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Sue Greenwald Fundraiser

You are invited to mayor Sue greenwald’s fundraiser this SATURDAY EVENING (MAY 3)

Good food, good friends, good cause!

Join us at Mayor Sue Greenwald’s gala re-election fundraiser this Saturday, May 3. Stop by between 6p.m. and midnight, or stay all evening. The Garden Party fundraiser will be at the beautiful home of Norma Turner, 506 Fillmore Court in West Davis. Enjoy great food, drink and ambiance. All are welcome. If you have not yet donated, a donation of $25 ($10 students) is requested, but all donations are welcome and appreciated. Or, agree to walk a precinct in lieu of donation. For information please call Norma at 758-3048. Directions can be found at Sue’s website at www.suegreenwald.org.

Nuggets Field 7-11 Committee Meeting

Please come and voice your opinion on what you think should happen at the Nugget Fields site. It has appeared on the Housing Element Committee of the City of Davis as preferable site for housing. Should the are be developed? If it is, should it be residential or commercial? Should the area be bought by another government entity and kept as Nugget Fields. Davis residents need to express their views to the School District’s 7-11 Surplus Committee, so the Committee can share those views with the School Board.

To that end, the 7-11 Surplus Committee has scheduled a public hearing at the Birch Lane Multipurpose Room on May 6th starting at 7 pm. If this is an issue of interest to you, please come and speak out.

For a bit of history on the site, the Wildhorse Property known as Nugget Fields was donated to the Davis School District in December of 1999 as part of the Wildhorse development project. The size of the property at nine acres is suitable for an elementary school, although there have been no plans for such a development or any other by the Davis School District.

In April of 2000, the District entered into a lease of the Wildhorse property with the Davis Sports Foundation, which allowed the vacant parcel of land to be developed and used as soccer fields on an interim basis as a benefit to the community. The lease is about to expire and the District desires to declare the property as surplus for use as a school site in order to avoid the provisions of the Naylor Act. The Naylor Act would, if the property were not declared as surplus allow another government entity to buy the land for much less than fair market value.

The Committee recommended to the School District “After consideration of the prior 7-11 Committee report, enrollment projections, school facility capacity, and future development projects, the Committee believes that there is no need for use of the Wildhorse property in the foreseeable future fir educational purposes. Therefore, we recommend to the Board of Education that they declare the Wildhorse property as surplus.” The vote of the Committee was 9-0, with two absent.

The School Board accepted the report of the 7-11 Surplus Property Committee on a 4-0 vote. However, the Committee is also charged with soliciting community input as to what the property should be sued for and report that to the School Board. That is the purpose of this public hearing. If you want your voice heard, please come and share your thoughts.

Bob Schelen
Chair 7-11 Surplus Committee

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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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28 thoughts on “Wednesday Briefs”

  1. Concerned Citizen

    I am a bit unclear as to the ramifications of any decision. However, this is not the time to sell the property; nor should the school district sell assets off to dig themselves out of a fiscal crisis. Find a way to lease these fields, so it generates income over the years. Eventually that property may be of tremendous value, but right now in this downturned market, it should be kept by the schools as is.

  2. Concerned Citizen

    I am a bit unclear as to the ramifications of any decision. However, this is not the time to sell the property; nor should the school district sell assets off to dig themselves out of a fiscal crisis. Find a way to lease these fields, so it generates income over the years. Eventually that property may be of tremendous value, but right now in this downturned market, it should be kept by the schools as is.

  3. Concerned Citizen

    I am a bit unclear as to the ramifications of any decision. However, this is not the time to sell the property; nor should the school district sell assets off to dig themselves out of a fiscal crisis. Find a way to lease these fields, so it generates income over the years. Eventually that property may be of tremendous value, but right now in this downturned market, it should be kept by the schools as is.

  4. Concerned Citizen

    I am a bit unclear as to the ramifications of any decision. However, this is not the time to sell the property; nor should the school district sell assets off to dig themselves out of a fiscal crisis. Find a way to lease these fields, so it generates income over the years. Eventually that property may be of tremendous value, but right now in this downturned market, it should be kept by the schools as is.

  5. Doug Paul Davis

    Three things.

    First, as I understand it, property values remain high, it is home sales that are slumping.

    Second, this has been in the works for a long time, it is not in response to fiscal crises. They are simply not going to use the property for a school.

    Third, you cannot use the assets from the sale to go to the general fund, it all goes to the facilities funds. So again, fiscal crisis does not mean anything.

  6. Doug Paul Davis

    Three things.

    First, as I understand it, property values remain high, it is home sales that are slumping.

    Second, this has been in the works for a long time, it is not in response to fiscal crises. They are simply not going to use the property for a school.

    Third, you cannot use the assets from the sale to go to the general fund, it all goes to the facilities funds. So again, fiscal crisis does not mean anything.

  7. Doug Paul Davis

    Three things.

