Dave Ryan

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

City fails to ease minds of Koso Street residents at meeting

A two-hour meeting Tuesday between 25 Koso Street neighbors in South Davis, city staff, the developer and two City Council members seems to have toughened the resolve of residents opposed to a small infill development’s outlet onto a dog-leg portion of Koso Street. The Villages at Willow Creek is a 35-unit subdivision divided by an east-west […]

Low water use? Davis is No. 1 in Sacto region

How about them apples? Apples-to-apples comparisons, that is. Davis is the best water-conserving city in the Sacramento area, according to state data comparing similar water regions across California. A statewide listing of conservation numbers for June for each water region in California reveals that by comparing apples to apples — basically, water suppliers in similar weather and […]

Group of South Davis neighbors oppose new traffic on Koso St.

A quiet South Davis neighborhood is getting loud about the prospect of more traffic on Koso Street if a new infill development builds an access to it. Many residents of the neighborhood are preparing to press the city and developer of The Villages at Willow Creek to change the access point at a north-south dog-leg portion […]

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

Proposed measure would give voters control over local pensions

A signature-gathering effort is being planned for a statewide ballot measure that would give local voters the final say about public pensions for teachers, public safety employees and many other public employees at all government levels. Called the Voter Empowerment Act of 2016, it would change state law in 2019 to require all state and […]

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

Old North Davis joins parking lawsuit against city

A lawsuit against the city about allowing a single disabled parking space got a whole lot more interesting Monday. Local attorney Michael Harrington is fighting the city over a decision he says in court documents could set a precedent for commercialization of his residential neighborhood, and the Old North Davis Neighborhood Association has just joined […]

July 29, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Mayor’s soon-to-be open seat draws little interest, for now

Davis resident Matt Williams found himself the odd man out many times in recent years when it comes to the political status quo, most notably his original stand on water rates and a special financing district for The Cannery. Now, history is repeating itself. Williams is the only person in Davis who has declared his candidacy […]

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

Could D.C. yank funding for Davis over immigrants?

Davis’ status as a sanctuary city might place it in some hot federal water, scalding enough to prevent federal dollars from reaching city coffers. Following the recent shooting of a San Francisco woman by an undocumented man shortly after he was released from jail, congressional Republicans have taken aim at so-called sanctuary cities like Davis. […]

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

Report shows mixed bag in commercial real estate market

How badly does Davis need an innovation center? It depends on who’s talking. Sales are on the rise in the city, the residential real estate market in Davis is booming, but the commercial real estate market is more of a mixed bag, according to a national report released Wednesday — and innovation centers may be the […]

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

City making preparations to install water pipelines

To complete the Woodland-Davis Surface Water Project, the city soon will need to tear up some portions of local streets. That could happen as early as late August or early September on Pole Line Road near the northern city limit and progress southerly toward the Covell Boulevard intersection over a two-month period ending in late […]

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

Dan Wolk announces Assembly run; Dodd declares for Senate

Davis Mayor Dan Wolk is putting the band back together.

After Wolk’s unsuccessful bid for state Assembly in 2014 resulted in a third-place finish in the primary and ultimate victory for former Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd, Dodd’s announcement Monday morning that he would run for state Senate opened up his Assembly seat for other candidates, including Wolk.

Wolk declared his candidacy for Assembly on Monday afternoon, saying it was an “exciting and unexpected opportunity to make a difference …” for the district and the state. Assembly District 4 consists of Napa and Lake counties, most of Yolo County and portions of Sonoma, Solano and Colusa counties.

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