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Friday Update on January 24 2020

All,

Just a few items today, but look for a very expanded update next week:

  • One of the biggest issues facing the City is the consideration by the State Water Control Board on a new drinking water standard for Hexavalent Chromium (CR6). This issue is beginning to raise its head again and it could have a massive impact on Winters and our drinking water rates. I am scheduled over the next few weeks to be a part of a group meeting with Water Board Members on this topic to talk about the projected impacts on our community. Of things which are a really big deal, this would be one of the biggest deals for us.
  • Overall a good meeting on the Community Engagement. Our expansion into streaming on Facebook Live and Youtube Live brought the meeting to more than triple the attendance at City Hall. The survey tool we used gave us some really good input which we will condense and start to weave into a draft strategy which we will take before the City Council in February. The most entertaining part of the responses was to the question of incentives to get people to be involved, and the top two responses were beer and wine!
  • Next Thursday (January 30th) is Don Saylor’s Annual Soup’s On event.  In the past 16 years this event had raised funds for various local non-profits.  This year 100% of the funds will benefit Acme Theatre company, a youth development program cleverly disguised as a theatre arts program.  The event features delicious food and beverages from throughout Yolo County.  The City of Winters is well represented with clam chowder from Councilman Wade Cowan, soup from Buckhorn Grill and Carboni’s Restaurant, and wine from Turkovich. Join this fun event and help raise funds for a good cause.

Don Saylor’s Soup’s On Event: Thursday, January 30, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
NEW LOCATION: Veterans’ Memorial Center
203 E. 14th Street, Davis
Ticket Info: https://soupsonacme.brownpapertickets.com/

Finally, Saturday night is the Winters Chamber of Commerce’s Year in Review which recognizes the Citizens of the Year, Business of the Year, Senior Citizens of the Year and the recipient of the Theodore Winters Award for recent service to the City.

Citizens of the Year are Barb and Terry Karlen. The reality is that their 35 years with Winters Fire has impacted this community in a manner which should beatify them into sainthood as they represent the many men and women who have saved lives and property in our community. From coordinating explorers to running on fires and medical emergencies, Barb and Terry’s dedication to the community continues day in and day out. One of their most important contributions was the time that they drove the Winters Ambulance. Because of their efforts, we now have paramedic level services in our town. The fraternity which are the Citizens of the Year is an amazing group and Terry and Barb will be amongst the top for their service.

Business of the Year is Turkovich Wines. Without question, Chris and Luciana have put Winters on the California wine map, but in reality they have brought so much more. Their entire team has set the bar for excellence in advancing the “Winters” brand, promoting our town to writers from throughout the world and making Winters the destination it has become. From www.Visit128.com to leadership within the Downtown on key issues and in the region, the generosity of time and commitment to raising the vitality of the business community puts them as one of the City’s biggest assets.

The Theodore Winters Award is going to Gino Mediati, the Manager of Pacific Ace Hardware. Gino does not know how to say “no” and has quietly been one of the number one benefactors to many community organizations from Project Playground to Winters High School. Gino and the entire team were honored a few years ago as a very deserving “Business of the Year”. Truthfully, it takes leadership and will at the top of the store and Gino is that guy!

Senior Citizens of the Year goes to the “Gorilla Gardener’s” who will be represented by Ellie Yeatman and Nikki Chapman. The best way to describe the Gorilla Gardener’s is that they are the ones committed to making Downtown Winters look really good. From planting flowers to just trimming everything up, they are constantly giving their time to keeping out town beautiful.

The Year in Review is really a special tradition for Winters in recognizing those who are unselfishly giving of themselves and making a positive difference in our town. Cheers to those being honored!

Have a nice weekend.

John


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Friday Update on January 17 2020

All,

An update on some key items:

City Council:

Discussion Item:

  • Joint Workshop with the Planning Commission on Community Engagement (Discussion Item)

Consent Calendar:

  • Memorandums of Understanding- Police and Fire
  • Drainage Impact Fee and Accessory Dwelling Unit Fees Consulting Agreement
  • Amendment to Teacher/Public Safety Mortgage Loan Program
  • Public Improvement Agreement- Fairfield Inn
  • Emergency Generator and Lighting Project- El Rio Villa

A couple other updates:

