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Welcome-Only in Davis 2015: Fowl play: Plenty to cock-a-doodle-do about

By September 20, 2015

Tour de Cluck

What: Sixth annual Tour de Cluck, a bicycle tour of backyard chicken coops

When: Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30

Where: Starting in Central Park, Fourth and C streets, with Eggstravaganza games and relays for kids and parents, as well as the strutting “Crower” and “Clucker” contests

Tickets: $15 general and free for kids 10 and under, available online at http://bit.ly/1G8nHKY and at Ken’s Bike-Ski-Board, 650 G St.; Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St.; Western Feed and Pet Supply, 407 G St.; and on Saturdays at the Davis Farmers Market

Info: www.tourdecluck.org

We are not farmers by any means, but we do have chickens; they are pets. Pets that give back, and yes, the eggs really are that much better.

What came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer is more complex than you’d think, given the choices.

Flashback to the first Tour de Cluck in 2010, a newly introduced event wherein participants ride their bikes around Davis to designated addresses and see how our townsfolk keep their chickens. We’d just started thinking about being chicken owners and hoped this tour would show us where to start.

My taller, more chicken-enthused half Peter and I purchased our tickets, pumped up our tires and hosted my brother and sister-in-law from out of town to tour Davis’ chicken coops by bike. At that point I was more excited to peek into the backyard landscapes of my neighbors around town than to see their “bird houses.” That changed when we toured our first coop.

Seeing first-hand the depth of care, planning and maintenance that these chicken-keepers had invested in their backyard birds was inspiring. It was clear that the chickens were a priority.

Placement and design of the coops were as varied as the owners. Some were elaborately decorated, some were simple netted-areas with cover, some took up large sections of the yard and some small home bases offered weather protection for egg laying and sleep.

Yards were landscaped for chicken safety, stressing protection from predators and accidental escape. The back yards were free from chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and full of flowering clover, grasses and even herbs — landscaping not just for the beauty of it but also to promote healthy chickens and ultimately, healthy eggs.

“You are what you eat” is real.

We were hooked; we wanted this chicken-centric backyard lifestyle.

Back to the age-old question

For us, research came first, not a chick nor an egg (though either is an endearing start to keeping chickens). Online research, local rural-pet-store research, visiting relatives who had chickens research … then breed research. Yes, I said breed.

I guess I’d known there were different kinds, of chickens but I had not thought of them as breeds so much as varieties — like the many colors of M&Ms that appear different on the outside but really all taste the same. The thought of breed took our research to a new level.

We’d have to consider our chickens’ personality traits (personality traits?), egg-laying rates, lifespan, heat and cold tolerance and resistance to disease. This chicken-getting was getting serious. We were nowhere near prepared to take on chicks.

With two healthy kids and a few funny dogs in the household, I was surprised to find myself nervous about taking on the responsibility of backyard chickens. Having seen all those coops and the dedication of chicken-folk to their birds, I just thought, “How will we have the time? Where do we start?”

It took us two years to take the plunge into chicken ownership and upkeep. We scoped out the perfect spot in our yard — not too much sun; not too much shade; a little natural cover from a tree and directly attached to our compost bin. We designed our own coop, taking ideas from the many we’d seen on the tour and by looking up plans online (Google images searches are amazing).

Our chickens would need cover from the elements, an interior space to lay their eggs and sleep, a dependable clean-water source, access to food and space to take a dirt bath. We’d need to ensure that their space would protect them from contact with wild birds and rodents, a precaution necessary to mitigate their contact with potential disease carriers. And it would have to provide protection from common predators like raccoons, dogs and in some areas of town, coyotes.

We had a solid plan.

Enthusiastically, we spread out, cut, measured, nailed, painted and sanded until we had our industrial-barn-themed chicken house nearly complete. As I was using the staple gun to attach the last few screens to the side of our coop, Peter pointed out that we were likely going to have a heck of a time moving our two-story, three-door, one-window, 100-year construction-standards coop the 40 feet to the right where it was to reside.

We’d built our coop in the middle of the yard because that’s just where we started, but that’s not where we intended it to live. Please, people, take this tip to heart — build your coop where it’s going to go or put wheels on it.

Next, we picked our breeds: a Rhode Island red, a barred Plymouth rock and an Ameraucana. All are American breeds, cold- and heat-hardy with a history of solid egg production throughout the laying season. Temperamentally, we could expect these chicks to be docile — if not outright friendly — curious animals that we could interact with as pets, not just as a source of food.

We checked for veterinarians who care for chickens. Should something go wrong we’d need to know whom to contact.

We stopped using any additives to our landscape that were not certified organic.

Chicks, man

It was time to get our chicks. We had an indoor pen for them complete with a heat lamp and food and water containers and the confidence to add to our family. In the early spring of 2013 we drove to a local poultry barn and got one each of our preferred breeds.

The chicks, who were just over 24 hours old, were picked from their pens and put in a paper sack, the size and kind you’d take a lunch to school in back in the day. The clerk must have seen the concern on my face and reassured us that the chicks would be warm and calm together in the dark bag, we weren’t far from home and they’d be just fine on the trip. He was right.

Not being the type to invite livestock into our house, we’d set the chicks up in the garage. We had a remote temperature gauge so we could monitor them and be sure they were warm enough. Two hours later, after at least 20 trips to open the garage door and peek at them, we moved them and their belongings inside.

The chicks spent the better part of eight weeks in our dining room, with less and less time inside as the weather warmed and they grew into juveniles. During these weeks the birds were often found cuddled in a towel resting on someone’s lap or chest — they slept a lot the first couple of weeks and they were irresistibly adorable.

The birds are now entering their second full laying season, though the Ameraucana and the Rhode Island red have kept us in eggs throughout the winter months as well. Living up to their breed standards, they are curious, bordering on friendly, animals.

Rather than an observable pecking order, they seem to have a leader, with the barred rock being the first out of the coop in the mornings and first to head to bed in the evenings — the other two following behind in short order. The Ameraucana will often venture across the yard by herself while the Rhode Island red likes to keep in close proximity to one of the others.

So far, the chickens have been healthy and enjoyable to us — and produce the richest, most beautiful eggs we’ve ever eaten. We’ve expanded our knowledge and use of eggs in cooking and we share the summer overflow with neighbors as a token of thanks for putting up with our chickens.

I must be honest — they are not all fun and games. They like to eat plants that I wish they’d leave alone, we’ve had to fence in our garden so we can have first dibs on our lettuces and tomatoes and sometimes I wish they’d sleep later on summer Sunday mornings.

But watching them in the yard is akin to having an outdoor fish tank. It is surprisingly relaxing to sit and watch them do their chicken-thing in the space we’ve created to share with them. We call it the chicken show and there’s no better network than our own back yard.

**Local veterinarians that see chickens:

The Companion Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital provides wellness care, specialized diagnostic testing, medical treatments, surgical options and emergency care for exotic companion animals — including poultry. To schedule an appointment call 530-752-1393. The clinic is located on the UCD campus at One Garrod Drive.

Karen Krstich, DVM is a mobile vet and can be reached at karenkrstichdvm.com or 530-902-7178.

**UC Cooperative Extension has tips and facts about raising a backyard flock, highlighting health issues, disease mitigation and general care of chickens. http://ucanr.edu/sites/poultry/type/backyard/

** Sixth annual Tour de Cluck.

The event centerpiece is a bicycle tour, or “coop crawl,” of backyard chicken coops in Davis, as well as other fowl-centric activities that will take place on Saturday, May 30.

Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets at http://bit.ly/1G8nHKY and also at Ken’s Bike-Ski-Board, 650 G St.; Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St.; Western Feed and Pet Supply, 407 G St.; and on Saturdays at the Davis Farmers Market, at the south end of the market next to the Master Gardeners’ table.

General admission is $15, and children 10 and under are free.

Tour de Cluck is a fundraiser for Davis Farm to School, a program of Yolo Farm to Fork. Proceeds support school gardens, nutritious school meals and Davis RISE, a school-based sustainable waste management program.

**Info box?
From a survey of backyard chicken owners conducted by the Department of Animal Science and Center for Animal Welfare, and the Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis:

Backyard owners thought that eggs/meat from their chickens were more nutritious (86 percent), safer to consume (84 percent), and tasted better (95 percent) than store-bought products, and also that the health and welfare of their chickens was better (95 percent) than on commercial farms. The majority (59 percent) indicated no flock health problems in the last 12 months. However, there was a lack of awareness about some poultry health conditions. Many knew either little or nothing about exotic Newcastle or Marek’s disease, and most (61 percent) did not vaccinate against Marek’s. Respondents wanted to learn more about various flock management topics, especially how to detect (64 percent) and treat (66 percent) health problems. The Internet was the main source of information (87 percent) used by backyard flock owners, followed by books/magazines (62 percent) and feed stores (40 percent). Minimizing predation was the most cited challenge (49 percent), followed by providing adequate feed at low cost (28 percent), dealing with soil management (25 percent), and complying with zoning regulations (23 percent).

Full publication available at http://ps.oxfordjournals.org/content/93/11/2920.full.pdf+html

Kimberly Yarris

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Welcome 2015: Getting from here to there by buses, planes and trains

By September 24, 2015

We like to think you can ride your bike everywhere, but sometimes you need other means of transportation.

In the heart of the Sacramento Valley, Davis is 15 minutes from the state Capitol, museums and other metropolitan attractions. Being on Interstate 80 running east to Sacramento and west to San Francisco makes Davis easily accessible by car with an approximate travel time of an hour and a half from either the Bay Area or the Sierra.

* University Airport, UC Davis
530-752-8277, general information; www.taps.ucdavis.edu/airport
University Airport operates as a utility airport. Air shuttle service is available March through October by private chartering; however space is available for use by private aircraft, such as hangar rentals to overnight tie downs.

* Sacramento International Airport
6900 Airport Blvd., Sacramento; 916-929-5411; www.sacairports.org
Sacramento International Airport is the gateway to major cities across the U.S. and around the world. Service is available from 10 major carriers and one commuter airline.

* Yolo County Airport
County Roads 95 and 29, Woodland
530-759-8766, general; 530-662-9631, charter; www.yolocounty.org/business/airport
Yolo County Airport is a general aviation airport for public use. Facilities include: a 6,000-foot runway, fueling, hangars and tie downs. Woodland Aviation occupies most of the airports hangars with a nationwide charter service. The charter service also arranges ground transportation to and from the airport. Open seven days a week.

Ground transportation to Davis
* Yolobus

Daily public bus service; 530-666-2877; www.yolobus.com

* Davis Airporter
Door-to-door shuttle service;
530-756-6715; www.davisairporter.com

* SuperShuttle
Door-to-door shuttle service;
800-258-3826; www.supershuttle.com

* Amtrak
840 Second St.; 530-758-4220 direct;
800-872-7245 reservations/schedule; www.amtrak.com
Amtrak operates along the Capitol Corridor between San Jose and Auburn, making daily stops, eastbound and westbound, in Davis.

* Unitrans
530-752-2877; unitrans.ucdavis.edu
Unitrans is the public transit system serving the entire city of Davis and the UC campus, providing service six days a week.

Unitrans is run by UC Davis students and used by students, residents, and visitors (fare is $1). It is the only transit system in the United States to operate vintage British double-decker buses in daily
service. While the double-decker buses remain an icon for the service, 90 percent of Unitrans service is provided by a more modern fleet of buses powered by clean burning compressed natural gas.

* Yolobus
916-371-2877; 800-371-2877
Yolobus is the public transportation system for Yolo County. It provides service to Woodland, Davis, UC Davis, West Sacramento, downtown Sacramento, Winters, Esparto, the Cache Creek Casino Resort, the Capay Valley, Madison, Dunnigan and the Sacramento International Airport.


* Bluebird Limo: 530-979-0426

* Dan’s Cab: 530-756-5600
* Checker Cab: 530-750-7979
* College Cab: 530-756-4444
* Friendly Cab: 530-750-1111
* Tipsy Taxi (UCD id): 530-752-666

* Village Cab: 530-753-8294

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Welcome 2015: Fun, enriching activities abound around town

By September 24, 2015

Enterprise staff

Here are a few Davis activity suggestions — and one in neighboring Woodland — you won’t want to miss.

Yolo County Visitors Bureau

132 E St. Suite 200, 530-297-1900; http://www.yolocvb.org

Any visitor wanting to make the most of a trip to Davis should begin at the Yolo County Visitors Bureau. The resource-packed YCVB can supply visitors — and residents — with calendars of events, activity guides, bicycle and walking tour brochures, lodging information and a helpful staff. Its website provides many answers to questions about visiting Davis.

Downtown Davis

530-756-8763; http://www.davisdowntown.com

Choose from deli sandwiches, a burrito, sushi or Thai cuisine for lunch. Enjoy outdoor dining at many places or take your meal to Central Park for a picnic.

Buy a book — new or used — stroll through the Arboretum and spend some tranquil time reading in the Redwood Grove.

Get pampered at a local spa, visit a salon for a new hairdo or find a new outfit at a boutique or thrift store.

Take a date to dinner followed by ice cream and a movie, or peruse an art gallery.

Hang out with friends at a coffee shop or listen to live music at a bar.

Where can all this be done? In downtown Davis, which offers a wide range of shopping, dining and entertainment options in just a few blocks.

Special seasonal events abound all year-round — free concerts; Second Friday ArtAbout evenings of open galleries and artists’ receptions each month on second Fridays at art locales throughout Davis; 5K and 10K running races; and holiday events including trick-or-treating at Halloween, and a children’s parade, open house and tree lighting in December.


720 Olive Drive; 530-757-2902; http://www.rocknasium.com

Rocknasium is one of the first climbing gyms in the country. It has 5,000 square feet of climbable terrain in a 3,600-square-foot facility with 23 walls and endless climbing possibilities for beginners and experts alike. No experience is necessary to come in and climb.

Rocknasium is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Walk-ins are welcome. Members hours: 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday; 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday.

California Raptor Center

School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis; 530-752-6091; http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/calraptor

Hours: The center is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for self-guided tours.

The next open house is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Special presentations will be given at 10 a.m. and noon. A hawk walk starts at 8 a.m. at the entrance gate. Bring binoculars. Cameras without flashes are welcome.

Students and volunteers learn under the direction of the School of Veterinary Medicine to provide medical care for an average of 350 birds from throughout Northern California each year.

About 60 percent of the patients are released back into the wild, the non-releasable raptors serve as environmental ambassadors in educational programs, research for conservation biology and as foster parents.

Among the roughly 40 birds on display are turkey vultures, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, screech owls and American kestrels. Some of them also serve as “taming birds,” which are birds that have been trained to the glove and are comfortable enough to be held by volunteers during tours and presentations.

The center’s educational programs teach participants to respect and care for animal, plant and the human community of life.

Guided tours are available by appointment by calling the center at 530-752-9994. Share name, organization, class grade level or adult group, number of attendees and two or three possible dates.

Toad Hollow Dog Park

1919 Second St., http://cityofdavis.org/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/68/2926?npage=2

Toad Hollow Dog Park generally is the place to be for Davis’ four-legged friends. This 2.5-acre fully fenced park provides plenty of room for your dog to play. Parking is available at the park and along Second Street next to the park. Your dog must be on leash from the parking area until you enter the park.

California Agriculture Museum

1962 Hays Lane, Woodland; 530-666-9700; http://www.californiaagmuseum.org/

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Wednesdays through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Known as the Heidrick Ag History Center since 1997, the center expanded this year to become the California Agriculture Museum.

The museum features the Heidrick Antique Tractor Collection, a world-class exhibition of more than 100 vehicles tracing the development of agriculture in this region from the late 1800s into the middle of the 20th century.

Heidrick, who once had the largest farming operation in Yolo County, collected rare, unusual and historic farm machinery.

The museum also features a 1920-30s bus collection, a blacksmith shop and the exhibit Hot Rods: Wheels in Fields. The exhibit showcases the innovation of young car builders during the Great Depression who refurbished old cars rescued from junk yards.

Admission for adults (13-64) is $10; AAA members, $9; veterans and seniors (65 and up), $8; students, $7; children (6-12), $5; and under 6, free.

The second annual Last Call Car Show will be held Sunday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the east wing of the museum.

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Welcome 2015: Vanderhoef’s memoir embraces UCD’s heart

By September 23, 2015

UC Davis stories told from the heart, about a place with a heart, and the people and values within.

This is what you will find in Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef’s just-released memoir, “Indelibly Davis: A Quarter-Century of UC Davis Stories … and Backstories.”

Vanderhoef — who stepped down in 2009 after serving as chancellor for 15 years, and as provost and executive vice chancellor for 10 years before that — writes on such topics as diversity, no-confidence votes, intercollegiate athletics (and the Aggies’ move to Division I), academic diplomacy in Iran and the amazing transformation of the old Sacramento County Hospital into the UC Davis Health System.

He writes about “wished-for do-overs” (like the “screw-up” that he believes delayed UCD’s admission to the Association of American Universities for one year), conflicts (and responses) and “wing-and-a-prayer risk-taking” (ultimately successful, with the development of the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts), and about leadership and tough, principled decision-making (“what my dad would call ‘having starch’ ”).

Throughout his memoir, he credits others involved in the issues. People like former Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Yvonne Marsh, who shepherded the Principles of Community into being in 1990, and an unsung undergraduate (whose name eludes Vanderhoef still) who in 1985 opened the campus’ eyes to invisible learning disabilities.

The chancellor emeritus says about staff: “Nowhere — nowhere — have I found staff more accomplished, more dedicated, than our own.” And he writes about families with histories of multigenerational employment at UC Davis, in one case grandmother, mother and daughter.

Vanderhoef also recognizes campus forebears, people like his “savvy mentor” Jim Meyer, chancellor (1969-87), and Knowles Ryerson, chief administrator (1937-52), who, after World War II, opened his home and garden at 16 College Park to returning GIs, and their families, for barbecue socials. That house would become the official chancellor’s residence.

The ‘Davis spirit’

The chancellor emeritus gets to the heart of “that special Davis spirit” — “that defining sense of caring, encouraging and friendliness that I’ve always believed uniquely characterizes our UC Davis family.”

“This lively and highly readable book is a distinctly different kind of memoir,” said Patricia Pelfrey, a UC historian who wrote a book about UC President Richard Atkinson.

“Larry Vanderhoef makes UC Davis and its remarkable people the heart of his account of 25 years as a provost and chancellor — a choice that is beautifully vindicated by the power and insight of these stories. What emerges is a deeply engaging portrait of a university community and an academic leader for whom a life in higher education is not a career but a calling.”

Tragedy in the Sea of Cortez

The saddest of times came in 2000 when a research boat capsized in the Sea of Cortez off Baja California, claiming the lives of professor Gary Polis and graduate student Michael Rose, and three visiting scientists from Japan.

Vanderhoef writes about all of them, and concludes: “I hope — for all the families — that time has helped turn grief to peace. That would bring me comfort.”

He also writes about the four survivors, a post-graduate researcher, two graduate students and an undergraduate, marveling at their resilience — all of them went on to careers in science.

“They’ve survived the sea and the trauma that surely followed,” Vanderhoef writes. “For that, I’m immensely grateful.”


In the epilogue, Vanderhoef writes about the stroke he suffered in November 2012, midway through writing the book — and he devotes a page to the American Heart Association’s FAST chart, an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. Know these signs, Vanderhoef writes, and don’t wait 15 hours like he did before seeking treatment.

Subsequently, “the unthinkable happened again” — a stroke in November 2014. “So I’m traveling that recovery road one more time. But I did it before and I know I can do it again. Just watch me!”

Get your copy

“Indelibly Davis” is available in hard cover ($29.95) at all UC Davis Stores and The Avid Reader, and digitally, with video extras, via UC’s eScholarship website (http://escholarship.org/uc/ucdavischancelloremeritus_books).

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Welcome 2015: Be an Aggie Tradition-keeper

By September 23, 2015

Sneaking out of their dorms in the middle of the night way back in 1912 to welcome UC Davis alumni for Homecoming weekend launched the tradition of Pajamarino. Today, that tradition lives on as students and community members — joined by the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh and Spirit Squad — gather at the Davis Amtrak Station on the eve of the Homecoming game to greet returning alums.

Aggie traditions surround the UCD campus, and the Cal Aggie Alumni Association — with the Associated Students of UCD and the Student Alumni Association — has worked to create a program to keep those traditions thriving.

Created in 2008 to honor UCD’s centennial, “this unique program (is) an opportunity to learn about the everyday aspects of university life and recognizes the traditions and activities that make UC Davis such a special place,” states the website www.alumni.ucdavis.edu/get-connected/traditions.

The program consists of 50 different Aggie traditions that can be experienced or visited … activities such as bowling in the Memorial Games Area, or finding all the Eggheads on campus. Current students who complete all 50 Aggie Traditions “will be honored with a special medallion to wear at graduation to recognize them as UC Davis tradition keepers,” the website says.

The traditions are described on the website, including relevant details about when and why they began. Aggie enthusiasts will learn a lot about the campus by perusing the 50 items; things like that the Silo is one of the first, and few remaining, organizational structures of the University Farm (dining at the Silo is Tradition No. 46).

To track their progress, students can print a PDF worksheet where they fill in the date they completed each Aggie Tradition, along with a few words to describe what was done. The completed form can be brought to the Alumni & Visitor Center’s second-floor front desk, or emailed to [email protected]

And, of course, there’s an app for that.

Created by Creative Media ASUCD, would-be Aggie Tradition-keepers can track their progress on a free iPhone app that lists each tradition, including reminders on when certain events occur.

For example, No. 47 is “Join the fun on Picnic Day,” and the app will give you schedule reminders so you don’t miss annual events. To download the iPhone app, go to http://apple.co/1k9Go8y.

— Reach Tanya Perez at [email protected] or 530-747-8082. Follow her on Twitter at @EnterpriseTanya

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Old Glory Coast to Coast run scheduled Sept. 13

By September 03, 2015

we are still working out a hand off location but the time should be around 1:15pm – 1:30pm on Sunday September 13.
I am trying to get the hand off location at Central Park

I forgot to mention that this event is a fundraiser and that people can donate at the link below if it can be put in the artical that would be great


Anthony Lewis said on Sept. 2:

I will be getting an update soon on the estimated time and hand off location. Once we have a final thought and runner order we can estimate based on run pace and distance. I will not be abele to give an exact time because there is no way to know.

concentrate on the info at the bottom about the flag run in honor of veterans. Would you please contact Anthony and write a brief preview of the run, with info on the route and time of the handoff? That way, people who are interested can come out to cheer him on. Once you get the info, I will ask Sue or Megan if they could photograph his run. It’s on a Sunday, so it will require them to come in specially. Thanks, Debbie
I am currently the Athletic Director for the Solano Chapter (Solano / Yolo County area) of a veterans organization called Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) On September 13th I will be running in the 2nd annual Old Glory Coast to Coast really representing Team RWB. The Old Glory relay is an event were veterans and civilian supporters run the American flag from San Francisco staring on September 11th to Washington DC. (end date is November 8th.) The flag will be ran Olympic torch style from runner to runner as it makes its way accosted the country until it reaches our nation’s capital.

I will be receiving the flag to start my leg on September 13th (still working out estimated time) on Russell Blvd near UC DAVIS. We are still working out the final rough which will give me the exact location of the hand off and estimated time of hand off. I will get you this information within the next few days. I’m also going to reach out to my team and some local veterans groups and see if they will be at the hand off and perhaps runs for a little ways with me as I go through down town. It will be great if the paper can write an article announcing the event so people come to the hand off as well as have a photographer at the hand off and a follow up article after the event.
Anyone who is a veteran or a civilian who supports service members can join for free at www.TeamRWB.org and they can contact me via email at [email protected]

About Team RWB and Back Story

Team Red, White & Blue’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
Team RWB members share more than just values. We share an ethos – a set of guiding beliefs and ideals that characterize our community. An ethos persuades or inspires people to action…and that is what our organization is all about. While ethos can be sometimes hard to define, you certainly know it when you see it. Ethos is demonstrated, not stated.
The Eagle Ethos was crafted using six words that uniquely characterize Team RWB and distinguish our organization from others. While there are certain principles that all nonprofits should adhere to, these are the things that make our Team special. The Eagle Ethos can be clearly captured in an instant with a single snapshot or demonstrated over time. It can be displayed outwardly or held inside as fuel for action. But it is pervasive throughout Team RWB and known intimately by each team member who puts on that red shirt. The Eagle Ethos is passion, people, positivity, commitment, camaraderie, and community…and Team RWB lives it in action every day.

The Beginning: In early 2010, Mike Erwin (US Army Veteran) had the idea of inviting 75 friends to Minneapolis to run the Twin Cities Marathon. This “team” would join together to raise awareness and money for a nonprofit organization that supported wounded Veterans. As the plan started to take form, Mike thought it would be great for some of the supported Veterans and their families to join us for the weekend. He felt that it was important for the supporters and the supported to have a personal connection. So he appealed to the organization but was informed that this would not be possible. This sparked some reflection, and it didn’t take long to notice that there was a real lack of consistent, everyday support for Veterans where they lived. With this problem in his head, and against the advice of almost everybody, Mike decided to found a nonprofit organization to address the need that so badly needed to be met.

A Better Way: It was clear to us that the existing model for wounded Veteran support was inadequate, if not broken altogether. Much of the support being offered was too centralized, too inconsistent, too grand, felt way too much like charity, and cast Veterans as broken victims. We knew that the answer had to be local, consistent, sustainable, valuable, positive, and empowering. Ultimately, ski trips, golf clubs, and hockey tickets are just expensive ways to defer the real challenges that await Veterans when they come home. What our wounded truly needed were real people, providing authentic support in their communities.

Rapid (and Responsible) Growth: Since January of 2013, Team RWB has not simply grown in numbers. We’ve become more professional, more efficient, and more effective. We’ve changed lives and successfully laid the foundation to change thousands more in the years ahead.

Membership Growth: We began 2013 with about 6,400 members and a growth rate of about 20 members per day. After our summit, we immediately started seeing growth at over 75 new members per day and finished the year with over 28,000 members. As of 1 November 2014, we have over 54,000 members!

Chapter Growth: We started 2013 with less than 10 solid chapters. By the year’s end, we were established in 70 cities across the country, and as of late 2014, are now in over 120 locations! We will continue to strive to serve more Veterans, in more places, more often.

Tanya Perez



Are we there yet? Why Instant Gratification Monkey and Panic Monster rule my world

By September 05, 2015

Procrastinators often think they are “best under pressure” or need deadlines to do their best work. In fact, to quote myself from a column I never got around to finishing (irony alert), “I wouldn’t say ‘enjoy’ is the right word to describe my feeling of always working against deadlines … it’s more that I couldn’t do the job without them.”

And a year after I wrote the column “Not enough hours in the day to goof off” (read it here if you are looking for a reason to not do your own work: http://www.davisenterprise.com/?p=491237) about procrastinating, I am still scouting around for information on the subject. It’s a fascinating — and completely legitimate, I tell myself — diversion.

Well, scout no more. The answers are all spelled out in a very entertaining series of blog posts by Tim Urban in his “Wait But Why” blog, where he promises “new post(s) every sometimes.”

Urban details his struggles with procrastination, and offers up sympathy and transcendent insights: “For a real procrastinator, procrastination isn’t optional — it’s something they don’t know how to not do.”

As my husband has for years tried to understand my (and a couple of his other close relatives) seemingly self-defeating ways, Urban’s words offer some comfort. We haven’t effectively learned how to make ourselves do what we don’t want to do.

To better present the information, Urban uses amusing stick-figure drawings which feature the brains of a non-procrastinator and a procrastinator.

Both illustrations have “Rational Decision-Maker” helming a ship. The non-procrastinator’s brain shows “Rational Decision-Maker” with his hands on the wheel, saying to himself, “I do things that make sense. I think long-term. I am not a child.”

The procrastinator’s brain also shows “Rational Decision-Maker” at the ship’s wheel, but next to him is “Instant Gratification Monkey” who suggests, “Let’s watch a bunch of YouTube videos on creatures of the deep sea and then go on a YouTube spiral that takes us through Richard Feynman talking about String Theory and ends with us watching interviews with Justin Bieber’s mom!” Oh, Instant Gratification Monkey, I have sooo been there.

Further into the first blog post on procrastination, Urban introduces “Panic Monster” who “scares the !*#% out of the Instant Gratification Monkey” and generally serves to motivate Rational Decision-Maker to get stuff done.

As amusing as it all is, Urban is skillful as he explains, “Even for the procrastinator who does manage to eventually get things done and remain a competent member of society, something has to change.” And his reasons for change are what convinced me that this wasn’t just a fun little romp about the foibles of waiting until the last minute.

Procrastinating, Urban emphasized is unpleasant. Instead of goofing around and wasting time, a procrastinator “could have spent (time) enjoying satisfying, well-earned leisure if things had been done on a more logical schedule.”

Even more profound, “The procrastinator ultimately sells himself short. He ends up underachieving and fails to reach his potential, which eats away at him over time and fills him with regret and self-loathing.” Yep, been there, too.

Additionally, by procrastinating, a person often accomplishes what’s on his to-do list, but not what’s on his “want-to-do” list. “Even if the procrastinator is in the type of career where the Panic Monster is regularly present and he’s able to be fulfilled at work, the other things in life that are important to him — getting in shape, cooking elaborate meals, learning to play the guitar, writing a book, reading, or even making a bold career switch — never happen because the Panic Monster doesn’t usually get involved with those things. Undertakings like those expand our experiences, make our lives richer, and bring us a lot of happiness.”

Without meaning to be too preachy, I highly recommend those of you suffering from procrastination to check out Urban’s three relevant postings on Wait But Why. They also are helpful for non-procrastinators who share their lives with those of us who share our lives with Instant Gratification Monkeys and Panic Monsters.
* Why Procrastinators Procrastinate: http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html
* How to Beat Procrastination: http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/11/how-to-beat-procrastination.html
* The Procrastination Matrix: http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/03/procrastination-matrix.html

— Reach Tanya Perez at [email protected] or 530-747-8082. Follow her on Twitter at @EnterpriseTanya

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She’s still better

By September 05, 2015

Who cares about Hillary’s emails? I don’t!

I just want a POTUS who does not deny climate change, will not work only for big oil and coal, who will work for the economy for everyone not just billionaires, who will not start ill advised wars for questionable motives, who is a human being who cares about other people. I could go on..

I do not think that describes a single one of the GOP presidential hopefuls.

Gabe Lewin

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UCD crosswalk photo

By September 05, 2015

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This photo illustration shows the existing, 60-foot-wide crosswalk, right, that will be converted to one half that size, left. The bus turnout (not shown) will be along the eastbound lane, adjacent to the parking garage, left. UC Davis courtesy illustration

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Construction at UCD will fix ‘supersized, crosswalk, signal ‘pollution’

By September 05, 2015

Preliminary construction is underway for two projects at UC Davis’ south entry:

* A new crosswalk between the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts and the Gateway Parking Structure. The existing crosswalk is supersized at 60 feet wide; the new crosswalk will be 30 feet wide (still wider than most crosswalks) and will line up with the center of the plaza between the garage and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art (now under construction).

* A bus turnout on the south side of Old Davis Road, as a drop-off and pickup point for, among others, museum visitors.

Problematic crosswalk
Christina De Martini Reyes, the campus’s associate landscape architect, who is involved in the project design, said the supersized crosswalk has been problematic in that drivers who are unfamiliar with the intersection can be unsure of where to stop — and, as a result, they sometimes stop in the crosswalk.

“Reducing the width of the crossing is also necessary for the bus pullout to function safely,” she said.

The new crosswalk, like the old one, will have a smooth concrete finish and will be delineated by white crosswalk striping as well.

In carrying out the project, the campus also is eliminating some signal “pollution” — traffic and pedestrian signals now occupy nine poles. That number will be reduced to six.

Bob Segar, associate vice chancellor for Campus Planning and Community Resources, said: “We hope these improvements will reduce the confusion at this important intersection for pedestrians and motorists. We want to provide a safe and welcoming environment for first-time visitors, special events and daily campus use.”

The Old Davis Road median will be extended to fill the space formerly occupied by part of the crosswalk. The campus is in the process of converting the median’s turf to drought-tolerant landscaping; completion is expected in the spring.

Road work at the UC Davis campus’ south entry will not require the closure of Old Davis Road, after all.

UCD’s Design and Construction Management worked with the contractor to devise a new plan that does away with a detour through parking Lots 1 and 2, behind the south entry parking garage.

Instead, Old Davis Road will remain open to through traffic — that is, for cars going between downtown Davis and the south campus and Interstate 80.

One part of Old Davis Road will be closed: the left-hand-turn lane at Mrak Hall Drive. But a short detour to Alumni Lane will get you where you’re going. The contractor estimated the turn-lane closure would begin around the end of next week and last for about two weeks, concluding by Sept. 25.

Officials caution drivers to go slow and to expect short delays through the construction zone, where the lanes will be repositioned temporarily as work progresses from the middle of the road to the edge on both sides.

Here’s what pedestrians need to know: You will still be able to cross the road, but you’ll have to take a short detour to the east side of the intersection.

— UC Davis News

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Yolanda Reina-Guerra

By September 4, 2015

Yolanda Reina-Guerra was born July 31 1936 to Milta Yolanda Kessels in Santa Ana, El Salvador to Armando Kessels and Imelda de Trinidad Kessels. She died September 2, 2015 of natural causes. Yoli was the second of eight children. After beginning her higher education to become an economist in El Salvador, she married Mario Reina-Guerra Sr. and immigrated to the United States in 1961. After moving to Davis California, Mario and Yoli had three children, Ana Yolanda, Maria Imelda, and Mario Armando Jr. During those early years of marriage, Yoli devoted herself to being a mother and learning English. During the 70’s Yoli gained employment in a private medical office, and later worked for the UC system, first at the UC Medical Center in Sacramento in pediatrics, and later for the Global Livestock department in Davis. After recovering from breast cancer, Yoli studied to become a massage therapist, eventually working for Massage Envy in Davis. She immensely enjoyed conversations with family, friends, strangers on the bus and anyone who would listen to a good joke. She loved to learn and was always reading books. Yoli was active for many years in the Soroptomists, and was a dedicated member of St. James Catholic Church. One of Yoli’s greatest joys was spending time with her seven grandchildren; telling stories, jokes and asking questions. She is survived by: daughters Ana Buthe of Portland, Oregon, Mimi Ruby of Visalia, California and son Mario Reina- Guerra of Davis, California; siblings Conchita, Elizabeth, Ruth, Sonia, Armando and Mario; grandchildren: Amanda, Becca, Malia, Alan, Heather, Davis and Abby. Yolanda was preceded in death by husband, Mario Sr. and her youngest brother Edmundo. Services celebrating Yolanda’s life: September 7 at Smith Funeral Home in Davis – Public viewing 5-7 PM and Prayer Vigil (Rosary) 7 PM. Catholic Mass 10 AM, September 8 at St. James. Flowers may be sent to St. James.

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Kids are missing out

By September 05, 2015

Dear DJUSD school board,

In support of Coach Frank Marotti, the DHS JV field hockey coach that was fired this week, I am attaching my comments from tonight’s board meeting. I hope that you will take into consideration the tremendous value that Coach Marotti brings to the sports program at DHS. Coach Marotti not only develops great athletes, he gives the players that he coaches grit, determination and character. That’s so rare in today’s polite society that coddles our children so that industry and universities wonder how so many of their new recruits are so soft and unmotivated. Coach Marotti is the kind of coach that young people will value and appreciate more and more as they mature at DHS and when they move on from DHS. Let’s not lose this important resource for our high school athletes. You can make a positive difference in many student-athlete’s lives by giving them the opportunity to learn from Coach Frank Marotti.

Robert Enzerink

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Judy Postlethwaite

By September 4, 2015

Judy Postlethwaite, 59 of Sacramento, California passed away Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 at her home. Judy was born in Cambridgeshire, England on August 28th, 1956 to James W. Garman Sr. (deceased) and JoAnn Garman (1932 -).
Judy grew up in California as a child, and then moved to Kansas with her family where she graduated from Wyandotte High School. She had three children by her first marriage, two sons, Jeremy Postlethwaite, Mark Postlethwaite and a daughter, Gina Postlethwaite. Judy married Russell Postlethwaite in their home in Spokane, Washington on August 31st, 1986.
Later Judy completed a law degree from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento and freely gave her expertise of legal matters to her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband, Russ; mother; three brothers, Jim Garman, John Garman and Jeff Garman; two sisters, Jeanne Garman and Julie Garman; all three children; five grandchildren, Marissa, Jeremiah, and Isaac Postlethwaite (Jeremy and Christi), Lauren and Alex Postlethwaite (Mark and Lisa), several extended family members and many friends.
Judy will be remembered as a compassionate, inspiring, vibrant woman, who loved unconditionally. She however, wasn’t too crazy about cut flowers, so instead, in memory of this wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, the family asks that you give $5.00 to the next homeless person you encounter rather than send flowers. It is something she always did and would love to see carried on by those who love her.

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Too many shot, too often

By September 4, 2015

Blood in the parking lot. Was it a jilted boyfriend, a religious extremist, a racial supremacist, a self-assigned neighborhood watchperson, an isolated teenager, a police officer that can never be sure if that person they just stopped is not armed. Are these persons so “exceptional?” Can any of us can claim not to be susceptible to passions that can lead to rash action?

All of the California University of Sacramento was in lock-down yesterday afternoon. The assailant at large, one dead and one critically wounded. The gun used is not required to be registered in much of the nation, the ammo for it can be bought in unchecked quantity – ordered on the internet, it could be just one of a hundred guns owned by the assailant, it can be concealed, and it can be stored in a dresser drawer in your neighbors house without a safety lock.

This ugly feeling you have because of the 24/7 gun lockdown that has descended on our society is real. The lie is that guns make you safer. They don’t.

“Overall, a person in the United States is 25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed countries” Dr. David Hemenway – Huffington Post 6/20/2015.

And we know this mostly because of privately funded statistics. Why privately? Because the gun lobbyists and 2nd amendment distortionists have prevented the Center of Disease Control from doing research on data about US gun related injury and death.

Join the coalition of the sensible – we have gun owners too. We need to recognize guns for what they are – deadly. We are for people, who have licensed reasonable cause, to own a gun, and obtain them and keep them as safety as possible. Join us. Bradycampaign.org – locally Yolo Brady Chapter.

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Catriona McPherson to read from her new thriller at Avid Reader on Friday

By September 04, 2015

Prolific local novelist Catriona McPherson has a new book, titled “The Child Garden.” and she will be reading (and signing copies) at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in Davis, on Friday (Sept. 11) at 7:30 p.m.

“I would call it a psychological thriller,” McPherson said. “It’s fiction, set in Galloway (in southwestern Scotland), where I lived. There was a ‘free school’ (a kind of alternative school) in Galloway, called Kilquhanity” — which opened in 1940, and closed in 2009. “The area around Kilquhanity was the inspiration for this story… I drove around these tiny little roads, and an abandoned estate. But my school (in the novel) isn’t based on the actual school Kilquhanity.” Rather, McPherson imagined a story involving a divorced woman with a severely disabled son, living quietly in a farmhouse on the remnants of a large Scottish estate. McPherson describes the woman’s life as “small and safe — but it gets blown apart one night… quite a lot of hell breaks loose.” The characters and the story come from McPherson’s imagination. “But that old farmhouse is absolutely the house that I lived in, including the window that won’t close, so the snow comes in,” she said.

“The title, ‘The Child Garden,’ comes from Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ (originally published in 1885, reprinted many times). As a child, I read a book called ‘The Illustrated Treasury of Children’s Literature, which had some poems from Stevenson’s book. I got a copy from the library, and it actually terrified me — the way some children find ‘The Wizard of Oz’ terrifying.”

“When I went back to these poems (more recently), I don’t find them frightening now. But I remember wanting to get rid of that library book (as a girl), not wanting it in my bedroom.”

“The Child Garden” is published by Midnight Ink Press, in celebration of the company’s 10th anniversary — it is the company’s first hardcover release. Kirkus Reviews praised “The Child Garden” as “a stunning combination of creepy thriller and classic mystery with a startling denouement.” John Lescroat — a longtime Davis resident, and author of several bestselling thrillers — described “The Child Garden” as “deeply resonant, utterly original, compelling, and satisfying… the work of a master.”

McPherson recently returned from the annual Writer’s Police Academy, held in Wisconsin. The event brings together mystery writers and law enforcement professionals, firefighters, and forensic experts. There is even a brief bit of training at an actual police academy. McPherson was invited because she is president of the organization Sisters in Crime, composed of female mystery writers. “I learned how to do fingerprints — it’s like meditation, very meticulous and contemplative, like yoga. I love it.”

McPherson’s novel “As She Left It” won a 2014 Anthony Award in the Best Paperback Original category, and was included in Kirkus Reviews’ list of Best Fiction Books of 2013. McPherson’s novel “The Day She Died” was shortlisted for the 2015 Edgar Award in the Best Paperback Original category. Both were published by Midnight Ink. McPherson has also written a popular series of mysteries involving amateur sleuth Dandy Gilver. She lives in the rural area between Davis and Winters.

Jeff Hudson

By September 3, 2015

Jeff Hudson

Press Release

Yolo Cabrillo Club #26 holds Heritage Sopas Dinner

By September 3, 2015

On Saturday, Sept. 19, 6:00 p.m., the Yolo Cabrillo Civic Club #26, will host the annual Cabrillo Day Heritage Dinner at the Holy Rosary Community Center, 575 California Street, Woodland. The Portuguese sopas dinner, including beef, cabbage, potato and green salads and dessert is $15 for adults, $10 for juniors (12-17), $ 5 for those under 12 and under 5 free. A silent auction benefitting the scholarship fund and a raffle for community services will be held. The 2015 Member of the Year will be announced for the Yolo Cabrillo Civic Club #26. RSVP to Tanya Rocha at 405-7346 to insure your seat at dinner.

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Pam Ronald photos

By September 04, 2015

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Husband and wife team Pamela Ronald, a plant geneticist, and Raoul Adamchak, a bio-gardener, co-authored “Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetic and the Future of Food. Said Ronald, “It’s interesting that the public has come to believe that organic farming is diametrically opposed to genetics. That’s untrue … organic farmers also rely on genetic improvements.” Lianne Milton/Courtesy photo

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UCD plant geneticist Pamela Ronald talked to students at Fairfield Elementary School about her research. Courtesy photo

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One of plant geneticist Pamela Ronald’s areas of expertise is rice, which she works to improve production in Asia and Africa. Gene Hettel/Courtesy photo

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First meeting of the post 2015 summer season.

By September 3, 2015

The Photo Club of Davis will present a photography program on the beauty of the American Southwest on Tuesday, September 8th at 7pm in the Blanchard room of the Davis library.
Three photographer friends, Susan Bovey, Cheryl Glackin, and Laurie Friedman, planned to drive to the PSA (Photographic Society of America) Conference in Albuquerque, N.M. in September, 2014, and decided to go early to take photos along the way: Starting at Las Vegas, highlights included the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Canyon (where Laurie almost sacrificed her life to get the shot below), Antelope Slot Canyons, White Sands, and areas around Albuquerque. Including some photos from the Conference itself, we then went to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, and topped off the trip by visiting iconic Route 66 spots on our return, finally heading home via 395, catching the Fall colors.
The program evolved as a composite of all of our best shots, with music added by Cheryl, resulting in an acclaimed photography show. Please join us on our trip!

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native fishies

By September 3, 2015

Lawns, farmland, and native fish are just a few victims of the drought as threats to freshwater fish become precariously high.

Eighteen different varieties of native fish species could face extinction if the current drought continues, according to a recent study by UC Davis’ fish extraodinaire Peter Moyle.

According to the study, California is home to 129 species of freshwater fish, 2/3 are only found in the state and about one hundred of these species are listed as either threatened or endangered according to state and federal standards. 

Moyle, a professor emeritus at UCD, says ____

Hardest hit species are ___ and ____.

Impacts the environment THIS way

Culprits spearheading threats to fish include high temperatures, low flows, and invasive fish species

What’s being done and what more can be done.

Moyle wants more facilities similar to the delta smelt one.

Felicia Alvarez

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Scholarships for Flor de Montaña

By September 04, 2015

Scholarships for Flor de Montaña

By Judy Moores

On Sunday, September 27, Cool Davis will present workshop “Living Well Today” featuring two speakers: William Powers and Sue Barton. William Powers, national best-selling author of New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City, will give the keynote talk and Sue Barton, a resident of Parkview Place in Davis, will add a Davis perspective when she shares the local challenges and joys of simplifying life.  

The workshop, which will include slides, breakout groups, and refreshments, is scheduled for 3 – 5:30 p.m. and will be hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, Davis, CA.  Donations of any level are welcome. Those who donate $15 or more (on Eventbrite or at the door) will be given a free autographed copy of New Slow City at the workshop. Proceeds (minus expenses) from the workshop will be donated to the Samaipata, Bolivia, community-based school: “Flor de Montaña” to help with transportation and scholarships for children who would otherwise not be able to attend the school. The school focuses its education (K-12) around Mother Earth and furthering the principles of “vivir bien.” Donations to the school will

In 2010, Bolivia passed laws protecting the rights of Mother Earth and formalizing government policies on “vivir bien,” the indigenous concept of “living well.” With the laws in place, a number of parents and interested others in the town of Samiapata came together to imagine a new kind of school that would incorporate the ideas embodied in vivir bien. The drew on ideas from Waldorf schools, a program called Pedagogy 3000, and the new school curriculum reforms instituted by the government. They wanted their school to be a place where all would learn to love, care for, value, and respect each other and nature.

By 2013, the parents, their children, and others began to build “Flor de Montaña.” They renovated an old building and its grounds to make their dream a reality. With few resources, they did most of the work themselves using recycled materials such as mattresses, cloth, and wood to furnish the classrooms. They painted the school inside and outside with beautiful murals. Working with educators, they developed a curriculum that honored nature and indigenous cultures and embodied a philosophy of both old and young, growing and learning together.

