Last night at the Odd Fellows Hall in Davis, the Davis Downtown hosted a special event honoring the new Davis City Council, which appeared before the public for the first time.
While the votes remain to be counted, the Vanguard projects that Robb Davis will become the next Mayor Pro Tem of Davis and Rochelle Swanson will be reelected.
The celebration honored the new city council consisting of current councilmembers Dan Wolk, Lucas Frerichs, Brett Lee, re-elected councilmember Rochelle Swanson, along with newly-elected councilmember Robb Davis.
At the same time, Davis Downtown honored the current city council for their hard work and dedication to our community over the past two years. The current Davis City Council consists of Mayor Joe Krovoza, Dan Wolk, Rochelle Swanson, Lucas Frerichs, and Brett Lee.
Outgoing Mayor Joe Krovoza, who opted not to seek reelection and instead unsuccessfully sought the Assembly position, praised the downtown as the best in northern California.
“What Downtown Davis needs to know is that our past city council and I know certainly our future city council, are always going to listen acutely because we know that we can always get just a little bit better,” the mayor said.
He praised the improvement of the arts downtown, on-street bike parking which has gotten bikes off the sidewalk, freeing it up for pedestrians. “A cornerstone project of this city council has been to line up the grants dollars so that Third Street between A and B is going to be wide open flattened pedestrian bike corridor that’s going to become our Sather Gate between campus and the downtown,” he said.
He would add, “I know some of you don’t agree maybe, but I do think the Fifth Street, complete street project is going to mean more people going a little bit slower – though the through-put time will be reduced – but people being a little more welcomed into downtown because the whole area is going to be a lot calmer.”
“We have an exciting new council before you today,” Davis Downtown Director Stewart Savage said. “When we threw this party, a lot of people think this is about the election. But it’s about more than that. It’s about building relationships that will take us into the future. Business owners coming together and supporting our council, and also fostering an environment of success, collaboration and teamwork.”
He added, “Hopefully with this council and your support, we can do something that’s greater than ourselves and make Downtown Davis and the community of Davis a great place.”
Dan Wolk will take over as mayor in July.
“We’re very excited about this new council. We have a lot of challenges before us, I won’t get into those,” he said. “I just want to emphasize that Measure O – we really appreciate Measure O.”
He again expressed his excitement for the future.
—David M. Greenwald reporting