David Greenwald

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

Web Site: http://davisvanguard.org/


My View II: When Should Nishi Return?

Jun 25, 2016
My View II: When Should Nishi Return?

This weekend, the Enterprise has an editorial speculating about the future of Nishi, noting that the final outcome for the project is now in the developers’ hands, who “have to decide whether to shelve eight years of planning or find a new way forward for a development that promised to add badly needed revenue...

My View: Mayor Wolk’s Legacy

Jun 25, 2016
My View: Mayor Wolk’s Legacy

This weekend Mayor Dan Wolk, now at the end of his tenure, offers a glimpse at his view of his legacy. He writes, “This is my final Mayor’s Corner column.  Naturally, this puts me in a reflective mood. I am very proud of everything we’ve accomplished together. There are way too many to highlight…”...

Cops in the Club: SFPD’s Racism and Bigotry Don’t Mix with SF Pride

Jun 25, 2016
Cops in the Club: SFPD’s Racism and Bigotry Don’t Mix with SF Pride

By Leslie Fulbright and Charlie Fredrick Update: Several SF Pride Grand Marshals and awardees, including Janetta Johnson, Black Lives Matter, TGI Justice Project, and the St. James Infirmary, withdrew this morning from participation in Pride, stating that “increased policing and militarized security makes LGBTQ communities of color unsafe.” The decision by SF Pride and the...

Commentary: Disappointing Failure to Provide Boost to Preschool Programs

Jun 24, 2016
Commentary:   Disappointing Failure to Provide Boost to Preschool Programs

In the end, not only did the preschool tax fall short of the four votes needed to put it on the ballot, it fell short of even a majority, as Supervisors Oscar Villegas and Duane Chamberlain, who had supported staff drawing up ballot language two weeks before, voted against putting the measure on the...

Analysis: Closer Examination of Assembly Race and Demise of Dan Wolk

Jun 24, 2016
Analysis: Closer Examination of Assembly Race and Demise of Dan Wolk

This week we learned the final results in Yolo County.  The only race that was really in possible doubt was Nishi, but finalizing Yolo County gives us one more opportunity to look at the 4th Assembly District and explore possible clues into Dan Wolk’s demise. Defenders of Dan Wolk will point to two factors...

Commentary: Measure R Isn’t Going to Go Away, But Neither Are Measure R Projects

Jun 23, 2016
Commentary: Measure R Isn’t Going to Go Away, But Neither Are Measure R Projects

The ink was barely wet on the apparent defeat of Measure R a few weeks ago when bold assertions began making their way into the fray.  Some, like Enterprise Columnist Bob Dunning argued that we would never see a Measure R project again while others inexplicably believe this will be the end of Measure...

Trial Set For Fall in Child Custody Case That Includes Allegations of Sexual Assault and Parental Abduction

Jun 23, 2016
Trial Set For Fall in Child Custody Case That Includes Allegations of Sexual Assault and Parental Abduction

The case of Benoit v. Gilson was back in court on Wednesday with Judge Kathleen White setting an October trial in a bizarre case where the mother, who has fled to Europe with her kids will be allowed to be deposed and then testify via Skype. Claire Benoit, then a Davis resident, took her...

Dodd Among Three Legislators to Attempt to Eliminate Probation For Sexual Assault Cases

Jun 23, 2016
Dodd Among Three Legislators to Attempt to Eliminate Probation For Sexual Assault Cases

In the wake of what the legislators are calling a” shockingly lenient sentence given to Brock Turner by Judge Aaron Persky in the recent Stanford rape case” Assemblymember Bill Dodd along with Silicon Valley Assemblymember Evan Low and Senator Jerry Hill who represents Santa Clara along with San Mateo have introduced AB 2888. According...

Analysis: Closing Thoughts on Nishi’s Defeat and More

Jun 22, 2016
Analysis: Closing Thoughts on Nishi’s Defeat and More

In the end, with all of the strangeness of having to count 6000 to 7000 additional votes, the outcomes really did not change. If anything, the final count bolstered the trend from Election Day, where Measure A went from 300 ahead in the initial count to 300 behind after the Election Day count was...

AG Harris Touts Support For Legislation to End Juvenile Confinement

Jun 22, 2016
AG Harris Touts Support For Legislation to End Juvenile Confinement

While several key legislative measures to reform the criminal justice system were dealt stinging defeats earlier this session, California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris has back a key measure that would significantly limit the practice of isolating juveniles in room confinement. Two weeks ago, Senator Mark Leno’s bill SB 1143 passed the state senate. “The...

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