Joe Krovoza




Joe Krovoza was elected to the Davis City Council on 2010-06-08, with more votes than any of the other candidates in that election (8,696 votes, 37.7% of all votes, 59.3% of voters cast a vote for him). This led to Joe assuming the role of Mayor Pro Tempore for the first two years of his four-year term. In early 2011, however, then Mayor Don Saylor vacated his uncompleted term on the Davis City Council to assume a seat on the Yolo County Board of Supervisor. On January 4, 2011, Joe was elected by his colleagues to fill the remainder of Saylor's mayoral term until June 2012. Joe will continue to serve as mayor from June 2012 until June 2014 based on being the top vote getter in the 2010 election. Joe Krovoza is the 34th individual to serve as the mayor of Davis.

Mayor Krovoza presides at the Davis City Council meetings and coordinates the priorities of the City Council’s agenda with his councilmember colleagues, the city manager, and the city attorney. Joe Krovoza is the city’s representative to the board of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and he serves on the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency JPA. Joe is also a primary liaison to the Davis Joint Unified School District as well as a number of city commissions.

Joe announced his candidacy for the Davis City Council on 2009-11-14.

He moved to Davis in 1991 with his young family to attend the UC Davis School of Law. He graduated three years later, having studied natural resources and environmental law, with a focus on water law in particular.

Joe then got his first legal chops practicing water law, including one special case, the successful Putah Creek in-stream flows water rights case, filed on behalf of the [WWW]Putah Creek Council, City of Davis and UC Davis. In 1996, he joined the UC Davis [WWW]Institute of Transportation Studies as its Director of External Relations and Development, and more recently took on directing development and outreach activities for the [WWW]UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center. Joe works daily with faculty, students, environmentalists and industry on clean transportation, energy efficiency, and community-planning issues. Joe says this is just what he likes to do: “This is the stuff I live for. This is what gets me up in the morning.”

While still in school, Joe joined the Putah Creek Council, serving as chair for seven years. This eventually led to his role as lead council negotiator for the historic [WWW]Putah Creek Accord of May 2000. The accord established deliberate seasonal flows to attract salmon back up the creek, and initiated a permanent restoration program that has since attracted millions of dollars in new projects. “Of all the citizen activist things I’ve done, I am most proud of my work with the PCC. We stood our ground, we found new ways to do things, and we fought to restore a complete environment.” Joe received Davis’ in 2001 Environmental Recognition Award.

Joe has indulged his passion for public service (“My wife Janet is very patient with me”) in activities that range from coaching eleven (11!) Davis AYSO girls’ teams, supporting green initiatives in town and helping organize [WWW]Davis Bicycles!, a back-to-our-Davis-roots utility biking advocacy group. In a move that combined all three—youth soccer, the environment and logical transportation—Coach Joe and Coaches Steve Brown and Kevin Klein organized the [WWW]Bike to AYSO Program (ironically, bumper stickers were made…), matching families and game locations to encourage biking to and from the games.

Not always treading with such a light carbon footprint, Joe rejects any reason to not eat doughnuts, and to legitimize this habit, he and friend Reed Bennet started the Fluffy Doughnuts Running Team, later assuaging their dough-fueled feelings of guilt by giving the athletics program at [WWW]Emerson Junior High their proceeds from selling Team Fluffy t-shirts.

Unfortunately, until houses can be powered by doughnuts, the Krovoza family is forced to rely on solar energy: they were the second family to install photovoltaic panels on their home as part of the Davis Solar Pioneers Program. Keeping things green and local at nearby Arroyo Park, the elder Krovozas have subjected their daughters to the joys of community park work, as the whole family planted trees and native shrubs in support of the city’s Adopt-A-Park Program. Straying a little further from home, Joe has an enthusiasm for almost all things bike. He organizes the [WWW]Davis Bicycles! Film Festival each fall, organizes and edits the bi-weekly [WWW]Davis Enterprise bike column , and serves on the city’s [WWW]Bicycle Advisory Commission.

Joe Krovoza, 47, grew up in Pasadena where he attended a [WWW]trade-technical high school and earned the rank of Eagle Boy Scout. At Pasadena City College and Occidental College, he was an active student leader and served as a three-time gubernatorial appointee to the [WWW]California Student Aid Commission. While working at Stanford after college, Joe met Janet, his future wife. Janet is now the Assistant Dean for Development and External Relations at the UC Davis College of Engineering. Their daughters Charlotte and Lillian attended [WWW]César Chávez Elementary and Emerson Junior High. Charlotte, who graduated from [WWW]Da Vinci High School in 2009, served as the student representative on the [WWW]DJUSD Board of Trustees during her senior year (“It’s in the blood!”), and is now a freshman at Joe’s alma mater, Occidental College. Lillian is a junior at Davis Senior High School and member of the snowboard team.

In addition to time with his family, Joe enjoys running (physically and politically!), canning jam, olives and marmalade, the SF Giants, whitewater kayaking, and hiking and mountaineering.


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