As a longtime resident of Davis, I am dismayed and discouraged by the deterioration of our infrastructure. In particular, Fifth Street between Alhambra Drive and Pole Line Road is hazardous to drive. The road bed must not have been properly compacted for it to subside so significantly that the storm-drain standing pipes are exposed 4 to 6 inches. Padding the subsidence with asphalt doesn’t make it any less hazardous to drive.
As a longtime member (21 years) of the Davis Aquatic Masters swim club, I am discouraged by the lack of maintenance for the Civic Pool. In my opinion, the Civic Pool needs to be shut down and a 50-meter pool and accompanying facility needs to be built to replace it. This may cost more for the initial outlay, but it is better than maintaining a 60-plus-year-old pool that ultimately will cost more to operate.
The demographics of Davis support the assumption that a new and better facility would be used by the citizens of Davis on a regular and year-round basis. In addition to that, a new 50-meter pool and facility would attract high-profile swim meets that would generate additional revenue for the city and for surrounding businesses. Ultimately, the attraction of major events to this new facility would enhance the reputation of Davis in a significant way.
All of these infrastructure upgrades cost money. The citizens of Davis are not rich, but we are not poor, either. We can afford a parcel tax to maintain the infrastructure of our city. Put an initiative on the November ballot and we will pass it.