UC president will not ask for tuition hike

OAKLAND (AP) — The president of the University of California will not request a hike in tuition. UC Regents had been expected to raise tuition next month, with The Los Angeles Times reporting regents for the 10-campus university system would meet in mid-July to raise tuition by 6 percent, or $732 more a year. That […]

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

Brown signs budget relying on taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new budget for California on Wednesday that relies heavily on voters approving his proposed tax hikes in November. Democrats passed 21 budget implementing bills on a majority vote intended to satisfy the governor’s demand for deeper cuts to close a $15.7 billion deficit, and Brown signed the […]

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

Right decision on downtown project

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD … it’s hard when dramatic change takes place next door or just around the corner, but the council did the right thing Tuesday night in unanimously overruling its own Planning Commission to approve a stellar four-unit housing project at the corner of Fourth and D … change is inevitable … neighborhoods […]

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

Rist to resign from Yolo County Probation Department

Yolo County Chief Probation Officer Marjorie Rist is leaving her post so she can continue her education and pursue criminal-justice consulting opportunities, county officials announced Wednesday afternoon. In a phone interview Wednesday evening, Rist said she plans to seek out work that “plays to my strengths,” such as education, training and technical assistance. “I’m more […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Driver hurt in downtown collision

A head-on collision in downtown Davis sent one man to the hospital Tuesday morning, police said. Kevin Kelver suffered pain to his head and back when his car was hit by a Chevy truck whose driver had made a wide turn from southbound B Street onto westbound Fourth Street, Lt. Paul Doroshov said. Kelver had […]

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

Mondavi adds Costello, Sedaris and Pilobolus

Three acts that have acquired a local following over the past 10 years — singer/songwriter Elvis Costello, author and humorist David Sedaris, and the acrobatic, visually imaginative Pilobolus Dance Theatre — will return to the Mondavi Center as “just added” events during the 2012-13 season.

Costello will present another intimate solo perform on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in Jackson Hall. Tickets are $35 to $65. His previous appearance at Mondavi was a well-attended solo show in April 2010.

Performances by this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer are prized by fans, with material ranging from new songs to hits spanning a career of 30-plus years, often including one or two songs from as far back as his 1977 debut album “My Aim Is True.”

June 28, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

UCD showcases endeavors at Smithsonian

UC Davis is front and center this week and next in Washington, D.C., for the Smithsonian Institution’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the federal law that created land-grant universities. Five professors are participating, and three of them — while in Washington — are giving talks outside the Smithsonian festival, to alumni and legislators and […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Developer believes city parcels are off target

When Target was approved by Davis voters in 2006, the city packaged into the development four “pads,” or smaller parcels, to be dedicated for future retail space. Six years later, however, the four pads — one 6,000-, two 7,500- and one 25,000-square foot plot — remain unused, as no developer or real estate broker who […]

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

‘Styro-palooza’ may kickstart UCD foam recycling

This is what nagged at Ben Pyles: Walking by the Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility’s Dumpsters and seeing them piled high with polystyrene cubes. “Everybody in the scientific community knows it’s not a good thing to throw away,” said Pyles, a staff research associate at UC Davis. “You try to reuse (polystyrene containers) in your own […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

State lawmakers vote to eliminate Healthy Families program

Fifteen years after it was created, the state program that provides health insurance to 880,000 children from low-income working families fell victim to the state’s budget crisis. Lawmakers on Wednesday voted to eliminate the Healthy Families program, sending the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown, who was expected to sign it Wednesday night. Now the state hopes to move […]

June 28, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

After 30 years, Davis police sergeant calls it a career

Davis police Sgt. John Wilson spent his last day on the job Friday not in uniform, but in running shoes, carrying the Special Olympics torch to the UC Davis campus for the annual Summer Games festivities. It marked a fitting end to Wilson’s 30-year law-enforcement career, which colleagues say will be remembered for Wilson’s emphasis […]

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

Destructive Colorado blaze doubles size overnight

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A stubborn and towering wildfire jumped firefighters’ perimeter lines in the hills overlooking Colorado Springs, forcing frantic mandatory evacuation notices for more than 32,000 residents, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, and destroying an unknown number of homes. The blaze doubled in size overnight to more than 24 square miles, […]

June 27, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Police investigate downtown robbery

Davis police are seeking a suspect who attempted to rob a man of his cell phone Sunday in downtown Davis. Lt. Paul Doroshov said the 30-year-old victim was walking in the area of Sixth and D streets when the suspect approached him at gunpoint and demanded his phone. The victim refused, and the suspect fled […]

June 27, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

City Council adopts budget, but wants more creativity

The City Council unanimously adopted the FY2012-13 budget through an urgency ordinance Tuesday, granting the city a $145 million spending plan that includes $2 million extra this year to pay for road maintenance and $1.7 million to catch up on retiree medical (OPEB), two of the city’s largest unfunded liabilities. But although the vote was […]

June 27, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,