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                The Davis, California USENET FAQ Part 3 of 6
         Frequently Asked Questions at and about Davis, California
                         (c) Copyright 1995 & 1996

                                    by

                           David F. Prenatt, Jr.
                           Internet Esquire(sm)
                              P.O. Box 74632
                           Davis, CA 95617-5632

           World Wide Web: <http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~netesq >

                 E-mail: <mailto:NetEsq@dcn.davis.ca.us >


The Davis, California USENET FAQ (Davis USENET FAQ) may be comprised of
more than one part.  If it is, please see the TABLE OF CONTENTS in Part One
for a complete list of the questions that I have attempted to answer and
for other important legal information.  Caveat emptor:  I assume no
obligation to anyone through the publication of the Davis USENET FAQ.
Furthermore, all versions of the Davis USENET FAQ are my personal property
and are protected by applicable copyright laws.  All rights are reserved
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herein for non-profit purposes, provided that proper credit is given to me
as the author of this FAQ and that I am notified of any use other than
personal use.  I may revoke permission to reproduce any version of this FAQ
at any time.

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                The Davis, California USENET FAQ Part 3 of 6
         Frequently Asked Questions at and about Davis, California
             (c) Copyright 1995 & 1996 by David F. Prenatt, Jr.


2.2)  LIVING IN DAVIS.

2.2.1)  HOUSING IN DAVIS.

2.2.1.1)  How can I find a place to live in Davis?

     There is no shortage of housing in Davis whatsoever.  Just pick up a
     newspaper or the Housing Viewpoint.  However, keep in mind that Davis
     is a college town, and this has a certain foreseeable impact on the
     rental housing market.  One year leases are the standard, and these
     leases generally begin just before the fall quarter; prudent lessees
     negotiate their leases several months in advance.

2.2.1.2)  What kind of housing is available in Davis and how much does it
          cost?

     Housing in Davis is comprised primarily of apartments, but there are
     also many single family dwellings that are rented.  The cheapest
     decent one bedroom apartments in Davis are about $500.

2.2.1.2.1)  Rental Housing in Davis.

     Apartments are the most common source of rental housing in Davis, and
     as Davis is a college town, the rental housing market focuses on
     serving the needs of college students.

2.2.1.2.2)  Residential Real Estate in Davis.

     For information on residential real estate in Davis, readers with a
     web browser may visit the Davis Real Estate Home Page on the World
     Wide Web (<http://www.mother.com/yo/davisre/davrein.htm >).

2.2.2)  COMMERCIAL SERVICES FOR DAVIS RESIDENTS.

     This section contains information about commercial services that are
     of special interest to Davis residents.  For more complete information
     on Davis commerce, see Section 2.3 of this FAQ.

2.2.2.1)  What grocery stores serve the Davis community?

     There are four grocery store chains that serve the Davis area and
     several small grocery stores that serve the needs of Davis residents
     exclusively.  In addition, Cost-U-Less (a combination grocery store
     and warehouse style discount store) opened on Thursday September 28,
     1995 in the Oaktree shopping center of East Davis (over the vociferous
     objections of some outspoken East Davis residents).  Cost-U-Less
     filled a space that has been vacant for over two years.

2.2.2.1.1)  Chain Grocery Stores. [Rev]

     In alphabetical order:

          * Albertson's (916)756-7441
           1800 E. 8th St

          * Lucky's (916)758-0580
           1900 Anderson Rd (at Covell)

          * Nugget (916)753-6690
           409 Mace Blvd

          * Safeway (two locations)
           1451 W. Covell   871 Russell Blvd
           (916)757-4540   (916)756-3050

2.2.2.1.2)  The Davis Food Co-Op.

