Sunday, April 20, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Bob Dunning: Looking to move to higher ground

BobDunning2W

By
From page A2 | January 15, 2014 | 4 Comments

“City Manager inclined to work in Incline Village,” said the clever headline in Sunday’s Enterprise.
“If the stars align for Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton,” begins the story under Dave Ryan’s byline, “he soon could become the general manager for the Incline Village General Improvement District in the Lake Tahoe area of Nevada.”
Wow, that’s a mouthful to fit on a business card. It’s also stunning to think that anyone in the upper echelon of management could ever desire to actually leave the City of All Things Right and Relevant.
Doesn’t the sun rise and set on Davis alone? Isn’t this the very top of any city employee’s profession, especially one whose previous stops were in Manteca and Stockton? How can it possibly get any better than Davis?
The Enterprise’s Ryan notes that the Incline Village General Improvement District “is responsible for water, sewer, waste and recreational services for the northeast shore of Lake Tahoe.”
Best of all, though, there is no Incline Village City Council to order Pinkerton around and keep him up late at night with endless meetings.
This assumes, of course, he is offered the job and accepts it. Yes, at this point he is only a candidate, but with “City of Davis” on his resume, you’d think he’d be a lock.
“Last month,” Ryan explains, “Incline Village trustees narrowed their search to two candidates to be interviewed at the end of this month: Pinkerton and Incline Village resident Eric Severance.”
What an odd coincidence. If Pinkerton manages to wrest the job from Severance, will there be a severance package offered by the City of Davis?
Pinkerton has been with us a mere 28 months, which must have seemed like a lifetime given the many people in this town who consider themselves his boss. Then again, as short as his tenure has been, it was still long enough to sign us all up for our massive new waterworks with our correspondingly massive new water bills. Who knows, maybe Pinkerton got a look at his own water bill and said “I’m outta here.”
Added Ryan: “Pinkerton said in an interview Friday that the constant work at City Hall is a combination of intellectual stimulation and adrenaline.”
Translation: those dreadfully long City Council meetings are running me into the ground.
“You’re never bored,” Pinkerton said. How could you be bored with five separate council members bending your ear morning, noon and night and a local columnist tracking your every step and misstep?
“I’m not actively looking,” Pinkerton noted. “This is a unique opportunity. I’m very happy in my current position. The quality of life here is incredible.”
Translation: It’s so incredible I want to move.
“Still,” Ryan’s story goes on, “with family friends in the Lake Tahoe area and a wife who loves to ski, Pinkerton said the opportunity in the Sierra Nevada is too good to pass up.”
Given that you can ski only four or five months of the year in the Sierra, maybe Pinkerton should seek employment with the Mt. Hood General Improvement District in Oregon, the only spot in North America to offer year-round skiing.
Pinkerton told Ryan that Tahoe “was a place we’ve always wanted to live” and added that he’s always loved the mountains, especially because he’s from Missouri.
I can relate. My North Dakota mom had the same fascination with those gigantic mountains on her Northern California doorstep.
“City Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson said she understands Pinkerton’s motivation, adding that not too many people would pass up an opportunity to live at Lake Tahoe.”
Count me among those who would rather winter in Palm Springs than Incline Village. Ten below zero is not my idea of a good time.
“City Councilman Dan Wolk seemed to agree (with Swanson). In an email he wrote that he couldn’t comment on confidential performance evaluations, be he did write that Incline Village is a tempting prize.
Said Wolk: “My wife and I were married in Incline Village. It’s a wonderful community, so I can understand, when coupled with his personal connections, Steve’s interest in this position.”
Hey, Dan. My wife and I were married in Woodland, but we wouldn’t want to live there.
Mayor Joe Krovoza said simply “I hope we don’t lose him.”
Well, if we can figure out a way to lower the daytime temperature by 50 degrees and turn the Covell overpass into a ski jump, I think we have a shot.
Otherwise, it sounds as if Nevada will win this gamble.