  • Congratulations to Winters Police Sergeants Kelly McCoy and Jose Hermosillo on achieving milestones in service. Jose hit the 6 year service mark!
  • The construction team for the Blue Mountain Terrace Apartments are beginning their move in on the site. They will utilize the future Senior Center property as a staging area for the construction of the project.
  • Staff is working on the draft of the RFP for the 2021-29 Housing Element. The plan is to put the Request for Proposals out in February and have someone on board by April.
  • The State Department of Housing and Community Development has notified staff of a preliminary approval of our SB2 Planning Grant. The next stage is they are moving it up the chain to the next level. We will see!
  • Staff met with the architect team for first two phases of Three Oaks Park. This is the 11 acre linear park to be constructed in the Stones Throw subdivision. The first phases will include picnic areas, playgrounds, a combination basketball/futsal court and two dog (small and large dog) dog parks. Look for construction to occur over the summer with a goal of completion by September or October.
  • Overall housing production in the City was below projections for 2019. Original estimates were 78 units but actual certificates of occupancy were 44, about half of the projection.
  • Congratulations to the Hotel Winters on an amazing “Grand Opening”. Extremely well done and a celebration worth waiting for, the hotel is beautiful!
  • Look for Carboni’s Restaurant to open toward the end of January/start of February. They are hiring and need staff. Go here for job opportunities https://www.olshotels.com/careers?fbclid=IwAR2XDpgZtrdH174IO4GU6MnxsrXNBvD3rQP1UkS83XdpvQT4w5XrTAhAuDE . Navigate to page 9 of the opportunities and the Winters jobs come up.

Workshop on How to do Community Engagement- Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

In 2020 and 2021, we will be working on a number of key planning effforts including the City’s Housing Element, SB 2 funded projects, the development of a Climate Action Plan and a City limits specific plan. The goal of the January 21 workshop is to begin the development of a community outreach and engagement strategy to help facilitate a broad crossection of community input into these important subjects.

This Joint Workshop of the City Council and the Planning Commission is to focus on the development of a Community Engagement Stratgy for the City of Winters. The workshop will NOT include or focus on any specific issues or topics other than community engagement.

We will be covering many issues over the next few years including our Housing Element, Climate Action Plan, SB 2 Planning Topics and a City Limits Specific Plan. THIS IS NOT THAT MEETING! This is an opportunity for us to get input on outreach and engagement before we begin anything specific on any topics. This is foundational and a chance for us to begin the groundwork for how we will get input on the bigger issues. How we outreach and communicate is a critical component, so we are starting now by trying to get input up front on the how we do it.

Some specifics on the goals of the meeting:

  • Why and the purpose of this meeting: To gain input on key questions which will contribute to the development of an overall community engagement plan for the City of Winters.
  • Tasks Planned: A facilitated list of questions which will allow participants to provide input on aspects of the plan.
  • Who is invited and How can people participation: Any interested persons are invited and people can participate either in person, on Facebook Live or through a Google Docs Form which will be posted both before and after the meeting.
  • Translation: All questions will be in english and spanish in person on the Facebook Live feed and on the Google Docs Form.
  • Input: This is a workshop and we will be summarizing and consolidating responses as best we can. Similar will be counted as same in some instances.

The workshop will include the following elements:

  • A series of questions posed to participants and attendees to gain input on elements of the strategy.
  • A smart phone polling feature which will allow people to submit responses to the posed questions. For those who do not wish to use the smart phone, 3X5 cards will be available.
  • Streaming on Facebook Live to allow people to watch the workshop and submit responses to the same questions.
  • A Google Docs Form will be developed and pushed on social media for responses from persons not at the meeting.

To watch the City Council Meeting on our Youtube Channel, go here: http://www.cityofwinters.org/live-city-council-meetings/

To join the meeting on Facebook Live, go here: https://www.facebook.com/City-of-Winters-CA-106291445827/


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Friday Update on January 10, 2020- Leadership Edition

All,

A busy first work week for 2020. A couple items of interest and then a little bit about some exemplary leadership occurring from the Winters Community.

A couple items of interest:

  • The Hotel Winters has their ribbon cutting on Saturday at 3:00. It’s going to be GREAT!
  • On Tuesday, a groundbreaking was held for the 73 Room Marriot Fairfield Inn which will be constructed on Matsumoto Lane just off Grant Ave. This is a really important project and will provide needed lodging for the PG&E Gas Academy and travelers. Look for a construction timeline of about 10 months.
  • The contractor for the Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Apartments picked up the approved plans and we expect a groundbreaking and construction to commence soon.
  • 2020 brings many new laws into effect which bring new requirements for our organization. Police have significant changes regarding use of force, documentation regarding contacts with the public and many new “annual reports”.  Lots of administrative burdens which just seem to be piling up.

For this update, I thought it would be nice to share a perspective on community leadership and people who have and are impacting Winters and our influence. As I sifted through my mail this week, signed various documents and attended both regional and State-wide meetings, it is apparent that Winters is influencing in ways beyond our “weight class”. Without question, we have folks demonstrating leadership which comes from within many of the values and efforts which make our community strong, vibrant and moving forward. The only way to describe it is we are defining what people call leadership:

