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School Board Weekly Question 1: Challenges Facing the School District

School Board Weekly Question 1: Challenges Facing the School District

Every week until the election, we will have a question for the DJUSD School Board Candidates.  We have a word limit of roughly 350. Please also see the Vanguard Candidate’s forum from Sunday, September 18. Question 1:  What do you consider the most serious or most pressing challenged faced by the school district and...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: Can We Cut Our Way to Prosperity?

Aug 30, 2016
Analysis: Can We Cut Our Way to Prosperity?

In 2008, the Vanguard was ahead of the curve warning of unsustainable spending practices by the city, particularly on pensions and retiree health care – the Vanguard’s warning actually preceded the collapse of financial markets in September 2008. In 2009, the Vanguard warned the city that the first round of “cuts” in the MOUs...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Where Land Use and Fiscal Clash, We Lose

Aug 28, 2016
Sunday Commentary: Where Land Use and Fiscal Clash, We Lose

On Wednesday, opponents of a proposed new hotel on Cowell Boulevard pushed back that the benefits of the hotel are not site specific and would apply to any location in the city.  While true on its face, the problem that we face in this community is that if the hotel proposal is voted down...

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Davis Vanguard
Assessing Our Strengths and Weaknesses As a Community

Assessing Our Strengths and Weaknesses As a Community

By Robb Davis Organizational strategic planning exercises often include a “SWOT” analysis analyzing Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. I offer the following brief SWOT analysis as a start to goal setting for the coming two years. Contact me at rdavis@cityofdavis.org with thoughts and reactions. Strengths A great strength of our community is our vigilance...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Are We Fiddling While Rome Burns?

Aug 23, 2016
Commentary: Are We Fiddling While Rome Burns?

On Monday it was interesting to note that the Vanguard article on land use, which attempted to fact-check some of the neighbors’ concerns regarding the proposed Hyatt House, generated over 250 comments and counting.  Meanwhile, Matt William’s fiscal analysis generated just six at the time of my writing this column. Matt Williams ironically opens ...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Can We Forge Community Consensus To Solve Our Revenue Crisis?

Aug 14, 2016
Sunday Commentary: Can We Forge Community Consensus To Solve Our Revenue Crisis?

We live in a beautiful community that we can afford to pay for with existing revenues.  We must understand and recognize the unpleasant truth behind that statement in order to meet the challenges that await us as a community in the next decade. My analysis is that something is going to have to change...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Why is Davis’ Sales Tax Per Capita So Low?

Aug 2, 2016
Commentary: Why is Davis’ Sales Tax Per Capita So Low?

It comes as little surprise to the informed observer that Davis’ sales tax per capita is much smaller than that of other comparable communities.  Of that sales tax, a large percentage is generated by auto sales – a fact that is deeply ironic, given Davis’ sustainable claims on the environment. We will have some...

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Davis Vanguard
My View: The Hope of the New

Jul 16, 2016
My View: The Hope of the New

This week a new mayor, a new councilmember and a new mayor pro tem were sworn into office – as I have suggested before, the changing of the guard has a more profound impact on how council will do its business than we tend to anticipate. The exiting Dan Wolk earned glowing praise from...

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Davis Vanguard
My View: Mayor Wolk’s Legacy

Jun 25, 2016
My View: Mayor Wolk’s Legacy

This weekend Mayor Dan Wolk, now at the end of his tenure, offers a glimpse at his view of his legacy. He writes, “This is my final Mayor’s Corner column.  Naturally, this puts me in a reflective mood. I am very proud of everything we’ve accomplished together. There are way too many to highlight…”...

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Davis Vanguard
2016-17 Budget and Long-Term Projectionss

2016-17 Budget and Long-Term Projectionss

By Dan Carson (The following is a memo from Dan Carson to the Finance and Budget Commission. The bullet points listed at the beginning of this analysis were adopted by the Finance and Budget Commission at last Monday’s meeting.) Quick Summary of Findings: In general, the proposed 2016-17 budget is reasonable and sound and...

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