‘Christmas coup’ of 2010

By From page A10 | March 01, 2013

The Davis City Council hurriedly gave final approval for the surface water project during the week before Christmas 2010 when many of the residents of Davis were stressed, busy, unaware or away. The council members approving the project did not provide any explanation why the water rights offer from Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos was available only in December 2010. December 2010 was also the last month that Councilman Don Saylor would be able to provide the critically needed third assured vote for the surface water. Saylor began his term as a Yolo County supervisor on Jan. 1, 2011.

From our perspective, this important surface water project decision should not have been rushed, or made at an inconvenient time for a majority of Davis citizens. Because this decision was made “under the cover of darkness,” so to speak, we believe it is still important to bring this situation to light. Sunlight is a great disinfectant!

Steve and Pegi Hayes

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