Bob Dunning

Bob Dunning: The new guy must be able to live in style

By From page A2 | July 24, 2014

My mother told me long ago that when someone takes the time to write you a letter, you should always respond. She did not, however, say anything about answering emails, tweets or phone calls in the middle of the night.
The mailman cometh. I shall respond.

Writes Stephen in El Macero: “I read The Enterprise article on the search for a new city manager. It appears that those submitting applications for the job cannot budget living in our fair city on $188,000/year. Wonder how many citizens are having the same tough time figuring such out.”

Stephen — You should know by now that Davis is not for paupers. While I have heard of a few of my less fortunate East Davis neighbors scraping by on less than $188,000 a year, they generally have only one vehicle and their children are invariably shabbily dressed. The City Council is concerned that if the new city manager’s pay is not increased to a range well in excess of $200,000, he or she may be forced to live in Woodland or West Sacramento, and probably will be eligible for public assistance as well. That would certainly not be in keeping with our national reputation.

Writes William in North Davis: “As I understand it, Davis will receive around $11 million of the money UC Davis is paying for water rights. When will we, the ratepayers, see a reduction on our bills?”

William — Now that the city is in the business of selling water, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen to all those millions of dollars sailing our way. Safe to say, though, the city isn’t talking about canceling a parcel tax vote anytime soon. I suggest we put the names of all Davis ratepayers in a hat and have a drawing in Central Park for the entire $11 million. One winner only, with the provision that he or she must spend every penny of it in Davis within one calendar year. To make it fair, each ratepayer gets one chance for every ccf of water he or she consumed during the previous year.

Writes Lori at sbcglobal.net: “Over the weekend my husband and I decided to shop in Woodland to see if they were as insane as Davis is. I felt like I had been blasted back into history. Target bagged my items in the despicable plastic bags and didn’t charge me. The grocery store did the same.”

Lori — Now we know why all those Davis seagulls are flying around town with plastic bags over their heads. It’s Woodland’s fault.

Writes Marsha on the Cavern Streets: “I went on vacation for a week in July. I asked that The Davis Enterprise hold my papers for that week. I requested that they save the ones that I missed so I could catch up on all the great news in Davis while I was gone. Much to my surprise, I returned to find the bundles left in my mailbox were wrapped in a forbidden plastic bag. Gotta love it.”

Marsha — Our litigation-wary City Council, fearful of violating the freedom of the press provisions of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, wisely exempted The Davis Enterprise from the plastic bag ban ordinance. If it ever rains again, look for plastic bags brimming with local news landing on driveways all over town.

Writes Christina at aol.com: “Now that we have to bring our own cloth bags, I won’t be able to wash my soiled bags very frequently, since this would cause my water bill to go up steeply. I suppose if I get my cloth bags soiled, I should try to freeze them as the head man at Levi’s does to kill the bacteria in his jeans. Would our local health officials recommend and endorse this publicly?”

Christina — As soon as they eradicate West Nile, whooping cough and the swine flu, I’m sure they’ll get right back to you.

— Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected]

Bob Dunning

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