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Bob Dunning

Bob Dunning: Columns due tomorrow: Get ready, get set, type!

In the NBA they call this crunch time. In the NFL it’s known as a gut check. Others talk about courage, seizing the day and taking a bold step forward. No matter what you call it, it’s time to put your fingers to the keyboard and pound out your 400 to 800 word entry to […]

Bob Dunning: Not what you’d call a level playing field

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? … as August heads toward fall, I can’t help but smell a pigskin in the air … THE BIG BIG SKY … I don’t know about you, but I still can’t get my arms around the football scheduling in UC Davis’ new home in the Big Sky Conference, which […]

Bob Dunning: Mayor blows the whistle on this technical foul

Years ago there used to be a charity basketball game at Hickey Gym called “Fuzz Ball” that pitted police departments from UC Davis and the city of Davis. It was always well-attended and a good time was had by all. Except, of course, for those who had to be carted off the court with a […]

Bob Dunning: Recycling ideas down at the dump

THEFT IN VACAVILLE … they say imitation if the highest form of flattery, an expression that immediately jumped to mind when my friend Debra on Far West Russell Boulevard forwarded me the following concerning an upcoming Vacaville Museum Fundraiser … “Dinner at the Dump,” it says, mimicking a 20-year fundraiser of the same name once […]

Bob Dunning: Council makes a backdoor cut to the hoop

Some time ago, I relied on bad information and assumed our beloved City Council was going to take off the whole month of August. Bad mistake. As they say in the horror films, they’re baaaack. And, wasting no time plunging directly into the most troubling issue of the day, tonight they will — according to the […]

Bob Dunning: It’s an agricultural experience at the Cannery

“Life tastes better here,” says the headline on a stunningly beautiful promotional brochure for The Cannery that includes a color photo of a young girl looking over boxes of just-picked heirloom tomatoes. Or maybe they’re plums. “Introducing The Cannery, California’s first farm-to-table new home community in the heart of Davis. Fresh air and fresh food […]

Bob Dunning: Life, uh … life will find a way

INNOVATION CREATION … one of this paper’s brilliant readers – aren’t they all? – writes to say “The Ag Science that UC Davis likely to spin off for the Innovation Park is GMOs – Genetic Engineering. In light of this, many have suggested the below logo for the new Innovation Park.” (see logo) … just […]

Bob Dunning: Little League players, big-league cheating

While the dirty dealing that led the Jackie Robinson West Little League team out of Chicago to be stripped of its 2014 U.S. championship has been well documented, no one seems to be challenging the notion of a Little League World Series being held at all. No one, that is, except my friend Tom, who […]

Bob Dunning: Who says politicians don‘t care?

I know our elected representatives in Washington, specifically the United States Senate, are often accused of doing nothing but running for reelection, but I have a compelling letter in my hand that proves otherwise. The letter, on United States Senate stationery, is signed by Senator Ron Wyden of my home state of Oregon, Senator Dean […]

Bob Dunning: Congratulations and a big thanks to Miss Patty

APPLES AND BOUQUETS FOR ONE OF DAVIS’ FINEST … occasionally I’ll get a note from someone asking if I can make a mention of a favorite teacher who is either leaving town or retiring … in the case of Patricia Olsen, I’ve heard the name enough recently to know she’s the real deal … “I’m […]

Bob Dunning: The Cannery is a compelling draw

Although The Cannery has been playing to mixed reviews ever since it was first proposed as a residential replacement for the old Hunt’s tomato plant, this recent fight was nowhere near as intense as when the original cannery attempted to come to town. But there’s no use crying over spilled tomatoes. The current Cannery has […]

Bob Dunning: Yolo’s Big Sky fails to light up

PURSUING THE PERSEID … with great anticipation of a promised night-sky extravaganza, a large group of Davis families, including ours, gathered about 12:45 a.m. Thursday on the dirt and gravel of a levee road halfway between here and Woodland … some brought sleeping bags, some brought lawn chairs, some brought popcorn, some brought hot chocolate […]

Bob Dunning: Got the munchies? Try City Hall

Earlier this summer I used this space to explain a trip I made to the Community Chambers to praise the City Council for its non-stop efforts to make Davis kids fit, not fat. Unfortunately, I noted, before I could address our esteemed council members personally, “I was distracted by a bright, shiny object that caught […]

Bob Dunning: Let’s hope it’s not ‘Malfunction Junction’

CYCLE MANIA … I’ve heard of Dutch chocolate, Dutch ovens, Dutch treat and Dutch windmills, not to mention the fact our kids absolutely adored their Dutch preschool teacher, but I had never heard of a Dutch intersection before our beloved City Council decided to turn out city’s avid cyclists into human guinea pigs … We […]

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