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Cheers and Jeers: We’re making progress on water rates

By From page A6 | May 30, 2014

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

CHEERS to the Davis City Council for heeding the community’s concerns about convoluted and confusing water rates, and giving clear direction to its newly constituted Utility Rate Advisory Committee. That panel will come back to the council with some water rate options, none of which will include the controversial look-back pricing on which our rates are based now.

We continue to oppose Measure P, which will be decided by voters on Tuesday, because we’re concerned that its passage could mean our water project will be much more costly.

CHEERS to the UC Davis athletics department for doing things right. Anyone who doubted whether the university would sell out its high academic standards for wins on the field or court can rest easy now. The NCAA’s just-released Academic Progress Reports show many Aggie teams at the head of their respective conferences.

In addition to football (972), which led the Big Sky Conference for the second year in a row, and men’s basketball (974), which had the best APR in the Big West, women’s water polo (993), men’s soccer (984) and women’s gymnastics (997) each finished ahead of any team in their league.

Additionally, UCD women’s tennis — which has posted a perfect score in all seven years it has been measured — and women’s volleyball (989) both tied for highest APR in the Big West.

Congratulations to UCD administrators, coaches and student-athletes for making us proud both on the field of play and in the classroom.

JEERS to the amount of money being spent on piles and piles of political mailers in local races this campaign season. The primary culprits are the PACs that have spent more than $1 million in the 4th Assembly District race, but plenty of bucks have been poured into the race for Yolo Superior Court judge as well.

Multiple mailers for the same candidate arriving in our mailbox on the same day is simply overkill.

CHEERS to the Blue Devil baseball team, which will face St. Mary’s on Friday night and Saturday for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I crown. Davis High, coached by 19-year veteran Dan Ariola, has won two section titles, in 2000 and 2004. That 10-year drought is fueling the fire in the bellies of DHS’ diamond stars.

Teamwork is the hallmark of these Devils, who have rallied time and again this season. We wish them the best of luck in their pursuit of the title. Go, Blue!

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