Daniel 'Dan' Wolk is a member of the Davis City Council. Dan has served on the City Council since 2011, and voters returned him to the Council in 2012. He was originally appointed by the City Council to fill the unfinished term of Former Mayor Don Saylor who was elected to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.
Immediately prior to serving on the Davis City Council, Dan was the Chair of the Davis Social Services Commission.
He is a 1995 graduate of Davis Senior High School. He holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford University and a law degree from UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. He works as Deputy County Counsel for Solano County.
On June 15, 2013, Dan announced his candidacy for the California State Assembly. He would replace Mariko Yamada at the end of her term.
Dan grew up in Davis. The only city council member in decades to have done so, Dan attended Davis schools (including taking Mr. Willett himself in sixth grade at what is now Willett Elementary School) and graduated from Davis High School in 1995. Dan also participated in many of the activities children in Davis still participate in, including Rainbow Summer, AYSO, Camp Putah, Cub Scouts, Madrigals, Jazz Choir, and the Davis Children’s Nutcracker.
Dan holds a B.A. in economics with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and a law degree from U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall).
After college, Dan worked at the Federal Reserve and then the Public Policy Institute of California as a research assistant. After law school he worked with Davis City Attorney Harriet Steiner in the public law division of McDonough, Holland & Allen.
In 2009, he was appointed by the Davis City Council to the Social Services Commission. He was later elected Chair by his commission colleagues in November, 2010.
Dan Wolk has served on the Davis City Council since his appointment in 2011. Voters returned him to the Council in 2012 with more votes than any other candidate in Davis’ history.
As a City Councilmember, he has led efforts to adopt the surface water project, pushed for greater investment in the city’s roads and bike paths and explored sustainable energy initiatives.
He works as Deputy County Counsel for Solano County, handling public finance, public contracting, and water issues.
Dan is also the founder of the Legal Clinic of Yolo County, a legal services provider for low-income families.
He lives in Davis with his wife, Jamima, a former professional triathlete and small business owner, and their two young daughters, Avery and Layla.
In his spare time, Dan enjoys cycling, running, camping, hiking, watching the Oakland A’s, and watching ducks at the UC Davis Arboretum with his daughters.
Davis City Council Campaign
Dan was a candidate in the 2012 City Council Election. He took first pace in the election with 10,212 votes. According to Yolo County Elections, this is the most votes any candidate has ever received in a Davis City Council election. Dan also took first place in every precinct in the city.
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"Davis is my home town; I grew up here, and I want my daughters to enjoy growing up here as much as I did. If I am elected to continue my service on the City Council, I will do everything I can to make a stronger, better Davis for the next generation.
While I have accomplished much during my short tenure, we still face critical issues and decisions today that will define what kind of Davis we will leave to the future. If elected, I will:
Address Long-term Structural Issues in the Budget. We face massive, unfunded liabilities and structural, long-term budgetary challenges. I will work aggressively to ensure our City’s long-term fiscal sustainability in addressing the City’s future obligations, such as pensions and retiree health care. I will also seek ways to restore sustainable revenues by encouraging new and innovative forms of economic development. When cuts are necessary, I will prioritize our future by preserving city funding for children’s programs wherever possible. This is a new era of innovation, compromise, and change. We must be ready for new ideas and shared burdens to make our City sustainable. Safeguard our Water and Infrastructure. I will explore ways of funding new and existing city infrastructure improvements, and I will work to preserve and maintain our roads, bike lanes, and city green belts. Securing a sustainable water supply is an immediate issue for our city today, but tomorrow it will be a crucial issue for all of California’s communities. I will pursue surface water for our city in a way that is smart, sustainable, and affordable.
Prioritize Economic Development and the Downtown. Davis boasts a world-class university, an excellent K-12 school system, and is centrally located in one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the world. I see in our city the ingredients for a new Silicon Valley of Sustainability, an innovation hub for green technologies. I will make sure that the city stands behind, and not in front of economic development by cutting red tape, streamlining approval processes, furthering technology transfers from UC Davis and keeping those businesses in our community, and appointing a staff-level champion for business development. Moreover, I will work to make our downtown even better, by creating an Arts and Entertainment District, encouraging new entrepreneurial activity, making streetscape and building improvements, and bettering pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile circulation and parking.
