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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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By Greg Rowe Some Davis residents have publicly questioned the planning commission’s May 27 unanimous rejection of the University Commons redevelopment proposal. After carefully evaluating this project for 18 months, I suggest that decision reflects the community’s expectation that the commission will uphold good land use practices and support neighborhood... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Davisite
The owners of the University Mall, the Brixmor Property Group, have applied to the City for permission to demolish the existing shopping center and replace it with a mixed-use project of 264 apartments and 136,000 sq ft ground-floor retail. We also note that Commissioner Darryl Rutherford has stated that the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at The Davisite
Russ, the Addendum to the Bretton Woods Environmental Impact Report has been published – it was posted to the City's website around the middle of June. You can view the Addendum at the link below. For the appendices, use the second link and scroll down to "Environmental Impact Report."
(From press release) Valley Clean Energy is pleased to announce the hiring of Rebecca Boyles as its new director of customer care and marketing. In this position, she is responsible for all customer touch points, including outreach, marketing, programs, key accounts and customer policy development. Boyles joins Valley Clean Energy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2020 at The Davisite
Riffat Ahmad from Ahmad Farm sets up at the June 11 soft opening of the Sutter Davis Hospital Farmers Market. Debbie Ramming/Courtesy photo (From press release) The Sutter Davis Hospital Farmers Market is back – with precautions in place to protect the health and safety of its vendors and shoppers.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2020 at The Davisite
(From press release) During these trying times, it’s more important than ever to take note of the good news that’s worth celebrating. “Please join us as we mark the anniversary of Valley Clean Energy,” said Don Saylor, chairman of the board of directors of the not-for-profit public agency and a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at The Davisite
The following was emailed to the Planning Commission today; it is reprinted by permission of the author. Dear Commissioners - Tonight you have before you a 1,000-page Final EIR for which you are being asked to recommend certification but you have had only a little over a week to review... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2020 at The Davisite
By David Abramson The City of Davis Finance and Budget Commission is meeting tonight at 6:30 to discuss proposed budget cuts, including that of the Davis Police Department. Written comments can be submitted by 4:30 today to or can be given live during the meeting: My guess is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at The Davisite
By Matt Williams Intentions and goals are only words unless they are accompanied by accomplishments, and when it comes to accomplishments, especially in the realm of renewable power, City Hall is very good at "talking the talk" but not very good at “walking the walk.” That is a bold statement.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at The Davisite
By Emily Hill White people of Davis, this is relevant here, too: One of the fundamental things wrong with police culture is solidarity with violent colleagues. You may have seen the video of police in riot gear pushing over a 75 year old man who started bleeding from the head... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at The Davisite
Celebration of Abraham (COA), a Yolo County interfaith organization for over 17 years, is saddened and outraged at the killing of George Floyd and expresses our deepest condolences to his family. We are anguished at the continuous violence black Americans have suffered throughout the history of our county—slavery, Jim Crow,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2020 at The Davisite
A baby gets a checkup at a Communicare Health Center. A Soroptimist grant will fund a new postpartum group for moms in need. Courtesy photo. (From press release) This spring, Soroptimist International of Davis awarded $6,500 in funds to like-minded nonprofits through its annual Community Grants program. The following organizations... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2020 at The Davisite
Artist Danielle Fodor created stencils to print in “places we can’t gather.” This one, talking about the importance of hand washing, uses mud as paint. (Danielle Fodor/Courtesy photo) By Wendy Weitzel The arts community is one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. With shows, concerts, galleries and all public... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2020 at The Davisite
Yvonne Hunter, a longtime Davis resident and chair of the Valley Clean Energy Community Advisory Committee, proudly shows off her affiliation with VCE while hiking at Machu Picchu in Peru. Courtesy photo By Yvonne Hunter Chair, Valley Clean Energy Community Advisory Committee As Valley Clean Energy reaches its two-year anniversary,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2020 at The Davisite
Hi Cecily!! Me too. Missing you and our other lanemates.
Taking a break between sets. That's me with the water bottle. By Roberta Millstein I started swimming with Davis Aquatic Masters, better known as DAM, shortly after I moved to Davis in 2007. I was thrilled to have coach-led sets and a group of people to train with – so... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2020 at The Davisite
But Wednesday and Saturday Farmers Markets will continue (From press release) Davis Farmers Market announced May 8 that its Picnic in the Park event is canceled for 2020. This is the first full-season closure since the Wednesday evening event began in 1995. From April through October, the market traditionally expands... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at The Davisite
I agree with you Todd, but with a few clarifications. First, the risk of exposure is greater for people who work in grocery stores because of the length of time of exposure. Second, some stores are small with poor ventilation whereas others are larger with better ventilation. I think that matters also, especially depending on how many people are allowed in the store at one time. I suspect you agree on both of these points, but I thought it was worth clarifying them.
Toggle Commented May 8, 2020 on Blow, Virus! Blow! at The Davisite
The following was sent to the Bicycling, Transportation, and Street Safety Commission (BTSSC) and the City as written comment by Matt Williams on April 8, the day before the BTSSC meeting. The opinions expressed in the public comment are as an individual, and not as a representative of any organization.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at The Davisite
So many things about this meeting made me sad and angry: - the offensive language and imagery. - the City turning off Zoom access because of the above. - the people who were deterred from the meeting because of the offensiveness or Zoom being turned off. - the Mayor's seeming insensitivity to what people are and will being going through because of the pandemic, leading him to think that we can just conduct business as usual. - the Council proceeding without full public participation, and in the case of the solar farm, without proper vetting from commissions or comparison to other proposals. The majority's hubris seemed to think they could proceed based just on their own reading without further input and in opposition to commenters from a number of commissions. I fear that this "free lunch" will come back to haunt them later.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2020 on City Council Zoom-bombed at The Davisite
Outdoor exercise, care for the children and elderly, and more By Roberta Millstein Last night at around 10:30 PM, the Office of the Governor of California tweeted that there was new information available for the Governor’s Stay-at-home rule. You can find those online at: For example, many people had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at The Davisite
Sure. But we're a community blog, and we were asked to post this, so we did. I think the info here is that Sept or Oct are being looked at as new dates. I also find the connection to AIDS relevant. Like COVID-19, certain people were stigmatized and that delayed treatment. We need to do better at learning from history.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2020 on Davis Pride Festival postponed at The Davisite
Really? It's not at all obvious to me. I've gotten no indication that the City was planning on putting big development projects and other non-essential items on hold. We'll see if that gets discussed at all by the City Council. At a minimum, I hope they clarify it.
Dear Davis City Council, Thank you for considering declaring a local emergency. I am fully in support of that. I am writing to strongly urge that you add (something like) the following to the “Proclamation of a Local Emergency in Response to COVID-19”: “The City will not take action on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at The Davisite
The City should be suspending consideration of projects that will have a massive impact for decades to come until such time that an adequate public review process can be restored. Period. And yes, Ramos's article is utterly and shamelessly Orewellian.
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2020 on Ramos ARC Double Speak at The Davisite