Letters: Vote for Scianna, Baker and Vallecillo

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We all win when we have a functional, community-oriented City Council that can engage in discussions with respect. Electing Carol Scianna, Lisa Baker and Albert Vallecillo to serve with incumbents Jesse Loren and Bill Biasi would give us stellar representation.

Where others see challenges, Lisa Baker sees opportunities. When she took the helm at Yolo County Housing Authority, where she was CEO for 14 years, the agency was deeply in the red. Lisa used her financial acumen and resiliency knowledge to turn the agency’s finances around by going green, while also increasing housing options and providing wraparound services. She would bring practicality, creative problem-solving and deep knowledge to Council.

Albert Vallecillo is a thoughtful leader who serves on the Hispanic Advisory Committee, is a founding member of Winters Community Corazón, was a planning commissioner, and was on the steering committee of Keep Winters Winters, the Measure A group. He is a strong proponent of updating Winters’ 30-year-old general plan so our guiding document reflects 21st-century realities.

A remarkable amount of what makes Winters such a good place to live, work and play is traceable to Carol Scianna’s efforts through her volunteerism and past career as the city’s environmental services manager. She’s had major roles in the Putah Creek Nature Park, the car bridge replacement, Winters Friends of the Library programs such as the gazebo concerts and Books for Babies, the Salmon Festival, walk-to-school programs and more. Carol has articulated that Winters’ character is tied to our tradition of connectedness and involvement, and she has ideas for how to continue that even though we now have more neighbors than previously.

I attend all City Council and Planning Commission meetings, and can’t underscore the importance of continuing to have knowledgeable people dedicated to serving our whole community. Please join me in voting for Albert Vallecillo, Lisa Baker and Carol Scianna.


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