Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Davis lawyer submits referendum against city's water rate increases

From the California Aggie article "Local lawyer submits referendum against water rate hikes" by Einat Gilboa:

On Monday, City Clerk Zoe S. Mirabile acknowledged that Davis lawyer Michael Harrington submitted to her office petitions for a referendum against Ordinance No. 2381, a motion that would have increased the base and metered water rates in the City of Davis.

Five thousand one hundred twenty four signatures were obtained, stated the petition receipt. Three thousand seven hundred were needed to overturn the ordinance.

Ordinance No. 2381 decreed that the City of Davis could increase water rates up to 14 percent per year for the next five years, stated the City of Davis website.

Read the rest at TheAggie.org.

Monday, October 24, 2011

YoloBus: Improved service means increased ridership

From the Yolo Sun:

Yolo County’s bus chief, for almost 30 years the brilliant, visionary, driving force behind its public transportation system, desires it to have carried the equivalent of the current population of California (now ~37 million) before he retires. At the present time, YoloBus is fast approaching 30 million passengers (since 1982), far surpassing the population of Texas.

While those figures are immense, consider the fact that YoloBus has already provided almost 300 million passenger miles, 11,495 times around the world riding separately.

Terry Bassett, when he finally achieves this goal of matching the whole state population in total YoloBus rides and attempts to retire, will be impossible to replace. His presence is synonymous with this county transit system, spending his career for its building. YoloBus was recently selected as one of the very best systems in the entire United States.

Read the rest at YoloSun.wordpress.com.

Letter to Daily Democrat: Council needs to listen to Woodlanders

From the Woodland Record:

On October 9 DailyDemocrat.com published an opinion piece called "Woodlanders need to let city officials know what they want." Although the content of the editorial never specified how Woodlanders don't let city official know what they want, the title makes that insinuation in regard to planning issues. Of course when it comes to planning, the city council has shown a strong tendency to listen only to themselves and on Sacramento developer. Here is a letter in response to that article:"

Dear Editor of the Daily Democrat:

A more appropriate headline and accompanying opinion for your article on Sunday, Oct. 9, would have been "City officials need to listen to Woodlanders."

Your title implies that Woodlanders have blithely sat by while the City Council and city staff have grappled with tough choices regarding downtown and outlying development. The reality is quite the contrary.

Last year, our city council and city staff had a choice between two proposals to significantly enhance our downtown by adding a multiplex theatre. All seemed to agree that a theatre complex could be a much needed attraction that would not only draw more people downtown but also attract additional businesses that could revitalize Woodland's core. The city council had two proposals- one by Sacramento developer Paul Petrovich to build a non-descript multiplex at Third and Main streets. The second by local developer and Woodland resident Ron Caceres to renovate and restore the historic State Theatre to its original elegance while incorporating a modern ten screen theatre.

Read the rest at WoodlandRecord.com.

Yolo County Taxpayers Assn. hosts surface water forum Wed.

Sacramento developer Paul Petrovich is tied to yet another Woodland project. Make sure you check some facts before you go to the YCTA Surface Water Forum. Click here.

From the Woodland Record:

The Forum will include an overview of the surface water project, which is being managed by the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency, a joint powers authority of the Cities of Woodland and Davis.

The Forum will also feature a panel comprised of Woodland Public Works Director Greg Meyer, Woodland City Councilman Bill Marble, Woodland Principal Engineer Doug Baxter, and Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency engineer Jim Yost to answer questions about the project, its costs, and plans to finance it primarily through water rates.

Read the rest at WoodlandRecord.com

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Yolo Sun: Double-talk in Gateway II approval is a double-cross of downtown

Excerpts from the Yolo Sun opinion piece "SacBee article outlines local planning context; illumination between-the-lines still required:"

Initially, general development drift was westerly, most commercial zoning kept along Main and Court Streets. Much of this earlier “strip-mall” type of development (in Sangree’s words), “proliferated and deteriorated.”

Significantly adverse community blight currently exists related to this (in Petrovich’s words): “obsolete retail — four-and-five-decade-old stuff when there were a lot of shop tenants in the world before the advent of big-box,” as Sangree’s story starkly confirms.

Woodland presently has ~276 acres of vacant / undeveloped commercial property, with about a quarter-million square feet of vacant retail space. Blight is a major ingredient in the present experience of our downtown.

Excitement with County Faire Mall developers (a Petrovich of those days) led to a totally unnecessary selling-out of our downtown’s entertainment function, with Mall inclusion of a new movie-theater complex, for decades undermining any possibility of supporting renovation and expansion of historic State Theatre (oddly, a prime goal of our original Downtown Specific Plan adopted shortly after the Mall opened — but now seemingly buried forever by the recent, perverse and non-transparent city council decision to permit Chase Bank to occupy a needed, adjacent parcel).

A clear litmus test of utter nonsense regarding the newly proposed, double-breasted Gateway is that one-third of the commercial zoning (20 of 60 acres) is being designated for motor vehicle dealerships, allegedly vacating Main Street; while at the same time, the city is beginning to assist these very same dealerships with locating at another site in eastern Woodland.

There are no motor vehicle dealerships on Main Street that will relocate into Petrovich’s commercial crypt at a new Gateway. Bad-faith thus flows from its basic developmental documents, staining our civic processes, while a majority of our city council members appear oblivious.

Here is a case of double-talk turning out a double-barreled Gateway and a double-cross of our downtown.

Read the entire article at YoloSun.wordpress.com.

Read Hudson Sangree's SacBee.com story "Big-box development on outskirts of Woodland leaves downtown in decline."

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Woodlander Steven Peyton named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week

Woodlander Stephen Peyton makes one of ten tackles against Holy Cross on Saturday. Photo by David Silverman, dspics.com.

Excerpt from the Brown University article "Steven Peyton named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week:"

Brown senior safety Stephen Peyton (Woodland, CA) has been named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding play in Brown's 20-13 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday, enabling the Bears to extend their record to 3-1 on the season.

Read the rest at BrownBears.com.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

City council names former Fairfield city manager to take helm, $20,326 per month contract to be approved Tuesday

From the Woodland Record:

The Woodland City Council named former Fairfield City Manager Kevin O’Rourke as interim city manager following a closed session held on September 20. O’Rourke will replace Mark Deven who left Woodland to become city manager of Arvada, Colorado. Deven’s last day in Woodland was September 23.

Read more at WoodlandRecord.com.

See the proposed contract for O'Rourke at CityOfWoodland.org.