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Davisville, 6/23/14: A talk with Robb Davis as he gets ready to take office

Robb Davis June 2014Davis voters elected Robb Davis to the City Council in June. On today’s program we talk about financial problems facing the city, as well as what he's doing to get ready to take his seat on the council.  

Davisville, 6/9/14: This story starts with a flier on a downtown wall

Sonja MartinIn May, on a bulletin board at Armadillo Music in Davis, Sonja Martin posted a flier that said “Punk rock grunge band members wanted. No pervs. Weirdos. Harddrugaddicts. Scumbags. JUST MUSIC.” The language was clear, direct, funny in places, opinionated, and showed real respect for serious music. Anyone who has pursued something meaningful and difficult should recognize the ambition. I wanted more of her story, and that’s what we have today on “Davisville,” including a performance of her song in progress, “I Breathe You In.” 

Davisville, 5/26/14: You don’t vote? She’d like to talk with you

Jenna Jae Templeton Jenna Jae Templeton's job is to get more people in Yolo County to vote. One of her teaching tools, when she talks to high school students, is the fanciful sample ballot she's holding here—it shows new voters how a ballot looks, even if the “Proposition 42” on this sample concerns a “Zombie Apocalypse Emergency Tax Measure.” Templeton works for the Yolo County Elections Office, and on today’s show we talk about voting rates in Yolo, some reasons people don't vote, and what she's doing to change that.

Davisville, 5/12/14: The Davis Music Fest Returns for 2014

On June 21, downtown Davis will host the fourth annual Davis Music Fest. On today’s show Kyle Monhollen, part of the Davis Live Music Collective and one of the festival’s organizers, talks about this year’s concerts and related subjects, including how they choose the lineup and why they want to bring more live music to Davis. He also updates us on last year's look at creating a permanent live music venue downtown; even just the cost of the sprinklers ended up looking pretty pricey.

Davisville, 4/28/14: Gerri Adler offers tours of vanished Davis

Gerri AdlerThe names of departed Davis businesses come easily to local beauty-salon owner Gerri Adler (pictured outside the I Street home where she grew up in the 1950s and '60s). On the walking tours she leads downtown, she describes places and people now gone who once epitomized Davis, the ways the town has changed, and people whose names we see today on buildings or street signs. Listen in as she talks about growing up in Davis, a town she still loves.

Davisville, 4/14/14: How much sweet do you want?

Drink a 20-ounce regular soda daily for a week, and you’ll consume as much sugar as you see in this one-quart Mason jar. On today’s program Harold Goldstein, executive director of the Davis-based California Center for Public Health Advocacy, talks about their efforts to tame the tide of sugar in the name of public health.

Davisville, 3/31/14: A $15 per hour minimum wage for Davis?

This spring, Raise the Wage Davis is collecting signatures for a November ballot initiative to increase the minimum wage inside Davis to $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2016. On today’s Davisville, Neil Ruud, volunteer coordinator for the group, discusses their goals, plans, and why they chose $15. He also fields questions about the impact on employment inside the city.

Davisville, 3/17/14: Davis performer Paul DelBene presents ‘Olaf the Fool’

Paul DelBeneMeet Olaf. He’s a fool. Paul DelBene (shown here) knows because he created the character, and he’ll bring Olaf onstage for three “An Evening with Olaf” performances April 4-6 to benefit the Cesar Chavez school PTA and Davis Schools Foundation. On today’s program we talk about the shows, DelBene’s work (mostly in Europe), clown boot camp, clown college, performing for Pixar …  and the value Davis could get from a small professional multi-functional venue, of maybe 200 to 300 seats, for music, performances, dances, and more.

Davisville 3/3/14: A Royal Academy veteran directs ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ at UC Davis

"The Grapes of Wrath" is John Steinbeck’s iconic book about the Joad family as they leave the Oklahoma dustbowl for California during the Great Depression; from March 6-16 it's also a play in Davis, directed by Miles Anderson. He's an actor (Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, West End, San Diego’s Old Globe Shakespeare Festival) and the current Granada Artist-in-Residence at UC Davis. Today we talk about the story, the play adaptation by Frank Galati, the UC Davis cast and crew, plus a thought or two drawn from Anderson’s years in theater. (The photo on the left, by Abigail Alcala, shows Daniel Ferrer and Mark Merman from the UC Davis production.)

Davisville, 02/17/14: This time it’s the city, not the schools, asking for more money

The city of Davis, facing a $5 million yearly deficit and a backlog of deferred road repairs (this photo, shot through a windshield, shows Olive Drive), has asked voters to boost the city sales tax by a half-cent per dollar starting this fall. Citywide votes on water rates and possibly a new city parcel tax are also in the works this year. On today’s show, Davis Vanguard blogger David Greenwald--who has written extensively about the city's finances--talks about how the city dug this hole for itself, the options, and where we go from here.


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