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March 2020

Davis Cherry Blossom Festival postponed

(From press release) The Davis Cherry Blossom Festival, originally scheduled for April 4-5, has been postponed, likely till October.

The annual free, all-ages weekend includes music, food, art, culture and beer, presented by the nonprofit Davis Cherry Blossom Festival, Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan, and Sudwerk Brewing Co. Like many events in Yolo County, it draws a substantial crowd. The Yolo County Health Department is asking organizers to hold off on gatherings of 150 people or more, to increase “social distancing” and thwart community spread of the coronavirus.

The Japanese hanami tradition celebrates spring’s flower blooms, especially the cherry (sakura) trees. By moving it to October, the festival will celebrate another Japanese observance, tsukimi: viewing and honoring of the autumn moon.

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Ramos ARC Double Speak

2020-03-15_11-46-10Mace Business Park developer pushes for development while so many others are concerned for the effects of Covid-19 on Davis, California and beyond.

By Colin Walsh

While our community reels from school shutdowns and unprecedented uncertainty, as there are runs on essential foods at the stores, as many fear for their health or their paychecks, while we are experiencing significant economic disruption, Dan Ramos pushes on with his massive Business Park development project.

Ramos chose this time, of all times, to publish  an opinion titled, "Commentary: ARC would improve traffic conditions" in the Davis Enterprise.

Ramos chooses now to lie to us that 24,000 more vehicles from the business park on Mace every day will “improve our traffic.” Just look at all of these factors that will make the traffic so much worse from page 33 of the just released Supplemental EIR in this image.


Ramos chooses now to claim that, “local road improvements associated with the project’s buildout will improve traffic flows.” What is he talking about? The project description offered no road improvements to existing roads at all, and notice Ramos doesn’t claim the project will fund any improvements either.

Ramos chooses now to tell us that the non-existing affordable housing plan will bring “unprecedented construction of new affordable housing.” False – I was there at the Commission when Ramos’s representative said they hoped to pay in lieu fees and/or locate any affordable housing outside of the project area.

Ramos chooses now to claim that, “It will generate millions of dollars in new revenue for city needs and services,” but there is no analysis yet of the revenue generated by the current proposal.

Ramos, please for the sake of the community, give it a rest.

We don’t have time for your smoke and mirrors right now.

Mr. Ramos, there is just no time for this silliness. No time to counter all of your blatant fallacious Orwellian misinformation.

Your misleading propaganda piece today clearly demonstrates that your project must be put on hold until it can be properly vetted.


City Seeks Comments on Mace ARC Business Park Subsequent Environmental Impact Report

Notice of Availability of a Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) and Notice of Public Meeting to Provide Comments on the SEIR

ARC-SEIR-NOA(From press release) The Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) (SCH # 2014112012) for the Aggie Research Campus (ARC) Project is now available for review. Public comment on this document is invited for a 45-day period extending from March 13, 2020 through April 27, 2020. More information is provided below. 

PROJECT LOCATION: The annexation area is located northeast of Mace Boulevard and Interstate 80, on both sides of County Road (CR) 32A, within unincorporated Yolo County, east of the City of Davis city limits. The approximately 229-acre annexation area consists of:

  •  187-acre privately-owned ARC site (Assessor’s Parcel Numbers (APNs) 033-630-009 and 033-650-009);
  •  25-acre City Parcel (APN 033-650-029-6);
  •  16.5-acre Mace Triangle site (APNs 033-630-006; -011; and -012).

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School closed
Posted on 03/13/2020
[Press Release from DJUSD]

Dear DJUSD Families:

Today, in an effort to proactively slow the spread of COVID-19, I am announcing that all Davis Joint Unified Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, through Sunday, April 12, 2020. Additionally, all events, extracurricular activities, athletics practices and competitions, and performances are cancelled during the closure.

The Board of Education, senior staff and I met today in an emergency meeting to address this matter. In a unanimous vote, the Board adopted a motion which states, “In consultation with Yolo County Public Health Department and legal counsel, the Board of Education reaffirmed the Superintendent’s authority to effectuate school closures in light of COVID-19.”

