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Al's Corner - January --> 2024 is Going to Suck - Probably a Nuke Will be Detonated - "Though we do go after the Vanguard on here"

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I'm tired of being optimistic about the new year.  Since Covid-19, we've all hoped the next new year would bring better times, but each subsequent year since 2020 has sucked, culminating with the October 7th Invasion & War and Increased Hatred of Groups of People.  And our City Council ?  NOT HELPING.

People suck.

But, as R.O. says:  "we do go after the Vanguard on here".  And that is the most important thing -- even more important than world peace.

Some annoying woketivist reminded me that David Greenwald was living rent-free in my head.  So I informed DG that I'm now charging him $3000/mo for rent. 

2024 will undoubtedly suck more than 2023.  I also believe some angry narcissist is going to set off a nuke in 2024.  That'll make the argument over who called in the Davis bomb threats moot.  Stock up on iodine, folks!

SUBJECT:  "Editor’s Note: The Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous"  [2day's vansplard]

Spike the ball.  Live to fight another day.

Hopefully just a day, if we're lucky.

The bad news… that just gets us through the payroll this month.

"Bad" is a judgement call.

I remember when $13,000 would set us up nicely for a few months.  Now it’s barely a month.  That’s ridiculous but at the same time, it’s okay.

It's okay?  What's okay?  Horrible, society-killing inflation?  "Okay" then.

We’re on the verge of doing some great stuff this year. 

Sounds like y'all are also on the verge of running out of cash.

The biggest news coming into the new year is that we are working to launch (finally) our new website. 

Oh goody.  "Finally" -- You can say that again.   Of course, now that I'm banned and the comments are a woke suckfest echo-chamber (plus KO for as long as he lasts), I don't give a flying fuck that the edit feature might actually work before it times out.  Which is all I ever asked.  Oh that and a new moderator.  But a website format fix, well, it won't fix that.

This will be our first new website since 2014. 

Seems longer ago than that.

I have seen the prototype for it and it looks nice and clean.

I can't wait not to use it.

The continued Vanguard Court Watch and what that program means not only for the Vanguard but for all the interns—all three of them had formerly been interns and soon all three will be in law school.

Just what we need, more indoctrinated, woketivist lawyers.

The rolling out of our prison watch internship where we will be taking the concept of the court watch and helping to train incarcerated people in journalism.

"We" ?  Who is the "we" that will be doing this training?  Intern future lawyers?  Prison guards ?  Prison "Van" guards ?

Our future high school journalism training program where we will be taking inner city kids and helping them go to college by training them in journalism, the law, and writing.

You will be teaching writing to young people?  Seriously?  Is this The Onion?  The Babylon Bee?   The irony police called and they want all of your English teachers incarcerated for the harm done to your readers.  After awhile, we all become just a little bit worse writers ourselves:  "Trickle down" immigrammatical exposure.  But of course, your future woketivist lawyers will decarcerate your English teachers.  So it'll all be alright.

I pause to thank all of you who donated in 2023 and especially those who helped in the critical drive down the stretch—you made this all possible.

Yeah, thanks, Butt Heads.  What were you thinking?

It should be a fun year. 

That's one prediction.  I'm predicting the detonation of a nuke --> "half glass full, half glass empty" - Tanya Harding

We’ll be firing up the old fund drive soon enough. 

Does it run on diesel ?  Does CARB still let you run it?

If you want to help, however, you can become a monthly donor, a sustaining member

Or you can jam your foot in the door and demand tax records.

Iodine, folks.  Iodine.

Comments

Ron O

Speaking of "going after the Vanguard", I'll repost a couple of comments below from the December "corner", per Al's suggestion. (They don't automatically appear, when comments reach more than 100.)

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From today's "give me money" article, in the Vanguard:

David: "I remember when $13,000 would set us up nicely for a few months. Now it’s barely a month.

That’s ridiculous but at the same time, it’s okay."

I can think of some much better words (than "okay") to describe this, in regard to the Vanguard's stated guiding principles.


Ron O

I see the following comment from Beth on DJUSD's Facebook page:

"Happy New Year, 2024 is going to be a great one ♥️💙♥️

Superintendent Matt Best and DJUSD Trustees,

please schedule a community 'study session' on gender identity policies, activities, and curriculum in the k-12 schools before the March vote on Measure N, the new $800 school parcel tax."

I bolded the text that I find amusing, since I already noted something similar (but from DJUSD's perspective): That is, those associated with DJUSD are likely trying to tie-in "trans rights" with support for Measure N.

