by Martha Teeter
The plight of the poor and homeless was brought home to me when I met a woman with two Ph.D.s who was homeless in Davis. Her delight was to go to the UC Davis Library to read as much as possible, until her health deteriorated due to homelessness.
I am myself a Ph.D. retired professor and this affected me deeply. I am now passionate about helping homeless find an innovative solution to their housing problem. I am working with an interfaith group on innovative housing — an autonomous village for homeless.
This and other housing for the low-income and homeless is highly dependent on funds or land put aside by developers for affordable housing. Nishi is cheating the city and the community out of affordable housing by contributing only a token amount toward affordable housing. The $9 million in fees they claim will appear only in five to 10 years, but they’re needed now.
The City Council exempted Nishi from in-lieu fees of $11.5 million for affordable housing. Instead, developers will build luxury two-bedroom, two-bath apartments with rent estimated independently as $2,400 per month. This will in no way serve typical UCD students or the low-income and homeless. Read the factual arguments against Nishi on Pages 32 and 33 in the Combined Sample Ballot sent to all Davis residents.
Further, Nishi’s low-lying location next to a major highway constitutes a toxic challenge to the health of occupants of the Nishi property. This has been pointed out clearly by Tom Cahill, a physicist at UCD, and reported in The Enterprise.
Don’t be fooled by the slick ads at our door and signs along the highway or by the nine pages on Nishi in the Combined Sample Ballot booklet. It shows that the residences are next to Interstate 80, and the isolated parks and trees are unlikely to mitigate the considerable noise and air pollution.
No on Nishi is the only sensible vote for caring Davis citizens.