David Greenwald

David Greenwald founded and maintains the political blog The People's Vanguard of Davis.

Web Site: http://davisvanguard.org/


My View: Gauging the Response

Dec 10, 2016
My View: Gauging the Response

This has been a fairly busy week, but I wanted to circle back to two things that happened this week to quickly analyze and opine: the law enforcement response to the hate letter sent to the Davis Islamic Center and the legislation introduced on immigration law. On Tuesday, law enforcement and community leaders pushed...

Another View of the LRDP Process

Dec 10, 2016
Another View of the LRDP Process

by Dan Carson I have reviewed the draft “LRDP Interests Framework” that you will be discussing on Tuesday. My comments are not intended to represent the views of the Finance and Budget Commission, of which I am vice chair, but do represent my views as a citizen of Davis. Good Process But We Need...

Our Winter Fund Drive, New Fundraiser, and Other Site Features

Dec 9, 2016
Our Winter Fund Drive, New Fundraiser, and Other Site Features

Hello readers, it is the end of the year and we are doing our annual drive for donations to help us end this year strong and move into 2017 with the resources we need to continue to bring the latest news and commentary to the Vanguard. We are looking for a modest $3000 which...

Commentary: Council Wants More Housing in Davis

Dec 9, 2016
Commentary: Council Wants More Housing in Davis

Yesterday, in a column, I argued that UC Davis basically traded their proposed housing on Russell Fields for a more substantial win on the issue of providing housing for 90 percent of new students and 40 percent of all students, rather than the 100 percent and 50 percent that the city and other leaders...

Commentary: Hotels Represent Just the First Step Toward Fiscal Resiliency

Dec 9, 2016
Commentary: Hotels Represent Just the First Step Toward Fiscal Resiliency

It is perhaps not ironic that the short discussion on Tuesday night focused on sustainability rather than revenue, but it is interesting that the Residence Inn being able to check off the LEED gold certification was the step that allowed the council to support the otherwise non-controversial hotel at the intersection of Mace and...

Commentary: LRDP Resolution More Complex Than You Think

Dec 8, 2016
Commentary: LRDP Resolution More Complex Than You Think

It might be tempting to think that UC Davis simply caved to the loudest voices in the room on Russell Fields.  But once you drill down into the decision, a decisively more complex situation emerges. The headline is that UC Davis’ Long Range Development plan removed Russell Fields as a location for housing or...

Will Lt. Governor Newsom Show Backbone to Open Up Beach to Public?

Dec 8, 2016
Will Lt. Governor Newsom Show Backbone to Open Up Beach to Public?

On the surface it seems like a local and parochial issue – billionaire Venture capitalist and Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla has been blocking access to the only road to Martins Beach, a crescent-shaped cove near Half Moon Bay, since 2010. But, scratch the surface and you see political intrigue.  California beaches are public...

LRDP Removes Russell Fields from Housing Consideration, Heads to EIR Phase

Dec 7, 2016
LRDP Removes Russell Fields from Housing Consideration, Heads to EIR Phase

Before Assistant Vice Chancellor Bob Segar could present his update on Tuesday night, the cat was out of the bag.  UC Davis sent out a release noting that they had updated the 2017 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) and removed housing “from Russell Field while preserving capacity to accommodate 90% of enrollment growth in...

Law Enforcement and Other Officials Respond to Threat to Islamic Center

Dec 7, 2016
Law Enforcement and Other Officials Respond to Threat to Islamic Center

On November 26, the Davis Islamic Center received an anonymous letter from a group purporting to be “Americans for a Better Way.” Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig called a press conference to stand united against hatred in our community.  Leaders, he said, “have come together to declare our commitment to standing up and...

Former Student Laments Lack of Housing Opportunities

Dec 7, 2016
Former Student Laments Lack of Housing Opportunities

It was stark contrast to many of the commenters on Tuesday, as a recent UCD graduate addressed concerns about lack of housing and affordable housing options.  While he was appreciative about keeping the Russell Fields without housing, he lamented the lack of housing opportunities for people of his generation. Hello my name is Seaver...

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