Friday, February 27, 2009

WHS 70s Reunion planned for autumn


The Billboard Top Five Albums of 1970 were:
#5 - War by Edwin Start
#4 - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head by B.J. Thomas
#3 - American Woman by the Guess Who
#2 - Close to You by the Carpenters
and at #1 - Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel

From the WHS 70s Reunion Committee:

It is with great pleasure to announce the reunion of all reunions! Individuals that attended Woodland High School have joined together to plan the "WHS Decade of the 70's Reunion."

We are still working on the details, but wanted to start getting the word out to other 70s classmates and former faculty and staff who would like to attend. Please send an email to WHS.70s.Reunion@pacbell.net with the following information: Your class; first, last and married names; and your email address. We will be sending out regular email updates as well as posting announcements in the Woodland Record, The Woodland Journal, The Daily Democrat and on Facebook.

Please help spread the word by forwarding this announcement to everyone you know who attended Woodland High School in the 70s!

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Must be a honey of a story... written and distributed by UC Davis

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Contractor of the millennium! From approval to shell in a week!



From the Dally Dcmocroh:

It took a long time to get the necessary approval from Woodland and Yolo County, but the owner of an ARCO Service Station and Mini-Mart may soon start construction of his building near Denny's Restaurant on North West Street.

Acting Tuesday night [Feb. 17], the City Council unanimously approved the business, but only after more than a year of problems having to do with whether the city or county would receive sales and property tax money.

Read more at the Baileys Obamacrat.

Photo submitted by a Woodland Journal correspondent on Feb. 24. That's quick work. The state should hire the contractor to build the New Woodland Courthouse. More than likely, they could also quickly demolish the Public Defender's office and the county's holding jail which seem to be bees in Yolo's bonnet.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Twitter anyone?

Does anyone in Woodland use twitter? I have heard great things about it and how so many people use it, but I can't find anyone in Woodland who uses it. Come on Rexroad, your telling me you are not on twitter? Typical County guy. We have signed the Woodland Record up on twitter and will use it (hopefully) to stay connected with our community. You can check us out here.

Safe, low cost bike/NEV route between Woodland and Davis proposed

From a Woodland Record - Letter to the editor:

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." starts "A tale of two cities" by Charles Dickens.

I am an experienced cyclist and bike commuter. I rode my bicycle from Los Angeles to New York city via bicycle 15 years ago and have experienced all types of roads and conditions while cycling. I have found that the worst roads for cycling are those roads where thin traffic lanes have no shoulder, or where a shoulder does exist, it is covered by dirt and debris.

This situation coupled with relatively heavy high speed traffic makes for a truly nerve-racking ride. Unfortunately this description also accurately portrays most routes between Woodland and Davis. While the bike lanes are superb within Davis and Woodland, the bicycle friendliness of the two cities seems to end at the city limits.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Note: Paul Erickson, the author of the letter, is an associate professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at UC Davis. He is the director of the Hydrogen Production and Utilization Laboratory.

Visit http://mae.ucdavis.edu/hypaul/ or http://mae.ucdavis.edu/erickson/

From the City of Woodland's Web site:

Woodland-Davis alternative transportation corridor discussed tonight

There will be a community kick-off meeting for the Woodland-Davis Alternative Transportation Corridor on February 23rd at the Community and Senior Center from 6-8 pm. The proposed project would construct an off-road, paved path primarily focused on providing access for bicycles, pedestrians and low speed electric vehicles. The purpose of the meeting will be to provide the public with information about the project and allow citizens the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and provide input into the design and use of the project.

Click here for more information on the county's Web site.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

City, Demucrat mislead Woodlanders about public art policy; pro-developer antics stifle APP process

Here are two links to articles written by the master of misinformation Jim Smith of the Dooly Democrap:

'Jumping jet' fountain planned at new car wash on Kentucky Avenue

Colorful murals planned for new Rite Aid building

Both articles allude to a "public art policy" of which the City of Woodland has none. Here is the sum total of the art requirement for developers:

Design Standards for Commercial Development
Site Planning for Commercial Development Standards
10. Incorporate public art into the development of at all commercial and industrial projects. Public art is subject to the review of the Planning Commission or other such body established by the City Council. (City Council to review Public Art policy from Woodland Art Center)

Read an article about this at the Woodland Record.
The article includes council member's positions on the issue.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Woodland Doctor holds forum

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at UC Davis and Woodlandʼs own, Dr. Mark Underwood will present an inspirational lecture and demonstration of his medical work in saving the lives of children around the globe. In his latest assignment as a neonatal resuscitation trainer with LDS Charities, he has traveled as far as Egypt, Lesotho, Botswana, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Nigeria. Dr. Underwoodʼs contribution to third world medicine will enlighten all attending.
Thursday, February 26, 7-8 pm at the Woodland Public Library, Leake Center. This is a Mindful Education Free Forum. This forum is for the education of all ages.

