Just a few items this week:
- A really good meeting of the Economic Development Advisory Committee. This weeks theme was “collaboration” and we had presentatitions from Celia Esposito Noy, President of Solano Community College and Robert Burress the President and CEO of the Solano Economic Development Corporation. The Committee went through a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats analsysis of the Winters economy with a lot of interesting views. The next meeting will be August 9 with a theme on Future Development which will include presentations from LAFCO and north area landowners.
- Winters Police and Fire, Yolo 911, in cooperation with the Winters JUSD held an“active shooter” training on Tuesday at Shirley Rominger Intermediate School. This was a full/functional drill with radio calls, shots fired and a combination of assailants, victims and even the press. Many thanks to the City and District personnel who participated in a drill which we hope we will never have to deal with in real life.
- The Planning Commission met on some key items, and approved a revised map for the Creekside Estates Subdivision and held workshops on both Air BnB and Food Trucks. Look for policies on both the short term rentals and Food Trucks to come back at the August meetings.
- The Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on the Downtown Parking Master Plan and will receive an overview report on the City’s General Plan on August 14.
- Winters Fire on OES Truck 333 is on the Carr Fire in Redding.
- If you have time, check out the new mural at Lorenzo’s Market. An amazing tribute to the greater Winters area. A special thanks to the Winters History Committee and the Participation Arts for their sponsorship.
Finally, this was a really good week for Winters Fire, Police and AMR ambulance in that we had a “field save” of a life of a Winters resident. The law prohibits release of details, but I can share with you that we responded to a situation where we brought someone back from death. A combination of quick action, support from a bystander and the absolute professional acumen of the Winters team realized someone coming back to life and consciousness in an ambulance on the way to a trauma center. Amazing!
Our entire public safety team is a group of professionals who stand ready to respond at a moment’s notice, arrive on a scene with very few details, assess a situation, then make instant and critical decisions on care to implement life saving procedures. In this case, their fast action, professionalism and training helped bring someone back to life.
We are blessed to have these hero’s amongst us who can do what they do. I tell folks that our public safety personnel get to see people in the worst and most critical moments of their lives. In many (and most), the results are not as positive and the staff are often burdened in dealing with those outcomes. In this case, they saved the life of a someone who we know is important to both family and friends.
I am really proud of our team and grateful that I get to work with such stellar members of the City team. Good job!!