Now that the school had been going for about two years, it is a dream come true – a joyful, festive place with small classes. With nature and Earth for inspiration, the teachers teach a curriculum includes traditional topics – math, reading, etc., that incorporate and are enriched by gardening, caring for animals, making pottery, practicing traditional arts, dancing, and learning to use modern technology, too.

Those interested in attending the workshop “Living Well Today” may register at https://living-well-today.eventbrite.com. Mr. Power’s visit is co-sponsored by Cool Davis, the Green Sanctuary Committee of the UU Church of Davis, Church and Society Ministry of Davis Community Church, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, and the Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact [email protected]
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Bill Powers 9/27 longer

By September 04, 2015

Article for Cool Davis Event: Living Well Today (file: William Powers PR 2015 long article jwb.docx)
From Judy Moores, [email protected], 530 756-4639, 27033 Patwin Road, Davis, CA 95616
Live well! Vivir bien!”
Ever wondered about downsizing? Living a slower life?
William (Bill) Powers, author of New Slow City will offer his insights on these topics as the keynote speaker at a Cool Davis workshop “Living Well Today.” His presentation will include insights from his personal attempts to live a slow and intentional life in one of the world’s most fast paced cities – New York City, and his current life and efforts in Bolivia, a country that in 2010 passed a law protecting the rights of Mother Earth and formalizing government policies on “vivir bien,” the indigenous concept of “living well”.  Special guest Sue Barton, homeowner, Parkview Place, the first LEEDS Platinum certified multi-unit building in the City of Davis, will add a Davis perspective when she shares the local challenges and joys of simplifying life.  In addition to their slide-talks, the workshop will include breakout groups, and refreshments, too.
Davis was first introduced to Bill Powers in 2011 when he gave a Cool Davis workshop with local author Spring Warren on Sustainable Living: How Much is Enough? At that workshop, he talked about his then recent book, Twelve by Twelve: A One Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream, which went on to become a national best-seller.
Bill writes of his new book, “New Slow City originated with a somewhat angry question from a reader of Twelve by Twelve, my previous book about living in a twelve-foot-by-twelve-foot off-grid cabin in North Carolina. “It’s easy,” she wrote, “to find minimalism, joy, connection to nature, and abundant time in a shack in the woods. But how the hell are the rest of us supposed to stay sane in our busy modern lives?”
As time passed, the reader’s doubt increasingly became his own as overwork, material clutter, and the lack of contact with nature — “civilization,” in short — brought him to a point of extreme unhappiness in New York City. He doubted it was possible to live 12 x 12 in a city, and felt an urgent need to decamp far from urban life. However at this point, his new wife Melissa, was offered an excellent job that demanded they stay put in New York City, and he had no choice but to figure out how to take what he’d learned in the 12 x 12 — about leisure, connecting to nature, and living simply — and somehow make it work in the real-world context of a marriage and two careers.”
As a second author, also with the name “William Powers,” (New York Times-bestselling author of Hamlet’s BlackBerry), notes, “New Slow City tells an inspiring story. At the outset, Powers’ goal — to live slowly and mindfully in frantic Manhattan — seems quixotic in the extreme. But one should never underestimate a determined idealist. This delightfully provocative book will speak to anyone trying to build a balanced life in our crazy world. I first came to know Powers’ work because we coincidentally share the same name. Now I read him to question my own assumptions and reimagine how to live.”
Bill Powers has worked for two decades in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, and North America. A third-generation New Yorker, Powers has also spent two decades exploring the American culture of speed and its alternatives in some fifty countries around the world. He has covered the subject in his four books and written about it in the Washington Post and the Atlantic. Powers is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an adjunct faculty member at New York University. His website is www.williampowersbooks.com.
Sue Barton, one of the co-owners of Parkview Place, lives in an energy-efficient five-unit senior community in downtown Davis. Parkview Place generates its own PV electricity and uses geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, radiant floor heating and cooling systems, and other innovative features. Professionally Sue is a psychologist with a specialty in health psychology–the essence of this work is helping people to live well with whatever they’re dealt. It also includes making conscious decisions about how one lives life, which could mean taking care of mind/body/spirit, trying to achieve work life balance, or showing up in the world consistent with one’s most deeply held values. Sue retired as a Clinical Professor in the Dept. of Family and Community Practice, UC Davis School of Medicine. She currently has a part-time psychotherapy practice in Davis. Sue will add a Davis perspective when she shares the local challenges and joys of simplifying life.
A few years ago, Sue and her husband and two other couples, invited by Dick and Carol Bourne, came together to create a community and construct a net-zero energy building together. With shared values related to impacting the environment and encouraging social connection, they worked with Mike Corbett to design their dream homes. Parkview Place, which recently achieved LEED Platinum certification, became the first residential building in Davis to do so. Parkview Place is an inspiration to all of us, for planning our future lives and for learning energy efficient-ways to transform our own homes and community. However, for those involved, as Sue will share, there were many challenges as they faced downsizing from their large homes, dealing with the many belongings that they had inherited or otherwise accumulated along the way, and convincing the City to allow them to build their dream.
The workshop, open to the public, includes the slide-talks, break-out groups and simple refreshments. It is scheduled for 3 – 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, Davis.  Workshop reservations: http://living-well-today.eventbrite.com. Donations of any level are welcome. The first 50 people who donate $15 or more (on Eventbrite or at the door) will be given a free autographed copy of New Slow City at the workshop.  Proceeds (minus expenses) from the workshop will be given to the Samaipata, Bolivia, community-based school: “Flor de Montaña”, which focuses its education (K-12) around Mother Earth and furthering the principles of “vivir bien.”
Mr. Power’s visit is co-sponsored by Cool Davis, the Green Sanctuary Committee of the UU Church of Davis, Church and Society Ministry of Davis Community Church, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, and the Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice. The event is open to the public. Questions? Contact [email protected]

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William Powers worked for two decades in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, and North America. From 2002 to 2004 he managed the community components of a project in the Bolivian Amazon that won a 2003 prize for environmental innovation from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune and on NPR’s Fresh Air. Powers holds international relations degrees from Brown and Georgetown.

The workshop will also include slides, breakout groups and refreshments. Proceeds will be shared with the Bolivian community-based school in the town of Samaipata, “Flor de Montaña”, which focuses its education (K-12) around Mother Earth and furthering the principles of “vivir bien.” Mr. Power’s visit is co-sponsored by Cool Davis, the Green Sanctuary Committee of the UU Church of Davis, Church and Society Ministry of Davis Community Church, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, and the Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice. The event is open to the public. While donations of any level are welcome, those who donate $15 or more (on Eventbrite or at the door) will be given a free autographed copy of New Slow City at the workshop. 

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By September 3, 2015

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Living Well 9/27 two versions

By September 04, 2015

Updated articles – 9/3/15 File: Wm Powers Live well articles (Briefly versions).docx
From Judy Moores 27033 Patwin Road, Davis, CA 95616. 530 756-4639, [email protected]

Longer version (288 words):

Live Well! Vivir Bien!
Ever wondered about downsizing? Living a slower life? Sign up now! National best-selling author of New Slow City, William Powers will share his personal efforts to live a slow, intentional life in one of the world’s fastest cities – New York – when he gives the keynote talk at Cool Davis’ workshop “Living Well Today.”  In addition he will share his current efforts in Bolivia, a country that in 2010 passed laws protecting the rights of Mother Earth and formalizing government policies on “vivir bien,” the indigenous concept of “living well”.  Special guest Sue Barton will add a Davis perspective when she talks about the local challenges and joys of simplifying life.  Sue is a homeowner in Parkview Place, the only multi-unit building in the City of Davis to be certified LEEDS platinum.
The workshop, including lectures, slides, break-out groups and refreshments, is scheduled for 3 – 5:30 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 27, 2015 at the UU Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, Davis.  Donations of any level are welcome. The first 50 people who donate $15 or more (on Eventbrite or at the door) will be given a free autographed copy of New Slow City at the workshop.  Proceeds will be shared with the Bolivian community-based school in the town of Samaipata, “Flor de Montaña”, which focuses its education (K-12) around Mother Earth and furthering the principles of “vivir bien.” Workshop reservations: https://living-well-today.eventbrite.com. Mr. Power’s visit is co-sponsored by Cool Davis, the Green Sanctuary Committee of the UU Church of Davis, Church and Society Ministry of Davis Community Church, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, and the Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice. The event is open to the public. The event is open to the public. Questions? Contact [email protected]
– Judy Moores
Shorter version (226 words):
Live Well! Vivir Bien!
Ever wondered about downsizing? Living a slower life? Sign up now! Best-selling author of New Slow City, William Powers will speak at a Cool Davis workshop “Living Well Today.”  His presentation includes insights from in living NYC and Bolivia, a country with laws that protect the rights of Mother Earth and include policies on “vivir bien,” the indigenous concept of “living well”.  Sue Barton, homeowner, Parkview Place, will add a Davis perspective when she shares the local challenges and joys of simplifying life.  The workshop, including lectures, slides, break-out groups and refreshments, is scheduled for 3 – 5:30 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 27, 2015 at the UU Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, Davis.  Donations of any level are welcome. The first 50 people who donate $15 or more (on Eventbrite or at the door) will be given a free autographed copy of New Slow City at the workshop.  Proceeds will be shared with the Bolivian school, “Flor de Montana”, which focuses its education (K-12) around Mother Earth and the principles of “vivir bien.” Workshop reservations: http://living-well-today.eventbrite.com. Mr. Power’s visit is co-sponsored by Cool Davis, the Green Sanctuary Committee of the UU Church of Davis, Church and Society Ministry of Davis Community Church, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, and the Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice. The event is open to the public. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Special to The Enterprise

Local News

Convention of the states 9/10

By September 04, 2015

To: The Davis Enterprise
From: Yolo County Taxpayers
Subject: California State Director for Convention of States Addresses Yolo County Taxpayers Thursday, September 10 at 7:00
California State Director for Convention of States will be offering a program on this national state by state effort at the monthly meeting of the Yolo County Taxpayers this coming Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. at 70 Cottonwood in Woodland. The program is free and open to the public.
The Convention of States is a movement from the states level around the country to come together to propose Amendments to the U. S. Constitution. Through this process, thirty-four state legislative bodies must endorse a common Application under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. Amendments proposed at the Convention of States must be passed by selected delegates, one per state, from thirty-eight of our fifty states.
To date four states have passed the Convention of States application—Florida, Georgia, Alaska, and Alabama. Thirty-seven state legislatures began considering the application this year—a record in the history of our country.
The terms of the Application calling of the Convention of States would be limited to proposing Amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.
Speaker at The Avid Reader event is Clayton Smith. In addition to being the State Director of Convention of States, since 2006 he has also served as International Affairs Officer with the California National Guard. His role as State Director of Convention of States involves overseeing of District Captains in the state’s Assembly districts as they direct the thousands of volunteers throughout California in informing and seeking the support of their legislative representatives for the passage of California’s Application for a Convention of States.
Contact: Alzada Knickerbocker
District Co-Chair, Convention of States
(530) 213-8681

Enterprise staff

Welcome to Davis

Welcome 2015: Find the perfect club or organization to join — updating still in progress

By August 13, 2015

Being a Davis resident means being involved. For newcomers or longtime locals looking for ways to become proactive, there are a number of organizations and clubs as well as political causes to choose from.

The activities of many of the following organizations are announced in the Events or Briefly columns, or elsewhere in the pages of The Enterprise. Keep reading the paper, check the Internet, call information numbers and come to feel at home in the Davis community.

American Association of University Women, Davis Branch, is committed to promoting education and equity for girls and women, self-development and positive societal change. All individuals are eligible for membership. For more information, visit www.aauwdavis.org.

* The American Civil Liberties Union has as its mission the conservation of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The ACLU of Yolo County works on the front line of regional civil liberties and civil rights battles. For information, call Natalie Wormeli at 530-756-1900.

Editor’s note: If you know of a group that was overlooked, or know of a new organization just starting up, send a news release to The Enterprise at newsroom@
davisenterprise.net. We’ll include the information in one of our regular editions.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights movement that works on behalf of prisoners of conscience in all nations regardless of ideology. For more information, visit www2.dcn.org/orgs/davisamnesty.

Blacks for Effective Community Action (BECA) is a community group that advocates for improved relations among racial and ethnic groups. The group provides educational and cultural events and works closely with the school district to enhance the health and well-being of all children and families in Davis, especially those of African descent. The group is not just open to African-Americans, but to the entire community. For information, call Jann Murray-García at 530-753-7443, or visit www.journalism.berkeley.edu/projects/beca.

CA House, also known as the Cal Aggie Christian Association, through action on issues of peace and justice, aims to support individuals in discovering and fulfilling their human and spiritual vocations. A diverse, open community, they seek to follow the example of Jesus in the midst of the university. Call 530-753-2000, drop by 433 Russell Boulevard in Davis or visit cahouse.org.

* The California Raptor Center treats sick and wounded raptors and, where practical, returns them to the wild. The center, on the UC Davis campus, hosts periodic open houses for the public. For more information, visit www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/calraptor/index.cfm.

* Citizens Who Care for the Elderly serves older adults and their family caregivers in the community. Volunteers provide caregiver respite and friendly visits to the elderly in their homes and at elder care facilities. The Saturday Club at the Davis Senior Center offers an extended break to caregivers two Saturdays of the month for five hours. New this year is the Senior Peer Counseling program that provides supportive weekly counseling services to older adults who may be troubled with concerns of aging. CWC is especially in need of volunteers for the Senior Peer Counseling program and the In-Home Respite and Friendly Visiting program. For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit www.citizenswhocare.us, email [email protected] or call 530-758-3704.

* The Cool Davis Initiative is working toward realizing the city of Davis’ Climate Action Plan, which commits Davis to reducing its carbon footprint by 15 percent below 1990 levels by 2015. Davis also is the first city in California to commit to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. More than 60 community organizations have joined its coalition and 1,500-plus residents have signed pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, visit www.cooldavis.org.

Community Alliance With Family Farmers is building a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economics and promotes social justice. The group provides internship and volunteer opportunities for students and community members. For more information, visit www.caff.org.

Davis Bicycles! is a nonprofit citizen group whose goal is to promote cycling through “advocacy, education, encouragement and design.” The group hosts bike rodeos at schools to teach safety to children and host the annual Loopalooza fun ride to encourage the city to get out and ride. For information on how to join, volunteer or donate visit www.davisbicycles.org or email [email protected]

* Offering food, shelter and hope, Davis Community Meals is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide support to low-income and homeless individuals and families. The organization serves more than 700 meals a month. Volunteers are needed for Tuesday evening meals and Saturday lunches. Possible shifts include 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For more information about the program, visit daviscommunitymeals.org or call (530) 756-4008. To learn about becoming a volunteer, send a message at daviscommunitymeals.org/email-dcm-volunteer-coordinator or call 530-220-4089.

* Davis Daytime Toastmasters meet from noon to 1 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at West Yost Associates, 2020 Research Park Drive, Suite 100, in Davis. The club offers a friendly and encouraging environment in which to practice public speaking. There is no cost to visitors, and only a nominal cost for membership. For information, visit http://davisdaytime.toastmastersclubs.org.

*  The Davis Democratic Club is a group of community members active in supporting Democratic candidates and policies locally as well as nationally. Monthly meetings are a variety of fundraisers and social get-togethers. For more information, visit www.davisdemocraticclub.org.

*  Since 2000, Davis Farm to School has been helping the Davis school district by providing garden-based education, farm fresh foods and increasing recycling and composting programs. The organization is sponsored by Yolo Farm to Fork, a nonprofit previously known as the Davis Farmers Market Foundation. For more information, visit yolofarmtofork.org or www.davisfarmtoschool.org or call 530-219-5859.

*  The Davis High Blue & White Foundation organizes and maintains a directory of more than 20,000 DHS alumni. The nonprofit, formed in 2002, created the DHS Hall of Fame, which recognizes alumni, faulty, staff and benefactors who have impacted DHS. The group’s first major fundraising project was for the Ron and Mary Brown Stadium. In addition, the group raises funds for various scholarships. For more information, visit dhsblueandwhite.org.

Davis Media Access, 1623 Fifth St., Suite A, is a nonprofit, membership-based public access television center offering community members the tools and training to produce their own programs for local cable Channel 15. DMA’s mission is to use television to stimulate community dialogue, enhance understanding of all segments of the community and encourage civic participation. The organization offers training, equipment and facilities, production assistance, cablecasting, satellite downlinks and dubs. DMA also conducts extensive outreach and education. Call 530-757-2419 or visit www.davismedia.org

* The Davis Odd Fellows is part of an ancient fraternal order that focuses on community support, social activities and traditions. The Davis Lodge No. 169 was founded April 12, 1870, and is the oldest organization in the city of Davis. The Lodge raises money for several scholarships and hosts various fundraising events. Meetings are held at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., Davis. For more information, call 530-758-4940 or visit davislodge.org.

* Since 1981, the Davis School Arts Foundation has helped support arts education in the Davis public schools. The nonprofit organization fundraises to provide grants for art and music projects, along with supplies and materials for various dramatic performances. For more information visit davisschoolartsfoundation.org or email [email protected]

* The Davis Schools Foundation began in 2004 and is a nonprofit foundation whose sole purpose is fundraising to improve educational excellence for each student in the Davis Joint Unified School District. The long-term goal is to develop an endowment fund to serve as a safety net during times of state funding cutbacks. For more information, visit davisschoolsfoundation.org or email [email protected]

Empower Yolo, formerly the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center, is a primary victim service provider and works to prevent violence. The nonprofit is “dedicated to the intervention, prevention and elimination of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking and child abuse in Yolo County.” For more information, visit empoweryolo.org, call 530-661-6336 or email [email protected] If you or someone you know is in need of immediate help call the crisis line at 530-662-1133 or 916-371-1907.

* At Explorit Science Center, people of all ages become active explorers by touching, testing, experimenting and questioning through unique hands-on experiences. You can play a pivotal part in helping people explore science. Share any level of time, skills, energy or a willingness to learn by volunteering at Explorit Science Center. A science background is not necessary; training is provided. Explorit is at 3141 Fifth St. Call 530-756-0191 or visit www.explorit.org.

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical international organization whose objective is to eliminate poverty housing from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. The Greater Sacramento chapter is dedicated to providing adequate housing locally and worldwide. For more information, call 916-440-1215 or visit habitatgreatersac.org.

Hattie Weber Museum, 445 C St. in Davis, features exhibits of the history and heritage of Davis and surrounding areas. The museum is named for Hattie (Harriet Elisha) Weber, the first paid librarian in Davisville, who served in that capacity for 35 years. The museum is operated by the Yolo County Historical Society for the city of Davis. Call 530-758-5637, or visit www.dcn.davis.ca.us/go/hattie for more information.

* International House Davis, 10 College Park, encourages a global community by providing many opportunities for cross-cultural interaction and exchange. I-House provides services for international students, scholars and visitors; community members; and business and academic institutions. A busy slate of activities includes concerts, speakers and cooking demonstrations. For more information, call 530-753-5007 or visit www.internationalhousedavis.org.

KDRT radio is located at 95.7 on the FM dial and broadcasts at just under 100 watts, powerful enough to cover our city yet small enough to be truly local. KDRT is licensed to Davis Media Access, our local public access television station. The station launched on Sept. 24, 2004 and today has 50 local programmers and a diversity of underwriting from local businesses. KDRT provides compelling and locally relevant programming not usually found on other radio outlets. KDRT’s mission is “to inspire, enrich and entertain listeners through an eclectic mix of musical, cultural, educational, and public affairs programs and services. The  station builds community by promoting dialogue, encouraging artistic expression, and acting as a forum for people who typically lack media access.” For a schedule and description of shows, or for more information about volunteering, go to www.kdrt.org or call 530-757-2419.

* The Crab and Pasta Feed, Golf for Kids Tournament and the downtown U.S. Flag Project highlight the work effort by the Kiwanis Club of Davis. The group — which is a merging of two charters, the Kiwanis Club of Davis (1958) and the Kiwanis Club of Greater Davis (1966) — support a myriad local charities with their fundraising. Weekly meetings are at noon Thursday at Symposium Restaurant, 1620 E. Eighth St. For more information, visit davis.kiwanisone.org or email club president Evelyn Mendez-Choy at [email protected]

Meals on Wheels is celebrating its 40th anniversary delivering hot, nutritious, noontime meals, with more than 60 delivered daily to home-bound Davis seniors. Meals are prepared fresh daily at the agency’s kitchen in Woodland. More than just a meal, volunteers also deliver a smile and a daily safety check for these most vulnerable neighbors. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals each weekday, to assist with monthly grocery bag distribution and to help in the central kitchen. Contact Kate Hutchinson at 530-662-7035, ext. 209, or [email protected]

* The grassroots nonprofit group NAMI-Yolo (National Alliance of Mental Illness, Yolo County Chapter) provides education, advocacy and support to help improve lives of people with psychiatric brain disorders.  The Yolo chapter includes Davis, Woodland, Winters, West Sacramento, Clarksburg, Esparto, Knight’s Landing and communities in the Capay Valley. For more information, visit www.namiyolo.org, call 530-756-8181 or email [email protected]

Project Linus of Yolo County is the local branch of the Illinois-based Project Linus, an organization that aims to support to ill, traumatized or otherwise needy children through handmade blankets and afghans. Volunteers can help in various ways, such as by making blankets and by giving fabric, yarn or time at chapter events. For more information, call 530-753-3436 or email [email protected]

* The Putah Creek Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of lower Putah Creek through advocacy, education and community-based stewardship. The council is made up of area residents, riparian landowners, fishermen, farmers, natural resource professionals and others concerned about the future of this special resource. The council has been actively  protecting Putah Creek since 1988, and has conducted numerous cleanups, restoration projects and education programs. Putah Creek Council runs an outreach program that connects local residents with the creek. Volunteers give lectures, lead field trips and participate in clean-up and restoration activities. For more information, visit www.putahcreekcouncil.org or call 530-795-3006.

Quail Ridge Wilderness Conservancy is dedicated to preserving the disappearing oak trees and California bunch grasses on the Quail Ridge Reserve and to protecting all of the reserve’s wildlife. It also is committed to the more general goal of preserving the biological diversity of the planet. Guided walks through the reserve and boat ecotours around the reserve are given monthly. The group also participates in the ongoing adopt-a-highway program, and discusses California’s weed and water problems, grazing management and human and natural history. A visitors’ center museum is on the reserve. For more information, visit www.quailridge.org, call 530-219-4477 or email [email protected]

* Davis has three Rotary Clubs, organizations of business and professional leaders who provide service and encourage others to do the same. The focus of Rotary is to serve the community, the workplace and the world. They work to help eliminate hunger, poverty, illiteracy, violence and polio, among other causes.  The Rotary Club of Davis (www.rotaryclubofdavis.com) meets weekly at noon on Mondays at Davis Community Church, Fellowship Hall, 421 D St. Davis Sunrise (portal.clubrunner.ca/3544) meets at 6:50 a.m. Fridays at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. Davis Sunset (www.sunsetrotarydavis.org) meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Our House Restaurant, 808 Second St.

* The Yolano Group is a group of Sierra Club members in Yolo County and parts of Solano and Colusa counties. The active environmental-issue group holds monthly meetings open to the public, puts on environmental programs, alerts people about environmental issues and supports numerous environmental causes. Throughout the year, the Yolano Group organizes weekly outdoor trips including backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing and climbing excursions.  For more information, visit www.motherlode.sierraclub.org/yolano or call Alan Pryor at 530-758-5173.

* There are two Soroptimist International groups in Davis. The nonprofit organization of women fundraises for various organizations from family services to conservation efforts. Soroptimist International of Davis fundraisers include an annual Texas Hold ’em Night, the beer booth at Picnic in the Park and other events. The group meets at 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays at the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 Second St. For more information, visit sidavis.org. Soroptimist International of Greater Davis (soroptimistofgreaterdavis.org) holds fundraisers to benefit education scholarships and grants and to better women’s health. It meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month on the third floor of the Carlton Plaza, 27272 Fifth St.

** STEAC (Short Term Emergency Aid Committee) provides short-term assistance with basic necessities to Yolo County families and individuals below the poverty level. The nonprofit began in 1967 with a group of volunteers meeting in a home to help migrant workers following heavy rains. Today, a nine-member board meets bimonthly and oversees the operation that has served about 35,000 people in the past five years. In that time frame, STEAC paid out nearly $600,000 in emergency assistance and served more than 280,00 meals. STEAC is in need of volunteers for its food closet (Food Project and Farmers Market pickup) and Adopt a Family Holiday Program. For more information about these programs, volunteering or receiving aid, visit www.steac.org or call 530-758-8435.

Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing local crisis prevention and intervention, education and community outreach services. Its 24-hour crisis lines are available to all Yolo County residents. Crisis line numbers, volunteer opportunities and other information can be found at www.suicidepreventionyolocounty.org or by calling 530-756-7542.

Tree Davis is a local organization aiming to “enhance and expand the urban forest of Davis and surrounding communities by planting and caring for trees”. Volunteers are always welcome to participate in special projects, educational outreach and community workshops. For more information, visit www.treedavis.org.

Tuleyome is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) advocacy-oriented nonprofit conservation organization. Its goal is to educate and empower the community to care for and help protect the land and resources that we enjoy and on which we depend. Today, volunteers are needed more than ever and are a vital component of Tuleyome’s projects and programs. Volunteers are needed for habitat restoration, trail-building and maintenance, tabling events and office work. Visit www.tuleyome.org, email [email protected] or call 530-350-2599.

The United Nations Association of the United States of America is a United Nations Foundation program designed to support the UN by advocating for citizen participation and American leadership within the organization. Membership in UNA-USA is open to any citizen or resident of the U.S. The Davis chapter, United Nations Association of Davis, has around 70 members.  The group meets at International House Davis, 10 College Park. For further information about programs and membership, contact Verena Borton at [email protected]

University Farm Circle is the oldest support group on the UC Davis campus, established 101 years ago. It has grown from a small group of about 25 women to more than 500 members today. The group awards scholarships to UCD students, as well as providing programs such as the Holiday Home Tour and Boutique, Newcomers Welcome, Fall Tea, Candlelight Dinner and Spring Luncheon. All are welcome to join. For more information, contact president Pat Stromberg at 530-756-3660, email [email protected], or visit www.ufcdavis.org.

Yolo Audubon Society is a conservation education organization that holds monthly meetings and sponsors regular field trips throughout Northern California to study birds and other wildlife. For information, visit www.yoloaudubon.org.

The Yolo Basin Foundation is dedicated to the appreciation and stewardship of wetlands and wildlife through education and innovative partnerships. The foundation is a nonprofit, community-based organization that was founded in 1990 to assist in the establishment of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, also known as the Vic Fazio Wildlife Area. Yolo Basin Foundation welcomes volunteers to help with educational programs and outreach events. For more information, visit www.yolobasin.org or call 530-758-1018.

The Yolo County Children’s Alliance is an umbrella agency for children and family services. YCCA volunteers can contribute in a variety of ways, including staffing a weekly free food giveaway, reading to children, packing meal bags for Thanksgiving giveaways, handing out fliers, translating documents and more. For more information about how to get involved, email [email protected], call 530-757-5558 or visit www.yolokids.org.

* Would you like the opportunity to have a positive influence on a child’s life? Children in the foster care system dream of having a safe, stable and caring family. As a Yolo County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer, you are empowered by the court to support all of the efforts that make this a reality. Training sessions are offered regularly; call 530-661-4200 or email [email protected]

* The Yolo County Democratic Party is the official local representation of the California Democratic Party. It provides information on candidates, campaigns and/or issues and voter registration. For more information, visit www.yolodems.org, or contact the county chair, Bob Schelen, at [email protected]

Yolo County Republican Party is the principal umbrella group for GOP organizations and activities in Davis. For more information, visit www.yologop.org.

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Cadet Program is chartered as Explorer Post No. 910, by the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life Law Enforcement Explorer Program and is sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office. Young adults ages 14-21 train bimonthly at the Sheriff’s Office to provide service at local events — such as directing traffic, parking and crowd control — as well as helping locate missing persons. For more information, visit www.yolocountysheriff.com/join/volunteer/cadet-program.

*The Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or YCSCPA, was founded in 1974 by a small group of dedicated people committed to improving the lives of animals in the area. The SPCA’s programs promote the adoption of homeless animals into permanent, loving homes; humane education; spay/neutering; and the trapping, altering and releasing of feral cats. For more information or to volunteer to help, visit yolospca.org

* The Yolo Family Service Agency has provided preventative and therapeutic mental health care to individuals and families in Yolo County since 1959. Its core services include professional counseling in English and Spanish for children, families, couples and individuals coping with issues such as marital difficulties, parent/child conflict, depression, anxiety, the effects of trauma and abuse, custody and divorce, and grief and loss. The nonprofit organization has offices in Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento, Winters and Esparto. For more information about volunteer opportunities, email [email protected] or call 530-662-2211. For services, visit www.yolofamily.org.

** The Yolo Food Bank is dedicated to addressing food insecurity in all of Yolo County. The Food Bank uses a multitude of programs in partnership with more than 60 nonprofit agencies to serve 17,00 households (approximately 47,000 Yolo County residents) each month. Volunteers (individuals or groups) are always needed to assist with daily tasks, distributions and events (Running of the Turkeys). For more information, visit www.yolofoodbank.org, or contact Josh Ellis, volunteer and food drive coordinator, at [email protected] or 530-668-0690.

* The Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network is a nonprofit group whose mission is to serve and advocate for immigrants in Yolo County. YIIN offers a variety of programs and services, including a program (DIAS) for youth and children, adult ESL classes at the Madison Migrant Center in Esparto, a weekly visitation program at the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Center and educational outreach to the broader community about the challenges faced by our immigrant neighbors.  YIIN has also worked with other organizations to provide financial assistance to immigrants seeking legal status.  To find out more, email YIIN president Alison Pease at [email protected] or visit the group’s Facebook page.

* In 2004, Cindy Schulze started Yolo Military Families and for over a decade the organization has packed up care boxes to be sent to those stationed overseas. Yolo Military Families relies on monetary and gift donations, which is receives from countless locals and organizations. For more information, email [email protected]

* The Yolo Land Trust works to secure farm land and habitat for future generations. The Trust conserves farm and ranch land by giving land owners an option to selling their land. It supports maintaining natural habitat for plants and animals that depend on farmland and nearby sloughs, creeks and rivers. The nonprofit plays host to various fundraisers, including “A Day in the Country,” to raise money and awareness about the plight of land. For more information, visit theyololandtrust.org or call 530-662-1110.

Isabel Montesanto


How to wreck a creek

By September 04, 2015

Creek before project
Project after 4 years

By Glen Holstein
Botanist for the California Native Plant Society Sacramento Valley Chapter

January 28, 1986, was the fateful day Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher astronaut, rode upward in Challenger space shuttle launched in sub-freezing temperatures numerous engineers warned it couldn’t survive. But like an encounter between Dilbert and his pointy-haired boss, NASA managers after the process of planning the launch weren’t about to listen to those viewed as geeky underlings. We know the rest. On that fateful frosty morning Challenger exploded causing the loss of Christa and all hands before ever reaching space, and it was left for Nobel laureate Richard Feynman to demonstrate what happened. Rubber O-rings holding the shuttle together shatter in ice water like wine glasses vibrating from a singer’s high note.

Such inflexible bureaucratic process has caused many other unintended disasters from the guns of August 1914 to Bush Junior’s invasion of Iraq. By consensus each was a grand idea – until it wasn’t It even happens in our own backyard. Our own great fish biologist Peter Moyle and his colleague Michael Marchetti found the Winters reach of Putah Creek was the richest part of the lower creek in native fish and suggested this was because of “irregularities or a compression of the natural longitudinal gradient”.

These “irregularities” are apparently what inspired Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee’s “streamkeeper” Rich Marovich to develop a scheme to smooth them out so the creek flowed more like textbooks said it should. A good rule in such “restorations” is the medical one of “do no harm”, but to do that you have to know what you’re doing. Unlike doctors, “restorationists” don’t have to be certified. Anybody can call themselves one.

Rich was very good at getting taxpayers to foot the bill to pay roughly $6 million for implementing his “stream restoration” plan, but unfortunately it’s been a disaster for the creek. The first to go were over a hundred old growth native riparian trees, each one critical to the carbon economy of the creek and ultimately the planet. They grow much faster than other kinds of California native vegetation because they’re watered by the creek instead of rain and thus can take full advantage of long hot summer days to grow quickly while most of our other native plants are dormant Riparian trees shade streams providing the cool temperatures fish need, but they do far more. Since ours lose their leaves in winter, carbon from their summer super growth spurt falls into creeks like Putah to provide the food chain base for everything living in and along them from fish to otters to migrant song birds. Plants pull carbon out of the air as they grow so when Marovich destroyed the super fast growing riparian forest at Winters, he also erased the efforts of many to reduce their carbon footprint.

Rich fully intended to regrow the riparian trees he destroyed and consequently helped organize many idealistic volunteers to plant new ones which after 4 years should be a thriving young forest by now. Instead almost all withered and died so that the once shady riparian forest at Winters is now a barren plain where nothing grows but weeds. What Rich didn’t know was that in anaerobic riparian environments the exotic clay fill the project calls for creates such a toxic brew by mobilizing high levels of reduced iron, manganese, zinc, manganese, and other elements that riparian trees can no longer grow. An area project that also promised a riparian forest despite similar conditions is still barren after 35 years.

Of course since restorationists aren’t certified Rich didn’t need to know about such fine points of geochemistry when he started his project, but now he knows better after they were called to his attention by soil scientists. All this damage was done in the first two phases of a three phase project, but a significant part of the riparian zone at Winters is still intact. Incredibly Rich now wants to destroy this in a Project Phase 3 using the same methods that were so devastating in Phases I and II. Like the NASA managers who sent Christa and Challenger to their doom, Rich’s attitude mirrors the classic DMV wrong answer about how not to enter a busy street: “Sound horn to clear traffic and full speed ahead!” Fortunately a brave little band of citizens called Winters Friends of Putah Creek is now standing up to the juggernaut that’s already destroyed so much of the creek they love. You can help them by emailing: [email protected]

Special to The Enterprise


Young adult bereavement art group begins Sept. 28

By September 04, 2015

The UC Davis Hospice Program and UCD Children’s Hospital Bereavement Program will offer an eight-week Young Adult Bereavement Art Group for individuals 17 to 24 who are coping with the recent loss of a loved one.

The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Monday evenings from Sept. 28 through Nov. 12. Each session will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the UCD Home Care Services Building, 3630 Business Drive, Suite F, Sacramento.

The discussions will address such topics as acknowledging and understanding grief, expressing and accepting one’s feelings, changing roles, coping with stress, and developing supportive relationships.

There is no cost for participation. The facilitators will be Don Lewis, bereavement and volunteer coordinator for the hospice program, and Hannah Hunter, art therapist for the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at UCD Children’s Hospital.

Those interested in participating should register before Sept. 25. For further information, please e-mail [email protected]

The group is offered every spring and fall, and is made possible by a continuing grant from the Children’s Miracle Network.

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Welcome-Our Campus 2015: ‘Structural inequality’ is topic of UCD book project

By September 14, 2015

UC Davis announces the 2015-16 Campus Community Book Project and invites the wider community to participate in reading the book and attending a variety of programs in the fall and into the new year.

The featured book this year, on the topic of “structural inequality,” is “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap,” by Matt Taibbi, a regular contributor to Rolling Stone magazine.

The campus launched the book project in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to promote respectful discussion among the university’s diverse population, around a common subject. “The Divide” becomes the 14th book in the annual series. See all the books, from 2002 to 2014, at http://occr.ucdavis.edu/book-project.html.

Each year, a number of faculty members incorporate the book into their curricula, and book project organizers also assemble a program that often includes lectures, workshops and panel discussions, and art exhibitions and film screenings.

The 2015-16 program will be announced near the start of the fall quarter. Most events are free and open to the public.

Members of the campus and greater community are encouraged to participate in the program planning. Those interested may contact Mikael Villalobos, chair of the Campus Community Book Project, at [email protected]

In “The Divide,” published in 2014, Taibbi ponders a “bizarre statistical mystery” two decades in the making: Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles.

And, he says, not one of the new prisoners is among the rich whose fraud wiped out 40 percent of the world’s wealth.

He describes a “new despotism” hidden in the “thousands of arbitrary decisions that surround our otherwise transparent system of real jury trials and carefully enumerated suspects’ rights.”

“Most people understand this on some level, but they don’t really know how bad it has gotten, because they live entirely on one side of the equation,” Taibbi writes. “If you grew up well off, you probably don’t know how easy it is for poor people to end up in jail, often for the same dumb things you yourself did as a kid.

“And if you’re broke and have limited experience in the world, you probably have no idea of the sheer scale of the awesome criminal capers that the powerful and politically connected can get away with, right under the noses of the rich-people police.”

Taibbi’s other books include “Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History” (2011), and “The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics and Religion” (2009).

He received the National Magazine Award for commentary in 2008.

— UC Davis News

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County Road 31 delays 9/8

By September 04, 2015

Due to road construction, there will be lane closures on County Road (CR) 31 at the intersection of CR 95. Motorists will encounter 30 minute traffic delays on both CR 31 and CR 95 from Sept. 8 to Oct. 5.

Access to properties along the closed section of the road will be provided at all times.

The construction project will add left-turn lanes and asphalt overlay at the CR 31/95 intersection. Construction costs are approximately $360,000, 90 percent of which will come from federal transportation funds, with the balance from the County Road Fund. The low bid contractor is Lamon Construction Co., Inc. from Yuba City.

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Yolo Audubon field trips 9/10

By September 04, 2015

The Yolo Audubon Society is offering several local field trips in September, coinciding with northern California bird migrations. The trips are led by Audubon members, and birders of all levels are encouraged to attend.

On Thursday, Sept. 10, Sami LaRocca will take birders on an all-day trip that includes stops at the Napa River Estuary, Cullinan Ranch, and Hudeman Slough.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, Chris Dunford will lead a full day of birding near Bodega Bay, where the group will search for vagrant songbirds migrant shorebirds.

On Sunday, Sept. 13, Michael Strom will take birders on a half-day trip along Putah Creek. The group will look for fall migrants such as warblers, grosbeaks, tanagers and flycatchers.

On Sunday, September 27th, Kevin Guse will lead a full-day trip in Point Reyes. In addition to migrant birds similar to those near Putah Creek, there should be a variety of raptors, herons, and shorebirds to enjoy.

All trips leave early in the morning. Those interested should check the Yolo Audubon website, yoloaudubon.org, for details of each trip, including times, what to bring and leader contact information. For other field trip questions, email Ann Brice at [email protected]


Yolo Audubon, a chapter of the National Audubon Society, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster an appreciation of birds and conservation in Yolo County.

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By September 3, 2015

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Davis Media Access internships

By September 04, 2015

Davis Media Access (DMA) has openings for a four-month television production internship. DMA is the community media center in Davis, with a mission to enrich and strengthen the community by providing alternatives to commercial media for local voices, opinions and creative endeavors.

The internship is available to DJUSD students and provides hands-on experience and exposure to many aspects of community television production. The internship focuses on coverage of DJSUD sporting and performing arts events, as a component of DMA’s partnership with DJUSD Educational Access Television Channel 17.

Interns must be at least 16 years old and able to work 3-5 hours per week, generally between 5-9 p.m. Additionally, they must be self-motivated, able to work well with a diverse group of people and able to demonstrate aptitude with computers and video equipment. Training is provided, and academic credit is available when possible.

The deadline to apply is September 15. Interested applicants may submit a resume or brief letter describing their skills and any personal goals related to the internship to DMA Production Manager Jeff Shaw, [email protected]

For more information, visit davismedia.org or contact Shaw at 530-757-2419, Ext. 14.

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By September 3, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

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UCD hosting Spanish-language Mini Medical School

By September 04, 2015

UC Davis Health System will host its annual Mini-Medical School in Spanish, La Mini Escuela de Medicina en Español, on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. The event is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Center for Reducing Health Disparities and the Latino Aging Research Resource Center of UCD.

The Spanish Mini-Medical School will be 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

Unique in the nation, the course provides Spanish-speaking middle-aged and older adults and caregivers the opportunity to learn leading-edge, health-related practical information in their native language. The course includes information that can be used in daily life for discussion with Spanish-speaking health-care professionals. Discussion topics include vascular diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and the co-occurrence of diabetes and depression.

Julie A. Freischlag, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at UCD, will give opening remarks. Other presenters include Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and professor of clinical internal medicine; Javier López, assistant professor, molecular and cellular cardiology; Julieta Dominguez-Jones, family physician, Sutter Medical Group; and Esther Lara, clinical social worker, Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Participation is first-come, first-served and limited to 100 attendees. Pre-registration is required, however participants will be admitted at the door if space is available. To register in Spanish or English, please call 916-734-5243.

— UC Davis Health System news

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By September 3, 2015

Tanya Perez

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UCD student travels to Thailand to save elephants

By September 04, 2015

This summer, Rachel Gacksetter, 20, spent two weeks in Thailand helping animals and learning hands-on what it’s like to be a veterinarian. Gacksetter is a UC Davis student majoring in animal science.

Traveling with the Boston-based Loop Abroad, Gacksetter was part of a small team that volunteered giving care at a dog shelter and then spent a week working directly with rescued elephants at an elephant sanctuary.

The veterinary service program brings students to Thailand for two weeks to volunteer alongside a staff veterinarian. For one week, students volunteer at the Animal Rescue Kingdom dog shelter in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The shelter is home to more than 100 dogs that have been rescued after being abandoned, beaten or abused. While the dogs can be adopted, any who aren’t will be cared for by the shelter for their whole lives.

While learning what it’s like to be a veterinarian, students made a difference in the lives of these dogs. By providing check-ups and cleanings, diagnosing and treating ear and eye problems, taking and testing blood, administering vaccines, cleaning and treating wounds, and helping with sterilization surgeries, the students supported the health and well-being of these dogs.

The group also spent one week at the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand to work hands-on with the animals and learn about animal rescue and conservation on a larger scale. The Elephant Nature Park is home to more than 40 elephants who have been rescued from trekking, logging or forced breeding programs. Many of them have been abused and suffer from chronic injuries.

At the Elephant Nature Park, they are cared for by volunteers from all over the world. Students were able to feed, bathe, and care for elephants, as well as learning about their diagnoses alongside an elephant vet. The Elephant Nature Park is also home to more than 400 dogs and 100 cats, as well as rabbits and water buffalo, and is sustained in huge part by the work of weekly volunteers like Gacksetter.

Loop Abroad has programs for students and young adults age 14 to 30, and offers financial aid and fundraising help to make their trips accessible to the greatest number of students. Interested participants can inquire or apply at www.LoopAbroad.com.

Of her trip, Gacksetter said, “Working with the rescued dogs at ARK and rescued elephants at ENP taught me so much about veterinary medicine and being in Thailand was a great cultural experience”.

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By September 3, 2015

Dave Ryan

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Foreign policy questions, answers

By September 04, 2015

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, speaks to an audience of more than 100 Wednesday evening at the UC Davis School of Law at an event organized by the Sacramento chapter of the World Affairs Council. A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Garamendi took questions from the audience on foreign policy issues ranging from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Iran nuclear deal to terrorism and international human rights. UC Davis School of Law/Courtesy photo

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Next Generation

Gen Events MASTER

By August 16, 2012

Sept. 1-30
The third annual “Best of Davis” photo contest takes place during the month of September. Participants enter in one of three age categories: 6-11; 12-17; and 18 and up. Visit http://www.cityofdavis.org for contest rules and how to enter.

Friday, Sept. 11
Applications for the 39th annual “Davis Children’s Nutcracker” are due by 5 p.m. in the Parks and Community Services Department in City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. All Davis children ages 6 to 12 are welcome to apply for a spot in the 250-member cast. Positions are filled by lottery. Rehearsals begin Nov. 30 and performances take place Dec. 16-20. Applications are online at http://www.cityofdavis.org or call 530-757-5626.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Celebrate National Gymnastics Day during an open house at the Civic Center Gym, 23 Russell Blvd.,  from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all.

Saturday, Sept. 26

The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival invites students in grades 6-9 and their parents to explore intriguing, accessible mathematical activities during a program sponsored by Da Vinci Charter Academy from 9 a.m. to noon. 

The event’s collaborative, non-competitive atmosphere offers an alternate setting for students to explore the joys and power of mathematics with other kids and older mentors. Activities will take place in the indoor commons at Emerson Junior High, 2121 Calaveras Ave. The cost is $10 in advance or $25 at the door and scholarships are available. To learn more and to register, visit http://juliarobinsonmathfestival.org/register.html.

Friday, Oct. 16
Students in grades 7-9 are invited to a teen dance at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $10 and activities include a DJ playing dance and hip-hop music, video games, board games and more. For more information, call 530-757-5626.

Thursday, Jan. 7

Nominations for the city of Davis Golden Heart Awards are due at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. The awards honor local junior high and high school students who have significantly contributed to their community as well as those who have overcome personal challenges. For more information or to nominate a deserving youth, call 530-747-5863 or visit http://www.cityofdavis.org.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy


Ban smoking and car idling

By September 04, 2015

Isn’t it hypocritical to prohibit smoking in public parks, recreational areas and the city’s main downtown plaza, when thousands of car trips are being made every day to schools in Davis?

One minute of car idling is equivalent to the carbon monoxide poisoning of smoking three packs of cigarettes.

It is common to see cars lining up, creating traffic mayhem while vying for a parking space as close as possible to school’s entrances, then sit idling for 5-20 minutes waiting for kids at the end of the day.

Davis is an award-winning Bike-Friendly community. Let’s start acting like it by reducing car trips, especially to schools and spare the air for our kids and their futures.

Maria Contreras Tebbutt

Letters to the Editor


Labor Day point/counterpoint

By September 04, 2015


EDITORS: Below are two Labor Day commentaries on the role of unions; they make an excellent pairing. These free commentaries are available for immediate publication. If you use them, please send an email to InsideSources publisher Shawn McCoy ([email protected]) so he can keep track of where they are published. PHOTOS of the writers are attached.


Point: The key to a better life is a union contract

By Richard Trumka

Many Americans will spend Labor Day at barbecues, festivals and other family events. Some will lament the end of summer. Others will cheer the beginning of football season. But we must remember what Labor Day is truly about: a recognition and celebration of working people.

