Davis, California Saturday, May 25 2019

Newsicon1 Judge Decides City Must Rescind Approvals for Trackside Project 05-22-19
In a lawsuit between Old East Davis Neighborhood Association versus the City of Davis, Yolo county judge Samuel McAdam decided on May 15, 2019, that the City of Davis must rescind its approvals of the Trackside project.  The City is considering appealing the McAdam's decision.  The Tracksid...

Eventicon1 Davis Chapter of the League of Women Voters Restart 05-29-2019 - 07:00 PM
Unnamed Davis Civic Energy & League of Women Voters Wants You!  A group of citizens would like to renew the Davis Chapter for The League of Women Voters.  What is the League of Women Voters?  The League of Women Voters (The League) is a National Organization with chapt...

Newsicon1 Greta Thunberg Talk 05-02-19
Greta_thunberg_sq Greta Thunberg is a Swedish teenager who has been an activist on the issue of climate change. She has been diagnosed with Asperger's and says in the TEDx talk shown below that she only speaks when she thinks it's necessary.  "I remember thinking that it was very strange that humans, who are...

Newsicon1 Food and Economic Development Report Published 04-01-19
The Food and Economic Development report was published on March 30.  The report is a culmination of an effort sanctioned by the City Council to develop discussion and recommendations around food issues.  The report recommends establishing the City of Davis “as a sustainable food testin...

Newsicon1 Council Decision on Downtown Parking 03-29-19
The Davis City Council decided, at a meeting on March 25,  to add paid parking to 3 City parking lots and to not add paid parking to street parking.  There was significant interest from downtown businesses  and citizens on this decision  Davis Enterprise articleDavis Vanguard arti...

Newsicon1 Affordable Housing Forum 03-22-19
Davis_vanguard_logo The Davis Vanguard held a forum on affordable housing on March 21.  Participating in the discussion were: Lucas Frerichs, Davis City Council member; Lisa Baker, Yolo County Housing Authority; and Matt Dulcich, Local Government Relations Manager for UC Davis.  Davis Vanguard ...

Newsicon1 State of the City 03-18-19
City_of_davis_logo Mayor Brett Lee and City Manager Mike Webb gave an annual "State of the City" talk at a Davis Chamber of Commerce event on Wednesday, March 13.  Webb gave an update on the Downtown Planning Process which is underway.  He said its expected to have it approved by the City Council in about a y...

Newsicon1 Davis City Council Declares Climate Emergency 03-10-19
Climate_change On March 5, the Davis City Council approved a resolution on the consent calendar, declaring a climate emergency and and proposing mobilization efforts to restore a safe climate.  The resolution was drafted by a citizen group including Lorenzo Kristov, Lynne Nittler, Elizabeth Lasensky,...

Newsicon1 Lets Talk About Food Forum 03-08-19
Fed_report_picture A forum co-sponsored by CivEnergy and Davis Media Access was held on Thursday February 28.  The goal of the forum was to summarize for the public a close-to-final report entitled "Food and Economic Development (FED) in Davis" and to allow the public to ask questions and make comments about the r...

Newsicon1 Interviews of Chefs in the COOL Cuisine Burger Battle 03-01-19
Bistro_33_impossible_burger_at_dinner_crop_(1) Chefs Feeling Competitive and Creative for the COOL Cuisine Burger Battle by Linnea Patterson  Plant-based eating is growing faster than ever in 2019. For this we can thank the many creative chefs whose innovations allow more and more people to become comfortable with meat alternatives...

Discussicon Let’s Talk About Food: Tapping the Potential for Davis
At the end of last year 30 local leaders (many working in the food and agriculture sectors) in Davis, California came together to discuss the potential of food and agriculture in Davis. The organizers of these discussions have published a close-to-final report which contains recommendations for...

Newsicon1 DavisGIG looking for citizens to fill out survey on residential broadband service 02-21-19
Davisgig_logo DavisGIG is a community group that is advocating for municipal ownership of Fiber Optic Internet Infrastructure for Davis. This would mean our community would invest in the construction of publicly-owned "tubes" to the Internet. Fiber Optic is the single best, most reliable Internet carrier cabl...

