Back in June, we told you about a pair of fluoride fights up in Yolo County.
Earlier this month, the Davis City Council rejected fluoridation by a vote of 4 to 1. Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson’s comments, reported by the Sacramento Bee, are pointed.
“This is one issue that’s not 50-50 – 10-to-1, people are begging us not to put this in the water … A lot of people did not expect fluoride. I’m not willing to risk the water project,” Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson said, adding the city’s charge was to “provide good, clean, reliable water to our city. I don’t think fluoride is a component of that.”
“Nowhere was there mention of fluoridation of the water supply” in the argument for Measure I, said Councilman Lucas Frerichs, who along with Mayor Joe Krovoza helped draft the supporting ballot argument. Both voted Tuesday against adding fluoride to city water.
“It feels almost like a bait-and-switch,” Frerichs said. “It’s pretty frustrating that fluoridation comes up now.”
Only Councilman Dan Wolk voted to fluoridate Davis’ water supply, calling the plan an obligation to protect children’s dental health, particularly those in households with limited access to dental care.
“Fluoride is the right decision,” Wolk said. “I really believe we have a policy obligation to these children.”
His motion was met with silence.
The city of Woodland – also involved in the water project that brought this issue to light – has yet to decide one way or the other on fluoridation.
We’ll let you know when they do.
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