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Rich Rifkin

Enjoy a bike ride to Winters

Growing up in Davis in the 1970s, it was common for me and my friends to pass through Winters on a bike ride. But Winters, back then, was not a destination. It was at most a pit stop on a ride to Lake Berryessa. If we were thirsty and we had some money, we would […]

Davis city manager fails to lead

Next week, Dirk Brazil will mark the start of his ninth month on the job as the Davis city manager. Sadly, there is already good reason to think that our City Council made the wrong choice in picking Brazil to replace Steve Pinkerton. The crushing fiscal crisis in the city of Davis is with its […]

Whatever happened to Cemetery Road?

In 1868, the owners of the California Pacific Rail Road Company laid out a real estate venture called Davisville in a rectangular grid. The original streets, which now make up downtown Davis, run parallel or perpendicular to the northbound tracks. However, the grid does not run perfectly east-west and north-south, because the spur to Woodland […]

Family failure: The root of our urban crisis

“Any random drive through Baltimore pre-Freddie Gray clearly offered clues of a lit match halfway near the gas puddle. Places such as West Baltimore’s Sandtown neighborhood, where Gray lived, are tinderboxes full of folks who have nothing to lose.”  — Charles D. Ellison, contributing editor, The Root The death of Freddie Gray at the hands […]

May 27, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At long last, Laura’s Law is being implemented

“On Jan. 10, 2001, our daughter, Laura, was at work at California’s Nevada County Behavioral Health Clinic. A client appeared for a scheduled appointment. Without warning or provocation, he drew a handgun and shot Laura four times. When the rampage at the clinic and at a nearby restaurant ended, Laura and two others lay dead […]

May 13, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Silvio Barovetto built an impressive legacy

From the time UC Davis reopened for business following World War II, the university has been the primary growth engine for the Davis economy. But that might not be the case forever. The city is looking at adding as much as 7 million square feet of industrial space for innovation companies. If that happens, private […]

April 29, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

More tax revenues alone will not solve our city’s budget troubles

In its April 9 editorial, “Listening’s Great, But Keep Eyes on the Goal,” The Enterprise advises that, for the fiscal health of Davis, our elected representatives need to do more than hear ideas on innovation centers. The City Council needs to act. We desperately need the tax revenues that innovative industries will generate for the […]

April 15, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Is Davis on the cusp of an evolutionary change?

When I was growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s, Davis was not that different from Palo Alto. Both were primarily quiet, liberal college towns, each the home of a major research university. My aunt and uncle and cousins lived on a middle-class street in a typical Palo Alto neighborhood. Southampton Drive was not all […]

April 01, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Council majority got it right on the CFD

In February, the Davis City Council voted 3-2 to move forward with a Community Facilities District for The Cannery subdivision. It came up for a second vote Tuesday night, and after a three-hour discussion, the five members of the council voted the same way. In the weeks after the February meeting, the case against this […]

March 19, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Let’s not delete Giovanni Barovetto from Davis history

Most people who have lived and died are forgotten forever by history. That includes many from Davis. But the memory of Giovanni Thomas Barovetto, who passed away in 1948, has lived on in our city though the buildings he left behind. Alas, that legacy is about to be diminished. Because of Giovanni’s grandson, John, for […]

March 04, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The Israel haters are missing the big picture

Until I was 12, I was a fan of professional wrestling. I loved watching the local matches on Channel 40, and a few times I attended championship events in person with my dad and brother at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. On a certain level, I think I always knew the “sport” was rigged. However, if […]

February 18, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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