Transparency, the ability to see and understand what is happening, is obviously an important goal that we all appear to support when it comes to decisions in our community. Many office seekers include transparency as an important goal in their campaigns. I believe it should be.
However, do we all feel the same about transparency on the part of those with which we do business? Is ConAgra in favor of transparency? This corporation has benefited by the Supreme Court decision Citizens United and given large donations to stop transparency when it comes to listing GMOs on its products. They do not want the public to have the right to decide the merits of their productions.
For those elected to represent the public, who claim to believe in transparency, the support of a company that attempts to block transparency seems rather hypocritical.
Should there be consistency in our values? The Cannery is not a simple case of what we now have offered is what is best for that location. It is a matter of what the interests involved want.
I believe Alan Hirsch said it well in his article on Sunday in The Davis Enterprise. “The ‘Davis Brand” is valuable legacy built by generations of Davis residents. It should not be devalued as some on the current City Council seem willing to do in their quest for growth.
I urge that the current Cannery development be put to a vote of the public.