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Bob Dunning

Bob Dunning: We have to keep Davis beaches safe from bags

I remember back when the city of Davis was thinking of imposing a plastic bag ban on the citizens of this fine town, the argument that kept bubbling up was that Davis plastic bags were somehow ending up in the Pacific Ocean. The rumor was that the Pacific Garbage Patch had swelled to twice the […]

Meatless Monday? Let’s eat right every day of the week

MEATLESS MONDAY … my friend George, who happens to agree with my suggestion that we reverse farm-to-fork and instead eat only those food items that were produced out of state, writes to say that a weekly “Meatless Monday” would also be beneficial to our state’s drought-busting efforts … he is, of course, right, even if […]

Bob Dunning: Pointless point-after gets an overhaul

Apparently not satisfied with a product millions of sports fans treasure, National Football League owners decided this week to change the rules of what has become the national pastime. Although there was no demand for this change from the NFL’s millions of dedicated fans, the owners nevertheless decided that a point after touchdown kick from […]

Bob Dunning: Some arguments don’t hold any water

The latest misguided movement in all the anger over who gets water and who doesn’t is directed at the several large companies in California that bottle water for a profit. Suddenly, using water as part of your business plan makes you some sort of evildoer. Which means just about every restaurant and grocery store in […]

Bob Dunning: Signs are confusing for law-abiding drivers

STOP OR GO? … as you approach Harper Junior High School heading eastbound on Covell, you are greeted with a series of road signs that scream “NO STOPPING ANY TIME.” … the message, as lawyers are fond of saying, is clear and unambiguous … oddly, while traveling along the very same stretch of pavement, you […]

Bob Dunning: Maybe it’s time to start a Farmers’ Import Market movement

As our grinding drought continues to suck the life out of Californians great and small, I had the sudden realization that we have this much ballyhooed Farm-to-Fork movement completely backward. I realize I’m treading on sacred ground here, but our fanatical obsession with consuming only locally sourced products is leading us directly down the path […]

Bob Dunning: We’re unique, just like everyone else

The mailbox bulges, begging responses. Writes the City of Davis: You used more water than similar households in Davis last month. Dear City: Thanks for the happy information, but there are no similar households in Davis. Trust me on this. Writes the Triple-A Life Insurance Company: To find your monthly rate, first choose the coverage […]

Bob Dunning: City coffers, at least, aren’t going dry

BUDGET THIS … “City budget outlook brightens,” said the shocking headline in Tuesday’s paper, overshadowing our doom and gloom, death-by-drought mentality … “For once in the past several years, the city budget update is boring,” begins the story under Dave Ryan’s byline … “Revenues are rising with the economy to the tune of $800,000 in […]

Bob Dunning: Sell now, before the eastside Armageddon

A fellow East Davisite named Susan was kind enough to forward to me a guided missive she received in the mail one recent day that should send shock waves through every homeowner in our charming community. Its contents are so stunning, in fact, that I hesitate to reveal them lest I start some sort of […]

Bob Dunning: It should at least light up the maggots

GENIUS AT WORK … I’m fond of saying that Davis is the town that keeps on giving … case in point is my friend Ben on the most beautiful street in Davis … Ben, clearly trying out for a guest spot on “The Daily Show,” wishes to tell us a thing or two he has […]

Bob Dunning: Data dance shows how absurd the system is

Now that the State Water Resources and Punishment Board has officially declared that “beauty” is no longer a value in California, get ready for the city of Davis to sponsor a workshop telling us how we must conserve by another 28 percent so the city can raise our rates by 39 percent. And remember, the […]

Bob Dunning: Reasoning for unfair policies holds no water

NO TIME FOR FAIRNESS … representatives of a number of water districts in our beautiful state tried to convince members of the State Water Resources Control Board that comparing a Sacramento Valley town’s water use to that of a town on the cool and wet north coast of California is like comparing apples and oranges […]

Bob Dunning: Still searching for the right ingredients

As I mentioned here last week, I have been asked to put my vast culinary skills to use to produce a cake to be auctioned off Saturday night at some sort of “Grid Iron Gala” to benefit the Davis High School football team. Because my baking schedule is nearly completely booked, I almost said no, […]

Bob Dunning: Squeezed by the math on conservation

A couple of front-page headlines stand out as we try to figure out what will happen to our green lawns and the greenbacks in our wallet in the days and weeks ahead. The first headline concerned a ruling by a California appeals court that reaffirmed that a water district in this state may charge its […]

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