Working men and women are demanding to be recognized for our hard work, our sweat, our sacrifice and our innovation. We are speaking out for an economy that rewards work over wealth and gives all of us the opportunity to achieve a better life — a better life that has slipped out of reach for too many families.

Employers who have experienced record profits continue to hold down workers’ wages. Income inequality has skyrocketed to historic levels. And working men and women still struggle to afford life’s basic necessities. But it does not have to be this way.

The insanity of today’s economy is not like the weather. It is a decade’s long, man-made disaster perpetrated by big corporations who want to consolidate wealth in the hands of the very few. Simply put, failed public policies have stacked the deck against working people. It is time for us to stand up and fight back.

The single best way to build an economy of shared prosperity that lifts up working men and women is to give more workers access to collective bargaining by protecting their freedom to form unions. This is a central component of the AFL-CIO’s Raising Wages agenda.

Over the last 40 years, as union membership has declined, so has the share of middle-class income. This is not a coincidence. When workers are unable to bargain with our employers, we have no say over pay, benefits and working conditions. This drives down wages across the board and prevents working families from grabbing our fair share of the economic pie.

Big corporations understand this. That’s why they have spent so much time, energy and money in an effort to deny workers a voice on the job. That’s why they have fired workers who have attempted to form unions on the job. That’s why they have subjected workers to mandatory meetings designed to discourage unionization. That’s why they have pushed for passage of right-to-work laws and tried to dismantle the National Labor Relations Board.

This unprecedented attack on working men and women has taken its toll. Even as our economy has grown and corporate profits have risen, most of us have not experienced an improvement in our own standard of living.

But the news is not all grim. Across the nation we are seeing teachers, nurses and first responders join with those in manufacturing, engineering, service and retail to demand a voice on the job. This momentum was clearly demonstrated in a recent Gallup poll that showed support for unions at a seven-year high.

We are also in the midst of an exceptional moment for collective bargaining. Millions of American workers will bargain contracts by the end of 2016, and considering that most of the largest organized workforces are going to the bargaining table, it is likely that more workers will seek raises through collective bargaining in next two years than at any other point in recent American labor history.

This is already starting to pay dividends. In the first six months of this year alone, working people in all kinds of jobs won an average pay increase of 4.3 percent the old-fashioned way — by demanding it.

But even in this historic period for collective bargaining, the vast majority of workers still lack a voice on the job. So we are demanding that the rights of working men and women are protected and strengthened. Every worker who wants to join a union should be able to do so, free from intimidation. And employers who break the law must be held to account and made to pay.

This Labor Day, let’s stand together for good wages, great benefits, paid time off and fair schedules. Let’s demand economic justice for immigrant workers and people of color. Let’s speak out for equal pay for women and job protections for those in the LGBT community. Let’s level the playing field so working people have a fighting chance. And let’s do it by giving more workers access to the single greatest ticket to a better life — a union contract.

Richard Trumka is president of the AFL-CIO. He wrote this for InsideSources.com. PHOTO.


Counterpoint: Skills, Not Unions, Will Grow the Economy

By Arpana Mathur

High levels of income inequality and low rates of wage growth in the economy are sometimes blamed on a decline in labor unions. But do union actions, however well-intentioned, always result in the best outcomes for workers and help grow the economy? Recent evidence would suggest otherwise.

The “Fight for 15” campaign to hike minimum wages across the country, for example, is being touted as a moral imperative by labor unions. But, research shows that a higher wage bill for the firm will likely lead to dis-employment of the least productive workers. A loss of jobs is clearly not in the best interest of workers.

Perhaps realizing the potential for harm, these labor unions are now seeking waivers to protect their members from higher minimum wages. These actions suggest that even the strength of collective bargaining agreements cannot negotiate an outcome where higher minimum wages might not lead to the loss of jobs or other costly trade-offs.

If unions truly want to represent the best interests of workers, they should stop advocating for costly minimum wage hikes instead of simultaneously pushing for a wage hike and seeking waivers for the few unionized workers.

While there may be a general sense that collective bargaining agreements can somehow improve the overall welfare of workers by advocating both higher wages and higher employment, research shows that this is not true.

In a recent paper, the authors studied the role of unions in 17 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries over the period from 1960 to 1996. The study finds that unions tend to negotiate the highest wage increases for youths, women and older workers, and these increases lead to large employment reductions for those groups.

This is a likely scenario with the current Fight for 15 movement. More than 50 percent of minimum wage workers are younger than 25, and one in four is a teenager. Over 60 percent are part-time workers, and a large share of these workers is women. According to the study’s findings, these groups of minimum wage workers could likely face large employment reductions due to a doubling of the minimum wage. As I have written earlier, wage hikes that tend to lead to employment losses for vulnerable populations are unacceptable when better alternatives exist.

Finally, unions are not a bulwark against other changes in the market. Technological advances have resulted in automation and offshoring of jobs, affecting large groups of workers across the country. Instead of seeking union protection, research suggests that the demand for union membership has experienced a long-term decline, and data show that unionization rates have halved since the 1980s.

Today, many individuals in the labor market are still struggling to find full-time high-wage paying jobs. Many face obstacles such as the loss of middle-skill jobs, a significant increase in involuntary part-time work, poor wage growth and large declines in labor force participation among prime age males.

A variety of programs, including paid apprenticeships for youths, expansions of the Earned Income Tax Credit program for low-income workers and wage subsidy programs for displaced workers, exist and need to be expanded to help struggling members of the workforce. Most important, the solution is not union demands for mandated higher wages that could result in the further displacement of workers. Acquisition of skills, training and education will create more productive, self-reliant and able workers who will be able to negotiate for themselves the higher wages that they will be entitled to.

Aparna Mathur is a resident scholar in Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. She wrote this for InsideSources.com. PHOTO.

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UCD professor organic and genetically engineered farming

By September 03, 2015

* Editor’s note: Pamela Ronald is a professor at the department of plant pathology and the Genome Center at UC Davis. She also serves as director of grass genetics at the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville and faculty director of the UCD Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy.

Ronald’s Laboratory for Crop Genetics Innovation and Scientific Literacy is dedicated to “developing a new generation of staple food crops through genetic innovations, education and partnerships.” Ronald’s research includes studying the genetic basis of resistance to disease and tolerance to stress in rice. Together with her collaborators, she has engineered rice for resistance to disease and tolerance to flooding, which seriously threaten rice crops in Asia and Africa.

Ronald is also the co-author — with her husband, Raoul Adamchak, who manages UCD’s student-run organic student farm — of “Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food.” The book argues for a food system that is both organic … and genetically engineered. And it’s earning accolades. Among the book’s fans? Bill Gates.

And this is key about Ronald’s work: she’s embracing both genetically improved seed and ecologically based farming methods, as a means to enhance sustainable agriculture.

Ronald has emerged — nationally and internationally — as one of the most effective advocates for genetic engineering … and for science literacy. Her TED talk has become a sensation. She’s incredibly busy these days: her work has recently been featured on the BBC and in publications such as National Geographic, Forbes, Nature, the New Yorker, the Nation and Ensia, among others.

Ronald talked with the UC Food Observer about her work and to share her insight on a range of topics.

By Rose Hayden-Smith
UC Food Observer

Q: Your work is improving rice and assuring more stable production patterns in Asia and Africa … thus increasing food security. What would you want those who oppose this kind of genetic engineering to understand about your work?

A: It’s important to keep in perspective the goals of sustainable agriculture and to not get bogged down in genetic techniques. There are many types of genetic techniques, some that I’m just learning about, and I’m a plant geneticist. For an average consumer to keep up with plant genetics is quite a challenge.

What we’ve lost in the discussion about plant genetics are the goals of sustainable agriculture. It doesn’t matter how seed has developed, as long as it’s proven to be safe and is approved by the appropriate regulatory agencies — the genetic methods used in food and medicine are safe for humans and the environment. And there’s consensus on this by all of the major scientific organizations across the globe.

Go with science first of all. Then focus on the goals of sustainable agriculture. There are key questions we should be focusing on. For example, how can we use less land and water, or use land and water more efficiently? How can we reduce toxic inputs? How can we foster rural communities, help farmers thrive and help feed the poor and malnourished? How can we improve soil productivity?

These critical questions are often lost in discussions because we get bogged down in talking about genetic techniques that have been used safely — some for 10,000 years — and modern ones safely for 40 years. That’s where the disconnect lies.

Q: A recent study showed a big gap between how scientists view the safety of GMOs, and how consumers view the issue. What gives?

A: The major global scientific organizations agree on their safety. These are the same organizations that most of us trust when it comes to global climate change or the safety of vaccines.

We see this with many scientific issues. This particular issue seems to be resonating for a long, long time with consumers. As scientists, we think eventually consumers will get the science right and it will all be OK. But that is not always true. Human opinions have less to do with science and more to do with emotion and the marketing of products … and the marketing of fear.

Q: Shifting gears a little bit … you’re a researcher and a scientist. What would you want the public to know about public record information requests and scientific research?

A: Public record information requests are going on and in some cases, they may be an attempt to intimidate and silence scientists and distract them from their research focus.

Happily, the University of California has good lawyers, and I haven’t spent one minute on it. It’s highly inappropriate for scientists to spend any time at all on this kind of thing.

I do worry, however, about the possible affects on young scientists. Many young scientists are interested in communicating more with the public and see an information and communication gap that they can fill. They want to have a role in the public sphere, to be available and to answer questions. And clearly, that kind of interaction benefits us all.

I fear that the smearing and intimidation campaigns will hinder the enthusiasm of young scientists from communicating freely with the public. Some plant geneticists and journalists have even received death threats for speaking out about science. It is like we are back in the time of Galileo.

Q: You and your husband have collaborated on some work, including your authorship of “Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food,” which is receiving accolades as one of the most powerful and influential books on this topic, especially for college-aged students. You have carved a sort of via media – a middle road – that is bringing people with different perspectives together … essentially, building bridges. What do you think of this assessment? What lessons might your work hold for others?

A: In terms of being “bridge” figures … Raoul and I don’t see ourselves as too different from our friends and colleagues. My husband is a farmer. Most farmers are very interested in sustainable agriculture and are very obsessed with new seed varieties … they love looking through seed catalogs. Many plant biologists are drawn to science because they want to advance sustainable agriculture.

It’s interesting that the public has come to believe that organic farming is diametrically opposed to genetics. That’s untrue … organic farmers also rely on genetic improvements. I’m lucky to have a chance to talk to people about this. And I’m happy — as is Raoul — that people are interested. Twenty-five years ago, farmers and geneticists were boring. Now we walk into a room and everyone’s interested in our work. The public interest in the topic is gratifying.

Q: What keeps you up at night?

A: The drought.

Q: I’m giving you a super power. You can change one thing about the food system with that super power. What change would you make?

A: I would have a certified sustainable label that is transparent and that has appropriate metrics that consumers can access via a barcode, and receive every bit of information about how food was grown. That would include where the food was grown, the genetic techniques used to develop the seed used in its production, comparative metrics with neighboring farms, the pesticides used and the toxicity of those pesticides. This sort of label could transform the food system.

Many groups are arguing about what farmers should do. Increasingly, farmers have very little voice. We need to communicate to the public what farmers are doing and how they’re growing food, and the changes they’re making to make farms more sustainable. This needs to be translated so systems can be evaluated and measured, and to enable consumers to make informed choices. It’s very difficult for consumers to learn about farming in the current environment where only 2 percent of the population are farmers.

— Follow UC Food Observer on Twitter @ucfoodobserver

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Carly Fiorina point/counterpoint

By September 04, 2015


EDITORS: Below are two commentaries on Republican candidate Carly Fiorina and her record in business; they make an excellent pairing. Earlier this week, it was announced that Fiorina will be allowed to participate in the second GOP debate on September 16. This was a result of her surge in the polls after many commentators felt she was the most impressive candidate at the “Happy Hour” debate last month. But questions have emerged over her business record. InsideSources has these commentaries from two leading voices in this debate: Jeffrey Sonnenfeld of the Yale School of Management and Bill Mutell, who served under Fiorina at Hewlett-Packard.

These free commentaries are available for immediate publication. If you use them, please send an email to InsideSources publisher Shawn McCoy ([email protected]) so he can keep track of where they are published.

Point: Carly Fiorina, a true leader

By Bill Mutell

I was a senior vice president at Hewlett-Packard during Carly Fiorina’s tenure as chairman and CEO. Working for Carly was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She is a person of tremendous courage, character, capacity and conviction. Carly is the one of the brightest, most articulate, candid, well-versed and engaging leaders I have ever known. Period.

Those of us who were part of HP while Carly was CEO know firsthand the incredible work that was accomplished after the merger with Compaq because we were there to experience it. Unfortunately, people who have never worked with Carly, worked at HP, worked in the business industry in general, or who have their partisan blinders on have launched an assault on Carly’s successful tenure.

Their claims that Carly was not an effective and impactful CEO are just plain wrong. In politics, an ability to twist or change the facts is an everyday occurrence. But Carly and I, we come from the business world. And, unlike in politics, in the business world, facts matter.

Here are the facts. While CEO of HP, Carly fostered a work environment with emphasis on innovation, achievement and accountability. As a result of Carly’s leadership, revenues doubled to more than $80 billion, innovation tripled to 15 patents per day, the revenue growth rate more than quadrupled to 6.5 percent, and HP grew to become the 11th largest company in the country.

One of Carly’s first tasks was to eliminate the overly burdensome bureaucracy within HP by eliminating product group silos and consolidating business functions across the company. Her new streamlined organization helped turn a rapidly declining and seemingly irrelevant HP into a stronger company. Did Carly’s changes anger some HP executives and managers? Yes. But here is a newsflash: People who benefit from the status quo often fear change — even if that change benefits or saves the larger organization.

But that’s what leaders do — they challenge the status quo. They ask questions. They look for opportunities. Leaders tear down irrelevant and unproductive walls and bureaucracies. Leaders actually accomplish something tangible. And Carly Fiorina is a true leader.

Before Carly arrived at HP, the company was stagnant and struggling. It had become bloated, complacent and slow to adapt to the market. In short, HP needed to reform and it wasn’t going to be easy. The HP Board of Directors knew they needed a change agent — someone who could retool HP and keep it relevant and competitive. And they found their new leader in Carly Fiorina.

Real change, the kind that was needed to reinvigorate HP, requires a comprehensive understanding of the market and the economic conditions. It requires steady and crisp implementation and execution. It calls for a leader with humility and exceptional communication skills — a person who is capable of rallying the corporate core and extended partner community to support that strategic vision. Carly was that a leader.

But Carly wasn’t just a great leader during the good times. She also led HP during some of the company’s most tumultuous. After the dot com bubble went bust, like many other technology companies HP was forced to eliminate jobs. It very painful time for the technology sector. Companies in and related to Silicon Valley were desperately trying to right a sinking ship during an unprecedented recession. Carly tried everything she could to avoid layoffs, but in the end it was the only viable option to keep the company afloat. By making this tough leadership call, HP emerged healthier, more competitive and now has well in excess of 300,000 global employees.

As Carly would say, our nation is at a pivotal point. We need a leader who can eliminate bureaucracy in our government, reign in federal spending, make the tough decisions, and get America back in the leadership business once again. As someone who has known and worked closely with Carly Fiorina for years, I can tell you that she is the leader that we need. And a forewarning to the other candidates in the field: Underestimate Carly at your own peril.

Bill Mutell is a former senior vice president of Hewlett-Packard. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.


Counterpoint: Fiorina’s HP record is a badge of shame

By Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

It is time political analysts take Carly Fiorina’s candidacy seriously.

With Fiorina rising in the national polls, up to third place in the latest Iowa poll and now primed for the main stage of the CNN September 16 debate of top Republican presidential primary candidates, it is important to examine her record carefully.

Never having held elective office or any role in public office, she anchors her claim on a reinvention of her actual record in the corporate world — as the failed CEO of Hewlett-Packard. The only time the stock jumped during her reign from 2000 to 2005, was when she was fired by a frustrated board led by chair Pattie Dunn.

Fiorina was not a rogue CEO plundering shareholder wealth, but still was a failed CEO, termed by many technology and business publications the worst technology CEO of all time. She sliced shareholder wealth in half in five years with stock value falling 52 percent under her reign. During this period, the S&P 500 fell only 6 percent and many technology stocks, such as Dell, did well; Xerox was up 75 percent and Apple was up 200 percent — not to mention the launch of Google and Facebook during this time.

Fiorina confused political reporters by arguing that she doubled revenues and increased worldwide employment, as she volunteered recently on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” I, along with scores of corporate governance experts, have raised challenges about her prominently failed performance leading HP since long before she became a politically active public figure.

Business reporters from Fortune, Forbes, Bloomberg Business Week, The New York Times, San Jose Mercury News and Computer World saw through this smokescreen and have revealed that this revenue increase doubled only through a controversial, misguided merger with Compaq Computer, which increased top-line revenues but not bottom-line costs.

At this same time, profits at other S&P 500 firms were up 70 percent, but HP foundered through the dead weight of the obsolete devices Fiorina bought from Compaq. Most of the businesses she bought were shuttered with the remaining ones divested by current HP CEO Meg Whitman. The jobs created were for outsourced, offshore work. In the end, she cut 30,000 U.S. jobs that never came back.

The colossal merger failure could have been avoided had she listened to her employees, industry analysts and her shareholders, who strongly fought the deal all the way to Delaware Chancery Court. With hardball tactics that would make Donald Trump wince, she rammed the deal through to the company’s and her peril.

The board at the time publicly and universally acknowledged the merger plan was a failure. Strangely, one board member who enthusiastically voted to fire Fiorina and one of her top lieutenants recently spoke in her defense, recanting their published, condemning statements at the time.

In fact, this heavy metal merger of hardware was just the reverse of Fiorina’s announced strategy at the time — which was to copy IBM’s move into software services. That led her to try to buy PriceWaterhouseCooper’s consulting business for $14 billion. She failed to close that deal and PriceWaterhouseCoopers consulting was bought, ironically, by Ginni Rometty, IBM’s consulting chief — now its CEO — for less than a third of what Fiorina offered.

I believe in redemption, but that must be earned by actions through contrition or exoneration — not by shouting your greatness into the wind. Sure, she is a smart, hardworking knowledgeable CEO who deserves another chance, but commander in chief of the Free World is not the next step.

Her defenders must acknowledge that it is interesting that in the decade after she was fired, she’s never been offered to lead a major public company again. Under HP’s talented current leadership, the firm has been rebounding, but not the record of Fiorina. When she stepped down as a well-paid board director of Taiwan Semiconductor, it reported she attended only 17 percent of the board meetings.

While not committed to any candidate, I am close to many Republican officials and impressed with the leadership accomplishment as well as the character of several current primary candidates. She is not one of them.

Similarly, there are many very impressive, distinguished, accomplished top Republican women leaders, such as Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. Carly Fiorina is not one of them.

Experience can be a badge of honor or a badge of shame. The reckless Capt. Francesco Schettino who shipwrecked Carnival’s Costa Concordia in 2012 off the coast of Tuscany, was one of the first to abandon ship leaving behind thousands of passengers. He will never be trusted with a public leadership role. Captains of industry must also be accountable.

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld is senior associate dean and Lester Crown professor of management practice at Yale School of Management. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

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Artwork by Zsofia Penzvalto will be on exhibit at The Paint Chip, 217 F St. Courtesy photo

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Artwork by Zsofia Penzvalto will be on exhibit at The Paint Chip, 217 F St. Courtesy photo


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Carl Lloyd Tucker

By September 04, 2015

Nov. 11, 1925 — Aug. 28, 2015

Carl Lloyd Tucker died Monday, Aug. 28, 2015.

Carl was born in Nevada City, the son of Hiram Bert Tucker and Gertrude Ione Tucker. He retired from UC Davis after 37 years, having made many contributions to the development of new and improved bean varieties.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen; daughters Gail Butler, Sheila Bean and Jessica Tucker; and grandchildren Katie Butler, Sarah Bean, Natalie Butler and Kelsey Bean. He is also survived by his good friend and former wife, Kathy Tucker.

Carl was a man who did things at his own pace but did them well. Despite multiple medical issues, he maintained his good humor and dignity to the end. He will truly be missed and will remain forever in our hearts.

Please contact family members for details of a remembrance gathering. Funeral arrangements will be handled by McCune Garden Chapel in Vacaville.

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Artwork by Zsofia Penzvalto will be on exhibit at The Paint Chip, 217 F St. Courtesy photo



Hardwater, from left — John Swann, vocals and guitar; Mark Morse, drums; Brenden Tull, bass; and Richard Day, guitar and harmonica — will bring pop, rock, folk and blues to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday. Courtesy photo


Pop, rock, folk and blues to fill Picnic in the Park

By September 04, 2015

Hardwater will bring its unique blend of pop, rock, folk and blues music to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Davis Farmers Market in Central Park.
Hardwater, based in Davis, brings unique musical impulses to original tunes plus covers of a diverse mix of music, including the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Counting Crows, Wilco and Dawes. The band’s sound reflects the eclectic tastes of band members.
Shoppers will find the market jam-packed with summer produce, including farm-fresh tomatoes, eggplant, summer squashes, melons, peaches, nectarines, pluots, apples, Asian pears, avocados and more, plus local eggs, cheese, honey, olive oil, wine and baked goods galore. Concert-goers can nosh on a variety of cuisines from Davis food purveyors and enjoy local beer and wine at Davis Soroptimists’ booth.
Local food purveyors include: The Buckhorn, Ciocolat, Davis Food Co-op, East West Gourmet, Fuji Sushi Boat, The Hotdogger, Jake’s Davis Creamery, Kettlepop, Kathmandu Kitchen, Montoya’s Tamales, Our House, Raja’s Tandoor, Thai Recipes and Village Bakery.
Picnickers will find fun for the whole family with pony rides, bounce houses, Rocknasium’s rock-climbing structure, face-painting, balloon genius Dilly Dally, plus Central Park’s bicycle-powered carousel and two playgrounds.
More information is available at www.DavisFarmersMarket.org.

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University Farm Circle

By September 04, 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Kathy Coulter, UFC Publicity Chair
(530) 792-1353 / [email protected]


September, 2, 2015 – Individuals interested in pursuing special interests, emphasizing friendship and enrichment while helping raise money for scholarships for University of California at Davis students are invited to University Farm Circle’s Newcomer meeting on Thursday, October 1 from 4 pm – 6 pm at the home of Bonnie Lam, 1524 Arena Drive, Davis.

Attendees will receive an overview of UFC’s general programs, interest sections and newcomers activities that take place throughout the year. For new members, small-group activities are designed to give members the opportunity to build a core group of friends, to help them explore the various facets and friendships of UFC beyond newcomers and to give them a feel for what UC Davis and the greater Davis community have to offer.

Newcomers’ activities include First Friday Coffees starting in November, a Meet and Greet with Board members, a backstage tour of the Woodland Opera House, tea at Linde Lane Tea House in Dixon, an artist tour of the Pence Gallery and the March Art About, a tour of the UC Davis campus and an appetizers and libations party in May.

Newcomers’ activities are only part of what UFC does. All members, including newcomers, are encouraged to participate in the organization’s general programs and interest sections. The UFC year begins in October with the annual UFC Fall Tea on Thursday October 8. At the tea, members will have the opportunity to learn more about – and sign up for – UFC general programs and interest sections. The highlight of the tea is the presentation of UFC scholarships to UCD students.

Other UFC general programs include bus trips to various destinations, including a wine bus trip, a holiday shopping trip to Macy’s, the annual Candlelight Dinner in December, the Spring Luncheon and a variety of speakers on timely subjects.

“Beyond newcomers’ activities and general programs, UFC also hosts more than 55 monthly interest sections, one or more of which will surely interest you!” according to Pat Stromberg, UFC president.

Beginning on the UC Davis campus in 1913 and extending out into the greater community, the University Farm Circle has had a long tradition of welcome. Those who decide to join UFC with its more than 500 members will find their newcomer year will help them find their niche.

For more information about the Newcomers’ Welcome on October 1, contact Chair Elizabeth Lasensky at 530-848-5436 or [email protected] To learn more about University Farm Circle, visit ufcdavis.org.
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Attached photo: Potential newcomers get together at the Hallmark Inn to meet other newcomers and to learn more about University Farm Circle.

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September 2015 ArtAbout photos

By September 03, 2015

Artwork by Zsofia Penzvalto will be on exhibit at The Paint Chip, 217 F St. Courtesy photo

“Elements” by Lucy Day can be seen at a brand-new venue, Studio 355, 355 Second St. Courtesy photo

“Laughing” by Diana Jahns is on exhibit at The Artery, 207 G St. Courtesy photo

Jewelry by Janine Echabarne can be seen at The Artery, 207 G St. Courtesy photo

“Frida Kahlo” by Dori Marshall is on exhibit at a brand-new venue, Pollinate Davis, 508 Second St., Suite 208. Courtesy photo

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Second Friday ArtAbout

By September 03, 2015

2nd Friday ArtAbout September 11, 2015

2nd Friday ArtAbout will be showcasing diverse forms and styles of art this September. ArtAbout goers can expect several collaborative shows, unique solo exhibitions and even live drawings at Cork It Again Wine Seller and Logo’s Books. There will be jewelry and abstracts at The Artery, whimsical illustrations at The Paint Chip, black walnut and flameworked glass light pieces at Putah Creek Winery, surrealist figurative paintings at SynRG: Arts and Wellness, and lots more throughout the walk.
Additionally, two brand new venues will be joining ArtAbout this month – Pollinate Davis and Studio 355. Both venues will host receptions honoring two artists each, with paintings, photography, and mixed media work by Dori Marshall and Amy Habicht at Pollinate Davis, and depthful abstract paintings by Lucy Day and Maureen Olander at Studio 355.
Davis Downtown’s 2nd Friday ArtAbout is a free, monthly, self-guided artwalk, exploring art exhibits and receptions hosted at galleries and businesses in Davis. Visitors can view a variety of pop up art shows, meet artists, listen to live music, watch performances, and enjoy wine and complimentary refreshments throughout downtown.
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:

The Artery, 207 G St., 530-758-8330; reception, 7 – 9 p.m., “Open/See,” Janine Echabarne and Diana Jahns join forces in this autumn show using jewelry, ceramics and wall art to compliment each other. Janine states that she is influenced by Diana’s use of light and space, and Diana has long admired Janine’s abstract designs. Janine will share her jewelry and recent clay work, and Diana will show paintings on paper, canvas and wood panels. Hours: Monday – Thursday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.
Bohéme Used Clothing and Gifts, 409 Third St., 530-341-2004; reception, 5 – 8:30 p.m., “Fall,” Yelena Ivanshchenko, new fall inventory and new collection of airplants. Meet the artists, new owner, and enjoy refreshments! Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday – Monday, 12 – 5 p.m.
Cork It Again Wine Seller, 820 Fourth St., 530-756-WINE; reception, 5 – 9 p.m., George Hernandez, Carlo Rossi, Freddie, artists from Sacred Tiger Tattoo Shop display their tattoo art and will be doing a live drawing that night. Enjoy wine by the glass for $3 with complimentary cheese pairing. Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1 – 8 p.m.
Couleurs Vives Art Gallery and Studio, 222 D St., Suite 9B, 530-220-3642; reception, 5 – 8 p.m., “Colors and Natures,” Alexandra Dao, bright, colorful, modern styles with a hint of nautical themes in acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, with guest artist, Marta Juliao, landscape and nature themes in acrylic, through September 19. Live music by jazz guitarist and cellist. Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and their 20% off sale on Nautical themed art! Guest artist and teacher will be available to sign students up for upcoming classes. Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Davis Arts Center, 1919 F St., 520-756-4100; reception, 6 – 8 p.m., “vision:revision,” Julie Patterson, digital photography, through October 10. 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. – 3 p.m.
Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 Second St.; performance, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., “Odd Poetry”, immediately outside (or inside if inclement weather) the Odd Fellows Lodge, you will find the Odd Poets. Stop by for a few minutes or for the full hour for spoken word, poetry, verse, humor, and fun. Since this is an open mic event, this is your chance to grace the stage with your presence, and share with us your own favorite poems (original and otherwise)!
F St. Gallery of Hallmark Inn, 110 F St.; reception, 5 – 7 p.m., “Washed in Color,” Anne Lincoln, local Davis artist, exhibiting skillfully executed depictions of scenes in paint, through October 10. Additionally, Hallmark Inn’s annual Welcome Back UCD Open House will be held. Don’t miss the chance to visit with this terrific artist, listen to beautiful violin music by Mary Neri King, and enjoy the wines being served by our local Yolo County wineries and the tasty bites being passed by Season’s Restaurant. 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., David Hafter from the local band “Wealth of Nations” plays solo and with a few of the band members at Fretted Strings. Vocals and instrumentals include an eclectic mix of originals plus Beatles, Grateful Dead and other favorite 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.
International House, 10 College Park, 530-753-5007; reception, 6 – 8 p.m., “One Quilter’s Odyssey: Traditional to Modern,” Deborah Poulos, traditional to modern quilting, through October 5. Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments. Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Logos Books, 513 Second St., 530-400-1083; live music, 6 – 9 p.m., Live music by Drivin South. Tom Corbett will be spontaneously drawing caricatures for all interested. On display, Teresa Steinbach-Garcia, artwork showcasing the element of light – reflecting and illuminating landscapes, still life and individuals, in pastel and watercolor, through September 30. 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., Zsofia Penzvalto, intricate illustrations and textile paintings, through September 25. 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., “40th Anniversary Art Auction Preview,” place silent bids on over 175 works of art by local and regional artists to support the Pence’s 40 years as a nonprofit community art gallery. Arts and crafts table for all ages. Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pollinate Davis, 508 Second St., Suite 208, 530-746-8512; reception, 6 – 9 p.m., Dori Marshall and Amy Habicht, painting, photography, mixed media, through September 18. Enjoy refreshments and meet the artists! Hours: Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Putah Creek Winery, 110 F St., Suite D, 530-601-9828; reception, 5 – 8 p.m., Kim-Xuan Nguyen, local black walnut and flameworked glass, through October 7. Kim explores the play of light on these disparate materials. She combines tight control in woodturning and carving with a looser rein on flameworked elements. Gravity and the blowing of the flame interacts with the molten glass to help create their final shapes which complement the natural variations in the wood. 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., 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 Jerry DeCamp, 530-574-5987, Jerry DeCamp, new oil paintings and carrara marble carvings. Giclee prints available.
Art by Thelma Weatherford, 530-220-6239, Thelma Weatherford, abstractions in oil and cold wax.
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.
Studio 355, 355 Second St., Suite A, 929-888-5883; reception, 6 – 8 p.m., “Collaboration,” Lucy Day and Maureen Olander, acrylic, through October 31.
SynRG: Arts and Wellness, 907 Third St., 530-753-2154; reception, 7 – 9:30 p.m., “Body Landscpaes,” Joanna Rockwell, layered figurative paintings illustrating the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of each person it represents. The combination of design and drawing create a surrealist style done in acrylic and mixed media. Through October 9. SynRG dance demos from 7 – 7:30 p.m. followed by an open mic. Singers, musicians and poets interested in participating in open mic can contact SynRG. 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.

Art Viewings during Normal Business Hours:

Crepeville, 330 Third St., 530-750-2400; viewing, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., Ron Walker, paintings and drawings. Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
El Toro Bravo, 237 D St., 530-750-2500; viewing, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Hanna Benedychuk, oil paintings. Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 521 First St., 530-756-3938; viewing, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., “Myron Stephens Solo Exhibition,” Myron Stephens, trompe l’oeil “trick-the-eye” super-realism. Stephens uses humor and universal images to evoke the viewer’s sense of nostalgia, allowing each viewer to make his or her own personal connection with each piece. Hours: Wednesday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.
Mishka’s Cafe, 610 Second St., 530-759-0811; viewing, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., “Sensuous Dreams of the Lotus Women,” Deborah Moore, inspired by her practice of tantric yoga, creates bold, tender, embracing portraits of women that are vibrant and other-wordly in oil and acrylic, through September 12. Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Symphony Financial Planning, 416 F St.; viewing, 8:30 a.m. – 3 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.
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:
20150818_noci.jpg: Artwork by Zsofia Penzvalto at The Paint Chip (217 F St.).
LucyDay-Elements-l.jpg: “Elements” by Lucy Day at brand new venue, Studio 355 (355 2nd St.).
DianaJahns-Laughing.jpg: “Laughing” by Diana Jahns at The Artery (207 G St.).
JanineEchabarne-Necklace.jpg: Jewelry by Janine Echabarne at The Artery (207 G St.).
DoriMarshall-FridaKahlo.jpg: “Frida Kahlo” by Dori Marshall at brand new venue, Pollinate Davis (508 2nd St., Suite 208).

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International Festival 10/4

By September 03, 2015

International House Davis will celebrate its fifth annual International Festival on October 4th, 2015 in Davis’ Central Park from Noon to 5 PM. Please join us to celebrate Unity in Diversity with music, song, dance, culture tables, arts and crafts and activities for children. An international fashion show and a parade of flags are not to be missed. Delicious food from a variety of food vendors and a wonderful bake sale are also highlights of the Festival. And Explorit Science Center will bring out some of its wonderful and fascinating animals for all to see. Come join us in this once a year celebration of fun and fellowship!

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Capay Crush 9/19

By September 03, 2015

Press contact:
Barbara Archer
[email protected]

Event benefits the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture; Event Highlights: Live Music, Grape Stomping, Harvest Activity, Yolo Arts Communal Art Project

Capay, Calif., Sept. 2, 2015 ─ Farm Fresh To You (www.farmfreshtoyou.com), a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and home delivery service that provides fresh, local, organic produce to customers’ doorsteps invites the public to its farm, Capay Organic, for the 5th Annual Capay Crush.

The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a full slate of activities for all ages, including live music from Hot City Jazz and Dirty Cello, wine tasting, local food and grape stomping. Attendees are invited to camp overnight in the farm orchards. Event proceeds benefit the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture (KBNP).

The Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture (www.kathleenbarsotti.org) gives an annual college scholarship to a high school senior planning on pursuing a field related to sustainable agriculture. KBNP also donates school supplies to farmworker families in the Capay Valley. This year, KBNP distributed over 800 backpacks full of school supplies to local students.

Yolo Arts will sponsor a one-of-a-kind farm scape art project that Capay Crush guests can help create. In addition, Yolo Arts will sponsor an artist to paint a scene from the Capay Organic farm that day to auction off at its 8th Annual Art Farm Gala on Nov. 6 (yoloarts.org).

Live Music
Hot City Jazz (www.facebook.com/hotcityjazzband), an ensemble with an aesthetic of New Orleans style hot jazz and classic swing, and Dirty Cello (www.dirtycello.com), a band playing up tempo music featuring down home blues, Eastern-European dance music, a bit of bluegrass, and some classic rock, will take the Capay Crush stage.

The Food and Drink
Local wineries Capay Valley Vineyards, Matchbook, Seka Hills, Turkovich Wines and select wineries from the Old Sugar Mill will offer wine tastings.

Dancing Tomato Caffé will bake their farm fresh pizzas. Tacos 911 will dish up Mexican fare, and the Fuzion Eats food truck will sell Asian and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes.

Luciano’s Scoop will treat the guests with gelato. Pachamama Coffee Shop will offer iced coffees.
There will be a farm stand selling farm produce and specialty products. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own picnics.
Fun Family Activities
One of the highlights of Capay Crush is on many people’s “bucket list” – grape stomping. Guests can step into a vat of grapes and stomp until their feet are purple. Visitors can also ride the farm’s tractor tram, take part in grape-themed activities and crafts, and take a self-guided walking tour of Capay Organic.

The Food Literacy Center will help with kids’ activities and the herb salt station. The Esparto 4-H will bring out a free petting zoo for all ages.

Sola Bee Honey and Henry’s Bullfrog Bees will offer free honey tastings. Capay Valley Ranches will serve up its delicious olive oil for free tasting.

Ticket Information
Tickets are on sale now through Sept. 17, for $15 per person (children ages 12 and under are free) or 4 tickets for $50. After Sept. 17, tickets will be sold at the farm for $20 per person.

To purchase tickets, go to: www.capaycrush2015.eventbrite.com. Call 1-800-796-6009 with any questions.

Visit http://www.farmfreshtoyou.com/events/event to learn more about Capay Crush and other upcoming events.

Camping on the Farm
Guests can also camp overnight at the farm in the orchards. Campsites can be reserved in advance for $35 each at by Sept. 17 (admission not included).

Each campsite is 15 feet wide and extends the length of the entire orchard row. There is a one-car limit per campsite. Campers may stay on the farm until 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept 20. RVs, campfires and pets are not permitted. Campsites can be purchased at the door for $40 (admission not included; cash only), but space is limited.

About Farm Fresh To You
Farm Fresh To You is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and home and office delivery service that provides fresh, local, organic produce to consumers’ doorsteps. Farming since 1976, this second-generation organic farm pioneered the organic food movement and is owned by brothers Noah Barnes and Thaddeus and Freeman Barsotti. The company is connecting communities and sustainable farms through a transparent food system that enables consumers to know their farmer and where their food is grown.

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Thank-you marketing by John Gann

By September 03, 2015


John L. Gann, Jr.

Not only companies but also institutions and causes need to market themselves today. But all are faced with how to stand out among the multiplicity of messages we are exposed to these days,

A small college in western Pennsylvania has figured out one way to do that. It’s a postcard that holds lessons for anyone who needs to win people over for any purpose.

Every year, students at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, write and send 1,000 postcards to alumni in what they call “G.I.V.E. Week.” G.I.V.E. Week asks them to give…nothing. The brief postcard messages simply express thanks for past support. Other schools and indeed any other marketers can learn from what they do.

1. It Was Handwritten

When do we ever see handwritten messages any more? In this technological age, even friends send us typed e-mails, texts, and tweets.

Today a handwritten message stands out by being so uncommon. It gets your attention. It is the epitome of personal. It is authentic, the opposite of “corporate.”

2. It Was From a Student

A message from a student has a different impact than a stuffy formal letter from the college president, chair of the alumni association, or development director. Alums were once students themselves, so they can better identify with the writer.

The simple postcard was unlike a mailing from a large, resource-rich company or institution, which most of us get more than enough of and which we are less likely to be sympathetic toward.

3. It Was a Real Thank You

The card was a blanket thank you and not a follow-up to a particular recent gift. It had no value for documenting an income tax deduction. There was no mention of the amount of any past donation, no request for additional funds, and no remittance envelope.

4. It Was Personalized

The message was from one person to one person. No one else—apparently anyway—received the same message. There was even a real first class postage stamp on it instead of a bulk mail postal imprint.

5. It Was Flattering

The student’s remarks implicitly overstated what I had done. The postcard was flattering.

Dale Carnegie in his famous book said that to win friends and influence people we should give the other person a good name to live up to. That’s what this postcard did.

6. It Was About Teaching

The thank you was for support of “my education.”

The value alums most attach to their alma mater (aside from the football team) was the classroom experience of teaching. Much less important to them was research.

Research under grants and contracts from government and industry is hardly a function that appears in need of funds. Getting one young person through school is something else.

7. The Message Was Optimally Visible

Postcards have so many advantages for marketing it’s a wonder they aren’t more frequently used.

There’s no envelope to conceal the message on a postcard, nothing you have to tear open. Since in this case the message is flattering, there seemed no reason to hide it and maybe good reason to expose it. And in this case the message was on the same side as the address panel so it could not be missed.

8. It Was About Me

There was no mention of how wonderful the College is. The subject was me and my generosity.

Too much of what we receive from colleges—and other organizations—is all about them. But marketers know that we are all most interested in ourselves.

The Other Side

The effort was diminished just a bit by a collage of four-color photographs accompanying the printed “Thank you” words on the reverse side of the card.

On a small postcard a display of multiple photographs can make each image too small and hard to get any meaning from. Use of a multiplicity of photos in advertising pieces is common but usually a marketing mistake since there is clutter and no center of attention. And it conveys the mass-mailed “advertising look” that the other side of the card completely avoids.

What could I do in response to this postcard but send them a check? Westminster College shows that a smart simplicity in communication may have more to offer marketing, fund raising, and good will than the frequency of its use suggests.

John L. Gann, Jr., ([email protected]), President of Chicago-area-based Gann Associates, consults, trains, and writes on marketing. He is the author of Marketing Big…by Thinking Small and formerly had an extension appointment at the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. There is more information at salesjobsandtaxes.com/tlp1.html.


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Peripheral neuropathy 9/8

By September 03, 2015

Tingling, numbness or burning, freezing, stinging, stabbing and shooting pains in the hands and feet are all signs of Peripheral Neuropathy (PN), a common but largely unknown disease.

There are more than 100 causes for PN symptoms. Diabetes accounts for about one-third, but other causes include heredity, alcoholism, radiation, toxic chemical exposure, HIV, excess vitamin B6, gluten intolerance and some medications. About 2 million Californians have PN.

To learn more from others with similar symptoms and to receive support, all are invited to attend the next meeting of the Davis Neuropathy Group on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A Street, Davis. The group will show “A Review of Peripheral Neuropathy,” a DVD featuring Dr. Jeffrey Ralph.

For further information, or to receive the group newsletter, contact Mary Sprifke at 530-756-5102 or Retta Gilbert at 530-747-0186.

Enterprise staff

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Get your buzz on 9/11

By September 03, 2015

Slow Food Yolo presents “Come Get Your Buzz On,” at Henry’s Bullfrog Bees Apiary on Friday, Sept. 11 from 5-7 p.m.

The evening will begin with a tour by beekeeper and fifth generation farmer Henry Harlan and his family. Guests will have a chance to experience how honey is extracted and bottled at a USDA approved facility. Harlan will answer questions about maintaining hives, bee health and honey flow.

An appetizer of cheese and honey pairings will be offered, as well as local wines from Turkovich Winery and cheese samples from Winters Cheese Co.

Only 30 reservations are available. Tickets are $20 at brownpapertickets.com/event/2178102, and free for children 10 and under. The apiary is located in Winters, 28600 County Road 26.

Slow Food is a global grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world. This network is working hard at linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their communities and environment. For more information please refer to our website www.slowfoodyolo.com

Enterprise staff

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California’s new front yard 10/1

By September 03, 2015

The California Native Grasslands Association (CNGA) is partnering with the California Department of Water Resources to present “California’s New Front Yard: Creating a Low-Water Landscape,” a workshop that will provide step-by-step instructions on how to design, install and maintain a low-water landscape.

The workshop will be presented at two locations in October. The first workshop, sponsored by the City of Fairfield and the Solano County Water Agency, will be on Thursday, Oct. 1 at the Fairfield Community Center in Fairfield, 1000 Kentucky St.

The second, sponsored by the City of Sacramento and Sacramento Water Forum, will be on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Coloma Community Center in Sacramento, 4623 T Street. Both workshops are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m and require advance registration.

Morning presentations will cover site inventory and design; plant selection, location, and species highlights; lawn removal methods; and irrigation and long-term care. Afternoon sessions will provide hands-on demonstrations related to the morning’s topics.

The day’s activities are led by instructors who have decades of success in the design, installation and maintenance of low-water landscapes in residential and commercial settings. Speakers include Andrew Fulks, Assistant Director of UC Davis Arboretum; Sarah Sutton, Landscape Architect and author of “The New American Front Yard, Kiss Your Grass Goodbye!;” Emily Allen, Sales Manager of Hedgerow Farms; Chris Rose, Executive Director of Solano County Resource Conservation District; and Matt Forrest, Irrigation Supervisor, UC Davis Grounds and Landscape Services.

A fee of $30 ($25 for CNGA members) includes morning refreshments, lunch and professional quality workshop materials. The workshop is suitable for both residential and small ranch homeowners, as well as landscape and ranching professionals. To register for the workshops or to learn more, visit www.cnga.org or email [email protected]

Enterprise staff

By September 2, 2015

Chris Saur

By September 2, 2015

Welcome to Davis

What’s Happening in Central Park

By September 03, 2015

There may be no more exciting place in Davis on a Wednesday afternoon or Saturday morning than Central Park.

Farmers Market booths are piled high with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods and much more, making any foodie’s heart sing; the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame and Hattie Weber Museum are open to the public, offering a tour of America’s cycling history and a glimpse into Davis’s past; and, of course, there is the fun for the kids: carousel rides, bouncy houses and Davis’s first universally accessible playground.

Some things, like the playground and the Central Park Gardens are available to enjoy every day. But for everything else — including annual events like Pig Day and the Fall Festival — be sure to head over Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Farmers Market & Picnic in the Park
Open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday afternoons during winter months (4:30 to 8:30 p.m. from May to October) the Davis Farmers Market has earned national acclaim, including being recognized as one of the best farmers markets in the country.

Vendors fill booths with a vast array of fruits and vegetables, meats, chicken, fish and seafood, wine, local eggs and honey, fresh-baked goods, flowers, plants and more. There are also booths hosted by community and school groups, candidates for local elections and more. You can even purchase some fresh-popped kettle corn to munch on while you stroll through.

Picnic in Park, which takes place Wednesday evenings from May to October, features all of that plus a beer and wine garden, bounce houses, Rocknasium’s rock-climbing wall, live music and more, while local restaurants serve everything from pizza and hot dogs to barbecue.

Farmers Market also features popular annual events, from Pig Day in March — celebrating all things porcine, from arts and crafts for the kids to a petting zoo and pork products to eat — to the Fall Festival in October, a Halloween-themed event that features a costume parade, pumpkin decorating and more.
Learn more and check out the calendar of events at http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org/

The Flying Carousel of the Delta Breeze
One of the great joys of a childhood in Davis is riding the whimsical Flying Carousel of the Delta Breeze.

The unique, pedal-powered ride was built by Bill Dentzel, a fifth-generation carousel-maker, and opened to the public in 1995.

Powered by a single person who pedals from a recumbent bicycle seat, the carousel is operated by the Davis Schools Foundation and has provided not just hours of fun for children, but funding for school programs and individual classrooms throughout the Davis school district.

