By July 4, 2015

Linda DuBois


John Joseph Pon

By From page A4 | July 02, 2015

Pon, John

March 2, 1953 —— June 26, 2015

John Joseph Pon (“J”), 62, ended his four-month battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday, June 26, 2015. He passed away at home in Davis, surrounded by his family.

John was born March 2, 1953, in San Jose, to Julia and Joseph Pon. John grew up in Saratoga, where he spent time working on his family’s farm and enjoyed playing basketball and guitar. He graduated from Archbishop Mitty High School before attending UC Davis, where he received his undergraduate degree in chemistry.

After graduating, John pursued his passion for farming, working first for Howald Farms. In 1984, John moved to J.H. Meek & Sons in Woodland where he has worked managing and supervising tomato crops for the past 30 years.

Outside of farming, John’s favorite thing to do was to spend simple and quality time with his family at home. He was an avid spectator and supporter of both of his daughters’ volleyball careers and enjoyed watching their many games over the years. John was a lover of music, playing the guitar and listening to the radio religiously over the course of his life. He and his wife, Maureen were fond of attending concerts at The Palms and other local venues. John was a lifelong athlete and loved his routine of running the 3-mile loop by his house every other day after work.

John is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Pon. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Maureen; daughter Molly; daughter Sarah Eich (Kyle) and grandchildren Henry and Ella; mother Julia Pon; sisters and brothers Peggy Roberts, Jackie Williams, Annette Brown, Marylou Sucheski, Andy Pon, Janet Kleinfeld, Joe Pon, Mike Pon; and a large extended family.

John was an authentic, thoughtful and understanding man with a sarcastic sense of humor and an unmatched work ethic. He was a selfless and generous father and husband who valued his family above all else. His family and those who know him feel lucky to have been in the presence of such a genuine human being. He will be dearly missed.

A celebration of life will be held July 31, 2015, at Park Winters in Winters. For more information, please visit http://johnjpon.sitey.me. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Radio KVMR, the Yolo Crisis Nursery or Yolo Hospice.



By July 4, 2015

This an open letter to California State Assembly’s Health Committee: Honorable Members of the Assembly Health Committee: 07/04/15
It has come to my attention that Dolores Huerta has announced her support of SB128. The power of “Compassion and Choices” (AKA the Hemlock Society) has scored a sorry point here. I hosted Dolores at Cal Poly SLO when I taught Agriculture and Human Values there. She won over my very conservative agriculture students in a GTE seminar there. She is a wonderful woman who has suffered a lot for her support of the poor and vulnerable.
But evidently no one informed her that a previous (2006) effort to pass a Physician Assisted Suicide ( PAS) bill failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee because its Chair, who held the deciding vote, informed an audience of extremely low-paid workers that his negative vote is due to his consulting with Dr. Ben Rich, Chair of UC Davis Med School’s Ethics program. He asked Dr. Rich: “Can you guarantee that PAS will not target the poor?” Dr. Rich replied: “I cannot guarantee that.” The Chair then cast the deciding negative vote. Nothing has changed since then. In spite of its author’s claim that the Catholic Church stopped that PAS bill, its failure was due its failure to do justice to the very poor and vulnerable Dolores Huerta defends. How sad! How damaging to her legacy!

Letters to the Editor

By July 4, 2015

Dave Ryan

Local News

School board schedules discussion of AIM/GATE issues for Thursday

By July 04, 2015

The Davis school board will hold a special meeting on Thursday (July 7) that will feature a an agendized public comment session regarding the school district’s much-discusssed AIM/GATE program (Alternative Instructional Model, formerly Gifted and Talented Education) — a topic that has produced several hours of public comment at school board meetings during June.

And since the discussion of AIM/GATE is on the agenda this Thursday, it is likely that the school board trustees will speak to the topic — something that (under the Brown Act) they were not in a position to do at the June 25 special meeting of the school board, when dozens of AIM/GATE supporters railed for an hour and a half during public comment, objecting to two recent actions by the board. (Routinely, the school board listens to public comment, but — as mandated by the Brown Act — the trustees do not immediately respond. Sometimes issues raised during public comment are then scheduled as agenda items at the next meeting, and once the issues are on the agenda, the trustees can then discuss them.)

To recap the recent events that led to Thursday’s special meeting:

On June 4, the school board voted down a proposed staff recommendation regarding changes in annual testing to identify students for the AIM program, and instead approved (on a 4-1 vote) the following resolution:

“To provide more equitable access to the AIM program, move to eliminate the use of private testing to qualify students, beginning with students who would first be admitted to the program in the 2016-17 school year. 

“Further, direct the Superintendent to have staff review and recommend assessment protocols to be implemented in screening students beginning in the 2015-16 school year.  The focus of assessment will be to identify students whose needs cannot be met in classrooms which fully implement best practices of differentiated instruction.

“Assessment will take into consideration multiple measures.  Recommended changes will be approved by the Board, prior to implementation.

“Further, direct the Superintendent to develop a plan for the district which fully implements differentiated instructional practices in all classrooms.”

Then, during the June 18 meeting, the school board voted 3-2 against offering another one-year variable services agreement to the AIM program’s longtime coordinator, who has been working on a part-time basis since her retirement in 2010 (under a series of one-year variable services agreements). The school board also heard nearly an hour of public comment regarding the June 4 vote on AIM — with several speakers praising the school board for approving the June 4 resolution, and others urging the school board to reconsider.

At the next school board meeting on June 25, the school board heard almost exclusively from supporters of the AIM program (and many of the speakers referred to the program by its former title, GATE). Quite a few speakers objected to the June 4 resolution and the June 18 vote not to renew the AIM program director’s variable services agreement. Emotions ran high, as several speakers accused the trustees of “dismantling” the AIM program, and called on the trustees to immediately rehire the longtime program director.

Then on July 2, Superintendent Winfred Roberson sent a letter to school district parents, which laid out the following points regarding the issue:

  1. All students currently enrolled in a self-contained AIM classroom are NOT affected by any possible changes to the AIM program.

Any new measures that may be implemented as a result of the school board’s direction would take effect in the 2016-17 school year. This means, all students currently enrolled in a self-contained AIM classroom, including the AIM-identified, incoming 4th graders will NOT be affected by the June 4 Board decision.  All students currently enrolled in self-contained classes will continue to receive services.

  1. DJUSD will no longer accept private examination scores for qualification or admittance into self-contained AIM.

As of June 4, 2016, DJUSD will no longer accept private testing as a means to identify a student for the AIM program.  Again, this does not have any effect on students who qualified as AIM identified prior to that date. Families who started the private testing process prior to June 4, 2015, who qualify for AIM may still be placed in existing vacancies for the 2015-16 school year.

  1. DJUSD will continue to offer AIM/GATE services.

The Board of Education directed the Superintendent to have staff review and recommend assessment protocols to be implemented in screening students beginning in the 2015-16 school year.  This effort has begun and a plan will be brought back for Board consideration in the early fall.  While the staff recommendation, if approved by the Board of Education, may change the way students are identified and therefore the number of students who may qualify, we are certain that DJUSD will continue to offer AIM services in accordance with board direction.

  1. The change in leadership of the AIM program does not mean the school district is ending the AIM program.

As part of the review and recommendation process mentioned above, we will be recommending a program coordination and leadership structure that matches the needs of the AIM program.

  1. Your voice and experience with self-contained AIM are important to us.

Please take some time to provide your feedback to[email protected]. Your input will be reviewed and considered by staff. Input from the community will be available to the public, however inappropriate commentary will be excluded.

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting on July 9, 2015 at 7PM in the Community Chambers to receive public input on the June 4, 2015 directive to staff as listed above.

More information and the opportunity to provide additional public feedback about the staff proposal will be available in the fall. We will communicate with families so you are aware of the public meetings and what issues are being considered.Please also take time to visit our updated AIM website atwww.djusd.net/AIM.

  1. The AIM office is closed for the summer but will open as scheduled in August.

Each year the AIM Office is closed temporarily for the summer. The AIM office will reopen on August 12 and all regular services will resume.

Thursday’s school board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Chambers at Davis City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. The only item on the agenda is the discussion of AIM/GATE, and the agenda notes that “This item is agendized solely for public comment.  The Board of Trustees and staff will participate as active listeners.”

The meeting will be carried live on Davis cable television channel 17, and as live streaming video on district website www.djusd.tv.


Jeff Hudson

By July 3, 2015


Not the enemy

By July 04, 2015

This is in response to a letter by Michael Phillips published on June 5. He expresses an opinion that the citizens of Davis do not want a “militarized (paramilitary) police force.” To date I have not seen how the citizens of Davis have had a meaningful voice in the matter. The mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle was, in my opinion, hastily given away by the city council without meaningful professional input in what seemed to me as political grandstanding. “It cost us nothing. We do not want a tank in town. Let’s dump it.” Good Davis attitude.

The writer further states “the Davis PD and every other law-enforcement entity want to appear intimidating…” and I cannot believe that for a moment. The police who must interface with citizenry every day must wear a uniform to identify themselves, but the duty uniform is hardly suitable for diving onto the turf or beating through the woods. And for some operations at night it is reasonable to dress them in black. If I were going against a possibly armed suspect I would like to be as small and indistinct a target as possible. In short, the writer seems to be releasing built-up pressure from other causes. I find no way he could have basis for some of his statements, for instance “police in the united states view you and me as ‘the enemy.’ ”

My career could loosely be described as “the management of violence.” In every case I encountered, I wanted the weight of capability to be heavily on my side. It discouraged the assumed perpetrator in almost every case, and walking into a loosely defined situation it gave some confidence in survival. Police and firemen face that problem frequently, never knowing what the person sitting in the front seat of a vehicle will do, or if a fire was started by a nutcake growing marijuana who is stoned and dangerous. So since we are all paying for the services of these public servants, let us try to support them with whatever means can improve their chances of survival in performing their duties.

Bruce Carswell

Letters to the Editor

By July 3, 2015

Sue Cockrell

By July 3, 2015

Sue Cockrell

By July 3, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

By July 3, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

By July 3, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

Name Droppers

Name droppers MASTER FILE

By June 24, 2015

Ting Lan Sun, 50, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California State Board of Education. A UC Davis graduate, Sun has been executive director at the Natomas Charter School since 2012, where she was director of educational programs from 2006 to 2012, 2000 to 2003 and 1993 to 1997.

She was a senior consultant at Cambridge Education from 2007 to 2009, vice president of leadership and quality at the California Charter Schools Association from 2003 to 2006, an educational programs consultant at the California Department of Education from 1997 to 2000 and a teacher at the Natomas Charter School from 1993 to 1997 and at Natomas Junior High School from 1988 to 1993.

She is co-chair of the California Department of Education’s Public Schools Accountability Act Advisory Committee and was chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing from 2007 to 2011.

Sun earned a doctor of education degree from UCD and a master of education degree from Stanford University.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Sun is registered without party preference.


Davis resident Tom Martens won first place in the John Reginato Conservation Award category in the annual Outdoor Writer’s Association of California writing and photography contest for four magazine columns.

The award was presented in mid-June at the association’s awards dinner and conference at Big Bear Lake in Southern California.

Subjects of the columns, which were published in the California Fly Fisher magazine, included an update on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; an in-depth interview with Charlton Bonham, director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; and conservation efforts and threats to the Smith River in far Northern California.

Martens also won second place in the BEST OWAC Conference-Related Work category for a column on Sonora, which was part of his long-running “Trout Town Series.” It also appeared in California Fly Fisher and profiled communities that promote trout fishing and cater to anglers. Sonora was the site of an association conference in 2014.

Martens is freelance writer and a longtime Davis resident. He has written masters swimming and outdoor columns for The Davis Enterprise. He is a member of the association’s board of directors and was elected vice president at the Big Bear Lake conference.

Some of the award-winning stories can be read on his website at www.tommartens.net.

— Do you know of someone who has won an award or accomplished something noteworthy? Email it to [email protected] or send it to Name Droppers, The Davis Enterprise, P.O. Box 1470, Davis, CA 95617

Enterprise staff

By July 2, 2015

Chris Saur

By July 2, 2015

Chris Saur

By July 2, 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.


Coffee club 7/12

By July 03, 2015

Hello Debbie,

I’m going to be on vacation next week and wanted to get this news release sent to you.
Can I get the following news release posted in July 12th Sunday’s business section.

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Sponsors Coffee Club
Carolyn Stiver , an Edward Jones financial advisor in Davis, will be hosting a Coffee Club at 8:30 am July 14, 2015 Tuesday at Edward Jones Investment office located at 4627 Fermi Place Suite 130 Davis, CA 95618 (530) 747-2002. The coffee club’s are held every second Tuesday of each month.
The coffee club is an informal gathering whereby Edward Jones financial advisors provide an update on the stock market and the economy in a relaxed environment.
“The coffee club offers us an opportunity to learn from one another and receive market updates,” Stiver said. “I look forward to keeping individual investors informed about the current market and the economy, as well as have fun and get to know some of my neighbors.”

Have a great 4th,


Kris Alves
Edward Jones Investments
Financial Advisor Carolyn Stiver
Fax. 877-374-3168
[email protected]

Kris Alves
Branch Office Administrator
Edward Jones
4627 Fermi Place Suite 130
Davis, CA 95618-9400
(530) 747-2002

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Enterprise staff

By July 2, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis


Developing Countries

By July 03, 2015

July 1st of each year the World Bank announces which developing countries became developed counties in the previous year. Argentina and Venezuela made it into the developed club for the first time in 2014. There are now far more Latin Americans living in high income countries than low and lower middle income countries combined.

Close to one fifth of humanity is now living in high income countries. In the next ten years we are likely to double that percentage.

To be considered high income or developed a nation must have a per person economic output of close to 13 thousand US dollars a year measured at standard exchange rates. America is roughly four times that rich, and I estimate we first achieved this status in 1941, the year Pearl Harbor was attacked.

At the low end of the economic spectrum Bangladesh, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Kenya, and Tajikistan moved up from low income to lower middle. In 1998 60% of the world’s population lived in low income countries, now it is down to eight and a half percent.

In 2014 for the first time none of the ten most populous nations in the world were low income nations, and only two of the top twenty, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, were low income nations. Current statistics show that Ethiopia and Congo have the most rapidly growing economies among the 20 most populous nations.

Bill Gates famously predicted that in 20 years the low income category would be largely empty. His prediction seems to be on track.

A child born in the poorest nation on earth today has a very good chance of dying of old age in his native land, a high income, developed nation.

Richard Bruce


Letters to the Editor

Local News

Davis High student wins first prize in Princeton play writing contest

By July 03, 2015

Kanishk Pandey, who will be starting his senior year at Davis High School next month, made his youthful debut on the nation’s literary landscape by winning first prize in Princeton University’s Ten-Minute Play Contest in June.

The rules of the competition are fairly simple. The contest is open to students who are 11th graders. Contestants can submit one (and only one) play, which can be up to ten pages long. Contestants needed to submit their play by March 31. A jury that evaluated the plays was drawn from the Princeton University theater faculty, and included veteran playwright Christopher Durang (author of the very popular 2012 comedy “Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike,” which won that year’s Tony Award for Best Play) and 30-year-old playwright Branden Jacob-Jenkins (widely  seen as a rising figure in the field).  Prizes were announced on June 2.

Pandey read about the contest, and decided to submit his play “An Unaware Bird.”  And in early June, he got an email Princeton, informing him he had won first prize.

“I found out later that this award is ‘big.’ It’s widely acclaimed,” Pandey told The Enterprise. “I’m really excited.”

Pandey’s play “An Unaware Bird” opens with the stage direction “A bird tweets alone in the darkness. It tweets multiple times, each time reducing the gap between the last. The sudden noise of a group of birds erupting from trees rings out into the audience. The lights go up slowly, revealing the stage. It is bare, except for a desk big enough to fit a laptop and a lamp, a chair (both of which are at center stage), and hundreds of spare papers spread about the space on the floor. In the chair sits K, a young boy” — who is writing on a laptop.

Also on stage is Beo — a tall masculine figure in a grey suit. The script specifies that “Instead of a head, Beo has a white cube with small black markings on it; not enough to gather immediate attention.” And then a conversation of a sort begins:

K: What do you think of “The Redwoods”? It’s a fascinating name, I think. “Blanket Beauty”. That’s good too.

BEO: Matters what you’re asking.

K: Essay title.

BEO: It always smells so awful here.

K: I think it fits, but neither are actually a part of the essay.

BEO: Always smells so bad.

K: I don’t think they got anything to do with the essay, but the best titles don’t…you know? I dunno how to rephrase that. Do you?

BEO: We were always so damn small.

K: You not listening. That’s fair, I rarely listen to you either; it’s probably how we were supposed to operate; where’d Camus state that we were supposed to be- Ah, never mind. No one’s going to get it.

Over the course of the next few pages — remember, the play is only ten pages long — another character named George Who Writes Like Hemingway enters the story, dispensing advice. And the conversation progresses to topics including fascists, writing, and the grocery store. With plenty of stage directions along the way.

“Detailed stage directions,” he emphasized. He added that his earlier plays were “more like poems” because they lacked indications of what should be happening on stage. And Pandey spells out imagery as well. Paper imagery, as in a stack of papers (work in progress). And bird imagery — the bird comes up at several points in the short play.”With this play, I kept in mind what it would look like being staged,” he said.

First prize in the Princeton Ten-Minute Play Contest comes with a $500 award — but more significantly, it’s validation that the jury of Princeton faculty members see something promising in the budding young playwright’s work. And that’s the big thrill for Pandey. (He confided that at one point, he tried writing short stories and submitting them for publication, “but they got sent back.”)

Simply put, this young man is utterly fascinated by the theater, and has spent a considerable amount of time during the last few years reading scripts by the great 20th Century playwrights of the English language, including Edward Albee, Tom Stoppard, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill, August Wilson, and more. (And how often do you encounter a high school student who has read (and carefully considered) multiple scripts by such writers — and is anxious to discuss them?)

“I saw August Wilson’s ‘Two Trains Running’ in Ashland (in 2013),” he said. And he added that he is a big admirer of Edward Albee’s landmark script from 1962, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” — “that’s how I got turned on to absurdism,” he explained. When this reporter mentioned in passing that he interviewed Albee when Albee gave a lecture on the UC Davis campus in the late 1990s, Pandey (who was born around the time of Albee’s visit) was left momentarily breathless.

Pandey was born in Davis — he attended Valley Oak Elementary, Korematsu Elementary (the name Korematsu comes up momentarily in “An Unaware Bird”), and Harper Junior High. As a ninth grader, he participated in the Sacramento Theatre Company’s Young Professionals Conservatory, where he found he “didn’t like acting that much,” so his STC teacher “told me to read more plays.”

This month, Pandey is participating in the Powerhouse Theatre Apprentice Program at Vassar College — the program’s motto is “Write. Direct. Act.” The interns spend half the day taking classes, and the other half of the day “shadowing” actors, directors and others who put theater productions together. And then the interns put together productions of plays themselves.

Pandey will be back in Davis in time for his senior year studies at Davis High, where the new school year will begin (for students) on August 26. And he will be writing as often as he can — in addition to using a computer, he generally carries a small notepad wherever he goes. “I like to be able to write wherever I am,” he said. “I want to get a lot of writing out, and get stuff published, and keep experimenting with style.”




Jeff Hudson

By July 2, 2015

Chris Saur


Rock ‘n roll oldies to fill Picnic in the Park on Wednesday

By July 03, 2015

Frankie and the Fabletones will bring a full spectrum of rock ‘n roll oldies to Picnic in the Park from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Davis Farmers Market in Central Park, Third and C streets in Davis.

Frankie and the Fabletones’ four lead singers deliver the songs you know and love, from do-wop to Motown and rock ‘n roll of the ’50s and ’60s. This Davis band is a Picnic in the Park favorite that will have everyone up and dancing.

There is summer produce galore at the market, open 4:30-8:30 p.m. Davis Food Co-op sponsors the music; the market’s community partner, Sutter Davis Hospital, sponsors Picnic in the Park.

All market sellers grow or produce what they sell. Shoppers will find farm-fresh corn, tomatoes, melons, berries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, pluots and avocados plus other organic and conventional produce. There also are local eggs, honey, cheese, wine and baked goods.

Picnickers can enjoy a wide variety of cuisines from Davis food purveyors, and local beer and wine from Davis Soroptimists’ booth.
Local food vendors include: The Buckhorn, Ciocolat, Davis Food Co-op, East West Gourmet, Fuji Sushi Boat, The Hotdogger, Jake’s Davis Creamery, Kettlepop, Kathmandu Kitchen, Monticello Seasonal Cuisine, Montoya’s Tamales, Our House, Raja’s Tandoor, Stone Soup Catering, Thai Recipes and Village Bakery.

Family fun includes pony rides, bounce houses, Rocknasium’s rock-climbing structure, face-painting, balloon genius Dilly Dally plus Central Park’s two playgrounds and bicycle-powered carousel.

More information is available at www.DavisFarmersMarket.org.

Special to The Enterprise

Local News

Resolving conflict through mediation

By July 02, 2015

Imagine a world where disputes between neighbors over the construction of a fence, a barking dog or a parking space are resolved during a simple conversation on the front porch. Where divorced parents work out minor changes to a custody plan between themselves, without having to call the lawyers. Or even where disagreements between landlords and tenants don’t end up in small claims court.

Because such a perfect world doesn’t always exist, there is the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center, which for the last year has been helping residents and businesses in Davis resolve disputes through mediation. For a $50 fee per participant — with a sliding scale based on income level available — trained volunteer mediators assist those in conflict as they craft a solution that meets the needs of both sides.

The center’s fleet of 20 trained mediators have facilitated agreements on everything from disputes between roommates to landlord/tenant issues involving claims for rent, security deposits and cleaning fees. They’ve helped work out neighborhood conflicts over noise, landscaping and parking, disputes between merchants and customers and even family conflicts.

“It’s about problem-solving and building relationships,” said the center’s executive director, Orit Kalman.

Like the woman upset about her neighbor’s barking dog. She contacted the center and asked for help resolving the problem.

The center, in turn, contacted the owner of the barking dog to ask if she’d be willing to come to mediation. She agreed. Turned out, she was ill, and unable to take her dog out for a walk every morning like she used to. Thus the barking.

The solution? Her neighbor, who’d been so upset by the barking, offered to begin walking the dog herself. Problem solved, and a relationship born.

“Sometimes you start with two people who can’t even look at each other… and there is an amazing transformation that occurs when they feel heard,” Kalman said. “You see them work through a process and be vulnerable. As a mediator, it’s very humbling.”

“And the fact that people come up with their own agreement (means) they really own it and really follow it,” Kalman added.

Mediators don’t offer legal advice, don’t take a side and don’t impose a solution. Rather, they serve as guides for people in conflict, setting the stage for conversation.

“Sometimes you think, ‘I wouldn’t do it that way,'” Kalman said, “but it’s not the role of the mediator. If it works for them, that’s what’s important.”

But mediating conflict is only a part of what they do here. The center has also trained many community members in the art of mediation and conflict resolution — training that participants now use in their own lives, at home, at school and at work.

The center is the successor to the city of Davis’s Community Mediation Services program, which from 1991 to 2011 provided mediation, facilitation and conflict resolution training to address a wide variety of conflicts throughout the city. The program used trained volunteers and provided an affordable opportunity for individuals, families and community groups who otherwise would not be able to afford those services.

But funding for the city’s program ran out in 2011, leaving a void later filled by community members — including a number of individuals trained as mediators through the city’s program. They formed the non-profit Yolo Conflict Resolution Center in 2014 and will celebrate the center’s first anniversary next month.

Over the years, first as the Davis program, now one focused on serving the whole county, the center has trained community members from all walks of life in mediation and conflict resolution techniques, from volunteers for the Yolo County District Attorney’s Neighborhood Court program to high school students.

In January, Da Vinci Charter Academy hosted a training for some of the school’s students as well as Da Vinci and school district staff.

“It was really remarkable,” said Da Vinci staff member Susan Kirby, who also serves on the YCRC board.

The training was intense she said — 40 hours spread over two weekends — “but the kids were wonderful. It’s really powerful stuff, and it’s something you can put in your toolbox for the future.”

Allison Kelly certainly has.

Kelly was trained while she was a student at UC Davis.

“I hadn’t done anything like this before and I was so glad I did because it’s been so useful,” she said.

Kelly, who graduated in 2008, now works with students with special needs, kids who often struggle with things like loud noises or sitting still. She needs to constantly gauge what they need, often before they need it.

“As mediators, what’s really important is looking at somebody’s body language… to be adaptable and a calming presence,” she said — all things she brings to her current job as well.

“Mediation taught me patience. It was a process for me, but everybody can be trained,” she said. “I love it.”

Daniel Tkach uses his mediation training in his current job as a high school teacher in the Bay Area.

Tkach went through training after graduating from USC several years ago. His mom, Cathy Tkach, volunteered with the city’s mediation program beginning in 2007 and helped establish the YCRC.

“I was really interested in looking at structured, process-oriented ways of solving complex community problems,” Daniel Tkach said of his decision to go through the training. “I was really intrigued that you’re not deciding the fate of the parties.”

He mediated some disputes between neighbors in Davis, as well as between roommates, and now uses many of the techniques he learned as a teacher.

The training, he said, “gave me a framework and vocabulary to deal with conflicts.”

It’s about empowering people to find a solution but also about ensuring people feel heard.

“You might have a dispute between neighbors over a fence — whether it should be wood or chain link — but (sometimes) it’s more about, ‘I don’t feel you’re respecting my property,'” Daniel Tkach said. “It’s about being aware of how emotions affect positions.”

Of course not everyone in a dispute will agree to mediation. It’s purely voluntary, after all, and only about 25 percent of disputes brought to the center ever proceed to mediation.

Cathy Tkach has served as a case developer, taking calls and listening to the caller’s story before determining if it’s suitable for mediation or if the caller should be referred elsewhere.

If the case is deemed suitable, she will then contact the second party and invite him or her to mediation.

Sometimes that person is expecting the call, Cathy Tkach said. Sometimes not.

“Some are incensed.”

And sometimes, she added, the second party has a very different story than the first party.

But often just giving them the opportunity to talk, to be heard, makes all the difference. They may end up agreeing to come to mediation, or they may decide to try to work it out without the center’s services.

And sometimes, Cathy Tkach noted, “mediation results in a greater understanding that leads to something special.”

Like the person who began walking her neighbor’s dog.

“I didn’t think the neighbor would be up for walking the dog as part of the solution,” Cathy Tkach said.

But she was.

Cathy Tkach came to mediation from a nursing background — she has a master’s degree in public health nursing — and says much of what she does, the active listening in particular, “is everything you do in healthcare.”

“You have to be very open and nonjudgemental,” she said. “You have to know there are many solutions to a problem.”

And most importantly, “you have to see conflict as an opportunity.”

Anybody is welcome to go through mediation training, and Kalman would like to see more young people, more men and more bilingual mediators involved.

The training is time-consuming (40 hours) and expensive ($600), though the center is actively seeking grants to defray costs and has already received one from the Davis Sunrise Rotary Club to cover scholarships, Kalman said.

