We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week:
CHEERS to the exciting plans taking shape for a wedge-shaped piece of land known as the Nishi property, tucked between UC Davis and Interstate 80. The site is being envisioned as the home of a future innovation park and urban housing and would be planned in conjunction with the university’s East Village. That development would be built on the site of what is now the Solano Park student family housing.
It’s still very early in the process, but there is much to like here. As one participant in the collaborative planning process noted, the project would be an “amazing billboard on I-80 for the university and the city.” A site like this “doesn’t occur naturally anywhere else in the region.”
CHEERS to members of Davis Community Church for partnering with The Center for Families on a great new resource for Davis families at D Street House, Fourth and D streets in downtown Davis. Now, they will have a place to go for everything from parenting support and educational groups to health insurance enrollments, child development screenings, infant/toddler play groups, referrals, case management and counseling.
This community never ceases to amaze. A need is seen and it’s filled! We want to extend special kudos to DCC volunteer Jennifer Anderson Begun, who helped coordinate the project, and Davis Girl Scout Grace Richey, who prepared the children’s room, collecting furniture, toys, books, games and more as part of her Gold Award project.
JEERS to the city’s contracted tree-pruning crew. The residents of Ottowa Avenue in West Davis came home Wednesday to notices of Thursday’s tree trimming. Maintenance notices were hanging on door knobs and “Temporary No Parking” signs were stapled to each home, causing property damage and perhaps putting the owners at risk of an injury lawsuit had someone fallen off a ladder while affixing the signs.
CHEERS to the Davis Odd Fellows for hosting the first Davis Classic Film Festival. Locals were treated to “You Can’t Take It With You,” “All About Eve” and “The Apartment.” Let’s hope this becomes an annual event — and next year, maybe some Cary Grant or Gregory Peck.
CHEERS to UC Davis for making the top 25 of U.S. Peace Corps volunteer-producing campuses for the 12th year. UCD tied with two other universities for 19th overall. All three campuses had 41 alumni serving overseas in 2013. We’ve always known our Aggies are a philanthropic bunch.