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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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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary II: Fiscal Crisis Yes, But Some Light Perhaps

Nov 2, 2014

On the statewide front, Judge Christopher Klein approved the plan that Stockton put together to repay its creditors, solve its bankruptcy without the reduction of pensions. Writes the Sac Bee this morning, “That undercut, at least for now, his own groundbreaking decision on Oct. 1 that Stockton could reduce its payments to the California...

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Davis Vanguard
Setting the Record Straight on Road Funding

Nov 1, 2014

Two weeks ago, in the Vanguard’s weekly “My View” segment, I wrote that “Civil Pool repairs May Not Justify Inclusion in Parcel Tax.” In that column, I argued that based on the staff report on civic pool repairs, and the estimate $50,000 not-to-exceed price tag along with the report that “sufficient funds are budgeted...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: City Manager Salary Increase and Its Impact on Employee Morale, Labor Negotiations

Oct 21, 2014

In 2009, as the city was starting to take on water fiscally, City Manager Bill Emlen decided to forgo a cost of living adjustment and a merit increase to take a $158,000 salary. That salary would remain in effect until 2011 when the City hired Steve Pinkerton at $188,000. Tonight, the city of Davis...

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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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