Lauren Keene

Council looks to help Explorit stay alive

One of the city’s longest-serving nonprofits has not fared well financially of late, and the organization is looking for some outside help to remain solvent. On Tuesday, leaders of Explorit Science Center, a hands-on educational science museum offering on-site and mobile programs, appeared before the City Council to ask for some monetary support while they […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Council approves shared-fire service agreement with UC Davis on split 3-2 vote

The City Council on a 3-2 vote approved the official agreement Tuesday for shared management of fire services with UC Davis, an arrangement that will place both the city and university fire departments under leadership of the same fire chief. Adopted, essentially, as a one-year pilot program, under the new structure the two jurisdictions will […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Conaway hands over land for water project

Local, state and federal officials gathered on the shores of the Sacramento River on Tuesday to witness an important step on the road to construction of the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency surface water project.

With pen in hand at the ceremonial event, Angelo Tsakopoulos, managing partner of the Conaway Preservation Group, signed over the deed to the riverfront property where the water agency, in partnership with Reclamation District 2035, plans to build the intake facility that will pump a new source of drinking water for both Davis and Woodland.

“This has been a great example of government working at its best,” said Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, president of Conaway Ranch.

Evans named 2013 Citizen of the Year

The Davis Farmers Market and the Davis Food Co-op, two iconic organizations that have earned this community national recognition at times, may never have existed had it not been for Ann Evans.

A former mayor of Davis and a UC Davis graduate, Evans played a key role on the team that established and grew both entities, literally, from the ground up.

For these accomplishments, and for decades of civic and community service in Davis, Evans has been given the 2013 C.A. Covell Award for Citizen of the Year, an honor that recognizes an individual who’s offered outstanding service to the community in a number of areas over time.

Council asked to approve fire service shared-management agreement with UCD

Learn more What: Davis City Council meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Comcast Channel 16, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 and the city’s website at www.cityofdavis.org/media Regular agenda items of note: * Consideration of joint powers agreement for shared fire management with UC Davis * Downtown […]

December 01, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

City Council to evaluate performance of City Manager Steve Pinkerton

With City Manager Steve Pinkerton’s contract up for automatic renewal on Dec. 1, the City Council has called a special closed session meeting Tuesday to discuss his performance. The council was scheduled to evaluate the city’s manager last week, but ran out of time during closed session due to the other items that were on […]

November 24, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Resident sees dangers of rat poison to urban wildlife first-hand

Davis resident Cayce Wallace has transformed her back yard into a wildlife sanctuary. Thickets line the sides of her home. Squirrels nibble at ears of corn carefully laid about the ground. Even a small pond dug into the earth offers the urban animals who come and go a water source. It’s easy to imagine, then, […]

November 21, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Council imposes last, best and final offer on DCEA

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to impose the city’s last, best and final offer for a labor contract on the Davis City Employees Association, dramatically slashing the 80-member employee group’s benefits and pay starting Nov. 25. The city’s negotiating team, which has been working since March 2012 to reach a deal with the labor […]

November 21, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Council sticks with conservation easement for Mace curve farmland

Rather than exploring the possibility of building a tech-business park on 391 acres of farmland east of Davis, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to continue on with the conservation easement process for the Leland Ranch property as originally planned. Once the easement process is complete, the farmland — which lies just east of the […]

November 20, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Council green-lights Cannery on split vote

Meet your new neighbor.

The City Council approved the entitlements for The Cannery project on a 3-2 vote early this morning, clearing the way for construction of a brand-new residential neighborhood in North Davis.

Mayor Joe Krovoza, still not content with the state of bicycle connectivity at the southwest corner of the property, and Councilman Brett Lee, who doesn’t believe the project offers enough to existing residents in Davis, each dissented on the vote.

Described as a multigenerational housing …

Capitol Corridor Ventures forwards on part of ConAgra’s $2 million commitment

After receiving the promise of $2 million from ConAgra Foods Inc. — pending approval of The Cannery project — Capitol Corridor Ventures has decided to forward $600,000 on to other segments of the Davis technology community. CCV announced this week it would pledge $250,000 to Davis Roots, a local tech-startup accelerator; $100,000 to Hacker Lab, […]

November 19, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Refusal of grant funding may jeopardize future conservation efforts

Before the Davis City Council decides Tuesday whether to stick to the plan of placing a permanent conservation easement on the 391-acre Mace Curve/Leland Ranch property, it must weigh the potential impacts to the Yolo Land Trust. And as the city learned last week, if the council walks away from the grant funding for the […]

November 17, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Council approves new wood smoke policy as nuisance ordinance

Watch out for that smoke. The City Council approved a new version of the local wood-burning ordinance Tuesday that allows any “reasonable person” who’s bothered by a neighbor’s wood smoke to call up the city’s code enforcement detail and file a nuisance complaint. If it’s determined that the offender is, in fact, causing a public […]

November 14, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Community offers final thoughts on The Cannery; CHA scores win

The public was presented with its final opportunity Tuesday to offer up input on the design of The Cannery, and it took full advantage. From bicycle connectivity issues to concerns over removing hundreds of native trees from the vacant site, dozens of Davis residents and other stakeholders spoke during the City Council’s official public hearing […]

November 13, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

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