YOLO COUNTY NEWS
By May 29, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

By May 29, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

Press Release

Vegan Talk and Cowspiracy documentary at Davis Permaculture Guild Meeting

By May 29, 2015

“Vegan Diet & Lifestyle” discussion and the documentary Cowspiracy at the Davis Permaculture Guild monthly meeting, Tuesday, June 2 at 6:30pm at the Davis Food Coop. The Vegans of Davis will be joining us to talk about the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and share tips on starting out with the vegan lifestyle. This event is FREE and open to the public.

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Letters

Miller letter

By May 30, 2015

Editor,

Re: Pacific plastic gyre. More whoop-whoop from the left. Comrade Clark’s
unfading love for communal guilt trumps individual responsibility every
time. “It does not matter if I can find plastic bags specifically from
Davis in the gyre…” All that matters to him is that he can enhance his
Gaia creds by dragging responsible people along on his hideous crusades all
of which have the common progressive theme of his ilk telling others how to
behave. He just can’t get enough lording it over other people. The
so-called “plastics problem” is not my problem now and it never will be
because I am not culpable for the trash floating in the ocean. For my part,
I bought 500 plastic bags that I proudly carry (with great utility) on my
shopping trips around Davis. And just think, this guy is poisoning school
children with this stuff.

Curt Miller
Davis
756-5224

Letters to the Editor

By May 29, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

By May 29, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

Briefly

Summer solstice celebration raises funds for Empower Yolo

By May 29, 2015

Dust off your summer styles and get your dancing shoes ready for the Summer Solstice Celebration, a fundraiser for Empower Yolo’s efforts to fight teen violence through education programs.

The celebration takes place Saturday, June 20, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the UC Davis Alumni Center, 530 Alumni Lane in Davis. Tickets are $50 each and include dinner and entertainment.

Empower Yolo is teaming up with the UC Davis Women’s Resources and Research Center to host the event and funds raised will go toward Empower Yolo’s teen violence prevention education programs benefitting youth throughout Yolo County.

The 21-and-over event will feature a catered dinner along with live music and dancing to local favorite, Roadhouse 5.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://www.empoweryolo.org or on-site at Empower Yolo, 175 Walnut St. in Woodland.

Empower Yolo was established in 1977 as the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center. The agency is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to the intervention, prevention and elimination of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking and child abuse in Yolo County.

Empower Yolo provides inclusive crisis intervention services to children, women and men who have been victimized by violence and prevention education throughout Yolo County and its surrounding areas. All services are free and confidential. If you are in crisis or need support, call 530-662-1133. For more information about Empower Yolo, visit http://www.empoweryolo.org.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

By May 28, 2015

Local News

Davis High Orchestra heading to New York in mid-June for Carnegie Hall concert

By May 29, 2015

The Davis High School Symphony Orchestra — composed of students from Davis High School and Da Vinci Charter Academy, and conducted by Angelo Moreno — will be traveling to New York from June 13 to June 18 to participate in the Sounds of Summer Music Festival. The highlight of the festival will be an opportunity to perform in historic Carnegie Hall.
The group was accepted into this audition-only festival a year ago, and has been raising money over the last 12 months to send 63 student performers, plus an assortment of chaperones and teachers, on this trip. The group is incredibly grateful to the community for its support, especially journalist Laura Ling and local beer expert Charlie Bamforth, who starred in key fundraising events.
The orchestra will perform several pieces, including the 1st movement of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, with soloist Eugenea Raychaudhuri, who is a graduating senior and the winner of the 2014-15 DHS Concerto Competition.
Highlights of the 4-days visit, besides the Carnegie Hall performance, include these highly educational and stimulating outings:
  • a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • a Broadway Show: “On the Town”, with a score by Leonard Bernstein
  • a sightseeing tour of Lower Manhatten, including a visit to Ellis Island
  • a tour of Lincoln Center (where the New York Philharmonic performs)

Conductor Angelo Moreno said “This long-awaited performance tour has been in the planning stages for the past two years. It has been a goal of the Davis High School Orchestra Program since the DHS Symphony Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in 2006 to provide this amazing performance experience for another worthy group of students. Nine years later I still have alumni students contact me to tell me that their experience performing at Carnegie Hall was unforgettable and amazing. The DHS Symphony Orchestra students have earned this tour experience after two full years of wonderful and engaging performances including outreach performances that reached over 4,500 younger potential music students in the Davis community.”

“My hope with any performance tour is to motivate and challenge the entire orchestra program to reach for higher levels of musical excellence and team work and that is exactly what we have accomplished together this year in preparation for this year’s trip to NY. To make this once-in-a-life time trip a reality for the group it has taken a significant amount of team work and dedication from the students, family members, our amazing trip coordinators, district, and community.  Without the support of so many of these individuals trips as rewarding as this one would not be possible. We thank our Trip Coordinators Sharon Inkelas and Qizhi Gong for all of their hard work organizing the trip, and all the many parent volunteers who organized and supported our fundraising efforts. I can not wait to see the reactions on the faces of these wonderfully talented student musicians when they sit on the Carnegie stage and look out into the hall that has housed the best musicians in the world. I expect it to be a life changing experience for everyone involved. “

Jeff Hudson

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Press Release

Yolo Food Bank Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)

By May 28, 2015

Press Release

The Yolo Food Bank will distribute food to eligible Davis residents during the month of June as follows:

6/17 Davisville Apts, 1221 Kennedy Place, 10:30am – 11:30am
6/17 Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street, 11:00am – 12:30pm
6/17 Owendale Community, 3023 Albany Avenue, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Participants may receive food at only one site. Eligible participants are asked to bring a bag to carry their food home. For more information call the Food Bank at (530) 668-0690.

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Next Generation

Holmes students shine in Holocaust essay contest

By May 29, 2015

Holocaust survivor Bernard Marks returned to Holmes Junior High School last week to recognize students who participated in the international essay contest Marks sponsors every year.
This year Holmes students produced two winning entries: those by Hannah Lee and Sithmi Jayasundara.
Gretchen Richter was named a runner-up and Sasha Ballowe and Maren Klineberg were both recognized for their participation.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

Next Generation

Davis piano students recognized for achievements

By May 29, 2015

Special to the Enterprise

The National Guild of Piano Teachers awarded certificates to 136 Davis piano students ranging in age from 5 to 20 years of age during a live audition at Music Stream Center.

The Piano Guild, a nonprofit organization founded in 1929 by Irl Allison, is a division of the American College of Musicians. The primary function of the Piano Guild is to establish definite goals and awards for piano students at all levels and grades — goals for the earliest beginner as well as the artistic adult; goals for the slow pupil as well as the gifted prodigy.

These goals attempt to prevent aimless drifting and give music study some definite direction and provide a measurement for progress. As a result, a piano curriculum encompassing the best of piano literature and stressing American compositions has been standardized.

All piano students have a yearly opportunity to attain these goals through non-competitive adjudication in the Annual National Piano Playing Auditions.

Auditions are private (student and judge only) with well-qualified musicians serving as judges. Students are judged on individual merit in the areas of accuracy, continuity, phrasing, pedaling, dynamics, rhythm, tempo, tone, interpretation, style and technique.

Since its first audition — which drew 46 entrants – student/teacher membership has grown to over 118,500 participating internationally in Guild goals and awards each year.

The Davis Center of the Piano Guild was established in May 1990.

Davis chairwoman Huei-Ping Chen Lin said the auditions afford an annual “musical check-up” under an outside adjudicator, acknowledge progress and encourage pupils to continue their piano studies.

After this year’s auditions, many of the new students reported that this was a great experience, Lin said, and the report cards were especially helpful and encouraging.

This year’s adjudicator was Jacob Surdell, who reported being very impressed with the selections and performance quality of the Davis piano students, Lin said. All students received an “Excellent” or “Superior” rating. Many were even awarded a “Superior Plus.”

Surdell also praised Davis piano teachers’ outstanding teaching.

Elise Chu, Jacqueline Hoang, Maya Krishnan and Sherry Zheng were awarded the High School Music diplomas in Social Music, National Winner certificates and gold pins for performing 10 required pieces from memory.

Hannah Hertz, Zachary Hertz and Jang-Shing Enoch Lin were awarded the High School diplomas, International Winner certificates and gold pins for an outstanding performance of 15 pieces from memory. They all received a “Superior Plus” ratings.

Andrew Chien, Elise Chu, Hannah Lorico Hertz, Zachary Lorico Hertz, Kyla Leacox, Kohlin Sekizawa and Jessica Yeung were the recipients of the Pederewski Gold Medal this year, given to those who have been a National winner for 10 years with superior ratings.

Other piano students who earned certificates are:

Students of Melanie Bietz: Chloe Barr, Ryan Barr, Erin Cheng, Evelyn Cheng, Nicholas Cheng, Alexander Di, Claire Hays, Max Hays, Jonathan Lovely, Andrew Roessler, Eric Smith, Emi Sorensen, Adeline Umphress, Jayden Xu, David Zhang

Students of Ning Ning Chen: Jacqueline Hoang

Students of Nga-Man Cho: Tselmen Anuurad, Piper Brandy, Maya Brandy, Justine Canio, Esther Chan, Mika Hinton, Alejandro Johnson, Kristen Kay, Laura Kay, Maya Krishnan, Amelia Lacey, Audra Lacey, Carisa Lee, Teresa Lee, Anna Lovely, Madison Ormsby, Julie Thomas

Students of Laura Harrington: Alison Apodaca, Amaiya Armstrong, Carl Csaposs, Nora Glick, Maddie Hayes, Jacob Lorico Hertz, Sophie John, Gabrielle Katz, Jagger Katz, Maya Moeller, Davis Robinson, Lukas Smith, Natalia Vega, Chloe Vu, Faith Vu, Austin Yu

Students of Sasha Kachugina: Matthew Fish

Students of Angelina Lim: Leyla Kabuli, Annemarie Spiller

Students of Donna Lin: Leo He, Katie Tu, Xiuyu Wendy Tu, Emma Zhao

Students of Huei-Ping Chen Lin: Mahan Carduny, Emma Chang, Andrew Chien, Jeremy Chou, Elise Chu, Benjamin Flin, Hannah Hertz, Zachary Hertz, Lyna Jiang, Kyla Leacox, Makena Leacox, Bethany Kong, Deborah Kong, Phoebe Lee, Priscilla Lee, Enoch Lin, Kevin Pan, Adrian Pu, Kohlin Sekizawa, Taiga Sekizawa, Esther Wang, Jessica Yeung, Justin Yeung, Antony Zhao, Sherry Zheng, Yuanqi Ivy Zhou

Students of Sayuri Mulase: Analise Anasco, Pauline Anasco, Lila Boutin, Tess Boutin, Bethany Han, Kelly Han, Mayu Ito, Karis Lin, Adrian Mondala, Paulina Ngo, Paul Ngo, Lexus Tinoco

Students of Molly Petrik: Abby Chan, Tiffany Chan, Siddharth Chilamkur, Vamsi Chilamkur, Sean Laymen, Colin Lee, Aanya Munagala, Meghan Munagala, Charlie Pollock, Nathaniel Pollock, Sunny Shin, Karthik Sivamkur, Jared Umphress

Students of Diana Privara: Kenneth Wang, May Wang

Students of Marilyn Swan: Hyo-Joon Ahn, Matthew Chen, Joey Huang, Arthur Konychev, Melissa Lee, Abby Lo, Karen Meng, Sean Seo, Valerie Stewart, Annie Zheng, Penny Zheng

Students of Jay Jay Whaley: Jared Canio, Jayden Canio, Jasmine Casillas, Jasper Eerkens, Scott Korinke, Aakash Mishra, Apurva Mishra, Matthew Ormsby, Nicholas Ormsby, Mehul Paparaju, Arvind Ramakrishnan

For more information about the National Piano Guild Audition, contact Lin at 530-220-2857.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

Media Post

Microbe challenge photos

By May 29, 2015

Microbes Buzz Aldrin.jpg:
Microbes were scraped from Buzz Aldrin’s shoe at a Yuri’s Night Party in Los Angeles in April 2014. Microbes from this same party — scraped from a camera — won the “best huddle” honors.

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UCD microbiologist David Coil scrapes microbes from a Sacramento Kings ball rack at Sleep Train Arena. About the samples from Aggie Stadium and a Davis toilet, Coil said, “I think it’s pretty awesome that a couple of microbes from Davis got to go to the space station.”

Enterprise staff

UC Davis

Microbes from Aggie Stadium, Davis toilet ‘compete’ in space

By May 29, 2015

Subhead: UCD scientists document relative growth rates for Project MERCCURI

By Claire LaBeaux

Do microbes grow differently on the International Space Station than they do on Earth? Results from the growth of microbes collected by citizen scientists in Project MERCCURI indicate that most behave similarly in both places.

“While this data is extremely preliminary, it is potentially encouraging for long-term manned spaceflight,” said David Coil, project scientist in the microbiology lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis.

“With this part of Project MERCCURI we hoped to shed light on how microbes associated with the normal, human and built environment behaved in space. Our focus was not on microbes that cause disease, but the many beneficial and neutral microbes that surround us on a daily basis,” he said.

Thousands of people across the country participated in the citizen science portion of the project, gathering samples from built environments such as chairs, doors, railings … even the Liberty Bell. Then the microbiology team in the UCD lab grew and examined hundreds of microbes.

The team selected 48 microbes which, with approval from NASA, rode the SpaceX Falcon 9 to the Space Station for further research. Two of the samples were from Davis; one from Aggie Stadium, and one from a residential toilet in Davis.

Of those 48, only a handful grew at all differently in space, and the difference was significant for only one: Bacillus safensis. This microbe was collected on a Mars Exploration Rover (before it was launched) at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. It grew significantly better on the Space Station.

“We observed that the vast majority of the microbes we examined behaved the same on the Space Station as they do on Earth. In the few cases where we observed a microbe behaving differently in space than on Earth, we’d love to follow that up with further experiments,” Coil said.

“With this project, thousands of people contributed to research on the Space Station and at UC Davis, one of the leading microbiology research labs in the country,” said Darlene Cavalier, founder of SciStarter and Science Cheerleader, which led the microbe collection effort. “Our goal is to spur even more people to get involved in significant science.

“Whether someone is a child or an adult, is interested in space or the ocean, in biology or chemistry, in the climate or computers … scientists are working on research and development that would benefit from more participation,” Cavalier said. Learn about and sign up to help with research projects at www.SciStarter.com.

Project MERCCURI is coordinated by Science Cheerleader (current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science and technology careers), SciStarter.com, and UCD, in conjunction with the Argonne National Laboratory.

“I think it’s pretty awesome that a couple of microbes from Davis got to go to the space station,” Coil said. “And although neither of them placed that well in our ‘microbial playoffs,’ they still made an important contribution to the underlying science of the project.”

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Winners of the ‘Microbial Playoffs’

In addition to comparing growth rates on Earth and the Space Station, UCD identified winners in three different categories for the “Microbial Playoffs” in space.

Best huddle for the microbe that grew to the highest density, packing cells into the space allowed:

* Yuri’s Night, Los Angeles: Kocuria rhizophila was collected on a camera at a Yuri’s Night Party — an event held around the world every April in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961 — with Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon.

* San Antonio Spurs: Kocuria kristinae was collected on the court after a San Antonio Spurs game.

* Discover Magazine: Micrococcus yunnanensis, collected from a dictionary at the Discover Magazine offices.

Best tipoff for the microbial competitor that took off, growing like crazy from the start:

* Pop Warner Chittenango: Bacillus pumilus was collected on a Porta-Potty handle by Pop Warner Chittenango Bears cheerleaders.

* Smithsonian Air & Space Museum: Pantoea eucrina was collected on the Mercury Orbitor at the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space.

* Pop Warner Saints: Bacillus horikoshii was collected on a football field by Pop Warner Saints cheerleaders from Port Reading, NJ.

Best sprint for the microbe that grew the fastest during the sprinting portion of growth (technically known as the “exponential growth phase”):

* Oakland Raiders: Bacillus aryabhatti, collected on an Oakland Raiders’ practice football field

* Pop Warner Chittenango: Bacillus pumilus was collected on a Porta-Potty handle by Pop Warner Chittenango Bears cheerleaders.

* Mars Exploration Rover (JPL): Paenibacillus elgii, collected from a Mars Exploration Rover before launch (2004) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL- NASA, Pasadena).

Other elements of Project MERCCURI are still in process. In addition to overseeing the microbial playoffs, astronauts also collected microbes on the Space Station and sent those back to Earth. The UCD team has analyzed the data from those and are preparing a scientific publication on the results.

In addition, members of the public contributed 3,000 cell phone and shoe samples for an ongoing analysis of which microbes live where, and how that compares to the ISS.

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Local News

Davis Shakespeare

By May 29, 2015

The Davis Shakespeare Festival is gearing up for its second summer season. Rehearsals began on May 9, and the festival’s two shows will open on June 25 and June 26 respectively, continuing in repertory through August 2.

The season will pair a popular Shakespeare comedy — “Twelfth Night” — with a musical from 1985 (which picked up several Tony Awards for its Broadway premiere) that draws on a 19th Century source, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” the novel that Charles Dickens left unfinished when he died suddenly of a stroke in 1870.

And there is a common thread: the central character in “Twelfth Night” is the intrepid young woman Viola, who finds herself shipwrecked in an unfamiliar land, and disguises herself off as a young man (Cesario) in order to get established. And in “Drood,” the character of Edwin Drood is likewise played by a woman (dressed as a man)… more on this later.

As was the case with last summer’s Davis Shakespeare shows, the same acting company will appear in both shows — and a number of last summer’s cast members are returning, including Matt Edwards (a Davis High School grad who went on to a career as a professional actor in New York), Matt K. Miller (another professional, who has appeared in many productions at the Sacramento Theatre Company, as well as several at Capital Stage), Susanna Risser (a graduate of the highly rated National Theater Conservatory in Denver), Ian Hopps (who trained at San Francisco State and now works in Los Angeles) and local actors Tim Gaffaney (who has appeared at the Woodland Opera House and Davis Musical Theatre Company) and John Haine (several shows at DMTC). There will be several newcomers in the company as well.

Expect to see a few upgrades. “Our production budget is bigger this year, so we will have a more intricate set. The costume budget is heftier. The production values will be raised in several areas,” said Rob Salas, co-artistic director. There will also be more instruments in the pit band, particularly for “Drood.” Another addition: this summer, Davis Shakespeare will have several interns from the theater program at UC Davis (who will receive academic credit for their work).

But getting back to the shows: “Twelfth Night” (a comedy often mounted at summer festivals) will be directed by Davis Shakespeare’s Rob Salas. He just finished an assignment as assistant director on Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s wild comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors,” a production that will be moving to South Coast Repertory in Southern California come September.

Salas is placing “Twelfth Night” in southern Italy sometime around 1950 — the production will feature an original score composed by recent UC Davis graduate Richard Chowenhill, which Salas said reminds him of the music from the “Godfather” films. The story involves a good deal of late night partying and pranks, and actor Matt K. Miller will play the irrepressible Sir Toby Belch, who might be described as “reveler-in-chief.” Actor Ian Hopps will play Feste (a clown who offers pithy observations) — Hopps will carry an accordion and play music in many scenes. “The music is really important in this production, and there will also be a lot of singing,” Salas said. “The songs really help tell the story.”

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” draws not only from Charles Dickens — it is also informed by the traditions of British music halls and “British pantos” (satirical, even raucous shows with song and dance numbers — not to be confused with the silent French pantomime style championed by the late Marcel Marceau). Unlike the “Christmas pantos” staged in December by several theater companies in Sacramento, “Drood” will not have actors tossing wrapped candies from the stage into the audience. But according to director Gia Battista (co-artisctic director of Davis Shakespeare), “The actors will be up-close-and-personal with the audience… in fact, you may have an actor sitting next to you,” and perhaps speaking to you directly, or patting you on the head. What’s more, “Drood” involves a play-within-a-play: Davis Shakespeare’s actors will present themselves as cast members in a British music hall production, going on stage as Dickens’ characters.

“Drood,” incidentally, was written by singer/songwriter Rupert Holmes, who produced a string of popular “story songs” with clever lyrics in the 1970s and 1980s, which were recorded by Barbara Streisand, Holmes himself, and others. After its Broadway run in 1985, “Drood” picked up the Tony Award for Best Musical, plus four other Tonys. Largely as a result of that acclaim, “Drood” was staged by the Music Circus in Sacramento in 1988. “Drood” enjoyed a Broadway revival in 2012.

The other mystery attached to “Drood” is the ending. Dickens died before he finished the novel, and left no notes indicating how he intended to wrap up the plot. So when Holmes wrote the musical, he decided to leave that decision up to the audience, which gets to vote in mid-show and pick the outcome that they’d like to see — there are multiple options. As a result, people who see “Drood” more than once may very likely see a different ending at each performance.

Other aspects of the festival: once again, there will be a display of work by local artists in the lobby, and a variety of pre-show entertainment by local performers. Davis city government has also made Davis Shakespeare the resident summer company at the Veterans Memorial Theatre.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, at the Veterans Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. On Saturdays, it is possible to see both shows on the same day. For calendar details and ticketing info, go to www.shakespearedavis.org. Single tickets are $25 adults, $20 students/seniors, $15 for age 12 and under. There is a festival pass (good for both shows) that is $45 adults, $35 students/seniors, $25 age 12 and under. For information by phone, call (530) 802-0998, and for information by email, try [email protected] Out-of-town visitors can take advantage of a tickets-and-lodging upgrade package at the Hallmark Inn in downtown Davis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Hudson

Press Release

Odd Fellows Announce Benefit Event for Nepal Earthquake Victims

By May 28, 2015

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge is raising money for victims of the recent earthquakes in Nepal. The benefit will be called “Neighbors for Nepal” and will include an evening of food and music on Saturday July 11th at the lodge located at 415 Second Street. Food will be provided by area Nepalese restaurants and local Nepalese students. The students and other local Nepalese will perform cultural shows including music and dance.

In the upper hall of the lodge, several bands will perform throughout the evening. Barry “The Fish” Melton will headline the music schedule.

The local Nepalese students have formed a grassroots network of assistance in Nepal. The Odd Fellows are exploring ways to assist them and to focus on one particular village – Bhotang.

Save the date – July 11th. Join the Odd Fellows in offering a hand to our neighbors in Nepal.

Contact Arun Sen for more information at [email protected] .

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Community Event

By May 27, 2015

Launching of a local, Davis based new nonprofit charitable organization- Humanity Beyond Barriers (HBB), Inc.

Inauguration event: 30May2015, 7pm at Harper Junior High School MPR.

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Letters

Re: Council OKs rule for healthy kids’ drinks

By May 27, 2015

Stepping Up to Support Davis Parents and Our Kids’ Health

Kudos to Davis City Council for its unanimous vote this week to make milk or water the default beverages for children’s meals at local restaurants, instead of soda. As a registered dietitian and public health advocate, I know firsthand the toll sugar-sweetened beverages have taken, driving an epidemic of diabetes and chronic disease, soaring health care costs, and suffering. I also know it takes leadership and bravery to stand up against the beverage industry — an industry that works hard to kill local health efforts that limit its ability to market harmful drinks directly to kids. As a mother of two young Davis children, I’m glad city officials are on my side – prioritizing kids’ health over industry profits. This sort of innovative approach to creating a healthy community is exactly why my husband and I chose to raise our children here.

Juliet Sims

Letters to the Editor

Letters

Rich Rifkin, Racist

By May 27, 2015

I cannot believe that The Davis Enterprise published the hateful, racist rant of Rich Rifkin entitled Family Failure: The Root Of Our Urban Crisis
Rifkin attributes poverty and subsequent violence in Black urban neighborhoods to the breakdown of the nuclear family, that “Broken families produce broken children.” He goes on to say that related to “broken Black families”o is the “violence within their homes.” I’m sorry, did I miss something? Is it a fact that there is more violence in poor Black families than in poor White ones or in White families in general? Rifkin continues, saying that “We need to teach them [poor Black people] to use birth control and better parenting methods.” He quotes racist John McWhorter, a professor of English at Columbia University. That’s right. Rifkin quotes an English professor! Surely he could have found a racist sociologist to support his views. What does Rifkin suggest would help poor Black youth to lift themselves out of poverty? Are you ready for the answer? I will quote him. “They need to start ‘acting Asian.'”
Reading this article literally turned my stomach and made me long to return to the Bay Area where I lived before moving to Davis twenty three years ago. None of the newspapers there would have printed this garbage. Rifkin, you are a disgrace to your people.
Ellen Cohen

Letters to the Editor

Letters

Burrowing owl populations take a nosedive

By May 27, 2015

“Burrowing owl populations take a nosedive.” “Only 15 nesting pairs in county.” Shocking! Maybe because they used to live where Target is and in the fields around West Village.

Letters to the Editor

By May 27, 2015

Jeff Hudson

Local News

Juneteenth 6/14

By May 22, 2015

Juneteenth 2015 Celebrating 150 Years: A Time to Reflect, Heal and Act

(Woodland, CA) – On Sunday, June 14, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., join the Yolo County Library, The Culture C.O.-O.P., Friends of the Davis Public Library and the City of Davis for the beloved Juneteenth Celebration at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library and the Davis Veterans Memorial Center. This free, family-friendly event includes a fun, education-packed line up of live entertainment, activities and delicious food! Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share at the potluck, which begins at 1:00 p.m. The first 100 people to arrive will be entered into a raffle for a special prize!

This year is the landmark 150th Anniversary of the Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth derives its history from the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation by the Union army in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, and is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. “A Time to Reflect, Heal and Act,” was selected as this year’s theme to inspire members of our community to think critically about the world we live in, to encourage one another to take a moment to marinate in our profound history and relate it to current events, and to ultimately come together to heal wounds both ancient and fresh, moving forward in solidarity. “It is a call-to-action ceremony to remind members of our diverse community that we must celebrate each other and work together in order to create positive social change,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.

Festivities will be held at the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, located at 315 E. 14th Street and next door at the Davis Veterans Memorial Center at 203 E. 14th Street. Events at the library include: a special Hip-Hop history and dance program with Teacher Tina from Catch-A-Beat at 2:30 p.m.; a Juneteenth-themed scavenger hunt; a storytelling booth; and a special Juneteenth-themed story time for children held before and after the dance program. Events at the Veterans Memorial Center include: live music with a special tribute to the late Blues musician, B.B. King by Augusta Lee Collins and Calvin Handy and the Jazz Patrol; a “social justice is always in fashion”-themed fashion show; spoken word performances by local artists; the potluck; and a variety of vendors and information booths.

The event is a grassroots community effort; everyone has an opportunity to give back and celebrate! For those interested in volunteering, performing or being a vendor, please contact Sandy Holman at (530) 902-4534 or [email protected] Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Friends of the Davis Public Library, P.O. Box 91, Davis, CA 95617 or online at http://www.davislibraryfriends.org/juneteenth-2015.html. For more information about the Juneteenth celebration contact the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library at (530) 757-5593 x3. For more information about Yolo County Library visit: www.yolocountylibrary.org or connect with the Yolo County Library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

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Juneteenth, Celebrating 150 Years: A time to reflect, heal and act

DAVIS, June 14, 2015 – On June 14, Friends of the Library, Yolo County Library, Davis Branch Library, the City of Davis, The Culture C.O.-O.P., and Community Groups will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, and all are invited!

This event will feature artisans, information tables, and live entertainers, including blues singer Augusta Collins, gospel singers, and Calvin Handy and the Jazz Patrol. There will also be giveaways, a special honor of community elders, a fashion show themed “Social Justice is Always in Fashion,” and a potluck that will happen right at the beginning. Be a part of our fashion show, bring a dish for the potluck, and don’t miss out on any aspect of this exciting community event! The first 100 guests will be entered in a raffle for a special giveaway.

Director of the Culture C.O.-O.P. Sandy Holman says, “This is a part of American history and we are planning a huge celebration you don’t want to miss! It is important for community members to understand what Juneteenth is all about.”

We are currently fundraising for the event, so please consider donating to this great cause. If you have any questions, want to donate, or want to be a vendor, entertainer, volunteer, or partner, please call (530) 902-4534 or e-mail [email protected]

Enterprise staff

Business

Spring Lake Mutual Housing

By May 28, 2015

FOR INFORMATION, contact Rachel Iskow, Mutual Housing California CEO, (916) 453-8400 X 224, [email protected]
Media Only, contact Dell Richards, Dell Richards Publicity, (916) 455-4790, [email protected]

Mutual Housing at Spring Lake receives first national ZERH certification for multifamily rental property

(Sacramento, Calif., May 27, 2015) –Mutual Housing at Spring Lake California just received certification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of the first multifamily Zero Energy Ready Home for a rental development in the nation.

“The development at Spring Lake is the first multifamily rental community to be certified under the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program,” said James Lyons, an energy engineer with Davidsonville, Md.-based Newport Partners, a consulting firm that supports the DOE program.

Located on 3.28 acres in Woodland, Calif., Mutual Housing at Spring Lake has 62-apartments and townhomes for agricultural workers.

The first families already have moved in.

The photovoltaic solar energy system and the water-based heating and air system is expected to create enough energy for all needs.

“We cut our teeth on building other green, sustainable communities and carrying out green renovations on older ones,” said Rachel Iskow, chief executive officer of Sacramento, Calif.-based Mutual Housing California. “This new community is the culmination of all we have learned and a model for bringing the green revolution to renters.

“All savings we realize in energy costs will go a long way toward making the community affordable to residents of very modest means.”

It also will help the nonprofit survive and thrive.

“The sustainability of our properties contributes to the economic stability of the community itself—and to our nonprofit corporation,” said Iskow.

To help residents reach the zero net-energy goal the community was designed for, each apartment or townhome has a color-coded energy monitor that shows real-time use: green means efficient, yellow typical and red above normal.

“The apartments are so energy-efficient, residents should only have an extremely low administrative charge from the utility company,” said architect Bob Kuchman, Sacramento-based Kuchman Architects founder.

A big part of energy saving is figuring out how air leaks into—and out of—a building. As a result, what’s known as “air barriers” become an important part of the construction.

“An important focus is on sealing the building and ensuring quality installation of insulation,” said Alea German, senior engineer at Davis, Calif.-based Davis Energy Group, the ZERH consultant for the project.

“Another is verifying that the equipment is installed and functioning as it was designed to.”

Staff calculated that using high-tech innovations at Spring Lake such as extremely well-sealed and insulated buildings, solar panels, a water-based HVAC system and energy monitors only added 4.07 percent to the cost.

That initial outlay should be recouped by savings in the first few years.

Water-saving features, such as drought-resistant landscaping, low-flow toilets and shower head cutoffs that shut off when water goes from cold to hot instead of wasting water, also save energy.

Mutual Housing also expects to receive a Platinum LEED certification, the highest, for the new development.

Mutual Housing at Spring Lake is adjacent to the nonprofit’s 1.86 additional acres for phase two of the sustainable community.

Sacramento-based Sunseri Associates, Inc., was the general contractor.

Formerly the Builders Challenge, the ZERH program, has certified more than 14,000 energy- efficient homes that created millions of dollars in energy savings since started in 2008. All of these homes were built for the home buying public. Until Mutual Housing at Spring Lake, renters had no opportunity to live in a 100% certified zero net energy apartment.

To be certified, buildings have to meet Energy Star Certified Homes Version 3.0, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Air Plus and WaterSense programs and the insulation requirements of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code requirements.

Founded in 1988, Mutual Housing California develops, operates and advocates for sustainable rental housing for the region’s diverse households.

A member of NeighborWorks America—a congressionally chartered nonprofit that supports community development nationwide—Mutual Housing has more
than 3,000 residents, nearly half of whom are children.

Through its focus on leadership, the nonprofit provides training and mentoring as well as educational programs, community-building activities and services for residents and neighbors.

For more information, go to www.mutualhousing.com.
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Business

Edward Jones

By May 28, 2015

Edward Jones Ranks Highest in Investor Satisfaction in a Tie,
According to J.D. Power 2015 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study

Financial-services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in a tie in investor satisfaction with full-service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power 2015 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study, the firm announced today.

The study measures overall investor satisfaction with full-service investment firms based on seven factors: investment advisor, investment performance, account information, account offerings, commissions and fees, website and problem resolution.

“We believe that our strong performance is driven primarily by the relationship our financial advisors have established with clients,” Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle said. “Our financial advisors strive to understand investors’ needs and goals, focus on the long-term relationships, and create a partnership.”

Edward Jones ranked highest in investor satisfaction by J.D. Power in 2012, 2010 and 2009, from 2005 through 2007, and in a tie in 2002, when the study began.

“Across our firm, everything we do is focused on serving our clients,” Jim Weddle said. “Our success is built upon trusted relationships with clients that are the basis for offering them tailored guidance to help reach their long-term financial goals. We strive to deliver it all with exceptional service.”

The 2015 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study is based on responses from more than 5,300 investors who primarily invest with one of the 18 firms included in the study. The study was fielded from Jan. 5 through Feb. 3, 2015. For more information, visit jdpower.com.

The Davis financial advisors are: Michael Clark, Manny Provedor, Carolyn Stiver, Nicole Davis, and Lai Zhang.

Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2015, is headquartered in St. Louis. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.

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Susie Evans
Senior Branch Office Administrator
Edward Jones
429 F Street Suite 1
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 753-3917
[email protected]
www.edwardjones.com

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Local News

Book reading at Let Them Eat Cake

By May 28, 2015

Children’s Author Reads from New book

at Let Them Eat Cake Café

Let Them Eat Cake Café is expanding from delicious cupcakes only, to delicious cupcakes plus breakfast & lunch sandwiches and salads, as well. They are also joining the world of literature by presenting a reading by local children’s author, Jeri Howitt, on Sunday, June 14th.

“This is our first book reading event and I am excited,” said owner Melody Steeples. “If we get a good community response, we might make this a regular event.”

Jeri Howitt, who was a local educator, and now Director of Stories on Stage Davis just released a new children’s book, A Tale of Two Loves. The book will be launched with a reading by the author at Let Them Eat Cake Café at 310 C Street Davis, on Sunday, June 14th from 1- 3 PM. Information about the reading can be picked up at Let Them Eat Cake Café.

A Tale of Two Loves is a story about a cat name Max who loves loves mice, but his other love, a little girl named Madeline, most certainly does not love love mice. This is a charming tale of love that can help parents talk to their children about the fact that not everyone loves what they love, but that maybe, like Max and Madeline, they can come up with a solution.

Many Davis parents, and their children, know Howitt as the Founder and Director of Partners in Learning, a local educational business with one-on-one and group tutoring services; a position she held for over twenty years. Others know Howitt in her current role as the Director of Stories on Stage Davis, the literary mainstay that selects work from both established and emerging authors to be performed by professional actors. (storiesonstagedavis.com).

“I love writing and want children to share that love,” say Howitt. “To encourage this, I have a created a blog aimed just for young children and their writing. Children who attend the reading will get to publish short stories on my website, jerihowitt.com. Each story published will receive a private individualized response from me.”

You are invited to join in the fun at Let Them Eat Cake Café (a wonderful place filled with delicious food for adults and children), located at 310 C Street Davis, on Sunday, May 14th from 1- 3 PM. 750-2253

Enterprise staff

Briefly

I-House talk on Kenya 6/18

By May 28, 2015

On April 2 of this year, students and staff at Garissa University College in
Northeastern Kenya withstood a brutal terrorist attack by an Al-Quaeda affiliate.
As many as 700 people were taken hostage: 147 were killed, and 79 were injured.
How are Kenyans at home and abroad coping with this tragedy?

Join us for an evening of discussion and reflection
led by two Kenyan scholars from UC Davis

Thinking about Garissa:
Students, Security and Society in Kenya
Susan Moenga
Graduate Student, Plant Biology, UC Davis
Bettina Ng’weno
Associate Professor, African American and African Studies, UC Davis

Thursday, June 18th
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Lecture starts at 7:00 p.m.
Community Room, International House Davis

Bearing the colors of the Kenyan flag, these masks form a tribute to the
victimsat Garissa. The monument is just one of many civil-society
responses to the April attack, offered by a nation in mourning.

Enterprise staff

Columns

Michelle Millet: Zero waste soon will be 25% easier in Davis

By May 28, 2015

Zero Waste Will Soon be 25% Easier in Davis
The City of Davis has a long history of taking progressive action when it comes to reducing our waste. We got our start in 1970 when Davis residents Richard Gertman, and Barney and Margaret Hill formed the Recycling Awareness Committee of Davis. This group, whose actions began with the coordination of a newspaper recycling program, that consisted of asking residents to bring their newspapers to drop boxes located around the town evolved, by 1974, into one of nations first curbside newspaper, bottle, and aluminum recycling programs, providing Davis residents a convenient way to divert these materials from the landfill.

Now, over 40 years later, thanks to a council decision made in April to implement a containerized organics collection program, Davis will join 48 other cities in California that allow for curbside pick-up of all compostable materials. (The current program only allows for composting of yard waste). Once the program is in place all compostable materials, which basically includes anything that was once alive, or made from something that was living, can go into the bins, allowing Davis residents to divert an estimated 25% of their household waste from the landfill.

As someone who is actively attempting to reduce my family’s waste I’m thrilled with the passage of this ordinance, as it will make a significant impact on how much material ends up in my my family’s trash can.

While backyard composting is the best way to deal with compostable waste, and the city offers excellent classes on this topic, composting my own waste comes with challenges I seem incapable off overcoming. Things as basic remembering to turn my pile every once and while pose a big enough barrier to success, much less figuring out the balance of nitrogen-rich “green stuff” and carbon-rich “brown stuff”.

Apparently temperature is important, needless to say mine never felt any warmer the then air surrounding it, which, from the research I’ve done, indicates that the microbial activity required for decomposition to occur never happened in my backyard.

I have never figured out when I’m supposed to let the pile “rest”, maybe that is because no pile I’ve attempted ever actually “worked” long enough to need a “rest”.

I hesitate to mention the worm box that we attempted a few summers ago. Lets just say that I still feel guilty about the horrible end these worms met roasting in the hot Davis summer sun, when we went on vacation and did not think of taking precautions to ensure the worms survival while we were gone, but I have vowed never to put another worm through that miserable experience, even if it meant having to toss some banana peels in the trash.

We have owned chickens now for over a year, and while we throw them a majority of our food scraps this method of trash diversion still has limitations. One is that while I’m happy to toss them carrot peels and stale bread, I’m not so keen on tossing them any meat or diary based food scraps. Plus given the number of rats or mice, I’m not sure which because I didn’t look long enough to confirm, that scurried out of the food scrap pile the last time I “turned” it, I think it is safe to say that the chickens are not the only ones enjoying my son’s leftover pasta, or my daughters apple core. I look forward to receiving my composting bin, so I will no longer have to choose between supporting the ever-growing rodent population in my yard, there is really only so much steal bread the chickens can eat, and sending my leftovers to the landfill.

While for the most part I’ve convinced my family to switch to the usable cloth variety, a fair number of food soiled paper napkins and paper towels still manage to find their way into our garbage along with the compostable food containers our dinner sometimes comes in, including the more then occasional cardboard pizza box, that is a little too grease stained to place in the recycling bin. Once the new composting program is in full swing, all these items can be placed in my composting bin, instead of the trash.

With the addition of this comprehensive organics collection system the City of Davis’ recycling program, which started as a modest newspaper collection system, formed by environmental conscious individuals over 40 years ago, now gives Davis residence the ability to divert almost all of their day to day household waste from the landfill, allowing the city to move one step closer to reaching its waste towards reduction targets, while giving my family another way to reach our goal of zero waste.

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Letters

Pettygrove letter

By May 28, 2015

To the Editor:
It is time for us to stop blaming the homeless for their addictions and mental illness. We need to take a long view to answer the question, after homelessness, what?
Like many in the Davis community, my first contact with homelessness was the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter (IRWS). In my role providing hospitality at Intake over the shelter season, I have often wondered why folks keep cycling through the limited help we provide. Some of these same people appear on downtown street corners, at Davis Community Meals, as customers at various downtown businesses, and as patients at the ER and Davis Community Clinic.
I was both distressed and overjoyed to meet one of our former guests at a coffee shop downtown this week. I knew this person first as someone I’d seen shopping in the Artery almost 30 years ago. Months or maybe years later, this same person could be seen around Davis, trying to control the demons that were a result of severe mental illness. Finally, this person appeared as a frequent guest at the IRWS. That was six years ago!
All I could say to this friend was “I’m glad you were able to hold on”. What more could I say? Many people would have succumbed to despair, even suicide. Often drug abuse is the only recourse for lack of appropriate medications. My friend has found housing in a local nonprofit and seems to be on the road to recovery, having gotten Social Security Disability and other medical interventions.
West Sacramento has shown the way by its limited but successful efforts toward a “housing first” model that put homeless people (many with pets) in temporary housing. With stable housing they could work out arrangements to receive medical treatment and other services. Many were also able to transition to longer term housing arrangements and even employment.
I know that several of the Council Members already understand the need to do more than we have done. It will take a coordinated effort by the churches, housing agencies, and business interests. The City could take the initiative, with input from the homeless service providers already working in our community. How do we get to the next step?
Willa Pettygrove
228 Rice Lane
Davis, CA 95616

Letters to the Editor

Letters

Trotter letter

By May 28, 2015

Editor: Davis Enterprise, 5/27/15

I just read the comments to John Clark’s letter which followed up to B. Dunning’s response to his first letter, regarding the need to ban plastic bags.

It amazes and dismays me that Davisites would have such negative reactions to a movement that clearly was needed way before Davis actually got around to banning the use of plastic bags.

When John Clark suggested that B. Dunning look up the information regarding the destruction of oceans due to massive plastic accumulations of plastics of all kinds, and particularly plastic bags, I’d go a step further and add that those offering negative and apparently not well informed comments do a little research themselves….

Plastics are truly a major problem, not only with the oceans but with our landfills….. which is unfortunate as all plastics could be and should be recycled.

S.Trotter
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Ignorance is the true violence of the world.

It’s not what you know that gets you… it’s what you don’t know.

Paranoia is having ALL the facts.

Letters to the Editor

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Local News

Davis Music Festival 6/19

By May 28, 2015

May 5, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact: Ilana Thomas, e-mail: [email protected] or phone (925)784-9611

Announcing the Fifth Annual Davis Music Festival: June 19-21, 2015

The Davis Music Festival, celebrating its fifth anniversary of enlivening downtown Davis with a fantastic lineup of diverse and exceptionally talented musical artists, will span three days this year. Kicking off on Friday, June 19th with an opening party at Sudwerk Brewing Co. and ending with bookend brunch and afternoon sets on Sunday, June 21st, music lovers of all ages will flock to Davis to enjoy a variety of genres from folk to EDM and everything in between. The festival will showcase a record number of more than 60 acts and is expected to attract over a thousand concertgoers to twelve different venues.

While this festival prides itself on its unique democratic “no headliners” format which encourages audiences to freely choose from a schedule jam-packed with the highest quality entertainment from early afternoon until late into the night, there will be some special highlights. The Odd Fellows Lodge will host a dedicated stage celebrating the ten year anniversary of Davis-based Crossbill Records, “the Coolest of Folk”, featuring label recording artists including Tom Brosseau, Two Sheds, and Be Calm Honcho. This year, there will also be a new all-ages EDM stage at Third Space for those who like to turn up the music and dance.

Never limited to one type of music, the lineup is especially diverse this summer, bringing together musicians and audiences to experience traditional rock, unsigned indie discoveries, folk music, funk, jazz, bluegrass, electronica, even a string quartet. While the Fest draws talent from across the country, it is always bursting with hometown pride, presenting local favorites such as Misner & Smith, Boca do Rio and the West Nile Ramblers alongside those from the greater Bay Area, including French Cassettes, the Trims, and Taxes.

Participating venues include a variety of Davis favorites, including Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, the Odd Fellows’ Lodge, G Street Wunderbar, and Delta of Venus. Vini Wine Bar, Armadillo Music and Woodstock’s Pizza will also open their doors to the Fest with bands performing while patrons sip, snack, and even shop. Taking advantage of the splendid weather, there will be two new outdoor courtyard venues, the Hallmark Inn and the “Trackside” stages. And on Friday evening, the kickoff party will take place at Sudwerk Brewing Company’s popular dock store.

The Davis Music Festival is the annual flagship event of the non-profit organization Music Only Makes Sense, dedicated to raising funds to benefit music and performing arts education programs in local schools. All profits will go to the Davis School Arts Foundation and the DHS Blue & White Foundation. The Festival depends upon the generous support of the community and the DMF is grateful to all the businesses who have already stepped up to the plate. Director Danny Tomasello sums it up, “The support from our community, music fans, bands and businesses has been overwhelming. We hope to exceed everyone’s expectations and deliver an unforgettable weekend of fun.”

Advance tickets are $25 General Admission and are available at Armadillo Music (207 F St., Davis), or online at www.davismusicfest.com. Prices increase to $35 at the door on the day of the festival. The provided wristband will grant attendees unlimited access to every venue over the three days of the event. Stay current with the most recent festival news on the website (www.davismusicfest.com) and watch for the updated app, which will make planning a personalized festival experience easier than ever. ###

Press Only: More Info: For additional general festival information, please visit www.davismusicfest.com. For information on Crossbill Records, please see www.crossbillrecords.com. For all other information/queries, please contact Press Contact Above.

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Local News

DSIS

By May 28, 2015

Another Way to be in School

In an unassuming building located on the corner of 5th Street and Russell Blvd, (526 B Street if you’d like to visit), can be found a group of pretty incredible people. Over the past five years I’ve had the pleasure of meeting several of the dedicated individuals of which the staff of DSIS is comprised -The Davis School for Independent Study, established in 1991, boasts 161 students, K – 12 and a staff of eleven teachers: eight faculty at secondary level and three more at resource and elementary to eighth grade, including counselor Marvie Paulson and a part-time psychologist. While I’m certain that they all share many fine characteristics, the obvious ones are their love and respect for students. All of them are there because they have one shared goal in mind – they want to see their students succeed. And they mean it.
According to Karrie Hernandez, principal of DSIS, every single person who comes in contact with students has “ownership.” And in the tone of her voice I could hear the pride and responsibility with which she associates this term. That means that from the moment a student walks through their school doors, they are treated with kindness and respect, beginning with Cindy Martell, the site’s administrative secretary whose smiling face greets one and all. “I think this place is awesome!” She exclaimed, followed by a shy giggle when I asked what she thought of the school. And the reason for such awesomeness? “Because our students make the choice to come here…..they seem focused on their learning…taking charge of their education.”
Taking charge is just one of the appealing aspects to so many students who find that the individualized approach to learning and teaching works best for them. DSIS allows students to benefit from an alternative form of learning, independent study guided by credentialed teachers who provide an academically challenging curriculum. Once they graduate, many of these students continue their educational journey and according to Lucy Boland, eleventh and twelfth grade teacher on her twenty-fifth year at this school, “There’s nothing that gets in the way of going to a very good four year college,” after graduating from DSIS. In addition to joining small groups of classmates for subjects such as math, science and art, students enjoy the privilege of a one on one approach as they meet weekly with a teacher assigned to them. As Ms. Boland explained, when it’s just a student and a teacher sitting across from each other, “…you can get them engaged….” since there is no “…peer pressure to be cool, so kids can get excited” about learning as opposed to being worried, as in some cases, that they will be bullied for being, “excited about education.” Ms. Boland is the kind of teacher you hope your child will be fortunate enough to have. Her hour meeting often spills into the next time slot as she does more than discuss the material at hand. She describes herself as an “…adult they can actually talk to,” and believes that DSIS offers a different way to be in school. “Small is better,” she declared, smiling warmly at me from across her desk in the small, colorful cubicle adjacent to the school’s well stocked library. Clearly this type of program will not work for everyone and, as principal Hernandez said, “not one size fits all.” Yet she proudly shared that the, “number one thing that sets us apart is that our teachers are dedicated,” and that they function, “like a family.” Of course students are expected to be just as dedicated and as Ms. Boland said, “The only pressure is that you’ve got to do your work.” Students sign a contract prior to being allowed to attend DSIS, promising to complete the work assigned them, taking responsibility for their education. As Ms. Boland explained, “The way we work here prepares you for college.” Since most of the work is done at home, one must be self-disciplined enough to efficiently manage time so deadlines are met. Not a bad skill to have prior to attending a university where fewer people are around to remind you to do your work.
“We think we have a little jewel here,” Ms. Paulson proudly smiled as she spoke about the K – 6 home schooling program also offered by DSIS. In this case the parent is primarily the teacher while a credentialed instructor provides the curriculum and meets with students weekly. Paulson added that workshops are available for enrichment and students also enjoy fieldtrips, the most recent for instance, an overnight environmental living field trip to Sutter’s Fort. Of course with a program such as home study, students and their families take on more of the responsibility for the learning process than typically occurs in the traditionally structured classroom. Yet she believes that the flexibility of their program means that students’ needs are better met, as it enables them to do well as they work at their own pace. And who are the students choosing to take advantage of this unique program?
“There are as many reasons for coming here as there are students,” explained Ms. Paulson. During Lucy Boland’s years with the school, she has taught students whose reasons to attend DSIS span the gamut, from health issues to their involvement in theater, swimming, motorcross, even rodeo riding. A flexible schedule allows individuals to be just that, individuals, who desire a rigorous educational program while tending to their unique needs.
And who better to attest to this school’s value than someone who has seen its impact first hand? The Davis School for Independent Study became part of our lives five years ago, when our son needed an alternative yet academically challenging program which would fit his needs after a medical diagnosis that meant he would miss quite a bit of school. He became what is known as a, “split-site” student, dividing his time between DSHS and DSIS in a way that allowed him to fulfill all his educational obligations. And fulfill them he did. So successfully that he has been asked to be one of the speakers at next month’s graduation ceremony. He hasn’t shared the contents of that speech just yet, but I know what I would like to say now that our time at DSIS is coming to an end. Thank you. A most sincere and heartfelt thank you.

 
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child. ~Carl Jung

Karen Levy

Our Sunday Best

Blue & White Foundation notes

By June 07, 2015

Questions sent to Karen Mattis on Wednesday, May 27
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Hi Karen. Here are a few things I’d like to be able to include in the story about the Blue & White Foundation. If you don’t know/can’t find answers to these, no problem…as we are talking, other questions will probably be answered, but here’s a general idea of what I’d like to cover. Thanks…Tanya (p.s. If I think of any more before we meet on Friday, I will email them to you.)
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* Question: Verifying that the first Hall of Fame induction was in 2008? So this year’s is the eighth annual?

* Question: How many members does the foundation have?

* Question: How much money has been raised/disbursed?

* Question: What major projects are being considered now that the stadium is finished?

In June 2009, The Enterprise wrote in an editorial, which said:
“Eventually the new stadium will be a moneymaker — as much as $300,000 annually in revenue and off-campus rental fees.”
* Question: Do you know if there has been any revenue made from off-campus rental fees?

* Question: Does it seem like most people who volunteer with B&W Foundation have high school students now, or soon will? Or is it more alumni involvement?
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From Oct. 13 2010 story (Bruce):

Sure, the playing surface — the cushy, new artificial turf — will forever more be known as Halden Field, but on Friday, the refurbished complex gets a new name during dedication ceremonies beginning at 3:45 p.m.

members of the Blue & White Foundation (which was the catalyst for the $7.5 million rebuild of the athletic facility)

Brown Construction, under the watchful eye of Class of 1980 alum Ron Brown, has provided in-kind contributions pushing $700,000. Coupled with the almost $1 million raised by the Blue & White Foundation, the alumni association went blowing past its promised $1.5 million in all support for construction of Halden, er, Ron & Mary Brown Stadium.

Nancy Peterson: Peterson added: “So many people — like Mike McDermott, Lynne Yackzan, Marty Morse — came before us … got the project started.”

Sept. 10, Bruce:
On Friday, hometown spectators will have new stands, there is a new press box (and coaches’ crow’s nest), concession stand and restroom facilities. The parking lot has been repaved and new bicycle parking should be unveiled.

May 23 sports editorial, Nancy Peterson, Miriam Fisk (Nancy Peterson and Miriam Fisk are board members of the Davis High School Blue & White Foundation, writing on behalf of the entire board.):
* Phase 1 of the stadium renovation is complete! Davis High has a new all-weather track and field, energy-efficient lights and new scoreboards for both the center and north fields. Also new are the long and triple jumps pits, the pole vault pit and shot-put/discus circle.
* The DHS Blue & White Foundation has received donations from more than 1,000 businesses, individuals and families.
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From editorial, June 7, 2009
The issue: Let’s all do our part to make Davis High School’s new multiuse stadium a reality

The attention our community gives education is unparalleled.

AND NOW, in the midst of some of the most smoky financial times in history, that commitment to education has been turned up a notch … and we should all applaud and support the efforts of those folks who have our kids’ best interests at heart.

The Davis Schools Foundation’s “Dollar-a-Day” campaign continues through June 15. We thank the foundation members for their efforts and can only cheer — with deep admiration — for our residents who dig deep every year to help provide the many educational opportunities our students receive.

But not every classroom has a roof, which brings us to the Davis High School Blue & White Foundation’s incredible “Back on Track” stadium project.

Groundbreaking for the multimillion-dollar project is at 8 a.m. Monday at Dewey Halden Field at Davis High School, and we hope half the city turns out.

The five-decades-old facility is finally getting an overdue facelift … a two-phase undertaking that will benefit thousands of student-athletes long into the future.

WE ALL KNOW the scope by now: a new playing surface and running track will be added in phase one; a worthy scoreboard and improved fan facilities will provide comfort and safety by next fall.

The project will allow Davis to host track meets, junior football jamborees, the Blue Devils’ own graduation ceremonies, soccer playoff games and regional gatherings that went elsewhere because of unsafe conditions and inadequate facilities. Eventually the new stadium will be a moneymaker — as much as $300,000 annually in revenue and off-campus rental fees.

When phase two rolls around, conveniences like snack bar and press box, restrooms and improved seating will be worth the price of admission (and construction).

Without the vision and gumption of people like Lynne Yackzan and Marty Morse, early foundation leaders who set the pace for the stadium project, the high schoolÕs athletic cornerstone may never have been laid.

Now, with the torch passed to foundation workhorses like president Mike Satre, Michael McDermott and Jason Fisk, reality is at hand.

AND THANKS, TOO, to the school board members, Superintendent James Hammond and retiring DHS Principal Michael Cawley, who understood the timing was right. It was a smart move. It’s a move that only a community as dedicated and savvy as Davis would have been able to pull off, given the economic atmosphere.

Brown Construction has earned the contract; we thank them for their interest in the project and their concessions to make it all possible.

With the foundation laid, so to speak, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get cracking. Blue & White has promised to raise $1.5 million by March. The school district has capital-project funds earmarked.

