The Water Advisory Committee kept two open options to bring surface water into Davis. One option would include joining our neighbors to the north in Woodland and the second alternative would be purchasing our water from West Sacramento. Ultimately Davis voters will determine which, if any, project is adopted. The less expensive choice would be the Sacramento option. This would assure Davis of having clean drinking water for the next three decades. Giving the City Council more than one choice was the right decision and will hopefully give the council the impetus to cut more cost from the eventual option placed on the ballot and presented to the voters.
There is a downside to keeping both options open, it will cost the city at least $500,000 to fill its share of the WDCWA water treatment site, in order to keep the Woodland/Davis project on schedule. What’s a couple of dollars during this economical malaise. Pun intended. The cost to the city ranges from $142 million for the West Sacramento project up to $163 million for the Woodland-Davis undertaking. The consensus from the committee was that the overall cost for either design was still unclear. There’s going to be a tremendous financial impact felt by every resident, regardless of which project is submitted to the voters in the spring.
More kudos to UC Davis, it was recently voted the coolest school in the United States by the Sierra magazine in its annual rankings of the nation’s greenest schools. The project that turned the tide for UC Davis was the West Village project, labeled the country’s largest net zero community. This enclave will someday house over 3,000 students, faculty and staff and be powered by electricity produced on the same 130 acres.
The news is not all rosy on the campus of UC Davis, as we figured the pepper-spray incident just won’t go away. It was recently discovered that UCD paid two separate investigators over $230,000 to perform an internal affairs investigation. They concluded the pepper-spraying of unarmed protesters was disturbing, but reasonable under the circumstances. The cost of the internal affairs investigation brings the amount UC Davis has paid on consultants since the pepper-spray incident to more than $686,000. I understand the need for UCD’s due diligence and the necessity to protect themselves during the endless lawsuits coming their way, but the viral pictures that reverberated around the world can not be defended, no matter how much money you pay for your own investigation. The court of law will eventually determine what responsibility UCD had during that sordid incident. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home.