Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Scottish Games makes the LA Times

Check it out. (You'll have to scroll down a wee bit.)

This was discovered the Yolo County Visitors Bureau who forwarded it the City of Woodland and the Yolo County Fair.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Council to discuss $5.7 million deficit in special session

From the staff report:

Report in Brief: Staff has completed the initial development of the FY 2011 General Fund budget. Unfortunately, the City’s General Fund revenues will continue to decline over the next year while expenditures in certain areas will increase slightly. As a result of the decline in revenues, the City’s General Fund deficit at this time is projected at $5,639,637.

In response to this deficit, the City Manager’s budget review team has met with all departments and developed strategies to address the deficit primarily through significant reductions in expenditures. These reductions need to correct the City’s continuous fiscal imbalance by reducing employees, programs and service levels in a manner that will be sustainable over the next ten years. All departments have cooperated by providing detailed, reasoned and prioritized expenditure reduction options for the City Council and the community to consider. The information and alternatives presented on March 30 will begin the consideration process.

Staff recommends that the City Council receive the presentation on alternatives to balance the FY 2011 General Fund and provide direction that will reduce expenditures to balance the approximate $5.7 million deficit as described herein.

Read some excerpts of the report at

Read the entire report at

The special session will take place at the Community and Senior Center, 2001 East Street, Woodland, on Tuesday, March 30, 6 pm.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Paul W. Hollingshead photography exhibit ends Wednesday at UC Davis

From the Cal Aggie Alumni Association Web site:

Paul W. Hollingshead Historical Photography Collection

The Cal Aggie Alumni Association is proud to display our newest exhibit here at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center:

Paul W. Hollingshead – Photographer – “Faces and Places of Bygone Days.” Black and white photographs covering The Roaring ‘20s through World War II.

In 1932 Paul and Vera Hollingshead opened the Hollingshead Studio in Woodland, California.

An almost forgotten treasury of 5,000 photographs and 8” x 10” negatives dating back 100 years has literally been brought to light by UC Davis Alumnus Bill Hollingshead, son of Paul W. Hollingshead (1896-1974).

Paul W. Hollingshead was a contemporary of photographers Edward Steichen (1879-1973), Edward Weston (1886-1956), Ansel Adams (1902-1984) and Dorthea Lange (1895-1965). Though little known nationally, the photographs are museum quality.


Friday, March 26, 2010

West Cross fire makes KCRA news

From the KCRA article "Fire Rips Through Woodland House, "Blaze Occurs On West Cross Street:"

A two-alarm house fire broke out early Friday in Woodland. The blaze occurred in the 700 block of West Cross Street.
A woman who lives in the home was taken to a local hospital, but the nature of her injuries was not immediately known.

See the rest at

Note: Members of the UC Davis Fire Department were seen in the video. Why were they there?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Brooks resident responds to Thompson/Morrison editorial in Daily Democrat

From the Woodland Record - Letters to the Editor:

"This is in answer to last Friday’s op-ed in the Democrat by Helen Thomson and David Morrison. Democrat wouldn’t run it, told me I had 450 words. Hope the WR can run it in its entirety."

Here it is:

In the Daily Democrat editorial, “Yolo County works to build better communities” Helen Thomson and David Morrison describe how the Yolo County Planning and Public Works Department is able to assist in “successfully navigating through the maze of confusing regulations.”

Are they kidding? Has anybody looked at the new Yolo County General Plan?

Every type of land use restriction imaginable on your land and my land is in the document.

Helen Thomson has always told the agricultural community that agriculture was the county’s first priority, but the General Plan drops the Williamson Act when it would only take a little over $1M a year to fund it.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Warriner to give "Cut Throat" only ten years for Triple Nickel killing

This photo of Marcelino “Cut Throat” Michel (to be sentenced ten years, four months) and 19 year-old Rachelle Pease (sentenced two years) was labeled 'kIsSeS tO Da hAtErZ' on Michel's MySpace Web page.

From Yolo County, District Attorney:

On March 23, 2010, a 29 year old Woodland man, Marcelino Michel, pled no contest to voluntary manslaughter and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm for his role in the July 26th, 2009, shooting death of William Martinez. Michel also made admissions that will enhance his sentence including that he had been convicted of a prior “strike” offense and that he had served three prior terms in state prison.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Norteño Vasquez faces life for shooting his pot dealer in the back and asking homies to mess with witnesses

From Yolo County, District Attorney:

On March 22 a Yolo County jury convicted 22 year-old Woodland resident Anthony Vasquez of robbery and attempting to dissuade a witness.