Every year, teachers can sign up to operate the carousel during Farmers Market or Picnic in the Park and keep all funds raised from the $1-per-ride fee for school programs. Parents and students provide the pedal power and collect entry fees.

When not in use by teachers and school groups, anyone can rent the carousel for private birthday parties and other events at a cost of $150 for two hours. The rental fee supports carousel upkeep and benefits the Davis Schools Foundation.

To rent the carousel, or to learn more about its uses, contact Sean Langley at [email protected] or visit http://davisschoolsfoundation.org/about-us/carousel/carousel/

U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame
Located at the corner of Third and B streets, the Hall of Fame celebrated its grand opening on April 24, 2010, and has grown its collection ever since.

Among the items cycling fans can peruse: photos, trophies, medals, books and, of course, bicycles. The Hall provides a complete history of American cycling and celebrated cyclists.

Inductees over the years have included champion BMX, mountain, road and track competitors over the last century.

The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is open Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.usbhof.org or call 530-341-3263.

Hattie Weber Museum
On the other end of the park from the Bicycling Hall of Fame is the Hattie Weber Museum. Located on the park’s northeast corner, the museum features exhibits depicting the history and heritage of Davis and surrounding areas.

The museum was named after Hattie (Harriet Elisha) Weber, who was the first paid librarian in what was once known as Davisville. She began volunteering at the Davisville Free Library in 1906 and began receiving a salary four years later. The library was originally located at 117 F St. and moved to its current location in 1988.

Hours are Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free (though donations are always welcome).

To learn more, call 530-758-5637 or email [email protected]

Central Park Gardens
Any time of year, the Central Park Gardens are a lovely place to relax and enjoy the flowers or share a picnic with a friend.

Established in the early 1990s, the gardens, which stretch along the southwest side of Central Park, are maintained by community volunteers in partnership with the City of Davis. They feature a broad variety of regional plants selected by master gardeners and UC Davis Arboretum staff for their educational and ornamental value, including edible plantings that connect the garden to the nearby Farmers Market.

In response to strong visitor interest, wildlife-attracting, native, and drought-tolerant plants form the backbone of the plantings.

They include a rose and flower garden; a sensory garden of drought-tolerant aromatic herbs and perennial edible plants; a meadow of ornamental bunchgrasses and bulbs; a vegetable garden; and even a waterwise garden featuring drought-tolerant landscape plants that thrive in Davis.

Universally accessible playground
Another Central Park attraction open daily is the city’s first universally accessible playground, providing play equipment specially designed to accommodate children with a wide range of disabilities.

The “Sway Fun” is a wheelchair-accessible modified teeter-totter while the “omnispinner” is a modified spinning merry-go-round.

There’s also an accessible water pump that pours water onto a sloping concrete sluice, complete with aqua flaps that dam the water and anti-skateboard metallic bumps in the shapes of turtles. At the bottom of the sluice, hand-cranked digger scoops let kids play with wet sand.

Other features include a tall tower and slide; interactive play opportunities like kaleidoscopes, a musical climbing apparatus and balance features; and rubberized surfacing material throughout the playground that feels springy with each step.

The playground even features, appropriately enough, a wheelchair-accessible mock farmers market stand allowing kids to imitate a stall at the nearby Farmers Market. Other agricultural touches, besides a farm water pump, are riding rockers in the form of a pig and a cow.

Movies in the Park
Fall and the arrival of earlier sunsets brings to Central Park a great family favorite: Movies in the Park.

When the sun sets, a large inflatable screen takes center stage in the park and families gather on picnic blankets and chairs to watch family-friendly movies. For five years now, Davis families have been enjoying these free movie screenings and this year is no exception.

Sponsored by the Sunset Rotary Club of Davis, this year’s movies include Maleficent, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, beginning at about 7:30 p.m.; and Big Hero 6, set for Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at about 7:30 p.m.

Snacks, popcorn, cotton candy and drinks will be available for purchase.

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Bodega Marine Lab: UCD is poised to lead in aquaculture

By August 29, 2015

* Editor’s note: This story is the second in a two-part series about UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Laboratory. Last Sunday’s article looked at the history of the facility, how it is being used and by whom. Today, the focus is on the lab’s function as a leader in aquaculture, agriculture of aquatic species.

BODEGA BAY — Green polypropylene curling-ribbon is attached to white plastic forms to simulate seagrass in the ocean. Young rockfish are then tested to see how they respond to gasses added to the water. At what point and how quickly do they try to hide in this “seagrass”?

Findings indicate that as more carbon dioxide is added to the water, the slower these prey fish are to hide themselves. And just what that means as the ocean becomes more acidic is being studied by scientists at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory.

Climate change and other environmental concerns are being measured at the facility, as are matters of more immediate significance, such as the air and water coming across from Japan after the 2011 earthquake and resultant nuclear accident.

The Pineapple Express is being tracked by weather agencies, and ocean health and plant physiology are being researched by university and government scientists.

However, UCD’s original reason for having a stake in BML was aquaculture, or the agriculture of aquatic species. Think oyster and abalone farms.

Gary Cherr, interim director of BML and a UCD professor in the departments of environmental toxicology and nutrition, explained that the north wing of the facility was built in 1977 by UCD to further aquaculture.

The “downfall of aquaculture” for UCD, Cherr said, involved non-native species. As an example, Cherr pointed to Atlantic lobsters. There was a trend years ago of researchers “trying to grow them here and study them here rather than where they live” in nature. The cost and difficulty were prohibitive.

“Aquaculture is reviving now,” Cherr said, as more regional questions are needing answers. “Solutions (offered) from aquaculture are things like ‘Can local scallops grow the way Japanese scallops do — on a rope — to achieve faster growth rates?’ ” he explained.

Cherr himself works on pollution, and his research contributes to answering what large-scale fisheries need for sustainable fishing practices.

‘Linked questions’
Back on the Davis campus, Rick Grosberg, the founding director of UCD’s Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute and a professor of evolutionary biology and ecology, sees UCD as well-positioned to solve aquaculture problems along with helping set policy at the state Capitol.

Take Dungeness crab, he said.

“If you really want to understand how to manage Dungeness crab fishing, (and figure out) why are some years good, others bad,” Grosberg said, one must look at “economics and the social side of it. What’s the market out there? What motivates the fisherman? How can you regulate?”

He continued: “You have to know how the fishing industry behaves, how the market behaves.” And because of its “long history of the biologists collaborating with the social sciences,” UCD can help solve these issues.

Grosberg gave a more specific example: BML’s partnership with Hog Island Oyster Co. in Tomales Bay. “Ocean acidification is bad on oysters,” he said. “And collaborative solutions become really important. … Hog Island knows they have a problem” so they developed a pH monitoring system with BML.

Hog Island can use the pH data to adjust the culturing conditions of its baby oysters — “They need a good shell-to-meat ratio,” Grosberg said, but the “shell has to resist predatory snails” so it can’t be too thin.

If the shell is too thick, “there’s not as much meat, it’s not as valuable,” Grosberg said. “Oyster-growers are constantly trying to get that right.”

But it’s not just the ocean’s conditions that are changing oyster-growing.

“Consider the terrestrial side of the story,” Grosberg said. “Oyster-growers face problems like pathogens and nutrient-runoff from cattle and dairy farms.”

To put it bluntly, “Cows crap everywhere … (specifically) into watersheds that contaminate oyster habitat,” Grosberg said. But scientists can help “modify watersheds (and) grazing practices. … The vet school and engineering can think about input (nutrients into the cows).”

He continued, “If you want a sustainable ecosystem, it’s not just about the oysters, or just the cows or sheep, but how it’s all interconnected.” And, Grosberg concluded, “Davis is best-positioned to answer these linked questions.”

Starting small
Abalone is getting quite a lot of attention at BML. Kristin Aquilino, who received her Ph.D. in population biology at UCD, knows an unbelievable amount about white abalone.

“The lore is they’re the most tender for eating … you don’t even have to pound them,” she said.

But the species was hit hard in the 1970s by over-fishing. And the way she sees it, “We caused this. We have a responsibility to save them.”

In 2001, marine researchers started with 20 broodstock white abalone to spawn, hoping they could help increase the population. And that year, Aquilino said, 100,000 juveniles were born.

These were “amazing results,” she said. “However, almost all died a year later from withering foot disease, a bacteria related to Rocky Mountain spotted fever.”

Aquilino explained that “between 2003 and 2012 there was no successful reproduction of white abalone in captivity.”

Then, in 2011, BML was given the white abalone captive breeding program.

“Jim Moore is the shellfish health expert of California,” Aquilino said, and he and his colleagues came up with a tracking and recovery plan that involved a bacterial wash to counteract the disease.

Thus in 2012, 20 white abalone were born at BML, jumping to 120 in 2013, and 2,000 in 2014.

“Some of it is luck,” Aquilino admitted, and she and her colleagues still expect a 95- to 99-percent mortality rate. But an immediate goal, she said, is, “How do we increase survival in that first three months after settlement?”

Aquilino removed the lid from a salt-water cylindrical tank and pointed to a large red-shelled abalone. She calls him “the old white man,” as he is the last survivor from the wild, one of the original 20 broodstock. Aquilino said there are about 50 left from the first 100,000 that were born in 2001, and BML has about 15 of those.

“Thankfully, their habitat is intact, but it will be a long time before they are de-listed from the endangered species list, or before they can be harvested commercially,” Aquilino said. She estimates that a few thousand white abalone are left in the wild, but they are too far apart from each other to reproduce.

She also noted that the inbreeding, and resulting lack of genetic diversity, could be a problem.

“All the abalone in captivity are related,” she said. The BML researchers have a request in to the government to get new broodstock from the wild.

Another abalone researcher is Dan Swezey. He is finishing his Ph.D. at UCD, and doing a
post-doc at BML where he is studying red abalone and ocean acidification. Swezey said that “red abalone are really clean, easy to produce, good for food and a symbol of California.”

As an undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara, Swezey took classes in aquaculture, and he is now working with an abalone farm in Santa Barbara to help determine how abalone can withstand more acidic conditions.

The manager of the abalone farm Swezey works with earned his master’s degree at UCD, Swezey said, so he was familiar with BML. “We have experts in ocean acidification” and the farm needs research done, Swezey said, so it was a natural partnership.

“(Regarding) the ocean pH, there are irreversible changes,” Swezey said. By starting research on these smaller creatures, he said, scientists can figure out “what we’re going to do with the bigger things.”

Swezey is at the beginning of his work on how shellfish can be helped to adapt to the ocean’s chemical changes. He’s built a CO2 system where he can increase and decrease the levels over the course of red abalones’ life cycles.

“We are reaching thresholds in the ocean,” Swezey said. “We can’t keep taking seafood and abalone at these numbers.”

Thinking bigger
On a tour with Cherr and Patrick Helbling, the associate director at BML, a now-defunct salmon facility gave a glimpse at the next phase of aquaculture at BML. “It would work with a little maintenance,” Cherr said.

Built in 1991 by the BML crew for a “consortium that didn’t want salmon extinct” — which included the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Game, and private fishermen’s associations — the fresh and salt water tanks could again be used for sustainable aquaculture. Cherr wants “campus faculty or agency folks to use it.”

Side note: A salmon genetics technique was developed at BML whereby one fish scale can be used to identify the watershed the fish is from originally.

Besides commercial farmers, another entity interested in BML’s expertise is UCD’s School of Medicine. Drug discoveries from marine plants are a burgeoning field, and Cherr pointed to several other marine labs being awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health for drug development.

Wineries also are interested, Cherr said, as climate change is causing less fog and more wind. Napa and Sonoma wine-grape growers need to know which grapes to plant in the less-foggy environment that is becoming more common.

Poised to lead
Cherr believes that BML is “poised to be a leader on policy issues.” And with UCD being such a force in agriculture, and its World Food Center expanding, “the World Food Center can be a leader on aquaculture.”

UCD professor John Largier, a faculty member at BML, said that “aquaculture started BML, and it should be returning to that emphasis. Chile and Spain are big in sustainable aquaculture.”

Largier also believes that BML should be setting aquaculture policy, but expressed some disappointment that “the World Food Center hasn’t engaged with the marine lab.”

“The state has now invested in an aquaculture coordinator,” Largier said, indicating that now is the time to act.

During an early-July conversation with Roger Beachy, the founding director of the World Food Center, Beachy gave an overarching description of the center. Although BML wasn’t discussed, his thoughts on the World Food Center’s role could be extended to aquaculture.

“UC Davis is the one campus that wants to bring all their skills and knowledge to bear on important problems, including in the areas of food and nutrition, sustainability, health and things that are related to what we do a lot of in California,” Beachy said.

“All that information, all that knowledge and skill is brought together for a greater societal impact. The university has had tremendous impact on food, and food production, and knowledge about nutrition … how do you make even more out of that? How do you make it even more impactful?”

— Reach Tanya Perez at [email protected] or 530-747-8082. Follow her on Twitter at @EnterpriseTanya

Tanya Perez

UC Davis

Bodega Marine Lab: UCD’s facility is a ‘marine powerhouse’

By August 29, 2015

* Editor’s note: This story is the first in a two-part series about UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Laboratory. Today’s article will look at the history of the facility, how it is being used and by whom. On Sunday, Sept. 20, the focus will be on the lab’s function as a leader in aquaculture, agriculture of aquatic species.

BODEGA BAY — Five deer — two babies, two adolescents and a mother — are grazing on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Below, seals sunbathe next to a tide pool that fills, empties and refills with frothy seawater. A few offshore whitecaps add some contrast to the varying shades of blue that can be seen for miles.

And this is UC Davis.

Gary Cherr, interim director of UCD’s Bodega Marine Lab, admits it’s a pretty fantastic view from his office, where he sees gray whales migrating, blue whales offshore and “orcas this last spring easily within sight of the offices. The last five years, we’ve had humpback whales in the area.”

A UCD professor in the departments of environmental toxicology and nutrition, Cherr has been at BML since 1986, and he is quite knowledgable about the workings of the facility.

But first, back in Davis, Cherr’s colleagues offer some other insights as to why it makes sense for land-locked UCD to operate a state-of-the art marine laboratory in Bodega Bay.

“The Sierra-to-the-sea framework embodies where we are geographically,” professor Rick Grosberg said. “The coastline in California is probably the most important asset we have in the state,” and with UCD being “near the Capitol where all policy is getting done,” it makes perfect sense.

Grosberg, the founding director of UCD’s Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute and a professor of evolutionary biology and ecology, along with newly hired executive director Shauna Oh, met with The Enterprise in Davis to discuss the Bodega Marine Lab, its history and mission.

“UC Davis is and has been a marine powerhouse for some time,” Oh said. However, “Nobody knows it except for people in the know” — scientists and researchers who study oceans and coastlines.

Grosberg echoed this sentiment.

“Scripps’ (referring to the world-famous Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego) domain is the ocean, with lots of infrastructure and effort to explore the blue waters. That’s been their emphasis for many years, though more and more of their researchers are focusing on coastal waters.

“Bodega Marine Lab and CMSI focus on coastal waters and the land-sea interface,” Grosberg continued. “That’s where the lab is situated — literally and figuratively a portal to one of the most productive marine ecosystems on our planet.”

‘More valuable over time’
This portal began in the 1920s when Bodega Head served as a field site for researchers. The laboratory itself was founded in 1960 by UC Berkeley, with construction of the first building — paid for by the National Science Foundation — being completed in 1966. Next year marks BML’s 50th anniversary.

Cherr said “UCD had built the North Wing (the second main building) in the 1970s for aquaculture,” establishing its presence at the facility.

“In 1982 or 1983 it became clear that Berkeley didn’t want the place,” Grosberg said. So UCD acquired BML in 1983 as its marine sciences program had started to grow.

Through collaborative efforts that existed with Berkeley, Cherr said, “Davis already had an investment out here,” so it was a logical direction for the campus.

Suzanne Olyarnik, director of the Bodega Marine Reserve, added more evidence for keeping the facility within the University of California system.

The Bodega Marine Reserve is one of 39 reserves that the University of California runs — “UC has the largest natural reserve system in the world,” Olyarnik explained. Bodega is a reserve as well as a field station, and “all UC reserves are set aside for teaching, research and outreach,” she said.

In the early years of the field station, research was being done at various sites, “and (the scientists) would come back to check and see that the areas had been developed,” Olyarnik said. “They needed protection.”

As manager of the reserve, Olyarnik participates in weekly surveys of the coast and does data collection. She also helps researchers interpret the layers of jurisdiction at the site and figure out permitting.

“Too many research projects are going on here to let people wander around,” she said.

“The terrestrial is used more than the marine area,” Olyarnik continued, explaining that “the area includes coastal prairie, which is rare, as well as bluffs, dunes (and) brackish water marsh.” She’s seen badgers, long-tailed weasels, peregrine falcons and coyotes, and has heard reports of the occasional mountain lion being sighted at the reserve.

Bodega is one of the highest-used reserves in the system, she said, and “It only gets more valuable over time for research and knowledge.” The collaboration of scientists makes data-gathering important to many entities.

For example, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has three weather stations at the lab. Marine researchers can use that data to advance their own work. Climate change and environmental studies are regularly being performed at BML.

Cherr also mentioned that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has two staff members permanently stationed at the labs, and the NSF has been a major funder of projects, including the Bodega Ocean Acidification Research project. Other universities, including UC San Diego and Stanford, use the facility for site-specific research as well.

BML is uniquely situated in a place where there is “significant upwelling,” Cherr said. “It’s one of four places in the world (Bodega Bay, South Africa, Chile and Portugal)” where a steep continental shelf creates a big drop; combined with high winds, the result is cold water rising up.

“Everything bends off to the right, curves offshore,” Cherr explained, which “brings up cold, nutrient-rich water.”

‘Strength of collaboration’
And it brings people like UCD professor John Largier, who specializes in environmental oceanography, and is particularly interested in upwelling near shorelines.

Originally from South Africa, Largier, who is stationed at BML, said his “attraction to UCD was the strong ecology and environmental sciences programs.”

He also “liked the strength of collaboration and interdisciplinary” partnering he found at UCD, which he took advantage of even while at Scripps.

“Scripps had an emphasis on individual accomplishment,” Largier said. Here, he enjoys the established culture of UCD collaboration and the land-grant approach to life, where, he said, there is an attitude of “wanting to make the world a better place.”

“The marine lab is very collaborative,” he continued. “There are open borders” between departments, and “generous interaction with each other.”

Back in Davis, Grosberg praised this collaboration, pointing to the 2013 creation of the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute at UCD.

“UC Davis’s comprehensive expertise (runs) across the full spectrum of relevant environmental sciences and policy, including biological, physical, and social sciences, as well as law and environmental history.

“All of the big problems that we have to solve in our environment will require big, collaborative solutions,” Grosberg continued. “We need to educate our students to cross boundaries, and to have the good sense to recognize when someone in another department is an expert.

“You can’t solve the big environmental challenges by yourself,” Grosberg emphasized.

‘It’s a mini-campus’
One of the main challenges that BML itself faces, Cherr said, is that “It’s in a highly corrosive environment.” And to complicate matters, “It’s very specialized, so you can’t just use a regular construction crew” when there are problems.

Patrick Helbling, the associate director at BML, elaborated.

“We have seven facilities people (but) contractors have to come for specialized jobs,” he said. “Calling in an outside local plumber isn’t going to work well for a very complex life-support seawater system.”

For example, the custom-designed system for seawater involves a series of filters that remove sediments and organisms. Something that seems as simple as cleaning the filter chambers each month is a big job.

“Once per year,” Helbling said, “the main seawater pipes are cleaned at the intake from the ocean with a giant industrialized Roto-Rooter process.”

At the ends of the filters are three major pumps that go to holding tanks that are gravity-fed. And these are electricity-dependent, so backup generators are necessary to keep water pumping in case of a power failure.

“It would be a disaster if all the research was lost without the water pumping,” Cherr said.

Another specialty area is the pool that was built for scientific-diver training. Would-be researchers have to be trained how to scuba dive, so around 1993-94, BML added a dive pool.

This big, fresh-water pool is 18 to 20 feet at its deepest. But the pool also serves another purpose: fire suppression.

“The fire department (will not) use salt water for fire suppression,” Helbling said.” So BML designed the dive pool to valve directly to connectors to the fire suppression system as a back-up should the city’s domestic water line be compromised. This was a better option than having giant holding tanks for fresh water; and the pool can now serve another practical purpose.

Besides specialty systems, “It’s a mini-campus,” Cherr said. All of the buildings, residence halls for students, IT systems, etc., are too far from the main campus to be serviced by UCD facilities staff.

“And the deferred maintenance cost is huge,” Cherr said. The 2008-09 budget crisis caused the BML to have a “lot of catching up to do.”

Kelly Ratliff, senior associate vice chancellor for finance and resource management, concurred.

“Facilities did a full assessment of Bodega Bay in 2011 and found a backlog of deferred maintenance totaling over $4.5 million,” Ratliff said via email. “There is a multi-year plan to get it caught up, but as you can imagine, this will take some time.”

Investment has recently been made in fire sprinklers, alarms and HVAC, Ratliff said.

“This year we look to spend around another $300,000 for several items (emergency generator, distilled water system, concrete roof overhangs, boiler replacement, exhaust fan, seawater holding tanks, multiple fume hoods),” she added.

Ratliff also did a high-level review of BML’s expenditures, explaining “that the total annual expenditures at Bodega is over $5.5M from all sources. For operation and maintenance of the plant, the annual expenses are about $800k with over half for personnel ($480k) and the balance is for supplies, utilities, tools and other.”

Grosberg was pensive as he discussed the budget for BML.

“Research universities at their best are going to have a mix of profit-generators and loss-leaders,” he explained. And he admitted that “At first sight, all field stations look financially challenging to administrators,” in part because “they are standalone places that need their own maintenance staff, their own support staff.”

Both Cherr and Grosberg are hopeful that Chancellor Linda Katehi, Provost Ralph Hexter and Vice Chancellor for Research Harris Lewin — the trio whom Grosberg referred to as “forces of nature” — are invested in the lab.

“They all look beyond UCD for ways to think of transforming the institution, modernizing it in a lot of ways,” Grosberg said.

“Chancellor Katehi came out in her first couple of years,” Cherr said, “and was very positive about it as a UCD facility. She wanted to elevate it to the next level.”

The next level
Part of making the lab more visible, as well as viable, is incorporating it into UCD’s Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, which aims to become a global leader in coastal and marine sciences and policy. And a new undergraduate major — marine and coastal sciences — is now enrolling students who are encouraged to spend time at BML.

CMSI’s associate director, Tessa Hill, helped establish the undergraduate major that will draw from UCD departments such as ecology and evolutionary biology, earth and planetary sciences, environmental science and policy, engineering and veterinary medicine.

Cherr said CMSI will do recruitment on the main campus twice each year, and “three times per year, there’s a freshman seminar where we bring (students) out here and tell them what programs are offered.”

BML also always sends representatives to Picnic Day, to “show off the ‘hidden jewel’ and make the Davis community and students aware,” of what they do.

“People at Picnic Day always are surprised, like somehow Davis couldn’t be involved in marine biology,” Cherr said.

— Reach Tanya Perez at [email protected] or 530-747-8082. Follow her on Twitter at @EnterpriseTanya

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Arboretum volunteers 10/10

By September 03, 2015

The UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is looking for committed volunteers to help with their Fall Arboretum Plant Sales. Volunteers are needed October 10, 24 and November 14 from 8am-2pm. Volunteers will be able to help with Parking, Hospitality, Loading Plants, Plant Counting or Cashering. To sign up contact: Melissa Cruz, Outreach Coordinator, [email protected]

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Coast cleanup day 9/19

By September 03, 2015


13th Annual Coast and Creek Cleanup Day in Yolo County

“Our waterways could use a pick-me-up” is the theme for this year’s annual Coast and Creek Cleanup Day. This is the 13th year for Yolo County groups to participate. It will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2015, 9:00 AM to noon, at various sites in the county. In 2014, more than 300 volunteers participated in Yolo County’s Cleanup Day. This is a great event to involve families in caring for and protecting their local water bodies. It is also an opportunity for students to earn community service hours.
Our local event is part of the California Coastal Commission’s 31st Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer trash cleanup in the world. Volunteers pick up trash and debris that has accumulated on California’s beaches, creeks, and inland shorelines thus providing a cleaner and healthier environment.
Cleanup sites in Yolo County include the Cache Creek Nature Preserve, the City of Davis North Area and West Area ponds, Putah Creek sites near Winters, Putah Creek Fishing Access, West Sacramento at the Barge Canal and Lake Washington, and the Knights Landing Boat Ramp. The cleanup day is being organized and supported by the Cache Creek Conservancy, City of Davis, Putah Creek Council, Putah Creek Trout, River City Rowing Club, Lake Washington Sailing Club, Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District, Yolo County Public Works, and the Delta Protection Commission. Waste Management and Vacaville Sanitary provide support for this event.
Project planners use a “Bring Your Own” philosophy to reduce the environmental impact of the cleanup operation. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a bucket or reusable bag for collecting trash. We recommend bringing a lightweight pair of gardening gloves and a filled, reusable water bottle. If you are unable to provide those items, trash and recycling bags, gloves and water will be available at the cleanup sites. We also recommend that volunteers wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and hats and bring sunscreen. For any special needs, please contact your local coordinator.
Persons interested in participating are encouraged to pre-register at the following:
Cache Creek at www.cachecreekconservancy.org, or for more information contact [email protected] or 530 661-1070,
City of Davis at [email protected] or 530 757-5686,
Putah Creek sites at www.putahcreekcouncil.org or for more information contact [email protected] or 530 219-8144,
West Sacramento Barge Canal at [email protected] ,
West Sacramento Lake Washington at [email protected],
Knights Landing Boat Ramp at [email protected]

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Monticello Cuisine revised oped

By September 03, 2015

It’s been nearly a month since we vacated the premises of our restaurant, Monticello, at 630 G St. Prior to departure, our landlords thwarted efforts to assign our lease by working covertly with someone who made us an offer, but required ten years of financing. Then they initiated an eviction process, claiming rights to everything we own, including our personal property. Even though we agreed to vacate the premises leaving them a dramatically improved space worth well above any amount they claim they are due, we continue to have to protect ourselves via the legal system, as they persist in trying to “take us to the cleaners.”
This euphemism is the perfect segue to the rest of the story, for Lewis Dry Cleaners is where the perpetual environmental, legal, and tenant struggles began in this 60’s era strip mall located in Old North Davis. In the late 90’s, the city of Davis discovered tetrachloroethene (PCE), a dry cleaning chemical had been released behind the cleaners and penetrated the soil entering the groundwater aquifer. In 2002, the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) issued a cleanup and abatement order. By 2005, the City of Davis’ Natural Resources Commission (NRC) reported that according to the RWQC “the owner is in violation of the cleanup and abatement order for the site, and they (the RWQCB) are considering an enforcement action.” A decade later, the landlords employ the legal system to evade their responsibilities to clean up the site while they prey on the few remaining tenants for every penny they can get.
For years, we chalked the landlords’ lack of motivation up to the classic “absentee landlord” definition of a person who owns and rents out a profit-earning property, but do not live within the property’s local economic region. In this case it’s more than one person; however, we recently discovered there’s a local actor in the mix. A relation who inherited an interest in the property is none other than Bryan Turner from across the causeway in West Sacramento.
Turner’s land and commercial property interests extend well beyond his interest in the G Street mall. He heads the West Sacramento Land Co. a family-run company nearly a century old that sold some of their land holdings for the Southport development and built the Southport Town Center on Jefferson Blvd. anchored by the Nugget Grocery Store. Ironically, West Sacramento’s first farm to table restaurant, The Eatery, was also a tenant in Southport Center and closed within three years of opening. The Sacramento Bee reported the couple who owned it fell behind on their $7,000-a-month rent, which they “unsuccessfully tried to renegotiate.”
A little more than one year after investing considerable amounts of our time and money rehabilitating the former Osaka Sushi restaurant, Turner’s West Capitol Avenue property benefited dramatically from millions of dollars in streetscape refurbishments funded by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), West Sacramento redevelopment money, and utilities fees. According to Comstocks Magazine, “Additional local, state and federal funds underwrote more growth across the street from City Hall at West Capitol Avenue and Merkley Street. Los Rios Community College’s $7.8 million extension sprung up, along with the renovated $7.3 million Arthur F. Turner Community Library and a $2 million transit center. Another $10 million went into the West Sacramento Community Center.” Turner was quoted as saying, “Because of the streetscape improvements, Los Rios, the library and all the energy and focus paid to West Capitol Avenue, we had almost a disproportional amount of interest in that property.”
Politicians regularly tout the fact that small businesses are the backbone of America. We know firsthand this hardy group of people work their fingers to the bone, employ local people, stimulate the economy, and increase the value of commercial property. What they don’t talk about are property owners who are bad actors using the legal system to demur their civic responsibilities and further harming small businesses already on the financial edge, while at same receiving boons in the form of tax breaks and taxpayer funded infrastructure.
While this has been a painful process, we are proud of our accomplishments and the fact that we have acted in good faith from beginning to end. In closing, we would like to thank the artists, brewers, customers, employees, farmers, family members, fellow business owners, friends, musicians, winemakers and the Davis Enterprise wine columnist who helped us survive the toxic mall for 4.5 years. While our legal fight with the landlords continues, we are sustained by a community of people who appreciate us and value what we do. Thank you again for your support and “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

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UCD’s hidden treasures

By September 02, 2015

20) Hidden UCD treasures … shop, eat, listen, ride … (Bargain Barn, Meat Lab, KDVS (largest LP collection west of Rockies?) Bike Barn, Shields library map room, , Salad Bowl Garden, Equestrian Center, UC Davis Nap Map. TANYA, with photos

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Press Release

Free Yoga Class

By September 1, 2015

For Release September 3 through 10
Contact Person: Kamala Paul, 530 746 8456, [email protected]

Yoga: Fight stress and find serenity. Try it for free!
Is yoga right for you? It is if you want to fight stress, get fit, stay healthy and put a big smile on your face.
To discover a great way to handle stress join the free class for students new to TriYoga Flows. Take advantage of one of two free yoga classes on September 8 or 10 at 7:30pm. Choose one and bring your mat if you have one. Or borrow one of ours. TriYoga Davis has everything else you need at The Pence Gallery and Holistic Health Center.
Many health care providers are recommending a yoga practice not just for stress reduction but to improve joint flexibility, reduction of risk factors of heart disease, increased lung capacity, improved range of motion and greater balance.
Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia. In addition, according to research team Janice Keicolt and Ronald Glaser, professors of psychiatry, psychology and immunology at Ohio State University, their studies have shown, by measuring biological markers, that expert yoga practitioners had lower inflammatory responses to stress than novice yoga practitioners did; that yoga reduces inflammation in heart failure patients; and that a regular yoga practice can improve crucial levels of glucose and insulin in patients with diabetes..
Still not convinced to try it out? Read what the Mayo Clinic thinks about a regular yoga practice. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/yoga/art-20044733
Kamala Paul and Kendra West-Williams are the certified TriYoga teachers offering these two free classes. Please come to the 7:30 evening classes on Tuesday upstairs at the Pence Gallery, 212 D Street or Thursday at Davis Holistic Health Center, 1403 Fifth St, Davis, adjacent to the gas station at 5th and L.
For more information contact Kamala at 530 746 8456 or at [email protected]


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(WELCOME) We’re No. 1! UCD ranks high in many categories

By September 02, 2015

It’s easy to forget that the school in our own backyard is a major player in the world of education.

From regional to world rankings, UC Davis can claim bragging rights about many of its colleges, departments and programs.

For starters, the highly influential U.S. News & World Report declared UCD’s School of Veterinary Medicine as No. 1 in the nation this year. The School of Veterinary Medicine “annually cares for more than 48,000 animal patients and is educating more than 500 veterinary students plus residents and grad students,” a UCD news release said. “The annual U.S. News graduate program rankings are based on experts’ opinions about program excellence and on statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.”

U.S. News also ranked UCD ninth among public research universities nationwide, and 38th among public and private research universities in its 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” publication.

Also coming in at No. 1, according to QS World University Rankings, is UCD’s teaching and research in agriculture and forestry. QS World University Rankings ranked UCD’s veterinary medicine first in the world, as well.

Sierra Magazine put UCD at No. 2 on its list of “America’s Greenest Schools,” in part because UCD “offers nearly 300 undergraduate classes about sustainability, plus specialized institutes, like the Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory. … Aggies get ample opportunity for field research and have access to professors who regularly deliver game­-changing findings. A third of residence-­hall food comes from sustainable sources, and 70 percent of the produce is organic or comes from within 250 miles (or both).”

Business Insider recently wrote a story titled, “The 20 universities that are most likely to land you a job in Silicon Valley,” and UCD was in the No. 6 spot on that list. According to Business Insider, “Jobvite, a recruiting platform, analyzed 7 million applications and 40,000 hires to determine the schools that had the most students hired by top companies in and around Silicon Valley.”

And another impressive achievement is UCD’s ranking as 10th in the world among universities led by women (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which said of Chancellor Linda Katehi, “Since her appointment, the institution has made progress in hiring more female staff and promoting opportunities for women in the STEM disciplines.”

— Reach Tanya Perez at [email protected] or 530-747-8082. Follow her on Twitter at @EnterpriseTanya

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Empower Yolo 9/25

By September 02, 2015

Hello Debbie,
My name is Camilla Tucker, I do our volunteer coordination for Empower Yolo (formerly the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center). I am so happy to hear you will be publishing about local volunteer needs. The timing is rather perfect as it will run before our Fall Volunteer training.

Our volunteer training is a State Certified 65-hour Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Peer Counselor training. Once volunteers have been training they can work in a great variety of programs, including community outreach and education, child volunteering programs, prevention programs and much more! Applications are due September 25 and are available at www.empoweryolo.org.
Training begins Oct. 6

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Paul Brady on illegal immigrants

By August 28, 2015

Illegal alien immigrants

Thanks to Jessica Vaughan for her OP-Ed [08/02/15], concerning the fact that illegal aliens bring their increased crime and murder rates to sanctuary cities and counties. The companion piece by Raul Reyes asserting that sanctuary cities “make us all safer” is incredible in the light of government data on the high murder and crime rates of illegal aliens.

Sanctuary city and county laws conflict with the nation’s immigration laws, and attract illegal-alien criminals. Federal agencies were not alerted when illegal-alien criminal Lopez-Sanchez was released. Otherwise, Kate Steinle would still be alive! Locally, we had last October the murder of two Sacramento County sheriffs by a twice-deported illegal.

“Illegal Aliens Murder at a Much Higher Rate Than US Citizens Do” quotes a study based on Government Accountability Office data:
GAO-11-187, etc. Illegal aliens murdered almost 6000 citizens per year for the years 2005-2008 – almost 55 per 100,000 illegal aliens – compared to 5.6 per 100,000 for US citizens, almost a factor of 10!

The media confuse legal and illegal-alien crime rates. The Washington Post writes: it is a “common public perception – that crime is correlated with immigration, especially illegal immigration – no solid data support it, and the data that do exist negate it.” How wrong and misleading! The GAO data do support that perception: Illegal aliens make up 3.5% of the population, but commit at least 34% of all murders.

Kate Steinle was not an isolated murder case. The GAO estimated there were almost 24,000 such cases over the 4 years through 2008, after which Obama has refused to release illegal-alien crime data.

As a legal immigrant my criminal record and employment/support were vetted. Citizenship, I recall, took at least 5 more years with a clean criminal record, taking an exam in English, and swearing an Oath of Allegiance. For people to be able to walk across a border and have most citizen’s benefits is crazy. And “anchor babies” eventually open the door for other family members to also receive US citizens’ benefits and eventually citizenship.

Tom Elias, Enterprise, 08/25/15, notes that, at least in California, there are few privileges and rights that legal and illegal aliens can’t enjoy. Illegal aliens can even practice law! Many are not proficient in English, yet can serve on juries and as poll workers. Many do work and pay taxes, but they cost California about three times [$28.3 Billion per year] what they contribute.

Demographers assert that the 40% Hispanic/Latino population in California is mainly responsible for our one-party government, and the decline of California: K-12 education falling to near the nation’s bottom; poverty rates near 25%, the nation’s highest; 1/3 of the nation’s welfare recipients here; high taxes and regulations driving businesses and industry elsewhere; dysfunctional government and government agencies, eg, Caltrans; traffic congestion; roads and infrastructure near the country’s worst; gasoline, income and sales taxes, about the nation’s highest, etc. At least our pleasant coastal climate still brings wealthy folks here from all over the world and nation!

Obama’s violates our immigration laws as part of his political agenda to transform America. He sees all these immigrants as the basis of a one-party, socialist-like nation, a la California. His open-borders policies and Executive-Amnesty order for 4-5 million illegal aliens will incentivize more to come. A court order uncovered his release of 170,000 convicted illegal-alien criminals with crimes of homicide, kidnapping, sexual-assault, etc.!

We need to regulate immigration to where immigrants are crime-free, can pay their way, be assimilated as legal, and eventually become citizens with American beliefs.

Debt and debt-to-GDP have already doubled under Obama. His immigration policies increase Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid/Medical, education, law-enforcement and welfare costs. New costs from Obamacare with its unverified subsidies, student-loan-debt and Dodd-Frank regulations add to the burden. In the EU its huge deficits, debts and entitlement costs have reached crushing levels. This is a likely end-point for America if nothing is done.

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Gone — 9/11 column

By September 02, 2015


The recent death of New Yorker Marcy Borders, who escaped disaster as the World Trade Center towers fell and covered her in dust by the time she reached the sidewalk, brings back stark memories as the 14th anniversary of the September 11 terror attack approaches.

Borders’ iconic photograph captures for many the terror and chaos of that morning. Borders and as many as 4,000 others developed cancers they believed were related to the dust and debris they inhaled as the Twin Towers collapsed.

Borders died of stomach cancer. Her horrifying experience of 9/11, which the dear woman survived, led to another horrifying experience – that of cancer, from which she, and others, could not survive. The death count of 9/11 continues to grow.

Though I was in Washington the morning of the attacks with plans to take the train to New York later that day, I was just blocks away from the White House. If the White House had been attacked, as terrorists planned, I would likely have been among the dead or missing. It is a somber thought as each 9/11 anniversary approaches.

My family and I had a long tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving in New York. Though the Macy’s Parade lost its glamour for me years ago, it was still exciting to see the thrill of others, especially the kids, as the parade passed. Thanksgiving dinner was with friends, at churches or at the Waldorf. In the immediate years after the attack, we ventured to Ground Zero.

For several years after 9/11, there were boards at Ground Zero with photographs of smiling men and women who were missing and telephone numbers to call if one had seen them. I can only imagine the cruel phone calls the surviving and desperate family members must have received.

There were also people holding photographs. They asked strangers if they had seen their missing loved ones. In the bitter November cold, these people stood for hours with their photographs looking for hope and someone who had seen their missing loved ones so they could be happily reunited.

It was a hell of a way to spend Thanksgiving; but for the people I saw, the people who anxiously asked me if I had seen their missing loved ones, it was their only way of celebrating the holiday. They came back daily, asking ever more strangers if, perhaps, they had seen their missing loved ones.

The sad, desperate looks of their faces and the sadder and more desperate sounds of their breaking voices asking me and others about their missing loved ones stays with me as the years pass, like the photograph of dust covered and bewildered Marcy Borders. They are constant reminders of those lost on 9/11 to the senselessness of terrorism and the health problems of those who survived that morning.

For the days, weeks, months, and years that people stood around the Twin Towers site asking endlessly of strangers about their missing loved ones, time stood still.

“Have you seen my husband?”

“Have you seen my wife?”

“Have you seen my boyfriend?”

“Have you seen my girlfriend?”

“Have you seen my son?”

“Have you seen my dad?”

“Have you seen my mom?”

It was difficult for me to look into the eyes of these people. It was impossible for me to say no to their questions. It was impossible for me to shake my head that I had not seen their missing loved ones. I tried not to see them. I tried not to hear them. I tried not to be affected by their loss.   

“I hope I do see your father,” I managed to tell one young woman holding her dad’s color photograph.

The young woman’s father was, like Marcy Borders and thousands of others from that black September morning and the developing, haunting cancers, gone.

It was impossible for me to say it to those desperately hoping to see their missing loved ones again as late as Thanksgiving 2005 at Ground Zero. It remains painful to say it fourteen years later.

About Jim Patterson: Human Rights Advocate Jim Patterson is a writer, speaker, and lifelong diplomat for dignity for all people. In a remarkable life spanning the civil rights movement to today’s human rights struggles, he stands as a voice for the voiceless. A prolific writer, he documents history’s wrongs and the struggle for dignity to provide a roadmap to a more humane future. Learn more at www.HumanRightsIssues.com

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Poverty oped

By September 02, 2015

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Opinion: Let’s Hear Our Next President’s Views on Poverty

By Angela Rachidi

In September of each year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases data from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey. The CPS ASEC is a nationally representative survey of more than 60,000 American households, and among other things, it is used to calculate the official and supplemental poverty rate for the nation.

This year’s release will reflect the 2014 poverty rates and will be the last until right before the presidential election, setting the tone on poverty for the rest of the campaign.

Both the official and supplemental poverty measures have certain strengths and flaws, but each are still important indicators of how well American families are doing and government’s role in helping them.

The official poverty rate primarily relies on market income — income people say they earn through work or Social Security — and measures the ability of families to earn their way out of poverty. The supplemental poverty measure includes non-cash government benefits as income (such as the earned income tax credit and supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits) and highlights the importance of government transfer programs for reducing poverty, especially for children.

With the economy improving, the 2014 poverty rates will likely go down, but not to levels seen before the recession. At no time in the last 50 years has the official poverty rate declined by 2 percentage points in one year, which is what is needed this year to return to pre-recession levels. This provides an opportunity for the presidential candidates to outline their anti-poverty policies.

More than five years into the economic recovery, the rate of families in poverty is still worse than before President Obama took office. Our next president should articulate an approach that will do better.

At the top of any credible agenda should be policies aimed at creating more jobs and providing effective government supports for low-wage work. While it’s true that work alone cannot solve poverty for every family, too many Americans want to work but can’t find full-time employment. A strong economy and work supports for low-income families have proven most effective at reducing poverty.

Take existing safety net programs as an example. Research from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that refundable tax credits for low-income working families such as the earned income tax credit reduced the poverty rate by 2.9 percentage points and lifted more than 9 million people out of poverty in 2013. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program lifted more than 5 million people out of poverty and reduced the poverty rate by almost 2 points that same year.

And an analysis by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in 2010 found that the government’s social safety net reduced child poverty by almost 7 percentage points once underreporting was factored in, and deep child poverty was almost non-existent at less than 3 percent in 2010 once these benefits were included.

Unfortunately, the stickiness of the official poverty measure shows that the ability of families to earn their own way out of poverty has become increasingly hard. And the extent to which government might hold people back deserves a serious look. But even though the safety net in the United States may be more expensive than is necessary, and might foster dependency on government for some, it has an important poverty-reducing role for many.

Presidential candidates on both sides should make their views clear on these issues, as well as what government can and can’t do to help families in poverty. With more than 45 million Americans in poverty, we need a president to make poverty reduction a priority.

Angela Rachidi is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. She wrote this for InsideSources.com.

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Welcome to Davis

Citrus Circuits: The path to world champions

By September 01, 2015

For six straight years, beginning in 2005, the Citrus Circuits high school robotics team entered the regional FIRST Robotics Competition. And for six straight years, they failed to make it out of the quarterfinals, their robots always beaten by those from well-funded teams with sponsors like NASA and Lockheed, Chevron and Google.

But they never gave up, these Davis high school and junior high students and their dedicated coach, Davis High teacher Steve Harvey.

They kept scraping together whatever funds they could, helped by some local sponsors like Schilling Robotics. And each year they put their collective hearts, minds and souls into building another robot and returning to the annual competition, which was started in 1989 as a way to engage high school students in the fields of science and engineering.

Each year, the competition focuses on a different game for the robots to play: soccer or basketball or frisbee or something entirely new invented just for the robots.

Every team around the world is provided with identical kits containing everything from small motors to chassis, transmissions to software packages, which teams can supplement with additional materials of their own. The end result is that no two robots look — or behave — alike.

Teams have six weeks to build their robots before entering regional competitions with the goal of qualifying for the world championships.

The Davis students would feverishly build their robot, putting in many late nights and weekends, making the most of what they had. But come competition day, time and again, they struggled to measure up.

“It was frustrating for us,” Harvey has said of the team’s lack of success up until 2011. “Every year we’d see all these really good teams with major sponsors win, and I’d wonder, ‘Will we ever be that good?'”

Well, they got their answer that year, because 2011 was the year that Davis burst onto the FIRST Robotics scene, beating more than 50 other teams from California and beyond in a regional competition at UC Davis.

They went on to compete at the world championships in St. Louis, Mo., that year and have never looked back — making it to the final four in 2013, coming within a single match of winning it all in 2014, and finally winning the crown of world champions in 2015.

Many things have changed since 2011. The team now has a generous roster of sponsors, including UC Davis, FMC Technologies, DMG MORI and NASA, as well as the Davis Joint Unified School District and the Blue & White Foundation. And the team now works out of a large, well-appointed robotics shop at Davis High School, instead of storing supplies in a tool shed as they did in the early days.

But other things remain the same: Harvey still coaches the team; alumni and parents still serve as mentors; students from both Davis High School and Da Vinci Charter Academy participate, as do ninth-graders from Emerson, Holmes, Harper and Da Vinci junior high schools. And year after year, team members are recognized for their sportsmanship and mentoring.

Last year, the team helped create, supply and mentor a team made up of Woodland high school students. And time and time again they’ve come to the rescue of opponents during competitions, supplying a needed part or some technical expertise.

But it’s not a big deal, team members have said. FIRST Robotics is as much about collaboration as it is competition.

And the popularity of the program in Davis isn’t likely to wane any time soon.

Two years ago, Citrus Circuits mentored a single team of elementary-school age children in a FIRST LEGO league. Last year, there were eight FIRST LEGO League teams operating in Davis at multiple school sites. This year the goal was 20 local teams.


