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Roberta L. Millstein
Davis, CA
I am a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis; my research is in the philosophy of science, the history & philosophy of biology, and environmental ethics. I serve on the Open Space & Habitat Commission for the City of Davis. The opinions expressed herein are my own and do not represent my employer’s views in any way. Nothing posted here should be considered official or sanctioned by my employer or any other organization I’m affiliated with.
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The following was forwarded to me in an email, and I was asked to forward it further. Everyone is welcome to submit a comment, whether affiliated with the University of California or not. --Roberta Millstein Dear UC Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members, Three weeks ago, the University of California... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Davisite
Todd, Greg can explain better than I can, but I think that's exactly what it is. Ron, I don't think Ikeda's will be affected, except to have many more very nearby customers and whatever comes with being part of the City of Davis.
If you have concerns or questions about this project, or would like to learn more, you can attend the public meeting on February 26: https://www.davisite.org/2020/02/arc-business-park-planning-commission-workshop-feb-26.html
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The City’s promise to include full commission review is being broken By Roberta Millstein The developers of the Mace ARC Business Park are avoiding a full analysis of their project proposal and omitting important project details until after citizens have voted on the project. City staff seems to support them... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Davisite
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This is just a friendly, civic reminder that Tuesday February 18th is the last day to register to vote in the California primary coming up soon on March 3. You can do that online here. Or, you can "conditionally" register to vote after the 15-day voter registration deadline by following... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Davisite
I believe that the bits that are in the southwestern corner are not technically part of the project, but they are included for annexation only so that there isn't a non-Davis hole.
My pleasure! Glad you like the quotes.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Happy Darwin Day! at The Davisite
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Why is Darwin so often only shown as an old man with a beard? By Roberta Millstein Happy Darwin Day! It’s been 211 years since Charles Darwin was born. For your Darwin Day, here is a selection of some of my favorite Darwin quotes, all from On the Origin of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at The Davisite
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Blue efforts are ongoing On Wednesday evening, nearly 100 people showed up (on short notice!) at 5th and B to protest the failure of the U.S. Senate to call witnesses, much less convict, Trump for Abuse of Power or Obstruction of Justice. People driving by enthusiastically honked in support. Photos... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at The Davisite
Thanks, Ron, for that perspective. Originally, it seemed like the Vanguard would delete anything from Rik that was deemed to be critical of Vanguard articles while leaving personal attacks from other commenters and from Vanguard authors in place. Now it seems the policy is to delete anything from Rik, period. Meanwhile, when I was subjected to repeated personal attacks from another commenter, I was told there was nothing they could do, and they refused to ban that person -- a person who was at the time anonymous while I used my real name, a person who still makes regular personal attacks on the Vanguard. The Vanguard needs to clean up its act, and Board members need to recognize that they are associating themselves with a less-than-reputable organization. It is their responsibility to fix it or disassociate.
Edubin, I do recognize that this was a difficult situation all around. Nonetheless, in November the BTSSC had laid out a path for proceeding with censure and requiring a change in Todd's beahvior, and Todd had promised to do so. If something happened after that meeting, then it should have been made public. Instead, there was an unexplained and unjustified second vote to dismiss in January. Meanwhile, prior to the City Council's decision Todd himself and several others of us urged mediation/conflict resolution instead of dismissal. So, I don't want my readers to think that this is entirely the CC's fault. I think that there was bad process from the BTSSC, and that by suspending Todd, the CC in effect endorsed that bad process. So I think there is blame on both sides.
