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Friday Update on January 10, 2020- Leadership Edition

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Friday Update on January 10, 2020- Leadership Edition

All,

A busy first work week for 2020. A couple items of interest and then a little bit about some exemplary leadership occurring from the Winters Community.

A couple items of interest:

  • The Hotel Winters has their ribbon cutting on Saturday at 3:00. It’s going to be GREAT!
  • On Tuesday, a groundbreaking was held for the 73 Room Marriot Fairfield Inn which will be constructed on Matsumoto Lane just off Grant Ave. This is a really important project and will provide needed lodging for the PG&E Gas Academy and travelers. Look for a construction timeline of about 10 months.
  • The contractor for the Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Apartments picked up the approved plans and we expect a groundbreaking and construction to commence soon.
  • 2020 brings many new laws into effect which bring new requirements for our organization. Police have significant changes regarding use of force, documentation regarding contacts with the public and many new “annual reports”.  Lots of administrative burdens which just seem to be piling up.

For this update, I thought it would be nice to share a perspective on community leadership and people who have and are impacting Winters and our influence. As I sifted through my mail this week, signed various documents and attended both regional and State-wide meetings, it is apparent that Winters is influencing in ways beyond our “weight class”. Without question, we have folks demonstrating leadership which comes from within many of the values and efforts which make our community strong, vibrant and moving forward. The only way to describe it is we are defining what people call leadership:

  • Leadership is opening Comstock’s Magazine and seeing an article titled “A Cut Above” about John and Melanie Pickerel and the success of the Buckhorn Restaurant. The Buckhorn represents a level of excellence which is ingrained in how they do business every single day. They represent a level of quality which permeates their operations which sets them apart from their competition. Ironically, the magazine came out the day of the passing of Bob Taylor who served as a member of the Buckhorn Team and was a critical mentor to people like John Pickerel, Joe the Butcher, Leon Bajakian and the next generation types like Silverio Artega who now runs the Buckhorn food trucks. Joe told me that is was Bob who showed him the “steakhouse skills” which help makes him one of our nations’ top in house butchers. Silverio told me how Bob taught him how to “do things the right way” and how “not to cut corners or quality”. The quality and excellence which is the Buckhorn, Joe’s skills and Silverio’s commitment to always do things the right way is a testament to a legacy which Bob leaves us all. When people think of Winters they always bring up the Buckhorn and the reputation for simply being the best.
  • Leadership is opening Western City Magazine (the main publication for city governments) and seeing a picture of our former Mayor and now Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar Curry being recognized by the League of California Cities as the “Legislator of the Year” for her support of issues and as a champion for communities throughout our State. Who is Cecilia, she was a single mom who raised two beautiful and successful daughters working multiple jobs and juggling work and family. She was a soccer coach and active community member. On the planning commission she became an unyielding voice for universal design in construction for Winters projects. On our City Council, she got Winters “to the table” within the region and brought representation to western Yolo County. She spearheaded the Hispanic Advisory Committee, the Festival de La Communidad/Carnitas Festival. Cecilia brings inclusion and pulls people into the process and empowers them to step up and make things happen. If you are around her, she gives you a job, holds you accountable and celebrates your victory and success. Its actually pretty cool seeing a local person being recognized as the top champion for cities who you know works incredibly hard to get things done. Few care more or work harder.
  • Leadership is seeing a picture of Councilmember Jesse Loren in the same Western City Magazine being recognized for being a member of the Torch Leadership Program for the League of Cities. Jesse has brought leadership as a member of the Leagues Executive Board representing all “rural cities” in the State. She chairs the Rural Caucus, is a member of both the Women’s and Latino Caucuses and sits on key policy committees for community development and environmental quality. Winters influence on policy and legislation for key issues and support for rural and small communities is extremely high because of these efforts.
  • Leadership is Robert Duvall, the Winters Police Department Chaplain who along with K-9 “Kepi” were recently recognized by the Kaiser Foundation as “First Responders of the Year” for the Napa/Solano/Yolo Region. Robert is a “hero amongst the hero’s”, providing support to victims, families and his fellow public safety personnel in some of the toughest situations of peoples lives. In 2019, he provided over 2,000 hours of volunteer services, serving over 80 death notifications and responding to the regions biggest incidents. Robert supports our residents and public safety personnel by helping them deal with the sometimes unimaginable of tragedies. For many, Robert is the rock in the worst moments of their lives, providing strength and support to deal with the grief but also to begin the healing. He is 100% volunteer and wears a shirt that says Winters on it.
  • Leadership is Chris Kelsch, Leticia Quirarte, Irene Tweet (and the entire team) from Winters Healthcare who are taking our healthcare to a new level. The new campus, their programming and their services will lead our community to a new horizon from a livability and quality of life stand point. To walk into their new facility will give you euphoria with how nice it is. Winters is going to be healthier because of the work and leadership of these individuals who bring old fashion community values to making their home a better place.
  • Leadership is what I like to refer to as the “millennial” entrepreneurs who are creating businesses and opportunity I have never seen in my 18 years in Winters. Businesses like Flatland Construction, Josh Colter Painting, Ample Electric, Aleco, Winters Concrete, Winters Plumbing and others are hiring locally with good paying jobs, training and growing themselves to lead Winters into the future. At City Hall and throughout the community, you see these hard working, home grown entrepreneurs building their base, doing the work and supporting local families with sustainable wages. They are growing their businesses and more importantly, hiring locally to compete against the “big companies” from outside our town. To say we are proud of these businesses is an understatement. They are role models who are bringing a vitality not seen in Winters for decades!
  • Leadership is the quality which permeates the “Winters Brand” through the products which people know us for. Turkovich Wines (Chris and Luciana), Buckhorn Trucks (Silverio and Moy), Berryessa Gap Wines (Nicole and Rosendo), Steady Eddies Coffee (Karla and Mel), Pure Honey (Doniece) and Berryessa Brewing (Chris and Lori) exude that same excellence which is how Winters is viewed. These are all perfectionists who are at the top of their respective classes who settle for nothing but the best product as a reflection of themselves but also the Winters Community. Some people settle for good. Not these folks! Every drop, sip and bite are important to them as a reflection of who they are, what they stand for and a local culture which says we are going to simply be the best. They are our reputation  and they know it. You always want people who have high expectations and pride driving your reputation and nobody can doubt we have that we these folks.