Because all those kids will bring that passion for and experience with robotics to high school, where Citrus Circuits will be waiting to welcome them with open arms. And the bigger Citrus Circuits gets, the more outreach the team can do — including creating more high school teams like the one in Woodland.
It’s all about raising the level of competition locally.

So while Citrus Circuits may have reached the pinnacle of high school robotics competition in 2015 and brought the title of world champions back to Davis, well, that may just be the beginning.

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

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

By August 31, 2015

Bruce Gallaudet


Transparency and prudence needed in AIM policy

By September 01, 2015

As the School Board returns to the complex subject of gifted education later this month, it should do so with the principles of transparency and prudence in mind.

The AIM program matters to many in the community, yet was hardly a centerpiece of the 2014 election. Accordingly, transparency is essential in addressing the subject. Board members should clearly articulate their goals with respect to AIM policy, as well as coherent and reasoned rationales for their policy preferences.

The June 4 motion and subsequent dismissal of AIM director Deanne Quinn suggest that a majority of the Board favors shrinking, if not eliminating, the self-contained AIM program in favor of differentiated instruction. The Board should pause before taking such a drastic step, however. Differentiated instruction may sound like a panacea — ideally, each classroom should meet the needs of children of varying abilities and gifts. But the reality is likely to be quite different. Successful differentiated instruction requires not only special training for instructors, but also lower student-teacher ratios, multi-layered curricula, frequent individualized assessments, and other additional resources. It is not obvious that the school district would be willing or able to provide these resources.

Even if the Board moves forward with differentiated instruction, the Board should consider testing the approach out before adopting it system-wide. Meanwhile, self-contained AIM can and should remain an option—and not just for “students whose needs cannot be met” in regular classrooms. The current AIM program is not perfect, but it enables the flourishing of children who are not challenged or engaged by the regular classroom environment, or who suffer emotionally or socially because of their giftedness.

Albert Lin


Letters to the Editor


Monticello Seasonal Cuisine oped

By September 01, 2015

It’s been nearly a month since we vacated the premises of our restaurant, Monticello, at 630 G St. Prior to departure, our landlords thwarted efforts to assign our lease by working covertly with someone who made us an offer, but required ten years of financing. Then they initiated an eviction process, claiming rights to everything we own, including our personal property. Even though we agreed to vacate the premises leaving them a dramatically improved space worth well above any amount they claim they are due, we continue to have to protect ourselves via the legal system, as they persist in trying to “take us to the cleaners.”
This euphemism is the perfect segue to the rest of the story, for Lewis Dry Cleaners is where the perpetual environmental, legal, and tenant struggles began in this 60’s era strip mall located in Old North Davis. In the late 90’s, the city of Davis discovered tetrachloroethene (PCE), a dry cleaning chemical had been released behind the cleaners and penetrated the soil entering the groundwater aquifer. In 2002, the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) issued a cleanup and abatement order. By 2005, the City of Davis’ Natural Resources Commission (NRC) reported that according to the RWQC “the owner is in violation of the cleanup and abatement order for the site, and they (the RWQCB) are considering an enforcement action.” A decade later, the landlords employ the legal system to evade their responsibilities to clean up the site while they prey on the few remaining tenants for every penny they can get.
For years, we chalked the landlords’ lack of motivation up to the classic “absentee landlord” definition of a person who owns and rents out a profit-earning property, but do not live within the property’s local economic region. In this case it’s more than one person; however, we recently discovered there’s a local actor in the mix. A relation who inherited an interest in the property is none other than Bryan Turner from across the causeway in West Sacramento and we’ve heard he’s like a pit bull on the loose.
Turner’s land and commercial property interests extend well beyond his interest in the G Street mall. He heads the West Sacramento Land Co. a family-run company nearly a century old that sold some of their land holdings for the Southport development and built the Southport Town Center on Jefferson Blvd. anchored by the Nugget Grocery Store. Ironically, West Sacramento’s first farm to table restaurant, The Eatery, was also a tenant in Southport Center and closed within three years of opening. The Sacramento Bee reported the couple who owned it fell behind on their $7,000-a-month rent, which they “unsuccessfully tried to renegotiate.”
A little more than one year after investing considerable amounts of our time and money rehabilitating the former Osaka Sushi restaurant, Turner’s West Capitol Avenue property benefited dramatically from millions of dollars in streetscape refurbishments funded by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), West Sacramento redevelopment money, and utilities fees. According to Comstocks Magazine, “Additional local, state and federal funds underwrote more growth across the street from City Hall at West Capitol Avenue and Merkley Street. Los Rios Community College’s $7.8 million extension sprung up, along with the renovated $7.3 million Arthur F. Turner Community Library and a $2 million transit center. Another $10 million went into the West Sacramento Community Center.” Turner was quoted as saying, “Because of the streetscape improvements, Los Rios, the library and all the energy and focus paid to West Capitol Avenue, we had almost a disproportional amount of interest in that property.”
Politicians regularly tout the fact that small businesses are the backbone of America. We know firsthand this hardy group of people work their fingers to the bone, employ local people, stimulate the economy, and increase the value of commercial property. We’re also painfully aware that property owners of Bryn Turners’ ilk get away with refusing to put their own money on the table, outside of hiring attorneys to demur their civic responsibilities and bleed tenants already on the financial edge, while at same receiving boons in the form of tax breaks and taxpayer funded infrastructure benefitting their enterprises. In addition, rumor has it Turner could be making a play to drive the value of the mall down so he can buy out the other partners and redevelop the G Street mall himself. In a classic bad actor move, he will only invest his own money when there’s reduced risk of the payoff being spread amongst others.
While this has been a painful process, we are proud of our accomplishments and the fact that we have acted in good faith from beginning to end. In closing, we would like to thank the artists, brewers, customers, employees, farmers, family members, fellow business owners, friends, musicians, winemakers and the Davis Enterprise wine columnist who helped us survive the toxic mall for 4.5 years. While our legal fight with the landlords continues, we are sustained by a community of people who appreciate us and value what we do. Thank you again for your support and “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Special to The Enterprise

By August 31, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis



By September 01, 2015

The article by Ann Ternus-Bellamy about the “Adopt a Social Worker” program was beautifully written and thoughtfully prepared. I hope all the social workers and all the members of the” Adopt a Social Worker” groups feel deeply appreciated for their caring work. Just for clarification I want to mention that Congregation Bet Haverim is a Jewish congregation, not a church, as it is referred to in the story. Most people don’t see that as a difference, but Jews do not think of their places of worship as churches, but rather as synagogues or temples. In sum, this article captured the essence of the program, and we were thrilled to see it in your paper on the front page above the fold on a Sunday. Thank you to your excellent staff.

Joan Sublett


Letters to the Editor


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Artwork by Zsofia Penzvalto will be on exhibit at The Paint Chip, 217 F St. Courtesy photo



Hardwater, from left — John Swann, vocals and guitar; Mark Morse, drums; Brenden Tull, bass; and Richard Day, guitar and harmonica — will bring pop, rock, folk and blues to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday. Courtesy photo


Special Editions

Bob Dunning:

By September 01, 2015

Given that our family of seven, including five young children, moved to Davis decades ago so dad could go back to college at the age of 40, I suppose it’s appropriate I’ve been assigned the task of presenting Davis’ colorful history in all its glory and occasional goofiness.
After all, most of my colleagues at this esteemed gazette were not yet born when we arrived here on my 5th birthday, just in time for me to start my long and rocky educational journey as a kindergartner in Miss Decker’s classroom at Central Davis School.
Speaking of history, once that school closed at Third and B streets, there was much discussion about what to do with the vacant lot it became, but ultimately it was decided to extend Central Park into the school site and add a now-world-famous Farmers Market on the site where my brother and sisters and I used to learn our reading and writing and arithmetic.
Of course, the decisive turning point in Davis history came about long before our family boarded a Greyhound Bus in Portland for the long trip to Yolo County and Dad’s studies at UC Davis.
Renowned Davis historian John Lofland writes in his excellent “Davis — Radical Changes, Deep Constants,” that “On March 18, 1905, Governor George Pardee signed a bill authorizing the siting and development of a University of California ‘State Farm.’ Its main purposes were to be research, education, and public service on agricultural practices suited to California conditions.”
Lofland further writes: “A considerable program in agriculture already existed at Berkeley, then the only UC campus. However, agricultural research there was inherently limited by the foggy, damp, cool climate. Most California agricultural conditions were much hotter and harsher. Therefore, a more representative location was needed.

“As we have seen, the Davisville area fit this bill. Davisville elites and friendly outsiders had long grasped this fit, and they had begun to organize to get the farm for Davisville, or at least for Yolo County. Unfortunately, people at 76 other locations spread over 13 counties had the same idea, but Davisville (aka George Washington Pierce) won through.
“This winning was a catalytic event that restarted Davisville. Soon, there was an array of new 1) organizations, 2) physical structures, 3) ideas and activities, and 4) problems.”
Despite all this wonderful and significant history, a short while ago I was at a gathering in a distant state, when it became known that I was from Davis, California. That’s when I was approached by a complete stranger who said, “I know about Davis. That’s the town that’s famous for its toad tunnel.”
First I was stunned, then slightly offended, and finally, completely amused.
What, we’re not famous for our world-class university that educates students from all around the globe? We’re not famous for the aforementioned Farmers Market that attracts visitors from near and far? We’re not famous for UC Davis’ stellar athletic program that puts true meaning back in that overworked phrase “student-athlete”?
We’re not famous for that innovative housing development known as Village Homes? We’re not famous for Picnic Day? We’re not famous for developing the revolutionary tomato harvester? We’re not famous for being Bicycle City USA, with more bicycles than cars?
We’re not famous for preserving potholes by refusing to pave our historic downtown alleys? We’re not famous for trying to be a carbon-neutral city before the rest of the world? We’re not famous for first-round NFL draft choice Ken O’Brien? We’re not famous for Hall of Fame football coach Jim Sochor?
We’re not famous for having the best Arboretum on any college campus in America? We’re not famous for getting to vote on any project that proposes to convert even one square inch of agricultural land to housing? We’re not famous, well, just for being famous?
Can you now see why we’re known as the City of All Things Right and Relevant?
Truth be told, UC Davis isn’t in the Davis city limits at all, but we’re claiming it anyway. Davis and UC Davis fit together like cake and ice cream. They belong together. Without the university, Davis would be just another cow town. With UC Davis, we’re a town with cows. Even famous “fistulated” cows.
On the flip side of all this fame, we also have things some would call “infamous,” including that January night little more than 20 years ago when the Davis police cited a young woman for “audible snoring,” making her the first person in world history to commit a crime while fully asleep. It probably also was the first misdemeanor to make the national news.
But, rightly or wrongly, it’s the toad tunnel, now shown the proper respect by being capitalized as the Toad Tunnel, that many outsiders believe defines Davis history. Or at least modern Davis history.
Much of the free world first became aware of the Toad Tunnel when Stephen Colbert, then a reporter for “The Daily Show,” came to Davis and did a hilarious piece showcasing our town’s love for slimy amphibians, not to mention the fact there was no evidence that any self-respecting toad had ever actually used the Toad Tunnel.
Colbert’s piece pretty much sealed the deal as far as Davis’ place in world history goes, and it clearly vaulted his own career toward the lofty and well-deserved perch he now enjoys. It would be well for him to remember, though, that he owes much to our humble town.
When we’re talking about long, long-ago history, you should know that Davis used to be known as Davisville, but it apparently was famous in 1870 when The Davisville Advertiser reported that “Davisville is admitted by all to be the very Eden of California; to be the finest wheat growing, wine producing, stock raising portion of the state.” (Again, from John Lofland’s definitive “Davis — Radical Changes, Deep Constants.”)
To many of us, Davis remains that “very Eden of California,” as this wonderful and sometimes quirky town continues to make new history every day.

— Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected]

Bob Dunning

By August 31, 2015

Rich Rifkin

Local News

Valero CBR Project Revised Draft EIR Released August 31

By September 01, 2015


For immediate release: For further information contact
August 31, 2015 Amy Million, Principal Planner, at (707) 746-4280.

The City of Benicia has released the Revised Draft Environmental Impact Report (RDEIR) for the proposed Valero Crude by Rail (CBR) Project. The RDEIR may be reviewed at the Benicia Public Library, 150 East L Street, City Hall in the Community Development Department, 250 East L Street, or on-line at the City of Benicia website: www.ci.benicia.ca.us.

The proposed project would allow the Benicia Valero Refinery located at 3400 East Second Street (Refinery) to receive a portion of its crude by rail. The Refinery currently receives crudes by ship and pipeline. The project involves the installation of a new railcar unloading rack, rail track spurs, pumps, pipeline, and associated infrastructure at the Refinery. The crudes would originate at sites in North America. Union Pacific Railroad would transport the crudes in railcars using existing rail lines to Roseville, California, and from there to the Refinery. Valero intends to replace up to 70,000 barrels per day of the crude oil currently supplied to the Refinery by marine vessel with an equivalent amount of crude oil transported by railcars. The crude oil to be transported by railcars is expected to be of similar quality compared to existing crude oil imported by marine vessels. Crude delivered by rail would not displace crude delivered to the Refinery by pipeline.

A Draft EIR (DEIR) was issued for the project on June 17, 2014. In response to requests made in comments on the DEIR, the City is issuing this RDEIR to consider potential impacts that could occur uprail of Roseville, California (i.e., between a crude oil train’s point of origin and the California State border, and from the border to Roseville) and to supplement the DEIR’s evaluation of the potential consequences of upsets or accidents involving crude oil trains based on new information that has become available since the DEIR was published. In order to allow the public and interested agencies the opportunity to review this information, the City has elected to recirculate certain portions of the DEIR.

The City of Benicia Planning Commission will hold a formal public hearing to receive comments on the RDEIR on September 29, 2015. In anticipation of the number of speakers, additional Planning Commission meetings to receive comments on the RDEIR are scheduled for September 30, October 1, and October 8, 2015. These additional meetings will only be held as necessary to hear public comment. All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Benicia City Hall, located at 250 East L Street, Benicia, CA 94510. There will be no action on the project at these meetings. The City encourages interested persons to attend and provide oral comments on the RDEIR to the Commission.

Comments on the RDEIR may be provided at the public hearing, or may be submitted in writing, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

For further information about the RDEIR and the public hearing, interested persons are invited to contact Amy Million, Principal Planner, at (707) 746-4280.


Dave Ryan

By August 31, 2015

Linda DuBois


elias 9/18: Anti-vaxxers threaten freedoms of others

By September 01, 2015



Imagine a California where polio becomes a threat to children’s health as it was before the 1950s, when first the Salk vaccine and later the even more effective Sabin formula threw this dreaded and crippling disease and all its iron lungs into dormancy.

Or a California where dozens of kids die every year from pertussis, better known as whooping cough for the gasping whoop children often make after their deep coughing. And more, like measles, mumps and rubella, to name a few.

This was the threat that faced California after Gov. Jerry Brown in 2012 attached a one-sentence signing message to a law that aimed to make it tougher for parents to evade getting their kids vaccinated.

Now a proposed referendum being circulated by anti-vaccination activists threatens to thrust the state back into those Dark Ages-style dangers.

Brown’s short message in 2012 called on state health officials to provide a religious exemption on a form allowing parents to opt out of vaccinations and still register them for public or private schools.

Checking the religious belief box allowed parents to claim their deep theological beliefs precluded vaccinations. Many with little religious belief lied when they took the checkoff. They either believed the widespread shibboleth that vaccinations are harmful or they were just plain lazy.

Within less than three years, there followed outbreaks of both measles and pertussis. There is no proven link between these bursts of previously inactive diseases to Brown’s personal belief box, found a Johns Hopkins University study of a 2010 pertussis epidemic in California. But the report showed a link between the location of cases and the areas where parents most actively sought previous, harder-to-get, religious exemptions.

Of course, no organized religion then or now, aside from the Black Muslim Nation of Islam, has opposed vaccination. The great preponderance of vaccination exemptions have come in wealthy coastal counties with virtually no Nation of Islam presence. So parents claiming a religious belief exemption must either have lied or possess a private religion.

All this caused Brown to reverse himself this year and okay a law allowing vaccination exemptions only for medical reasons. This law, effective with the start of the next school year, still doesn’t demand all children be vaccinated before kindergarten and seventh grade; parents can home school their kids if they don’t want them vaccinated.

The current referendum effort aims to put a measure on the November 2016 ballot and reverse the new law. Only two modern-era referenda have succeeded: one in 1982 cancelling government approval of a “peripheral canal” project to bring Northern California river water to the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California, and one last year reversing state approval of an off-reservation Indian casino.

It’s telling that religion has barely been mentioned in public meetings around the state pushing the anti-vaxxers’ referendum. Most speakers describe the vaccination mandate as a “fundamental human rights issue.” As an example, they argued in one San Diego County meeting this summer that “the state wants to get between a parent and a child.”

The anti-vaxxers want to be free to leave their kids unprotected from potentially deadly diseases whose viral or bacterial causes are still present in the environment. They claim, for instance, that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is linked to increased autism rates. This myth, originally published in a medical journal, was debunked long ago and later denounced by the authors of the flawed British study, who admit their research was faulty. But it persists, even getting a full airing on the syndicated talk show of former CBS News anchorwoman Katie Couric, who later apologized for that.

Essentially, parents who want to be free to keep their children unvaccinated and at risk for dangerous diseases would deny the freedom of other children with medical reasons that preclude vaccination to attend schools or enjoy theme parks and other public areas for fear of picking up disease from unvaccinated peers. It’s clear the belief of some parents in a discredited theory should not take precedence over the freedoms of other kids to live without fear of preventable diseases.

But this conflict will never be voiced by anti-vaxxers who formerly could take the religious exemption even when they had no religion.

Which makes it clear responsible Californians should refuse to sign the current referendum petitions when accosted outside supermarkets and big box stores by carriers being paid up to $9 for each signature they gather.

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 August 31, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

By August 31, 2015

Linda DuBois


Iran Deal Myths

By September 01, 2015

There have been a few letters to the editor here in Davis that have spread the already debunked myth that Iran will monitor itself for the duration of the nuclear arms deal. The source of this myth was sloppy reporting originally by the Associate Press and picked up by NBC news, then gleefully spread further by infotainment outlets like Fox News and admittedly right wing publisher Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal. The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has issued a statement directly refuting the notion that Iran would police itself or that there is a secret “side deal” between the IAEA and Iran. The IAEA has hundreds of agreements with IAEA member states all around the globe, all of which are confidential according to the law creating the IAEA. The agreement with Iran follows the same protocol: nothing more, nothing less. You can read about this in depth on the IAEA website at www.iaea.org.

It is worth remembering that this deal was not a unilateral product of President Barack Obama. The nuclear deal was reached between the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council—China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US—plus Germany), the EU and Iran. All of these negotiating entities did not attend and participate in the negotiations as potted plants. Failure to ratify and support this deal will leave the U.S. isolated and will do nothing to reduce nuclear proliferation in Iran or anywhere else.

I thank Congressman John Garamendi for taking a solid and adult position recognizing this is indeed a good agreement and a much preferred step toward lessening the danger of even greater war and destruction throughout the Middle East.

Dave Hart


Letters to the Editor


elias 9/15: Federal regulators look as bad as state PUC

By September 01, 2015



For many years before formal investigations by both state and federal authorities began, it was clear the California Public Utilities Commission consistently favored big utility companies over consumers at every opportunity.

But until a court order produced tens of thousands of emails between utility commissioners and executives of the companies they regulate, no one could prove either the cronyism that has long existed or the mechanism by which it operated.

Now it is gradually becoming clear that national agencies like the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) also consistently favor big utilities over the citizens the commissions are sworn to protect.

Example A involves the now-closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, often known as SONGS. When that plant first lost power on Sept. 8, 2011, several months before it formally closed, the outage caused a blackout over an area as big as northern Europe, covering much of Southern California and northern Mexico. FERC’s initial investigation blamed a single bungling utility worker in Arizona, letting Southern California Edison Co., the plant’s operator, off the hook.

FERC’s investigation did not freeze Edison’s internal emails, allowing the utility to destroy them. Edison in effect admitted this in a Sept. 16, 2011 letter to FERC just unearthed by the San Diego law firm of Aguirre & Severson.

Said the letter, “It should be noted…that certain electronic documents related to the outages, particularly electronic mail, may have been deleted…prior to the receipt of your Sept. 12 letter (demanding those emails).”

In short, said ratepayer attorney Maria Severson, “Edison destroyed evidence…within days after the blackout … Evidence shows that FERC did nothing to stop them.”

Of course, neither FERC nor the NRC has done anything to penalize Edison for destroying evidence, and the NRC also has done nothing to sanction Edison for its big-money purchase of new steam generators for SONGS despite the fact executives knew in advance they were faulty.

Edison is now trying to get almost $1 billion back from Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for that misdeed, but even if it gets all it’s after, customers will still be stuck with the lion’s share of the costs for decommissioning SONGS, unless the PUC does a sudden about-face and cancels a 2014 settlement with Edison. The corruption of that settlement has been well documented through emails proving the outline was agreed upon in private meetings between former PUC President Michael Peevey and Edison executives during a junket to Warsaw, Poland, the year before.

The bottom line on SONGS is that only luck spared California the same sort of radiation exposure endured by Japan in the Fukushima disaster that hit about a year before SONGS closed.

But federal negligence in protecting Californians goes beyond San Onofre. There’s also the NRC’s handling of potential danger from major earthquakes at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo owned by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. In a meeting last spring, the NRC allowed PG&E to continue a $64 million study of earthquake dangers to Diablo Canyon, saying it knows no reason to shut down or limit operations at the plant.

The PG&E report, for which the company now wants consumers to pay, has been called a “scientific fraud” by area activists and allied engineers, including former Republican state Sen. Sam Blakeslee.

Said David Jay Weisman, head of the San Luis Obispo-based Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility, “The NRC seems to always accept anything PG&E tells them.” PG&E is far from unique in its favorable treatment from that commission. The NRC has never denied a license request for an atomic power plant from any utility.

“The NRC is a rubber stamp for the utilities,” Weisman said. In fact, the commission has “accepted” PG&E’s seismic study, but also gave itself 18 months to examine the report and then issue a final ruling on Diablo Canyon’s earthquake safety.

All of which means that anyone unhappy with the pattern of utility favoritism at the PUC can expect little or no comfort and support from any federal commission.

The patterns of behavior by FERC and the NRC are similar enough to what the PUC did for decades without any legal challenge that these two agencies also should get careful and constant observation to ensure against continued outright favoritism of the big utilities.

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

Tom Elias

By August 31, 2015

Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis


Master Gardener training 10/30

By September 01, 2015

Do you want to become a Master Gardener? A new training class starts January 7, 2016, in Woodland. The cost is $150.00 which includes all of the training, lectures, books and other materials. Class is held every Thursday from 9:00 am. to 1:00 pm. This training is through the UC Cooperative Extension, and the location of the classes will vary from the UCCE building in Woodland to the ANR building in Davis. To obtain an application form contact the UC Cooperative office in Woodland at 530-666-8143, or email Jennifer Baumbach at [email protected]
Applications must be submitted by October 30, 2015 at 5 pm. More details about the length of the training and the interview process for applicants will be provided with the application form.

Enterprise staff


Winters history volunteers

By September 01, 2015

The Winters Participation gallery is a gallery without walls that supports emerging artists. We are looking for mural artists who might be willing to start by volunteering and then going out for funding for an historical mural of Winters history. It will be a project involving high school students and has been in conceptual form for a year. It has the backing or the Winters History Project and the Yolo County Historical Society. Contact Valerie Whitworth at valerie [email protected] or 530 795-2009/309-8586

Enterprise staff


Volunteers needed at Woodland Library

By September 01, 2015

Volunteers are being sought to fix books at the Woodland Public Library, 250 First St. Needed are people who can work four times a month on Thursdays, 10-2. Some of the skills and qualities required for book repair are excellent small motor coordination, neatness, patience and attention to detail. Training is on the job, but it takes time for proficiency and we would like a commitment of 6 months. For more information, go to
and email Marcia Cary at [email protected]

Enterprise staff

Local News

Slow Food 9/11

By September 01, 2015

Slow Food Yolo Celebrating the 2015 Harvest Season:

Slow Food is a global grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and environment. For more information, please refer to our website: http://www.slowfoodyolo.com/…….Slow Food Yolo is winding down the harvest season with a buzz. We are celebrating the end of the season with three upcoming events….. “Come Get Your Buzz On”…. “Young Farmers Young Chefs” and…. “Hoes Down Harvest Festival at Full Belly Farms”. If additional information is needed about these events, call 530-753-2647.

“Come Get Your Buzz On”. This event will entertain and awe all who attend. Join us as we tour the Henry Bullfrog Bees Farm in Winters, CA on Friday, September 11th from 5-7pm. Come see how honey is extracted at the farm. Doneice of Henry Bullfrog Bees Farm will be leading the tour of the newly built storage facility and providing us with insights into the extraction process. The tour will culminate with a sweet gift from the bees. Upon arrival at the farm we will enjoy a pairing of wonderful wine and tantalizing cheese treats from Turkovich Winery. Only 30 reservations are available. Purchase your tickets early for $20/ticket at Brown Paper Tickets; Kids 10 and under free.

“Young Farmers, Young Chefs”. This farming series continues with Say Hay Farms in Esparto on Saturday, September 26th from 3-7pm. You and your family will be treated to a farm tour led by Chris Hay himself. At the end of the tour, everyone will dine in the barn served with freshly sourced ingredients from the farm. Our feature chef will be Dylan Legacke-Walker, chef at Preserve Public House in Winters. Since Slow Food Yolo advocates zero waste, please bring your own dishware, utensils and cloth napkins. Bring your beverage of choice to consume or share. For your comfort, please wear proper attire for walking on the farm. Closed toe shoes are highly recommended. Tickets are available for purchase on Brown Paper Tickets. Price is $32/ticket; Kids 10 and under free.

“Hoes Down Harvest Festival”. This is the 28th year for this farming event that is held in the beautiful Capay Valley. It is held the weekend of Saturday, October 3rd. The Hoes Down Festival is an all-day celebration of life on the farm. Several events are in store for children, farm tours, musical groups, and several craft workshops for everyone. For more information on all the activities, visit www.hoesdown.org On this opening day, Slow Food Yolo is a participant in this annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival from 4-5:30pm. Follow the signs that leads to the Straw Bale House to enjoy a shaded gathering with other wine tasters. In keeping with the theme of young chefs over the past year for farm visits, two aspiring guest chefs will provide tasty appetizers for the wine pairing. Tickets will be available on Brown Paper Tickets for $10 in advance of the festival or $15 on event day.

Submitted by:
Alicera Vaewsorn [email protected]
Dorothy Peterson [email protected]

Special to The Enterprise

By August 31, 2015

Debbie Davis

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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
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Fred Gladdis

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Debbie Davis

Debbie Davis

State government

Wolk backs DHS students’ drone proposal

By August 29, 2015

SACRAMENTO — On a unanimous, bipartisan vote this week the Senate Judicial Committee approved a resolution proposed by Davis Senior High School students on the use of drones to increase water-use efficiency in agriculture. Senate Joint Resolution 18, authored by Senator Lois Wolk, D-Davis, will be heard by the full State Senate.

SJR 18 urges the Federal Aviation Administration to adopt emergency regulations that would allow the use of drones by farmers and ranchers in order to facilitate water use efficiency in response to California’s ongoing drought. The idea behind the resolution was brought to Wolk’s office by a group of Davis Senior High students who are participating in The Great California Drone Debate, a NASA-funded project for high school students to raise awareness and discussion of drones. 

“This was a really fantastic opportunity,” said Davis Senior High student Andrés de Loera-Brust, who testified at the hearing in support of the resolution along with fellow student Varun Kota. “It was incredible to be able to apply skills I’ve learned in academic and competitive environments and apply them to the real world. It was really empowering to be able to go and speak on an issue that I’d worked on and learn about. I felt like my voice actually mattered and it’s definitely made me more interested in potentially pursuing a life in policy.”

“This is an excellent idea,” Wolk said. “Drone use would provide vital information needed to help farmers and ranchers reduce their water use at a time when every drop of water savings is critical. I commend these students’ work on this project, which could provide another tool to facilitate water use efficiency during this historic drought.”

Studies have shown that farmers can reduce the amount of water, fertilizer and pesticide needed by their fields by utilizing data from high-resolution, high-quality remotely sensed imagery. This information can be collected by small unmanned aircraft. However, farmers are not currently permitted to use these small aircraft because the FAA has not adopted regulations that allow the use these aircraft for agricultural operations.

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Child Care Services

By August 29, 2015

As former employees of the City of Davis, Child Care Services we were sad and disappointed that the city decided to relinquish the grants for a program that provided valuable services to parents and child care providers. We spent many years working for the program prior to our retirements and personally experienced the growth and impact of the services.

Initially, when the program began it serviced only the Davis area and funding was very limited. The city provided funding and in-kind contributions to the program. Eventually the funding increased and the program sustained itself. All program expenses; including rent, staff salaries and employee benefits were deducted from the grant funding. In the mid-90’s the program expanded to serve all of Yolo County.

Through the years, Child Care Services provided child care referrals for parents, workshops for child care providers, lending libraries for books and toys, conferences on child care issues and child care subsidies for low-income families. Staff and then council member Debbie Nichols Poulos helped establish the Child Care Commission under the leadership of Marty West. The Commission and staff advocated and were able to assist in setting up after-school programs at all elementary school sites. They also promoted maternity leave as an employee benefit. With the implementation of the Cal-Works Program, staff worked with the county to set up this new program. Over the years staff applied for and received many grants from the state and federal government, the county, First Five and numerous other organizations to enhance the services provided for families and child care providers in the county.

With the relinquishment of all the grants, a number of long-term staff lost their jobs and because we knew them all, it makes the end of the program especially painful. To all the staff, contractors and administrators who made up Child Care Services; thank you for your dedication.

We hope that the new programs now serving Yolo County will continue to provide quality services to City of Davis families and child care providers.

Laura Ivans
Elaine Matsumoto


Letters to the Editor

By August 28, 2015

Felicia Alvarez


Bring Back Public Health Standards for Women’s Reproductive Health

By July 07, 2015

Enclosed is an op-ed on women’s reproductive health by Dr. Joycelyn Elders is a Professor at the School of Public Heath, University of Arkansas and served as Surgeon General of the United States from 1993 to 1994. I also have enclosed a version that is 600 words. Please let me know if you are interested in using the piece. A photo of the author is available and credit to American Forum is appreciated. Thanks!
Denice Zeck
American Forum


Bring Back Public Health Standards for Women’s Reproductive Health
By Joycelyn Elders

As Americans, we strive for safety – the safest medicines, safest cars, safest toys. But when it comes to women’s reproductive health, our state legislatures are passing laws putting women’s health at risk – about 250 since 2011. And now they do it under the guise of “women’s safety.” Women of color, especially African-American women, are disproportionately being affected by these policies throughout the Southern states where I live and spend much of my time mentoring young physicians and health professionals.

The most serious health risks for women are coming from politicians cutting back access to family planning services and telling doctors how to practice
medicine especially around procedures related to terminating a pregnancy.

Costly clinic licensing standards, invasive ultrasound procedures and lengthy mandatory waiting periods (as if women haven’t already thought about this decision) are unnecessary because legal abortion is one of the safest surgical procedures available. In the United States, nearly 90% are done in the first trimester when abortion is safest.

Once again Texas is the battleground in the war over women’s bodies. Whereas just a few years ago there were 41 abortion clinics, the recent federal appeals court decision to uphold restrictions will likely close about half of Texas’ remaining 18 clinics. Those of us in the public health community know what is likely to happen as a result: more unintended pregnancy since many of these clinics also provide contraceptive services and more unintended births since abortion will become less available.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, unintended pregnancy is highest among poor women, young women and women of color. Addressing institutional barriers to culturally and linguistically appropriate health information and services would help reduce these disparities, as would more and better age-appropriate sexual health education programs in our public schools. Yet funding for these programs is being cut. Again it is politicians making many of these decisions, not public health professionals.

The Affordable Care Act addresses disparities by requiring that certain preventive services including contraception be provided at no cost. The Republican—mostly male– Congress’ constant attacks on Obamacare, coupled with the US Supreme Court’s pending decisions concerning access to insurance plans, stand to jeopardize any gains that have been made.

Ironically, some legislators and courts talk about the “sanctity of life” while railing against affordable contraception, prenatal care and a living wage, which all serve to enhance the quality of life for women.

Consider a young woman who finds herself pregnant and working for minimum wage, unmarried and not yet ready to raise a child because she wants to stay in school. Or an older woman with serious health conditions which could become life threatening if she stays pregnant. Since at least 93% of Texas counties do not have an abortion provider, a woman may have to travel long distances, take time off from a job that likely has no paid sick leave, find childcare for her child(ren) and arrange transportation. And, due to Texas’ waiting period, she will have to find a place to stay overnight, adding to her costs. Once at the clinic, she will hear state-mandated pseudo-science about the “risks” of abortion, much of which is not based on scientific evidence.

Research shows that 42% of women obtaining abortions have incomes below the federal poverty level ($11,770 for a family of one in 2015). And due to the federal Hyde Amendment, Medicaid funding for abortions is prohibited under most circumstances and in most states.

The irony is that the United States ranks 47th, among 183 countries, in the world for maternal deaths due to pregnancy-related conditions. And, childbirth is 14 times more likely to result in death than an abortion. These rates go up for women with diabetes and other health conditions, which are more prevalent among women of color.

Before the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, the public health community publicly expressed concern about the high rates of maternal deaths in the United States and the need for universal access to a full range of reproductive health services including abortion. The big drop in maternal deaths came in the mid-1970s soon after Roe when illegal back-alley abortions gave way to safe and accessible procedures along with a wider range of contraceptive services available under government programs and private insurance.

The recent restrictions, rollbacks and de-funding of reproductive health services will inevitably drive up maternal morbidity and mortality rates, again placing women’s health at serious risk. As a nation, I do hope we take a hard look at how our public policies stand to jeopardize the safety and health of women and prevent this from happening.

We must have healthy mothers and healthy babies if we expect to have a healthy nation.
Dr. Elders is a Professor at the School of Public Heath, University of Arkansas and served as Surgeon General of the United States from 1993 to 1994.


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By August 28, 2015

Linda DuBois

By August 27, 2015

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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.

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West Yolo Democratic Club

By August 28, 2015

For Immediate Release 8/27/15

At a recent meeting the West Yolo Democratic Club gave its unanimous support to a resolution in support of the passage of both Senate Bills 32 and 350, which have already passed in the State Senate. If passed by the Assembly, these two bills will increase our ability to generate electricity from renewable sources, while slashing our petroleum use and overall carbon emissions. California has achieved success with the implementation of the 2006 AB 32 Global Warming Solutions Act. Funds collected from the carbon tax of AB 32 have begun to enable affordable housing projects locally and throughout the state, as well as gradually lowering the use of petroleum.

We are all experiencing the continuing effects of global warming and climate change and know that major changes are needed if we want to save this planet. The additions to California’s efforts proposed in SB 32 and SB 350 are greatly needed, if we want to prevent further disasters. It is not surprising that the primary opposition to the passage of this needed legislation is coming from the petroleum industry, which may have the funds necessary to keep enough Democratic Assemblypersons from passing these bills. If we hope to see the passage of these important bills and set an example of ways that others can begin to change global warming, we must help our representatives stand up to these big industries while there is still time.

Richard Holdstock

Vice President

West Yolo Democratic Club

For further information call 530-795-5555

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Yoga pants

By August 28, 2015

Dear Editor:
Please consider this piece (below and attached) by Dr. Laura Finley about the crazy lengths education systems are going to in order to blame and punish girls and young women because of their choice of clothing. While leggings and yoga pants are comfortable choices of clothing, they are also apparently distractions to boys. The solution to the boys’ problem is to punish girls because boys cannot be held responsible for maintaining appropriate behavior in the presence of yoga pants. As always, this commentary is free to you; kindly let me know if you choose to use it. For PeaceVoice, thank you,
Tom Hastings

Yoga Pants, Leggings, and Stretch Pants: The Scourge of U.S. Public Schools

Laura Finley, Ph.D.

647 words

A new school year has started or is about to start and once again public schools across the U.S. are clamoring to control girls’ bodies. The offender this time: my alma mater in Midwest Michigan. As of August 18, 2015, the district decided to prohibit the wearing of yoga pants, leggings and stretch pants when students return to the middle and high schools on September 8. The previous dress codes allowed these items as long as they were covered by another garment that was at least finger-tip length when students held their arms straight at their sides—basically, you could wear form-fitting pants as long as you wore something over top of them. Not surprisingly, students did not all follow that rule, which takes me back (way back) to my high school days when we thought it was imperative to wear shorts over our leggings. As is so often the case, the justification for such policy changes is framed as though it helps teachers and staff maintain an appropriate educational climate. The Superintendent commented, “We are not trying to impart style on our students … We just want to eliminate disruptions and distractions.” In reality, it seems these decisions are typically because someone or a vocal group alleges that “hormonal” boys cannot control themselves if they have to attend classes with girls who dare to show that they actually do have legs under their pants.

This district is by no means the first to adopt or consider adopting such a policy. Earlier this year, a North Dakota district determined that yoga pants were a “distraction,” noting that they might prompt boys to “focus on something other than schoolwork.” Evidently the school even asked students to watch the film “Pretty Woman” and compare their attire to the prostitute character played by Julia Roberts. Hundreds of middle school girls in Evanston, Illinois wore leggings to school in protest of a similar policy change. Students also held signs with slogans asking “Are my pants lowering your test scores?” More than 500 students signed a petition against the dress code.

In fall 2014, a group of students in New Jersey started the hashtag #Iammorethanadistraction to highlight the problems with school district policies that focus on girls alone. In spring 2015, Montana Republican state Rep. David Moore went so far as to propose HB 365, which was an effort to prohibit nudity as well as “any device, costume or covering that gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, pubic hair, anus region, or pubic hair region.” At a hearing about the bill, Moore announced “Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway.” In Missouri, state legislators decided that the problem was in that institution as well. They announced they are considering instituting a dress code for interns, ostensibly to “protect them” from sexual harassment.

This type of victim-blaming couched in paternalism is deeply problematic. We can oppress you, it says, but it’s for your own good. It’s not a matter of whether schools should be allowed to institute dress codes. Of course, they can and should. But these policies are not about students, they are about girls. And they reinforce a dangerous logic that if a girl looks a certain way then she is the problem.

Let’s be clear – like all human beings, the bodies of women and girls vary dramatically. So, yes, some girls will fill out their pants differently than others, or their shorts will be shorter because, hey, imagine that, they are taller. This human diversity should not be policed, especially not in a culture in which many girls already suffer from dramatic self-esteem decreases in these years due to concerns about their bodies. Schools (and other institutions) should indeed be concerned about sexual harassment, but requiring that the would-be victims change their behavior instead of the would-be offenders merely allows the perpetrators to absolve themselves from responsibility.


Laura Finley, Ph.D., teaches in the Barry University Department of Sociology & Criminology and is syndicated by PeaceVoice.


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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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Point/counterpoint on Walker and education

By August 27, 2015


EDITORS: Below are two commentaries on Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and education; they make an excellent pairing. These free commentaries are available for immediate publication. If you use them, please send an email to InsideSources publisher Shawn McCoy ([email protected]) so he can keep track of where they are published.

Point: Gov. Scott Walker Would Fail The Nation’s Students

By Carmel Martin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants you to believe that he’s the best presidential candidate to transform the country’s education system. And his efforts have resulted in some compelling soundbites: Addressing the Wisconsin state legislature earlier this year, Walker proclaimed, “We will ensure every child — regardless of background or birthright — has access to a quality education.”

But scratch beneath the surface of Walker’s rhetoric and you’ll find a long-running record of harmful actions that have weakened Wisconsin’s public schools and made it increasingly more difficult for students of all ages to succeed.

Time and time again, Walker has demonstrated that quality public education is not a policy priority, instead spending his tenure enacting a litany of policies from the playbook of the Koch-backed American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

The day before officially tossing his name into the 2016 presidential race, Walker signed a state budget that slashed $250 million from the University of Wisconsin school system. This was hardly an act of fiscal conservatism: Just one month after he savaged higher education funding in his state, Walker signed a deal to provide $250 million in taxpayer funds to build an arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, a basketball team owned by several hedge fund executives.

Walker called the deal “simple mathematics.” But what Walker and his so-called “mathematics” fail to calculate is the crushing impact his higher education cuts will have on working- and middle-class families.

From 2010 to 2014, state spending on public higher education in Wisconsin fell by mored than $137 million — an 11 percent drop. Meanwhile, tuition revenue increased 25 percent — or $253 million — during this same period. Instead of the state, students are now footing a much larger part of the bill: In 2010, student tuition made up 41 percent of educational revenues. In 2014, that figure increased to 48 percent. Under Walker’s latest round of budget cuts, colleges will have even less money to offer students in need, shifting an even higher cost burden onto students and families.

And while a quarter of a billion dollars in Scott Walker’s mind is better spent on sports complexes than on educating and training the next generation of workers, higher education isn’t the sole target of Walker’s budget cuts. Earlier this year, Walker proposed a $127 million cut to Wisconsin’s K-12 public schools. While the state’s final budget dropped Walker’s $127 million proposed cut, the final state budget still undermines and underfunds the state’s public school districts.

As education expert Bob Peterson explained, “A majority of public school districts in Wisconsin will receive less funding this year, and no school district’s state funding will keep up to inflation.”

At the same time that Walker proposed cuts to K-12 education, he sought to expand private school voucher programs — programs that are not supported by evidence as having a clear impact on student achievement. Unfortunately, the expansion made it into the budget, resulting in a phased-out lift on the statewide enrollment cap, resulting in less funding for already cash-strapped public schools.

Walker has further undermined public education, joining in the politicization of the new college and career ready standards developed by state and local leaders — the Common Core.

Despite once chairing a task force that praised the standards, Walker changed his position in response to pressure from right-wing extremists and started to advocate for a repeal of the standards in 2014. Repealing the standards in Wisconsin would undermine the hard work of teachers, principals and parents in Wisconsin, who have been working since 2010 to help students meet these higher standards.

Walker has also targeted the teachers in his state. On top of the proposed budget cuts that could lead to teacher layoffs — similar to layoffs that led to thousands of teachers losing their jobs in 2011 — Walker has enacted legislation that withholds benefits from the state’s teachers by eliminating collective bargaining rights for teachers.
From a child’s first day of school through his or her college graduation, every student deserves a high-quality education, regardless of their ZIP code or socioeconomic status. And while Governor Walker claims to support this very principle, the effect of his policies have dealt one disastrous blow after another to the state’s public education system. America’s students deserve a president who will support their educational success, not a candidate who undermines their education at every turn.

Carmel Martin is the executive vice president of policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Prior to joining CAP Action, Martin was the assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development at the Department of Education. She wrote this for InsideSources.com.


Counterpoint: Cutting Funding, Opposing Labor Rules, Doesn’t Make You ‘Anti-Education’

By Neal McCluskey

Shallow thinking makes it easy to conclude that someone who cuts spending on schools, or resists the demands of teachers unions and professors, must be “anti-education.” This may be the case for some who have contemplated Wisconsin governor and GOP presidential aspirant Scott Walker, who has famously — or infamously — worked to break down public schooling labor rules and trim spending in his state.

No doubt many who might think Walker is anti-education concluded this when he championed Act 10, much to the chagrin of thousands of eventual statehouse occupiers. That legislation, among many things, curtailed public school collective bargaining and ended teachers’ forced payment of union dues.

There are good arguments for unionization. But opposing it in public schools doesn’t mean one is anti-education.

For one thing, the conviction that no one should be forced to join a union can be held by people of good faith regardless of unionization’s educational or employment effects. Protecting basic freedom would seem to prohibit government from requiring people to become part of an organization they do not wish to join.

There is also good reason to believe that unionization is bad for education. For instance, one-size-fits-all contracts make it more difficult to attract good candidates to teach subjects with heavy demand outside of education, such as math and science. They curb schools’ ability to award good performers and deal with bad ones. And seniority and transfer provisions can result in schools with more challenging populations having fewer experienced teachers.

Speaking of tenure, another major reason some might affix the “anti-education” label to Walker is his support for ending state-statute-guaranteed tenure for University of Wisconsin professors. Indeed, Walker has been equated with Adolf Hitler for his higher education stances.

Even if you think tenure is crucial, it does not mean those who disagree are against education. There are legitimate reasons to want to loosen tenure protections, ranging from universities’ need to streamline operations in a world of finite resources, to a belief that no one should be essentially guaranteed employment on the taxpayer dime.

And like public school unionization, Ivory Tower tenure may be a net loss for education, insulating long-standing professors from accountability for lax teaching, researching, or both, and contributing to a two-tiered workforce of tenured professors in the penthouse and hordes of low-paid adjuncts below.

Accusing Walker of being anti-education could also be about money. Funding has certainly been a bone of contention in higher education, with Walker supporting a cut to the University of Wisconsin of $300 million over two years in exchange for more university autonomy.

Before jumping to conclusions, though, it is crucial to look at overall spending. According to the system’s 2014-15 operating budget, the University of Wisconsin was set to spend nearly $6.1 billion last school year. $150 million in one year would be just a 2.5 percent trimming. And money not going to the university could be applied to other, possibly more important state needs, or stay with hard-working taxpayers.

According to state K-12 estimates, Wisconsin public schools spent $13,196 per pupil in 2010-11 — budgeted before Walker took office — and in 2013-14 (the latest with available data) spent $12,705. Prior to Walker, spending hadn’t been that low since, well, just 2008-09. Meanwhile, though it is impossible to confidently attribute National Assessment of Educational Progress — the “Nation’s Report Card” — scores to Walker, they don’t support the idea he has hurt education. Depending on the grade and subject, scores either rose slightly or stayed constant between 2011 and 2013.

Perhaps it is Walker’s support for expanding K-12 choice that sticks in the craw of some who might consider him anti-education. Again, people can disagree on choice, but one cannot conclude that liking choice is anti-education. Indeed, 11 of the 12 top-quality studies examining private-school choice programs have found significant benefits for at least some groups and no negative effects, typically at a fraction of public school costs.

