We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week:
CHEERS to head coach Ron Gould and his UC Davis Aggie football team as they near the end of summer camp and prepare to take on No. 11 Stanford on Saturday, Aug. 30. Facing the Cardinal, a storied Football Bowl Championship team, is sure to be a true test of the team’s speed, quickness, strength and fortitude.
But Aggie fans remember the last time UCD and Stanford met on the gridiron, in 2005. That’s right: It was a thrilling 20-17 Aggie victory, featuring a Jon Grant-to-Blaise Smith touchdown pass with just 8 seconds remaining in the game.
Much has changed at both schools since then, of course, but who says Aggie Pride can’t prevail again?
JEERS to the time and effort being expended by supporters of a petition drive to place a $15-per-hour minimum wage measure on the November 2015 ballot. We thought community discussions earlier this year about wages being set more appropriately at a state or national level had put this notion to bed.
However, supporters have $10,100 in their campaign coffers so far, including $5,100 in cash donations from two unions, a local Safeway clerk and a Davis resident, who also lent the campaign $5,000.
A total of 8,000 signatures must be gathered to put the measure on a ballot; there’s no word on how many they’ve collected so far. Supporters are waiting until UC Davis students return to town to renew their efforts. They’ll likely find support among students, of course, but community members should be loud and clear about their concerns of this measure’s impact on local businesses.
CHEERS to the city of Davis for soliciting residents’ input on what types of LED street lights they want in their neighborhood. After hearing howls of complaint from locals who dislike the glare of the bright new lights, the City Council wisely placed the program on hold and sought advice from experts at the UC Davis California Lighting and Technology Center.
Bright street lights, of course, enhance public safety. But residents also have the right to live on streets that won’t be mistaken for big-box store parking lots. The city is experimenting with different ways of reducing the glare, using shields and dimmers, while maintaining safety and as much of the cost/energy savings as possible.
For more information and a link to the survey, visit http://public-works.cityofdavis.org/transportation/construction-projects/city-wide-streetlight-led-retrofit-project.
CHEERS to the thousands of people who baked, preserved, knitted, sewed, painted, sculpted, crafted, grew and tended their prize-winning entries in the Yolo County Fair. Cheers as well to the hundreds of FFA students who fed, groomed and trained their animals before putting them up for bids in the fair’s annual livestock auction.
This year was one of the fair’s best, as evidenced by record crowds. Thanks to all involved for putting on a fabulous down-home celebration of everything that’s right with our wonderful little agricultural county.