Don’t shy from word ‘lobbyist’

In an otherwise well-written article Sunday, school board candidate Alan Fernandes’ current occupation is described as working in Sacramento, “representing the county of Los Angeles in matters pertaining to state government.” It strikes me that the phrasing is a carefully crafted way of avoiding the word “lobbyist” and all the connotations that the word carries […]

October 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Peterson is analytical, energetic

Having taught at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School for the past 11 years, I was thrilled to learn that Nancy Peterson is a candidate for the Davis school board. I got to know Nancy when her daughter was in my first-grade class. At that time, MME had just opened. Nancy worked tirelessly with the entire school […]

October 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Lovenburg: experience, integrity

Susan Lovenburg is exactly the kind of person we need on the Davis school board heading into continued challenging times for our school district. Susan does her homework and is one of the most thorough people I know when it comes to doing research on an issue. Susan has a detailed understanding of the complicated […]

October 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Silencing the opposition?

On Friday, the Davis High School PTA and NewStar Chinese School hosted a forum for candidates for Davis school board.┬áSeveral of the candidates, including Susan Lovenburg, Alan Fernandes and Jose Granda, placed their campaign materials on a table the organizers had set up. As soon as Granda turned around and went to find the order […]

October 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Thank you, Watermelon Music

I want to give a big thank you to Jeff Simons and Watermelon Music for helping us out of a jam. A couple of Fridays ago, the band I sing for (Hardwater) had a gig at the E Street Plaza. We were almost done setting up when we realized we had no monitors. It was […]

October 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Thoughts on coach Yudin

“Alyssa! That was a 50-50 ball! You should own those!” Coach Ashley Yudin yelled out to our daughter Alyssa in one of the many soccer games that she played under his sometimes-stern supervision. Ashley had a voice as warm and fuzzy as a mile of rusty barbed wire, which you probably could find on the […]

October 05, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Calling Mars home, sweet home

The issue: Rover Curiosity pinpoints ancient stream bed as a potential site for a future base If there were such an entity as a Martian real estate agent, the cap would be off the smiling agent’s pen and the sales contract slid confidently in front of John Grotzinger for an immediate closing. Grotzinger is the […]

October 03, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

First responders at the movies

Some time ago at the Varsity Theatre, an off-screen drama preceded the featured film. Having dropped off a couple of friends while I parked, I returned to find one of them had lost her footing and fallen, resulting in a deep gash in her leg. In no time, several moviegoers were administering first aid by […]

October 04, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Where there’s a will, there’s revenge

Dear Annie: I am an 88-year-old father with three grown daughters. I have a substantial amount listed in my will, which originally was to be equally divided. A year ago, my youngest daughter and I had a falling out. I said something that irritated her, and she said I am not allowed to bring up […]

Fernandes works collaboratively

We highly recommend Alan Fernandes, a candidate for the Davis Joint Unified School District Board of Education. Regardless of the results of the November elections, the district will be facing significant fiscal and operational challenges. Alan’s family, education, career path, understanding of the relationships between local and state entities, volunteerism and devotion to wide-ranging community […]

October 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Cheap shots at California are inaccurate

Back in years like 1936 and 1972, when California was in the midst of serious recessions, no Republican presidential candidate or surrogate would have dared bash California the way Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Peggy Noonan and others lately have. Back then, this state was pretty safely Republican in presidential voting and no GOP bigwig would […]

October 02, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

In the future, nobody will be at the wheel

The issue: The technology for driverless cars is already here, making commutes safer and faster Enjoy driving your car now. You may not be doing it much longer. The driverless car is here. GOV. JERRY BROWN has given the go-ahead for self-driving cars on a test basis in California, our largest and most auto-addicted state […]

October 02, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Grandma’s favoritism stirs rivalry

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law blatantly favors her oldest granddaughter, “Miranda,” to the exclusion of the other four. She says Miranda is the “good granddaughter” and her 17-year-old sister, “Amy,” is the “troublemaker.” I believe that Amy acts out partly because of the negative label she has been saddled with for years. Meanwhile, Miranda can do […]