Friday, December 26, 2014

Cheers and Jeers: Flat-land Devils are tops on the mountain

From page C2 | March 14, 2014 |

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week:

CHEERS to the Davis High School ski team which, once again, won the state championship last week. This flat-land school managed to beat teams from mountain towns such as Mammoth, Mount Shasta and the foothills of Lake Tahoe.

Longtime head coach Bob Brewer attributes the team’s success to having many phenomenal skiers rather than just a few standouts — “depth, depth, depth,” Brewer brags of his racers.

Credit also goes to Brewer and assistant coach John Wolfe for their upbeat attitudes and the team families who make the race season fun for every student.

CHEERS to Caffé Italia, a perennial honoree in The Enterprise’s “Readers’ Choice” polls, which is still cooking at 1121 Richards Blvd., despite the news this week that a hotel/conference center is proposed for their restaurant site.

Property owner Ashok Patel intends to build a 120-room hotel, a 3,000-square-foot restaurant and a 14,700-square-foot conference center at Richards Boulevard and Olive Drive (replacing the University Park Inn and Suites and Caffé Italia). The development could be an exciting new possibility for the main entrance to Davis.

But Shar and Kevin Katz have a lease for Caffé Italia that extends through Oct. 31, 2015, and they intend to keep serving their signature pizzas, pastas and breakfast items until then — or until they find another suitable location locally where they could move their business. Stay tuned …

JEERS to the often-faulty railroad crossings in Davis. Stuck behind long lines of cars at the Third Street crossing, drivers are regularly left wondering if a train is actually coming, or if they should do the unthinkable and dash around the closed gate.

Aside from being inconvenient, it’s like a “train who cried wolf,” leaving pedestrians, cyclists and motorists looking up and down the rails, trying to decide if they should just sneak across the tracks. And the answer to that is always “No!”

CHEERS to versatility, as embodied by UC Davis engineering professor Steve Robinson, who plays banjo, bass and guitar for the UCD theater department’s production of “The Grapes of Wrath.” Robinson, of course, is our famous Aggie astronaut, who flew on four space shuttle missions for NASA.
Robinson’s love of music is long-standing: As an undergraduate at UCD, he played sousaphone in the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh and he also used to host a program on KDVS, the student-run campus/community radio station.
Robinson continues a campus tradition that we particularly appreciate — faculty members from the scientific disciplines who are also enthusiastic about the arts, a broad-minded attitude that has done much to enhance our university over the years.




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