Growth would spread the costs

By From page A6 | February 19, 2013

Both the yes and no campaigns and the Davis City Council all agree that we care about the future of our children and a “conjunctive use” surface water project is the way forward.

With Sue Greenwald no longer on the City Council and a relatively young council (meaning less historical memory and experience) being applauded for its harmony, there is no longer a counter voice on the council.

The city has closed the door and lacks the political will for pursuing further possible pathways. There are time bombs, deadlines and hit-or-miss deals that could cost us if we don’t act now. Other options have been rolled into fearful bundles of future risk.

This pressuring of the public to vote at this time, primarily because Woodland needs to act now, reminds me of the lead-up to the Iraq war. There was a lot of spin to the build-up then and now. What will be next? Will the experts report that there is yellow cake in the Davis water supply?

One last thought, if the cost of the project escalates beyond present estimates and if the city of Woodland falters financially again, the Davis water rates would become prohibitively high, and here’s the kicker. The solution would be to build more homes to spread the cost around — a developer’s pipe dream (no pun intended) and the perfect “end run” around Measure J.

Katie Brown


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