In support of this decision, Board of Education Trustees provided the following comments:

  • Board President Cindy Pickett strongly supported Superintendent Bowes' decision to close schools temporarily.  She stated, "We have been diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation conferring with Yolo County Public Health Department and other partners.  This is the right time for this decision.  It is important to be proactive rather than reactive. It will help to save lives."
  • Vice President, Joe DiNunzio offered, “The District is working under very difficult circumstances with changing facts by the day. While no known student or staff member in Davis Joint Unified School District has been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of today, we believe that the growing spread will likely result in more cases in Yolo County or possibly our school district. This decision by the Superintendent is the right call and supported by all Trustees.”
  • Trustee Bob Poppenga shared, “The decision to close schools for this duration is not taken lightly, but we need to do our part to support the public health recommendations to mitigate the community spread of COVID-19.”
  • Trustee Alan Fernandes stated, “Our top priority is always the health and safety of our students and staff. Our efforts to promote social distancing is an important start, and today’s action supports our greater community goal of protecting the most vulnerable.”
  • Trustee Tom Adams added, “We carefully considered the effects of closing schools and we continue to be committed to addressing the needs of students and their families who rely on schools for essential services. ”

I want our DJUSD families to know that we recognize the significant impact this extended closure will have on our entire community, students, families, and on our staff. We acknowledge the anxiety this may cause our students, especially our high school seniors who are focused on graduation and those students who depend on DJUSD for important services, including school meals.

Below are some important facts about what we will be doing during this closure:

Deep Cleaning of Campuses and Classrooms
While school is out, deep cleaning of all campuses will occur, including sports equipment, play structures, and a thorough cleaning of all surfaces throughout the District.

Specifics of Closure
All Programs:
This closure also means that athletics, professional development, school events, and extracurricular activities scheduled between, Monday, March 16 through through Sunday, April 12, 2020, are canceled or may be rescheduled. In alignment with our school closures, all before and after school programs at school sites will be closed for the same duration. Essential administrative and support staff will be available to answer questions throughout the closure. The District Office will be open until Spring Break for enrollment and other support services.

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher conferences that were planned for next week are canceled and may be rescheduled once school resumes. Information about rescheduling will be provided by school sites once school resumes.

Student Meals
DJUSD will continue to provide meals to students during school closures. Beginning on Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 3, breakfast and lunch service for students Monday through Friday will occur across the District at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary, Harper Junior High, Davis Senior High and Patwin Elementary from 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Meal packages will include lunch for the current day and breakfast for the next morning. Updates will be posted at the Student Nutrition Services website.

Some Work Will Continue
Some District departments, such as Personnel and Fiscal Services, Maintenance and Operations will continue to operate during the school closures in order to make sure the District grounds are maintained, employees are paid and buildings remain in good repair.

While this situation continues to evolve, our goal has been and will continue to be to coordinate closely with Yolo County Department of Public Health. I want to thank again our DJUSD teachers and staff for their tremendous work and continued professionalism as we work through a challenging time. I also thank our greater community for your patience and sensitivity to the evolving nature of this outbreak and the greater goal of doing our part to protect our most vulnerable communities.

It is likely that we are not at the end of this, but rather just embarking on this challenging road. We will get through this, but it will take all working together for the greater good of our community.

In the meantime, DJUSD will continue to stay in close conversation with the city, state, and local officials, and partners as our entire region responds to new guidance and a call to take an active role combating COVID-19. Please expect regular updates during the closure. In the meantime, please continue to check the DJUSD Coronavirus webpage for new information. Any important updates will be shared as quickly as possible with our school community by email and available on the DJUSD website as well as on District social media. Questions may be directed to communications@djusd.net.

Thank you for your partnership and understanding.


John A. Bowes, Ed.D.

DJUSD Emergency School Board Meeting

There will be an Emergency Meeting of the Davis Joint USD today, March 13, 2020 9:00AM.

The meeting will take place in the District Office, Large Conference Room, 526 B Street, Davis, CA 95616. 

The Agenda is fairly cryptic but there can be little doubt what is being considered - the board will likely be deciding on whether or not to keep DJUSD schools open in light of the Covid-19 virus.

