Davis Enterprise to Endorse Saylor, Souza, and… Vergis

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The Vanguard has learned that the Davis Enterprise will be making its endorsements in the Davis City Council race this Sunday and will endorse Incumbents Don Saylor, Stephen Souza, and challenger Sydney Vergis.

This is not a particularly surprising development–the Davis Enterprise has a history of supporting the pro-development candidates and issues.

In their recent history here are some of their key endorsements:

  • In November of 2006 they endorsed Yes on Measure K–the approval of Target.
  • In June of 2006 they endorsed Ruth Asmundson and Mike Levy over Lamar Heystek and Stan Forbes for the Davis City Council.
  • In June of 2006 they endorsed District Attorney candidate Jeff Reisig over Pat Lenzi.
  • In November of 2005 they endorsed Yes on Measure X.
The selections of Sydney Vergis and Mike Levy are particularly telling of course, because they are non-incumbents.

Had the Davis Enterprise chosen to endorse all of the current incumbents, they could have done so on experience grounds or at least on non-ideological grounds. They could have argued that during tough times, we need to stick with experience and not change horses in midstream. But they did not. They are simply supporting the pro-development candidates.

The selection of Sydney Vergis over Mayor Sue Greenwald is particularly insulting. The Mayor has been a resident of Davis for over 30 years. She has spent nearly a decade in office which is as long as Vergis has lived in the city of Davis itself.

Sydney Vergis at one of the forums, admitted that she has only recently become active in Davis politics. Her political activism prior to last November consisted largely of activities she participated in as member of a sorority.

During her opening statement at candidate forums she cites her experience as a senior land use planner as a background that has prepared her to be on the city council. However, that experience is less than a year old.

Whether you agree or disagree with her, Sue Greenwald is among the most knowledgeable people in this community on the issue of land use. Her knowledge of the debates and issues in this community goes back decades. There is simply no comparison.

The Davis Enterprise has actually done the progressive movement a great favor. They have made their decision very transparent and very easily for those who have been in the trenches to dismiss. The choice for progressives is very clear and very simple.

While Measure J is indeed an important issue for the coming city council, the key differentiating issue in the past three years is Covell Village.

Sue Greenwald during the initial debate on Measure J was dead on when she wrote:

“Although Measure J is a useful tool for slowing growth, it does not replace the need for City Council members who will vote against excessive peripheral housing developments. This is because spending limits are not allowed in Measure J referenda, and development interests can always outspend citizens groups.

So although Measure J is a useful tool, THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE for Council members that you can trust to vote against approving excessive development in the first place.”

In October of 2005, Stephen Souza and Don Saylor wrote an Op-ed in the Davis Enterprise supporting the passage of Covell Village.

“Measure X will decide how Davis will meet its 1 percent housing goals for the next decade, and which plan best meets those goals…

Can’t we just use Measure J to vote down proposals like Gidaro’s?

Not necessarily. We are required by law to meet our regional housing requirements. That’s one reason we passed a 1 percent growth policy. If we don’t accept our fair share of growth, we can lose major transportation funding, and it invites developers like Gidaro to do an end run around the City Council — and the voters — to force development right on the edge of town…

By voting yes on Measure X we will support the kind of smart planning that makes Covell Village such a perfect fit for Davis…

This election is about how, when and where we grow. Measure X answers all these questions and ensures that Davis will remain Davis…

We cannot allow our destiny to be controlled by others. The future of our community is too important to leave to the whims of outsiders. We must control our own destiny in a responsible manner. This project is in the best tradition of what Davis is.

It is important to us that we keep Davis Davis. That’s what Covell Village will do. We urge you to reject sprawl and vote yes on Measure X…”

By a vote of nearly 60-40, the voters of Davis rejected Covell Village precisely because they saw it as a sprawl development that grew too large without addressing key infrastructure needs.

One could argue of course that perhaps Don Saylor and Stephen Souza learned from their mistakes on Covell Village.

But, at the first candidate’s debate Stephen Souza tipped his hand:

“Stephen Souza basically suggested that the community did not understand Measure X. He said this was the first exercise of Measure J and that a project as big as Covell Village takes longer to explain to the community, that it has to come with its impacts mitigated, and that the affordable housing component has to be explainable to the public. Finally we have to totally be engaged in a process that we are expected to vote on.”

Stephen Souza’s view of the lessons about the rejection of Covell Village by the voters is that they did not understand it. Not that it was too large. Not that they failed to mitigate for its impacts. No it is that the voters did not understand it. That does not sound like a person who will be changing his approach to land use.

The position of the candidates on this issue are very simple.

Sidney Vergis has stated on a number of occasions her support for Covell Village. At the recent Sierra Club forum, she twice supported good “infill” projects like the Nishi property. The Nishi property of course is explicitly written into Measure J as requiring a Measure J vote and rests outside of the city. In addition, while it would appear to be in a prime location, the limited access by way of Olive Drive and traffic problems associated with that location make its development problematic at best.

Sue Greenwald, Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald, and Rob Roy were all opponents of Covell Village. The 1% growth guideline that the Council Majority supports would produce a Covell Village-sized development every five years or so. Covell Village was at least going to phase it in over 10 to 15 years. If you support that rate of growth in Davis, then follow the Davis Enterprise recommendations. If you believe we need slower and more prudent growth then you have an alternative. If you do not think Covell Village is the way to go, then you have candidates that will oppose such developments.

As Sue Greenwald argued nearly a decade ago, we cannot simply rely on Measure J to stop developments we do not like. The developers have the money and resources needed to fight these battles and it is only a matter of time before they start to win these battles. Measure X was so colossal it was relatively easy to defeat. But if these projects start coming rapid fire, eventually the vast grassroots movement is going to wear down. Measure J cannot be a replacement for city council majorities that will oppose such sprawling new subdivisions.

We are not talking about no growth in Davis, we are not talking about ignoring concerns about housing for young families and affordability, we are merely trying to address these issues within the framework of smart and responsible growth within the current borders of Davis.

The Davis Enterprise opposes this vision of Davis and embraces the vision that brought us developments like Covell Village and will bring us future iterations of Covell Village, Nishi, and other peripheral subdivisions should the council majority that currently resides in City Hall be re-elected.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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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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152 thoughts on “Davis Enterprise to Endorse Saylor, Souza, and… Vergis”

  1. davisite

    “Measure X will decide how Davis will meet its 1 percent housing goals for the next decade, and which plan best meets those goals…

    This quote from the Souza/Saylor Enterprise OP-ED piece reveals the “lie” to Saylor/Souza’s current claim that, of course, their 1% growth ordinance was always presented to Davis voters as a cap, not a goal. Credibility and trust are the essential qualities that candidates bring to the table when they ask for the privilege of representing the voters. This example( one of several)of councilman Saylor and Councilman Souza’s breach of the public trust in their attempt to use use any means to “sell” Covell Village to a skeptical electorate should be enough to defeat their reelection.

  2. davisite

    “Measure X will decide how Davis will meet its 1 percent housing goals for the next decade, and which plan best meets those goals…

    This quote from the Souza/Saylor Enterprise OP-ED piece reveals the “lie” to Saylor/Souza’s current claim that, of course, their 1% growth ordinance was always presented to Davis voters as a cap, not a goal. Credibility and trust are the essential qualities that candidates bring to the table when they ask for the privilege of representing the voters. This example( one of several)of councilman Saylor and Councilman Souza’s breach of the public trust in their attempt to use use any means to “sell” Covell Village to a skeptical electorate should be enough to defeat their reelection.

  3. davisite

    “Measure X will decide how Davis will meet its 1 percent housing goals for the next decade, and which plan best meets those goals…

    This quote from the Souza/Saylor Enterprise OP-ED piece reveals the “lie” to Saylor/Souza’s current claim that, of course, their 1% growth ordinance was always presented to Davis voters as a cap, not a goal. Credibility and trust are the essential qualities that candidates bring to the table when they ask for the privilege of representing the voters. This example( one of several)of councilman Saylor and Councilman Souza’s breach of the public trust in their attempt to use use any means to “sell” Covell Village to a skeptical electorate should be enough to defeat their reelection.

  4. davisite

    “Measure X will decide how Davis will meet its 1 percent housing goals for the next decade, and which plan best meets those goals…

    This quote from the Souza/Saylor Enterprise OP-ED piece reveals the “lie” to Saylor/Souza’s current claim that, of course, their 1% growth ordinance was always presented to Davis voters as a cap, not a goal. Credibility and trust are the essential qualities that candidates bring to the table when they ask for the privilege of representing the voters. This example( one of several)of councilman Saylor and Councilman Souza’s breach of the public trust in their attempt to use use any means to “sell” Covell Village to a skeptical electorate should be enough to defeat their reelection.

  5. Mike Hart

    For the Davis Enterprise, the math is simple, more development = more driveways for newspapers. They will continue to support anyone who wants to add more driveways to Davis.

    Sue Greenwald deserves far better treatment from her local paper for her long service regardless if she supports their expansionist goals.

  6. Mike Hart

    For the Davis Enterprise, the math is simple, more development = more driveways for newspapers. They will continue to support anyone who wants to add more driveways to Davis.

    Sue Greenwald deserves far better treatment from her local paper for her long service regardless if she supports their expansionist goals.

  7. Mike Hart

    For the Davis Enterprise, the math is simple, more development = more driveways for newspapers. They will continue to support anyone who wants to add more driveways to Davis.

    Sue Greenwald deserves far better treatment from her local paper for her long service regardless if she supports their expansionist goals.

  8. Mike Hart

    For the Davis Enterprise, the math is simple, more development = more driveways for newspapers. They will continue to support anyone who wants to add more driveways to Davis.

    Sue Greenwald deserves far better treatment from her local paper for her long service regardless if she supports their expansionist goals.

  9. Anonymous

    I imagine that the Sacramento Bee will endorse the developers too. The recent editorials and earlier Dan Weintraub columns about the Tsakapoulos proposal show that Davis development is one of their main goals. They don’t care about transportation issues, the environment, global warming, only developing Yolo County as a distant suburb of Sacramento.

    How do the Sacramento Bee editors think that all these new Yolo County residents will get to Sacramento? There is little public transit except from downtown Davis by Yolobus and AMTRAK. The Editors should be considering in-fill development in Sacramento instead; I hope that some rich developer offers them money to change their editorial stance.

  10. Anonymous

    I imagine that the Sacramento Bee will endorse the developers too. The recent editorials and earlier Dan Weintraub columns about the Tsakapoulos proposal show that Davis development is one of their main goals. They don’t care about transportation issues, the environment, global warming, only developing Yolo County as a distant suburb of Sacramento.

    How do the Sacramento Bee editors think that all these new Yolo County residents will get to Sacramento? There is little public transit except from downtown Davis by Yolobus and AMTRAK. The Editors should be considering in-fill development in Sacramento instead; I hope that some rich developer offers them money to change their editorial stance.

  11. Anonymous

    I imagine that the Sacramento Bee will endorse the developers too. The recent editorials and earlier Dan Weintraub columns about the Tsakapoulos proposal show that Davis development is one of their main goals. They don’t care about transportation issues, the environment, global warming, only developing Yolo County as a distant suburb of Sacramento.

    How do the Sacramento Bee editors think that all these new Yolo County residents will get to Sacramento? There is little public transit except from downtown Davis by Yolobus and AMTRAK. The Editors should be considering in-fill development in Sacramento instead; I hope that some rich developer offers them money to change their editorial stance.

  12. Anonymous

    I imagine that the Sacramento Bee will endorse the developers too. The recent editorials and earlier Dan Weintraub columns about the Tsakapoulos proposal show that Davis development is one of their main goals. They don’t care about transportation issues, the environment, global warming, only developing Yolo County as a distant suburb of Sacramento.

    How do the Sacramento Bee editors think that all these new Yolo County residents will get to Sacramento? There is little public transit except from downtown Davis by Yolobus and AMTRAK. The Editors should be considering in-fill development in Sacramento instead; I hope that some rich developer offers them money to change their editorial stance.

  13. Anonymous

    You have to think that part of the reason Sydney got the nod from the Enterprise is that Lamar Heystek has blazed a path for her — just as Bob Black did for him — and has provided a contemporary example here in Davis of competent leadership by a twentysomething, whether you agree or disagree with him on the issues. Age is a non-issue this time around because of Lamar’s positive presence on the Council, plain and simple.

  14. Anonymous

    You have to think that part of the reason Sydney got the nod from the Enterprise is that Lamar Heystek has blazed a path for her — just as Bob Black did for him — and has provided a contemporary example here in Davis of competent leadership by a twentysomething, whether you agree or disagree with him on the issues. Age is a non-issue this time around because of Lamar’s positive presence on the Council, plain and simple.

  15. Anonymous

    You have to think that part of the reason Sydney got the nod from the Enterprise is that Lamar Heystek has blazed a path for her — just as Bob Black did for him — and has provided a contemporary example here in Davis of competent leadership by a twentysomething, whether you agree or disagree with him on the issues. Age is a non-issue this time around because of Lamar’s positive presence on the Council, plain and simple.

