I am running for City Council because I am frustrated with decisions that have been made and opportunities that have been missed. And I'm running because I am hopeful and know our community can do better.
I am frustrated when our Police Accountability Commission asks the City to improve transparency and accountability by reviewing the Picnic Day Report – a report all parties agree has factual errors – the City Council unanimously votes no.
I am frustrated that when the Police Department asks for an armored vehicle and more surveillance equipment, the City Council unanimously votes yes.
I am frustrated that:
- the City has declared a climate emergency, yet our planning is still designed around single-service automobiles – the biggest negative impact we make upon the climate.
- Development Agreements get re-negotiated to the detriment of the City after projects get approved.
- the City has a large and growing deficit, but we still approve development that will have long-term, negative fiscal impacts on our budget.
- we continually miss opportunities for community-owned utilities; solid waste, broadband, and solar.
- we still have large – and dangerous – gaps in our bike system and roads that continue to deteriorate.
- our commission system is so competent, but that its recommendations are so often dismissed.
- our City policies and processes are so often shortcut or bypassed.
But I am also hopeful, because I believe we can do better.
I believe that listening to our community and our commissions will produce better results. People often say, “it’s just process.” Democracy is also "just process." The purpose of the process is to yield a better result. Our commission system is basically a free, in-house consulting system with nationally-recognized talent on a score of relevant subjects. We need to listen to them.
I believe we can have more transparency and accountability for our Police Department without demonizing them. And I believe that a Department of Community Safety should contain the best aspects of our Police Department, while improving our handling of jobs we unfairly ask the Police to do.
- that when we dig up our streets, we should install conduit for broad band.
- our community should have control over its solid waste disposal.
- City buildings should have solar on their rooftops. (kind of a no-brainer)
- that the community should take large development proposals to developers and property owners, not the other way around. If we want what’s best for Davis, we can’t start with what’s best for developers.
- that we can’t just declare a climate emergency, we need to act like it’s an emergency – not with panic, but aggressively with planning and forethought.
I believe better community engagement will reduce our environmental impact, improve our fiscal resiliency and sustainability, our social justice, and our quality of life – for everyone in our community.
We can do better. We must do better.
I am a problem solver. I have worked with Davis community members to solve problems in creative ways for over 17 years. I listen and I get things done.
If you would like to join me in moving Davis into the future, vote Larry Guenther for Davis City Council, District 3.
To contribute or find out more about me and my campaign, please visit larryguenther.com