Mayor’s Corner: A Spirit of Renewal Permeates Davis

Wolk-Dan-headshot-2014By Dan Wolk

In honor of our poet laureate and Shakespeare aficionado Dr. Andy Jones, I thought I would begin this column with a quote from the Bard of Avon: “April, dressed in all his trim, hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”

And between open houses at our schools, Easter egg hunts and Picnic Day, that has certainly been the case in our community.

But a “spirit of renewal,” in addition to a “spirit of youth,” also has remained strong this month and will only gain steam in the next.

City update

* Warm Remembrance Play Area dedication. Earlier this month, the community dedicated the new play area in memory of John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves — the “sweetheart murders” victims in the early 1980s — at Redwood Park. Special thanks to Bob Bowen and Beth Gabor for all their efforts in making this happen.
* Universal access ordinance. Last week, for the first time, the City Council introduced an ordinance to require universal access in all new single-family homes. Coupled with The Cannery being the first new home project of its scale in the nation to achieve universal design, our community is making sure we are properly planning for the aging of our population.
* “Paint A Box” Project. On Tuesday, the City Council approved the final design concepts for five artists to paint various utility boxes in our downtown. One of them will be done by Heidi Bekebrede, a Davis High School grad and composer of “The Davis Song.”
* Environmental Recognition Awards. This month the city presented the 2015 Environmental Recognition Awards to Neighborhood Partners, LLC (Luke Watkins and David Thompson) and The Bike Campaign (Maria Contreras Tebbutt) for their environmental contributions to the Davis community. Congratulations and thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our community.

Upcoming items

May will be a busy one for our community. Here’s what’s in store:

* Big Day of Giving (May 5). Consider participating in the regional Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour online challenge to donate to local nonprofit organizations. More than 60 Yolo County nonprofits are included in the challenge, so check out the list at and support the important work of our local service providers.
* Drought/water conservation. At its first meeting in May, the City Council will receive an update on the governor’s executive order regarding the unprecedented drought and discuss staff’s plan for achieving the conservation requirement of 28 percent compared with 2013.
* Mid-year budget update. On May 5, the City Council will receive its mid-year budget update on the state of our finances through December, a prelude to the fiscal year 2015-16 budget discussions that will occur in June.
* Eco-classes. The city is hosting a series of eco-classes in May. Please join us as we explore water conservation, urban wildlife, environmentally conscious pest management, composting and more. All classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Game Room at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., and will run one to 1½ hours. For more information, please contact Jennifer Gilbert, the city’s outstanding conservation coordinator, at 530-757-5688.

More information

I hope you’ve enjoyed this installment of the Mayor’s Corner. To contact me for any reason, please email me at or call me at 530-574-4360. The city’s website is

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  1. Miwok

    I don’t know if naming positive places like parks after murdered people or war heroes is appropriate.

    Naming a place for a Community Leader, Local person who donates a lot of time, or a teacher is a positive thought about a positive place. Naming it for murdered students brings up the specter of the story to children or sensitive people (I guess me) who say, what was the story behind naming this Park?

    “This park helps us to remember the spree killings of the 80’s, when these poor children were snatched out of a parking lot and killed”. OOOH I wanna play there, mommy!

  2. zaqzaq

    Guess “Dan in a Bubble” is more interested in reminding people about “The Davis Song” than the pot holes in our roads that are growing bigger and multiplying.  Like I really care that the composer of “The Davis Song” will be painting a box in the downtown.  All he is doing is positioning himself to run for higher office.  Still glad he lost in the primary.  Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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