I urge all Davis residents to vote no on Measure I. I have read all of the arguments for and against Measure I and have concluded that it would be an absolute catastrophe if Measure I is passed as written.
Before voting, you must understand what you are voting on. Measure I is a vote on whether or not to adopt an ordinance. That ordinance does not bind the city or ratepayers (those of us who pay the bills) to pay any specific amount for a unit of water. I repeat: The ordinance does not include a binding water rate schedule.
Rather, and this is a key reason to vote no on I, the ordinance that would be enacted if Measure I passes is a blank check. It would bind us (as ratepayers) to pay at least quadruple what we already are paying for water, but would not bind the city to serve us from any specific water source or charge us with a fair and equitable rate schedule. If Measure I passes, all Davis residents will lose control of their “water rights,” and be subjected to the whims and charges imposed by for-profit water dealers and an ever-changing City Council.
And if you still don’t understand what is driving the rush and the push to further harm the river and delta by siphoning off more river water, just consider the folks who are supporting I — a veritable ark of political developer partners, who won’t stop until they destroy Davis, the Interstates 80 corridor and the valley as a whole for greed and money.
Measure I has nothing to do with clean water. It is all about money and development. If we can continue to control our water, we can protect our city in many ways.