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Davis is full of interesting people, ideas, connections, and events. On Davisville, host Bill Buchanan presents stories from in and around town that involve the Davis community. The show is a three-time winner of Journalistic Excellence awards from the San Francisco Press Club.

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Davisville, May 25, 2020: How’s the pandemic affecting rents and housing in Davis?

We're about three months into the Covid-19 pandemic, and today Steve Boschken, a Davis real estate and mortgage broker, returns to Davisville to talk about the effects on Davis rents and housing so far. The subjects include lease renewals among students, the uncertainty of in-person classes at UC Davis this fall, where Davis stood before the pandemic hit, the rise in unemployment, prices, and how conditions in Davis differ from other parts of the region.

Davisville, May 11, 2020: Working in the Co-op during the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has closed or curtailed most stores, with the Davis Food Co-op and other grocers among the few exceptions. So what has it been like to work in the Co-op during the pandemic? Has the experience changed as shoppers adjusted to new conditions, are there insights here as other Davis stores prepare to re-open, and why are flour and toilet paper rarely on the shelves?

My guests today are two employees of the Co-op: Madison Suoja, the co-op’s education and outreach specialist, and Laura Sanchez, the store’s operations manager. A few items from the interview: Sales for the second quarter are up almost 11 percent from a year ago, shoppers are buying significantly more items per trip (and lately, making fewer trips), and the Co-op just started offering online shopping, with curbside pickup.

Davisville, May 4, 2020: A veteran of muni finance sizes up the pandemic-sized hole facing Davis City Hall

(This repeat of the April 27 program is kept in the archives as a source for Apple podcast.)

We’ve entered a recession, and don't know yet how bad it will be. To get some perspective, I talk today with Bob Leland, an expert on municipal finance with the Management Partners consulting firm who began his career in the 1970s. He compares the current downturn to the Great Recession 12 years ago, lists some possible responses, and estimates the size of the revenue loss facing Davis – “it’ll probably be about a 6 to 8 percent loss for the year that will be ending June 30,” with the financial damage concentrated in the last few months.

Read that carefully—the plunge since March has been steep enough to take the results for the entire fiscal year down by 6 percent or more.

Davisville, April 27, 2020: A veteran of muni finance sizes up the pandemic-sized hole facing Davis City Hall

We’ve entered a recession, and don't know yet how bad it will be. To get some perspective, I talk today with Bob Leland, an expert on municipal finance with the Management Partners consulting firm who began his career in the 1970s. He compares the current downturn to the Great Recession 12 years ago, lists some possible responses, and estimates the size of the revenue loss facing Davis – “it’ll probably be about a 6 to 8 percent loss for the year that will be ending June 30,” with the financial damage concentrated in the last few months.

Read that carefully—the plunge since March has been steep enough to take the results for the entire fiscal year down by 6 percent or more. 

Davisville, April 13, 2020: Davis stores and restaurants cope with the pandemic

Today I talk with Davis Enterprise retail business columnist Wendy Weitzel about how local restaurants and retailers are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss stories of struggle, creativity, and most of all uncertainty, plus thoughts about how retail might change even after the stay-at-home public health orders are lifted. She has written her Comings & Goings column for nearly 20 years and normally posts a new column every other week, but is writing weekly during the pandemic.

Davisville, March 23, 2020: Sacramento Bee Editor Lauren Gustus

I set up this interview before the coronavirus pandemic hit, to talk about the Bee, community journalism, the move from print to digital, its interest in Davis, and the financial problems that have eroded the newspaper and led its owner, McClatchy, to file for bankruptcy. This interview, recorded the afternoon of March 22,  still touches on those subjects, but we devote the first part of the show to how the Bee is covering the pandemic, including how it decides what stories to pursue beyond the obvious ones, and the kinds of articles its readers are asking for.

Davisville, March 9, 2020: The Avid Reader’s new owners

Erin and Brett Arnold bought the Avid Reader and Avid Reader Active this winter from longtime owner Alzada Knickerbocker. Buying the town’s last full bookstore, and their plans to keep it as a bookstore, is significant news if you’re interested in Davis, books, and/or downtown. The Arnolds visit Davisville today to talk about the store, bookselling, co-existing with Amazon, why the store has persisted, and why they see a good future for it. Some statistics support their optimism: Although sales of printed books in the United States fell about 1.2 percent in 2019 from the year before, they’re still up 16 percent from 2012.

Davisville, March 2, 2020: The latest on COVID-19, with Yolo Health Officer Ron Chapman

My guest is Dr. Ron Chapman, Yolo County health officer, and we talk about the COVID-19 coronavirus. The subjects include:

• The latest developments

• What people should and shouldn't do to minimize their chances of catching the disease

• Where to get reliable information

• His role in shaping the Yolo public health response, and in deciding when a quarantine or closure might be needed

• The mortality rate

• The symptoms

• What to do if you think you might have COVID-19

• Who to contact if you don't have a doctor, the county coronavirus hotline, and more.

Davisville, Feb. 17, 2020: Ryan Easterday, a U.S. Navy commander from Davis

Commander Ryan Easterday watched Star Trek as a kid growing up in Davis, and liked the idea of leading a ship. When he was ready for college, the notion still had enough appeal for him to include the U.S. Naval Academy among the schools where he applied – and when his final choice came down to the University of California Santa Cruz or the academy, he chose the Navy. Easterday now commands the USS John McCain, a destroyer with a crew of about 320 based in Japan, and on today’s Davisville he talks about why he went to Annapolis instead of Santa Cruz, his ship, the Navy, some of his experiences, and how growing up in Davis has shaped him as an officer.

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You're a Davis icon, Bill. Keep up the good work of providing local, informative, and quality programming.

Bill, listen to the first 10 minutes of my show dated 7/7/2010. I hope you approve.
Paul Sheeran

Just wanted to say thanks for an outstanding interview with Freedom From Hunger's president, Chris Dunford.
Keep up the good work!

Sam Citron

thanks, Sam!

This is the program in question; it aired Jan. 25:

http://www.kdrt.org/node/2689

Bill

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