Sunday Notes: Day of Peace and Choice Voting

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International Day of Peace Comes to Davis

In 1981 the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring an International Day of Peace. In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a new resolution declaring 21 September of each year as the International Day of Peace.

The resolution:

“Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day…

“Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.”

Around the world, many different communities and nations gathered for a celebration of peace. Unfortunately, the day was marred by continued violence in Afghanistan, Iraq, and many other locations across the world further illustrating the need for peace and reconciliation.

Friday evening in Davis, a small but dedicated group of Davisites gathered at Central Park in support of peace. Around 30 to 40 people from a diverse cross-section of the Davis citizenry attended the event which was marked by careful reflection and information.

A number of local peace groups attended the event which was co-sponsored by Code Pink. Also attending was Dave Dionsi from Teach Peace, several Davis High School students from the high school chapter, Hamza Al-Nakhal was representing the Davis Muslim Community, there was also a student from the Muslim Student Association on the Davis High School Campus.

The event was organized by UC Davis students Katie Davalos and Lauren Frederic.

Choice Voting Bill Passes the Legislature and Moves to Governor’s Desk

As many may know, I still have reservations about Choice Voting. However, since it would appear that the voters in Davis are in support of it, to some degree at least given the advisory last year, and the city of Davis will be looking to implement it, AB 1294 could be very useful.

Under existing laws, General Law cities such as Davis cannot implement choice voting. The city of Davis would have to become a charter city in order to do so. That is by itself a complicated procedure that concerns a number of people who otherwise have few objections to the Choice Voting. For progressives, the idea of allowing the current council majority to write the City’s Charter, is laced with potholes and other problematic aspects.

That would be solved if the Governor signs AB 1294, a bill that was considered a long shot a few months ago. AB 1294 would allow all California cities and counties to use choice voting regardless of their charter status.

For more information including background about the bill and ways to urge the Governor to sign it, go to the Californians for Electoral Reform website.

Valley Oak Charter School Informational Meeting

This is going to be a key week for the Valley Oak Charter School.

  • Tomorrow morning, we will have an interview with teacher Bill Storm about the process.
  • Tomorrow evening there will be an important meeting where those who have been working on establishing a charter school will update us on the plan and provide time for questions and answers.

Below, is more information:

Valley Oak Charter School Informational Meeting

When: Monday, September 24, 2007

Location: Valley Oak Multi-purpose Room

Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM

There will be a presentation about the charter and a question and answer period afterwards. Spanish translation provided. Light refreshments will be provided. And for those who need it, childcare will be provided on site too.

Again, this is a crucial step for Valley Oak, please if you are interested in learning more about the current process log in to the Vanguard tomorrow morning and then go to this meeting tomorrow night.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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28 thoughts on “Sunday Notes: Day of Peace and Choice Voting”

  1. Colleen Connolly

    Dear Mr. Greenwald,
    Thank you for posting the information. The informational meeting will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Valley Oak Multi-Purpose Room on Monday Sept. 24TH.
    The presentation will last about forty-five minutes and will be followed by a question and answer session.
    All are welcome,
    Colleen Connolly

  2. Colleen Connolly

    Dear Mr. Greenwald,
    Thank you for posting the information. The informational meeting will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Valley Oak Multi-Purpose Room on Monday Sept. 24TH.
    The presentation will last about forty-five minutes and will be followed by a question and answer session.
    All are welcome,
    Colleen Connolly

  3. Colleen Connolly

    Dear Mr. Greenwald,
    Thank you for posting the information. The informational meeting will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Valley Oak Multi-Purpose Room on Monday Sept. 24TH.
    The presentation will last about forty-five minutes and will be followed by a question and answer session.
    All are welcome,
    Colleen Connolly

  4. Colleen Connolly

    Dear Mr. Greenwald,
    Thank you for posting the information. The informational meeting will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Valley Oak Multi-Purpose Room on Monday Sept. 24TH.
    The presentation will last about forty-five minutes and will be followed by a question and answer session.
    All are welcome,
    Colleen Connolly

  5. Anonymous

    Since radical Islam (e.g. the Wahabi brand) is the source of most conflict and war and death around the world, it’s obviously the intent of the “peaceful” UN to solidify gains achieved by Islamic crusaders around the world. Make no mistake; most modern Muslims, including “moderates” are sympathetic to the radicals. Allah through the Qur’an requires it.