For more information call Caryn Stapp at 662-3550.

Headlines: 9/11 author speaks tonight, Solution for Hwy 16, EHS gets full ride with The Wolf Pack

Here are some recent headlines at WoodlandRecord.com:

'The World is Turning 9/11' author to speak at UC Davis Friday

Opinion: Brooks resident offers solution for unsafe Highway 16

Foster is first EHS student to receive full ride, will play for The Wolf Pack at Reno

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mascot gets hurt

What did he think would happen?




Here is the story.

Letter sent to governor, others, to set straight the New Woodland Courthouse

From the Woodland Record:

Dear representatives:

I pay taxes to the City of Woodland, County of Yolo and State of California – and I have a solution for the project called New Woodland Courthouse.

The project is lead by the Office of Court Construction and Management on behalf of the Administrative Office of the Courts to build new facilities for the Superior Court of California, County of Yolo. I will go out on a limb here to say that I have done more research on this project than the average citizen and taxpayer. A few Yolo County residents are aware of the findings of my investigations, emails, phone calls and meetings through stories published in the Woodland Record. Please allow me to just cut to the chase and share my conclusion that the current process is appalling.

Read more at the Woodland Record.


Click here to download the original 579kb letter with exhibits.

"I Cody" reports on scout hike, lots of cool pics

From "I Cody:"

I belong to the "Lightning Patrol", troop 99/133 of Boy Scouts. Each month we go on a hike and this month we went on a hike at Diamond Head trail. It is the only trail in CA that is accessible by wheelchairs. It took about 3 hours to drive there and the trail was about 5 miles long.

Read more at IamCody.blogspot.com.

Dailg Democraf editorials about education rarely hit the mark

Excerpts from Dilly Demoocrat editorial called "Local parents are wasting their breath:"

We support the closing of Grafton and Willow Spring elementary schools as long as the district is being gouged by the state, which can't approve a budget. Local school officials estimate closing Grafton would save $275,795 over two budget years; shuttering [sic] Willow Spring would save $287,869. That might not seem like much, but that's how it is. The money ha [sic] to come from somewhere.

Parents who argue for keeping the schools open at any price are merely delaying the inevitable. Equally unfortunate, they are basing their arguments on emotion not common sense. It would be great to keep both Grafton and Willow Spring operating, but it simply can't happen in the current economy. The district's only option, if those schools remain open, will be to eliminate teaching positions, or other services, which will cut the quality of education.

Excerpts from the Dalee Demcorat report called "Grafton, Willow Spring likely to survive:"

The closing of Grafton and Willow Spring elementary schools was one of many difficult cuts facing Woodland trustees, but after some discussion board members gave direction to avoid shutting down the sites last night.

Parents and students from both schools came to the meeting once again and spoke against closing down the schools.

Several trustees said the school district should keep the schools open until at least the opening of the new school in Russell Ranch.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

River City Bank robbed again... again



River City Bank Robbery
Woodland CA
WDP09-001034

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 3:53 PM a lone male adult entered the River City Bank located at 199 Main Street, approached a female teller and demanded money. Although the suspect stated he had a gun, one was not seen. At the time of this incident there were approximately 10 people inside the business yet no one was injured.

The suspect is described as a White or possibly Hispanic male adult approximately 5-06 medium build, clean shaven, with brown hair and wearing black framed, glasses with clear lenses. The male was also wearing dark colored pants, a black shirt and dark colored blazer. The suspect was last seen walking away with an undisclosed amount of money, westbound on the south side of Main Street.

Detectives from the Woodland Police Department are working with Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations on identifying the suspect, if you should have any information on this person you are asked to immediately contact the Woodland Police Department at 530-661-7800.

Woodlander Schloredt drafted by Chicago Bandits

From the CSUS Web site:

Sacramento State senior catcher Jamie Schloredt and senior left fielder Izmena Cabrera were both drafted by the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft today. Schloredt was a third round pick (14th overall) and Cabrera was a fifth-round selection (25th overall) as both players were two of just 25 collegiate seniors taken in the draft.

Read more at SacState Athletics.

