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Friday Update for July 17 2020

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Friday Update for July 17 2020

All,

A super heavy City Council Agenda for July 21 2020

  • Public Hearing- SB2 Permeant Local Housing Allocation Program Grant
  • Public Hearing- CARES Funding/CDBG
  • Joint Initiative Petition to Amend the General Plan to Establish Urban Growth Boundary
  • Executive Search Firm- City Manager
  • Second Reading of Walnut Lane Subdivision and PD Overlay
  • Designation of delegates for League of Cities Conference
  • Collection of Delinquent Utility Bills- Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste
  • Animal Control Services Agreement
  • Purchase of Spray Heads for WWTF
  • Acceptance of Subdivision Improvements- Stones Throw
  • City Engineering Services Agreement
  • Surplus of City Vehicle and Sale
  • Presentations On Climate Action Plan, Solid Waste-Overage and Contamination by Waste Management, Presentation from Assembly and State Senate
  • August 4 Meeting Cancellation

A couple items from the week:

  • Kudo’s to Winters, Vaca District and Cal- Fire for their all night work up on Pleasants Valley and Quail Canyon. This is the third fire in the past month in the same area. A tough summer thus far but our fire personnel are doing their best. Always proud of Winters Fire!
  • The Yolo County Covid 19 shutdown 2 is again prohibiting indoor dining, barbers, wineries, breweries and other businesses. This second shutdown has resulted in significant staff reductions for many local businesses. This shutdown is just different and probably more serious than the first. Please do your best to wear a mask, practice hygiene and if you don’t feel well, get tested or just stay home.
  • Congratulations to City Councilmember Jesse Loren who has been selected as the next Sacramento Valley Division President for the League of California Cities. Jesse’ hard work as a member of the League’s Board of Directors, the Environmental Services and Community Development Committees makes her the logical choice for this position. Jesse has distinguished herself for leading issues for rural communities, the Hispanic and Women’s Caucuses and her influence on key legislation. This is a BIG DEAL and a reflection of the “Winters” influence in Northern California.

Finally, the past week has had a number of contacts from the many young people who I have worked with in the many years of my involvement with AYSO, the Winters JUSD, WHS Athletics and in our community. In total, I worked with almost 70 youth referees and literally hundreds of players through the years. At City Hall, we have an internship program (which we cancelled this year due to budget) which has 28 graduates.

My association with the young people has always brought a lot of satisfaction because I think Winters produces really good people in our schools and community. Kids from Winters represent exceptionally well and I have always been proud to be on soccer fields literally throughout the West where people tell me “what a great team that was from Winters”. It just feels really good and has always made me feel very proud.

Over the years, I have written a ton of “letters of recommendation” for colleges, schools and a variety of job applications. I have always tried to stress which the young people that “soccer is life” and it teaches all of the life skills you will ever need to be successful. This week was a very pride filled letter for a young man applying for Officer Training School with the United State Air Force.

The young man is a local kid, going K-12 with the WJUSD, Sacramento State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. More importantly, he was one of my youth referees for 4 seasons, an exceptional player for both AYSO and WHS AND he was a U12 Coach for two seasons. As a referee he leaned assertiveness, a player teamwork and competition and as a Coach he gained leadership, strategy and coaching skills. Parent coaches did not stand a chance against his team because he just knew the game better than they did.

Its amazing what life brings you sometimes as you see these young people evolve into adults. A real feel good week for me with some pride mixed in.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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