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Friday Update on Friday March 13th 2020

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Friday Update on Friday March 13th 2020

Friday Update on Friday March 13th 2020


Happy Triskaidekaphobia!

During one of the most extraordinary public health weeks of many of our lives, a couple items.

The City Council will hold its regular meeting on March 17th. The agenda has been set up to condense time, so no presentations and we will focus on the voting items. To watch the meeting, go here to watch the meeting. http://www.cityofwinters.org/live-city-council-meetings/

This weeks agenda includes the following:

  • Walnut Lane 10 Affordable Housing Plan
  • Water and Sewer Rate Study- Award of contract for the study.
  • Presentation on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
  • Historic Preservation Policy- Planning Commission Assignment
  • Annual Housing Element Progress Report
  • Appointment of Climate Action Plan Advisory Board
  • Liaison to Senior Commission on Aging
  • Car Show Permit- Holden Philbrick Memorial Car and Motorcycle Show

To view the entire City Council Agenda Packet, go to: http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020_0317CityCouncilPacket.pdf

The past week has had a lot on public health stuff:

  • Covid 19 seems to have taken over the world. For information, please go to https://www.yolocounty.org/health-human-services/adults/communicable-disease-investigation-and-control/novel-coronavirus-2019
  • The City is doing our best to monitor guidance and instructions from Yolo County and the State. Things are pretty dynamic at this point so be patient.
  • Staff has been working diligently on the Hexavalent Chromium (CR6) issue. Lots of meetings and calls with the State Water Resources Control Board, their staff and organizations to influence a process which could be a devastating financial hit to the City and our water customers.  Frankly, this is one of the largest mandates to hit Winters and it has required a very active and persistent focus on messaging and long range financial planning. Research into emerging technologies in water purification and filtering, monitoring financial markets and a constant calculation of costs of doing business are front and center. The financing of a CR6 solution will hit across all of our City operations and finances. The bond and lending markets evaluate credit across all operations and not just a single enterprise (water). They evaluate the entire community (including WJUSD debt). I would liken it to looking at every credit card in your family when someone is considering lending you money. In our case, I simply cannot fathom a private lending institution lending an enterprise our size in the range of $40 million which builds no capacity and no recoverable costs, while employing a system which will add close to 40+% to operational costs which can only be supported by challengeable rate increases.

Finally a shout out to Friday the 13th. A special day in Winters because Newt Wallace made it special.

Triskaidekaphobia is a phobia to the number “13”. For decades, Newt and the Wallace Family have made it a day to party and come together at the Winters Express Office. Over the years, it has been a chance to go to the regular, yet unannounced and no invitation needed gathering.

I always appreciated Newt sitting at the front of the office with his beer mug with the bike bell on it, greeting folks and asking for a sign-in at the registry book. Newt was a man of few words but I know he liked “Olympia Beer” and loved our little town. Traditions, fellowship and congeniality were the theme which set the tone and culture for our entire community. We live in a much different time now.

People really seem to like Winters. I am convinced that much of what is wonderful about our community came from how the Wallace Family and their Winters Express made you want to love our town. Newt, Ida, Charley and John made small town charm a reality. They made us internationally famous, recorded our history and told our story each week in a manner which became the glue which bound us as a big, dysfunctional family. I include Debra DeAngelo in all of this, because I am convinced that over the past three decades, she and Charley managed the Express in an exceptional manner of telling the story, recording the history and allowing Winters to become a must read for everyone in and out of town. In my time as City Manager, I have come to the conclusion that the Winters of today exists only because of Charley Wallace being crazy enough to save it and the Wallace Family keeping it together.

With this Covid 19 thing hitting, I am not sure if they will have the gathering, but I do suggest that you get an Olympia Beer (or any other cheap stale beer) and raise at toast to Friday the 13th and incredible people like Newt Wallace who welcome you like family, share a beer and a little fellowship and make you feel like you live in a place you love to call home.

Happy Friday the 13th.


