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Part III: What Qualities Davis Needs in a City Manager?

Jul 23, 2014
Part III: What Qualities Davis Needs in a City Manager?

We have spent this week talking the qualities of a good city manager and what Davis needs.   Today I will attempt to identify several qualities that we need – this is obviously just my opinion, and it is not an exhaustive list. In response to Monday’s article, Mayor Pro Tem Robb Davis posted three...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: City Needs to Educate Public on Revenue from Business Parks

Jul 22, 2014
Analysis: City Needs to Educate Public on Revenue from Business Parks

Once again, we can learn a lot from reading letters to the editor about the failure of the city to educate the public on the revenue drivers behind the city’s push for a business park. Today a resident writes, “So, the city gets most of its income from property taxes, sales tax and building...

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Davis Vanguard
Part II: What Makes a Good City Manager – the Good and the Bad

Jul 22, 2014
Part II: What Makes a Good City Manager – the Good and the Bad

One of the reasons that I liked the piece from John Nalbandian on Dallas was that he understands what the job of a city manager is – he manages the city. In a simple way, the city manager implements the policies that the city council supports. Now a good city manager might be able...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: A New City Manager is Highest Priority

Jul 13, 2014
Sunday Commentary: A New City Manager is Highest Priority

When Steve Pinkerton announced he was leaving for Incline Village in February, he gave the city of Davis until the end of April to find an interim city manager and then start their search for a permanent replacement. At the time, there was a public discussion over whether we were best suited for an...

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Davis Vanguard
Mistake to Delay Road Repairs

Jul 11, 2014
Mistake to Delay Road Repairs

by Michelle Millet Walk outside your front door, ride your bike on the greenbelt or drive anywhere in Davis and one thing is clear, our paved surfaces are in need of repair. Because previous city councils balanced their budgets without setting aside money to pay for these infrastructure needs, the city does not have...

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Davis Vanguard
An Open Letter to the Firefighters Local 3494

Jul 9, 2014
An Open Letter to the Firefighters Local 3494

Firefighters Should Stop Being Part of the Problem and Start Being Part of Renewing This Community:  It has been a surprisingly heavy agenda here in late June and early July, so I am a bit late to responding to this matter. A couple of weeks ago on a Friday evening, I went to the...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: City Playing with Fire on Parcel Tax

Jul 6, 2014
Sunday Commentary: City Playing with Fire on Parcel Tax

The Council this week voted to delay the parcel tax consideration until the spring. Given the polling that came out last week that seems like a reasonable strategy. The public unfortunately as we have read in comments, letters to the editor, and now the poll clearly needs additional information about the roads before they...

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Davis Vanguard
Commentary: Public Gets Just Enough Info to Be Dangerous

Jul 6, 2014
Commentary: Public Gets Just Enough Info to Be Dangerous

We have often argued that letter to the editor are windows into how citizens perceive public policy decisions. Often citizens know just enough to be dangerous, but not enough to have real policy insight. Ironically, earlier this week a letter entitled “We live in the real world,” shows us how much people actually don’t...

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Davis Vanguard
What is Critical – A Different Perspective

Jul 6, 2014
What is Critical – A Different Perspective

By Tia Will It is the morning of Saturday July 5th and I have just returned from Farmer’s Market. Like most every Saturday, I check out not only the food and craft offerings, but wander the whole length of the park to see what informational booths have been set up. This morning held a...

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Davis Vanguard
Joe Krovoza Helped to Transform the Community

Jul 1, 2014
Joe Krovoza Helped to Transform the Community

Joe Krovoza took over as Mayor in January 2011 and served one of the longest consecutive tenures as Mayor in the history of Davis. Tonight he will step down after a single, but eventful term on the council, he hands the gavel over to Dan Wolk and his seat over to Robb Davis, who...

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