Ford’s compact SUV goes lux

With European-style handling, luxury looks, surprising refinement and new features for 2013, Ford’s compact sport utility vehicle, the Escape, doesn’t seem like an Escape anymore. The familiar boxy shape is replaced by a sleek, rich-looking exterior, and the Escape’s V-6, manual transmission and gasoline-electric hybrid model are gone. Instead, every 2013 Escape comes with a […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Chamber PAC endorses Frerichs, Souza and Wolk for City Council

The Davis Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee has announced that it is endorsing Lucas Frerichs, chairman of the city’s Planning Commission, and incumbent City Council members Stephen Souza and Dan Wolk in the June 5 City Council election. “Frerichs, Souza and Wolk have the vision and demonstrated commitment to build a more socially, environmentally […]

May 03, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Panera Bread: July 21 opening

The opening date for Panera Bread in Davis has changed from late June to Saturday, July 21, a store official said today. The cafe bakery will fill the former Blockbuster site at Third and F streets.

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Amtrak offers eTicketing for Capitol Corridor passengers

Amtrak has started a pilot program for eTicketing on two state-supported California rail corridors — the Capitol Corridor, which runs from Auburn through Davis to the Bay Area, and Amtrak California San Joaquin, from Sacramento to Oakland and Bakersfield. Passengers can now make reservations and print their electronic tickets from home or the office. Initially, […]

June 03, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

PG&E pays $41 million in rebates for Winter Gas Savings program

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced that its Winter Gas Savings program paid out more than $41 million in rebates to nearly 2 million natural gas customers this spring. But unlike the state lottery, the utility-run savings program wasn’t a game of chance. PG&E’s eligible gas customers needed only to reduce their gas usage in […]

May 06, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

DDBA announces new ArtAbout coordinator

The Davis Downtown Business Association has announced the hiring of Katrina Wong, new coordinator of the Second Friday ArtAbout. ArtAbout is one of the many activities and events supported by the DDBA to attract visitors to Davis. Wong hopes to build on the success of the Second Friday ArtAbout. In the past year, the ArtAbout […]

May 06, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Swift dealership to host Drive for the Kids

Swift Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership in Davis plans a Drive for the Kids event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 5, at North Davis Elementary School, 555 E. 14th St. Test drives will be offered in two Town & Country minivans and two cars, a Chrysler 200 and a Chrysler 300. “Every licensed driver […]

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Robotics company wins NSF funding

A robotics company started by a UC Davis engineering professor and his former graduate student has been awarded a second round of funding from the National Science Foundation’s small business innovation research program. The grant provides at least $500,000 over the next two years to Barobo, based in West Sacramento, with potential for up to […]

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Davis Waste Removal offers free shredding

Davis residents can clean out their home offices on Saturday, May 5, at a free shredding event, courtesy of Davis Waste Removal, which contracts with the city for all of Davis’ garbage, recycling and green waste removal. Davis Waste Removal is partnering with Absolute Secured Shredding of Sacramento to offer the service to residential customers […]

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Sign up soon for Celebrate Davis! booth, sponsorships

The Davis Chamber of Commerce is accepting sign-ups for booths and sponsors for Celebrate Davis! on Thursday, May 17. This annual event runs from 4:30 to 9 p.m., culminating with fireworks, at Community Park. To register for a booth or become a sponsor, visit by Friday, May 4.

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Chamber lunch honors Business of the Year

The Davis Chamber of Commerce plans its next membership luncheon — featuring Bill Streng Business of the Year winner Yolo Federal Credit Union — on Tuesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Odd Fellows Hall, 405 Second St. in downtown Davis. Luncheon tickets are available online at or by calling the Chamber […]

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Thébaud Communications wins award

Kristin Thébaud Communications received the 2012 People Helping People Exceptional Community Support award in the small business category from Community Link Capital Region for work with local nonprofits, including Women’s Empowerment, which made the nomination. The Davis firm was honored for pro bono support and discounted nonprofit rates that help charities put more money into […]

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

University Honda earns company’s highest dealership honor

University Honda in Davis has received the President’s Award, given by American Honda Motor Co. to its top-ranking dealerships across the country. Dealers are selected for the honor based on their achievement of excellence in all areas of operation — customer service and satisfaction, sales, training and facility operation for the prior calendar year, a […]

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

When trees need a trim, call Kiwi

Sometimes I leave town for a portion of the summer, even though my adventure comes with its share of perils. That’s not because my risk of residential burglary is any higher (we have a wicked alarm and surveillance system), but because of an individual who stays behind: my husband. Yes, it’s a classic, familiar tale […]

April 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,