  16. Anonymous

    You have to think that part of the reason Sydney got the nod from the Enterprise is that Lamar Heystek has blazed a path for her — just as Bob Black did for him — and has provided a contemporary example here in Davis of competent leadership by a twentysomething, whether you agree or disagree with him on the issues. Age is a non-issue this time around because of Lamar’s positive presence on the Council, plain and simple.

  17. Rob Roy

    Some clarification. As far as I know, Sue hasn’t lived in Davis for 30 years. I believe she moved here in the 90’s.

    As someone that was also not endorsed by the Enterprise in 2006 I can say that I wouldn’t want their endorsement. I go to the interviews but that is so I can be a more informed candidate. In 2006 they proposed an idea to the candidates: by right of eminent domain, purchase a block of residential housing near downtown, level it, and build a parking garage. I said hell no, if we going to level a block downtown I think G street between 3rd and 4th could be better utilized (hinting of course at the very building I sat in at the time), and that a space like the Jack N the Box was just badly put together. They accused me of being anti-business and I said that I am not anti business, but it is immoral to tear down homes to put up a parking lot (maybe I listen to too much Joni Mitchell). A citizen’s obligation is to pay their property taxes and keep their lawn mowed. A business works with the city on sales tax issues and such so it is more reasonable for the city to relocate a business than a residence. And I was just talking about moving fastfood chain and they seemed offended by my idea.

    MIke Levy and Ruth Asmundson did not balk at the proposal so they got the paper’s endorsement. Stan Forbes opposed the parking idea and Lamar actually didn’t make it to the interview so they weren’t going to endorse him anyways. If the Enterprise wanted experience over anything they would have endorsed Ruth and Stand but the editorial board goes for the person wants Davis to sprawl out and become boring/gentrified/anywhere, usa – like Fairfield, where the Enterprise’s owner also publishes a paper.

    I think here in the most second educated city in America people catch on to this and know better than to vote for the Enterprise sanctioned candidates. Well, at least the people that want to keep Davis Davis.

  18. Yolo Watcher

    The issue is not age, it is knowledge and experience. Lamar and Bob had it; Sydney does not. Sydney spouts the pro-development party line. She avoids answering difficult or revealing questtions. She changes her story as time goes on. She tries to tell you what you want to hear, rather than her own position–when she has one–which is generally after talking it over with other pro-development types.

    The Enterprise choices are not surprising. Ho hum. They are doing everything they can to stifle the progressive voice and to promote the pro-growth candidates. That is typical around any election time.

    David: Keep up the great work. We need you.

  19. Rob Roy

    Some clarification. As far as I know, Sue hasn’t lived in Davis for 30 years. I believe she moved here in the 90’s.

    As someone that was also not endorsed by the Enterprise in 2006 I can say that I wouldn’t want their endorsement. I go to the interviews but that is so I can be a more informed candidate. In 2006 they proposed an idea to the candidates: by right of eminent domain, purchase a block of residential housing near downtown, level it, and build a parking garage. I said hell no, if we going to level a block downtown I think G street between 3rd and 4th could be better utilized (hinting of course at the very building I sat in at the time), and that a space like the Jack N the Box was just badly put together. They accused me of being anti-business and I said that I am not anti business, but it is immoral to tear down homes to put up a parking lot (maybe I listen to too much Joni Mitchell). A citizen’s obligation is to pay their property taxes and keep their lawn mowed. A business works with the city on sales tax issues and such so it is more reasonable for the city to relocate a business than a residence. And I was just talking about moving fastfood chain and they seemed offended by my idea.

    MIke Levy and Ruth Asmundson did not balk at the proposal so they got the paper’s endorsement. Stan Forbes opposed the parking idea and Lamar actually didn’t make it to the interview so they weren’t going to endorse him anyways. If the Enterprise wanted experience over anything they would have endorsed Ruth and Stand but the editorial board goes for the person wants Davis to sprawl out and become boring/gentrified/anywhere, usa – like Fairfield, where the Enterprise’s owner also publishes a paper.

    I think here in the most second educated city in America people catch on to this and know better than to vote for the Enterprise sanctioned candidates. Well, at least the people that want to keep Davis Davis.

  20. Yolo Watcher

    The issue is not age, it is knowledge and experience. Lamar and Bob had it; Sydney does not. Sydney spouts the pro-development party line. She avoids answering difficult or revealing questtions. She changes her story as time goes on. She tries to tell you what you want to hear, rather than her own position–when she has one–which is generally after talking it over with other pro-development types.

    The Enterprise choices are not surprising. Ho hum. They are doing everything they can to stifle the progressive voice and to promote the pro-growth candidates. That is typical around any election time.

    David: Keep up the great work. We need you.

  21. Rob Roy

    Some clarification. As far as I know, Sue hasn’t lived in Davis for 30 years. I believe she moved here in the 90’s.

    As someone that was also not endorsed by the Enterprise in 2006 I can say that I wouldn’t want their endorsement. I go to the interviews but that is so I can be a more informed candidate. In 2006 they proposed an idea to the candidates: by right of eminent domain, purchase a block of residential housing near downtown, level it, and build a parking garage. I said hell no, if we going to level a block downtown I think G street between 3rd and 4th could be better utilized (hinting of course at the very building I sat in at the time), and that a space like the Jack N the Box was just badly put together. They accused me of being anti-business and I said that I am not anti business, but it is immoral to tear down homes to put up a parking lot (maybe I listen to too much Joni Mitchell). A citizen’s obligation is to pay their property taxes and keep their lawn mowed. A business works with the city on sales tax issues and such so it is more reasonable for the city to relocate a business than a residence. And I was just talking about moving fastfood chain and they seemed offended by my idea.

    MIke Levy and Ruth Asmundson did not balk at the proposal so they got the paper’s endorsement. Stan Forbes opposed the parking idea and Lamar actually didn’t make it to the interview so they weren’t going to endorse him anyways. If the Enterprise wanted experience over anything they would have endorsed Ruth and Stand but the editorial board goes for the person wants Davis to sprawl out and become boring/gentrified/anywhere, usa – like Fairfield, where the Enterprise’s owner also publishes a paper.

    I think here in the most second educated city in America people catch on to this and know better than to vote for the Enterprise sanctioned candidates. Well, at least the people that want to keep Davis Davis.

  22. Yolo Watcher

    The issue is not age, it is knowledge and experience. Lamar and Bob had it; Sydney does not. Sydney spouts the pro-development party line. She avoids answering difficult or revealing questtions. She changes her story as time goes on. She tries to tell you what you want to hear, rather than her own position–when she has one–which is generally after talking it over with other pro-development types.

    The Enterprise choices are not surprising. Ho hum. They are doing everything they can to stifle the progressive voice and to promote the pro-growth candidates. That is typical around any election time.

    David: Keep up the great work. We need you.

  23. Rob Roy

    Some clarification. As far as I know, Sue hasn’t lived in Davis for 30 years. I believe she moved here in the 90’s.

    As someone that was also not endorsed by the Enterprise in 2006 I can say that I wouldn’t want their endorsement. I go to the interviews but that is so I can be a more informed candidate. In 2006 they proposed an idea to the candidates: by right of eminent domain, purchase a block of residential housing near downtown, level it, and build a parking garage. I said hell no, if we going to level a block downtown I think G street between 3rd and 4th could be better utilized (hinting of course at the very building I sat in at the time), and that a space like the Jack N the Box was just badly put together. They accused me of being anti-business and I said that I am not anti business, but it is immoral to tear down homes to put up a parking lot (maybe I listen to too much Joni Mitchell). A citizen’s obligation is to pay their property taxes and keep their lawn mowed. A business works with the city on sales tax issues and such so it is more reasonable for the city to relocate a business than a residence. And I was just talking about moving fastfood chain and they seemed offended by my idea.

    MIke Levy and Ruth Asmundson did not balk at the proposal so they got the paper’s endorsement. Stan Forbes opposed the parking idea and Lamar actually didn’t make it to the interview so they weren’t going to endorse him anyways. If the Enterprise wanted experience over anything they would have endorsed Ruth and Stand but the editorial board goes for the person wants Davis to sprawl out and become boring/gentrified/anywhere, usa – like Fairfield, where the Enterprise’s owner also publishes a paper.

    I think here in the most second educated city in America people catch on to this and know better than to vote for the Enterprise sanctioned candidates. Well, at least the people that want to keep Davis Davis.

  24. Yolo Watcher

    The issue is not age, it is knowledge and experience. Lamar and Bob had it; Sydney does not. Sydney spouts the pro-development party line. She avoids answering difficult or revealing questtions. She changes her story as time goes on. She tries to tell you what you want to hear, rather than her own position–when she has one–which is generally after talking it over with other pro-development types.

    The Enterprise choices are not surprising. Ho hum. They are doing everything they can to stifle the progressive voice and to promote the pro-growth candidates. That is typical around any election time.

    David: Keep up the great work. We need you.

  25. davisite

    Rob… I’ve lived in Davis since 1979 and I’m fairly sure that Sue was involved in Davis local politics at that time or shortly thereafter.. she was one of our most dedicated citizen-advocates on Davis growth issues for some years before running for City Council. I’m sure that she will post here and help you be more accurately informed about Davis’ political history.

  26. davisite

    Rob… I’ve lived in Davis since 1979 and I’m fairly sure that Sue was involved in Davis local politics at that time or shortly thereafter.. she was one of our most dedicated citizen-advocates on Davis growth issues for some years before running for City Council. I’m sure that she will post here and help you be more accurately informed about Davis’ political history.

  27. davisite

    Rob… I’ve lived in Davis since 1979 and I’m fairly sure that Sue was involved in Davis local politics at that time or shortly thereafter.. she was one of our most dedicated citizen-advocates on Davis growth issues for some years before running for City Council. I’m sure that she will post here and help you be more accurately informed about Davis’ political history.

  28. davisite

    Rob… I’ve lived in Davis since 1979 and I’m fairly sure that Sue was involved in Davis local politics at that time or shortly thereafter.. she was one of our most dedicated citizen-advocates on Davis growth issues for some years before running for City Council. I’m sure that she will post here and help you be more accurately informed about Davis’ political history.

  29. davisite

    Professional planners, like Sydney Vergis, appear to have a reflex
    negative response to ordinary citizens believing that they should play an active role in planning the future of their communities; they are seen as obstructionists, thwarting the professional planner’s “ordained wisdom”. Sydney Vergis has already revealed this professional affliction..e.g.,her (to paraphrase) recent public expression concerning her negative opinion of “growth policies being determined by the ballot box”

  30. davisite

    Professional planners, like Sydney Vergis, appear to have a reflex
    negative response to ordinary citizens believing that they should play an active role in planning the future of their communities; they are seen as obstructionists, thwarting the professional planner’s “ordained wisdom”. Sydney Vergis has already revealed this professional affliction..e.g.,her (to paraphrase) recent public expression concerning her negative opinion of “growth policies being determined by the ballot box”

  31. davisite

    Professional planners, like Sydney Vergis, appear to have a reflex
    negative response to ordinary citizens believing that they should play an active role in planning the future of their communities; they are seen as obstructionists, thwarting the professional planner’s “ordained wisdom”. Sydney Vergis has already revealed this professional affliction..e.g.,her (to paraphrase) recent public expression concerning her negative opinion of “growth policies being determined by the ballot box”

  32. davisite

    Professional planners, like Sydney Vergis, appear to have a reflex
    negative response to ordinary citizens believing that they should play an active role in planning the future of their communities; they are seen as obstructionists, thwarting the professional planner’s “ordained wisdom”. Sydney Vergis has already revealed this professional affliction..e.g.,her (to paraphrase) recent public expression concerning her negative opinion of “growth policies being determined by the ballot box”

  33. The Ghost of Lloyd Bentsen

    “You have to think that part of the reason Sydney got the nod from the Enterprise is that Lamar Heystek has blazed a path for her — just as Bob Black did for him — and has provided a contemporary example here in Davis of competent leadership by a twentysomething, whether you agree or disagree with him on the issues. Age is a non-issue this time around because of Lamar’s positive presence on the Council, plain and simple.”

    I know Lamar Heystek. Lamar Heystek is a friend of mine. Sydney Vergis is no Lamar Heystek.

  34. The Ghost of Lloyd Bentsen

    “You have to think that part of the reason Sydney got the nod from the Enterprise is that Lamar Heystek has blazed a path for her — just as Bob Black did for him — and has provided a contemporary example here in Davis of competent leadership by a twentysomething, whether you agree or disagree with him on the issues. Age is a non-issue this time around because of Lamar’s positive presence on the Council, plain and simple.”

    I know Lamar Heystek. Lamar Heystek is a friend of mine. Sydney Vergis is no Lamar Heystek.

  35. The Ghost of Lloyd Bentsen

    “You have to think that part of the reason Sydney got the nod from the Enterprise is that Lamar Heystek has blazed a path for her — just as Bob Black did for him — and has provided a contemporary example here in Davis of competent leadership by a twentysomething, whether you agree or disagree with him on the issues. Age is a non-issue this time around because of Lamar’s positive presence on the Council, plain and simple.”

