New developments planned for Woodland

The Daily Democrat received a notice from Target on Feb. 1 stating it would no longer be publishing its printed weekly advertisements in the print edition.

Normally, these inserts can be seen each Sunday. However, Carrie Dahl, manager for media strategy, sent an email to The Democrat stating that “As Target’s guests are increasingly shopping online and using our digital weekly ad and Target Circle program to learn about sales and offers, we’ll be scaling back the number of printed weekly ads we distribute. Because of this change, Target will no longer be using select publications to distribute our weekly ad, effective with the March Week 1 Event (Feb. 28).

“This decision was made based on careful thought and consideration, and we appreciate your understanding,” the message continues.

Now, Target didn’t want to take out a paid ad to make this announcement, but the company did offer this advice:

“You may get calls from your subscribers wondering where the Target ad is. Below is verbiage you can share with your subscribers: Target is scaling back the number of printed weekly ads being distributed. due to this change Target is no longer using this publication to distribute the weekly ad. For additional information, please contact Target guest relations directly at 1 (800) 440-0680 or visit Target.com/ContactUs to reach the team.”

Consider yourself notified and call if you like.

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L&L Hawaiian Barbecue is coming to the Westgate Shopping Center on the far west side of town at 353 W. Main St. As a result, L&L is hiring crew members for the restaurant scheduled to open in mid-February at Westgate Shopping Center, located at 353 W Main Street.

The restaurant will hire four cashiers and three cooks. Interested applicants from Woodland and surrounding communities should call 723-5001. Please leave a detailed message where you can be reached.

The 1,400-square-foot restaurant will join six other L&L Hawaiian Barbecue locations in the Sacramento area including two in Roseville and one in Elk Grove. The Woodland location will serve Yolo County including Davis, Knights Landing, Esparto, Capay, Winters, Sacramento County and Vacaville in Solano County.

Like all L&L Hawaiian Barbecue locations, the new restaurant will serve Hawaiian comfort food for takeout. It will also offer dine-in services if state executive orders and restrictions allow at the time of the opening.

Founded in Honolulu as L&L Dairy in 1952, L&L became a popular eatery in Hawaii. The  L&L Hawai‘i brand was founded in 1976 by Eddie Flores, Jr. and Johnson Kam, who have grown the company into a popular restaurant franchise specializing in Hawaii cuisine throughout the world. Today L&L Hawai‘i offers Hawaiian-style comfort food and hospitality at its 207 locations throughout 15 states and Japan.

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The Sacramento Business Journal reported last week and Woodland Mayor Tom Stallard confirmed on Tuesday during a City Council meeting that developer Gary Kamilos is moving ahead with a 455-acre industrial project in the northeast side of the city, after a lawsuit against him over a loan for the project was dismissed.

Kamilos, of Gold river-based Kamilos cos., recently refinanced the California Compass Logistic Center, which allow him to buy out other partners and take sole possession of it. That means he’s ready to start marketing the first phase of development, which is 150 acres and located within city limits. Now, according to the Business Journal and Stallard, Kamilos is starting early work to apply for annexing the other 305 acres into city limits.

Kamilos told the Business Journal that while the property outside of woodland is planned to be part of the center, there’s no specific plans for it at present. Capital Compass will be targeted at e-commerce companies needing distribution and logistic space. The number of buildings will depend on demand. The total square footage is expected to be 4- to 7 million square feet.

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In another bit of development news, don’t forget there is a webinar set on a draft specific plan for Woodland’s 351-acre Research and Technology Park southeast of town. Two webinars are scheduled at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb, 9; and Thursday, Feb. 11. City staff will provide the presentations and offer an opportunity for questions and answers.

The second webinar, scheduled for Feb. 11, is designed for residents of the Spring Lake Subdivision, but all are welcome to attend.

To attend the meeting, people should go to https://zoom.us/j/95100895874; or telephone 1 (669) 900-6833; the webinar ID is 951 0089 5874.

The envisioned Research and Technology Park on what is now farmland southeast of Woodland was given tentative approval in whole by the Woodland City Council in late November, but now a “specific plan” is being considered which will get down to the nitty-gritty of developing a timeline for construction, location of various housing, business, and recreational sites along with other details.

People can view the draft specific plan on the city’s website at https://www.cityofwoodland.org/ResearchPark.

Future outreach sessions will be scheduled as the project moves toward final hearings in May 2021.

In general, the proposed, mixed-use development would feature nearly 2.2 million square feet of office and research buildings in a “campus-style” setting and 1,600 homes with a 10-acre central park and 22 acres of parks in all separating the neighborhoods from the offices and a small commercial area on 351 acres. It would be located south of Woodland, east of Hwy. 113, and west of Harry Lorenzo Drive in the Spring Lake area, and south of Farmers Central Road to just south of County Road 25A on property now owned by five different landowners.

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Finally, for those who want a say in “strategic planning” for the city in the future, there is Woodland City Council Study Session and Strategic Planning Retreat set by the council for Saturday, Feb. 20.

Specifics haven’t been provided yet, but it’s possible the meeting will be in person. If so, it will be the first in-person meeting of the council in almost 10 months. Past study session have been held at the Community & Senior Center and usually gone an entire day.

Because she has experience at this sort of thing, the session is being organized in part by Vice Mayor Mayra Vega, who promises “a pretty hefty reading packet” for the council and city staff. The session most likely will focus on how to plan for a pandemic economy, setting specific goals for the future as well as greater community accountability.

If you’re interested in attending be prepared to be bored. These meetings are fascinating in terms of their goal-setting, but they really get into the weeds and sometimes the discussions can drag on and on.

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Farm Credit West reported recently that the Board of Directors has voted to distribute a patronage dividend to customer-owners equal to 150 basis points or 1.50% of eligible average outstanding loan balances in 2020.

This patronage dividend includes a pandemic related relief payment of 50 bps distributed to customers during the summer of 2020. Distribution of the additional 100 bps cash patronage will begin in February 2021.

“The dramatic events of 2020 imposed significant challenges to growers and agribusinesses throughout our chartered service area, none of which could have been anticipated,” said Sureena Thiara, chairwoman of the board of directors at Farm Credit West. “While growers and agribusinesses are very familiar with managing the unpredictable, as a member-owned association we felt it was our duty to do everything in our power to support our customers during these challenging times.”

The combined 150 bps patronage distribution for 2020 represents the highest payout Farm Credit West customer-owners have received since the program’s inception in 2002. In each of the years 2018 and 2019, Farm Credit West distributed 100 bps in patronage dividends to customers.

Jim Smith can be reached at [email protected]