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Bob Dunning

Bob Dunning: The true public servants are lining up

I suspect we’ve all been forced to play the silly game of musical chairs at least once in our lifetime, but who would have thought our various local politicians would raise this childhood ritual to an art form? Pulling out the most recent political scorecard, I see that newly elected Assemblyman Bill Dodd, who promised […]

Bob Dunning: Creative campaigning, Assembly-style

When I announced my candidacy last week for a variety of elected positions, especially Bill Dodd’s barely warm California Assembly seat, I was completely unprepared for the outpouring of support that would come my way. As I understand it, campaign advisers to both Dan Wolk and Don Saylor are in serious discussions over whether to […]

Bob Dunning: Silva, Pappa touched so many lives

THE PASSING OF TWO DAVIS LEGENDS … I was saddened to open last Thursday’s paper to read of the deaths of two Davis legends, Milt Silva and John Pappa, but thankful that my life has been made so much better through the lives of these two great men … Pappa was the offensive line coach […]

Bob Dunning: We’re saving water, but should we drink it?

When I left town with my family for a brief vacation to the wilds of western Canada earlier this month, I thought everything was under control. We’d just had an oil change on our aging Honda Odyssey, bills had been paid as much as possible, arrangements had been made for the newspaper and the mail […]

Bob Dunning: Will this be an exceptionally civil race?

THIS JUST IN … although Mayor Dan Wolk and former mayor Don Saylor have decided to engage in that strange dance known as the “Davis Split” by running against each other for a seat in the California State Assembly, it appears this race will at least be civil. Said the kindly Saylor of his same-city […]

Bob Dunning: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before

DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN … now that the field is shaping up to claim the soon-to-be-vacant California State Assembly seat of Bill Dodd, my friend Rich thinks history may be about to repeat itself … writes Rich: “There is a good chance that the Assembly race of 2016 will be a replay of the […]

Bob Dunning: Everybody else is doing it, so why can’t I?

Tired of sitting on the sidelines and commenting on the antics of others, I am today announcing my candidacy for the California Assembly seat that has been held for the last week and a half by Bill Dodd of Napa. Dodd, apparently unhappy with his office assignment, has announced his candidacy for Lois Wolk’s state […]

Bob Dunning: At journey’s end, one happy family

As we head back down the valley and begin to smell the unmistakable scent of rotting tomatoes the harvester left behind, we know our long-awaited summer vacation is about to end and soon will be only a treasured memory. This is when we review what we have seen and heard and experienced — and, of course, […]

Bob Dunning: On the sixth day, God created Jasper, Banff

As road trips go, this is a long one, stretching from our humble tomato-surrounded home to a land where the buffalo roam. Or at least used to roam. Jasper, and Banff National Park immediately to the south, are known for an abundance of visible wildlife both big and small, but other than three mangy and […]

Bob Dunning: It’s water under the virtual bridge

MIXED MESSAGE … like a number of other Davisites, I recently received a “Thank you for saving water” email from the Public Works Department … But, as I puffed up with East Davis pride, this brief note added “Home water reports for the 2015 WaterSmart program are only being sent to the highest 35 percent […]

Bob Dunning: Snack attack in the heart of Davis

Having decided that one good deed deserves another, I headed down to City Hall not to bury our City Council, but to praise it. After all, the mayor’s non-stop campaign to help Davis kids bike safely to school originates from a good heart, a sound mind and common sense. And the move to have youngsters […]

Bob Dunning: You’ll never believe what you’re doing wrong

It’s getting awfully difficult to live in Davis or even on Planet Earth these days without doing something that’s harmful to somebody. First it was Pope Francis’ brilliant and moving encyclical, Laudato Si’, and now this from our very own environmental gurus at the Explorit Science Center, courtesy of my friend Jeff. “Hello, Bob,” Jeff […]

Bob Dunning: Think about it, green is the new brown

IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN … my friend Eric points out that “Some people are painting their dying lawns green,” which is making some enterprising young folks with a can of spray paint rich … however, Davis being Davis, if you have a green lawn in this town it’s proof positive that you’re a water-wasting […]

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