Review Category : City News

Apartment vacancy low, prices rising in Davis

With extremely limited on-campus housing at UC Davis, the Office of Student Housing keeps an eye on the local rental market. Student Housing's 33rd annual survey of the state of the rental market was released late last month.

In the city of Davis, the vacancy rate increased slightly from 0.7 to 0.8 percent and the average cost of rent increased 4.36 percent in 2008.

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DJUSD nears sale of Grande school site

If all goes according to plan, the Davis Joint Unified School District may soon sell its surplus property at the Grande School Site in North Davis.

After decades of ownership, DJUSD has finally achieved a tenable design for the 8.83 acre property in collaboration with City Council and surrounding neighbors.

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Downtown Hunt-Boyer mansion to see redevelopment

The reuse of the Hunt-Boyer mansion downtown has become a topic of much discussion among the Davis City Council and local groups.

The Hunt-Boyer mansion is located on the corner of Second and E Streets and is currently used as office space for city staff, but the city wants to put it to better use. City staff are currently working on an analysis of the building and its potential uses.

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Davis school district holds virtual town hall meeting

On Tuesday night, the Davis Joint Unified School District school district held its first "virtual town hall meeting." Superintendent James Hammond, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Bruce Colby and School Board President Sheila Allen addressed questions parents, teachers and members of the community submitted beforehand.

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Drug treatment an alternative to prison for some

Though Proposition 5 was defeated in November by a margin of 20 percent, there are still other state-run programs that use drug treatment as an alternative to prison.

Prop 36 is one such program. Voted into law in 2000, this proposition gives a limited number of people sentenced to shorter prison terms the option to receive drug treatment instead of prison.

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City wants more options for large North Davis development

The owners of the largest plot of undeveloped land in Davis want to develop it into a mix of housing and industrial office space. The Davis City Council, however, is not so keen on the idea of giving it up for housing. The roughly 100-acre site, known as Cannery Park, is located north of Covell Boulevard and east of F Street. For 38 years it was the site of a cannery operation but has been vacant since 1999. Lewis Planned Communities, the current owner, has been working for four years on a plan to construct 610 residential units and 20 acres of business park offices.

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Body of missing professor found at Bodega Bay

A missing UC Davis professor was found dead Monday after an apparent suicide in Sonoma County, police said.

The body of Richard Walker, Jr. washed up at a campsite on Salmon Creek State Beach in Bodega Bay on Monday evening, said Davis police Sergeant Scott Smith.

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Davis finds itself in a fog

A thick and lingering fog blanketed Davis and most of the Central Valley on Monday and part of Tuesday, drastically reducing visibility and marking the start of "fog season" in the region.

Widely known as "tule fog," the fog in Davis is different from the kind of fog seen in San Francisco and the Bay Area. While the fog there blows in from the ocean, fog in the Central Valley is a "radiation" fog, said atmospheric science professor Kyaw Paw U.

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City to address impact of activities on D Street

In a city known for its premium home prices and focus on education, homelessness is not frequently on the agenda. With complaints from neighbors and attention from city staff, however, it is becoming an issue in downtown Davis.

Neighbors on D Street and the surrounding area downtown have become increasingly frustrated about the impact of homeless services located in the area, according to a city staff report.

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Presidential salaries of national universities announced

In an annual survey released in November, the Chronicle of Higher Education stated an increase in executive compensation for top national public and private universities.

The average compensation rate, which includes salary, car and housing benefits, and retirement benefits, was $427,400 for 184 top national public universities, according to the Chronicle. This represents a 7.6 percent increase from last year. The compensation figures included the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2008.

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POLICE BRIEFS

Hope they got that 2-day lease paperwork

Tenants in an apartment on Drake Avenue reported that a male subject responding to an ad on Craigslist.org in regards to renting out a room arrived Nov. 21 has refused to leave.

 

Wait till they see Pippi Longstockings

A female subject on East 14th Street was reported as appearing disoriented and having two different colored shoes.

 

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: City Council meeting preview: Dec. 2

The Davis City Council will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Chambers at 23 Russell Blvd. The following are brief descriptions of selected topics that will be discussed at the meeting. The full agenda can be viewed online at cityofdavis.org/meetings.

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San Francisco researches congestion charge

San Francisco is currently studying a congestion pricing plan which could generate $35 to $65 million annually and reduce transportation-related greenhouse gases by 15 percent.

Such a system would impose a toll on downtown drivers. Proceeds from the toll would most likely be reinvested directly into comprehensive transportation improvements for public transit users, drivers, bikers and pedestrians in and around San Francisco.

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Obama cabinet spot possible for local state representative

Although he was reelected for a sixth term last month, State Representative Mike Thompson may be leaving the U.S. House of Representatives when the new administration takes over on Jan. 20.

Davis's congressional representative is being considered for the post of Secretary of the Interior in President-elect Barack Obama's cabinet.

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