David Greenwald

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

Web Site: http://davisvanguard.org/


City Manager Restructures City Hall and Presents New Budget

May 22, 2015
City Manager Restructures City Hall and Presents New Budget

The following is the City Manager Dirk Brazil’s transmittal letter on the new budget which lays out both his reorganization of city hall as well as his view on the upcoming budget year. Presented for your consideration is the proposed Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2015/16, a period that covers July 1 through June...

Analysis: Regional View on the Loss of Innovation Park

May 22, 2015
Analysis: Regional View on the Loss of Innovation Park

Yesterday the Sacramento Business Journal reported on the fact that the Davis Innovation Center “is on hold, though not officially abandoned.” They reported that John Hodgson “who also was the architect on the project with Hines and SKS Development, said the partners concluded the Davis Innovation Center couldn’t pass a necessary citywide vote.” He...

Analysis: Six Baltimore Police Officers Indicted For Death of Freddie Gray

May 22, 2015
Analysis: Six Baltimore Police Officers Indicted For Death of Freddie Gray

Yesterday, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that a grand jury had indicted six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray. There were, however, changes to the charges that were announced by the prosecutor a few weeks ago. Analysis by the Baltimore Sun suggests that “subtle differences after indictment in Gray case could...

Towards a Community-Based Dialogue

May 21, 2015
Towards a Community-Based Dialogue

One of the most interesting questions that came out of yesterday’s abortive discussion on “Renew Davis” is one of the most basic questions which is, simply put, how do we accurate and faithfully determined what the community’s view are on what matters most? It is a very basic question, but ultimately difficult to answer....

Critical New Video Footage Sheds Light on Death of Freddie Gray

May 21, 2015
Critical New Video Footage Sheds Light on Death of Freddie Gray

A cellphone video shot by a resident provides a closeup look at Freddie Gray at a critical moment that sheds light on his death and the prosecution of police officers by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby. A story by the Baltimore Sun this morning reported, “That video, combined with the account of Gross...

Three More Highlight Local Startups at JumpStart Davis

May 21, 2015
Three More Highlight Local Startups at JumpStart Davis

JumpStart Davis returned to Sophia’s on Wednesday night to highlight Scott Ragsdale of Davis Roots and two other startups that went through Davis Roots – Le Vuong of Fishrock Labs and Brianna McGuire of Foodful.ly. Scott Ragsdale is the new general manager of Davis Roots, described as a “business incubator.” The mission of the...

What Does “Renew Davis” Mean to You?

May 20, 2015

Davis Mayor Dan Wolk has used the term “Renew Davis” on a range of policy goals and applications. Most recently, he invoked it as a means to resurrect a community sports park concept. However, the initiative brought questions and criticisms from some of his colleagues and questions from the community. As Mr. Wolk explained...

$15 Minimum Wage Gets a Boost as Los Angeles Approves It

May 20, 2015
$15 Minimum Wage Gets a Boost as Los Angeles Approves It

When a small group of activists in 2014 proposed a $15 per hour minimum wage, it seemed almost preposterous. But on Tuesday, Los Angeles, the state’s largest city and the nation’s second largest city, approved a plan to raise the city’s minimum to $15 per hour by 2020. They join a trend that is...

Analysis: DMV Docs Show Gonzalez Disclosed Condition and Was Cleared to Drive

May 20, 2015
Analysis: DMV Docs Show Gonzalez Disclosed Condition and Was Cleared to Drive

On May 8, Armando Gonzalez, 41 years old of Woodland was sentenced to 18 years to life for his role in a fatal accident after a Yolo County jury found Mr. Gonzalez guilty on April 10, 2015 of 2nd Degree Murder and Gross Vehicular Manslaughter for the fatal accident that led to the death...

Commentary: Somehow the Progressive Community Needs to Be Re-Engaged

May 19, 2015
Commentary: Somehow the Progressive Community Needs to Be Re-Engaged

Last spring there was a series of meetings of the Innovation Park Task Force and, at several points in time, I noted a glaring absence – for the most part, completely absent from the room was the progressive community. I listened to the conversation and the problem become more and more evident – the...

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