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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Chamber lunch to focus on water rates

The Davis Chamber of Commerce plans a membership luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., in downtown Davis. Jacques De Bra, city of Davis utilities manager, will answer questions about the city’s proposed new water rates. The city is proposing to raise water rates […]

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Yolo County, North Valley Hispanic Chambers to merge

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Yolo County and the North Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are merging and will jointly form the NVHCC. The move will be effective Wednesday, July 27. In 1983, the Hispanic Chamber of Yolo County was formed with a handful of local citizens that saw the needs of the Hispanic […]

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Statewide summit series to highlight benefits of collaborative economics

As part of a statewide effort to work creatively to generate economic growth, state and local nonprofits have created an event series to highlight economic development strategies made successful through collaboration and pooled resources. “Building Momentum with Lean Resources” is the theme of the first of three collaborative economic development summits to be launched on […]

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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 […]