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Analysis: District Complaint Process Lacks Oversight and Transparency

Apr 16, 2014
Analysis: District Complaint Process Lacks Oversight and Transparency

Late last week, the Davis Joint Unified School District finally released four year data on internal and external investigations.  The data shed a limited amount of light on the process, but the entire process is fraught with problems. We got a partial answer to some of our questions about external investigations.  The district wrote,...

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Davis Vanguard
League of Cities Supports Steinberg’s Cap-and-Trade Proposal

Apr 15, 2014
League of Cities Supports Steinberg’s Cap-and-Trade Proposal

On Monday, two months after a speech that provoked a firestorm debate on the best way to move California’s climate strategy forward, California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg presented a long-term investment strategy for projected Cap-and-Trade revenues, to further California’s pursuit of its landmark greenhouse gas reduction goals. The investment strategy, unveiled at a Capitol...

Davis Vanguard
Ajay Dev Supporters to Rally at Appellate Court As Court Considers Appeal

Apr 15, 2014
Ajay Dev Supporters to Rally at Appellate Court As Court Considers Appeal

In 2009, Yolo County Judge Timothy Fall sentenced Ajay Dev to 378 years in prison after he was convicting of raping his adopted daughter over a five year period of time. Ajay Dev’s appellate lawyer writes in the brief; “In sum, Ajay’s trial was wrought with grievous errors at every stage of the trial...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis Bee Endorses Krovoza, Dodd for 4th AD

Apr 15, 2014
Analysis Bee Endorses Krovoza, Dodd for 4th AD

A race that has been described as “fluid” and “wide-open” got another interesting jolt on Monday as the Sacramento Bee endorsed two of the three Democrats for the race.  With the primary rules favoring the top two vote getters regardless of party, the Bee endorsed Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza and Napa County Supervisor Bill...

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Davis Vanguard
Granda and Poppenga Add Names to the List of Candidates

Apr 15, 2014
Granda and Poppenga Add Names to the List of Candidates

Bob Poppenga seeks school board seat Bob Poppenga, a parent of two, an active parent volunteer, a veterinarian, and professor of veterinary toxicology at UC Davis, announced Tuesday that he will seek a seat on the Davis school board. Poppenga indicated that he will be a candidate for appointment to the vacant seat and...

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Davis Vanguard
Election Digest: Poll Shows Dodd Ahead; School Board Events and More

Apr 15, 2014
Election Digest: Poll Shows Dodd Ahead; School Board Events and More

  Dodd Poll Shows Dodd Ahead in Assembly Race Good news to share — a poll conducted by the highly respected Jim Moore, our campaign’s pollster, has us in first place going into the critical last seven weeks of the campaign. Here is what the poll shows: “Between March 26th and April 2nd, we...

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Bamboo and More
Cactus flower extravaganza at Ruth Bancroft Garden

Cactus flower extravaganza at Ruth Bancroft Garden

Anybody driving by the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, CA right now will be greeted by a spectacle of cactus flowers. I just about lost control of the car yesterday when I saw this:

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It’s not just the riotous...

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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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Vanguard Commentary: Why the Rush to Stifle Debate on Minimum Wage Ordinance?

Apr 14, 2014
Vanguard Commentary: Why the Rush to Stifle Debate on Minimum Wage Ordinance?

In the past few weeks there has been some considerable pushback on the issue of a local minimum wage ordinance from the business community and the Davis Enterprise. The Enterprise this weekend in an editorial argues that “Davis businesses should not be saddled with a $15 minimum wage” argue that “good intentions don’t fund...

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Davis Vanguard
Eye on the Courts: Lack of Transparency in the DA’s Office Should Trouble Us All

Apr 14, 2014
Eye on the Courts: Lack of Transparency in the DA’s Office Should Trouble Us All

Last week, I was researching something for my column on the District Attorney’s Victims of Crime award ceremony when I stumbled upon something – I have been blocked from following the District Attorney, Jeff Reisig’s Twitter account “at the request of the user.” My first response was bemusement and even a little flattery.  Someone,...

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