Propositions 30 and 38 at a glance

SACRAMENTO — Details of propositions 30 and 38 on the Nov. 6 ballot: Proposition 30 (Gov. Jerry Brown’s initiative): Who pays: Individuals with taxable income above $250,000 will pay higher income tax rates, on a sliding scale, for seven years. All Californians, regardless of income level, will pay a quarter-cent higher sales tax rate for […]

Our Sunday best — Tax talk: A clear and detailed explanation of the upcoming ballot measures

Davis voters face decisions on local, statewide proposals that would fund schools Should people pay higher taxes in order to provide more funding to the public schools, which have taken hit after hit financially during the long-running state budget crisis? Davis-area voters will face three different ballot measures that would impose taxes to support the […]

How did Props. 30 and 38 end up on the same ballot?

How did two competing statewide ballot measures, both intended to fund public education, end up on the same ballot? Actually, three competing measures originally were headed for the Nov. 6 ballot: * Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30, with support from the California Teachers Association; * A “Millionaire’s Tax” supported by the California Federation of Teachers […]

Garden Doctor: How to keep an old olive tree alive

Coming up * Fall gardening workshops and plant sale: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 20, Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road. Free classes on bee-friendly gardening, edible landscaping and backyard and worm composting * Davis Fall Festival: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, Central Park, Third and C streets. Plant sales, exhibits, fun for all ages […]

Gasoline helps drive up wholesale prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second month of sharp gains in gasoline costs drove wholesale prices higher in September. But outside of the surge in energy, prices were well contained. Wholesale prices rose 1.1 percent in September following a 1.7 percent gain in August which had been the largest one-month increase in more than three years, […]

Space shuttle pauses on 12-mile trip to L.A. museum

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At its prime, the space shuttle Endeavour cruised around the Earth at 17,500 mph, faster than a speeding bullet. In retirement, it’s crawling along at a sluggish 2 mph, a pace that rush-hour commuters can sympathize with. Endeavour’s 12-mile road trip kicked off shortly before midnight Thursday as it moved from […]

West Sac, Davis renew interest in water deal; decision on project falls to water committee

After Davis and West Sacramento officials exchanged offers for a surface water deal last month, it appeared a potential agreement between the two cities seemed all but dead. But that opportunity may have been resurrected Thursday when Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza and Councilmen Brett Lee once again met with West Sacramento to talk water. The two […]

There’s only one explanation for this reprieve

CHANGE OF HEART … there are many theories as to what caused Superintendent of Schools Winfred Roberson to suddenly change his mind and un-cancel the Emerson school play, “A Christmas Carol,” now set for a three-day run in early December … All we know is that Roberson went to bed Tuesday night firm in his […]

Veteran pilots take back to the skies

Darryl Fisher was smiling from ear to ear as he signed 89-year-old Walt Rozett’s flight log on Thursday, writing an entry below the last time Rozett took to the skies — Oct. 17, 1943.

Rozett served as a U.S. Air Force pilot in World War II. The chance to crawl into the cockpit of 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane for the first time in almost exactly 69 years had him elevated long after the aircraft had touched down.

Yolo nonprofits invited to honor volunteers

The sixth annual Yolo County Philanthropy Day will take place Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the atrium of the Yolo County Administration Building, 625 Court St., Woodland. “Local nonprofit organizations are invited to honor one of their dedicated donors or volunteers at this event,” said Meg Stallard, president of the board […]

Fundraiser helps DHS grad fight rare cancer

Local residents are invited to enjoy an evening of bunco and lasagna to help raise funds for former Davis resident Dina Gardner’s battle against pleomorphic sarcoma. “Bunco for Dina” will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Community Church Fellowship Hall, 421 D St. downtown. Gardner is a Presbyterian minister and spiritual […]

Rotarians honor 16 student role models

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Davis recently recognized 16 students at Davis and Da Vinci high schools as September’s Students of the Month. They are: * Owen Bratton, nominated by Da Vinci teacher Seana Burke, who wrote, “Owen Bratton is a new student to the Da Vinci community this year and how grateful we are that he […]

Senior Citizens of Davis accept board resignation, transition to interim leadership

Thursday morning, 150 members of the Senior Citizens of Davis arrived at the Senior Center prepared to vote out the organization’s board of directors. Instead, all they had to do was accept the board’s resignation. The entire board and president stepped down earlier this week — just days before the membership had planned to remove […]

Davis Community Meals seeks volunteers

Davis Community Meals — a nonprofit, nondenominational organization whose mission is to provide low-income and homeless individuals and families with housing, food and human services to help them rebuild their lives — is recruiting volunteer help. The agency provides three free meals a week, a resource center, emergency shelter and transitional housing programs, a permanent […]