Bob Dunning

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

June 04, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 ,

Bob Dunning: We have to keep Davis beaches safe from bags

I remember back when the city of Davis was thinking of imposing a plastic bag ban on the citizens of this fine town, the argument that kept bubbling up was that Davis plastic bags were somehow ending up in the Pacific Ocean. The rumor was that the Pacific Garbage Patch had swelled to twice the […]

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

Meatless Monday? Let’s eat right every day of the week

MEATLESS MONDAY … my friend George, who happens to agree with my suggestion that we reverse farm-to-fork and instead eat only those food items that were produced out of state, writes to say that a weekly “Meatless Monday” would also be beneficial to our state’s drought-busting efforts … he is, of course, right, even if […]

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

Bob Dunning: Pointless point-after gets an overhaul

Apparently not satisfied with a product millions of sports fans treasure, National Football League owners decided this week to change the rules of what has become the national pastime. Although there was no demand for this change from the NFL’s millions of dedicated fans, the owners nevertheless decided that a point after touchdown kick from […]

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

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