Top 10 stories of 2017: Picnic Day fight tops a list
January 3, 2018 - Picnic Time
1. Picnic Day brawl: Police and civilians got into a nasty fight, with both sides observant a other started it
2. Mosque vandalism: A Davis proprietor pennyless windows and bicycles during a internal mosque after she became radicalized
3. UCD welcomes new chancellor: Gary May became a seventh personality of UC Davis
4. Imam sermon, apology: Imam Ammar Shahin used a word “filth” to news Jews and called for their annihilation
5. Fathers on trial: Three area organisation were charged or indicted in a deaths of their immature children
6. Housing crisis: Some use is on a setting as unit complexes are being built
7. Teacher pay: Davis teachers wish to overpass a remuneration opening that exists in allied districts
8. Trackside Center: Infill devise circuitously downtown shopping, movement overcomes area opposition
9. Downtown changes: Some appreciated internal businesses have relocated, downsized and closed
10. Legal cannabis: A dozen field wish to sell it in Davis when it becomes authorised successive year
In many cities, crime stories are review some-more than any other; this is loyal for Davis as well. But that doesn’t meant a usually stories value meaningful about are associated to military investigations or trials.
Sure, Davis saw a share of those kinds of stories turn vital news in 2017 — murders, melees and mosque discolouration all done a list of a tip 10 stories of a year, as comparison by The Enterprise reporters, editors and photographers.
But issues about where and how a city will grow, what businesses are abounding and that are leaving, and how Davis will control cannabis when it becomes authorised in California successive year also have warranted spots among a many year’s newsworthy.
Also creation news is a attainment of UC Davis’ seventh chancellor, Gary May. His solid palm has been a acquire change after a scattered duration during a university following former Chancellor Linda Katehi’s abdication in 2016.
The Enterprise news staff presents a tip 10 of this past year:
1. Picnic Day brawl: Picnic Day 2017 went down as one of a city’s many flighty on record following a fight on Russell Boulevard between a organisation of civilians who were partially restraint a alley and 3 plain-clothed military officers who had pulled over in an unmarked outpost to pierce them.
Each side indicted a other of starting a melee, that was filmed by a flitting motorist’s dashboard camera and resulted in a arrests of 5 African-American and Latino people who indicted a officers of secular profiling and extreme force. Two officers postulated control injuries during a incident.
Dubbed a “Picnic Day 5,” a defendants charged in tie with a fight done defence deals in Aug and early September, revelation to bungle battery charges as good as transgression resisting-arrest depends that will be discharged if they successfully finish one year of probation.
The occurrence triggered an internal-affairs review into a officers’ actions, that set off a new turn of debate when a initial chairman comparison to control a investigation, former Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness, claimed on his radio uncover that African-Americans were improved off before a Civil Rights Act of 1964.
McGinness withdrew from a examine amid a hearten and was transposed by former U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott. That review is complete, though a commentary are nonetheless to be expelled to a public. An proclamation is tentatively set for after this week.
Local residents also aired final for a stronger military slip module in response to a incident, call a city to sinecure dual outward consultants to accumulate submit from several stakeholders and emanate recommendations as to that slip format would best fit a community’s needs.
A array of open meetings to appeal that submit began in early December, with a final news approaching to be delivered to a City Council by Apr 30.
2. Islamic Center vandalism: The Davis village was dumbfounded when a vandal was held on notice video outstanding windows, deleterious bicycles and draping tender bacon on doorway handles during a Islamic Center of Davis on Russell Boulevard during a early hours of Jan. 22.
Three weeks later, Davis military and a FBI announced an detain — Lauren Kirk-Coehlo, a Davis High School and UC Berkeley connoisseur whose bail was increasing to $1 million in light of her amicable media posts in that she voiced “dreams and aspirations of murdering people,” saved Charleston, S.C., church shooter Dylann Roof and done racially charged comments — radical beliefs that filled an romantic void, a psychiatrist after concluded.
Charged with desolation and committing a hatred crime, Kirk-Coehlo eventually pleaded guilty to all depends and was condemned to 5 years’ probation, village use and counseling, a punishment mosque leaders decried as too lenient. Court reviews in Aug and Dec suggested that Kirk-Coehlo has complied with all of her hearing terms though is carrying difficulty anticipating employment.
3. Welcome, Chancellor Gary May: A new personality of a university is always news, though Gary May’s attainment was energetically awaited given it came on a heels of a sincerely thespian finish to his predecessor’s tenure as chancellor.