    “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.” Jesus (Luke 6:35)

    “Let not the believers take for friends or helpers the unbelievers rather than believers. If any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah; except by way of precaution, that ye may guard yourselves from them.” Qur’an 3:28.

    “The hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.” Jesus (John 16:2)

    “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden with hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are of the People of the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” Qur’an 9:29

  6. Anonymous

    Since radical Islam (e.g. the Wahabi brand) is the source of most conflict and war and death around the world, it’s obviously the intent of the “peaceful” UN to solidify gains achieved by Islamic crusaders around the world. Make no mistake; most modern Muslims, including “moderates” are sympathetic to the radicals. Allah through the Qur’an requires it.

    “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.” Jesus (Luke 6:35)

    “Let not the believers take for friends or helpers the unbelievers rather than believers. If any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah; except by way of precaution, that ye may guard yourselves from them.” Qur’an 3:28.

    “The hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.” Jesus (John 16:2)

    “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden with hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are of the People of the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” Qur’an 9:29

  7. Anonymous

    Since radical Islam (e.g. the Wahabi brand) is the source of most conflict and war and death around the world, it’s obviously the intent of the “peaceful” UN to solidify gains achieved by Islamic crusaders around the world. Make no mistake; most modern Muslims, including “moderates” are sympathetic to the radicals. Allah through the Qur’an requires it.

    “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.” Jesus (Luke 6:35)

    “Let not the believers take for friends or helpers the unbelievers rather than believers. If any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah; except by way of precaution, that ye may guard yourselves from them.” Qur’an 3:28.

    “The hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.” Jesus (John 16:2)

    “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden with hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are of the People of the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” Qur’an 9:29

  8. Anonymous

    Since radical Islam (e.g. the Wahabi brand) is the source of most conflict and war and death around the world, it’s obviously the intent of the “peaceful” UN to solidify gains achieved by Islamic crusaders around the world. Make no mistake; most modern Muslims, including “moderates” are sympathetic to the radicals. Allah through the Qur’an requires it.

    “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.” Jesus (Luke 6:35)

    “Let not the believers take for friends or helpers the unbelievers rather than believers. If any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah; except by way of precaution, that ye may guard yourselves from them.” Qur’an 3:28.

    “The hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.” Jesus (John 16:2)

    “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden with hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are of the People of the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” Qur’an 9:29

  9. davisite

    Plan to attend this Monday evening meetng for the future Valley Oak charter school. Those of us who now no longer have school-age children need to be there to demontrate support for the parents and teachers who are working so hard to make this a reality.

  10. davisite

    Plan to attend this Monday evening meetng for the future Valley Oak charter school. Those of us who now no longer have school-age children need to be there to demontrate support for the parents and teachers who are working so hard to make this a reality.

  11. davisite

    Plan to attend this Monday evening meetng for the future Valley Oak charter school. Those of us who now no longer have school-age children need to be there to demontrate support for the parents and teachers who are working so hard to make this a reality.

  12. davisite

    Plan to attend this Monday evening meetng for the future Valley Oak charter school. Those of us who now no longer have school-age children need to be there to demontrate support for the parents and teachers who are working so hard to make this a reality.

  13. Anonymous

    Anonymous 6:35’s post is safe from triggering an electronic search by the NSA of his emails, internet websites viewed,telephone calls, travel itinerary,airport search or library books read. The news story of the never-before-revealed massive automatic electronic surveillence of all of us puts a chill on any pubic discussion of this topic which is one of its political objectives. Suffice to say that the connection between the rise of fundamentalist Islam and the struggle for Arab nationalism,self-determination and control of their natural resources should not be ignored.

  14. Anonymous

    Anonymous 6:35’s post is safe from triggering an electronic search by the NSA of his emails, internet websites viewed,telephone calls, travel itinerary,airport search or library books read. The news story of the never-before-revealed massive automatic electronic surveillence of all of us puts a chill on any pubic discussion of this topic which is one of its political objectives. Suffice to say that the connection between the rise of fundamentalist Islam and the struggle for Arab nationalism,self-determination and control of their natural resources should not be ignored.