With a larger fleet of volunteer mediators, the center can expand more throughout the county.

“We’re reaching out to other communities to find out how to meet the needs of those communities,” Kalman explained, adding that “certain cultures in the community are less inclined to do (mediation) so we need to meet them where they are.”

Outreach comes in many forms — people in conflict are referred to the center from a variety of sources, including the Davis Police Department. Officers, Kalman said, will be carrying cards with contact information for the center that they can give out to people who have disputes that the police themselves cannot resolve for them.

After all, one of the primary goals of the mediation center is to lessen the burden on government — including the justice system — by helping people resolve issues themselves.

Mediation sessions are confidential and protected by the California Evidence Code, meaning mediators may not be subpoenaed to testify about what occurred during mediation. Sessions last about three hours with follow-up sessions when necessary.

“Sometimes it can take three hours just for them to understand the process,” Kalman said. “And I’ve had people get up and leave and slam the door and then come back.”

Once a resolution is reached, the center will follow up with both parties a month later. Invariably, Kalman said, the agreement will still be in place.

To learn more about the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center, its programs and upcoming trainings, visit http://www.yolocrc.org or call 530-564-2324.

Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] or 530-747-8051. Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy.

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Youth films premiere in Beijing, will be screened locally in September

By July 03, 2015

The Davis International Film Festival, youth screenplay competition and original film screening premiered on June 30 at the Imperial Academy in Beijing Normal University. Famous director Zhao BaoGang, Zhu ShiMao, Kong Wei and many other film stars, producers and scholars attended this event. Professors Sheldon Lu and Xiaoling Shu and a group of UC Davis students attended this event.
The film contest emphasizes the cultural exchange between youths and is targeted at films, documentaries and short films produced by youths. This corresponds with the film contest hosted in United States and it is accepting film submission around world. The film festival award ceremony will be held in Davis in September.
The film competition is split into two sections: youth screenplay competition and original film screening. Allowed genres include dramas, documentaries, animations and shorts. All submitted material will be reviewed by judges and the creators of chosen films will be invited to America to attend the film festival in California, where they may participate in meet and greets and international film forums. In addition, the winner’s screenplay will be recommended to famous film producers.
During the Film festival in september, we will showcase the awarded films. The Award ceremony will be held at Mondavi Center of UC Davis. Many famous Chinese actors and actress will attend the red carpet event. Visit the website at davisiff.org or write to [email protected] for more information.

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By July 2, 2015


Aerial performers to show their skill on — and above — Brunelle stage in benefit performance

By July 03, 2015

Daring aerial performers will be “flying” in Davis High”s Brunelle Performing Arts Theatre on Saturday, as the third annual Equilibria Aerial Art Show will present artists who perform on poles, on hanging rings, on a trapeze, and more. Several of the performers have experience performing with circus troupes and the related ensembles.

The show will be on Saturday (July 11) at 7 p.m. in the Brunelle Performing Arts Theatre at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. in Davis. Tickets are $20 at the door, and doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Advanced tickets are also available online  for $15 at equilibriaartsshow2015.brownpapertickets.com and the show’s website is equilibriaartshow.com.

Marie Maher, a student in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, is the producer of the show. Maher said “Equilibria is the only show of its kind to come to Davis. We aim to demonstrate the power, flexibility, and discipline needed to take flight, promote awareness of the arts, and inspire others to be involved.”

“A diverse group of performers, many from Davis, will take the stage to demonstrate their passion for artistry, athleticism, grace, strength, and empowerment,” Maher said.

And the show supports a cause. “All proceeds from the show benefit WEAVE, the Sacramento nonprofit group that is the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County. We have partnered with WEAVE all three years that we have staged Equilibria,” Maher explained.

Performers include Nanci-Lee Garsha, a transplant from New York who has lived in this region for eight years. She saw an aerial performance during intermission at a concert and decided that she “wanted to dance in the air” herself, and she has now been training for over a year at a fitness club in Roseville.

Caitlyn Kilgore is a Bay Area native who has trained in circus arts both in the United States and abroad, specializing in vertical aerial apparatuses like tissue and rope. She is also a stilt walker.

Casey  Hayhurst is a 21-year-old who has been training as a pole dancer for two-and-a-half years.

Dior Dances is owner and instructor of Dior Dances in Vacaville, who teaches pole dance fitness along with twerk, chair dance, and other exotic dance styes.

Erin Rodriguez is a Bay Area aerialist who trains and teaches at Athletic Playground in Emeryville. In addition to circus training, she has two decades of experience performing music. She is a graduate student in archeology at UC Berkeley.

Katie Hutchinson is a classically-trained ballerina who discovered aerial arts while earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at Towson University, in Baltimore (MD). She now lives in California and specializes in aerial silk solos and duets, as well as dance and static trapeze.

Katie Wilkerson started “flying” in 2013. She specializes in aerial hoop (lyra) and works with a circus troupe based in Oakland, in addition to teaching aerial acrobatics at fitness clubs.

Maia Adams owns an aerial acrobatic and dance studio in San Francisco, and has performed with several Bay Area circus troupes.

Thai Lam has been working with the Circus Center in Sacramento and hopes to one day perform in a manner similar to that of the famous comic book aerialist, Superman.

Paige Barylsky joined the United States Air Force as an enlisted aviator; she studied dance in high school and college, and has been exploring pole dancing and aerial silks for the past two years.

Nate Davies performs mostly on aerial straps, and also does hand balancing, tumbling, and other forms of acrobatics. He is a manager at the Freeflow Academy in Rocklin, teaching kids and adults.

Noeli Acoba has a ten-year background in competitive figure skating. Now a biotechnology major at UC Davis, she developed a strong interest in the aerial arts during the past year, and finds time to train in Sacramento and Rocklin.

Marie Jeanye was a figure skater for 11 years, and became an aerialist seven years ago. Now a third-year veterinary student at UC Davis, she continues to pursue flying on stage.

Stephanie Haber is a San Francisco native who joined the City Circus at age 15. She now lives and teaches in the Sacramento area, and continues to feel attracted to the aerial arts because  “It’s more than an apparatus… it’s a connection, lifestyle, and massive amounts of glitter, of course.”

Anastasia Sauvage trained with a former Cirque du Soleil coach in Sonoma County, and her aerial performances are informed by her background in ballet, contemporary dance and theater.

Sariah Crull and Reno Gorman are a team who focus on “the fun practice of partner work, inversions, and flying yoga.”

Keely Ann Beyries is an aerialist and fire performer from Oakland, who has worked with several circus groups.

Shelby Abeyta studied Jiu Jitsu, gymnastics and dance, then “started pole dancing as a new and exciting challenge to see what I could push my body to do.”

Tricia Morgan became a pole dancer at age 18, and now pursues several forms of training to keep herself in shape; she aspires to become a registered dietician so that she can “help people be healthy and pursue their passions throughout their lives.”

Jeff Hudson

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Linda DuBois

Pon, John



Wineaux: Coming to consensus (or not) on ‘natural’ wine

By From page A7 | July 09, 2015

In a recent New York Times Magazine (May 3) piece, Michael Pollan reflects on the word “natural,” which, in the food world, means nothing and everything. Nothing, because there’s no real definition, no real standards (unlike “organic,” which is regulated). Everything, because, as Pollan notes, “Something in the human mind, or heart, seems to need a word of praise for all that humanity hasn’t contaminated, and for us that word now is ‘natural.’” He points to the sometimes ludicrous results, (“edible oxymorons”) like “natural cheetos puffs” or “all-natural Tyson chicken nuggets.”
“Natural” is, similarly, a contested term in the world of wine. In a recent email, importer Kermit Lynch, one of the original proponents of what has come to be called the natural wine movement, expresses his own irritation with the word. “I’ll take some credit for pioneering natural wines…but how some winemakers have convinced anybody that they are more natural than thou—I, for one, know better. Ask winemakers today if they make natural wines and they all say yes.”
In spite of the loose use of “natural,” though, a certain consensus is beginning to emerge. “Natural” wine distributors Jenny & Francois, for example, have made a list of the things they look for beyond their minimum (organic growing): “no synthetic molecules in the vines, plowing or other solutions to avoid chemical herbicides, use of indigenous yeast, handpicked grapes, low to no filtering, low to no sulfites, no pumping or rough handling of grapes, no micro-oxygenation, no chaptalization.”
These requirements are echoed in Isabelle Legeron’s excellent NATURAL WINE, subtitled, significantly, “An introduction to organic and biodynamic wines made naturally.” Organic grape growing (whether “certified” or not) is necessary but not sufficient, according to these naturalists—many winemakers who use organic grapes make their wine conventionally as opposed to the “nothing added, nothing taken away” method of most “natural” wine makers. As winemaker Bernard Bellahen says, “When I talk about natural wine, I say it’s just fermented grape juice. I use grapes, grapes, and more grapes, and the result is wine. That’s it.”
Both France and Italy are in the process of trying to regulate the term, but the situation at the moment is summarized by the owner of a natural wine shop in Leeds, “We are expected to take it on trust…that they are using natural methods and ingredients. I’d love this to be sufficient, but I fear in this world it isn’t.” In other words, if you’re really interested in natural wines à la Legeron, you have to know your winemakers. Or look for a reliable importer like Kermit Lynch or Jenny & Francois. Or buy from a wine shop like the one in Leeds. Closer to home is Terroir Natural Wine Bar and Merchant in San Francisco, which I’m planning to visit on my next trip.
But the easiest place to start on the journey to natural wine is at the Davis Amtrak station, where you’ll catch the train to Berkeley and take a 20-minute walk to 5th and Gilman where Chris Brockway (who gets several mentions in Legeron’s book) has his urban winery. I’ve written several times about Broc Cellars’ wonderful wines, and I urge you again to make this little trip. The perfect time would be Sunday, July 19 from 1-5, when Chris will be opening his 9 new releases—including a sparkling cabernet franc!–paired with food from Naked Lunch, and accompanied by Marco Peris and his Brass Band. (You can order tickets from the website–$25–or get them at the door–$30. This entitles you to a 10% discount on purchases of Chris’ very reasonably-priced wines.)
Pace yourself carefully because you’ll also want to walk a few doors down from Broc and visit Donkey and Goat, a winery owned by Tracey and Jared Brandt, also mentioned in Legeron’s book as natural wine pioneers. Say the Brandts: “We strive to make wine as naturally as possible. We’ve done so since day one. Of late, natural is fashionable, which we appreciate, but we’ve always made wines this way because we feel it makes a superior wine while aligning with our philosophies.”
The last time I visited was after I’d had several tastes at Broc, so I decided I could try just one Donkey and Goat wine. I chose the 2013 Untended Chardonnay, made from 36-year-old, ungrafted vines in the Anderson Valley. The Brandts describe it as “a stunning example of the benefits of doing less to get more minerality, tension and cool climate Chardonnay flavor,” and I would have to agree. Especially about that “stunning.” I am not generally a fan of California chard, but this wine could easily make a convert out of me. At $38 a bottle, that won’t happen anytime soon, but you could spend $100+ on a bottle of boutique California chard and not get anything so delicious as this. I’m eager to try one of their new releases, the 2014 Improbable Chardonnay ($24), made with grapes made from a 30- year-old musqué clone in El Dorado (hence the “improbable”)–and getting great reviews. If your palate is still fresh after your slate of Broc releases, taste every D&G wine on offer.
This little Berkeley excursion might just change the way you think about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Happiness in a glass, that is.
— Reach Susana Leonardi at [email protected] Comment on this column at www.davisenterprise.com

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Linda DuBois


Nathan Moore and Jay Cobb Anderson to play Davis backyard concert

By July 03, 2015

Mr. Hat and Davis Concerts present a family friendly, intimate backyard concert in Davis on Saturday, July 11, featuring two of the most popular singer songwriters featured at this year’s 25th annual High Sierra Music Festival.
Only 100 tickets are available for this event featuring the folk and Americana stylings of Nathan Moore (Mayor of High Sierra, Surprise Me Mr. Davis, ThaMuseMeant) and his traveling companion Jay Cobb Anderson of Portland’s rising Newgrass starts Fruition. Special surprise guests are likely.
This all-ages event features a trampoline for the kids, with food and beverages available on site. A special kid-centric set starts at 6 p.m., followed by two sets for the whole family until 10 p.m.
Tickets are available now at Armadillo Music in downtown Davis and online at www.cavalcade.bpt.me. The price is $20 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-17. The Davis address of this event will be emailed after tickets are purchased.
For more information, contact Greg Keidan at 510-452-7315, [email protected], or DeKristie Adams at 530-902-3650, [email protected]

Enterprise staff


Yolo Mambo to play house concert in Oakland

By July 03, 2015

Local band Yolo Mambo will play its first house concert in Oakland on Saturday, July 11. It will be at Rose Avenue Acoustic Delights, 933 Rose Ave. from 2 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, with all proceeds going to the musicians. For information, visit http://concerts.roseavenue.com/yolo-mambo.html

Enterprise staff

By July 2, 2015

Linda DuBois


Safety first:

By July 03, 2015

July 2015 Davis Enterprise Article
Thank you for reading and sending me your comments and questions about last month’s article on turning right at the intersections. I really appreciated the feedback and the follow-up questions. Many of the questions I received were about bike boxes. You wanted to know what is a bike box? Where should drivers and people on bikes position themselves in a bike box when the light is red or green? How do drivers and people on bikes make turns from the bike box? So let’s talk about bike boxes.
Currently, there are three bike boxes in Davis which were installed as part of the 5th Street Corridor Improvements project. The bike boxes are located at the intersections of 5th Street and B Street (northbound and southbound) and Russell Boulevard and A Street (northbound only).
Bike boxes are green painted boxes in the travel lane in front of the stop bar. The green paint continues into the bike lane. The figure below shows both where drivers and people on bikes should be positioned in relationship to the bike box at a red light. The green paint is a visual queue for drivers and people on bikes that this intersection has a large volume of bike riders.
The purpose of the bike box is to allow people on bikes to position themselves in front of people driving. Prioritizing the people on bikes at the front of the intersection, allows for more bikes to queue up and travel safely through the intersection before drivers enter the intersection. This makes bikes more visible and reduces collisions. Bike boxes also benefit pedestrians because they minimize the number of vehicles encroaching into the crosswalk at a red light.
When the light is red the drivers should not be in the green box and they are not permitted to turn right. People on bikes should position themselves in the green area in front of the vehicles or in the green bike lane. When the light is green drivers and people on bikes should treat the bike box like all other intersections with bike lanes.
The driver should always merge into the bike lane area when turning right. The driver at an intersection with a bike box should turn right on the green light when it is safe to do so. Drivers should enter the dashed bike lane area and position themselves as close to the curb as practicable. This movement allows people on bikes to see the drivers intended movement and reduces the chance of a turning driver colliding with a person on a bike traveling straight.
If the green painted bike box extends into the left turn lane then the bike box is designed for people on bikes to use for turning left. Bike riders should move to the green box and position themselves ahead of the drivers. When the left turn lane has no green box, then drivers and people on bikes should queue up single file in the left turn lane. The current bike boxes installed in Davis do not extend into the left turn lane.
Here are some helpful tips for drivers and people on bikes to remember.
Bike Box Tips for Drivers
a. When going straight, stop behind bike box.
b. When turning right, pull into the green dashed bike lane and look out for people on bikes.
c. Remember, No right turn on red!

Bike Box Tips for People on Bikes
1. Use the bike boxes!
2. Don’t use them for left turns.
3. When the light is green look out for drivers turning right.

I hope that you found this information about bike boxes informative. If you have any suggestions or comments please contact me at [email protected]
Upcoming Events:
July 10th join the Davis Bike Club for a casual fun ride starting at Mace Ranch Park picnic shelter at 6:30 p.m. Thinking about getting back on your bike and need a little incentive? How about some ice cream at the end of the ride? You can choose a half hour+ ride or an hour+ ride. These rides are for all ages and abilities. Minors need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Wear your helmet. Please contact David Joshel at [email protected] if you have any questions.
July 11th from 9 a.m. to noon City staff will be at the Farmer’s Market with information about how drivers, people on bikes, and pedestrians will travel through the new intersection of Covell Boulevard and J Street.

Jennifer Donofrio

Special Editions

Safe grilling tips from UC Davis

By July 03, 2015

Editor’s note: This story includes a series of how-to videos, and the entire package can be viewed online: http://ucdavis.edu/ucdavis-today/2015/june/30-10-tips-to-keep-summer-grilling-safe.html

Photos: http://photos.ucdavis.edu/albums.php?albumId=642744

For video/B roll, please contact Karen Nikos-Rose, below.

UC Davis offers tips on how to prevent foodborne illness this holiday

Warm weather means outdoor grilling, bringing families and friends together for fun, sun and good food. Unfortunately, it is the perfect environment for foodborne illnesses, too, which peak in the summer.

While most consumers are very aware of food safety issues, including salmonella, and the risk of illness, many do not follow recommended food safety practices in preparing their own meals at home, UC Davis researchers have found.

A UC Davis study last year, which examined preparation of raw poultry, found that the most common risks in kitchens stemmed from cross-contamination and insufficient cooking.

Wash your hands and utensils, not the meat

Most risks can be avoided by practicing thorough hand-washing, never rinsing raw meat in the sink and using calibrated thermometers to determine that meat is fully cooked, says Christine Bruhn, author of the study and UC Cooperative Extension specialist emerita.

“The first thing you have to start with is washing your hands. Wash your hands before you touch anything else,” Bruhn says while demonstrating appropriate food preparation techniques recently in her Davis kitchen.

Wash afterward, too. “Anytime you touch a raw product, you need to wash your hands — for 20 seconds,” she adds.

Another tip: “The best cooks use thermometers. That way you don’t overcook, you don’t undercook. Your meat will be juicy and good — and safe,” she says.

From the grocer (put an extra bag around your meat so juices don’t get onto your lettuce and other groceries and contaminate them) to your table (clean platters and tongs), Bruhn shares her tips.

1. Don’t wash your meat: Washing your meat under running water only spreads the bacteria to your sink, into the air and to you. Cooking will remove any bacteria.

2. Contamination: Avoid cross-contamination by using a separate cutting board for meat and another one — or two — for preparing your salad or other foods. For best results, use a cutting board that can be sanitized in your dishwasher. Clean all surfaces where meat is handled with soap and warm water followed by a disinfectant cleaner.

3. Use paper towels, not cloth towels, to clean up: People think towels are green, but you’ll be the one who is green if you get sick from contamination. Use a clean, single-use paper towel to wipe surfaces, your hands and your utensils when preparing raw meat — and throw it away. (And cloth towels are not so green when you consider the energy and water used to wash them properly.)
4. Wash your hands again — and again — before, during and after preparing meats: And don’t touch your refrigerator handle, spice bottles, dishes or cupboards with your dirty hands — the germs on surfaces can live for days

5. Keep your meat cold before it hits the grill: Don’t marinate chicken or beef at “room temperature” as some recipes say. This gives bacteria an excellent place to grow. Your refrigerator should be 40 degrees or colder.

6. Your thermometers — one for the refrigerator and one for meat — are your best friends: And they will make you the best cook. Learn to calibrate and use your meat thermometer to test the doneness of meats. This is the only way to ensure meat is fully cooked while not being overcooked. Stick the thermometer into thickest part of the meat. Also, have a thermometer for your refrigerator.

7. Don’t use the same utensils and dishes for raw meat and cooked meat: Wash those dishes and utensils, or switch to newly cleaned ones, while the meat is cooking.
8. Cooking temperatures: Your chicken is cooked when it reaches 165 degrees; ground beef, 160 degrees. Other meats: See the USDA internal temperature chart.

9. Serve your food promptly and enjoy.

10. Store leftovers in the refrigerator as soon as possible: Make sure it’s no more than two hours and only one hour in warm weather (above 90 degrees). Reheat your meat to a safe temperature of 160 degrees or eat cold.

Media contact:
* Karen Nikos-Rose, UC Davis News and Media Relations, (530) 752-6101, [email protected]

Karen Nikos-Rose


Breast cancer 7/13

By July 03, 2015

Breast Cancer Open Door Educational Meeting
Monday, July 13, 2015, 7:00 pm
University Covenant Church
315 Mace Boulevard (corner of Mace & Alhambra)
Davis, CA

Jyoti Mayadev, M.D. will present “Radiation Treatment for Breast Cancer” at the Open Door educational program of the Breast Cancer Care and Research Fund / Northern California on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Dr. Mayadev is Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. She will present the latest developments in radiation treatment for breast cancer. 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
California Breast Cancer Organizations
Cell: 530-304-2746

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UCD’s One Health Institute targets emerging diseases

By June 29, 2015

In the second half of the twentieth century, the World Health Organization spearheaded an ultimately successful effort to eradicate a nemesis of humankind: small pox.

The disease, caused by two variants of the variola virus, had ravaged civilizations for thousands of years, as evidenced by medical writings from ancient India and even by the mummy of Ramses V. Over the centuries, it had struck populations in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas, killing hundreds of millions. Those fortunate enough to have survived frequently bore permanent scarring on their faces.

But variola possessed a fatal flaw – in nature, the virus only infected humans. With a vaccine originally developed by Edward Jenner in 1796, health authorities were able to launch mass inoculation campaigns across the world following World War II. Within decades, the virus had run out of vulnerable human hosts to infect and was certified as eradicated by the WHO in December of 1979.

The eradication of small pox is widely considered to be one of the greatest victories in the history of global health. Unfortunately for humanity, such a victory may not be replicable in the case of Ebola, MERS, SARS and many other infectious diseases classified as zoonoses. Zoonoses are animal diseases caused by pathogens that are capable of naturally infecting humans as well.

The ability of these pathogens to harbor in animal populations and then “spill over” into human populations presents a daunting challenge to health authorities.

For example, Marburg viruses, which are part of the same family as Ebola viruses and cause similar symptoms in humans, are known to reside in Egyptian fruit bats in Africa, generally without causing harm to the bats themselves. In this way, the viruses, which may have evolved over time to live benevolently inside the fruit bats, benefit from what is known as a reservoir host – an animal in which the viruses can maintain a stable existence.

The eradication of Marburg viruses would require the elimination of the viruses from their reservoir hosts or of the reservoir hosts themselves. Thus, surveillance and prevention – and not eradication – may be the most viable strategies for protecting human populations from Marburg virus disease and other zoonoses.

With this in mind, the U.S. Agency for International Development funded the creation of the PREDICT project at UC Davis in 2009. Overseen by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s One Health Institute, the project seeks to identify potential zoonoses before they make the jump to humans.

PREDICT coincides with the One Health Institute’s mission of operating “at the interface of animals, people, and the environment” in order to improve health and further conservation efforts.

“PREDICT and its partners have enabled a platform for effective collaboration across disciplines and geographic borders to promote global health problem solving,” Jonna Mazet, director of the One Health Institute, said last year. “We can now attack problems, like Ebola, before they start — reducing fear and improving response and control.”

As part of its role in the PREDICT project, the One Health Institute leads a consortium of implementing partners, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Together with Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity and several other technical partners, the consortium completed the first five-year phase of the project (PREDICT 1) in 2014 and has now entered the second phase (PREDICT 2).

During PREDICT 1, the consortium worked to bolster the capacity for detection, response, and prevention of pathogen spillover in 20 countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Vietnam.

In the process, PREDICT supported 32 laboratories around the world, trained 2,500 physicians, veterinarians, laboratory technicians and other personnel, discovered 800 new viruses, and responded to 24 disease outbreaks, including several involving Ebola in Central Africa. Along the way, it worked with 59 government ministries and hundreds of other stakeholders in the involved countries.

During PREDICT 2, the One Health Institute and its partners will pursue goals similar to those of PREDICT, but place greater emphasis on finding clear instances of pathogen transmission between humans and animals.

“We have evidence of sharing. We have found human viruses in animals and animal viruses in humans, but now we would like to get to the point where we are actually showing that sharing in the same location and time,” said Tracy Goldstein, One Health Institute’s lab manager. “We’re changing the project now to where we’re still working at those same high-risk interfaces, but sampling animals, livestock and wildlife and people at the same time. So, hopefully, we can document sharing. That’s a pretty rare event, so it’s going to be interesting to see how often we’re able to do that.”

During its second phase, PREDICT will also narrow its emphasis and search primarily for influenza viruses, filoviruses (Marburg and Ebola), coronaviruses (SARS and MERS) and paramyxoviruses, which cause both measles and mumps.

From the outset, PREDICT has focused on viruses alone because of their potential to replicate rapidly and because other programs were already charged with addressing disease threats posed by bacteria.

“Globally, there is a lot of work that happens with (bacterial diseases) and I think USAID really wanted us to not overlap with work that being done by other projects and then add to a place where a lot of work wasn’t being done,” Goldstein said.

Added Christine Kreuder-Johnson, the project’s surveillance coordinator: “We do very little work on bacteria because we think the pandemic potential is higher for viruses.”

PREDICT has also placed far greater emphasis on viruses that contain RNA than on those that contain DNA. The difference between the two is especially significant in the case of viruses, which use the machinery of the host’s cells to copy their genetic material and reproduce. Mutations are more common when genetic material is composed of RNA, and while mutations are often harmful to viruses, they can also result in beneficial changes, such as increased transmissibility, increased virulence, and the ability to jump to previously inaccessible species. It has been suggested that some RNA viruses defy the concept of species because of how rapidly they mutate and evolve.

“They’re like a group of (organisms) that tend to move around together instead of individual species like we think of animals and that’s been a huge challenge,” Kreuder-Johnson said.

Pathogenic RNA viruses have proven particularly dangerous to human populations, causing diseases such as Ebola, Marburg, Lassa Fever, HIV and influenza, all of which are also classified as zoonotic diseases.

Thus far, PREDICT has collected samples from more than 56,340 nonhuman primates, bats, rodents and other wild animals and detected viruses related to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), and EVD (Ebola Virus Disease).

“We recently found what looks to be a really close relative of MERS in a bat in Uganda and we’re trying to understand if it is close enough to MERS or if it uses the receptors that MERS uses that would allow it to go from a bat into a person,” Goldstein said. “So we sequenced the whole genome and then we did some 3D structural work looking at the receptors and trying to see if it has the same sites that it could use to bind to a human cell as it does to a bat cell.”

They also discovered a novel member of the rhabdovirus family, which includes the rabies virus. The new virus, dubbed Bas-Congo virus (BASV), is linked to acute hemorrhagic fever in humans.

Additionally, the rapid response of PREDICT may have prevented an outbreak of Yellow Fever among humans in Bolivia. In March of 2012, PREDICT used genetic sequencing to determine that five primates had died of two viral strains of Yellow Fever that were also responsible for human cases in Trinidad, Tobago, and Brazil. The Bolivian Ministry of Public Health received immediate notification and was able to implement prevention strategies, including vaccination campaigns and mosquito control. These strategies ensured that no human cases of Yellow Fever occurred.

A major aspect of PREDICT’s mission is to examine the ways in which human behavior can increase or decrease the likelihood of spillover in areas in which humans and animals are in close contact. Deforestation, the consumption of bush meat and unsanitary practices in markets have all provided pathways for pathogenic viruses to make the leap to humans.

