Meet candidate Brett Lee at gathering Sunday

An informal gathering is planned Sunday at the home of Barbara Slemmons, 735 Oeste Drive in Davis, to meet Davis City Council candidate Brett Lee. All are invited to the event from 3 to 5 p.m. Lee, an industrial engineer and financial adviser, is one of two challengers to the three council incumbents who are […]

Bang discusses his new book on Guaraldi

Derrick Bang, author of the new book “Vince Guaraldi at the Piano,” discusses the influential San Francisco jazz pianist on the latest edition of the KDRT radio program “Davisville.” Guaraldi is known best as the composer and performer of music for the first “Peanuts” television specials. He wrote and performed “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” a […]

Boy Scouts wash cars Saturday at Nugget Market

Davis residents are invited to get their cars hand washed by Davis Boy Scouts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Nugget Market, at Pole Line Road and Covell Boulevard. An exterior hand wash will cost $5 per vehicle. The Scouts, who are members of Davis Boy Scout Troop 466, are washing cars to […]

Cow slips out for McDonald’s takeout

BRUSH, Colo. (AP) — What did the dairy cow order when she got to the drive-thru window at McDonalds? Nothing — she just wanted a little attention. That’s what Sandy Winn says was the reason her cow, Darcy, wandered from her pen Friday and ended up at takeout window of the fast-food restaurant a half-mile […]

New-home sales off 7 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new homes fell in March by the largest amount in more than a year, indicating that the U.S. housing market remains under strain despite some modest signs of improvement. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that sales dropped 7.1 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 328,000 units. […]

Californians to vote on abolishing death penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters will soon get a chance to decide whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. A measure to abolish capital punishment in California qualified for the November ballot on Monday, Secretary of State Debra Bowen said. If it passes, the 725 California […]

Unfortunately, it was no picnic

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM … when 51 arrests on a single day in downtown Davis is considered an “improvement,” it’s time for everyone to sit down and reassess the very public black eye that Picnic Day has become … or at least Picnic Day downtown has become … As usual, there were very few problems […]

Officers apprehend alleged car thieves at gunpoint

Armed Davis police officers approach a suspect and 
stolen vehicle discovered Monday morning in the 200 block of F street. The vehicle’s occupants had stopped to ask a parking officer for directions. Suspicious of their young age, the officer ran the car’s license plate and 
discovered it had been reported stolen out of Nevada, Capt. […]

Calling for campus to ‘drop the charges’

During a rally on campus Monday, UC Davis freshman Catherine Ezimora adds 
comments and signs a letter asking Chancellor Linda Katehi to drop the charges against a group of students due to be arraigned Friday for their role in a blockade that led U.S. Bank to close its campus branch and sever a deal with […]

KDVS fund drive continues through Sunday

Campus/community radio station KDVS — heard over the air at 90.3 FM, and available internationally at — is in the midst of its annual fundraising drive, with a goal of $64,000 in pledges by the end of the day Sunday. KDVS, which has studios in Lower Freeborn Hall on the UC Davis campus, broadcasts […]

UCD, Davis school district partner on project to enhance science

The UC Davis School of Education is partnering with the Davis school district — and the Dixon school district as well — in a program designed to enhance instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the public schools. In Davis, the four-year effort will involve some 16 teachers and one administrator from each […]

Holoman to sign Munch biography on Friday

Author and scholar D. Kern Holoman will sign copies of his recently published biography of conductor Charles Munch on Friday, April 27,  at 7:30 p.m. at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in Davis. Munch (1891-1968) was a prominent conductor who led the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1949 to 1962, and founded the Orchestre de […]

Summer solstice participants needed by May 11

The Summer Solstice SUNday Festival is looking for artists of all disciplines and solar energy enthusiasts to help in the art installation at the east area water tank off Mace Boulevard on June 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The application deadline is May 11. Those interested should email their request to The water […]

Two Man Gentlemen Band plays Sophia’s

Irreverent songwriters, expert instrumentalists, former street performers and consummate showmen, The Two Man Gentlemen Band — aka Fuller Condon and Andy Bean — bring their retro music to Sophia’s Thai Kitchen at 9 p.m. Thursday. Sophia’s is at 129 E St. in downtown Davis. Admission is $5. “The Gents have affection for pre-war American jazz and […]