Budget discussions dominate council meeting agenda

Despite a slow but encouraging climb back from the recession that thumped the local economy in 2008, the city of Davis, like many communities across the state, continues to face a long list of tough budget decisions that stand in the way of short- and long-term fiscal sustainability. To begin to grasp the city’s still-precarious […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Heaven forbid we drag down the geniuses

As the Great GATE Debate continues unabated in our town, I think it’s only fair to hear from some of the program’s most ardent defenders, as expressed in op-eds, letters to the editor, online petitions and late-night phone conversations. Writes one: “We must encourage and challenge our brightest students or face an inferior population that […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them are Sierra (No. 114892), a 3-year-old spayed female domestic long-haired calico cat. She has a mellow personality and is great with kids, shelter personnel say. Also hoping for a good home […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Conference to gauge Farm Bill’s impact on western ag

California’s secretary of agriculture and the director of Oregon’s Department of Agriculture will be among those discussing the potential impact of the federal Farm Bill on agriculture in Western states during a May 14 conference at UC Davis. Other speakers for the daylong event at the UCD Conference Center are set to include: * Joseph […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Park project will remember Riggins, Gonsalves

Fundraising continues for the Warm Remembrance Family Play Area, a park project dedicated to John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves, two city parks employees who were slain in December 1980. “We need all the help we can get to make possible the Warm Remembrance Family Play Area — a community treasure for generations to come, reminding […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

For the record

In Thursday’s Wineaux column, the date of the winemakers dinner was incorrect. Monticello, 630 G St., will pour the five local wines with a meal at 5 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call 530-792-8066.

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

DCN offers free web classes for local organizations

The Davis Community Network announces its schedule of spring classes, ranging from what to do if your computer has been hacked or infected to a hands-on workshop on tools DCN offers for your organization. The free classes are offered in the technology lab building at the Davis school district office, 526 B St. To register, […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Learn Jewish cooking at I-House

On Thursday, International House, Davis, will offer a Jewish cooking class with instructor Sara Brownstein. On the menu are challa, gefilte fish, chicken soup and matza balls, kugel and compote. Participants will meet at I-House, 10 College Park, at 5 p.m. to make the meal; they’ll sit down to eat it afterward. The cost is […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Meditate Saturday in the Arboretum

Visitors to the UC Davis Arboretum on Saturday are invited to learn about traditional uses of California native plants from the Arboretum Ambassadors, and enjoy a guided meditation and tea brewed from native plants. The walk and meditation begin at 2 p.m. on the Wyatt Deck in the Arboretum. Free parking is available on weekends […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Seniors get help with health care documents

A free seminar by Joann Hatchett, R.N., will help senior citizens plan for their future health care. She’ll talk about how to complete advanced directives for health care and physician’s orders for life-sustaining treatments at a seminar at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Woodland Senior & Community Center, 2001 East St. in Woodland. […]

April 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yolo Animal Services offers April adoption special

Yolo County Animal Services is offering an “April Showers” adoption special through May 5 — $75 for dogs and $50 for cats. “Spring is a great time to welcome a new addition into your home. We have so many wonderful dogs and cats just waiting for that right family,” Yolo County sheriff’s spokesman Mark Persons […]

April 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

The Other Voice hosts two Sacramento poets

Sacramento poets Margaret Hoehn and Josh McKinney will be the guests at The Other Voice poetry gathering, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the library at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road. Refreshments and open mic follow the reading, so bring a poem or two to share. Hoehn practiced law for many […]

April 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Kids can read to reduce their library fines

The Yolo County Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 14-20, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. As part of the celebration, each branch will conduct the annual Read Off Your Fines campaign, and a survey seeking community feedback on library […]

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

Walk the shores of Lake Solano Park on April 20

Visitors are invited to take a guided nature walk along the Shoreline Trail of Lake Solano Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon with volunteers Cricket Kanouff and Kitty Van Newkoop. “Walk back through the mists of time to learn about the Patwin Indians, the Berryessa brothers and John Wolfskill’s impact on the region,” […]

April 14, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,