Referendum petition turned in to city clerk

Two big brown boxes containing exactly 5,124 signatures on the referendum petition against Davis’ recently approved water rate increases were turned in to the city clerk’s office a few minutes before noon Monday. City Clerk Zoe Mirabile took an initial count of the signatures, checking for basic errors such as incomplete names or addresses, and […]

Students re-imagine downtown park(ing) spaces

Daniel Lee shows his excitement to his mom Jayoung Koo while playing croquet in a parking space redesigned by UCD landscape architecture students Joseph Medina and Kathleen O’Leary, far left,  Sunday. Also playing were Sydney Spina and Kayla Albert.

Winters couple presents a haunted forest

Folks looking for an authentic Halloween experience are invited to visit a Haunted Forest in Winters, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday through Monday (closed Sunday). The setting is 2 miles west of Winters on Grant Street (Highway 128). Follow the signs through town. Presenters Sherean and Sam Maynard describe the event as a “safe, […]

Witnesses testify in penalty phase of Topete case

WOODLAND — As soon as she came face to face with Marco Topete in the visitors’ room of Pelican Bay state prison, Angelique Topete knew she would one day be his wife.

“He asked me to marry him, and I didn’t even have to think twice,” said a tearful Angelique, 41, who met Marco Topete in August 2004 while he was serving time for a Woodland convenience-store shooting. “As soon as I met him, I told my friend, ‘That’s my husband.’ ”

Angelique Topete, whose testimony continues this afternoon, is expected to be one of the key defense witnesses during the Topete penalty phase. A jury earlier this month convicted Topete of murder with special circumstances, which qualifies him for either the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Sale Saturday raises funds for MS research

Davis residents can learn more about multiple sclerosis and support ongoing research at “Castoffs for a Cure” from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 225 Grande Ave. in Davis. The sale is hosted by Ann Johnson, National MS Society community development manager. According to Johnson, many people know someone with MS but not a […]

Adopt a dog this week for lower fee

The Yolo County Animal Shelter has announced that it cannot accept any more owner-surrendered dogs due to space constraints. Consequently, special adoption rates for dogs will be extended through Saturday. The normal $175 adoption fee for dogs will be reduced to $75 plus license fee this week. “There are dogs of all shapes and sizes […]

Sign up now for Great Decisions discussion series

Davis residents can get a jump on the 2012 presidential election by becoming instant experts on some of the most challenging foreign policy issues that the candidates will either ignore or misinterpret. Join Rick Becker, a retired U.S. foreign service officer, for International House’s own 2012 edition of the nationally acclaimed Great Decisions discussion series. […]

Dixon High club plans spaghetti feed Sunday

Members of the Young Americans for Liberty of Dixon High School will host a Halloween-themed spaghetti feed fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Dixon Veterans Hall, 1305 N. First St. Fresh green salad, French bread and iced tea are included in the $10 ticket for adults. Children under 10 are $5 and […]

Shakespeare Halloween Walks postponed until 2012

Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s Halloween Walks, which were planned this week through Monday, Oct. 31, in the UC Davis Arboretum, have  been postponed until October 2012. Visit to learn about upcoming events for the 2011-12 season.

Occupy Davis plans a teach-in Tuesday

A lecture series titled “What is Austerity, and What Can Be Done About It?” will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Occupy Davis’ gathering in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. Speakers include Noha Radwan, Chuck Parker, Marguerite Wilson, Nathan Brown and Joshua Clover. The lectures will cover topics such as the politics of austerity, […]

Travis Credit Union offers free seminar on long-term health care

Travis Credit Union will offer a free seminar, “Learning All About Long-Term Health Care,” from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the TCU community room at One Travis Way, Vacaville. Americans are living longer than ever before. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, at least 70 percent of people […]

Forum examines surface water project

To find out the facts about plans and costs for replacing local ground water with Sacramento River water, the Yolo County Taxpayers Association is holding a surface water project forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Woodland Community and Senior Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland. The forum will include an overview of the surface […]

Happy Thursday set at Rominger West

The weekly happy hour event continues Thursday at Rominger West Winery, 4602 Second St., Suite 4, with Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks. They’ll perform Americana and acoustic folk tunes from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. while guests snack on complimentary appetizers and sip discounted wine by the glass. Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks have been performing […]

Composers pair with high school ensembles

Three world-class professional composers will be paired this weekend in Davis with two Northern California high school music programs for the world premiere of newly commissioned compositions, written expressly for and performed by student musicians. The concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., will feature musical ensembles from Berkeley High School […]