David Greenwald

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

Web Site: http://davisvanguard.org/


Analysis: City Manager Salary Increase and Its Impact on Employee Morale, Labor Negotiations

Oct 21, 2014

In 2009, as the city was starting to take on water fiscally, City Manager Bill Emlen decided to forgo a cost of living adjustment and a merit increase to take a $158,000 salary. That salary would remain in effect until 2011 when the City hired Steve Pinkerton at $188,000. Tonight, the city of Davis...

Jose Granda, The Technology, Taxpayers, Teaching Candidate

Oct 21, 2014
Jose Granda, The Technology, Taxpayers, Teaching Candidate

DAVIS. Approaching Election Day has Jose Granda busy nowadays with his 3T’s candidacy. In a publication distributed to Davis Voters, he explains why he calls himself the 3T’s candidate. In his publication he states: “I am running for the School Board. May I request a few moments of your time to ask you to...

Monday Morning Thoughts: What Does Success Look Like In A New Era in Davis?

Oct 20, 2014

(This may be a new regular column. My weekend commentaries “My View” and “Sunday Commentary” often wrap up the week. This one, if it catches on, may pose some thoughts at the beginning of the week). Davis is set to hire a new city manager. Along with the resignation of former City Manager Steve...

Staff Report Recommends Davis Return MRAP, Council to Consider Options

Oct 20, 2014

It has been sixty days since the Davis City Council made national news by becoming among the first communities to return their military surplus equipment in this case Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected, armored rescue vehicle (MRAP). On a 3-1-1 vote with Brett Lee in opposition and Rochelle Swanson abstaining, the City Council directed staff...

Eye on the Courts: Is Prop 47 The End of Safe Neighborhoods or Critical Prison Reform?

Oct 20, 2014

Under Proposition 47, the state would reduce, to misdemeanors, offenses for drug possession, petty theft, receiving stolen property or writing bad checks, when the amount involved is less than $950. It would continue to allow for felony sentences if the person has a previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation,...

Sunday Commentary: New City Manager Salary Puts Davis in Tough Spot

Oct 19, 2014
Sunday Commentary: New City Manager Salary Puts Davis in Tough Spot

Back in July, the Vanguard would argue that the “Council Did Right Thing on Compensation.” As we wrote on July 19, 2014: “The council has clearly waded into perilous waters by increasing the salary component of the city manager’s total compensation, but it is not clear to me that they had much choice. It...

Locals Represent Davis Organizations at the People’s Climate March

Oct 19, 2014
Locals Represent Davis Organizations at the People’s Climate March

by Kristin Heinemeier Davis resident and Holmes Junior High School student Peter Holderbein and his mom Kristin Heinemeier have only two heads, but on September 21, they were wearing many hats, as they participated in the People’s Climate March in New York City. They carried the flag for CoolDavis at the march, “boots on...

Granda on GATE/AIM

Oct 19, 2014
Granda on GATE/AIM

Jose Granda submitted his response to the GATE/AIM Vanguard Question.  The other responses were published on Friday. Question #4:  Have you been involved in the GATE/AIM Committee Meetings? If so, what has been your involvement? How do you view the current state of the GATE/AIM program, and what would be your interest in a...

Discussion: Housing and the Innovation Park

Oct 18, 2014

On Thursday evening, the Vanguard hosted a discussion on Innovation Parks, over the next several days, we will have some coverage of what the panelists said. We also took in nearly 30 questions from the audience, that we will be both addressing and throwing out for discussion on the Vanguard. At the outset here,...

My View: Civic Pool Repairs May Not Justify Parcel Tax Inclusion

Oct 18, 2014

It made for spectacular headlines last August when the Vanguard first reported that Civic Pool had a substantial leak at over 7500 gallons a day. Moreover, it came out that the city was aware of the leak for some time and they had argued that it was not just a simple fix. However, this...

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