The Agenda includes the following:

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Davis Farmers Market continues, adds precautions

Davisfarmersmarket(From press release) The Davis Farmers Market continues its regular schedule while taking additional precautions in light of COVID-19 concerns. [Note: this is an updated announcement that contains the current no-samples policy].

The market added a third hand-washing station, and remains vigilant about cleaning all surfaces and vendor tablecloths. Sellers stay home if they are ill.

“Shopping outdoors is a relatively low-risk environment, and our farmers and producers look forward to sharing their weekly harvest and fresh products,” Executive Director Randii MacNear said. Those who have concerns about being in crowds are encouraged to shop the first hour of the market when it’s less crowded, and to maintain an arm’s length distance from others.

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What’s wrong with City staff’s new burrowing owl policy

A response to Ash Feeney

Feeney-with-owlsBy Roberta Millstein

A few days ago I learned of a new policy from City staff concerning the 25 acres outside of Mace curve, aka Mace 25, prime farmland that was purchased with citizen tax dollars from the open space fund.  According to this new policy, the City will not be mowing areas in which burrowing owls are already nesting, instead allowing the owls to be “naturally displaced from the site… by allowing tall dense vegetation to grow along the western edge.”  By not mowing, the City will be “doing what it can to prevent the owls from using the site.” Burrowing owls prefer short grasses (e.g., native short prairie grass or grass that is kept short through mowing) so that they can see their predators coming, and they will leave an area if the grasses aren’t short.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, I along with a number of other citizens attended to protest this new policy and to ask the City Council to direct staff to promote burrowing owl habitat at that site.  Burrowing owls, it should be noted, have been designated as a Species of Special Concern by the State of California, and their numbers have been declining dramatically over the past 10 years in the Davis area.  No action was taken at the meeting, although I have since learned that at least one Councilmember is in favor of taking up this issue at a future meeting.

What did happen at the meeting was that Assistant City Manager Ash Feeney defended the new policy.  He has apparently issued a statement summarizing his views, published on the Davis Vanguard (staff could not confirm this by the end of yesterday’s business day).  Unfortunately, this response contains false and problematic statements.

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The City of Davis is Intentionally Driving Burrowing Owls Out to Make Room for the Proposed Aggie Research Complex Business Park

by Alan Pryor


Please Come Down to the City Council Meeting TONIGHT,  Tuesday, March 10 to Express Your Outrage during Public Comments.


Background on Mace-25 and the Aggie Research Complex Business Park

Mace-25 is an 25-acre City-owned site purchased by the City of Davis with Open Space tax revenues. The Open Space Ordinance passed by the voters of Davis says such lands purchased with tax monies are to be kept in perpetuity as open space.  Up until now, Mace-25 has been leased only for dry-land farming for a nominal annual amount or lay dormant. Directly adjacent and northwest of this site on County-owned land on the Mace curve are where Burrowing Owl burrows have been established and maintained for at least a decade. Mace 25 is in the middle of an historic burrowing owl breeding colony. At least one of the burrows  is currently occupied by a nesting pair of Burrowing Owls - one of the few remaining breeding pairs in Davis. These burrows have been repeatedly used year-after-year while using the Mace-25 land as foraging habitat.

Directly south and east of Mace-25 and north of I-80 are approximately 200 acres of farmland which is proposed to be annexed into the City and converted to a business park by the local developer and oil distributor, Ramco. Ramco's original development proposal in 2016 included building on all of the Mace-25 land for inclusion in the business park. Public outcry over this taking of city-owned and taxpayer-funded open space, however, caused the developer to withdraw the idea of including all of Mace-25 as buildable land when they revised their proposed project in 2019. Now they only want to "take" about 9.2 acres of theMace-25 City-owned land and use it for their "agricultural buffer" required under Davis zoning laws affecting new development bordering existing ag lands.

Complicating even this new plan, however, was the ongoing presence of the Burrowing Owls directly adjacent to Mace-25. If the developer's plans could theoretically impact the Burrowing Owl population (which likelihood MUST be quantitatively addressed in the forthcoming Environmental Impact Report on the project), then the developer could be forced into expensive and time-consuming mitigation measures.

