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Daane Loux wants sustainable Davis

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February 10, 2011 |

Kerry Daane Loux is a landscape architect, and she wants Davis to be a world leader in environmental and economic sustainability.

Daane Loux, 55, has lived in Davis for almost 25 years, having spent five years in town as a student at UC Davis in the 1970s. She moved away for a few years, after graduating with her degree in environmental planning and management, but returned in 1992 and never left again.

Daane Loux raised three daughters in Davis — Kati, 22; Becca, 20; and Allie, 17. This past summer, Daane Loux said, she and her daughters welcomed another teen into their household whom they now consider family — 17-year-old Szesze Chan, an exchange student from Norway.

Over the years, she said, she has reaped the benefits of living in Davis and it is time to give back. Daane Loux is among 10 applicants for an appointment to fill a vacancy on the Davis City Council.

“To my Davisite credentials, I have had 15 consecutive years as a ‘Davis Nutcracker’ mom, boast a ratio of five bikes to one car (and three people) in my household, I love the Village Feast and … I think Davis water is delicious!” Daane Loux said in her application for the job.

Daane Loux said she agrees wholeheartedly with the City Council’s six identified goals and objectives for 2010-12: fiscal stability, economic development, sustainability, downtown Davis, community strength and effectiveness, and infrastructure. However, she said, as a council member she would recommend further focusing those goals and objectives by prioritizing them.

She offers her leadership ability, which has been proven most recently in her role as the director of Davis Operations for MIG Inc., a planning and design firm with eight locations in California and Oregon, she said. For six years, she was the professional chairwoman for the UCD landscape architecture department’s advisory board. Prior to that, she served as president of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Northern California, and was a member of the board of directors for five years.

Daane Loux said her experience from working more than 30 years in landscape design, planning and facilitation is an asset to help the city work toward sustainability. She is a consultant in landscape architecture, urban design, site planning, public facilitation and is an accredited LEED design professional.

She has volunteered her services in community projects, including the Arroyo Park Children’s Garden, for which she was the lead designer for the quarter-acre learning environment that was built with reused and recycled materials. Daane Loux said she was responsible for securing grants to fund the project and worked with city staff to organize volunteer work parties.

She also has spoken before community and business leaders in Sweden, Denmark and Germany about municipal finances, sustainable energy production, water policy, waste reduction and transportation issues, including bicycling innovations. Daane Loux said she hopes to use local and international awareness and connections to benefit policy discussions in Davis.

In addition to environmental sustainability, Daane Loux said she also would like to focus on addressing the city’s budget issues.

Daane Loux supports thoughtfully weighing options in order to avoid making “rash decisions,” such as when dealing with local redevelopment funds that may disappear under the pending state budget, she said.

Long-term fiscal priorities are reducing unfunded pension liabilities, addressing the slow housing market and maintaining infrastructure, she said.

“I feel that this is a very opportune moment for Davis, with the convergence of a collaborative and enthusiastic City Council, working in concert with the community, Davis city staff and the university,” Daane Loux said. “I want to be a part of that synergy and momentum.”

Quick study

Why should the City Council pick you?

I have the knowledge, experience, commitment, resources to be an exemplary decision-maker/respectful council member. With business and planning expertise, I’ve led and participated in community service and professional efforts. Over 25 years, I’ve developed extensive Davis connections as parent, neighbor, landscape architect, UCD alumna, lecturer and LDA advisory board chairwoman.

2. What would be your No. 1 priority as a City Council member?

My priority is summarized in sustainability’s 3E’s: stable Economy—make difficult community-based choices to balance municipal budget; quality Environment—continue to enhance Davis’ reputation for innovation, green technology, bicycling and stewardship; social Equity—maximize quality of life for all residents and support stable city management and staff.

3. What do you see as our community’s strengths and weaknesses?

Davis has well-informed, participatory citizens, passionate about issues. Located between San Francisco and Sacramento, Davis benefits from an agricultural/open space buffer, award-winning Farmer’s Market, extensive culture/arts, park system and ped/bike trails. As home to UC Davis, our campus connections offer significant mutual “town and gown” benefits and opportunities.

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