     No FAQ including a discussion on Davis grocers would be complete
     without a section on the Davis Co-Op, Davis' "politically correct"
     grocery store.  If you are looking for some unusual grocery item in
     the town of Davis and you can't find it, go to the Co-Op.  If they
     don't have it, no one else in Davis will.  Davis Co-Op members also
     pride themselves on not offering for sale any items that exploit
     child-labor or third-world countries.  However, a small controversy
     erupted on the Davis USENET when a poster noted that the Co-Op offered
     42 oz. malt liquor for sale, arguing that such a product is intended
     to exploit cheap drunks (notwithstanding the large selection of other
     wines and beers that the Davis Co-Op normally offers for sale).
          The Davis Co-Op is planning to open a virtual store on the World
     Wide Web soon, wherein Davis residents can purchase their groceries
     and have those groceries delivered to their home by the Co-Op  [this
     would actually be a great service for the many Davis residents who do
     not own a car].  However, these plans are being held up by the Co-Op's
     desire to purchase an environmentally correct electric vehicle.
     Readers with a web browser may visit the Davis Co-op Home Page on the
     World Wide Web (<http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~dawalter/dfc >).

          Davis Food Co-Op (916)758-2667
          620 G St


2.2.2.1.3)  Eatwell Farms.

     Eatwell Farms is located in the neighboring city of Winters,
     California and delivers fresh produce to Davis residents.  For more
     information about Eatwell Farms, visit the Eatwell Farms Home Page on
     the World Wide Web (<http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~eatwell/ >).

2.2.2.1.4)  Cost-U-Less.  [Rev]

     Cost-U-Less opened its East Davis location on Thursday September 28,
     1995, after months of unsuccessful lobbying efforts against Cost-U-
     Less by local activists.  Noticeably missing at the grand opening were
     any protestors.  However, I am sure that many Davisites are still
     unhappy with the opening of Cost-U-Less.
          I, for one, am glad to see Cost-U-Less fill the old Safeway
     location that has been vacant since August of 1993.  While the East
     Davis Cost-U-Less is not a traditional neighborhood grocery store, I
     found all of the grocery items there that I needed for a single person
     household.  And many of the products that Cost-U-Less has for sale
     cannot be found anywhere else in Davis.
          The opposition to Cost-U-Less seems to have been misguided
     community activism.  A small, vocal minority in East Davis claimed
     that Cost-U-Less would not fit in with the master plan of the Davis
     community.  But from what I have seen, Cost-U-Less is bending over
     backwards to comply with Davis zoning ordinances while filling a niche
     that no other business in Davis is willing or able to fill.

          Oak Tree Plaza
          1414 E. Covell (at Poleline Rd)
          (916)750-0962

2.2.2.2)  What other kinds of stores serve the needs of the Davis
          community?

     Most of the stores in the community of Davis are small retail
     establishments.  For years, citizens of Davis have successfully
     resisted efforts by developers to build a large shopping mall.
     Accordingly, most Davis residents travel to Woodland to visit its
     department stores.  For more information on Davis business, check the
     davis.business USENET newsgroup (<news:davis.business >).

2.2.2.3)  What banks serve the Davis area?

     In alphabetical order:

          *    Bank of America (916)753-1833
               325 E St

          *    Business & Professional Bank (916)756-1333
               239 E St

          *    First Insterstate Bank (916)756-8350
               330 E St

          *    First Northern Bank (916)758-7500
               434 2nd St

          *    Golden 1 Credit Union (916)753-0127
               508 2nd St

          *    Sacramento Savings Bank (916)756-8350
               330 E St

          *    University & State Employees Credit Union (USE)
               (<http://www.usecu.com/ >)
               (916)758-3306
               200 B St

          *    Union Bank (916)756-2301
               300 E St

          *    U.S. Bank (Two locations)
               Downtown (916)756-7283   North Davis (916)753-3700
               304 F St                 620 W. Covell Blvd

          *    Wells Fargo Bank (<http://wellsfargo.com/ >)
               340 F St

          *    World Savings & Loan Association (916)758-6250
               333 F St

          *    Yolo Federal Credit Union (916)753-9746
               1340 E. Covell Blvd


2.2.2.4)  Where can I find a bike shop in Davis?

