Physicist speaks Tuesday in Chancellor’s Colloquium Series

Physicist Kumar Patel will be the featured speaker at 4 p.m. Tuesday as part of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Colloquium Series. Patel is a professor of physics and electrical engineering at UCLA. He also has served as UCLA’s vice chancellor for research. Patel invented the carbon dioxide laser. He was inducted this year into the […]

November 30, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

UC Santa Cruz expansion on hold over water

By Bob Egelko A long-planned campus expansion at UC Santa Cruz has hit a snag in a state appeals court, which says the city should not have approved the plan without considering alternatives that would drain less water from its dwindling supply. The proposed North Campus, approved by the UC Board of Regents in 2006, […]

November 30, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Superintendent describes GATE transition experience

A discussion of Gifted and Talented Education drew a crowd of about 150 parents, teachers and administrators to Harper Junior High School on Wednesday night. Fred Brill, superintendent of the Lafayette School District in suburban Contra Costa County, described how that district had transitioned from a self-contained GATE program to a new model that focuses on […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Where’s my check for the hackberry?

There was a time when I absolutely despised the two very large hackberry trees that graced my East Davis front yard. Or as much as a hackberry tree can grace any home in East Davis. You see, the berries on these trees — so named because they make you hack if you try to swallow […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Sacramento boy, 15, held in Davis robbery

Davis police announced Wednesday the arrested of a 15-year-old boy last week in connection with a September robbery in the H Street bike tunnel. The victim, a 45-year-old Davis man, told police he was biking through the tunnel at about 8 p.m. Sept. 20 when three suspects surrounded him, pushed him off his bike and […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Woodland cops arrest suspect in attempted kidnapping

Woodland police arrested a 23-year-old man Wednesday in connection with an attempted kidnapping Sunday in a shopping center parking lot. Kyle Hall was taken into custody at 3:40 p.m. in the 1700 block of East Main Street, Lt. Anthony Cucchi said. He was lodged at the Yolo County Jail on suspicion of false imprisonment and […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Collision sends woman to hospital

A Davis woman was hospitalized Tuesday after a vehicle collided with her wheelchair, according to Davis police. The driver, identified as Jose Martinez of Davis, was traveling eastbound on East 14th Street at about 11:40 a.m. and came to a stop at B Street. “After stopping, the driver began to accelerate and heard screaming,” Lt. […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

State formalizes JPA senior water rights

The State Water Resources Control Board approved the transfer of licenses for 10,000 acre-feet of senior water rights last week from the Conaway Preservation Group to the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency. Conaway partners and the agency board first agreed upon the transfer in 2010. The senior rights allow the cities of Davis and Woodland — […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Art sale: DAC will liquidate its collection

The Davis Art Center is selling its art collection, gathered over the past 50 years, following a strategic re-evaluation of its priorities and resources.

The collection, valued at between $250,000 and $400,000, includes work by well-known artists such as Robert Arneson, Robert Bechtle, Roland Petersen and Wayne Thiebaud. It also includes an early figurative painting by Earth artist Michael Heizer, whose large-scale installation, “Levitating Mass,” was placed amid great fanfare on the grounds of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in June.

Executive director Erie Vitiello said the Art Center has evolved away from being a professional art gallery or museum and toward engaging community members in participation in the arts.

Davis Community Gift Project offers a special way to brighten the holidays

A few days before Christmas last year, a unique toy store opened for a few hours in downtown Davis. There were soccer balls and Lego sets, dolls and games and gift cards, all brand-new and waiting to brighten a child’s holiday. Parents came in and browsed, took their time finding just the right gift for […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Garamendi joining stalled farm bill talks

Rep. John Garamendi is wading into the mess that is the 2012 farm bill. Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, has resigned his seat on the House Natural Resources Committee and was expected on Wednesday to join the House Agriculture Committee in order to play a role in ongoing negotiations over the farm bill. “I didn’t enter Congress […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in U.S. Congress | Tagged ,

Berryessa Gap Vineyards opens remodeled tasting room

Berryessa Gap Vineyards, a boutique winery in downtown Winters, has recently completed an expansion and remodel of its tasting room at 15 Main St. and will showcase it at an open house from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Wine specials will be available all day, and the evening will be especially festive as Winters […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tickets on sale for Chamber dinner

Tickets are still available for the Davis Chamber of Commerce’s 108th annual Installation Gala on Friday, Jan. 18, at UC Davis’ Freeborn Hall. The evening begins with no-host cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. and dancing to live music at 9 p.m. The theme is “Modern-Day USO.” The […]

January 06, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Lladró figurines will be auctioned to support St. James

Not sure what to give that special person for the upcoming holidays? Consider a gift of timeless hand-crafted porcelain Lladró figurines from Spain. The gift not only will bring joy but also will support the St. James Catholic Church Memorial Center Fund.  The collectible Lladró figurines have been donated by Mike and Sandy Huitt from […]

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