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                The Davis, California USENET FAQ Part 4 of 6
         Frequently Asked Questions at and about Davis, California
                         (c) Copyright 1995 & 1996


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

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     For businesses not listed here, please see the phone book or visit
     Yolo Direct on the World Wide Web (< >).

2.3.1)  What types of commerce are there in the Davis community?

     Davis commmerce is comprised primarily of small business.  Some chain
     stores maintain a Davis location, but many more are hesitant to open a
     Davis store because Davis has a reputation for being a strange NIMBY
     community.  Those stores which try the Davis community seldom receive
     a warm welcome from Davis political activists.  For more information
     about Davis commerce, see the USENET newsgroup
     (< >).  Readers with a web browser may also visit
     the following URLs on the World Wide Web:

          *    The Davis Chamber of Commerce Home Page
         < >

          *    The Davis Business Home Page
          < >

          *     The Avid Reader Home Page
          < >

          *    The Davis Virtual Market
          < >

2.3.2)  What restaurants are there in the Davis community?

     This is a subject that requires its own FAQ, but here is a partial
     list of the restaurants in the City of Davis that I and/or my friends
     frequent and enjoy.  Readers with a web browser may also visit the
     Davis Enterprise Guide to Restaurants Home Page on the World Wide Web:

  < >
   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^How's that for a URL?^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^  Coffee Houses.

     Coffee houses are an institution in many college towns such as Davis;
     many if not most of them serve beer and wine as well as coffee,
     espresso, and some sort of food.

          *    Mishka's (916)759-0811:  The newest of the Davis coffee
               houses and my personal favorite.  A great place to hangout
               with a laptop computer and catch up on your e-mail, as they
               have about a dozen electric wall outlets next to the tables
               along the walls.  Baked goods, salads, and sandwiches; the
               recent application for a beer and wine license was denied.
               514-B 2nd St

          *    Delta of Venus (916)753-8639:  By far the most "homey"
               coffee house in Davis (i.e., a converted single family
               residence furnished with old couches).  Delta of Venus also
               serves wine and beer and an has an interesting breakfast,
               lunch, and dinner menu.
               122 B St

          *    Mocha Joe's (916)758-7900
               417 Mace Blvd (at Chiles Rd)

          *    Pete's Coffee:  Can you say "yuppie"?
               1411 W. Covell Blvd (The Market Place at Sycamore Ln)

          *    Cafe Roma:  The prototype from which all the other college
               coffee houses in the Western Hemisphere seem to have
               sprung, a chain with stores in many cities and two
               locations in Davis.  Neither one of these locations,
               however, seems to capture the avante garde ambience that
               originally made coffee houses so popular in college towns.

               (916)756-1615      (916)756-4444
               231 E St           223 3rd St

          *    Tutti's (916)758-0704:  Sort of flashy decor; wine and beer
               as well as the usual fare of cafe/espresso/mineral waters.
               241 F St  Coffee Shops.

          *    Baker's Square (916)756-4190
               255 2nd St

          *    Denny's--has closed!

          *    Lyon's (916)756-4725:  The only 24 hour coffee shop in
               downtown Davis, this is a favorite hangout for U.C. Davis
               students who are looking for a place to study.  Lyon's also
               has a fully stocked bar.
               102 F St  Fast Food.

     These are restaurants which specialize in take-out food and where tips
     are not customary or expected.

          *    Burger King (916)756-5249
               403 Mace Blvd (at Chiles Rd)

          *    Carl's Jr. (916)758-1050
               1616 E. Covell Blvd (at Pole Line Rd)

          *    McDonalds
               (916)756-8886       (916)753-5001
               Express             South Davis
               640 E. Covell       Blvd 4444 Chiles Rd
               (at Anderson)       (west of Pole Line Rd)

          *    Jack-in-the-Box (916)753-4564
               337 G St

          *    Taco Bell
               (916)758-4172       (916)753-9423
               Downtown            South Davis (24 hr drive-thru)
               425 G St            4811 Chiles Rd (at Mace Blvd)

          *    Boston Market (916)759-8244:  Chicken, meatloaf, etc. and
               side dishes served healthy deli style.
               1491 W. Covell Blvd (The Market Place at Sycamore Ln)

          *    Murder Burger (916)756-2142
               978 Olive Dr (at Richards Blvd)

          *    Nation's (916)756-7415:  A hybrid of a coffee shop and
               hamburger stand that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
               825 Russell Blvd (at Anderson Rd)

          *    Subway
               (916)756-1440  (916)753-3223       (916)753-2141
               130 G St       757 Russell Blvd    4748 Chiles Rd
               (Downtown)     (at Anderson Rd)    (at Mace Blvd)

          *    Togo's (916)753-5330
               715 2nd St (at G St)  Beer Pubs.

