Learn more about plants from Down Under

Discover the unusual features of plants from Australia and New Zealand during the “Audacious Aussies & Curious Kiwis” tour of the UC Davis Arboretum on Saturday. The group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Wyatt Deck, next to the redwood grove in the Arboretum. The closest parking is in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis […]

Democrats gather for district caucuses, Yolo party meeting

The California Democratic Party is convening Assembly District meetings this weekend to elect delegates in each of the state’s 80 Assembly districts, whose boundaries were redrawn last year. Assembly delegates help select delegates for the California Democratic Party’s state convention in April. The 4th Assembly District meeting will be Saturday, with registration running from noon […]

Nominees sought for city environmental recognition

The city of Davis is accepting nominations for the 19th annual Environmental Recognition Award. This award recognizes outstanding efforts to improve the environmental quality of life in and around Davis. There are three categories: individual/group, business and nonprofit organization. Last year’s award recipients were Gene Trapp and Joe Ellen Ryan in the individual/group category, Caffé […]

Engineered bacteria turn sunlight into fuel

UC Davis chemists have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics — the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry. “Most chemical feedstocks come from petroleum and natural gas, and we need other sources,” said Shota Atsumi, assistant professor of chemistry and lead author of […]

Davis Adult School offers SAT prep class

A workshop stressing SAT test-taking strategies and good use of time will be presented in February and March by Davis Adult School. The class is for high school students who are preparing to take the SAT college entrance exam, and instruction will include review of vocabulary and math concepts, when to make an educated guess and how to pace […]

Police chief will temporarily oversee Davis Fire Department

City Manager Steve Pinkerton announced Tuesday he has appointed Davis Police Chief Landy Black to temporarily oversee the city’s Fire Department following the departure of Interim Fire Chief Scott Kenley. Kenley came out of retirement last May to serve as interim chief while the city conducted a search for a permanent fire chief. He has […]

East Davis crash injures 2

Two people were hospitalized Monday following a collision at an East Davis intersection, police and fire officials said. Davis police Lt. Glenn Glasgow said driver Carole Armstrong, 55, of Winters, had stopped for a red light on eastbound Fifth Street at Pole Line Road when she was rear-ended by another vehicle at about 11:10 a.m. […]

State of the city: Mayor talks water, budget

“Let’s go let’s go to the Chamber lunch so we can hear Joe talk about water, because there’s nothing Joe would rather talk about than water.”

Well, in response to Mayor Joe Krovoza’s own quip, with less than a month until Measure I ballots are mailed to all registered voters, perhaps that’s exactly why the Davis Chamber of Commerce membership packed the basement of the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., on Tuesday to hear the mayor’s 2013 State of the City address.

Or perhaps it was the food.

School board to contemplate new round of fiscal planning

The Davis school board will tackle short-term and long-term fiscal planning at its meeting Thursday, the first of the new year. Trustees will gather at 7 p.m. in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. The Nov. 6 election saw California voters approve Proposition 30 — preventing a new round of “trigger cuts” […]

Music complements art at Second Friday ArtAbout

Two new venues join Davis Downtown’s monthly Second Friday ArtAbout this month — Whole Foods Market and the UC Davis Craft Center. The Craft Center has its first viewing this month of Joanna Kidd’s ceramic bas-relief sculpture with a closing reception next month during ArtAbout. Whole Foods Market will have live music and beer-tasting. ArtAbout […]

State aims to test students’ critical thinking

By Christina Hoag LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s students may be filling in fewer bubbles on multiple-choice standardized tests in the future and writing longer answers instead. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson unveiled a set of proposals Tuesday to rewrite the state’s battery of standardized tests that students take every spring to measure achievement […]

Wireless: Tech CEO brings first-of-its-kind fermentation to UCD

In another advance for innovative winemaking, students and faculty at UC Davis are now processing wine with the world’s first wireless fermentation system, thanks to a recently completed $3.5 million network designed, built and donated to the university by Silicon Valley semiconductor executive T.J. Rodgers. Rodgers, a wine lover and winery owner, is founder, president […]

Sutter qigong classes begin Monday

Sutter-sponsored qigong classes begin Monday at the Davis Holistic Health Center, 1403 Fifth St. “Qigong for Healthy Aging” runs from 4 to 5 p.m., “Yin Yang Medical Qigong” from 5 to 6 p.m. and “Qigong Movement, Massage, Meditation” from 6 to 7 p.m. Classes are filling and space is limited. The fee for the 10-week session […]

County update: Tips for safe, clean drinking water from private wells

By Leslie Lindbo If you live in one of Yolo County’s incorporated cities, your tap water and the systems that deliver it are likely provided by a public agency, and therefore regularly and rigorously examined per state law. Private wells, however, are a different story. The quality and protection of private well drinking water is […]