Yolo, Solano farmers qualify for natural disaster assistance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Solano County as a natural disaster area due to losses caused by the combined effects of unseasonably cool spring weather, a freeze, hail, below-normal summer temperatures and unseasonable rainfall that occurred from April 7 to Sept. 30. Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties of Yolo, Napa, Sonoma, Contra […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Davis Community Gift Project needs more help

There’s still time to participate in the Davis Community Gift Project. Run by members of the Davis Community Church, the project is trying to collect 800 toys for a highly discounted “toy shop” where low-income families can purchase holiday gifts for their children at a minimal price. The families’ donations will pay for a free […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Breaking News | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

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.

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

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.

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 09, 2011 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,