Summer choir camp begins next week

Janie Howard Knudsen, director of the Davis Children’s Chorale, invites youths ages 8-14 to apply for a summer choir camp that runs weekly from June 11 through July 20. In addition to lots of songs, the camp will feature games and crafts. Singers of all skill levels are welcome. The four hours of instruction per […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

Apply to be a Davis Flea Market vendor

The Davis Flea Market has a free online application for Davis residents who are interested in participating in the next event as vendors. “We encourage applicants with garage sale-type items and handmade goods to apply for a booth at www.davisfleamarket.org/apply,” a news release said. The next market will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Google adds warning of ‘state-sponsored attacks’

BEIJING (AP) — Google said Wednesday that it has added a feature to warn users whose accounts it believes are targets of “state-sponsored attacks,” but the Internet giant did not cite a specific government. Google Inc., however, closed its search engine in China in 2010 after saying it no longer wanted to cooperate with Beijing’s […]

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

Davis Waldorf School tour set next week

Parents are invited to tour the Davis Waldorf School, 3100 Sycamore Lane, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 13. Visitors will have a chance to peek into several classrooms and have their questions answered by the school administrator, who will lead the tour. Refreshments will be served at a post-tour question-and-answer session. RSVP to [email protected] with your name and […]

June 08, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Maguire retains Yolo Superior Court seat

Yolo Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire easily retained his seat in Tuesday’s election, prevailing over an opponent whose candidacy was badly damaged last month by a pair of his own campaign ads. Maguire, who presides over Department 15, received 77.2 percent of the countywide vote — more than three times that of his challenger, Yolo […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Star gazers

UC Davis graduate student Michael Wolff takes a look at the transit of Venus across the sun through a telescope set up by John Peterson, a graduate student in the geology department at UCD.The telescope, outfitted with a solar filter, was available to students, faculty and members of the community for several hours Tuesday afternoon. […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Voters split on tobacco tax

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s still too close to call the California initiative to raise the tax on tobacco products. As of Wednesday morning, opposition to the increase led by just over 1 percent, or about 64,000 votes, out of more than 3.8 million votes counted. But there’s an unknown number of ballots left to be tallied. […]

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

Wisconsin outcome signals opportunity for Romney

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall victory in Wisconsin sets the stage for what’s now expected to be a hard-fought presidential battle for this Midwestern state. The Republican’s solid victory served as a warning for President Barack Obama about the potential hurdles he faces as he fights to hang onto a traditionally Democratic […]

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

With turnout ‘anemic,’ election runs smoothly

WOODLAND — The Yolo County Elections Office put on another big show on Tuesday, with 500 staff and volunteer workers, but a crowd failed to materialize. About 40 percent of the county’s 96,961 voters looked to have cast a ballot. “It’s what I would call ‘anemic,’ ” said County Clerk/Recorder Freddie Oakley. “It’s a cause […]

GOP upstart Vann to face Garamendi

WOODLAND — Rep. John Garamendi cruised on Tuesday, but he may have a fight on his hands come November. The former lieutenant governor and state insurance commissioner finished with 52.8 percent of the open primary vote. Garamendi, D-Walnut Creek, represents the old 10th District. Now he’ll face off against Colusa County Supervisor Kim Vann, a Republican, […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Wolk dominates as the torch is passed

Incumbent Dan Wolk and newcomers Lucas Frerichs and Brett Lee won election to the Davis City Council on Tuesday night, denying long-serving members Sue Greenwald and Stephen Souza their bids for another four-year term on the dais.

Wolk, 34, who picked up 8,708 votes (29.1 percent), buried all of his opponents early, claiming every precinct in Davis and eventually earning mayor pro tem honors by about 3,000 votes.

After a close race for the second seat with Lee, Frerichs eventually distanced himself from the pack as well, collecting 5,827 votes, or 19.5 percent. Frerichs took second in the majority of the precincts on the west side of the city.

June 06, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Da Vinci graduates get very personal send-offs

Da Vinci Charter Academy may have sent its largest graduating class yet out into the world on Tuesday night, but the ceremony itself retained the same personal, intimate feel it had back when the very first Da Vinci graduates received their diplomas seven years ago. As they were back then, each of the 109 graduates […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Citizens pass Measure D, renew parks tax

In a result that may save city parks and greenspace from irreparable damage, 84.1 percent of Davis voters checked “yes” on Measure D on their ballots Tuesday, renewing the parks maintenance tax that pays for about a fourth of maintenance services in the city of Davis. The measure — which, as a special tax, needed […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Is mother-son mayor combo a first?

PLANNING AHEAD … because the polls never close before 8 p.m., which is an hour past my bedtime, I have had to come up with a variety of scenarios and trust that the morning editor, who reported for duty at 4 a.m. this morning, picked the one that fits the actual election results from Tuesday […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,