Brown gets partial win in pension reforms

By Judy Lin SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced systematic reforms to California’s badly underfunded public pension system that he says will save taxpayers billions of dollars over time, but he also was unable to persuade his fellow Democrats to give him some of the fundamental changes he had sought. The reform […]

Holmes students raise big bucks for Red Cross

Vicki Faye was a bit nonplussed when the check arrived in the mail over the summer — a donation of $2,752 to the American Red Cross from Holmes Junior High School in Davis. “We got the check out of the blue and couldn’t figure out what it was all about,” said Faye, regional manager of […]

Family secrets: Male snails baby-sit for others

Pity the male of the marine whelk, Solenosteira macrospira. He does all the work of raising the young, from egg-laying to hatching — even though few of the baby snails are his own. The surprising new finding by UC Davis researchers puts S. macrospira in a small club of reproductive outliers characterized by male-only child […]

Bill to strengthen protections for ag pilots signed into law

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed AB 511, legislation that Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada says will help save the lives of pilots who fly near unmarked and nearly invisible meteorological evaluation towers. Yamada, D-Davis, and her staff have worked for two years to overcome wind energy industry opposition to the measure. “With the governor’s signature (Monday), wind […]

Reserve a Lovenburg lawn sign

Supporters of Susan Lovenburg, a candidate for re-election to the Davis Board of Education, can sign up for a campaign lawn sign. Election Day is Nov. 6. Email a lawn sign request to or call Sheryl Patterson at (530)758-2852. For more information on Lovenburg’s campaign, visit or

UC Davis study outlines voting disparity for Asian, Latino populations

Although Latinos and Asians make up half of California’s population, they register to vote in far smaller percentages, a UC Davis study reports. The voter registration gap means these ethnic groups have proportionately less say in the electoral process compared to the general population. “During the past decade, Latino and Asian voter registration has increased […]

Visitors Bureau produces two new maps

The Yolo County Visitors Bureau has published two new guide maps for visitors: “Winters Map & Guide” for the city of Winters, and “Wines of Yolo County,” covering wineries, tasting rooms and events. “The new maps are significant upgrades from our previous versions,” said Alan Humason, executive director of the Yolo County Visitors Bureau. “They […]

Write for Health groups start fall meetings

Space is available in the fall Write for Health groups in Davis. The fall session will begin Friday. Composed of six to 10 participants, these groups gather weekly on Friday mornings or afternoons to write together. A variety of themes and exercises are used as a way of promoting health and healing. Writers are invited — […]

Community yard sale set at church

Pole Line Road Baptist Church will host a community yard sale, free of charge to those wishing to sell items The event will run from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 770 Pole Line Road in East Davis. Davis residents can call the church at (530) 753-4315 to reserve a free space. This is not for flea market […]

Classmate recalls more than a famous astronaut

By Karen Kantner Wapakoneta (Ohio) Daily News Classmates of Neil Armstrong have fond memories of their last visit with him a month ago during the 65th reunion of 1947 Blume High School graduating class. Among those classmates is Dorothy Woolley, a professor emeritus of environmental toxicology and animal physiology at UC Davis. The astronaut, who […]

Wolk measures sent to governor with bipartisan support

The state Senate voted Monday to send the governor two measures by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis: one to strengthen protections for California’s long-term care residents and another to continue a program that helps local agencies maintain and strengthen levees that protect lives, farmland and drinking water in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. On a 35-0 bipartisan […]

Join VFW for tailgate party Thursday

All military members past and present are invited to tailgate parties before Aggie football games this fall. Members of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 6949 (Davis) and the UC Davis Student Veterans, with the support of the UCD Veterans Affairs Office, will get together at all five Aggie home football games. On Thursday, the […]

Isaac nearly a hurricane, packs coast flood threat

CHAUVIN, La. (AP) — Isaac was on the verge of ballooning into a hurricane Tuesday that could flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents hunkered down behind levees fortified after Katrina struck seven years ago this week. Shelters were open for those […]

Choice in grocery bags? Heck no

THAT’LL BE 10 CENTS, SIR … My friend JAX at writes to say “I still don’t understand why we’ll have to pay 10 cents per paper bag if the plastic bag ordinance is enacted. If the problem is truly that plastic bags clog the creeks, getting caught up in the fences and people seeing […]