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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,...

Davis Vanguard
Analysis: Which Way Does the Council Go with Compensation, Budget Issues

Jan 6, 2015
Analysis: Which Way Does the Council Go with Compensation, Budget Issues

One of the more interesting questions for 2015 is what direction do we go on employee compensation and budget issues.  This is particularly important because by the end of this year, the city will at least have theoretically had to renew each of the employee MOUs. In 2009, the city, much to criticism of...

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Davis Vanguard
My View: City Not Out of Woods Yet on Pension Risk

Jan 3, 2015
My View: City Not Out of Woods Yet on Pension Risk

Back in late October and early November, State Controller John Chiang dropped a bit of a bomb shell when he added public pensions to the public fiscal database. As Columnist Dan Walters noted in a November 1 column, “One chart reveals that their “unfunded liabilities” – the gap between assets and liabilities for current...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Davis Tech Industry Demonstrates Need for Space to Grow

Dec 28, 2014

 City of Davis Chief Innovation Officer Rob White notes the good news – Davis’ tech community is growing. He cites as examples, the recent move of Marrone Bio Innovations into 45,000 square feet offices in South Davis, which represents an 80 increase in space. Then there is Engage3, located in Downtown Davis, which received...

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Davis Vanguard
My View: Why Do We Need Innovation Parks?

Dec 27, 2014

Right now we are looking at a spring 2016 vote date for a Measure R vote on at least one and possibly three innovation parks. I have previously made arguments against putting competing measures on the ballot, but the decision is clearly coming much sooner than we would like to believe. Last week, we...

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