E Street Promenade is topic of DDBA lunch

What would be the benefits of creating an enhanced pedestrian and bicycle experience downtown by way of a promenade on E Street? Hear about this proposal for the downtown, and share your thoughts during a brown-bag lunch discussion exploring this idea, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. The […]

New deficit deal proving elusive as deadline nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats on Congress’ deficit-reduction supercommittee have resumed face-to-face meetings after more than a week of backbiting and stalemate. But the 12-member panel is still limping toward a Thanksgiving deadline with no tangible evidence of a potential breakthrough on a debt plan, even after a handful of panel members met Thursday […]

School board holds steady on parcel tax amount

The Davis school board voted Thursday night to put a five-year, $320-per-year parcel tax before voters in a mail-only election next spring. Apartment dwellers would be charged $150 per year. Trustees took action after reviewing the results of a poll conducted last week that indicates continued support for extending the long-standing local school tax at […]

Coach Les needs wide bodies on the bench

HOOP DREAMS … the email arrived unexpectedly, seemingly out of the blue … it was an invitation from a representative of the UC Davis men’s basketball team for me to attend tonight’s Aggie showdown with Stanford at the Pavilion … fair enough … but it also requested my presence at the team’s morning “shoot-around,” the […]

UCD police: ‘noose’ vandalism not a hate crime

A student who confessed writing “Use me as a noose” on a yellow Veterans Day ribbon was making an “ironic statement as part of his artistic endeavors” — not committing a hate crime. That’s the result of a UC Davis police investigation into the vandalism, according to a news release from UCD on Thursday. The […]

PG&E answers questions about natural gas leaks

About 75 to 100 Stonegate residents turned out Wednesday for the second of two “open house” events hosted by PG&E to answer questions about a spate of natural gas leaks in the West Davis neighborhood. Another 75 to 100 residents attended the first event last Thursday, at which PG&E representatives announced they had discovered 42 natural […]

City halts plan to slash DDBA funding

The City Council unanimously decided Tuesday to pull back on recouping $16,000 in administrative costs that would have chopped off 4o percent of the Davis Downtown Business Association’s budget. Council members previously directed staff to pursue ways to recover costs that stem from billing and noticing members of the Downtown Business Improvement District, an amount […]

Rural Yolo County collision injures two

Two women were hospitalized Wednesday after their cars collided at a rural Yolo County intersection, the California Highway Patrol reported. Officer Cindy Leal said the crash occurred shortly after 7 a.m. when 37-year-old Katherine Rodger, who was traveling eastbound on County Road 27, pulled into the path of southbound vehicle on County Road 98 whose […]

Coroner: Farm worker died of natural causes

A farm worker whose body was found in a Northeast Davis alfalfa field last summer died of natural causes, Yolo County coroner’s officials said Thursday. Jose Arroyo-Rodriguez’s cause of death was determined to be sudden cardiac death due to hypertensive cardiovascular disease, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Robert LaBrash. There were no signs of foul […]

Explorit: A new twist on wishbone tradition

By Lisa Justice If you’re tired of the same old post-Thanksgiving ritual of breaking apart the turkey’s wishbone to get your wish, Explorit Science Center invites you to put that wishbone to use in a science experiment this year. A turkey’s wishbone, or furcula bone, is located where a turkey’s neck and chest meet. It’s […]

Can you give them a home?

Judd is a big, calm, extremely sweet 4-year-old neutered male German shepherd/Rottweiler cross who loves water, people and female dogs. Spanky is a super-friendly, 6-month-old, black-and-white neutered male Spuds McKenzie look-alike bull terrier mix who loves kids and other dogs and would make a great family pet. They are two of more than 50 dogs available […]

Per Capita Davis: Water conservation saves money

My last column made the point that energy and water are inextricably linked, and efforts to reduce water consumption also reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas production. This is a follow-up to that column. The city-sponsored community forum I talked about in the last column featured a lot of useful information. If another is scheduled, […]

Holidays are here, and so are hot lines to help

Faced with a holiday cooking conundrum? There’s undoubtedly an app for that. But if you’re a little more old school, there still are numerous hot lines you can call when a kitchen crisis hits. Or do damage control before it reaches that stage. Most companies now offer tons of tips, advice and how-to videos on […]

Bug lovers show their thanks

All ages are welcome at an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis. This month’s theme is “Thankful to the Bugs,” as museum staffers and visitors show their appreciation to the insect world. The museum is in 1124 Academic Surge. The next open house, “Insects in […]