Thursday Afternoon Briefs

Board of Supervisors pay raise issue draws a lot of heat

The board of supervisors on Tuesday voted to table the motion. Dudley Holman of the Yolo County Taxpayer’s Association accused the board of being arrogant and devisive.

Mariko Yamada, perhaps the board’s most vocal proponent of the pay raise, took particular issue with Holman’s criticisms.

“To call me arrogant is the height of reverse arrogance,” she said, adding the amount of hours she spends working to serve the county is sometimes double what most people work in a day. (source: Josh Fernandez, Woodland Daily Democrat)

Anyone who knows Yamada with any degree of familiarity knows two things. She is the last person in the world that you would call arrogant. If anything, as I have said before, she is too modest. Second, she along with Councilmember Heystek are the hardest working people I know. Yamada defintely works at least an 80 hour week.

The Board of Supervisors is in a difficult position of voting upon their own payraise, something that Supervisor Thomson acknowledged, however, it remains our opinion that this is a much needed pay raise. Hopefully this issue can be revisited and cooler heads will prevail.

Dunning attack on Heystek draws more heat

In a letter to the editor of Davis Enterprise, Bill Ritter writes:

Commendation, not ridicule

In Bob Dunning’s Nov. 28 column, he quoted Noreen Mazelis and together they ridiculed Lamar Heystek for being on an International House invited panel on “struggle” — a discussion about overcoming adversity. Mazelis attacked the panel’s makeup as privileged men. Both she and Dunning trivialized Lamar’s efforts to improve his life as not being a credible struggle.

Dunning wrote: “Writes my friend Noreen: ‘… Lamar Heystek will be on a panel with three other privileged men to discuss ‘struggle.’ ” Dunning then adds: “… wow, nobody knows the trouble he’s seen, overcoming his college education and teaching position at UC Davis to become one of the youngest City Council members in Davis city history … struggle? … Lamar? … heck, he’s not old enough to have even struggled with a razor …”

Dunning intentionally put Mazelis’ quote in his column. He did not dispute, and indeed highlighted her assertion that Lamar is privileged. He then added his own sarcastic put-down of Lamar’s efforts to be successful, become a credit to his family and serve his community. Dunning and Mazelis (through ignorance and carelessness) show a lack of respect for the obstacles Lamar faced as a young man and his efforts to make his way in the world.

Lamar does not come from a privileged background. He has overcome much hardship through genuine struggle in his life. Lamar grew up in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Oakland where violent crime was frequent. His family life is filled with adversity and tragedy. For Dunning and Mazelis to make belittling comments about Lamar’s life (which evidently they know little or nothing about) was appalling, careless and just plain mean.

It is one thing to criticize Lamar if you disagree with his politics, positions on issues or public conduct, but quite another to ridicule him personally, as Dunning has, and belittle or ignore the life challenges he has faced.

Lamar has overcome them by getting an education while working full time, qualifying for university employment, volunteering to help others, and earning election to the City Council. Such strong effort to overcome adversity should be commended, not ridiculed.

Bill Ritter

Davis

Well said Mr. Ritter, I certainly cannot add anything to his eloquent letter. To date, Dunning has not responded to our concerns and request for an apology on this issue. It will be interesting to see if Dunning will respond to Mr. Ritter.

“Making everyone heard”

Some may have caught the piece in the Davis Enterprise the other night by Claire St. John, a feature article on Alexandra Courtis, the high school student who serves as the high school representative on the Davis Human Relations Commission.

The story was fairly routine, but I did notice a little insertion:

“Shortly after she was appointed as alternate, however, the City Council put the commission on hiatus, saying the commission was making problems of alleged racial profiling by police more inflammatory rather than elevating the conversation… Courtis made sure to emphasize she was not speaking as a representative of the Human Relations Commission, something that got previous members in trouble with the City Council.”

I suppose it will be a long time before there can be a newspaper article relating to the Human Relations Commission without some reference to things past.

Community Event Announcement: 911 and American Empire

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Davis Branch of the Yolo County Library, 315 E. 14th Street, called “911 and the American Empire”. Discussion will follow.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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  • David Greenwald

    Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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24 comments

  1. It is certainly odd that Bob Dunning has not elected to answer any of the several condemnations of his bizarre attack on Lamar. Could it be that his employers have ordered him to remain silient?

  2. It is certainly odd that Bob Dunning has not elected to answer any of the several condemnations of his bizarre attack on Lamar. Could it be that his employers have ordered him to remain silient?

  3. It is certainly odd that Bob Dunning has not elected to answer any of the several condemnations of his bizarre attack on Lamar. Could it be that his employers have ordered him to remain silient?

  4. It is certainly odd that Bob Dunning has not elected to answer any of the several condemnations of his bizarre attack on Lamar. Could it be that his employers have ordered him to remain silient?

  5. I have on pretty good word that in at least one case Davis did indeed tell Dunning not to mention someone. I do not know if it is the case here, but as angry as Dunning was at me last week, it was astounding to me that he would not have responded at all.

  6. I have on pretty good word that in at least one case Davis did indeed tell Dunning not to mention someone. I do not know if it is the case here, but as angry as Dunning was at me last week, it was astounding to me that he would not have responded at all.

  7. I have on pretty good word that in at least one case Davis did indeed tell Dunning not to mention someone. I do not know if it is the case here, but as angry as Dunning was at me last week, it was astounding to me that he would not have responded at all.

  8. I have on pretty good word that in at least one case Davis did indeed tell Dunning not to mention someone. I do not know if it is the case here, but as angry as Dunning was at me last week, it was astounding to me that he would not have responded at all.

  9. My observations over the years also suggest that a flood of letters of outrage(by yours truly and others) to Debbie Davis always turns Dunning into a “mouse” for a period of time. His stuff since his Heystek attack has been very safe.. he has steered clear of personal ridicule and inflamatory copy….

  10. My observations over the years also suggest that a flood of letters of outrage(by yours truly and others) to Debbie Davis always turns Dunning into a “mouse” for a period of time. His stuff since his Heystek attack has been very safe.. he has steered clear of personal ridicule and inflamatory copy….

  11. My observations over the years also suggest that a flood of letters of outrage(by yours truly and others) to Debbie Davis always turns Dunning into a “mouse” for a period of time. His stuff since his Heystek attack has been very safe.. he has steered clear of personal ridicule and inflamatory copy….

  12. My observations over the years also suggest that a flood of letters of outrage(by yours truly and others) to Debbie Davis always turns Dunning into a “mouse” for a period of time. His stuff since his Heystek attack has been very safe.. he has steered clear of personal ridicule and inflamatory copy….

  13. The only exception Davisite was last spring when Dunning went on the rampage and stayed on the rampage despite a lot of controversy. In fact, some think that his attacks on Lamar started to backfire as people began to respect Lamar for sticking to his guns under a ton of pressure.

  14. The only exception Davisite was last spring when Dunning went on the rampage and stayed on the rampage despite a lot of controversy. In fact, some think that his attacks on Lamar started to backfire as people began to respect Lamar for sticking to his guns under a ton of pressure.

  15. The only exception Davisite was last spring when Dunning went on the rampage and stayed on the rampage despite a lot of controversy. In fact, some think that his attacks on Lamar started to backfire as people began to respect Lamar for sticking to his guns under a ton of pressure.

  16. The only exception Davisite was last spring when Dunning went on the rampage and stayed on the rampage despite a lot of controversy. In fact, some think that his attacks on Lamar started to backfire as people began to respect Lamar for sticking to his guns under a ton of pressure.

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