I have known our mayor, Joe Krovoza, a long time and like him very much. But when he said last Tuesday night, “We wouldn’t be here if the voluntary approach was working,” I was taken aback. Hadn’t several people, including me, just pointed out the voluntary effort was working?
My reply would have been, “No Joe, I am here at the council meeting tonight because the voluntary approach on wood burning is working. Studies and the data clearly demonstrate the success of the voluntary program. No, Joe, I came here tonight night because the city is considering junking the voluntary effort prematurely in favor of an expensive mandatory ordinance the city cannot afford, that may drag the city into new expensive litigation, and that doesn’t address the important but very small and localized neighbor-to-neighbor problem using a least-cost approach.”
But Joe waited until after public comment had closed before hurling this insult at loyal opposition, not once but several times. I hope Joe reforms. And, I hope Joe realizes the people who come to City Council meetings to speak against wasting money and against trying to fix things that are not broken do have valid points of view.
Joe and I will remain friends, because that is the Davis way. But I do wish Joe would encourage neighbors to talk to one another and to accommodate each other without the expense of city involvement.