Cal State University faculty approve 4-year contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California State University faculty has overwhelmingly approved a new four-year labor contract, ending more than two years of contentious bargaining with the administration, the union said Tuesday. Lillian Taiz, president of the California Faculty Association, said the contract, which largely preserves current working conditions and contains no salary raises, won […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Make a cuddly gift at Project Linus meeting

Project Linus of Yolo County ‘s monthly gathering is from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. The group makes and distributes gifts of new handmade blankets and afghans created by volunteers to provide love, warmth and security to needy children throughout Yolo County. Attendees will sew […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Rotary’s Oktoberfest to benefit babies and mental health

Raise a stein and celebrate Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 22, with Davis’ Sunrise Rotary Club to benefit the Yolo Crisis Nursery and NAMI-Yolo, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The morning Rotary club’s annual fundraiser for community nonprofits will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22, in Central Park’s […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sunday’s bingo proceeds will benefit I-House

Community members are invited to play bingo Sunday at the Odd Fellows Hall; this month’s proceeds benefit International House, Davis. The hall is at 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. The doors open at noon and games begin at 1 p.m. Typically, 14 or 15 games are played and the fun ends just before 4 […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Local News

UC votes against privatizing UCLA business school

LOS ANGELES (AP) — University of California faculty leaders said current policy doesn’t give them the power to allow UCLA’s Anderson School of Management to privatize its funding, a move administrators had sought to put the school on par with private business schools. A graduate affairs committee of the UC Academic Senate voted 10-0 against […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

CHP officer critically wounded in highway shooting

WALNUT CREEK (AP) — A California Highway Patrol officer was clinging to life in critical condition and a suspect was dead after a Tuesday morning rush hour shootout on Interstate 680 near Walnut Creek, authorities said. The shooting, which prompted the closure of the highway in both directions, occurred shortly before 8:30 a.m. after the […]

September 05, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Attorneys make opening statements

Jurors in the murder trial of Richard Hirschfield, charged with the 1980 killings of UC Davis sweethearts John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves, will hear evidence of his criminal history, including a 1975 conviction for robbing and raping a Mountain View woman whose younger sister and boyfriend also were in the apartment. Attorneys disagreed in their […]

September 05, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Hard water solution is part of the problem

SALTY LANGUAGE … this from California’s Eastern Municipal Water District: “On average, a single residential self-regenerating water softener can discharge a pound of salt a day and between 70 to 300 gallons of water per week when it regenerates and ‘flushes’ away the brine. Residential self-regeneration water softeners are a significant source of salinity.” … […]

September 05, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Dems seek luster for Obama from Bill Clinton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bill Clinton takes center stage at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday as President Barack Obama’s nomination is placed before a party hoping that the last president to preside over sustained growth can help propel him to re-election in a sputtering economy. The former president’s speech will be a high point […]

September 05, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

‘Sweethearts’ murder trial begins at long last

It was the whir of a bathroom fan that alerted Andrea Rosenstein to something terribly, horribly wrong.

Rosenstein — then known as Andrea Gonsalves — made a habit of leaving the bathroom light on so her younger sister Sabrina “could see her way” when she returned to their shared Alta Loma Street condominium at night.

“She would have turned the light off” before going to bed, Rosenstein testified Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court. So when the fan continued to blow the next morning, “I knew that she had not come home.”

A frantic Rosenstein called her family and that of John Riggins, Gonsalves’ best-friend-turned-boyfriend …

Woodland city leaders break ground on surface water project

WOODLAND — Even with the city of Davis not yet on board, construction officially began Tuesday on the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency surface water project, as Woodland city leaders broke ground on the regional water treatment facility site. The groundbreaking took place in front of the site at 42929 County Road 24 in Woodland. After […]

September 05, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Kozik tapped the art of science

Scientist and watercolorist Alexander Kozik, from the former Soviet Union, studied at St. Petersburg University, Russia, and is now a bioinformatics specialist at the UC Davis Genome Center. His primary duties are data visualization in genomics. Ten years ago, he started an artistic interpretation of biological data in colors and shapes. He developed numerous computer programs […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Redwood City man arrested for crash that killed wife, son

A Redwood City man faces felony drunken driving and possible vehicular manslaughter charges following a crash Monday that killed the man’s wife and teenage son, according to the California Highway Patrol. According to a CHP news release, 46-year-old Reyes Barajas of Redwood City was at the wheel of a westbound 2001 Toyota Tacoma that ran […]

September 05, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

YFSA opens new downtown Davis office

Yolo Family Service Agency, a nonprofit agency that for 53 years has offered counseling and mental health services, has moved to downtown Davis. The agency has opened an office with convenient parking at 140 B St., Suite 6C. Trish Staniosis, YFSA executive director, says “downtown Davis is a great location, making it much easier for […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,