“Especially in PREDICT 2, as we move forward, we are going to be sampling animals and people in places we call high-risk interfaces where the contact is really close and sometimes very risky,” Goldstein said.

Examples of which would be butchering animals without gloves or having them in markets where multiple species are housed together and where people could be bit, Goldstein explained.

“If we find places where viruses are easily moving between animals and people, it’s the behavior that we want to try and change versus trying to eradicate a disease, which is not really realistic. We hope that we can have a wider effect by changing behavior,” Goldstein added.

PREDICT and programs like it are indicative of the growing realization that a strictly reactive approach to addressing the threat posed by zoonotic disease will not be enough to keep the “next big one” at bay. Zoonotic diseases – particularly those caused by RNA viruses – have caught the world off guard in the past and, in some cases, the results have proven devastating.

In 1918, a particularly lethal strain of influenza surged across the world, leaving 50 million dead in its wake. In today’s world, where humans, animals and goods move rapidly from country to country and continent to continent, a similarly potent strain of influenza might wreak even greater devastation if left unchecked.

“Global surveillance is sort of funny for influenza viruses,” Goldstein said. “We find H1N1 and then everybody just tests for that, and then they find H5N1 and everyone just tests for that. PREDICT is being much more general and trying to look for all influenza viruses.

“Globally, we need to do a better job of testing more broadly and having a better understanding of what influenzas are circulating because I think then we will have a better handle on what is out there and what might become the next problem,” she said. “But if you don’t look, you’ll never know.”

Reach Will Bellamy at [email protected]

Will Bellamy

UC Davis

UCD’s public health hero is keeping students healthy

By July 02, 2015

The war between health authorities and dangerous infectious disease extends far beyond the developing world. In fact, battles are waged rather close to home – on college campuses. There, close quarters in dorms, unprotected sex and a number of other conditions facilitate the spread of bacteria and viruses.

Dr. Tom Ferguson and his team at the UC Davis Student Health and Wellness Center have found themselves on the front lines, confronting tuberculosis, measles and a host of other maladies. For their efforts, both on campus and throughout the county, they were recognized as public health heroes by Yolo County during National Public Health Week earlier this year.

“A lot of it is just recognizing that we have 50,000, 60,000 people on campus and that’s really a pretty large city for this county,” Ferguson said. “Technically, (the county health department) is responsible (for UC Davis), but we have a lot more physicians and staff than they do at county health, so we can help them.”

Ferguson’s path to becoming the medical director of UCD Student Health and Counseling Services, as well as the county’s deputy health officer, introduced him to a variety of disciplines.

He grew up in Red Bluff and Yuba City and developed an interest in hunting and fishing, which led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in zoology at Humboldt State. He initially hoped to be a biologist for fisheries, but eventually realized that he wanted to work in human health.

After graduating from Humboldt State University in 1977, Ferguson moved to Southern California, where he earned his Master of Science in Public Health and Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. His experiences at UCLA influenced his decision to apply to UC Davis’s School of Medicine. There, he obtained his M.D. and completed an internal medicine residency as well as fellowships in medical toxicology and occupational and environmental medicine.

“I was working with some projects that got me closer to working with individuals instead of populations and I found that I really liked that,” Ferguson said of his decision to go into medicine.

After holding a diverse range of positions, Ferguson was hired as medical director of the Student Health and Wellness Center in 2001.

Since then, his background in both medicine and public health have allowed him to lead his staff in their attempt to keep a host of microbial organisms in check.

A notable challenge that Ferguson has encountered in his time as medical director is tuberculosis, which predominantly affects the lungs and often causes a severe cough. The disease spreads through the air from one person to another.

The development of the antibiotic streptomycin in 1946 led to a decrease in the incidence of tuberculosis in the United States, but the bacteria and the disease it causes resurfaced in the 1980s, aided by the emergence of HIV and the appearance of antibiotic-resistant strains.

Multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has proven problematic for health authorities. Ferguson estimates that he has seen eight to 10 cases of tuberculosis and one case of MDR-TB since he took his current post.

“I’ve had three cases of active TB in the last year, all in international students coming in (to the country),” Ferguson said. “They weren’t related at all.”

He added that the Student Health and Wellness Center and county health officials worked together to conduct a “concentric circle investigation,” which involves determining who lives with or otherwise comes into close contact with the infected individual. These people are then checked for symptoms and asked to take a test for TB.

“Depending on what we find there, we’ll go out to another circle,” Ferguson said. “But if we don’t see a lot in the inner circle, we’ll often stop. And that’s worked pretty well.”

Another bacteria Ferguson and his staff have dealt with is the B strain of meningococcus, which can cause meningitis – a potentially lethal condition characterized by inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria is commonly transmitted through the sharing of saliva and mucous and has emerged on college campuses, especially as the A, C, and Y meningococcus strains have become increasingly uncommon due to vaccination efforts.

“What we’re seeing is (a matter of) prevalence. There’s a lot of herd humanity, so the (other strains) don’t propagate and then the B strain is one that (people) are not immune to,” Ferguson said. “That’s one part of it. The second part of it is that there’s probably something in this particular bacteria that causes it to change a little bit to be more infective.”

Ferguson suggested that the infectivity of Meningitis B might be affected by regional factors, given that coastal areas seem to have higher rates. He also said that factors related to the individual host might play a role, as people commonly test positive for the bacteria and yet never show any symptoms of illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Infection recently advised that all people between the ages of 16 and 23 speak to their doctors about receiving a recently developed vaccine that can protect against the B strain.

In addition to bacteria, viruses, including those that cause measles and mumps, have also surfaced in the patients of the Student Health and Wellness Center.

Ferguson noted that the cases of measles and mumps involved international travel and that vaccination rates differ from country to county.

“Say a student has not been vaccinated or they were vaccinated and it wasn’t effective,” Ferguson said. “They travel to England or Germany where the vaccination rates have fallen, and pick up mumps, bring it home, and share it.

“With the vaccination, we’re hoping to increase the herd immunity so you don’t get as much transmission. You’re always going to have a few cases, but again with the concentric circle, if people around (the infected individual) are immune, (the viruses) can’t propagate as easily.”

It was while responding to a campus case of measles that Ferguson once simultaneously fulfilled his roles as medical director and deputy county health officer, though not necessarily on the record.

“Typical scenario – it’s Friday afternoon and we get the result back and we alert our risk management here, who alerts the campus communication, the news service,” he said. “I was the county health officer, too, because the (usual) county health officer was away. We were working with state health and I remember getting a filtered-through call from the campus news media and I said, ‘Tell them we’re taking direction from the county health officer. Don’t tell them that’s me.’”

Another formidable foe Ferguson and his staff have faced is the Epstein-Barr virus, which causes mononucleosis.

“It’s a wide spectrum. I’ve learned over my years what Epstein-Barr virus can do. I never fully realized that until I came here to this population,” he said. “We’ve seen hemolytic anemia, (blood) platelets fall through the floor and people start to bleed.”

However, perhaps the most troubling challenge that Ferguson has confronted has been the increase in sexually transmitted infections in Yolo County. Data released by the state Department of Public Health midway through 2014 showed an increase in the number of cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea among Yolo County residents, as well as Californians overall.

“We work very closely with county health and state health,” Ferguson said. “We have a health education program. We do outreach for HIV testing.”

The Student Health and Wellness Center also keeps a cart full of condoms available and offers students a multitude of pamphlets, such as “How To Be Sexcessful: A Guide for UC Davis Students.”

Recently, in response to the 2014 outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, Ferguson and his staff have also take action to ensure that the Student Health and Wellness Center is prepared for the unlikely event in which a dangerous disease emerges on campus or in the county.

“All it’s going to take is one case,” Ferguson said, before adding that the precautions – which include a room modified for containment – would prove effective in the face of other infectious diseases.

“Cross out Ebola. Write in the new one.”

Reach Will Bellamy at [email protected]

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Media Post

The Comedy of Errors photo

By July 01, 2015

Gabi Svozil and Olivia Steele are twins separated at birth and reunited to fight for justice in the Woodland Shakespeare Workshop’s production of “The Comedy of Errors.” Bronwyn Maloney/Courtesy photo


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Comics: Friday, July 3, 2015

By June 30, 2015

By June 30, 2015

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By June 25, 2015

Elaine Greenberg’s cause of death is a mystery.

The founder and onetime president of Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue Inc. was found dead inside her rural Davis home last August, her body so badly decomposed that a forensic pathologist was unable to determine the circumstances that led to her death, although the manner was believed to be natural, according to a coroner’s report obtained by The Davis Enterprise.

That report details the events leading up the Greenberg’s death, including a brief mental-health hold that occurred in late July after authorities discovered dead and starving Rottweilers on the Second Chance property on County Road 96. The hold ended after just four hours, despite a friend’s pleas to hospital staff that she was unable to care for herself.

“I literally begged them not to release her. I explained there was something seriously wrong with her mentally,” said Bridget Curry, Greenberg’s neighbor and friend of more than 20 years, who was summoned to pick up Greenberg from Woodland Memorial Hospital on July 30, 2014.

Hospitalized on a “5150 hold” — the legal term for an involuntary psychiatric hold — Greenberg was discharged following a videoconference evaluation by a psychiatrist who concluded that although disheveled and suffering from short-term memory loss, Greenberg was neither gravely disabled nor a danger to herself or others.

Two weeks later Greenberg was dead, her body discovered on Aug. 15 by a Yolo County sheriff’s deputy conducting one of several welfare checks requested by friends following her release from the hospital.

Curry wonders whether more could have been done for Greenberg, although she also acknowledges her friend was stubborn by nature and refused their advice to see a doctor about her declining condition. Greenberg also did not seem to recognize that her health had begun to fail.

“She had no clue that there was anything unusual going on,” Curry said. “But if everyone you know is telling you there’s something wrong with you, even if you don’t believe them, you have to take some level of responsibility for yourself. She should have listened to somebody.”


The timeline in the coroner’s report begins on July 23, 2014, when Vincent Augusta, secretary of the board of directors for Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue alerted authorities he had discovered two dead dogs inside Greenberg’s home on County Road 96. Yolo County Adult Protective Services was notified of the situation the following day.

But it wasn’t until a week later, on July 30, that authorities gained access to Greenberg’s home, a delay that sheriff’s officials have said stemmed from Greenberg’s repeated refusals to allow them onto her property. She granted access just as authorities were about to obtain a search warrant.

According to the report, Greenberg emerged from her house that morning dressed only in her underwear, slippers and a feces-stained T-shirt that was attracting flies. Animal Services Sgt. Mike Nevis searched the property and discovered 11 severely malnourished dogs, along with the remains of three dead ones.

A Yolo County Adult Protective Services worker also on scene told sheriff’s deputies that Greenberg “should be medically evaluated for her safety,” resulting in the 5150 hold, the report says.

The term “5150” refers to a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code that authorizes a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine up to 72 hours a person suspected of having a mental health disorder that renders them gravely disabled and/or a danger to themselves or others.

Greenberg was transported by ambulance to Woodland Memorial Hospital, where she was examined by a physician’s assistant and underwent a TeleMental Health Consultation — a real-time videoconferencing service — with a psychiatrist based out of Oswego Hospital in New York.

According to the coroner’s report, records from the evaluation indicated that Greenberg “appeared to have been disheveled, not taking care of herself, and exhibiting signs of short-term memory loss. Psychiatric symptoms were noted to be hostile (on occasion), uncooperative/belligerent (on occasion), with memory difficulty and inability to care for herself.”

Despite that, the psychiatrist issued a recommendation for outpatient care as the “least restrictive option.”

“Based on available evidence, this condition CAN be safety treated at a lower level of care effective today. Patient is stable without clear and convincing evidence of imminent danger due to mental illness that requires acute inpatient psychiatric care as the least restrictive alternative. Please release hold, patient is not gravely disabled,” the doctor concluded.

But Greenberg remained resistant to treatment, refusing to authorize any additional testing or provide her medical insurance information, according to her longtime friend. Curry said she spoke with a social worker at the hospital who said Adult Protective Services would be sent out to check on Greenberg following her return home.

Yolo County APS officials declined to comment on the agency’s role in Greenberg’s case, citing patient confidentiality issues.

Bill Kopper, a Davis attorney whose areas of expertise include elder-law issues, said it’s difficult to say whether doctors made the right call.

“We don’t know how long that evaluation was. We don’t know what the evaluation was,” Kopper said. But if a patient asserts he or she can care for themselves, “they’re going to release them, because the resources of the agencies and the hospitals are very stressed, so it’s really only the worst cases that they want to keep.”

Kopper also questioned the reliability of evaluating a patient via a telecommunications system as opposed to face to face.

“It really seems like a system that is flawed, because I think a person gets a better idea of what’s going on with a person when it’s in their presence,” he said.

At the same time, however, mental-health workers have a high threshold to meet when it comes to holding a person against their will under the provisions of the 5150 code. It requires a specific finding that a person suffers from a mental-health disorder.

If Greenberg was suffering from dementia, that is a physical health condition that does not fall under the requirements for a 5150 hold, said Karen Larsen, director of the Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health.

“The way (dementia) presents itself may look like it, but you don’t have a mental health disorder,” Larsen said. “Ultimately, the hospital has to make the decision based on the information they have, because they have to take away somebody’s civil rights” when deciding to place a 5150 hold.


A retired biochemist, Greenberg was active in Rottweiler rescues for more than 50 years, starting the nonprofit Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue in 2002 to save the German dog breed from euthanasia and place them in new homes.

“I’ve always been interested in Rottweilers,” Greenberg said in a phone interview with The Davis Enterprise x days after the dogs’ removal. She claimed the discovery of the dead and malnourished dogs had been “blown out of proportion” and held out hope the surviving dogs would be returned to her.

“I don’t want her legacy to be what happened at the end of her life, because there was so much more to her than that,” Curry said, noting that Greenberg’s work also included the rescues of other creatures such as a horse, two donkeys and a potbellied pig. “She genuinely cared about the animals of this world. That was who she was at her core.”

Curry said she began to notice signs of Greenberg’s mental decline around March or April of 2014. It began with moments of confusion, but by June worsened to include extreme weight loss and a failure to keep herself up.

Dogs occasionally would escape from the Second Chance property, and Greenberg would drive down the road to retrieve them without wearing any pants, Curry said.

Twice in the weeks before she was hospitalized, Greenberg was pulled over by California Highway Patrol officers due to erratic driving, and Curry said she once had to grab the steering wheel to safely park while riding in Greenberg’s car.

“There’s nothing wrong with me,” Greenberg would say when confronted by friends about her unusual behavior, according to Curry. Her weight dropped dramatically, and Greenberg acknowledged she was eating only every two to three days because “I just forget.”

“She couldn’t remember to feed herself, let alone the dogs,” Curry said. “It wasn’t that she didn’t care (about the Rottweilers) — she just didn’t remember to do that.”

A letter written by Second Chance’s board of directors and posted on the organization’s website the week before Greenberg’s death said the first sign of something amiss arose on July 23, 2014, when a board member — believed to be Augusta — visited the rescue’s property to check in on the dogs.

“Unlike the past 12 years, during which time the facilities were clean and the dogs were well cared for and had plenty of food, water, and veterinary services, July 23 was dramatically different,” the letter said. The dogs were not barking as much as usual, and Greenberg appeared “to have suffered some sort of medical issue, possibly a stroke or some sort of mental confusion.”

It was then that Augusta discovered the dead and malnourished dogs.

“He could not determine from Ms. Greenberg why or how they had died and she did not seem to have a clear understanding of what was going on,” the board wrote.

Animal services officers removed the surviving dogs a week later after Greenberg finally granted access to the property. One died several days later, but the remaining 10 were rehabilitated and adopted by new owners.

“I don’t think we’ll ever know how she died, but when they took the dogs, she lost the will to live,” Curry said. “There was no reason to get up in the morning. She just gave up.”

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

Lauren Keene

By June 30, 2015

By June 30, 2015


Catch classic Dead shows on KDRT

By July 01, 2015

The surviving members of the Grateful Dead plan just five more live shows. If you can’t make it, tune in to “Golden Road” on KDRT 95.7 FM from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday with hosts Rod Moseanko and Lee Maddex.

Each show is a rebroadcast from the live shows of the the past. The program replays at 9 p.m. on Thursdays and 7 p.m. Sundays.

KDRT is Davis’ low-power, public access radio station and streams worldwide on the Web. So if you’re out of the Davis area, go online to kdrt.org and find “Golden Road” under programs for the Dead experience.

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Press Release

Sutter qigong 7/26

By July 01, 2015

Sutter Integrative Holistic Health will offer “Qigong for Hypertension” on Sunday, July 26 from 1-4 pm at the Davis Holistic Health Center, 1403 5th Street.
Western research has shown that gentle Chinese health exercise can help lower hypertension. The workshop will feature a short qigong form designed by a Chinese grandmaster specifically to address hypertension. Participants will also learn self-care acupressure points that are traditionally used for hypertension. Everyone is welcome; no previous experience with qigong will be assumed.
Space is limited. Fee is $60.
For more information, or to register, contact instructor Rebecca Pope at [email protected] or (530) 792-7127. Pope is a certified master of medical qigong who has trained in both the U.S. and China.

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Panhandling Issue Solution

By July 01, 2015

We could innovatively solve our problem with panhandlers by engaging live services of artists. Very many exciting, skilled and talented musicians would love to play on our sidewalks, all day long, for a tiny amount of money – if we paid them minimum wage, we would have a full file of applications from semi-professional musicians, some professional musicians, and music students, including locals and non-locals alike. Why not hire them and take back our public space?

I have noticed that panhandlers disperse or reduce their activities in areas when musicians, or street musicians, are playing. For example, the panhandlers disperse when a street musician plays at Cathedral Square in downtown Sacramento.

My suggestion is that the City of Davis and/or the business associations use street musicians to mitigate the problem of panhandling while at the same time boldly promoting the arts. Musicians would play on the sidewalks in downtown Davis where panhandlers are currently posing a challenge.

For panhandlers, a portion of a city block is their territory. It’s the same way with musicians. When a street musician is playing in an area, the area becomes less the territory of the panhandlers and more the territory of the musician.

Also, the panhandlers disperse because pedestrians have better reasons to offer tips to the musician than to offer cash to a panhandler, and so the panhandling garners less money.

A downtown music program to mitigate panhandling would be an amazing bargain. Musicians could be playing on the streets downtown for many hours daily, for less than the cost of a single police officer’s salary.

Many highly skilled, exciting and talented musicians would be happy to play on Davis’s sidewalks for minimum wage (the recent Davis Music Festival featured only musicians playing for no wage at all).

Such a program could feature both career-oriented musicians and stand-out talent from local schools and UC Davis. It would help an underpaid sector of the economy, since musicians are often asked to play for less than minimum wage, and it would promote local music education. It would also draw ever more people downtown, supporting local businesses.

A successful program of this kind in Davis would have potential to spread to other cities, making Davis an influential forerunner for promoting the arts while addressing panhandling in a positive way.

Charles Lang
June 30th, 2015
Davis, Ca.

Letters to the Editor


talk circle 7/8

By July 01, 2015

July 2015

The next Community Men’s Talk Circle meets Wednesday, July 8th, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, at the Davis International House, (10 College Park and Russell Blvd.). All men 18 years and older are welcome, there is no charge to attend. Men are welcomed to talk as they feel ready.

Many of us know a deepening within ourselves that is stirred in the presence of nature. A similar stirring is often present when men sit shoulder to shoulder and talk of that which holds meaning. In our bones fellowship lives, but has been far too neglected. Our ancestors knew of the important practice of talking and respectful listening as a healing tool that comes from talking-aloud as we make important connections between heart and mind.

These monthly Talk Circles invite men of different generations, of different perspectives to sit communally to create a Sacred space for wisdom to emerge. All men are welcome in this community!

For more information, call: (530) 758-2794.

Enterprise staff

By June 30, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

By June 30, 2015

By June 29, 2015

Bruce Gallaudet


Wedding: Defty-Sunderland

By June 30, 2015

Myca Defty, originally of Davis, and Aaron Sunderland of Grover Beach were married on May 30, 2015, at the Defty family’s farm just outside of Davis.

The bride’s parents, Jonathan and Michele Defty of Woodland, and the groom’s parents, Kelly Sunderland of Grover Kansas City, Mo., and Mary Sunderland of San Diego attended the nuptials at “The Barn.” Scott Wiederhold officiated the ceremony.

The maid of honor was Maiken Lilley, originally from Davis, and Myca’s best friend since age 2. The best man was Matt Sunderland, Aaron’s older brother.

The couple described their wedding day as the perfect day to start their next chapter in life.

Enterprise staff


Linux 7/20

By June 30, 2015

Here is a short paragraph, and longer version, of an upcoming event
from the 501(c)7 non-profit Linux Users’ Group of Davis.
Thank you in advance for your time!

On Monday, July 20, the Linux Users’ Group of Davis will hold
a presentation on MySQL, the world’s most popular open source
database software. 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Explorit Nature Center
3141 5th St in Davis. For details, visit www.lugod.org,
email [email protected], or call Bill Kendrick at 530-902-7416.

Event: Linux Users’ Group of Davis meeting

Topic: Some MySQL tricks — an open discussion

Speaker: Bill Kedrick

Date/Time: Monday, July 20, 2015
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Explorit Nature Center
3141 5th Street
Davis, CA 95616

Further Info: Web: http://www.lugod.org/meeting/
Alt Web: http://www.lugod.org/
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 530-902-7416

Description: MySQL is the world’s most widely used open source
relational database management system. Over the years at
Smashwords, we’ve come up with a number of methods to help
address performance problems, including materialized views,
caching, slave databases, denormalization, historical
tables, and more. This talk will briefly discuss some of
these things, but be held as an open discussion, with the
audience invited to share their thoughts and experience
on the subject

Price: Free. Open to the public. (No RSVP necessary.)

Thanks again,

Bill Kendrick
[email protected]
Public Relations Officer
Linux Users’ Group of Davis


Enterprise staff

By June 29, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis


Eldridge Moores

By June 30, 2015

The Berryessa-Snow Mountain Region: Its Remarkable Geologic Features

By Eldridge M. and Judith E. Moores

The proposed Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument region (BSM) provides unparalleled access to geologic features associated with an ancient tectonic system where one plate descended beneath another. (See attached map of the Geology of the Berryessa-Snow Mountain Area.)

The Coast Range Fault, noted on the map, represents the ancient boundary between the upper North American plate and the descending lower plate. Rocks of the upper plate include Great Valley sedimentary and volcanic rocks overlying serpentine, that is, remnants of ancient oceanic crust). The upper plate represents part of the western edge of North America that formed 140-20 million years ago. Lower plate rocks include the Franciscan complex – deformed and metamorphosed (recrystallized) sedimentary and volcanic rocks – that were scraped off the down-going plate and buried up to 12-20 miles beneath the North American edge as the plate went down and then uplifted to the surface by erosion1. The active San Andreas fault family was superimposed more recently on this earlier convergent plate situation.

The Great Valley sedimentary rocks themselves were deposited originally on top of oceanic crust, which had previously been incorporated into North American continental rocks. Great Valley sediments were laid down in some 3000 feet of marine waters at the edge of the North American continent. Subsequent earth movements tilted these rocks from their original horizontal position to steeply inclined vertical layers. These rocks are well exposed along the western side of the Great Valley, including in the southeast part of the BSM region.

The serpentine and related rocks of the down-going plate represent remnants of oceanic crust formed at an oceanic spreading center and subsequently added to the North American continent. Serpentine, scientifically called “serpentinite,” is a rock formed by combining water with rock that originally was part of the Earth’s mantle, the layer beneath the Earth’s crust. Soils formed from serpentinite rocks lack certain elements required by most plants. Thus it is not surprising that the BSM hosts unique plant species in a variety of landscapes and microclimates that have adapted to serpentine-derived soils.

Some rocks of both the Franciscan and Great Valley units constitute blocky landscapes formed by a chaotic mixture of diverse rock types. Some of these rocks, often called “melange” after a French word meaning mixture, apparently formed as deposits of “mud volcanoes”. Mud volcanoes are widespread in the Marianas trench area, where fluids derived from the down-going plate incorporate blocks of rock as they rise to the surface and spill over to form submarine earth flows some 20,000 feet or so on the ocean floor.2 Some complex chaotic rocks found in the Great Valley and Franciscan units may have a similar origin. Other on-land exposures of similar mud volcano deposits may be present in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and SW Pakistan, but none of these areas is as well-documented or as accessible as the BSM area.

Similar tectonic processes are active today in various locations, e.g., off the Pacific Northwest and in the Marianas Trench National Monument3. Such modern geologic rock-forming processes lie below thousands of feet of water and are not directly observable. To study such rocks, geologists employ deep-sea drilling and geophysical techniques of remote sensing, small deep-diving two to three-person submarines, or remotely operated submersible vehicles. In contrast, one can walk across the preserved fossil boundary between the two former plates in the BSM and see the rocks and geologic structures that formed during ancient plate interactions.

Snow Mountain itself represents a special feature. It contains submarine volcanic rocks, not more than 140 million-years old, that look as if they were laid down only a few years ago. However, minerals identified in the rocks indicate that they formed as an oceanic submarine volcano (seamount) far west of California, then migrated with the down-going plate to the continental edge, were buried 12-20 miles deep, and rose again to the Earth’s surface4.

Also, the BSM area exhibits clusters of invertebrate fossils that apparently grew in deep water around chemical seeps5. Such clusters are widespread on some modern plate boundaries. The fauna live in the dark thousands of feet deep around cold to warm submarine springs that typically contain methane or hydrogen sulfide. The animals thrive, however, using the chemicals as nutrients. About six such ancient sites lie in the BSM area, enabling one to see such features closely and on land.

In summary, the geology of the BSM region provides valuable instructive exposures of features and processes of a convergent tectonic plate margin. Nowhere else in the world are such features as well developed, preserved, or accessible.

The proposed Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument region (BSM) is a unique region with world-class geology and biology. It is well worth National Monument designation.

Selected References

1 e.g., Moores, E. M. and R. J. Twiss, 1995 (2014), Tectonics. Waveland Press, Long Grove, Ill., p. 144-150, 329-331.

2 e.g., http://www.fws.gov/refuge/mariana_trench_marine_national_monument.

3 Fryer, P., et al., 2000, Significance of serpentine mud volcanism in convergent margins, Geological Society of America Special Paper 349, p. 35-51.

4. MacPherson, G. J., 1983, the Snow Mountain Volcanic Complex: an On-Land seamount in the Franciscan Terrain, California. Journal of Geology, v. 91, p. 73-92.

5. Campbell, K.A., et al., 2002, Ancient hydrocarbon seeps from the Mesozoic convergent margin of California: carbonate geochemistry, fluids, and palaeoenvironments. Geofluids, v. 2, p. 63-94.

