Commentary: Election Day is Upon Us

Tuesday is Election Day here in Davis. There has not been a lot of excitement about the school board races or the two taxes, but frankly these are three very important elections.

The school district has faced a tumultuous two years. They have spent a good deal of that time cleaning up some of the financial messes from past regimes and getting their affairs in order. They face an ongoing challenge in attempts to close the Achievement Gap–a goal that every candidate running for election shares. A small but sizable minority student population that at times have felt disconnected and disaffected from school. Stung by administration decisions and an inability of the district to attract even a nominal number of minority faculty.

The district faces declining enrollment. Last spring, their solution to this problem was to close a neighborhood elementary school. This despite strong support from the neighborhood, the parents, the teachers, and the community at large. That decision will not solve the problem of declining enrollment. It was the wrong solution to the wrong problem. The problem is not too many schools, the problem was lack of good alternative ideas to closing down a school that was quite frankly working where many others in the same situation might not have worked.

The Valley Oak Charter Initiative, which will be turned in tomorrow, quite frankly scuttles that plan. The district will have to come up with new ideas. And there are ideas, some of these ideas emanating from the very people running for the board.

At the same time the district faces a shortage of money, they will be hoping to pass their school parcel tax. Some have suggested the need to play football with this tax measure and send a message to the district. I think it is wrong to send a message to the district that will harm students and student programs. The only problem I see with the parcel tax is that even with this money the district is hurting for money.

Finally, for those of us who value lifelong learning, the message is clear–we need to re-up the library tax. The library tax has not gone up in nearly 20 years. They need the money to be able to modernize the library, maintain the hours and the staff services. If you support lifelong education and public access to books and other resources, this is a no-brainer for the cost of less than 10 dollars per month, we have to renew the library parcel tax and keep our libraries strong.

As I have mentioned, the Vanguard does not formally endorse candidates for office. However, tomorrow will be our election special. The morning story will feature statements from each of the candidates and hopefully Measure P as to why we should vote for them. We already ran our op-ed on Measure Q co-written by Sheila Allen and Gina Daleiden. We will link to that article.

Then in the comments, members of the public are encouraged to endorse their favorite candidates. Of course, anonymous posts are allowed, but an anonymous endorsement of your favorite candidate means almost nothing.

On election night, the Vanguard will be live blogging from the County Elections office in Woodland. And we will have roaming bands of reporters reporting into the community. Anyone in the community who wants to, is encouraged to write in and let us know what is going on. We plan to cover the major parties and perhaps get reactions from the winners–if the winners are declared before we have to go to sleep.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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  • David Greenwald

    Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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  1. “…Charter schools may find that districts are reluctant to share these funds and may need to aggressively pursue them, perhaps by including a provision in their charter that calls for the district to share the funds on some mutually agreeable basis.”

    Popular leverage in the form of a “holding pattern” NO on Measure Q vote while waiting to see the new School Board performance on this issue BEFORE giving them the 2/3 voter approval on the school parcel tax is in the best tradition of populism. Other than simplistic rhetoric, no one has suggested that moving the approval of the school parcel tax 6-9 months into the future with another offering to the voters will irreparably “harm our kids”.

  2. “…Charter schools may find that districts are reluctant to share these funds and may need to aggressively pursue them, perhaps by including a provision in their charter that calls for the district to share the funds on some mutually agreeable basis.”

    Popular leverage in the form of a “holding pattern” NO on Measure Q vote while waiting to see the new School Board performance on this issue BEFORE giving them the 2/3 voter approval on the school parcel tax is in the best tradition of populism. Other than simplistic rhetoric, no one has suggested that moving the approval of the school parcel tax 6-9 months into the future with another offering to the voters will irreparably “harm our kids”.

  3. “…Charter schools may find that districts are reluctant to share these funds and may need to aggressively pursue them, perhaps by including a provision in their charter that calls for the district to share the funds on some mutually agreeable basis.”

    Popular leverage in the form of a “holding pattern” NO on Measure Q vote while waiting to see the new School Board performance on this issue BEFORE giving them the 2/3 voter approval on the school parcel tax is in the best tradition of populism. Other than simplistic rhetoric, no one has suggested that moving the approval of the school parcel tax 6-9 months into the future with another offering to the voters will irreparably “harm our kids”.

