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Making Sensible Sentencing Laws

Mar 26, 2015

Last week, we covered Marc Mauer’s proposal where he testified that they should cap sentences to 20 years in prison “except for individuals who present an undue risk to public safety.” The core his argument is that “For a number of reasons, sentences of more than 20 years are largely counterproductive and are extremely...

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Family Court Crisis: Who Will Protect the Children?

Mar 25, 2015
Family Court Crisis: Who Will Protect the Children?

In March, a Yolo County jury returned a guilty verdict for Nan-Hui Jo on a single count of parental abduction. Ms. Jo was a Korean mother who fled with her young daughter back to South Korea in what she thought was the ending of a stormy and abusive relationship with the girl’s father. However...

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Analysis: Study Shows the Huge Cost of Current Urban Design Practices

Mar 25, 2015
Analysis: Study Shows the Huge Cost of Current Urban Design Practices

When the idea of innovation parks first started gaining traction, everyone in Davis ran as far and as fast from the idea of housing the parks as possible. However, from a land use and urban design standpoint, the idea of putting mixed use housing within the innovation park, where the people who worked at...

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Commentary: The Mistake of Not Going All in on Prop 47

Mar 25, 2015
Commentary: The Mistake of Not Going All in on Prop 47

When Yolo County DA Jeff Reisig went to the Board of Supervisors complaining that over the last several years, “what we’ve seen is increasing property and violent crime in Yolo County,” it turns out he was part of a growing trend in the state. While he blamed this on AB 109 and expressed concerns...

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Sec of State Looks at Oregon Motor Voter Law To Boost California Turnout

Mar 25, 2015
Sec of State Looks at Oregon Motor Voter Law To Boost California Turnout

As California struggles to address historic low voter turnout, new Secretary of State Alex Padilla sees promise in a new Motor Voter law signed into law last week by Oregon Governor Kate Brown. “While many states are making it more difficult for citizens to vote, our neighbor to the north offers a better path,”...

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Bamboo and More
Everything’s more exotic in San Diego

Everything’s more exotic in San Diego

This is my first visit to San Diego. While the general layout of the city—and of course specific places and buildings—are unfamiliar to me, I don’t feel like a complete stranger. After a couple of days I think I know why. San Diego feels like an amalgam of cities I do know: a little...

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Analysis: Lessons for the Innovation Parks

Mar 24, 2015

When Wildhorse Ranch was placed on the ballot, one of the critical early points made by the project opponents was the need to make sure that whatever was promised by the developer was put into the baseline features of the project and therefore on the ballot. By doing that, those promises would be codified...

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Analysis: Nonverbal Tests for AIM Identification of Minority and Disadvantaged Students

Mar 24, 2015
Analysis: Nonverbal Tests for AIM Identification of Minority and Disadvantaged Students

On Thursday night, the school district heard a critique of its use of TONI by Professor Tobin White. His research finds that the students administered the TONI were “six times more likely to qualify than those taking only the OLSAT.” They were also nine times more likely, according to Professor White, to score in...

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Jim Crow in San Francisco

Mar 24, 2015

By Peter Santina As a deputy public defender in San Francisco, I am not shocked at the revelation there is a white-power network within the Police Department. “All n—–s must f—– hang,” one veteran SFPD officer texted former Sgt. Ian Furminger, who has been convicted and sentenced to prison for violating civil rights and...

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Agave attenuata at every street corner

Agave attenuata at every street corner

Agave attenuata drives me crazy. In Davis, it requires constant pampering. In the winter it needs to be protected when temperatures get close to freezing, otherwise it will turn into a brown mush. In the summer it needs to be kept out of the hot sun, otherwise it will scorch.

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