City Manager’s Friday Update – 01/08/2021
City Manager’s Update (pdf)
January 8, 2021
Happy 2021, all! Here’s hoping everyone’s holiday seasons were bright and merry, and that 2021 brings health, happiness, and post-COVID recovery sooner rather than later. Some brief updates below.
- Winters Fire Chief Lopez and other Fire personnel received COVID vaccines earlier this week, the start of vaccinating front line emergency responders who have been putting their lives and their families lives on the line responding to medical calls and transporting COVID positive patients to local hospitals. Law enforcement personnel will follow later in the month.
A huge thank you every day to our public safety professionals, EMT staff, and all the staff, nurses and doctors in our medical facilities. Their lives, their families’ lives, and our communities’ health and economic wellbeing depend on controlling the spread of this virus. For more information about the vaccines, their efficacy, and current roll out schedule, please see visit www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus-vaccine.
For the latest information regarding COVID infection rates, ICU capacity, and other critical information, please visit http://www.yolocounty.org/coronavirus.
- Main Street is open to vehicle traffic from Sunday morning to Friday morning, and will be closed to accommodate increased pedestrian activity in the downtown area during peak times.
Please drive and walk through the area with care! Don’t forget the stop signs at Railroad (still there), and don’t jay walk across Main Street because cars are back.
Consistent with the CARES Act funding the City received last fall, pergolas have been installed on Main Street from the Pizza Factory down to Hooby’s and next to Ficelle’s to provide the public with outdoor areas to enjoy take out. Hopefully, as we can get this surge under control, we’ll be able to spend more time enjoying each other’s company outside.
Did You Know?
- The Winters Joint Unified School District has announced that remote only instruction will remain in place until further notice because of the regional stay at home order, and hybrid classes will not resume as initially planned on January 19. For more information, please visit wintersjusd.org.
- Do you know anyone in need of housing stability resources or is facing eviction due to non-payment of rent because of COVID? There are a number of resources available to both tenants and landlords. Please share this information to anyone who made need assistance.
- Information regarding the State-wide eviction moratorium known as Assembly Bill No. 3088 (AB 3088): Videos in English and Spanish can be found here <https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB4UC5wVNazOx6Oq1k-_AszPJjOFou0VK
- Tenant and Landlord Rights: The California Department of Real Estate has developed an online information app available here <https://ucilaw.neotalogic.com/a/Cal-Covid-Info-App-for-Tenants-and-Landlords> that provides a 2-minute interactive tool to help you determine your rights and options as either a tenant or landlord. Upon completion of the questionnaire, you will receive a customized report with guidance, program availability and applicable links for further information and assistance.
- Yolo County Housing Rent and Utility Relief: This Countywide program supports residents who are at greatest risk of displacement due to non-payment of rent related to the COVID-19 pandemic and offsets corresponding lost revenue that landlords need to provide housing services. The program provides a one-time rent relief grant directly to landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Additional information can be found on the Yolo County Housing website in English <http://www.ych.ca.gov/Covid-19/English.php> and Spanish <http://www.ych.ca.gov/Covid-19/COVID19Esp.php> .
Upcoming Council Meeting
- There was no Council meeting this week. Our next Council meeting is January 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m.