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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: City’s Economic Development is Crumbling

Apr 17, 2016
Sunday Commentary: City’s Economic Development is Crumbling

A month ago we warned that “Cascading System’s Failure in Planning May Doom Economic Development in Davis” as we learned that the developers for the Davis Innovation Center were moving their development a few miles north on Highway 113 to Woodland.  Things just got worse – much worse. With the news that Mace Ranch...

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Davis Vanguard
City Council Candidate Question 2: Measures to Increase City Revenue

Apr 15, 2016
City Council Candidate Question 2: Measures to Increase City Revenue

For the next eight weeks, the Vanguard will be sending the Davis City Council candidates weekly questions.  They have 250 to 350 words. Question #1: Do you support Measure A (Nishi) – why or why not? Question #2: While the city’s budget picture has improved, the city is still in need of funding for...

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Davis Vanguard
The Importance of School Parcel Taxes

The Importance of School Parcel Taxes

by Bob Poppenga I have served on the Davis school district’s Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for the past two years. The committee is charged with ensuring that the district spends parcel tax monies in accordance with the wishes of the Davis community as outlined in the voter-approved ballot measures.  The committee recently verified that...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Should Rainbow City Have Been the Priority?

Mar 20, 2016
Sunday Commentary: Should Rainbow City Have Been the Priority?

Some times in this business you have to be the bad guy in order to point our problematic governance.  Everyone loves Rainbow City and the loss of it to this community obvious was a sore spot for many.  However, in light of budgetary priorities, we have to question whether rebuilding a brand new Rainbow...

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Davis Vanguard
My View II: When Will We Address $655 Million in Infrastructure Needs?

Mar 19, 2016
My View II: When Will We Address $655 Million in Infrastructure Needs?

Two years ago, as we first began to earnestly plan for the possibility of innovation parks and economic development as a way to help alleviate the city’s revenue shortfalls, I argued that in order for the public to support either the short term mechanisms for revenue – at that time, the sales tax and...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Can Davis Get Out of Its Own Way?

Mar 17, 2016
Commentary: Can Davis Get Out of Its Own Way?

Last month when the council was postponing putting the soda tax measure on the ballot, Councilmember Rochelle Swanson made a comment that intrigued, stating, “I was very inspired by the Raise the Wage conversations earlier.” She cited the conversation that will emerge and go forward and argued, “Frankly, that is more the Davis way,...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary II: The End of Paradise

Mar 13, 2016
Sunday Commentary II: The End of Paradise

If you look at polls of residents of Davis they consisting rate quality of life in Davis as high, they tend to believe that the finances of the city are good, and things are going well. To me there is a disconnect between the views expressed by the typical citizens and the realities I...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Count Me Off the Renewal Bus

Feb 11, 2016
Commentary: Count Me Off the Renewal Bus

At Dan Wolk’s State of the City Address in early January, and again in his most recent column on January 31, he called 2015, “A Year of ‘Renewal.’” While I agree that some things have improved for the city, a year of “renewal” is a bridge too far for me, and I can and...

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Davis Vanguard
Cost Containment as an Element of Fiscal Resilience

Cost Containment as an Element of Fiscal Resilience

Editor’s note: Councilmember Robb Davis put this forward during the tax discussion.  We are posting it as a point of more discussion. 1. Undertake a full staffing analysis to determine match between service delivery needs and staffing.   2. Based on 1, consider best ways to provide services going forward with focus on training workers...

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Davis Vanguard
Cost Containment as an Element of Fiscal Resilience

Cost Containment as an Element of Fiscal Resilience

Editor’s note: Councilmember Robb Davis put this forward during the tax discussion.  We are posting it as a point of more discussion. 1. Undertake a full staffing analysis to determine match between service delivery needs and staffing.   2. Based on 1, consider best ways to provide services going forward with focus on training workers...

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