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Lauren Keene

Music man has a ‘note’-worthy collection

Wendell Jacob’s a bit of a storyteller.

Ask him about the old gasoline pump at his house and, perhaps a few hours later, you might be listening to the longtime Davis resident talk about the time when the Atlantic Refining Co. and Richfield Oil Corp. merged, forming the Atlantic Richfield Co., or what’s commonly known as Arco.

It’s for that love of stories that Jacob, born in Davis in 1929, began maybe the most unique collection in town: In his possession, Jacob has a dozen antique organs, pianos, keyboards and other musical contraptions.

Raised by Wolves: Davis resident and Hollywood dad inspire new show

Davis resident Emilie Hamilton used to have quite the cheering section when playing basketball as a youngster. Among those gathered on the sidelines was George Clooney — yes, that George Clooney — rooting for her up and down the floor. A friend of Hamilton’s father Matt Dearborn, who was an up-and-coming producer in the TV […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Somber look back at the top stories of 2013

Over the past 365 days — or in our world at The Enterprise, the past 257 editions — the stories we’ve covered in town often have been sensational.

But for this newspaper staff, no story of 2013 could possibly eclipse the tragic slayings in April of two long-standing members of this community, and the arrest of a 16-year-old Davis High School student for their murders.

News of the brutal stabbings of Oliver “Chip” Northup and Claudia Maupin at their South Davis home shook this city to its core, and that story, unquestionably, became the most important of the year.

City may propose taxes to help balance its budget

For the past few years, the City Council essentially has mandated that the city tighten its belt. So, Davis has cut, reorganized and negotiated its way to serious cost savings. On Tuesday, however, the council learned that all of those efforts combined, which have saved the city’s general fund almost $6 million per year, likely […]

December 18, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Second candidate throws hat in ring for City Council

A second candidate for Davis City Council has emerged. Daniel Parrella, a local solar power entrepreneur, kicked off his run for council with a crowdsourcing fundraising effort where folks can donate to his campaign online. He joins Robb Davis, a local public health professional and bicycle advocate, who was the first to announce his candidacy […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

City Council asked to impose terms on fire union

Learn more Who: Davis City Council When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (a joint meeting with the Davis Planning Commission precedes at 5:30 p.m.) Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Live on Comcast Channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99; streamed at www.cityofdavis.org/media For the second time in as many months, City Manager Steve […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Notice reminds residents of surface water project progress

Davis residents received a friendly reminder from the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency this week about the progress of the project that will bring a new source of drinking water to town by 2016. Approved by voters in March by an 8-point margin, the joint project with Woodland will pump water from the Sacramento River, treat […]

December 13, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Davis roads need costly repairs, soon

The City Council soon will be asked to take the plunge and fork over tens of millions of dollars to pay for Davis’ deteriorating roads and bike paths. Due to inaction by previous councils — over the past 10 years the city has spent $12 million total on transportation infrastructure  — and the stark realization […]

December 11, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged

Hundreds brave elements for chance at firefighter job

Suffering through frigid temperatures while waiting in long lines at odd hours this time of year is normally reserved for those willing to brave chaotic shopping sprees.

But the men and the handful of women who were lined up outside the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., Tuesday morning weren’t looking for a great deal on a TV. They were looking for a job with the city’s Fire Department.

“I came here for this, so I don’t mind waiting if I’ve got to wait all day,” said Dariuss Rodriguez, a prospective firefighter from Fresno who arrived Tuesday just after 5 a.m.

Council to decide fate of WPA restroom building in Central Park

Learn more What: Davis City Council meeting When: 6:30 p.m. today Where: Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it live: Comcast Channel 16; AT&T U-Verse Channel 99; the city’s website at www.cityofdavis.org/media. Notable agenda items: WPA restroom building decision; update on pavement maintenance strategy; resale of Leland Ranch property (Mace 391) with conservation […]

December 10, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Nonprofit helps low-income families connect to solar energy

Ben Kavoussi always has been energy-conscious, but at the moment, the Persian-born Davis resident cannot afford to install the solar panels that would match his house to his values. Living off his student loans while he studies to become a physician’s assistant at UC Davis, Kavoussi doesn’t have the discretionary income needed to fund that type […]

December 11, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Despite bumps along the way, progress made locally in social justice realm

The work of Nelson Mandela will undoubtedly continue on, even after his passing Thursday at the age of 95. That fact was quite evident Saturday in Davis when dozens of community members gathered to discuss the progress the city has made recently in terms of social justice, as it was Mandela’s words that fittingly led […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Report agrees with city’s terms for MOU with fire union

Recommendations for a new employee contract with the Davis Professional Firefighters Association Local 3494 were released to the public Thursday in a report issued by a third-party fact-finding panel, and the panel largely finds in favor of the terms preferred by the city. Consistent with what city leaders have offered other major employee groups, the […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged

Let them give presents! Local bakery puts out annual giving tree

For the fourth consecutive year, Let Them Eat Cake will ring in the holiday season by granting wishes to those in need. The bakery, at 310 C St., has put up its annual Community Giving Tree, and once again it’s decorated with ornaments that detail wish lists of folks associated with several local nonprofit organizations. […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,
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