Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Samantha's story


Woodlander Samantha Ashburn was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma two years ago. The Ashburn and Canchola families thought they had the cancer beat, but it has returned. Please think of Sammi and her family as they continue to battle this horrible disease.

See Sammi's Caring Bridge site.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

County: Lack of details fatal to Gateway II draft EIR

From the Woodland Record:

In a letter from Yolo County to the City of Woodland regarding a proposed annexation of 154 acres, chairman Helen Thomson stated, "The lack of project details in the Gateway II DEIR is a fatal flaw to the entire environmental analysis." The letter was previously drafted by county staff and approved in today's meeting by the board of supervisors in accordance to the 90-day review period of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Phase II Woodland Gateway Project.

In October, 2009, the county also submitted a response to the project's Notice of Preparation and requested that the city provide more specific details and other key analyses. In the response approved today, Thomson stated, "Unfortunately, the DEIR includes the same hand drawn Site Plan land use map that appeared in the NOP, with no detailed plans for the site other than generalized use areas... that do not have defined acreages" and the "DEIR for the Gateway II project does no meet [the] standard of providing a good and detailed analysis."

During today's discussion county supervisor Matt Rexroad (who represents Woodland) stated, "I don't care about this... this project is not going anywhere."

Read more at Woodland

Read the entire staff report and letter here.

View the discussion of today's agenda item here.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

"Love for Leanna" benefit walk/run is Saturday, July 10

From the Woodland Record:

Dear Friends,

Team “Love for Leanna” is asking for some help for a very special young lady and her mom, Lupe Ramirez. Leanna Elizalde is battling a rare form of cancer that has developed and spread over the last three years from a disease she has battled all of her life called Neurofibromatosis.

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder of the nervous system. It mostly affects how nerve cells form and grow which causes tumors to grow on the nerves. It also causes skin changes, deformed bones and usually starts at birth. Leanna has had a tumor on her ankle for years. It is wrapped around the nerve so tightly that doctors say is too difficult to remove; she had two benign tumors removed from her spine when she was 16. In 2008, Leanna’s senior year of high school, she had a tumor removed from her groin. The tumor, unfortunately, came back malignant. Ten percent of the people with Neurofibromatosis also develop malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (Leanna’s type of cancer).

Read the rest at


Download the Love for Leanna benefit event flyer.

Download the walk/run form.

Download the Dear Friends letter in Word.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Dustin hits 3 homers in 5 for 5 plate explosion, on base 6 times in win over Rockies

From the Boston Red Sox Web site:

Pedroia's historic output carries Red Sox

Jonathan Papelbon's second blown save in as many nights was an afterthought once Dustin Pedroia became the first Red Sox player to homer three times since 2004, lifting Boston in the 10th at Colorado.

Read about Dustin's big night at

Dustin is now in San Francisco to play the Giants in a weekend series. Buy tickets here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Sureño sentenced, Norteño convicted

From the Woodland Record:

WesSac Norteño Broderick Boy convicted of domestic violence

Woodland Sureño gets third strike sentence for Picnic Day sucker punch

City adopts $77 million budget by 4 to 1 approval of Alternative 1, Option A

From the Woodland Record:

On Tuesday, June 22, 2010, the Woodland City Council (and Redevelopment Agency) voted four to one to approve staff recommendations Alternative 1 and Option A for the Fiscal Year 2011 operating budget. The total operating budget for the city /RDA is about $77,141,477 that includes the General Fund, Water Enterprise Fund, Sewer Enterprise Fund, Transportation Program and Redevelopment Agency. City council members Martie Dote, Bill Marble, Skip Davies and Art Pimentel voted for the budget while Jeff Monroe voted against it.

From the staff report by city manager Mark Deven:

Fiscal Year 2011 Proposed Operating Budget Update and 10-Year Financial Plan

The information described herein summarizes the proposed operating expenditures for the City’s General Fund, Water Enterprise Fund, Sewer Enterprise Fund, Transportation Program and Redevelopment Agency. The FY 2011 proposed expenditures for each of the financial plans described herein are summarized as follows:

The Preliminary Fiscal Year 2011 Operating Budget, being presented for adoption reflects the current economic conditions, the Budget and Fiscal Policy and balances services desired by Woodland’s residents, business and the City Council. The General Fund budget includes approximately $3.2 million in expenditure reductions, $1.5 million in estimated new revenue due to the approval of Measure V, $825,000 in revised revenue estimates and identified expenditure savings and up to $307,000 in one time revenue to balance a $5.8 million gap as discussed in the March 30 and May 25 budget workshops. Depending on the option selected, up to 11.5 positions are proposed for elimination with a lesser number of layoffs expected based on the results of the Golden Handshake program. Additional layoffs could occur depending on the results of labor negotiations currently in progress at this time.


