Wolk introduces bond to fund state water projects

State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, introduced a $5.6 billion water bond Tuesday to provide funding for projects to address the state’s water needs. “SB 42 is a fresh approach to this bond discussion,” said Wolk, who chairs the Senate Governance and Finance Committee and the Select Committee on Delta Stewardship and Sustainability. “It focuses on […]

August 14, 2013 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Water wiggles: Babies, toddlers get used to a dip

A popular class at SwimAmerica Davis teaches parents and their infants and toddlers how to be safer and comfortable in the water.

“Learning how to be safe in the pool and making sure she’s safe and comfortable is really important, especially since my in-laws have a big pool,” said Lily Nagatani, whose daughter is in the infants and toddlers class.

Owner Rose Cholewinski and marketing director Kristin Borowsky have been introducing infants and toddlers to the water since 1993. Before moving in 2008 to their location at 2121 Second St., SwimAmerica rented space at the Davis Athletic Club.

Sallie Mae accused of overcharging military personnel on student loans

By Richard Pérez-Peña Federal regulators plan to accuse Sallie Mae, the giant student lending corporation, of charging military personnel excessive interest on student loans, and the government is looking into similar allegations against other lenders. Sallie Mae revealed the pending action against it last week in its quarterly earnings report, stating that the Federal Deposit […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Agency finds climate change taking a toll on California

By David Perlman California lakes are warming, sea levels are rising, wildfires are spreading, and mountain plants and animals are migrating to higher ground as the impact of climate change takes hold throughout the state, a new report says. The evidence of the effects of the warming trend emerged in an analysis of 36 “indicators” […]

August 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fibromyalgia sufferers meet Saturday

The Northern Cal Fibro Friends will hold their monthly meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Valley Health Plaza, 1010 Nut Tree Road, Suite 240, in Vacaville. There is no charge for the meeting, but donations are appreciated. Anyone suffering from fibromyalgia, or having a relative or friend suffering from the disease, is welcome to come. […]

August 14, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘Two Badges’ author’s visit caps Woodland Reads project

Featuring the true-life story of a gangbanger who becomes a cop in her hometown, “Two Badges” by Mona Ruiz has been announced as the Woodland Reads 2013 community book selection. The Southern California police officer and author will visit Woodland this fall. Woodland Reads promotes a Woodland communitywide reading event. Each year, a selected book is […]

August 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Woodland Camera Forum sees scenes from Highway 395

The Woodland Camera Forum will present a free photography program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Norton Hall, 70 N. Cottonwood St., Woodland. Photographer O. Truman Holtzclaw will share scenes of Highway 395 along the eastern edge of California, from “Fossil Falls” in the south up to the ghost town of Bodie in the […]

August 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Duck Pluck 2013: Same $10,000 grand prize, new event location

There’s not much time left before a duck is plucked in support of the Woodland Healthcare Foundation. Someone will be $10,000 richer at the Duck Pluck on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The Duck Pluck is Woodland Healthcare Foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year. A maximum of 550 “ducks” are sold for $100 each. A duck […]

August 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sierra Club plans morning walks

The Sierra Club hosts morning walks in Davis on Tuesdays and Thursdays year-round. The group meets at 7 a.m. at Peet’s Coffee & Tea at The Marketplace at Covell Boulevard and Sycamore Lane. The walking distance is about 4.5 miles in 90 minutes’ time, with return to Peet’s at about 8:30 a.m. All are welcome. […]

August 14, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Across the pond, a true second home

Every summer, for 37 years, Gráinne Wilson has been traveling from her home in Ireland to Davis so she can celebrate her July 20 birthday with some of her favorite people. She just celebrated her 60th with 80 friends and family members who gathered at the home of Kathy Ware and John Erke. This year, […]

August 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Feds sign off on temporary Bay Bridge fix

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Plans to open the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as scheduled on Labor Day are getting a boost. Federal officials have signed off on a temporary fix for cracked seismic safety bolts on the span that could allow for the Labor Day opening. In an Aug. 9 […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Defense attorney seeks to bar public from homicide-case hearing

The attorney for a Davis teen accused of killing an elderly couple has filed a motion to exclude the public — including the media — from his client’s preliminary hearing, arguing that the ensuing publicity could jeopardize the youth’s right to a fair trial. Coverage of 16-year-old Daniel William Marsh’s arrest and prosecution already has […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: United, SOBs can accomplish anything

COUNCIL SEEING ORANGE … my proposal to require all plastic bags distributed in the city of Davis to be colored bright orange is gathering momentum like a dust storm on the Mojave … the proposal is designed to determine if the plastic bags that are supposedly being chased by slow-footed workers all over Yolo County […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Musk’s Hyperloop idea: High-speed L.A.-S.F. tube

By David R. Baker It’s either the future of high-speed travel or Elon Musk’s craziest idea yet. Or both. Musk, the billionaire serial entrepreneur behind Tesla Motors and SpaceX, on Monday revealed plans for a transportation system that could whisk passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes through a set of tubes. […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,