Review Category : City News

Davis City Council halts paid parking proposal

On March 25, Davis City Council halted a proposal to implement paid parking in downtown Davis. In October 2012, Davis City Council appointed members for the Downtown Parking Task Force (DPTF) which would meet monthly to identify the parking problems in downtown Davis. The task force came up with solutions for the management of parking as well as parking availability. After much research, the DPTF presented a package of 19 recommendations for downtown parking. Among these 19 recommendations were paid parking for the Southeast Quadrant and the Amtrak lot because these areas have the highest density at peak parking periods. “The purpose of paid parking was not for city revenue, the purpose was because it is an appropriate parking management tool to ensure that on-street parking space in the highest demand areas are available for customers, the secondary byproduct of that is that it does generate revenue,” said Brian Abbanat of the Transportation Planning Division of the City of Davis Public Works department. According to the Downtown Parking Management Plan... ...

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Police Briefs: April 2, 2014 to April 6, 2014

Wednesday 4/2 Ran out of steam A man was sleeping in a running vehicle parked at a gas pump on Mace Boulevard for over an hour. Friday 4/4 Block party Four people were lying in the street in oncoming traffic and taking pictures on G Street. I wanna rob On Regis Drive, someone made a comment on the reporter’s blog about breaking into his residence again. Excessive expenditure Someone’s ex-girlfriend logged into his debit account and used his funds on J Street. Sunday 4/6 Game face A drunk guy in a Laker’s jersey was yelling profanities and trying to fight passersby on G Street. Inexcusable Someone was wandering around the reporter’s back lot on Russell Boulevard. When the reporter asked what he was doing there, he shrugged and left the property. Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact EINAT GILBOA at city@theaggie.org.   ...

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News in brief: Marsh trial to be postponed until June

According to the Yolo County District Attorney’s office, Daniel Marsh, 16, will have his April trial date postponed until June 16. His attorneys successfully moved the date at a conference on March 27 because the investigation is still in process. Prosecutors on the case are not supportive of the motion to postpone trial. The accused, Marsh, at the time 15, allegedly murdered and tortured Davis residents Claudia Maupin, 76, and Oliver Northup, 87, April 13 2013. He has pleaded not guilty. The reason for the continuance was that prosecutors recently gave the defense DVD’s containing some surveillance footage in the area surrounding the crime scene. And though it may not have much conclusive evidence, the Yolo Superior Court Judge David Reed said that the need to examine the evidence is necessary before the trial to fully consider the importance of the DVD footage. A status conference will be held April 29 and a trial-setting conference June 9. On June 16 Marsh will be tried as an adult at a Jury... ...

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UC Davis releases annual apartment vacancy survey

In early March 2014, the UC Davis Office of Student Housing released its yearly Apartment Vacancy and Rental Rate Survey. The Office worked with BAE Urban Economics, a private real estate consulting firm located in downtown Davis, in order to conduct the yearly survey. According to the UC Davis Office of Student Housing, “The objective of the survey is to provide information that will help inform planning decisions on campus, and throughout the broader Davis community. For example, survey results help campus officials to assess the current housing market conditions faced by UCD students, and to determine the likely feasibility of proposed housing projects.” The vacancy and rental rate survey has been conducted annually for the past 38 years. In past years the survey had been conducted on paper through mail. There was an increase in participation this year by offering the online version via SurveyMonkey, a website used for administering surveys through the web. “The Vacancy and Rental Rate survey participants consisted of apartment complex managers, property management companies... ...

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Davis Chamber of Commerce holds forum for City Council candidates

The Davis Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (PAC) held a forum April 2 to interview the five Davis City Council candidates for the June 2014 election. The Q&A based forum discussed various concerns that the City of Davis is facing and lasted from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall. The main topics of conversation focused on the $5.1 million annual deficit, the parcel tax, the city employee changes and visions for the future of Davis. Chamber PAC members will be endorsing candidates or slates of candidates and releasing a video recording of the event later this month. The Davis Chamber of Commerce created the PAC in 1997 in order to support or oppose local, county or state ballot measures that influence the Davis business environment. According to its website, the mission of the Chamber is to promote, support and advocate the general economic vitality of its membership and the quality of life for the community. The PAC is funded by individuals in the Chamber and is financially... ...

