Review Category : City News

Davis Police holds open dialogue on military vehicle acquisition

The Davis Police Department (DPD) held an open dialogue on Nov. 13, in the Davis Senior Center to discuss the June 2014 acquisition of the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) from the federal government. With over nearly 60 people including city council members, the DPD and the general public, the event aimed to conduct a dialogue with different groups within the community. To begin the dialogue, participants were told to write one word on a piece of paper to be posted around the room. Several words posted include “militarization,” “overkill,” “unity” and “fear”. One attendee expressed her concern for the lack of information and communication between the community, council and police prior to the acquisition of MRAP. Many attendants questioned the appropriateness of an armored vehicle for Davis. One of the posted papers read, “MRAP [is not an] image of what Davis needs.” Assistant Chief of the DPD Darren Pytel explained the benefits of the acquisition, which included insertion into high-threat environment, officer protection, higher leverage in negotiations and exceptionally... ...

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Davis non-profit FARM plants winter vegetables to donate

Members from the non-profit FARM Davis gathered Saturday on Valdora Street in South Davis to plant vegetables. FARM Davis is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing and donating fresh, local food in order to help homeless or low-income individuals obtain healthy produce. Robyn Waxman founded the organization and wrote her master’s thesis about it at California College of the Arts (CCA). Waxman saw the project as a way to engage the millennial generation by converting a strip of toxic soil into a space capable of producing food for the homeless on Hooper Street, San Francisco — its first official location. “The FARM project is a way of creating a new way of thinking about protest that appeals to the social and cultural nuances of [the millennial] generation, and that’s why it was formed. It was trying to solve a problem, which was that [the millennials] wanted to do something but felt totally overwhelmed,” Waxman said. After completing her graduate work at CCA, Waxman moved to Davis to teach graphic design... ...

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Northern California Kaiser nurses strike ends

At 7 a.m. this morning, the Northern California Kaiser nurses strike involving 18,000 nurses came to an end at some 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics. They have been on strike since Monday, according to a California Nurse Association (CNA) released statement due to the U.S. hospitals’ inadequate Ebola safeguards. According to the CNA, lowered care standards for Ebola patients, nurses and other healthcare workers are among the reasons for the strike. “Our call for a strike speaks loudly and clearly that we want management to stop their stalling in bargaining our first contract, stop the unfair labor practices and provide the safeguards and resources needed to deliver safe patient care. It’s high time to listen to the nurses,” said Sutter Tracy RN Dotty Nygard in a statement released by the CNA. Kaiser Permanente said in a statement that they have met the criteria the nurses have asked for when it comes to provisions for treating Ebola. The statement says that Kaiser has tried to work with the National Nurses... ...

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News in Brief: First Jumpstart Davis Meeting Tonight

On Nov. 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. there will be a Jumpstart Davis meeting at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, an opportunity for community members to share and strengthen startup business ideas. This monthly meetup is designed to provide a way for new ideas to be supported by other members of the community, creating a space for discussion and the furthering of local businesses in the city of Davis. For more information, email Bill Habicht at bill@dccpres.org.   ...

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Sacramento, Placer County citizens remember fallen deputies

Deputy Danny Oliver and Deputy Michael Davis Jr., two officers who were killed in an Oct. 24 shooting rampage, were laid to rest at Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, Calif. Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. An estimated 3,000 people were in attendance at both services, as reported by The Sacramento Bee. “The citizens and communities have shown great support in response to this incident.  From phone calls, emails, social media posts, letters, flowers and visits, to hosting candlelight vigils, fundraisers, donations, support at funeral services. [Their] presence at an organized funeral ceremony or procession is overwhelming to officers and survivors who serve the community,” said Sergeant Lisa R. Bowman, the sheriff’s spokesperson for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The Oct. 24 shooting turned into a six-hour manhunt, which included the participation of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Probation, State Parole, and the FBI — with a team of around 300 officers — along with citizen cooperation. Alleged shooter Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte — accompanied by his... ...

