Metrolink train collides with truck in L.A.; 13 hurt

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Metrolink commuter train has collided with a dump truck in Los Angeles, leaving 13 people with minor injuries. Fire Department spokesman Shawn Lenske says nine of 190 passengers on the train were taken to the hospital Saturday for treatment. The truck driver was treated at the scene and […]

Obama: Budget not ‘ideal’ but has ‘tough reforms’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his soon-to-be released budget, already criticized by friends and foes, is not his “ideal plan” but offers “tough reforms” for benefit programs and scuttles some tax breaks for the wealthy. That’s a mix, he contends, that will provide long-term deficit reduction without harming the economy. In his first […]

Cool Davis celebrates Earth Day, Muir’s 175th birthday

Join the fun What: Earth Day celebration/John Muir’s 175th birthday party, featuring a slide-show talk by author Kim Stanley Robinson of Davis and presentation of Cool Davis’ 2013 Eco Hero Awards For kids ages 4-10: An adventure outing with Nature’s Theater, plus birthday cake and party favors When: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 21 Where: Davis […]

Lake County resident announces candidacy for 4th Assembly seat

Yolo County could lose its lock on the local Assembly seat after 18 years, if Lake County politician Anthony Farrington has his way. The 43-year-old county supervisor, a Democrat, is seeking to succeed Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, when she is termed out in 2014. Farrington seeks to represent the recently redrawn 4th District, which includes […]

Ground broken on long-awaited courthouse project

WOODLAND — The grand scale of the project is evident in the numbers: 14 courtrooms. Six stories. More than 163,000 square feet. A $161.4 million construction budget. But the real crowd-pleaser at Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new Yolo County Courthouse was the promise of abundant parking, for court employees and the public alike. “You […]

City hopes program will help residents conserve water

The city announced the launch of a new program last week that it hopes can help residents better track and cut down on their water use. The tool may pique the interest of Davisites who face higher bills to pay for the city’s $113 million share of the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency surface water project. […]

Bob Dunning: Best part about Little League? The snacks

Mick, our second-grader, decided this would be the year he would test his skills at that great American pastime, Little League baseball. Saturday mornings, when kids should be watching cartoons while mom and dad are still asleep, will never be the same. I think Mick has entered this sport at the lowest level, though I’m […]

UC to host world food forum

Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, will be among the speakers Tuesday during the Global Food Systems Forum, an event hosted in Ontario by the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Experts from around the world will discuss how to feed an estimated 8 billion people worldwide by 2025. Following Robinson’s keynote […]

Walk the Arboretum Wednesday with Zagory

Explore the west end gardens with the UC Davis Arboretum’s director of horticulture, Ellen Zagory, at noon Wednesday. The group will meet at the gazebo in the Arboretum. Zagory is sought after by garden clubs and Master Gardener groups across California for her extensive knowledge of Arboretum All-Stars, sustainable horticulture and gardening for pollinators and […]

Odd Fellows will celebrate 143 years in Davis

On Friday, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge No. 169 will celebrate its 143rd anniversary, making it the oldest continuously operating entity in Davis. Chartered April 12, 1870, the lodge originally was known as Yolo Lodge No. 169 because there was no “Davis” in those days. The lodge is a fraternal organization founded on the principles […]

Settlement reached in hazardous waste lawsuit

Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced Thursday that his office, along with 34 other district attorney’s offices in California, has reached a settlement of more than $2.5 million in a civil law enforcement action against Save Mart Supermarkets. Prosecutors filed the court action in San Joaquin County Superior Court for violations of hazardous waste […]

Man arrested for possessing shotgun in public

Davis police arrested a Sacramento man early Friday morning for allegedly possessing a loaded firearm in public. Demonte Marquez Kelly, 21, was taken into custody at about 1:20 a.m. in the 200 block of G Street, where someone had called 911 to report an armed man in front of Wunderbar, Lt. Glenn Glasgow said. Glasgow […]

Economy adds 88,000 jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months and a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. The slowdown may signal that the economy is heading into a weak spring. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dipped to 7.6 percent, the lowest in […]

Obama proposes cuts to Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s proposed budget will call for reductions in the growth of Social Security and other benefit programs while still insisting on more taxes from the wealthy in a renewed attempt to strike a broad deficit-cutting deal with Republicans, a senior administration official says. The proposal aims for a compromise on […]