Scrabble club moves indoors till spring

The Unofficial Davis Scrabble Club has moved inside, now that Picnic in the Park has wrapped for the season. Scrabble fans meet from 6:30 to about 11 p.m. Wednesdays at Crepeville, Third and C streets in downtown Davis, from November to March. All levels of players are welcome, and are asked to bring their deluxe […]

Three Thanksgiving feasts planned by Davis Community Meals

Davis Community Meals will host three Thanksgiving meals this week and next, all at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. All community members are welcome to attend. The feasts will begin at 5:45 p.m. Thursday and Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. For more information, […]

Dates set for GATE testing

Davis area parents who are interested in having their child evaluated for GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) identification can sign up for several upcoming testing dates. * For fourth- and sixth-graders, testing dates are Nov. 14, Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Jan. 16. Sessions are at 2 p.m. * For seventh- and ninth-graders, testing dates […]

Wastewater treatment plant upgrades: the why and the how (much)

When the state’s Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board handed down stricter wastewater discharge standards in 2001, it sent cities across California scrambling to meet them. Among other compounds, the state legislated more stringent requirements for biological oxygen demand — a measure of the amount of nutrients in the water — ammonia, total suspended […]

The wastewater plant: where ‘it’ all goes

Michael Lindquist stands on a steel grate atop one of the wastewater treatment plant buildings northeast of Davis, while hundreds of thousands of gallons of human waste gush through a screen just inches below his feet.

The sun is warm, baking and strengthening the smell — yes, that smell — as the machines below him drive and separate what has arrived from all the toilets and showers and sinks in Davis.

All in all, it’s just kind of a gross place to be. Yet …

Holiday music sought at market

The Davis Farmers Market is looking for Davis community musical groups who would like to perform holiday music at the Saturday markets in December through Christmas Eve. Groups may perform for 30 minutes or one hour, depending upon availability. The following dates and times have not yet been booked: * Dec. 1 at the market shed […]

Sunrise Rotary seeks service project applications

The Davis Sunrise Rotary Club is accepting grant applications to support community service projects. The club is dedicated to supporting projects in the community that can be positively impacted by creating a partnership between Rotary and the applicant through financial support and/or hands on participation of members. Applications are due Dec. 1. More specific criteria […]

Occupy Davis plans Election Day action

Members of Occupy Davis will hold an Election Day demonstration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Davis Senior Center polling place, 646 A St., to protest “the rigged nature of our elections and to advocate for real democracy,” a news release said. “We decry big money buying of elections; systemic suppression of dissident political […]

Cabrillo Club plans installation dinner

The Yolo Cabrillo Civic Club No. 26 will hold its installation dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Holy Cross Room at Holy Rosary Community Center, 575 California St. in Woodland. State President Nelson Parreira will install the board of directors and officers for 2013. Dinner includes tri-tip steak, chicken piccata and veggie pasta marinara, […]

US economy adds 171K jobs; rate rises to 7.9 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October, and hiring was stronger in August and September than first thought. The solid job growth showed that the economy is strengthening slowly but consistently. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September, mainly because more people began looking for work. The […]

Hirschfield lawyers: He’s innocent of 1980 kidnap-murders

SACRAMENTO — None of it makes sense, the defense attorney said. If Richard Joseph Hirschfield kidnapped UC Davis students John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves with the goal of getting away with murder, why take them from the relative obscurity of Davis to the heavily populated Sacramento area? If he wanted to escape scot-free, why abandon […]

Bob Dunning: The ante just keeps getting higher for this game

FOLLOW THE MONEY … after glancing at the latest financial disclosure statements filed by our candidates for school board, Bill in SODA writes to say that “it looks like the cost of a seat on the board costs about $15,000 to $19,000.” … not so fast, Bill … the final numbers are likely to be […]

Randall, neighbor file federal lawsuit over Measure E

Thomas Randall Jr. has lodged another official challenge to Measure E, the Davis school parcel tax on Tuesday’s ballot. He’s been joined by fellow East Davis resident Janet Zwahlen in filing a federal lawsuit claiming that the tax is unconstitutional and that the wording is muddy. The announcement comes just a week after the California […]