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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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Chando’s expanding to West Sacramento By Thomas Farley

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Carnaval at the Old Sugar Mill Photos by Stephen Crowley Brazilian band SambaDa and dancers/percussion by Brazilian Dance Company entertained folks in the spirit of Carnaval on Saturday, March 5. See more photos page 7

Yolo Conflict Resolution Center workshop to be held on Thursday Have you ever wondered how disputes can get resolved without the time consuming courts or expensive attorneys? The answer lies with the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center (YCRC) - a community mediation service providing quick and inexpensive options to the courts and attorneys. YCRC offers an alternative to the courts through proven restorative justice, meditation and dispute resolution practices. Through YCRC volunteer mediators hear a wide variety of common disputes from disagreements with merchants, customers and businesses to

disagreements between roommates, landlords, tenants and families. Mediation provides both disputants with a voice to hear each side of a complaint. Two volunteer mediators serve as facilitators and not as judges, juries or attorneys. Each session takes about three hours and the cost is $50 per party. The only mediation services in Yolo County had been through the City of Davis up until YCRC’s inception in 2015. As a new service to Yolo County, YCRC is currently focusing on outreach to provide mediation for the entire county in areas not yet been served

including West Sacramento. “The City of West Sacramento recognizes the work we (YCRC) do,” said Orit Kalman, YCRC Executive Director. River City High School, Lighthouse Covenant Church, Bryte/Broderick Action Network (BBCAN), West Sacramento Police Department, Yolo County Housing and Empower Yolo have been supportive in help developing resources or providing space for YCRC. “We want to provide opportunities to host events in West Sacramento by creating a sense of community,” said Kalman. Some YCRC events

in West Sacramento will be aimed at helping neighbors understand cultures and values other than their own. All potential volunteer YCRC mediators go through rigorous training over two full weekends. The 40-hour training identifies trainees’ mediation styles, emphasizes effective listening techniques, provide issues and problems that can come up in mediation and the mechanics of a typical mediation. All students take part in roll playing exercises and have the opportunity to expeSee YCRC, page 2

West Sacramento’s tradition of fine Mexican food continues with the arrival of Chando’s Tacos. Chando’s Boatman Avenue building will house a restaurant and be the base for a dining dynasty. Besides the eatery itself, the location will house Chando’s Enterprises, offices and ovens to serve “Chando” Madrigal’s growing chain of restaurants and food trucks. Chando’s has renovated and repurposed the United Bakery building north of Industrial Boulevard. It will now prep food for the West Sacramento restaurant, as well as the Roseville, Power Inn, and Arden outlets. The individual locations, however, will still barbecue their own chicken, fish and carne asada. Looking ahead, Madrigal envisions diners in Folsom, Carmichael, and Elk Grove. Perhaps beyond. Madrigal’s family is from Michoacan, Mexico. His father owned and ran a tortilla factory there, and now things are coming full circle. The West Sacramento facility will produce 100 percent stoneground corn tortillas. It will also bake them along with all the bread needed for each Chando’s Tacos location. Food storage and vegetable preparation will also be a function of the building. Chando’s is located in a triangular area that is rapidly becoming a West Sacramento foodie district. Yolo Brewing, Bike Dog and Jack Rabbit are three craft breweries located among warehouses, corporation yards, and document storage companies. In the shadow of the Rice Farmer’s Cooperative silos, new people and new energy are coming to an area that offers affordable space and room to grow. Helping that growth is everything mobile. Three high-end food trucks make up Chando’s fleet with a fourth a possibility this year. These $100,000 kitchens on wheels are more than just taco trucks. And Chando’s is also mobile in cyberspace. They’ve developed an app lets you call in orders before you arrive. Customers may also go mobile if Chando’s plans for drive-through kiosks take off. What’s on the menu? Chando’s Tacos presents their own take on Mexican food. Not entirely traditional and not yet not Americanized, the food tastes lighter than that served in most Mexican restaurants. Meatless options are presented, including mango ceviche tostadas and tacos de Papa, or potato tostadas.

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