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Organized by Davis Downtown’s Visioning and Community Relations Committee, the brown-bag lunch series facilitates thought-provoking dialogue regarding issues affecting downtown Davis in a casual setting. For more information on dates and topics, please visit the Events Calendar.

Participants are welcome to bring a lunch or purchase one at any downtown eatery. For more information, contact Davis Downtown Executive Director Stewart Savage at (530) 392-8324 or stewart@DavisDowntown.com.

Upcoming Brown Bag Lunch Discussions

2018 Candidate Forum Audio

2018 Davis Downtown Candidate Forum Image

On April 25, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm at the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame, Davis Downtown hosted the 2018 Davis Downtown Candidate Forum. All nine candidates running for the Davis City Council were on-hand to answer questions in front of a standing-room only audience.

Candidates running for the Davis City Council are:

  • Ezra Beeman
  • Mary Jo Bryan
  • Dan Carson
  • Linda Deos
  • Eric Gudz
  • Larry Guenther
  • Gloria Partida
  • Luis Rios Jr.
  • Mark West

There were four rounds of questions for the candidates. In rounds 1 and 2, questions were developed by Davis Downtown. Round 3 was the ‘Candidate to Candidate’ section. Round 4 questions came from downtown business owners and from the audience. Round 1 included opening statements from each candidate. Round 4 includes closing statements from each candidate.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

2018 Davis Downtown Candidate Forum

Davis Downtown is hosting a City Council Candidate Forum so downtown businesses and the community can learn more about the nine (9) candidates vying for the two available seats on the Davis City Council.

The nine candidates running in the 2018 Davis City Council race and participating in this forum are (in alphabetical order): Ezra Beeman, Mary Jo Bryan, Dan Carson, Linda Deos, Eric Gudz, Larry Guenther, Gloria Partida, Luis Rios Jr, and Mark West.

The Q&A-based forum will focus on the issues facing our community with a specific focus on the issues related to downtown Davis. Some of the focus areas will be:

  • Parking
  • Economic Development
  • Crime/Safety
  • City Budget
  • Campus/Student Relations
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Tourism
  • Homelessness/Panhandling
  • Cannabis

Location

The Davis Downtown Candidate Forum will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame, 303 3rd Street in downtown Davis.

The Davis Downtown Candidate Forum is free and open to the public.

Survey

Questions for the Davis Downtown Candidate Forum are being selected from a variety of sources. Downtown business owners and community members are encouraged to submit their questions through a brief online survey.

The Davis Downtown Candidate Forum survey can be found at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2108CandidateForum

Questions will also be accepted from the audience at the forum.  Attendees will be able to submit questions and have them asked directly to the candidates, time permitting.

Moderators for the 2018 Davis Downtown Candidate forum will be Joshua Chapman, President of the Davis Downtown Board of Directors and owner of Armadillo Music, and Sheri Hein, Vice-President of the Davis Downtown Board of Directors and owner of Freewheeler Bicycle Center.

“This forum is a fantastic opportunity for downtown business owners and community members to learn more about the City Council candidates and to hear about the candidate’s plans for supporting our downtown.,” stated Champan. “We hope this forum helps our downtown businesses determine who will the best choice for supporting our downtown and our community.”

Stewart Savage, Executive Director for Davis Downtown and owner of Abaton Consulting, shared his thoughts on the upcoming forum. “This is our third Candidate Forum. We have found from our past experiences that these forums are a great opportunity for businesses to learn where the candidates stand on critical downtown issues. From a businessowner perspective, I can definitely tell you that having the right people on the City Council is essential for the success of our downtown and our community.”

The Davis Downtown Candidate Forum is organized by Davis Downtown’s Visioning and Community Relations Committee, which is chaired by Chris Soderquist, owner of Repower Yolo, and Sheri Hein, owner of Freewheeler Bicycle Center. The Davis Downtown Visioning Committee meets on the 4th Thursday of each month. More information about the Visioning Committee and Davis Downtown can be found at http://davisdowntown.com/about-us/

Downtown Davis is a 32-block Business Improvement District (DBID) formed in 1989 which works to ensure the economic well-being of the downtown. Activities of the DBID include marketing, events, and advocacy.

For more information, contact Stewart Savage, Executive Director at (530) 392-8324 or stewart@DavisDowntown.com.

Candidate Information

Candidate statements can be found on the City of Davis website at

http://cityofdavis.org/city-hall/city-clerk/elections/june-5-2018-general-municipal-election

Brown Bag City of Davis Fiscal Review

Davis Downtown To Discuss City’s Fiscal Condition

Davis Downtown invites member businesses and the community to the January 25, 2017 Brown Bag meeting at River City Bank for an in-depth discussion about our City’s precarious fiscal condition.