  • Leadership is opening Comstock’s Magazine and seeing an article titled “A Cut Above” about John and Melanie Pickerel and the success of the Buckhorn Restaurant. The Buckhorn represents a level of excellence which is ingrained in how they do business every single day. They represent a level of quality which permeates their operations which sets them apart from their competition. Ironically, the magazine came out the day of the passing of Bob Taylor who served as a member of the Buckhorn Team and was a critical mentor to people like John Pickerel, Joe the Butcher, Leon Bajakian and the next generation types like Silverio Artega who now runs the Buckhorn food trucks. Joe told me that is was Bob who showed him the “steakhouse skills” which help makes him one of our nations’ top in house butchers. Silverio told me how Bob taught him how to “do things the right way” and how “not to cut corners or quality”. The quality and excellence which is the Buckhorn, Joe’s skills and Silverio’s commitment to always do things the right way is a testament to a legacy which Bob leaves us all. When people think of Winters they always bring up the Buckhorn and the reputation for simply being the best.
  • Leadership is opening Western City Magazine (the main publication for city governments) and seeing a picture of our former Mayor and now Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar Curry being recognized by the League of California Cities as the “Legislator of the Year” for her support of issues and as a champion for communities throughout our State. Who is Cecilia, she was a single mom who raised two beautiful and successful daughters working multiple jobs and juggling work and family. She was a soccer coach and active community member. On the planning commission she became an unyielding voice for universal design in construction for Winters projects. On our City Council, she got Winters “to the table” within the region and brought representation to western Yolo County. She spearheaded the Hispanic Advisory Committee, the Festival de La Communidad/Carnitas Festival. Cecilia brings inclusion and pulls people into the process and empowers them to step up and make things happen. If you are around her, she gives you a job, holds you accountable and celebrates your victory and success. Its actually pretty cool seeing a local person being recognized as the top champion for cities who you know works incredibly hard to get things done. Few care more or work harder.
  • Leadership is seeing a picture of Councilmember Jesse Loren in the same Western City Magazine being recognized for being a member of the Torch Leadership Program for the League of Cities. Jesse has brought leadership as a member of the Leagues Executive Board representing all “rural cities” in the State. She chairs the Rural Caucus, is a member of both the Women’s and Latino Caucuses and sits on key policy committees for community development and environmental quality. Winters influence on policy and legislation for key issues and support for rural and small communities is extremely high because of these efforts.
  • Leadership is Robert Duvall, the Winters Police Department Chaplain who along with K-9 “Kepi” were recently recognized by the Kaiser Foundation as “First Responders of the Year” for the Napa/Solano/Yolo Region. Robert is a “hero amongst the hero’s”, providing support to victims, families and his fellow public safety personnel in some of the toughest situations of peoples lives. In 2019, he provided over 2,000 hours of volunteer services, serving over 80 death notifications and responding to the regions biggest incidents. Robert supports our residents and public safety personnel by helping them deal with the sometimes unimaginable of tragedies. For many, Robert is the rock in the worst moments of their lives, providing strength and support to deal with the grief but also to begin the healing. He is 100% volunteer and wears a shirt that says Winters on it.
  • Leadership is Chris Kelsch, Leticia Quirarte, Irene Tweet (and the entire team) from Winters Healthcare who are taking our healthcare to a new level. The new campus, their programming and their services will lead our community to a new horizon from a livability and quality of life stand point. To walk into their new facility will give you euphoria with how nice it is. Winters is going to be healthier because of the work and leadership of these individuals who bring old fashion community values to making their home a better place.
  • Leadership is what I like to refer to as the “millennial” entrepreneurs who are creating businesses and opportunity I have never seen in my 18 years in Winters. Businesses like Flatland Construction, Josh Colter Painting, Ample Electric, Aleco, Winters Concrete, Winters Plumbing and others are hiring locally with good paying jobs, training and growing themselves to lead Winters into the future. At City Hall and throughout the community, you see these hard working, home grown entrepreneurs building their base, doing the work and supporting local families with sustainable wages. They are growing their businesses and more importantly, hiring locally to compete against the “big companies” from outside our town. To say we are proud of these businesses is an understatement. They are role models who are bringing a vitality not seen in Winters for decades!
  • Leadership is the quality which permeates the “Winters Brand” through the products which people know us for. Turkovich Wines (Chris and Luciana), Buckhorn Trucks (Silverio and Moy), Berryessa Gap Wines (Nicole and Rosendo), Steady Eddies Coffee (Karla and Mel), Pure Honey (Doniece) and Berryessa Brewing (Chris and Lori) exude that same excellence which is how Winters is viewed. These are all perfectionists who are at the top of their respective classes who settle for nothing but the best product as a reflection of themselves but also the Winters Community. Some people settle for good. Not these folks! Every drop, sip and bite are important to them as a reflection of who they are, what they stand for and a local culture which says we are going to simply be the best. They are our reputation  and they know it. You always want people who have high expectations and pride driving your reputation and nobody can doubt we have that we these folks.