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RFP – for Banking Services

Request for Proposals (pdf)
Banking Services
Issue Date March 4, 2020
Proposal Due April 15, 2020

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5th Annual Winters Senior Foundation Spring Luncheon

5th Annual Spring Luncheon
Wednesday, March 18th 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Winters Community Center - 201 Railroad Ave

Seniors 55 & up

Soups, chili and salads
Door prizes and live music

Call Tina Lowden at 530-794-6067
Email: wintersseniorfoundation@gmail.com

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Friday Update on February 28 2020


A pretty short City Council Agenda this week:

  • Presentation to the City Council on Risk Management by the City’s Insurance Authority
  • Street Closure for the Upcoming Car Shows
  • Reclassification of Account Clerk position at City Hall
  • Authorization to hire a part time position
  • Authorization for a Request for Proposals for Municipal Banking Services

A couple other items:

  • City Staff and WJUSD Officials were on a conference call regarding the “Coronavirus” with Yolo County Health and Emergency Services. This virus is serious and precaution need to be taken by all of us. The County has a website which is what we will be referring folks to for information and updates. Here it is:  https://www.yolocounty.org/health-human-services/adults/communicable-disease-investigation-and-control/coronavirus
  • Staff held a pretty heavy meeting on Tuesday regarding the many upcoming planning projects. Its actually a pretty heavy workload with the Housing Element, Climate Action Plan, Accessory Dwelling Unit Design, a Specific Plan, programmatic Environmental Impact Report, some fiscal analysis and a comprehensive land use review. All of this will have very robust community outreach and public engagement components. We are developing the overall work plan and a schedule.
  • Without question, last Saturday was one of the most exciting business days in decades for Downtown and our business community. The businesses were absolutely packed and visitors had an opportunity to enjoy what is really the best of our community on a gorgeous day and evening.  Kudos to our businesses which put on their best welcome and showed what the future of Winters will be!

Finally, this will be the last update where I will mention anything related to the upcoming ballot initiative advocating growth controls.

On Tuesday, City Attorney Ethan Walsh and I sat down and discussed how the City should inform or comment on the upcoming initiative which is being advanced by a growth control group. Our conclusion is that we need to stay completely out of it so as to protect the interests of the City from any assertions that we are trying to influence any possible political process and an upcoming election.

As City Manager, it is my role to advise the City Council (and the community) on the impacts of policy decisions. That is just what I do! Through many forms, I provide information, perspective and comments based on my knowledge of what I feel the consequences of certain decisions will bring. For those who know me, I speak in “unfiltered” terms and try to bring a pretty direct and honest approach to addressing issues. Through many media, including this “Friday Update” I have sought to bring transparency, accessibility and basic information to many folks about what is happening at City Hall. In total, I hit in excess of 7-8,000 people each week with what is happening with the City.

A key part of my job (and that of the City Council) is taking a very broad and comprehensive review of what happens when the City does things. Our decision making is not just about growth, housing, jobs, economics, parks, schools, public safety, quality of life, traffic, senior services, climate, sports parks, senior centers, commercial business, affordable housing, agriculture, water, sewer, habitat, transportation or sustainability, it is about ALL OF THESE THINGS.

I have promised transparency, and suggested posting emails about all of this on the City website, but even that can or could be construed as influencing the process. I have been in contact with a number of folks from the growth control group (and the land owners) and my emails speak in very frank and direct terms. Those emails are available for the asking but we will not post them on the City website because that could be considered trying to influence the process. If anyone wants them, they can simply ask for them and I have no qualms with sharing them.

My first duty, above all else, is to protect the interests of the City. The ethics and integrity of our City organization is my paramount concern and one I take very personally. Certain principles transcend even the worst of consequences and keeping the faith of our residents that we can be trusted in our information and decision making and how we approach things is number one. I’ve spent the almost the last almost 19 years as Winters City Manager working to make City Hall a trusted and accessible place; to have a “culture” of constant access and honesty along with an open door which reflects the “small town” vibe so many want to cherish and have available to them.

