Bob Dunning

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 […]

Bob Dunning: When you look at it that way, it’s all so obvious

BROWN LAWNS, BROWN GOVERNOR … my friend Greg on the Happiness Street writes to say “There seems to be some correlation between our severe droughts and Jerry Brown.” … you mean because the whole state is turning brown? … “The last time we had a severe drought (1976-77) Moonbeam was governor. Coincidence?” … we may […]

Bob Dunning: This drought is just opportunity knocking

In times of crisis, smart people tend to get rich. The rest of us just get stuck. The governor has been warning us, in the sternest terms possible, that our drought is just such a crisis, even if his actions make me wonder how truly serious things are. I mean, when things really get tough […]

Bob Dunning: It’s no picnic downtown without the parade

PICNIC PROBLEMS PERSIST … sorry to hear that we appear to be backsliding with bad behavior on Picnic Day after several years of apparent progress … If our town’s alcohol providers continue to put profits ahead of public safety, it’s time for UC Davis to completely divorce itself from the downtown scene … one quick […]

Bob Dunning: Sure thing, it’ll be a piece of cake

In 46 years of writing a newspaper column (I started in kindergarten, as I remember), I do occasionally receive an odd request or two. I remember once, years ago, when a kind woman called on the phone and told me she had lost her cat. I offered my condolences and told her I would pray […]

Bob Dunning: Vanderhoef’s book is a must-read

“Books by former university administrators aren’t likely to sail off library shelves or tally an impressive number of digital downloads,” writes Larry Vanderhoef on the inside jacket of “Indelibly Davis,” his recollection of 25 years at UC Davis, the last 15 as chancellor. Vanderhoef is correct in his assessment, but this book just may be […]

April 29, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Visit our own gardens of earthly delights

Every year at this time I am made aware of a stunning local event known as the Pence Gallery Garden Tour. Or, as we call it on my side of the tracks, the “How the Other Half Lives” tour. No matter what you call it, it always plays to rave reviews and is a major […]

April 28, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Just relax and watch the grass grow

“God bless the grass that grows thru the crack. They roll the concrete over it to try and keep it back. The concrete gets tired of what it has to do, It breaks and it buckles and the grass grows thru, And God bless the grass.” Yes, after boldly plagiarizing songwriter Malvina Reynolds (see above), […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Fairness is an afterthought for them

SWEET THOUGHTS … this from State Water Resources Control Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus, as told to The Sacramento Bee: “We are trying to find that sweet spot between making it as fair as we can and getting water conservation.” … Felicia, dear, the sweet spot is not “between” these two goals … the sweet spot […]

April 24, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: No water, but drowning in red tape

OK, the State Water Resources Control Board has spoken and it’s now up to all of us to quit complaining and start complying. If you don’t like the rules, go raise almonds. I note that in its most recent edict, the Water Board has upped Davis’ conservation mandate to 28 percent from the previous 25, […]

April 23, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Sit and watch, Governor, as tiers go by

Amid the weeping and gnashing of teeth coming out of the governor’s office in Sacramento over an appeals court’s decision striking down tiered water rates in the city of San Juan Capistrano, our beloved town of Davis once again stands out brightly as the City of All Things Right and Relevant. Yes, after several studies, […]

April 22, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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