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Davis Vanguard
City Makes Payroll Correction to Pay Back Owed Overtime to Firefighters

Dec 11, 2014

On Wednesday, the city of Davis announced that city staff had recently identified and corrected a payroll error related to overtime pay for City Firefighters.  The error occurred while calculating the statutorily-required overtime premium pay for actual hours worked and the contractual premium pay (call-backs, shift extensions, etc.) required per the MOU between the...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: What Exactly is the Davis City Council Doing?

Dec 4, 2014
Commentary: What Exactly is the Davis City Council Doing?

So on Tuesday night, the Davis City Council adjourned their meeting at 7:10 pm. Don’t get me wrong, it was nice getting home to my family while my kids were still awake, but that just seems like a waste of staff time. It is true that council made the decision to move the health...

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Davis Vanguard
Monday Morning Thoughts: Where is the Budget Process Headed?

Dec 1, 2014

First, the need to clarify something, last week in my column I noted, “there is talk potentially about an employee compensation increase” and in the comments I suggested that there was talk of this at the budget workshop. I need to be clear that in the context of the workshop discussion, the concern was...

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Davis Vanguard
Monday Morning Thoughts: Where is the Budget Process Headed?

Dec 1, 2014

First, the need to clarify something, last week in my column I noted, “there is talk potentially about an employee compensation increase” and in the comments I suggested that there was talk of this at the budget workshop. I need to be clear that in the context of the workshop discussion, the concern was...

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Davis Vanguard
Monday Morning Thoughts: Excitement Over Emerging Startup Culture; Dose of Reality on the Budget

Nov 24, 2014
Monday Morning Thoughts: Excitement Over Emerging Startup Culture; Dose of Reality on the Budget

The Rise of the Startup Culture – We have focused a lot of our time and energy looking at the proposed innovation parks. The most important thing that we need to remember is that there is not a zero sum game between focusing on entitling peripheral innovation parks and utilizing existing space. As much...

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Davis Vanguard
Monday Morning Thoughts: Disagree That City’s Structural Deficit is Solved

Nov 17, 2014

Dan Carson submitted the guest piece yesterday and opened it with the bold assertion, “new data suggest that the city’s once-formidable $5 million structural budget shortfall is, for all practical purposes, solved.” While there is certainly a lot of good news to report including the fact that “he 2013-14 fiscal year that ended in...

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Davis Vanguard
The City’s Structural Deficit Is Solved

Nov 16, 2014

By Dan Carson Dirk Brazil must have a great sense of timing. He is waltzing into his new job as Davis city manager just as new data suggest that the city’s once-formidable $5 million structural budget shortfall is, for all practical purposes, solved. As I predicted in a written analysis I prepared for city...

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The Blue Muse
Closet shopping as diet motivation?

Closet shopping as diet motivation?

So many cute college-era skirts hiding in the back of my closet. At what point are clothes considered vintage?"Where did that come from?" T asked, eyeing the short white and red striped skirt I was modeling with a raised eyebrow."The closet," I re...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Stockton Shows That Bankruptcy Is Not the Answer

Nov 4, 2014

There have been days where readers in frustration about Davis’ own fiscal situation have suggested that Davis simply declare bankruptcy and start over. However, the experience of Stockton suggests that a simple answer is elusive and that bankruptcy is wrought with its own perils and difficulties. Teague Paterson, a Sacramento attorney, is no dispassionate...

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Davis Vanguard
Monday Morning Thoughts: To New Beginnings

Nov 3, 2014
Monday Morning Thoughts: To New Beginnings

It is Election Day on Tuesday which means an end to the torment of the never ending attack ads in the Ami Bera-Doug Osi congressional race, the Tom Torlakson-Marshall Tuck race, and the Prop 46 attacks ads. I don’t watch much TV these days, so when I go to the gym in the morning,...

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