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Lightning Splits Tree near Davis

Sep 3, 2013
Lightning Splits Tree near Davis

YOLO COUNTY-

An El Macero couple says Monday night’s lightning split a large tree in their front yard.

Chris Ferragamo and his wife, Tracy, say they were inside and watching the rain when they heard a “huge clap.”

“Our neighbors …


Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Pro-Fluoridation Forces Shoot Down Alternative Proposal

Sep 3, 2013
Commentary: Pro-Fluoridation Forces Shoot Down Alternative Proposal

In the last several weeks, we have laid out some reasons we think it is unlikely the Davis City Council will ultimately go forward with fluoridation and why we believe any such effort will result in an effort to put the matter on the ballot and ultim...

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Davis Vanguard
Eye on the Courts: Perjury for Some

Sep 3, 2013
Eye on the Courts: Perjury for Some

Three weeks today, a Yolo County jury acquitted Regina Roxanne Perez of perjury after she had been a prospective juror in the 2011-12 Marco Topete death penalty case.  Ms. Perez and her attorney Alin Cintean addressed the Vanguard Court Watch Council ...

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Late summer at UC Davis Arboretum Storer Garden

Late summer at UC Davis Arboretum Storer Garden

Yesterday we had a rare overcast day. Knowing that it would make for good photography, I went over to the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden at the UC Davis Arboretum to see what’s looking good at this time of year. You should be your own judge, but I think t...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: What is Your Vision of Davis For the Next Ten Years?

Sep 2, 2013
Analysis: What is Your Vision of Davis For the Next Ten Years?

As we move towards the fall, one of our concerns is that there are many movements afoot without an overall and overarching plan.  In terms of land use we see four critical issues: residential housing development, economic development of high-tech an...

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Davis Vanguard
Special Commentary: In Search of the True Spirit of Labor Day

Sep 2, 2013
Special Commentary: In Search of the True Spirit of Labor Day

It was December of 2009, I had been leading the way, pushing for pension reform while speaking out against the local firefighters union.  It's probably not the best idea when your wife is a union organizer and you walk in union circles. What happen...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: President’s Missed Opportunity, America Remains Divided on Race

Sep 1, 2013
Sunday Commentary: President’s Missed Opportunity, America Remains Divided on Race

One of the big questions for President Barack Obama's speech would be for him to figure out how to thread the needle - to exalt the progress of the last fifty years while not becoming complacent about the challenges that remain. How would he honor t...

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Davis Vanguard
A Look at Some Arguments Against Fluoridation

Sep 1, 2013
A Look at Some Arguments Against Fluoridation

As the city of Davis considers whether or not to add fluoride to its water, the Vanguard is going to have a few articles that highlight arguments for and against fluoridation.  We have not taken an official position on fluoridation but received some m...

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Stunning artichoke sculptures

Stunning artichoke sculptures

I was at a friend’s house this morning and I immediately noticed their two artichoke plants—or rather what is left of them. They’d been beautiful earlier in the summer when they’d been in their prime, but I think they’re even more stunning no...

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Tropical inspiration: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului

Tropical inspiration: Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului

The last garden I visited during our Maui vacation was Maui Nui Botanical Gardens (MNBG)located in Kahului, Maui’s largest town. Driving in Kahului The previous gardens I’d explored (Garden of Eden Arboretum, Tropical Gardens of Maui, and Kula Bo...

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