Bob Dunning: City water rates violate Prop. 218

Throughout the Great Water Rate Debate of 2011, 2012 and now 2013, the often-cited and frequently misunderstood Proposition 218 has been looming over the proceedings like the home plate umpire in the seventh game of the World Series. Proponents of the Surface Water Project and the resultant spike in rates say they have complied with […]

In their own words: Family, friends reflect on sentencing

Excerpts of victim impact statements from Friday’s sentencing hearing for Richard Hirschfield: “I see Sabrina all around me, in all that is good, in her beautiful smile, her laugh, her devotion to others, but mostly her compassion.” — Terese Atallah, Sabrina’s sister, in a letter read by her husband Carlos Atallah “My family and I […]

Scottish hijinx abound at Mondavi

Check it out What: National Theater of Scotland Where: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center When: 2 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $44 general, $22 for students Info: www.mondaviarts or 530-754-2787 Can an evening possibly go wrong when it starts out with Celtic music played on the uilleann pipe — the smaller cousin to the bagpipe? I think […]

Proposed memorial would bring children, families together

In the decade after the deaths of John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves, residents of Davis and beyond honored their memories at the Warm Remembrance Festival, an annual event where families gathered at Central Park to enjoy games, music, even a circus act where kids were the stars of the show. The festival came to an […]

Judge imposes death penalty in ‘sweethearts’ murder case

SACRAMENTO — For the last time, the family and friends of John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves gathered in Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet’s courtroom on Friday to witness the final chapter of one of Davis’ greatest tragedies. Joining them were many of the jurors who sat through Richard Joseph Hirschfield’s three-month trial last fall, […]

Yes trumps No early in Measure I contribution race

The Yes on Measure I committee has far outgained its counterpart in Measure I election campaign contributions so far, loading up a $32,937 war chest compared to the $8,953 raised by the No on Measure I group. The first campaign statement filing period ended Thursday and covers all contributions made until Jan. 19. Measure I, […]

At the Pond: What’s in your back yard?

The 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count will take place Feb. 15-18 and you can participate, even if you can’t tell the difference between a house finch and a sparrow. Friends of the West Davis Pond invite you to join them on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 3:30 p.m. or Sunday, Feb. 17, at 8:30 a.m. […]

Hear Boe tell stories to kids at I-House

Former UC Davis lecturer John Boe will be the storyteller for the next in the continuing series of children’s international storytelling programs at International House, Davis. The programs are sponsored by Target. Boe will entertain families at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at I-House, 10 College Park. Admission is free to I-House members, and others are […]

Learn to cook dishes from around the world at I-House

Three cooking classes — vegetarian Indian, Turkish and Japanese — will be offered at International House, Davis, this spring. The kitchen space limits enrollment to 10 people in each class. I-House is at 10 College Park. All of the classes, which are taught by volunteers, will meet from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays: vegetarian […]

Play and learn workshops set at library

The Stephens Branch Library in Davis will host a five-part parenting workshop series for children age 1-3 and their parents. The series will be held 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. on five Saturdays: Feb. 9, 16 and 23 and March 2 and 9. The library is at 315 E. 14th St. Preschoolers and their caregivers will […]

Donate diapers for newborns in need

Local residents can help babies born to low-income families in Yolo County by supporting CommuniCare Health Centers’ third annual Diaper Drive on Valentine’s Day. Donated diapers will be given to low-income families who are served by the centers’ Perinatal Program. Diapers will be collected from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the […]

Yolo County seeks grand jury candidates

The Yolo Superior Court is accepting applications for the 2013-14 Yolo County Grand Jury. Each July 1, the court impanels 19 grand jurors, who serve as an arm of the judicial system, but act as an entirely independent body. The primary civil function of the grand jury is to review the operations of city and […]

St. James School hosts open house

Families considering enrolling their child at St. James School for the 2013-14 school year are invited to an open house at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at 1215 B St. in Davis. The school offers instruction in kindergarten through eighth grade. Classrooms will be open, and the principal and teachers will be available for questions. […]

Former Davis City Manager Roger Storey dies at age 72

Roger Alan Storey, who served as Davis’ city manager from 1985 to 1990, died Jan. 16, 2013, of complications following a battle with sarcoma cancer that started in January 2010. He was 72. Storey was remembered as a consummate professional by those with whom he worked, including current Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton and former City […]