Winters High Soccer Teams are moving through the playoffs with games being played at Dr. Sellers Field. Go Warriors!

Have a nice weekend.


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03/03/2020 City Council Meeting

03/03/2020 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet

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Friday Update on February 21 2020


A short update in a week which has been pretty busy:

First, a recap of the City Council Meeting:

  • Look for an upcoming joint meeting of the City Council and the Winters Putah Creek Committee to determine overall direction on the future of the Committee. Over the years, the Committee has been essential in the development of the overall Putah Creek Park Master Plan, its implementation, the North Bank Trail Project, Phase’s 1-5 of the Creek Realignment and overall management of the entire park. The entire Committee has been comprised of experts in various fields who have made the park second to none. Look for something in the near future.
  • The City Council will be interviewing folks for the Climate Action Plan Development Board and to fill an expected vacancy on the Planning Commission. For the PC, a short advertisement along with previous applicants will all be considered.
  • The City is further refining the overall Community Engagement Strategy for some upcoming planning projects and beyond. Good input at the meeting and from persons who have been contributing in development of the plan.
  • First Street Parking Lot construction was accepted.

The March 3 City Council will be a short agenda with a reclassification of an Account Clerk, Downtown Car Show permit, municipal banking services and a presentation from the City’s Insurance Authority.

The Planning Commission will be considering a subdivision and affordable housing plan for the Walnut 10 Project. This is a 50 lot subdivision on Walnut Lane.

Finally, on Thursday, I attended the annual luncheon for the Solano Economic Development Corporation which provided their update on advancing the Solano economy and their overall strategies on business attraction. I would describe their efforts as “platinum” level with a highly experienced and professional management which will bring business,  jobs and vitality to the region. The have been very welcoming to the City of Winters (we are the only non-Solano County member) and the overall experience from the day was awesome.

The keynote for the luncheon is a business locating into Vacaville called “Thistle”. They are a prepackaged, plant based meal business which currently employees over 400 employees and will eventually grow to almost 800 employees with their expansion. They are the perfect business for the region and their CEO provided a very dynamic view on how they will become an important community partner. To check them out, go to www.thistle.co

Have a nice weekend.

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02/25/2020 City of Winters Planning Commission Meeting

02/25/2020 Planning Commission Meeting (Agenda / Packet)

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Friday Update on February 14 2020- Valentines Day


A quick review of the City Council Agenda for February 18, 2020:

Discussion Items are mostly direction on appointments and feedback:

  • Direction on the assignments to the Putah Creek Committee
  • Climate Action Plan Development Board Appointment Process
  • Procedure for filling a Planning Commission Vacancy
  • A review of the Community Engagement Input and Options for moving forward.

The consent calendar:

  • Minutes from January 21 Workshop and Regular Meeting from February 4
  • Acceptance of the First Street Parking Lot Construction

Also presenting will be Ron Turner, representing the 100 Club of Solano & Yolo Counties presenting a donation to the Chaplaincy and Crisis Intervention Program for the Winters Police Department.

This weeks edition is just a download of things on the City Manager’s Calendar and key items on the horizon.