Finally, Leadership are those who have taken the chances to build, resurrect and advance the Winters community to where it is today. Downtown Winters is important and represents a celebrated renaissance. In reality, Downtown essentially died in the 1970’s and 80’s when the train left and area cities blossomed. It became mostly abandoned with boarded buildings and empty storefronts. Leadership are people like Charley Wallace, John and Melanie Pickerel, Joe and Karen Ogando, Elliot Landes, Mike and Janet Kimes and John and Liz Siracusa. These are the people who did not let it die and have led the resurrection. These are people who literally have given their all, mortgaged properties and kept Winters viable during the toughest of times so that we can enjoy the best of times. These folks are “all in” for this community both emotionally and financially. In my career and life, I have never met people like them and feel privileged to know them.

I have included a photo which is probably one of my most cherished Winters memories. It was taken in 2008 at 2:00 a.m. in front of the Buckhorn during the Downtown construction Phase I project. Restaurants all over the region were closing, the economy was crashing and we decided we would dig a hole and cut off the access to the front door of the Buckhorn. John Pickerel stood eerily in shock and my only consoling words I could think of were “I hope this works?” In many ways, I think we can argue that it has.

Leadership is about many things which include motivation, discipline, taking risks, pride, making people successful and sometimes dealing with disruption (like a big hole). To quote Huell Howser, “Winters is amazing” and I think it accrues to our culture of excellence, commitment, giving and to moving forward in our quest to simply be the best.

Have a nice weekend.

John


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Utility Bills – Technical Difficulties 1/15/20

We apologize for the delay in mailing out the Utility Bills due to some technical difficulties. Upon receiving your bill, please disregard the printed due date of 1/15/20. Due to the delay, payments will be due on 1/25/20.Thank you for your understanding. We apologize for any inconvenience.

-City of Winters Finance Dept


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Friday Update on January 3, 2020

All,

Happy 2020. According to my notes, everything was supposed to be solved by 2020, but in our case, there are still a few loose ends to pick up.

The January 7 City Council Meeting will cover the following:

  • Annual Report on AB 1600 Impact Fees
  • Review of the Active Projects list
  • Second Reading of the PD Overlay for the LDS Church Subdivision
  • Transit Board Appointment
  • 2 claims against the City.

