Vanguard Candidates Forum

The Vanguard is proposing an on-line, reader’s choice candidates forum for the city council candidates. The readers of the Vanguard are invited to post their questions to the candidates in the comment section of this blog entry. The Vanguard will then select from those questions and send them to the candidates. The candidates will be given a certain amount of time to respond to the questions and the answers will be posted verbatim on the Vanguard at a future point in time.

So please post your questions. You will have until midnight Friday night to do so.

About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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  1. Julia E. A. Partansky

    The City of Davis uses massive amounts of pesticides to maintain to a “dead zone” aesthetic many areas of town. What do you think of this aesthetic? Do you approve of pesticide use, if so why, if not why not? If elected to the City Council will you promise to work on eliminating or at least greatly reducing the use to only extreme situations?

  2. Julia E. A. Partansky

    The City of Davis uses massive amounts of pesticides to maintain to a “dead zone” aesthetic many areas of town. What do you think of this aesthetic? Do you approve of pesticide use, if so why, if not why not? If elected to the City Council will you promise to work on eliminating or at least greatly reducing the use to only extreme situations?

  3. Julia E. A. Partansky

    The City of Davis uses massive amounts of pesticides to maintain to a “dead zone” aesthetic many areas of town. What do you think of this aesthetic? Do you approve of pesticide use, if so why, if not why not? If elected to the City Council will you promise to work on eliminating or at least greatly reducing the use to only extreme situations?

  4. Julia E. A. Partansky

    The City of Davis uses massive amounts of pesticides to maintain to a “dead zone” aesthetic many areas of town. What do you think of this aesthetic? Do you approve of pesticide use, if so why, if not why not? If elected to the City Council will you promise to work on eliminating or at least greatly reducing the use to only extreme situations?

  5. Jeffersonish

    At a recent City Council Meeting, a considerable amount of time was spent discussing the possible solar panels to be installed as part of a church’s remodel project. Is this the role of the City Council? Or should the City Council be making broad policy decisions, and then allowing the building and planning divisions?

  6. Jeffersonish

    At a recent City Council Meeting, a considerable amount of time was spent discussing the possible solar panels to be installed as part of a church’s remodel project. Is this the role of the City Council? Or should the City Council be making broad policy decisions, and then allowing the building and planning divisions?

  7. Jeffersonish

    At a recent City Council Meeting, a considerable amount of time was spent discussing the possible solar panels to be installed as part of a church’s remodel project. Is this the role of the City Council? Or should the City Council be making broad policy decisions, and then allowing the building and planning divisions?

  8. Jeffersonish

    At a recent City Council Meeting, a considerable amount of time was spent discussing the possible solar panels to be installed as part of a church’s remodel project. Is this the role of the City Council? Or should the City Council be making broad policy decisions, and then allowing the building and planning divisions?

  9. Jeffersonish

    Is the value of the GEM cars…
    a) at this point mostly symbolic
    b) a real benefit to the community
    c) behind us because of newer, more efficient vehicles on the market that are not limited by speed to certain areas of town
    d) what are GEM cars?

  10. Jeffersonish

    Is the value of the GEM cars…
    a) at this point mostly symbolic
    b) a real benefit to the community
    c) behind us because of newer, more efficient vehicles on the market that are not limited by speed to certain areas of town
    d) what are GEM cars?

  11. Jeffersonish

    Is the value of the GEM cars…
    a) at this point mostly symbolic
    b) a real benefit to the community
    c) behind us because of newer, more efficient vehicles on the market that are not limited by speed to certain areas of town
    d) what are GEM cars?

  12. Jeffersonish

    Is the value of the GEM cars…
    a) at this point mostly symbolic
    b) a real benefit to the community
    c) behind us because of newer, more efficient vehicles on the market that are not limited by speed to certain areas of town
    d) what are GEM cars?

  13. Elaine & David Musser

    So many questions, so little time!!!

    1. Is there any relationship between decisions made by the City Council, and decisions made by the School Board? What can the City Council do to encourage better schools in Davis?

    2. Do you see housing decisions made as developer driven? Why or why not? In what way should developers have input in housing decisions?

    3. Are we in need of more senior housing; affordable housing; housing for middle income folks? Why or why not?

    4. Should we be addressing the housing needs of Davisites, or folks outside Davis, when making decisions about housing?

    5. How should we, as a city, address the growing problem of increased budget costs, but decreasing or insufficient tax revenue to pay for those costs?

    6. How do you feel about the incivility that occurs at City Council meetings, and its effect on decision making?

    7. What effect does circumvention of process and violations of the Brown Act (CA sunshine laws) have on decisionmaking at the City Council level?

    8. Is it appropriate for the City Council to have its meetings continue from sunset into the wee hours of the morning? Why or why not?

    9. How can the City of Davis improve its image as an anti-business municipality?

    10. To what extent is city staff making decisions for our city, rather than the City Council? What is city staff’s rightful place in the heirarchy of the decisionmaking process?

    11. How do you feel about the level of compensation we are giving to city employees? Can we afford it? Is it giving us the quality employees desired?

    12. How do you plan to cope with the sales tax leakage out of Davis to Woodland and the surrounding area?

    13. How much of the city’s budget should be spent on making our town environmentally friendly?

    14. Should we have a solar panel ordinance for any new housing/building additions? Why or why not?

    15. To what extent should the City Council be discussing issues that are not local, e.g. war in Iraq?

    16. How do you view the role of city commissions? Should their number be decreased/increased? Should they be more policy or project oriented, or both? What is the public’s perception of commissions and what they do?

