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The City of Davis Propaganda Machine & Sky Track - Tales of the Bizarre

Last night, less than an hour after the Rec & Park Commission meeting considered Sky Track #large echo & trumpets#, a bizarre posting appeared on a Facebook Page with the City Logo that reads like an oil company trying to claim environmental brownie points after running an oil tanker into a reef full of penguins:

https://www.facebook.com/100064544416178/posts/pfbid02aGvm4r3B34TCAQHLKCEHc8eVoCn3bWFw7PUHHXNAvPjb9ppZhF2AxcXw3RDnre2El/?d=n

The capstone of the posting: "The City of Davis and its staff work diligently to ensure a vibrant community that enhances the quality of life for residents, families, children and students."

Oh please.  Gag me with a spoon.  Make me vomit.  I'm heading to the vomitorium to hurl chunks.

Who wrote that, and why?  What is really going on here that the City has that written in an hour, and up on the web?   It's too perfect.  Why would a City website post something so vomitously self-serving?  That's not what cities do . . . they are government, not private.  Cities shouldn't make proclamations about how great the city and its staff are.  I've met several great City staff btw.  This isn't about how great or not great any particular staff is.  It's about the fact that it is not government's place to toot it's own horn -- and we should all be asking:  why is it doing so in this case?  Something is rotten in West Davis.

And why is the City providing a forum so City residents can get into a Facebook war?  So assholes can berate and belittle the neighbors for what, having an issue with the constant sound of metal grating on metal?  I had no idea the degree of vitriol from users and abusers of the zip-line. What part of 'metal grating against metal' don't you people understand?  This isn't rocket science, it's not even sound science.  We all fucking know that metal on metal and a constant grating noise next to where we live can destroy daily life.  That isn't a sound you just get used to.  We don't need paid sound scientists to use meters and numbers to justify my love when we all know whatever the damn meter says that 'metal grating on metal' is an awful sound.  I have not been so disgusted by some Davis people since the Trackside defenders.  

More on the Facebook forum There are those playing the 'envy card' -- 'you own a house!' - imagine the gall of someone owning a house in Davis :-|.  There are those playing the 'you hate children' card, even though they say they never minded any of the sounds or children playing or shrieking in joy -- only the grating of metal on metal.  There are those playing the 'you get special treatment' card, even though the Krovozas and others are getting shat on by asshole zip-line users/abusers and City government.  There's the 'you knew there was a park there when you bought your house' card, even though the Krovoza's pointed out repeatedly that they moved in next to a park and had no problem with that, the zip-line came much later and that is the only and specific noise issue.  Metal on Metal!

And why is the City now a propaganda machine?  Not that many years ago if I wrote to the City Council, two or three Councilmemebers would write me back with their personal response.  Now an 'information officer' sends me a pre-packaged response about how my email was sent to all the Councilmembers.  This is a new position paid for with your taxpayer money, and what we get is pre-packaged pablum.  Now the propaganda machine is expanded to bizarre City-serving Facebook posts with forums for citizens to berate citizens.  The City isn't a corporation that needs a slogan that it "enhances the quality of life for residents, families, children and students."  Why are we putting up with this shit?

That meeting last night was bizarre.  Truth is lies.  Words are reality.  Coneheads roam City parks.  All that virtual meeting proved to me is a lot of people got dropped on their heads as infants.

Anyway, have fun playing 'Spot the Flaming Davis Assholes' as you read the comments in the Facebook page  :-|

P.S.  Why do we call it Sky Track with capital letters like it's some special thing with a proper name -- instead of "that fucking zip line" ? :-|

Comments

Susan Rainier, AIA, LFA, LEED BD+C

Make it a requirement for all City Council must LIVE IN DAVIS.

Roberta L. Millstein

Susan, it is already a requirement that City Councilmembers live in Davis. There is no requirement for staff, however.

Alan C. Miller

"Make it a requirement for all City Council must LIVE IN DAVIS."

"it is already a requirement that City Councilmembers live in Davis."

Do you know something you want to share with the city :-| ?

Ron O

Wow - I just looked at the Facebook page that Alan referenced, and was surprised to see all of the negative, irrelevant comments. Honestly, can't imagine why anyone would do so.

What's with the resentment toward the couple experiencing the noise? Are people really that insensitive toward others - for no reason?

If I'm understanding it correctly, even the relocated site isn't necessarily going to solve the problem.

One suggestion was to move it to a different park. (Seems to me that Central Park might be a good location.) But, I guess the powers that be have already made a decision.

Honestly, I'm kind of surprised that this is even a controversy. The city made a mistake regarding the placement of a zip line - simple as that. And yet, there's no discussion of responsibility regarding that decision. (Sort of reminds me of the "Mace Mess", in that way.)

And the city is now possibly preparing to make another costly mistake?

Roberta L. Millstein

Maybe Susan knows something, but as far as I know all 5 councilmembers live in Davis. I can criticize them for lots of things, but not that.

Alan C. Miller

"What's with the resentment toward the couple experiencing the noise? Are people really that insensitive toward others - for no reason?"

There are apparently an entire personality type that think this way. [edited-I was rightly reminded that I went against Davisite & my own guidelines on personal attacks, feeling justified by all the personal attacks on display on this Facebook page. But that is no excuse to cross that line. Apologies. I will do better] Oddly people are claiming those declaring the zip line as an environmental nuisance are getting special treatment; from my viewpoint they are being treated like shit. [first and last sentences of this paragraph lightly edited for clarity]

Anyway yeah we run into buckets of this dirty subset of Davis people during Trackside. What I found, what we all found, is that my neighbors are truly wonderful people who support each other. What Trackside did was unite us and we actually like each other and hang out. Apparently in West Davis (that other City) they just shit on the good people like a hovering giant anus in the sky. It's a wonderful life. Even if we get rid of Districts, we should just jettison West Davis, pull up the bridges over 113 and see if anyone survives after they eat each other. And eat Winters.

"One suggestion was to move it to a different park. (Seems to me that Central Park might be a good location.) But, I guess the powers that be have already made a decision."

Yeah, good idea Ron O., but you know why they won't do it? A ZIP TRACK IN CENTRAL PARK WOULD BE TOO NOISY.

Keith

"Apparently in West Davis (that other City) they just shit on the good people like a hovering giant anus in the sky."

Alan's belletristic writings are why the Davisite is so much more interesting than the Vanguard. Your loss Vanguard.

Alan C. Miller

"Alan's belletristic writings are why the Davisite is so much more interesting than the Vanguard."

Am I the only one who learned a new word there?

"Your loss Vanguard."

I am sure DG is crying in his Cheerios every morning at 3:00am, he misses my comments so much :-|

Sharla Cheney

It would be interesting to read an article on staff working conditions with the City of Davis and why some departments are undermanned and have open positions that they cannot fill. Maybe interview former staff about why they left?

Alan C. Miller

"It would be interesting to read an article on staff working conditions with the City of Davis and why some departments are undermanned and have open positions that they cannot fill. Maybe interview former staff about why they left?"

We at the Davisite will get our crack team of investigative reporters right on that. Right after they complete their analysis of the Studio 30 report and their in-depth interview with Rob White.

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