As we move into 2020, I will be presenting to the City Council an overview of our current projects. Things are really busy, so here are some of the highlights of what is being worked on:

  • Two important projects will break ground and begin construction. The Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Affordable Apartments is a 63 unit complex on East Baker Street behind the new Winters Healthcare Campus and Yolo Credit Union. The Fairfield Inn will be a 73 room hotel on Matsumoto Lane and will hold their groundbreaking on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 3:30. Both of these projects have been in the works for more than 8 years!
  • Housing will be working on affordable housing requirements for the current subdivisions, Blue Mountain Terrace, a 26 Unit “self help” project in the Stone’s Throw subdivision, and the LDS Subdivision.
  • Engineering will be working on subdivision capital improvements for the Stones Throw, Heartland, Farmstead, Walnut 10 and Olive Grove.
  • Capital Projects to look for in 2020 will be Three Oaks Park, a City Hall Accessibility Remodel (former police station), planning applications for the I505 Overcrossing in support of Yolo County, the Paseo Park (Downtown) connecting the Hotel Winters and Main Street, the Putah Creek Trail Extension and Phase II of the Influent Screen Project at our Wastewater Treatment Facility. Also look for street slurry seal projects at locations throughout the City.
  • The City will submit grant applications for a new Senior Center, Fire Personnel, sewer treatment facilities and roadway improvements.
  • The Fire Department will be working on overall operational planning, volunteer recruitment, fire prevention and equipment replacement.
  • Police will be adding a Police Commander position, participating in the Yolo Crime Task Force, deploying new technology to assist officers, code enforcement and continuing investigations on crimes within the community. The addition of a detective resulted in a 95 year conviction for a child molester in 2019. A major issue with public safety in Winters has been the lack of staffing to follow up on reports and criminal behavior.
  • Public Safety in general will be working with our Yolo 911 on the deployment of records management systems to enhance data management of emergency data. This will be a major initiative on a State-wide basis in 2020.
  • The City Council represents the City on more than 20 different Boards, Committees and Commission within the region and throughout the State. ALL are tremendously busy and will tackle huge issues from homelessness, housing,  groundwater sustainability, regional transportation, energy, habitat and State-wide legislation.
  • There will be lots of “planning” in 2020. The City will be developing its updated Housing Element, a “City Limits” Specific Plan will be developed, revisions to the City’s General Plan and key policies.
  • A “Climate Action Plan” will be a priority project for the beginning of 2020.
  • Economic Development efforts will be on hold from the City standpoint, pending the outcome of certain community discussions.
  • The Building Department will be busy with inspections for both new and existing residential, commercial projects including the Fairfield Inn, Blue Mountain Terrace and the never ending Chevron Project. Building will also be implementing a new building permitting software system which will allow online project submittal and permitting.
  • A major initiative for Building will be advancing a seismic retrofit ordinance which will affect properties in our Downtown.

For the full list, check out pages 69-97 of the City Council agenda packet: http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020_0107CityCouncilPacket.pdf

One of the biggest issues facing the City organization will be the departure of key personnel in our planning, housing and public works. The success which we have achieved over the years has been rooted in the continuity and long term commitment to seeing big things through. Anyone in business can tell you that long term employees are tremendous assets in achieving the most difficult and challenging projects.

A reality for a community like Winters is that gaining investment confidence with folks is not easily done. In fact, it can take years for what some communities see as simple projects. Our size, limited business climate, location and land use constraints make us a really high risk for those with money and getting some projects to fruition can take years and decades. We genuinely need business leadership to help advance the Winters economy, create jobs and vitality.

I think 2020 is going to be an interesting year!

Thanks,

John


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01/07/2020 City Council Meeting

01/07/2020 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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Winters CAP Development Board – Selection Process

Applicants Sought for Winters Climate Action Plan Development Board (pdf):

Applications are now being accepted for the City of Winters Climate Action Plan (CAP) Development Board.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through Monday, February 3rd, 2020.  The Application of Interest in Appointed Positions/Appointment to City Board and Commissions (pdf) is available here, at City Hall or on the City of Winters website at http://www.cityofwinters.org/administrative-services-forms.  The CAP Development Board was established to complete development of a climate action plan for the City, hold public meeting and forums centered around climate issues, and recommend CAP implementation strategies.

Prospective applicants must have a Winters address, or reside within a reasonable proximity to the City of Winters (i.e. nearby unincorporated/county areas, but not other municipalities).  The City Council shall endeavor to appoint a membership that represents the diversity of the City of Winters by race, age, and gender.

