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01/29/2021 City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf) 
January 29, 2021

Greetings, all. This has certainly been a week…The severe storm overnight on Tuesday left thousands without power across Northern California. Almost 40,000 residents in incorporated and unincorporated Yolo County were still without power Wednesday evening, including downtown Winters. That number is slowly creeping down…Many thanks to our local legislators and County officials who are advocating on our behalf for power restoration. WAVE internet services have also been disrupted due to the power outage.

We hope to see PG&E in town this afternoon to restore power…

Needless to say, this has been a busy week as City Hall remains without power, so this update will be brief.

  • The Community Center was opened as a charging center and will remain open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for residents who need to charge up, warm up, and / or microwave some food.


  • -Please see the end of this update for free COVID testing locations throughout the County. If in doubt, get tested! Slowing the spread of this virus is critical for our recovery, especially as the virus mutates. And please wear masks in the presence of people outside your household bubble, especially inside. Mask wearing does make a difference.
  • -Please note the COVID testing location at the Community Center on Fridays is available for walk in. Appointments are not necessary.

Upcoming Council Meeting

There is a Council meeting on Tuesday, February 2nd, beginning at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. The agenda is brief:

  • -Two resolutions recognizing the loss of leading community members Bobbie Greenwood and Richard Rominger and honoring them for their numerous contributions to the community.
  • -An agreement with Bureau Veritas in the amount of $120,000 for supplemental building division services.
  • -An update from the Closed Session on January 27, regarding performance goal setting with the City Council for me as your new city manager.

 Woot Woot!

A big shout out to Financial Services Director Shelly Gunby and staff for the FY 20-21 budget document. We were notified this week that the City of Winters budget was once again recognized with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the national Government Finance Officers Association.  This is the 14 year in a row the City of Winters has been recognized for its budget document related to organization of information, transparency, statement of financial policies, and


The following locations accept walk-ins and offer free COVID-19 testing:

Mon-Thu 2/1-2/4 Club West Teen Center (1125 Riverbank Road, West Sacramento) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mon 2/1 Davis Senior Center (646 A Street Davis)* 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue-Sat 2/2-2/6 Portable next to Juvenile Detention Facility (2780 E. Gibson Road, Woodland) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 2/3 Madison Town Hall (29041 Main Street, Madison) * 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri 2/5 Winters Community Center (201 Railroad Avenue, Winters) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mon-Thu 2/8-2/11 Club West Teen Center (1125 Riverbank Road, West Sacramento) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mon 2/8 Davis Senior Center (646 A Street Davis) * 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue-Sat 2/9-2/13 Portable next to Juvenile Detention Facility (2780 E. Gibson Road, Woodland) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue 2/9 Knights Landing Empower Yolo Family Resource Center

(9586 Mill Street, Knights Landing) *

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri 2/12 Winters Community Center (201 Railroad Avenue, Winters) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue-Thu 2/16-2/18 Club West Teen Center (1125 Riverbank Road, West Sacramento) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue-Sat 2/16-2/20 Portable next to Juvenile Detention Facility (2780 E. Gibson Road, Woodland) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue 2/16 Clarksburg Community Church (52910 Netherlands Ave, Clarksburg) * 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri 2/19 Winters Community Center (201 Railroad Avenue, Winters) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mon-Thu 2/22-2/25 Club West Teen Center (1125 Riverbank Road, West Sacramento) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mon 2/22 Davis Senior Center (646 A Street Davis) * 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue-Sat 2/23-2/27 Portable next to Juvenile Detention Facility (2780 E. Gibson Road, Woodland) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tue 2/23 Esparto Boy Scout Cabin (17020 Yolo Avenue, Yolo) * 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri 2/26 Winters Community Center (201 Railroad Avenue, Winters) 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.


For locations with an asterisk (*) at the end, these are run by Yolo County and are open to and free for all Yolo County residents. Participants will need to bring a document displaying their name and address, such as a driver’s license, ID card, utility bill, or piece of mail. All ages are accepted. Spanish translation will be available at all of these sites. There may be some delays in getting testing results. Registration is recommended in order to speed up the process but is not required and does not guarantee a test. When residents register online, they will not be able to select a time slot and will not receive a confirmation of receipt. Register at: https://www.avellinocoronatest.com/patient.

