Around 500 students participated in a climate strike in Davis on Friday, September 20th. The demonstrators marched from the Davis Library to Central Park in downtown Davis. Related student climate strikes took place in the Sacramento area and around the world. The climate strikes were inspired by Swedish 16 year old, Greta Thunberg who started striking from school last year.
Ralph Hexter who has been the provost and executive vice chancellor of UC Davis since 2011, announced that he will step down from his campus leadership positions at the end of the academic year. He will be going back to to his teaching and research in classics and comparative literature. After Linda Katehi, resigned in 2016, Hexter became the interim chancellor until Gary May was appointed chancellor in 2017.
At their meeting on September 3, the Davis City Council unanimously voted to put a renewal of the City's 1% sales tax on the March 2020 ballot. The adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2019/20 estimates a total of $8.6 million in annual revenue which is 15% of the general fund revenue for the City. The sales tax was approved in 2014 for a 6 year period and so expires in 2020. Based on a recent resident satisfaction survey, the City expects the sales tax to be approved by voters in March.
The City of Davis has started outreach to the community to gather input on the transition from at-large elections to district-based elections for the Davis City Council. Please participate!
The Davis City Council voted unanimously to make the elections for City Council district-based and to move the next election from March to November of 2020, at their meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 The consideration of district elections was initiated by a letter from Matt Rexroad on behalf on an anonymous client to the City of Davis on July 1, 2019.
In a report to the Davis City Council, the City Manager and his staff recommended that the City transition to district elections. The report discusses different transition strategies. The consideration of district elections was initiated by a letter from Matt Rexroad on behalf on an anonymous client to the City of Davis on July 1.
Lin Weaver discusses the history and restart of the League of Women Voters with Mary Jo Bryan, Georgina Valencia, and Bob Fung in a episode of DCTV's In the Studio.
The City of Davis did a survey of voters on a number of issues and published the results at the City Council Meeting on July 9. The survey showed that the lack of affordable housing is the number one issue for voters in Davis; that voters would likely pass a renewal of the 1% sales tax that that is sunsetting next year; more than half of voters believe the City is headed in the right direction.
CivEnergy is working to create a new, comprehensive community organization listing which is a free resource for residents of Davis and Yolo County.
t is being built in a way that allows community members to search for organizations in a number of ways (e.g., organization name, organization category, whether the organization is looking for volunteers etc.). It will help us all be more interconnected and find like-minded people and activities. Organization listings are free!