By Jason Taormino
Let there be no doubt, we welcome the opportunity to participate in a public forum on the merits of the West Davis Active Adult/ Measure L ballot item.
In the past few years Civenergy and the Davis Enterprise, among others, have done an admirable job of tackling issues and local elections with a fair and balanced approach designed to help inform the community. These organizations and these types of events are a credit to Davis and the time our voters take to understand the issues.
Along these lines, we were recently approached by Civenergy, and asked if our team would be interested in participating in a public forum. We welcome the opportunity to participate in this aspect of a civil society and share the benefits of WDAAC. We strongly believe that taking care of seniors is a worthy endeavor; this informs every aspect of the proposed West Davis Active Adult Community. So any opportunity to share our facts-based message is always welcomed.
That said, after reviewing recent guest articles to the Vanguard authored by the scheduled debate opponent, which relied so heavily on falsehoods and distortions, mixed among some subjective differences of opinions, we were frankly skeptical of how much honest engagement about the project would be forthcoming. After all, neighborhood planning discussions ought to be based on facts and analysis, not on mischaracterizations and hyperbole.
Our desire for a forum still stands, but it includes one simple caveat: we want it to benefit the voter rather than mislead. We believe that the public would be best served if forum sponsors will create a forum designed to inform the voters, by focusing on a defined set of critical issues and limited to facts and, when appropriate, subjective opinion. Public discourse should serve to raise awareness, not be a platform to spread untruths.
We look forward to an open, honest and respectful community discussion.