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Adam Morrill announces candidacy for City Council, District 4

Adam-morrillBy Adam Morrill

I’m pleased to formally announce my candidacy for Davis City Council, District 4.

I was born and raised in the Bay Area where I met my high school sweetheart and wife of 22 years.  We both came to Davis as undergraduates and after graduating decided this is where we wanted to raise our family.  I have been active in the community as a volunteer firefighter, CPR instructor, basketball coach, and AYSO referee.  I have spent 25 years of my life as a Davis resident (20 of which as a homeowner) and I have witnessed the gradual decay of a once prosperous city due to neglect and a lack of vision and planning.

City-council-districts-d4I’ve entered the race because I am a solution and results oriented person and I want Davis to be a place where my kids want to raise their own families and where they can afford to own their own home.  I want to fix our crumbling roads and sidewalks and ensure there are fiscally responsible plans to maintain them.  We need to proactively maintain our urban forest, greenbelts and parks so that they can remain one of the great assets of our city.  I want to work with local businesses to revitalize our downtown to make it a destination for our residents and visitors to Davis.

We need leaders who push for strategic infill development that will provide entry level housing to young families and workers, as well as dedicated Affordable Housing, not unaffordable housing that permanently destroys prime farmland.  We need leaders that will work cooperatively with our local non-profits, faith-based organizations, and the county to address the homeless crisis in our city.  They are the experts and should take the lead, while we should support them rather than wasting funds and trying to duplicate their efforts. 

We need leaders who will provide innovative support and resources for our public safety staff to effectively deal with violent and property crime while also actively engaging and building partnerships within the community to compassionately attend to the issues associated with homelessness and mental health.  We need leaders who will not just give lip service to attaining carbon neutrality by 2040, but lead by example with the city taking concrete steps NOW to immediately lower the city’s carbon footprint.

I am the person to do the job, and that’s why I am running for Davis City Council, District 4.

Contact: adam@adam4davis.org



You had me with the picture of the awesome family. I'm in!


You had me at "infill housing that doesn't destroy prime farmland."

Roberta L. Millstein

You had me at "not just give lip service to attaining carbon neutrality by 2040, but lead by example with the city taking concrete steps NOW to immediately lower the city’s carbon footprint."

Ron O

My guess is that he'll have a bunch of support simply by not being someone who shows up at peripheral development groundbreakings (and advocates for more of them), as Gloria does.

But in reference to the article, I haven't actually seen the city "decay", nor do I believe that Davis will (or "should") strive to provide more "entry-level housing for families and workers" (whatever that means). And for that matter, I'm not sure that it can actually "afford" to provide significantly-more Affordable housing, since it likely doesn't pay for itself (in more than one way).

Though truth be told, I've seen plenty of "pre-owned" housing for sale in Davis, which is already designed for families. Some of it reasonably-priced, as well. (I saw a perfectly- fine one on Loyola for $659K, recently. Look for prices to drop further, as the housing downturn is just getting started.)

New families to the area (who want a brand-new "traditional" house) are taking up residence in "North, North Davis" (Spring Lake in particular). I don't see any way to stop that, given that Woodland embraces sprawl. It's not a difficult commute to UCD from there - and the commute doesn't really impact Davis itself. For that matter, it's an easier commute to UCD than from some of the proposed peripheral sites in Davis itself. (There's already an express bus, and I'd expect this type of alternative to be increasingly-offered.)

They'll be building another 1,600 housing units at the Woodland technology park, as well. (Essentially one of the technology parks which failed in Davis, before even reaching voters.) Bretton Woods is now being built on that site.

Of course, Davis could attempt a peripheral development similar to The Cannery, but you already know that a "traditional" single family dwelling in that type of development would likely cost in excess of $1 million.

And really, new housing prices in Spring Lake are comparable to the one I saw on Loyola - in the "original" Davis. In my opinion, folks would be better-off looking at a "used" model, in Davis. (Which also tend to have larger yards.)

All housing eventually turns over, as we haven't yet found the secret to immortality. So unless there's a continuous supply of "old people" just waiting to move into existing housing, it will eventually be occupied by younger people. No one alive today will be occupying any of the housing in Davis, at some point in the future. (Of course, this is occurring all the time - and not just the result of someone's demise.)

Maybe folks should stop continuously attempting to change Davis, for no actual reason.

As another infrequent commenter says, "just my humble opinion". :-)

Ron O

Update to my comment: I just looked up the house on Loyola, and it looks like it dropped down to $630K (with a pending sale).

I dunno, but this sounds like a reasonable price for a traditional single-family dwelling in Davis to me. It probably ain't gonna get much cheaper than that, even as the housing market continues its downturn.

So if you can't afford that (and still insist upon buying a traditional single-family house in Davis), maybe it's not the housing prices that are "unreasonable".

George Galamba

I'm interested in hearing how Morrill will maintain communication with constituents if elected. Except for the mayor's vanilla comments in the Enterprise, I have never received a single communication from the current city council member.

Karen L Baker

I have lived in Davis for nearly 17 years and have seen a remarkable decline in the state of the bike paths. Some sections of the 5th St. bike path(which I consider a main route for East Davis cyclists to get downtown)are unsafe to ride: better to risk riding on the street. The amount of garbage along the bike path has increased and there has been little to no maintenance of overhanging trees...I don't know how anyone over 5 ft 5 inches can ride without constantly ducking or being hit by a branch. When I've pointed out the sorry state of our bike paths to our current mayor(on more than one occasion), she seemed uninterested in discussing my concerns. If Mr. Morrill is genuinely motivated to fix our "crumbling" bike infrastructure, he has my support and my vote!

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