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Bob Dunning: I’ll WAC myself if council rejects advice

By From page A2 | July 05, 2013

WATER WOES … two days ago I noted in this space that “now, however, by a nearly unanimous vote of our Water Advisory Committee, we’ll all be ingesting a certain quantity of fluoride every time we take a swig of our delicious Davis tap water, whether that water originates from a well in the ground or from the nearby Sacramento River.” … that completely accurate statement was immediately challenged by a kind chap named “Mark,” who wrote: “Dunning apparently doesn’t understand that the WAC is an advisory body. The Enterprise needs to issue a correction.” …

No correction necessary, Mark … I am fully aware that the WAC’s title includes the word “advisory” right smack in the middle, but that’s a fiction for you to believe at your own peril … trust me, it’s “advisory” in name only … to date, our current council has not shown the backbone necessary to reject the WAC’s advice, even when the WAC recommended that goofier-than-Bozo-the-Clown “CBFR” system for calculating our water rates …

I guess it makes sense that the council would march in lockstep with the WAC, given that WAC members were appointed by the council … no matter how you slice it, if the WAC tells the council to fluoridate the water, the council will dutifully salute and follow orders … when I said that “by a nearly unanimous vote of our Water Advisory Committee, we’ll all be ingesting a certain quantity of fluoride every time we take a swig of our delicious Davis tap water,” I was merely accurately predicting the future … if the council ultimately decides not to fluoridate our water, I’ll WAC myself in the head …

BOTTLES AND CANS … some folks in town wish to have those ever-present bottle and can scavengers permanently banned from our city’s streets … you know, the folks who arrive on “Garbage Night” and rummage through the recyclable container you just rolled out to the curb, trying to pick up some pocket change to make ends meet … just to be clear, you own those bottles and cans, and you can therefore give them to anyone you wish … or you can deny them permission and chase them away … the nice lady who knocked on my door with her teenage son several weeks ago and asked permission to take ours is welcome to them …

Now, in addition to the little people who operate in the shadows, there are well-organized folks who arrive from out of town in large trucks and spend most of the night secretly pirating the contents of dozens and dozens of cans, turning them into cold, hard cash across the river … if they’re taking those bottles and cans without permission — as is almost always the case — they’re breaking the law … plus, it’s not likely they’re spending their ill-gotten gains in downtown Davis and helping the local economy …

THERE’S ALWAYS A LOCAL ANGLE … it’s not often a Davisite makes the front page of The New York Times, but there he was — his name at least — staring back at me from a story titled “Marijuana Crops in California Threaten Forests and Wildlife” … and what, we thought those pot growers were somehow environmentalists? … turns out the rare Pacific fisher and several endangered spotted owls had been found poisoned to death near Humboldt County outdoor marijuana farms … this is where Mourad W. Gabriel, described as a “scientist at the University of California, Davis,” comes in …

Turns out Gabriel, according to The Times, “concluded that the contamination began when marijuana growers in deep forests spread d-Con to protect their plants from wood rats … one more negative to ponder the next time you light up … or maybe one day soon we’ll start seeing “d-Con-free” weed for sale …

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