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Roberta L. Millstein
Davis, CA
I am a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis; my research is in the philosophy of science, the history & philosophy of biology, and environmental ethics. I serve on the Open Space & Habitat Commission for the City of Davis. The opinions expressed herein are my own and do not represent my employer’s views in any way. Nothing posted here should be considered official or sanctioned by my employer or any other organization I’m affiliated with.
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Hi Ron, The subcommittee memo should answer your questions. As you can see, no reasons are provided for particular choices: http://documents.cityofdavis.org/Media/Default/Documents/PDF/CityCouncil/CouncilMeetings/Agendas/2020/2020-12-01/04-Commission-Appointments.pdf The two people who are termed out, yet being recommended for renewal, are W. Allen Lowry and Patrick Huber (per the document).
I am very disturbed by this. It feels like retaliation. I hope that the City Council sees fit to overturn the recommendations of its subcommittee, because right now it does not appear as though democracy -- of which citizen participation is a foundation -- is being served.
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Sub-committee members Carson and Partida were DISC's most strident supporters on Council (From press release) On Tuesday, November 24, City of Davis Staff released the Agenda for the December 1 City Council meeting. Item Four concerns recommendations for appointment and re-appointment for City Commissions, with terms starting from January. The... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Davisite
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Yolo Democratic Socialists of America is hosting a zoom round-table to discuss how local leaders understand the 2020 election results, as well as how this new landscape will affect the political struggles we wage in our respective communities and workplaces. Featuring Sally Mandujabn, a public education teacher hailing from a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Davisite
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Join the League of Women Voters Davis Area on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. for a free virtual voter-education health-care forum, “The Future of State-Based Health Reform in California.” With health-care reform back in the news, the event will consider what California can implement a state-based financing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2020 at The Davisite
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At 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, Monday November 2, Faith leaders from around the Davis area will be offering reflections, music, and readings for our country and our community, live streamed at the Davis Area Interfaith Religious Leaders Network Facebook page: DAIR Leaders Network Facebook Page. We'll focus on our three themes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at The Davisite
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I am writing in support of Colin Walsh for City Council representing District 2. I know Colin as an active and concerned member of our community and I know Colin as a neighbor. He never fails to have information relating to current topics impacting Davis and he willingly provides details... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2020 at The Davisite
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(From press release) If you're still undecided about Measure B authorizing the 200-acre DISC Industrial Park on prime farmland and burrowing owl habitat with 2.6 Million sq ft of commercial buildings, following are five very good reasons to vote NO on this massive, sprawling, ill-conceived project that will forever change... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at The Davisite
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What do City Council candidates think about our streets? To learn more about their visions, Bike Davis sent all candidates a questionnaire focused on three themes: making Davis more livable, reducing injuries and fatalities on our streets, and transportation infrastructure and zoning. Some common themes emerged from the candidates’ thoughtful... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2020 at The Davisite
This is an excellent op-ed, Juliette -- thank you for writing it. You state so clearly and powerfully what is wrong with the DISC proposal, but more importantly, you show the opportunity that would be lost by building there. As you say, "It could be a showcase for climate positive, regenerative farming that sustains our local food needs." Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a project that helped our climate crisis instead of worsening it? I would love to get behind an initiative like that.
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Photo credit: Nick Buxton By Juliette Beck A little over twelve years ago when I was pregnant with my first child and deciding whether to move to Davis to join my sister in raising our families here, I looked at the air quality data and considered the impacts on newborn... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2020 at The Davisite
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Infill would be a better choice By Pam Gunnell, Richard McCann, and Matt Williams A 200-acre business park like DISC is not an objective in the City of Davis’ General Plan. Additionally, DISC contains uses (housing, retail, parks, ag buffer) that require land that would not be needed with an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at The Davisite
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Life is so difficult right now, but we have been fortunate to have Supervisor Jim Provenza’s leadership and experience when it matters most. A man of integrity who puts service above all else, Jim's continued work on our behalf is imperative. Jim’s style isn’t what one expects in politics. He... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at The Davisite
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By the League of Women Voters Davis Area The Question: Should residents approve annexing agricultural land to develop the Davis Innovation and Sustainability Campus (DISC)? Annexation of county land for city-related uses has required citizen approval since voters passed the “Citizens Right to Vote on Future Use of Open Space... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2020 at The Davisite
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Colin Walsh, a candidate for Davis City Council 2020 District 2, is hosting a Zoom Town Hall on Saturday, October 17 at Noon. Members of the community are invited to this opportunity to get to know Colin and share your thoughts on Davis. Details at Walsh4Davis.com. Or on Facebook, see... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at The Davisite
Part 3 - Waste Management and Water Treatment by Alan Pryor Introduction - Every 2 years the Sierra Club Yolano Group prepares questionnaires for candidates in local races we deem to be seriously contested and/or where there are clear differences between the candidates on matters of interest to the public... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at The Davisite
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As we face a crisis of leadership on the national and local level we need significant change. Colin Walsh is a longtime Davisite who knows what our town has been, is and can become. His policies are based in community outreach and common sense. He has frequently given voice to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at The Davisite
A number of Davisites have reported receiving the following email: From the Desk of Michael Corbett Former Davis Mayor Dear Davis Citizen, The Davis City Council Members have made some decisions over the the last 8 years that have cost the city taxpayers millions of dollars, and they have shown... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at The Davisite
Signs Agreements with Two California Community Choice Aggregators (From press release) Ormat Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ORA) announced today that it has signed two resource adequacy agreements, each for 50% of its 5 MW / 20 MWh Tierra Buena battery energy storage project currently under development in Sutter County in Northern... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at The Davisite
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(From press release) Our world is burning up and melting around us. This year we have seen the largest fires ever in the Pacific Northwest, Siberia, the Amazon, and Australia along with record-breaking ice-melts in Greenland and Antarctica. Yet DISC will increase Davis' annual carbon footprint by over 8% -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2020 at The Davisite
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(From press release) At Tuesday's Yolo County Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Jim Provenza introduced a resolution on behalf of the Yolo Climate Emergency Coalition, declaring a climate crisis in Yolo County and setting a countywide goal of achieving a carbon negative footprint by 2030. The motion was approved, with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at The Davisite
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The Davis Farmers Market is open for shopping as early as 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Wendy Weitzel/Courtesy photo (From press release) As UC Davis students return, the Davis Farmers Market is busy -- especially on Saturdays. Executive Director Randii MacNear reminds patrons that the best way to beat the crowds... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at The Davisite
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For Davis City Council in the November 2020 election (From press release) This endorsement cites their strong and unequivocal opposition to Measure B which seeks voter approval for the annexation of 200 acres of prime farmland for the proposed DISC mixed use industrial/business park on the outskirts of Davis and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at The Davisite
I'd put the point a slightly different way, Ron. Now that Yolo County has declared a climate emergency, let's call on them to denounce Measure B (DISC) in Davis, which -- according to the project's Environmental Impact Report -- would prevent Davis from meet its own climate neutrality goals. Certainly, it make it more difficult for Yolo County to achieve theirs.
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By Roberta Millstein My fellow Open Space and Habitat Commission (OSHC) member, Patrick Huber, writes to defend the environmental status of the Davis Innovation and Sustainability Campus (DISC) (see Davis Enterprise letter). I respect Patrick; we have worked well together on the commission for a decade. However, although we have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at The Davisite