    First, as I understand it, property values remain high, it is home sales that are slumping.

    Second, this has been in the works for a long time, it is not in response to fiscal crises. They are simply not going to use the property for a school.

    Third, you cannot use the assets from the sale to go to the general fund, it all goes to the facilities funds. So again, fiscal crisis does not mean anything.

  8. Doug Paul Davis

    Three things.

    First, as I understand it, property values remain high, it is home sales that are slumping.

    Second, this has been in the works for a long time, it is not in response to fiscal crises. They are simply not going to use the property for a school.

    Third, you cannot use the assets from the sale to go to the general fund, it all goes to the facilities funds. So again, fiscal crisis does not mean anything.

  9. David J. Thompson

    Nugget Fields provides the School Board with two unique opportunities.

    1. It could provide an ongoing income to the school district that could help with the operating deficit.

    2. It should provide housing which would add additional children to earn income for the district.

    Nugget Fields should be looked at as housing. The land should be leased not sold so that the income can be used for operating expenses.

    The housing should be designed to attract families with children.

    The DJUSD has a win win opportunity with Nugget Fields.

  10. David J. Thompson

    Nugget Fields provides the School Board with two unique opportunities.

    1. It could provide an ongoing income to the school district that could help with the operating deficit.

    2. It should provide housing which would add additional children to earn income for the district.

    Nugget Fields should be looked at as housing. The land should be leased not sold so that the income can be used for operating expenses.

    The housing should be designed to attract families with children.

    The DJUSD has a win win opportunity with Nugget Fields.

  11. David J. Thompson

    Nugget Fields provides the School Board with two unique opportunities.

    1. It could provide an ongoing income to the school district that could help with the operating deficit.

    2. It should provide housing which would add additional children to earn income for the district.

    Nugget Fields should be looked at as housing. The land should be leased not sold so that the income can be used for operating expenses.

    The housing should be designed to attract families with children.

    The DJUSD has a win win opportunity with Nugget Fields.

  12. David J. Thompson

    Nugget Fields provides the School Board with two unique opportunities.

    1. It could provide an ongoing income to the school district that could help with the operating deficit.

    2. It should provide housing which would add additional children to earn income for the district.

    Nugget Fields should be looked at as housing. The land should be leased not sold so that the income can be used for operating expenses.

    The housing should be designed to attract families with children.

    The DJUSD has a win win opportunity with Nugget Fields.

  13. Concerned citizen

    “Nugget Fields should be looked at as housing. The land should be leased not sold so that the income can be used for operating expenses.”

    Is it possible to build houses on this property, but lease the land rather than sell it? Would home owners buy? I don’t get it!

    And if the property is leased, can the money go toward operating expenses?

  14. Concerned citizen

    “Nugget Fields should be looked at as housing. The land should be leased not sold so that the income can be used for operating expenses.”

    Is it possible to build houses on this property, but lease the land rather than sell it? Would home owners buy? I don’t get it!

    And if the property is leased, can the money go toward operating expenses?

  15. Concerned citizen

    “Nugget Fields should be looked at as housing. The land should be leased not sold so that the income can be used for operating expenses.”

    Is it possible to build houses on this property, but lease the land rather than sell it? Would home owners buy? I don’t get it!

    And if the property is leased, can the money go toward operating expenses?

  16. Concerned citizen

    “Nugget Fields should be looked at as housing. The land should be leased not sold so that the income can be used for operating expenses.”

    Is it possible to build houses on this property, but lease the land rather than sell it? Would home owners buy? I don’t get it!

    And if the property is leased, can the money go toward operating expenses?

  17. Matt Williams

    In our 7-11 Committee meetings these same questions have been raised. We have all agreed as a committee that we need input from the Davis community on these questions and many more.

    It would be a real shame if people who care don’t take the time to come and share their thoughts at the workshop. That is exactly what happened at the Grande workshop. Please take the time to come and share your thoughts.

  18. Matt Williams

    In our 7-11 Committee meetings these same questions have been raised. We have all agreed as a committee that we need input from the Davis community on these questions and many more.

    It would be a real shame if people who care don’t take the time to come and share their thoughts at the workshop. That is exactly what happened at the Grande workshop. Please take the time to come and share your thoughts.

  19. Matt Williams

    In our 7-11 Committee meetings these same questions have been raised. We have all agreed as a committee that we need input from the Davis community on these questions and many more.

    It would be a real shame if people who care don’t take the time to come and share their thoughts at the workshop. That is exactly what happened at the Grande workshop. Please take the time to come and share your thoughts.

  20. Matt Williams

    In our 7-11 Committee meetings these same questions have been raised. We have all agreed as a committee that we need input from the Davis community on these questions and many more.

    It would be a real shame if people who care don’t take the time to come and share their thoughts at the workshop. That is exactly what happened at the Grande workshop. Please take the time to come and share your thoughts.

