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Bob Dunning: Taking time to look out for others is cool

By From page A2 | June 20, 2014

COOL IT … one reason I prefer staying with the much-despised PG&E over the Davis Utility District (DUD) is that PG&E is always looking out for my health … for example, just the other day I got a tip sheet on staying cool along with my not-so-cool monthly bill … “Stay cool and safe during extreme heat,” it said, without defining exactly what qualifies as “extreme” during June, July and August … would that be the 106-degree high we had last week or the 83-degree high we had this week? …

“Drink plenty of water, even when you are not thirsty,” it begins … really? … I thought drinking too much water could be almost as bad for you as drinking too little water … but what do I know? … “Check on the elderly, neighbors and pets.” … how checking on the elderly, neighbors and pets will help me stay cool is unclear, but I’ll do it … “take a cool shower or bath.” … not with the price of Davis water I won’t …

AN ISSUE THAT WON’T GO AWAY … it’s an issue that comes up every election cycle as City Council candidates spend oodles of money trying to gain enough exposure to win our votes … yes, I’m talking about district elections, which are virtually certain to dramatically lower the entry fee to participate in this high-priced electoral war … I bring this up now because, unlike when the town was smaller, I failed to meet a single candidate on my front porch during our most recent City Council campaign …

Not only do district elections make money much less of a factor, they also guarantee that the person representing you on the council won’t live all the way across town … the flip side to this argument is that under district elections you get to vote for just one of the five members of the council … currently, you get to have a say on who occupies all five seats … it will be hard for most of us to give up that much control over who runs this town …

BAG THIS … Eric in North Davis shared with me a photo of a sign at KFC stating “On Novemeber 12, 2013, the City Council passed Ordinance No. 2422, the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance, to reduce distribution of single-use carryout bags and promote the use of reusable bags at all retail stores, restaurants, and take-out food establishments in Davis.” … holy run-on sentences, that’s a mouthful, especially when you have a mouthful of chicken … and yes, they misspelled “November,” which is forgivable, just as long as they don’t misspell “extra crispy.” …

“A minimum fee of 10 cents ($0.10) per bag must be charged for paper and reusable carryout bags provided to a customer at the point of sale. We sincerely thank you for helping reduce carryout bag waste!” … don’t know what the new law requires them to charge if they put your food in a bucket …

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE … Greg on the Bird Streets says that from a “practical standpoint” he doesn’t see a difference between a ¾-inch pipe and a 1-inch pipe “when it comes to delivering a gallon of water to my home.” … point well taken … I mean, I don’t remember the Fuller Brush Man knocking on the door, opening his briefcase and providing me with a choice of pipe sizes when these gizmos were being installed …

Notes Greg: “Back in the day, we did not have water meters and the choice of which size pipe was hooked up to your home from the main supply line was a fairly arbitrary decision made by whichever entity provided the necessary connections. These city ‘progs’ are so into fairness, so where is the fairness in this idiocy?” … hey, no one claimed it was fair, just that it would bring in the necessary revenue … now hush, before we banish you to Woodland …

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