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Bob Dunning: June ballot bursting at the seams

By From page A2 | January 31, 2014

TAXES-R-US … if all the stars align correctly, our local election in June might be one for the ages … not only will we get to make a decision on the Wolk-Krovoza smackdown for a job in Sacramento, we’ll also be selecting a new-and-improved City Council with issues yet unknown … on top of that, there’s likely to be a three-quarter-cent sales tax increase awaiting our majority approval, plus the possibility of voting up or down for the first time on our constitutionally mustered water rates …

While we’re at it, I may just throw my home mortgage on the ballot to see if the voters of Davis would like to pick up the tab for that as well … if you have a dedicated cause or a pet peeve you’d like to have your friends and neighbors vote on, it’s time to strike while the ballot is hot …

STEVE, WE HARDLY KNEW YA … hard to believe that soon-to-be-former Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton spent 13 years in Stockton, yet is ready exit Davisville after little more than two years … Pinkerton will be taking a substantial pay cut to get out Dodge on the first train east, but given that Nevada has no state income tax, it may end up being a wash …

Besides, he won’t have to spend all that gas money driving his wife to the ski slopes, another factor that allegedly figured into his decision … plus, he won’t have to pay those high water rates he helped to impose on the rest of us … when he gets thirsty in Incline Village, he can simply step out the front door of his new home and grab a bucket of snow to melt on the stove …

Incline Village can be a bit trendy — jealous types call it “Income Village” — but after living in Davis, anything else almost certainly will be a step down …

HONORING A DAVIS LEGEND … Jim Becket’s public service has taken many forms over the years, which is why the folks at the Hattie Weber Museum next to Central Park have decided to throw him an 85th birthday bash Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the museum … complete with music from the Putah Creek Crawdads and ample refreshments, it’s a win-win for everyone … if anyone in this town deserves a celebration, it’s Jim Becket …

SPEAKING OF BIRTHDAYS … happy birthday to our son Mick, a brother surrounded by many sisters, who turns 9 years old today … after spending the first six days of his life receiving heroic care from the kind and loving folks at the UC Davis neo-natal ICU, the next eight years and 359 days have been pretty spectacular …

RESPECT AND DISRESPECT … now that the 49ers are out of the playoff picture, I don’t much care who wins the Super Bowl, but I know if I ever win a Pulitzer, I’m hiring loud-mouthed Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman as my PR man … I’m sure he can give me something appropriate to say about people “disrespecting” my writing and saying I would never win a Pulitzer … his bad attitude has clearly increased his marketability dramatically, so why not jump on the bandwagon?

SUPER WINE … next time I pull the grocery ads from the Wednesday newspaper, I may have to check them for an R-rating before letting the kids take a glance … yes, there it was in this week’s stunning Nugget insert, an ad for “Ball Buster” Shiraz, “a big, burly wine you can take to the Super Bowl party,” a wine that “will stand up to foods like ribs and steak.” … if that’s not enough to convince you to party, Ball Buster “has intense aromas of blackcurrant, stewed plus, cherry and chocolate.” … don’t know exactly what “stewed plus” is, but if it can stand up to ribs and steak, or even rib steak, I’m all for it …

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