Whether it’s a small wall tile for $50, a personalized walkway brick for $100 or the stadium naming right for $500,000, let’s put this project quickly over the top — and stand tall with what we’ll accomplish.

Visit http://blueandwhite.org to see how to contribute. While you’re there, tour the handsome new Web site. Drink in all the other work the foundation is doing.

THEY CALL IT Blue Devil Pride. We call it amazing. See you tomorrow morning

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From website

The Davis High School Blue & White Foundation was officially formed in 2002. Starting out as a group of near-strangers who felt called to create positive opportunities for our community, these dedicated alumni and Davis citizens got to work.

The Foundation organized and maintains a directory of over 20,000 DHS alumni. It also developed the Hall of Fame which recognizes alumni, faculty, staff, friends, and benefactors from all disciplines who, during and/or after their high school years, have achieved a level of excellence deserving of recognition.

While the foundation’s first major fundraising endeavor is to modernize the Davis High School Stadium at Halden Field, the BWF supports all student and alumni activities. It’s mission, “…to encourage, strengthen and sustain the interaction between Davis Senior High School and its alumni and friends, and to encourage philanthropic support for Davis Senior High School,” allows the foundation to do what Davis does best: support the varying needs of our kids, and invest in our hometown.

Board of Directors

Karen Mattis
Logan Kittle
Kerrie Shultze
Melissa Martinez
Nicole Arnold
Will Arnold
Jeffrey Stromberg
Dennis Foster
Christine Berry
Tom Cross

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New Harmony art 6/10

By May 28, 2015

Art displayed during Mutual Housing at New Harmony tour

By Del Richards
(Sacramento, Calif. May 26, 2015) – The Sacramento Kings arena isn’t the only art making a splash these days, but unlike the Sacramento basketball team owners Mutual Housing California is getting raves for its fanciful art.

Mutual Housing boasts seven sculptures and a mural at New Harmony Mutual Housing Community that can be seen during the free Building Up tour at the community, 3030 Cowell Blvd. in Davis, on June 10 at 11 a.m.

Rachel Iskow, Mutual Housing’s chief executive officer, and affiliate, Mutual Housing Yolo, also has more art planned for the local nonprofit’s latest development in Woodland.

“It is important to introduce young people to art where they live,” said Iskow. “Art should be something people interact with in their daily lives.”

Clarksburg artist Steve Cook created the mother-and-child elephants in the courtyard and the five “people” on the garden fence.

An artist who works in found materials, Cook has pieces in collections across the West and New York.

Iskow started buying Cook’s work for Mutual Housing communities in 2010 when she discovered him at a Second Saturday event.

“Art shouldn’t be something you have to go to a gallery to see or wait until college to learn about,” she said.

The first sculpture, a giraffe named “Gertie” greets residents and guests at Mutual Housing at the Highlands in Sacramento.

“Because it is made of things people are familiar with my assemblage art is very accessible,” said Cook.

The New Harmony elephants, Ella and Ellie, have recognizable parts: gas tanks heads, digging pick tusks, ears cut out of shovels and air-compressor tank bodies.

“The children love the elephants and the sculptures around the garden,” said Isabelle Palomino, New Harmony property manager.

Cook also created the “people creatures” on the garden fence.

“Rachel gave me free-range for the garden,” Cook said. “She just wanted them to be about gardening, so I tried to use as many gardening tools as possible.”

Robin has a fire extinguisher for a body; Willow has a square shovel for a face and an exhaust pipe for a body.

Aunt Bee has a beehive hair-do with metal bees in her hair while Violet has a purple tank body and Berry, a blue one.

“Especially if it’s whimsical like ours is, it makes everyone happy and it speaks to young children in a way they can relate to,” said Iskow.

The community room has a 6 ft. tall metal turtle by former UC Davis student, Rebecca Portney.

“I find the materials and let them inspire me,” said Portney. “The texture of the diamond pattern in metal sheet reminded me of a turtle shell.”

Portney used a plasma cutter to shape the turtle, adding a solid steel head and feet.

The mural on the garden shed was painted by Sacramento artist Carlo Stowers.

Although New Harmony Mutual Housing received an affordable-housing development loan from the city of Davis, the art itself was paid for by the developer.

Mutual Housing’s work is underwritten by NeighborWorks America.

Founded in 1988, Mutual Housing California develops, operates and advocates for sustainable housing for the region’s diverse households.

A member of NeighborWorks America—a congressionally chartered nonprofit that supports community development nationwide—Mutual Housing has more than 3,000 residents, nearly half of whom are children.

Through its focus on leadership, the nonprofit provides training and mentoring as well as education and health programs, community-building activities and services for residents and neighbors.

For more information, go to www.mutualhousing.com.

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Senior Awards Night 6/2 (run 5/29 and 5/31)

By May 27, 2015

Celebrate Seniors at Awards Night

Community members are invited to celebrate the achievements of Davis Senior High School’s graduating seniors on Tuesday, June 2 at Senior Awards Night. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. in the high school’s Richard Brunelle Performance Hall, 315 W. 14th Street.

Several hundred students will be recognized for academics, athletics, community service, school related activities, scholarships and awards.

The top awards are the Gordon H. True Service Cup, awarded to the two students who best represent the qualities of loyalty, service and citizenship, and the Rotary Cup, given to the student at the top of the senior class based on weighted grades.

For more information, contact Davis Senior High School’s Career Center at
757-5400, ext. 140, or [email protected]

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Celebrations

Wedding: Munn-McLain

By May 27, 2015

Jessica Adele Munn and Brian Timm McLain of Washington, D.C., were married on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in an intimate ceremony at Muir Woods National Monument with their families in attendance.

The bride is the daughter of John Reed Munn Jr. and Shelley Munn of Davis. The groom is the son of Steven and Patricia McLain of Palatine, Ill.

Michael Stephanz officiated.

There will be a reception in mid-July in the Chicago area for all their friends and family. Following the reception, the couple will move to Rome, Italy, for two years.

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Press Release

Complementary Trial AquaFit Class for Adults

By May 26, 2015

Contact: Rose Cholewinski
530-759-1214
www.swimamericadavis.com

Complementary Trial AquaFit Class for Adults Offered at SwimAmerica Davis

DAVIS, CA, May 25, 2015. Community members are invited to find out more about aquatic exercise at SwimAmerica (2121 Second Street), on Monday, June 1, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
SwimAmerica’s certified aquatic exercise instructors Lauretta Hyatt-Chan and Hilary Henricson will start with a welcome and introduction to the program, then move to the pool for a 30-minute sample class. Participants are then invited to stay for light refreshments and a chance to talk more with the coaches, as well as socialize with other aquatic exercise participants.

“You’ll have the opportunity to see and feel the benefits of warm-water aquatic exercise,” said Rose Cholewinski, SwimAmerica Owner. “We’ve been offering this structured program for almost two years, and have created a dedicated community of adults who are benefiting from exercise, friendships and our coaches’ expertise.”

SwimAmerica’s warm-water, indoor pool provides a comfortable environment to focus on cardiovascular exercise, strength and balance training, postural alignment, stress reduction, range of motion, stretching and pain management techniques. AquaFit’s one-hour classes feature entertaining music, easy-to-learn movements and perhaps most importantly, fun.
AquaFit is currently offered several days a week with monthly memberships, multi-visit punchcards, and drop in visits available.

Advance registration is not required; participants will need to complete a waiver before entering the pool. For more information or directions to our facility, please call (530) 759-1214.
SwimAmerica Davis has been offering swim lessons, camps, and birthday parties at its indoor, warm-water swim facility since June, 2008.

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Next Generation

Gen Events MASTER

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Friday, May 29

* Youths ages 1-17 are invited to Friday Night Live!, an hour of tumbling and gymnastics at the Civic Center Gym, 23 Russell Blvd, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Whether they want to work on gymnastics skills or just jump on the trampoline, children will be supervised and coached by gymnastics and dance staff, though children ages 1-4 must have a parent or guardian supervising them on the gym floor. The cost is $5 at the door.

* The Davis high school robotics team, Citrus Circuits, will hold an informational night about the FIRST Lego League, a program for students in grades 4-8, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Holmes Junior High School multipurpose room, 1220 Drexel Drive. The event will provide families with information about next year’s FIRST Lego League season, during which participants will design and build robots to perform a challenge and compete at tournaments. For more information, visit www.firstlegoleague.org or email [email protected]

Tuesday, June 2

* Davis High School will honor its soon-to-be-graduates at the annual Senior Awards Night at 6 p.m. in the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Thousands of dollars in scholarships will be awarded along with end-of-the-year honors, including the Gordon H. True Service Cup to the most outstanding senior boy and girl, the Rotary Scholarship Cup to the student with the highest weighted grade-point average, the Blue Devil Service Award, the Athletes of the Year and the Rotary Teacher of the Year.

Friday, June 5

* Youths ages 1-17 are invited to Friday Night Live!, an hour of tumbling and gymnastics at the Civic Center Gym, 23 Russell Blvd, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Whether they want to work on gymnastics skills or just jump on the trampoline, children will be supervised and coached by gymnastics and dance staff, though children ages 1-4 must have a parent or guardian supervising them on the gym floor. The cost is $5 at the door.

Thursday, June 11

The city of Davis hosts the annual sixth-grade party from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. The event features everything from music and dancing to food, laser tag, a bounce house, foosball, video games, lawn games, board games and more.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Community Services office, 600 A St., Suite C, or online at http://community-services.cityofdavis.org/teens/6th-grade-graduation-party. Online purchase requires an active online account and a 2013-14 city liability waiver on file. The activity number is 750200. For more information, call 530-757-5626 or email Christine Foster at [email protected]

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Breast cancer meeting 6/8

By May 27, 2015

Here is the announcement for the monthly Open Door Educational Program of the Breast Cancer Care and Research Fund / Northern California.
Thank you very much for publicizing our events.
Sandy Walsh
Program Chair
Breast Cancer Care & Research Fund / Northern California
Cell: 530-304-2746

Breast Cancer Open Door Educational Meeting
Monday, June 8, 2015, 7:00 pm
University Covenant Church
315 Mace Boulevard (corner of Mace & Alhambra)
Davis, CA

Jason Marengo, M.D. will present “Surgical Methods for Breast Cancer: Treatment and Reconstruction” on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Open Door educational program of the Breast Cancer Care and Research Fund / Northern California. Dr. Marengo is an oncologic and plastic surgeon at North Bay Healthcare, Fairfield. He will present the latest developments in surgical methods for breast cancer treatment and reconstruction. There will be a time for questions and answers.

The program will be held at the University Covenant Church, 315
Mace Boulevard, the corner of Mace and Alhambra Boulevards, Davis (just
North of Interstate 80).

For information or directions call 530-304-2746.

Each month these meetings provide information on some aspect of breast cancer or women’s health. Breast cancer does not discriminate. The meetings are not limited to breast cancer survivors, but are open and free of charge to anyone who is interested in learning more about women’s health issues.
Donations to BCCRF in support of these programs are welcome.

Lead Field Coordinator for California
National Breast Cancer Coalition
President
California Breast Cancer Organizations
Cell: 530-304-2746

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Empower Yolo event 6/20

By May 22, 2015

Contact: Camilla Tucker FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
530.665.5320 (do not publish) May 12, 2015
[email protected]
www.empoweryolo.org

Press Release – Press Release – Press Release

Empower Yolo Presents Summer Solstice Celebration: Shining a Light on Teen Relationship Violence

Davis, CA –On June 20th, Empower Yolo, in partnership with the UC Davis Women’s Resources and Research Center (WRRC), will host Summer Solstice Celebration: Shining a Light on Teen Relationship Violence to further Empower Yolo’s essential, life-changing teen violence prevention education benefitting our community. The event will include a catered dinner along with live music and dancing to local favorite, Roadhouse 5. Dust off your summer styles and get your dancing shoes ready for this fun-filled event!
This Summer Solstice is a 21 and over event that will take place Saturday, June 20th from 6:00pm – 9:30 pm at UC Davis Alumni Center, 530 Alumni Lane Davis, CA 95616. Tickets are $50 each and include the cost of dinner and live entertainment. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.empoweryolo.org or on-site at Empower Yolo – 175 Walnut Street in Woodland. Please take action, pledge your support, and join us to learn how teens, families, organizations, and communities can work together in support of relationship violence prevention.
About Empower Yolo
Established in 1977, Empower Yolo (formally the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to the intervention, prevention and elimination of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking and child abuse in Yolo County. Empower Yolo provides inclusive crisis intervention services to children, women, and men who have been victimized by violence, and prevention education throughout Yolo County and its surrounding areas. Empower Yolo services include: 24/7 crisis hotline, individual counseling, support groups, emergency confidential shelter and empowerment program; Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Response Teams, restraining order clinics and legal advocacy, Prevention and Education – including presentations, community fairs/tablings, and professional trainings throughout Yolo County and Teen Education presentations and groups in local high schools. All services are free and confidential. If you are in crisis or need support please call 530.662.1133. For more information about Empower Yolo, visit www.empoweryolo.org.

Students will show a film they made for this event called, Shine a Light on Teen Violence. Also showing will be the Davis Students’ winning SAAC PSA and Posters. Please spread the word.

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Arts

Houston Jones at The Palms 6/6

By May 27, 2015

From: Houston Jones
Subject: Sat, June 6th, Palms Playhouse Presents: Houston Jones, Susie Glaze & The HiLonesome Band, and very special guest Joe Craven
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 23:37:50 +0000 (UTC)
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Houston Jones, Susie Glaze and the HiLonesome Band and very special guest Joe Craven to appear at the Palms Playhouse, Saturday, June 6th, 2015.

Saturday, June 6, 8pm
Doors open at 7:30pm
Palms Playhouse
13 Main Street
Winters, CA 95694

Tickets: $20
Purchase tickets at
Armadillo Music, 207 F Street, Davis, 530-758-8058
Davids’ Broken Note, 527 Main Street, Woodland, 530-661-2349
Pacific Ace Hardware, 35 Main Street, Winters, 530-795-3368
and at the door the evening of the show.

We are pleased to announce that the amazing, inimitable Joe Craven will be our very special guest performer for this concert!
Houston Jones, a San Francisco based high-octane Americana band, performs a strong repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel. Billboard.com praised their “Wonderful original tunes;” Dirty Linen said “No one delivers the goods quite like Houston Jones… Houston Jones remains one of the West Coast’s most talented and entertaining bands.”

This “confluence of sublime talent” -(SF Chronicle) features Glenn Houston (lead guitars), Travis Jones (lead vocals, guitar), Henry Salvia (keyboards, accordion), Joshua Zucker (standup bass), and Peter Tucker (drums).

Houston Jones invites you into a world of musical virtuosity and storytelling ranging from the myths of ancient Greece to the red dirt back roads of Waskom Texas. The acoustic heart of the band beats with the passion of five lifetimes lived in a musical landscape of revival tents to Irish pubs, New Orleans to the Great Plains to Motown, a church in Cape Cod to a punk club in Berkeley.
www.houstonjones.com

Susie Glaze and the HiLonesome Band are a lush newgrass Americana folk fusion quintet presenting gorgeous eclectic blends of mountain folk and exciting new grassy and Celtic-inspired originals. Featuring the remarkable voice of Susie Glaze, their debut CD “Blue Eyed Darlin” won the Just Plain Folks Music Award for Best Roots Album. Presenting rough-edged stories of tragedy and fate, their sound has been described as “chamber music gone folk!” With Steve Rankin on mandolin, Rob Carlson on guitar and dobro, Fred Sanders on bass and Mark Indictor on fiddle and showcasing the songwriting of lead guitarist Carlson, the band has appeared at many premier venues and festivals on the West Coast, including Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage, McCabe’s Guitar Shop, The Broad Stage and the Hollywood Bowl. A feature article was published in August 2013 in No Depression titled “Unsung Heroes of Americana Music – Jean Ritchie and Susie Glaze.” Susie’s dramatic version of Ritchie’s “West Virginia Mine Disaster” was featured on a tribute album “Dear Jean,” which also featured new recordings of Ritchie songs by Kathy Mattea, Judy Collins, Janis Ian and Pete Seeger.

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Thank you,
Kathy Pomianek
Artist representative
for Houston Jones
510-306-4809
HoustonJones.com
Facebook.com/Houston Jones

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Arts

Winters auditions 6/18

By May 27, 2015

The auditions for the Winters Theatre Company production of William Shakespeare’s, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” will be on Thursday and Friday, June 18th and 19th, at 7:30pm in the Winters Community Center at 201 Railroad Ave in Winters. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Shows will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, August 7th through 16th, 2015. Questions can be directed to Howard Hupe at [email protected]

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Arts

Klezmer music 6/7

By May 27, 2015

Here are the details on our upcoming concert;

An Evening of Klezmer Music with Veretski Pass

Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy, playing a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Romanian and Ottoman styles, that have excited concertgoers across the world.

Veretski Pass will be playing their new program, “Poyln”, the music of Polish Jews and Jewish Poles. The entire program brings a fresh new perspective to the genre, “klezmer music” and is bound to surprise and delight their audience.

Sunday, June 7, 2014 at 7 PM
Village Homes Community Center
2661 Portage Bay East, Davis, CA

For information and reservations: 530-867-1032
Tickets: $13 in advance, $17 at the door
Buy your tickets on-line at:

http://www.TimnaTalMusic.com

More info. on this event is available here; http://www.timnatalmusic.com/Timnatal_Music/Timnatal_Music_Upcoming_Concerts.html

Please let me know if the photo is good enough for the print edition! I have another photo in HIGHER resolution but this one is more fun!
Thanks,

Gil Medovoy – TimnaTal Music

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Ravenna Colt at Armadillo Music 6/5

By May 27, 2015

Subject: The Ravenna Colt (ex-My Morning Jacket) | Free In-store show at Armadillo Music

The Ravenna Colt plays Armadillo Music on June 5 in support of its new album,
“Terminal Current.”

The Ravenna Colt is the solo project of Johnny Quaid, co-founder of My
Morning Jacket who parted amicably with the group in 2004 to pursue
his own musical endeavors. “Terminal Current” is the follow up to The
Ravenna Colt’s 2010 debut album, “Slight Spell.”

Both “Terminal Current” and “Slight Spell” are in stores now on LP, CD
and digital formats from Karate Body Records and Removador Recordings
and Solutions.

“Terminal Current” Album Stream: http://bit.ly/1IFMrfJ
Watch the video for “Absolute Contingency”: http://bit.ly/1QPEAPw
Purchase “Terminal Current” on LP/CD: http://bit.ly/1w6Mait
iTunes: http://apple.co/1BpIxjF

I’ve attached a promo pic to this e-mail. Let me know if you have any
questions or would like to talk to Johnny.

Thanks!
Mat Herron
502.836.6280


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John Munn on drought

By May 26, 2015

Dear Editor,

In print, on TV, and by other media, we are constantly told that water is scarce. This is true for much of California that relies on surface water or where groundwater water has been significantly depleted. But it is not true in Davis, despite our being lumped in with truly water deficient areas by the State Water Resources Control Board. Here, we have yet to see any surface water delivered from our expensive surface water project, and all of the water we are still using in households, for irrigation, and by business is coming from local wells. And data available from the City of Davis shows that there is no shortage of local groundwater.

The City has been measuring water depth in each of its wells for many years; and over the past few years, most wells have been measured monthly. Davis is now using 21 wells, 15 of which are between 340 and 615 feet deep that rely on “intermediate” depth aquifers. The remaining 6 wells are approximately 1,500 to 1,800 feet deep and provide water that is of generally better quality from deeper aquifers. All of these wells are tapping an immense reservoir that lies under our feet and extends for miles beyond Davis. Of course, we are not alone. The intermediate depth aquifer is also used by agriculture, rural residents, and some other communities, while UCD relies on water from the deeper aquifers.

The City’s measurements show our water table going up and down for more than 30 years. Just looking at the past five years of more frequent measurements, from 2010 through 2014, we see the water table rising for two to three years and then, with less recharge, falling for two years – but not by much. Annual average groundwater depth in our intermediate aquifer wells now ranges between about 60 to 80 feet, which is 4 to 17 feet lower than five years ago. In the deep aquifer wells, the water table now rises to an average annual depth of 80 to 120 feet, and is 4 to 50 feet lower. In one intermediate depth well and one deeper aquifer well, the water table is actually higher now than it was in 2010.

The amount of groundwater available is dependent on aquifer volumes and structural characteristics. These are generally not known in much detail. But we can say that in a given well, the useable depth is the depth of the well. Using this as a crude reference point for putting change of water depth into perspective, the lower water tables in intermediate wells are about 1 to 4 percent of well depth and, for deeper aquifer wells, about 1 to 3 percent of well depth. We are not running out of groundwater!

At this time, water conservation in Davis is either for the sake of political correctness or because of the increasing cost of water to pay for the surface water project. If dry years continue, we may come to the point where conservation to save groundwater and/or money makes more sense. Of course, continued drought would also mean that we will be paying for a surface water project that provides no water.

This calls into question why we needed a surface water project that will at least triple our cost of water, but delivers no water when it is most needed? My guess is that we are either building it to pay for it, with the real benefits going to local politicians in the form of campaign contributions by those profiting from the project, surface water is really intended to support future growth, or our local representatives were not able to figure out that there is more than enough groundwater for now and the foreseeable future.

John Munn

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Local News

Suicide Prevention 7/9

By May 26, 2015

This is for immediate publication, and we would like it run through July 2.

Play a role in saving the lives of Yolo County residents. Join the dedicated volunteers who answer our phones – the first point of human contact in the steps toward mental health. Volunteers undergo a 36-hour training program in which they develop the skills needed to manage issues of depression, suicide, family relationship conflicts and mental illness.

Are you interested in volunteering with Suicide Prevention of Yolo County? Here’s your chance:

July 2015 – August 2015
Thursday, July 9, 6 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, July 11, 9 AM – 3 PM
Sunday, July 12, 9 AM – 3 PM
Tuesday, July 14, 6 PM – 9 PM
Thursday, July 16, 6 PM – 9 PM
Tuesday, July 21, 6 PM – 9 PM
Thursday, July 23, 6 PM – 9 PM
Tuesday, July 28, 6 PM – 9 PM
Thursday, July 30, 6 PM – 9 PM
Tuesday, August 4, 6 PM – 9 PM

All training dates must be attended on time. Additionally, all applicants must be at least 20 years old and willing to commit to one full year of volunteering. During this year, volunteers are expected to volunteer an average of 6 hours per week. All trainings are conducted in Davis.

If you are interested, please check your schedule for availability to attend training as well as your availability to volunteer through the end of the year (as many leave the area during winter break). If you are available, please download an application from our website (www.suicidepreventionyolocounty.org/), fill it out, and email it to us at [email protected]

Thank you very much for your assistance!

Suicide Prevention of Yolo County
P.O. Box 622
Davis, CA 95617
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(530)756-2931 Fax
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Hats off to diversity 6/7

By May 24, 2015

Hie Debbie
I wanted to ask if you would publish a story in the Enterprise about the Hats Off to Diversity Womens’ Tea that I’m hosting June 7th. I have attached a spiel and the flyer. Please edit if needed ( I hope this is something that interests you)

This June 7th from 3-5pm , Nathalie Mukome will be hosting the First ever “Hats Off To Diversity High Tea Fundraiser” at John Natsoulas Gallery 521 1st st, Davis. This tea is promising to be the talk of the year as the Womens’ Tea will have attendees wearing their fancy Tea hats from around the World. Proceeds raised at this event will be go to paying tuition for low income high school students in rural Zimbabwe where she is from.
Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased on eventbrite. Hurry as they are only a few spots left.
Hats Off To Diversity High Tea

Hats Off To Diversity High Tea
You are invited on June 7th from 3pm to 5pm to a ladies high tea. You don’t want to miss a fabulous event Hosted By TESE Foundation at John Natsoulas Gallery 52…
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When asked about the tea she had this to say: ” Since I have lived in Davis, I meet women from around the world. There has never been an event uniting us by bringing women of all backgrounds and nationalities in a central place for a great cause. This will be a dream come true for me. It is also a good excuse to shop for a tea hat and heels as this is a dressy affair. We encourage our young girls over 5yrs to attend as they will be judging the best hat and heels”

Nathalie herself is not new to the Enterprise front page. Her most popular appearance was when she was invited to meet Oprah at her finale in Chicago a few years back. More recently she has MC-ed the sold out “Celebrate Africa Dinner” at International House Davis whose board she resides. This Tea promises to be a hit. For more info about tea or her work please email [email protected]

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Hie Debbie, Thank you and I sure will . I have attached a picture I have on hand but it may not be high resolution. I can do one with HR soon if that doesn’t work. I am sorry you missed it as well as I would have loved to meet in person.
I also forgot to include that all our tea for the event (very important)
Has been generously donated by Tealist Davis and the venue donated by John Natsoulas Gallery. Other major supporters and silent auction donors include UCD, Hallmark Inn, Swim America, ShuShu’s Boutique, Creme De La Creme , Hair By Elizabeth, Bacchiarini’s marshal arts school and lots more. This will be a dressy event so hats and heels are encouraged. We will also have a fun competition, games and Silent auction goodies

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Hallie Perlman will share the role of the Firebird with fellow Applegate Dance Company dancer Holly Welpott in this summer’s performance of Igor Stravinsky’s one-act ballet “The Firebird.” Courtesy photo

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Schoeningh letter

By May 24, 2015

Sir,

People have the right to express their opinion. This includes peaceful protesting that does not harm other individuals.

On the other hand, Monsanto has brought to the Woodland area some of the basic principles UCD was founded on, improve agricultural and the lives of many people. Additionally, it has brought jobs and people that will benefit the community.

Sincerely,

William Schoeningh

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Sunday Dinner Pledge

By May 24, 2015

Experts Encourage Woodland Families to Bring Back the Sunday Dinner

New Effort Benefits Area Seniors and Meals on Wheels

Tom Suharik from the Yolo and Vacaville area is on a mission to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones. The reason? New research shows that 50 percent of surveyed families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older loved ones, losing an important family connection.*

“For seniors, it’s not what’s on their plate that matters most at mealtime – it’s who is at the table with them,” said Suharik, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care® office. “When seniors share meals with a companion, they have a better mealtime experience – both nutritionally and emotionally.”

Almost 75 percent of the people surveyed said they only sit down for a family meal with senior loved ones for special occasions, events or holidays. They say a big part of the problem is time – both not having enough of it and conflicting schedules.

To encourage families to make time for these meals, the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation® will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels America (up to $20,000 total through July 31, 2015) for each person that commits to regularly scheduling family dinners at SundayDinnerPledge.com. Pledging to have a sit-down dinner with loved ones will help to ensure other seniors will have a quality meal through the Meals on Wheels program.

“We hope families will make the pledge to either revive or begin new mealtime traditions with their senior loved ones,” Suharik said. “This small commitment can have a big impact on a senior’s well-being.”

To help families across the country host their own Sunday dinner, Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with celebrity chef and mother of four Melissa d’Arabian to develop easy, nutritious recipes. Additional resources include tips for how to involve seniors in meal planning and preparation, pre- and post-dinner activities and meal plans for healthy, inexpensive meals that all generations can enjoy.

For these free resources and more information on how you can bring back the Sunday dinner and reconnect with your senior loved ones, visit www.SundayDinnerPledge.com or call Home Instead Senior Care at 530-758-4159.

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* Home Instead, Inc. completed surveys with a random sample of 1,000 households in U.S. and Canada between February 10 and 15, 2015. Participants were 50 percent male and 50 percent female, with 900 households in U.S. and 100 in Canada.

About Home Instead Senior Care®
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world’s leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises that are estimated to annually provide more than 50 million hours of care throughout the United States and 15 other countries. Local Home Instead Senior Care offices employ approximately 65,000 CAREGivers℠ worldwide who provide basic support services that enable seniors to live safely and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. The Home Instead Senior Care network strives to partner with each client and his or her family members to help meet that individual’s needs. Services span the care continuum – from providing companionship and personal care to specialized Alzheimer’s care and hospice support. Also available are family caregiver education and support resources. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while striving to provide superior quality service.

About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time.

About Melissa d’Arabian
Food Network star, best-selling author, writer and mom of four Melissa d’Arabian is an expert on affordable and healthy family home cooking. Well known for her “Ten Dollar Dinners” show and best-selling cookbook, she also hosts Food Network web series “The Picky Eaters Project” and serves as a lead judge on “Guy’s Grocery Games.” Her new “Supermarket Healthy” cookbook is available now. www.melissadarabian.net.

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Davis resident recalls long, difficult trip from Vietnam to California after the Fall of Saigon in 1975

By May 23, 2015

This year has triggered many memories for Davis resident Carolee Tran, who was born in South Vietnam in the late 1960s, and had a harrowing experience with her family at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

Tran was born in Saigon, into a family that was connected in several ways to the long struggle between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. Her maternal grandfather  worked for the American Embassy in Saigon. Her father was an officer in the South Vietnamese Army.  Her mother had fled North Vietnam in the 1950s, in order to live in the South.

In 1974 and early 1975, the war was not going well for the South Vietnamese Army. Tran’s grandfather was quietly asked to draw up an evacuation plan, Tran recalled, “and he noticed that there were few places where people would be picked up… and there were a lot of people to pick up… My grandfather realized that we would not get out if we stayed in Saigon.”

Tran’s father was busy with his military duties. So Tran, her mother, and several siblings went to Phu Quoc Island, off Vietnam’s southern coast.  Tran was eight-years-old. “I was told that we were going on vacation, and Dad was not joining us. But Mom was tearful, it did not seem like a vacation.” Tran’s mother made dog tags as identification for each child, and each child was equipped with a bag containing a change of clothing.

Tran’s family attempted to depart Phu Quoc on the night of April 29. “My grandfather was yelling ‘It is time to go. Don’t turn on the lights. I could see all these people running in the streets. We ran to the seaside, but the officials told us we couldn’t board the boats. We were told to go back home, everything was fine.”

But the next day, as new arrived that Saigon was being occupied by North Vietnamese troops, people rushed to the seaside again, desperately looking for a boat that could carry them to a large American ship that was approaching the island. After hours of racing from boat to boat, Tran and her family finally found a vessel that was willing to take them out to meet the American ship, which was surrounded by a scow and a host of smaller fishing boats. “We had to jump from boat to boat, and I could see dead people in the water who had missed (as they jumped). I remember hearing a loudspeaker, telling people to calm down, women and children were going to get on first. And I could see men trying to get on, and they were kicked off by Navy men, and got crushed between the ship and the scow. It was panic, people were trampling on each other.”

A young man carried Tran onto the American ship, where she was body searched. And then she heard the ship’s horn blowing, and she saw a group of her relatives down below, as the American ship started pulling away. “I was terrified, I was by myself, I had no way to know where the ship was going. People cried. There was screaming. I remember seeing some of the Navy officers, their faces red, and tears running down their faces because of what they were witnessing.”

Tran wandered the ship, “probably for a couple of hours.” And eventually her mother — who had managed to get onboard — found her, and she joined a family group that included siblings, aunts and uncles. “Everybody else was left behind. We had no idea where my father was.”

“On the ship, we were put down below, like sardines. A family would have a space about the size of a kitchen table, we sat together, all scrunched up. There was no milk for my 18-month old sister. It was survival of the fittest.”

“There was an epidemic of pinkeye on the ship. And the food was like mush. One day they gave us canned food, but no can opener. Going to the bathroom, there was a little stall, and below you could see the sea.” People would fight over items they said had been stolen by someone else on the boat.

Tran’s mother was told by another person on the boat — a neighbor’s neighbor in Saigon — that the North Vietnamese troops had shot up the Tran family’s home. There was no word about Tran’s father, but it appeared possible he might have died in the shooting.

After about five days, the ship reached the American island of Guam, where the evacuees were put up in tents. There was a din from the camp PA system, with frequent announcements about family members trying to connect with other family members they hoped had gotten out. After several days, when Tran’s mother was going through the line at the camp mess hall — and she encountered her husband, who had gotten out of South Vietnam and managed to make it to Guam.

The family was at the camp in Guam for about three months, then they were shipped to Camp Pendleton in Southern California. Again, they were living in tents. Unlike Guam, which is hot and steamy, the nighttime temperatures in coastal California seemed “very cold,” as Tran realls. “We would collect plastic beverage bottles, fill them up with hot water, and put them in our cots, to try and keep warm. Tran marked her ninth birthday while at Camp Pendleton.

Because the extended Tran family included some 17 people, finding an American sponsor took time. Finally, as the refugee camp was about to close, the Tran family was sponsored by members of the Christian Reform Church in Contra Costa County (in the San Francisco Bay Area). They moved to the city of Lafayette — which “had almost no people of color in 1975,” Tran recalled. “School was a foreign experience. Kids would come up and touch my hair. I remember seeing things that would terrify my, like kids with braces on their teeth, with headgear strapped around their neck and head.” The family was also a bit frightened when strangers wearing masks pounded on their front door on October 31 — no one had explained the American custom of Halloween to them.

Speaking no English at the outset, Tran started in a first grade class, even though she was significantly older than her classmates. “I jumped three grades that first year. I had a Vietnamese-English dictionary, and I would look up every single word. That’s how I got through it.”

Tran’s parents moved into a rented home in Walnut Creek, and eventually bought a home for $50,000 (typical for a suburban Bay Area home in the 70s.) And she caught up with other kids her age at school. “In junior high, I was obsessed with everything about the Vietnam war. I would go to the library and read books about Vietnam vets, and women who had served as nurses.”

Tran attended a private high school, working two jobs to support the tuition. She got scholarship money that allowed her to enroll at UC Berkeley as an undergrad.

“My parents were very proud people. We never went on public assistance.” Tran’s father got a job as a janitor at an auto salvage company, and was eventually promoted to a management position. But then the company folded. Tran’s father then got a job as a janitor at a multiplex cinema in San Francisco. “On the weekends, I would come from Berkeley and at 11 p.m. we would go with him to the theater  and work until 6 a.m. to help clean the theater. Most nights, he did the work alone. In Vietnam, he had been an Army major, with chauffeurs.”

Tran became a grad student at Boston University, studying clinical psychology, followed by an internship at Harvard. “It was a huge culture shock, going from California to Massachusetts.” And she was taken aback by the racial attitudes and housing discrimination she encountered in Boston.

By now Tran was married, and thinking about children. She and her husband decided to move back to California in the late 1990s, thinking it would be a good place to raise biracial kids. “We wanted to move to the Bay Area, but couldn’t afford anything.” Her husband had attended UC Davis for two years, so they decided to look here. They moved to Davis in 1998, and their daughters (now in 5th grade and the 11th grade) have attended local schools. Tran now serves as an assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at UC Davis Medical Center, and practices privately in Sacramento as well.

Tran also went back to Vietnam in 1997, with her parents and her husband. She is going to Vietnam again this summer, with her husband and daughters (who will be visiting Vietnam for the first time). “My husband is doing work on global mental health there, and my daughters and I will be volunteering in a clinic that serves autistic children.”

The last few months have triggered old memories. As Tran sees news reports about refugees departing Africa in leaking boats, desperately trying to cross the Mediterranean into Europe, and Rohingya refugees from Myanmar taking to the sea in leaky boats, trying to find a new life in Malaysia or Indonesia, she reflects on her own experience four decades ago.

Tran’s father passed away on February 20. And then the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon was marked on April 30, and 2015 also includes anniversaries of the family’s arrival in Guam, and at Camp Pendleton. “If I can, I’d like to dedicate (this interview) to my dad,” Tran asked.

“And if you have space in the article, I would like to thank the vets,” she added. “I have such a soft place in my heart for the Vietnam vets, I am appalled by the way they were treated (after the war).”

 

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Tom Elias, June 9: Vaccinations and the Guv … what will he do?

By June 09, 2015

Now that the state Senate has generally ignored the loud, repeated and unscientific outcries of anti-vaccination crusaders, it’s likely the Assembly will fall into line this summer and pass a law eliminating religious belief as an excuse for not getting children inoculated before they enroll in public schools.

But will Gov. Jerry Brown sign this strong new bill in the face of claims by anti-vaxxers that it interferes with their freedom to make medical decisions for their children?

This question rises naturally from the message Brown appended to his signature in 2012, the last time a strong vaccination measure reached his desk. That law requires parents not vaccinating their kids to produce evidence they have been briefed on the possible consequences by a medical professional before making their decision.

It aims to reduce the numbers of children not protected against onetime scourges like measles, mumps, rubella, polio, smallpox, pertussis and other potentially deadly or debilitating diseases that until a few years ago had been virtually eradicated from the civilized world by vaccinations.

But Brown — fully aware that no organized religion, not even Christian Science, has taken a stance against vaccinations — nevertheless wrote this after his signature: “I will direct the Department (of Public Health) to allow for a separate religious exemption on the form…in this way, people whose religious beliefs preclude vaccinations will not be required to seek a health practitioner’s signature.”

So Brown, known for decades for occasional inconsistencies, signed a bill requiring contact with health personnel before parents could enroll any unvaccinated child in school, but then gave them an easy way around the requirement. Talk about a meaningless signature.

His aides tried to explain this away, saying Brown’s order “does not countermand the law” and that he “believes that vaccinations are profoundly important and a major public health benefit…we’ve taken into account fundamental First Amendment religious freedoms through an extremely narrow exemption.”

Actually, the exemption — in the form of a box on a school enrollment form that any parent can check off without having to prove either religious involvement or belief – is wide enough to drive a truck through.

It is one possible reason for the whooping cough outbreak of 2014 and the measles upsurge of last February, although no one has tracked down the original patients who spread those diseases, so no one can be absolutely certain.

But the simple reality is this: Parents who claim individual freedom to make decisions for their children are simultaneously trampling on the rights of many thousands of children whose medical conditions preclude them from getting vaccinated. What about their freedom from unnecessary dangers?

“We’ve examined the religious freedom issue,” says Democratic state Sen. Richard Pan of Sacramento, a pediatrician and the Legislature’s only medical doctor, the new bill’s co-author. “The courts say vaccines are not a First Amendment issue and are within the authority of states to impose. We do provide options, too. We demand that parents who refuse to vaccinate take responsibility. They are free to home school their kids. But they are not free to endanger others. There is a compelling state interest in public health.”

The question is whether Brown will agree, or whether he will listen to anti-vaccination parents who repeatedly cite a late-1990s British study purporting to show vaccinations are linked to autism. Not only was the research methodology shown to be invalid, but that so-called study’s author later recanted.

This doesn’t stop anti-vaxxers, who turned out in large, loud numbers for state Senate hearings and likely will for upcoming discussions in the Assembly. Their appeals for personal freedom at the expense of the freedom of many more others won over almost all state Senate Republicans, only three GOPers voting for the vaccination bill. One was Sen. Jeff Stone of Temecula, a longtime pharmacist well versed in the benefits of vaccines.

With a Republican co-sponsor in the Assembly, Pan hopes this won’t devolve into a mostly partisan quarrel there, as it did in the Senate. Regardless, odds for Assembly passage appear good.

Which means Brown looms as the largest potential obstacle to this much needed public health measure. If he doesn’t reverse his earlier miscue, he can expect a full share of the blame each time there’s a disease outbreak that could have been prevented by vaccinations.

— Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now available in an updated third edition. His email address is [email protected]

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Tom Elias, June 12: Pension-change measure inevitable next year

By June 12, 2015

It was inevitable once the number of signatures needed to put a constitutional amendment initiative on the statewide ballot dropped by 300,000 following last fall’s election:

A measure to change the pension system governing many California public employees will be voted on in November of next year.

Equally unsurprising are the identities of its two major sponsors: former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and ex-City Councilman Carl DeMaio of San Diego, who has failed in runs for mayor and for the congressional seat now held by Democrat Scott Peters.

The exact content of the initiative is not yet certain, although both politicos say they may have their measure ready as early as next month for review and titling by state Attorney General Kamala Harris, who likely will share the ballot with the initiative as she runs for the U.S. Senate.

Given what Reed and DeMaio have done via local ballot propositions in their own cities, it’s a virtual certainly their measure will contain something forcing public employees at the state and local levels to increase their contributions to pension funding. It will also most likely give local governments the power to renegotiate with unions the pension benefits paid for future work, while leaving all vested benefits in place. And it might set up 401(k)-style accounts for some future public employees, rather than fixed benefits paid through CalPERS, the California Public Employee Retirement System.

When Reed tried to put a measure much like that on last fall’s ballot, he ran afoul of the attorney general, who must write an objective summary and title for every initiative before petition circulators begin seeking signatures.

Harris’ summary said the 2014 Reed measure would “eliminate constitutional protections” for some workers, including teachers, nurses and law officers. Reed strongly objected to this description, but it was upheld in court and the effort went nowhere.

Now, with the petition signature threshold for proposed state constitutional amendments down from 807,000 to 504,000 because of last fall’s low voter turnout, Reed and DeMaio are working to craft something Harris-proof.

“Some of the San Diego and San Jose policies will be included,” Dan Pellessier, president of a group calling itself California Pension Reform, working with Reed and DeMaio, told a reporter. “But we have to make it hard for Harris to make this look like a dirt sandwich, as she did before.”

That’s a challenge, because no matter how they try to sugar-coat it, Reed and DeMaio will be trying to take money from public employees either at the front end, via increased contributions, or at the back end, via reduced payouts or a change away from fixed benefits for new employees.

Something, however, has to be done. For even after the reforms pushed through by Gov. Jerry Brown early in this decade, many of the state’s 130 public pension systems are unhealthy, underfunded. In 2013, then state Controller, now Treasurer, John Chiang reported 17 plans were underfunded by at least 40 percent, 45 per underfunded by 20 to 40 percent and 22 more had shortages of 20 percent or less.

Altogether, the state’s unfunded pension liability had risen to $198 billion from $6.3 billion in 2003.

“Rising salary and pension costs for state and local government workers have outpaced the…new tax revenues generated by (the 2012) Proposition 30,” DeMaio claimed in an essay.

One result is that CalPERS will soon begin raising assessments of cities and counties to help meet their pension obligations, administered by that agency in most cases.

“It is clear that politicians in Sacramento are not serious about reforming unsustainable pension benefits,” DeMaio said. He complains that public employee pensions far outpace those in the private sector, where fixed-benefit plans are mostly a thing of the past, enjoyed by many of the currently retired, but a mere fantasy for most of today’s workers.

The challenge for DeMaio and Reed lies in crafting a plan that doesn’t renege on promises and contracts previously agreed to, while still saving money. That’s a very tall order.

— Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now available in an updated third edition. His email address is [email protected]

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Respect the Trails

By May 24, 2015

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of volunteering for Tuleyome’s Home Place Adventures in a trail restoration event at Stebbins Cold Canyon in Winters.

Positive comments from hikers such as “Thank you for your hard work!” and “I notice the changes every month and appreciate the work you all do to beautify this mountain,” made my dirty clothes, sweaty face, and sore shoulders worth it.

I was responsible for cutting the erosion blankets in preparation to be put on the slope of the mountain. The erosion blankets were first installed in this trail because hikers began venturing off course and subsequently destroyed some of the natural habitats and shrubbery off trail. Paul Havemann, Reserve Steward at UC Davis Natural Reserve System, explained to us that he has had to reinstall erosion blankets multiple times due to vandalism on the slope. The purpose of the erosion blankets is to increase vegetation, which would successively decrease water runoff and further erosion. Though some hikers are purposely removing restoration signs, wooden stakes, and destroying the property, Paul clarified that he believes the majority of the damage on this trail is unintentional.

With an open slope, it can easily been seen why this is the perfect location for runners in training and individuals working to build their endurance and strength. Unfortunately, even with installing erosion blankets, the continued and repeated pressure is wearing them down and has stunted the growth of the vegetation below the blankets. I request any one who notices hikers off course or running up the erosion blankets to encourage them to stay on marked trail, and please report their activity to Paul Havemann at (775) 742-6193 or [email protected]

At the end, we had truly made a difference in the trail and could see how our dirt, sweat, and soreness will help prevent erosion, stimulate beautification, and divert and retain water for Stebbins Cold Canyon.

This was Tuleyome’s Home Place Adventures’ last trail restoration before the heat of the summer arrives. Check out Tuleyome’s website at www.tuleyome.org to learn about future events and volunteer opportunities.

Grace Kaufman, Davis

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By May 23, 2015

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Thomas Oide is a senior at Davis High School, the editor-in-chief of the DHS student-run newspaper, The HUB, and a staff writer at 12thmanrising.com.
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Thomas Oide is a senior at Davis High School, the editor-in-chief of the DHS student-run newspaper, The HUB, and a staff writer at 12thmanrising.com.

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Art glass of Hendren and Hill on display in June at The Artery

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"Java Planter" is among the works on display by Deborah Hill, pastel, oil and ceramic artist, in The Artery's "Mosaic Madness." Hill is the guest artist sharing space at the gallery with art-glass artist Eileen Hendren from Friday, June 5, through Friday, June 19.
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The Artery presents “Mosaic Madness,” showcasing the art glass of Eileen Hendren and Deborah Hill from Friday, June 5, through Friday, June 19.
Giving old furniture a new, colorful life is the motivation for the show. Hendren, also known as Aunt Lilly, has collected a year’s worth of unusual furniture from antique stores and even the streets of Davis, with “move day” for UCD providing a bounty. She says she looks for a piece with good bones. From there she lets the shape dictate the vibrant colors and the embellishments that form her furniture mosaics.
Deborah Hill, the guest artist sharing the space with Hendren, is an accomplished pastel, oil and ceramic artist. Her sense of balance and attention to detail are not to be missed. She showed with Hendren once before and the two artists are not only good friends, but their individual styles complement one and another. For this show Hill also offers repurposed furniture with her mosaics adding whimsy and style.
The reception coincides with the Davis Second Friday ArtAbout: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 12, at The Artery, 207 G St. in Davis. The Artery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and until 9 p.m. Fridays. For more information, call 530-758-8330, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.theartery.net.

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The underground origins of KDVS band Genuis

By May 23, 2015

In the basement of Freeborn Hall, a prominent brick assembly building adjacent to the UC Davis Memorial Union, music and lively DJ banter reverberate down windowless hallways. Since the university deemed it seismically unsound and closed it indefinitely, Freeborn has remained deceptively fenced in as life teems beneath the ghost hall.

Some of the echoes emerge from a radio station, a cozy hangout that holds one of the largest vinyl collections in California and doubles as a home for hundreds of student and community volunteers. It is a place where outspoken and creative individuals have the chance to send their voices out onto the airwaves and into your car’s stereo – a close-knit, underground community.

It was here in the KDVS studio, walls coated by a dense collage of band posters and artwork, that engineering major Anthony Leedom and music composition/percussion major Lien Do found a suitable environment to form their electronic band, Genuis.

“At first, instead of calling it a band, we said we’re collaborating, so we wouldn’t have a ton of expectations of each other. In the beginning, we were just having fun. We didn’t really think about what would happen in the future,” Do said.

Today, the duo has opened for popular musicians Giraffage, Au Revoir Simone, and Shabazz Palaces at venues such as The Chapel and Slim’s in San Francisco. They released their first album .//WAV in July of 2014 on KDVS recordings and Popgang records, a collection of wispy and ethereal sensations coupled with elemental beats.

“I used to say its dark tropical electronic music – but I’d think it’s more like ‘technology pop’,” Do said, referencing genres that may strike some as unfamiliar but are certainly detectable upon listening to their tracks.

Do and Leedom started volunteering at KDVS as freshman undergraduates. As seniors, the two assisted with KDVS Live in Studio A, a weekly live music broadcast.

“We would just see each other every Thursday. We spent a lot of time together just working at KDVS. It wasn’t until four years later – I was playing a lot of music, but at the time I didn’t have a band – I got booked for Sophia’s Thai Kitchen,” Do said, “I had the show booked but no music”.

Do knew that Leedom produced his own music and was receiving a lot of positive responses. She asked him if he would like to perform with her. He agreed.

“We only had 2 weeks to make a band and we spent every night in the KDVS underground making music,” said Leedom.

They worked tirelessly on song production, yet the duo still required a band name to attribute their creations.

“We named it Genius, but I was like, that’s a little too pretentious to tell people we’re geniuses when we’re not. So we just switched the u and the i,” Do said.

And thus, Genuis was born. Their songs evolved diverse compositions reminiscent of the strikingly artful walls of KDVS.

“Our style is something like audio collage turned into music, using audio samples in musical ways,” Leedom said.

The summer night arrived – Genuis performed on the wooden patio of Sophia’s, illuminated by soft string lights and the faces of supportive friends.

“It was fun, we had projected visuals overlaid on us and a bunch of KDViteS showed up to support us. I think we even sold out of our demo CDs we burned just before the show,” Leedom said.

Do also recounted the excitement possessed by that first Genuis performance. “It was really nerve-wracking, but it was great,” Do said, “It was really cool to have strangers come talk to us, saying they liked it, especially after we had just stayed up all night for two weeks working on it.”

The duo became a local favorite, playing at various house shows and KDVS events.

Leedom fills the technical niche, incorporating computers and utilizing programs like Ableton to build a sound, while Do contributes her strong acoustic background and vocals.

“I work with software sequencers more than I work with any particular instrument, and they end up defining our sound more than anything else,” Leedom said, “They allow us to create these complex routings and automations that no instrument is capable of as well as time stretching and other ‘non-musical’ tricks that end up contributing a lot to our sound. The whole program ends up acting like an instrument itself.”

Since graduating and moving out of Davis, Do in San Francisco and Leedom in Santa Maria, they continue to work on tracks together, sending them back and forth online, adding details on each end. The separation in difficult but doable, and Genuis plans to book more shows in the near future.

Performing with a band typically requires a strong ability to unify ideas conceptualized by different artists. This is no easy task for any collaboration, yet Do and Leedom have established a duality.

“It’s a constant learning process. We are both strong in our own areas and trying to speak a similar language is difficult sometimes. We both come from different backgrounds in music: Lien is classically trained and holds a degree in music, and I approach music production from a technical/engineering side,” Leedom said.

Genuis will be releasing a new mixtape in the next month or so. For a project college band formed on a tight deadline, the group’s evolution has been an exciting journey complemented by the Davis groove.

“With KDVS and having everyone so close by to each other – having to make your own fun in such a small town definitely created a lot of inspiration for me,” Do said.

Genuis is not the only successful band that has surfaced from the basement of KDVS. Hip-hop duo Blackalicious, consisting of Xavier Mosley and Timothy Parker, and the well-known hip-hop instrumentalist DJ Shadow had their origins down in Lower Freeborn, where they frequented the studios and listening rooms, spinning records and picking through the heavy shelves of vinyl. Michael Franti, who attended Davis Senior High School, also spent his share of time at the radio station, stepping into fame as a rapper, poet, musician, and outspoken peace advocate. KDVS has proved itself a birthplace of musicians from diverse genres.

Interested in hearing Genuis’s music? In Leedom’s words: “Google ‘Genuis’ and then when it autocorrects to ‘Genius’, choose ‘Search instead for Genuis’. Or come to a show!” Music is available on www.genuis.bandcamp.com.

KDVS can be head at 90.3FM or online at www.kdvs.org. Missed the 2015 KDVS Fundraiser but want to support community freeform radio? Donations are welcome at www.fundraiser.kdvs.org, where premiums like vintage UC Davis concert poster reprints and Genuis’s album .//WAV are available.

Chloe Lessard

By May 22, 2015

By May 22, 2015

Linda DuBois

Columns

Tuleyome Tales: Nope. They’re not apples or urchins. They’re wasp galls

By May 23, 2015

You see them everywhere on oak trees this time of year … those odd-looking growths on the stems and leaves of oak trees. Some look like malformed apples, others look like tiny traffic cones or little pink sea urchins, but they all serve the same purpose. They’re “wasp galls”; growths that form around the developing offspring of any of a number of different species of tiny cynipid wasps (also called gallflies).

Although there are hundreds of different kinds of gall wasps who use different host plants (such as roses, maple trees and eucalyptus trees), more than 70 percent of them actually lay their eggs on oak trees: on the branches, leaves, buds and even roots. In fact, the most common gall wasp in our region is the “Oak Apple Gall Wasp.”

Their galls — sometimes called “oak apples” because they vaguely resemble apples — start out bright green and then turn brown as they age. Although called “oak apples”, these are obviously not the kind of apples you can eat. Their woody-spongy interior is designed to provide a nursery for the wasp larva growing up inside of them.

Galls are formed when the female wasp lays her egg onto an oak leaf or into the bark of the tree. As the egg hatches and the larva grows, the gall enlarges to envelop and accommodate it. What the actual mechanism is that elicits a gall formation from the tree is still disputed by scientists. Some believe it’s caused by a chemical reaction, some believe it’s the tree’s immune system responding to what it views as a kind of “viral” infection, and others believe it’s purely mechanical.

But as soon as the egg is introduced, the tree starts forming the gall around it. While the exuded galls protect the tree from the infestation of wasps (by moving the hungry developing larva out of its leaves or bark and into the galls), they also protect the growing larva by encasing them in a substance that keeps them safe from weather, predators and parasites while it also offers them a regular supply of food.

Some of the galls are so specific to certain kinds of oak trees that scientists sometimes let the wasp galls tell them exactly what sort of oak tree they’re looking at. Along with the “oak apple” galls, other easily identified galls in our region include the Woolly Leaf Gall (which look like little snarls of reddish-blonde hair), Red Cone Galls (which look like little red or white traffic cones), the Common Spangle Gall (that looks like a small red or reddish-orange circle or sequin), and the Spiny Turban Gall (that looks something like a plump pink sea urchin).

Although the galls are generally harmless, heavy infestations can put a real strain on the tree. Refrain, however, from using any broad-spectrum insecticides like carbaryl or any of the newer neonicotinoid pesticides on the trees because they’ll not only kill the gall wasps, but they’ll also kill beneficial insects in and around the tree such as bees and butterflies.

Neonicotinoids were responsible, for example, for killing more than 50,000 bumblebees (about 300 separate colonies) in 2013 when trees in a single parking lot in Oregon were sprayed with the pesticide. One very simple and Earth-friendly way to combat high infestations is to simply attract insect-eating birds to the area by providing them with feeders, bird baths and nesting boxes.

In the coming months, you should be able to spot different kinds of galls developing on the oak trees all around the area. See how many you can find. And share your photos with us on Tuleyome’s Facebook page!

— Tuleyome Tales is a monthly publication of Tuleyome, a nonprofit conservation organization with bases in Woodland and Napa, CA. Mary K. Hanson is an amateur naturalist and photographer who is the author of “The Chubby Woman’s Walkabout” blog. For more information about Tuleyome, go to www.tuleyome.org.

Mary K. Hanson

By May 21, 2015

Linda DuBois

Special Editions

Green despite drought: How water restrictions help homeowners rediscover their landscaping roots

By May 22, 2015

By Charlie Jourdain

As the drought continues in California, homeowners are shifting their landscaping dreams from lush lawns and water features to sustainable, drought-tolerant designs.

