Raised behind the Orange Curtain, I've been a Davis resident since August 1994. During and after law school, I lived in South Davis and in undergrad, I lived at Greystone.

I received a J.D. from King Hall in 2000 and a B.A. in Political Science-Public Service from UC Davis in 1997. For those that were around, I walked in 1996, and took a class and finally filled out my paperwork for my degree in 1997, about five minutes before the 1L barbecue at King Hall. If you've been around Davis long enough, you might remember my ill-fated and illogical campaign for city council as a student in 1996. My consolation prize was law school, and I've been happy with that series of events ever since.

I'm now the President/CEO of the Community College League of California, which is the nonprofit association representing California's 72 community college districts. I have a wonderful staff that does great work that makes me look good, in midtown Sacramento. I co-authored Proposition 92, the Community College Initiative on the February 2008 ballot, which died amidst budgetary angst. I love Davis, although spend about 1/3 of the time in other parts of California, in which there are 112 community colleges.

I also dabble in technology and politics with my ElectionTrack and aroundthecapitol.com websites. If I'm working in Davis, I can often be found at Cloud Forest Cafe, although my law school days were spent at Mishka's Cafe. I co-founded and co-authored The Roundup for 3 years, but opted for a few extra minutes each morning and ended my participation in 2009.

When I am in Davis (about 50% of the time), I can be found almost daily (or, more likely, each evening) at the Davis Food Co-op. If you want to catch me in the morning, you'll probably be lucky between 5:30 and 6:30 at the Davis Athletic Club, if I am in town.

As Old North Davis is not known for its sun, I maintain a plot at the Davis Community Garden. Currently, I have tomatoes, peppers, beans and basil planted.

My favorite Davis restaurants include Tucos Wine Market and Cafe, Pho Bac Hoa Viet, Cafe Bernardo, Zen Toro, Thai Bistro and Ketmoree. Mustard Seed, while it has outstanding food, frustrates me with a co-dependent relationship (read comments on that page). My old reliable Chinese place has been Silver Dragon, although the waistline doesn't allow for it as much these days.

I've guess I've become a townie, but I couldn't have found a better place. Whenever I get frustrated with town politics or any of the Town Characters, put me on a flight to Orange County and I'll remember how much I like it up here.


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2010-07-20 07:30:53   Hey Scott, I just noticed your complaint about Bernardo's substitution policy. There's nothing on that page about it, though. Would you be willing to add some info there? —TomGarberson

2010-07-20 07:32:09   Hey Tom...will do, although I haven't tried it recently. —ScottLay

2010-07-20 07:46:01   Thanks! —TomGarberson

2010-07-21 19:35:24   Good King Hall news always makes me happy :) I haven't checked out her jurisprudence yet, but it's still exciting. —TomGarberson

2010-07-24 09:02:01   Oh, maybe he did graduate — I'm not sure. I think it's notable for Davis when any student runs — and since the wiki is about Davis... So yeah, let's list Krovosa, too. It's nice when "our own" stick around and do civic work. —CovertProfessor

Sorry, I just read the part that said that you ran. I guess that was before my time. List yourself too, then. :-) We could even have a sub-section if there are enough of you. —cp

Well, so what do you think of the separate section idea? That way the "main" list wouldn't get "diluted." Something like "Alumni who have served or run for City Council". If there are so many of you, then that is notable and interesting to me! A good tidbit for the wiki to note and keep track of. —cp

2010-07-24 11:58:56   That would be great! Steal away! —CovertProfessor

2010-07-24 17:39:01   Oh cool! Well, nice to meet you... retroactively. —TomGarberson

2010-08-21 19:26:33   My bad... I was hoping someone would verify for that for me, thanks. But when I was there a couple weeks ago there were no unsecured networks so that's why I thought they got rid of it. —jsogul

2011-04-18 12:58:14   The squat rack at the Davis Athletic Club is the highest I've ever seen. I'm six feet tall and I can't go ATG on that. —hankim

Yup...I always have to step out beyond the rack to go ATG, although some of the research now says that you're better stopping at 90 degrees. —ScottLay

  • There's so much "research" out there when it comes to fitness that is complete bull so I tend to take it all with a grain of salt and go with what is normally accepted in the bodybuilding community. —hankim

2011-08-09 20:06:03   I know exactly who you are taking about. —NikhilDahal

2011-08-09 20:08:10   We were concerned since she would stay literally from 11am-1:30am at KetMoRee on certain days. Management contacted police, police came and let her got about am hour later. —NikhilDahal

2011-10-02 12:04:07   Aka was a more official name so with quotation marks may be a better unoffical name. —BruceHansen

2012-08-28 19:30:22   Yep and done. I didn't say it was perfect, just that between the two I liked the one that was more aggressive in presenting the topic. You're right in that it was biased a bit in a direction that didn't seem borne out by the general public perception. That's also why I noted that most people (judging the comments) seem to think it is worth the price. Adding more information rounds out the entry, adding community perspective. It is a bit pricey for some, and noting that isn't bad (just as it's not bad to note great deals). I added some of your edits and shuffled stuff around a bit to add some priority to the info. If there's anything I missed that's critical, feel free to add it. I'm not at all one of those people who feels "my version good! your version bad!". There can be a pleasant, friendly give and take to find a common ground... and often a bit of communication helps (for instance, I missed that your factual corrections had been wiped out). —JabberWokky

2013-07-22 12:55:31   I always thought that it would be nice if there was an easier way to see the contributions made by a user when they reviewed a business or something, because let's face it, most people won't think to look at the user info to see if it's just some ad hoc account to attack something. This would also let things be some kind of meritocracy on the Wiki. —hankim

2013-10-13 14:26:04   discoveries owed so much money it wasn't even funny, and they shifted focus —StevenDaubert