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Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.

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The Human Rights Commission of Davis California says the BSA is in Clear Violation of the City of Davis' Anti-discrimination Ordinance

Scouts deal sparks uproar, Davis' $80,000 bought out lease
By Pamela Martineau, Staff Writer
Sacramento Bee, February 27, 2001
Sacramento, CA

This article reports that tonight the City Council of Davis will take up the issue of a real estate deal they made in closed session last summer with the Boy Scouts over the fate of a historic cabin.

The deal was struck in order to prematurely break a city-held $1-a-year lease to the Scouts and get them to vacate their cabin so the city could purchase the land to build a turn lane.

The land is actually owned by UC Davis, which leases it to the city, which subleases it to the Scouts.

Apparently, the city's $80,000 payment to the Scouts is for the circa 1927 cabin which, though structurally unsound and slated for demolition, is owned jointly by the Scouts and the Rotary Club.

The city's Human Relations Commission is angry because they believe that city officials are violating the town's non-discrimination policy.

Davis Mayor Ken Wagstaff admitted that he should have keep the Commission informed about the cabin agreement as it has long opposed any city relations with the Scouts, due to their well-known discriminatory policy against gays and non-theists. City Councilwoman Susie Boyd said that the deal is about money, not philosophies.



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