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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:02 PM

Vaping ban pulled from City Council agenda, but concerns remain high

As for council member Scott Davis, he feels there's more that needs to be done when it comes to California laws relating to vaping and tobacco products.

"I think its prudent and the more responsible thing to pull it temporarily to see what the state is going to do," says Davis. "Then our ordinance in Salinas will work in collaboration with the state ordinance," he continued.

Davis is also advocating for a city ordinance in Salinas that would make it illegal for minors to be in possession of tobacco products.

"There has to be some sort of recourse for a minor in possession of it. Now, that doesn't mean the minor will have to go to juvenile hall or get arrested… instead they would take anti-tobacco or smoking classes provided by the probation department."

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:00 AM

Cities Step In To Halt Last-Minute Evictions

Hernandez currently lives in Salinas City Councilman Scott Davis’s district. Not only did the news of this set of evictions not surprise him, he said, but it was occurring across the county as well. 

“Bottom line is, it’s a loophole, it’s being utilized, and being taken advantage of in our communities, especially in the city of Salinas and the Alisal area, where it’s difficult for a lot of families to make ends meet already,” said Davis.

“You’re going to see an increase in homelessness. Families, women and children on our streets,” Davis continued. “This may exacerbate that problem. We have reduced it in a small portion. These (evictions) have high potential to reverse the progress we’ve made on our streets.”

Despite the intentions of lawmakers, Davis said these measures may only postpone some of the evictions they are meant to help end.

“It’s intended for those who are doing the right thing, paying their rent and whose landlords are using this loophole in an unjust way,” he said. “It’s not a cure-all, not a panacea, just gives tenants extra protection they can use in court. That doesn’t mean they will get a stay of eviction: a judge will agree with us or they won’t get evicted down the road.”

Davis intends to introduce a proposal on renter’s rights in December. 

“We have the perfect storm, so to speak,” said Davis. “We have to be very careful moving forward so we don’t exacerbate the issue.”

Friday, October 18, 2019 12:00 AM

California housing measures offer hope for high-cost Salinas

“We have an insatiable need for housing,” City Councilman Scott Davis said. “No matter how much housing we build, we’ll never have enough.”

Thursday, September 20, 2018 12:00 AM

Sowing the Seeds of Justice

On Tuesday this week, Salinas City Councilmember Scott Davis said at the council meeting that he really appreciates the involvement of the faith community in trying to find answers to the problem of homelessness in Salinas and particularly what our church is doing with the Neighborhood Service Center.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 12:00 AM

Sustainable Salinas Honors the Legacy of César Chávez

On Friday, March 23, 2018 César E. Chávez Elementary School hosted its annual César Chávez Peace March & Celebration.  The event commemorated Chávez’s birthday, March 31.

A series of activities honored the birthday of the late American labor leader and civil rights activist. Students participated in a Peace March – ending up at Soberanes Park to plant a flowering cherry tree donated by Sustainable Salinas.

Chávez Elementary Principal Petra Martinez-Diaz said she wants the students to follow the same peaceful ways of Chávez.  “We want to make sure that students know that there are ways to effect change.” Martinez-Diaz said. “If there’s something that you see that is wrong and you want to try to fix it, there are ways to do it without having to be violent.”

Speakers included Salinas Councilman Scott Davis, Leti Hernandez of Sustainable Salinas, and Daniel Hernandez of  Salinas Local Urban Gardeners project.

Friday, February 24, 2017 7:02 PM

Forum attracts over 600 in Salinas

On Thursday night around 600 people packed the gymnasium at Jesse G. Sanchez School for an immigration forum. It was organized by Salinas City Councilmembers Scott Davis, Gloria De La Rosa and Tony Barrera to let residents voice concerns about their own situations and ask questions of a panel of key community officials.

Scott Davis, the new councilmember for District 1, took the initiative to draft the immigration resolution and introduced the idea that Salinas should join the Sanctuary City movement. He began working on the topic of immigration in early January knowing it was an enormous cause of concern for his constituents.

“I noticed a change and a shift in what the priority was in the community,” he said. "It was obvious that an overriding concern was immigration."

Thursday, February 2, 2017 12:00 AM

A new Salinas Councilman tries making a statement on immigration

“I understand the concerns of the immigrant community. But this is my first act as District 1 representative and I hope it sets the tone,” Davis says. “There’s been reservation about me given my professional background, but I hope this is a good benchmark that I am here for them.”

Scott Davis for Salinas City Council 2020, FPPC# 1382857
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