Friday, June 27, 2014

Twelve Color Photos of ‘50s-’70s Transforming Davis: Series Introduction (155)

Recently browsing through UCD Special Collections “mini collections” I came onto several file folders labeled “Yolo Co. (Photos)” that contained dozens of interesting and unidentified decades-old photographic images.

Twelve Color Snapshots
These image are in large part an assortment of well-known black and white scenes taken well before World War II.

But a small subset caught my attention. Deep in one of these files, there were twelve small color snapshots of Davis street scenes.  

Laying them out on a Special Collectiions reading room table I could see that at least eight of the twelve were not random views of Davis streets.
1. Thumbnails of 12 '50s-'70 Color Snapshots

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Davis Enterprise Traces the History of the Davis League of Women Voters (154)

In a front-page story on Sunday June 2nd, the Davis Enterprise reported on the closing of the Davis chapter of the League of Women Voters.

I think this is an event of special significance in understanding the history of Davis. As is elaborated in the Enterprise story, the League was an important force in shaping Davis politics in the transformative period of the 1950-70s. But Davis and the world have continued to change in ways that have reduced interest in the League--and, perhaps, in civic engagement more generally. Details follow the jump.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

City Council Approves Names for Future Street Naming With Council Member Lee Voicing Concern About That Action (153)

At its meeting on May 27, the Davis City Council adopted two lists of “Historical” and other names “to be used for Future Street Naming” (Images 1, 2 and 3). The two lists are reproduced in images 4, and 5.

City staff presented this action as a “consent” item and it was only discussed because Council member Brett Lee “pulled” it. He expressed concerns that in many ways the two lists seemed not accurately to express “the priorities of our community.”