With the implication that you must be "anti-trans" if you don't support Measure N.

My guess is that this is a winning strategy, for DJUSD.

(Not sure who, exactly, is behind the "Davis is for Everyone" signs around the city.)


Keith

I see David and the Vanguard are reporting that they raised payroll just in a nick of time. We can all breathe easier now. I think Alan's $1 donation put them over the top.

Alan C. Miller

My $1 donation to the Vansplard was for cranial-rectal detachment surgery.

RO say: "Not sure who, exactly, is behind the "Davis is for Everyone" signs around the city."

I'm sure glad Davis is for Everyone. There was a moment there, #phew!# that I thought Davis was not for conservatives.

Ron O

I'm sure glad Davis is for Everyone. There was a moment there, #phew!# that I thought Davis was not for conservatives.

There's a reason that there's "rails" that go from Davis to Woodland. All the better to run them out of town, on. Tied-up and wearing signs, stating that there's more than two genders.

Though truth be told, I don't think that Woodland is all that different from Davis these days. (Some from the Davis Phoenix Coalition appear to be at work there, as well.)

South of Davis

I'm told that if you look at the back of all the "Davis is for Everyone" signs they say "That agrees with Us". P.S. I wonder when we will start to see these new "coexist" bumper stickers in town?
https://babylonbee.com/news/liberals-release-new-coexist-sticker-with-star-of-david-replaced-by-paraglider

catherine L portman

Really?! This is what the Davisite is about?

Alan C. Miller

CLP say: "Really?! This is what the Davisite is about?"

Yes :-| Disgusting isn't it? But that's not all "we" are about: we are also very critical of Dan Carson's ties with Davis real estate peeps, and we also do reviews on smoked fish such as lox and sheep.

No, "we" aren't about anything. It's just a random shit show.

Welcome, CLP, to "our" world. "We" hope you will continue to submit.

[Note: The comments made by Al's Corner do not necessarily reflect those of the board or management of The Davisite, or it's sponsors, of which there are none]

Keith

"Really?! This is what the Davisite is about?"

Just like "Davis is for Everyone" Al's Corner is for everyone regardless of your political views and your comments will always get posted as long as you don't break any rules (unlike another blog in Davis).

Maybe Alan can get some signs made and stick them on lawns everywhere.

"Al's Corner is for Everyone"

Alan C. Miller

Actually the t-shirts would say, "Al's Corner is for Everyone, Except for One Person, and You Know Who You Are, You Little Piece of Shit"

Keith

Today's Vanguard article: "Commentary: 2024 Emerges with Housing Back on the Forefront of Community Concerns"

Well knock me over with a feather. The Vanguard is writing about housing. It emerged folks. It's back on the forefront. I'm shocked!


Alan C. Miller

Housing on the forefront ?

Hmmm . . . makes me wonder where that $16,000 came from :-0

Ron O

I had a strong suspicion that the Vanguard would switch from "burying Beth" back to the fake housing shortage, today.

The fake housing shortage is the Vanguard's bread-and-butter.

Roberta L. Millstein

Catherine Portman asks: Really?! This is what the Davisite is about?

No, that isn't what the Davisite is about. But often Alan Miller is motivated to write about it, and some regular commenters are motivated to write about it too.

Lately, I've not been motivated to write about any topic, and also in the last couple of weeks I have received fewer things to post -- which happens every year around this time. (It's like there are holidays or something?)

So, now that it is 2024 (happy new year!), this is an invite to you, Catherine, and to others, to send articles to the Davisite to post.

Ron O

I am starting to see some price cuts for existing housing in Davis (and throughout the state). (I like to look at Zillow listings.)

In any case, if I was looking to buy a house in Davis, I'd definitely be looking at the following example. (I don't have any connection to this listing, or any other listing.)

But yeah, if you can't afford $720K for a very decent house, I'm not sure what to tell you. A lot better than whatever complicated shell game that Covell Village is planning.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2908-Prado-Ln-Davis-CA-95618/16545128_zpid/

Ron O

So, now that it is 2024 (happy new year!), this is an invite to you, Catherine, and to others, to send articles to the Davisite to post.

And "Al's Corner" invites those who either don't have enough content to write an article, or are simply too lazy to do so. (I meet "both" of these qualifications.)

Or, to react to the Vanguard or other local articles/issues without getting attacked or unnecessarily "moderated".