     It is hard to avoid a bike shop in Davis.  There are over 2.1 bikes
     per person in Davis, and a corresponding number of bike shops.
     However, there are only two bike shops in Davis that are on the World
     Wide Web:

          *    Wheelworks (<http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~bicycles >)

          *    B & L Bike Shope (<http://virtual-markets.net/vme/blbike/ >)

2.2.2.5)  Are there any recycling centers in Davis?

     Yes, but most Davis residents choose to put their recyclables out for
     collection.  The following ar privately owned redemption centers that
     redeem California Redemption Value (CRV) beverage containers:

          *    Davis Waste Removal (916)756-4646
          Open Monday through Friday 9:30am to 2pm; Saturday 8am-4pm.
               2727 2nd St (Off L)


          *    20/20 Centers
          Open Tuesday through Friday 11am-5pm; Saturday 8:30am-5pm.
               Closed daily 1:30-2pm.

               University Mall    Lucky Shopping Center
               871 Russell Blvd   1900 Anderson Rd


     These facilities are not obliged to accept non-CRV containers.  For
     more information on recycling centers in Davis call the Recycling
     Program at (916)757-5686 or see the davis.environment USENET newsgroup
     (<news:davis.environment >).

2.2.2.6)  Is there an honest mechanic in Davis?

     Katje Sabin-Newmiller offered the following recommendation on the
     davis.general USENET newsgroup (<news:davis.general >; Message-ID:
     <3qqnbn$9aq@mark.ucdavis.edu>):

          You have lotsa moola, want the job done right, go to
          Redfield Machine.  He's honest, he's expensive, he's in
          heavy demand (no rush stuff), he's local, and he's in the
          book.

          Not so much moola, willing to hunt down parts, call a pal of
          mine who runs a mobile auto repair business: Gene, 753-2658.
          Tell him Katje sent ya. (He used to work for Robert
          Redfield, see above).


2.2.3)  GOVERNMENT SERVICES IN DAVIS.

     I have not listed all of the government services that are available to
     Davis residents, sojourners, and visitors.  Check the phone book for
     government services that are not listed here.

2.2.3.1)  CITY OF DAVIS GOVERNMENT SERVICES. [Rev]

     For information about government services in the City of Davis that is
     not listed here, see the davis.government USENET newsgroup
     (<news:davis.government >); readers with a web browser may wish to
     visit the City of Davis FAQ on the World Wide Web:

          <http://www.city.davis.ca.us/city/cityfaq.html >)


2.2.3.1.1)  POLICE SERVICES.

     The information that I have provided below is not endorsed by the
     Davis Police Department and no warranty is offered as to its accuracy.
     Accordingly, you may wish to direct your inquires to the davis.crime
     USENET newsgroup (<news:davis.crime >), which is frequented by
     Community Service Officer Christian Sandvig of the Davis Police
     Department (<mailto:dpd@dcn.davis.ca.us >).   The davis.crime
     newsgroup is also the home of the davis.crime FAQ.  Readers with a web
     browser may access a hypertext version of that FAQ on the World Wide
     Web (<http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~dpd/faq/ >).
          A word of caution:  The police have no obligation to provide you
     with accurate legal advice.  Similarly, I am under no obligation to
     save anyone from his or her ignorance of the law.  I try to maintain a
     presence as an informed watchdog on davis.crime for my own personal
     benefit, but if you need legal advice, you should consult a licensed
     attorney.  And FYI, very few attorneys will turn away a potential
     client who truly needs legal help simply because that potential client
     cannot afford to pay for legal services.

2.2.3.1.1.1)  The Davis Police Department.

     The Davis Police Department is located at the corner of Third and F
     Street in downtown Davis.

          Davis Police Department
          226 F St
          Davis, CA 95616
          (916)756-3740

          <mailto:dpd@dcn.davis.ca.us >

          <http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~dpd/services.html >

     * * * NOTE:  ONLY EMERGENCY CALLS SHOULD BE PLACED TO 9-1-1. * * *

          Please be advised that 9-1-1 emergency calls from cellular phones
     within the state of California are automatically directed to the
     California Highway Patrol.  If you wish to place an emergeny phone
     call to the Davis Police Department by cellular phone, you should
     program in the Davis Police Department's emergency number (916)758-
     3600; the direct line for emergency calls to U.C. Davis is
     (916)752-1230 and for Woodland/Yolo County, (916)666-6612.

2.2.3.1.1.2)  Parking Citations.

     You may contest parking citations using administrative procedures
     before you pay your fines, but time is of the essence.  Forms for
     contesting parking citations are available from the Davis Police
     Department.  For more information, contact the Davis Police Department
     at (916)757-5626.
          The presumption of innocence that typically applies in criminal
     cases does not apply to parking citations.  While the concept of due
     process still applies, any right that you may have to a hearing is
     after the fact.  Thus, after being denied an administrative remedy you
     must pay the fine that is imposed upon you before you can request a
     hearing, and (once again) time is of the essence.

2.2.3.1.1.3)  Crime Statistics.

     Yearly statistics on major violent crimes in Davis are available on
     the World Wide Web (<http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~dpd/stats/ >).

2.2.3.1.2)  OTHER CITY GOVERNMENT SERVICES.  [Replaces Previous Section
            2.2.3.1.2 and subsequent Section 2.2.3.1.3]

     Direct your inquiries about other city government services to Davis
     City Hall:

          Davis City Hall (916)757-5602
          23 Russell Blvd
          Davis, CA 95616

     Readers with a web browser may visit the City of Davis Government Home
     Page on the World Wide Web (<http://www.city.davis.ca.us/ >) which has
     information and/or navigational links for various city government
     services and departments.

2.2.3.2)  YOLO COUNTY GOVERNMENT SERVICES.

2.2.3.2.1)  Where is the Davis Branch of the Yolo County Library and what
            are its hours? [Rev]

     The Davis Branch of the Yolo County Library is located at 315 E. 14th
     St. (916)757-5593.  Recorded information about current library hours
     is available 24 hours a day at (916)757-5591.  For other information,
     e-mail Marilyn Corcoran (<mailto:mdcorcor@dcn.davis.ca.us >); readers
     with a web browser may visit the Yolo County Davis Branch Library Home
     Page on the World Wide Web (<http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/go/library >).

2.2.3.2.2)  Are there any other county government offices that are located
            in the City of Davis?

     Most of the county government offices that serve the City of Davis are
     located in Woodland.  Check the phone book for county services that
     are not listed here.  See also the Yolo County USENET FAQ (see Section
     1.5 for information on how to obtain the Yolo County USENET FAQ).

2.2.3.3)  CALIFORNIA STATE GOVERNMENT SERVICES.

2.2.3.3.1)  Where is the Davis Office of the Department of Motor Vehicles
            and what are its hours of operation?

     The Department of Motor Vehicles is located at 505 Pole Line Rd.  For
     general information, call (916)753-6813; TTY 800-368-4327.

2.2.3.3.2)  Are there any other state government offices located in the
            City of Davis?

     Most of the state government offices that serve the Davis area are
     located in Sacramento.  For services that are not listed here, see the
     phone book.  See also the Sacramento and/or California USENET FAQs
     ([the latter is currently under construction]; see Section 1.5 for
     information on how to obtain the Sacramento USENET FAQ).

2.2.3.4)  FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES.

2.2.3.4.1)  Where is the Davis Branch of the United States Post Office and
            what hours does it operate?

     The Davis Branch of the United States Post Office is located at 2020
     5th Ave (at Pole Line Rd); there is also a P.O. Box location downtown
     and several contract post office stations throughout Davis that are
     provided by area merchants.

2.2.3.4.2)  Are there any other federal government offices located in the
            city of Davis?

