Happy 2017!!!!! We are busy rolling into the new year with lots of projects and progress.
· Here are the tentative items for the January 17, 2017 City Council Meeting:
· Yolo County Housing Liaison Assignment
· Ord. 2017-01 Amending Definitions, Application and Public Hearings, Land Use Regulations/Zoning Matrix, and Second Residential Units
· Waste Management Contract
· Pension and Unfunded Liability
· Updated Project Budget Sheet and Authorization to Bid – Main & Grant Signal
· Successor Agency Resolution Approving a Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule (ROPS)
Other items of note:
· Staff is working on getting the roundabout project back on course. We are meeting with the contractor, Caltrans and SACOG to discuss alternatives, funding and ways to make the project happen.
· Bid documents are ready for the W. Grant/W. Main traffic signal and should be on the street within the next few weeks.
· Staff is working on a letter to the judge overseeing the Chromium 6 issue. He has asked the Department of Water Resources to provide information on the economic impacts of the new MCL on communities. The letter will include some of our costs and the economic impacts to low income and seniors. Our plan is to send the letter/information to key parties including the Department of Water Resources, low income advocacy groups and other affected jurisdictions.
· Residents will see extensive hydrant flushing over the next few weeks. This is a very important part of keeping the quality of the water in our system at high levels and expelling debris in the lines.
· Public Works will change the pool filter at the Bobbie Greenwood pool next week. This is a big project and the first time it has been done in 6 years.
· Well #9: considering moving the well to another location near the 505. Bids for the well work came in high and are being negotiated. It will go to Council once the well placement is determined.
· The crane operator responsible for the two deaths during the construction of the Putah Creek Car Bridge will go on trial for 2 counts of manslaughter in Yolo Court.
· Buyers are lining up for both the Callahan and Creekside Estates subdivision maps. Interest in development in Winters is high and both of these projects are ready to go. Winters Highlands is also positioning to go, so lots of housing may be on the horizon!
· Caltrans has denied the addition of a third driveway for the Chevron/Marriot Hotel along Grant Ave. Site plan will be modified to reflect only a second driveway.
· The State Office of Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) has announced that they are suspending reimbursement to local law enforcement agencies for mandated training classes claiming reductions in penalty revenues. Its amazing that with the national tenure on the need for police training, the State now decides to eliminate funding to help agencies with training! Government at its best!!!
Who ya gonna call…….. Supercuts???
Finally, I read an article from the San Jose Mercury News with quotes from UC. Berkeley Professor Emeritus and Sports Psychologist Dr. Harry Edwards in regards to Forty Niner Quarterback Kolin Kapernick’s protest against police and America. In it, Dr. Edwards says “the average police officer gets fewer hours of training than a cosmetologist doing hair”. This is a sad exaggeration and is a gross understatement of the types and levels of training!
First, I looked up the qualifications for a cosmetologist and it requires 1,600 hours of training and 3200 hours of apprenticeship. Frankly, I was impressed that it takes 2 full years of training for someone to get a license to cut hair, but I would argue that the demands and scope of the training and their jobs is considerably different. (I really like my barber and think they do a great job with what little hair I have left!)
A perspective on how someone qualifies to be a police officer in the City of Winters is the following:
· Graduate from a 26-28 week accredited police academy. (1,040 hours-minimum)
· Go through a hiring process which typically takes 6-8 months. This includes a professional oral board, physical agility examination, life background questionnaire, comprehensive background investigation, polygraph exam, physical exam and a final chief’s interview.
· Pass a Minimum of 16 weeks of Field Training (640 hours)
· 12-18 month probationary period (3,060 hours).
· All active police officers then a series of “mandated training” beyond the academy, field training, training bulletins and policy training which includes a minimum of 24 hours per year.
· All officers are required to maintain “perishable skills” (firearms, driving, defensive tactics and communication) with a minimum of 80 hours every two years. This does not include mandated firearms range training but does include qualification.
· Advanced officers has enormous amounts of training in investigation, forensics, mental health, psychology and specialty areas of law enforcement.
The men and women of law enforcement have one of the most important jobs in our society…. they keep us safe. Their training and job skills range from physical agility to being mental health workers, marriage and family counselors to grief counselors. Our police deal with people on the worst days of their lives and to compare their skills, training and abilities to being less than cosmetologists is simply disrespectful and demeaning. Mostly it is unfair and a cheap shot! Our police officers and the people of public safety (dispatchers, fire to animal services) are heroic at times, putting their welfare before their own.
Celebrities and professional athletes live in a cloistered environment, surrounded by walls, fences and security. They are wealthy and privileged people who have a spotlight and opportunity to influence public opinion.
Next time a crazy fan or criminal decides to take one of these privileged people on, I hope they have the nerve to call Supercuts for help and to report back on how things work themselves out!
Have a nice weekend.
BTW, kudos to Cosmetologists, also! While police keep us safe, barbers keep us looking good (mostly)!