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By April 16, 2010

Enterprise columnist

DOLLARS AND SENSE É a Freddie at 625 Court St. in Woodland writes with some disturbing news É ÒHmmmm,Ó Freddie begins ominously É ÒIÕm concerned that the Davis City Council is even considering a special election for anything at all, since they have yet to pay the bill for the Wildhorse Ranch (Measure P) election we conducted for them last November.Ó É weÕre still waiting for our federal stimulus check, Freddie É

ÒWe billed them in January and havenÕt heard a word. The city collected from the developer up front, so they should have the money somewhere, right? Think theyÕd let me go over there and dig through their pockets for it?Ó É actually, I think we burned through most of it to pay for RuthÕs job-related ambulance ride to Woodland É if she and Sue tussle again before RuthÕs retirement, weÕll send whatÕs left of the money along with her and you can meet her at the emergency room É

DANCING WITH THE STARS É those who havenÕt had the opportunity to witness the sheer brilliance of Pam Trokanski will get another chance next Thursday, Friday and Saturday when she and her ÒDance Theatre and GuestsÓ perform www.2B/nt2BcoNectd.com … billed as Òa look at how Internet technology and social networking online is changing our brains and our relationships,Ó it promises to be intriguing, compelling and Ñ knowing Pam Ñ sprinkled with humor É

Performances all three nights are at 8 p.m. at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop and Performing Arts Center on Del Rio Place (756-3949) É miss it at your own risk É

STADIUM UPDATE É in the past couple of years weÕve seen UC Davis open a beautiful new football stadium and Davis High begin to seriously upgrade Halden Field, but those two facilities combined canÕt seat as many fans as a soon-to-be-built high school stadium in Allen, Texas É I know this thanks to my friend Larry at sbcglobal.net, who sent me the vitals on a $60 million stadium that seats 18,000 fans and includes two decks, a video scoreboard, four concession stands and 12 restrooms É

Turns out the town voted 2-to-1 for a bond to finance the stadium, which will also host halftime performances by its 600-member marching band É last time I checked, however, the playing surface at Halden Field is exactly the same length as the field in Allen, but at considerably less cost É and if the Allen Eagles ever decide to take a road trip to California, IÕll take the Blue Devils by a field goal É

HERE COMES THE JUDGE É donÕt look now, but with John Paul StevensÕ resignation, the U.S. Supreme Court will, for the first time in its history, not count a Protestant among its members É even more interesting, until StevensÕ seat is filled, the court will be three-fourths Catholic and one-quarter Jewish É somehow, I donÕt think thatÕs what the Founding Fathers had in mind, but as long as it works as intended, who cares? É

Of course, the Constitution forbids a religious test for federal officeholders, but hereÕs betting the next nominee will be neither Catholic or Jewish É interestingly, the ban on a religious test didnÕt prevent our own Dianne Feinstein from grilling John Roberts specifically about his ÒCatholicÓ beliefs during his confirmation hearings É

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

Bob Dunning

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