David Greenwald

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

Web Site: http://davisvanguard.org/


Philosophically Divided Council Votes to Implement CFD

May 6, 2015
Philosophically Divided Council Votes to Implement CFD

In the end the decision on the CFD came down to philosophy, which both Rochelle Swanson and Lucas Frerichs arguing the need for the timing on the funding to be more immediate in order for the Cannery put the proposer infrastructure in place. Lucas Frerichs also noted that when the citizens had concerns that...

California is Finally Getting Serious about Police Reform

May 6, 2015
California is Finally Getting Serious about Police Reform

by Chauncee Smith On a daily basis, Americans now see people of color unjustifiably killed by law enforcement.  Particularly disheartening is that many of these homicides border on the edge of horrific. Police officers partially severed Freddie Grey’s spine while he was handcuffed and in custody.  Walter Scott was shot in his back and...

Benefit Concert for Natalie Wormeli Featuring Spangler, Sweet 100s and Steve Kahn

May 5, 2015
Benefit Concert for Natalie Wormeli Featuring Spangler, Sweet 100s and Steve Kahn

Please join us for a benefit concert at Stonegate Country Club on  May 29th, to raise money to help Natalie Wormeli buy a wheelchair accessible van. Natalie is a long-time Davis resident, who earned a Vanguard advocacy award because of her work with the ACLU. Because of complications from multiple sclerosis, Natalie needs an...

Commentary: The Key Question is Who Will the Council Represent on the CFD Vote

May 5, 2015
Commentary: The Key Question is Who Will the Council Represent on the CFD Vote

Tonight, the Davis City Council will be asked to adopt a series of resolutions that form the CFD including a landowner vote (with a single landowner), levy special taxes and approve a Funding and Acquisition Agreement for the proposed improvements. Staff notes, “The City Council is also being asked to take a separate action...

Commentary: Should Police Rethink When to Use Force?

May 5, 2015
Commentary: Should Police Rethink When to Use Force?

It is a key question that increasingly we have to address. The case of Walter Scott in South Carolina clearly illustrates a scenario where there is no justification for a use of force by the police – the suspect, unarmed is retreating. There may be more question in the Ferguson case where the police...

Defendant Takes the Stand in Repo Man Trial

May 5, 2015
Defendant Takes the Stand in Repo Man Trial

By Jackie Snyder and Tiffany Yeh On May 4, 2015, the trial of Guillermo, Sandra and Juan Bonilla continued. Detective Ken Fellows, of the West Sacramento Police Department, was called to the witness stand to finish his testimony. Detective Fellows had previously been called to testify on May 1, 2015. Deputy District Attorney Michael...

Monday Morning Thoughts: Both Parties Fall Short on the Issue of Police Accountability

May 4, 2015
Monday Morning Thoughts: Both Parties Fall Short on the Issue of Police Accountability

The recent incidents in South Carolina and Baltimore, on top of the incidents from last year in Ferguson and Staten Island have led most people to be we need to reform police oversight and accountability. However, those efforts are being undermined in place where we might expect as well as places where we would...

City Manager Discusses Employee Morale, the Fire Department, and Economic Development in Follow Up to Meyer Report

May 4, 2015
City Manager Discusses Employee Morale, the Fire Department, and Economic Development in Follow Up to Meyer Report

On Friday, the Vanguard sat down with new City Manager Dirk Brazil and former City Manager John Meyer, who coming off retirement at UC Davis, sat down with the incoming city manager and asked how he could help. Dirk Brazil said that he wanted to do some sort of assessment, to find out where...

Speaker Explains How Implicit Bias to Biased Policing

May 4, 2015
Speaker Explains How Implicit Bias to Biased Policing

  Keynote Speaker Michael Roosevelt talks about unconscious bias at the SF Justice Summit in San Francisco Michael Roosevelt, an expert in implicit/unconscious bias who has trained thousands of attorneys, judges and police officers, gave the keynote address at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Justice Summit. He opened his remarks stating, “It is critical...

Sunday Commentary: Avoiding Repeating the Mistakes of Davis Budget History

May 3, 2015
Sunday Commentary: Avoiding Repeating the Mistakes of Davis Budget History

I look at articles like Dan Carson’s (5/2, New City Staff Forecast Says Fiscal Year to End with Substantial Reserve) with naturally mixed emotions. On the one hand, the city is moving into a better fiscal position – a lot of that is due to the improved economy, but some of that is due...

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