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Mexican poppy mystery

Mexican poppy mystery

This spring we had a profusion of California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) in the succulent bed along the driveway (1 2). I removed most of the regular orange poppies after they were done blooming but let the yellow- and red-flowering selections (‘White Linen’ and ‘Red Chief’) go to seed because...

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Mayor Pro Tem Speaks on MRAP at Council Meeting (Video)

Mayor Pro Tem Speaks on MRAP at Council Meeting (Video)

Last night, Mayor Pro Tem Davis put forward a three-part motion. First, he said, “We instruct staff to return with options for disposing with the MRAP in the most expeditious and low cost manner within sixty days.” Second, “That we review donated or surplus material acquisition noticing guidelines to assure that major donated or...

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Kite Tails

Aug 27, 2014
Kite Tails

For all my complaining about the foggy conditions at the Long Beach Kite Festival on Saturday, thick fog does make for some interesting photographic opportunities.  Especially when there are bright colors involved.  I'm always amazed by how v...

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Council Turns Back Tide of Police Militarization

Aug 27, 2014
Council Turns Back Tide of Police Militarization

On a night where dozens of citizens came forward to oppose the city’s acquisition of the police military vehicle, the MRAP, many of whom speaking for the first time before council gave impassioned speeches in opposition to the vehicle, it was the city council itself that was left to wrestle with how to approach...

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City-Ratepayers Cut Deal to End Litigation, Pave Way for Approvals of Water Rates

Aug 27, 2014
City-Ratepayers Cut Deal to End Litigation, Pave Way for Approvals of Water Rates

Coming out of closed session on Tuesday night, Mayor Dan Wolk announced a settlement agreement with YRAPUS that will end all litigation and preclude the group from attempting further measures aiming at stopping or otherwise delaying the water project from going through with the currently approved rates. City Attorney Harriet Steiner announced, “We’d like...

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City Panel Working to Tighten Scrutiny of Taxpayer Dollars

Aug 27, 2014
City Panel Working to Tighten Scrutiny of Taxpayer Dollars

By Jeff Miller and Dan Carson Last February, Davis Enterprise columnist Bob Dunning mused on the city’s serious fiscal problems and controversies, and suggested a solution. “Maybe it’s time to convene a citizen-based Budget Advisory Commission to turn over every rock looking for spare change that could get us out of this mess,” he...

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Marine Layer

Aug 26, 2014
Marine Layer

What is it about us and kite festivals that causes a marine layer of fog to roll in just as we arrive?  We made a quick trip out to Long Beach, Washington over the weekend to enjoy the kite festival there, but it turned foggy just as we arrived.&n...

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Restoring Faith in Humanity in Ferguson

Aug 26, 2014
Restoring Faith in Humanity in Ferguson

In the last several weeks we have seen in many cases the worst of humanity – anger has poured out of Ferguson – anger in the streets of Ferguson, distrust in the handling of the situation by police and other authorities, racial polarization. But in every tragedy we see the spirit of humanity –...

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City Looks to Ordinance to Promote and Facilitate ADUs

Aug 26, 2014
City Looks to Ordinance to Promote and Facilitate ADUs

In July of 2013, the Davis City Council by a 3-2, made a very controversial decision to change its Affordable Housing Requirements and allow credit for Accessory Dwelling Units (Granny Flats or ADUs) to count toward inclusionary requirements on a 50 percent basis. In the wake of the loss of RDA funding, the city...

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Will This Year Mark the Return of Tax Increment Financing?

Aug 26, 2014
Will This Year Mark the Return of Tax Increment Financing?

It has been three years since the effective death of redevelopment when the state eliminated its redevelopment agencies and the California Supreme Court in December 2011 validated the ruling. At the time, Governor Brown issued a statement saying that the court decision “validates a key component of the state budget and guarantees more than...

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