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Corona virus presentation to Board of Supervisors by Dr. Ron Chapman, Yolo County Health Officer TODAY

In case you missed it, today the entire meeting which included Dr. Chapman's presentation was live streamed and recorded: https://yolocountyca.swagit.com/play/03092020-1208

Suggest you give yourself a little time to sit down and listen to Dr. Chapman's presentation.... it is one of the best organized, most accessible presentations on the matter that I have heard or read anywhere.

We are fortunate to have Dr. Chapman and his staff working on our behalf in Yolo County.  He is an excellent Public Health Officer and our Yolo County Department of Public Health is really doing a great job of informing the public and working with a variety of stakeholders including other health care providers, schools, cities, adult day health, senior centers, etc to get the word out in a calm, professional manner so that we will know the risks, hear good advice on what to do/what not to do and to carry on our lives in the midst of a public health threat.

Our Public Health Department is the "go to" place for this kind of information and guidance.  

Thanks, Dr. Chapman!

John Troidl

PS  Supervisors Provenza and Saylor can be heard on the re-play of the live stream asking some really good questions and helping guide the discussion on ways that are meaningful for the public.  Check it out!

Davis Cherry Blossom Festival blooms April 4-5

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Gregory Wada performs with Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan at the 2019 Davis Cherry Blossom Festival. Robin Fadtke/Courtesy photo

(From press release) Save the date for the fifth annual Davis Cherry Blossom Festival, April 4-5 at Sudwerk in Davis.

Presented by the nonprofit Davis Cherry Blossom Festival, Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan, and Sudwerk Brewing Co., the free, all-ages weekend includes music, food, art, culture and beer. The event is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 5 at The Dock, 2001 Second St. in Davis.

In its fifth year, the weekend is evolving into a regional music festival and cultural celebration. Activities feature music and lots of traditional Japanese drumming on two main stages and a new, intimate third stage. There will be food and arts vendors, a local artists’ gallery, interactive educational and cultural demonstrations, games and more.

More than 30 musical acts will perform over the two days, including Jessica Malone, The Brothers Reed, Lillian Frances, Katgrüvs and Big Sticky Mess.

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Thong Hy Huynh Awards

from the city of Davis

The City of Davis Human Relations Commission annually seeks nominations for the Thong Hy Huynh (“tong hi win”) Awards. The awards are presented once each year in memory of the stabbing death of Davis High School student Thong Hy Huynh on May 4, 1983. The award was established to raise awareness about and to honor community members whose actions exemplify the goals of diversity, community, social justice and equal rights. The Thong Hy Huynh Award was first presented in 1986.

What are the categories for this award?

Lifetime Achievement: Awarded for significant civil rights efforts over a long period of time while improving the quality of life in Davis. The recipients may be an individual or community organization that has promoted positive human relations in the community.

Young Humanitarian: Awarded to an individual in grades K-16 (elementary though undergraduate or equivalent) for significant efforts in improving the quality of life in Davis. Nominees have directly addressed the needs of specific groups within the community in the areas of human or civil rights or education.

Civil Rights Advocacy: Awarded to an individual or organization for significant efforts and achievement in any of the following areas:

  • Speaking on behalf or, and giving voice to, the disadvantaged and disempowered.
  • Promoting positive human relations, civil rights, cultural awareness, or peaceful means of conflict resolution.
  • Improving the quality of life for Davis residents through the areas of health, human services, housing, education, or employment.

Excellence in Community Involvement: Generally awarded to a business or non-profit organization, and occasionally a community individual, that has a record of significant efforts improving the quality of life for Davis residents through the areas of health, human services, housing, education, or employment.

Public Servant of the Year: Awarded to a local public servant who has promoted positive human relations in our multicultural and diverse community.

Guidelines for Nomination and Selection of Recipients

The Thong Hy Huynh Award process is designed to be as inclusive and as transparent as possible in order to protect the integrity of the award.

