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Bob Dunning: Board could use a no-nonsense approach

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From page A2 | April 17, 2014 |

INCLINED TOWARD KLINE … now that the field of eight candidates willing to serve the first six months of the remaining 2½ years of Nancy Peterson’s school board term has been established, we learn that only one candidate says he’s not interested in running for something more permanent in November … yes, B.J. Kline, the only one of the eight with the words “former Davis school board member” on his résumé, has indicated a desire to serve for only six months …

That leaves seven folks vying for four seats in November, three of which will be four-year terms, with the other constituting the final two years of Peterson’s term … logic tells you that most if not all of those seven will be running for the four-year seats, where placing as low as third allows you to declare victory, but those decisions will be made a bit further down the road …

Kline, a no-nonsense, blue-collar type of guy who doesn’t fit the stereotypical Davis elected official mold, noted that he would be able to move into the position quickly because of his previous experience on the board … all things being equal, I’d rather the board appointed a one-and-done guy to fill the six-month term rather than someone who hopes to use those six months to enhance his or her chances for a longer term in November …

INITIAL REACTION … since B.J. and I share the same initials, I like him already … for those who are curious, B.J. lists his occupation as “terminal manager,” which sounds like a mortician to me … in truth, he manages a trucking terminal in Vacaville, with responsibilities that include drivers, mechanics and support staff … I’m certain the board will give him a long look before making its appointment May 8 …

RAIRDAN RARIN’ TO GO … of the generally self-serving sound bites that can be gleaned from the statements of the Esteemed Eight, the one I liked best came from Chuck Rairdan, who wrote: “I would like to see a more inclusive and wider range of educational paths available to our students. While high academic standards and expectations are important, the stigma of not being ‘college-bound’ needs to be addressed. Each student needs to be mentored and guided in finding the path for their individual interests, needs and talents.” … if Rairdan can turn those sentiments into policy in a town as excellence-obsessed as Davis, he will truly be a man for all seasons …

RED SOLO CUP … my friend Clay, recounting his family’s Picnic Day experience, writes: “At 9 a.m. we rode our bikes down Sycamore Lane to get to campus. We pedaled past two young drunks urinating in public in Sycamore Park and being belligerent. A couple of blocks south, there was a large gathering of heavy-drinking, driveway-beer-pong fans working on getting sick before noon. On our return ride we saw a young woman trying to hold back her lovely hair as she vomited in someone’s front-yard shrubbery. Sadly, Picnic Day has become Binge Drinking Day for many.” …

You know, Clay, maybe we can convince Chico State to bring back Pioneer Days and we can have an Aggie-Wildcat undergraduate “Drink-Off” against them halfway up Highway 99 between the two schools … Yuba City comes to mind … the winner of that can then square off in the World Series of Booze against the gold standard of problem collegians, the rowdy UC Santa Barbara students who pack the streets of Isla Vista … it’s time we settle this “party school” debate once and for all …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

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