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Davis, California

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Editorial: Measure R

Measure R would keep decisions on development and construction projects in the city of Davis in its residents’ hands.

If passed, the measure will extend an already-existing law – Measure J – until 2020. Measure J states projects on agricultural land surrounding the city must be approved by a majority of Davis citizens. It was originally passed in 2000 with a 53.6 percent vote.

Nothing that’s occurred in the past 10 years suggests the ordinance should be done away with.

For many residents, maintaining Davis’ small-town feel is of high importance. They choose to call the city home because of this. Measure R gives voters the chance to decide which projects they feel would benefit their community most.

Opponents of the measure argue the policy delays development and innovation as well as the growth of affordable housing options. This isn’t the case. Such projects remain a possibility; Measure R simply requires the voters’ approval before pursuing them.

By voting yes on Measure R, Davis will continue to be an innovative, small-town community, just as it has been for the past 10 years with Measure J.


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