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.