Council candidates face off at campaign debate

A debate — not a forum — will kick off the campaign season tonight as the Chamber of Commerce quizzes the five Davis City Council candidates on their views on business issues. The debate will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Hosted by the Chamber’s […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Women invited to English conversation classes

English conversation classes especially for women are offered from 10 to 11 a.m. every Friday, beginning April 6, in the Community Room at the Windmere Apartments, 3100 Fifth St. in Davis. The classes will help participants improve their English grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and general conversation skills. Participants will discuss topics interesting and relevant to them, […]

March 30, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Peregrine School sets open house Monday

Peregrine School is hosting an open house at its elementary campus from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. The open house will include a tour of the school, lunch with Academic Director Lorie Hammond and an observation of an academic session. Peregrine School is a nonprofit private school that strives to integrate the rigorous academics […]

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Judge OKs pepper-spray reports, minus cops’ names

OAKLAND — The University of California can release two reports on the pepper-spraying of Occupy UC Davis protesters, minus the names of police officers, an Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday.

Judge Evelio Grillo rejected the argument of the Federated University Police Officers Association that the report violated a state law protecting police personnel records.

He gave the union 21 days to appeal the decision. John Bakhit, an attorney for the union …

Tomato season is just around the corner

Tomato season is nearly upon us, and every year we get a new crop of gardeners wanting to grow America’s favorite vegetable (technically a fruit). Good news: we live in tomato country. The plants are very easy to grow here, we have a long growing season, and if you select the right variety you will […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Sneak preview session set for Yolo Youth Choir

An eight-week session of the new Yolo Youth Choir is planned for April 26 to June 7, with weekly Thursday rehearsals from 4 to 5 p.m. at Barbara’s Dancing Tonight. The youth choir classes, open to all kids ages 8 to 14 without audition, will culminate in a community Singing Bee on the evening of […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Hear McDougall Saturday at Sophia’s

McDougall, a Portland-based Americana/folk-rock one-man band, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. in downtown Davis. His current concert tour supports McDougall’s forthcoming full-length album, “A Few Towns More,” set for national release April 10. Admission Saturday is $5. Following McDougall on stage at Sophia’s are J.P. Harris & […]

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Study shows net-zero Davis is possible, and needed

By Mark Braly Davis is the first city in the nation to adopt the goal of carbon neutrality by the middle of this century. This ground-breaking goal will entail a three-step process — net-zero electricity, net-zero energy, and, finally, net-zero carbon. This is a finding of a white paper issued this week by the UC […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Maguire holds fund-raising lead over Parish

WOODLAND — Yolo Superior Court Judge Daniel Maguire continues to hold a financial edge over his election opponent, collecting twice as much in donations as challenger Clint Parish during the latest campaign reporting period. Maguire, who presides over the Department 15 civil-court calendar, received $9,235 in cash contributions between Jan. 1 and March 17, according […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Flower arrangers will make it and take it

The Davis Flower Arrangers’ April meeting will be a workshop. Everyone will make arrangements to take home using whatever vases or containers they bring to the meeting on Wednesday, April 4. The fun begins right after a short business meeting at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at International House, 10 College Park, Davis. Lots […]

March 30, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Changes afoot at All Things Right & Relevant

See’s Candy for Easter is for sale at All Things Right & Relevant, 1640 E. Eighth St. The store, which benefits nearly a dozen local mental health agencies, is currently taking spring items on consignment and will begin accepting summer items Tuesday. The last day for consignments at the present store site will be Thursday, […]

March 29, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Hear Putah Creek Crawdads twice this week

The Putah Creek Crawdads invite fans to two public performances this week: on Thursday evening at Rominger West Winery and Saturday morning at the Davis Farmers Market. Crawdads members are Cap Thomson, Chip Northup, John Rominger, Kate Laddish, Marc Faye, Ray Coppock and Wayne Ginsburg. The Happy Thursday event runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the […]

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Court: What’s left of health law without mandate?

WASHINGTON — The heart of the Obama administration’s health care overhaul hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court is turning to whether the rest of the law can survive if the crucial individual insurance requirement is struck down. The justices also were expected to spend part of Wednesday, the last of three days of arguments […]

March 28, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

City works with bars, restaurants to curb flow of alcohol on Picnic Day

In response to two unsettling Picnic Days — one marred by drunken violence and the other by an alcohol-fueled tragic accident — the city of Davis continues to try to rein in the partying, primarily downtown. For the second straight year, city leaders have put out a call to Davis bars and restaurants with liquor […]

March 28, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,