June 2006 Primary Election/Measure G

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Measure G was on the ballot in the June 2006 Primary Election. It deals with the city of Davis' park taxes. The measure passed. A similar measure, Measure O, passed by nearly the exact same percentage in 2000.

Measure G
  Votes Percent
Yes 10,909 70.41%
No 4,585 29.59%

From the City of Davis [WWW]website:

Yes on G

From Stephen Souza:

See also: [WWW]http://yesonmeasureg.com - Yes on Measure G

No on Measure G

From Rob Roy

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I think the gist of it is that it extends a city park tax. Interestingly enough, this may serve as an important issue in the upcoming City Council races seeing as it would be extending a service that would cost taxpayers money. Also, I think the Parks and Planning Commission (or whatever they're called, if someone knows feel free to correct), voted to extend this tax, but again I am not one hundred percent sure. It seems like if we cut this tax a lot of the parks and greenness of Davis will suffer, but then again there wasn't a ton of information on the city website about it.


2006-03-22 01:47:51   I love city parks, but the city spends way too much money keeping them looking a certain stereotypical way that people expect city parks to look like instead of something appropriate for the environment. The practical definition of appropriate for the environment is zero maintenance, but the parks now are carefully and expensively cut, watered and fertilized lawns perfect for soccer and other lawn oriented sports. What does soccer leave the city of Davis with? Trash! I know because I picked it up during soccer tournaments. Parks with lawns are a lose-lose and what is really needed are many more native and other drought tolerant plants from similar climates as Davis. There are many alternative sports to soccer that don't require a lawn or other facility, such as walking, hiking, running, biking, and swimming (not in a pool). At the same time as being low-impact, these sports provide an opportunity to learn much more about geography and ecology than do sports like soccer and baseball which only occur in one place at a time and to which people often drive their cars instead of exercising. Good examples of the kind of park I think there needs to be more of are the West Area Pond, parts of Arroyo Park, and Putah Creek Greenbelt, besides elsewhere.—NickSchmalenberger


2006-03-22 12:32:58   The main problem I have with Measure G is its inequality. All residential units are taxed the same way, be it a million dollar home or a studio apartment and whether it has one resident or 20. I don't think I'll be voting for it because it places most of the burden on the backs of the students. —BrentLaabs


2006-03-23 11:08:09   Why can't the City of Davis utilize folks doing community service to do basic maintenance of parks, greenbelts, etc. instead of paying city workers? The other day, I saw and talked to some community service folks wearing bright orange vests cleaning litter in a park off Lake Blvd. Must have been twenty in the crew. Kind of overkill for the few candy wrappers and beer cans littering the small park. The whole concept of "parks" could be re-thought as well...maybe let "open space" like NorthStar just go native. Who needs mowing, fertilizing, leafblowing. Just let the natural area around the pond slowly re-establish itself and see what develops. Maybe more birds for birdwatchers to watch, rabbits to procreate in the tall grass...well, I'm getting carried away. The point is, instead of spending thousands on maintaining a 1950s style lawn scene in our parks, why not encourage, by cutting back on the parks budget, what comes naturally?—WilyFerret


2006-03-29 19:24:50   I think Nick has a strong idea, why don't we create easily sustainable parks. As Measure G points out, parks devour lots of resources from a city. Why not take advantage of sustainable landscaping and lessen the costs of the parks? I would rather see a more natural looking greenbelt rather than a neatly trimmed, controlled one. —JamesSchwab

Steve Souza asserts, "If Measure G fails, services will be cut. Parks, street trees, and greenbelts will suffer, but so will other services, if City dollars are redirected to parks." I ask him to define how parks, street trees and greenbelts will suffer if Measure G fails. Are these items of a higher priority than police and fire protection? Will money actually be diverted to keep the parks looking as they are if Measure G fails? Are Davis's finances that desperate? But no, Souza also says he and the city government are only asking for a renewal of the 8-year-old $49 tax. Rather than threaten with diverting resources from absolutely necessary city services to maintain acres and acres of bright green, massively irrigated, uncost-effectively fertilized and otherwise pampered lawns, let Mr. Souza and other politicians open a creative dialogue with native plant experts, tree experts, and others more knowledgeable to figure out a less expensive and alternatively attractive way to maintain Davis's parks, greenbelts and trees. Ned Ludd

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