One other thing may lead some to conclude that Walker is anti-education: he never finished college. But he is governor of Wisconsin and a major presidential candidate; he has likely been pretty successful in achieving his goals. In light of this, rather than being “anti-education,” it may be more accurate to say his decision to leave college was “smart.”

Trimming public-school funding and curbing status-quo power are not “anti-education.” Indeed, they may be quite the opposite.

Neal McCluskey is the director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

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Covell award briefer 10/21

By August 26, 2015

APPROXIMATELY THE WEEKS OF SEPTEMBER 27 AND OCTOBER 11, please put REMINDERS in the paper. The following is the shortened list of people still in Davis who have received the awards:

Recipients of the C.A. Covell Trophy since 1970 have included these people who are still in Davis: Will Lotter, Lois Grau, Peggy Epstein, Joyce Wisner, Barbara Kado, Tom Frankel, Judy Wydick, Vic Lim, Camille Lim, Bill and Nancy Roe, Ruth Asmundson, Lea Rosenberg, Nancy Keltner, Foy McNaughton, Doug Arnold, Cass Sylvia, Dean and Janice Labadie, Judy Moores, Ted Puntillo, Donna Lott, Paul Hart, Renée Liston, Debbie Davis, Ray and Verena Borton, Betty Berteaux, Mary Philip, Jim Becket, Adam and Jan Bridge, Rick Gonzales, Ann Evans. and Elaine Roberts Musser

Recipients of the Brinley Award since 1977 have included these people still in Davis: Pat Allen, Don Kessler, Joan Callaway, Sharon Rose, Bob Dunning, Anne Hance and Evelyn Buddenhagen, David Burmester, Fred Lange, Barbara Jackson, Paul Hart, Mary Ellen Dolcini, Ruth Shumway, Ernst Biberstein, Pat Hutchinson, Charles Russell, Judy Gabor, Vicki Plutchok, Kate Mawdsley, Martha Dickman, Nancy Crosby and Pat Miller, Janet Berry, Helen Cole, Dorothy Peterson, Joe DeUlloa, Janet Boulware, Jay and Carri Ziegler, and Mary Schiedt

Debbie, in the October 18 Sunday paper and/or Tuesday, Oct 20: I hope you can put in a LAST REMINDER, as people often put off writing till the last minute (the deadline is the 22nd), and this is the boost they need. At this point you wouldn’t need to include the lists of past recipients, and you can shorten the article as you see fit.

Thanks so much!

Enterprise staff


What makes America great

By August 25, 2015

TO: Editor

Column: What Makes America Great

You may publish this column without any cost or obligation.

Contact: Bryan Golden
Phone: 914-474-9824
Email: [email protected]
Media kit: www.BryanGolden.com/media/media.htm

What Makes America Great
By Bryan Golden

In less than 200 years, America grew from a handful of colonies to become the greatest nation in history. In a few hundred years, we surpassed nations that were many times older. What makes America great?

The two main elements that make America great are our people and our freedoms. Americans have a can do, nothing is impossible, spirit. Starting with the American Revolution, we have always conquered adversity, often in the face of overwhelming odds.

We have more rights and freedoms than anywhere else in the world. Our freedoms are considered inalienable rights, not privileges granted by government. Our freedoms are the envy of the world. Every item in the bill of rights is a precious jewel designed to ensure the immortality of our liberty.

Our founders came from societies where government controlled its citizens. They had a solid understanding of the consequences of unchecked power. Our constitution was crafted specifically to limit the scope of government to prevent its infringing on individual liberties.

Our constitution is a brilliant document, filled with foresight and understanding, that has withstood the test of time. The principles embedded in the constitution are the foundation of our greatness.

In America, each citizen can control his or her destiny without fear of interference by government or others. Our government was formed to serve the people rather than vice versa. Our government was designed to play a minimal role in people’s lives.

Our doors have always been open to people from anywhere in the world who want to come here legally to work hard, contribute, and assimilate into our society. America’s reputation as a melting pot is derived from the fact that people from every walk of life can work together to create an unstoppable force for good.

In America anything is possible. America is great because it offers its people unlimited opportunity to succeed by bringing their dreams to reality. In America, success requires hard work, determination, and persistence, not permission. We are constitutionally protected to prevent government from confiscating the results of our labor.

America is an engine for unprecedented productivity. Our economic system has been responsible for civilization transforming innovations and discoveries. No other country has even come close and many other systems have failed miserably.

America has a big heart. Whether in this country or elsewhere, we help those who cannot help themselves. Americans are first on the scene in the wake of natural or civic disasters. We are there with food, supplies, medical aid, and money. Our brave soldiers travel the globe defending those who can’t defend themselves.

In America there are no problems that we can’t solve. Any obstacles we may face do not taint our greatness. It is our greatness that enables us to overcome adversity and become even stronger in the process. Every day, be thankful that you live in America and benefit from its greatness. Don’t take for granted that which people in other countries can only dream about. Be proud to be an American.

Bryan is the author of “Dare to Live Without Limits.” Contact Bryan at [email protected] or visit www.DareToLiveWithoutLimits.com Ó 2015 Bryan Golden


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Elias 9/8: Anti-Semitism issue again confronts UC regents

By August 25, 2015



Back in June, the president of the University of California promised on national radio that the UC Board of Regents would vote in its next meeting – in July – on whether to adopt the U.S. State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism.

It didn’t happen. There was no vote, no discussion, not even an agenda item.

No regent, including Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom or Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, spoke a critical word on the quiet disappearance of that item from the meeting.

But the question is slated to reappear when regents gather again Sept. 16-17 in Irvine, not as a policy opposing anti-Semitism, but as a general discussion of “tolerance” on campus.

UC administrators, of course, know all about tolerating anti-Semitism. No suspects have yet been found in several episodes of Nazi-like swastikas daubed onto university buildings and there have been no penalties for student government members who publicly questioned whether Jewish students can make fair and objective decisions or judgments on campus issues.

That’s consistent with the lack of action against students who set up mock roadblocks on the Berkeley campus where Jewish-looking students – and no others – were accosted by toughs carrying machine-gun mockups. This was some Muslim students’ idea of a legitimate protest against Israel’s anti-terror tactics, which have cut deaths by car- and suicide-bombings to a fraction of their former level.

Toothless bromides about tolerance were all those events – and multiple others since 2010 – elicited from administrators and faculty apparently reluctant about doing anything to counter their system’s rising reputation for enabling outright anti-Semitism in the guise of a Palestinian-sponsored campaign to boycott Israel, divest from companies doing business there and create international sanctions against the Jewish state.

No one suggests Israel’s policies should be immune from criticism, protest or debate. They are debated ceaselessly in countless Jewish forums.

But adopting the State Department’s definition would let UC officials know when protest becomes bigotry. The State Department criteria, recently reaffirmed, are simple: If an action aims to delegitimize Israel, denying its very right to exist because it is a Jewish state, that’s anti-Semitic. If a protest demonizes Israel in ways not employed against any other country, that’s also anti-Semitism. And if a protest employs a double standard judging Israel differently from other countries, that’s anti-Semitic, too.

Here’s one clear-cut example: When Israeli terrorists firebombed a Palestinian home and killed a child this summer, government officials immediately condemned the act and began a manhunt for the perpetrators. Palestinian officials and police have never tried to capture any countryman who killed Jewish citizens of Israel. Similarly, campus protestors who vilify Israel for the baby killing ignore the many more similar acts against Israelis. That’s as clear as a double standard can get.

While UC President Janet Napolitano and the regents spent part of the summer backing off a tough stance against anti-Semitism, both the state Senate and Assembly passed a resolution calling on UC campuses to condemn it in all forms, a recognition that this age-old prejudice has morphed into new forms on campus, partly because of the presence of students from countries where anti-Semitism is official policy.

A formal definition is needed, say groups that battle anti-Semitism, because of confusion over the relationship between Jew-hatred and animosity toward Israel.

Since the Assembly under Atkins’ leadership passed its resolution unanimously, it seems logical she should lead her fellow regents back to specifics, rather than going along with the milquetoast attempt to simply discuss tolerance. The university already has myriad policies encouraging tolerance and excoriating “hate speech.”

While those policies have not been enforced against anti-Semites, they effectively prevent hate activities directed against African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims and other groups.

“Action on anti-Israel behavior devolving into anti-Semitism is still on the table,” said a hopeful Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, lecturer at UC Santa Cruz and co-founder of the AMCHA Initiative, which fights on-campus anti-Semitism. “We need a formal definition of what Jewish students are experiencing as anti-Semitism.” Without that, she said, administrators struggle to separate ordinary student protests from acts of hate. This may be one reason many egregious anti-Semitic acts have elicited no punishment.

It’s high time the Board of Regents realizes that if it lapses into generalities and refuses to adopt specific guidelines like those of the State Department, it will be promoting an age-old hatred.

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


elias 9/11: Prop. 47 looking like a well-intentioned blunder

By August 25, 2015



The more time goes by since last fall’s passage of the high-minded Proposition 47, the more it begins to look like a well-intentioned mistake.

This was the ballot measure that turned some “minor” felonies into misdemeanor crimes, thus easing the crowding in state prisons and many county jails. It has unquestionably helped some ex-felons rebuild their lives.

But as crime statistics for the first half of this year pour in from around the state, this measure looks worse and worse, on balance. The numbers are bearing out warnings Proposition 47 opponents made in their official ballot argument against the initiative before it passed by a whopping 60-40 percent margin.

“Proposition 47 is a dangerous…package of ill-conceived policies wrapped in a poorly drafted initiative which will endanger all Californians, said opponents, led by Citrus Heights Police Chief Christopher Boyd, president of the California Police Chiefs Assn.

Here’s a bit of what’s happened since passage: In San Francisco, car burglaries are up 47 percent this year over 2014, while car thefts have risen 17 percent and robberies rose by 23 percent. In Los Angeles, overall crime is up 12.7 percent this year and violent crime rose almost 21 percent. That’s after 12 straight years of crime decreases in the state’s largest city.

Some saw Proposition 47 as a mere expansion on Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison “realignment” program, designed to reduce prison populations at the demand of federal judges up to the level of the U.S. Supreme Court. Convicts on a de facto basis were already seeing sentences reduced or being shifted from tougher state prisons to county jails. Many lesser offenders who might previously have gotten at least some jail time were going free on probation. Prior to Proposition 47, this had cut the prison population by almost one-fifth, while not causing crime rate increases in most places.

But the initiative does much more than mere realignment, switching many crimes from the felony category to misdemeanors. This includes most drug possession arrests, petty thefts, forged checks and receiving stolen property, with property crimes having to exceed $950 to be a felony. One result: Myriad drug addicts have adjusted their practices, trying to hold their take from “minor” crimes under that amount. Because of crowding in local jails, it’s common for misdemeanor offenders to be turned loose soon after their convictions.

Proposition 47 supporters also touted the fact their measure allows all those crimes to be treated as felonies if the accused has previous convictions for rape, murder or child molestation or is a registered sex offender.

Not enough, said the opponents, noting that persons with prior convictions for armed robbery, carjacking, child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and other serious crimes would still be allowed misdemeanor status for new non-violent offenses. They pointed out that thousands of convicts who stood to be released because their crimes would be converted into misdemeanors have prior records of violent crimes not listed among the most dangerous.

At the same time, many convict firefighters (about 40 percent of crews battling major fires in California are convicts) have been released because of reductions in the category of their crimes.

Prison-provided fire crews nevertheless retained the same manpower as last year during the early blazes of this wildfire season. No one yet knows if in-prison recruiting of some new firefighters will produce the same quality of work (several fires this summer spread far wider than officials expected) or whether more convicts on wild-land crews will now try to escape.

Proposition 47 also earmarked much of the prison money it saves for mental health and drug treatment programs, aiming to cushion the effects of making most drug possessions no more than minor offenses.

But enrollment in drug treatment programs has dropped, probably a sign that many addicts no longer feel pressured to kick their habits. They know they’ll never do significant time either for using or for most crimes that support their addictions.

So it’s become quite clear the opponents made good points. On balance, Proposition 47 is turning out to be bad policy. Now it’s time for legislators to do what they can to fix the flawed measure. A start would be increasing the list of serious prior offenses than can turn the new “minor” crimes back into felonies.

Email Thomas Elias at [email protected] His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the 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

UCD Chiao-Jung Kao photo

By August 21, 2015

Chiao-Jung Kao, assistant adjunct professor in the UC Davis department of obstetrics and gynecology, is researching cancer immunotherapy. UC Davis courtesy photo

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UCD Fiehn photo

By August 19, 2015

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UC Davis professor Oliver Fiehn’s metabolomics lab uses high-tech equipment to capture metabolism in progress.

Enterprise staff

Special Editions

Be a good party host

By September 19, 2015

Enterprise staff

It’s a simple fact: College students have parties. What’s not so simple, however, are the number of factors that need to be considered before fliers or social media posts go out, potentially inviting hundreds of students to your bash.

With that in mind, UC Davis has a helpful website devoted to encourage safe parties. Called “Safe Party” — http://safeparty.ucdavis.edu — it offers tips on hosting and attending parties, plus information on policies in laws in Davis.

Here’s the kind of useful information the website provides to keep your party fun, safe and friendly. As a host, you are responsible for the safety and welfare of your guests.

Before the party

* Plan your guest list and site for hosting the event. Set your Facebook invitation to private to keep your party on your terms.

* For a big event, obtain a noise permit application from the city of Davis so you will have some more leeway in how loud your party can be.

* Designate a sober host or hosts to monitor the event and ensure a safe party.

* Let your neighbors know that you’ll be throwing a party and give them contact information so they’ll call a sober host before they call the police.

* Coordinate having sober monitors check IDs at the main entrance of the party and throughout the event. Acceptable forms of ID include valid driver licenses, state-issued IDs and U.S. active-duty military IDs.

* Plan to serve water and nonalcoholic drinks, and provide snacks for guests, especially for those under 21.

* Coordinate parking so no one gets towed.

* Plan to protect your house from spills, dirt and other damage.

Day of the party

* Have one main entrance and close other access routes such as windows to regulate who you want at the party.

* Close doors to bedrooms and private areas to protect your personal belongings and property.

* Keep the party guests and drinks inside the residence.

* Have sober monitors to check IDs, watch your guests for possible signs of alcohol poisoning and stop service of alcohol to intoxicated guests and those acting with aggressive behavior.

* Call 911 if your party starts to get out of control.

* Make sure your guests get home safely! Plan to have designated drivers available or give local transportation services (Unitrans, Tipsy Taxi, private taxi services) a call. Remember, as a party host, you’re liable for the actions of people who leave your party intoxicated.

After the party

* Clean up any trash surrounding your place and anything that has spilled over to a neighbor’s property.

* Check in with your neighbors to hear feedback on the party.

* Celebrate the success of a safe and fun party!

Party guests have responsibilities, too. For the partygoer, here’s a checklist for keeping your night out fun and safe:

Before the party

* East a full meal containing protein to slow down the absorption of alcohol. Remember, one drink equals a 12-ounce glass of 5 percent beer, a 5-ounce glass of 12 percent wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor.

* Set a drinking limit for the party and stick to it. It’s OK to drink just one or two drinks, or to not drink at all.

* Use the buddy system with your friends.

* Arranged a safe ride to and home from the party, or plant to have a designated driver.

At the party

* Keep an eye on your drink and your surroundings. Dump out your drink and get a new one if you suspect it has been tampered with.

* Pace yourself and alternate your drinks with water. It takes your liver about one hour to process each alcoholic drink, depending on your size, food consumed and other factors.

* Stick with one type of alcohol. Alternating types of alcohol can make you sicker because of different sugar levels between beer, hard alcohol and wine.

* Avoid drinking from large containers of mixed drinks, such as jungle juice. With these drinks, it’s difficult to gauge how much alcohol you consume and can lead to too much drinking.

* Avoid drinking games. It’s hard to judge how much you are drinking.

After the party

* Watch out for your intoxicated friends. If any of your friends show even one sign of alcohol poisoning, call 911 and get them the help they need.

* Make sure you and your friends have a safe ride home.

* Leave with the friends you came with.

* If a friend is too intoxicated:

* Drink water to counteract dehydration and to reduce feeling hung over the next day.

Sidebar: Alcohol poisoning signs:

You should call 911 if you see someone exhibiting behavior that might indicate alcohol poisoning such as any of the following symptoms:

Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin

Unconscious or unable to be roused

Puking repeatedly or uncontrollably

Slow or irregular breathing.

After calling 911, place the person on his or her side with knees bent to prevent choking from vomiting.

Stay with your friend while waiting for help, and don’t let your friend “sleep it off.”

Remember, California law protects persons under age 21 from legal repercussions when calling 911 in cases of alcohol poisoning.

Lauren Keene

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POTW 8/18/2015

By August 18, 2015


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Artwork by Zsofia Penzvalto will be on exhibit at The Paint Chip, 217 F St. Courtesy photo



Hardwater, from left — John Swann, vocals and guitar; Mark Morse, drums; Brenden Tull, bass; and Richard Day, guitar and harmonica — will bring pop, rock, folk and blues to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday. Courtesy photo



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Lewin on climate change

By August 18, 2015

Gabe Lewin 1111 Drexel Drive Davis CA 95616.
It is frequently repeated that tackling climate change would be an economically painful process. That is not true. We can do this, and at the same time, create millions of new jobs. It may be painful to fossil fuel providers, but this should be our top priority. If we do this correctly, the rest of the world will follow. If we cannot do this then all other efforts are meaningless.
I propose the following program:
*Invest a few billion dollars in researching ways of storing surplus energy. This includes but is not limited to better batteries.
*Begin a program to bring down the cost of solar panels and get them on all rooftops everywhere, and the surplus energy can be stored.
*Invest a few billion in researching new alternative sustainable energy sources. For example solar water heaters in Death valley to heat water that could then be brought to the boil to power turbines. Maybe that may not work, but there are lots of ideas that should be investigated. And check out new wind power devices that are safer for birds.
* Legalize hemp. This was outlawed to protect the paper industry. Hemp may have the potential to produce enough methanol to make us independent of foreign oil.Unlike Ethanol from corn this has great potential. It also produces materials that can replace concrete with on tenth of the energy requirements and produce dwelling that are far better insulated against heat and cold. What are we waiting for?

This program could provide work for millions of people. Unlike some stupid new pipeline that hires a minuscule number of people for a limited time.. So please, get on it! No time to waste!
To the climate change skeptics, especially those on the federal Science and technology commission, if you had ninety nine doctors urging you to start therapy against the cancer they have diagnosed, would you listen to them? Even if there is one doctor, who works for your insurance company who is reluctant to pay for your treatment, who assures you you do not need it.. I saw on TV one senator who argued that because as a cube of ice melts in a glass this does not cause the level of the water in the glass to rise. He forgets that ice on the land entering the sea will cause the sea level to rise, just like of you dump a handful of more ice into your glass.. We can’t afford to have idiots like this in our government. Do not vote for them!

(Personal note to the editor: I met a woman at the post office recently who realized who I was, and she told me that she loves to read my letters to you. It was gratifying! My point is, that I think my letters help to sell your paper..And thanks for publishing my rebuttal to Jim Stevens letter about Bush and Trump. It would have been wrong to let him have the last word on that. )

Gabe Lewin

Letters to the Editor


Lewin on lambs

By August 18, 2015

Gabe lewin 1111 Drexel Drive Davis CA 95616.
There were two letters today criticizing a new slaughterhouse in Dixon for lamb meat.
Both refer to “lamb” as being baby newborn sheep. This is incorrect. The term “lamb” is really shorthand for “Fattened lambs.” This means these are full grown sheep about eighteen months to two years old or more. “Lamb” is not equivalent to “Veal”. Calling the meat “lamb” I always have felt is a serious PR error on the part of that industry.
The farming of sheep produces wool, and excellent fiber for the textile industry, tht does not depend on mining fossil fuels.
Bovine animals that are pasture raised, because they are ruminant animals, can utilize grass on otherwise unproductive land and convert it into meat. That said, I think that the “Feedlot finishing” of both lamb and beef is a huge mistake and produces meat that should be avoided for health reasons.
Granted the sheep drink a lot of water but when they are slaughtered they stop drinking water..
Gabe Lewin

Letters to the Editor


Print edition for Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015

By From page A1 | August 16, 2015

By August 13, 2015

Hoping to start a wave in Davis, a Sacramento couple plans to open a Hawaiian poke restaurant, featuring build-your-own sushi bowls and boozy shaved ice.

Zuma Poke and Lush Ice will fill the last ground floor spot in the 3+G building, next to Temple Coffee and Tea at Third and G streets. They hope to have it open by late November.

On Wednesday, Davis resident and Sacramento Bee columnist Chris Macias called poke the “hottest dish” in Sacramento for 2015.  He was talking about Fish Face, which opened last month on Sacramento’s R Street, and Hokee Poke which is expected to open next month in Elk Grove.

Poke is a raw seafood salad, typically featuring cubed ahi tuna. Poke is the Hawaiian verb for “to slice.”

Owners Dustin and Rachael Ryen are “foodies” with backgrounds in events, hospitality and restaurant marketing. Rachel is an award-winning cook, and they’ve been looking for the perfect restaurant concept for a while.

“We fell in love with poke-style restaurants,” Dustin said. “It’s really hot in L.A. We decided we wanted to bring it here.”

Rachael ­– speaking by phone Thursday as she hosted the Los Angeles Donut Festival – said poke is “just now starting to come up there. We’re surprised. It’s not in San Francisco, either.”

The second element of Zuma will be the Hawaiian ice – regular or with a kick. The “lush” ice is infused with soju, a clear rice wine-based liquor. Flavor additions include pilsner, ginger beer, mango, lime, pineapple, guava, mint and hibiscus.

The 773-square-foot restaurant will have a similar design to Temple Coffee, but with a surfing theme. There will be exposed wood, communal seating and room for some small tables outside.

Menu options will include premade sashimi specials, poke tacos or nachos made with the sashimi, a build-your-own poke bowl, and the Hawaiian ice. For the BYO bowls, patrons go down an assembly line picking a base of bamboo-infused rice, brown rice, kale or cucumber salad. They top it with their choice of fish, and add things like seaweed, onions, bean sprouts, macadamia nuts or edamame. Finally, they choose an Asian sauce and other options like wasabi and sesame seeds.

“It’s a sushi experience without the time or, really, the cost,” she said. “It’s fresh, healthy sushi-grade fish, but on the go.”

Everything is fresh and locally sourced, Rachael said. And the ices are craft cocktail style, using simple syrups rather than corn syrups.

The Sacramento residents hope to move to Davis. Dustin has relatives here and Rachael’s family is from Woodland.

The restaurant’s website is still being finished at http://zumapoke.com.


Temple Coffee & Tea was set to open Saturday at 239 G St. I went to a preview party Tuesday night, and sampled some of its specialties.

Along with espresso drinks from single-origin beans, the Davis Temple features a Kyoto dripper, a slow-drip cold-brew process that has a more delicate flavor than traditional brews. Another specialty is its nitro cold brew coffee (served from a nitrogenized keg, like Guinness with a different kick), and a cascara nitro tea, a caffeine-free herbal tea made from the the husks of coffee beans. Both nitro brews have a slightly sweet taste and creamy mouthfeel –without sugar. A pour-over bar is another option, where each cup is made separately from the beans you choose.

Temple owner Sean Kohmescher said, “Everything we’ve given you here in Davis is the freshest (version of) Temple. We went all out.”

Temple focuses on “specialty coffee and tea in its natural state” Kohmescher said. No sugary coffee shakes or rows of plugs for laptop computers. In fact, he doesn’t expect it to be a student study hangout like other Davis coffeehouses. Why? “The price point is different.”


The Schaps Law Office is another new tenant at 3+G. It’s at 732 Third St., Suite B. Michael Schaps specializes in civil litigation cases. John J. August, a UC Davis graduate, recently joined him as a paralegal.


I have confirmed that the pizza and panini bar Hot Italian has plans to come to Davis Commons, filling the former Ben & Jerry’s spot last occupied by The Melt. The details are still being finalized, owner Andrea Lepore said Thursday.

Hot Italian has a restaurant on 16th Street in midtown Sacramento, and one at the Public Market in Emeryville.

According to its website, http://www.hotitalian.net, “Andrea Lepore’s and Fabrizio Cercatore’s mission was to build a place where pizza brings people together to celebrate Italy’s new generation of art, music, design, sport, food and wine. By combining these elements with California’s urban lifestyle, seasonal, quality ingredients, and a conscious commitment to our environment and community, Hot Italian hopes to inspire, make a difference, and create better neighborhoods.”

The Sacramento restaurant features pizzas, calzones, paninis, salads and gelato; wine, beer and craft cocktails; and weekend brunches.


Verizon Wireless plans to move from its spot in the alleyway of Davis Commons, to Pinkberry’s former space. The frozen yogurt store closed late last month. Verizon is at 500 First St., Suite 10, and is moving to Suite 5.


The Bank of America is open at Second Street Crossing (in the Target center).


Also in Second Street Crossing, work is underway at the new Famous Footwear, scheduled to open on Nov. 11.


After 15 years in University Mall, Partners in Learning tutoring center moved this summer to a “quirky new location”: 17 Arboretum Drive, near First and A streets.

It’s “off the beaten path, but right in the middle of everything,” owner Victoria Cross said.

For more information, check out the website at http://www.tutordavis.com.


Sno-Crave, a Taiwanese teahouse, is done remodeling the former Sugar Plum yogurt space in University Mall. Now it’s just waiting for inspections, owner Paddy Sham reports.


Good Life Chiropractic recently opened a second location at 1809 Picasso Ave., inside Get Fit Sport (formerly Davis Athletic Club). It also added a new chiropractor, Dr. Brian Cook. Good Life’s other location is at 2043 Anderson Road. Other chiropractors include Dr. Lynn M.C. Gerner, Dr. Bryan Cloyd and Dr. Natalie Packer.


As of Monday, H&R Block should have an office in Davis again. It’s at 638 G St., next to RadioShack. Local customers have been referred to Woodland in recent months.


The former Tazzina Bistro site in Woodland will soon become a Morgan’s on Main restaurant. The restaurant at 614 Main St. is a subsidiary of Black Pine Holdings, which also owns Maria’s Cantina and Black Pine Catering. It plans to open this fall, featuring “new California grill” cuisine. Watch for more details to come at http://morgans-on-main.com or on its Facebook page.


The new Guinevere’s Café & Bistro at 317 Second St. in Woodland, recently added dinner hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations are suggested. Call 916-524-8913.


County Fair Fashion Mall is under new ownership, according to the Daily Democrat. Frank Zeng is the new owner, purchasing it from Raymond Arjmand.

Hopefully Zeng can fix up some things, like the air conditioning in JCPenney. It was sweltering inside when I was there last Sunday. Employees said the new mall owner had already been by to survey the problem, which has persisted for years.

— Wendy Weitzel is a communications consultant in Davis. Her column publishes on alternate Sundays. Check for more frequent updates on her Comings & Goings Facebook page. If you know about a business coming or going in the area, contact Wendy at [email protected].

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.

Healthy Solutions

Healthy solutions: Alzheimers exercise

By August 14, 2015

Date: 7/23/2015 6:02 PM
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Exercise good for brain, even for those with Alzheimer’s

AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) ‚Äî Exercise may do more than keep a healthy brain fit: New research suggests working up a good sweat may also offer some help once memory starts to slide‚Äî and even improve life for people with Alzheimer’s.

The effects were modest, but a series of studies reported Thursday found vigorous workouts by people with mild memory impairment decreased levels of a warped protein linked to risk of later Alzheimer’s ‚Äî and improved quality of life for people who already were in early stages of the disease.

“Regular aerobic exercise could be a fountain of youth for the brain,” said cognitive neuroscientist Laura Baker of Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, who reported some of the research at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

Doctors have long advised that people keep active as they get older. Exercise is good for the heart, which in turn is good for the brain. Lots of research shows physical activity can improve cognition in healthy older people, potentially lowering their risk of developing dementia.

With no medications yet available that can slow Alzheimer’s creeping brain destruction, the new findings point to lifestyle changes that might make a difference after memory impairment begins as well. The caveat: Check with a doctor to determine what’s safe for a person’s overall medical condition, especially if they already have Alzheimer’s.

“It’s important for caregivers especially to think how to keep loved ones as engaged as possible. The last thing they should do is keep their loved one at home watching TV,” said Alzheimer’s Association chief science officer Maria Carrillo.

How much exercise? In studies from North Carolina, Denmark and Canada, people got 45 minutes to an hour of aerobic exercise three or four times a week, compared to seniors who stuck with their usual schedule.

“You’re panting and sweating,” said Baker, whose research is getting particular attention because it’s one of the first to find exercise can affect tau, an Alzheimer’s hallmark that causes tangles in brain cells.

Baker studied 71 previously sedentary older adults who have hard-to-spot memory changes called mild cognitive impairment that can increase risk of developing Alzheimer’s. They wore monitors to be sure the exercisers raised their heart rate enough and that the control group kept their heart rate deliberately low while doing simple stretch classes that allowed them to socialize.

MRI scans showed the exercisers experienced increased blood flow in brain regions important for memory and thought processing ‚Äî while cognitive tests showed a corresponding improvement in their attention, planning and organizing abilities, what scientists call the brain’s “executive function,” Baker reported.

Most intriguing, tests of spinal fluid also showed a reduction in levels of that worrisome tau protein in exercisers over age 70.

“This is really exciting,” said Dr. Laurie Ryan of the National Institute on Aging. “It’s too soon to say that lowers risk” of worsening memory, she cautioned, saying longer studies must test if sticking with exercise makes a lasting difference.

Later this year, Baker will begin a national study that will test 18 months of exercise in people with mild cognitive impairment.

Also Thursday:

‚ÄîDanish researchers reported vigorous exercise prevented neuropsychiatric symptoms ‚Äî aggression, irritability, delusions ‚Äî in older adults with mild Alzheimer’s.

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen studied 200 older adults for four months, and didn’t find overall memory improvements, although the fraction that exercised the most intensely did see some improvement in their mental speed and attention.

But improving quality of life is important because those neuropsychiatric symptoms can complicate care dramatically and are one reason that dementia patients end up in nursing homes, said NIA’s Ryan.

—At the University of British Columbia, researchers studied 60 seniors with a different kind of mild memory impairment — caused by clogged arteries — and found six months of mostly treadmill exercise triggered improvements on cognitive tests.

Back in North Carolina, a participant in Baker’s study said that learning to regularly exercise was challenging but he’s glad he did. Michael Gendy, 62, said he’d never noticed memory problems before but now says he doesn’t get tired as easily while climbing stairs, sleeps better and occasionally notices a little speedier memory.

“They helped me gear my mind toward how important it is,” he said of continuing to keep active.

Baker said sedentary seniors can learn to exercise safely but they have to work up to it gradually, starting 10 minutes at a time.

“We baby these people,” she said. “They’re afraid of gyms. They don’t have confidence in their own ability. We give them intensive one-on-one attention.”

Gendy is trying to stick with his newfound exercise habits, taking a brisk evening walk or a bike ride despite the summer heat and signing up for occasional classes at the local YMCA.

“I’m going to keep on as long as I can, as long as my bones and my muscles and my brain can withstand all this,” he said.


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Healthy solutions: HealthBeat Alzheimers 5 things

By August 14, 2015

Date: 7/24/2015 10:58 AM
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Lifestyle changes may guard aging brain against memory loss

AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) ‚Äî The latest Alzheimer’s research has a clear theme: Change your lifestyle to protect your brain.

It will take several years for scientists to prove whether some experimental drugs could at least delay Alzheimer’s disease, and an aging population is at risk now.

Whatever happens on the drug front, there are generally healthy everyday steps people can take ‚Äî from better sleep to handling stress to hitting the books ‚Äî that research suggests just might lower the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Making these lifestyle changes “looks more promising than the drug studies so far,” said Dr. Richard Lipton of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, whose lab researches what makes up healthy aging. The findings on stress prompted Lipton to take up yoga.

Here are five tips to help guard your brain against memory loss, based on research at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference:


Studies of more than 6,000 people linked poor sleep quality ‚Äî and especially sleep apnea ‚Äî to early memory problems called mild cognitive impairment, which in turn can raise the risk of later Alzheimer’s. Other research showed poor sleep can spur a brain-clogging protein named amyloid that’s a hallmark of Alzheimer’s.

Talk to your doctor if you’re having sleep problems, advises Dr. Kristine Yaffe of the University of California, San Francisco: “Sleep disorders are so common, and we think many are quite treatable.”


Seniors often are advised to work crossword puzzles, take music lessons or learn a new language to keep the brain engaged. The protective effects of learning may start decades earlier in life.

In Sweden, researchers at the Karolinska Institute unearthed school report cards and work histories of more than 7,000 older adults. Good grades as young as age 10 predicted lower risk of dementia later in life. So did getting a job that required expertise with numbers or, for women, complex interactions with people — occupations such as researchers or teachers.

Why? Learning and complex thinking strengthen connections between nerve cells, building up “cognitive reserve” so that as Alzheimer’s brews, the brain can withstand more damage before symptoms become apparent.


What’s good for the heart is good for the brain, too, and physical activity counters a list of damaging problems ‚Äî high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol ‚Äî that can increase the risk of memory impairment later in life.

Get started early: One study tracked the habits of 3,200 young adults for 25 years, and found those who were the least active had the worst cognition when they were middle-aged. Sedentary behaviors like TV watching played a role. Yaffe ‚Äî who just had her desk raised so she can spend more time standing ‚Äî worries about kids’ screen time.


Late-life depression is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s. Harvard researchers found loneliness is, too, accelerating cognitive decline in a study that tracked more than 8,000 seniors for over a decade.

Stress is bad for the brain as well, Lipton said. It’s not just experiencing stress ‚Äî we all do ‚Äî but how we cope with it. Brooding over stressful events, for example, prolongs the harmful effects on brain cells. One study found seniors with the poorest coping skills were much more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment over nearly four years than seniors who could shrug off the stress.


Diets high in fruits and vegetables and lower in fat and sugar are good for the arteries that keep blood flowing to the brain. Type 2 diabetes, the kind linked to excess weight, raises the risk of dementia later in life.

Weight aside, Lipton’s lab recently found a healthy diet lowered seniors’ risk of impaired “executive function” as they got older ‚Äî how the brain pays attention, organizes and multitasks.

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Davis residents benefit from active service organizations

By September 16, 2015

There are more than 850 nonprofit organizations in Yolo County, but only a fraction of those groups solely service and are operated in the local community. Two of the largest, STEAC (Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee) and Davis Community Meals, provide food, shelter and funds for locals struggling financially. Two others — Team Davis and All Things Right & Relevant — provide services for mental health clients or the developmentally disabled.

Members from all four organizations said it would be nearly impossible to operate without the support of the community. Both Davis Community Meals and STEAC receive regular donations from local farmers and businesses to help keep their kitchens stocked, while Team Davis and All Things Right & Relevant lean heavily on volunteers. And all agree that although their organizations have helped the community, there’s still more to be done.

Though Yolo County is home to hundreds of nonprofits, only eight of them cater to those with mental health needs, according to data from the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

“Mental health is not a sexy issue,” said Sarah Wagner, a board member of All Things Right &Relevant. “But everyone knows someone who’s suffering from it. We’ve been fortunate enough to have a number of dedicated volunteers through the years, but we can always use more.”

With the two-fold aim of helping both Davis’ mental health population and other local nonprofits, Ruth Shumway and a small number of volunteers opened All Things Right & Relevant on East Eighth Street in a 3,500-square-foot space, 23 years ago. Today, in East Davis, the consignment store stands on 10,000 square feet, having employed dozens of Yolo’s mental health clients and donating over half a million dollars.

All Things Right and Relevant was one of the first consignment and thrift stores in town and, as Wagner stresses, is still the only one that donates all of its profits to organizations within Yolo County. Divided into two sections, the larger portion is manned by local volunteers, some like Nan Anderson have worked for the nonprofit since it first opened. The other side of the store is staffed by mental health clients.

“Being able to work here gives some of our mental health clients a place to come and socialize and be useful,” Wagner said. “They’re all very bright and talented, but sometimes can’t handle a 9-to-5 job, and so I’m glad that we can help them by providing some place for them to work for however long they are able to a week.”

Currently, the popular consignment and thrift store donates its profits to 10 service groups, including Davis Community Meals and STEAC.

“We work with a lot of groups that want to fundraise and give to other service organizations,” said Kay Ormsbee, a systems manager at All Things Right & Relevant. “We’d like to think of ourselves as a hub for local charities.”

All Things Right & Relevant partners with STEAC for the Suit Up for Success program, which has provided 75 people with business attire for interviews over the past few years.

The program is one of many that STEAC organizes. One of the oldest service organizations, STEAC was founded in 1967 to assist migrant workers, but has since expanded to make aid available for the entire Yolo County population living below the poverty level.

“Our goal is to provide short-term aid for low-income individuals or families, who sometimes can’t make the rent because of an unexpected expense or have trouble making ends meet,” said former STEAC executive director Tom Martens.

STEAC gives as much as $400 to clients who are in danger of being evicted or who have trouble covering their first month’s rent. The nonprofit also has a food closet on the corner of Fifth and D streets, which provides free food.

“A lot of people don’t see poverty in Davis, but we see people go hungry, and so I’m glad we can offer people meals from the food closet,” STEAC board member Susan Carl said.

But STEAC isn’t the only resource for Yolo’s low-income residents. According to executive director Bill Pride, Davis Community Meals helped over 1,700 people in 2013.

DCM offers free meals every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at The Episcopal Church of St. Martin as well as temporary shelter for the city’s homeless for up to seven nights. For families without a place to stay, DCM provides transitional housing, paying rent for families for up to 18 months as well as assistance for clients seeking employment.

“We have a whole variety of folks here with needs,” Pride said. “I think what’s important about Davis Community Meals is that we have a lot of different programs and services that can help a whole range of folks.”

For individuals with developmental disabilities, Team Davis has been a resource for Yolo County residents since 2006. Started as an organization that supported the county’s Special Olympics program, Team Davis sponsors teams for 10 sports. But the organization has grown to include arts, singing and swimming programs for 125 participants, from ages 6 to 60.

Team Davis President Robin Dewey saw the benefit in expanding her organization first-hand.

“As a parent of a young man with disabilities, I can say that I don’t think he would have had much of a social life without an organization like Team Davis, and now he has a very active one,” Dewey said. “It’s certainly about more than just the recreation and the sports.”

Readers can learn more about the nonprofits mentioned by visiting the following websites: www.rrconsignments.org, www.steac.org, www.daviscommunitymeals.org and www.team-davis.org.

— This story originally was published in the 2014 Welcome to Davis edition.

Rachel Uda


Room-to-Room Home Additions: Add quality and comfort to your favorite rooms

By August 14, 2015

When considering a home renovation, think outside the box for design inspiration and setting the overall tone.
With homeowners staying in their homes longer due to the economy, renovations should focus on usability and personal style. For those homeowners looking to sell, the market is still very much a buyer’s space, so quality additions that increase value are certainly top of mind. Luckily, there’s no need knock down walls or move plumbing to make an impact – simply start with small, quality updates to pack a dramatic punch for less money. Here are some ways to add quality and comfort within the different spaces of your home:


As the first thing visitors see, your front door should always provide a good impression, reflecting the beauty that emanates throughout your home. With doors, matching the exterior and interior creates a flow into outdoor living spaces. Using doors as a part of the overall aesthetic can also allow for some creativity with glass accents or bold color choices. Choose a reliable door manufacturer, such as Masonite, that offers a wide breadth of finishes and styles using wood, steel and fiberglass.

Living Room

Add decorative touches to your living room with repurposed items found around the house. Fill a decorative pitcher or an old tin watering can with fresh flowers from the garden to add elegance to your coffee table. Wrap assorted globe lighting fixtures or mason jars with wire and hang them in a grouping to display votive candles. For an eclectic and shabby chic feel, turn a vintage drawer on end to use as a bookshelf or bring in an old wooden crate to use as a side table.


Refreshing your kitchen doesn’t require a major update. Add a new color to existing cabinetry by refinishing or addinga new coat of paint. Would you like to add a glossy shine to the kitchen? Simply apply mesh-back glass tile to fit the dimensions of cabinet door panels. Finish the update with a modern touch by replacing outdated hardware with the many new, stylish options available.


From tiles and countertops to faucets and showerheads, the options are endless for bathroom updates. With wall-hung, stand-alone or pedestal styles, your choices for a new vanity are no exception. During a renovation, some homeowners begin their project by focusing on other bathroom elements like those mentioned above. But starting with the addition of a new vanity, like one of the many beautiful options from Ronbow, will set the stage for your bathroom and provide a focal point for the other design elements.

Rooms throughout

From the master bedroom to the hall entryway, hardwood floors provide the ultimate in beauty and ambiance. Refinishing gives your existing tired, worn out floors an instant upgrade that shines from room to room.

By focusing on a few quality updates, you can add beauty and comfort to your home to be enjoyed for many years or add value in a competitive housing market. For more design ideas and tips, visit www.ronbow.com or www.masonite.com.

— Family Features

Fred Gladdis

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Managing healthy trees during the drought

By August 14, 2015

Please see the attached information on maintaining a healthy tree stock during the drought.



August 15, 2015
Recently, the City’s Urban Forestry and Parks divisions have received inquiries from residents as to the ongoing health of both City and privately maintained trees. While Davis usually benefits from adequate amounts of natural rainfall, four years of ongoing drought conditions are taking a toll on many city trees. While the City continues to place a high priority on maintaining a healthy tree inventory, it is impossible to prevent some losses of trees from occurring.

One contributing factor to some tree losses is linked to the tree species. A few of the main species in the City are the Ornamental Pear, Ash species, and Tulip trees. While these trees perform well in our climate during regular weather conditions, they are not suited for prolonged drought conditions. With the prolonged drought and irrigation cut backs due to watering restrictions, many trees are beginning to deteriorate, are in a severe state of stress, or in limited cases, dying.

“The City Urban Forestry program is strategically removing these species as necessary”, says Rob Cain, Urban Forest Manager, “and is developing a replanting plan for these areas with more drought tolerant species.” The City will also be enlisting the assistance and coordination of Tree Davis in its upcoming planting season to get some of the areas replanted.

Another contributing factor to the ongoing health of the trees is the fact that some trees are going dormant earlier than usual due to the ongoing drought conditions, and therefore look more stressed. In actuality, these trees are beginning to turn their normal fall color and shedding their leaves as they go through this natural process and as a result of a lack of rainfall for a sustained period of time.

Private Trees and Front Yard Street Trees
While we strongly encourage the continued water conservation efforts of our community, please take the unique requirements for tree watering into consideration in any irrigation cutbacks or landscape conversion projects that you undertake on your property. As residents replace or plant new trees, the following considerations should be given to their sustained care:

· Select tree species that are well adapted to the site location or region
· Implement smart watering schedules based upon needed frequency and duration
· Prune and fertilize according to species’ needs
· Mulch to maximize irrigation
· Tree age and maturity play a role in tree health during drought conditions. Young trees have root zones closer to the trunk, and need more frequent watering, while mature trees can be watered less frequently and have a larger root zone.

Specific information on past water conservation workshops sponsored by the City of Davis, including various handouts on tree care during drought conditions are available online at: http://cityofdavis.org/city-hall/public-works/water/water-conservation

Additional information and tips on how to care for trees during the ongoing drought conditions may also be found online at:
· California Center for Urban Horticulture – http://ccuh.ucdavis.edu/public/drought/tree-ring-irrigation-contraption-tric-1/tree-ring-irrigation-contraption-tric
· Tree Davis – http://www.treedavis.org/
· Save Our Water and Our Trees! – http://saveourwater.com/trees
· Sacramento Tree Foundation – http://www.sactree.com/drought

City Parks and Greenbelts
“The City of Davis Parks & Open Space division has been diligently working on upgrading the irrigation systems as part of the division’s 5-year Water Management Plan. Irrigation improvements and efficiencies have been a high priority” commented Christine Helweg, Parks & Community Services Superintendent.

“The Irrigation staff works on a daily basis to implement system upgrades, respond to daily citizen service requests, and assist in providing irrigation specifications and standards for new development projects coming on line. Parks maintenance staff also supplements the Irrigation crew’s efforts in the parks, greenbelts and street medians.”

This is an ongoing effort and is never truly completed. Many of the areas that have been retrofitted just in the last two years have had to be re-done due to ongoing damage resulting from rodents (squirrels & gophers) and the sheer volume of general park use. Several areas within the City have been converted to drip systems, and some of the trees are showing signs of recovery.

As the City’s Urban Forestry and Park divisions move forward with continued irrigation system retrofits and turf conversion areas, watering of the trees will continue to be a priority. Irrigation in designated turf conversion areas is not being shut off entirely, so water will still be provided to the trees. All other areas (such as streetscapes and shrub beds) are currently receiving water a minimum of 2 days per week, and for more active turf play areas, 3 days per week.

For more information on tree care, residents may contact Rob Cain, Urban Forestry Manager, at (530) 757-5633 or via email at [email protected] For information on parks, irrigation concerns, and ongoing watering restrictions, residents may also contact Christine Helweg, Parks & Community Services Superintendent, at (530) 757-5656 or via email at [email protected]

Stacey Winton
Media & Communications Officer
City Manager’s Office
23 Russell Blvd, Ste 4
Davis, CA 95616

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On cyber security, we’re all in this together

By August 13, 2015

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Opinion: On Cyber Security, We’re All in this Together

By Javier Ortiz

Chinese companies are hacking into American corporations and stealing trade secrets. More than 22 billion records containing extremely sensitive information were stolen in an Office of Personnel Management hack. And yet we still have no official answers on who the culprit is or plans to retaliate. Meanwhile, these issues have faded from the headlines, replaced instead with politics as usual.

But cyber security must remain at the forefront of our minds – we cannot begin to view these attacks as normal occurrences in the course of everyday life. Ignoring cyber security problems will have dangerous and lasting consequences.