     Most of the federal government offices that serve the Davis area are
     located in Woodland, Sacramento, or San Francisco.  For services not
     listed here, see the phone book.  See also the Yolo County,
     Sacramento, and/or Bay Area USENET FAQs (see Section 1.5 for
     information on how to obtain these FAQs).

2.2.4)  RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS IN THE CITY OF DAVIS.

     Davis has quite a few churches, but only two of them are on the World
     Wide Web as of yet:

          *    Davis Community Church
               <http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/GO/DCC/ >

          *    Grace Valley
               <http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~gvcc/ >

     On July 18, 1995, Martin Reiser announced on the USENET newsgroup
     davis.religion (<news:davis.religion >) that St. Martins Episcopal
     Church of Davis is now online via an account with the DCN.  The e-mail
     address for St. Martins was given as stmartin@wheel.dcn.davis.edu
     (<mailto:stmartin@wheel.dcn.davis.edu >).  Martin added that
     "[h]opefully in the near future [St. Martins] will have full
     information available online regarding the many programs and services
     that we offer (Web Page under construction, with God's help)."
     Message-ID: <3uhh9a$ab6@mark.ucdavis.edu>.
          For more information on religious organizations in Davis, see the
     davis.religion USENET newsgroup (<news:davis.religion >).

2.2.5)  MISCELLANEOUS COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS IN THE CITY OF DAVIS. [Rev]

     Residents of Davis are well renowned for their community involvement.
     Below is a list of some of the organizations that have made their
     presence known to me.  This list is far from exhaustive.

          *    The Venture Club of Davis:  A service organization for young
               business women who are concerned about their community and
               desire to take an active part in its development.
               P.O. Box 275
               Davis, CA 95617

          *    The Soroptimist Club.  Another Davis service organization
               for professional women.
               P.O. Box 472
               Davis, CA 95617

          *    The Single Parents Network.  On the davis.general USENET
               newsgroup (<news:davis.general >), Noreen Mastascusa wrote
               (Message-ID: <42uesg$25u@mark.ucdavis.edu>):

                    The Single Parents Network is a recently formed group
                    which is intended as a way for single parents to meet
                    and socialize with other single parents and their
                    children.  We are open to suggestions about the
                    direction the group should take and we welcome your
                    involvement.  If you would like more information,
                    please call Bethany at 750-0897 or Sara at 756-4979.


2.2.6)  DAVIS MEDIA.

     Described by one USENET commentator as an "oxymoron," the newsgroup
     davis.media (<news:davis.media >) contains general information,
     discussion, and updates on the topic which is its namesake.  The
     following is a list of the organizations compiled in large part from
     Robert Schulz' rhetorical reply to the rhetorical inquiry of the
     aforementioned USENET commentator (Message-ID:
     <4385mb$qsh@mark.ucdavis.edu>):

          *    Davis Enterprise (Local daily newspaper)
               <http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/Davis/Business/Enterprise/ >

          *    California Aggie (U.C. Davis newspaper)
               <http://aggie.ucdavis.edu/ >

          *    KDVS 90.3FM  (Freeform-alternative U.C. Davis radio station)

          *    KQBR 104.3FM ("The Breeze"; new adult contemporary)

          *    DCTV Ch. 5 (Cable TV station).

          *    City of Davis Ch. 7 (Cable TV station).

          *    DJUSD Ch. 14 (Cable TV station).


          Cable TV service is available in Davis through TCI Cablevision
     (916)757-2225 located at 1605 2nd St.

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                The Davis, California USENET FAQ Part 3 of 6
         Frequently Asked Questions at and about Davis, California
                         (c) Copyright 1995 & 1996

                                    by

                           David F. Prenatt, Jr.
                           Internet Esquire(sm)
                              P.O. Box 74632
                           Davis, CA 95617-5632

           World Wide Web: <http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~netesq >

                 E-mail: <mailto:NetEsq@dcn.davis.ca.us >

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