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City Council needs to stop shooting from the hip The Council in deliberation. Note that the caption is incorrect; "bicycle" should be "bicycling" By Roberta Millstein The City Council has a disturbing pattern of making shoot-from-the-hip decisions on the dais without proper deliberation and analysis. This past Tuesday one commissioner,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 at The Davisite
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By Todd Edelman The high wheeler bike share bikes are rusting, the tomatoes are hibernating, the persimmons are throbbing, the Creek’s not so full, I-80 is roaring and stinky, the sun’s shining perhaps a bit more than it should… it’s mid-winter in Davis and I was just temporarily suspended from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at The Davisite
Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement for gun safety, estimates that, by early February, more people will be killed by guns in America than are killed by guns in other high-income countries during the entire year. Yet, despite wide-spread demands for sensible gun reform, the number of deaths by firearms... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at The Davisite
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Reacting to the failure of SB 50 to move out of the Senate, the groups Alliance for Community Transit-Los Angeles (ACT-LA), Public Counsel, PolicyLink, Western Center on Law and Poverty, Public Advocates, and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation made the following statement: It is time to reject false choices... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at The Davisite
Hi Thor, Colin has already answered your post better than I can, but I'd just reiterate that I used what information was available to me. The City made the blue and green table public, which you might click on and take a look at, but it does talk about the different types of residences in different projects. Similarly, I linked to what information that UCD made available; just follow the links. If other people know about other publicly available information, please chime in! As for your seeming frustration over Orchard Park, I share it.
The projects that are in blue in the table above are either recently completed or under construction. So I think the answer for those is "very soon." I think some of the others are also expected very soon, e.g., Cannery Marketplace, Lincoln 40. Others have more unpredictable timelines. For example, I understand that Nishi still does not have permission to build a tunnel under the railroad to UCD's campus. I don't think they are supposed to start building until that is in place. But I don't know all the details of all the projects. This would be a good question to ask City staff, or maybe someone else can chime in.
Thanks, John, and agreed! My post should absolutely not be read as an argument against the University building more housing than it plans to build. I would like to see them house more students, more affordably. This is just meant to show the numbers so that we can all come to informed decisions.
Good points, Colin. Given my low ball in the article and what you say here, the numbers really may be quite a bit larger.
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The answers might surprise you. Sterling project, 2100 5th St, under construction (611 beds) By Roberta Millstein Recently on NextDoor and elsewhere, Davisites have been disagreeing about whether Davis is building enough housing or whether it needs more. The discussions have become particularly relevant in light of two potentially large... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2020 at The Davisite
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I disagree that it's a losing issue, especially if these same young people vote... But aside from that, to say that they had a choice... the choice is not to go to college? That's not a very good choice. I mean, if people genuinely don't want to go to college, that's fine. But if they want to go, and society has priced it so ridiculously high that most can't afford it .... that's a problem that society needs to fix. It doesn't do any of us any good if our college-striving students can't afford to go. We need an educated populace. It's a public good. That's why I think that the government should support it, the same way that it pays for K-12.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2020 on A Case for Bernie Sanders at The Davisite
Keith, I took out loans and paid them off myself. Things were harder for me as a Gen Xer than they were for a Boomer, easier than they are for Millennials and Gen Z. But just because I struggled doesn't mean that I want others to struggle too. I want things to get better for future generations, or at least to stay equally good, which they aren't.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2020 on A Case for Bernie Sanders at The Davisite
I don't deny that there are Bobs out there. The point is that it is a whole lot harder to be a Bob today than it was for Bob-the-boomer. Tuition is a lot more, salaries are a lot less, even the GI bill isn't what it used to be. We need to make it possible for there to be Bobs again.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2020 on A Case for Bernie Sanders at The Davisite
It really is quite clever and well done. Even a staunch Bernie supporter like me has to admit that. But what the video leaves out is how much worse things have gotten since the Boomer generation was in school. (Things actually started getting worse with Gen X -- see https://money.cnn.com/2014/09/22/news/economy/gen-x-poorer-than-parents-pew-study/index.html ). So, college costs and Medical costs are WAY higher. Student loans are out of control. Minimum wage buys much less than it used to -- it has not kept up with inflation. The gap between the wealthiest and the poorest Americans has widened dramatically. So what Bernie is promising isn't "free stuff" that Boomers worked hard for. What he is promising is a return to a society where people can go to college for a reasonable amount, get a good job, and get paid a decent amount for it without an insane debt load.
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2020 on A Case for Bernie Sanders at The Davisite
"Still, I'm hoping that Rik focuses more of his efforts on the Davisite" Me too. "the Vanguard is apparently off-limits for him at this point. They are deleting comments which don't appear to have any relationship to their own policies, and leaving others which violate it." Yep. "And frankly, Rik is one of the few who actually does his "homework" before responding." He does! "How any of this is "o.k." with the majority of Vanguard readers or its supporters is beyond me." Well, I think you know.