Sacramento County supervisors add Cesar Chavez holiday

Sacramento County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to make March 31 an annual holiday for county employees in recognition of Cesar Chavez.

The late labor leader was well known in Sacramento and the rest of California as the founder of the United Farm Workers. He served as a mentor to the late Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna Jr., who was also the father of county Supervisor Phil Serna.

The county joins the state and other governments with a paid holiday off in honor of Chavez.

A county survey found comparable jurisdictions had one more holiday per year than the county. The county will encourage employees to use the holiday to perform community service.