Letter: Oliver Cromwell on Carson

By David Thompson

By spending an out-of-town developer’s dollars to mount a middle-of-the-night stealth campaign against six of our Davis citizens Carson should not even dare to run. Cromwell said it better (see below)

Carson’s spending against his own citizens is the most harmful action by an elected Davis council member that I have ever witnessed.  Carson blithely used unethical and possibly illegal methods to launch an ugly attack on what should be an unsullied civic process.

I am dismayed that this bullying developer’s stooge wishes to exercise any further vote. Months after his improprieties he has not apologized to those he harmed by his now admitted “mistake”.

It would also be a mistake to re-elect him knowing now how he abuses power.

With his blatant record, how can any citizen be assured that Carson will ever again exercise fair and impartial judgment on behalf of our city? His further decisions on development as a council member will now always be questionable.

In a somewhat similar case, the Santa Clara Grand Jury this week found that Santa Clara council members ‘may have violated city and state ethics laws.”

I ask the citizens of District 1 to vote for Bapu Vaitla or Kelsey Fortune, Anyone But Carson, to prevent any further stain on the civic proceedings of this next Council.

Excerpts of Oliver Cromwell’s speech dissolving the English Parliament in 1653:

“It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue….

Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation. You were deputed here by the people to get grievances redressed, are yourselves become the greatest grievance.

I command ye therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place. Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!”

As an English school boy, Cromwell’s speech still echoes in my ears as a forty-year citizen of Davis.

Carson should go.

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  1. Ron Glick

    “By spending an out-of-town developer’s dollars to mount a middle-of-the-night stealth campaign against six of our Davis citizens Carson should not even dare to run. ”

    Oh come on. Calling Ramos an out of town developer, who is from Yolo County and whose family has owned real estate in Davis for at least two generations,  is true only in the narrowest use of the term. The so called middle of the night stealth campaign was the filing of a lawsuit in public court about ballot language as prescribed  under the ordinance on annexation elections.

    As for Cromwell the British eventually restored Charles II to the throne and now they have Charles III.

    This letter is over the top.

  2. Bill Marshall

    The use of Cromwell is very interesting… a member of the “landed gentry”, who promoted killing the King, and directed a couple of wars to eradicate Catholics from Ireland and Scotland…

    Many of those opposed to Measure H, and hence, Carson, are arguably the current “landed gentry”…


  3. Keith Y Echols

    Jesus….the bizarre moral outrage by someone I would assume is normally a rational thinker…is astounding.   Yeah, Carson’s role was blurred as a representative of the developer and the city council.  I mean it was a stupid political mistake but given the circumstances, hardly one to get your knickers in a knot over.

    I’m curious about Mr. Thompson’s extensive background in co-ops.  His background kind of seems like the granola hippie kind of cooperative commune living sort of thing.  But in some places like San Francisco they’ve been promoting more Tenancy In Common (TiC) types of housing legal structures which is a kind of co-op where people buy into group ownership of the property.  In San Francisco, these TIC homes are then divided up to accommodate multiple tenants with co-ownership rights.  I wonder if something like that could be done for 4+ bedroom homes in Davis.  You could create two 2 bedroom units with shared common areas.  Imagine two families of 3 living in such a home.  Such a legal structure would create more lower level affordable units out of more expensive single family units.  There is the fear of creating dorms out of these homes.  But if you have at least one family that owns part of the home; then they would have rights of refusal on accepting new co-op tenants should their current co-tenants be thinking of moving on and selling their interests.  Eh, anyway…just spit balling some thoughts on co-op housing.

  4. S Steward

    Dan Carson has done more than enough to knot your knickers.  The moral outrage is the better reaction than an attempt to call conflict of interest, misuse of the public dias and an attempt to put fellow citizens in financial jeapordy, clumsy.  Carson is not clumsy. His actions are deliberate missuses of power and repeated poor judgment.

    Carson should not be on the ballot, but he is.  So don’t vote for him and spend your time thinking about District 1 Council Candidates Bapu and Fortune.

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