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Council vows critical thinking on panhandling

The City Council will narrow its focus on the issue of panhandling, vowing to come back in the fall with more critical thinking discussed on Tuesday evening. One of the thorny questions the City Council dealt with was whether addressing panhandling necessarily meant dealing with homelessness and drug addiction. “I realize that in many ways it’s […]

Panhandling on city agenda

Can you spare some ideas? A City Council request to discuss panhandling in Davis last year is being honored on Tuesday, officially listed as an informational item that could be steered in any direction depending on the council’s desire. Anecdotal interviews in the community and among the homeless showed that, last year at least, panhandling […]

Davis surpasses target for water conservation

The numbers show Davis is sipping, not gulping.

City water production statistics on Wednesday showed Davis water customers as a whole cut their use in May by 31 percent compared to May 2013, beating a state-mandated target.

Davis is required to reduce its water consumption by 28 percent over the 2013 month-by-month numbers.

The news from City Hall shows that Davis water customers are off to a great start in meeting their obligations to conserve water. But residents should not celebrate yet — there are many more months to go.

Trokanski aims to create an arts collective

Can you live life in 11 dimensions? Longtime dance instructor Pamela Trokanski believes it’s possible, and she’s building a place where she hopes people will do it. In science- and technology-focused Davis, perhaps the best way to explain Trokanski’s fast-becoming-real expansion of her dance center on Del Rio Place is to call it a hacker […]

Replacement stage design set for Central Park

The city is moving into high gear to replace the fire-ravaged Central Park oak tree deck with something hardier and, it hopes, better than before. An unidentified arsonist set fire to the popular gathering place more than a year ago, and the city has been wrangling with its insurance company and deliberating what to do […]

Impacts of Measure J being felt now, expert says

So from a Davis-centric point of view, things seem to be on the up and up. Not entirely, warns Davis resident Jim Gray, a developer and broker with DTZ, a global real estate investment firm. First, the Bay Area and Silicon Valley markets have been white-hot for a few years now, leaving Davis in the […]

New building boom reaches across Davis

Slow-growth Davis? Not lately.

As development projects crowd local headlines, even more projects are waiting in the wings, according to city records.

The market for development in Davis is heating up right now, city officials say, going all the way from residential building additions and remodel permits to large-scale commercial and mixed-use projects like the Mace Ranch Innovation Center and the Nishi Gateway proposal.

Council approves Paso Fino compromise

After nearly two years of wrangling, the six-unit Paso Fino project in the Wildhorse subdivision is moving to the final phase of its development green light: A behind-the-scenes land transaction with the city. The City Council unanimously approved a design Tuesday that establishes a grove of Canary Island pine trees in the public space, and […]

Neighbors blast Trackside proposal

Roughly 14 would-be neighbors to the proposed 5 1/2 story Trackside Center mixed use project lined up to blast the idea at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Trackside Center’s top four floors would feature luxury apartments with a concierge in a building located on the southwest corner of Third Street on a block bounded by the railroad tracks, Fourth Street and the I Street alley on a half-acre footprint. The first floor of the center will have retail and commercial space. Parking for the residents will be in a subterranean garage.

Compromise afoot for Paso Fino?

The controversial Paso Fino infill development proposal in Wildhorse is headed back to the City Council on Tuesday with a new configuration designed to let the city pledge to protect nine Canary Island Pine trees. In a separate item following the Paso Fino proposal, the council will decide whether to grant the trees long-term landmark […]

UCD students present unique ideas for Nishi property

Among the thousands of UC Davis students graduating last weekend were a host of civil engineering undergrads who tackled a real-world scenario: How to develop the Nishi property south of campus and southwest of downtown. It wasn’t all an esoteric exercise, as the Nishi Gateway project is a real development proposal promoted by a group […]

State efforts to raise minimum wage may stall local one

The local effort to raise Davis’ citywide minimum wage to $15 may stall if statewide efforts continue to gain steam. Last week, a bill to raise the minimum wage from $9 per hour to $13 per hour by 2017 cleared its early hurdle in the state Senate along a party-line majority of 23 votes to […]

New apartment complex proposed for East Davis

The site of a former group home for troubled children could become new apartments if the city approves a recently submitted design. The plans for a 270-unit, four- to-five-story apartment complex to sit on 6 acres are scheduled to come before the Planning Commission for an informational presentation on Wednesday. The current FamiliesFirst building at […]

Council grants special status for Paso Fino trees, for now

On the Davis City Council consent agenda, items small and smaller pepper the list, a series of largely noncontroversial items and routine money transfers ready to be approved with little or no debate all at once. Sometimes, though, controversy hides in the thicket of banal-sounding titles. The council yanked out one seemingly simple item nebulously marked […]

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