Finally, Leadership are those who have taken the chances to build, resurrect and advance the Winters community to where it is today. Downtown Winters is important and represents a celebrated renaissance. In reality, Downtown essentially died in the 1970’s and 80’s when the train left and area cities blossomed. It became mostly abandoned with boarded buildings and empty storefronts. Leadership are people like Charley Wallace, John and Melanie Pickerel, Joe and Karen Ogando, Elliot Landes, Mike and Janet Kimes and John and Liz Siracusa. These are the people who did not let it die and have led the resurrection. These are people who literally have given their all, mortgaged properties and kept Winters viable during the toughest of times so that we can enjoy the best of times. These folks are “all in” for this community both emotionally and financially. In my career and life, I have never met people like them and feel privileged to know them.

I have included a photo which is probably one of my most cherished Winters memories. It was taken in 2008 at 2:00 a.m. in front of the Buckhorn during the Downtown construction Phase I project. Restaurants all over the region were closing, the economy was crashing and we decided we would dig a hole and cut off the access to the front door of the Buckhorn. John Pickerel stood eerily in shock and my only consoling words I could think of were “I hope this works?” In many ways, I think we can argue that it has.

Leadership is about many things which include motivation, discipline, taking risks, pride, making people successful and sometimes dealing with disruption (like a big hole). To quote Huell Howser, “Winters is amazing” and I think it accrues to our culture of excellence, commitment, giving and to moving forward in our quest to simply be the best.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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Friday Update on January 3, 2020

All,

Happy 2020. According to my notes, everything was supposed to be solved by 2020, but in our case, there are still a few loose ends to pick up.

The January 7 City Council Meeting will cover the following:

  • Annual Report on AB 1600 Impact Fees
  • Review of the Active Projects list
  • Second Reading of the PD Overlay for the LDS Church Subdivision
  • Transit Board Appointment
  • 2 claims against the City.

As we move into 2020, I will be presenting to the City Council an overview of our current projects. Things are really busy, so here are some of the highlights of what is being worked on:

  • Two important projects will break ground and begin construction. The Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Affordable Apartments is a 63 unit complex on East Baker Street behind the new Winters Healthcare Campus and Yolo Credit Union. The Fairfield Inn will be a 73 room hotel on Matsumoto Lane and will hold their groundbreaking on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 3:30. Both of these projects have been in the works for more than 8 years!
  • Housing will be working on affordable housing requirements for the current subdivisions, Blue Mountain Terrace, a 26 Unit “self help” project in the Stone’s Throw subdivision, and the LDS Subdivision.
  • Engineering will be working on subdivision capital improvements for the Stones Throw, Heartland, Farmstead, Walnut 10 and Olive Grove.
  • Capital Projects to look for in 2020 will be Three Oaks Park, a City Hall Accessibility Remodel (former police station), planning applications for the I505 Overcrossing in support of Yolo County, the Paseo Park (Downtown) connecting the Hotel Winters and Main Street, the Putah Creek Trail Extension and Phase II of the Influent Screen Project at our Wastewater Treatment Facility. Also look for street slurry seal projects at locations throughout the City.
  • The City will submit grant applications for a new Senior Center, Fire Personnel, sewer treatment facilities and roadway improvements.
  • The Fire Department will be working on overall operational planning, volunteer recruitment, fire prevention and equipment replacement.
  • Police will be adding a Police Commander position, participating in the Yolo Crime Task Force, deploying new technology to assist officers, code enforcement and continuing investigations on crimes within the community. The addition of a detective resulted in a 95 year conviction for a child molester in 2019. A major issue with public safety in Winters has been the lack of staffing to follow up on reports and criminal behavior.
  • Public Safety in general will be working with our Yolo 911 on the deployment of records management systems to enhance data management of emergency data. This will be a major initiative on a State-wide basis in 2020.
  • The City Council represents the City on more than 20 different Boards, Committees and Commission within the region and throughout the State. ALL are tremendously busy and will tackle huge issues from homelessness, housing,  groundwater sustainability, regional transportation, energy, habitat and State-wide legislation.
  • There will be lots of “planning” in 2020. The City will be developing its updated Housing Element, a “City Limits” Specific Plan will be developed, revisions to the City’s General Plan and key policies.
  • A “Climate Action Plan” will be a priority project for the beginning of 2020.
  • Economic Development efforts will be on hold from the City standpoint, pending the outcome of certain community discussions.
  • The Building Department will be busy with inspections for both new and existing residential, commercial projects including the Fairfield Inn, Blue Mountain Terrace and the never ending Chevron Project. Building will also be implementing a new building permitting software system which will allow online project submittal and permitting.
  • A major initiative for Building will be advancing a seismic retrofit ordinance which will affect properties in our Downtown.

For the full list, check out pages 69-97 of the City Council agenda packet: http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020_0107CityCouncilPacket.pdf

One of the biggest issues facing the City organization will be the departure of key personnel in our planning, housing and public works. The success which we have achieved over the years has been rooted in the continuity and long term commitment to seeing big things through. Anyone in business can tell you that long term employees are tremendous assets in achieving the most difficult and challenging projects.

