Friday, April 18, 2014

Cheers and Jeers: Candidates step up, ready to serve

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the eight brave souls who are willing to offer up their Thursday evenings — and lots more of their time — to serve a portion of the remaining 2 1/2 years in Nancy Peterson’s term on […]

UCD IS responsible for students

I wanted to comment on Bob Dunning’s column about Picnic Day published on Tuesday. He suggests that the university plays no role in the problems with disorderly conduct that happen on Picnic Day. I disagree. The students in my neighborhood play a major role in the Picnic Day havoc, and they are the university. The […]

More tax money? Answer the question

Make no mistake, Davis is in dire shape financially. Without a tax increase in 2014, the general fund reserve will run out of money early next year. Come July 1, the account should have about $3.7 million left in reserve. That’s $2.5 million less than it had on July 1, 2013. The city projects the […]

In search of great ideas

I am interested in keeping the Yolo Crisis Nursery, a valuable service, available to our families in need. Hey, community! Let’s do something about this. There has to be someone out there with a great idea to save this. I am willing to help, but starting nonprofits is not my life skill. Karen Mo Davis

Please keep the nursery open

My name is Almony and I have been in Yolo County for less than a year. I am a single mother of a 10-month-old baby girl. I am low-income and have been in situations where I needed the Yolo Crisis Nursery, whether it was for clothes or respite care for a few hours. The crisis […]

Early help is a great investment

It is with great frustration that I hear the Yolo Crisis Nursery may be closing. Are there any more vulnerable among us than babies and young children? How can a community as caring (and affluent) as Davis justify allowing this travesty to occur? Anyone who has taken a cursory peek at social science research on […]

Frank Bruni: The oldest hatred, forever young

Most of the hate crimes in the United States don’t take the fatal form that the shootings in Kansas over the weekend did, and most aren’t perpetrated by villains as bloated with rage and blinded by conspiracy theories as the person accused in this case, Frazier Glenn Miller. He’s an extreme, not an emblem. This […]

Expert: Free parking is a myth

By Barbara West My sister happens to work for Transform, a Bay Area nonprofit advocating for public transportation and more walkable cities. She happened to host UCLA professor Donald Shoup when he recently visited Northern California, and mentioned the visit to me. It turns out that Shoup is the foremost national expert on parking. Allow me […]

Have they really learned?

I know there have been calls to “get over it” and to “move on” from the Crawfordgate scandal. But, in view of upcoming elections for the Davis school board and the imminence of new blood, perhaps it would be valuable to revisit the experience. The following is the Davis Joint Unified School District’s four essential […]

A great community effort

I would like to give a shout-out to my Old East Davis neighborhood for their enthusiastic support and hard work in making the Fourth and K streets intersection mandala project a beautiful reality! Well over 70 adults and kids showed up to help. We were surprised by Margo’s fresh-baked pastries and Mark and his piano […]

Don’t miss a Trokanski dance

On Saturday evening, we were mesmerized by a performance at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre. What a gem we have in Davis ! Pamela has successfully established her own dance theater and teaches to young and old alike. The performance we saw, “The Value of 1,” was choreographed brilliantly by Pamela, incorporating company members’ personal […]

Public Health Heroes honored

I am writing as we wrap up National Public Health Week activities at the Yolo County Health Department. One of those activities was recognition of our 2014 Public Health Heroes. The Master Gardeners were honored for enabling residents to grow their own produce and for their contributions to our new community garden. Davis and UC […]