County Ranks Among Nation's Best For Young People
By Barry Eberling | DAILY REPUBLIC | January 24, 2008
FAIRFIELD - For the third year in a row, Solano County is among the top 100 communities in the nation for young people, a national group has decided.
County Public Defender Jeffrey Thoma was in Washington, D.C., Thursday to receive the award. It was presented by America's Promise Alliance at the President's Club.
'I think it's a remarkable achievement,' Thoma said in a telephone interview. 'America's Promise has had this only three years and Solano County is one of handful of jurisdictions that has won it all three years.'
Thoma wrote the application for the award. Among the items the county highlighted were:
- Ninety-six percent of children are insured.
- First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission coordinates and supports such collaborative efforts as BabyFirstSolano, which educates pregnant women about being drug- and alcohol-free.
- Thoma's office educates middle school students on the dangers of methamphetamines.
- Community organizations and city teams work together to educate youth about the dangers of tobacco, drug abuse and alcohol abuse.
Thoma talked about efforts by the county, cities, schools and various private organizations. For example, he said, the schools are dedicated to addressing truancy and ensuring students graduate.
'In and of itself, I think it speaks highly of Solano County,' Thoma said. 'Every day we work very closely together ... it's a cooperative effort to engage the children of our communities and give them alternatives to being at risk.'
Solano County's name appeared with the other 100 communities during a segment on NBC's 'Today Show,' he said.
The county is one of seven California communities to receive the honor and the only one in the Bay Area. Sacramento County also made the list.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell founded America's Promise Alliance. The five promises are caring adults, a safe place, a healthy start, effective education and opportunities to help each other.
The alliance advocates partnerships among corporations, nonprofit groups, foundations, policy-makers, advocacy and faith groups. More than 300 communities applied for the 100 best community honors this year.
Solano County 'is proud that our steadfast commitment to our youth has earned such esteemed national recognition for three consecutive years,' county Board of Supervisors Chairman John Silva stated in a press release.
Reach Barry Eberling at 425-4646, Ext. 232, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, January 25, 2008
- PG&E Adds 85 Megawatts of Renewable Wind Energy to...
- British Grocery Chain Plans 18 Bay Area Stores
- Council Delays Vote On Downtown Recovery Plan
- Wal-Mart Edges Closer To Reality
- UC DAVIS LEADS UC GAINS IN FRESHMAN APPLICATIONS -...
- Touro Focuses On Cancer Center
- History Of North Connector Proposal Repeats Itself...
- Congresswoman To Hold Small Business Seminar In Fa...
- City spotlight: Vacaville - by East Bay Business T...
- Sue Vaccaro appointed to Dixon May Fair Board
- VC investment in East Bay up in 2007
- Solano EDC January 2008 News
- Recession Likely To Hit County Hard, Expert Says
- Solano: A Great Place To Grow Up
- Dura-Vent's Move A Boost For Vacaville
- County Gets National Kudos
- Solano EDC: Light Pierces Economic Cloud
- New Funds Aid CHP On Highway 12
- Solano County's Economic Picture Is Blurry
- County Ranks Among Nation's Best For Young People
- Travis Officials Say Aircraft Traffic, Jet Fuel Pi...
- Grant To Strengthen Highway 12 Safety
- Council Unanimous In Approving Hotel Proposal
- Report: California Biotech Industry Grows, But Unc...
- Copart Gets Patent For Innovative Online Auction S...
- UC Davis climbs in Peace Corps top 25 volunteer ra...
- World's Largest Corn Maze in 2007 - Dixon made the...
- Benicia E Street Lot Request for Qualifications (R...
- Rio Vista Museum Traces Family's Dredging History
- UC Davis researchers find fungus that protects tom...
- Wal-Mart Still Plans To Build Vallejo Store
- Dixon City Council OKs Shopping Center Plan
- BayBio Launches IMPACT 2008 in San Francisco, Sacr...
- BayBio Secures Important Win on key Fire Codes Iss...
- Offices Plan Gets A Boost
- BP Solar has moved their offices to their One Harb...
- Benicia's Future Closely Linked To Capitol's Past
- Solano EDC Event To Feature Talk By Business Repor...
- Design-Build Concept Receives Boost
- Ten Years On Texas
- Gathering Planned
- Solano EDC Luncheon Set
- Family Brings County Square To Vacaville
- For The Love Of Dogs
- Theme Park Revamp Brings More People To Six Flags
- Traffic, Pollution And Wildlife Habitats Among Con...
- Work On Old Benicia Bridge To Add Bike/Walking Pat...
- Fairfield Names New Community Development Director...
- Copart Enters Partnership With Harley Davidson
- November New-Home Sales Jump in Solano, Down in Al...
- November new-home sales jump in Solano
- Agricultural Plan Poses Challenge
- UC Davis SOLAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY LICENSED to Q1 Na...
- Economic Roller Coaster
- Genentech Sees Profits Rise 6 Percent
- Suisun Continues Plan For Wal-Mart Supercenter
- Old Base May Serve New Purpose
- UC DAVIS LAUNCHES NEW OLIVE OIL CENTER
- A Change Of Guard
- Agricultural Areas Exemplify Solano County's Diver...
- Woodland firm combines etching and granite for uni...
- Publisher of The Reporter joins NorthBay Healthcar...
- Panama Red boasts new quarters in BayLink ferry te...
- Value Of Bay Area Exports On The Rise
- New Commander Heads To Travis
- SCC Opens New Student Center
- County Building Plan To Get Tobacco Funds
- Rio Vista Awaits New Swimming Pool
- New Library A Novel Concept
- Donation To Assist Special Needs Children
- Nut Tree Developer Wants More Than Stores
- Supervisors To Peruse Agricultural Study
- Window-maker CertainTeed, with local plant, bought...
- Trans Bay Steel leases former Pilgrim building in ...
- Five experts on economic matters put Greater Sacra...
- About 300 companies appearing at S.F. biotech conf...
- Vallejo Attempts To Protect Itself In Ferry Takeov...
- 'Hispanomics' In Vallejo
- Benicia Dream Dinners Dishes Up New Meal Options
- Windows of Hope
- EIR Update For Landfill Expansion Reviewable
- ▼ January (81)
- ► 2007 (799)
- ► 2006 (662)
- ► 2005 (627)
- ► 2004 (125)