On May 5, 2008, Vasquez, a Norteño gang member, made arrangements to buy marijuana from the victim. When the victim arrived to meet him for the sale, Vasquez got into the back seat of the victim's car. As the victim began to show the marijuana to Vasquez, Vasquez grabbed the marijuana and shot the victim in the chest from the back seat. Vasquez then returned to a party he had been at earlier. The victim underwent hours of surgery to repair damage from the bullet that pierced his lung. Authorities looked for Vasquez for six months before finally finding him hiding in a local hotel room.


WOH: "Noises Off" closes this weekend, Rotary dinner and auction Mar. 27

From the Woodland Opera House:

Noises Off, a backstage farce, will have you rolling in the aisles with its hilarious comedy depicting the onstage and backstage antics of a fifth-rate bumbling acting troupe touring its production of "Nothing On", a bedroom farce. This comedy will take you behind the scenes of this outrageous production that will keep you laughing with misspoken lines, missed cues, slamming doors, offstage shenanigans and onstage slapstick.

Reserved tickets are $17 adults, $15 seniors 62+ (this show is an adult farce and rated PG 13).

Read about the Rotary dinner and auction at

Monday, March 22, 2010

Opinion: Representatives receive Redress of Grievance request regarding global warming

From the Woodland Record – Letter to the editor:

Subject: Citizen Redress of Grievance regarding human-caused climate change claim and subsequent legislation and regulations

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger, Rep. Wally Herger, Rep. Dan Lungren, Senator Aanestad, Senator Feinstein, Assemblyman Nielsen and County Supervisors:

As citizens of Yolo County and Colusa County, the State of California, and United States of America, we feel it is our duty to submit to you a request for a Redress of Grievance as guaranteed under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, regarding the fraudulent hypothesis that global warming/climate change is human-caused. Of serious concern are the resultant outcomes of such untruths that have or will impact legislation, regulations, and taxes/fees in such a manner that will violate our personal and collective freedoms, confiscate our property and financial resources, and impact generations to come.

Read the rest at

Friday, March 19, 2010

Woodlander Bob Buchignani makes the news!

Woodland Sports Park project pitched as 'patent-pending' SportaFence by former employees

Does the location shown in this video look familiar? It should. The video was shot at the City of Woodland Community and Senior Center Sports Park. And those people in the video are City of Woodland employees. The "SportaFence" was actually produced in a collaboration between the City of Woodland – whose employee(s) planned the fencing system while on the City of Woodland payroll – and its vendor/fabricator, the S&S Fence Company of Sacramento.

Dan Gentry was the Parks and Recreation Director at the time. Gentry was one of several managers who accepted a "golden handshake" as a result of city budget cuts.

The SportaFence design – touted as "patent-pending" by the company made up of former city employee's Gentry, Richard Kirkwood (former city manager) and Joan Drayton (former financial director) – could legally be the intellectual property of the employer, the City of Woodland. A response to the RFP for the Sports Park fencing was received by the city on January 28, 2009. The SportaFence Web site domain registration occurred on May 11, 2009. According to Parks and Recreation Commission minutes, Gentry's retirement was effective July 31, 2009.

Click here to read about the SportaFence team.

Note: This article has changed as information became available.

Science & Technology Academy

The proposed Charter School in Knights Landing is holding an open house this weekend from 1 - 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. This looks very exciting and I will be going and checking it out.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Revised Measure E funding plan delayed

Excerpts from the Yolo Sun article "Pivotal Measure E fund reallocation delayed:"

Recent estimates of total revenue generated by 2006 Woodland Municipal Measure E (twelve year, half-cent sales tax increment, for a variety of capital improvements) have been revised dramatically downward — and a major set of reallocations was due to be on the City Council agenda for March 16.

However, City Manager Mark Deven explained that this item was pulled due to, yet, insufficient staff time being available to properly prepare it. He indicates that it will indeed appear on an upcoming agenda.

Measure E formally specified that one recipient of its funds would have utter and complete (advisory) priority over all the others: Road building and maintenance.

All other recipients, the community’s library, parks & recreation, the Opera House, city hall, even a new community / senior center, were only informally provided allocations (although, the opera house was recently provided a specific amount to complete its — now also delayed — expansion project)..

Road building and maintenance, however, was explicitly assigned a 45% share or $30,200,000, whichever is greater.

This formal language in Measure E thus operates to effectively guarantee that: Whatever future economic conditions ensue — a full 45% of 2006 revenue projections is firmly locked up for roads at the very outset.

