We're absolutely certain that Rep. Susan Davis sprang to action this past week because we said, in our endorsement of her opponent in the June primary, that she needed to, well, spring to action and provide leadership. On something. Anything. The action Davis chose was a good one. As chair of the House Subcommittee on Military Personnel, she launched hearings on the 15-year-old “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy that bans people from serving in the military and being openly gay at the same time. Davis has signed on to a bill that would ban the military from booting gay people from the armed forces for being gay.On her way out the door as president of the Southeastern Economic Development Corp., Carolyn Smith made sure to thank, in a prepared statement, a short list of African-American politicians for their support during her 14 years on the job: former county Supervisor Leon Williams and the late District 4 City Councilmembers George Stevens and Charles Lewis. Conspicuously missing from her list was current District 4 Councilmember Tony Young. Interesting. Smith was forced to resign last week amid scandal involving SEDC staff pay.“How can The New York Times be worth so little?” read the headline of an article last Friday on BusinessWeek.com about the shrinking value of newspapers. So, if $750 million (the estimated worth of the Times) is considered “little,” what about the Union-Tribune's estimated $200-million-and-maybe-some-change price tag (yeah, we know, the U-T's no NYT). Indeed, Copley Press Inc., owner of the nation's 21st largest newspaper located in the nation's eighth largest city, announced last Thursday plans to “explore strategic options for the company's future,” like putting the paper up for sale.After months of politely requesting that San Diegans conserve water, Mayor Jerry Sanders admitted that perhaps the ongoing dearth of rainwater in the Colorado River and snow in the Sierra Nevada might mean declaring a Stage 1 water emergency, better known as the “pretty please” stage, since all the cutbacks are voluntary. City Attorney Mike Aguirre, a man around whom few use the words “please” or “pretty,” demanded that San Diego skip to Stage 3, which makes the cuts mandatory.