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Bob Dunning: Other cities are handing over big bucks

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From page A2 | April 18, 2014 |

ONE STEP BEHIND COWTOWN … Cindy at aol.com is worried that our town is falling behind — you’d better sit down — Vacaville when it comes to water conservation … writes Cindy: “I have a friend who lives in Vacaville who tells us that the city of Vacaville is doling out a whopping $1,000 per residence if the residents replace their lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping.” … the cactification of the Central Valley continues …

“I also have a friend who lives in Suisun City who tells a similar tale, but each resident there would receive $500 for changing out their lawn to drought-tolerant landscaping. How can this be? Is Solano County more proactive in adapting to our looming water crisis than Yolo County, and more specifically, the City of All Things Right and Relevant? It seems like Davis missed the boat on this one. I’d take out my lawn for far less money.” …

You and everyone else in town, Cindy … unless Measure P passes in June, Davis’ water rates will be so high, no one will water their lawn anyway … the rates themselves will be incentive enough to take out your lawn …

SPEAKING OF WATER … my friend Dan at comcast.net writes to say, “I am willing to bet that less than 10 percent of our citizens understand the CBFR and how it will work, despite the Measure P campaign.” … I think your percentage is a bit high, Dan … “I’m wondering if you are thinking of writing another piece on the CBFR and how it works with both the May 1 deadline looming and a vote on this rate structure in early June.” … I consider it my sacred duty …

“I strongly suspect that when a lot of people (most of whom probably supported the project and will probably vote ‘No” on P) start getting their water bills starting January 2015, they are going to be shocked, even outraged.” … on this we can agree … and when they cut way back on their water usage in February only to discover the CBFR bill remains the same every month all the way through to December of 2015, the decibel level of their anger will no doubt violate our strictest-in-the-nation noise ordinance …

DELICIOUS NO MATTER HOW YOU SPELL IT … had a delicious and quick lunch at the new Tako restaurant downtown, where one of the add-on options for my fat and tasty burrito was “tommatos.” … I normally wouldn’t bother with such a minor transgression, but given that the mighty tomato is the fruit of the loom in Yolo County, this rates as a misdemeanor at least … then again, the food is very good and I’m certain to return, even if they insist on the double “m” …

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT … for unknown reasons, when I was 5 years old, mom and dad decided to move from Portland to Davis and they charitably agreed to bring me along … which may have been a mistake, given this week’s newspaper headline that reads “Portland flushes water reservoir after man urinates in it.” … turns out the old hometown is going to send 38 million gallons of drinking water down the drain because of an act of vandalism late one night at a reservoir inside the city limits …

“That water goes directly into people’s homes,” said David Shaff, a Portland Water Bureau administrator … “We are not in the arid Southwest. We have hundreds of millions of gallons available, so that makes it an easy call for me” … meanwhile, in the small Northern California burg of Davis, which is not in the arid Southwest either, people are pulling out their lawns and would be more than happy if the city of Portland sent its pee-laden water our way …

— Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected]

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