    17. How can we forge a better relationship with UCD? Yolo County?

    18. How do you feel about tax increases? What type of taxes should be instituted, if any? What taxes should be done away with, if any?

    19. How do you feel about the increase in water and sewer fees? What should be done to address the proposed increases?

    20. Are any of you seeking higher office beyond the City Council? How does that effect your decisionmaking at the city council level?

    21. Can any city programs be cut, in order to save money? Are there programs that need to be added? If additional programs are added, how will they be paid for?

    22. How do you feel about development on the periphery of Davis, and its potential impact on the city’s budget.

    23. How do you feel about the city’s involvement in sister city relationships? Is it appropriate; desirable; how many should there be; is it costing the city anything?

    24. Can the City Council particpate in any sort of outreach effort to its citizens, so they can become more engaged in the process?

    25. Is the city prepared for emergencies? Why or why not? What should be done for the city to be better prepared? To what extent should private facilities take responsibility?

    26. What is your definition of big box retail? Are there acceptable versions of big box retail? What makes it acceptable? Is it appropriate for Davis? Why or why not? What are its advantages and disadvantage?

  14. Elaine & David Musser

    So many questions, so little time!!!

    1. Is there any relationship between decisions made by the City Council, and decisions made by the School Board? What can the City Council do to encourage better schools in Davis?

    2. Do you see housing decisions made as developer driven? Why or why not? In what way should developers have input in housing decisions?

    3. Are we in need of more senior housing; affordable housing; housing for middle income folks? Why or why not?

    4. Should we be addressing the housing needs of Davisites, or folks outside Davis, when making decisions about housing?

    5. How should we, as a city, address the growing problem of increased budget costs, but decreasing or insufficient tax revenue to pay for those costs?

    6. How do you feel about the incivility that occurs at City Council meetings, and its effect on decision making?

    7. What effect does circumvention of process and violations of the Brown Act (CA sunshine laws) have on decisionmaking at the City Council level?

    8. Is it appropriate for the City Council to have its meetings continue from sunset into the wee hours of the morning? Why or why not?

    9. How can the City of Davis improve its image as an anti-business municipality?

    10. To what extent is city staff making decisions for our city, rather than the City Council? What is city staff’s rightful place in the heirarchy of the decisionmaking process?

    11. How do you feel about the level of compensation we are giving to city employees? Can we afford it? Is it giving us the quality employees desired?

    12. How do you plan to cope with the sales tax leakage out of Davis to Woodland and the surrounding area?

    13. How much of the city’s budget should be spent on making our town environmentally friendly?

    14. Should we have a solar panel ordinance for any new housing/building additions? Why or why not?

    15. To what extent should the City Council be discussing issues that are not local, e.g. war in Iraq?

    16. How do you view the role of city commissions? Should their number be decreased/increased? Should they be more policy or project oriented, or both? What is the public’s perception of commissions and what they do?

    17. How can we forge a better relationship with UCD? Yolo County?

    18. How do you feel about tax increases? What type of taxes should be instituted, if any? What taxes should be done away with, if any?

    19. How do you feel about the increase in water and sewer fees? What should be done to address the proposed increases?

    20. Are any of you seeking higher office beyond the City Council? How does that effect your decisionmaking at the city council level?

    21. Can any city programs be cut, in order to save money? Are there programs that need to be added? If additional programs are added, how will they be paid for?

    22. How do you feel about development on the periphery of Davis, and its potential impact on the city’s budget.

    23. How do you feel about the city’s involvement in sister city relationships? Is it appropriate; desirable; how many should there be; is it costing the city anything?

    24. Can the City Council particpate in any sort of outreach effort to its citizens, so they can become more engaged in the process?

    25. Is the city prepared for emergencies? Why or why not? What should be done for the city to be better prepared? To what extent should private facilities take responsibility?

    26. What is your definition of big box retail? Are there acceptable versions of big box retail? What makes it acceptable? Is it appropriate for Davis? Why or why not? What are its advantages and disadvantage?

  15. Elaine & David Musser

    So many questions, so little time!!!

    1. Is there any relationship between decisions made by the City Council, and decisions made by the School Board? What can the City Council do to encourage better schools in Davis?

    2. Do you see housing decisions made as developer driven? Why or why not? In what way should developers have input in housing decisions?

    3. Are we in need of more senior housing; affordable housing; housing for middle income folks? Why or why not?

    4. Should we be addressing the housing needs of Davisites, or folks outside Davis, when making decisions about housing?

    5. How should we, as a city, address the growing problem of increased budget costs, but decreasing or insufficient tax revenue to pay for those costs?

    6. How do you feel about the incivility that occurs at City Council meetings, and its effect on decision making?

    7. What effect does circumvention of process and violations of the Brown Act (CA sunshine laws) have on decisionmaking at the City Council level?

    8. Is it appropriate for the City Council to have its meetings continue from sunset into the wee hours of the morning? Why or why not?

    9. How can the City of Davis improve its image as an anti-business municipality?

    10. To what extent is city staff making decisions for our city, rather than the City Council? What is city staff’s rightful place in the heirarchy of the decisionmaking process?

    11. How do you feel about the level of compensation we are giving to city employees? Can we afford it? Is it giving us the quality employees desired?

