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

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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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  • Jim LeonardMay 30, 2014 - 11:23 am

    The scam that was pulled on Davis was thus: 1) get voters to vote for an unneeded, costly water treatment plant; 2) make sure single family homeowners--who have been the backbone of the Davis slow growth movement--pay much more than anyone else; 3) give them the opportunity to lower their water bills by voting for more growth to distribute the cost of buying and maintaining the plant over a wider group of homeowners; 4) build more developments. What I say here will (by some) dismissed as a conspiracy theory. However, if you take publicly available statistics (population size and density of Davis and Woodland, gallons of water used on a per capita basis for both cities,amount of water per day forecast to come to Woodland and Davis daily in the Summertime, and, also, derive the amount of land in acres between Davis and Woodland) you end up with the following results: the end population of Davis being 125,000 and Woodland of 132,550. The amount of land needed to accommodate the added population is approximately equal to the amount of land available between Davis and Woodland. Of course the Davis Enterprise wants to have Measure P go down. It is economically "rational" for it to want that. I have other values and advise everyone to vote "Yes" on Measure P.

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  • May 30, 2014 - 8:51 pm

    A vote of "yes" on Measure P will do nothing but cost ratepayers more money. Yes on P proponents are all about killing the water project because they mistakenly link it to residential and commercial growth. The water treatment plant was downsized to accommodate current residents and no more than a 1% growth rate, which is what is required by SACOG. If this town does not grow at all, more schools will close and it will end up as a retirement community. No new business means no new tax revenue to pay for city services.

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  • Sue GreenwaldMay 30, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    It is unfortunate that city staff and the City Council have given false information to the press and to citizens regarding potential costs to the water project if Measure P passes. Not only is it morally wrong, but it deprives council of an important opportunity to learn what citizens really think about the rate structure. The truth is that the passage of Measure P will NOT cause the water project to fall through, will NOT cause the project to cost more, will NOT cause us to lose low interest loans. All Measure P does is roll back the water rates to what they were last year for the 2 or 2 1/2 months until Council puts a fairer rate through the Prop. 218 process. Our reserves are more than enough to make up the relatively small shortfall. Since the project will not fall through, there will be no fines or penalties. And we will not lose low-interest loans. The state low interest loans were lost because council made a terrible error when they chose a project with privatized operations. The state has a law against giving its low-interest loans when projects with privatized operations are involved. This problem has nothing to do with Measure P one way or the other.

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  • May 31, 2014 - 9:39 am

    "And we will not lose low-interest loans." And you know this how? It would make perfect sense that lenders would be hesitant to make loans to a city that because of a pending initiative, may roll back its water rates to a level that cannot pay for the surface water project. So you are claiming city staff is lying about this but everyone should believe you, when common sense would dictate otherwise? "The state low interest loans were lost because council made a terrible error when they chose a project with privatized operations." Wrong again. There is a push afoot to obtain the low interest state loans because it is believed the state has misinterpreted the situation. Now who did you say we should believe?

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  • Sue GreenwaldMay 31, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    I never said that we won't lose our state low interest loans. In fact, I said we probably will -- due to a disastrous council decision to choose a project with privatized operations. You are right that "there is a move afoot" to change the state law against giving state low-interest loans to projects with privatized operations so that Davis can qualify. Our local legislators tried once and failed. Hopefully they will succeed; keep your fingers crossed. All of this has absolutely nothing to do with Measure P.

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