    I know Lamar Heystek. Lamar Heystek is a friend of mine. Sydney Vergis is no Lamar Heystek.

  36. The Ghost of Lloyd Bentsen

    “You have to think that part of the reason Sydney got the nod from the Enterprise is that Lamar Heystek has blazed a path for her — just as Bob Black did for him — and has provided a contemporary example here in Davis of competent leadership by a twentysomething, whether you agree or disagree with him on the issues. Age is a non-issue this time around because of Lamar’s positive presence on the Council, plain and simple.”

    I know Lamar Heystek. Lamar Heystek is a friend of mine. Sydney Vergis is no Lamar Heystek.

  37. Richard

    I imagine that the Sacramento Bee will endorse the developers too. The recent editorials and earlier Dan Weintraub columns about the Tsakapoulos proposal show that Davis development is one of their main goals. They don’t care about transportation issues, the environment, global warming, only developing Yolo County as a distant suburb of Sacramento.

    Insightful. But don’t worry, just as with the Enterprise, no one pays attention to what the Bee and Weintraub say, and, anyway, the Internet is killing off the McClatchy newspaper chain after the management decided to buy Knight Ridder and keep the another major metropolitan paper in housing bubble city like (Miami) and sell the ones in cities that had escaped it (Philadelphia and San Jose).

    –Richard Estes

  38. Richard

    I imagine that the Sacramento Bee will endorse the developers too. The recent editorials and earlier Dan Weintraub columns about the Tsakapoulos proposal show that Davis development is one of their main goals. They don’t care about transportation issues, the environment, global warming, only developing Yolo County as a distant suburb of Sacramento.

    Insightful. But don’t worry, just as with the Enterprise, no one pays attention to what the Bee and Weintraub say, and, anyway, the Internet is killing off the McClatchy newspaper chain after the management decided to buy Knight Ridder and keep the another major metropolitan paper in housing bubble city like (Miami) and sell the ones in cities that had escaped it (Philadelphia and San Jose).

    –Richard Estes

  39. Richard

    I imagine that the Sacramento Bee will endorse the developers too. The recent editorials and earlier Dan Weintraub columns about the Tsakapoulos proposal show that Davis development is one of their main goals. They don’t care about transportation issues, the environment, global warming, only developing Yolo County as a distant suburb of Sacramento.

    Insightful. But don’t worry, just as with the Enterprise, no one pays attention to what the Bee and Weintraub say, and, anyway, the Internet is killing off the McClatchy newspaper chain after the management decided to buy Knight Ridder and keep the another major metropolitan paper in housing bubble city like (Miami) and sell the ones in cities that had escaped it (Philadelphia and San Jose).

    –Richard Estes

  40. Richard

    I imagine that the Sacramento Bee will endorse the developers too. The recent editorials and earlier Dan Weintraub columns about the Tsakapoulos proposal show that Davis development is one of their main goals. They don’t care about transportation issues, the environment, global warming, only developing Yolo County as a distant suburb of Sacramento.

    Insightful. But don’t worry, just as with the Enterprise, no one pays attention to what the Bee and Weintraub say, and, anyway, the Internet is killing off the McClatchy newspaper chain after the management decided to buy Knight Ridder and keep the another major metropolitan paper in housing bubble city like (Miami) and sell the ones in cities that had escaped it (Philadelphia and San Jose).

    –Richard Estes

  41. Anonymous

    I don’t think Newspaper endorsments really affect the way people vote… just look at Obama in California. Every major newspaper in California endorsed him and it didn’t give him wins in the media areas those papers covered.

  42. Anonymous

    I don’t think Newspaper endorsments really affect the way people vote… just look at Obama in California. Every major newspaper in California endorsed him and it didn’t give him wins in the media areas those papers covered.

  43. Anonymous

    I don’t think Newspaper endorsments really affect the way people vote… just look at Obama in California. Every major newspaper in California endorsed him and it didn’t give him wins in the media areas those papers covered.

  44. Anonymous

    I don’t think Newspaper endorsments really affect the way people vote… just look at Obama in California. Every major newspaper in California endorsed him and it didn’t give him wins in the media areas those papers covered.

  45. Davis Renter

    Every time I get to thinking the Davis Enterprise is a horrendous waste of trees and soybeans, not to mention space downtown, they go and validate my election decisions.

  46. Davis Renter

    Every time I get to thinking the Davis Enterprise is a horrendous waste of trees and soybeans, not to mention space downtown, they go and validate my election decisions.

  47. Davis Renter

    Every time I get to thinking the Davis Enterprise is a horrendous waste of trees and soybeans, not to mention space downtown, they go and validate my election decisions.

  48. Davis Renter

    Every time I get to thinking the Davis Enterprise is a horrendous waste of trees and soybeans, not to mention space downtown, they go and validate my election decisions.

  49. Sue Greenwald

    Actually, I have lived in Davis for twenty years, but it might seem longer to people because I immediately became involved in Davis politics, first in preserving the historic character of the University Avenue-Rice Lane neighborhood, helping forge a working relationship with the core area residential neighborhoods and the downtown merchants, then fighting the huge discount freeway mall planned for the Nishi property near the entrance to downtown, then serving on the Growth Management and Neighborhood Preservation General Plan Update Committee (and being responsible for adding neighborhood preservation to the mandate of the growth management committee ,etc., etc.

  50. Sue Greenwald

    Actually, I have lived in Davis for twenty years, but it might seem longer to people because I immediately became involved in Davis politics, first in preserving the historic character of the University Avenue-Rice Lane neighborhood, helping forge a working relationship with the core area residential neighborhoods and the downtown merchants, then fighting the huge discount freeway mall planned for the Nishi property near the entrance to downtown, then serving on the Growth Management and Neighborhood Preservation General Plan Update Committee (and being responsible for adding neighborhood preservation to the mandate of the growth management committee ,etc., etc.

  51. Sue Greenwald

    Actually, I have lived in Davis for twenty years, but it might seem longer to people because I immediately became involved in Davis politics, first in preserving the historic character of the University Avenue-Rice Lane neighborhood, helping forge a working relationship with the core area residential neighborhoods and the downtown merchants, then fighting the huge discount freeway mall planned for the Nishi property near the entrance to downtown, then serving on the Growth Management and Neighborhood Preservation General Plan Update Committee (and being responsible for adding neighborhood preservation to the mandate of the growth management committee ,etc., etc.

  52. Sue Greenwald

    Actually, I have lived in Davis for twenty years, but it might seem longer to people because I immediately became involved in Davis politics, first in preserving the historic character of the University Avenue-Rice Lane neighborhood, helping forge a working relationship with the core area residential neighborhoods and the downtown merchants, then fighting the huge discount freeway mall planned for the Nishi property near the entrance to downtown, then serving on the Growth Management and Neighborhood Preservation General Plan Update Committee (and being responsible for adding neighborhood preservation to the mandate of the growth management committee ,etc., etc.

  53. Anonymous

    Given the Davis Enterprise’s weak financial situation, one would think that they would not want to terminally irritate half of their potential subscribers. Most people I know don’t read them anymore because of this bias.

    Perhaps the Enterprise sees the handwriting on the wall, is just giving up and thumbing their nose at the half of the town that doesn’t toe the local establishment line. Perhaps it is their farewell flip-off.

  54. Anonymous

    Given the Davis Enterprise’s weak financial situation, one would think that they would not want to terminally irritate half of their potential subscribers. Most people I know don’t read them anymore because of this bias.

    Perhaps the Enterprise sees the handwriting on the wall, is just giving up and thumbing their nose at the half of the town that doesn’t toe the local establishment line. Perhaps it is their farewell flip-off.

  55. Anonymous

    Given the Davis Enterprise’s weak financial situation, one would think that they would not want to terminally irritate half of their potential subscribers. Most people I know don’t read them anymore because of this bias.

    Perhaps the Enterprise sees the handwriting on the wall, is just giving up and thumbing their nose at the half of the town that doesn’t toe the local establishment line. Perhaps it is their farewell flip-off.

  56. Anonymous

    Given the Davis Enterprise’s weak financial situation, one would think that they would not want to terminally irritate half of their potential subscribers. Most people I know don’t read them anymore because of this bias.

    Perhaps the Enterprise sees the handwriting on the wall, is just giving up and thumbing their nose at the half of the town that doesn’t toe the local establishment line. Perhaps it is their farewell flip-off.

  57. Rob Roy

    Davisite, I could wrong. I’m basing my information off something Sue said to me in passing over a year ago. The Enterprise did endorse Sue 4 years ago but that election was far crazier than the current one. The main crux of my comment was Sue residency duration but more of what kind of candidates the Enterprise supports. Judging from my two interviews with the editorial board in 06 and 08 I could run for office 20 times and they’ll never endorse me because I won’t sell out the community to the corporations that want to buy advertisements in the Enterprises pages. I don’t know if it is fortunate or not, but most like 20 city council races from now the Enterprise won’t exists as the ship is sinking and the Vanguards of the world are rising. And really, newspapers aren’t eco-friendly in the least, so a candidate touting their greenliness doesn’t look too authentic getting the endorsement of the paper full of adds for businesses in Woodland, Vacaville. You want to talk about sales tax leakage, the Enterprise’s adds begs its readers to contribute to a fullscale sales tax hemorrhage.

  58. Rob Roy

    Davisite, I could wrong. I’m basing my information off something Sue said to me in passing over a year ago. The Enterprise did endorse Sue 4 years ago but that election was far crazier than the current one. The main crux of my comment was Sue residency duration but more of what kind of candidates the Enterprise supports. Judging from my two interviews with the editorial board in 06 and 08 I could run for office 20 times and they’ll never endorse me because I won’t sell out the community to the corporations that want to buy advertisements in the Enterprises pages. I don’t know if it is fortunate or not, but most like 20 city council races from now the Enterprise won’t exists as the ship is sinking and the Vanguards of the world are rising. And really, newspapers aren’t eco-friendly in the least, so a candidate touting their greenliness doesn’t look too authentic getting the endorsement of the paper full of adds for businesses in Woodland, Vacaville. You want to talk about sales tax leakage, the Enterprise’s adds begs its readers to contribute to a fullscale sales tax hemorrhage.

  59. Rob Roy

    Davisite, I could wrong. I’m basing my information off something Sue said to me in passing over a year ago. The Enterprise did endorse Sue 4 years ago but that election was far crazier than the current one. The main crux of my comment was Sue residency duration but more of what kind of candidates the Enterprise supports. Judging from my two interviews with the editorial board in 06 and 08 I could run for office 20 times and they’ll never endorse me because I won’t sell out the community to the corporations that want to buy advertisements in the Enterprises pages. I don’t know if it is fortunate or not, but most like 20 city council races from now the Enterprise won’t exists as the ship is sinking and the Vanguards of the world are rising. And really, newspapers aren’t eco-friendly in the least, so a candidate touting their greenliness doesn’t look too authentic getting the endorsement of the paper full of adds for businesses in Woodland, Vacaville. You want to talk about sales tax leakage, the Enterprise’s adds begs its readers to contribute to a fullscale sales tax hemorrhage.

  60. Rob Roy

    Davisite, I could wrong. I’m basing my information off something Sue said to me in passing over a year ago. The Enterprise did endorse Sue 4 years ago but that election was far crazier than the current one. The main crux of my comment was Sue residency duration but more of what kind of candidates the Enterprise supports. Judging from my two interviews with the editorial board in 06 and 08 I could run for office 20 times and they’ll never endorse me because I won’t sell out the community to the corporations that want to buy advertisements in the Enterprises pages. I don’t know if it is fortunate or not, but most like 20 city council races from now the Enterprise won’t exists as the ship is sinking and the Vanguards of the world are rising. And really, newspapers aren’t eco-friendly in the least, so a candidate touting their greenliness doesn’t look too authentic getting the endorsement of the paper full of adds for businesses in Woodland, Vacaville. You want to talk about sales tax leakage, the Enterprise’s adds begs its readers to contribute to a fullscale sales tax hemorrhage.

  61. 無名 - wu ming

    thanks sue for correcting the record. i was sort of surprised that david had you here for 30 years, because i didn’t remember you as part of the 70s and 80s political discussions, the ones that john lofland called the “progressive” phase of davis history. i had myself scratching my head trying to remember how i’d forgotten you.

    i find it rather off-putting to see the “experience” line of attack being used on a young candidate, when everyone here (myself very much included) were absolutely thrilled to see lamar run for council (as well as rob roy, IMO). the “experience” and “pawn of shadowy political factions” lines were used against both roy and heystek, in ways that didn’t really address at all the idea that they had for the community. it was wrong then, and i think it’s wrong now.

    going after her views on development is totally fair game (and i would hope that some time we’ll actually talk about some of the other issues in this race besides just development), but by your standard we should never have supported lamar or rob, and in fact we should never support student or recent grad candidates, or anyone who isn’t well tied into the internal political world of the davis democratic club.

    you have stronger arguments available, ones which are at the root of your objection to souza, saylor and vergis, than that of age. far better to stick to those arguments than reach for this sort of dunning-esque “wait your turn” line of argument.