  • Hexavalent Chromium (CR6) and the potential for new maximum contaminant levels (MCL’s) from the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is a big item. I will be meeting with State Board Members over the next couple weeks to discuss the economic impacts on the City and our customers. The potential would be for a significant water processing operation which may cost in the range of $40 million dollars and increase our water rates to our customers by as much as $93 to $150 per month. The current MCL in California is 50 parts per billion (ppb) and they are looking to reduce it to as low as 10 ppb. The national and basically worldwide standard is 100 ppb. CR6 is a naturally occurring element and in Winters our levels are between 17 and 22 ppb. A $40 million project would cripple the City’s capital capacity for debt for any other improvements or repairs to any of our utility systems and would place a massive burden on our utility program. Staff has talked with our water regulators and there are really no easy solutions that would satisfy compliance with the lower MCL. The SWRCB is working on an economic “white paper” which they will publish on the effects of a new MCL and I will provide our impacts for consideration in their consideration. This is a really big deal and could be a big hit on lower income residents and seniors. Stay tuned.
  • Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)- Pension liabilities and costs are amongst the highest priority items for cities. I am a part of a representative group which has been presenting to the PERS Board on the issues and impacts to local governments, our need to work with the PERS Staff on solutions and key policy issues which will help stabilize costs to member agencies. Thus far, our dealings with the PERS staff has been extremely positive and their Board has been receptive. This is actually a lot of work.
  • Staff is starting to assemble our Fiscal Years 20-21 and 21-22 City Budgets. That means a lot of up front work on financial forecasting, capital project needs, increased costs for operations and important items such as insurance and pension obligations. The last two fiscal years have been some of the tightest financially for the City and while we are forecasting some upticks in some revenues, we are extremely cautious on some increased costs, especially in our pension obligations. In April, we will move to some workshops and hearings on Council and community priorities. In total, the City spends a little over $13 million each year across our General, Capital and Utility Funds.
  • Housing Element and Planning- Staff is distributing the Request for Proposals for consultant services related to the upcoming housing element update process. We are linking and emailing the document which we hope will have us selecting someone and having them working by May. We also have other planning projects related to an SB2 Grant and a Specific Planning Process. The City will also be working on our Climate Action Plan and a programmatic environmental impact report to cover a number of key policy documents. Our community engagement strategy to maximize community input is being generated and can be accessed here: http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020_0211CommunityEngagementSummary.pdf
  • Animal Services- The Cities and Yolo County are working on a new governance strategy for how animal services are being provided which basically entails starting a new administrative structure and oversight by those previously under contract with the Yolo Sheriff for the services.
  • Automated License Plate Reader Technology- Staff will be scheduling meetings with Caltrans to discuss deployment of the ALPR technology. Within the region, Winters is one of the few which currently does not have this law enforcement tool. Each of our neighboring communities have it is a tremendous resource in investigations and early warning for potential issues. We will be seeking permission from Caltrans to mount devices on traffic signals along Grant Ave.
  • Succession Management- Within the next two months, the City will be losing two key staff members. Coordinating their work and determining a future course for some key areas is a high priority.
  • Growth and Development- Over the past few weeks, staff has had multiple meetings with persons related to the potential for a growth measure in Winters which deals primarily with the northern area of the City’s General Plan. Conversely, the key property owners in the north area have asked for a meeting and staff will meet with them. Additionally, key stakeholders such as Legal Services of Northern California and their legal allies, the State Housing and Community Development Department and regional planning will need to be talked to. The advice I have given to those concerned with growth, property rights, affordable housing and planning is that they should all be talking to each other, which is what I am going to stress emphatically. This is a really big deal and all parties need to understand each other and the ramifications of their actions.

Finally, a little bit about planning and why the City does it. I tell every councilmember and planning commissioner that the decisions we make or don’t make today will determine what we have or don’t have tomorrow. People are worried about “change”, but the reality is that Winters is changing daily and the Winters of 2020 is dramatically different than the Winters of 2000. In 2000, half of the Downtown was empty and deteriorating buildings. Preserve, Steady Eddies, Chuy’s, Turkovich Wines Spin a Yarn, Berryessa Gap, El Pueblo, Ficelle, Velo City, Winters Healthcare, Scoop, Arc Guitar, Yolo Traders all did not exist.  In 2003, we closed the old car bridge for two weeks in fear that the high creek flows would make it collapse. The Downtown “looked” very different with rusted cobra head streetlights, broken sidewalks, empty storefronts and literally a single business (Buckhorn) open on the busiest evenings. The planning for renewed vibrancy and investment, important infrastructure improvements “changed” things into what we have today.

This also has to do with the services we provide. In 2004, the swimming pool was condemned, the library was a wet, mildew filled mess on First Street and the public safety facility did not exist.

I will share a short story on where we have come from in the area of services.