The service term is six (6) months, poised to begin in late February 2020.  The Winters City Council will review the submitted applications and select a limited number of applicants to be interviewed.  Selected applicants will be contacted and scheduled for their interviews.

Please email completed applications or submit questions concerning the CAP Development Board to christopher.flores@cityofwinters.org.  Applications may also be submitted in person or mailed to City of Winters, Attn: Christopher Flores, 318 First Street, Winters, CA 95694.


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Friday Update on December 20 2019

All,

A couple items to wrap the 2019 calendar year.

  • The final closing documents have been signed and the escrow is expected to close today toward the construction of the Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Affordable Apartments. Construction authorization is expected to be issued Monday and look for activity to begin as the new year begins. This is a tremendous milestone and represents a very important project for seniors in our community. This has not been an easy project to get to this point and there are many who are due credit including many City Councilmembers and key staff including Dan Maguire, Shelly Gunby and a key team member, Lisa Baker the Executive Director of Yolo Housing.
  • The Third Street Storm Drain Project is completed and water is flowing. Kudo’s to the Public Works Staff for a tremendous project!
  • Public Works found a massive water leak on Third Street which we estimate was losing close to 24 million gallons of water a year. Leaks are really tough to find and this is a big deal for our public works group.

As we end 2019, some amazing projects and people have impacted the City of Winters which will make a difference for years to come. Some of the highlights include:

  • On December 19, 2019, the Winters Healthcare Foundation opened their new medical campus on Grant Ave. It cannot be understated what an important and impressive facility this is for our community. Without question, this is one of the most important facilities to ever open in Winters. It represents one of the most positive long term signs on the health of our community. Congratulations to the entire WHF team, their contractors and those who brought the vision on making this happen.
  • The Hotel Winters has been completed and represents an important catalyst project toward the long term vision for Downtown Winters. They say that patience will bring good things and the Hotel Winters is they type of lodging Winters deserves. Kudos to the entire team who made this a reality.
  • Winters has local contractors who truly represent the future of our town. They are entrepreneurs who are hiring apprentices and journey workers, paying good wages and doing the type of business to business which brings prosperity to our community. The locals include Flatline Construction, MB Construction, Neu for You, Peter Foster, Winters Concrete, Terry Smaystrala, Sira Contractors, Tim’s Custom Building Ample Electric, Wades Construction, Aleco Electric, Pearce Heating and Air, Winters Plumbing and T&K Roofing. These are our neighbors and friends who are getting things done and hiring the next generation to work locally and contribute to our community.
  • The City’s Hispanic Advisory Committee has become one of the very important groups within the City organization. Their advancement of programs and representation of the Hispanic community makes them a critical leadership forum. They were recently recognized by the Mexican Concilio for their efforts in advancing education within our community. They put on the Festival de La Communidad which is one of the top family events in Winters. I cannot say enough about this group, truly amazing people!
  • The Winters Senior Foundation is making the difference in the lives of many and will continue to do so! Their collaboration with the Winters Seniors in working toward services for residents and representing on various City and County committees is impressive. The are exceptionally well organized and there is an incredible energy and synergy with what the do. Look for really good things from these folks in the coming year.
  • The Volunteers who make the things happen in Winters from our youth organizations, schools, foundations and events all deserve medals for making Winters the community it is! For those involved, you can appreciate that pulling off the volunteer driven events is not easy!

Projects for 2020 which should be on everyone’s list:

  • Fairfield Inn- 73 hotel rooms located on Matsumoto Lane.
  • Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Affordable Apartments
  • Three Oaks Park Phase I which will become the City’s largest park!
  • Putah Creek Trail Extension
  • Hopefully the start of construction for the Senior Center on Baker Street.

Have a very merry Christmas!

John


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AB1600 Annual Report – Development Impact Fees

AB1600 Annual Report (pdf)
Development Impact Fees
Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2019
Government Code Section 66006 requires local agencies to submit an annual report detailing the status of development impact fees. The annual report must be made available to the public within 180 days of the close of the fiscal year and be presented to the public agency (City Council) at a regularly scheduled public meeting no sooner than 15 days after the report is made available to the public.


