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City Supports UC Davis’ Efforts to Provide Needed On-Campus Housing

Post Date:October 17, 2018 5:19 pm

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) recently filed a lawsuit claiming UC Davis did not follow the California Environmental Quality Act requirements in the development of the UC Davis Long Range Development Plan.

The City is satisfied that appropriate mitigations are in place to address the UC Davis Long Range Development Plan. The recent MOU between the City and the University exemplifies our shared commitment to fulfill the immediate and long term housing needs of students.

“Providing additional and affordable housing for students is of paramount importance. The City stands at the University's side in our mutual desire to fulfill the needs for student housing” stated City Manager Mike Webb.

“I am hopeful that the lawsuit will be withdrawn. While I do understand that the UC Regents and AFSCME have their differences, I believe it is important for UC Davis to be able to move forward with their on-campus housing plans.  Providing more on-campus housing obviously benefits students, but it also benefits those employees who work at UC Davis.” stated Davis Mayor Brett Lee.

Councilmember Dan Carson said, “It is critical that our community move forward with additional student housing on campus and off campus.  I hope the current litigation over the campus growth plans can be resolved quickly in a way that will benefit the city and UC Davis.”

The City encourages AFSCME to withdraw the lawsuit and utilize other means of engaging in conversation with UC Davis to discuss their concerns.

For more information, please contact the City of Davis City Manager’s Office at 530-757-5602 or cmoweb@cityofdavis.org