Considering California’s recent mandatory water restrictions, and the rebate programs available for homeowners to replace their grass lawns with more drought-tolerant plants and landscaping materials, now is the perfect time to design a yard that is both naturally beautiful and helps preserve natural resources like our water supply. And in California, you don’t have to look far to find beautiful options

Ask any landscape architect, and you’ll learn that using native, drought tolerant plants is not a new trend. It’s been growing in popularity for the past 10 to 15 years. Many native California plants are already drought-tolerant, while other California building materials like redwood offer pest and fire resistance to help protect a new design.

Most homeowners assume that drought-tolerant designs mean a monochromatic spread, yet nothing is further from the truth. California lilacs, poppies, the tower of jewels, are all examples of vibrantly colored plants that are designed to withstand the stresses of a drought-influenced climate. Use redwood, grown locally and sustainably in California on sanctioned commercial land, as a compliment to hardscaping design plans, and a new warmth and color play is introduced.

Redwood can also be used to create living spaces in the new design: from decks to trellises, shade pergolas to benches, the natural beauty and durability of redwood enhances 21st-century design with a sense of the timeless beauty.

Instead of treating the drought and related water restrictions as an end to landscaping as we’ve known it, let’s embrace the opportunity to bring more California into our homes than we imagined possible.

The financial incentives to try a new landscaping style make it easier to consider, but what homeowner wouldn’t want to spend more time enjoying their yards rather than spending more time working in their yards? We may never have a better opportunity to prove this point.

Californians have often been “early adopters” in other lifestyle facets: fitness, health, and, yes, the environment. By embracing the opportunities that hide in the challenges of a drought, we can once again lead by example. Let’s rediscover the forces of nature that thrive despite the lack of water, and set the example for more water-challenged states to follow.

Charlie Jourdain is president of the California Redwood Association — http://realstrongredwood.com

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By May 21, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

By May 21, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

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Dixon movie

By May 01, 2015

How Dixon “got it,” just in time

The local news in the summer of 2012 seemed almost too good to be true. Morning View Studios, which might be associated with filmmaker George Lucas, was interested in building a film studio in the southwest end of Dixon. Local media printed press releases and enthusiastic quotes from political leaders about Carissa Carpenter and her studio. Channel 13 and Fox 40 jumped on the bandwagon with stories touting “Dixon: from grassy field to movie studio,” and just about every media source cited the 1,000 jobs and $2.8 billion that would be flowing into Dixon.

City manager Jim Lindley was quoted as saying, “I want to be like Hitchcock, an extra in every movie they make out there,” and an official letter was approved by the Dixon City Council stating that “The city is committed to assisting Morning View in any way possible to expeditiously move the project forward.”

In addition to getting the local political leaders supporting the project, Carissa Carpenter worked to solidify her support from local labor groups and landowners, reportedly telling one landowner, “Oh, yes, that would be great,” when he suggested they use his historic orange kiosk at the entrance, even though oranges had nothing to do with Morning View Studio.

However, as Dixon author bil paul discovered as he conducted twenty-one interviews and did research for The Train Never Stops in Dixon, there was more, or maybe less, to this story than the early enthusiasm suggested. As the media and local residents uncovered information showing that Dixon wasn’t the first place Carpenter had pitched her movie studio, she countered the fears with comments that painted the city leaders and residents of Dixon as visionaries. In a July 2012 Dixon Tribune story, she announced, “We’ve been looking all over California for a city that “gets it” and Dixon is one of the few cities that got it.” As paul points out, the fact that Vallejo, one of the cities she had pitched her studio idea to, was heading to bankruptcy and that other locales might be upset because they were missing out on this opportunity, made it so Dixon studio fans could read the negative commenters and “dismiss them as lowlifes carrying some kind of grudge.”

The sometimes blind hope for the movie studio project followed two failed projects. In 2005, Magna Entertainment bought land to build the Dixon Downs horseracing track. The project received mixed support before voters petitioned to hold a special election to decide the fate of the track. Magna commissioned a mural that still welcomes visitors to Bud’s Pub and Grill, but a couple weeks after the mural was completed, the voters turned down the racetrack 53% to 47% and Magna Entertainment went bankrupt.

About the same time, Dixon built a new train station and a walkway under the tracks in hopes of getting Capitol Corridor trains to stop in Dixon. Today the Chamber of Commerce is the sole occupant of that station, although the person greeting visitors recently expressed her hope that the train would stop someday soon.

An article in The Sacramento Bee in June 2013 and an online video interview of Carpenter about her role in a long series of financial improprieties eventually resulted in her federal indictment on a wide range of charges that could result in 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A Sacramento hearing at the end of April was postponed so her public defenders could review 68,000 pages of evidence. The story is not over.

It could be that Carissa Carpenter was right when she said that Dixon “gets it” because although the movie studio was the talk of the town and drew a lot of media attention, the property owners, labor leaders and city officials involved did not commit money to the project. Because of that the $5 million Carpenter is said to have defrauded from investors in those 68,000 pages of evidence comes almost completely from people she worked with before she came to Dixon.

Paul’s book is unique because it allows you to hear the voices of many Dixon residents navigating what paul describes as “a story which involves dreams and deception, filmmaking and flimflammery, money and muckraking, and small-town intrigue and politics.” Many of those quoted in the book came out to readings in Davis and Dixon in April and there is another opportunity on June 6 at the Avid Reader in Sacramento. The book can be purchased from The Avid Reader in Davis or ordered through Amazon or Barnes & Noble in book or Kindle versions. You can contact paul directly at [email protected]

Bob Schultz

Local News

Grad student sees relationship between seniors and pets through camera lens

By May 22, 2015

Residents of Carlton Plaza of Davis and their pets were the subject of a photo shoot by UC Davis student Andria Hautamaki. Hautamaki used photography to take a closer look at the relationships seniors have with their pets. Attached and below is a news release on Hautamaki and the photoshoot. Also attached are the photos of the residents with their pets. Information about the photos is included in the release.

GRAD STUDENT SEES RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SENIORS AND PETS THROUGH CAMERA LENS
By Zach Tierney

Andria Hautamaki, a 29-year-old University of California, Davis graduate student used a photography class assignment as an opportunity to look through the lens of a camera at the relationship between seniors and their pets. To do so, Hautamaki met with Rob Read, executive director of Carlton Plaza of Davis, to plan a series of four photos of residents of the community with their pets, or “fun little friends,” as she calls them.
Several forms of therapy, including animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities, are based on the principle that animals can help people open up, feel more comfortable and generally live healthier. That’s a principle Hautamaki noticed when she looked at the relationship she has with her own dog, Mitón, a three-year-old border collie mix she brought back with her from Chile, where she lived and worked guiding trail rides and horse packing trips from 2011 to 2013.
Hautamaki spent some of her time in Chile making photos of the ranchers or baqueanos – “knowers of places” – as well as the natural backdrop provided by the Chilean wilderness. She used her photography to investigate and take a closer look at the issues facing the southernmost region of Chile, the “end of the world” as many call it. Documenting the lives of the southern Chilean ranchers, Hautamaki’s photos give insight into the lives of those who call the rugged landscape home.
“Being a student, the dog is good for getting me outside, going for runs,” said Hautamaki of her relationship with Mitón, which she said is beneficial to her well-being and one of the things that keeps her physically and mentally healthy.
Hautamaki, a Colorado native, is studying International Agricultural Development at UC Davis with the intent to use documentary photography to educate people on agricultural issues. As part of that graduate program, she is taking a photo essay class from Ken Light, an adjunct professor at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism.
Hautamaki used an assignment from that class as an opportunity to investigate the relationships people from different age groups have with their pets, specifically the relationships between seniors and their pets.
She made photos of the residents of Carlton Plaza of Davis – a local senior living community – with their pets, capturing the essence of the relationship and show the context of the environment in which the relationship takes place. Getting the environmental context while shooting indoors, she says, was the biggest challenge she encountered during the photo shoot.
“It’s sometimes hard for people to open up about themselves, but when they’re talking about their family, their friends or their pets, it gets them talking a lot easier,” she said.
Hautamaki spent as much time as needed with each with four residents and their pets to capture the special nature of the relationship between the person and animal.
“It was great having Andria photograph the residents and their pets,” said Rob Read, executive director of the community. “The residents really opened up to her and enjoyed sharing their love of their pets.” The photos were made over the course of two days using a Canon EOS 7D digital single-lens reflex camera with a portrait lens and no flash.
Carlton Plaza of Davis offers senior independent living; assisted living for those who need a little more help with day-to-day activities; and memory care for seniors challenged by Alzheimer’s, dementia and other forms of memory loss. The community features an award-winning diabetes management program, short term respite care and on-staff nursing.
To learn more about Carlton Plaza of Davis, visit the community at 2726 Fifth Street in Davis, call (530) 564-7002 or visit the website at www.CarltonSeniorLiving.com/location/davis-carlton-plaza/.
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PHOTOS:
Elaine Anderson with Rusty, her domestic orange shorthair cat.
Virginia Aalborg takes her Cocker Spaniel, Daisy for a walk.
Virginia Farris sits with Chico, her Chihuahua mix.
Penny Ellenberger with her Maltese, Gator.

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Public invited to food security symposium

By May 22, 2015

Hi Felicia,

Could you put the event announcement below in the Enterprise? We’d like community members to attend.

Thanks,
Pam

Public invited to food security symposium

A public symposium on “Food for a Healthy World: Monitoring Progress Toward Food Security” will be held Thursday, June 4, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, at the UC Davis Student Community Center. The event is hosted by the UC ANR Agricultural Issues Center and UC Davis World Food Center.

“This program will be of much interest to students, faculty and researchers with an interest in agricultural, environmental and development issues related to sustainable nutrition security,” said Dan Sumner, director of the Agricultural Issues Center.

Discussions will include
• Environmental Quality and Ecosystem Services by William Clark, Harvard University, and Pamela Ronald, UC Davis
• Agricultural Production Issues by Paul West, University of Minnesota, and Jan Hopmans, UC Davis
• Nutrition Security by Barbara Schneeman, US Agency for International Development (USAID), and Bruce German, UC Davis
• Food Policy and Trade by Joseph Glauber, International Food Policy Research Institute, Jikun Huang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Dan Sumner, Agricultural Issues Center director
The closing discussion will be moderated by Roger Beachy, executive director of the UC Davis World Food Center.
Admission is free. Please RSVP by sending an email to [email protected] For more information, visit http://aic.ucdavis.edu/events/FoodForHealthyWorld.html or call (530) 752-7172.

Pamela Kan-Rice

Special to The Enterprise

By May 21, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

By May 21, 2015

Zoe Juanitas

By May 21, 2015

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel is a longtime journalist and Davis resident. She is a former managing editor of The Davis Enterprise, working there from 1998-2008. She has written her Comings & Goings business column since 2001. Today, she does freelance writing, editing, marketing and design.

Letters

Lutch letter

By May 21, 2015

Dear Editor Davis:

Dianne Klein, media relations director for UC’s central office, is quoted in “Are anti-Semitism, out-of-state tuition linked?” by Thomas D. Elias as saying “There’s been no huge influx of students from countries where anti-Semitism is official policy.” Her reference to “official policy” is curious, and we would do well to examine it closely.

According to Mr. Elias, “Between 2001 and 2013, the number of UC graduate students from Iran — where a mantra in public schools reportedly has students daily reciting “Death to America, Death to Israel!” — rose from six to 113.”

Perhaps chants of “Death to American, Death to Israel” are “aspirational” rather than the official policy of another country, but some student-guests who study at UCD campuses might not see things that way after years of Orwellian two-minute hate style indoctrination. The effect of such words is to create ugliness on our campuses, as exemplified by the frightening “upsurge of anti-Semitism on campuses like Berkeley, Davis, UCLA and Riverside” noted by Tom Elias.

Respectfully submitted,

Julia Lutch
530-756-5209
43577 Almond Lane
Davis

Letters to the Editor

Columns

economic development oped

By May 22, 2015

Public-private partnership model driving economic development in the Sacramento Region

The Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council (“Greater Sacramento”) has been formed by 22 Sacramento Region CEOs that are creating a broader coalition and a more aggressive approach to building our economy. Any looming concern that this would be an exclusive effort is refuted by the inclusion of 15 communities that have joined to create a true public-private partnership. The ultimate goal is to secure 25 private sector CEOs and include an additional 11 communities that have been invited to participate. The first step to building a legitimate economic development strategy is cooperation, and the ability for communities to understand that we provide a value proposition to one another. For example, Sacramento County manages the airport; the City of West Sacramento runs our seaport; the City of Sacramento hosts the State Capital, UC Davis Medical School, and Sacramento State; and the City of Davis hosts UC Davis. Whether we are an agricultural science community, a community with a growing technology corridor, or a bedroom community, we are all interconnected. To best leverage our assets, the Greater Sacramento Board of Directors has formed an Economic Development Directors Taskforce (EDDT) to establish best practices for collaboration and improve efficiencies between the six-county Sacramento Region on business attraction, retention, and expansion projects; regional marketing; and streamlining permitting. The cornerstone to successful implementation is the adoption of a Regional Collaboration Protocol Policy that establishes the code by which we will work together.

As dedicated economic development professionals that care deeply about the Sacramento Region, we are proud to be part of this new effort that is redefining what we do and how we do it. The adoption of a Regional Cooperation Protocol Policy is groundbreaking and marks a new chapter in the Sacramento Region’s economic development efforts. This regional team realizes that they are not competitors, and we need to work together as one market to leverage our assets and maximize our competitive position. By doing so, the entire region benefits through the creation of jobs and investment.

This spirit of cooperation is essential to developing a framework for a new regional model for working together to strengthen Greater Sacramento’s foundation as it builds our assets and competitive position, markets our value proposition, and creates a reputation as the best and easiest market to do business in California. In order for us to transform our region and reach our full potential, we need to commit to a level of transparency and collaboration between communities beyond what we have seen in the past. A Regional Cooperation Protocol Policy is a major milestone toward achieving these goals and creates an environment of collaboration never before seen in the Sacramento Region are rarely achieved in other U.S. markets.

Greater Sacramento is a truly collaborative approach based on public-private partnerships to fulfill its mission to attract, retain, grow, and create sustainable businesses throughout the Greater Sacramento Region. The private sector is dedicating unprecedented time, energy, and financial support and local jurisdictions are investing at significant investment levels and committing to bold initiatives like EDDT and a Protocol Policy. These collective efforts build on the groundswell of momentum and the spirit of collaboration that is occurring in our region and challenges us to all do our part to improve our competitiveness during this pivotal time in our region. We are all partners in this effort, and we need to galvanize our communities in a way that hasn’t happened before in order to deliver the best results for the region.

The ultimate goal is to make the Sacramento Region the easiest and best place in California to do business and establish it as the fourth region in California. By working together with local governments to develop and advance Sacramento’s brand and story we will elevate our stature alongside the three other major markets in the state—San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

Lori Moss
Community Development Director
County of Sacramento
EDDT Chair

Mather Kearney
Economic Development Coordinator
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
EDDT Co-Chair

Rob White – City of Davis
Rachael Brown – City of Elk Grove
Shawn Tillman – City of Lincoln
Curt Haven – City of Rancho Cordova
Marc Mondell – City of Rocklin
Chris Robles – City of Roseville
Melissa Anguiano – City of Sacramento
Diane Richards – City of West Sacramento
Ken Hiatt – City of Woodland
Darin Gale – Yuba City
Dave Snyder – Placer County
Lori Moss – Sacramento County
Alexander Tengolics – Yolo County
Elaine Andersen – City of Folsom
Rhonda Sherman – City of Citrus Heights

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New pastor at Davis Community Church settling in after busy start

By May 21, 2015

Rev. Chris Neufeld-Erdman began his new job as head of staff at Davis Community Church at a bustling time. His official first day was March 29 — Palm Sunday — which is the beginning one of the busiest weeks of the year for any Christian congregation. The new pastor participated in a total of eight church services between Palm Sunday and Easter (the Sunday following Palm Sunday). The experience was a bit intense — “It was a little like drinking water from a fire hose,” Neufeld-Erdman graciously allowed. “But when I was done, I had experienced what might ordinarily be two months worth of contact with the congregation in the space of a week, which was a real gift, relationally.”

He expects he continue to meet people and learn the lay of the land for some time to come. “My agenda is high relational contact for the first year, both within the congregation, and outside. I want to spend time in this immediate community” — including the busy streets around the church campus.

Neufeld-Erdman was born and raised in Colorado, earning an undergraduate degree in business administration from Colorado State University (a land-grant university with an enrollment of 31,000-some students, similar to the enrollment at UC Davis). He did not grow up attending a church — “the Christian faith was a new thing for me in my late teens,” he explained. He started attending a Presbyterian church in Denver, where the pastor invited him to participate in a worship service, reading scripture. “When I stood in the pulpit, and read, I felt a bit of an emotional whoosh… a kind of hand-in-glove feeling. I had to take that seriously, and took a bit of time exploring that with with the Denver pastor and his staff. This emerging sense of who I was was leading me into this kind of work.” So at the age of 28, he gave up his job as vice president of marketing for a software firm in Denver, and enrolled at Fuller Theological Seminary. He went on to become assistant pastor at a church in western Pennsylvania (“which felt very different coming from the West — it was the Steel Belt, economically depressed.” And then he became pastor at University Presbyterian Church in Fresno, where he served for 16 years. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Fresno Pacific University, where he taught courses in spirituality, preaching, and leadership.

But pastors (like school administrators, symphony orchestra conductors, and certain other professionals) tend to move on after a number of years, even if they’ve enjoyed a long stay in a particular assignment. Neufeld-Erdman and his wife Patty (a licensed marriage and family therapist) began thinking about a move two years ago, and Davis emerged as one of the communities that might be a good fit. “The problem was that Davis didn’t have a church that was open,” he said. “And then this church opened. Then through a surprising series of events that I call ‘the mischief of God,’ we ended up here.”

Davis Community Church, which organized as the First Presbyterian Church of Davisville back in the 1800s, is one of the few institutions in town that pre-dates the University Farm (founded in 1905), which became UC Davis. The church occupies a city block across the street from Central Park (site of the Davis Farmers Market) and a short walk from any part of downtown Davis and City Hall. “Outside of my office window is this beautiful park, and thousands of people cross it daily… What thrills me about this congregation particularly is the vision of the people, plus the property and the buildings we’ve got. So I’m working around a trinity of vision — we are to be a house of prayer for all peoples, a people of boundless compassion, and a place that contributes to the common good… The vision is how we can leverage this postage stamp of extraordinarily valuable property for new experiments in community, new expressions of Christian faith, and new possibilities in spirituality.”

He sees a changing role for religious groups in the decades ahead. “Whatever the church is going to be in the future, it’s going to be very different. It does need to be rooted in the past, but the truck and the branches really need to have room to grow, and freedom. And we need to interact with the realities of today. Religious pluralism, science, economics, the realities of our environment.. the faith has got to speak to those things. And I want Christianity and the church to be relevant to young people today… students, young families, who are searching for a faith and an experience. I want DCC to be a place where people can come not only to engage thoughtfully about those kinds of things, but to have an experience of genuine community and the mystery we call God, so they can come fully alive. One of my favorite quotes is from St. Iranaeus (a Second Century figure), who said ‘the glory of God is a human being fully alive.’ That’s what I’m after.”

Neufeld-Erdman is also a writer — he’s published several books in the field of theology and spirituality, including his 2014 book “Ordinary Preacher, Extraordinary Gospel: A Daily Guide for Wise, Empowered Preachers.” He also finds that the organizational and communication skills that he developed at college studying business administration and communications. “Having a business background can be helpful as a pastor — how we connect the message with where we are,” he observed.

 

Jeff Hudson

Special Editions

Campus life: Next door and a world away

By May 21, 2015

Let’s be honest: Much of what makes Davis a wonderful place to visit — and to live — is owed to UC Davis, the largest campus in the University of California system.

Founded in 1905, with the first students admitted in 1908, UCD began as the University of California’s farm school. And agriculture is still a large focus for the campus. In fact, UCD ranks No. 1 in the world for teaching and research of agriculture and forestry by QS World University 2015 Rankings.

Also in the No 1. spot is UCD’s School of Veterinary Medicine, which sees more than 48,000 animal patients each year. And the whole university itself can brag about being ninth among the nation’s public universities in U.S. News & World Reports most recent rankings.

But UCD is much more than a bunch of statistics.

With annual events like Picnic Day and the Whole Earth Festival, Division I athletics, three art museums, a public art walking tour, departments of music and theater and dance performances at the world-class Mondavi Center, an 100-acre Arborteum with a 3.5-mile loop path for walking or biking, there are many reasons to visit UCD.

The university also hosts many lecture series for the public; things like the Great Chefs Series sponsored by The Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine Science, and the new Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture series for art enthusiasts. UCD’s wildly popular — and free! — Mini Medical School, led by Dr. Michael McCloud, was described by him as “fantasy camp medical school!”

Whatever you’re hoping to learn more about, or discover anew, there is likely an event, lecture, festival, game, performance or tour to attend at UCD.

Tanya Perez

Arts

Variety of styles at Alumni art show

By May 20, 2015

Sac State presents the annual Art Alumni Show, June 1-26, in the Robert Else Gallery, on campus, 6000 J St. Juried by artist Valerie Constantino, the free exhibit features works by alumni, students, faculty and staff. A reception and awards ceremony will be held 5-8 p.m. Fri., June 5. The show features art in a wide array of media – oils, photography, ceramics, welded objects, and handmade paper. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

Local News

Center for Spiritual Living 6/6

By May 21, 2015

Rev. Sara S. Nichols Installed as Senior Minister

When: Saturday, June 6, 2015, 3:30pm-6:30pm

Where: Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Rd., Davis, CA

What: The Center for Spiritual Living, Davis will celebrate 20 years of continuous services in Davis. The center was founded under the name Yolo County Church of Religious Science in 1995. Since then, it has had various ministers, including long periods of time when the church has operated without a minister. Accordingly, the community will also that day be joyously celebrating the installation of its new Senior Minister, Rev. Sara Nichols. Rev. Nichols is the first senior minister to be installed since Rev. Gregory Toole in 2006. Five months into the job, Rev. Nichols is proving to be a dynamic force. Prior to ministry, she spent many years as an attorney and lobbyist for universal health care reform in Washington DC and Sacramento. Since starting January 1st, Rev. Nichols has attracted a choir called the CSLD Voices under the direction of nationally known Jacqui Hairston, offered classes and workshops and has begun a young adult ministry with local college students. She recently created the center’s first online class by banding together with 3 other growing regional centers.

Who: Rev. Barbara Leger officiating; Rev. Kim Kaiser presenting;

Rev. Gregory Toole and Rev. Georgia Prescott, celebrants

Music: Center for Spiritual Awareness New Thought Gospel Choir

Celebratory Dance by Bobbie Bolden & Namaste Dancer

Food: A light supper

Sent with the strong belief that all is well,

Sara

Sara S. Nichols
Senior Minister
Center for Spiritual Living, Davis
530 302-5738 general information and prayers
916 769 4266 mobile
[email protected]
www.csldavis.org

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Special Editions

Slather on the sunscreen today to reduce cancer risk tomorrow

By May 21, 2015

In California, where fun in the sun is a way of life, teens love to hang out at the beach or by the pool to beat the summer sizzle. And when California “cool” is often defined by a glowing tan, the tanning bed is an alluring destination, too.

Most young people don’t think much about the dangerous effects of the sun and artificial ultraviolent light, but sun safety early in life is crucial to preventing skin cancer in adulthood.

High school students say they don’t like using sunblock, complaining it is greasy, sticky and inconvenient.

“A variety of reasons are at play in creating a barrier to teen sun protection,” said Victoria Sharon, UC Davis assistant professor of dermatology. “The immediate gratification of a tan may surpass the delayed gratification of skin cancer protection. Also, many teens feel invincible, and do not perceive that they are at risk for skin cancer.”

‘Safe’ tanning? No such thing
Excessive exposure to natural sunlight or artificial UV light (tanning beds or UV lamps) early in life significantly increases the risk for skin cancer, the most common cancer in the U.S. Five or more blistering sunburns before age 20 may increase the risk of melanoma by 80 percent, according to the American Association for Cancer Research.

One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Melanoma, the most aggressive type of skin cancer, is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among adolescents and young adults. Yet the message does not seem to get through, as nearly two-thirds of high school students report having been sunburned at least once.

Studies supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have consistently shown that indoor tanning — using a tanning bed, booth or sunlamp to achieve a tan — increases the chances of getting skin cancer just as much as natural sun exposure does because it delivers high levels of UV radiation in a short time. It also increases the risk of eye cancer (ocular melanoma).

Establishing sun safety habits early in life is crucial to minimizing the risk of skin cancer in the future. Proper use of sunscreen is one of the most important ways to reduce the risk of sun damage and skin cancer. The SPF — or sun protection factor — measures the sunscreen’s ability to prevent damage to the skin from UV rays.

“An SPF of 30 is sufficient to block close to 97 percent of damaging sun rays when applied as instructed,” Sharon said. “SPF of at least 30 should be applied year-round, including cloudy days.”

Proper application of sunscreen is important, too.

While the brand of sunscreen doesn’t matter much, it’s crucial to look at the ingredients.

“Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are effective immediately when applied on the skin,” Sharon said. “Your sunscreen should contain one of those two ingredients.”

“It must be applied every two hours and reapplied within one hour of exposure to water, toweling or excessive perspiration,” she added.

The sun’s rays are most harmful from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this period, it’s important to wear sun-protective clothing. UV rays can go through white cotton T-shirts and cause skin damage, especially when the T-shirt is wet. Wearing tightly woven or dark-colored clothing helps block harmful UV rays.

Key ways to reduce your risk:
* Apply a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide sunscreen year-round with an SPF of at least 30
* Apply sunscreen every two hours when in the sun
* Reapply sunscreen within one hour of exposure to water, toweling or sweat
* Wear sun-protective clothing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Wear 100 percent UV-blocking sunglasses
* Use a spray tan for a bronzed look

— UC Davis Health Systems

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Media Post

Davis Shakespeare Festival photos

By May 20, 2015

Kristi Webb as Viola and Ian Hopps as Feste will star in the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble’s summer production of “Twelfth Night.” Courtesy photo

Susanna Risser as Edwin Drood, Martine Fleurisma as Princess Puffer and Matt K. Miller as Chairman will be seen in this summer’s Davis Shakespeare Ensemble production of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a musical by Rupert Holmes. Courtesy photo

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Columns

Does playing a high school sport cause excess stress in a student-athlete’s life?

By May 16, 2015

Letter to the Editor

Have you been stressed out with school work and sports? We are students in a research group from the U.S. Race and Social Justice History class at Davis Senior High School. Our goal is to see if and how sports and school work have a negative effect on students. We are trying to determine if students who play high school sports have higher stress levels than students who do not play any high school sports. Our hypothesis at the beginning of this project was that students who are involved in high school have a higher stress level than students who do not play sports, and due to a higher stress level, athletes have a bigger struggle academically.
In order to find out whether students carry a heavier burden trying to balance school and sports, we put together surveys and handed them out to classes that contained a bevy of students that covered all grade levels. Our results were very close to our hypothesis and we determined that student athletes’ stress levels increased significantly during their respective sport season. For example, in our survey we had students rank their stress levels within the numbers 1-10 for when they were in season and when they were not and the average for “out of season” was a 4 while “in season” was around a 7.
Our goal is to spread awareness to coaches, teachers, and parents that many students have high stress levels due to hard classes, homework or athletics. We understand that homework is necessary and beneficial; however teachers need to be aware and understanding of the pressure that they put on students. Along with teachers being aware, coaches need to hop on board to improve stress conditions among students. Practice times have become an issue in high school sports due to many hours and almost every day of the week. We are aware of the fact that measures have been taken in the past to attempt to fix practice schedule issues. The CIF has instituted rules only allowing for 18 hours of practice time for each week.
As well as coach and teacher awareness, students need to realize that help is always available whether it is from teachers or the academic center at DHS where tutors from UCD are available to help. Also they need to be careful not to overwork themselves because it could lead to other various problems which include sleep deprivation or behavioral issues. Most teachers are willing to talk with students if the student is having a problem in class. Hopefully with this information students and athletes can gain help and free themselves from stress for a better high school experience. Altogether, we hope that these small acts of awareness will let students know that there are places to turn to if they feel stressed. We may not be overall solving the problem, but our goal is to at least improve the situation.

Mitchell Williams

Davis

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elias 6/5: Stadium projects a test for CEQA changes

By May 19, 2015

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BY THOMAS D. ELIAS
“STADIUM PROJECTS A TEST FOR CEQA CHANGES”

Reform of the California Environmental QualityAct has become a mantra for many California politicians over the last several years, all the way up to Gov. Jerry Brown, who found himself frustrated by CEQA at times during his years as mayor of Oakland.

Butone person’s “reform” can sometimes be another’s disaster, and California may be about to find out what CEQA reform could really mean.

The arenas for this are two medium-sized Los Angeles area cities, Inglewood and Carson, both with ambitions to become somewhat like Arlington, Texas, the not-quite-Dallas home of the Dallas Cowboys football team.

Local officials in both cities, drooling over the potential of revenue that might come from hosting National Football League teams like the current St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers, are going full steam ahead on two stadium proposals. Inglewood’s would be built by a development team headed by Rams owner Stan Kroenke, the other by a joint venture of the sometime rival Raiders and Chargers.

Even if both billion-dollar-plus stadia win eventual civic approvals (both are well on their way), it’s almost inconceivable both could be built. Their sites are only about 10 miles apart, both only a short hop from the already super-congested I-405 San Diego Freeway that runs past the Los Angeles International Airport. Who would make that choice, if it comes, and how that choice might be made are still unknowns.

These are the classic projects for which CEQA was designed. The 1970s-era act, signed by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, requires a detailed environmental impact report (EIR) for almost all major projects. But none will be needed for either of these two gigantic projects because of a “reform” quietly introduced by the state Supreme Court last August, before Brown’s latest two appointees were seated.

As originally written, CEQA allowed exceptions to the EIR requirement if local voters approve ballot measures okaying projects. A 1996 vote, for example, allowed the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park to move forward without an EIR.

But the new court ruling allows city councils to outright adopt, with no popular vote, local initiatives that have already qualified for the ballot. Projects involved don’t need EIRs. Both big stadia now on the drawing boards employed this loophole (er, reform) and construction on one, or both, could begin as early as next winter with no input at all from local voters, other than those who signed petitions.

Both development groups spent a total of no more than $2.5 million to qualify the local initiatives in their relatively small cities, compared with potential costs of $100 million or more if they’d been forced to do EIRs.

Meanwhile, whatever air pollution, traffic, economic or other difficulties and benefits the presence of one or both stadia might mean for surrounding cities like Los Angeles, Torrance, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Hawthorne and other points only slightly farther away will simply happen. No one will quantify the effects of the projects, either during the construction phase or as they draw huge crowds for football games, concerts and other events. Nor will the effects of other commercial and residential development tied to them be known ahead of time.

Yes, CEQA has been used many times by folks with not-in-my-backyard mentalities to stymie developments that might have been constructive. But CEQA has also prevented many potentially destructive projects, and mitigated potential damage from thousands of other projects that did get built, but somewhat differently than initially proposed.

Few would argue that AT&T Park has had a mostly positive influence on its Mission Bay area of San Francisco, but that project was fully debated before the voters before it was built.

Not so for these new stadia, thanks to the state’s highest court.

Over more than 40 years, CEQA has become a tradition, like it or not. What’s going on now may turn into a classic example of what can happen when people throw out a tradition. Often they discover why that tradition became established in the first place.

One thing for sure: Californians will soon know the full effects, good or bad, of the change the state Supreme Court made to the CEQA tradition. The hope here is that it’s all positive, but no one really knows, and that may lead to many unforeseen problems.

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Email Thomas Elias at [email protected] His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, go to www.californiafocus.net

Tom Elias

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elias 6/2: Beam us up, Scott; drought-spurring ideas

By May 19, 2015

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BY THOMAS D. ELIAS
“BEAM US UP, SCOTTY; DROUGHT SPURRING IDEAS”

Ideas come fast every time California endures a drought of several years. Each time, some of them are accepted and put into use, thus making the next drought a bit easier to handle.

Back in the 1970s, the last time this state saw as protracted a dry spell as today’s, snickering and cries of “yuck” ensued when some environmentalists proposed reusing water from dishes, baths, showers and more to irrigate grass and shrubbery rather than merely disposing of it as sewage.

This idea is now called “grey water,” and it is required of much new industrial and multi-family construction like apartments and condominiums, along with low-flow faucets, shower heads and toilets.

During that same drought, which ended abruptly with a huge storm season starting in December 1977, the late Kenneth Hahn, a longtime Los Angeles County supervisor who fathered both a Los Angeles mayor and a current congresswoman, suggested snagging icebergs as they calved from Antarctica and dragging them north to become drinking water.

That idea has not yet taken, even as the same global warming trend that some believe responsible for the severity of California’s latest dry period now sees more icebergs than ever dropping from Antarctic cliffs.

The modern drought is also producing new ideas, including several proposed methods for desalinating sea water far more cheaply than via the current reverse osmosis filtering technique.

It’s also seeing rehashes of old ideas. One of the most prominent is the notion of building pipelines to bring California water from faraway sources plagued by more precipitation than they need.

This one gets its most recent push from actor William Shatner, the Captain Kirk of Star Trek fame. Shatner, 84, proposes building a pipeline on the scale of the Alaskan oil pipeline to bring water south from Washington state, where he says there’s an excess. Shatner proposes a Kickstarter campaign to raise the approximate $30 billion this one would cost to build.

Trouble is, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee this spring declared a drought in 13 of his state’s river basins. Any visitor to the Evergreen State will see swaths of once-green conifers turning brown. So it doesn’t look like Shatner will be able to beam this one up anytime soon.

Like the Antarctic icebergs, a Pacific Northwest water pipeline was also a Kenny Hahn pipe dream, this one during a somewhat shorter but still severe drought in the early 1990s, a time when then-Gov. Pete Wilson, an ex-Marine, asked all Californians to save water via “Navy showers,” turning the water off while they soaped down.

Hahn found a political partner for the pipeline idea in then-Gov. Walter Hickel of Alaska, who traveled to Los Angeles to pursue the notion of selling ice water to California in huge quantities. As in Antarctica, some Alaskan glaciers were then calving icebergs steadily, and still are.

Hickel proposed fabricating this pipeline of plastic on a giant barge as it was being laid on the ocean floor from southern Alaska to Southern California. Plastic, he and Hahn believed, would be far cheaper and more flexible than the usual steel and concrete used for oil pipelines. Plus, any leakage of pipeline water – unlike oil – would be harmless.

Some thinkers today hear of flooding and record blizzards in the East and Midwest and propose building a water pipeline from there. “You wouldn’t have to worry about leakage, like with oil,” one Google engineering manager said recently, echoing Hickel. “If water leaked, it would do no harm.”

Drought in the Northwest (several Oregon counties also are in official states of drought now, too) makes it unlikely California will soon get water from there. But a water pipe from the Midwest is conceivable under two circumstances: 1) the price of water rises enough to pay for construction, the same pre-condition needed for new desalination plants, or 2) California is able to extract enough natural gas from the Monterey Shale formation to free up one of the three major gas pipelines bringing that fuel here from Canada, Texas, Oklahoma and the Rocky Mountain region.

These ideas may sound far-fetched today, or even silly to some, but if gray water could become a reality, why not a water pipeline from someplace very wet?

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Email Thomas Elias at [email protected] His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit www.californiafocus.net

Tom Elias

Letters

Peterson letter

By May 19, 2015

TOPIC: Letter to the Editor

TITLE: Surprise gifts for Tour de Cluck Coopsters

The thirteen Tour de Cluck Coopsters were feted at a Coopster Coffee on Saturday, May16th by the Tour de Cluck Committee led by Diane Pierzinski, Coop Coordinator for this year’s event. Pierzinski shared how important their contribution of time and talents are in raising funds for the Davis Farm to School Programs generated from Tour de Cluck ticket sales. Over the past five years, the Coopsters have provided experiences and challenges to educate the Coop Crawlers on raising backyard chickens. May 30th is another day destined to delight those attending the 6th Annual Tour de Cluck. The Coopsters relish in sharing known information and nutritional facts about what feed they use and loving the security of knowing where their eggs come from for the family and friends.

At the conclusion of the coffee, the thirteen Coopsters received a surprise when gifts were provided them. This is the first year that Coopsters have officially been awarded generous gifts by three local businesses. These businesses recognize all the hard work when hundreds of Coop Crawlers park their bikes curbside and stroll into backyards throughout Davis to see how backyard chicken lovers integrate the chickens into the landscape. Special thanks go to the pet supply section of Davis ACE which provided each Coopster a 5-gallon bucket fully loaded with chicken feed, treats and coupons for them to take home to their hens. Jennifer Anderson and her staff, led by Jesse Sarenana, gave generously to the thirteen Coopsters. Western Feed and Seed & Pet Supply gave individual chicken-toys and supplies items for Coopsters to support ongoing maintenance and enrichment needs. Lauren Routh of Whole Foods Market in Davis provided insulated coop kit bags and coupons to enjoy for Tour de Cluck Day.

These three businesses “GET IT” when it comes to supporting the Davis Farm to School Programs. They know that knowledge is power and the Coopsters should be rewarded for being part of the contributing education to our community. Davis Farm to School’s vision and mission continues to be expanded by local businesses like these three.

SUBMITTED: May 17, 2015
Alicera Vaewsorn, 2015 Tour de Cluck Coordinator
Dorothy Peterson, Davis Farm to School Committee Chair

QUESTIONS: contact Dorothy
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Columns

Cattle production oped

By May 16, 2015

Cattle Production, Beef, Greenhouse Gases, Alfalfa and Water Use.

In a recent letter to the editor, George Farmer attempts to make the case that taxing beef sales and/or beef cattle production more heavily would reduce beef production, thereby saving large amounts of water for drought-stricken California city dwellers. He quotes a recent NYT article by Tim Eagan, that it requires 1,800 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef. He also states that ”the meat industry uses the most water in the agricultural sector”, which is in no way true. While this might be true if the cow and her calf were confined in a barn or corral and fed dry hay for their entire lives (in which case the cow would need between 6 and 17.5 gallons of drinking water per day, depending on whether the weather was hot or cold, and whether the cow was nursing or dry. If the cow was dry, she would need less water (6 to 14.5 gallons/day), but her calf would also need about 1 gallon per 100 lbs. of body weight/day. However, virtually no beef cattle are raised and fed this way. Most of them spend most of their lives grazing green, growing (un-irrigated) pasture plants, which provide a major share of their water requirement. Although they still need some additional drinking water, most of this is acquired from small impoundments (stock ponds, intermittent streams and puddles) and on-farm wells and springs, and would not be available to urban or suburban California residents, if not consumed by the cattle. In addition, most of the beef consumed by California residents is not even produced in California, but is from cattle born and raised on the northern prairies and plains and in mid-western and southern states, shipped to feedlots in Texas, Kansas and Nebraska to be fattened, slaughtered in these same locations, and their meat shipped to California in refrigerated railroad cars. Even most of the beef calves born in California, after being weaned, are shipped to these same Midwestern states for fattening and slaughter.

As far as livestock farming being a major emitter of greenhouse gases is concerned, it has been shown by Frank Mitloehner, in the UC Davis Department of Animal Science, that only about 3% of total US (CO2 equivalent) greenhouse gas emissions result from U.S. livestock production, and that the largest proportion of total GHG emissions (26%) is by the U.S. transportation sector: .

As far as “water-hungry” alfalfa is concerned, very little is fed to California beef cattle, only a limited amount, if any, and then only for a few weeks just before and/or just after calving. Relatively small amounts are also fed to California dairy cattle. Most alfalfa grown in California is fed to horses or is exported overseas.

As the saying goes, Mr. Farmer is entitled to his own opinions, and has a right to refrain from eating meat and to encourage others to do the same. He is not, however, entitled to his own facts.

Charles A. Hjerpe
Davis, CA
Attached is a letter to the Editor.
For your information, I am an Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Medicine, and was a cattle disease and production specialist.

Sincerely,

Charles A. Hjerpe, DVM

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Letters

taxing meat

By May 16, 2015

This letter is a continuation of my letter to the Enterprise on 5-14-15, about the idea of taxing the sale of meat. I found a United Nations report dated 12-17-2006. The 400-page report is from the U.N. Food and Ag Organization, entitled, ‘Livestock’s Long Shadow.’ Indeed!! The report also considers sheep, chickens, pigs, and goats, but points the finger mostly at the world’s 1.5 BILLION head of cattle. The report says that livestock are responsible for 18%of climate change, 9% of CO2 emissions, 37% of methane emissions, and 65% of nitrous oxide emissions. The report concludes that without drastic changes, damage caused by livestock will more than double by 2050, as demand for meat increases.

‘Beef has been identified as carrying the largest costs in terms of land and water requirements for its production, as well as in terms of contribution to climate change,’ the report says. ‘Since immediate changes in land and water prices for its production may be difficult to implement, governments may consider the option of taxing beef. Demand for beef would then decline relative to other meats, and the pressure on both extensive grazing resources and feed grain areas would be reduced.’ Sooo, my idea is an old one, and has been extensively researched by the United Nations. I do believe that it is now the perfect time to give the idea full thought by the Cal. state legislature, and Governor Brown. Where is Governor downtown Jerry Brown, when the people of Cal need imagination and courage to solve this difficult problem of drought? Old conservation methods are probably insufficient if this drought lasts for years more.The successful handling of this issue would be a glowing addendum to his impressive legacy. We need a strong, dynamic leader to make difficult choices. And then to successfully sell the idea to the people of Cal. Maybe the leaders of our state could simply amend the soda tax law to include meat. The great, late, Howard Zinn, said it so well, ‘All change comes from the bottom up. Never does it come from the top down.’ The voice of the people must be heard. Loud, strong, and everlasting. Until the mission is accomplished. I do rattle on. A bit.

George Farmer

Davis

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Media Post

Pope-to-Putah Trail photos

By May 16, 2015

All photos courtesy of Eric Barnett.

P2Pbambam Photo Caption: Eric “Bam Bam” Barnett displays a piece of the monster poison oak he and his crew had to cut through to complete the Pope-to-Putah trail.

P2Pcrew Photo Caption: Here are some of the many volunteers who worked on the Pope-to-Putah trail. From left to right: Rudi, Doug, Gloria, David, Jack, Curt, Dmitry, Francesca, Betsy and Robert.

P2Pscenery: This is just one glimpse of the scenery hikers can see along the trail.

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Columns

New Pope-to-Putah Trail is born

By May 16, 2015

Press Release: The New Pope-to-Putah Trail is Born
By Mary K. Hanson

An overland trail to connect Pope Creek with Putah Creek in Napa County has been in the works for a number of years, and Tuleyome successfully finished bushwhacking through this new 5.5 mile trail in April. The new Pope-to-Putah Trail still needs a bit of finessing and signage needs to go up, but as trail building leader Eric “Bam Bam” Barnett says, “it’s a cool hike regardless.”

The trail features some panoramic views of both Pope Creek and Putah Creek along with a large meadow for picnicking. Wild flowers are in abundance in the spring time, and there are a lot of native plants, insects, birds and other wildlife for viewing and photographing year-round. During one excursion along the trail, for example, volunteers came across Indra Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars in the rocky areas around the meadow.

Tuleyome Board President, Andrew Fulks, recalls: “The P2P was the first trail I worked on, where I conceived of it, designed the alignment, and then worked it through the Bureau of Land Management process for approval. It got delayed for a variety of reasons, then once I was on the Berryessa Peak Trail I didn’t have time to get back on it. That’s where Bam Bam came in, and he ran with it. So I’m hugely grateful to him for his dedication to finishing it!”

“I remember all the pushing through solid brush, trying to plot the route location with GPS, while having zero visibility. In particular through the ‘narrows’, a 200-foot wide corridor connecting the main public land blocks,” Fulks adds. “We had to be super precise in order not to trespass. After we built the trail you can see on Google Earth that we nailed the route and stayed entirely within the corridor. That was really satisfying.”

Building the trail was sometimes exhausting and treacherous: creating switch-backs, building steps, dealing with wildlife (including a happy scorpion), and bushwhacking through stands of poison oak with roots and stalks that were nearly 6-inches in diameter. Bam Bam and his crew used a variety of hand tools and some real innovations – like having llamas carry the heavier loads on some trips, and attacking one end of the trail by canoe – to get it all done. Barnett says it couldn’t have done without his stalwart volunteers “Rudi, Doug, Gloria, David, Jack, Curt, Dmitry, Francesca, Betsy and Robert. You guys rock!!!!!!”

Tuleyome says the main take-away from this trail project is that it’s part of a larger vision that Tuleyome is helping to create. The organization saw a small block of public land and envisioned it as part of a larger regional trail system. This trail is the first part of that system, leveraging the easy access to the public land from Pope Canyon Road, into miles of new trails for the public. Fulks says, “We put our expertise in getting administrative approvals, together with our ability to do on-the-ground construction, to make it happen. Now, everyone can enjoy it. It’s one of the major reasons why people should support our organization. We do very real and tangible things for people that they can enjoy.”

More information on the trail, photos and detailed directions to the trailhead will be going up onto the Tuleyome website within the next month or so at www.tuleyome.org.

Mary K. Hanson

Briefly

Peregrine School

By May 16, 2015

Hello!

I’d like to please submit the following blurbs to each appear as a “briefly” in the Enterprise, if possible.

Thanks!- Mireya Inga, Admissions Director

(1)
Peregrine School is now offering a Chinese Immersion Preschool Program for children 3 to 5 years of age. With a variety of schedule options, this program reflects the play-based, child-centered philosophies that characterize Peregrine, while also incorporating a focus on Chinese language and culture. Mandarin will be embedded in art, science, games, songs, fantasy play, and other child-centered and guided activities. Please visit www.peregrineschool.org for more information and to apply.

(2)
Come join Peregrine Elementary this summer for unique camps in video game programming, applied physics, advanced ecology, filmmaking, the arts, and more! Peregrine has a unique set of summer camps with expert instructors. Please visit www.peregrineschool.org for more information and to apply.

Cordially,

Mireya R. Inga, MPA
Admissions & Marketing Director
Peregrine School
(530) 753-5500

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Yolo vacancies

By May 16, 2015

Yolo County Advisory Boards Vacancies

(Woodland, CA) – The Yolo County Board of Supervisors believes that effective citizen involvement is essential to good governance, and that a respectful and informed exchange of ideas between the county and citizens will result in the best polices and decisions for Yolo County. To that end, the Board of Supervisors is actively seeking candidates to fill vacancies on the following county advisory bodies. For more information on advisory bodies, specific vacancies, and to submit an application, visit: www.yolocounty.org (go to Residents > Advisory Bodies), call the Clerk of the Board’s office (530) 666-8195 or contact your Yolo County Supervisor.

Board of Supervisors Advisory Committees

Aviation Advisory Committee
Board of Directors of Yolo County Historical Museum
Capay Valley General Plan Citizens’ Advisory Board
Childcare & Development Planning Council
Children’s Alliance
Community Services Action Board
Dunnigan General Plan Citizens’ Advisory Board
Emergency Medical Care Committee
Esparto General Plan Citizens’ Advisory Board
In-Home Supportive Services Advisory Board
Knights Landing General Plan Citizens’ Advisory Board
Local Mental Health Board
Madison General Plan Citizens’ Advisory Board
Maternal, Child & Adolecent Health Advisory Board
Parks, Recreation & Wildlife Advisory Committee
Transportation Advisory Committee
Waste Advisory Committee
West Plainfield Advisory Committee on Airport Development
Yolo-Zamora General Citizens’ Advisory Board

Cemetery Districts
Knights Landing Cemetery District

County Service Areas
Madison-Esparto Regional Community Service Area
North Davis Meadows County Service Area
Snowball County Service Area No. 6
Wild Wings County Service Area
Wild Wings County Service Area Recreation/Golf Subcommitee
Willowbank County Service Area

Fire Protection Districts
Esparto Fire Protection District
Knights Landing Fire Protection District
Madison Fire Protection District
Springlake Fire Protection District
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How to celebrate dads and grads on a budget

By May 16, 2015

(StatePoint) There are always several reasons to celebrate the start of summer! Beyond the kick-off to a season of outdoor sun and fun, it’s the perfect time to honor dads and grads.

Whether thanking Dad on Father’s Day or applauding the accomplishments of a new graduate, there are many ways to do so without over-taxing your wallet.

Here are some helpful tips from the discount experts at Dollar General to celebrate these special occasions easily and affordably.

Tech Gifts

If you’re looking for something practical to give Dad or your recent graduate, think about a tech gift. A new pair of headphones, a tablet or portable speakers will be appreciated in today’s on-the-go world, and these gifts can help your loved one navigate a busy schedule.

Throw a Summer Party

Consider gifting Dad new grilling accessories so he can show off his skills or throwing an outdoor party for your new graduate. Summer is the best time for friends, family and neighbors to get together to celebrate. Use colorful plates, napkins and tablecloths to set the mood for your party. A discount retailer like Dollar General has everyday low prices on paper products, condiments, grilling accessories and more for one-stop shopping to aid with your party planning.

Gift Cards

If you’re shopping for a picky Dad or graduate, or looking for an easy gift, gift cards are a convenient way to give something that will be appreciated and used. Consider gift cards for technology, restaurants and other retailers.

To save time and money on your summer fanfare, you can visit more than 11,800 Dollar General stores nationwide or shop online at dollargeneral.com.

This summer, take more time to celebrate with friends and family, without breaking your budget.

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Show Dad he’s your hero this Father’s Day

By May 16, 2015

(StatePoint) If Dad is your hero, Father’s Day is the perfect time to let him know. Luckily, there are plenty of fun ways to shine a light on Dad’s valor — from cool new gifts to handmade creations.

Athletic Gear

Maybe it’s been a month since Dad laced up his sneakers — but you can change that.

Whether it’s a new set of weights, a mountain bike repair kit, or reflective running apparel, you can help keep Dad in super hero shape while promoting his athletic interests.

Cool Tools

Adults view many everyday tasks as mundane, parenting moments — whether it’s changing a flat tire, pitching the tent on a camping trip, or checking for monsters under the bed. But to a child, these tasks can seem heroic, especially with the right tools. Give Dad the right accessories to perform these tasks with the ease of a hero.

Wearable headlights are not only comfortable and compact, but they can also help dads complete projects that require two hands. A new range of water-resistant, drop-tested headlights from Energizer feature powerful LEDs, a patented digital focus, dimming technology, shatter-proof lenses and a handy pivoting function, giving users the ability to control the beam direction. The Energizer Vision HD+ Focus, the most innovative headlight in the collection, allows for a beam of up to 80 meters. More information can be found at www.Energizer.com/fathersdaysavings.

Write a Story

Celebrate all of Dad’s heroic accomplishments with a comic strip or short story. Whether your Super Dad fixed a flat tire in an emergency, helped you finish your science project at the 11th hour or turned a boring day of errands into an adventure, you can show your appreciation by making him the protagonist of your own literary creation.

This Father’s Day, go beyond the standard tie. With a bit of thoughtful creativity, you can let Dad know just how much he means to you.

 

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Letters

Mete letter

By May 15, 2015

Karahan Mete
635 Adams St.
davis, CA 95616-3250

May 14, 2015

The Davis Enterprise
315 G Street
Davis, CA 95616

Dear Davis Enterprise:

On May 28, 2015, Azerbaijani-Americans celebrate the 97th anniversary of
the Republic of Azerbaijan, the world’s first predominantly Muslim secular
democracy. Two years prior to the Bolshevik occupation in 1920,
Azerbaijanis formed an elected multi-party legislature and a
representative government. In 1919, the Parliament of Azerbaijan adopted a
universal suffrage law, which preceded the U.S. equivalent, granting women
the right to vote.

Sharing impressions after his meeting with the Azerbaijani delegation at
the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, President Woodrow Wilson remarked that
Azerbaijani leaders “talked the same language that he did in respect of
ideas, in respect of conceptions of liberty, right and justice”.

In 1950s, during the Soviet rule in Azerbaijan, some descendants of the
founding fathers of Azerbaijan settled in the United States and
established the Azerbaijani Society of America (ASA) which represented the
Azerbaijani community on American soil.

Azerbaijan restored its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and
established diplomatic relations with the U.S. in 1992. During the past 23
years, Azerbaijan has become a vital U.S. partner in a critical region
between Russia and Iran. Azerbaijan also provided its full support for the
U.S. and NATO missions in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

On this 97th anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan, I join ASA and all
Azerbaijani Americans to request a proper recognition of May 28 –
Azerbaijani National Day – by way of resolutions or proclamations. Sample
text of such recognition is available at http://national.azeris.org

Sincerely,

Karahan Mete
530 297-1655

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Letters

Why can’t we see the treaty?

By May 14, 2015

Mr. President, stop smearing Sen. Warren over her TPP opposition.

We are a free country. We can say what we please individually or through our elected officials. Mr. President, I voted for you for you first term but voted Green Party the second time. .. and this attitude of submission to the big bucks is exactly the reason. I don’t know what they are threatening or whether you really agree with the money men.

Whatever your reason is and as I can imagine all sorts of unpleasantness with which you might be threatened, I won’t put up with your refusal to listen to the people on this TPP disaster. We don’t want it sight-unseen. Since Elizabeth Warren has seen it and is against it, I trust her. I’m also against it. I don’t trust you anymore, nor the people backing this deal who demand secrecy.

Secrecy is so close to always a bad thing for the people. If it’s so great, flaunt it. We can’t see it? It must be a disaster for us little folks. Sorry, you lose. Elizabeth wins-at least at my address!

Shirley Harned
El Macero

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Local News

Tour de cluck

By May 13, 2015

Central Park Gardens, Master Gardeners, AG Mechanics and AG Education at Davis Sr. High have a special place at the May 30th Tour de Cluck. Live chickens will be placed strategically along the pathways of the gardens bordering B Street. For those unable to go on the Coop Crawl for any reason won’t be disappointed because four lovely hens will be featured in cages for close observation. Contributing young artists from AG Mechanics are adding their creatively welded windmills, sunflowers, and snails for purchasers to take home to decorate their personal gardens.

To stay with the theme of chickens, the Central Park Gardens will have a plant sale to include hens and chicks (Echeveria ‘Imbricata’) and a variety of other succulent plants. In addition to the hens and chicks, other seasonal sunflower seedlings and starts of painted lady scarlet runner beans will be offered for sale for summer plantings. Sunflowers are fantastic pollen and nectar sources for bees, and the seedheads feed birds through the fall and winter. The runner beans have showy red and white flowers followed by edible bean pods and later dry beans. Master Gardeners will be available throughout the gardens to answer questions and help visitors enjoy the overall experience.

