Bob Dunning

Bob Dunning: These hydration experts may be all wet

After the California State Water Resources Control Board shamed us into never again asking for a glass of water in a restaurant, many people are taking that mentality into their home lives as well in a desperate attempt to reduce their water consumption. This has led to a number of doctors, coaches, nutritionists and door-to-door […]

Bob Dunning: Play golf and support Davis foster youths

A CAUSE WORTH SUPPORTING … Ralph Villanueva, the only Davis High School graduate to be honored twice by his school’s Hall of Fame, has announced that Progress Ranch will be the beneficiary of the 17th Annual Villanueva Family and Friends charity golf tournament July 18 at Wildhorse. Dubbed “Fore the Kids,” the tournament will benefit […]

Bob Dunning: Good thing new residents will bathe in Woodland

A GROWING TREND … my friend Stephen, who has lived in this town for a long, long time, says that every time he opens his favorite Davis newspaper, he reads about two things – “1) Drought and water shortage; 2) More and more housing.” … I have to agree with you, Stephen … those do […]

Bob Dunning: Milk goes real well with Oreo pie

(Somewhere in downtown Davis) “Welcome to the Council Café, sir. Just you and the children tonight?” “No, my wife hopes to join us, but she’s trying to park the car, so we may have to start without her.” “How many children’s menus would you like?” “Six, please.” “Great. Just so you know, we have some great […]

Bob Dunning: We’re eating at the wrong cafeterias

DOLLARS AND SENSE … when it was noted here last week that outgoing city of Davis innovation czar Rob White was receiving $76,000 worth of “benefits” annually in addition to his $164,000 salary, I was overwhelmed with comments that basically said “No way that figure is accurate.” … others were simply stunned at the sheer […]

Bob Dunning: Some grasses are greener than others

“City to choose trees over grass as it conserves water,” said the shocking front-page headline that graced this newspaper one recent day. Such headlines are becoming commonplace as we await the much-anticipated return of The Savior, El Niño, to our once-green land. “Save the trees, kill some grass,” read the first words of Dave Ryan’s […]

Bob Dunning: Our home’s sports field makes our kids healthier

GRASS BUILDS STRONG BODIES 12 WAYS … many of us who still have some semblance of a lawn are getting awfully tired of the accusation that we are somehow water scofflaws … the last time I checked, our beloved mayor was making noise about building a massive new sports complex with grass fields of many […]

Bob Dunning: ‘Innovation’ can be a costly proposition

ROB, WE HARDLY KNEW YE … the big news in the Sunday paper was that the city of Davis has hired Diane Parro to replace Rob White as the city’s chief innovation officer … and while many of us aren’t sure exactly what that title entails, it remains unclear exactly why White decided to move on […]

Bob Dunning: Arnold helped make this town what it is

FAREWELL TO A DAVIS LEGEND … those of us who went to elementary school or junior high or Davis High School with Doug Arnold are not surprised that he grew up to be the generous philanthropist that he was … Doug, who died at age 68 last Saturday morning, was a member of a caring […]

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

Bob Dunning: Irvine gets a break from developer

If the Davis City Council and the developers of The Cannery project are going to get egg all over their faces, let’s at least hope the yolk is coming from cage-free chickens. It’s the best we can expect from those presuming to lead this town. As you may recall, a sharply divided Davis City Council […]

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

Bob Dunning: A soda ban that bans absolutely nothing

THE DAN BAN … on the mayor’s Facebook page you can find a sweet photo of eight smiling folks all linked hand-to-shoulder as if their horse has just won the Kentucky Derby … explaining the happy occasion, the mayor writes: “A picture of the phenomenal public health advocates who worked hard on making the first-in-the-nation […]

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

Bob Dunning: Who needs parents when we have the city council?

It may be painful at first, but my sweetheart and I have decided to pack up our kids and deliver them to City Hall to be raised until they turn 18 years of age by members of the Davis City Council. After last Tuesday’s vote requiring selected local restaurants to serve milk or water as […]

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

Bob Dunning: Words of wisdom, down at UOP

A number of years ago my dad indicated to me that one day I might have to actually work for a living. He did this as gently as possible by pointing out that my .111 batting average as a reserve on the Davis High School junior varsity baseball team was a strong indicator that my […]

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

Bob Dunning: You can see it coming 400 miles away

SPEAKING OF ISSUES NOT ON THE COUNCIL’S RADAR … now that the Los Angeles City Council has overwhelmingly instituted a phased-in $15-an-hour minimum wage, it’s only a matter of time before this will become a red-hot issue in Davis, where $15 an hour is not even remotely a “living” wage … trust me on this […]

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

Special Publications »

Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service (updated 4/30/2015) and Privacy Policy (updated 4/7/2015).
Copyright (c) 2015 McNaughton Newspapers, Inc., a family-owned local media company that proudly publishes the Daily Republic, Mountain Democrat, Davis Enterprise, Village Life and other community-driven publications.