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California Political News and Views
Committee Hearing Exposes UC’s Bloated Budget

Tuition hikes marched to the head of the class at a recent hearing of California Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 2 on Education Finance. Assembly members balked at a 28 percent tuition hike advanced by UC President Janet Napolitano and approved by the University of California Board of Regents. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Neither the governor nor the California...

Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Council Missing Opportunities To Engage on Key Issues

Feb 25, 2015
Commentary: Council Missing Opportunities To Engage on Key Issues

One of my Monday Morning thoughts was on an idea presented where we put a larger focal point on mayor. I won’t go as far as a Benjamin Barber does and advocate the dissolution of the nation-state to rule by cities. However, I do think he has a point that mayors “are pragmatic problem...

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California Political News and Views
CA Can Allow Prop. 30 to Expire

When Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off the campaign for Proposition 30, his tax hike solution to California’s spending problems, he predicted a doomsday scenario if the tax measure failed. “What do we do?” Brown wondered in the summer of 2012. “Do we dismantle the schools? Do we end the Highway Patrol? Do we open the prison...

California Political News and Views
California State Spending Well Above National Average

As reported in the Sacramento Bee: California contains 12.2 percent of the nation’s population but its state government accounted for 13.8 percent of all state spending in the 2012-13 fiscal year, according to a new Census Bureau report. California’s spending on education and highways was, however, below the national averages for those two categories, while...

California Political News and Views
What California Homeowners Should Know About the State Budget

Let’s be honest.  When politicians and pundits discuss the state budget, very little is about the impact on homeowners.  Notwithstanding the fact that a person’s home is their most important asset, this lack of perspective is understandable.  When people think about political issues impacting their status as homeowners, they are far more likely to...

Davis Vanguard
Analysis: Sacramento Firefighters’ Contract  is a Warning Sign For Davis

Jan 13, 2015
Analysis: Sacramento Firefighters’ Contract  is a Warning Sign For Davis

In December 2013, the Davis City Council unanimously voted to impose the last, best and final offer on the Davis firefighters.  That ended about a year and a half of turmoil in the city, but the imposed contract was only a one-year deal and, as of now, the Davis firefighters are technically speaking back,...

California Political News and Views
Brown’s Budget Sends Message to UC

Fresh from his historic inauguration to a fourth term as governor, Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed 2015 budget with a Friday press conference that swiftly attracted reactions from Sacramento and beyond. All told, Brown envisions a general fund totaling $113.3 billion. It’s an eye-popping figure to some, but a relatively modest one for California observers who have...

Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Mayor Strikes Careful Balance Recasting Challenges as Opportunity

Jan 8, 2015
Commentary: Mayor Strikes Careful Balance Recasting Challenges as Opportunity

One of the biggest questions we had was what would a Mayor Dan Wolk term look like in the city of Davis. And while we have had six months of a warm-up act so to speak, Tuesday at the Davis Chamber State of the City was really our first opportunity to see the Mayor...

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Davis Vanguard
Mayor Wolk Calls State of the City “Very Strong”

Jan 7, 2015
Mayor Wolk Calls State of the City “Very Strong”

Mayor Dan Wolk on Tuesday afternoon delivered his first State of the City address as Mayor of Davis to the Davis Chamber of Commerce. He remarked that while past State of the City addresses were “very dour,” “the state of the city is very strong right now.” “2014 was a very good year,” Mayor...

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California Political News and Views
Brown’s 4th Inaugural Looks to CA Past, Future

Gov. Jerry Brown’s unprecedent fourth, and final, inaugural address had an aura of “Back to the Future” about it. Given at 10 a.m. this morning before the assembled Legislature, he looked back to his first inaugural address 40 years ago; and to the gubernatorial inaugural in 1959 of his father, Pat Brown. He also recalled,...

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