Nomination Process:

  1. Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including Human Relations commissioners or City Council members. Current Commission members or elected officials may not be nominated for an award. Commissioners cannot nominate a family member, partner or spouse.
  2. Nominees should be residents of Davis or have been active in work that has impacted the Davis community.
  3. Nominations must be submitted via the nomination form.
  4. Each nomination form should be for only one category, however, a nominee may be nominated for more than one category.

Selection Process:

  1. Any Huynh award winner in the previous 10 years is not eligible for nomination in the same category. Current voting commissioners are not eligible to receive an award. If a current commissioner is on the board of an organization, that organization is not eligible to be nominated for an award that year.
  2. Any commissioner who has a conflict of interest with a nomination (i.e. a family member, partner or spouse nominated or an organization nominated for which Commissioner is employed or holds a leadership position) for an award must recuse him/herself from participation in deliberations and voting for that award.
  3. If the Commission determines no nominations received in a particular category are appropriate, no award will be presented in that category.

Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday March 13, 2020.

Download the Nomination Form (PDF).

Information & Questions about the ARC

The following comments were submitted by Greg Rowe, member of the Planning Commission, for the February 26 Planning Commission workshop on the Aggie Research Campus (ARC).  They are addressed to the Chair and staff liaison to the Commission, respectively.

Matt Keasling speaks to the Planning Commission, 2/26

Cheryl and Sherri:

As you know, I'll be out of town for the Feb 26 Planning Commission meeting; I’ll be leaving early Thursday AM. 

I met on January 7 for over 2 hours with Dan Ramos and attorney Matt Keasling (Taylor & Wiley).  Below are a few of the questions I asked, and their responses.  This information may be relevant to next week's workshop.

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A crushing victory against Biden

MapBernie wins big in California

By Josh Jones

Bernie's big  California win keeps his delegate lead, but the press isn't reporting it.

When the general news outlets finally admit this, the ridiculous idea that Biden is ahead in delegates will go right out the window. 415 delegates come from California, almost double that of Texas, huge compared to any other state.

From the analysis I have been doing, Bernie must actually ahead in delegates overall, despite the pundits seemingly being unable to predict results for California, and only unable to do so for California.

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G, Q, and Deos Election Violations at Tandem Properties

By Colin Walsh

The Yolo County elections office website states, “What you cannot do at any Yolo County polling place… Campaign or discuss your vote (The state ban on electioneering within 100 feet of any polling place also applies to apparel).” This clearly includes election signs.

But these photos taken at 7:10 this morning - shortly after the polling place was open - show electioneering happening at the Tandem Properties Polling Place. A Vote Here sign has even been placed practically on top of a Yes on Q sign.

There is also a Yes on G sign prominently displayed in front of the Tandem Properties this morning.

Only a  few days ago a Linda Deos sign was displayed by the Yes on G sign, but that appears to have been moved either to the far corner of the property or to the public right of way. Signs are not allowed to be placed in the public right of way either, so this sign may still be a problem, either being on the same property as a polling place, or placed in the right of way near a polling place.

John Whitcombe one of the primary owners of Tandem Property, and the Nishi project gave Linda Deos $1,000 in this election.  Tandem is one of the largest apartment owners in Davis owning 13 complexes in Davis and on the UCD Campus including: Adobe at Evergreen, Anderson Place, Arlington Farm, Atrium at La Rue Park, Casitas, Chaparral, Chautauqua, Russell Park, Sundance, Suntree, The Colleges at La Rue, and The Willows. Measure G, Q and Linda Deos signs are also prominently placed the Tandem apartment complexes.

In a quick unscientific survey of a few other nearby polling places, no other location seemed to have signs placed as close as Tandem does.

At 8:30 am, the Yolo County Election office phone is ringing through to voice mail and a message stating the office opens at 8:00 am.

