Early help is a great investment

It is with great frustration that I hear the Yolo Crisis Nursery may be closing. Are there any more vulnerable among us than babies and young children? How can a community as caring (and affluent) as Davis justify allowing this travesty to occur? Anyone who has taken a cursory peek at social science research on […]

Frank Bruni: The oldest hatred, forever young

Most of the hate crimes in the United States don’t take the fatal form that the shootings in Kansas over the weekend did, and most aren’t perpetrated by villains as bloated with rage and blinded by conspiracy theories as the person accused in this case, Frazier Glenn Miller. He’s an extreme, not an emblem. This […]

Expert: Free parking is a myth

By Barbara West My sister happens to work for Transform, a Bay Area nonprofit advocating for public transportation and more walkable cities. She happened to host UCLA professor Donald Shoup when he recently visited Northern California, and mentioned the visit to me. It turns out that Shoup is the foremost national expert on parking. Allow me […]

Still supporting this guy

Dear Annie: My stepson, “Louis,” is 45 years old, has been unemployed for the past 10 years (he never gets along with his bosses or co-workers) and got busted for DUI, for which he underwent court-appointed treatment and had his license revoked for five years. When his dad and I married, we moved into my […]

Have they really learned?

I know there have been calls to “get over it” and to “move on” from the Crawfordgate scandal. But, in view of upcoming elections for the Davis school board and the imminence of new blood, perhaps it would be valuable to revisit the experience. The following is the Davis Joint Unified School District’s four essential […]

A great community effort

I would like to give a shout-out to my Old East Davis neighborhood for their enthusiastic support and hard work in making the Fourth and K streets intersection mandala project a beautiful reality! Well over 70 adults and kids showed up to help. We were surprised by Margo’s fresh-baked pastries and Mark and his piano […]

Don’t miss a Trokanski dance

On Saturday evening, we were mesmerized by a performance at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre. What a gem we have in Davis ! Pamela has successfully established her own dance theater and teaches to young and old alike. The performance we saw, “The Value of 1,” was choreographed brilliantly by Pamela, incorporating company members’ personal […]

Public Health Heroes honored

I am writing as we wrap up National Public Health Week activities at the Yolo County Health Department. One of those activities was recognition of our 2014 Public Health Heroes. The Master Gardeners were honored for enabling residents to grow their own produce and for their contributions to our new community garden. Davis and UC […]

Urban forest under siege

By Don Shor, Greg McPherson, Dave Robinson and Laura Westrup Scientists call it your urban forest: the whole ecosystem of trees that a community enjoys and values. Many community leaders and residents agree that Davis has a remarkable urban forest that deserves protection, preservation and enhancement, but this urban treasure is in jeopardy. Trees themselves […]

Engaged to the party girl

Dear Annie: I am 27 and am engaged to my 26-year-old fiancee. However, she recently told me about her college days, which included a lot of sex with both men and women, sometimes in groups. She said she really enjoyed it, but it is in the past. I find it difficult to understand why she […]

Freeloader wants to return

Dear Annie: My 26-year-old son graduated from college three years ago. He worked for his father for one year, worked on a marijuana farm for one year and has been living off of his savings for the past eight months. He hasn’t been looking for a job. He says he doesn’t want to work for […]

The means aren’t justifying the ends

Dear Annie: I’ve been married for 20 years. My husband had a great job that allowed him to support me while I completed my education. Our financial situation diminished, but as long as we could share responsibilities, it was OK with me. When I entered the job force, there was a radical shift. I became […]