Measure K Will Decide Target's Future In Davis

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Target debate is a passionate one in Davis. 

"It’s a real political fight. We’ve got the signs, we’ve got the bumper stickers all that good stuff."

Rob Westergaard is with No on Measure K. He says the proposed Target would violate the city’s general plan and zoning codes designed to keep big box retail out of town. 

"The city spent a lot of time and money crafting a plan that was appropriate for our city and this really flies in the face of that."

Westergaard says a Target would also hurt independent stores in the downtown area. But Davis City Councilman Don Saylor – who supports Measure K – says local consumers need a choice. 

"This is an unmet shopping need in Davis and it will provide affordable shopping options for Davis seniors, university students and families on a budget."

Saylor says right now people in Davis are going to Target stores in other communities. He says keeping those dollars in Davis would boost tax revenues for city services.

Voters will decide for themselves on November 7th.