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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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AM, I can tell you that Indivisible is a national organization, so this is just the local branch of the national organization. The original goal was to promote blue candidates. It was supposed to bring all the “blue“ folks together under one umbrella, thus indivisible. But frankly, since they sometimes endorse one blue candidate over another, it doesn’t seem to me that they have really lived up to their name. That is true both of the local organization and the national one. As for Yolo People Power, that has been focused more on issues like police, criminal justice, and social justice at a local level.
China has taken to aiding with Russia to help support the Russian economy. The trade between China and Russia has escalated and China has taken to buying Russian oil, the most profitable export from Russia. At the beginning of 2023 Russia’s economy has started to show signs of stress but... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Davisite
Thanks, Don.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2023 on N Street Park Planting Party at The Davisite
A drag queen performs at the 2022 Davis Pride Festival. (Wendy Weitzel/Courtesy photo) (From press release) The rainbows return to Davis’ Central Park in June for the ninth annual Davis Pride Festival. The community-focused, family-friendly weekend includes a skate night, fun run, music festival, drag queens, vendors and more –... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2023 at The Davisite
AM: 🤣
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2023 on N Street Park Planting Party at The Davisite
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Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2023 on N Street Park Planting Party at The Davisite
(From press release) Join Tree Davis and the Davis Manor Neighborhood Council at the newly renovated N Street Park March 18th and March 19th! Come help install new trees, flowers, and shrubs that will make our park and neighborhood more beautiful! Tree Davis is seeking volunteers to assist with planting,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2023 at The Davisite
Hi Dianne, it was sent to us separately as a press release. We never copy things from the Davis Enterprise without permission of the author.
(From press release) The community missed its lazy Wednesday evenings in Central Park – the music, food and family fun. The Davis Farmers Market listened, and found a way to bring back its beloved Picnic in the Park. Starting May 17, Picnic in the Park will return, and continue every... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2023 at The Davisite
By Roberta Millstein Yesterday, I attended a wonderful event on the UC Davis campus. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the new Environmental Humanities Designated Emphasis at UC Davis, and it brought together in conversation two renowned scholars, Donna Haraway (a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2023 at The Davisite
Keith, ha! I didn't notice or think about that. 😄
I seem to be playing "clarifier" today. DJT's first proposal is to negotiate for mixed use. His second proposal is to invoke eminent domain for housing only, presumably because one has to really make the case for a serious need in order to invoke eminent domain (kind of a nuclear option).
Ron writes, "Commercial sites (especially those outside of downtown) need parking." I think proposal #2 was for a "housing only" project, no commercial at all. Trader Joe's would squawk, for sure. It is true that #1 has already been tried and failed. Perhaps it's worth trying again, I dunno. But this is so close to campus that housing really does seem to make sense and could feed into the retail. I guess the devil is, as always, in the details.
By David J Thompson Without a doubt, the University Mall site will be the greatest lost opportunity for housing in Davis in this ten year RHNA cycle. At 14+ acres, no other site presents the capacity for affordable housing as does University Mall. In terms of a real (not imagined)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2023 at The Davisite
As the press release notes, it put them in conversation with two councilmembers; the DE article elaborate on that a bit further: The students have been pushing for more to be done at the city level. I realize that not everyone agrees with that goal -- e.g., David Greenwald pooh-poohed it -- but insofar as that is one of their goals they held an event that brought attention to the issue. It isn't the adults pushing the students here. If anything, it's the other way around, with students trying to get adults to take up the cause. Again, events like this help bring attention and can help get others engaged.
