Casa Verde Designs hosts open house

Casa Verde Designs, an eco-friendly home improvement showroom at 912 Fifth St. in Davis, invites community members to stop by from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for its annual open house celebrating five years in business and one year at its current location. This year, Casa Verde has added a “sidewalk sale” to the […]

Author, ex-columnist will speak at UC Davis

Former San Francisco Chronicle columnist Adair Lara will talk about her book, “Naked, Drunk and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay” (Ten Speed Press, 2012) next week at UC Davis. She will speak from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the University Writing Program’s Conversations with Writers series […]

Professor on radio to talk about vulnerability

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at This week’s guest is Brené Brown, a professor at the University of Houston. Brown has studied shame, perfection and loving oneself for more than a […]

Free workshop tackles the holiday blues

Holidays can bring with them mixed emotions such as nostalgic feelings, stress from visiting family or the stress of having tighter budget. Learn how to identify the stressors of the holidays at a free “Holiday Blues” workshop. The city of Davis Child Care Services Office will host the workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, […]

Scandal clouds China’s congress

BEIJING (AP) — China’s communists called the scandal surrounding disgraced politician Bo Xilai a “profound lesson” for the ruling party, as delegates gathered in Beijing on Wednesday on the eve of a key leadership congress. The party’s handling of Bo’s case underlines the leadership’s resolve to uphold integrity and prosecute corruption no matter how high […]

Stocks dip on challenges to come

The election behind them, U.S. investors dumped stocks Wednesday and turned their focus to a world of problems — economically harmful tax increases and spending cuts at home and a deepening recession in Europe. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as much as 245 points in the first hour of trading, and the Standard & […]

Sandy-battered cities prepare for new storm

NEW YORK (AP) — Residents of New York and New Jersey who were flooded out by Superstorm Sandy waited with dread Wednesday and heard warnings to evacuate for the second time in two weeks as another, weaker storm spun toward them and threatened to inundate their homes again or simply leave them shivering in the […]

Davis voters double down on Obama

If other parts of the country have cooled on President Obama, Davis doesn’t appear to be one of them. Local voters gave President Obama 78.1 percent of their votes Tuesday, and Yolo County 65 percent, keeping alive the county’s streak of voting for Democratic nominees dating back to John F. Kennedy. In 2008, Obama received […]

Prop. 30 passes on mixed day for ballot measures

By Michael R. Blood LOS ANGELES (AP) — California voters delivered a victory Tuesday for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $6 billion-a-year tax increase, while they weighed whether to set aside the state’s death penalty and refused to require manufacturers to label genetically modified food. The state’s congressional and legislative landscape was poised for transformation. The […]

Davis schools get another boost

It was a long, late night for supporters of Measure E, the Davis school parcel tax on Tuesday’s ballot.

But when all was said and done, Measure E got a 68.9 percent yes vote in the final vote tally by the Yolo County Elections Office, posted at 3:53 a.m. It needed two-thirds approval to pass.

Measure E’s margin of victory was slightly larger than the local school parcel tax it replaces — 2011′s Measure A, which received a very slender 67.2 percent majority in a mail-only election in May 2011.

Lovenburg, Peterson cruise to wins in school board race

Incumbent Susan Lovenburg and newcomer Nancy Peterson won seats on the Davis Board of Education on Tuesday, defeating three other challengers. Lovenburg collected 9,389 votes and Peterson was right behind with 8,656 votes. The trend was established early in the evening, when the Yolo County Elections Office released the first batch of returns shortly after […]

Davis helps boost Garamendi past Vann

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, will return to Washington for a third term — this time representing Davis and the new 3rd District — after beating upstart Republican Kim Vann. In Davis’ most expensive congressional race to date, Garamendi collected 53.8 percent of the votes cast by mail or on Election Day. He topped Vann, […]

Yamada handily defeats Munn for her final term

In her bid for a third and final term, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada once more had her candidacy met with resounding support from Yolo County and the surrounding region to best a Republican challenger. The Democratic incumbent from Davis came out more than 20 percentage points ahead of her opponent, John Munn, also a Davis resident. […]

State Sen. Lois Wolk takes the reins of new District 3

State Sen. Lois Wolk easily beat her Republican rival, Frank Miranda, in her bid for a second term, but the issues she’s taking on could prove far more challenging. “I’m very pleased,” Wolk, 66, said Tuesday night after capturing 66.1 percent of the vote, compared to 33.9 for her opponent. “I’m looking forward to representing […]