Children’s Center helps kids prepare for success

At a program like the Children’s Center — a preschool program operated by the Davis school district on the Valley Oak campus — it’s the little things that count.

One example: the ongoing effort that pairs high school students from Da Vinci Charter Academy — which shares the Valley Oak campus with the Children’s Center, and requires students to complete a community service project before they graduate — with youngsters at the Children’s Center, so that they can work together on reading.

Courtney Getter, a Da Vinci junior, participates in this project through a community service class at Da Vinci.

The Grove renovation nears completion

The Grove, an 80-unit rental apartment community in Davis, is more than halfway through an eight-month renovation designed to reposition the property and enhance its appeal to student renters. The property, which was built in 1981 and formerly known as Brush Creek Apartments, was acquired in November by HighBridge Properties on behalf of itself and […]

World stocks fall on European contagion concern

MILAN (AP) — World stock markets sank Thursday amid ominous signs that debt market turmoil roiling Spain is threatening Italy, which as the eurozone’s third-largest economy is considered too big to bail out. Spain’s 10-year bond yield — a key indicator of a country’s creditworthiness — rose to near 7 percent, a euro-era record for […]

Fire blocks BART service between S.F. and Oakland

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Commuters who take Bay Area Rapid Transit trains between San Francisco and the East Bay will have to find an alternate means of transportation after a fire shut down BART service across the Transbay Tube. BART officials say they don’t expect the service to be restored until after the Thursday morning […]

‘Sorry, neighbors, our joy just exploded’

PARTY HARDY … Brett Lee, last Tuesday’s surprise City Council winner, may have unintentionally been part of a gross violation of Davis’ strictest-in-the-nation noise ordinance even before he has taken the oath of office … as political junkies in this town know, the election results arrived sporadically, but in big gulps … shortly after the […]

Car vs. house crash lands Davis man in jail

A 35-year-old Davis man was jailed Wednesday after allegedly stealing a car and crashing it into an East Davis house, police said. Lt. Paul Doroshov said officers were dispatched shortly before 3:30 p.m. to the 1500 block of Pole Line Road, where a Honda sedan had hit the side of a house and the driver […]

Council extends water deadlines, eyes ballot measure options

The Davis City Council agree Tuesday to wait a little longer for recommendations from its Water Advisory Committee. The committee had asked for deadline extensions last month for its advice on what surface water project the city should pursue and what rate structure will be needed to pay for it. The committee now has until […]

Waste removal rate structure lacks incentives for reduction

The city of Davis has a goal to divert 75 percent of its waste by 2020, but it may have to come up with some incentives to reach that target. And according to one Davis resident, city leaders may have missed an opportunity to do just that at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The council had […]

Cause of death in Clarksburg crash unclear

Yolo County coroner’s officials are awaiting the results of toxicology tests before ruling what caused the death of a Sacramento man whose truck crashed in Clarksburg early Tuesday morning. California Highway Patrol investigators say 68-year-old Jose Gomez was en route to turn on a water pump for a local field when the Ford F-250 he […]

State’s college tuition rising fastest in nation

By Nanette Asimov California’s public universities aren’t the most expensive in the country to attend — some are even among the cheapest — but they do have the fastest-rising tuition, according to a U.S. Department of Education ranking of college costs released Tuesday. Seven University of California campuses and three California State University campuses are among the top 5 […]

Model jet airplanes featured at show

The skies over Davis will be filled with the thunder of jets this weekend as the Woodland-Davis Aeromodelers hold their annual Radio Control Jet meet. Radio-controlled turbine and electric model aircraft as large as 10 feet in length and flying at speeds up to 200 mph will dance through the skies, entertaining spectators and fellow […]

‘Spy Mom’ author presents her new book

Beth McMullen of Davis, author of “Spy Mom,” will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to discuss the book. Meet Sally Sin: wife, mother, retired spy … or so she thinks. After nine years with the U.S. Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction — where she […]

Humanitarian work honored

Honorees Martha Beetley, left, and Tim Taylor talk with Yvonne Clinton after the 2012 Thong Hy Huynh Awards ceremony Tuesday evening. Clinton is a member of the Davis Human Relations Commission, which chose the six recipients. Beetley received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her literacy work with Latino students and families at North Davis Elementary School, and […]