West Village in the Middle East: UCD visit inspires Dubai development

Inspired by a visit to the innovative, energy-efficient UC Davis West Village in 2010, a Middle Eastern housing developer is now planning a sustainable city on the outskirts of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Faris Saeed, CEO of Dubai-based Diamond Developers, was on campus two years ago because of his involvement as a supporter […]

$8.4 M boosts UCD plant scientist’s grain, fuel research

With new grants totaling $8.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Agency for International Development and industry partners, UC Davis plant scientist Eduardo Blumwald is reaching out to feed and fuel the world. With his laboratory colleagues, Blumwald uses genetic engineering to improve the drought tolerance and efficiency of switchgrass, a native North […]

U.S. ambassador to Chile to speak at King Hall

Alejandro Wolff, the U.S. ambassador to Chile, will give a free public talk on Tuesday at the UC Davis School of Law about the United States’ relationship with that country — and “the special role of California” in it. He will speak at 4:30 p.m. in King Hall’s Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom. A UCLA graduate, Wolff has […]

Vote for Willett: School in running for $50,000 grant

Willett Elementary School is in the running to win a $50,000 grant but needs the community’s support during the monthlong online voting period. Beginning Monday and continuing through midnight on Dec. 19, adults and children ages 13 and up can visit www.PowerABrightFuture.com to vote once a day for the school. Willett is one of seven […]

See ‘Neuropathy 101′ on Tuesday

Do you, or someone you care for, have burning, tingling or numbness in your feet or hands? If so, this may stem from a form of neuropathy that can have many causes. To learn more from others with similar symptoms and to receive support, you’re invited to attend the next meeting of the Davis Neuropathy […]

Snapshots of democracy: Students capture sights, sounds of election

Students in Kelly Wilkerson’s Journalism 1 class at Davis High fanned out across the city to capture the sights and sounds of the 2012 election. Here are some of their reports: Education concerns weigh heavily on volunteer callers Sudwerk, Monday afternoon On the eve of the election, the back room of Sudwerk is filled with […]

Holiday recipes from around the globe

The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we share many different food traditions from many lands at this time of year. Staff writer Jeff Hudson invited several local friends and colleagues, whose family roots extend to diverse parts of the globe, to share a traditional recipe they associate with the winter season, or with Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s or other holidays.

Marina Valle’s parents came from Mexico to East Los Angeles. She now lives in East Davis with her husband Jesus — a professor at American River College — and their three young children. Valle shared this recipe for Turkey Tamales.

PG&E announces new veterans-only job-training courses

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Thursday that it will offer two new training courses for recently discharged veterans next year that will provide a career path into the energy industry through the utility’s PowerPathway program. PG&E is offering the veterans-only energy training courses at American River College in Sacramento, part of the company’s commitment […]

Grad Night tickets soon will go up in price

Attention, high school seniors: It’s not too soon to think about Grad Night 2013. The tickets for the all-night commencement celebration in June cover food, drinks and entertainment and are at their lowest price, $75, until Dec. 31. Scholarships are available through school counselors. Ticket forms can be found at www.davisgradnight.org and questions may be answered at […]

Rate structure stumps water committee

The Davis Water Advisory Committee did not make a decision on a rate structure Thursday, as members could not agree on the fairest way for the city to bill its residents for water.

With a $116 million surface water project coming down the pipeline, the rate structure becomes increasingly important because water ratepayers in Davis will be the ones asked to fund the majority of the project’s costs.

The structure will determine what portion of those costs each water customer will be on the hook for.

Trustees heave a huge sigh of relief

No longer faced with the prospect of making up to $6.9 million in budget cuts, thanks to the passage of Proposition 30 and Measure E in Tuesday’s election, the Davis school board heaved a sigh of relief on Thursday night. Trustees expressed their appreciation to voters for putting the school district in a stronger position […]

With bailout delayed, Greece turns to bonds

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will issue short-term debt on Tuesday to make a key bond repayment on Nov. 16, when the cash-strapped country is not yet expected to have received the next batch of its international rescue loans. It will issue 2.1 billion euros ($2.7 billion) in treasury bills with the unusually short maturity […]

Prop. 30′s passage doesn’t stop student protests

By Henry K. Lee and Nanette Asimov Public university students in the Bay Area staged protests Thursday against possible tuition hikes, saying the passage of Proposition 30 provided only a temporary reprieve from cuts to higher education. At UC Berkeley, about 200 students and faculty members braved a steady rain at noon on Sproul Plaza to […]

U.N.: 11,000 flee Syria

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — At least 11,000 Syrian refugees have fled their country in single day, pouring into Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon with children and dozens of wounded, U.N. officials said Friday. Some desperately climbed over razor-wire border fences to seek safety. Most of the surge in refugees was due to the 9,000 fleeing into […]