Review Category : City News

ASUCD battles expected low student turnout for upcoming elections

U.S. college students in their young adult years are responsible for historically low voter participation rates, averaging between 21 and 25 percent turnout in the last 35 years, according to a study by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). UC Davis students are no exception to this statistic and are expected to continue in this trend in the June 2014 gubernatorial primary and November midterm elections, said ASUCD and CALPIRG members. The CIRCLE study further reported voter turnout of college students ages 18 to 24 — both registered and unregistered to vote — was 26.5 percent in the 2010 midterm elections and 53 percent in the 2012 presidential elections. Youth participation is considerably lower in primary, local and midterm elections than in presidential elections, even in years when presidential election participation is on the rise, said CIRCLE. This trend of low civic participation on the part of college students has a number of explanations, said former ASUCD Vice President Bradley Bottoms, a fourth-year political... ...

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Davis Chamber of Commerce hosts Celebrate Davis!

This year, Celebrate Davis! 2014 was held in Community Park on F Street on May 15. Celebrate Davis! is an annual, free, community-wide festival organized by the Davis Chamber of Commerce. It is a family-oriented conglomeration of picnicking, a music festival, food booths and a Davis business expo. “Celebrate Davis! is truly a community celebration of all things Davis,” said Alison Rodegerdts, the deputy director of the Davis Chamber of Commerce and planner of the event. “This annual event would not be possible without the commitment of our event committee, the on-site volunteers.” Consistent with the Davis stereotype of encouraging alternative transportation, parking near Celebrate Davis! is very hard to find. Most bike, walk or take public transportation to the event in downtown Davis. Free valet bike parking was available to people who attended the event. This was an opportunity for the Davis community to come together and visit community businesses and organizations at their booths, buy dinner, enjoy live music and watch fireworks at 9 p.m. “Davis ACE was... ...

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Police Briefs

5/12 #personal On Valdora Street, somebody was staying at her boyfriend’s house when one of his housemates recorded her conversation with her boyfriend and posted it on Tumblr. Third time’s a charm A drunk guy on San Marino Drive was riding his bike and fell off of it three times. 5/14 Spa treatment A person dressed in a hospital gown entered the reporter’s home and got into the bathtub on Creekhollow Lane. 5/17 Off the hook An unknown subject tapped on someone’s front door with a metal object and left on Vistosa Street. 5/18 Two bikes are better than none Someone was riding a bike with another bike slung over his shoulder on Oak Avenue. Bring home to mom On Lehigh Drive, somebody’s ex-girlfriend has been sending his mother nude male photos. Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact EINAT GILBOA at city@theaggie.org. ...

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Fix 50 reparations to cause additional traffic on commencement weekend

The Caltrans rehabilitation of U.S. Highway 50 that began April 22 has brought up some concerns regarding traffic during commencement weekend from June 13 to June 15. The setbacks have been less severe than originally anticipated by faculty. The rehabilitation taking place between 18th and 24th streets in Sacramento has gone into its Eastbound Phase 2. The Eastbound Phase 1 ended five days ahead of schedule May 1. Each phase is worked on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The six-lane freeway at this section runs over downtown Sacramento streets, freight and light rail lines. Built in 1968, the road had never gotten maintenance which has since produced severe cracking, meriting rehabilitation. The intention is to increase safety while also preventing recurring maintenance cost. Phase 2 of the project will proceed until May 21 with two to three lanes available for use. The 16th and 11th streets on-ramps will be closed, along with the connector ramp from eastbound Highway 50 to southbound Highway 99 as well as the... ...

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California senator introduces DREAM loan act

On Feb. 20, Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Bill (SB) 1210, which if enacted would establish the California DREAM loan program. DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) programs focus specifically on aid to undocumented individuals who arrive in American borders as minors and continue undocumented residency into adulthood. Qualifying individuals fulfill conditional requirements and exhibit potential to succeed as established residents. According to the original bill text, the DREAM loan program would enable a student attending a participating UC or CSU campus to receive a loan, referred to as a DREAM loan, through the program if the student satisfies specified requirements. These would include that the student be exempt from paying nonresident tuition or meet equivalent requirements adopted by the regents. The DREAM loan program shares the ideas originated in the DREAM Act, which would provide conditional permanent residency to certain immigrants of good moral character who graduate from U.S. high schools, arrived in the U.S. as minors and lived in the country continuously for at... ...