Peg Smith, UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, is taking this opportunity to provide a chicken composting demonstration. She will be sharing information and leading a discussion of best uses for chicken manure in gardens at 10:30a.m. to generate a rich, well composted humous from chicken manure and other garden waste.

The Opening Ceremonies for the Coop Crawl of bicyclists touring backyard chicken coops will get the official sendoff from Tour de Cluck sponsor, Bobby Coyote of Dos Coyote Border Cafes. The send off follows “Crower Contests, family egg/spoon races and egg tosses on the large green area at Central Park. Tickets are available locally at Ken’s Bike, Ski, Board, Davis Food Co-op, Western Feed and Pet Supply, and online by visiting www.davistourdecluck.org. All proceeds from this yearly fun-filled-family event go to the Davis Farm to School Programs for gardens, waste management, and improved nutrition offering in the school lunch.

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Columns

Dementia oped

By May 13, 2015

The Ultimate “I Love You”
By Rebecca Graulich
What’s the cost of loneliness? For the heart, shattering. For the body, devastating. For society, enormous.
Loneliness is that feeling we get when our social needs aren’t met. There is ample data linking loneliness to physical and psychological decline: anxiety, depression, decreased mental functioning, lost productivity, cardiovascular diseases, auto-immune diseases, and alcohol and drug abuse.
The day-to-day demands of caring for a spouse with dementia cause frustration, exhaustion and sadness. Ironically, these demands also put structure in one’s life. Managing the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and eating can fill up the day. And, it is still nice to cuddle despite memory and capability deterioration.
Loneliness can engulf the caregiver when these responsibilities are no longer required. “When the dementia spouse moves out of the home, the caregiver spouse encounters an echoing emptiness,” says Dr. Barbara Gillogly, a gerontologist and family therapist. “The emptiness and silence can be overwhelming.”
Caregivers often feel guilty about battling loneliness by pursuing relationships and enjoying life while their partner lives in a facility. A Compassion Contract helps mitigate that guilt. It enables the person with dementia to say to his or her spouse, “I love you and want you to be happy. This has always been my desire.”
Compassion Contracts, which are signed by couples while they are clear-minded and able to articulate their wishes, are a new type of planning document. They address the potential of one spouse developing Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. They include three components: 1) declaration of love of spouse; 2) commitment to ensure care for spouse with dementia; 3) support for spouse without dementia to seek the comfort of others should it be desired.
The concept of stating one’s wishes in anticipation of incapacity is not new. Advanced Directives, Do Not Resuscitate orders, POLSTs (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment), and Wills and Trusts are all documents created by mentally capable people in anticipation of a time when they will be unable to communicate their wishes. The Compassion Contract is a vehicle for addressing a potential problem of aging: dementia.
“I have often observed dedicated spouses, whose partners lived in memory-care facilities, have friends with whom they went to movies and out to dinner. There’s nothing immoral about that. If they took the friendship to a sexual level, that was between the two of them and their god,” says Susan Smith, a registered nurse and gerontologist.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most expensive condition in the nation, according to The Alzheimer’s Association. In 2014, society spent $214 billion caring for Alzheimer’s patients, including $150 billion in Medicare and Medicaid expenses. What isn’t obvious from these statistics are the additional – and often preventable – medical costs attributed to dementia spouse caregivers.
The Compassion Contract reduces the medical burden imposed on society by giving married caregivers permission to choose not to be lonely. It does not instruct a spouse to be promiscuous or abandon the afflicted partner. On the contrary, this agreement commits the well spouse to care for the dementia partner and it absolves the caregiver spouse from guilt should he or she desire the comforts of another person – whatever those comforts might be. It permits the healthy spouse, with the prior support of his or her partner, to stop the costly, downward spiral of loneliness.
If I were to develop Alzheimer’s, the thought of my husband coping with my mental demise is painful. To think that my condition might induce physical and mental illness to him, is devastating. It comforts me to know that should there come a time when I can no longer provide comfort to my husband, I have made arrangements to encourage his well-being and happiness. This is the least I can do for the man I so dearly love.
According to AgingCare.com, 30% of caregivers pre-decease those they are caring for. The Alzheimer’s Association notes that nearly 60% of dementia caregivers rate emotional stress as high or very high and 40% suffer from depression. Considering all that a spouse goes through when caring for his or her dementia partner, should loneliness be the final reward? For spouses who want to say, “I love you and want you to be happy” when they no longer have the capability to say it, The Compassion Contract is their voice.
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Rebecca Graulich is Marketing and Development Coordinator for The Respite C.L.U.B., a Rancho Cordova drop-in respite center for people with dementia.
— Rebecca Graulich is the marketing and development coordinator for The Respite CLUB, a Rancho Cordova drop-in respite center for people with dementia. She and her family are active in the Davis community.

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Letters

Schoeningh letter

By May 13, 2015

Hello:

The Davis Enterprise might be interested in publishing something related to the letter below and the attachment. Unfortunately, Tea Party Republicans are attempting to eliminate the Export-Import Bank of the United States for their own political ends. F. D. Roosevelt established the bank and the bank has been supported by all presidents of the United States Including Ronald Reagan.

Thank you.

William Schoeningh

May 11, 2015

Congressman John Garamendi
Third District, California
2438 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Sir:

As you know, unless Congress votes to continue the Ex-Im Bank by June 30th, the Bank – jobs and some U.S. exports – will disappear. Simply by omission this event will occur. What most Californians do not understand is the reliance of California agricultural exports on Ex-Im supported financing. Yes, Exim supports grain exports, as well as, other products we produce like almonds and tomato paste. Exim does not provide a subsidy, but acts as an agency supporting risk that the private sector lenders will not accept. In doing so and charging fees for this endeavor, Ex-Im has turned over to the US Treasury more than $7 billion in profits since 1992. I do not know of any other federal agency that makes money for the Government other than the IRS.

We ask that you support the long-term reauthorization of Ex-Im. We compete with 60 other countries that have their own export credit agencies.

Sincerely,

William Schoeningh
216 F Street
Davis, CA 95616

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Columns

Sierra Energy oped

By May 10, 2015

Governor Brown sets the pace for lowering emissions, boosting innovation.

by Robert Mitchell and Mike Hart

California is leading the nation in implementing greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions to combat climate change and is reaping the benefits in its booming clean energy economy. According to Bloomberg, shares of California companies in the NYSE Bloomberg Americas Clean Energy Index will climb at double the national average in 2015. The 26 California companies in Bloomberg’s Index, including Tesla Motors Inc. and SolarCity Corp., have added employees at a rate of 9.5 percent for the past two years.[1]

Governor Brown has announced plans to further accelerate California’s GHG reduction program and the State’s clean energy economy by requiring that California reduce its GHG emission levels 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. To meet this requirement, California must achieve GHG reductions in all sectors of its economy. The state is increasingly seeking to reduce the harmful effects of short-lived and potent GHG’s, particularly methane, as a fundamental component of its strategy. An updating of the state’s policies in the waste to energy sector provides opportunities to reduce GHG emissions by utilizing in state energy resources that are currently squandered in landfills.

To meet the Governor’s Executive Order, California must reduce its emissions by roughly 200 million metric tons of CO2e. Landfills are a major contributor to GHG’s and unlike industrial sources, provide no positive contribution to the state’s economy. As waste decomposes, massive quantities of methane are emitted into the atmosphere. Landfill methane is the largest source of human-generated methane and has a global warming impact 84 times that of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.

Sierra Energy, based out of Davis, California, views the 30 million metric tons of waste deposited annually into California landfills as a valuable source of low carbon energy. The company’s unique hybrid gasification technology, known as FastOx® gasification, processes nearly any type of garbage without burning. Injecting steam and oxygen at rapid and highly-concentrated rates, FastOx gasifiers break down waste at the molecular level, recovering energy-dense syngas. The energy contained in the syngas can be utilized as electricity, diesel, or hydrogen gas.

A study performed by Sierra Energy examined the impact that converting waste into hydrogen gas using FastOx gasification would have on the emission goals set by Governor Brown. The study determined that if all of California’s annual waste was diverted from landfills, converted into hydrogen gas, and used as transportation fuel, 87 million metric tons (MMT) of CO2e could be reduced annually. Offsetting 87 MMT of CO2e is equivalent to taking more than half of the state’s vehicles off the roads, and would enable the state to reach more than 40% of its 2030 GHG reduction goal.

Recent growth in the hydrogen industry has made naysayers optimistic about the low-carbon fuel alternative. Many of the major automobile manufacturers have announced the production of hydrogen-powered cars, including Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, General Motors, Ford, and Audi.

Toyota intends to market its first mass-produced hydrogen car, the Mirai, in the US by next year. Furthermore, there are roughly 49 hydrogen fueling stations in development, according to the California Fuel Cell Partnership.

Currently, the transportation industry using gasoline-powered vehicles contributes about 37% of greenhouse gas emissions in the state of California, according to the Air Resource Board. The adoption of hydrogen-fueled cars, which only emit heat and water instead of pollutants, could play a large role in reducing these emissions.

Gasification is used in many industrial processes, but has yet to gain mainstream adoption for waste conversion in the US. This is due in large part to lingering concerns regarding emissions caused by incineration. Incinerators operate at relatively low temperatures (<500°F) in an oxygen-rich environment causing feedstocks to be consumed in flame. Incineration produces criteria pollutants including sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides, as well as corrosive gases, including hydrochloric and hydrofluoric acid. Incineration also produces hazardous ash, both as particulates in the exhaust gas and as a solid that must be disposed of in hazardous waste landfills.

By contrast, gasification operates at relatively high temperatures in an oxygen-starved environment. The lack of oxygen prevents the burning of the feedstock. Instead, gasification breaks down the feedstock at the molecular level. The process results in the generation of clean energy, and creates no hazardous by-products. California policy makers are beginning to explore replacing blanket prohibitions on waste conversion technologies with performance-based standards for gasification based on objective and rigorous air quality and solid waste criteria. Such a policy shift could help accelerate the widespread adoption of Sierra Energy’s technology, thus aiding the effort to meet the goals laid out by Governor Brown.

The U.S. Army has already recognized the importance of waste to energy technology and has taken a pioneering role in deploying Sierra Energy’s FastOx technology. The Army is currently conducting a demonstration project at Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County. With the support of the Army and the California Energy Commission, Sierra Energy is constructing a FastOx system that will convert the Fort’s waste into electricity. The resultant power will supply energy and support the Army’s goal of achieving zero-waste at the base.

Sierra Energy is currently completing the equipment procurement and final permitting phases. Once the system is producing electricity, Sierra Energy will demonstrate the conversion of waste into renewable diesel, and subsequently, hydrogen. The production of renewable diesel and hydrogen from waste facilitate the reduction of GHG emissions in the most challenging sector, transportation.

Governor Brown and California’s leadership on combatting climate change is a crucial step in the right direction for our state’s economy and for our planet. Sierra Energy looks forward to being a part of the solution, providing ultra low carbon energy and transportation fuel while reducing the land use, soil and water impacts of landfilling.

[1] For reference: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015/02/californias-clean-tech-industry-best-in-us-for-jobs-and-investment

Sierra Energy
530.759.9827 | 530.759.9872 fax
221 1st Street, Davis, CA 95616
www.SierraEnergyCorp.com

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Arts

Davis Chorale

By May 10, 2015

ENTERPRISE STAFF

The adoration of the divine has inspired powerful music throughout the centuries.  At its concert Voices of Wonder, on June 7, the Davis Chorale invites the community to experience six sacred works by some of the most admired European composers in that genre, spanning five centuries.  Centerpieces are the Easter cantata Christ lag in Todes Banden (Christ Lay Bound by Death) by J.S. Bach from 1707 and Missa Brevis in D Major by J.W. Mozart from ca. 1774.  Additionally, the program includes Psalm 8 and Psalm 110 by Heinrich Schuetz, an important German composer of the seventeenth century, presaging Bach’s polyphonic and contrapuntal style.  The psalms were composed in 1619 and are scored for two four-voice choirs and instrumentalists.

The 19th, 20th and 21st centuries are represented by three shorter more chorale-like works with multiple voices set in lush, wide ranging chords, perfect for a large cathedral.  The most recent piece from 2009 The Ground, an excerpt from Sunrise Mass, by Swedish-born, Santa Monica-based composer Ola Gjeilo, who is one of the Davis Chorale’s favorite composers due to his inventive contemporary idiom, surprises by its adherence to traditional chorale style.  It requires string and piano accompaniment.

The well-known graduale Os Justi by the Austrian Anton Bruckner from 1879 and Blessed is the Man by Sergei Rachmaninoff are a cappella compositions.  The latter, sung in Church Slavonic, similar to Russian, is the third of 15 settings for an All-Night-Vigil a Russian Orthodox religious ceremony.  It was composed in 1915 before the Russian revolution, when Rachmaninoff had not yet left his native country and immigrated to the United States.  The All-Night-Vigil counted among his two favorite compositions.  Indeed it displays the best of rich Russian sonority.

All the works in the program were chosen for their beautiful harmonies, organizational strength, and awe-inspiring qualities.

The concert will be conducted by Artistic Director Alison Skinner and Assistant Director Garrett Rigsby with accompaniment by a string ensemble and Ellen Deffner on the keyboard.  Vocal soloists are Carol Kessler soprano, Tania Mannion mezzo-soprano, Matthew Zavod tenor and Jeff Fields bass.

The concert takes place on Sunday June 7, 2015, 7 pm at Brunelle Hall of Davis High School at 315 West 14th St.

Tickets ($10/15/20: student, general, priority) can be purchased at the door, from a Chorale member or at Watermelon Music in downtown Davis.

For more information, please consult www.davischorale.org.

 

Jeff Hudson

Local News

In bid for Syngenta, Monsanto reaches for business it left behind

By May 10, 2015

Europe banned a Syngenta pesticide linked to bee deaths. But the chemicals continue to be employed in the United States. Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters photo
By Andrew Pollack and Chad Bray

Over the last two decades Monsanto has cast off its century-long history as a chemical company and refashioned itself as an agricultural life sciences company, led by its genetically engineered seeds.

But with its $45 billion bid to acquire the agricultural chemical giant Syngenta — a bid Syngenta rejected on Friday as inadequate — Monsanto appears to be trying to get back into a business it largely abandoned. That is a possible acknowledgment, some analysts say, that the biotech seeds might not be the engine to carry the company forward much longer.

“If you go back 10 years, they put all their marbles on biotechnology and they’ve done fantastically well there,” said William R. Young, managing director of ChemSpeak, a consulting firm following the chemical industry. “But going forward, maybe the growth is limited,” he said. Buying Syngenta “allows for some diversification in product line.”

Syngenta both announced and rejected Monsanto’s unsolicited bid on Friday, saying the offer undervalued Syngenta’s prospects and underestimated “the significant execution risks, including regulatory and public scrutiny at multiple levels in many countries.”

Monsanto offered to pay 449 Swiss francs, or about $490, for each share of Syngenta; 45 percent of the payment would be in cash. The offer represented a 35 percent premium to Syngenta’s closing price on Thursday.

Monsanto, in its own statement, said it believed combining the two companies would create “an integrated global leader in agriculture with comprehensive and complementary product portfolios.” It said it was confident in its ability to obtain all necessary regulatory approvals.

The deal would create an agricultural behemoth, combining Monsanto, the world leader in seeds and genetically engineered traits (like herbicide resistance), with Syngenta, the largest producer of agricultural chemicals.

The two companies are in some sense mirror images of each other. They are similar in size, each with over $15 billion in annual revenue. But Monsanto gets most of its revenue from seeds and biotech traits; the rest comes mainly from the herbicide Roundup. Syngenta gets most of its revenue from chemicals, like weed control products, and less from seeds.

So far, investors have seen more potential in the seed business. Monsanto has had a market valuation more than 60 percent greater than Syngenta’s.

So why would it want to move back into chemicals? Perhaps it is because agricultural chemicals are still a bigger market than seeds. While certain biotech crops that incorporate their own pesticides have reduced the need for spraying chemicals, that has not been the case over all.

Moreover, the bulk of revenue from biotech seed sales come from two crops — corn and soybean — and two continents — North America and South America. There is resistance to planting such seeds in other places, particularly Europe.

In a recent conference call, Mike Mack, the chief executive of Syngenta, said the global seed markets was worth $40 billion, compared to $63 billion for agricultural chemicals.

“With the pace of G.M. growth having considerably slowed, this is unlikely to change,” he said, using the initials for genetically modified. “It reinforces our view that crop protection will continue to play a paramount role in raising agricultural yields globally.”

Monsanto executives, who would not comment on Friday, have said in the past that they are still enthusiastic about the potential for biotechnology. But the company has been diversifying, emphasizing more conventional breeding and moving into new businesses, such as using microbes to control pests and offering digital data to help farmers manage their fields. That latter effort has been off to a somewhat slow start.

Analysts expect the deal would raise antitrust concerns since Syngenta is still the world’s No. 3 seed company, with about 11 percent market share compared with 34 percent for Monsanto, according to estimates by Jefferies, the global investment banking firm. In agricultural chemicals, Syngenta has 19 percent share and Monsanto 8 percent. But Monsanto’s sales are almost all from Roundup, the herbicide, while Syngenta has a broader range of products, including a new fungicide called Elatus that is said to have bright prospects.

Ben Scarlett, an analyst for J.P. Morgan, said Syngenta’s corn and soybean seed businesses in North American and South America might have to be sold to satisfy regulators, and possibly some chemicals in certain markets. The combined company would also have high market share in nonselective herbicides, combining Roundup with Syngenta’s leading market share for paraquat.

Both the seed and agricultural chemical businesses have already been undergoing a rapid consolidation. According to one study from the Agriculture Department, the top four seed companies controlled 54 percent of the global market in 2009, up from 21 percent in 1994. For agricultural chemicals, the figures were 53 percent in 2009 and 28.5 percent in 1994. Consolidation is believed to have continued since 2009.

The Justice Department and some states undertook antitrust investigations of Monsanto’s seed practices a few years ago but the investigations were closed and no findings were ever released.

Both Monsanto and Syngenta are suffering from a decline in corn prices and the strength of the dollar. Also, the World Health Organization has said that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is a probable carcinogen. Syngenta’s seed treatments containing chemicals known as neonicotinoids are suspected by some researchers of being harmful to bees.

Laurence Alexander, an analyst at Jefferies, said a deal would be “strategically logical” for Monsanto, given the tough times in the agriculture business right now and the “increasing acknowledgment that biotech traits are not ‘silver bullets.’” But he said that for Syngenta, this “would be a sale at almost the worst possible time.”

One benefit of the deal for Monsanto could be relocating its official headquarters to Switzerland and getting a lower tax rate. The federal government has been trying to clamp down on such so-called inversions, however, making them less financially attractive.

Senator Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, urged Monsanto not to undertake an inversion. In a letter he sent on Thursday to Monsanto’s chief executive, Hugh Grant, Senator Durbin said that Monsanto benefited from federally funded research and the patent system. “You and your board must recognize that your company’s continued commitment to America would be good, not only for the country, but also for Monsanto Company’s bottom line,” he wrote.

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Yilma oped

By May 09, 2015

The Criminal Cottage Industry Operating in Family Courts

Posted by Vanguard AdministratorDate: May 06, 2015in: Breaking News, Court Watch, Yolo County(11) Comments
family-courtBy Tilahun Yilma

I made the greatest blunder of my life when I followed the advice of my dear friend, Professor Martha West of the UC Davis Law School, and reported to the District Attorney’s Office of Yolo County that my son was going to be abducted by his mother (who suffers from bipolar syndrome) and be taken to her brother, a convicted thief and a pedophile on Megan’s list on Tuesday, December 26, 2006.

When we were asked to appear in court the following day by Ms. Angela Smith of the Child Abduction Unit and an assistant DA, I presumed that the whole problem would be resolved in no more than 30 minutes. Instead the case has dragged on for more than 8 years. As a result, my son has suffered his entire life and much of my productive life was wasted. The laboratory that I established and directed at UC Davis has closed.

More than 20 highly productive scientists, postdocs, graduate students, and staff lost their employment and research projects were left unfinished in which millions of dollars had been invested. This laboratory brought highly prestigious local, national, and international awards and resulted in my election to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the first and only such election of a faculty member of UCD School of Veterinary Medicine since its establishment in 1948.

What I did not realize at first, is that the court is run by a criminal cottage industry consisting of judges, lawyers, psychologists, and mediators for the sole purpose of using children as hostages in order to extract every last penny from their vulnerable parents. In the process, parents often lose their entire life savings, retirement funds, and homes while their children are abused, molested, and even killed. Some parents incur huge debts in the false hopes of saving their child. Another glaring example of a horrible abuse of judicial power was when Judge McAdam facilitated the death of a five year old girl in the Talamantes case by giving sole custody to the mother that the psychiatrist diagnosed with serious mental illness. Even the father pleaded, to no avail, and warned the Judge that his daughter could be harmed seriously with his decision.

After the first few court dates I realized that the whole agenda of the court appeared to boil down to one and only one issue: Money! The threats given to me were very clear and unambiguous: You either pay up or we will hurt your child and prevent you from having time with him. I refused to cooperate and pay $50-100,000 and to sign off my home.

As a consequence, my son was prevented from living with me and from getting appropriate nutrition and medical care. In addition to the mental anguish and frustration caused by being allowed to have only minimal time with his father, he ended up developing 10 cavities before the age of five. When I brought two independent dental reports that the child has suffered from lack of dental hygiene and neglect, Judge McAdam further reduced my time with my son and ridiculed me by claiming that my son was suffering from defective genes.

Never have I experienced this level of racism, degradation, extortion, legalized robbery, in addition to the endangerment of the health and welfare of my child. I am a Distinguished Professor of UC Davis, a NAS member, and I have received the highest awards for outstanding teaching, Distinguished Public Service, and the Faculty Research Award. Yet, Judge McAdam found me unqualified to participate in making decision what elementary school my son should be attending in Davis.

Even though I was Chair of the Board of International Science of the National Academies and a member of the Board for Science for Peace of Italy, Judge McAdam did not deem me fit to take my son with me to Venice and Rome, Italy. Similarly, Judge White prevented my son from traveling with me to New Zealand when I was asked by the President of the NAS to lead the US delegation to the International Council of Science meeting last September.

Further, Judge McAdam totally disregarded recommendations from our son’s physician and the preschool teachers who gave me the “Best Dad Award” at Russell Park Preschool. Instead, a mother who suffers from bipolar syndrome, has been unable to maintain a job since arriving in Davis 9 years ago, and who was dragged to court by the DA for attempting to take our son to a convicted thief and a pedophile was given more than 70% custody and sole decision making power regarding the health and education of our son.

Judge McAdam also squashed my subpoena to obtain the mother’s medical records, further subjecting our son to her cycles of depression. Her mental illness was protected as an asset to be used for the extortion process.

In addition to the abuses by the court, my son’s mother and her attorney attempted to get me arrested by claiming that I physically abused my son during a bike ride. My son’s mother picked him up at the end of his school day, told him that his testicles hurt, and took him to the hospital. Although he protested that he was fine, he was subjected to a battery of unnecessary and potentially damaging tests on his testicles to determine if he had injuries. I had to hire a criminal defense attorney at great expense to save me from going to prison based on these false charges.

The doctors could not find any injury on our son; however, they found that it was only the mother who complained about the pain and not the child. Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Davis City Police investigated this claim by interviewing our son at school without the knowledge of either parent. This was deemed appropriate in order to avoid parental influence on the testimony of the child. Both CPS and the detective testified in court that the mother had fabricated the whole story and that the child had begged them to help him live with his father.

Judge Kathleen White agreed with the testimony of the CPS and the police that the accusation was false; however, I was told that I should pay $40,000 of the mother’s legal expenses in addition to more than $100,000 that I had already paid. Her attorney was instructed to give the $10,000 to the mother. Literally, the Judge was rewarding both for falsely accusing me with felony and bringing me to court. I am not privy to the type of arrangements made between Judge White and the mother’s attorney for the execution of this sweetheart deal.

Although the mother is the one brought to court by the DA for violating the law, many reasons were given in court why I should pay all expenses: my salary was too large, I had retirement funds with UC Davis, and thus I can afford to pay it. According to the law, the mother should have been penalized or sent to prison for false accusation (Cal Fam. Code § 3027.1) and for attempting to take a child to a convicted thief and a pedophile (Cal Penal Code 288). This is another glaring example of how these corrupt judges reward those that break the law to ensure a lengthy litigation process to maximize court and legal fees. In the process the welfare of the child is ignored, frequently at great risk to the child, and the innocent parent is often reduced to bankruptcy.

I used to be dismayed and wonder why our society would tolerate the fact that about 33% of black males serve time in prison at a much higher rate than their counterparts in South Africa during the heights of Apartheid. After what my son and I experienced in Yolo County Family Court, now I ask the question how the remaining 67% of people of color manage to escape prison. Even a gifted black child like my son who asked what brings down the plum from the tree to the ground at the age of three, performed fifth grade level math in first grade, asked a cosmologist if there is an end to space and time or does space and time die just like his horse Woody when he was six, and an excellent athlete (biker, skier, swimmer, etc.) since the age of three, could not escape the wrath of the injustice system of the Yolo County Family Court. Is there any wonder that judges send 33% African American boys to prison and police shoot unarmed black boys?

I was featured as a role model in Visions (career guidance/life management workbook for African American males) by the California Department of Education in May 1996. I was also a recipient of “Mentor Award” from the Teachers Association of the State of California during their annual meeting in San Diego for volunteering and successfully mentoring disadvantaged youngsters, especially African Americans and women. I provided jobs in my lab to these youngsters and helped them get accepted into medical, veterinary, law, graduate schools, etc.

Today, many of these youngsters are successful professionals including one who was an associate dean of a medical school. Yet, the Yolo County Family Court made sure that my son does not benefit from his father’s success and resources as other youngsters have done. Every penny that I saved for his education was stripped from me using the judicial power of the court. It is ironic that while my civil rights and that of my son are being violated by Yolo County Family Court, I was serving as a board member on the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academies. Thus, I came to the conclusion that there is nothing the courts will not do to destroy the lives of black boys and black men.

As a result of my experiences with Yolo County Family Court, I have made numerous attempts to bring our plight to a number of local officials and print media including assembly members Marico Yamada and Bill Monning, Senator Lois Wolk, Superintendent Don Saylor, and former Presiding Judge David Rosenberg to no avail. I joined the Human Relations Commission of the City of Davis and made numerous attempts to shed light on the sufferings of children and their parents in Yolo County Family Court. I was one of many who testified at the State Capital in support of AB 2475 on May 4, 2010.

The goal of this bill was to modify the current law that gives blanket immunity to members of the cottage industry in family courts who inflict crimes on children and their parents for financial gain. The lobby of the criminal cottage industry succeeded in defeating the bill. However, I learned at the hearing that even the Mafia does not like to involve children in its criminal activities under normal circumstances. I never thought that anything in this world would make me see the Mafia in a better light let alone the family courts that are supposedly established and funded by the State to protect the welfare of children and their parents.

During her interview by Mike Krasny of KQED (Fri, Jul 22, 2011 — 9:00 AM), Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye claimed that justice is going to be denied or delayed as a result of budget cuts to the courts by the State of California. In light of this background, I seriously question the accuracy of her claim before she should first account for the hundreds of millions of tax dollars that are wasted on inflicting injustice and crimes against children in family courts. I made an effort and succeeded in testifying at the meeting of the Judicial Council of the State of California chaired by the Chief Justice in Sacramento on Thursday, January 22, 2015. The audio cast of the testimony is given below.

I am still waiting to hear if the Chief Justice’s Office will make any attempt to contact parents who are victims of crimes committed in family courts let alone receive justice from the “Criminal Cottage Industry” masquerading as a place of justice. In conclusion, I am dismayed by the heights of hypocrisy shown by the leaders of our country when they lecture the rest of the world on human rights while children (our future) and minorities are routinely abused by courts supposedly established to defend and protect them. It is essential that citizens should rally and campaign to demand that legislators should address this perversion of family courts into a criminal joint for holding children as hostages in order to rob their parents, especially people of color. I will continue to fight for our children to attain, especially African American boys, the same level of rights enjoyed by dogs through the animal rights laws. I know because I am both a parent and a veterinarian.

Tilahun Yilma, DVM, PhD is a Distinguished Professor of Virology at UC Davis and a member, US National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow at the American Academy of Microbiology

PROFESSOR YILMA will be a panelist at the Vanguard Court Watch Event on Saturday at 6 pm at the Davis Community Church – to purchase tickets, please go to: https://secure.yourpatriot.com/ou/dpd/150/1545/eventsignup.aspx

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

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Thomas Friedman: Germany: the green superpower

By May 08, 2015

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Commentary: Germany, the Green Superpower
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

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BERLIN — A week at the American Academy in Berlin leaves me with two contradictory feelings: One is that Germany today deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, and the other is that Germany tomorrow will have to overcome its deeply ingrained post-World War II pacifism and become a more serious, activist global power. And I say both as a compliment.

On the first point, what the Germans have done in converting almost 30 percent of their electric grid to solar and wind energy from near zero in about 15 years has been a great contribution to the stability of our planet and its climate. The centerpiece of the German Energiewende,” or energy transformation, was an extremely generous “feed-in tariff” that made it a no-brainer for Germans to install solar power (or wind) at home and receive a predictable high price for the energy generated off their own rooftops.

There is no denying that the early days of the feed-in tariff were expensive. The subsidies cost billions of euros, paid for through a surcharge on everyone’s electric bill. But the goal was not simply to buy more renewable energy: It was to create demand that would drive down the cost of solar and wind to make them mainstream, affordable options. And, in that, the energiewende has been an undiluted success. With price drops of more than 80 percent for solar, and 55 percent for wind, zero-carbon energy is now competitive with fossil fuels here.

“In my view the greatest success of the German energy transition was giving a boost to the Chinese solar panel industry,” said Ralf Fuecks, the president of the Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung, the German Green Party’s political foundation. “We created the mass market, and that led to the increased productivity and dramatic decrease in cost.” And all this in a country whose northern tip is the same latitude as the southern tip of Alaska!

This is a world-saving achievement. And, happily, as the price fell, the subsidies for new installations also dropped. The Germans who installed solar ended up making money, which is why the program remains popular, except in coal-producing regions. Today, more than 1.4 million German households and cooperatives are generating their own solar/wind electricity. “There are now a thousand energy cooperatives operated by private people,” said energy economist Claudia Kemfert.

Oliver Krischer, the vice chairman of the Green Party’s parliamentary group, told me: “I have a friend who comes home, and, if the sun is shining, he doesn’t even say hello to his wife. He first goes downstairs and looks at the meter to see what (electricity) he has produced himself. … The idea now is that energy is something you can (produce) on your own. It’s a new development.” And it has created so much pushback against the country’s four major coal/nuclear utilities that one of them, E.On, just split into two companies — one focusing on squeezing the last profits from coal, oil, gas and nuclear, while the other focuses on renewables. Germans jokingly call them “E.Off” and “E.On.”

One problem: Germany still has tons of cheap, dirty lignite coal that is used as backup power for wind and solar, because cleaner natural gas is more expensive and nuclear is being phased out.

So if that’s the story on renewable power, how about national power? Two generations after World War II, Germany’s reticence to project any power outside its borders is deeply ingrained in the political psyche here. That is a good thing, given Germany’s past. But it is not sustainable. There is an impressive weight to Germany today — derived from the quality of its governing institution, its rule of law and the sheer power of its economy built on midsize businesses — that is unique in Europe.

When you talk to German officials about Greece, their main complaint is not about Greek fiscal policy, which is better lately, but about the rot and corruption in Greece’s governing institutions. The Greeks “couldn’t implement the structural reforms they needed, if they wanted to,” one German financial official said to me. Athens’ institutions are a mess.

With the United States less interested in Europe, Britain fading away both from the European Union and the last vestiges of its being a global military power, France and Italy economically hobbled and most NATO members shrinking their defense budgets, I don’t see how Germany avoids exercising more leadership. Its economic sanctions are already the most important counter to Russian aggression in Ukraine. And in the Mediterranean Sea, where Europe faces a rising tide of refugees (and where Russia and China just announced that their navies will hold a joint exercise in mid-May), Germany will have to catalyze some kind of EU naval response. The relative weight of German power vis-à-vis the rest of Europe just keeps growing, but don’t say that out loud here. A German foreign policy official put their dilemma this way: “We have to get used to assuming more leadership and be aware of how reluctant others are to have Germany lead — so we have to do it through the EU.”

Here’s my prediction: Germany will be Europe’s first green, solar-powered superpower. Can those attributes coexist in one country, you ask? They’re going to have to.

Thomas Friedman

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What does economic development mean to you?

By May 08, 2015

Economic development. It’s a term that we hear a lot. The trouble is it can be really tough to tell what it means. As it becomes an increasing focus of conversation in and around Davis, it is more important than ever to work from a common definition; and, to examine the respective interpretations and meanings we all have for it.

As Chief Executive Officer of the Davis Chamber, I represent over 500 businesses located here and in the surrounding area. I report to a 17-member Board of Directors, speaking on their behalf in all matters of official Chamber business. Technically, I am also a member of the Davis Chamber’s Board; but, I am non-voting. My role is to provide advice and counsel to the Board and, having done so, implement their strategic direction.

Why is that relevant to this column? It provides essential context. My interpretation of economic development is the basis for the advice and counsel I provide the Davis Chamber’s Board of Directors. And, it directly influences my interactions with you as we discuss the innovation parks, rail relocation, broadband infrastructure, and many other critical local issues.

Let’s start with the definition. To paraphrase the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), economic development “seeks to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community, by creating … jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base.” For those unfamiliar with IEDC, it is the largest and most respected non-profit, non-partisan association of professional economic developers in the world.

Definitions are generally pretty straightforward, but they are also open to interpretation. The definition of economic development is no different. As all of us that have a vested interest in Davis’ economic well-being and quality of life interpret its meaning, we will draw conclusions as to how economic development can be used to improve that well-being. This is where it gets confounding; unless, of course, we all have a clear understanding of our respective interpretations.

Which is why, in my first column for the Vanguard, I’d like to share mine.

In my interpretation, the one word in this definition that has the least significance is “growth.” That’s not to say it isn’t significant. It’s just the least significant piece of this particular puzzle. I’ll explain why in a moment. First, though, let’s look at what I believe to be the most significant piece.

Improving the economic well-being and quality of life for the community is, for me, what this is all about. Jobs are a key component to that. Not the only component, but a key one. The fact is that someone with a job has a greater degree of fiscal self-reliance and stability than someone that does not have a job. A community is comprised of individual people. When we create the conditions where a person can be more fiscally stable today than he or she was yesterday, we’ve improved the well-being and quality of life for the community.

We have also created a scenario in which additional tax revenue is collected, helping to stabilize local finances, without increasing tax rates. Does that mean it fixes all of our fiscal challenges? No, it doesn’t, particularly in the short term. But, as a piece of a larger solution, it sure does help. Plus, in the long term, it helps prevent further instability.

So why is the word “growth” so relatively insignificant in this discussion? Improvements in our economic well-being and quality of life can come from growth in so many different things. Do they come from development and population growth? Yes, to a degree. But they also come from growth in a person’s job skills; growth in the number of places people can interact and share new ideas; and, even growth in services that provide reliable roofs and hot meals for those needing to get back on their feet.

What does economic development mean to me? It isn’t fundamentally about putting up new buildings or expanding Davis’ borders. It isn’t about moving railroad tracks and installing the newest high tech broadband infrastructure. It isn’t even about minimum wages or energy distribution. It’s about finding the best possible means to improve the economic well-being of as many people as possible.

Now that you know what it means to me, what does it mean to you? More importantly, how can we use it to improve people’s lives?

Matt Yancey is Chief Executive Officer for the Davis Chamber of Commerce. He formerly worked as Director of Economic Development at the Sacramento Metro Chamber and has 15 years of experience in the field of economic development.

Matt Yancey

By May 6, 2015

Wedged between San Francisco’s Painted Ladies and the cloud of marijuana smoke that engulfs Golden Gate Park, Kezar Stadium is a relic of the city’s past, when rent was affordable and space to build still existed. Renovated in the early 1990’s, the facility resembles nothing of the cacophonous monstrosity where Clint Eastwood famously chased down the serial killer groundskeeper in 1971’s Dirty Harry. Instead of the massive concrete bowl that once housed the San Francisco 49ers, the stadium now features quaint run-down wooden benches, a pristine public running track, and middle sections that include seats taken directly from the recently demolished Candlestick Park – another massive piece of Bay Area sporting lore.

As amazing as the on-field sightlines of the surrounding Upper Haight neighborhood are though, the stadium is also a graveyard for failed Fog City soccer franchises. First came the San Francisco Golden Gales, who lasted just one season in 1967 in the United Soccer Association, a precursor to the NASL. Under the tutelage of the legendary Austrian Ernst Happel, for whom his country’s national stadium is named, the team put together a 5-4-3 record before folding to yield area rights accross the Bay Bridge to the Oakland Clippers.

2007 brought the California Victory, funded by Spanish club Deportivo Alavés, a Basque Country side that has spent most of its anonymous history bouncing around the lower divisions in the Iberian Peninsula. A year of poor results and lack of interest saw Alavés drop its funding, and though there was a campaign to save the Victory with a supporter-funded model, the efforts proved not to be victorious.

But San Francisco City FC is different, the fans say.

Across the street from the stadium in the aptly named Kezar Pub, a small throng of about 10 gold and black-clad supporters surround a pair of tables in the dimly-lit bar. The establishment is shared only by employees and a pair of British expats watching rugby in a corner next to a photo of Joe Montana, San Francisco’s greatest-ever athlete, carving up the Cincinnati Bengals defense in Super Bowl XVI. Black-and-white photos of great 49ers of the 50’s and 60’s adorn the walls, but just like the Manchester City – Aston Villa game on TV, they go unnoticed as the group shares two pitchers of Goose Island.

Two hours before the biggest game in club history City’s main supporters’ group, the Northsiders, are surprisingly rationally discussing the team and its chances against the giant-killing Cal FC, who made a name for themselves in 2012 when a group of cast-offs coached by US legend Eric Wynalda guided the upstarts all the way to the Fourth Round. The run included victories over USL PRO’s Wilmington Hammerheads and MLS’s Portland Timbers before Cal ultimately fell to the eventual runner-up Seattle Sounders FC. But this is not the Cal FC of 2012. The only name player is former NASL journeyman Danny Barrera, and according to the club, Wynalda is too busy with a new baby, new house, and TV commitments to work with Cal this year.

Excited and hopeful, the supporters begin talking about possible chances should the club win and play at the Ventura County Fusion, a USL PDL side from Southern California who will play the winner of this match. The conversation enters a high level of understanding of the impossibly complex American soccer pyramid which features three professional divisions, two of which claim to be better than they are actually designated by the United States Soccer Federation, and no clear division ranking after that. To a fly on the wall, it could seem like this is simply a fanbase with a high knowledge level. The reasoning runs deeper than that though – these aren’t just fans – they’re owners as well.

On San Francisco City FC’s website, season tickets are not actually available for purchase, one can only purchase a membership in the club – $50 for a single season or $350 for a lifetime membership. Perks include season tickets, voting rights for major club matters and eligibility for board membership.

“Our goal is to expand to 10,000 active members and reach the highest level of US Soccer competition by 2020,” reads the text of each club press release. “Our mission is to provide top quality football and honor the civic and sporting legacy of San Francisco, while acting in meaningful service to the local community, and offering local youth the opportunity to learn and grow as students of the game & citizens in San Francisco’s unique cultural environment.”

With around 300 members as of their April Open Cup game, City are a bit shy of their lofty goal, but the supporters are the 51 percent in the model, the majority owners no matter what. The remaining 49 percent of the club is owned by a small group of key players including president Jacques Pelham, original SF City Founder Jonathan Wright, Director of Media and Broadcasting Charles Wollin, Vice President of Community Development Steven Kenyon, head coach Andrew Gardner, and his older brother, Jordan, sometimes a left back on the team, always the general manager, and the founder of Ticket Arsenal FC.

While SF City FC was originally founded in 2001 as a member of the San Francisco Football Soccer League, which has roots all the way back to 1902, City’s aspirations ran higher as they applied to join the fourth division National Premier Soccer League, but were denied by fellow Bay Area NPSL club San Francisco Stompers, who cited territorial rights. A grievence filed with US Soccer was eventually found in City’s favor, but by that time the club had decided to enter the NorCal Adult Premier League, also considered a fourth division league.

The one problem, SF didn’t have a team of players to draw from to compete in such a competitive league. The answer turned out to be simple: reach out to Ticket Arsenal FC, a club named after Jordan Gardner’s start-up which sells tickets for a wide-variety of events including football, concerts, and theater. With an impressive collection of former NCAA Division I players, Arsenal crushed its NorCal competition in 2014, sporting a 10-1-0 record to qualify for the four-team postseason tournament to determine a spot for the 2015 Open Cup.

“We, as in San Francisco City, have done all this off-the field work and it looks like Ticket Arsenal has done all this on-the-field work and is making a huge push for the off-the-field stuff, but doesn’t have a ton of infrastructure outside of (the Gardner brothers),” Andrew Gardner said a few weeks before the Cal FC game. “So they called me up and set up a meeting and said, ‘Look, this is who we are, this is what we’re about, this is what we think we can provide you guys. You guys do your thing, we trust what you’re doing, it’s amazing. This is like a perfect fit where we merge our clubs.”

The clubs officially merged January 12, 2015, under the supporter-owned model, just in time for a 7-1 aggregate win over Juventus Soccer Academy of Redwood City in the semifinals of the postseason tournament. As the No. 1 seeded team, City hosted and defeated Stanislaus United Academica 3-0 in front of 483 fans at Cox Stadium on the campus of San Francisco State University to officially qualify for the Open Cup as the first amateur team from San Francisco to do so since 1997.

From there, City signed a deal to play home matches at Kezar Stadium and announced that they were one of two teams in talks with the NASL for a possible San Francisco expansion. The profile of the club exploded over social media in a similar way that it had for lower division clubs like Detroit City FC, Chattanooga FC, and Nashville FC.

Despite the success though, Andrew Gardner is quick to explain that the club is, and will always be about the supporter-owned model that values community participation. Standing maybe 5’6” with mid-length curly hair, Gardner exudes an air (HEIR?) of confidence with his well-fitted suits and sincerity of voice. Defying his sleight frame, his confidence led him to play Division I football where he served as the kicker for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He’s the type of person who will sell you the pen and make you feel good about buying the pen.

“(SF City) is a natural, supporter-run team, where, say we start playing like shit and (the board) decides to fire me, when I go off board, the team is still there because the team is the city,” he said. “What we’ve been pushing for is to really integrate the soccer community here in San Francisco, to unite it into one group. From the adult, all the way to the youth level, and really bring high-quality, passionate soccer to San Francisco, (in) which we see the potential.”

Back at Kezar pub, a solid three hours before kick off, defacto capo Casey Proud is the first to arrive. Toting a bass drum so large that Judas Priest would be jealous, Proud rode the bus then a cable car to make it to the pub – no one looked twice, as is life in San Francisco. “My saying in San Francisco is that you’re never the weirdest person in the room,” he says with a laugh. Wearing City’s gold short-sleeved jersey, a custom red and gold scarf, and black shorts, Proud either hasn’t dressed for the chill, or knows that he will spend the entire 90 minutes singing, jumping, and drumming.

As the president of American Outlaws San Francisco, Proud is exactly the type of supporter who City hopes to target – one who is interested in the game from the grassroots level all the way to the top of the game. “San Francisco is an international City,” he says. “When it comes to international cities, every one has a club that represents them. Why can’t we have our own club?

Proud continues in between sips of a breakfast beer: “You ask someone from the Bay Area where they’re from, and they’re not going to say San Jose.” For a variety of reasons, including space, the historical aspect, and the larger population, the highest level of American soccer is played 50 miles south of San Francisco, rather than in Northern California’s most iconic city and one of the top tourist destinations in the world. No one has ever vacationed in San Jose, and certainly no film has ever taken place in the economically-imperative city where the Earthquakes play. As far as the international community is concerned, the answer to Dionne Warwick’s question of “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” is simply: no.

And yet, Proud concedes that the Earthquakes are an important part of soccer in this country, especially in the Bay area. “We have to give our respect to San Jose, there is so much history there, that club has done so much for soccer in the US and Northern California,” he says. In fact, many of the Northsiders choose to support both teams and see no conflict in doing so. One such supporter is Michael Gonos, the supporter board representative of SF City FC.

As Gonos sits down for an on-camera interview, he wears a thick black shirt, an SF City scarf and a San Francisco Giants hat, perfect dressing for the perennial 65-degree winty temperatures that dominate the forecasts of a city without seasons. He asks if he can drink on camera before eloquently answering questions about the Earthquakes, the uniqueness of supporter ownership, and the future of the club.

“I do (support the San Jose Earthquakes). I’m a member of the (1906) Ultras. I love them. They’re the best supporters in this country, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m a San Franciscan and I love this place,” Gonos says. “I want it to have representation. We’re not chopped liver. We’re the capital of the Bay Area, we deserve a team. It doesn’t have to be in MLS because that’s what the Earthquakes are for. I’m not going to stop going to Earthquakes games, but this is my city and it deserves a team.”

A quality assurance tester for startups in the area, Gonos’ beard and glasses don’t represent San Francisco, they are San Francisco.

“It goes beyond the whole civic pride thing,” he says. “It goes back to why we’re doing it with a supporter ownership model, because our town, when you have a team, it can do a lot of good. The Earthquakes do a lot of good in San Jose, building youth fields, helping all these programs for kids,” he says. “Well, we deserve that for here. Our kids deserve that. The way to do that is to start a team. So I don’t see it as a conflict, I see it as a concert, because the fact is that without the Earthquakes we wouldn’t even be having this discussion right now.

 

“(Supporter owned) works. You look at Germany, where it’s mandatory that clubs are owned by supporters and you couldn’t have a better advertisement for that model than what’s been going on,” Gonos says between sips of his drink. “I’m just excited about it because I want to do something where the team represents the community, it’s a part of the community. It’s not about getting the people behind the team, it’s about getting the team behind the people.

“Dependance on outside investments by single individuals of means, that’s been tried many times before. It hasn’t worked here. There’s no reason to assume that it’s going to if we tried again, so instead we want to do something different,” he adds. “I just think it’s exciting. We can do things with this team beyond what’s going on in the stands, charitable activities, all that kind of stuff. If we bring people together, then we can do this stuff. The team is more of a tool to bring people together and I don’t think it would work any other way.”

In March, City took the first steps in its quest towards social good by signing Classy and Street Soccer USA as its inaugural jersey sponsors. The former serves as the largest fundraising platform for socially “good” organizations in the world, featuring over 1,000 nonprofits and social enterprises such as The World Food Programme and National Geographic. The latter is a company co-founded by City board member and SSUSA Chief Operating Officer Rob Cann that advocates for social change and the abolition of poverty and homelessness through the organization of street soccer tournaments.

It’s gameday, however, and the club will take a pause from focusing on social activism to focus on the task at hand: slaying a giant-killer. A quick walk back across the street, narrowly avoiding the day drinking in Golden Gate Park, and the atmosphere has changed from the laid back support in Kezar Pub, to a tense locker room atmosphere. Realizing that media coverage is paramount towards getting City’s message across, the club and head coach Andrew Gardner have allowed a journalist access inside the locker room for the pre-game speech.

As the beat of Proud’s monstrous drum echos in the stadium nearly 200 yards away, the players gather in the run-down locker room, painted the same bland gray off-white color that commonly adorns prison walls. In the corner, defender Tom Montgomery stares intently at a ball and repeatedly one touches it off the wall from close range before Andrew Gardner calls the team together. The mood is tense, but quiet. Gardner need not raise his voice to get the message across. An expletive-ridden speech ensues as the players nervously shuffle back and forth.

“You guys are gotta bust your asses from 0 to 90. We’ve been working way to hard for this shit just to let down,” Gardner says. “It’s more than just playing for yourself right now. It’s about the guy next to you and it’s about everyone that’s going to be in the crowd. We’re going to have 2,000 people out here supporting you. Five months ago we had like three girlfriends.” The players let out an anxious laugh and Gardner continues: “Now we have fucking 2,000 people. (Cal FC) comes in here, they don’t even quote our team name correctly in articles they’re getting interviewed for. These guys have no idea who we are. They don’t give a shit who we are. But all they know is they’re playing for themselves and they’re playing for the paycheck they’re getting to play in this game.”

After a few more choice words of wisdom, the team claps it up and begins the eerie journey to the field of play that involves walking through a gravel-filled tunnel that turns pitch-black at the center in even the brightest of daylight. Team captain Adam Ringler, the only player who didn’t play college soccer – the rumor is that he simply played intramural soccer at Santa Clara – gathers the team for one last huddle before stepping out in front of the new Open Cup preliminary round record crowd of 1,519.

The players come out of the tunnel, walk across the track onto the natural grass field that is somehow in mint condition despite it’s availability for public use, and walk onto the field to meet Cal FC, who showed up 30 minutes later than the hosts, didn’t retreat to the locker room for a talk, and who would bus home immediately after the game. As the national anthem ends the now 50-strong Northsiders unfurl a 40-foot tall, 20-foot wide image of an anonymous city player wearing the red, gold, and black of the club with the phrase “We ♥ You City” adorned above the player. Proud pummels the drum into submission above a railing-fastened banner that reads: “We’re standing with Alexia,” which honors the sister of Peter Bogdis, one of the Northsiders’ founding members, who is currently fighting Leukemia.

The game begins and it is immediately evident that Cal FC’s Danny Barrera is the best player on the field. The 25-year-old is only one year removed from playing in the NASL, and it shows. Floating between the SF City midfield and defensive lines, Barrera continually picks up the ball and is afforded the time and space to look up and switch the point of attack. As with most evenly-matched cup ties though, chances were few and far between with the only clear chance from either side being turned around the post by City goalkeeper Austin Harms right before intermission. Arguably the most notable part of the first half was the moment when the Kezar Stadium clock stopped abruptly at 12:00 for two minutes, leading to confusion from the fans as the referee blew for halftime before the stadium’s time read 45:00.

As the teams headed back through the haunting tunnel on the way to their respective locker rooms, the record-breaking crowd was treated to a history lesson. Wanting to integrate as much as possible SF brought to center field representatives from five former San Francisco-based clubs, who participated in the Open Cup. In addition to  the failed California Victory were the 1997 semifinalist San Francisco Seals, 1976 champions San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, and the last two winners of the tournament before its modern era began: 1993 winners Club Deportivo Mexico – now El Farolito – and 1985 and 1994 winners SF Greek American Athletic Club.

The ceremony ends and the teams retake the field. Just one second-half minute passes before controversy arises. Taking a perfectly-slotted through ball in stride, Cal FC’s Alberto Anguiano was clean through on a scoring opportunity, when Harms came off his line and appeared to make contact with the ball and then the player. Center referee Michael Samman hesitates before deferring to his linesman who indicated that a penalty should be called. Chris Cummings stepped up and cooly slotted a shot into the lower right-hand corner of the net just past the left hand of the diving Harms who had guessed correctly.

30 minutes later, City get back into the game when a skillful run up the left side of the field from winger George Plakorus ends with a cross that Cal FC defender Roger Mendoza knocks into his own goal to level the game. But just two minutes before the end of regular time, a point-blank Cal FC cross hits Gabe Padilla in the arm with the City defender near the edge of the box. This time Samman immediately points to the spot and Cal FC’s Johnny Bravo hits an unstoppable penalty upper-90 to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Samman blows for full time and the exhausted City players, used to playing with free substitution in the NorCal APL, clab the Northsiders, who haven’t stopped singing for the entire 90 minutes. Gardner confronts Samman about the calls, but what’s done is done and SF City are out. According to Gardner, he will by chance see Samman the next day while coaching the reserves, and the referee will admit that he wasn’t completely sure on either penalty call.

The dejected players head back to the locker room and Gardner meets the media outside the locker room as the mid-afternoon sun basks down on the collective dejection of the club.

“We move forward. We keep doing what we’re doing,” Gardner says. “I’m so proud of all the guys here who played their hearts out. We at least deserved another 30 minutes there to show what we had. We completely dominated the second half. It’s just tough. It’s a tough pill to swallow.

“It just goes to show you what hard work we put in. Who would have thought where we’d be four, five months ago, or a year ago? This is that next step we needed to take.”

Ashkhabad

Evan Ream

Evan Ream graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Southern Oregon in Ashland, Ore. He loves soccer more than any person rationally should. "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that." - Bill Shankly

By May 5, 2015

PACIFICA — The Davis Legend, an under-16 AYSO select-division crew, won the combined U16-19 girls division of the Pacifica Fog Classic by defeating U-16 Davis Reckless in a shootout in the championship game.

In regulation, Reckless scored first on a penalty kick, but Sophia De Runtz equalized on a header from a corner kick by Taylor Ziccardi.

The score remained knotted at 1-1 through overtime. In the ensuing PK shootout, Legend defeated Reckless 3-0 on goals by Ziccardi, Emily Talbert and Delaney Davis. Two diving saves by goalkeeper McKenna Chupka kept the slate clean.

Legend opened its championship run with a 5-0 victory over hosts Pacifica Blue Magic.

Kate Honig scored 90 seconds after the opening whistle, then assisted Willa Moffatt for a score. Lexi Kornblum scored off a Talbert corner kick to extend Legend’s lead by halftime.

In the second half, De Runtz and Lauren Wienker scored off Honig assists.

In its second game, Legend came back from a goal deficit to tie the Mountain View Revolution, 1-1, on a Honig goal off a nice pass by Davis.

In its third game, Legend needed a victory against a solid under-19 team — the Foster City Peninsula Pride — to earn a place in the championship game. One goal — a Talbert corner kick — was enough for a 1-0 Legend victory.
Throughout the tournament, Legend received solid midfield support from Anna Sanchirico and Maria Ramirez, strong defense from Kornblum, Kelly Zheng and Isabella Ainsworth and outstanding goalkeeping from Chupka and Zheng.

U10 girls

The Davis Galaxy worked hard, played good soccer and found success at the Pacifica Fog Classic last weekend, placing first in its division.

The First Galaxy game was a 2-2 tie versus MDSA Dynamite, followed by victories against the Blue Lightning (2-1), Menlo Park Flames (3-0) and Concord Lightning (4-2).

In the Galaxy-Dynamite Saturday matchup, Davis’ Shea Kordana scored off an assist from Una Keller. Dynamite followed up with two goals, and the game ended at a tie after a successful penalty kick taken by Bethany McElhern.

Against Blue Lightning later that day, offensive pressure from Gabrielle Naftel, Caroline Foraker,and Viviana Aceves, combined with defensive hustle from Halla Sorensen and Hana Kingsbury set the Galaxy tone.