  62. 無名 - wu ming

    thanks sue for correcting the record. i was sort of surprised that david had you here for 30 years, because i didn’t remember you as part of the 70s and 80s political discussions, the ones that john lofland called the “progressive” phase of davis history. i had myself scratching my head trying to remember how i’d forgotten you.

    i find it rather off-putting to see the “experience” line of attack being used on a young candidate, when everyone here (myself very much included) were absolutely thrilled to see lamar run for council (as well as rob roy, IMO). the “experience” and “pawn of shadowy political factions” lines were used against both roy and heystek, in ways that didn’t really address at all the idea that they had for the community. it was wrong then, and i think it’s wrong now.

    going after her views on development is totally fair game (and i would hope that some time we’ll actually talk about some of the other issues in this race besides just development), but by your standard we should never have supported lamar or rob, and in fact we should never support student or recent grad candidates, or anyone who isn’t well tied into the internal political world of the davis democratic club.

    you have stronger arguments available, ones which are at the root of your objection to souza, saylor and vergis, than that of age. far better to stick to those arguments than reach for this sort of dunning-esque “wait your turn” line of argument.

  63. 無名 - wu ming

    thanks sue for correcting the record. i was sort of surprised that david had you here for 30 years, because i didn’t remember you as part of the 70s and 80s political discussions, the ones that john lofland called the “progressive” phase of davis history. i had myself scratching my head trying to remember how i’d forgotten you.

    i find it rather off-putting to see the “experience” line of attack being used on a young candidate, when everyone here (myself very much included) were absolutely thrilled to see lamar run for council (as well as rob roy, IMO). the “experience” and “pawn of shadowy political factions” lines were used against both roy and heystek, in ways that didn’t really address at all the idea that they had for the community. it was wrong then, and i think it’s wrong now.

    going after her views on development is totally fair game (and i would hope that some time we’ll actually talk about some of the other issues in this race besides just development), but by your standard we should never have supported lamar or rob, and in fact we should never support student or recent grad candidates, or anyone who isn’t well tied into the internal political world of the davis democratic club.

    you have stronger arguments available, ones which are at the root of your objection to souza, saylor and vergis, than that of age. far better to stick to those arguments than reach for this sort of dunning-esque “wait your turn” line of argument.

  64. 無名 - wu ming

    thanks sue for correcting the record. i was sort of surprised that david had you here for 30 years, because i didn’t remember you as part of the 70s and 80s political discussions, the ones that john lofland called the “progressive” phase of davis history. i had myself scratching my head trying to remember how i’d forgotten you.

    i find it rather off-putting to see the “experience” line of attack being used on a young candidate, when everyone here (myself very much included) were absolutely thrilled to see lamar run for council (as well as rob roy, IMO). the “experience” and “pawn of shadowy political factions” lines were used against both roy and heystek, in ways that didn’t really address at all the idea that they had for the community. it was wrong then, and i think it’s wrong now.

    going after her views on development is totally fair game (and i would hope that some time we’ll actually talk about some of the other issues in this race besides just development), but by your standard we should never have supported lamar or rob, and in fact we should never support student or recent grad candidates, or anyone who isn’t well tied into the internal political world of the davis democratic club.

    you have stronger arguments available, ones which are at the root of your objection to souza, saylor and vergis, than that of age. far better to stick to those arguments than reach for this sort of dunning-esque “wait your turn” line of argument.

  65. Davis Republican

    I am very surprised the Enterprise endorsed Sydney (mini-Saylor). I’ve seen Sydney in action at various meetings and I am not impressed. Being 26 and an urban planner does not make you an expert on anything. Voting for Sydney is like voting for two Don Saylors. I can’t believe that they’d endorse her over Sue…I thought quite a bit of the talk on this blog about the Enterprise being biased was a bit of conspiracy theory run amok, but the endorsement of Sydney leads me to believe the Enterprise is very biased. Sydney and Don both just want to move up the ranks of the Democrapic Party and have little passion for Davis itself, unlike Sue.

  66. Davis Republican

    I am very surprised the Enterprise endorsed Sydney (mini-Saylor). I’ve seen Sydney in action at various meetings and I am not impressed. Being 26 and an urban planner does not make you an expert on anything. Voting for Sydney is like voting for two Don Saylors. I can’t believe that they’d endorse her over Sue…I thought quite a bit of the talk on this blog about the Enterprise being biased was a bit of conspiracy theory run amok, but the endorsement of Sydney leads me to believe the Enterprise is very biased. Sydney and Don both just want to move up the ranks of the Democrapic Party and have little passion for Davis itself, unlike Sue.

  67. Davis Republican

    I am very surprised the Enterprise endorsed Sydney (mini-Saylor). I’ve seen Sydney in action at various meetings and I am not impressed. Being 26 and an urban planner does not make you an expert on anything. Voting for Sydney is like voting for two Don Saylors. I can’t believe that they’d endorse her over Sue…I thought quite a bit of the talk on this blog about the Enterprise being biased was a bit of conspiracy theory run amok, but the endorsement of Sydney leads me to believe the Enterprise is very biased. Sydney and Don both just want to move up the ranks of the Democrapic Party and have little passion for Davis itself, unlike Sue.

  68. Davis Republican

    I am very surprised the Enterprise endorsed Sydney (mini-Saylor). I’ve seen Sydney in action at various meetings and I am not impressed. Being 26 and an urban planner does not make you an expert on anything. Voting for Sydney is like voting for two Don Saylors. I can’t believe that they’d endorse her over Sue…I thought quite a bit of the talk on this blog about the Enterprise being biased was a bit of conspiracy theory run amok, but the endorsement of Sydney leads me to believe the Enterprise is very biased. Sydney and Don both just want to move up the ranks of the Democrapic Party and have little passion for Davis itself, unlike Sue.

  69. Doug Paul Davis

    Wu Ming: That is a good point, my purpose here was not so much to make an argument against Vergis, but to illustrate that the view that the Enterprise took was merely based on the issue of development.

    I agree with you there are other issues besides development that we should be talking about–purpose you can suggest some, I’m always looking for fresh topics for discussion.

  70. Doug Paul Davis

    Wu Ming: That is a good point, my purpose here was not so much to make an argument against Vergis, but to illustrate that the view that the Enterprise took was merely based on the issue of development.

    I agree with you there are other issues besides development that we should be talking about–purpose you can suggest some, I’m always looking for fresh topics for discussion.

  71. Doug Paul Davis

    Wu Ming: That is a good point, my purpose here was not so much to make an argument against Vergis, but to illustrate that the view that the Enterprise took was merely based on the issue of development.

    I agree with you there are other issues besides development that we should be talking about–purpose you can suggest some, I’m always looking for fresh topics for discussion.

  72. Doug Paul Davis

    Wu Ming: That is a good point, my purpose here was not so much to make an argument against Vergis, but to illustrate that the view that the Enterprise took was merely based on the issue of development.

    I agree with you there are other issues besides development that we should be talking about–purpose you can suggest some, I’m always looking for fresh topics for discussion.

  73. no on X Supporter

    It is clear, for those of us who wish to preserve the small town character of Davis, grow in an environmentally & socially responsible manner and hold the developers accountable–voting for Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald, Sue Greenwald and Rob Roy are our only options.

  74. no on X Supporter

    It is clear, for those of us who wish to preserve the small town character of Davis, grow in an environmentally & socially responsible manner and hold the developers accountable–voting for Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald, Sue Greenwald and Rob Roy are our only options.

  75. no on X Supporter

    It is clear, for those of us who wish to preserve the small town character of Davis, grow in an environmentally & socially responsible manner and hold the developers accountable–voting for Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald, Sue Greenwald and Rob Roy are our only options.

  76. no on X Supporter

    It is clear, for those of us who wish to preserve the small town character of Davis, grow in an environmentally & socially responsible manner and hold the developers accountable–voting for Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald, Sue Greenwald and Rob Roy are our only options.

  77. B. Traven

    Sydney Vergis is a planner and is all about bicycles. Isn’t it odd that she works so far away from where she lives. Even if she carpools she is still driving many miles. Why doesn’t she run in Yuba City so she can bicycle to work.

    It should be no surprise that the Enterprise would endorse those three amigos. If you don’t get it already there is a pro-growth coalition with Sydney getting the third punch on the ticket.

    As for me I don’t really like anyone running although I can probably vote for Rob and Cecelia and Steve. Of course this is because I see them as having more humanity and honesty. This election reminds me of why they call voting sufferage.

  78. B. Traven

    Sydney Vergis is a planner and is all about bicycles. Isn’t it odd that she works so far away from where she lives. Even if she carpools she is still driving many miles. Why doesn’t she run in Yuba City so she can bicycle to work.

    It should be no surprise that the Enterprise would endorse those three amigos. If you don’t get it already there is a pro-growth coalition with Sydney getting the third punch on the ticket.

    As for me I don’t really like anyone running although I can probably vote for Rob and Cecelia and Steve. Of course this is because I see them as having more humanity and honesty. This election reminds me of why they call voting sufferage.

  79. B. Traven

    Sydney Vergis is a planner and is all about bicycles. Isn’t it odd that she works so far away from where she lives. Even if she carpools she is still driving many miles. Why doesn’t she run in Yuba City so she can bicycle to work.

    It should be no surprise that the Enterprise would endorse those three amigos. If you don’t get it already there is a pro-growth coalition with Sydney getting the third punch on the ticket.

    As for me I don’t really like anyone running although I can probably vote for Rob and Cecelia and Steve. Of course this is because I see them as having more humanity and honesty. This election reminds me of why they call voting sufferage.

  80. B. Traven

    Sydney Vergis is a planner and is all about bicycles. Isn’t it odd that she works so far away from where she lives. Even if she carpools she is still driving many miles. Why doesn’t she run in Yuba City so she can bicycle to work.

    It should be no surprise that the Enterprise would endorse those three amigos. If you don’t get it already there is a pro-growth coalition with Sydney getting the third punch on the ticket.

    As for me I don’t really like anyone running although I can probably vote for Rob and Cecelia and Steve. Of course this is because I see them as having more humanity and honesty. This election reminds me of why they call voting sufferage.

  81. longtime yolo democrat

    The Davis Republican post is for the most part very accurate, but let me comment on the final statement: “Sydney and Don both just want to move up the ranks of the Democratic Party and have little passion for Davis itself, unlike Sue.”

    True, but Don Saylor & Sydney Vergis share no passion for the Democratic Party either. They do however both work to represent themselves as Democrats and leaders in the Democratic Party.

    Don Saylor has never done anything than to use the Davis Democratic Club or other Democratic Party organizations as vehicles to promote himself. He has rarely volunteered or worked to get Democrats elected to office unlike others in the community. Don has openly supported right wing Republicans for office (i.e. Republican Jeff Reisig v. Democrat Pat Lenzi) all the while claiming to be a loyal Democrat.

    Sydney Vergis has done nothing, and I mean nothing, to support Democratic Party candidates or efforts in Davis or Yolo County. In anticipation of her run for office, in late 2007, the unknown Vergis just around the time of her announcement that she might seek a city council seat was made executive director of the Young Democrats of Yolo County a nearly defunct club of less than 6 members (not to be confused with the highly successful and effective UC Davis College Democrats Club.) The former executive director gave Vergis the position so she could in turn use it as a platform by which to portray herself as a worthy and dedicated Democratic leader seeking election to the city council. Within a few weeks Vergis was writing self-serving letters to the editor of the Davis Enterprise and using the title to promote her candidacy.

    The truth of the matter is Sydney Vergis was completely unknown to both the leadership and rank & file Democrats in Davis & Yolo County because she had never and I mean never attended or volunteered for any events or campaigns to elect Democrats prior to 2008. She is phantom “Democratic Party activist and leader” with an anointed title to fool the Democrats in Davis into believing she is something she is not.

  82. longtime yolo democrat

    The Davis Republican post is for the most part very accurate, but let me comment on the final statement: “Sydney and Don both just want to move up the ranks of the Democratic Party and have little passion for Davis itself, unlike Sue.”

    True, but Don Saylor & Sydney Vergis share no passion for the Democratic Party either. They do however both work to represent themselves as Democrats and leaders in the Democratic Party.

    Don Saylor has never done anything than to use the Davis Democratic Club or other Democratic Party organizations as vehicles to promote himself. He has rarely volunteered or worked to get Democrats elected to office unlike others in the community. Don has openly supported right wing Republicans for office (i.e. Republican Jeff Reisig v. Democrat Pat Lenzi) all the while claiming to be a loyal Democrat.

    Sydney Vergis has done nothing, and I mean nothing, to support Democratic Party candidates or efforts in Davis or Yolo County. In anticipation of her run for office, in late 2007, the unknown Vergis just around the time of her announcement that she might seek a city council seat was made executive director of the Young Democrats of Yolo County a nearly defunct club of less than 6 members (not to be confused with the highly successful and effective UC Davis College Democrats Club.) The former executive director gave Vergis the position so she could in turn use it as a platform by which to portray herself as a worthy and dedicated Democratic leader seeking election to the city council. Within a few weeks Vergis was writing self-serving letters to the editor of the Davis Enterprise and using the title to promote her candidacy.

