Sierra Energy joins Obama’s signing of the JOBS Act

On Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, a bipartisan bill that enacts many of the president’s proposals to encourage startups and support the nation’s small businesses. Sierra Energy, a small waste gasification and renewable energy company from Davis, was represented at the bill-signing and shares the president’s belief that small […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

AgraQuest expands soil disease control tool into new markets

Growers of bulb vegetables including onions, leafy vegetables like lettuce and spinach, strawberries and cole crops in most of the United States can now benefit from AgraQuest’s Serenade Soil fungicide, just like growers of tomatoes, peppers, cucurbits and potatoes have been since 2010. The product also can be used for control of Sclerotium rolfsii in […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Nugget Market hosts ‘Local Love Fair’ April 14

Nugget Markets in Davis, Roseville and El Dorado Hills will host special “Local Love Fair” events, with local producers, farmers and vendors on-site sharing information and offering product samples throughout the store. The Davis Local Love Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Nugget Market at 1414 E. […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

B & L Ladies Night supports Ashdown’s ride

B & L Bike Shop will host its second Ladies Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at 610 Third St. in downtown Davis. Jamie Whitmore, an Xterra triathlete champion and cancer survivor, will be the guest speaker. The evening will include wine, chocolate, a fashion show, a silent auction and up to […]

April 08, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Value in a luxury sedan: Lexus LS

By Ann M. Job With a starting retail price of $68,505, the 2012 Lexus LS sedan is bargain-priced compared to European competitors. The flagship sedan of the luxury Lexus line, the roomy, comfortable, V-8-powered LS also is a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, where this four-door auto is rated above average in reliability. And […]

April 05, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Davis Food Co-op reduces energy, paper bag usage

Thanks to a combination of in-house and customer habit changes, the Davis Food Co-op has made strides in sustainability over the past few years. Nationally, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that supermarkets — the most electricity-intensive type of commercial building — use an average of 50 kilowatt-hours of electricity per square foot. In 2010, the […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Marrone Bio Innovations’ Regalia Maxx biofungicide granted Canada approval

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. now has a foothold in Canada. The Davis firm, a leading global provider of natural pest management products for the agricultural and water treatment markets, announced that Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has approved Regalia Maxx biofungicide for outdoor and greenhouse use on a variety of fruits and vegetables, as […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Mutual Housing hires Chin as operations manager

Ryan Chin recently was hired as operations manager by Sacramento/Yolo Mutual Housing Association. In that position, he will oversee human resources, risk management, contracts administration, computer networks and systems, and office management. He also will play an integral role in organizational development of the nonprofit and be a member of Mutual Housing’s management team. In […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Apple pledge likely to boost China factory wages

By Joe McDonald/Michael Liedtke BEIJING — This week’s pledge to trim work hours and effectively raise wages for the hardscrabble Chinese employees who assemble Apple’s iPads and iPhones isn’t likely to drive up the prices that consumers pay. Labor expenses remain such a small portion of the total bill for most gadgets made in China, […]

March 30, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Travis Credit Union hires two new vice presidents

VACAVILLE — Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, President and CEO of Travis Credit Union, announced the selection of two vice presidents, Craig Beaudry, VP of enterprise applications and Ivan Jones, VP of finance at Travis Credit Union. Beaudry will be responsible for leading the credit union’s effort in providing strategic IT leadership. He will actively participate as […]

March 30, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

More Asian food arrives

Two new Asian eateries arrived in Davis in March. Open Rice Kitchen, an Asian fusion restaurant at 204 G St., served its first meal on March 19. It fills the space left by nestware when the housewares and gift store moved to E Street Plaza. Owner Calvin Liu said Monday that it’s a good time […]

March 30, 2012 | Posted in Blogs | Tagged ,

Infiniti has fast first hybrid

By Ann M. Mob Here’s an intriguing fact: The Infiniti M luxury sedan that’s listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for its acceleration prowess is the same M that has the best fuel economy rating of the lineup. It’s because the Guinness record holder is the new-for-2012 M35 Hybrid, which pairs a gasoline […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bravo! New Mexican restaurant will open downtown

A Mexican food restaurant called El Toro Bravo will replace the closed Baja Fresh at 237 D St. It’s under the same ownership as nearby Burgers & Brew and Crepeville. A license to sell alcohol is posted in the window, with an application date of Feb. 13. ———— A Panera Bread is planned for the […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Frerichs, Lee speak to business group

The Davis Progressive Business Exchange will convene its 150th meeting at noon Wednesday, April 4. The group, made up of Davis businesspeople, meets for lunch on the first and third Wednesdays at International House, 10 College Park. The meal is catered by Lamppost Pizza. Guest speakers at this meeting will be Davis City Council candidates […]

March 30, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,