By Eric Gudz
We have much to consider November 6th, and as we move closer to Election Day, not a moment goes by where I’m not inspired by our community’s caliber of civic engagement. Out of all the issues on the ballot, the direction of our school and housing policies remains my top concern.
Our housing crisis deeply affects the vitality of our schools, and our ability to house our teachers and families in Davis is integral to our long-term success. We need leaders and initiatives that are ready to embrace these shared struggles, with vigor. Fortunately, we have bold options that will do just that.
When I first met Melissa Moreno, I was blown away by her 25+ years of experience as both an educator and a community leader. Her work to serve our community’s most vulnerable stood out for me, and her leadership is needed now more than ever before. Backed by the Democratic Party and hundreds of community members, she’s the leader we need on the Yolo County Board of Education.
For the Davis School Board, Cindy Pickett is a powerhouse of energy that continues to impress me daily. Her attention to teacher compensation excites me the most about her candidacy, and her professional credentials give me the utmost confidence in her ability to guide our community’s educational future.
Concerning housing, I’ll be voting yes on Measure L for the West Davis Active Adult Community. At a projected 13.8 units per acre and 150 affordable housing units, it’s one of our largest local affordable housing additions to date in Davis. Ease of access to medical services and major transportation routes further supports this neighborhood’s affordability, all while addressing a dynamic range of local needs.
The passage of Proposition 10 is critical. The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act inhibits our ability to adequately address the housing needs for at least two-thirds of our citizens. A “Yes” vote will remove these barriers in place that greatly impede local municipalities to take charge of their own housing destiny, and it will give policymakers the tools they need to fully address our mighty housing crisis.
Eric Gudz is a Davis Resident and Former Candidate for Davis City Council