Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Put The Cannery to a vote

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.

Richard Livingston

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Discussion | 11 comments

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  • Diane EvansNovember 19, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    I agree. Bring it to a vote.

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  • 2014 politicsNovember 19, 2013 - 3:58 pm

    On the topic of transparency, Dick Livingston is the campaign manager for the Robb Davis campaign. As a student of Davis politics I have to think his call for a vote is really about creating a campaign issue for his candidate in the 2014 election. If Robb wants to be a leader, he should be the first to embrace tonight's decision by the body on which he wishes to serve.

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  • Robb DavisNovember 20, 2013 - 5:51 pm

    While it is true that Dick Livingston is helping to manage my campaign, his views on this matter are his and his alone. I have worked hard to assure that the Cannery project would have excellent connectivity to the rest of the City and I am optimistic we will achieve that given the development agreement (though I do share some of Joe Krovoza's concern that we need to nail down the details of this). There are other things about the project I like very much and some I do not. Whatever my views on specific aspects of the project or its overall value, I am not advocating that this project be put to a vote of the public. I respect Mr Livingston's right to do so but his views have nothing to do with my campaign. I am ready to move on and tackle the significant fiscal and other challenges facing the City at this time. Robb Davis

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  • November 19, 2013 - 8:14 pm

    I vote for a VOTE!!!!!!!!!

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  • November 21, 2013 - 7:34 am

    Why bother having elected officials then?

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  • November 21, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    If they had any history of listening to and carrying out the will of the majority of Davis citizens, then we wouldn't have to vote on these types of issues.

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  • DougNovember 21, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    If they had a history of not carrying out the will of the people, then they would not still be in office. Clearly, the majority of the citizens are smart enough to not vote for candidates who have shown a history of ignoring the public's wishes. What's clear is that the city council has not followed YOUR wishes. Perhaps you become more active in politics and run for office or support an alternate candidate, instead of trying to overturn the will of the people who elected these councilmembers.

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  • DougNovember 21, 2013 - 10:22 am

    This is a common sentiment among some Davis residents. Instead of allowing our ELECTED leaders to make decisions, these residents want to have the whole town vote on every issue they determine to be important. Unfortunately, direct democracy does not work. It does not work because as individuals, we simply do not have the time or resources to make imformed decisions on every single topic that our city/county/state/federal government has to deal with. That is why we elect people to represent us! If you don't like the decisions that your elected representatives make, then vote them out of office. Otherwise, allow them to do their jobs, and allow this city to function with some semblance of normalcy. I think most Davis residents are tired of the "if we can't have it our way then let the citizens vote" mentality. Enough already!

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  • Prop 37?November 21, 2013 - 10:43 am

    It seems like a stretch that, because ConAgra fought against Prop 37 (the GMO labeling ballot measure), there must be a problem with this development. It's a non sequitur.

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  • DougNovember 21, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    Excellent point. For some who view ConAgra as a big, bad corporation, then The Cannery project by extension, must also be bad. Oh well, no point arguing with irrationality.

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  • Jim BelenisNovember 22, 2013 - 9:49 am

    Mr. Livingston is not a citizen of Davis. He does not pay taxes that benefit Davis. He can't vote in Davis elections. He should be transparent if he wants transparency.

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