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My crystal ball predicts a win for C

BobDunning2W

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From page A2 | March 06, 2012 |

NO CONTEST … as we brace ourselves for the votes on Measure C to start trickling in tonight, I know a number of people intimately involved in our schools and in the “Yes” campaign fear the worst … yes, two-thirds is a high bar indeed, but for my money, the unease that this thing might not pass seems completely unfounded … yes, it does need two-thirds of us to say “Yes,” but if not for that minor spat on ballot arguments that ended up in court a few weeks back, I’m not sure how many people would even know there’s an election going on … which bodes well for Measure C’s chances …

After all, the folks who passionately care that Measure C passes are highly motivated and sure to vote … and with no organized opposition to speak of, I honestly don’t think many “No” voters will make it to the polls, even if they’re out there … true enough, last year Measure A passed by the skin of its teeth, but the school district shot itself in the foot with an ill-advised endorsement letter from the superintendent, and who can forget that one-sided League of Women Voters forum that completely and intentionally left out the opposition? …

If those two sins weren’t enough to capture the attention of potential “No” voters, let’s not forget the controversy that followed the dismissal of Davis High girls basketball coach Jeff Christian … all those incidents together formed a toxic brew that very nearly sank Measure A …

Apparently, lessons were learned, since nothing of the sort has happened during this election cycle … when all is said and done tonight, we’ll be looking at an approval rate around 74 percent according to my exceedingly accurate crystal ball …

ROBO MAN NEVER DIES … got my last robo call from Tommy Randall on Sunday night, only again, she didn’t sound like Tommy … “This is your last chance,” she began, urging once again a “No” vote as Measure C goes down to the wire … the voice on the other end — let’s call her “Tomasina” — made two points in trying to sway my vote at the last minute …

First, she noted, the money I’ll pay if Measure C passes is, contrary to popular opinion, not tax-deductible … on that point, she’s right … then again, even it if were tax-deductible, we’re not talking about much, depending, of course, on which tax bracket you find yourself in … her second point, building on her first, was that I will now have to pay taxes on this “new, more expensive tax.” … at least that’s what I think she said, since she talks so fast it’s hard sometimes to take it all in …

On that second point, she’s dead wrong … you will not be paying tax on the $320 per year Measure C requires …

FINE DETAILS … by waiting until the last minute to vote, the Red-Headed Girl of My Dreams and I were able to give our young ones a bit of a civics lesson by bringing them all along as we dropped off our ballots at the library … true enough, it’s not the same as actually voting in person, talking with the poll workers and getting an “I Voted Today” sticker, but it’s a close second …

Our only fear was that an outstanding library fine might prevent out entry into the building … fears unfounded … we put the fine on the installment plan and voted without incident …

NO PLACE LIKE HOME … when you realize just how serious the cuts would be if Measure C fails to pass, it suddenly occurs how lucky we are to live in a place that literally never says no to its schools … in many towns, a Measure C would be soundly defeated, and it’s troubling to think how much tougher things must be for the schoolchildren in those struggling districts, despite the best efforts of their parents …

DELAY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME … Davis is the kind of town that’s generally sympathetic to the power of labor unions, so it will be interesting to see how the town and campus react to a union action that will prevent, at least temporarily, today’s scheduled release of the long-awaited task force report on our infamous pepper-spraying incident … according to Cruz Reynoso, the former California Supreme Court justice who headed the task force, an anticipated court action by the Federated University Police Officers Association to block release of the report caused him, Reynoso, to postpone today’s public release …

Wrote Reynoso: “Due to the uncertainty created by this legal development, General Counsel has advised that any information relating to the Task Force Report or Kroll should not be released publicly by the University or individual members of the Task Force.” … which is not going to sit well with many folks in this town … added Reynoso: “I was very frustrated to receive this news. However, let me assure you that I am undeterred in my commitment to release the complete and unredacted work of the Task Force, a view shared by President Yudof.” …

For his part, Yudof noted “The entire UC Davis community deserves a fully transparent and unexpurgated accounting of the incidents in question. Though I have not seen the reports, I am told the task force and its supporting investigators have provided just such an accounting.” … none of which we’ll see today, and perhaps not for a long time to come …the university’s motto, “Let There Be Light,” has certainly been dimmed …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

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