Focus on Environmental Sustainability. I will develop smart, sustainable practices today to ensure a healthy, vibrant Davis tomorrow. I will explore innovative ways of expanding our community’s energy independence and a more efficient use of energy, such as employing a Community Choice Aggregation model, reducing our peak load through weatherization and other upgrades, expanding residential solar power, and pursuing our own public energy utility. I will manage our waste sustainably by partnering with DWR and others to pursue a community-wide waste reduction and composting program. I will follow a policy of smart, limited growth that helps us achieve economic and environmental independence, self-sufficiency and sustainability.
Pursue Affordable Housing for Seniors and Young Families, and Combat Homelessness. The demographic data are clear: our city is aging, and there are fewer young households. While there is no shortage of parents who want to move to Davis because of our safe and outstanding parks and schools, our existing housing stock is unaffordable and often not well suited to new families. No affordable housing for families means less funding for our schools and even school closures. At the same time, many aging householders who wish to retire and remain in Davis want smaller, more accessible housing. If elected, I will spearhead these issues and make attracting and serving young families and developing a “senior housing strategy” a top priority. I will also work to end homelessness in our community by 2020. Our community faces budget challenges and large unfunded liabilities in infrastructure, pensions, and health care; critical questions about environmental sustainability, such as where we will reliably source our water; and a changing economic environment, where we must find a way to develop a sustainable local economy while providing adequate and affordable housing for young families and seniors.
Only a short while ago, I asked to serve on the Council to make sure that we address these issues now instead of leaving them to our children. While I’ve done a lot in my short tenure to address these issues, there is much left to do. I hope to continue serving, and make a better Davis for all of us." -danwolk.org (archived)
The Davis Song
California State Assembly Campaign
On June 15, 2013, Dan Wolk announced his decision to run for California State Assembly at Sycamore Park, next to Willett Elementary School, which Dan attended as a child. Dan was joined by his family and nearly 100 supporters at the event. He was introduced by his wife, Jamima, and talked about the top priorities of his campaign.
In his announcement speech, Dan said, “I am running for Assembly to restore the California dream for our children and grandchildren. Our state has been neglecting their future and that is unacceptable. In the Assembly, I will work to ensure we fully invest in public education, our infrastructure, our environment and our middle class.”
Assembly District 4 consists of Yolo, Napa and Lake Counties, as well as portions of Sonoma, Solano and Colusa Counties. It is currently represented by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada.
Dan has been endorsed by more than 90 community, education, public safety and other leaders from all over the district. The list includes all five Davis School Board members and both members of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors who represent Davis.