  4. “…Charter schools may find that districts are reluctant to share these funds and may need to aggressively pursue them, perhaps by including a provision in their charter that calls for the district to share the funds on some mutually agreeable basis.”

    Popular leverage in the form of a “holding pattern” NO on Measure Q vote while waiting to see the new School Board performance on this issue BEFORE giving them the 2/3 voter approval on the school parcel tax is in the best tradition of populism. Other than simplistic rhetoric, no one has suggested that moving the approval of the school parcel tax 6-9 months into the future with another offering to the voters will irreparably “harm our kids”.

  5. “We plan to cover the major parties and perhaps get reactions from the winners–if the winners are declared before we have to go to sleep.”

    I haven’t heard Freddie Oakley make any pronouncements on this, but I would assume, much like with our last election, that it will take a few days (with the current vote-counting machines) to tally all the ballots. If anyone knows otherwise, please say. I suppose it is possible that the previous election was just an aberration.

  6. “We plan to cover the major parties and perhaps get reactions from the winners–if the winners are declared before we have to go to sleep.”

    I haven’t heard Freddie Oakley make any pronouncements on this, but I would assume, much like with our last election, that it will take a few days (with the current vote-counting machines) to tally all the ballots. If anyone knows otherwise, please say. I suppose it is possible that the previous election was just an aberration.

  7. “We plan to cover the major parties and perhaps get reactions from the winners–if the winners are declared before we have to go to sleep.”

    I haven’t heard Freddie Oakley make any pronouncements on this, but I would assume, much like with our last election, that it will take a few days (with the current vote-counting machines) to tally all the ballots. If anyone knows otherwise, please say. I suppose it is possible that the previous election was just an aberration.

  8. “We plan to cover the major parties and perhaps get reactions from the winners–if the winners are declared before we have to go to sleep.”

    I haven’t heard Freddie Oakley make any pronouncements on this, but I would assume, much like with our last election, that it will take a few days (with the current vote-counting machines) to tally all the ballots. If anyone knows otherwise, please say. I suppose it is possible that the previous election was just an aberration.

  9. DPD wrote:
    “…keep our libraries strong.”

    Measure P is only going to fund the Davis Branch library. The other Yolo County branch libraries–Yolo, Knights Landing, Esparto, Clarksburg, Winters and West Sacramento–will not receive any Measure P money.

  10. DPD wrote:
    “…keep our libraries strong.”

    Measure P is only going to fund the Davis Branch library. The other Yolo County branch libraries–Yolo, Knights Landing, Esparto, Clarksburg, Winters and West Sacramento–will not receive any Measure P money.

  11. DPD wrote:
    “…keep our libraries strong.”

    Measure P is only going to fund the Davis Branch library. The other Yolo County branch libraries–Yolo, Knights Landing, Esparto, Clarksburg, Winters and West Sacramento–will not receive any Measure P money.

  12. DPD wrote:
    “…keep our libraries strong.”

    Measure P is only going to fund the Davis Branch library. The other Yolo County branch libraries–Yolo, Knights Landing, Esparto, Clarksburg, Winters and West Sacramento–will not receive any Measure P money.

  13. How much more tax are we supposed to pay?

    Looking at my current tax bill…
    Davis JT UN ASMT = 165.90
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #1 = 144.60
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #2 = 598.24

    For a total of 908 for schools…I don’t have kids and see the School District paying two sups, delayed repayment on the new school, opening a new school with declining enrollment, opening a new school and talk of closing VO…what else am I missing?

  14. How much more tax are we supposed to pay?

    Looking at my current tax bill…
    Davis JT UN ASMT = 165.90
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #1 = 144.60
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #2 = 598.24

    For a total of 908 for schools…I don’t have kids and see the School District paying two sups, delayed repayment on the new school, opening a new school with declining enrollment, opening a new school and talk of closing VO…what else am I missing?

  15. How much more tax are we supposed to pay?

    Looking at my current tax bill…
    Davis JT UN ASMT = 165.90
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #1 = 144.60
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #2 = 598.24

    For a total of 908 for schools…I don’t have kids and see the School District paying two sups, delayed repayment on the new school, opening a new school with declining enrollment, opening a new school and talk of closing VO…what else am I missing?

