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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.

Compromise afoot for Paso Fino?

The controversial Paso Fino infill development proposal in Wildhorse is headed back to the City Council on Tuesday with a new configuration designed to let the city pledge to protect nine Canary Island Pine trees. In a separate item following the Paso Fino proposal, the council will decide whether to grant the trees long-term landmark […]

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

UCD students present unique ideas for Nishi property

Among the thousands of UC Davis students graduating last weekend were a host of civil engineering undergrads who tackled a real-world scenario: How to develop the Nishi property south of campus and southwest of downtown. It wasn’t all an esoteric exercise, as the Nishi Gateway project is a real development proposal promoted by a group […]

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

State efforts to raise minimum wage may stall local one

The local effort to raise Davis’ citywide minimum wage to $15 may stall if statewide efforts continue to gain steam. Last week, a bill to raise the minimum wage from $9 per hour to $13 per hour by 2017 cleared its early hurdle in the state Senate along a party-line majority of 23 votes to […]

June 10, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New apartment complex proposed for East Davis

The site of a former group home for troubled children could become new apartments if the city approves a recently submitted design. The plans for a 270-unit, four- to-five-story apartment complex to sit on 6 acres are scheduled to come before the Planning Commission for an informational presentation on Wednesday. The current FamiliesFirst building at […]

June 09, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Council grants special status for Paso Fino trees, for now

On the Davis City Council consent agenda, items small and smaller pepper the list, a series of largely noncontroversial items and routine money transfers ready to be approved with little or no debate all at once. Sometimes, though, controversy hides in the thicket of banal-sounding titles. The council yanked out one seemingly simple item nebulously marked […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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. […]

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

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 […]

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

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 ,

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