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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: The Choices Ahead For Davis

Sep 1, 2014
Commentary:  The Choices Ahead For Davis

On Saturday, Rob White and I wrote what were really inadvertent companion pieces – even though we had not discussed what each other was writing. My piece, Time to Reengage the Public, focused on the city’s short-term need to pass a parcel tax and attempted to lay out the need for the city to...

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Davis Vanguard
City Panel Working to Tighten Scrutiny of Taxpayer Dollars

Aug 27, 2014
City Panel Working to Tighten Scrutiny of Taxpayer Dollars

By Jeff Miller and Dan Carson Last February, Davis Enterprise columnist Bob Dunning mused on the city’s serious fiscal problems and controversies, and suggested a solution. “Maybe it’s time to convene a citizen-based Budget Advisory Commission to turn over every rock looking for spare change that could get us out of this mess,” he...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Protecting Davis’ Assets

Aug 24, 2014
Sunday Commentary: Protecting Davis’ Assets

Last night, the Davis Sunset Rotary (of which I’m a member), sponsored movies in the park, and several hundred people armed with their children, bug spray and popcorn went to Central Park at dusk to watch “Monsters University.”   This is a spectacular tradition that the Rotary club rescued from the city of Davis a...

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Davis Vanguard
Council Emerges From Break with a Lot of Work to Do

Aug 22, 2014
Council Emerges From Break with a Lot of Work to Do

One might excuse newly installed Mayor Pro Tem Robb Davis if he feels like he’s on a rollcoaster ride. After all, Mr. Davis was elected by the voters on June 3, four weeks later he was thrown into the fire quite literally as the council took up key issues in a marathon two-day meeting...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: City Acknowledges Pool Civic Pool is Leaking Over 7000 Gallons a Day

Aug 20, 2014
Analysis: City Acknowledges Pool Civic Pool is Leaking Over 7000 Gallons a Day

On Saturday, the Vanguard reported that the city’s civic pool has a substantial leak of over 7500 gallons a day. Given the drought and infrastructure concerns, this causes complications as the city council will be asked to sort out a potential spring 2015 parcel tax that may now have to be extended to cover...

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Davis Vanguard
Build an Improved Two-Way Communication Venue Between the City and UC Davis

Build an Improved Two-Way Communication Venue Between the City and UC Davis

By Dan Carson As the newly constituted City Council returns soon from its summer break and begins to craft plans for its upcoming two-year term, here’s one idea that I think belongs on their agenda: Formalizing an improved periodic and public process to encourage full communication and problem-solving in the relationship between the City...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Why the Status Quo Can No Longer Hold

Aug 8, 2014
Commentary: Why the Status Quo Can No Longer Hold

I found this week interesting. I have long upheld and in fact fought for slow growth principles in this community. In fact, I continue to rent a home and live in this community because I like the small town, intellectually rigorous, progressive atmosphere of this community. I have fought to keep that. I came...

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Davis Vanguard
The Drivers of a Fiscal Crisis

Aug 7, 2014
The Drivers of a Fiscal Crisis

by Rob White There is much dialogue on the Vanguard these days about when the local fiscal issues started, what decisions were made that got us here and who is responsible. And while these are interesting academic questions (and may help policymakers and the community avoid similar crises in the future), it avoids the...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: How Dare We Poll Before Putting a Parcel Tax on the Ballot

Jul 31, 2014
Commentary: How Dare We Poll Before Putting a Parcel Tax on the Ballot

It was back in late June, the city had just passed a sales tax by about a 58-42 margin, and the city, facing hundreds of millions of dollars in shortfalls on roads was contemplating a parcel tax. The city of course had questions – could they pass a parcel tax, when should they attempt...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: The Other Side of Employee Morale

Jul 28, 2014
Commentary: The Other Side of Employee Morale

On Sunday, the Vanguard attempted to throw out as food for thought as we go forward the other side of the story on city manager compensation and concerns about employee morale. There were some good responses to the issue by some of our readers. To the idea that the employee groups have taken a...

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