Lauren Keene

Local pols: We’re surprised project is on hold

When developers of the Davis Innovation Center informed city staff on May 12 they were placing their 208-acre proposed project on hold, it didn’t exactly send shock waves through local government circles, although it was a surprise to many. Proposed by Hines and SKK Developments, the center would cover a 208-acre, T-shaped parcel north of […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Time Magazine gives Davis bikes more fame

If there’s one thing to say about Davis, it pays more attention to bikes than almost any other city its size. Locals know that, but now the city finds itself on yet another top-10 list — actually it’s the top nine cities for bike commuting in Time Magazine — for cycling notoriety. The change? Davis […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Wednesday water workshop offers tips on lawn conversions

It could still be green, it’s thirsty these days and for most people, it just takes up space as an ornamental planting. That lawn, that piece of traditional Americana sitting outside your house, may have to go, as the state orders Davis to reduce its water use by 28 percent over its 2013 figure. Outside […]

May 15, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Water agency says Davis will have enough river water

Local residents are paying millions for a new surface water project that will siphon water from the Sacramento River, treat it and pipe it to customers in Davis, UC Davis and Woodland. But what if, in the face of a worsening drought, there isn’t enough water in the Sacramento River? The Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency has […]

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

Davis Innovation Center plans are put on hold

Developers of the Davis Innovation Center informed city staff Tuesday that they’re putting the project on hold, narrowing Davis’ opportunities to become a powerhouse for technological innovation in the Sacramento region. The center, proposed by Hines and SKK Developments, would cover a 208-acre, T-shaped parcel north of Covell Boulevard and abutting Sutter Davis Hospital in […]

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

City budget outlook brightens

For once in the past several years, the city budget update is boring. Revenues are rising with the economy to the tune of $800,000 in unplanned income from taxes and fees, but city leaders are promising no exciting new programs to gobble up the extra cash. Instead, at the behest of the City Council, budget crunchers […]

May 12, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City looks into drought-pricing ‘crystal ball’

If Davis residents do their water conservation job, it’s not a question of whether there will be a drought surcharge added to beef up water rates, but how much the surcharge will be, Public Works Director Bob Clarke said this week. “We are looking at it, and I plan to give (the City Council) an update […]

May 08, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 07, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 06, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 05, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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 […]

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

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 […]

May 01, 2015 | Posted in Special Projects

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 ,

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