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Improvements to city bicycle infrastructure expected within a year

City of Davis bicycle infrastructure is expected to undergo several major improvements throughout the next year. The East Covell Corridor Plan (ECCP) is currently waiting for the input and approval of the Bicycle and Transportation Street Safety Commission. The ECCP will include new off-street bike paths beside the Covell Corridor, which will be implemented between the Unitrans’ O line and F street. This improvement is made to anticipate developments around that area, as well as to invite more people to access other parts of the city, including South Davis. “We’re improving the bike path which crosses and goes through the driveway that goes into the shopping center up there. Car drivers will see there is a visible path where cyclists would arrive, [and] so they would expect them,” said Mayor Pro Tem Robb Davis. In addition to new bike paths, the ECCP includes implementation of dutch junctions. These junctions will be placed at the current intersection on J and L street, designed primarily based on European intersections. These junctions are... ...

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Ridesharing service Lyft’s first fatal accident occurs in Sacramento

A car accident on Nov. 1  in Sacramento involving a Lyft ridesharing vehicle was responsible for one fatality. Others involved in the accident suffered minor injuries. Five vehicles total were involved in the Nov. 1 accident that killed Shane Holland, 24, of West Sacramento. California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) division in North Sacramento issued a press release the following day on the CHP North Sacramento Facebook page, detailing the developments of the accident. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones involved in this tragedy. We are deeply saddened to hear this news and will continue to support those involved as well as authorities in the ongoing investigation,” said Lyft communications manager Paige Thelen in an emailed statement. According to a CHP press release, the first collision occurred around 1:25 a.m. westbound on I-80, west of Riverside Avenue in the third lane during heavy rainfall when an unknown white sedan rear-ended a Kia. The white vehicle drove off and has not been located, but the Kia spun... ...

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Breakthrough study to ensure fish safety under water dams

On Oct. 15, BioScience Advance Access published a study conducted by UC Davis associate research scientist Joshua H. Viers, UC Davis fish biology professor Peter Moyle and U.S. geological survey research scientist Theodore Grantham. This study resulted in a method to ensure the safety of endangered fish by ensuring sufficient water flow under California water dams. Due to the drought in California, water dam owners are reluctant to ensure sufficient water flow underneath their dams. The motivation for the study began with the researchers’ concern for the rapid decline in fish populations. “Eighty percent of fish endemic to California are facing extinction within the next 100 years if something does not change,” Grantham said. Grantham also explained that the problem of declining fish population has existed for quite a while, but finding a conceivable solution was still complicated. In an article written by Grantham and Moyle on the California WaterBlog, they found their clear start to fix the problem. The WaterBlog article states, “[the screening process] provides a scientific basis... ...

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News in Brief: Davis Bicycles to discuss city bicycle infrastructure at open forum

Davis Bicycles!, a non-profit advocacy group concerned with bicycle infrastructure in Davis, is holding a discussion tonight, Nov. 6, on how to improve bicycle infrastructure in Davis. Rock Miller, a UC Davis Graduate who is now working in an engineering firm focusing on street design, will be a speaker at the event. “[Miller]…[has] knowledge of our community and our bicycling program here,” said Steve Tracy, vice president of Davis Bicycles!. Miller’s focus has been on street designs that accommodate pedestrian and bicycles, or as Tracy said, “complete streets.” He has conducted research on the infrastructure of roads in European cities where bike ridership is up to 40 or 50 percent of the population. The event will introduce contemporary road designs and include an open forum. “We want to learn from somebody who’s an expert in the field, who can show us more contemporary designs that feel safer and are safer, [in order] to increase our ridership,” Tracy said. Davis Bicycles! expects an equal number of guests from both Davis Bicycles!... ...

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California drought urges Yosemite National park to take preventive action to avoid negative human interactions with bears

Since September this year Yosemite National Park rangers have begun to install GPS trackers on some of their bear population in efforts to ameliorate the potential negative effects of California’s drought on the bears. Over the last few months, there have been significantly more bear sightings in human areas than typical for Yosemite Valley. Experts say bears may be seeking alternative food supplies due to limited natural food supply available as a result of the drought. “During drought conditions, if [bears’] natural food supply becomes relatively limited, they [will] seek for alternative food supplies. It brings them into conflict with humans by them coming into campsites,” said Professor Roger Baldwin of the UC Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology. As a precautionary measure, the park services have put GPS tracker collars on small population of the bears to provide information on bear activities and habits, as well as their movements. The collars are used to monitor specific bears that have shown unnatural behaviors due to their frequent interactions... ...

