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...widespread Temperatures Below Freezing Expected... .a Very Cold Airmass Will Be Over Northern California Through Early This Week. The Coldest Temperatures Are Expected Early This Morning Into Tuesday Morning, With Another Night Of Freezing Temperatures Tuesday Night. Widespread Frost Is Expected. Agricultural Impacts Could Be ...Read More.
Effective: February 19, 2018 at 3:28amExpires: February 21, 2018 at 8:00amTarget Area: Carquinez Strait and Delta; Central Sacramento Valley; Clear Lake, Southern Lake County; Motherlode; Northeast Foothills, Sacramento Valley; Northern Sacramento Valley; Northern San Joaquin Valley; Shasta Lake Area, Northern Shasta County; Southern Sacramento Valley

Winters building strong places with local and regional food, article from the Wallace Center

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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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SaveDate

Grand Opening - Yolo County's Reuse Thrift Store

  • Host:
    Division of Integrated Waste Management
  • 530-666-8813

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05/24/16 Planning Commission Meeting

05/24/16 Planning Commission Meeting Agenda(pdf) / Packet(pdf)


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Recruiting: Management Analyst

The City of Winters is recruiting for a Management Analyst to assist Public Works and Planning in their administrative duties.
Management Analyst (pdf)


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Friday the 13th Update for May 2016

All,

 Crazy busy at City Hall on a number of fronts:

 ·         Tomorrow is a day of service for a variety of volunteer projects in town. Things start at X and you can go to Y to help in a variety of projects including creek planting, work with the red cross and painting. Contact Mark Tippetts who is coordinating the volunteer day by clicking HERE.

·         The BIG news is that we should start seeing construction and movement on the Downtown Winters Hotel in the next few weeks. The developer was in City Hall with final paperwork to get things going. The Winters Hotel has been an extremely high priority for the City and it is nice to see things beginning to move.

·         The City Council Meeting has a couple key items including discussion on the City Budget, a presentation on an update to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility Master Plan, a revision to the Callahan Sudbdivision Development Agreement and selection of City Councilmembers to sit on the interview panel for the new police chief.

·         The Police Chief Interviews will be held the week of June 6 and will consist of a panel made up of key City Staff and a panel made up of community members. Both panels will interview the candidates and make recommendations of the top 2-3 for me to interview and select. We have narrowed the search to 6 candidates and I can tell you we have some really good one’s!

·         Our Design Review Committee met to do a preliminary review of a project at the freeway which will include a new Chevron (replacing the current one), Starbucks and a Marriot Fairfield Inn. The plans look nice and we expect to see the projects before the Planning Commission this summer.

·         Staff, members of the Parking Committee and a number of Downtown property owners met to talk about funding for a parking consultant. The meeting was really good and we are moving a couple things forward.

 The Friday Update will be on a hiatus for the next two Fridays!

 Have a nice weekend,

 John


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05/17/16 City Council Meeting

City Council Meeting (pdf):  Agenda / Packet(large)


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Friday Update on Cinco de Mayo 2016

All,

A couple items:

 ·         The City Council Meeting went through a review of the City Budget. Overall an interesting meeting and we will continue some of the discussion on May 17.

One of the big stories on the budget is the fact that we are forecasting substantially less revenue for the next fiscal year, thus spending is actually being reduced. Even though the City has the most building activity in its history, most permits for the big projects have already been paid and the benefits to the tax base will not be seen for almost two years. Things are lean for next year, but we have anticipated that and have adjusted spending accordingly. Other impacts on revenues include reduced gas prices which have hit our budget hard.

Our budgeting and fiscal management policies mandate that structural spending only be increased when recurring (tax base) revenues increase over a foreseeable future. One time revenues (permits and fees) can spike during any one year and provide a false sense of prosperity. The cities who find themselves in trouble are the ones who forecast that one time (non-recurring) revenues will go for a duration, they increase certain fixed costs (adding personnel or facilities) and then when the revenues decline, they have a huge structural problem.

 The proposed budget has delayed hires in both Police and Fire until the second half of the 2017-18 fiscal year. This will keep our fiscal outlook solid and reduce deficit spending!

 ·         This Saturday is the Winters Garage Sale! This year’s theme is “The best stuff ever”!! Come out and buy merchandise from other peoples garages to be taken to be stored in your garage! Sales  will be at City Park and many houses throughout town.

·         The dedication of the Putah Creek Car Bridge is Friday at 3:00 behind the Community Center. This is an amazing project and come and see history in the making. The next replacement/dedication is scheduled for May 2216!

·         This year’s Big Day of Giving had a number of technical glitches which slowed some of the fundraising. From my sources, the Winters Friends of the Library raised $28K, Winters Theatre $2,500, Putah Creek Council $7K, Center for Land Based Learning $58K and Yolo Housing $2k. If you got caught in the computer mess and could not donate, drop a check in the mail to these critical Winters organizations. They really are what helps make Winters the wonderful place it is!

·         The Winters Citizens Academy continues on Monday, May 9 with the topics covering Internet Crime and DUI Enforcement. All are welcome to this really good program!

 Tonight is Cinco de Mayo and I am heading to Berryessa Brewing where Chris, Lori and their crew will highlight “La Fuerza” a  Mexican style lager. A classic style beer and a couple of taco’s will take me back to my East LA roots on this important national holiday!

 Caution on your beer consumption tonight or get a designated driver!

 Feliz  Cinco de Mayo

 John


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