In Oregon, a plan to eliminate tuition and loans at state colleges

By Richard Pérez-Peña Going to college can seem like a choice between impossibly high payments while in school or a crushing debt load for years afterward, but one state is experimenting with a third way. Last week, the Oregon Legislature approved a plan that could allow students to attend state colleges without paying tuition or […]

July 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Food given to needy local residents

The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute food to eligible Davis residents on Wednesday, July 17, as follows: * From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Davisville Apartments on Kennedy Place; * From 11 a.m. to noon at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.; and * From 6 to 7 p.m. at the […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Saylor meets constituents Tuesday at Peet’s

Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor will hold “office hours” from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at Peet’s Coffee & Tea in The Marketplace, 1411 W. Covell Blvd. in Davis. The purpose of this session is to listen to community concerns and questions about county issues and operations. Saylor can be reached on Yolo County business […]

July 07, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Painting the town red, white and blue

Approximately 150 people walked, rode bikes or pulled wagons during the Kiwanis Club Kiddie Parade in Davis on Thursday. Also in the parade were the Davis High Pep Band and the city of Davis antique fire engine. Youths like Emma Rael donned patriotic clothing and face paint, while others like Maddie Olvert, Nicole Jamison, Beau Dudley and Robby Olvert made it a banner holiday.
Parade participants gathered at Third Street between A Street and University Avenue and then meandered to nearby Central Park. The Kiddie Parade has been a Fourth of July tradition since 1935, and the Kiwanis Club has hosted it since 1960.

July 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Indecent exposure suspect arrested

After agreeing to meet with a Woodland police officer, a Davis resident was arrested Thursday for indecent exposure and booked into the Yolo County Jail. At approximately 5:12 p.m. Thursday, Woodland police officers were dispatched to the 800 block of California Street for a report of an indecent exposure that had just occurred. This incident […]

July 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fatal collision in Woodland

Early investigation into a traffic collision that resulted in the death of a toddler Thursday morning shows it was an “unfortunate unintentional” accident, according to a city of Woodland press release. At approximately 9 a.m. Thursday, Woodland Police Officers, fire fighters and ambulance personnel were dispatched to the Bel Air Shopping Center, 1885 Pioneer Ave., […]

July 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: Cookin’ in the sun

Turn some of this intense summer heat to your advantage by building your own solar cooker! Instead of dreading that summer sun, turn it into an outdoor oven with a few simple items you probably have around the house. You’ll need a pizza box, some aluminum foil, black paint, a paint brush, your favorite hot […]

July 05, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Agency GM fields council questions on DBO bidding process

With concerns circling in the community regarding the implications of having only one contractor bid on the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency surface water project, the City Council Tuesday hosted Dennis Diemer, agency general manager, to publicly answer some questions. Two weeks ago, CDM Smith — the contractor that agency officials had to talk back into […]

July 05, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

County revokes FamiliesFirst certification for mental health care

Yolo County’s mental health department has revoked EMQ FamiliesFirst’s certification to provide mental health services to children covered by Medi-Cal at the embattled Davis group home. In a letter sent to FamiliesFirst on Wednesday, Kim Suderman, the county’s director of alcohol, drug and mental health, said the facility had failed to meet required standards and […]

July 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Red, white and blue: Fourth of July fun for whole family

With a plethora of races, contests, food options and, of course, fireworks packed into one day, this year’s Davis Fourth of July celebration promises to be more exciting than ever.

The fun begins at 7:30 a.m. as cyclists take to the downtown streets for the 37th annual Fourth of July Criterium. This daylong event, hosted by the Davis Bike Club, features bicycle races for kids, non-competitive cyclists and pros. This year’s Criterium route is a new L-shaped loop that brings the course next to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame at Third and B streets.

Bob Dunning: I’ll WAC myself if council rejects advice

WATER WOES … two days ago I noted in this space that “now, however, by a nearly unanimous vote of our Water Advisory Committee, we’ll all be ingesting a certain quantity of fluoride every time we take a swig of our delicious Davis tap water, whether that water originates from a well in the ground […]

July 05, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Driver in hit-run death arraigned; victim identified

The victim of a fatal hit-and-run incident in Woodland has been identified as Alisa Valerie Horner, 58, according to the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office. Woodland police say Horner, a Woodland resident, was run over by a Buick LeSabre on Sunday night in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven convenience store at East and East Main […]

July 05, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Wolk’s green energy bill moves closer to governor’s desk

Legislation to broaden access to clean and affordable renewable energy to millions of Californians who currently can’t take advantage of the state’s renewable programs has advanced in the California Assembly. Senate Bill 43, authored by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, was approved 11-1 late last month by the Assembly’s Utility and Commerce Committee. “Three out of […]

July 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pack the patrol car with backpacks, school supplies

The Davis Police Department is gearing up for its seventh annual “Pack the Patrol Car” fundraiser school-supply drive, in which local residents are asked to donate backpacks filled with school supplies for children in need. Beginning Monday, July 15, and continuing through Friday, Aug. 19, donations may be dropped off at Davis Police Department, 2600 […]

July 07, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,