Friday, December 19, 2014

Where is this going?

Dear Annie: I am in a relationship with a man I met through an online dating site. I hadn’t known him long when he broke up with me. But shortly after our relationship ended, I found out I was pregnant. We didn’t talk much at the beginning of my pregnancy, but things improved by the […]

We’re living in the Golden State of emergency

It was one of those nasty dry September evenings. I was sitting on the back patio, looking around at my sad, dry yard. Because of the drought, I’ve severely cut back on watering. The lawn is mostly beige, as are the withered geranium skeletons. My citrus trees are scorched, the cherry trees are yellow and […]

Options for protection come with flu season

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s time for flu vaccine again and while it’s important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab. And too many […]

Are we there yet? Not enough hours in the day to goof off

“ ‘Hard work might pay off after time,’ says the adage, ‘but procrastination will always pay off right now.’ ” Wise words from The Economist (Sept. 11), although the publication probably didn’t mean it as life-coaching. In fact, the article goes on to say that “it would be unwise to adopt this advice as a lifestyle […]

September 21, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Cheers and Jeers: Not the end of the rainbow

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the news that Rainbow City, the beloved playground in the northeast corner of Community Park, is getting a much-needed face lift. Designed by Davis children and built by an army of volunteers in the spring of […]

Return to previous plan

It might seem unthinkable that Davis would sell a greenbelt, but on Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Planning Commission will consider a proposal submitted by Taormino & Associates that would involve just such a sale. This is the second greenbelt-acquisition proposal from this developer to be heard by the Planning Commission. Their first, in May, asked […]

Save the ‘pine cone place’

I’m becoming increasingly concerned about the proposed Paso Fino development on East Covell Boulevard. We first visited the greenbelt surrounding the Haussler property when my daughter was learning how to ride her tricycle, and she happily dubbed it “the pine cone place.” As she has grown, the pine cones, pine needles and climbable walnut trees […]

Affirm our community values

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Davis Planning Commission will consider a new proposal from developer Taormino & Associates for the Paso Fino project located between Moore Boulevard and Covell Boulevard. The new plan was drafted at the request of the City Council, in response to widespread community opposition to the developer’s previous plan, which sought to annex […]

Project has safety risks

Many aspects of the proposed Paso Fino infill project in Wildhorse are concerning and have received justified public attention. These include the potential precedent that would be set if city-owned greenbelt is sold to a private developer for the first time and the loss of historic trees that harbor the threatened Swainson’s hawk. As an […]

Learn more about Paso Fino

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Davis Planning Commission will hold a hearing on a second proposal for the Paso Fino site in Wildhorse from developer Taormino & Associates. This proposal would build eight homes and one accessory dwelling unit on the former Haussler property and about half an acre of adjoining public […]

Off-leash dogs are a danger

I found the article on dog aggression (Sept. 7) very touching, especially because I also experience dog-related issues regularly on my walks around Mace Ranch and on the bike path near Target. Often, owners seem overly confident that their dogs are friendly. An example that I encountered: “He is a good dog. He does not […]

Educate homeless with dogs

Thank you, Mike and Gena May, for bringing up the subject of aggressive dogs in the downtown area and in Community Park. I agree with you on the danger these dogs present. As a professional dog trainer of more than 18 years in Davis, I often will work with clients and their dogs downtown and we, […]

Davis makes the NY Times

Our MRAP made it to the New York Times on  Saturday with photos of Lt. Thomas W. Waltz of the Davis Police Department exiting our city’s four-wheeled mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle. Google Adam Nagourney, ” ‘Fit for Combat,’ New York Times, Sept. 13, 2014″ to view a photo of Mayor Dan Wolk and more photos of […]