PSPS Update at 5:00- Community Resources Center- Winters
A Community Resource Center will be available on the property located at the corner of Railroad Ave/E. Abbey Street in Downtown Winters, starting Wednesday, 10/9 at 8:00 am to 6:00 pm until the PSPS event has concluded. Available will be: restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging, A/C, seating for up to 100 people.
John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager
In preparation for the planned power shut off, the City has implemented as follows:
Thanks and stay tuned.
John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager
Both through a conference call and direct notification from the PG&E spokesperson, they have made the decision to shut down power for Winters. Plan for power to be off early in the morning on October 9.
Stay tuned for more updates.
The outages are based on wind events which are predicted to come into the area beginning at 4:00 am on Wednesday, October 9 and last into Friday, October 11, 2019. Power may be out for as many as five (5) days.
The City is mobilizing our operations to facilitate water and wastewater operations, public safety and the possibility of the City being without power for a couple days.
Information from the City will be via the City of Winters Facebook Page as well as the Winters Fire and Winters Police. Folks can get information via the PGE Website by clicking HERE .
To get information directly to your cell phone, sign up for YOLO Alert by clicking HERE.
We will be updating our social media pages and sending emails through our distribution lists regularly as information becomes available, so please check back with us.
John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager
Today’s update is simply about being the best!
We produce some of the finest food in the world in Winters, California. We are a leading edge area for agricultural production, innovation and excellence in the products which are produced and delivered throughout the world. Our economy is the “Pacific Rim”, we are international because our quality surpasses even the most rigid standards among nations. Nuts, oils, wine, rootstock, tomatoes and seed. Nobody compares to what we do around here!
Last week the Buckhorn was awarded the “Legendary Steakhouse” award while attending the annual Certified Angus Beef Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. An amazing award and accomplishment.
The Buckhorn embodies pride, care and excellence in how they conduct their business. Few restaurants have their own in house butcher or train their staff to the levels done in Winters. Few care about the quality which is experienced on every single plate. Its happening every day at 2 Main Street in Winters.
We are truly blessed by what goes on around here.
Have a nice weekend.
A bunch of information for a busy couple of weeks:
City Council Agenda for October 1:
Discussion Items will include:
A presentation from the District Attorney’s Office on Elder Abuse will also be on the meeting. Get the entire City Council Agenda and Packet here http://www.cityofwinters.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2019_1001CityCouncilPacket.pdf
A couple notes on things in the works:
Saturday is the Carnitas/Festival de la Communidad starting at 4:00. A real family event with music, information, food and festival. A first class event for everyone!
See you there.
An early edition as I am dealing with a number of things over the next few days and next week.
A couple items:
Last week I shared a little bit about my first year working for the City and mentioned that 9/11 was my second day on the job. A little more on that fateful day.
I watched the second plane go into the second tower of the World Trade Center when I was getting ready to come to work on that Tuesday morning at my brothers apartment in Sacramento. He had the Today Show on and mentioned a plane crashing into one of the buildings. We watched in horror as a news camera picked up the second plane roaring through Manhattan and exploding into the second tower.
I jumped into my City car, fumbled with the radio and found a talk radio station which was talking about the attack. On the ride to Winters I heard about the attack on the Pentagon and that they were shutting down all air traffic around the Country. Simply surreal.
When I arrived at City Hall, I ran into the building looking for a television. It was janitorial day and the two people looked at me like “who the heck are you” when I asked them for a tv. I spent a couple minutes trying to convince them that I worked here. Finally I showed the one guy that I had a key to my office and he bought that I was a new employee! The City only had a single, 13” television, no cable with a really cheap antenna with only a 2’ cord on it. I put the tv on a chair, found a bay area news station and got a horrible, but watchable picture and things unfolded.
Staff began to arrive to work that morning a little before 8. We all gathered in the upstairs conference room and watched the news reports and the eventual collapse of the World Trade Center Towers. What I remember most about the moment of the first collapse was our Recreation Coordinator Gloria Marion grabbing and holding on to my hand as the first building went down. We all stood there in silence, me and Gloria holding hands as the massive dust cloud erupted like a volcano on the New York Skyline. The ghostly figures walking from the streets, covered in grey ash in utter shock. We all had a tear in our eye and nobody really said anything.
Later that morning, our Police Chief, Steve Godden came to my office. He told me that all the government offices in the area were closing as a security measure against terrorism. I told him, that being the new guy, I had to ask why Winters would be a target for international terrorism. He mentioned the dam and we talked it out a bit and decided that we would keep the doors open for folks to come by with any questions.
