Lauren Keene

Council approves hotel/conference center

Davis soon will have a new conference center to serve the city and UC Davis. After years of planning, the City Council unanimously approved a six-story hotel and conference center at Richards Boulevard and Olive Drive on Tuesday night, after listening to passionate, last-minute outcry from a crowd of residents worried about traffic impacts and environmental friendliness. Plus, […]

August 26, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City may require permits for basketball hoops

If your kids want to shoot some hoops in the street in Davis, you may need to get a permit. The City Council is set to establish clear rules for portable basketball hoops at its meeting Tuesday night, outlining a process for residents to obtain a permit to place them in the street, with the […]

August 25, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Council approval sought for hotel and conference center on Richards Boulevard

City staff is recommending that a local hotelier’s bid to boost business for hotels throughout Davis get City Council approval Tuesday. After years of planning, consultations with the business community, media coverage and changes to the design, local hotelier Ashok Patel is set to bring his proposal for a six-story Embassy Suites Hotel and conference center […]

August 25, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Big answers about city pensions are elusive

A proposed ballot measure that would give local voters control over the pensions of public workers — like city employees, teachers, police and firefighters — may be coming to supermarket entrances across California in the form of signature gatherers sometime in the near future. So it raises two questions for Davis voters: How is the […]

August 21, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged , ,

Could Davis get fiber optics through innovation center?

The Mace Ranch Innovation Center could be key to getting a faster Internet connection in Davis sometime. Tucked deep into an environmental report about the MRIC released last week is a nugget of information about the poor Internet bandwidth most businesses and residents put up with, and the innovation center developers want to see what […]

August 21, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Is housing a good idea for innovation center?

An environmental review of the Mace Ranch Innovation Center shows that if a project is to be built, the most green project would include high-density housing. But would the housing take away from the project and would it even house local workers? The center is proposed by Ramco Enterprises, The Buzz Oates Group of Companies […]

August 18, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Air quality, animals and traffic: an analysis of Mace Center impacts

The Mace Ranch Innovation Center environmental review is a maze of measurement standards, but in the details lie a few unsurprising impacts: Traffic will get worse and greenhouse gas emissions will increase along with it. To be fair, the developers are now touting a project alternative that would build 850 units of high-density housing, which […]

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

Getting tough on turf, the lawn conversion way

As Davis residents follow city rules on water conservation, some go further, abandoning their lawns altogether in a bid to maximize water savings. Sometimes, that means a green lawn turned brown. For others, it is a challenge to push the boundaries of making a drought-tolerant landscape a centerpiece of natural beauty in ways that a […]

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

Study: Mace center more green with housing

The Mace Innovation Center developers have been careful to point out to growth-averse Davis voters that the center would not include any housing, but that all changed Thursday. An environmental review looked at the incorporation of 850 units of high-density live-work housing, finding that is the most environmentally superior version of the development if anything […]

August 14, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis beats state water-saving targets in July

True to Davis’ label as the No. 1 water-sipping city in the Sacramento metro region, the city announced Wednesday that Davis water customers as a whole cut their use in July by 32 percent compared to the same month in 2013, beating state-mandated targets. Davis is required to reduce its water consumption by 28 percent over its […]

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

For the record

Sunday’s story about the Davis Dutch intersection failed to mention that the city is working with the developers to build another grade-separated crossing at the southwest corner of The Cannery development that would link up to a bike path south of Covell Boulevard near H Street.

August 11, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Police nab three in failed copper wire theft

Davis police arrested three local men Friday evening on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and other crimes, in an alleged attempted copper-wire theft. Police say William Joel Eckberg, 36, Jonathan Allen Randall, 29, and Mitchell Scott Timm, 24, were caught in front of a vacant house in the 200 block of W. Eighth […]

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

Central Coast oil refinery could negate local efforts to stop oil-by-rail

A small group of Central Coast environmental activists is fighting to keep that region and much of Northern California, including Davis, free of potentially dangerous oil train cars. The odds are stacked sky-high against them. Locally, many Davis and other area environmental activists have been focused on the Valero Oil Refinery’s rail terminal proposal in Benicia […]

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

Davis Dutch intersection, first ever in U.S., unveiled with no drama

It had all the ingredients of an impending disaster. At Covell Boulevard and J Street, a European-designed intersection that needs diagrams to be explained in full was unveiled with next to no warning by the city Thursday — only thick, fresh stripes and now-familiar green bikeways on the ground instructing motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians what they should […]

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

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