State provides free completed tax returns for many

Nearly 2 million California taxpayers can check online to see if the state has completed their tax returns for them, the Franchise Tax Board announced. “ReadyReturn provides many taxpayers with a filled-in or completed tax return that is ready for review and immediate filing,” State Controller and FTB Chairman John Chiang said in a news […]

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Travis offers ‘Financial First Aid’ seminar

Travis Credit Union will offer a free seminar on managing finances from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Travis Credit Union community room, One Travis Way, Vacaville. To sign up for this workshop, call (707) 449-4000 or (800) 877-8328 by Sunday, March 20. This workshop will help participants get focused on regaining […]

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Train ridership spikes as gas prices rise

To avoid pain at the pump, thousands of Northern California travelers ditched their cars to ride Capitol Corridor trains in February. Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority officials announced a 14 percent increase in ridership when comparing February’s ridership to the same period last year. “As gas prices skyrocket, more travelers are riding our trains,” CCJPA […]

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Kaiser maintains 4 stars on report card

For the third straight year, Kaiser Permanente is the only health plan in California to earn a four-star rating — the highest possible — for overall quality of care in the Healthcare Quality Report Card from the California Office of the Patient Advocate. The 2011 report card, online at, provides California consumers with side-by-side […]

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Lunchtime Leaders to focus on social media

Stewart Savage of Abaton Consulting will present “Success with Social Media” at Thursday’s meeting of Lunchtime Leaders. Savage will cover the steps business owners can take to use social media as part of their overall business and marketing strategy. “A poorly implemented social media program can become an administrative burden and ultimately impact the success […]

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First Northern Bank announces new director

Dixon-based First Northern Bank has announced the appointment of Richard M. Martinez to the board of directors for both the bank and the company, First Northern Community Bancorp. He also will serve on the bank’s Directors Loan Committee. With the addition of Martinez, the number seated on both boards will increase from 10 to 11 […]

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Aggie Inn adds rewards program

The Aggie Inn in Davis recently expanded its reservations system and added an international rewards program. The 33-room boutique hotel joined Ascend Collection, a membership program from Choice Hotels International Inc., a news release said. This network is composed of historic, boutique and unique hotels in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. “Ascend Collection members […]

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B&L Bike Shop hosts Ladies Night

B&L Bike Shop, at 610 Third St., and B&L Too, next door, will hosts a Ladies Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. “At B & L, we see Davis as a great hub for the joining of women with athletics and activity,” an event announcement said. “Be it cycling, running, outdoor adventuring, eco-friendly endeavors […]

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Ford brings Fiesta home from Europe

In case you haven’t noticed, gas prices are going up and it doesn’t look like they will come down much.  So if you are planning on a family car, reconsider that big SUV and think more European. In Europe, drivers are used to paying $7 to $9 per gallon of gas and consequently there are […]

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Rostini hosts pre-opening DSF fundraiser

Rostini Italian Kitchen in The Marketplace is set to open Monday, March 14. It’s hosting a sneak-preview party Saturday that benefits the Davis Schools Foundation. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. March 12 at 1141 W. Covell Blvd., in the site formerly occupied by Strings, next to Peets Coffee. According to the event, […]

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Sutter Davis Hospital shines statewide

Sutter Davis Hospital is among four health care providers in the state to receive the top honor from the California Awards for Performance Excellence, or CAPE, the hospital announced Friday. Sutter Davis, at 2000 Sutter Place, has won a long string of performance awards in recent years. In the past year, recognition included: * Two certificates […]

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SBDC announces spring workshops

The Small Business Development Center of Greater Sacramento has released its schedule of spring workshops. For the full schedule, go online to Among the workshops is one titled “Social Media for Small Business” on Wednesday, April 13. This three-hour workshop will cover the basics of setting up a Facebook account, how Twitter can create a […]

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Comcast launches ‘Missing Kids On Demand’

Every year, an estimated 800,000 children are reported as missing in the United States. In an effort to help find these children, Comcast has launched Missing Kids On Demand and online at, a first-of-its-kind public service initiative that will make information about missing children available to millions of Comcast video customers and consumers across […]

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