Sunday, September 21, 2014

Big ‘reveal’ nears for pricey water tank


From page A2 | June 13, 2012 |

THE FRUIT OF OUR LABOR … many of you will remember that when the city of Davis went out of town to hire the Sacramento firm of LC Mural and Design to paint the East Area Water Tank and awarded $75,000 to get the job done, we were promised by the artists themselves that something special would happen at the summer solstice … what you might not have heard is that one night the council slipped an extra $16,650 into the pot when it decided the adjacent Jacques DeBra pump house needed a coat of paint as well … heck, my kids would have painted the pump house for popcorn and lemonade, but that’s another story … any way you slice it, what we have now is a $91,650 project awaiting only the solstice to call itself complete …

Now, there’s no doubt that Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel are talented folks … a look at their various projects around the area proves that beyond question … and while I was an early and frequent critic of both the money spent and the design selected for the East Area Tank, I’ve been willing to wait until the solstice arrives before pronouncing final judgment … as if anyone’s going to give us our money back if we don’t like it … well, that day is nearly upon us …

Actually, Lacin and Christophel have picked what they’re calling “Summer Solstice Sunday,” June 24, as the day of celebration … we’re all invited to come explore and “experience the delight of the sun as it casts shadows from the top of Same Sun.” … we understand the planet Venus has promised to behave itself during the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ceremony so as not to upstage the artists …

According to Lacin and Christophel, the sun’s shadow will “complete the painted Latin phrase, ‘Sol Omnibus Lucet,’ “ which roughly translates to “I took the bus here from Woodland.” … it should be a big day in the history of our town … admission free … void where prohibited by law …

EVEN MORE SHADOWY CONDUCT … maybe it’s just an unfortunate coincidence of timing, but even as we smash a ceremonial bottle of champagne across the imaginary bow of the massive East Area Tank, we are reminded of those nine city employees who lost their jobs this week due to a lack of funds … funny, because I’ll bet any one of them would have been happy to work for a lousy $91,650 …

DANDY DAN INDEED … kicking things into hyper-speed, County Clerk Freddie Oakley eliminated any doubt that last week’s Davis City Council results might change significantly when she released new-and-improved numbers Tuesday … the new tally, which included a previously uncounted number of absentee ballots, left the order of finish exactly as it was a week ago, with Dan Wolk solidly on top, followed by Lucas Frerichs, Brett Lee, Sue Greenwald and Steve Souza …

Lee actually increased his narrow lead over Sue Greenwald for the third and final spot, moving from a 230-vote advantage up to 281 … Wolk, meanwhile, continued to pile up the votes, finishing with 10,212 and a whopping 3,362-vote lead over Frerichs … a quick check with Guinness confirms that Wolk is indeed the first person in world history to pull over 10,000 votes in a Davis City Council election … actually, he’s also the first person to pull over 10,211 votes …

For those who scoff and say there’s only one Davis City Council, so this is hardly a “world” record, please note that Wolk beat out competitors not only in his hometown, but also in Davis, W. Va.; Davis, Okla.; Davis, S.D.; Davis, Ill.; Davis, Ind.; Davis, Mo.; Fort Davis, Texas; Davis County, Utah; Jefferson Davis Parish, La.; Mount Davis, N.H.; and Davis, Saskatchewan … his total does, however, fall a bit short of a world record for all elections …

Barack Obama received 69,499,428 votes in 2008 to edge Dandy Dan by 69,489,216 votes for the North American title … but give the kid time … he’ll get there, I’m sure …

— Reach Bob Dunning at





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