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Is GATE a Modern Day Segregation System?

Jul 15, 2015
Is GATE a Modern Day Segregation System?

One of the interesting things that came out of some of the public comment is the notion that a self-contained GATE/ AIM program is a form of segregation. Given the way that schools evolve during a child’s education, we see increased separate tracking of students over time. When I was in elementary school, more...

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Economic Report on Innovation Parks Shows Tremendous Potential for Davis Tech Sector

Jul 15, 2015
Economic Report on Innovation Parks Shows Tremendous Potential for Davis Tech Sector

In advance of the proposed City Innovation Parks going to the voters perhaps as soon as June 2016, the city commission BAE Urban Economics, Inc. to conduct a study on the economy impact of the proposed innovation parks. At the time, the analysis considered each of the proposed Innovation Park proposals independently and the...

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What Went Wrong with the Case of Francisco Lopez-Sanchez

Jul 15, 2015
What Went Wrong with the Case of Francisco Lopez-Sanchez

By Jennie Pasquarella & Kate Desormeau The tragic shooting of Kate Steinle in San Francisco has focused national attention on why her accused assailant, Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was released from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department’s custody in April and not deported. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and others have rushed to cast blame on the...

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Man on Trial Facing Charges of Pandering

Jul 15, 2015
Man on Trial Facing Charges of Pandering

By Jackie Snyder and Haroutun Bejanyan The trial of Mark Riddick began on July 14, 2015. Riddick was charged with pimping and pandering after he allegedly propositioned a police officer, undercover as a prostitute. The trial is expected to be quick as it appears Deputy District Attorney, Michael Favero has limited witnesses scheduled to...

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Vanguard Commentary: Why We Are Not Pursuing A Brown Act Complaint Against the District

Jul 14, 2015
Vanguard Commentary: Why We Are Not Pursuing A Brown Act Complaint Against the District

On June 4, 2015, at approximately 11:30 pm Susan Lovenburg, from a prepared motion, put forth a multi-part motion that was passed 4-1. It moved to eliminate private testing to qualify students for GATE/AIM beginning with those to be admitted in the 2016-17 year. It directed the Superintendent to have staff review and recommend...

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Proposed Body Cam Policy Laid Out by Assistant Chief

Jul 14, 2015
Proposed Body Cam Policy Laid Out by Assistant Chief

Davis Assistant Police Chief Darren Pytel laid out the proposed new police body camera policy at the Phoenix Coalition’s Quarterly Chat with the Chief on Monday evening. According to the new policy, which was approved by the Davis Police Officers’ Association and is being reviewed by the city attorney, but has yet to be...

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Bamboo and More
Agave bulbils—hundreds, maybe thousands of them!

Agave bulbils—hundreds, maybe thousands of them!

I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the next installment in my ongoing saga centering on the Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ near our front door. It began to flower about nine months ago. The last time I wrote about it, on May 13, the first bulbils began to emerge. Now there...

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Monday Morning Thought II: Is the School Parcel Tax Sacrosanct?

Jul 13, 2015
Monday Morning Thought II: Is the School Parcel Tax Sacrosanct?

In the last few weeks, the subject of the need to renew the school parcel taxes in 2016 keeps coming up. When angry parents a few weeks ago threatened to either vote against the parcel taxes or work to defeat them out of anger for what was happening with the GATE/ AIM program, it...

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Monday Morning Thoughts: Should Council Have Simply Killed the Sports Park?

Jul 13, 2015
Monday Morning Thoughts: Should Council Have Simply Killed the Sports Park?

It is easy to understand why the Davis City Council took the action that they did last week by pushing the issue of a Sports Park to a special advisory committee rather than dealing with it as a potential project to be funded by the proposed utility user tax. Still listening to the comments...

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Sunday Commentary II: Is the GATE Program In Need of Change?

Jul 12, 2015
Sunday Commentary II: Is the GATE Program In Need of Change?

While I have been very concerned about the process in which the school board has addressed the GATE/AIM program, I have not taken a position overall on the GATE program. Frankly, I am not an expert here, and the questions seem many, with the issues complex. The message that seemed to be delivered on...

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