    12. How do you plan to cope with the sales tax leakage out of Davis to Woodland and the surrounding area?

    13. How much of the city’s budget should be spent on making our town environmentally friendly?

    14. Should we have a solar panel ordinance for any new housing/building additions? Why or why not?

    15. To what extent should the City Council be discussing issues that are not local, e.g. war in Iraq?

    16. How do you view the role of city commissions? Should their number be decreased/increased? Should they be more policy or project oriented, or both? What is the public’s perception of commissions and what they do?

    17. How can we forge a better relationship with UCD? Yolo County?

    18. How do you feel about tax increases? What type of taxes should be instituted, if any? What taxes should be done away with, if any?

    19. How do you feel about the increase in water and sewer fees? What should be done to address the proposed increases?

    20. Are any of you seeking higher office beyond the City Council? How does that effect your decisionmaking at the city council level?

    21. Can any city programs be cut, in order to save money? Are there programs that need to be added? If additional programs are added, how will they be paid for?

    22. How do you feel about development on the periphery of Davis, and its potential impact on the city’s budget.

    23. How do you feel about the city’s involvement in sister city relationships? Is it appropriate; desirable; how many should there be; is it costing the city anything?

    24. Can the City Council particpate in any sort of outreach effort to its citizens, so they can become more engaged in the process?

    25. Is the city prepared for emergencies? Why or why not? What should be done for the city to be better prepared? To what extent should private facilities take responsibility?

    26. What is your definition of big box retail? Are there acceptable versions of big box retail? What makes it acceptable? Is it appropriate for Davis? Why or why not? What are its advantages and disadvantage?

  16. Elaine & David Musser

    So many questions, so little time!!!

    1. Is there any relationship between decisions made by the City Council, and decisions made by the School Board? What can the City Council do to encourage better schools in Davis?

    2. Do you see housing decisions made as developer driven? Why or why not? In what way should developers have input in housing decisions?

    3. Are we in need of more senior housing; affordable housing; housing for middle income folks? Why or why not?

    4. Should we be addressing the housing needs of Davisites, or folks outside Davis, when making decisions about housing?

    5. How should we, as a city, address the growing problem of increased budget costs, but decreasing or insufficient tax revenue to pay for those costs?

    6. How do you feel about the incivility that occurs at City Council meetings, and its effect on decision making?

    7. What effect does circumvention of process and violations of the Brown Act (CA sunshine laws) have on decisionmaking at the City Council level?

    8. Is it appropriate for the City Council to have its meetings continue from sunset into the wee hours of the morning? Why or why not?

    9. How can the City of Davis improve its image as an anti-business municipality?

    10. To what extent is city staff making decisions for our city, rather than the City Council? What is city staff’s rightful place in the heirarchy of the decisionmaking process?

    11. How do you feel about the level of compensation we are giving to city employees? Can we afford it? Is it giving us the quality employees desired?

    12. How do you plan to cope with the sales tax leakage out of Davis to Woodland and the surrounding area?

    13. How much of the city’s budget should be spent on making our town environmentally friendly?

    14. Should we have a solar panel ordinance for any new housing/building additions? Why or why not?

    15. To what extent should the City Council be discussing issues that are not local, e.g. war in Iraq?

    16. How do you view the role of city commissions? Should their number be decreased/increased? Should they be more policy or project oriented, or both? What is the public’s perception of commissions and what they do?

    17. How can we forge a better relationship with UCD? Yolo County?

    18. How do you feel about tax increases? What type of taxes should be instituted, if any? What taxes should be done away with, if any?

    19. How do you feel about the increase in water and sewer fees? What should be done to address the proposed increases?

    20. Are any of you seeking higher office beyond the City Council? How does that effect your decisionmaking at the city council level?

    21. Can any city programs be cut, in order to save money? Are there programs that need to be added? If additional programs are added, how will they be paid for?

    22. How do you feel about development on the periphery of Davis, and its potential impact on the city’s budget.

    23. How do you feel about the city’s involvement in sister city relationships? Is it appropriate; desirable; how many should there be; is it costing the city anything?

    24. Can the City Council particpate in any sort of outreach effort to its citizens, so they can become more engaged in the process?

    25. Is the city prepared for emergencies? Why or why not? What should be done for the city to be better prepared? To what extent should private facilities take responsibility?

    26. What is your definition of big box retail? Are there acceptable versions of big box retail? What makes it acceptable? Is it appropriate for Davis? Why or why not? What are its advantages and disadvantage?

  17. Brandon Key

    What is a livable hourly wage in the City of Davis? More importantly, what do you get with a living wage? For example, does it mean you get to buy your own home and raise a family, does it mean you live in a cramped apartment, or is it somewhere in between? Please be as specific as possible.

  18. Brandon Key

    What is a livable hourly wage in the City of Davis? More importantly, what do you get with a living wage? For example, does it mean you get to buy your own home and raise a family, does it mean you live in a cramped apartment, or is it somewhere in between? Please be as specific as possible.

  19. Brandon Key

    What is a livable hourly wage in the City of Davis? More importantly, what do you get with a living wage? For example, does it mean you get to buy your own home and raise a family, does it mean you live in a cramped apartment, or is it somewhere in between? Please be as specific as possible.