Court to select grand jurors for 2010-11

From Superior Court, Yolo County:

The Superior Court of the State Of California for the County of Yolo

In the matter of Estimating, Selecting, and Listing Grand Jurors Required by The Superior Court of the County of Yolo, State of California for the term Commencing July 1, 2010

Pursuant to the Statutes of the State of California: It is hereby ordered that forty-eight (48 persons be nominated as Grand Jurors for the term commencing July 1, 2010. The following persons are hereby selected and listed as those nominated to serve as Grand Jurors during the ensuing fiscal year.

Read the list of nominees at

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

City council, redevelopment agency hold budget session tonight


City Council Special/Study Session
June 22, 2010, 6 pm
City of Woodland
Community and Senior Center Banquet Room
2001 East Street, Woodland


1. Review the Ten Year Capital Improvement Projects, Revenue Assumptions and Anticipated Financing; Authorize Expenditures for Fiscal Years 2010-11 Through 2010-13 (30 minutes)

2. Adopt Preliminary Fiscal Year 2010-11 Operating Budget Based Upon Preferred Option for Allocation of Additional Resources; Authorize Related Actions Including Layoff Notices to Employees; Approve the Chamber of Commerce Budget Task Force Report; Direct the City Manager to Return to City Council with an Implementation Program; Approve Revisions to the Budget and Fiscal Policy (60 minutes)


3. Adopt Resolution Approving the Redevelopment Agency’s FY 2010-11 Annual Budget Fund Balances and New Revenues; Approve for Expenditures (20 minutes)

Letter: Family Water Alliance against proposed Berryessa Snow Mountain designation

Proposed Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area: Draft Management Area Boundaries from

From the Woodland Record - Letter to the Editor:

Family Water Alliance, a grassroots organization for the protection of private property rights and sustainability of agriculture in California, has voiced opposition to the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area proposal since 2007.

A proposal to establish a National Conservation Area for over 500,000 acres in rural Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Napa and Solano counties is drawing opposition from those whom the designation will effect.

The proposal to designate the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area will impact thousands of private property owners throughout the six county region. The concept, spearheaded by Tuleyome, has ranchers, private landowners, county government officials, recreational and resource based groups and OHV users in the region voicing opposition to the proposal.

Read the rest at

About the Family Water Alliance, Inc. from

Continually represents landowners as a grassroots voice on issues of concern through public speaking venues and testimonies. Issues a variety of publications in the form of articles, letters, memoranda, and white papers, reflections FWA's educational positions.

Keeps our constituency aware of issues that affect and impact water rights, private property rights, and rural agricultural communities through a Quarterly Newsletter to over 5,000 homes and businesses.

About Tuleyome from

Tuleyome was founded in 2002 as a volunteer advocacy-oriented nonprofit organization that is focused on protecting both the wild and agricultural heritages of the Putah-Cache bioregion, including all or parts of Yolo, Lake, Napa, Colusa, and Solano counties in northwestern California.

Tuleyome works to these ends by:
• Identifying, protecting, and restoring the watersheds' environmental resources
• Developing opportunities for public enjoyment of the watersheds, compatible with resource protection
• Instilling a greater public appreciation of the natural and environmental resources within the watersheds, and
• Promoting a long-term sustainable agricultural base in the region

Sunday, June 20, 2010

1913: "Why not a Fathers' Day?"

From the public domain

A sermon by a cotemporary couched in humorous phrases
Woodland Daily Democrat
May 15, 1913, page 1

Last Sunday was "Mothers' Day," and it was quite generally observed in the churches. It will, be observed more and more as time passes, until It finally will become, as It should, one of the beautifully and reverently honored days in the year's scroll of days; and unfortunate indeed is he who has no reason to take" loving part in its sacred ceremonies.

But, with profound recognition of the fitness of a "Mothers' Day," this is written to inquire if in, some way poor old dad cannot be given just a little recognition, Mother is all' right, and more than all right, but why should' not the "old man" have some show? Having a "Mothers' Day" annually, would it be paying too much attention to the alleged head of the family to have a Father's Day, say, once in ten years? Doesn't It seem that pa should have a place in the family one-tenth as important as that of ma? Do we ask too much in suggesting such a thing?


