Bob Dunning

Bob Dunning: Mascot is the key to new campus

As UC Davis forges ahead with plans to open a Sacramento campus – the esteemed UCD at S – I was stunned to open this very newspaper a while back and read some surprising higher education news from our own Jeff Hudson. I’ll admit it’s been a while since Jeff’s piece ran, but between the […]

Bob Dunning: Genius can only be deferred, not denied

A while back I wrote an absolutely brilliant piece about the three proposed “innovation” projects that city of Davis voters might one day be asked to consider at the ballot box. That column never saw the light of day. Just as the Pulitzer committee got word that my blockbuster effort was about to be published, […]

Is there really a spoiler in the assembly race?

WHO’S THE SPOILER? … my friend Rich writes to say “It seems like everyone is jumping on the ‘Saylor is the spoiler’ bandwagon” when discussing the race between Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, Mayor Dan Wolk and Marine Charlie Schaupp for Bill Dodd’s soon-to-be-vacant seat in the California State Assembly … Adds Rich: “The presumption […]

Bob Dunning: It’s better than the schoolyard rumor mill

SUPE’S ON … the first paragraph of Anne Ternus-Bellamy’s piece in Wednesday’s paper told me it’s time to start attending Board of Supervisors meetings if I’m a fan of free fireworks … “Yolo County Supervisors Jim Provenza of Davis and Oscar Villegas of West Sacramento have endorsed Davis Mayor Dan Wolk — rather than their board […]

Bob Dunning: As long as the personal garbage is off limits, eh?

My friend Carol sent me a terrifying story about the wave of the future with the comment: “If the Davis City Council finds out what Halifax, Canada, is doing with their garbage, we might be in for a real change in how ours is collected.” Carol, please, don’t give them any ideas. Let’s keep this […]

Bob Dunning: This should be a 15-yard penalty

Being a huge college football fan, especially of the Pac-12, I was thrilled to receive an email detailing the fact that tickets remain for all seven of Stanford’s home football games. And trust me, there is nothing like a football game on a Saturday afternoon on the Stanford campus. People tailgating, eucalyptus in the air […]

Bob Dunning: Fame-seekers, start your typewriters!

“Did I miss the ‘Replace the Above Pictured Columnist Contest’ this year?” asked my friend Michael in a short note that didn’t mince words. No, Michael, you didn’t miss anything. The contest is about to begin. In fact, imagine the starter’s gun being fired at this very moment as your signal to begin typing with […]

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 […]

July 30, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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