Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bob Dunning: Kaneko’s years in Davis were fruitful


From page A2 | January 22, 2013 |

A MAN WHO LOVED DAVIS … as I read in Sunday’s paper the many wonderful tributes to Jerry Kaneko from friends and colleagues for his well-lived life, I realized I was one of the lucky folks in town who knew Jerry long ago as a friend and neighbor and university professor, years before he became a Davis City Councilman … Jerry, who died last Friday at the age of 88 after suffering a massive stroke in Berkeley, was a civic-minded man long before he decided to run for public office …

According to former Davis Mayor Dave Rosenberg, now a Superior Court judge, Jerry’s home “was a regular venue for Democratic Party fundraisers and events. He was, in many ways, the grandfather of Democratic politics in Davis. Jerry was vibrant, active and engaged until the very end.” … Rosenberg also noted that “whenever I saw Jerry coming, I always looked for a table or other surface so I could put down any drink or plate I was carrying. Jerry’s greeting was invariably exuberant and I didn’t want to spill anything.” … my experience exactly …

The thing I always liked about Jerry during his years on the Davis City Council, besides his always kindly demeanor, was the fact he seemed not to be agenda-driven … he didn’t have some grand plan he wished to enforce on the public, other than to make Davis a better place to live for all of us … as a result, he was always a calm and reasoned voice on the council, asking hard questions about the issues of the day and not being satisfied until he got answers … you truly couldn’t predict which way he was going to vote until all the questioning was done …

He was a man who deeply loved this town and deeply loved his family and he did his level best to put true meaning to the words “public servant.” … I don’t think there’s much more we can ask of anyone in this life … his legacy is such that even people who never met Jerry Kaneko were nevertheless greatly enriched by his tireless efforts to serve this town … we were lucky to have had him in our midst for so many fruitful years …

HONORING REVEREND KING … I was invited to a special Martin Luther King Jr. dinner by a 9-year-old named Emme who is a student in Mark Simi’s fourth-grade class at North Davis Elementary School … seems she and her classmates spent considerable time one day last week studying and learning about the legacy of the Rev. King … the meal came complete with a fancy menu that listed the pot roast entrée as “Roast-a-Parks” in honor of Rosa Parks, who “refused to give up her seat on the bus” in 1955 …

Then there were the Meredith en“Rolls,” with butter, in honor of James Meredith en”roll”ing at the University of Mississippi in 1962 … there was “Birmingham Broccoli” to remember Dr. King’s famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “Selma March Mashed Potatoes” and a choice of “M(i)LK or Sparkling Water” to wash it all down, given that “the life of Martin Luther King gave the ‘sparkle’ of hope for equality and freedom to all people in our country.” …

For dessert the sweet choice was between “I Have a Dream-sicle M(i)LKshakes” or “Brown(ies) v. Board of Education.” … indeed, a meal fit for a King …

WET AND WILD … my friend Bill at doesn’t have a dog in this long, dragged-out water debate — other than his wallet — but he is curious about something he read the other day in this very newspaper … under the byline of the very excellent Tom Sakash were the words “According to city numbers, rates would increase by 50 percent over the next five years without the surface water project on the books.” … indeed, that sounds accurate from everything I’ve heard and studied …

Notes Bill: “If I were to get a choice between a 300 percent increase with construction of the project and a 50 percent increase without the project, why would I ever vote for the project?” … apparently, according to the proponents, you need to do this so your grandchildren will have adequate water, even if none of them will ever be able to afford to live here … adds Bill: “I would gladly pay an additional 50 percent on my water bill to maintain the city’s water utility.” …

Based on the most recent poll results released by the Yes on I campaign, it appears I’m the only person in town who still drinks Davis water direct from the tap, so “bad taste” is no longer a reason for a new project … we appear to currently have an adequate water supply to meet our needs and city growth will be minimal for the foreseeable future … add to that the fact the city’s revenue projections on the new project assume we will all cut back our water use by 25 percent, and it appears we’ll be awash in water for some time …

Before we all vote, it would be good if the city — with complete neutrality — would publish rates, benefits and drawbacks of the proposed project along with rates, benefits and drawbacks of maintaining the current system … all the arguments put forth so far have been directed toward a “yes” vote on March 5 …

— Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected]





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



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



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







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





Comics: Sunday, March 1, 2015

By Creator | From Page: B8