What this means in practical terms, as Deven agree, is that the allocation rate for roads is now no longer just 45% — but rather is fast approaching 70%.

Read the entire article at

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Council expected to approve community service awards tonight, presentation on April 22


Subject: 2010 Community Service Awards Nominating Committee Report

Report in Brief

The Community Service Award Nominating Committee has completed the selection process for the 2010 Community Service Awards. The Committee has selected the following citizens to receive the 2010 Community Service Awards:

Marilyn Kregel
Anita Long
Larry Martinez
Kathryn J. Hess Trott
Woodland Rotary Clubs


Sunday, March 14, 2010

2010 Capay Valley Almond Festival today

From the Esparto Regional Chamber:

The Capay Valley Almond Festival began in 1915 and has been a Northern California tradition. The only five town event in Northern California, the festival is a showcase of the Esparto/Capay Valley Region. It began in the fall after the harvest and moved years later to the spring, in order to show off the lovely blossoms. Of recent years the festival has received large amounts of rain and wind and this year the festival moved to the month of March.

Read the rest of the festival's history and look at the schedule of events.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Arbor Day celebrations today at Ferns Park and Gibson House

Woodland Tree Foundation volunteer Rolf Frankenbach planted and watered this oak seedling last fall. Courtesy photo.

From the Woodland Tree Foundation:

Today Woodlanders will have two opportunities to celebrate Arbor Day, a tree planting at Ferns Park, and an array of festivities at the Gibson House Museum. When participants gather at either location they will honor a tradition that stretches back over a century. To be exact, Arbor Day was first celebrated 107 years ago in Woodland when the Women’s Improvement Club organized the inaugural event held in February 1903.

For a small rural town like Woodland with few outside distractions and in love with its towering native Valley Oaks and other precious trees planted by its pioneers in an age without air conditioning or even electric fans, Arbor Day was a real happening, a day to rejoice in the wondrous green gifts of Mother Nature. Arbor Day harnessed the passion of the community inspired to continually enhance the lovely garden city that arose out of an ancient oak forest at the hands of hard working and visionary pioneers.


Friday, March 12, 2010

CASA urges vote in final days of Yolo Federal Credit Union campaign

"It's the last few days of a contest that Yolo County CASA is in to receive $1,500 - we need votes and we need you to help spread the word."

"Go to Give-A-Click... and vote Yolo County CASA."

"Thank you for your help and support!"

Pam Nardinelli
Training & Recruitment Coordinator
Yolo County CASA

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Bee reports WHS removed from list - the wonders of bureacracy and spin revealed

From the Sacramento Bee article "Sacramento schools added to low-performing list; others removed:"

Encina Preparatory High School in Sacramento and Highlands Academy of Arts and and Design in North Highlands were added to the state's list of persistently lowest-performing schools Wednesday.

And Natomas High School and Woodland High School were dropped off.

The changes came as California Department of Education officials tweaked the list using new criteria they plan to recommend the state school board approve today.

Read the rest at

Monday, March 08, 2010

Woodland High identified as persistent low achiever, CDE to recalculate list for possible removal

From Woodland Joint Unified School District:

Woodland High School has been identified by the CDE as a “persistently low achieving” school. Today at 1:30 p.m., WJUSD was notified CDE is recalculating the list and it is unknown if WHS will be removed from the list or will remain on the list. The decision will be finalized at the Department of Education Board meeting on Thursday, March 11. WJUSD will continue planning to prepare for either scenario.


The Woodland Journal is three today

First post by The Realist:

March 8, 2007

Why do the firefighters want more money?

I see the firefighters out picketing City Hall, trying to muster some support with signs such as "just asking for average pay". What do they want the public to do? I would love to have the firefighters make more money, as much as NBA players, but that is not reality.

Read the rest and check out the 23 comments.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Friday, March 05, 2010

First Friday events: Blue Wing Gallery, Studio Artists Gallery and the last Concept Birth Gallery show

From the San Francisco Examiner article "Sacramento Midtown Alley Mural inspires Woodland gallery exhibit - Aces, Queens and Suicide Kings:"

Sacramento has its Second Saturday Art Walk like many other major cities across the United States but neighbor Woodland has identified its target as First Friday which is a good thing for art connoisseurs who want to enjoy the receptions and crowds in Sacramento and perhaps get out on a First Friday for more celebration of art and the artists. On March 5th 2010, Blue Wing Gallery at 405 Main Street, Woodland, will be opening its exhibit featuring twenty of Northern California’s prized artists who participated in the Sacramento Midtown Alley Project (MAP).

