Davis school names reflect interesting history

Davis is proud of its school system, a real important piece of our community. Here, we explain the history of each school’s name. Robert Willett Elementary: Built between 1967 and 1971, this campus originally was known as West Davis Intermediate School. The name was later changed in the 1990s to honor Robert “Bob” Willett, who taught […]

Snapshot: Sounds like a party

In addition to public art work, Davis is overflowing with live music year round. There are major events like the Davis Music Festival, sponsored by Music Only Makes Sense, along with smaller performances put on by the Davis Live Music Collective, Thursday Live!, Village Homes Productions and TimnaTal. In addition, bands can be found at […]

Snapshot: Plenty of places to park it

The city of Davis Parks and Community Services Department maintains a total of 48 acres of parks, which include play areas, sport facilities, picnic areas and open areas. Bike paths connect parks and greenbelts to each other, great for jogging, biking or walking. A few notable parks include: * Rainbow City: The park includes a […]

Snapshot: Kick garbage to the curb

No matter how much you compost and reuse, you may still have some items that fall into the garbage and recycling category. The city of Davis allows for three different sized garbage carts: 35, 65 or 95 gallons. There also are carts for paper and container recycling. They are supplied by Davis Waste Removal, 530-756-4646, […]

Council looks at granny-flat revision

In the coming months, the Davis City Council will look at revising an affordable housing option for developers that allowed The Cannery, a 547-unit, mixed-density project under construction, to fulfill some of its affordable housing requirements. Last week the council decided to explore options for revising the rule, with city staff coming back sometime in […]

Tour Honey Bee Haven on Friday

The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven at UC Davis will be open for public tours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. It is the last scheduled open house of the year. Plans call for a guided tour at 6 p.m., during which bee specimens will be showcased. Also, bee condos or bee houses for native […]

Man on a mission: transform Davis

For a man on a mission, first there is the man, then there is the mission.

The man: Yolo County resident Rob White. He is the former innovation director for the city of Livermore, working with government labs there to build the area into an economic engine. But Davis leaders lured him away with the promise of a better opportunity: building on Davis’ strengths.

White, a University of Southern California-educated White House 2012 “Champion of Change” award recipient, was hired in March 2013. He is now the chief innovation officer for the city of Davis, jumping from meeting to …

Poppenga outlines ambitious agenda

Bob Poppenga Age: 61 Education: Undergraduate degree at Western Illinois University, doctor of veterinary medicine and Ph.D. in veterinary toxicology from University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) Occupation: Professor of veterinary toxicology, UC Davis Family: Married, children in ninth and seventh grades in Davis schools. Key endorsements: State Sen. Lois Wolk and Bruce Wolk, UCD emeritus law professor; Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada; Jesse Ortiz, Yolo County superintendent of schools-elect; B.J. Kline, former Davis Board of Education member; Joe […]

Learn how to ride a bike in Davis

Nationally certified cycling instructor Maria Contreras Tebbutt, a Davis resident, will offer a free introductory one-hour cycling skills class on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. at New Harmony, 3030 Cowell Blvd. in South Davis. Participants will learn about selecting safe routes and bike paths, navigating intersections and how not to get hit by cars. […]

Pets of the week

Lots of animals are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Lucy (No. 128507), a 7-year-old female terrier mix. Also hoping for a good home is Boo Boo (No. 128499), an 18-month-old neutered male tabby cat. Fees are charged for licensing. The shelter is open from […]

California approves landmark ‘yes means yes’ law

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when “yes means yes” and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports. State lawmakers last month approved Senate Bill 967 by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, […]

TSA bomb training may be noisy

Davis residents may hear explosions north of the city just before noon and just after 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, because of bomb squad training classes being held at the police shooting range on County Road 102. The Yolo County Bomb Squad, together with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad and other regional bomb […]