The Davis Chamber of Commerce is an independent (we are not affiliated with the California or U.S. Chambers of Commerce), membership-based organization that was founded in 1905 to lobby the California Legislature to locate the University of California Farm School here in Davis.
Our mission is to promote, support and advocate the general economic vitality of our membership and the quality of life for the community. We represent the interests of more than 600 regional businesses and 7,200 full-time-equivalent employees at all levels of government, but a majority of our government relations time is spent with the city of Davis.
In February 2012, the Chamber was invited to participate in an economic roundtable with the City Council. At that meeting, we asked for a few changes in city operations so that our community could better work together to preserve our high quality of life with shared resources and more efficient work.
The Chamber asked for a “Ten Day Rule for Good Governance — only consider council meeting agenda items that have been available on the City Council meeting website with all staff reports and supporting documents for 10 calendar days.” We believe that is a reasonable amount of time for citizens and our elected officials to digest the information presented, ask appropriate questions and ultimately ensure that fair solutions are crafted and accepted by all stakeholders.
In the past eight months, city staff has slowly but surely been presenting information and agendas earlier and earlier. And now, congratulations are in order. On Friday, Nov. 16, the agenda and supporting documents for the Tuesday, Nov. 27, City Council meeting were posted online … a full 11 days of advance time! Bravo, city of Davis staff, bravo!
Kemble K. Pope
Executive director, Davis Chamber of Commerce