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Felicia Alvarez

Student apartments proposed for Olive Drive

Just outside of downtown, bustling Richards Boulevard gives way to a starkly different scene along the south side of East Olive Drive. Past the Davis Motor Estates and Slatter’s Court, calf-high green grass, dirt roads and knotted cork oak trees fill several open parcels, flanked by older homes and dilapidated cottages sinking into the soil. Amid […]

Greener local energy touted at forum

With a curious electricity in the air, more than 50 locals filled the Veterans’ Memorial Center on Thursday evening, eager to hear about the potential of bringing locally sourced, renewable energy to Davis. Community Choice Energy — part of statewide trend in localizing utilities — would use the city’s purchasing power to buy and build renewable energy sources. […]

Forum will examine a new energy future for Davis

Learn more What: Community Choice Energy public forum When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Center Club Room, 203 E. 14th St. The prospect of giving Davis residents and businesses a choice about how their electricity is produced will be discussed at a city-sponsored public forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th […]

Only four candidates in the queue for three council seats

Last week, Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor described Davis as “a city with 65,000 mayors.” Yet as the candidacy filing period draws near, only four locals have announced their intent to run for the Davis City Council — the lowest number of candidates in 26 years. The filing period opens Monday, Feb. 15 and continue through March 11. If […]

Local leaders take a stand for a sugar levy

Dumping 38 pounds of sugar from a ballot box, Davis political veterans gathered Monday in support of the proposed 1-cent-per-ounce-tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in the city. The ballot box, filled with the equivalent sugar consumed from drinking one soda a day for a year, was used as a message to support a trend-setting measure that would raise […]

Citywide soda tax gets the ax

Two taxes were axed at Tuesday night’s Davis City Council meeting, seeing an end to discussions to place a 1-cent-per-ounce soda tax and marijuana taxes on the June 7 ballot. A 2-percent increase in the transient occupancy tax on hotel guests and a $50-per-parcel tax remain on the table. The council voted 3-2 — with Councilman Brett […]

Downtown bar owners fear the party’s over

What happens when last call is at 11:30 p.m.?

Anticipating the potential changes a nightclub ordinance could bring in, Davis bar owners are calculating what early closures could mean for their businesses.

Crime downtown has increasingly been in the limelight since a Sept. 19 stabbing at the KetMoRee Restaurant and Bar that took the life of 23-year-old Peter Gonzales, a Los Angeles student visiting Davis for his sister’s wedding.

Council to weigh Nishi Gateway, tax measures

Learn more What: Davis City Council meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Live on Comcast Channel 16 or AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, or as streaming video at www.cityofdavis.org/media Tuesday’s City Council meeting is slated to see the second-to-last public hearings on items that voters could see on their June 7 […]

Koso Street residents remain troubled

With plans for The Villages at Willow Creek nearly in motion, residents’ traffic and safety concerns remain unresolved amid ongoing debates with city staff and the project developer. The Willow Creek project in South Davis was approved last June by the City Council. The infill project includes 39 live-work units with 18 units planned on a parcel […]

Strong Cities: Time to fill in the gaps

To build a better city, we might just have to look down at our own two feet. Last Friday, more than 60 residents attended city planning expert Charles Marohn’s discussion of “Strong Cities.” A civil engineer from Minnesota, Marohn founded his non-profit, Strong Cities, when he realized the problems facing modern American cities reached beyond his ability […]

Voters could face variety of tax measures

Davis is facing looming infrastructure needs — upwards of $6 million a year in repairs to roads and bike paths, city officials say. But there’s not enough money in the municipal budget to cover those costs, so leaders are considering placing a tax measure on the June ballot. City staff have whittled down the options to […]

Council firms up Nishi details, delays vote

The Davis City Council made strides Tuesday night on the Nishi Gateway project — nailing down the project’s phasing, affordable housing, fiscal, parking and sustainability components.

But the four members present — Rochelle Swanson was home sick — decided they need more time to tie up loose ends on the innovation center proposal at the council’s next meeting on Feb. 2. On that night, the council may vote on whether to place the project on the June 7 ballot. (A vote of the people is required under Measure R/Measure J.)

Will Arnold is running for City Council

There comes a time in many people’s lives when they feel an urgency to step up and take life by the reins. For Will Arnold, that moment came this year as he announced his intent to run for a seat on the Davis City Council. After years of volunteering for a variety of service organizations around the […]

City Council could vote on Nishi Gateway project Tuesday

Learn more What: Davis City Council meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Live on Comcast Channel 16 or AT&T U-Verse Channel 99, or as streaming video at www.cityofdavis.org/media The Nishi Gateway project is just days away from a City Council vote to determine if it will appear on the June ballot. […]

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