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Davis Vanguard
Are We Out of the Woods on the City Fiscal Crisis?

May 24, 2015
Are We Out of the Woods on the City Fiscal Crisis?

It is hard to imagine that a little over a year ago, the city council and city manager were concerned enough about the current year budget and the five year forecast that they put an immediate half-cent sales tax on the budget to close another $5 million hole. If anything, the five year projections...

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Davis Vanguard
Are We Doubling Down on Economic Development?

May 24, 2015
Are We Doubling Down on Economic Development?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get both private and publicly is what is happening with the economic development in the city of Davis and most specifically, where does the new city manager stand with respect to it. A month ago, former City Manager John Meyer’s report discussed not only the importance...

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Davis Vanguard
My View: Fiscal Situation Not on the Backs of the Progressives

May 23, 2015
My View: Fiscal Situation Not on the Backs of the Progressives

While it has been an easy mark to tag the demise of the Innovation Parks and perhaps the imperiled Economic Development program on the backs of the progressive movement in Davis and in particular, the rise of Measure J – I believe this is an incomplete reading both of what is going on currently...

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Davis Vanguard
Budget Item on Fire Suggests Continuation of Share Management

May 23, 2015
Budget Item on Fire Suggests Continuation of Share Management

At one point in time it seemed likely that the City’s Shared Management Agreement with UC Davis on fire would be in jeopardy. Both sides have until July 1 to determine whether they wish to pull out of that agreement or it automatically extends until December 31, 2016. The city’s intentions appear to be...

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Davis Vanguard
What Does “Renew Davis” Mean to You?

May 20, 2015

Davis Mayor Dan Wolk has used the term “Renew Davis” on a range of policy goals and applications. Most recently, he invoked it as a means to resurrect a community sports park concept. However, the initiative brought questions and criticisms from some of his colleagues and questions from the community. As Mr. Wolk explained...

Davis Vanguard
$15 Minimum Wage Gets a Boost as Los Angeles Approves It

May 20, 2015
$15 Minimum Wage Gets a Boost as Los Angeles Approves It

When a small group of activists in 2014 proposed a $15 per hour minimum wage, it seemed almost preposterous. But on Tuesday, Los Angeles, the state’s largest city and the nation’s second largest city, approved a plan to raise the city’s minimum to $15 per hour by 2020. They join a trend that is...

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Davis Vanguard
Study Shows Potential Economic Impact, Benefits of Innovation Centers

May 14, 2015
Study Shows Potential Economic Impact, Benefits of Innovation Centers

On Monday EPS made a presentation to the City of Davis Finance and Budget Commission on the fiscal and economic impact of the innovation parks on Davis. As now know, the Davis Innovation Center has pulled out which will naturally alter some of these findings. However, the preliminary report for which we have a...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Council Should Prioritize Spending… Oh Wait, They Have

May 12, 2015
Commentary: Council Should Prioritize Spending… Oh Wait, They Have

In recent days, the Vanguard has noted what would appear to be a trend. The city finances have come in better than expected. There has been talk, at least, about some sort of increase of employee compensation – perhaps that would be in a form of a COLA (cost-of-living adjustment), perhaps more substantial. At...

Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Will Voters Support Innovation Parks Absent Economic Crisis?

May 10, 2015

As the discussion on Innovation Parks emerged over the last year or two, part of the rationale was that the economic development would bring in new property and sales tax revenue to help the city’s coffers. There are really two critical components to it. An analysis of the city’s tax base shows that it...

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Davis Vanguard
City Manager Discusses Employee Morale, the Fire Department, and Economic Development in Follow Up to Meyer Report

May 4, 2015
City Manager Discusses Employee Morale, the Fire Department, and Economic Development in Follow Up to Meyer Report

On Friday, the Vanguard sat down with new City Manager Dirk Brazil and former City Manager John Meyer, who coming off retirement at UC Davis, sat down with the incoming city manager and asked how he could help. Dirk Brazil said that he wanted to do some sort of assessment, to find out where...

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