Bob Dunning

Bob Dunning: State pays greenbacks for brown front lawns

In order to make this once Golden State even less green, the State of California has initiated a turf removal and replacement program with the incredibly catchy title “Save Our Water Rebates.” According to those in charge of doling out the cash, “The Department of Water Resources has a rebate program for removing turf and […]

Bob Dunning: We have to bring order to our streets

Unable to regulate the street ball antics of Davis schoolchildren who like to shoot hoops on basketball standards erected in front of their homes, the city of Davis is now taking aim at another long-standing childhood pursuit, hide-and-seek. According to a top-secret staff report, on any given summer night there are approximately 100 Davis kids […]

Bob Dunning: Aggie fans, beware of the hungry Sandwich Snatchers

FOODIE ALERT … my friend Tom, commenting on the official Sandwich Snatchers who protect Aggie Stadium from fans trying to sneak in their own stuff, tells an interesting story about how such pettiness can seriously hurt the franchise … writes Tom: “30 odd years ago, the Texas Rangers’ owner instituted a ban on outside food […]

Bob Dunning: It’s the world’s worst game of ‘telephone’

I got one of those dinner-interrupting phone calls the other night that forced me to push the pork roast and cole slaw to one side and answer as politely as I could given my fondness for the meal I would now have to put on the back burner. Cutting right to the chase, the caller […]

September 03, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Dunning: Week 1 of another year of college football picks

Already I fear that by Saturday night another undefeated football season will have gone by the boards. This week’s picks are as follows: CAL over GRAMBLING … there was a time when none of the big boys wanted to play Grambling. Now everyone wants to play them. Both of these teams seek a return to glory, […]

September 03, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: New season stirs old Aggie memories

Every now and then, especially around this time of year, those few folks who remember my long-ago days as a sports writer for this newspaper will ask me which was the favorite Aggie game that I covered. A difficult question, indeed, since the first game I covered also was the first game that Jim Sochor […]

September 02, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Then the judge ordered a recess for some Cheetos

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES … Davis officials who have been trying to ban all smoking in apartment buildings may wish to take notice of a recent decision by the Oregon Court of Appeals concerning marijuana smoke … while the marijuana smoke in question was coming from the apartment of a recreational pot user, what […]

September 01, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

August 27, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 […]

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

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 […]

August 25, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 […]

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

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 […]

August 21, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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