Proposal to tax California beekeepers stirs up a swarm

FRESNO (AP) — A California proposal to tax beekeepers to pay for research on bees’ health has stirred up a swarm, even though all agree more study is needed amid a widespread die-off. The proposal to set up a California Apiary Research Commission with the power to tax comes as bees nationwide are perishing in […]

Yolo judge: Gang injunction should be permanent

WOODLAND — The Broderick Boys is a bona-fide criminal street gang whose conduct poses an ongoing public nuisance, a Yolo Superior Court judge said in a proposed judgment granting a permanent anti-gang injunction in the city of West Sacramento. “The public nuisance creates continuing and irreparable harm to those who live and work in the […]

City may get major hotel brand, downtown mixed-use

The Davis City Council voted Tuesday to get the ball rolling on two major projects that could be the final legacy of the city’s redevelopment agency. A four-star, six-story national hotel franchise — complete with the conference center venue the city has long desired — soon may open where the University Park Inn & Suites now […]

Put a stick in my hand and I’m dangerous

LACROSSE SHOWDOWN NEARS … Thursday night, the Davis High boys lacrosse team will host its annual “Break the Record Night” when it heads into battle against Sir Francis Drake on Halden Field at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium … because I have a large family that is likely to significantly boost attendance, I have been […]

Big rig overturns on causeway, brings traffic to a standstill

Westbound Interstate 80 east of Davis was shut down for several hours Tuesday morning after a big rig overturned on the Yolo Causeway, according to the California Highway Patrol. Officer Cindy Leal said the chain of events began at about 9:15 a.m. when 19-year-old Herman Singh Dhillon of Turlock approached slower-moving traffic on the causeway […]

County official: Cuts could deal ‘cataclysmic’ blow

WOODLAND — The spectre of an all-cuts state budget has Yolo County supervisors warning of Armageddon. The fallout of rapidly worsening state budget talks could mean closing a county jail; freeing drug dealers, petty thieves and embezzlers; and letting criminals skate on low-level offenses, public safety officials told the Board of Supervisors at its Tuesday […]

Proposed judgment makes anti-gang injunction permanent

The Broderick Boys is a bona fide street gang whose conduct poses an ongoing public nuisance, a Yolo Superior Court judge said a proposed judgment granting a permanent anti-gang injunction in West Sacramento. “The public nuisance creates continuing and irreparable harm to those who live and work in the Safety Zone, there is no adequate […]

Briefly: ‘Herbal Kitchen’ author signs books

Join author and herbalist Kami McBride of Davis as she celebrates the publication of her latest book, “The Herbal Kitchen,” and shares some of the traditional, health-supporting wisdom found within. The book-signing from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8, at The Avid Reader will be accompanied by a free reception, with samples of teas and […]

Café to be featured on Food Network

The wait is over. Putah Creek Café, the popular restaurant in downtown Winters, gets its moment in the national spotlight Monday when the Food Network airs an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” filmed last August. Host Guy Fieri will feature chef Fred Reyes and reveal the secrets of some of the café’s stellar menu […]

Briefly: Learn more about Haiti’s recovery

Pierre Labossiere and Sister Maureen Duignan, representing the San Francisco Bay Area Haiti Emergency Relief Fund, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday on recent grassroots recovery activities in Haiti. They will be at the Winters Public Library, 708 Railroad Ave. in Winters. Labossiere just last week returned from Haiti, where he learned first-hand of the […]

City offers summer band camp

Applications for the city of Davis’ Rock Band Camp are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 15. Rock Band Camp is offered in partnership with Rock Band University, and is taught by two experienced musicians. Rock Band Camp is for anyone ages 10 to 17 and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through […]

Grace in Action volunteer training starts April 11

Training for new Grace House ministers of hospitality — otherwise known as volunteers — will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, at 441 D St. in downtown Davis. Grace in Action is a faith-based community ministry serving the homeless by equipping the church to provide compassionate care, spiritual companionship, rest and respite, and referrals […]

Aging seminar set at Woodland church

Woodland Presbyterian Church will present a healthy aging seminar from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 1324 Columbia Drive. Speakers will be Lenise Curtis, M.S., from Geriatric Home Care Specialists; Sharon Blaha from Yolo Hospice; Peggy Phelps, certified caregiver resource from the Yolo Adult Day Health Care Center and Woodland Healthcare; and Dr. Vijay Khatri […]

Volunteers needed for film festival

Volunteers are still needed for the eighth annual Davis Film Festival, taking place Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, at the Veterans’ Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. Volunteers will take tickets at the door, sell concessions and help with cleanup. A volunteer projectionist is also needed at the Davis Film Festival preview party, a free community event, […]