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LOWV Forum on City Council Vacancy

The League of Women Voters, at the request of the Davis City Council, will host a Public Forumon Wednesday, February 16, to showcase each of the ten candidates to fill the current vacancy onthe City Council. The Forum will begin at 7:00 pm in Community Chambers (23 Russell Blvd.)and will be televised on Government Channel 16 (and streamed on ).Anyone wanting to learn more about the candidates is encouraged to attend.

Generation Digital

This column was originally published in The Davis Enterprise on Jan. 28, 2011.

What’s it like to be part of a generation that cannot recall what life was like before computers? I’m talking about kids who cannot fathom daily life without texting, Facebook, YouTube and online shopping, and who, I might add, feel rather sorry for those of us who can (and if you are reading this newspaper, chances are good that includes you).


Meet the Applicants for Davis City Council 2011

The Davis City Council currently has one vacant seat, which the four existing council members will fill through a public appointment process.  Applicants must reside in and be registered to vote in the city of Davis and must submit a complete applicant packet by 5 pm on January 25, 2011 to the City Clerk.  As of the deadline, there are now 10 official applicants for the vacant council seat. 

The City of Davis has also asked Davis Media Access to record video statements by each of the applicants to help the public learn more about the candidates. 

These videos are available here:

The videos are also available here:


Election-night schedule for Tuesday, Nov. 2

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Davis Media Access will present live, election-night coverage from 8-11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Hosts for the evening are community organizers Lea Rosenberg and Andrea Jones. The show will air on DCTV Comcast Channel 15 and be simulcast on KDRT 95.7 FM, the organization's low-power community radio station. A live stream of the program will also be available from a link at, and the program will be archived afterward at

"As it has done for more than 22 years, DMA highlights the local races and issues that are ignored by commercial broadcast media," said Jones, who also serves as president of DMA's board of directors. "We view this coverage as core to our mission of creating community through local media." Invited guests include those from the races for local school board and Assembly District 8, as well as seated members of the DJUSD Board of Trustees. A schedule of invited guests is below.

Voter education, election-night programming

Davis Media Access is airing a variety of local election-related programs now through Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Election programming, including candidate statements and a variety of local forums, airs on DCTV Channel 15 on the Comcast system in Davis, PEG Channel 99 on AT&T's U-Verse system, and is also available on demand at Election content is aggregated and a Channel 15 schedule is also available at this link.

Bingo, BBQ, Net Neutrality

By Autumn Labbé-Renault

This column was originally published in The Davis Enterprise Aug. 26, 2010.

It’s nearly September and as we all know, that heralds a season of intense activity in our community. In addition to a full complement of activities and programming here at the media center, I’m pleased to announce the following events:


PEG Access Media left out of FCC discussions

The FCC is now holding hearings re: "Workshop on Public and Other Noncommercial Media in the Digital Era." Public access media is not included in this discussion! This is a great time to get these words: PEG -- Public Access TV -- Community TV -- Community Radio -- Community Media in front of the panelists and the FCC.... Be sure to mention the Alliance for Community Media and the work the ACM has done for decades to help create local media and educate people on how to do this. Mention DMA as a great example of community media in action!


DMA assists Davis Schools Foundation with video contest

Davis Schools Foundation "School Matters!" Video Contest for DJUSD Students:

What is it?
An opportunity for Davis students, grades K through 12, to spotlight
their creativity by producing 90-second (or shorter) Public Service
Announcement videos. Working in groups of up to four, students can
either work under the guidance of staff members from Davis Media Access
at one of two workshops, or can produce the videos on their own. Entries
must be submitted to Davis Media Access by May 7, 2010.


Of media tools & instruction manuals

Of media tools & instruction manuals

By Autumn Labbé-Renault

Special to The Enterprise

This column originally appeared in The Davis Enterprise Feb. 26, 2009

I saw “The Lightning Thief” this past weekend, which may explain my analogy of contemporary media to a Hydra, that multi-headed Greek mythological beast that, if decapitated, grows a few more heads to replace what was severed.


Amy Goodman event a success!

[img_assist|nid=203|title=goodman|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=132|height=200] On Nov. 20, noted journalist Amy Goodman shared with a capacity crowd at UC Davis her unique perspective gleaned from 13 years hosting “Democracy Now!”, as well as selections from her new book Breaking the Sound Barrier (Haymarket Books, 2009). I’ve long admired her work, so it was a thrill to meet her and to hear her resounding support for our community’s independent media outlets. I also enjoyed meeting Denis Moyihan, who's worked with Amy for years on the show and column, and edited this most recent book. Goodman appeared the same night as students were occupying Dutton Hall on campus. She called...