If you are undecided about the City Council Election
By Bob Fung
If you are undecided which candidates (you can choose up to 2) you are going to vote for, then here are a few things you can do in the next few days:
1. If you like to read, you can read the candidate’s statements in your Voter Information Pamphlet from the Yolo County Elections Office
2. If you like face-to-face interaction, you could go see the candidates at the Davis Farmer’s Market.
3. If you like to watch video, you can see the candidates at various forums at the Davis Community TV website.
4. If you like to read material on the web, go to other articles at the Davis Vanguard.
5. And if you want election information on your smartphone, tablet or computer, go to the Voterprep website.
You can probably learn all you need about the candidates and their stance on issues in a few minutes minutes from your device. You will find major issues that have been raised over the last few months, and for each issue, you can view and compare candidate viewpoints. If you have time, login, suggest issues to the candidates, create your own viewpoints etc.! Voterprep is a new, non-partisan, not-for-profit website made in Davis. Check us out at www.voterprep.org!
Character counts: Ask Council candidates about Council raise
By Dorte Jensen
This July, the Council raise takes effect. Passed last September, it is a 70% increase at a time of City-wide financial challenge: The City projects a $5 million deficit for the fiscal year; Council asks voters to approve and extend sales taxes; and City employees adjust to compensation cuts while bracing for future ones.
In case you want to ask Council candidates about this raise—after all, they will be entitled to it if elected—here is what Council members said before voting to approve it. (My response follows in parentheses.)
–One member said that the present salary was “woefully inadequate.” (In the staff report provided before the vote, Council salary—in Davis and twelve nearby cities with similar population size—was compared, and Davis was fifth-highest. In July, Davis will be highest, since no other Council has changed its salary, although some members in Vacaville and Walnut Creek are voluntarily reducing theirs to participate in City-wide austerity measures.)
–Another member said that the present salary meant that “only retired people or people of means are able to serve.” (If this is true, then returning or re-elected members should decline the raise, since by definition they have the requisite time or money.)
–Another member said that the new salary would attract people who are younger, of lower income, or of diverse experience. (In other words, the raise is intended for them.)
–Another member said that those who approved the raise and are entitled to it should donate it to a City low-income fund. (Instead of donating it, why not leave it in the General Fund? That way it would lower the City deficit and benefit all citizens, since everyone pays tax to shop or live here.)
If you care about this issue, ask Council candidates where they stand. I did so at the Vanguard candidate forum May 14 and found the answers illuminating. When you vote on June 3, remember: Character counts, especially where money is concerned.
Davis Business Community Recommends a “NO” on Measure P on June 3rd to Ensure Fair Water Rates for All Users
The Davis Chamber of Commerce urges the community to vote “NO” on Measure P.
Our community has had a thorough and detailed public conversation over several years that resulted in an increasingly affordable project to provide our community with clean, safe and environmentally friendly water.
The rate structure that we’ve had for years is arbitrarily based on the size of your connector pipe and is inherently unfair to all users. The Chamber’s Government Relations Committee spent hundreds of hours investigating the details of several rate structures to pay for this project. We continue to support the new rate system adopted by the citizen-led Water Advisory Committee and the City Council. Our new rate structure is equitable to businesses, apartment dwellers, renters and home owners.
Simply put, not every gallon costs the same to deliver, and those who use the most in the summer peak months should pay correspondingly more for infrastructure we all must build. Of all available alternatives, the new rates offer the fairest pricing-asking us to pay our fair share for both our water and water system infrastructure.
Please support a safe, clean and fair water future for Davis and vote “NO” on Measure P on June 3rd.