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Bob Dunning: A clean sweep, but for stubborn Joe

By From page A2 | February 12, 2014

WOLK DYNASTY … it’s nearly a clean sweep for Dan Wolk when it comes to endorsements for his California Assembly candidacy from his Davis City Council colleagues … while the easy thing would have been to simply decline to endorse, Council Members Rochelle Swanson, Lucas Frerichs and Brett Lee all threw their support behind Davis’ fast-rising boy wonder … the backing would be unanimous but for the stubbornness of Mayor Joe Krovoza, who for reasons known only to him has so far steadfastly refused to endorse Wolk’s bid for higher office …

SPEAKING OF HIGHER OFFICE … my friend Sarah on the Bird Streets suggests that when compared to a seat on the Davis City Council, a seat in the California Assembly does not represent “higher” office … she does have a point …

THE NAME GAME … it’s official … our million-dollar plan to wrest the means of power from PG&E will henceforth be known as the Davis Utility District … “DUD” for short …

EXCESS PRODUCTION … as wonderful as the Farm to Fork movement is in our area, imagine if the whole country adopted the same philosophy … the first thing that would happen is that 95 percent of California’s farmers would be flat out of business … what, you really think that Californians eat all those almonds and walnuts and tomatoes we grow? …

The second thing is that we’d have plenty of water to meet our needs, even in times of drought … you can take shorter showers, eat off paper plates and pee in the back yard all you want, but those heroic efforts will be a drop in the bucket compared to the vast amounts of water California agriculture consumes every year …

NO WATER IN DAVIS RESTAURANTS … rumor has it that Davis restaurants are being advised not to serve patrons a complimentary glass of water unless they specifically request one … mustn’t waste a precious resource, you know … and while this might make sense from a manpower standpoint, it’s just plain silly otherwise … the human body, after all, needs a certain amount of water each day … so, if you don’t drink that glass of water in a restaurant, you’re more likely to drink a glass of water at home … put simply, we can’t do without water …

Besides, those same Davis restaurants have no trouble serving patrons a glass of wine, despite reliable estimates that it takes 40 gallons of water to produce that glass of wine and at least half that much to produce a bottle of beer … milk, apple juice, coffee and tea also take considerable water to produce …

The best policy in terms of conservation would be for Davis restaurants to serve only water to their patrons … best estimates are that it takes approximately eight ounces of water to produce an eight-ounce glass of water … the next thing you know, the Davis City Council will ban the consumption of watermelon, watercress and water buffalo within the city limits …

DROUGHT BE DAMNED … my friend Arthur at yahoo.com has about had it with all the talk about our local rivers drying up to a trickle, despite last week’s downpour … “Aren’t we still on well water?” Art asks … “Do we get any water from surface water?” … nope, the only river water currently in Davis is the gallon jug my kids filled last summer at the headwaters of the Mighty Sacramento at the municipal park in the city of Mount Shasta … because this water is alleged to have mystical, magical powers, we’re saving it for a true emergency …

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