Eventicon1 COOL Cuisine Burger Battle 03-01-2019 - 03-31-2019
Yelp_box-01 The battle is on for the most delicious, COOLest, plant-based, planet-friendly burgers in Davis!  Dine and vote on each one you taste during the month of March! Thirteen restaurant locations are participating with Impossible, beyond, and unique, creative, home-made burger recipes!  Each vot...

Newsicon1 An Interview with UC Davis Chancellor May after his first year 08-11-18
Gary May, the new Chancellor of UC Davis, had a discussion with the Davis Enterprise Editorial staff that covered many topics at the Chancellor May's one year mark.   The topics included: the "To Boldly Go" strategic plan for UC Davis which is in development, the recently announced Aggie Sq...

Newsicon1 Crisis in Employee Pension and Retirement Costs declared by Grand Jury 06-29-18
Finance_pic_small Employee pension and retirement costs were labelled a "crisis" by Yolo County Grand Jury.  "California cities are experiencing an alarming fiscal burden due to increasing expenses and liabilities related to retiree pensions and health insurance. Yolo County’s four cities (Davis, West&n...

Discussicon Davis City Council Election 2018 Online Forum Completed
​In June of 2018, there will be two Davis City Council seats up for election. The current Davis City council consists of: Will Arnold, Robb Davis (Mayor), Lucas Frerichs, Brett Lee (Mayor Pro Tem) and Rochelle Swanson.
Homelessness ​What do you see as the most effective way to address the growing homeless problem? Please address in your answer the following: A. Do you support a panhandling ordinance?; B. Would you support a Social Services Parcel Tax?; C. Do you support a Housing First approach?; and D. What other measures would you support as councilmember?
12 months ago6 viewpoints
Video Candidate Statement (Davis Media Access) ​Davis Media Access provided the candidates the opportunity to give a candidate statement under identical conditions in the DMA studio. The statements were limited to 5 minutes.
about 1 year ago9 viewpoints
Affordable Housing What would you do to increase affordable housing? and What are you ideas about addressing the housing crisis in Davis? and If it were necessary to get university full participation (50% of current and 100% of new students), would you be willing to sue the university, as some UCs have done?
about 1 year ago8 viewpoints

Newsicon1 Make Davis A Good Food City Editorial Published. 02-25-19
Davis_enterprise_logo The Davis Enterprise published an editorial on Sunday Feb 24 entitled "Make Davis A Good Food City"  In 2018, Mayor Brett Lee, through discussion with the authors of the editorial, proposed a Mayoral Initiative on the future of food in Davis. The City Council approved the concept and direct...

Newsicon1 UC Davis Chancellor May Editorial on the Improving Relationship between UC Davis, the City of Davis and Yolo County 02-11-19
Gary_may UC Davis Chancellor Gary May published an editorial in the Davis Enterprise on Feb 8.  In the editorial Chancellor May discusses the improving relationship between UC Davis, the City of Davis and Yolo County.  "With the door of partnership swung wide open, it’s much easier to see a bright f...

Newsicon1 Public Employee Pension Costs to Double In the Next Seven Years 02-09-19
Finance_pic_small A new study by the League of California Cities shows that "rising pension costs will require cities over the next seven years to nearly double the percentage of their General Fund dollars they pay to CalPERS".  This is analysis is consistent with the forecast for the City of Davis.&nbs...

Newsicon1 Davis Police Officer Ambushed and Killed 01-13-19
Davis_police_logo Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was ambushed on the night of Thursday, January 10th as she responded to a 3 car crash on 5th street.  Officer Corona died of her gunshot wounds after being transported to the hospital.  Several hours later, police surrounded the house of the suspect, Kevi...

Newsicon1 Newly Elected Yolo County Officials Sworn In 01-09-19
Jesse_salinas_swear_in Newly elected Yolo County officials were sworn in on Monday, January 7 in Woodland. Jesse Salinas was sworn in first by his daughter Felicia as the Yolo County Assessor, Clerk-Recorder and Chief Election Official. Don Saylor and Gary Sandy were sworn in as Yolo County Supervisors. Garth Lewis wa...

Newsicon1 City Fills Community Development Director Position 12-10-18
The City of Davis rehired Mr. Ashley Feeney as the Community Development Director for the City of Davis.  Mr. Feeney who spent 10 years in private real estate development and homebuilding, joined the City of Davis in March 2016 as assistant director of the department and was promo...