"AL" welcomes "ALL". (Even "AI", in the form of ChatGPT.)

Keith

"AL" welcomes "ALL".

I like that, "All's Corner".

Alan C. Miller

RM say: "No, that isn't what the Davisite is about. But often Alan Miller is motivated to write about it, and some regular commenters are motivated to write about it too."

I actually don't know what the "it" being referred to is. Was it smoked fish sheep?

Whatever it is, RM, maybe the Davisite should change our business model. I was thinking maybe we could solicit real estate developers and social justice warrior lawyers for money, and that would help pay for a new website, and then we could "hire" #cough/cough# "interns" and "volunteers" and "staff" who we could "teach" "writing" and shape into politically far-left activists who we could send out into the work world to infiltrate the media and law profession and HR departments with a goal of decarceration and "defunding" the police?

What do you think? Shouldn't take too much time or effort. Let's discuss it at the upcoming Davisite shareholders meeting in Barbados.

Alan C. Miller

KO say "I like that, "All's Corner"."

Yeah, when smoked fish sheep fly, maybe.

Keith

"What do you think? Shouldn't take too much time or effort. Let's discuss it at the upcoming Davisite shareholders meeting in Barbados."

Picture my hand in the air. Can I be a Davisite Executive Board member and go with you guys? I'm an old boomer but can be fun. I promise not to wear Speedos.

Roberta L. Millstein

ACM writes:

RM say: "No, that isn't what the Davisite is about. But often Alan Miller is motivated to write about it, and some regular commenters are motivated to write about it too."

I actually don't know what the "it" being referred to is. Was it smoked fish sheep?

It = the Vanguard

ACM continues:

Whatever it is, RM, maybe the Davisite should change our business model. I was thinking maybe we could solicit real estate developers and social justice warrior lawyers for money, and that would help pay for a new website, and then we could "hire" #cough/cough# "interns" and "volunteers" and "staff" who we could "teach" "writing" and shape into politically far-left activists who we could send out into the work world to infiltrate the media and law profession and HR departments with a goal of decarceration and "defunding" the police?

What do you think? Shouldn't take too much time or effort. Let's discuss it at the upcoming Davisite shareholders meeting in Barbados.

Sounds like a plan.

R Keller

For this plan: don’t forget the basic Vanguard business model of generating multiple articles per day through blatant plagiarizing and faking dateline locations! You can do this through “repurposing” articles written by actual news organizations or by simply re-printing press releases while not identifying them as such. Easy-peasy!

Ron O

But of course, your future woketivist lawyers will decarcerate your English teachers.

English needs to be cancelled. It is, after all, the language of the colonizers.

(Just going along with the program.)

South of Davis

R. Keller wrote:
> don’t forget the basic Vanguard business model of generating
> multiple articles per day through blatant plagiarizing
I just read that someone who is perfect for the Vanguard will be looking for a new job:
"Harvard's Gay Resigns Following New Allegations Of Plagiarism"

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/harvards-gay-hit-new-plagiarism-allegations-widespread-double-standards-exposed-elite

Ron O

Harvard's Gay

Had to click on the link, to ensure that I wasn't misunderstanding that reference.

I'm trying to think of a comment which is amusing, but won't get me in trouble. Then again, what I find amusing is probably not a universal standard.

I'm pretty much at the Family Guy level, and probably won't "mature" beyond that.

Ron O

I'm submitting this comment for the sole purpose of ensuring that my previous comment is not hanging-around as the last comment (out there on a limb) for an extended period of time.

:-)

I suppose I could also say something about the Vanguard and housing, but it's all been said before. (For sure, I could see the renewed push coming in advance, as interest in Beth-bashing wanes.)

Alan C. Miller

I feel that it is my duty and a public service to report that there is a housing article in the Davis Vanguard today. Please stop whatever you are doing and go read it.

It is the 3rd day of the year, and already there are: wait for it -- three articles on the housing "crisis". Tomorrow - four ???

I think we should build housing. I've voted for each of the Measure J projects, except for the Carson Express. I'm in favor of building large buildings in the downtown core.

But I'm not voting for any more Measure J projects. Because of David Greenwald and his weird obsession with housing while allowing deletion of comments thus making his blog a joke, Dan Carson, the developers who hired Dan Carson while he was on the City Council, Scott Weiner and his housing laws, and Gavin Newsom, who will probably be President, God help us, and then these housing overreaches will go national! Vice President Weiner anyone?

