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Redevelopment Money, Water-Rate Subsidies & Caffé Italia

If you missed last night’s council meeting, but still want to take away the major points, here they are.

Redevelopment Agency Will Stay

The council unanimously agreed that the city should pay in and keep its redevelopment agency, which will cost $3.5 million by May 2012. In doing so, they will keep the millions of dollars currently in the fund and use it for future projects downtown and in other redevelopment areas.

This Davis Enterprise piece digs into the details of a lawsuit being filed in the California Supreme Court, and discusses why Davis is more fortunate than many other cities. 

Utility Subsidies 

The city will move forward with the exploration of ways to provide low-income subsidies for the rising . councilmember Sue Greenwald abstained from the vote, saying that although everyone wants the subsidies, it's important to locate the funding source before passing this kind of motion, because it gives people the impression that the subsidies will definitely be available.

“The key is not raising false hopes,” she said.

Relocation

The popular restaurant located near the will move to the former Denny’s location on Chiles Road as the owner of the hotel plans to make major changes to his establishment in the near future.

See how much the city agreed to pay to make it happen in this Enterprise story.

Downtown Parking Structure

In , members of Davis Bicycles! and the Cool Davis Initiative voice concerns about the structure. 

Speed tables on J Street

The city will use the area between Alice and Drexel as an opportunity to test and evaluate traffic-calming options that could be used throughout the city. No major structural diversions will be included.

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