After 7 years during a helm, Linda Katehi quiescent in Aug 2016 after an eccentric review consecrated by a UC Office of a President found that a chancellor had “exercised bad judgment, not been vehement with university leadership, and disregarded mixed university policies.”
May, 53, spent scarcely 3 decades during Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served as vanguard of a College of Engineering for a past 5 years. He has pronounced of his new university, “I don’t consider a story (of UCD) has been told good nationally,” and he has been on a listening debate of campus, a village and Sacramento.
Speaking of Sacramento, one of May’s primary settled goals is to improved rivet UCD with a state’s capital, and he has been operative on a new university-wide vital plan. May, an zealous “Star Trek” fan, has named that devise “To Boldly Go.”
4. Imam sermon/apology: Controversy returned to a Islamic Center in July, when Imam Ammar Shahin delivered a oration — a video of that was posted online by a Middle East Media Research Institute and translated from Arabic to English — in that he used a word “filth” to news Jews and called for their annihilation.
The oration was in response to a shootings of dual military officers during a Mosque Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem and successive confidence measures that hurt a Muslim village there.
Davis mosque leaders primarily claimed Shahin’s comments were mistranslated and taken out of context, though Shahin after delivered a open reparation in that he concurred that his difference were hurtful and affianced to boost his interfaith activity.
Local village and eremite leaders supposed Shahin’s reparation and urged him to behind adult his difference with actions, though some contend that has nonetheless to be stirring and continue to call for his resignation.
5. Fathers on trial: 2017 saw 3 rapist cases in that Yolo County fathers were arrested in tie with a deaths of their possess children: Frank Rees, charged with contingent killing and child endangerment for his purpose in a 2015 of his tot son Justice Rees; Robert Hodges, indicted in Sep of asphyxiating his 3 children, Kelvin, 11; Julie, 9; and Lucas, 7 months, as good as attempting to kill his mother Mai Sheng in West Sacramento over supposed financial troubles; and Markeese Carter, charged with a Nov drugging and drowning of his 4-year-old daughter Aminatu-Amaya Abdul-Raafi in Putah Creek in Winters.
Carter has been systematic to mount hearing on murder and passionate attack charges, Rees done a defence understanding that resulted in a six-year jail sentence, and Hodges recently pleaded guilty to all a charges opposite him in sequence to equivocate a genocide penalty. He’ll be condemned on Jan. 19.
6. Davis’ housing crisis: The city’s indisputable let housing marketplace shortly competence palliate adult a bit, with City Council capitulation of 570 single-occupancy bedrooms for students in a Sterling Fifth Street Apartments project, on a site of a former EMQ FamiliesFirst complex.
The Lincoln40 tyro unit devise on Olive Drive is creation a approach by a city capitulation process, and UCD has announced a developer for a former Orchard Park tyro family housing site on campus, circuitously Highway 113.
And a Nishi developers are behind with a offer to build 650 apartments that would residence 2,600 students on a crowd of land sandwiched between Interstate 80 and a UCD campus. Davis electorate would have to approve that project, if it creates it by a city capitulation process. A prior devise due for Nishi, that featured research-and-development space for university startup companies as good as housing — unsuccessful during a list box in Jun 2016.
Lastly, city officials are dire for some-more on-campus tyro housing than is envisioned in a campus’ Long-Range Development Plan.
7. Davis teachers are restive: Davis teachers pulpy a propagandize residence regularly this tumble to lift their salaries and urge their advantages package to be on standard with a salaries and advantages offering during other circuitously propagandize districts.
Teachers staged demonstrations during propagandize residence meetings displaying black balloons (signifying teachers who had left for other districts or other careers) and other identical tactics. Dianna Huculak, boss of a Davis Teachers Association, has been reminding curators of a teachers’ concerns during each propagandize residence assembly given summer.
The propagandize district doesn’t brawl that there is a remuneration opening between Davis and other circuitously districts. Davis has partially fewer students who are English learners or who validate for giveaway and reduced-price propagandize meals; this equates to Davis receiving reduction of a supplemental appropriation for a preparation of these students than other circuitously districts get.
Superintendent John Bowes announced in Dec that he had helped negotiate an agreement with other Yolo County preparation agencies that will move Davis an additional $700,000 in income for special preparation successive year, and $900,000 some-more annually for special ed in successive years.
That competence put a district in a some-more stretchable position to residence a teachers’ concerns. Trustees also will investigate a probability of proposing a parcel taxation to urge teachers’ salaries and benefits.
8. Trackside Center: The due mixed-use densification redevelopment only easterly of downtown drew a antithesis of neighbors who are endangered about a distance and scale of a devise and a impact on a Old East Davis neighborhood.