Charlotte M. Orr

Campaign Media and Communications, Tuleyome

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument Campaign

p: 408-512-7300 | e: [email protected] | www.berryessasnowmountain.org

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4th of July notes:

By June 11, 2015

Tanya, so sorry I didn’t get back to you yesterday. I am still not sure exactly what I have for the 4th. I have 8 teams registered but am not sure whether we’ll have 1 or 2 divisions. I am waiting to hear back from one of the teams to see what caliber team they are. Looks like I will not be able to do the schedule until sometime on Monday. We will be playing all the preliminary games at Playfields Park and then will run the Championship game(s) at Community right before the fireworks. Let me know what other info I can get you.


Carrie Dyer with city of Davis:

Major sponsors
Dos Coyotes and the Marketplace
Davis Live Music Collective, in conjunction with 2407 graphics
The Cannery The New Home Company
Nugget Markets
Davis Food Co-op

Food Co-op one of the things we always try to do is have a zero waste event
food co-op brings a water truck alumnium-looking truck with spouts on the side
cold water

bring refillable water bottle

One lane in each direction closed on Covell Blvd.
As people are leaving, it would be good to note that one lane is closed near the cannery, as is J St.

Tons of people come from out of town
Riding bikes is encouraged, especially with the construction on Covell

It’s almost like an old-fashioned, family-friendly celebration
you see your neighbors, you see your friends
play frisbee
non-profit vendors, using it as a fundraising event f

Davis Live Music Collective brings bands that the crowd really enjoys

Big family picnic, can bring a bbq

Estimate around 10K people (from Police Dept.)

Rainbow city is closed for rennovation
Play structure is open above skate park

Community Pool is still closed
From website http://community-services.cityofdavis.org/community-and-theatre-events/community-events/fourth-of-july
Fourth of July Events in Davis

A wide array of family activities is planned for the Davis community on July 4th. Following the day’s events, the community will gather for a free City-coordinated festival in Community Park on 14th and F Street to hear music, have picnics, and to view the fireworks finale. The evening’s exciting musical lineup has been assembled with assistance from the Davis Live Music Collective.

The 9:30 p.m. City-produced fireworks display on July 4th in Community Park is the only safe and legal use of fireworks that is allowed in Davis. For public safety, a City ordinance prohibits the use or discharge of fireworks or any substances designed for pyrotechnic display. The sale of any type of fireworks within the City of Davis boundaries is also prohibited.

PLEASE NOTE: Covell Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction at J Street during the Fourth of July due to ongoing construction. If possible, please use an alternate route when travelling to and from Community Park for Fourth of July events.


City of Davis sponsored Fourth of July activities:

The 34th annual men’s slow pitch ASA sanctioned softball tournament at Playfields Park with the championship game at Community Park. Signups are open until Friday June 26. Contact Lori Conrad at: [email protected] or (530) 753-7731 for more information.

Community Park food and drink concessions benefiting Davis nonprofit groups begin at 4:00 p.m. and will be open until 9:30 p.m.

Free entertainment at the Community Park main stage:
The lineup includes:
5:00 p.m. – The Nickel Slots
6:30 p.m. – Be Calm Honcho
8:00 p.m. – Spirit Family Reunion
9:30 p.m. – Welcome by the Mayor of Davis, Dan Wolk, and City Council members
Reading by City of Davis Poet Laureate Dr. Andy Jones
National Anthem performed by a group of the Davis High School Madrigals.
9:35 p.m. – Fireworks Extravaganza
The City of Davis is grateful to all of the event sponsors for their support. Major sponsors of the Fourth of July Celebration include The Cannery & New Home Company, Pacific Gas & Electric, Dos Coyotes, Marketplace, Nugget Markets, Travis Credit Union, West Yost Associates, Davis Live Music Collective, 2407 Graphics, and the Davis Food Coop.

Other community events being offered on the July 4th holiday:

Kiwanis Kiddie Parade

The Fourth of July Kiddie Parade is back, thanks to the sponsoring organization, the Davis Kiwanis Club. The parade, a Davis tradition that dates back to the 1930s, will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Parade participants should begin assembling at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Third and A streets with their patriotically decorated bicycles, tricycles, wagons and scooters. All manner of creative conveyance is welcome.

Davis High Pep Band and the Boy Scouts will lead along with the Davis Police Officer’s Association antique patrol car.
In deference to the young age of the parade participants, the route is short, just down B Street to Central Park for a few patriotic songs.

“Many thanks to the city of Davis staff and our Police and Fire departments for helping make the Kiwanis Kiddie Parade such a great annual event,” a news release said.

For more information, call Bruce Hupe at 530-402-3186.

The 55th annual Kiwanis Kiddie Parade will take place once again this 4th of July. This is a fun event for kids and families where creatively decorated bicycles, strollers, wagons, scooters and walking groups are all invited to begin the day with a stroll from 3rd and A Streets to Central Park. Participants should gather at 9:30 and the parade will start promptly at 10:00. The parade route is short to accommodate the younger participants. The parade will march down the closed off B Street and end in the park where participants can enjoy the Farmer’s Market this year. In lieu of competition token prizes will be given out to all the children. For more information, contact Bruce Hupe at [email protected] or call (530) 402-3186.

39th Annual Fourth of July Criterium
The Davis Bike Club’s annual Fourth of July Criterium will feature a day full of bike racing action on the classic (2012 and prior) L-shaped downtown loop. The first race, Elite men 5, will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the last Elite 3 race will start at 5:10 p.m. In between are races for pros, amateurs, juniors, masters and elite men and women. A special free non-competitive fun ride for kids will start at 12:30 p.m. Online pre-registration strongly encourages. Race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and it will be located in the E Street Plaza across from Chipotle. For more information go to www.DBCraceteam.org

Kids Fun Ride
Bicycle riders 9 years old and younger can stay in downtown Davis after the Kiddie parade and ride in the free non-competitive “Kid’s Fun Ride” produced by the Davis Bike Club as part of the July 4th Criterium. This ride begins at 12:30 p.m. at the start/finish line used by the Criterium adult racers on F Steet at 3rd Street. Participants must register and parents will need to sign waiver forms in the E Street Plaza at least 30 minutes prior to the Fun Ride start. All participants in the Kid’s Fun Ride will receive a free goodie bag from the Davis Bicycle Club. Riders will be required to wear a helmet when riding their bicycles, tricycles or big wheels. For more information go to www.DBCraceteam.org

Paul Hasson, DLL president:

Sorry for the delay. Were starting a new tradition at DLL since there are multiple games at all levels and more people are at the park. Details below.

Hello DLL Family and Friends,

DLL is excited to announce that this years pancake breakfast will be held on site at the Davis Little League Fields. This will give all families the opportunity to enjoy pancakes while watching baseball! Also new this year will be the addition of a dunk tank. That is right, you get the opportunity to dunk your favorite coach, manager, or board member! Check out the details below:

Where: Davis Little League Fields
What: 4th of July Pancake Breakfast
When: Saturday, 4th of July, from 7-11am
Cost: 5 dollars per person, players eat free
What do you get?: All you can eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.

Thanks for all you do!

From Facebook:
Come on out on July 4th! We have a whole slate of Exhibition Games and you can participate in our Board of Directors election!
Game 1: 9 AM at the West Field
Game 2: 9 AM at the East Field
Game 1: 9 AM on the Farm Field
Game 2: 11 AM on the Farm Field
Game 3: 1 PM on the Farm Field
Game 1: 9:30 AM on the AA field
Game 2: Noon on the AA Field
Game 3: 2:30 PM on the AA Field
Game 1: 10:30 AM at the West Field
Game 1: 10:30 AM at the East Field

(awaiting pancake breakfast info)
Davis Bike Club
Fourth of July Criterium
The 39th annual Fourth of July Criterium is coming soon to downtown Davis. This is a great opportunity to volunteer to help the DBC Race Team host a spectacular day of bicycling racing…and be able to watch the races up close at the same time!

What DBC Race Team Event
Dates Jul 04, 2015
Time 07:00 am
Where Downtown Davis
Contact Name Greg Chapla, Volunteer Coordinator, Race Team
Contact Email [email protected]
The Davis Bike Club Race Team is hosting the 39th annual Fourth of July Criterium. And they need your help to stage another successful event! You’ll have a curbside seat to watch some great bike racing.

Signing up to volunteer is super easy. Go here to access the volunteer signup page. There are tabs for Course Set-Up; Corner Marshals; Registration; Miscellaneous; and Course Clean-Up. Most slots are in 3-hour blocks of time. Signup for where and when you’d like to help out.

There will be a variety of events ranging from the kid’s non-competitive fun ride to the pro races, and all levels in between. Enjoy a few hours or the entire day of bicycle racing with plenty of time to prepare for the evening’s fireworks and other festivities. (A flyer listing the day’s race events and a map of the downtown course is here.)

Thanks so much for helping the DBC Race Team host a great day of bike racing in downtown Davis!

— Write in Chronological order

-Pancake Breakfast/ Exhibition games
– Contact Little league for times and more info, check website
-Davis Bike Club
– Find most on website, not needed in detail
-Kiddie Club
– Debbie may get a press release
-Softball games
– Contact [email protected] for game times and location, or online
-Pool/ Music in park
– online or call 756-5602, Carrie Dyer (interview at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23)

No photos needed!!

nEeDeD bY mOnDaY, jUnE tWeNtY-nInTh aT nOoNiSh

Tanya Perez

By June 29, 2015

Anne Ternus-Bellamy


elias 7/17 no embargo: Public says it likes split roll, may get no vote on it

By June 30, 2015




Firm Republican opposition to tinkering of any kind with the 1978 Proposition 13 is one reason voters may get no chance next year to decide whether or not to tax commercial and industrial land and buildings more than residential property.

“Very remote,” was how the state Senate’s GOP leader, Bob Huff of Glendora, described the chances of even one Republican voting for a so-called “split roll” measure now being carried by two Democratic state senators.

The GOP’s stance might have been only incidental last year, when Democrats periodically held two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature. But can be decisive now, since the Democrats are short of that benchmark in both the Senate and Assembly. It would take two-thirds votes in both houses to put the so-called “split roll” on the ballot without going the initiative route, with its circulated petitions and other complications. That would tax non-residential property based on current values rather than 1 percent of their latest purchase price, as dictated by Prop. 13.

But so what? some ask. One recent survey often cited by backers of the split roll found 75 percent of 104,000 voters polled favor withdrawing Proposition 13 protections from commercial property.

By a similar margin, voters also would like changes in rules and definitions that sometimes prevent reassessment of non-residential property when it is sold.

Getting this passed via the initiative route looks easy, but looks can deceive. Vocal and well-funded opposition invariably emerges the moment any proposal arises to change Proposition 13 even in the slightest. Every such response plays on the fears of California homeowners, many of whom would be forced to sell if they lost Proposition 13 coverage that limits basic levies to 1 percent of the most recent purchase price, plus a 2 percent increase in that amount each year.

This law, of course, causes huge disparities in most neighborhoods. On a typical street in the San Fernando Valley district of Los Angeles, for example, a three-bedroom house last sold for $57,000 in 1975 pays an annual tax of less than $1,500. Across the street, a home with the identical floor plan purchased last year for more than $600,000 draws a property tax bill more than four times as high.

This may seem unfair, but it keeps older homeowners with fixed incomes in places they might otherwise have to leave. Even if are they liberal-leaning voters on other issues, those homeowners often respond to fear-mongering claims that any change to Proposition 13 must certainly lead to the end of their own protections.

Then there’s political and financial reality. Circulating initiative petitions is expensive, even though last year’s ultra-low voter turnout caused a big drop in the number of signatures needed to put a measure on next November’s ballot. The number is based on a percentage of the vote in the latest general election.

But it will still cost sponsors about $5 per signature to qualify any proposal, the total expense generally topping $2 million for each initiative next year.

Also seeking spots on that ballot will be at least three other measures that aim to increase taxes. All will compete for money from many of the same sponsors.

One proposal would more than double cigarette taxes to $2 per pack. Another would extend the temporary tax increases of the 2012 Proposition 30, a major factor in pulling California out of its once-perennial budget crises. A third measure still on the drawing board would impose an extraction levy on oil and natural gas drilled in California, putting this state on an equal footing with places like Texas and Oklahoma, where such taxes are the foundation of fat state budgets.

Taken together, those measures could produce more state revenue than the estimated $6 billion to $12 billion that might be raised via a split roll.

Because that money would support public employee salaries and pensions, these measures draw support from the Service Employees International Union. They would also fund education, thus helping the California Teachers Assn. None of those other plans arouses anything close to the heated opposition spurred by a split roll. So labor unions have not said, but they might feel it’s a safer investment to go after smaller game next year.

It all puts a vote on the split roll, once deemed virtually inevitable, very much in doubt.

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

By June 29, 2015

Tanya Perez

elias 7/17: split roll

By June 30, 2015




Firm Republican opposition to tinkering of any kind with the 1978 Proposition 13 is one reason voters may get no chance next year to decide whether or not to tax commercial and industrial land and buildings more than residential property.

“Very remote,” was how the state Senate’s GOP leader, Bob Huff of Glendora, described the chances of even one Republican voting for a so-called “split roll” measure now being carried by two Democratic state senators.

The GOP’s stance might have been only incidental last year, when Democrats periodically held two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature. But can be decisive now, since the Democrats are short of that benchmark in both the Senate and Assembly. It would take two-thirds votes in both houses to put the so-called “split roll” on the ballot without going the initiative route, with its circulated petitions and other complications. That would tax non-residential property based on current values rather than 1 percent of their latest purchase price, as dictated by Prop. 13.

But so what? some ask. One recent survey often cited by backers of the split roll found 75 percent of 104,000 voters polled favor withdrawing Proposition 13 protections from commercial property.

By a similar margin, voters also would like changes in rules and definitions that sometimes prevent reassessment of non-residential property when it is sold.

Getting this passed via the initiative route looks easy, but looks can deceive. Vocal and well-funded opposition invariably emerges the moment any proposal arises to change Proposition 13 even in the slightest. Every such response plays on the fears of California homeowners, many of whom would be forced to sell if they lost Proposition 13 coverage that limits basic levies to 1 percent of the most recent purchase price, plus a 2 percent increase in that amount each year.

This law, of course, causes huge disparities in most neighborhoods. On a typical street in the San Fernando Valley district of Los Angeles, for example, a three-bedroom house last sold for $57,000 in 1975 pays an annual tax of less than $1,500. Across the street, a home with the identical floor plan purchased last year for more than $600,000 draws a property tax bill more than four times as high.

This may seem unfair, but it keeps older homeowners with fixed incomes in places they might otherwise have to leave. Even if they liberal-leaning voters on other issues, those homeowners often respond to fear-mongering claims that any change to Proposition 13 must certainly lead to the end of their own protections.

Then there’s political and financial reality. Circulating initiative petitions is expensive, even though last year’s ultra-low voter turnout caused a big drop in the number of signatures needed to put a measure on next November’s ballot. The number is based on a percentage of the vote in the latest general election.

But it will still cost sponsors about $5 per signature to qualify any proposal, the total expense generally topping $2 million for each initiative next year.

Also seeking spots on that ballot will be at least three other measures that aim to increase taxes. All will compete for money from many of the same sponsors.

One proposal would more than double cigarette taxes to $2 per pack. Another would extend the temporary tax increases of the 2012 Proposition 30, a major factor in pulling California out of its once-perennial budget crises. A third measure still on the drawing board would impose an extraction levy on oil and natural gas drilled in California, putting this state on an equal footing with places like Texas and Oklahoma, where such taxes are the foundation of fat state budgets.

Taken together, those measures could produce more state revenue than the estimated $6 billion to $12 billion that might be raised via a split roll.

Because that money would support public employee salaries and pensions, these measures draw support from the Service Employees International Union. They would also fund education, thus helping the California Teachers Assn. None of those other plans arouses anything close to the heated opposition spurred by a split roll. So labor unions have not said, but they might feel it’s a safer investment to go after smaller game next year.

It all puts a vote on the split roll, once deemed virtually inevitable, very much in doubt.

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


Elias 7/14: PUC reform bills too little, too late

By June 30, 2015



It’s the same with the state Public Utilities Commission these days as with almost everything else: by the time state legislators notice something is a problem, things are so bad, so extreme that other people and agencies have already acted.

Just now, almost six months after state and federal investigators executed search warrants on the homes of former PUC President Michael Peevey and a since-fired Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executive for whom Peevey would apparently do just about anything, lawmakers are finally ready to act.

Unfortunately, their action is redundant, coming long after the cows have left the barn.

Dollar bills, often rolls of 100-dollar bills, are equivalent to the cows in this metaphor. And the barn is the equivalent of the wallets and bank accounts of tens of millions of customers with gas, electric and water companies regulated by the utilities commission.

For many years before scandal broke, the PUC under Peevey and several predecessors maintained a steady pattern favoring the interests of regulated, privately-owned corporations over those of the consumers they serve.

This pattern extended from pricing to maintenance and safety concerns, from easy OKs of power plant siting to lack of concern over nuclear safeguards at the now-closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the Diablo Canyon nuclear power station. It has cost consumers billions of dollars over decades, costs that climb each day.

This has been achieved via a sort of kabuki dance, where utilities routinely ask far more in rate increases than they know they’re entitled to. The PUC responds by cutting the requests, still giving utilities larger increases than reality justifies. Then both the commission and the companies brag about being “consumer-friendly.”

The dance went on unchecked for decades, legislators paying virtually no heed. The lawmakers also routinely rubber-stamped appointees to the commission named by current Gov. Jerry Brown and predecessors like George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson, Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Each commissioner then served a six-year term without even the possibility of being fired for one-sided rulings.

Now, long after this column exposed the corrupt pattern and with a federal grand jury working on this case, at long last comes a state legislator to “do something” about the PUC. That’s Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood. One of his bills would set up an inspector general at the commission, empowered to investigate its activities.

Another would outlaw secret contacts among commissioners and utility executives by requiring publication of all communications between them during rate-setting proceedings. Such “ex parte” contacts have long been illegal, but no one paid attention. So phone calls and private dinners like those documented involving Peevey, current Commissioner Mike Florio and executives of PG&E and Southern California Edison continued with impunity until earlier this year, when scandal broke.

The Rendon bills are too little, too late. Far better to give the commission’s existing Office of Ratepayer Advocates some real power to fight and expose the ongoing misdeeds of the PUC. Rather than set up a new inspector general, why not make the existing advocacy office independent?

And with no ability for consumers to protest PUC decisions anywhere but in appeal courts, it’s now far too difficult to do anything about wrongheaded, one-sided commission rulings. Why not allow consumers to sue in trial courts, where they could present evidence rather than being confined to working with evidence developed during the PUC’s own proceedings, where administrative law judges have been exposed lately as subject to occasional bias?

Those are simpler, less expensive changes than what Rendon proposes, the only legislative fixes for the PUC now proposed.

Even more important to cleaning up this long-corrupt agency would be for legislators to put a spotlight on any appointee proposed by any governor. Also, if lawmakers would hold meaningful, thorough hearings on the PUC’s questionable actions. This is already within their power, but even with the scandal in progress, it still does not happen. Lawmakers show no appetite for contesting any proposed commissioner or any commission actions. That’s how consumers got stuck with Peevey, a former Edison president whose corrupt practices were easy to foresee.

So, yes, the Legislature can and should do something about the PUC, but the best thing it could be is wake up and perform the watchdog duties it has neglected for decades.

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


Thomson letter

By June 30, 2015

June 28, 2015

Dear Editor,

Last Saturday’s “Treasures and Curiosities” sale at the Hattie Weber Museum was a huge success, raising more than $1,000 for the fund to convert the old WPA restroom building to a Museum annex. And we still have items to sell!
We were touched and gratified by the generosity of the donors to the sale. Our gratitude goes especially to Diane Naydan, Clare Robison, Dorothy Chikasawa, Margaret Hill, Susie Boyd, Nancy Lea and Audry Hastings. We also thank Ed Blake and Kameron Bradbury for help with the heavy lifting. Volunteers Margie Blake, Merrily DuPree, Roberta Stevenson and Stella Dinger were awesome all day. The Enterprise publicity was wonderful, as always. What a wonderful community Davis is!

Dennis Dingemans and Mary Lee Thomson

Letters to the Editor


On gay rights marriage

By June 30, 2015

Society from the beginning of time has recognized marriage as a union of one man and one woman. No legal decision is ever going to change this union. So let us call a same sex union what it is, a life time partnership between two individuals who want to live outside of society’s norm. They will have to face their Creator on the day of the Last Judgment, as will everyone in the world. Therefore, until the Day of Judgment, let us allow them to live their lives as they choose. And let the rest of society continue to recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Robert Alfred Smith


Letters to the Editor


Rebel Flag

By June 30, 2015

In the aftermath of the killing of nine people at an African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, the Southern or Rebel battle flag is again in the news.

Some see the Southern battle flag as a symbol of racism, others claim it is a symbol of Southern heritage.

More realistically the Southern flag is a symbol of drinking too much, driving too fast, brawling, and other ill advised activities, quite frequently several at the same time. The Southern flag symbolizes a rejection of civilization, education, reason, moderation, morality, responsibility, and growing up.

The Southern flag is not the symbol of one thing, either racism or tradition. It is the symbol of numerous things, many of which will kill you, and almost none of which we want to encourage.

Richard Bruce


Letters to the Editor


Post 77

By From page B3 | June 28, 2015

Play at 4 p.m. against West Sac at Delta High.

Enterprise staff

UCD’s water-saving project tour notes

By June 27, 2015

Subject: UC Davis News: Media tour: Water-saving project to conserve millions of gallons for UC Davis


WHAT: UC Davis just completed a project designed to save millions of
gallons of water by using recycled water in part of the campus’s
cooling system.

WHEN: Media tours and interviews are available Tuesday, June 30, from 10
a.m. to noon.

WHERE: UC Davis campus, Thermal Energy Storage Facility off Putah Creek
Lodge Drive. From Interstate 80, take the UC Davis exit to Old Davis
Road, turn left at the traffic circle (La Rue Road), cross the bridge
and turn left again (this is still La Rue Road). Follow La Rue Road
to Putah Creek Lodge Drive; turn left. The Thermal Energy Storage
Facility is on your right. Map: .

WHO: David Phillips, director of campus utilities, will explain the
project, the equipment and the significant scope of the water savings
— equivalent to one month’s use of potable water on campus.


* Interviews with campus utilities director
* B-roll of large industrial equipment
* Crew members working the new system
* Hundreds of feet of yellow pipeline
* Massive, elevated swamp cooler used to remove heat from the water that cools the campus
* Thermal Energy Storage tank
* Large and small water pumps
* Sound of rushing water
* Industrial chillers
* Schematics and still photos will be available in an online press
kit, to be provided in a follow-up news release by 9 a.m. Tuesday.

BACKGROUND: The project is one way UC Davis is working toward meeting
a new state mandate to reduce water use 25 percent by February 2016.
In addition to the significant savings from the cooling plant
project, UC Davis has a number of initiatives in progress that have
helped cut water use over the last year by 145 million gallons at
both the Davis and Sacramento (UC Davis Health System) campuses.

Media contacts:
* Dave Jones, Dateline UC Davis, (530) 752-6556, [email protected]
* Kat Kerlin, UC Davis News Service, (530) 752-7704,
[email protected]

See all of our news releases at http://www.news.ucdavis.edu.

Tanya Perez

Local News

July Second Friday ArtAbout

By June 27, 2015

2nd Friday ArtAbout July 10, 2015

Get into the Summer groove with hot sales, great art, and live music! The Annual Davis Downtown Summer Sidewalk Sale starts this Friday, July 10th and will feature 32 sizzling blocks of bargains. This three-day, outdoor sale is a favorite of locals and visitors alike, and is well into its third decade. Shop the sales then stay to explore the 2nd Friday ArtAbout, Davis Downtown’s monthly artwalk.

This month’s ArtAbout will feature twenty-four galleries and businesses that will host a variety of pop up art shows, artist’s receptions, live music and performances. E Street Plaza will be loud and rockin’ with live music by RockBand University’s Summer Rock Band Camp youth bands. Yeti Restaurant will have their first viewing-only exhibit during their regular business hours, and the Hotdogger and Symphony Financial Planning will be hosting their first-ever ArtAbout receptions. From 6 – 8 p.m., catch a one-night-only showing of “Sketches of Joy and Simplicity by Kyoka Kanda” at The Hotdogger, and from 5 – 8:30 p.m., enjoy Symphony Financial Planning’s first exhibit, in a series of client travel photography, featuring John E Day.