A reality for a community like Winters is that gaining investment confidence with folks is not easily done. In fact, it can take years for what some communities see as simple projects. Our size, limited business climate, location and land use constraints make us a really high risk for those with money and getting some projects to fruition can take years and decades. We genuinely need business leadership to help advance the Winters economy, create jobs and vitality.

I think 2020 is going to be an interesting year!

Thanks,

John


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Friday Update on December 20 2019

All,

A couple items to wrap the 2019 calendar year.

  • The final closing documents have been signed and the escrow is expected to close today toward the construction of the Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Affordable Apartments. Construction authorization is expected to be issued Monday and look for activity to begin as the new year begins. This is a tremendous milestone and represents a very important project for seniors in our community. This has not been an easy project to get to this point and there are many who are due credit including many City Councilmembers and key staff including Dan Maguire, Shelly Gunby and a key team member, Lisa Baker the Executive Director of Yolo Housing.
  • The Third Street Storm Drain Project is completed and water is flowing. Kudo’s to the Public Works Staff for a tremendous project!
  • Public Works found a massive water leak on Third Street which we estimate was losing close to 24 million gallons of water a year. Leaks are really tough to find and this is a big deal for our public works group.

As we end 2019, some amazing projects and people have impacted the City of Winters which will make a difference for years to come. Some of the highlights include:

  • On December 19, 2019, the Winters Healthcare Foundation opened their new medical campus on Grant Ave. It cannot be understated what an important and impressive facility this is for our community. Without question, this is one of the most important facilities to ever open in Winters. It represents one of the most positive long term signs on the health of our community. Congratulations to the entire WHF team, their contractors and those who brought the vision on making this happen.
  • The Hotel Winters has been completed and represents an important catalyst project toward the long term vision for Downtown Winters. They say that patience will bring good things and the Hotel Winters is they type of lodging Winters deserves. Kudos to the entire team who made this a reality.
  • Winters has local contractors who truly represent the future of our town. They are entrepreneurs who are hiring apprentices and journey workers, paying good wages and doing the type of business to business which brings prosperity to our community. The locals include Flatline Construction, MB Construction, Neu for You, Peter Foster, Winters Concrete, Terry Smaystrala, Sira Contractors, Tim’s Custom Building Ample Electric, Wades Construction, Aleco Electric, Pearce Heating and Air, Winters Plumbing and T&K Roofing. These are our neighbors and friends who are getting things done and hiring the next generation to work locally and contribute to our community.
  • The City’s Hispanic Advisory Committee has become one of the very important groups within the City organization. Their advancement of programs and representation of the Hispanic community makes them a critical leadership forum. They were recently recognized by the Mexican Concilio for their efforts in advancing education within our community. They put on the Festival de La Communidad which is one of the top family events in Winters. I cannot say enough about this group, truly amazing people!
  • The Winters Senior Foundation is making the difference in the lives of many and will continue to do so! Their collaboration with the Winters Seniors in working toward services for residents and representing on various City and County committees is impressive. The are exceptionally well organized and there is an incredible energy and synergy with what the do. Look for really good things from these folks in the coming year.
  • The Volunteers who make the things happen in Winters from our youth organizations, schools, foundations and events all deserve medals for making Winters the community it is! For those involved, you can appreciate that pulling off the volunteer driven events is not easy!

Projects for 2020 which should be on everyone’s list:

  • Fairfield Inn- 73 hotel rooms located on Matsumoto Lane.
  • Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Affordable Apartments
  • Three Oaks Park Phase I which will become the City’s largest park!
  • Putah Creek Trail Extension
  • Hopefully the start of construction for the Senior Center on Baker Street.

Have a very merry Christmas!

John


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Friday Update for Friday the 13th of December 2019

To all, a happy Triskaidekaphobia! A couple items as we move closer to Christmas and the New Year.

The City Council Agenda for December 17 will be a holiday themed dress, so break out your best or worst sweater or holiday outfit and wear it to the meeting:

  • Public Hearing on CDBG Projects- Mostly for the Senior Center Proposal.
  • Proposed subdivision map for the LDS Property on Anderson Street
  • Water and Sewer Rate Study
  • Energy Upgrade Program Agreement for the Community Center and City Hall
  • Establishment of a Climate Action Plan Development Board
  • Animal Services Agreement with Yolo County
  • Resolution amending the City’s Pension and OPEB Policy on investment
  • Amendment to Master Plan engineering with Wood Rodgers for Flood Hazard Evaluation
  • Claim Against the City for a fall

A little insight into the item on the Climate Action Plan Development Board. This group will have two key assignments including the work on the development and recommendation of a Climate Action Plan for the City, which is a big deal. The second will be to make recommendations on the eventual make up and duties of a permanent Climate Action Commission to implement the overall plan. The interim Board will be for a pretty intensive six month period to work with staff and consultants on the development of the CAP. The Commission will be a much longer term appointment.

