News Items, Davis, California

A new survey shows that the number of Americans who are "alarmed" about climate nearly tripled from 11% in 2014 to 31% in 2019.
The candidates for Yolo County 4th District Supervisor's seat responded to 20 questions posed by ​the Yolano Chapter of the Sierra Club.
The Davis City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a respite center for individuals experiencing homelessness in Davis at their meeting yesterday (12/17/2919). The process of studying a respite center started 10 months ago in February 2019.
Climate_change The role of cities in addressing and preparing for the impact of climate change on health was one of the main issues addressed on the second day of the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid. "Cities claimed their critical role in mitigating the impact of climate crisis on Tuesday, as they are responsible for 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions."
In December 2018, ​Minneapolis became the first major U.S. City to eliminate single family zoning to help solve its need for affordable housing and to address historical inequities in housing policy. PBS Newshour did a story on this development on November 23, 2019.
Rothstein_forum_front_(2) ​The League of Women Voters and CivEnergy held a forum on housing with Richard Rothstein, the author of "The Color of Law" as the main speaker. The event was attended by a diverse audience of more than 200 people.
Fridays-for-future-4161573_1280 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_(2012) R​alph 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.
City_of_davis_logo 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.
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