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City of Winters Holiday Schedule

City Hall is closed 12/23 – 12/27 and on 1/1/2020.

City Hall is open from 8am-12pm on 12/30, 12/31, closed all day on 1/1/2020, and open from 8am-12pm on 1/2/2020 and 1/3/2020.

We’ll be back on our regular schedule on Monday, January 6th.


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12/17/2019 City Council Meeting

12/17/19 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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12/12/2019 LPCCC Meeting

Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee Meeting 12/12/19 Meeting Agenda


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Friday Update on December 6 2019

All,

A quick update on things from the week.

  • Staff met with Yolo County OES and representatives from PG&E regarding Public Safety Power Shutdowns (PSPS). The meeting was setup at the request of PG&E as a “listening session” and afforded us an opportunity to discuss some overarching issues regarding the PSPS events over the past few months. The main themes revolved around the concept of refinement of both shut down areas, notification, resources for persons with health issues and methods of notification for those affected both on the turn off and turn on periods. I would give PG&E an “A” for effort and their attempts at refining their overall strategy on this and I expect that we will be working closely with them to mitigate issues moving forward.
  • The larger issue involves “Tier 2 and Tier 3” fire danger areas, of which Winters has both. The City is a “tier 1” with low fire danger, while the outskirts fall into Tier 2 (moderate) and Tier 3 (extreme) levels. As we move forward, we can expect that Tiers 2 and 3 will experience regular shutdowns during extreme weather events and the overall strategy for response will be commensurate with that. Persons in these areas will need to make personal preparedness plans within the scope of a new paradigm for California as a whole. As areas are refined, we will probably see more specific shutdown areas and a reduction in the broader swath of areas left without power.
  • Staff also attended a session put on by the State Housing and Community Development Agency (HCD) regarding the requirements for the impending update of the City’s Housing Element. Lots of “new” analysis and data will be required within a scope of a heightened regulatory policy framework from the State. There are seven (7) mandatory elements of the upcoming Housing Element which will include identification of adequate sites, facilitating housing development for low and moderate income households, remove/mitigate constraints to housing, conserve/improve existing stock, preserve units which may be at risk, promote housing opportunities and further Fair Housing and Promote accessory dwelling units for lower and moderate income households. The Housing Element will be data driven and include a number of technological advances to track compliance and achievement of goals, increase availability of information and allow the public to be more fully informed.
  • The Planning Commission Meeting will include the design review of a house on Wolfskill, design review on the 18 unit subdivision adjacent to the LDS Church and Lot 18 in the Olive Grove Subdivision.
  • Public works ran the pumps in the Rancho Arroyo Detention Pond this week and everything worked fine. With coming storms, we will allow the pond to fill to allow extended run times on the pumps, so don’t panic if it looks like the pond is rising because we are doing it to test everything.
  • Tractor Parade and Tree Lighting is Saturday evening beginning at 6:30, rain or shine! This should be an amazing event with a display of both modern and classic tractors, a visit from Santa for children in the gazebo and the lighting of the City Christmas Tree. This has become one of the City’s marquee events and is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Have a nice weekend and we will see everyone out there on Saturday night.

John


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12/09/2019 Planning Commission Meeting

Planning Commission Meeting


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12/03/19 City Council Meeting

City Council Meeting
12/03/19 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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Friday Update on November 21 2019

All,

Both through a conference call and direct notification from the PG&E spokesperson, they have made the decision to shut down power for Winters. Plan for power to be off early in the morning on October 9.

Stay tuned for more updates.

John


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Elections

The Yolo County Presidential Primary Election will take place on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

February 3 is the First Day to vote-by-mail.

February 18 is the last day to register to vote in the March 3rd election.

March 3 is Election Day!  Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Avenue, Winters.


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Friday Update on November 15 2019

All,

A City Council Meeting on Tuesday. One real agenda item:

  • Staff is working on an SB 2 application with a focus on the City’s General Plan, zoning, densities, our ability to meet our regional housing needs allocation and by right development. We had a consultation with representatives of the State Housing and Community Development Agency who provided advice and guidance which was very beneficial. A resolution on for the grant will be on the City Council Agenda for Tuesday.

Some of the big items from the week.