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Davis experiences water issues during California’s drought

At around 10 p.m. last Wednesday, Carmelo Lane experienced a water main leak due to erosion in old pipes. The leak caused street damage and required immediate attention from the Davis Police Department and the Public Works Department. The Public works department worked on fixing the leaks from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. The City of Davis is no exception when it comes to California’s drought, making water problems a constant issue on the minds of both citizens and the city workers. “The Carmelo Lane break last week was the only one that is considered larger than normal, [it even] lifted the street up a little. Probably because of the time that it happened, people noticed it more. They’re not used to having construction in the middle of the night,” said Gary Wells, the public works water division manager. Carmelo Lane was one of the three reported breaks last week, causing some disturbances for the residents. The noise in the middle of the night was accompanied by low water pressure... ...

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Farmers Market at Sutter Davis Hospital now open year-round

Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Sutter Davis Hospital hosts an offshoot of the Davis Farmers Market at its main entrance. The partnership promotes health and supports the local community of growers and producers. The Davis Farmers Market has been a community establishment for 38 years. The market’s purpose is to connect people to their food and the farmers who grow it. The market makes fresh, local food available to nearby residents, hospital employees, patients and visitors. It is now open year-round. “I feel like the market does so much; it’s everything right. It’s good health, it’s people talking to each other, it’s being outside,” said Randii MacNear, manager of the Davis Farmers Market for the past 34 years. The market at Sutter, with only about eight vendors in the large, covered entry of the hospital, is considerably smaller than the downtown Davis markets. This is the first year in a five-year partnership that the market will be open year-round. “We’re really excited because it gives us... ...

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Davis Police Department Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle voted to get sent back to U.S. government

On Oct. 21 the Davis City Council voted to send the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle that the Davis Police Department (DPD) acquired from military surplus back to the U.S. government. They also amended the city’s policy on acquiring military surplus equipment in the future. The two-part vote totaled 3-2 and 5-0, respectively. According to the DPD, the city has been participating in a program for the last 20 years in which military surplus equipment is turned over to city jurisdictions. Approximately five years ago the DPD proposed that they participate in the newest of these programs, titled the Department of Defense Excess Property Program (1033 Program), and they were approved. It was through this program that the DPD acquired the new MRAP. According to Lieutenant Thomas Waltz of the DPD, the MRAP was to replace an old one that the DPD had acquired many years before. Councilmember Robb Davis initiated the discussion of the fate of the MRAP at the end of August, proposing the two-part vote for sending... ...

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News In Brief: Beehive Design Collective to hold art show in Davis

On Friday, the Beehive Design Collective, a volunteer activist group dedicated to “cross-pollinating the grassroots,” will be showing their design pieces at Delta of Venus Cafe. The California-wide tour titled “Sucked Dry: Examining Drought and Privatization from Mesoamérica to California” aims to bring awareness to the current drought. According to the collective’s website, they hope their graphics will start a dialogue on the various issues the drought has created. The collective itself is based out of a town in rural Maine. As a volunteer organization the collective focuses on addressing local and global issues through a graphic medium. The event is free of charge and begins at 1:00 p.m. at Delta of Venus Cafe, 122 B St. — Gabriella Hamlett ...

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East Covell to receive road upgrade

On Oct.7 City Council approved a plan for the East Covell Corridor. The plan will help to improve traffic flow, increase safety for cyclists and pedestrians and adapt for the increase in population from The Cannery, the housing and business development currently under construction off of East Covell. Development of the East Covell Corridor Plan (ECCP) began in 2012, when The Cannery applications were submitted. In the final development agreement, The Cannery agreed to the funding of infrastructure accommodations that would have to be made for the influx of people moving into the area. “The Cannery development was the impetus for taking a look at the East Covell Corridor. We try to take into account what the trip generation is going to be like and how we can develop the infrastructure to accommodate all modes of transportation, but giving special attention to the vulnerable user, which [are] bicyclists and pedestrians,” said David Kemp, active transportation coordinator for the City of Davis. Before the plan was conceived, the City of Davis... ...

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