Wednesday, December 24, 2014

New council is making real progress


From page A10 | August 24, 2014 |

This is the first installment of a monthly column I am calling “The Mayor’s Corner.” It will appear toward the end of each month and is intended to provide an update of what’s happening at the City Council and introduce any new policy initiatives.
City Council update: Our new City Council was sworn in just a little over a month ago and already we have made a significant degree of headway on a number of issues. Noteworthy items include:
* Water rates: After working with the community, including the proponents of Measure P and the city’s rate consultant, the City Council has unanimously devised a rate structure that is simple and equitable. By now, property owners should have received a Proposition 218 notice in the mail for the proposed rates, with the public hearing to adopt the rates set for Sept. 16. Please read it, and if you should have any questions at all, please attend one of the upcoming community workshops or call 530-757-5686.
* City manager: The City Council has been making progress on the very important task of hiring a new city manager. The application period closed recently, and the council has begun the process of culling through the applicants and will be interviewing candidates. It is my hope we will select a new city manager by the end of September.
* Economic development: Our community is fortunate to have received three proposals for innovation centers in response to our Request for Expressions of Interest — centers that will bring highly skilled jobs and revenue to the community. At least two of these will be submitting formal applications in September.

In addition, the city is considering options for the Nishi property and downtown densification.  It is my expectation that the council will place one or more of these proposals on the ballot in 2015.
* Infrastructure measure: The council has decided not to place a revenue measure on the November ballot but has assigned Council member Brett Lee and me to work on developing a plan to fund critical infrastructure like our roads, bike paths and swimming pools. With the recent revelation that the Civic Center Pool is leaking more than 7,000 gallons per day, this task has grown even more critical. Council member Lee and I will report back soon on our efforts.
* New poet laureate: At our Sept. 2 meeting, the council will thank Eve West Bessier for her service as Davis poet laureate and will welcome the inimitable Dr. Andy Jones to ply his craft for a two-year term.
* Improvements to council meetings: Working with my colleagues, I have begun implementing a number of changes to make the meetings run smoother and promote public participation, including dedicating one meeting a month to ceremonial items (as opposed to each meeting), strictly enforcing the City Council’s rules of order, and keeping the meetings from going too late.
Healthy Families Initiative

Currently, the City Council is rightly focused on a number of key items, many of which Mayor Pro Tem Robb Davis and I outlined in a previous op-ed piece. But we should not lose sight of other important efforts. This fall, I plan to formally introduce a “Healthy Families Initiative” to address various health and safety concerns in our community.

If implemented, this effort would:
* Ban smoking in all multi-family housing complexes.
* Require all schools in Davis to have a network of safe and accessible routes available to children who attend.
* Ensure that every child from birth through 5 years old is screened for developmental and behavioral challenges, through partnering with First 5 Yolo, the Yolo Family Service Agency and the Davis Developmental Pediatrics Group.
* Stamp out bullying in our community by partnering with the Davis Phoenix Coalition and the Davis Joint Unified School District, among others.
* Make low-fat milk or water the default beverage in “kids’ meals” at restaurants (preserving soda as an option).
To kick off the Healthy Families Initiative, I plan to organize a flu shot clinic immediately preceding a City Council meeting this fall. I hope you will join the City Council members in receiving your free flu shot.

More information
I hope you’ve enjoyed this first installment of The Mayor’s Corner. To contact me for any reason, please email me at or call me at 530-574-4360. The city’s website is

— Dan Wolk is mayor of Davis; his column will be published monthly.



  • Recent Posts

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

  • .


    Make that box bark: Studies show pets are good gifts

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Want some company? Enjoy food, fellowship at Holiday Meal

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

    Hit-and-run victim hopes for driver’s arrest

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    No reindeer games for this student researcher

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Travel looks rough into Christmas Day

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Applications for jobless aid fall to 7-week low

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

    Gary Lee Yoder featured on ‘Davisville’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Seniors set to stroll through Arboretum

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Pedal around Davis on weekly bike ride

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Supplies collected for victims of abuse

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Luminaria display planned in West Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Nobel Prize winner will discuss research related to autism

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Why not give a shelter pet as a gift?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Merry Christmas!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8



    He isn’t ready to listen yet

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

    Davis comes through again for UNICEF

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    There was much to think about

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Thanks for the winter shelter

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Great experience for students

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6



    Carrs drive DHS wrestling weekend

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    River Cats to show off Giants World Series trophies

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Legacy announces huge add-on to youth soccer complex

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

    College Bowl roundup: Navy nips Aztecs in San Diego

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Devil JV hoopsters take third at Les Curry

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    Busy 2015 tourney slate unveiled by Legacy soccer

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B8





    Plenty of local party options on New Year’s Eve

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

    Wineaux: Here’s to a sparkling new year

    By Susan Leonardi | From Page: A7





    James J. Dunning Jr.

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Floyd W. Fenocchio

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4