          *    Sudwerk (916)758-8700:  The #1 microbrewery in America three
               years running.  I'm not sure how it earned this title, but I
               have to agree that they have very good beer.  Sudwerk also
               has live music most nights and a full dinner menu.
               2001 2nd St (at Pole Ln Rd)

          *    Cantina del Cabo (916)756-2226:  With more beers on tap than
               you could ever hope to drink, Cantina del Cabo also has live
               music most Thursdays through Saturdays and serves some of
               the best Mexican food that is available in Davis.
               139 G St  Pizza.

     The Davis Virtual Market lists a number of pizzerias on the Pizza Day
     Home Page (< >).  Special
     promotions and discounts are offered via the Internet.

          *    Lamppost Pizza
               < >

          *    Rico's (916)753-4130:  My favorite pizza parlor because of
               its remote location in the East Davis Oaktree Plaza and
               because they offer such good values with their lunch and
               dinner buffets and constant coupon specials.
               1420 E. Covell Blvd (at Pole Line Rd)
               < >

          *    Superb Pizza <

          *    Steve's Place (916)758-2800:  My second favorite because of
               its high quality food, dark wood decor (recently remodeled,
               but many booths still have it), and patio dining.
               < >

          *    Woodstock's (916)757-2525
               219 G St  Chinese Food.

          *    Ding How (916)753-3590:  Many of my friends assure me that
               this is the best Chinese food in Davis.  I'm not really
               enough of a Chinese food connoisseur to be able to say one
               way or the other.
               640 E. Covell Blvd (at Anderson Rd)

          *    Golden Palace (916)753-9203
               223 F St

          *    Hunan (916)753-5174
               508 2nd St

          *    Hing's (916)756-0666
               707 2nd St

          *    Silver Dragon (916)758-1318:  My personal favorite for
               Chinese food in Davis because of the bright spacious decor
               and friendly service.
               335 F St  Nightclubs.

     These establishments have a full bar and pool tables with music and
     dancing most nights:

          *    Davis Saloon (aka A.J. Bump's) (916)758-3154:  Vietnamese
               food and "Phil's Grill" (short order food).
               228 G St

          *    The Graduate (916)758-4723:  Easily the most popular dancing
               establishment in Davis; short order/to-go food.
               805 Russell Blvd (at Anderson Rd)

          *    Mr. B's (916)756-3757:  Not as popular as the other clubs in
               Davis, but my personal favorite for dining and dancing.
               217 E St  Casual Dining.

          *    Cafe Deluchi (916)757-6600; (916)757-6700
               223 G st

          *    Caffe Italia (916)758-0704
               1121 Richards Blvd

          *    The Crepe Bistro (916)753-2575
               234 E St  Fine Dining. [Rev]

          *    Colette (916)758-3377:  French style food, rated with four
               stars by Sacramento Magazine and the Sacramento Bee
               802 2nd St

          *    Soga's (916)757-1733
               222 D St

          *    Symposium (916)756-3850:  Greek food (closed Sundays).
               1620 E. 8th St  Miscellaneous. [Rev]

          *    Davis Bread & Desserts Cafe (916)757-6446:  The best
               cinnamon rolls that I have ever had.  The Cafe is a small
               retail outlet of a larger commercial bakery.  Davis Bread &
               Desserts also maintains one of the more popular regular
               booths at the Davis Farmers Market.
               814 2nd St (at G St)

          *    Dominic (916)756-8929:  A little overpriced, but the best
               Vietnamese cuisine in Davis.
               408 G St