  16. How much more tax are we supposed to pay?

    Looking at my current tax bill…
    Davis JT UN ASMT = 165.90
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #1 = 144.60
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #2 = 598.24

    For a total of 908 for schools…I don’t have kids and see the School District paying two sups, delayed repayment on the new school, opening a new school with declining enrollment, opening a new school and talk of closing VO…what else am I missing?

  17. I wish P would just go for keeping services strong at the library. Expansion of the library with a new branch in South Davis just doesn’t make sense to me — and I live in S Davis!!

    What politicians and measure writers never seem to take into consideration is M&O. By expanding the system, your costs are going to rise…which means more money is needed in the long run. So we’ll hear a pledge that it is only 10/month then we expand and all of sudden it becomes 20/month or we’re going to REDUCE services and may have to close a branch. Then it becomes which branch do we reduce service at…

    I understand that this is a bit of a simplification BUT I believe it is a realistic scenario.

  18. I wish P would just go for keeping services strong at the library. Expansion of the library with a new branch in South Davis just doesn’t make sense to me — and I live in S Davis!!

    What politicians and measure writers never seem to take into consideration is M&O. By expanding the system, your costs are going to rise…which means more money is needed in the long run. So we’ll hear a pledge that it is only 10/month then we expand and all of sudden it becomes 20/month or we’re going to REDUCE services and may have to close a branch. Then it becomes which branch do we reduce service at…

    I understand that this is a bit of a simplification BUT I believe it is a realistic scenario.

  19. I wish P would just go for keeping services strong at the library. Expansion of the library with a new branch in South Davis just doesn’t make sense to me — and I live in S Davis!!

    What politicians and measure writers never seem to take into consideration is M&O. By expanding the system, your costs are going to rise…which means more money is needed in the long run. So we’ll hear a pledge that it is only 10/month then we expand and all of sudden it becomes 20/month or we’re going to REDUCE services and may have to close a branch. Then it becomes which branch do we reduce service at…

    I understand that this is a bit of a simplification BUT I believe it is a realistic scenario.

  20. I wish P would just go for keeping services strong at the library. Expansion of the library with a new branch in South Davis just doesn’t make sense to me — and I live in S Davis!!

    What politicians and measure writers never seem to take into consideration is M&O. By expanding the system, your costs are going to rise…which means more money is needed in the long run. So we’ll hear a pledge that it is only 10/month then we expand and all of sudden it becomes 20/month or we’re going to REDUCE services and may have to close a branch. Then it becomes which branch do we reduce service at…

    I understand that this is a bit of a simplification BUT I believe it is a realistic scenario.

  21. DPD I don’t think the football anaology is a good one. Why is playing ruff football. Maybe its, soccer or volleyball or swimming or drama or trick or treating

  22. DPD I don’t think the football anaology is a good one. Why is playing ruff football. Maybe its, soccer or volleyball or swimming or drama or trick or treating

  23. DPD I don’t think the football anaology is a good one. Why is playing ruff football. Maybe its, soccer or volleyball or swimming or drama or trick or treating

  24. DPD I don’t think the football anaology is a good one. Why is playing ruff football. Maybe its, soccer or volleyball or swimming or drama or trick or treating

  25. “How much more tax are we supposed to pay?

    Looking at my current tax bill…
    Davis JT UN ASMT = 165.90
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #1 = 144.60
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #2 = 598.24

    For a total of 908 for schools…”

    Wait until you add to that the sewer/water increases…

  26. “How much more tax are we supposed to pay?

    Looking at my current tax bill…
    Davis JT UN ASMT = 165.90
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #1 = 144.60
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #2 = 598.24

    For a total of 908 for schools…”

    Wait until you add to that the sewer/water increases…

  27. “How much more tax are we supposed to pay?

    Looking at my current tax bill…
    Davis JT UN ASMT = 165.90
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #1 = 144.60
    Davis JT UNIF CFD #2 = 598.24

    For a total of 908 for schools…”

    Wait until you add to that the sewer/water increases…