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Yolo County tobacco, alcohol availability statistics high

A statewide survey, including regional and county level data, reveals the density of stores selling, advertising and making available tobacco and alcohol products in proximity to minors. According to this study, Yolo County has more stores selling tobacco products near schools in comparison to the rest of California. To sell tobacco, stores must attain a tobacco retail license from the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) as well as a California Cigarette and Tobacco Products License. Even with a displayed license these establishments are not permitted to sell tobacco or related paraphernalia to minors, have a self service display or give out samples. Additionally, there are restrictions as far as tobacco packaging, outdoor/storefront signs and general advertising. “How tobacco products are marketed has long been one of the keys to the tobacco industry’s success at getting people to use their products,” said Steve Jensen, Yolo County Tobacco Education Program coordinator. “Marketing itself isn’t a bad thing, but targeting a young … population with visuals that give the impression tobacco doesn’t... ...

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Proposed bill may divide California into six states

Tim Draper, a venture capitalist from Silicon Valley, is collecting approximately 808,000 signatures for a bill that would divide the State of California into six separate states. Draper said that this measure is necessary for the state to move forward as the “state government has become rusted, and operates as a monopoly.” According to Draper, the State of California is ranked 50th out of 50 as the worst managed state in the Union. The Forward Observer, a non-partisan consulting firm that conducted an analysis of the Six California’s ballot measure, reported that the measure could cause two out of three UC students to pay out-of-state tuition. Notably, the analysis states that 78 percent of UC Davis students would be required to pay out-of-state tuition under this new bill. However, only the physical boundaries of these six new states have been drawn up — if the bill were to pass, 24 people would be appointed to consult with industry leaders on the best way to proceed, according to Alexandra Klun, the... ...

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Regents discuss de-freezing UC tuition

The UC Board of Regents met on March 19 to discuss the developments in the 2014-15 budget. Although Gov. Jerry Brown did increase the UC budget by five percent in his proposed budget, it leaves the UC with a $124 million shortfall. Due to this shortfall, the UC Regents said they doubt the current tuition freeze could be upheld in the 2016-17 school year. Brown’s proposed budget, which was leaked and then officially released in January, allocated five percent more money for the UC system than the budget had the year before. However, the UC Regents had requested a 10 percent increase in funding in November to cover mandatory costs. As reported by the Daily Californian, the California legislative analyst’s office proposed a budget that would return the UC system to a “workload” budget, which would be dependent on $78 million from tuition leading to a nearly four percent increase. According to Kelly Ratliff, associate vice chancellor of budget at UC Davis, mandatory costs include salary increases for faculty and... ...

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Shifa Clinic aims to overcome linguistic, cultural barriers

As she sits patiently in the waiting room, Gurbachan Samra, a 56-year-old Sacramento resident, chats with an acquaintance in Punjabi, her native tongue. They sit one chair apart against the tan-tinted walls of the clinic. When a doctor approaches her, Samra looks up and continues speaking in Punjabi while she explains the reason for her checkup. When the doctor understands and responds to her in the same language, a look of relief washes over Samra’s face. Samra and her husband, Satvinderpal Samra, are patients at Shifa Community Clinic, a free health clinic located at 419 V St. in downtown Sacramento. Shifa, meaning ‘to heal’ in Arabic, is a clinic that provides basic healthcare to the uninsured South Asian and Middle Eastern population of Sacramento. Like many of the patients at the clinic, Samra and her husband recently immigrated from India. And like many of the patients, Samra and her husband are without health insurance. Samra has been a patient at Shifa since she moved to California five years ago. She... ...

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News from around the world: March 12, 2014

Violence in Ukraine The capital of Ukraine is experiencing the most violence since the former Soviet Union became independent 23 years ago.The turmoil the Ukranian government has been experiencing during the past few weeks is the product of persistent social tension and political unrest. The explicit protests and demonstrations are due to the actions of President Viktor Yanukovych rejecting a geopolitical trade deal with Europe, which sealed a $15 billion bailout from Russia. Thousands of citizens flocked to the street to demonstrate against the obvious corruption and police brutality. College Board restructures SAT The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) that high school students must take to get into college will be overhauled and changed drastically. Criticism from parents, colleges and students saying that the exam does not focus on core academic skills urged the College Board to fundamentally restructure the test.The College Board is ending the old penalty for guessing wrongly, making the essay optional and scrapping vague and obscure vocabulary words in the reading section of the exam. David Coleman,... ...

