Committee had been treading water

CLEAR AS DAVIS WATER … “Clear goals set for city water panel,” said the front-page headline in last Friday’s paper … never mind that the Davis Water Advisory Committee has been meeting for several months now, the City Council finally got around to defining its mission … that mission includes, according to Tom Sakash’s report, […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Neighborhood Partners disputes city’s statement; settlement offer still on table

The ongoing dispute between the city of Davis and two local affordable housing developers turns on two key questions: Was an official settlement offer extended to resolve two pending lawsuits? And was that offer — or framework of an offer — considered serious enough to push the parties forward? David Thompson, president of Twin Pines […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Layoff notices sent to 57 Davis teachers, staff

Last week, Davis voters approved Measure C, a school parcel tax that will generate about $6.5 million annually for classroom programs over the next five years. The tax measure saved nearly 87 jobs that would have been eliminated if it had failed. Layoff notices were ready to be mailed by the March 15 deadline to […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Rotarians, Willett students see a way to help

Grandparents can help their orphaned grandchildren with their homework again in the Lower Nyakach region of Kenya, thanks to eyeglasses provided by students and community leaders half a world away.

Members of the Davis Sunset Rotary Club recently partnered with intermediate students at Willett Elementary School to raise money for reading glasses for Kenyan residents.

Residents of the Lower Nyakach region of the African nation are among the poorest of the poor in the world, a Rotary news release said. A California organization, International Water and Health Alliances, has been working in Lower Nyakach for years on projects to improve water quality.

March 14, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Woodland police warn of ‘grandparent scam’

Woodland police are warning local residents about the resurfacing of a so-called “grandparent scam” that recently cost one elderly woman more than $14,000. Sgt. Darren Imus said the woman contacted police on March 7 to report the scam, which began in late January with a call from a man claiming to be her grandson. “The […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Davis Waldorf School offers tour Thursday

Parents are welcome to tour the Davis Waldorf School, 3100 Sycamore Lane in North Davis, at 8:45 a.m. Thursday. Administrator Kelly Brewer will take visitors through preschool through eighth-grade classrooms, where they can learn more about Waldorf programs, methodology and curriculum. The tour will last about 90 minutes, concluding with a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

I-House offers weekly English class

A class for those learning English takes place at International House, Davis, every Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. The first class is free, and drop-ins are welcome. I-House is at 10 College Park. For more information, call (530) 753-5007.

March 14, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

See DHS production of ‘Tartuffe’

The Davis High School drama department continues its performances of “Tartuffe,” Molière’s classic French farce with a 1960s twist, at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Brunelle Performance Hall, 315 W. 14th St. Local audiences will get a preview of the show the students will present when they perform this summer at the world-renowned […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

UC Berkeley chancellor to step down at year’s end

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chancellor of UC Berkeley will step down later this year as head of the world-renowned campus after extending his planned tenure to deal with unprecedented cuts in state funding. Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, 69, initially hoped to serve for seven years but decided to stay longer because of […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Woman reports robbery outside Save Mart

Davis police are investigating a robbery that occurred Sunday morning outside the Save Mart store in West Davis. The 26-year-old victim told police she was confronted sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. as she got out of her car in the southwest corner of the Anderson Road store’s parking lot, Lt. Paul Doroshov said. “As […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Authorities still investigating Esparto man accused of molest

WOODLAND — By the time an Esparto foster parent and soccer coach accused of molesting at least two children returns to court May 8, Yolo County prosecutors expect to have filed additional charges against him. “At that point I believe the complete investigation will be done,” Deputy District Attorney Rob Gorman, who is prosecuting 30-year-old […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Report: California nitrate contamination spreading

By Gosia Wozniacka FRESNO (AP) — Nitrate contamination of drinking water is a pervasive problem in California’s agricultural heartland and is bound to intensify in the coming years, according to a University of California, Davis study released Tuesday. The study, ordered by the state Legislature, shows chemical fertilizers and livestock manure are the main source […]

March 14, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Early Alzheimer’s detection tips offered

Local residents can learn the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s disease, what to do if they notice the signs and why early detection of Alzheimer’s is important at a workshop this month in Woodland. The Alzheimer’s Association will present the workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Yolo Adult Day Health Center, […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Free training offered on Alzheimer’s

The popular Alzheimer’s training program, “Accepting the Challenge,” will be presented Saturday, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Yolo Adult Day Health Center, 20 N. Cottonwood St. in Woodland. Attendees will better understand the symptoms and behaviors associated with dementia and discover new approaches to stressful situations. There is no cost […]

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