For more information about Davis Downtown and ArtAbout, visit DavisDowntown.com. For a copy of the ArtAbout Guide and Map or to sign up as an artist to show during the ArtAbout, email [email protected]

2nd Friday ArtAbout Receptions / Performances in Downtown:

The Artery, 207 G St., 530-758-8330; reception, 7 – 9 p.m., “Blooms, Bugs, Birds and Barks,” Rebecca Bresnick Holmes (of The Clayground) and guest, Erin Jackson, ceramics, through August 3. Rebecca will present a variety of colorful work for the home and garden, including vases, wall hangings, ceramic flowers and garden creatures on stakes, and mosaic planters and tables. All her work is safe for outdoors and is the perfect answer to keep your garden vibrant during the drought! Erin will showcase her playful creations, including vases already full of flowers, chicken magnets and humorous dog sculptures. Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.
Cork It Again Wine Seller, 820 Fourth St., 530-756-WINE; reception, 5 – 9 p.m., Liz Kalahdra, photography inspired by music and lyrics, through July 31. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, wine by the glass for $3, and live music! Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1 – 8 p.m.
Davis Makerspace, 221 G St., #1337 (in Tim Spencer Alley, behind Bistro 33), 530-756-1443; live music, 8 – 10 p.m., “Psychedelia,” Steve Edburg, amazing mix of percussion and atmospheric psychedelia, one-night-only (7/10). Hours: Weeknights.
Delta of Venus, 122 B St., 530-753-8639; reception, 6 – 10 p.m., “Triggering Home,” Stephanie Anderson, black and white film photography, through July 31. DJ Mr. Glass will be spinning records, refreshments and photos will be available for purchase. Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Thursday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
E Street Plaza – Rock Band Camp, 207 F St., www.rockbanduniversity.com; live music, 5 – 5:30 p.m.,“Summer Rock Band Camp Concert Series,” Check out the live, loud, rock sounds of the young bands of Rock Band Camp. Rock Band Camp is a week-long summer program put on by RockBand University where musicians meet each other for the first time, rehearse a handful of their favorite rock tunes, and perform them live! Check out what they can do in a week’s time! 5 p.m., every Friday at the E Street Plaza, until August 14.
F St. Gallery of Hallmark Inn, 110 F St.; reception, 5 – 7 p.m., “Mostly Yolo,” Dee Conway, photography. Take a stroll through local land and sky scapes surrounding Davis. Visionary dreams of colorful horizons inspire the photographer’s palette. On display through July 17. Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments! Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fretted Strings, 231 G St., Suite 27 (Court-N-Cedar, upstairs); reception, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Enjoy live music by Andrew Corbett, part of the Davis Folk scene for more than 30 years. Come by for a warm and engaging solo performance that will include songs from his 2014 release Moments of Grace and entertaining covers. Harrison Phipps and his lutheir students will have their handmade guitars and projects on display. Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Weekends by appt. only.
The Hotdogger, 129 E St., 530-753-6291; reception, 6 – 8 p.m., “Sketches of Joy and Simplicity by Kyoka,” Kyoka Kanda, playful and warm-hearted sketches in pencil and charcoal, one-night-only (7/10). Hours: Monday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Thursday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Logos Books, 513 Second St., 530-400-1083; reception, 6 – 9 p.m., Teresa Steinbach-Garcia, artwork showcasing the element of light – reflecting and illuminating landscapes, still life and individuals, in pastel and watercolor, through September 30. All are welcome to come and celebrate the artist and enjoy light refreshments! Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Paint Chip, 217 F St., 530-753-5093; reception, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Yaz Tabba, bright, bold abstracts in acrylic, through July 24. Come meet the artist and enjoy refreshments! Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pence Gallery, 212 D St., 530-758-3370; reception, 6 – 9 p.m., “Slice: A Juried Exhibit of Regional Art,” group show showing a slice of the region’s contemporary art, through August 20. Awards at 7:30 p.m. “Kid’s Community Hang-Up,” kid’s group art show, through August 20. “Laura Caron: Blessings,” Laura Caron, figurative in nature, the art of Caron portrays emotions, using layers of acrylic, oil, textiles, hand stitching, found objects, and more. Through August 20. “Trash to Treasures Sale,” part of the Davis Downtown Sidewalk Sale, find a variety of gifts, home goods, and crafts at amazing prices from 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Putah Creek Winery, 110 F St., Suite D, 530-601-9828; reception, 5 – 8 p.m., Shaun Mattio, photographs of landscapes, urbanscapes and nature on sheets of aluminum and Fuji crystal photographic paper, through August 12. Wine by the glass. Hours: Monday – Tuesday, 4 – 7 p.m.; Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 7 p.m.
Radiate Art, 911 Third St.; reception, 6 – 9 p.m., Freedom is the inspiration this month. View a variety of works in the gallery, artists’ studios and classroom. Enjoy light refreshments while visiting with the artists. facebook.com/RadiateArt and facebook.com/TheClassroomatRadiateArt
Artists and exhibits featured at Radiate Art:
2407 Graphics, Kyle Monhollen, graphic and logo design, hand-pulled screen prints.
Art by Thelma Weatherford, 530-220-6239, Thelma Weatherford, mind-scapes and colorful abstractions in mixed media, acrylic, cold wax, and oil.
Binuta Sudhakaran, meditative abstractions, cubist/figurative storytelling.
Jan’s Quilts, Jan Wolf, quilts, art, and more in a variety of textiles.
Lauren Brandy, impressionist local landscapes, letter press, and ceramics.
Old Chevi Productions, handmade custom jewelry and fine art by Schorré Chevalier Oldham. oldcheviproductions.com
Sara Post, oil and wax, mixed media paintings.
Symphony Financial Planning, 416 F St.; reception, 5 – 8:30 p.m., John E Day, photography capturing trips from Budapest to Nuremberg, Prague, and Cambodia, through September 30. This is the first of a series of exhibits at Symphony Financial that display their clients’ creative work. Initially focusing on travel photography, Symphony Financial will exhibit artists that have been all over the globe. Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
SynRG: Arts and Wellness, 907 Third St., 530-753-2154; reception, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Thelma Weatherford, bright, evocative and creative abstract paintings in acrylic and mixed media, through August 8. Meet the artist, enjoy refreshments and partake in or watch an open mic! Hours: Monday – Sunday, 12 – 7 p.m.
Yolo SPCA Thrift Store, 920 Third St., Suite A, reception, 1 – 7 p.m., enjoy free refreshments at the SPCA! Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

2nd Friday ArtAbout Receptions / Performances Outside of Downtown:

Davis Arts Center, 1919 F St., 530-756-4100; reception, 6 – 8 p.m., “Inscapes – Interior Landscapes,” Fernando Duarte, a series of landscape-like paintings reflecting the mind as a three-dimensional space, in oil and graphite, through July 31. Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments. Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
International House, 10 College Park, 530-753-5007; reception, 6 – 8 p.m., “Imagine Earthscapes,” Jared Ropelato, photography showcasing rhythms of western nature, through August 10. “ Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments. Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop, 2720 Del Rio Place, 530-756-3949; reception, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Ayre Briar, Caroline Chilcott, Amy Habicht, Jessica Hart, Rebecca Hennagir, Mary Kaltenbach, Sarah Lagattuta, Sarita Pinto, Edythe Schwartz, oil, photography, custom printing, mixed media, bellydance, and hooping, one-night-only (7/10).

Art Viewings during Normal Business Hours:

Crepeville, 330 Third St., 530-750-2400; viewing, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., new artist every month. Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Gallery 1855, 820 Pole Line Rd., viewing, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ricardo Hernandez-Machado, San Francisco based street photographer capturing moments in time and human experiences. Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 521 First St., 530-756-3938; viewing, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., “14th Annual California Landscape Exhibition,” Contemporary artists such as Pat Mahony, Marti Walker, Philippe Gandiol, Joseph Bellacera and Leslie Toms have taken the multifaceted nature of California and brought new ways of viewing landscapes to the John Natsoulas Gallery. The exhibition displays original representations of scenic vistas and cityscapes and offers visitors the opportunity to view the familiar in new and exciting ways. Hours: Wednesday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 11 – 5 p.m.
Mishka’s Cafe, 610 Second St., 530-759-0811; viewing, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., new artist every month. Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Yeti Restaurant, 234 E St., 530-747-0123; viewing, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., “Yeti,” Roger A. Smith, oil paintings. Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

(All images provided by artist)

ArtAboutHugeLogo_purple.jpg: 2nd Friday ArtAbout Logo
DTD__Logo_CMYK.jpg: Davis Downtown Logo

Artist Photos:
JohnEDay-PragueandtheCharlesBridge.jpg: “Prague and the Charles Bridge,” by John E Day at Symphony Financial Planning (416 F St.)
KyokaKanda03.jpg: Kyoka Kanda at The Hotdogger (129 E St.)
ThelmaWeatherford01.jpg: Thelma Weatherford at SynRG: Arts and Wellness (907 Third St.)
Teresa Steinbach-Garcia01.jpg: Teresa Steinbach-Garcia01 at Logo’s Books (513 Second St.)
Shaun Mattio_SF MOMA-1.jpg: “SF MOMA” by Shaun Mattio at Putah Creek Winery (110 F St., Suite D)
YazTabba01.jpg: Yaz Tabba at The Paint Chip (217 F St.)

Sandy Thai


GATE/AIM Board decisions

By June 21, 2015

Anti GATE/AIM Board Personal Agenda

Near midnight, on the June 4th School Board meeting, Susan Lovenburg made a motion to fulfill her vision of a “smaller” GATE/AIM program and drastically change it from its current state. A faulty inside job “research” report with no actual findings was used as the ruse to make the move. Susan Lovenburg moved to abolish private testing and for identification to focus on the gifted child who can’t fit in or function in the regular classroom. There was a quick second by Barbara Archer. All of this occurred literally at the 11th hour, without the opportunity for public comment on the motion, after school is out and many have left town, AIM Advisory is out of session and there only two more board meetings left until the Fall. Moreover, Susan Lovenburg directed the Superintendent to act on her motion and it be completed by this Fall. Come this Fall it will all be Ex Post Facto. That is, a done deal.
The “Hidden” Agenda crystallized at last night’s board meeting on 6/18/15 when the Board voted 3-2 not to renew Deanne Quinn’s contract (AIM coordinator for 20 years/ earning exemplary marks for the program) despite the superintendent’s recommendation for her renewal. The mission: to dismantle the current AIM program, no holds barred. Many spoke in favor of the program and Deanne Quinn, but it is as my 10 year old daughter said “it doesn’t matter what others want – only what they want”.
The involved Trustees acted in complete disregard for everyone except for their personal agenda and its supporters and are willing to sacrifice our children. Here are the facts: Susan Lovenburg openly told me she does not support Deanne Quinn because of petty differences relating to her retired employee status. When asked to submit a written position during the campaign, Barbara Archer did not indicate that she wanted to radically alter the program, but rather spoke of “examining current best practices. Barbara Archer also did not reveal that she publicly supported the PAGE, a group whose mission is “ for the district to move toward a policy of placing the vast majority of students including those who have been identified as “intellectually gifted in their neighborhood/elementary schools..” Susan Lovenburg’s motion mirrors PAGE’S mission statement and leaves no question that it seeks to dismantle the existing AIM program. Tom Adams, who made the motion to pull Deanne Quinn’s file, stated in the Vangaurd that the program should be evaluated in whether it is using current best practices according to the California Association of the Gifted (CAG) and the AIM program should be one that is exemplar. Yet he voted against best practices in gifted education according to CAG and moved against the contract of a highly experienced program coordinator who has won the program exemplary marks for the current program.
It is with great dismay that I witness these underhanded political maneuvers and sneaky summer politics that seek to destroy one of DJUSD’S highly valued programs for their personal agenda, all at the cost of our children.

Alicia Silva

Letters to the Editor


responsep to commentary by Dharles Hjerpe, DVM

By June 26, 2015

A commentary written on 6-17-2015 on Alfalfa, beef, and water, by Charles A. Hjerpe, DVM states that I am not entitles to my own facts. Granted, he is more of an expert on cows than I am. I am only a farmer in name only. I have never even owned a cow.

I received my information from a 400 page United Nations report dated,12-17-2006. It is from the U.N. Food ad Ag Organization, entitles, ‘Livestock’s Long Shadow.’ Indeed. And in deed. The report considers cows, sheep, chickens, pigs, and goats. The report mostly points the finger at the 1.5 BILLION head of cattle in this country. The report states 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 of land and water requirements for its production, as well as in terms of contribution to climate change, the report says. There are many sources stating that the, AVERAGE, amount of water required to produce a pound of beef is 1,800 gallons, and for a pound of chicken the amount required is 500 gallons. I don’t know the figure for pigs. I have never owned a pig either.

Dr. Hjerpe was writing about the daily water needs of a cow, I was quoting the gallonage of water needed to produce a pound of beef. Perhaps the beef, pork, and chicken in the marketplace should be labeled with the average amount of water needed to produce a /pound of their flesh. Anyway. So it goes.
George Farmer

Letters to the Editor


Kia Sedona goes first-class

By From page B3 | June 26, 2015

Kia’s new, first-class lounge seats might just be the way to make a minivan more appealing.

Offered on the redesigned 2015 Sedona minivan, the comfortable, Nappa leather-swathed seats have pop-out foot rests and winged headrests, similar to first-class seats on airplanes. The beckoning lounge seats are in the second row of the van and come with more than 41 inches of legroom — as much as some vehicles provide front-seat passengers.

But the seats are just part of a long list of updates. Stretching nearly 17 feet in length, the 2015 Sedona is longer and roomier than its predecessor, has more features and ritzier materials and includes a more powerful V-6.

2015 Kia Sedona Limited

Base price: $26,100 for L; $28,300 for LX; $32,300 for EX; $36,300 for SX; $39,700 for Limited

Price as tested: $43,295

Type: Front-engine front-wheel drive, seven-passenger minivan

Engine: 3.3-liter, double overhead cam, direct injection V-6 with CVVT

Mileage: 17 mpg (city), 22 mpg (highway)

Length: 201.4 inches

Wheelbase: 120.5 inches

Curb weight: 4,656 pounds

Built in: South Korea

Options: Limited technology package (includes surround view monitor, smart cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning) $2,700

Destination charge: $895

The Sedona bested segment sales leaders, the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey, in the just-released Initial Quality Study from longtime quality benchmark firm J.D. Power and Associates. It also earned 5 of out of 5 stars in frontal and side crash testing by the federal government.

Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, for a 2015 Sedona is just $26,995 with 276-horsepower V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission. That’s $2,860 less than the $29,855 starting retail price for a 2015 Odyssey with 248-horsepower V-6 and six-speed automatic.

However, every 2015 Odyssey comes standard with privacy glass on the rear windows, power-adjustable front seats, seven-speaker audio system and a rearview camera, which is a major aid when backing up a minivan. The base Sedona doesn’t include these items, meaning shoppers must move up to the 2015 Sedona LX, which has a starting retail price of $29,195, to get most of those features.

The test vehicle was the top-of-the-line Kia Sedona Limited, which is the priciest, starting at more than $40,000 with destination charge; it’s the only one with the lounge seats.

Power from the new, 3.3-liter, double overhead cam, direct injection V-6 came on strong, even though the van weighed more than 4,600 pounds. Torque peaks at a healthy 248 foot-pounds at 5,200 rpm.

The downside was the fuel economy, which stayed around 19 miles per gallon in combined city and highway travel even when the van only carried the driver. The mileage was on par with the U.S. government’s fuel economy rating. The result: The test Sedona could go 400 miles on a single tank of regular gasoline. The 21.1-gallon gas tank is slightly larger than that of the Odyssey, Sienna and Dodge Grand Caravan.

Upgrades inside the Sedona Limited were evident. Interior plastics had a quality look, and the seats had precise contrasting stitching that looked like it came out of a luxury sedan. Other luxury touches included an all-around-the-vehicle camera view, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats and heated second-row seats. Power-sliding side doors offered wide entryways, and the liftgate was power operated, too.

There was one hitch, though, with the lounge seats on the test vehicle. It took considerable force to put the manually operated footrests back up against the lower front of the seats.

Twelve cupholders, a deep and useful center console between the front seats and a two-part glovebox that included a chilled area for juices and sodas were among the amenities. But Kia doesn’t offer a rear entertainment system or vehicle WiFi hotspot like that on some other vehicles.

Kia now has many of the latest safety features, including lane departure warning and forward collision warning; both are options on the Limited model only.

The test Sedona absorbed road bumps well, and a turning circle of 36.8 feet made U-turns easier than anticipated. But the tall heaviness of the vehicle was noticeable in curves and turns. Wind noise was audible at highway speeds, and even noise from passing semis could be heard inside the Sedona, prompting some passengers to check if a window was open.

Always a seven-passenger van, the Sedona offers a choice of eight-passenger seating for 2015. Cargo space is increased to 142 cubic feet but still falls short of the 150 cubic feet in the Sienna and 148.5 cubic feet in the Odyssey. Towing capacity tops out at 3,500 pounds.

Ann M. Job

Agriculture + Environment

Troubled delta system is California’s water battleground

By June 26, 2015

By Erica Goode

BYRON — Fighting over water is a tradition in California, but nowhere are the lines of dispute more sharply drawn than here in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that is the hub of the state’s water system.

Giant pumps pull in water flowing to the delta from the mountainous north of the state, where the majority of precipitation falls, and send it to farms, towns and cities in the Central Valley and Southern California, where the demand for water is greatest.

For decades, the shortcomings of this water transportation system, among the most ambitious and complex ever constructed, have been a source of conflict and complaint.

But in the fourth year of a profound drought, the delta has become a central battle zone, pitting north against south, farmers against environmental groups, farmers against one another and many local residents against California’s governor, Jerry Brown, whose plan to fix the delta’s problems upsets them almost as much as the drought itself.

“In major battles, crossroads are always fought over,” said Steve Mello, who farms in the north delta. “And this is the crossroads for most of the water in the north state that they are seeking to export south.”

Water pumped from the delta, the largest estuary on the West Coast, accounts for only about 15 percent of the total water from above-ground sources that is used in California.

But the delta pumps help feed more than three million acres of farmland, much of it in the San Joaquin Valley, the agricultural heartland of the state. The estuary’s water is also home to hundreds of wildlife species, including fish — like the winter-run Chinook salmon and the delta smelt — that are listed as endangered and federally protected.

Casualties in this tug of war are counted in fallowed fields and the loss of species. And as the drought has intensified, so has debate over how the delta’s limited supply of water should be apportioned. Farmers in the Central Valley call it a “man-made drought,” complaining that water needed for crops is going to fish instead. This month, an environmental group filed suit against the state and federal governments, claiming that endangered species were being sacrificed to agricultural interests.

The big-dreaming politicians and land barons of the last century, who saw in the delta a promising water supply for an arid state, gave little thought to such concerns. Engineering — huge dams, massive tunnels, powerful pumps — could provide as much water as was needed, they believed, simply moving it from the north, where it was plentiful, to the drier south.

But the drought — not the last or the worst, if scientists’ predictions about the effects of climate change are any indication — has made it clear that imposing a human-engineered water system on nature carries risks.

And the delta, the nexus of competing interests, may carry a lesson for every part of this thirsty state:

“You can’t supply unlimited amounts of water to every person for every purpose,” said Phil Isenberg, vice chairman of the Delta Stewardship Council and a former mayor of Sacramento.

‘A Novel Ecosystem’

Fly over the delta and the landscape that spreads out below is more reminiscent of the Netherlands than the Golden State, with narrow channels dividing levee-encircled islands of cropland. A pleasure boat motors lazily toward a marina. A cow grazes in a field of alfalfa.

But the Spanish explorers who stumbled upon the delta in the early 1770s saw only an expanse of freshwater marsh, inhabited by elk, grizzly bears and huge flocks of waterfowl, the water teeming with fish.

In its natural state, the estuary was a dynamic tidal system that followed a daily and seasonal rhythm, with salty water from the ocean moving east during the summer dry season and receding west in the winter, flushed out by freshwater runoff.

But the architects of California’s water system envisioned a different directional flow for the delta’s waters: north to south.

They dammed rivers, so that water could be stored in the winter and released in the summer when it was needed most. And they installed pumps at the delta’s southern edge to lift billions of gallons of water up to the canals, pipes and tunnels that would carry it to customers as far south as Los Angeles. The 700-mile California Aqueduct defied gravity, carrying water almost 2,000 feet up over the Tehachapi Mountains.

The amount of water flowing south never reached the volume projected in the 1960s, when the State Water Project was championed by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Sr., the current governor’s father — a shortfall that has fueled tensions in the latest drought. And much of the water that would naturally flow into the delta is diverted upstream before it ever reaches the estuary. But the exports allowed farmers downstream to irrigate more fields and to plant them with crops like almonds that required more water.

The engineering of the waterways also put pressure on the estuary, however, lowering water levels and playing havoc with the tides.

The pumps, in particular, were so powerful that they reversed the northward flow of the San Joaquin River where it ran near the pumping stations. The cross-flows were deadly for fish, pulling in smelt, sturgeon and other species already struggling with reduced water levels in the estuary.

Over time, instead of being flushed out in the winter, saltwater began to linger in the delta’s inner reaches. Alien species moved in, flourishing in the altered environment.

“By the 1990s, we knew the delta was in big trouble,” said Jeffrey Mount, a watershed scientist and senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. “It’s been death by a thousand cuts.”

Six species of fish, including delta smelt, steelhead trout and winter-run and spring-run Chinook salmon, which migrate up the Sacramento River to spawn, are now listed as endangered or threatened by the state or federal government or both. And 150 years after the arrival of the first settlers, the delta has undergone a total makeover in human hands.

“I would call it a novel ecosystem,” said Peter B. Moyle, a professor of wildlife, fish and conservation biology and assistant director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis.

“Nothing like this has ever existed before,” he said.

Tomatoes vs. Salmon

It was Moyle who, in March, delivered the bad news about the delta smelt, a slender, silvery fish found only in the waters of this region.

A state survey in March netted only six delta smelt, compared with 296 in March 2012.

The species appeared to be nearing extinction, Moyle told a meeting of the stewardship council, set up in 2009 by the State Legislature with the goals of protecting the estuary and providing a more reliable water supply.

The smelt’s perilous decline has added yet another concern for the Water Resources Control Board to juggle as it strives to allocate the state’s most precious resource.

As the drought has worsened, the board has found itself playing King Solomon, balancing the needs of delta smelt and other endangered fish against those of farmers and water districts that also rely on fresh water from the delta.

No one has been happy with the results.

The board is obligated under federal and state laws to protect the fish, and studies have shown that cool fresh water increases reproduction in so-called pelagic species like the delta smelt, which inhabit the open water column away from the bottom.

Environmental groups, for their part, bristled at the board’s decision in early April to reduce freshwater releases below mandated levels, an action scientists said would almost certainly harm smelt and other fish, including juvenile salmon making their way to the ocean.

The economic loss of fallowed fields can be recovered in the long term, said Jonathan Rosenfield, a conservation biologist at the Bay Institute in San Francisco. Not so for the fish. “If species go extinct, we have no way to get them back,” he said.

The water board, Rosenfield said, has systematically sacrificed the needs of the fish in favor of keeping water flowing to farms.

The fishing industry, which employs about 20,000 people in the state, is equally rankled by what it considers an unfair system.

“The farmers say they’ve got to have it, they run to the politicians and say they’ve got to have it,” said Richard Pool, president of a nonprofit organization, Water4Fish, and the owner of a fishing-equipment company called Pro-Troll.

Agricultural interests, he said, “are targeting the fish because they think we’re the easiest place.”
But the continued flow of fresh water through the delta into the ocean for the fish does not sit well with many farmers, especially those in the western part of the San Joaquin Valley, who rank low in the state’s “first in time, first in right” seniority system and have had their water rights cut off.

“They want all the water,” Cannon Michael, a tomato, melon and wheat farmer whose land has been in his family for six generations, said of the fish. He said he plans to fallow 2,500 of his 10,500 acres this year owing to water shortages and that the efforts to protect the fish deserved part of the blame.

Paul Wenger, president of the California Farm Bureau Federation, said that salmon and other fish “have been through extensive droughts before, and they still survived.”

“But I’m not sure 39 million people in California have gone through a sustained drought,” he said.

Reducing fresh water flows might harm the smelt, the water board said, but it could also help the salmon, allowing more water to be held back in upstream reservoirs for release later in the year, when temperature-sensitive salmon eggs are fighting for survival in the Sacramento River.

Because of a miscalculation last year, the federal water project had been unable to release enough cold water to maintain the 56-degree temperature that salmon eggs require. Instead, the water warmed to 62 degrees, killing 95 percent of the eggs.

The loss hit a salmon population that had already dropped precipitously: In the 1970s, the number of winter-run salmon ranged from 20,000 to 30,000; they now number in the low thousands.

The Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the water project, said it hoped it would do better at keeping the salmon eggs alive this year.

But Rosenfield said that under pressure from senior water rights holders, the bureau had ended up releasing more water in April and May than it planned, once again placing the eggs in danger.

“Now all bets are off,” he said, “and they are scrambling to figure out what they can do.”

Neither side in the struggle over water, however, has been scrupulous in placing facts over rhetoric.

Some farmers who want exports to be increased, for example, have complained that water allowed to flow to the ocean is “wasted.”

But an analysis of ocean outflow in 2014, the third year of the drought, found that 71 percent went to preserve water quality for drinking water and irrigation. Only 18 percent was specifically for fish habitat, according to the analysis by Mount, who used data assembled by the water board.

“There’s been way too much simplification to fit things on a bumper sticker,” said Michael George, the delta water master, an independent post created in 2009 to oversee water rights disputes in the region.

Seeking a Solution

Mary Hildebrand points to the 40 acres of land she has fallowed because the water level is too low.

The irrigation water for her south delta farm, near Manteca, comes from the San Joaquin River. But the salt that infects the soil limits what she can plant.

Salt levels, Hildebrand said, have increased over the decades as the federal water project’s pumps in Tracy have sucked down the water in the narrow channels, reducing tidal flushing and creating stagnant zones where the salt can collect.

Brown has proposed a solution for the saltwater problem — twin 30-mile-long tunnels that would carry water underground from the Sacramento River at the north end of the delta to the pumps at the south end, bypassing the estuary.

In theory, the tunnels, an updated version of the peripheral canal Brown championed unsuccessfully in the 1980s, could increase the water available for export and reduce the saltiness, by drawing from the cleaner Sacramento instead of solely from the San Joaquin. The plan could also help keep delta smelt and other fish from being pulled into the pumps.

But Hildebrand and other farmers in the delta oppose the $15 billion plan, saying that they doubt it would solve the problem of saltwater intrusion.

“You’re just transferring the same impact from one area to another,” said Russell E. van Löben Sels, whose family has been farming in the delta since the 1870s.

Environmental groups are also leery.

“I don’t think anybody disputes that they could be operated in a way that is good for the environment,” said Jay Ziegler, director of external affairs and policy for the Sacramento office of the Nature Conservancy, which owns land in the northeastern part of the region. “But the devil is in the details.”

Like others, he believes something must be done if the delta is to survive the drought and continue as both a natural habitat and a water supply — eventually, the lack of freshwater could increase saltiness in the estuary to the point that pumping out water for exports becomes impossible, a dire situation even for those who care little about fish.

But is the solution to a problem caused by human engineering more engineering?

“I think we’re all skeptical about that,” Ziegler said.

More plausible, in a state that is likely to become drier over the decades, is a scaling back of expectations, an acknowledgment that all sides may have to give up something — not every farm will have water, not every shower will be long, not every species will thrive.

Said Isenberg, of the stewardship council: “It’s a much more adult discussion to acknowledge that the problems are serious, the solutions are tentative, and it’s going to take a lot of money.”


Matt Richtel contributed reporting from Los Banos

New York Times News Service

Local Catholic voices speak on Pope’s climate change encyclical

By June 24, 2015

Felicia Alvarez


Iran and Greece: 2 bad deals

By June 25, 2015

I’m not an expert on subject and I’ve never read Donald Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal”, but I do have enough personal experience in negotiations to know bad deals when I see them. And, Greece and Iran are both bad deals, or will be if deals are ever made. In any negotiation, one has to have some kind of a poker face, i.e. not reveal to the other party how much they want to make a deal. Obama and Kerry, due to their megalomania and eagerness to break new political ground, are being played. This “deal” began with a 6-month deadline I believe nearly two years ago. There has been some relaxing of sanctions which people on the left and right have stated as the reason Iran was forced to the table in the first place. When you have your adversary in a weak position, why give that up? These kind gestures may feel good to our benevolent leaders but they weaken our leverage. The net result of this egomania and foolishly kind diplomacy will be no deal or a bad one. If a decent deal is reached, Iran will not stick to it. With Greece, it is easier to see the pressure for a deal. I believe Greece acts as a buffer, at least in concept. As long as Greece stays in the Eurozone, nobody is looking at the next most vulnerable member, probably Italy. While the Eurozone could carry Greece forever and survive, the exit of Italy would cause the currency to collapse and may be the spark to ignite a global depression. The Greek prime minister knows how much they want a deal and is playing the other side like Iran is playing Obama and Kerry. In both of these situations, Iran and Greece, the best deal is no deal, and the acceptance of what is extremely unpopular in modern times-reality.

Greg Johnson


Letters to the Editor


why we lost kennedy

By June 25, 2015


Re: “A friendship for the ages” (June 9): Kerry Kennedy’s loving tribute to her father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and his famed friendship with labor leader César Chávez, is a reminder of what the world lost on June 6, 1968, when Kennedy died.

What many people forget is why Kennedy was assassinated. He was murdered by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian man with Jordanian citizenship, in an act of hate — because Kennedy supported Israel’s right to exist.

