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Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Author Archive: Letters to the Editor

Please, let there be light

In my neighborhood, Central Davis, there are five street lights that are burnt out, and each of them has been out for at least six months to a year. They are at the intersections of Sixth and C, Fifth and E, 10th near B and two lights on B — one slightly north of Sixth […]

Ortiz is the right choice for Yolo

As former school board members, we value the importance of providing a quality education to every child in our communities. That is why we’re supporting Jesse Ortiz for Yolo County superintendent of schools. Ortiz has a lengthy track record of working for better schools and for reaching out to ensure that disadvantaged children have an […]

The high cost of employment

There are repercussions from raising the minimum wage. For those who do not, nor have ever had, the responsibility — as owner, CEO, CFO or otherwise — for paying the bills for supplies and other essentials to run the business, as well as paying employees along with payroll taxes and fees, raising the minimum wage […]

High-five to Union Bank

The people at Union Bank of California are wonderful! Twice recently I have done really stupid things regarding my account (you don’t need to know the embarrassing details), and each time Cheyene DeWeese has saved my bacon! What’s more, he didn’t lecture me or make me feel any more foolish than I already did. Kudos […]

Three more administrators?

Why exactly does the Davis Joint Unified School District need three more administrators sitting in the district office? Why exactly is the superintendent pushing so hard to use our tax money to hire them rather than to help teachers directly improve their students’ experience in the classroom? I couldn’t care less about his new “strategic […]

My votes reflect city values

Our city government is supposed to reflect the values of Davis. And it has done so. For example, Davis is kind to the environment, pro-equality, pro-bicycle, etc. I agree with all those values and am proud to be a Davisite. But something strange has happened in the past few years to make me question my […]

Davis is fair, thoughtful

Robb Davis will be an excellent City Council member. He will bring a lot of wisdom and experience to the council. I have seen him in action and he is fair and thoughtful. He is good at listening to all sides and learning from what he hears. He will help our city in many ways […]

Will anyone notice?

The Cecil Wachholtz crime, described as elder abuse, was actually abuse of a mentally disabled man who happened to be growing older. For parents like me, who have adult children with developmental disabilities, this is our worst possible nightmare. Who will care what happens to our children when we are gone? Will anyone notice they […]

I support Sunder for board

I am writing to express my support for school board candidate Madhavi Sunder. She is a parent of two students in the Davis schools and an active volunteer at the district and school levels. She is full of energy and is willing to listen. She appreciates the diverse strengths of all the district’s sites and […]

Elect Beronio as Yolo judge

I am supporting Janene Beronio for Yolo Superior Court judge. When I first started practicing law in Yolo County in 1983, Janene was a deputy district attorney. Although she was an adversary, she was fair. She was hard-working. Twenty-five years ago, the court hired Janene as a court commissioner. She runs a very efficient courtroom […]

Neustadt has experience for the job

I have had the good fortune to work in the public schools for 32 years, primarily as a school administrator. Most recently I served as the director of student services for the Davis school district and then as the director of special education for the Yolo County Office of Education until my recent retirement. It […]

Right person at right time

I urge the school board to appoint Madhavi Sunder to the open seat on May 8. I am confident that Madhavi has what it takes to be an excellent member of the Davis school board. Madhavi, a product of public schools and universities, is committed to seeing that Davis schools continue to provide a high-quality […]

Don’t let crisis nursery close

Friends and neighbors, we cannot sit back and do nothing as we watch the Yolo Crisis Nursery close. It provides a service available nowhere else in Yolo County. Should a single mother of two toddlers suddenly find herself temporarily unemployed and between housing situations, she can, without involving Child Protective Services or the courts, leave […]

Thanks for kindness of strangers

As a Davis resident for 19 years, I take the camaraderie in this town for granted. I take for granted the easy nod and smile, through forays in Farmers Market and through walks in the greenbelts. But behind this is a kindness that was brought home to me vividly last evening when I tripped and […]

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