In 2001, Winters Fire discontinued its basic life support (bls) ambulance services because they were unable to adequately staff the unit and adhere to the requirements of an ambulance license in California. For advanced ambulance service (like we have today from AMR), the acceptable response time for service was 20 minutes (our ambulance came from Davis then). Our current service response is under 4 minutes. When I started as the CM in Winters and they told me of the 20 minute response time, I thought they were joking. In Southern California, if you were more than 4 minutes, you lost your ambulance franchise. All I knew is that 20 minutes meant you were basically dead!

Recently, an anniversary hit on my calendar which I know has changed the lives of many people and embodies the reason why it is important to never settle for the way things are and to keep moving forward.. It also gives a perspective that some things take a lot of time.

In 2004, our Fire staff and volunteers were dispatched by these radio “pagers” which provided an audio alarm and call out for incidents. When the call was picked up by the responding unit, you could listen in on the call and what was happening.

One morning, the pager went off (I had one) for a very well known Winters resident who was “not feeling well”. Winters Fire staff responded to the call and met the person and their spouse in the dining room of their home. The call for the ambulance said they were responding from West Sacramento! They talked with the individual who was completely lucid and could talk and describe what was going on. Within seconds, the person dropped to the floor of their home in full cardiac arrest.

I listened as the ambulance was stuck in traffic on the causeway. Our staff began defibrillation procedures, then began CPR which they attempted until the ambulance arrived almost 30 minutes later. Over the radio I could hear the frustration of the ambulance crew stuck in traffic. I could hear the strain in the voice of our Fire staff (who never gave up) who would periodically come up on the radio with dispatch. I listened as they reported that the individual was deceased. All because advanced life support and medications were not available to save their life.

I immediately ran down to the Fire Station on Abbey Street and to talk with our Fire Chief Scott Dozier. Scotty was strong and stoic and basically told me “that these thing happen” in our area. I could not accept what I was being told and honestly, I cried. The result, we became an organization on a mission.

For the next 7 years, we worked to change ambulance services in Winters. This involved planning for a new public safety facility (which we moved into in 2011), gaining representation on local emergency medical response boards and mostly exploring every functional, political and administrative avenue possible to departing the then existing structure in ambulance licensing so we could improve things. As a small jurisdiction, our ability to maneuver services takes time and sometimes four times the effort.

On February 6, 2013, an ambulance drove into the first space of the apparatus bay of the City’s public safety facility where they have been stationed every 24 hours a day since.  Because of this service, we have experienced more than a dozen “life saves” and countless responses which have changed the lives of countless numbers of people and their families.

From this entire experience, I learned what heroes really look like and realized that there truly are angels amongst us. They are staff like Brad Lopez and Art Mendoza and the entire Winters Fire organization which lived in the “old world” of EMS in Winters. It is volunteers like Barb and Terry Karlen who drove the Winters Ambulance (Barb drove while Terry worked on the people in the back). It is people like Phil Hoag and the AMR Ambulance Team who bring people back to life.

Probably my biggest hero was a guy named Scotty Dozier who not only lived all of this, but was the one who produced the documents which enabled us to perform an unbelievable political power play which got us to the service we now enjoy each day. Scotts legacy will live forever in our town.

Mostly, we learned to never give up trying to make things better and advancing the community.  It may save someone’s life.

Happy Valentines Day.


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02/18/2020 City Council Meeting

02/18/2020 City Council Meeting (PDF): Agenda / Packet

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Big Blue Barn Thrift Store Feb 14/15, 2020

Big Blue Barn Thrift Store, Yolo

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Friday Update on Sunday February 9 2020


A super busy week when I need to attend the State City Manager’s Annual Meeting and take care of things back at home. Not easy!

A couple items:

  • Yes, we were talking “trash” at this weeks City Council Meeting. 😊 The City Council approved the increase in the trash rates which for the typical residential customer means about a $1.19 increase to reflect a consumer price index (CPI) increase to Waste Management and pass through costs associated with the landfill. Also discussed was the subject of the bulky item pickup. In 2020, we will cancel the bulky item drop off at the Corporation Yard and switch to a voucher which was recently mailed to our residents and residents still will get one pickup in front of their homes each year. We will evaluate utilization over the year and come back with recommendations on how to proceed in the future.

