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Bob Dunning: Many are nervous about ambushing PG&E

By From page A2 | February 06, 2014

POWER TO THE PEOPLE … just when you think you’ve laid one big issue to rest in this town, up pops another … I mean, we’ve yet to receive even a drop of water from the Sacramento River and already we’re planning to ambush PG&E from the backside and bring in our own personal Wichita Lineman to fill all our power needs …

And while it’s unlikely PG&E has even one friend or ally in Davis, many of us are more than nervous about our humble little town taking on a project of this magnitude, especially one with so many uncertainties, most of them financial … if we put too many eggs in the power-to-the-people basket and our electric and gas rates go up anyway, the next school parcel tax requiring two-thirds approval will be dead in the water … and this issue has nothing at all to do with schools …

GREEN, GREEN, IT’S GREEN THEY SAY … I realize this town’s well-heeled environmentalists are doing cartwheels over our proposed power grab, but for many hard-working young families in town, “going green” is a secondary consideration at best … if this mugging of PG&E doesn’t first and foremost lower personal power bills all over town, it should be a non-starter … if you can’t afford the power bill that arrives in your mailbox every month, it makes little difference if that power comes from the wind, the sun, the ocean, the rivers, the ground or from 6,000 monkeys furiously pedaling bicycles at the UC Davis Primate Center … if a city takeover of PG&E can lower our bills, then all the “green” stuff is wonderful frosting on the cake … but if it raises our bills, we shouldn’t even be considering it in the first place …

A LITTLE TASTE OF IDAHO … I looked out our street-side bay window on the last week’s garbage day and lo and behold a giant plastic bag was blowing north to south through our humble neighborhood … oddly, it took a sharp right turn and split the distance between our garbage can and our recycle bin and ended up on our front lawn … taking this as a certain sign from God, I plucked it off what’s left of the grass and discovered it was a brightly colored 10-pound bag of fat-free Klondike Rose Idaho Potatoes packaged by Green Giant …

Unfortunately, there were no longer potatoes inside, but given that it once held 10 pounds of delectable spuds, I’m sure it’s strong enough to meet all of Davis’ requirements for a “reusable” bag to bring home our groceries … must have been my lucky day … how that bag made it all the way from Idaho Falls to Hunt Way remains a mystery, but I suspect a seagull may have had something to do with it …

SPEAKING OF BAGS … the anonymous email included a telling photo of a T.J. Maxx plastic bag caught up in a backyard fruit tree … the sender noted that “Plastic bags regularly make us think of you.” … why does that not surprise me? … “This big T.J. Maxx bag just blew into our back yard over our 7-foot fence.” … a couple of things here … clearly, if these folks had been smart enough to put in an 8-foot fence, this wouldn’t have happened … it also might be wise for the city to consider legislation that would ban any bag capable of breaking the world high jump record …

SEEING RED … “In conjunction with the national ‘Wear Red Day,’ UC Davis is launching ‘UC Davis Wears Red’ campuswide initiative to raise awareness that heart disease is the leading killer of women and men in the United States,” the press release begins … turns out the Aggie folks are trying to break the Guinness World Record for the largest human heart formation, currently listed at 11,166 people wearing red … one disgruntled Cal grad in town isn’t buying any of it … “Don’t they know red is Stanford’s color,” she grumps like a true Bear Backer …

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