Los Angeles police probe motive in arson spree

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was another night of firefighters scrambling across the nation’s second largest city to snuff out a series of arson attacks when a tip came in about a German man who matched the description of someone with a shoulder-length ponytail captured on a surveillance video near where a car fire was […]

Lovenburg featured on ‘Davisville’

Susan Lovenburg, president of the Davis Board of Education, visits “Davisville” this week to discuss Davis public education funding and Measure C. Measure C will replace two expiring parcel taxes and raise about $6.5 million per year for Davis public education, if school district voters approve the tax in this winter’s election. The five-year levy […]

Yes, everyone deserves to be recognized!

HONORS FOR THE EGO … in a town where it’s incredibly difficult to make your mark unless you have a Ph.D. behind your name — and sometimes even if you do — many of us have to seek our status points elsewhere … fortunately for me, just as we turned the corner into 2012, I […]

DMTC, Davis Diamonds team up for Parents’ Night Out

Davis Musical Theatre Company and Davis Diamonds Gymnastics are joining forces to offer parents an opportunity to see the musical “Chicago” on Saturday evening while their kids are enjoying energetic but safe entertainment. Kids will be treated to free gymnastics play, games, pizza, dessert and a Disney movie — all under the watchful eyes of Davis […]

Urologist speaks at prostate cancer support group

Urological physician assistant Dr. Jon E. “Jes” Siiteri of Urology Associates of Northern California in Sacramento will discuss “New Patient Understandings about Prostate Cancer” at Monday’s meeting of the Yolo Prostate Cancer Support Group. Siiteri is a certified practitioner of mind-body medicine who applies a holistic approach to wellness for men with benign prostatic hyperplasia, […]

Davis poets featured at gallery reading

Beginning its fifth year, Davis’ Poetry Night Reading Series welcomes Melanie Madden and Arielle Robbins at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. Madden earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at UC Davis, studying 20th century American literature. Winner of Gonzaga University’s Costello Poetry Award, she […]

Legislative debate to revolve around fiscal crisis

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO — California’s budget deficit appears more manageable than in past years, but the state’s ongoing fiscal crisis will continue to dominate debate over other matters in the Legislature during the coming session. Whether to delay a vote on an $11 billion water bond, approve online poker, reform public employee pensions, keep […]

Paper or plastic? Davis may choose neither

The National Resources Commission wants to cut out the majority of plastic bag use in Davis.

To reduce public waste and shore up the budget, the commission will recommend that the City Council ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags at supermarkets and other large retailers that commonly stock and provide the bags.

The hope is that the ban would force shoppers to use reusable bags made of thicker plastic or cloth.

“The real issue with plastic bags in Davis is economic,” explained Alan Pryor, a member of the Natural Resources Commission. “The city probably spends in excess of $200,000 a year to pay for labor to pick up plastic bag litter …”

Don’t Light Tonight through Tuesday

A Don’t Light Tonight Advisory is in effect for Monday and Tuesday, through midnight Tuesday, the Yolo-Solano Air Quality District has announced. Don’t Light Tonight is a voluntary wintertime air pollution reduction program. Today and tomorrow particle matter pollution (PM 2.5) is forecast to be 25 micrograms per cubic meter or higher and burning wood […]

Davis home still in the lead for $100K

Davis voters are keeping Jim and Kristy Powell’s festively decorated house on Henri Court in Wildhorse — aka Candy Cane Court — in the lead in an online nationwide contest. The contest is sponsored by Patch.com, a local news website owned by AOL, which will donate $100,000 to the school district where the winning home […]

Ballot initiative seeks to abolish death penalty

SAFE-California is working to place an initiative on the November 2012 ballot that, if passed, would repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Registered voters wishing to sign the ballot petition may come to the SAFE-California table at the Davis Farmers Market, Saturday mornings through Feb. 18. Anyone […]

Museum seeks loan of 1930s objects

The next large exhibit planned for the Hattie Weber Museum of Davis will feature Davis in the 1930s, the decade before World War II changed the town, the country and the world. Many news reports from the era will be featured; museum volunteers also would like to give visitors a glimpse of what life was […]

NASA probe circling the moon for New Year’s Day

PASADENA (AP) — As planet Earth rang in the new year, a different kind of countdown was happening at the moon. After a 3½-month journey, a NASA spacecraft flew over the moon’s south pole, fired its engine and dropped into orbit Saturday in the first of two back-to-back arrivals over the New Year’s weekend. Mission […]

Celebrate with Lescroart on Tuesday

Davis author John Lescroart invites the community to a celebration of his new book, “The Hunter,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The book launch party will feature food by Stones Catering and music by the Caribbean Jazz Quintet with special guest Eric Boone on acoustic […]