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Proposed measure would give voters control over local pensions

A signature-gathering effort is being planned for a statewide ballot measure that would give local voters the final say about public pensions for teachers, public safety employees and many other public employees at all government levels. Called the Voter Empowerment Act of 2016, it would change state law in 2019 to require all state and […]

Old North Davis joins parking lawsuit against city

A lawsuit against the city about allowing a single disabled parking space got a whole lot more interesting Monday. Local attorney Michael Harrington is fighting the city over a decision he says in court documents could set a precedent for commercialization of his residential neighborhood, and the Old North Davis Neighborhood Association has just joined […]

Mayor’s soon-to-be open seat draws little interest, for now

Davis resident Matt Williams found himself the odd man out many times in recent years when it comes to the political status quo, most notably his original stand on water rates and a special financing district for The Cannery. Now, history is repeating itself. Williams is the only person in Davis who has declared his candidacy […]

Could D.C. yank funding for Davis over immigrants?

Davis’ status as a sanctuary city might place it in some hot federal water, scalding enough to prevent federal dollars from reaching city coffers. Following the recent shooting of a San Francisco woman by an undocumented man shortly after he was released from jail, congressional Republicans have taken aim at so-called sanctuary cities like Davis. […]

Report shows mixed bag in commercial real estate market

How badly does Davis need an innovation center? It depends on who’s talking. Sales are on the rise in the city, the residential real estate market in Davis is booming, but the commercial real estate market is more of a mixed bag, according to a national report released Wednesday — and innovation centers may be the […]

City making preparations to install water pipelines

To complete the Woodland-Davis Surface Water Project, the city soon will need to tear up some portions of local streets. That could happen as early as late August or early September on Pole Line Road near the northern city limit and progress southerly toward the Covell Boulevard intersection over a two-month period ending in late […]

Dan Wolk announces Assembly run; Dodd declares for Senate

Davis Mayor Dan Wolk is putting the band back together.

After Wolk’s unsuccessful bid for state Assembly in 2014 resulted in a third-place finish in the primary and ultimate victory for former Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd, Dodd’s announcement Monday morning that he would run for state Senate opened up his Assembly seat for other candidates, including Wolk.

Wolk declared his candidacy for Assembly on Monday afternoon, saying it was an “exciting and unexpected opportunity to make a difference …” for the district and the state. Assembly District 4 consists of Napa and Lake counties, most of Yolo County and portions of Sonoma, Solano and Colusa counties.

Innovation centers would fuel job, citywide sales growth

They’ll bring jobs, sales and property tax for city coffers and a general boost to businesses in Davis. That’s the good news behind a recent economic analysis showing Davis’ innovation center proposals would create economic impacts of all kinds. One consultant, Economic & Planning Systems, figures a nine-to-27 year buildout of the Davis innovation center projects […]

City might push to regulate Airbnb

The scene: Michael Coleman relaxes in his West Davis living room one quiet evening. Action: The front door opens. In walks a strange woman with a pair of suitcases. She sets them down, glad to not have had to use a key to open the door. She looks up and notices Coleman. “She looked at […]

Report: Innovation centers will boost demand for housing

A consultant’s economic analysis of the Mace Ranch Innovation Center project estimates that it will boost demand for housing in Davis and surrounding communities by more than 2,000 units over 17 years. The recently released report was the subject of discussion Monday night at a meeting of the Davis Finance and Budget Commission, where independent consultants […]

Hotel proposal goes to City Council

The Planning Commission recommended Wednesday that the City Council approve the environmental review and planning applications for the proposed Embassy Suites Hotel conference facility at 1111 Richards Boulevard, sending it on to the City Council for discussion at its Aug. 25 meeting. “The Commission recommendation included a few recommended revised or new conditions of approval […]

City adds assurances to Measure O deal

The Davis City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to make available up to $200,000 annually from its open-space protection special tax fund to the Yolo Habitat Conservancy, a countywide group that seeks to save habitat for local species. Funds are generated by the Measure O parcel tax, passed 15 years ago. Over the 50-year life of the conservation […]

Council severs sports park from tax talk

After years of discussion, the city is setting its sights on an analysis of sports facilities. Just don’t link it to the latest council tax deliberations. The City Council unanimously decided Tuesday night to move toward forming a sports task force to look at ways the city could somehow expand its athletics fields and offerings. […]

Can a new hotel boost other hotel business?

Local hotelier Ashok Patel wants to boost occupancy at local lodging houses by building a new hotel with a large conference center, he told business leaders at a Davis Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday. The project is up for Davis Planning Commission approval Wednesday night. A big conference center would be able to pull in hotel […]

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