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Davisville, 2/23/15: Seeking a fast, public broadband network for Davis

Davis has commercial, high-speed Internet connections provided by Comcast and AT&T. What would it mean for the town if Davis had a third line, publicly owned, and very, very fast? Several people with deep interest and experience with the Internet are beginning to advance that idea, and on today’s Davisville we talk with two of them: Rob Nickerson, president and part owner of the Davis Internet company Omsoft Technologies, and Doug Walter. Each is part of a new, casual group, Davis Gigabit.

Davisville, 2/9/15: Veteran Ernie Head recalls fighting in World War II, 70 years later

World War II ended seven decades ago this summer, but Ernie Head, 94, remembers it clearly, having fought in the U.S. Army in the Pacific (this photo shows him in 1945, at the camp that had previously been the final destination of the Bataan Death March). On Feb. 14, Post 6949 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will honor Head as Davis’ veteran of the year. On today’s program he talks about coming under fire in the Philippines, as well his life in Davis after he moved here in 1953, including a sample of the community projects he has contributed to. 

Davisville, 1/19/15: The Bee's Jack Ohman

On today’s show, Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist and writer Jack Ohman talks engagingly about a wide range of subjects, from this month’s killings at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris, to his work, the role of a cartoonist, leaving Oregon for California, drawing Gov. Brown, his sense of Davis, and the humor in fly-fishing. Ohman, whose work appears nationally, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. He joined the Bee that fall after nearly 30 years at the Portland Oregonian

Davisville, 1/5/15: This concert venue is Bill Wagman’s living room

Picture a large concert with 30,000 fans packed into a stadium. Since 1987, Bill Wagman has worked at the other end of the spectrum—he hosts house concerts in his Davis living room, which gets crowded when 50 people show up (this photo shows Dave Stamey performing in Bill's home in 2010). On today’s Davisville Bill talks about how and why it all works, including the audiences, musicians, and the thrill of watching a talented musician perform up close. He presents one concert per month, and has already booked shows into 2016.  

Davisville, 12/8/14: Creating a more entrepreneurial city

On today’s program we talk about the efforts to make Davis a more entrepreneurial city with guests Matt Yancey, new CEO of the Davis Chamber of Commerce, and Rob White, the city’s chief innovation officer. The topics include an update on the innovation park proposals (this image shows the location of the Mace Ranch project), Yancey’s goal to add 6,000 jobs to Davis by 2020, investor interest in Davis startups, the impact on housing, and what all this might mean to the average person in town.

Davisville, 11/10/14: Catching up with Joe Krovoza

From the Fifth Street traffic redesign and a plastic bag ban to economic development and the city water supply, the civic side of Davis saw several changes from early 2011 to mid-2014. Joe Krovoza, as mayor during that stretch, had a hand in attaining many of them. On today’s Davisville he sizes up his legacy, offers his take on a few continuing ideas like the railroad relocation proposal downtown ... and talks about what he's been doing since leaving office last June. 

Davisville, 10/27/14: DK, who made Davis even friendlier to bikes, moves on

Dave KempThe green bike boxes and bigger bike lanes you’ve seen downtown? Dave Kemp helped bring them here. The city of Davis hired him to champion active transportation in early 2012, but now DK is leaving for a promotion to a similar role in Boulder, Colo. Before he left, he returned to Davisville to talk about his nearly 3 years in Davis; balancing the needs of bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians; the initial results of the Fifth Street redesign (aka the euphemistically named “road diet”), and more. He first appeared on the show on Feb. 27, 2012.

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