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Davis Vanguard Radio Show Tonight

KDRT 101.5 FM Tonight from 6 PM to 7 PM
Call in number: (530) 792-1648

Julian Posadas, a statewide organizer for AFSCME Local 3299 will be on the show. He helped organize in Santa Cruz to make their workers university employees, and now he is located out at UC Santa Barbara. For those of you who had questions or concerns, he will be taking calls to address them.

Historic Resources Management Commission Needs New Membership

If you’ve ever thought about serving on a City of Davis commission, please consider volunteering for the Historical Resources Management Commission. There are seats for seven commissioners, but we currently only have four members.

To be qualified for the HRMC, all you need to be is an adult resident of Davis with full command of the English language. You don’t need to have a background in architecture or history or any other special skills. However, if these subjects interest you, you’ll enjoy the work of this commission.

The HRMC meets just one evening a month. (It is normally the third Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the Hattie Webber Museum at the corner of 5th and C Streets.) The meetings generally last around two hours, so serving on the HRMC is not a great time commitment. We do receive a packet of information the week before our meeting, so you can expect a couple of hours of preparation for the meetings.

Here is the bulk of what we do:

1. When owners of historically significant properties in Davis propose changes to the exteriors of their houses or commercial buildings, the HRMC reviews the proposals, deciding whether the changes conform with design guidelines.

2. When other projects are proposed near historically significant properties, we review and comment upon these projects, insofar as they affect the neighboring property or district.

3. We also (with City Council approval) authorize surveys of historic resources, to determine what is and is not historically significant in Davis.

4. Finally, we are charged with promoting Davis’s history. To that end, we participate in the planning and preparation of city events and so on that deal with Davis history. This year, for example, we are taking part in the planning for events related to the 100 year anniversary of the opening of UC Davis.

A nice side benefit for publicly minded people in serving on the HRMC is that you get to participate in the discussions which shape the direction of our downtown and its surrounding older neighborhoods and you will learn a lot about the history of Davis.

If you would like to apply, please contact Ike Njoku at (530) 757-5610 or email. If you would like to observe a meeting of the HRMC before applying, please come to our April 21 meeting at the Hattie Webber at 7 pm.

Submitted by Rich Rifkin, member of HMRC

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  • David Greenwald

    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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12 comments

  1. Nice. I don’t get the amount of animosity toward paying people a decent wage and health benefits. I guess it’s easy to do that when you are living the easy life.

  2. Nice. I don’t get the amount of animosity toward paying people a decent wage and health benefits. I guess it’s easy to do that when you are living the easy life.

  3. Nice. I don’t get the amount of animosity toward paying people a decent wage and health benefits. I guess it’s easy to do that when you are living the easy life.

  4. Nice. I don’t get the amount of animosity toward paying people a decent wage and health benefits. I guess it’s easy to do that when you are living the easy life.

  5. Just a note on city commissions. There is going to be a City of Davis Commissions Open House to entice citizens to become involved in commission work. It will be held April 29, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Community Chambers. If the HRMC wishes to recruit new members, I would encourage members of that commission to attend.

    Having said that, any new applicants for a commission should make sure to pester the City Clerk if they do not hear as to the status of their application. This has been an ongoing problem, in which applicants dutifully fill out the form, then never hear back from anyone. I would strongly encourage the applicant to touch bases with the Chair of the commission they are applying for; and for the Chair to be very pro-active in making sure all applicants are actually considered, and not left waiting indefinitely on the back burner.

    I have approached the City Council on this matter, during Public Comment, so they are very aware of the problem. It is very important that our commissions remain fully staffed and vibrant. Commissions are an extremely important part of the political process, and often “keep the City Council honest” so to speak!

    Because our Senior Citizens Commission has been diligent about this issue, it is now fully staffed, with only an alternate position open, which is currently in the process of being filled. But it takes the Commission Chair’s due diligence to make sure all applicants are considered in a timely manner.

  6. Just a note on city commissions. There is going to be a City of Davis Commissions Open House to entice citizens to become involved in commission work. It will be held April 29, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Community Chambers. If the HRMC wishes to recruit new members, I would encourage members of that commission to attend.

    Having said that, any new applicants for a commission should make sure to pester the City Clerk if they do not hear as to the status of their application. This has been an ongoing problem, in which applicants dutifully fill out the form, then never hear back from anyone. I would strongly encourage the applicant to touch bases with the Chair of the commission they are applying for; and for the Chair to be very pro-active in making sure all applicants are actually considered, and not left waiting indefinitely on the back burner.

    I have approached the City Council on this matter, during Public Comment, so they are very aware of the problem. It is very important that our commissions remain fully staffed and vibrant. Commissions are an extremely important part of the political process, and often “keep the City Council honest” so to speak!

    Because our Senior Citizens Commission has been diligent about this issue, it is now fully staffed, with only an alternate position open, which is currently in the process of being filled. But it takes the Commission Chair’s due diligence to make sure all applicants are considered in a timely manner.

  7. Just a note on city commissions. There is going to be a City of Davis Commissions Open House to entice citizens to become involved in commission work. It will be held April 29, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Community Chambers. If the HRMC wishes to recruit new members, I would encourage members of that commission to attend.

    Having said that, any new applicants for a commission should make sure to pester the City Clerk if they do not hear as to the status of their application. This has been an ongoing problem, in which applicants dutifully fill out the form, then never hear back from anyone. I would strongly encourage the applicant to touch bases with the Chair of the commission they are applying for; and for the Chair to be very pro-active in making sure all applicants are actually considered, and not left waiting indefinitely on the back burner.

    I have approached the City Council on this matter, during Public Comment, so they are very aware of the problem. It is very important that our commissions remain fully staffed and vibrant. Commissions are an extremely important part of the political process, and often “keep the City Council honest” so to speak!

    Because our Senior Citizens Commission has been diligent about this issue, it is now fully staffed, with only an alternate position open, which is currently in the process of being filled. But it takes the Commission Chair’s due diligence to make sure all applicants are considered in a timely manner.

  8. Just a note on city commissions. There is going to be a City of Davis Commissions Open House to entice citizens to become involved in commission work. It will be held April 29, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Community Chambers. If the HRMC wishes to recruit new members, I would encourage members of that commission to attend.

    Having said that, any new applicants for a commission should make sure to pester the City Clerk if they do not hear as to the status of their application. This has been an ongoing problem, in which applicants dutifully fill out the form, then never hear back from anyone. I would strongly encourage the applicant to touch bases with the Chair of the commission they are applying for; and for the Chair to be very pro-active in making sure all applicants are actually considered, and not left waiting indefinitely on the back burner.

    I have approached the City Council on this matter, during Public Comment, so they are very aware of the problem. It is very important that our commissions remain fully staffed and vibrant. Commissions are an extremely important part of the political process, and often “keep the City Council honest” so to speak!

    Because our Senior Citizens Commission has been diligent about this issue, it is now fully staffed, with only an alternate position open, which is currently in the process of being filled. But it takes the Commission Chair’s due diligence to make sure all applicants are considered in a timely manner.

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