Also my now voting NO on everything is in protest to Measure J itself, which is a stupid law.

Anyway, I've joined Our Neighborhood Voices. They are like the anti-Weiner. They are against these overreaches. Even though our Council is too pro-developer-no-matter-what-because-of-the-housing-crisis, at least what we need is local control of development back, instead of the state sticking it's arm into our loo.

Our Neighborhood Voices!!!! Go Team Rah Rah Shiiiish Boooom Bahhh!!!!

Ron O

Thought I'd see what 48 Hills is reporting, regarding Wiener and the other housing Nazis.

The argument is politically solid: The state is threatening to take away funding for essential city services, including affordable housing, and take away almost all local land-use controls, if developers don’t build a huge amount of new market-rate housing in San Francisco—but developers aren’t building much of anything right now, and the city can’t force them to.

The Planning Commission and the supes have already passed all of the “constraint reduction” bills the state asked for. That’s all they can do.

“We cannot force developers to build and yet new legislation would seek to penalize San Francisco anyway,” the letter states.

https://48hills.org/2024/01/peskin-chan-want-to-know-if-sf-can-sue-the-state-over-impossible-housing-rules/

(Seems to me that the REAL question is how does Wiener remain in office? Do voters just "automatically" select the only "Democrat"?)

Honestly, I'd ask that about the Davis city council, as well. They clearly support developments that voters at large (often) do not. Let alone trying to take-away Measure J.

Alan C. Miller

MODERATOR WATCH
Ω A New Al's Corner Exclusive Feature Ω

From 2day's Yavish Yanguard:

Moderator January 3, 2024 at 5:47 pm

The insults need to stop, folks.

Al Corner say: Unless the insults are against people you personally dislike.

Alan C. Miller

There's an article on housing in the Davis Vanguard this morning, if anyone gives a flying fuck.

Ron O

There's an article on housing in the Davis Vanguard this morning, if anyone gives a flying fuck.

Yeah, and it's full of misleading statements.

It's written by someone from "Interfaith Housing Justice Davis". Which makes me wonder why they didn't single out the churches in Davis which don't want housing on "their" tax-free land.

https://www.davisvanguard.org/2023/12/letter-catholic-church-opposes-housing-on-montgomery-blvd-site/

(I think there was more than one article, and more than one church which objected to rezoning. I'd ask if tax-free church land is exempt from rezoning, when no other land is.)

Ron O

Just skimmed through the Vanguard article I referenced above, and noticed this:

Legal Services of Northern California argued that there is an overconcentration of proposed sites in this area. We agree.

Isn't Legal Services the same organization that's making an implied threat regarding Measure J?

And yet, they're siding with the referenced church in opposition to rezoning their land to accommodate housing?

Something stinks around here, and it isn't Measure J.

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: "COURT WATCH: Judge Denies Release for Homeless Man, Who’s Desperate to Visit Dying Brother" [2day's Avis Anguard]

marlena martinez January 4, 2024 at 4:32 am

. . . This judge is heartless. If I was that guy and this happened to me. Everyone better stay out my way. Bc I would be a ticking time bomb . . .

And this is what happens when a ticket time bomb that doesn't like a judge's ruling, goes off:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LbBxEyW_9w

That leap was Olympian! There are longer versions for context.

Ron O

David is putting forth the usual falsehoods regarding housing in the Vanguard, today:

". . . council members in the last few months have noted that Davis cannot address its housing needs with just infill—and we all know that peripheral housing means a Measure J vote at this time and that could be its own mess."

Again, San Francisco (and just about every other locale along the coast) is NOT expanding outward in regard to RHNA targets. It's that simple.

But David continues to put forth a theory that the state will "view" Davis differently than these other locales, simply because there is farmland outside of city limits (which in David's mind, is ripe for sprawl). NOTHING in state law provides the state with authority to do so, nor was it the original intent of the state to promote sprawl.

In any case, it's certainly nice to see that some of San Francisco's representatives have had enough, and are seeking to sue the state over impossible targets.

Per the link in David's article (to 48 Hills):

The argument is politically solid: The state is threatening to take away funding for essential city services, including affordable housing, and take away almost all local land-use controls, if developers don’t build a huge amount of new market-rate housing in San Francisco—but developers aren’t building much of anything right now, and the city can’t force them to.

The Planning Commission and the supes have already passed all of the “constraint reduction” bills the state asked for. That’s all they can do.

One of the supervisors said this, regarding Wiener's response:

" . . . an argument “from a senator who hates his own Senate district.”