(From press release) On Friday, youth in Davis walked out of school to make their voices heard! On this Global Day of Climate Action, during a time when hundreds of thousands of youth marched for climate justice Davis youth joined them. Youth from Davis Senior High School, UCD Davis as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2023 at The Davisite
Ron, you seem to be suggesting that the DE didn't cover this incident, but in fact it did, with a pair of articles:
AM, WW wrote about it in her C&G column for this Sunday ( "I have some disappointing news to share. Budget cuts at The Davis Enterprise are reducing the frequency of this column, at least for now. It will run every other weekend, though I will try to adapt the schedule around big news or my vacations. Because I am a freelancer paid by the column –­ not by the hour or word – this saves the paper some money. I will still cover the same amount of news, and basically do the same amount of work, but under fewer headlines. Columns will be longer, and the reports won’t be as timely. I’d love to keep putting it out every week, but not for half the pay. I appreciate all the compliments I get from readers. These kudos – in person and by email several times a week – make me smile. (Those even include the people who stop me on the street to ask me questions without introducing themselves!) You show your love by your clicks as well. Comings & Goings brings more traffic to The Enterprise website than any other regular feature, as seen by the Popular rankings on the paper’s home page. And it was super cool to win two California Journalism Awards last year for columns and business coverage. What can you do? Subscribe and urge your friends to – and purchase ads. In fact, if you or your business would like to sponsor this column to help maintain its frequency, email me and I will help facilitate. (Sponsorship wouldn’t come with special privileges, other than getting to read this weekly like everyone else, and helping our favorite local newspaper stay afloat.) Meanwhile, watch my Comings & Goings Facebook page, along with occasional photos on Instagram." However, since posting that, she wrote on FB: "Stay tuned. Advertisers are coming out of the woodwork!" So it sounds like some Davis businesses are stepping up, as they damn well should. I agree with you 100% about the DE -- even with its issues, I think it's really important, and in no way do I think that ND/VG/Davisite fills the role. I've been a subscriber since I moved to Davis. So I am hoping that this can be sorted out.
The nonalcoholic Live Your Dream Lavender Lemonade, being served by Woodstock's Pizza all month (From press release) Soroptimist International of Davis celebrates Women’s History Month with a series of fundraisers at downtown bars and restaurants. Downtown venues will designate a day in March to donate a portion of proceeds to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2023 at The Davisite
AM, your March 03, 2023 at 07:58 PM are well-taken w/r to the impression that the average DE reader would be left with from the quote. However, I would lump this in with a more basic DE problem that they rarely have articles that contain much research. I don't blame the journalists for this -- I blame the DE for not having enough journalists and not paying their journalists enough. Everyone says that newspapers are struggling, but they continue to make profits while at the same time overlooking ways in which they could be bringing in more money. It seems to me that they mostly do what is easy. The most recent and really head scratching example is that they are (as I write this comment) cutting in half the number of columns and the amount of pay of the columnist who writes Comings and Goings. I mean, maybe that is an easy decision, but it really Makes No Sense. Not only is it one of the most popular features in the paper (apparently, the one that gets the most clicks online), but also it features Davis businesses. You know, the ones who buy the ads that keep the paper going. So you'd think that they could figure out how to keep that column going full time... you'd think they would do anything except cut the frequency of that column. But no.... I digress. My point is that the DE isn't being managed editorially or financially as it should be, and IMO what you describe is just the tip of that iceberg. There have been other egregious examples where a small amount of research could have made a big difference.
(From press release) Join the League of Women Voters Davis Area and Davis Media Access for a candidates’ forum for the upcoming Davis City Council election for a new representative from District 3. The free Zoom event will be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. March 29. District 3 represents... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2023 at The Davisite
If we want to make sure that we are not taking quotes out of context, let me quote the DE: Also, the petition states that TPUSA “commentator” Candace Owens “has repeatedly defended the false and racist narrative that George Floyd died of a fentanyl overdose, and has been quoted saying that “Hitler just wanted to make Germany great.'” That, I presume (I haven't checked) is factually correct about what the petition states. The DE does not itself make that assertion. Now, perhaps you all think that the DE should check on all the facts of claims made by all the people they are reporting on. But I think that might be above and beyond what journalists usually do? In any case, my point is just to clarify what error the DE committed, if it is indeed an error.
(From press release) You’ll never look at trees the same. Join Tree Davis and their friends from Tree Circus at 11:45am on California Arbor Day, Saturday, March 11 at Central Park to see the award-winning TreeCircus perform. The City of Davis has graciously agreed to sponsor the event at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2023 at The Davisite
It gets even better, because most of the so-called YIMBYs are actually arguing for building in other people's neighborhoods. So they are really YIYBYs (Yes In Your Back Yard). I would not say that they are mentally ill -- being mentally ill does not make someone selfish or mean -- but they do operate via attack and shame. It's extremely rare that you see an argument for housing that does not contain attacks on those who dare to speak up to disagree with a proposal. It's almost like their arguments can't stand on their own, so they have to try to discredit those who disagree with them.
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2023 on Davis must grow up, not out at The Davisite
HOPE@Davis is a student-run organization dedicated to supporting the underserved houseless population in Davis. On March 4th (from 2pm - 4pm), we are holding a Resource Fair and plan to distribute supplies and resources at the Davis Community Church on 412 C Street, Davis, CA 95616. If you would like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2023 at The Davisite