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Rich Rifkin

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 ,

Rich Rifkin: Prosecute parents who fail to vaccinate their kids

A strange mix of paranoia, scientific ignorance, religious nonsense and pathological self-centered thinking has led to the measles outbreak now coursing its way across the United States. It falls on the heels of the whooping cough epidemic that broke out last year. This reckless movement against vaccination is a deadly threat to the children whose […]

February 04, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Can a cartoon really provoke violence?

“(Charlie Hebdo) is notorious for its provocative publications about Muslims, about Christians, about everyone.” — Recep Erdogan, president of Turkey, Jan. 15 A week after the murder of 12 members of the Charlie Hebdo staff and the slaughter of four Jews in a kosher market, Turkey’s president told a group of businessmen in Ankara that […]

January 21, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It’s a shame children no longer get out and play

This past Sunday at Steady Eddy’s in Winters, I was sitting around a table with a group of Davis Bike Club riders, chatting and drinking coffee. We had reached the halfway point of our fast 33-mile trek. It was an eclectic group, including several Americans, one Australian and a couple from New Zealand. We were […]

January 07, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Anti-police protests ignore the root of the problem

Since no police officers were indicted for the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., or Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y., heated protests, many of them violent, have erupted all over the United States. There seems to be a growing anger with the police within many black communities. This may have culminated on Sunday, […]

December 24, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

How historic names came to The Cannery

Change is around the corner. North of Covell Boulevard and east of the railroad tracks, the familiar landscape of Davis will transform next year, as new houses in The Cannery subdivision start sprouting up. At the direction of the City Council, those homes will be erected on streets with two principal themes: the first is […]

December 10, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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