Exactly. And it's not difficult to see that Wiener is failing to force housing, and is also creating enemies in his own district. This is not a winning political strategy.

This is not going to end well for the state. Very few cities, if any, will actually meet the state's targets.

Alan C. Miller

Until the State ends this top-down land-use control and returns the power to local control, I am voting against all Measure J projects.

Ron O

Kind of disappointed - no new housing advocacy article in the Vanguard, today.

I'm revved-up, and ready to take them on. Did they run out of gas this early in the new year?

At this rate, they'll never even manage to get a measure on the ballot, in their attempt to overturn Measure J.

Personally, I think they should try to overturn Measure J while they SIMULTANEOUSLY try to win approval under Measure J for Covell Village, Act II.

In other words, go for a "two-fer" on the same ballot. Try to win one way, or the other. Or both ways.

And have Scott Wiener count the ballots.

MT

Developers own the council, own local influencers, own the activists.. davis is a hotbed of corruption at taxpayer expense.

Alan C. Miller

MT say: "Developers own the council, own local influencers, own the activists.. davis is a hotbed of corruption at taxpayer expense."

Developers don't own Al's Corner.

And I don't think they own the Davisite, either, but I don't turn the big knobs. Maybe Roberta could confirm -- do developers own the Davisite?

Roberta L. Millstein

Correct, developers neither own nor contribute money to the Davisite.

Alan C. Miller

So, "Developers own the council, own local influencers, own the activists.. " in Davis, but "developers neither own nor contribute money to the Davisite".

Therefore, it stands to reason that the Davisite is an ultra-moral brilliant gleaming light of integrity in Davis, and all Davis residents should genuflect at the alter of our righteousness.

Roberta L. Millstein

Clearly. Either that, or we’re neither influencers nor activists.

Alan C. Miller

Well, we're certainly not developers nor councilmembers :-|

Alan C. Miller

Lead Headline in Davis Vanguard today:

"2024 Figures To Be a Challenging Year To Make Progress on Housing"

OH MY GOD! CALL OUT THE MARINES!!!

Keith

"2024 Figures To Be a Challenging Year To Make Progress on Housing"

At this point does anyone actually read these Vanguard housing articles anymore? How many ways can the Vanguard spin and repeat the same old shit day after day? Once I see the monotonous headline I don't bother to read the article. Instead I head straight to the comments but that's a graveyard too these days.

Ron O

From today's Vanguard housing article (as referenced by Alan M.):

David: "To me, this is the real problem. We need to address housing, homelessness, and poverty in California. These problems are leading to declining population which is making the problems even more difficult to address."

The first sentence is in direct conflict with the second sentence. Obviously, if the population is declining, housing becomes more available.

This basic lack of logic is inherent in all of David's housing advocacy, but he is unfortunately not alone in (purposefully?) refusing to acknowledge it. In fact, this type of outlook is driving state policy - largely as a result of business interests who meddle in state politics.

Same issue regarding schools, also cited in that article. Declining enrollment itself is not a "problem" to be fixed. Instead, it's the oversized school system that needs fixing.

Schools exist to serve communities, not the other-way around. Why is this concept so difficult for some to grasp?

Keith

"Moderator January 7, 2024 at 11:30 am
Hi Walter,
We’ve edited your comment. We won’t allow ‘NIMBY’ any more."

After 7000 "NIMBY" pejoratives allowed (I know, I counted them) the Vanguard has now decided not to allow the use of that acronym anymore. I know personally I've been called that 503 times (I know, I counted them).

Keith

"By David M. Greenwald
Executive Editor
I am told that NIMBY is a pejorative. It also seems like an apt description of what is going on."
https://www.davisvanguard.org/2022/03/commentary-nimbyism-rears-its-ugly-head/

So David defended the term NIMBY as an "apt description of what is going on" but now the term is taboo on the Vanguard. One never knows the day to day rules on the Vanguard.

Ron O

"I know personally I've been called that 503 times (I know, I counted them)."

O.K. (fellow) boomer!

Avocado toast, anyone?

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: "After Judge Overrules Jury to Send Man to Death, Alabama Plans to be 1st in Nation to Execute Someone with Hydrogen Gas" [2day's Evis Enguard]

OH THE HUMANITY !!!

Alan C. Miller

"Hi, I'm DJ Al Corner. Looks like they're having a comment-free Tuesday over at radio KDVG, and no comments yet today. Yep, folks they may be going for a Two-Fer! Somebody, quick, contact DJ DG and have one of their unpaid radio interns make a fake post under a fake name to prove me wrong!

