Winter Storm Warning Yolo County / State of CALocal Weather Alerts

Winter Storm Warning
...significant Mountain Snow Today Into The Weekend... .a Significant Early Season Storm Is Forecast To Bring Snow And Wind To The Mountains Of Interior Northern California Through Saturday Evening. A Couple Of Feet Of Snow Are Possible Above 6000 Feet By Saturday Night Over The Higher Elevations. Motorists Planning Travel Into The Mountains During This Time Frame Should ...Read More.
Effective: November 3, 2017 at 2:53pmExpires: November 4, 2017 at 11:00pmTarget Area: West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada; Western Plumas County, Lassen Park

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect Until 11 Pm Pdt Saturday... * What...heavy Snow Expected. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions Especially Over The Passes. Total Snow Accumulations: Above 7000 Feet 1 To 2 Feet With Localized Higher Amounts. Between 6500 And 7000 Feet 5 To 10 Inches With ...Read More.
Effective: November 3, 2017 at 2:47pmExpires: November 4, 2017 at 11:00pmTarget Area: Greater Lake Tahoe Area

Winter Storm Warning
...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect From 5 Am Pdt Saturday To 4 Pm Pst Sunday Above 7000 Feet... * What...heavy Snow Expected. Plan On Difficult Travel Conditions. Total Snow Accumulations Of 3 To 5 Inches, With Localized Amounts Up To 10 Inches, Are Still Expected. * Where...sierra Nevada Mountains From Yosemite To Kings Canyon ...Read More.
Effective: November 4, 2017 at 5:00amExpires: November 5, 2017 at 5:00pmTarget Area: Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon

07/05/16 City Council Meeting

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07/05/16 City Council Meeting

07/05/16 City Council Meeting (pdf): Agenda / Packet


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County Advisory Committee Vacancies

Dear friends,

It takes many hands and minds working together to support our community.  From advising on Yolo County’s mental health policies, to supporting vulnerable children and adults, there are multiple opportunities to serve.

I am seeking candidates to represent District 2 on the below listed county advisory committees.

Applications can be submitted at: http://bosmembership.yolocounty.org/

Please feel free to contact me, or my Deputy Tara Thronson (Tara.Thronson@yolocounty.org) if you have questions about these advisory roles.

In shared service,

Don Saylor

Local Mental Health Board

This board reviews and evaluates the community’s mental health needs, services, and special problems and reports to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, the local governing body and the local Mental Health Director.

One position is open beginning immediately and expiring on January 31, 2020.

Commission on Aging & Adult Services

This commission reviews and makes recommendations on specific issues and policy questions regarding county, state and federal legislation and regulations relating to the aged, disabled, or other adults needing the protection of authority and state.  It also serves as the County’s policy liaison to the Area 4 Agency on Aging.

One position is open beginning immediately and expiring on January 31, 2019.

Children’s Alliance of Yolo County

The primary purpose of the Children’s Alliance is to assess and coordinate the community’s efforts to strengthen families; coordinate the community’s efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect; coordinate, maximize and fill gaps in the existing continuum of prevention and intervention services and resources for children and their families.

The Children’s Alliance is seeking volunteers to join the Fundraising Advisory Committee and the Policy and Advocacy Advisory Committee.

Aviation Advisory Committee (Airport Land Use Committee)

This committee acts and advises in accordance to the Board of Supervisors, reviews and makes policy suggestions on the development programs for the Yolo County Airport and its surroundings, and updates and reviews the Airport Specific Plan.

One position is open beginning immediately and expiring on December 31, 2017.  The incumbent may be reappointed dependent on supervisor determination.

Winters Fire Protection District

The Winters Fire Protection District oversees fire prevention and emergency medical services for nearly 7,000 residents near and in the City of Winters.

One position is open beginning immediately and expiring on December 31, 2017.  The incumbent may be reappointed dependent on supervisor determination.


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06/28/16 Planning Commission Meeting

06/28/16 Planning Commissionl Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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Friday Update Extra on June 17

All,

Two other reminders:

  • Saturday, June 18 (now today), is the Winters Quilt Show in Downtown. Quilts go up by 9 and down by 3:30. The Downtown never has more color and it is a go to event for our community.
  • The Hispanic Advisory Committee is holding a 10 year celebration and community meeting on Monday, June 20, starting at 7:30 in the City Council Chamber. Come celebrate our Hispanic culture and learn about the activities of the Committee and how you can get more involved.

