett is the CEO and manager of Road Trip Bar & Grill in Capay, which she co-owns with her husband Jerry. She is also a former tribal chairwoman of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, having served in that role from 1993 to 2006. During her time as chairwoman, the bingo parlor in the Capay Valley grew into Cache Creek Casino Resort.

She developed the tribe into a multi-million dollar business enterprise, providing housing, education, health care and other services for its members. This included creating the Yocha Dehe Fire Department, which she still serves as Fire Commission vice chair.

Ann Foley Scheuring of Rumsey is a long-time community volunteer and author of scholarly works on California agriculture and UC Davis history. She may be best-known for “Abundant Harvest: The History of the University of California Davis” although she said she most enjoyed working on “A Guidebook to California Agriculture.” Her most recent book was “Valley Empires: Hugh Glenn and Henry Miller in the Shaping of California.”

Foley Scheuring also spent eight years as a board member for the Friends of the Yolo County Archives, served on the Yolo County Planning Commission and was a member of the League of Women Voters of Davis with a term as president. She was also on the board for International House in Davis and served a two-year term for the Yolo County Mental Health Association.

Nikki Shannon Smith of Woodland is a children’s book author and principal of Fairfield and Patwin elementary schools in Davis. Smith first came to Yolo County when she attended UC Davis for her undergraduate degree and after getting her teaching credential at Sacramento State, returned to her hometown of Oakland. In the mid-1990s, she came back to Davis where she has been since, including implementing the Oral Language Fair. The event honors Martin Luther King Jr. and gives children the chance to read poems and speeches about social justice.

Smith’s first book, “The Little Christmas Elf” was published in 2011.

Each year, March is designated nationally as Women’s History Month to ensure that the accomplishments of women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces and communities throughout the country.

The Yolo County Women’ s History Month Committee also selected four women who reflected the theme of “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.”

Of character, Mabel McKay was a Losel Cache Creek Pomo who learned much about her tribe’s history. She was a basket weaver and a medicine woman. She is the late mother of current Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Tribal Chairman Marshall McKay.

Of commitment, Mary McLeod Bethune was known as “the first lady of the struggle” for her commitment to improving life of African Americans. She was a daughter of slaves who received a college education and eventually started a school for African-American girls.

A woman of courage, Dolores Huerta is a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. After working as a teacher, she turned her life to activism for rights of farmworkers, children and women.

A teenager of courage, Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani teen who is known for her activism for education and rights for women. She was shot for her activism by the Taliban but has recovered and continues to push for worldwide access to education.