Developers — 40 internal investors — reduced a distance of a building though antithesis remained. Nevertheless, a Davis City Council authorized a devise on a 4-1 opinion in November.
The project, located only easterly of a tyrannise marks on Third Street, will be home to 27 apartments and 8,950 retard feet of sell space during completion. Neighbors have sued a city, however, on environmental grounds.
9. Downtown changes: It was another year of comings and goings in downtown Davis. Early in a year, Watermelon Music left a longtime downtown plcae for new digs in West Davis, and Whole Foods sealed a store during a Davis Commons selling center.
Jennifer Anderson, boss of Davis Ace, announced that she was “right-sizing” her store and rebranding a renouned housewares dialect as Cookery Company.
Philz Coffee has been remodeling a former DeLuna Jewelers site during Second and E streets, with an opening entrance soon, and Caffé Italia sealed a doors on Richards Boulevard after 35 years to make approach for a new hotel and contention space.
Longtime Fleet Feet owners J.D. and Chris Denton sole their store to Sacramento Fleet Feet retailers, who will continue to work a store on Second Street.
Parking — or some-more privately — miss thereof, stays a plea for all downtown retailers and restaurateurs.
10. Legal cannabis: Few issues have taken adult a time of internal inaugurated officials as most as cannabis did in 2017.
With recreational cannabis use apropos authorised in 2018, a City Council has been focused on who can sell in Davis and where. A dozen field are seeking to open dispensaries in Davis and a City Council early successive year will name 4 of them to open adult emporium in town.
Meanwhile, how income lifted from authorised cannabis — both from taxes and a village impact account — will be spent continues to be a concentration of a council. At a same time, medical cannabis stays a disturbing emanate for Yolo County, with blurb cultivation a visit subject of contention among county supervisors.
For some-more than a year, available businesses have been flourishing medical cannabis on adult to one hactare in unincorporated areas of a county (all blurb activity associated to recreational cannabis stays banned) though a destiny of a attention locally stays in doubt.
County supervisors have been divided over how most to umpire and taxation a industry. The residence placed a poison tablet in a halt bidding on medical cannabis cultivation requiring electorate to approve a taxation on cannabis in Jun or a whole bidding permitting cultivation will sunset. However, supervisors themselves have been incompetent to determine on a taxation magnitude so far.
As well, Davis residents devise to disseminate a petition for signatures that would need a county to provide cannabis like any other rural product.
Other stories of note:
* Aggie athletics: That seismic reading you’ve felt in a village has been centered in a jaunty dialect during UC Davis. Among a poignant 2017 happenings in Aggie Nation were a men’s basketball module creation it to a NCAA Tournament for a initial time, and winning a first-round contest. At a same time, a women’s squad, a Big West Conference regular-season champion, modernized to a Sweet 16 of a WNIT.
There were large changes in a UCD football program, too. With a further of former Aggie fullback Dan Hawkins as control manager and a dermatitis deteriorate of All-American far-reaching receiver Keelan Doss, Aggie fans had lots to hearten about. (See tip sports stories of a year, Page B1.)
* City Council race: With dual City Council seats open in June, and incumbents Robb Davis and Rochelle Swanson staying out, a competition is wide-open. Seven people have entered a contest, and some-more possibilities could be coming.
* Nishi 2.0: Just a year after a tighten detriment during a polls, internal developers revitalise their skeleton for a Nishi property, proposing 650 apartments that would residence 2,600 students. This time, there is no research-and-development space envisioned in a project. If a City Council approves a devise in a new year, it will go on a Jun list for another opinion of a people.
* Hotels face opposition: New hotel projects faced a gauntlet of antithesis in 2017. A Hyatt House extended-stay hotel authorized for Cowell Boulevard was sued by a adults group, a Davis Smart Growth Alliance, whose membership includes another internal hotelier. Burrowing owl supporters sued to retard construction of a Marriott Residence Inn circuitously a Target store and developers of a Embassy Suites hotel during Richards Boulevard and Olive Drive significantly scaled behind their skeleton after a adults organisation filed a lawsuit.
* #Me Too: The inhabitant tab over passionate bungle empowers a UCD executive to credit a UCD emeritus song highbrow of passionate attack and rape, stemming from incidents that took place approximately 30 years ago. Danny Gray, 50, who is a executive of educational practice and labor family in a UCD Office of Academic Affairs, drafted a extensive matter fixing D. Kern Holoman, 70, as his assailant when Gray was an undergraduate tyro during UCD in a late 1980s.
— Enterprise staff writers Lauren Keene, Jeff Hudson and Anne Ternus-Bellamy contributed to this report.