  • On Saturday, Winters PD and Fire dealt with a deceased person found in Putah Creek behind the Community Center. A really tough situation for the family but the overall collaboration between both the Police, Fire, Yolo Sheriff and the Coroners’ Office was extremely well done. Everyone involved, including our Police Chaplain Robert Duvall were extremely professional in providing counsel and information to the family and dealing with the entire situation. Seeing these people do what they do makes me honored to work with these folks.
  • The Planning Commission dealt with two development projects and handled what turned into a pretty rough night extremely well. The design and site plan request for the Olive Grove Subdivision was continued pending and engineering update and the LDS Property Project subdivision was approved, but not the design elements. Look for both to be back on upcoming PC agendas.
  • Staff had an opportunity to meet with the new Senior Commission on Aging. We conducted an orientation of some of the more mundane tasks of financial disclosure, ethics training, meeting procedures and the open meeting laws. The group is absolutely wonderful with some folks relatively new to Winters. Overall, a really good evening.
  • City Council members attended an orientation on Valley Clean Energy on Thursday. To quote one person in attendance, “it was like drinking water from a fire hose”. Both Councilmembers Cowan and Loren were sworn in as Associate Members and will be representing Winters moving forward.
  • Staff attended our first Solano Economic Development Corporation Board Meeting on Thursday. It was an amazing experience with both public and private sector businesses talking jobs, opportunity and regional vitality. The focus on jobs and creating economic advances was incredible. The business to business collaboration is incredible.
  • This week marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Winters Community Library. The Library sponsored a really nice reception with deserts and a mariachi band. Lots of kids, adults and many of those associated with the Winters Friends of the Library. The place really is a catalyst in our community and it was nice to celebrate the anniversary.
  • Today, our Yolo City/County Manager’s met to discuss key issues in the County. Homelessness is growing and the need to address it County-wide in multiple ways is growing rapidly and will become the highest social priority very rapidly.  The problem is growing, public acceptance is shrinking and funding is minimal in relation to the real problem. In Winters, we are beginning to see it in multiple areas and expect more.

Finally, a couple things, each related:

  • On Thursday, as I left the ATM at Eagle Drug, a woman was laying on the bench near the intersection. She asked me for some money and I stopped to talk with her. She basically said she was homeless and was in Winters because she felt safe here. She has friends in town who she was visiting. I asked her what type of help she might need and I gave her a couple suggestions on some things. A nice lady, very tired and down on her luck in need of a place to live. I gave her my business card and suggested some places for her to get assistance. I did not call the police or offer to “take her” somewhere. I talked to her a bit, bought her lunch and wished her well.
  • At the Solano EDC Meeting, the talk about housing vacancies came up. Universally, the cities in Solano said their vacancies on rental housing is below 1% (ours is zero). The availability of affordable housing is a months, if not years long waiting list. Our real estate market is Bay Area and to hear the reports from these communities put a HUGE red flag up.
  • Our Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Affordable Project is still struggling to get through the State financing hurdles. I was given 100% assurance that we would be “in the ground” on the project in October. It must be “under the ground” because I do not see it.
  • The really long item at the Planning Commission was the discussion regarding an 18 unit subdivision off Anderson Ave behind the LDS Church. The concept is for “lower cost” houses with less design and fewer frills (the jargon for this type of housing is “affordable by design”). Staff, the developer and the Planning Commission all struggled with the entire concept and ultimately, the item was continued for more vetting.

California is again the leader in a national issue, and that is the national housing crisis. Many are to blame including developers, cities with the costs of fees, the entire planning process; and yes the NIMBY’s (not in my back yard) folks who want to thwart even the discussion of growth and new housing developments. A really interesting article from Bloomberg Media from last week.

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Questions and food for thought:

  • Where should the young people who grow up in Winters go to live if they cannot move back to Winters? Where?
  • Where would you live if you lost your lease, a fire burned your apartment or something else happened to where you live today?
  • If you were able to get an apartment here in town (which is about $2,000 a month), do you have (first month, last month and cleaning deposit) $5,500 cash to put down on that apartment?
  • Who should determine what happens in Winters. Local control and planning, or the State of California?
  • Do you know anyone on the cusp of homelessness generated by the housing crisis? The “working homeless” are single, middle aged folks with few local family who lose a lease only to see the prospects of their monthly rent tripling. The other demographic are low income families who cannot get to the top of the list on subsidized housing or, god forbid, low income families who cannot qualify because both parents work and are trying to get ahead!

