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YCTD YoloGo – Upcoming Pop-Up Workshops

YCTD YoloGo Pop Up Workshops</ title></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Help plan for the <strong>future of transit</strong> in the region.</h2> <p style="text-align: center;">YoloGO is a regional effort to improve Yolobus transit services so they better serve our communities.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><b>To do this, we need to hear from you!</b> Take a few minutes to learn about Yolobus’ services and some of the key choices we have to make. Then, provide your input by answering ten questions. <a href="http://yolobusgo.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click and scroll down to get started!</a></p> <div id="attachment_11843" style="width: 1710px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="http://yolobusgo.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-11843" class="wp-image-11843 size-full" src="http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/YoloGOVirtualWorkshopFlierOct2019.jpg" alt="" width="1700" height="2200" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-11843" class="wp-caption-text">YoloGo Upcoming Pop up workshops</p></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11838" class="enigma_blog_full post-11838 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">23</span><h6>Oct 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/october-newsletter/">October Newsletter</a></h2> <p><title>City of Winters October Newsletter
October 2019 Newsletter


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Youth Basketball

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Attention all Youth Basketball Players!!  (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND REGISTRATION FORMS)

The City of Winters will once again be sponsoring youth basketball for boys and girls from kindergarten through the 8th grade.

Starting October 14th, registration forms will be available at City Hall in the finance office and on the City’s website at www.cityofwinters.org under the recreation tab. The registration fee is $ 40 for players that do not need a jersey and $50 per player that do need a jersey. There will be late registration but everyone will be put on a wait list. Late registration has a fee of $70 per player.

Drop off your completed participant registration forms and the appropriate registration fee by 5 p.m. on Nov. 8th at City Hall, or mail to City of Winters, Attn: Youth Basketball, 318 First Street, Winters, CA 95694.

For more information, message Coordinator Ruben Valencia at WintersYB@yahoo.com or call Diana Tafolla at City Hall, 795-4910, extension 100.

Volunteers Needed for Youth Basketball

The youth basketball program relies solely on volunteers to be coaches, assistant coaches, team parents, referees, etc. Your help is always needed and would be greatly appreciated.

For those that would like to volunteer, paperwork can be picked up and returned to City Hall. Volunteer paperwork can also be found on the City’s website at www.cityofwinters.org under the recreation tab but will still need to be turned into city hall.

For more information, message Coordinator Ruben Valencia at WintersYB@yahoo.com or call Diana Tafolla at City Hall, 795-4910, extension 100.


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Friday Update on October 18 2019

 

All,

A short recap of my week and the week ahead:

  • The Hispanic Advisory Committee will be holding a Dia de los Muertos Celebration at the Winters Cemetery from 4-6 pm on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Folks from the Winters Cemetery have stepped up to make this really wonderful cultural event happen. Look for more about this next week. Music, singing and the celebration of our dearly departed.
  • We met with neighbors of the Olive Grove Subdivision to go over progress made to help prevent water issues in the coming winter. Nice people with legitimate concerns. They proved the most concerned issues can be worked through and forward momentum can be achieved!
  • I had an opportunity to present before the Davis League of Women’s Voters to talk planning and General Plan stuff. Nice people with lots of really good questions.
  • Getting ready for round 2 of Chromium 6 presentations next week. I will be meeting with key folks from the Division of Drinking Water is what should be just a joyful time! This regulatory issue is one of the biggest threats to our community.
  • Getting ready for the 2019 Rotary Spooktacular 10k/5/k/Fun Run next Sunday, October 27, 2019 beginning at 7:00 in Rotary Park. This will be a really fun, family event to help raise scholarship monies for Winters High School Students!

Finally, we held our Bi-Annual Library Steering Committee meeting this week with the City, Yolo County and Winters Joint Unified School District.

Over the past year, we have worked to fund some improvements and repairs at the Community Library. The City/County/WJUSD funded $25,000 toward new flooring, paint and some key repairs in the public areas. The Winters Friends of the Library (WFOL) funded $30,000 toward a new audio visual system for the public meeting rooms. I was simply blown away!!!

