Isn’t there a better way to provide funding for city services than paving over prime agricultural land with an industrial park? We have an internationally recognized agricultural research university and the city is proposing to despoil the very essence of that educational field: the land. The university hasn’t asked for this project or even endorsed it.
I’ve lived in Davis for 37 years and have watched leaders plead again and again for sprawl on our periphery, touting the need for often-delusive revenue to cover unchecked city spending. Like many, I put roots down in Davis because it offered what I desired most, excellent, innovative city planning, strong schools, and a strong city spirit. In the past, Davis was known nationally as a charming small college town with abundant bike paths and lanes, surrounded by farm land and open space. I left southern California specifically because of regional gridlock and air quality. Why are Davis leaders trying to replicate those problems here?
Are we in a race with other communities to build the most car-centric, traffic-choked developments: Is there something inherently wrong with maintaining a small community that values its neighborhoods and agricultural roots? Why don’t city leaders demonstrate some economic creativity and re-imagine a government that can sustain itself without gobbling up all the open space that surrounds it. Or shall we let regional developers dictate our future?
The commuter gridlock that has already invaded East and South Davis is spreading throughout the city. Is this to be our future? Besides death and taxes, it’s the one sure thing that will happen if the proposed development, Measure H, passes. Yes, ‘more cars are coming anyway’ as a result of the ‘Waze’ traffic app. Why make that worse by adding another 12,000 car trips to the mix?
Please help maintain the current quality of our city and vote No on Measure H.