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Dave Ryan

The top 10 Davis top 10s

Not to brag, but Davis wins a lot of awards. So many awards, in fact, that The Enterprise decided to rank the top 10 achievements Davis has made in recent years on top-10 lists of various kinds. Granted, some of the lists aren’t traditional top-10 lists, but are worthy achievements in some sort of competition. […]

September 20, 2015 | Posted in Special Editions | Tagged ,

Council passes water-waste fine ordinance

The city’s water conservation restrictions now have more teeth, but don’t go thinking the city wants to bite. That was the consensus of the City Council as it unanimously approved an urgency ordinance Tuesday night, bringing the city’s municipal code into compliance with a state law that gives water suppliers a means to impose criminal […]

September 16, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Council considers water-waste fines

If four out of five City Council members agree, Davis could add proverbial teeth to its drought restrictions. By virtue of state law passed in June, Davis and every other local water agency in California can levy fines for scofflaws who ignore city warnings. Because it’s an urgency ordinance, four-fifths of the council would have […]

September 15, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Report: Two ways Nishi Gateway project could be green

The draft environmental impact report on the Nishi Gateway Innovation District project is undecided about the most sustainable way in which the project could be built, leaving that consideration up to city policymakers. If a project is to be built on the 47-acre Nishi property south of downtown, north of Interstate 80 and southeast of UC Davis, the […]

September 13, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City considers regulations for Airbnb rentals

The city of Davis is seeking long-term rules for short-term rentals. The City Council is due on Tuesday to take up the issue of regulating short-term rentals — specifically, how to collect hotel taxes from Airbnb. The council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. There were […]

September 13, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Innovation centers thought to bring in almost $4 billion

That’s billions with a “B.” Nearly four of them. It’s how much money the Mace Ranch Innovation Center project and the Nishi Gateway project are estimated to bring into the city of Davis and the Sacramento region after the two projects are built out. Economic Planning Systems Inc., a consulting firm, looked at the impact […]

September 10, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Schilling backs November vote on innovation center

Local innovation center skeptics who pushed for a longer period of review for the idea actually pleased one of the center’s main prospective tenants. Schilling Robotics head Tyler Schilling said this week through a spokeswoman that he likes the idea of November Measure R vote, forced by a 45-day addition to an original Sept. 28 […]

September 09, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

As people stream into downtown, garbage piles up

City workers empty downtown trash cans once every day and still the garbage cans overflow. The city can’t afford to empty the cans more than once per day. Even if it could, it might not solve the problem, with downtown seeing a surge in visitors due to a stronger economy and enrollment growth at UC Davis. So […]

September 04, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged , ,

More places to have a smoke go up in smoke

City rules about smoking just got rolled tighter. No longer will smokers be able to light up in public parks as well as greenbelts or open spaces that are used for passive or active recreation. Plus, the E Street Plaza in downtown Davis is off-limits to smokers for all practical purposes. The new ban, enacted Tuesday […]

September 04, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City Council extends comment period on innovation center report

If the Davis City Council approves the Mace Ranch Innovation Center, voters won’t have a say on the project until November 2016. The council on Tuesday night unanimously extended a comment-period deadline for the innovation center’s environmental review to Nov. 12 from Sept. 28, giving an additional 45 days. The move follows several requests at public […]

September 02, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Benicia says oil train spill possible, just not likely

The city of Benicia has gone from saying an oil train spill couldn’t happen in Davis, to saying it’s a very outside chance. A revised environmental review released Monday of the Benicia Valero oil refinery’s proposal to build a rail terminal for oil trains said Davis and other communities along rail lines stretching from Benicia […]

September 01, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Council may grant more time for innovation center comments

Following several requests at public comment last week to have more time to digest a thick environmental report on the Mace Ranch Innovation Center, the City Council will discuss tonight whether to extend the comment period, potentially by 45 days. The current comment period ends Sept. 28. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in […]

September 01, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Poll finds support for innovation center

Public opinion is most likely on the side of innovation. A private poll that developers of the proposed Mace Ranch Innovation Center took in early April shows wide support of the project and upends the conventional wisdom that adding in high-density housing would doom it at the ballot box. Pollsters surveyed 300 likely voters prior […]

August 30, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Mayor slams permit process for street hoops

Don’t call the basketball police yet. Mayor Dan Wolk expressed irritation Tuesday night that the city would consider requiring permits for portable street basketball hoops, before leading a vote to strip hoop language out of a proposed rule that would give police discretion to regulate things blocking residential streets. “I didn’t hear a large outcry about hoops and […]

August 27, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,
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