City responds to lawsuit against utility rates and payments

The group suing the city over its water and wastewater utility services officially served the lawsuit to the city clerk’s office Wednesday. On Thursday, the city responded. In a news release authored by the city manager’s office, the city disputes the claims made by the Yolo Ratepayers for Affordable Public Utility Services in their entirety. […]

April 05, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Town in trouble may name Spicuzza its interim chief

Former UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza has been tapped to head up the police department of small, dysfunctional Pacific, Wash., according to that city’s controversial mayor. Spicuzza has agreed to act as interim public safety director of the city of 6,700, Mayor Cy Sun said Thursday. In April 2012, Spicuzza retired from UCD while still […]

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Local farmer trusts in assurance of land preservation

Tony Martin, a fifth-generation Yolo County farmer whose family never had more than a small amount of land to pass along, has in his lifetime accumulated 237 acres of property that stretches along Putah Creek. And he’ll be able to keep that farmland intact for future generations — something he owes in part to the […]

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

Nest egg can consolidate 401(k) and IRA savings

By Tim Grant Pittsburgh Post-Gazette It is not uncommon to wind up with multiple 401(k)s after switching jobs a few times during the course of a career. Companies usually allow employees to leave their money in the plans even after they leave the company, although non-employees are not allowed to make contributions. But many financial […]

April 05, 2013 | Posted in Seniors | Tagged ,

Business start-up life begins at 50

By Virginia Bridges Raleigh News and Observer At 52, corporate veteran Bob McEwen and his wife sold their home and moved into a friend’s basement so they could cover payroll for their young commercial sign company. “It’s very humbling,” McEwen said. A year earlier, McEwen had lost his six-figure salary after being laid off, ending […]

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Holocaust tale focuses on search for art

Elizabeth Rynecki will describe her quest to recover the remaining scattered paintings of her great-grandfather, Moshe Rynecki, at a Holocaust commemoration event Sunday at Congregation Bet Haverim in Davis. Moshe Rynecki painted the Polish-Jewish community in the 1920s and ’30s. Before he was forcibly exiled to the Warsaw Ghetto and subsequently sent to his death […]

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

Need a new best friend?

Piper, a 2-year-old neutered male Manchester terrier mix, is a good-natured boy who plays well with other dogs and loves to be around people of all ages. He’s full of personality and has a tail that’s always wagging. Agatha is a calm and exceptionally sweet 5-year-old spayed female Rottweiler mix. Her favorite things are long […]

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

Palestinian talk set Tuesday at UCD

Jeff Halper, an American-Israeli cultural anthropologist who co-founded the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions in 1997 and serves as its coordinating director, will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in 1002 Giedt Hall on the UC Davis campus. His topic will be “Between Solutions: Where Are We Headed in Israel/Palestine?” Halper has taught anthropology at […]

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VITA tax assistance offered Saturday

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, an IRS program to provide free tax preparation for low-income individuals and families, will hold its Super Saturday event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the New Harmony Mutual Housing Community Center, 3030 Cowell Blvd. in South Davis. Bring a photo ID, Social Security card (including ITINS), letters, all W2’s […]

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Toasting to A Taste of Davis

Sampling wines and culinary delights in preparation for the fourth annual A Taste of Davis are, from left, Dody Black, Chef Jeff Oblinger, Amanda Maples and Lea Rosenberg. A Taste of Davis features 26 local restaurants, wineries and breweries under one roof on Thursday, April 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows […]

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

‘The True Cost of Oil’ returns to Davis

The grandeur and beauty of Canada’s untouched boreal forests and temperate rainforest — and the threats posed to them by the Alberta Tar Sands mines — will be showcased in a slide-show talk presented by environmental photojournalist Garth Lenz on Tuesday, April 16.

Lenz will narrate the natural history of the region in his presentation, “The True Cost of Oil,” as he shows his photographs — most taken from the air — that demonstrate the massive scale and destruction of the tar sands tailing ponds and mines already in operation. While his talk is calmly factual, the visual impact is emotional.

Global warming documentary will screen at the Varsity

Take Back Our Democracy will observe Earth Day at the Varsity Theatre with a screening of “Greedy Lying Bastards” at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27. The theater is at 616 Second St. in downtown Davis. Tickets are $7. The documentary reveals how oil tycoons used the media and their vast fortunes to cast doubt on […]

April 19, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Auction benefits Woodland Parent Nursery School

Woodland Parent Nursery School will host its 10th annual auction at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the atrium of the Yolo County Administration Building, 625 Court St. in Woodland. Proceeds will support scholarships and the school’s operation. “A Night in the Valley” will feature live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, a prize drawing and […]

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Nanoscience lecture set Sunday at Explorit

Join Explorit Science Center on Sunday to celebrate the last day of NanoDays with an educational lecture with Gang-yu Liu of UC Davis. Liu’s 2 p.m. talk, “What’s so Big About Nano?,” is free with paid admission to the museum and will be fun for the whole family. Liu, who teaches in the department of […]

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