The bulky item cost is little over $60 a year to each residence. We keep this in the franchise as an outlet for people to get rid of excess and large trash items conveniently and with some cost controls. We also have it to help with overall code enforcement and to help prevent illegal dumping in the areas around the City. Some folks use it, some don’t and our attempts at addressing it are part of an overall management of the waste system. Stay tuned on this.

  • Also on the agenda was the City’s participation in the Yolo Animal Services Joint Powers Agency (JPA). The Cities and Yolo County currently share the costs in how animal services are provided through a contract with the Yolo Sheriff. The JPA is an avenue for a more active participation in the future of this service to address some cost escalation, a need for a more robust participation of private parties and a need to address a new shelter facility. The action of the City Council was the first step in a process which allows many “onramps and offramps” from the JPA moving forward.
  • A discussion and concerns regarding the results from the January Community Engagement Workshop and getting some of the raw data out. We have posted the raw data from the workshop here http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020_0121DraftResponsesCommunityEngagementWorkshop.pdf We are still taking in data from our Google docs form which I will link and push out in a separate format on Monday. A word of acknowledgement is that the draft responses includes some consolidation of the same responses, removal of the “snarky” and inappropriate responses. We will publish the draft work plan proposal next week.
  • Also on the agenda was an RFP for consulting services related to City’s Housing Element Update due in 2021.

Finally, this weeks meeting of City Manager’s led to a focus on the really big issues facing our nation’s most populated State. The top issues without question are the homeless, availability of affordable housing, transit and the impacts of pension costs on the future of service delivery by cities. I also attended a presentation on economic development issues in rural communities. These are all enormous issues but I will share a couple takeaways.

Homelessness is not just an urban issue, it is quickly becoming a rural reality and the rights and obligations for homeless populations will accrue to all jurisdictions will quickly come upon all of us. The need to allow homeless in parks and open space areas will become the norm and the ability to enforce loitering and even trespass will become more and more difficult. At City Hall, we get many calls and complaints regarding homeless in the creek and other locations and frankly, there is not a whole lot we can do to restrict individuals doing so. Eventually, the requirement to consider housing alternatives may become more pressing and the need to outreach into our own community to help these individuals will come upon us. Monies for affordable housing previously was facilitated through redevelopment funding which annually provided more than $2 billion to generate housing for low, very low and even very, very low income individuals. That void has not been filled in the 10 years since the dissolution of redevelopment and last years housing funding legislation (SB 5) was vetoed by the Governor. Many cities and counties are now reaching into their General Funds to address homelessness and we can eventually expect that to become a reality in Winters. California is home to more than 130,000 homeless and almost a quarter of all homeless in the US reside in the State because of our weather, social services, the cost of housing, our economy and many other factors.

Rural economic development was a session I sat in and the reality is that Winters is the exception to the rule for most rural and semi-rural communities. While we have found success in the revitalization of our Downtown, most are not experiencing the same and for most, the classic downtown will become the relic of a bygone era. The advent of online purchasing has simply flipped the paradigm for how people purchase literally every product on the market from everyday food and clothing to car parts and valentines gifts. Believe or not, that Amazon Prime delivery person will now be your new butcher for many people!

The sustainability of our Downtown needs to be a constant focus. The vitality of the business community, generating customers and attracting people offline and into our local stores is critical. As one speaker said, “there has to constantly be a there- there” so people will want to come out of their homes, get offline,  to visit, socialize and experience your downtown. Winters benefits from our proximity to urban areas but those same benefits create volatility which makes investment a risk. The ability for businesses to constantly reinvest in marketing the local “brand”, refresh themselves, make a profit, employ people and maintain themselves within a larger context is important. The job of the City in being able to shape a positive reality of the future to drive business and investment.