WFoL really is one of the finest organizations in our community. They have funded key improvements, were a spearheading part of the construction of the library, fund extended hours, sponsor education programs and present an incredible speakers series and other programming. WFoL was also the largest community organization donor to Project Playground and has been very generous in mentoring other groups on the Big Day of Giving. The leaders of WFoL are some of the most gracious and community minded people I know in our town. To say I was surprised by the donation is not really true, more so that sometimes you have to cheer for their long term commitment to making things better for all who live in Winters. I am really grateful to be able to work with these folks on so many projects. Cheers to WFoL!

Have a nice weekend!

John


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Friday Update for October 11 2019

 

All,

The City Council Meeting for October 15 will include:

  • Public Hearing on Vacation Rental Ordinance
  • Fire Hydrant Ordinance
  • Community Choice Aggregation Ordinance
  • Resolution requiring Planning Applications with Annexation to be approved by City Council
  • Hotel Winters Pubic Improvements Acceptance
  • On-Call Map Checking and Surveying Services
  • Surplus Property Approval- Fire Truck

This week was full of Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). A couple highlights:

  • The key infrastructure for the City performed pretty well. There were no issues with water and sewer services which proceeded uninterrupted. We had an incident with one generator, but traffic services went without issues and overall execution was well done in our overall response.
  • Downtown lost all power for almost 24 hours. The businesses get a gold medal for working together on refrigeration of food and overall collaboration.
  • The City had Yolo OES in our staff meeting this morning and they will be using the efforts by our business community as a model for future business response in other communities. The use of a refrigeration trailer and the overall coordination get an A+ and will be used in future PSPS incidents.
  • Kudo’s to the local PG&E folks who coordinate the local lines for getting the City with power. Our understanding is that it was the locals who re-routed circuitry to get most power on before 6 am and the balance of the City on by the evening. There is a lot to this and unquestionably, the women and men in the field who do all the work had our residents back on things. Lots of appreciation to those workers in an impossible situation for them.

This Sunday, October 13, Berryessa Brewing will celebrate their 8th Birthday Party at their location on 128. This is a highlight of the year for an incredible local business who have put us on the national beer making map! Help celebrate 8 years of production, 7 years of tap room fun! Doors open at noon sharp! A day of specialty beers, live music of Dead Winter CarpentersAchilles Wheel, and The Casual Coalition with special guests! Climbing wall, food trucks and art booths make for a great day for the entire family! $20 in advance guarantees entry and comes with a 16oz double walled stainless steel souvenir cup. 10% of door proceeds are donated to Winters Schools Music Boosters. Tickets are available online via Eventbrite or cash only at the door while they last. Outside pouring stations and door charge are cash only so be sure to bring cash.

Lori and Chris Miller came to Winters with an incredible vision for brewing great locally crafted beers and they have more than set the standard for excellence in our community. Their creation of a destination business brings people from all over the west coast to sample award winning beers in an amazing location with a vibe which is second to none. They are a business which is very generous to our local organizations, sponsoring music, the arts and our local fire efforts to name a few.

Have a nice weekend and see you there.

John


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PSPS Update and Playoff Game Invite

No Power- Come watch the Dodgers/Nationals Game at the Fire Station Tonight

For those residents who do not have power or a place to watch tonight’s Game 5 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Nationals, folks can come by the Public Safety Facility and into the Fire Apparatus Bay to watch the game with the Fire Department Staff.

All you need to do is bring a soccer chair and your own drinks, the Fire Department will supply the popcorn. The game starts at 5:37 so come on by.

PSPS Update on October 9 2019 at 12:00

As of now, approximately 2/3 of the City has power with the core area of town, including the Downtown without power.

In our discussions with key folks with OES and PG&E, they have said that if your power is off now, you will be off for the duration of the event which is Thursday in the afternoon. If your power is on, there is a very good chance you will stay on through the duration. It looks like they have tightened the maps and vulnerable areas to refine the shut offs.

The height of the wind event is predicted to occur Wednesday (today) afternoon into Thursday afternoon. The potential for additional shut offs will continue.

The Community Resource Center has been set up on the corner of E. Abbey and Railroad Ave in Downtown. If persons have need for charging, water or air conditioning, that will be the place.

Water and Sewer services have operated without interruption and we expect that to continue without issue.

Stay tuned for further updates.


