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Analysis: Can We Cut Our Way to Prosperity?

Aug 30, 2016
Analysis: Can We Cut Our Way to Prosperity?

In 2008, the Vanguard was ahead of the curve warning of unsustainable spending practices by the city, particularly on pensions and retiree health care – the Vanguard’s warning actually preceded the collapse of financial markets in September 2008. In 2009, the Vanguard warned the city that the first round of “cuts” in the MOUs...

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Guest Commentary: Pond and Field Owners Respond to Recent Article

Guest Commentary: Pond and Field Owners Respond to Recent Article

by Dahvie James and Philip Watt We are concerned that information that was published in the Winters Express on both August 18th and August 25th is drifting away from what would be considered news without bias.  While bias certainly can play a role in journalism, it is still well outside of what would be...

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Benoit Matter Returns to Court with No Resolution in Sight

Benoit Matter Returns to Court with No Resolution in Sight

by Sophie Marconi On August 29th at approximately 2:00 pm the case between the People and Ms. Claire Benoit continued on in department 3 with Judge Kathleen White presiding over the case. Tiffany Susz was present, representing the child abduction unit, as well as Mr. Gilson and his defense attorney. Unfortunately, Ms. Kim Robinson,...

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Testimony Details CPS Involvement in Green Case

Testimony Details CPS Involvement in Green Case

By Christina D. On August 29, 2016 in Department 14, prosecution continued to call up witness for the Green trial. A social worker practitioner VZ, from the Yolo Child Welfare Services (aka CPS), testified her experiences on working with Green. VZ is part of the Emergency Response Unit, whose responsibilities include balancing the safety...

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Dodd Bill Responding to Stanford Rape Case Passes Legislation

Dodd Bill Responding to Stanford Rape Case Passes Legislation

 (From Press Release) – Assembly Bill 2888, by State Legislators Asm. Bill Dodd (D-Napa), Asm. Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) and Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara) passed the State Assembly today by a unanimous 66-0 vote, and goes on to Governor Brown.  AB 2888 is in response to the shockingly lenient sentence...

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Why you should sign up for the Vanguard’s Morning Newsletter?

Aug 29, 2016
Why you should sign up for the Vanguard’s Morning Newsletter?

Every day the Vanguard sends out a morning news letter with links and summaries of the day’s articles.  We would like to encourage our readers to sign up this week. Here’s what you get: The link to every article of the day brought to your inbox – now you don’t have to remember to...

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Monday Morning Thoughts: Is Council Opening the Can of Charter City Worms Again?

Aug 29, 2016
Monday Morning Thoughts: Is Council Opening the Can of Charter City Worms Again?

In the fall of 2008, the city put Measure N on the ballot, a charter city measure that would be soundly defeated 54.3 percent to 45.7 percent, about a 2200-vote spread.  The chief reason for the measure was to pursue at a later stage a choice voting initiative that had been passed as an...

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Monday Morning Thoughts II: Challenging Police Body Camera Laws

Aug 29, 2016
Monday Morning Thoughts II: Challenging Police Body Camera Laws

In the article we ran over the weekend, Peter Bibring and Catherine Wagner write that, while police body cameras are more and more often capturing critical incidents, without transparency it will be difficult for them to provide accountability and build trust in the community in moments of crisis. In their example, they noted that...

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Board to Hear Presentation on Preschool Programs

Aug 29, 2016
Board to Hear Presentation on Preschool Programs

By Nicholas von Wettberg Picking up where they left off in June, the Davis School Board will hear a district-led presentation on ways to close the achievement/opportunity gap. Up for discussion, and possible action, at the upcoming meeting on Thursday is the topic of preschool – the impact it has on the achievement/opportunity gap,...

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Sunday Commentary: Where Land Use and Fiscal Clash, We Lose

Aug 28, 2016
Sunday Commentary: Where Land Use and Fiscal Clash, We Lose

On Wednesday, opponents of a proposed new hotel on Cowell Boulevard pushed back that the benefits of the hotel are not site specific and would apply to any location in the city.  While true on its face, the problem that we face in this community is that if the hotel proposal is voted down...

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