          *    Dos Coyotes (916)753-0922:  The best Mexican food in Davis,
               but no table service (not that that's a bad thing).
               1411 W. Covell Blvd (The Market Place at Sycamore Ln)

          *    Max's Plainfield Station (916)661-3172:  Located in the
               middle of nowhere on the outskirts of Davis, the main
               attraction of Max's P.S. is its peculiar clientele and
               unusual atmosphere (sort of a rural version of Cheers).  A
               great place to go if you like to watch people.
               Road 98 & Road 29 (shrouded by trees and easy to miss)

          *    Noah's Bagels (916)750-5163:  A local institution that has
               expanded from the Bay Area to numerous locations including
               Davis, Noah's provides bagels, shmears, etc. to a hungry
               1411 W. Covell Blvd (The Market Place at Sycamore LN)

          *    The Paragon (916)758-7550:  Its location next door to the
               Cantina del Cabo and a full bar makes the Paragon one of the
               most crowded drinking establishments in Davis.  Thai food is
               served Monday through Friday--the only Thai food in Davis.
               726 2nd St


2.4.1)  What is the political structure of the Davis community?

     Davis is an incorporated city, governed by a city council and a mayor,
     in the county of Yolo (governed by a county board of supervisors) in
     the state of California (governed by a bicameral legislature and the
     Office of the Governor).  For information on county government and
     state legislative and congressional representatives for Yolo County,
     see the Yolo County USENET FAQ (see Section 1.5 for information on how
     to obtain the Yolo County USENET FAQ); for other information on state
     and federal government, see the California USENET FAQ [currently under

2.4.2)  Who are the elected officials in the City of Davis and how can I
        reach them? [Rev]

     Readers with a web browser may visit the Davis City Council World Wide
     Web Page (< >);
     no e-mail addresses are currently available.  The members of the Davis
     City Council are:

          *    The Honorable Lois Wolk (< >),
               Mayor of the City of Davis;

          *    The Honorable Julie Partansky
               (< >), Mayor Pro Tempore of
               the City of Davis; and

          *    The Honorable Susie Boyd, Council Member of the City of

          *    The Honorable Stan Forbes, Council Member of the City of

          *    The Honorable Jerry Kaneko (<
               >), Council Member of the City of Davis.

     The staff members of the City of Davis are:

          *    John Meyer, City Manager

          *    Harriet Steiner, City Attorney

          *    Bette Racki, City Clerk

     Virtually all of these individuals can be reached by calling Davis
     City Hall at (916)757-5602.  Readers with a web browser may also visit
     the City of Davis Government Home Page on the World Wide Web
     (< >).

2.4.3)  What political issues are important to members of the Davis

     Growth (or stunting thereof) is the single most important issue to the
     members of the Davis community.  Davis is a small town, and many of
     the current residents would like to keep it that way.  However,
     development continues in Davis, for better or for worse.  Davis, California = No malling zone.

     For years, citizens of Davis have successfully resisted efforts by
     developers to build a large shopping mall.  As a result, Davis
     residents must travel to Woodland, Dixon, or Sacramento to shop at a
     department store.  Davis, California = No smoking zone.

     There is no smoking in Davis by city ordinance (not in any business
     establishment or within 20 feet of any business establishment).
     Virtually the only place that you can smoke unmolested in Davis is in
     a private home.  Davis, California = No snoring zone.

     There is no noise pollution in Davis by city ordinance.  This law was
     meant to prevent local college fraternities from having a loud party,
     but the Davis Police Department also enforced it against a woman whose
     duplex neighbor complained that she snored too loud (the neighbors'
     bedrooms had adjoining walls).  The case made national headlines, and
     the Davis City Council promptly passed a resolution stating that loud
     snoring was specifically not prohibited under the ordinance.
          Snoring humor has since reached its pinnacle in the town of
     Davis.  Some say that John Wesley Hardin has risen from the grave and
     now serves on the Davis Police Department.  Others say that the
     vigorous enforcement of the Davis noise ordinance is a logical (albeit
     misguided) progression of the crackdown on violent crime throughout
     the state of California (i.e., "three snores and you're out!").
          Few people take the noise ordinance very seriously until they are
     cited for something as frivolous as using a leafblower in the middle
     of the day and forced to face the very real possibility of paying a
     fine of several hundred dollars.  One Davis resident who has been
     arrested numerous times for a barking dog has asked that enforcement
     of the ordinance be suspended.  In support of this request, this
     resident obtained the signatures of over twenty neighbors; only one
     neighbor has complained about the barking dog (on a daily basis).
          [Note: Noise permits are available 14 days in advance from the
     Davis Police Department.]  Davis, California = No skateboarding zone.

