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Monday Morning Thoughts: City Fiscal Condition Remains Precarious

May 25, 2015
Monday Morning Thoughts: City Fiscal Condition Remains Precarious

As we noted in yesterday’s article, the city’s projected budget forecast has good news and bad news. The good news should not be overlooked. Right now we have a very conservative budget forecast. The forecast calls for very small, if not neutral, salary projections. The expenditures for the city remain flat until 2019-2020, and...

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Davis Vanguard
Friend Of Daniel Marsh Family Describes Behavior A Couple Years Before Homicides

May 25, 2015
Friend Of Daniel Marsh Family Describes Behavior A Couple Years Before Homicides

by Antoinnette Borbon It has been a little over two years now since the tragic case of a Davis elderly couple, slain in their home by, as most considered, “a deeply troubled kid.” In the early morning hours of April 14, 2013, a young Daniel Marsh, then 15 years old, decided to adorn himself...

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Davis Vanguard
Guest Commentary: Model Policy for Police Body Cameras

May 25, 2015
Guest Commentary: Model Policy for Police Body Cameras

By Charles Marlow Ferguson. Staten Island. Pasco. North Charleston. Baltimore. An unarmed person of color. Dead at the hands of law enforcement. And then another. And another. And another. And another. Seeking to stem the tide of senseless death, a national search began for an appropriate response. In short order, a growing chorus of...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Reminded Once Again of the Difficulties Prosecuting Rape

May 24, 2015
Sunday Commentary: Reminded Once Again of the Difficulties Prosecuting Rape

This week a UC Davis sexual assault trial came to an end without a resolution. The jury hung 8-4 for acquittal and while there has been no announcement about whether to retry the case, I would have to think that given the jury split and the trauma to the alleged victim, it would be...

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Davis Vanguard
Are We Out of the Woods on the City Fiscal Crisis?

May 24, 2015
Are We Out of the Woods on the City Fiscal Crisis?

It is hard to imagine that a little over a year ago, the city council and city manager were concerned enough about the current year budget and the five year forecast that they put an immediate half-cent sales tax on the budget to close another $5 million hole. If anything, the five year projections...

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Davis Vanguard
Are We Doubling Down on Economic Development?

May 24, 2015
Are We Doubling Down on Economic Development?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get both private and publicly is what is happening with the economic development in the city of Davis and most specifically, where does the new city manager stand with respect to it. A month ago, former City Manager John Meyer’s report discussed not only the importance...

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Davis Vanguard
My View: Fiscal Situation Not on the Backs of the Progressives

May 23, 2015
My View: Fiscal Situation Not on the Backs of the Progressives

While it has been an easy mark to tag the demise of the Innovation Parks and perhaps the imperiled Economic Development program on the backs of the progressive movement in Davis and in particular, the rise of Measure J – I believe this is an incomplete reading both of what is going on currently...

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Davis Vanguard
City Introduces Ordinance Establishing Default Beverages to Children

May 23, 2015
City Introduces Ordinance Establishing Default Beverages to Children

Last fall, Davis Mayor Dan Wolk put forward his healthy children’s initiative, offering alternatives to sugary drinks at restaurants and making low-fat milk the default beverage. The effort, co-sponsored by First 5 Yolo would authorize the city to outreach to local restaurants about proposed changes to their menus to address the issue of sugary...

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Davis Vanguard
Budget Item on Fire Suggests Continuation of Share Management

May 23, 2015
Budget Item on Fire Suggests Continuation of Share Management

At one point in time it seemed likely that the City’s Shared Management Agreement with UC Davis on fire would be in jeopardy. Both sides have until July 1 to determine whether they wish to pull out of that agreement or it automatically extends until December 31, 2016. The city’s intentions appear to be...

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Davis Vanguard
City Manager Restructures City Hall and Presents New Budget

May 22, 2015
City Manager Restructures City Hall and Presents New Budget

The following is the City Manager Dirk Brazil’s transmittal letter on the new budget which lays out both his reorganization of city hall as well as his view on the upcoming budget year. Presented for your consideration is the proposed Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2015/16, a period that covers July 1 through June...

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