Now more than ever, we need strong government and private-sector engagement and cooperation on cybersecurity. All aspects of our lives, from our social interactions to financial institutions, global trade and government systems, rely on a secure cyberspace to facilitate the free flow of capital, goods and ideas. The best way for collaboration and best practice-sharing would be for investors, legislators, policymakers and businesses of all sizes to come together and address the risks we face in our connected society.

The cyber security community is buzzing about the results of the recent Ponemon Institute survey. The survey, which included more than 1,000 U.S. and German IT security professionals, showed that nearly half of the participants agreed that their organizations don’t have the necessary protections in place to prevent risk from careless employees — who pose the largest threat to a firm’s cyber integrity.

Indeed, employee mistakes cause 95 percent of all incidents. Employees can make their companies susceptible to attack by clicking on malicious links, failing to verify the authenticity of phone calls or banking websites, and failing to use or update strong passwords. It’s impossible for businesses to shore up their security apparatus when their largest threats come from right inside the building, thus it’s important for companies to ensure their employees are adequately trained and understand the risks and importance of strong cyber stewardship.

Marc van Zadelhoff, vice president of security at IBM, outlined other crucial steps all businesses should take to thwart off cyber-attacks in a recent Harvard Business Review interview. The government, too, could heed his recommendations and implement similar plans in the public sector.

According to Zadelhoff, the first step to cyber security is for businesses of all shapes and sizes to identify their most sensitive — and therefore most threatened — information. Taking inventory helps organizations personalize their security programs so that they are able to keep their “crown jewels” secure. Encryption should also be used to protect the most sensitive of data.

Zadelhoff also recommends having strong analytics and intelligence in place, far before an issue arises, so that companies can quickly understand the extent of the damage while an attack is occurring or immediately after. He stressed the importance of having a strong incident response team trained and ready, and discussed the necessity of companies practicing cyber “fire drills” so they are prepared for a robust, rapid response when they find themselves under attack. In fact, companies that had such response teams in place saved $12 to $13 per cost of a breach per capita, in comparison to companies who did not. Investing in security early pays off in the long run.

The sharing of information is critical. In fact, the hackers are collaborating, so why aren’t we? Criminal bad actors share their “best practices” on the Dark Web, while we still operate with blinders, refusing to open our eyes to what’s around us until we’re hit.

While we can never be 100 percent safe from cyber-attack, it is critical that our government and our businesses have the ability to rapidly respond to breaches, to play offense instead of defense, and to innovate to protect our most valuable information.

Technology innovation requires early and focused investments to help foster technologies and services to help us all stay ahead of the bad guys. This is a threat we all face, a tragedy of the commons, if you will. We need a collaborative, diagnostic, united approach to combat cyber-crime. After all, we really are all in this together.

Javier Ortiz is a political strategist, a principal at Falcon Cyber Investments, and an adviser on public policy and regulations for a D.C. based global law firm. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

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10 fun uses for leftover paint

By From page D23 | August 16, 2015

If you’re sitting on a stash of leftover latex paint, you have a gold mine when it comes to home decorating.  With a little imagination and creative flair, you can use paint leftovers to give your home extra appeal, and have lots of fun in the process.

Want to give it a go? Here are 10 great ideas, courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute. Try one, try all, or better yet, try something that’s yours alone.  Regardless, you’ll be surprised at the way forgotten paint can infuse new life into your home interior.

1. Make kitchen items kitschy.  It takes only a little leftover paint to impart canisters, coasters, or the handles of wooden spoons and spatulas with bright, fun color that can make cooking more joyful.

2. Colorize some flowerpots.  In the same way, planters and flowerpots can be decorated with paint color — the more, the merrier.  Paint them one solid color, or embellish them with pattern for more panache!

3. Dress up a dresser.  Have an old dresser that’s tired-looking? Spice it up with paint.  Use different colors on different parts for added visual interest.  Do the same with an old stool, table, or cabinet.

4. Rejuvenate “junk” furniture.  Check out your attic or your neighbors’ discards.  You might find hidden treasure in the form of a unique piece just pining for a fresh coat of paint.

5. Put a stamp on your walls.  Add pizzazz to painted walls with a handcrafted patterned border.  Fashion a “stamp” out of an old sponge in the pattern of your choice, then dip it in the leftover paint and dab new color onto the walls.  Voila!  Custom design.

6. Speak with an accent.  Express your home’s individuality by adding accent color to a door, doorway, or an entire wall.  The unexpected color will make your interior something special.

7. Beautify a built-in.  Embellish built-in bookcases, cabinets, or a mantelpiece with leftover paint to create striking elements in your décor.

8. Stencil something.  Using a homemade or commercial stencil, apply paint to just about anything – a piece of furniture, a wall, or even the floor.  It can render the ordinary, extraordinary.

9. Make like an artist.  Why buy art supplies, when you already have a handpicked palette of colors you like?  Use them as is, or mix them as needed to create murals or fine art.

10. Frame your artwork.  Repaint the frames on your prints, paintings, and drawings to give them a fresh appearance.  Or, paint a simulated “frame” right on the wall to draw attention to favorite objects or sculpture.

Most of these projects take just a small amount of paint, but they can make a big difference in your home décor.

For how-to information on these and other paint projects, visit the Paint Quality Institute blog at blog.paintquality.com.

— Paint Quality Institute

Since 1989, The Paint Quality Institute (SM) has been educating people on the advantages of using quality interior and exterior paints and coatings. The Paint Quality Institute’s goal is to help educate consumers, contractors and designers by providing information on the virtues of quality paint as well as color trends and decorating with paint through a variety of instructional platforms and conferences, and traditional and new media vehicles. More information can be found at www.paintquality.com.

Fred Gladdis


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Artwork by Zsofia Penzvalto will be on exhibit at The Paint Chip, 217 F St. Courtesy photo



Hardwater, from left — John Swann, vocals and guitar; Mark Morse, drums; Brenden Tull, bass; and Richard Day, guitar and harmonica — will bring pop, rock, folk and blues to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday. Courtesy photo




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Simple home safety improvements

By August 16, 2015

Renovating a house can be a tough job. With so many details to consider, just knowing where to begin can be a challenge. But one consideration homeowners shouldn’t skip is safety.

Integrating security upgrades into your next remodel or renovation can be one of the most valuable investments a homeowner can make. Thinking beyond aesthetics could save your home from the threats of theft, fire, or natural disaster.

According to Mark and Theresa Clement, home renovation experts and authors of MyFixItUpLife.com, integrating safety into your next remodel or home project is simple and “as essential as plumbing in a home renovation plan,” said Theresa.

Mark and Theresa offer the following tips for securing some of the most prized areas of your home:

1. Entry Way: This area is the first place guests see, but it can also be an entry point for the unwelcomed kind. Ensure your door offers the right amount of security with properly working, heavy-duty locks. Add additional security with a camera or security system.

Entryways are also a common gathering spot for keys, mail, and wallets. Consider concealing these valuables with creative storage solutions that protect and organize everything from spare keys to the kids’ report cards.

2. Garage, Shop, or Man Cave: Repurposing sheds and garages into “man caves” with bars and TVs is a popular trend. For most families, these areas are overlooked when it comes to security, and yet house high-value items. Install locks-even on garage doors-and consider overhead storage that conceals and protects from weather. One of the simplest things you can do: Lock up ladders stored outdoors. Many of us diligently lock the first floor windows, but not the second.

If you’re like the Clements, consider storing high-value tools-like the tools your grandfather handed down to you or irreplaceable antique tools too valuable for everyday DIY-in locked cabinets or a safe. Large home safes, like those available from Cannon Safe(r), can comfortably house tools and are fire proof.

3. Patio or Deck: If your home updates include deck or patio renovations, be sure to hire a certified contractor and use quality materials and procedures. This will ensure a long-lasting product that doesn’t quickly deteriorate. Plan inspections annually to ensure railings are secure and boards free from rot or wear.

For families with small children and pets, also consider nets and deck shields. And if you cook on the deck or patio, install your grill at least five feet from the home or other fire hazards.

4. Bedroom or Home Office: In bedrooms or home offices, storage and closet space is a must, and adding extra security is easy. A custom-installed home safe ensures you can easily access items in case of an emergency and rest assured that your prized possessions are safe in case of fire or natural disaster.

Cannon safes offer shelving and storage options designed to organize and protect documents, jewelry, or even a prized shoe collection. And with a power supply built-in, they’re perfect for storing electronics, hard drives, and routers.

Wherever you choose to add some do-it-yourself upgrades, always keep safety in mind. For more ideas for hanging on to your valuables, visit cannonsafe.com. For more tips on how to be safe every day, visit PlanToBeSafe.org.

— Family Features

Fred Gladdis


Fall 2015 décor is all about the mix

By August 16, 2015

By Kim Cook

Associated Press

If you’re looking to update your home decor this fall, you’ll find new furniture profiles, accents and textures galore, in everything from rugs to wall coverings to ceramics and bedding.

The trend toward mixing things up continues, from rustic to contemporary with a dash of traditional.

“What’s interesting is the warm breath of traditional style that infuses the season’s midcentury influence: Furniture, textiles and accessories, no matter how sleek-lined, are warm, inviting and touchable,” says New York designer Elaine Griffin.

Also coming on is the handmade or “collected” vibe.

“Our desire for authenticity, as well as for finely crafted and small production design, is resonating,” says Jackie Jordan, color marketing director for the paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams. “We want to know whose hands actually created the object we’re purchasing, and how and where the materials were sourced.”

Griffin concurs: “This season, the handmade look reigns supreme, with highly-textured fabric weaves, wallpapers (faux bois, faux hand-painted murals, and multicolored and metallic-layered geometric prints) and appliquéd effects on upholstery.”

Expect more tabletop accent pieces and furniture labeled with place of origin and/or maker’s information, whether they were crafted in Indiana or India.

One new kid in town is Scandinavian style. Simple, clean lines, gentle colors and charming motifs make for a look that’s contemporary and accessible.

And the dark horse? With the popularity of midcentury modern, some designers are ready to move forward to a 1980s redux. Decorators have welcomed ’60s- and ’70s-era macramé, flame stitch, classic furniture and retro fabric prints. Will they also embrace Memphis style — the ’80s design movement characterized by disparate geometric shapes and contrasting colors? Griffin thinks there’ll be more to this trend come spring.



Jordan sees a shift “to soft monochromatic palettes,” citing creamy whites and mineral tones — gray, khaki, earth tones, and nature-inspired hues like spruce, smoke, pond and shell pink.

“The serenity of these colors provides a sense of calm to balance our hectic lifestyles, and celebrates natural materials, honed, soft and sheer finishes,” she says.

Stronger hues are in play, too. Griffin sees last spring’s pale pastels evolving into deeper, Southwestern hues like terracotta, pale pumpkin, deep salmon, dusty rose citron, and smoky French and teal blues.

Look too for boozy, midcentury modern hues: brandy, burgundy, whiskey and merlot, as well as navy and olive.



Again, it’s all about the mix. “For both furniture and accessories, when it comes to finishes this fall, one is a lonely number,” Griffin says. “The freshest looks combine at least two colors and materials, like black lacquer with metallic accents (especially brass and copper); white enamel with gleaming metallic, acrylic pieces in harvest hues; and industrial iron paired with chrome.”

Patinated and polished brass, marble, copper, steel and mirror clad everything from accent pieces to furniture. See West Elm, Wisteria and CB2 for examples.

While silver and chrome are big players, Michael Murphy, design and trends producer for Lamps Plus, says brass and gold will be especially strong, especially in softer, burnished tones.

“These metals can be easily introduced in the home with a table lamp, chandelier or distinct accessory like a large vase or unique table sculpture,” he says.

Jordan says the handmade look extends to metals: “We’re seeing materials hand-carved, forged and assembled. Imperfections and flaws in materials like iron, wood, concrete and hand-woven wool only add to the character of the piece.”

One interesting place to see this trend is the bathroom: vintage-style, weathered-bronze and cast-iron fixtures. Stone Forest introduced the Ore vessel sink, inspired by an antique steel pipe cap. The Industrial series, with a cast-iron sink, towel bar and paper holder, has an old-school factory quality.

Interesting woods continue to make inroads in furniture, flooring and doors. Watch for acacia, walnut, birch, maple and beech, and finishes ranging from weatherworn to highly lacquered.

Pottery Barn’s new Bowry collection of tables and storage units uses reclaimed acacia, teak and mango hardwoods. The Warren pulley lamp’s rustic-finished iron and functioning pulleys make for a steampunk-style fixture.

Konekt designer Helena Sultan’s Pause chaise lounge perches a comfy upholstered seat on brass or chrome legs, in several finishes.

And saddle and butter-soft leathers are strong players in ottomans, director’s and club chairs, and benches.

The flip side is the proliferation of translucents like acrylic and glass, often combined with other materials.

“These materials are being combined with unique fabrics like fur to create a clearly contemporary trend,” says Murphy. “We see this where the tops of settees, benches and stools are covered with a luxe fur and fabrics, and the legs are made from clear materials.”

Jonathan Adler has a Lucite etagere with polished brass joinery, and a burled wood desk on Lucite legs. Gus Modern’s acrylic end table is etched with a white grain pattern to look like a piece of timber.



Channel quilting, in which stitching runs in one continuous line, is another trend to watch for. The straight lines, even spacing, design detail and comfort all add to its appeal. “This is part of the continued resurgence of Art Deco, which is synonymous with fluid lines, bold shapes, lavish ornamentation and metallic finishes,” says Murphy.

Look for rattan and other woven fibers in items beyond basketry, like wall art, bowls and ottomans.

Shags, nubby wools, Southwest-patterned flat weaves and Impressionist-patterned Indian silks will be on the floor of rug departments this fall. West Elm has some graphic kilim rugs and pillows.

Geometrics and facets cover textiles, vases and mirror frames. Some have an organic quality — think beehives or reptile skin. But rendered in iron or wood, they can have an industrial vibe.

In wallpaper, look to Tempaper, Wolfum and Timorous Beasties for intriguing patterns ranging from ’80s Southwest to Japanese archival prints to nature themes.

















Fred Gladdis

Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute/Bodega Marine Lab

By July 26, 2015

Stories will run Sept. 13 and Sept. 20

* One will be about the facility/teaching/research

* The other will be about aquaculture

Budget info from Kelly Ratliff
Dear Tanya,
My apologies for the delay. A few pieces of information that I hope are helpful.

First, facilities did a full assessment of Bodega Bay in 2011 and found a backlog of deferred maintenance totaling over $4.5 million. There is a multi-year plan to get it caught up, but as you can imagine this will take some time..

From the initial report, there were immediate investments of about $375k for fire sprinklers, Fire alarms and HVAC Controls..
This year we are look to spend around another $300k for several items (Emergency Generator, Distilled Water System, Concrete Roof Overhangs, Boiler Replacement, Exhaust Fan, Seawater Holding Tanks, Multiple Fume Hoods).

The contact in facilities is Allen Tollefson.

I also did a high level review of the financial information and see that the total annual expenditures at Bodega is over $5.5M from all sources. For Operation and Maintenance of Plant the annual expenses are about $800k with over half for personnel ($480k) and the balance is for supplies, utilities, tools and other.

I hope this helps.

Rick Grosberg

Shauna Oh

$180K renovation in Storer Hall
to make shared spaces

History of CMSI

1974 undergrad at UCSC
Liked bio, better at it than other things

Engaged in academic community
Small college, ate with faculty, played tennis with them
tiny place, 1k students

wanted to be faculty

Berkeley was running the lab
Northern campuses were a consortium contributing to the BML
seminars, lectures
marine biology

25-30 other students, absorbing it all
transitioning form a lab classroom to the field
start to develop your own ideas

Learned he loved marine bio

Gets seasick
Does work in rocky inter tidal
scubas, snorkels

For me, the pop for a 19-20 year old to get fully immersed in the process of discovery

Mentored as a colleague and a peer
such an essential part of being an undergrad

What distinguishes UC
The place, in my view as an educator, where undergrads can participate in the process

I’m not here to fill your mind, I’m here to open it

Science was not a set of rules that you follow
it’s as creative as any other endeavor
married to a classical musician
how are you compatible, how does scientist live with a musician
we both know that what we do at its core is creative and artistic

Curriculum wasn’t proscribed
this was like nobody’s going to tell me what’s interesting, I will have help, support, criticism, but I need to figure it out. Nature knows the answer

Core function of these kinds of research stations like BML

Other function is placed-based discovery

One of the most important places in the world for a coastal eco system

Natural reserve, how it encompasses land side and seaside

Almost 75 percent of cal lives within 15 miles of coast

most productive coastline in the world

Incredibly important


Berkeley held onto BML
3 or 4 faculty
always isolated

50th year next year

USCS conceived of in 64, built out xx year

Lab was built to be the Nor Cal marine station

HOpkins Station (Stanford)

Moss Landing (San Jose State’s)

Wasn’t a major marine lab on the north coast

Humboldt came later, further north

Choice was obvious
Open rocky exposed

in 1982 or 1983 became clear that Berkeley didn’t want the place

Davis was starting to grow a marine science program


Davis took over the lab at that time

10 or so faculty

more graduate students

Wrigley (Catalina) owned by USC

Long Beach borrows it

Consortium participates in running southern ones

Scripps doesn’t feel like a portal to the environment

Doesn’t have the field station field

more ocean-based, oceanography

UCD stepped up its investment in BML

Field stations go through
Delicate balance of being part of main campus and having its own

All field stations look financially irresponsible to admin
part of it is they are standalone places

corrosive weather beats the place up
needs its own maintenance staff, its own support staff

No economy of scale

if they actually cost what it cost me to do my research on this campus
building, elevators IT system, etc. I’m not sure how per faculty cost would compare to faculty at bodega

Undergrad academic experience in a university is going to be a mix of larger, smaller medium classes, labs,
and then capstone or foundation is opportunity to be really engaged
take yourself individually

Separate budget for BML
administrators getting a return on your investment

Research universities at their best are goin got have a mix of profit generators and less leaders

Last fiscal crisis hit, admin changed (Katehi came)
Harris Lewin
Ralph Hexter
All forces of nature
all look beyond UCD for ways to think of transforming the institutions, modernizing it in a lot of ways
All three seemed to believe vet school would be one, viticulture and enology,
Looked too inward when they had probs with these programs

In grad program at UCD more than 40 years ago, recognition that grad education had moved beyond xx models

Davis was one of pioneering institutions that said OK we’re join got have a new model where phd programs don’t map to departments

grad programs will be free of the hierarchy (about 40-45 years ago)

Made many programs at UCD innovative
Administratively it wasn’t all that hard to do
UCD has more than 1K biologists
300-400 who are ecologists and evolutionary biologists

Scattered in ag, applied departments

RE hired in zoology department, was a basic division of bio

Some of closest colleagues were in entomology, etc.

collaboration was key

A lot of insect life cycles are just like marine life cycles

Pioneer in breaking down walls and promoting interdisciplinary in grad and undergrad educations

Seemed like a huge liability, collaborate too much, not critical enough
If only we would scale down a bit we could be better

All of the big problems that we have to solve in our environment will require big, collaborative solutions

World is a tiny world now
instantaneously communicating everyone

Need to educate our students to cross boundaries
Have the good sense to recognize when someone in another dept is an expert

We already do that and have done it for a long time in Grad education

Hope the university can advertise it as a major benefit

Can’t solve the big environmental challenges by yourself

interdisplinarity and collaboration makes us a great team

Like the celtics and john halvocec
elgin baylor, jerry west

Concern in admin that BML ’s cost versus value
Harris and Ralph and Linda ad otheirs, to their credit, said all right faculty, can we make Bodega and marine science have a bgger presence. What kind of investments in infrastructure, etc. do we need to make
60 faculty on main campus identify as marine scientists

Do we want that? Bodega is an essential part of the marine science program

How can we put these pieces together

Group was tasked with assembling a more cohesive program (internal and external) in marine science

Scripps is oceanography
not marine science

Developed a strategic plan that was a faculty vision…bottom up
Admin said you make a reasonable proposal, and we will support it

What we envisioned was coastal and marine sciences insti
Since summer of 2013

What it speaks to is commitment of faculty

Very comprehensive program
vet, engineering, environ scie, bio, letters and science

Goal of this place is not to have a big brick and mortar structure
provide a coordinating body for marine science and policy
near the capitol where all policy is getting done
coastline in cali is the probably most important asset we have int the state

everyone in the state lives within 160 miles of the state (not exactly)

Whole economy of cal depend on water

Even though we’re 50 miles from SF Bay, we are connected to it

Sierra to the sea framework
embodies where we are geographically

Sit in the middle of the drought water coming together

Watershed sciences, Tahoe, and bodega, and collaboration
campus sits strategically in most important place in cali and in terms of policy

Even thou SF seems like it’s where the power is in cal, they still keep apartments in Sac

Built the institute in recognition of where the waters meet

Can’t understand salmon in cal without understanding water that flows off mt shasta, through the delta, and out under the golden gate

Rainfall, climate, fisheries, invasive species in sf bay are all part of the puzzle

Could build a building and try to attract them from home departments with some sort of awesome bait
not even sure this would have been good strategy

Already had a great marine lab

Now have a great video conferencing system

2-4 times a month

SO goes at least once a month (only
Finished in Scripps in December
here since MLK weekend

Worked for a future
SeaGrant funding
NOA (like the water version of NASA)

UCD is and has been a marine powerhouse for some time

Nobody knows it except for people in the know

If you really want to understand how to manage the dungeness crab fishing

Why are some years good, bad
economics and social side of it
what’s the market out there? What motivated fisherman
how can you regulate?

Have to know how the fishing industry behaves, how the market behaves

Long history of the biologists collaborating with social sciences here

Partnership with Hog Island Oyster Co in Tomales Bay

Ocean acidification is bad on oysters

Collaborative solutions become really important

Hog Island knows they have a problem
Developing a monitoring system with BML

What is the ph of the water in to tomales bay?
Adjusting culturing conditions of their baby oysters
Need good shell to meat ratio
Shell has to resist predatory snails

Too thick, not as much meat, not as valuable
oyster growers are constantly trying to get that right

Ocean acidification problem makes it a problem

Adjustments they can make…o2, feeding conditions (find out at BML)

Terrestrial side of the story
They all face out to the ocean, we face in both directions
Everything that happens in one direction influences the others

Oyster growers face problems like pathogens and nutrient runoff from cattle and dairy farms

cows crap everywhere, into watershed, contaminate oyster habitat

can modify watersheds, grazing practices, revegetate areas
more episodic with climate change

vet school and engineering can think about input (nutrients into the cows)

If you want a sustainable ecosystem, it’s not just about the oysters, or just the cows or sheep, but how it’s all interconnected

Economically and ecologically…how does it all link

Tourist industry…oysters, cowgirl creamery, do we have to trade them off against each other>

Davis is best positioned to answer these linked questions

Provide the kind of science that people need to solve those big problems. Seem to represent irreconcilable different, but don’t have to be…faire and honest brokers of best science has to offer (social sciences and natural sciences)
not environmental advocates

BML is part of the larger campus initiative
Increased the visibility

Vet school, engineers, all part of this field

Mark Bittman video (NYT) on oyster situation

Sea urchins are the grazers, the cows of the shoreline (eat algae)

sea urchin die-off…

Major in marine & coastal sciences
new undergrad major (first at UCD that spans multiple colleges and departments)
Jointly administered

Highly collaborative

Requires internship like at BML or in policy,

not meant to be a large major

Housing there for interns

New PhD program going through …

CMSI is the new model that the chancellor and provost hold us up for these kind of institutes as a comprehensive organization
outreach, training, education
houses academic programs
facilitates research collaboration
symposia, consolidate our state of knowledge

Policy implications might be…

Go to main office, pat Hebley
At facility:

Gary Cherr
Patrick Helbling

Baby deer grazing
Gary guessed that there was one mom with two newish babies, and two teens from last year. He gets to see them out his window all of the time.

UCD acquired the BML in 1984

UCD had built the North Wing in 1970s for aquaculture

“Davis already had ann investment out here” Gary said

Contstuction started in 1993 of the conference room

365 acre reserve (Bodega Marine Reserve)
UC has 39 reserevs
UC owns the land that BML is on

State marine protected area stretches to three miles out

Boats can go through, but no sanctuary

The fed govt expanded the marine sanctuary two months ago

Nov-Feb gray whales make their southern migration to Baja
March, females and calves go back north

It’s a mini-campus

50th anniversary is in September

“It’s a highly corrosive environment, deferred maintenance cost is huge”
“It’s deteriorated. Millions of dollars needed for making it sound.”

Better to pay as you go.

2008-09 budget crisis made it worse.
“We have a lot of catching up to do.”

It’s very specialized, can’t just use a regular construction crew

Chancellor Katehi came out in her first couple of years
was very positive about it as a UCD facility

Wanted to elevate it to the next level

Big oceanographic institutes are Scripps, UW, Oregon

BML is a land-sea interface
Estuaries, the SF Bay, Rivers

Climate change studies
Environmental studies

One of four places in the world (S. Africa, Chile, Portugal) where this is significant upwelling (Steep continental shelf, so a big drop, and high winds, cause cold water to rise up from above.
Everything bends off to the right, curves off shore…brings up cold, nutrient-rich water

Temp can drop 8-10 degrees really fast
Good for fisheries, salmon

(Look up info about Marty Griffin, author who wrote about PG&E wanting a nuclear power plant out here, 70-foot deep pond, fresh water … fresh water aquifer)

Entrance to the housing complex is where “The Birds” attacked

Horseshoe cove used to be popular for surfing

Facility has a part-time librarian

They get 10-12,000 visitors per year
1/3 of those are K-12

Bodega Learning Center
Was aimed at K through Gray
GC said people want to be involved (NSF had funded grad students to lead classes K-12…don’t anymore…not totally sure about this)

Public is welcome now between 2-4 on Fridays…appointments can also be made for classes, etc.

Showed me the lecture hall (very nice)…big screen where they can video conference back to UCD main campus
Hold seminars, classes and meetings there

Public education room where volunteer docents lead tours (many of the same volunteers for years)

Chancellor wants 2-3 new faculty at BML

But they need more lab space

Photo…aquarium with LED lighting approximates 60-foot depth…good for growing algae

Photo…wet lab where one million gallons per day of water is pumped

BOAR stands for Bodega Ocean Acidification Research

Oysters, clams, mussels…Ph impacts shell growth

Tomales Bay oyster farms are trying to figure out why the spats aren’t growing shells…monitoring intake of Ph in water (which is also being done in WA and OR)

Photo…Red abalone (kelp eaters)

Sea urchins can live 100 years

“ocean acidification is affecting everything”
inner ear bone is how you age fish

The lab is on the San Andreas Fault

Saw tidepool/touchpool out front

A bit “dirty” because the water is too warm right now

Photo…Rockfish in front entrance aquarium are up to 40 years old.
Don’t seem to be aging the way those in the wild do…

North Wing built in 1977…was the original UCD building
Aquaculture, which is agriculture of aquatic species (i.e. oyster and abalone farms)

One thing being studied is zinc oxides from sunscreens…how they are impacting embryos, chemicals from sunscreens into the ocean

North wet lab

NSF climate change experimental facility, has funded two labs (check this)

Another study is on prey fish reactions
Photo…green ribbons that simulate sea grass
Young rockfish are tested to see how they respond to gasses added to the water…reaction times of when they try to hide in seagrass. With more gas, are they slower to try to hide. Adjusting the chemistry of the water

Downfall of aquaculture…non-native species
example of Atlantic lobsters, trying to grow them here and study them here rather than where they live

Aquaculture is reviving now

Solutions of aquaculture are things like an oysters grow the way scallops do, on a rope?

Need to not destroy the environment while getting more interest from policy makers.

World Food Center can be a leader on aquaculture

BML is poised to be a leader on policy issues (Jim Sanchirico’s field)

GC works on pollution…large scale fishing brings the population …need sustainable fishing practices.

Super clean air in the reserve area…

Air from Asia…What is coming across from water (tsunami)
Small pollutants coming from Asia

Pineapple express being studied

Scripps people come for two months, measure atmospheric rivers

Easier for a UC to use the facility
Don’t charge rent
May have to pay for utilities
Govt entities, like NOA has a permanent weather station
Cal Fish and Wildlife have two staff permanently out here in labs
Joint appts with Vet Med

Lease lab space to them

Grey whales migrate

“Last five years we’ve had humpback whales in the area”
blue whales off shore, don’t come in real close

Orcas this last spring easily within sight of the offices

dolphin and harbor porpoise
seals and sea lions … Bodega Rock has a big colony

Sea lions have external ears

Harbor seals flop around more like a big slug

White shark population here
Group from Davis/Stanford collaboration on sharks here…tagged
Come in in the fall, feed on seals, migrate off shore in late fall/winter, half-way between here and Hawaii
Tags indicate they are doing deep dives
Scientists think they’re mating out there

Not that many of them
Give birth in Cali

most of the young sharks ending up in So Cal

Near Manhattan Beach Pier

move north as teens

365 acre reserve is closed to the public
All UC reserves are set aside for teaching, research, outreach

Public let on site in controlled way

Have collecting permits to get things like mussels at other state beaches

Too many research projects going on here to let people wander around…
Mesh cages block off areas.

GC told of an
Algae bloom of 4 or so years ago…don’t know why it happened
killed a ton of urchins, but they are now rebounding

BML coast area has consistent salinity

Professor in environmental toxicology, (80 percent), 20 percent in nutrition
reproductive biologist/toxicologist

PhD at UCD
with Davis since then
post doc at med school
In Bodega since 86

Director of admin and operations at Scripps for 10 years

Job opened up and moving up near parents in Oregon was a good move

Most of the students live in Petaluma so there’s stuff to do

Bodega Bay elementary school
Middle school is in Tomales (45 minutes)

Sebastopol is 15 miles
Petaluma is 18 miles
Kristin Aquilino
U of Wisconsin undergrad

PhD at UCD in population biology

Her husband is the diving and boating safety officer for UCD
Which includes BML, San Juan Islands and Lake Tahoe

Kristin knows an unbelievable amount about white abalone
The lore is they’re the most tender for eating…you don’t even have to pound them

The first marine invertebrate species to be put on endangered species list

Hit hard in the 1970s by over fishing

Abalone farms are all over the California coast

recreational diving allowed for red abalone…need a sport license to fish it…3/trips
Rules say you have to hold your breath while hunting them

Totally overfished white abalones
“We caused this…we have a responsibility to save them”

In 2001 BML researchers started with 20 broodstock white abalone to parent/spawn

That year, 100K juveniles were born. Amazing results.

However, almost all died a year later from withering foot disease, a bacteria related to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Early 80s this disease was seen in black abalone (second marine invert. to be on endangered species list) in the Channel Islands area, water temperatures rose, activated the disease

The bacteria made its way up the coast
(Confusing note here that says virus attached to bacteria – vaccine)

Between 2003-2012 there was no successful reproduction of white abalone in captivity

NOAA in charge of any ESA listed species in ocean

BML had clean water
Gary Cherr is the permit-holder for white abalone

Jim (James) Moore is the shellfish health expert of california (possibly also with Laura Rogers Bennett of Cal Fish and Game)
He and colleagues came up with tracking and recovery plan

a bacterial wash
in 2011 BML got the white abalone captive breeding program

They are being bred here, but will be moved to So Cal (natural habitat) when old enough)

BML had first spawning in
2012 — 20 were born
2013 — 120 were born
2014 — 2,000 were born

“Some of it is luck”

Post settlement survivorship (?)

Bath of low percentage hydrogen peroxide creates free radicals in water
Abalone seem to think it’s spawning time

Still expect 95 to 99 percent mortality

“How do we increase survival in that first three months after settlement?”

They produce
3-6M eggs in nature but only 300K in captivity

Doing an experiment right now on day-length (photoperiod)
Lab lights are set to on on and off with the sun in the white abalone’s home region of SoCal
They’ve been accelerated to see if they can get them to have two days per day, speeding up their spawning schedule to twice a year (they spawn in March)

Some of the lab abalone think it’s the proper time, while others think it’s March now…
Experiment details below…

But it’s possible it’s not light-related that makes them spawn twice a year…maybe it’s diet or water temp.

They have one left from the wild (the “old white man”)
and about 50 left from the first 100K in 2001 (which are spread out…about 15 at BML, some at USCB, Some at Santa Barbara Natural History Sea Center, some at Cabrillo, San Pedro, Aquarium of the Pacific)

Thankfully their habitat is in tact, but it will be a long time before they are de-listed from endangered species or before they can be harvested commercially.

Estimate a few thousand are left in the wild…and they are too far apart from each other to reproduce.

Goal is that the population in the wild will reproduce…inbreeding (lack of genetic diversity) could be a problem…all the abalone in captivity are related. They have a request in to the govt to get some new ones from the wild

PHOTOS: tiny ones born in March … a few thousand
Super tiny ones were born May 6 (look like a pencil dot)

Abalone are hemophiliacs…have to be super gentle how you remove them so they don’t bleed to death.

(Google KA’s abalone video for more)

KA jokes that they abalone get a wine country spa treatment on their shells (paint on beeswax and coconut oil…can’t remember why…need to ask her if I use this)

KA says restoration of white abalone will take decades.
Suzanne Olyarnik, Ph.D
Bodega Marine Reserve director

(Bus card says Bodega Marine Reserve, John Muir Institute of the Environment)
UCD for grad school in conservation ecology and evolution

Studied at the BML

“I have the best job in the world”

She participates in weekly surveys of the coast, i.e. harbor seals, does data collection

manages the reserve
Talked of 50th anniversary (of the whole reserve system?)
BMR is on of 39 sites the UC runs

Research was being done at various sites by scientists, and they would come back to check and see that the areas had been developed. “They needed protection”

750K acres were pieced together to represent California habitats

Goal is research, education, stewardship and public outreach

UC has largest natural reserve system in the world (doesn’t mean they own the land)

Director has different duties at each site…

BMR is layered over with many jurisdictions
SO has to Interpret the jurisdictional layers…helps users figure out permitting, etc.

Visiting two institutions, the reserve and the lab

It only gets more valuable over time for research, knowledge

NOAA has three weather stations at the lab

Researchers can use that data

SO says Bodega is one of the highest used reserves

“It’s a no-take reserve”

Poachers still come into the reserve..salmon have been running lately
She acts as another manager in the area helping fish and game by reporting poachers

The terrestrial is used more than the marine area

The area includes coastal prairie, which is rare
also bluffs, dunes, brackish water marsh

seen badgers, long-tailed weasels, peregrine falcons
someone else mentioned mountain lions (rare) and coyotes being seen out there
John Legier
West Coast research
UCD professor, undergrad and grad school at Univ or Cape Town (he’s South African)
UCSD was his first job in oceanography
He then returned to Cape Town after 1994 elections

Specializes in environmental oceanography
His attraction to UCD was the strong ecology and environmental sciences programs

He also liked the strength of collaboration and interdisciplinary

Scripps had an emphasis on individual accomplishment…he likes the established culture of UCD collaboration and the land-grant approach to life…wanting to make the world a better place.

“Marine lab is very collaborative…there are open borders” between departments. And “generous interaction with each other.”

Said aquaculture started BML, and it should be returning to that emphasis. Chile and Spain are big in sustainable aquaculture

he also said the World Food Center hasn’t engaged with the marine lab

State has now invested in an aquaculture coordinator

JL arrived at BML in 2004, had been collaborating with UCD people since 1990

studies the movement of water and how it connects things

like circulation in the body…you can’t understand the ocean without understanding the water

Steven Morgan joined the group…biological oceanographer

Upwelling and land run-off
All characterized by equator winds
surface water goes off shore when wind blows,
cold, nutrient rich water upwells into the light, photosynthesis gets started

Big whales eat the plankton
sharks eat smaller fish

Study the upwelling near to the shore

Scripps people study whole california shore

Smaller scale here…where it really matters to the ecosystem and people

Pathogen pollution study at vet med school

Estuaries like SF Bay
pipes, sewage discharge
Runs off in winter in big flashy floods

13 inches of rain in a couple day span last winter
Russian River almost dry
Delta struggling

Two primary phenomena
salt and fresh water interacting
Almost all big coastal cities are on estuaries

When that water goes to the ocean it doesn’t just vaporize
it forms a flume
good and bad things in the flume

bad things are pollutants
good things are nutrients, etc.

Big scale of California like El Nino

Rain comes in big events
Washington state is drier during el nino years

Every summer we see low oxygen upwelling for past 10 years
seems to be climate change

Steven Morgan — Teach classes here (
Overlap with John (and how water is moving)
Two phases, marine life has unique complex life cycle
adult phase, looks entirely different than planktonic stage
Arguing over fate of these larvae and what people care about…fisheries
Very challenging problem to study…need combination of knowledge and expertise, ecology, evolution, behavior and oceanography

Fisheries programs been looking at this for a long time

Fundamentally an ecologist
Can’t know what’s happening with abalone, sea starts etc if you don’t know about their life cycles
fluctuates greatly in time and space
Challening to figure out what that is

7 hypothesized theories on what is killing larvae

One of the big ones is currents, taking tiny larvae away from its habitat and it can’t get back
prevailing view for past 100 years

As evolutionary ecologist that doesn’t make sense
bot hard to disprove
Making strides, have been able to use natural elemental tags (like tree rings)

Huge boon in figuring out how far larvae are going and where they’re coming from

People think of these as particles, but they can regulate where they’re going because they can adjust their position up and down

Good evidence that larvae are swimming toward shore
Of almost every creature in the ocean except mammals and sharks
barnacles, crabs, rock fish, mussels, etc.

75-85 percent have dispersing something

Other 1/2 the lab is trying to figure out things on the shore

Looking at how populations change in space and time…
Interested in for its own right, but also has applications
Where do you put each reserve, how big do they have to be?
Might be determined by how far larvae are ranged

We all teach on campus as well

Asst. professor at Stony Brook in University
1999 to UCD
Moved around a lot in life
UCD is the foremost in the world for kinds of things we do, environmental ecology
Wanted to be in California , wife is from here

Wanted to teach at a marine lab

Working in the natural world, on the ocean

Here we can bring students out, principles, teach the how to do their own research projects

Cant get these experiences anywhere else on campus
but they are formative experiences that change people’s lives…Oh, I get it I want to be a scientist!

If you want to be leading in the environment you have to engage people

So dynamic, changes every time
Many of these marine organisms are stuck
water changes every minute
has huge impacts on organisms that live here

Subsidies of foods that come from sea to land that are important

SF Bay
good stuff gets back onto land like kelp on beach, rodent eating kelp

Two-way street
students studying ocean here take back perspective to main campus

challenge people there who have more simplistic views

From that viewpoint I tolerate going back to Davis

Faculty interaction
Intelectual interaction
Committee work
Spend 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. there meeting with people

Random notes I THINK from GC
Observe the ocean
observe systems

Wiring the ocean
weather bureau
Can monitor things so much more
Antenna pairs up and down california coast
wind, weather, salinity, oxygen
tracking the ocean

Some long term records like daily temp for last half century
Modern observing called wiring the ocean

Collaboration state and nationwide
Led by techno people

Bodega Ocean observing node (BOON)
$1/2 mil per year comes in from that

Not just observing, but getting deeper insight into ecosystem
Need to measure with intent not just to monitor

Water last September was four degrees C warmer than usual (7 degrees)
Low o2 events weren’t being measured a while ago, now they were

From 30 years of temp data we see oceans are getting colder
because winds are getting stronger and upwelling is getting stronger

very complicated

It’s a challenge, it’s a puzzle

Birds habitats are changing in different ways, not enough food, related to upwelling

Long term monitoring in addition to observing

Crews go out along continental shelf monthly
biological life

Productivity of the sea

A number of us have long term monitoring sites on land
tracking changes in community, relativity of predators
trying to forecast the consequences in predator/prey interaction
ecological science is a big challenge…can’t control much of what’s out there, need to work in a lab to do that.

Incredible connections to Marin and Sonoma
We advice government
Russian River water agency
Not a remote disconnected locale

Tracking oil from spills

BML came up with idea of CMSI to be a bigger link to campus

Biggest issue is that people don’t realize what a resource this is
We always have students come in and ask how did you hear about this
I heard at the last minute by word of mouth
It’s a challenge
New major will help a lot
One of largest marine faculties in the state

We don’t grant degrees in the marine sciences

Training marine science students
New students will be interested in marine sciences rather than one specific area
Student research
Dan Swezey (BOAR)
Studying red abalone and ocean acidification
(did undergrad at UCSB, finishing PhD at UCD, doing post-doc at BML)

Works with an abalone farm in Santa Barbara…how abalone can withstand more acidic conditions

The ocean pH…there are irreversible changes…start on these smaller creatures, then figure out what we’re going to do with the bigger things

He’s at the beginning of his work of how we’re going to help shellfish adapt to the ocean chemical changes, they’ve been overfished and are sensitive to changes

He built a CO2 system for a PhD project…now using for abalone and lace corals…
Higher CO2, more acidic

Raise animals here for a whole life cycle…they seem most sensitive when they’re young

UCSB had aquaculture classes
“reaching thresholds in the ocean” we can’t keep taking seafood, abalone at these numbers
Red abalone are really clean, easy to produce, good for food, and a symbol of California

Manager of the abalone farm he is working with got his masters from UCD
“We have experts in ocean acidification” and they need research done

Another researcher…Kate Davis, fifth year grad student studying how are plankton responding to ocean acidification, simple organisms, so they respond quickly. They are good for measurements of climate change
Favorite was Erin Satterthwaite who is working in Steven Morgan’s lab
studying larval dispersal
fourth-year grad student, 1 1/2 to 2 more years
When to Juniata College as a biology major
Grew up in Cal, wanted different experience so went back east to small liberal arts school

Bonded with the BML experience
liked the land-sea interface

Talked about collaboration
so much working together, makes people better scientists

Likes that it’s an integrated field

Would like to teach at a small liberal arts school

“The ocean is my passion” and it’s a “good energy when I share that”

Likes to participate in outreach, like scientist for a day program,


More touring with Gary and Patrick:
Showed me the super cool divers locker room

Need to be trained for research diving…training is a couple more weeks at the facility after the person has standard dive certification

There is a core group who dive for collecting, research, working on the intake

Showed trailers for classes, atmospheric science, diving

PHOTO…NOAA atmospheric stations

Air and Resources Board takes samples for air quality
Ideal reference site for a coastal region

PHOTO…Main seawater system (conversation about how it’s difficult for main campus to even conceive of the needs out at the lab)

from Horseshoe cove to pipes up top

Pipes suffer from “Hardening of the arteries” due to all the sediment and organisms

PHOTO: grasses and mussel things at the exits of the pipes

Custom-designed system
Series of filters remove sediments and organisms
Filter chambers are cleaned once per month
PHOTO: pile of sediment

Pat H: Once per year the pipes are cleaned at the intake with a giant snake (rooter) thikng

At the end of the filters are three major pumps that go to two holding areas/tanks which are gravity-fed

They are electrical-dependent (diesel fuel)
In early 1990s there was no power in Bodega for five days
They could keep the seawater flowing with back up generators

Disaster if all the research is lost without water pumping

As for being on an earthquake fault, GC says other places are built on faults, like UCSF. You can just try to reinforce the area…the south wing, which was built with three feet of reinforced concrete in the 1960s can supposedly withstand a 45 degree shift, GC said

GC “Structurally I think we’re in a pretty good place.”

Pat and Gary regularly said the weather while I was there was incredible (It’s usually very windy”

Showed the pool they built for diving training.

Pat or Gary said the fire department won’t use salt water for fire suppression, so in 1993-1994 BML added a “dive pond” … big fresh water (chlorinated) pool, 18-20 feet deep at its deepest…better than just having giant water tanks…might as well have a purpose

Side note from Patrick: BML has nine facilities people…contractors have to come for specialized jobs, but place has to be pretty self-sufficient out here…calling in an outside local plumber isn’t going to work for the seawater system, etc. GC: remarked on the “challenge to educate the administration” on these kinds of needs

GC Said it’s interesting when he goes to marine lab society meetings…”We all have the same issues with administration not understanding” our needs

Facility is running on barebones…deferred maintenance is huge, in the highly corrosive environment.

Plus, PH said, compliance with human health and safety can’t be ignored.

Talked of PGE rebuilding one of the main generators a couple of years for $85K…Would have been $200K+ for a new one.

And PH pointed out that in a big storm, all of PGE’s extra equipment gets taken…you need your own backups out here

About 100 people are out there year-round, 160 in the summer with students, researchers, international

GC said you want people to come use the lab

25-30 faculty are routinely here, the CMSI major will make more come out

2 math professors were recently out measuring waves… as a way of teaching their calculus classes

Reaching out to other faculty
GC “good to have more intellectual diversity” as a justification to the main campus that BML and the data it gathers is in use

Vet med department uses it
Med school uses it (drug discovery from marine plants…Miami’s lab has NIH funding for drug…more for aquaculture story)

Art and environment classes have come out for a week

also aquaculture
Climate change
Wineries are interested…if less fog (which is the case when there’s more windy weather), wineries need to know which grapes to grow.

Help set aquaculture policy
toured defunct salmon facility…GC hopes to get it back in business

Side note…salmon genetics technique developed at BML…one scale can be used to show the watershed its from)

Could be used for sustainable aquaculture tanks (has fresh and salt water)

Wants campus faculty or agency folks to use it

GC facility would work with a little maintenance

Salmon sheds all constructed in 1991 by the BML crew (which was bigger then)

There was a consortium that didn’t want salmon extinct

PH said that in 2011 a comprehensive study was done on the facility’s deferred maintenance…$5M

GC said they were already operating “so close to the edge”

He said there’s been no real strategy for doling out money to the lab, but annual review for budget is happening now(?)

GC also said administration has to look at other metrics, not just money

He said they need development expanded

CMSI growing will need investment

PH: During budget lows, they’d get a $200K cut here, and there, later be given $50K for deferred maintenance…but there’s been no strategy.

