The Oscar follies: Handicapping the Academy Awards

The Golden Globes may be more freewheeling and snarky; the People’s Choice Awards may be more populist. For prestige and historical significance, though, nothing compares to the Academy Awards.

True, the show can be creaky, overlong and sycophantic. I sometimes worry that the folks onstage will break their arms, from patting each other — and themselves — on the back so much.

But the Oscar ceremony is what it is …

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Arts | Tagged ,

First Street Real Estate plans grand opening Thursday

First Street Real Estate will have its grand opening celebration and Davis Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. All are welcome to attend and take a tour of the agency’s office — a newly remodeled building at 423 First St. in downtown Davis. Food and refreshments will be served. […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

School board approves second round of layoff notices

The Davis school board glumly approved a batch of 50 additional layoff notices on Thursday night. The pink slips form a possible “all cuts” approach to narrowing the school district’s current $3.5 million structural deficit. But the potential program reductions that the pink slips entail would also mean more crowded classrooms across the school district, […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Consumer prices up as gas, clothing costs rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices rose modestly in January on higher costs for food, gas, rent and clothing. But economists downplayed the increase, saying inflation will likely ease in the coming months as prices for raw materials level off. The consumer price index increased 0.2 percent last month, after a flat reading in December, the […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Well, at least they warn you up front

CLASS WARFARE … so I was strolling downtown and thinking to myself how lucky we are to enjoy the delightful ambience this area presents when I encountered a large banner over one business that caused me to do a doubletake … “20 percent off — UC Davis students and staff only” it said in bold […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Yolo Hospice: Grief support for children, teens expands

“Any child old enough to laugh and experience pleasure can also experience grief and trauma. This opinion epitomizes a founding principle of Stepping Stones, our specialized grief support program for children and their loved ones,” said Aja Michael, MSW, who coordinates Stepping Stones for Yolo Hospice. The program, established in 2001, is designed to help children, […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Japanese music showcased at open-mic night

A weekly series of open-mic performances, dubbed Mid-Winter @ I-House, continues from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. The event is an opportunity for cultural exchange and this week will feature traditional Japanese songs and music performed on koto, shamisen and shakuhachi (bamboo flute) by Naoko and Elliot Kallen. […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

DCC offers a book study as a Lenten season activity

Davis Community Church is offering a study focused on a book by contemporary biblical scholar, Walter Brueggemann. The book, selected by the vote of the congregation, is “Journey to the Common Good,” a call to care for the neighborhood in an age of terrorism and economic uncertainty. Brueggemnn considers key biblical stories as examples of […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Nolan-Paresa featured at Woodland Camera Forum meeting

The Woodland Camera Forum will present a free photography program at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Norton Hall, 70 Cottonwood St., Woodland. The guest artist, Jon Nolan-Paresa, works for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a photographer. He is a chief warrant officer in the California National Guard-State Military Reserve, and owns Jon Nolan Photography. […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Pasta feed supports leadership trip

Members of Davis High School’s Student Government class invite community members to a fundraising pasta feed from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the multipurpose room at Holmes Junior High, 1220 Drexel Drive. Tickets are $10, available at the door. Proceeds will support the students’ attendance at a California Association for Student Leaders conference in […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

West Sacramento city manager will retire

West Sacramento City Manager Toby Ross has announced his intention to retire sometime before July 1, 2013. In his letter to the City Council, Ross said, “This decision does not come lightly. I am not only leaving a position where I have had unrivaled support from the council and staff, I am ending a career in a profession […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD’s Lund talks water before League of Women Voters of Woodland

WOODLAND — All of Yolo County seems to have water on the brain, especially leaders of Davis and Woodland, who have an ambitious plan to supplement the region’s ground resources with water from the Sacramento River. That’s why it’s no surprise the League of Women Voters of Woodland decided to invite Jay Lund, director of […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Coroner: Woodland driver died of blunt-force injuries

It will be several weeks before authorities know what role, if any, alcohol played in Monday’s fatal vehicle crash in Woodland. Vanessa Marie Del Toro, 20, of Woodland, died of blunt-force chest injuries when her Range Rover struck a tree in the front yard of a College Street home, Yolo County Chief Deputy Coroner Robert […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Can you give them a home?

Ollie is a fluffy, sweet and gentle, 2- to 3-year-old neutered male husky mix who is described as super-friendly. Gerdie is an adorable 8-month-old spayed female purebred Rottweiler. Both dogs love to be with people, play well with other dogs and will make perfect family pets. Ollie and Gerdie are two of more than 50 […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,