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10/15/19 City Council Meeting


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PSPS Update on October 8 2019- Community Resource Center Location

 

PSPS Update at 5:00- Community Resources Center- Winters

A Community Resource Center will be available on the property located at the corner of Railroad Ave/E. Abbey Street in Downtown Winters, starting Wednesday, 10/9 at 8:00 am to 6:00 pm until the PSPS event has concluded. Available will be: restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging, A/C, seating for up to 100 people.

Thanks

John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager


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PSPS Update on October 8 2019 at 4:30

 

All,

In preparation for the planned power shut off, the City has implemented as follows:

  • Here is a map of the area affected by the Public Safety Power Shutdown https://yolo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=5951a87cddb84b3ab684014dc3dd5456/
  • We do NOT foresee any issues with either Water or Sewer Services. We have backup generators which will power the City facilities which we expect to run normally.
  • The City is working with the Yolo Office of Emergency Services and PG&E for a “Community Resource Center” (CRC) to be located in town. These are air conditioned locations where people can also power up their devices and get a little power. Stay tuned for a confirmed location which will be in town
  • For residents who live in the country areas around the City (Golden Bear, Positas, Yolo and Solano County Areas) we will have a fire hydrant at the corner of Valley Oak and 128 with a hose for folks to get water. For residents in Golden Bear and the flatter area, Winters Fire will offer water deliver for folks with large animals. Go to this Google document to make a reservation https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexQRkxsWFGg-H0JVEZ5rqh34QcoCJsemn_zhnJ4geMpIzc9g/viewform?usp=pp_url
  • No water deliveries will be available to Positas or Solano County but those residents can get water at the Valley Oak/128 location.
  • City Hall will relocate our operations to the Public Safety Facility, 700 Main Street beginning at 10:00 a.m. on October 9. Building Permit pick up and utility bill drop off will be available. For those just dropping off bill payment, the City Hall drop box is still available.

Thanks and stay tuned.

John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager


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PSPS for tonight is ON!

City Manager Update
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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Possible Public Safety Power Shutdown- October 8 thru 11 2019

City Manager Update
The City of Winters has been notified of the possibility that a Public Safety Power Shutdown may occur as early as the late evening of October 8, 2019, affecting the entire City of Winters, Golden Bear Estates, Positas and Winters areas in both Yolo and Solano Counties. The plan is also expected to impact other Yolo County areas west of the I505.

The outages are based on wind events which are predicted to come into the area beginning at 4:00 am on Wednesday, October 9 and last into Friday, October 11, 2019. Power may be out for as many as five (5) days.
The City is mobilizing our operations to facilitate water and wastewater operations, public safety and the possibility of the City being without power for a couple days.

Information from the City will be via the City of Winters Facebook Page as well as the Winters Fire and Winters Police. Folks can get information via the PGE Website by clicking HERE .
To get information directly to your cell phone, sign up for YOLO Alert by clicking HERE.

We will be updating our social media pages and sending emails through our distribution lists regularly as information becomes available, so please check back with us.

Thanks.

John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager


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10/10/19 Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee Meeting

Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee Meeting


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Friday Update on October 5 2019 – Being the Best – Buckhorn Steakhouse Edition

 

All,

Today’s update is simply about being the best!

We produce some of the finest food in the world in Winters, California. We are a leading edge area for agricultural production, innovation and excellence in the products which are produced and delivered throughout the world. Our economy is the “Pacific Rim”, we are international because our quality surpasses even the most rigid standards among nations. Nuts, oils, wine, rootstock, tomatoes and seed. Nobody compares to what we do around here!

Last week the Buckhorn was awarded the “Legendary Steakhouse” award while attending the annual Certified Angus Beef Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. An amazing award and accomplishment.

The Buckhorn embodies pride, care and excellence in how they conduct their business. Few restaurants have their own in house butcher or train their staff to the levels done in Winters. Few care about the quality which is experienced on every single plate. Its happening every day at 2 Main Street in Winters.