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AB 2160 seeks to simplify financial aid process for incoming college students

On Feb. 25, California State Representative Phil Ting announced AB 2160, a bill that would require all high schools in California to electronically submit GPA verification of all graduating high school seniors to the California Student Aid Commission. “We want to do everything possible to streamline that process so students who are graduating from high school and entering into a higher education institution can get access to the funding they deserve,” Ting said. While some high schools in California automatically submit GPA verification electronically, those that don’t require students to request GPA submissions themselves. Statewide in 2012, there was a FAFSA completion rate of 54 percent among graduating high school seniors, and a Cal Grant completion rate of 50 percent, according to Orville Jackson, senior research analyst at Education Trust. In 2013, those numbers went up to 61 percent for FAFSA, and 58 percent for Cal Grants. This increase can be attributed in part to the California Student Aid Commission’s program, WebGrants, which allows students to submit their GPA verification... ...

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California authorities support relaxed ban on marijuana

Administration for California is backing Senate Bill (SB) 1262, which would license medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivators while ensuring that healthcare providers are regulated in their medicinal marijuana recommendations. This is the first marijuana bill to be supported by police and state legislation. SB 1262 was introduced by State Senator Lou Correa on Feb. 21, and supported by the California Police Chiefs Association in a joint effort with the League of California Cities. Additionally, nine law enforcement associations and over 5,000 churches in California are amenable to passing this piece of legislation. “This bill is an example of California coming late to the game trying to marry a currently illegal marijuana industry to a changing public attitude,” said Allen St. Pierre, executive director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “It would be presumed that California would have allowed a regulatory scheme for medical marijuana 10 years ago”. Currently, the standing laws in California regarding marijuana and medical marijuana usage are outlined in the Health and... ...

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Davis Food Co-op General Manager resigns for unknown reasons

General manager of the Davis Food Co-op, Eric Stromberg, was asked to resign by the board of directors and will take a permanent leave starting March 22. This will end Stromberg’s 14 years of employment at the Davis Food Co-op. “[The Board of Directors for the Davis Food Co-Op] decided to exercise an option under the General Manager contract for separation without cause,” said a memo issued to the Davis Food Co-op members and shoppers by Stacie Frerichs, board president and the entire Davis Food Co-op Board of Directors. The board made this decision following closed meetings. “[This was a] very deliberate process and [we] thoroughly considered all information available to [them] before making a decision. We feel our decision was made in the best interest of … the Co-op members … However, for legal reasons, we cannot discuss personnel matters publicly,” Frerichs said. The management team at the Davis Food Co-op is expecting a smooth transition according to Julie Cross, marketing and education director for the Davis Food Co-op.... ...

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Gov. Brown signs emergency drought legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown signed emergency drought legislation on March 1. The bill allocated $687.4 million to aid workers with food and housing that have been directly impacted by the drought and technologies that will assist communities in using less water. Additionally, it will fund security emergency drinking water supplies for drought-impacted communities, according to a press release from Gov. Brown’s office. Many of the proposals included in the package were proposed earlier this year in Gov. Brown’s budget proposal; however, they are now being expedited due to the dire need of California’s water situation. “These targeted responses will have tangible results, but the solution requires more than legislation and investment. Every Californian needs to be a part of the solution, and we strongly urge every person in our state to take action to conserve water,” California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez said. One piece of the bill that California State Representative John Garamendi highlighted as particularly important was the funding for farmers in the Sacramento region to update their... ...

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Policebriefs: March 12, 2014

Wednesday 3/5 Firebolt A car was driving down Faro Drive dropping fireworks out the window into the middle of the roadway. Friday 3/7 Trash-talking On Anderson Road, several people were hitting the garbage cans in front of the pool yelling “F you” over and over again. Throwing a party Several loud subjects on the balcony of the apartments above the Olive Drive Market were dropping things on people as they walked by. Saturday 3/8 Know-it-all On Sycamore Lane, someone received a phone call and text saying,“I know where you are.” Sunday 3/9 Cut to the chase Someone on L Street was approached by a guy who accused the reporter of stealing a bike, then stated he wanted to cut the reporter up and pulled out a knife. Monday 3/10 Ball was in their court Someone reported two juniors at the tennis court on J Street for horsing around and making too much noise for the reporter to tolerate. Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins.... ...

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