For locations without an asterisk, these are run by the State of California’s OptumServe contract and are open to and free for all California residents, regardless of documentation status. It is recommended that residents make appointments for the three OptumServe locations in West Sacramento, Woodland and Winters but walk ins are also welcome. All ages are accepted. To schedule an appointment for West Sacramento, Woodland or Winters, call: (888) 634-1123 or go online at: https://lhi.care/covidtesting.

At both the State’s OptumServe and Yolo County’s testing sites, residents must wear a face covering and practice physical distancing. None of these sites are drive-thru, so residents will need to park their car and walk a short distance to the testing building. To see all the COVID-19 testing options in Yolo County, visit the County’s COVID-19 testing page at: https://covidtesting.yolocounty.org/.  Residents can also call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. For additional updates follow Yolo County on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/YoloCounty/ or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.


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PG&E Update

Good morning, all.

I am forwarding a press release from PG&E (pdf) related to power outages in Northern California. As of last night, in Yolo County approximately 40,000 people were still without power as is a section of downtown Winters. We were advised that it could take 3-4 days to restore power throughout the County, and a PG&E alert indicates they will begin working here in Winters tomorrow afternoon.

To assist people without power, we have opened the Community Center as a charging station. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until power is restored. The center's telephone number is 530-795-4241. Please note, Meals on Wheels is operating from the center today so the kitchen will be unavailable until meal services has ended around 1 p.m.

PG&E Twitter Updates are available here: - https://twitter.com/PGE_SactoSierra

City Hall is also without power so the building is closed. Staff have relocated to the Public Safety Facility and basic city services are still operating from that location. However, please note that the Public Safety Facility is not open to the public. If you need to reach city staff, please continue to use phone numbers you have on file, email us, or call 530-794-6700.

Kathleen Trepa
City Manager
City of Winters

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Free Covid-19 Testing in February 2021

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01/27/2021 Winters City Council Special Meeting


To Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 886 9709 7416
Passcode: 998984

Or to Dial in by Phone:  1-669-900-6833

  • 01/27/2021 City Council Special Meeting (PDF): Agenda

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Blue Mountain Terrace: Affordable Housing Complex opening Spring 2021

Blue Mountain Terrace: Affordable Housing Complex opening Spring 2021

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01/28/2021 Climate Action Plan Development Meeting

01/14/2021 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting - Zoom info

Launch Meeting - Zoom

Meeting ID: 891 0528 5428
+16699006833 (San Jose)

Meetings: Agendas and Packets (pdf)

  • 01/28/2021 CAP Development Board Meeting Agenda

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January 22, 2021 – City Manager’s Update

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
January 22, 2021

Greetings, all.

With the recent sunshine and warm weather, it has been so uplifting to see people visiting our businesses and restaurants. Under the Purple Tier, restaurants may serve outside. Please remember to wear your masks in more crowded areas, like downtown, and when you are not eating and drinking. Masks are required in all indoor public locations and should be worn on sidewalks to and from cars, and to businesses and tables.

I look forward to the day when COVID-19 isn’t our lead  category; however, please read on and stay vigilant.


  • -As vaccines roll out, albeit a bit more slowly than we hoped, it’s good to know that members of the community 65 and older are beginning to access the vaccine through their medical providers. To register for information regarding vaccine availability and when you might have access, please click here.
  • -For information on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines, please visit the County’s vaccine landing page here. FAQs are available farther down the page for a quick read.
  • -Please remember that if you are vaccinated, you should still wear a mask and remain socially distanced from others, until our public health officials tell us otherwise. The vaccines help protect you from getting sick; however, medical experts are still evaluating what level of protection it offers unvaccinated people (i.e. stops the spread of the virus). For everyone’s safety, please wear your mask, wash your hands and don’t mingle indoors with people not in your household bubble.
  • -Yolo County requires that businesses report any confirmed cases of COVID-19 to County Public Health Officials to ensure the health and safety of employers, employees, and community members. More information is available here. The reporting form is also available on the City’s website at cityofwinters.org / COVID-19 landing page.
  • -Yolo County updated their website yolocounty.org. Links to key COVID pages are below for your convenience, if you saved these previously, as the links have changed.