R Keller

Where’s “Craig Ross” when we need him? He was always up for insulting anyone who criticized Greenwald’s pandering campaign propaganda for his developer buddies.

Alan C. Miller

Looks like a two-fer folks! Two days with zero comments on the Vanguard. And I see two articles that I would have commented on to criticize DGs views. Such a shame. The once mighty Vanguard. The once mighty community discussion space.

And the real gem: they drove out or banned all the assholes, and the resulting influx of people craving for a echo-safe space to spew bad ideas in never materialized. Turns out the world needs assholes.

South of Davis

Alan wrote:

> Two days with zero comments on the Vanguard.

It makes sense that if a site does not have any readers it will not have any commenters...

Ron O

The once mighty community discussion space.

And the real gem: they drove out or banned all the assholes, and the resulting influx of people craving for a echo-safe space to spew bad ideas in never materialized. Turns out the world needs assholes.

According to some, the only ones who comment on blogs are the same small group of "assholes" in the first place, driving out others (who would presumably not challenge anything they say, nor try to create or engage in an actual discussion).

Perhaps the creators of blogs don't really want a community discussion, anyway. They just want a place to post their own articles, and/or advance their own advocacy.

Keith

"According to some, the only ones who comment on blogs are the same small group of "assholes" in the first place, driving out others (who would presumably not challenge anything they say, nor try to create or engage in an actual discussion).

Perhaps the creators of blogs don't really want a community discussion, anyway. They just want a place to post their own articles, and/or advance their own advocacy."

Well said Ron. What you stated here is exactly how I see it too. Looking at the conversation from a couple of days ago it's amazing to me to see what comments were allowed to remain posted and what comments were taken down.

Alan C. Miller

We've had some discussions about that here at the Davisite. Hopefully things will be a bit better. The goal is to be better than The Davis Vanguard or Beth Bourne's Facebook page. Talk about low bars!

Alan C. Miller

SUBJECT: "Commentary: We Cannot Stay the Course on Housing and Measure J" [2day's Zavis Zansplard]

KYE say, regarding DG's article (on housing, #gasp!#): "I read all of what you just wrote and without putting on my policy wonk hat an (and because I hadn’t drunk my coffee yet) and I really glazed over what you wrote and really didn’t care."

I believe you speak for many of us in Davis, KYE.

Keith

I've got news for KYE, the coffee wouldn't have helped.

Ron O

The problem with the Vanguard's "discussion" regarding Measure J is that David himself is opposed to Measure J, as are almost all of the remaining commenters.

They aren't trying to "fix" it for the purpose of saving it. They are looking for ways to overturn it, and have been for years.

It seems that David is concerned that Covell Village won't be approved by voters, but he (or the council?) thinks that asking those same voters to overturn Measure J will work?

In other words, David thinks that voters are going to reject Covell Village, while also removing their own ability to do so?

Well, good luck with that.


Ron O

Below is a copy of an email that I just sent to the council:

I see that the Vanguard is continuing its years-long campaign of misinformation.

In today's article, David cites several cities as being "pro-housing", without explanation (e.g., whether or not they're expanding outward to address the state's housing targets).

He then goes on to state that Davis lacks infill sites. But he conveniently leaves out the fact that every city throughout the state lacks infill sites (blank land). That's why the state is requiring rezoning of sites that already have buildings on them. (Those sites are also "infill" sites.)

Here is one such example of rezoning of sites which already have buildings, and which is creating a backlash:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/rezoning-backlash-lakeside-18621676.php

If the state required "infill sites" to simply be blank land (with no buildings on them), every city in the state would fail to address the state's housing targets.

But again, this is why the state's efforts will fail - it's really not even in question. It's a misguided, illogical and extremely divisive effort in the first place, which isn't going to "pencil-out" (which even David acknowledges).

Ron O

Here's yet another lie being promulgated:

"Meanwhile, younger renters agonized over the fact that the areas’ housing scarcity means that their generation won’t be able to raise families in the city."

https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/s-f-housing-clash-yimby-nimby-18638462.php

The fact is that most young families in San Francisco wouldn't dare send their kids to that atrocious public school system, if they have the ability to leave. And that's been occurring for DECADES.

And by the way, since when did The Chronicle start using the terms "YIMBY" and "NIMBY", when only one of those terms is not derogatory and biased?

