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Sacramento seeks to cherry-pick voters for proposed trolley project

May 2, 2016

Imagine living in a Sacramento where so-called “leaders” don’t try to thwart the public will, don’t believe taxpayer money belongs to those who can grab it any way they can and don’t hop aboard half-baked financing schemes. I know, that’s … Continue reading

Game to 100
Sacramento seeks to cherry-pick voters for proposed trolley project

May 2, 2016

Imagine living in a Sacramento where so-called “leaders” don’t try to thwart the public will, don’t believe taxpayer money belongs to those who can grab it any way they can and don’t hop aboard half-baked financing schemes. I know, that’s … Continue reading

Davis Vanguard
Economic Development: Speaker to Share New Planning Tool for Boosting Downtown Vitality

Economic Development: Speaker to Share New Planning Tool for Boosting Downtown Vitality

By Alan Hirsch Zoning codes were designed to protect both neighborhoods and downtowns, and have enjoyed past success in doing this.  However, many zoning codes have become frozen in place, failing to evolve to meet a community’s housing, business and commercial needs. As a result, every significant project in these communities request code “variances”...

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Game to 100
Get those bikes off crowded Sacramento sidewalks

Mar 28, 2016

I don’t have much use for people who endanger the innocent while gratifying their own desires. But if they are going to do that, I wish they would own up to their self-indulgence instead of rationalizing their reprehensible behavior. What … Continue reading

Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Count Me Off the Renewal Bus

Feb 11, 2016
Commentary: Count Me Off the Renewal Bus

At Dan Wolk’s State of the City Address in early January, and again in his most recent column on January 31, he called 2015, “A Year of ‘Renewal.’” While I agree that some things have improved for the city, a year of “renewal” is a bridge too far for me, and I can and...

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Game to 100
Downtown Sacramento needs housing before a soccer stadium

Dec 2, 2015

Given the prospect of  sucking up $46 million in public money, the promoters of a soccer stadium at the old railyard site would have us believe they will use their own money for the remaining $180 million cost. Does any … Continue reading

Davis Vanguard
Minicozzi Tells Audience To Allow Their Biases To Melt Away with Regard to Land Use and Development

Sep 30, 2015
Minicozzi Tells Audience To Allow Their Biases To Melt Away with Regard to Land Use and Development

Before a large crowd at the Veteran’s Memorial Theater, Joe Minicozzi came to Davis yesterday to do two talks in a program called “Dollars and Sense.” One of his central points was to show how land use policies generally create inefficient uses of land. One of the starker models he demonstrated is that, downtown,...

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Alison Toon
(Music to move house to: If you’ve been wondering why this week was so quiet…

Jun 6, 2015

... Toon's Tunes has been moving house). Just getting all the technology set up again, in the new abode, downtown Sacramento.Been listening to the Gordon Lightfoot channel on Pandora while driving back-and-forth to the old house every evening and all t...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Move Marks Shift of Power to the County in Economic Development Discussion

May 31, 2015
Sunday Commentary: Move Marks Shift of Power to the County in Economic Development Discussion

It was just a year ago, when departing Chief Innovation Officer Rob White presented a staff report for the council to act on for a proposed Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) on the Innovation Center, that Councilmember Lucas Frerichs expressed concerns about the process, “in particular with regards to the county.” He noted...

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Sac Foodies
Patio Dining Series: Lucca

May 28, 2015
Patio Dining Series: Lucca

Our next installment in the SacFoodies patio dining series takes us to one of my local favorites, Lucca. I have visited Lucca for both quick weekday lunches and longer, celebratory dinners and I have to say that the patio is perfect for either. There is just something about their lush, Mediterranean-inspired garden feel that...

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