I-House hosts weekly open-mic series

All ages are welcome at the premiere of an ongoing series of open-microphone informal cultural exchanges of music, spoken word and graphic art from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday at International House, Davis. The programs will be ongoing weekly through May at I-House, 10 College Park. The first night will showcase Viramundo, featuring Scarlet Huber, […]

Davisite will talk about her experiences in Cuba

Susan Bassein, a Davis resident who has participated in three missions to Cuba — including two Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravans — will speak on “Cuba, The Caribbean and the Caravan” on Sunday, Feb. 19. Her presentation, which will draw on her experiences in Cuba and her correspondence with the people there, will run from […]

Davis Food Co-op donates $16,671 to food bank

The Davis Food Co-op donated $16,671 — collected as part of the 26th Annual Holiday Meal — to the Food Bank of Yolo County.  The Holiday Meal is a free dinner held for the community every Dec. 24. Through the generous donations of Co-op suppliers and shoppers, area businesses and those attending the meal, this year’s […]

Neuropathy Group meets Feb. 14

The Davis Peripheral Neuropathy Group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Davis podiatrist Tracy Basso will be the guest speaker. All are invited to attend for information and sharing. For more details, call Mary Sprifke at (530) 756-5102 or Lani Ball at (530) […]

Davis aims to be the coolest city in California

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the coolest city in all of fair California? As of Wednesday, Davis is in the running for the title of Coolest California City when it became one of the first six cities to apply for the Cool California Challenge. As a result, the city and the Cool Davis […]

Tuleyome Tales: Partnership helps eradicate invasive grass

By Victoria Brandon A remarkable partnership project recently made great strides in eradicating a potentially devastating infestation of Ravenna grass (Saccharum ravennae) from some 70 miles of Cache Creek in Lake and Yolo counties. This invasive weed, which was deliberately introduced to California as an ornamental and has been described as “pampas grass on steroids,” […]

Queer and locked up: Sexual minorities face tough life behind bars

Details Who: Authors Dean Spade and Eric Stanley speaking on issues for LGBTQ people behind bars When: Noon Thursday Where: UC Davis Student Community Center Admission: Free By Toshio Meronek Along with higher rates of imprisonment than heterosexuals, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer also face an unusually high amount of abuse behind […]

How did it all begin? Local voters approved first parcel tax in 1984

How did the long tradition of local parcel taxes supporting Davis schools begin? The origins trace back to the late 1970s, when California had a young governor named Jerry Brown. Home prices around the state had been increasing, and as a result, property tax bills were going up. California voters responded in June 1978 by […]

Measure C supporters raise $21K, bring in endorsements

Measure C supporters raised some $21,240 during the last six months of 2011, according to a campaign disclosure statement filed last week with the Yolo County Elections Office. During that same period, the committee opposing Measure C reported a $5 contribution and a $100 loan from Thomas Randall Jr. The reporting period ran from July 1 to Dec. […]

Measure C sidebar: What’s at stake?

Layoff list If Measure C fails, nearly 87 positions that are funded by the $6.5 million raised through the tax would be eliminated, school board members have said. Positions are described in FTE (full-time-equivalent) amounts: Elementary, grades K-6 Elementary class size reductions: 16.0 FTE Reading specialists: 8.1 FTE Math specialists: 4.0 FTE Science prep positions: 6.877 […]

Big chunk of schools’ future rides on Measure C

Math teachers, science teachers, reading teachers, English teachers.

Music, art, social studies and foreign languages … Athletics

Librarians and instructional aides … Counselors and nurses … Smaller class sizes …

All of these and more are supported by two existing local parcel taxes paid by Davis homeowners and renters to ensure continued excellence in the public schools. Those taxes, which generate about $6.5 million annually — just less than 10 percent of the school district’s $69 million general fund budget — are due to expire …

Unemployment rate hits 8.3 pct. after hiring burst

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most impressive surge for the job market since early last year, the United States added 243,000 jobs in January, far more than economists expected. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years. Lower unemployment is a positive a sign for President Barack Obama’s re-election hopes. Still, […]

School board approves increase in Da Vinci enrollment at Emerson

The Davis school board voted Thursday to approve an increase in the enrollment in the Da Vinci Charter Academy’s seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade classes at Emerson Junior High. The academy will grow from a current enrollment of 187 students to about 300, at which point it will be capped, trustees decided. Superintendent Winfred Roberson told […]

Namaste, travelers! SFO opens airport yoga room

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stressed out by flying? Travelers in Northern California can now find their inner calm in the Yoga Room at San Francisco International Airport. The quiet, dimly lit studio officially opened last week in a former storage room just past the security checkpoint at SFO’s Terminal 2. Airport officials believe the 150-square-foot […]