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Dave Ryan

Artists turn utilitarian into fun

Utility boxes positioned next to traffic signals downtown are no longer drab and boring, thanks to a public art program launched recently by the city of Davis. Artists have been contracted to paint five of the boxes, transforming “necessary structures into lively pieces of art,” city officials said. Each received $1,000 to cover their costs. […]

Transformed Central Park oak deck to rise again

More than a year after an arsonist set fire to the oak tree deck in Central Park, the City Council on Tuesday will approve the design and some money necessary to rebuild the stage, making it sturdier — and in many ways, perhaps better — than before. The city is not just rebuilding the deck […]

City to choose trees over grass as it conserves water

Save the trees, kill some grass. That’s the most simple message in the city of Davis’ comprehensive plan to tackle its own water use to help the community reach a 28-percent water conservation mandate from the state, compared to 2013 numbers. From holding public water workshops to strategic grass conversion in city parks and greenbelts, the […]

By the numbers: Davis city manager a bargain?

Is running the city of Davis more challenging than running the state of California? According to a salary-by-salary comparison of its chief executives it is. Davis City Manager Dirk Brazil’s base salary is $217,200 per year, while Gov. Jerry Brown’s base salary is $212,179. Every Davis resident theoretically pays $3.25 per year for Brazil’s salary […]

Local pols: We’re surprised project is on hold

When developers of the Davis Innovation Center informed city staff on May 12 they were placing their 208-acre proposed project on hold, it didn’t exactly send shock waves through local government circles, although it was a surprise to many. Proposed by Hines and SKK Developments, the center would cover a 208-acre, T-shaped parcel north of […]

Time Magazine gives Davis bikes more fame

If there’s one thing to say about Davis, it pays more attention to bikes than almost any other city its size. Locals know that, but now the city finds itself on yet another top-10 list — actually it’s the top nine cities for bike commuting in Time Magazine — for cycling notoriety. The change? Davis […]

Wednesday water workshop offers tips on lawn conversions

It could still be green, it’s thirsty these days and for most people, it just takes up space as an ornamental planting. That lawn, that piece of traditional Americana sitting outside your house, may have to go, as the state orders Davis to reduce its water use by 28 percent over its 2013 figure. Outside […]

Water agency says Davis will have enough river water

Local residents are paying millions for a new surface water project that will siphon water from the Sacramento River, treat it and pipe it to customers in Davis, UC Davis and Woodland. But what if, in the face of a worsening drought, there isn’t enough water in the Sacramento River? The Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency has […]

Davis Innovation Center plans are put on hold

Developers of the Davis Innovation Center informed city staff Tuesday that they’re putting the project on hold, narrowing Davis’ opportunities to become a powerhouse for technological innovation in the Sacramento region. The center, proposed by Hines and SKK Developments, would cover a 208-acre, T-shaped parcel north of Covell Boulevard and abutting Sutter Davis Hospital in […]

City budget outlook brightens

For once in the past several years, the city budget update is boring. Revenues are rising with the economy to the tune of $800,000 in unplanned income from taxes and fees, but city leaders are promising no exciting new programs to gobble up the extra cash. Instead, at the behest of the City Council, budget crunchers […]

City looks into drought-pricing ‘crystal ball’

If Davis residents do their water conservation job, it’s not a question of whether there will be a drought surcharge added to beef up water rates, but how much the surcharge will be, Public Works Director Bob Clarke said this week. “We are looking at it, and I plan to give (the City Council) an update […]

Water, water, nowhere and not a drop to waste

Alexander Kozik took a Sunday stroll through Mace Ranch Park and noticed the sprinklers running so hard that he couldn’t walk through one path without getting drenched. In his photos, a single sprinkler head is clearly broken, spewing water to nowhere all over a path. It was annoying to Kozik, but worse, it seemed to […]

Council finalizes Community Facilities District for The Cannery

The Davis City Council finalized The Cannery’s Community Facilities District on a 3-2 vote Tuesday night. Mayor Dan Wolk and City Council members Rochelle Swanson and Lucas Frerichs voted in the majority, with Mayor Pro Tem Robb Davis and Councilman Brett Lee dissenting. The decision to put the final touches on the process to create […]

Davis eyes wait list for renewable energy program

The City Council is set Tuesday to approve a letter of intent to potentially join Marin Clean Energy, a community choice energy program that encompasses communities in Marin, Contra Costa and Napa counties. The action will cement Davis’ place on a kind of wait list for application into Marin Clean Energy’s program, which provides renewable […]

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