Give it a twist

Using a giant corkscrew to break ground on a new sustainable winery building are, from left, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi; Jenny (Jackson) Hartford; Laura (Jackson) Giron; Katie Jackson; Neal Van Alfen, dean of the UCD College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Christopher Jackson; and Barbara Banke, chairman and proprietor of Jackson Family Wines and […]

November 06, 2011 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Sierra Club Yolano leaders to meet

The Management Committee of the Sierra Club’s Yolano Group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Blanchard Community Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 314 E. 14th St., Davis. The agenda will include updates or discussions of solar and wind farm development in Yolo County, the Berryessa-Snow Mountain Conservation Area and other […]

November 06, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

School board to firm up parcel tax measure details in late November

The Davis school board moved a bit  closer to defining the parameters of a proposed school parcel tax renewal during Thursday night’s meeting, but won’t finalize the details for at least two weeks. Board members discussed the long-planned ballot measure, which is expected to go before Davis voters in an all-mail election with a March […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

G-20 leaders fail to agree on IMF help for Europe

CANNES, France (AP) — Leaders of the world’s 20 most powerful economies failed to agree on how to increase the firepower of the International Monetary Fund so that it can help stem the European debt crisis, though they acknowledged its resources should be boosted. The leaders struggled to reach concrete resolutions at their summit in […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Emotions run high after Occupy protests in Oakland

OAKLAND (AP) — Emotions ran high as Occupy Wall Street supporters and public officials dealt with the aftermath of protests that shut down the nation’s fifth-busiest port before spiraling into chaos near the movement’s downtown encampment. Dozens of people who participated in the massive demonstrations Wednesday returned a day later to help clean up after […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Topete closing arguments set for Tuesday

Attorneys in the Marco Topete trial rested their penalty-phase cases Thursday following more than three weeks of testimony. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Yolo Superior Court. Topete, 39, was convicted Oct. 4 of murder with special circumstances for the 2008 fatal shooting of Yolo County Sheriff’s Deputy Jose “Tony” […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

One way or another, they’re getting their money

CONSERVATION FLUSH WITH CONTROVERSY … as many Davisites have noted about conserving water in response to higher rates, we’re talking a double-edged sword … if the reason the rates have been raised is to pay for this fancy new surface water project, then what happens when revenues nosedive due to conservation? … Well, we got […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

City aims to balance water costs, revenues

By Bob Clarke As our community continues to consider the issue of water rates, I’ve been encouraged by the passionate exchange of ideas and opinions as part of the public debate, while at the same time frustrated to see so much confusion about what rates the City Council actually adopted. Still more disappointing is the […]

November 06, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Making their mark

Soferet Jen Taylor-Friedman, above at right, helps 
Congregation Bet Haverim founding member Hannah Stein write a letter of a new Torah scroll on Sunday. This “Tree of Life” project to create the new Torah — expected to be completed in 14 months — is the focal point of Bet Haverim’s 50th anniversary celebration. The goal […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Can you give them a home?

Electra is a 3-year-old spayed female German shepherd/Rottweiler cross who loves water, people and male dogs. Asia is a super-friendly, 3-year-old spayed female hound mix who is intelligent, loves everyone and would make a great family dog. They are two of more than 50 dogs available for adoption through Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue from […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: New discoveries in space

By Vinita Domier Everyone is invited to Saturday’s meeting of the Davis Astronomy Club at Explorit Science Center, 3141 Fifth St., starting at 7 p.m. You do not have to pay any dues to be a member of the Davis Astronomy Club. If you’re interested in astronomy, you’re welcome to attend. This month we will […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Second trial scheduled in Davis hit-and-run case

WOODLAND — The second trial for a Dixon man accused of aiding his daughter in a Davis-area hit-and-run collision has been set for February. A Yolo County jury voted 10-2 earlier this year to acquit 52-year-old Lorin Warren of an accessory charge, but the lack of a unanimous vote resulted in a hung jury. The […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Davis Bicycles! Commute to Sacramento by bike, train

By John Hill At exactly 7:52 every weekday morning, I strap on my bike helmet at my house in North Davis and head off to work. Thirty-five minutes later, I walk through the door of my office in Sacramento. I’ve done it all without the aid of a car. In fact, I’ve managed to get […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Bicycling | Tagged ,

Like a rock: 100 years of Chevy

DETROIT (AP) — We saw the USA in them. We drove them to the levee. We even worked on our night moves in their back seats. For a century, Chevrolets won America’s love with their safety, convenience, style and speed — even if sometimes they were clunky, or had problems with rust or their rear […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,