Thursday, November 27, 2014

Bob Dunning: All’s well for those with wells during drought


From page A2 | January 24, 2014 |

FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE EARTH … as our relentless drought grinds on and the Sacramento and American rivers shrivel to a trickle of their former mighty selves, it’s nice to know that Davis still has wells all over kingdom come to keep our flowers blooming and our toilets flushing …

SPEAKING OF WATER … I received the following email yesterday from a prominent philanthropist and founder of one of the largest foundations in the world … he writes “I believe strongly in ‘giving while living.’ I had one idea that never changed in my mind — that you should use your wealth to help people and I have decided to secretly give $1.9 million to randomly selected individuals worldwide.” … wow, just like that old “Millionaire” program on TV when I was a kid …

“On receipt of this email, you should count yourself as the lucky individual. Your email address was chosen online while searching at random. Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience, so I know your email address is valid.” … I responded by thanking him for his generosity and instructed him to please send my $1.9 million to the Woodland-Davis surface water project … it’s the least I can do for the county I love … besides, they need it more than I do …

HERE COMES THE JUDGE … although I tend to dismiss endorsements folks make when someone is running for office, when the entire Yolo County Superior Court bench issues a unanimous endorsement, I tend to take notice … such is the case with court Commissioner Janene Beronio, who is running for the Superior Court seat being vacated by the retiring Steve Mock … as one judge whose opinion I regard highly told me, “She has handled virtually every assignment as a commissioner and is a proven quantity. She has broad experience in the law and on the bench. We couldn’t be happier that someone of her caliber is going to run.” …

This one appears to be a slam dunk, unless, of course, our good friend Clint Parish emerges from deep exile to take another stab at wearing the long, black robe … he claims to be a good man who got bad advice the last time around and maybe that’s the truth of the matter … I’m certainly willing to let bygones be bygones and give him a second chance … all I know is he was incredibly fun to write about and I’d welcome him back on the local scene … otherwise, we may as well swear Beronio in even as we speak …

PLASTIC INTO PLOWSHARES … in 2009, the border city of Brownsville, Texas, banned plastic shopping bags, according to H. Sterling Burnett’s piece in … and while it’s clearly disappointing to the brain trust that runs the city of Davis to be beaten to the punch by a city in Texas — especially on a so-called environmental issue — this story has an interesting twist …

Turns out there was one exception to the Brownsville ban — customers could still request that their items be packed in plastic bags in exchange for a $1 surcharge per transaction … presumably, you paid on extra dollar whether you used one plastic bag or 10 plastic bags per transaction … notes Burnett: “The fee, which finances city environmental programs, was initially intended to expire over time, at which point plastic bags were to be banned entirely. But now, with revenues flowing, the city has decided that it will not phase out the fee or ban the bags. Instead, Brownsville realized that plastic bags are a source of income to be encouraged rather than a cost to be avoided.” …

Looks like we missed the boat again … maybe it’s time to make Brownsville a Davis sister city and send the mayor on a fact-finding mission to see how to make this ban work better for us, too …
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