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Finance Department RFP

Department of Financial Management
Request for Proposal (RFP)
Water and Sewer Utility Rate Study
Issued on December 18, 2019
(pdf)

RFPS Due:
January 27, 2020 at 3:00 PM
Late Proposals will not be accepted

Contact:
Shelly Gunby, Director of Financial Management
530-794-6704
shelly.gunby@cityofwinters.org

Finance-RFP


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Friday Update for Friday the 13th of December 2019

To all, a happy Triskaidekaphobia! A couple items as we move closer to Christmas and the New Year.

The City Council Agenda for December 17 will be a holiday themed dress, so break out your best or worst sweater or holiday outfit and wear it to the meeting:

  • Public Hearing on CDBG Projects- Mostly for the Senior Center Proposal.
  • Proposed subdivision map for the LDS Property on Anderson Street
  • Water and Sewer Rate Study
  • Energy Upgrade Program Agreement for the Community Center and City Hall
  • Establishment of a Climate Action Plan Development Board
  • Animal Services Agreement with Yolo County
  • Resolution amending the City’s Pension and OPEB Policy on investment
  • Amendment to Master Plan engineering with Wood Rodgers for Flood Hazard Evaluation
  • Claim Against the City for a fall

A little insight into the item on the Climate Action Plan Development Board. This group will have two key assignments including the work on the development and recommendation of a Climate Action Plan for the City, which is a big deal. The second will be to make recommendations on the eventual make up and duties of a permanent Climate Action Commission to implement the overall plan. The interim Board will be for a pretty intensive six month period to work with staff and consultants on the development of the CAP. The Commission will be a much longer term appointment.

A couple items being worked on:

  • Working on recruitments for a Planning/Economic Development Manager, Environmental Services Manager (internal recruitment) and a Fire Engineer. Look for these to start after the first of the year.
  • Planning Commission approved the design review for the LDS subdivision project. The homes will be “affordable by design” with fewer of the façade upgrades and internal amenities. The developer has committed that these will be extremely affordable in Winters!
  • The Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Affordable Apartments are scheduled to close escrow within the next couple days. This is big news and the community should see the project begin construction right after the first of the year.
  • The Senior Commission on Aging met on Wednesday night. A really good group with a focus on organizing themselves before jumping into the many issues they will cover. A very positive meeting with the next scheduled for 5:30 pm on January 8, 2019.
  • The tractor parade had decent weather, incredible tractors and an impressive Christmas Tree. Many thanks to Chris and Sue at the Chamber, Kathy and Wade Cowan and Jose Diaz and the entire team from Ample Electric who hung all the lights on the tree. The event had a number of volunteers from Travis AFB and community members who did an outstanding job!

Finally, lots of frustration with the media, social media and some rumor mongering in regards to an incident between two students at Winters High School this week. The Winters PD and WJUSD did full investigations on the incident which were not picked up very well by the broadcast media and social media folks which was unfortunate.

Without questions, the WJUSD and Winters Police have the safety of our students and community as a number one priority. In this instance, they took measured and appropriate actions based on the reports, did investigations and opened lines of communication which resulted in a very proper response to what occurred at the school. The School and District Administration acted quickly and decisively within the context of what occurred. The Winters Police responded, did a number of interviews and contacted all parties to the incident. The City and District have a solid relationship in regard to all of this and we are confident that what happened was done correctly.

The reports from the broadcast media were just wrong, with Channel 13 not even contacting the Winters Police before their report. Social media reports were also wrong with a very counter productive result in trying sensationalize some aspects which were just not true. Unfortunately, the social media venues give a big megaphone for some folks to give opinion as fact. People need to consider the sources of information and cross check with credible venues before believing what is said in many of these forums.

The Winters Museum will host the Friday the 13th party beginning at 5.

Have a nice weekend!

John


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City of Winters Holiday Schedule

City Hall is closed 12/23 – 12/27 and on 1/1/2020.

City Hall is open from 8am-12pm on 12/30, 12/31, closed all day on 1/1/2020, and open from 8am-12pm on 1/2/2020 and 1/3/2020.

We’ll be back on our regular schedule on Monday, January 6th.


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12/17/2019 City Council Meeting

12/17/19 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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12/12/2019 LPCCC Meeting

Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee Meeting 12/12/19 Meeting Agenda


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Friday Update on December 6 2019

All,

A quick update on things from the week.

