Cool Davis: Move more with your bike

By Dani Lee So you live in Davis, right? Mostly likely, you own a bike. If not, then stop reading and get yourself over to Bike Forth,, a community bike collective. Build that dream cruiser, then come back and read this article. You’re probably used to hauling yourself to and from destinations on that […]

Davis welcomes new poet laureate

Two years after fourth-graders at North Davis Elementary School nominated her for the position of Davis poet laureate, Eve West Bessier officially took office on Tuesday. She succeeds Allegra Silberstein, who was selected in 2010 as the city’s first-ever poet laureate. Bessier, who was the runner-up to Silberstein in that first selection process, said she […]

City squeezes lucrative deal out of cell tower company

The new gold, or the new oil, some might say, is mobile technology. And when the city of Davis bought a small ranch on the northeast side of the city a decade ago, it may have purchased a piece of that action. In 2002, the city was weighing a legal battle with the individual who […]

Every little bit helps

Last weekend’s fundraiser to support health care for Ben Davis was a big success, organizers announce. Davis is battling an auto-immune disease that is causing his nerves to degenerate. Donations are still being accepted at, through Davis’ Facebook page or directly to the Ben Davis Fund at Yolo Federal Credit Union, 501 G St. in Davis. […]

School board forums coming up

Davis area voters will have three opportunities to meet the candidates in the Board of Education race during the next few weeks, as several local organizations have organized forums. Five candidates are running for two seats in the Nov. 6 election: incumbent Susan Lovenburg and challengers Alan Fernandes, Jose Granda, Nancy Peterson and Claire Sherman. […]

New science made old evidence relevant in murder case

SACRAMENTO — For nearly 12 years, the blue-and-red blanket collected at the murder scene of a young Davis couple bounced around various property rooms and crime labs, deemed of little or no evidentiary value. That is, until California Department of Justice criminalist Faye Springer took a fresh look at it in 1992. Springer took the […]

Proposed pepper-spray settlement: $1 million

After being pepper-sprayed, Fatima Sbeih dreamed of orange gas seeping into a room with her and her family inside. Sometimes, her roommate would shake her awake.

Sbeih said she changed how she walked to class, so she could avoid the police station. She felt uncomfortable in university counseling.

And she shied away from the Quad, where it all took place, for fear of her nightmares growing worse.

Under a proposed settlement filed on Wednesday, Sbeih and 20 other …

Woman robbed of pet dog

Davis police say a man robbed a woman of her pet dog Tuesday night in northeast Davis. Police reports indicate the suspect pushed the woman’s boyfriend at Nugget Fields on Moore Boulevard before making off with the animal, a pitbull-bulldog mix, at about 6:50 p.m. He fled the scene in a maroon sedan that was […]

California reforms create competitive House races

OAKLAND (AP) — Democratic Rep. Pete Stark, the longest-serving member of California’s largest-in-the-nation congressional delegation, offered a taste of his trademark invective. “It’s a question of choosing experience, or a novice who likes to lie,” Stark told the crowd of Democratic attorneys on a recent afternoon, as the sweet smell of ribs wafted from the […]

New-home sales down 0.3% in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes in the United States dipped slightly in August from July but the median price of homes sold during the month rose by a record amount. New-home sales edged down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 373,000 in August, a dip of 0.3 percent from July’s revised rate […]

New Student Celebration welcomes Aggies

UC Davis has a new fall tradition to kick off the academic year with a bang.

The New Student Celebration returned Tuesday for its second year. This celebration is by invitation only, for incoming freshmen, transfer students and international students. Most were likely to have their cell phones with them — which is a good thing, so the students could participate in text-message polling during the celebration.

Last year’s inaugural event drew some 4,000 students to the ARC Pavilion …

City Council sets schedule of decisions on natural resource policies

Plastic bags, wood-burning, waste removal, oh my. The City Council held a discussion Tuesday with members of the Natural Resources Commission to make sure the two bodies are following the same road in terms of natural resource policy work in the community. By and large, the NRC works on topics ranging from water and wastewater […]

Standing in: Our story is a tale of two hearts

By Nancy Hardaker Once upon a time, in the town of Davis, there was a boy named Warren. Although he had many friends, who drove many noisy sports cars, he was very lonely. But one day he saw a tall, brown-haired girl named Nancy, who made him laugh, and he said to himself (or at […]

Governor signs Wolk’s delta bills

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of three measures by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, on Tuesday addressing high-priority issues in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: flood protection and job creation. The new laws, which received nearly unanimous support in the Legislature, will take effect Jan. 1. “At a time when California’s water wars continue to […]