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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Author Archive: Dave Ryan

Council votes to look at reducing water bills

The Davis City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to have the city look at reducing future water bills by an estimated 8 percent without changing the underlying structure of the water rates. The vote means city staff, consultants and the newly formed Utility Rate Advisory Committee will review a series of rate changes made possible […]

City could work to lower water bills

The City Council could vote on a path tonight that might lower Davis’ water rates by 8 percent at the same time an initiative to throw out the rates is on the June 3 ballot. City staff is recommending that the council authorize consultants and the newly formed Utility Rate Advisory Committee to review the […]

Measure O: Saving city jobs or enabling more waste?

Whether Davis voters support or oppose an increase in the local sales tax may come down to their perception of how well the city has been managing its money. According to the ballot argument for Measure O — which would increase in the sales tax rate from 8 percent to 8.5 percent and extend another […]

Measure P asks: Are the water rates fair?

Do you think the rates crafted to pay for Davis’ river water diversion project are fair? That is the question behind Measure P, the initiative that allows the community to weigh in on the city’s current and future water rate structure. Proponents say the measure gives democracy a chance to decide the rates’ fate. Opponents […]

City launches new website to track water use

Ever wonder how your water use stacks up compared to your neighbors? Now, will show you how much water you use and how that compares to your average neighbors and your most efficient neighbors. Plus, it will provide conservation tips, such as taking military-style showers where you stop the water while you soap up, […]

CalPERS: On second thought, Yolo, you’re not Bay Area

Yolo County governments won a yearlong battle this week to pay less for health insurance. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System decided on a 9-2 vote Tuesday to move Yolo County from a Bay Area pricing area to the Sacramento pricing region. The move completes Yolo County’s identity as a geographic region that is not […]

Davis wins USA Today Best Cycling Town honor

Davis is the No. 1 cycling town in the country, according to USA Today and 10Best, a list website. Both organizations cited 95 percent of Davis’ arterial roadways having a bike lane, an estimated 22 percent of residents who commute by bike and the city’s prominence as the first to earn a platinum designation from […]

City votes to give workers time in case tax measure fails

The Davis City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to send a message to city workers: If the proposed sales tax increase fails at the polls on June 3 there will be no layoffs until Oct. 1. City Council members believe the message is needed to prevent city workers from fleeing to other jobs before the election, […]

For the record

Wednesday’s story on a campaign to raise Davis’ minimum wage reported the wrong ballot as the goal for the campaign. It is the November ballot.

Wolk, Krovoza order up minimum wage city ‘inbox’

A campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Davis seems to be losing steam going for the ballot box, but it picked up some support at the City Council meeting Tuesday night. Local activist Bernie Goldsmith admitted Tuesday it is “increasingly unlikely” that he will be successful in his bid to […]

April 16, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged | 6 Replies

Carlton Plaza: Home, sweet senior home

Davisite George Hinkle refers to two dates in his life with powerful distinction: Dec. 7, 1941, and March 22, 2014.

His life, as he tells it, changed radically on both days.

In one, he embarked on a path from being a young barber to an assistant military medic, earned the right for a free ride to college and launched his career in education. On the other date, he moved into the newly built Carlton Plaza in Davis at 2726 Fifth St. on its opening day. It’s a residence for seniors, including those who may find the everyday …

City shows life without another sales tax

Learn more What: City Council meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Enjoy the twinkling lights downtown at night? The same level of public safety? Parks maintenance? That nice woman who answers your questions at the city clerk’s office? Better vote for Measure O, the city’s proposed half-percent sales […]

Local pols lead surface water project groundbreaking

Woodland City Councilman Bill Marble stood near the row of symbolic shovels at one of the construction sites for the Woodland-Davis surface water project on Thursday morning and talked about a realization he had on vacation with his family in Israel. They were looking at the ancient Roman Caesarea Aqueduct, a 10-kilometer-long water conveyance built […]

Council expected to choose interim city manager next week

The city of Davis announced late Wednesday that the City Council likely will hire an interim city manager next week whose career specialty is getting municipal budgets in order. Gene Rogers, a former city manager for Moreno Valley in Southern California and a former interim city manager for Coachella, will provide day-to-day management of the […]

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