  • Staff met with Yolo County OES and representatives from PG&E regarding Public Safety Power Shutdowns (PSPS). The meeting was setup at the request of PG&E as a “listening session” and afforded us an opportunity to discuss some overarching issues regarding the PSPS events over the past few months. The main themes revolved around the concept of refinement of both shut down areas, notification, resources for persons with health issues and methods of notification for those affected both on the turn off and turn on periods. I would give PG&E an “A” for effort and their attempts at refining their overall strategy on this and I expect that we will be working closely with them to mitigate issues moving forward.
  • The larger issue involves “Tier 2 and Tier 3” fire danger areas, of which Winters has both. The City is a “tier 1” with low fire danger, while the outskirts fall into Tier 2 (moderate) and Tier 3 (extreme) levels. As we move forward, we can expect that Tiers 2 and 3 will experience regular shutdowns during extreme weather events and the overall strategy for response will be commensurate with that. Persons in these areas will need to make personal preparedness plans within the scope of a new paradigm for California as a whole. As areas are refined, we will probably see more specific shutdown areas and a reduction in the broader swath of areas left without power.
  • Staff also attended a session put on by the State Housing and Community Development Agency (HCD) regarding the requirements for the impending update of the City’s Housing Element. Lots of “new” analysis and data will be required within a scope of a heightened regulatory policy framework from the State. There are seven (7) mandatory elements of the upcoming Housing Element which will include identification of adequate sites, facilitating housing development for low and moderate income households, remove/mitigate constraints to housing, conserve/improve existing stock, preserve units which may be at risk, promote housing opportunities and further Fair Housing and Promote accessory dwelling units for lower and moderate income households. The Housing Element will be data driven and include a number of technological advances to track compliance and achievement of goals, increase availability of information and allow the public to be more fully informed.
  • The Planning Commission Meeting will include the design review of a house on Wolfskill, design review on the 18 unit subdivision adjacent to the LDS Church and Lot 18 in the Olive Grove Subdivision.
  • Public works ran the pumps in the Rancho Arroyo Detention Pond this week and everything worked fine. With coming storms, we will allow the pond to fill to allow extended run times on the pumps, so don’t panic if it looks like the pond is rising because we are doing it to test everything.
  • Tractor Parade and Tree Lighting is Saturday evening beginning at 6:30, rain or shine! This should be an amazing event with a display of both modern and classic tractors, a visit from Santa for children in the gazebo and the lighting of the City Christmas Tree. This has become one of the City’s marquee events and is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Have a nice weekend and we will see everyone out there on Saturday night.

John


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12/09/2019 Planning Commission Meeting

Planning Commission Meeting


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12/03/19 City Council Meeting

City Council Meeting
12/03/19 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet


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Friday Update on November 21 2019

All,

This is the last update for November because of Thanksgiving.

A couple items:

  • Today, the pre-construction meeting was held for the Blue Mountain Terrace Senior Affordable Apartments. The engineering team expects work to commence in the next 3-4 weeks. This is amazing news for us!
  • Staff has revised the City’s Website and renamed the tab Current Planning. We repopulated the information a bit and have included the SB 2 Grant. Look for upcoming sections on the Regional Housing Needs Allocation and the Housing Element. We also plan to start developing some ideas on community outreach and engagement which we will seek input from folks through some simple polling to get views on various ideas. Look for a little remodeling of the planning website.
  • The Sacramento Area Council of Governments ruled on the final Regional Housing Needs Allocation and we got wacked a bit in the final formula. During the planning period, they have us down for 552 units with 125 VERY low, 75 Low, 104 moderate and 248 Above Moderate. 304 “affordable” units is a lot and will be incorporated into our new housing element. This will be a task.
  • The SB 2 Grant Application we are finalizing will put us on a path to take a balanced approach to future development and address many of the State’s growing priorities from a housing standpoint. The most important thing we will emphasize is that the project will focus within the existing City limits, look at undeveloped, unentitled and under utilized land. The process will enable us to launch a comprehensive community engagement process which will give key stakeholders within the City a chance to help plan the future. From a Staff perspective, we have taken the input from those who have participated in recent meetings and will do our best to bring opportunities for all segments to lend their voice to important issues regarding our City’s future.
  • We live in a “data” driven world and we can expect our State mandates and policies to receive significant review through a data analysis. Expect that the upcoming Housing Element will be data driven, with accountability and culpability for poor performance. As we move forward, we will need to be strategic, practical and establish programs which can be accomplished. It’s going to be great!

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. I always feel blessed for what we have in Winters and the wonderful community we have here. The peace and tranquility we share along with the beauty which surrounds us makes celebrating holidays even more special.

Thanks,

John


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