# # #

Services in the churches
Woodland Daily Democrat
May 24, 1913, page 5

Methodist Episcopal church, corner North and Second streets – J .V. McAllister, minister. Next Sunday will be known as "Fathers' Day." Everyone is kindly requested to wear a flower and bring a friend with them to church. We purpose recognizing the place and responsibility of the father of our homes, as well as of the mothers.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Theatre Historical Society of America endorses State Theatre Renovation and Expansion

Rendering: Bill McCandless and Associates, Architects

From the Woodland Record – Letter to the Editor:

Re: Incorporating a New Multiplex with the Historic State Theatre in Downtown Woodland

I would like to strongly endorse and recommend that the City of Woodland pursue the development of the multiplex plan which would retain a restored State Theatre as its centerpiece. As a historian and advocate of the revival of such resources for over 25 years, I have seen how such projects can serve as economic engines for historic downtowns. They offer something more than a typical modern multiplex can, however. There is no gentle way to put it – movie theaters of today do not approach the sophistication of style, decor, and atmosphere that those of Hollywood’s classic age still do. Even the younger generations sense this, though they don’t always consciously define it. With the historic State at its center, the design of an additional multiplex structure adjacent will be positively affected – indeed, stylistically elevated – beyond the look of a typical modern movie facility.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

YCHS sponsors free outside movies at Gibson Museum on Friday

From the Yolo County Historical Society:

The Yolo County Historical Society (YCHS) invites everyone to come and enjoy an old fashioned movie night out with the family at the historic Gibson Museum on Friday, June 16, and Friday, June 25.

Bring your lounge chairs, your picnic blankets and your appetites for what promises to be an evening of old-timey movie fun. The YCHS is bringing two great movies to the Gibson Historical Museum in June. Your family will enjoy two classic movies on the Big Screen in a park-like setting. What better movies to watch at Gibson Historical Museum than:

A Night at the Museum I – Friday, June 18th
A Night at the Museum II – Friday, June 25th

Admission is Free! Movies start around 8 pm.


Planning Commission meeting tonight: 'Public Art?'

From the City of Woodland Planning Commission agenda:



12. Public Art Farm Credit West
The applicant is requesting approval for proposed public art in conjunction with an approved building elevation designs to construct a 7,000 square foot financial office building. Subject site (APN 066 040-029) is located at 480 Pioneer Avenue.
Owner: Farm Credit West
Staff Contact: Paul Hanson, AICP, Senior Planner
Recommended Action: Review

Read the rest of the agenda at

Note: There is no Art in Public Places ordinance or program in the City of Woodland.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

County budget hearing started today

From Yolo County, Public Information:

Yolo County recently released its recommended budget for fiscal year 2010-11. Budget hearings are scheduled for June 15 (16 and 17 if needed). Total expenditures are recommended at $308,095,342, with general purpose revenues of $57,352,546 and capital expenditures of $7,998,098. The net operating budget of $271,472,461 (total budget less internal transfers, capital projects and debt service) represents a decline of $16.3 million from 2009-10.


WCS supports community and the world this school year

From the Woodland Record:

By Jacob Engel, sixth grade

Woodland Christian School is a school that doesn’t seem to stop giving back to the community. This past school year, they had a food drive, baked cookies for the local emergency responders, and packed shoeboxes with goodies to send to kids worldwide for Christmas, raised money for economically disadvantaged children in Woodland, and raised money for kids who need shoes worldwide.

The can food drive brought in 3,000 pounds of food, baked 1900 cookies, packed 155 shoeboxes; raised $60 for a local boy, and the 6th grade class raised $25 ($3.40 a pair).


Monday, June 14, 2010

Camera Forum moves monthly meetings to third Tuesdays, next meeting June 15

From the Woodland Record:

The Woodland Camera Forum, Yolo County's longest running photography club, now has a new date and location for their monthly photography programs. Due to the ever increasing attendance by its members, the club needed a larger space and a more convenient time. The meetings are open to the public, are very educational and inspirational, and anyone interested in photography at any level are encouraged to attend.

The club will now meet on the third Tuesday of each month, starting June 15, at 7:30 pm. The new location is Norton Hall at 70 Cottonwood Street, Woodland. Norton Hall is also known to many in Woodland as the “old Ag building.” It is located on Cottonwood, south of Beamer and north of Main Street. There is plenty of off-street parking and it is handicapped accessible.


