David Greenwald

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

Web Site: http://davisvanguard.org/


DJUSD Board to Have Brief Update on AIM

Aug 4, 2015

The DJUSD School board will have a meeting on Thursday with a brief update on the AIM process in advance of what is expected to be a major policy meeting on September 17. A letter dated July 30, 2015 from Superintendent Winfred Roberson to AIM teachers indicates, “I’ve received several emails from AIM teachers...

President Takes Bold Step on Climate Change

Aug 4, 2015
President Takes Bold Step on Climate Change

Initiative Sets Carbon Pollution Standards For Power Plants One Monday, President Obama announced his “Clean Power Plan,” calling it the biggest step taken to date to combat climate change. The plan sets the first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants, while providing states and utilities with the flexibility they need to meet those standards....

Analysis: What Jann Murray-Garcia Teaches Us on the GATE/AIM Issue

Aug 3, 2015
Analysis: What Jann Murray-Garcia Teaches Us on the GATE/AIM Issue

I want to start my analysis of her latest column by stating that, of all of the great people we have in the community, Jann Murray-Garcia ranks in my view at or very near the top in terms of those I admire. I have known her for over a decade and she has been...

Wolk Addresses Questions About His Assembly Candidacy

Aug 3, 2015
Wolk Addresses Questions About His Assembly Candidacy

With the announcement in mid-July that Bill Dodd would run for the State Senate, less than a year after he won his seat in the Assembly, the door was opened for candidates to fill his seat. Quickly emerging was Dan Wolk, the Mayor of Davis who finished third in the 2014 primary and two-time...

Eye on the Courts: Fixing Our Criminal Justice System

Aug 3, 2015
Eye on the Courts: Fixing Our Criminal Justice System

Last week, we reported on research from University of Michigan economics professor Michael Mueller-Smith who, upon examining court records from Harris County, Texas, from 1980 to 2009 found that each year in prison reduces the odds of post-release employment by 24 percent and increases the odds of living on public assistance. In tracking what...

Sunday Commentary: Exposing the Dark Underbelly

Aug 2, 2015
Sunday Commentary: Exposing the Dark Underbelly

As we celebrate the Vanguard’s ninth anniversary of its founding, few of our current readers probably are aware that when we launched the Vanguard on its blogspot site back in 2006, it carried the cynical subtitle: “A vivid description of the dark underbelly of the People’s Republic of Davis.” The entire name, The People’s...

Diversity as a Guise for Inequality? Jann Murray-Garcia’s Take on GATE/AIM

Aug 2, 2015
Diversity as a Guise for Inequality? Jann Murray-Garcia’s Take on GATE/AIM

Today in her column, Jann Murray-Garcia reemerges in the GATE/AIM debate, laying out a history of her concerns about the program. As we continue our evaluation and analysis of the program, Dr. Murray-Garcia lays out these concerns from a different perspective. She writes that, back in 2002, “as president of a small community organization...

My View: Nine Years of the Vanguard from Buzayan to Ferguson

Aug 1, 2015
My View: Nine Years of the Vanguard from Buzayan to Ferguson

A few months ago someone asked me why the Vanguard focused so heavily on Ferguson and police issues that are so far away from us. I reminded them that the Vanguard was actually born nine years ago (this past week) from police issues. In our time, police issues have been a recurring theme. In...

Analysis: Who Should AIM Serve?

Jul 31, 2015
Analysis: Who Should AIM Serve?

As I speak to more and more people in and around the community about the current AIM program – one of the biggest questions which underlies issues such as AIM identification is who should AIM serve. The research that I have done has suggested that AIM or GATE programs seem to serve two distinct...

Commentary: Discussion Must Move Beyond Race to Police Training and Tactics

Jul 31, 2015
Commentary: Discussion Must Move Beyond Race to Police Training and Tactics

A couple of comments yesterday caught my attention – they argued that some of the recent cases “have nothing to do with race.” I disagree with this contention because I believe that race and unconscious bias color the interactions between law enforcement and the people they encounter often in subtle and subconscious ways. But...

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