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Our view: Send Krovoza to Sacramento

By From page A10 | May 07, 2014

The issue: Davis’ mayor is the best choice for 4th Assembly District

Mayor Joe Krovoza likes to talk about “fiscally sustainable systems” on the campaign trail. As a political catch phrase, it’s not exactly “yes we can.”

But at a time when the state is beginning to turn the corner economically, and the temptation is to spend more rather than plan for the future, we appreciate the wonkish Krovoza’s focus on the long-term health of the budget, education and the environment, particularly water.

WE FIND HIM to be the best of three strong Democratic candidates for the 4th District seat in the California Assembly and we are pleased to recommend him to Davis voters.

Krovoza helped lead our city through difficult economic times, during which declining revenues forced a 22 percent reduction in the city workforce. He was resolute in trimming our Fire Department staffing levels from 12 to a more flexible 11 while actually improving service and response times. He also led a consolidation of upper fire management with UC Davis, which had been talked about since the 1990s. These efforts both put residents first, saving us hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Our mayor also played a key role in bringing to fruition the joint Woodland-Davis surface water project. And with his guidance, Davis also renewed its environmental leadership on several issues: increasing our diversion of waste from the landfill, banning single-use plastic bags and setting aggressive goals for reducing our community’s carbon footprint.

His 17 years as a staff member at UC Davis — where he’s the senior director for development and external relations for the Institute of Transportation Studies and the Energy Efficiency Center — give Krovoza a unique grasp of both campus and community needs. He’s knowledgeable about clean transportation and energy efficiency but, better yet, he’s connected to experts who know even more.

Krovoza’s personal interests also are rooted in the environment. He studied natural resources and environmental law, with a focus on water law in particular. Representing the Putah Creek Council, he was the lead negotiator in the historic Putah Creek Accord, which brought seasonal flows back to the creek to sustain fish life. A founder of the advocacy group Davis Bicycles!, he restructured AYSO schedules to make it easier for families to bike to soccer games.

IT WILL BE no easy task for Krovoza to win a place on the fall ballot by finishing in the top two in the open June 3 primary. Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd has staggering fundraising support in wine country and pro-business backing. Fellow Davisite Dan Wolk brings name recognition to some parts of the district and is the chosen candidate not just of the state party but of labor groups that are starting to pour money into the race.

Retired Marine Charlie Schaupp, meanwhile, likely will collect the votes of the Republican Party faithful — a significant percentage with so many candidates in the field.

While it’s an oversimplification to say that Dodd is pro-business and Wolk pro-labor, we believe Krovoza strikes something of a happy medium — more fiscally prudent but with stances on many issues, be they social or environmental, that reflect his adopted hometown.

More than that, he brings a base of knowledge about key issues to not just be another “yes” vote. He’ll be a contributor of ideas that could help shape the state’s future. And the immense courage he showed in tackling the tough issues in Davis will serve him well as he wrangles with the challenges that affect all of California.

KROVOZA SAYS he wants to cap his career in volunteerism and public service in the Assembly.

To that we say: Yes, he should.

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