Gaggle of Gatherings: A Day in the Capay

From the Yolo Basin Foundation:

Get to know one of Yolo County's best kept secrets, the incredible Capay Valley. The day will start in Rumsey at the Cache Creek Lavender Farm, where we'll learn the secrets of growing and marketing lavender. Then we'll move on to a local organic farm where the owners will discuss and share the fruits of their labor. Next we stop at the Capay Valley Vineyard to sample local wines and have a picnic lunch. We'll finish off the day at the Capay Dam where you'll see one of the world's largest inflatable dams. The general manager of the irrigation district will present a fascinating primer on how Yolo County farmers get their water.
Sunday, June 20 • 8:00am-4:00pm • 25 guests • $65

Buy tickets.

WHS alum Todd Haaby will perform at Woodland Opera House this Saturday

From the Woodland Opera House Web site:

WHS alumnus Todd Haaby will perform in concert at Woodland Opera House this Saturday, June 19, at 7:30.

Todd Haaby has come a long way since his days at Woodland High School. Haaby brings his fiery latin flamenco guitar to the Woodland Opera House. He is currently in Hollywood mixing his second CD and will play some of his new material, currently set to release in July.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Woodland developer: I can have State Theatre redone by 2012

2012 will mark the 75th anniversary of the historic State Theatre

From the Daily Democrat article by James Noonan:

In a shining example of how community support can help revitalize Woodland's historic structures, a group of at least 150 concerned citizens gathered inside the Woodland Opera House on Saturday, demonstrating support for the proposed renovation of the State Theatre.

Read the rest at

The presentation by the Friends of the State Theatre was sponsored by Daily Democrat, F&F MultiPrint, RCI Development, Inc., RDM Entertainment & Audio Visual Rentals, Woodland Opera House, and Woodland Record.

Photo: Local developer Ron Caceres took the Woodland Opera House stage and answered questions at the end of the State Theater Renovation and Expansion presentation. Photo by Rich Westphal.

Rendering: Bill McCandless and Associates, Architects

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Backpacks for Kids starts fundraising season

From the Backpacks for Kids Web site:

What a FANTASTIC and GENEROUS community we have in Yolo County! Because of you, YC Backpacks for Kids has been able to distribute backpacks and school supplies to 1,670 deserving children throughout Yolo County for the 2009/10 school year.

WE ARE NOW STARTING THE 2010 BACKPACK FUNDRAISING SEASON ! Plans are already in full swing for our FOURTH ANNUAL Backpacks COMMUNITY CARNVIAL, scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Ferns Park in Woodland. Reservations for booths at our vendor faire are being taken now.

Read how you can help at

Friends of the State Theatre present redevelopment proposal

David Wilkinson and the Friends of the State Theatre would like to remind the community of this morning's presentation about the State Theatre Renovation and Expansion Project proposed by Ron Caceres of Woodland.

The presentation will include:

• A summary of what the Friends of the State Theatre can do to help this project by David Wilkinson
• A slide show of historic photos taken by Paul W. Hollingshead that demonstrate the need to save our old buildings by Bill Hollingshead (this is a rare opportunity to see these photos, including those of the State Theatre, and hear stories of old Woodland – you should come just for this!)
• An overview of the the State Theatre Renovation and Expansion Project by project lead Ron Caceres (who will also reveal the new theater operator and partner in the project, and will answer questions)

State Theatre Project Presentation
10 am (to about 11:30)
Woodland Opera House
340 Second Street, Woodland

Sponsors for the group and event are: RCI Development, Inc., Daily Democrat, Woodland Record, RDM Entertainment & Audio Visual Rental, and David Wilkinson

From a reminder to registered Friends of the State Theatre: "The quick responses and overwhelming support shown by you and the rest of the community demonstrate the importance of saving historical assets such as the State Theatre. You also recognize that this unique project will also benefit the historic downtown and stimulate our local economy by providing an adjacent cineplex (with jobs and clean, state-of-the-art facilities) – and for this you should be commended."

