UC regents endorse tax initiative and freeze tuition

By Terence Chea SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A University of California committee voted Wednesday to freeze undergraduate tuition this fall and endorse Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, but UC officials said students could face a steep midyear fee hike if voters reject the November ballot measure. The resolution was approved the finance committee of the […]

Icky is a symbol for misfits everywhere

He mugs for the camera and works the crowd. He’s been featured in Sports Illustrated and a successful movie. He’s even got a collar with his name in capital rhinestone letters. But it’s Icky’s supposedly ugly looks — gray and hairless except for a white Mohawk — that won him third place at the World’s […]

Per Capita Davis: An energy survey of Manhattan

I recently traveled to New York, home of the United Nations, ostensibly for the purpose of observing an example of dense development and the ensuing consequences for greenhouse gas emissions. That was my cover story. The real (secret) purpose of my journey was to report in to my United Nations comrade, Agent 2100, about my […]

Erickson featured at poetry reading

Writer Chris “Whitey” Erickson will read his work at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis as part of the Poetry Night Reading Series. Erickson, a Winters resident, mixes fiction, performance poetry and comedy, a news release said. His work has appeared in various literary magazines as well […]

Family caregiver group meets monthly

The new Triple-S Family Caregiver Group will meet from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, in the Railsback Clinic Building at Woodland Healthcare, 1207 Fairchild Court in Woodland. This informal monthly elder care discussion group will give family caregivers an opportunity to share, support and solve common concerns together. It will be facilitated by […]

Talk will cover Alzheimer’s symptoms

A “Family Caregiving 101″ course will be offered from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in the Railsback Clinic Building at Woodland Healthcare, 1207 Fairchild Court in Woodland. The topic will be “What is Dementia: Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease,” presented by Peggy Phelps, a caregiver resource specialist with Woodland Healthcare/Yolo Adult Day Health Center. Brown-bag […]

Is Letterman next? Davis Farmers Market makes another national top 10 list

Another year, another honor for the Davis Farmers Market. The local landmark added to its growing list of accolades this month when it was tapped as one of the nation’s top 10 farmers markets by U.S. News Travel. The national publication made its decision “based on reputation, versatility, online user reviews and overall atmosphere.” “It’s […]

Council officially postpones public vote on surface water project

It’s official: Davis residents will not vote on the surface water project this fall. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to delay a citywide vote until the expected date of March 5. That special election date could change. However, the postponement of the vote will not grant the Water Advisory Committee more time to […]

Obama proposes $1B for science, math teachers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration unveiled plans today to create an elite corps of master teachers, a $1 billion effort to boost U.S. students’ achievement in science, technology, engineering and math. The program to reward high-performing teachers with salary stipends is part of a long-term effort by President Barack Obama to encourage education in […]

Rebel bombing strikes heart of Syrian regime

BEIRUT (AP) — A bomb ripped through a high-level security meeting today in the Syrian capital, killing the defense minister as well as President Bashar Assad’s brother-in-law in the harshest blow to the government’s inner circle in the 16-month uprising. Syrian state-run TV said the blast came during a meeting of Cabinet ministers and senior […]

Council terminates contract with USDA over slain coyotes

Scores of Davis residents filled the Community Chambers at City Hall on Tuesday night to voice their disgust over the recent slaying of five coyotes in North Davis at the hands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Punctuating the community’s concerns, the City Council unanimously voted to immediately terminate its contract with USDA Wildlife Services, […]

Reasonableness takes over the chambers

A POSITIVE CHANGE … I’m not sure what’s going on with our esteemed City Council, but after watching Tuesday night’s water/coyote meeting, it’s obvious that reasonableness has taken over the Community Chambers … first off were those 5-0 votes before bedtime after 10 minutes of discussion compared to 4-1 or 3-2 votes after hours of […]

Learn Mandarin, English at I-House

Don’t let the summer pass you by without learning a new language or brushing up on English or Mandarin. On Saturdays at 10 a.m., a Mandarin class is offered at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Participants should enter I-House through the parking lot to reach the Hagan Room. The class size is small, the […]

Sutter Davis debuts transformed birthing rooms

Pregnant women have been known to drive hours so they can deliver their babies at Sutter Davis Hospital’s birthing center.

They come because of the birthing center’s reputation for excellent outcomes, said center director Carolyn Campos, and they come because of the choices available to them here: It’s the only birthing center in the greater Sacramento area offering water births and the services of volunteer doulas, in addition to physicians and midwives.

As a result, the center delivers between 1,300 and 1,400 babies a year — a pretty significant number for a community hospital.