Here's hoping that The Chronicle goes the way of the LA Times (mass layoffs).

But here's a quote that probably is true:

Cow Hollow Neighborhood Association President Lori Brooke said “very very few people in San Francisco were even aware what was going on.”

(Unfortunately, cities are going to have to actually suffer some negative consequences, for mass, organized resistance to emerge.)

Ron O

By they way, ask your local, "friendly" realtor what they think of the statement below. Or, do they claim that they have "no control" over what their own organization does?

(Right, I'm *sure* that their concern is "affordable housing".)

And while you're at it, ask them when they're going to reduce their OWN FEES, in regard to buying and selling houses. Or, did they not "get the memo" regarding the related lawsuit in other states?

"Where the state declines to step in, there are other sheriffs in town.

Matt Gelfand, attorney with the legal nonprofit Californians for Homeownership, said he doesn’t expect the state to be “ultra aggressive” in looking over each jurisdiction’s shoulder as it redraws its zoning maps. “Nor do I think that’s necessarily the role of the state,” he said.

That, in Gelfand’s view, is his job. “We are ultra, ultra aggressive,” he said.
The nonprofit, sponsored by the California Association of Realtors,
has sued roughly a dozen cities across the state for failing to plan or zone for enough housing."

https://calmatters.org/housing/2024/01/california-zoning/

Ron O

Interesting "guest" article in the Vanguard today, which actually cites an article from LA Progressive. (Not familiar with that publication, but I'm guessing that it's similar to San Francisco's 48 Hills.)

"There is no shortage of cons in American society, and it is hard to find a bigger one than the claim that homelessness, rent gouging, and overcrowding result from a housing shortage. City Hall’s solution, therefore, is to “unleash the private sector” by eliminating zoning laws and environmental review to build more housing. While these faux answers tremendously benefit real estate speculators, they invariably boomerang. Homelessness continues to rise despite a building boom of expensive apartments."

https://www.laprogressive.com/homelessness/crocodile-tears-for-the-houseless?utm_source=LA+Progressive+NEW&utm_campaign=c8010ac043-LAP+News+-+20+April+17+PC_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_61288e16ef-c8010ac043-287107655&mc_cid=c8010ac043

Ron O

From DJUSD's Facebook page:

For ways to expand your family’s learning and to honor and celebrate Black History Month, check out the Multicultural Resources page on the DJUSD website, where you’ll find links and suggestions for reading about and exploring local and regional Black history, and for expanding anti-racist practices. djusd.net/MulticulturalResources

So, I looked at the link that DJUSD refers to, and found the following (among other ludicrous links):

Louder Than A Riot Hosted by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden this podcast reveals the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration and explores power from all angles — the power the music industry wields over artists, the power of institutional forces that marginalize communities of color, the power of the prison industrial complex and the power dynamics deep-rooted in the rap game (episodes 1 hour)

Right - hip hop music pretty is pretty much a step-by-step playbook regarding how to enter into "mass incarceration". And no, the music industry does not cause that (though it's probably an enabler). For sure, the power (and $) is with both the "artists" and the industry.

Introducing: Nice White Parents From Serial and The New York Times, reporter Chana Joffe-Walt looks at the 60-year relationship between white parents and the public school down the block. Includes reading list and discussion guide, calls in/out white progressives (episodes1 hour)

(Fortunately, I'm "neither" of those. So, I guess I get a "pass", despite being "responsible as a white person", as implied or directly stated.)

"Do the Work Podcast hosted by Brandon Kyle Goodman explores race and relationships. Each episode is an intimate conversation between two people who know each other well, and have had or are still having a struggle to cross the racial barrier. We bring them together so they can finally have a real conversation about race, and we can all learn how to be anti-racist in our daily lives. Debby Irving has a small role in each episode (episodes 30 - 50 mins)"

Uh, huh. "Two people who know each other well, and are having a "struggle" to cross the racial barrier."

"Do the work", indeed. And "who" might that "work suggestion" be directed at?

All My Relations, hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) this podcast “explores indigeneity in all its complexity.” Episodes focus on issues such as DNA identity, appropriation, feminism, food sovereignty, gender, sexuality, and more while “keeping it real, playing games, laughing a lot, and even crying sometimes” (any episode – one-ish hour each).

I'm already "laughing", but probably not as intended.

Bear in mind that it is important to both learn and share history as well as to know the current lived experiences of Native Americans and their sovereign nations. The Climate Office welcomes suggestions of additional resources.