    The truth of the matter is Sydney Vergis was completely unknown to both the leadership and rank & file Democrats in Davis & Yolo County because she had never and I mean never attended or volunteered for any events or campaigns to elect Democrats prior to 2008. She is phantom “Democratic Party activist and leader” with an anointed title to fool the Democrats in Davis into believing she is something she is not.

  83. longtime yolo democrat

    The Davis Republican post is for the most part very accurate, but let me comment on the final statement: “Sydney and Don both just want to move up the ranks of the Democratic Party and have little passion for Davis itself, unlike Sue.”

    True, but Don Saylor & Sydney Vergis share no passion for the Democratic Party either. They do however both work to represent themselves as Democrats and leaders in the Democratic Party.

    Don Saylor has never done anything than to use the Davis Democratic Club or other Democratic Party organizations as vehicles to promote himself. He has rarely volunteered or worked to get Democrats elected to office unlike others in the community. Don has openly supported right wing Republicans for office (i.e. Republican Jeff Reisig v. Democrat Pat Lenzi) all the while claiming to be a loyal Democrat.

    Sydney Vergis has done nothing, and I mean nothing, to support Democratic Party candidates or efforts in Davis or Yolo County. In anticipation of her run for office, in late 2007, the unknown Vergis just around the time of her announcement that she might seek a city council seat was made executive director of the Young Democrats of Yolo County a nearly defunct club of less than 6 members (not to be confused with the highly successful and effective UC Davis College Democrats Club.) The former executive director gave Vergis the position so she could in turn use it as a platform by which to portray herself as a worthy and dedicated Democratic leader seeking election to the city council. Within a few weeks Vergis was writing self-serving letters to the editor of the Davis Enterprise and using the title to promote her candidacy.

    The truth of the matter is Sydney Vergis was completely unknown to both the leadership and rank & file Democrats in Davis & Yolo County because she had never and I mean never attended or volunteered for any events or campaigns to elect Democrats prior to 2008. She is phantom “Democratic Party activist and leader” with an anointed title to fool the Democrats in Davis into believing she is something she is not.

  84. longtime yolo democrat

    The Davis Republican post is for the most part very accurate, but let me comment on the final statement: “Sydney and Don both just want to move up the ranks of the Democratic Party and have little passion for Davis itself, unlike Sue.”

    True, but Don Saylor & Sydney Vergis share no passion for the Democratic Party either. They do however both work to represent themselves as Democrats and leaders in the Democratic Party.

    Don Saylor has never done anything than to use the Davis Democratic Club or other Democratic Party organizations as vehicles to promote himself. He has rarely volunteered or worked to get Democrats elected to office unlike others in the community. Don has openly supported right wing Republicans for office (i.e. Republican Jeff Reisig v. Democrat Pat Lenzi) all the while claiming to be a loyal Democrat.

    Sydney Vergis has done nothing, and I mean nothing, to support Democratic Party candidates or efforts in Davis or Yolo County. In anticipation of her run for office, in late 2007, the unknown Vergis just around the time of her announcement that she might seek a city council seat was made executive director of the Young Democrats of Yolo County a nearly defunct club of less than 6 members (not to be confused with the highly successful and effective UC Davis College Democrats Club.) The former executive director gave Vergis the position so she could in turn use it as a platform by which to portray herself as a worthy and dedicated Democratic leader seeking election to the city council. Within a few weeks Vergis was writing self-serving letters to the editor of the Davis Enterprise and using the title to promote her candidacy.

    The truth of the matter is Sydney Vergis was completely unknown to both the leadership and rank & file Democrats in Davis & Yolo County because she had never and I mean never attended or volunteered for any events or campaigns to elect Democrats prior to 2008. She is phantom “Democratic Party activist and leader” with an anointed title to fool the Democrats in Davis into believing she is something she is not.

  85. Anonymous

    If the Enterprise were truely pro-developement, I’d probably buy a subscription from them. Sadly, they seem just as small minded as the rest of Davis. Can’t wait for Yolo Co to take over the schools.

  86. Anonymous

    If the Enterprise were truely pro-developement, I’d probably buy a subscription from them. Sadly, they seem just as small minded as the rest of Davis. Can’t wait for Yolo Co to take over the schools.

  87. Anonymous

    If the Enterprise were truely pro-developement, I’d probably buy a subscription from them. Sadly, they seem just as small minded as the rest of Davis. Can’t wait for Yolo Co to take over the schools.

  88. Anonymous

    If the Enterprise were truely pro-developement, I’d probably buy a subscription from them. Sadly, they seem just as small minded as the rest of Davis. Can’t wait for Yolo Co to take over the schools.

  89. Matt Williams

    Doug Paul Davis said…

    Wu Ming: I agree with you there are other issues besides development that we should be talking about — perhaps you can suggest some, I’m always looking for fresh topics for discussion.

    david, the 10 questions at Wednesday night’s Forum are a good place to start. For those people who are interested, those questions were:

    ___________________________________
    City Attorney, Harriet Steiner, recently penned an opinion that Council has four options regarding which question (or questions) should appear on a public vote about the future of Measure J.
    1. Not extend Measure J
    2. Extend Measure J as is
    3. Extend Measure J with an amendment or amendments
    4. Place two or more measures on the ballot; one to extend Measure J as is and one or more additional measures to amend Measure J in specific ways
    Which of the City Attorney’s four options do you support? Why do you support that option?
    Do you support making Measure J permanent? Why or why not?
    If you do not support making Measure J permanent, what specific time duration do you support?
    ___________________________________
    When you look back on the relationship between the City of Davis and Yolo County over the past year,
    • What did you like about that relationship?
    • What would you rather not see repeated?
    • What would you see as the ideal City/County relationship going forward?
    • What specific steps would you take to achieve that ideal relationship?
    ___________________________________
    The City of Davis is facing significant challenges with respect to water and wastewater. Specifically, 1) its sources, 2) its treatment, and 3) its conservation — both short term and long term.
    • What are your opinions about these challenges?
    • Do you see these challenges as separate or related?
    • What trade-offs exist in the strategies and tactics we use to address these challenges?
    ___________________________________
    The City of Davis is facing major challenges with respect to finances. Specifically, 1) its sources, 2) its handling, and 3) its conservation — both short term and long term.
    • What do you think are the most important fiscal challenges facing Davis?
    • What are the most obvious solutions?
    • What do you see as the obstacles to addressing these challenges with the solutions you propose?
    ___________________________________
    Davis is experiencing significant air quality problems from residential wood burning in winter months. How would you suggest the City address this problem?
    ___________________________________
    Many people say that the future success of the City of Davis is closely related to forging a Win-Win relationship with UC Davis.
    • What would you see as the ideal City/UC Davis relationship going forward?
    • What specific steps would you take to achieve that ideal relationship?
    • Do you think UC Davis has a vested interest in housing prices and housing availability in the City?
    ___________________________________
    A number of buildings of historic significance to Davis have suffered the fate of “demolition by neglect” due to failure of the property owners to maintain those structures. Recent examples are the Terminal Hotel, the Hunt-Boyer Mansion Tank House, and the row of B Street cottages slated for demolition under new zoning.
    • Using the standard of “all buildings 50 years of age or older,” write a Minimum Maintenance Code for the City of Davis that will protect its historic/older buildings from structural deterioration.
    • Defend or criticize your ordinance for its ability to prevent the loss of the remainder of our historic structural legacy.
    ___________________________________
    What would you do to address the following issues facing the Davis Downtown area that compromise its sustainability and vibrancy:
    • Awkwardness of transportation connections to and from campus cultural resources, particularly Mondavi Center events, Aggie games, etc.
    • The creation of sufficient parking in quantified terms (hours/spaces/fees/locations) to promote longer, heavier use of Downtown both before and after the close of daylight business hours
    • Street safety throughout the Downtown as well as the major arterial streets (e.g. across 5th Street from A through L Streets)
    ___________________________________
    The fraction of workers commuting by bicycle in Davis has dropped from 22% to 14% in recent years.
    • What is your understanding of what has caused this?
    • What specifically would you do to make the bicycle a more viable transportation mode for everyone, and increase the fraction of bike trips in Davis?
    ___________________________________
    The City of Davis’ General Plan states: “All neighborhood shopping centers shall include neighborhood grocery stores / supermarkets except for the property located at the southeast corner of Pena Drive and Fifth Street (commonly known as Fifth Street Commerce Center) and the site at the northwest corner of Mace Boulevard and Alhambra Drive.” Currently two neighborhood shopping centers in Davis lack a grocery store anchor. A group in West Davis is actively pursuing ways to secure a grocery store in their neighborhood. These local residents must now travel almost daily to other areas of town to shop, which is inconsistent with the City’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases.

    What role should the City Council play in fulfilling the intent of the General Plan’s neighborhood grocery store policy?

  90. Matt Williams

    Doug Paul Davis said…

    Wu Ming: I agree with you there are other issues besides development that we should be talking about — perhaps you can suggest some, I’m always looking for fresh topics for discussion.

    david, the 10 questions at Wednesday night’s Forum are a good place to start. For those people who are interested, those questions were:

    ___________________________________
    City Attorney, Harriet Steiner, recently penned an opinion that Council has four options regarding which question (or questions) should appear on a public vote about the future of Measure J.
    1. Not extend Measure J
    2. Extend Measure J as is
    3. Extend Measure J with an amendment or amendments
    4. Place two or more measures on the ballot; one to extend Measure J as is and one or more additional measures to amend Measure J in specific ways
    Which of the City Attorney’s four options do you support? Why do you support that option?
    Do you support making Measure J permanent? Why or why not?
    If you do not support making Measure J permanent, what specific time duration do you support?
    ___________________________________
    When you look back on the relationship between the City of Davis and Yolo County over the past year,
    • What did you like about that relationship?
    • What would you rather not see repeated?
    • What would you see as the ideal City/County relationship going forward?
    • What specific steps would you take to achieve that ideal relationship?
    ___________________________________
    The City of Davis is facing significant challenges with respect to water and wastewater. Specifically, 1) its sources, 2) its treatment, and 3) its conservation — both short term and long term.
    • What are your opinions about these challenges?
    • Do you see these challenges as separate or related?
    • What trade-offs exist in the strategies and tactics we use to address these challenges?
    ___________________________________
    The City of Davis is facing major challenges with respect to finances. Specifically, 1) its sources, 2) its handling, and 3) its conservation — both short term and long term.
    • What do you think are the most important fiscal challenges facing Davis?
    • What are the most obvious solutions?
    • What do you see as the obstacles to addressing these challenges with the solutions you propose?
    ___________________________________
    Davis is experiencing significant air quality problems from residential wood burning in winter months. How would you suggest the City address this problem?
    ___________________________________
    Many people say that the future success of the City of Davis is closely related to forging a Win-Win relationship with UC Davis.
    • What would you see as the ideal City/UC Davis relationship going forward?
    • What specific steps would you take to achieve that ideal relationship?
    • Do you think UC Davis has a vested interest in housing prices and housing availability in the City?
    ___________________________________
    A number of buildings of historic significance to Davis have suffered the fate of “demolition by neglect” due to failure of the property owners to maintain those structures. Recent examples are the Terminal Hotel, the Hunt-Boyer Mansion Tank House, and the row of B Street cottages slated for demolition under new zoning.
    • Using the standard of “all buildings 50 years of age or older,” write a Minimum Maintenance Code for the City of Davis that will protect its historic/older buildings from structural deterioration.
    • Defend or criticize your ordinance for its ability to prevent the loss of the remainder of our historic structural legacy.
    ___________________________________
    What would you do to address the following issues facing the Davis Downtown area that compromise its sustainability and vibrancy:
    • Awkwardness of transportation connections to and from campus cultural resources, particularly Mondavi Center events, Aggie games, etc.
    • The creation of sufficient parking in quantified terms (hours/spaces/fees/locations) to promote longer, heavier use of Downtown both before and after the close of daylight business hours
    • Street safety throughout the Downtown as well as the major arterial streets (e.g. across 5th Street from A through L Streets)
    ___________________________________
    The fraction of workers commuting by bicycle in Davis has dropped from 22% to 14% in recent years.
    • What is your understanding of what has caused this?
    • What specifically would you do to make the bicycle a more viable transportation mode for everyone, and increase the fraction of bike trips in Davis?
    ___________________________________
    The City of Davis’ General Plan states: “All neighborhood shopping centers shall include neighborhood grocery stores / supermarkets except for the property located at the southeast corner of Pena Drive and Fifth Street (commonly known as Fifth Street Commerce Center) and the site at the northwest corner of Mace Boulevard and Alhambra Drive.” Currently two neighborhood shopping centers in Davis lack a grocery store anchor. A group in West Davis is actively pursuing ways to secure a grocery store in their neighborhood. These local residents must now travel almost daily to other areas of town to shop, which is inconsistent with the City’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases.