Kennedy covered the Middle East in 1948 as a reporter for the Boston Post. He took note not only of the Jews’ plight as a determined underdog under siege, but also commended their efforts to improve the lives of their Arab neighbors. In one dispatch, Kennedy noted: “The Jews [of pre-state Israel] point with pride to the fact that over 500,000 Arabs, in the 12 years between 1932 and 1944, came into Palestine to take advantage of living conditions existing in no other Arab state. This is the only country in the Near and Middle East where an Arab middle class is in existence.” Later, as a senator, he expressed his great admiration for Israel — for which Sirhan decided he must die.

Sirhan wrote in his journal that “Kennedy must die before June 5th,” the one-year anniversary of the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli Six-Day War. During his trial, Sirhan blurted out that he had killed Kennedy “premeditatedly with 20 years of malice aforethought,” a reference to the 20 years since Israel’s creation in 1948. Years later, in a 1989 interview with David Frost, Sirhan explained: “My only connection with Robert Kennedy was his sole support of Israel.”

Kennedy sought to be a transformational leader. His 1968 campaign theme was: “I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” In the aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Kennedy quoted the ancient Greek poet Aeschylus in calling on his supporters to “tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” Yet Kennedy, too, was felled by someone motivated purely by hate.

Stephen A. Silver

San Francisco

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Fingerling Potato Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing

By June 23, 2015

The key to the deeply-seasoned potatoes in this tangy and creamy salad is to cook them in water seasoned with salt and vinegar. A dressing flavored with olive oil, sour cream and dill binds it together.

Adding salt and vinegar to the potato cooking water not only seasons the potatoes deeply, but the vinegar also prevents them from falling apart as they cook. Seasoning the potatoes with more vinegar while they’re still hot is key to deep flavor penetration and a light texture on the palate.


1 1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes (such as La Ratte or Russian Banana), cut into 1/2-inch disks

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, divided

1 tablespoon whole grain mustard

2 tablespoons sour cream

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 small red onion, diced (about 3/4 cup)

2 scallions, finely sliced (about 1/4 cup)

2 tablespoons minced fresh dill

Freshly ground black pepper

Putting it together:

Place potatoes, 1 tablespoon salt, 1/2 tablespoon vinegar and 3 cups tepid water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally until salt is dissolved. Reduce to a bare simmer and cook until potatoes are completely tender and show no resistance when poked with a paring knife or cake tester, about 17 minutes.

Drain potatoes. Immediately toss potato pieces with 1 tablespoon vinegar, spread in a single layer in a rimmed baking sheet, and allow to cool to warm room temperature, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine mustard, sour cream, olive oil, red onions, scallions, dill and remaining 1/2 tablespoon vinegar in a large bowl and whisk together. Add potatoes and toss thoroughly to combine. Season to taste with more salt and pepper as necessary. Serves 4 to 6.

Potato salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.

— From www.seriouseats.com

Lauren Keene

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Creme de la Creme photos

By June 24, 2015

PHOTO CAPTIONS – Photos to be used for the story on Crème de la Crème. All were taken by Bob Schultz.

Crème 1a – Michèle Tordoir was pleased to find a chalk board she had seen on an earlier visit.
Crème 1b – Michèle Tordoir writes a message before Christie Zamora wraps her gift.

Crème 2 – Christie Zamora and Beatrice Seed look at gifts Beatrice says she just can’t resist.

Crème 3 – Business neighbor Sarah Lee considers some pajamas to go with robes she bought earlier.

Crème 4 – The store is currently filled with unique items for the 4th of July.

Crème 5 – Crème de la Crème replaced a computer store at 222 D Street, Suite 6B

Crème 6 – Christie has sold over 300 of these hand crafted birthday hats.

Bob Schultz

Shop Davis

By June 24, 2015

Finding the dream at Crème de la Crème

Crème de la Crème “started as a dream,” for owner, Christie Zamora in 1998. As she says on her web site, when she woke from that dream she found herself in a “peaceful, serene environment that appealed to my senses of sight, sound, touch, and smell. – It seemed like what I imagined heaven would be.” She began gathering ideas, cutting out pictures from magazines, and visiting gift showrooms before opening the original Crème de la Crème in Yakima, Washington. Six years later, she closed that shop and returned to her native Northern California. On November 11, 2005, she opened the Davis Crème de la Crème at 222 D Street.

If the store is open, expect Christie to be there greeting many who walk through the door by name and helping customers find just the right gift. The shelves are filled with soaps, lotions, scented candles, jewelry, pajamas, robes, cups, glasses and keepsakes, many imported from Italy, France, Spain, England, and other places around the world.

There is always a focus on an upcoming holiday along with a section with all things French, a large section for baby (or as the sign says, bébé), and many other artfully displayed collections. Customers are mostly women of all ages buying gifts for female friends, or themselves. However, Christie is glad to help men who want to impress significant others with unexpected gifts for any occasion.

Christie has placed signs around the neighborhood, but she likes the slightly hidden nature of her boutique. People feel like they have meandered around and discovered a hidden treasure when they enter all 400 square feet of her store. She uses the small size to her advantage by stocking only items carefully selected from past experience or from understanding the tastes of her customers. Stay away for a few days, and you’ll find new items that weren’t there the last time you came in, but you may also find that the cute cup and saucer set you admired has already found a new home.

Beatrice Seed, one of those customers Christie called by name, has bought several namesake bee-related items and says this is a great place for unique gifts for special friends. She keeps coming back because she just can’t resist the selection and the way Christie keeps adding new items that complement items she purchased before.

Belgium-born Michèle Tordoir came in hoping a blackboard she had seen on a previous visit. Finding it, she wrote a message and then Christie tastefully wrapped the gift at no charge. As if she were sharing with family, Michèle pulled out a photo of the du Tordoir family home that was built in Belgium in 1276 to show Christie.

Christie didn’t mention Belgium, but she has attended many gift shows in Europe and across the United States. She goes to the show in San Francisco annually to keep contact with Northern California crafts people, and has attended shows in New York, Atlanta, Toronto, Philadelphia, and later this year, New Orleans. One contact she made at a show in Chicago creates unique birthday hats, some made to order to fit color or theme requests. Christie has sold over 300 of those hats in Davis. (There were only three left in the store in early June.)

Christie and her husband, Raul Zamora, love living downtown and being able to walk to work Since she moved into the collection of small businesses in 2006, she has helped business neighbors paint the trim of their shops as the center has shifted from red trim that matched the old English telephone booth just west of the stores to an earthier green color. Neighboring stores have also helped her in many ways. Sarah Lee of Sarah’s Alterations and Eco-Cleaners next door has purchased robes for family members and was one of her first customers of the day. Another nearby business, The Tea List, often delivers lunch right to the shop.

On the rare occasions when she is gone to find the pièce de résistance to add to her collection from another gift show you will find a relative or close friend who understands the kind of service customers have come to expect. Be prepared to have your senses stimulated and judge for yourself how well Crème de la Crème fulfills Christie’s dream . Check out her web site at http://www.cremedelacremedavis.com/ and find the store open from 10:30 to 5:30 Tuesday through Saturday at 222 D Street, Suite 6B.

Bob Schultz

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A Day in the Country 9/13

By June 24, 2015

“A Day in the Country” September 13, 2015, at Gold Oak Ranch in Guinda
The Yolo Land Trust announces its signature event “A Day in the Country” will be held this year on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gold Oak Ranch in Guinda.
A Day in the Country features delicious tastings from top chefs representing over 20 restaurants. Each chef creates special dishes featuring food grown on Yolo County’s rich farmland. Farms, ranches, vineyards and breweries throughout Yolo County join in providing delicious tastings and beverages.
Gold Oak Ranch is a beautiful, year-round farm located in the Capay Valley and owned by David Scheuring and his children, Chris, Rachel and Paul. The farm produces almonds, walnuts, olives and organic mandarin oranges, with a sequential harvest that stretches from August to March. “We are excited about having A Day in the Country at the Gold Oak Ranch,” said Michele Clark, Executive Director of the Yolo Land Trust. “David Scheuring was a founding Director and also served as the Yolo Land Trust President. His son Chris is currently on our Board of Directors. I invite the community to enjoy the lovely setting of this family-owned farm while tasting amazing food grown in Yolo County.”
A Day in the Country celebrates the Yolo Land Trust’s over 25 years of farmland conservation. The Yolo Land Trust has a simple mission – helping landowners conserve the rich farmland and ranchland of Yolo County. To date, we have permanently conserved over 60 family farms throughout the County, all of which continue to be privately owned and on Yolo County’s tax rolls. This means that nearly 11,000 acres agricultural land, riparian corridors and Swainson’s hawk habitat in Yolo County will remain in farming forever as a result of the work of the Yolo Land Trust.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for this year’s A Day in the Country. Past events have sold out, so sponsors and those seeking tickets are encouraged to make arrangements early. To become a sponsor, to purchase tickets or for general information visit our new website at www.theyololandtrust.org or contact Gina Nunes at 530-662-1110.
The Yolo Land Trust is a nonprofit corporation, founded in 1988 by an innovative group of farmers, ranchers, community leaders and conservationists dedicated to protecting Yolo County’s land resources. The Yolo Land Trust has helped landowners place conservation easements on over 60 family farms throughout Yolo County. The Yolo Land Trust is conserving “Our Lands. Our Future.”
Pictures available upon request

Gina Nunes
Development Associate

Enterprise staff

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Yolo County Fair Gala 8/19

By June 24, 2015

Opening Night Gala Celebration
Celebrate Yolo County’s Agricultural Products and Produce!

The Yolo County Fair is proud to present the 9th annual Opening Night Gala, Wednesday, August 19th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Yolo County Fairgrounds. The event will showcase our county’s wonderful agricultural products and produce. Approximately 600 visitors from near and far will converge on the Fairgrounds to enjoy a taste of Yolo County’s bounty.

Guests will have a chance to kick back and mingle with local community leaders, growers, and old friends from Fairs past. The Gala will feature local wines, olive oils, honey, nuts, jams, meats, produce and restaurant fare, as well as performances by some of the best local musicians. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of the great work and craftsmanship that are on display in the Ag Building and enjoy the evening amidst the backdrop of the Fair.

Tickets go on sale on July 6th. They are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. This event sells out quickly, so get your tickets early! For more information, please contact the Fair Office by phone at (530) 402-2222 or by email at [email protected] You can also check out the Fair’s website at www.yolocountyfair.net for updates, program information, and much more. Join the Facebook Event to receive updates.

The Yolo County Fair is the largest and oldest free gate fair in California. We owe this continued success to the hundreds of dedicated volunteers, the support of the County and community, and our generous sponsors and partners. This year’s theme is “It Gets Better Every Year.”

See you at the Gala!

Samantha Novan
Gala Event Coordinator
Yolo County Fair
1125 East St.
Woodland, Ca 95776
O: 530.402.2222

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Chicken Curry Salad

By June 24, 2015

Salad mix:

2 cups diced cooked chicken
1/2 cup diced celery
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1/2 cup grapes (cut in half)
1/3 cup macadamia nuts (or pecans or walnuts)

Dressing mix:
1 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
2 tablespoons grated onion
1 teaspoon of salt
Dash of pepper

Putting it together:

Stir dressing into chicken salad mix and let stand two hours or more in refrigerator. Serve on a quarter of a pineapple shell or on tomatoes and lettuce.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

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Tomato Tartlet appetizers

By June 23, 2015


All-purpose flour, for rolling

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

2 1/2 ounces grated sharp white cheddar (2/3 cup packed)

3 medium tomatoes, cut into 10 1/4-inch-thick slices

4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Ground pepper

1/3 cup small basil leaves, for serving

Putting it together:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with racks in upper and middle thirds. Lightly flour a rolling pin and work surface and roll out puff pastry to a 14-by-16-inch rectangle. With a 4-inch cookie cutter, cut out 10 rounds and transfer to two parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets; with a fork, prick each round all over.

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cheese on each, leaving a 1/4-inch border, and top with 1 tomato slice. Brush with oil and season with pepper.

Bake until pastry is deep golden at edges, 25 to 30 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let tartlets cool completely on a wire rack. To serve, top with basil.

— From www.marthastewart.com

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elias 7/10: Long wait looms for GOP Congress gains here

By June 23, 2015



Few things gall California Republicans more than realizing they hold just 14 of this state’s 53 seats in Congress. That’s only 26 percent of California’s representatives, while the opposition Democrats, with a mere 14 percent more registered voters, hold 39 seats, or about 74 percent.

The GOP had a big chance last year to remedy this, targeting vulnerable Democrats who won their offices by narrow margins in President Obama’s 2012 reelection landslide.

But Republicans failed. Yes, they ran plenty of close races, but in the end lost every one. Now it appears they’ll have to wait at least until 2018 before there’s much possibility Californians might become a significant part of the GOP’s big overall majority in Congress.

How did Republicans blow the chance to oust vulnerable Democrats like Scott Peters of San Diego, Julia Brownley of Ventura County, John Garamendi in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Jim Costa in the Fresno area, Ami Bera in the Sacramento suburbs and Jerry McNerney in the Stockton area?

The missed opportunity was partly because of the candidates they ran and partly because the national party didn’t fully support what candidates it had.

The survival of Peters in a San Diego district bordering on Mexico was prototypical. He was opposed by Carl DeMaio, a former city councilman and longtime crusader for tightening public employee pensions. Peters’ district was ripe for Republican plucking, having gone for Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer by an overwhelming 62 percent in his 2013 special election victory.

But even though DeMaio ran for mayor in 2012 and had plenty of prior public exposure, he was done in when two of his former staff members accused him of sexual harassment, a claim debunked months after the election. What could have been, maybe should have been, an easy GOP pickup instead became a 6,000-vote reelection for Peters.

With the district’s populace growing steadily more Latino and the strong likelihood that turnout in 2016 will be well above the roughly 24 percent of last year – if only because the presidency will at stake – Peters could have a much easier reelection next year.

It’s much the same for Costa, who was blindsided and almost knocked off by a Republican unknown last year, and for McNerney, who also squeaked by narrowly against a little-known hopeful. If the national party had recruited major figures against them or had simply financed those who did run, those could have been two pickups. But the GOP blew it.

Now Costa and McNerney, along with the other Democrats who won by slim margins, figure to get less of a challenge next year for the same reasons Peters will be safer. All will have the advantages of several more years of incumbency, too, to establish ties and loyalties throughout their districts.

In many ways, the Republican ineptitude in making congressional inroads in California is emblematic of how they’ve mismanaged things in this state for years, their only respite in decades being the Arnold Schwarzenegger era, which was mostly a product of his star power as a movie muscleman.

The party was proud last year to prevent Democrats from achieving two-thirds supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature, a dominance they enjoyed sporadically in the two years after their big Obama-led wins of 2012. But that’s like a football team rejoicing because it narrowly beat the oddsmakers’ point spread, while still losing by three touchdowns. The GOP is far short of the numbers it will need to have any major impact on state policy in any area, and there’s little chance it will change anything soon.

The party’s problem is simple: In order to win in most parts of California, it will have to become more tolerant of undocumented immigrants and same-sex marriage, more environmentally conscious and less hardline in opposing changes to the Proposition 13 property tax rules.

But making any such revisions would also alienate the party from its hard-core backers, and might deprive it of even its recent levels of support.

So the GOP in California is in a bind, and so far has shown few signs of finding its way out of this long-term jam.

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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Summer Sea Breeze Salad

By June 21, 2015

Another tasty summer salad from Associate Editor Linda DuBois:


2 cups uncooked pasta

1 7-ounce can of tuna, drained and flaked
1 large, or 2 small, sliced tomatoess (firm tomatoes like roma work best)
1 medium sliced cucumber
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup green diced green peppers
1/4 cup red onion rings
1 teaspoon seasoning salt (optional)
1/2 cup Italian dressing

Putting it together:

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Combine remaining ingredients with cooked pasta. Mix well. Chill. Toss before serving. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Linda DuBois

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One-Dish Meal Summer Salad

By June 21, 2015

Associate editor Linda DuBois enjoys making this dish for summer potlucks, but it also keeps as a wonderful leftover from a family meal.

One-Dish Meal Summer Salad

1 cup corn
1 cup black beans
1 cup white beans
3 green onions
2 avocados, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro
2 tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons cumin
3 garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste
1 pepperoncini (or 2 or 3 if you like spicy)
Juice from 2 limes
1/4 cup red wine vinegar

Putting it together:

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and serve chilled.

Linda DuBois


Dr. Paul Joseph Fry Jr.

By June 07, 2015

d. May 20, 2015

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Dr. Paul Joseph Fry Jr. passed away in his home in El Macero in the company of his family. Paul was born in Dixon, Ill., in 1931, the son of Paul J. and Lauretta M. Fry. He is preceded in death by his wife, Dee, of 53 years and is survived by his six children, 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Upon graduating from Notre Dame, Paul attended Medical School at the University of Illinois; he served his internship at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital and did Residency Training at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He completed his medical training in the Civil Service in Public Health specializing in Orthopedics.

In 1964, Dr. Fry moved his family to South Lake Tahoe and established the Tahoe Fracture and Orthopedic Clinic where he practiced for 50 years. During this time, Dr. Fry corroborated with others and created the first formal medical care for the U.S. ski team. Barton Hospital physicians continue to provide medical coverage for the U.S. ski team. Dr. Fry traveled to many foreign countries with the goal of teaching other physicians or directly administering care to those in need. Living in South Lake Tahoe allowed Paul to be an avid outdoorsman; he was often seen cross country skiing to work, riding his bike or hiking through Desolation Wilderness.

Dr. Fry’s philanthropy work was extensive; he felt it was his Christian duty to serve others through Jesus Christ and gave to many without others knowing. Paul served on the Barton Hospital and Carson Valley Hospital boards of directors and was intricately involved in the development of medical services in South Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. Dr. Fry especially enjoyed family and friends; his great joys were the many relationships developed over the years and human experiences he often shared during conversation. Dr. Fry was appreciative of his family and friends; many can recall stories of “Papa,” “Pops,” “Paul” and “Dad” — he will be missed. May he be blessed with eternal peace in the company of his wife Dee.

Services will be held at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 1041 Lyons Ave., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Rosary will be Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. followed by funeral service Saturday, July 25, at 10 a.m. and reception at Grace Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Maloff Center of Excellence, c/o the Barton Foundation, at 2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 600, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 and/or to St. Theresa’s Bread and Broth kitchen that serves the needy in our local community.

God our Father, Your power brings us to birth.
Your providence guides our lives,
And by your command we return to dust.

Lord those who die still live in your presence, their lives
change but do not end.

I pray in hope for my family, relatives and friends, all
the dead known to You alone, and especially, today, for Pops.

In company with Christ, Who died and now lives, may they
rejoice in your Kingdom, Where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family, To sing your praises forever and ever.


For the repose of Pop’s soul. Lord have mercy.

Special to The Enterprise

Pon, John




Elias, June 30: Define anti-Semitism or enable it

By June 30, 2015

Top University of California officials including President Janet Napolitano and several campus chancellors publicly deplore the way activists pushing UC to boycott Israel seemed to spawn outright anti-Semitic actions and outcries over the last few months.

But they’ve done nothing to stop it. Students who set up mock checkpoints on campuses to harass Jewish students and no one else were not penalized. Nor were students who questioned candidates for student government about their Jewish identity. No one has even been caught in several cases where Nazi-like swastikas were daubed on campus buildings. And no one was caught after the message “Zionists…to the gas chambers” was scrawled on a UC Berkeley wall.

Partly this is because UC has no firm standard by which to tell when protests of some of Israel’s policies sink into outright anti-Semitism.

Now, at last, the 10-campus system’s top policymakers will have a chance to set a standard. The Board of Regents is tentatively due to vote during its July 22-23 meeting in San Francisco on whether to adopt the U.S. State Department’s “Three D” definition of when political protest becomes outright anti-Semitism.

The State Department criteria are simple: If an action aims to delegitimize Israel, denying the Jewish state’s very right to exist, that’s anti-Semitic. If a protest aims to demonize Israel in ways not employed against any other country, that’s also anti-Semitic. And if a protest employs a double standard judging Israel differently from other countries, that’s anti-Semitic, too.

Here’s one clear-cut double-standard at work today: When Israel accidentally killed civilians while destroying ammunition dumps and rocket launch sites planted in crowded schools and neighborhoods in Gaza last summer, loud protests by campus groups led by Students for Justice in Palestine went on for months over the deaths of children and other non-combatants.

But while Saudi Arabian jets bombed Shiite Moslem insurgents in Yemen daily this spring and summer, often killing more civilians in a day than Israel did in its entire Gaza campaign, the same protesters said nothing.

In a springtime letter to Napolitano and all regents, nearly 700 UC professors, student groups, alumni and rabbis urged adoption of the State Department definition, and that it be followed by training of campus personnel to stymie anti-Semitic acts and talk, while not interfering with political protests against things like roadblocks, censorship or settlements in occupied territory.

“It is essential for campus (personnel) to be trained…to identify anti-Semitic behavior and to address it with the same promptness and vigor as other forms of racial, ethnic and gender bigotry and discrimination,” the letter said.

Napolitano soon after said in a radio interview that she thinks UC should adopt the Three D definition and that she will put it on the Regents’ July meeting agenda.

That’s progress. For double standards and lies have abounded at UC throughout the so-called “BDS campaign” to boycott and sanction Israel, while demanding the university divest from companies doing business there. For example, the pro-Palestinian SJP group has denied being anti-Semitic for years, while steadily demonizing Israel as “an apartheid nation,” even though it has absorbed many thousands of black Jews from Ethiopia and taken in several thousand non-Jewish refugees from black African countries like Sudan and Somalia.

SJP denies singling out Israel for protest, saying since it was organized about 10 years ago that it will protest injustice everywhere. But the group has never protested against anyone but the Jewish state.

If the Regents act as Napolitano recommends, they will be adding to a recent series of defeats for SJP, whose BDS campaign was officially rejected by the Illinois and Tennessee legislatures this spring, one dominated by Democrats, the other by Republicans. The Indiana state Senate passed a similar resolution. Student governments at several universities around the nation also rejected pro-boycott resolutions, leaving student officials at the UC campuses in Berkeley, Davis and Los Angeles and those at Stanford almost alone in passing them.

Because it’s well documented that heated debates over those resolutions were soon followed by outright anti-Semitic acts not prevented or punished on any campus, the reality is that inaction by the Regents would amount to conscious enabling of blatant anti-Semitism.

— 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


What it’s like as a ‘girl’ in the lab

By June 21, 2015

IT’S 7 p.m. on a Friday night, and I’m still in the lab. Earlier in the day, as I was looking through old data, I unexpectedly found the answer to a question that I’d been trying to address for a year. It was one of those rare “eureka” moments in science. But it’s not as though in an instant a spotlight fell on the pictures of cells I’d been staring at, clearing up all mystery.

No, this is the beginning of a new mystery, and I have to repeat months worth of experiments. The other postdoctoral fellow in our group is also here late, the lights over our work area the only ones illuminating the floor. He offers to share his data and some research tools; I gratefully accept.

Would the Nobel laureate Tim Hunt argue that this scene is likely to be charged with sexual tension? After all, I am female, and Dr. Hunt, a biochemist, said at a conference earlier this month that his “trouble with girls” in laboratories is that “you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry.” Certainly, then, he must have feared the possibility that two scientists might find themselves alone late one evening, with the aphrodisiacal power of scientific revelation unloosing their inhibitions.

Actually, I doubt Dr. Hunt is concerned about romantic entanglement between lowly post-docs. His “trouble with girls” was more likely rooted in his experience as a principal investigator, the head of an independent laboratory. He was swiftly censured for his remarks, and forced to resign from an honorary professor post and from several high-profile committees, which indicates how seriously institutions take the problem of gender bias. Still, women remain underrepresented in the top levels of bioscience despite greater gender parity at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I believe Dr. Hunt’s statements give us a clue as to one reason the pipeline leaks.

Twenty-first-century science has a great deal in common with the medieval apprentice system. Young scientists, typically graduate students and postdoctoral fellows like me, join the laboratory of an established principal investigator, who is rarely involved in hands-on experimentation, but has near-absolute authority in hiring. Only when this lengthy period of training is complete might a young scientist hope to establish an independent laboratory of her own, but she will always be known as having trained in Dr. So-and-so’s lab.

Unfortunately for young women in science, top male scientists may feel that taking on women as trainees could be more trouble than it’s worth. A 2014 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that on average, male scientists train fewer women than female scientists do. This trend is exaggerated for elite male scientists; their labs are even more biased toward men, but the gender bias is not observed in top labs with female heads.

Encouraging women to train under female mentors won’t help, as there simply aren’t enough female lab leaders. In that 2014 study, women represented nearly half of the graduate students in the biosciences, but only 21 percent of full professors were female. Among the scientific elite, women make up an even smaller fraction — of the 24 Nobel laureates included in the study, two were women.

Certainly many men are full-throated advocates for women in science, but others profess their skepticism openly. One scientist with whom I trained told me that he did not feel that women were cut out to be truly successful in the field, as they were likely to be too distracted by their families. He used his own wife, a scientist with whom he clearly shared a family, as an example.

Given this landscape, a “girl” who is lucky enough to land in a prestigious laboratory may be expected to put up with a lot to stay there. Recently, a postdoctoral fellow asked a career advice columnist with the journal Science about the problem of her mentor trying to look down her shirt. The columnist, Dr. Alice Huang, advised her not only to put up with it, but to do so with “good humor.” This response engendered no small amount of furor, and was soon retracted. Despite this, I found myself thinking that Dr. Huang’s counsel was regrettably sound. Getting on your mentor’s bad side could ruin your career.

When female scientists come together, we invariably arrive at the same conversation. We ask “how do you do it?” usually in a whisper.

For one thing, you borrow an extra-large lab coat when yours won’t button over your baby bump. I went back to work in the lab while my premature twins were in the neonatal intensive care unit, to save my maternity leave for when they arrived home. But this is no different from the hard choices other ambitious women face in many fields.

What sets female scientists apart is the absolute requirement of high-quality mentorship. So as long as the scientific enterprise continues to be populated by people who might find it amusing to hold forth on the “trouble with girls,” women will receive inferior mentoring, compared with their male colleagues, which will lead directly to inferior career outcomes. That is the real trouble.

Sarah Clatterbuck Soper is a molecular biologist. This essay was published originally in The New York Times.