John


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Friday Update on June 17 2016

All,

A super busy week, so here are some items:

  • We are still waiting on the final counts for the City Council Election. Yolo County Elections has indicated that they will most likely release the certification of the election on Wednesday, June 22. Stay tuned!
  • This weeks City Council Meeting will have some business items, including modification to our Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, City Engineering Services Contract, Paving Contract for First Street roadway repairs, Adoption of Salary Schedules and a presentation from the Mosquito/Vector Control District.
  • We are down to the final two candidates for Police Chief. I have finished second interviews and will move into calling references. We are really lucky to have two quality candidates with either one being capable of bringing a lot to the position. I hope to have a decision by next week.
  • New Hours at the Library– The library has started its’ summer hours, which now include Fridays for the first time. The summer hours are :Mon & Wed 10am-6pm, Tues & Thurs 12-8pm, Fri & Sat 1-5pm, closed on Sunday. Summer Reading Program has started, all ages are welcome to join, and adults and teens get a nice tote bag when they signup.
  • Saturday is the Rotary Trap Shoot at the Yolo Sportsman with registration beginning at 8:30 am. Entry is $40 and it is a great time!!!

Have a nice weekend.

John

 


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06/21/16 City Council Meeting

06/21/16 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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Friday Update on June 10 2016

All,

A really short update:

• Today we held the interviews for Winters Police Chief. Six (6) candidates’ were interviewed by two panels. We have narrowed the group to 3 finalists and I have already interviewed one of the candidates tonight.
• The two panels included; a “Community Panel” chaired by Winters High Principal Paul Fawcett and included Marty Mariani, Charley Wallace, Leticia Quirarte and Dagoberto Fierros. The “Staff Panel” was Chaired by Sgt Jeremy Warren and included Shelly Gunby, Art Mendoza, Eric Lucero, Karla Fergeson. Councilmembers Harold Anderson and Wade Cowan split time with both of the panels. Nanci Mills and I were observers of each of the panels.
• Enough cannot be said about the two panels. Both did an amazing job representing various community interests. We are genuinely blessed to have such awesome members of our community willing to spend an entire day on this process. They did a GREAT JOB!!
• A reminder about Woody Fridae’s Retirement Party, Saturday, June 11 at the Palms from 6-9 pm. This is a potluck for hor’s’dourves and is BYOB.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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Fourth of July in Winters (Sunday, July 3, 2016)

CoWFireworks2016Sunday, July 3, 2016:

Gates open at Dr. Seller’s Field at Winters High School at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2016 with the fireworks to begin at dusk.

A donation of $1 will be requested for each person over the age of 12 ($5 for a family of 5 or more) entering the field.

No glass, alcohol, animals, or fireworks of ANY kind will be allowed.

Donations may be made to the City of Winters Fireworks Fund at either First Northern Bank or City Hall. For more information please call City Hall at 795-4910.


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Rural Economic Success Article on Winters

All,

A really good article on Winters. http://www.wallacecenter.org/news/closer-look-at-rural-gives-sacramento-new-economic-direction

Sometimes I just find myself in awe of how cool our community is!

John


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Solano County Water Agency Notice of Availability Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR)

PEIR (pdf)

Project: Lower Putah Creek Restoration Project – Upper Reach Project
Program Location: Putah Creek between the Putah Diversion Dam and the western boundary of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area.
Description of the Proposed Project: The project proposes to restore and enhance geomorphological and ecological function on approximately 24.2 miles of Putah Creek between the Putah Diversion Dam and the western boundary of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Project activities include the following: Modify channel geometry, construct grade/flow control structures, stabilize channel banks, improve fish spawning gravel, fill abandoned gravel pits, remove invasive vegetation, plant native vegetation, irrigate native vegetation sites, manage non-native vegetation at restored sites, and maintain long-term access points.
Significant Environmental Effects: The project will have potentially significant impacts to noise levels during construction. The project will have no long-term impacts to noise levels. The mitigation measures in the PEIR will reduce all other environmental impacts to less-than-significant.
Public Review Period: The public review and comment period will be from June 3, 2016 to July 22, 2016. Written comments or questions should be mailed to: Solano County Water Agency, Putah Creek PEIR, 810 Vaca Valley Parkway, Suite 203, Vacaville, CA 95688.
A public comment meeting will be held on June 28, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Winters Community Center (Main Hall), 201 Railroad Avenue, Winters, CA 95694.
Copies of the PEIR may be reviewed electronically at http://www.scwa2.com/about-us/publications or at the following locations during normal business hours:
1) Solano County Water Agency, 810 Vaca Valley Parkway, Suite 203, Vacaville, CA 95688
2) Winters Community Library, 708 Railroad Avenue, Winters, CA 95694
3) Mary L. Stephens – Davis Branch Library, 315 E. 14th Street, Davis, CA 95616
4) Dixon Public Library, 230 North First St., Dixon, CA 95620
5) Ulatis Cultural Center Library, 1020 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687


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Fourth of July in Winters

CoWFireworks2016Sunday, July 3, 2016:

Gates open at Dr. Seller’s Field at Winters High School at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2016 with the fireworks to begin at dusk.

A donation of $1 will be requested for each person over the age of 12 ($5 for a family of 5 or more) entering the field.

No glass, alcohol, animals, or fireworks of ANY kind will be allowed.

Donations may be made to the City of Winters Fireworks Fund at either First Northern Bank or City Hall. For more information please call City Hall at 795-4910.