Winters always gets called out for our success which is mostly attributable to the fact that we have a tremendous business core and made a couple strategic investments in infrastructure. I tell people “we get more out of two blocks than most get out of 20”. In all honestly, I left the session both gratified and scared to death at the same time. Lot’s of opportunity and volatility on our horizon.

And really finally, for the folks who were upset with my prognostication misses on the Super Bowl last week need to just rest a bit and wait for next year. First, who knew both defenses would be absolutely shut down against tremendous offenses. Second, the momentum changer was the bogus pass interference call against George Kittle in the second quarter which would have put the Niners up going into the half. I also think some key players were more hurt than advertised which meant the rush against the pass just exhausted the 49er defensive line which allowed the KC come back in the fourth quarter. KC had a good game plan, mixed their overall defensive coverage and deserved the win. For the Niners, they have a very young team, room in the NFL salary cap and good leadership in their front office with John Lynch (super good guy) and Kyle Shanahan/staff.  My prediction for 2021 is the 49ers will beat the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl LV!

Have a nice week.


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Friday Update on January 31 2020


Lot’s on the City Council Agenda for Tuesday.

Discussion Items:

  • Trash Rates
  • Senior Center Grant Application
  • Housing Management Agreement with Yolo Housing
  • Animal Services
  • Housing Element- Request for Consultant Services

Consent Items:

  • Redevelopment Agency Dissolution Schedule
  • Employee Injury and Illness Prevention Plan
  • Civic Spark Fellow Services
  • Landfill Monitoring
  • Acceptance of Phase IA Improvements- Winters Highlands

A couple items for update:

  • A Solano County Judge has ruled in favor of the various Public Agencies involved in the legal disputes surrounding the Phase 3 Putah Creek Project. This summarily ends the years of legal wrangling on the Winters Putah Creek Park Projects. Its nice to move forward!
  • Staff had a good meeting with Bob Polkinghorn from the group working on a growth referendum. Overall a very good meeting and a commitment to keeping channels of communication open. We talked about a number of subjects including traffic circulation, impacts on affordable housing, the potential for litigation from various interests, economic sustainability, fiscal impacts, the impacts on overall City planning, infrastructure and services. We are providing Bob with a considerable amount of information for him to share with his group in consideration of what they are proposing. The meeting was productive and I appreciated Bobs time.
  • Staff met with Neighborworks, a non-profit housing development firm about the possibility of a “self help” housing project to build 26 units in the Winters Highlands Subdivision. This could be an exciting project for 2020.
  • The information from the Community Engagement Workshop is still being compiled and it will be shared over the course of the next few weeks. This and next week are literally “monster” weeks for some of us, so the workload balance has many balls in the air!
  • Both the Fairfield Inn and Blue Mountain Terrace Apartments are beginning construction. Look for lots of activity during the break in the weather.
  • The Mitigated Negative Declaration on the Walnut 10 subdivision will be out for public review next week.
  • The Public Safety Recognition Dinner is scheduled for February 29 2020.

Finally, my Super Bowl LIV Prediction. I am a staunch believer that you win with Defense. The 49ers have, without question the best defensive front 7 in the NFL, rivaling even their greatest years. Kansas City is probably weaker up front on D but overall they are better against the run than the embarrassing Green Bay Packers meaning Jimmy G will need to throw the ball. KC has better coverage from their linebackers and corners than the 49ers have faced in the playoffs which will benefit in dealing with  the awesomeness of George Kittle. My favorite 49er is clearly Richard Sherman who will thrive in the Super Bowl atmosphere. Patrick Mahomes will also thrive but I really think Jimmy G who has been to multiple Super Bowls will have a better focus when it comes to the fourth quarter. My prediction is to take the “over” (the current Vegas line is only 54.5) and the 49ers will win the game behind 2 long Robbie Gould field goals, a Richard Sherman “pick 6” and Kittle shredding the weakness of the KC safeties with a couple long TD catches to become the MVP. Niners 39 KC 26

Go Niners!


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