New York Times News Service


Mark Rollins oped

By June 21, 2015

Dear Editor: Here is a response to Mr. Clegg who wrote a letter attacking my opinion piece on dog leash aggression.
I hope you can publish it. Thank you.
Mark Rollins
114 Guaymas Place

My name is Peaches. I am a Corgi owned by Mark Rollins. We were amused by Mike Clegg’s emotional and hastily written letter of assumptions, misquotes, incoherence, and argumentum ad hominem, in response to Mark’s opinion piece on dog leash aggression and I have to respond.
First of all, the idea that a person needs advanced degrees to express opinions on the editorial page is hilarious. I guess that means that Bill Gates, or Michael Dell cannot give their opinions about computer science in an op-ed. Also, Mr. Clegg is expressing his opinions about dog behavior sans an advanced degree in dog psychology just like Mark was.
Mr. Clegg also misinterpreted Mark’s piece to mean that nobody should ever use leashes. Nowhere in his op-ed does he say that. He believes people should take responsibility for their own dogs, like he always does. We certainly don’t approve of people not picking up their dogs’ poop. I don’t know why Mr. Clegg brought that up.
Also he says that Mark is sad when he sees dogs on leashes. That is not what he said, but more specifically that it was the misuse of leashes and the isolation of people’s dogs that saddened him. Mark does use leashes on my friend Pepper and I when necessary. But he uses retractable ones so that he is not ever pulling up on our heads to put us in an aggressive posture.
Then Mr. Clegg assumed that Mark used Wikipedia and doesn’t understand the limitations of it. He didn’t use Wikepedia for his research on dogs, and he does understand the limitations of it. He used many sources of information including many books about dog psychology, and ethology.
When he says that he and his wife have a heart attack when other dogs accost his dogs that are on leash, he makes Mark’s argument for him. If those other dogs are showing aggression towards his dogs it could be his leashes and his spring-loaded nervousness that is the cause. That is suggested by the emotionality of his letter. If he was bold and experimented by letting his dogs off leash just one time when other ‘aggressive’ dogs approach, he might be amazed how non eventful it would be. Here is an example:
One day recently Mark had Pepper and I off leash on the greenbelt and a young girl lost control of her giant boisterous dog a hundred yards away. The girl was in a state of panic, chasing it and yelling at it as it bolted straight for us standing on the grass near Mark. He just stood and smiled at the girl and did not intervene, while her dog charged toward us. Her huge dog skidded, cartoon -like to a stop and merely smelled us and we were startled but immediately became calm and just sniffed away. Mark just chuckled, and the girl looked at Mark with bewilderment. She was amazed at Mark’s nonchalance. But Mark thought the dog just wanted to socialize and he was dead right. Pepper and I are socially educated and therefore nonchalant, just like Mark.
There is also a big lab in our neighborhood that is off leash sometimes and acts like it wants to kill me when I am on leash as we walk by its house, but when it wanders over to our house and we bark at it, it backs off and goes home. By the way, Mark disapproves of people letting their dogs just run around lose without being watched, or running off leash in nature areas.
Mike also assumes that Mark has not seen dog fights. He has seen them and reiterates that our fights almost always look worse than they are. Mark is a serious life-time student of ethology, evolutionary science, psychology, and other ancillary subjects. He studies aggression in animals including in humans and he knows there are seven kinds of aggression in animals, each of which has a specific evolutionary driving force and function. I find it intriguing that humans will accept aggressive behavior in other species, including their own, more than they accept it in us dogs.
I know that the more knowledge you have about dogs’ behavior and the more you see us figure things out for ourselves as we interact naturally, the less inclined you will be to interpret our behavior as menacing.
I am sorry if Mark’s anecdotes are different than Mr. Clegg’s, and they are just anecdotes, and not scientific data. He knows the difference. He understands the scientific method, and the difference between anecdotes and empirical data. If a dog psychologist were to explain to him, scientifically that his hypotheses are wrong he might defer to that psychologist, but we all know that experts can disagree with one another too. But we think that the leash law came about not because of scientists but because of lawyers and politicians. In any case, Mr. Clegg did not offer any science to refute Mark’s claims. That, I believe, is because there isn’t any.
Mike and Mark both have a right to express their views on the opinion pages, with or without any “stinking badges”. It is up to the readers to do their own research and experimentation, and come to their own decisions.
The best Mark can hope for is to make a few people think about their prejudices and arbitrarily ingrained belief systems, especially when they stem from irrational fears. Fear of us dogs is all part of a sad trend of fearing nature, when the scariest thing concerning nature is people becoming out of touch with it.

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elias 7/3 Vergara time bomb still hangs over public schools

By June 21, 2015



Like a time bomb, the court decision in Vergara v. California has been mostly dormant since the last election season ended in November 2014. But its explosive potential remains as large as ever.

Vergara, to refresh memories, is the ruling by a previously obscure Los Angeles County Superior Court judge that would essentially throw out California’s teacher tenure system and end rules making it harder and more expensive to fire teachers than other public employees.

This became one of many areas of disagreement in last fall’s politics, with Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown opposing and appealing the decision by Judge Rolf M. Treu and Republican rival Neel Kashkari strongly endorsing it.

It was even more of an issue in the much tighter race for state schools superintendent, with incumbent and eventual winner Tom Torlakson insisting that while “No teacher is perfect, only a very few are not worthy of the job. School districts always have had the power to dismiss those who do not measure up.”

Challenger Marshall Tuck, former chief of a large charter schools company, responded that “Kids should not have to sue to get a quality education.” He decried the fact that teachers, who can get tenure after two years on the job, often are assured they’ll win that status within only 16 months of starting work, in his view not nearly long enough for them to prove they’re worthy of a lifetime sinecure.

But after the bombast of the campaign season, the controversy over Vergara – which can’t be acted on until and unless it survives all legal appeals – disappeared for about six months until state legislators took notice of its issues again.

In late spring, Republican lawmakers submitted several bills to short-circuit the court process by simply adopting most of Vergara’s basics as law. One proposal declared seniority could no longer be the sole factor determining who is laid off when times get tough.

Sponsoring Assemblywoman Catherine Baker of Dublin said using experience alone to decide who stays “constrains school districts from making decisions that are in the best interest of students and fair to teachers.”

Another measure from Assemblyman Rocky Chavez of Oceanside, now a Republican candidate for U.S. senator, would have added a year to the time a teacher needs to work before getting tenure. It would also have allowed districts to revoke tenure from teachers who repeatedly get negative performance reviews.

A third bill aimed to base teacher performance ratings in part on how students perform on standardized tests.

Democratic critics, many of whose campaigns are union-funded, claimed these changes would “crumble the central pillar of teacher job security.” They also charged the changes would deprive teachers of due process.

Since Democrats enjoy strong majorities in both legislative houses, these bills had little chance of passage and were deep-sixed quickly, not likely to be seen again until after the next statewide election, at the earliest.

This means the Vergara case, filed by nine students whose lawyers contended state firing and tenure rules deprive them of the Constitutional right to a solid education, will see its issues resolved by judges, not politicians.

Appeals by Brown and Torlakson are still active, and the state’s two largest teacher unions joined them in May, claiming Vergara “was never about students.” Said California Teachers Assn. President Dean Vogel, “During two months of trial, (the students’) attorneys failed to produce a single pupil who had ever been harmed by these (existing) laws, while teachers, principals, school board members, superintendents and nationally recognized policy experts offered dozens of examples of how these laws have helped…millions of California students.”

One essential claim of Vergara opponents is that easing tenure rules could render teachers subject to political threats. Said 15-year kindergarten teacher Erin Rosselli, current teacher of the year from Orange County, “These laws ensure I won’t be fired or laid off for arbitrary reasons or in retribution for standing up for kids…”

Lines are hard and resolute on both sides of the tenure/firing issue. And because most current state appellate judges were appointed by Democratic governors, it’s very likely the Vergara time bomb will be defused long before its intended explosive effect is ever felt.

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


Richard Green on Monticello

By June 21, 2015

On taking a trip to visit my Aunt Alma’s family in Napa, we drive around Lake Berryessa, the outskirts of what was Berryessa Valley, now simply a ghost of what was once there. As we drive through the canyon, I can’t help but think that some of the happiest memories of my childhood are in the town of Monticello at the bottom of a lake. I can still see the ranches and farmland that used to be there instead of a lake. I see the road into Berryessa Valley that led us to the farm where Aunt Alma’s family lived. I see Putah Creek running at the bottom of the hill in back of their home. I see my fingers red and black with stain from picking wild blackberries and my mouth waters for the taste of blackberry pie.
Up until I was 15 and had a car, Aunt Vi and cousin Don would pick me up in Sacramento where I lived with my dad, and take me to see my mom who lived between Davis and Winters on a ranch south of County Road 29, or what is now called Russell Boulevard. This was in the 1930s. We’d pick up Mom and the four of us would be on our way to visit their other sister, Alma.
If it was apricot season, Mom would have us stop in Winters for a box of apricots from Lizzie Chandon’s roadside orchard. Then we’d head up Hwy. 128 through the canyon and drive along Putah Creek to the town of Monticello. We’d talk and laugh and eat apricots along the way. Once in a while we’d see a deer, maybe a doe and a fawn, lucky if we saw a buck. Don and I would rush to count the points on the deer’s antlers. Aunt Vi would slow the car before the buck ran for cover into the manzanita or behind scrub oaks, or down the hillside into the brushy thickets along the creek. We rarely saw a buck that was more than a two-point.
We did see a rattlesnake once in a while, maybe already dead, or maybe one slithering along in the heat on its way across the road. We stopped one time to look at a dead rattlesnake. Don cut off its tail. We counted ten shell-like segments on its rattles, plus the black button marking on the tip of the tail. The more rattles there are, the bigger the snake.
At nightfall on our way home we might see a skunk. We often saw a dead one alongside the road. Even if a skunk was dead, as we drove by, the smell quickly stunk up the car and stayed with us for a long time. Once we saw a skunk travelling up the road, not hurrying, not moving over, ambling along as if the road was the best way to go. Aunt Vi pulled to the opposite side of the narrow road and was careful not to run over the skunk. I don’t know which was worse, the thought of hitting the skunk, or looking down at the side of road where it dropped off into the canyon below. Another time, when we did hit a skunk, the smell was so penetrating that we scarcely opened our mouths to talk. I pinched my nose closed and cupped the palm of my hand to cover my mouth, as if that would keep out the smell.
Although the drive to Alma’s was a good hour or more, it didn’t seem like it when we topped the hill on the Knoxville Mine road. Off to the left led to the quicksilver mine and the town of Knoxville. Looking west, we’d see Cobb Mountain in the distance, the headwaters of Putah Creek. Below us and to the right of us stretched the Berryessa Valley. Putah Creek ran through the middle of Berryessa Valley. Along Putah Creek was the community of Monticello where Aunt Alma and Uncle Ray lived. There was a gas station, a church and a cemetery, and the Cook, McKenzie & Son country store. The store sold groceries, some hardware, and high brim cowboy hats and coveralls, for maybe a dozen homes in this farming community.
On either side of the creek lay thousands of acres of grain fields, vineyards and prune and pear orchards, along with cattle and sheep ranches and some pigs. The valley was known for its cattle and grain and its Bartlett pears. Uncle Ray farmed and was always working. He farmed mostly grain and sometimes worked in the pear orchards.
We would spend the day with Alma and their children, Bill, Jim, and Jean. When I was little, but big enough to help, I picked wild blackberries with cousin Jean for one of Alma’s blackberry pies. The berry vines grew wild in the backyard of Alma’s home. Their backyard sloped down the hill to Putah Creek. Cousins Bill and Jim took me fishing there. Bass, bony carp and trout swam in the fast running creek. Imagine–fishing in your own backyard! Although I didn’t care that much for fishing, I liked going to Monticello and being with my cousins. I enjoyed exploring the creek, the hills and countryside, an adventure each time that was so different from the Victorian home and neighborhood where I lived with Dad in Sacramento.
Today, the gas station and grocery store, along with Alma’s home, are at the bottom of Lake Berryessa because of a dam. Construction of Monticello Dam began in 1953. It took four years to change the landscape, no more roads into Berryessa Valley, the historic town of Monticello and 12,000 acres of farmland gone. I look down into the lake and wonder if any of the buildings are still there, and I wonder what happened to everybody.
Actually, every building was moved or torn down to its foundation and burned. Orchards and vineyards were cut within six inches of the ground and burned. Graves in the Monticello Cemetery were dug up, and the remains were moved to Spanish Flat, a bluff overlooking the valley. Putah Creek Bridge on the road from Monticello to Napa is the only structure left at the bottom of Lake Berryessa. It’s a heavy stone bridge with three large arches, the largest stone bridge west of the Rocky Mountains and was deemed too difficult to remove. When the lake is down, especially in these days of severe drought, you can see the tops of the arches.
When Alma and her family were forced to move from their farm, they bought a home in Napa. I wasn’t there to help Alma’s family move. I didn’t see the demolition of homes in Monticello. I didn’t watch them chop down the orchards or century-old oaks. And I didn’t see the holes left in the cemetery fill up with water when water started flooding into the valley. I wonder what it was like for those who lived there, when everything and everybody had to be moved.

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Local News

Drought-empowered bug infestations killing trees in Sierra

By June 21, 2015

Drought conditions in the Sierra Nevada are leading to bug infestations that are killing millions of trees, according to a University of California Cooperative Extension adviser.

By Tim Hearden
Capital Press
DAVIS, Calif. — Drought is taking a toll on California forest lands, weakening trees and making them more susceptible to deadly attacks from pests, according to a university study.

U.S. Forest Service aerial monitoring surveys in 2015 showed a large increase in tree mortality in the southern Sierra Nevada, as an estimated 10 million dead trees were spotted in more than 4.1 million acres of public and private land, according to the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The lack of water is leaving trees without the pitch necessary to prevent beetles from burrowing into the tree through the bark, leading to an infestation that overcomes the tree, explained Susie Kocher, a UC Cooperative Extension advisor.

The best defense is to space trees widely enough to give them more access to resources and thinning the forest to reduce overcrowding, Kocher wrote in a report on the UC’s website.

Sierra Pacific Industries spokesman Mark Pawlicki said the company is encountering stressed trees on its land and agrees that forest thinning is a solution.

“The answer is to remove the dead and dying trees and continue to try to keep the remaining trees healthy by avoiding over-stocking,” Pawlicki said in an email. “And pray for rain!”

While the dry conditions make it harder for companies to receive the go-ahead to initiate logging projects in some instances, widespread bug infestations could further complicate matters for a timber industry that is still one of the mountain region’s leading agricultural industries, generating $128.4 million in value in 2013, according to a California State University-Chico study.

As forests remain dry, thinning projects become more difficult, timber professionals have said.

“We’re absolutely going to lose some time this summer because of the fire danger,” Larry Strawn, owner of Redding, California-based Blue Ridge Forest Management, said recently.

One of the main culprits killing pines in the Sierra is the western pine beetle, which bore into ponderosa pines, lay eggs which develop into larvae in the inner bark and then complete development in the outer bark, Kocher wrote.

In the Stanislaus National Forest, areas with dead trees have doubled since last year, and more than 5 million trees were killed in the Sierra and Sequoia national forests — up from about 300,000 trees killed in the same area last year, she reported.

The report comes after UC-Merced researchers said in May that increasing projects to thin trees and clear brush from forest floors could boost water yields from mountain forests by as much as 10 percent.

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Local News

Arboretum events 7/11

By June 21, 2015

Summer Event Schedule (July-September 2015)

Sign up now!
Camp Shakespeare
July 6– July 17: Session 1 (Ages 8-12)
July 20 – 31: Session 2 (Ages 8-12)

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., UC Davis Arboretum Gazebo, UC Davis campus

Sign up today for the best summer camp in Davis! Join the Davis Shakespeare Ensemble for exciting theater games, acting workshops, and a special camp production. This summer campers will play pirates, clowns, and long-lost twins in one of Shakespeare’s best comedies:Twelfth Night. There are options for early drop off and late pick up. For more details and online enrollment, visit www.shakespearedavis.com.


Camp Shakespeare
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Saturday, July 11
Native Plants: Home Landscape Champions
10 a.m., Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center, UC Davis campus

Are you transforming your garden to be water-thrifty? Native plants are a winning choice for beautiful low-water additions to your landscape. See examples of native plants and hear tips on when and how to plant them during this walking tour of the Mary Wattis Brown Garden. The event is free; parking is free on the weekends and available in Visitor Parking Lot 1. For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.

Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants
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Fridays, July 17 and 31; August 14 and 28; September 11 and 25
Folk Music Jam Session
12–1 p.m., Wyatt Deck, Arboretum Drive, UC Davis campus

Folk musicians are invited to play together informally during this acoustic jam session at the Wyatt Deck, located on Arboretum Drive (formerly Old Davis Road) next to the redwood grove in the UC Davis Arboretum. Pull out your fiddles, guitars, mandolins, penny whistles, pipes, flutes, squeezeboxes (you name it) and join your fellow musicians for a little bluegrass, old-time, blues, Celtic, klezmer, and world music over the lunch hour. All skill levels welcome. Listeners welcome! The event is free; parking is available for $9 in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.

Past Folk Music Jam Sessions
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Saturday, August 15
Succulent Surprises
10 a.m., Ruth Risdon Storer Garden, UC Davis Arboretum

Is your garden sizzling? Succulents can take the heat, even in mid-summer! See examples of succulents of all sizes in the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden and learn how to grow them in your home garden. The event is free; parking is available at no charge on the weekends along Garrod Drive near Storer Garden or in nearby Visitor Parking Lot 55. For more information and directions, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.

Ruth Risdon Storer Garden
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Sunday, September 27
Butterflies Up Close: Talk & Tour
10 a.m., Wyatt Deck, UC Davis campus

Join naturalist Steve Daubert in the Arboretum to explore the ecology and evolution of butterflies. Get a closer look at how the Arboretum functions as a butterfly preserve. All ages are welcome. The event is free; there is no charge for parking on the weekends in Visitor Lot 5, at Old Davis Road and Arboretum Drive. For more information, please call (530) 752-4880 or visit http://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/calendar.aspx.

Butterfly Talk and Tour
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Monticello essay

By June 16, 2015

By Richard Green

On taking a trip to visit my Aunt Alma’s family in Napa, we drive around Lake Berryessa, the outskirts of what was Berryessa Valley, now simply a ghost of what was once there.

As we drive through the canyon, I can’t help but think that some of the happiest memories of my childhood are in the town of Monticello at the bottom of a lake. I can still see the ranches and farmland that used to be there instead of a lake. I see the road into Berryessa Valley that led us to the farm where Aunt Alma’s family lived. I see Putah Creek running at the bottom of the hill in back of their home. I see my fingers red and black with stain from picking wild blackberries and my mouth waters for the taste of blackberry pie.

Up until I was 15 and had a car, Aunt Vi and cousin Don would pick me up in Sacramento where I lived with my dad, and take me to see my mom who lived between Davis and Winters on a ranch south of County Road 29, or what is now called Russell Boulevard. This was in the 1930s. We’d pick up Mom and the four of us would be on our way to visit their other sister, Alma.

If it was apricot season, Mom would have us stop in Winters for a box of apricots from Lizzie Chandon’s roadside orchard. Then we’d head up Hwy. 128 through the canyon and drive along Putah Creek to the town of Monticello. We’d talk and laugh and eat apricots along the way. Once in a while we’d see a deer, maybe a doe and a fawn, lucky if we saw a buck. Don and I would rush to count the points on the deer’s antlers. Aunt Vi would slow the car before the buck ran for cover into the manzanita or behind scrub oaks, or down the hillside into the brushy thickets along the creek. We rarely saw a buck that was more than a two-point.

We did see a rattlesnake once in a while, maybe already dead, or maybe one slithering along in the heat on its way across the road. We stopped one time to look at a dead rattlesnake. Don cut off its tail. We counted ten shell-like segments on its rattles, plus the black button marking on the tip of the tail. The more rattles there are, the bigger the snake.

At nightfall on our way home we might see a skunk. We often saw a dead one alongside the road. Even if a skunk was dead, as we drove by, the smell quickly stunk up the car and stayed with us for a long time. Once we saw a skunk travelling up the road, not hurrying, not moving over, ambling along as if the road was the best way to go. Aunt Vi pulled to the opposite side of the narrow road and was careful not to run over the skunk. I don’t know which was worse, the thought of hitting the skunk, or looking down at the side of road where it dropped off into the canyon below. Another time, when we did hit a skunk, the smell was so penetrating that we scarcely opened our mouths to talk. I pinched my nose closed and cupped the palm of my hand to cover my mouth, as if that would keep out the smell.

Although the drive to Alma’s was a good hour or more, it didn’t seem like it when we topped the hill on the Knoxville Mine road. Off to the left led to the quicksilver mine and the town of Knoxville. Looking west, we’d see Cobb Mountain in the distance, the headwaters of Putah Creek. Below us and to the right of us stretched the Berryessa Valley. Putah Creek ran through the middle of Berryessa Valley. Along Putah Creek was the community of Monticello where Aunt Alma and Uncle Ray lived. There was a gas station, a church and a cemetery, and the Cook, McKenzie & Son country store. The store sold groceries, some hardware, and high brim cowboy hats and coveralls, for maybe a dozen homes in this farming community.

On either side of the creek lay thousands of acres of grain fields, vineyards and prune and pear orchards, along with cattle and sheep ranches and some pigs. The valley was known for its cattle and grain and its Bartlett pears. Uncle Ray farmed and was always working. He farmed mostly grain and sometimes worked in the pear orchards.

We would spend the day with Alma and their children, Bill, Jim, and Jean. When I was little, but big enough to help, I picked wild blackberries with cousin Jean for one of Alma’s blackberry pies. The berry vines grew wild in the backyard of Alma’s home. Their backyard sloped down the hill to Putah Creek. Cousins Bill and Jim took me fishing there. Bass, bony carp and trout swam in the fast running creek. Imagine–fishing in your own backyard! Although I didn’t care that much for fishing, I liked going to Monticello and being with my cousins. I enjoyed exploring the creek, the hills and countryside, an adventure each time that was so different from the Victorian home and neighborhood where I lived with Dad in Sacramento.

Today, the gas station and grocery store, along with Alma’s home, are at the bottom of Lake Berryessa because of a dam. Construction of Monticello Dam began in 1953. It took four years to change the landscape, no more roads into Berryessa Valley, the historic town of Monticello and 12,000 acres of farmland gone. I look down into the lake and wonder if any of the buildings are still there, and I wonder what happened to everybody.

Actually, every building was moved or torn down to its foundation and burned. Orchards and vineyards were cut within six inches of the ground and burned. Graves in the Monticello Cemetery were dug up, and the remains were moved to Spanish Flat, a bluff overlooking the valley. Putah Creek Bridge on the road from Monticello to Napa is the only structure left at the bottom of Lake Berryessa. It’s a heavy stone bridge with three large arches, the largest stone bridge west of the Rocky Mountains and was deemed too difficult to remove. When the lake is down, especially in these days of severe drought, you can see the tops of the arches.

When Alma and her family were forced to move from their farm, they bought a home in Napa. I wasn’t there to help Alma’s family move. I didn’t see the demolition of homes in Monticello. I didn’t watch them chop down the orchards or century-old oaks. And I didn’t see the holes left in the cemetery fill up with water when water started flooding into the valley. I wonder what it was like for those who lived there, when everything and everybody had to be moved.

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Yolo supervisors appoint HR director

By June 13, 2015

WOODLAND – This week, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors welcomed new Yolo County Human Resources Director Stacey Peterson.  Prior to joining Yolo County, Peterson served as the city of Rancho Cordova’s chief people officer, and as a human resources manager in a variety of capacities for the County of Sacramento.

“I am delighted to join the Yolo County team and look forward to further evolving the human resources programs to recruit, retain and engage talented employees to innovate and deliver quality service to the community,” Peterson said.

Peterson holds bachelor’s and a master of arts in psychology from Sacramento State University.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Stacey’s background and experience join our county team to lead the Human Resource division.  Her passion, energy and expertise will serve our employees and the organization well in advancing programs and opportunities for our dedicated staff,” Yolo County Assistant County Administrator Mindi Nunes said.

The annual salary range for this position is $133,788 to $162,612.

Press Release

Area Nepali Restaurants and Nepali Students Pledge Food for Earthquake Benefit

By June 11, 2015

The Davis Odd Fellows and Soroptimist International of Davis are partnering to raise funds for the earthquake victims in Nepal on Saturday July 11. The “Neighbors for Nepal” benefit at the Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 Second Street, Davis, offers an evening of food and music.
Area Nepali and Indian restaurants will be donating food for the event including chicken tika masala, Tandoori chicken, cauliflower and potatoes, pakora and naan. Members of the Nepali Students and Scholars Association at UC Davis will prepare momos (dumplings).
The restaurants donating dishes include Yeti (Davis), Kathmandu Kitchens (both Davis and Sacramento), Top Himalaya (Woodland), New Namaste Nepal (Orangevale), Indian Spice (Rancho Cordova). Tibet Nepal Gift Shop (Davis) will donate dessert.
Dinner will be served between 5 pm and 8 pm with open seating.
In the upper hall of the lodge, live music begins at 6 pm until 10 pm. The music line-up is headlined by the Barry “The Fish” Melton Band. Also, performing will be According to Bazooka, Drivin’ South and others.
Throughout the evening there will be cultural performances including Nepali music, dance and costumes.
Tickets for the benefit are $40 and are available at Common Grounds in south Davis and at the Avid Reader. For more information, contact Arun Sen at [email protected] .

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Media Post

UCD Turcios siblings photo

By June 12, 2015

Siblings Christy and Miguelangel Turcios pose for photos in front of Mrak Hall. Both students are graduating from the College of Engineering where Christy will serve as commencement speaker.
Karin Higgins/UC Davis photo

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Fun fly 6/28

By June 04, 2015

PRESS RELEASE and or Announcement

FOR RELEASE: Please publish between June 22-27 or announce on day before the event.

Indoor Fun Fly sponsored by the Woodland Davis Aeromodelers at Nor Cal Indoor Sports, 1460 Tanforan Ave., Woodland, Ca

The public is invited to attend the Woodland Davis Aeromodelers indoor fun fly Sunday June 28 from 8 a.m. to12 p.m.. at the Nor Cal Indoor Sport facility located at 1460 Tanforan Ave., Woodland, CA

Admission is free.

There will be flying demonstrations of all types of aircraft ranging from drones, helicopters, aerobatic planes, and custom built planes designed for indoor flying.

Food and drinks will be available inside the facility.

Contact Forrest Barton at 530-383-9019 for information.

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Please visit the WDA web page www.wdarc.org for additional information about the organization and upcoming events.

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Aerobatic pattern contest 6/27

By June 05, 2015

RE: Radio Controlled Airplane Precision Aerobatic Pattern Contest and Control Line Stunt Contest

The public is invited to attend the Woodland Davis Aeromodelers annual radio control airplane pattern contest and control line stunt contest Sat. June 27 and Sunday June 28.

See radio control airplanes especially designed to do precision aerobatic maneuvers as well as control line planes flying precision aerobatics as well.

Pilots are coming from all parts of California and beyond.

Flying will start at 9 a.m. go to 4 p.m. both days

This event is at the Woodland Davis Model Airplane Field located north east of Davis, CA on Rd. 29, 1.4 miles east of County Road 102.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Food and drink may be obtained at the field.

Visit our web site www.wdarc.org for map details to get to the field and more information about WDA.