Please Note:

  • -No Council meeting next week. The February 2nd agenda will include additional recognition for leadings members of the community who have recently passed, and a proposed grant program for CDBG funding to support entities in response the COVID-19 pandemic. Council will also consider an agreement with Bureau Veritas for contact building division services to supplement existing staff resources.
  • -The Police Department conducted a sweep of Putah Creek to ensure debris has not collected in the channel. Typically, winter rains are a deterrent to nuisance activity during the winter months, but with the limited rainfall thus far, officers took a walk through the creek bed. For the most part, the creek bed was clean; however, to report any illegal dumping or debris, please contact Public Works at (530) 795-4291.
  • -The pump station area on W. Main at the Rancho Arroyo Detention Pond is in the final stages of being accepted by the City, pending a few items. The emergency back up generator will soon be installed, which will be tested on a regular schedule to ensure it is operational in the event of a power interruption.


Don’t Miss Out!

  • -We are working to assist businesses amplify their social media promotions, particularly on Instagram (IG). If you’re a business owner and want us to repost, make sure to tag us. We repost various items through the City’s IG story. Not a business owner, but have an Instagram account? Please follow our local business to watch for promotions, specials, and updated information. “Like” what they post and tag your family and friends to help spread the word.


Did You Know?

  • -Valley Clean Energy (VCE) began enrolling Winters customers in January. Benefits of VCE include local control over our electricity supply and more renewables for the same price as PG&E. All customers except solar customers were enrolled in January, and solar customers will be enrolled in their true-up month with PG&E in order to avoid any potential loss of credits.

VCE’s Power Content last year was 45% renewable and 75% carbon-free. PG&E’s was 29% renewable and 100% carbon-free. VCE keeps generation rates extremely low so that customers pay the same, even when above-market cost fees like the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment and Franchise Fee are added to VCE customer bills. You may download Power Content Labels for all California electricity suppliers (including VCE and PG&E) here: https://www.energy.ca.gov/programs-and-topics/programs/power-source-disclosure/power-content-label

VCE prioritizes new local renewables and has several projects currently in development (1 solar project in Winters). By 2023 when these projects come online, approximately 62% of VCE’s total electrical load will be served by renewables.

VCE is participating in the California Public Utilities Commission’s Arrearage Management Plan. This plan, which is set to roll out next month, is designed to help families most in need – it forgives past-due balances for qualifying low-income customers. More information about the AMP program and other consumer protections enacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can be downloaded HERE.

  • -The City applied for a $100,000 grant through SACOG (the Sacramento Area Council of Governments) to undertake preliminary engineering work for an infill sidewalk on the north side of Grant Avenue from the Roundabout at Walnut to Lorenzo’s market. The grant will cover survey and engineering design work, and then we will need to secure another grant for construction. This infill sidewalk will complete a safe Grant Avenue crossing between the north and south sides of Grant on the east side of the City.


 Woot Woot!

PG&E has loaned the Winters Fire Department equipment to conduct live fire training on suppression and control of Class B Fires, which includes fires due to flammable liquids, petroleum greases, oil-based paints, and other flammable gases. Training will take place over the next two months, and we would like to thank PG&E for their assistance with this important training.

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January 15, 2021 City Manager’s Update


City Manager’s Update (pdf)
January 15, 2021

Greetings, all. During the last several weeks, Winters has lost several leading residents; their contributions to the community, their professions, and the lives of others will long be remembered. It is their spirit of volunteerism and dedication to the greater good that makes this community so special. And to families who lost loved ones to valiant fights at far too young an age, may family, friends and special memories help carry you through…


  • Our biggest news? We are back in the Purple Tier! which feels like such a relief after the Stay at Home Order. Restaurants and bars may now serve food and beverages at their outdoor dining patios. More information is available here. Please remain vigilant by wearing masks, washing hands, and not socializing indoors with people outside of your household bubble. Together we can
  •  avoid sliding backwards and get ahead of this virus.
  • Police Chief Miller and other Police Department personnel began receiving their COVID vaccines this week. Our public safety personnel report 3-5 COVID positive calls per week, so we’re happy Police, Fire and Ambulance crews now have access to the vaccine to help protect themselves and their families.
  • To register for notifications related to receiving the vaccine, please click here.
  • For updated information about the pandemic, please see the County’s COVID landing page.
  • A new COVID testing site is now available in Winters, which will be open every Friday at the Community Center at 201 Railroad from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents will need to make an appointment by calling: (888) 634-1123 or going online at: https://lhi.care/covidtesting. There may be some delays in receiving test results due to the high volume of tests being processed.