  20. Brandon Key

    What is a livable hourly wage in the City of Davis? More importantly, what do you get with a living wage? For example, does it mean you get to buy your own home and raise a family, does it mean you live in a cramped apartment, or is it somewhere in between? Please be as specific as possible.

  21. James Schwab

    How will you support renters?

    How will you continue to improve police-community relations?

    How will you expand entertainment options for all residents?

  22. James Schwab

    How will you support renters?

    How will you continue to improve police-community relations?

    How will you expand entertainment options for all residents?

  23. James Schwab

    How will you support renters?

    How will you continue to improve police-community relations?

    How will you expand entertainment options for all residents?

  24. James Schwab

    How will you support renters?

    How will you continue to improve police-community relations?

    How will you expand entertainment options for all residents?

  25. Sharla Cheney

    Do you support a youth commission in the City of Davis? If so, what do you see as the Youth Commission’s role and area of responsibility? If not, explain why.

  26. Sharla Cheney

    Do you support a youth commission in the City of Davis? If so, what do you see as the Youth Commission’s role and area of responsibility? If not, explain why.

  27. Sharla Cheney

    Do you support a youth commission in the City of Davis? If so, what do you see as the Youth Commission’s role and area of responsibility? If not, explain why.

  28. Sharla Cheney

    Do you support a youth commission in the City of Davis? If so, what do you see as the Youth Commission’s role and area of responsibility? If not, explain why.

  29. Anonymous

    Do you support the “dead zone” aesthetic as applied to street trees? This has been done largely without citizen input all over the city resulting in nothing more than “uglification.”
    The wholesale lopping-off of limbs from the olive trees along Russell Blvd. between Sycamore and “A” Streets is an example of “dead-zoning” by chain saw…that had been unnecessary for decades. Also, the olives had been utilized by the UCD Grounds Department in the making of designer olive oil. In light of that miscommunication, will you facilitate better communication between City of Davis Parks & Recreation, which oversees tree-trimming, and citizens in the future?
    As it is now the Parks & Rec’s Tree Department’s phone never gets answered.

  30. Anonymous

    Do you support the “dead zone” aesthetic as applied to street trees? This has been done largely without citizen input all over the city resulting in nothing more than “uglification.”
    The wholesale lopping-off of limbs from the olive trees along Russell Blvd. between Sycamore and “A” Streets is an example of “dead-zoning” by chain saw…that had been unnecessary for decades. Also, the olives had been utilized by the UCD Grounds Department in the making of designer olive oil. In light of that miscommunication, will you facilitate better communication between City of Davis Parks & Recreation, which oversees tree-trimming, and citizens in the future?
    As it is now the Parks & Rec’s Tree Department’s phone never gets answered.

  31. Anonymous

    Do you support the “dead zone” aesthetic as applied to street trees? This has been done largely without citizen input all over the city resulting in nothing more than “uglification.”
    The wholesale lopping-off of limbs from the olive trees along Russell Blvd. between Sycamore and “A” Streets is an example of “dead-zoning” by chain saw…that had been unnecessary for decades. Also, the olives had been utilized by the UCD Grounds Department in the making of designer olive oil. In light of that miscommunication, will you facilitate better communication between City of Davis Parks & Recreation, which oversees tree-trimming, and citizens in the future?
    As it is now the Parks & Rec’s Tree Department’s phone never gets answered.

  32. Anonymous

    Do you support the “dead zone” aesthetic as applied to street trees? This has been done largely without citizen input all over the city resulting in nothing more than “uglification.”
    The wholesale lopping-off of limbs from the olive trees along Russell Blvd. between Sycamore and “A” Streets is an example of “dead-zoning” by chain saw…that had been unnecessary for decades. Also, the olives had been utilized by the UCD Grounds Department in the making of designer olive oil. In light of that miscommunication, will you facilitate better communication between City of Davis Parks & Recreation, which oversees tree-trimming, and citizens in the future?
    As it is now the Parks & Rec’s Tree Department’s phone never gets answered.

  33. Doug Paul Davis

    I don’t think that was called for. Most of these are very good questions. Anonymous 8:32, perhaps you have a question that you think would be better balanced?

  34. Doug Paul Davis

    I don’t think that was called for. Most of these are very good questions. Anonymous 8:32, perhaps you have a question that you think would be better balanced?

  35. Doug Paul Davis

    I don’t think that was called for. Most of these are very good questions. Anonymous 8:32, perhaps you have a question that you think would be better balanced?

  36. Doug Paul Davis

    I don’t think that was called for. Most of these are very good questions. Anonymous 8:32, perhaps you have a question that you think would be better balanced?

  37. Vanguard Supporter

    What I have noticed over time is that there are occasional “spoilers” on this blog, such as Anonymous 8:32. Usually some ethical reader shoots such nonsense down (such as Anonymous 10:02), and the blog settles down to very intelligent and meaningful comment. It also seems as if “the establishment” columnists follow DPD’s blog, which means we are being paid attention to – a very good thing.

    Keep up the excellent work, DPD! Looking forward to hearing what the candidates have to say in answer to all these important and thoughtful questions…

  38. Vanguard Supporter

    What I have noticed over time is that there are occasional “spoilers” on this blog, such as Anonymous 8:32. Usually some ethical reader shoots such nonsense down (such as Anonymous 10:02), and the blog settles down to very intelligent and meaningful comment. It also seems as if “the establishment” columnists follow DPD’s blog, which means we are being paid attention to – a very good thing.

