A crazy busy week with lots going on!
First, a review of the City Council Agenda for Tuesday, July 2. Pretty short being a holiday week. The entire agenda and packet (with all the details and reports) can be located HERE.
Some of the items hot and going this week.
Finally, the murders of Sacramento Officer Tara O’Sullivan and Davis Officer Natalie Corona were brought to reality for me over the past week with the amazing funeral for Officer O’Sullivan on Thursday and a chance for me to meet the parents of Officer Corona last week in Davis. The shattering of such bright futures and potential which would have undoubtedly have made incredible contributions to the law enforcement community is just heart breaking and hits to the core on the violence which exists in our society and is faced by law enforcement daily.
On Friday of last week (the day following the murder of Officer Tara O’Sullivan), I participated in the Special Olympics Torch Run from the Davis Police Station to the ARC Arena at UC Davis. Leading the procession and the first torch bearers were Merced and Lupe Corona, the parents of slain Davis Officer Natalie Corona. They were the nicest, most affable people, joking with the officers and laughing about Natalie’s affinity for running. They brought strength and resolve to all the officers present. They were absolutely wonderful!
One thing I noticed were the many females participating in the run and how young they all looked. I asked who they were (thinking they were relatives of some of the officers) and I learned that they were either new officers or cadets! First, I felt really old (everyone seems to look really young these days), but mostly I was encouraged to see the motivation of these young female officers coming into law enforcement. As we did the run, they had a number of chants and you could hear these young officers yelling loud and exuding pride and enthusiasm for their chosen profession. It was inspiring!
The tragedies of both Tara and Natalie are simply unconscionable, but there is no question that they will be the heroic symbols to motivate the growing next generation of female officers who will choose to lead from the front in our public safety future. Law enforcement has yearned to recruit women into the ranks for many years and we are now seeing it grow even in the shadows of the recent tragedies.
From tragedy springs eternal hope and without question, the legacies of Tara and Natalie will be our law enforcement future.
No Friday update next week!
Applicants Sought for Winters Senior Commission on Aging
The City of Winters is now accepting applications to serve on the Winters Senior Commission on Aging through July 19th. The Application of Appointment to City Board and Commissions can be downloaded from the City of Winters website here and the Resolution of the Winters City Council establishing the Winters Senior Commission on Aging can be downloaded from the City of Winters website here. The Winters Senior Commission on Aging has been established to serve as a forum for discussing the unique needs of senior citizens in the community, including but not limited to transportation, housing, and healthcare. The Commission will act as an advisory board to the City Council and shall perform a number of functions for the benefit of seniors residing in the Winters area.
Prospective applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a Winters address. In appointing members to the Commission, the City Council shall endeavor to appoint a membership that represents the diversity of the City of Winters by race, age and gender.
The term of service is four years, or until a successor is appointed. A two-person subcommittee of the Winters City Council will review the submitted applications and select a limited number of applicants to be interviewed. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted and scheduled for their interviews.
Please email completed Applications of Interest in Appointed Positions to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also drop completed applications off or mail to City of Winters, Attn: Tracy Jensen, City Clerk, 318 First Street, Winters, CA 95694.
For more information, call 530-794-6702.
Just a quick few notes:
Finally, the murder of Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan is a tragedy of incredible magnitude. Officer O’Sullivan was less than six months past her academy graduation and was cowardly gunned down as she attempted to help a domestic violence victim simply get some personal effects. The blow to the law enforcement community gives that sobering reminder of what being a police officer entails and the dangers which exist at practically every moment of their day.
Sacramento Police Department is an incredible organization with committed officers and solid leadership. Light a candle and show support for them and all officers during this incredible time.
A quick overview on the City Council Agenda then just a list of the projects which are on my desk and will be of particularly high attention over the next 12-18 months.
City Council Agenda for June 18, 2019:
Now the list of projects which are on my desk and will encompass a good part of my workload for the coming months and year:
A couple areas which may be of interest:
Have a nice Fathers Day Weekend!
A week which has just flown by and my Friday is an absolute monster so the update will be a day early!!
I will admit that I had never seen the Governor in person and my impression of him was quite a bit different than the typical sound bites and media presentations. Frankly, I was impressed with his grasp of the issues, he was very articulate and well informed on emergency management needs and realities. He was quite magnanimous in his appreciation for his emergency management executive team and the efforts of those throughout the emergency management field. His grasp on the need for collaboration and the need for reform of government regulation to enable fire prevention was commendable. I left impressed with his sincerity and demonstration of leadership on the issues. Overall, well done and worth attending.
Have a nice weekend!
The City of Winters is currently hiring for Lifeguards for the 2019 swim season. Lifeguard positions will start at $12.75 per hour. As a lifeguard, you will be responsible for the supervision of pool patrons, enforcement of pool rules, participation in ongoing training, life-saving programs and additional duties as assigned. All applicants must be at least 15.5 years of age. Applicants must have a current Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED Certificate of Completion (Title 22 is recommended.) Positions open until filled. Successful candidates will be required to have fingerprint clearance and TB test. Application and Job Description available at: http://www.cityofwinters.org/personnel/. Questions? Please contact Diana Tafolla at 530-794-6700 or email at email@example.com
A couple items for this week:
Finally, the Memorial Day Weekend is the Davis World Cup Soccer Tournament where Winters AYSO sent 8 teams to compete against teams from throughout California. Soccer is pretty competitive and the Davis World Cup is a pretty prestigious tournament which closes the 2019-20 season.
Of the 8 teams, Winters walked away with 2 second place and 3 third place finishes, meaning each made the semi final games amongst elite teams in five brackets. Simply amazing!!!!
I referee the tournament and have an opportunity to meet and ref with folks from throughout the western states. People always ask me where I am from, with many assuming I am from Davis because I am “local”. When I tell them I am from “Winters”, literally every ref will comment “hey, I reffed a game with a Winters team and they played hard yet fair”. It’s always, “you have incredible players, coaches and teams”.
Saying I am from Winters is a real pride thing! Each of our teams become ambassadors representing the quality of play, competitiveness, the attitudes of our players/coaches/parents and they help define the impression people walk away with about our community. Most have never even heard of Winters but once they meet our teams on the field, they never forget! Our players and teams can compete with anyone on any field at any time and when the game is over, they know where we are from.
I tell our players that soccer is really a metaphor for life and that being from a small, yet mighty town gives them a huge advantage. They grow up challenged, supported and they have the opportunity to show they are second to none. Our kids compete on the same fields as teams from larger communities and leave victorious. They can do the same in life! It doesn’t matter who they are competing against, in the end, you play with the same ball, on the same field and its more about determination.
I am always proud to say I am from Winters.
Have a nice weekend!