Local keepers Alexa Bercutt and Foraker frustrated Blue Lightning with numerous saves.

On Sunday morning, Galaxy rallied with gusto against the Flames, garnering two goals early in the game — first from Keller and then Kordana (with an McElhern assist). McElhern went on to score on a direct kick, after she was tripped by a Flames defender. Galaxy hung on with defensive energy from Aceves, Sorensen and Kingsbury to secure the shutout.

In the title contest, Keller struck with an early goal after maneuvering through a field of Concord defenders. The score was followed up minutes later with another Keller net-bender on an assist from Bercutt.

In the second half, Keller, surrounded by three defenders, managed a drop pass to Foraker, who delivered Galaxy’s third goal. Galaxy defenders Kingsbury, Aceves and Sorensen helped keep Lightning scoreless until late in the second half, when Lightning scored twice in short order.

Kordana wrapped up the game with a breakaway run for a fourth goal for Galaxy.

U12 Boys 

After a loss to Sunnyvale, the Davis Fury roared back with a 3-0 whitewashing of Palo Alto, featuring strong goalkeeping from Jack Faust and Julian Montesanto. Sam Koenig got the Fury rolling with its first goal, then assisted Arman Varjavand and Ronan Kalkan for the second and third tallies. Pieter Angermann controlled the midfield for the Fury.

On Sunday, the Fury overcame a cool morning to down Mountain View, 2-1.

Walsh Klineberg had a nifty first goal (assisted by Ben Norton).

Jackson Trisch netted the game-winner on a timely put-back of a ball off the crossbar.

Sean King and Garrett Milner thwarted numerous Mountain View runs with stout defense.

Despite their two wins, the Fury just missed advancing to medal play. The Fury were commended for their sportsmanship throughout the tournament, with Jack Eastham garnering a sportsmanship medal from game officials.

U16 Boys

Anything from a 3-2 loss to at 2-1 win versus Concord would have meant Davis would play it again in the championship (the locals had 16 points and Concord 17 and Terremotos had 18). Davis pulled off a 2-0 win to knock Concord into the consolation round.

The championship game against Mountain View Terremotos ended 2-0.  First goal was from a cross from David Roque-Reyes to Aaron Moore, who headed it off the woodwork and then followed up his own shot to score. Second was from a shot almost on goal from Ben Flin at distance with the keeper out, but blown back and to the right side of the open goal by a ferocious gust of wind, followed up by Jake Brugger with an excellent shot at a difficult angle into the back of the net.

Davis allowed one goal for the entire tournament, so most crucial to every win was an excellent defense.

Bruce Gallaudet

Local News

CES

By May 06, 2015

It’s easy to take things for granted. During the busy hustle and bustle of the day it is very easy to let things that people died fighting for slip right passed us without so much as a double take—whether it’s the right to be an American, the right to vote, or even the right to live and have a career.

“In Kenya, people with disabilities are not given a chance at all,” Community Employment Services (CES) microenterprise coordinator Judy Odipo said.

Odipo grew up witnessing how tragic it can be when privileges so many take for granted on a daily basis are not accessible. She grew up with a very different understanding of just how much developmental disabilities can hinder someone’s ability to be a functioning member of society. Odipo said, “Once you have a disability, it’s either you are taken to a mental institution or you are at home in an enclosed environment and nobody, not even your neighbors, has any idea that you have a child living in your home with a disability.”

Now, Odipo lives for taking advantage of every opportunity by working with CES, one of the locations of Progressive Employment Concepts, a nonprofit organization that has been serving people with developmental disabilities in the Sacramento area for 20 years. The organization helps clients find employment and volunteer opportunities, furthers their support by facilitating an effective relationship between the client and their employer, helps them run businesses, and supports them in community college and internship settings.

“People with disabilities are one of those categories of folks that are marginalized and are on the outskirts of communities often times. So, helping to level that playing field and helping people to be seen as valued and contributing members of their communities is very important,” PEC Executive Director Carole Watilo said.

What sets PEC and CES apart from similar organizations is that each employment plan is customized to the client so that it accommodates individual needs, schedules and enhances natural talents, so that each client feels a sense of gratification, pride and enjoyment in what they are doing.

“We want to support our folks to the best of our ability and create success in their lives. We all have a disability, something we need to improve on in our lives — some just need more support than others, and it’s our job to give them that support,” said Sharon Perry, CES service coordinator.

This level of support is possible through the use of support facilitators, who go though a full year of training before working with CES and PEC clients. They then work with clients, helping them in any way they can to be successful in the work place and in their day-to-day lives.

“The role of the support facilitator is to be a bridge builder for the employer and the employee,” Watilo explained, “Their role is also to augment or add to the typical training and support that any employer provides to employees but if someone needs additional support or more training then that support facilitator is there to help them do that too.”

Watilo described that offering support could be as simple as being the mediator to help both parties — the interviewee and the employer — understand one another. There was a client with Asperger syndrome that had graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Due to the fact that his communication style often came out in an abrupt manner, he was unable to find a job until he found help through PEC. “Employers didn’t understand that he wasn’t trying to be rude, he was just stating things in a factual way,” Watilo said. The support facilitator was able to help his client find new way to communicate and to also help the employer.

Although, upport isn’t necessarily limited to the workplace. CES support facilitator Bjorn Francis lives with and supports, “three individuals with disabilities to live independently in their own apartment. This has been a great experience as two of my roommates had never lived on their own before despite being adults. Fostering a comfortable and safe environment in the household has been both challenging and rewarding, as everyone loves living on their own.”

However, when they are working, CES clients work in various local businesses in Davis such as Safeway, Joanne’s Fabric, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), City of Davis, UC Davis, Nina’s Studio and The Graduate to name only a few.

An interesting factor is that having a CES client working in these customized employment plans isn’t just beneficial for the client, but to everyone around them. Watilo shared some of the feedback she has received in the past from employers. “Employers often tell me that (having a CES client on staff) improves the overall morale of all of their employees.”

For example, Watilo reflected, when a coworker is working alongside someone where it takes them a little longer to complete the same task because it doesn’t come as easily to them — it serves as an eye opener to the coworkers that aren’t struggling with anything that is physically hindering the completion of their work and yet they are the ones complaining.

“When everybody is included it makes the employees feel better about their employer and where they work. It also makes customers feel good about the places where they shop or do business with,” Watilo said.

For some clients, working under someone else isn’t always the best fit. This is why PEC also offers support for microenterprises, which allow folks to run their own businesses and be their own boss.

“We have a lending board that hands out small business loans to individuals who are either starting their own business or enhancing their current business. The loan is up to $3,000, interest free,” Perry said. She also explained that the microenterprises also have received various grants in the past that have made these folks’ dream of their very own small business come true.

One of the many microenterprises that get support from CES is Leaves & Grass founded by Jan Lonnerdal and Brian Reioux, two childhood friends who decided to go into the gardening business together. It began when Lonnerdal found a love for landscaping and gardening when he would mow the lawn at his summerhouse in Sweden. It wasn’t long until they realized that a third business partner was needed during the summertime when Lonnerdal went off to Sweden. That third business partner is Dylan Lefebvre.

“I used to just work at the Grad, but it was only on Fridays. I wanted to do more with my time. I lived with my dad back then, now I live on my own and work with Leaves and Grass and the USDA,” Lefebvre said.

The trio works three to four days a week with big bright smiles because they have a job they love and look forward to.

Lonnerdal said, “CES helps me with my business, it would be very hard to do Leaves and Grass without CES. I like to talk about my business with people when I’m not working, I’m very proud of it. I like to show off my work after I’m done, and when we do a good job I feel very happy. When I see a lawn that is very long, I always say ‘it needs it.’”

Day by day, the trio grows their business by expanding their clientele and purchasing more equipment. This year, “I am looking forward to figuring out how to start using so much for our business. I bike everywhere, and we are going to figure out how to turn our business into a bike business this year. We can pull our equipment with our bikes,” Lonnerdal said.

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Like the other microenterprises, “our agency [also] supports Leaves & Grass with organizing their time and their planning to service their customers, with accounting procedures, and whatever other components they need support with,” Watilo said.

Of course, this endeavor of giving the support each client needs whether it is through the use of technology — non-verbal clients communicating through iPads or video taping interviews so that clients can later evaluate themselves — or support in order to find more effective ways to discover folks’ needs and talents can be very expensive.

“We work with so many skilled individuals to find employment, but it is never easy, even when they are fully qualified. When people are given the opportunity to work, it has a tremendous impact on their lives and their futures, and I wish our communities saw the same potential in the individuals we work with that I do,” support facilitator Francis said.

It’s fundraisers like the Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour event where the community can contribute and donate to PEC and CES in addition to hundreds of other nonprofits. In 2014, the Big Day of Giving raised more than $3 million for 394 nonprofit organizations from more than 12,000 donors. This year, the Big Day of Giving will take place on May 5.

Watilo said, “I love seeing people break down barriers and break down stereotypes and succeed beyond what people thought they could do — and the best part is that it happens all the time.”

Daniella Tutino

Business

Kaiser safety score

By May 02, 2015

Contact:
Chyresse Hill, Media Relations
916.688.6481

KAISER PERMANENTE HOSPITALS IN GREATER SACRAMENTO REGION RECEIVE TOP SAFETY SCORES IN ANNUAL REPORT

Hospital records examined by The Leapfrog Group show that Kaiser Permanente hospitals rank high in limiting patient injuries, reducing medical errors and preventing infections

Sacramento, CA (April 30, 2015) –Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Sacramento, Roseville, Vacaville and South Sacramento received the top score of “A” by the Leapfrog Group in its annual safety report, which examined and graded more than 2,500 hospitals throughout the United States.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, released its Hospital Safety Scores after examining publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections at U.S. hospitals, which were then assigned A, B, C, D, or F grades for their safety records.

The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded in 2000 to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability. It is an independent advocacy group working with a broad range of partners, including hospitals and insurers. The Hospital Safety Score, considered the gold standard for rating patient safety in the U.S., is an analysis based on 28 variables, including rates of infections, medication mix-ups and health care-acquired injuries. It uses data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association, and its own Leapfrog survey.

To see all hospital scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety Score website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.
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Business

Med Center Leapfrog

By May 01, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 30, 2015

UC DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES “A” FOR PATIENT SAFETY FROM LEAPFROG FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE REPORTING PERIOD

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit coalition of some of the country’s largest employers and health-care purchasers, has again awarded UC Davis Medical Center the highest grade possible, an “A,” on its most recent Hospital Safety Score, an evaluation that ranks hospitals nationwide on the likelihood that its patients will be free from preventable harm during their inpatient stays. This marks the fourth reporting period in a row that UC Davis has achieved the distinction.

“I am proud of our consistently strong performance and the dedicated efforts of our faculty, staff and students who make patient safety a top priority at our hospital every day,” said Ann Madden Rice, UC Davis Medical Center CEO.

The Leapfrog Group assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice a year based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The spring 2015 grades were released April 29 and for the first time the Hospital Safety Score website includes a hospital’s current score alongside its previous scores over the past three years.

“At a time when more than 1,000 people die every day from preventable accidents in hospitals, Leapfrog believes that patient safety should be Job #1 in every hospital, 24-7,” said Leah Binder, Leapfrog president and CEO. “To reinforce that goal of consistent vigilance, we’ve made it easier for patients and others to evaluate a hospital’s previous safety record on the Hospital Safety Score website.

Binder believes patients should always reference a hospital’s current grade as the most important indicator of hospital safety but suggests that they may also want to consider the hospital’s past record, to assess whether the hospital is making constant improvements or if the hospital has demonstrated consistent excellence.

Key Findings:

Of the 2,523 hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 782 earned an A, 719 earned a B, 859 earned a C, 143 earned a D and 20 earned an F.

• Overall, hospitals have improved on some of the Hospital Safety Score process measures since Fall 2014, including computerized medication prescribing systems, as well as several safety process measures, such as administering proper antibiotics before surgery and discontinuing use after surgery.
• For the fourth time in a row, zero hospitals in the District of Columbia received an A grade. Additionally, neither North Dakota nor Arkansas had any hospitals with an A grade.
• Maine claimed the number-one spot for the state with the highest percentage of A hospitals for the third straight time, with 61 percent of its 18 scored hospitals receiving an A.
• 45 hospitals (or less than 2 percent) changed by two or more grades since the Fall 2014 grading cycle, with 33 showing significant improvement and 12 showing significant decline.

The Hospital Safety Score is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. A full description of the data and methodology used in determining grades is available online at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Visitors to the website can also find informative videos, tips for patients, and a downloadable Hospital Safety Score mobile app for IOS and Android devices.

For more information about the Hospital Safety Score or to view the list of state rankings, please visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. To learn how employers are footing the bill for hospital errors, visit Leapfrog’s Cost Calculator. Journalists interested in scheduling an interview should contact [email protected]

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Ralph Hexter

By May 01, 2015

Caption: At a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Sept. 2013 for the new UC Davis Welcome Center, Provost Ralph Hexter, along with Chancellor Linda Katehi and campus ambassadors Demsina Babazadeh and Brian Jones, share a laugh over some giant scissors.

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“I love people!” said Ralph Hexter, provost and executive vice chancellor at UC Davis.

Which goes far to explain the positive image the No. 2 to Chancellor Linda Katehi has garnered in his first four years on the job.

Hexter sat down with The Enterprise to discuss his role at UCD, the challenges of the job, as well as his time in Davis thus far.

SUBHEAD
Something Hexter brings to his position at UCD that he believes has benefitted him is his 11-year tenure at UC Berkeley. This distinction has made him a “UC insider” to some, he explained, and gave him some advantages — real or perceived — in knowing the system as well as people at the Office of the President.

He acknowledged that the “inferiority complex” to UC Berkeley that exists by some within UCD might be somewhat assuaged by his affiliation with the first UC, of which UCD was originally an offshoot. But he also is clear that UCD need not have any sort of complex in relation to Berkeley, and that the original “University Farm” has made its own identity and become a powerhouse in its own right.

‘Baptism by fire’
Hexter’s road to becoming the chancellor’s right-hand man started with degrees in literature from Harvard, Oxford and Yale, where he then taught in the classics department for 11 years. In his final year at Yale, 1991, he served as acting associate dean of the graduate school.

His next career move took him to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was a professor of classics and comparative literature as well as the director of the graduate program in comparative literature.

Hexter was in Boulder for 4 1/2 years, and although it was a “beautiful place,” he couldn’t pass up the “academic opportunity” of UC Berkeley when that opportunity arose.

In an April undergraduate seminar session on the future of the University of California, Hexter said, “I’d never been to Berkeley until 1994 when I came for a job interview.” But he liked what he saw and took a position as a classics and comparative literature professor in 1995.

Because of early retirement payouts that had been offered to many faculty at Cal, there was a “leadership vacuum,” Hexter explained. Thus, two months after arriving, when the chair of comparative literature died, the dean looked to Hexter to take over.

He called it a “baptism by fire” into UC administration. “In those days I didn’t so much go to sleep as faint every night because it was so overwhelming,” Hexter said. Still, when a couple of years later the dean who’d appointed him to chair wanted to retreat back to the faculty, he suggested Hexter apply for the dean.

Hexter spent seven years as the dean of humanities/arts and humanities — between 1998-2005 — followed by a term as the executive dean of the College of Letters and Sciences (2002-2005).

The next chapter
With everything going so well at Cal, why did he leave?

In 2005, Hexter headed back to the East Coast to became president of Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Aside from his strong interest in liberal arts, as well as a desire to seek the highest position within a college or university, Hexter said that in the early 2000s, he was “very conscious (of a) glass ceiling” for an out gay man in the UCs. He didn’t see the range of options within the UCs that a private, liberal college could offer.

Manfred Kollmeier, Hexter’s spouse since 2007 and partner for 35 years, also was in favor of the move to the gay-friendly college and county of Hampshire. And Hexter wanted to “explore the opportunity (of being a college) president.”

Hexter believes that he and Kollmeier are the first gay couple to marry in a college president’s house.
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live in unincorporated Yolo County north of Woodland where they have horses and chickens. Like being within range of a city but enjoy the rural life.

From that, the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote about him, and he and his then-partner (now spouse) were on the front page of the Los Angeles Times. He was a founding member of the institution LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education then (that now has about 50 presidents)…”No one wants to be first” not that I was first
Hampshire was one of the steps that made it possible for Amherst to have a gay president, followed by others.

* Challenges of your job thus far?
Resources, fulfilling the mission of a public research university, while having ambitions to become an even more respected institution.

PERSONAL:
Loves people, loves UC Davis, Davis, Northern Cal

* Get an overall understanding of all the responsibilities that fall under your purview.
Title is provost and executive vice chancellor
Chief academic officer
Chief budget officer
“Where academic intersects with operational”
All deans report to him, vice provosts
others (look at flow chart)

VERIFY:

* As provost here, preceded Jerry Brown in office by 3 days (Jan. 2011)

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*** My Q: Culture of UC Davis. Hard in some ways for long-timers to see it go from the “local” school to a global entity. Personally I think that’s why the chancellor has some detractors, because she’s the one who’s commanding the move to a more prestigious place.

(I mentioned that cows and a dairy barn can’t be the center of campus in some minds, while others say it MUST be to not lose what UCD is.)
It might be nostalgia, he said, as in remembering fondly that the milkman used to drop off at your house bottles of fresh milk with cream at the top. (something about how that doesn’t mean you want to turn back the clock and not have all the improvements)

Ralph feels he, as someone who was “on the frontlines” for 5.5 years at Hampshire College, has an appreciation for the stress of the job of president or chancellor, and the toll it takes on your private life.
He “loves working with Chancellor Katehi”

But the move to a global university is the right one.

Globalization is affecting all parts of the U.S.

A great university is a place where “the local community can meet the world.”
Gave the example of the Mondavi Center stage which is bringing to Davis world class performances.
“People worldwide want to come to UC Davis”
which is a benefit for the local community

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From seminar:

Unusual that I’ve been in public universities and private colleges

Gives “me some inkling of the landscape of higher education in the United States.”

President of small liberal arts college…Hampshire

UC 1990-2015, the master plan under stress

I came to UC in part because of some of the budget problems UC was having in the early 1990s

also a period of some cuts

UC has a remarkable pension system for employees

Solved immediate problem by convincing faculty near retirement age to take early payouts…three rounds of this (Ver ups?)

Suddenly, Berkeley didn’t have any senior latinists

Berkeley prof in 1995 filled in the leadership vacuum

I’d never been to Berkeley until 1994 when I came for job interview

excitement of becoming part of UC system

had been at Univ Colorado, Boulder

2 months after arriving, chair of comparative lit at UCB died

Dean looked to Hexter to take over as he’d been chair of that dept. at UC Boulder, and vacuum of senior faculty

baptism by fire into uc administration — “in those days I didn’t so much to to sleep as faint every night because it was so overwhelming.”

A couple years later, the dean who’d appointed me wanted to retire…maybe I should go be dean. I ascribe that to the fact that they didn’t know me well yet. (joke)

seven years spent as dean of arts and humanities at UCB
that gave me the most insight into the ways that budget works for hiring and retaining faculty and maintaining excellent departments.

in 2005 I went to east coast and became president of Hampshire College in Mass. Sort of a UC Santa Cruz-y like liberal college

Years I spent as a president of a liberal arts private college gave some good perspective

Hampshire’s endowment is pretty small … school start in 1970
90 percent of its budget is tuition-depenedent

As provost here, Preceded Jerry Brown in office by 3 days (Jan. 2011)

JBs first budget was another cut to UC budget

Thought I should forget what it was like at Hampshire, remember UC time

Turned out time at hampshire was very useful as budget cuts considered, needed to increase revenue

2020 plan was born of that moment
would need to take in national and international students

Don’t like describing people by what they are not (as in non-residents)

Had to be captains of our own future,

Obviously we are a state university, our governance is public

But compared to the university of 20, 30, 40 years ago, we couldn’t rely on state anymore

Needed to find revenue from other places

Tanya Perez

UC Davis

Ralph Hexter

By April 30, 2015

Caption: At a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Sept. 2013 for the new UC Davis Welcome Center, Provost Ralph Hexter, along with Chancellor Linda Katehi and campus ambassadors Demsina Babazadeh and Brian Jones, share a laugh over some giant scissors.

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“I love people!” said Ralph Hexter, provost and executive vice chancellor at UC Davis.

Which goes far to explain the positive image the No. 2 to Chancellor Linda Katehi has garnered in his first four years on the job.

Hexter sat down with The Enterprise to discuss his role at UCD, the challenges of the job, as well as his time in Davis thus far.

SUBHEAD
Something Hexter brings to his position at UCD that he believes has benefitted him is his 11-year tenure at UC Berkeley. This distinction has made him a “UC insider” to some, he explained, and gave him some advantages — real or perceived — in knowing the system as well as people at the Office of the President.

He acknowledged that the “inferiority complex” to UC Berkeley that exists by some within UCD might be somewhat assuaged by his affiliation with the first UC, of which UCD was originally an offshoot. But he also is clear that UCD need not have any sort of complex in relation to Berkeley, and that the original “University Farm” has made its own identity and become a powerhouse in its own right.

‘Baptism by fire’
Hexter’s road to becoming the chancellor’s right-hand man started with degrees in literature from Harvard, Oxford and Yale, where he then taught in the classics department for 11 years. In his final year at Yale, 1991, he served as acting associate dean of the graduate school.

His next career move took him to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was a professor of classics and comparative literature as well as the director of the graduate program in comparative literature.

Hexter was in Boulder for 4 1/2 years, and although it was a “beautiful place,” he couldn’t pass up the “academic opportunity” of UC Berkeley when that opportunity arose.

In an April undergraduate seminar session on the future of the University of California, Hexter said, “I’d never been to Berkeley until 1994 when I came for a job interview.” But he liked what he saw and took a position as a classics and comparative literature professor in 1995.

Because of early retirement payouts that had been offered to many faculty at Cal, there was a “leadership vacuum,” Hexter explained. Thus, two months after arriving, when the chair of comparative literature died, the dean looked to Hexter to take over.

He called it a “baptism by fire” into UC administration. “In those days I didn’t so much go to sleep as faint every night because it was so overwhelming,” Hexter said. Still, when a couple of years later the dean who’d appointed him to chair wanted to retreat back to the faculty, he suggested Hexter apply for the dean.

Hexter spent seven years as the dean of humanities/arts and humanities — between 1998-2005 — followed by a term as the executive dean of the College of Letters and Sciences (2002-2005).

The next chapter
With everything going so well at Cal, why did he leave?

In 2005, Hexter headed back to the East Coast to became president of Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Aside from his strong interest in liberal arts, as well as a desire to seek the highest position within a college or university, Hexter said that in the early 2000s, he was “very conscious (of a) glass ceiling” for an out gay man in the UCs. He didn’t see the range of options within the UCs that a private, liberal college could offer.

Manfred Kollmeier, Hexter’s spouse since 2007 and partner for 35 years, also was in favor of the move to the gay-friendly college and county of Hampshire. And Hexter wanted to “explore the opportunity (of being a college) president.”

Hexter believes that he and Kollmeier are the first gay couple to marry in a college president’s house.
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live in unincorporated Yolo County north of Woodland where they have horses and chickens. Like being within range of a city but enjoy the rural life.

From that, the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote about him, and he and his then-partner (now spouse) were on the front page of the Los Angeles Times. He was a founding member of the institution LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education then (that now has about 50 presidents)…”No one wants to be first” not that I was first
Hampshire was one of the steps that made it possible for Amherst to have a gay president, followed by others.

* Challenges of your job thus far?
Resources, fulfilling the mission of a public research university, while having ambitions to become an even more respected institution.

PERSONAL:
Loves people, loves UC Davis, Davis, Northern Cal

* Get an overall understanding of all the responsibilities that fall under your purview.
Title is provost and executive vice chancellor
Chief academic officer
Chief budget officer
“Where academic intersects with operational”
All deans report to him, vice provosts
others (look at flow chart)

VERIFY:

* As provost here, preceded Jerry Brown in office by 3 days (Jan. 2011)

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*** My Q: Culture of UC Davis. Hard in some ways for long-timers to see it go from the “local” school to a global entity. Personally I think that’s why the chancellor has some detractors, because she’s the one who’s commanding the move to a more prestigious place.

(I mentioned that cows and a dairy barn can’t be the center of campus in some minds, while others say it MUST be to not lose what UCD is.)
It might be nostalgia, he said, as in remembering fondly that the milkman used to drop off at your house bottles of fresh milk with cream at the top. (something about how that doesn’t mean you want to turn back the clock and not have all the improvements)

Ralph feels he, as someone who was “on the frontlines” for 5.5 years at Hampshire College, has an appreciation for the stress of the job of president or chancellor, and the toll it takes on your private life.
He “loves working with Chancellor Katehi”

But the move to a global university is the right one.

Globalization is affecting all parts of the U.S.

A great university is a place where “the local community can meet the world.”
Gave the example of the Mondavi Center stage which is bringing to Davis world class performances.
“People worldwide want to come to UC Davis”
which is a benefit for the local community

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From seminar:

Unusual that I’ve been in public universities and private colleges

Gives “me some inkling of the landscape of higher education in the United States.”

President of small liberal arts college…Hampshire

UC 1990-2015, the master plan under stress

I came to UC in part because of some of the budget problems UC was having in the early 1990s

also a period of some cuts

UC has a remarkable pension system for employees

Solved immediate problem by convincing faculty near retirement age to take early payouts…three rounds of this (Ver ups?)

Suddenly, Berkeley didn’t have any senior latinists

Berkeley prof in 1995 filled in the leadership vacuum

I’d never been to Berkeley until 1994 when I came for job interview

excitement of becoming part of UC system

had been at Univ Colorado, Boulder

2 months after arriving, chair of comparative lit at UCB died

Dean looked to Hexter to take over as he’d been chair of that dept. at UC Boulder, and vacuum of senior faculty

baptism by fire into uc administration — “in those days I didn’t so much to to sleep as faint every night because it was so overwhelming.”

A couple years later, the dean who’d appointed me wanted to retire…maybe I should go be dean. I ascribe that to the fact that they didn’t know me well yet. (joke)

seven years spent as dean of arts and humanities at UCB
that gave me the most insight into the ways that budget works for hiring and retaining faculty and maintaining excellent departments.

in 2005 I went to east coast and became president of Hampshire College in Mass. Sort of a UC Santa Cruz-y like liberal college

Years I spent as a president of a liberal arts private college gave some good perspective

Hampshire’s endowment is pretty small … school start in 1970
90 percent of its budget is tuition-depenedent

As provost here, Preceded Jerry Brown in office by 3 days (Jan. 2011)

JBs first budget was another cut to UC budget

Thought I should forget what it was like at Hampshire, remember UC time

Turned out time at hampshire was very useful as budget cuts considered, needed to increase revenue

2020 plan was born of that moment
would need to take in national and international students

Don’t like describing people by what they are not (as in non-residents)

Had to be captains of our own future,

Obviously we are a state university, our governance is public

But compared to the university of 20, 30, 40 years ago, we couldn’t rely on state anymore

Needed to find revenue from other places

Tanya Perez

Music

Davis High Jazz and Pops concert ends year with a bang

By April 30, 2015

As the final note of the school year, the Davis High Jazz and Pops concert is sure to end the year with a bang. Held at the Richard Brunelle Performance at DHS, the concert starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6.
Although this will be her first time performing at the annual Jazz and Pops concert, senior Beka Dunaway has a lot she will miss, and a lot to be thankful for. During her sophomore and junior year, Dunaway participated in the Advanced Treble Choir. Although this is her first year in Jazz Choir, Dunaway states that she has made some of her closest friends through the singing group. As she reminisces about her time in Jazz Choir before her final concert, Dunaway feels thankful for the many memories and friendships that the choir has fostered.
“This is my first and last Pops concert as a Jazz Choir member. It’s definitely really sad that I’ll never get those backstage moments again because those are always fantastic, but it’s also really nice because I’m excited for everyone’s futures! I can’t wait to see everything that my Jazz Choir friends will accomplish. But now that I’m thinking about it, it’s actually really sad,” Dunaway said. “I met some of my best friends through Jazz Choir and I will always be thankful for that.”
Dunaway gives credit for these friendships to the globetrotting trips taken throughout the school year. To any prospective students looking for a tight-knit community, Dunaway would recommend joining a music group.
“Jazz Choir has bonded us very tightly because we have all gone through the same experiences and emotions with it, so making those lasting friendships is and will be definitely my favorite memory of Jazz Choir! Also the trip to New Orleans this March was so fun!” Dunaway said.
Senior Abby Shade echoes this sentiment. Some of her favorite memories in Jazz Choir also include the choir retreats, as well as Cabaret performances in winter. Shade has also developed lasting friendships through the choir, and will be sad to perform her final concert among friends. Although the Jazz and Pops concert will end her high school career in music, it won’t end her lifelong friendships.
“Jazz choir is really really fun and filled with awesome people,” Shade said. “It’s taught me a lot of things, including collaboration, music theory and technique, how to be a performer, and much more.”
Anyone looking for a good but causal time will enjoy this event. While Shade finds Cabaret more “formal and professional,” she describes the Pops concert as “upbeat, summer-y and relaxed.”
The songs themselves will also have an impact on the audience, according to Dunaway. The preparation for the concert began a month in advance, and some of the music selections have touched her emotionally.
“To be honest, the songs are actually really wonderful and meaningful. So everyone should come because it’s fun, and it’s a way to support Jazz Choir, and we always put a ton of effort and work into our shows so it’s always nice to see a large audience. Also, it’s the last one ever for this year! So there’s that,” Dunaway said.
In the future, Dunaway hopes to continue her musical studies in college by joining an Acapella group or choir.
“Music has definitely been a huge positive influence on my life and I’ll always cherish the memories that I’ve made in Jazz Choir,” Dunaway says with a huge smile.

Krystal Lau

Special Editions

BIKE related: Bike the Bay this May

By May 01, 2015

It almost seems a heresy to say. But it’s true, that right here in the land of the automobile and legendary drives like U.S. Highway 1, where hot rods were born and where driverless cars are being designed, California actually has a car-free side. It’s not so surprising though, one constant you will always find here is that it is a place that is constantly reinventing itself and open to new ideas. Like freeing urban environments from gridlock, minimizing carbon footprints and getting locals and visitors more in touch with their communities by getting them out of cars and into other modes of public transportation, like bicycles. Here’s a Bay Area overview that will put you in touch with many recent developments that are transforming California into a car-free paradise.

Connecting folks to spokes around the Bay Area

LA may be where the car still reigns as king, but only in San Francisco can you ride on a National Historic Landmark. Since 1873, the city has flexed its car-free cred with its storied cable cars, the much-loved antique street trolleys that are the world’s last permanently operating manual cable car system. Three cable lines criss-cross the city taking you to every see-worthy site in S.F. including neighborhoods like Nob Hill and North Beach. More information can be found at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency website.

But the wheels keep turning here in the Bay Area and the last decade or so has seen another mode of transportation become a local icon as well. San Francisco has wholeheartedly adopted a bicycle culture that thrives in the city’s compact urban environment. Organizations such as the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition connect folks to spokes in myriad ways including adult, youth and family bike lessons, city bike maps and walking guides (including topo maps so you can avoid those legendary hills), mapping tools to create your own routes and insider information on how to combine your bike ride with public transit systems like BART and the Muni bus system.

Other ways to enjoy San Francisco’s bike culture include pedaling the paths of Golden Gate Park to enjoy scenic attractions like the Japanese Tea Garden, especially on Sundays when the park is closed to vehicle traffic. Sundays are also a bike bell-ringer for another reason: the city’s Sunday Streets program, which runs from March until October, closes streets to vehicle traffic for eight Sundays in different neighborhoods such as The Mission and Tenderloin areas, allowing cyclists to share the streets with rollerbladers, pedestrians, open-air yoga classes and kids’ programs. Making it easy to enjoy any of the above, San Francisco has also instituted a new bikeshare program, Bay Area BikeShare, offering annual, monthly, 3-day and daily memberships. Just visit one of the solar-powered kiosks spread around the city, swipe your card and get rolling.

Across the bay in Oakland and Berkeley, Open Streets Sundays are also part of the mix, with both cities asking locals and visitors to leave the car in the garage for a day to enjoy new activities and feel the pulse of the city. In Oakland, Oaklavia is a city-wide celebration that connects community organizations, business owners, entertainers, locals and visitors who can ride, walk, blade and celebrate freely in select neighborhoods including North Oakland and Lake Merritt. Sunday Streets Berkeley turns Shattuck Avenue into a playful venue where you’re encouraged to cycle, stroll, dance and discover this colorful East Bay neighborhood near UC Berkeley.

The East Bay’s thriving bike culture has also spawned some great resources and sub-cultures like Spokeland (classes, clinics, parts, events) and Oakland’s scraper bike culture, where inner city young people take found objects and transform their bikes into highly stylized green machines.

Serving the entire Bay Area, Bay Area Rapid Transit traverses everywhere from points east like Walnut Creek to the heart of San Francisco – even going under the bay for a Chunnel-like experience – to ensure you can cover virtually the entire region without ever getting in a car.

— Courtesy of visitcalifornia.com

Special to The Enterprise

Local News

Grillin’ and Chillin’ Dixon 7/18

By April 29, 2015

Subject: Press Release Dixon’s Grillin & Chillin Car & Truck Show 6

DIXON’S GRILLIN & CHILLIN CAR & TRUCK SHOW 6
Saturday, July 18, 2014, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Website: www.DixonRibCookOff.com

Come and enjoy the FREE Family-Friendly event at Dixon’s Grillin’ & Chillin’ Car & Truck Show 6 in Downtown Dixon this July 18, 2015 from 10am – 10pm.

This year’s event will feature 250+ classic cars and trucks. The Terry Sheets Band a rockin’ country dance band, along with other performers, including Dixons’ own Chief Cox’s band along with others to be announced will provide entertainment throughout the day.

Chili cook-off contestants will be serving up their own “secret recipe” chili to the public from 12 pm to 3:00 pm, or until they run-out! YOU the public will vote on the best chili. Professional & guest judges will judge the pork rib cook-off. YES there will be plenty of finger-licking BBQ pork ribs being sold by food vendors.

Many unique craft vendors will be at this year’s event, as well as the Kids Park, watermelon eating contest, water slide, race track, bungee jump and bounce houses along with many other activities are planned.

All proceeds from this event are given to organizations in Dixon and surrounding communities who are in need. American Cancer Society, American Legion Stand-Down, Dixon Cornerstone Baptist Church Food Bank, Dixon Family Services Dixon Girls Soft Ball, Dixon Teen Center, Dixon Kiwanis, Dixon Little League Challengers, Dixon Montessori School, Dixon Toy’s for Tots, Dixon’s FFA, Dixon Lambtown USA, Maine Prairie Quilters, Sacramento Valley Cemetery Wreath Project, Woodland Soccer, Yolo County Arson K-9, Firefighters Burn Institute. This event has given over $36,000.00, that’s why…

WE WANT YOU to be apart of Dixon’s Grillin & Chillin Car & Truck Show.

If you would like to be a pork rib or chili cook-off contestant, or craft or food vendor, please visit our website, DixonRibCookOff.com where you will find more details and an application.

This event is made possible by several generous sponsors, including Woodland Healthcare, Country Bear Electric, DBI Beverage Napa, Recology of Dixon, Ron DuPratt Ford, Travis Credit Union, Holt of California, and many others. Please see our Sponsor page on our website for a full listing.

We hope you join us and help us to make this year’s event the best yet.

The Terry Sheets Band

Special to The Enterprise

School of Population and Global Health

By April 17, 2015

Clarifying points from Kathleen MacColl (not to be quoted: Just wanted to make sure I was clear on the below – it was informational only and I wasn’t intending it to be referenced or quoted. Thanks Tanya. )

Hi Tanya,

So glad you made it to the talk! Thanks for coming. I will forward the questions below to Ken, but, in short, to the first concerning location, no determination has been made on location. Regarding the second, yes, the other campuses could expand their scope, but what makes the idea of a school of population and global health at UC Davis so appealing is the unique combination of disciplines that would be required for a robust population and global health program that the other campuses do not currently have. For example, there are only a very few number of universities nationwide (they number in the single digits) that offer veterinary medicine, agriculture and environmental science, and human health. Our schools of veterinary medicine and agriculture are both ranked number 1 in the world and our human health sciences are some of the best in the nation.

That’s the short of it, but please do allow Ken to respond if you don’t mind!

Thanks again Tanya. Enjoy your weekend.
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Recognizing that trans-disciplinary approaches are needed to address the growing health challenges resulting from changing demographics, greater global connectivity, climate and other environmental changes, new technologies, and modern society itself, Chancellor Linda Katehi recently charged Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer to lead an eff ort to create a new School of Population and Global Health at UC Davis. The proposed School of Population and Global Health envisions aligning education and training in human and animal health sciences, agriculture, environmental and life sciences, and the social sciences to better prepare leaders, scholars and practitioners to address the many health challenges of our increasingly crowded and connected planet. UC Davis is uniquely positioned to pioneer the forwardlooking trans-disciplinary educational and research programs that will be needed to address the human, animal and environmental health challenges of the Anthropocene Era. Please join us on March 18th for a discussion about this new UCD initiative. Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer is a Distinguished Professor in the UC Davis School of Medicine and the Bett y Irene Moore School of Nursing and is the Director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement.

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SACRAMENTO —
Kenneth Kizer
Several months ago (memo dated July 30, 2014) chancellor asked if I would develop a plan to … develop a
School of Population and Global Health at UCD

second of town hall meetings,

Say a few things about population health and global health…inextricably linked

Why UCD is uniquely positioned to do something in this regard
evolving strategy

Things will change as we move forward

Why a school of population and golbal health?
conceptual underpinnings

human activities are fundamentally changing the earth’s geography, climate, biome and consequent medical and health issues

impact of human activities on earth’s ecomsystems portend a new era in medicien and health that will be drivenby multiple anthropogenic health challenges

Should UCD have a school of publichealth

1968, dept of comm health established in the SOM
late 1980s discussion among SOM Dean Williams, Chancellor Huller and CDH services directory Kizer re: establishing a school of publich health

1991 kizer takes on chair of dept of comm health…renames it department of comm and international health

early 1990s discussions continue for SPH

(Too boring to list)

2009 uc global health institute launched with two centers at UCD, other centers/ograms at UCLA, UCSD, UCSF

2011 institute for population health established at UCDHS…SOM Dean Pomeroy’s requested IPHI

2014 katehi reopened discussion of a ucd sph/spgh

Population health causes confusion, some dismay in public health community

how are they dif/same
Population health definition is evolving…refers to overall or aggregate health status or health outcomes, of a defined group of people resulting from the many determinants of health, including health care, public health interventions, and social and environmental factors

Pop health mgmt refers to purposeful actions or intervents taken to influence health status or outcomes o f… slide went away

single most important thing we can do to help the health of california…is to increase the number of college graduates

link between education and determinant of health is great

dif between public health and pop health

pub health typically deals with those things that govts do within their political jurisdiction…infection disease control, insurance, ensuring safe good and clean water
environmental hazards, tracking diseases, encouraging healthy behaviors

Pop health is traditional public health with more emphasis on
disease prevention efforts with individual-level healthcare

slide went away

Cost of caring will be an increasingly challenging societal burden as population grows

21st C pop health imperatives

1. demographics and conditions of senescence
2. controlling cost of health care
3. food security and diet-related diseases
4. climate and environment-related conditions
5. resurgence of infectious diseases
6. cancer
7. mental health, neruodegenerative conditions and other disorders of brain function
8. violence and trauma
9. genomic and medical technology

most antibiotics are used in agriculture and food production, not in medicine

need to address antibiotic use in industrial food production

i.e. china requires more protein now, more cattle, poultry, etc, means more antibiotics for increased livestock production

interconnections for these things is profound, but we’re not approaching them with an eye to that

cancer is a disease of old age…as we get older as a society,

public health is currently not addressing this kind of issue

Said Arab Spring had much more to do with basic conditions of living (lack of food, gas, jobs, etc) than religious ideology

Why a SPGH at UCD

current health sci prof training is not aligned to address 21st century health challenges

critical pop and global health issues are major cali issues

ucd’s combo of animal, human, plan and environmental expertise

In US, philly has Jefferson…School of Population Health

one in BC…school of Population and Global Health

What’s been done to date?

after letter from Katehi
core planning committee convened and some key issues clarified
support personnel (manager and analyst)
subcommittees being planned

2. Inventory of existing programs, centers and departments related to PGH

3. Communications/meetings with stakeholders
(website under construction sites.google.com/site/spghsampleemb.home
4. Researched and started work on proposal for regents, ucd academic senate, etc.

“People most interested in this are also very busy”

Funding identified to move it forward is necessary
Funding development and trying to get seed money is plan for next few months.

Questions from crowd
a few people in lab coats
no one I recognize

of 10 most air-polluted communities in nation, 5 or in Cal, 3 or in valley
related to ag, climate, among population

“science is demonstrating that drought in cal is due to climate change”
Implications not just for Cal, and cal’s economy and role of ag, are profound

If we take Medi-Cal (a dirty word to some people), largest insurance program in Cal and the nation, now at $95B program, rapidly growing, 1/3 of cals have that has primary insurance, 1/2 of kids

High utilizers in medi-cal, quite clear that if we don’t address mental health issues of people in top 5 percent, we won’t improve their outcomes

we can do lots but if we don’t deal with
basic housing, food security, transportation, there won’t be progress
directly effects all of us because taxes pay for medi-cal

Thoughts about structural or systems issues that have interfered? since it didn’t come to fruition in the past…

Kizer: Proposal for new school has to go through regents, UC acadeic senate, two schools of pub health didn’t see need for more
why not increase student numbers at other two schools

Has that changed?
Kizer: No

Point that it would be more economical/better use of public funds to use other two schools, is pretty hard to argue
unless you don’t do something different than they do, hard to justify cost of starting up a new one

schools of pub health have a stylized process of how they become accredited/established
we’d be writing book on how it works at a school of pop and global health

pragmatic reasons why this might make sense…easier to become this new kind of school.

Degrees…how would existing depts that are relevant be organizationally structured, which degree progs would be included?
Kizer: no one loses in the process, no one is going to be forced into something else, how can we augment programs we have

should it be undegrad and grad degrees? Or just one or the other?
Planners think it should be both
brand new major interdisciplinary major…plant sci, vet med that is very popular although young…I imagine we could have popular majors like that

“Schools” generally deal with grad programs
Colleges deal with undergrad programs

Need to figure out what an undergrad major would look like
what would grad degree programs look like

Recent survey done of health sys CEOS, hardest expertise to get is in population health management. Most major health sys know pop health mgmt is key function

Top 5 percent consume 50-60 percent of expenditures of health related svcs

Question…What? other countries?

Kizer…how do we establish linkages with other universities/entities around the globe

World Food Center is working on potential connections with universities in china

we’d also want to look at brazil, india, russia

Antimicrobial resistance, as medical tourism grows, and people are going to india, Thailand to get surgical interventions because they are too expensive to get in US
employers pay for those

But those people come back with bacteria resistant to US drugs, they introduce to our biome…
we live in a very global community, but we aren’t trained to recognize all of this…

Tanya Perez

By April 20, 2015

Davis Community Television (Channel 15) will air a debate sponsored last year by the Davis Peace Coalition from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

“A Community Debate — Achieving a Just Peace in Israel/Palestine: Is the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Campaign a Help or Hindrance?” (Episode #312) was recorded by video magazine series Media Edge.

The debate features Omar Barghouti, an independent Palestinian researcher, commentator and human rights activist, and Zeev Maoz, a UC Davis professor of political science and director of the International Relations Program.

Barghouti is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and of the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Maoz is a scholar of Middle East politics and an expert on the Israeli security establishment. He serves as a distinguished fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, and is a past director of academic programs at Tel Aviv University, the University of Haifa and the Israeli Defense Forces’ National Defense College.

Episodes of Media Edge are available online at http://www.WeTheMedia.tv.

Linda DuBois

Columns

elias 5/8: automatic registration voter turnout

By April 21, 2015

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BY THOMAS D. ELIAS
“CAN AUTOMATIC REGISTRATION INCREASE VOTER TURNOUT?”

No sooner had Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed a new law automatically making a registered voter of every person who applies for or renews a drivers license in her state than California’s top elections official jumped on the idea.

Alex Padilla, the MIT engineering graduate who once was the Los Angeles city council’s youngest president ever, was up-front about copying Oregon. “While many states are making it more difficult for citizens to vote, our neighbor to the north offers a better path,” Padilla, the California secretary of state, said in a press release days after the Oregon law was signed. “I believe the Oregon model makes sense for California.”

The Oregon law is a significant new twist on the federal “Motor Voter” law in use since 1993. The national law requires all states to offer voter registration opportunities at all Department of Motor Vehicles offices, plus every welfare office and those that deal with the disabled.

But the law is not usually enforced. Example: Most California DMV offices may offer voter registration on request, but they don’t normally inform everyone they serve of this, nor are voter registration materials included in most DMV renewal mailings.

This would be rectified in a California version of the Oregon law, which now takes the form of a bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego.

The Oregon measure will not merely consider every U.S. citizen over 18 who contacts that state’s DMV a registered voter, but will automatically send ballots to all of them in every election.

That’s not precisely the model to be followed here. For one thing, Oregon in recent years has conducted many of its elections purely by mail, while only about half California’s voters participate by mail.

So all the California law would do is add eligible new voters to the rolls. This would see them receiving by mail all voter guides on initiatives and candidates, but no absentee ballots unless they’re requested.

The motives for this change are clear, as are some problems. The California move is spurred in part by pathetic turnouts in municipal elections across the state early this spring. In Los Angeles, for example, less than 10 percent of eligible voters participated. Some city council members, then, were elected by just 4 percent or 5 percent of eligible voters in their districts. So increased voter participation is one motive for this change.

There’s also the fact that everyone involved with this proposed change is a Democrat, and increased turnout historically tends to favor Democrats. New voters, minority group members and youths tend to turn out less than Anglos over 50, who historically are more likely to support Republicans. So there’s a political motive in addition to the good-government one.

Then there are the potential problems: It’s still illegal for non-citizens to vote in California elections, whether they involve local, state or federal offices and issues. Yes, there have been proposals to allow non-citizens to participate in local elections affecting their interests. But that idea has never taken hold, and there’s little likelihood it will anytime soon.

Another potential problem is how the DMV can know whether a drivers license applicant is a citizen. Critics of Motor Voter have long complained that it can let non-citizens onto the voters’ rolls. But the agency will take only birth certificates, passports, drivers licenses from other states and similar official documents as its required proof of identity. So unless an applicant obtains a highly credible forgery, the DMV will be able to screen non-citizens out of voter registration.

Another problem is that some eligible voters never register because they don’t want their addresses, birth dates or party affiliations made available to the public. Others don’t want to be called for jury duty, for which voter registration records are used.

That’s a tougher problem, yet could be resolved by changing some rules about disclosure of personal information on registered voters.

But the bottom line will likely be that this bill, or a modified version, will pass because something has to be done to increase voter turnouts. If this can’t do that, it’s hard to see what might.

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Email Thomas Elias at [email protected] His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, go to www.californiafocus.net

Tom Elias

Local News

Bike and Driver protocol story

By April 18, 2015

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Dave Ryan

College corner: How are AP credits counted in college? (NOT READY)

By April 18, 2015

Baseball season is upon us so I feel inspired to use some baseball analogies. Here goes: Right about now high school juniors and seniors are rounding third and heading into the home stretch. Several issues are weighing on their minds — college, finals, the nuclear deal with Iran, summer plans.

Although juniors and seniors are navigating different stages of the college admission process, surprisingly, many are asking me the same question. “How will my AP scores be counted for college credit and/or placement?” To understand this issue better, we first need to differentiate between placement and credit.

Placement means a student may skip into a higher-level college course but does not earn units toward graduation for that skipped course. Credit means a student does earn units toward a college degree. Basically, college credits for AP exam scores allow a student to progress to graduation sooner. So, earning credit leads to a reduction in tuition expenses! Or, it means taking fewer courses each term (maybe to allow for work) while still progressing toward graduation in a timely manner.

So back to the question at hand. Even though there are similarities in the assessment of AP scores for college credit and placement, each college — and sometimes each department within a college — sets its own policy, leading to variation across colleges. Indeed, colleges may offer both, or either, credit and placement.

In general, most colleges do give college credit for an AP exam minimum score of 3 or higher but some colleges only give credit for scores of 4 or 5. Keep in mind that AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5 and the amount of credit a college provides for the same score may vary.

An example of one of the more straightforward AP college credit and placement policies is the UC system. The UCs grant AP credit for scores of 3 or higher, but the number of credits granted depends on the exam subject. For a score of 3 or higher on AP chemistry and AP statistics a student would earn 8 units and 4 units, respectively, on the quarter system. The California State University follows a similar protocol. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, for instance, provides 9 college credits for each score of 3 or higher on both of these two exams.

Where things get a bit more convoluted is with some of the highly selective private schools. Many will provide different amounts of credits for different scores, not just different subjects. Yale, for example, which is on the semester system, only provides 1 college credit for an AP chemistry score of 5; but it will provide college credits for either a score of 4 (1 credit) or a score of 5 (2 credits) on the AP calculus BC exam. No credit is awarded for AP statistics.

Then there are some colleges which do not provide credit at all such as Brown and Cal Tech, which state on their websites that they do not award credit for AP exam scores.

Bottom line is that the answer to how will AP scores count for credit and placement is “it depends.” Thus, it is worthwhile to invest some time to understand the AP credit and placement policy of the college you will, or you want, to attend. A good place to go is the College Board’s AP Credit Policy website https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement/search-credit-policies.

What you will find for each college is a list of AP exams and the scores required to earn credits for those exams, how many credits are awarded for that score and the equivalent course that would be skipped.

Regardless of the credit policy of the college though, taking APs helps make a student more competitive in the college application process. My suggestion is to take AP courses in your areas of strength and sit for the AP exam. See my website for my April 2014 column entitled, “How many APs should I take?” for more guidance on this topic. Once you receive your scores you can start to piece together the credits and/or placement you may recieve.

Oh, and remember that in order to receive credit, you need to have the College Board send your official AP scores to the college of your choice. You can send scores to one college for free at testing time or afterward online at the College Board website for $15 dollars per each score report sent. The 2015 AP exams will be available online in early July.

Usually, colleges will notify you after receiving your scores about what you have qualifed for in terms of credit, placement and/or course exemptions. Contact your college of choice if you have any more questions.

Until next time … and my favorite Yogi Berra quote to stay with the baseball theme. “If you see a fork in the road, take it.” So true, so true.

Interesting facts about 2014 AP exams
(http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/research/2014/Prog-Summary-Report-2014.pdf)

38 different AP exams
Overall average score of 2.89
4.176 million exams taken
2.34 million students took AP exams
6% increase over previous year in number of exams
High school seniors take more APs than other high school years
English Language & Composition Ap Exam is taken the most

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elias 5/1: state business climate

By April 14, 2015

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BY THOMAS D. ELIAS
“STATE BUSINESS CLIMATE: MARKET SAYS IT’S PRETTY GOOD”

The drumbeat from Republican politicians, governors of states like Texas and Florida and from independent relocation consultants seems constant: California’s business climate stinks; high taxes and heavy regulation are driving businesses and jobs out of this state.

These folks note that companies big and small, from Toyota and Nissan to Buck Knives, have announced they are moving corporate offices out of California to low-tax, low-regulation, low-wage states.

They also harp on the fact that more Californians move to other states than residents of other states move here, a phenomenon that’s far weaker now than at the height of the recession five years ago.

All this, they say, adds up to a lousy business climate, one which cries out for less regulation, lower corporate and capital gain taxes and a laissez faire attitude toward virtually anything business wants to do, a la Texas. In fact, the business-funded Tax Foundation ranks this state’s tax structure the third worst for business and its regulatory environment eighth worst.

But wait. At the same time that California was allegedly losing jobs, unemployment declined from a peak of 12.4 percent four years ago to 6.8 percent this spring, the biggest reduction of any state. California also produced more new jobs in that time than any other state, by far.

In fact, reports Bloomberg News, one major barometer of business health that is purely market driven and rarely subject to influence peddling says California is far and away the best state for business. Better – and bigger – than almost all countries.

That barometer is the stock market. It turns out that while the folks Gov. Jerry Brown likes to call “declinists” have steadily bemoaned California’s alleged plight, stock traders moved by the profit motive and not by propaganda were saying it’s just not so.

The 63 companies in the Standard & Poors 500 index headquartered in California produced the best returns of the five states with the largest populations. Since the beginning of 2011, those companies produced a 134 percent return on investments, more than doubling in book value. The closest big-state challenger to that remarkable performance was Florida, where S&P companies had an 82 percent return. Texas companies gave investors a mere 52 percent return on investment. Not bad, but not nearly up to California’s performance.

The California companies posting this performance are in fields from health care to biotech, energy to electronics. Companies making consumer staples, including agriculture, were among the healthiest, seeing the value of their stocks triple over the last four years, Bloomberg said.

Their promise for the future is best, too, because California companies spent far more than firms in other places on research and development – betting on their futures. Of the 122 outfits in Bloomberg’s America’s Clean Technology Index, 26 are in California, more than 20 percent. They spent an average of $118 million, or one-fourth of their sales, on R&D, compared with an average of 9.4 percent for companies elsewhere.

While all this was going on, California was climbing back into seventh place among all countries, with only six nations – one of them comprising the rest of America – boasting higher gross national products. That means the state, ranked as high as sixth before the rise of China, has surpassed the huge production of Brazil.

And 33 California companies are among the 500 largest in the world. Meanwhile, of the 123 Americans among the world’s 400 richest people, 28 live in California, meaning high taxes are no deterrent to the super rich – perhaps because many of them manage to evade most of those levies.

And what about the fact that six Californians leave the state for every five who move here? It turns out, reports the real estate website Trulia, that has more to do with housing prices than anything else.

Stock market and job growth has helped drive California prices ever higher, with a family income of about $140,000 needed to support buying the median San Francisco Bay area home, and $89,000 needed in the Los Angeles area. With home prices exponentially lower elsewhere, it’s no wonder some homeowners choose to cash out at the same time California’s wealthy, newcomers and long-timers alike, keep driving prices up in many places.

Put it all together, and things are far from perfect, but the picture is a whole lot brighter than what’s painted by politicians who so often try to win votes by putting California down.

