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Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Author Archive: Our View

Core values on campus

The issue: When the heat is on, colleges’ first priority is comfortable silence In the big picture, honorary degrees — the participation trophies of the academic world — are not worth getting worked up over. They usually represent a chance for the school to give out a nice certificate to a commencement speaker, in exchange […]

Cheers and Jeers: Candidates step up, ready to serve

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the eight brave souls who are willing to offer up their Thursday evenings — and lots more of their time — to serve a portion of the remaining 2 1/2 years in Nancy Peterson’s term on […]

Good intentions don’t fund the payroll

The issue: Davis businesses should not be saddled with a $15 minimum wage It’s an argument rooted in altruism. One looks around and sees people struggling to get by, and the mind leaps to a simple solution: just pay them more. Problem solved, right? THAT SEEMS to be the thought process behind a signature-gathering effort […]

Cheers and Jeers: Enjoy our 100th Picnic Day

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to our favorite event of the year in Davis, Picnic Day! Mother Nature is doing her part to support the 100th edition of this UC Davis celebration — sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s to […]

Assembly resolution hamstrings local government

The issue: Unions are behind legislation to prevent outsourcing If the crushing burden of pensions, health care and crumbling roads were not enough, the state Legislature has made it clear in no uncertain terms that it is at war with California’s cities and counties. THE STATE FIRED its first shot in 1992 when it created […]

Yee, ‘Shrimp Boy’ and the last hustle

One does not often emerge from San Francisco politics smelling like a rose. It is a city of intensely parochial loyalties, where success is earned by building coalitions of voters from the city’s patchwork of diverse neighborhoods. The currency is sweat, tears and favors — the raw ingredients of the hustle. Out of this environment of […]

Cheers and Jeers: Families in crisis left high and dry

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: JEERS to EMQ FamiliesFirst for its decision to stop funding the Yolo Crisis Nursery, ending 13 years of  providing emergency respite care to hundreds of families in crisis throughout the county. The nursery has been credited with saving hundreds […]

Cheers and Jeers: Keeping the streets safe

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the homeless man who picked up the bat from the sidewalk using a stick and some cardboard Sunday afternoon on the 500 block of Second Street. When a passerby asked him what he was doing, he […]

Spaced out in downtown Davis

The issue: Paid parking will only hurt businesses It’s a problem as old as the automobile: as long as we’ve had cars, we’ve sought out places to park them. And in a high-traffic, densely built area like downtown Davis, available spaces can vanish in a hurry. AS EARLY AS 1957, urban planners were “studying” the […]

Cheers and Jeers: Aggies reach new goals

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the UC Davis men’s soccer team, which defeated professional outfit Sacramento Republic 1-0 at Aggie Soccer Field. Republic, coached by former U.S. National Team standout Preki, had been undefeated against college teams as it warmed up for […]

All aboard? Davis seeks to rally rail action

The issue: Clock is ticking on oil-by-rail project With trains, as well as many other walks of life, timing is everything. WHEN THE VALERO  oil refinery applied in December of 2012 for a permit to expand its Benicia operations to handle a huge increase in oil deliveries by rail, approval probably seemed a formality. Sure, […]

Cheers and Jeers: Flat-land Devils are tops on the mountain

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the Davis High School ski team which, once again, won the state championship last week. This flat-land school managed to beat teams from mountain towns such as Mammoth, Mount Shasta and the foothills of Lake Tahoe. Longtime […]

Side out: Time to look ahead

The issue: Peterson’s resignation should allow school officials to get back to business Is it finally over? Even if Nancy Peterson’s resignation from the Davis school board isn’t the last word in the sorry case of dismissed volleyball coach Julie Crawford, it clears away many of the issues preventing a resolution. PETERSON DID the right thing […]

Cheers and Jeers: Art for all ages on the horizon

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the excitement building at UC Davis for the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Ground was broken Saturday on the facility, which will complete the South Entry Quad that now features the Mondavi […]

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