Council ready to repeal water rates, put project on ballot

The Davis City Council moved closer Tuesday to repealing the higher rates it approved Sept. 6 that would have more than doubled local water users’ bills. With the intention of honoring the referendum that qualified last month for the ballot, the council voted 4-1 to ask city staff to draft an ordinance repealing the five-year rate […]

Hey, Woodland, this is OUR house

ROCHELLE TO THE RESCUE … expressing concern about the enormous amount of confusion and division in town over the water rate increases that were passed on Sept. 6, Mayor Pro Tem Rochelle Swanson spoke clearly and deliberately at Tuesday night’s council meeting when she proposed scrapping those rates and going back to the drawing board […]

Pearl Harbor attack remembered at 70th anniversary

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — The Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor and those who lost their lives that day are being remembered Wednesday on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into World War II. About 120 survivors will join Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, military leaders and civilians to […]

Police clear Occupy encampment in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — About two dozen police officers remained at the scene early Wednesday morning of the Occupy encampment in San Francisco, hours after authorities kicked out the protesters, took down about 100 tents and arrested 70 people as the camp was dismantled. Police lined up to block access on Market Street while trash […]

For the record

Show times and ticket prices for the Sacramento Theatre Company’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” published Tuesday with Bev Sykes’ review, were incorrect. The show plays through Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12:30 p.m. Thursdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Tickets are […]

Small plane crashes near Davis

The pilot of a small plane escaped without injury after crashing in a field near the Yolo County Airport on Tuesday afternoon, sheriff’s officials said. Lt. Martin Torres said the male pilot, flying from Fresno, was making his approach to the rural airport, at County Roads 95 and 29 northwest of Davis, when the plane […]

City to host public workshop to discuss Fifth Street corridor changes

As the city moves forward with its plans to give the Fifth Street corridor a facelift, it would like to hear input from Davis residents. The city will host a pair of community workshops that will provide a forum for thoughts on the project that will reconfigure Fifth Street between A and L streets. The […]

New sheriff’s officers hired to handle county jail influx

Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto announced this week the hiring of five new sheriff’s deputies and four new correctional officers as the county complies with a prison realignment plan that is expected to increase the local jail population. AB 109, which became effective Oct. 1, calls for felons convicted of nonviolent, nonserious and nonsexual crimes […]

Art from the heart

This untitled fusion of photography, lithography, relief print and monotype by Cherie Blackwell will be on display through Jan. 2 at Risto Hair International, 325 G St. in downtown Davis. A reception is planned Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the monthly Second Friday ArtAbout evening of art viewings and entertainment.

Home, sweet (bigger) home: Dream becomes reality

In Chani Oppenheim’s office is a display board that simultaneously brings tears to her eyes and a smile to her face.

On the left side of the board is a small, yellow bungalow with the word “today” under it. The 80-year-old house on A Street had been the site of Hillel meetings for several decades.

On the right side of the board is an artist’s rendering of a Craftsman-style house with the word “tomorrow” under it. Construction on Hillel’s new, bigger home is set to finish in April; a grand reopening is planned for May.

Yolo County Farm Bureau wins award

The Yolo County Farm Bureau was recognized as one of three “Counties of the Year” by the California Farm Bureau Federation during its annual meeting on Monday. Yolo County received the award for activities that included successful opposition to a Caltrans project that the bureau said would have harmed local farms and for collaborating with […]

A colorful display

Supporters of the Davis Farm to School Connection show off a colorful new oilcloth tablecloth on the lunch serving table last week at Birch Lane Elementary School. Helping student Ruby Baskes with her lunch are, from left, Julia Van Soelen Kim, Davis farm to school coordinator; Rafaelita Curva, director of the Davis school district’s student […]

It’s tree time at the Scout lot

Davis Boy Scout Henry Csaposs points to a car as Walter Trygstad, left, and Garret Dawson, center, help a customer with a Christmas tree purchase at the Boy Scouts’ tree lot in South Davis. Members of Boy Scout Troops 66, 111, 139, 199 and 466 and Venture Crews 66 and 111 staff the lot, which opened […]

Bee calendar benefits nonprofits

Native bees reign supreme in  “Garden Variety Native Bees of North America,” a calendar produced by University of California alumni as a benefit for two nonprofit organizations. The perpetual calendar, the work of native bee enthusiast Celeste Ets-Hokin and entomologist/photographer Rollin Coville, both of the Bay Area, features native bees found throughout North America, including […]