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Is he Davis-y enough for the City Council?

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February 15, 2011 |

As clearinghouse central for all candidates who wish to fill the vacant seat on the Davis City Council, I recently reviewed the application of one Steve Williams from the wildest reaches of Wildhorse.

“Why did I file?” he asks himself, then answers his own question with “After reading your column about the difficulties of completing the application, I decided to accept the challenge.”

Fair enough. And trust me, Steve, being the fifth wheel on this City Council may well be your biggest challenge yet.

Adds my newest Davis friend: “Somewhere around 1,500 words later, I realized that the city of Davis might benefit from my 37 years experience working for city, county and state governments. If nothing else, my experiences in being interviewed for the vacant position should make an interesting topic later this year when you ask for volunteers to fill the space at the top of Page 2.”

OK, he has my attention. Let’s see what else he has to offer.

Turns out Steve and his wife have lived in Davis since the turn of the century, which used to sound like a long, long time ago, but in actuality makes them wet-behind-the-ears newcomers. I’m not sure you can learn about all the Davis gods you’re supposed to genuflect before in just 11 years.

“Our back yard includes 28 fruit trees, six raised vegetable beds, eight table grape vines and, this past summer, 30 tomato plants.”

A regular Johnny Appleseed. But if those are Beefsteak tomatoes, the folks at PETA aren’t going to be happy with your candidacy.

“Last year our fruit trees provided us with plums, apricots, pears, pluots, cherries, nectarines, apples, peaches, pomegranates, oranges, lemons, limes and kumquats, all of which we shared with neighbors and friends.”

Now he has Ikeda mad at him for handing out free fruit.

Unfortunately, Steve has not shared any of that bounty with the Dunning family, which means an endorsement from the Above-Pictured Columnist will not be forthcoming any time soon.

“We have a 21-year-old daughter who is a senior at Humboldt State.”

Go, Lumberjacks.

In addition to serving as an officer of the Davis High School Band Boosters and a stint with the Vacaville branch of the American Association of University Women, Steve is or has been the “president of two 500-member ski clubs, president of two regional ski councils, treasurer of the Far West Ski Association, member of the Board of Trustees for the Far West Ski Association, and treasurer for the United States Ski Association — Recreation Division.”

So, he’s a green thumb and a ski bum. But Steve, we expect to see you in person on Tuesday nights at the council chambers. You can’t be out picking fruit in the garden or phoning in your vote from Squaw Valley.

By his own admission, Steve wears “Birkenstocks, rain or shine,” commutes on Yolobus, served admirably for five years as an officer in the U.S. Army and graduated with both a bachelor’s and a master’s from UC Riverside.

Go, Highlanders.

After listing 15 separate Davis businesses and restaurants that his family frequents, Steve notes that “Much to our daughter’s chagrin, we are closet-shoppers at Walmart.”

And who knew Walmart sells closets?

Steve advocates electing four council members by district and the mayor in a citywide vote, is all for safe and convenient bike lanes, favors dialogue on cost-sharing with UC Davis, wants to expand our parks and bike paths, and hopes to establish a buffer zone between urban land uses and adjacent agricultural land uses.

And finally, ladies and gentlemen, Steve is a Republican.

Book ‘em, Danno.

— Reach Bob Dunning at  [email protected] Comment on this column at www.davisenterprise.com

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