YOLO SUN NEWS REPORT :

Reliable sources indicate that the Daily Democrat building located at Main and Second Streets in downtown Woodland is in the process of being sold to local developer Ron Caceres (perhaps with associates). Its newspaper operation will reportedly become relegated and partitioned into about 3500 square feet at the eastern portion of the building, with the remainder of space prospectively being occupied by Yolo Arts Council (http://www.yoloarts.org).

This building was constructed in the late 1980s by Donrey Media Group, after it purchased the city newspaper (then housed at Second and Court Streets) from the Leake family. Donrey was later acquired by Media News, an enormous newspaper conglomerate.

Sources within Yolo Arts Council describe that county funding established for a potential home for the Council within a cultural center complex once planned for Fifth and Oak Streets would now be reallocated to assist its occupation of the Daily Democrat buidling, with unanimous approval of county supervisors. Supervisor Matt Rexroad is reportedly helping to arrange this shift of funding, which will only partially cover relevant expenses. A campaign to establish a fully sustainable funding stream for this purpose is being planned by the Council. According to a Council source, about $1.9 million must eventually be raised.

The large portion of the (apparently former) Daily Democrat building (on Dead Cat Alley) which once housed newspaper presses would become available for art exhibitions and other cultural activities, relates a source within Yolo Arts Council.

Heritage Plaza would also become a consistently managed venue with significant help from Yolo Arts Council being its neighbor.

More information about this key transfiguration within downtown Woodland will be presented in subsequent reports.

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