Rain, wind batter Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A late winter storm that brought heavy rain and winds to Central and Northern California began moving out of the region, but a more powerful storm is approaching the area, forecasters said late Wednesday. The mountains of Sonoma, Marin and Santa Cruz counties were among the heaviest areas hit by what […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Live elsewhere, enjoy our schools

SCHOOL DAZE … well, we’ve heard on several occasions how incensed some Davis folks have become at the very thought of kids from Woodland, Dixon and West Sacramento transferring into our way-above-average school district without paying the same fees the rest of us do … so, maybe it’s time we heard from the folks on […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Four hurt in Highway 113 collision

Authorities say fatigue was to blame for a two-car collision in Davis that sent one man to the hospital Tuesday morning, police said. Cristina Sandoval, 30, of Fairfield, told California Highway Patrol officers she had fallen asleep at the wheel of her Volkswagen Jetta when she rear-ended another vehicle on northbound Highway 113 north of […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Salsa Night benefits Bridge Foundation

Save the date! The Davis Bridge Educational Foundation’s annual Salsa Dinner and Dance will take place Friday, April 27, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Dinner will be provided by Guadalajara Taqueria, live music by Zapato Viejo and dance instruction by Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness. Tickets are $50 each or […]

March 16, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yamada hosts free veterans forum

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, who was recently named Legislator of the Year by the American Veterans of California, will host a free event for veterans who would like to learn about and apply for state and federal benefits earned through their military service. The forum, offered in partnership with the Yolo County Veterans Coalition, will take […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Despite Target, Davis shoppers still head downtown

When the city first proposed luring Target to Davis, many people worried the big-box store would harm local businesses, especially in the downtown core.

But au contraire.

According to a study by a research team from the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, the downtown has not seen a substantial reduction in shopping frequency since Target opened in 2009 on the east side of the city.

The researchers set out in 2009 on a “before-and-after” study that focused on vehicle miles of travel trends for Davis shoppers.

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

‘Comprehensive’ status brings name change to cancer center

UC Davis’ cancer center has earned a “comprehensive” designation from the National Cancer Institute and will change its name to suit its top-tier status. The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, as it will now be known, joins a group of 40 other centers nationwide to receive the “comprehensive” designation — the most prestigious in the […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

College tries two-tier prices for in-demand classes

By Christina Hoag SANTA MONICA (AP) — After three years of reducing class offerings, one of California’s biggest community colleges now plans to start adding them — but at quadruple the price. Under a new program designed to cope with rising student demand as state funds dwindle, Santa Monica College will form a separate nonprofit […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Brown reaches tax deal with group

By Juliet Williams and Robert Jablon LONG BEACH (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that he has reached a deal with a rival group to combine forces on a November ballot initiative to raise sales and income taxes, a move that will allow Democratic-leaning interests to align behind a single, high-stakes budget proposition. The […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Young @ Art supports school programs

The Davis School Arts Foundation’s annual Young @ Art Celebration promises a day of fun for the whole family, with proceeds benefiting arts education in local classrooms. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. It will offer a diverse array of arts […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Enjoy international folk dancing at Art Center

The Davis Art Center, 1919 F St., offers an ongoing class in traditional ethnic dance from around the world on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. The basic format of the class is simple, warm-up dances followed by instruction and practice of newer, more challenging dances. The class is suitable for beginning through advanced students. After […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Drop off your e-waste at Harper JH

Harper Junior High School students will hold a free electronic waste drive-through drop-off on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school, 4000 E Covell Blvd. Drop off computer monitors, televisions, desktop and notebook computers, VCRs, microwaves, stereo equipment, speakers and more, all without getting out of your car. Just pop […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: How much energy does your TV use?

A statistic can be revealing — conveying in a number what it may take paragraphs to describe in words. Of course, statistics also can be deceptive. A statement (usually) attributed to Mark Twain sums it up, so to speak: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” It used to be that […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Restore/Restory project educates locals about Cache Creek’s history

The Art of Regional Change, a joint initiative of the UC Davis Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change, has been awarded $20,000 to host a series of local events to showcase its latest community media project documenting the history of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. A collaboration between ARC and the Cache Creek […]

March 15, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,