Please Note:

  • City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King Day.
  • Now that we are back in the Purple Tier, curbside service is resuming at the Winters Community Library on Saturday, January 16. https://yolocountylibrary.org/locations/winters/.


Don’t Miss Out!

  • The Winters Joint Unified School District is recruiting candidates to fill a vacancy for District 4, which is in the northeast area of the Winters community.  More information is available on the School District’s website https://www.wintersjusd.org/. Applications are due January 21 at 4 p.m.

Did You Know?

  • The Interfaith Immigration Network assists immigrant families impacted by the pandemic. The program is called ApoYolo: https://www.yiinyolo.org/covid-19/. At least 25 Winters families are being supported. Donations to assist more Winters families can be made at https://yolo-interfaith-immigration-network.square.site/ . Please refer any families you know who might need assistance to ApoYolo.
  • The California Elections Code requires that the Yolo County Board of Supervisors adjust its supervisorial boundaries following the completion of the decennial census so that districts are as equal in population as possible and in compliance with the Federal Voters Rights Act of 1965. The Board of Supervisors heard a report on January 12, which is available here. The City of Winters is in District 2, and portions of the unincorporated Winters community fall within District 5. The Board will complete its redistricting process over the course of the next year.

Upcoming Council Meeting (link)

  • There is a Council meeting on Tuesday, January 19. Items include recognizing some of the leading residents that have passed away, including Marshall McKay of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation for his decades’ long leadership on behalf of Indigenous People and contributions to the community. Council will also consider making appointments to the Putah Creek Committee and Waste Advisory Council, as well as a resolution to protect the remnant grove of oak trees at the Rancho Arroyo Detention pond.

 Woot! Woot!

The Winters Fire Department is partnering with the Solano Community College to host its first Fire Academy, which began on January 11. For the next six months, 30 students will attend the academy at the Winters Public Safety Facility. Collaborations like this not only leverage limited resources to benefit Winters and our partners, it will also introduce young adults who might not otherwise know all that Winters has to offer. As an instructor, Chief Lopez also gets a sneak peek at potential volunteers and future candidates.  Kudos to Chief Lopez for bringing this collaboration to Winters.

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01/19/2021 City Council Meeting

To Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 823 4354 2646
Passcode: 174360
Or to Dial in by Phone:  1-669-900-6833

Meeting Location - Council Chambers, 318 First Street, Winters, 6:30pm
01/19/2021 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet

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01/12/2021 Stay At Home Order Lifted for the Greater Sacramento Region

Good news! The State has lifted the Stay at Home Order for the Greater Sacramento Region effectively immediately; and Yolo County has returned to the purple tier. Please see information from the County’s press release below.

The return to the purple tier allows many local businesses to either increase capacity or resume operations. Effective January 12, the following restrictions apply while Yolo County is in the purple tier:

  • Bars and breweries: Outdoors only as long as food is provided. Those seated at a single table are limited to household members only. Tables must be a minimum of 6 feet apart.
  • Cardroom and satellite wagering: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Family entertainment centers: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Gyms and fitness centers: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Hair salons and barbershops: Indoors with modifications
  • Hotels and lodging: Indoors with modifications
  • Limited services: Indoors with modifications
  • Movie theaters: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Personal care services: Indoors with modifications
  • Places of worship: Outdoors only with modifications
  • Professional sports: Open with modifications, no live audiences
  • Retail: Indoors with a maximum of 25% occupancy; (grocery at 50% capacity)
  • Restaurants: Takeout, delivery and outdoors only; for outdoor dining those seated at a single table are limited to household members only. Tables must be a minimum of 6 feet apart.
  • Shopping centers: Indoors with a maximum of 25% occupancy
  • Wineries: Outdoors only with modifications

Any schools that have already been allowed to reopen for in-person or hybrid learning previously may remain open. Schools that have not yet opened will need to receive a waiver to reopen under the purple tier or wait until Yolo County moves back into the red tier.

To see a complete list of which activities and businesses are open in the four tiers, visit the CDPH ‘Activity and Business Tier’ document. To see specific industry guidance, visit the State’s guidance page.

