Bob Dunning

Bob Dunning: Crosswalks are a gift from City Hall

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY … our East Davis neighborhood received an unexpected gift when the city painted a number of crosswalks connecting the south side of East Eighth Street with the north side of East Eighth Street … suddenly, this street is a heck of a lot safer for schoolkids walking or riding their bikes to […]

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

Bob Dunning: The streets aren’t safe on Glass Day

In a town with seemingly as many issues as there are bicycles, it’s hard to decide sometimes where to concentrate one’s passion. As a daily columnist, of course, the more issues the better, just so long as folks don’t start deciding things at high noon in front of City Hall. Thanks to my friend Steve, […]

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

Bob Dunning: We’ll have to come up with a new name for this tree

TAXING TREES … as a botanist at heart, I was thrilled to see last week’s front-page story declaring that UC Davis scientists have successfully sequenced the genome of California’s stately sugar pine, declared by my childhood friend John Muir as the “king of the conifers.” … actually, I have no idea what sequencing a genome […]

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

Bob Dunning: ‘The Night Before Christmas in a Galaxy Far, Far Away’ redux

* Editor’s note: This column was first published Dec. 21, 2014. A few days ago I received an email from a man who is both an English professor and a freelance writer in Cleveland. He said he was conducting some research for an article he was writing for the “official Star Wars website” and had […]

December 20, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Soda tax all about wallet, not waistline

PAYING FOR THE SINS OF OTHERS … so, the other night, as our esteemed City Council was considering ways of taxing the citizenry — including the punitive “soda pop tax” — a physician approached the public microphone to make her point. “I am a Coke addict,” she said, according to the excellent report by Felicia Alvarez in […]

December 18, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Nostra-Dunning picks the college bowls

Wow. A record 41 bowl games featuring 80 teams, 15 of which don’t even have winning records. And for the mathematically inclined out there who can’t understand how 80 teams can fill 41 bowls, two of those 80 teams will be playing twice. Once in the national playoff semifinals and once in the national championship […]

December 18, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: It’s a 60-minute game; play to the whistle

Pardon me while I complain for a minute or two about one of my favorite pastimes, watching college football. Here we are about to embark upon the 41-game bowl season, including the highly anticipated Utah State-Akron showdown in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and already I’m preparing to begin throwing things at the television. My […]

December 17, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: You can’t save more than you use

Debbie, who works on campus, where many of the lawns were still green even before last Sunday morning’s downpour, says she is “confused” by the city’s latest appeal to her to cut her water consumption by 90 gallons a day. “Am I to use only 90 gallons a day or cut my usage by 90 […]

December 16, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Our fearless leaders keep an eye on the ball

SEEING RED IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS … apparently sports betting is rampant at the very highest levels of Davis city government … the wages of sin will be on full display in the Community Chambers tonight when Assistant City Manager Mike Webb pays off a losing bet he made with the very mayor of this […]

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

Bob Dunning: Ugly, divisive behavior not necessarily unconstitutional

The nice thing about living in this country under the protections of the First Amendment is that every one of us can say any crazy thing we wish without fear of government censorship. Which means even haters like Donald Trump get to have their say, no matter how dumb-headed or mean-spirited their words may be. […]

December 13, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Branching out into a good cause

A WONDERFUL WAY TO GIVE … it seems everyone is looking for a way to make a difference at this time of year, and there are certainly a number of local opportunities to do just that … One of the best, for my money, can be found in the lobby of the Hallmark Inn, 110 […]

December 11, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Be filthy, kids, in the name of conservation

My friend Alan — who some may say is “all wet” after reading his proposals — is ready, willing and able to provide the town he loves with an answer to its water woes. Unless, of course, El Niño beats him to it. Alan is so confident in his plan that he recently presented it to the Davis school […]

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

Bob Dunning: Why stop with just a soda tax?

EVEN MORE TAXING ISSUES … while we’re on the subject of adding taxes to beverages we put into our bodies, how about adding even more tax to alcoholic beverages served in our downtown bars and restaurants? …   After all, alcohol use downtown has led directly to folks driving under the influence, to mayhem and […]

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

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