It was an ‘electrifying’ concert

On Sunday, March 30, Davis High School joined Distinguished Concerts International New York for “Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz and Eric Whitacre” at New York City’s Lincoln Center. The wildly popular annual presentation with groundbreaking choral composer and Grammy winner Eric Whitacre featured a first-time collaboration with Academy Award- and Grammy-winning composer Stephen […]

Pete Seeger would have been proud

The Music Committee of the Davis Odd Fellows would like to thank all those who attended the last Thursday Live!Pete Seeger Tribute at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall. The musicians (Steve Kahn, Dick and Carol Holdstock, David Hafter, David Campos, Camila Ortiz, Barry Melton, Biscuits and Honey, Five Three Oh!, Clarence Van Hook, Bill Fairfield […]

Result: a transportation problem

In my engineering studies at UC Davis, I don’t recall learning the term “road diet” or “undoing a fix” in the transportation realm. Unbelievable. If the city of Davis is not sure the Fifth Street redesign will help, hold off! Repair the roads first in this city. Like water, if you constrict the flow and […]

Tom Elias: Six Californias? A bad idea

Here’s a piece of advice for registered voters: When petition carriers accost you outside supermarkets, big-box stores or shopping malls asking you to help advance a plan to carve California into six states, don’t sign. This is one of the dopiest, goofiest ideas ever to come up in California, which has a long history of […]

Cheers and Jeers: Enjoy our 100th Picnic Day

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to our favorite event of the year in Davis, Picnic Day! Mother Nature is doing her part to support the 100th edition of this UC Davis celebration — sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s to […]

Consider small business impact

I am a small business owner. The core value system of my company includes the importance of paying high wages, offering valuable experience and teaching skills to my young employees. My company believes in building community, empowering young workers and supporting small, local businesses. I support the minimum wage increases that are already scheduled by […]

Misconceptions on downtown parking

Having served on the Downtown Davis Parking Task Force, I would like to clear up some misconceptions: * The task force is out of touch with public opinion. False. As citizens, we too work, shop, eat and live in the downtown area. We represent a wide variety of perspectives. We did extensive research, read survey […]

Naked liberal bigotry at fault

By Greg Johnson As many of you probably have heard, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was recently forced into resigning. The reason was that he donated $1,000 to California’s 2008 Yes on Proposition 8 campaign, which prohibited gay marriage. The measure passed, although I’m sure Eich’s donation was not the difference-maker. Six years later, this unconscionable act […]

Assembly resolution hamstrings local government

The issue: Unions are behind legislation to prevent outsourcing If the crushing burden of pensions, health care and crumbling roads were not enough, the state Legislature has made it clear in no uncertain terms that it is at war with California’s cities and counties. THE STATE FIRED its first shot in 1992 when it created […]

Young people doing their part

Dear Annie: Did you know that an estimated 16 million youth participate in volunteer activities in the U.S. every year, and that by volunteering these young people will perform better in school? These amazing kids do everything from collecting gently used books and developing literacy programs to creating anti-bullying campaigns in school districts. All of […]

Can you help the crisis nursery?

The Yolo Crisis Nursery has served the at-risk children of Yolo County for several years. The nursery serves about 500 children each year, providing care for ages newborn to 5 years old. The organization that has the contract to operate the nursery has announced its closure on June 30. This will result in a large […]

At least Fifth will be smooth

The only good I can see from the realignment of Fifth Street is that there will be one street in Davis without potholes, at least for a couple of years. Steve Stout Davis