  15. Anonymous

    Anonymous 6:35’s post is safe from triggering an electronic search by the NSA of his emails, internet websites viewed,telephone calls, travel itinerary,airport search or library books read. The news story of the never-before-revealed massive automatic electronic surveillence of all of us puts a chill on any pubic discussion of this topic which is one of its political objectives. Suffice to say that the connection between the rise of fundamentalist Islam and the struggle for Arab nationalism,self-determination and control of their natural resources should not be ignored.

  16. Anonymous

    Anonymous 6:35’s post is safe from triggering an electronic search by the NSA of his emails, internet websites viewed,telephone calls, travel itinerary,airport search or library books read. The news story of the never-before-revealed massive automatic electronic surveillence of all of us puts a chill on any pubic discussion of this topic which is one of its political objectives. Suffice to say that the connection between the rise of fundamentalist Islam and the struggle for Arab nationalism,self-determination and control of their natural resources should not be ignored.

  17. Anonymous

    Let’s face it people, the demographics of Davis are not going to produce the population boom needed to keep these schools open. Either you start having more babies, or the schools will start closing one by one. Look at the birthrates in Europe. Look at the social policies and beliefs of “enlightened” Europeans. Now look at Davis, and you’ll have your answers. Read Mark Steyn. He’s Canadian; how bad can he be? Educate yourselves people.

    Also, what’s the deal with translating everything into Spanish in Davis? If people who live in Davis wish to be surrounded by Spanish-speaking individuals, I invite you to move to Woodland, CA where you will feel right at home. You force Spanish upon your children through immersion schooling, yet you do not want to live with the Latino population. I call it Spanish immersion-inversion! You people avoid Woodland like the plague! I suppose it’s only the Spanish “culture” that you’re into. Put your money where your mouths are.

    Weren’t the Spanish Europeans the conquistadores? Who are you trying to conquer?

  18. Anonymous

    Let’s face it people, the demographics of Davis are not going to produce the population boom needed to keep these schools open. Either you start having more babies, or the schools will start closing one by one. Look at the birthrates in Europe. Look at the social policies and beliefs of “enlightened” Europeans. Now look at Davis, and you’ll have your answers. Read Mark Steyn. He’s Canadian; how bad can he be? Educate yourselves people.

    Also, what’s the deal with translating everything into Spanish in Davis? If people who live in Davis wish to be surrounded by Spanish-speaking individuals, I invite you to move to Woodland, CA where you will feel right at home. You force Spanish upon your children through immersion schooling, yet you do not want to live with the Latino population. I call it Spanish immersion-inversion! You people avoid Woodland like the plague! I suppose it’s only the Spanish “culture” that you’re into. Put your money where your mouths are.

    Weren’t the Spanish Europeans the conquistadores? Who are you trying to conquer?

  19. Anonymous

    Let’s face it people, the demographics of Davis are not going to produce the population boom needed to keep these schools open. Either you start having more babies, or the schools will start closing one by one. Look at the birthrates in Europe. Look at the social policies and beliefs of “enlightened” Europeans. Now look at Davis, and you’ll have your answers. Read Mark Steyn. He’s Canadian; how bad can he be? Educate yourselves people.

    Also, what’s the deal with translating everything into Spanish in Davis? If people who live in Davis wish to be surrounded by Spanish-speaking individuals, I invite you to move to Woodland, CA where you will feel right at home. You force Spanish upon your children through immersion schooling, yet you do not want to live with the Latino population. I call it Spanish immersion-inversion! You people avoid Woodland like the plague! I suppose it’s only the Spanish “culture” that you’re into. Put your money where your mouths are.

    Weren’t the Spanish Europeans the conquistadores? Who are you trying to conquer?

  20. Anonymous

    Let’s face it people, the demographics of Davis are not going to produce the population boom needed to keep these schools open. Either you start having more babies, or the schools will start closing one by one. Look at the birthrates in Europe. Look at the social policies and beliefs of “enlightened” Europeans. Now look at Davis, and you’ll have your answers. Read Mark Steyn. He’s Canadian; how bad can he be? Educate yourselves people.

