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Report on NPR Finds Berkeley Soda Tax Working

Aug 28, 2016
Report on NPR Finds Berkeley Soda Tax Working

NPR reporter Dan Charles this week on NPR’s Signature “All Things Considered,” reports, “The nation’s first “soda tax” on sugar-sweetened beverages, which went into effect in Berkeley, Calif., last year, appears to be working.” The new UC Berkeley Study published on August 23 in the American Journal of Public Health found “a 21 percent...

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Assessing Our Strengths and Weaknesses As a Community

Assessing Our Strengths and Weaknesses As a Community

By Robb Davis Organizational strategic planning exercises often include a “SWOT” analysis analyzing Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. I offer the following brief SWOT analysis as a start to goal setting for the coming two years. Contact me at rdavis@cityofdavis.org with thoughts and reactions. Strengths A great strength of our community is our vigilance...

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Will Making it a Felony Curb Prosecutorial Misconduct?

Aug 28, 2016
Will Making it a Felony Curb Prosecutorial Misconduct?

It was nearly six years ago that a report from the Northern California Innocence Project documented the high level of prosecutorial misconduct and the very low level of discipline for those who were cited with the misconduct by judges in California. Since that time, the Vanguard has brought Orange County Assistant Public Defender Scott...

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Analysis: A Look at the Fiscal Analysis of Davis Hotels

Aug 27, 2016
Analysis: A Look at the Fiscal Analysis of Davis Hotels

Coming out of the Planning Commission meeting, it was obvious that there is serious neighborhood concern for the location of the proposed Hyatt House hotel.  The interesting dynamic was that there was almost an equal number of people speaking up on Wednesday that we need a hotel for city revenue and to support existing...

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My View: The Cost of Raising Tough Issues

Aug 27, 2016
My View: The Cost of Raising Tough Issues

It is perhaps ironic that this year marks the 10th year of the founding of the Vanguard because, in 2006, I learned what should have been the most valuable lesson I ever learned.  I began my involvement after I listened to disturbing comments, which came from councilmembers, about the issue of police oversight. When...

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When Police Body Cameras Aren’t the Answer

Aug 27, 2016
When Police Body Cameras Aren’t the Answer

by Peter Bibring and Catherine Wagner Earlier this month, a too familiar tragedy unfolded in East Los Angeles when Los Angeles police officers shot and killed 14-year-old Jesse Romero. Witness accounts vary — the police department says Romero fled when officers approached him on suspicion of scrawling graffiti in his neighborhood, then fired at officers. Some civilians say...

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Commentary: On the Potential of a General Plan Amendment Supporting Hotels

Aug 26, 2016
Commentary: On the Potential of a General Plan Amendment Supporting Hotels

A commenter on the Vanguard yesterday made an interesting observation that it appears that the staff is recommending a General Plan Amendment. The commenter noted: “The most interesting thing that came out at the planning commission is not in this article. It came in the exchange between Commissioner Hanson and City staff after public...

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Tuleyome’s Letter Opposing a Negative Declaration at Field & Pond

Tuleyome’s Letter Opposing a Negative Declaration at Field & Pond

Following the Vanguard’s article on Wednesday on the Field & Pond dispute, Bob Schneider submitted Tuleyome’s letter opposing a Negative Declaration for Field and Pond, as well as Ecologist Chad Roberts’ lengthy analysis. July 28, 2016 Stephanie Cormier, Senior Planner Yolo County Planning and Public Works Department 292 West Beamer Street Woodland, CA 95695...

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Gang Trial Continues

Aug 26, 2016
Gang Trial Continues

by Misha Berman This morning in court in Department 8 was the case for Defendants Jason Lopez and Stephon Ramirez. Both Mr. Ramirez and Mr. Lopez are not in custody. Before the jury was let both the prosecution and defense attorneys discussed important matters regarding the case. “I am ruling a motion to exclude...

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Planning Commission Not Ready to Make Decision; Will Tour Site

Aug 25, 2016
Planning Commission Not Ready to Make Decision; Will Tour Site

The Davis Planning Commission on Wednesday listened to nearly an hour and a half of public comment.  Thirty-seven people spoke on Wednesday night, and while the commenters were evenly split on whether they supported or opposed the Hyatt House Hotel project proposed for south Davis on Cowell Boulevard along I-80, with 20 speaking out...

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