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, residents are advised to follow these health practices:

  • Gather less or not at all.
  • Wear a face covering.
  • Maintain at least six feet of physical distance from those not in your household.
  • Stay home if you have symptoms of illness or are high-risk.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer regularly.

For more information on the vaccine, distribution and when you may be receiving it, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Page. The webpage will be updates as new information is made available. For additional information about the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy. For more information about Yolo County’s Roadmap to Recovery and see which businesses are currently open, visit: www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-roadmap. Residents can call Yolo 2-1-1 for resource information. Follow Yolo County on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/YoloCounty or Twitter at: https://twitter.com/YoloCountyCA.

Kathleen Salguero Trepa

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01/14/2021 CAP Dev Meeting

  • 01/14/2021 CAP Development Board Meeting Agenda (pdf)

01/14/2021 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting - Zoom info
Launch Meeting - Zoom
Meeting ID: 816 4834 5631
+669 900 9128 (San Jose)

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City Manager’s Friday Update – 01/08/2021

City Manager’s Update (pdf)
January 8, 2021

Happy 2021, all! Here’s hoping everyone’s holiday seasons were bright and merry, and that 2021 brings health, happiness, and post-COVID recovery sooner rather than later.  Some brief updates below.


  • Winters Fire Chief Lopez and other Fire personnel received COVID vaccines earlier this week, the start of vaccinating front line emergency responders who have been putting their lives and their families lives on the line responding to medical calls and transporting COVID positive patients to local hospitals. Law enforcement personnel will follow later in the month.

A huge thank you every day to our public safety professionals, EMT staff, and all the staff, nurses and doctors in our medical facilities. Their lives, their families’ lives, and our communities’ health and economic wellbeing depend on controlling the spread of this virus. For more information about the vaccines, their efficacy, and current roll out schedule, please see visit www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine.

 For the latest information regarding COVID infection rates, ICU capacity, and other critical information, please visit http://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus.

Please Note:

  • Main Street is open to vehicle traffic from Sunday morning to Friday morning, and will be closed to accommodate increased pedestrian activity in the downtown area during peak times.

Please drive and walk through the area with care! Don’t forget the stop signs at Railroad (still there), and don’t jay walk across Main Street because cars are back.

Consistent with the CARES Act funding the City received last fall, pergolas have been installed on Main Street from the Pizza Factory down to Hooby’s and next to Ficelle’s to provide the public with outdoor areas to enjoy take out. Hopefully, as we can get this surge under control, we’ll be able to spend more time enjoying each other’s company outside.

 Did You Know?

  • The Winters Joint Unified School District has announced that remote only instruction will remain in place until further notice because of the regional stay at home order, and hybrid classes will not resume as initially planned on January 19. For more information, please visit wintersjusd.org.
  •  Do you know anyone in need of housing stability resources or is facing eviction due to non-payment of rent because of COVID? There are a number of resources available to both tenants and landlords. Please share this information to anyone who made need assistance.
  • Information regarding the State-wide eviction moratorium known as Assembly Bill No. 3088 (AB 3088): Videos in English and Spanish can be found here <https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4UC5wVNazOx6Oq1k-_AszPJjOFou0VK
  • Tenant and Landlord Rights: The California Department of Real Estate has developed an online information app available here <https://ucilaw.neotalogic.com/a/Cal-Covid-Info-App-for-Tenants-and-Landlords> that provides a 2-minute interactive tool to help you determine your rights and options as either a tenant or landlord. Upon completion of the questionnaire, you will receive a customized report with guidance, program availability and applicable links for further information and assistance.
  • Yolo County Housing Rent and Utility Relief: This Countywide program supports residents who are at greatest risk of displacement due to non-payment of rent related to the COVID-19 pandemic and offsets corresponding lost revenue that landlords need to provide housing services. The program provides a one-time rent relief grant directly to landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Additional information can be found on the Yolo County Housing website in English <http://www.ych.ca.gov/Covid-19/English.php> and Spanish <http://www.ych.ca.gov/Covid-19/COVID19Esp.php> .

