Bob Dunning: Fast-food outlet toys with its customers

We’ve all heard the expression “The customer is always right,” which is actually a smart business policy rather than a statement of fact, since in reality customers are as likely to be wrong as they are to be right. Which brings us to a startling exchange my family and I experienced with the management of […]

Region ranks in top five in national index of sustainable efforts

Efforts to develop energy-efficient technology and buildings earned the Sacramento region, which includes Davis, a position among the top metropolitan areas in the nation for clean tech leadership. The inaugural U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index, released Tuesday, placed the Sacramento metro region at No. 4 out of America’s 50 largest urban zones. Analysis of each […]

Randall files complaint with FPPC

Local anti-tax activist Thomas Randall Jr. has filed a complaint with the Fair Political Practices Commission, claiming the Davis school board is “using taxpayers’ money for campaign materials produced at taxpayers’ expense and disseminated in print and on the Internet with the purpose to pass Measure E.” Measure E is a Davis school parcel tax […]

Tips for traveling abroad with disabilities

Individual countries have their own standards of accessibility for disabled travelers. Some countries have nondiscrimination laws that help to protect travelers with disabilities, while other countries do not. Preparation before you go can help ensure that your planned destination will be accessible, safe and enjoyable. Travelers with disabilities should review the Department of Transportation pamphlets […]

Longtime professor revisits Arthur Miller drama from 1968

Hear more What: UC Davis professor emeritus Pete Hays will discuss Arthur Miller’s play “The Price” When: 6:20 p.m. Thursday Where: B Street Theatre, 2711 B St., Sacramento Info: A performance of the play follows at 7 p.m.; tickets are $23-$35, www.bstreettheatre.org or 915-443-5300 Professor Pete Hays — a mainstay in the English department at […]

Coda starts small, thinks big

By Frank A. Aukofer If you were to write a coda for the new Coda all-electric car, it would play to a small and obscure audience. Coda is a word that describes a musical passage. Here it also is the name for a new American company offering an electric car of the same name. It […]

Traveling with a dog? Tips to improve long car trips

By Patty Ewald Tampa Bay Times Traveling across the country in a car is a challenge; traveling across the country in a car with a large, fluffy labradoodle named Lola in the back seat is something to write about. When my older son was transferred from Charlotte, N.C., to Los Angeles, his company moved all […]

Thompson sets meeting on Berryessa bill

Rep. Mike Thompson will discuss a bill that would designate the Berryessa-Snow Mountain region as a National Conservation Area at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Napa. Thompson, D-St. Helena, and the Lake Berryessa Chamber of Commerce will cohost the meeting at the Capell Valley Fire Station, 1193 Capell Valley Road. House Resolution 5545, co-authored by Reps. John […]

Da Vinci plans chili cook-off

Da Vinci High School’s fifth annual Chili Cook-Off runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1400 E. Eighth St. in Davis. The event supports the Da Vinci High School senior class trip by taste-testing chili prepared by students, families and community members. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and youths 18 […]

Study: Parents overestimate kids’ optimism

Parents consistently overestimate their children’s optimism and downplay their worries, according to new research by psychologists at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain. The findings suggest that secondhand evaluations by parents or other adults of children’s emotional well-being need to be treated with caution. Many psychologists and researchers have long held that children […]

Grand jury accepts citizen complaints

WOODLAND — One of the functions of the Yolo County Grand Jury is to provide oversight over public organizations in Yolo County, including city and county governments and their various departments, school districts, fire and police departments and special districts. Yolo County residents who have serious legal or ethical concerns about the actions of these […]

Supervisors extend Williamson Act tax benefits

WOODLAND — Yolo County farmers will continue to receive a break on their property taxes in exchange for promising not to develop their land. County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to continue implementation of Assembly Bill 1265, which preserved the heart of the 47-year-old Williamson Act last year, even as state funds for the farmland preservation […]

TripAdvisor answers your travel questions

By Lesley Carlin TripAdvisor.com Q: My colleague and I stayed at the same hotel. He’s a member of the hotel chain’s loyalty club and got all sorts of perks — an upgraded room, free bottled water, breakfast coupons, etc. I checked in at the exact same time and got nothing, and I was nice to […]

Central Park Gardens host open house, plant sale

Central Park Gardens volunteers will host their sixth annual open house and plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the Davis Farmers Market Fall Festival. The sale includes fall vegetables, flowers, herbs, bulbs and natives, and proceeds will go toward maintenance of the gardens. The gardens are along B Street […]