This photo taken 2/26/2020 (week before election) shows a Deos sign was moved.
This photo taken 3/3/2020 - election day - seems to have been moved from directly in front of the Tandem office to either the corner of the property or the public right of way.
The same Deos sign as above seen from the other side. Is this on Tandem Properties or in the public right of way?
[Edit 3:50pm  3/3/2020]
Jesse Salinas the Assessor / Clerk-Recorder / Chief Election Official indicated 3 signs where removed from the Tandem properties by election officials, but the Deos sign is in the public right of way and that is a City issue.
Deos Sign location
This map shows where the Deos sign has been placed in the public right of way. Jennifer Rindahl a paid staffer for the Deos campaign commented below indicating the Deos campaign placed this sign in this improper location themselves.
[edit 5:50pm the City of Davis has just informed me that they do not have anyone on call to address the issue of the sign improperly placed in the right of way.]

Provenza leads BOS motion for approval of new animal shelter JPA

Shelter pic
By Eileen Samitz

Like so many people in Davis, I am an avid animal lover.  I worked at UCD VMTH until I retired 5 years ago. I loved my work there and was privileged to help many animals during that time, but since retiring, I decided to volunteer with the local Yolo County SPCA which has helped backfill some of the gratification I got from my work. I also have coordinated the holiday pet basket charity annually for Mercer Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless for 25 years, but now one of my biggest concerns is the need for a new Yolo County animal shelter.

The good news is that there is a path now open to get there now thanks to the work of a number of people working with Supervisor Jim Provenza who serves with Supervisor Gary Sandy on the County committee working making a new animal shelter a reality. The first thing needed is the Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) which a number of entities have worked on to draft including Jim, Supervisor Gary Sandy, UCD’s Koret Animal Shelter program and the Yolo County SPCA.

This Joint Powers agreement which would change the structure of management for a Yolo Animal Shelter to be a shared responsibility, with shared input. This has been needed and the good news is that this JPA moved forward this past Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting. The motion was led by Jim Provenza which, with his impassioned statement, passed unanimously by the entire Board of Supervisors. Jim has cared about this need deeply and even has a video posted making the appeal for a new Yolo animal shelter needed which you can view here:

I was present at the Board of Supervisors February 25hth meeting with several other animal lovers and advocates who testified and we were thrilled to see how Jim spoke so passionately about the need for this JPA to move forward and to help us to move forward on efforts for a new animal shelter. A non-profit was started a while ago thanks to a number of dedicated animals lovers called “Unleashing Yolo” to help fundraise for a new Yolo animal shelter. To learn more about it and to help by donating, the website is www.unleashingyolo.org 

In addition, there is another non-profit supporting this goal named “Friends of Yolo County Animal Services” which has a website at www.friendsofycas.org and are dedicated to helping improve the lives of animals and support adoption within Yolo County.

In short, I wanted to share this wonderful news, and to reach out to others who may want to help in this much needed effort and also, to urge people to please vote For Jim Provenza to be re-elected for Yolo County Supervisor, so we can move forward to make a new animal shelter a reality.

Pacifico Dumpster Fire and Other Problems


Dumpster fire
[edit 3/5 the sign on this dumpster fire illustration is the current sign in front of the Pacifico buildings]

Letter to City Council on Febuary 26, 2020

Hello Mayor Lee and Council Members,                       

You may have heard that on Monday 2/3/20, there was a fire in the dumpster that belongs to Sharps and Flats apartments. This fire was directly on the other side of our back yard fence and was 20 feet from our home. 

The smoke filtered into our home making it difficult to breath. Other residents in the area noted smoke as far as Pole Line and Drew Ave north of Cowell. Others said they stayed indoors and did not let their children go outside.

Since the fence has gone up round Pacifico separating it from the bike path, much of the activity that has historically take place on the bike path and Evergreen Court and surrounding areas, is now highly concentrated in the shared parking lot between Pacifico and Sharps and Flats. 

The video cameras are contributing by pushing many Pacifico residents and affiliates to do their drug deals and threatening arguments and dangerous activity in the shared parking lot where they are off Pacifico cameras. The parking lot is behind my house and I have heard arguments and contentious drug deals, individuals being coerced into doing things they don’t want to do, gun shots and now we have fires. 

In his State of the City address, Mayor Lee indicated that as a whole, “we want to become more resident focused “ and “as we make mistakes we own up to them.”These are fine words and nice goals, but they have yet to be matched with serious actions. 