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Drought in California increases costs for farmers

Beginning Jan. 14, California has been in a drought emergency. Since then, Gov. Jerry Brown has encouraged all citizens to cut back at least 20 percent of their water use. Moreover, since the agricultural industry in California alone produces over 50 percent of the nation’s vegetables and fruits, along with dairy and wine, the consumer market will be drastically affected. Ken Shackel, a tree crop expert in the Department of Plant Science at UC Davis, studied many non-irrigated almond trees in dry soil for approximately a year starting in 2009. The trees did not die, but their yield was around 50 percent. The next year was around 10 percent. “However bad this year, it will be worse next especially for the farmers today. Really bad this year means really, really bad next year,” Shackel said. “The most vulnerable crops are probably stone fruits like plums, cherries, peaches and apricots, which are adapted to wetter climates.” The government has already taken action to tackle this issue. They have asked citizens to... ...

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Police briefs: 4/28-5/5

Monday 4/28 Low-key A guy on E Street opened someone’s door with a key and claimed he was going to spend the night. The person asked him to leave but he returned in the morning asking to sleep at the residence again because he was cold. Saturday 5/3 Waffle around Somebody jumped the fence on Olive Street and rearranged the construction cones, causing a traffic jam. Beat to a pulp Someone threw a tomato at a guy’s car when he was stopped at a stop sign on Marina Circle. Sunday 5/4 Up to speed The speed limit sign on Russell Boulevard was turned upside down. Monday 5/5 Pottymouth Someone on Chestnut Lane asked a woman if she needed a bag for her dog poop, and she responded by cussing at him. Bull in a china shop A guy was trying to shop on E Street and asked the employee for an item. Before the employee answered he told him to get the “F” out of the store. Police briefs are... ...

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Cannery Development Project construction begins

The Cannery Development Project, a housing project that will include public parks, green belts, urban gardens and a pool began the construction process on May 2 with a groundbreaking ceremony. The development will be built on the former Hunt-Wesson tomato cannery site located at 1111 East Covell Blvd. The lot is approximately 100 acres — approximately 20 of which will be attributed for open space. The buildings that are expected to go up inside the development include 540 single family lots and a business park. According to Katherine Hess, the community development administrator for the City of Davis, the project was required to suit the surrounding agricultural area as well as the environmental and aesthetic sensibility of Davis. “As the first development to be approved in Davis in nearly 25 years, there is a need for new homes in order to accommodate new families as well as for empty-nesters in Davis,” said Kevin Carson, Northern California president for the New Home Company, in an email. Further, The Cannery will redevelop... ...

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Homelessness problem on rise in Yolo County

Homelessness has been a chronic problem not just on the national level, but also for Yolo County and the City of Davis. A study conducted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness called “The State of Homelessness in America 2013” said that the nation’s homeless population decreased by 0.4 percent, though the number of people in homeless families increased by 1.4 percent in 2011. Additionally, they state that between 2010 and 2011, the national median household income decreased by 1.3 percent and the poverty rate increased by 0.6 percent. Yolo County conducted its own study in 2010, “One
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.” The 10-year plan intended to mobilize non-profit organizations, rental property owners, community members and city officials to implement productive change in the homeless community. The study cites a 20 percent increase in homelessness in Yolo County since 2007. Furthermore, it claims that the cost of preventing one person going into homelessness is one-sixth the average cost of staying at a shelter.... ...

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Police briefs: April 21, 2014 to April 25, 2014

MONDAY 4/21 May the odds be ever in your favor A kid was playing chicken with passing trains on Fifth Street. I demand a shrubbery Someone’s front and side shrubs were ripped out of her yard on North Campus Way. TUESDAY 4/22 Busted Somebody reported her son was almost hit by a Unitrans bus in the crosswalk in front of his school on Drexel Drive and the bus driver yelled at him to move out of the way. THURSDAY 4/24 Peace out Someone called to report two greenpeace activists on the property who refused to leave on First Street. Squirrel away On Luz Place, somebody reported her neighbor was shooting squirrels and found two of them in her yard. FRIDAY 4/25 Grandiose Someone reported her 10-year-old grandson was throwing items in the hallway on Ecuador Place. Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact EINAT GILBOA at city@theaggie.org.   ...

