Thursday, April 17, 2014

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 […]

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 […]

Urban forest under siege

By Don Shor, Greg McPherson, Dave Robinson and Laura Westrup Scientists call it your urban forest: the whole ecosystem of trees that a community enjoys and values. Many community leaders and residents agree that Davis has a remarkable urban forest that deserves protection, preservation and enhancement, but this urban treasure is in jeopardy. Trees themselves […]

Plenty of reasons not to trust state government

Californians don’t trust their state government. That’s nothing really new, but right now there’s as much cause for distrust as ever before in modern times. There is, of course, the scandal that sees three indicted or convicted state senators under suspension after accusations of political corruption, gun-running and/or perjury, all refusing to resign. This leaves […]

Maintain good credit during college years

By Kasania Khachadourian Susie and Laura have been inseparable lifelong friends. On the whole, they seemed quite similar. Both excelled academically, pursued a great number of extracurricular activities, and had supportive and involved families. They were also both very excited to be accepted to Top-Notch University (TNU). However, beyond these parallels, their similarities diverged. When […]

Drought care for our trees

As you may know, the city of Davis has had the pleasure of being known as a Tree City USA for the past 36 years! Our beautiful urban forest provides a multitude of community and economic benefits, including improved water and air quality, reduced violence, increased health, reduced storm water infrastructure costs, pavement and road […]