Downtown may get new parking garage

Decade-long plans to build a parking garage in the heart of downtown Davis have more traction now than ever before. City staff is talking with downtown business owners and the Yackzan Group, which has exclusive rights to design the project, about building a five-level garage with ground-floor retail at Third, Fourth, E and F streets. […]

Hospice works in alternative care living facilities

Hospice is a not a place, it is a program that helps care for people wherever anyone calls “home.” Traditionally, a home is someone’s house, but not always. For many people home is a skilled nursing facility or other type of alternative living facility. Harvard Medical School researchers studied hospice care in the nursing home […]

Yolo Reads: Turning the page on literacy

Analilia Gutierrez, a mother who lives in Winters, longed to become a U.S. citizen, but she struggled to read and write in English — a skill required to take the citizenship test. But then, she discovered Yolo Reads, a free literacy program offered by the Yolo County Library. Volunteer tutors work with adults to improve […]

Proposed plastic bag ban put on hold

The Davis Natural Resources Commission is postponing consideration of a proposed ban on the distribution of single-use plastic bags for shopping, pending a California Supreme Court ruling on the city of Manhattan Beach’s bag ban, a city staffer announced Tuesday. The case was argued last month, and a decision is expected within 60 to 90 […]

Parent Place looking for more volunteers

Are you a parent who’d like to help others deal with the challenges of parenting? Do you have a few extra hours in your week or month to make a difference in the lives of local families? The Parent Place, a parent cooperative founded to support effective parenting, is looking for volunteers at its site […]

It’s red, white and blue time at the Kiwanis Kiddie Parade

Patriots of all ages are invited to participate in the annual Fourth of July Kiwanis Kiddie Parade. The Independence Day event has become a tradition for many Davis families. Kids up through sixth grade are invited to enter in one of six categories: wagons, bicycles, scooters, strollers, walkers and groups. Members of the Kiwanis Club […]

Confused about water hardness

A recent Davis Enterprise story on proposed water rate increases confused me with what seemed like a contradiction. First, the story said that “our deep well water has a similar hardness to river water.” Later it assured us that, after the change to river water, “filtration and softening systems will not be needed.” My understanding […]

How state’s farmers weathered drought

By Kelly Zito California’s most recent drought cost consumers more than $1.5 billion in lost hydropower and led to the cancellation of two commercial salmon fishing seasons, but its impacts on agriculture were more mixed than previously thought, according to a water policy report released Thursday. While water shortages drove down revenues in some farming districts nearly 20 percent, […]

Budget uncertainty mounts in wake of Brown veto

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown angered members of both parties Thursday by vetoing a budget plan approved by Democrats in the Legislature then blaming Republicans for a fiscal impasse that threatens to strip more money from education and vital public services. The developments made a balanced state budget appear more elusive than ever, even […]

ACLU attorney takes wait-and-see tack on UCD protest policy

UC Davis’ new policy of having plainclothes police and staff wear name tags at student protests could be a workable compromise, a civil liberties attorney said Thursday. “If it’s done in a way that doesn’t chill and is consistent with the exercise of free-speech rights, that’s acceptable, because they’re in public places and publicly declaring […]

Boonchouy returns to Da Vinci as principal

The Davis school board hired a new principal for the Da Vinci Charter Academy on Thursday night, and the face is familiar. Rody Boonchouy served as one of the founding teachers at what was then known as Da Vinci High School from the time the program was launched in 2003. Boonchouy served as a teacher at Da […]

Davis rightly steers clear of arena planning

ALL THE KINGS MEN … now that we know the names of all 60 members of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s “Regional Arena Commission,” I’m happy to report that all five members of the Davis City Council were smart enough to stay clear … either that or our town was the victim of the biggest cross-causeway […]

Should Yolo County remain whole?

Maps recently released by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission propose to divide Yolo County into three Assembly districts, three state Senate districts and three congressional districts, appending the community to neighboring districts. “The maps could disenfranchise the interests of Yolo County citizens,” wrote Jim Provenza and Don Saylor, speaking on behalf of the county Board […]

City offers adult classes in yoga, dancing and more

Exercise, yoga, cooking, dancing and horseback riding are just some of the classes offered for adults this summer by the city of Davis. Classes include the following: * PM Aerobics: This evening class includes stretching, warm-ups, aerobic cross-training, interval and weight training, and low-impact aerobics. Taught by Ann Smalley, the class runs from 6:30 to […]