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UC Davis student among youngest Boston Marathon participants

Christy Larson, a fourth-year exercise biology major from UC Davis, was one of the youngest participants in the Boston Marathon on March 21. Larson qualified for the Boston Marathon at the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco in 2012, with a time of three hours and 17 minutes, finishing in 10th place. This year, at the Boston Marathon, she brought her time down to three hours, nine minutes and 20 seconds. Larson claims that she’s never been a “technical” runner. “I don’t time my mile splits, I just run,” Larson said. “At the Boston Marathon, I went out way too fast and at mile 13 I thought I was going to die. I just wanted to finish at that point.” Larson didn’t spend the day before the marathon carbo loading and resting her feet. She spent the day touring the city with her family. “The day before the Boston Marathon, my family and I walked probably eight miles around the city and found a hole-in-the-wall place to eat,” Larson said.... ...

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UC Davis partners with Honda to build smart home in West Village

On March 25, Honda and UC Davis opened the Honda Smart Home US, which demonstrates “green living” with technologies that provide zero-net energy living and transportation. The smart home in the West Village complex is able to produce more renewable source energy than it uses. That means it has enough energy to fuel a Honda Fit EV for the average commute. West Village itself is on its way to reaching its goal of operating as a zero net energy community. As of the report issued in November 2013, it produced 87 percent of the energy consumed in a one-year period. This started as a sustainable living project nearly a year ago in April 2013. It was meant to go beyond the family’s personal mobility and address the two most significant sources of carbon dioxide emissions: cars and homes. Currently, the amount of energy used to power homes is dramatically high, and fully powering homes and light duty vehicles account for approximately 45 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions across the... ...

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Police Briefs

Tuesday 4/15 Crash and burn Someone sent a text message to her academic advisor threatening to “burn them all down” on Glacier Drive.  Noose-ance On Mercedes Avenue, someone reported a rope hanging down from a tree with a small loop. Thursday 4/17 Totally buggin’ Someone on Klee Place reported a neighbor for using a loud bug zapper and causing a noise disturbance at night. Friday 4/18 I scream for… An elderly male on Chesapeake Bay Avenue stated his life was in danger, but his daughter stated he was just acting up because he wanted ice cream. Song that gets on everybody’s nerves Someone on Drexel Drive called the police and it was unknown whether they were singing or moaning. Sunday 4/20 Bi-bicycling On Russell Boulevard, an unknown male was riding two bikes at once. Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact EINAT GILBOA at city@theaggie.org. ...

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Five City Council candidates vie for two seats

Elections for the open Davis City Council seats will take place on June 3, and five candidates are running for two four-year terms. The Aggie interviewed the five candidates about their experiences and goals. John Munn John Munn, a resident of the City of Davis since 1978 and a UC Davis grad who spends his free time working on his family ranch outside of Davis, believes that Davis City Council needs to evaluate the city’s budget before throwing more money at it. “Davis has become a very expensive place, and additional state service fees and taxes will make it very difficult for middle income families and fixed income residents to stay here,” Munn said. Munn has spent time looking at the highly disputed Davis surface water project and is concerned that there is no definitive information that says that Davis’ groundwater resources aren’t adequate as they are. He described the project as a luxury car. In theory appealing to voters, the project would at least double or triple the amount... ...

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City manager updates City Council on budget deficit

On April 15, City Manager Steve Pinkerton gave a presentation to the Davis City Council to update the community about the City of Davis’ current financial predicament and the plans that are being made to alleviate the budget problems. The report takes into consideration the fiscal years of 2014-15 to 2017-18. It has been estimated that although the revenues for the city will increase by 8.95 percent in that time, the expenditures will further increase by 11.29 percent. This would leave a shortfall of $4.99 million. The calculations made predicting this shortfall did not take into account the financial circumstances should Measure O, a measure allowing the City of Davis to increase the sales tax by half a cent, pass in the June 2014 elections. This half of a cent increase could bring in extra revenue for the city, but according to Pinkerton would still not be enough to cover the deficit because the revenues from the sales tax would only be coming in for part of the year. “Cities... ...

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