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Sunday Commentary: How the National Scene Might Affect Local June Elections

Feb 7, 2016
Sunday Commentary: How the National Scene Might Affect Local June Elections

I note an article in the local paper which argues that we have seen a decline of voter turnout in local elections. They note, “In 2000, 69 percent of Davis voters cast their ballot, while elections in the ’90s typically saw 56 percent voter turnout. In the 1980s, that number averaged 54 percent.” The...

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ASUCD Endorses Nishi Gateway Project by 11-1 Vote

Feb 7, 2016
ASUCD Endorses Nishi Gateway Project by 11-1 Vote

Some of the strongest proponents for the Nishi project have been students concerned with the lack of student housing options in the city of Davis. Students have been writing in for some time in support of Nishi. Back in November, former ASUCD President Carly Sandstrom wrote, “The scarcity of housing dedicated for students is...

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Man Held to Answer on Felony Hit and Run

Feb 7, 2016
Man Held to Answer on Felony Hit and Run

By Misha Berman It is February 4, 2016, in Department 8 and the court is conducting the preliminary hearing for Defendant Ronald Freeman Demello, who is being charged with a felony for a “hit and run” which killed a tow truck driver. The defendant is a 62-year-old big-rig driver from Stockton. Criminal Defense Attorney...

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Another In-Custody Death for DPD

Feb 6, 2016
Another In-Custody Death for DPD

For the second time since October, the Davis Police Department had a subject that they had taken into custody die on the scene. Davis Police Deputy Chief Ton Pham told the Vanguard that, on Friday morning at 5:20 am, the police dispatch received a call about a naked man, a white male, believed to...

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My View: Why Go After Soda First?

Feb 6, 2016
My View: Why Go After Soda First?

I keep seeing reference in letters to the editor and Bob Dunning’s columns questioning why the health industry is going after soda or sugar-sweetened beverages and ignoring a whole host of other sugared up products. The first answer is that, from a practical standpoint, you can’t go after everything at once. So the real...

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Nishi Gateway Discussion

Feb 6, 2016

Last Saturday, January 30, the Vanguard held a discussion on the pending Nishi-Gateway project.  This week, the project moved a step closer to the Davis City Council placing it on the ballot.  At the forum held at the University Park Inn on Richards Boulevard, Developer Tim Ruff gave a presentation and, along with Councilmember...

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Jury Hangs 10-2 in Nelson Trial; DA Seeks Retrial

Jury Hangs 10-2 in Nelson Trial; DA Seeks Retrial

by Joanna Kwong Judge Maguire declared a mistrial late Friday morning after the 12 jurors were unable to come to a unanimous decision on Count 1 of the Willie Nelson case. Jury deliberations began yesterday afternoon, and the jurors were split 10-2, for acquittal and conviction respectively. The jurors were ultimately unable to come...

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Launching the Vanguard 10th Anniversary Year Long Celebration

Feb 5, 2016
Launching the Vanguard 10th Anniversary Year Long Celebration

On July 30, 2006, the Vanguard began with a modest post about the Davis Community. Little did I realize as I penned the initial words that it was giving birth to something that would become a passion for me and a site that people would turn to for conversation and engagement. Ten years later,...

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Commentary: Something Has to Change

Feb 5, 2016
Commentary: Something Has to Change

Driving home late on Tuesday night I realized something it’s been a tough year. Maybe it is not true but it seems like I have been on the losing end of every major council vote since the new council was seated in July 2014. The soda tax was just the latest blow in a...

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School Board Acting on Assumption Superintendent is Leaving

School Board Acting on Assumption Superintendent is Leaving

Board Also Receives Update on Later Start By Nicholas von Wettberg At its most recent meeting, Thursday night, the Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD) Board of Education received a progress report on the implementation of Later Start times for district secondary schools. Prior to the update, however, Board President Madhavi Sunder addressed the...

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