Take a hike for your heart

Wednesday, April 1, is National Walking Day and the American Heart Association is encouraging Americans and Sacramento residents to lace up for their heart and get moving. On National Walking Day, a day where hundreds of thousands across the nation take steps to improve their health, Americans are encouraged to spend at least 30 minutes […]

No way to run a city

So, now we’ve descended into the depths of the swamp that is social media to establish policy?  I refer to the “survey” on the City of Davis social media website regarding yard waste bins.  According to the article in the Enterprise the city survey revealed that “most (are) OK with yard waste bins”.  I’m not […]

Answers on the green waste program

By Dirk Brazil As you may have heard, the city of Davis is considering a proposal to modify the current system of collecting yard waste loose in the street to a hybrid system which includes yard waste piles and an organics cart for yard waste and food. This will allow the city to collect food […]

Mayor’s corner: Looking ahead to spring

Spring has officially arrived.  And with it, we soon bid adieu to March.  This month has been an exciting month for our community — highlighted by the success of the Davis High School girls’ and the UCD men’s basketball teams, as well as Davis High’s Citrus Circuits robotics team.  You’ve made us all very proud. City […]

Can he get life back on track?

Dear Annie: My youngest son is 34 years old and lives with my wife and me. He is an alcoholic and is unemployed, with no interest in getting a job. He helps at home by doing the cooking. He is a great cook by trade. He was laid off as head cook at a restaurant […]

Turnabout is fair play

If Matt McLaughlin’s initiative proposal is legal then I have an idea for another great initiative! McLaughlin is an abomination in the eyes of God, so I am going to file an initiative that anyone named Matt McLaughlin who files initiatives pertaining to the killing of gay people should be immediately executed by any means […]

Cheers and Jeers: The kids, at least, make us proud

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the Citrus Circuits robotics team for another stand-out performance at the FIRST Robotics Competition at UC Davis. Through a combination of heady programing, strong nerves under pressure and savvy deal-making, the Davis kids were part of […]

Survey not representative

Yesterday’s article “City survey: Most Davisites on board with yard waste bins” was totally in error. I have no training in statistical sampling, but even I can see the huge problem here. If you have a random sample of 300-odd from a population of 50,000 (Davis residents over 18) then you can draw conclusions with a […]

Supporting Monticello

On Tuesday early evening my partner and I enjoyed a delightful wine tasting at Monticello restaurant. It is truly a Davis gem. There is live music during the week, art displays and wonderful organic food. Whenever I have out of town guests I take them here. The owners have donated their time and energy into […]

Get informed on organics program

As part of the new city Organics Program, Davis residents are about to receive a third waste bin. This one will be for yard waste and compostable kitchen waste, and it will be picked up on a weekly basis, as the other two bins are now. The program has several laudable goals, including reduction of […]

Universities need more funding

By Katheryn Kolesar Dear Gov. Brown, On behalf of the UC Davis Graduate Student Association and Law Student Association, we write to urge your support for an additional $100 million in funding above the proposed 5-percent ($119 million) increase above the base funding for the University of California system. The UC system is not only one of […]

Some ‘survey’ …

I would like to draw attention to a number of serious problems raised by the recent article, “City survey: Most OK with yard waste bins.” First of all, there is no evidence whatsoever in the article that the group of people involved represents a true cross-section of the folks of Davis. Absent that, this “city” […]

This family seems lost

Dear Annie: I am very concerned about my brother’s daughters, ages 18 and 20. My brother and his wife divorced when the girls were young. He and his ex do not get along and communicate poorly. She often berates him, and he remains silent. Their daughters were shuttled back and forth between their parents’ homes, […]

Creating the university of the 21st Century

Since UC Davis opened its doors in 1908, it has gone from a modest laboratory for students interested in working on a farm to a comprehensive public research university highly regarded around the world. Our evolution is the result of hard work and support from many quarters, but it also occurred because UC Davis — like any […]