    Keep up the excellent work, DPD! Looking forward to hearing what the candidates have to say in answer to all these important and thoughtful questions…

  39. Vanguard Supporter

    What I have noticed over time is that there are occasional “spoilers” on this blog, such as Anonymous 8:32. Usually some ethical reader shoots such nonsense down (such as Anonymous 10:02), and the blog settles down to very intelligent and meaningful comment. It also seems as if “the establishment” columnists follow DPD’s blog, which means we are being paid attention to – a very good thing.

    Keep up the excellent work, DPD! Looking forward to hearing what the candidates have to say in answer to all these important and thoughtful questions…

  40. Vanguard Supporter

    What I have noticed over time is that there are occasional “spoilers” on this blog, such as Anonymous 8:32. Usually some ethical reader shoots such nonsense down (such as Anonymous 10:02), and the blog settles down to very intelligent and meaningful comment. It also seems as if “the establishment” columnists follow DPD’s blog, which means we are being paid attention to – a very good thing.

    Keep up the excellent work, DPD! Looking forward to hearing what the candidates have to say in answer to all these important and thoughtful questions…

  41. davisite

    The next Council majority will determine what changes, if any, will be made to Measure J before it is offered to the voters for approval or denial in 2010. Will you pledge to offer the unchanged version of Measure J to the voters and create the opportunity for a first and second choice vote if both the orginal and amended version find their way on the ballot?

  42. davisite

    The next Council majority will determine what changes, if any, will be made to Measure J before it is offered to the voters for approval or denial in 2010. Will you pledge to offer the unchanged version of Measure J to the voters and create the opportunity for a first and second choice vote if both the orginal and amended version find their way on the ballot?

  43. davisite

    The next Council majority will determine what changes, if any, will be made to Measure J before it is offered to the voters for approval or denial in 2010. Will you pledge to offer the unchanged version of Measure J to the voters and create the opportunity for a first and second choice vote if both the orginal and amended version find their way on the ballot?

  44. davisite

    The next Council majority will determine what changes, if any, will be made to Measure J before it is offered to the voters for approval or denial in 2010. Will you pledge to offer the unchanged version of Measure J to the voters and create the opportunity for a first and second choice vote if both the orginal and amended version find their way on the ballot?

  45. Anonymous

    To: DPD, and posters: 10:02 AM and 10:20 AM

    Sorry you took offense at my “Do you still beat…” post. I was making a point that none of you got. You asked for questions. And some of the questions submitted are quite good, most especially those posted by the Mussers, et al. However the questions posed by Ms. Partansky and 7:47 PM, “dead zone aesthetics” are symptomatic of people who make speeches, and then try to so rhetorically constrain answers that a person is guilty before they can even respond. Consequently, the “Do you still beat…” comment which is a rhetorical device used to smoke out this type of nonsense when the moderator, one DPD, is either unwilling to exercise discipline or so politically enamored of the viewpoints presented under the guise of being a question that he will not require or challenge them to pose a simple question. It’s a form of hypocrisy that I for one cannot abide, despite the pitiful bleatings of 10:20 AM opining about an “ethical reader.” To the contrary, a person who is unwilling to establish a forum where fairness and even-handedness are the rule and not the exception can hardly complain about jabs being “uncalled for”. I suggest you pay more attention to promoting civil discourse and spend less time lecturing others on the verities of what is clearly sarcasm.

  46. Anonymous

    To: DPD, and posters: 10:02 AM and 10:20 AM

    Sorry you took offense at my “Do you still beat…” post. I was making a point that none of you got. You asked for questions. And some of the questions submitted are quite good, most especially those posted by the Mussers, et al. However the questions posed by Ms. Partansky and 7:47 PM, “dead zone aesthetics” are symptomatic of people who make speeches, and then try to so rhetorically constrain answers that a person is guilty before they can even respond. Consequently, the “Do you still beat…” comment which is a rhetorical device used to smoke out this type of nonsense when the moderator, one DPD, is either unwilling to exercise discipline or so politically enamored of the viewpoints presented under the guise of being a question that he will not require or challenge them to pose a simple question. It’s a form of hypocrisy that I for one cannot abide, despite the pitiful bleatings of 10:20 AM opining about an “ethical reader.” To the contrary, a person who is unwilling to establish a forum where fairness and even-handedness are the rule and not the exception can hardly complain about jabs being “uncalled for”. I suggest you pay more attention to promoting civil discourse and spend less time lecturing others on the verities of what is clearly sarcasm.

  47. Anonymous

    To: DPD, and posters: 10:02 AM and 10:20 AM

    Sorry you took offense at my “Do you still beat…” post. I was making a point that none of you got. You asked for questions. And some of the questions submitted are quite good, most especially those posted by the Mussers, et al. However the questions posed by Ms. Partansky and 7:47 PM, “dead zone aesthetics” are symptomatic of people who make speeches, and then try to so rhetorically constrain answers that a person is guilty before they can even respond. Consequently, the “Do you still beat…” comment which is a rhetorical device used to smoke out this type of nonsense when the moderator, one DPD, is either unwilling to exercise discipline or so politically enamored of the viewpoints presented under the guise of being a question that he will not require or challenge them to pose a simple question. It’s a form of hypocrisy that I for one cannot abide, despite the pitiful bleatings of 10:20 AM opining about an “ethical reader.” To the contrary, a person who is unwilling to establish a forum where fairness and even-handedness are the rule and not the exception can hardly complain about jabs being “uncalled for”. I suggest you pay more attention to promoting civil discourse and spend less time lecturing others on the verities of what is clearly sarcasm.

