David Greenwald

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

Web Site: http://davisvanguard.org/


My View: My Struggles with Diabetes and What I am Thankful For This Year

Nov 26, 2014

This column will serve as a reminder that the Vanguard takes off from Thursday (Thanksgiving) until Sunday. In fact, there are only five days a year that I take off that means that including illness and planned vacation, since September of 2006, the Vanguard has not published for a combined total of less than...

Analysis: Ferguson Was a Highly Unusual Case and Process

Nov 26, 2014
Analysis: Ferguson Was a Highly Unusual Case and Process

I find myself fascinated with the shooting of Michael Brown as it brings to light a number of different issues – the difficulty of evaluating police shootings and racial tensions. Yesterday in my commentary I made two critical points. First, at the end of the day, what undermined the situation in Ferguson was lack...

Thanks and Appreciation for this Community of Innovators

Nov 26, 2014

By Doby Fleeman We were talking about the upcoming holiday, when the conversation turned to Thanksgiving Dinner. From the kids: “Can we please do something besides turkey?”   Never having had one, but knowing it would be something new and different, I suggested: “How about we try a turkducken?” Surprise, surprise, this got me to...

Should Council Pass Ordinance Addressing Sugary Beverages?

Nov 25, 2014
Should Council Pass Ordinance Addressing Sugary Beverages?

One plank of Mayor Dan Wolk’s healthy children’s initiative is eliminating sugary drinks at restaurant and making low-fat milk the default beverage. Next Tuesday, the Council will hear information from First 5 Yolo and could potentially direct “staff to work with the City Attorney to draft an ordinance addressing sugary beverages in kids’ meals,...

Commentary: No Justice, No Peace

Nov 25, 2014
Commentary: No Justice, No Peace

It has been obvious for quite some time that the Grand Jury was not going to indict Darren Wilson. The question was – would there merely be protests or would there be riots. St. Louis County police said this morning that the scene was far worse than it was in August with 61 arrests...

Monday Morning Thoughts: Excitement Over Emerging Startup Culture; Dose of Reality on the Budget

Nov 24, 2014
Monday Morning Thoughts: Excitement Over Emerging Startup Culture; Dose of Reality on the Budget

The Rise of the Startup Culture – We have focused a lot of our time and energy looking at the proposed innovation parks. The most important thing that we need to remember is that there is not a zero sum game between focusing on entitling peripheral innovation parks and utilizing existing space. As much...

Eye on the Courts: Early Returns on Prop 47

Nov 24, 2014

Last week I had a few opportunities to go into the courts here in Yolo County and to see how Prop 47 would work. It is too early to see the hearings for those serving time who are now eligible to be resentenced under Prop 47. What we did see was how Prop 47...

Sunday Commentary: Is Soccer Incident An Embodiment of a Larger Problem?

Nov 23, 2014

The recent incident that resulted in the suspension of seven members of the Davis High soccer team is troubling. The referee, at least in the minds of the players missed a critical call. The players reacted in an unacceptable manner. As the local paper describes it: “Instead of awarding the Blue Devils a penalty...

Commentary: Who Should the Students Blame?

Nov 23, 2014
Commentary: Who Should the Students Blame?

There has been a lot of anger by students directed at UC in the last week, as they propose five more years of increased tuition, but if you believe the Enterprise Editorial, “the problem is in Sacramento.” Writes the local paper, “while the rage against the immediate decision-makers is understandable, the students — and voters...

Sunday Commentary II: Why Drones are Potentially a Threat to Privacy and Worse?

Nov 23, 2014

In 2011 the ACLU in a report wrote, “Unmanned aircraft carrying cameras raise the prospect of a significant new avenue for the sur­veillance of American life.” As the report noted, “Aerial surveillance from manned aircraft has been with us for decades… But manned aircraft are expensive to purchase, operate and maintain, and this expense...

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