Two reasons for voting No on H.
Council Member Carson tried to silence six voices opposed to Measure H. The six Davis citizens incurred a $71,000 bill to defend themselves, and now Carson is suing them for his legal costs of $76,358. Those volunteer voices are potentially paying $147,000+ from their personal savings.
On the other hand Carson has incurred no personal costs because his attempt to muzzle citizen voices opposed to Measure H was financed by the DISC developer.
That has prompted me to raise my own citizen voice … Council member Carson’s developer-funded stealth tactic should not be rewarded! That alone is reason enough to vote No on Measure H.
However, there is a second reason to vote No on H. There’s Less Affordable Housing than the norm!
I received a Measure H piece, stating,
Measure H enhances and advances more of what we love about Davis, Affordable Housing.
Simply not true. DISC is providing less affordable housing as a % than any site set for a citizen vote.
Prior to 2018 all citizen vote proposals provided at least 25-35% of the housing units as permanently affordable. DISC is applying under the “Interim Affordable Housing Ordinance” which substantially reduced the requirement to 15%.
However, the interim policy with its lowered 15% was written specifically to apply to land already in the city. Why? Because land costs in the City are hundreds of thousands of dollars per acre.
The DISC site does not suffer from high land costs. It resides on agricultural land outside of the city that was purchased for likely less than $10,000 per acre. Therefore, the affordable housing requirement should remain at 25-35%.
In November 2019 hundreds of Davis residents applauded Richard Rothstein’s talk on the “Color of Law,” which critiqued the role of government in reducing housing for people of color. Many of us want a future Davis to be more inclusive and expansive of housing for low income residents and racial minorities.
DISC does the opposite by providing considerably less housing for low income residents and racial minorities.
Please join me in voting No on H.
David J Thompson