  48. Anonymous

    To: DPD, and posters: 10:02 AM and 10:20 AM

    Sorry you took offense at my “Do you still beat…” post. I was making a point that none of you got. You asked for questions. And some of the questions submitted are quite good, most especially those posted by the Mussers, et al. However the questions posed by Ms. Partansky and 7:47 PM, “dead zone aesthetics” are symptomatic of people who make speeches, and then try to so rhetorically constrain answers that a person is guilty before they can even respond. Consequently, the “Do you still beat…” comment which is a rhetorical device used to smoke out this type of nonsense when the moderator, one DPD, is either unwilling to exercise discipline or so politically enamored of the viewpoints presented under the guise of being a question that he will not require or challenge them to pose a simple question. It’s a form of hypocrisy that I for one cannot abide, despite the pitiful bleatings of 10:20 AM opining about an “ethical reader.” To the contrary, a person who is unwilling to establish a forum where fairness and even-handedness are the rule and not the exception can hardly complain about jabs being “uncalled for”. I suggest you pay more attention to promoting civil discourse and spend less time lecturing others on the verities of what is clearly sarcasm.

  49. Anonymous

    Anonymous 4/8/08 7:42 PM wrote about how some of the questions submitted

    “…try to so rhetorically constrain answers…”

    How can an answer be rhetorically contrained in this context?
    Before you take it upon yourself to anticipate constraint, let’s let the candidates have a go, okay? And see what they have to say about pesticides, cutting trees and other things.
    Now that we know your opinion.

  50. Anonymous

    Anonymous 4/8/08 7:42 PM wrote about how some of the questions submitted

    “…try to so rhetorically constrain answers…”

    How can an answer be rhetorically contrained in this context?
    Before you take it upon yourself to anticipate constraint, let’s let the candidates have a go, okay? And see what they have to say about pesticides, cutting trees and other things.
    Now that we know your opinion.

  51. Anonymous

    Anonymous 4/8/08 7:42 PM wrote about how some of the questions submitted

    “…try to so rhetorically constrain answers…”

    How can an answer be rhetorically contrained in this context?
    Before you take it upon yourself to anticipate constraint, let’s let the candidates have a go, okay? And see what they have to say about pesticides, cutting trees and other things.
    Now that we know your opinion.

  52. Anonymous

    Anonymous 4/8/08 7:42 PM wrote about how some of the questions submitted

    “…try to so rhetorically constrain answers…”

    How can an answer be rhetorically contrained in this context?
    Before you take it upon yourself to anticipate constraint, let’s let the candidates have a go, okay? And see what they have to say about pesticides, cutting trees and other things.
    Now that we know your opinion.

  53. Doug Paul Davis

    Not to mention that the point is really to understand where the candidates sit, not to make all the candidates agree with you.

    I really wish Mr. anonymous would give us his or her own questions.

  54. Doug Paul Davis

    Not to mention that the point is really to understand where the candidates sit, not to make all the candidates agree with you.

    I really wish Mr. anonymous would give us his or her own questions.

  55. Doug Paul Davis

    Not to mention that the point is really to understand where the candidates sit, not to make all the candidates agree with you.

    I really wish Mr. anonymous would give us his or her own questions.

  56. Doug Paul Davis

    Not to mention that the point is really to understand where the candidates sit, not to make all the candidates agree with you.

    I really wish Mr. anonymous would give us his or her own questions.

  57. Anonymous

    What are your views on preservation of historic buildings downtown? How do you propose to balance the need for infill development with the guidelines outlined in Article 40.13A.0 DOWNTOWN AND TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD OVERLAY DISTRICT?

  58. Anonymous

    What are your views on preservation of historic buildings downtown? How do you propose to balance the need for infill development with the guidelines outlined in Article 40.13A.0 DOWNTOWN AND TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD OVERLAY DISTRICT?

  59. Anonymous

    What are your views on preservation of historic buildings downtown? How do you propose to balance the need for infill development with the guidelines outlined in Article 40.13A.0 DOWNTOWN AND TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD OVERLAY DISTRICT?

  60. Anonymous

    What are your views on preservation of historic buildings downtown? How do you propose to balance the need for infill development with the guidelines outlined in Article 40.13A.0 DOWNTOWN AND TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD OVERLAY DISTRICT?

  61. campaign watcher

    I agree somewhat with Annonymous 7:42 in that some forums limit freedom of true expression by framing a question so severely that it invites only one answer or any answer does not give the community enough information. An example of this a question diversity forum in past years where the candidates were limited by the Forum Moderator to a “Yes” or “No” answer to the question: “Do you support the boycott of the Boy Scout’s Annual Christmas Tree fundraiser?” Only when members of the audience intervened and demanded that the candidates be allowed to explain their answer was it better understood where the candidates stood on the issue.

    I agree that this forum should ask questions in a way that will prompt responses that will allow a free response and the community to see similarities and differences amongst the candidates.

