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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 ,

Pipeline project will soften water in 2016

Get ready for the drills. Next year the city plans to improve its water pipelines as a result of the joint surface-water project and UC Davis’ participation in the program. That means nearly 8 miles of 12-30 inch water pipelines will be built or replaced, with new mains built to supply the city and UCD with […]

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

What does Community Choice Energy mean for Davis?

A burgeoning movement toward what’s called Community Choice Energy or Community Choice Aggregation is slowly becoming a more green, preferred option for communities across the Bay Area, from Marin to Sonoma, Napa County, the city of Richmond and — perhaps soon — the cities of San Francisco and Davis. And there’s little Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

City wants to guide organics debate organically

What to put in organics cart: * Bones * Eggshells, rice, beans and cheese * Napkins, paper towels and paper plates * Pizza boxes and waxed papers * Yard clippings What to put in a yard pile: * Christmas trees * Brush * Grass clippings and leaves that do not fit in the organics cart * […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Dodd pushes for help on water rates

Assemblyman Bill Dodd, D-Napa, has introduced a bill that aims to help low-income residents pay for the increasing cost of water. Dodd — whose district covers Yolo, Napa and Solano counties — drafted the bill to call on the state Department of Community Services and Development to develop a plan for a statewide low-income water […]

February 26, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New website helps city ENGAGE with residents

In olden days, residents with complaints who wished to have their voice heard would have to manage finding their way to a city meeting in the middle of the week and take part in the usually unenviable task of speaking in public. That is, if those folks didn’t happen to find a City Council member […]

February 24, 2015 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Third Street improvements hit a snag

The planned cobble-like streetscape and decorative obelisk near campus on Third Street has been a long time coming, and it may be a while more. The money for the multimillion dollar upgrade to Third Street between A and B streets is moving along with undergrounding utilities in the area, but the scheduled summer 2015 end […]

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

Barn, Farmhouse rise at The Cannery

For months The Cannery at Covell Boulevard and J Street has been a study in dirt. Grading, filling, moving, smoothing and paving strips of it.

This month that all changed when two buildings rose from their foundations to begin taking shape at the soon-to-be 547-unit mixed use site with a 7.5 acre farm, including a small orchard. The development is billed as California’s first “farm-to-table” community.

Council cycles out clothes washer rebate program

City Councilman Brett Lee made the joke: Only in Davis would you get people opposed to encouraging homeowners to buy a clothes washer that saves water. On Tuesday night, the City Council unanimously agreed: A program that gave $150 to residents for buying an environmentally friendly clothes washer — $100 from the city, $50 from PG&E […]

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

Cities receive state loan money for water project

That’s not junk mail.

A state low-interest loan fund began funding the $228 million surface water project that will supply Davis, UC Davis and Woodland, starting a process that is scheduled to pay out $238.5 million in low-interest loan money that also reimburses the cities for costs they’ve already borne.

The first checks for Davis, in the amount of roughly $10 million, and for Woodland, in the amount of $18.5 million, came in the mail, in standard-size envelopes that were unremarkable from other …

New bill would require all cyclists to wear helmets

In an effort to protect bicyclists and promote safety, one California lawmaker is pushing a bill that would require bicyclists of all ages to wear helmets and don reflective gear at night. The move is causing ripples in the cycling community, which sees it as a meaningless and misguided attempt to make bicyclists safer at […]

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

Council looks to dump old garbage contract

You know the old saying: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. But really, there’s a lot of garbage people by and large think is just fine to bury in the ground somewhere well out of town. That job in the city falls to Davis Waste Removal, and just how it will take the trash, […]

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

City set to help gay marriage legal fight

The city is set to sign an amicus brief in the federal fight to expand marriage freedoms to gay couples across the country. On Tuesday, the City Council likely will pass an instruction to City Attorney Harriet Steiner to sign on to a court brief under development by the Los Angeles city attorney to deliver to […]

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

City is developing an Arts Alliance

City arts support, thy name is Lazarus. The city is resurrecting a more robust role for itself in local artistic affairs that ended partially in 2011 when a grant program terminated. Thanks to an agreement from The Cannery development, the city gained $75,000 toward local artistic initiatives, of which it is using $18,500 to reanimate […]

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