Above: Rendering of the proposed State Theater Renovation and Expansion Project by Bill McCandless and Associates, Architects. Ron Caceres is the local developer who intends restore the State Theatre and add a cinema complex according to the city's Downtown Specific Plan Project 105.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

A Third and Main multiplex will demolish garage, degrade historic district and mandate EIR

From the Woodland Record:

Excerpts from the "Historical Evaluation of the Electric Garage Company" by Mead & Hunt:

The project proposes to demolish the building to facilitate construction of a new movie complex. Demolition is a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historic resource. Demolition of the Electric Garage Company building would remove the oldest building in the district that is directly linked to the sales and servicing of automobiles and associated with the introduction of the automobile into the economy and culture of Woodland and the adjacent region. The development of an automobile transportation system and the mobility that was created in consumer, entertainment, and housing choices for individuals and families, is one of the most profound changes that occurred in twentieth century in American society. Woodland, serving as one of the principal points of distribution for cars in Yolo County, also demonstrated an early and high percentage of auto ownership, adding to the significance of this property type.

Demolition of the Electric Garage Company building has the potential to substantially degrade the quality of environment by eliminating an important example of a major period of California history (CEQA Guidelines § 15065(a)(1). It also has the potential to degrade the Downtown Historic District by eliminating the earliest example of a commercial property type that represents an important event in the early twentieth century commercial development of the Woodland and the region. The elimination of important examples of the major periods of California is a mandatory finding of Significance and requires ' the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (E!R). See CEQA Guidelines, Appendix G.

Read the entire cover letter of the evaluation at

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

3/50 Project founder Cinda Baxter to speak tomorrow morning

From the Woodland Record:

Saving the local economy three stores at a time will be the topic of "3/50 Project" founder Cinda Baxter, scheduled to be held at the Woodland Community and Senior Center, 2001 East Street beginning at 7:30 am tomorrow (Wednesday, June 9).

The Historic Woodland Downtown Business Association along with The City of Woodland and the Woodland Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Cinda for the continental breakfast presentation Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Corner Drug, The House Dresser, RDM Audio Visual and the Woodland Chamber of Commerce.

Read the rest at

Monday, June 07, 2010

LWV: Measure V and Public Guardian/Administrator

From the League of Women Voters:

By Gary Sandy

By Bill Long

Read the arguments at

Q&A with candidates for Public Guardian/Administrator

Read the responses from Cass Sylva and Elizabeth Barber at

Sunday, June 06, 2010

California Preservation Foundation endorses State Theatre renovation and expansion

From the Woodland Record – Letter to the editor:

Cynthia Shallit, Redevelopment Manager
City of Woodland

RE: RFP for Multiplex Theatre in Downtown Woodland

Dear Ms. Shallit,

It has been brought to my attention by CPF Trustee and Treasurer, David Wilkinson, that the Woodland Redevelopment Agency will soon choose between a proposal to build a new multiplex at the site of the historic Electric Garage or a proposal to preserve and rehabilitate the historic State Theatre and expand it into a multiplex. On behalf of the California Preservation Foundation, I urge the RDA to find a way to preserve and rehabilitate the State Theatre. The CPF board of trustees had the pleasure of holding its March 2010 meeting at the Hotel Woodland and touring downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. CPF board and staff were extremely impressed at Woodland's exceptional historic resources.


Thursday, June 03, 2010

Yolo County Historical Society endorses State Theatre renovation and expansion

From the Woodland Record – Letter to the editor:

Cynthia Shallit, Redevelopment Manager
City of Woodland

RE: RFP for Multiplex Theatre in Downtown Woodland

Dear Ms. Shallit,

The Board of Directors of the Yolo County Historical Society discussed the city’s RFP and understands the city will choose between a proposal to build a new multiplex at the site of the historic Electric Garage (Hoblit Motors) or a proposal to preserve and rehabilitate the historic State Theatre and expand it into a multiplex.

The Board of Directors endorses the plan and proposal for the State Theatre.

Read the rest at

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

WPD chief Sullivan offered job in Hillsboro, Oregon

From The Oregonian:

City officials today announced they have chosen a 30-year law enforcement veteran from California to serve as the city's new police chief.

Carey Sullivan, who currently serves as police chief in Woodland, Calif., which is near Sacramento, has been offered the position of the city's new chief, said Erik Jensen, director of the city's administrative department. Sullivan still must complete a background check along with psychological and medical screenings, Jensen said.

Read the whole story from

From the City of Woodland:

Woodland city manager Mark Deven announced today that chief of police Carey Sullivan will
resign his position to take a similar position in Hillsboro, Oregon. Chief Sullivan’s selection was
announced by Hillsboro city manager Sara Jo Chaplen on June 1.