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Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now available in an updated third edition. His email address is [email protected]

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Walt Sadler oped on boys’ toys

By April 11, 2015

Boys Toys
A lot has been said about giving Men a toy makes them behave like a Boy. That being said, I have always been intrigued with the fascination that Police Forces have for Military Style weapons; those, that are by design for Killing people. You know those Boy’s Toys like the M16 style weapon that are so prevalent and every Police Force has them for protection from those they are supposed to Police. Is it some form of envy or hormone overload? Maybe some time in a combat zone would curb that desire!
Having been in the Army, Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam, July 1967 to July 1969, I have a lot of respect and in some ways a fear of Military grade weapons. I was not in a direct combat situation, but I was stationed next to a MASH Hospital; the first step for someone from the field of fire to either rehab or going home in a box. Therefore, I witnessed the impact of those “Boy’s Toys” on the human body, they were designed to Kill. That is the purpose of military weapons! Cut a man in half with one burst.
I have some very strong feelings about the Militarization of Police Departments nationwide, and more particularly Davis Police. Am I now in Ferguson? I remember when Davis Police Office Cantrill was killed at night in 1959; I don’t remember the town shutting down or the Police Chief asking for high capacity weapons. Just grief, bewilderment, and sadness.
The major issue regarding the Davis Police Chief and his executive Management Team acquiring the MRAP, with complacent approval from the City Council, is that they seem to have lost touch with the realities or values associated with living in Davis. Are Woodland and West Sacramento values so much lower? Having lived in Davis since 1950, the City hasn’t changed that much in terms of safety. In Davis, I have never walked down a street at any time of day or night and felt the cold fear or anger that flirted with me during my year and a half in Vietnam, with the exception of one time.
That exception was when my wife and I, stumbled on a Davis Police response to a false domestic violence complaint that involved four police officers, in the midafternoon. Walking around the corner onto a bike path, I came upon a Police Officer standing there with an M16. Was he there for covering fire in the event the gentlemen the police were talking to on his front lawn said something they didn’t like? Why was that degree of response necessary, did he understand the killing power he had in his hand? I think not, by the way he was holding it; it was a toy!
Look at the past event in Stockton, 60 plus bullets into the hostage’s car by the police with Boy’s Toys and no mention of how many bullets went into the Community. They know, called brass inventory, i.e. bullets issued. Think that community is going to say something, bet not, wrong socioeconomic group to question authority. Look at the Pepper Spray fiasco at UCD. Check on the health effects, Agent Orange? Oh, and for those Officers that felt threatened by the Student crowd, must have trouble walking in Union Square; try a new vocation. Give the Boys a Toy and they believe they have to use it, if nothing else to show the politicos that it was a wise decision to acquire them.
The recent tragic murder/suicide shooting in Davis produced a scenario that has further reinforced my belief that “Militarized Police Departments” have lost sight of their mission to “Police.” Events of that day make it appear that the Davis Police took their “eye off the ball”. Did getting their “Boy’s Toys” (2-MRAPs, 2-Robots, M-16s, tear gas, etc.) to the situation, take precedence over determining the status of the individuals involved? Was anyone still alive when the Davis Police arrive, or did they even attempt to find out? Where was the active shooter? Why did it take 7+/- hours for the Police to enter the premise? More importantly, how long would it have taken before the MRAPs? Seven tear gas canisters and two concussion grenades, must need to get rid of dated Military inventory, or was it a training exercise? From my Army experience, I know you can’t be quiet when gassed with even the smallest amount of tear gas. While these are questions the City Council, as the ultimate authority, should have answers for, true to form in the new Davis style, be quiet and it too will pass. Don’t upset a Union.
Here is a solution! Let those politicians, public, and police that think the “boys toys” are needed in Davis, Woodland, or West Sacramento, book a vacation in Bagdad or Kabul. Orbitz must have a special! Bet after six weeks there, where they are required to walk the streets every day, they will more fully appreciate what they have here. I did when I returned from Vietnam.
Walter E. Sadler is a Davis resident that survived Vietnam.

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Gail Collins: Rand Paul, Paul Rand quiz

By April 11, 2015

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Commentary: Rand Paul, Paul Rand Quiz
By GAIL COLLINS

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Rand Paul for president! Wow, we’re awash with first-term Republican senators who feel the nation needs their services as leader of the most powerful nation on the planet.

Paul can also perform eye surgery, which is certainly a plus.

What do we know about this man Rand? Well, he’s interesting. Among the throngs of Republicans promising to cut taxes, slash domestic spending and repeal Obamacare, Paul is unusual in that he also wants to stop government surveillance, negotiate a peace treaty with Iran, slash defense spending and eliminate foreign aid.

Except — stop the presses! — Rand Paul is also evolving. The freshman senator who once wanted to eliminate all foreign aid, including to Israel, is now a freshman senator who wants to eliminate some foreign aid while leaving more than enough for a certain “strong ally of ours.” Also, he has learned that Iran probably can’t be trusted. And he now wants to raise defense spending by about $190 billion.

You could argue he was way more interesting before he started to evolve. But onward.

During a postannouncement interview on Fox News, the new presidential contender was asked about an incident when he “took a shot at Dick Cheney.” This would have been a 2009 speech, discovered by Mother Jones, in which Paul basically argued that Cheney had opposed invading Iraq until he went to work for the war contractor Halliburton.

“Before I was involved in politics!” the new candidate retorted. If you agree with his theory that would mean that nothing Rand Paul said before 2010 counts.

It is true that you can’t blame politicians for everything they did when they were young and foolish, but a five-year statute of limitations seems a bit short. I’d accept a rule wiping out anything that happened in college short of a major felony. That would include a former classmate’s claim that when she was at Baylor University, Rand Paul and a friend forced her to bow down and worship the god Aqua Buddha.

That’s way more diverting than the story about Mitt Romney cutting off a classmate’s long hair in high school. But it’s off the record. Do not base your opinion of Rand Paul on the Aqua Buddha incident. Really. Forget I ever mentioned it.

Once Paul began sniffing the presidential air, position changes started coming rapid-fire, and he’s gotten quite touchy when people point that out. “No, no, no, nonononono,” he said, accusing NBC’s Savannah Guthrie of “editorializing” when she listed several of his recent shifts. It was reminiscent of an encounter he had a while back with Kelly Evans of CNBC. (“Shhh. Calm down a bit here, Kelly.”) You might wonder about Rand Paul and TV women, but as we all know it takes three incidents to make a trend. Next time.

The encounter with Evans came after Paul was trying to walk back one of his more interesting policy statements: opposition to mandatory vaccinations. “I guess being for freedom would be really unusual,” he said archly, before claiming that he knew of many “walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders” after being vaccinated. This one has since evolved a lot.

Paul has swung to the left on some issues, like immigration. He acknowledges that there’s global warming, which he believes should be combated in ways that do not inconvenience the coal industry. He has stuck to his guns on opposing government surveillance of American citizens, and you can buy a “Don’t Drone Me, Bro!” shirt on his website. (Also at the website: $20 Rand Paul Flip-Flops, although someone on the team apparently noted the irony and changed their name to Rand Paul Sandals.)

And, of course, Paul is still a libertarian. Because he most definitely believes government should get off your backs and stop messing with your lives. Unless you happen to have an unwanted pregnancy, in which case, rather than allow you access to abortion, he is prepared to tie you to a post until you deliver.

Everything perfectly clear? And, now, a brief Rand Paul Pop Quiz.

1) Paul began his presidential announcement speech by telling the people:

A) “We have come to take our country back.”

B) “We come to take our money back.”

C) “We have come to take our previous statements back.”

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2) Rand Paul did not get a bachelor’s degree because:

A) He was out partying all the time with the future governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker.

B) He was so supersmart that Duke University allowed him to skip right over to medical school.

C) He was expelled for the Aqua Buddha affair.

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3) An avid user of all media social, Paul once twittered that politics doesn’t involve enough:

A) Good ideas for using more coal.

B) People with an IQ above 90.

C) Puppies.

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4) The Rand Paul presidential campaign slogan is:

A) “Defeat the Washington Machine. Unleash the American Dream.”

B) “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.”

C) “Beat Hillary. Release the Kraken.”

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Answers: 1-A, 2-B, 3-C, 4-A.

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David Brooks: The revolution lives!

By April 11, 2015

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Commentary: The Revolution Lives!
By DAVID BROOKS

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Beyond all the talk of centrifuges and enrichment capacities, President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran is really a giant gamble on the nature of the Iranian regime. The core question is: Are the men who control that country more like Lenin or are they more like Gorbachev? Do they still fervently believe in their revolution and would they use their post-sanctions wealth to export it and destabilize their region? Or have they lost faith in their revolution? Will they use a deal as a way to rejoin the community of nations?

We got a big piece of evidence on those questions Thursday. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered his first big response to the sort-of-agreed-upon nuclear framework. What did we learn?

First, we learned that Iran’s supreme leader still regards the United States as his enemy. The audience chanted “Death to America” during his speech, and Khamenei himself dismissed America’s “devilish” intentions. When a radical religious leader uses words like “devilish,” he’s not using the way it’s used in a chocolate-cake commercial. He means he thinks the United States is the embodiment of evil.

Second, we learned that the West wants a deal more than Khamenei does.

“I was never optimistic about negotiating with America,” he declared.

Throughout the speech, his words dripped with a lack of enthusiasm for the whole enterprise.

Obama is campaigning for a deal, while Khamenei is unmoved. That imbalance explains why Western negotiators had to give away so many of their original demands. The United States had originally insisted upon an end to Iran’s nuclear program, a suspension of its enrichment of uranium, but that was conceded to keep Iran at the table.

Third, we learned that the ayatollah is demanding total trust from us while offering maximum contempt in return. Khamenei communicated a smug and self-righteous sense of superiority toward the West throughout his remarks. He haughtily repeated his demand that the West permanently end all sanctions on the very day the deal is signed. He insisted that no inspectors could visit Iranian military facilities. This would make a hash of verification and enforcement.

Fourth, we learned that Khamenei and the United States see different realities. It’s been pointed out that Iranian and U.S. officials describe the “agreed upon” framework in different ways. That’s because, Khamenei suggested, the Americans are lying.

“I’m really worried as the other side is into lying and breaching promises. An example was the White House fact sheet,” he said. “This came out a few hours after the negotiations, and most of it was against the agreement and was wrong. They are always trying to deceive and break promises.”

Fifth, Khamenei reminded us that, even at the most delicate moment in these talks, he is still intent on putting Iran on a collision course with Sunnis and the West. He attacked the Saudi leaders as “inexperienced youngsters” and criticized efforts to push back on Iranian efforts to destabilize Yemen.

The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, characterized Iran’s recent bellicosity this way: “It’s about Iran believing in exporting the revolution. It’s part of their regime, a part of their ideology.”

Khamenei’s remarks could be bluster, tactical positioning for some domestic or international audience. But they are entirely consistent with recent Iranian behavior. His speech suggests that Iran still fundamentally sees itself in a holy war with the West, a war that can be managed prudently but that is still a fundamental clash of values and interests. His speech suggests, as Henry Kissinger and George Shultz put it in a brilliant op-ed essay in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, that there is no congruence of interests between us and Iran. We envision a region of stable nation-states. They see a revolutionary anti-Western order.

If Iran still has revolutionary intent, then no amount of treaty subtlety will enforce this deal. Iran will begin subtly subverting any agreement. It will continue to work on its advanced nuclear technology even during the agreement. It will inevitably use nuclear weaponry, or even the threat of eventual nuclear weaponry, to advance its apocalyptic interests. Every other regional power will prepare for the worst, and we’ll get a pseudo nuclear arms race in a region of disintegrating nation-states.

If Obama is right and Iran is on the verge of change, the deal is a home run. But we have a terrible record of predicting trends in the Middle East. Republican and Democratic administrations have continually anticipated turning points in the Middle East: Republicans after interventions, Democrats after negotiations. But the dawns never come.

At some point, there has to be a scintilla of evidence that Iran wants to change. Khamenei’s speech offers none. Negotiating an arms treaty with Brezhnev and Gorbachev was one thing. But with this guy? Good luck with that.

c.2015 New York Times News Service

David Brooks

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Paul Krugman: Where government excels

By April 11, 2015

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Commentary: Where Government Excels
By PAUL KRUGMAN

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As Republican presidential hopefuls trot out their policy agendas — which always involve cutting taxes on the rich while slashing benefits for the poor and middle class — some real new thinking is happening on the other side of the aisle. Suddenly, it seems, many Democrats have decided to break with Beltway orthodoxy, which always calls for cuts in “entitlements.” Instead, they’re proposing that Social Security benefits actually be expanded.

This is a welcome development in two ways. First, the specific case for expanding Social Security is quite good. Second, and more fundamentally, Democrats finally seem to be standing up to anti-government propaganda and recognizing the reality that there are some things the government does better than the private sector.

Like all advanced nations, America mainly relies on private markets and private initiatives to provide its citizens with the things they want and need, and hardly anyone in our political discourse would propose changing that. The days when it sounded like a good idea to have the government directly run large parts of the economy are long past.

Yet we also know that some things more or less must be done by government. Every economics textbooks talks about “public goods” like national defense and air traffic control that can’t be made available to anyone without being made available to everyone, and which profit-seeking firms, therefore, have no incentive to provide. But are public goods the only area where the government outperforms the private sector? By no means.

One classic example of government doing it better is health insurance. Yes, conservatives constantly agitate for more privatization — in particular, they want to convert Medicare into nothing more than vouchers for the purchase of private insurance — but all the evidence says this would move us in precisely the wrong direction. Medicare and Medicaid are substantially cheaper and more efficient than private insurance; they even involve less bureaucracy. Internationally, the American health system is unique in the extent to which it relies on the private sector, and it’s also unique in its incredible inefficiency and high costs.

And there’s another major example of government superiority: providing retirement security.

Maybe we wouldn’t need Social Security if ordinary people really were the perfectly rational, farsighted agents economists like to assume in their models (and right-wingers like to assume in their propaganda). In an idealized world, 25-year-old workers would base their decisions about how much to save on a realistic assessment of what they will need to live comfortably when they’re in their 70s. They’d also be smart and sophisticated in how they invested those savings, carefully seeking the best trade-offs between risk and return.

In the real world, however, many and arguably most working Americans are saving much too little for their retirement. They’re also investing these savings badly. For example, a recent White House report found that Americans are losing billions each year thanks to investment advisers trying to maximize their own fees rather than their clients’ welfare.

You might be tempted to say that if workers save too little and invest badly, it’s their own fault. But people have jobs and children, and they must cope with all the crises of life. It’s unfair to expect them to be expert investors, too. In any case, the economy is supposed to work for real people leading real lives; it shouldn’t be an obstacle course only a few can navigate.

And in the real world of retirement, Social Security is a shining example of a system that works. It’s simple and clean, with low operating costs and minimal bureaucracy. It provides older Americans who worked hard all their lives with a chance of living decently in retirement, without requiring that they show an inhuman ability to think decades ahead and be investment whizzes as well. The only problem is that the decline of private pensions, and their replacement with inadequate 401(k)-type plans, has left a gap that Social Security isn’t currently big enough to fill. So why not make it bigger?

Needless to say, suggestions along these lines are already provoking near-hysterical reactions, not just from the right, but from self-proclaimed centrists. As I wrote some years ago, calling for cuts to Social Security has long been seen inside the Beltway as a “badge of seriousness, a way of showing how statesmanlike and tough-minded you are.” And it’s only a decade since former President George W. Bush tried to privatize the program, with a lot of centrist support.

But true seriousness means looking at what works and what doesn’t. Privatized retirement schemes work very badly; Social Security works very well. And we should build on that success.

c.2015 New York Times News Service

Paul Krugman

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elias 4/21 no embargo: Utilities commission

By April 07, 2015

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BY THOMAS D. ELIAS
“SMELL OF FEAR AS UTILITIES COMMISSION LAWYERS UP”

The strong odor surrounding California’s most powerful regulatory commission this spring stems not only from corrupt-seeming decisions but also from fear. Fear that past and present members or top staffers of the state Public Utilities Commission might do jail time. Fear they could see personal fortunes decimated by legal fees while fending off state and federal criminal investigations.

How bad have things become at the PUC, which sets prices for privately-owned utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric?

Even the commission’s new president, Michael Picker, said the other day that when it comes to cleaning up his agency, “I think we have a long way to go.” Of course, over the last 17 months, he backed every questionable decision pushed by disgraced former PUC President Michael Peevey.

Like many outfits overcome by fear, the PUC has lately tried to cover up by claiming internal documents are “privileged” and by hiring top defense attorneys. The commission’s first contract with the SheppardMullin law firm was for $49,000, work to be done at a “discount” rate of $882 per hour. That deal fell just below the $50,000 level where state contracts for outside work must be approved by the Department of General Services.

But the Picker-led PUC has followed up by awarding SheppardMullin a contract for $5.2 million for the rest of this year. Both agreements may be illegal, even if the new one is approved by the DGS.

Still, there is little doubt of that approval. All present PUC members were appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who also named all top officials of the DGS, so this is really the right hand approving what the left hand wants. What’s more, Brown’s chief of staff, Nancy McFadden, was PG&E’s chief lobbyist in Sacramento before joining him.

Asked under what authority it hired SheppardMullin, the PUC cited state government code section 995.8. That section says a public entity can only hire criminal lawyers to defend present or former officials if “The public entity determines that such defense would be in the best interests of the public entity…” The PUC would have to hold hearings to make such a circular determination, but it has not.

This makes the big-buck pacts appear illegal, no matter what the DGS might rule.

The obvious question here is why state taxpayers should fund the defense of officials who may have conspired with big utilities to bilk them via decisions like the one forcing consumers to pay most costs for retiring the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Commission spokeswoman Terrie Prosper claims outside lawyers are needed because the PUC “does not have the expertise…or time to handle…the massive amount of work that needs to be done to…manage and cooperate with investigations.”

The SheppardMullin contract suggests that “managing investigations” includes stonewalling requests for documents while “assisting in public relations.” It says attorneys will also “develop and manage litigation strategies” and “assist and attend interviews of commission employees by investigators (including preparing witnesses).”

“This means the $5.2 million is for a cover-up,” says former San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre, who has sued to block the contracts. “They will restrain and restrict documents and the testimony of witnesses and use privilege to (try to) conceal crimes.”

Aguirre notes the commission never formally voted to spend the money, but PUC Executive Director Timothy Sullivan simply signed the new contract. Because the PUC itself cannot be indicted, it’s clear the money will be spent to help defend individuals – present or former commission officials.

Neither Sullivan nor any other PUC official responds to repeated inquiries about who SheppardMullin will defend. Nor would the PUC say why those officials should not fund their own defenses.

Aguirre suggests that if Picker really favors transparency, as he often claims, he would waive all privilege and open every commission document to press, public and investigators, saving the $5.2 million in legal fees.

But Picker repeatedly refuses to be interviewed and by the end of March, the commission had spent more than $2 million on outside lawyers to deny document requests during the last six months, all without a hearing.

So the smell of fear is plain at the PUC, and no one can predict the next major errors and cover-up attempts that might produce.

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Tom Elias

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elias 4/24: Jessica’s Law

By April 07, 2015

CALIFORNIA FOCUS
1720 OAK STREET, SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA 90405
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015 OR THEREAFTER

BY THOMAS D. ELIAS
“COURT FRUSTRATES VOTERS’ WILL ON ‘JESSICA’S LAW’”

It was no surprise when Proposition 83, the so-called Jessica’s Law, passed in 2006 with better than a 2-1 majority. The issue, as stated in the ballot summary, was where convicted sex offenders should be allowed to live, no matter how long ago their offenses. The plain wish of the vast majority of voters is that these people become pariahs for life, unable to live anywhere near any potential victims.

Nobody likes sexual predators, especially violent ones, nor should they. But lawyers for some of them argue that once they’ve served their time and once corrections authorities rule they’ve been rehabilitated as well as possible, they’ve got to live somewhere. And the reality is that Proposition 83 allows them almost noplace to live in any city or town.

That’s what voters wanted, of course. No one wants a predator living nearby, and many parents have felt more comfortable since Proposition 83 passed.

As written, this law prohibits all registered sex offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of any school or park. The law also mandates far longer prison terms than before and allows the state Department of Mental Health to keep offenders in custody indefinitely after their prison terms are up, if psychiatrists determine they’re still dangerous. After release, the measure puts tracking devices on all of them for life.

No one is seriously challenging many of these provisions, which expand on the severe restrictions previously placed on violent rapists and child molesters. The challenges have come to the residential limits.

On its surface, this proposition was a no-brainer, a gut reaction against a few crimes committed by paroled offenders who were not being thoroughly monitored. Pre-existing rules even contained a tougher residential restriction than the initiative’s 2,000-foot limit for some offenders, not allowing predators judged to be high risks to live within 2,640 feet of parks and schools.

But by voting as they did, Californians said they don’t fully trust the judgment of mental health professionals; they said no one can ever be sure a onetime offender might not again act out an impulse. Previous law took essentially the same point of view, having long required released sex offenders to register with authorities even decades after their crimes.

The legal problem comes in restricting where long-ago offenders can live, even after they are judged no longer a serious risk to anyone. This spring, the state Supreme Court in a ruling on a San Diego case, written by conservative retired justice Marvin Baxter, said the restrictions are too tough. Those rules raised the rate of homelessness among the state’s 8,000-plus registered sex offenders by a factor of 24, also hindering their access to medical care and drug and alcohol dependency programs.

While the beatdown of Proposition 83 residency rules applied at first only to San Diego County, it has already been made general by a state order lifting the distance restriction on offenders whose crimes didn’t involve children.

The state high court’s decision was presaged years earlier by a federal judge in San Francisco, who said the day after the initiative passed that there was “a substantial likelihood” the law is unconstitutional, changing conditions of parole for persons convicted and released long before it passed.

That ruling came in a case where a former offender, identified only as John Doe, claimed Jessica’s Law would force him to leave a community where he lived peacefully for more than 20 years.

That’s just what Republican legislator Susan Runner, from the high desert region of Los Angeles County, wanted to do when she sponsored Proposition 83 and it’s what voters wanted, too. They simply don’t trust prior offenders to remain impulse-resistant forever, and so they want even long-ago sex offenders with solid records since their release far from any proximity to children.

The last time voters felt as strongly about an initiative was in the mid-1990s, when a huge majority passed Proposition 187 in an effort to cut off health, education and all other public services to illegal immigrants. A federal judge struck down most of that one quickly.

No one seriously expects the surveillance and sentencing aspects of Proposition 83 to suffer a similar fate. But voters can be excused if they feel frustrated by a court waiting almost nine years to strike down a much of a law they passed, one that provided peace of mind to many.

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Tom Elias

Media Post

PEC photos

By April 03, 2015

microenterprise is Leaves & Grass founded by Jan Lonnerdal and Brian Reioux, two childhood friends who decided to go into the gardening business together. They thoroughly enjoyed working in the yard, from lawn mowing to raking leaves. With Lonnerdal’s busy summers spent in Sweden, a third business partner, Dylan Lefebvre, was brought in permanently. The trio work three to four days a week with big bright smiles because they have a job they love and look forward to.

First picture – Brian Reioux on the left and Dylan Lefebvre on the right cleaning up leaves at Symphony Financial last Fall. They rake up leaves on the tarp and then carry the tarp to the front. They work at Symphony Financial all year once a week on Mondays.

Second picture – Brian Reioux on the left and Jan Lonnerdal on the right, dumping leaves for pickup at Symphony Financial on F street in Downtown Davis. They have been a steady customer for about 4 years.

Third picture – Brian Reioux mowing the lawn over at a customer’s house (Ann Griffith) in West Davis. They do this house every Thursday, they moved a couple years ago and had Leaves and Grass continue to do the house they moved in to as well. They do a lot over there like hedge trimming, weeding, mowing and edging.

They work in the mornings Monday-Thursday from 9-12:30 and then all of them have other jobs. Dylan works at the USDA germplasm repository in the afternoons, Brian works at Hibbert Lumber and Petco, and Jan works at a lab at UCD. They are also involved in sports through Team Davis Special Olympics. Brian Reioux has been in the paper before, you guys did a big spread on him volunteering for the Davis High football team (I think it was a full page article on the front page of the sports section?). I’ll check to see if I can find some better pictures of Amy! I don’t work with her so I’m not the quality of the ones we have, but I will send you the best I can find soon. Feel free to ask any more questions you might have!

Amy Tonai is the sole owner and operator of Amy’s Shredding. She started her business in 2010 with the help of family and friends. Amy has been a Yolo County resident for 35 years and has strong ties to the Davis community. She loves working with local businesses and meeting new people. She’s a strong individual with a great sense of humor.

Amy is great at telling the story of how she started her own business. Here is what she says: I started because another person with a disability no longer wanted to do his shredding business; he wanted to go back to school. I heard about it and was excited about the idea of operating my own shredding business. I was already employed by CES and part of my duties was shredding. I enjoy every moment of it. I was going to get a loan to purchase the shredder but my dad said ”no, I will get the shredder for you.” The big shredder cost $2,000! Friends helped move the big shredder to Woodland where I worked in a shed behind a friend’s house for almost a year. I had to move when my friend needed the space for her office. I was talking to people at CES when another person heard that I needed a new work space. Robin Dewey said that I could work in her shed in her backyard. Now we call it the ”shred shack.”

My business has really grown and one of the highlights was when it was discovered that when you Google ”shredding” and ”Davis,” Amy’s shredding is at the top of the list! It is the only micro-enterprise offering shredding services in the Davis area. My customer needs range from one to 100 boxes. All of the shredded paper is recycled. Every 2 weeks, I take the shredded paper to International Paper to be recycled. I like having my own business and being my own boss. I love shredding and enjoy meeting my customers. I am proud that people in my community trust me to handle their shredding needs!

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Notes on Warm Remembrance Play Area

By April 01, 2015

Notes from Debbie:
I see that you’re the Saturday shift person this Saturday. Would you please cover this playground dedication ceremony? Dan Wolk will be there, as will some of the Riggins and Gonsalves family members, I believe. Beth Gabor (John Riggins’ cousin) spearheaded this effort and will be a good source. You can find stories Lauren has written about this fundraising effort.

This event probably will close the book on the 30-plus-year sad saga of the Riggins/Gonsalves murders. I have booked photos.
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From city of Davis website:
The Warm Remembrance Family Play Area project is a community effort to build a lasting memorial in Redwood Park in remembrance of the lives of John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves. Redwood Park was constructed the year Sabrina and John were born – 1962. When John began coming to the park in 1969, as part of the City of Davis summer program, there was a play structure there known as The Egg (picture below). It was the meeting place year round for neighborhood children, and when he attended the adjacent elementary school, The Egg was the first thing he saw as he headed for class each day. John ultimately grew up to become a summer program leader, and that is where he met his sweetheart, Sabrina.

Sabrina, welcomed by her sisters who were students at UC Davis, became a beloved member of the Davis community during the summer of 1978. She also became a leader in the summer program. She warmed the hearts of many children in this very same park with The (original) Egg still a prominent feature.

Sabrina and John are remembered by all who knew them, but especially by the children whose lives they enriched. Sabrina is fondly remembered for her devotion to others and endless compassion. John is lovingly remembered for his affable personality and the fun and games he brought to the playground each day.

This Warm Remembrance Family Play Area is being created to remember the joy and laughter Sabrina and John brought to so many. With generous community donations, the play area will include a number of features in their honor, including a New Egg – a symbol of rebirth and a promising, peaceful future.

The family, friends and the community which stretches far beyond Davis, whose lives were touched by John and Sabrina, and are greater for knowing them, invite you to be part of this effort. Please contribute to the Warm Remembrance Family Play Area project to help recreate for generations to come, the warmth and love that Sabrina and John created for so many.

How to donate and make a difference in our community!

Donate Now ButtonDonate Online: Go to www.sacregcf.org, and follow these steps:

Click on the words “Donate Now” and choose your donation amount.
At the drop-down arrow, click on “Davis Recreation & Community Services Program Fund.”
In the “Additional Comments” box below, please write in “Warm Remembrance Family Play Area.”
Then, complete the billing information and you’re done!
Donate By Mail: Please make checks payable to the “Davis Recreation & Community Services Program Fund”, include the purpose of the donation (Warm Remembrance Project) on the check and mail to either:

Yolo Community Foundation
P.O. Box 1264
Woodland, CA 95776

Sacramento Region Community Foundation
955 University Avenue, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95825

Note: Contributions of $1,000 or more can be recognized at the site on playground equipment or a bench, for example, or in signage. Contributors at this level will be contacted at a later date to determine their preference.

Contributions to the Recreation & Community Services Fund are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The City of Davis encourages donors to consult with their legal or tax advisor before making a gift.

For more information about the Warm Remembrance project, call (530) 756-8119.

Tanya Perez

Columns

elias 4/14 desalination

By March 31, 2015

CALIFORNIA FOCUS
1720 OAK STREET, SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA 90405
FOR RELEASE: TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015, OR THEREAFTER

BY THOMAS D. ELIAS
“DESALINATION LOOKS BETTER AS WATER PRICES RISE”

“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink…” Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1798, in the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”

The reality confronting millions of Californians as they cope with yet another lengthy episode in a seemingly endless series of droughts is that – like Coleridge’s mariner – this state has billions of acre feet of water clearly visible every day in the form of the Pacific Ocean and its many bays and estuaries.

But that’s briny salt water, containing an array of minerals that make it almost as inaccessible today as it was to that parched, fictitious sailor of 200 years ago.

But it doesn’t have to stay that way. As the price of water goes up, desalinating Pacific waters becomes ever more enticing and it will become more so if the price of taking salts and other impurities out of salt water falls. In short, if the rising price of fresh water ever comes to match a falling cost for purified sea water, expect desalination to begin on a large scale in California.

It appears things are moving that way now. Over the winter, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – largest urban water district in the state – paid Sacramento Valley rice farmers an average of $694 per acre foot of water for 115,000 acre feet to be sent south via the state Water Project. For some farmers, selling water is now more profitable than growing crops.

This sounds like a lot to pay for one acre foot, the amount needed to cover an acre one foot deep and about the quantity used by two typical urban families in the course of a year. But at that price, water costs still costs only about one-fifth of a cent per gallon. Well water, by comparison, averages about $293 per acre foot.

Meanwhile, ideas for new methods of desalinating water arrive frequently at the state Department of Water Resources, where analyst Michael Ross checks to see which might have real promise.

“The cost of desalination will come down,” Ross says. “The price of other water is coming up, as we can see from the Met’s purchase. Right now I have a basket-full of proposed processes on my desk.”

Traditional desalination via the process of reverse osmosis (RO) will vastly increase later this year, when Massachusetts-based Poseidon Water opens a $1 billion facility at Carlsbad in northern San Diego County. The plant will make 48,000 acre feet yearly, about 7 percent of San Diego County’s supply, at a cost of about $2,200 per acre foot. A smaller RO plant opened four years ago in Sand City, near Monterey. Santa Barbara plans to reopen a similar plant that was mothballed for years.

But some believe reverse osmosis, which uses a series of membranes to filter sea water, is too expensive.

One idea Ross has reviewed comes from a Texas firm called Salt of the Earth Energy, which would use water from perforated plastic pipes eight to 15 feet beneath the ocean floor, mixing gases and chemicals into sea water from which ocean-bottom silt has filtered almost all marine life. The process would also produce industrial chemicals like phosphates, carbonates and hydroxides, helping bring down the cost of the water produced.

The firm’s consultant, James Torres of Rancho Cucamonga, says the high end of water cost using this process would be $650 per acre foot, less than the Met is now paying for some of its supply.

“This idea is at a proving stage,” said the DWR’s Ross. A test facility is planned along the Gulf Coast of Texas and if it proves promising, the method could solve many current problems with RO, including the fact only half the water RO plants take in eventually becomes potable; the rest is returned to the sea as heavy brine harmful to marine life.

“Our process uses 90 percent of the intake,” said Torres. “And we’ll use only about half the power of an RO plant.”

Another possibly promising technology called “Zero Discharge” is currently being tested in the Panoche Water and Drainage District in Central California, using solar power to evaporate and then collect water from irrigation discharge, with about a 93 percent recovery rate.

Which means drought has not brought despair. Instead, it’s spurring an inventiveness that may soon put the lie to the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

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Tom Elias

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David Takemoto-Weerts for bike tab

By March 20, 2015

David Takemoto-Weerts, Bicycle Program coordinator at the University of California, Davis, is a new member of the California Bicycle Advisory Committee. Paul Moore, manager of the California Department of Transportation’s Bicycle Facilities Unit, made the appointment.

Takemoto-Weerts holds the only committee seat reserved specifically for a representative of a youth-oriented organization. UC Davis, of course, has plenty of youths — among our 35,000 students — who ride bicycles, not to mention thousands of bike-riding staff and faculty members.

On peak days, 15,000 to 20,000 bike riders are on the campus, where bicycling amenities include bike lanes and paths, repair stations and loads of bike racks — all of which contribute to UC Davis’ status as a Bicycle-Friendly University and a Bicycle-Friendly Business, both of the highest degree (platinum), as declared by the League of American Bicyclists.

Takemoto-Weerts said he got hooked on cycling his freshman year at UC Santa Cruz. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 1971 and later did graduate work at UC Davis (while also working as a student mechanic at the Bike Barn). He joined the UC Davis staff on a full-time basis in 1983, starting as Bike Barn manager and subsequently moving to the bookstore before becoming the Bicycle Program coordinator in 1987.

The California Bicycle Advisory Committee also includes representatives of state government and local or regional government agencies, bicycle advocacy organizations (statewide and local or regional) and organizations that do not have bicycle advocacy as a main mission.

The California Department of Transportation established the committee in 1992 to provide guidance to the department on bicycle issues. The committee also reviews matters under consideration by the California Traffic Control Devices Committee.
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Went to grad school here (anthropology) from fall, 1971, until sometime in the winter of 1973. From fall of ’72 until I left Davis, I was a student mechanic at the Bike Barn. As I often like to tell people: best job (of many good jobs) I ever had.

Tanya Perez

Regents CO2 notes

By March 19, 2015

Later this morning, Brown and Napolitano will present their progress

Tuition needs to be kept “as low as possible and predictable as possible”

To make good choices as we contemplate our shared futures

want to do this without sacrificing a single iota of quality

possible Freeze on enrollment at ucb ucla

Difficult decision announced earlier…

Last year CSU turned away 20K qualified applicants

“brings us to the so-called Committee of Two, or CO2″

Meetings have been productive
shared visions
bright future

“Ensuring that this good future comes to pass, and I am confident that it will”
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Appalling incidents have taken place on our campuses

bigotry and hate must be condemned wherever and whenever it occurs

will not tolerate any bigotry or hatred
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after lunch
two formal meetings
brief
napolitano
conversations have been far-ranging
opps for increasing degree production
how to think about costs … in context of research univ
and how does enrollment factor in

Look forward to continuing to discuss them with Gov Brown
Someone and de leone have been putting together proposals

Looking to find right resolution for the univ and the state
need to include other members of our community
been meeting with undegrads and grad students
they want to be sure that their voices are being heard and I want to commit to them that their voices are being heard

faculty are key, heart and soul of the univ
as are staff, both rep and nonrep

We all want to make sure we do what’s right for higher ed and the university

A fe other items of importance

looking at social and economic mobility it provides cal residents
access to higher ed is a proven path to social mobility

Want to protect and enhance the university as we seek to change

UC outcomes are virtually best in nation

83 percent grad in 6 years

We generate more than $46B in economic activity every year

Narrative to date is very good, but we kow that change is in the air

We will contintue to keep the full board apprised of where we are
hopefully in near future, without concrete date, we will have concrete proposals

Brown concurs
Important inquiry

Group is small, but works very well
no tie votes yet. (joke)

This in some ways is about money
People say don’t you ever talk about anything other than money
Not prime interest
very interested in greatness of the university,
diversity, access, role in our collective life

developing human beings who have a sense of our tradtion, or vaules our past
and develop interpretatiove skilss that are …

challenging world now
as much as we need science, we need people who can understand human nautre and … world conflicts

this is about humanities, history, … as well as stem

but everything has costs
whatever the acitivity that is funded by the state, people who receive fund always want mroe, and legislature is forced to make changes

Iun market system, it provides the

In govt, Brown has to say no, and I will

It’s not just the univ, health care, prisons, roads, water, educa

there’s an argument for more spending, but that won’t be done
have to make choices

shows chart with steep curve

work we are doing now is the flattening of that tuition curve
it’s something that isn’t just UC, this is the whole country

Student debt…talked to pres of Wells Fargo

student at UCLA law school $120K in debt

Tension between UC and finance depart 35 years ago was simliar
univeristy has autonmy and elite character

Govt office has inherenet role to play

If we can go from 1.5 to 5 or 6 years, that would help
maybe more summer school courses, online, getting ap courses oriented better
getting cc students better set to graduate in 2 years

it isn’t just putting everything online
I consult my iphone several times a day to define things

I can usually find it pretty fast,
a lot of knowledge is now available

rambling

pres of Wash Post, he’s the CEO of Amazon

Bezos is hiring lots of s/w enginerrs, not just journalists

What’s happend to UCS and financial insitutions will also impact universities
won’t really know

Impliations for access, more people through UCs by making it more accessioble and by making it

Former stanford prof activity based costing
Only done in a few deptartments at unnamed univ
idea is to get info on how many students take what class from what prof, all dif info and data you have, find a way to undersant how you are really doing

took to make the univ more effective
you can find out does a math course at riverside cost more than a math course at uc berkeley or uc davis

process presented for our consideration

look at all the big data that;s out there in our univ right now.

I’m enjoyhing it, I enjoy the intellectual pleasure of listeingin to all of this.

I think we’re moving in the right direction, we';ll have more to report back very soon.

female regent…latina?
question to Gov
Cal is so remarkable in so many ways, tech, innovation, creative ecomonmy drivers in this state
uc has such an important rtole to play
paired with changing demographic
young population…50 percent of people under five are latino
Access, opportunity

Enrollment…
access is improtant, can guarantee access by innovating, technology
help us better understand your approach to enrollment

Gov
To think about enrollmnet you have to look more broadly at all the segments
community colleges, cal state, and UC
different
different functions
cal state gives a few phds
digital breaks down barriers

used to be called savings and loans and banks

now we have a financial services deparmtnet
info and knowledlge exchange is going to spread beyond fixed walls and boundaries
look at three segments to maek sure we’re appororpate

because prop 98 applies to k-12 and CC, a lot of money is flowing in that directin
most extra money this year will go toward those segments

If you say need another UC campus, look at it…we’re not alone, private campuses, lot s of didfferent things

can only help if we can get the job done at the best cost

There are limits

Cal Grant program barely existed 20 years ago, will continue to grow
there’s a lot of stuff we gotta look at

Napolitano
One of the fundabmental questions what does it mean to be a publich university
Only 7 percent for the budget of our medical schools comes from teh state
undergrads…love to get back to the days where 90 percent comes from the state

How do we maximize the opps of young people in cali to go to research uni.
master plan is to have the segments works together

requires using data to better predict what we need

Regent Keefer
Like the attention that has been drawn to cost saving end of it, as well as the univ

i.e. 50 percent of students don’t pay
kinds of facts are finally coming to the public attentions

Student regent…

Gov
online stuff
pres of az state, using online stuff to help students navigate courses
four year graduation rate has increased
we may need counselors, but s/w is effective as more young people get sophisticated
more kids are adept at that

Design shift that isn’t always imaginable (horse manure to cars_)

Napolitano
interesting add-ons to how online coudl work

we’ve been nailing down 10 clear pathways from CCs to certain majors at UCs

What ASU is doing
but they were pretty low in grad rates
we already have a good grad rate, how do we sustain that
really keep in mind cost, quality, outcomes

ASUA president (from Merced) Jefferson…
invited Napolitano and Brown to a student-led town hall at UCD next month
about tution, etc. look into this.
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regent …
when people find out you are a regent, and want to engage you on this topic, it’s to find out why their kid didn’t get into the UC campus of their choice.

Perez
the right mix of students at each campus

perception of campus climate

Tanya Perez

UCD California Lighting Technology Center

By March 14, 2015

From Kat Kerlin:
CLTC is doing a lot of interesting things in energy efficiency and lighting tech. In addition to helping you figure out what kind of lightbulb you might want, they are coming up with energy efficient and pleasing-to-the eye solutions for retail spaces, hospitals (link to story: http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=11018), K-12 schools, and the UC Davis campus, and their work has helped set building codes and standards for the state.

They led our Smart Lighting Initiative (link to story: http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10249) that retrofitted indoor and outdoor spaces on campus, including our parking lots (energy-saving sensors, etc) and street lighting. When the sensor lights come on as you walk by the refrigerated cases at Target, you have CLTC to thank. They also consulted on lighting for the Honda Smart Home and West Village, among many other things.

When you get a chance to take a tour, be sure to check out their “lightbulb room,” retail demo space, and kitchen demo space.
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California Lighting Technology Center, UC Davis
633 Peña Drive / Davis, CA 95618
530-747-3824 desk
916-202-2499 mobile
cltc.ucdavis.edu

Said she could give a tour, offer ideas for a top tips for readers on buying lighting for their homes, etc.

Tanya Perez

Local News

Kosher kitchen gives students a special opportunity

By March 13, 2015

Inside the UC Davis branch of Hillel House is a room with red-tiled floors and stainless steel counters. Ladles hang in front of crowded spice racks. Well-stocked refrigerators hum contentedly in one corner.
It may look like just another kitchen, but this one is special: it’s the only commercial kitchen in Yolo County that is kept according to kashrut, the way of kosher eating.
Hillel House combines faith and community to serve as a “home away from home” for Jewish students, according to executive director Chani Oppenheim. And Oppenheim sees the kitchen as intrinsic to this mission.
“In our tradition, you can’t separate home from food,” she said. “If you’re a freshman, a little nervous, what are you looking for? A sense of home and safety. We give that to them.”
Some of the students at Hillel come from kosher homes, where kashrut is followed strictly. Others do not.
But at Hillel, Oppenheim said, “we keep the highest (kosher) standards. It’s a way of being inclusive.”
Hillel’s high standards mean that students from a variety of different traditions can eat together comfortably.
Kashrut comes from the Torah and the work of rabbinical scholars. In its most basic definition, kashrut defines the types of meat that may be eaten: beef and chicken is kosher when slaughtered according to kosher guidelines, while pork is never kosher.
Kashrut also dictates that dairy and meat are never stored, prepared, or served together.
This can prove a little difficult for kosher home cooks. Websites such as Chabad.org and jewfaq.org provide hints for home cooks, ranging from tips on purifying utensils between dairy and meat uses, to advice on storing dairy and meat in the same refrigerator.
But the Hillel kitchen was designed with kosher cooking in mind. There are two sinks, two countertops, and two separate refrigerators.
So at the Hillel kitchen, the student interns who select the week’s menu will choose to prepare either foods containing dairy or foods containing meat, not both.
Then the meals are prepared using Hillel’s color-coded dishes: red for meat, blue for dairy. The handles of pots and pans are marked with a strip of either blue or red tape. According to kosher guidelines, the same utensils are never used for both dairy and meat. Even the tablecloth on the center island is switched.
And because the kitchen was built with two sinks, one for dairy and one for meat, the sink not in use will be blocked off. Only the sink corresponding to that week’s choice—dairy or meat—will be used.
“We do that as a physical reminder so we don’t mix (dairy and meat cooking surfaces) at all,” said Oppenheim, who works with other members of the Hillel staff to ensure that all food prepared in the kosher kitchen meets their standards.
But the menus are student-designed and the cooking is student-led.
Intern Sammy Wilkin didn’t follow strict kosher guidelines growing up, she said. Cooking at Hillel meant learning to use a kosher kitchen for the first time.
But “it wasn’t that hard,” she said. “It’s very straightforward.”
Wilkin and fellow intern Ori Reches are responsible for organizing meals and services for the weekly Shabbat, a holy day of rest. Wilkin and Reches also coordinate holiday meals and events.
The Shabbat services at Hillel are student-led. Wilkin will often lead a service herself, or find another student to lead it. Afterward, the students gather for a kosher meal prepared in the kitchen.
This year, the interns had the idea to hold internationally-themed Shabbats, where the meal features dishes from another culture. So far, they’ve had Chinese, Russian, South African, Persian, Israeli, and Moroccan-themed Shabbats.
“Some parents (of Hillel students) want to come and share their heritage,” Reches said. “We see a lot of different heritages and cultures.”
The ethnic food is prepared by Hillel students or parents in the Hillel kitchen, following kosher procedures, because kosher isn’t a cuisine—it’s just a method of preparing food.
When not celebrating Shabbat with a certain theme, the students enjoy macaroni and cheese, lasagna, and other traditional comfort foods prepared in the kosher kitchen, Oppenheim said.
“Everything we do here, it’s to make them feel good about being here,” she said. “Food is a big part of our mission. … We fill the belly and we fill the heart.”
“I’ve met some of my best friends here,” Wilkin said. “I’m comfortable here. It is my second home.”

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Claire Lynch photo

By March 11, 2015

The Claire Lynch Band promises to bowl you over with its bluegrass, Americana and country sounds when it plays Thursday, March 12, at The Palms Playhouse in downtown Winters. Courtesy photo

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NEXTGEN BUDGET SAVE

By March 03, 2015

March 12

Gen Events

Independent Lifetime Sports controversy (Kellen)
Photos of author Yuyi Morales visiting Cesar Chavez
Birch Lane Love a Picture Book Month still going strong (with photos)

March 19
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College Column

March 26
NO NEXT GEN — SPRING BREAK

April 2
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By March 01, 2015

Catalytic converter thefts – trend is causing a little drama

Mike Moore

When they cut that part out
really loud because car noise bypasses muffler
Very loud, sounds like an airplane

The reason they sell it is the metals they use in the CC are worth a lot of money
Recycling for cash

Throughout the city, not isolated to one part
Since Feb 6, we’ve taken 5 catalystic converter cases
primarily targeting apt. complex parking lots
And toyotas continue to be the most commonly targeted
Pipe cutters, quiet, don’t need a ratchet

Often pick pickup trucks easier to get under

Tanya Perez

Blue & White Foundation

By February 27, 2015

Debbie Davis suggested we do an update on the Blue & White Foundation; things like how many members there are, how much money has been raised/disbursed? What major projects is the foundation aiming to do now that the stadium is finished?

The Blue and White Foundation was formed in 2002 to meet a large facility need that existed at Davis High School. Joining with the District and the community, we spearheaded the effort to rebuild the largest classroom in the district, the track and field and football stadium facility. This remains the Foundation’s most widely-recognized achievement.

With that said however, The Blue and White Foundation serves the entirety of Davis High, not just athletic programs. We have, in recent years, contributed tens of thousands of dollars to an extremely wide variety of DHS students and programs.

This includes funding of individual students via our Student Activity Grant program, in which a student may apply for funding to support curricular or extra-curricular activities during his or her high school years. The program’s first year alone, we helped one student to publish a book of his art, others to take summer school classes or obtain tutoring, and others to travel abroad (to work and study in such places as
Nicaragua and Tanzania!).

We have also made contributions to groups at DHS, including buying new computers for the music department (so they could actually run the composition software they already owned), helping the Madrigals go to the Vatican, the Chess Club to enter a regional tournament, los Latinos Unidos in support of a trip to the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, and to the Citrus Circuits robotics team to enter the World Championships.

We have learned just last week that the Blue and White Foundation will be facilitating a contribution from Schilling Robotics to the Citrus Circuits in the amount of $20,000.

In 2014, the DJUSD, in conjunction with the Blue and White Foundation, has created a unique opportunity for business owners or an individual to directly support present and future students and programs of Davis Senior High School by sponsoring an item inside the stadium. The sponsorship will be acknowledged in a very visible way. Sixty percent of your sponsorship will go directly to the student group of the sponsor’s choice, the other forty percent will be directed toward the managing, upkeep, and improvement of the Ron and Mary Brown Stadium.

Also in 2014 we held our 10th annual Blue and White Golf Tournament which raised over $5000.00 thanks to the sponsors, golfers, and raffle prize donation and the annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner September honoring Marcy Place Sheehan, Rachel Moore, Doug Arnold, Paul Ochs and Wanda Winton.

Dates to look forward to in 2015:

Blue and White Golf Tournament-FRIDAY, May 8, 2015
Nominations for Hall of Fame 2015 January 1st through March 31st
Blue and White Hall of Fame Induction Dinner-September 19, 2015
Student Activity Grant Program Applications Accepted September 1, 2015 through October 31, 2015

Feel free to email me your questions, once I have them we can set up a time to meet, sound good? Thanks!

Tanya Perez

By February 26, 2015

DAVIS MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY
607 Pena Drive #10
Davis, CA 95618
(530) 756-3682
email: [email protected]

http://www.dmtc.org

“DMTC’s Young Performers’ Theatre Announces Auditions for ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’”

(February 1, 2015, Davis, CA). Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers Theatre will be holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” a musical by Carol Weiss. Kendra Smith will direct this family musical featuring a zany, wisecracking Mirror who will only answer if spoken to in rhyme and a court full of funny and bubbling characters. With 14 lively songs, including a scary forest ballet, the production offers many roles for boys and girls of various ages.

Auditions will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 and Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 4:30pm and select call-backs on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 also at 4:30pm, at the Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Drive, Davis, CA,. Auditions require singing, acting and dancing at the director’s discretion, and auditioners should arrive with appropriate shoes, as well as sheet music of a song they are prepared to sing (please do not use a song from the show). A piano accompanist will be provided; no recorded music or a cappella singing, please.

Actors ages 7 through 17 may participate, as well as 18-year-old high school students or seniors who graduate this year. No experience is required, but selection is by audition. For those cast in the production, a $75 participation fee plus costuming costs are required, as well as 25 parent volunteer hours. Scholarships are available on a limited basis.

The general rehearsal schedule is 4:30 to 6:30 pm Monday through Thursday, beginning on Monday, March 16. Performances are: Sat, May 2, 2015-2:15pm; Sat, May 9, 2015-2:15pm; Sat, May 16, 2015-2:15pm; Fri, May 22, 2015-7:15pm; Sat, May 23, 2014-2:15pm; and Sun, May 24, 2015-2:15pm and include two school matinees on May 7, 2015 at 9am and noon.

For additional information, please visit dmtc.org or call (530) 756-3682.

Linda DuBois

By February 25, 2015

March 2015 LIVE MUSIC at Monticello Seasonal Cuisine
630 G Street, Davis, next to Davis Food Co-op

Sunday Brunch Music 11am – 1pm:
March 1: Sina Nejad, setar & tambur, traditional Iranian string
March 8 & 15: Bob Wren & Donna Wren, Irish, folk & classical

Tuesdays: Ricardo Rosales, classical bassoon, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Weekly wine tasting hosted by wine columnist “Wineaux” Susan Leonardi

Wednesdays: George Sheldon & Sandra Carter “Be Here Now”, 5:30 – 8:30pm

Thursdays: Charles Lang, pop & jazz piano bar, 5:30 – 8:30pm

Fridays: Bob Wren, violin & octave mandolin, 5:30 – 8;30pm
World music, Klezmer, jazz, Django Reinhardt, folk & Baroque

Friday, March 13: Bob Wren & Donna Wren, Irish, folk & classical, 5:30 – 8;30pm
Fiddles, octave mandolin, harp, concertina, Irish tenor banjo, guitar, piano & recorder

Saturdays (March 7, 21 & 28): Ken Kemmerling, piano jazz, 6:00 – 9:00pm
The Great American Songbook, jazz standards & requests

Saturday, March 14: Bob Wren & Donna Wren, Irish, folk & classical, 5:30 – 8;30pm
Fiddles, octave mandolin, harp, concertina, Irish tenor banjo, guitar, piano & recorder

For information:
(530) 792-8066
www.monticellocuisine.com

Linda DuBois

Avid 3/15

By February 26, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BAY AREA HISTORICAL FICTION AUTHOR PRESENTS SECOND “EMMA OF NORMANDY” NOVEL AT THE AVID READER MARCH 15
Historical fiction author Patricia Bracewell will read from the latest entry in her “Emma of Normandy” trilogy, “The Price of Blood” at The Avid Reader in downtown Davis at 617 2nd St. on March 15th at 2pm.
Readers first met Emma of Normandy in Patricia Bracewell’s gripping debut novel, “Shadow on the Crown.” Unwillingly thrust into marriage to England’s King Æthelred, Emma has given the king a son and heir, but theirs has never been a happy marriage. In “The Price of Blood,” Bracewell returns to 1006 when a beleaguered Æthelred, still haunted by his brother’s ghost, governs with an iron fist and a royal policy that embraces murder.
C.W. Gortner, author of “The Queen’s Vow,” says of Bracewell’s newest novel, “Her nuanced, heartrending portrait of Emma of Normandy brims with intrigue, courage, and sacrifice; vividly written…offers readers something different: a rarely explored era of dark superstitions.”
Patricia Bracewell is the author of “Shadow on the Crown” and “The Price of Blood,” books one and two of a trilogy about Emma of Normandy, who was a queen in England and a power behind the throne for nearly four decades.
Patricia grew up in California where she taught literature and composition before embarking upon her writing career. She holds an M.A. in English Literature and her historical research has taken her to Britain, France and Denmark. She has two grown sons, and she lives with her husband in Oakland, California and is currently at work on book three of the trilogy
The Avid Reader is a local independent bookseller offering new hardbacks and paperbacks, special orders at no charge, and complimentary wrapping. The Avid Reader hours are 10 am to 10pm Monday through Saturday, Sunday from Noon to 8pm. For more information, call (530) 758-4040.

Who: Patricia Bracewell
What: Author Event – Reading, Q&A, Discussion, and Signing
Where: The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., Davis, CA 95616
When: March 15, 2015 – 2:00 pm
Contact: Meredith Sweet, 530-759-1599, [email protected]

Enterprise staff

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Disrupting the college experience: Q&A with Stanford professors Mitchell Stevens and Michael Kirst

By February 18, 2015

By Brooke Donald
In an interview, the scholars talk about their new book urging policymakers and academia to rethink higher education.

In “Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education,” (link is external) co-editors Mitchell Stevens, associate professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education, and Michael Kirst, Stanford professor emeritus, argue that Americans need to rethink their understanding of learning after high school. The dream of the four-year residential campus is not a realizable one for many, they say, and “it may not even be a good idea.”

The book challenges policymakers and others to consider a different model for higher education. Maybe college isn’t a four- to six-year endeavor to be done in your early 20s; perhaps it’s something you move in and out of your whole life. Maybe it doesn’t even take place on a campus but through a series of online courses. And maybe you don’t always get a degree but a certificate, proving excellence in a particular craft.

Scholars from a range of disciplines contributed the essays that examine the history, economics, philosophy and politics surrounding higher education. The book trains particular focus on broad-access institutions – community colleges, for-profit colleges and comprehensive public universities. The editors point out that these schools educate the most people and have the biggest challenges yet have been relatively neglected by scholars and the general media.

“But they’re also some of the most innovative places,” Stevens says, making them the perfect sites for rethinking what college should be.

Below are excerpts from an interview with Kirst and Stevens about the book, published by Stanford University Press. The project was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Why does college need reimagining?