Check out this video on the Buckhorn. https://www.facebook.com/CertifiedAngusBeef/videos/583166725553169/UzpfSTEwNTAxMDA1Mjg3NjU4MjoyNjMxMTc1MTU2OTI2NzEz/?q=buckhorn%20steakhouse&epa=SEARCH_BOX

We are truly blessed by what goes on around here.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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Friday Update on September 27 2019

 

All,

A bunch of information for a busy couple of weeks:

City Council Agenda for October 1:

  • Bus Sharing Agreement with the Hotel Winters
  • March General Election
  • Senior Commission Appointments
  • Salmon Festival sound permit
  • Traffic Engineering On call agreement
  • GHG Analysis with Yolo County Region
  • Subdivision Improvement Agreement- Stones Throw Phase II
  • Utility Easement- Callahan Estates
  • Community Dinner Seed Money.

Discussion Items will include:

  • Fire Hydrant Distance Modifications from 15 feet to 5 feet
  • Lease Agreement for the John Rodgers Building
  • 2019 Planning Work Program
  • Valley Clean Energy Membership
  • Rotary Spooktacular 10k/5k/Fun Run on October 27, 2019

A presentation from the District Attorney’s Office on Elder Abuse will also be on the meeting. Get the entire City Council Agenda and Packet here http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019_1001CityCouncilPacket.pdf

A couple notes on things in the works:

  • Staff participated in a meeting with Yolo County and Caltrans to discuss the environmental review for projects associated with a $250,000 SACOG Grant for the I505 overcrossing, Russell Blvd Pedestrian Improvements and the City’s Complete Streets Program along Grant Ave. A really productive meeting which was facilitated by Supervisor Don Saylor’s Office. Really good partnerships are occurring and Caltrans is an important part of all of it.
  • The same meeting also discussed pedestrian concerns on Grant Ave in relation to WJUSD students crossing grant as well as other pedestrians.
  • Staff met with folks from the State Housing and Community Development Department regarding our unsuccessful grant application for the construction of the Senior Center. In the application period, they received 15 construction project applications and only funded 1. In 2020, they will be combining 2019 and 2020 funds into a single “over the counter” application process which will favor “shovel ready” projects which will be more conducive to the Senior Center application. This is good news and we will pursue this opportunity with vigor!
  • Staff participated in Yolo County Meetings on Homelessness, with the release of recommendations on streamlining and creating a more effective governance network for addressing this issue County-wide. Overall some really good stuff and the prospects for moving forward on what is becoming one of the biggest and most critical issues in California.
  • The Planning Commission met regarding the Air BnB Ordinance and revised part of their recommendations which will be forwarded back to the City Council. We have a stellar group on the PC who come prepared and provide some insightful review and recommendations. A real business atmosphere with people who are representing the town well.

Saturday is the Carnitas/Festival de la Communidad starting at 4:00. A real family event with music, information, food and festival. A first class event for everyone!

See you there.

John


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10/01/19 City Council Meeting

10/01/19 City Council Meeting (PDF):Agenda/Packet


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09/24/19 Planning Commission Meeting

Planning Commission Meeting
09/24/19 Planning Commission Meeting (Agenda / Packet) -pdf


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City Council Meeting Cancelled

City Council Meeting
There will be no City Council Meeting held September 17, 2019.


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2020 Yolo County Census

2020 Yolo County Census

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Friday the 13th Update for September 11 2019

 

All,

An early edition as I am dealing with a number of things over the next few days and next week.

A couple items:

  • Staff met with some folks this week regarding planning, growth and big picture issues and it was a really good meeting. Staff is working on an overall plan for community engagement, education and the ability for folks to get involved in some key projects like the upcoming Housing Element Update, Climate Change and General Plan Stuff. You can get the gist of what we are working on from the August 30 Friday Update or look for the initial staff report which will go to the City Council on October 1, 2019. Here is the link to the August 30 update (<click)
  • Disappointment last week when the City was notified that we were not awarded a grant for the construction of the Senior Center Project. We will apply again in Spring, 2020!
  • The Hotel Winters enjoyed a “soft” opening the weekend of September 6-9 where they had 3 wedding parties and almost 80% occupancy. The Hotel looked amazing and the staff were excellent representatives of our town. Reservations for the coming week can be gotten at www.hotelwinters.com .
  • As hotel guests arrived, the flow of people into the Downtown was very evident. I was in two establishments on Friday and the customer service from our restaurants and tasting rooms was simply first rate. It just warms my heart when I see our town shine! The excellence we have in Winters is beyond reproach and it showed last week.
  • Getting some complaints about construction on the weekends from the new subdivisions. We are working with the developers to get a handle on both time and days for the many subcontractors.
  • Lots of discussion among businesses and groups on insurance requirements and the viability of events. We are scheduling a meeting with key stakeholders and we are going to figure all of this out. Not need to worry about any of the events in town not happening. We just need to work together on all of this!
  • This morning I participated in the 9/11 observance at the Public Safety Facility with members of Winters Fire and Police. It was a very respectful observation of an amazing occurrence. Our public safety personnel paying tribute to the more than 3,000 people who died on that fateful day was simply beautiful. The passion, commitment and loyalty to service is an amazing thing to see. Thanks to both Winters Fire and Police!

