VFW welcomes home returning veterans

Members of the Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949 invite all veterans and their families and friends to celebrate the return of service members from Iraq and Afghanistan. The event will begin at noon Saturday at The Davis Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. in the University Mall.

April 13, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Program addresses parenting in the information age

The next installment of the popular Davis Parent University program will focus on what parents need to know about kids and technology. “Parenting in the Information Age” will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. Speakers include local social […]

April 13, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘Dissolving emotional blocks’ is topic of Davis workshop

The Center for Spiritual Living in Davis will present a workshop at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29. The Rev. Pat Palmer, will facilitate the workshop following the service, titled “Breakthrough! Letting in the Light Through Dissolving Emotional Blocks.” The center meets at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis. According to Palmer, “We are always […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

UCD bike auction planned May 5

The biannual UC Davis Bicycle Auction is on Saturday, May 5. More than 400 bicycles will be available for sale to the highest bidder. The bicycles will be on display from 8 to 9 a.m. with bidding getting under way at 9 a.m. and lasting until all items are sold. The auction will be inside the […]

April 15, 2012 | Posted in Bicycling | Tagged ,

Auditions slated for DMTC’s ‘Hairspray’

The Davis Musical Theatre Company won’t be able to stop the beat this summer as it presents the Broadway musical “Hairspray.” Auditions are planned this weekend and early next week. With music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the show has played to rave reviews on Broadway and has been the […]

April 13, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

LaCrosse mates 4-cylinder with electric motor

Finally, there’s a Buick LaCrosse sedan that puts many of today’s most topical fuel economy features into its base model, at no extra charge. The new, 2012 Buick LaCrosse lineup has a base model with four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor, with regenerative braking, wind-smoothing, aerodynamic touches and automatic engine stop at traffic lights, […]

April 12, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

UC settles suit with activist group over 2008 raid

By Bob Egelko The FBI and the University of California have settled a lawsuit over their 2008 raid on a left-wing Berkeley group by agreeing to pay $100,000 and destroy computer files seized in a search for alleged threats by animal-rights advocates. UC police, federal agents and other officers entered the Long Haul Inc. office on 3124 Shattuck Ave. […]

April 12, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

UC Berkeley’s Daily Cal faces funding issues

By Carolyn Said UC Berkeley freshman Kak Wong pecked away at a laptop at a campus polling station outside Dwinelle Hall on Wednesday, casting his votes for student leaders and ballot initiatives on the second day of a three-day student government election. He was perplexed to hear afterward that one of the ballot initiatives, which would charge each student […]

April 13, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

California high court gets lunch-break lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a case that could affect thousands of California employers and millions of workers, the state Supreme Court will decide whether managers must order workers to take rest and meal breaks at regular intervals throughout the workday. The question is whether California labor law requires an employer to simply “provide” meal […]

April 12, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Pepper spray report reaction

“Even a cursory reading of the report confirms what we have known from the start: Friday, Nov. 18, was a bad day for the UC Davis community and for the entire UC system. We can and must do better. I look forward to working with Chancellor (Linda) Katehi to repair the damage caused by this […]

April 12, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Unemployment applications up to 2-month high

WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought unemployment benefits last week, pushing the number of applicants to the highest level in two months. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications jumped 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 380,000. The previous week’s figures were also revised higher. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose […]

April 12, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

‘It was really bad out there': Report details ill-fated police action

UC Davis police Lt. John Pike removes a red canister of MK-9 pepper spray from another officer’s belt. As he shakes it, the activists seated before him bow their heads and cover their faces. Around them, an angry crowd chants, decrying the arrests of 10 Occupy UC Davis protesters on the campus Quad. As media […]

April 12, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

UCD report: Plenty of blame to go around

UC Davis leaders set campus police up to fail, and fail they did — drawing worldwide outrage for pepper-spraying student protesters.

That’s according to a review of the Nov. 18 incident released Wednesday by an independent task force. It calls the campus’ decision-making “ineffective” and the police department “dysfunctional.”

Over 190 pages, the findings of the 13 students, faculty, staff and alumni and a fact-finding report by from Kroll Associates Inc., a security firm, paint a damning picture — “a cascading series of errors,” in the words of Kroll investigators.

Long-awaited reports are no whitewash

AN AVOIDABLE TRAGEDY … while there’s plenty of blame to go around in the long-awaited Reynoso pepper-spray report that was released Wednesday, the very first paragraph of the report, under the simple heading “Introduction,” said it all … noted the report: “Our overriding conclusion can be stated briefly and explicitly. The pepper spraying incident that […]

April 12, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,