Mitchell Stevens talks about remaking college. (Video by Marc Franklin)
Stevens: A golden era of higher education is over. That’s the period from the mid-1940s to about 1990, in which there was massive government investment in colleges coupled with almost complete institutional autonomy. That’s no longer the case. Since 1990 we’ve experienced overall decline in government subsidy and higher costs, yet a growing demand for a college education. Inherited models aren’t sustainable as they are, so it’s necessary to come up with a new ways of providing, measuring and experiencing higher education.

Kirst: Just look at the funding. In California, for example, we give community colleges less per pupil than we do to high schools. And we have the least funding and resources at the institutions with the most needy students. We’ve stressed the four-year residential model and underinvested in community colleges, which are doing the lion’s share of the work.

But the ideal “college experience” is the four-year model, correct?

Stevens: No. First, there’s the exorbitant cost of residential delivery. There are also tepid learning gains by any direct measure. For some young people, four-year campuses can be dangerous in terms of substance abuse, depression and feelings of alienation. Also, some teenagers just aren’t ready or able to commit to that because of money or family obligations. So the notion that the four-year residential model is the best way, the default way to experience college, is a problem. It’s important that Americans embrace a much wider diversity of college forms.

Kirst: There is a problem – both in policy and in people’s minds – with how college has been framed in the national conversation. We talk about needing to prepare everyone for college, but “college” currently is a loaded word that comes with implicit timelines and delivery expectations. What we want is a conversation about making quality higher education available in a wide variety of formats over the course of entire lives.

You say there is very little research on higher education outside of the four-year model. Explain.

Stevens: The majority of social science research of the last 50 years was built around an implicit expectation that it’s best to go to college right after high school, enroll full time unencumbered by paid work, and complete a bachelor’s diploma promptly. If that didn’t happen the analyst presumed some sort of failure—either of the student or the system. What we’re suggesting is that that is a profoundly limited way of thinking about how people best move through the time and space of school.

As scholars, we’ve often held community colleges to standards of four-year completion and judged them on that basis, but community colleges are not designed like four-year institutions and are not built to serve the same kinds of needs. So why do we measure them by the same yardstick? The research agenda needs to change.

Part of the ambition of this project is to put more of the research capacity available at schools like Stanford in the service of improving community colleges and other broad-access schools.

Michael Kirst talks about remaking college. (Video by Marc Franklin)
Policymakers, too, you argue, aren’t looking at colleges in a comprehensive way.

Kirst: That’s the point of Chapter 8 – why has so much attention and heavy-handed reform been aimed at K-12 while higher education has received such a lighter touch? The answer is that higher education enjoys much stronger public trust. The average citizen thinks K-12 schools are really in trouble. There’s not a public sense that the problems of colleges are as deep as the book points out they are. And relatively few policymakers have even attended a community college or know one of them well, so those institutions are often invisible to influential decision makers.

How are broad-access institutions already being innovative and remaking higher education?

Stevens: They’re much savvier with technology, for one. They embraced the web as a legitimate vehicle for instructional delivery years before the elite research universities did. The for-profit sector, especially, was way ahead in this regard. They match the rhythm of adult lives. They have lots of evening course times. They offer easy parking. Those little things matter a lot to people with jobs and children and hectic schedules.

Kirst: They recognize, too, that increasingly employers aren’t just looking for degrees, they’re looking for what people can demonstrably do. These schools offer multiple forms of credentialing. And many people who go to community colleges or for-profit schools aren’t actually going for the degree. They may already have one. They’re going for additional skills. In the book we’re really making a plea for more public attention to these schools and recognition of the wide range of learning that can happen in them.

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Photo: Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif. (John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons)
This piece was published originally on the Stanford Graduate School of Education website.

I should add that Michael Kirst is the president of the State Board of Education. He was the primary architect of the new Local Control Funding Formula.

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From the mouths of guests

By February 17, 2015

By Rebecca Black

They are exciting. They are beautiful. They can be a huge headache, and not just for the couple and those helping them plan.

As an expert in etiquette, guests and attendants frequently have questions for me — or just flat out tell me how they feel about wedding related events, gifts, and expectations.

Here’s what I’m hearing. Use this information to avoid these hiccups and pitt falls at your ceremony.

Your wedding truths

Sasha from Davis tells me, “Couples don’t seem to acknowledge their guests. It costs so much to attend a wedding, and it seems that the couple is only interested in posing. It’s as if they don’t care if I’m there or not.

Liam from twitter is bothered by the “blind adherence to traditions that neither the groom nor bride really want.”

Walethia from twitter has a common complaint: They almost never start on time.

Sarah from Davis says her biggest issue is “the endless flow of wedding obligations — the pre-wedding parties, gifts, and expenses for attendants — like the dresses.” But she doesn’t stop there. “The food never seems to taste good or reflect the couple or their families. Plus, it is the same wedding over and over again. Boring,” she said.

Richard from Davis has a list of complaints, but this was his main beef: “There seems to be no end to the tributes, mostly to the bride, at rehearsal dinners. It’s super boring and just gets worse as the evening wears on, probably due to drinking,” he said.

Raquel from Davis brings up a great point: “Couples must notify their guests when it may be difficult to walk at the venue.” She attended a wedding where guests had to park on a hill, walk in gravel and thistles, and then sit in the sun during the wedding. Many of the guests were elderly.

Ted from Facebook says, “The biggest gripe I had at my own wedding was people who were disrespectful of our cultural or religious traditions. Ted and his wife were interrupted during their yichud — a private time for only the bride and groom.

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Automotive

Volvo’s entry car gets more power

By From page B3 | January 30, 2015

The Associated Press

With new, more powerful turbo engines, the 2015.5 Volvo S60 is a distinctive, European premium sedan that’s nimble, quick and has a surprisingly comfortable driver seat for 6-footers.

The new S60 with base turbo four cylinder also ranks among the top 10 non-hybrid, non-electric, gasoline-powered, compact and mid-size sedans in fuel economy this year. The federal government estimates fuel mileage at 25 miles per gallon in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway for a front-wheel drive S60 with base engine.

All 2015.5 front-wheel drive S60s come standard with energy-conserving brakes and an automatic start/stop mechanism that turns off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, say, at a stoplight, to save fuel. The engine automatically turns back on when the driver lets up on the brake pedal to get ready to go.

2015.5 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E

Base price: $33,950 for base T5 FWD; $35,450 for T5 AWD; $39,250 for T6 FWD.

Price as tested: $46,825.

Type: Front-engine, front-wheel drive, five-passenger, premium compact sedan.

Engine: 2-liter, double overhead cam, turbocharged and supercharged, direct injection, Drive-E, inline four cylinder.

Mileage: 24 mpg (city), 35 mpg (highway).

Length: 182.5 inches.

Wheelbase: 109.3 inches.

Curb weight: 3,472 pounds.

Built in: Belgium

Options: Platinum package (includes Harmon Kardon premium sound system, active dual Xenon headlights with washers, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with full automatic braking, pedestrian/cyclist detection, lane keeping aid, rear park assist camera, accent lighting) $3,750; blind spot information system $925; 19-inch diamond-cut wheels and sport chassis $900; metallic exterior paint $560; heated front seats $500

Destination charge: $940

Best of all, the S60 earned top, five out of five stars in government crash testing for the third year in a row.

The S60 is Volvo’s entry-level model, with the lowest starting retail price of any Volvo. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $34,890 for a base, 2015 front-wheel drive S60 T5 model with 240-horsepower, turbocharged four cylinder and eight-speed automatic transmission.

The lowest starting retail price for a 2015 S60 with all-wheel drive is $36,390. The lowest starting retail price for a 2015 S60 with uplevel, 302-horsepower, turbocharged and supercharged four cylinder is $40,190. This is a front-wheel drive model with eight-speed automatic.

Competitors include other premium sedans such as the rear-wheel drive, 2015 BMW 320i, which has a starting MSRP, including destination charge, of $33,900 with 180-horsepower, turbo four cylinder and eight-speed automatic. But a 2015 BMW 328i with a turbo four cylinder that has the same 240 horses as the base Volvo S60 is much more — $39,000.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan with 241-horsepower, turbocharged four cylinder and seven-speed automatic transmission has a starting retail price of $39,325.

The S60 also undercuts any Lexus sedan, including the entry-priced 2015 Lexus IS 250, which has a starting retail price of $37,475 for a rear-wheel drive model with 204-horsepower V-6. Note, however, that the base IS comes standard with more features, including a power moonroof.

The S60 was the only Volvo car or sport utility to record a sales increase for calendar 2014 in the . S60 sales totaled 25,447, up nearly 10 percent from a year earlier.

It’s easy to see why.

At 15.2 feet from bumper to bumper, the S60 is the same length as a BMW 3-Series, so it’s compactly sized.

But the S60 is a couple inches taller, which results in a surprising amount of headroom — 39.3 inches when there is no sunroof installed.

Front-seat legroom in the S60 is 41.9 inches, and long seat track and seat height ranges as well as eminently accommodating, standard telescoping steering wheel mean many sizes of driver can find comfortable seating.

The front seats also have substantial support in the seat cushion, back and, of course, in those generously sized and close-to-the-head Volvo head restraints. As a result, driving the test S60 was fatigue-free.

The two new powertrains for the mid-2015 model year — hence, the 2015.5 label — are big news.

Both are 2-liter, turbocharged and direct injected four cylinders. But the power generated is impressive and similar to what a six cylinder might produce. The base 2-liter’s 240 horsepower, for example, compares with the 204 generated by the V-6 in the base, 2015 Lexus IS 250.

This engine also develops peak torque of 258 foot-pounds starting at a low 1,600 rpm. Indeed, Volvo reports a 0-to-60-miles-an-hour time of just 6 seconds for the S60 with this base engine.

Note the 2-liter, turbo four cylinder that’s in the base, 2015 C300 produces peak torque of 273 foot-pounds at 1,300 rpm.

Volvo’s uplevel engine — a 2-liter, turbocharged four cylinder that’s supercharged, too — is even more powerful with 302 horses and 295 foot-pounds of torque at 2,100 rpm. Volvo puts the 0-to-60-mph time for this one at 5.6 seconds.

With this engine, the test car would, after just a bit of turbo lag, zoom strongly forward as the turbo power kicked in. In fact, the car regularly got up to 50 mph without the driver noticing.

Maybe it was the aggressive driving or the majority of city travel, but the test S60 only averaged 21 mpg, rather than the 28-mpg average that the federal government computed from its tests.

Volvo’s press materials state both S60 turbos use regular unleaded gas, but the test car’s fuel cap specified premium.

With today’s lower fuel prices, this translated into a nearly 375-mile travel range on a single tank of premium costing less than $44.

The back seat of the S60 feels smaller than that in many other family sedans. Legroom back there is measured at just 33.5 inches, which is about what’s in the back seat of a Toyota Yaris hatchback.

Trunk space in the S60 totals 12 cubic feet, but nearly all the space is under the rear window shelf and the trunk opening is small. Even in the test car that had a $46,000-plus price tag, there was not a power trunk lid.

The S60 exterior is not visually distinctive; some passersby thought it was a Ford Fusion.

The tester, with sport chassis, had a busy, quite firm ride, and wind noise from the side windows arose at 65 mph.

With Volvo’s history as a safety leader, it was disappointing to see that a rearview camera is not standard equipment.

 

Ann M. Job

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HI: Fences make good neighbors and add interest to landscape

By June 20, 2014

Tawny Maya McCray
Creators.com

There are many reasons to put fences up in your yard. They allow you to enjoy your outdoor areas and often are used to provide a sense of privacy or security or to enclose pets and small children. And although there are a number of options, styles and materials to choose from when erecting a fence, some materials work better than others, depending on where you live.
Maria Prior, trade show manager for the American Fence Association, says that in places where the weather changes dramatically with the seasons, cedar wood or chain-link fences are typical. “You’re dealing with the fence post expanding and constricting because of the cold and hot weather,” Prior says.
In places where there is water and sea salt, Prior says common fence materials are vinyl, aluminum and ornamental iron.
She says glass fences, a new trend in fencing, are also popping up. “It’s very pretty, so a lot of places that have marinas (are) going with glass panel fencing to give it that aesthetic look,” Prior says.
Desert conditions lend themselves well to composite, vinyl, ornamental iron or aluminum fencing, Prior says.
She adds that just because certain materials lend themselves to certain regions doesn’t mean people can’t choose the exact fence they want. “Look at the different styles and the different options that are available to you, and most importantly, ask for a sample of what it is that you’re going to be getting,” she says.
Some fence materials, such as vinyl, can be used just about anywhere. “(Vinyl is) good for all weather. That’s what’s good about the fence,” says Monica Schraidt, a sales representative for USA Vinyl. “You don’t have to ever replace it. Once you put it up, it’s there to stay.”
Schraidt says USA Vinyl manufactures its vinyl with titanium dioxide, which acts like a sun blocker. “It doesn’t fade. It’s not going to get that yellowish color that other kinds of fencing will get from the sun,” she says.
Schraidt adds that there is also little maintenance required on vinyl fencing. She says people can opt to power-wash it once a year to keep it looking nice.
When it comes to choosing a fence installer, Prior says you should check to see whether a company is licensed, insured and bonded. Go for somebody who is affiliated with an association. “Those people are the best in the industry,” she says. “You can rely on them to follow some code of ethics.” And most importantly, she says, check references. “That way, you can weed out and find out: If something wasn’t done correctly or to their satisfaction, how did that fence contractor correct the problem?” Prior says. Lastly, if a fence contractor can’t provide at least three references for you to check, it’s best to eliminate it from the running.

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Features

Wedding pages: Etiquette 101–Wedding Gripes!

By February 17, 2015

By Rebecca Black

To say that weddings have become more than just uniting two people is an understatement.  Weddings are big business these days.  Because of this, the simple ceremony where two people and their families gather to join in marriage has become this mammoth event with a life of its own.  So, many times and for many people, weddings have become a huge headache, with unrealistic expectations, debt, and hurt feelings all around.  And, for what, to have the “perfect” wedding (whatever that is), to pretend to be a princess for a day, or to just please mothers who want to be that perfect little princess vicariously through their daughters?  It can be exhausting.

And, how do guests and attendants feel about the current wedding climate?  How do they feel about the endless wedding related events, gifts, and expectations?  What are their gripes and feelings about the all important day to play dress-up, better known as the wedding.   It may sound as if I’m completely against grandiose weddings, but I’m not.  Really.  I feel that people should have what they want if it doesn’t hurt or offend anyone.  For the most part, I’m simply an observer.  I observe human interaction and try to understand it.   Some of the wedding craze, the event-of-the-century type of wedding expectation is difficult to fit into my aging brain.  Does anyone do simple any more (smile).

So, this is what you’ve told me.  Oh!  Thank you, by the way.

Your Wedding Gripes

Sasha, a young mother in Davis: Couples don’t seem to acknowledge guests any more.  It costs so much to attend a wedding, and it seems that the couple is only interested in posing.  It’s as if they could care less if I’m there or not.

Liam from Twitter: priced over the value and there is blind adherence to traditions that neither the groom nor bride really want.

Walethia from Twitter: They most never start on time.

Yasmine from Twitter: My biggest gripes are venues and vendors who try to take advantage, especially those who are blatant about it. I only work with those who don’t!

Sarah, a caterer from Davis:  The biggest issue is the endless flow of wedding obligations and mandates, the prewedding parties, gifts, and expenses for attendants, like the dresses. The food never seems to taste good or reflect the couple or their families.  Plus, it is the same wedding over and over again–boring.

Richard, a coffee buddy, from Davis had a list of complaints:  there seems to be no end to the tributes, mostly to the bride, at rehearsal dinners.  Super boring and gets worse as the evening wears on probably due to drinking.  Guests don’t  RSVP to the wedding.   Younger people should solicit help from parents or aunts and uncles about who to invite and who not to.  That said, parents need to remember that it is not their wedding.  And, the biggie of all wedding gripes  is the cake cutting ceremony where the bride and groom stuffs cake into each other’s mouth. This is so tacky but almost universally the practice.

Ashley, a young bride and professional baker: the cutting fee at venues!  I have to a pay per person charge if I bring in a cake I create.  Jeez.

Raquel from a local Market: Couples who don’t notify their guests when it may be difficult to walk at the venue.  She attended a wedding where guests had to park on a hill, walk in gravel and thistles, and then sit on a hill in the sun during the wedding.  Many of the guests were elderly.

Ted from Facebook: The biggest gripe I had in regard to my wedding is people who are disrespectful to certain cultural or religious traditions (or really, any tradition that might be of import to the bride and groom).   Ted and his wife were interrupted during their Yichud–very impolite.

Most suggested that wishing wells, card boxes, and the money dance, unless part of the culture of the family, are all above and beyond tacky and greedy.  And, pressuring friends and family to attend a destination wedding when it is expensive to do so is also widely mentioned.

In conclusion, let’s please remember, always, that when we invite, we host.  Our wedding guests are simply that, our guests.  They deserve to be treated as special.  For example, when we invite single young men, we should remember that they typically have very healthy appetites so we would plan to serve healthy portions.  We also shouldn’t expect our older, more fragile guests, to stand or to walk through uneven areas for the wedding.   They deserve better.

TAGLINE FOR REBECCA BLACK

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The place where food grows on water

By January 14, 2015

The Butterfly Effects……
“The Place Where Food Grows on Water”

“I don’t know what to say about it,
When all your ears have turned away,
But now’s the time to look and look again at what you see,
Is that the way it ought to stay?”
”That’s the Way” by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

By Debra Chase
A chill wind hits his face. Forging ahead in his canoe he travels the way his ancestors came before him, long pole in hand he pulls the rice stalks over into the canoe and with the pole hits the rice until he can see the fine grains fall into the bottom of the canoe. Looking around him he sees his brothers and sisters in their canoes doing as he has done, as his ancestors have done for many hundreds of years. Soon the harvest will be complete and the ancient ceremony of thanksgiving can begin.

It is said, over one thousand years ago the Anishinaabe People traveled from their home on the west coast of Turtle Island (North America) to the “place where food grows on water”. The great lakes region became their home and the native wild rice became more than just their food. It is used in their daily lives, ceremonies, and feasts of thanksgiving. The native peoples of America new the benefits of the rice, the cycle of life that the rice grass supported. The ecological importance of this native grass goes beyond providing habitat for a myriad of species; it is the power of water, patience and ultimately, oneness.

A warmer planet may mean less rice for the native peoples of the great lake region and ultimately for the rest of the world. It is showing us that what we do here and there affects the lives of the people there and here. It is reminding us of the great responsibility we have as individuals, as a community, as a people, to care for our great Mother Earth.

Before you go to bed tonight, take about ½ cup of wild rice, and place it in a large mason jar with 4 cups of water. Cover it with a sprouters’ lid or piece of cheesecloth held with a rubber band and let it sit overnight. Next morning, drain off the water into your potted plants or garden. Add clean water to the rice, cover, and let sit all day in a cool spot on your kitchen counter. In the morning and evening drain, rinse and add fresh water again. Do this for two to three more days. Every day as the rice soaks up the water you will watch the process of “blooming”, the rice will open its “petals” and a beautiful pale center will be exposed. After the petals have bloomed drain and rinse one last time. Notice throughout this process how much water you had to use to sprout this small amount of rice. Now think of the vast fields of rice grown here in America and around the world and the amount of water needed for those fields of rice to sprout and grow.

Place the rice in your most beautiful bowl add a dash of olive oil a little apple cider vinegar mixed with some raw honey a diced apple and some thin slices of red onion. Make it your own by adding grated ginger, garlic or chopped fresh herbs. As you enjoy your rice petal salad, reflect on the many generations that have come before you that preserved the rice and kept it safe for you to enjoy today and for many more years to come.

Should a butterfly flap its wings
The wind of worlds will swim and sing

BIO Short-
Debra Chase is a self-taught traditional chef with over three decades of professional experience. Originally from Tennessee she shares her culinary heritage, traditions and devotion to the planet through cooking classes and demonstrations. Once honored by the California State Legislature as a “Woman Dedicated to Saving the Planet” she weaves environmentalism and vegetarianism in a gentle fashion to assist individuals and families to be more mindful of the way their food choices affect the planet. She currently resides in Colusa County on a small farm.
Comments to be sent to [email protected]

Photo Credits
Colusa County Rice Field Full and Fallow by Debra Chase
Women Harvesting – By S. Eastman [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Stop creating terrorism

By January 11, 2015

Dear Editor:
Please consider this timely perspective (below and attached) from the emerging discipline of Conflict Transformation by a rising young scholar, Dr. Patrick Hiller. He uses the research and analysis that suggest game-changing adaptations to our tragic cycle of violence. Kindly let me know if you choose to use it. For PeaceVoice, thank you,
Tom Hastings
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Fight terror again, and again, and again. Or end it by refusing to participate in its creation.

By Patrick T. Hiller

800 words

The cycle of violence. When will it be interrupted? The attack on Charlie Hebdo was another incident of “Terror in [fill in the blank]… attackers part of [fill in name of terror network]”. It was an incident of home-grown terror, since the attackers were French-born second-generation immigrants. It is time to shift away from ineffective, reactive tactics and strategies of dealing with this kind of terror toward conflict transformation, by transforming the structures leading to terrorism.

Let’s be clear. The assassins in Paris did not avenge the Prophet and their horrific violence cannot be reconciled with Islam. They were not noble, holy warriors, they were violent criminals. They killed 12 people and in addition to those lives, the lives of their families were destroyed. Their attacks opened space for further destructive cycles of conflict, support for security crackdowns, and virtually endless military campaigns as we still are seeing in the post 9/11/01 global war on terror. If we continue on this path we “condemn the global community to ongoing terror”, as political scientist Lindsay Heger argues in her piece Redrawing our Strategy on Terror.

Here’s the usual:

At the height of conflict several things take place. First, we tend to see generalizations as we hear in the “clash of civilizations”, “us versus them”, or the “battle between Islam and freedom of speech.” Second, there is stereotyping, as we can see in the generalizations and assumptions about all members of a group. In this case a group as large and diverse as the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. Third, there are knee-jerk reactions like calls for “collective detention” or “nuke them” by many so-called internet trolls. These often come with dehumanization of the other group. Fourth, tit-for-tat tactics are used as we can see in the attacks on Mosques in France. Fifth, the issues are changed deliberatively as we can see in US mainstream media commentators using the attack to promote torture or criticize New York City’s Mayor de Blasio’s politics. Sixth, emotions are exploited, fear is installed, and drastic measures are advocated as we see in far-right National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen’s call for a referendum on reinstating the death penalty. All these are destructive, but very commonly used approaches of dealing with conflict. All these are ways of us participating in the cycle of continuing terror.

Here are some immediate better ways:

First and foremost, national and international law enforcement and judicial processes for individuals and groups involved in acts of terror.

Second, a call for unity from the international community, political, cultural and religious leaders condemning all forms of violent extremism.

Third, a societal response of answering hatred with love and compassion, as we have seen in Norway’s dignified response to the mass murder by islamophobic Anders Breivik.

Here are some long-term responses addressing broader, structural changes:

First, terrorism is a political problem. The colonial history and the current violent western presence in the Middle East as well as the arbitrary support for some dictators are key to providing terrorists with a support base without which they would not be able to operate and even exist. As we see this support base now goes far beyond the Middle East and has reached the suburbs of Paris and inspires other unconnected lone-wolf terrorists. Lindsay Heger argues correctly that we need to create creative governance solutions aimed at de-linking terrorists from societies. This applies just as much to groups like Boko Haram in Nigeria as it applies to the Muslim immigrant population in France.

Second, terrorism is a social problem. The gunmen were French-born descendants of Algerian immigrants. It is nothing new that there are tensions between the predominantly white, Christian, French society and mainly Muslim first and second generation immigrant populations of African origin. The majority of immigrants belong to the economic lower class of society. Poverty, unemployment and crime are common issues the young, male immigrants are facing.

Third, terrorism is a cultural problem. Muslim immigrant populations in Europe need to be able to freely develop and express their sense of self and sense of belonging. The politics of integration must allow for diversity and co-existence without imposed assimilation and inequality.

Some might argue that these suggestions have flaws, that they are not perfect, that they will never work, and so on. Yes, they have flaws, they are not perfect, and sometimes we do not know the outcome. What we know for sure is that more militarized security, sacrificing our rights, and more military campaigns makes us participants in terror. And they definitely do not work unless our intent is to recruit more terrorists.

Terrorists will be part of us as long as we don’t address the root causes and as long as we participate in it. Terror ends when we stop creating terrorists and when we stop participating in it.

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Patrick. T. Hiller, Ph.D., Hood River, OR, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is a Conflict Transformation scholar, professor, on the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association, and Director of the War Prevention Initiative of the Jubitz Family Foundation.

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Universal Studios photos

By January 06, 2015

Orendor 1: The Water World heronie/stuntwoman uses a zipline to escape a villian, who took a 30-foot fall into the water below. The stunt show features water stunts and explosions. Kim Orendor/Courtesy photo

Orendor 2: The calm outpost of the Water World stunt show explodes with numerous pyrotechnics during its finale. Kim Orendor/Courtesy photo

Orendor 3: Guests emerge from the dark after an 80-foot final drop on the Jurassic Park water ride. Kim Orendor/Courtesy photo

Orendor 4: Kim Orendor, Shea Nairn, Aurora Aisenbrey and Jen Graves poise in front of the iconic Universal Studios globe at the theme park’s entrance. Kim Orendor/Courtesy photo

Orendor 5: A beagle shows off his training by leaping an audience volunteer during the Animal Actors show. Kim Orendor/Courtesy photo

Orendor 6: The Studio Tour tram takes guests behind the scenes of movie making, including how to make a flash flood during a drought. Kim Orendor/Courtesy photo

Orendor 7: The Studio Tour tram goes underground and experiences a major earthquake that blows up a gas truck, derails a metro and floods the tunnel. Thanks to quick thinking the tram escapes unharmed. Kim Orendor/Courtesy photo

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Universal sidebar

By January 06, 2015

By Kim Orendor
Special to The Enterprise
UNIVERSAL CITY – There are few things worse than standing in line at a theme park, with the exception of seeing others zoom passed you in separate queue.
First thoughts are “What line did they get in?” and “Are they famous?” Followed by “They don’t look famous” and “How do I get in that line?”
Been there, thought that.
But no longer. When I attended Universal Studios Hollywood with three friends on a “not too busy Saturday,” according to a park employee, we were issued Front of the Line Passes ($149/person), which includes one-day park admission.
The pass turned us into rock stars for the day. OK, not really, but we – and a few hundred others – were ushered to reserved seats at shows and were guided to the, well, the front of the line.
“If possible, get a front-of-the-line pass,” said Shea Nairn, who was on his third visit to the park. “It’s only a little more expensive than the regular day pass, but it allows you to save a lot time waiting in line, allowing you to get through everything in the park well before they close.”
The posted wait time for Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and The Simpsons Ride was 15 minutes. We walked right up to the turnstile. Transformers: The Ride-3D and Jurassic Park–The Ride both had a 25-minute wait. Again straight to the front. There was a posted 30-minute wait for Revenge of the Mummy–The Ride. We passed a snaking line of guests and were shown directly to our car.
We saved the Studio Tour for last. At approximately 4:30 p.m., the line for the tram ride – which also features King Kong 360 3-D – was an hour. Once again, we flashed our passes and were shown to a separate line. In slightly more than five minutes, we had our 3-D glasses and were sitting on the tram.
“The front-of-line pass is huge, enabling you to see every ride and show and still have time for a nice lunch at City Walk and do some shopping,” said first-time visitor Aurora Aisenbrey. “It was so much more enjoyable, without rushing around or waiting for an hour in line.”
In addition, the passes allow for special behind-the-scenes sessions for the Water World stunt show, Animal Actors performance and Special Effects show. The special shows are marked with, appropriately, a star.
There is a catch. The pass is good for just one front-of-line trip per ride. Guests may ride Transformers multiple times but may only use the special access pass once – it’s scanned when entering the line.
The bigger catch is it doesn’t work outside of the park. No matter how many time I flashed it at the grocery store, no one opened a new check-out stand.

Kim Orendor

Local News

Universal Studios

By January 06, 2015

Lights, camera, action
What: Universal Studios Hollywood
Where: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
Tickets: http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/

By Kim Orendor
Special to The Enterprise

UNIVERSAL CITY – Universal Studios Hollywood is to family vacations what Baby Bear’s bed was to Goldilocks: just right.

The theme park has a mix of high-intensity thrill rides and family-friendly attractions. There are also various film-industry themed shows throughout the day that allow visitors to set their own pace.

The Los Angeles area has its fill of theme parks but Universal Studios Hollywood is the one that pulls back the curtain and allows guests to peek into the world of film and television. The park highlights stunts, special effects and animal training, along with its famous tram tour that meanders through soundstages and the back lot.

Universal Studios Hollywood does a great job of designing rides and shows around films that appeal to most generations. There’s “Transformers,” “Revenge of the Mummy,” “Jurassic Park,” “Despicable Me” and “The Simpsons.”

The chance to become part of the movie experience is what draws many people to Universal Studios Hollywood. Where else can a person help the Autobots save the world from the Decepticons and get a “well done” from Optimus Prime? Or plunge down an 80-foot waterfall in a “raft” while fleeing dinosaurs on the rampage?

“My favorite ride was Jurassic Park,” said Aurora Aisenbrey, who was visiting the park for the first time. “It is the perfect movie to make into a ride because the movie itself is about an amusement park. You really feel drawn into the story right off the bat, plus there are some awesome roller-coaster drops and dinosaurs on the loose.”

First-time visitor Jen Graves was eager to ride “Despicable Me” Minion Mayhem, where guests are (spoiler alert) transformed into minions for a time.

“I love the little minions they are so adorable,” Graves said. “Yes, it was a lot fun to become a minion. I also liked that they had minions walking around and if you wanted you can wait in line and take a picture with them.”

Since opening 50 years ago, the park has undergone many changes, including a major expansion in 1991 that created a lower lot. The next big steps are Springfield (spring 2015), which takes guests into the land of the Simpsons; Fast & Furious—Supercharged (summer 2015), a hydraulic-motion ride that will take guests inside the world of underground car racing; and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (2016), an “immersive land” for the whole family to explore.

Currently the lower lot houses the Transformer, Mummy and Jurassic Park rides, along with the NBCUniversal Experience that features props, wardrobe and more from various Universal productions. There is also a play area for children.

The Revenge of the Mummy (an indoor roller-coaster), Jurassic Park (a high-intensity water ride) and Transformers (part roller-coaster, part flight simulator, all awesome) rides all come with height restrictions and may not be suitable for children who actually are tall enough.

Universal Studios slick solution for families is the Child Switch area (no, you are not able to trade with other families). The Child Switch area near a ride exit allows one member of the group to stay with the child while the others members ride, then they switch places so the other adult may ride. In the upper lot, Despicable Me and The Simpsons offer the same option.

The park’s shows, Super Silly Fun Land (a water play area for children) and Studio Tour tram are all accessible in the upper lot. Show schedules are available at the main gate and LED signs are throughout the park reminding guests of show times and wait times for rides.

Shows include Water World stunt show, the Special Effects Stage and Universal’s Animal Actors. (Shrek was closed the day of our tour.) Shows run from 10:30 a.m. to 8:10 p.m.

The stunt show runs 20 minutes and features high-flying acrobatics, explosions and lots and lots of water. The special effects show is a 25-minute behind-the-scenes look into various “tricks” of the trade.

The animal training show runs 20 minutes and generates lots of “ooohs” and “awwws.” (Note: The show’s finale features animals moving at a high rate of speed over the audience. If any members of your party are easily startled, sit to the middle or back of the amphitheater.)

“I enjoyed the animal show because I’m an animal lover,” said Shea Nairn, who last visited the park 10 years ago. “I think it’s amazing that they can train so many types of animals, including pigs, birds, and even cats. I always thought cats were too stubborn to be trained. I (also) enjoyed seeing owls in person, closer than I’ve ever seen them in nature.”

While the park has added and removed attraction over the years, the tram ride is still there. However, it has had some overhauls and changes as well. It no longer drives through parted waters or nearly falls off a collapsing bridge or tangles with a giant yeti.

The current tram ride features a traditional guide and added video clips with Jimmy Fallon. Riders experience a major earthquake, an epic 3-D battle between King Kong and a couple Tyrannosaurus-rexes, a near munching by “Bruce” in Amityville, a flash flood, a harrowing chase by Norman Bates, and more, all while weaving through sound stages and back-lot neighborhoods.

“I enjoyed the tram ride because I like seeing behind-the-scenes sets and activities,” said Nairn, an instructor at Cal State Long Beach. “For instance, I watch ‘About a Boy’ and we were able to see the actual set that’s used in the backyard scenes. I also enjoy watching ‘Parenthood,’ and we were able to drive past the sound stage where the show is filmed.”

Aisenbrey had a similar reaction: “I was looking forward to the studio tour, and it was one of my favorite attractions. It’s always interesting to see some of what goes on behind the scenes. We even saw sets for some of our favorite shows that are airing right now.”

The park is easy to navigate with directional signs and staff strategically located at walking intersections. There are several places to eat inside the park or guests may exit the park (make sure to get a re-entry stamp) and explore Universal City Walk, which has shops and restaurants.

After successfully navigating the park on her first visit, what advice would Graves give to others?

“Be prepared to have lots of fun,” the Southern California transplant said. “Make sure to get to the shows early so you can get a good seat, and make sure you leave time for the (tram) tour and City Walk.”

Follow that advice, and your day should be “just right.”

Kim Orendor

Local News

End of year copy

By December 30, 2014

WATER RATES

The City Council capped off a few years of acrimonious debate in September about a new water system and how to pay for it, by approving new water rates.

The council approved the results of a Proposition 218 protest public hearing for new water rates with only 35 protests registered out of 16,650 possible. The new rates — which went into effect in October — favor a month-by-month reading of water use, with 87 percent of the monthly charge tied to how much water a customer uses. The remainder is a fixed rate that doesn’t change from month to month.

Davis’ share of the $228 million surface water project — which will siphon water from the Sacramento River, treat it and pipe it to Woodland, Davis and UC Davis — was $106 million. The city figures to save about $11 million off that total as a result of UC Davis joining the project, along with another $36.5 million over 30 years as a result of a low-interest state loan for the water project.

The interest rate that likely will translate into lower per-month water costs for Davis water users. The city also has a pending application for an additional $35 million loan that could bring the total savings for ratepayers to about $51.5 million over 30 years.

FIFTH STREET

City workers put most of the final touches on the so-called “road diet” on Fifth Street, the culmination of perhaps 11-18 years of debate, narrowing four vehicle lanes to one in each direction and adding bike lanes with green coloring. A significant portion of the community predicted a traffic disaster that for the most part never materialized, even when UC Davis students came back to classes in the fall.

Bike advocates crunched police data on collisions along the stretch, showing it was one of the worst places in town for bicyclists to move along. The data convinced skeptical city leaders of yore that the changes were needed for safety purposes, and that motor traffic times would not be much affected by the change. It took years for federal grants to propel the work for the $1.57 million project.

In the end, safety won out over concerns about increased traffic. The city did some post-implementation tweaking with the timing of traffic signals and plans to add striping to better inform motorists coming into the stretch that it narrows.

Road etiquette was a major concern for many in town, although the rules of the road dealing with bike lanes hadn’t changed. Many people openly questioned the wisdom of conflict zones where motorists would have to turn right into the path of bicyclists, even though that’s what’s normally done for bike lanes. Green coloring of the bike lanes seemed to throw many off.

MRAP

The majority of the Davis City Council voted in late October on a process to send the former Davis mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle back to the federal government’s military surplus program to do with as they saw fit.

The council also wanted to begin a conversation about buying a civilian armored vehicle that would look less ready to battle Taliban insurgents and more ready to combat local crime.

The Woodland City Council, on the other hand, voted to acquire the vehicle on Nov. 18, to be used in “live fire” incidents. It took Davis police three years to acquire the vehicle after requesting it. An MRAP in West Sacramento is still tied to the Davis SWAT team.

 INNOVATION CENTERS

The city received a formal proposal in October for the Mace Innovation Center from Ramco Enterprises, the Buzz Oates Group of Companies and Barbara Bruner for 229 acres of land at Mace Boulevard and Interstate 80, just north and east of Ikeda’s produce stand.

The proposal would create 1.5 million square feet of space for innovation businesses, not including 884,000 square feet for manufacturing, 160,000 square feet of hotel space and 100,000 square feet of retail establishments like restaurants. A proposal for the Davis Innovation Center followed later in October. The Davis Innovation Center is proposed by Hines and SKK Developments for a T-shaped 207-acre site abutting Sutter Davis Hospital in West Davis.

The two large projects would seek to accommodate both expanding tech businesses like Shilling Robotics and smaller operations, while injecting millions in desperately-needed tax revenue to city coffers.

 

 

 

Dave Ryan

Columns

Criminal Injustice

By December 13, 2014

Although our criminal justice system gets many cases right, serious racial bias in in our criminal justice system has been repeatedly documented. The Sentencing Project’s 2013 report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee cites many studies showing that people of color are more likely than whites to be arrested, convicted, and severely sentenced. These disparities are not attributable solely to differences in crime rates, offense severity, or criminal history. For example, from 1980 to 2010 drug arrest rates for black youth were double that of white youth despite studies showing that drug use among black and white youth was similar. Recent Department of Justice data show that among police stops, black drivers are three times more likely to be searched and twice as likely to experience the use or threat of violent force by police than white drivers. Among homicide convictions, black defendants are much more likely to receive the death penalty than white defendants even when controlling for the severity of the case. The Sentencing Project report states, “If current trends continue, one of every three black American males born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime, as can one of every six Latino males – compared to one of every seventeen white males.”

While the Civil Rights Movement made significant strides in terms of racial equality and justice, some have argued mass incarceration of non-whites during recent decades has significantly reversed this progress. The US incarcerates more of its ethnic minorities than any other county in the world – even higher than apartheid-era South Africa. These realities should help us understand the great mistrust that people of color have toward law enforcement and the criminal justice system. This distrust, of course, has deep historical roots. Within three years of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Ku Klux Klan began lynching blacks in South. For decades, African Americans implored the federal government to outlaw and stop lynchings, but no anti-lynching legislation has ever outlawed these barbaric crimes. Indeed, law enforcement officers often stood by and did nothing to stop lynchings; some even participated. In light of this history, we can understand the public outcry against the grand jury decisions in the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner –unarmed black men killed by white police officers.

Then the specifics of the cases cause more outrage. Robert McCulloch, the Ferguson prosecutor, should have recused himself given that his father, a police officer, was killed by a black man. Furthermore, the prosecutor conducted the grand jury in such an unconventional way that the real truth will probably never be known. Grand juries have job of deciding if there is enough evidence, or “probable cause,” to indict a criminal suspect. Normally the criminal suspect (in this case, Officer Wilson) is not questioned during the proceedings. In this case, McCulloch not only questioned Wilson but provided him with extensive time to defend himself. He also cross-examined witnesses with an intensity that Wilson was spared. In the case of Eric Garner, this unarmed black man was aggressively restrained by a police officer for the minor crime of selling loose cigarettes without paying taxes to do so. There is no plausible justification for the use of such extreme force in this instance.

What can be done to address persistent racial injustice and inequality in U.S. society? To begin with, we should more seriously investigate cases in which police officers kill civilians. The Sacramento Bee convincingly argues that grand jury prosecutors should come from different geographic regions than police officer defendants to avoid bias stemming from ties to local law enforcement. We also need to systematically collect data on civilians killed by law enforcement officers. This information could help assess the presence of racial bias in such deaths (and their judicial outcomes) and also track changes in these statistics that might occur as a result of interventions to reduce racial bias. The Department of Justice took a positive stop this year by announcing plans to collect data on stops, searches, and arrests by race in five U.S. cities in an effort to measure and reduce racial profiling. More cities should be included in such efforts.

Many have argued that strained relationships between law enforcement and the communities of color that they serve are a major cause of incidents like the one in Ferguson. We should support efforts to create more positive interactions between police and the community. The Summer Night Lights program in South Sacramento is an excellent example. During summer evenings last year, community members were invited to play sports, dance, create art, and eat free food in a safe community setting where police officers participated in the fun and showed they care. I have been told that crime rates dropped significantly last summer in South Sacramento, as they have in other California communities with similar programs.

I am Latina but am often mistaken for non-Hispanic white, so I will never know how it feels to be targeted by law enforcement. I will never have to tell my children that they have a high likelihood of being blamed for a crime they never committed like Dr. Murray Garcia has had to do (Davis Enterprise 11/30/14, Parallel Play and Race in America). If we can effectively address the racial bias in our criminal justice system, then maybe someday no one will have to communicate such a heart-breaking message of injustice to their child.

Lisa Baumeister

Davis

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The vanishing male worker: How America fell behind

By December 14, 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Frank Walsh still pays dues to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, but more than four years have passed since his name was called at the union hall where the few available jobs are distributed. Mr. Walsh, his wife and two children live on her part-time income and a small inheritance from his mother, which is running out.

Sitting in the food court at a mall near his Maryland home, he sees that some of the restaurants are hiring. He says he can’t wait much longer to find a job. But he’s not ready yet.

“I’d work for them, but they’re only willing to pay $10 an hour,” he said, pointing at a Chick-fil-A that probably pays most of its workers less than that. “I’m 49 with two kids — $10 just isn’t going to cut it.”

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Working, in America, is in decline. The share of prime-age men — those 25 to 54 years old — who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s, to 16 percent. More recently, since the turn of the century, the share of women without paying jobs has been rising, too. The United States, which had one of the highest employment rates among developed nations as recently as 2000, has fallen toward the bottom of the list.

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As the economy slowly recovers from the Great Recession, many of those men and women are eager to find work and willing to make large sacrifices to do so. Many others, however, are choosing not to work, according to a New York Times/CBS News/Kaiser Family Foundation poll that provides a detailed look at the lives of the 30 million Americans 25 to 54 who are without jobs.

Many men, in particular, have decided that low-wage work will not improve their lives, in part because deep changes in American society have made it easier for them to live without working. These changes include the availability of federal disability benefits; the decline of marriage, which means fewer men provide for children; and the rise of the Internet, which has reduced the isolation of unemployment.

At the same time, it has become harder for men to find higher-paying jobs. Foreign competition and technological advances have eliminated many of the jobs in which high school graduates like Mr. Walsh once could earn $40 an hour, or more. The poll found that 85 percent of prime-age men without jobs do not have bachelor’s degrees. And 34 percent said they had criminal records, making it hard to find any work.

The resulting absence of millions of potential workers has serious consequences not just for the men and their families but for the nation as a whole. A smaller work force is likely to lead to a slower-growing economy, and will leave a smaller share of the population to cover the cost of government, even as a larger share seeks help.

“They’re not working, because it’s not paying them enough to work,” said Alan B. Krueger, a leading labor economist and a professor at Princeton. “And that means the economy is going to be smaller than it otherwise would be.”

High Costs

The trend was pushed to new heights by the last recession, with 20 percent of prime-age men not working in 2009 before partly receding. But the recovery is unlikely to be complete. Like turtles flipped onto their backs, many people who stop working struggle to get back on their feet. Some people take years to return to the work force, and others never do. And a growing body of research finds that their children, in turn, are less likely to prosper.

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“The long-run effects of this are very high,” said Lawrence F. Katz, a professor of economics at Harvard. “We could be losing the next generation of kids.”

For most unemployed men, life without work is not easy. In follow-up interviews, about two dozen men described days spent mostly at home, chewing through dwindling resources, relying on friends, strangers and the federal government. The poll found that 30 percent had used food stamps, while 33 percent said they had taken food from a nonprofit or religious group.

They are unhappy to be out of work and eager to find new jobs. They are struggling both with the loss of income and a loss of dignity. Their mental and physical health is suffering.

Yet 44 percent of men in the survey said there were jobs in their area they could get but were not willing to take.

José Flores, 45, who lives in St. Paul, said that after losing a job as a translator for the University of Minnesota’s public health department in 2011, he struck a deal with his landlord to pay $200 a month instead of $580, in exchange for doing odd jobs. He has a cellphone that costs $34 a month and an old car he tries not to drive, and “if I really need clothes or shoes, I go to the thrift store.” He picks up occasional work translating at hospitals, but he has not looked for a regular job since August.

“If for some reason I cannot live in the apartment where I live anymore, then that will be basically a wake-up call for me to wake up and say for sure I need a full-time job,” Mr. Flores said. He added, “If I start working full time the rent will increase” — because he would no longer be available for odd jobs.

A Changing Society

Men today may feel less pressure to find jobs because they are less likely than previous generations to be providing for others. Only 28 percent of men without jobs — compared with 58 percent of women — said a child under 18 lived with them.

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What Nonworking Men Say
Among every 100 men ages 25 to 54 who do not work:

64 Want a job
45 Have looked for a job in the last year
25 Have looked for a job, and would be willing to take one that pays minimum wage
44 Think there are local jobs they could obtain, but they are not willing to take
34 Have been convicted of a crime
17 Say their physical health is poor
43 Say not working has been bad for their mental health
48 Say health problems or disability is a major reason they are not working
19 Say family responsbilities are a major reason
35 Say a lack of good jobs available is a major reason
30 Receive food stamps
4 Receive unemployment benefits
22 Get money from a spouse or other employed person in their house
20 Get income from temporary work or odd jobs
90 Have ever had a full-time job
25 Have had a full-time job, and earned more than $40k in their last job
22 Have missed a rent or mortgage payment because they stopped working
13 Have had utilities turned off because they stopped working
45 Say they are financially secure
25 Are mostly happy about not working
30 Think it’s very likely they will be working in 1 year
42 Think it’s very likely they will be working in 5 years
Source: The New York Times, CBS News and Kaiser Family Foundation poll, conducted Nov. 11 to 25, with 363 nonworking men (and 639 nonworking women, not shown) ages 25 to 54.
A study published in October by scholars at the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Family Studies estimated that 37 percent of the decline in male employment since 1979 could be explained by this retreat from marriage and fatherhood.

“When the legal, entry-level economy isn’t providing a wage that allows someone a convincing and realistic option to become an adult — to go out and get married and form a household — it demoralizes them and shunts them into illegal economies,” said Philippe Bourgois, an anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania who has studied the lives of young men in urban areas. “It’s not a choice that has made them happy. They would much rather be adults in a respectful job that pays them and promises them benefits.”

There is also evidence that working has become more expensive. A recent analysis by the Brookings Institution found that prices since 1990 had climbed most quickly for labor-intensive services like child care, health care and education, increasing what might be described as the cost of working: getting a degree, staying healthy, hiring someone to watch the children. Meanwhile, the price of food, clothing, computers and other goods has climbed more slowly.

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And technology has made unemployment less lonely. Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University, argues that the Internet allows men to entertain themselves and find friends and sexual partners at a much lower cost than did previous generations.

Mr. Katz, the Harvard economist, said, however, that some men might choose to describe themselves as unwilling to take low-wage jobs when in fact they cannot find any jobs. There are about 10 million prime-age men who are not working, but there are only 4.8 million job openings for men and women of all ages, according to the most recent federal data.

Millions of men are trying to find work. And among the 45 percent of men who said they had looked in the last year, large majorities said that to get a job they would be willing to work nights and weekends, start over in a new field, return to school or move to a new city.

Adewole Badmus, 29, moved to Houston in August to look for work in the oil industry and, in the evenings, to study for a master’s degree in subsea engineering at the University of Houston. He left his wife in Indianapolis, where she works as a FedEx security officer, until he finds work.

“I hope it will not take much longer,” he said. “I cannot move forward. I cannot move backward. So I just have to keep pushing.”

As an improving economy drives up hiring and wages, some of those on the sidelines also are likely to return to the labor market. Almost half of those who did not seek work in the last year said they wanted to work.

Yet many who have lost jobs will find it difficult to return.

David Muszynski, 51, crushed two nerves in his right leg in 2003 while breaking up a fight at a Black Sabbath concert outside Buffalo, ending his career as a concert technician. He worked eight more years as the manager of a sports bar in Tonawanda, N.Y., until that also became too much of a physical strain. In November, he went on federal disability benefits, replacing 60 percent of his income. Mr. Muszynski lives in a duplex he inherited from his mother, renting out the other unit.

He said he planned to take a night course to learn how to use a computer in the hope of finding a job that will place fewer demands on his body.

“I would rather be working,” he said. “Then I wouldn’t be so bored.”

But few people who qualify for disability return to the work force. Even if they can find work, they are afraid of losing their benefits and then losing their new job.

The decline of work is divisible into three related trends.

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Across the country, 16 percent of prime-age men are not working. Examine non-employment rates for every Census tract.

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Young men are spending more years in school, delaying their entry into the work force but potentially improving their eventual economic prospects.

Michael Cervone, 25, took shelter in school during the bleakest years of the post-recession recovery. He signed up for a triple major at Youngstown State University in Ohio, in early-childhood education, special education and psychology, “just to better my chances of getting a job because I knew how competitive it was.”

But with the job market improving, Mr. Cervone decided to hurry up and graduate this weekend with a degree in early-childhood education.

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“It feels like there’s a lot more jobs opening up, at least in my field,” he said. “I felt like it was the right time for me to start on the path that I chose.”

At the other end of the 25-to-54 spectrum, many older men who lost jobs have fallen back on disability benefits or started to draw on retirement savings. For some of those men who worked in manufacturing or construction, and now can find only service work, the obstacle is not just the difference in pay; it is also the humiliation of being on public display.

William Scott Jordan, 54, retired from the Army National Guard last December after a decade of full-time duty. He gets a partial disability benefit of $230 a month and a pension when he turns 60. He would like a job until then, but he doesn’t feel able to return to construction work.

Mr. Jordan, who lives in Sumter, S.C., checks for new job listings every day and has filled out “15 to 20” applications over the last year — at places as varied as paint stores and private detective agencies — but has been invited to only a single interview. He helps take care of his grandchildren. He cleans the house. He tried taking classes.

Mr. Jordan and his wife, who works with the families of deployed soldiers, are now living on $25,000 a year rather than $75,000, and he figures they can get by for another year before they start drawing on savings, “or I guess I go find me a job washing dishes.”

After a moment, Mr. Jordan adds, “I haven’t gotten that low yet.”

Trading Down

In the third group are men like Mr. Walsh, too young to retire but often ill-equipped to find new work. Like many sharing his plight, Mr. Walsh did not move directly from employment to the sidelines. He lost a job, and then another, and one more.

After waiting two years for work as an electrician, Mr. Walsh took a job in April 2012 at a Home Depot. He was fired a few months later, he said, after he failed to greet a “secret shopper” paid by the company to evaluate employees.

He drew unemployment benefits for another year before finding a warehouse job loading groceries for the Peapod delivery service. This time he was fired on Dec. 13 — like many who have lost jobs, he remembers the date immediately and precisely — after he asked for a vacation day, he said, to care for his dying mother.

Along the way, Mr. Walsh said he had drained the $15,000 in his union retirement account and run up about $20,000 in credit card debt. “We were constantly fighting because it’s fear,” he said of the toll on his marriage. “You don’t have the $50 you need for the lights and you don’t have the $300 you need for something else, and it gets kind of personal.”

He keeps paying union dues to preserve his shot at a pension, but that also means he can’t get nonunion work as an electrician. He says he would like a desk job instead. He used email for the first time last month, and he plans to return to community college in the spring to learn computer skills.

He says he is determined that his own children will attend college so their prospects will be better than his own.

“I lost my sense of worth, you know what I mean?” Mr. Walsh said. “Somebody asks you ‘What do you do?’ and I would say, ‘I’m an electrician.’”

“But now I say nothing. I’m not an electrician anymore.”

Correction: December 11, 2014
An earlier version of a picture caption with this article misstated the age of David Muszynski. He is 51, not 52.

Robert Gebeloff contributed reporting.

What Nonworking Men Say
Among every 100 men ages 25 to 54 who do not work:

64 Want a job
45 Have looked for a job in the last year
25 Have looked for a job, and would be willing to take one that pays minimum wage
44 Think there are local jobs they could obtain, but they are not willing to take
34 Have been convicted of a crime
17 Say their physical health is poor
43 Say not working has been bad for their mental health
48 Say health problems or disability is a major reason they are not working
19 Say family responsbilities are a major reason
35 Say a lack of good jobs available is a major reason
30 Receive food stamps
4 Receive unemployment benefits
22 Get money from a spouse or other employed person in their house
20 Get income from temporary work or odd jobs
90 Have ever had a full-time job
25 Have had a full-time job, and earned more than $40k in their last job
22 Have missed a rent or mortgage payment because they stopped working
13 Have had utilities turned off because they stopped working
45 Say they are financially secure
25 Are mostly happy about not working
30 Think it’s very likely they will be working in 1 year
42 Think it’s very likely they will be working in 5 years
Source: The New York Times, CBS News and Kaiser Family Foundation poll, conducted Nov. 11 to 25, with 363 nonworking men (and 639 nonworking women, not shown) ages 25 to 54.

New York Times News Service

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GG4: Just put it on my tab(let)

By December 18, 2014

By Anick Jesdanun

Time for a tablet?

