Letters: A message for the City Council on proposed annexation

Keith and Diane Cary submit the letter opposing annexation that they presented to the City Council members.
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Dear Editor, This is the text of the letter we sent to our City Council members: Dear City Council members, We have been dismayed to read about the proposals to annex land north of town in preparation for major development. We have two major comments on this issue: First, we choose to live in Winters because we love the small town atmosphere. We love the slower pace, the community spirit, the ease and convenience of shopping at the market or the hardware store or eating out or attending community events. We have always felt that the small size means that anyone can be heard and can make a difference. The wonderful quality of life in Winters will be threatened and will probably not survive if the town grows as proposed. The effects on traffic, parking, on the schools, on the city budget, will be dire. Do you really want Winters to turn into another Vacaville? We believe that many, many residents would prefer to keep Winters smaller. Second, we strongly object to the way the planning has been conducted in secrecy, behind closed doors, with no opportunity for public input. This is a well-known tactic—keep it secret until plans are so far along that the city is committed and can no longer decide not to proceed. This is undemocratic and deceitful, and probably illegal. It causes people to lose trust in our city government. We need transparency, inclusion, and a thorough and thoughtful planning process to envision the future of our wonderful town. You, council members, need to remember that city staff work for you, and you work for the people of Winters. City staff should not be setting the agenda or determining the way we move forward—and neither should developers. Even if the way staff are handling it is legal, it is not right. Please open up the process for more public input, with a lot of advance notice and good publicity to make it easy for people to participate. One more thing: Why would the city of Winters even consider doing business with someone like Greg Hostetler? He has been the subject of multiple lawsuits for shoddy construction (link) and has been shown to have bribed public officials with gifts or personal loans, who then voted in support of Hostetler projects (link) (link). He is also known to disregard environmental regulations and stick local governments with the liability for his violations (link). Winters deserves better than that. Thank you for your hard work and your dedication to making Winters a great place to live. Sincerely, Keith and Diane Cary


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    1. They still live in Winters. 95694 zip code, WJUSD, vote for local officials, shop in town. Living 5 minutes from town does not all of a sudden make you from another town. They are from Winters and these proposed changes affect all of us.

      I share their concerns. Downtown is at max capacity as it is and I don’t want to see the town grow more than the addition of the already approved homes behind the Middle School.

    1. They still live in Winters. 95694 zip code, WJUSD, vote for local officials, shop in town. Living 5 minutes from town does not all of a sudden make you from another town. They are from Winters and these proposed changes affect all of us.
      I share their concerns. Downtown is at max capacity as it is and I don’t want to see the town grow more than the addition of the already approved homes behind the Middle School.

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