Sunday, March 29, 2015

Cheers and Jeers: Moving on after water suit accord

From page C2 | August 29, 2014 |

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week:

CHEERS to the news that the litigation over Davis’ water rates has been shelved, thanks to an agreement signed by attorney Michael Harrington and Mayor Dan Wolk. The settlement clears the way for Davis to arrange bond financing at the best possible rates, meaning lower costs for all ratepayers in the future.

The city received a promise from Harrington and the plaintiffs he represented, the Yolo Ratepayers Association for Affordable Public Utilities, that they will not oppose new rates scheduled to be adopted by the City Council on Sept. 16; will not sue over water or sewer rates or the spring 2013 Measure I vote to approve the surface water project; and will not launch a referendum, initiative or any other “public process” over any of the above.

The city agreed to pay its own water and sewer charges dating back to August 2010, continue water education and conservation programs and financially assist low-income customers who cannot afford the higher water rates.

JEERS to motorists who put other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians at risk because they’re not paying attention to the new construction project underway at the busy intersection of Third and G streets. The old building on the corner there was torn down earlier this month and a new retail and office building will be erected on the site.

In the meantime, be safe out there!

CHEERS to the opening of the 2014-15 year in the Davis public schools. The start of classes every fall (OK … late summer) gives everyone a chance to start fresh, with high hopes for a stimulating, enriching academic year.

We wish only the best for our hard-working teachers: students ready and able to learn, the technological help necessary to bring their lesson plans to life and the unflagging support of school principals and district office administrators. We also wish the best for our students: engaging classroom discussions, manageable homework loads and exciting extracurricular opportunities.

OK, everyone: Let’s learn!

CHEERS to the 2014 inductees into the Davis High School Hall of Fame. The DHS Blue & White Foundation has selected an amazing group of people who richly deserve this honor: businessman/philanthropist Doug Arnold, American Ballet Theatre CEO Rachel Moore, retired counselor/coach Paul Ochs, Olympian Marcy Place Sheehan and dedicated community volunteer Wanda Winton.

There’s still time to buy tickets to their induction dinner, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 13, at the ARC Ballroom at UC Davis. The Enterprise’s own Bob Dunning is the emcee, and he guarantees a lively evening full of reminiscing about what makes Davis High School the breeding ground of such stellar folks.

Join the fun! And even better: Kick in a few extra dollars so a DHS teacher can attend as well.



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