White House: Obama to meet Romney on Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will meet privately Thursday with his vanquished rival Mitt Romney, their first face-to-face encounter since the election. Obama promised in his victory speech on Nov. 6 to engage with Romney and consider his ideas. The meeting comes as Obama and congressional Republicans negotiate a way […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Senate Dems divided over cuts to benefit programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep divisions among Senate Democrats over whether cuts to popular benefit programs like Medicare and Medicaid should be part of a plan to slow the government’s mushrooming debt pose a big obstacle to a deal for avoiding a potentially economy-crushing “fiscal cliff,” even if Republicans agree to raise taxes. Much of the […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Council waits for downtown’s OK before making Target pad changes

The Davis City Council may have validated the Planning Commission’s hesitancy at its meeting Tuesday when it decided to wait on a proposal to lower the minimum square-footage requirements on the Second Street Crossing Target pads. Without clear approval from the city’s downtown business association, Davis Downtown, the council wasn’t comfortable moving ahead with the […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

New deal with Woodland for surface water project keeps March vote on track

With a new cost-sharing agreement for the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency surface water project in hand, the City Council took no action Tuesday to put the brakes on a public vote on the project in March. The council had reserved the right at its last meeting to halt the resolution and ballot measure it approved […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Woodland leaders wonder about us

I was happy to see Tom Sakash’s report in Sunday’s paper that Davis has reached some sort of “tentative” cost-sharing agreement with the city of Woodland concerning our share of the very expensive project to bring Sacramento River water to both communities. This deal was accomplished by the Davis tag team of Council members Rochelle […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Man reports kidnap, robbery in Woodland

A Sacramento man reported being kidnapped and robbed in his own vehicle Tuesday morning in Woodland, police said. According to Sgt. Aaron Delao, the man told officers he had left his Woodland workplace at about 2 a.m. and was at the intersection of East Main Street and County Road 102 when two men stopped his […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Meditation master offers daylong teaching

Yogi Acharya Lama Gursam, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, wraps up his monthlong Davis visit this week. An authentic Drikung Kagyu yogi, he will offer teaching and practice on Prajna Paramita from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at A Shared Awareness loft space, 105 E St., Suite G. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. While […]

November 29, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Natsoulas hosts Holiday Gala

The John Natsoulas Gallery is hosting a Holiday Gala and silent auction from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. This evening of live music, dance and art is dedicated to the people who have collaborated with the Natsoulas Gallery over the years, a news release […]

December 02, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Give me a T! Give me an R! Give me an E! …

Members of the Davis High School Cheer Team combined their school spirit with holiday spirit on Tuesday as they decorated the community Christmas tree and the E Street Plaza on Tuesday afternoon, in preparation for Thursday’s Downtown Holiday Open House.

The tree will be lighted in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Thursday following the arrival of the Children’s Parade, which starts at 6 p.m. in the parking lot at the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St. (The line-up begins at 5:30 p.m.) Mother Nature may rain on the parade, but intrepid holiday revelers won’t let that stop the fun — the parade will go on, rain or shine.

Happiness is a warm blanket

Carol Sublett, left, and Diane McGee of Project Linus work with Tuan Tran, assistant manager of PakMail at the Oak Tree Plaza, on Tuesday to ship blankets to Hurricane Sandy survivors on the East Coast. A total of 99 blankets (14 boxes) already have been sent, and about 20-plus more blankets will be sent in […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Judge orders tobacco companies to say they lied

By Frederic J. Frommer WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered tobacco companies to publish corrective statements that say they lied about the dangers of smoking and that disclose smoking’s health effects, including the death on average of 1,200 people a day. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler previously had said she wanted the industry […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Western lawmakers seek probe of refineries

By Kevin Freking WASHINGTON — Six Democratic senators representing states along the Pacific Coast asked the Justice Department on Tuesday to investigate the role of oil refineries in gas spikes that occurred in May and October even as crude oil prices were declining. Gas prices jumped last month in California to more than $5 a […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Northern California braces for major storms

SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California residents are bracing for gusty winds, rain and snow at higher elevations, as a series of storms gets set to touch down. The rain and snow should begin falling Wednesday and continue through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts could reach as high as 70 mph in […]

November 28, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Governor opposes pay raise for UC Berkeley chancellor

By Lisa Leff SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom voted Tuesday against giving the new chancellor of UC Berkeley a $50,000 pay raise over what his predecessor earns, saying salary increases for public officials are inappropriate given the state’s bleak financial condition. The two politicians said during a meeting of […]

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