Bob Dunning

Bob Dunning: These little delinquents have gone too far

Wow, first it was kids playing basketball in the street, then it was piles of yard clippings in the bike lanes and now it’s “unsightly” issue-oriented flyers posted by dedicated but clearly misguided Davis school kids. As I’ve said many times as I scratch my head and wonder what topics will present themselves for discussion […]

April 15, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Hey, quitting can be a lucrative gig

PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW … if all goes as planned, this will be my last column for The Davis Enterprise … at least for a while … Honestly, after winning back-to-back Pulitzers — first for my three-part series on the Yolo County Mosquito Abatement District and then for my exposé on how much water it […]

April 14, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Plenty of better uses for that money

For the past three or four days, ever since UC Davis announced it would be handing short-lived athletic director Terry Tumey a $177,500 going-away present, I’ve been thinking about how that money might be better spent. Given that UC Davis administrators are sticking to their story that Tumey’s sudden resignation after just two years and nine months […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Let’s put some real incentives out there

MAD AS HELL … my friend Bob on the Telescope Street says he assumes that Davis, being the totally relevant city that it is, will be offering a thousand bucks to homeowners to remove their bright green lawns like other Northern California cities are doing … I wouldn’t exactly say it’s money in the bank […]

April 10, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: That should ease the parting blow

TERRY, WE HARDLY KNEW YE … by all accounts, Terry Tumey’s short tenure as UC Davis athletic director was highly successful, which makes his sudden departure after less than three years on campus all the more stunning … be that as it may, I wish him well as he moves on with his life and his […]

April 09, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: If only they were more like us

When it comes to water rates, it appears Davis is way ahead of the curve. Or maybe just one step ahead of the sheriff. At the very least, we’re clearly ahead of the most recent California court decision. As you may remember, the good citizens of this town not so long ago took matters into […]

April 08, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: At least they’ll be locally sourced maggots

EVEN MORE DISSENT FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY … I don’t know what it is about this town, but some people just have to question City Hall’s every move … so it is with Keith at gmail.com, who claims the plan to outfit us all with 95-gallon “organics” bins to be filled with yard waste and […]

April 07, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: This raindrop keeps falling on my head

I don’t know about you, but when the city manager of the Most Relevant City in America takes the time to send a personal note, I sit up and take notice. “Welcome!” it exclaims, using one more exclamation point than absolutely necessary. Don’t know if the city manager knows that for me an exclamation point […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: You’ll need training to ride among the bins

LICENSE TO RIDE … my friend John, concerned about boys on bicycles behaving badly, says it’s about time city officials address this problem by requiring all bicyclists in town to pass an official Davis City Bike Test … Writes John: “This would include a requirement that they pass the Obstacle Course Test Drive, which would […]

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

Bob Dunning: Davis schools should observe this holiday

HAIL TO CÉSAR … inquiring minds want to know why schoolchildren in the Second Most Educated City in America were not given Tuesday of this week off in honor of César Chávez … Especially given that one of Davis’ elementary schools is named after this social justice stalwart who was described by Time magazine as […]

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

Bob Dunning: The smaller bins make all the difference

Last week when I noted that the city had hired a “facilitator” to teach a group of presumably well-educated Davisites (redundancy mine) the techniques of nonviolent communication, many folks accused me of playing an April Fool’s trick a week or so early. Nothing could be further from the truth. So, let me reassure you that, […]

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

Bob Dunning: Wrap your head around our MRAP need

MRAP DEBATE BACK ON FRONT BURNER … no, even if Davis hadn’t given away its Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected military surplus vehicle to Woodland, it wouldn’t have changed the outcome of last weekend’s horrific murder-suicide in West Davis … in fact, it appears nothing could have prevented this young killer from doing what he did, whether as […]

March 31, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: It’s like a dance, but with no serial monologues

Because I have spies in high places, I now have a copy of the official “notes” from the city-sponsored B Street Corridor Striping Meeting that may ultimately change how we all view the world. For some reason, the logo of an outfit called the “Mirror Group” appears on this report, complete with a facilitator. And […]

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

Bob Dunning: You get the feeling the decision has been made

POWER TO THE PEOPLE … hey, I’m in favor of cheap, relatively clean power as much as the next guy, but no one from the city of Davis has yet told us how “public power” from “renewable” sources will necessarily be cheaper … Nonetheless, the city has formed a Community Choice Energy Advisory Committee to […]

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

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