By Roberta Millstein
Attend a climate crisis potluck or give comment on the scope of an environmental review? Both?
The first event: the Davis Post-Carbon Association (DPCA) is having a potluck this Monday, Dec 2 in the Davis Library: Blanchard Room 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You can meet fellow residents who are taking action and learn how you can join the effort!
- David Abramson will present the Local Green New Deal he put together for communities.
- Linda Baumann will be sharing her research on Soil carbon sequestration.
- Dr. Ramin Yazdani will discuss projects he is working on to produce renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and sequester carbon.
- Alan Gamage will present on the vision of the Davis Post Carbon Association and how to keep forming a unified community toward collect action.
The Yolo Chapter of Health care for all will have a table. Davis City Council Member, Dan Carson, will stop in to speak. RSVP: https://www.davispostcarbon.org
The second event: As previously announced on the Davisite, there will be a meeting on the same day (Monday Dec 2), but from 5-7 PM, to give input to the City about the scope of the environmental review that should be done for the so-called "Aggie Research Campus," a proposal to build a ~200 acre business park (also including housing, a hotel, and more than 4300 parking spaces) on prime farmland outside the Mace curve.
As was also previously announced on the Davisite, the period of time to submit comment making suggestions for environmental review was extended to 5 PM on December 9 and the scoping meeting was changed to incorporate a short presentation at the beginning.
The changes open up some possibilities for those who would like to attend both.
You could go to the scoping meeting at 5 PM, hear the short presentation, take a quick look at the available materials and maybe ask a question or two, and then scoot off to the DCPA potluck. You could submit your comments later, to the City of Davis Community Development and Sustainability Department, 23 Russell Boulevard, Suite 2 Davis, CA 95616 Attn: Sherri Metzker, Principal Planner or via electronic mail to email@example.com
Alternatively, you could attend the scoping meeting first and then join up at the potluck late or vice versa. Either way, I'm sure they won't turn you away. :-)
Need more info? Here is a short 16 minute video that Alan Grange made of Colin Walsh and me talking about the scoping meeting, with particular attention to issues that post-carbon folks might care about: https://www.facebook.com/alan.gamage/videos/10157755092490489/ - [edited to add:] the video references a Google form where you can turn in your comments. The link for that form is https://forms.gle/NDr5baM2kasbYgUJ6
Need still more info? On Wednesday night, the night before Thanksgiving, after weeks of requests from citizens, the developer delivered a letter and two associated exhibits that attempts to sketch changes from the old MRIC project to the new ARC project. City staff uploaded them to the City's website here. These and other documents on that page might be useful to look at prior to the meeting.