  62. campaign watcher

    I agree somewhat with Annonymous 7:42 in that some forums limit freedom of true expression by framing a question so severely that it invites only one answer or any answer does not give the community enough information. An example of this a question diversity forum in past years where the candidates were limited by the Forum Moderator to a “Yes” or “No” answer to the question: “Do you support the boycott of the Boy Scout’s Annual Christmas Tree fundraiser?” Only when members of the audience intervened and demanded that the candidates be allowed to explain their answer was it better understood where the candidates stood on the issue.

    I agree that this forum should ask questions in a way that will prompt responses that will allow a free response and the community to see similarities and differences amongst the candidates.

  63. campaign watcher

    I agree somewhat with Annonymous 7:42 in that some forums limit freedom of true expression by framing a question so severely that it invites only one answer or any answer does not give the community enough information. An example of this a question diversity forum in past years where the candidates were limited by the Forum Moderator to a “Yes” or “No” answer to the question: “Do you support the boycott of the Boy Scout’s Annual Christmas Tree fundraiser?” Only when members of the audience intervened and demanded that the candidates be allowed to explain their answer was it better understood where the candidates stood on the issue.

    I agree that this forum should ask questions in a way that will prompt responses that will allow a free response and the community to see similarities and differences amongst the candidates.

  64. campaign watcher

    I agree somewhat with Annonymous 7:42 in that some forums limit freedom of true expression by framing a question so severely that it invites only one answer or any answer does not give the community enough information. An example of this a question diversity forum in past years where the candidates were limited by the Forum Moderator to a “Yes” or “No” answer to the question: “Do you support the boycott of the Boy Scout’s Annual Christmas Tree fundraiser?” Only when members of the audience intervened and demanded that the candidates be allowed to explain their answer was it better understood where the candidates stood on the issue.

    I agree that this forum should ask questions in a way that will prompt responses that will allow a free response and the community to see similarities and differences amongst the candidates.

  65. Another View

    “Consequently, the “Do you still beat…” comment which is a rhetorical device used to smoke out this type of nonsense when the moderator, one DPD, is either unwilling to exercise discipline or so politically enamored of the viewpoints presented under the guise of being a question that he will not require or challenge them to pose a simple question. It’s a form of hypocrisy that I for one cannot abide, despite the pitiful bleatings of 10:20 AM opining about an “ethical reader.” To the contrary, a person who is unwilling to establish a forum where fairness and even-handedness are the rule and not the exception can hardly complain about jabs being “uncalled for”. I suggest you pay more attention to promoting civil discourse and spend less time lecturing others on the verities of what is clearly sarcasm. 4/8/08 7:42 PM”

    I get your point about making sure to ask open ended questions of the candidates, rather than “loaded” ones. That will be DPD’s job, to figure out how to take any biases out of the questions, and ask them in such a way that the answer is not already hinted at in the question.

    That being said, we do get occasional nasty comments on this blog, that are pretty uncivil. However, more often than not, such comments are shot down by the rest of us, who want meaningful dialogue. If DPD stepped in too often to control the comments, he would get criticized for controlling the discussion to his point of view. It is a tricky line to walk, and generally I think DPD does a pretty good job. Every once in a great while, I see a comment I would not have let through, but in the end, it is a judgment call…and it is his blog. If folks don’t like the free exchange of ideas here, they can always start up their own blog…

  66. Another View

    “Consequently, the “Do you still beat…” comment which is a rhetorical device used to smoke out this type of nonsense when the moderator, one DPD, is either unwilling to exercise discipline or so politically enamored of the viewpoints presented under the guise of being a question that he will not require or challenge them to pose a simple question. It’s a form of hypocrisy that I for one cannot abide, despite the pitiful bleatings of 10:20 AM opining about an “ethical reader.” To the contrary, a person who is unwilling to establish a forum where fairness and even-handedness are the rule and not the exception can hardly complain about jabs being “uncalled for”. I suggest you pay more attention to promoting civil discourse and spend less time lecturing others on the verities of what is clearly sarcasm. 4/8/08 7:42 PM”

    I get your point about making sure to ask open ended questions of the candidates, rather than “loaded” ones. That will be DPD’s job, to figure out how to take any biases out of the questions, and ask them in such a way that the answer is not already hinted at in the question.

    That being said, we do get occasional nasty comments on this blog, that are pretty uncivil. However, more often than not, such comments are shot down by the rest of us, who want meaningful dialogue. If DPD stepped in too often to control the comments, he would get criticized for controlling the discussion to his point of view. It is a tricky line to walk, and generally I think DPD does a pretty good job. Every once in a great while, I see a comment I would not have let through, but in the end, it is a judgment call…and it is his blog. If folks don’t like the free exchange of ideas here, they can always start up their own blog…

  67. Another View

    “Consequently, the “Do you still beat…” comment which is a rhetorical device used to smoke out this type of nonsense when the moderator, one DPD, is either unwilling to exercise discipline or so politically enamored of the viewpoints presented under the guise of being a question that he will not require or challenge them to pose a simple question. It’s a form of hypocrisy that I for one cannot abide, despite the pitiful bleatings of 10:20 AM opining about an “ethical reader.” To the contrary, a person who is unwilling to establish a forum where fairness and even-handedness are the rule and not the exception can hardly complain about jabs being “uncalled for”. I suggest you pay more attention to promoting civil discourse and spend less time lecturing others on the verities of what is clearly sarcasm. 4/8/08 7:42 PM”

    I get your point about making sure to ask open ended questions of the candidates, rather than “loaded” ones. That will be DPD’s job, to figure out how to take any biases out of the questions, and ask them in such a way that the answer is not already hinted at in the question.