Read the rest at

From the Studio Artists Gallery:

Studio Artists Gallery is featuring Woodland photographer Larry Powell during the Downtown First Friday event on March 5. Powell will be at the gallery during the Friday reception from 6 to 9 pm with his portfolio, matted and framed works. Refreshments will be served. Studio Artists Gallery is located at 1021 Lincoln Avenue Ste. B in Woodland. Please call (530) 662-7485 for more information or directions.

From the Concept Birth Gallery:

Dearest Concept Birth goers, and non-goers: This is an event you wont want to miss, even though you will miss us when we are gone. For this First Friday event in woodland, art itself will be taking over the heart of Main Street. Not only will there be the Aces Queens & Suicide Kings show at the Blue Wing Gallery, but Concept Birth will be hosting its final art show, which will include movies by Same Track Pictures, beautiful accoustic guitar by Kyle McDermid, and some good ol' fashioned hip-hop.
Spread the art word, and join us for our last show – 524 Main Street, above Woodland Travel.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Pease gets two years in state pen for accessory to July Triple Nickel murder

From Yolo County - District Attorney's Office:

On March 4 [today] the Honorable Thomas Warriner sentenced 19 year-old Sacramento woman Rachelle Pease to state prison for two years for being an accessory to the murder of William Martinez, age 17, of Woodland.

Martinez was shot to death July 26, 2009, during an altercation on [555] Matmor Road [Triple Nickel] in Woodland. Shortly thereafter, the Yolo County Superior Court issued an arrest warrant for Pease’s husband, Marcelino Michel.

An extended search for Pease and Michel ended eleven days later in Southern California. It was alleged that Pease used her extended family to hide Michel from law enforcement. The pair was quickly brought back to Woodland.

Michel is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the murder case March 8.

This photo of accused murderer Marcelino “Cut Throat” Michel and 19 year-old Rachelle Pease was labeled 'kIsSeS tO Da hAtErZ' on Michel's MySpace Web page.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Downtown theater updates: RFP or not to RFP, Hoblit or not to Hoblit

Excerpts from the Woodland Record article "Downtown theater updates:"

City manager Mark Deven does not know when the RFP issue will be on the council’s agenda – but a closed session item for the March 2 meeting included 333 Main Street, the City Center Lofts site owned by Ionian Equity, LLC. According to the RDA monthly report for that meeting “staff was directed to evaluate the possibility of moving Hoblit Chrysler to 333 Main Street.”

When asked specifically about the Hoblit site, Deven said, “One of the pieces of information we are evaluating is the possibility of relocating Hoblit, if necessary. We need to understand what the costs would be. We simply want to make sure that the courses of action that may be considered with respect to the theatre does not have the unintended consequence of causing Hoblit to leave Woodland. Car dealerships are major sales tax generators and that is the issue. Certainly a course of action that results in development of a theatre in a location other than their current location would not require Hoblit to relocate.”

Deven continued, “I believe staff and the agency board are in agreement that there are at least two options for the theater. Full consideration of both options could require Hoblit to relocate.”

To that end, the city has hired a consulting firm to conduct a cultural resources report for the Hoblit site. Deven said that “staff has engaged Carol Roland at Meade and Hunt, Inc., at a cost of $2,000 who should have a report completed soon.”

Read the rest at

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Stroll to be biennial beginning 2012: This year and next will feature smaller events

From the Stroll Through History Committee:

In future years, Woodland will still have its unique Stroll Through History, but not every year. The Stroll Through History Committee has announced that the Stroll has been changed to every two years with the next Stroll Day on September 8, 2012.

Read the press release at

Monday, March 01, 2010

Penrose enters NCSA Hall of Fame

40th annual awards dinner benefits student athletes

Winters High grad Megan Avellar was a 2009 NCSA scholarship recipient

From the Northern California Sports Association

CRAIG PENROSE of Woodland will be one of twelve professional athletes inducted in the Northern California Sports Association Hall of Fame.

On March 20, the NCSA will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of its “Annual Hall of Fame Awards.” This year’s inductions will be special with the installation of former major league level athletes from the NFL, PGA and MLB.

Craig was a standout athlete, playing football and basketball, at Woodland High School in his birthplace and hometown. He keyed an undefeated Metro League championship football team (10-0) in 1970, including an epic triumph over Cordova High School.


Be sure to check out the expanded article with photos in the March edition of the Woodland Record newspaper – at a news rack near you!