Gloria Marion was one of the most social people I had ever met. From the theatre productions to her side job styling hair, she seemed to know everybody (and she did). That day it seemed like hundreds of people stopped by City Hall to check in. Most of the people were older, many just looking for someone to talk and visit. I think many were as in shock as all of us and just looking for a little reassurance to share some sorrow. Gloria had an incredible personality and a deep, assuring voice. I can only imagine the number of people she gave solace to that day but it was awesome. She and Nanci Mills held court downstairs and made a difference for many.
Because it was a Tuesday, the town was basically closed during the evening. The Buckhorn was open but nobody was there. Downtown was very different that night than people see it today with the Buckhorn and Tienda Liquor Store being the only businesses open in Downtown. The place was just empty.
We had turned off the little City Hall tv and I remember working late into the evening. I called my wife Kathy and we decided that we did not want our kids to watch the television of what had occurred, so she read to them that evening.
As I got into the car to head to my brothers apartment in Sacramento, I ran into Gloria walking up the street from a hair appointment she had with a customer. I pulled over to offer her a ride (she lived only a block from City Hall but I did not know that) and she politely declined. I thanked her for being there for so many people who visited City Hall that day. I also thanked her for holding my hand that morning as things unfolded. She looked at me and said “You looked scared”. We both smiled at each, laughed and I proceeded to drive off. I knew at that moment that I would really like working with Gloria. And she was right, I was scared!
The warmth of a small town sometimes comes out in different ways. When horrific events happen, its nice to know that we have the type of place where when people have some fear and need comfort, they know they have a place to come.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Food and Drinks, Carnitas Cook-off, Live Music and Entertainment and Dancing.
Fun for the whole family.
(See flyer below-click to open pdf)
For more information about this event, please contact Dagoberto Fierros at (530) 794-6760 or email@example.com
Just a few items this week:
So, Tuesday, September 10, 2019 will mark my eighteenth (18) year as the City Manager of the City of Winters. It was an exciting week because the terrorist attack on our nation was the following day, September 11, 2001! For those who do not know my background, I grew up in the greater Los Angeles area and that area is a little different than there!
A couple remembrances to share about my first year in town after these 18 years which give me perspective to this day about Winters, California………………..
If I learned anything during my first year in Winters, it was about perspective and priorities. Volunteers and community values are critical, the importance of little things (being neighborly and caring about others) and mostly, the inherent goals of the community to move it forward yet maintaining a sense of place, identity and being unique.
In Winters, I have met some of the nicest and sincere people I could ever imaging knowing. I give thanks for the blessings of raising my kids in a town which really does care and the giving I have been able to do in return. 18 years is a while, but I still remember that Halloween at Bruce’s House as if it were yesterday. I’m a lucky guy!
On August 21, 2019, the City held a joint community workshop of the City Council and Planning Commission to discuss a number of key planning subjects including the status of any application regarding the North Area, an overview of the application and plan review process, the status of the General Plan and an overview of key planning issues in California. The Workshop was well attended and the public provided a number of important themes in their comments.
One of the most important takeaways was the importance that the City needs to ensure a very robust process of engagement, information and planning to bring the community into a process of planning all facets of the how, where and the pace of development within the City.
From the City Staff perspective and in my discussions with both City Council and Planning Commission, the message was heard loud and clear!
Key themes in the comments included:
Staff has taken these themes and is incorporating them into an overall land use planning work program which will be presented to the City Council on October 1, 2019.
At the end of the workshop, the Council provided staff with some specific direction on some key items including the following:
Status of Annexation
Additionally, Staff is proposing projects to specifically address many of the themes which were presented at the workshop. There are many details in development and some things will take time to prepare, (and may be modified) but will be presented at the October 1 meeting.
Without question, people at the workshop are interested in participation in planning the future of the City, and making sure that the City’s residents have input into land use and planning decisions moving forward. Making sure that our citizens have this opportunity will be the number one priority.
Staff is now working on the development of a public outreach strategy to maximize community participation in the review and prioritization of general plan policy development.
The work program will include the following to address concerns related to the General Plan:
The important of establishing a clear picture of a sound financial future for the City to provide services, maintain infrastructure and sustain critical services such as school, public safety and the wide variety of quality of life services such as parks and projected senior services is critical. The work program will include a variety of fiscal models to help in the decision making process.
The importance of accessibility of information on planning is a critical part of the overall process. The work program includes:
Climate Action Strategy and Plan:
The work program will include a program toward the update and adoption of a Climate Action Plan. This may include:
The proposal will be one of the most comprehensive planning and community participation efforts in many years for the City.
Stay tuned for more information!
Have a nice labor day!
John W. Donlevy, Jr., City Manager