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 4 comments

The Davis Enterprise does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • wdf1January 15, 2014 - 11:28 am

    Moving to higher ground: Also a safe place to be in case global warming is real and sea level rises high enough. Always good to hedge bets.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • January 15, 2014 - 11:59 am

    Should I cut off my leg now in case it might get cancer? Always good to hedge bets.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • colorfulclayJanuary 15, 2014 - 5:22 pm

    Another advantage of moving to Nevada in this case might be the ability to almost double one's income by starting one's CALPERS retirement while making a new salary in a new retirement system, plus avoiding State of California income tax on both your new salary and your pension. That, plus skiing and no more Davis city council meetings drowning on ad nauseam late into the evening makes the Nevada job pretty attractive. BTW, growing up I was the son of City Manager. I think generally they earn their money.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rich RifkinJanuary 15, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Clay, Pinkerton will get a pension worth $11,380 less per year if he leaves Davis now. He is under age 55, but his pension plan is the 2.5% at age 55 plan. ............... What that means is that for every year he works (in the CalPERS system) he gets 2.5% of the average salary of his final 3 years. ............. So, say, after 30 years, he would get a pension that starts at 75% of his ending salary, $188,000, which is equal to $141,000/yr. ............. I think Pinkerton is now 53 years old. (Not exactly sure.) What that means is he does not yet qualify for the 2.5%. But he still qualifies for a PERS pension, because he is over 50 and he has worked more than 5 years under the PERS system. ............... At 53 years of age, his annual percentage factor is 2.3%. So, say, if he retired now after 30 years, he would get a pension that starts at 69% (30 x 2.3%) of his salary, $188,000, which is equal to $129,720. ................. Financially, being the CM of Davis will pay him more than going to Incline Village. However, I think you make a very good point that, if he retires from PERS and takes a big salary ($145,000) from IV and gets the tax advantages of Nevada, he would be better off.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

News

Hub of activity: DHS newspaper keeps evolving

By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
A springtime ritual

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Holy fire ceremony draws thousands in Jerusalem

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Ortiz lawn signs available

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Sign up soon for spring cooking classes

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Robb Davis team to rally on Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Tour renovated YCCC facility Thursday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Tour Davis Waldorf School on Wednesday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
The fifth annual Tour de Cluck is soon to be hatched

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

Yolo Hospice offers free grief workshops

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Sign up for Camp Kesem caterpillar crawl

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Quilters gear up for annual show

By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A4

 
Steadfast in their support

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4, 11 Comments | Gallery

League hosts a series of candidate forums

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
KDVS launches fund drive on Monday

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A5

Calling all Scrabble fans

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Hub webpage is seeing traffic increasing

By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A8

Learn Chinese crafts at I-House

By Sebastian Onate | From Page: A16

 
Preschool open house set at Davis Waldorf

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

Birch Lane celebrates its 50th anniversary

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

 
Hotel/conference center info meeting set

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16

Lescroart welcomes all to book-launch party

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A16 | Gallery

 
DEVO set to serve up 14th annual Winkler Dinner

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A16, 1 Comment | Gallery

.

Forum

Take ownership of your health

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

 
Not thrilled with lack of symmetry

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

Reliving the agony and ecstasy of spring

By Marion Franck | From Page: A7

 
Keep your baby safe

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
Rick McKee cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A12

 
Core values on campus

By Our View | From Page: A12, 3 Comments

Road diet? No, city diet!

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 5 Comments

 
We’re reveling in our equality

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 1 Comment

Vote no; it’s fiscally responsible

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A12, 3 Comments

 
Bill is an affront to UC Davis ag biotech and local farmers

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13, 3 Comments

Don’t want to sit in Fix 50 traffic? Consider alternatives

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Stars shine in Woody Wilson Classic

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Devils burn up the track

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
UCD softball shut out by Santa Barbara

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Aggie men shoot 9-under, lead own tourney

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UCD roundup: Aggie baseball swept away by Highlanders

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

A’s score 3 in ninth, rally past Astros 4-3

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

Pediatricians, nurse practitioner hired at Woodland Healthcare

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Asian stocks mostly higher after mixed U.S. earnings

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

Yolo Federal Credit Union gets WISH funds

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
PG&E pays taxes, fees to county, cities

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

Will Davis get an Old Soul?

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A9

 
University Honda wins another President’s Award

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

Dutch Bros. raises $19,000 for girl with leukemia

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14 | Gallery

 
Davis Roots will showcase its graduating startups

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A14

.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, April 20, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8