  21. concerned citizen

    “It would be a real shame if people who care don’t take the time to come and share their thoughts at the workshop. That is exactly what happened at the Grande workshop. Please take the time to come and share your thoughts.”

    You are getting citizens thoughts right here on this blog. Doesn’t this count? One of the problems with going to actual committee meetings is the format involved. More often than not, citizens can only make statements, but are not allowed to ask questions. Furthermore, often the impression citizens have is the public comment period is nothing but pro forma, because the committee has already made up its mind. A very good example of that is the Valley Oak fiasco.

  22. concerned citizen

    “It would be a real shame if people who care don’t take the time to come and share their thoughts at the workshop. That is exactly what happened at the Grande workshop. Please take the time to come and share your thoughts.”

    You are getting citizens thoughts right here on this blog. Doesn’t this count? One of the problems with going to actual committee meetings is the format involved. More often than not, citizens can only make statements, but are not allowed to ask questions. Furthermore, often the impression citizens have is the public comment period is nothing but pro forma, because the committee has already made up its mind. A very good example of that is the Valley Oak fiasco.

  23. concerned citizen

    “It would be a real shame if people who care don’t take the time to come and share their thoughts at the workshop. That is exactly what happened at the Grande workshop. Please take the time to come and share your thoughts.”

    You are getting citizens thoughts right here on this blog. Doesn’t this count? One of the problems with going to actual committee meetings is the format involved. More often than not, citizens can only make statements, but are not allowed to ask questions. Furthermore, often the impression citizens have is the public comment period is nothing but pro forma, because the committee has already made up its mind. A very good example of that is the Valley Oak fiasco.

  24. concerned citizen

    “It would be a real shame if people who care don’t take the time to come and share their thoughts at the workshop. That is exactly what happened at the Grande workshop. Please take the time to come and share your thoughts.”

    You are getting citizens thoughts right here on this blog. Doesn’t this count? One of the problems with going to actual committee meetings is the format involved. More often than not, citizens can only make statements, but are not allowed to ask questions. Furthermore, often the impression citizens have is the public comment period is nothing but pro forma, because the committee has already made up its mind. A very good example of that is the Valley Oak fiasco.

  25. Matt Williams

    concerned citizen said…

    You are getting citizens thoughts right here on this blog. Doesn’t this count? One of the problems with going to actual committee meetings is the format involved. More often than not, citizens can only make statements, but are not allowed to ask questions. Furthermore, often the impression citizens have is the public comment period is nothing but pro forma, because the committee has already made up its mind. A very good example of that is the Valley Oak fiasco.

    Of course that counts, but it isn’t a substitute for direct involvement. The workshop has a scheduled duration of 2 and 1/2 hours. The vast majority of that is for questions and statements from the attendees. The Committee has no preconceived ideas about what the best use of the property may be. We need input from the residents of the DJUSD service area.

  26. Matt Williams

    concerned citizen said…

    You are getting citizens thoughts right here on this blog. Doesn’t this count? One of the problems with going to actual committee meetings is the format involved. More often than not, citizens can only make statements, but are not allowed to ask questions. Furthermore, often the impression citizens have is the public comment period is nothing but pro forma, because the committee has already made up its mind. A very good example of that is the Valley Oak fiasco.

    Of course that counts, but it isn’t a substitute for direct involvement. The workshop has a scheduled duration of 2 and 1/2 hours. The vast majority of that is for questions and statements from the attendees. The Committee has no preconceived ideas about what the best use of the property may be. We need input from the residents of the DJUSD service area.

  27. Matt Williams

    concerned citizen said…

    You are getting citizens thoughts right here on this blog. Doesn’t this count? One of the problems with going to actual committee meetings is the format involved. More often than not, citizens can only make statements, but are not allowed to ask questions. Furthermore, often the impression citizens have is the public comment period is nothing but pro forma, because the committee has already made up its mind. A very good example of that is the Valley Oak fiasco.

    Of course that counts, but it isn’t a substitute for direct involvement. The workshop has a scheduled duration of 2 and 1/2 hours. The vast majority of that is for questions and statements from the attendees. The Committee has no preconceived ideas about what the best use of the property may be. We need input from the residents of the DJUSD service area.

  28. Matt Williams

    concerned citizen said…

    You are getting citizens thoughts right here on this blog. Doesn’t this count? One of the problems with going to actual committee meetings is the format involved. More often than not, citizens can only make statements, but are not allowed to ask questions. Furthermore, often the impression citizens have is the public comment period is nothing but pro forma, because the committee has already made up its mind. A very good example of that is the Valley Oak fiasco.

    Of course that counts, but it isn’t a substitute for direct involvement. The workshop has a scheduled duration of 2 and 1/2 hours. The vast majority of that is for questions and statements from the attendees. The Committee has no preconceived ideas about what the best use of the property may be. We need input from the residents of the DJUSD service area.

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