Out A Sight hears about taxes

Marc Ullrich, a certified public accountant, will discuss how taxes affect the visually impaired and all senior citizens at Tuesday’s meeting of Out A Sight. The group will gather from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Woodland Senior & Community Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland. Out A Sight’s self-help support group will meet from […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Free tax preparation help available

Low-income residents can get help filing their income tax returns from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance coalition in Davis. VITA volunteers will be on hand: * From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, starting this weekend, at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St.; * From 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Stephens […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Rice farmers’ contribution to habitat explored

On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Yolo Basin Foundation’s Flyway Nights lecture series will feature Jim Morris, the communications manager for the California Rice Commission. The commission represents the nearly 2,500 rice growers and handlers in the state that farm and process rice grown on more than 550,000 acres annually. It works primarily in the areas […]

February 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Nature photography workshop set at Yolo Wildlife Area

World-renowned nature photographer Lewis Kemper will offer a nature photography workshop as a fundraising activity for the Yolo Basin Foundation in Davis. On Saturday, Feb. 2, Kemper will explore the essentials of composition and light in a classroom setting. As the sun sets, the participants will be at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area east of […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Public universities to offer free online classes for credit

By Tamar Lewin In an unusual arrangement with a commercial company, dozens of public universities plan to offer an introductory online course free and for credit to anyone worldwide, in the hope that those who pass will pay tuition to complete a degree program. The universities — including Arizona State, the University of Cincinnati and […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Unitrans original back home in London

Mike Quillici graduated from UC Davis in December 2006 and left his job at Unitrans a few months later. But, after all these years, he still cares about those buses — especially RTL 1014.

“It’s not every day you get to drive an all-original 1950 double-deck,” said Quillici, who trained a dozen more people to operate the right-hand-drive bus with manual transmission.

The red double-decker from London was one of the University Transit System’s first two buses in 1968, and served the campus and the city for 40-plus years, until last January when Unitrans dispatched the bus back to London. Quillici visited there after Christmas, and — in a reprise of his job as Unitrans operations manager in 2005-06 — checked in to ensure that the bus had completed its run.

House GOP seeks to defuse debt crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tacit support from President Barack Obama, House Republicans are moving to try to defuse a potential debt crisis with legislation to prevent an economy-rattling fiscal crisis for at least three months. The GOP legislation marks a tactical retreat by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who is eager to avoid a potential […]

January 23, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Sign-ups taken for women’s self-defense course

The Davis Police Department is taking sign-ups for a five-week self-defense course for women. RAD — Rape Aggression Defense — teaches awareness and prevention techniques, as well as realistic self-defense tactics. The course is taught by Davis Police Department employees who are nationally certified RAD instructors. The upcoming series will be taught from 6 to […]

February 03, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: What’s ours has always been ours, right?

Sometimes in this cynical world we lose track of all the good deeds our elected officials perform in the public interest. I am here today to recognize one such public official, California State Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, who has singlehandedly taken it upon himself to protect our right to have a losing basketball […]

January 23, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Solano man convicted of two Davis burglaries

A Yolo County jury convicted a Solano County man last week of burglarizing two homes in Davis in July 2011. Prosecutors alleged that Jimmy Medel, 45, dropped off his wife at her Davis workplace, then drove around town before burglarizing homes on Stanford Place and Baywood Lane on July 13 and 14, 2011, District Attorney […]

January 23, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Israel-Gaza update set at Bet Haverim

“Personal Reflections on the Recent Conflict with Gaza” will be the topic of the program by George and Hila Rooks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Congregation Bet Haverim. The program, sponsored by the Israel Matters Committee of the congregation, will take place in the Social Hall at Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

How did we get here? A brief history of Davis water

* Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories examining the proposed Woodland-Davis joint surface water project, including project specifics, the city of Davis’ water utility in general and arguments for and against Measure I in the March 5 mail-only election. Davis and Woodland leaders established a Joint Powers Authority in 2009 […]

January 23, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Bass-fishing expert speaks Tuesday in Davis

The Fly Fishers of Davis will host Trent Pridmore on Tuesday in a program on “Fly Fishing the Upper Water Column for Large and Smallmouth Bass.” He’ll concentrate on the top 10 feet of the water column with an emphasis on fishing techniques using a floating line, hair bugs, poppers and sliders for shoreline-orienting bass. […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Author speaks about lobotomy physician

Author Jack El-Hai will present his book, “The Lobotomist,” at 2 p.m. Monday at Atria Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in North Davis. The event is free and open to the public. “The Lobotomist” explores one of the darkest chapters of American medicine: the desperate attempt to treat the hundreds of thousands of psychiatric patients […]

January 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,