Yes on Measure I conducts poll, trumpets favorable results

Just two weeks before residents are set to receive Measure I ballots, the local committee campaigning in favor of the surface water project claims to have snatched the early lead in the election, based on a poll it conducted in late December. After surveying 300 “likely voters” in Davis, campaign supporters predict the project will […]

January 20, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Eight busted in two-day auto theft sting in Woodland

A recent rash of car thefts prompted Woodland police to conduct a two-day sting that resulted in eight arrests last week. Sgt. Tom Davis said 52 cars — most of them 1990s-model Honda Accords and Civics — were reported stolen during the six-week period between Dec. 1 and Jan. 15. By comparison, a total of […]

January 20, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Couple convicted in Davis embezzlement case

A Bay Area couple have been convicted of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Davis company that employed them, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced last week. Benjamin Joseph Chaney, 32, of Brentwood, admitted on Jan. 11 to embezzling between $100,000 and $500,000 from Harper Model Home Maintenance, where he had been […]

January 20, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Coroner: Alcohol caused homeless man’s death

Alcoholism, and not the cold, caused the death of a homeless man whose body was found underneath a Woodland freeway overpass last week, Yolo County coroner’s officials said. James Michael Izarelli, 61, died of liver failure brought on by alcohol abuse, Chief Deputy Coroner Robert LaBrash said following an autopsy conducted last week. His body […]

January 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yudof resigns, cites health reasons

SAN FRANCISCO — University of California President Mark Yudof said Friday he plans to step down as head of one of the nation’s leading systems of higher education, citing a “spate of taxing health issues.” Yudof, 68, said he will end his tenure on Aug. 31, about five years after he became the 19th president […]

January 20, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

MOMS Club welcomes newcomers

MOMS Club of Davis invites local mothers and their children to attend its monthly breakfast and business meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The local nonprofit organization is designed to provide support daytime activities and resources for moms in Davis who stay at home either full-or part-time with their kids of any age. The breakfast meeting […]

January 22, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Flu season’s only half over, and cases are increasing

This year’s influenza season is worse than an average year, and especially bad for senior citizens, Yolo County Health Department officials announce. “We appear to be halfway through an early flu season with rates of influenza-related illness increasing in California,” said Constance Caldwell, M.D., interim Yolo County health officer. “Protect yourself, your family and your […]

January 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Mother Goose is on the loose in Winters

The Yolo County Library, in collaboration with First 5 Yolo, is offering “Mother Goose on the Loose,” a weekly bilingual program on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for children from birth through age 3. The program takes place at the Winters Community Library, 708 Railroad Ave. in Winters. The “Mother Goose on the Loose” program combines […]

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

City sponsors MLK observance Monday

Community members are invited to celebrate the teachings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the city of Davis’ annual observance, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Varsity Theatre, 616 Second St. in downtown Davis. Admission to the all-ages event, which is sponsored by the Davis Human Relations Commission, is free. Monday’s is […]

January 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pup trains to be crime victims’ best friend

Say “aloha” to Aloha.

At 5 1/2 months old, the Australian multigenerational Labradoodle with green eyes and silky blond fur is still in the puppy stages, learning commands and chewing on things she shouldn’t be. But she’s destined for important work.

Aloha is one of the newest members of the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, where she’s in training to become a “comfort dog” — offering a gentle, reassuring presence for crime victims at the office and, eventually, inside the courtroom.

Yolo Hospice: Support is there for you

Support a caregiver As community member, boss or friend, there are many things you can do to help: * Bring pre-cooked, freezable meals * Call when you are going to the store to see if you can pick something up and deliver it * Arrange to help chauffeur children to school or extracurricular activities * […]

January 22, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Crab feed tickets are going fast

Only a few days — and just 30 tickets — remain for the Davis Rebekah Lodge’s second annual Crab Feed, planned for Saturday, Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The crab feed is a charitable fundraiser, open to the general public. “If you like crab, […]

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

Fateful B-52 flight revealed deadly weakness

By David Sharp ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN, Maine (AP) — Flying low over snowy terrain on a Cold War training mission, Lt. Col. Dan Bulli’s massive B-52 bomber hit turbulence that shook the plane so violently he couldn’t read the gauges. Pulling back on the yoke and pushing forward on the throttle, he tried to fly out […]

January 22, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Holocaust survivor speaks at Davis church

Holocaust survivor Alexander Groth, a UC Davis professor emeritus, will speak at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at the Davis Christian Assembly, 3030 Sycamore Lane, as the church observes Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

January 20, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,