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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Avoiding Repeating the Mistakes of Davis Budget History

May 3, 2015
Sunday Commentary: Avoiding Repeating the Mistakes of Davis Budget History

I look at articles like Dan Carson’s (5/2, New City Staff Forecast Says Fiscal Year to End with Substantial Reserve) with naturally mixed emotions. On the one hand, the city is moving into a better fiscal position – a lot of that is due to the improved economy, but some of that is due...

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Davis Vanguard
New City Staff Forecast Says Fiscal Year to End with Substantial Reserve

May 2, 2015
New City Staff Forecast Says Fiscal Year to End with Substantial Reserve

By Dan Carson A city staff report released Friday says that better-than-expected growth in property tax revenues and the realization of the additional sales tax revenues from voter-approved Measure O have bolstered city finances to the point where the current fiscal year will end with a $7.1 million General Fund reserve. The city staff’s...

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Davis Vanguard
Meyer Report Recommends Undoing Organizational Changes But Doubling Down on Economic Development

Apr 30, 2015

On Tuesday, we reported that the report from John Meyer on the Davis City Hall described a fragile work environment where city staff, in self-described reports, “remain dedicated to public service,” but at the same time “highly critical of some of the methods and style used to achieve budget reductions.” John Meyer writes, “Indeed,...

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Davis Vanguard
Monday Morning Thoughts: Does the Community Really Want Innovation Parks?

Apr 27, 2015
Monday Morning Thoughts: Does the Community Really Want Innovation Parks?

People will tell me that I am too early on this assessment, or that I am speculating. I will admit to both here. However, as I will have been doing this for nine years come late July, just three months away, I have learned to trust my gut feelings. There was a time when...

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Davis Vanguard
CalPERS Contributions to Put More Squeeze on Local Funding For Roads

Apr 17, 2015
CalPERS Contributions to Put More Squeeze on Local Funding For Roads

CalPERS contribution rates will rise more than nine percent, a move that experts project will cost state and school district more than half a billion dollars. Last year, CalPERS agreed to incrementally increase its rates, and earlier this week, the board’s administration committee recommended even higher rates for the upcoming year. “As the fund...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Can We Restore Trust in City’s Finances and Governance?

Apr 15, 2015

On Tuesday, PublicCEO posted a fascinating piece from Bill Britt of California Forward. The article was “Three Steps to Restoring Trust in a City’s Finances and Governance” and it told the story of how Michele Martinez not only promised “to restore trust” in her city, but “actually delivered on it.” Mr. Britt writes, “Long...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Will Innovation Parks Come Down to the Assessment of the City Budget?

Apr 7, 2015

Davis has a strong slow growth legacy embodied within the passage and renewal of the Measure J/ Measure R which requires citizen votes for the conversion of agricultural land to urban uses. However, over the course of the last two years there has been a school of thought emerging believing that the city needs...

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Davis Vanguard
New Set of Goals and Objectives Nearing Council Approval

New Set of Goals and Objectives Nearing Council Approval

By Dan Carson I always take political campaigns for public office with a grain of salt. They tend to focus on what everyone thinks are the issues of the day. Time and again, though, after the election is over, officeholders find themselves consumed with controversies they never imagined would flare up at the time...

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California Political News and Views
Top 5 Taxes You May See on 2016 Ballot

Last June, I wrote a column forecasting from least likely to most likely the tax increase measures that might be on the November 2016 ballot given the conversations going on then. Time for an update. As is nearly always the case in the political world, situations and strategies change. What’s being discussed most heavily today is...

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California Political News and Views
Committee Hearing Exposes UC’s Bloated Budget

Tuition hikes marched to the head of the class at a recent hearing of California Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance. Assembly members balked at a 28 percent tuition hike advanced by UC President Janet Napolitano and approved by the University of California Board of Regents. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Neither the governor nor the California...

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