Sunday, June 30, 2013

The UCD Offcampus Water Pipeline Across Solano County, Part II: Resistance (129)


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This is the second of two posts on the UCD Offcampus Water Pipeline by means of which
water is transported from the Putah South Canal to the UCD campus. The line itself is described in the first post. This post reports some social aspects of how it was created.

The massive “Solano Project” dammed Putah Creek in order to stop its natural eastern flow and to divert it south for dispersal across Solano County in a system of canals and pipes. The complex array of structures needed for this was almost complete at the end of 1958.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The UCD Offcampus Water Pipeline Across Solano County, Part I: The Line (128)


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This is the first of two posts on the UC Offcampus Water Pipeline by means of which water is transported from the Putah South Canal to the UCD campus. The line is described here. The second post will report some social aspects of how this structure was created.

During the debate over Davis acquiring surface water from the Sacramento River, it was noted that UC Davis already had surface water--from Putah creek.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fluoridation Four: Shelved in August 1971 (127)

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This post is the fourth of four, one each on four episodes of public debate on fluoridating Davis water.  An overview of the four is given in post # 120, May 26, 2013.

So far as I know, fluoridation left the Davis public agenda after 1964 and did not return until 1971.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Rich Rifkin’s Observations on Davis Fluoridation Matters (126)


Rich Rifkin sent me the following observations on the history of Davis fluoridation that I thought others might find of interest. With his permission, I reproduce them here. JL

John,

My read on the fluoridation fights is that they are always an establishment vs. anti-establishment contest.

Because of the scientific nature of the fluoride question, where one falls comes down to how much a citizen trusts the scientific establishment or not.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Fluoridation Three: Narrow Defeat in November 1964 (125)



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This post is the third of four, one each on four episodes of public debate on fluoridating Davis water.  An overview of the four is given in post # 120, May 26, 2013.

Within only a few weeks of their defeat at the polls on April 14, 1964 (reported in the previous post), members of the Davis Pure Water Committee began to organize an initiative drive to put fluoridation on the ballot.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Fluoridation Two: Narrow Win in April 1964 (124)


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This post is the second of four, one each on four episodes of public debate on fluoridating Davis water. An overview of the four is given in post # 120, May 26, 2013.

Of the four episodes, this one in the winter and spring of 1964 was the most ordinarily political.

By “most ordinarily political” I mean that two named groups with a public leadership mounted campaigns in the forms of walking streets, organizing public debates, publishing advertisements, and the like.

At least as evidenced by Enterprise reporting, such features were much less visible or even present in the three other episodes.

Specifically, the Davis Dental Health Council faced off against the Davis Pure Water Committee. The names of the organized leadership of both were reported in Enterprise stories.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Terminal Hotel Sign Advances to a Second Draft (123)


Readers of this blog will recall the February 27th post in which I published the first draft of a Terminal Hotel Building history sign. For reference, the introductory part of that post is reproduced here.

I am happy now to report that after being reviewed by many people and after revisions, the sign has advanced a second draft graphic design by DaRold DeSigns. It is reproduced here. (Because of internet limitations, this copy is viewable and readable but is low resolution.)

This second draft is also available as a free-standing download at:



Once again we invite people to inspect the sign and to send us their suggestions (rich_rifkin@yahoo.com or jlofland@dcn.org).