Friday, December 30, 2011

If you want to see 'The Artist," you'll need to go to Tower Theatre

With the December 14, 2010, decision by the Woodland City Council, a thousand-plus local supporters of the State Theatre Renovation and Expansion project (Project 105 in the Downtown Specific Plan) were denied experiencing fine feature films in our own historic theater this summer. The plan presented by local developer Ron Caceres was highlighted by a "grand opening" simultaneous to a 75th Anniversary for the State Theatre.

Woodlanders and regional movie buffs won't be able to experience such films as "The Artist," (six Golden Globe nominations) in a clean, restored theater... and may not even be able to experience any film downtown as the city-favored Paul Petrovich multiplex shows no sign of opening at all. City council is considering purchasing the site of the multiplex but refuses to say why. Rumor has it that Petrovich is at odds with Cinema West (imagine that) and wants to trade 801 Main Street for the newly acquired 22-acre parcel given to the city by the New Woodland Partners (who were denied annexation by the city in favor of Gateway II).


Thursday, December 08, 2011

Yolo Sun: Council credibility at stake with lawsuit against Petrovich

Excerpt from Part One of the Yolo Sun investigative series "Yolo Court to rule on challenge to city council approval of Petrovich’s Gateway 2 project:"

Woodland City Council and Paul Petrovich have a very big court date.

During the planning process leading up to municipal approval for Petrovich’s latest proposed development project, several allegations and objections were raised about unlawful city council conduct concerning this approval.

Two days after city council approval of Petrovich’s project in September, Davis-based California Clean Energy Committee, through its attorney Eugene Wilson, filed a dense and detailed legal challenge to this project alleging various forms of failure to comply with state environmental law.

Thus, Paul Petrovich’s biggest-yet development project, 60+ acres of wide open, general commercial (C-2) zoning set to be annexed into Woodland, adjacent to his Gateway 1 development, alongside another 90+ acres of farmland Petrovich also owns (which because of this (Gateway 2) project would become inclined toward eventual development) — as well as political credibility of a majority of Woodland City Council — is now set for a key judicial hearing on a Petition for Peremptory Writ Of Mandate in Yolo County Superior Court on March 29, 2012.

It’s well worth noticing that this hugely significant lawsuit will be proceeding toward its conclusion (absent appeal) during a period of time coinciding with the political campaign for Woodland’s next city council election (June 5, 2012).

On November 3, 2011, attorneys for City of Woodland in defense of Petrovich’s Gateway 2 project became Remy, Thomas, Moose and Manley — a relevantly famous law firm, which has for decades published the ultimate litigation (reference) guide involving CEQA.