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Davis is an inspiring leader

As I’ve grown older and, I hope, a bit wiser, I’ve realized that you don’t often have the opportunity to know exceptional people. About a year ago, I was presented such an opportunity, and I’m honored to have the chance, now, to share some of my experiences with Robb Davis. When I first met Robb, […]

Beronio is tried and true

What makes a good judge? The voters will face this question on June 3, when they select one of the four candidates running for an open seat on the Yolo Superior Court. Picking a judge is not always easy, because the qualities that make a good lawyer are different from those that make a good […]

We’re boiling the frog to death

By Michael Bisch “People don’t pay attention until cities talk about bankruptcy, but by then the frog has already been boiled to death.” — David Crane, lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University * According to David Crane, reduction of building, street and vehicle maintenance; elimination of arts and cultural programs; cuts in […]

Things are turning sour

Dear Annie: My boyfriend, “Joe,” and I have been together for five years. My son (from a previous relationship) and I moved away from family and friends to live with him. Shortly after moving, I became pregnant with our daughter. At first, our relationship was perfect. Joe was sweet, kind and helpful. Now we get […]

Please, let there be light

In my neighborhood, Central Davis, there are five street lights that are burnt out, and each of them has been out for at least six months to a year. They are at the intersections of Sixth and C, Fifth and E, 10th near B and two lights on B — one slightly north of Sixth […]

Ortiz is the right choice for Yolo

As former school board members, we value the importance of providing a quality education to every child in our communities. That is why we’re supporting Jesse Ortiz for Yolo County superintendent of schools. Ortiz has a lengthy track record of working for better schools and for reaching out to ensure that disadvantaged children have an […]

The high cost of employment

There are repercussions from raising the minimum wage. For those who do not, nor have ever had, the responsibility — as owner, CEO, CFO or otherwise — for paying the bills for supplies and other essentials to run the business, as well as paying employees along with payroll taxes and fees, raising the minimum wage […]

High-five to Union Bank

The people at Union Bank of California are wonderful! Twice recently I have done really stupid things regarding my account (you don’t need to know the embarrassing details), and each time Cheyene DeWeese has saved my bacon! What’s more, he didn’t lecture me or make me feel any more foolish than I already did. Kudos […]

Three more administrators?

Why exactly does the Davis Joint Unified School District need three more administrators sitting in the district office? Why exactly is the superintendent pushing so hard to use our tax money to hire them rather than to help teachers directly improve their students’ experience in the classroom? I couldn’t care less about his new “strategic […]

Here’s a plan to save big on employee costs

By Greg Stovall I so enjoy our civic leaders’ use of that quaint term — “structural deficit” — like it is anything but fiscal mismanagement at its core. You arrive at such a dire crisis by spending more than you take in and you keep doing it year after year after year. They then pretend […]

Even a safe house needs boundaries

Dear Annie: I am very close to my 12-year-old grandson. His family life is not good, and since his parents live nearby, the boy is at my house more often than not. The problem is, he started sleeping with me when he was a baby and still does it. I have addressed this issue several […]

My votes reflect city values

Our city government is supposed to reflect the values of Davis. And it has done so. For example, Davis is kind to the environment, pro-equality, pro-bicycle, etc. I agree with all those values and am proud to be a Davisite. But something strange has happened in the past few years to make me question my […]

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