Fall trial date set for accused West Sacramento officer

WOODLAND — The case of a West Sacramento police officer charged with sexual assault, kidnapping and other crimes will go to trial in September. Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg scheduled Sergio Alvarez’s anticipated monthlong trial to begin on Sept. 23. Alvarez, 37, has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he kidnapped and raped six […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Ring, ring! The readers always write

My mailbag runneth over, which is a strange thing indeed in this age of instant communication. Writes Joe K. at City Hall: “Dear Bob — This bell on a bicycle stuff is very complex. And almost as important as that pesky water issue. To Ring or Not to Ring has some vexing angles. First, ring […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Alternative to statewide plastic bag ban passes first Senate committee

The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 700, legislation seeking to give consumers the choice of using their own shopping bags at grocery stores and other retail outlets, or paying a nickel-per-bag fee that would go toward local environmental and parks projects. “This measure gives communities and consumers […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Hiatt out, former city planner Webb in, as city director of community development

Davis lost a longtime public servant this week, as Ken Hiatt, the city’s community development and sustainability director, announced he will take the same position with the city of Woodland. In his place, the city announced Tuesday that it will bring back former Principal Planner Mike Webb — who left last year to work as […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Artwork stolen from Central Park

Davis artist Philippe Gandiol turned his back for only a minute, but that was long enough for a thief to make off with Gandiol’s newly finished painting early Sunday morning in Central Park. Gandiol had placed a box containing the framed 11-by-14-inch painting, titled “Greens and Grays,” on a picnic table in the park while […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yard sale benefits Progress Ranch

Progress Ranch Home for Boys, 2725 Loyola Drive in East Davis, will host an open house and yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will go toward new furniture; the group seeks sofas, bed frames, televisions, dressers, end tables and a refrigerator. Progress Ranch also will accept donations for the sale. Drop […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Holocaust survivor talks about ‘accomplices’

How did Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, the leaders of the Allies in World War II, deal with the Holocaust — the massacre of 6 million Jews by Nazi Germany? Political scientist Alexander J. Groth will provide the answers in a program from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Social Hall of Congregation Bet […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

I-5 rest area may be named for slain deputy

A resolution to name the rest area off of Interstate 5 in Dunnigan in honor of slain Yolo County Sheriff’s Deputy Jose “Tony” Diaz was approved Monday by the Assembly Transportation Committee. Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, authored the resolution. Diaz, 37, was fatally shot near the rest area on June 15, 2008, following a high-speed […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Guided canoe trip raises funds for Putah Creek Council

Putah Creek Council will host a guided canoe trip on Lake Solano west of Winters from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, led by local birder Steve Hampton and water quality expert Stephen McCord. While enjoying a secluded, calm stretch of Lake Solano surrounded by dense stands of cottonwoods and willows, participants will have the […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

SADVC class supports victims of violence

An eight-week class beginning Wednesday will support adult women who have experienced domestic or sexual violence as a child or adult. It will meet from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays and is sponsored by the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center of Yolo County. To pre-register and get details on the location, call 530-665-5332 or […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Conscious aging group will meet

The Active Older Adult Discussion Group will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The group explores aspects of the conscious aging movement, seeking to mine the wisdom of long lives and find effective ways to share and pass […]

April 10, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Art blossoms at Second Friday ArtAbout

This month, the Second Friday ArtAbout has gained a sponsor — the Davis Food Co-op — and regained former venues with the return of Bohème Hip Used Clothing, Cobalt Salon & Gallery, Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, RE/MAX Gold and The Wardrobe.

Davis Downtown’s Second Friday ArtAbout is a monthly evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses in Davis. All events are free and open to the public. Many showings include complimentary refreshments and opportunities to chat with featured artists.

Firebird Ensemble brings a variety of sounds, ideas to new music

Details * Monday, 7 p.m.: “From Calm to Clash,” featuring music for marimba, snare drum, piano trio and mid-sized ensemble by composers Stephen Stucky, Donald Crockett, Nicholas Papador, Roger Zahab, Curtis Hughes and Eric Moe. The concert will be in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the Mondavi Center. Tickets are $20 general, $8 for students. […]

April 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

‘Pharmaceutical’ approach boosts oil production from algae

Taking an approach similar to that used for discovering new therapeutic drugs, UC Davis chemists have found several compounds that can boost oil production by green microscopic algae, a potential source of biodiesel and other “green” fuels. Microalgae are single-celled organisms that, like green plants, use photosynthesis to capture carbon dioxide and turn it into […]

April 14, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,