From the Bandits' Web site:

Looking for a solid force to tag team behind the plate with 2008 Rookie of the Year Rachel Folden, the Bandits choose for their third pick and 14th overall selection Jamie Schloredt from Sacramento State University. Schloredt is a three-time First Team All-Conference honoree as well as the 2008 Pacific Coast Softball Conference Player of the Year. She was named Second Team All-West Region after completing a career season in which she led the PCSC in batting average (.408), slugging percentage (.737), on-base percentage (.513) and home runs (12). She is the career record holder in home runs (28), RBIs (117), batting average (.369) and walks (78).

Click here to read more at ChicagoBandits.com.

Monday, February 16, 2009

City to spend $325,000 on consultants for state's parking – plans could exceed half million

From the Woodland Record:

Parts of the staff report for Tuesday's City Council agenda item K-21 are misleading to the point of not being true at all. Staff wrote, "The courts and garage projects have been discussed in publicly approved plans such as the Downtown Specific Plan for several years. Information about these projects and about the actions requested in this report has also been available through the posting of the City Council/Agency Board agenda."

This ploy is conveniently wedged into the staff's recommendation to spend $325,000 in redevelopment bond funds to analyze potential parking structure sites within a defined downtown area. The fact is there have been few, if any, public discussions about the State of California's New Woodland Courthouse project and its parking needs. There was a council meeting held on January 6 – in closed session – to give staff direction to contact property owners for the purpose of seeing who might be interested in selling property. A follow-up closed session was held on February 10. Needless to say, there were no public discussions on those dates.

Read much more at the Woodland Record.

"nic's tips" available at WoodlandRecord.com

From the Woodland Record:


As reported previously at the Record, Woodland High School class of 1993 graduate Nicole Facciuto made a splash on the HGTV show Red Hot and Green. She also writes a regular column called "nic's tips" for the monthly edition of our newspaper.

You can access all of Nicole's articles at WoodlandRecord.com – click here and go to her very own special section.

And... don't forget to submit your home design questions for Nicole to answer in her column. Click here to go to her contact information.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Keys & Breeze Valentine's concert review

While I will admit I rarely, never listen to classical music, I did enjoy this event.

The Pianist, Dr. Jana Olvera, did a great job telling the history and meaning behind the songs before they were played. This really helped guys like me who otherwise would not have the slightest idea what the songs were about. It actually made sense when you heard the music.

Talk about talented, Keys and Breeze were amazing with their instruments. It was truly a great date event that was different than the old dinner and flowers. It is nice to dress up, leave the kids at the sitters and enjoy a night out.

I think the most daring performance was that of Mr. Olvera. He was the page turner for his wife, Jana Olvera. What a stressful job, you mess that one up, there goes Valentines!

For those that do not know, Mr. Olvera is the Principal at Plainfield Elementary. Talk about a talented and educated family. Both have Doctorate degrees and Mr. Olvera is talented musically as well.

Amgen Tour in Davis and Winters today, world watches as race starts at noon

Excerpts from the Woodland Record:

Today you can see the 2009 (fourth-annual) Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race in Davis and Winters. The race has drawn international attention.

Davis will host Stage 1 of the tour today, February 15, which is actually the second leg in a series of events. Stage 1, a route from Davis to Santa Rosa, follows the first day of racing known as a Prologue that took place in Sacramento yesterday, February 14.

Excluded from a tour route this year is Woodland, missing world-wide attention. Last year the tour skirted past Woodland during Stage 2 which went from Santa Rosa to Sacramento.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Click here to access stage information for the Tour of California.

Click here for a map of Stage 1.

Click here for a timetable, or stage log, for the day.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day Woodland

Here is an electronic Valentine that my mother-in-law Emily Arnold sent me from Petersham MA. I think it's great because the silhouettes represent my two kids. The e-Card shows the kids making a Valentine tree with the help of a dove (and it also features a Chocolate Lab like my late dog Molly). The animation gave me an idea that since we are the City of Trees, it would be fun to have a centrally-located tree (or sculpture of a tree) that can be continually decorated for each holiday (even if they are Hallmark days). If we had an APP program - which, by the way, was been pushed to the back burner again after six years - we could do things like that as a source of community pride and to promote tourism.

Ever wonder about the origins of Valentine's Day? This is one explanation from History.com: "One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death." Click here to view all sorts of interesting clips about this date.

Don't forget about the Keys & Breeze Valentine's concert tonight at the Opera House.

Alternative, experienced coverage of dentist trial

For those of you who are following the Anderson trial, here is a link to the SacBee Yolo County page with coverage by Hudson Sangree.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Death provokes parents to sue city, officers and taser company

From the Daley Demmocrat:

The parents of a man who died after being shot with a Taser and restrained by Woodland police are suing the city, the officers involved in the incident, and Taser International Inc.

