Measure X: November 2005 Election
Rejected: 58.7% opposed, 41.3% in favor
Shall amended Resolution No. 05-96, ammending the Davis General Plan to change the land use designations for the Covell Village property from agriculture to residential and commercial uses, as set forth in the Resolution and establishing the Baseline Project Features for development of the Covell Village Project be approved?
Politics: Growth Politics, Other 2005 issues: School board, state proposals.

Measure X was on the November 2005 Yolo County Election ballot. It proposed altering the Davis General Plan to include Covell Village. In other words, passage of Measure X was required for the creation of Covell Village. It failed by a vote of 12,578 NO to 8,843 YES (58.7% to 41.3%).

Some wiki users tried to Predict the Measure X Vote.

Pro-X campaign calls to voter cell phones

The following section was contributed to by several users and needs to be cleaned up for pronoun ambiguities.

Apparently the Mayor (?) is using an automatic dialing system to spread a Yes on X message, calling from number 999-999-9999. An automated message from firefighter Bobby Weiss also has been spamming cell phones, calling from number 630. Phone numbers were obtained from voter registration records. Anything you put on those forms is a matter of public record, and if you list your cell phone number as a home number, then you're essentially giving them licence to phone-spam you. Problems like this will undoubtedly become more problematic for people doing away with their land lines.

It shall be unlawful for any person within the United States or 

any person outside the United States if the recipient is within

the United States--

(A) to make any call (other than a call made for emergency

purposes or made with the prior express consent of the called

party) using any automatic telephone dialing system or an

artificial or prerecorded voice--

(iii) to any telephone number assigned to a paging

service, cellular telephone service, specialized mobile

radio service, or other radio common carrier service, or any

service for which the called party is charged for the call;

Making my cell phone number a matter of public record — since it's not unlisted, it already is anyway — doesn't permit you to spam my cell phone. I didn't memorize the form I filled out, but I don't recall seeing anything that said by putting my number on the voter registration form I was giving blanket permission for anybody to spam my cell phone. IANAL but this seems like a pretty clear violation of the 1991 TCPA.

I didn't pay close attention to the message but my wife said it was from a former mayor. If so perhaps that explains some of the confusion.

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2005-10-31 18:32:22   not quite on topic but, What do people think of the likelyhood of another lawsuit to stop CV if X passes? I would be surprized if the anit-growth people didn't try something. —RocksandDirt

2005-11-02 13:28:32   55% Yes, 45% no —SammyBallard

2005-11-02 15:42:48   Mayor pro term Greenwald is against Measure X, so perhaps someone else is doing the spamming. —JesseSingh

Ruth Asmundson is the current mayor.

2005-11-02 16:21:43   Was that the 999-999-9999 number that called me earlier today? —CraigBrozinsky

2005-11-02 17:03:00   My mistake! —JesseSingh

2005-11-02 17:06:48   Yes, it's the 999 number. I got the call twice. It was a man's voice on the message but conveniently his name is garbled. Who was it? I want to call his house. —JackHaskel

2005-11-12 21:02:07   I received a pre-recorded Pro X message on my land home line from the Davis ex-mayor. The ex-mayor on my message was Maynard Skinner. —MikeCarr

2005-11-02 23:03:20   it's possible the anti-x'ers are spamming to give the yes'ers a bad name. —ApolloStumpy

- And use a message from Ruth Asmundson? Your suggestion appears unlikely. - SharlaDaly

2005-11-03 00:22:38   Isn't it illegal to use auto dialers? —MichaelGiardina

2005-11-03 00:21:22   there not using autodiliars, the university sells our phone numbers to whom evever wants it —PattyAllen

2005-11-03 00:59:49   That may be true, but the message I got was without a doubt recorded. Beyond that, everyone got the same message. Do you think a human being manually dialed every sold phone number and then hit a 'playback button' Let's just assume so, that's just an inneficient auto dialer.... Anyhow, this is the first spam or commercial call I ever got on my cell phone... Here's my bet, this will be a serious issue in 3 years... —MichaelGiardina

2005-11-03 07:18:30   There is a service that soccer teams use to send out announcements to the players. It has taken the place of the old "phone tree" method. The phone numbers are programmed in (manually) and then the coach can dial up one number and record a message. The system then calls all the numbers and leaves the message. It can even detect answering machines and wait for the beep before leaving the message. Each family signs a form giving permission. I believe that political campaigns are not restricted by the "Do not call" list, so they can use this. I would think after the Guidaro fiasco from the last election (where a developer paid for a telephone campaign without telling anyone - even the candidates) Yes'ers would know that Davis is turned off by this method. I believe that they have a Sacramento company running their campaign. —SharlaDaly

2005-11-03 12:50:37   Unsolicited cell phone calls are illegal, under the 1991 TCPA, and will no doubt continue to be so. You can complain to your cell phone carrier and I think they will forward it to the authorities (the fines are big). Unless of course you have a land line automatically forwarded to your cell phone, in which case nothing is being done wrong. —KennethWaters

2005-11-06 13:44:33   so is it true that Yolo County is subpoaened student voting records because of the whole pizza thing? That's what I saw on some hippie's sign outside of Safeway today. —ApolloStumpy

2005-11-06 14:03:10   Freddie Oakley, Yolo County Clerk, has directed that the votes from the UCD polling station be counted, but kept together and set aside in case there is a legal response to the misconduct by the Yes on Measure X campaign members ("Pizzagate" and Norbi Kumagai, after being removed as the poll judge, caught the next day talking to people inside the polling station). Student votes are not the focus as non-students also voted there and students will be voting absentee and at their neighborhood polls too. Also, the votes will be counted and added to the total, so its OK to go ahead and use the UCD polling station, if it is more convenient than your neighborhood polling station. —SharlaDaly

2005-11-07 13:37:50   I sympathize with general anti-growth sentiment, but do we really know that CV is a monster? It seems to me growth is a necessary evil, and the CV plan tries to make a green addition. —KevinCosta

2005-11-08 09:16:57   if measure x fails, i hope that new mace un-enviromental development gets approved by the supervisors and f***s everyone on the east side. of course, the hippies won't apologize. —ApolloStumpy

2005-11-08 15:26:25   Well, soon we'll find out, but I think the opposition to Measure X is based on the premise that all development is bad. I mean their biggest argument against it is that "it's not really affordable." Well, $600k houses ARE affordable for Davis. Even though most people can't afford to live in the Davis market, it's better than nothing. Plus all the anti-X people seem to have clustered into central Davis, and even there it seems a roughly 50/50 split. Since most people don't live in Central Davis, I'm suspecting the folks in the outlying areas will overwhelming vote for it. Especially when you say "Trader Joe's." Another thing I'm thinking is that the development in that area might give more of a presence to the north-east Davis, south of Nuggett... so maybe the ugly-orange shopping center might have an anchor tenant again... maybe they'll paint it a normal color?! Hyperbole. But fun. —JaimeRaba

  • Obviously all developement is not bad, just developement in Davis is. $600,000.00 is not affordable to a vast majority (~90%) of Davis residents. Covell Village is mainly aimed at people who do not live or work in Davis. It is not about providing housing to Davis residents, rather it is about enriching M. Corbett and his cronies. PaulThober