Newsicon1 City Considers Affordable Housing Requirements for New Developments 11-29-18
City_of_davis_logo The City of Davis is considering what affordable housing requirements should be for new housing developments in Davis.   For a detailed historical perspective on affordable housing requirements, see this City of Davis webpage.   From that webpage:  "The City of Davis has...

Newsicon1 City Negotiates Contract with Davis City Employees Association 11-22-18
City_of_davis_logo The Davis City Council approved a four-year labor agreement with the Davis City Employees Association (DCEA), bringing to conclusion nearly a decade of operating without a negotiated contract.  The DCEA is one of 5 employee groups with which the City of Davis has contracts.  The other 4 emp...

Newsicon1 Call for "Sustainable Food" to be Economic Engine for Downtown Davis 10-22-18
445px-foods_(cropped) In a guest commentary on the Davis Vanguard, Anya and Richard McCann make a case for making "Sustainable Food" the economic engine for downtown Davis through the ongoing planning exercise currently underway. "Sustainable food minimizes damages to the planet in its cultivation, production, preparation...

Newsicon1 City of Davis, Yolo County and UC Davis Agree to Memorandum of Understanding on Partnership and Growth 09-25-18
City_of_davis_logo The City of Davis, County of Yolo, and the University of California, Davis have agreed to a legally binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) on a series of shared goals and commitments to improve collaboration and partnership.  With UC Davis expanding its student population and the City of Davi...

Newsicon1 City Announces Hiring of Finance Director 08-16-18
The City of Davis announced on August 16, 2018 that they had hired Nitish Sharma as the Finance Director for the City of Davis.  Mr. Sharma has over 10 years of experience as a municipal finance officer.  He most recently served as Budget Manager for the City of West Sacramen...

Newsicon1 City of Davis Facing Long Term Fiscal Challenges 06-28-18
Finance_pic_small The City of Davis budget was approved by the Davis City Council at their June 19 meeting.  The draft budget was published in mid May.   City Manager Mike Webb characterizes the budget as cautiously optimistic and warns of  long-term fiscal challenges in his transmittal letter...

Newsicon1 City Council Work on Cost Containment 06-06-18
Finance_pic_small Mayor Robb Davis and Council Member Rochelle Swanson published an editorial in both the Davis Enterprise and the Davis Vanguard on June 3.   In the editorial, Davis and Swanson say that the City has been negotiating with the City employee labor groups to share the risk of rising pensio...

Newsicon1 CivEnergy Davis City Council Candidate Forum Info and Video 03-19-18
Candidates_on_stage_small CivEnergy sponsored a Davis City Council candidates forum on March 18, 2018 in the Davis Community Church Fellowship Hall. All nine candidates for the two open council seats participated.  The candidates are: Ezra Beeman, Mary Jo Bryan, Dan Carson, Linda Deos, Eric Gudz, Larry Guenther, Glo...

Newsicon1 Professor Robert Putnam on Civic Engagement and the Internet 03-17-17
In a panel discussion held on March 7 at Tufts College in Massachusetts, Robert Putnam said that he thought an amalgam of internet interactions and face-to-face interactions was critical to raise civic engagement in the United States.  "I think that what we are seeing now, out in the country, is...

Discussicon Long Term Forecast and Plan or the City of Davis 2016-2017
​This discussion is centered on the long term forecast and plan for the City of Davis. The discussion starts with the official perspective of the City manager and the City staff. Other perspectives are also available.

Newsicon1 Mayor Davis Gives an Analysis of the State of the City of Davis 08-29-16
Robb_davis Mayor Robb Davis gave an analysis of the state of the City of Davis in an editorial published in the Davis Vanguard and the Davis Enterprise.  The analysis was in the form of listing: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.  This is a called a SWOT analysis and is a commonly used ...

Newsicon1 The Mayor's Corner: The Davis Renaissance 12-28-15
In The Mayor's Corner section of The Davis Enterprise, Mayor Dan Wolk speaks on 2015 and what he calls "The Davis Renaissance". He addresses the improved City of Davis budget, the ways the city has improved infrastructure and the plans it has to further improve infrastructure, the City's plans for ec...

Discussicon Davis Food Culture
​Topics revolving around the food culture in Davis

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I am so thankful for the efforts of CivEnergy over the past 3 election cycles. It is a critical piece of our election process. I would ... , Robb Davis
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