CASA seeks volunteers

Find out more about how to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate at a weekly orientation session at noon Thursdays, or at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. The sessions are at 724 Main St., Suite 101, in Woodland. CASAs are trained to serve as the voice of foster youths in the […]

NAMI backers walk in Sacramento

NAMIWalks is just around the bend on Saturday, May 3, in Sacramento’s William Land Park. Thousands of concerned citizens across the nation will walk together to raise money and awareness to ensure that programs from the National Alliance on Mental Illness are available to provide help and hope to those in need. NAMI-Yolo is one […]

CHP seeks owner of lost cash

The Woodland California Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help in returning some money to its rightful owner. According to Officer Bryan Konvalin, a private citizen found the large amount of cash — the exact total was not disclosed — near the Dunnigan rest stop along Interstate 5 and turned it over to the CHP […]

Wolk, Krovoza order up minimum wage city ‘inbox’

A campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in Davis seems to be losing steam going for the ballot box, but it picked up some support at the City Council meeting Tuesday night. Local activist Bernie Goldsmith admitted Tuesday it is “increasingly unlikely” that he will be successful in his bid to […]

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Home building up in March after frigid winter

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction. Builders started work on 946,000 homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in March, up 2.8 percent from 920,000 in February, the […]

Davis elder-abuse case wraps up

WOODLAND — Testimony in a Davis homicide and elder-abuse trial was expected to conclude this morning, with the jury hearing closing arguments and possibly beginning its deliberations this afternoon. James Matthew Mattos, 53, is accused of second-degree murder and elder abuse in connection with the Oct. 27, 2012, death of Cecil Wachholtz, a 67-year-old mentally […]

Alleged serial killings highlight GPS limits

SANTA ANA (AP) — Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon proved not once but allegedly twice that GPS trackers — the electronic leashes worn by 100,000 freed criminals in the U.S. — can’t stop criminal activity. Two years ago, the pair of registered sex offenders cut the monitors from their ankles, hopped a Greyhound bus […]

Eight candidates seek appointment to vacant school board seat

Eight candidates seeking appointment to a vacant seat on the Davis school board filed by Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline. The appointee, who will be selected at a special school board meeting on May 8, will serve until November, when the two years remaining in the term will be filled at a special election. The vacancy […]

Bob Dunning: I guess the newsroom’s the peanut gallery

It’s not often I receive a personal invitation to have lunch with the publisher and president of The Sacramento Bee, but unless I’m reading things wrong, that’s exactly what arrived in my in box earlier this week. It came from “The Office of Cheryl Dell,” who was kind enough to include a full-color photo of […]

School board to consider adding 12 teaching positions, reducing class sizes

During Thursday night’s meeting, the Davis school board will consider a proposal to hire the equivalent of 12 teachers, which would reduce elementary class sizes in parts of the school district. The move will bring the district into compliance with state guidelines for elementary class size. The proposal also includes adding some secretarial time at […]

Local professor subdues unruly man on flight

Gary Walton was on Southwest Airlines Flight 722 from Chicago to Sacramento on Sunday when he heard someone scream “Don’t do that! Don’t do that!” A man was trying to open the plane’s emergency exit door mid-flight, in an incident that has received national attention. Walton, a Davis resident, jumped up and was one of […]

Get in the picture with school board candidate

School board candidate Madhavi Sunder will take a “team picture” at Mace Ranch Park on Saturday, April 19, and meet supporters. The photo will be at 9 a.m. at the oak tree. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided as well as art projects for the kids. For more information, call Sarah Heringer at 530-848-0462.

Are we there yet?: Self-reflections of a would-be stage mom

I’ve recently had to evaluate my, ahem, above-average interest in my son’s garage band and ask myself the hard question: Am I a stage mom? A quick Google search of “stage mom” gave a glimpse of shudder-worthy listings: “15 Signs You Might Be a Stage Mom,” from, which included images of Voldemort and words […]

‘Eco-Heroes’ help get us from here to there

Each year, Cool Davis recognizes “Eco-Heroes” — Davis residents who model how to incorporate sustainable practices into their work, civic and everyday lives. Acting out of personal conviction, they are just doing “the right thing” for themselves, the community and the planet.

The Cool Davis Climate Solution Awards go to local businesses, groups or organizations for exemplary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As they model ways to reduce their environmental impact, they become leaders in creating options to conserve resources, reduce fossil fuel dependence and stabilize the climate.

In its efforts to work with the community on greenhouse gas emission reduction and sustainability issues, Cool Davis focuses …