Impasse looms for special education teachers

Teachers employed by the Yolo County Office of Education rallied in Woodland last Tuesday, seeking higher salaries and changes to contract language regarding disciplinary procedures relating to district/employee concerns. Then on Friday, Yolo County Superintendent of Schools made Jorge Ayala what he termed a “last, best offer,” which includes a 5 percent increase in total […]

December 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

$86,000 grant supports DUI enforcement tactics

The Davis Police Department will administer a recent $86,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to deal with impaired driving in Yolo County. “Drunken and drugged driving remains the No.1  killer on our roadways, with 774 deaths and over 24,000 injuries,” a Police Department news release said. “The ‘Avoid the 8′ DUI Task […]

December 10, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Few cracks in glass ceiling at state’s top firms

UC Davis’ ninth annual survey of who has a seat in the board rooms of the state’s top 400 public companies found small progress for women. Women hold 10.9 percent of the highest-paid executive jobs and board seats — a 1-percent increase from a year ago, according to the UCD Study of California Women Business […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Homeless shelter needs supplies

Davis Community Meals provides a winter shelter, transitional housing, a resource center and other resources to homeless and low-income individuals and families in Davis. The shelter is seeking donations of individual-sized soaps, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, razors, shaving supplies, cleaning supplies, bleach, laundry detergent, large garbage bags and paper towels. Canned goods and nonperishable foods […]

January 14, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Police chief staying in Davis

Landy Black is staying put. The Davis police chief was one of six finalists for chief of the Chandler, Ariz., Police Department. But following interviews last month, Chandler went with a more local choice, an assistant chief from nearby Scottsdale. “I’m good with it,” Black said last week. “I do like it here, and am […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Sketch of South Davis assault suspect released

Davis police have released a sketch of the suspect in a Nov. 19 sexual-assault attempt in South Davis. The attack occurred at about 9:40 p.m. near the intersection of Mace Boulevard and El Macero Drive, where the male suspect grabbed a woman around the waist with one arm, covered her mouth with his hand and […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Judge recused from Marsh murder case

WOODLAND — A Davis double-murder case is on track for its scheduled March trial, but before a different judge than originally planned. Deputy Public Defender Ron Johnson, who represents 16-year-old Daniel William Marsh, filed a motion Nov. 26 to have Yolo Superior Court Judge Timothy Fall recused from the case, alleging that Fall “is prejudiced […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Hollywood brings out the big guns for holidays

Surprise, surprise.

Hollywood may have learned its lesson.

December traditionally is crammed with prestige films and plenty of Oscar bait, not to mention the “ordinary” releases hoping to catch one’s attention during the one, two or three weeks many of us have off during the month. And every December, numerous worthy entries have been lost amid the noisy, well-publicized shuffle.

This year looks a bit different.

Woodland Christmas Parade set for Saturday, Dec. 14

Old-favorite floats and new additions will come together at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Woodland Holiday Parade. The theme of the 49th annual parade is “Dashing through the Snow.” The parade will feature bands, horse entries, scout units, military and ROTC units, dance and majorette groups, decorated cars, and, of course, the California […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Police: Mother threatened to harm baby

Davis police arrested a South Davis mother Thursday following a tense standoff during which the woman was within reach of a knife, authorities said. Sin Yu Shih, 29, was taken into custody at the conclusion of the incident, which initially took officers to a residence in the 1600 block of Drew Circle shortly before 4:30 […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Report agrees with city’s terms for MOU with fire union

Recommendations for a new employee contract with the Davis Professional Firefighters Association Local 3494 were released to the public Thursday in a report issued by a third-party fact-finding panel, and the panel largely finds in favor of the terms preferred by the city. Consistent with what city leaders have offered other major employee groups, the […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged

Let them give presents! Local bakery puts out annual giving tree

For the fourth consecutive year, Let Them Eat Cake will ring in the holiday season by granting wishes to those in need. The bakery, at 310 C St., has put up its annual Community Giving Tree, and once again it’s decorated with ornaments that detail wish lists of folks associated with several local nonprofit organizations. […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

U.S. unemployment falls to 7%

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate in November to a five-year low of 7 percent. The surprisingly robust job gain suggested that the economy may have begun to accelerate. It also fueled speculation that the Federal Reserve will scale back its economic stimulus when it meets […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s peacemaker, dies at 95

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness. South Africa’s first black president spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, yet he sought to win over its defeated guardians in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the world. As head of state, the former boxer, lawyer […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,