Just a reminder that there is a retirement party for Woody Fridae this Saturday, June 11 from 6-9 at The Palms. This is a potluck (finger food/hors’doeurves) and is byob.
Woody has made such an incredible impact on so many people and causes. This party will be a chance to celebrate his accomplishments!
This is going to be a REALLY fun evening as we wish Woody well into retirement.
A crazy couple of weeks and lots going on! Here goes:
Have a nice weekend.
Please consider coming to a great evening of new bike films, dinner, and wine tasting in Winters next Tuesday! It is a great set of films–I previewed some, and really like the community-centered stories they tell. I’m hoping this event can continue to help get more energy around promoting biking in Winters, and appreciate your support! Plus proceeds will benefit the playground rebuild. Spread the word!
Dinner and Bikes is coming to Winters! This traveling show will visit Winters on election day, Tuesday, June 7th at 6pm at Berryessa Gap Tasting Room in Downtown Winters.
The evening will feature good food, wine, films, and discussion about how we can keep Winters a safe and fun place to bike, walk, play, and live. Plus, it will be a fundraiser for City Park: The Next Generation, the wooden park rebuild.
The night begins with a gourmet vegan, gluten-free meal by chef Joshua Ploeg and wine tastings from Berryessa Gap Winery. We will then watch a series of short films made by Joe Biel and Elly Blue about people using bicycles to make their lives and communities better. With the movies as inspiration, we will explore our questions, ideas, and visions for our community in Winters.
Tickets are $20 in advance and available at Berryessa Gap Tasting Room or https://tinyurl.com/bikewinters. Tickets day of the event are $25. Proceeds from this event will go to City Park: The Next Generation.
Questions? Contact Sarah at 530-601-1149.
About the Presenters:
Joe Biel is the co-producer/director of Groundswell, the director of the feature documentary Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland as well as over 100 short films. He is also the author of half a dozen books, including Beyond the Music. He founded Microcosm Publishing in his bedroom closet in 1996 and has since published over 350 nonfiction books, zines, and movies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Elly Blue is the co-producer/director of Groundswell and the author of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy and Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bicycle for Transportation (Whatever your Lifestyle). When she isn’t writing, she is the marketing director of Microcosm Publishing, producing books and zines about all aspects of feminism, self-empowerment, and bicycle transportation. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Joshua Ploeg is the the traveling vegan chef. When not touring the world, he is a personal chef and delighter of secret cafe goers in Los Angeles. His eighth and newest cookbook is This Ain’t No Picnic: Your Punk Rock Vegan Cookbook.
Crazy busy at City Hall on a number of fronts:
· Tomorrow is a day of service for a variety of volunteer projects in town. Things start at X and you can go to Y to help in a variety of projects including creek planting, work with the red cross and painting. Contact Mark Tippetts who is coordinating the volunteer day by clicking HERE.
· The BIG news is that we should start seeing construction and movement on the Downtown Winters Hotel in the next few weeks. The developer was in City Hall with final paperwork to get things going. The Winters Hotel has been an extremely high priority for the City and it is nice to see things beginning to move.
· The City Council Meeting has a couple key items including discussion on the City Budget, a presentation on an update to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility Master Plan, a revision to the Callahan Sudbdivision Development Agreement and selection of City Councilmembers to sit on the interview panel for the new police chief.
· The Police Chief Interviews will be held the week of June 6 and will consist of a panel made up of key City Staff and a panel made up of community members. Both panels will interview the candidates and make recommendations of the top 2-3 for me to interview and select. We have narrowed the search to 6 candidates and I can tell you we have some really good one’s!
· Our Design Review Committee met to do a preliminary review of a project at the freeway which will include a new Chevron (replacing the current one), Starbucks and a Marriot Fairfield Inn. The plans look nice and we expect to see the projects before the Planning Commission this summer.
· Staff, members of the Parking Committee and a number of Downtown property owners met to talk about funding for a parking consultant. The meeting was really good and we are moving a couple things forward.
The Friday Update will be on a hiatus for the next two Fridays!
Have a nice weekend,
A couple items:
· The City Council Meeting went through a review of the City Budget. Overall an interesting meeting and we will continue some of the discussion on May 17.
One of the big stories on the budget is the fact that we are forecasting substantially less revenue for the next fiscal year, thus spending is actually being reduced. Even though the City has the most building activity in its history, most permits for the big projects have already been paid and the benefits to the tax base will not be seen for almost two years. Things are lean for next year, but we have anticipated that and have adjusted spending accordingly. Other impacts on revenues include reduced gas prices which have hit our budget hard.
Our budgeting and fiscal management policies mandate that structural spending only be increased when recurring (tax base) revenues increase over a foreseeable future. One time revenues (permits and fees) can spike during any one year and provide a false sense of prosperity. The cities who find themselves in trouble are the ones who forecast that one time (non-recurring) revenues will go for a duration, they increase certain fixed costs (adding personnel or facilities) and then when the revenues decline, they have a huge structural problem.
The proposed budget has delayed hires in both Police and Fire until the second half of the 2017-18 fiscal year. This will keep our fiscal outlook solid and reduce deficit spending!
· This Saturday is the Winters Garage Sale! This year’s theme is “The best stuff ever”!! Come out and buy merchandise from other peoples garages to be taken to be stored in your garage! Sales will be at City Park and many houses throughout town.
· The dedication of the Putah Creek Car Bridge is Friday at 3:00 behind the Community Center. This is an amazing project and come and see history in the making. The next replacement/dedication is scheduled for May 2216!
· This year’s Big Day of Giving had a number of technical glitches which slowed some of the fundraising. From my sources, the Winters Friends of the Library raised $28K, Winters Theatre $2,500, Putah Creek Council $7K, Center for Land Based Learning $58K and Yolo Housing $2k. If you got caught in the computer mess and could not donate, drop a check in the mail to these critical Winters organizations. They really are what helps make Winters the wonderful place it is!
· The Winters Citizens Academy continues on Monday, May 9 with the topics covering Internet Crime and DUI Enforcement. All are welcome to this really good program!
Tonight is Cinco de Mayo and I am heading to Berryessa Brewing where Chris, Lori and their crew will highlight “La Fuerza” a Mexican style lager. A classic style beer and a couple of taco’s will take me back to my East LA roots on this important national holiday!
Caution on your beer consumption tonight or get a designated driver!
Feliz Cinco de Mayo
First, a big thanks for everyone who came out to the Youth Day Rotary Pancake Breakfast on a windy day. Also, a big thanks and congratulations to Mike Sebastian for his service to the Community over the years and his retirement as Chairman for the event.
A couple items for the week:
Here is the list of organizations from Winters which you might consider:
These organizations bring so many benefits to Winters and they need your support. Giving starts at midnight tonight and runs until midnight tomorrow. There are incentives (prizes of enhanced donations from the sponsor of Big DOG) to these organizations for early giving, so give early and often.