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Davis Vanguard
Monday Morning Thoughts: What Does Success Look Like In A New Era in Davis?

Oct 20, 2014

(This may be a new regular column. My weekend commentaries “My View” and “Sunday Commentary” often wrap up the week. This one, if it catches on, may pose some thoughts at the beginning of the week). Davis is set to hire a new city manager. Along with the resignation of former City Manager Steve...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: New City Manager Salary Puts Davis in Tough Spot

Oct 19, 2014
Sunday Commentary: New City Manager Salary Puts Davis in Tough Spot

Back in July, the Vanguard would argue that the “Council Did Right Thing on Compensation.” As we wrote on July 19, 2014: “The council has clearly waded into perilous waters by increasing the salary component of the city manager’s total compensation, but it is not clear to me that they had much choice. It...

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Davis Vanguard
My View: Civic Pool Repairs May Not Justify Parcel Tax Inclusion

Oct 18, 2014

It made for spectacular headlines last August when the Vanguard first reported that Civic Pool had a substantial leak at over 7500 gallons a day. Moreover, it came out that the city was aware of the leak for some time and they had argued that it was not just a simple fix. However, this...

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Davis Vanguard
New City Manager to Receive $217K in Salary

Oct 18, 2014
New City Manager to Receive $217K in Salary

The Davis City Council is set to approve the contract of Dirk Brazil in a consent item after they voted 4-0-1 in closed session to appoint Mr. Brazil as the New City Manager. If approved he would take over on November 3 following six months at the helm by interim city manager Gene Rogers....

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Community Needs to Rally Behind New City Manager

Oct 15, 2014
Commentary: Community Needs to Rally Behind New City Manager

The city of Davis is facing a series of enormous challenges in the coming weeks, months, and even years. But first on the agenda was selecting a city manager who would be able to run the city. In 2011, the Davis City Council chose someone from outside of the community with vast experience as...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: Most Unaware of the Innovation Park Issue

Oct 13, 2014

On Thursday, we will have an Innovation Park Discussion forum at DMG Mori at 6:30. In planning the event, putting it out at DMG seemed like an intriguing idea. First, it showcases economic development. But second, it puts us fairly close to the location of one of the parks – Mace Ranch Innovation Center....

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Low Point in the State of the City

Oct 10, 2014

The special agenda for 8 pm on Monday night in closed session once again suggests the end of the city manager search could be near as once again the council is set to discuss the city manager and also have a conference with labor negotiators about an unrepresented employee, the city manager candidate. However,...

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The State Hornet
Brown denies CSU, UC $50 mill

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a proposal on Sept. 27 to give the CSU and UC systems $50 million each in additional funds.

Davis Vanguard
Analysis: Revenue Potential Remains a Huge Issue

Oct 6, 2014

If the centerpiece of an innovation park campaign will be the ability for the parks to generate sorely needed tax revenue, the push back will be the attempt to question the revenue potential. Just last week, former mayor Sue Greenwald questioned this in a comment on the Davis Enterprise site: “business parks rarely bring...

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Davis Vanguard
My View: Avoiding a Return of a Toxic City Hall Environment

Oct 4, 2014

A few days ago I was going back over old Vanguard articles as I was in search of an old story, and it struck me how toxic the city council environment was from 2006 to 2010. One of the stunning factors, of course, was the polarity. During that period there was a definite council...

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