     Skateboarding in downtown Davis is prohibited by city ordinance, while
     skating is allowed; lighting equipment is strictly optional at night
     for skaters (who are legally considered to be pedestrians).  Does any
     of this make sense to anyone or is it just me that is confused by the
     various Davis city ordinances?

2.4.4)  Why are out-of-towners so obsessed with Davis?

     According to Mike Fitch's article in the August 10, 1995 Sacramento
     News & Review, Davis has an undeserved reputation for weirdness.  He
     cites many of the issues that I discuss in Sections 2.4.3.* along with
     Councilwoman Julie Partansky's "historic potholes" and the proposed
     toad tunnels in the Pole Line freeway overpass (currently under
     construction) as unfair media spins that made mundane local issues
     seem newsworthy.  Fitch claims that Davis "really isn't that weird."
          I have to disagree with Fitch:  Davis is *extremely* weird.  Even
     Fitch admits that Davis is eccentric, which is simply a polite word
     for describing weird people and weird communities (speaking as someone
     who is described as eccentric by some of my closest friends).  Davis
     is unique, in ways that are difficult for most outsiders to comprehend
     (even those from other weird communities), and that's not necessarily
     a bad thing.  I'll happily accept Davis with all its weirdness, if it
     accepts me with all of mine.

2.4.5)  How do I obtain more information about the government of the City
        of Davis? [New]

     Direct your inquiries about city government to the 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 (< >) which has
     information and/or navigational links for various city government
     services and departments.


2.5.1)  What sort of recreational and entertainment activities are there in

     Quite a bit for such a small town.  On Wednesdays and Saturdays, the
     Davis Farmer's Market provides live entertainment in Central Park.
     Davis also has several nightclubs/pool halls, a movie theatre with
     seven cinemas, and several live theatre production companies.  The Davis Farmer's Market. [Rev]

     Rain or shine, on Wednesday afternoons/evenings and Saturday mornings
     before noon, the Davis Farmer's Market provides fresh food and live
     entertainment in Davis Central Park (bordered by 3rd and 4th and B and
     C streets).  On Wednesday evenings from 4:30-8:30pm (during the
     summer), music ensembles entertain while local restaurants provide
     food and beverages.  On Saturday mornings, 8am to noon, live theatre
     takes center stage.  For more information call or write Randii

          Randi MacNear
          Davis Farmers Market Association
          P.O. Box 1813
          Davis, CA 95617
          (916)756-1695; FAX (916)756-1858

     Readers with a web browser may visit the Davis Farmer's Market Home
     Page on the World Wide Web:

          < >  Live Theatre.

     For information about live theatre in Davis, readers with a web
     browser may visit the following URLs on the World Wide Web:

          *    Davis Comic Opera Company
          < >

          *    Davis Musical Theatre Company
          < >

          *    The Davis Theatre
 < >
  ^^^^^^^^^^^^Now this sets a new record for a lengthy URL^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

          *    The Palms Playhouse
          < >  Movie Theatres.

     There is one movie theatre in Davis with two locations which shows
     premieres and recent releases:

          *    Holiday Cinema (Six Cinemas)
               101 F St

          *    Cinema Two Theatre (one cinema)
               207 E St

     For information on current features, times, and admission prices, call
     (916)753-3945.  In addition to the movie theatres in the town of
     Davis, the UC Davis Campus Cinema shows less than recent releases.
     For more information, call (916)752-FILM.  Amateur Athletic Events.

     In addition to passive leisure activities, Davis hosts a number of
     amateur athletic events such as running and cycling competions.  Davis
     is without a doubt *the* cycling Mecca, rivaled only by China in per
     capita ownership of bicycles and France by the Tour de France cycling
     competition.  For more information about amateur athlectic events in
     Davis, contact:

          Change of Pace (916)757-2012
          221 G St  Davis Restaurants and Nightclubs.

