Activist investor pushes Yahoo to buy rival AOL

Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is getting some unsolicited advice on how to turn around the long-struggling Internet company, just like some of her predecessors who tangled with investors dissatisfied with management’s performance. In a letter on Friday, activist investor Jeffrey Smith urged Yahoo Inc. to buy another […]

Doby Fleeman: Taking stock of Davis’ economic strengths, opportunities

Over the past decade, the city of Davis has largely ignored the need for additional revenues necessary to support expanded infrastructure and public service programs from the past several decades. A combination of factors is responsible for revenues not having kept pace. For years, continuing growth in population and new construction was adding incremental new […]

Personal Shopper: Discover ommm-my-goodness at FIT House

If stress kills, why do lethargic native drivers suddenly appear when I’m on my way to yoga? Talk about defeating the purpose before I’ve even struck a child’s pose. For the record, when the windows in your car begin to fog, my ujjayi breathing is not the cause; it’s a growl intended just for you. […]

Comings & Goings: BofA lands prominent pad in Target center

Bank of America just finalized a lease for the 3,500-square-foot building at the entrance to the Target shopping center. The branch will be at 4551 Second St. Warren Hughes, senior development project manager with The Buzz Oates Group of Companies, said Thursday, “We expect them to open for business on or before Aug. 1.” Two […]

Chrysler’s mid-size sedan gets a makeover

The Associated Press Chrysler’s redesigned and re-engineered 2015 200 mid-size sedan is so stylish it looks pricier than it is. The sleek 200 also has a strong, 295-horsepower V-6, comfortable ride, surprisingly good handling and a lengthy list of available features. In fact, the 2015 200 can be fitted with light-emitting diode running lamps, like […]

New sick leave law: Don’t worry; you’ll feel better

By Raphael S. Moore, J.D., LL.M. Earlier this month, California became the second state in the nation to require most employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave. The Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act goes into effect July 1, 2015, and essentially requires employers to provide three days of sick leave per employee. The basic […]

UCD grad’s startup earns kudos at TechCrunch event

Self Lender LLC, a consumer financial startup company launched by chief executive officer James K. Garvey, a UC Davis graduate and former Vacaville resident, received recognition at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 conference in San Francisco. Self Lender was one of the 26 teams chosen to compete in the Start-up Battlefield contest. It was named runner-up […]

Taylor Morrison unveils new Woodland community next weekend

Local residents are invited to join Taylor Morrison, a Northern California home builder, at the official grand opening of its new Woodland community — Parkview at Spring Lake — on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parkview offers a collection of new home designs featuring front porches, state-of-the-art kitchens and open living […]

Rob White: What is an ‘innovation center’?

There has been a lot of discussion lately about how an “innovation center” might help Davis create new job opportunities for residents while increasing revenue for city services. The concept of an innovation center (or park) would be to provide a location where local tech and research companies might grow and expand and where new […]

Redesigned 2015 Escalade remains breed all its own

The Associated Press Cadillac’s flagship Escalade sport utility vehicle keeps its bold, distinctive style and immense proportions after a major redesign for 2015. The luxury, full-size SUV adds more tech features, a more powerful V-8, a quieter interior and power-folding rear seats for the first time while taking exterior bling in a new direction. The […]

Styles on target for November debut

Styles For Less is styling for a Nov. 7 opening in the Target shopping center. The store is setting up in a 4,172-square-foot building at 4647 Second St., next to T.J.Maxx. Its press department was sparse in its response, so I will fill in the blanks from its website: “Our name tells you most of […]

University lights way for hospital energy savings

As ambulances at a Vacaville hospital speed off to their next patient, an ultrasmart, energy-efficient system is lighting the way. Installed in partnership with UC Davis, the lighting system now illuminates the emergency vehicle routes, parking lots and outdoor walkways of the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital. The system is reducing outdoor lighting energy use at the 24-hour […]

Davis leaders celebrate Engage3’s advances

Engage3, a Davis-based startup that helps shoppers compare grocery prices, was honored Wednesday evening by city of Davis leaders during a ceremony at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. Engage3 recently received an investment from The McClatchy Company — publisher of The Sacramento Bee, Miami Herald and The Kansas City Star — to support an […]

MBI hires VP of marketing

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., a Davis-based biotech firm, has announced the hiring of Scott Peoples as vice president of marketing. In this role, Peoples will be responsible for driving demand creation of MBI’s suite of products to farmers and growers across the agriculture industry. He also will provide leadership in product management and business development activities. MBI’s […]