As Mayor Robb Davis stated earlier this month, “We are not paying for the things that we’ve already purchased, and we are not paying for those things in adequate amounts to make sure they remain for the future.”

A sub-committee of the Finance and Budget Commission (Jeff Miller, Matt Williams and Bob Fung) built a clear, easy-to-understand computer model that shows the City’s current financial condition, as well as dynamically displaying realistic projections/scenarios of how decisions made in current time by the City affect the City’s future financial health over the next 20 years.

Entitled “Project Toto,” the model provides revealing, realistic projections of the city’s financial position based on actual financial numbers from the City’s budget and other city documents. The model and the forum illuminates the reality behind the curtain.

This Davis Downtown Brown Bag meeting will be held at River City Bank, 239 E Street, in downtown Davis, on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

Organized by Davis Downtown’s Visioning and Community Relations Committee, the Brown Bag meetings facilitate thought-provoking dialog regarding issues affecting Downtown Davis in a casual setting.

Participants are welcome to bring a lunch or purchase one at any downtown eatery. For more information, contact Davis Downtown Executive Director Stewart Savage at (530) 392-8324 or stewart@DavisDowntown.com.

Trackside Development Brown Bag

Davis Downtown To Discuss Trackside Center Project

Davis Downtown invites member businesses and the community to the October 28, 2015 Brown Bag meeting at the Pence Gallery for an open discussion about the proposed Trackside Center project.

A short presentation by Kemble Pope, Project Manager, will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions and give input on the proposal.

Trackside Project Summary

Join us as we learn more about the recent proposal to redevelop the Trackside Center at 901-919 Third Street. The new mixed-use building proposes 10,000 SF of new retail space, underground parking and 48 residences in a 5 1/2 story building.High-quality rental residences are designed for empty-nesters and young professionals that want to live an urban lifestyle with pedestrian, bicycle and transit options for their daily needs.

Benefits to the community include higher-quality retail options on an inviting and relaxing ‘Rail Promenade’, new environmentally progressive housing options and more residents to advocate for the continued renewal of our cherished downtown. Also, the new building will create a large, ongoing net increase of financial benefit to the City that can help fund other community needs.

Downtown Davis and Old East Davis will benefit from the conversion of an eye-sore alley into a safer, European-style, pedestrian and bicycle friendly passage activated by retail and residential use. Underground utilities and improved streetscapes and sidewalks will create a more pleasing experience for residents and visitors.

Trackside Project Documents

Project application documents can be found online: http://bit.ly/trackside_application

Learn more and stay involved by visiting: http://www.tracksidecenter.com

Brown Bag Information

This Davis Downtown Brown Bag meeting will be held at the Pence Gallery, 212 D Street, in downtown Davis, on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

Organized by The Davis Downtown’s Visioning and Community Relations Committee, the Brown Bag meetings facilitate thought-provoking dialog regarding issues affecting Downtown Davis in a casual setting.

Participants are welcome to bring a lunch or purchase one at any downtown eatery. For more information, contact Davis Downtown Executive Director Stewart Savage at (530) 392-8324 or stewart@DavisDowntown.com.

Are EV Parking Spaces Taking Away Parking Spots For Your Customers?

ElectricalOutlet20150918Davis Downtown invites member businesses and the community to the September 23, 2015 Brown Bag meeting at River City Bank for an in-depth discussion about the future of Electric Vehicle (EV) parking in downtown Davis.

Cool Davis, the City of Davis, Valley Climate Action Center, and the UCD Institute of Transportation Studies are planning the future of EV Charging in Davis. Businesses need to understand and be ready for widespread adoption of electric vehicles by customers and employees.

At this noon-time meeting, Shelby Kelly, Transportation Field Coordinator for Cool Davis, the City’s EV Charging Grant Team will be presenting on the impacts of electric vehicles on businesses. Come learn how and why you should be considering electric vehicle charging for your business, employees, and customers.

This Davis Downtown Brown Bag meeting will be held at River City Bank, 239 E Street, in downtown Davis, on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

Organized by Davis Downtown’s Visioning and Community Relations Committee, the Brown Bag meetings facilitate thought-provoking dialog regarding issues affecting Downtown Davis in a casual setting.

Participants are welcome to bring a lunch or purchase one at any downtown eatery. For more information, contact Davis Downtown Executive Director Stewart Savage at (530) 392-8324 or stewart@DavisDowntown.com.