     See Section 2.3.2 for information on Davis restaurants and nightclubs.  Local Musical Groups.

     I created this section primarily to accomodate the local musical
     phenomenon known as Lawsuit.  But like Lawsuit, a number of local
     performers and groups from the town of Davis play the Northern
     California region as a profitable avocation.  Many of these artists
     have recorded their own compact disks and cassettes and have been able
     to turn enough of a profit to continue to produce their own music.
     Without promotion or a good recording contract, however, these musical
     acts are not able to perform music on a full time basis.

          *    Lawsuit is an incredibly popular local band comprised of
               individuals who grew up in the town of Davis.  And while
               Lawsuit is a local band, it is also a favorite son with a
               strong following throughout Northern California.  Lawsuit
               has received favorable press wherever it has played, and
               what makes the group's popularity even more remarkable is
               the fact that these live performances consist of all
               original music.  The band is quite possibly the most popular
               unsigned group that still plays local clubs.  For more
               information contact the Lawsuit Hotline at (510)426-9622 or
               drop the band a line by snail mail:

                    P.O. Box 10482
                    Pleasanton, CA 94588

               Lawsuit can also be reached over the Internet by e-mail
               (< >); readers with a web browser
               may visit Lawsuit's brand new Home Page on the World Wide
               Web (< >).

          *    Knapsack is a local Davis rock band that has landed a decent
               recording contract.  The band took a recent tour of the
               Northwest and it is about to go on a month long tour
               nationwide.  Knapsack has also received favorable write-ups
               in the local press.

          *    The Dianne Patterson Sextette plays all original music.  Two
               percussionists, a keyboard player, guitars and vocals are
               synchronized by a superb sound technician to create a high-
               quality sound that is sultry and melancholy and yet not
               unnecessarily loud.

          *    Gary Saylin is an accomplished instrumental guitarist.  You
               will often hear his music playing in one of the local coffee
               houses in Davis that sell the professionally recorded
               cassettes and CDs that he produces with his own funds

2.5.2)  Department of Parks and Community Services.

     Readers with a web browser may visit the the City of Davis Department
     of Parks and Community Services Home Page on the World Wide Web
     (< >).

2.5.3)  More Information about Recreation and Entertainment in Davis.

     For more information about recreational and entertainment activities
     in Davis, see the davis.rec USENET newsgroup (<news:davis.rec >).
     Readers with a web browser may visit the Davis Community Calendar Home
     Page on the World Wide Web for information on upcoming events:

          < >


     U.C. Davis is the intellectual and educational hub of the community of
     Davis.  However, Davis also has many other public and private
     educational programs for children and adults; the nearby D-Q
     University is a fully accredited two year tribal institution

2.6.1)  Educational programs at U.C. Davis.

     For information on educational programs at U.C. Davis, see the U.C.
     Davis USENET FAQ (see Section 1.5 for information on how to obtain the
     U.C. Davis USENET FAQ).  Interested parties should also use the U.C.
     Davis Gopher (<gopher:// >) or visit the U.C. Davis
     Home Page (< >).

2.6.2)  Sacramento City College Davis Center.

     Sacramento City College offers a number of courses at locations in the
     the City of Davis.  For more information call (916)558-2351 or visit
     the Sacramento City College Davis Center Home Page on the World Wide
     Web (< >)

2.6.3)  What other educational opportunities are available in Davis? [Rev]

     For more information on education in Davis, see the
     USENET newsgroup (< >).  Readers with a web
     browser may also visit the following URLs on the World Wide Web:

          *    City of Davis Education
          < >

          *    Education in Davis
          < >

          *    Davis High School
          < >

2.6.4)  EXPLORIT Science Center.

     The EXPLORIT Science Center, (916)756-0191, is located at 3141 5th St
     in Davis.  Readers with a web browser may visit the EXPLORIT Science
     Center's Home Page on the World Wide Web:

          < >

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         Frequently Asked Questions at and about Davis, California
                         (c) Copyright 1995 & 1996


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

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