    What role should the City Council play in fulfilling the intent of the General Plan’s neighborhood grocery store policy?

  91. Matt Williams

    Doug Paul Davis said…

    Wu Ming: I agree with you there are other issues besides development that we should be talking about — perhaps you can suggest some, I’m always looking for fresh topics for discussion.

    david, the 10 questions at Wednesday night’s Forum are a good place to start. For those people who are interested, those questions were:

    ___________________________________
    City Attorney, Harriet Steiner, recently penned an opinion that Council has four options regarding which question (or questions) should appear on a public vote about the future of Measure J.
    1. Not extend Measure J
    2. Extend Measure J as is
    3. Extend Measure J with an amendment or amendments
    4. Place two or more measures on the ballot; one to extend Measure J as is and one or more additional measures to amend Measure J in specific ways
    Which of the City Attorney’s four options do you support? Why do you support that option?
    Do you support making Measure J permanent? Why or why not?
    If you do not support making Measure J permanent, what specific time duration do you support?
    ___________________________________
    When you look back on the relationship between the City of Davis and Yolo County over the past year,
    • What did you like about that relationship?
    • What would you rather not see repeated?
    • What would you see as the ideal City/County relationship going forward?
    • What specific steps would you take to achieve that ideal relationship?
    ___________________________________
    The City of Davis is facing significant challenges with respect to water and wastewater. Specifically, 1) its sources, 2) its treatment, and 3) its conservation — both short term and long term.
    • What are your opinions about these challenges?
    • Do you see these challenges as separate or related?
    • What trade-offs exist in the strategies and tactics we use to address these challenges?
    ___________________________________
    The City of Davis is facing major challenges with respect to finances. Specifically, 1) its sources, 2) its handling, and 3) its conservation — both short term and long term.
    • What do you think are the most important fiscal challenges facing Davis?
    • What are the most obvious solutions?
    • What do you see as the obstacles to addressing these challenges with the solutions you propose?
    ___________________________________
    Davis is experiencing significant air quality problems from residential wood burning in winter months. How would you suggest the City address this problem?
    ___________________________________
    Many people say that the future success of the City of Davis is closely related to forging a Win-Win relationship with UC Davis.
    • What would you see as the ideal City/UC Davis relationship going forward?
    • What specific steps would you take to achieve that ideal relationship?
    • Do you think UC Davis has a vested interest in housing prices and housing availability in the City?
    ___________________________________
    A number of buildings of historic significance to Davis have suffered the fate of “demolition by neglect” due to failure of the property owners to maintain those structures. Recent examples are the Terminal Hotel, the Hunt-Boyer Mansion Tank House, and the row of B Street cottages slated for demolition under new zoning.
    • Using the standard of “all buildings 50 years of age or older,” write a Minimum Maintenance Code for the City of Davis that will protect its historic/older buildings from structural deterioration.
    • Defend or criticize your ordinance for its ability to prevent the loss of the remainder of our historic structural legacy.
    ___________________________________
    What would you do to address the following issues facing the Davis Downtown area that compromise its sustainability and vibrancy:
    • Awkwardness of transportation connections to and from campus cultural resources, particularly Mondavi Center events, Aggie games, etc.
    • The creation of sufficient parking in quantified terms (hours/spaces/fees/locations) to promote longer, heavier use of Downtown both before and after the close of daylight business hours
    • Street safety throughout the Downtown as well as the major arterial streets (e.g. across 5th Street from A through L Streets)
    ___________________________________
    The fraction of workers commuting by bicycle in Davis has dropped from 22% to 14% in recent years.
    • What is your understanding of what has caused this?
    • What specifically would you do to make the bicycle a more viable transportation mode for everyone, and increase the fraction of bike trips in Davis?
    ___________________________________
    The City of Davis’ General Plan states: “All neighborhood shopping centers shall include neighborhood grocery stores / supermarkets except for the property located at the southeast corner of Pena Drive and Fifth Street (commonly known as Fifth Street Commerce Center) and the site at the northwest corner of Mace Boulevard and Alhambra Drive.” Currently two neighborhood shopping centers in Davis lack a grocery store anchor. A group in West Davis is actively pursuing ways to secure a grocery store in their neighborhood. These local residents must now travel almost daily to other areas of town to shop, which is inconsistent with the City’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases.

    What role should the City Council play in fulfilling the intent of the General Plan’s neighborhood grocery store policy?

  92. Matt Williams

    Doug Paul Davis said…

    Wu Ming: I agree with you there are other issues besides development that we should be talking about — perhaps you can suggest some, I’m always looking for fresh topics for discussion.

    david, the 10 questions at Wednesday night’s Forum are a good place to start. For those people who are interested, those questions were:

    ___________________________________
    City Attorney, Harriet Steiner, recently penned an opinion that Council has four options regarding which question (or questions) should appear on a public vote about the future of Measure J.
    1. Not extend Measure J
    2. Extend Measure J as is
    3. Extend Measure J with an amendment or amendments
    4. Place two or more measures on the ballot; one to extend Measure J as is and one or more additional measures to amend Measure J in specific ways
    Which of the City Attorney’s four options do you support? Why do you support that option?
    Do you support making Measure J permanent? Why or why not?
    If you do not support making Measure J permanent, what specific time duration do you support?
    ___________________________________
    When you look back on the relationship between the City of Davis and Yolo County over the past year,
    • What did you like about that relationship?
    • What would you rather not see repeated?
    • What would you see as the ideal City/County relationship going forward?
    • What specific steps would you take to achieve that ideal relationship?
    ___________________________________
    The City of Davis is facing significant challenges with respect to water and wastewater. Specifically, 1) its sources, 2) its treatment, and 3) its conservation — both short term and long term.
    • What are your opinions about these challenges?
    • Do you see these challenges as separate or related?
    • What trade-offs exist in the strategies and tactics we use to address these challenges?
    ___________________________________
    The City of Davis is facing major challenges with respect to finances. Specifically, 1) its sources, 2) its handling, and 3) its conservation — both short term and long term.
    • What do you think are the most important fiscal challenges facing Davis?
    • What are the most obvious solutions?
    • What do you see as the obstacles to addressing these challenges with the solutions you propose?
    ___________________________________
    Davis is experiencing significant air quality problems from residential wood burning in winter months. How would you suggest the City address this problem?
    ___________________________________
    Many people say that the future success of the City of Davis is closely related to forging a Win-Win relationship with UC Davis.
    • What would you see as the ideal City/UC Davis relationship going forward?
    • What specific steps would you take to achieve that ideal relationship?
    • Do you think UC Davis has a vested interest in housing prices and housing availability in the City?
    ___________________________________
    A number of buildings of historic significance to Davis have suffered the fate of “demolition by neglect” due to failure of the property owners to maintain those structures. Recent examples are the Terminal Hotel, the Hunt-Boyer Mansion Tank House, and the row of B Street cottages slated for demolition under new zoning.
    • Using the standard of “all buildings 50 years of age or older,” write a Minimum Maintenance Code for the City of Davis that will protect its historic/older buildings from structural deterioration.
    • Defend or criticize your ordinance for its ability to prevent the loss of the remainder of our historic structural legacy.
    ___________________________________
    What would you do to address the following issues facing the Davis Downtown area that compromise its sustainability and vibrancy:
    • Awkwardness of transportation connections to and from campus cultural resources, particularly Mondavi Center events, Aggie games, etc.
    • The creation of sufficient parking in quantified terms (hours/spaces/fees/locations) to promote longer, heavier use of Downtown both before and after the close of daylight business hours
    • Street safety throughout the Downtown as well as the major arterial streets (e.g. across 5th Street from A through L Streets)
    ___________________________________
    The fraction of workers commuting by bicycle in Davis has dropped from 22% to 14% in recent years.
    • What is your understanding of what has caused this?
    • What specifically would you do to make the bicycle a more viable transportation mode for everyone, and increase the fraction of bike trips in Davis?
    ___________________________________
    The City of Davis’ General Plan states: “All neighborhood shopping centers shall include neighborhood grocery stores / supermarkets except for the property located at the southeast corner of Pena Drive and Fifth Street (commonly known as Fifth Street Commerce Center) and the site at the northwest corner of Mace Boulevard and Alhambra Drive.” Currently two neighborhood shopping centers in Davis lack a grocery store anchor. A group in West Davis is actively pursuing ways to secure a grocery store in their neighborhood. These local residents must now travel almost daily to other areas of town to shop, which is inconsistent with the City’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases.

    What role should the City Council play in fulfilling the intent of the General Plan’s neighborhood grocery store policy?

  93. davisite

    Wu-ming said:
    the “experience” and “pawn of shadowy political factions” lines were used against both roy and heystek,

    Wu-ming…as you well remember, Lamar was defeated in his first run for the Council. He also had little experience in Davis government at that time. He promptly devoted almost all of his spare time(with Lamar, this was almost non-existent) to working on some of the most critical Davis citizen commissions where he DEMONSTRATED his abilities and commitment to the issues that Davis voters care about. As I recall, Sydney Vergis is reported to have held an alternate position on the Davis Tree Commission. It is not her age that is the issue. Davis voters are very discerning and do not readily put their trust in unknown untested candidates. If she has political ambitions to sit on our Council, she should first volunteer to work on some of the important Davis citizen commissions so that Davis voters could assess her abilities.

  94. davisite

    Wu-ming said:
    the “experience” and “pawn of shadowy political factions” lines were used against both roy and heystek,

    Wu-ming…as you well remember, Lamar was defeated in his first run for the Council. He also had little experience in Davis government at that time. He promptly devoted almost all of his spare time(with Lamar, this was almost non-existent) to working on some of the most critical Davis citizen commissions where he DEMONSTRATED his abilities and commitment to the issues that Davis voters care about. As I recall, Sydney Vergis is reported to have held an alternate position on the Davis Tree Commission. It is not her age that is the issue. Davis voters are very discerning and do not readily put their trust in unknown untested candidates. If she has political ambitions to sit on our Council, she should first volunteer to work on some of the important Davis citizen commissions so that Davis voters could assess her abilities.

  95. davisite

    Wu-ming said:
    the “experience” and “pawn of shadowy political factions” lines were used against both roy and heystek,

    Wu-ming…as you well remember, Lamar was defeated in his first run for the Council. He also had little experience in Davis government at that time. He promptly devoted almost all of his spare time(with Lamar, this was almost non-existent) to working on some of the most critical Davis citizen commissions where he DEMONSTRATED his abilities and commitment to the issues that Davis voters care about. As I recall, Sydney Vergis is reported to have held an alternate position on the Davis Tree Commission. It is not her age that is the issue. Davis voters are very discerning and do not readily put their trust in unknown untested candidates. If she has political ambitions to sit on our Council, she should first volunteer to work on some of the important Davis citizen commissions so that Davis voters could assess her abilities.

  96. davisite

    Wu-ming said:
    the “experience” and “pawn of shadowy political factions” lines were used against both roy and heystek,

    Wu-ming…as you well remember, Lamar was defeated in his first run for the Council. He also had little experience in Davis government at that time. He promptly devoted almost all of his spare time(with Lamar, this was almost non-existent) to working on some of the most critical Davis citizen commissions where he DEMONSTRATED his abilities and commitment to the issues that Davis voters care about. As I recall, Sydney Vergis is reported to have held an alternate position on the Davis Tree Commission. It is not her age that is the issue. Davis voters are very discerning and do not readily put their trust in unknown untested candidates. If she has political ambitions to sit on our Council, she should first volunteer to work on some of the important Davis citizen commissions so that Davis voters could assess her abilities.

  97. we wont be fooled again

    The title of “Executive Director” of Yolo County Young Dems is an invented title as well. At first the title that was handed over was Chair, or President of Yolo County Young Dems and a week or two later it was changed to Executive Director. The former do nothing chair of the Young Dems was Rich Peterson who was running Souza’s campaign and Ferrera’s campaign. Connect the dots. It’s not too hard.

    Also, I think the whole image of loving bikes was invented for the new developer candidate. She attended an event on her newly purchased bike wearing no helmet and it made many of us wonder what an avid cyclist was doing not wearing a helmet at night. Again, a few weeks later she is riding an older bike with helmet and bike light looking more “official.”

    This is similar to Saylor using the monotone voice and talking about civility. If you repeat an untruth enough times people start to believe it. It’s like the letters to the editor talking about what a nice guy he is when many of us know people who have been the victim of his bullying.

    The Sierra forum was interesting because Vergis was telling everyone what a wonderful idea the Nishi development is for our city. Again, connect the dots and you have a junior Saylor.

  98. we wont be fooled again

    The title of “Executive Director” of Yolo County Young Dems is an invented title as well. At first the title that was handed over was Chair, or President of Yolo County Young Dems and a week or two later it was changed to Executive Director. The former do nothing chair of the Young Dems was Rich Peterson who was running Souza’s campaign and Ferrera’s campaign. Connect the dots. It’s not too hard.

