For pastry chef, it’s never easy at Christmastime

At 4 a.m., Davis’ favorite developer, Albert Kutternig, gets to work.

Each December, he constructs a new subdivision of 40, 50, 60 houses with nary a complaint nor a zoning fight — because he builds with gingerbread.

The co-owner with his wife, Gloria, of Konditorei Austrian Pastry Cafe, at 2710 E. Fifth St., Albert bakes perhaps a dozen kinds of cookies at Christmastime, along with yule log-shaped cakes and Christstollen, a marizpan bread with candied orange and lemon rinds, almonds, raisins and butter.

“My favorite to make is the gingerbread,” he said. “Maybe it has to do with my memories of Austria.”

Longtime ‘Santa’ goes on the radio

Longtime Davis resident Doug Hatton, who often portrays Santa Claus at public events, talks about what it has been like to hear the Christmas wishes of thousands of Davis kids over the years on the Christmas Eve edition of the KDRT program “Davisville.” KDRT is at 95.7 FM. The program, hosted by Bill Buchanan, airs at 5:30 p.m. Monday, 8:30 […]

Obama nominating Kerry for secretary of state

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday will nominate Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, a senior administration official said, making the first move in a sweeping overhaul of his national security team heading into a second term. If confirmed, Kerry would take the helm at the State Department from outgoing […]

Travelers hope to be on their way after snowstorm

CHICAGO (AP) — Travelers facing canceled flights and closed roads were hoping to finally head to their holiday destinations Friday as a widespread snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Midwest moved across the Great Lakes toward Canada. The storm, part of a system that began in the Rockies […]

Lovenburg starts second term

Susan Lovenburg, who is starting her second term on the Davis school board, was sworn in at Thursday’s meeting by her friend and political mentor Delaine Eastin, a longtime Davis resident and former state superintendent of public instruction. “I am so proud of this school board,” Eastin said, “they have stood for local taxes that […]

Lovenburg, Peterson sworn in as school board trustees

Susan Lovenburg and Nancy Peterson, who won seats on the Davis school board in the Nov. 6 election, were sworn in Thursday night in an earlier-than-usual meeting. Lovenburg, who is starting her second term, was sworn in by her friend and political mentor Delaine Eastin, a longtime Davis resident and former state superintendent of public […]

Bob Dunning: Feel the burn on Christmas Eve

BURNING DESIRE … Walt on the Westside says he “heard that the City Council has granted a special dispensation so everyone who wants to can use their fireplace on Christmas Eve.” … a couple of problems here, Walt … First, only the Catholic Church can issue special dispensations … secondly, using your fireplace on Christmas […]

Two drivers arrested for having pot on board

California Highway Patrol officers arrested two people this week for allegedly carrying marijuana in their vehicles. Dallas Miles Blue, 46, of Fall River, was contacted at about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Dunnigan rest stop along soutbound Interstate 5, where officers investigating an odor of marijuana discovered about a pound and a half of the […]

Shelter houses family environment

As homeless guests arrived at the Davis Community Church Wednesday night, volunteers from the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter in Davis welcomed each person like a would-be family member.

“These are beautiful, loving people,” said 50-year-old Kevin Danley, one of the shelter’s guests, as he was watched the group peacefully convene before their communal meal.

This is the sixth year the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter has offered food and a place to stay for people in Kevin’s situation. Last year, it provided refuge to 102 homeless people through cold December nights.

The comfort of a warm retreat brought these guests in time and time again, and they were served as many as 2,300 hot meals over the course of the rotating shelter’s manifestations.

The Wash Mill spun out of Davis Manor

There are changes underway at the Davis Manor shopping center. Goodwill, which operates thrift stores nationwide, has leased the space formerly occupied by locally based thrift shop All Things Right & Relevant, which left Davis Manor last spring for a larger store in Mace Ranch. But Goodwill also will be moving into the space currently occupied […]

Workshop on proposed Fire Department changes planned

Acting on an extensive Fire Department audit presented last month, the Davis City Council moved forward Tuesday on recommendations that, if ultimately approved, would bolster the city’s cooperation with the UC Davis Fire Department. Specifically, the council voted 4-1 for staff to begin the process of seeking a shared-management plan between the city and university […]

Holiday changes set at Enterprise

This week’s Christmas holiday necessitates some changes in office hours and production schedules at The Davis Enterprise. The Enterprise, 315 G St., will be closed Monday and Tuesday, but an edition will be published on Christmas Day. Business office hours are 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Friday. Circulation office hours are 9 a.m. to […]

Gun report puts Woodland school on brief lockdown

Woodland’s Pioneer High School went into lockdown mode Thursday morning after school officials reported that an armed male was on campus. Woodland police Lt. Anthony Cucchi said school administrators detained the person, who was cooperative, shortly after the 8:07 a.m. report to police. Officers who arrived on scene discovered the suspect had a butterfly knife, […]

Building a showcase campus, using an IOU

By Andrew Martin Some call it the Edifice Complex. Others have named it the Law of More, or the Taj Mahal syndrome. A decade-long spending binge to build academic buildings, dormitories and recreational facilities — some of them inordinately lavish to attract students — has left colleges and universities saddled with large amounts of debt. […]