    That being said, we do get occasional nasty comments on this blog, that are pretty uncivil. However, more often than not, such comments are shot down by the rest of us, who want meaningful dialogue. If DPD stepped in too often to control the comments, he would get criticized for controlling the discussion to his point of view. It is a tricky line to walk, and generally I think DPD does a pretty good job. Every once in a great while, I see a comment I would not have let through, but in the end, it is a judgment call…and it is his blog. If folks don’t like the free exchange of ideas here, they can always start up their own blog…

  68. Another View

    “Consequently, the “Do you still beat…” comment which is a rhetorical device used to smoke out this type of nonsense when the moderator, one DPD, is either unwilling to exercise discipline or so politically enamored of the viewpoints presented under the guise of being a question that he will not require or challenge them to pose a simple question. It’s a form of hypocrisy that I for one cannot abide, despite the pitiful bleatings of 10:20 AM opining about an “ethical reader.” To the contrary, a person who is unwilling to establish a forum where fairness and even-handedness are the rule and not the exception can hardly complain about jabs being “uncalled for”. I suggest you pay more attention to promoting civil discourse and spend less time lecturing others on the verities of what is clearly sarcasm. 4/8/08 7:42 PM”

    I get your point about making sure to ask open ended questions of the candidates, rather than “loaded” ones. That will be DPD’s job, to figure out how to take any biases out of the questions, and ask them in such a way that the answer is not already hinted at in the question.

    That being said, we do get occasional nasty comments on this blog, that are pretty uncivil. However, more often than not, such comments are shot down by the rest of us, who want meaningful dialogue. If DPD stepped in too often to control the comments, he would get criticized for controlling the discussion to his point of view. It is a tricky line to walk, and generally I think DPD does a pretty good job. Every once in a great while, I see a comment I would not have let through, but in the end, it is a judgment call…and it is his blog. If folks don’t like the free exchange of ideas here, they can always start up their own blog…

  69. Anonymous

    DPD: The point is that we don’t need the elaborate preambles to questions that set the respondent up. Ask a simply question and move on. For example who is going to say, “Oh yes, I loved the “dead zone” aesthetic! Bring it on! I want more! The point is no one would. A better question would have been: Do you approve or disapprove of the use of pesticides to maintain City landscaping? If you don’t approve what alternatives would you propose to maintain landscapes? Those are examples of fair questions. They don’t pose a ridiculous challenge and then dare the respondent to disagree or to set up the responder so that only one answer can please the questioner.

  70. Anonymous

    DPD: The point is that we don’t need the elaborate preambles to questions that set the respondent up. Ask a simply question and move on. For example who is going to say, “Oh yes, I loved the “dead zone” aesthetic! Bring it on! I want more! The point is no one would. A better question would have been: Do you approve or disapprove of the use of pesticides to maintain City landscaping? If you don’t approve what alternatives would you propose to maintain landscapes? Those are examples of fair questions. They don’t pose a ridiculous challenge and then dare the respondent to disagree or to set up the responder so that only one answer can please the questioner.

  71. Anonymous

    DPD: The point is that we don’t need the elaborate preambles to questions that set the respondent up. Ask a simply question and move on. For example who is going to say, “Oh yes, I loved the “dead zone” aesthetic! Bring it on! I want more! The point is no one would. A better question would have been: Do you approve or disapprove of the use of pesticides to maintain City landscaping? If you don’t approve what alternatives would you propose to maintain landscapes? Those are examples of fair questions. They don’t pose a ridiculous challenge and then dare the respondent to disagree or to set up the responder so that only one answer can please the questioner.

  72. Anonymous

    DPD: The point is that we don’t need the elaborate preambles to questions that set the respondent up. Ask a simply question and move on. For example who is going to say, “Oh yes, I loved the “dead zone” aesthetic! Bring it on! I want more! The point is no one would. A better question would have been: Do you approve or disapprove of the use of pesticides to maintain City landscaping? If you don’t approve what alternatives would you propose to maintain landscapes? Those are examples of fair questions. They don’t pose a ridiculous challenge and then dare the respondent to disagree or to set up the responder so that only one answer can please the questioner.

  73. Anonymous

    To the above,
    Julie Partansky has always believed everything she thought. Remember the,” The Partansky Toad Tunnel”? I wonder if it has ever been used to date?
    Julie Partansky was/is a comedic error in the politics of Davis. In addition we are unfortunately her village and she will remain that unique individual.

  74. Anonymous

    To the above,
    Julie Partansky has always believed everything she thought. Remember the,” The Partansky Toad Tunnel”? I wonder if it has ever been used to date?
    Julie Partansky was/is a comedic error in the politics of Davis. In addition we are unfortunately her village and she will remain that unique individual.

  75. Anonymous

    To the above,
    Julie Partansky has always believed everything she thought. Remember the,” The Partansky Toad Tunnel”? I wonder if it has ever been used to date?
    Julie Partansky was/is a comedic error in the politics of Davis. In addition we are unfortunately her village and she will remain that unique individual.

  76. Anonymous

    To the above,
    Julie Partansky has always believed everything she thought. Remember the,” The Partansky Toad Tunnel”? I wonder if it has ever been used to date?
    Julie Partansky was/is a comedic error in the politics of Davis. In addition we are unfortunately her village and she will remain that unique individual.

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