Last week I shared a little bit about my first year working for the City and mentioned that 9/11 was my second day on the job. A little more on that fateful day.

I watched the second plane go into the second tower of the World Trade Center when I was getting ready to come to work on that Tuesday morning at my brothers apartment in Sacramento. He had the Today Show on and mentioned a plane crashing into one of the buildings. We watched in horror as a news camera picked up the second plane roaring through Manhattan and exploding into the second tower.

I jumped into my City car, fumbled with the radio and found a talk radio station which was talking about the attack. On the ride to Winters I heard about the attack on the Pentagon and that they were shutting down all air traffic around the Country. Simply surreal.

When I arrived at City Hall, I ran into the building looking for a television. It was janitorial day and the two people looked at me like “who the heck are you” when I asked them for a tv. I spent a couple minutes trying to convince them that I worked here. Finally I showed the one guy that I had a key to my office and he bought that I was a new employee! The City only had a single, 13” television, no cable with a really cheap antenna with only a 2’ cord on it. I put the tv on a chair, found a bay area news station and got a horrible, but watchable picture and things unfolded.

Staff began to arrive to work that morning a little before 8. We all gathered in the upstairs conference room and watched the news reports and the eventual collapse of the World Trade Center Towers. What I remember most about the moment of the first collapse was our Recreation Coordinator Gloria Marion grabbing and holding on to my hand as the first building went down. We all stood there in silence, me and Gloria holding hands as the massive dust cloud erupted like a volcano on the New York Skyline. The ghostly figures walking from the streets, covered in grey ash in utter shock. We all had a tear in our eye and nobody really said anything.

Later that morning, our Police Chief, Steve Godden came to my office. He told me that all the government offices in the area were closing as a security measure against terrorism. I told him, that being the new guy, I had to ask why Winters would be a target for international terrorism. He mentioned the dam and we talked it out a bit and decided that we would keep the doors open for folks to come by with any questions.

Gloria Marion was one of the most social people I had ever met. From the theatre productions to her side job styling hair, she seemed to know everybody (and she did). That day it seemed like hundreds of people stopped by City Hall to check in. Most of the people were older, many just looking for someone to talk and visit. I think many were as in shock as all of us and just looking for a little reassurance to share some sorrow. Gloria had an incredible personality and a deep, assuring voice. I can only imagine the number of people she gave solace to that day but it was awesome. She and Nanci Mills held court downstairs and made a difference for many.

Because it was a Tuesday, the town was basically closed during the evening. The Buckhorn was open but nobody was there. Downtown was very different that night than people see it today with the Buckhorn and Tienda Liquor Store being the only businesses open in Downtown. The place was just empty.

We had turned off the little City Hall tv and I remember working late into the evening. I called my wife Kathy and we decided that we did not want our kids to watch the television of what had occurred, so she read to them that evening.

As I got into the car to head to my brothers apartment in Sacramento, I ran into Gloria walking up the street from a hair appointment she had with a customer. I pulled over to offer her a ride (she lived only a block from City Hall but I did not know that) and she politely declined. I thanked her for being there for so many people who visited City Hall that day. I also thanked her for holding my hand that morning as things unfolded. She looked at me and said “You looked scared”. We both smiled at each, laughed and I proceeded to drive off. I knew at that moment that I would really like working with Gloria. And she was right, I was scared!

The warmth of a small town sometimes comes out in different ways. When horrific events happen, its nice to know that we have the type of place where when people have some fear and need comfort, they know they have a place to come.

Thanks,

John


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