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Letters to the Editor

Honor, respect and value each of us

This past week, an article came out in the California Aggie newspaper (which has since been removed from its website) about an individual stating that he was consistently harassed about his racial identity as a black man at the UC Davis Office of Research. He described how fellow staff constantly heckled him on a regular basis for […]

Celebration postponed, but please give

Very much at the last minute, the Yolo Food Bank refrigerated truck campaign received a cancellation of the venue for the celebration of our efforts. We were ready to gather together to celebrate the Yolo Food Bank during this National Food Bank Week. While we will not be celebrating at Sudwerk Brewery on Saturday, we […]

Hey, aren’t Zipcars vehicles?

In the piece “Let’s Kick The Vehicle Habit” in The Davis Enterprise of Sept. 29, a number of welcome suggestions for getting out of one’s vehicle are offered. However, I believe the planners behind the program are leaving themselves open to numerous sardonic comments by placing “Zipcar Challenge” at the top of the list. I do […]

Playground material risky?

Given the city of Davis’ strong concern about the health of its population, especially children, I was surprised to see the playground surface that was used for the new greenbelt playground at the end of Flicker Avenue. This is a playground for very young children, who are the most susceptible to health risks. From my […]

Get serious on downtown bars

While certainly satisfying to see, the City Council has waited far too long to take up the issue of Davis’ drinking problem. But, they’ve begun the discussion and have my thanks for that small mercy. Some background? I need more than the two hands I was given to count the puddles of sick decorating the […]

Shedding light on our darkness

Somebody has done a great job replacing the more than half-dozen burned-out lights on the platform of the Davis Amtrak station! Actually, as of a few weeks ago, 11 lights were burned out and as of Saturday night they are all replaced. But the situation is not nearly so good at the exit/entrance to the […]

We’re grateful for your support

On behalf of our entire family, we would like to thank this amazing community for supporting us in dealing with the tragic loss of our beloved son, Ryan. We got so much support from so many that it is impossible to thank you all personally. All we can say is that the crushing blow of […]

An exception to free speech

I received this announcement last week and believe it adds depth to our ongoing discussion of free speech at the University of California: “Today, (the Center for Constitutional Rights) and Palestine Legal released a report, ‘The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack in the U.S.,’ documenting for the first time the widespread and […]

Too big for our neighborhood

This is a response to Chuck Roe’s commentary of Oct. 1 regarding the Trackside Center development. I lived in East Davis from 1973 to 1979, in West Davis from 1981 to 2001 and, since 2001, am one of the fortunate people who have chosen to live close to downtown, in my case on J Street […]

The backside of Trackside

The Davis Enterprise has published the terraced front-side drawings of the Trackside mixed-use apartment project, but not the backside. At a recent community meeting, we were presented the alley view of Trackside. The complex is just a few feet away from one-story cottages, and the backside is an ugly six-story wall of apartments, higher than […]

Densification is only one goal

The recent pro-Trackside article in The Enterprise says, “If you walk around the downtown and look for opportunities to have a building with retail on the first floor and nearly 50 residences above, you won’t find many potential sites.” Actually, we could stick Trackside-style places all over. Sticking a wildly out-of-proportion high-rise on top of […]

Zipcar-space ticket a shock

Today in Davis I received a ticket stating over time in a meter zone called “Zipcar,” which has leaves covering any sign with a parking lot nearly empty. This is a obvious revenue grab and will only keep shoppers out! I was in that spot with what looked like 50 spots to pick from. It […]

Cheers to new downtown cleaning crew

Have you noticed that downtown has a new shine to it? Thanks to a new city of Davis work program coordinated by J.B. and a group of early-rising, hard-working Parks & Community Service employees, our downtown streets, sidewalks, plazas and trash cans are cleaner than any time in my memory. A hearty cheers to these […]

STEAC offers sincere gratitude

The generous Davis community has stepped up again to support those in need. The High Holy Days food drive at Congregation Bet Haverim brought in close to 1,400 pounds of food for the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee’s food closet. And Nugget Markets generously donated shopping carts that are used when volunteers assemble food packs for […]

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