Schoolhouse rocked: Parental choices can make waves

Parents of elementary school students in the Davis Joint Unified School District have a lot of choices — which makes the schools situation a little complicated to explain.

And why it matters is even more complicated. Fewer students bike to their neighborhood schools, student populations are poorly distributed and federally mandated Program Improvement status throws a wrench into the works. Some have said another unintended consequence of Davis’ liberal policy of school choice is that a higher concentration of students from lower-income families make up the regular neighborhood programs.

Suicide signs are focus of NAMI talk

NAMI-Yolo invites mental health consumers, family members, friends and concerned citizens to its next monthly potluck dinner and meeting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Destiny Hall, 124 Lincoln Ave. in Woodland. Participation is free. The guest speaker will be Sandra Black of the Education Development Center, on the topic “Know the Signs, Suicide […]

March 31, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

DPNS director to retire but pre-K program continues

Kathy Douglas, director and a 23-year veteran of the Davis Parent Nursery School, has announced her retirement at the end of the school year. She developed DPNS’ pre-kindergarten program and has taught that session since 2004. DPNS will continue to offer the pre-K program in 2013-14 under the supervision of a newly hired director. DPNS is […]

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Rick Gonzales inducted into International Educators’ Hall of Fame

Longtime Davis resident and activist Rick Gonzales, who taught in the Sacramento City Unified School District for 36 years, will be inducted into the International Educators’ Hall of Fame on Saturday at a banquet in Sacramento. Gonzales attended Sacramento City College, earning an associate’s degree in 1969, and then graduated from Sacramento State in 1972 […]

March 31, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Local author discusses ‘Words in World Literature’

Davis author Mark Corwin will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Friday to discuss his new book, “Words in World Literature.” You may have seen a movie where a language other than English is spoken, and English subtitles shown on the screen. You may have read a […]

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A call to contribute: Locals sought for long-term cancer research effort

You can help What: Sign up to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study 3 When: 3-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 Where: United Methodist Church of Davis, 1620 Anderson Road How: To schedule an enrollment appointment time and for more information, visit or call 888-604-5888 Davis resident Kurt Snipes is passionate about getting more […]

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Common Grounds loses its lease, will close Sunday

Common Grounds — the South Davis coffeehouse that has been a popular hangout and meeting place for the past 12 years — is closing Sunday on short notice. The owners received a letter Thursday from the company that owns the Oakshade Town Center telling Common Grounds to clear out by April 4, when the current […]

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Learn Mahjong at the Senior Center

A group of dedicated — some might say addicted — American mahjong players gather at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St., from noon to 4 p.m. each Monday to continue the 75-year tradition of playing American mahjong. April is the first month of the American mahjong year, and this April several players will hold two tutorial […]

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Two from Petaluma killed in I-80 crash

Two elderly Petaluma residents were killed in a fiery crash on Thursday when a semi tractor-trailer tore through an Interstate 80 guard rail near the UC Davis campus, smashing head-on into the sedan in which they were traveling.

The Solano County Coroner’s Office on Friday identified the driver of the BMW as 76-year-old Phang Phetsomphou and his passenger as 74-year-old Bouaket Phetsomphou.

Consumer spending, income jump in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers stepped up spending in February after their income jumped, aided by a stronger job market that offset some of the drag from higher taxes. The gains led economists to predict stronger economic growth at the start of the year. Consumer spending rose 0.7 percent in February from January, the Commerce […]

March 29, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Pope washes women’s feet in break with church law

ROME (AP) — In his most significant break with tradition yet, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of two young women at a juvenile detention center — a surprising departure from church rules that restrict the Holy Thursday ritual to men. No pope has ever washed the feet of a woman before, and Francis’ […]

March 29, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Utility pole work set tonight

PG&E crews will replace a power pole tonight in the area of Second and B streets in downtown Davis. The work will start at 11 p.m. and last through 7 a.m. Saturday, a PG&E spokeswoman said. During this time, Second Street will be blocked off, with traffic controls in place. Some customers will experience an […]

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Bob Dunning: Perkes inspires hundreds of young artists

SPEAKING OF GIFTED AND TALENTED … although she’s no longer a teacher, having retired from the Davis school system several years ago, Barbara Perkes still contributes mightily to the education of Davis schoolchildren … yes, Barbara instructs local second- and-third graders in the finer points of art three afternoons a week and no kid wants […]

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Travel Training program to educate seniors about public transportation

What: Travel Training program event When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 27 Where: Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. When seniors or those with disabilities are forced to hang up the car keys for good, the ability to get from Point A to Point B — especially alone — begins to wane. To help folks hurdle this […]

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