Wednesday, April 17, 2013

City hall is keeping State Theatre "restoration" close to the vest

Join the "Friends of the State Theatre" to ensure the grand ole auditorium will be restored and used by the ENTIRE community and region. The city and its spin-off committee have done little to include the public in the renovation of the now-city-owned historic building. Keep tabs on Facebook:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Planning commish stands up to Petrovich, developer admits multiplex is dead

Petrovich tries to derail relocation of existing auto dealers a few blocks down the same street From the Woodland Record: During yet another public display of deception, Sacramento developer and illusionist Paul Petrovich admitted that his Third and Main multiplex is dead. He did so while attempting a desperate pitch to prevent two existing auto dealers from moving a few blocks down the same street on East Main. This all happened at the last City of Woodland Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, May 17. The agenda item discussed was an already-zoned parcel subdivision request and design review of the proposed locations for Hoblit Motors (currently at 333 Main) and Woodland Motors (currently at 1680 East Main). The new location is next to (west of) the Valley Truck and Tractor John Deere dealership, which is located at 2100 East Main. Read more at

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Yolo Sun: Review continues about lawsuit against Gateway II, Pimentel, Davies, Dote

Excerpts from the Yolo Sun article "Yolo court to rule on challenge to city council approval of Petrovich’s Gateway 2 project – part four of a Yolo Sun investigative series:"

A subject of central importance to the relationship between areas of existing commercial zoning (such as the city’s downtown area, the East Street corridor) and the Gateway 2 project — and also key to this new development project’s “program” (please see latter sections of Part Three) — is the concept of: “Adequate retail demand.”

“Adequate retail demand” is the operative measure within diverse planning analyses related to qualifying determinations of the “phase-by-phase” build-out of Gateway 2 — for approval of specific commercial uses.

The basic idea (with this project-impact mitigation scheme), is to create future “market studies” that in some manner evaluate demand for specific, project-proposed commercial uses and measure that demand against the existing availability of such project-proposed uses, which must also — “consist primarily of regional retail uses that do not include entertainment and other uses that would compete with downtown.”


Monday, April 09, 2012

Yolo Sun: Lawsuit against Gateway II, Pimentel, Davies, Dote to be heard April 12 by judge Maguire

Excerpts from the Yolo Sun article "Yolo court to rule on challenge to city council approval of Petrovich’s Gateway 2 project — part three of a Yolo Sun investigative series:"

Crucially pivotal for Woodland’s future character, the environmentally oriented lawsuit by Davis-based California Clean Energy Committee (CCEC) challenging (* majority: Pimentel, Davies, Dote *) City Council approval of Paul Petrovich’s Gateway 2 project has completed its legal briefing phase and will be heard by Yolo Superior Court Judge Daniel Maguire on April 12.

Primarily, CCEC’s lawsuit (petition for writ of mandate) seeks court voiding of Woodland City Council approval of Gateway 2 — for reason of various and obvious violations of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Desperation driving them, Woodland City Council and Petrovich have hired the largest available caliber of professional legal obfuscation, in a frenzied yet futile attempt to somehow legally paper-over their plainly despicable sell-out of the public good of this municipality.


Friday, April 06, 2012

KCRA: Woodland man suspected in 62 lb. pot stop

Excerpts from

Authorities say two California men have been arrested after more than 62 pounds of marijuana was found after a traffic stop of their vehicle. The Nebraska State Patrol says a trooper stopped an eastbound sport utility vehicle near Waverly in eastern Nebraska on Thursday morning.

The two men were arrested on suspicion of possession for sale. They're identified as 46 year-old Sean Cassidy, of Laytonville, Calif., and 52 year-old James Morton, of Woodland, Calif.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Swim club sees record turnout despite facility subject to Measure E misallocations

From the Woodland Record:

The Woodland Wreckers swim team held its first practice of the season at the Charles Brooks Community Swim Center located at Woodland High School. 54 kids have signed up so far, that’s more than came out last year. The kids, who range in age from 5 to 18 years old, learn the sport of swimming and compete in swim meets throughout the area.

“Our community swim center is one of the premiere facilities in this region”, explained City of Woodland Aquatics Supervisor Brad Peterson. He further explained, “You won’t find a bigger pool with all of this seating and area for tents and easy ups.” According to Peterson, he has no problem renting out the facility for $5,000 a day to other regional swim teams and it is sold out every weekend in July. That’s $40,000 just on rentals in July. In addition to renting out the facility, nearly 500 kids a day takes advantage of the free swim provided by the City during the summer months.

The Facility does have its downsides though.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Another early morning vehicle arson in Woodland

See January 3 Fox40News video and story about two vehicle fires.

From the Woodland Record:

On Tuesday, March 27, at approximately 1:39 am, Woodland Police Officers were dispatched along with Woodland Firefighters to an arson vehicle fire at 228 Hays Street in Woodland.

Officers arrived moments later and observed a white Dodge pickup truck with flames coming from the front left portion of the truck. The vehicle was parked on the street in front of 228 Hays Street.