Topkis is tops

My life is perfect. I don’t have a care in the world. I never make mistakes, argue with friends, fight with family, yell at the dogs, slam doors, throw things, bend the truth, withhold affection, try to manipulate others, have regrets, get irritated at the mailman, tailgate, gesture at bad drivers, hold grudges, resent upright […]

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Internet sales tax challenged

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Online retailers can start gathering signatures for a referendum to overturn California’s new law that requires more of them to collect sales tax from customers in the state, officials said Monday. Attorney General Kamala Harris on Monday approved ballot language for the measure to overturn the so-called Amazon tax. Supporters must collect […]

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City of Davis offers business workshop series

The city of Davis is presenting a business workshop series, with two free sessions coming up this month. Both will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd., Davis. The first, “Web-based Tools to Market your Business,” is an e-marketing course designed to provide small business […]

Woodland Healthcare official gains management certification

Woodland Healthcare’s chief medical officer, Dr. Michael Patmas, recently became board certified in health care management and has been advanced to Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Patmas, a board certified internal medicine specialist, already was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives. He is […]

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Borders seeks approval to liquidate, close stores

By Mae Anderson NEW YORK — There will be no storybook ending for Borders. The 40-year-old book seller could start shuttering its 399 remaining stores — including one in downtown Davis — as early as Friday. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based chain, which helped pioneer the big-box bookseller concept, is seeking court approval to sell off […]

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Price estimates on Zillow can be volatile

Homebuyers (and homeowners) are often curious about the estimated value of a property. And during the past few years, the website has capitalized on that curiosity, offering price estimates based on trends in recent home sales, filtered through a complex mathematical formula. But as local residents have observed in recent months, Zillow’s estimates can […]

Davis home sales similar to last year

Real estate statistics for the first six months of 2011 are in. And thus far, the year-to-date figures for Davis home sales in 2011 are looking an awful lot like the figures for the same six-month period last year. The number of Davis homes sold between January and June this year almost exactly mirrors the sales […]

Yolo Hospice to close thrift store in Woodland

Yolo Hospice plans to close its Woodland thrift store Sept. 23, the agency announced Friday. The closure is considered temporary as Yolo Hospice redirects its resources and explores options for the store, a news release said. The store’s closure will not affect Yolo Hospice’s services to those with life-limiting illness and their loved ones, the […]

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Lunchtime Leaders to focus on YouTube usage

Stewart Savage, technology consultant and owner of Abaton Consulting in Davis, will present “YouTube: More than Marketing” at Lunchtime Leaders on Thursday. The talk will focus on the benefits of using online video for business purposes and provide insight as to how to upload, configure and access videos on YouTube. “In addition to attracting and engaging […]

Lyng building achieves LEED Gold

The Richard E. Lyng Building, at 430 G St., owned by 5th & G Plaza Inc., managed by Yackzan Group Inc. and occupied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been certified as LEED Gold for existing buildings operation and maintenance. According to the LEED website, this is the first building in Davis to earn […]

Davis businesses earn ag innovation awards

Two Davis businesses and a UC Davis institute are among 14 in the state to receive 2011 “Game Changers of the Year” awards in agricultural innovation, presented by Grow-California. Marrone Bio Innovations was honored in the raising capital category; AgraQuest for sustainable ag technology innovation; and the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science’s […]

Putah Creek Winery wins silver medal in State Fair

Davis-based Putah Creek Winery’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon has won a silver medal in the California State Fair commercial wine competition, “the oldest and most prestigious wine competition in North America,” a news release said. According to the contest’s website, it’s open to all California bonded wineries selling retail. Each year, thousands of California wines are […]

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Local plumbing company expands into Oregon

The locally owned and operated plumbing company, Plumbing Doctor, announces the opening of a franchise territory in Oregon. The new Plumbing Doctor franchise is headquartered in Albany, Ore., and will serve several markets including Albany, Corvallis, Eugene and Salem. This is the first Plumbing Doctor franchise in the state of Oregon. Plumbing Doctor was founded […]

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Davis-based marketing firm wins communications awards

Led by the Davis-based David Marketing, the communication effort on behalf of Three Stages at Folsom Lake College recently received several top honors in the International Association of Business Communicators Crystal Awards competition. David Marketing won first place Crystal Awards in both the brand and marketing communications categories and a certificate of merit in overall […]