Friday, August 29, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

A six-month plan to meet our challenges

By Dan Wolk and Robb Davis
A week from Tuesday, a new City Council and mayor will be sworn in at City Hall. This is certainly an occasion for celebration, and we invite the community to join us in this time-honored tradition.
But this year the celebration will be tempered by the significant challenges our community is facing. In fact, the very day it is sworn in the City Council will get down to business addressing a number of those challenges.
As the incoming mayor and mayor pro tem, we wanted to share with the community what some of those key challenges are — and our plan in the first six months of our tenure (between July 1 and our December recess) to address them:
* Water rates: The passage of Measure P clearly shows that although the community supports the surface water project, it does not favor the current consumption-based fixed rate model. As folks who have had concerns about CBFR, we can understand why. The City Council, along with members of the community and the Utility Rate Advisory Committee, is working on an improved rate structure and will look to have the new rate structure in place by this fall.
* City manager: One of the most important decisions a city council can make is hiring a city manager. The City Council has received a number of applications for the current opening and will begin the process of interviewing and selecting a new city manager over this summer with a fall hiring date.
* Economic development: It has become clear that our community needs to do a much better job of harnessing the technology coming out of UC Davis, thus growing and diversifying our economy, creating jobs and expanding our revenue base.

In addition to continuing our efforts to develop the Nishi property as a mixed-use innovation center (helped immensely by a recent $600,000 grant from SACOG), building a new hotel/conference center at Richards Boulevard and Interstate 80, and reducing red tape at City Hall to create incentives and opportunities for redevelopment (denser, mixed-use buildings) in our downtown, this summer the City Council will review submissions for “innovation centers” and examine options for ballot measures to further these efforts.

We will continue to work closely with the Chamber of Commerce, Davis Downtown, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, Yolo County and others on these efforts to facilitate the realization of a strong and growing economy that supports our community values and fiscal sustainability.
* Investing in infrastructure: The passage of Measure O was a huge relief to the community. But we are not out of the woods yet. We still have enormous infrastructure needs to address — including our roads, sidewalks, greenbelts and swimming pools. We cannot wait for the revenue streams flowing from economic development efforts to tackle these backlogs because their costs grow exponentially as they deteriorate with time. To address these, the council plans to put a reasonable infrastructure financing mechanism on an upcoming ballot, perhaps as soon as November.
* Employee morale: Considering the difficult budget cuts and personnel decisions that have been made over the past few years, and the often-bumpy relationship between city employees and management, it will be important for the new City Council to build trust with the people who make our city what it is. To that end, we plan to have monthly meetings with employees to listen to their concerns, bring back the yearly employee recognition event and show (Dan and Lucas Frerichs have even pledged to sing), and look at ways of reorganizing City Hall to make it a friendlier place to work — and for the public to visit.
* Affordable housing: Housing remains costly in our community — not just for low-income families, but those in the middle class. And with the demise of redevelopment, our community has lost its primary source of affordable housing funds. The city has initiated a discussion about how to move forward and the council will discuss those recommendations later this year.
These are only some of the challenges. But we are ready to work with our council colleagues, city staff and the larger community to tackle them. And together, we will.
— Dan Wolk and Robb Davis are the incoming mayor and mayor pro tem, respectively, of Davis.

Comments

comments

Special to The Enterprise

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Saving Putah Creek: a quiet concert at sunset

    By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1

     
    Mr. Dolcini goes to Washington

    By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Winton to be feted for her many years of community work

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Forum explores local mental health services

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Celebrate the Senior Center at Sept. 9 luncheon

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Dinner, auction benefit Yolo County CASA

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Solar-cooking workshop set at Food Co-op

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Equestrian eventing competition slated

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Tee off for Davis’ continued prosperity

    By Lily Holmes | From Page: A4

    Kids can sign up for a library card and get a free book

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Explorit Science Center: Volunteers supercharge summer camp

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Bodega Marine Laboratory hosts open house

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Local group charts a year’s worth of beauty in flowers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Free blood pressure screenings offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Name Droppers: UCD honors two of its own

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Forum

    Let’s sell the MRAP on eBay

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

     
    Seeing both sides of ‘tank’

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

    What if we need MRAP?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

     
    How could tank be helpful?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: C2

    Don’t sentence our police to death

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: C2

     
    Will Davis see river water?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

    .

    Sports

    Forget the score; focus on the energy brought by Aggies

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    Returning seniors, new faces lead promising DHS links squad

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devil golfers return from Scotland with smiles on their faces

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Devils scrimmage with Sac

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD-Stanford: the clock is down to counting the minutes

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    Sports briefs: DHS girls fall by the slimmest of net margins

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6 | Gallery

    Wire briefs: Aces cruise past Cats at Raley

    By Wire and staff reports | From Page: B6

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘The November Man’: Who can be trusted?

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    B Street’s ‘The Ladies Foursome’ is aces

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    .

    Business

    Technology makes a great car better

    By Ali Arsham | From Page: C1 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Elaine Dracia Greenberg

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics