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06/07/16 City Council Meeting

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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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Winters in the News- Channel 13

Winters in the News- Channel 13

All,

We made the news last night on Channel 13. They did a great job on this segment and it was a really nice piece.

Click HERE to watch the segment.

John


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Swim Brochures and Sign Ups

swimSwim Lessons:
- Informational Brochure - dates/times/fees (pdf)   English / Spanish
- Swim Lesson Registration Form (pdf)


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Friday Update on May 2 2016- Pre Big Day of Giving Addition

Friday Update on May 2 2016- Pre Big Day of Giving Addition

All,

First, a big thanks for everyone who came out to the Youth Day Rotary Pancake Breakfast on a windy day. Also, a big thanks and congratulations to Mike Sebastian for his service to the Community over the years and his retirement as Chairman for the event.  

A couple items for the week:

  • The Dedication for the Putah Creek Car Bridge is this Friday, May 6 at 3:00 behind the Community Center. Food, fun and the historical dedication of a bridge which should last the next 200 years!
  • May 3 is the Big Day of Giving. In recent years, this has been a significant fundraiser for some really important Winters organizations that make a BIG difference in our community.

Here is the list of organizations from Winters which you might consider:

  • The Winters Friends of the Library (WFoL) is a preeminent organization for Winters. Through the years, they have funded many tens of thousands of dollars toward expanded library hours, programming, furniture, speakers forums and were the leaders in getting the Winters Community Library to where it is today!
  • Putah Creek Council is the organization which has led the way to the ecological restoration of the creek. They were the ones who led the fight for water flows in the early 1990’s and continue the efforts today with incredible restoration work, enhancement of fish habitat and educational programming.
  • Center for Land Based Learning is one of those organizations which has put Winters on the world food map. From farm based educational programs for urban youth to community farming initiatives, the Center for Land Based Learning is setting an incredible standard in educating people about food and farming.
  • Winters Healthcare Foundation brings quality healthcare to our rural community. Through a diversity of services, WHF helps serve all aspects of the Winters Community with quality health services.
  • Winters Community Theatre not only entertains us, but they give back through renovations at the Community Center and enhanced opportunities for people of all ages.
  • The New Hope Community Development Corporation (CDC) Yolo County Housing is the non-profit arm for Yolo Housing. This incredible organization has brought a renaissance to public housing in Yolo/Solano Counties and continues to seek new and innovative solutions to many of the issues facing people in need of affordable and available housing.

These organizations bring so many benefits to Winters and they need your support. Giving starts at midnight tonight and runs until midnight tomorrow. There are incentives (prizes of enhanced donations from the sponsor of Big DOG) to these organizations for early giving, so give early and often.

Thanks,

John


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