The wrongful death complaint, filed in Yolo Superior Court on Wednesday, accuses the officers of using excessive force against Ricardo Abrahams, 44, when officers confronted him near the corner of Kentucky Avenue and West Street on May 28, 2008.

Read more at the DalyDemocrate.com

Where's George


I like this web site. http://www.wheresgeorge.com/ I come across bills from time to time with the stamp on it telling me to track it. I just got one today so I decided to log in and track where it has been. I received this one dollar bill today as change at a restaurant in Sacramento. You can click here to see where it has been. This bill started in Pacifica back in July of 08. Then it was handed out at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne in September of 08. Pretty interesting...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Missing Person - Woodland

From the Woodland Police department WDP09-00820

44 year-old Woodland resident Edward Graydon Chavannes (Gray) was reported as a missing adult. (Photo attached). According to his Fiancé, Chavannes left his Woodland home sometime between Sunday Feb 8th 12:00am – 3:00am. Chavannes is described as a W/M/A 5-08, 165lbs with short brown hair, and hazel eyes. Chavannes was last seen wearing blue in color sweat pants and a green sweater.

Chavannes is believed to have left in his fiancés vehicle which is described as a 2006, green in color Toyota Camry, bearing California license plates 5NZZ934.

Chavannes is believed to have been seen in Lake Tahoe on Sunday Feb 8th. Chavannes suffers from various physical ailments including a heart condition and asthma. Chavannes does not have his medication with him. Chavannes is not known to have any resources available to him with the exception of the Toyota Camry.

Anyone who may have seen, heard from, or knows the whereabouts of Edward Chavannes is asked to contact the Woodland Police Department at 530-661-7879. Chavannes’ photo and identifying information have been distributed to local law enforcement agencies as well as those in Placer, El Dorado, and Washoe Counties.


Click on the title to see a picture of the missing person.

Headlines: County fixes refund glitch, Smythe era ends at FSA, and more

Here are some recent headlines at WoodlandRecord.com:

Yolo County fixes double tax refunds

Smythe era ends at Farm Service Agency

Keys & Breeze to perform Valentine's concert at the Opera House

Business Spotlight: Wear It Naturally features organic cotton, hemp

Police Blotter: Burglaries plague Woodland business

Holy Rosary Fantasy Auction

What: Holy Rosary School’s Fantasy Auction with the Dropped Roses Performing. Appetizers, refreshments, dinner and dessert with live and silent auctions plus the musical adventures of the Dropped Roses.

When: Feb 21, 2009. Doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holy Rosary Community Center, 575 California St., Woodland.

Tickets: $45. Call (530) 662-3494.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Companies that might not survive 2009

Here is a story by Yahoo Finance. It lists 15 large companies that might fold over the next year. Two that impact Woodland: Rite Aid and Blockbuster.

I guess Rite Aid would be a significant blow to Woodland, especially since they have three store locations rite now. Two being under construction. I hope they can pull it out, but things do not look good for them.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Yolobus fares could increase

From the Sacramento Business Journal:

For the first time in six years, Yolobus fares could rise.

The Yolo County Transportation District board of directors is set to consider increasing fares at a public hearing 7 p.m. Monday at Woodland City Hall. If approved, fares would go up starting April 1.

According to district staff, the district must raise the Yolobus monthly pass rate to $85 from $60 or lose significant fare revenue. Staff also has proposed creating a $42.50 Yolobus senior/disabled/youth pass.

Read the full story here.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Public safety lay offs

It is everywhere you look. People are getting laid off to keep companies in the black. But what about city and county governments when they are facing huge budget problems?

In Stockton they just laid off 29 police officers and cut other department heads as well. You can read that story here.

Last month Chico laid off five firefighter because the Union could not come to a consession agreement. That story is here.

Vallejo recently cut Fire and Police pay and laid off many other city workers and still had to file bancruptcy. In the City of Woodland, we have already seen a reorganization which has resulted in many delayed projects and a cutback in the work force. Even city council minutes are taking months to get approved.

So how long will it be before the city looks at public saftey cuts to help solidify the budget? It will certainly be a battle between the city and the unions. I am sure fire safety will be the first look. With the death of development in the Springlake area, the additional engine company may not be needed for some time. The firehouse out in Springlake will surely be delayed for sometime.

