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Project seeks to provide urban chic downtown

The proposed Trackside Center is a bit of a contradiction.

It’s tall — for Davis — at 5 1/2 stories, but it’ll probably be hard to notice the full effect of that height from the street.

It’s upscale living, but it’ll be a set of 48 apartments, not a series of high-priced condos.

It’s an unprecedented concept for this community, but it’s backed by a bevy of recognizable local names as a Davis-born project.

Council votes to look at, but not yet buy, a police armored vehicle

Before the City Council can decide whether it wants to buy an armored vehicle designed for police use, it voted unanimously Tuesday essentially to kick the tires on a range of different models at different prices. It also wants to approach UC Davis on the subject to see if there could be a joint-use option […]

Council votes to pursue path toward clean power

The Davis City Council flipped the switch Tuesday night on a plan to pursue cleaner sources of power. After many years of flirting with the idea of transforming the community’s electricity generation, the council unanimously agreed to pursue a model of electrical independence that would supply the city with more renewable energy and possibly reduce costs to […]

Six months in, city manager building a government ‘ready for change’

Davis City Manager Dirk Brazil aims to have a desk as empty as a wind-swept prairie in a city government characterized by mountains of detailed reports. That’s not the product of a devotion to cleanliness as much as it’s an execution of a lesson learned from the legendary Willie Brown, former Democratic speaker of the Assembly. […]

For the record

Sunday’s story about the hiring of a new chief innovation officer for the city of Davis misstated current CIO Rob White’s base salary, reporting instead a figure with benefits in a comparison with Diane Parro’s base salary. White’s base salary is $164,630, according to City Manager Dirk Brazil. Parro will be paid $110,000. ———— Friday’s story on […]

Police seek council opinion on armored vehicle

The police administration is set to ask the City Council Tuesday whether the police should look into buying a civilian armored vehicle. The formal request for an opinion follows the saga of the Davis mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle the federal government delivered through a special program outfitting police agencies across the country with surplus military equipment. […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City hires new chief innovation officer

The city announced this week it’s hiring 13-year Davis resident Diane Parro, the deputy to Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor and former director of the Yolo County Visitors Bureau, to be the city’s chief innovation officer starting in July. Rob White, the city’s current CIO, will step down at that time. The move highlights the […]

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

For the record

A story in Thursday’s paper about Jennifer Donofrio, the new Davis bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, should have said her father’s commute was from Livermore to San Francisco.

May 31, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New bike-and-walk guru gets in gear

If it wasn’t for a patch of black ice on a crosswalk in Alberta in November, Davis might not have been able to hire its new bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. It was her leg-busting tumble onto a frigid street in Calgary that convinced Jennifer Donofrio, 34, to pursue a job back to her home state […]

May 28, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Drought surcharge on water unlikely, council told

Maybe using less water will cost less money anyway. City staff have been deliberating for weeks on a possible surcharge on water rates if the community reaches a 28-percent state-set conservation target over 2013 numbers. There are many unknowns as to how much the surcharge could be — as well as options to avoid it through […]

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

Council OKs rule for healthy kids’ drinks

Restaurants affected by the healthy kids’ drinks ordinance: Applebee’s Beach Hut Deli Bistro 33 Black Bear Diner Café Bernardo Carl’s Jr. de Vere’s Irish Pub Del Taco The Habit Burger Jack in the Box Lamppost Pizza Paesano’s Panda Express Pluto’s Round Table Pizza Sudwerk Taco Bell Togo’s The Davis City Council unanimously gave the green […]

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

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. […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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