The following are the submitted ballot arguments for and against Nishi.
Argument In Favor Of Measure J
Yes on Measure J – Addresses Housing Crisis
Many students are now forced to commute from other cities. Others crowd into single-family homes around town. Providing new student housing next to campus makes more homes available to everyone. Student Housing at Nishi also offers a groundbreaking, privately-funded, affordable housing program aiding hundreds of disadvantaged students every year.
Yes on J – Best Location for New Student Housing
The Nishi property is adjacent to campus/downtown. Residents will walk or bike to campus and local businesses – without taking up parking spaces.
Yes on J – Environmental Sustainability
Student Housing at Nishi includes over 13 acres of open space, solar power, Net-Zero energy consumption, and over 2000 bicycle spots.
Yes on J – Less Traffic
“I opposed the Nishi project in 2016 because of traffic concerns, but I support Measure J because these issues have been resolved.”– Sean Raycraft, South Davis Resident
Yes on J – Benefits our City and Schools
This project will generate a one-time benefit of over $11 million in revenue for the City of Davis. Money that can be used for parks, roads and other city needs. Davis Unified School District will see an additional $2 million in one-time funding. The City also estimates almost $2.5 million in additional property taxes every year.
Our City Council and Planning Commission carefully studied this proposal. Both voted unanimously to move the proposal forward.
Student Housing at Nishi means affordable living next to campus, environmental sustainability, economic enrichment, less traffic, a host of benefits for everyone.
Our elected and community leaders, students, environmental activists say Vote Yes on Measure J!
Learn more at www.studenthousingatnishi.com
Brett Lee, Mayor Pro Tem City of Davis
Sally Albertson, PTA President Davis Senior High School
Sean Raycraft, Union Steward/South Davis Resident
Judith A. Corbett, Environmental Consultant
John Mott-Smith, Environmental Activist
Argument Against Measure J
Two years after Davis voters rejected the Nishi project at the polls, it’s back on the ballot with the same pollution hazards from the adjacent I-80 freeway and railroad, and without the commercial component that was to deliver significant revenue to the City.
The City’s own Environmental Impact Report showed “significant and unavoidable” detrimental health risks based on preliminary data from a nearby site. The conditions are even worse because the City’s report did not include the highly toxic ultra-fine metals from brakes and fuel additives and the soot from diesel trains that has 6 times more carcinogens than diesel truck exhaust. Exposures to these airborne particles are associated with dramatic increases in asthma, permanent loss of lung function, cancer, heart disease, and prenatal developmental problems.
Given the initial, limited air quality measurements, three years ago air quality experts urged the developers to perform measurements at the Nishi site itself over a longer time. Yet, they chose not to.
Additional significant problems:
- This project will increase traffic congestion on Old Davis Road and First Street to Richards, which is already bottlenecked many times daily.
- The proposed “affordable housing” program is exclusionary, intended only for students, and to be implemented by the landlord. This is contrary to the city’s long-standing affordable housing policies.
- There is still no tax-sharing agreement between the City and Yolo County.
- The project design will saddle the city with more costs than revenues. That means the rest of the community will subsidize the financial shortfall of this project, imposing costs onto our community.
No one should suffer unnecessary health risks for housing, nor should the community bear unnecessary financial burdens. Safer student housing can be offered on the UCD campus and elsewhere.
Please Vote No on Nishi – No on Measure J.
John Troidl, MBA, PhD, Health and Public Health Specialist
Roberta L. Millstein, Commissioner, City of Davis Open Space and Habitat Commission, 2010 to present
Nancy Price, Former Member, City of Davis Planning Commission
Marilee Hanson, Former Vice Chair, City of Davis Planning Commission
Luanna M. Villanueva, Longtime Davis Resident