Shouldn’t ‘advantages’ be more advantageous?

UNFAIR ADVANTAGE? … my friend Claudia writes to ask what I think of double amputee Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic “Blade Runner,” who wowed the sporting world as he ran the Olympic 400 meters on his prosthetic legs … While acknowledging that some claim Pistorius gains an advantage from his space-age artificial legs, Claudia says “Personally, […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Light show

Lightning bolts flash across the sky behind the Tower Bridge, looking toward Raley Field in West Sacramento on Saturday night. This composite photo blends three lightning strikes captured with a fish-eye lens over an approximately 10-minute period. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise composite photo

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Senator: Legislative pay hikes could hurt tax plan

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO — The leader of the state Senate said Monday that he had “a few sleepless nights” during lawmakers’ summer break worrying that pay raises given to legislative staffers could undermine Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative in November. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg defended the raises to more than 1,000 legislative employees. […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Logos Books does double duty

La Table Française meets the second Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Logos Books, 513 Second St. in downtown Davis. The next meeting is this week. Visit logosbooks.wordpress.com for topic information. Painter Don Harting, longtime Davis resident and participant in the Davis Senior Center Oil and Acrylic Open Studio, will display […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

New museum chief brings eye for modern art, fundraising know-how

As a junior history major, Rachel Teagle took an American arts class during which the professor opened the doors to a museum — and, for Teagle, a whole new way of seeing meaning in the visual world. On Monday, Teagle was named the director of UCD’s planned Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Officials celebrate improvements to Yolobus

What was once just a big parking lot on Industrial Way in Woodland has been transformed into a gleaming new building that houses staff and operations for the Yolo County Transportation District.

The new building, publicly unveiled at a celebration on Monday, is part of a $6.8 million project that created additional parking for buses, improved safety and security for staff and property, and increased dispatch and operations space for the transportation district, which operates Yolobus.

School board to discuss uncertain budget outlook

An updated budget forecast, including a “worse-case-scenario” deficit of more than $8 million for 2013-14, will be presented to the Davis school board on Wednesday as well as enrollment projections as the district gears up for the new school year, which starts Aug. 22. The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the East Conference Room […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Nighttime I-80 construction begins this week

It’s the two words every motorist hates to see: Expect delays. But that’s what the Caltrans announced this week as nighttime construction work began Monday to repair and resurface Interstate 80 from west of Mace Boulevard to east of Richards Boulevard in Davis. Crews will work weeknights from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on westbound […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Third Street construction to divert downtown traffic

Road construction began this week on Third Street between A and B streets as the city replaces a water main as part of its comprehensive plan to replace old and deteriorating water mains throughout Davis. The work will affect traffic patterns in the city’s core area. A news release said the city is allowing the contractor to […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them are Zack and Shadow (No. 106588 and 106590), both 2-month-old neutered male, domestic short-haired kittens. Also hoping for a good home is Gabby (No. 107978), a 1-year-old spayed female pit bull-mix […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Saylor holds open office hours

Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor will hold an open office-hour session on Friday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Peet’s Coffee and Tea in The Marketplace shopping center at 1411 W. Covell Blvd., Davis. The purpose of this session is to listen to community concerns and questions about county issues and operations. Saylor can be […]

August 08, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘Be Air Aware’ contest continues through August

The “Be Air Aware” contest, sponsored by the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, continues through August with air quality education efforts and a prize drawing. The contest is aimed at increasing public awareness of air quality conditions and air pollution’s impact on health. All district residents who sign up for free air quality alerts in August […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Putah Creek streamkeeper to talk about ‘Changing a Channel’

Putah Creek Streamkeeper Rich Marovich will give a talk titled “Changing a Channel, Changing a Community” on Thursday, Aug. 16, as part of the CreekSpeak series hosted by the Putah Creek Council. The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Veterans’ Memorial Theater Club Room, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. CreekSpeak are open to the […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Wednesday is the new Thursday for meditation group

Since 1994, Buddhists and those interested in Buddhism have gathered on Thursday evenings in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church to meditate together and discuss Buddhist teachings. Beginning Aug. 29, the group will be meditating on Wednesdays, instead. To learn more about how the Buddha’s teachings can be helpful in the challenges of daily […]

August 09, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,