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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: City Budget Could Become Greatest Threat to Open Space, Environment

Sep 14, 2014
Sunday Commentary: City Budget Could Become Greatest Threat to Open Space, Environment

For the past several weeks, I have been reading about concerns that people have regarding city greenbelts and whether the development on Paso Fino will set a precedent for the city – which currently lacks a police on the sale of greenbelts – to sell off greenbelts for development. While it is an interesting...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: The Biggest Challenge the City Faces?

Sep 8, 2014
Commentary: The Biggest Challenge the City Faces?

With all of the complaints about the city using public resources to fund a poll, the poll lays out one clear and unmistakable fact – that the public really does not have a good grasp of the challenges that the city faces right now. It starts with the public assessment of the more important...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: Council in a Catch-22 on New City Manager

Sep 5, 2014
Analysis: Council in a Catch-22 on New City Manager

If you read the council agenda item for Saturday, they figure to have a long day as they plan to interview the city manager finalists. No one knows how long this will take or how close we are to having a new city manager. Everyone acknowledges this is one of the most key decisions...

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Davis Vanguard
What We Can Learn From the City Survey Results

Sep 2, 2014
What We Can Learn From the City Survey Results

The city has finally released the telephone survey results from Godbe Research which was conducted from June 11 to June 16, 2014. Godbe surveyed 504 Davis registered voters during their 20 minute survey conducted in consultation with City staff. Much has been made out of the polling on the parcel taxes, which continues to...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: The Choices Ahead For Davis

Sep 1, 2014
Commentary:  The Choices Ahead For Davis

On Saturday, Rob White and I wrote what were really inadvertent companion pieces – even though we had not discussed what each other was writing. My piece, Time to Reengage the Public, focused on the city’s short-term need to pass a parcel tax and attempted to lay out the need for the city to...

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Davis Vanguard
City Panel Working to Tighten Scrutiny of Taxpayer Dollars

Aug 27, 2014
City Panel Working to Tighten Scrutiny of Taxpayer Dollars

By Jeff Miller and Dan Carson Last February, Davis Enterprise columnist Bob Dunning mused on the city’s serious fiscal problems and controversies, and suggested a solution. “Maybe it’s time to convene a citizen-based Budget Advisory Commission to turn over every rock looking for spare change that could get us out of this mess,” he...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Protecting Davis’ Assets

Aug 24, 2014
Sunday Commentary: Protecting Davis’ Assets

Last night, the Davis Sunset Rotary (of which I’m a member), sponsored movies in the park, and several hundred people armed with their children, bug spray and popcorn went to Central Park at dusk to watch “Monsters University.”   This is a spectacular tradition that the Rotary club rescued from the city of Davis a...

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Davis Vanguard
Council Emerges From Break with a Lot of Work to Do

Aug 22, 2014
Council Emerges From Break with a Lot of Work to Do

One might excuse newly installed Mayor Pro Tem Robb Davis if he feels like he’s on a rollcoaster ride. After all, Mr. Davis was elected by the voters on June 3, four weeks later he was thrown into the fire quite literally as the council took up key issues in a marathon two-day meeting...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: City Acknowledges Pool Civic Pool is Leaking Over 7000 Gallons a Day

Aug 20, 2014
Analysis: City Acknowledges Pool Civic Pool is Leaking Over 7000 Gallons a Day

On Saturday, the Vanguard reported that the city’s civic pool has a substantial leak of over 7500 gallons a day. Given the drought and infrastructure concerns, this causes complications as the city council will be asked to sort out a potential spring 2015 parcel tax that may now have to be extended to cover...

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Davis Vanguard
Build an Improved Two-Way Communication Venue Between the City and UC Davis

Build an Improved Two-Way Communication Venue Between the City and UC Davis

By Dan Carson As the newly constituted City Council returns soon from its summer break and begins to craft plans for its upcoming two-year term, here’s one idea that I think belongs on their agenda: Formalizing an improved periodic and public process to encourage full communication and problem-solving in the relationship between the City...

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