Right - "sovereign nations" within a nation. How about if roads, utilities and federal support are cut-off to these "sovereign nations"? And why is this "lumped in" with "Black History Month" in the first place?

For sure, cutting-off these "sovereign nations" would result in less gambling addictions by the folks who can least afford it, as well as less environmental damage.

And what does any of this have to do with the "Climate Office" - whatever that is? I do have a suggestion for them, but I don't think it would be well-received.

If DJUSD was actually interested in "equity", they would have opposed WDAAC's "Davis-connected buyer's program". And yet, not a peep out of these a-holes.

At this point, I hope Davis voters reject DJUSD's latest demand for more taxpayer money. Suffice it to say that I don't like these cats, starting with their unabashed, self-interested promotion of continued sprawl.


Alan C. Miller

What did the Climate Office have to say about the DCBP? I demand answers! And my gender identity is "anti-climate". And I'd like to have a conversation with someone I know well who is "pro-climate" so can finally work this shit out :-|

Ron O

My point is that some of those associated with the school district seems to have selective concerns, when it comes to equity, climate change, etc.

Here's a summary of things I don't like about some of those associated with the district:

1) The manner in which they reacted to Beth Bourne (e.g., a restraining order, and an apparent lack of transparency regarding her inquiries).

2) The "selective concern" regarding equity. (If the school district was actually concerned about that, they'd stop poaching students from other districts. This ultimately harms those other districts, which probably have a larger percentage of "non-white" people who are then "left behind".)

3) Their support for sprawl, rather than right-sizing their own district.

4) The enormous amount of parcel taxes they ALREADY collect, which is actually a HOUSING cost. Beth Bourne recently posted her own tax bill, which lists some of those taxes. It is shocking, for those not familiar with it.

As a side note, I understand that Mello Roos and some parcel taxes only apply to new (or newer) subdivisions, which is yet another reason that anyone moving to Davis is better-off buying a "used" house.

Ron O

From today's housing advocacy article in the Vanguard:

Richard McCann: "And that UCD ag land is more valuable than the privately held land around the city."

Richard has made this statement several times in the past, presumably because UCD is "saving the world" via agricultural research.

So using Richard's logic, wouldn't it make sense to eliminate (e.g., relocate to other campuses) all non-agriculture schools and activities from UCD's campus, and expand UCD's holdings beyond its 5,000 acres? Wouldn't that enable UCD's "world-saving" efforts to be expanded?

Has any research been done regarding how many more lives could be improved or saved by implementing these suggestions?


Keith

McCann also writes:

"They also will have to be educated about the scale of the cost of a Housing Trust Fund (potentially hundreds of millions). "

Can you imagine how much homeowners and/or residents would have to be taxed to get a trust fund up to hundreds of million$?

Then to possibly see someone get a house nicer than their own paid for partially with their homeowner trust fund parcel taxes?

South of Davis

Keith asks:

> Can you imagine how much homeowners and/or residents would
> have to be taxed to get a trust fund up to hundreds of million$?

If every homeowner in Davis paid $10K (less than $1K a month over the next year we would have over $100 million).

Whenever the government gets involved with "affordable" housing we pay millions to provide housing for a few families (and make the politically connected rich).

Twenty years ago the "affordable" 80+ unit three building housing complex at 1752 Drew Circle in Davis was built by the politically connected who made millions.

They never rented more than 40 of the over 80 units and stopped paying the mortgage and in 2010 the city paid off the loan and took ownership of the mostly vacant property by paying off the multi million dollar loan balance to keep the property "affordable", but almost 15 years later have never bothered to lease even a single unit in two of the three buildings.

Since the city owns it the property it pays no property tax to the state and for 20 years has only given shelter to a handful of poor people since nobody either has the time to find a manager or can't find a way to get more politically connected friends to make a bundle doing something at the property.

Ron O

Not a good look for Native American tribes, the monopoly on gambling that voters granted to them, or for Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, as usual. This is exactly what's wrong with politics, and the corruptive influence of money:

"SB 549 is authored by Fullerton Democratic Sen. Josh Newman, and it has nine co-authors including prominent Democrats, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, the Assembly’s majority leader, and former Senate President Toni Atkins. The bill’s Republican co-authors include Senator Scott Wilk and Assemblymember Marie Waldron, both former minority leaders in their chambers."

https://calmatters.org/digital-democracy/2024/03/gambling-california-cardrooms-tribes/

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