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Moral Duty and Personal Responsibility: Protecting the Planet by Living an Unselfish Life

Moral Duty and Personal Responsibility: Protecting the Planet by Living an Unselfish Life

By Debra Chase Does religious morality establish the only “real” responsibility for protecting the planet from the devastations of climate change or is there a sense that many people have grown to a level of “environmental” responsibility as a result of the dramatic climatic changes we have seen occur on the planet in the...

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Belated Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – June 2015

Belated Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – June 2015

The 15th of each month is Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. You’d think I’d have committed this date to memory by now, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I’m late once again, but at least I have some nice flowers to show.

Friday’s official high of 108°F (42°C) here in Davis was...

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Neighbors Up in Arms About the Height of Proposed Trackside Infill Development

Jun 17, 2015
Neighbors Up in Arms About the Height of Proposed Trackside Infill Development

It began ominously with Alan Miller prancing up to the podium, in tow with props, singing an off-tune jaunt of Sesame Street’s “One of these things is not like the other.” In all fourteen neighbors, mostly residents of Old East Davis, came to Public Comment last night to talk about the proposed Trackside Infill...

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Analysis: Police Themselves Are To Blame For Spike in Baltimore Crime

Jun 17, 2015
Analysis: Police Themselves Are To Blame For Spike in Baltimore Crime

This weekend, the Baltimore Sun and New York Times both had articles on the spike in violence in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the civil unrest, and eventually the arrest and indictment of six police officers. The culprit is clear: both articles cited the fact that, as the crime...

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Chai with Anna at North Shore Cafe

Jun 16, 2015
Chai with Anna at North Shore Cafe

It's been way too long since I've been out with my camera and away from the blog, but I have  been practicing with another hobby I picked up this year. Over the winter I checked out and worked my way through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain ...

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Floramagoria: tropical sizzle in Portland, OR

Floramagoria: tropical sizzle in Portland, OR

It’s been almost a year since the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, Oregon. I’ve written about a number of gardens I visited during this fantastic 3-day event, but there are several I’ve held out on until now. In light of the recent record-breaking temperatures here in Davis, CA (108°F...

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Commentary: The Case For Economic Development Is Stronger Than Ever

Jun 16, 2015
Commentary: The Case For Economic Development Is Stronger Than Ever

This is not the strongest economic recovery we have seen and at some point in the next ten years it is likely to end and we are likely to see another recession. It probably won’t be the catastrophic “Great Recession” we saw in 2008, but it will be enough to drive our revenue growth...

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Analysis Finds Little Evidence to Support a “Ferguson Effect” on Crime

Analysis Finds Little Evidence to Support a “Ferguson Effect” on Crime

The Sentencing Project put out a new analysis this morning finding little support for a so-called “Ferguson effect” on crime in St. Louis, Missouri. The “Ferguson effect” describes a conjecture by some commentators that rising crime rates in some urban areas in recent months are the result of widespread protests against police misconduct and...

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Summary of Finance and Budget Commission Discussion of the Budget

Summary of Finance and Budget Commission Discussion of the Budget

By Jeff Miller and Dan Carson This summary was prepared by Jeff Miller and Dan Carson at the request of the Finance and Budget Commission and sent to the Davis City Council. The commission discussed a broad range of technical and strategic budget issues. City staff members were able to address many of the...

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High Honors to City Workers for Saving Local Honey Bees

High Honors to City Workers for Saving Local Honey Bees

by C. D. Coulon and D. Downy of the Circle of Bees Inc. City workmen deserve praise for sparing a honey bee colony on the greenbelt path south of 5th Street. The urban bees were a near casualty of routine city service, when the removal of a massive walnut tree was executed on schedule....

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