Measure H is a rare opportunity for us, as individuals, to choose what is good for the many over what is good for the few. The NO on H arguments focus on verifiable negative impacts of the proposed DISC development such as increased traffic and paving over of prime agricultural land, while the Yes side claims that, if all goes as advertised, the city will benefit financially.
No matter which arguments you believe or favor, there is one overarching reason to vote NO on H – WATER. The City of Davis, indeed the entire state, is in the throes of a severe, worsening drought. Davis receives surface water from the Sacramento River and well(or ground-)water pumped from aquifers beneath the city. Our surface water supply is limited by finite, maximum water “rights,” which in turn are dependent on upstream reservoir levels and snowpack, both of which are far below normal, and pumping huge volumes of water, especially from the deep aquifers, is unsustainable.
The agricultural land on which DISC would be built currently receives NO water from the city of Davis – NONE. And, as ag land, it can be fallowed if necessary. BUT, if Measure H passes, that 100-plus acres of land will be annexed into the City and connected – permanently - to our city water infrastructure, thus creating a new drain on our already-limited water supply. And, if water is like any other commodity, even as we conserve more as a community, the demands of DISC and already-approved projects will lead to increased water rates.
But fear not, our city leaders have not forgotten us. Even as they are campaigning for Measure H, they are planning to educate us with a new “messaging” slogan: “No doubt, We’re in a Drought!”
Seriously folks, a few people could make a pile of money if H passes, and the City might benefit financially, but I believe we need to help the many by voting NO on Measure H.