The following is the Vanguard’s response to Bob Dunning’s Sunday Column and has been submitted to the Davis Enterprise as a letter to the editor.
In March 2009 we launched a new website funded exclusively through private donations. In promoting the website, we developed an advertising brochure, delivered door-to-door in parts of Davis during May. We also mailed a postcard that Mr. Dunning received.
In the course of creating this brochure, we asked a number of local citizens and politicians familiar with our work to offer testimonials about the Vanguard. Mr. Provenza’s quote appeared on the front cover of the brochure and then exclusively on the modified postcard.
We are unsure why Mr. Dunning attempted to draw a connection between the Vanguard piece and the Wildhorse Ranch Project. The Vanguard has not endorsed the project.
In September of 2007 Senses Magazine purchased advertising space for six months on the Vanguard. Senses Magazine is owned by the wife of the Wildhorse Ranch owner. This is the same as the Davis Enterprise and other publications accepting advertising from businesses such as Tandem Properties, Covell Village Partners and the Yes on Measure X Campaign in advance of The Enterprise’s endorsement of the Covell Village project prior to the November 2005 vote. Since that election Tandem Properties and the Covell Village owners have continued to purchase advertising space from the Davis Enterprise.
We encourage readers with interest in Davis politics and a range of fresh perspective on local governance to check out our website, http://www.davisvanguard.org. We thank Bob Dunning for giving us attention in the community and thank the Enterprise for the opportunity to respond.
Board Chair/ Executive Director
The People’s Vanguard of Davis