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Another thing to consider: Last week, the claw came to our street one day early! If you are considering putting your LITS material out at the end of the day before your scheduled pickup, you might get passed over.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2020 on Last Chance for the Claw at The Davisite
... and now there's another filing. Davis Gateway Student Housing LLC & Afiliated Entities has now spent $250,324.06 on the Yes on Measure J campaign! The most recent expenditures are 31k for "Field Expenses", 2k for "Voter Contact", 15k for another Mailer. And 5k for a print ad. That's gonna be some ad. Perhaps a full-page in the Sunday paper. Yes, folks. That's one quarter of a million dollars.
The most recent figure is now $197150.34. I believe I have now received 6 separate mailings about Yes-on-J. Most of them 4-page pieces.
Update: Davis Gateway Student Housing LLC & Afiliated Entities filed a report yesterday detailing another $21k in expenses. This pays for another Mailer, Door Hangers, Literature, Flyers, online ads, and more lawn signs. Their reported cumulative total is now $170180.30 Is there no end to the money they can throw at this thing?
Update: Davis Gateway Student Housing LLC & Affiliated Entities filed another couple of reports this week bringing their reported total to $149081.13. The big expense this week was 31k on a Mailer. An interesting thing to note is that during the deliberations at the Feb 6 City Council meeting where the council decided to put Nishi 2.0 on the ballot, Council member Will Arnold specifically asked whether the affordable housing program could be increased to 9% very low and 6% extremely low (bringing the total affordable housing to 15% which is the guideline that the City Council had ratified just a few hours earlier). Will calculated that this 9/6 split would increase the annual cost to the Nishi operators about $101k per year. John Whitcombe (representing the developers) replied that this was not possible, stating that "We are right on the line," and "100 thousand a year is a lot of money," and "We just don't have the money." When you're slinging around nearly 150k in an election, these statements just ring false. Video is here: http://davis.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=802 starting at about 5:23:50
Update: Davis Gateway Student Housing LLC & Affiliated Entities filed a report yesterday. This one lists ANOTHER 30k in "Field Expenses". It brings their reported total to: $112761.61
Update: Just after we wrote this article, the developers filed another Independent Expenditure report for about 17k. This brings their reported total to: $80810.86. Line items are for online ads, 11k for another Mailing, and now 5k for lawn signs. 5k buys a LOT of lawn signs, so the town will soon be covered in them.
For those that want to watch for themselves, the video is here: https://www.facebook.com/daviscollegedemocrats/videos/10156285540558395/ The relevant question is about 29 minutes in. Here is my best effort at a transcript of the question and the candidate responses. Moderator: Our city is running out of room to accommodate future growth, with a severe housing and financial crisis. Measure R has placed a stranglehold on any annexation efforts to deal with this problem by requiring a ballot measure for any significant development. In 2020 Measure R will go on the ballot for reauthorization. Will you support amending or repealing Measure R? How? Mark West: Measure R is the great lie of Davis. It was put forward to say we are going to protect farmland and ... it has not done so .. all it has done is move development to Woodland or on to the University campus and farmland is being been destroyed anyway. In the ethos of protecting that farmland so if we kept that housing in Davis we'd be able to control density and control which land is being built on. I think Measure R is a stranglehold on our ability to solve both our housing problems and our economic problems, our fiscal problems and so I plan on working to repeal it when it comes up for reelection. I don't think we should try to ... we can talk about amending it but I think best choice would be to [inaudible] Gloria Partida: I believe that we need to amend it. I think that ... I agree that it is ... is has been ... it has changed the entire character of our city. And for as much as we talk about how we want to keep Davis a certain way, what Measure R has actually done is change our ... the full makeup of our city and it needs to be changed. It has to be ... we have to grow very carefully and that's the only reason that I would say we have to amend and not just repeal. Mary Jo Bryan: You're gonna have to know the history of Measure J which started off with what it was trying to do at that point. The situation now is totally different and we're not providing homes for people that live in Davis already, that want to grow into Davis, no, work in Davis and want to live here, and so it's a ... versus bringing in growth which the Cannery is doing, bringing in ... growth people of a certain economic base not allowing the other ... rest of us to be able to buy a home in Davis. Moderator: Just to be clear, do you support amending or repealing? Mary Jo Bryan: Repealing of course. I have never voted for it. Linda Deos: It's been interesting the measure R thing. I call it J-R, that's how I remember it. Is [inaudible] between the haves and have-nots. If you've got it, great, if not, then you're screwed. Then it also puts the power outside of us into the hands of developers coming towards us saying, "We know what's best for you. We're going to tell you what development's going to be and here you vote it up or down." I don't like that. I want to keep the power in with us. It's going to be very hard to take the vote away from people, so we're going to have to educate. I am definitely for repealing. Eric Gudz: Yes. So I'm actually a big strong supporter of urban growth boundaries. As an urban professional transportation scholar, somebody who's worked in land use and transportation policy, urban growth boundaries will absolutely save us in the centuries to come in the way in which we're developing our cities and towns. We don't want to sprawl out to the middle of nowhere. We don't want to be like San Jose. However, this measure needs to be amended, for sure, to reflect the realities of today. So it absolutely needs to be amended. We need to have an ability to find out a way to figure out what's going to work best for the next century of Davis.
This is a very nice piece and I applaud all the sentiments as written. However, this is a very different position from that stated by Linda Deos at the Davis College Democrats Davis City Council Candidates forum on Feb 28. For those that want to watch for themselves, the video is here: https://www.facebook.com/daviscollegedemocrats/videos/10156285540558395/ The relevant question is about 29 minutes in. Here is a short transcript of the relevant question. I've put in bold portions that I believe are absolutely contrary to what's written above. Moderator: Our city is running out of room to accommodate future growth, with a severe housing and financial crisis. Measure R has placed a stranglehold on any annexation efforts to deal with this problem by requiring a ballot measure for any significant development. In 2020 Measure R will go on the ballot for reauthorization. Will you support amending or repealing Measure R? How? Linda Deos: It's been interesting the measure R thing. I call it J-R, that's how I remember it. Is [inaudible] between the haves and have-nots. If you've got it, great, if not, then you're screwed. Then it also puts the power outside of us into the hands of developers coming towards us saying, "We know what's best for you. We're going to tell you what development's going to be and here you vote it up or down." I don't like that. I want to keep the power in with us. It's going to be very hard to take the vote away from people, so we're going to have to educate. I am definitely for repealing. Why do the Davis College Democrats get a very different answer (ie. "I am definitely for repealing") compared to what is written here (ie. "... in as clear as terms as possible that I support Measure R")? What has changed in the short space of a week to have such different answers? Will Linda go back to the Davis College Democrats and say "Oops, I didn't really mean what I said?"
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2018 on Linda Deos on Measure R at The Davisite
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