 Upcoming Council Meeting

  • There was no Council meeting this week. Our next Council meeting is January 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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01/13/2021 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting

01/13/2021 Winters Senior Commission on Aging Meeting  Packet

Zoom Meeting Info

Teleconference via Zoom - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82070260485?pwd=MW1OYXh4NHUzbENnQW9vVHluSm5UUT09

Or Dial In On Mobile Phone @ 1-669-900-6833 - Meeting ID# 820 7026 0485
Passcode: 641265


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01/07/2020 CAP Dev Meeting

01/07/2021 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting - Zoom info
Launch Meeting - Zoom
Meeting ID: 816 4834 5631
+16699006833 (San Jose)

01/07/2021 CAP Development Board Meting Agenda

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City Manager’s Update December 18, 2020

City of Winters

City Manager’s Update (click for pdf)
December 18, 2020


Happy Holidays, all.

From all of us at City Hall, we wish you good health and plenty of cheer this holiday season, and much joy in the moments with family and friends, even if it is via Zoom, FaceTime or some other remote platform.

Also worthy of a big shout out: all of those tractors promoted by the Winters Chamber of Commerce and the real ones being staged around town are wonderful!! So creative! Visit the Winters Chamber of Commerce Facebook page to see the photos (link above).  Better yet, work off some holiday sweets and walk around to see them in person. The downtown is looking really festive!

COVID Update

Yolo County has received its first delivery of the Pfizer vaccine! 975 doses were put on some serious ice until they are dispensed. The first shots are being provided to front line medical staff at Sutter Davis and Woodland Memorial Hospitals. More information regarding the vaccine’s effectiveness, safety, and priority use is available on the County’s website here.

Until then, please help our medical staff as they struggle to handle the surge in cases by wearing a mask and not gathering inside with people outside of your household. Lives depend on us.

Please Note:

  • City Hall will be closed from Thursday, December 24th – Sunday, January 3rd. Public Works will field half their crew for call out and critical maintenance services, and Building will work part-time to conduct inspections. Police and Fire staffing will not change during the holiday break.
  • The January 5, 2020 Council meeting has been cancelled.

Don’t Miss Out!

Please help support our local businesses and restaurants with your last minute shopping and holiday meals! They are all open!  And there are some great collaborative deals in the works as businesses join forces to help each other.  Make sure you follow our businesses on Facebook and Instagram to catch the latest news and offerings.

 Council Meeting Recap

  • At Tuesday night’s Council meeting, staff provided an update about the trees at the Rancho Arroyo detention pond. The engineers have determined that the pond can be expanded by going down and out, reducing the adjacent trail slightly to accommodate storm flows from future phases without impacting the existing trees. Pond expansion will begin in the spring, and the trees will be protected in place. Council will consider a resolution on the January 15 agenda declaring the City’s intent to protect the grove site in perpetuity, for as long as the trees shall live.

In other business, the Council authorized a work order with Woodard & Curran to conduct a well assessment and approved a grant deed for water, drainage and emergency access easements for the Shandala Subdivision at the Church of Latter Day Saints location.  Ordinance 2020-06 was adopted repealing the suspension of Transient Occupancy Tax payments. Collection will begin again in the spring.

Council also heard a presentation by Valley Clean Energy about the City’s enrollment in that clean energy source. Non-solar customers will be automatically enrolled in January and solar customers will be enrolled during their annual true up month.  More information about the benefits of joining VCE at no additional cost can be found here. Customers can opt out at any time, but it’s cleaner! And we could do with a little less climate change these days…

Woot Woot!

 A final shout out for some long running City employees who are retiring. Both have made major contributions to the City and the community through their years of dedicated service.  Both love to travel, and are looking forward to spending more time with family and friends. If you know them, please give them a big round of applause for their commitment to the Winters community.

  • City Clerk & Records Manager Tracy Jenkins is retiring after 15 years with the City. Her last day in the office is today.
  • Administrative Coordinator Karla Ferguson, who supports both the Police and Fire Departments is retiring after thirty years with the City! Her last day is next Tuesday, 12/22nd. She is being replaced by former CSO II Gail Jimenez.
  • Gail Jimenez graduated from UC Davis with a degree in History and minor in education. She began volunteering with the Winters Police Department in 2001 and was hired as a Community Services Officer in 2006. Gail was recognized as the Office of the Year in 2016 (the first non-sworn to receive that honor!) and was promoted to a CSO II in 2018. She is ready to take the leap and become the administrative backbone of our public safety departments.