Charles Dickens wrote a book called a “Tale of Two Cities” where he  is famously quoted “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. People get mad that some of us keep bringing this up, but it is the #1 issue in California, facing millennials, families, the middle class, middle aged and seniors. We are living in one of the greatest economies of most of our lives, yet some of the most fundamental means of our existence are at the very worst of our existence. A scenario of the haves versus the have nots.

The full quote by Dickens:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

Winters Warriors are at home tonight in the first round of the playoffs. Go Warriors!

John


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Nov. 15/16, 2019 Big Blue Barn Thrift Store Sale

Big Blue Barn Thrift Store Sale</ title></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019_1115YoloThriftReuseSale.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">click to open pdf flyer</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019_1115YoloThriftReuseSale.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-11934 size-full" src="http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019_1115YoloThriftReuseSale.jpg" alt="" width="612" height="792" /></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11919" class="enigma_blog_full post-11919 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-community-events category-newsworthy category-uncategorized" > <ul class=blog-date-left> <li class="enigma_post_date"><span class="date">14</span><h6>Nov 19</h6></li> <li class="enigma_post_author"></li> <li class="enigma_blog_comment"><i class="fa fa-comments-o"></i><h6><span>-</span></h6></li> </ul> <div class="post-content-wrap"> <div class="enigma_fuul_blog_detail_padding"> <h2><a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/public-hearing-notices/">Public Hearing Notices</a></h2> <p><title>Public Hearing Notices</ title></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/public-hearing-notices/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Public Hearing Notices</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11917" class="enigma_blog_full post-11917 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-community-events category-newsworthy category-uncategorized" > <ul class=blog-date-left> <li class="enigma_post_date"><span class="date">14</span><h6>Nov 19</h6></li> <li class="enigma_post_author"></li> <li class="enigma_blog_comment"><i class="fa fa-comments-o"></i><h6><span>-</span></h6></li> </ul> <div class="post-content-wrap"> <div class="enigma_fuul_blog_detail_padding"> <h2><a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/seniors/">Seniors</a></h2> <p><title>Seniors</ title></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/winters-senior-commission-on-aging/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Winters Senior Commission on Aging</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/seniors/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Seniors’ Resources</a></li> </ul> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11909" class="enigma_blog_full post-11909 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-city-council-meetings category-community-events category-newsworthy category-uncategorized" > <ul class=blog-date-left> <li class="enigma_post_date"><span class="date">14</span><h6>Nov 19</h6></li> <li class="enigma_post_author"></li> <li class="enigma_blog_comment"><i class="fa fa-comments-o"></i><h6><span>-</span></h6></li> </ul> <div class="post-content-wrap"> <div class="enigma_fuul_blog_detail_padding"> <h2><a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/11-19-19-city-council-meeting/">11/19/19 City Council Meeting</a></h2> <p><title>City Council Meeting


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11/14/19 Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee Meeting

Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee</ title></p> <ul> <li>11/14/19 <a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019_1114LPCCCAgenda.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Meeting Agenda</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11893" class="enigma_blog_full post-11893 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-community-events category-newsworthy category-uncategorized" > <ul class=blog-date-left> <li class="enigma_post_date"><span class="date">12</span><h6>Nov 19</h6></li> <li class="enigma_post_author"></li> <li class="enigma_blog_comment"><i class="fa fa-comments-o"></i><h6><span>-</span></h6></li> </ul> <div class="post-content-wrap"> <div class="enigma_fuul_blog_detail_padding"> <h2><a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/november-2019-city-of-winters-newsletter/">November 2019 City of Winters Newsletter</a></h2> <p><title>Newsletter</ title></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019_CoWNovemberNewsletter.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">November 2019 Newsletter</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11881" class="enigma_blog_full post-11881 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-community-events category-newsworthy category-uncategorized" > <ul class=blog-date-left> <li class="enigma_post_date"><span class="date">10</span><h6>Nov 19</h6></li> <li class="enigma_post_author"></li> <li class="enigma_blog_comment"><i class="fa fa-comments-o"></i><h6><span>-</span></h6></li> </ul> <div class="post-content-wrap"> <div class="enigma_fuul_blog_detail_padding"> <h2><a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/11-13-19-winters-senior-commission-on-aging/">11/13/19 Winters Senior Commission on Aging</a></h2> <p><title>Winters Senior Commission on Aging</ title><br /> <a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019_1113SeniorCommAgingAgenda.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">11/13/19 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Agenda (pdf)</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11879" class="enigma_blog_full post-11879 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-city-managers-update category-community-events category-newsworthy category-uncategorized" > <ul class=blog-date-left> <li class="enigma_post_date"><span class="date">08</span><h6>Nov 19</h6></li> <li class="enigma_post_author"></li> <li class="enigma_blog_comment"><i class="fa fa-comments-o"></i><h6><span>-</span></h6></li> </ul> <div class="post-content-wrap"> <div class="enigma_fuul_blog_detail_padding"> <h2><a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/friday-update-on-november-8-2019/">Friday Update on November 8 2019</a></h2> <p><title>City Manager Update</ title></p> <p>All,</p> <p>Just a few items this week:</p> <ul> <li>The passage of the short term rental ordinance (Air bnb) means a couple really simple things. ADU’s are allowed to be rented, purveyors must get a business license, there are over the counter permits for the hosted units (with neighbor notification) and non-hosted will require a conditional use permit. The limit of occupants for any short term rental is 10 persons unless approved by the Planning Commission.</li> <li>Staff is working on a $160k SB 2 Grant application which will include projects for the advancement of a Climate Action Plan and a thorough status review of the City’s General Plan. Both these are on the City’s “planning project list” and will be significant projects. We will be meeting with consultants helping the State’s Housing and Community Development Department on our application next week and a resolution will be before the City Council on November 19. The deadline for grant submittals in November 30.</li> <li>The topic of housing is a major issue nationally and California is being called out as the worst offender in the housing crisis. Here is an interesting article from NYC media giant Bloomberg on their take on where things stand in our State.  <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-california-housing-crisis/?utm_source=pocket-newtab">https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-california-housing-crisis/?utm_source=pocket-newtab</a></li> <li>Staff is working on a community outreach strategy for the many 2020 planning projects. While community meetings are nice, they are not very well attended by the younger generations who are essentially under represented on many issues involving housing and economic development. If anyone has ideas on surveys or means for community engagement outside of public meetings, I would love to hear from you. Send me an email!</li> </ul> <p>Finally, today is the one year anniversary of the Camp Fire which essentially wiped out the communities of Paradise and Magalia in the Butte County hills. A day and occurrence which changed and shaped the lives of many.</p> <p>What I remember most about the entire incident was that our Winters Fire Staff was on the fire less than 5 hours after it started. Their reports back were almost unbelievable as they were assigned directly into the middle of the Town of Paradise as the reported back that the “entire town was on fire”. As the night time came, I began getting calls from residents here in town who had family and friends who lived in Paradise and were curious as to whether their homes were standing. In all, I took 6 calls and asked our team to drive by the addresses. In each instance, they send back photo’s of fire places and chimney’s standing alone. It absolutely broke my heart for those folks.</p> <p>During the next couple days Winters Police was deployed to the area for security as was our Police Champlain Robert Duvall and K9-Kepi. Without hesitation, our officers went to those communities to provide aid. Robert worked on some of the most heart wrenching assignments and notification.</p> <p>I couldn’t have been prouder to say I was from Winters in the coming weeks as reports of the efforts of our staff came in. In total, our deployment was almost 14 days.</p> <p>The next weekend, we held a fundraiser at Berryessa Brewing which raised almost $15,000 for fire victims which is pretty good for a community our size.</p> <p>I have worked with the folks in Paradise on their recovery.</p> <p>Thanks,</p> <p>John</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11876" class="enigma_blog_full post-11876 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-community-events category-newsworthy category-uncategorized" > <ul class=blog-date-left> <li class="enigma_post_date"><span class="date">08</span><h6>Nov 19</h6></li> <li class="enigma_post_author"></li> <li class="enigma_blog_comment"><i class="fa fa-comments-o"></i><h6><span>-</span></h6></li> </ul> <div class="post-content-wrap"> <div class="enigma_fuul_blog_detail_padding"> <h2><a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/11-12-19-planning-commission-meeting/">11/12/19 Planning Commission Meeting</a></h2> <p><title>Planning Commission Meeting


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