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The University of California - Davis

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Date: Oct 31 2004
Major: Economics (This Major's Salary over time)
Davis was a nice little college town. However the town is going in the wrong direction, now it is generally antagonistic toward the University specifically antagonistic toward students. Too many people have prevented development as the University has grown and as a result the town has not kept up with the needs of the students - not enough housing, not enough shopping and not enough entertainment. Currently many students are forced to find housing outside of Davis - which was not the case previously.

Another negative is the number of political activists who stir up social discord at the expense of young people. Over the past two years Davis has had three times more people charged with hate crimes than the per capita average for the state of California - every one has involved young people, mostly high school and UCD students. None of the cases have resulted in convictions because the allegations have consistently been baseless. There is a culture of crying wolf in Davis and that puts students in danger.

Housing is a problem. Prices have risen dramatically mainly because of general real estate price increase throughout the region. The real problem is the way students are treated - they are being taken advantage of by landlords and the city of Davis is doing nothing to prevent it. Students have to go to court to get security deposits back.

The city of Davis is facing a cash crunch (as are many other California communities) and one “solution” has been strict enforcement of noise violation ordinances, If students have a party they need to charge a fee to cover the almost certain $120 noise violation.

I used to have a very positive view of Davis - that view has changed. Take a very close look before sending your children to UCD.

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