David Greenwald

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

Web Site: http://davisvanguard.org/


Monday Morning Thoughts III: The Nexus of Ag-Tech and Davis

Jul 25, 2016
Monday Morning Thoughts III: The Nexus of Ag-Tech and Davis

Josette Lewis, the associated director of the World Food Center at UC Davis in a piece that appeared this past week in the Sacramento Bee makes some important observations noting that the Sacramento region “has the potential to be the nation’s hub of innovation for food and agriculture technology.” Referring to UC Davis, Ms....

Monday Morning Thoughts II: Weist Won’t Simply Leave Quietly

Jul 25, 2016
Monday Morning Thoughts II: Weist Won’t Simply Leave Quietly

One of the most interesting backstories of the city in the last year or so is that Firefighters Union President Bobby Weist, once the most powerful single figure in the city, has increasingly lost whatever influence he once had in city governance.  Even those who were bound to give him the benefit of the...

Monday Morning Thoughts I: UC-City of Davis Housing Issue is Ground Zero

Jul 25, 2016
Monday Morning Thoughts I: UC-City of Davis Housing Issue is Ground Zero

Those who are supportive of a General Plan Update need to understand where this process is most likely to fall apart.  Yesterday’s Sunday Commentary asked five specific questions, but the only question that drew any discussion was the one that directed people to select four places where you would support new housing opportunities for...

Sunday Commentary II: Questions We Should Be Asking About Our Future

Jul 24, 2016
Sunday Commentary II: Questions We Should Be Asking About Our Future

While the council largely made clear that they would like some different questions asked in the initial input from the community, I still see this as a missed opportunity to engage the public in this process. There is nothing in particular wrong with the three questions that the staff came up with: What do...

Sunday Commentary: Will Skeptics Listen to Black Republican Senator on Racial Profiling?

Jul 24, 2016
Sunday Commentary: Will Skeptics Listen to Black Republican Senator on Racial Profiling?

There are those who have dismissed claims of disparate treatment of blacks by the police arguing that this is largely an election year ploy to curry favor by Democrats.  That of course ignores the fact that until the last two years or so, Democrats have largely ignored issues of racial profiling. That said, it...

Fire Union President Sues City of Davis for Unpaid Overtime

Jul 24, 2016
Fire Union President Sues City of Davis for Unpaid Overtime

Firefighters Union President Bobby Weist is at it again, as he filed a class-action suit against the city of Davis alleging he was not properly paid for all hours worked.  The complaint, filed on behalf of similarly situated individuals on July 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against...

My View: Complying With Officers

Jul 23, 2016
My View: Complying With Officers

The case of Michael Pedersen, which the Vanguard Court Watch covered this week, illustrates at the local level basic problems with the approach to policing.  According to our coverage, the defense maintains that the defendant had broken no laws at the point at which a West Sacramento police officer approached him “because he was...

Esteemed Faculty Argue Napolitano Rather Than Katehi Needs To GO

Jul 23, 2016
Esteemed Faculty Argue Napolitano Rather Than Katehi Needs To GO

Emanual M. Maverakis, Walter S. Leal, Tilahun Yilma, Kyaw Tha Paw U, Leopoldo M. Bernucci, Charles E. Hess, Bruno Nachtergaele and Linda F. Bisson publish an op-ed piece arguing, “With so many controversies surrounding her, it is easy to think Katehi’s resignation is best for UCD and the UC system. However, the more interesting and less publicized story is...

Hearing Delayed in “Lil’ Shop” Dispensary Case

Jul 23, 2016
Hearing Delayed in “Lil’ Shop” Dispensary Case

By Ribhu Singh The preliminary hearing of Paul and Maricel Fullerton commenced in Yolo County Superior Court on July 22, 2016. Both Mr. and Mrs. Fullerton are jointly accused of 3 felony counts of the possession of marijuana for sale, child endangerment, and the importation of a large capacity rifle magazine. Mr. Fullerton is...

City Claims Early Success As Organics Collection Sends Tons to Composting

Jul 23, 2016
City Claims Early Success As Organics Collection Sends Tons to Composting

(From Press Release) – Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the residents and businesses of Davis, the first week of the organics collection program went smoothly. During the first week of the program, Davis Waste Removal collected more than155 tons of organics for composting. Typically in July, Davis Waste Removal collects about 128 tons...

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