Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bob Dunning: Assembly candidates love their punctuation


From page A2 | May 13, 2014 |

DOUGH FOR JOE … according to world headquarters of “Krovoza for Assembly,” his campaign “hit a notable milestone: we surpassed 750 individual donors!” … holy exclamation points, I don’t know if that’s a big number or a small number, but I’ll take Joe’s word that it’s a good thing … “Most have given just $100 or less.” … again, I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing …

“We’ve raised an impressive total of $300,000 to date, and our financial support comes almost entirely from individuals and local businesses.” … now wait a minute … if you take 750 individual donors and assume they ponied up $100 each, you’d be stuck at $75,000 … may be time for the campaign to hire a mathematician …

TRAVELING MAN … not to be outdone by Joe Krovoza’s 750 individual donors, Dan Wolk’s campaign is planning a “Wolk Across the District!” complete with a competing exclamation point … says Danny Boy: “May 17 and 18 we are going to hold canvass events in every town and city in the 4th Assembly District, — all 13 of them! …

For the record, that would be Yountville, Calistoga, St. Helena, Rohnert Park, American Canyon, Napa, Lakeport, Clearlake, Dixon, Winters, Davis, Woodland and Williams …. apparently not qualifying for township status are Arbuckle, Madison, Esparto, Capay, Rumsey, Brooks and greater metropolitan Guinda … the good folks in Williams could well decide this thing if they’re willing to leave the bar at Granzella’s long enough to vote …

IDENTITY THEFT … “Dinner at the Dump benefits Vacaville Museum” said the headline on the press release that arrived in my inbox one day last week … “All are invited to a unique Vacaville Museum fundraiser, ‘Dinner at the Dump’ to be held at the Recology Dixon Recycling Center.” … clever, yes … but unique, no … turns out Dinner at the Dump was a Davis fixture at Davis Waste Removal for 20 straight years, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for a variety of local charities … but if the good folks in Vacaville can make a buck or two for a good cause using the same name, more power to them …

MAD AS HELL … my friend Glen says he’s “fed up with the status quo” and will exercise that opinion at the ballot box come June 3 … “Our empire-building City Council is woefully out of touch with reality,” he writes … “Potholes everywhere, botched water rates being challenged by voters, and yet the City Council is set to vote on casually tossing another $85,000 of our tax revenues to explore a PG&E takeover by the city? Really?” … yes, really … and when the power goes out in the middle of a dark and stormy night, who ya gonna call? …

LOW-INCOME SOLUTION … Sue at dcn.org writes to say “If we want to help the poor, we should pass a $25 parcel tax dedicated to helping qualified low-income water utility users.” … I could vote for that … cautions Sue: “Knowing the city, however, all the money would go to administration of the fund.” … yes, but it’s the thought that counts … just like the Toad Tunnel that no toad has ever used …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net





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