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Author Archive: Bob Dunning

Bob Dunning: Campus may want to totally own Picnic Day

PICNIC PERSPECTIVE … as UC Davis continues to knock itself dead to produce a family-friendly, educational and, above all, fun experience on campus, it may be time for the university to completely sever its relationship with downtown Davis on this once-magical day … while the experience on campus was superb for just about anyone who […]

Bob Dunning: Looking for a seat at the table

So, you’re willing to give back to the community by offering to volunteer to fill just under six months of the 2½ years remaining on Nancy Peterson’s School Board term, figuring it’s the least you can do for the city you love. Well, you’d better take a number and get in line, for the list […]

Bob Dunning: Picnic Day tarnished by bad reputation

HAPPY BIRTHDAY … as that hallowed UC Davis tradition known as Picnic Day prepares to celebrate its 100th birthday, it was disheartening to see several news organizations wondering out loud how well our city is prepared to handle the drunken and disorderly conduct that has dominated this day in recent years … sadly, as far […]

Bob Dunning: It only APPEARS like you’re saving

OUR PLUMMETING WATER BILLS … a holier-than-thou acquaintance stopped me in Nugget the other day to brag that apparently due to her diligent conservation efforts, she had managed to cut her city services bill nearly in half … I didn’t have the heart to tell her that the city recently went to monthly billing instead […]

Bob Dunning: School board in for a wild ride

“Process to fill board vacancy outlined,” said the Page 1, above-the-fold headline over Jeff Hudson’s story in Tuesday’s Davis Enterprise. “Applications due April 15; appointment set May 8,” said the sub-headline, meaning the Davis school board is on the fast track to find a fifth member to break those awkward 2-2 tie votes. The seat […]

Bob Dunning: Businesses step up to help family

THE LOSS OF A FRIEND … longtime North Davis Elementary School teacher Paulene Bitners, who was the subject of many prayers in this town over the past few months, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer … several fundraisers to aid Paulene’s family are planned for Tuesday, April 15 … Teach Your Children, an […]

Bob Dunning: Never too early to handicap the big race

Any time there’s a horse race, dedicated gamblers come out of the woodwork to demand a piece of the action. So it is with the five-horse race for a seat in the California Legislature representing the 4th Assembly District. As we’ve seen from recent financial reporting, some candidates are willing to spend far in excess […]

Bob Dunning: Council wants to educate us again

THE TEACHER IS IN … grab a notebook and sharpen your pencils, fellow Davisites, for it appears our beloved City Council is about to go on another teaching mission with the citizens of this town playing the role of bright-eyed pupils … yes, given that the public reception to the proposed Davis Utility District (DUD) […]

60 Picnic Days and counting

I attended my first Picnic Day in 1953. Haven’t missed one since. Many things have changed, but much of the spirit of the day has remained the same. The parade used to be a very big deal, with elaborate floats entered by various living groups (we had fraternities back then, but no sororities) and campus […]

Bob Dunning: Race comes down to dollars and syllables

In case you forgot, 40 percent of the current Davis City Council is running for the California Assembly seat being vacated by Mariko Yamada, and what a race it’s shaping up to be. While Davisites tend to think of this as a race between just Mayor Joe Krovoza and Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wolk, the […]

Bob Dunning: PG&E takeover makes many uneasy

POWER TO THE PEOPLE … if you are just a bit uneasy about our cash-strapped city’s million-dollar feasibility study concerning the public takeover of PG&E, you are not alone … reading the front page of the paper can be downright confusing these days … on the one hand, the city is apparently rolling in cash […]

Bob Dunning: All the news that’s fit to print

I left our drought-stricken town over the weekend to see if I could learn how human beings have managed to survive on the Mojave Desert, where no measurable rainfall has been recorded for the past 984 years, but when I returned home I learned that all hell had broken loose in my old hometown. It’s […]

Bob Dunning: Fight the drought, start in the shower

My good friend Clyde Froehlich, who knows a thing or two about water conservation, took time out of his busy schedule a while back to pen a piece in this very newspaper offering tips on how we can all beat this never-ending drought. Fortunately, Clyde’s sound advice does not include an admonition that we all […]

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