A quick update on things from the week.
Have a nice weekend and we will see everyone out there on Saturday night.
This is the last update for November because of Thanksgiving.
A couple items:
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.
The Yolo County Presidential Primary Election will take place on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
February 3 is the First Day to vote-by-mail.
February 18 is the last day to register to vote in the March 3rd election.
March 3 is Election Day! Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Avenue, Winters.
A City Council Meeting on Tuesday. One real agenda item:
Some of the big items from the week.
Finally, a couple things, each related:
California is again the leader in a national issue, and that is the national housing crisis. Many are to blame including developers, cities with the costs of fees, the entire planning process; and yes the NIMBY’s (not in my back yard) folks who want to thwart even the discussion of growth and new housing developments. A really interesting article from Bloomberg Media from last week.
Questions and food for thought:
Charles Dickens wrote a book called a “Tale of Two Cities” where he is famously quoted “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. People get mad that some of us keep bringing this up, but it is the #1 issue in California, facing millennials, families, the middle class, middle aged and seniors. We are living in one of the greatest economies of most of our lives, yet some of the most fundamental means of our existence are at the very worst of our existence. A scenario of the haves versus the have nots.
The full quote by Dickens:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
Winters Warriors are at home tonight in the first round of the playoffs. Go Warriors!
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Winters City Council will conduct a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the City Council Chambers located on the first floor of City Hall at 318 First Street, Winters, California to consider an application by the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) of a tentative map (TM) to subdivide a 3.29 acre parcel into eighteen (18) single family lots between 4,400 and 5,200 square feet, add a Planned Development (PD) Overlay Zone to the existing R-1 Zoning to allow reduction to various development standards including front, side and rear yard setbacks and exceed the allowable lot coverage of fifty (50) percent. The property is located off Anderson Avenue north and west of the existing LDS Church (APN 030-220-034).
Just a few items this week:
Finally, today is the one year anniversary of the Camp Fire which essentially wiped out the communities of Paradise and Magalia in the Butte County hills. A day and occurrence which changed and shaped the lives of many.
What I remember most about the entire incident was that our Winters Fire Staff was on the fire less than 5 hours after it started. Their reports back were almost unbelievable as they were assigned directly into the middle of the Town of Paradise as the reported back that the “entire town was on fire”. As the night time came, I began getting calls from residents here in town who had family and friends who lived in Paradise and were curious as to whether their homes were standing. In all, I took 6 calls and asked our team to drive by the addresses. In each instance, they send back photo’s of fire places and chimney’s standing alone. It absolutely broke my heart for those folks.
During the next couple days Winters Police was deployed to the area for security as was our Police Champlain Robert Duvall and K9-Kepi. Without hesitation, our officers went to those communities to provide aid. Robert worked on some of the most heart wrenching assignments and notification.
I couldn’t have been prouder to say I was from Winters in the coming weeks as reports of the efforts of our staff came in. In total, our deployment was almost 14 days.
The next weekend, we held a fundraiser at Berryessa Brewing which raised almost $15,000 for fire victims which is pretty good for a community our size.
I have worked with the folks in Paradise on their recovery.
A crazy couple of weeks with PSPS, wind and power outages. I will share that I don’t think I have ever been as swamped with some really serious issues in my time as City Manager in Winters.
Here are the items for the November 5, 2019 City Council Meeting: HERE is a link to the entire packet.
Some notes on things from the past couple weeks:
Finally, a couple notes on amazing community leadership doing positive things for Winters.
WHS Warriors are home tonight against Durham, the Winters Fire Shrimp Feed is Saturday Night, Dia De los Muertos at the Cemetery and Winters AYSO will conclude their season with their regional tournament at Waggoner School.
Have a nice weekend.