    Also, what’s the deal with translating everything into Spanish in Davis? If people who live in Davis wish to be surrounded by Spanish-speaking individuals, I invite you to move to Woodland, CA where you will feel right at home. You force Spanish upon your children through immersion schooling, yet you do not want to live with the Latino population. I call it Spanish immersion-inversion! You people avoid Woodland like the plague! I suppose it’s only the Spanish “culture” that you’re into. Put your money where your mouths are.

    Weren’t the Spanish Europeans the conquistadores? Who are you trying to conquer?

  21. Anonymous

    To the conspiracy theorists of Davis:

    Yes, there is a conspiracy. The conspiracy derives from the CIA’s mission to preserve our Nation under the tightening constraint of political correctness and profit. So yes, the CIA knew that 9/11 was going to happen before it did. The evidence is overwhelming. It is a sad day when the CIA must sneak around and keep secrets from the penetrating tentacles of the PC government (e.g. FBI). Thank god that the CIA and FBI are not merged and “information sharing” is still broken. Davis is full of smart people. Think why don’t you!

  22. Anonymous

    To the conspiracy theorists of Davis:

    Yes, there is a conspiracy. The conspiracy derives from the CIA’s mission to preserve our Nation under the tightening constraint of political correctness and profit. So yes, the CIA knew that 9/11 was going to happen before it did. The evidence is overwhelming. It is a sad day when the CIA must sneak around and keep secrets from the penetrating tentacles of the PC government (e.g. FBI). Thank god that the CIA and FBI are not merged and “information sharing” is still broken. Davis is full of smart people. Think why don’t you!

  23. Anonymous

    To the conspiracy theorists of Davis:

    Yes, there is a conspiracy. The conspiracy derives from the CIA’s mission to preserve our Nation under the tightening constraint of political correctness and profit. So yes, the CIA knew that 9/11 was going to happen before it did. The evidence is overwhelming. It is a sad day when the CIA must sneak around and keep secrets from the penetrating tentacles of the PC government (e.g. FBI). Thank god that the CIA and FBI are not merged and “information sharing” is still broken. Davis is full of smart people. Think why don’t you!

  24. Anonymous

    To the conspiracy theorists of Davis:

    Yes, there is a conspiracy. The conspiracy derives from the CIA’s mission to preserve our Nation under the tightening constraint of political correctness and profit. So yes, the CIA knew that 9/11 was going to happen before it did. The evidence is overwhelming. It is a sad day when the CIA must sneak around and keep secrets from the penetrating tentacles of the PC government (e.g. FBI). Thank god that the CIA and FBI are not merged and “information sharing” is still broken. Davis is full of smart people. Think why don’t you!

  25. Colleen Connolly

    Regarding the demographics of the elementary school-aged population of Davis:
    The Valley Oak Charter School will be a public charter school with an emphasis on using techno;ogy as a tool for learning in all subjects. As a magnet school, Valley Oak Charter can draw enrollment from any school district. All will be welcome.
    All these qustions can be brought up at the meeting Monday evening. I look forward to seeing you there,
    Colleen Connolly

  26. Colleen Connolly

    Regarding the demographics of the elementary school-aged population of Davis:
    The Valley Oak Charter School will be a public charter school with an emphasis on using techno;ogy as a tool for learning in all subjects. As a magnet school, Valley Oak Charter can draw enrollment from any school district. All will be welcome.
    All these qustions can be brought up at the meeting Monday evening. I look forward to seeing you there,
    Colleen Connolly

  27. Colleen Connolly

    Regarding the demographics of the elementary school-aged population of Davis:
    The Valley Oak Charter School will be a public charter school with an emphasis on using techno;ogy as a tool for learning in all subjects. As a magnet school, Valley Oak Charter can draw enrollment from any school district. All will be welcome.
    All these qustions can be brought up at the meeting Monday evening. I look forward to seeing you there,
    Colleen Connolly

  28. Colleen Connolly

    Regarding the demographics of the elementary school-aged population of Davis:
    The Valley Oak Charter School will be a public charter school with an emphasis on using techno;ogy as a tool for learning in all subjects. As a magnet school, Valley Oak Charter can draw enrollment from any school district. All will be welcome.
    All these qustions can be brought up at the meeting Monday evening. I look forward to seeing you there,
    Colleen Connolly

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