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Vanguard Analysis: The Road to Fiscal Sanity… If Only It Were That Easy

Apr 24, 2014
Vanguard Analysis: The Road to Fiscal Sanity… If Only It Were That Easy

The city in the next month and a half leading up to the June Election and then for the next six months should do nothing but read letters to the editor, and then identify misconceptions within in the public and address them. Frankly this process should have started a year ago. They clearly need...

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Davis Vanguard
Clarifying the Role a Public Agency May Play in a Local Ballot Measure

Apr 21, 2014
Clarifying the Role a Public Agency May Play in a Local Ballot Measure

So Bob Dunning, without citing a single law or statute, offers up that he believes that the city’s mailer was a campaign piece.  Mr. Dunning uses someone named Bill as a surrogate here, arguing, “The city’s mailing may violate Fair Political Practices Commission rules against using public money to advocate for ballot measures.” Mr....

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Asleep at the Switch, Yet Blaming Others

Apr 20, 2014
Sunday Commentary: Asleep at the Switch, Yet Blaming Others

In Bob Dunning’s column this morning, he accuses the city of Davis of breaking the law, calling an insert placed into the public’s April 2014 utility bills a “campaign piece.” Mr. Dunning writes, “It’s no surprise that city officials want us to vote “yes” in June on the proposed half-percent sales tax increase that...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary II: Listening to the Voters, Fifth Street, Budget

Apr 20, 2014
Sunday Commentary II: Listening to the Voters, Fifth Street, Budget

In the latest in a string of articles that examines letters to the editor, we get one today called, “Road diet?  No, city diet.” The writer argues, “The structural tax base of the city of Davis is years in the making. Past plans to limit commercial growth and expanded retail options force Davisites to...

Davis Vanguard
Davis City Council Candidates Question 4 – Unfunded Liabilities

Apr 18, 2014
Davis City Council Candidates Question 4 – Unfunded Liabilities

Editor’s Note: Every week on Friday the Vanguard will send all five of the candidates a question that they will be asked to respond to by the end of the day on Thursday for a Friday publication. The answers are posted in the order that they were received. Answers are limited to 350 words....

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Davis Vanguard
If You’re Not Part of the Solution…

Apr 17, 2014
If You’re Not Part of the Solution…

by Rob White Over the past few months, the City Manager and other key staff have been presenting information to various community groups regarding the City’s structural budget shortfall over the next five years. The purpose of the presentations has been to provide information to parts of the community that may not otherwise typically...

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Capitol Alert
Jerry Brown calls special legislative session on rainy day fund

Apr 16, 2014
Jerry Brown calls special legislative session on rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature for next week to address his effort to put a rainy-day fund constitutional amendment on the November ballot. The proposed amendment would eliminate some provisions of a rainy da...

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State tax revenue continues to outpace estimates

Apr 15, 2014
State tax revenue continues to outpace estimates

brownbudget.JPGState tax revenue continued to outpace budget estimates last month, with year-to-date revenue now $1.4 billion more than the Brown administration projected, the state Department of Finance reported Tuesday.

The report is the last benchmark ahead of April, a heavy month for income tax revenue. Last month, personal income tax...

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Davis Vanguard
Report: City of Davis Faces Drastic Cuts Without Sales Tax

Apr 14, 2014
Report: City of Davis Faces Drastic Cuts Without Sales Tax

City Manager Steve Pinkerton has slightly upwardly adjusted city finances since December.  On the whole, he wrote, “On the whole, this updated report shows revenues increasing 8.95 percent while expenditures are increasing at a higher rate (11.29 percent) from FY 2014-15 to FY 2018-19 (Attachments A and B). The City is addressing its shortfall...

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Davis Vanguard
My View: Who Fills the Leadership Void?

Apr 12, 2014
My View: Who Fills the Leadership Void?

If you want to understand the fruits of good planning, and strong leadership, look no further than the reforms to the fire service that were finally implemented in 2013.  The moves were fought at each step of the way by the firefighters’ union, they had proxies in elected officials and some on the council,...

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