SmartMeters pinpoint power outages for better customer service

By Jonathan Marshall PG&E hasn’t yet discovered a way to prevent Mother Nature from blasting its electrical system every winter with wind, rain and snow, disrupting tens of thousands of customers across its vast, 70,000-square-mile service area. But thanks to a little-known feature of its new SmartMeters, the utility now has a way to restore […]

December 13, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

PG&E offers winter gas savings program

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced the launch of its annual Winter Gas Savings program, which gives eligible residential and business customers an automatic bill credit when they reduce their natural gas usage over the next two months compared to the previous three winters. Last winter, some 2.7 million customers earned bill credits totaling $70 […]

December 11, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Duppong joins Woodland Polytechnic Academy as vice principal

Clancy Duppong, a member of the Woodland community with a proven track record of public service, is a new vice principal at Woodland Polytechnic Academy, a tuition-free independent charter school with an emphasis on providing students multiple educational pathways. Consistent with his dedication to public service, Duppong will serve as a volunteer in his role […]

December 11, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Golden 1 officer recognized for contributions to credit union industry

Pat Neighbors, strategic development officer at The Golden 1 Credit Union, has been recognized for her contributions to the credit union industry by the California Credit Union League. Neighbors received the 2011 Kim Bannan Eternal Flame Award during the league’s annual meeting and conference in San Diego in October. The award recognizes the efforts of […]

December 11, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

‘Share the Joy’ Thursday with local retailers

Local residents and those from throughout the region can beat the weekend crowds and enjoy two festive holiday shopping nights in downtown Davis. More than 25 stores will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. for customer convenience Thursday and again Thursday, Dec. 15. Many participating shops will feature special offers or discounts, free gift-wrapping, […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Davis joins Sierra Energy board of advisers

Davis-based Sierra Energy, a waste gasification and renewable energy company, has announced that renewable energy entrepreneur Bill Davis has joined its board of advisers. A managing partner at Empirical Asset Management, Davis was founder and CEO of Ze-gen, a waste gasification and renewable energy company. “Mr. Davis’ strong renewable energy startup track record and financing experience will provide […]

December 11, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Ace Hardware stores rank at top for customer satisfaction

For the fifth year in a row, J.D. Power and Associates has ranked Ace Hardware stores — including Davis Ace Hardware — as highest in customer satisfaction among home improvement retail stores. Ace has held this position since the market research company introduced the home improvement retailer category five years ago. “At Davis Ace, we’re […]

December 11, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Giving Tree back for second year at Let Them Eat Cake

Toilet paper isn’t a present most people think of to give for any special occasion, much less for Christmas. Yet it’s just one of many practical gifts needy individuals have requested through the Community Giving Tree this year. “The idea is just to give back to people who don’t have what we have for Christmas. […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Golden 1 employee donations support UCD Med Center pediatric unit

Donations made over several years by employees of The Golden 1 Credit Union found a purpose on Nov. 16, when the new Pediatrics Intensive Care Unit at the UC Davis Medical Center celebrated its grand opening. The new unit, officially called the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, is a state-of-the-art facility designed […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Lyon Real Estate collects 3,110 winter coats for charity

More than 3,000 adults and children in need throughout the Sacramento region can count on new, warm coats to get through the winter thanks to an all-out effort by Lyon Real Estate agents. Working with the national nonprofit, One Warm Coat, Lyon’s regional team of agents, brokers and support staff threw themselves into a month-long […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Z Specialty Food plans open house Sunday

Z Specialty Food will host its second annual open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at its warehouse, 1250-A Harter Ave., Woodland. All of the company’s products will be available for tasting and for purchase at deeply discounted prices. There will lots of raffles and giveaways featuring honey wine from Woodland’s Queen Sheba […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

County real estate sales

Address     Sale Price Davis (95616) 527 S. Campus Way     $450,000 1600 Tamarack Ln.     516,000 3203 Grosbeak Ct.     760,000 Davis (95618) 1146 San Gallo Ter.     $350,000 1710 Raintree Pl.     360,000 44452 N. El Macero Dr.     590,000 5728 Tufts St.     700,000 […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Tickets on sale now for Chamber installation dinner

Local residents and businesspeople are invited to celebrate the installation of Rose Cholewinski, owner of SwimAmerica, as chairman of the Davis Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors, at a gala dinner Friday, Jan. 20. The event will take place at the ARC Ballroom at UC Davis. Guests are invited to dress for the red carpet […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Christmas is coming!

Sierra Byers, 3, smiles from Santa’s lap as her sister Marin, 5, snuggles up with Mrs. Claus during Thursday’s annual Downtown Davis Holiday Open House. The festive evening featured the popular Children’s Parade; the Christmas tree lighting; lots of musical entertainment, including performances by the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh and the Davis High School Madrigal Singers and […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,