If there is an area where the City’s past mistakes have negatively impacted residents, it is in South Davis. Residents near Pacifico specifically, have  lived with serious problems caused by the City’s mismanagement and neglect of their  property and tenants on a regular basis for over 8 years resulting in a host of  inappropriate problems.

The burden has been heavy to bear for a very long time. Residents and renters have been more than patient and accepting. We have been heartfelt and helpful, accommodating, understanding and forgiving, but evidently that is not what helps or improves people's lives in a tangible way. We need meaningful action now that will address these dangerous situations for everyone involved.  

Owning up to mistakes has to involve more than just acknowledging those mistakes, it requires actually fixing them. 

 At a minimum, I would ask that you:

  • Demolish the existing Pacifico buildings now (don’t wait until you have an alternative project in hand; that could take forever and meanwhile the problems continue).
  • Move the individuals currently living at Pacifico. Those with mental illness and drug addiction need a facility with wrap-around services, such as Creekside. Low-income working families would benefit tremendously by living in an affordable apartment such a Sterlilng where it will be a healthier and safer environment.
  • Sell or give the Pacifico property to a developer who will develop appropriately scaled mixed income housing, predominately market rate, on the site (if necessary with financial assistance from the City).  
  • Address the safety hazards and basic functioning issues on Drew/Cowell, Valdora/Cowell and Pole Line Road/Cowell. 
  • Reconsider the Respite Center location. The community is still dealing with Pacifico issues. To compound the situation by inviting others with similar drug habits, friends, and shenanigans into the surrounding area will only intensify existing problems. Safeway, as you know, is just on the other side of the bridge/5th street where the proposed Respite Center is suppose to be located. Safeway already has problems with needles in the parking lot and well established urine locations in between Safeway and Rite Aid that creates an abominable stench.  The monies used for the Respite Center should go to established and trusted organizations with years of experience and knowledge working with 'homeless' in the area. Those who are addicted to meth and/or other drugs and/or who may have some form of mental illness need more intense services.

This community that I love and care about, cannot afford to be neglected  any longer. Considering what the community in South Davis has endured and is still enduring, the City should have compassion and do all that’s necessary to bring peace, functionality, neighborly trust and safety back to our residents.

Thank you,

Tracy De Wit


[edit 3/5/2020]
at the request of a reader here is more context to the word co-op on the dumpster fire graphic

When the section of Davis that includes Pacifico was developed in 1999, the developer met the City required affordable housing for the neighborhood with the Pacifico co-ops. To date, they are the only housing that has been built that provides City required affordable housing for students.
In 2010/2011, the property foreclosed, and the City took ownership. At the time of ownership, only one resident was considered a student. The City opened two of the buildings for standard affordable housing, the only tenant requirement being income qualification. The project currently serves 44-48 residents, who average 15% of the area median income.
in the fall of 2019 City Manager told the Council that at this time the City was technically meeting its legal obligation to provide affordable housing at the closed Pacifico buildings because they continue to be zoned for affordable housing. For almost 10 years, the City has failed to actually provide the intended and legally required affordable housing at Pacifico.

Letter: Provenza, Substantive, Proven

EnterprisePic (4) - cropYolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza has a stellar record of accomplishment and acts based on values in support of us all. One of his best qualities is serving people when no one is looking, serving those who can’t offer anything in return, and doing what’s right — not necessarily what’s easy.

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Green challenger for Dodd in State Senate District 3 race

NyhusWrite-in campaign is on the rise

(From press release) Karen Nyhus, a Green from Sonoma County, is challenging Bill Dodd (D-Napa) as a write-in to the California State Senate’s Top 2 spot on next week’s primary ballot.

Nyhus, a Stanford grad with a work history in government, education and nonprofits, is challenging Dodd’s status as a self-described “fiscal conservative” for a district that spans her native Sonoma County through Napa, Solano, and Contra Costa, to here in Davis. Nyhus calls Dodd a “blue dog” (conservative Democrat) and points out that he was a registered Republican as recently as 2013.

Running as a Green, she accepts no corporate donations, and think that’s a weak spot for Dodd. “He has taken money from the wine industry and PG&E, and it shows in his actions,” she wrote.

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