David Greenwald

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

Web Site: http://davisvanguard.org/


Why you should sign up for the Vanguard’s Morning Newsletter?

Aug 29, 2016
Why you should sign up for the Vanguard’s Morning Newsletter?

Every day the Vanguard sends out a morning news letter with links and summaries of the day’s articles.  We would like to encourage our readers to sign up this week. Here’s what you get: The link to every article of the day brought to your inbox – now you don’t have to remember to...

Monday Morning Thoughts: Is Council Opening the Can of Charter City Worms Again?

Aug 29, 2016
Monday Morning Thoughts: Is Council Opening the Can of Charter City Worms Again?

In the fall of 2008, the city put Measure N on the ballot, a charter city measure that would be soundly defeated 54.3 percent to 45.7 percent, about a 2200-vote spread.  The chief reason for the measure was to pursue at a later stage a choice voting initiative that had been passed as an...

Monday Morning Thoughts II: Challenging Police Body Camera Laws

Aug 29, 2016
Monday Morning Thoughts II: Challenging Police Body Camera Laws

In the article we ran over the weekend, Peter Bibring and Catherine Wagner write that, while police body cameras are more and more often capturing critical incidents, without transparency it will be difficult for them to provide accountability and build trust in the community in moments of crisis. In their example, they noted that...

Sunday Commentary: Where Land Use and Fiscal Clash, We Lose

Aug 28, 2016
Sunday Commentary: Where Land Use and Fiscal Clash, We Lose

On Wednesday, opponents of a proposed new hotel on Cowell Boulevard pushed back that the benefits of the hotel are not site specific and would apply to any location in the city.  While true on its face, the problem that we face in this community is that if the hotel proposal is voted down...

Report on NPR Finds Berkeley Soda Tax Working

Aug 28, 2016
Report on NPR Finds Berkeley Soda Tax Working

NPR reporter Dan Charles this week on NPR’s Signature “All Things Considered,” reports, “The nation’s first “soda tax” on sugar-sweetened beverages, which went into effect in Berkeley, Calif., last year, appears to be working.” The new UC Berkeley Study published on August 23 in the American Journal of Public Health found “a 21 percent...

Will Making it a Felony Curb Prosecutorial Misconduct?

Aug 28, 2016
Will Making it a Felony Curb Prosecutorial Misconduct?

It was nearly six years ago that a report from the Northern California Innocence Project documented the high level of prosecutorial misconduct and the very low level of discipline for those who were cited with the misconduct by judges in California. Since that time, the Vanguard has brought Orange County Assistant Public Defender Scott...

Analysis: A Look at the Fiscal Analysis of Davis Hotels

Aug 27, 2016
Analysis: A Look at the Fiscal Analysis of Davis Hotels

Coming out of the Planning Commission meeting, it was obvious that there is serious neighborhood concern for the location of the proposed Hyatt House hotel.  The interesting dynamic was that there was almost an equal number of people speaking up on Wednesday that we need a hotel for city revenue and to support existing...

My View: The Cost of Raising Tough Issues

Aug 27, 2016
My View: The Cost of Raising Tough Issues

It is perhaps ironic that this year marks the 10th year of the founding of the Vanguard because, in 2006, I learned what should have been the most valuable lesson I ever learned.  I began my involvement after I listened to disturbing comments, which came from councilmembers, about the issue of police oversight. When...

When Police Body Cameras Aren’t the Answer

Aug 27, 2016
When Police Body Cameras Aren’t the Answer

by Peter Bibring and Catherine Wagner Earlier this month, a too familiar tragedy unfolded in East Los Angeles when Los Angeles police officers shot and killed 14-year-old Jesse Romero. Witness accounts vary — the police department says Romero fled when officers approached him on suspicion of scrawling graffiti in his neighborhood, then fired at officers. Some civilians say...

Commentary: On the Potential of a General Plan Amendment Supporting Hotels

Aug 26, 2016
Commentary: On the Potential of a General Plan Amendment Supporting Hotels

A commenter on the Vanguard yesterday made an interesting observation that it appears that the staff is recommending a General Plan Amendment. The commenter noted: “The most interesting thing that came out at the planning commission is not in this article. It came in the exchange between Commissioner Hanson and City staff after public...

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