Sunday, March 1, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Bob Dunning: Drought? It’s déjà vu all over again

BobDunning2W

By
From page A2 | August 01, 2014 |

SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE … “Water savers go on splurge” said the front-page, above-the-fold headline in Wednesday’s Davis Enterprise … “Davis water users were doing fine, in fact better than expected, through the first three months of the year, but warm weather has caused a reversal of form, according to City Hall,” the story begins … “With yard irrigation the largest single factor in the consumption picture, reaching a high of 75 percent of all usage by mid-summer, it is traditionally the most inefficient use of water.” … unless, of course, you’d rather walk on grass than gravel …

“With a little attention to how one waters his lawn or garden, large gains in the conservation program can be achieved without sacrificing green, healthy yards.” … have they forgotten that brown is the new green? … one county supervisor “was critical of the cavalier attitude of Davis residents toward the drought and the need for water conservation. Part of the problem, he theorized, is that people in Davis keep getting reports that they are immune from the drought because of a plentiful area groundwater supply.” …

Cavalier attitude? … even if true, those are fighting words … but, just as I was about to fire off an angry email to the supervisor in question, I checked the date at the top of the front page and realized I was reading a 1977 edition of The Davis Enterprise, which is what happens when you finally get around to cleaning your desk … 1977, for those who are old enough to remember, was also one of our historic drought years … interestingly, the other front-page headline that day said “Drought clobbers county farm crops,” which hasn’t been the case this time around …

SPEAKING OF THE DROUGHT … it was amusing to watch one national news report claim that California’s “relentless drought” was expected to last at least another month … you think? … around here, we call that “summer” … even in the wettest of years, it doesn’t rain in August …

GAMING THE SYSTEM … when and if the city throws a parcel tax at the intelligent voters of this town, it may wish to look to the school board for help in getting the job done … in other words, bribe the voters with such diversionary tactics as a “senior” exemption … that’ll guarantee a number of “yes” votes right out of the chute …

Then get the tennis community on board by promising to send 50 Davisites on an all-expenses-paid fact-finding trip to Wimbledon … next, convince the swim community that public pools will become Project No. 1 when the tax passes … two-thirds approval may be difficult, but it’s not impossible …

THERE’S ALWAYS A LOCAL ANGLE … when a former Davis school superintendent is prominently mentioned in the very first sentence of a story in the Los Angeles Times, I generally sit up and take notice … “Last year,” the story begins, “James Hammond, the superintendent of the Montclair-Ontario Unified School District in the Inland Empire, was paid $492,077.” … as one former Davis school board member commented, “I liked James and thought he did a good job in Davis, but no superintendent should make $500,000.” … no argument here, my friend …

DISSING THE AGGIES … pity the poor footballers at UC Davis, who get no respect from the sports leader known as ESPN … in analyzing Stanford’s early-season schedule, ESPN’s Kevin Gemmell notes that the mighty Cardinal opens with UC Davis, then takes on much-hated USC … Gemmell’s take on the two foes: “The Aggies probably won’t provide a very good proxy for the Trojans, so Stanford had best be ready to work in Week 2.” … Gemmell is a youngster who may not remember the last time the Aggies visited the Farm and came away with a 20-17 win over Stanford …

— Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected]

Comments

comments

.

News

Sheriff: Mother ‘sole person responsible’ for infant’s death

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Rifle Team has a blast with competitive shooting

By Savannah Holmes | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Child abduction case in jury’s hands

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

 
Pipeline project will soften water in 2016

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

Pig out at Farmers Market’s Pig Day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

 
Christie to Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Bob Dunning: Colon prep can be hard to swallow

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

 
Scouts help fill STEAC’s pantry

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Weekend storm drops snow, rain, hail in California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Still no parole in toddler case

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

City offers wetlands tour

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Parole denied in 1987 killing spree

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Explore Asia at Arboretum storytime

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
MU Games closing in late March

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

Assault awareness campaign kicks off

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

 
UCD student with meningococcal disease is recovering

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Young patients bond with special stuffies

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Diversity theater group continues creativity workshops

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Radio talk show moves to Mondays

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
UCD student panel to cover anti-Semitism, Islamophobia

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Yolo Food Bank hosts thank-you breakfast on Pig Day

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
.

Forum

Milt Priggee cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

 
Rowing: PE as well as life skills

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

Police complaint procedures drafted

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
Clarifying energy update letter

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

Weekly claw pickup necessary

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
Mars or ISIS? Similar outcome

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

City may get charged up over energy choices

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

 
Speak out

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B5

 
Design innovation centers for the 21st century

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

A new perspective on life

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A7

 
Distant water crisis has lessons for Davis

By Marion Franck | From Page: A7

Call for study to settle if anesthesia poses risk to babies

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
.

Sports

 
Aggie men get a bounce-back win at Cal Poly

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

The mystery continues: lowly Gauchos upset UCD women

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Devils get a soccer win despite finishing woes

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Winning close games is the key for DHS softballers

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Sports briefs: Razo throws well as Aggies get a baseball win

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Defending champion Blue Devils have diamond holes to fill

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Republic FC falls to storied New York Cosmos

By Evan Ream | From Page: B10

.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

Yolo Federal Credit Union honored for supporting business education

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

 
Online store will celebrate, mock People’s Republic of Davis

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A10 | Gallery

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, March 1, 2015

By Creator | From Page: B8