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Bob Dunning: Businesses need a level playing field

By From page A2 | April 25, 2014

DOLLARS AND CENTS … while I agree with much of the sentiment behind the local push to increase the minimum wage in Davis to $15 an hour, the plan being proposed is simply unworkable … the more modest efforts to increase both the state and federal minimum wages deserve our support, but when a city goes it alone on an issue like this, failure is virtually assured … perhaps if we were in the middle of Kansas, with no nearby cities competing for consumer dollars, such a plan might work …

But given the proximity of competing retailers in Woodland and Dixon and Sacramento, not to mention malls in Vacaville and Fairfield, Davis merchants would be at a fatal disadvantage having to pay their employees far in excess of what their competitors do … it’s not a level playing field and it’s not a fair fight … minimum wage increases should be established at the state level, not on a city-by-city basis …

ABOUT THOSE UNRULY STUDENTS … a kind woman named Ellen fired off a guided missive to the editor of this very newspaper, saying that in a recent column I suggested that “the university plays no role in the problems with disorderly conduct that happen on Picnic Day.” … she then says she disagrees with my opinion …

Ellen goes on to say “The students in my neighborhood play a major role in the Picnic Day havoc, and they are the university. The way that the university administration responds (or doesn’t respond) to this behavior makes it a major player in these problems.” … she then describes the usual nasty behavior many of us have come to expect from the Picnic Day rowdies, and blames the university. …

I sympathize with her sentiments, but when misbehavior happens within the city of Davis, the university is not responsible just because it may be UC Davis students who are misbehaving … if laws are broken, it’s up to the city to arrest those involved … my point was simply that when it comes to Picnic Day, the campus has become a safe haven for those wishing to enjoy the day … the city should take the campus’ lead and ensure a similar experience within the Davis city limits …

The university is responsible for student behavior on campus … the city of Davis is responsible for student behavior off campus, but within the city limits …

NEWS FROM THE NORTH … Dennis, who lives a bit north of here, writes to say “My friend Diane and her husband Steve are buying a house in the Spring Lake subdivision of Woodland.” … stop the presses, I think we have a scoop … adds Dennis: “It’s the subdivision I named ‘North North Davis.’ “ … I remember your cleverness well … “Diane said the Lennar sales person told them their house was in North North Davis. I think I need a commission for naming this subdivision of displaced Davisites.” … the check’s in the mail …

DEADLINE LOOMS … with the CBFR water rate structure about to be thrust upon a town that still doesn’t understand how it works, Glen in South Davis writes “I hypothesize that the CBFR was concocted by the late Dr. Timothy Leary. It’s too far out there for me.” … join the club, my friend …

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