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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Author Archive: Jeff Hudson

Jazz singer Sachal Vasandani to play four nights

Sachal Vasandani is a Chicago-born jazz vocalist who attracted attention when he was named Down Beat magazine’s Collegiate Jazz Vocalist of the Year in 1999. He has worked with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. His 2006 debut recording, “Eyes Wide Open,” led to tours and opening for artists such as jazz trumpeter […]

Eight candidates seek appointment to vacant school board seat

Eight candidates seeking appointment to a vacant seat on the Davis school board filed by Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline. The appointee, who will be selected at a special school board meeting on May 8, will serve until November, when the two years remaining in the term will be filled at a special election. The vacancy […]

School board to consider adding 12 teaching positions, reducing class sizes

During Thursday night’s meeting, the Davis school board will consider a proposal to hire the equivalent of 12 teachers, which would reduce elementary class sizes in parts of the school district. The move will bring the district into compliance with state guidelines for elementary class size. The proposal also includes adding some secretarial time at […]

Jose Granda seeking Davis school board seat

Jose Granda — who campaigned for a seat on the Davis school board in 2012, and more recently filed a lawsuit that resulted in changes to the school district’s 2012 parcel tax Measure E — announced Monday he will seek elective office again in November. He also filed an application Monday for appointment to a […]

DTA votes for status-quo calendar

The Davis Teachers Association voted last week in favor of “Option A” for the 2014-15 school year — with Wednesday, Aug. 27, being the first day of classes. The last day of classes will fall on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The 2014-15 calendar now will go back to the Davis school board for formal ratification […]

Bob Poppenga enters school board race

Bob Poppenga, a parent of two, an active parent volunteer, a veterinarian and a professor of veterinary toxicology at UC Davis, will seek a seat on the Davis school board. Poppenga indicated that he will be a candidate for appointment to the vacant seat — to be made by the school board on May 8 […]

Bach Soloists wrap up season on April 28

The American Bach Soloists conclude their Davis season at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, with “Bach’s Legacy,” a program celebrating the music of J.S. Bach and its lasting influence upon later composers. The concert is at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. Artistic and Music Director Jeffrey Thomas has chosen to feature the American Bach Choir […]

Alan Fernandes enters school board race

On Friday, Alan Fernandes announced he will be a candidate for appointment to the vacant Davis school board seat, to be selected by the board at a special  meeting on May 8. He also will be on the ballot as a candidate for the school board in the November election as the appointee will serve […]

School district tally indicates an average of three complaints investigated externally each year

By the numbers 2010-11 Total investigations: 16 Conducted internally: 13 Conducted externally: 3 External investigations cost: $58,127 External investigations hours: 271 2011-12 Total investigations: 13 Conducted internally: 10 Conducted externally: 3 External investigations cost: $82,408 External investigations hours: 379 2012-13 Total investigations: 27 Conducted internally: 25 Conducted externally: 2 External investigations cost: $37,514 External investigations […]

Community invited to help create ‘welcoming bench’ at Willett Elementary

Community members are invited to participate in the creation of a “welcoming bench” at Willett Elementary. Acclaimed local artist Linda Fitz Gibbon will be working with community members to create tiles for the bench at 1:45 p.m. Wednesdays, April 16 and 23, at the school, 1207 Sycamore Lane. A tax-deductible donation of $40 per tile […]

From pianos to pirouettes, Mondavi season has it all

Question: What has 88 keys, a similar-sized row of felted hammers under the hood and will be heard again and again at the Mondavi Center during the 2014-15 season?

Answer: the piano, of course. And you’ll find pianists throughout the Mondavi season, which was announced Friday.

The keyboard performers range from Chinese-born classical artists like Lang Lang and Yuja Wang to the American-born classical artist Jeremy Denk and jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis Jr., as well as the one-of-a-kind Louisiana legend Doctor John (making his first Mondavi appearance).

Madhavi Sunder launches school board campaign

Madhavi Sunder, a daughter of immigrants and a professor of law at UC Davis, announced Tuesday that she will seek a seat on the Davis school board. Sunder said she will be a candidate for appointment to the vacancy created by trustee Nancy Peterson’s resignation and also will be a candidate in the November general […]

Barbara Archer to seek school board seat

Barbara Archer, a longtime community volunteer and public relations professional, announced Tuesday that she will seek a seat on the Davis school board. Archer will be a candidate for appointment to a vacant school board seat to be filled on May 8, with the appointee serving until November, and will seek a four-year seat in […]

School board hears pitch for Montessori charter school, ratifies raise

The Davis school board heard supporters of the proposed Montessori Charter School of Davis make their case during a public hearing Monday. It was the first phase in a process that will lead to a vote in early May on the charter’s fate. Also Monday, the board also voted to formally ratify contracts with the […]

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