People tend to hold onto tablets longer than smartphones, so take time to weigh your options. A major consideration is what phone you or your gift recipient already has. Although it’s possible for Android owners to have Apple’s iPads, for instance, there are advantages to sticking within the same system. You often can buy apps just once and share them across both devices, and you don’t need to learn two different systems.
Here are some buying tips organized by system. Prices listed are for base models. You can typically spend more for additional storage or LTE cellular connectivity.
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Apple’s iOS
The iPad remains top of the line among tablets. The selection of apps designed specifically for it is unmatched. Those who already have iPhones will appreciate the ability to start email and other tasks on one device and finish on the other. You can even make phone calls from iPads, if you have an iPhone on the same Wi-Fi network.
The downside is the $499 price tag for the latest full-size model, the iPad Air 2. Many Android tablets are cheaper. You do get a light and skinny device for the price, with a camera that matches the iPhone’s 8 megapixels (though the iPad still lacks a flash). The new Air also has a fingerprint sensor to bypass security passcodes and to authorize online purchases using Apple Pay. It won’t work with in-store payments, though.
If you are on a budget or want a smaller device, consider last year’s iPad Mini 2 for $299. This year’s Mini doesn’t have many improvements over last year’s model, except for the fingerprint and Apple Pay capabilities. The convenience might not be worth spending more for the $399 iPad Mini 3.
You might consider putting the savings toward a mid-tier or higher-end model. With both the Air 2 and the Mini 3, you can upgrade to 64 gigabytes of storage from 16 GB for just $100 more. Or get 128 GB for $200 more than the base model.
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Google’s Android
Android phones and tablets don’t let you switch back and forth as easily as Apple devices do. The advantage of sticking with an Android tablet for Android phone owners is having a unified library of apps.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S is the best of the Android tablets I’ve tried. The display uses a technology called AMOLED to produce colors that pop out as you view video or browse the Web. But the Tab S also comes with a high price tag — $500 for the full-size model and $400 for the smaller one.
Samsung does offer an even-pricier Pro series, with screens of up to 12.2 inches diagonally, but that’s really aimed at professionals. Full-size models tend to be nine or 10 inches, while mini models are seven or eight inches. At the small and cheap end, Samsung offers the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 for about $180. Book lovers can choose a Nook edition, made in partnership with Barnes & Noble.
Google’s $399 Nexus 9 has the advantage of running an Android version that’s closest to Google’s vision. Samsung and other manufacturers typically add their own twists, which can confuse consumers. The Nexus does have a wireless chip for in-store mobile payments using Google Wallet, if you feel like waving it around in the checkout line.
I’m including Amazon’s Fire HDX tablets under Android, even though the system’s been modified so much that there’s little resemblance. App selection isn’t as good as what you get on purer Android devices. But Amazon is able to add such features as one-button access to live video help. It is great for first-time tablet owners and comes at a nice price — the full-size model for $379 and the smaller one for $179.
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Microsoft’s Windows
Until Windows 10 comes out next year, there’s a huge divide between Windows phones and Windows tablets. Apps aren’t compatible, and Windows tablets have more in common with Windows desktops and laptops. A Windows tablet is best suited for someone looking to replace a PC. In fact, many Windows tablets are just laptops with detachable keyboards.
There are too many models to list, so I’ll use Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 3 as an example. You type on a touch screen or attach a $130 keyboard cover. The Surface itself starts at $799, though configurations go as high as $1,949 for those serious about ditching the PC. The Surface’s built-in kickstand can be adjusted to a range of positions, some better for desks and others for the lap. The best thing about Windows tablets is their ability to run regular Windows software, such as Office and Photoshop. Other tablets have, at best, a light version.

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Center for Poverty Research/small-city poor

By November 13, 2014

Background on center
Oct. 10, 2011 (Karen Nikos-Rose)

UC Davis has received $4 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a center for poverty research — one of only three such centers nationwide designated to study the causes and effects of and policies aimed at addressing poverty in the United States.

The interdisciplinary center, led by economics professors Ann Huff Stevens and Marianne Page, will promote research and education on poverty, with an emphasis on labor markets and poverty; health and education programs; the transmission of poverty from one generation to another; and immigration’s role in poverty. The grant will be spread over five years,.

“We are facing some of the country’s biggest challenges since the Great Depression,” said George R. Mangun, dean of the division of social sciences.

“We have more people living in poverty now than at any time in almost 70 years. Yet, we have one of the most powerful economies in the world, and our country’s higher education system is the envy of the entire world. With centers such as the new Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis, we can transform society.”

The other national poverty research centers are located at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The UCD center’s research will draw on the expertise of scholars across campus and involve faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to funding research and outreach, the grant will help establish a freshman seminar in poverty to encourage students early in their college careers to consider poverty as a field of study.

“UC Davis is home to an incredibly productive group of researchers working on poverty. The center will build connections across campus that further strengthen this research, support the training of students to continue this research agenda and provide an improved structure for sharing our critical findings with other researchers, policymakers and the public,” said Stevens, who chairs the department of economics and will direct the new center.

UCD was chosen because of its strength in research on poverty and related issues. Among recent findings:

* The recession’s effects have been felt most strongly by men, black and Hispanic workers, youth and undereducated workers.

* Infant health improves when disadvantaged pregnant women have access to government assistance, such as supplemental nutrition programs or the earned income tax credit.

* Providing information about college admission requirements to disadvantaged high school students early in their high school careers can substantially improve the odds that they apply to and enroll in college.

* Long-term declines in real wages in the U.S. during the past several decades have made it significantly more difficult for the working poor to escape poverty.

* In contrast to prior research, immigrants do not reduce the well-being of low-wage U.S. workers and may actually stimulate the economy.

The grant calls for the UCD Center for Poverty Research to fund poverty research projects at other educational institutions, as well as finance graduate and undergraduate poverty research and study.

The research of the center can help identify which anti-poverty programs work and what the long-term effects of high poverty are likely to be for future generations, Stevens said. The research will also help to inform policymakers, she added.

— UC Davis News Service

Tanya Perez

Media Post

fire damage

By November 11, 2014

Cecilia, Debra, Debbie & Chiefs,

I took a flight with my friend Steve Greenfield on Sunday, November 9th to SF Bay Area, around Marin/Napa/Sonoma and our return flight took us over the site of the 2014 Winters fire. In the attached photos, you can see Winters in the background.

Feel free to use/publish/share as you like.

Hopefully, if people see evidence of the complete destruction (4 months later), then they’ll be more careful during the fire season.

All the best,
Kemble

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GG4 Deck the halls with … snark and criticism?

By December 18, 2014

By Terry Barnett-Martin

Fresh pine garland is draped just so over the hutch and bookcases. The Christmas tree is dripping with twinkling lights and colorful ornaments. Packages are strewn under the tree waiting to be opened. You look around one last time, checking to make sure everything is set, then the doorbell rings. The first of many family members has arrived.
Within minutes the house is bubbling with conversations and familiar holiday music. You’re crossing your fingers that all stays well. “So far, so good,” you proudly say to yourself.
You spoke too soon …
“Nice decorations, where’d you get them? You know, you should have checked with me first. I know where to get the best ones. Oh, and I wouldn’t have draped the garland like that. I would have done it this way,” says Bossy McBoss as she moves the garland you’d placed just so. As she rearranges it, a few specially placed decorations fall to the ground with a crash. She continues, “I wouldn’t have put those there either, see what can happen?”
Across the room you hear Bigsy B. Little clear his throat as he approaches your sister, Hope. “Incoming!” you whisper to yourself, wishing Hope could hear you and duck for cover. Too late. Bigsy B. Little is on the hunt. “Well, it looks like your New Year’s resolution didn’t quite stick. Twenty five pounds? Looks like you found them rather than lost them,” he criticizes.
Later, as everyone is seated for dinner, Bigsy B. Little says, “I pray the turkey isn’t dry like it was last year.” Everyone silently turns to look at you as if watching a ping-pong match and it’s your turn.
The holidays, for all of their hopeful preparation and sparkle, can come apart at the seams very quickly when difficult people do what they do. We all know some variations of people like these, who can strike fear and dread into the holiday experience – but you can change that.
* Don’t expect others to change. The fact is, they are who they are and you cannot change them. Our greatest power lies in creating change within ourselves. In fact, it’s a good idea to take a personal inventory to make sure you aren’t someone else’s difficult person. If you suspect you are, make the necessary adjustments and promise yourself you will give your best this year.
* Be aware and prepare. Knowing and owning your own vulnerabilities gives you the opportunity to decide how you want to address or deflect intentional insults. Difficult people often hone in on other’s vulnerabilities. Self-awareness and self-acceptance are the two strongest weapons against bullies like Bigsy B. Little.
* Use the power of your imagination. In any relationship – especially in the most difficult – boundaries are the key to a sense of personal well-being. But how do you create good boundaries? One highly effective exercise, Tending Fences, uses your creative mind to find solutions to these difficult relationships.
For instance, imagine you own a large piece of land that adjoins the property of Bossy McBoss. The current fence that marks the boundary is small and broken and Bossy often jumps the fence to snoop around on your land, leaving a mess. Because everything is possible in your imagination, you design a new fence – 30 feet tall and 5 feet thick – with features that allow her good qualities to come through while a Teflon finish ensures that her bossy negativity doesn’t stick. This clear message, mostly to yourself, ensures that nothing she says or does can get to you. Use this Tending Fences exercise for each difficult person.
* Review and resolve. For the week leading up to your holiday gathering, take a few minutes each day to review your Tending Fences work, tweaking each fence as you see fit. Know that when the offending person delivers an insult, the fence will do the work for you, keeping you safe and intact.
* Trust yourself. It will give you a sense of well-being and confidence that will not only be a gift to yourself, but to your family and friends as well.
With these five tips you can relax and know that you have everything you need to survive the family holiday gathering and truly enjoy yourself. You’ve got this!
– Terry Barnett-Martin, M.S., LMFT, is a relationship counselor in private practice in Southern California.

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gardner

By October 24, 2014

WOODLAND — Hours after he allegedly brought fear and violence to the tranquil streets of Winters, William Carl Gardner III strolled into a Sacramento pawn shop where he’d become a regular customer.

“He wanted me to change his (on-file) address — he said he was going to be away for some time,” shop owner Kevin Pratt testified Thursday in Yolo Superior Court. “Possibly years,” he said Gardner told him.

Having met Gardner’s then-girlfriend, Leslie Pinkston, a year or so before, Pratt suggested that she come in to handle Gardner’s pawned items during his extended absence.

Gardner’s reply, according to Pratt: “She won’t be coming in.”

That’s because Pinkston was dead, fatally shot in the head by an assailant that Yolo County prosecutors have identified as the 31-year-old Gardner. The Nov. 18, 2013, shooting occurred three weeks before Gardner was due to stand trial on charges that he had stalked and threatened Pinkston, and she was on the District Attorney’s witness list.

“Her life was cut short, and she never saw it coming,” Deputy District Attorney Deanna Hays told a six-man, six-woman jury in her opening statement Thursday morning at Gardner’s murder trial. She said Gardner has a history of using women he can control, including one who unwittingly drove him to Winters on the morning of the shooting.

“You will see that everything Mr. Gardner does is intentional and deliberate,” Hays said, a line she repeated multiple times in her opening remarks.

According to the prosecutor, Gardner instructed his driver to circle block surrounding Pinkston’s workplace, Aleco Electric on Railroad Avenue, then park in a nearby lot. From there, he crossed the street and slipped into the back seat of Pinkston’s black BMW sport-utility vehicle, where the victim had been making a cell phone call.

From his position of “advantage and surprise,” Hays said, Gardner used one hand to pin Pinkston against her seat and the other to fire multiple shots from a 9mm Luger semiautomatic pistol — the first tearing through her right knee as she tried to flee, followed by the fatal shot to the back of her head. Two more bullets shattered the car’s driver-side window.

Crime-scene photos displayed in court showed Pinkston slumped forward in her seat, her legs turned sideways from her failed attempt to escape, her left hand still clutching her purse. In the courtroom audience, her friends quietly wept.

As witnesses to the broad-daylight shooting froze in stunned silence — many had mistaken the gunshots for a motorcycle backfiring — Gardner fled the scene. Authorities apprehended him three weeks later following a standoff with police in Las Vegas, the Luger still in his possession.

Gardner is charged with first-degree murder with the special circumstances of lying in wait and murder of a witness, as well as stalking and being a felon in possession of a firearm. His grand-jury indictment also carries the stalking, threats and vandalism charges that were pending against him at the time of Pinkston’s shooting.

Gardner has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. His court-appointed attorney, J. Toney, offered a brief opening statement Thursday urging jurors to keep an open mind about the case until they’ve heard all the evidence.

Toney said that includes details about Pinkston and Gardner’s tumultuous four-year on-again, off-again relationship, during which Pinkston reportedly avoided subpoenas to testify against Gardner in the stalking case and even paid a bail reinstatement fee that allowed Gardner to leave jail three days before the shooting.

“You’ll hear a real microcosm of their whole relationship,” during which Gardner became “depressed and suicidal” around the time of his alleged crime, Toney said. “It’ll become clear that Mr. Gardner was in a state of utter despair.”

Screams, then shots

Although nearly a year has passed since the fatal shooting, its details remain vivid in the minds of witnesses to the incident, many of whom knew Pinkston from being raised in Winters, working in its downtown district, or both.

For David Barbosa, that November morning began as his workdays usually did — emptying trash cans from his office before delving into the day’s business.

As he took out the first load just before 9:30 a.m., “I could hear some sort of a sound, kind of like a muffled scream” coming from across Railroad Avenue, Barbosa recalled. Uncertain of its source, he returned to his office for another can of trash, after which he heard a “pop.”

At first, Barbosa attributed the sound to a passing motorcycle, since “there’s not too many gunshots in Winters,” he said. But then he saw Pinkston struggling to get out of her car, and after two more pops “I knew what was going on.”

As Pinkston’s body fell limp in the driver’s seat, an African-American man emerged from the back seat, pulled a hood over his head “and headed in my direction,” said Barbosa, who recalled freezing “like a statue” as the two men made eye contact.

“Do you see that man in court today?” asked District Attorney Jeff Reisig, the case’s lead prosecutor.

“I do,” said Barbosa, pointing out Gardner in the courtroom.

Under cross-examination by Toney, Barbosa acknowledged he initially identified another man as the shooter when Winters police showed him a photo lineup several hours after the crime. Documents displayed in court showed Barbosa said that man was “most likely” the person he saw, but that he also identified Gardner as another possible suspect.

On Thursday, however, Barbosa said he was “very confident” that Gardner was the man he encountered on Nov. 18. “One hundred percent,” he added.

It was Barbosa who placed the first 911 call, a recording of which was played for the jury.

“Leslie, can you hear me?” Barbosa is heard saying after notifying the dispatcher that a woman had been shot in her parked car. “Uh, she’s breathing — get someone here quick.”

“You know her?” the dispatcher asks.

“Yes, I do,” Barbosa replied. “I saw the whole thing happen.”

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

Lauren Keene

Sharks photo

By October 9, 2014

Linda DuBois

SC: The city of Davis offers free classes on composting

By October 03, 2014

Learn about composting

Food scraps can make up to 25% of your trash! Composting your food scraps can be surprisingly simple, pest free, and only take 5 minutes of your time each week.

Classes are held at the Veterans Memorial Center Game Room, 203 E 14th St.:

* Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m.
* Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m.
* Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m.

Each class is identical and runs 1 1/2 hours.

Courtesy of city of Davis, http://recycling.cityofdavis.org/general-notices/workshop-reducing-toxics-in-our-environment

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SC: Buying recycled completes the loop

By October 03, 2014

Buying Recycled
The recycling loop is incomplete until recycled materials are re-manufactured into products and bought by consumers. Therefore, it is important to buy “recycled.” Products made from recycled materials consume less energy, use fewer or no raw materials and sometimes cost less. There are thousands of manufacturers and retailers offering great products made from recycled materials. Some examples of products made from recycled beverage containers are: tote bags, aluminum baseball bats, plastic playground equipment, backpacks, T-shirts, flip flops, etc.

What does “Recycled” mean?
The important thing to know when you want to buy a recycled product is how much post-consumer material is used. Post-consumer refers to material the public has used (not just manufacturing scraps) and then recycled. Look for a percentage of recycled content to be shown, e.g. 50%, and then for what part of the residual content, e.g. 10%, is post-consumer. The higher the number the better. Many organizations, such as the City of Davis, have instituted procurement policies for recycled products. This means that the City places a priority on the purchase of products made with recycled materials when they are available. The more people who buy recycled, the more the message is conveyed to manufacturers that a market for recycled products exists and investing in re-manufacturing is worthwhile. That makes investing less risky and helps bring down the cost of recycled products.

** For info box**
What’s the difference between these two symbols?

Recycle and Recycled

When you see the recycling symbol inside a circle on a product, it means that the product was made with recycled materials. When you see the recycling symbol on it’s own, that means that the product can be recycled; it does not indicate whether the product was made from recycled materials.

Courtesy city of Davis, http://recycling.cityofdavis.org/rebuy

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Notes on K. Stanley Robinson/Mars Trilogy into TV show

By October 01, 2014

Kim Stanley Robinson
[email protected]

Stan will email me if it becomes a story.

Hollywood agent represents George RR Martin

It’s been explosive on social media, but not really a story yet.

the option is only the first of several necessary steps

There would have to be some development… write a screenplay

“Where the term “greenlighting” comes in I don’t even know” but it hasn’t been greenlighted

It’s either the 4th or 4 1/2 time that the Mars books have been optioned

Every time it doesn’t work, I think it decreases the chances.

I think it’s not a real story yet…

We are four big hurdles away

Tanya Perez

Special Editions

OTG: Don’t let your ride get ripped off

By August 28, 2014

None of us wants to walk up to an empty parking space where our car is supposed to be parked. These tips can help you avoid becoming a victim of car theft, and reminds drivers that almost half of all thefts are due to driver error, such as leaving the keys in the ignition or leaving the doors unlocked.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported an estimated 715,373 motor vehicle thefts nationwide in 2011, which translates to a vehicle stolen every 44 seconds. Those thefts total losses of more than $4.3 billion.

“Helping to prevent your car from getting stolen is important on many levels. It helps get people to work, kids to school, and business deliveries to customers,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokesperson. “Additionally, if a vehicle is stolen, the crime can have an emotional impact as well.”

Tips for preventing auto theft
* Use multiple layers of protection: locked doors, stickers stating the car is protected, a steering wheel lock, immobilizing devices like kill switches or tracking devices.
* Remove your keys from the ignition and take them with you.
* Always use your emergency brake when parking; this makes it more difficult for a thief to tow your vehicle away.
* Never leave your vehicle running, even if you’ll just be gone a minute.
* Park in a well-lit, populated area.
* Do not leave valuables in plain sight or in unattended vehicles. Even empty shopping bags, sunglasses or a change of clothes might look interesting to a thief.
* Do not leave the title inside your vehicle.
* Never hide a spare ignition key on the vehicle. Thieves look for keys in popular hiding places like inside a car bumper or wheel well.
* Contact your insurance company immediately after contacting the police to let them know your car is missing.

— Courtesy of http://www.calstate.aaa.com/

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Next Generation

Citrus Circuits continues winning ways

By September 26, 2014

The Davis High School robotics team, Citrus Circuits, won first place competing against 20 other teams at the Capital City Classic, a robotics competition held at Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove last month.

In addition to coming in first place at the competition, Citrus Circuits also won awards for the most innovative robot design and for winning a bonus match, “Chicks in Charge,” in which teams play a match with an all-female drive team to encourage women in STEM.

Perhaps just as exciting, though, was the success of Team 9678 WP Robotics, made of up students from Pioneer High School in Woodland. In order to promote their passion for robotics beyond their own community, Davis students started and taught the Pioneer High School team.

And even though Pioneer’s team has only existed for a few months, the students did very well at the Elk Grove tournament, making it all the way through the qualifying matches and quarter finals and into the semi-finals, where they were eventually eliminated in their third match out of three.

WP Robotics captain, Christine Pamplona, called the team’s first competition “a challenge,” but said it was also “a very enjoyable experience, being able to work with other teams.”

“As a rookie team, we hope we can work our hardest and try our best and compete with other teams,” Pamplona said.

Davis students credited the Pioneer team’s outstanding performance to excellent robot driving by Gerardo Diaz and Mariah Raymundo and as well as great communication and morale within the team.

In the end however, the winner was the Davis-based Team 1678 Citrus Circuits, made up of high school and junior high students from Da Vinci Charter Academy, Davis High, Davis School for Independent Study and Harper, Emerson and Holmes junior high schools. The team is coached by Davis High teacher Steve Harvey and mentored by team alumni, parents and college students. Learn more about the team at

http://www.citruscircuits.org

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

Columns

Protect journalists

By September 26, 2014

It’s Time to Protect Journalists who Risk Their Lives to Report the News

By Caroline Little, president and CEO, NAA

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Journalists like to tell the story. They do not like to become the story.

Unfortunately, during the past several months, journalists have been thrust into the spotlight under tragic circumstances. Around the world, journalists are putting themselves in harm’s way to report on the most important stories of our time and, sadly, the results have been horrific.

In August, the gruesome and senseless murder of James Foley stunned the world. His death was a vivid and painful reminder of the risks journalists take when reporting from conflict zones. Since 2011, 66 journalists have died in Syria alone and another 30 are missing, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. This is not acceptable.

Only a few weeks after James Foley’s death, we were shocked and appalled again by the murder of journalist Steven Sotloff. As with Foley, a video showed the beheading of Sotloff, the second American journalist killed by ISIS.

The murders remind us of the dangers journalists face in seeking the truth, and reporting those truths to us. Reporting from the front lines, they shed light on the darkness of war.

If there is anything good that comes from these tragic and brutal murders, it is the hope they will further raise awareness about the importance of protecting journalists and freedom of the press. These are the men and women who ensure the public knows what’s happening in their neighborhoods and across the globe.

Foley and Sotloff lost their lives because they believed finding and delivering the truth was worth the enormous risk. We will never forget their contributions to the public’s knowledge and the craft of journalism.

In October, Foley will be honored at a service on the campus of the University of New Hampshire. His family announced the launch of the James W. Foley Legacy Fund to preserve his legacy and promote his ideals among future generations. The fund will seek to aid American journalists from conflict zones and contribute to quality educational opportunities for urban youth.

While these horrific acts of violence have drawn enormous attention, there are still many journalists at risk on a daily basis. In August, we lauded the fact that American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released from captivity. However, we must remember that he was kidnapped and held in Syria for nearly two years.

This spring, two reporters – Anja Niedringhaus of The Associated Press and Nils Horner of Sveriges Radio – were killed in Afghanistan. In April, the Newspaper Association of America endorsed an Inter American Press Association (IAPA) resolution condemning the violation of human rights in Venezuela, where more than 100 reporters have been arrested, threatened or the victim of violence this year

These examples serve as sobering reminders of the world we live in and the great lengths journalists go to report on the news.

They believe, as I do, that the free flow of information is a key tenant of democracy and freedom. Without a proper understanding of what is going on, we cannot vote, make sense of the world events, or hold leaders accountable.

To maintain this freedom, we must prioritize protecting our courageous reporters and their newsgathering processes – both abroad and at home.

As a nation, we are collectively focused on responding to these terrorist threats and protecting those abroad, as we should be. But, we must not forget to protect our reporters on the home front as well.

The free flow of information by journalists gives the public the opportunity and responsibility to understand their communities their country and the world. And with that, the power to shape them. At NAA, we have been fighting for a media shield law, known as The Free Flow of Information Act. The bill sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support last year, but has yet to receive a full vote on the Senate floor.

It’s time for Americans to prioritize our courageous journalists and our right to know. We must protect journalists and honor those journalists who are killed, missing, threatened or held in captivity. It is critical for our democracy.

Hi Debbie,

Please consider the below op-ed by Caroline Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, addressing the recent murders of Foley, Sotloff and other reporters. The op-ed speaks to the key role journalism plays in creating a thriving democracy, and America’s responsibility, in turn, to protect reporters at home and abroad.

Would this be of interest to you?

Thanks for your time and consideration, and I look forward to your feedback!

Best,
Megan

Megan Dutill
On behalf of the NAA
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m: (610) 715-2988
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Welcome back conquering heroes

By September 24, 2014

Kimberly Yarris

UC Davis

Regents: Investment meeting

By September 18, 2014

8 min of afternoon session

UC Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Singh Bachher.

“UC Ventures” appears to be the third thing he will talk about.

Slide: “UC Ventures, Benefiting from UC Innovation”

Funding is only one component that needs to be done.

Need to actively promote entrepreneurial incubators and accelerators

Capital is one part of it.

What can capital do?

It is an important ingredient to succeed

We are in Silicon Valley, the hub of …

Think of some of the great companies that have come out of UC

Here’s what I learned as I met at campuses…

Other investors have made billions on UC’s innovation.

It’s pretty clear there are opportunities, they have been profitable, and they exist in our organization

We should do more

Put capital to work at all levels

All the way through becoming big companies who are attracting venture capitalists

How can we be an active participant in this engine of xxx

“What we loudly and clearly heard from everyone is that innovation is a local phenomenon”

We have five inventions a day…
“Very robust pipeline of investable entities.”

We use external managers

we can participate along with them

where are the opportunities?
57 percent life sciences
22 percent information technology
21 percent, materials, energy and agriculture

Investing $250M in UC Innovation
perspective
We already invest $2B in venture capital
this is part and parcel of that

We can attract a great team from a network of 1.7M alumni

We all agreed it should be an independent operation from the office of the CIO

We are asking for approval to help prove the *concept* of UC Ventures

the hard work of putting this together begins now

SLIDE: “Leveraging our competitive advantages”
Deep pool of capital and a long-term investment horizon

privileged access to UC opportunities

UC’s unrivaled network and domain expertise

How do we do more with what we have? How do we become an active participant in what is already a world leader in” … this innovation network

Regent compliments:
No. 1 recommendation by technology innovation group (I think)

Investing in our own discoveries

Regent: Richard Blum
“I don’t want to throw a lot of cold water on this”
We’re not exactly in the venture business, but we’ve done tings like this…

I thnk the university has left things on the table

Lots of companies started in teh university

Inventions done at the universtiy, why didn’t the universities have an interest in these companies for nothing. “We’re entitled to a piece of that company.”

Talks of “Big ideas” at UCB, I think. We pick a few to fund. None have turned a profit yet.

One of your problems is that if a faculty member comes up with an idea, why would (he) care about UC Ventures? Why wouldn’t I go to Kleiner-Perkins who have pros who’ve been doing this forever?

Taking these companies profitable requires a very difficult set of skills

Jagdeep’s answer: I fully agree with much of your observations.
this is a very challenging thing to do.

In two-to three years will be just dipping out toes into this. Long-term plan
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Regent: need to understand some of the risk, some of the downsides…what has happened as other universities have tried to do this?

Would we be hiring researchers who are more interested in making money than helping humanity?

Jagdeep” This is a concept right now, and we commit to come back regularly to show how the concept becomes a business plan. we will show how it all evolves.
Harvard and Stanford are doing this, different people trying dif things…early in this concept

“execution and implementation is very VERY important”

“The thought process getting us where we are today has been over three to four months…wanted to share where we are today…meant to be a complement to what else is being done”

UC will partner with venture capitalists
“We want to “crowd-in” to work with the venture capitalists and the companies” not be crowded out

Regent Gavin Newsom:
asked about “conflict of interest” something about SFO
Computer kept buffering…didn’t hear this!

Pattiz:
I love this idea, but that’s when my antenae go up…this has heartbreak written all over it.
Not that it’s not worth doing it…but a very difficult process

“Bureaucratic to the max”

Tanya Perez

Next Generation

Learn more about 4-H

By September 16, 2014

Interested in archery? How about arts and crafts? Or cooking, photography, robotics or animals?

Come to a 4-H Information Night on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E 14th St., to learn about these and many more things you can do in 4-H, a nonprofit organization open to all children, ages 5–19.

Davis has three 4-H clubs: Golden Valley, Norwood and West Plainfield, and interested children are welcome to join any of them. All three clubs will have representatives at the information night to answer questions.

The Golden Valley 4-H Club holds its community meetings on the first Tuesday of each month, with the first one on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Birch Lane Elementary School multipurpose room, 1600 Birch Lane. For more information, contact Claire Phillips at (530) 219-5019 or [email protected] or visit goldenvalley4h.blogspot.com.

Golden Valley projects this year include archery, arts and crafts, beekeeping, chemistry, cooking, community service and dance.

The Norwood 4-H Club holds its community meetings on the first Wednesday of each month, with the first meeting this year taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Holmes Junior High School multipurpose room, 1220 Drexel Dr. For more information, contact Scott Wetzlich at (530) 902-8605 or [email protected] or visit norwood4h.blogspot.com.
This year’s projects include dog care and training, hiking, knitting, leadership, movie criticism, photography and poultry.

The West Plainfield 4-H Club holds its community meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, with the first meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in Lillard Hall on Road 95. For more information, contact Kris Lomas at (530) 902-3341 or [email protected]
West Plainfield projects include presentations, public speaking, quilting, robotics, small and large animals, sports and vet science.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

Sports

Despite FBS foes behind, schedule doesn’t lighten up

By September 14, 2014

UC Davis — thanks to a strong finish last year — shoe-horned itself into a fourth-place tie in the Big Sky Conference, going 5-3 in league after that forgettable 0-4 start.

The Aggie reward? It’s toughest schedule in school history.

Now that the two games with Football Bowl Subdivision foes are behind them, Davis gets a week “off” in preparation for the Sept. 27 visit from No. 2 Eastern Washington.

Stanford and Colorado State were supposed to be the speed bumps, but Big Sky doesn’t get any easier.

KHTK radio personality Doug Kelly — a member of the Aggie trio calling Davis action this year — believes the locals drew the scheduler’s short straw.

“I look at conference having three levels: Eastern Washington, the Montanas and Northern Arizona are up here,” Kelly motions, creating an upper echelon with his hand above his head. “Teams like us, Cal Poly, Portland State, Southern Utah and Sacramento State are in the middle. Then there’s Weber State, Northern Colorado, North Dakota and Idaho (State).

“Have you seen our schedule?” asks Kelly, half laughing, scratching his head.

That top tier Kelly alluded to? UCD gets ‘em all. After EWU comes calling, Montana State (No. 20) visits for Homecoming on Oct. 11. Then it’s off to Mizzoula for No. 4 Montana before traveling on Nov. 8 to Northern Arizona (No. 25).

Cal Poly, who Davis meets in San Luis Obispo on Nov. 15, received votes in the Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision poll, as did Sacramento State (the Aggies’ regular-season final at home on Nov. 22).

“Did you see what some of the other powers have (on their slate)?” added Kelly. “I don’t know who scheduled these…”

The EW Eagles get North Dakota, Northern Colorado and Idaho State in conference. Northern Colorado and North Dakota are in Montana’s future after a nonleague slate that featured South Dakota and Central Washington. Idaho State, Weber State and North Dakota entertain MSU after the Grizzlies warm up with the likes of Black Hills State and Central Arkansas.

Northern Colorado, Weber and North Dakota lowlight the Lumberjacks’ Big West experience.

The Davis cream puffs? Just North Dakota (1-2 and 3-8 last season) and D-II Fort Lewis, a nice confidence-builder on Sept. 6.

So, batten down the hatches. Here comes the serious part of 2014.

Oh, the good news?

UC Davis gets a bye next week: a perfect chance to regroup, get healthy and await Eastern Washington.

The Aggies won’t have to deal with the riggers of a whirlwind road trip and they will have — it hopes — at healthy home crowd behind it.

Calisthenics: It looked great from the stands as UCD players formed a block Aggie C in doing stretching exercises before Saturday’s game. With starters OT Parker Smith (leg) and S Charles Boyett (ankle) watching, the all-white-clad locals looked like they meant business early.

Old friends in a thriller: Two ex-Aggie assistant head coaches — Keith Buckley and Mike Moroski hooked up in classic small-school season opener last weekend.

Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.) hosted Idaho in Moroski’s head-coaching debut. The Coyotes made Moroski’s coming out party a winning one, 35-34.

Moroski, the 1979 UCD grad who went on to play QB in the NFL for Atlanta, San Francisco and Houston, was retired coach Bob Biggs’ right-hand man until Bigg’s retired two years ago.

Buckley was Biggs’ assistant before Big Mike. He went to Pacific in 2010, resurrecting a football program that had been dormant for 19 years. Last year’s 7-3 campaign was a watershed season for the Boxers.

On Saturtday, Buckley’s Boys got a bye, while the ‘Yotes (as they’re called in the north) beat Montana Western, XX-X. Ah, that Aggie coaching tree…

 

 

 

Bruce Gallaudet

Columns

Restoring freedom to information in the Freedom of Information Act

By September 13, 2014

Enclosed is an op-ed on FOIA reform by Amy Bennett, Assistant Director of OpenTheGovernment.org. Please let me know if you are interested in using the piece. A photo of the author is available and credit to American Forum is appreciated.

Thanks!
Denice Zeck
American Forum
202-355-8875

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Restoring Freedom to Information in the Freedom of Information Act

By Amy Bennett

Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly abused opaque language in the law to keep records that might be embarrassing out of the public’s hands forever.

One of the clearest examples of this problem has been playing itself out in court rooms over the last few years as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has successfully argued against the release of a 30 year old “draft” volume of the official history of the 1961 Bay of Pigs Disaster. There are few records in the federal government that are seen to merit such secrecy. This draft CIA history is afforded stronger protections than the President’s records, or even classified national security information. Members of the public are able to access similar records generated by the White House as early as twelve years after the President leaves office. Even most classified national security information is automatically declassified after 25 years. Yet, the CIA continues to insist that releasing a draft volume of a history of events that occurred more than 50 years ago, and are already generally understood by the public, must be kept secret.

How is this possible? The record can continue to be withheld because it fits under the rubric of the FOIA’s exemption for “inter- and intra-agency records.” While this exemption was originally intended in part in allow agency officials to give candid advice before an agency has made an official decision, agencies have stretched its use to cover practically anything that is not a “final” version of a document. As long as a record meets the technical definition of an “inter- or intra-agency record,” there is nothing the public – or courts—can do to make an agency release it.

Thankfully, Congress has recognized this black hole in the public’s right to know, and has stepped in with a bill that promises to close the loophole and make other changes that would improve the FOIA process. Longtime FOIA champions Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) have reached across the aisle to develop and introduce S. 2520, the FOIA Improvement Act. The bill takes the common sense step of requiring agencies to weigh the public interest in the release of an inter- or intra- agency record when considering whether to withhold it, and also puts a time limit of 25 years on the use of the exemption. Far from radically changing how requests are currently processed, this narrowly tailored change to the law would help make sure historical records are available on a timely basis and stem the worst abuses by allowing a court to weigh-in where necessary to make sure records that would show waste, fraud, abuse, or illegality are released.

With trust in government at an all-time low, the public clearly has an appetite for laws that would make it easier to understand what the government is doing and why, and to hold government officials accountable for their actions. The public would also benefit from seeing that Congress can still work in a bipartisan fashion to address issues. Time is running out to make S. 2520 the law during this session of Congress, though.

While the House unanimously passed a bill that included many reforms that are similar to S. 2520 earlier this year, the House bill does not address the problem with inter- and intra-agency records. Once Congress comes back in September, members will have to work across the aisle and across the Capitol Dome to make sure they reach a compromise that can be put on the President’s desk before the session ends on January 3, 2015. This is work Congress can, and must, do to help restore freedom to information in the FOIA.

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Bennett is Assistant Director of OpenTheGovernment.org.

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Columns

Fossil fuel companies see the need for climate action

By September 02, 2014

Wednesday, Aug 27 2014 11:01 PM
JOHN REAVES & LEN HERING: Major fossil fuel companies are seeing the need for climate action
Major fossil fuel companies have spent much energy to determine whether the fuels they sell actually cause climate change. The bottom line? They do and, perhaps surprisingly, many of them own up to it and are calling for federal action.
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There is growing concern among these major companies over climate change and a call for equitable federal action.
Shell minces no words: “CO2 emissions must be reduced to avoid serious climate change.” U.S. power provider NRG says, “Global warming is one of the most significant challenges facing humankind.” Major coal user, American Electric Power, also recognizes the problem.
Then there’s ExxonMobil, which according to DeSmogBlog pumped more than $23 million into climate denial groups, including Heartland Institute, from 1998 until a few years ago. ExxonMobil now reports “Rising greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) pose significant risks to society and ecosystems.” Furthermore, BP cites the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports as evidence of climate change. ConocoPhillips says burning fossil fuels can lead to climate disruption. Chevron, Hess, BHP Billiton and Total share these concerns. Most of these companies propose pragmatic policies to combat climate change.
For instance, BP proposes an economywide price on carbon that treats all carbon equally and makes lower-carbon energy sources more cost competitive. Shell wants a strong, stable price for GHG emissions within a comprehensive policy framework. Hess wants all affected parties treated equitably.
ExxonMobil wants a uniform, predictable carbon price and the market to drive selection of solutions. It wants to promote global participation, minimize complexity, and maximize transparency. It promotes a revenue-neutral carbon tax.
BHP Billiton supports broad, efficient, progressively introduced, market-based mechanisms. ConocoPhillips wants market-based mechanisms, investment certainty, and a level playing field among energy sources and countries.
Here’s a road map to consider that is consistent with the warnings and policy preferences of these companies. First, stop doing harm. Where practical, stop investing in fossil fuels and infrastructure that locks in additional GHG emissions for 50 years or more. Then address new energy needs using renewables while stretching our energy budget through efficiencies. Engage in massive energy research to ensure that storage systems, already entering the market, advance quickly, making large amounts of renewable energy available off-hours. Spread the use of geothermal and hydropower to address baseload demands. Finally, extend and fortify electrical grids to connect remote major renewable sources to markets and better integrate distributed energy services.
To make any difference, we must effectively price carbon emissions. A steadily rising, revenue-neutral carbon pollution fee is a most promising overarching policy. Returning all fees to all households would effectively create a progressive fee structure, because two-thirds of households would gain or break even. The dividend protects the least well off in society from harsh impacts and would be stimulative to the economy. Border tariffs would protect our businesses from competition that does not have a fee and therefore prompt other nations to adopt our fee. Consumers would have incentives to make better decisions about energy use, further stimulating innovation.
The International Monetary Fund also has called for a price on carbon: Energy prices around the world “are set at levels that do not reflect environmental damage, notably global warming.” Two bills have recently been introduced that move partly in the right direction: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MA) (permit for fossil fuels; all returned to households) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D–WA) (permits; 75 percent returned to households; 25 percent to deficit reduction).
The fee and dividend improves on those bills. For several years Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) has advocated this federal policy. CCL commissioned Regional Economic Modeling, Inc., a highly reputed economic policy forecasting company, to assess the impacts of such a policy. The results are attention grabbing. With $10 added yearly to a carbon fee and 100 percent rebated to households, by the 20th year there would be 2.8 million new jobs, $1.3 trillion boost to GDP, a quarter million lives extended (cleaner air), and 52 percent reduction in carbon dioxide.
Who can’t like an approach where economy and environment both win? The big question is: Will this be enough to make Congress finally act?
John H. Reaves , a San Diego business and environmental lawyer and mediator, was a founding director of the Citizens Climate Lobby. Len Hering, a retired Navy rear admiral, is executive director of the California Center for Sustainable Energy. This article originally appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune.
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Stroll Through History

Historic Woodland Downtown Business Association plans some fun

By August 22, 2014

Downtown Woodland turns back the hands of time on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as The Historic Woodland Downtown Business Association partners with Stroll Through History group to take you back to yesteryear. Come see vintage Model A’s presented by the Capitol A’s organization, antique fire trucks beautifully restored by the The Woodland Fire Volunteer Support Branch and farm machinery sponsored by Hiedrick Ag Museum. Plus private collectors will be displaying their own pieces of equipment. This year the HWDBA and The City of Woodland will be closing the street from First Street to Third Street. Downtown merchants will be hosting a sidwalk sale in addition to the farmers market located in Heritage Plaza. With vendor booths and a thriving restaraunt scene including an old fashioned ice cream parlor there is something for everyone to enjoy. Take the family on a tour of a turn-of-the-century opera house in The Woodland Opera House, pose for picture in front of Corner Drug, a business that’s been operating sine the late 1800s, browse through antiques stores or go thrifting. Get there early and join the Kiwanas for their pancake breakfast or just stroll throgh the tree lined streets and enjoy the many victorian homes located in the area. For those wishing to see other beautiful homes in Woodland, tours will be available through The Stroll Through History organization. For more information contact George Rowland president of the HWDBA [email protected]

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An ounce of nuts daily prolongs life and prevents disease

By August 24, 2014

Dr. David Lipschitz
Creators.com

Nuts are generally considered bad choices for snacks because they’re so high in calories. It is why experts recommend avoiding cakes or desserts containing a high content of them, and why many of us keep them out of our diets.
But in recent years, more and more information has been indicating the tremendous benefits nuts have on improving health. The most encouraging report showed that adding nuts to your diet either prevented weight gain or promoted weight loss. Researchers have found dieters who consume an ounce of nuts daily are more likely to eat less at supper and, therefore, lose weight.
And now, from a large population study, comes remarkable evidence that nut consumption reduces the risk of heart disease in both men and women by as much as 50 percent. The benefit is so impressive that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering a proposal to allow foods containing nuts to state on their labels: “Diets containing an ounce of nuts per day can reduce your risk of heart disease.”
A massive study recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that increasing nut intake also reduces the risk of many chronic illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes. It appears to reduce risk of death, too.
Researchers followed over 75,000 women from 1980 to 2010, and over 40,000 men from 1986 to 2010. Over the 30-year period, compared to those who never ate nuts, those who did once weekly had a 7 percent lower risk of dying, gradually reducing risk even more as they consumed more nuts. For those eating nuts at least once a day, the risk of death was lowered by a remarkable 20 percent. And further analysis revealed significant reductions in the risk of heart and respiratory diseases, diabetes, infections and cancer.
There was some concern at the outset of the study that daily nut consumption could lead to weight gain. The exact opposite turned out to be the case. Those eating nuts most frequently either maintained their weight or lost weight during the course of the study. Nut-eaters were overall healthier: They were less likely to be obese, had lower waist circumferences, lower cholesterols and blood-sugar levels than their counterparts not eating nuts. They also ate less, consumed more fruits and vegetables, and exercised more regularly. For this reason, it’s unclear whether the found benefits of nuts were a result of people committed to healthier lifestyles and living longer being less concerned about their weights and, hence, more likely to eat nuts.
There are many ways nuts promote health. They contain the best polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, are rich in vitamins, minerals and fibers, and have high concentrations of antioxidants (phenols and phytosterols).
Most experts recommend having an ounce of nuts as a snack in the afternoon and about two to three hours before dinner. They are calorically dense and take a long time to chew. This, in turn, helps promote satiety, as does their high calorie content. Nuts’ high level of fiber also makes you feel full and less hungry at dinnertime. Nuts make it easier to eat prudently, limiting your risk of becoming obese and making a diet program more likely to be successful.
Nuts reduce the risk of heart attacks in a number of ways. Monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids tend to lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of blood clotting. High concentrations of the amino acid arginine promote blood flow, dilate blood vessels and help maintain a lower blood pressure. And high fiber content reduces cholesterol and appears to decrease the risk of diabetes. High fiber and healthy fats in nuts also promote better gastrointestinal function and decrease the risk of colon, breast and prostate cancers.
Like an apple a day, an ounce of nuts will almost certainly keep the doctor away. The most important message you can extract from this information is that the best approach to dieting is not necessarily the consumption of low-calorie foods, but that learning to make the right food choices and eating in the right amounts will lead to a long and healthy life.

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Here are some tips on breaking the junk-food habit

By August 24, 2014

Marilynn Preston
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If I had my magic wand back — I was carrying it in the Halloween parade and it vanished — I would wave it and shazaam! all processed foods would disappear.
It’s harsh, I know. I love my Sour Cream and Onion Ruffles as much as the next person. But the truth is processed foods — the ones that come in colorful packages or cans with a long list of perfectly legal ingredients stacked under the label — aren’t good for you.
In fact, they’re bad for you. You can discover just how bad in books, videos and all over the Internet. Go there and be educated. It’s no secret that processed foods contain chemicals, additives, preservatives, artificial dyes, flavors, colors and other suspect ingredients that are linked to a variety of health problems. And not in a good way.
It’s not restful to dwell on the known negatives: the weight gain, the strokes, the fatigue, the diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and annoying digestive upsets that then must be addressed with little purple pills.
Instead, I’m going to share a positively intriguing resource for weaning yourself off processed foods, a 14-week plan that should be a required course in schools everywhere.
This step-by-step approach, created by the crusading Lisa Leake for eatLocalGrown.com, consists of mini-pledges that you take week by week, alone or with friends or, best of all, with your entire family.
Each week is another way to experience more real food and less junk. By the time 14 weeks are over, you’ll be closer than ever to eating clean. I’m not saying it’s easy — “the perfect is the enemy of the good” — but the cumulative rewards are remarkable.
When you eat clean, you feel lighter and more energetic. Chances are you’ll lose weight. Aches, pains and other symptoms that sent you to the doctor will lessen and might disappear because,  food is medicine. When you eat the real stuff, your body can thrive and heal itself. For more along these lines, go to Leake’s website 100DaysofRealFood.com and feast on her informative blogs.
And if you’re still not convinced that weaning yourself off processed foods is important, never mind. You’re not ready to change. You have a big fat disconnect between what you eat and how you feel. That’s OK. Your doctor probably struggles with the same problem, since she or he learned next-to-nothing about nutrition in medical school. (How crazy is that?!)
Ready for action? Here’s the challenge:
Week 1: (“I pledge to…”) Eat at least two different fruits and or vegetables — preferably organic — with every meal.
Week 2: Your beverages are limited to coffee, tea, water and milk. Don’t choke. Give it a go. One cup of juice is allowed per week, and wine, preferably red, is allowed in moderation. (Thank you, Lisa.)
Week 3: All meat consumed this week is locally raised. Limit yourself to three-to-four modest servings a week, treating meat as a side dish not the main course.
Week 4: No fast food or deep fried food. (Gulp!)
Week 5: Try two new whole foods you’ve never tried before.
Week 6: Eat no food products labeled as low fat, “lite,” reduced or non-fat.
Week 7: All grains must be 100 percent whole grains.
Week 8: Stop eating when you are full. (This means listening to internal cues.)
Week 9: No refined or artificial sweeteners. No white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, Splenda, stevia, agave, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, brown rice syrup and cane juice. Your food and drink can only be sweetened with modest amounts of honey or maple syrup.
Week 10: No refined or hydrogenated oils. That means no vegetable oil, soybean, corn, canola, organic canola, margarine, grape seed oil.
Week 11: Eat at least one locally grown or raised food item at each meal. That means local honey, eggs, nuts, meats, fruits, vegetables.
Week 12: No sweeteners! Not even honey and maple syrup. (You’ve come this far … you can do it!)
Week 13: Nothing artificial. Avoid all artificial ingredients.
Week 14: No more than five ingredients. Avoid packaged food products that list more than five ingredients, no matter the ingredients.
Week 15: Email me at [email protected] and let me know how well this worked, or, if you insist, how miserable you were.

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The big picture on how to hang heavy art

By August 21, 2014

By Peter Hotton

Readers submitted their questions on the dos and don’ts of hanging artwork. Say something good here.

Q. What’s the best way to hang a picture on a plaster wall? The picture is 20 inches by 24 inches and weighs about 10 pounds.

A. The simplest way (not necessarily the easiest) is the best one. Use picture hooks, sold in hardware stores. They come in several sizes. For your size and weight picture, use large hooks. Make sure there is a wire strung from each end of the picture a few inches down from the top. It’s the hanging wire. Use two hooks whether you are hanging the picture vertically or horizontally. You need two to keep pictures from going askew whenever an 18-wheeler passes by. Do not use any other gadgets that might be available. You can do a good job with only a 2-foot spirit level to make sure the hangers are level with each other.

To determine where the hooks will go, hold the picture against the wall, and mark the hook spots with a pencil. Now, place a 4-by-4-inch piece of duct tape over each pencil spot, and make sure you mark the spot on the tape. Now drive the hooks. They are designed to be nailed at a steep angle. This angle, plus the duct tape, will prevent breaking the plaster, whether is it is truly plaster or plasterboard or blueboard and skimcoat.

Q. What is the best way to prepare and paint a rusted wrought-iron railing?

A. I was looking at my own rusted wrought iron just yesterday when I was pointing brick steps, and this is what I will do. Sand off the rust as much as possible, paint those areas with Rust Reformer, and then spray or brush on one or two coats of Krylon wrought-iron paint.

Q. My daughter bought a house on Cape Cod and found an old mahogany table that was stained red. She tried to paint it. Oh, woe. The red stain bled right through the paint. What can she do?

A. Ah, yes, stained mahogany is virtually impossible to paint without the bleeding. Sanding down to the bare wood probably won’t work because mahogany is open-pored, and any stain gets stuck in the pores forever, it seems. Even heavy sanding and using a stain killer did not succeed on a similar table I had. I ended up resanding to the bare wood, staining it a darker color, and varnishing it.

Q. What do you think of air-duct cleaning? The ducts in my home are for hot-air heat and air conditioning. I don’t know how long they have gone without being cleaned, and I get no bad smells from either the heat or the air conditioning.

A. I think air-duct cleaning is good but expensive. If you don’t know when the ducts were cleaned, chances are they need it. My ducts were 50 years old and there was no smell, but you should have seen what came out of them when they were cleaned. Have them cleaned every 10 years. And make sure to clean out the dryer vent at least once a year: These can fill with lint and cause fires.

Q. I had trouble with my back door. The carpenter installed a new frame that was short, so he used filler pieces, which are coming off. What now?

A. Hoo-boy! You have a carpenter from hell, so get rid of him and find someone who can build a new frame, including jambs and possibly the threshold. If you need a new door, however, you can buy a setup that includes the casing (frame) and threshold.

Q. Any ideas on how to get that ugly green stuff off my shed roof?

A. There are two kinds of “green stuff” on roofs, always on the shady side. I am surprised you didn’t see my earlier columns on the subject, in which I jabbered away on two green things. One is algae, a form of seaweed that is bright green and does not have any form or height; it sits there on the roof. Treat it with a solution of one part bleach and three parts water, or douse it with vinegar, which will kill it. Dead, it does not have to be scraped.

The other, if it has a shape like little dull green plants, is moss, and it must be removed because it can damage the roof. Treat it the same way you would algae, but after it dies, scrape it off with a wood spatula.

And here is how you can keep it from coming back. Buy zinc strips at a hardware store or from a roofer. They are 3 to 6 feet long and 6 inches wide. Slip them under the second-highest row of shingles parallel to the ridge with 2 to 3 inches of zinc exposed. Rain washing over the strips will deliver dissolved bits of zinc down the roof, preventing new growth. This is also effective against mold. The strips will prevent new growth, but will not kill existing green stuff.

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The Handyman received several complaints after he advised the use of area rugs. The writers said area rugs are accidents waiting to happen, especially for older people, who can trip over the edges.

My reply: Just what are area rugs? To me, they are not scatter or throw rugs, but large ones (8 by 12 feet), padded, and definitely not wall to wall. To guard against tripping, I suggest tacking down the edges. In the future, I promise to write “large area rugs.”

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Summer veggies were just the first round

By August 21, 2014

By Lee Reich

In the heat of summer, it’s hard to imagine that the weather will ever be cool again. And with dry weather it’s hard to imagine it becoming rainy again.

But of course the weather does change, and you’ve got to plan what vegetables to grow for the cool and rainy days ahead that sap the vitality from tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and other summer vegetables.

Growing fall vegetables is like having another whole growing season in the garden. Cool weather brings out the best flavor from vegetables such as kale, broccoli and carrots. And the harvest season is long; fall vegetables just sit pretty, awaiting harvest at your leisure. In spring and summer, cool-season vegetables like spinach, radishes and lettuce bolt, sending up a flower stalk and becoming poor for eating if not harvested quickly enough.

Commit yourself
Before beginning to plan for fall vegetables, you need to make three commitments. The first is to maintain soil fertility. Remember, you are getting another growing season out of your garden, so apply fertilizer and liberal amounts of compost or other organic matter to the soil. Fall’s predominantly leafy vegetables are heavy feeders.

Second, don’t forget to water. Seedlings beginning life in summer often cannot get enough water for themselves. Natural rainfall and cooler temperatures eventually will lessen or eliminate watering chores as fall approaches.

And third: Weed. Summer weeds compete with vegetable plants for water, space and nutrients.

Timing is important
To figure out when to sow any fall vegetable, look on the seed packet for the “days to maturity.” Cool weather and shorter days dramatically slow growth as fall approaches, so count on any vegetable being fully grown and ready for harvest around mid-September in northern gardens, and a few weeks or months later the further south you garden.

For vegetables that usually are transplanted, such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, add three weeks, which is how long they need to grow to transplant size.

In northern climes, it’s too late to sow fall broccoli, endive, cabbage, carrots, beets and parsley, all of which need a relatively long season to mature. Mark your calendar for next year.

Enough time remains, though, even in northern regions, for a second wave of planting of such vegetables as lettuce, Chinese cabbage, kale and collards.

Check the days to maturity for Chinese cabbages; there are many varieties, and quicker maturing ones will bolt if sown too early. This sowing of lettuce should be the first of a few. Sow small amounts every couple of weeks and you will have a continuous supply of tender leaves for your salad bowl. Include some extra cold-hardy varieties, such as Winter Density, Rouge d’Hiver and Arctic King.

Vegetables in this second wave of planting for fall might follow your earlier plantings of bush beans or sweet corn, or you can sow in seed flats for transplanting three weeks later. The nice thing about using transplants is that there is no need to plant a whole row at once — you can tuck plants in here and there as space becomes available.

Later this month, when you have gathered up mature onions and perhaps dug up cucumber vines that finally succumbed to bacterial wilt, it’s time for yet a third wave of fall planting. Sow directly in the ground seeds of spinach, mustard, arugula and turnips. Also plant small radishes, the kind you normally sow in spring. And consider trying some offbeat fall greens, such as mache, miner’s lettuce and shungiku, an edible chrysanthemum.

A final sowing, for your soil
The final crop for the fall vegetable garden — sown any time before the end of September — is not for you, but for the soil. This would be a so-called cover crop, usually rye grain or oats, sown to protect the soil from rain and wind, conserve nutrients and improve tilth.

Legumes, such as peas or alfalfa, add nitrogen to the soil via symbiotic bacteria in their roots and garner it from the atmosphere.

A cover crop also looks nice, a verdant blanket over the ground late into fall.

Local seed racks are often cleared out after midsummer. If this is the case, or if you seek varieties that are unavailable locally, you can order seeds by mail.

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Delays with contractor over, 5th Street striping begins

By August 5, 2014

It seemed all about the left turns Tuesday morning on Fifth Street near F and G streets.

No more scrambling to go west on Fifth Street from F Street, trying to beat

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For eye health page

By August 01, 2014

By Dr. Schrader

Survey Reveals Parents Drastically Underestimate the Time Kids Spend on Electronic Devices

Home and classroom digital device use is up among school-age children; Dr. Wayne Schrader recommends yearly back-to-school eye exams

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), parents severely underestimate the time their children spend on digital devices. An AOA survey reports that 83 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 17 estimate they use an electronic device for three or more hours each day. However, a separate AOA survey of parents revealed that only 40 percent of parents believe their children use an electronic device for that same amount of time. Eye doctors are concerned that this significant disparity may indicate that parents are more likely to overlook warning signs and symptoms associated with vision problems due to technology use, such as digital eye strain.

Eighty percent of children surveyed report experiencing burning, itchy or tired eyes after using electronic devices for long periods of time. These are all symptoms of digital eye strain, a temporary vision condition caused by prolonged use of technology. Additional symptoms may include headaches, fatigue, loss of focus, blurred vision, double vision or head and neck pain.

“When parents think about their kids’ mobile consumption habits, they often don’t think about how much time they spend on devices in the classroom,” said Dr. Wayne Schrader. “Each year when school starts we see an increase in kids complaining of symptoms synonymous with eye strain. Essentially, they’re going from being home over the summer with a minimal amount of time spent using their devices back to a classroom full of technology, and their time on devices often doubles, leading to a strain on the eyes.”

Optometrists are also growing increasingly concerned about the kinds of light ever