Dave Ryan

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 […]

Council to hear about drought pricing

It’s said sometimes “less is more” or “do more with less.” In the topsy-turvy logic of water rates, residents may one day have to pay up to 39 percent more for using 28 percent less water than they were using in 2013, if the drought continues. On Tuesday, city public works staff is set to […]

BIKE TAB: What happens when an intersection goes Dutch

In some ways, Davis is being surpassed by other communities for the environmental mantle it wears proudly. Renewable energy? Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties have beaten us to the punch with cheap community choices for more green energy sources. Even dry, hot, sprawling Lancaster is solar-powered. Gray water recycling? Palo Alto has an ordinance requiring […]

Internal assessment of City Hall finds hope and heartache

Often, the first step toward recovery is admitting you have a problem. But it also helps to know what else you’re doing right. With that in mind, City Manager Dirk Brazil asked former City Manager John Meyer to assess how the city is functioning. Meyer’s 20-page report, the result of about three months’ worth of […]

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

Renewable energy program CEOs make their pitch to Davis

For Community Choice Energy program members in Marin, Sonoma, Contra Costa and Napa Counties, it can be lonely out there. Intermittent threats from the legislature happen when bills pushed by Pacific Gas & Electric-supported groups seek to sidestep rules that prohibit investor-owned utilities like PG&E from directly taking on CCEs and make it harder for […]

April 24, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New design submitted for conference center

The Davis Planning Commission will take a look next month at new designs for a six-story Embassy Suites hotel and conference center to rise where the University Inn and Suites Hotel and the building that houses Caffe Italia on Richards Boulevard sit.

A previous plan for the area — near the interchange with Olive Drive — called for a seven-story hotel and a conference center that was more traditionally configured and smaller in size …

Young UCD minds tackle Nishi property

Talk about separating the wheat from the chaff.

For a class of senior undergrads at UC Davis, the path from school to career has a 45-acre obstacle: an expanse of winter wheat south of the university and north of Interstate 80 that could mean passing a key course, graduation and a career boost all in one for the next generation of UCD-produced civil engineers.

Local developer Tim Ruff and a group of investors want to turn those 45 acres — what’s known as the Nishi property — into a large-scale mixed-use project including 650 high-density residential units, 325,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of ancillary retail, like a gym or coffee shops.

April 22, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis must save more water under new state rules

If you’ve ripped up your lawn and timed your showers, you may become less unusual now that a new proposed set of state water conservation targets could be finalized as early as May. The state wants to boost Davis’ water conservation level to 28 percent, surpassing a 25-percent goal under a previous proposal. Davis water […]

April 22, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

For the record

In a Sunday article about sewer rates, the story mistakenly identified an example of a potential consultant work product for a real graph purportedly showing that current sewer rates will not cover future capital costs. The figures were for example purposes only. We regret the confusion.

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

City wants a study of sewer rates

Everything costs money, it seems, even waste. Fresh off a groundbreaking ceremony last week for an $89 million upgrade to Davis’ wastewater treatment plant, the city is set to hire a consultant to study what Davisites should be paying for their sewer service. The consultant’s fee is proposed to be $75,750. The city’s current sewer rates will […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Community Choice Energy on tap for public forum

The CEOs of California’s two regional energy-choice programs will stop in Davis next Thursday at a free, open public forum in Community Chambers at 6:30 p.m. to talk about a system of allowing communities to choose more renewable sources of energy than Pacific Gas & Electric Company does now. The city has been evaluating what’s […]

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

City breaks ground for upgrade of sewage plant

The city’s groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday afternoon for its $89 million upgrade to its 42-year-old wastewater treatment plant emphasized the years-long process it took to begin build the most expensive public works project in Davis history. “Davis is a community that believes in investing in the future,” Mayor Dan Wolk said. This future involves meeting increasingly strict […]

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

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