Three embezzlement suspects made appearances Wednesday in Yolo Superior Court, though there were few significant developments in any of their cases.
Jennifer Beeman, accused of embezzling as much as $13,000 from the UC Davis Campus Violence Prevention Program she once led, appears to be getting closer to a plea agreement. Chief Assistant Deputy District Attorney Michael Cabral said he expects the 53-year-old Beeman to enter a plea at her next court date on March 14.
“We’re just trying to reach an amicable agreement on the appropriate sentence,” Cabral said.
Claudean Medlock, 54, was ordered back to court on March 16 to enter a plea to a new set of charges against her and to set a trial date. The former executive director of the Yolo County Court-Appointed Special Advocates is alleged to have embezzled more than $46,000 from the nonprofit agency.
Former First Northern Bank loan officer Kathleen Kolb, 35, charged with making more than $30,000 in unauthorized withdrawals from accounts at the bank’s Davis branch, returns to court April 13 for a pre-hearing conference, Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Palumbo said.
Citizen activists to meet Sunday
Take Back Our Democracy, a progressive action and social group based in Davis, will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave.
Last month, the group worked to draw attention to the influence of corporate money in elections and government. The March meeting will offer an opportunity to chat over a potluck.
Karen Bernal, Progressive Caucus chairwoman, will report news of the Progressive Democrats of America leaders retreat in Winslow, Ariz., last weekend. Katie Fleming, policy advocate for Common Cause, will offer an update on her organization’s actions regarding the roles of Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas in the Federalist Society, a partisan think tank that works to influence legal decisions.
The group also will hear an update on Public Citizen’s strategy regarding the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cool Davis potluck is tonight
Participants in the Cool Davis Low Impact Challenge — and any other interested Davisites — will gather at 6:30 p.m. today for a celebratory potluck dinner at the United Methodist Church of Davis, 1620 Anderson Road. Bring a veggie dish, salad or dessert to share.
Dinner will be followed by a discussion of the “No Impact Man” film, the Low Impact Challenge and additional programs to reduce your carbon footprint.
For details, visit http://www.cooldavis.org.
Preschool hosts open house
Davis Community Church Nursery School will host an open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 412 C St. in downtown Davis. The school has openings for the 2011-12 school year for children ages 15 months to 5 years.
DCCNS also will have an arts and crafts booth at the Davis Farmers Market on Saturday morning as part of the Pig Day festivities.
For more information, visit http://dccns.org.
Harris talks about Measure A
Richard Harris, president of the Davis Board of Education, discusses Measure A on the current edition of “Davisville,” on KDRT-LP 95.7 FM.
The $200 parcel tax would raise about $3 million each year for two years to support Davis schools.
Harris discusses the tax, why the board put it on the ballot, and related issues that include continuing step-and-column pay raises for teachers and the programs Measure A would preserve.
Program host Bill Buchanan also reads from an e-mail from John Munn, a skeptic of the tax in its earlier form, who explains why he has decided not to oppose Measure A.
“Davisville” airs at 5:30 p.m. Monday, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, and 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9. It also can be heard anytime in the program archives at http://www.kdrt.org.
Foster is ‘In the Studio’ this week
Davis High School Athletic Director Dennis Foster is featured this week on “In the Studio,” local programming airing on DCTV Channel 15 on the Comcast cable system and at http://dctv.davismedia.org.
Foster will chat with program host Mel Lewis about his personal life and his thoughts about the future of athletics at Davis High.
The episode airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 2; 7 p.m. Sunday, March 6; and 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8.
“In the Studio” is produced weekly by Davis Media Access staff and crewed by volunteers. For more information, call (530) 757-2419 or visit http://davismedia.org.
Humphrey Scholar speaks at I-House
Community members are invited to International House, Davis, at noon Monday for a potluck lunch and a talk by a Humphrey Fellow. The speaker will be Carol Murekezi of Uganda, who will discuss her life as a senior agricultural inspector in Kampala and her experiences as a scholar at UC Davis.
“This event is our docents’ regular monthly meeting, and there is so much interest in the Humphrey Fellows that we have opened it up to the general public,” said Elisabeth Sherwin, I-Hosue executive director. “Please join us and bring a dish to share.”
I-House is at 10 College Park. For more information, call (530) 753-5007.