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Vanguard Innovation Park Discussion Part One: Why is This Park Different From All Other Parks?

Oct 21, 2014
Vanguard Innovation Park Discussion Part One: Why is This Park Different From All Other Parks?

Last Thursday, the Vanguard hosted its Innovation Park Discussion Forum at DMG Mori in Davis. At least 50 people from the community came out to hear an early discussion on the innovation parks. The panel featured County Supervisor Jim Provenza, Louis Stewart the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Governor’s Office of Business...

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Addressing Audience Questions from the Innovation Parks Forum

Oct 21, 2014
Addressing Audience Questions from the Innovation Parks Forum

By Tia Will At the time of the Vanguard forum on innovation parks, there were a number of questions from the audience that went unanswered due to time limitations. The Vanguard has made a commitment to initiate an open conversation addressing these questions. I have started with questions concerning the basic need for the...

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Analysis: City Manager Salary Increase and Its Impact on Employee Morale, Labor Negotiations

Oct 21, 2014

In 2009, as the city was starting to take on water fiscally, City Manager Bill Emlen decided to forgo a cost of living adjustment and a merit increase to take a $158,000 salary. That salary would remain in effect until 2011 when the City hired Steve Pinkerton at $188,000. Tonight, the city of Davis...

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Davis Vanguard
Jose Granda, The Technology, Taxpayers, Teaching Candidate

Oct 21, 2014
Jose Granda, The Technology, Taxpayers, Teaching Candidate

DAVIS. Approaching Election Day has Jose Granda busy nowadays with his 3T’s candidacy. In a publication distributed to Davis Voters, he explains why he calls himself the 3T’s candidate. In his publication he states: “I am running for the School Board. May I request a few moments of your time to ask you to...

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Monday Morning Thoughts: What Does Success Look Like In A New Era in Davis?

Oct 20, 2014

(This may be a new regular column. My weekend commentaries “My View” and “Sunday Commentary” often wrap up the week. This one, if it catches on, may pose some thoughts at the beginning of the week). Davis is set to hire a new city manager. Along with the resignation of former City Manager Steve...

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Davis Vanguard
Staff Report Recommends Davis Return MRAP, Council to Consider Options

Oct 20, 2014

It has been sixty days since the Davis City Council made national news by becoming among the first communities to return their military surplus equipment in this case Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected, armored rescue vehicle (MRAP). On a 3-1-1 vote with Brett Lee in opposition and Rochelle Swanson abstaining, the City Council directed staff...

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Eye on the Courts: Is Prop 47 The End of Safe Neighborhoods or Critical Prison Reform?

Oct 20, 2014

Under Proposition 47, the state would reduce, to misdemeanors, offenses for drug possession, petty theft, receiving stolen property or writing bad checks, when the amount involved is less than $950. It would continue to allow for felony sentences if the person has a previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation,...

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Bamboo and More
Stinky time again

Stinky time again

October 11: It’s the middle of October. While most people are thinking of pumpkins in anticipation of Halloween, I’ve been looking forward to something else. Here’s a clue:

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Our front porch will soon be filled with a smell that is, well, quite...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: New City Manager Salary Puts Davis in Tough Spot

Oct 19, 2014
Sunday Commentary: New City Manager Salary Puts Davis in Tough Spot

Back in July, the Vanguard would argue that the “Council Did Right Thing on Compensation.” As we wrote on July 19, 2014: “The council has clearly waded into perilous waters by increasing the salary component of the city manager’s total compensation, but it is not clear to me that they had much choice. It...

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Locals Represent Davis Organizations at the People’s Climate March

Oct 19, 2014
Locals Represent Davis Organizations at the People’s Climate March

by Kristin Heinemeier Davis resident and Holmes Junior High School student Peter Holderbein and his mom Kristin Heinemeier have only two heads, but on September 21, they were wearing many hats, as they participated in the People’s Climate March in New York City. They carried the flag for CoolDavis at the march, “boots on...

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