Deficient levees found across America

By Cain Burdeau and John Flesher NEW ORLEANS  — Inspectors taking the first-ever inventory of flood control systems overseen by the federal government have found hundreds of structures at risk of failing and endangering people and property in 37 states. Levees deemed in unacceptable condition span the breadth of America. They are in every region, […]

February 14, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Three free tax assistance workshops planned

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada and the Yolo County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Coalition are hosting a series of free tax assistance workshops over the next three Saturdays. Families earning up to $50,270 from wages or self-employment are eligible for free tax preparation assistance and may receive a maximum of $5,891 in earned income tax credit. Many […]

February 01, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Don Shor: Lilacs and redbuds for Davis gardens

Watch out for sentences that begin with “in my day.” It’s a sign that some old guy is about to tell you a story about the way things used to be. Well, in my day, people planted fruit trees in the winter, bulbs in the fall, tomatoes in April or May. And some flowering shrubs […]

January 31, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Obamacare loophole threatens UC students

By Nanette Asimov and Victoria Colliver Life was great for Kenya Wheeler in the spring of 2011. He’d just enrolled in a UC Berkeley master’s program in city planning and had won a research position that would pay his fees. Healthy as a horse, he biked to campus every day. A year later, a cancer diagnosis […]

January 31, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Water vapor saves big bucks

Pablo Orozco, of Design and Project Management at UC Davis, points to and explains a control computer monitor during a Jan. 11 tour of the Central Steam Plant on campus. The plant on Dairy Road features a new condensing economizer that captures vapor from the burning of natural gas for steam to supply energy to […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Israel conducts airstrike on Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Regional security officials say Israel conducted an airstrike inside Syria overnight near the border with Lebanon. The two officials did not say what the target was. But they said Wednesday that Israel had been making plans in the days leading up to the airstrike to hit a shipment of weapons bound for the anti-Israel militant group […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Huge storm slams South, Midwest

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A large storm system packing high winds, hail and several possible tornadoes tore across a wide swath of the South and Midwest on Wednesday, killing one person, blacking out power to thousands and damaging homes. The death was reported when a large tree blew down on a shed in Nashville, Tenn., […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

City Council OKs changes in fire services

A shared-management concept for the Davis and UC Davis fire departments, as well as a pitch to relax the boundaries between the two agencies, got the green light Tuesday from the Davis City Council. So did a modification of the city’s fire response-time goals. But the most controversial proposal before the council — to reduce […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Council not ready to pay for regional wastewater treatment project study

The City Council elected to postpone a decision Tuesday on whether to spend almost a quarter of a million dollars on an investigation of a regional project for wastewater treatment services with the city of Woodland. City public works staff have projected that pumping wastewater to Woodland rather than rebuilding the local plant could save […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Train death ruled a suicide

The man who was struck and killed by a train Monday morning in Davis has been identified by Yolo County coroner’s officials as 20-year-old Steven Garrett Hatton. Hatton, a Davis resident, died shortly before 4:30 a.m. following the collision on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks near Second Street and Peña Drive. Union Pacific officials, who […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Plastic bag problem? I don’t see it

In a town that bills itself as the first pro-choice city in America, I’m still trying to get my arms around the movement to deny grocery shoppers the simple choice between carrying their food and other goods home in plastic bags, paper bags, cloth bags or their bare hands. If you don’t like plastic bags, […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Caldwell appointed Yolo’s health officer

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors has announced the appointment of Constance Caldwell, M.D., as Yolo County’s health officer. Dr. Caldwell has been serving as interim health officer since April. Prior to this appointment, she served as a physician for the Yolo County Health Department for the past seven years, which included being the medical […]

February 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Beginning folk dance class offered

The Davis Art Center is offering a four-week beginning folk dance class on Tuesdays, Feb. 5-26, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Students will learn easy traditional and contemporary folk dance from many countries in a fun social environment. The class, taught by Barbara Linderholm, is a good transition into Davis Art Center’s ongoing International Folk […]

January 31, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Arab prince speaks about regional reform

Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah, grandson of the late King Mohammad V — founder of the modern state of Morocco — will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom A as part of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Faris Saeed Lecture Series. The title of his lecture is […]

January 31, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,