Financial expert, journalist joins River City Bank as ‘brand advocate’

River City Bank has inked a deal with Sacramento financial services expert and broadcasting personality Kelly Brothers as the bank’s “brand advocate,” the company announced. River City Bank has branches in Davis and Woodland. “Brothers, a respected financial adviser and partner at Genovese Burford & Brothers, and well-known radio and television journalist, will lend his […]

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Caffé Italia owners’ big dreams hang on city’s pending offer

It just feels right, Shar Katz said one recent morning, while surveying what soon may be the new home for the beloved family restaurant Caffé Italia, which she owns with her husband Kevin. The building needs work — a lot of work. It might as well be torn down and reconstructed from scratch, Kevin said, if […]

Downtown postal station may close

The downtown Davis post office station is one of as many as 3,653 retail outlets nationwide that the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing. “They’re on the list, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to close,” said Augustine Ruiz, a spokesman for the Postal Service. “We don’t want to alarm everyone.” Ruiz said the station, […]

Local booksellers and buyers reposition as Borders liquidates

The current liquidation of Border Books & Music is opening up business opportunities for several downtown Davis merchants. The biggest beneficiary could be The Avid Reader, a bookstore established in 1987. “We’re coming up on 25 years,” said owner Alzada Knickerbocker. The Avid Reader thrived as a local independent bookseller — until the 20,000-square-foot Borders […]

Steve’s to reopen Friday

Original Steve’s Pizza has been closed for the installation of a new tile floor in the kitchen, prep and storage areas. The restaurant originally was set to reopen Wednesday, but the job has taken longer than projected. Steve’s will reopen at 11 a.m. Friday, owner Jeff Wilkinson said.

Investors driven by emotion, not facts

Individuals investing in stocks let their emotions guide them more than facts, often to their financial detriment, a new UC Davis study finds. The paper, “Once Burned, Twice Shy: How Naive Learning, Counterfactuals, and Regret Affect the Repurchase of Stocks Previously Sold,” is co-authored by Brad M. Barber, a professor in the UC Davis Graduate School of Management; Terrance Odean, […]

County real estate sales

Address    Sale Price Davis (95616) 1908 Humboldt Ave.     $393,000 510 Coolidge Ct.     520,000 1658 Joshua Tree St.     630,000 2145 Everglades Pl.     857,500 Davis (95618) 3136 Lillard Dr.     215,000 2304 Caravaggio Dr.     365,000 5112 El Cemonte Ave.   500,000 3806 Del Valle Pl. […]

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Web chat offers tips on growing a home-based business

What do Apple Computer, Hershey’s, Mary Kay Cosmetics and the Ford Motor Co. have in common? These well-known corporations all started out as home-based businesses. In fact, more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner’s home. Boyd Wright will talk about what it takes to grow a successful home-based business, […]

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Hyundai Elantra is a real looker

The attractive 2011 Hyundai Elantra sedan is arguably the best-looking smallish sedan in the country. It’s also a value-minded five-seater that lets buyers add coveted features, like navigation system, rearview camera, upscale alloy wheels and 360-watt, premium audio, and still wind up with a sticker price of $20,350 or less. Every Elantra sedan is government […]

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Loans, grants help homeowners lower utility bills

The CHF Residential Energy Retrofit Program is offering low-interest financing and grants to homeowners in participating counties — including Yolo — to make energy-efficiency improvements to their home. CHF, a state government entity, has pre-qualified businesses to participate in the energy retrofit program. Among those pre-qualified to serve Yolo County are SUNworks in Roseville; Advanced Comfort […]

Get a market update at Provedor’s coffee club

Manny Provedor, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Davis, will host a free coffee club at 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 29, at Konditorei Austrian Pastry Cafe, 2710 E. Fifth St. in Davis. The coffee club is an informal gathering at which Edward Jones financial advisers provide an update on the stock market and the economy […]

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Miller elected to Marrone Bio Innovations board

Davis-based Marrone Bio Innovations, a provider of effective and environmentally friendly natural pest management products, has announced the appointment of Elin D. Miller to its board of directors. “The company will benefit greatly from Elin’s leadership and advice,” said Pam Marrone, founder and CEO of the company, in a news release. “Her broad knowledge and […]

Yolo Hospice announces new associate medical director

Dr. Kendra Hutchinson has joined the Yolo Hospice team as associate medical director. Hutchinson’s practice is in medical oncology with a specialization in breast cancer treatment. She will support and work with Dr. Scott Christensen, Yolo Hospice medical director, to oversee the care of Yolo Hospice patients. “I wanted a place in the medical field […]

Chamber plans morning mixer

The Davis Chamber of Commerce plans a morning mixer from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, 303 Third St. in downtown Davis. The event features morning refreshments and an opportunity for networking. For more information, call the Chamber at (530) 756-5160 or visit

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