A couple items being worked on:

  • Working on recruitments for a Planning/Economic Development Manager, Environmental Services Manager (internal recruitment) and a Fire Engineer. Look for these to start after the first of the year.
  • Planning Commission approved the design review for the LDS subdivision project. The homes will be “affordable by design” with fewer of the façade upgrades and internal amenities. The developer has committed that these will be extremely affordable in Winters!
  • The Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Affordable Apartments are scheduled to close escrow within the next couple days. This is big news and the community should see the project begin construction right after the first of the year.
  • The Senior Commission on Aging met on Wednesday night. A really good group with a focus on organizing themselves before jumping into the many issues they will cover. A very positive meeting with the next scheduled for 5:30 pm on January 8, 2019.
  • The tractor parade had decent weather, incredible tractors and an impressive Christmas Tree. Many thanks to Chris and Sue at the Chamber, Kathy and Wade Cowan and Jose Diaz and the entire team from Ample Electric who hung all the lights on the tree. The event had a number of volunteers from Travis AFB and community members who did an outstanding job!

Finally, lots of frustration with the media, social media and some rumor mongering in regards to an incident between two students at Winters High School this week. The Winters PD and WJUSD did full investigations on the incident which were not picked up very well by the broadcast media and social media folks which was unfortunate.

Without questions, the WJUSD and Winters Police have the safety of our students and community as a number one priority. In this instance, they took measured and appropriate actions based on the reports, did investigations and opened lines of communication which resulted in a very proper response to what occurred at the school. The School and District Administration acted quickly and decisively within the context of what occurred. The Winters Police responded, did a number of interviews and contacted all parties to the incident. The City and District have a solid relationship in regard to all of this and we are confident that what happened was done correctly.

The reports from the broadcast media were just wrong, with Channel 13 not even contacting the Winters Police before their report. Social media reports were also wrong with a very counter productive result in trying sensationalize some aspects which were just not true. Unfortunately, the social media venues give a big megaphone for some folks to give opinion as fact. People need to consider the sources of information and cross check with credible venues before believing what is said in many of these forums.

The Winters Museum will host the Friday the 13th party beginning at 5.

Have a nice weekend!

John


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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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Friday Update on November 21 2019

All,

This is the last update for November because of Thanksgiving.

A couple items:

  • Today, the pre-construction meeting was held for the Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Affordable Apartments. The engineering team expects work to commence in the next 3-4 weeks. This is amazing news for us!
  • Staff has revised the City’s Website and renamed the tab Current Planning. We repopulated the information a bit and have included the SB 2 Grant. Look for upcoming sections on the Regional Housing Needs Allocation and the Housing Element. We also plan to start developing some ideas on community outreach and engagement which we will seek input from folks through some simple polling to get views on various ideas. Look for a little remodeling of the planning website.
  • The Sacramento Area Council of Governments ruled on the final Regional Housing Needs Allocation and we got wacked a bit in the final formula. During the planning period, they have us down for 552 units with 125 VERY low, 75 Low, 104 moderate and 248 Above Moderate. 304 “affordable” units is a lot and will be incorporated into our new housing element. This will be a task.
  • The SB 2 Grant Application we are finalizing will put us on a path to take a balanced approach to future development and address many of the State’s growing priorities from a housing standpoint. The most important thing we will emphasize is that the project will focus within the existing City limits, look at undeveloped, unentitled and under utilized land. The process will enable us to launch a comprehensive community engagement process which will give key stakeholders within the City a chance to help plan the future. From a Staff perspective, we have taken the input from those who have participated in recent meetings and will do our best to bring opportunities for all segments to lend their voice to important issues regarding our City’s future.
  • We live in a “data” driven world and we can expect our State mandates and policies to receive significant review through a data analysis. Expect that the upcoming Housing Element will be data driven, with accountability and culpability for poor performance. As we move forward, we will need to be strategic, practical and establish programs which can be accomplished. It’s going to be great!

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. I always feel blessed for what we have in Winters and the wonderful community we have here. The peace and tranquility we share along with the beauty which surrounds us makes celebrating holidays even more special.

Thanks,

John


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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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Friday Update on November 8 2019

All,

Just a few items this week:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-california-housing-crisis/?utm_source=pocket-newtab
  • 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I have worked with the folks in Paradise on their recovery.

