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Bob Dunning: Let’s put a window in closed-door sessions

By From page A2 | February 28, 2014

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS … if I hear the phrases “closed session” and “personnel matter” one more time, I think I may just move to Dixon … whether it’s firing a volleyball coach at the high school or the general manager at the Food Co-op, “closed session” has become the modern-day equivalent of the smoked-filled room … everyone else is kept in the dark while the power brokers do their dirty deeds, letting the unwashed masses assume the very worst about the fired employee … whoever dreamed up this system should be fired … in closed session, of course …

SPEAKING OF CLOSED DOORS … Tim at gmail.com, speaking about the “high school coach drama,” admits his frustration that “we’ll never get the full skinny,” because of “Davis and its secret elected official clubs.” … welcome to the peasant class, my friend …

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE … glad to see that three of our four candidates for Yolo Superior Court judge actually live in the county they hope to serve … while it’s not a requirement of the job, it’s good for a judge to have some sort of understanding of the area from which the vast majority of his or her cases will originate … justice may be blind, but it’s not a bad thing to peek under the blindfold every now and then and take a good look at the people whose very lives have been thrown at the mercy of the court …

DEAD ON ARRIVAL … trust me, after a million bucks down a dead-end road, the Davis City Council ultimately will decide that the initials of the Davis Utility District (DUD) are accurate after all … as my friend James observes, “I shudder to imagine what the city would do with a municipal utility.” … you and thousands of others, James … “Based on what it does with streets and sidewalks, I speculate we would just see excuses and calls for more tax increases.” …

Indeed, can you imagine calling the city on a dark and stormy night when the lights and the heat go off at 2 a.m.? … if it’s a no-burn day, you better have some extra blankets available … not to mention the probability that once the city gets its hands on the seat of power, literally, it’s likely to institute a rate structure even more complicated than the CBFR that’s currently confounding our water ratepayers …

EASY SOLUTION … Cathy at aol.com writes to say “At the school board last Thursday night, Mr. Peterson asked when will this end? Ironically, Mr. Peterson is the only person who can end it immediately. He can drop the complaint.” … that’s certainly one quick solution …

CAKE AND CRAYONS … Ron at gmail.com, noting the many dollars spent chasing a solution to our latest high school coaching crisis, writes, “Twenty-two thousand dollars is a lot of crayons or computers, but it is also enough money to pay for a school lunch for an entire classroom of poor kids every day for an entire year. No problem, let them eat cake.” … I don’t know how to break it to you, Ron, but this case is nowhere near resolved, so those legal bills will continue to roll in and that $22,000 figure will soon be way, way back in the rear-view mirror …

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