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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.

Innovation centers would fuel job, citywide sales growth

They’ll bring jobs, sales and property tax for city coffers and a general boost to businesses in Davis. That’s the good news behind a recent economic analysis showing Davis’ innovation center proposals would create economic impacts of all kinds. One consultant, Economic & Planning Systems, figures a nine-to-27 year buildout of the Davis innovation center projects […]

July 19, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City might push to regulate Airbnb

The scene: Michael Coleman relaxes in his West Davis living room one quiet evening. Action: The front door opens. In walks a strange woman with a pair of suitcases. She sets them down, glad to not have had to use a key to open the door. She looks up and notices Coleman. “She looked at […]

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

Report: Innovation centers will boost demand for housing

A consultant’s economic analysis of the Mace Ranch Innovation Center project estimates that it will boost demand for housing in Davis and surrounding communities by more than 2,000 units over 17 years. The recently released report was the subject of discussion Monday night at a meeting of the Davis Finance and Budget Commission, where independent consultants […]

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

Hotel proposal goes to City Council

The Planning Commission recommended Wednesday that the City Council approve the environmental review and planning applications for the proposed Embassy Suites Hotel conference facility at 1111 Richards Boulevard, sending it on to the City Council for discussion at its Aug. 25 meeting. “The Commission recommendation included a few recommended revised or new conditions of approval […]

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

City adds assurances to Measure O deal

The Davis City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to make available up to $200,000 annually from its open-space protection special tax fund to the Yolo Habitat Conservancy, a countywide group that seeks to save habitat for local species. Funds are generated by the Measure O parcel tax, passed 15 years ago. Over the 50-year life of the conservation […]

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

Council severs sports park from tax talk

After years of discussion, the city is setting its sights on an analysis of sports facilities. Just don’t link it to the latest council tax deliberations. The City Council unanimously decided Tuesday night to move toward forming a sports task force to look at ways the city could somehow expand its athletics fields and offerings. […]

July 08, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

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 […]

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

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, […]

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

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 […]

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

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 ,

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