Thanks,

John


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Friday Update on November 1, 2019

City Manager Update</ title></p> <p>All,</p> <p>A crazy couple of weeks with PSPS, wind and power outages. I will share that I don’t think I have ever been as swamped with some really serious issues in my time as City Manager in Winters.</p> <p>Here are the items for the November 5, 2019 City Council Meeting: <a href="http://www.cityofwinters.org/city-council-meetings_/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">HERE</a> is a link to the entire packet.</p> <ul> <li>Vacation Rental Ordinance- Second Reading</li> <li>Community Choice Aggregation- Second Reading</li> <li>Civic Spark Fellow Presentation on Climate Resiliency</li> <li>Inspection Agreement for Wastewater Influent Screen Project</li> <li>Storm Drain Pipe Purchase for Second Street</li> <li>Newt’s Expressway Undergrounding Easement</li> <li>Budget Adjustments for the FY 2019-20</li> <li>Human Resources/Payroll Software Purchase</li> <li>SCADA System Software Upgrade Purchase</li> </ul> <p>Some notes on things from the past couple weeks:</p> <ul> <li>The PSPS, wind and outages wreaked havoc throughout Winters. Downed trees, power lines, blown transformers made for a tough couple of days for many. Lots of trees down or just broken. Our Public Works Staff has worked tirelessly trimming trees, taking out broken limbs and removing debris.</li> <li>The Affordable Housing Steering Committee met on Tuesday and received a very impressive presentation from Neighborworks, a non profit agency which helps facilitate affordable “sweat equity” housing opportunities. The same company facilitated the Putah Creek Hamlet Subdivision in the early 2000’s and is looking to do a similar project on a two acre piece the City owns in the Winters Highlands Subdivision. We will work on moving this project forward through negotiations with Neighborworks and their architect.</li> <li>Staff is in discussions with Homes by Towne regarding issues on densities and product in future phases of their subdivision to create more affordable units than their current product mix. The plan is to generate some ideas, take it before the Design Review Committee then get it before the Planning Commission and City Council. Lots of very preliminary and creative thinking based on input from many folks.</li> <li>Staff was in Sacramento last week meeting with officials with the State Water Resources Control Board and Cal EPA on the topic of Hexavalent Chromium 6 and the upcoming release of an economic study and revised Maximum Contaminant Levels. In the meetings, I worked to stress the impacts of enacting regulation which would economically strangle the City’s water system, creating massive increases to water rates and impacting the most vulnerable parts of our community, Seniors and lower income. Looks like I will be going back in a couple weeks to meet with more officials and tell our story.</li> <li>The costs of being a small city will become evident in 2020 with new stormwater regulations which will begin hitting California. As with the Cr 6 regulation, stormwater will become a HUGE issue in 2020, requiring new facilities, maintenance and monitoring. The City currently has no funding source for stormwater other than the General Fund and this simply will not support the needs we expect to encounter.</li> <li>A biggie on the stormwater side will be the elimination of green waste in the street. We are one of only about 4 cities in California which allows our residents to throw trash in the street. This will be controversial and cause people to be upset, but it is an inevitable solution to alleviating forms of pollution into our waterways.</li> <li>I had a wonderful meeting with someone who is working on a plan for teen activities in Winters. If you are interested in working on this or have ideas, let me know and I will forward your contact information.</li> </ul> <p>Finally, a couple notes on amazing community leadership doing positive things for Winters.</p> <ul> <li>The Hispanic Advisory Committee (HAC) will be hosting a Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Winters Cemetery from 4-6 on Saturday, November 2. The HAC not only brings us the Festival de La Communidad/Carnitas Festival, but also education workshop, citizenship forums and outreach into our latino community. These folks are some of the nicest and committed people in our community who bring positive energy and solutions to their outreach.</li> <li>Project Playground celebrated the two year anniversary of the construction of the most amazing playground in the region at City Park. The project was a blessing and gift to the Winters Community, enabling regular folks to participate in building something larger than any one individual could accomplish. If you want to add some incredible vibes to your day, cruise by City Park and watch the children attacking all aspects of that structure and loving life on the zip line. Amazing leadership which gave us all a wonderful gift. I still sit amazed and impressed with the folks I had the opportunity to work with on getting that project done.</li> <li>Winters Fire took resident Marie Hendrix and members of her family to a Sacramento Kings Game this week. Marie was severely injured when she and her father were tragically hit by a drunk driver on Road 31 literally days before her graduation from WHS in 2012. The team from Winters Fire showed that the little things in life can make a big difference. Marie is now a beautiful young woman dealing with some significant issues and it was wonderful to see her enjoying a night out with our firefighters.</li> <li>Eagle Drug Owner Jodie Becker and resident Duane Davis were coordinators of the Inaugural Spooktacular 10k/5k/Fun Run on Sunday, October 27. Windy conditions did not deter 200 diehards who ran the race, helping raise funds for the Rotary College Promise which funds scholarships for Winters High School students to attend 2 years of community college, expense free. Jodie and Duane are amazing and selfless folks who have brought a new event which will grow and continue to benefit our town.</li> </ul> <p>WHS Warriors are home tonight against Durham, the Winters Fire Shrimp Feed is Saturday Night, Dia De los Muertos at the Cemetery and Winters AYSO will conclude their season with their regional tournament at Waggoner School.</p> <p>Have a nice weekend.</p> <p>John</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11810" class="enigma_blog_full post-11810 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">18</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/friday-update-on-october-18-2019/">Friday Update on October 18 2019</a></h2> <p> </p> <p>All,</p> <p>A short recap of my week and the week ahead:</p> <ul> <li>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.