Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure L
A community is enriched and made resilient by the diversity of its citizens. Regionally, Davis has been the least racially diverse city for many decades. Our population is also the “oldest” and the most “wealthy” in terms of income but the City has very limited affordable housing for working families.
West Davis Active Adult Community exacerbates ALL of these demographic imbalances in Davis. By limiting almost all home purchases in perpetuity to seniors, the project will continue to rob the City of the vitality of young families. Because almost all of the new homes will be classic sprawl on large lots, the resultant high prices will exclude purchase by working families and seniors of modest means.
Most worrisome, however, is the developer’s “Taking Care of Our Own – Davis-Based Buyers Program”. This exclusionary program requires 90% of West Davis Active Adult Community buyers to have a preexisting “relationship” with Davis by already living here, having a family member here, working here, or having attended Davis schools; among other criteria.
The developer justifies this discrimination by claiming they are only favoring seniors as allowed under current housing law. However, while laws do allow senior-only projects, they expressly prohibit exclusion of unaffiliated “outsiders” such as required by the “Davis-Based Buyers Program”.
West Davis Active Adult Community will clearly perpetuate the racial, age, and economic disparities in Davis and deny ownership opportunities to other racially diverse, younger, and less wealthy groups not currently well-represented in Davis.
Please embrace inclusivity and diversity and reject this discriminatory housing project.
Please vote No on Measure L
Don Price, Emeritus Professor of History, University of California Davis
Marilee Hanson, Former Commissioner – City of Davis Planning Commission
Juliette Beck, Environmental and Social Justice Activist
Rik Keller, City Planning Consultant
Carol Warren, Environmental Legislative Advocate
Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure L
YES on Measure L is a yes for critically needed housing, specifically homes designed to accommodate seniors. The West Davis Active Adult Community allows our city to retain and care for its aging residents, while making their existing, larger family homes available to the next generation of Davis families. As such, voting Yes on Measure L supports responsible planning that nurtures our city’s present and future generations.
The Measure L opponents have it wrong; taking care of seniors is a worthy endeavor and reflects the best of our community values.
This project reflects the culmination of input received at 17 City Commission and Council meetings, plus 43 neighborhood meetings. Moreover, West Davis Active Adult Community is consistent with SACOG’s Blueprint, the highly regarded regional plan for sustainable smart growth.
In addition to offering much needed housing through responsible planning, West Davis Active Adult Community responds to community desires by including an array of features and amenities such as: extensive walking and bicycle paths, native and drought tolerant plantings, a diverse array of housing types and sizes, specialized senior care, alternative transit, solar, publicly available recreational amenities, regional trail connections, improvements to West Covell Blvd, the Energy Retrofit Program, $1,000,000 to fund a 50 meter pool for Davis Aquatics groups, and provides for nearly triple the required affordable housing (through a local nonprofit with a strong track record). All while staying fiscally positive on an ongoing basis, as determined by the City of Davis and independent fiscal experts.
Don’t be fooled by false arguments. Please join your friends and neighbors in supporting Davis seniors and Vote Yes on Measure L.
Dan Wolk, Former Mayor, City of Davis
Lucas Frerichs, City Council member and City’s SACOG Representative
Sheila Allen, PN, Ph. D., former School Board Trustee
Dan Carson, City Council member and former Finance and Budget Commission Chair
Mary Jo Bryan, Davis Resident