It was not too long ago that the firefighters got a large raise, but all looked good at the time. Development was pushing big money into the city budget, and they were spending it faster then it could get in the bank. We are at a point when some outside-of-the-box thinking may be needed here. I am no expert in public safety, but the way calls are handled needs to be changed. The status quo of "that's how we have done it for 100 years" needs to go out the door.

When a fire truck has to role out on a smashed thumb call, something is wrong. I do not have the answer, but maybe we need GPS in the ambulances or cross trained police/fire fighters. Something needs to change somewhere, because public saftey is not something we can do without. But maybe we can do it different to avoid layoffs and budget problems?

Thursday, February 05, 2009

WJUSD to cut 65 positions, yet admin get raises

This is clearly a problem. Despite laying off teachers, cutting programs and contemplating the closing of schools, the District decided to make a title change to one of their top administrators, resulting in a large raise. A raise between 25k - 35k a year. Simply because of a title change?

Michael Stevens who has been an Assistant Superintendent in the Human Resource Services department for years, had his title changed to "Associate" Superintendent, which comes with a hefty pay raise. This happened at the January 22 board meeting on item J 1-H. You can View the agenda item J 1-H here. You can also see the latest salary schedule I could find on the district web page here.

On the salary schedule you can see the pay difference between Assistant and Associate. I am not quite sure how this can be justified with the current financial situation.

The Democrat today ran a story on the financial problem. You can view it here.

The story lists numerous positions, around 65, on the chopping block. Most notably 25 kindergarten and third grade positions and the closing of Willow Springs and Grafton Elementary.

They also have a quote from Mike Stevens, who they identified by his old title "Assistant Superintendent." Here is what he had to say: "The whole idea for layoffs is difficult to staff and you don't want to notice the entire district and come back later and pick and choose who gets the jobs."

Here is some money saving advice: Change your title back to Assistant and you will potentially save the district 70 thousand dollars over the next two years. That might just be one more teacher back in the classroom.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The Woodland Record

We are going to pretty much stop cross posting stories here and on the Woodland Record. We are getting too many to keep it up. So if you want to read a wide variety of stories, log on to www.woodlandrecord.com and look through all of the different sections. Our Feb print edition should be on your driveway this coming weekend. We have some great articles in this edition. We will post story titles and highlights from the Record on this blog about once a week.

For now this will serve as the commentary and opinion section of the Woodland Record. If we feel we have a hot topic for some discussion, we will post it over here. We do moderate comments, but 99.9% get through, so keep the comments coming.

Last WJUSD forum tomorrow

I just got a call from the WJUSD, notifying me that tomorrow from 7:00 to 8:30 will be the last open forum for the Superintendent search. It will be located in the district office building. I wonder if they are going to pay us for our input? I know what qualities we do not want in a new Superintendent. Definitely do not let them bring in their personal team of buddies.

Here is a flier on the forum.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Alleged prostitution in downtown Davis stuns residents

By Hudson Sangree of SacBee.com:

Davis residents were shocked last week when police arrested a woman who they say offered an undercover cop more than a back rub at a massage business in the family-friendly college town.

Read more at SacBee.com,

Monday, February 02, 2009

Yolo County Supervisor: Government like a business

From rexroad.com:

As someone that is constantly observing government and politics I used to cringe when I hear people say "government needs to run like a business." It is not a business. It just is not.

Government does things that no business entity would ever do. In the county government system there are tens of millions of dollars spent each year that can't possibly be justified on a business model approach.

Read more at rexroad.com

Murder mystery and wine tasting at the library


From the Friends of the Library:

On Saturday, February 7, the Friends of the Woodland Library will present their 10th Annual Murder Mystery fundraising activity in the Woodland Public Library at 250 First Street.

Guests are invited to scour the library for clues in an effort to solve the mystery and win a prize. Additional clues abound in the three act play featuring local celebrities. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the play "Dead 2 Rights," which presents a corporate board meeting gone awry, will begin at 7:30 pm.

Read more at the Woodland Record.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

The ultimate "staycation" - restaurants team up to bring carnival to Downtown Woodland

From the Tazzina Bistro:

There is no need to brave the hoards in New Orleans, the air fare or the inflated hotel prices. Carnival is being celebrated in Yolo County... specifically, in the historic Downtown Woodland. Kicking off on Saturday, February 21, the Krewe of Tazzina Bistro will be hosting a Mardi Gras bash with costumes, beads, cocktails, New Orleans-inspired food and dancing to live music by Big Mo & the Full Moon Band – an award winning seven-piece blues band. For a $10 cover charge the party starts at 5 pm and will continue until 11 pm.

Read more at the Woodland Record – Business Announcements.