What about the budget?

How is the state budget battle unfolding? The month of May will be key. I have asked some of my friends who are paying attention to help guide a discussion about the state’s choices and some of the consequences, Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the UC Davis Experimental College. On May 2, […]

And now, NATO is sending advisers to Libya

The issue: Rebels might be ready to accept foreign troops to escort and protect humanitarian aid The revolt against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi widened significantly just over four weeks ago when NATO, including the United States, launched airstrikes against government ground forces that were quickly rolling over the rebels. THE REBELS’ headquarters city of Benghazi […]

LETTERS: KDVS gets no tax support

Re: Don’t spend my tax money on this (Forum, April 19) To begin, KDVS is not a tax-supported entity. We probably don’t get any money from the average Davisite unless he or she donates in our annual fundraiser. The remainder of our budget comes from ASUCD funds, which are paid by students, and general sponsorship […]

League squanders its credibility

We are very disappointed the League of Women Voters deliberately excluded an opposing viewpoint from the public forum on Measure A. We have searched for a rational explanation for the moderator’s arbitrary decision, but find none. Measure A has generated much support in Davis. The fact remains, however, there is also an organized opposition. By […]

Nothing nonpartisan about it

Various writers commenting on Measure A have weighed in on the senior exemption and the inequity of the assessment for property owners compared to renters. But there is a far more serious problem. Is there another major area of public policy that is more screwed up, and more completely the fault of one ideological side, […]

Educating our kids is primary

I both support Randy Mager’s letter in favor of Measure A and share his wonder at the many odd reasons — from strange and irrelevant to clueless and nasty — given in opposition. Support of our children should be the only issue. Educating our kids is no less a responsibility than feeding and clothing them. […]

Teachers used as political hostages

Consider the following facts before you send in your ballot on Measure A. The total teacher payroll of the entire Davis school district, with all the classes they are teaching now — music, language, seventh periods, etc. — is $29.1 million. The superintendent’s pay in 2009 was $201,760; in 2010, $199,742. The entire revenue the […]

Foundation leaders say ‘yes’ on A

As past presidents of the the Davis Schools Foundation, we have all been astounded by the outpouring of generosity for our schools and students over the past several years. As parents and community members, we care deeply about excellent and equitable educational opportunities at Davis public schools. As a community, we have come together time […]

City should not decide who the ‘good guys’ are

WAVE GOODBYE TO THE WAIVER … in light of the League of Women Voters’ one-sided debate debacle, it’s time for the city of Davis to stop offering fee waivers to certain groups who choose to use city facilities … as Mayor Joe Krovoza said in explaining the city’s decision to grant a fee waiver for […]

GOP raises stakes on staying solvent

The issue: Action on the deficit is almost a certainty, but the debt-ceiling bill is not the place to do it The House Republican leadership has fully embraced the strategy of holding an increase in the debt ceiling hostage to gain political concessions. House Republican leader Eric Cantor made it clear this week that his […]

City budget solution is obvious

You know you are getting old when … you go to get your keys and they aren’t in the drawer where you always keep them. You think maybe you left them in a coat pocket, so you check all your coats and still no luck. You then try various pairs of pants you’ve worn lately. […]

His parents insist on support

Dear Annie: My in-laws emptied out my husband’s bank account and put thousands of charges on his credit cards. They refused to return the money, and it took us six years to pay off the debt they incurred. My in-laws recently retired without any savings and rely on Social Security to make ends meet. It […]

New Yolo courthouse will benefit residents

By David Rosenberg Under the headline “Courthouse plans straining budget,” your columnist Rich Rifkin (April 13) challenged the new Yolo courthouse project. His column is so full of misstatements and misconceptions that I felt compelled to respond. In fact, a new courthouse project was approved (years ago) for Yolo County, costing about $173 million. The […]

Cut conference travel, right now

“No cuts!” is a common expression used in both school lunch lines and movie queues. Cutting is frequently unfair, but is sadly necessary sometimes. I’ve experienced being the cutter and being the cut. When reading proposals at the U.S. Office of Education, I cut some school districts out of the grant they hoped to receive. […]