</li> <li>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!</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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!</li> </ul> <p>Finally, we held our Bi-Annual Library Steering Committee meeting this week with the City, Yolo County and Winters Joint Unified School District.</p> <p>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!!!</p> <p>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!</p> <p>Have a nice weekend!</p> <p>John</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11789" class="enigma_blog_full post-11789 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">11</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/friday-update-for-october-11-2019/">Friday Update for October 11 2019</a></h2> <p> </p> <p>All,</p> <p>The City Council Meeting for October 15 will include:</p> <ul> <li>Public Hearing on Vacation Rental Ordinance</li> <li>Fire Hydrant Ordinance</li> <li>Community Choice Aggregation Ordinance</li> <li>Resolution requiring Planning Applications with Annexation to be approved by City Council</li> <li>Hotel Winters Pubic Improvements Acceptance</li> <li>On-Call Map Checking and Surveying Services</li> <li>Surplus Property Approval- Fire Truck</li> </ul> <p>This week was full of Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). A couple highlights:</p> <ul> <li>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.</li> <li>Downtown lost all power for almost 24 hours. The businesses get a gold medal for working together on refrigeration of food and overall collaboration.</li> <li>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.</li> <li>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.</li> </ul> <p>This Sunday, October 13, Berryessa Brewing will celebrate their 8<sup>th</sup> 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 <a href="http://www.deadwintercarpenters.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dead Winter Carpenters</a>, <a href="https://achilleswheel.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Achilles Wheel</a>, and <a href="https://casualcoalition.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Casual Coalition</a> 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. <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/berryessa-brewing-anniversary-party-2019-tickets-69912057847" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tickets are available online via Eventbrite or cash only at the door while they last.</a> Outside pouring stations and door charge are cash only so be sure to bring cash.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Have a nice weekend and see you there.</p> <p>John</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11787" class="enigma_blog_full post-11787 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">09</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/psps-update-and-playoff-game-invite/">PSPS Update and Playoff Game Invite</a></h2> <p><strong>No Power- Come watch the Dodgers/Nationals Game at the Fire Station Tonight</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>PSPS Update on October 9 2019 at 12:00</strong></p> <p>As of now, approximately 2/3 of the City has power with the core area of town, including the Downtown without power.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The height of the wind event is predicted to occur Wednesday (today) afternoon into Thursday afternoon. The potential for additional shut offs will continue.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Water and Sewer services have operated without interruption and we expect that to continue without issue.</p> <p>Stay tuned for further updates.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11777" class="enigma_blog_full post-11777 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>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/psps-update-on-october-8-2019-community-resource-center-location/">PSPS Update on October 8 2019- Community Resource Center Location</a></h2> <p> </p> <p>PSPS Update at 5:00- Community Resources Center- Winters</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Thanks</p> <p>John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11775" class="enigma_blog_full post-11775 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>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/psps-update-on-october-8-2019-at-430/">PSPS Update on October 8 2019 at 4:30</a></h2> <p> </p> <p>All,</p> <p>In preparation for the planned power shut off, the City has implemented as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Here is a map of the area affected by the Public Safety Power Shutdown <a href="https://yolo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=5951a87cddb84b3ab684014dc3dd5456/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://yolo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id%3D5951a87cddb84b3ab684014dc3dd5456/&source=gmail&ust=1570678615754000&usg=AFQjCNEM8Y-GsI5MYbrv5Vei63Yt69zxkA">https://yolo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=5951a87cddb84b3ab684014dc3dd5456/</a></li> <li>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.</li> <li>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</li> <li>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 <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexQRkxsWFGg-H0JVEZ5rqh34QcoCJsemn_zhnJ4geMpIzc9g/viewform?usp=pp_url" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexQRkxsWFGg-H0JVEZ5rqh34QcoCJsemn_zhnJ4geMpIzc9g/viewform?usp%3Dpp_url&source=gmail&ust=1570678615754000&usg=AFQjCNFFRghPdZQulB6efrrwNMgCcWUs1w">https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexQRkxsWFGg-H0JVEZ5rqh34QcoCJsemn_zhnJ4geMpIzc9g/viewform?usp=pp_url</a></li> <li>No water deliveries will be available to Positas or Solano County but those residents can get water at the Valley Oak/128 location.</li> <li>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.</li> </ul> <p>Thanks and stay tuned.</p> <p>John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="push-right"> <hr class="blog-sep header-sep"> </div> <div id="post-11771" class="enigma_blog_full post-11771 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>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/psps-for-tonight-is-on/">PSPS for tonight is ON!</a></h2> <p><title>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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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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