    Also, I think the whole image of loving bikes was invented for the new developer candidate. She attended an event on her newly purchased bike wearing no helmet and it made many of us wonder what an avid cyclist was doing not wearing a helmet at night. Again, a few weeks later she is riding an older bike with helmet and bike light looking more “official.”

    This is similar to Saylor using the monotone voice and talking about civility. If you repeat an untruth enough times people start to believe it. It’s like the letters to the editor talking about what a nice guy he is when many of us know people who have been the victim of his bullying.

    The Sierra forum was interesting because Vergis was telling everyone what a wonderful idea the Nishi development is for our city. Again, connect the dots and you have a junior Saylor.

  99. we wont be fooled again

    The title of “Executive Director” of Yolo County Young Dems is an invented title as well. At first the title that was handed over was Chair, or President of Yolo County Young Dems and a week or two later it was changed to Executive Director. The former do nothing chair of the Young Dems was Rich Peterson who was running Souza’s campaign and Ferrera’s campaign. Connect the dots. It’s not too hard.

    Also, I think the whole image of loving bikes was invented for the new developer candidate. She attended an event on her newly purchased bike wearing no helmet and it made many of us wonder what an avid cyclist was doing not wearing a helmet at night. Again, a few weeks later she is riding an older bike with helmet and bike light looking more “official.”

    This is similar to Saylor using the monotone voice and talking about civility. If you repeat an untruth enough times people start to believe it. It’s like the letters to the editor talking about what a nice guy he is when many of us know people who have been the victim of his bullying.

    The Sierra forum was interesting because Vergis was telling everyone what a wonderful idea the Nishi development is for our city. Again, connect the dots and you have a junior Saylor.

  100. we wont be fooled again

    The title of “Executive Director” of Yolo County Young Dems is an invented title as well. At first the title that was handed over was Chair, or President of Yolo County Young Dems and a week or two later it was changed to Executive Director. The former do nothing chair of the Young Dems was Rich Peterson who was running Souza’s campaign and Ferrera’s campaign. Connect the dots. It’s not too hard.

    Also, I think the whole image of loving bikes was invented for the new developer candidate. She attended an event on her newly purchased bike wearing no helmet and it made many of us wonder what an avid cyclist was doing not wearing a helmet at night. Again, a few weeks later she is riding an older bike with helmet and bike light looking more “official.”

    This is similar to Saylor using the monotone voice and talking about civility. If you repeat an untruth enough times people start to believe it. It’s like the letters to the editor talking about what a nice guy he is when many of us know people who have been the victim of his bullying.

    The Sierra forum was interesting because Vergis was telling everyone what a wonderful idea the Nishi development is for our city. Again, connect the dots and you have a junior Saylor.

  101. Richard

    Obviously, the Enterprise is merely endorsing Vergis to soak up some votes here and there that might gravitate towards other candidates that it dislikes, such as Cecelia and Sue.

    All in all, probably pretty marginal, say as low as 50 to 100 votes, but Davis elections have been decided on much less.

    Given that Vergis possesses no other recognizable qualification for service on the council, it reveals the willingness of the Enterprise to abandon any objective criteria for making an endorsement decision.

    But then, everyone already knew that.

    –Richard Estes

  102. Richard

    Obviously, the Enterprise is merely endorsing Vergis to soak up some votes here and there that might gravitate towards other candidates that it dislikes, such as Cecelia and Sue.

    All in all, probably pretty marginal, say as low as 50 to 100 votes, but Davis elections have been decided on much less.

    Given that Vergis possesses no other recognizable qualification for service on the council, it reveals the willingness of the Enterprise to abandon any objective criteria for making an endorsement decision.

    But then, everyone already knew that.

    –Richard Estes

  103. Richard

    Obviously, the Enterprise is merely endorsing Vergis to soak up some votes here and there that might gravitate towards other candidates that it dislikes, such as Cecelia and Sue.

    All in all, probably pretty marginal, say as low as 50 to 100 votes, but Davis elections have been decided on much less.

    Given that Vergis possesses no other recognizable qualification for service on the council, it reveals the willingness of the Enterprise to abandon any objective criteria for making an endorsement decision.

    But then, everyone already knew that.

    –Richard Estes

  104. Richard

    Obviously, the Enterprise is merely endorsing Vergis to soak up some votes here and there that might gravitate towards other candidates that it dislikes, such as Cecelia and Sue.

    All in all, probably pretty marginal, say as low as 50 to 100 votes, but Davis elections have been decided on much less.

    Given that Vergis possesses no other recognizable qualification for service on the council, it reveals the willingness of the Enterprise to abandon any objective criteria for making an endorsement decision.

    But then, everyone already knew that.

    –Richard Estes

  105. Anonymous

    Maybe we should ask why the Enterprise doesn’t like Cecilia or Sue? Maybe it’s because neither one of them understands basic economics!

  106. Anonymous

    Maybe we should ask why the Enterprise doesn’t like Cecilia or Sue? Maybe it’s because neither one of them understands basic economics!

  107. Anonymous

    Maybe we should ask why the Enterprise doesn’t like Cecilia or Sue? Maybe it’s because neither one of them understands basic economics!

  108. Anonymous

    Maybe we should ask why the Enterprise doesn’t like Cecilia or Sue? Maybe it’s because neither one of them understands basic economics!

  109. Richard

    the question you have to ask is this

    the Enterprise could have just endorsed Saylor and Souza, but didn’t

    it felt compelled to endorse Vergis as well

    and there can only be one reason: to try to incrementally pull votes away from Cecelia and Sue without any concern about the lack of qualifications on the part of Vergis

    as to Sue and economics, it is really hard to make a case that Saylor and Souza display more economic common sense than Sue, really difficult, just look at that water supply project

    –Richard Estes

  110. Richard

    the question you have to ask is this

    the Enterprise could have just endorsed Saylor and Souza, but didn’t

    it felt compelled to endorse Vergis as well

    and there can only be one reason: to try to incrementally pull votes away from Cecelia and Sue without any concern about the lack of qualifications on the part of Vergis

    as to Sue and economics, it is really hard to make a case that Saylor and Souza display more economic common sense than Sue, really difficult, just look at that water supply project

    –Richard Estes

  111. Richard

    the question you have to ask is this

    the Enterprise could have just endorsed Saylor and Souza, but didn’t

    it felt compelled to endorse Vergis as well

    and there can only be one reason: to try to incrementally pull votes away from Cecelia and Sue without any concern about the lack of qualifications on the part of Vergis

    as to Sue and economics, it is really hard to make a case that Saylor and Souza display more economic common sense than Sue, really difficult, just look at that water supply project

    –Richard Estes

  112. Richard

    the question you have to ask is this

    the Enterprise could have just endorsed Saylor and Souza, but didn’t

    it felt compelled to endorse Vergis as well

    and there can only be one reason: to try to incrementally pull votes away from Cecelia and Sue without any concern about the lack of qualifications on the part of Vergis

    as to Sue and economics, it is really hard to make a case that Saylor and Souza display more economic common sense than Sue, really difficult, just look at that water supply project

    –Richard Estes

  113. longtime Yolo Democrat

    Karl:

    In answer to your question, the blog poster “We Won’t Be Fooled Again” is correct, Rich Peterson was the chair of the essentially defunct Yolo County Young Democrats Club. Peterson gave up his position to Vergis and the title was changed to “Executive Director.” This action amongst authentic Democratic Party activists was seen for what it was—a deception—intended to give the unknown Vergis a title and fool the voters.

    For those of us who have toiled in the party ranks for decades this action smelled of the manipulative politics that has characterized a segment of the local Democratic Party scene for some time. When it comes to city & county offices this segment that is owned by prominent local developers in Davis is often more loyal to their petty politics and favored developer backed candidates than the values of the Democratic Party. When recruiting their candidates the local developer backed partisans will embellish if not outright fabricate credentials to enhance the electability of their chosen candidates.

    It is no secret that John Whitcombe and the Covell Village Partners who brought us Measure X are heavily backing Sydney Vergis as well as their council allies Don Saylor and Steve Souza. Just like they lied about the merits of the proposed Covell Village project they will attempt to once again deceive the voters to attain their goal—a Covell Village friendly council.

  114. longtime Yolo Democrat

    Karl:

    In answer to your question, the blog poster “We Won’t Be Fooled Again” is correct, Rich Peterson was the chair of the essentially defunct Yolo County Young Democrats Club. Peterson gave up his position to Vergis and the title was changed to “Executive Director.” This action amongst authentic Democratic Party activists was seen for what it was—a deception—intended to give the unknown Vergis a title and fool the voters.

    For those of us who have toiled in the party ranks for decades this action smelled of the manipulative politics that has characterized a segment of the local Democratic Party scene for some time. When it comes to city & county offices this segment that is owned by prominent local developers in Davis is often more loyal to their petty politics and favored developer backed candidates than the values of the Democratic Party. When recruiting their candidates the local developer backed partisans will embellish if not outright fabricate credentials to enhance the electability of their chosen candidates.

    It is no secret that John Whitcombe and the Covell Village Partners who brought us Measure X are heavily backing Sydney Vergis as well as their council allies Don Saylor and Steve Souza. Just like they lied about the merits of the proposed Covell Village project they will attempt to once again deceive the voters to attain their goal—a Covell Village friendly council.

  115. longtime Yolo Democrat

    Karl:

    In answer to your question, the blog poster “We Won’t Be Fooled Again” is correct, Rich Peterson was the chair of the essentially defunct Yolo County Young Democrats Club. Peterson gave up his position to Vergis and the title was changed to “Executive Director.” This action amongst authentic Democratic Party activists was seen for what it was—a deception—intended to give the unknown Vergis a title and fool the voters.

    For those of us who have toiled in the party ranks for decades this action smelled of the manipulative politics that has characterized a segment of the local Democratic Party scene for some time. When it comes to city & county offices this segment that is owned by prominent local developers in Davis is often more loyal to their petty politics and favored developer backed candidates than the values of the Democratic Party. When recruiting their candidates the local developer backed partisans will embellish if not outright fabricate credentials to enhance the electability of their chosen candidates.

    It is no secret that John Whitcombe and the Covell Village Partners who brought us Measure X are heavily backing Sydney Vergis as well as their council allies Don Saylor and Steve Souza. Just like they lied about the merits of the proposed Covell Village project they will attempt to once again deceive the voters to attain their goal—a Covell Village friendly council.

  116. longtime Yolo Democrat

    Karl:

    In answer to your question, the blog poster “We Won’t Be Fooled Again” is correct, Rich Peterson was the chair of the essentially defunct Yolo County Young Democrats Club. Peterson gave up his position to Vergis and the title was changed to “Executive Director.” This action amongst authentic Democratic Party activists was seen for what it was—a deception—intended to give the unknown Vergis a title and fool the voters.

    For those of us who have toiled in the party ranks for decades this action smelled of the manipulative politics that has characterized a segment of the local Democratic Party scene for some time. When it comes to city & county offices this segment that is owned by prominent local developers in Davis is often more loyal to their petty politics and favored developer backed candidates than the values of the Democratic Party. When recruiting their candidates the local developer backed partisans will embellish if not outright fabricate credentials to enhance the electability of their chosen candidates.

    It is no secret that John Whitcombe and the Covell Village Partners who brought us Measure X are heavily backing Sydney Vergis as well as their council allies Don Saylor and Steve Souza. Just like they lied about the merits of the proposed Covell Village project they will attempt to once again deceive the voters to attain their goal—a Covell Village friendly council.

  117. careful voter

    Ferrera, Saylor, Souza, Vergis are all pro-development candidates. I’m not for no development, but I believe they would bring us sprawl. My votes will go elsewhere.

  118. careful voter

    Ferrera, Saylor, Souza, Vergis are all pro-development candidates. I’m not for no development, but I believe they would bring us sprawl. My votes will go elsewhere.

  119. careful voter

    Ferrera, Saylor, Souza, Vergis are all pro-development candidates. I’m not for no development, but I believe they would bring us sprawl. My votes will go elsewhere.

  120. careful voter

    Ferrera, Saylor, Souza, Vergis are all pro-development candidates. I’m not for no development, but I believe they would bring us sprawl. My votes will go elsewhere.

  121. Chair-For-Life of Tuleyome Young Democrats

    DUDES-
    ::”Peterson gave up his position to Vergis and the title was changed to “Executive Director.” This action amongst authentic Democratic Party activists was seen for what it was—a deception—intended to give the unknown Vergis a title and fool the voters.”::

    This is news if I ever read it. While it isn’t huge, during times of campaigns, this can make or break trust of a candidate.

    Seriously, this needs more attention. Taking on a more-or-less fake title smacks of both ‘manipulation’ and ‘conspiracy’ both charges that, if backed up, seriously discredits and calls into question the independence of a candidate.

    Please, can someone get to bottom of Ms. Vergis’ “credentials” once and for all?

  122. Chair-For-Life of Tuleyome You

    DUDES-
    ::”Peterson gave up his position to Vergis and the title was changed to “Executive Director.” This action amongst authentic Democratic Party activists was seen for what it was—a deception—intended to give the unknown Vergis a title and fool the voters.”::

    This is news if I ever read it. While it isn’t huge, during times of campaigns, this can make or break trust of a candidate.