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12/17/2020 Climate Action Plan Development Meeting

12/17/2020 Climate Action Plan Development Board Meeting - Zoom info

Launch Meeting - Zoom
Meeting ID: 817 5742 6590
+16699006833 (San Jose)

12/17/2020 CAP Development Board Meeting Agenda (pdf)

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12/11/2020 Friday Update

 City Manager’s Update
Friday, December 11, 2020
(click here for pdf)

Greetings, all.

At midnight last night a Regional Stay-at-Home Order became effective for the Greater Sacramento Region, which includes Yolo County, because the availability of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in the region dropped below 15%. The State developed this metric as a threshold to order more restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. More information is in the COVID-19 section.

Clearly, the economic wellbeing of the community, from individual families, to our non-profits, to our businesses, continues to be significantly impacted by this pandemic. We can all do our part by wearing masks, staying 6’ away from people we don’t live with, and supporting our local business and community partners. Volunteer time to support others, follow businesses on social media, take out from Winters restaurants, shop local, donate if you can to social service providers. We will get through this together.


Yolo County updated its Health Order to align with the State mandate. More detailed information is available at Only Attachment B (Updated Restrictions).

Some highlights include:

  • -Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise.
  • -Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity, and 35% of capacity for standalone grocery stores; special hours for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • -Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, for essential workers, or for providing housing solutions for homeless.
  • -Restaurants: Allow only for take out or delivery.
  • -Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure and services sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • -Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor activities only.

All operations in the following sectors must be closed (except to the extent that their operations fall within critical infrastructure):

  • -Hair salons and barbershops
  • -Personal care services
  • -Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • -The Winters library has suspended curbside service and in-person computer appointments.

In response to some questions:

  • -AA and NA meetings at churches: please check with the facilitator about meeting remotely during the Stay At Home order or outside socially distanced with masks on. These and other supportive meetings and services are essential for wellbeing; please follow CDC guidelines and comply with health orders.
  • -Playgrounds, parks and outdoor recreational facilities remain open. Physical and mental wellbeing are priorities to help people get through the pandemic. Please be responsible when in our public parks by remaining socially distanced to the degree possible, washing or sanitizing hands frequently, and wearing a mask if not exercising. No contact games are allowed, but practice, drills, and exercise are.


Please Note:

  • -CARES Act Outdoor Dining Winter Enhancements: As reported to the City Council, a significant portion of the City’s CARES Act grant was earmarked to enhance outdoor dining areas and to open up two-way traffic on Main Street from Railroad to the mid-block crossing. Pergolas are getting constructed and decorated, and roofs will be fabricated to provide some cover from rain. Plans were made and materials ordered prior to the new Regional Stay-At-Home Order, and since funds must be expended by December 31, 2020, we will proceed as planned, even if we cannot enjoy those facilities until the order is lifted.
  • -Waste Management has released the temporary brush pick up and street sweeping schedule in response to a driver shortage due to COVID-19 quarantines. The schedule is below and a map is available here.


Brush Pile & Street Sweeping Schedule (until further notice)



Monday, 12/14/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 12/15/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 12/28/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 12/29/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 1/11/21 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 1/12/21 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 1/25/21 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 1/26/21 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 12/7/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 12/8/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 12/21/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 12/22/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 1/4/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 1/5/20 – Street Sweeping

Monday, 1/18/20 – Brush collection
Tuesday, 1/19/20 – Street Sweeping


  • Yolo County is hosting webinars on Monday, December 14 and Monday, December 28 at 10 a.m. related to businesses and workers who may be impacted by work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs. More information is available here.

Don’t Miss Out!

  •  -Downtown is looking extra festive this year and the decorations are still going up! It’s especially magical at night with the lights. When visiting to shop, take out food, exercise or just sit and soak up the magic, please wear a mask.
  • -YoloArts, as Yolo County's arts council, is honored to be distributing $12,630 in CARES Act funding among eligible arts and cultural applicant organizations or groups serving socially vulnerable populations and particularly communities of color in Yolo County. Award amounts will be between $500- $3,000 toward general operating support and on-going programming. Grant guidelines and application can be found HERE on the YoloArts website. The deadline to apply is January 6th, 2021.

Did You Know?

  • -CA Notify is a new COVID-19 app that allows you to be notified if you have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19. If you sign up, you will receive COVID-19 exposure notifications to your cell phone. Your privacy is protected, and your identify is not known. The app uses your cell phone location to match up with the cell phones of other people who have tested positive. For more information, visit the CA Notify site here.

