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September 2020

League of Women Voters offers look at health-care reform options

Uncertain about the difference between a single-payer system and a public option linked to the Affordable Care Act?

The League of Women Voters Davis Area will offer an educational program on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1 to help voters understand and compare the two choices. “Health-care Reform: Demystifying Future Health-care Options” aims to help voters better understand candidate positions in upcoming presidential debates and election forums.

The online event will feature two speakers: Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide health-care consumer advocacy coalition, and Jodi Reid, executive director at California Alliance for Retired Americans, a statewide senior advocacy organization working to improve quality of life for seniors.

Speakers also will discuss the challenges Yolo County residents and providers have faced before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help speakers address questions from the public, please submit them in advance to komalh@lwvdavisarea.org. Audience members will be able to submit questions at the forum as well.

Use the following link to register for the event:  https://bit.ly/351CSuc. A Zoom link will be sent two days before the event.

The League of Women Voters Davis Area is a non-partisan organization committed to voter education and voter registration. To learn more, go to www.lwvdavisarea.org.

Letter: A breath of fresh air

Walsh-photoBy John R. Pike

This is in reference to the forthcoming election on Nov. 3, and not the change of climate caused by regional fires. I mean the election of Colin Walsh to District 2 of the City Council.

For the past four years, the incumbent has reigned over the following events in Davis, each of which has contributed to a deterioration of public services:

  • Increased crime with particular reference to bike theft.
  • Chronic degradation of road conditions.
  • The Council approval of the U-Mall development despite a 7-to-0 opposition by the Planning Commission.
  • The BrightNight project, in which the city made a bad deal on valuable city-owned land.

Each of the above suggests a changing of the guard is needed at City Hall to encourage greater public participation and transparency over important decisions that affect our City and lifestyle.

Colin Walsh offers a ray of light in addressing these issues and more as we strive to re-engage our citizens with improved decision making and public services.

Wildfires underscore urgency to rein in climate change

FireBy Elisabeth Robbins with Mark Reynolds

My friend hurriedly evacuated her dream home northeast of Vacaville as flames advanced down the hillside. In the Mendocino National Forest, firefighters burned out a protective barrier around my son’s cabin deep in the woods.  That may, or may not, have protected it when Wednesday’s terrific winds swept fire through.  As of this writing, we don’t know.  At best, “Maybe I’ll have the view I’ve always wanted,” he said wryly.

These fires touch everyone.  For too many it’s a personal loss.  For others, it’s a loss to someone we know and care about, so it becomes our loss too.  We have all lost freedom of movement outdoors because of the highly polluted air.

And the fall fire season hasn’t even started.  Already  we have seen an astonishing amount of destruction, across the state and right here in Yolo County.  Over 2.6 million acres have gone up in smoke, exceeding the 2 million acres burned in 2018. That year, the damage and economic loss from wildfires, according to AccuWeather, came to $400 billion.

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League of Women Voters to showcase local school board and city council candidates via Zoom

Davis-LWVJoin the League of Women Voters Davis Area and Davis Media Access for a Zoom forum from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27 for five candidates vying for three spots on the Davis Joint Unified School District Board of Education.

Zoom forums will also be held on Sunday, Oct. 4 for the nine candidates vying for three seats on the Davis City Council. The District 2 forum will be at 1 p.m., followed by District 3 at 3 p.m. and District 5 at 5 p.m.

This is the first time candidates will compete to represent specific city council districts and school board areas, which are different.

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Two Virtual Candidate Forums to Focus on Race and Equity Issues

YCDIEThe Yolo Committee for Diverse and Inclusive Elections (YCDIE) will be hosting two virtual candidate forums on Saturday, September 12th. The first will run from 10 am to 12 pm and is for candidates running for the Davis Joint Unified School District and Los Rios Community College District boards. The second forum will run from 2 pm to 4 pm and is for candidates running for Davis City Council and the Yolo County Board of Supervisors (4th District).

The purpose of these candidate forums is to allow the voters of Davis to learn more about the candidates running for various local offices in the November election. The forums will focus on issues of equity, inclusion, social justice, and race as they pertain to local issues.

Both forums are free to the public, but attendees must pre-register using the links below. Questions about the forums can be directed to ycdiedavis@gmail.com.

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Virtual Townhall With Colin Walsh Sept 9

Walsh-logoColin Walsh, a candidate for Davis City Council 2020 District 2, is hosting a Zoom Town Hall on Wednesday, September 9 at 7 p.m. Members of the community are invited to this opportunity to get to know Colin and share your thoughts on Davis. Details at Walsh4Davis.com.

Sierra Club Endorses No on Measure B - No on DISC in Davis, CA

Sierra Club endorsedCiting grounds of “excessive traffic, greenhouse gas emissions, and poor land-use and planning”, the Sierra Club announces its opposition to Measure B in Davis CA on the November 2020 municipal ballot.

Measure B is a vote to allow the annexation of approximately 200-acres of Prime farmland on the northeast periphery of the City and the development of a business park along with a 850-unit housing development. The project site is now farmed and serves as foraging habitat for numerous Special Status Species including Burrowing Owls, Swainson’s Hawks, and White-Tailed Kites.

The endorsement of the opposition to this ballot measure follows an extensive evaluation process by the local Sierra Club Yolano Group, the Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter Political and Executive Committees, and the Sierra Club California Local Measure Review Committee.

The Sierra Club has long-standing official policies designed to minimize urban sprawl onto farmland and habitat and maximize intensive infill development. These include planning policies that further conservation of open space and preservation of natural areas and agricultural lands. The Sierra Club opposes sprawl as a pattern of increasingly inefficient and wasteful land use with devastating environmental and social outcomes.

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Letter: Vote for Larry for City Council

LarryLarry Guenther is the most honest man I know in Davis.

He has the instincts of a reformer, and the energy to move reform forward. He believes that the local expertise we enjoy on our city commissions is being superseded by non-transparent decision-making at City Hall.

If you live in District 3 and want this to change, vote for Larry for City Council.

Mark Grote

Green Belt Chat with Colin Walsh on Thursday, Sept 3

Walsh-logoThe Walsh for Davis City Council  campaign announces a Green Belt Chat with Colin Walsh on Thursday morning, Sept. 3, 7:30 am to 9:30 am! Please come meet Colin Walsh, candidate for Davis City Council, District 2. Neighbors are invited to drop by the Greenbelt near the picnic tables and play structure, where Eagle meets the Greenbelt. Feel free to ask questions and share your concerns.

Literature and hand sanitizer will be available. Physical distancing and masks required.