    Seriously, this needs more attention. Taking on a more-or-less fake title smacks of both ‘manipulation’ and ‘conspiracy’ both charges that, if backed up, seriously discredits and calls into question the independence of a candidate.

    Please, can someone get to bottom of Ms. Vergis’ “credentials” once and for all?

  123. Chair-For-Life of Tuleyome You

    DUDES-
    ::”Peterson gave up his position to Vergis and the title was changed to “Executive Director.” This action amongst authentic Democratic Party activists was seen for what it was—a deception—intended to give the unknown Vergis a title and fool the voters.”::

    This is news if I ever read it. While it isn’t huge, during times of campaigns, this can make or break trust of a candidate.

    Seriously, this needs more attention. Taking on a more-or-less fake title smacks of both ‘manipulation’ and ‘conspiracy’ both charges that, if backed up, seriously discredits and calls into question the independence of a candidate.

    Please, can someone get to bottom of Ms. Vergis’ “credentials” once and for all?

  124. Chair-For-Life of Tuleyome You

    DUDES-
    ::”Peterson gave up his position to Vergis and the title was changed to “Executive Director.” This action amongst authentic Democratic Party activists was seen for what it was—a deception—intended to give the unknown Vergis a title and fool the voters.”::

    This is news if I ever read it. While it isn’t huge, during times of campaigns, this can make or break trust of a candidate.

    Seriously, this needs more attention. Taking on a more-or-less fake title smacks of both ‘manipulation’ and ‘conspiracy’ both charges that, if backed up, seriously discredits and calls into question the independence of a candidate.

    Please, can someone get to bottom of Ms. Vergis’ “credentials” once and for all?

  125. Executive Chair-For-Life of Young Green Arm of the Yolo County Democrat Society

    Quote:
    ::Peterson gave up his position to Vergis and the title was changed to “Executive Director.” This action amongst authentic Democratic Party activists was seen for what it was—a deception—intended to give the unknown Vergis a title and fool the voters::

    Can somebody please get to the bottom of Ms. Vergis’ credentials?

    Assigning a more or less “fake title” is a serious issue during a campaign season, where trust is the name of the game. I’d like to see more evidence, but this smacks of outright manipulation.

  126. Executive Chair-For-Life of Yo

    Quote:
    ::Peterson gave up his position to Vergis and the title was changed to “Executive Director.” This action amongst authentic Democratic Party activists was seen for what it was—a deception—intended to give the unknown Vergis a title and fool the voters::

    Can somebody please get to the bottom of Ms. Vergis’ credentials?

    Assigning a more or less “fake title” is a serious issue during a campaign season, where trust is the name of the game. I’d like to see more evidence, but this smacks of outright manipulation.

  127. Executive Chair-For-Life of Yo

    Quote:
    ::Peterson gave up his position to Vergis and the title was changed to “Executive Director.” This action amongst authentic Democratic Party activists was seen for what it was—a deception—intended to give the unknown Vergis a title and fool the voters::

    Can somebody please get to the bottom of Ms. Vergis’ credentials?

    Assigning a more or less “fake title” is a serious issue during a campaign season, where trust is the name of the game. I’d like to see more evidence, but this smacks of outright manipulation.

  128. Executive Chair-For-Life of Yo

    Quote:
    ::Peterson gave up his position to Vergis and the title was changed to “Executive Director.” This action amongst authentic Democratic Party activists was seen for what it was—a deception—intended to give the unknown Vergis a title and fool the voters::

    Can somebody please get to the bottom of Ms. Vergis’ credentials?

    Assigning a more or less “fake title” is a serious issue during a campaign season, where trust is the name of the game. I’d like to see more evidence, but this smacks of outright manipulation.

  129. credentials guy

    sorry, my first post didn’t go through. then my second one which i quickly re-wrote, did. feel free to delete one, moderator.

  130. credentials guy

    sorry, my first post didn’t go through. then my second one which i quickly re-wrote, did. feel free to delete one, moderator.

  131. credentials guy

    sorry, my first post didn’t go through. then my second one which i quickly re-wrote, did. feel free to delete one, moderator.

  132. credentials guy

    sorry, my first post didn’t go through. then my second one which i quickly re-wrote, did. feel free to delete one, moderator.

  133. longtime Yolo Democrat

    Responding to “Chair-For-Life of Tuleyome Young Democrats & “Executive Chair-For-Life of Young……..”

    Due to Vergis’ lack of work as a Democratic Party activist she was given the title as head of a non-functioning club a few months ago to enhance her “credentials” and mislead the voters. This is common knowledge among Democratic Party activists.

    If you know anyone who is active either in the Davis Democratic Club or the Yolo County Democratic Party you should inquire with them about her “service” to the party and to our candidates. I know of nothing she has done and most do not even know who she is. For the first time she began to attend some party meetings earlier this year and when she announced her candidacy for the city council her “volunteerism” with the party became transparent.

  134. longtime Yolo Democrat

    Responding to “Chair-For-Life of Tuleyome Young Democrats & “Executive Chair-For-Life of Young……..”

    Due to Vergis’ lack of work as a Democratic Party activist she was given the title as head of a non-functioning club a few months ago to enhance her “credentials” and mislead the voters. This is common knowledge among Democratic Party activists.

    If you know anyone who is active either in the Davis Democratic Club or the Yolo County Democratic Party you should inquire with them about her “service” to the party and to our candidates. I know of nothing she has done and most do not even know who she is. For the first time she began to attend some party meetings earlier this year and when she announced her candidacy for the city council her “volunteerism” with the party became transparent.

  135. longtime Yolo Democrat

    Responding to “Chair-For-Life of Tuleyome Young Democrats & “Executive Chair-For-Life of Young……..”

    Due to Vergis’ lack of work as a Democratic Party activist she was given the title as head of a non-functioning club a few months ago to enhance her “credentials” and mislead the voters. This is common knowledge among Democratic Party activists.

    If you know anyone who is active either in the Davis Democratic Club or the Yolo County Democratic Party you should inquire with them about her “service” to the party and to our candidates. I know of nothing she has done and most do not even know who she is. For the first time she began to attend some party meetings earlier this year and when she announced her candidacy for the city council her “volunteerism” with the party became transparent.

  136. longtime Yolo Democrat

    Responding to “Chair-For-Life of Tuleyome Young Democrats & “Executive Chair-For-Life of Young……..”

    Due to Vergis’ lack of work as a Democratic Party activist she was given the title as head of a non-functioning club a few months ago to enhance her “credentials” and mislead the voters. This is common knowledge among Democratic Party activists.

    If you know anyone who is active either in the Davis Democratic Club or the Yolo County Democratic Party you should inquire with them about her “service” to the party and to our candidates. I know of nothing she has done and most do not even know who she is. For the first time she began to attend some party meetings earlier this year and when she announced her candidacy for the city council her “volunteerism” with the party became transparent.

  137. longtime Yolo Democrat

    As a follow up to my previous post……

    The only candidates running for Davis City Council who are genuinely grass-roots Democratic Party activists are Sue Greenwald, Steve Souza and Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald.

    Sue has been a longtime member, volunteer with the Davis Democratic Club and served on the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee for many years in the 1990’s. Her husband Mike Syvanen is the VP of the Davis club and together they have donated much time to helping Democrats get elected.

    Steve is a longtime member, volunteer with the Davis Democratic Club and served as president before becoming a city councilmember. He and his wife Robin have donated much time helping Democrats get elected.

    Cecilia is a longtime member, volunteer with the Davis Democratic Club too. As a student in the mid 1990’s she co-founded College Democrats at UC Davis and served as the club’s first president. Cecilia has volunteered on many local, regional and statewide campaigns and for many years was a member of the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee. Currently she is the Northern California Democratic Party Vice-Chair of the Latino Caucus and an elected California Democratic Party State Central Committee Member. She and her husband David have donated much time helping Democrats get elected.

    Don Saylor although a member of the Davis Democratic Club has done very little to support the club and has never really been a noted volunteer of any sort. His politics have essentially been about furthering his own elections and he has in important races just as easily supported a Republican.

    Sydney Vergis has never done any volunteer work for the party, yet mysteriously was appointed as head of a defunct party organization two months before she declared her city council candidacy in February of this year. She is a complete zero amongst party activists.

    Rob Roy has never done much for the Democratic Party, local or otherwise, but he has never claimed to have done something or be someone he is not, nor embellished his credentials.

  138. longtime Yolo Democrat

    As a follow up to my previous post……

    The only candidates running for Davis City Council who are genuinely grass-roots Democratic Party activists are Sue Greenwald, Steve Souza and Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald.

    Sue has been a longtime member, volunteer with the Davis Democratic Club and served on the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee for many years in the 1990’s. Her husband Mike Syvanen is the VP of the Davis club and together they have donated much time to helping Democrats get elected.

    Steve is a longtime member, volunteer with the Davis Democratic Club and served as president before becoming a city councilmember. He and his wife Robin have donated much time helping Democrats get elected.

    Cecilia is a longtime member, volunteer with the Davis Democratic Club too. As a student in the mid 1990’s she co-founded College Democrats at UC Davis and served as the club’s first president. Cecilia has volunteered on many local, regional and statewide campaigns and for many years was a member of the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee. Currently she is the Northern California Democratic Party Vice-Chair of the Latino Caucus and an elected California Democratic Party State Central Committee Member. She and her husband David have donated much time helping Democrats get elected.

    Don Saylor although a member of the Davis Democratic Club has done very little to support the club and has never really been a noted volunteer of any sort. His politics have essentially been about furthering his own elections and he has in important races just as easily supported a Republican.

    Sydney Vergis has never done any volunteer work for the party, yet mysteriously was appointed as head of a defunct party organization two months before she declared her city council candidacy in February of this year. She is a complete zero amongst party activists.

    Rob Roy has never done much for the Democratic Party, local or otherwise, but he has never claimed to have done something or be someone he is not, nor embellished his credentials.

  139. longtime Yolo Democrat

    As a follow up to my previous post……

    The only candidates running for Davis City Council who are genuinely grass-roots Democratic Party activists are Sue Greenwald, Steve Souza and Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald.

    Sue has been a longtime member, volunteer with the Davis Democratic Club and served on the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee for many years in the 1990’s. Her husband Mike Syvanen is the VP of the Davis club and together they have donated much time to helping Democrats get elected.

    Steve is a longtime member, volunteer with the Davis Democratic Club and served as president before becoming a city councilmember. He and his wife Robin have donated much time helping Democrats get elected.

    Cecilia is a longtime member, volunteer with the Davis Democratic Club too. As a student in the mid 1990’s she co-founded College Democrats at UC Davis and served as the club’s first president. Cecilia has volunteered on many local, regional and statewide campaigns and for many years was a member of the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee. Currently she is the Northern California Democratic Party Vice-Chair of the Latino Caucus and an elected California Democratic Party State Central Committee Member. She and her husband David have donated much time helping Democrats get elected.

    Don Saylor although a member of the Davis Democratic Club has done very little to support the club and has never really been a noted volunteer of any sort. His politics have essentially been about furthering his own elections and he has in important races just as easily supported a Republican.

    Sydney Vergis has never done any volunteer work for the party, yet mysteriously was appointed as head of a defunct party organization two months before she declared her city council candidacy in February of this year. She is a complete zero amongst party activists.

    Rob Roy has never done much for the Democratic Party, local or otherwise, but he has never claimed to have done something or be someone he is not, nor embellished his credentials.

  140. longtime Yolo Democrat

    As a follow up to my previous post……

    The only candidates running for Davis City Council who are genuinely grass-roots Democratic Party activists are Sue Greenwald, Steve Souza and Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald.

    Sue has been a longtime member, volunteer with the Davis Democratic Club and served on the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee for many years in the 1990’s. Her husband Mike Syvanen is the VP of the Davis club and together they have donated much time to helping Democrats get elected.

    Steve is a longtime member, volunteer with the Davis Democratic Club and served as president before becoming a city councilmember. He and his wife Robin have donated much time helping Democrats get elected.

    Cecilia is a longtime member, volunteer with the Davis Democratic Club too. As a student in the mid 1990’s she co-founded College Democrats at UC Davis and served as the club’s first president. Cecilia has volunteered on many local, regional and statewide campaigns and for many years was a member of the Yolo County Democratic Central Committee. Currently she is the Northern California Democratic Party Vice-Chair of the Latino Caucus and an elected California Democratic Party State Central Committee Member. She and her husband David have donated much time helping Democrats get elected.

    Don Saylor although a member of the Davis Democratic Club has done very little to support the club and has never really been a noted volunteer of any sort. His politics have essentially been about furthering his own elections and he has in important races just as easily supported a Republican.

    Sydney Vergis has never done any volunteer work for the party, yet mysteriously was appointed as head of a defunct party organization two months before she declared her city council candidacy in February of this year. She is a complete zero amongst party activists.

    Rob Roy has never done much for the Democratic Party, local or otherwise, but he has never claimed to have done something or be someone he is not, nor embellished his credentials.

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