Equipment failure causes further power outages

The electricity woes that plagued North and West Davis on Saturday continued into Sunday, with some neighborhoods waiting nearly 24 hours for power to be restored on one of the first hot weekends of the year. Blown electrical transformers on Alvarado Avenue and Marina Circle were to blame for Saturday’s power failures, affecting more than […]

June 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Overnight concrete work starts on I-80

Caltrans will begin cracking sections of concrete on eastbound and westbound Interstate 80 between Vacaville and Dixon starting Wednesday. The work will allow crews to repave the old I-80 roadway, allowing for a safer and smoother drive. A mechanical hammer will crack the pavement near rural areas overnight, but the project may affect some residents […]

June 04, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Supervisors take first look at next year’s county budget

Yolo County supervisors will take a look next week at a recommended county budget for 2013-14 that features $316 million in total expenditures and a slight increase in the number of county employees due to Medi-Cal expansion. The only positions scheduled for layoff would be in the area of public safety and those would be […]

June 04, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Adoption costs slashed as Yolo animal shelter strives to save lives

WOODLAND — It was just two months ago that the Hunter family of Woodland bid farewell to their pet cat, who passed away at the ripe old age of 20. Searching for a new family companion, Jack Hunter recently surfed the Yolo County animal shelter’s website and came across a picture of Theodore, an 8-week-old orange […]

June 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yamada takes hunger challenge this week

For the fifth year, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, will partner with local Food Banks in her district to highlight the problem of food insecurity as she takes the “Hunger Challenge” this week. June is National Hunger Awareness Month and Yamada takes up her annual challenge to live for one week on the nation’s average Supplemental […]

June 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Six hurt in alleged DUI crash

Authorities say alcohol was the cause of a three-car collision west of Woodland that sent six people — including the alleged drunken driver — to area hospitals on Sunday. Bremner Agustine Lopez Sanchez, 22, of Woodland, faces felony DUI charges as a result of the 10:40 p.m. collision on Highway 16 near County Road 94B, […]

June 04, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bomb squad training may get noisy

A training exercise by the Yolo County Bomb Squad may send sounds of explosions into the northern city limits of Davis on Wednesday afternoon. The explosives demonstrations, held at the police range along Pole Line Road north of Davis, will be part of a post-blast investigation class being hosted by the Davis Police Department, according […]

June 04, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Tribe honors its philanthropic partners

The Yocha Dehe Community Fund recognized and honored the collective achievements of its 2012 grant recipients Thursday at its fifth annual Partners in Philanthropy Luncheon. The event marked the Community Fund’s 13th year supporting nonprofit organizations in Northern California and across the country. In 2012, the Community Fund awarded more than $3 million in grants […]

June 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Senate passes Wolk’s community solar legislation

The state Senate voted last week to approve legislation by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, to open access to clean and affordable renewable energy to millions of Californians who currently cannot take advantage of the state’s renewable programs. “Three out of four Californians have a strong interest in buying clean energy, and pay into programs to […]

June 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tomatoes and frogs take over Central Park

Square Tomatoes Crafts Fair and Save the Frogs will come together from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Central Park, Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis. Square Tomatoes, which added 12 new vendors for this weekend, is showcasing the Davis chapter of Save the Frogs. Ecological adviser Michael Starkey will host an information […]

June 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Poet will sign books at Avid Reader

Poet Edythe Schwartz, a longtime Davis resident, will read from her book “A Palette of Leaves,” which also includes an image of one of her paintings on the cover, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14. Earlier this year, Schwartz had an exhibit of her paintings at […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Woodland Farmers Market kicks off summer

Woodland Healthcare opens its weekly farmers market on Tuesday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on the lawn at its Cancer & Neurosciences Center, 515 Fairchild Court in Woodland. The market continues every Tuesday through September. Farmers will have fresh pears, cilantro, tomatoes, eggs, local honey, blackberries, cherries, apricots, green beans and olive oil this week. […]

June 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Project Linus volunteers gather June 12

Happiness is a warm blanket, made with love! Local residents who enjoy quilting, knitting or sewing are invited to the next gathering of Project Linus from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Volunteers make blankets for children in the community who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need. […]

June 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UC leads the way on income-based diversity

By Richard Pérez-Peña Opponents of race-based affirmative action in college admissions urge that colleges use a different tool to encourage diversity: giving a leg up to poor students. But many educators see real limits to how eager colleges are to enroll more poor students, no matter how qualified — and the reason is money. “It’s […]

June 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,