Teachers turn their backs on budget presentation

Restive Davis teachers, upset at a proposal to cut their salary by 5 percent, disrupted Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting by turning their backs while the superintendent spoke and loudly clapping to drown out other speakers. Board president Susan Lovenburg called a five-minute break shortly before 8 p.m. and threatened to adjourn the meeting altogether […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Obama requesting help to pay for Afghan army

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mapping the way out of an unpopular war, the United States and NATO are trying to build an Afghan army that can defend the country after 130,000 international troops pull out. The alliance’s plans for arm’s-length support for Afghanistan will be a central focus of the summit President Barack Obama is hosting […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Census: Minorities surpass whites in U.S. births

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S., capping decades of heady immigration growth that is now slowing. New 2011 census estimates highlight sweeping changes in the nation’s racial makeup and the prolonged impact of a weak economy, which is now […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Is this the way a judge should behave?

POINTING THE FINGER OF BLAME … Clint Parish, that take-no-prisoners candidate for Yolo County Superior Court judge, claims he is all for “personal accountability” … he does, of course, make an exception for himself and his own bad behavior … after admitting to The Enterprise’s Lauren Keene that no, his opponent, Judge Dan Maguire, did […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

UC regents confront budget shortfall

The University of California’s Board of Regents on Wednesday weighed a possible tuition increase to close a major budget shortfall and named a new chancellor for UC San Diego.

UC officials took no action after discussing ways to tackle a growing budget deficit caused by rising expenses and state budget cuts. During the current fiscal year, the state reduced UC funding by $750 million, or roughly 20 percent.

Under one scenario, the 10-campus system would raise tuition by 6 percent, or $731, this fall if the state doesn’t increase funding by $125 million for 2012-13. The board would not vote on a tuition increase until July, and the amount could change based on the state budget situation, officials said.

If tuition increases by 6 percent, in-state undergraduates would pay $12,923 …

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Davis burglary suspect considering plea deal

WOODLAND — A man accused of breaking into three Davis houses — including one where a 12-year-old boy was home alone — is considering a plea deal that would result in a two-year prison term, his lawyer said. “He is extremely remorseful,” defense attorney Steven Sabbadini said Wednesday following a brief Yolo Superior Court hearing […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Senior homeowners may apply for Measure C exemption

Davis senior citizens who own the home they live in may apply for an exception to Measure C, the school parcel tax that was recently approved by local voters. Forms for the Measure C senior exemption — as well as other senior exemptions for CFD No. 1 and Measure A — are available online at […]

May 25, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Yudof affirms support for Katehi

University of California President Mark Yudof on Wednesday repeated his support for UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi following the release of reports on the Nov. 18 pepper-spraying of protesters on campus. “Whatever mistakes were made, Chancellor Katehi has stepped up and taken full responsibility,” Yudof said during his opening remarks at the UC Board of […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

Pool power

Nora Abduli practices her kicks under the watchful eye of swim instructor Olivia Terry on Tuesday afternoon at Community Pool. The pool reopened this week under a new Aquadarts contract with the city of Davis that continues through the summer. The Aquadarts will pay the city $18,000 to keep the pool open; a Splash and […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Aquatics | Tagged ,

Hinshaw collects big payout for Hawaii sabbatical

HONOLULU (AP) — The outgoing chancellor of the University of Hawaii’s flagship Manoa campus will be paid nearly $300,000 for a 10-month sabbatical. Virginia Hinshaw announced last year she’ll be stepping down from the position as of June 30. She earns $344,880, which reflects a 5 percent pay cut administrators took last year and other […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: Polls show an attitude adjustment

About 10 years ago, it seemed every opinion poll showed significant public awareness (usually 75 percent and up) of climate change and support for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the past five years or so, the percentage has been reported as trending downwards to where it’s about a 50-50 proposition. Most reports attribute […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Malcolm X, remembered

The Davis Action Coalition presents “Malcolm X — Make It Plain” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. This is the sixth annual Malcolm X event, which was rescheduled from May 19. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Admission is […]

June 14, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Music teacher passes the baton

After four decades of teaching at St. James School, longtime music teacher Mary Klisiewicz is passing the baton to a younger teacher. “I know I’m going to miss the kids, and directing the choir. Students are like cake to me, and the choir is like frosting,” Klisiewicz said. Klisiewicz — better known around campus as […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in Music | Tagged ,

On budget, for council candidates it’s all about personnel

Davis faces daunting economic circumstances: a down economy, rising costs of employee health care and pensions, the loss of Redevelopment Agency funds and growing unmet needs (roads, bike paths, sidewalks). In the second of four weekly stories, The Enterprise asked the five City Council candidates the following question: If elected, how would you guide the […]

May 17, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,