Water resources talk planned in Woodland

David J. Guy, president of the Northern California Water Agency, will be the featured speaker at the Yolo County Landowners Association’s annual dinner on Thursday, Nov. 3. His topic will be protecting Yolo water resources. In addition, there will be a report of the association’s activities for the past year. The event begins at 7 […]

First-year community college dropouts come at a high cost

By Nanette Asimov Like making a bad bet in Vegas, taxpayers gamble hundreds of millions of dollars a year on community college students who quit as freshmen — many in California. A new study shows that from 2004 to 2009, Americans spent nearly $4 billion on full-time students who dropped out after one year and didn’t transfer. California’s first-year […]

‘Blood bugs’ featured at museum’s free drop-in program

Visitors are welcome at UC Davis’ Bohart Museum of Entomology on Sunday, Oct. 30, to discover “blood bugs.” “Learn about ticks, mosquitoes, moths and other creepy crawlies that leave us sqeamish!” says education coordinator Tabatha Yang. The museum is in 1124 Academic Surge on the UCD campus. The free drop-in program runs from 1 to […]

Muslim students appeal verdict

IRVINE (AP) — Ten Muslim students who were convicted of misdemeanors after disrupting the Israeli ambassador’s speech at UC Irvine have filed appeals. The Los Angeles Times reports that the students say the law used to convict them last month of willfully disrupting a meeting is vague and unconstitutional. Prosecutors argued that students broke the law by taking turns interrupting Israeli […]

State poised to finalize cap-and-trade’ plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is poised to formally adopt the nation’s most comprehensive so-called “cap-and-trade” system, designed to provide a financial incentive for polluters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. State officials hope other states and Washington D.C. will follow suit with similar plans. “When Washington considers how to address climate change, as I think […]

Libya confirms Gadhafi has been killed

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril says Moammar Gadhafi has been killed. “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Moammar Gadhafi has been killed,” Jibril told a news conference in the capital Tripoli. Earlier Thursday, Libya’s information minister said Gadhafi was killed when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major […]

Council members are short on time

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE … you know, earlier this week, as I was trying to solicit answers from our elected officials to several pointed water rate questions, a consistent theme ran through their replies … they all, with the exception of Sue Greenwald — who is always ready, willing and able to talk about […]

Fifth Street corridor design work to begin

Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton has been authorized to begin consultations with KD Anderson & Associates Inc. to design the Fifth Street corridor improvements project. The City Council voted to approve the resolution at its meeting Tuesday evening in the Community Chambers at City Hall. The original recommendation called for $125,000 to pay for the […]

Willowbank Park gives a nod to the past

Two benches at Willowbank Park in South Davis were dedicated Tuesday to original landowners John and Catherine Bueri and their youngest daughter, Katherine Howell. The Bueris emigrated to Dixon from Italy in 1899 with the desire to make a name for themselves. They arrived with their daughter Julia and lived in Dixon for three years […]

7-Eleven clerk robbed at gunpoint

Davis police are investigating an early morning armed robbery at 7-Eleven in East Davis. Lt. Paul Doroshov said the suspect entered the 525 L St. store at about 1 a.m. Wednesday and made a purchase. As the clerk made change, the robber brandished a handgun and demanded cash. No injuries were reported. The suspect fled […]

40 years later, Strelitzia is in full bloom

Every Monday, Janice Labadie, co-owner of Strelitzia Flower Company, rumbles west in the company maxivan down to the San Francisco Wholesale Flower Mart and a slew of other ranches to buy freshly cut flowers for Strelitzia stores in Davis and Woodland. An owner putting in odd hours, like a weekly overnight run across the state, […]

Student essay samples offer a snapshot

Here are some writing samples drawn from student essays that were read by a panel of teachers and administrators. Students were asked to write about a topic with which they are quite familiar: the school district’s new homework policy. ———— Recently the issue of the homework policy has come up again, and we as students […]

Teachers read hundreds of student essays, discuss best ways to teach writing

What kind of writers are Davis High School students? And how can Davis teachers more effectively teach them the skills necessary to be expert communicators? These questions were tackled by a group of 50 teachers, administrators, a few retired educators and others who gathered three weeks ago at the Davis school district offices for a […]

Boo! Davis kids trick-or-treat for UNICEF

On Halloween night, children throughout Davis will once again be trick-or-treating not just for candy, but also for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, which since 1946 has provided everything from food and clothing to health care and education to children around the world.

The Davis City Council recognized those efforts at its meeting Tuesday, acknowledging the outstanding contributions of Davis children and proclaiming the week of Oct. 24-31 “Support UNICEF Week.”

Davis schoolchildren already have been recognized repeatedly by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, being proclaimed both UNICEF emissaries and heroes for their contributions to the cause.