State Elected Officials Jim Beall, State Senator Kevin de León, State Senator Mark DeSaulnier, State Senator Loni Hancock, State Senator Lois Wolk, State Senator Jim Frazier, Assemblymember Delaine Eastin, Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Fabian Núñez, Former State Assembly Speaker Tom Hannigan, Former Assemblymember and Director of the California Department of Water Resources Helen Thomson, Former State Assemblymember and Yolo County Supervisor
County Elected Officials Tom Ferrara, Solano County Sheriff Chuck Lomeli, Solano County Treasurer-Tax Collector-County Clerk Marc Tonnesen, Solano County Assessor-Recorder
David Sundstrom, Sonoma County Auditor-Controller, Treasurer Tax Collector
Linda Seifert, Solano County Board of Supervisors Skip Thomson, Solano County Board of Supervisors Mike McGowan, Vice Chair, Yolo County Board of Supervisors Jim Provenza, Yolo County Board of Supervisors Don Saylor, Yolo County Board of Supervisors Duane Kromm, Former Solano Supervisor
City Elected Officials Jack Batchelor, Jr., Mayor, City of Dixon Harry Price, Mayor, City of Fairfield Steve Hardy, Mayor, City of Vacaville Dilenna Harris,Vice Mayor, City of Vacaville Pete Mott, Vice Mayor, City of Napa Jerry Adler, Former Davis Mayor Ann M. Evans, Former Davis Mayor Debbie Nichols Poulos, Former Davis Mayor Ted Puntillo, Former Davis Mayor Maynard Skinner, Former Davis Mayor Gary Sandy, Former Woodland Mayor, Yuba Community College District Trustee
Denise Loustalot, Clearlake City Council Member Joey Luiz, Clearlake City Council Member Jerry Castanon, Dixon City Council Member Mike Healy, Petaluma City Council Member Mitch Mashburn, Vacaville City Council Member Sean Denny, Woodland City Council Member Jim Hilliard, Woodland City Council Member
School Boards and Education Leaders Wally Holbrook, Lake County Superintendent of Schools Jay Speck, Solano County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorge Ayala, Yolo County Superintendent of Schools
Shelton Yip, Yolo County Board of Education Member Dana Dean, Solano County Board of Education Member Rosemary Thurston, Solano Community College District Governing Board
Sheila Allen, Davis School Board Gina Daldeiden, Davis School Board Susan Lovenburg, Davis School Board Nancy Peterson, Davis School Board Tim Taylor, Davis School Board Herb Cross, Dixon School Board Caitlin O’Halloran, Dixon School Board Member-Elect Judi Honeychurch, Fairfield-Suisun School Board Michael Kitzes, Vacaville School Board Marty West, Former Davis School Board
Julie Gallelo, Executive Director, First 5 Yolo Children & Families Commissioner
Davis Campbell, Former Executive Director, California School Boards Association
Community Leaders Mark Braly, Davis Planning Commissioner Herman Boschken, Davis Planning Commissioner Ananya Choudhuri, Davis Planning Commissioner George Hague, Davis Planning Commissioner Dawn LaBar, Vacaville Planning Commissioner
Yvonne Clinton, Davis Human Relations Commissioner Tilahun Yilma, Davis Human Relations Commissioner
Judy Wolf, Chair, Davis Social Services Commissioner Matthew Wise, Davis Social Services Commissioner
Laura Westrup, Chair, Davis Tree Commissioner
Gene Wilson, Chair, Davis Natural Resources Commissioner Ben Bourne, Davis Natural Resources Commissioner
Steve Boschken, Chair, Davis Business and Economic Development Commissioner Brian Horsfield, Davis Business and Economic Development Commissioner Jag Nagendra, Davis Business and Economic Development Commissioner David Robert, Davis Business and Economic Development Commissioner
Michael Bartolic, Davis Water Advisory Committee Member Petrea Marchand, Davis Water Advisory Committee Member Matt Williams, Jr., Davis Water Advisory Committee Member
Beth Bourne, Davis Bicycle Advisory Commissioner
Bill Bernheim, Chair, Davis Safety and Parking Advisory Commissioner Jim Watson, Davis Safety and Parking Advisory Commissioner
Dr. Geni Bennetts, M.D. Steve Perry, Napa County Educator Cindy Water, Napa County Educator Sandee Dickson, Retired Napa County Educator Tobin Booth, Founder and CEO, Blue Oak Energy Dick Bourne, Davis Energy Group Russ Lester, Dixon Ridge Farms Dorothy Peterson, Founder, Davis Farm to School
Organizations Davis Police Officers Association
2011-03-01 20:43:44 He was officially sworn in tonight and it was actually a nice, albeit short, ceremony. Congratulations to newly sworn Councilman Wolk. —Wes-P
2013-10-27 21:18:03 Thumbs up for the Davis YouTube clip The Davis Song (with city council candidate Dan Wolk)! Do you have this in HD too? IMO You could get more out of it if you do. So many Davis images we all recognize and then this great end with a variation on "Empire State of Mind"! —ConstantiaOomen