Compromise satisfies everyone

I read his comments on Tuesday and appreciate Jason Taormino’s desire to maximize his return on investment by squeezing as many houses as he possibly can onto land that belongs to the people of Davis. But Taormino and his partner, Steve Boschken, don’t own public greenbelt. The people of Davis do. Taormino derides the greenbelt […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

More senseless wrap-related fights

Dear Annie: My sister and I have always been close. Usually, little things are forgotten, but on two separate visits, “Susan” and her husband caused me a great deal of anxiety. The first was three years ago, when they came in for her husband’s birthday. I planned a party at a nice restaurant, bought gifts […]

We need this water bond

The outcome is rarely certain when state government asks voter permission to spend $7.5 billion of the taxpayers’ money, but it’s also unusual for a ballot proposition to win as wide a range of support as Prop. 1 already had more than a month before the Nov. 4 Election Day. Every poll shows the measure […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Taking the reins on Paso Fino

The issue: Plan D represents enough of a compromise from the public The Davis Planning Commission will have a hot potato tossed back into its lap Wednesday night as the latest proposals for the Paso Fino development take center stage. THE DISPUTE centers on 1.55 acres along Covell Boulevard in the Wildhorse subdivision. The developer, Taormino […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Two cats too many

Dear Annie: My daughter is getting a divorce and moving into an apartment that allows her to have two cats. The problem is, she has four cats. She asked whether I would take two of them. I live in another state. It would be difficult to get the cats here, and I don’t think I […]

A terrific Welcome edition

I just had to write and tell you how much I enjoyed reading this year’s Welcome Edition “Only in Davis” section. I loved the opening welcome paragraph and your choice to tell the story of farm to fork, local foods, farm to school and the Farmers Market. You did a great job connecting it all […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Yolo water is sent to China

On County Road 97 at Road 24, west of Woodland, another well is being drilled. Another multi-crop field is going to a single crop — almonds. Almonds require a large amount of water — 4 acre-feet per acre of almonds per year. Farmers prefer groundwater over ditch water or river water. The market for Yolo […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Dixon has a great neighbor

I read and enjoyed Caitlin O’Halloran’s list of the best things about Dixon. I was surprised, however, that she failed to list the very best thing about Dixon: It is only 8 miles from Davis. Tom Compton Davis

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Advice from a former commissioner

While I’m writing this, I am thinking about the Paso Fino application for housing in Wildhorse and the possibilities of what will emerge from the meeting on Wednesday night. The developer is asking the city to add to the property they purchased by selling most of the greenbelt area that is adjacent to their lot […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

A plan that would work

This Wednesday, the Davis Planning Commission will vote on the latest iteration of the Paso Fino development using public greenbelt in the Wildhorse division. The developers, Taormino & Associates, have assumed from the beginning of the Paso Fino project that the public greenbelt would be theirs for the asking. They want to join the 0.75 […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Go back to approved plan

According to David Harrington, there is a fine deal, another compromise, for Paso Fino near Wildhorse. Why is there a need for another compromise? A prior letter from Chris and John Coil pointed out that in 2009 a plan was both proposed and approved by the City Council. The grove was placed on public land, the […]

October 07, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Pines need city protection

Taormino & Associates’ latest plan for the Paso Fino site in Wildhorse must be rejected. This plan fails to bring the grove of heritage Canary Island pines into public ownership where they can be protected. The developers’ new plan would put these 60-year-old, 60-foot-high trees in private back yards where they would be at risk […]

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