Inside again…
actually talked about having weddings there…Pat told GC they’re not as profitable as you’d think

GC said they always come to Picnic Day and show off the “hidden jewel” and make the Davis community and students aware

People at PD always are surprised, like somehow Davis couldn’t be involved in marine biology

With new major, CMS majors will come for either six weeks in the summer, or for the spring quarter (mostly juniors)

Complicated because of housing…usually have a lease in Davis, so they end up double-paying for a quarter. Or they have to pay summer session fees. GC likens it to a semester abroad type program

Thre”e times per year (once each quarter) there’s a freshman seminar
GC: We bring them out here, tell them what programs are offered”

They also do recruitment on the main campus twice each year

Housing there is about the same as the droms

Tanya Perez


GS 350 a practical, fun luxury sedan

By From page B2 | August 07, 2015

The Associated Press

Luxury car buyers who are driving enthusiasts with a practical streak should be sure to look at the 2015 Lexus GS.

The midsize luxury sedan has a starting retail price that’s thousands less than the popular 2015 BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and comes with more front and rear legroom than its two German competitors and a longer powertrain warranty. Better yet, Consumer Reports magazine lists the predicted reliability of the GS 350 as much better than average — another leg up on BMW and Mercedes.

A recommended buy of the magazine, the 2015 GS with rear-wheel drive carries a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, of $49,540. Standard equipment on the base model includes a power moonroof and a 306-horsepower V-6 — more than its competitors as well — mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, plus leather upholstery, backup camera, 12-speaker audio and 18-inch wheels. (All-wheel drive is available, pushing the starting price to $51,790.)

By comparison, a rear-drive 2015 BMW 528i with 240-horsepower, turbocharged four cylinder has a $50,945 starting retail price, including destination charge, and the 2015 Mercedes E350 with 302-horsepower V-6 starts at $54,025.

Lexus, the luxury division of Toyota, doesn’t have all the years of brand history of BMW and Mercedes, nor does it have a European pedigree. But the 2015 GS 350, particularly in the Lexus performance F Sport trim, is surprisingly sporty and balanced and drives smaller than it is.

Today’s GS 350 F Sport has an odd look with a pinched-in grille and lower air dam, but the test car didn’t draw any attention. The details make up for it, as gaps between pieces of sheet metal were well aligned outside, and interior trim pieces were affixed perfectly inside.

The ride can be supple, with many road bumps not felt by passengers, or firm because of the F-Sport’s Adaptive Variable Suspension that lets drivers adjust shock absorber damping. With a double wishbone suspension up front and a multi-link rear, the GS 350 F Sport moved smoothly through slalom maneuvers and stayed stable during an emergency obstacle-avoidance incident. Even when weight shifted from one side of the car to the other during aggressive driving, the GS maintained its composure, feeling nimble and smaller than its nearly 16-foot length.

The new eight-speed automatic transmission shifted smoothly and the V-6 provided strong power to move the GS, which weighs roughly 3,800 pounds, in lively fashion.

Lexus is known for its quiet interior, which was in the GS to some extent, but engine roar was audible when the GS was pushed hard to accelerate.

Front and rear seats have good padding. Two adults, not three, do best in the back. Front-seat legroom of 42.3 inches is unexpectedly generous, and back seat legroom of 36.3 inches edges out the BMW and Mercedes competitors.

Trunk space, though, tops out at 14.1 cubic feet as rear seatbacks do not fold down.

Government fuel mileage ratings of 19 miles per gallon in city driving and 29 mpg on the highway are on par with V-6 luxury sedan competitors. The GS requires premium gasoline, so keep that in mind when considering its 17.4-gallon tank. With an average city/highway mileage of less than 21 mpg, the tester had a range of 360 miles on one tank.

Finally, the GS has a 12.3-inch display screen in the middle of the dashboard. It’s so big, three items such as map, climate control settings and audio can be displayed side by side. Watch out for the mouse-like controller, which can distract attention from the road.

Ann M. Job


Point/counterpoint on coal

By August 07, 2015


EDITORS: Below are two commentaries on the coal industry; they make an excellent pairing. These free commentaries are available for immediate publication. If you use them, please send an email to InsideSources publisher Shawn McCoy ([email protected]) so he can keep track of where they are published. PHOTOS of the writers are attached.

Point: Even with the Clean Power Plan, Federal Policies Still Favor Coal

By Matt Lee-Ashley

With the release of the Clean Power Plan earlier this week (Monday, Aug. 3), the U.S. took a landmark step toward leveling the playing field among renewable and fossil fuel energy sources that will be powering our homes and businesses for decades to come. Wind and solar energy, for example, will now be allowed to compete more fairly with coal, whose high external costs – including carbon pollution, respiratory illness and premature deaths – have long been overlooked or ignored.

Yet, even with the Clean Power Plan in place, little-known federal policies and subsidies at the Department of the Interior will continue to tilt U.S. energy markets in favor of coal.

Forty percent of U.S. coal is mined on national forests and other public lands owned by American taxpayers, 90 percent of which is dug from sprawling strip mines in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.

With the help of federal subsidies and low federal royalty rates, some of the world’s largest coal companies have been expanding their holdings of public lands in the Powder River Basin and flooding U.S. and international energy markets with discounted and subsidized coal. Federal coal from the Powder River Basin can undercut the price of competing coal sources and other fuel supplies as far away as Florida and China. This federal coal is so widely burned that it now accounts for one-tenth of U.S. greenhouse gas pollution — a share that could well increase in the coming years.

There is no reason coal should get a special deal on America’s public lands.

The fact is, in addition to special breaks — including subsidies for washing and transporting their own product — coal companies that are mining on federal lands pay substantially lower royalty rates than companies that drill for oil and gas in federal waters.

What’s more, independent investigations have found that companies are exploiting a loophole by selling coal to their own subsidiaries at discounted rates and then paying a royalty on that artificially low price. It is a trick that is unethical and should be made illegal. A new bill from Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, and Rep. Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania would do just that.

All these outdated policies come at a high cost to taxpayers: By one estimate, taxpayers would be collecting up to $1 billion per year in additional revenue if coal companies were to simply pay a royalty on the true market value of the coal they sell to power plants, without all the subsidies and loopholes.

And it isn’t just taxpayers nationally who are getting a raw deal, but local communities as well. The state of Wyoming, for example, would be able to offer free college tuition to every one of its students if the federal government were to collect what is actually owed to the state and its citizens from mining in the Powder River Basin. The savings from closing loopholes and cutting subsidies in the federal coal program could also be invested to help struggling coal communities in Appalachian states diversify their economies, retrain workers and create new opportunities.

The coal industry and its allies, of course, fiercely object to any changes that would level their competition with other American energy sources. An army of coal industry front-groups, lawyers, and multi-million dollar television ads are attacking the Clean Power Plan and its supporters with false claims and fear mongering. A coal industry lobbyist told Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell last week that there is no reason to modernize or reform anything because “the federal coal program is a tremendous success story.”

The federal coal program has indeed been a boon for the world’s biggest coal companies, but from the perspective of American taxpayers and our nation’s interests, it’s an undisputed boondoggle. Taxpayers deserve a fair share from coal mining on public lands; it’s far past time to modernize an outdated program, end coal subsidies, and require that everyone play by the same rules.

Matt Lee-Ashley is a senior fellow and director of the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress. He previously served at the Department of the Interior from 2009 to 2012, including as deputy chief of staff. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.


Counterpoint: The Sierra Club’s Proxy War on Coal

By Andrew F. Quinlan

Cronyism isn’t popular these days. It never really has been, but growth in public awareness of the problem has forced special interests to get more creative in how they approach their rent-seeking. So it comes as no surprise to see a new report outlining how billionaires such as Michael Bloomberg have co-opted the Sierra Club to serve as proxy advocates for their personal business interests.

It’s no secret these “green” billionaires are in the game to make money. They are at the forefront of investing in upstart green companies, many of which need government support in order to survive. It now appears that in addition to giving money directly to politicians to gain favors, benefits and handouts for their favorite investments, they have also hijacked non-profit environmental groups for their benefit.

A new report released recently from the Energy & Environment Legal Institute documents how the Sierra Club’s largest donors accrue economic benefits from the activities of the environmental conservation group. Taking advantage of the club’s reputation as a steward of the environment, they’ve funneled millions into efforts to shut down traditional energy sources in order to benefit their own economic interests and investments.

Michael Bloomberg, a former mayor of New York, says “coal’s days are numbered,” and recently announced $30 million in support for the Sierra Club’s goal of eliminating half of all coal plants in the United States by 2017. The donation comes on top of the $50 million he supplied in 2011. Other billionaires such as Nathaniel Simons, Roger Sant, David Gelbaum and Tom Steyer are also funding their efforts.

Coal provides the largest share of domestic production of all energy sources, so shuttering a large number of plants could prove disruptive for consumers. That’s exactly what the Sierra Club’s large donors are counting on as they move in to fill the politically created void.

The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign has vast resources at its disposal thanks to these billionaires, and it’s using its war chest to bring the fight directly to the states. The campaign has made significant progress, shuttering almost 200 plants in just three years, by building on the organization’s other successful lobbying efforts.

For instance, the Sierra Club has a cozy relationship with the Environmental Protection Agency, and has worked in conjunction with regulators for years through use of “sue and settle,” also known as “friendly lawsuits.”

Republican Congressman Don Young of Alaska once described the process where “environmental groups and a federal agency agree to enter into a lawsuit that alleges that the agency has failed to meet a regulatory deadline or requirement. The two parties then settle with a preconceived consent decree that circumvents the traditional rule-making process and ‘forces’ the agency quickly to implement mutually agreed-upon rules.”

Among the many burdensome rules passed through “sue and settle” were regulations that piled costs on coal production, providing ammunition for the army of lawyers that the Sierra Club has dispatched to state and local governments to convince them that coal is too costly, thanks in large part to the very federal regulations pushed by the club.

Meanwhile, they can point to green energy as a cheaper alternative, though they benefit from subsidies that really just shift and hide their true costs. And if those other energy sources happen to be produced by Sierra’s largest donors, well, what’s a little back scratching in the name of environmental progress?

Rather than win in the competitive market by simply providing a better or cheaper product, these billionaires are looking for rules to hamstring the competition. That’s not unusual, but by surreptitiously working through an outside interest group with extraordinary influence at the EPA, they’re circumventing even the most minimal checks and balances and buying a level of regulatory control otherwise unheard of.

Nor do they plan to stop any time soon. According to the leader of the Beyond Coal campaign, Bruce Niles, “Once we’ve taken out coal, we’ll need to take on oil.” And no doubt there will be a group of billionaires funding the effort, who eagerly await the opportunity to pick up the pieces of another vital American industry laid to waste by the environmental lobby.

Andrew F. Quinlan is the co-founder and president of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, which promotes free-market ideas. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

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Healthy Solutions

Even low-level activity helps

By August 23, 2015

A University of Florida study finds that moderate exercise in increments as short as 20 minutes can decrease long-term health risk.

By Fred W. Wright Jr.

Tampa Bay Times Correspondent

Wash those dishes. Dust that table. Make the bed. Get up and change the TV channel without using the remote.

Even the most modest exercise, the type we do around our household chores every day, can have a potential health benefit, according to a recent University of Florida study.

This is good news for many seniors whose lifestyle is more sedentary and for those older people who are facing mobility challenges. That’s the conclusion of Thomas Buford, assistant professor at the Gainesville university’s Department of Aging and Geriatric Research.

“We have this general idea that moderate exercise is necessary three times a week for health benefits,” Buford said. The study suggests something much less strenuous also can have health benefits.

The study involved 1,170 people with an average age of 79 and a sedentary lifestyle.

Their daily activities were monitored with an accelerometer, which translated any kind of movement, no matter how slight or how strenuous, into “counts” per minute. The more active the exercise or movement, the higher the counts. The data was applied to a formula to determine the participant’s long-term health risk for a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack.

The study found that every 25 to 30 minutes a person spent in sedentary behavior ¬ó watching television, sitting to eat meals or lying down to read ¬ó increased their long-term health risk. By contrast, every 20 minutes spent doing even low-level activity decreased their long-term health risk.

“We know that physical activity is an important risk factor for cardiovascular health,” Buford said. “But what we really don’t know as much about is how low levels of activity might influence health.

“What we should be doing is encouraging people to integrate low-level activity into daily life,” he said. “Walk more. Sit less. Park the car a little further away. Get up and walk while watching TV.”

The traditional recommendations for exercise intensity and duration (at least 150 minutes a week) may not apply to seniors with mobility issues, he said.

“An older adult with functional limitations may not be able to perform moderate to vigorous exercise,” said Tony Marsh, co-author of the study and a professor at Wake Forest University. “But you can go for a walk with your spouse or your kids or your dog. The critical element is to do something that gets you off the couch and moving.”

Surprisingly, for those seniors who do exercise regularly, a sedentary day after a workout at a gym is still to be avoided if possible. “Exercise doesn’t completely offset the sitting,” Buford said.

Activity just slightly above sedentary, which could be light housework or slow walking, was associated with higher levels of the more beneficial kind of cholesterol, HDL, in some people.

“It’s all about doing something,” Buford said.

Contact Fred W. Wright Jr. at [email protected]

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Media Post

Best Brothers photos

By August 05, 2015

Left to right:
Will Springhorn Jr. and Christian Martin
Photo by:
B Street Staff

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Will Springhorn Jr. and Christian Martin
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Behind the scenes Monsanto

By August 3, 2015

Felicia Alvarez


Home design with furry friends in mind: Redesign a pet-friendly place

By August 16, 2015

Even for households that count four-legged fur friends as part of their family, pet-friendly features can be easily overlooked when it’s time to build or redesign. Architectural details, such as cabinetry, offer clever ways to provide pet-friendly function to any room.

There are three categories to keep in mind when integrating your pet into your next home improvement design. Pets, like humans, need a place to be bathed, to sleep, and to eat.


Whether your dog is large or small, having a space to keep them clean is a necessity for year-round grooming. Another bonus: by giving them their own space, you no longer have to use your kitchen sink or bathtub to get the job done. One perfect place to include a pet grooming area is the laundry room. This room is often hidden from guests and lacks carpet, which makes it the ideal place for bathing animals. Using Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.’s You Draw It Program, you can design a custom cabinet solution that puts all the supplies you need for grooming close at hand.


It’s pretty common for pets to have their own bed, but often this is simply an oversized pillow lying out in a high-traffic area, such as the living room. A living/entertainment space or the kitchen is ideal for getting dogs and cats out of the way and giving them their own little cozy corner with a more pleasing aesthetic. For example, a cutout area under the kitchen counter is an attractive way to tuck your furry friend’s bed away while allowing him to remain close to the action.


Your four-legged friends have to eat just like everyone else. Create an area for food and water bowls out of the way of daily commotion. Feeding stations are commonly found in the kitchen or laundry room, but with a built-in system you can establish a functional and attractive dining destination in other rooms of the home. Features such as wells to hold food and water dishes, a bin on rollers for dry food and shelving for cans and treats will put everything you need at your fingertips for mess-free chow time.

Do your pets a favor and keep them in mind when building your home or doing your next remodel. For more ideas on how you can include your pet in the design of your home, go to www.wellborn.com.

— Family Features

Fred Gladdis

Local News

Child support

By July 30, 2015

August is Child Support Awareness Month

(Woodland, CA) – August is Child Support Awareness month, reminding parents that child support is crucial to the financial security and well-being of approximately 8,000 children and families in Yolo County.

“Children are the best part of ourselves – the sum of our past and the promise of our future, the guarantee that our lives and values and dreams will flourish long after we are gone.” With that statement, then President Bill Clinton made an official proclamation in 1995 that recognized the month of August as Child Support Awareness Month.

Children grow and thrive with the commitment of family to provide for their emotional and physical needs, as well as opportunities for enriching their minds. This is especially important when a family’s structure changes. For 1.3 million children in California, meeting those needs requires the commitment of child support professionals throughout the state.

Child Support Awareness Month is a time to salute parents who work hard to ensure their children grow up in stable homes and look forward to a bright future. It is also a time to help remind parents who are not always present that they are an important part of their children’s lives.

The mission of the Yolo County Department of Child Support Services is to enhance the well-being of children and the self-sufficiency of families by providing child support services to anyone who wants or needs them. The department is a neutral agency and does not represent either parent, but instead works to ensure that the child’s best interests are met in terms of financial support. Last year, the department collected close to $13 million in child support. Statewide, local child support agencies collected and distributed more than $2.3 billion on behalf of 1.3 million children and families that participate in the California Child Support Program.

“Children who receive support from both parents tend to do better in school and tend to have fewer behavioral problems throughout their lives,” said Yolo County Department of Child Support Services Director Natalie Dillon. “This support comes in many forms; emotional, mental and financial.”

General information about California’s Child Support Services Program is available at: www.childsup.ca.gov and over the phone 1-866-901-3212. General information about the Yolo County Department of Child Support Services is available at: www.yolocountychildsupport.org.


Beth Gabor│Yolo County Manager of Operations & Strategy (Public Information Officer)
625 Court Street, Room 202│Woodland, CA 95695
Phone (530) 666-8042│Cell (530) 219-8464
[email protected]

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Special Editions

Rethinking gardens in a time of drought

By July 29, 2015

Eds: With AP Photos.
Rethinking gardens in a time of drought
DEAN FOSDICK, Associated Press

LANGLEY, Wash. (AP) — Severe drought is parching large sections of America, but that doesn’t mean giving up on gardening. Plants can be coaxed through the hot summer months despite severe water restrictions.

“Looking ahead, we expect dry or erratic conditions for plants,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension. “Planning landscapes now for minimal watering is the smart way to go.”

It’s safe to allow lawns to go brown (dormant) in summer and then bring them back in winter, he said.

“Maintain the smallest lawn possible, especially if you’re going to irrigate,” Miller said. “If there are some old roses or other plants in your garden that aren’t serving their purpose or died because they weren’t getting enough water, then replant them with plants known to be drought-resistant.”

Drought-tolerant plants pose challenges of their own, however.

“Odds are they’ll die if not watered well that first year, before they become established,” Miller said. “Plant things in the fall when it’s cooler and watering isn’t needed. Then the winter rains (or snow) will come along and provide some help.”

Add plants that thrive in dry summers and wet winters. That would include lavender and sage (herbs), bougainvillea and vitis californica (vines), lobelia and common myrtle (shrubs), buffalo grass and Bermudagrass (turf), among many others.

Use soaker hoses or drip systems that deliver water more efficiently and cut down on evaporation.

“Water in the morning,” Miller said. “Don’t water in the middle of the day, as it will speed evaporation and can burn foliage on particularly hot days.”

Be proactive about watering plants in containers, he said. “Once the soil has dried out in pots, it’s difficult to get it rehydrated. You lose a fair amount of nutrients in that soil, too.”

Some Irrigation Association tips for using less water while gardening:

— Mulch around plants and shrubs. That reduces evaporation, limits weed growth and moderates soil temperatures.

— Water often and for shorter periods. Setting your irrigation system to run for three, five-minute intervals lets soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes at one time.

— Hydro-Zone your yard. Group plants with similar moisture needs in the same area, making it easier to ensure they get the water they need without overwatering. Separate plants from grassy areas, which have different watering requirements.

A recent survey of landscaping and garden trends by the homes website Houzz.com found that many new home buyers already are reducing the size of their lawns or removing them entirely.

“It’s surprising how many are putting in synthetic lawns. In California, it’s 1 in 5. I’m seeing a lot of them,” said Nino Sitchinava, the principal economist at Houzz, who lives in Palo Alto.

“Even more people are going back to mulch, which is a traditional approach,” she said. “Other ground covers are becoming more popular than turf grass.”



For more, see this Irrigation Association website: https://www.irrigation.org/Resources/Smart_Irrigation_Month/Consumer_Water_Wisely.aspx

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Press Release

UC Davis Professor of Design Dolph Gotelli Realizes Life-Long Dream: Museum of Wonder & Delight Opens This Fall

By July 25, 2015


Contact Information (Media “Sneak Peeks” Available):
Diane Dean-Epps, Marketing Director
Email: [email protected]; Cell phone: 530.559.5446; Website: www.museumofwonderanddelight.org

905 Leidesdorff Street, Suite 100, Folsom, California. In an already lush landscape of Sacramento area attractions, it is hard to imagine a uniquely new “don’t miss” attraction on the horizon. But imagination is exactly what IT is all about. What is “it?”
THE MUSEUM OF WONDER & DELIGHT…where wonders never cease.
Starring the one-of-a-kind collection of vintage toys, international folk art, antique dolls, Christmas ephemera, and art-infused artifacts of Professor of Design, Dolph Gotelli, the Museum of Wonder & Delight has slated its GRAND OPENING in Historic Folsom for Friday, September 11th with a ribbon cutting launch at 12:30 p.m.

In fact, you’ll need more than one day to take in the panoramic panoply of work Creative Director and Curator Dolph Gotelli has assembled. Which is why the Folsom Historical Society is hosting a THREE-DAY GRAND opening celebration of its newest delight running through the weekend: Friday, September 11th, Saturday, September 12th, and Sunday, September 13th, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They have prepared an outdoor welcome for you that includes a puppet show, music, and refreshments.

As an internationally renowned collector “Father Christmas” has left a path of instruction having lectured extensively on the subject of play, childhood toys and games, and international celebrations and rituals, including his expertise on all aspects of Christmas.

Featuring three distinctly diverse galleries with whimsical settings appealing to all ages – Once Upon a Time, Christmas Dreams, and an ever-changing space featuring themed exhibitions, the Museum of Wonder & Delight personifies Dolph’s credo, “To know is nothing, to imagine is everything.” As the newest member of the Folsom Family of Historical Society Museums this design marvel of a museum highlights the inimitable artistic style of Dolph Gotelli.

And the best part? You can now revel in the imaginative experience Dolph’s work inspires year-round at the MUSEUM OF WONDER & DELIGHT… where wonders never cease.

Special to The Enterprise

Media Post

Wragg Fire DR photo

By July 25, 2015

Fred Gladdis

Local News

Yolo County Library partners with Food Bank

By July 26, 2015

Yolo County Library Partners with Yolo Food Bank

(Woodland, CA) – The Yolo County Library is again partnering with the Yolo Food Bank during Yolo County Library’s Summer Reading Program. Last year Yolo County Library participants donated over 2,200 pounds of food. This year’s goal is 2,500 pounds.

“We hope to continue last year’s efforts in providing food for the hungry,” said Yolo County Librarian, Patty Wong. “Partnerships are important to our ongoing communal success.”

Approximately 16% of the people in Yolo County do not know where their next meal will come from. Yolo Food Bank serves 17,000 households (approximately 47,000 Yolo County residents) each month through its programs and partnerships with over 60 nonprofit agencies.

“It is our absolute pleasure to partner with the Yolo County Library this summer,” said Kevin Sanchez, Yolo Food Bank executive director. “We appreciate all who continue to support this program and who raise awareness that hunger is a year-round issue.”

The most needed items include peanut butter, cereal, pasta, dried beans and shelf-stable milk, as well as canned tuna, meats, fruits, and vegetables. Non-perishable food items can be donated at designated Yolo County Food Bank bins at the following locations:

• Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue, West Sacramento
• Clarksburg Branch Library, 52915 Netherlands Avenue, Clarksburg
• Esparto Regional Library, 17065 Yolo Avenue, Esparto
• Knights Landing Branch Library, 42351 3rd Street, Knights Landing
• Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, 315 E. 14th Street, Davis
• South Davis Montgomery Satellite, 1441 Danbury Street, Davis
• Winters Community Library, 708 Railroad Avenue, Winters
• Yolo Branch Library, 37750 Sacramento Street, Yolo
• Yolo County Library Administration, 226 Buckeye Street, Woodland

There is still time to donate items as the Yolo County Library Summer Reading Program runs through August 15.

For more information about the Yolo County Library, visit: www.yolocountylibrary.org, or connect with the Yolo County Library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.


Alyssa L. Manprin
Assistant to the County Administrator
County of Yolo
625 Court Street, Room 204
Woodland, CA 95695
Tel (530) 666-8151
Fax (530) 668-4029
email [email protected]

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Suit up for Success interview

By July 23, 2015

From Katy Zane:

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS for the Davis Enterprise 7/23/15

 Program Duration: The program has been in place about 10 years.

 Program Demand: STEAC serves about 1-2 low-income job seekers each week or

about 75 clients a year.

 Referall Process: As with all STEAC programs, clients are referred to STEAC for

Suit Up by social service agencies that STEAC has trained such as Davis

Community Meals, Department of Employment and Social Services, Empower

Yolo, etc.

 Success Rate: Follow-up statistics show that about 70% of the people helped

through Suit Up for Success find a job.

 Partnership: STEAC works in partnership with R&R in Davis and My Sister’s

Closet in Woodland to implement Suit Up. Clients meet a trained Suit Up

volunteer at the store site who acts as a personal shopper spending up to an hour

helping the client select clothing.

 Self-Supportive: A significant amount of program funding comes from clothing

and accessories that have been donated and put on consignment for STEAC at

R&R (household items also) or My Sister’s Closet. Donated clothing can be

causual like jeans and cotton shirts, or more formal like suits. The revenue from

all donated items that are consigned to STEAC fund an account that is used to pay

for interview outfits. This subsidizes the cost to STEAC of purchasing outfits for


 Low No-Show Rate: The client no-show rate is extremely low, about 10%.



Call library
Tues 10-2
Wed. 2-9
Thurs 10-2

Works at Davis Library


South Carolina

Specifically need to say
This consignment is for STEAC Suit up for success

Program has been in place for 9 years
hyelpbetween 75-100 people per year

70 percent success rate helping people get jpbs

we get referrals from social service agencies

for instance davis community meals
empower yolo
Department of Employment and Social Services

Tanya Perez


Zsofina PenzvaltoW

Artwork by Zsofia Penzvalto will be on exhibit at The Paint Chip, 217 F St. Courtesy photo



Hardwater, from left — John Swann, vocals and guitar; Mark Morse, drums; Brenden Tull, bass; and Richard Day, guitar and harmonica — will bring pop, rock, folk and blues to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday. Courtesy photo




Getty Images/Courtesy photo


Smoke moving east from the Wragg fire covered Davis last night. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

Media Post

Smoke from Wragg fire covers Davis

By July 24, 2015

Sue Cockrell

Local News

Elias 8/4 Donald Trump as the new Pete Wilson

By July 21, 2015



As Donald Trump, real estate mogul, TV star and Republican presidential candidate, made a whirlwind mid-July trip around the West in his private, blue-painted Boeing 767 jet, it almost seemed like he was trying to sabotage his own party. This was before he went off on the military record of the GOP icon, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

It’s been 21 years since Trump’s party mate, ex-Gov. Pete Wilson, campaigned for reelection against illegal immigrants, his TV commercials incessantly showing illegal immigrants streaming across the Mexican border at San Ysidro and all but endorsing the anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187.

Wilson was reelected, Proposition 187 passed with a 65 percent vote and California has been solidly Democratic ever since, the difference-maker being 2.5 million legal immigrants who gained citizenship as a self-defense tactic over the next three years. Every poll since then has found immigration is the key issue keeping Latinos in the Democratic column and this state solidly blue.

But the last decade or so has seen some slippage in Latino loyalty to Democrats. Republican ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger twice took more than 40 percent of their vote and surveys have shown Wilson – once complete anathema to Latinos of all ages – is all but forgotten.

But now comes Trump to blare the same sort of prejudices Wilson only voiced by implication. He’s essentially renewed the anti-Latino label Wilson hung on the GOP.

When Trump formally announced his candidacy in mid-June, he said he was running to stop illegal immigrant “criminals, drug dealers and rapists” from entering America. He was aided by the untimely, seemingly random murder of new California resident Kathryn Steinle by a five-times-deported illegal on San Francisco’s Pier 14.

But her murder was an aberration. It turns out the illegal immigrant crime so decried by Trump and others who like to lambaste the almost defenseless undocumented is largely a myth.

The newest U.S. Census and FBI statistics (dating from 2013) show crime rates among Hispanics, citizens or not, are lower than for any other major ethnic group. One reason may be that Latinos fear deportation more than other ethnics, many of whom have legal status because of when forebears arrived here.

Ron Unz, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur who in the 1990s came closer than anyone else to knocking off Wilson in a Republican primary, classically compared two cities with very different ethnic makeups in a lengthy article in The American Conservative magazine.

Matching Seattle, one of America’s whitest cities at 70 percent Anglo, with San Jose, 50 percent larger but one-third Latino, he came to this conclusion: “Seattle’s crime rate is indeed low, but the crime rate in San Jose is actually much lower: One third lower for homicide or violent crime in general, with less than half the robbery rate. In fact, none of the most heavily white major cities in America have crime rates anywhere near as low as one-third Hispanic San Jose.”

The evidence, thus, is that Latinos, including the undocumented, are more law-abiding than many of their neighbors, whatever the reason.

Trump’s blathering, then, is completely untrue.

But where the damage Wilson did to the Republican brand among Latinos was largely confined to California, Trump could harm the party far more widely. That’s because as he swung through the West during July, he visited states like Arizona and Nevada, with large numbers of legal Latino residents who have not yet been galvanized into applying for citizenship en masse.

Trump’s rhetoric – which drew huge, enthusiastic crowds, much as Wilson did in 1994 – has the potential to get them started, which could convert not merely those in Arizona and Nevada into registered (Democratic) voters, but also about 3 million latent potential Latino voters in the dead-red Republican stronghold of Texas, last won by a presidential Democrat when Jimmy Carter ran in 1976.

That’s why GOP figures like South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham call Trump a “wrecking ball” for the GOP, one that he plainly hopes will go away. If his party doesn’t resoundingly reject Trump’s views, “we will have lost our way,” said Graham.

But Trump won’t quietly disappear, and if he makes a respectable run in the GOP’s primary elections next spring, he could produce an epic, lasting disaster for his party. Just like Wilson.

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 July 19, 2015

Lt. Paul Doroshov
On July 17 at 8:14 a.m., we were dispatched to Holmes Junior High for a vandalism report. The responding officers discovered that an unknown suspect spray-painted construction equipment, plywood as well as various walls on the exterior of the campus. The suspect spray-painted a swastika along with “XIV” and “SK”. “XIV” has been gang graffiti in in the past but not sure what it stands for here.”

“I am not seeing a dollar amount measuring the damage and I am assuming that is pending an estimate.”-

Davis police advised that the investigation is ongoing

ongoing and follow up with sargeants in the future

Car theft south davis on chiles used car lot

took a couple of cars, chp found one car
arrested people in bay area
same car dealership broken into the dealersihp

Neighboring business reported

Tanya Perez

Local News

Need a new best friend?

By July 17, 2015

Punkin is a purebred spayed female black-and-tan German Shepherd. She’s 1 to 1 1/2 year old, a very good-natured dog, and also smart and able to learn things quickly. She loves to play ball and would make a great jogging partner. Shirley is a 10-month-to-1-year-old spayed female Pappillon mix. She was very timid when she first arrived but she’s becoming more trusting each day. She loves to play with other dogs and will make a perfect new best  friend for some special person. Come meet Shirley, Punkin or some of the other many dogs available for adoption at Rotts of Friends adoption event from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17.  All dogs available for adoption are spayed or neutered, healthy, microchipped, current on  shots and come with free lifetime obedience training classes. Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue is at 29 Palms Pet Resort 34505 County Road 29, Woodland,  between County Rds. 94 & 95. To check out some of the many dogs available for adoption, visit our website at RottsOfFriends.com. If Saturday doesn’t work, appointments can be set up for other days and times by calling Renee Lancaster at 530-681-1326.

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UCD Med Center awarded

By July 15, 2015


Fifth consecutive year for national honors

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — UC Davis Medical Center has again earned “Most Wired” designation as one of the nation’s top health leaders in information technology. The 2015 award is based on a national survey conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.

The annual assessment looks at how hospitals use information technology to complement their patient safety and quality-of-care priorities as well as their public health, administrative processes and workforce decisions. For this year’s awards, 741 hospitals and health systems completed the organization’s survey, which represents participation by more than 2,200 hospitals – or about 39 percent of all hospitals nationwide.

This year’s designation follows numerous other IT awards honoring the university’s clinical and research enterprise on its Sacramento campus, including one from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). It recognized UC Davis in 2013 with a Davies Enterprise Awards of Excellence for distinction in the use of the electronic health record (EHR) and associated technologies to improve clinical quality and cost efficiency.

“Once the core elements of our EHR were fully deployed and care teams could enjoy all the clinical care benefits, everyone began thinking very differently about clinical content and clinical processes,” said Michael Minear, chief information officer for UC Davis Health System. “The new perspectives and approaches that are now possible because we are such a digitally connected institution are truly driving improvements in clinical quality and cost reduction. There is no question that our ‘Most Wired’ attributes have enabled significant improvements in care delivery and care quality that simply were not possible in the old, fragmented days of paper-based care processes.”

With a fully deployed EHR used to support and provide all types of clinical care, UC Davis Health System has launched a number of innovative quality-improvement programs that were not possible prior to the arrival of modern EHR software. One example was a special project to address sepsis, a serious complication from infection that requires hospitalization for than a million people a year. A multi-disciplinary group at the medical center created a new clinical workflow and changes in the electronic health records system – based on evidence-based best clinical practices – that enabled clinicians to better control sepsis infections.

UC Davis has realized significant returns on its clinical-technology investments in the form of enhanced revenues and reduced costs. It invested approximately $160 million in capital costs from 2002 to 2013, and saved an estimated $63 million in hard dollars during that time period. In addition, the university’s IT leaders say there have been other savings gained and costs avoided over the past few years, and they anticipate similar benefits in the coming years because UC Davis’ EHR and related technologies will enable the health system to avoid potential penalties related to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ “meaningful use” guidelines.

“Our ‘Most Wired” designation reflects the culture at UC Davis in which new technologies and practices are all designed around the primary goal of supporting the very best in patient care.” said Minear. “Our organization, for example, was an early adopter in the secondary use of electronic health records to support clinical research and quality care improvements. Much of that work has leveraged a now fully deployed EHR that integrates patient data across the continuum of care, improves efficiencies in clinical workflows, deploys evidence-based best practices into clinical care and shares important data with other community care providers.”

UC Davis is one of just 16 institutions in California to receive the Most Wired award this year. The honor will be formally presented at the annual Health Forum and American Hospital Association Leadership Summit later this month in San Francisco.

Tanya Perez


Zsofina PenzvaltoW

Artwork by Zsofia Penzvalto will be on exhibit at The Paint Chip, 217 F St. Courtesy photo



Hardwater, from left — John Swann, vocals and guitar; Mark Morse, drums; Brenden Tull, bass; and Richard Day, guitar and harmonica — will bring pop, rock, folk and blues to Picnic in the Park on Wednesday. Courtesy photo




Getty Images/Courtesy photo


Smoke moving east from the Wragg fire covered Davis last night. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo


Charles M. Blow: A bias more than skin deep

By July 15, 2015

I will never forget the October 2013 feature on National Geographic’s website:

There was a pair of portraits of olive-skinned, ruby-lipped boys, one with a mane of curly black hair, the other with the tendrils of blond curls falling into his face.

The portraits rested above the headline: “The Changing Face of America: We’ve become a country where race is no longer so black or white.” It was about the explosion of interracial marriage in America and how it is likely to impact both our concept of race and the physical appearances of Americans.

As the Pew Research Center pointed out in a 2012 report: “About 15 percent of all new marriages in the United States in 2010 were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity from one another, more than double the share in 1980 (6.7 percent).”

People often think of the browning of America as a factor of immigration or racial/ethnic variances in birth rates, but it must also be considered this way: as a function of interracial coupling and racial identifications.

This freedom and fluidity is, on one level, a beautiful sign of societal progress toward less racial rigidity. But, at the same time, I am left with a nagging question: Does this browning represent an overcoming, on some level, of anti-black racism, or a socio-evolutionary sidestepping of it?

As some make choices that challenge the rigid racial caste system in this country — one strictly drawn and enforced, at least in part, to regulate the parameters of freedom and enslavement — is everyone elevated in the process, or are those on the darkest end of the spectrum still subject to a discrimination that is skin-shallow and bone-deep?

How does blackness itself, the obsidian, ethereal blackness of the people who populated my world as a child, fit this shifting paradigm? Is the laughable “postracial” really some strange proxy for “postblack,” as Anna Holmes posited recently in The New York Times Magazine?

Biracial people can have their own challenges adapting to a world that adheres to the illusion of racial purity, in part because their very existence challenges the notion and reveals its ridiculousness.

That must be acknowledged. But what must also be acknowledged is that racial purity itself was an instrument developed for the protection of whiteness from “dilution,” and the furthest one could move from whiteness was blackness.

Blackness was denigrated in direct proportion to the degree that whiteness was preferred or valued as supreme. And on top of this issue of race as defined by color, there is an overlay of gender. In particular, how do women with darker skin fit this paradigm in a culture and world that seem to reflexively conflate lighter-skinned not only with beauty but often with femininity itself?

I was reminded of this, this month when The Washington Post reported on a study about the popularity of multiracial people among online daters .

But even in this openness, there persisted a pro-white/anti-black bias. As The Post pointed out: “Hispanic women preferred men who identified as Hispanic-white above all else. Hispanic men were less selective — they liked Hispanic women, white women and Hispanic-white women about the same. White women responded to white men and Asian-white men the most, followed by Hispanic-white men and black-white men.”

Furthermore, among all groups, according to the study’s co-author, “Men didn’t play racial favorites as much as women did. Except when it comes to black women, who were responded to the least.”

While America’s history in skin-color politics is long and deep, this aversion to darkness — particularly dark femininity — and aspiration to lightness, or even whiteness, isn’t only an American phenomenon. It’s a global sickness informed by history and culture and influenced by colonialism and the export of popular culture.

In 2012, The New York Times ran an article about Chinese women wearing ski masks to the beach to keep from getting darker.

The Guardian reported in 2013 on “India’s obsession with fair skin” that incorporates the use of whitening cleansers that even include “vaginal washes.” As the paper put it: “Last year, Indians reportedly consumed 233 tons of skin-whitening products, spending more money on them than on Coca-Cola.”

And the BBC reported in 2013 that “a recent study by the University of Cape Town suggests that 1 woman in 3 in South Africa bleaches her skin”

It seems to me that we as a society — nationally and globally — must find some peace with dark skin itself, to not impute value and character onto color if harmony is truly to be had.

Until that is done, it often feels that we of darker bodies must resist the absorption of oppression and love ourselves defensively, as an equalizer. We must love our dark flesh as an antidote to a world that often disdains it.

New York Times News Service

Roger Beachy, World Food Center notes

By July 14, 2015

Listening to notes now:
“UC Davis is the one campus that wants to bring all their skills and knowledge to bear on important problems, including in the areas of food and nutrition, sustainability, health and things that are related to what we do a lot of in California.” All that information, all that knowledge and skill is brought together for “a greater societal impact.”

“The university has had tremendous impact on food, and food production, and knowledge about nutrition…how do you make even more out of that? How do you make it even more impactful?”

“For all the greatness that it is, how can we make ourselves even better?”
“Those are the sort of things that the World Food Center is looking to be.”

“We want it to be the hub for creating transformational solutions to feed and nourish the world for decades to come.”

The solution should come from places like us.
our job is to figure out how to implement this.

Board of directors and board of advisers formed

Bring leaders together to shape the question that we should be addressing, and the policy implications, the societal implications the economic implications…and then get the research done.

Part of this is how to connect to the marketplace

Josette Lewis, Assoc Director of World Food Center
has connected to Gates Foundation

Gates hasn’t done much with food and nutrition

Interested in ag, mostly in getting better and more sustainable crops in Africa

“This university is not as engaged with the Gates Foundation as we should be given our standard as a number one school of agriculture, with one of the best schools of nutrition, the number one vet school…all the stuff we have going here.”

Josette has been up for a second trip to the Gates Foundation, trying to foster more of a relationship

Under the WFC umbrella
The Innovation Institute for Food and Health (partnership with Mars)
defining what that is becoming is ongoing

“We have interest in what they do, how they position the innovation, how the innovation can be global”

Is there another university that can say it’s in the same league?
“What makes us unique is we’re not talking about more corn or more cows, we’re talking about nutrition and sustainability and health, There’s no other university that does it as broad or with as much breadth or depth as UC Davis. There are others that are really very good in sustainability or nutrition (Texas A&M, Cornell, U of Wisconsin) Almost every major land grant institution has some degree of excellence in one of these topics.”

“It’s unusual to have a university like this one where there is such breadth of excellence.”

People and companies want to come where there’s a bigger breadth.

The big questions that we are really good at answering…
water, food,

Me: One-stop shop

We know that if we can’t provide the answer, we can find the right people.

Institute for food and agricultural literacy

Around 22 minutes on first recording talks about China’s reason for establishing a center … food safety related (kinda boring…look at news release of this)

Tanya Perez


Eias 7/28: ‘Robbing the hood’ ruling shows PUC unchanged by scandal

By July 14, 2015



It’s time once more to roll out the lyrics of The Who’s classic 1971 song Won’t Get Fooled Again when examining the California Public Utilities Commission, which nominally exists to make sure monopoly utility companies don’t overcharge their captive-audience customers.

“Meet the new boss; same as the old boss,” went the words written by Peter Townshend. And with the PUC these days, nothing could be more descriptive.

Get rid of Michael Peevey, the conventional wisdom went last winter, and the PUC would likely return to its basic mission and stop constantly favoring utility companies over their customers in every decision related to rates.

And Michael Picker, the former adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown whom the governor named as PUC president after Peevey stepped down amid a still-ongoing investigation of corruption, made pious noises about transparency and openness.

But the first major decision under his aegis reveals that nothing has changed. The PUC, founded in the early 20th Century to limit monopolies like Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Co., has once again given the utilities just what they want.

This decision essentially codifies a practice known as “robbing the hood.” Where for decades, the largest California electricity users have paid higher rates for their excesses, now they and small users will soon begin paying roughly equal amounts.

This was explained by Picker’s PUC (although the idea originated during Peevey’s tenure) as a means of ending the “subsidies” small users living in apartments enjoy at the expense of wealthy folk who use wads of electricity to power their hot tubs and Teslas.

Although specific new rates were not immediately set when the PUC early this month unanimously voted for the change, it is eventually expected to cost small users about 20 percent more each month, or approximately $10 extra for starters, the tab to rise as power costs go up. So it’s a reverse Robin Hood kind of thing, harming the poor and helping the rich. That’s how it earns the “robbing the hood” sobriquet.

Of course, the PUC didn’t mention that the really big beneficiaries of the change aren’t residential customers of any kind, not even the wealthiest energy hogs. The largest benefits will go to big businesses like oil refineries and computer chip makers, which use enormous amounts of power.

This proposal originated with PG&E, the same company indicted for criminal negligence in its fatal mismanagement of natural gas pipelines. The utilities will make billions of dollar more under the new system than they do now; just how much has yet to be determined.

The sad part of all this is that there appears little hope the PUC will anytime soon diverge from its longtime pattern of favoring big utility companies over their tens of millions of customers.

This pattern extended to natural gas during the early 2000s, when PG&E and Sempra Energy, parent of both Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric, got the Peevey-led PUC to push hard to bring liquefied natural gas (LNG) from places like Indonesia and Australia to California at enormous expense.

This state needed LNG, said both the utilities and the PUC, because a domestic natural gas shortage was impending and the PUC arranged for the state to give up most of its reserved space on two of the three big pipelines bringing natural gas here from Texas, Oklahoma and the Rocky Mountain region.

That plan was nixed when the state Lands Commission, then led by ex-Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and current state Treasurer John Chiang, refused to allow construction of pipelines across state-owned tidelands in Ventura County. Since then, hydraulic fracking has produced a surplus of domestic natural gas, putting the lie to all the PUC and utility company claims of impending shortage and consumers have saved billions compared to what they’d be paying if the companies were buying LNG.

Still, almost no one heeded the PUC’s constant favoring the utility companies over consumers. Similarly, there were no large-scale protests when the PUC this month changed the electric pricing system, to the great detriment of most customers.

Apparently, not even a criminal investigation can get reporters and the public they serve to see through the subterfuges used by PUC members and their utility company cronies.

Which brings to mind the classic observation of Thomas Jefferson: “In a democracy, the people get precisely the government they deserve.”

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

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.

— UC Davis News

Karen Nikos-Rose

Chinese Film Festival website changes

By July 9, 2015

Hosted by Davis Chinese Film Festival Foundation (DCFFF), Confucius Institute at UCD, and The Beijing Film Academy, the second anniversary of Davis Chinese Film Festival will be held from on October 3 to October 15 in City of Davis. 2015 marks End of the World War II battle in the Far East, and the 150 anniversary of Chinese Railroad Workers Building the US transcontinental Railroad, the second anniversary of Davis Chinese Film Festival will present audio-visual feast for the public based on the two themes
The first Davis Chinese Film Festival was very successful with strong support from the community. Since DCFFF has encountered a dispute since several of its former board members had possession and still in possession and control of DCFFF properties and operating information, and refused to return to DCFFF’s current board of directors. DCFFF’s official website (www.dcfff.org) has also been shut down. The current board of directors is working expeditiously to resolve this dispute and recover possession and control of all DCFFF properties and information. The board is hopeful that a resolution will be reached soon. In the interim, the board has established a temporary website (www.DavisCFF.org), where the community may obtain information relating to the second Davis Chinese Film Festival. All board members are looking forward to bringing a successful Festival to the community this year.
The second anniversary of Davis Chinese Film Festival will include both indoor and outdoor celebration, forum, and specialist expert interview and so on. People may let us know your request, though and suggestion in official website, we will do our best to make the fest better. Please visit official website: http://www.daviscff.org/ or http://www.DCFFF.org, or email: [email protected] for more information.

Linda DuBois

By July 2, 2015




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Linda DuBois

Dog and cats

By July 1, 2015

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

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


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

Special Editions

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

Special Editions

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

Enterprise staff


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

Special Editions

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

Special Editions

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

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.

Special to The Enterprise

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

Special to The Enterprise

Local News

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

Special to The Enterprise


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

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


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

Special to The Enterprise

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.

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Ralph Hexter

By May 01, 2015

Caption: At a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Sept. 2013 for the new UC Davis Welcome Center, Provost Ralph Hexter, along with Chancellor Linda Katehi and campus ambassadors Demsina Babazadeh and Brian Jones, share a laugh over some giant scissors.

“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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