Woot Woot!

  • -Santa’s ride through downtown made my Wednesday night, and warmed the hearts of so many families as they waived to Santa on his tractor from their front porches and sidewalks. A special shout out to the Cowan family for this special treat, Police Chief Miller for escorting Santa’s tractor around town for four nights, and everyone else involved in pulling of this surprise. -I can’t wait to see the real parade next year!
  • -A huge shout out to the Public Works crew that has been constructing the pergolas in the downtown area. Using city crews allowed us to reduce CARES Act costs for the outdoor dining program so that we could increase the Rent and Mortgage Assistance program by $20,000 (from $40,000 to $60,000) in order to fund direct support to businesses that had not already received grant assistance through the County’s Small Business Grant Program. 17 businesses were funded up to a maximum of $4,000 per business.
  • -Thank you’s and kind words make all the difference. I wanted to share a comment we received this week because it warmed my heart and hopefully our employees’. And since it made us feel good, I wanted to share.  During such difficult times, kind words, expressions of gratitude, and simple gestures can do so much to lift someone up during a weak moment, a bad day, a difficult time. This season in particular, which can bring such joy for so many, has been challenged in many ways. It’s also a season that can exacerbate a sense of isolation. We need each other. A few seconds to spread some kindness goes a long way….

 “A big thanks to all of you in City government and up the line for doing the best you can during unprecedented circumstances. We (residents of Winters) all owe you all a monster amount of gratitude! Keep up the excellent work you do.”



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12/15/2020 City of Winters City Council Meeting

 Meeting Instructions 12/15/2020


Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor’s Office, in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, please do the following:

  1. You are strongly encouraged to observe the live stream of the City Council meeting.
  2. Please see below for Zoom Meeting credentials.
  3. If you are joining the meeting via Zoom and wish to make a comment on an item, press the “raise a hand” button.  If you are joining the meeting by phone, press *9 to indicate a desire to make a comment.  The chair will call you by name or phone number when it is your turn to comment.  Speakers will be limited to 3:00 minutes.
  4. If you choose not to observe the City Council meeting but wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item, please submit your comment via email by 5:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the City Council meeting.  Please submit your comment to the City Clerk at ashley.bussart@cityofwinters.org.  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.
  5. If you are watching/listening to the live stream of the City Council meeting and wish to make either a general public comment or to comment on a specific item as it is being heard, you may also submit your comment, limited to 250 words or less, to the City Clerk at ashley.bussart@cityofwinters.org.  All public comments submitted to the City Clerk will be summarized and read into record but will not be read verbatim due to time limitations.

To Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID:  884 5403 0742
Passcode: 676795  (Now Required by Zoom)

Or to Dial in by Phone:  1-669-900-6833

Meeting Location - Council Chambers, 318 First Street, Winters, 6:30pm


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From the City Manager – Stay Home Order 12/10/2020

Good afternoon. Please see the information below and linked.  Last night the ICU capacity for COVID-19 patients fell to below 15% capacity in the Greater Sacramento Region, which is the threshold that triggers the State Stay At Home Order for the region’s counties, including Yolo County. Which means that effective tomorrow evening, at 11:59 PM on December 10, we will go into a new Stay At Home Order similar to last March’s order.  I will add that based on an update yesterday, the projections were that we might not reach this trigger for another week. The fact that we did overnight is an indication of how much the virus has spread within the community; and how many people are getting sick and requiring advanced medical care.

Health order and all attachments
Only Attachment B (Updated Restrictions)

Infographic English http://www.cityofwinters.org/weve-hit-the-metric-for-the-stay-home-order-english/
Informacion en espanol http://www.cityofwinters.org/weve-hit-the-metric-for-the-stay-home-order-spanish/

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity, and 35% of capacity for standalone grocery stores, with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Shopping centers: Allow indoor access at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.
  • Restaurants: Allow only for take out or delivery.
  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor activities only.
  • Entertainment production: Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast can operate without live audiences.

In any region that triggers a Regional Stay Home Order, all operations in the following sectors must be closed (except to the extent that their operations fall within critical infrastructure):

  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters (except drive-in)
  • Wineries, bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks


Kathleen Salguero Trepa
City Manager
City of Winters

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