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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: The Vanguard’s View of the Council Accomplishments of 2014-15

Jul 26, 2015
Sunday Commentary: The Vanguard’s View of the Council Accomplishments of 2014-15

This week the mayor published his monthly Mayor’s Corner and called  the past year “a year to remember.” He writes, “This month marks the end of this new City Council’s first year — and my first year as your mayor. And what a year it was. At risk of sounding like a broken record,...

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Davis Vanguard
Report: Will the Proposed Innovation Centers Yield the Type of Return Anticipated?

Jul 16, 2015
Report: Will the Proposed Innovation Centers Yield the Type of Return Anticipated?

In May, the Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. (EPS) “prepared an Administrative Draft Report evaluating economic and fiscal assumptions and key success factors related to three proposed innovation center proposals in the City of Davis.” The withdrawal of the Davis Innovation Center from their proposed 208 acre project drops “the total acreage by approximately...

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Davis Vanguard
Council Makes Move to Separate Sports Parks, Pool from Tax Discussion

Jul 8, 2015
Council Makes Move to Separate Sports Parks, Pool from Tax Discussion

At least two dozen people spoke on Tuesday at public comment. As expected, many were members of the sports communities – little league, softball, soccer, swimming and even tennis. They all brought a similar message – our facilities are badly in need of upgrade or of altogether new facilities. However, council delivered one message...

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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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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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Davis Vanguard
Council Will Approve the 2015-16 City Budget

Jun 26, 2015
Council Will Approve the 2015-16 City Budget

There has been a lot of discussion on the longer range budget issues such as how the city will handle roads and other infrastructure needs, how the city will handle the upcoming MOUs, the sunsetting of the sales tax, and long-term budget projections. Last week, Jeff Miller and Dan Carson submitted a summary of...

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Davis Vanguard
Letter: Quinn Made a Deal to Save DJUSD During Budget Crisis

By Laurie & Bob Rollins In Feb. of 2010, the district was suffering from budget cutbacks so they offered teachers a retirement incentive. At this time, Deanne Quinn spoke with Superintendent James Hammond and offered to retire and come back as a part time employee. The district would keep the experience and expertise to...

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Davis Vanguard
Concerns Raised About the Budget Process

Jun 18, 2015
Concerns Raised About the Budget Process

Elaine Roberts Musser on Tuesday addressed the Davis City Council during public comment of their budget discussion and raised a number of key points in advance of the council’s eventual adoption of the City Budget by the end of this month. Here is the text of her remarks: I was part of the committee...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: The Case For Economic Development Is Stronger Than Ever

Jun 16, 2015
Commentary: The Case For Economic Development Is Stronger Than Ever

This is not the strongest economic recovery we have seen and at some point in the next ten years it is likely to end and we are likely to see another recession. It probably won’t be the catastrophic “Great Recession” we saw in 2008, but it will be enough to drive our revenue growth...

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Davis Vanguard
Summary of Finance and Budget Commission Discussion of the Budget

Summary of Finance and Budget Commission Discussion of the Budget

By Jeff Miller and Dan Carson This summary was prepared by Jeff Miller and Dan Carson at the request of the Finance and Budget Commission and sent to the Davis City Council. The commission discussed a broad range of technical and strategic budget issues. City staff members were able to address many of the...

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