California beach town sees flooding from hurricane

SEAL BEACH (AP) — A low-lying street in the Southern California shore community of Seal Beach was inundated by rising seawater early Wednesday while authorities along the coast braced for an even bigger storm surge brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico’s Pacific coast. Several homes and garages were flooded after water cleared a […]

Bob Dunning: Divided loyalties at a Cardinal moment

I’ve been feeling a bit sorry for Dan Wolk these days. Yes, he’s a rising star whose political future seems unlimited, but as college football season rapidly approaches, Dan has a dark secret he’s trying desperately to hide. Turns out this likeable young man is a Stanford grad who would gladly give up his mayor’s […]

Assembly passes campus sexual-assault bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California is on the brink of becoming the first state to define when “yes means yes” while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses. A bill doing so, SB967, passed the Assembly on a 52-16 vote Monday as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape […]

True Blue Devil Arnold gave back starting in high school

Details What: Davis High School Hall of Fame induction dinner for Doug Arnold, Rachel Moore, Paul Ochs, Marcy Place Sheehan and Wanda Winton When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 Where: ARC Ballroom, UC Davis Tickets: $65 per person, or a table of 10 may be reserved for a $1,000 sponsorship; in addition, locals are asked to thank a teacher […]

Mr. Dolcini goes to Washington

Val Dolcini points to a chunk of Mariposite on his desk. “I got that on a visit to Mariposa County,” he explained, one of the 30 county offices he’s overseen as California’s executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Other souvenirs from FSA office visits — bottles of wine, jars of nuts and honey, and […]

Little Rock hero featured at reunion

Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the “Little Rock Nine” — teenagers who were the first black students to integrate schools in Little Rock, Ark. — will be the featured speaker at an event Saturday in Davis. Beals is the author of “Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir Of The Battle To Integrate Little Rock’s Central High.” The […]

Wolk’s infrastructure bill clears state Senate

The California Senate voted Monday to provide local governments with a tool to finance clean-water projects and other desperately needed infrastructure in disadvantaged, unincorporated communities. The bill passed on a 22-13 vote and now moves to Gov. Jerry Brown for his consideration. “SB 614 helps ensure that local planning responds to the unmet needs of California’s […]

A sweet reward for turning in cash

UC Davis retiree Mary Jane O’Neill didn’t think twice about “doing the right thing.” When she opened a bank pouch she found on the morning of Aug. 19 in a puddle of water on C Street in downtown Davis, her eyes widened. A thick stack of green bills greeted her. Enclosed was a bank deposit receipt for […]

Chat with Poppenga at coffee shop

Davis school board candidate Bob Poppenga will meet with members of the community during a drop-in coffee hour from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Common Grounds Coffee, 2171 Cowell Blvd., Suite F, in South Davis. Anyone interested in discussing education is encouraged to stop by. Poppenga is a parent of two, active parent volunteer, […]

Try yoga, meditation at Holistic Health Center

Free yoga and meditation classes will be offered in September at the Davis Holistic Health Center, 1403 Fifth St. The classes are introductions to ongoing sessions. TriYoga, basic level, is designed for beginners and includes gentle postures (asana), a rest period (yoga nidra), simple breathing practices (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana). It will meet at 7:30 p.m. […]

Sunder campaign distributes signs

Madhavi Sunder and members of her school board campaign team will gather from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, in Mace Ranch Park for a Labor Day Lawn (Sign) Party. “Come for BBQ and fun with friends — take home many lawn signs!” a news release said. RSVP at To learn more about Sunder’s campaign, follow her at and […]

Dinner, auction benefit Yolo County CASA

Tickets are going fast for Yolo County CASA’s “I Am For the Child” dinner and auction, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. The venue is the Inn at Park Winters, 27850 County Road 26, in Winters. The evening includes a cocktail hour with appetizers, a seated dinner, wine, dessert and coffee. Entree selections […]

Yolo grows sunflower seeds for the world

Hundreds of acres of sunflowers, bright golden faces beaming, are a sight to make one feel exhilarated on a summer day.

Last year in Yolo County, nearly 25,000 acres of sunflowers were planted. That could be a lot of bird seed. But 95 percent of the sunflower seeds grown in Yolo County are sent around the world to be planted for oil. They end up as far away as Russia, Ukraine and Argentina.

According to Glenn Cole, research scientist for Pioneer Hi-Bred International in Woodland, the United States grows sunflower for oil on only about 2 million acres, largely in the Dakotas …