Lou Fox

Enterprise staff


Soaring Society glider event 6/26

By June 05, 2015

Press Release: Please run in your paper any day this week prior to the event.
Radio and TV please announce before and on day of the event

Re:Sacramento Valley Soaring Society RC Glider Event – Summer Soaring Challenge- Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28

The public is invited to attend the Sacramento Valley Soaring Society Summer Soaring Challenge the weekend of June 26-28. This is our 24 annual two day thermal duration contest held at our flying site near Davis, Calif.

Pilots from California and many other states will be competing in 4 classes of competition.

1. Unlimited- large 3meter and up sailplanes.
2. Two meter- limited to gliders with a 2 meter wing span.
3. RES- which stands for gliders with only rudder, elevator, and spoilers
4. ALES- which stands for altitude limited electric sailplanes.

See radio control gliders, some with 14 ft. wingspans, hunt for thermals to stay aloft for a specified amount of time and then make a precision target landing.

The event starts at 9:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. all 3 days.

Food and drink are available at the event.

The field is located a
For a map and more info about the event and SVSS please visit www.svss.org

Thank you for your time and consideration
Lou Fox

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Lou Fox

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June 2015 ArtAbout photos

By June 04, 2015

“Shadow Field,” by Sayako Dairiki can be seen at Indigo Architects, 909 Fifth St. Courtesy photo

Susan Lowrie’s quilt art is on exhibit at Coco Ranch Workshop, 429 F St., Suite 10, on Friday night only. Courtesy photo

Matt Fisher’s black-and-white street photography can be seen at Delta of Venus, 122 B St. Courtesy photo

Rose Trulin’s paintings and collages can be seen at SynRG: Arts and Wellness, 907 Third St. Courtesy photo

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indian gaming fund

By June 10, 2015

Yolo Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee Funding Available
For Immediate Release Contact
June 8, 2015 Alexander Tengolics (530) 666-8068
Pursuant to Government Code Section 12710 et seq., the Yolo Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee (IGLCBC) awards grants to local government jurisdictions within Yolo County to mitigate casino impacts. The Yolo IGLCBC has a total allocation of $63,162.14 to award as local government grants in Fiscal Year 2015-16. The committee is now accepting applications for grant funding.
The Yolo IGLCBC consists of seven members who represent Yolo County, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and the general public. The IGLCBC is charged with establishing application policies and procedures and assessing eligibility of applications for local government grants.
The IGLCBC can only make grants for projects that alleviate impacts from casinos on local government jurisdictions. For projects that also provide broader benefits to the community, IGLCBC grant funds can only be used to pay for the proportionate share of the project that directly addresses a casino impact.
Priority areas for the receipt of grant funding include: law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, environmental impacts, water supplies, waste disposal, behavioral health, planning and adjacent land uses, public health, roads, recreation and youth programs, and child care programs.
Applications for funding must be received by the committee, care of the Yolo County Administrator’s Office, at 625 Court Street, Room 202, Woodland, CA 95695 by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015.
Application forms and instructions are available online at:
http://www.yolocounty.org/general-government/general-government- departments/county-administrator/county-administrator-divisions/tribal-relations/iglcbc

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Next Generation

Gen Events MASTER

By August 16, 2012

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]

June 15-18

* Students in grades 4-8 are invited to the annual Davis High School Blue Devil Basketball Camp, which will run from 8 a.m. to noon June 15-18 in the DHS North Gym. The cost is $75 per student. For more information, visit www.dhsbluedevils.com.

June 22-July 31

* The city of Davis will offer a variety of teen camps and field trips throughout the summer for students entering grades 7-10. Programs take place Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and cost $153 per week. Each week will feature games, crafts and a Wednesday field trip, including visits to Raging Waters, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the Sacramento State Aquatics Center, the Sac State Challenge Center, Old Sacramento and even a day of floating down the American River. Bikes are required for the weekly camps. For more information and to register, visit http://community-services.cityofdavis.org/teens/teen-camp-and-field-trips or call 530-757-5626.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy


elias 6/26 Disclose Act

By June 09, 2015



If there’s one main reason for the distrust many Californians feel for government and elected officials at all levels, it may be the way special interests from corporations to labor unions to individual billionaires pour millions of dollars into elections campaigns while hiding their identities.

Almost five years ago, Julia Brownley, then an obscure assemblywoman and now a Democratic congresswoman from Ventura County, began trying to get state legislators to fix a bit of that.

Under the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United decision, it’s impossible to stop these groups from pouring as much money as they like into campaigns, both for individuals and initiatives. But there are ways to force disclosure of their identities even when they’d like to remain anonymous.

So Brownley sponsored something backers called the “Disclose Act,” aiming to force disclosure of the sources for all significant campaign donations. The reasoning was that if voters knew, for instance, that Chevron Corp. was the leading donor to the “no” side of an initiative campaign about putting a tax on oil drilling, they might be a bit more skeptical of whatever arguments are made in TV commercials.

As it stands, companies like Chevron, Exxon, Tesoro and Valero can create and donate to campaign committees with benign names like Californians Against New Taxes without much muss or fuss.

The Disclose Act would require such committees to reveal the three leading donors behind each political newspaper, TV or radio ad, lifting the fig leaf that has long obscured who’s doing what. It would also compel nonprofits funneling money into campaigns from anonymous donors to reveal their identities.

But it failed in 2011, and Brownley went on to Congress, where she’s in her second term. That left backers to find new sponsors for the Disclose Act and they’ve done so each year since.

Meanwhile, bit by bit, the ideas in the Disclose Act are moving toward reality. The first movement came with a 2014 state Senate bill known as SB27, which passed in part because of outrage over an out-of-state non-profit dumping $11 million into California campaigns at the last moment before the November 2012 election. Even though the state Fair Political Practices Commission fined that Arizona-based outfit $1 million, it wasn’t forced to disclose names, even after the election.

In response, almost two years later, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB27, forcing non-profits to disclose the sources of their so-called “Dark Money” on the secretary of state’s website.

That’s a help, but it’s not enough. Most voters will never take the trouble to look on that website for the information. A more direct approach is needed.

Enter this year’s version of the Disclose Act, known as AB700 and sponsored by Democratic Assemblymen Marc Levine of San Rafael and Jimmy Gomez of northeast Los Angeles. This bill would compel political ads to disclose their top three funders clearly and unambiguously in the ads. The funders disclosed must be the original ones, not dummy committees like those used in the past to mask their activity by interests from labor unions to tobacco, chemical and oil companies, not to mention wealthy individuals.

The disclosure would have to come in large letters at the beginning of TV ads, not in fine print at the close, where no one is likely to notice. That way, voters would know who is behind a message while they’re seeing and hearing it.

This isn’t quite as radical an idea as one that surfaced in a 1990s-era initiative that would have required similar disclosure in type matching the largest and most colorful contained in any ad or commercial.

Maybe that’s why the Assembly Election Committee passed it last month on a 4-2 vote.

That vote meant the idea of disclosing top donors prominently has already gotten farther toward becoming law than ever before. It’s a tactic vitally needed in an era of unfettered spending by wealthy interests on all sides of the political spectrum. If spending can’t be limited, at least voters should know who’s doing it.

So bit by bit, key elements of the original Disclose Act may well become reality. And the more the better, hopefully in plenty of time for next year’s initiative-loaded elections.

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


Taxpayers 6/11

By June 09, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Mr. John Hoover
Sunday, June 7, 2015 (530) 666-4354
[email protected]

The Yolo County County Taxpayers Association (YCTA) will hold its regular monthly meeting to be held on Thursday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. at Norton Hall, 70 Cottonwood Street, Woodland, CA 95695-2557. Admission to the meeting is free and open to the public. For more information view the content of the YCTA website by logging on to http://www.yolocountytaxpayers.com or call Mr. John Hoover the YCTA President at (530) 666-4354 or contact by e-mail at [email protected]


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Tour de Cluck letter

By June 4, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis


Lexus aims younger with NX

By From page B3 | June 05, 2015

Finally, there’s a Lexus sport utility vehicle that’s priced under $40,000.

The new-for-2015 Lexus NX is a compact crossover SUV, so it provides a car-like ride and is smaller than Lexus’ top-selling RX 350 mid-size SUV.

The NX also is the first Lexus with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which in this case produces 235 horsepower.

2015 Lexus NX 300h compact crossover SUV

Base price: $34,480 for base, front-wheel drive 200t; $35,880 for 200t with all-wheel drive; $36,580 for front-wheel drive 200t F Sport; $37,980 for all-wheel drive 200t F Sport; $39,720 for 300h

Price as tested: $49,195

Type: Front-engine front-wheel drive, five-passenger, small, crossover sport utility vehicle

Engine: 2.5-liter, double overhead cam, Atkinson cycle, inline four-cylinder with VVT-i mated to a nickel metal hydride battery pack

Mileage: 35 mpg (city), 31 mpg (highway)

Top speed: 117 mph

Length: 182.3 inches

Wheelbase: 104.7 inches

Curb weight: 4,008 pounds

Built at: Japan

Options: Luxury package (includes 18-inch wheels with all-season tires, heated and ventilated front seats, light-emitting diode daytime running lamps; power moonroof, power liftgate) $4,505; navigation package (includes navigation system, premium sound system, app suite and one-year free subscription to Lexus Enform Destinations) $2,140; electrochromic outer mirrors with blind spot monitor) $660; parking assist $500; 60/40 power folding rear seats $400; wireless charger $220; electrochromic inside rearview mirror and HomeLink garage door opener $125.

Destination charge: $1,195

But a big appeal for shoppers has to be the $35,405 starting retail price for a base NX 200t, which is $6,490 less than the previous lowest-priced Lexus SUV — the RX 350, which starts at $41,715 for a base 2015 model with a 279-horsepower V-6.

Lighter than the RX, the NX higher has better fuel economy ratings. In fact, the NX tops all other non-plug-in, gasoline-electric hybrid SUVs sold in the country with its government ratings of 35 mpg in city driving and 31 mpg on the highway.

Best of all, the NX earned five out of five stars, overall, in federal government crash testing.

The $35,405 starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including the destination charge, is for a base, 2015 NX 200t with front-wheel drive, a turbo four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission.

The lowest starting retail price for an all-wheel drive NX 200t, including the destination charge, is $36,805.

The NX also is available as a 300h gasoline-electric hybrid, with a starting retail price of $40,645. That is $7,900 cheaper than the $41,715 retail base price for the 2015 RX 350 hybrid.

Competitors include other luxury compact crossover SUVs such as the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA, which starts at $32,225 and comes with a 208-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seven-speed automatic transmission.

The 2015 BMW X3 sDrive28i, with a starting retail price of $39,550, comes with a 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Lexus is years behind some of its European competitors in entering the luxury compact crossover SUV market. But only the NX has the accoutrements and silky smooth and quieter-than-expected ride that are the hallmark of a Lexus. Roughness seems to be polished away, whether it’s the ride or the shifting of gears.

These qualities are mixed with some verve and sass in the NX, which is designed to attract young buyers. The NX 300h hybrid, for example, has a kickdown feature in the transmission that allows even hybrid drivers to get strong get-up-and-go when they need it, no matter what speed they are traveling.

The base, 2-liter, twin-scroll, turbocharged four-cylinder in the NX delivers 258 foot-pounds of torque starting at a low 1,650 rpm.

This is more than the 248 foot-pounds of torque that the 3.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-6 delivers at 4,700 rpm in the RX.

Too bad, though, that the transmission only has six gears when competitors offer more.

The NX comes with decent standard equipment, including dual-zone climate control, SmartAccess and push-button start, exterior door handles that illuminate, eight air bags, rearview camera, traction control and electronic stability control, three 12-volt power outlets and three drive modes — Eco, Normal and Sport.

The tester was the 300h hybrid, and with optional moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation system, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, power liftgate, leather-covered seats and other items, it topped out at $49,195.

Yes, for this price, consumers could get a non-hybrid RX 350.

But the NX, which is 5.5 inches shorter from bumper to bumper than the RX and 1.5 inches shorter in height, feels more personal-sized than the mid-size RX. It handles nimbly, slips easily into smaller parking spaces and feels light.

The NX’s five seats are positioned higher than a sedan’s and afford better views of traffic ahead, but not so high that they are hard to get into. Cargo space is also better than a sedan’s, with a maximum 54.6 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded down.

The hybrid’s mileage ratings are realistic. The hybrid tester with 194 horsepower from the combined engine and onboard electrical hybrid system averaged an impressive 30 mpg in travel that was 60 percent at highway speeds, and the driver didn’t try to maximize fuel economy. The resulting travel range was a noteworthy 477 miles on a single, 15.9-gallon tank.

But Lexus requires costlier premium gasoline for the NX hybrid, and the battery pack is nickel metal hydride (TJ2) rather than the newer lithium-ion type.

The vehicle’s tall beltline — which is how far up the sides of the car the sheet metal goes — can take some getting used to as it makes the side windows seem smaller than expected.

Also, be sure to look around the thick window pillars at the sides of the windshield when making turns. The pillars can make it difficult to see pedestrians.

The power lift gate is a worthwhile convenience option and is priced at $400.

Last month, Toyota, which produces Lexus vehicles, announced a recall of some 3,000 NX vehicles because an actuator that controls traction control, electronic stability control and antilock brakes might not operate properly.

Ann M. Job

Tom Meyer cartoon

By June 4, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

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California State Fair

By June 05, 2015


SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Fair has announced the 2015 Champions of Technology Awards for its Individual and organization categories. This is the second year Cal Expo will recognize California technology leaders who have demonstrated outstanding technology contributions to enhance the lives of Californians.

This year, numerous technologists were nominated for the Champions of Technology Awards. “We were pleased to see the diversity of the nominations, and the breadth of innovators nominated by their peers,” noted California Department of Technology Director Carlos Ramos. “It was a challenge to select only two victors. The candidates were of the highest caliber and truly have my admiration for the work they have accomplished on behalf of Californians.”

The 2015 Champion of Technology Award winners are: City of Winters Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry for Individual; and, Alameda County for Project/Organization.

INDIVIDUAL: Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

Mayor Aguiar-Curry is the recipient of the 2015 Champion of Technology Individual Award. A well-respected innovator and proponent of technology-driven solutions, Aguiar-Curry recently championed the launch of the Yolo County Broadband Strategic Plan. In addition to serving on the Winters City Council, Aguiar-Curry also serves on the board for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, is chairwoman of the Yolo Housing Commission, and vice chairwoman of the Yolo County Water Association.

Aguiar-Curry has brought sustainable change to the City of Winters by utilizing technology to improve broadband, digital literacy and digital inclusion. When Winters experienced an economic downturn, Aguiar-Curry prepared and focused on a plan for an improved economy: improve schools to attract new residents, and create an educated workforce to interest business. To do both simultaneously, she focused on bringing affordable, fast Internet to Winters. She helped secure computers for all grade levels in Winters public schools, and is working with Yolo County leaders to bring broadband to rural areas.

By working with the Winters Combined PTA and the Yocha Dehe Tribal Council, the Winters schools have received more than $500,000 in financial support for digital literacy initiatives. Yet, while students are getting the latest technology at school from grant monies, many are unconnected at home. Mayor Aguiar-Curry has made parent engagement a priority and is working on home connectivity.

The City of Winters was incorporated in 1898, is located in the southwestern corner of Yolo County. Aguiar-Curry is the first female mayor to serve the City of Winters.

ORGANIZATION: Alameda County

Alameda County is the recipient of the 2015 Champion of Technology Organization Award. Alameda County demonstrates leadership in using technology to enhance and encourage citizen engagement through innovation and creativity. Award winning apps and programs were developed that appeal to all ages using open data, social media, hackathons, mobile/web apps, and websites resulting in unprecedented government services that empower citizens to share information and communicate openly with government.

“What’s most remarkable about Alameda County is its success in engaging with its citizens through technology in a manner that makes this large county feel more like a small town. Few communities are as involved with their local government as the residents of Alameda County,” noted Sybil Gurney, Alameda County Information Technology Department.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors, County Administrator and Chief Information Officer (CIO) have all been committed to developing strategies promoting open data and transparent government through technology. New digital tools enhanced public access to government services, educated residents about the role the County plays in community life and strengthened local government’s ties to the people it serves.

Alameda County was established in 1853. The County was created from the territory of two counties created in 1850: Contra Costa and Santa Clara. Alameda is the seventh most populous county in California, and has 14 incorporated cities and several unincorporated communities and can be found on the web at acgov.org.

These awards, along with the 2015 Agriculturalist of the Year recipient Charles “Chuck” Ahlem, will be honored at the annual Friends of the California State Fair Gala on Thursday, June 25, 2015. The Gala is an elegant evening of gourmet food, live and silent auctions, entertainment, and a Blue Ribbon Salute to the best in California agriculture, viticulture and technology. Proceeds of the event benefit the Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program. To support the celebration please visit castatefair.org/friends-fair or email [email protected]

About The California State Fair

For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of the Golden State. During the 2014 State Fair at Cal Expo more than 750,000 people experienced the best and made memories that will last a lifetime. Cal Expo was dedicated as a place to celebrate California’s achievements, industries, agriculture, diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State’s future. The 2015 California State Fair will take place July 10 – 26, 2015.


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Juneteenth shorter

By June 04, 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


elias 6/19: Nurse practitioners: a boon for underserved areas

By June 02, 2015



Let nurse practitioners in California have almost all the authority that doctors now possess, urges the state Senate via a proposed law it has already cleared.

If this bill passes the Assembly unchanged and then is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, warns the doctors’ lobby, what would be the point of spending 10 to 12 years studying and training to become a physician? MDs and their supporters also wonder how many patients with potentially serious ailments will prefer to see someone who studied and trained six or seven years instead of a full-fledged doctor.

But, say supporters of full empowerment for nurse practitioners, many of them already perform the basic functions of primary care physicians, things like giving physical exams, providing diagnoses, ordering laboratory tests, prescribing most drugs and referring patients to specialists. They now work under supervision from MDs, but they’re still performing those tasks and many get only cursory oversight because doctors trust them.

While this debate rages in Sacramento and around the state, some parts of California are currently far underserved on the medical front. Recent numbers from the California Health Care Foundation (http://www.chcf.org/~/media/MEDIA%20LIBRARY%20Files/PDF/C/PDF%20CaliforniaPhysiciansSurplusSupply2014.pdf) show huge disparities between various regions in the numbers of both primary care doctors and specialists.

Example: While the San Francisco Bay area has 78 primary care physicians and 155 specialists for every 100,000 residents, the Inland Empire region of Riverside and San Bernardino counties has but 40 primary care doctors and 70 specialists for every 100,000.

This is because medical school graduates increasingly prefer to live in the state’s largest urban areas, in and near San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. Which suggests a compromise solution to the debate over the powers of nurse practitioners: Give them full authority in underserved areas, including the San Joaquin Valley and counties like Del Norte, Siskiyou, Modoc and Humboldt, where physicians are relatively scarce.

In fact, the chief legislative advocate for more nurse practitioner authority, Democratic Sen. Ed Hernandez of West Covina, uses these scarcities as a chief argument. “About one-third of our counties…have huge shortages,” he said in an interview. “Nurse practitioners could fill that void.”

Giving them increased authority in the most medically underserved areas makes sense. For one thing, it would be strong motivation for more nurse practitioners to settle in those areas, while also providing dependable basic service for their residents. Nurse practitioners have a solid record in the 21 states where they now have full authority, with few malpractice actions against them.

The move to beef up responsibilities of nurse practitioners is part of a general shift toward empowering health care professionals who are not physicians. Last year, a Hernandez bill authorized pharmacists to administer drugs and other products ordered by doctors, as well are providing contraceptives and some other drugs without a physician’s prescription. They also can give vaccinations and evaluate tests that monitor the efficacy of prescribed drugs. So far, no problems.

Hernandez, a longtime optometrist, also tried last year to win passage of similar increased authority for his own colleagues and full powers for nurse practitioners.

“We just don’t have enough primary care physicians to do these kinds of things anymore,” he said, “because medical school graduates increasingly want to become specialists.”

Hernandez opposes granting nurse practitioners authority to operate independently only in underserved areas, but said he would back incentives encouraging more doctors to move into those places.

But he’s already accepted one compromise, amending his bill to require that nurse practitioners operating with full authority must be affiliated with a medical group or hospital.

Giving them added powers in underserved areas would help solve shortages in those regions, while leaving in place most current incentives to become an MD.

It’s the sensible way to go in an era of increased patient loads under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

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

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CASA volunteer makes a difference for kids

By May 30, 2015

CASA Advocate Making a Difference for Kids
Would you like the opportunity to positively influence a child’s life? Children in the foster care system dream of having a safe, stable and caring family. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer you are empowered by the court to support all of the efforts that make this a reality. Steven McCord is just one of the CASA volunteers in Davis who have made a difference.
After completing his training in 2001, McCord advocated for his first foster child and has been a CASA volunteer ever since. McCord has always been interested in supporting foster kids. Growing up, his parents took in two boys who he now considers his brothers. And in 2000 McCord and his wife were considering adopting, so he started volunteering for CASA as a way to learn about the foster care system.
As a CASA volunteer, McCord spends time with his mentee weekly. During their meetings he gets to know his youth and, over time, becomes the trusted adult who is a stable and consistent influence for the child. He gathers information about his youth by talking to people in the child’s life such as foster parents, school counselors and doctors. McCord uses this information to support the needs of his youth and to advocate for the child through the court system. He also completes a report for the court with recommendations that help the judge make decisions in the best interests of the child.
McCord cherishes his interactions with kids; “most rewarding is seeing them end up in a better place (both literally and figuratively). The hardest moments are empathizing with their loss of connection with their birth family, regardless of the causes.” He has seen first hand what having a child advocate means to a child.
In particular McCord recalls one of his first assignments mentoring a young teenager who is now an adult living and working in Oklahoma. To this day McCord and his former appointed youth stay in touch; it is a testament to the impact that he had on this young man. And more recently one of McCord’s appointed youths was adopted out of the country. Despite the distance and the fact that McCord didn’t have his contact information, he received a call a few months ago from the child to say hi and to give him his new contact information. These stories are amazing examples of the staying power that a positive adult role model can have on a child.
McCord’s advocacy work “…adds another dimension” to his life. “In my work and home, life is relatively stable and easy. Ironically, I don’t mind the uncertainty and instability of my CASA cases.”
McCord has advice to other professionals and community members deciding whether to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate. “I tell them they’ll never be sure unless they try. In the past couple of years, at least 3 people have told me that they became CASA volunteers because they heard about my experience.”
Over the years, McCord notes that “the foster care system overall seems to provide more resources these days, which is good to see.” And the Yolo CASA Staff “has always been knowledgeable, diligent and supportive.”
Yolo County CASA’s Executive Director Tracy Fauver commented on Stephen’s service, “Stephen’s work with CASA exemplifies effective advocacy for a child in the foster care system. He has shown incredible commitment over his fourteen years of service, he’s developed a strong bond with every child he’s been appointed to, and he speaks up strongly and clearly when his appointed child needs additional services or supports. We really need more volunteers like him to support the children in foster care who don’t yet have a CASA by their side.”
The next CASA Training Sessions run through August 17th to Sept. 10th. Classes will be held at CASA office from 6pm to 9pm. 724 Main St. Suite 101 Woodland, CA 95695. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.

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Davis Music Festival 6/19

By May 28, 2015

May 5, 2015

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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Empower Yolo event 6/20

By May 22, 2015

Contact: Camilla Tucker FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
530.665.5320 (do not publish) May 12, 2015
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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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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]

Tom Elias

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


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

By May 19, 2015



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.

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


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

By May 19, 2015



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?

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


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


Letters to the Editor


Peregrine School

By May 16, 2015


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

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.

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.


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


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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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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

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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


Thomas Friedman: Germany: the green superpower

By May 08, 2015

(EDS: SUBS “feed-in tariff” for “feed-in-tariff”; SUBS “subsidies cost” for “subsidies costs.”);
Commentary: Germany, the Green Superpower

c.2015 New York Times News Service

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

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.”


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

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.

“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.

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.

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)


* As provost here, preceded Jerry Brown in office by 3 days (Jan. 2011)


*** 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

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.

“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.

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.
===========LEFT OFF HERE

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.

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)


* As provost here, preceded Jerry Brown in office by 3 days (Jan. 2011)


*** 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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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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


elias 5/8: automatic registration voter turnout

By April 21, 2015



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.

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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Bike and Driver protocol story

By April 18, 2015


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

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

Jennifer Borenstein

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By April 12, 2015

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elias 5/1: state business climate

By April 14, 2015



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.

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]

Tom Elias


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.

Special to The Enterprise


Gail Collins: Rand Paul, Paul Rand quiz

By April 11, 2015

Commentary: Rand Paul, Paul Rand Quiz

c.2015 New York Times News Service

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.”


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.


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.


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.”


Answers: 1-A, 2-B, 3-C, 4-A.

New York Times News Service


David Brooks: The revolution lives!

By April 11, 2015

Commentary: The Revolution Lives!

c.2015 New York Times News Service

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


Paul Krugman: Where government excels

By April 11, 2015

Commentary: Where Government Excels

c.2015 New York Times News Service

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


elias 4/21 no embargo: Utilities commission

By April 07, 2015




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.

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


elias 4/24: Jessica’s Law

By April 07, 2015



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.

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

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.

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


elias 4/14 desalination

By March 31, 2015



“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.

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

Media Post

Paso Fino map

By From page A1 | March 27, 2015

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A map from Taormino and Associates shows the plans for the Paso Fino development, including eight Canary pines to be preserved on the eastern edge of the property. Courtesy graphic

Dave Ryan

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.
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”
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
after lunch
two formal meetings
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


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

access is improtant, can guarantee access by innovating, technology
help us better understand your approach to enrollment

To think about enrollmnet you have to look more broadly at all the segments
community colleges, cal state, and UC
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

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…

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_)

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.
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.

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.
Kelly Cunningham
Outreach Director
California Lighting Technology Center, UC Davis
633 Peña Drive / Davis, CA 95618
530-747-3824 desk
916-202-2499 mobile

Said she could give a tour, offer ideas for a top tips for readers on buying lighting for their homes, etc.

Tanya Perez

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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

Special to The Enterprise

Next Generation


By March 03, 2015

March 12

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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

April 2
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Anne Ternus-Bellamy

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

607 Pena Drive #10
Davis, CA 95618
(530) 756-3682
email: [email protected]


“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

Linda DuBois

Avid 3/15

By February 26, 2015

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.


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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A map from Taormino and Associates shows the plans for the Paso Fino development, including eight Canary pines to be preserved on the eastern edge of the property. Courtesy graphic


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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.


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HI: Fences make good neighbors and add interest to landscape

By June 20, 2014

Tawny Maya McCray

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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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.


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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

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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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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Articles in this series will examine the decline of work in the United States and its consequences, for individuals and society.
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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Where Men Aren’t Working
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.

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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.
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.
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.
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,

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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.

Special to The Enterprise


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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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


Anne Ternus-Bellamy


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

Word count: 675

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!


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
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
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!

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


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


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.

Denice Zeck
American Forum


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.


Bennett is Assistant Director of OpenTheGovernment.org.

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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.
The fossil fuel finding offers another firm reason to move forward to safeguard our future. Even if we’re uncertain of the potential worst effects, we need an insurance policy.
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