Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ortiz is the right choice for Yolo

As former school board members, we value the importance of providing a quality education to every child in our communities. That is why we’re supporting Jesse Ortiz for Yolo County superintendent of schools. Ortiz has a lengthy track record of working for better schools and for reaching out to ensure that disadvantaged children have an […]

The high cost of employment

There are repercussions from raising the minimum wage. For those who do not, nor have ever had, the responsibility — as owner, CEO, CFO or otherwise — for paying the bills for supplies and other essentials to run the business, as well as paying employees along with payroll taxes and fees, raising the minimum wage […]

High-five to Union Bank

The people at Union Bank of California are wonderful! Twice recently I have done really stupid things regarding my account (you don’t need to know the embarrassing details), and each time Cheyene DeWeese has saved my bacon! What’s more, he didn’t lecture me or make me feel any more foolish than I already did. Kudos […]

Three more administrators?

Why exactly does the Davis Joint Unified School District need three more administrators sitting in the district office? Why exactly is the superintendent pushing so hard to use our tax money to hire them rather than to help teachers directly improve their students’ experience in the classroom? I couldn’t care less about his new “strategic […]

Here’s a plan to save big on employee costs

By Greg Stovall I so enjoy our civic leaders’ use of that quaint term — “structural deficit” — like it is anything but fiscal mismanagement at its core. You arrive at such a dire crisis by spending more than you take in and you keep doing it year after year after year. They then pretend […]

My votes reflect city values

Our city government is supposed to reflect the values of Davis. And it has done so. For example, Davis is kind to the environment, pro-equality, pro-bicycle, etc. I agree with all those values and am proud to be a Davisite. But something strange has happened in the past few years to make me question my […]

Davis is fair, thoughtful

Robb Davis will be an excellent City Council member. He will bring a lot of wisdom and experience to the council. I have seen him in action and he is fair and thoughtful. He is good at listening to all sides and learning from what he hears. He will help our city in many ways […]

Will anyone notice?

The Cecil Wachholtz crime, described as elder abuse, was actually abuse of a mentally disabled man who happened to be growing older. For parents like me, who have adult children with developmental disabilities, this is our worst possible nightmare. Who will care what happens to our children when we are gone? Will anyone notice they […]

I support Sunder for board

I am writing to express my support for school board candidate Madhavi Sunder. She is a parent of two students in the Davis schools and an active volunteer at the district and school levels. She is full of energy and is willing to listen. She appreciates the diverse strengths of all the district’s sites and […]

A plea on the Bard’s birthday

By Daniel Burnett Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo? Sorry, Juliet. He’s hard to find on many college campuses. Wednesday, April 23, is accepted as William Shakespeare’s birthday, and on the Bard’s 450th, American higher education gives him about as much love as the Capulets gave the Montagues. Many top American universities don’t require students […]

Sharing fire services has been a success

The issue: Trauernicht is a capable, mature leader for city, UCD departments In October 2013, the fire departments for the city of Davis and UC Davis entered into a joint powers agreement to share their executive management. Since that time, Nathan Trauernicht has served as the fire chief for UCD and the city. By sharing […]

Peterson is a Woman of the Year

Dorothy Peterson of Davis has been honored as one of the 3rd California Senate District’s Women of the Year, recognizing her commitment to farm-to-school programs in Davis that now serve as the model for many communities across the state. “For nearly four decades, Dorothy Peterson has served Davis and Yolo County as a committed educator […]