Letter: Time to say "No" to DiSC
May 02, 2022
One of the few benefits of COVID has been people’s heightened awareness around the climate crisis. For me personally I have made significant lifestyle changes regarding my transportation choices and frequency of travel, started purchasing second hand clothing, and committed to eating sustainably produced foods.
I would like to think that our City Council would also have learned and grown more conscious of their leadership’s impact on Davis during this urgent time when we need to reduce our carbon footprint. Look no further than the DISC development (Measure H on the ballot) to see how they have failed to grow.
The new 2022 iteration of DiSC will, according to the Sierra Club, create “excessive traffic, greenhouse gas emissions, and poor land-use and planning.” DiSC will “increase the city’s carbon footprint by 5%.” It is frightening to see the City Council push so hard for this massive development of office space, a big hotel, and fancy condos on the outskirts of town near an area of Davis already burdened by poor planning decisions (e.g., Mace Mess).
Meanwhile one council member, the notorious Dan Carson, took the time and small- minded perspective of suing the citizens of Davis themselves who operate the No On DISC campaign. What an incredibly unconscious and egocentric move! Is this the government we have to help us create radical change to address climate crisis issues?
As an average citizen who works from home for a non profit, is married to a Davis school teacher, and believes a better world is possible if we all contribute, I would kindly ask you to open your minds to voting No on Measure H in the June ballot. Learn more at VoteNoOnDisc.com campaign site.
i love "notorious" and "open your minds to voting no...."
Posted by: Todd | May 02, 2022 at 10:31 AM
Trying to decide what the saddest part of the Measure H proposal. The lack of questioning by any member about many of the claims and statements made in the sales brochure presented as a Staff Report to the city Council when the council voted unanimously to put measure H on the ballot. Or the negative involvement of two city council members in the campaign, with the lawsuit against the opponents being beyond logic.
Maybe it’s the kind of leapfrogging which would be rejected in a sane reference to good land use planning. The kind of proposed use that has contributed to paving over of thousands of acres of farmland in California every year, the reason the Farm Bureau says vote NO.
Hard to decide on any one thing that brings turkeys to mind when thinking about DISC.
Posted by: Les Portello | May 02, 2022 at 09:06 PM
So many choices. And that's not even mentioning the carbon-spewing debilitating traffic or the outdated freeway-adjacent car-oriented design.
Posted by: Roberta L. Millstein | May 02, 2022 at 09:30 PM
And now LAFCO is going to hold a virtual public hearing on May 26 because it wants to insure that DISC meets those high standards for proper land use planning and orderly growth. Kidding aside, maybe a chance to voice how bad DISC really is.
Posted by: Les Portello | May 06, 2022 at 02:24 PM
Thanks, Les. Can you give more info about where and when?
Posted by: Roberta L. Millstein | May 06, 2022 at 02:30 PM
Notice of Hearing: City of Davis Sphere of Influence (SOI) Amendment for the Davis Innovation & sustainability Campus (DiSC 2022) LAFCo No. 22-02
Notice is hereby given that on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 9:00 am, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, the Yolo Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) will hold a Public Hearing via teleconference, pursuant to Government Code section 54953(e)(1) (as amended by Assembly Bill 361), to consider the following agenda item:
City of Davis Sphere of Influence (SOI) Amendment for the Davis Innovation & Sustainability Campus (DiSC 2022) LAFCo No. 22-02
An application has been submitted by Daniel Ramos to amend the City of Davis’s SOI to include an approximately 118.5-acre area east of Davis. The "sphere of influence" is a plan for the probable future physical boundaries and service area of a local agency, as determined by LAFCo. The northern 102-acre portion (APN 033-630-009) represents the project site for the proposed DISC project. The southern 16.5 acres (APNs 033-630-006, -011, -012) is included in the application to avoid the creation of an unincorporated island and includes the existing Ikeda’s Market, City water tank, and a park-and-ride facility. Approval of the SOI Amendment does not result in the annexation of the property into the City. LAFCo is responsible for developing the City’s SOI as its plan for orderly growth. LAFCo requested the SOI Amendment application for consideration before the election, rather than after, because an unincorporated area cannot be annexed into a city unless that area is within its SOI and considering the SOI amendment before annexation follows good planning principles. Annexation would be considered as a subsequent application to LAFCo if City of Davis Measure H is approved by the voters at the June 7, 2022 primary election.
The subject property is located at the northeast corner of Mace Boulevard and I-80.
Christine M. Crawford, AICP
LAFCo Executive Officer
(530) 666-8048 or email@example.com
The Proposal Application is currently posted on the LAFCo website at https://www.yololafco.org/active-proposals. The Executive Officer's Report and the Agenda will be posted online at least five days prior to the noticed hearing at www.yololafco.org. All interested parties are invited to attend the public hearing.
Teleconference Options to join meeting:
By PC: https://yolocounty.zoom.us/j/86074085899
By Phone: (408) 638-0968
Meeting ID: 860 7408 5899
Posted by: Todd | May 06, 2022 at 02:54 PM
Posted by: Roberta L. Millstein | May 06, 2022 at 04:18 PM