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Can a new hotel boost other hotel business?

Local hotelier Ashok Patel wants to boost occupancy at local lodging houses by building a new hotel with a large conference center, he told business leaders at a Davis Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday. The project is up for Davis Planning Commission approval Wednesday night. A big conference center would be able to pull in hotel […]

Utility tax up for council discussion

The tax talk is back. Whereas last year the City Council talked about a potential parcel tax measure that bombed with early polling, this time the council’s discussions on Tuesday will focus on a tax option that doesn’t require a two-thirds vote of the people, just a simple majority. This is merely a first step, […]

City moves to earmark Measure O funding

Is the city going to change the purpose of a parcel tax or merely leverage its influence? The City Council will figure out Tuesday whether it will take a yearly $200,000 of money from the Open Space Protection Special Tax Fund — known as the Measure O parcel tax — and give it to the Yolo Habitat […]

Capitol Corridor Ventures says it delivered on Davis Roots pledge

A pledge to fund startup enterprises in Davis in 2013 is still incomplete in 2015, with many aspects of the deal shrouded in secrecy. Last year, ConAgra Foods fulfilled a $2 million agreement — brokered in 2013 with Capitol Corridor Ventures — to fund entrepreneurship in Davis. Specifically, CCV pledged $250,000 of the money to […]

July 03, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Trackside applicants apologize to neighbors

The Davis City Council is tentatively set to consider the 5 1/2-story Trackside Center mixed-use project in coming weeks following discussions between developers and neighbors in Old East Davis.

Mayor Dan Wolk requested the informational item after residents bitterly complained about the project for the second council meeting in a row.

Trackside Center’s top four floors would feature luxury apartments with a concierge in a building on a half-acre lot between Third and Fourth streets, the railroad tracks and the I Street alley. The first floor of the center will have retail and …

Council vows critical thinking on panhandling

The City Council will narrow its focus on the issue of panhandling, vowing to come back in the fall with more critical thinking discussed on Tuesday evening. One of the thorny questions the City Council dealt with was whether addressing panhandling necessarily meant dealing with homelessness and drug addiction. “I realize that in many ways it’s […]

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

Panhandling on city agenda

Can you spare some ideas? A City Council request to discuss panhandling in Davis last year is being honored on Tuesday, officially listed as an informational item that could be steered in any direction depending on the council’s desire. Anecdotal interviews in the community and among the homeless showed that, last year at least, panhandling […]

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

Davis surpasses target for water conservation

The numbers show Davis is sipping, not gulping.

City water production statistics on Wednesday showed Davis water customers as a whole cut their use in May by 31 percent compared to May 2013, beating a state-mandated target.

Davis is required to reduce its water consumption by 28 percent over the 2013 month-by-month numbers.

The news from City Hall shows that Davis water customers are off to a great start in meeting their obligations to conserve water. But residents should not celebrate yet — there are many more months to go.

Trokanski aims to create an arts collective

Can you live life in 11 dimensions? Longtime dance instructor Pamela Trokanski believes it’s possible, and she’s building a place where she hopes people will do it. In science- and technology-focused Davis, perhaps the best way to explain Trokanski’s fast-becoming-real expansion of her dance center on Del Rio Place is to call it a hacker […]

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

Replacement stage design set for Central Park

The city is moving into high gear to replace the fire-ravaged Central Park oak tree deck with something hardier and, it hopes, better than before. An unidentified arsonist set fire to the popular gathering place more than a year ago, and the city has been wrangling with its insurance company and deliberating what to do […]

June 23, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Impacts of Measure J being felt now, expert says

So from a Davis-centric point of view, things seem to be on the up and up. Not entirely, warns Davis resident Jim Gray, a developer and broker with DTZ, a global real estate investment firm. First, the Bay Area and Silicon Valley markets have been white-hot for a few years now, leaving Davis in the […]

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

New building boom reaches across Davis

Slow-growth Davis? Not lately.

As development projects crowd local headlines, even more projects are waiting in the wings, according to city records.

The market for development in Davis is heating up right now, city officials say, going all the way from residential building additions and remodel permits to large-scale commercial and mixed-use projects like the Mace Ranch Innovation Center and the Nishi Gateway proposal.

Council approves Paso Fino compromise

After nearly two years of wrangling, the six-unit Paso Fino project in the Wildhorse subdivision is moving to the final phase of its development green light: A behind-the-scenes land transaction with the city. The City Council unanimously approved a design Tuesday that establishes a grove of Canary Island pine trees in the public space, and […]

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

Neighbors blast Trackside proposal

Roughly 14 would-be neighbors to the proposed 5 1/2 story Trackside Center mixed use project lined up to blast the idea at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Trackside Center’s top four floors would feature luxury apartments with a concierge in a building located on the southwest corner of Third Street on a block bounded by the railroad tracks, Fourth Street and the I Street alley on a half-acre footprint. The first floor of the center will have retail and commercial space. Parking for the residents will be in a subterranean garage.

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