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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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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Employee Morale and Other City Manager Fallout

Jul 27, 2014
Sunday Commentary: Employee Morale and Other City Manager Fallout

Earlier this week, we had a brief series on ideal qualities we would be looking for in a new city manager. One of the points we made is hat the city manager will be asked to improve and implement employee morale. We have had a rough time in the last five or six years....

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: It’s No Wonder Why People Are Confused…

Jul 25, 2014
Analysis: It’s No Wonder Why People Are Confused…

I recall back to a discussion in college about the “big-lie” which is an interesting propaganda tactic where the concept was that no one could believe that someone could have the audacity to distort the truth so infamously. For me, the bigger problem isn’t the big lie in the modern age, though it still...

Davis Vanguard
Part III: What Qualities Davis Needs in a City Manager?

Jul 23, 2014
Part III: What Qualities Davis Needs in a City Manager?

We have spent this week talking the qualities of a good city manager and what Davis needs.   Today I will attempt to identify several qualities that we need – this is obviously just my opinion, and it is not an exhaustive list. In response to Monday’s article, Mayor Pro Tem Robb Davis posted three...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: City Needs to Educate Public on Revenue from Business Parks

Jul 22, 2014
Analysis: City Needs to Educate Public on Revenue from Business Parks

Once again, we can learn a lot from reading letters to the editor about the failure of the city to educate the public on the revenue drivers behind the city’s push for a business park. Today a resident writes, “So, the city gets most of its income from property taxes, sales tax and building...

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Davis Vanguard
Part II: What Makes a Good City Manager – the Good and the Bad

Jul 22, 2014
Part II: What Makes a Good City Manager – the Good and the Bad

One of the reasons that I liked the piece from John Nalbandian on Dallas was that he understands what the job of a city manager is – he manages the city. In a simple way, the city manager implements the policies that the city council supports. Now a good city manager might be able...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: A New City Manager is Highest Priority

Jul 13, 2014
Sunday Commentary: A New City Manager is Highest Priority

When Steve Pinkerton announced he was leaving for Incline Village in February, he gave the city of Davis until the end of April to find an interim city manager and then start their search for a permanent replacement. At the time, there was a public discussion over whether we were best suited for an...

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Davis Vanguard
Mistake to Delay Road Repairs

Jul 11, 2014
Mistake to Delay Road Repairs

by Michelle Millet Walk outside your front door, ride your bike on the greenbelt or drive anywhere in Davis and one thing is clear, our paved surfaces are in need of repair. Because previous city councils balanced their budgets without setting aside money to pay for these infrastructure needs, the city does not have...

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Davis Vanguard
An Open Letter to the Firefighters Local 3494

Jul 9, 2014
An Open Letter to the Firefighters Local 3494

Firefighters Should Stop Being Part of the Problem and Start Being Part of Renewing This Community:  It has been a surprisingly heavy agenda here in late June and early July, so I am a bit late to responding to this matter. A couple of weeks ago on a Friday evening, I went to the...

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