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Dave Ryan

Paso Fino pine trees fail latest effort at protection

A group of neighbors opposed to an infill development in Wildhorse are opening a third front in the now 19-month battle against developers, but developers won the first skirmish in new territory. Last week a city commission said the nine Canary Island Pine trees in the proposed development area at 2627 East Covell Boulevard were […]

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

City survey: Most Davisites on board with yard waste bins

One of the most supposedly controversial issues in town may not be so controversial after all. The city’s new Davis Together :: Engage social media tool came out of the gate last month with a survey about the city’s new organics program, one that would replace yard waste piles with 95-gallon containers, but still retain […]

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

Cannery financing district moves forward as arguments fail to change votes

If there was a dead horse at Tuesday night’s Davis City Council meeting, it was unrecognizable by Wednesday morning it was beaten so bad. The issue was The Cannery’s proposed Community Facilities District, a financial instrument designed to front-load money for infrastructure projects. At The Cannery, these will include neighborhood amenities like parks and greenbelts, as […]

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

Council puts the brakes on B Street parking

The long-contentious B Street parking issue almost seemed an open-and-shut case Tuesday night. The choice of whether to ban parking along the narrow, much-biked stretch of B Street between Seventh and 14th streets or allow some on-street parking for residents ended in favor of bicycle safety. For a few minutes, though, it seemed that the […]

March 18, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Despite divisions, Cannery CFD seems set to move forward

Going into Tuesday night’s meeting with a 3-2 split, the City Council is set to enter into the second phase of creating a community facilities district for The Cannery, Davis’ newest housing development. Proponents on the City Council — Mayor Dan Wolk and Council members Lucas Frerichs and Rochelle Swanson — set the process in […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

No parking on B Street stretch, city staff suggests

Learn more What: Davis City Council meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it live: Comcast Channel 16, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or on the city’s website at www.cityofdavis.org/media The most contentious issue between bicyclists and residents along B Street is headed for a showdown at the City Council meeting Tuesday, […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Utility box is boring? City wants to paint it

Those drab, metal utility boxes next to traffic signals are about to get a total makeover. With a program called “Paint a Box,” the city is launching a request for proposals for artists to paint five utility boxes downtown. A similar program gathered artists to paint utility boxes in Woodland. The Davis goal is to […]

March 22, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

A closer look at The Cannery’s proposed CFD

CFD comparison Total taxes and assessments as a percentage of assessed value: * The Cannery with CFD = 1.75% * The Cannery without CFD = 1.4% * Mace Ranch = 1.51% * South Davis = 1.44% * Davis home with no CFDs = 1.09% The Cannery’s proposed Community Facilities District raises a few questions revolving […]

March 11, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Community forum on hate crimes examines how to prevent them

Clayton Daniel Garzon’s attack two years ago on Lawrence “Mikey” Partida, while shouting homophobic slurs, may have come to an end in the courts last year, but it’s not out of the community’s mind. The Davis Phoenix Coalition held a police-community forum Monday night that brought roughly 30 people of diverse racial and faith backgrounds […]

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

Higher costs debated for future residents of The Cannery

How much money do The Cannery developers need to build parks and other public improvements? A usually unanimous City Council is split 3-2 at the start of a monthslong process to establish a Community Facilities District that would collect fees from future residents of The Cannery to fund amenities in that neighborhood. The Cannery is the […]

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

Bay Area developers join Mace proposal

The Mace Innovation Center proposal, once a partnership between landowner Barbara Bruner and Ramco Enterprises on the eastern periphery of Davis, changed recently when Bay Area real estate and property management firm Reynolds & Brown bought out Bruner’s 85 acres of land. The proposal aims to create 1.5 million square feet of space for innovation businesses, plus […]

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

Is the Davis Internet of the future like the roads of the 20th century?

To understand what may be the future of the Internet, let’s take a leap back in time to the Eisenhower administration. If there is one thing about the 20th century, it’s that automotive transport came to define the lives of people throughout the century in developed nations. When Eisenhower signed a bill authorizing the creation […]

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

Basketball hoop petition seems a slam-dunk at council

It was a little bit of March Madness at the Davis City Council meeting Tuesday night. Neighbors upset with code-violation notices from the city about having portable basketball hoops on quiet residential streets spoke out after starting an online petition, successfully urging the city to take a closer look at clarifying the ordinance at a […]

March 04, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City says it did not OK Ygrene mailers

A group of mailers for a solar power company sent out to some city residents last week carried the bicycle logo of the city on the envelope, but the city said it did not give permission for the logo’s use, and the mailers did not come from the city. The City Council is due to […]

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