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Sunday Commentary: The General Use Tax and Tales of 2004

Jul 5, 2015
Sunday Commentary: The General Use Tax and Tales of 2004

The risk of a general use tax is that the voters have no say over how that money might be spent. As we presented yesterday in the case of the Utility User Tax, that risk is two-fold. First, while council can advertise the money going to core needs like roads, sidewalks and bike paths,...

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Sports Complex on Toxic Former City Landfill Site Is a Bad Idea

Sports Complex on Toxic Former City Landfill Site Is a Bad Idea

By Eileen Samitz Last Sunday on June 28th, two articles appeared in our local newspaper regarding the proposal of a sports complex which were particularly disturbing. The concept of a sports complex has been proposed in the past, and the subsequent discussions raised the many problems that would come with it, including the financial...

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Davis Vanguard
One Year After Hobby Lobby…

One Year After Hobby Lobby…

By Diana Scholl A year ago today, the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby didn’t have to include birth control in its employees’ health insurance because of religious objections. Employees from Hobby Lobby and other corporations left without coverage have been paying for their employer’s religious beliefs — literally — ever since. A year...

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Davis Vanguard
My View: Does Utility Tax Give Us Enough Assurance?

Jul 4, 2015
My View: Does Utility Tax Give Us Enough Assurance?

It has been more than a year since voters by a margin of 58-42 passed the city’s half-cent sales tax increase. That margin, while comfortable in a simple majority election falls well short of the needed two-thirds margin for a parcel tax or any specific use tax. That reality coupled with polling from the...

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The Death Penalty’s Innocence Problem

Jul 4, 2015

By Cassandra Stubbs The demise of the death penalty is upon us. While the Supreme Court ruled this week to allow the continued use of a controversial lethal injection drug, Justice Stephen Breyer’s sweeping dissent invited the nation to question capital punishment’s constitutionality. If you have any doubt about the answer, just ask Henry...

Davis Vanguard
My View: Is this a Budget to Celebrate?

Jul 3, 2015
My View: Is this a Budget to Celebrate?

This week, the Davis City Council approved the city’s 2015-16 budget. Let us be clear about one thing – the budget picture is definitely improved over where it was a year ago when we were facing $5 million in structural deficits. But let’s also be clear on something else – it’s premature to celebrate....

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Council to Consider Potential Tax Measure for Unfunded Needs

Jul 3, 2015
Council to Consider Potential Tax Measure for Unfunded Needs

While the council has in the past talked about a parcel tax, they are now looking at consideration of a General Utility User Tax that could address unfunded needs such as road maintenance, bicycle paths/trails, and other priority capital projects. Right now, the city is looking at the state average of 5.5% raising approximately...

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Superintendent Updates Parents on AIM/ GATE Changes

Jul 3, 2015
Superintendent Updates Parents on AIM/ GATE Changes

(Editor’s Note: The following Communication was sent out by Superintendent Winfred Roberson to districts parents). Dear DJUSD Parents, Guardians & Caregivers: I hope you are enjoying a pleasant summer.  I am writing to all families in the Davis Joint Unified School District.  Over the last month there has been general curiosity and misinformation circulating...

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A Chat with the Chief: Exploring Body Cameras

Jul 3, 2015
A Chat with the Chief: Exploring Body Cameras

The Davis Phoenix Coalition presents “A Chat with the Chief: Exploring Body Cameras” Monday, July 15th, 6-7:30pm Blanchard Room, Mary L. Stephens Branch Library, 315 E 14th St, Davis, CA 95616 FREE The City of Davis Police Department is on the growing list of police departments nationwide that will be implementing a body-worn camera program...

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Area Nepali Restaurants and Nepali Students Pledge Food for Earthquake Benefit

Jul 3, 2015
Area Nepali Restaurants and Nepali Students Pledge Food for Earthquake Benefit

The Davis Odd Fellows and Soroptimists International of Davis are partnering on Saturday July 11 to raise funds for the earthquake victims in Nepal. The “Neighbors for Nepal” benefit at the Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 Second Street, Davis, offers an evening of food and music. Area Nepali and Indian restaurants will be donating food...

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