 


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Woody Fridae Retirement Party

All,

Just a reminder that there is a retirement party for Woody Fridae this Saturday, June 11 from 6-9 at The Palms. This is a potluck (finger food/hors’doeurves) and is byob.

Woody has made such an incredible impact on so many people and causes. This party will be a chance to celebrate his accomplishments!

This is going to be a REALLY fun evening as we wish Woody well into retirement.

John


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Friday Update on June 3 2016

All,

A crazy couple of weeks and lots going on! Here goes:

  • The City Council Meeting has a couple items on it including testing consultants for the construction of Phase II of Walnut Park, Certification for the City Wide Assessment District, Street Naming for the Winters Highlands Subdivision, Memorandums of Understanding for all the City’s Employee Associations. Lot’s of items and a huge agenda packet, but it should be a relatively short meeting.
  • Interviews for City Engineering Services are next week as we come into compliance with Caltrans bidding requirements for professional services.
  • Police Chief Interviews will be next week. The process will include two panels of City Staff and Community Members. City Councilmembers Harold Anderson and Wade Cowan will sit on one of the panels.
  • Due to new pipeline safety requirements the skate park facility on Valley Oak will be removed in the coming months. PG&E is really stepping up to reimburse the City with a $100,000 grant to build a new futsol court at City Park and to install some skateboard features at Valley Oak Park. Look for details in the coming months.
  • Applications are in for the expansion (teardown and rebuild) of Chevron, a Starbucks and a Marriot (Fairfield Inn) are in and will be before the Planning Commission on June 28. Plans look good!
  • The water bills will include a legal notice warning all of our customers about Chromium 6 in our drinking water. This is a mandatory form which indicates that we are “out of compliance”. The notice is the typical legal notice and we are not allowed to include it, but….. the Federal MCL is 100 and California is now 10. When people say negative things about doing business in California, this is prime example!
  • The Hispanic Advisory Committee is hosting a community meeting on Monday, June 20 at City Hall beginning at 7:30. The HAC is a wonderful group which brings representation of the Hispanic community on a multitude of City issues. Come find out more about the Committee on the 20th.
  • Winters AYSO will be launching a considerable fundraising drive to raise $20k to help repair and maintain fields at Shirley Rominger School. The fields have fallen into considerable disrepair in recent years and in order to get them fixed, AYSO is being pressed to come up with the funds to have a private company repair the fields, purchase sprinklers, fund ongoing maintenance and replace irrigation equipment. Look for information in the coming weeks. If you have the ability to donate, please contact me and I will put you in touch with those leading the drive. Winters AYSO is the largest youth organization in Winters, providing soccer to over 400 players each year.
  • A big congratulations to Winters AYSO teams who participated in the Davis World Cup Soccer Tournament. Each team found its way into at least the quarter finals and represented us well.

Have a nice weekend.

John

 


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Dinner and Bikes comes to Winters

dinnerandbikes2Please consider coming to a great evening of new bike films, dinner, and wine tasting in Winters next Tuesday! It is a great set of films–I previewed some, and really like the community-centered stories they tell. I’m hoping this event can continue to help get more energy around promoting biking in Winters, and appreciate your support! Plus proceeds will benefit the playground rebuild. Spread the word!

Dinner and Bikes is coming to Winters! This traveling show will visit Winters on election day, Tuesday, June 7th at 6pm at Berryessa Gap Tasting Room in Downtown Winters.

The evening will feature good food, wine, films, and discussion about how we can keep Winters a safe and fun place to bike, walk, play, and live. Plus, it will be a fundraiser for City Park: The Next Generation, the wooden park rebuild.

The night begins with a gourmet vegan, gluten-free meal by chef Joshua Ploeg and wine tastings from Berryessa Gap Winery. We will then watch a series of short films made by Joe Biel and Elly Blue about people using bicycles to make their lives and communities better. With the movies as inspiration, we will explore our questions, ideas, and visions for our community in Winters.

Tickets are $20 in advance and available at Berryessa Gap Tasting Room or http://tinyurl.com/bikewinters. Tickets day of the event are $25. Proceeds from this event will go to City Park: The Next Generation.

Questions? Contact Sarah at 530-601-1149.

About the Presenters:

Joe Biel is the co-producer/director of Groundswell, the director of the feature documentary Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland as well as over 100 short films. He is also the author of half a dozen books, including Beyond the Music. He founded Microcosm Publishing in his bedroom closet in 1996 and has since published over 350 nonfiction books, zines, and movies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Elly Blue is the co-producer/director of Groundswell and the author of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy and Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bicycle for Transportation (Whatever your Lifestyle). When she isn’t writing, she is the marketing director of Microcosm Publishing, producing books and zines about all aspects of feminism, self-empowerment, and bicycle transportation. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Joshua Ploeg is the the traveling vegan chef. When not touring the world, he is a personal chef and delighter of secret cafe goers in Los Angeles. His eighth and newest cookbook is This Ain’t No Picnic: Your Punk Rock Vegan Cookbook.


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